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Wallace Pushes Back $1 Billion Sales Goal

July 31, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Wallace, president and CEO of Lazydays RV SuperCenter, now believes the Seffner, Fla.-based mega-dealership can achieve $1 billion in annual sales by 2004. Previously, Wallace, who founded Lazydays in 1976, wanted the dealership to achieve $1 billion in sales revenue by 2003. Despite the fact RV dealers, nationwide, sold fewer new units during 2000 than they did in 1999, Lazydays’ sales revenue increased 2% last year to $566 million, said Steward Schaffer, chief marketing officer. The recent... Read more

Consumers Signal Slow Growth

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Consumer confidence slipped slightly during July, suggesting slow economic growth is ahead, according to the Conference Board, a private sector market research organization. Consumer confidence declined in April before improving in May and June. July was the first month since April when consumer confidence declined, although the amount was moderate, according to Lynn Franco, director of the Conference Board’s Consumer Research Center. “Despite sluggish economic conditions and almost non-stop... Read more

Casino/RV Park Planned Near Reno

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Plans for a 115-acre hotel/casino, shopping plaza, RV park and recreation complex recently were submitted to Douglas County, Nev., land use authorities, according to the Record-Courier newspaper of Gardnerville, Nev. The development is planned for a site near the junction of U.S. 395 and Nevada State Highway 88, near the village of Minden, south of Reno. The owner of the property is Nevada Northwest LLC and the developer is Sands Regency. The development would occur in three phases, according to... Read more

Molino Calls for Franchise Legislation

July 30, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Molino, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), renewed the call for franchise legislation to establish a framework for the relationship between RV dealers and manufacturers. Molino expressed his view on Friday (July 27) during the Carriage Inc. national dealer meeting in Indianapolis. “The industry needs franchises, and the manufacturers are saying that now,” Molino said to the representatives of around 100 Carriage dealerships. “I don’t like legislation,... Read more

Cruise America Suspends “Fuel Cost Protection” Program

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Cruise America RV Rental & Sales recently suspended its “fuel cost protection” program because the national average price for unleaded gasoline has fallen below the program’s $1.45 gallon threshold price. The Phoenix-based firm unveiled the program last April to encourage people to rent RVs this summer by eliminating uncertainty about the cost of gasoline. At the time the program was announced, $1.45 a gallon was the national average price for gasoline, according to American Automobile... Read more

Philips to Shut California Plant

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Supplier firm Philips Products will permanently close its strike-idled Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., plant on Sept. 9, according to the Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside, Calif. About 180 Philips employees belonging to Teamsters union Local 848 have been on strike since May 14. The Rancho Cucamonga facility makes vinyl and aluminum doors and windows for RVs, manufactured homes and conventional site-built homes. The union members, who were paid an average of $9 an hour, wanted a pay raise of 50... Read more

Nevada Allows Sale, Titling of Recreational Park Trailers

July 27, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The “all out” effort mounted by the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association Inc. (RPTIA) to change Nevada’s law to provide for the sale and titling of recreational park trailers has been successful, according to the Newnan, Ga.-based association. The newly enacted law will become effective on Oct. 1. The new law makes it clear that recreational park trailers are a legal entity. In addition, it stipulates that that RV trailers can be no larger than eight feet in width or 320 square feet... Read more

Four Wheel Campers Purchased

July 27, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Four Wheel Campers Inc., Woodland, Calif., a manufacturer of pop-up truck campers, has been purchased by Tom Hanagan, a former executive in the California food manufacturing industry. “It was a well established manufacturing company,” said Hanagan, who purchased the 28-year-old firm in May from founder Benjamin Burnett. “I had been in the food manufacturing business and I wanted to get back into manufacturing. The company makes a good product and there is the phenomenon of Baby Boomer retiring... Read more

Workhorse Turns Sights Toward Customer Service

July 27, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC, which acquired rights to the General Motors motorhome chassis just two years ago, is focusing on customer service to cement itself as the primary supplier of gasoline-powered motorhome chassis. Union City, Ind.-based Workhorse, which achieved ISO 9001 status eight months into its existence, recently certified its 500th service center. About half are RV dealers; the others are GM dealers and independent service centers. The achievement is noteworthy, considering that... Read more

Spartan Profits Up, Sales Down

July 26, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Inc. reports its second quarter earnings increased despite lower sales revenue due to the soft RV market. However, higher sales volume of custom fire truck chassis, along with more efficient operations, resulted in the company’s profits growing, said John Sztykiel, president and COO. Spartan’s second quarter earnings increased 28% to $1.3 million while its sales revenue slipped 8% to $58.5 million. During the first half of this year, Spartan, a supplier of diesel pusher chassis... Read more

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