10 May 2019,
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MORELO invests €3m in factory expansion
MORELO, the luxury motor home brand owned by the Knaus Tabbert group, is investing about €3m to acquire land for an extension to its factory and for more motorhome parking for visiting customers.
The extra land has already been paved ready as extra parking for guests bringing their motorhomes to the MORELO OPEN 2019 from 30 May to 2 June, as MORELO expects a record number of visitors. This area will be developed as a modern parking space for 52 motorhomes with water supply and disposal, electricity connections and a natural pond.
The rest of the land will be used for upcoming production expansions and as a much needed floor space.
“This is a step in the right direction,” says Reinhard Löhner, Managing Director of MORELO. “The personal proximity to our customers and friends has always been very important to us. So much the better if you can soon feel “Welcome Home” on the MORELO pitch.”
Just over a year ago, MORELO has begun the construction of a modern service center. The work will be completed this summer and the factory service can be massively expanded. Through these measures, MORELO wants to ensure that the steadily growing number of customers can continue to receive optimal support.
Brianza Plastica introduces Elyplan in new metallic colours
Brianza Plastica, the manufacturer of fibreglass sheets and rolls for interior and exterior walls and panels in caravans and motorhomes (and commercial vehicles), has introduced new metallic colours to its Elyplan product range.
The Elyplan sheets and rolls are produced with a continuous hot laminating process. The new metallic colours are available with a Standard or High Finish surface. They are ready to use with no additional coating or painting required.
There is a wide range of colours available, from grey to all the RAL colours, in various thicknesses, with optional mat finish. This makes the Brianza Plastica Elyplan range ideal for exterior and interior walls of recreational/commercial vehicles, doors and any application where high aesthetic quality is required.
Technical details of the new Elyplan metallic colours include:
• Thickness: from 0.8 to 3 mm • Widths of up to 3,200 mm
• Rolls or sheets (on request)
• With protective film
• In different colours: grey, other colours on request
Technical features of the Elyplan High Finish metallic:
• Thickness: 1.1 or 1.6 mm • Widths of up to 3,200 mm • Rolls or sheets (on request) • With protective film • In different colours: grey, other colours on request
Brianza Plastica is exhibiting its product range at the Dusseldorf Caravan Salon on stand E88 in Hall 13.
Brianza Plastica was founded in Italy in 1962. It is currently the largest European manufacturer of fibreglass and is able to offer flat laminates made with two technologies: continuous and discontinuous production lines.
Brianza USA Corporation was established in January 2014 to serve the entire US market and to strengthen its presence in the territory, handling orders of any size. Its headquarters in Elkhart are equipped with a storage warehouse and distribution centre, making it a reference point for the distribution of Elycold and Elyplan fibreglass laminates destined for the market of recreational vehicles (campers and caravans) and motor vehicles (trucks and buses).
Record number of candidates for the RV Industry Association elections
The RV Industry Association (RVIA) in USA has received a record number of candidates for its upcoming elections. Members will have the opportunity to vote from 3 to 29 September.
Seven director positions are up for election, two manufacturer seats, three supplier seats, one park model manufacturer seat and one at-large seats. A record 22 candidates are running for this year's open seats including 6 manufacturer representatives, 2 Park Model RV representatives, 10 supplier representatives, and 4 at-large representatives.
Meet the candidates:
Manufacturer Seat (Vote for 2):
Scott Hubble, Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers/NuCamp RV
Scott has been with nuCamp (formerly Pleasant Valley Teardrop Trailers) since the summer of 2009 as the manufacturer for Little Guy Worldwide. Scott initially broke into the RV industry with Little Guy Worldwide, where he served as their Director of Marketing (2007-2011), Director of Strategic Solutions (2011-2014) and ultimately Vice President (2014-2016). Scott officially began working for both Little Guy and nuCamp in 2012 when nuCamp appointed Scott as their CEO. Scott earned his degrees in accounting, MBA and Doctor in Juris Prudence at Cedarville University, the University of Akron and Southern Columbian University. He is anticipating completing a business doctorate in public administration and urban studies in 2022. He is a board member of the Nicamerican Missions involved in several organizations, including Feed My Starving Children, The Upside of Downs, Jobs for Life Rahab Ministries, Habitat for Humanity, and Pure Gift of God Adoption Services.
Dustin Johns, Travel Lite RV
Dustin is president of Travel Lite RV (2014-present). He’s also serving as president of Next Level Components (2018-present), Indiana RV (2017-present) and Innovation LLC. Prior to these roles, Dustin was vice president (2009-2014) and sales manager (2001-2009) at Travel Lite RV. Dustin earned his degree at Ball State University.
