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Popularity of RVing Growing Among Hispanics

September 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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

RV Parking Ban Breeds Entrepreneurs

September 25, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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

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