RV Lifestyle to Get More Network TV Exposure

October 29, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and its public relations agency, Barton Gilanelli and Associates, have arranged three more network TV features, which will appear over the next few and weeks. Here is the schedule: • ABC’s Good Morning America will air another installment in its “Breakfast in Bed” series. This marks the third time celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse will use an RV to prepare and deliver a surprise breakfast to a worthy recipient. The Wednesday (Oct. 30) segment... Read more

Tourist Fends Off Campground Attack

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A 49-year-old German tourist visiting a Canadian campground was attacked for no apparent reason by a thug who bashed him on the back of the head with a hatchet. But the tourist, a 15-year judo expert, turned the tables on the assailant and killed him with his bare hands. “It’s a horrible way to have a holiday in Canada,” Royal Canadian Mounted Police Staff Sgt. Glen De Goeij told The Calgary Sun after the attack took place in the Mountainview Campground east of Calgary near the TransCanada... Read more

RV Business Seeks Newsmakers Nominees

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This is election season and the staff of RVBUSINESS.COM and RV Business magazine decided it’s a good time to ask our readers to submit nominations for RV Business Newsmakers for 2002. Please e-mail nominations to RV Business Publisher Sherman Goldenberg at: Because Tuesday (Nov. 5), is election day, we have set next Tuesday as the deadline for submitting nominations. This year’s Newsmakers will be named in the January 2003 edition of RV Business. Newsmakers nominees... Read more

Dana to Sell Tekonsha, SurePull and Bargman

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Dana Corp. announced today (Oct. 29) it plans to sell its Tekonsha Engineering Co. and Theodore Bargman Co. subsidiaries, both suppliers to the towable RV sector, to The Riverside Co., a leveraged buyout firm. Dana also plans to sell subsidiary American Electronic Components Inc. (AEC) of elkhart, Ind., to sell to Riverside. Terms of the transaction were not revealed. It is subject “to customary closing conditions,” according to the Toledo, Ohio-based Dana. Tekonsha, located in Tekonsha, Mich.,... Read more

Louisville Show Exhibit Space Sold-out

October 28, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

Exhibit space for the 40th Annual National RV Trade Show scheduled for Dec. 3-5 in Louisville has sold out, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), sponsors of the event. A near-record 749,400 square feet of exhibit space at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center (KFEC) will be rented by 80 RV manufacturers and 300 supplier firms, according to the Reston, Va.-based RVIA. Nearly 11,000 industry officials and RV dealers are expected to attend the event, the RVIA added. “The... Read more

RVIC Honors Virgil Miller, Corson and Decio

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Three RV industry giants, the late Newmar Corp. Chairman Virgil Miller, Coachmen Industries Inc. co-founder Tom Corson and Skyline founder Art Decio were named Legacy Award winners by the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIA). Miller, 62, of Bremen, Ind., died in July after a lengthy illness. His sons, Cletis and Curtis, accepted the award during the RVIC’s recent annual meeting in South Bend. The RVIC held its annual meeting/banquet earlier this month along with its sister organization, the... Read more

Curtin Named RVIA’s Market Forecaster

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The University of Michigan’s Dr. Richard Curtin has been named the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) new market forecaster, according to the RVIA’s Market Information Committee. Curtin, the director of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center in Ann Arbor, has served as a consultant to the RVIA for 20 years on the subject of consumer sentiment and demographic trends. Now, he also will be the author of the quarterly RVIA industry forecast publication RV Roadsigns. Curtin... Read more

Patrick Industries Remains Profitable

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Supplier/distributor Patrick Industries Inc. reports it earned $153,000 in the third quarter, despite the manufactured housing industry’s continuing woes. Meanwhile, the RV industry, which accounts for 29% of Patrick’s sales revenue, remains a bright spot for the Elkhart, Ind. firm. Patrick’s net profit of $153,000 during the three months ended Sept. 30 compares with a net loss of $729,000 incurred a year earlier. In the first nine months of this year, Patrick earned a total of $1.1 million,... Read more

European Gasoline Imports Keep U.S. Prices Stable

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Increased gasoline imports from Europe are keeping U.S. gas prices stable despite worries about the possibility of war with Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reported today (Oct. 28). European refiners can export gas to the U.S. because they are producing a surplus as a result of European motorists’ preference for diesel engine-powered automobiles, the Journal reported. The demand for gasoline in the U.S. is up nearly 3% this year, or about 9 million barrels a day, while it is down 2% in Europe. That... Read more

Drew Reports Records 3Q Results, Expansion Continues

October 25, 2002 by · Leave a Comment 

RV and manufactured housing industry supplier Drew Industries Inc., parent of Kinro and Lippert Components, reported record third-quarter sales and earnings. The supplier of towable RV chassis and other components reported its net earnings increased 57% to $4.7 million and its sales climbed 23% higher in the three months ended Sept. 30 to $92.9 million. However, because of a $30.1 million charge taken earlier this year to reflect a change in accounting methods, Drew, an American Stock Exchange-listed... Read more

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