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El Monte Offering Discounts to Fire Victims

October 31, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Rental firm El Monte RV is offering discounts on units in its inventory for use as temporary housing for Southern California residents who have been evacuated from their homes or whose homes have been damaged or destroyed by wildfires in the region. “We want to make finding a place to temporarily live as easy as possible for residents that have already suffered enormous loss,” said Ken Schork, El Monte’s president. The Santa Fe Springs, Calif., company is offering Class A and Class C motorhomes... Read more

RV Power Products Now Blue Sky Energy

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RV Power Products Inc., Vista, Calif., a supplier of AC-powered charging systems for the RV marketplace, will change its name to Blue Sky Energy Inc. effective Saturday (Nov. 1), according to Richard Cullen, president. “We believe our new name will be more reflective of the products we produce and the industry we serve,” Cullen said. “Existing RV Power Products customers can be assured that Blue Sky Energy will continue to deliver the same quality products and service by the same customer-oriented... Read more

La Mesa RV Helping Fire Victims

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La Mesa RV, the multilocation dealership company with stores in San Diego and San Bernardino, Calif., is helping Southern California fire victims by donating motorhomes or travel trailers they can for one week. La Mesa has partnered with several San Diego-area campgrounds that are providing sites for the RVs while they are being used by fire victims. The participating campgrounds are: Campland On The Bay; De Anza Harbor Resort and Chula Vista RV Resort. “We are also working with other partner campgrounds... Read more

DURA Borrows to Pay for Creation

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DURA Automotive Systems Inc. revealed it intends to borrow $50 million to help pay for its purchase of RV and conversion vehicle industry supplier firm Creation Group, which DURA acquired in July for $57 million. The $50 million in debt will be sold as notes to institutional buyers and will have an 85/8% annual interest rate, due in 2012. The terms for the $50 million in notes will be the same as the terms for DURA’s existing $350 million in senior notes, which also carry 85/8% rates and are due... Read more

Pinezantia Campground Survives Cedar Fire

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Although the odds were stacked against it from the outset, the Pinezanita campground in the popular San Diego County mountain town of Julian survived the most devastating wildfire in California history. “All of us are safe and the park was untouched by the Cedar wildfire, thanks to hard work by the boys to clear fire breaks, by firefighters setting backfires, and to your prayers,” campground operator Christine Stanley said in an e-mail to RVBUSINESS.com. Pinezanita, which provides RV and tent... Read more

Travel Outlook for ‘04 “Cautiously Optimistic”

October 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) has a cautiously optimistic outlook for 2004 and beyond, anticipating a 4.4% increase in overall travel spending by domestic and international visitors next year. That level of increase would raise total travel spending up to $568 billion, from the forecasted $544 billion this year. Still, it won’t be until 2005 that the level of spending—forecasted to reach $594 billion—will finally surpass the record set in 2000. One of the hardest-hit segments... Read more

Fleetwood RV Sales Up 14%

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Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reported today (Oct. 30) that its RV sales revenue increased 14% in the second quarter of its fiscal year 2004, which ended Sunday (Oct. 26). The Riverside, Calif., company’s motorhome sales increased 13% in the August-through-October period and its travel trailer/fifth-wheel sales climbed 24%. However, Fleetwood’s folding-camper sales revenue fell 17% in the second quarter, which approximates the 16.5% decline in retail sales of folding campers that occurred in the... Read more

RV Parks with Wireless Access a “Godsend”

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In America’s heartland, geeks and grandparents and good ole boys alike are signing up for wireless Internet access, also known as wi-fi, in the last place you would expect: RV parks, according to Time magazine. Whether they pull up in $10,000 folding campers or $300,000 diesel pusher McMansions on wheels, the nation’s mobile nomads are using 802.11b, the wireless Web standard, to work and play, to bank, to check their stock portfolios or just to stay in touch with loved ones from the road. Ditch... Read more

First Kruse RV Auction Successful

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Kruse International is best-known for auctioning antique, classic and exotic cars such as Duesenbergs and Ferraris. So the Auburn, Ind.-based company’s first RV auction Oct. 3-4 was a departure, according to Stephanny Smith, vice president. However, the first RV auction at the company’s grounds in northeast Indiana was so successful that it will be an annual event and next year’s auction will be extended to three days, she said. “This was a really strong inaugural event, it definitely laid... Read more

Fires Threaten S. Calif. RV Parks

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The KOA campground in San Bernardino, Calif. was evacuated three times this week, but firefighters managed to save the main buildings and the interior of the park as wildfires raged across numerous mountain and foothill communities of Southern California, according to Judy Miller, co-executive director of the California Travel Parks Association (CTPA). In San Diego County, the fires destroyed two campsites at the Santee Lakes Regional Park and came within 100 yards of the Woods Valley Kampground,... Read more

Aerostar May Have New Home

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Peru, Ind.-based RV transport firm Aerostar Inc. may move to a new location in an industrial park in Peru, a community located about 80 miles south of RV industry manufacturing hub Elkhart, Ind., according to the Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune. Aerostar, a seven-year-old firm, has out-grown its current location in Peru and now is offering $48,600 for 37 acres of land in an industrial park along U.S. 24, according to the Tribune. Aerostar, owned by Ron Phillips, would use about eight acres and lease the remainder... Read more

Fleetwood Picks Freightliner to Supply Liberty Chassis

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has been selected to provide chassis components for Fleetwood RV’s new Liberty chassis, a modular chassis specifically designed for Fleetwood’s American Tradition and American Eagle models. “It’s a totally new venture for us, over two years in the making, with Freightliner bringing their reputation and expertise to our highline American Coach product group,” said Luc Van Herle, motorized product planning manager, for Fleetwood RV, a unit of Fleetwood Enterprises... Read more

Dealer Larry Mellott Passes Away

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Larry D. Mellott, co-owner of Mellott Brothers Trailers Sales Inc., Willow Street, Pa., and chairman for 16 years of the annual Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA) Show in Harrisburg, died Monday (Oct. 27) after a stroke at his home. “It is such a loss personally and professionally,” said PRVCA Executive Vice President Becky Lennington. “He was so devoted to the association.” Mellott, 69, co-founded the full-line RV dealership — specializing in Holiday... Read more

RVers Hassled in San Antonio

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A caravan of more than 30 motorhomes and towable RVs was not exactly given the red carpet treatment in San Antonio, Tex., earlier this month, according to KSAT.com, a service of TV station KSAT. RV enthusiasts from around the country began arriving in San Antonio on Oct. 19 and they parked their rigs on the lot of the Moose Lodge on Highland Boulevard in the Texas city, the TV station reported. However, some neighbors complained to their city councilman, who contacted the Code Compliance office,... Read more

Wanderlodge Parent Struggles

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School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corp., which also builds Wanderlodge highline diesel pushers, struggled this year because of an overly ambitious expansion effort, according to the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph. Blue Bird, a unit of British bus builder Henlys Group plc, planned to shift school bus assembly operations to La Fayette, Ga., a community in the northwest portion of the state. But the move did not work out so Blue Bird laid-off almost 500 employees earlier this month and it now plans to bring... Read more

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