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By: On: Monday October 3 2016

Class C Motorhome Sprinter

RV wholesale shipments to retailers tracked by RVIA rebounded strongly in August after a lower-than-expected July report. Monthly shipment totals for August were 35,946 units, a rise of 26.8% over last month and 31.5% ahead of August 2015. This was the largest August total since 1977.

Year-to-date totals have reached 290,582 units, an increase of 13% over the 257,089 units shipped during the same eight-month period last year. Motorhomes posted that strongest percentage growth (16.8%) with 37,128 units shipped. The towable category boasts the larger volume increase with shipments reaching 253,454 units on 12.5% growth. Read Full Story →

By: On: Monday October 3 2016

Winnebago Buys Grand Design

Winnebago Industries, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company (“Grand Design”), a manufacturer of towable recreation vehicles (RVs), for approximately $500 million in cash and newly issued Winnebago shares.

Founded in 2012 by Don Clark, Ron Fenech and Bill Fenech, a management team with over 80 years of combined leadership experience in the RV industry, Grand Design is a fast-growing manufacturer in the towables segment with rapidly expanding market share. The Company generated $428 million in revenue over the last twelve months ending August of 2016, representing a compound annual growth rate of over 80% since 2013, and a top tier EBITDA margin of 14%. Grand Design is a portfolio company of global growth equity investor Summit Partners. Read Full Story →

By: On: Thursday September 29 2016

2017 TMC Aria Front

Thor Motor Coach has introduced the all-new Aria, a Class A diesel motorhome, featuring luxurious interiors and a powerful 360-horsepower Cummins engine.

Entering the Aria, the custom dash layout stands out as the main focal point. Every control and switch is within reach and easy to read. The dash has a unique design for better visibility of the road and features a separate camera monitor display. Read Full Story →

By: On: Tuesday September 20 2016

Winnebago Paseo

Winnebago today announced the introduction of the Paseo to its market-leading Winnebago Class B lineup. Built on the Ford Transit van chassis, the Paseo is available in one floorplan, the 48P, and will be on display at this week’s Elkhart Open House.

“As Winnebago’s first Class B built on the Ford Transit Van Chassis, the Paseo further elevates our Class B product offerings,” said Winnebago Product Manager Russ Garfin. “We’re passionate about continuously improving every product we build and have learned a lot about what differentiates a good B-van from a great one.” Read Full Story →

By: On: Monday September 19 2016

Thor Motor Coach Dealer Open House

Dealers across the United States and Canada are arriving today at Thor Industries Dealer Open House to witness Thor Motor Coach’s innovations for 2017. Thor Motor Coach’s display at the 7th Annual Thor Industries Dealer Open House includes a massive layout of 80 motorhomes, including the ARIA, a new diesel pusher line featuring luxurious interiors and a powerful 360-horsepower Cummins engine.

“We are debuting 18 floor plans,” said Jon Krider, director of marketing at Thor Motor Coach. “And these new floor plans showcase our team’s commitment to being the most innovative motorhome company in the market.”

Here is a list of what dealers are seeing from Thor Motor Coach this week:

  • New VENETIAN G36 floor plan with electric fireplace & 55” TV mid-ship
  • PALAZZO 36.3 featuring Tilt-A-View™ Inclining Mechanism on a king bed
  • TUSCANY diesel motorhomes with new interiors and Rand McNally RV GPS Navigation
  • AXIS and VEGAS 25.5 floor plan with twin beds that convert to a king bed
  • New floor plans for GEMINI and COMPASS RUVs, including the 24TX built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
  • FOUR WINDS and CHATEAU 24F Class C motorhome featuring a full-wall slideout
  • New QUANTUM RQ29 with an exterior galley and TV
  • New FOUR WINDS and CHATEAU 24FS and 24HL Mercedes-Benz Sprinter floor plans
  • CITATION SPRINTER and SIESTA SPRINTER 24SV with a dynamic living space
  • FOUR WINDS and CHATEAU 35SM Super C, built on a Ford F-550 with high-gloss glazed solid wood cabinetry and new front entertainment center
  • SYNERGY RB24 on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis with twin beds that convert to a king bed
  • A.C.E. 30.3 with a retractable 40” LED TV, and A.C.E. 30.4 with exterior MEGA-Storage™
  • CHALLENGER 37YT, a triple slideout featuring dual vanity bathroom sinks
  • New HURRICANE and WINDSPORT 35M bath-and-a-half floor plan with expandable sofa & large shower
  • New MIRAMAR 37.1 with two full bathrooms and bunk beds
By: On: Thursday September 15 2016

