Boomers Changing Face of Canadian Snowbirds

A burgeoning proportion of the Canadians who flock to Arizona each winter are snowbirds of a decidedly different feather. The Calgary Herald reported that as Baby Boomers in general, and Albertans of a certain vintage in particular, inch toward retirement and start cracking open those nest eggs, they pack their hefty wallets, active lifestyles and [...]

Molino: Tribute to Jim Shields, an Industry Giant

Editor’s Note: The following is a letter penned by former Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Mike Molino to Sherry Shields, wife of Jim Shields, who passed away Thursday (Feb. 13) after a long battle with cancer. Shields, president of Pan Pacific RV Centers, a northern California dealership, was a key figure in industry affairs [...]

Winnebago to Supply Rental Coaches for Apollo

Winnebago Industries Inc. has agreed to become the North American supplier of motorized rental units for Apollo Motorhome Holidays in the United States, according to a press release. Apollo, a premier international rental provider, has agreed to purchase Winnebago motorhomes to provide unique travel and vacation experiences for its customers within the U.S. “Winnebago is [...]

RVDA of Canada Backing Moves by Government

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada is supporting conservative government on key measures outlined in the recent Federal Budget, addressing needs for the RV industry. According to a press release, Federal Minister of Finance Jim Flaherty presented in the House of Commons the 2014 budget proposals to create the Canada Apprentice Loan by expanding the [...]

Dutchmen Aerolite Named as ’14 ‘Top RV Debut’

At December’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s newly-redesigned Aerolite travel trailer was well received by dealers while also garnering a “Top RV Debut” from RVBusiness Magazine. According to a press release, the publication’s parameters for the award stated that a company must embrace cutting-edge innovation and highlight “specific eye-catching RVs that [...]

Drew Industries Exceeds $1B in Revenue for ’13

Drew Industries Inc, parent to RV and manufactured home suppliers Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc., today (Feb. 13) reported a double-digit increase in sales for its fourth quarter – driven by strong performance in its RV segment – while topping $1 billion in revenue for the full year. Sales in the fourth quarter increased [...]

SSI: 2013 Motorhome Sales See 33.7% Increase

Year-over-year motorhome registrations grew 13% in December while sales for the full year increased 33.7%, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. held the No. 1 spot in motorhome registrations for the year with a 23.4% market share followed by Winnebago Industries Inc. (19.2%), Forest River Inc. (13.8%) and Forest River’s [...]

Outdoors RV Mfg. Launches Revamped Website

La Grande, Ore.-based Outdoors RV Manufacturing (ORV) announced the launch of its newly revamped website. According to a press release, the site sports a clean, modern look with enhanced visuals and navigational tools. The site’s content includes larger scale photographs and floorplans, highly-detailed feature lists, multi-platform navigation and updated video content. ORV said the new [...]

EverGreen Partnering With Tennessee RV Sales

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC announced that Tennessee RV Sales and Services will handle the Ever-Lite brand at its Knoxville, Tenn., dealership. According to a press release, Tennessee RV’s location in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains allows the dealer to serve campers from across the region including Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Tennessee RV [...]