Bob Martin, Thor Industries, Inc.
Bob currently serves as president and CEO of Thor Industries, Inc. Prior to this current role, he served as Thor’s president and COO and previously as RV senior group president. In addition, he also served as president of Keystone RV Company. His RV Industry Association service includes serving as a current member of the Board of Directors as secretary and on the Executive Committee and Strategic Planning Committee and previously served as a member of National Show Committee. Other service to the community includes serving as a past board member of the United Way of Elkhart County. Bob is a graduate of Purdue University.
Matthew Miller, Newmar Corporation
Matt Miller is the president/CEO of Newmar Corporation where he has been since 1992. He is currently an RV Industry Association board member and is the first vice chair on the Executive Committee following his roles as the Secretary and Treasurer (2013-2016). Matt is also the Chairman of the RV Technical Institute Board of Directors and serves on the RV Industry Association’s Audit Committee, Public Relations Committee, RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing Board, Standards Steering Committee and Strategic Planning Committee where he was a former chairman. Matt has also served as a chairman on the Nominating Committee (2012). His other service activities include serving as a current member of the RVDA RV Learning Center Board; former member of the RV Safety and Education Foundation Board and The Crossing Schools.
Phil Sarvari, Gulf Stream Coach
Phil is the president of Gulf Stream Coach where he has been with the company since 1992. He served as a board member on the RV Industry Association’s Quality Task Force in 2005 and the RV MHI Indiana. Phil earned a double major from Marian University in Accounting and Business Administration. He also belongs to the local Family and Children’s Center and the Boys and Girls Club of Mishawaka.
Greg Wallman, Melius Corporation dba Space Craft Mfg.
Greg is the owner and president of Space Craft Mfg. where he has been since 2018. Prior to Space Craft Mfg., Greg was a director at Core Catalysts (2011 – 2018), a manager at Experis (2005 – 2011), an EVP mortgage lending & controller at National Bank of Kansas City (2002 – 2005), a controller at McCaffree Financial Corporation (1999 – 2002) and a senior auditor at Deloitte (1996 – 1999). Greg earned his MBA from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Northwest Missouri State University.
PMRV Manufacturer (Vote for 1):
Dick Grymonprez, Champion/Athens Park Model RVs
Dick Grymonprez currently serves as director of park model sales for Skyline Champion Corporation. Building in 11 factories under the Athens Park and Shore Park brand names, Skyline Champion is the largest builder of park model RVs in the US. Dick was previously was vice president of sales and marketing for Athens Park Homes (2004-2012) and sales manager for Champion Homes (1988-2011). His service to the RV Industry Association includes serving as a current member of the Board of Directors, on the Membership Committee and Park Model RV Committee; and a past member of the Seasonal Camping Committee (2012-2015) and Awards Committee (2016). He was also the president (2011-2016) and is a member of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association Board of Directors; a member of the Texas Manufactured Housing Board of Directors (1999-2000 & 2009-2010); president (1995-1996) and member (1990-1996) of the Arizona Manufactured Housing Board of Directors; and was the president (1999) and member (1997-1999) of the YMCA Board of Directors. He received his B.S. in business from Central Michigan University.
John Soard, Woodland Park, Inc.
John is a national sales manager for Woodland Park, Inc. He’s also served as the general manager of the Park Models Division for Fairmont Homes a subsidiary of Cavco Industries (2005-2016); regional sales manager for Breckenridge Park Models (1999-2005); national and regional sales manager for Woodland Park, Inc. (1988-1998); director of engineering for Park Homes, Inc. (1985-1988); and held drafting/engineering positions at Coachmen Industries (1983-1985). His service to the RV Industry Association includes serving as the current chairman of the Park Model RV Committee; member of the Go RVing Coalition and the Park Model RV Technical Subcommittee. He was also a member of the Seasonal Camping Committee (2012 -2015) and various RV Industry Association and RPTIA Codes and Standards Subcommittees (1998-2005). John is involved in the development of standards in Canada and serves as a member of the Canadian Standards Association’s Technical Committee on Park Models (2017 – Present). He is also a member of the PRVCA Board of Directors, past member of the PRVCA Hershey Show Committee (2008-2012) and was the secretary and Board Member for RPTIA (2005-2012).
