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Fleetwood to Get “Computerworld” Award

May 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will receive an award from Computerworld magazine during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Monday for its “Smart Coach” concept motorhome. Fleetwood is a finalist in Computerworld’s Transportation category. The Riverside, Calif.-based RV and manufactured home builder was nominated for a Computerworld Honors 21st Century Achievement Award by Craig Barrett, CEO of Intel Corp., the world’s largest computer chip manufacturer. Although the RV industry is not considered... Read more

Campground Operator to Go Private

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Manufactured-home park operator Chateau Communities Inc., which also has 1,400 park model and RV sites in its portfolio, will be taken private in a $2.2 billion deal this fall. Chicago-based Hometown America LLC announced plans Thursday (May 29) to acquire Chateau in a deal that Chateau’s management finds acceptable. The deal calls for the shareholders of Chateau, a New York Stock Exchange-listed company, to be paid $29.25 a share in cash and Hometown would assume $1.2 billion-worth of Chateau’s... Read more

Dutchmen Building New Headquarters

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Dutchmen Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., broke ground today (May 30) on of a new headquarters office building, marking the beginning of phase II of an expansion program. Earlier this year, Dutchmen broke ground on a 98,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on the south side of Goshen, Ind. The 18,000-square-foot office building is on the same parcel as the new plant, which is nearing completion and is scheduled to go into production in mid-July, according to Steve Paul, vice president... Read more

U.S. Gear/Workhorse Create Distribution Relationship

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U.S. Gear Corp. has forged a distribution partnership with Workhorse Custom Chassis parts distribution to market the Unified Tow Brake, the companies announced. Workhorse parts distribution now features the Unified Tow Brake in its Workhorse Parts Connection RV newsletter. The Unified Tow Brake will be available through Workhorse’s extensive dealer network. It is believed this is the first time that any supplemental braking system for towed vehicles has been selected for marketing by a motorhome... Read more

Newmar Revamps 3 Diesels for ’04

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The three Newmar Corp. diesel-pusher models that went through “life-cycle changes” were introduced to the Nappanee, Ind.-based company’s dealers today (May 30) during its national dealer meeting in Lake Las Vegas, Nev. In addition to the major changes to the Dutch Star, Mountain Aire and Essex diesels, Newmar also revamped its Mountain Aire fifth-wheel for model year 2004, according to Phil Miller, director of marketing. The changes to the diesel pushers include making them 101.5 inches wide,... Read more

Winds Damage RV Dealer’s Inventory

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Six RVs in the inventory of Allsport RV Center, located near Fayetteville, N.C., were destroyed during a severe thunderstorm Sunday night (May 25), according to the Fayetteville Observer. The storm hit the Allsport RV between 10:30 p.m. and 1 a.m. Monday. The dealership is on U.S. 301 near the Cumberland County Crown Center, the newspaper reported. Winds from the storm reached at least 80 mph, forecasters said, and tossed six travel trailers several yards. A security fence and telephone poles stopped... Read more

“Click-and-brick” Learning at Con/Expo

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) new “click-and-brick” RV Learning Center will be the focus of the 2003 RVDA Convention/Expo Sept. 30-Oct. 3 at the Rio All-Suite Casino Resort in Las Vegas. “Dealers attending the convention in the past have been asking us for seminars that were more advanced,” said RVDA Education Foundation Chairman Rick Horsey, owner of Parkview RV Center, Smyrna, Del. “There also is a need for ongoing education that we want the learning center to... Read more

Winegard Named Winnebago Exclusive Supplier

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Winegard Co., Burlington, Iowa, has been named the exclusive supplier of satellite and off-air antennas to Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa. From the Sensar antenna to the top-of-the-line Movin’ View tracking system featuring GPS and DVB tracking technology, Winegard is committed to supplying Winnebago with superior products and keeping Winnebago on the cutting edge of TV reception technology, according to the company. Winegard and Winnebago have had a supplier/OEM partnership for 20... Read more

RVers Tend to Live in Rural Areas

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Dave Davidson finally broke down and bought a motorhome last year, American Demographics magazine reports in its June edition. The Glendora, Calif.-based electrical contractor says the RV makes it easy to spend quality time with his wife and three kids. “We use every excuse to get out in it,” said Davidson, 40. He heads one of 6.9 million households in the U.S. that own RVs. Last year, Americans spent some $11 billion on RVs, up 150% from $4 billion in 1992, according to the Reston, Va.-based... Read more

Spartan to Consolidate Ambulance Plants

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Spartan Motors Inc. will close its ambulance assembly plant in St. Paul, Minn., so it can consolidate its Road Rescue ambulance operations in Marion, S.C. Spartan’s diesel-pusher assembly operations in Charlotte, Mich., will be unaffected by the Road Rescue consolidation. Combining ambulance production in South Carolina will make the Road Rescue-brand more cost-competitive, said John Sztykiel, Spartan’s president and CEO. Spartan has a 1-year-old, 106,000-square-foot factory in Marion, S.C.,... Read more

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