Lazydays’ Sales Approaches $700 million

January 21, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Tampa, Fla., area mega-dealership Lazydays RV SuperCenter reports its sales revenue increased 23.7% in 2002 to a record $696.5 million. The 27-year-old dealership, located in Seffner, Fla., had $562.9 million in sales in 2001. Meanwhile, Lazydays delivered a total of 8,174 RVs to retail buyers in 2002, also a record. “We made significant progress in 2002 towards achieving our goal of $1 billion in annual sales,” said Don Wallace, founder and CEO. Wallace sold Lazydays to its employees, through... Read more

S.C. Town Allows RVs in Mobe Parks

January 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

For more than 20 years, Clover, S.C., resident Linden Smith has welcomed RVs to his 12-acre mobile-home park. It wasn’t until almost a year ago that 64-year-old Smith found out his Hillcrest Mobile Home Park was not in compliance with the town’s zoning ordinance, according to The Herald newspaper of Rock Hill, S.C. Soon after, Smith made a request to town officials to permit RVs in his mobile-home park. The Clover Town Council recently gave initial approval to amend the zoning ordinance to accommodate... Read more

Holiday RV Gets Cash Advance

January 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Dealership chain Holiday RV Superstores Inc. has received a $1.3 million cash advance from AGHI Finance Co., the lender that is controlled by Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) Chairman Steve Adams, who also is Holiday RV’s largest shareholder. The additional cash will be used by Holiday RV to repay “certain indebtedness” of the company. As a result of the cash advance, Holiday RV now owes Adams-controlled entities a total of $12.3 million. To repay the $1.3 million, Holiday RV will wholesale certain... Read more

Spartan Providing More Sales/Training Tools

January 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Diesel pusher chassis supplier Spartan Motors Inc. will provide more sales tools and additional training for RV dealers this year in order to help them sell more motorhomes built on Spartan chassis, according to the Charlotte, Mich.-based company. “We are stepping up our efforts to train dealer sales and service personnel so we can help them satisfy their customers’ desires for a great motorhome experience,” said Ed Dobbs, director of sales, marketing and customer service for Spartan Motor... Read more

Coachmen Earned Almost $10 million in ‘02

January 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Coachmen Industries Inc. revealed today (Jan. 20) that it earned around $2.7 million, or 17 cents a share, during the fourth quarter and around $9.8 million, or 62 cents a share, during the full year 2002. The Elkhart, Ind.-based RV and modular home builder will report its full financial results after the New York Stock Exchange closes on Feb. 11. Coachmen’s net profit during the October-through-December period and full year 2002 compared with a loss of $1.4 million, or 9 cents a share, incurred... Read more

Workhorse Teams with Autocar

January 17, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Workhorse Custom Chassis will share facilities in Hagerstown, Ind., with its sister company, Autocar LLC, the builder of the Xpeditor heavy-duty truck model used for refuse collection and construction equipment. Both Workhorse and Autocar are units of Grand Vehicle Works Holdings Corp. of Highland Park, Ill. Workhorse builds gas-engine Class A motorhome chassis in nearby Union City, Ind., and will build rear-mounted, diesel-engine Class A chassis in Hagerstown beginning in late February or early... Read more

Propane Fuel Cell Advance Reported

January 17, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

A significant advance in the testing of a new propane system for use in fuel-cell electric power generators for RVs was reported today (Jan. 17) by Clean Fuel Generation LLC of Los Angeles. CFG introduced a prototype generator to RV manufacturers during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville last month. The company will continue testing while seeking strategic alliances in the industry. CFG’s current development project is for patented and patent pending components and fuel-cell systems that... Read more

RVIA Annual Meeting Agenda Set

January 17, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

An expert in lean manufacturing techniques and a business analyst with public and private sector experience will be two of the featured speakers during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Meeting in Maui, Hawaii, March 6-10. The meeting will be “business-packed” and will include a presentation by John Shook of the Lean Enterprises Institute titled “Best Practices in Lean Manufacturing.” Shook will deliver his presentation during the RV Manufacturer/Supplier Forum... Read more

Giant RV Sees Strong ‘03 Market

January 16, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Based upon robust consumer demand at its show during the Holiday Season, executives at multilocation Southern California dealership Giant RV believe the RV market will experience a healthy rate of growth again in 2003, according to Bob Barouti, president. Giant, which has five locations in Southern California, had its own retail show, called the Giant L.A. RV Show, Dec. 26 through Jan. 5, and the company sold 204 motorhomes and towable RVs during the event. That was the highest sales total during... Read more

CanaDream Rental Reservations Up Sharply

January 16, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

RV rental firm CanaDream Corp. reports that its reservation volume for the May-through-October period is up 62% when compared with its bookings as of a year ago for the May-through-October portion of 2002. Additionally, CanaDream’s revenue nights are up 70% and its overall reservations revenue is up 77% when compared with mid-January 2002, according to Brain Gronberg, president and CEO. Much of CanaDream’s business comes from Europeans visiting Canada, and its increase in reservations suggests... Read more

Conversion Vehicle Market Grew in ‘02

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The conversion vehicle market is not what it used to be, but it appears that it did expand in 2002, when compared with 2001, according to data gathered by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). During the first 11 months of 2002, the most current information available, van-conversion shipments from manufacturers to dealers increased 5.5% to 44,000 units, despite a 2.9% decline in November, when 3,400 units delivered. That means the van-conversion market in 2002 will end up being one-quarter... Read more

Forest River to Expand Towables Output

January 16, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Inc., already the No. 2 producer of travel trailers and fifth-wheels, is building three new towable RV production plants in Goshen, Ind., which would give the Elkhart, Ind.-based company an additional 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space. The new facilities are scheduled to open in May and they will be used to build the Salem, Sandpiper, Sierra and Wildwood brands, according to Forest River spokesman Jeff Rowe. The new factories also will allow Forest River to increase production... Read more

Former Maine Governor Now RVing

January 15, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Angus King recently finished his second and final term as governor of Maine and he and his family now are on a cross-country RV vacation, according to the Associated Press. King rarely drove a car during his eight years in office but now he’s maneuvering a Newmar Dutch Star 40-foot motorhome. A promoter of the yacht-building industry as a creator of jobs for the citizens of Maine, King also planned his RV vacation for “a couple of years,” according to the AP. Now, King, who at age 58 is... Read more

Fleetwood Won’t Build the NexGen

January 15, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will not build standard production versions of the NexGen concept motorhome, although it will incorporate elements of the NexGen in some of its future models, said Ed Caudill, president and CEO. The NexGen Activity Support Vehicle (ASV) was shown to Fleetwood dealers and reporters during the Louisville Show late in 2000. According to Nelson Potter, Fleetwood’s president and COO at the time, the NexGen was intended to appeal to the extreme sports-enthusiast children of... Read more

Canadian Town Rejects RV Parking Restrictions

January 15, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials in Barrie, Ontario, a town north of Toronto, voted earlier this month not to impose further restrictions on parking RVs in residential areas. Consequently, no additions to the current ordinance, which allows front and side yard storage of RVs, were enacted, according to the Barrie Examiner. As a result, thousands of residents with boats in their side yards, RVs just off the driveway and campers tucked in under the hedge won’t have to move them or store them elsewhere, the newspaper reported. A... Read more

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