Supplier (Vote for 3):
Matt Carboneau, WESCO Distribution
Matt is the sales manager, midwest region for WESCO Distribution (2016 – Present). Prior to Joining WESCO, he worked at Amerimax Building Products (2007 – 2016), Owens Corning Fabwel Division (1998 – 2007) and Fabwel, Inc. (1989 – 1998). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in general management from Purdue University with a minor in finance. Matt is actively involved in community organizations including leading fundraising events and serving as a vestry board member at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, led fundraising drives for United way, coached youth sports leagues for six years, volunteered on a special finance committee for Goshen Community Schools, volunteered as a summer camp counselor and he secured major donor funding for restoration and renovation of the Wawasee Retreat Center owned by the Diocese of Northern Indiana.
Kevin Casey - Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions, Inc.
Kevin has been the president and CEO of Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions, Inc. since 2017. He was the vice president, marketing and sales at EMS Chemie – EFTEC (2014 – 2017), vice president, sales and marketing for Mar-Bal, Inc. (2010), vice president sales and marketing at Sika where he held multiple roles from 2002 – 2008, and was the vice president of sales and marketing at Premix, Inc. (1995). Kevin is involved in 25 community organizations including the Rotary Club of La Porte, Indiana, Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation, Elkhart 4-H Program, Shrine Circus Fund, United Way, Japan-America Society of Indiana, Meals on Wheels, and many others. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Ohio State University.
Jorge Antonio Campos, Boyd Corporation
Jorge is the BDE, sales executive for Boyd Corporation where he has worked since 2014. Prior to his current role, he was the general manager at Patrick Industries (2013 – 2014), the national corporate quality director and national sales executive for Lippert Components (2004 – 2013) and the VP of operations for Norco Industries (1991 – 2013). Jorge is currently a member of the RV Industry Association’s Standards Steering Committee and the Supplier Committee. He graduated from Indiana University South Bend with a degree in business and manufacturing engineering. Jorge also served as Chairman of the Board for the Centers for Hope and Healing, a not for profit chain of urgent care clinics in the Elkhart/Goshen area and is involved with fundraisers for the Goshen Boys and Girls Club and various local Hispanic organizations.
Michael Gerowitz, Tredit Tire and Wheel Company, Inc.
Michael runs product and market development at Tredit Tire and Wheel where he has been since February 2019. Prior to joining Tredit, he held several positions at Goodyear Tire and Rubber ranging from a testing lab coordinator in 2010 to prototype tire architecture program manager for Goodyear Research and Development in 2019. Michael earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education and anthropology from the University of Michigan. He is the co-author of Care and Service for Truck and Bus Tires, is an advanced driving development chief instructor for the National Auto Sport Associations in the Great Lakes Region, fundraises for the Association and Zoos and Aquariums, served in the Goodyear seat on the US Tire Manufacturers Association Publications Committee (formally known as Rubber Manufacturers of America (RMA), and belongs to the Sports Car Club of America.
Beau Gringer, Diamond Shield
Beau began his career as an operations manager at Diamond Shield in 2002 before becoming the owner and president in 2016. He earned his B.A.Sc. in business and economics from Sunny Empire State in New York. He is a member of the Family Motor Coach Association, Florida RV Trade Association, volunteers with Hire Heroes USA, is the founder and president of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Christmas Ball Fundraiser, and participates in fundraisers for the Miami Project (Spinal Injury), University of Rochester and Wilmot Cancer Institute.
John O’Sullivan - Crane Composites
John is currently the president of Crane Composites and has serviced in multiple roles at the company since 2003. Prior to joining Crane Composites, he was the vice president, division director at R.R. Donnelley where he worked from 1989 – 2002. John earned his MBA in accounting from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and quickly joined Ernst & Young as a senior auditor from 1987 – 1989. He is a current board member of the American Composites Manufacturers Association and previously served on the Associations Convention Planning Committee for the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, a board member for United Way in LaSalle County, IL, and board member at Junior Achievement in LaSalle County, IL.
Matthew Petrill, Furrion, LLC
Matthew is the Vice President, North American Operations, for Furrion, LLC. Prior to joining Furrion, he was the director of business development at Boyd Corporation (2016-2017), director of operations at REV Recreation Group (2014 – 2016), director of operations at Thor Motor Coach (2014), director of operations at Monaco RV (2012 – 2013), and the production manager & general manager at Fleetwood RV/REV Recreation Group (1999 – 2011). He is currently a member of the RV Industry Association’s Public and Legislative Affairs Committee and he previously participated in the Codes & Standards Sub-Committee. Matthew orchestrated refurbishment of existing RVs and donation of another to Hello Gorgeous, a non-profit organization that performs mobile makeovers for women battling cancer. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering and a Master of Science in manufacturing management from Kettering University.
