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Friday, December 30, 2011
Ally Financial promotion aims to attract dealers to online vehicle auction service. RV dealers wanting to buy and sell used inventory online now have an additional option, SmartAuction, by Ally Financial. Ally, formerly known as GMAC Financial and previously a division of...
Friday, December 30, 2011
Despite lower attendance, manufacturers and suppliers generally pleased with show. While attendance numbers at the recent 49th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., dropped by about 6 percent compared to 2010, exhibitors who spoke with RV PRO report they were...
Fleetwood
Manufacturers of diesel motorhomes see some reasons to be positive. There’s no way to sugarcoat it: The Great Recession and its aftermath were brutal on motorhome sales, especially for diesel pushers. A look at the numbers, courtesy of Grand Rapids, Mich.-based...
Flexsteel Extenda
Friday, December 2, 2011
Anyone who says there’s nothing new in RV interiors must be sleeping. Anyone who says there’s nothing new in RV appliances and interior products has clearly been asleep for the past several years. Suppliers interviewed for this article tell RV PRO they are constantly...
Going once, going twice, and then, “Sold.” Many RV dealers frequent auctions, looking for bargains they can retail to customers. So, RV PRO recently asked dealers nationwide which auction companies they use, which auction events they attend, what they purchase at those events...
With prices for elements used in the construction of RVs at near record levels, exper The prices for some commodities have climbed so high that it’s become worth the risk of jail time for thieves trying to cash in. Commodities, it seems, are the latest cash crop....
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Give this year’s sales of Class C motorhomes a grade of “B.” Sales of the motorhomes for the fi rst seven months of the year are up compared to 2009 and 2010, and are coming into parity with larger Class A units. Give this year’s sales of Class C motorhomes a grade of...
Friday, September 30, 2011
Exhibitors will offer hands-on product demonstrations and interactive features. Exhibitors at this year’s RV Dealers’ Association Exposition say they’re prepared to give attendees plenty of reasons to visit their booths.  In place of old standbys like...
Friday, July 1, 2011
Marine sales increased in May for the first time in four years. However, marine industry professionals hope that the trend of lagging sales is about to change now that the boating industry has just experienced its first up month in four years this past May. Sales of...
Friday, June 17, 2011
TCFIF sees its branch into the RV industry as an important step in its growth. “We’re in the inventory finance industry and this (RV industry) is just another piece of it,” said Jason Korstange, the director of corporate communications. “TCF Inventory...
A new composite material is sure to generate interest from manufacturers. With a name like “traditional,” it’s difficult to think poorly of one common method of constructing RV sidewalls. Its other moniker, “stick-and-tin,” doesn’t sound as...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Imagine a place where you can see vintage RVs. The RV/MH Hall of Fame offers a library, a convention center, a place to recognize the industry’s leaders and a museum featuring plenty of antique RVs – all under one roof. Imagine a place where you can see vintage...
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
It’s shaping up to be a busy year for the aftermarket group, with a new management firm in place and ongoing efforts to improve the state of the industry. As president of the RV Aftermarket association since October 2008, Piar Adams has had a...
Distributor Trends With the still uncertain economy and gas prices spiraling because of Middle East tension, it’s no easy feat to forecast the future of the RV market. Still, distributors tell RV PRO they are expecting an up year in 2011. Distributors note that...
RV Education 101
Friday, April 8, 2011
Mark Polk, RV Education 101 co-founder, finds opportunity where no one else had. That is why, in the late ‘90s, when an idea to help RVers become more knowledgeable about their units came to him as he sat at his desk at a dealership where he worked as the F&I...
Friday, March 25, 2011
Aerosuds' niche in trailers and towables branches into toy haulers. For about 10 years, Broomfield, Colo.-based Aerosuds has been selling cargo trailers as well as detailing, repairing, installing and selling additional accessories for the automotive and recreational...
Dealer Trends RV dealerships and RV parks have always had a symbiotic relationship, with many dealerships recommending favorite parks, and many parks recommending preferred dealerships. But for some RV dealers, they don’t simply partner with parks – they own them...
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Oregon RV Alliance working to bring business, RV jobs back to Oregon. A little over two weeks ago, the Oregon RV Alliance launched the website www.come2oregon.com, another step in its efforts to revamp the RV industry in Lane County, Oregon. The Oregon RV Alliance, which...
Dealer Trends Dealers who attend the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.,  generally gave the show high marks, noting that both attendance and the number of exhibitors was up notably after 2009’s recession-stricken gathering....
Innovation on Display
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
48th Annual National RV Trade Show   “We are going to wear the market out with innovation,” Fleetwood RV CEO John Draheim told dealers during the company’s product launch event Nov. 30 at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. Based upon the...