Fleetwood owners enjoy this week's rally in Elkhart County

Despite the oppressive heat, Fleetwood RV Inc.’s national “Back Home in Indiana” rally got off to a good start last night (June 28) with a large assemblage of 335 coaches at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. This is the Decatur, Ind.-based company’s fourth national rally and is actually the second largest since Fleetwood, established in 2009 when American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV LP of New York acquired the Decatur operations of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., set up shop some 70 miles southeast of Goshen. Along with displays of 2013 product lines, Fleetwood’s owners are being treated to a busy schedule of supplier seminars and family-oriented activities and entertainment, according to Director of Marketing Steve Hileman. “It’s going very well,” said Hileman, seated Friday in a new longer 35-foot version of the compact Excursion Class A that debuted at last winter’s Louisville Show. “In addition to those 335 owner coaches, we’ve got more than 40 display units on hand. We’re close enough to our plant in Decatur that we’re doing daily buses back to the plant for plant tours, and they’re sold out. It’s incredibly popular. We’ve got a waiting list 50-people long just to get on the bus every day. It’s been a breath of fresh air, honestly, to have this sort of a homecoming rally, bringing everybody to Indiana and getting them here to see the plant. It’s close enough that we can show them a lot of new product. And there’s no one more appreciative of that than our Fleetwood owners.”