Mary Pouliot, Thetford Corporation
Mary is the VP of sales and marketing at Thetford where she has worked since 2006 in a number of roles including director of customer service and director of OEM sales. Prior to joining Thetford, she worked at Mosaic, was the director of NA IT at GKN Sinter Metals and as the customer service manager team lead at FANUC Robotics. Her service to the RV Industry Association includes serving as the vice chairman of the RVIA/RVDA Certification Governing Board, as a member of both the association’s Curriculum and Credentialing Focus Group and Tech Training Strategic Plan Focus Group, Trade Show and Events Committee member, and RVX Show Task Force member. She previously served as an RV Service Training Council member, Industry Education Committee member and Industry of Excellence member. She was also a Top Tech Challenger Supporter (2018-2019), Trade Mission to China participant (2018), and National Education Service Award Winner (2014). She currently sits on a number of boards and committees including the RV Women’s Alliance, the MARVAC Board (2013 – current) where she is the President, MMH&RVCA Executive Board (2016 – Current), and the MARVAC Marketing PR Committee (2014 – current). Mary participates in Habitat for Humanity, Relay for Life and Community Sharing.
Jay Riblet, D&W, Inc.
Jay is the sales, general manager at D&W Inc. where he has been since 2012. Prior to joining D&W, he was the executive director for the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart (2010 – 2012) and the sales manager at Philips Products/Ventline from 1999 – 2009. Jay is a University of South Bend graduate and earned a bachelor’s degree in general studies. He is a past board member of the Samaritan Center in Elkhart, volunteered as a C.A.R.E.S. mentor with Elkhart Community Schools, and helped with fundraising efforts for the Love Way Therapeutic Equestrian Services in Elkhart County. He has raised money for the Boys & Girls Club of Elkhart in his capacity as the executive director.
Bill Rogers, Keystone Automotive Operations, Inc.
Bill currently serves as president for Keystone/NTP-STAG (2015-present). His previous experience includes vice president, category management at Keystone/NTPSTAG (2010-2015); vice president, supply chain management at Armstrong World Industries (2006-2010) and Textron, Inc. (2001-2006); manager, procurement at Holnam, Inc. (1998-2001); and multiple positions with General Electric (1985-1998). He is currently serving on the RV Industry Association Board of Directors, member of the RECT Task Force and is a former member of Governance Committee. Bill holds a B.S. degree in computer science from the University of Massachusetts and MBA from Northeastern University. He is also a Six Sigma Black Belt (DMAIC) & Green Belt (DFSS).
At-Large (Vote for 1)
Chris Carpenter - Creative Products Group
Chris is the director of business development for CPG Brands. He has chaired multiple committees including the RV Aftermarket Association’s Education Committee, Show/Events Committee, the events committee of the University of Buffalo CEL program and is currently on the RV Industry Association’s Trade Shows and Events Committee. He participates in the APICS membership and strategic speakers selection and belongs to the University of Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.
Mark Johnson - Big Life Tiny Homes
Mark is the vice president of Big Life Tiny Homes where he has been since 2018. Prior to joining Big Life Tiny Homes, Mark was a construction analyst as the U.S. Small Business Administration, president of two companies in Tennessee dealing with construction and development projects (1995 – 2014), president of Pace Construction (1990 – 1994), vice president, senior project manager/estimator at Hunt Construction (1988 – 1990), project manager at T.W. Frierson (1986 – 1988), and a Superintendent at Gene D. Liggins. Mark is a board member of the Johansson Foundation which places people and builds affordable or free housing for veterans and other homeless people to help them get back on their feet. He was also appointed to an advisory board for codes and zoning departments on issues related to allowing RV’s, campers, and tiny homes to be placed around counties in the state of Tennessee.
Tom McCarthy - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US
Tom is the vice president, head of safety compliance & product analysis at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA US). He has served in numerous roles with the company including a number or roles through the company’s transitions from DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler Corp (1995-2001).; DaimlerChrysler (2001 – 2007); Chrysler Group (2007 – 2009) and FCA US (2009 – present). Tom was the automotive test engineer for the Consumers Union (1995), and a design engineer at General Motors and at Pratt & Whitney. He volunteered to lead an initiative aimed at sharing recall execution processes and lessons learned from the automotive sector at NHTSA’s request and has been successful in expanding the effort into a formal, quarterly sub-committee meeting with key members of the RV Industry Association and representatives from FCA Fleet Operations, Ford and GM. He fundraises for United Way, Habitat for Humanity, and for several animal rescue groups and animal shelters in the Detroit metro area and southwest Michigan. He is also a long-term mentor for FCA US’ intern and CIE programs and a mentor for the National Society of Black Engineers. Tom is a graduate of Northeastern University and earned his MBA from Walsh College.
