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Dealer Finds Greener Pastures Outside Silicon Valley

March 30, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Wolkoff has found greener pastures outside of Silicon Valley. Wolkoff, owner of Sky River RV, moved his dealership from Sunnyvale, Calif. – located in the heart of the information technology Mecca – south to Paso Robles, a community in the farm, ranch and vineyard country about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The move occurred during January. Wolkoff described his sales during February as very good, although he said his business in March was flat. However, Wolkoff... Read more

Dealer Finds Greener Pastures Outside Silicon Valley

March 30, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Wolkoff has found greener pastures outside of Silicon Valley. Wolkoff, owner of Sky River RV, moved his dealership from Sunnyvale, Calif. – located in the heart of the information technology Mecca – south to Paso Robles, a community in the farm, ranch and vineyard country about halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The move occurred during January. Wolkoff described his sales during February as very good, although he said his business in March was flat. However, Wolkoff... Read more

Dow and Nasdaq Inch Higher, RV Shares Quiet

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq composite inched higher on Friday. The Dow climbed 80 points, or 0.8%, while the Nasdaq gained 20 points, or 1.1%. Among RV company stocks, Thor experienced the most movement. Thor shares fell $1.45 on Thursday, but the stock gained $1.50, or 7%, on Friday to close at $21.75. Here is a roundup of the other RV company stock activity Friday: Fleetwood declined 25 cents to close at $9.05 Winnebago was unchanged at $17.70 Coachmen gained 7 cents to close... Read more

Dow and Nasdaq Inch Higher, RV Shares Quiet

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq composite inched higher on Friday. The Dow climbed 80 points, or 0.8%, while the Nasdaq gained 20 points, or 1.1%. Among RV company stocks, Thor experienced the most movement. Thor shares fell $1.45 on Thursday, but the stock gained $1.50, or 7%, on Friday to close at $21.75. Here is a roundup of the other RV company stock activity Friday: Fleetwood declined 25 cents to close at $9.05 Winnebago was unchanged at $17.70 Coachmen gained 7 cents to close... Read more

MHC to Unveil “Desert Fox”

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MHC Group Inc., a 10-month-old motorhome and fifth-wheel manufacturer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will introduce its new Desert Fox series and a Summit model with an optional sky deck next week during the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Winter Convention in Oklahoma City. The Desert Fox is the first Class A motorhome built on the Spartan Motors Inc. mid-engine Me2 chassis and the diesel engine unit will retail in the $275,000 to $325,000 range, according to Gordie Hakes, owner of MHC. Meanwhile,... Read more

MHC to Unveil “Desert Fox”

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MHC Group Inc., a 10-month-old motorhome and fifth-wheel manufacturer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will introduce its new Desert Fox series and a Summit model with an optional sky deck next week during the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Winter Convention in Oklahoma City. The Desert Fox is the first Class A motorhome built on the Spartan Motors Inc. mid-engine Me2 chassis and the diesel engine unit will retail in the $275,000 to $325,000 range, according to Gordie Hakes, owner of MHC. Meanwhile,... Read more

Thor Fuel Cell Bus Venture Gets Federal Funding

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A joint venture involving Thor Industries Inc., a major RV manufacturer, will get federal funding to develop hydrogen fuel cell-powered transit buses. Thor and ISE Research Corp. of San Diego are involved in a joint venture called ThunderPower, which will get $740,000 in federal funds to develop a fuel cell and hybrid electric drive system for powering 30-foot E-Z Rider low-floor transit buses built by Thor’s ElDorado National subsidiary. The goal is to place a fuel cell-powered E-Z Rider bus into... Read more

John Crean Joins Alfa Leisure

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John Crean, the 75-year-old founder and former chairman of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., has joined Alfa Leisure Inc., the fifth-wheel and Class A motorhome builder headed by his son, Johnnie Crean. The elder Crean now is a consultant to his son’s Chino, Calif.-based firm, and his first assignment is to evaluate the Alfa See Ya Class A, a mid-line diesel pusher with a suggested retail price of $183,500. “I’m impressed with the design of the Alfa See Ya,” the Fleetwood founder said.... Read more

