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Towables, Marine Boost Winnebago Industries’ Q3 Report

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Winnebago Industries Inc. (NYSE: WGO), a leading outdoor lifestyle product manufacturer, today reported financial results for the company's fiscal 2024 third quarter ended May 25, 2024. Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 Financial Summary Revenues of $786.0 million Gross profit of $118.2 million, representing 15.0% gross margin Diluted earnings per share of $0.96; adjusted diluted earnings per share of ...

RVDA Chair: Reach ’24 Goals Via Key Performance Issues

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following column, published in the June issue of RV Executive Today magazine, was written by RV Dealers Association (RVDA) Chairman Ryan Horsey of Parkview RV Center in Smyrna, Del. It is reprinted here with permission. It’s difficult to believe we are almost to the halfway mark of 2024. It is evident after countless shows, various industry events, ...

IBJ: Culture, Acquisitions Key to Lippert’s Growth, Longevity

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following excerpt is from a report by Leslie Weidenbener of the Indianapolis Business Journal and published by Inside Indiana Business. Click here to read the report in full (subscription required). ELKHART, Ind. – Elkhart-based Lippert doesn’t make the boats, RVs, tents and more used by outdoor enthusiasts, but the public company makes parts and accessories that make those products ...

8 Blue Compass Stores Earn Airstream Five Rivet Honors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Blue Compass RV announces that eight Airstream locations qualified for the prestigious Airstream Five Rivet Award for outstanding customer service, a record-setting feat amongst dealership groups. Started in 2017, Airstream’s Five Rivet Dealer Standards Program requires dealers to meet the highest standards for both sales and service. This is the third year that Blue Compass RV locations ...

Jayco’s Employees Celebrate Renovation of Service Center 

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. – Towable and motorized RV builder Jayco Inc.’s employees enjoyed a special moment yesterday (June 13) when nearly 300 members of the company’s customer service team shared an outdoor luncheon and celebrated the complete renovation of Jayco’s Customer Service Center in Middlebury. The upbeat event, which took place in front of the company’s remodeled three-story service center just ...

Fun Town Donates $250,000 to Boost RV Tech Training

CORSICANA, Texas – Navarro College, a premier educational institution located in Corsicana with branches in Mexia, Midlothian and Waxahachie, announced in a press release the upcoming launch of a groundbreaking RV Technician program and construction of a facility to house it. The project is funded in part by a $250,000 donation from Fort Worth-based Fun Town RV. Amberly Patrick, training ...

RVIA’s Advocacy Day Tackles ‘De Minimus’ & Other Issues

The 2024 edition of Advocacy Day, the bookend event to the RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) week-long “RVs Move America” conference, featured about 100 participants who, in more than 100 meetings with members of Congress and their staffs, lobbied on behalf of the RV and campground industries. While participants met with members of Congress from their home state, in a somewhat ...

SSI: Retail Registrations at 34,831 in April, Down 9.8% YOY

There were 34,831 retail registrations recorded in April 2024, which is a 9.8% decline compared to the 38,628 total in April 2023, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based sub subsidiary of Trader Interactive that monitors retail and consumer data for the RV industry. Year to date, there have been 110,796 retail registrations in 2024, which is a ...

RVIA’s Kirby: RVs Move America Week a ‘Tremendous Success’

It’s been said many times that the Go RVing marketing campaign has been the envy of other industries over the years. The way the RV industry has set aside competitive differences to collaborate on such a successful initiative for nearly 30 years has often been copied, but not nearly to the same levels of achievement. The same could also be ...

Go RVing, Campgrounds Addressed at RVs Move America Week

WASHINGTON D.C. – Amid the 20 or so RV Industry Association (RVIA) committee meetings conducted as part of RVs Move America Seek, two high-profile groups – the Go RVing Coalition and the Campground Coalition – also gathered to work on their respective agendas. One of the more notable items from the Go RVing Coalition meeting itself was the announcement that ...

RVIA Members Connect, See Progress in Committee Meetings

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the first full day of RVs Move America Week was highlighted by several industry awards (see related coverage in today's news feed), RV Industry Association (RVIA) committee meetings also began in earnest. The meetings continue today at The Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C., before giving way to Advocacy Day on Wednesday, during which participants will lobby ...

RV Shipments to Rise to Median of 391,400 by End of 2025

FAIRFAX, Va. – RV wholesale shipments are projected to climb into the mid-300,000 unit range by year-end 2024 before climbing higher in 2025, according to the June 2024 issue of RV RoadSigns, the quarterly forecast prepared by ITR Economics for the RV Industry Association (RVIA). "This new forecast reinforces our cautious optimism that the worst of the impact from interest ...