Jeff Sather, Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp.
Jeff is the president and CEO of Freightliner Custom Chassis where he has been since March 2018. Prior to Freightliner, Jeff was the general manager of specialty units controlling at Daimler Trucks North America (2008 – 2018) following various roles within the company (2001 – 2008). He was employed at PACCAR Inc. from 1991 – 2001 where he also held various accounting positions. Jeff is a CPA and earned his MBA from Seattle University and a business degree in finance and marketing from the University of Michigan. He has been on the RV Industry Association’s Board of Directors since March 2018 and services on the Public & Legislative Affairs Committee (2018 – present). He has also been a board member at North America Fuel Systems Remanufacturing from 2008 – 2018.
Iridium produces second generation of motorhomes with electric drive at Düsseldorf
A second generation electric-powered motorhome from Iridium will debut at the Caravan Salon Düsseldorf later this month. Its 108kW battery capacity promises enough energy to travel over 400kms.
A new battery technology enhances massively the energy density of the energy storage. The second generation of Iridium mobiles will make use of Li-Fe-batteries with ceramic separators. With them, the e-mobiles will be able to drive 400 kilometers without loading. For battery load Iridium integrated two technologies: drivers may use fast charging with the CCS standard (actually 50kW/h, in future up to 100 kW/h) or the common standard type 2 plug (up to 22 kW/h). More details will be given at the premiere of the vehicle in Düsseldorf at a press conference on August 31st.
The core of the new Iridium-E-motorhome is again a highly efficient synchronous motor, with power of 150 kW and a torque of 730 Nm.
This second generation model comes just eight months after Iridium's world premiere of a motorhome with all electric drive at the Stuttgart CMT travel fair.
“Together with our partner EFA-S, a renowned e-drive specialist for vans, we were able to extend the reach of the vehicles more than 30 percent to a total of around 400 kilometers,” says Thomas Gräter, managing director of WOF GmbH which has developed the Iridium brand.
The company is based in Weilheim an der Teck in Southwest Germany and specializes in the sale of motorhomes. It developed Iridium as the first worldwide brand which is totally dedicated to electric campers.
“We will start our second generation with a limited edition of 30 vehicles which may be ordered on the Iridium stand at the travel and camper fair in Düsseldorf,” added Thomas Gräter.
Delivery of the first e-motorhomes will start in the first quarter of 2020.
The Caravan Salon Düsseldorf takes place from August 31st until September 8th 2019 on the trade fair in Düsseldorf. The new Iridium e-mobile will be shown in hall 12 at stand B 66.
Furthermore, there will be a ready to drive first generation Iridium e-motorhome available to test drive at the show if booked in advance.
"At Iridium, we are very proud to be the first ones who not only showed a prototype but also brought the first e-mobile to market, which can be purchased right away”, adds Gräter.
“Race cars in formula One have a torque of about 400 Nm, so no hill should be a problem.”
Since 2012, WOF GmbH has been headquartered in Weilheim an der Teck in Germany’s southwestern state Baden-Württemberg specializing in the distribution of motorhomes from different brands. With its own brand, Iridium, the company is dedicated to the development and sale of electrically powered motorhomes only. WOF is also the importer for the brand Mooveo in Germany and Austria. These motorhomes and camper vans are produced by the French group Pilote and are sold by around 20 licensed dealers who additionally provide service to these vehicles. A further brand promoted by WOF is Bela. For more information, please, go to www.iridium-wohnmobile.de or www.wof-wohnmobile.de.
HELLA expanding its expertise in RV sector
HELLA, the automotive lighting and electronics supplier is developing its expertise in its Special Applications sector for vehicles such as motorhomes, the marine sector, buses and those engaged in agricultural and construction work, by strengthening its global sales network and product portfolio.
HELLA is continuously ramping up its electronics portfolio in all areas - from actuators, sensors and energy management through body electronics right up to driver assistance systems.
Since 1957, HELLA has been transferring its high technological expertise from its core automotive business to applications in special original equipment. "Intelligent battery sensors, accelerator pedal sensors, rain/light sensors, actuators or turning angle sensors - we offer our customers every kind of product that makes vehicles safer, more efficient and more comfortable," says Daniel Quick, Head of Electronics Product Management in the Special Original Equipment division at HELLA.
Particular focus is placed on adapting the solutions to customer requirements. "The products cannot be taken over one-to-one from the automotive business because special vehicles have different technical requirements," said Daniel Quick.
