Go RVing Campaign Off to Good Start

February 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s Go RVing national ad campaign is off to a good start despite the rain delays that plagued the broadcast of NASCAR’s Daytona 500, when the first ad appeared. The Go RVing Coalition’s new ad agency, The Richards Group of Dallas, placed the coalition’s ad about a quarter of the way through the race, which was “fortuitous” because it was seen about 15 minutes before the first rain delay, said Go RVing Coalition Chairman Tom Faludy. The ad chosen for the debut depicted a group... Read more

AGS Launches “Virtual Trade Show” Website

February 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Imagine Attending a Trade Show without the Hotel Bill or Airport Security? That’s what AGS Internet Services (AGS) envisions for its new informational website. AGS has launched what it believes is the campground sector’s first “online traveling trade show,” a site at which web-cruising campground operators can visit vendor booths, attend seminars and exchange self-help information, much like they would at a regular trade show. While some state associations provide their members with vendor... Read more

Texas Travel Trailer Tax Moves Closer to Repeal

February 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The Texas House of Representatives made progress last week towards remedying a “mistake” approved by the Legislature in 2001 that gave local school districts the authority to tax travel trailers. More action on a bill to correct the mistake might occur this week. “We have clearly made a mistake. It got by us and we have to admit that we made a bad mistake and correct it,” Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, told the Local Government Ways and Means Committee last week. The original law and a constitutional... Read more

Ford to Upgrade Its Class A Chassis

February 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Look for a competitive counterpunch later this year from the Ford Motor Co., as the automaker works to upgrade its F-53 Super Duty Class A motorhome chassis and generally “adjust competitive pressures” in the gas-fueled Class A motorhome marketplace. “The competition has moved a little quicker than we have,” reports Ken Farr, RV and specialty vehicle sales manager for Ford Division’s Recreation & Commercial Vehicle Sales. “But we are in the market to play and to stay. If people were... Read more

Curtin Forecasts 2% Shipments Growth in ‘03

February 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Dr. Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan has lowered his forecast for the number of RV shipments in this year according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association official. Curtin now expects RV shipments to increase only 2% this year, from the 311,000 units delivered from factories to dealerships in 2002, RVIA Vice President of Administration Robert “Mac” Bryan said. A 2% increase would raise the shipments total up to 316,900 units this year. Shortly after the end of last year’s... Read more

ARVC Head Discourages Marketing Cuts

February 21, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The president of the National Association of of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) believes tough economic times are the worst time for campground operators to reduce their marketing budgets. In her monthly column appearing in the February issue of Wooodall’s Campground Management, ARVC President Linda Profaizer wrote, “It is important, in my opinion, not to cut your marketing efforts in a down economy; research shows it is more advisable to increase your promotional efforts in tougher times. “Our... Read more

RVIC Urges Support for New Indiana Tax Law

February 21, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The association representing the RV industry in Indiana believes people involved in the RV business should call their Indiana House district representative to express support for a bill that would change the way RV owners are taxed in Indiana. Currently, RVs in Indiana are taxed as personal property, but House Bill 1833 would make RVs subject to “an annual license plate excise tax scale based upon the overall value of each unit,” according to the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association/Recreation... Read more

Towables Retail Robust in December

February 21, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs remained robust in December, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm. The biggest gain occurred in the case of traveler trailers. Sales of travel trailers in the 47 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data increased 31% in December to 5,767 units, compared with 4,407 units sold in the same 47 states in December 2001. Statistical Surveys was unable to gather December retail sales data from New Hampshire and South Carolina... Read more

Lazydays’ Sales Unaffected by High Fuel Prices

February 21, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Gasoline prices increased sharply during the past month and diesel fuel prices are at record levels, but sales at mega dealership Lazydays RV SuperCenter, Seffner, Fla., have, so far, been unaffected, said Ken Scolaro, general sales manager. Scolaro does not believe RV sales will be affected until fuel prices go well above $2 a gallon. Currently, in the Tampa, Fla., area, where Lazydays is located, regular unleaded gas costs $1.716 a gallon, which is above the national average of $1.663 a gallon,... Read more

Snowbird Traffic Looks “Flat” This Winter

February 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Snowbird traffic during the winter of 2002-2003 is: A. Up dramatically B. Up moderately C. Pretty flat D. Off somewhat E. In the doldrums F. Your guess is as good as ours Although we would like to present a more concise conclusion on the general trends in Snowbird activity, the real answer to the above quiz is either “C” or “F,” depending upon whom you talk to. Nevertheless, we’ve made some calls to try to get a general anecdotal, reading on what’s occurring out... Read more

Extreme RV’s to Carry-on Kit’s Legacy

February 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The owners of Extreme RV’s LLC intend to maintain the Kit Manufacturing Co. tradition of building quality towable RVs primarily for West Coast markets. Don Day and Jim Homburger, the principals of Extreme RV’s, acquired Kit’s RV business and factory in Caldwell, Idaho, about a month ago. Day was the general manager of Kit RV and Homburger was its production manager. They hired 165 of Kit RV’s former production workers, who now are busy building, primarily, Extreme sport utility trailers,... Read more

Thousand Trails Replaces Kit on Stock List

February 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Membership-based campground operator Thousand Trails Inc. replaces Kit Manufacturing Inc. on the RVBUSINESS.COM list of 15 RV company stocks. The Dallas-based company has around 112,000 members at 59 membership-based camping preserves in 17 U.S. states and British Columbia, Canada. It also provides a reciprocal-use program for members of around 280 recreational facilities and manages 240 public campgrounds for the U.S. Forest Service and other entities. Thousand Trails stock trades on the American... Read more

Holiday RV Stock Delisted

February 20, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The stock of dealership chain Holiday RV Superstores Inc. will be delisted from the Nasdaq SmallCap Market effective Friday (Feb. 21), the company announced after the market closed today (Feb. 20). Consequently, the company’s stock, most likely, will be quoted on the so-called “pink sheets,” because it did not file its fourth-fiscal-quarter and full-fiscal-year 2002 financial report prior to the Securities & Exchange Commission’s (SEC) deadline. Failure to file the financial report in... Read more

Jayco Halts Class A Motorhome Production

February 19, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco Inc. has suspended production of its AVATAR diesel pushers and Firenza gas-engine Class A motorhomes, President and COO Derald Bontrager confirmed on Tuesday (Feb. 18). The action was taken because “at foreseeable volume levels, we are unable to support existing Class A motorhome production facilities without penalizing our more established operations.” Jayco, a significant producer of Class C motorhomes and towable RVs, entered the Class A motorhome sector in 2001, but its dealers retailed... Read more

RVs Help Myers’ Earnings Improve

February 19, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV sector was among the handful of industries that contributed to Myers Industries Inc. reporting improved sales and earnings for both the fourth quarter and all of 2002. However, Stephen Myers, the polymer products manufacturer’s president and CEO, would only describe the earnings improvement as “modest” because changes in the way Myers accounts for the amortization of goodwill, which occurred in 2001, made the comparisons between 2002 and 2001 more favorable. “Demand from RV, heavy... Read more

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