RV dealerships experienced a banner first seven months of the year selling highline fifth wheels, according to data collected through July from Statistical Surveys.
“It seems like it is the bigger product and the more expensive product that is having the growth in the industry now,” Tom Walworth, president of Statistical Surveys, told RV PRO.
While overall fifth wheel sales improved 5 percent through July, units priced at $60,000 or greater retailed 92 percent ahead of last year’s tally. Among all fifth wheel sales, those 31 feet or longer increased 9 percent through July, while those under 31 feet long decreased by 4 percent.
In other segments, fifth wheel units priced between $20,000 to $40,000 decreased in sales by 8.5 percent; and units costing $40,000 to $60,000 improved 3.6 percent, according to Statistical Surveys.
Walworth speculated the $60,000-plus fifth wheel customer is [...]
SKOKIE, Ill. — Yesterday, Rand McNally introduced the RVND 7720, a new seven-inch RV GPS device with Wi-Fi connectivity allowing for real-time weather information and display, and new hardware with rugged casing, video input, and a brighter screen.
The new device – shipping now to stores, online retailers, and RV dealers and distributors – joins Rand McNally’s line of RVND GPS devices for RVers. Rand McNally pioneered RV-specific navigation by launching the first GPS device designed specifically for RVers and campers, states a press release from Rand McNally.
RV-specific navigation is necessary to route large vehicles and towables around road restrictions, low bridges and other physical hazards. However, like all Rand McNally RV GPS devices, the RVND 7720 can be used as a car GPS as well – merely by changing a simple setting.
One of the new features of the RVND 7720 is Wi-Fi connectivity, which [...]
NORTH LIBERTY — Unique Tooling, started in May 2007 to serve the RV industry, managed to grow during the economic downturn and has accelerated by diversifying into plastics, metal and wood-cutting devices as well as tool sharpening.
The firm, which operates in two buildings in North Liberty and has eight employees, had sales of $1.2 million last year, and owner Tom England expects to reach $2 million this year.
One of the North Liberty storefronts offers blades to homeowners and hobbyists and sharpening for chain saws, lawn mower blades and other cutting tools.
But Unique Tooling mostly supplies customers in the RV, aluminum-cutting, cabinet-making, marine and plastics industries in seven states as well as nearby towns including Elkhart, Shipshewana and Middlebury.
“We supply certain types of router bits and saw cutting items that they use in the RV market,” England says. “We diversified from that [...]
Don’t feel like you have to close up your RV for the fall and winter months and stay home. Bundle up, pack your thick socks and hot chocolate… and get out there and visit some fall and winter destinations. RVing this time of year and in the off season can be a indescribable joy. Not only the beautiful fall colors, but the weather is crisp with sunny skies.
We found this great article to help you plan your winter escape destination.
RV Sales is taking donations for the Blue Star Mothers. We’d like to have a load of goodies to donate and are calling out to all our Friends and family to help us. We need all donations by Friday May 18th. Give us a call if you have any questions.
Here is a list of ideas from the Blue Star Mothers of supplies they need: Jerky – small packages Protein Bars Granola Bars Sunflower/Pumpkin Seeds & Nuts Trail Mix Coffee Singles Instant Oatmeal Dried Fruit Fruit Roll-ups Candies – Individually wrapped Chewing Gum Microwave Popcorn Pop Tarts Single Drink Mix Tubes Tea Bags
Toiletries (Travel Size and Never Used): Bath Soap Shampoo Conditioner Lotion Mouthwash Foot Powder