‘Bama Fans Love Their RVs

September 30, 2003 by · Comments Off on ‘Bama Fans Love Their RVs 

Fans of the University of Alabama’s football team love their RVs and the RV lifestyle as much as the team, according to The Crimson White, the university’s student newspaper. “RVs have become a part of the Alabama football atmosphere,” wrote reporter Cassandra Mickens. “Each with their own personality and style, and each RV is customized to honor its No. 1 team. In their own way, the RVs are rolling with the Tide.” The RV parking lot near the university’s stadium begins to fill up on... Read more

Stewart Lodges Shutters Colorado Plant

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Stewart Lodges, an Ochlocknee, Ga.-based park model cabin manufacturer, has closed its Delta, Colo. manufacturing facility, leaving 80 people without jobs, according to the Rocky Mountain News. Delta Area Development officials recently told the newspaper that Stewart Lodges closed the facility without complying with commitments it made to Delta County in exchange for economic incentives. Deana Sheriff, executive director of Delta Area Development, Inc., also told reporters that her agency is considering... Read more

Nat. City Wants to be Leading RV Lender

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Cleveland bank and financial services firm National City Corp. wants to become the leading RV and marine lender within the next five years, the company announced today (Sept. 30). National City took its RV and marine wholesale and retail lending programs nationwide in August and it planned to shift its program into high gear today at the opening of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) Convention/Expo in Las Vegas. Since August, National City has expanded the number of its RV and marine... Read more

Harrisburg Show Sets Attendance Records

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Spurred by expanded exhibit halls, consumer and dealer attendance hit record levels at the 35th Annual Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA) Show, Sept. 8-14 at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. “It exceeded our expectations,” said Becky Lennington, PRVCA executive vice president. “The true test of the show is the product sold, and all indications are that it was a very fine selling show. Product sold nicely along the whole spectrum.” Seventy-three manufacturers... Read more

Wine or RVs, That’s the Question?

September 29, 2003 by · Comments Off on Wine or RVs, That’s the Question? 

The question of whether the expansion of a 30-acre RV and boat storage business located south of Livermore, Calif., should be allowed is being considered by Alameda (Calif.) County officials, according to the Tri-Valley Herald of Pleasanton, Calif. The owner of the storage business, John Migliore, and several of his customers believe an expansion is needed because of demand for RV and recreational boat storage in the suburbs east of Oakland, the newspaper reported. Several area vintners and a local... Read more

Rental Demand Strong in Canada

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The rental demand for RVs was strong in Canada this past summer, which helps explain CanaDream Corp.’s 8% increase in revenue during the three months ended July 31. The company’s sales during the May-through-July period totaled $6.1 million (Canadian), compared with $5.6 million (Canadian) a year earlier. One Canadian dollar is worth 73.4 cents in U.S. currency at current exchange rates. Meanwhile, CanaDream’s net earnings were flat at $1.3 million (Canadian) due to higher interest and depreciation... Read more

George Jones Partners with Camping World

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Country-music singer George Jones, who tours in a Featherlite Vantare bus conversion, has partnered with the Camping World chain of RV-related accessories stores. The tour by the Country Music Hall of Fame member is co-sponsored by Camping World, which also is stocking the George Jones line of products, which includes sauces, grills and guitars. Camping World, a unit of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), also is carrying Jones’ latest CD, The Gospel Collection, in its stores. Jones said he travels with... Read more

Coachmen Financial Services Launched

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In conjunction with Transamerica Distribution Finance, Coachmen Industries Inc. has created Coachmen Financial Services (CFS) to offer “inventory financing solutions” to qualified Coachmen RV Group dealers, Coachmen announced today (Sept. 29). Initially, CFS will focus on dealer inventory financing and it is “intended to expand to other financial services,” said Joe Tomczak, executive vice president of CFO of Coachmen Industries. “Coachmen Financial Services is a dynamic program providing... Read more

Small/Mid-size Dealers’ Inventories Grew

September 26, 2003 by · Comments Off on Small/Mid-size Dealers’ Inventories Grew 

Small and midsize dealers were carrying new RV unit inventories that were significantly larger, at least in dollar terms, as of July 31, according to consultant firm Spader Business management. Meanwhile, large dealers, which Spader defines as having more than $10 million in annual sales, had new RV unit inventories that were only 2.2% bigger as of July 31, when compared with July 31, 2002. The large dealers’ new RV unit inventories were valued, on average, at $4,029,240 as of July 31, compared... Read more

Fleetwood Folding Trailers Wins Award

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The Fleetwood Folding Trailers operation in Somerset, Pa., recently received one of the 2003 Pennsylvania Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence in the category of Resource Protection. Fleetwood Folding Trailers, a unit of Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., won the award for reducing emissions related to its painting operations along with solid-waste management and water and electricity conservation efforts. Since April 2002, Fleetwood Folding Trailers has been powder coating... Read more

Popularity of RVing Growing Among Hispanics

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Hispanic Americans are among the most likely to consider buying an RV, according to consumer survey firm Harris Interactive, whose research was cited in a release just issued by Barton Gilanelli & Associates, PR firm for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The Barton Gilanelli release profiles an El Paso, Tex., family who bought their first RV four years ago and who recently traded up to a larger towable with three slideouts. The first RV purchased by Isaac and Connie Hernandez... Read more

Cal/RVDA-Supported Bill on Davis’ Desk

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A bill that would require the licensing of RV manufacturers and dealers doing business in California and creating a process for resolving disputes between them is awaiting the signature of Gov. Gray Davis, who is facing a recall election on Oct. 7. Senate Bill 238 would require RV dealers and manufacturers to be licensed by the New Motor Vehicle Board, which also would settle disputes between dealers and manufacturers based on the negotiated agreement between the two. The existence of a manufacturer/dealer... Read more

Gulf Stream Increasing Motorhome Output

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc. will open a second motorhome production line on Monday (Sept. 29), eventually increasing the Nappanee, Ind. company’s Class A motorhome output by 33%, according to Claude Donati, vice president of Motorized Division sales and marketing. Gulf Stream has hired 34 more employees to staff the new assembly line and they will start building one unit per day, Donati said. As the new workers become familiar with lean manufacturing techniques during their first month on the job,... Read more

OPEC May Lower Oil Production

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Gas and diesel fuel prices are declining but they may not fall as fast or as much as motorists and the RV industry might like because the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is heading in the direction of cutting production by 3.5% beginning Nov. 1, the Wall Street Journal reports. The OPEC members still must agree to lower their output but the Journal says there are members of the cartel who are worried about crude oil prices plunging lower in the spring. Meanwhile, lower demand... Read more

RV Dealers Should Be Happy Campers

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RV dealers should be happy campers because, on average, their net earnings were 14% to 18% higher during the first seven months of this year, when compared with the same period a year earlier, according to Spader Business Management. The biggest increase was experienced by midsize dealers, which Spader defines as having $5 million to $10 million in annual sales. Dealers in that group had net earnings during the first seven months of this year that averaged $335,315, an 18% increase over the $284,092... Read more

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