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N.Y. State Increases RV Length Limit

June 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Gov. George E. Pataki announced Friday (June 27) that New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Joseph H. Boardman and Thruway Authority Executive Director Michael R. Fleischer signed blanket waivers authorizing RVs up to 45 feet long to travel on highways operated by New York state, except state parkways. “Tourism comprises a significant part of New York State’s economy, and it is vital to ensure that people seeking fun and relaxation from our mountains to our beaches are... Read more

Idaho’s Bodily RV Building New Dealership

June 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Construction has started on a long-planned Bodily RV dealership southwest of the Meridian Road interchange with I-84 between Boise and Caldwell, Idaho, according to the Idaho Business Review. The company will move its Meridian dealership from a South Main Street site, just north of the interchange, by early next year, owner Gary Bodily said. At more than 42,000 square feet, the two-story steel building under construction at the northeast corner of Linder and Overland roads will be about three times... Read more

Dealers Worried About Trailer Shortages?

June 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Some dealers have shifted from being worried that their inventories are too big to worrying that they might run out of travel trailers, according to an article in today’s (June 30) Wall Street Journal. Redwood Camper & Trailer Sales, a Salt Lake City area dealer, is one of those worried about a possible travel-trailer shortage, the Journal reports. Doug Freckleton, co-owner of Redwood Camper & Trailer, told the Journal he expects to sell more than the dealership’s annual average of... Read more

Carriage Intros “Entry-level” Compass Series

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In an effort to expand the number of potential buyers of Carriage Inc. products, the manufacturer of mid- to-highline towables introduced a new “more aggressive price point” series of travel trailers and fifth-wheels called the Compass. The Compass, which includes the only travel trailers built by Carriage, was introduced during the Millersburg, Ind. firm’s national dealer meeting in Indianapolis this past weekend (June 28-29). Except for the three Compass travel-trailer floorplans, Carriage... Read more

H-W Not Selling LaSalle Bristol, Bristolpipe

June 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Although British firm Heywood Williams Group PLC recently sold its Creation Group subsidiary, the company is not looking to sell its two other RV industry-related firms, LaSalle Bristol Corp. and Bristolpipe, according to the Elkhart (Ind.) Truth. Last week, Heywood Williams announced it sold Elkhart-based windows and doors supplier Creation Group to DURA Automotive Systems, which also is the parent of RV industry supplier Atwood Mobile Products. DURA agreed to pay around $57 million for Creation. However,... Read more

RV Owners’ Satisfaction Ratings Strong

June 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry is maintaining strong overall consumer satisfaction levels, reveals a recently released study of 8,300 RV owners commissioned by the Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence, according to a statement issued today (June 27) by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and survey firm RoperASW. The 2003 RV Consumer Satisfaction Survey, conducted by RoperASW, updates similar studies completed in 1999 and 2001, providing baseline comparisons and valuable trend analysis... Read more

Gilman Resigns from Camping World

June 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Gilman has resigned his position as president of Camping World Inc. (CWI), the Bowling Green, Ky.-based retailer of RV-related aftermarket parts and accessories. CWI is a unit of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), as is RV Business and RVBUSINESS.COM. Gilman worked for Blockbuster Inc. prior to joining CWI last year. “Mark, through his efforts, has made a great number of contributions and changes with the Camping World brand, merchandising and operations, all of which will assist in leveraging future... Read more

Big Turnout Seen for Tech. Certification Test

June 27, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Some 500 students – a nearly fourfold increase over last year – are expected to take the RV technician certification test on July 27, which, for the first time, will include a practical hands-on section to allow techs to become certified more quickly. Technicians taking the new practical section are required to perform 14 hands-on procedures on an RV under supervision in their dealerships before completing a 53-question written practical test that supplements the standard 200-question certification... Read more

Rusk, Tex., Considers RV Rally Park

June 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

An executive from Nacogdoches, Tex.-based Foretravel Motorhomes Inc. proposed on Wednesday (June 25) the idea of an RV rally park to officials from the east Texas town of Rusk, according to the Jacksonville Daily Progress. Paul Tinkle, manager of manufacturing operations at highline motorcoach manufacturer Foretravel, said an RV park big enough to accommodate about 100 rigs would aid the economy of Rusk, which is about 30 miles northwest of Nacogdoches. So far, Rush officials are supportive of the... Read more

Henderson Resigns from Outdoor Resorts

June 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Randall Henderson, a co-founder of luxury RV resorts firm Outdoor Resorts of America (ORA), will resign effective Friday (June 27). Henderson, 65, ORA’s president and COO, decided to leave the company he spent 34 years developing and managing so he could spend more time with his family and to pursue other interests. Replacing Henderson as president and COO will be Ron Petty, who has worked the last 32 years for ORA, according to R.A. Schoellhorn, ORA’s chairman and CEO. Henderson, a longtime... Read more

GBM’s Cruise Master Fills Gas/Diesel Gap

June 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

For model year 2004, product developers at Georgie Boy Manufacturing (GBM) gave the most attention to making the Cruise Master highline gas-engine Class A motorhome “a real viable alternative to diesel,” Georgie Boy President Pat Terveer said during the Coachmen Industries Inc. subsidiary’s recent national dealer meeting. “Everybody knows the entry-level diesel price points have been elevated in the last couple years based upon the discontinuance of some of the smaller (diesel) engines,”... Read more

RV Lifestyle Feature on CBS Friday

June 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Another feature about the RV lifestyle will be nationally broadcast Friday (June 27) on the CBS Early Show, which taped a segment during last week’s Great North American RV Rally in Louisville. Barton Gilanelli & Associates, public relations agency for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), arranged for the national TV network exposure. A CBS News reporter toured several RV models on display and interviewed RVIA Board Member and Public Relations Committee Chairman B.J. Thompson. In... Read more

Modesto Dealer Relocates, Adds Motorized

June 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

A longtime Northern San Joaquin Valley, Calif., RV dealer is following the lead of its customers — it hit the road — according to The Modesto (Calif.) Bee. Don’s RV Center recently hitched up all its gear at 1603 Eighth St., just off Kansas Avenue, in Modesto and moved on down the road to a new home just south of Ceres. Displaced by the Kansas-Needham overpass project, Don and Jennie Clark relocated to a 4.5-acre site on the Highway 99 frontage road south of the Mitchell Road exit. The Clarks... Read more

Winnebago Stock Sale Advisory Issued

June 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Although advisory firm Zacks Investment Research Inc. believes Winnebago Industries Inc., has a solid financial foundation and a bright future, it recommended today (June 25) that its clients sell their Winnebago stock shares. “The future should certainly be brighter for Winnebago, but investors may want to think about holding off on a position for the moment until its earnings estimates show more upward mobility,” Zacks said today. Zacks based its sell recommendation on the fact the motorhome... Read more

Pilgrim Ships 1,000th Unit

June 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel-trailer and fifth-wheel manufacturer Pilgrim International Inc., completed its 1,000th unit today after being in production for only about a year, according to Tom Gaither, vice president of sales and marketing for the Middlebury, Ind.company. Chuck Schwartz, owner of Family RV Center in Statesville, N.C., bought Pilgrim’s first unit in June 2002 and he bought the 1,000th unit completed today, Gaither added. Pilgrim, a company founded by Dave Hoefer, markets its products under the Open Road... Read more

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