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Census Finds High Percentage of RV Dealers Are Small

August 22, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Almost two out of every five RV dealers can be considered small while a relatively small number of big RV dealers account for a disproportionately high percentage of total industry sales, according to U.S. Census Bureau data that was analyzed by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The census bureau gathered the data about RV dealers during 1997, but RVDA President Mike Molino believes the number of RV dealers in business now is about equal to the number in business four years ago. The... Read more

European RV Market Relatively Strong

August 22, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The European RV market showed relative strength during the first quarter of this year, when compared with its U.S. counterpart, according to data collected by the European Caravan Federation. The federation, based in Kriftel, Germany, gathered vehicle registration data from 15 European countries and found the number of motor caravans sold increased 0.9% in the first quarter to 12,682 units while touring caravan sales declined 5.4% to 23,773 units. Motor caravans are equivalent to what North Americans... Read more

40-foot Diesel Pusher Stolen

August 21, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

A 40-foot model year 2002 Newmar Mountain Aire diesel pusher motorhome was stolen from Newmar Corp.’s property in Nappanee, Ind., sometime last weekend (Aug. 18-19), according to the company. The unit is on a Freightliner chassis and has a charcoal exterior and burgundy interior. It was displayed at rallies earlier this summer and was photographed for use in company brochures. Newmar spokeswoman Kathy Mikel said she did not know whether the missing unit was awaiting delivery to a Newmar dealer... Read more

Fed Cuts Rates 1/4%, Hints More Possible

August 21, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

As most economists expected, the Federal Reserve lowered interest rates another 1/4% today (Aug. 21). However, what may be more important to the outlook for the economy was the Fed’s statement today that it continues to be more worried about the sluggish pace of economic growth, than it is about inflation. That means, additional rate reductions can be anticipated later this year. The next regular meeting of the Federal Reserve Board Open Market Committee is scheduled for Oct. 2. The Fed’s action... Read more

Keystone/Elkhart Schedules Open House

August 21, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The Keystone RV Co. Elkhart Division has scheduled a dealer open house for this weekend (Aug. 25-26) to introduce the new “Hideout” sport utility trailer, all new Everest fifth-wheels and the repositioned and redesigned Challenger series of travel trailers and fifth-wheels. In addition to seeing the new model year 2002 units, the open house was scheduled to give current and prospective Keystone dealers an opportunity to tour the company’s facilities, said Bill Fenech, general manager... Read more

Bank of America Committed to RV Sector

August 20, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Bank of America’s commitment to the RV industry was not diminished by the announcement last week that the bank will discontinue its involvement in auto leasing and subprime real estate lending, according to Eric Telljohann, the new president of the Bank of America Specialty Group. Telljohann replaces Chuck Baynard, who retired recently. Bank of America recently completed a comprehensive review of the businesses in which it is involved, and Ken Lewis, president and CEO of the bank, said he is “very... Read more

Spartan Expands Ambulance Business

August 20, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Inc., a supplier of diesel pusher chassis to motorhome manufacturers, will expand its ambulance business with the construction of a new, $4 million manufacturing plant in South Carolina. Spartan’s Road Rescue Inc. subsidiary will build the plant to increase output capacity and expand its offerings, according to Chuck Drake, president of the St. Paul, Minn.-based company. Construction of the new 100,000-square-foot facility in Marion, S.C., will begin during September and it should... Read more

Premier RV Resorts Enhancing its Eugene, Ore., Location

August 17, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Premier RV Resorts bought a 57-acre campground near Eugene, Ore., in April and work is underway now to develop it into a campground that has highline motorcoach owners as its target market. Premier RV Resorts also operates a campground in Redding, Calif., and it is in negotiations to buy another RV park in Washington State, according to the Register-Guard newspaper of Eugene, Ore. The goal of Premier RV Resorts is to have upscale RV resorts spaced about 250 miles apart along the I-5 corridor, according... Read more

Highline RV “Condo” Resort Planned Near Vegas

August 17, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

A $40 million, 381-space highline RV resort is planned for near Las Vegas in the community of Henderson, Nev., according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper. The property will be called Paradise Coach Resorts and its developers hope to sell spaces to RV enthusiasts for $75,000 to $125,000 each. RV enthusiasts would get the deed for their space, which will allow them to stay at the resort for up to six months at a time, the maximum amount of time allowed by a Henderson city ordinance, according... Read more

Canadian Tourism Decline Worries Florida Campgrounds

August 16, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Some Florida campground operators are worried that Canada’s weak dollar and soft economy will reduce the number of Canadian visitors this winter, according to the Tampa Tribune newspaper. However, some other campground operators and tourism officials interviewed by the newspaper said they are unconcerned because the Canadian economy and currency have been weak for quite some time when compared with the U.S. economy and dollar. So, Canadians have adjusted, in their view. “We heard some grumbling... Read more

MHC Shuts Down

August 16, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Southern California-based MHC Group Inc., manufacturers of the Pinnacle, Residency, Summit and Desert Fox motorhomes and Traveleze fifth-wheels, has halted operations, according to Gordie Hakes of Painted Post, N.Y., owner of the company. MHC, which at one time employed almost 100 people, was shut down because of the soft retail market, Hakes said. Retail sales of Class A motorhomes declined 19.1% during the first half of this year and the fifth-wheel retail market was down 10.8% through the end... Read more

Dutchmen/Four Winds to Intro 2002 Product

August 16, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The introduction of model year 2002 versions of the Dutchmen Sport and Four Winds Express conventional and hybrid travel trailers and fifth-wheels will be among the highlights of the Dutchmen/Four Winds dealer meeting and open house in Elkhart, Ind., Aug. 22-24. The event will take place at the Four Winds International Corp. plant at 701 County Road 15 on the east side of Elkhart. Plant tours will also be offered. Four Winds and Goshen, Ind.-based Dutchmen both are subsidiaries of Thor Industries... Read more

Motorhome Market Remained Soft in June

August 15, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The retail market for Class A and Class C motorhomes remained soft during June, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. Retail sales of Class A’s declined 19.9% in June to 3,402 units, compared with 4,247 Class A’s retailed during June 2000, according to Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm. Meanwhile, retail sales of Class C’s fell 30.6% in June to 1,576 units, compared with 2,270 Class C’s retailed a year earlier. During the second... Read more

Coast Loses $733,000 in Second Quarter

August 15, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Coast Distribution System Inc., a distributor of accessories to the RV and leisure marine industries in the U.S. and Canada, reports it lost $733,000 during the second quarter. The loss during the three months ended June 30 compares with a net profit of $311,000 earned during the April-through-June portion of 2000. As a result, for the first half of this year, Coast reports a loss totaling $783,000, compared with a profit of $724,000 earned during the first half of 2000. Coast’s sales revenue declined... Read more

Industry Veteran Rich Kelly Dies

August 15, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Funeral services will take place Thursday (Aug. 16) in Elkhart, Ind., for RV industry veteran Richard D. “Rich” Kelly, 42, who died on Aug. 10 from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in South Dakota. For the past six months, Kelly was a sales representative for Renegade Custom Coaches and Trailers of Bristol, Ind. He was in South Dakota for the Harley-Davidson motorcycle owners’ rally in Sturgis, S.D., where Renegade was exhibiting motorcycle-haulers. The Renegade plant and... Read more

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