For example, the products are exposed to stronger mechanical vibrations and temperature fluctuations during use, so HELLA reconfigures the products accordingly and further develops them. One such example is HELLA's intelligent battery sensors, which monitor the battery status and energy flow in the vehicle. As a market leader in this area, HELLA offers products for vehicles with 12V and 24V vehicle electrical systems. The intelligent battery sensors in motor homes make it possible to check several series-connected batteries up to 500 amps.
Electrification in the automotive industry continues to advance. More and more functions in the vehicle are controlled electronically in order to minimize vehicle energy consumption and maximize vehicle effectiveness.
"In special original equipment, however, we are frequently talking small-scale series. So in order to be able to offer our customers tailor-made electronic components here too, we accompany them from the initial idea through development up to integration of the latest technologies and functions in the vehicle," says Daniel Quick.
In this way vehicle-specific new developments are brought about in collaboration with customers, developments that are tailored to their respective needs and requirements.
Driver comfort and safety is another area that HELLA has been focused on. This includes products such as the rain/light sensor for windscreens. The automatic wiper relieves the driver of the need to operate the relevant levers and the integrated light sensor controls the switching on and off of the low beam when confronted by different lighting conditions, or during tunnel driving.
Recent Study Shows: Leisure-vehicle tourism is an economic factor of growing importance in Germany
A recent study of the importance of camping and caravanning for the German economy by the German Institute for Tourism showed that consumer spending by tourists who traveled around Germany with a motor caravan, caravan or tent in 2018 generated €14 billion in revenue. This represents a significant increase of 11.5 percent relative to 2016.
Leisure-vehicle holidays are more popular in Germany than ever before – an evolution reflected by the fact that demand for new, used and rented motor caravans and caravans has been growing for some years now.
The tendency of many German leisure-vehicle owners to go on holiday in their home country works to the benefit not only of leisure vehicle manufacturers, but also the German tourism industry.
More than 1.2 million new leisure vehicles were sold in Germany in 2018, and an additional 250,000 were in continuous use at German campgrounds.
Each occupant of a caravan or motor caravan spends roughly €50 per holiday day, while camping enthusiasts spend more than €20 per day during their holidays on permanent camping lots, and visitors such as friends and relatives just under €20 per day.
German campgrounds registered 50.5 million overnight stays in 2018, while motor caravan pitches registered an additional 15.5 million. Moreover, in Germany, users of motor caravans undertook a total of 16.5 million day trips, while 57.5 million overnight stays were registered on permanent camping lots.
The aggregate expenditures of these holidayers in the regions in question translate into revenue of 5.3 billion euros. These revenues result from charges for overnight stays, retail sales, restaurant expenditures, and all manner of leisure time and cultural activities, to name only the most important sources.
Another key factor are expenditures for equipment, amounting to 4.4 billion euro, plus travel related expenditures by caravan and motor caravan users amounting to an aggregate 4.3 billion euros, which are often not taken into account in the statistics.
This type of leisure time activity generated 14 billion euros in revenue in 2018 alone. These financial resources flow directly into the German economy and remain there, as Dr. Bernhard Harrer, president of the German Institute for Tourism explains: “With the income they derive from leisure-vehicle and camping holidaying, operators of campgrounds and motor caravan pitches pay not only their employees, but also suppliers such as power companies and bakeries – as well as providers such as plumbers and electricians as well as building contractors, who do maintenance and repairs for the facilities; not to mention the ad agencies that produce promotional materials, tax consultants, insurance companies and financial services providers.”
“Caravanning makes a major contribution to the German economy and to job creation, particularly in rural areas and in economically disadvantaged regions,” added Daniel Onggowinarso, Managing Director of the CIVD.
In the interest of exploiting the full potential of this type of holidaying to an even greater degree, the CIVD advocates for streamlining the Federal Citizens Registration Act (Bundesmeldegesetz), and putting greater emphasis on creating new motor caravan pitches and upgrading existing ones.
“We are engaged in a constructive dialogue with policymakers, with a view to identifying the relevant constraints. The federal government recently adopted a national tourism strategy, which represents an important first step in the right direction. However, further measures are needed,” Mr. Onggowinarso noted.
RV Supplier and Vendor Expo 2019 runs from 23 to 26 September at the Elkhart Dealer Open House
The second annual RV Supplier and Vendor Exhibition will take place from 23rd to 26th September at the Elkhart Dealer Open House and promises to be one of the largest gatherings of RV industry people.
Randall Jeremiah, the event organiser, said: “Th Elkhart Dealer Open House is a unique event attracting RV dealers from all over the country as well as stafff from local RV manufacturers.”
