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RV Travel on an Upsurge in Nevada

August 29, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

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

August 29, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Europe’s Biggest RV Show to Open Amid Growth

August 28, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

As executives of European RV firms and dealerships head into the Continent’s largest trade/consumer show, they are feeling optimistic because the past year was more upbeat than many expected. Caravan Salon, Europe’s largest RV show, will open with a trade-only day Friday (Aug. 30) at the exhibition grounds in Dusseldorf, Germany. The consumer portion of the event, which will cover a little more than 1.9 million square feet of space including two show buildings and some outdoor exhibit space,... Read more

Texas Developer Enters RV Resort Business

August 27, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

DalMac Investments, a developer of several major business parks, warehouses and office buildings in Texas, has created a new division to design and build a chain of RV and camping resorts, according to The Dallas Morning News. The first project for DalMac’s hospitality division is the 100-acre Koyote Ranch in the “Hill Country” northwest of San Antonio. “It’s going to be a premium project with the whole resort experience including hiking and fishing,” said Heather Adams, a DalMac spokeswoman. Koyote... Read more

June Towables Retail Exceeded Wholesale

August 27, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable RV dealers’ inventories got smaller in June because retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and folding campers exceeded wholesale deliveries during that month, according to data gathered by Statistical Surveys Inc. and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). And, in fact, during the first half of this year, retail sales of fifth-wheels exceeded factory-to-dealer shipments. Meanwhile, shipments of travel trailers and folding campers exceeded retail sales during the first... Read more

Thor Calif. to Open New Factory

August 27, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The Thor California subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc. will increase output of its Jazz and Mirage fifth-wheel brands after it begins production around Oct. 1 in the 65,000-square-foot factory building in Moreno Valley, Calif., that it purchased this summer. The plant at 14050 Day St. is in the same complex as Thor California’s other facilities, according to Tom Powell, president of the subsidiary. As a result of the acquisition, Thor California now has 280,000 square feet of space on 26 acres... Read more

Industry Friend Shirley Slater Passes Away

August 27, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Internationally known travel writer Shirley Slater died Friday (Aug. 23) in Los Angeles at Cedar Sinai Hospital where she had been hospitalized since Aug. 16. “The RV industry has lost a dear friend, an avid RVer and eloquent spokesperson,” said David J. Humphreys, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Shirley and her husband, Harry Basch, formed a prolific writing team that visited 185 countries and traveled by almost every mode of transportation, including supersonic... Read more

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