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Terrorism Impact on Towable Retail Marginal

November 26, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks apparently had only a marginal impact on retail sales of towable RVs during September, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm. Although retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models all were down in September, retail sales for all categories have been down so far this year, when compared with 2000. The declines in September were larger than they were during the entire third quarter... Read more

RV Campground Operators See Busy Winter Ahead

November 21, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

While most segments of the travel and tourism industry are struggling, many RV campground operators in Sun Belt states say they will have plenty of business this winter. In Texas, RV campground reservations are up from 15% to 200%, according to Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). One example is Crooked Tree RV Park in Brownsville, where September revenue was up 200% because snowbirds arrived earlier. “Our first big month is usually December,”... Read more

Many Dealers Optimistic About 2002

November 21, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Several dealers who were interviewed recently said the resilience that the RV retail market has shown this fall makes them optimistic about 2002. Campers Barn of Kingston in Kingston, N.Y., estimates its sales will be up 15% in 2002 in terms of unit volume, said Jim Bracco, vice president and general manager. “I feel strongly that it will be a strong year next year,” Bracco said. “We’ll increase our floorplan and hire more sales people and service technicians.” Kingston is 100 miles north... Read more

Forest River to Appeal Federal Jury Verdict

November 21, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Inc. President Pete Liegl said the company will appeal the $320,000 judgment against the firm in a sexual harassment case, according to the Goshen News of Goshen, Ind. A U.S. District Court jury in South Bend, Ind., on Friday (Nov. 16) ordered Forest River, based in Goshen, to pay $320,000 in compensatory and punitive damages to former employee Dawn Beard. Beard, of LaGrange County, Ind., worked in the final finish department of a Forest River plant in Goshen. She claimed a male foreman... Read more

Terrorist Attacks Impacted September Motorhome Retail

November 20, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorhome dealers “lost one week of sales” immediately following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, but the impact of the shocking events was not long-lasting, according to Tom Walworth, President of Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm. After adjusting for the fact four states did not get their September motorhome sales figures compiled in time, Statistical Surveys’ data shows Class A motorhome retail sales were down 17.7% and Class C sales were down 11.3%... Read more

Fleetwood Donates Motorhome for Patriotic Journey

November 20, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. donated a model year 2001 Discovery Class A motorhome so a San Francisco police officer could make a patriotic journey to the former World Trade Center site in Manhattan. San Francisco Policeman Tom Price left from the Sonoma County Fairgrounds on Saturday (Nov. 17) and his goal is to arrive in New York City on Thanksgiving Day. The motorhome will be filled with letters and gifts for the families of the victims which will be picked-up at fire stations along the way. Shortly... Read more

Thor Stock Reaches New 52-week High Again

November 20, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. continues to bask in the glow of its acquisition of Keystone RV Co., as indicated by the fact Thor shock reached a new 52-week high today (Nov. 20). Thor stock has reached new 52-week highs on several occasions since it completed the acquisition of towable RV manufacturer Keystone on Nov. 13. The Keystone acquisition makes Thor the leading manufacturer of travel trailers and fifth-wheels in terms of retail market share. Thor stock climbed to a new 52-week high of $37.75 a share... Read more

KOA Park Planned for Kissimmee, Fla.

November 19, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) has purchased a 46-site mobile home park in Kissimmee, Fla., an Orlando suburb, and KOA will transform the property into a high-end RV park in about six months, according to the Orlando Sentinel newspaper. KOA tried to help the residents of the Kissimmee Campgrounds find new locations for their manufactured homes, but many of the residents said they still will be in a difficult predicament, according to the newspaper. KOA also provided lists of places where Kissimmee... Read more

Spartan Appoints New Chairman

November 19, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Diesel pusher chassis supplier Spartan Motors Inc. has appointed auto and heavy truck industry veteran David R. Wilson, 65, to be its new chairman effective next June. Wilson, an outside director of Spartan since 1996, will replace Spartan founder George Sztykiel, 71, who announced earlier that he planned to retire. Sztykiel also will give up his role as CEO effective next June. Wilson is chairman of the special Spartan Board committee conducting the search for a new CEO. Wilson currently is an independent... Read more

Fleetwood Lays Off Corporate Staff

November 19, 2001 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. laid-off 70 corporate office employees in Riverside, Calif., last Thursday (Nov. 15), the Press-Enterprise newspaper of Riverside reported. Fleetwood, a leading manufactured home and RV builder, had 550 corporate office employees in Riverside prior to the layoff last week, according to the Press-Enterprise. Most of those laid-off had jobs related to Fleetwood’s RV manufacturing operations, according to Kathy Snyder, Fleetwood’s director of investor relations, who was... Read more

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