Pickup Makers Maneuver for Market Share in ’14

From Ford’s lighter aluminum F-150 to General Motors’ stylish smaller pickups to Ram’s light-duty diesel engine, the industry’s dominant truckmakers have all shown their hands. Now what? Automotive News reported that this year will usher in a new era in the pickup market, with the Detroit 3 following distinctly different paths for their most profitable [...]

Dutchmen Aerolite Recognized as Top RV Debut

During December’s recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s newly-redesigned Aerolite travel trailers was well received by dealers while earning a “Top RV Debut” from RVBusiness Magazine. In describing the parameters of a “Top RV Debut”, RVBusiness said companies must embrace cutting-edge innovation and highlight “specific eye-catching RVs that we think are [...]

Neb. Officials Moving to Close RV Tax Loophole

Recreational vehicles with Montana license plates started showing up at Nebraska campgrounds and Husker football tailgate parties about five years ago. The Omaha World-Herald reported that Tax Commissioner Kim Conroy said the Nebraska Department of Revenue also started getting calls from people saying they knew about Nebraska residents who had registered their recreational vehicles in [...]

Connaughton a Leader in Bus Conversion Sector

Editor’s Note: The following article ran in National Bus Trader Magazine honoring Owen Connaughton, who passed away Dec. 14. Connaughton was a pioneer and a major influence in the bus conversion industry. The staff at National Bus Trader and many people in the bus industry were shocked by the unexpected death of Owen Connaughton on Dec. [...]

Hall of Fame’s Finances are Back from the Brink

In early 2012, nearly five years after opening, the RV/MH Hall of Fame was struggling financially and facing possible closure. But today, after two years under the leadership of volunteer president and treasurer Darryl Searer, the hall’s financial health is “excellent,” Searer said. As reported by the Elkhart Truth, the nonprofit’s debt has been reduced [...]

Coach-Net Launches New Finish Protect Product

Coach-Net recently launched its new Finish Protect product, an interior and exterior surface protection package that can be purchased individually to meet any RV owner’s customized needs. According to a press release, Finish Protect is one of the many products included in Coach-Net’s Protect Suite, which was introduced through RV dealers nationwide in 2013. The [...]

Supreme Industries Posts 4Q Sales, Income Hike

Goshen, Ind.-based Supreme Industries Inc., a manufacturer of specialized commercial vehicles including truck bodies and specialty vehicles, announced financial results for its fourth quarter, ended Dec. 28. Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter increased 25.6%, to $72.5 million, compared with $57.7 million last year. The company said revenue increase was attributable to a fall [...]

Allison Transmission Sees 4Q Income Grow 70%

Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. kicked its fourth quarter into overdrive with a 70% increase in profit over the same quarter in 2012. The Indianapolis Business Journal reported that the Indianapolis-based manufacturer of transmissions and motorhome supplier, drove in $491 million in revenue for the quarter, a 1% increase from $487 million from same quarter in [...]