RV Parking Ban Breeds Entrepreneurs

September 25, 2003 by · Comments Off on RV Parking Ban Breeds Entrepreneurs 

The University of Georgia recently banned RV parking on campus, which created a pain in the neck and wallet for Georgia Bulldog football fans wanting to tailgate before the games, according to the Athens (Ga.) Banner-Herald. However, the parking ban has bred a crop of entrepreneurs willing to let RVers park on their property for a fee, the newspaper reports. As many as 400 RVs have been driven to Athens by fans of the university’s football team, and there is no shortage of business owners who... Read more

Airstreams an “American Icon” in Europe

September 25, 2003 by · Comments Off on Airstreams an “American Icon” in Europe 

A British woman who was laid off from her job two years now has a new career importing used Airstream travel trailers for customers in the United Kingdom, according to the London Daily Telegraph. And it is the hassles related to the differences between American and European motor vehicle standards that helped create the opportunity for Sarah Jane Magee, the newspaper reported. To Europeans, silver-bodied Airstreams are “an iconic, all-American design up there with Chevrolets and Harley-Davidsons,”... Read more

Skyline’s RV Sales Decline

September 24, 2003 by · Comments Off on Skyline’s RV Sales Decline 

Travel-trailer, park-model and manufactured-housing producer Skyline Corp. reported higher earnings despite lower RV and manufactured-home sales revenue during the three months ended Aug. 31, according to the Elkhart Truth in Indiana. The New York Stock Exchange-listed company’s RV sales revenue declined 12% to $31.1 million, compared with $35.4 million in the June-through-August portion of 2002. Meanwhile, Skyline, which generates significant earnings from investments in short-term U.S. Treasury... Read more

Kummer Replaced on Fleetwood Board

September 24, 2003 by · Comments Off on Kummer Replaced on Fleetwood Board 

Investment firm manager and former professional football player Daniel D. “Danny” Villanueva has been appointed to the Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. Board of Directors, replacing Glenn Kummer, 69, who has retired. Kummer joined Fleetwood in 1965 and rose to become the RV and manufactured housing company’s COO, executive vice president and CEO. He joined the Fleetwood board in 1983 and served as board chairman from 1998 until early 2002. Kummer was the last senior level executive at Fleetwood from... Read more

Daimler Cancels Sprinter Plant Plans

September 24, 2003 by · Comments Off on Daimler Cancels Sprinter Plant Plans 

DaimlerChrysler AG has canceled plans to build a Sprinter van assembly plant in Georgia because of the weak global economy and soft vehicle sales, according to the Wall Street Journal. The automaker had planned to build the Sprinter assembly plant in Pooler, Ga., which is west of Savannah. There are a handfull of RV manufacturers using the Sprinter van as a Class B motorhome chassis. The components for the van are produced in Germany and shipped as a kit to Daimler’s Freightliner assembly plant... Read more

Country Coach Unveils Limited Edition Magna

September 24, 2003 by · Comments Off on Country Coach Unveils Limited Edition Magna 

The Country Coach subsidiary of National RV Holdings Inc. celebrated its 30th anniversary with the introduction of its 42-foot flat floor triple-slide Limited Edition Magna diesel pusher. It was unveiled during the Country Coach Class Reunion Rally in Junction City, Ore., Sept. 13-17. “Our design team set out to craft some truly exquisite interiors and they spared no details,” said County Coach President Bob Lee. The 30th Anniversary Magna will be offered in a limited production run of 30 units. It... Read more

Decision on Key Largo Resort Expected

September 24, 2003 by · Comments Off on Decision on Key Largo Resort Expected 

The Monroe County Planning Commission in was expected to decide today (Sept. 24) whether the upscale resort proposed for the old Blue Lagoon property in Key Largo, Fla., will become a reality, according to the Key West Citizen. The five commissioners were asked to decide whether Northstar Resort Enterprises will be allowed to transfer 77 of 126 transient RV spaces from the Key Largo RV Resort to a planned upscale resort on the bay at Mile Marker 98. During its May meeting, planners approved a major... Read more

