March '17

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4 • RV PRO • March 2017 rv-pro.com Inside this issue of M a r c h 2 0 1 7 • V o l . 1 2 , N o . 1 2 Special Coverage: RV Distributor Shows: Expo Runs on Overdrive The NTP-STAG show records strong dealer attendance and a doubling of participation in training sessions. Vendors were pleased with traffic and sales. PAGE 40 Arrow Show Hits Its Mark Biloxi, Miss., proved to be winning venue for the distributor. PAGE 46 Regional WDs Report Strong Shows Foland Sales, Land 'N' Sea and Northern Wholesale all record growth in dealer attendance and an increase in vendor participation at their respective January shows. PAGE 48 Best of Show Parts & Accessories RV PRO's take on the best aftermarket products on display at various 2016 national and regional distrib- utor shows, covering everything from next-gen fifth wheel hitches to Wi-Fi extenders for mobile environments. PAGE 56 RV MANUFACTURING: Class B Market Heats Up With demand for camper vans growing since the end of the Great Recession, U.S. RV makers have overtaken their Cana- dian brethren in producing Class B's. PAGE 10 Q&A with Winnebago's Michael Happe The RV maker's president and CEO offers insights on the Grand Design acquisition, starting up West Coast motor- home production, and other strategic initiatives. PAGE 20 RUVs on the Rise Thor's "new category" motorhomes are making solid inroads with a new generation of RVer. PAGE 24 DEALERS: Dealership Embodies 'Family' Feel Ray Citte RV in Utah thrives thanks to its concerted efforts to hire and retain quality employees, which in turn helps cultivate customer loyalty. PAGE 32

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