Mont.-based Bretz RV Joins Fleetwood’s Network

Fleetwood RV Inc. announced it has added Bretz RV to its dealer network, according to a press release. In business since 1967, Bretz RV operates two Montana locations in Billings and Missoula and is a premier dealer in the Northwest. “We are pleased to welcome Bretz RV to the Fleetwood family,” said Dave Denarola, Western [...]

Whitley Joining Dutchmen as Northwestern RSM

Terry Whitley has joined Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. as regional sales manager for the company’s northwestern territory. According to a press release, Whitley is responsible for increasing market penetration and sales efforts of Coleman travel trailers in Wyoming, Montana, Idaho, northern Oregon, Washington, Alaska, British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Whitley comes to Dutchmen after nine years [...]

SSI: YOY Motorhome Sales Grow 33.7% for 2013

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 [...]

Younger Buyers Driving Alberta RV Sales Higher

Two years ago, Albertans owned almost half of the existing recreational vehicles in the country. According to an Edmonton Journal report, the combination of a declining Canadian dollar, the province’s healthy economy and consistently low interest rates has convinced a rising percentage of them to shop at home for more RVs. “A lot of younger [...]

Drew Industries Tops $1 Billion in Sales for 2013

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 [...]

Report: Gas Demand to Drop Off in Next 5 Years

Over the next five years, U.S. demand for gasoline is poised for a cumulative drop of 700,000 barrels per day, and the pace of that demand destruction is likely to accelerate after the year 2020, according to strategists at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. MarketWatch reported that the gasoline market faces a growing supply-and-demand gap, [...]

Winter Show Report: Good News For RV Sector

Parents pushing kids in strollers. Families walking through and looking at RVs. And yes, plenty of Baby Boomers looking at purchasing their first RV or trading in their old one for something new. That scene is being repeated over and over again in crowded exhibition hallways across the country as the RV selling season gets [...]

Winnebago Earns SSI Top-Selling Brand for ’13

Winnebago Industries Inc. has been recognized by Statistical Surveys Inc., a retail reporting service in Grand Rapids, Mich., for having the top-selling motorhome brand for calendar 2013. “We are very proud of the continued success of Winnebago in the marketplace and we continue to develop innovative, quality products to promote this iconic American brand,” said Winnebago Vice President [...]