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Louisville’s KFEC Expansion Delayed

August 30, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The expansion of the South Wing of Louisville’s Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center (KFEC) has been delayed because a state budget impasse is dragging on, leading to the possibility that the RV industry’s National Trade Show will be moved from Louisville. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), sponsors of the national trade show, could take steps as soon as Sept. 14 to move the show from Louisville, when it reviews proposals from other cities. When it met during June, the RVIA... Read more

Louisville’s KFEC Expansion Delayed

August 30, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The expansion of the South Wing of Louisville’s Kentucky Fair & Exposition Center (KFEC) has been delayed because a state budget impasse is dragging on, leading to the possibility that the RV industry’s National Trade Show will be moved from Louisville. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), sponsors of the national trade show, could take steps as soon as Sept. 14 to move the show from Louisville, when it reviews proposals from other cities. When it met during June, the RVIA... Read more

NY Times Explains RV Sales Surge

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The New York Times “On the Road” column, this week illustrated one of the reasons why RV sales are up this year: People aren’t inclined to submit to the rigors of airport security since last September. The Aug. 27 column focues on Robert Moore, 41, a software company executive from Illinois who “has eliminated flying altogether,” after having bought a 40-foot motorhome equipped with a satellite system that provides TV, an Internet link and telephone and fax capabilities. “The airports... Read more

NY Times Explains RV Sales Surge

August 30, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The New York Times “On the Road” column, this week illustrated one of the reasons why RV sales are up this year: People aren’t inclined to submit to the rigors of airport security since last September. The Aug. 27 column focues on Robert Moore, 41, a software company executive from Illinois who “has eliminated flying altogether,” after having bought a 40-foot motorhome equipped with a satellite system that provides TV, an Internet link and telephone and fax capabilities. “The airports... Read more

Robust RV Demand Helps Euramax

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Sharply higher order volumes from RV manufacturers in the U.S. helped Euramax International Inc., parent of Amerimax Building Products Inc., achieve record second quarter sales and earnings. Amerimax supplies aluminum and fiberglass products to RV manufacturers in the U.S. Euramax, a closely held company that voluntarily discloses its income statements to the public, reported net earnings of $8.6 million during the three months ended June 28, more than three times the $2.5 million it earned a year... Read more

Go RVing Ad Shooting to Begin in Days

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The shooting of the first photos for the print ads for Phase III of the Go RVing national advertising campaign will begin next week and TV ad production will begin in about three weeks, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). All of the work completed in the coming weeks will be reviewed by the Go RVing Creative Subcommittee during October, added RVIA executives Gary LaBella and Chris Morrison. The Go RVing Coalition’s new ad agency, The Richards Group of Dallas, has been... Read more

Workhorse Owners Plan Organizational Rally

August 29, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Owners of Class A motor homes built on Workhorse chassis are forming a club and they have scheduled an organizational rally for Nov. 4-7 at the Guadalupe River RV Resort in Kerrville, Texas. The first rally will include full hookups with cable TV, happy hours and three catered breakfasts and dinners. The agenda includes evening entertainment, organizational meetings and the election of club officers. Workhorse Custom Chassis officials will conduct seminars about the chassis. There will also be a... Read more

Motorhome USA: A New Online Retail Outlet

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It took Robert Vander Boegh six months and $375 to sell his 37-foot Winnebago Itasca through a website called MotorhomeUSA.com. But if you ask him about the experience, he’ll tell you it was time and money well spent. “It went real smooth,” said Vander Boegh, 76, of Pocatello, Idaho. Unlike standard online classified listings, which require the seller to field countless telephone or e-mail queries, MotorHomeUSA acts as the seller’s agent, fielding incoming phone calls and prequalifying prospective... Read more

Humphreys to Appear Twice on Cable TV

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Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys will appear on two cable TV news programs in the next few days. On Friday (Aug. 30), Humphreys will appear on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program beginning at 9:15 a.m. (Eastern Time). Stuart Varney will interview Humphreys remotely from CNBC’s New Jersey studio, while Humphreys will be seated inside an RV in front of RVIA’s headquarters building in Reston, Va. On Sunday (Sept. 1), Humphreys will appear on CNN’s “CNN... Read more

Humphreys to Appear Twice on Cable TV

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Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys will appear on two cable TV news programs in the next few days. On Friday (Aug. 30), Humphreys will appear on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” program beginning at 9:15 a.m. (Eastern Time). Stuart Varney will interview Humphreys remotely from CNBC’s New Jersey studio, while Humphreys will be seated inside an RV in front of RVIA’s headquarters building in Reston, Va. On Sunday (Sept. 1), Humphreys will appear on CNN’s “CNN... Read more

RV Travel on an Upsurge in Nevada

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There has been an upsurge in RV travel in Nevada this year as indicated by the 60% increase in the number of entries in the Nevada RV Adventure Sweepstakes, according to Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt. This is the second year for the Nevada sweepstakes and this year’s prize is a Winnebago Brave Class A motorhome valued at $95,000. So far this year, 13,297 people have entered the Nevada sweepstakes, compared with 8,267 entries during the first eight months of 2001, Hunt reported today (Aug. 29). Entries... Read more

RV Travel on an Upsurge in Nevada

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There has been an upsurge in RV travel in Nevada this year as indicated by the 60% increase in the number of entries in the Nevada RV Adventure Sweepstakes, according to Lt. Gov. Lorraine Hunt. This is the second year for the Nevada sweepstakes and this year’s prize is a Winnebago Brave Class A motorhome valued at $95,000. So far this year, 13,297 people have entered the Nevada sweepstakes, compared with 8,267 entries during the first eight months of 2001, Hunt reported today (Aug. 29). Entries... Read more

Dutchmen to Build New Plant in Indiana

August 28, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Units built by Thor Industries Inc. subsidiaries accounted for 29% of all travel trailers and fifth-wheels retailed during the first half of this year, and three of its towable RV-building divisions will add more production capacity relatively soon. One of Thor’s largest towable RV divisions, Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., announced Tuesday (Aug. 27) that it will build a new factory in Goshen, Ind. Dutchmen, which is based in Goshen, will build its new factory on property adjacent to its existing... Read more

Hertzke’s Mood Went From Gloom to Boom

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Winnebago Industries Inc. Chairman, President and CEO Bruce Hertzke recently described to the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) how his outlook for the RV market went for gloom late last year to boom this year. In an article about big-ticket recreational products appearing in the WSJ Tuesday (Aug. 27), Hertzke described how he worried during the summer of 2001 about over-producing and that his mood became darker after the September 11 attacks. Hertzke did not hire as many temporary college student workers... Read more

Rec. USA Regains Nasdaq Compliance

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Holiday RV Superstores Inc., the dealership chain doing business as Recreation USA, has regained compliance with the listing requirements of the Nasdaq Small Cap Market, the company announced. In an effort to satisfy Nasdaq listing requirements, Recreation USA completed a 10-for-1 reverse stock split on Aug. 7. That meant each 10 shares of Recreation USA stock was automatically converted into one share of the company’s stock. Now, there are a little more than 983,000 Recreation USA shares outstanding. Recreation... Read more

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