June '18

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rv-pro.com June 2018 • RV PRO • 11 One leading park model builder, Curt Yoder, co-owner of Goshen, Ind.-based Kropf Industries, projects shipments will rise another 10 percent to 15 percent this year. That being said, the park model business is still a small niche market. The 4,000 shipments represent less than 1 percent of the 504,590 total RVs shipped in 2017. Computing an average retail price of $50,000 per unit, those 4,000 units would represent about $200 million in retail sales. But unlike other segments of the RV industry – where "the Big 2" (Forest River and Thor Industries) dominate – since Thor elected to exit the park model market a few years back, there has been a hearty competition among the survivors. According to industry sources, Phoenix-based Cavco Industries and Troy, Mich.-based Champion Home Builders are the leading park model manufacturers in the U.S. With the combination of Champion and Skyline Corp. (see "M&A Accelerating Among Park Model Builders", on page 15) in the works as this issue of Above: Champion executives (left to right) Charlie Lohin, general manager of the company's Mansfield, Texas, plant; Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales; and Jody Brunson, operations manager for the Mansfield plant, are pictured on one of the company's new 12-foot-wide park models, which is notable for featuring a 10-square-foot porch complete with wood-burning fireplace. Below left: Like other park model manufacturers, Champion includes plenty of residential-style features in its models, including stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen.

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