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Truck Cap Sales Flat in ‘02

May 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Truck-cap sales were essentially flat in 2002, which might be a sign that the three-year decline is over, according to the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Truck-cap sales totaled 285,434 units during 2002, a 0.7% decline from the 287,479 units sold during 2001, SEMA reports, citing Truck Cap & Accessory Alliance (TCAA) data. Fiberglass caps accounted for 90% of all truck caps sold last year, or 255,740 units, according to SEMA. Aluminum caps accounted for 29,694 units sold last... Read more

RV Workers Paid Well, Treated Fairly

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A Wakarusa, Ind., couple worked over 30 years each for Holiday Rambler/Monaco Coach Corp. because they received good pay and benefits, were treated fairly and took pride in their work, they told the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth. That is why Kathy and Ron Berkey stayed with the company despite the uncertainty associated with ownership changes, the Truth reported. Ron Berkey, 70, retired from Monaco two years ago after 32 years, most recently in quality control at Monaco towables plants. Meanwhile, Kathy Berkey,... Read more

Dave Humphreys on Sunday “Today Show”

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Here is a transcript of the interview involving Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys and Lester Holt, co-host of NBC’s “Today Show,” that was broadcast on Sunday (May 25): Holt: If you’re looking to drive on your vacation this summer, how about RV-ing it? RVs are a hot item right now, whether you’re looking to rent or own, they provide unparalleled comfort on the road. David Humphreys is the president of the Recreation Vehicle Association. David, good... Read more

Dave Humphreys on Sunday “Today Show”

May 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Here is a transcript of the interview involving Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys and Lester Holt, co-host of NBC’s “Today Show,” that was broadcast on Sunday (May 25): Holt: If you’re looking to drive on your vacation this summer, how about RV-ing it? RVs are a hot item right now, whether you’re looking to rent or own, they provide unparalleled comfort on the road. David Humphreys is the president of the Recreation Vehicle Association. David, good... Read more

2,000th RV Service Tech. Certified

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The RV industry’s work to create a national network of professional, qualified RV service personnel recently passed a milestone when the 2,000th service technician was certified through the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association/Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Certified RV Technician Program. “Through their outstanding performance on the certification exam, certified RV technicians have demonstrated that they are truly professionals in their field,” said RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing... Read more

2,000th RV Service Tech. Certified

May 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry’s work to create a national network of professional, qualified RV service personnel recently passed a milestone when the 2,000th service technician was certified through the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association/Recreation Vehicle Industry Association Certified RV Technician Program. “Through their outstanding performance on the certification exam, certified RV technicians have demonstrated that they are truly professionals in their field,” said RVDA/RVIA Certification Governing... Read more

RV Park to Open in South Carolina

May 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

A new RV resort is being built in Clarendon County, S.C., according to the Manning (S.C.) Times. The developer is Jim Thigpen and his company, TLC (Thigpen, Lovell and Clark) is building a new membership resort just off I-95 at exit 102, according ot the newspaper. The reception and sales office are under construction now and Thigpen hopes the building will be done by mid-July and phase I of the resort will completed by October. The resort will have different types of camping. There will be an area... Read more

RV Park to Open in South Carolina

May 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

A new RV resort is being built in Clarendon County, S.C., according to the Manning (S.C.) Times. The developer is Jim Thigpen and his company, TLC (Thigpen, Lovell and Clark) is building a new membership resort just off I-95 at exit 102, according ot the newspaper. The reception and sales office are under construction now and Thigpen hopes the building will be done by mid-July and phase I of the resort will completed by October. The resort will have different types of camping. There will be an area... Read more

Fifth-wheel Retail Improved in March

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Retail sales of fifth-wheels and park models improved in March despite the uncertainties created by the outbreak of war in Iraq that month, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm. Meanwhile, travel-trailer retail sales were flat and folding-camper retail was down sharply in March, Statistical Surveys reported. Retail sales of fifth-wheels increased 3.8% to 6,129 units sold by dealers in the 45 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data, compared... Read more

Sunday’s “Today Show” to Feature RVs

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A feature about RVs and the RV lifestyle is scheduled to air Sunday (May 25) on NBC’s “Today Show,” reports Gary LaBella, vice president of public relations and advertising for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA President Dave Humphreys will appear in the nationally televised segment, which Barton Gilanelli and Associates, the RVIA’s public relations agency, helped arrange, Humphreys will appear with “Today Show” co-anchors Soledad O’Brien and Lester Holt in front... Read more

RV Dealer Named Top Young Entrepreneur

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Louis Vierstra, president of Murrieta Valley RV Service Inc. of Temecula, Calif., was named the Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Santa Ana District, according to The Business Press of Ontario, Calif. Vierstra, age 28, said, “People give up on their dreams 60% to 70% along the way, and if they would have given another 10%, they could have gotten over the hump” of starting their own business. Murrieta RV rents and services RVs along with selling parts... Read more

Giant RV Headquarters Move in July

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Multilocation Southern California dealership Giant RV will move its headquarters from Upland to Montclair, Calif., in the first half of July, according to the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Giant RV owner Bob Barouti hopes the Montclair headquarters and dealership can open on July 1, although the opening might need to be pushed back to July 15. In Upland, where Giant RV has operated for 19 years, the dealership can display 65 to 70 motorized and towable units. But at the new Montclair location, there... Read more

RVers Planning to Travel More

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Despite the sluggish economy, 71% of RV owners plan to travel more in their RVs this spring and summer than they did a year-ago, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Campfire Canvass survey. The survey of 660 RVers was conducted in early April for the RVIA by Robert Hittlin Research Associates of Reston, Va. In addition to those planning to travel more, 27% of RV owners plan to travel about as much as they did a year earlier, the RVIA reports. RV owners plan to travel... Read more

Keystone to Enter Ultralight Segment

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The Keystone RV Co., a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., has formed a new Ultralight Division and the Goshen, Ind.-based company has hired ultralight segment expert Tim Dennig to be the general manager of its new operation. Previously, Dennig was involved in ultralight towables at R-Vision Inc., Warsaw, Ind., and the Aero Manufacturing unit of Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., another Thor subsidiary. Keystone’s Ultralight Division will build aluminum-frame, laminated fiberglass travel trailers and... Read more

KOA to Open in British Columbia

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The Bar-F ranch land east of Hinton, British Columbia, Canada will soon give way to a new, 103-site Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) facility complete with a sheltered kitchen area, five cabins, and an area history museum. Owner Jim Brown expects more than 20,000 visitors a year at his campground and estimates that 20% to 25% of his guests will be American RV tourists, most of them stopping for a few days on their way to Alaska. All this follows a five-year period during which Brown wrangled with... Read more

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