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RVDA Endorses Suburban Propane

July 31, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVDA) has endorsed propane and propane equipment supplied through Suburban Propane, according to the RV Assistance Corp. (RVAC). The agreement was approved by both the RVAC and RVDA boards of directors. RVAC is a wholly owned subsidiary of RVDA that develops member benefits for the association. Suburban Propane Partners is a publicly traded master limited partnership listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SPH. “Suburban Propane... Read more

Fleetwood’s Towables Revenue Up 30%

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Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reports its travel-trailer and fifth-wheel sales revenue increased 30% to $158 million during the three-month period that ended Sunday (July 27). Additionally, Fleetwood’s motorhome sales revenue increased 18% to $258 million during the May-through-July period, the first quarter of its fiscal year 2004. However, the company’s folding-camper sales revenue fell 27% to $22 million for the period, which ended July 27. “The improvement in travel-trailer (and fifth-wheel)... Read more

Spartan Cautious About Pusher Market

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Diesel-pusher motorhome chassis supplier Spartan Motors Inc. reported sharply lower second-quarter sales and earnings and the company remains “cautious about the short-term recovery in the (diesel) motorhome market,” according to John Sztykiel, president and CEO. Spartan’s second-quarter net earnings declined 76% to $734,000 and its sales slipped 16% lower to $55.1 million. During the first half of this year, Spartan’s earnings declined 47% to $3.3 million and its sales declined 13% to $115.5... Read more

FMCA Boosts N.Y. Dealer’s Sales

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Suburban Buffalo, N.Y., dealership Colton RV had its best July ever thanks in part to the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) International Convention, which occurred in another Buffalo suburb a few weeks ago. “We generated a lot of business (due to the FMCA rally), some of it out-of-state, some in-state,” said Jeff Schollnick, general sales manager at Colton RV, a single-location dealership in North Tonawanda, N.Y., which does about $30 million in annual sales. “We’ll have our best July... Read more

FMCA Boosts N.Y. Dealer’s Sales

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Suburban Buffalo, N.Y., dealership Colton RV had its best July ever thanks in part to the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) International Convention, which occurred in another Buffalo suburb a few weeks ago. “We generated a lot of business (due to the FMCA rally), some of it out-of-state, some in-state,” said Jeff Schollnick, general sales manager at Colton RV, a single-location dealership in North Tonawanda, N.Y., which does about $30 million in annual sales. “We’ll have our best July... Read more

RVIA Spokesman Tour Under Way

July 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Brad Herzog of Pacific Grove, Calif., and his wife Amy, took off on their third extended trip on behalf of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) recently – this time with two young children in tow instead of a car. RVIA’s “Around the World … In an RV” tour, featuring the first trip for sons Luke, 21/2, and Jesse, 1, was the subject of a recent feature article in the Sacramento Bee. Herzog, a former newpaper reporter, and his wife participated in the RVIA public relations... Read more

Good Sam Partners with Cottman Tranny

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Good Sam RV Emergency Road Service (ERS) has partnered with Cottman Transmission LLC to offer its members discounts at the fast-growing chain of transmission repair centers. Cottman, founded in Philadelphia in 1962, now has around 370 franchise locations in the U.S. and Canada, and it has the goal of reaching 400 this year. “We are excited about this new discount by Cottman Transmission, and we feel that the benefits to members of Good Sam RV ERS will go further in the long run than just discounted... Read more

United Way Recognizes Keystone RV

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The United Way of Elkhart County, Ind., recently recognized Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV Co. for becoming its No. 1 contributor for 2003. The United Way funds 27 nonprofit agencies in Elkhart County, which has a population of around 160,000. Keystone, a unit of Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc., had, by a wide margin, more Leadership Circle contributors of any other company in the county. Leadership Circle contributions are people giving at least $1,000. Keystone President Ron Fenech... Read more

FMCA Consignments Could Face Legal Challenge

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The arrangement in which out-of-state dealers sell motorhomes in states where Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) rallies occur might be challenged in court, according to Dave McMann, vice president of sales and marketing at Meyers RV Superstore, a five-location dealership in Syracuse, N.Y., with around $130 million in annual sales. The dealership is considering taking legal action against Monaco Coach Corp., which terminated its dealer agreement with Meyers in January. Monaco terminated the agreement... Read more

Coachmen Returns to Profitability

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Coachmen Industries Inc., including its RV operations, returned to profitability in the second quarter, the New York Stock Exchange-listed company reports. The modular structures and RV builder posted net earnings of $2.8 million during the three months ended June 30, offsetting its first-quarter loss. As a result, Coachmen was in the black $16,000 after the first six months of this year. In comparison, Coachmen earned $3.6 million during the second quarter and $3 million during the first half of... Read more

Four Winds Get $9 million Cruise America Order

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Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary Four Winds has received a $9 million order from rental firm Cruise America and Thor’s transit bus operations, which have experienced lower sales and earnings recently, also received $21 million worth of new orders recently. The $9 million order from Cruise America is for Elkhart, Ind.-based Four Winds to build 205 Class C motorhomes for the RV rental firm. As a result of the new order, Four Winds has sold 580 units to Cruise America so far this year, up 21% from... Read more

Online Reservations Clicking with Campers

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Nearly half of all ReserveAmerica campground reservations now are processed online, according to ReserveAmerica, a unit of Ticketmaster, which is a subsidiary of InterActiveCorp., a Nasdaq Stock Market-traded company. Through the two ReserveAmerica websites, www.ReserveAmerica.com and www.ReserveUSA.com, campers are able to browse through more than 140,000 campsites and make reservations at their leisure. The trend toward campers booking online is further underscored by record traffic at the two... Read more

Travel Trailer/Fifth-wheel Shipments Up

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Factory-to-dealer shipments of all types of RVs were up 4.9% in June, but that was exclusively because of sharp increases in deliveries of travel trailers and fifth-wheels, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Meanwhile, Class A motorhome shipments were flat while Class C motorhome and folding-camper deliveries were down in June. Here are the details of the RVIA report by product category: Travel-trailer shipments increased 15.6% in June to 14,100 units, compared with... Read more

Michigan Retail Market Robust

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The retail market for RVs is strong in Michigan this year with motorhome sales increasing 11.4% and towables up 5.3% during the first five months of 2003, according to The Daily Oakland Press, which quotes the Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC). MARVAC data indicates the Michigan motorhome market is outperforming the market nationally because retail sales of Class A’s and Class C’s were up 5.8% during the first five months of the year in the 47 states from... Read more

Patrick Returns to Profitability

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Patrick Industries Inc., supplier to the RV, manufactured housing and several other industries, returned to profitability during the second quarter, although it earned only $25,000 on almost $71 million in sales revenue. The company’s earnings during the three months ended June 30 compares with $636,000 earned during the April-through-June portion of 2002. Patrick’s sales of almost $71 million represents a 14% decline from its $82.6 million in sales during the second quarter of 2002. For the... Read more

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