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By: On: Thursday November 26 2015

Lance Trailer

Lance plans to showcase new models and introduce a variety of new tools for its dealers to utilize in 2016 at the upcoming RVIA show in Louisville, Ky.

“Great product that creates strong consumer demand will always be the key to success. We are not planning on resting on our laurels,” says Gary Conley, national sales manager. “In addition to our all new 650 Truck Camper, designed for half ton short bed trucks, we will be introducing two all new ultra-light travel trailer models. The 1475 is an ultra-lightweight trailer designed for two people and focused around two matching full size swivel rocker chairs and a dry bath featuring full size neo-angle shower. The 2155 is Lance’s first double slide travel trailer, featuring a very inviting island floor-plan.”

By: On: Thursday August 13 2015

National Parks Fee-Free Days

RV shipments in the first half of 2015 climbed by 5.5% to 202,653 units through June, compared to 192,065 units shipped during the same time frame in 2014. The data comes from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association‘s June 2015 survey of manufacturers.

Towable RV shipments, representing nearly 88% of all RVs manufactured, led the way in volume total with shipments reaching 177,939 units through June, a 5.5% gain over the 168,737 units shipped during the same six-month time frame in 2014. Conventional travel trailers remained the largest volume category, reaching 128,991 units on 7.6% growth. Fifth wheels rose slightly by 1.2% to 41,756 units. Truck campers were also up (1.3%) to 1,603 units. Folding camping trailers dropped to 5,589 units, off 7%.

By: On: Friday June 5 2015


Frank Hugelmeyer has been named the next president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Hugelmeyer will officially take the seat on October 1 after Richard Coon, who has held the position for the past 10 years, retires.

After an extensive search over the past several months, the RVIA Presidential Search Committee recommended and the RVIA Board of Directors approved the hiring of Hugelmeyer during the association’s Committee Week meetings, held May 31 – June 4 in Washington, D.C.

By: On: Tuesday May 26 2015

RVIA April Shipments

As we reported last week, RV Shipments were up 7.9% in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2014. That trend continued in April, which saw a whopping 13.5% increase compared to April last year.

The data comes from a survey of manufacturers done by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Assocation. According to the survey, towable shipments are up 14.2% in April to 33,884 unitis, while motorhomes are up 9.0% to 4,459 units. That adds up to a total of 38,343 units shipped in April of 2015, compared to 33,747 in April of 2015.

By: On: Thursday May 21 2015

RVIA Towables Sales Climb

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, the positive surge for RV shipments in 2014 has continued through first quarter 2015. Shipments climbed to 97,074 units, 7.9% ahead of the same period last year.

By: On: Thursday July 25 2013

Class A Motorhomes Off-Road

If you are looking for a sign that the economy is on the upswing, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has announced that motorhome shipments have jumped more than 30% this year through May, while travel trailers are up 11%.

All told the RV Industry shipped a total of 144,015 units over the first five months of 2013 – a 13% gain. Towable RV shipments reached 128,037 through May, compared to the 115,204 shipped in the same time period last year. Motorhome shipments are up to 15,978 units, versus 12,250 through May 2012.

By: On: Friday June 7 2013

Class B Motorhome

Things are looking sunny for the RV industry – at least according to a report given during the Recreational Vehicle Association’s Committee Week 2013, which ran from June 2-6, 2013.

Dr. Richard Curtin, director of the Consumer Research Center at the University of Michigan, provided the initial outlook for RV wholesale shipments in 2014 on June 3.

According to Curtin’s report, RV shipments to dealers are expected to climb 8.4 percent in 2013 and 3.9 percent in 2014. To put this in perspective, Curtin’s report speculates that 310 thousand units will ship in 2013, followed by 322 thousand in 2014. A total of 286 thousand units were shipped to dealers in 2012.

RV Shipment Projections

By: On: Wednesday December 5 2012

Winnebago RVIA ShowWinnebago Industries unveiled a number of RVs at the 50th Annual Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 27-29.

“Our motorized and towable lineups at this year’s RVIA National Trade Show were phenomenal,” says Winnebago Industries’ Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Randy Potts. “Not only did we show some of our hottest floorplans, but also a number of concepts were shown in order to gauge dealer response. What we heard was positive and armed with this information – we are going to continue to take Winnebago Industries in exciting new directions that will meet and exceed the needs and demands of today’s RVers.”

Highlights of the Company’s motorized division included:

Winnebago Minnie Winnie 25B

The Winnebago Minnie Winnie unveiled a new 25B floorplan at the show. Winnebago feels this value-priced coach is perfect for consumers just entering the RV lifestyle or experienced RVers seeking a great value. With a rear corner bed and bath, the front of the coach offers a dinette with opposing sofa/sleeper. An overhead bunk provides yet another place to sleep at night, while the galley is mid-coach.

By: On: Thursday September 27 2012

GoRVinig Away CampaignAccording to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), consumers are responding very well to GO RVing’s AWAY campaign. The campaign is delivering a 45% increase in leads year-to-date.

GoRVing’s first all-new campaign since 2005, AWAY is built upon the invitation to “find your AWAY” in an RV. Since debuting in early 2012, the combination of traditional television, print and digital ad buys, coupled with an increasing number of multi-faceted partnerships, has attracted more buyer prospects for the industry and has helped to boost RV interest. Shipments and retail sales of RVs have seen continued growth despite a continued sluggish economy.

By: On: Tuesday November 29 2011

Running full-speed ahead and building on the success of the A.C.E., Thor Motor Coach shows off the new Palazzo motorhome at the Louisville National Trade Show on Tuesday, November 29, 2011.

The Palazzo intends to follow in the footsteps of its gas market predecessor the A.C.E., and revolutionize the diesel entry-level motorhome arena.

The Palazzo’s foundation is a 26,000-lb GVWR Freightliner rear diesel chassis providing more than 5,000 lbs of cargo carrying capacity. Although the exterior dimensions are less than most mainstream diesel products; Thor says the innovative exterior storage is clean, well-lit, and easy to access, all the while trumping the competition’s volume by thirty-percent. The patio area is completely covered by the awning, and slide rooms do not take away from living area or storage access.

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