SSI: Canada Coach Sales Down 10.5% for 10 Months

Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales were down 10.5% for the first 10 months of 2019, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Thor Industries Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader through October, capturing a 45.1% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. (34.6%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (6.9%). Class A registrations declined […]

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FCCC Plans to Expand Operations in South Carolina

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), a manufacturer of vehicle chassis including platforms for luxury motorhomes, announced plans to expand operations in Gaffney, S.C. According GSA Business Report, an investment of more than $13.9 million is expected to create 193 new jobs. “Freightliner Custom Chassis is proud to partner with Cherokee County and South Carolina Department […]

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Riverside RV Appoints Chris Daniels President, COO

Riverside RV owner Keith Hershberger announced the appointment of Chris Daniels as the new president and Chief Operating Officer for the LaGrange, Ind.-based travel trailer manufacturer. Daniels, a 15-year industry veteran, started with Riverside RV in January of 2017 after serving as general manager and product designer for Evergreen RV’s travel trailer division through the […]

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WSJ: Younger ‘Glampers’ Vital To Industry’s Future

Editor’s note: The following column was written by Spencer Jakab for The Wall Street Journal.  Walk around a typical RV park and you’ll meet mostly white Baby Boomers lounging around hulking vehicles that offer nearly all the comforts of home. Look at the glossy reports of a recreational-vehicle manufacturer such as Winnebago Industries Inc. or […]

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ORR’s Wahl on Hill Meetings, Modernizing Camping

Based on the level of access its earning with key legislators and federal department agencies — including a presentation by the U.S. Department of Labor at its Dec. 3 board meeting in Washington D.C. —  the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) in a relatively short period of time has successfully gained the coveted “spot at the […]

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WFCO and Winegard Host ‘RVIA Certified Training’

WFCO Electronics recently partnered with Winegard to offer two RV Industry Association (RVIA) certified training sessions in November. According to a press release, the first training session was held in Dallas, Texas, where 67 people from 24 dealerships attended. That was followed by a session in Denver, Colo, which drew 48 people from 14 dealerships. […]

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Lippert Promotes Ford to Chief Technology Officer

Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) announced that it has promoted Rob Ford to chief technology officer for LCI Technologies. According to a press release, Ford will primarily focus his efforts on driving technological integrations throughout the product development process across all of LCI’s product lines. “I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to be an integral part […]

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SSI: Class B Sales Flat Through October, Gain 3.8%

Year-over-year Class B motorhome sales were flat for the first 10 months of 2019, up 3.8%, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Through October, Winnebago Industries Inc. led the category, owning a 43.8% market share, while Erwin Hymer N.A. captured a 21% share and Forest River Inc. garnered 11.9% of the market. […]

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Report Shows Marine Customer Retention Shrinking

First-time boat buyers are in decline and retention rates are shrinking, according to research presented at the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ (MRAA) Dealer Week in Tampa, Fla. Soundings Trade Only reported that despite a solid recovery in boat sales since the Great Recession, averaging 7% per year since 2012, a longer look may […]

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Privatizing Parks Can Save Them, ‘Or Wreck Them’

When Alabama closed Roland Cooper State Park in 2015 because of budget cuts, entrepreneur Warren Meyer saw an opportunity. The Associated Press reported that Meyer runs Recreation Resource Management, a concession company that maintains campgrounds, builds cabins and provides amenities at state parks and U.S. Forest Service sites around the country. The Alabama Department of […]

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