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Winnebago Intros Brawnier 2002 Rialta Class C

March 28, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

A new 201-horsepower 2.8L VR6 fuel-injected gas engine with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission provides 44% more power for the newly introduced 2002 Winnebago Industries Inc. Rialta Class C motorhome. The 22-foot unit comes on a 7,275-pound gross vehicle weight rated (gvwr) Volkswagen chassis. Interior features on the Rialta 22QD models include an extra-large rear window, a dinette that converts into a sleeping area about the size of a double bed, a two-burner recessed range,... Read more

Winnebago Intros Brawnier 2002 Rialta Class C

March 28, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

A new 201-horsepower 2.8L VR6 fuel-injected gas engine with a 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission provides 44% more power for the newly introduced 2002 Winnebago Industries Inc. Rialta Class C motorhome. The 22-foot unit comes on a 7,275-pound gross vehicle weight rated (gvwr) Volkswagen chassis. Interior features on the Rialta 22QD models include an extra-large rear window, a dinette that converts into a sleeping area about the size of a double bed, a two-burner recessed range,... Read more

Buddy Gregg Returns to Texas, Leaves Florida

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Highline and high profile dealer Buddy Gregg has returned to Texas and exited the central Florida market. Buddy Gregg Motor Homes Inc. bought the Integrity Motor Coaches dealership in suburban Dallas and opened it as a Buddy Gregg location on Feb. 1, said Fred VanDenBerg, COO of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company. Meanwhile, Gregg sold his Lakeland, Fla., dealership to manufacturing company National RV Holdings Inc., which converted the Lakeland property into a service center effective March 1. The... Read more

Buddy Gregg Returns to Texas, Leaves Florida

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Highline and high profile dealer Buddy Gregg has returned to Texas and exited the central Florida market. Buddy Gregg Motor Homes Inc. bought the Integrity Motor Coaches dealership in suburban Dallas and opened it as a Buddy Gregg location on Feb. 1, said Fred VanDenBerg, COO of the Knoxville, Tenn.-based company. Meanwhile, Gregg sold his Lakeland, Fla., dealership to manufacturing company National RV Holdings Inc., which converted the Lakeland property into a service center effective March 1. The... Read more

RV Nation Reservation System Moves Forward

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An online campground reservation service by RV Nation Inc. will be ready in a few weeks to accept reservations from RV enthusiasts and other campground customers, according to Robert Bouse, executive vice president of the Lakeland, Fla.-based company. Campground operators wanting to attract customers through the RV Nation Web site, www.rvnation.com, must submit their inventory to RV Nation so potential customers could learn about their facilities and possibility make a reservation while viewing the... Read more

RV Nation Reservation System Moves Forward

March 28, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

An online campground reservation service by RV Nation Inc. will be ready in a few weeks to accept reservations from RV enthusiasts and other campground customers, according to Robert Bouse, executive vice president of the Lakeland, Fla.-based company. Campground operators wanting to attract customers through the RV Nation Web site, www.rvnation.com, must submit their inventory to RV Nation so potential customers could learn about their facilities and possibility make a reservation while viewing the... Read more

Stock Market Gets Confidence Boost, RV Shares Mixed

March 27, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The stock market recorded strong gains Tuesday after the Conference Board, a market research firm, reported that consumer confidence made a strong comeback in March. Consumer confidence declined from October through February, and the unexpectedly upbeat findings resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing 260 points, or 2.7%, and the Nasdaq composite gaining 54 points, or 2.8%, on Tuesday. RV firms, generally, were not invited to the Wall Street party. One company, highline motorhome and... Read more

Stock Market Gets Confidence Boost, RV Shares Mixed

March 27, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The stock market recorded strong gains Tuesday after the Conference Board, a market research firm, reported that consumer confidence made a strong comeback in March. Consumer confidence declined from October through February, and the unexpectedly upbeat findings resulted in the Dow Jones Industrial Average climbing 260 points, or 2.7%, and the Nasdaq composite gaining 54 points, or 2.8%, on Tuesday. RV firms, generally, were not invited to the Wall Street party. One company, highline motorhome and... Read more

KOA Partners with Outlet Mall Operator

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Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has entered into an exclusive marketing partnership with factory outlet mall owner/operator Prime Retail Inc., the companies announced today (March 27). Specifically, Baltimore-based Prime Retail will offer all KOA Value Kard holders a complimentary Prime Outlets Coupon Book that can be used at any of the 46 Prime Retail factory outlet shopping centers in 25 states and Puerto Rico. “The distribution of Prime Outlet centers aligns well with RV-saturated areas of... Read more

KOA Partners with Outlet Mall Operator

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Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has entered into an exclusive marketing partnership with factory outlet mall owner/operator Prime Retail Inc., the companies announced today (March 27). Specifically, Baltimore-based Prime Retail will offer all KOA Value Kard holders a complimentary Prime Outlets Coupon Book that can be used at any of the 46 Prime Retail factory outlet shopping centers in 25 states and Puerto Rico. “The distribution of Prime Outlet centers aligns well with RV-saturated areas of... Read more

Fleetwood Closes Manufactured Home Retail Stores

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Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. planned to close or sell at least 22 company-owned manufactured home retail stores during the February-through-April period of this year, it reported in a Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) document. During the nine months ended Jan. 28, Fleetwood closed 47 manufactured home retail locations, according to the SEC filing. Additionally, Fleetwood reported it “entered into a limited operating agreement with a large independent retailer” that will “assume... Read more

CanaDream to Increase Rental Fleet 6%

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Canadian RV rental firm CanaDream Corp. plans to expand its 650-unit fleet by 6% for the coming summer tourist season in Canada. The costs related to maintaining a larger fleet contributed to a 20% decline in the company’s pre-tax earnings during the nine months ended Jan. 31, according to Brian Gronberg, president and CEO. CanaDream earned $1.8 million (Canadian) per tax during the nine months ended Jan. 31, despite a $1.6 million (Canadian) loss during the November-through-January period. One... Read more

Dow Climbs As Do Most RV Stocks

March 26, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged and most RV company stocks gained on Monday as investors snapped up stocks that had lost value recently. The Dow gained 183 points, or 1.9%, but the Nasdaq composite lost ground again, closing 10 points, or 0.5%, lower on Monday. Among RV firms, Holiday RV Superstores gained 5/16, or 10%, apparently because the company unveiled a stock conversion program that will provide shareholders with warrants to buy more of the company’s stock. Holiday RV Superstores... Read more

Strategic Planning to Focus on RVIA’s Role

March 26, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The effort to obtain a consensus about the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) role within the industry is the focus of the strategic planning initiative that continued during the RVIA’s annual meeting earlier this month. “Now, more than ever, we need to determine what we want our association to be doing for us,” said Walt Bennett, the RVIA chairman and senior vice president and secretary of Thor Industries Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio. A five-question survey was distributed... Read more

Rec. USA to Grant Warrants to Shareholders

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Holiday RV Superstores Inc., the dealership chain doing business as Recreation USA, revealed today (March 26) a plan to provide all of its shareholders with warrants giving them the right to buy more Holiday RV Superstores stock. The company’s program is a conversion plan allowing it to transform each share of its common stock into one share of common stock plus one stock purchase warrant. The conversion is expected to be completed within 90 days. Holiday RV Superstores also announced, after the... Read more

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