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Four Winds Get $9 million Cruise America Order

July 29, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

July 28, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

RV Damaged by Emergency Landing

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One RV parked in a Livermore, Calif., RV and boat storage facility was slightly damaged when a pilot made an emergency landing in the facility, according to the Contra Costa Times. The pilot was not hurt and no one on the ground was injured during the incident last Thursday (July 24), the newspaper reported. The airplane, which was piloted by an aircraft salesman, clipped an RV parked at Ideal Boat and Camper Storage on Tesla Road in Livermore. The newspaper did not describe whether the RV was... Read more

Floorplans Not Unique for Long

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Because RV manufacturers use many of the same suppliers, the attractiveness of the floorplan has become a key element in determining the number of units that consumers are willing to buy from a particular manufacturer. But because of the competitive nature of the RV business, new floorplans are not unique for very long, Kay Toolson, president and CEO of Monaco Corp. Corp. said during Monaco’s national dealer meeting in Las Vegas last month. This also complicates brand-management strategy for large... Read more

Lazydays Reports $60 million in June Sales

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Tampa, Fla., area mega-dealership Lazydays RV SuperCenter reported $60 million in sales revenue in June, a record for the 27-year-old dealership and a 33.9% improvement over its June 2002 volume, according to the company. Lazydays, which conducted its I-4 Tent Sale in June, delivered 778 RVs to retail buyers, about half of which were new units and half pre-owned, said Stewart Schaffer, chief marketing officer. “Our record sales for the month of June comes on the heels of setting a record for the... Read more

Consumer Study Analysis Set for Con/Expo

July 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) will receive a detailed analysis on the recently completef RoperASW customer satisfaction survey during the RVDA’s Convention/Expo, Sept. 30-Oct. 3 in Las Vegas. During the general session Oct. 2, Chris Jaworski, a RoperASW senior vice president will provide an in-depth look at the survey with the goal of helping dealers understand RVers’ “hot buttons.” “It’s more information on dealers than we’ve ever had before,” said... Read more

Monaco Motorhome Shipments Down 18%

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Monaco Coach Corp., the leading diesel-pusher Class A motorhome manufacturer, reported its motorhome shipments were down 18% in the second quarter of this year, when compared with the first quarter of 2002. Monaco shipped a total of 1,708 gas- and diesel-engine Class A’s and Class C motorhomes in the three months ended June 28, compared with 2,095 units delivered in the same period a year earlier. Monaco announced in early April it would lower its output 20% so it could reduce the size of its... Read more

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