Capitol Talk: Hesse Discusses Blue Ox’s Expansion Strategy

Mike Hesse, owner of Blue Ox, visits with Rick Kessler and Gary Gerard of RVBusiness for a Capitol Talk discussion on his company's recent expansion into new product segments. Hesse also dives into his take on the state of the market, plus a number of other industry-related topics. An RVBusiness production sponsored by Airxcel, Capitol Talk is also available as a ...

Alliance Rally Draws 325 Towable RVs to Goshen Fairgrounds

The Alliance RV team surprised Coley and Ryan Brady by distributing hundreds of posters of their faces to"Ally Rally" attendees. GOSHEN, Ind. – Highlighted by co-founders Coley and Ryan Brady addressing the 700-plus attendees, the 2024 Alliance RV “Ally Rally” is underway this week at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds. The fifth annual event, which runs through Friday, May 31, includes ...

2024 Elkhart RV Open House Scheduled for Sept. 23-26

The Forest River Dealer Expo display at one of its East To West production facilities located in the southwest side of Elkhart, Ind. ELKHART, Ind. – RV manufacturers Forest River Inc. and THOR Industries Inc. have confirmed the dates of the 2024 Elkhart RV Open House for Sept. 23-26 in and around the grounds of the RV/MH Hall of Fame ...

A Close-Up Look at Good Sam’s New ‘Wildsam’ Magazine

Taylor Bruce AUSTIN, Texas – New to the national RV media scene is a consumer publication called “Wildsam,” a magazine published by Camping World Holdings Inc.’s (CWHI) Good Sam Media and Events that replaced its “RV Magazine” in January as a high-visibility print-and-digital consumer title. Of course, it’s a logical step for Good Sam and its corporate predecessors who are well ...

Patrick Honored to Host ‘9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit’

ELKHART, Ind. – Proudly supported by RV industry supplier Patrick Industries, the 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit was on display Wednesday and Thursday (May 22 and 23) in downtown Elkhart at 240 E. Jackson Blvd., a suite of offices that houses, among other entities, the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. A memorial in the exhibit features photos of first responders ...

Overland Expo West a Success for Dometic and Winnebago

By all accounts, Overland Expo West was a resounding success, according to show officials. Celebrating 15 years in Flagstaff, Ariz., the three-day gathering that concluded Sunday, May 19, drew just under 30,000 outdoor adventure-loving attendees –a near record – along with 415 registered exhibitors, 119 presenters, trainers and VIPs, and hosted 318 classes, seminars and activities. Overland Expo is a ...

Study Shows Elkhart, Ind., in Top 20 Metros for Manufacturing

OVERLAND PARK Kan. – CommercialSearch, a commercial real estate listings solution where users can browse all commercial property types and easily search or post listings across all major U.S. markets has just published a new study. The study compares the country’s 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas by total industrial manufacturing space based on three sets of indicators – manufacturing space ...

RVIA: 45M Americans Set to Hit the Road in RVs this Summer

A recent survey conducted among American leisure travelers reveals that 45 million Americans are gearing up for RV adventures this summer, according to a News & Insights report by the RV Industry Association (RVIA). Of these, 18 million are specifically planning to embark on RV trips this Memorial Day weekend, marking the unofficial start of the summer travel season. "RVing ...

Moix RV Brinkley-Exclusive Grand Opening Deemed a Success

Brinkley and Moix RV team members pose in front of the Brinkley-exclusive dealership including, from left, Eric Obregon, Brinkley national sales manager; Ryan Thwaits, Brinkley co-owner; Brad Barnett, Moix general manager; Chandler Tenney, Brinkley sales director; Michael Moix, Moix president; Nate Goldenberg, Brinkley co-owner; and Ryan Wertz, Brinkley sales director. (Photo: Moix RV) CONWAY, Ark. – Moix RV Friday and ...

Overland Expo West Opens in Ariz.; Dometic, GMC Partner

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Starting today (May 17), Overland Expo West kicks off with three days of camping, exhibits and education for overlanding enthusiasts at the Ft. Tuthill County Park in Flagstaff, Ariz. The event will run through Sunday, May 19. In a separate release, Dometic, a leader in outdoor tech solutions, announces availability of its premium overlanding and outdoor lineup on ...

Pat Carroll Helps Kick Off 2024 Entegra Coach Homecoming

GOSHEN, Ind. –With the start Tuesday (May 14) of the Entegra Coach Homecoming, the 2024 season of RV rallies hosted at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds is underway. Each summer, the fairgrounds is host to about a dozen different rallies – most of which are affiliated with specific manufacturers and supported by various suppliers and service providers – and typically feature ...

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