John Crean Joins Alfa Leisure

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John Crean, the 75-year-old founder and former chairman of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., has joined Alfa Leisure Inc., the fifth-wheel and Class A motorhome builder headed by his son, Johnnie Crean. The elder Crean now is a consultant to his son’s Chino, Calif.-based firm, and his first assignment is to evaluate the Alfa See Ya Class A, a mid-line diesel pusher with a suggested retail price of $183,500. “I’m impressed with the design of the Alfa See Ya,” the Fleetwood founder said.... Read more

Cali RV Dealers Want Car Dealers’ Dispute Resolution System

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California RV dealers have asked their state legislature to include RVs in a dispute resolution process that has governed the relationship between automobile manufacturers and dealers in California for more than 30 years and includes mandatory binding arbitration. It is believed a hearing on the proposal will occur sometime during April in the California Senate. Senate Bill 774 would tie RV dealer licenses to California’s New Motor Vehicle Board, which actually was created in 1967. To be licensed,... Read more

Featherlite Picks Satellite TV System Provider

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Bus converter Featherlite Inc. has picked KVH Industries Inc. to be its primary supplier of in-motion satellite TV systems. KVH’s TracVision L3 will be offered on all model year 2001-2002 Featherlite Vantare and Vogue units, in addition to being offered as a retrofit product through Featherlite service centers. TracVision L3 is a vehicle-mounted, low profile antenna that delivers satellite TV and audio from DIRECTV, the DISH Network or other high-powered DVB-compatible satellite systems worldwide.  Read More →

Nasdaq Plunges, RV Shares Close Mostly Lower

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The Nasdaq composite remained in a downward spiral falling to a 29-month low on Thursday. It plunged 34 points, or 1.8%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 14 points, or 0.1%, Thursday. Most RV stocks closed lower Thursday with Thor feeling the most impact. Its stock declined $1.45, or 7%, to close at $20.25. Here is a roundup of the other RV company stock activity Thursday: Fleetwood declined 8 cents to close at $9.30 Winnebago gained 53 cents to close at $17.70 Coachmen declined... Read more

Nasdaq Plunges, RV Shares Close Mostly Lower

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The Nasdaq composite remained in a downward spiral falling to a 29-month low on Thursday. It plunged 34 points, or 1.8%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Average inched up 14 points, or 0.1%, Thursday. Most RV stocks closed lower Thursday with Thor feeling the most impact. Its stock declined $1.45, or 7%, to close at $20.25. Here is a roundup of the other RV company stock activity Thursday: Fleetwood declined 8 cents to close at $9.30 Winnebago gained 53 cents to close at $17.70 Coachmen declined... Read more

Stock Market Falls, RV Shares Close Mostly Lower

March 28, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Another round of corporate earnings warnings Wednesday caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq composite to give back most of Tuesday’s gains. The Dow declined 162 points, or 1.6%, while the Nasdaq plunged 118 points, or 6%, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, RV stocks closed mostly lower. Here is a roundup of the RV company stock activity Wednesday: Fleetwood declined 32 cents to close at $9.38 Winnebago gained 28 cents to close at $17.17 Thor declined 30 cents at $21.70 Coachmen declined... Read more

Stock Market Falls, RV Shares Close Mostly Lower

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Another round of corporate earnings warnings Wednesday caused the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the Nasdaq composite to give back most of Tuesday’s gains. The Dow declined 162 points, or 1.6%, while the Nasdaq plunged 118 points, or 6%, on Wednesday. Meanwhile, RV stocks closed mostly lower. Here is a roundup of the RV company stock activity Wednesday: Fleetwood declined 32 cents to close at $9.38 Winnebago gained 28 cents to close at $17.17 Thor declined 30 cents at $21.70 Coachmen declined... Read more

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