Motorhome Inventories Under Control

September 23, 2003 by · Comments Off on Motorhome Inventories Under Control 

Excess inventories of Class A and Class C motorhomes accumulated on dealership lots earlier this year, but it now appears they have been sold to retail buyers and dealer inventories of new motorhomes are in balance, an evaluation of wholesale shipments and retail sales data reveals. For example, in the case of Class A’s, there were 23,400 units shipped in the first seven months of this year, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). A total of 23,854 Class A’s were sold... Read more

Fifth-wheel Retail Gains 15.5% in July

September 23, 2003 by · Comments Off on Fifth-wheel Retail Gains 15.5% in July 

Retail sales of new fifth-wheels soared 15.5% higher in July and new travel-trailer sales increased a robust 8%, Statistical Surveys Inc. reports. However, retail sales of folding campers fell 16.8% and park-model sales declined 16.9% in July, Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, reported. The Statistical Surveys data does not include the units sold by dealers in New Hampshire or Hawaii. In terms of unit volume, there were 6,585 fifth-wheels retailed during July, compared with... Read more

KOA Partners with an Elementary School

September 23, 2003 by · Comments Off on KOA Partners with an Elementary School 

When Ken Stellmacher lived in Reno, Nev., his company partnered with a local high school and both sides benefited. The students shadowed the employees at their jobs. The workers interacted with students on campus “and we actually spent time lecturing during guest classes,” said Stellmacher, vice president of marketing for Kampgrounds of America (KOA). “The high school I spent the most time with was an at-risk school, and that was fulfilling for us because these kids were at a disadvantage to... Read more

RVIA Honors High Achievers

September 23, 2003 by · Comments Off on RVIA Honors High Achievers 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) honored six company and association executives Sept. 16 for their many achievements. During the association’s annual meeting at Lake Geneva, Wis., last week, RVIA Chairman Claire Skinner presented the following awards to the following people: • Distinguished Service to the RV Industry Award to Walt Bennett of Thor Industries Inc. • The Special Award to B.J. Thompson of B.J. Thompson & Associates. • Distinguished Achievement in RV Standards... Read more

Lazydays Has Record July/August

September 22, 2003 by · Comments Off on Lazydays Has Record July/August 

The summer months are the slow season for Florida’s RV dealerships, but Tampa-area megadealership Lazydays RV SuperCenter reports it had a record $113.5 million in sales revenue during July and August, a 32% improvement over the same portion of 2002. Lazydays delivered 1,409 motorhomes and towable RVs to customers during the two months, according to Don Wallace, CEO and founder of the 27-year-old dealership. “Our record sales for the months of July and August come on the heels of breaking... Read more

RVIA to Track Hybrid/SUT Shipments

September 22, 2003 by · Comments Off on RVIA to Track Hybrid/SUT Shipments 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will begin issuing monthly wholesale shipments reports for hybrid and sport utility trailers (SUTs) beginning next January. As a condition of membership, the RVIA requires RV manufacturers to provide monthly information on the number of units in specific product categories that they ship to their dealers. The RVIA now is encouraging its members to add identifiers to the vehicle identification numbers (VINs) to separate hybrids and SUTs from conventional... Read more

Help Available for Hurricane-damaged RV Dealers

September 22, 2003 by · Comments Off on Help Available for Hurricane-damaged RV Dealers 

Federal assistance is available to RV dealerships damaged by Hurricane Isabel because the states of North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware have been declared federal disaster areas, according to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). The RVDA believes it would be useful for affected dealers in the four states to contact the following federal agencies. • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362. There is a high volume of calls to the toll-free number at this... Read more

Virginia Officials Help RVers during Hurricane

September 22, 2003 by · Comments Off on Virginia Officials Help RVers during Hurricane 

When Jim and Marlene Davis set out from Santa Rosa, Calif., in their motorhome last month, they expected to experience the grandeur of Mount Rushmore, the thrills of Niagara Falls and the beauty of autumn leaves in New England. Sitting through a hurricane in a Prince William County, Va., parking lot wasn’t on the itinerary, according to The Washington Post. Part of a group of vagabond RVers that were forced to hop across the county as Isabel approached last week, the Davises and four other rigs... Read more

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