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Forest River Owners Group logoAnyone who thought that the best days for America’s brand-name RV clubs might be in the rear-view mirror ought to have stopped by the 2nd Annual Forest River Owners Group (FROG) International Rally last week (Aug. 4-10) at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind.

The place was cooking – literally and figuratively – as some 730 members of one of the nation’s youngest and fastest growing RV owner organizations converged in 354 towable and motorized units. The popular fairgrounds are located in close proximity to Elkhart County’s RV-building hub and within easy driving range of several divisional facilities operated by Forest River Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary and the nation’s second-ranking RV builder.

While those attendance numbers may not have set rally records, they take on a special meaning when considering that the club was launched – at the suggestion of Forest River President & CEO Pete Liegl – less than two years ago.

“It was an extremely successful week all the way around,” reported FROG Executive Bob Byrne on Friday night (Aug. 9) as he prepared for the rally’s finale concert. That’s pretty much the way things have gone since Day One for the upstart FROG Club.

“It’s been unbelievably rapid growth,” exclaimed Forest River General Manager Doug Gaeddert, current chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board of directors, “I mean zero to 120 mph in about four seconds.”

“We’re really excited,” said Byrne, who, with support from his wife, Cindy, and a host of volunteers oversees the club’s rallies and other activities as a full-time Forest River staff member. “We’re just a little over a year and a half old and, as of last week, our membership had rolled over the 20,000 family member mark already. Last year we had our first rally here in Elkhart. We had 208 units, so we’re up about 70% over that this year, and we’re just really excited about that number.”

 

Forest River Inc., a manufacturer of recreational vehicles based in Elkhart, Ind., has announced the formation of FROG – Forest River Owners Group. FROG is another step in the company’s mission, “to help all our customers enjoy their outdoor activities to the fullest.”

Membership in FROG is available at no cost to owners of Forest River and affiliated brand recreational vehicles, including Coachmen, Dynamax, Palomino, Prime Time and Shasta.

Forest River notes, FROG is not intended to replace the Coachmen Owners Association (COA), which this year marks its 45th anniversary. COA continues to thrive and to offer trips, rallies, insurance and program discounts to Coachmen owners.

The primary focus of FROG will be on escorted trips and rallies throughout North America. International and regional rallies will bring together members from both the United States and Canada. In addition, escorted trips will enable members to share travel experiences with others who share their interests.

“One thing that sets FROG apart from many other groups is we do not charge dues,” says FROG Director Bob Byrne. “We want to give our owners more opportunities to enjoy their Forest River products, not to impose costs or time commitments on them. We’ll be offering a variety of activities, trips, rallies, special offers and more. Members will pay only for those in which they choose to participate. FROG is basically a ‘thank you’ from Forest River to our owners.”

To learn more about FROG, visit the group’s website at www.forestriverfrog.com.

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