“Whether suppliers are trying to expand market share, or they are interested in face-to-face time with their existing clients, this expo is an event people won’t want to miss,” Jeremiah added.
The RV Supplier and Vendor Exhibition takes place during the Elkhart Open House. It aims to make it easy to find all the RV vendors in one place, with exciting and new industry items.
The exhibition is designed for both dealers and manufacturers. It was created by Randall Jeremiah after he heard that the RVIA Show in Louisville, Kentucky, was cancelled in 2018. Even in the first year, the new event, held in conjunction with the RV Open House enticed more than 60 vendors and suppliers to exhibit.
Exhibitors can still register for display space by visiting www.rvshow.co. The displays go up to 20’ x 20′ but the standard display is 10’ x 10′.
Opening times for the RV Supplier and Vendor Exhibition are: Mon : 2:00 - 5:00 pm Tue : 10:00 - 5:00 pm Wed : 10:00 - 5:00 pm Thu : 10:00 - 12:00 pm Location: 28066 Co Rd 6, Elkhart, IN 46514
Xtreme Outdoors acquires Liberty Outdoors
Xtreme Outdoors, LLC has acquired Liberty Outdoors, LLC to its family of trailer brands. It will be focusing on improving the quality, dealer and customer experience of its Little Guy brand of trailers.
A number of experienced staff have Liberty Outdoors agreed to transition over to Xtreme Outdoors. Warranty claims on trailers sold earlier will continue to be honoured.
The principals behind Xtreme Outdoors have been successful, individual (not private equity) business owners for over 20 years - they like to own and operate businesses for long periods of time. They have the background to provide substantial operational and financial backing to the business.
There is more information about Xtreme Outdoors available at www.goxtoutdoors.com. The Little Guy website (www.golittleguy.com) is in the process of being updated and will remain the main source of information about Little Guy products.
Xtreme Outdoors is a family of trailer brands consisting of Little Guy Trailers, Camp Rover, and the new to be released MyPod, built by American workers in Somerset, Pennsylvania at a 100,000 sq. ft. facility employing about 80 people with 20 to 30 years of RV manufacturing experience.
Thor announces Andy Graves as new Independent Chairman of its Board of Directors
Thor Industries, Inc. has announced that Andy Graves assumed the position of Chairman of the Board from August 1, 2019. Mr Graves will be the Company's first independent Chairman.
Andy Graves has spent the past 35 years in leadership roles in global manufacturing businesses. He has extensive international experience having managed significant international operations while at FMC Technologies, CNH Industrial (Case Corporation), Dresser Industries, as well as nine years at Brunswick Corporation as President of the Brunswick Boat Group. His expertise in brand management, product development and design, operations, and managing independent dealer networks have been invaluable to Thor during his nearly nine years of service on the Board of Directors.
Most recently, he served as President and CEO of privately held Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG) for four years, where he broadened his consumer durables experience beyond the recreational boat market and into the powersports marketplace.
Additionally, MAG's distribution and e-commerce businesses, as well as the company's brand portfolio of leading aftermarket accessory products, focused beyond new unit sales and into aftermarket sales and service. These industries have significant parallels to the RV industry, allowing Andy to offer unique insights to the Thor leadership team. He is adept at managing decentralized businesses, and has a track record of maintaining a strong brand and distinct cultural focus while also capturing value from working across businesses to leverage scale advantages. Andy retired as a full time CEO in August 2018. He currently serves on the board of privately held S2 Yachts, and provides consulting and advisory services on a contract basis.
"I'm honored by the opportunity to be Thor's first independent Chairman," commented Mr. Graves. "Over the nine years of time on the Board, I have come to know and admire the management team. As I look forward to leading our Board as Chairman, I am confident that our management team has the leadership and vision to successfully navigate the global RV market."
The Company also announced that Jan Suwinski, who has served as a member of Thor's Board of Directors since 1999, will step down as Lead Director but remain on the Board. During his time with the Board, Mr. Suwinski chaired both the compensation and the audit committees. He has served as the Company's Independent Lead Director since Fiscal Year 2013.
"As a company, Thor has been blessed to have had only two Chairman, both of whom were our founders and Executive Chairmen," commented Jan Suwinski. "Establishing Andy Graves as our first independent Chairman removes the necessity of an Independent Lead Director, so I am stepping down from that role effective August 1. I'm proud of the Company's performance during my time on the Board and look forward to serving on the Board through the end of our fiscal year 2020."