Lance Truck Camper Exterior

Today, Lance announced 50+ standard and optional feature enhancements to its segment leading truck camper products. “Thanks to outstanding product and the dealers to represent and support them, our truck camper line up enjoys a 42% market share nationally. This year’s enhancements will help grow this number even higher,” states Bob Rogers, director of marketing.

Most notable on the list are three all new designer décor packages. They include stainless steel appliances, gorgeous yet camper friendly planked wood flooring, new counter and table top designs, residential styled sink (most models) with high rise pull out faucet, new window treatment design as well as new euro-inspired cabinet door and dinette drawer hardware. The 1172 model also receives a new kick-out/jack-knife sofa design and a new entertainment center design. Read Full Story →

By: On: Wednesday September 14 2016

Lance Trailer Lifestyle

Lance announced 50+ standard and optional feature enhancements to its already very popular ultra-light travel trailer line up. Most notable on the list are three all new designer décor packages including stainless steel appliances, gorgeous yet camper friendly planked wood flooring, new counter and table top designs, residential styled sink (most models) with high rise pull out faucet, new galley overhead cabinet soffit with puck lighting, new window treatment design as well as new euro inspired cabinet door and dinette drawer hardware.

“We are ecstatic with how the new interior decors came together” states Randy Hunter, Manager of Research and Design. Read Full Story →

By: On: Tuesday September 6 2016

2017 Thor Motor Coach Miramar

Thor Motor Coach continues to roll out excellent Class A motorhomes with the 2017 Miramar and Challenger brands.

Consumers are sure to find a floor plan that is Made to Fit their needs in the Miramar. With six innovative floor plans, the Miramar is powered by a dependable 6.8L V10 engine on the strong Ford® F-53 chassis. Read Full Story →

By: On: Thursday August 11 2016

Coachmen Galleria

Galleria by Coachmen RV, a Division of Forest River, Inc., continues to expand floorplan selections along with its dealer/partner network. The Galleria Class B Motorhome Division is a standalone division within Coachmen RV targeting the growing Class B market. Having launched its first Class B on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis less than a year ago, Galleria is expanding in the Class B marketplace by offering desirable floorplans with stunning décors/color schemes, utilizing high-end amenities and providing a fit and finish unequaled in the product segment.

The Galleria division of Coachmen RV has just introduced the new 24RT floorplan which features a smaller bath (larger aisle), larger refrigerator, higher convection microwave position and larger holding tanks! This new floorplan incorporates the open feel provided by utilizing the windows from the kitchen base all the way to the rear wall.  Read Full Story →

By: On: Saturday July 30 2016

Wildcat Wide Body

The Wildcat division of Elkhart, Ind.,based Forest River, Inc., is expanding its product offering with the introduction of a wide body series of fifth wheels targeting the mid-priced market segment.

“The extra width of the WB Series is going to open up numerous floorplan possibilities,” according to Chris Saal, Wildcat Sales Manager. “Our very first model, the 30WB, is a perfect example of what we can do with these critical inches. Extra walk-around space beside the bed, an innovative bathroom layout, and a full sized bed lift system would not be possible in a conventional eight foot wide unit,” he said. Read Full Story →




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