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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

Larger Towables Retail Up 11% in June

August 26, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of travel trailers and fifth-wheels were up a little over 11% during June, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm. However, retail sales of folding campers declined 6.4% during June, although park model retail sales climbed 18.1% in the same month, Statistical Surveys added. There were 15,374 travel trailers sold by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data in June, which represented an 11.1% increase when compared... Read more

Coleman Intros Automatic Set-up Model

August 26, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fleetwood Folding Trailers Inc. (FFT), manufacturer of Coleman folding camping trailers, has introduced a 12-foot Coleman Monterey with remote control automatic set up. “You can put up the top or either bed can be extended independent of the other,” said Larry Marsh, director of sales and marketing for FFT, a subsidiary of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. “Or, you can put the whole thing up in a synchronized motion. That’s the way most people would use it.” FFT, based in Somerset, Pa., showed... Read more

Enrollment Open for Technicians Training

August 26, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Service Training Council has expanded its satellite training curriculum with 40 hours of product-specific advanced classes in addition to sessions aimed at certifying RV technicians. Plans are to enroll dealerships until the first part of November. The council, in conjunction with the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), also is in the process of developing a series of classes for dealership service advisers. “Our goal is to put training on the network for the total... Read more

Cummins Offers “Uptime Guarantee”

August 26, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Cummins Inc. announced today (Aug. 26) it is offering an “uptime guarantee” covering two of its engines that are subject to the new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions standards that will go into effect Oct. 1. In addition to on-highway trucks, the guarantee will apply to ISX or ISM engines used to power diesel pusher motorhomes, said Jason Rawlings, spokesman for the Columbus, Ind.-based Cummins. “It (the uptime guarantee) shows how confident we are in the new product and... Read more

RVIA Hawaii Meeting Scheduled

August 23, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The location in Hawaii for the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has been determined, the RV manufacturers’ and suppliers’ trade group announced on its website, www.rvia.org. The meeting will take place March 6-10 at the Renaissance Wailea Beach Resort on the island of Maui. When the industry was in a cyclical downturn during 2000 and 2001, certain RVIA members thought it would be better to meet on the mainland to avoid the expense and time commitment required... Read more

Cummins Submits ISM Engine for Certification

August 23, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Cummins Inc. has submitted its heavy-duty, 11.0-liter ISM engine for certification under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new diesel emission standards, which will take effect Oct. 1, the company announced today (Aug. 23). The ISM comes with 280-horsepower (hp) to 385-hp ratings. Cummins also will offer a restricted 400-hp and 450-hp rating for the ISM for motorhome and fire truck applications, the Columbus, Ind.-based company added. Last spring, Cummins’ ISX engine became the... Read more

Former Cruise America Parent to be Acquired

August 23, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Budget Group Inc., the former parent of RV rental firm Cruise America, apparently will be acquired by travel services firm Cendant Corp. Cendant, which has car rental firm Avis among its assets, says it will operate Budget’s rental car business as a separate and independent brand. Cendant agreed to pay $107.5 million in cash for Budget’s operations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. Cendant also will assume $2.7 billion-worth of debt backed by Budget’s rental fleet. Budget... Read more

“Full-price” Customers to be Key Con/Expo Topic

August 22, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Developing “critical customer relationships and processes needed to attain full-price” will be the topic of the presentation by author Thom Winninger, who will be keynote speaker during the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Convention/Expo in Nashville, Tenn., next month. Winninger will open this year’s Con/Expo at noon on Sept. 22 at the Nashville Convention Center, which is connected to the Renaissance Nashville Hotel. He is the author of four best-selling management books and... Read more

Alpin Haus to Open Camping World Store

August 22, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Multi-location Upstate New York dealership Alpin Haus will open a Camping World store at its new RV dealership that is under construction in Montgomery County, N.Y., in the village of Florida, according to the Capitol District Business Review of Albany, N.Y. The 15,000-square-foot Camping World store will be the first for the Bowling Green, Ky.-based retailer in New York State. The new $4..5 million, 55,000-square-foot Alpin Haus location, which will sell RVs exclusively, is scheduled to open next... Read more

Tight Budgets Spur State Park Closures

August 22, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

In a scenario that is being replayed this summer in states throughout the nation due to tight public budgets, Minnesota will halt overnight camping at 24 state parks after Labor Day, the Associated Press reports. The cutbacks, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), are among measures the DNR is taking to solve a $13.1 million shortfall resulting from a budget reduction by the state’s legislature earlier this year and an administrative order to cut more this summer. Camping... Read more

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