"Jan has been an important voice in our Board room for many years. He's been instrumental in the setting and monitoring of our strategic path. As we look ahead, our Board will continue to be best in class with Andy Graves in the Chairman role. Andy's deep experience in the recreation industry is invaluable to our boardroom discussion," offered Bob Martin, Thor's President and Chief Executive Officer.
Additionally, the Company announced that as Andy Graves assumes the role of Chairman, he will resign as Compensation and Development Committee Chairman, effective October 1, 2019, and Board member Wilson Jones will assume that role on that date.
LCI Industries reports second quarter results
LCI Industries, the supplier of components to OEMs in the global RV, marine and leisure markets, has reported second quarter 2019 results. These show consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2019 of $629.1 million, a decline of eight percent from the same period in 2018. This is due to a reduction in RV wholesale shipments. Net income in the second quarter of 2019 was $47.5 million, compared to net income of $47.2 million in the second quarter of 2018.
"In the second quarter, we delivered solid performance led by growth in Aftermarket, as well as sequential margin expansion driven by market share gains, operational efficiencies, and material cost improvements. While the North American RV market remains challenging, our diversification strategy continues to generate solid momentum. As of June 30th, our adjacent, aftermarket, and international sales comprised over 40 percent of our last twelve-month sales, which was supported by 29 percent growth in domestic Aftermarket sales over the first quarter and 13 percent year-over-year. In addition, our Aftermarket Segment operating margin has expanded to 17.1 percent in the second quarter and 14.9 percent year-to-date. We also benefited from the implementation of initiatives to enhance our manufacturing efficiencies through several continuous improvement, lean, and automation projects, which drove lower labor costs for the quarter and enhanced margins," said LCI Industries' Chief Executive Officer, Jason Lippert.
"Supplementing our investments in innovation, content growth, and market share gains, we also announced two exciting transactions during the quarter, Lewmar Marine and Lavet, which will further enhance our offerings to the marine and the international RV market, respectively. As we look to the back half of 2019, while the domestic RV market will remain somewhat pressured, we believe we have the opportunity to further drive value for our shareholders through a continued focus on diversifying our business as we remain committed to core industry leadership, innovation, and growth into new markets," added Jason Lippert.
Consolidated net sales for the second quarter of 2019 were $629.1 million, a decline of eight percent from 2018 second quarter net sales of $684.5 million. Net income in the second quarter of 2019 was $47.5 million, or $1.89 per diluted share, compared to net income of $47.2 million, or $1.86 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018.
The decrease in year-over-year net sales for the second quarter of 2019 reflects lower RV wholesale shipments as dealers normalize their inventory levels which we believe to be in the final stages of correction, offset by continued growth in the Company's aftermarket and international markets.
Net sales from acquisitions completed by the Company over the twelve months ended June 30, 2019, contributed $8.6 million in the second quarter of 2019.
The Company's content per travel trailer and fifth-wheel RV for the twelve months ended June 30, 2019, increased $74 to $3,486, compared to the twelve months ended June 30, 2018, of $3,412. The Company's content per motorhome RV for the twelve months ended June 30, 2019, increased $30 to $2,468, compared to the twelve months ended June 30, 2018, of $2,438. The content increases are a result of organic growth, including new product introductions and price increases, as well as acquisitions.
July 2019 consolidated net sales for LCI Industries were approximately $181 million, down five percent from July 2018. Sales continue to be impacted by reduced production rates by the RV OEMs.
LCI Industries, which includes subsidiaries such as Lippert Components, generated cash flow from operations of $180.1 million and invested $35.8 million in capital expenditures as well as $31.3 million for dividend payments to shareholders for the six months ended June 30, 2019. The Company's outstanding debt was $245.3 million at June 30, 2019.
Truma Corp responds to possible availability of parts to the public in USA
The US Truma subsidiary, Truma Corp, is warning that it will not support any Truma parts, specifically the Truma Combi, that may be available on the market following the recent Erwin Hymer Group North America receivership and subsequent auction of assets.
Truma works closely with manufacturers to ensure the safe and reliable installation of its equipment and therefore does not allow unauthorized sales, installation or repair of Truma systems. Safety is critical to Truma and these systems require compliance to specific international standards.
As a global supplier to the Recreational Vehicle market, Truma prides itself on supporting its systems through its partners (OEM; Dealer; Service) to ensure customers have a stress free and comfortable camping experience.
If any member of the public find Truma products available in the aftermarket or partially assembled, any warranty and service will not be covered by Truma. Truma also will not supply products or parts to support any aftermarket sold systems.
Any questions or concerns can be sent to [email protected] and will be reviewed by Truma’s Customer Care Team.