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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.”

 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association RVIA LogoIn the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) survey of manufacturers conducted for the month of July, wholesale shipments of all RVs were reported at 22,857 units, up 27.4 percent from this same month last year.

Every segment of towable and motorized RVs showed year-over-year growth except for truck campers, the RVIA reported.

On a seasonally adjusted annual rate basis, shipments in July were at 296,500 units, nearly 10 percent greater than the previous month. Through July, manufacturers have reported a total of 177,845 shipments to RV dealers, up 9.8 percent over this same period one year earlier.

 

LISLE, Ill., Aug. 6, 2012 – Monaco RV, a manufacturer of motorized and towable recreational vehicles, today announced that it is changing its name to Navistar RV.

Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision brands will remain distinct and intact under the Navistar RV subsidiary of Navistar, Inc. “The integration of Navistar and Monaco RV has resulted in better products and higher efficiencies,” said Daniel Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer.

2012 Monaco Knight Motorhome

2012 Monaco Knight Motorhome

Navistar, Inc., producer of industry leading school buses, commercial trucks and defense vehicles, acquired Monaco RV in 2009. Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision have been part of the Navistar family of brands for the last three years. Since the acquisition, the company has streamlined operations and appointed a new executive management team. Navistar has also fully integrated the design, development, testing and validation of its RVs with the company’s commercial truck and bus product development organization.

The company maintains manufacturing operations for its R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable units in Harrisburg, Ore., and Elkhart, Ind. The company’s Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand motorized RVs are produced in a fully integrated manufacturing facility located in Wakarusa, Ind., with powertrain, chassis and body assembly in one dedicated facility.

“Navistar brings more than 100 years of vehicle development and design experience to the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision brands,” said William Osborne, president of Navistar RV. “With a foundation of Navistar’s business and design excellence, we’ll continue to produce some of the best recreational vehicles in the market.”

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