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Detroit Dealers Pleased with Early ‘03 Sales

February 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

RV dealers in the Detroit area are pleased with their sales volume so far this year, according to the Macomb Daily newspaper. “Our first two shows have been better than any in the last three years,” said Bill Ladd, general sales manager at Roseville RV in Chesterfield Township. “Normally, we’d generate sales leads on 10 to15 (Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.) Wilderness units, but this year at the (Pontiac) Silverdome show we made deals on 18 Wilderness units and 15 Pioneers.” Ladd said part... Read more

Consumers Think Gas Prices Will Come Down

February 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Diesel fuel prices are at an all-time record high and gasoline prices are near a record high, but most people don’t expect it to last long, according to one industry analyst. Consumers “do not think gas prices will remain high for very long,” said to Dr. Richard Curtin director of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center and chief economic consultant to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Diesel fuel prices remained at an all-time high today, according to... Read more

Consumers Worried About War Possibility

February 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendance has been strong at recent RV retail shows but consumers, because they are worried about the U.S. possibly going to war, are reluctant to buy right now, according to the heads of several RV manufacturing companies who were interviewed recently. Some manufacturers have responded to the slowing retail demand by reducing their production schedules to four-day work weeks. Monaco Coach Corp. and the Keystone RV Co. subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc. reportedly are among that group. However,... Read more

Suppliers Feel Retail Market Cool-down

February 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

RV industry supplier firms are beginning to feel the retail market slowdown that is occurring because of consumer worries about the economic impact of a war against Iraq. “Our orders are soft,” said Carl Pfalzgraf, vice president of sales at the Atwood Mobile Products subsidiary of DURA Automotive Systems Inc. “I’ve talked to some other suppliers. Some of them are a little better and some are a little worse than we are.” Atwood, based in Rockford, Ill., now is forecasting total RV production... Read more

Ariz. Tourism Office Closure Opposed

February 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Various Arizona tourism-oriented associations – the campground sector included – have launched a letter-writing campaign in an effort to prevent the state legislature from eliminating the Arizona Office of Tourism. “They want to eliminate the office of tourism and not even have it as a functioning organization in the state of Arizona, which is just nuts,” said Joanne Michelson, president of the Arizona Travel Parks Association (ATPA). ATPA and the other associations, including those... Read more

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

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