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By: On: Friday June 5 2015

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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.

By: On: Tuesday November 22 2011

Thor Motor Coach has announced plans to introduce several new floorplans for the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show which takes place Nov. 29 – Dec. 1, 2011 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.

Thor Motor Coach will be displaying a total of 11 new floorplans not seen before at the RVIA show, including the all new Class B+(Plus) Citation 27SB, Challenger 37DT, and the Tuscany 45LT.

Citation 27SB: A fuel efficient B+(Plus) with more exterior storage:
• Glazed cherry or maple cabinetry
• Mega-Storage™ oversized exterior storage compartment
• Onan RV MicroQuiet™ 4000-kilowatts generator
• Patio plus entertainment package
• 32” HD LCD TV
• 30″ residential microwave
• Optional solid surface kitchen countertops
• Over-sized 36” wide shower
• Standard U-shaped dinette

By: On: Tuesday November 22 2011

CrossRoads RV has added the new Cruiser Aire to its current product offering. The Cruiser Aire comes in five travel trailer and four fifth wheel models designed for easy towing.

Models range from 24 to 32 feet in length, have full depth slide-outs and weigh 4,500 -7,000 lbs. According to CrossRoads RV, pricing for the Cruiser Aire starts around $23,900. CrossRoads RV says these aluminum-framed units are equipped with many standard features that other RV manufacturers offer only as options:

• 60” x 80” Deluxe Memory Foam Mattress
• LED Lights Throughout Interior
• Enormous Pass Through Storage
• Cathedral Ceiling Throughout
• ALL Double Slide Floor Plans




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