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Five Die When Motorhome Falls off Overpass

December 29, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

In an incident that made headlines in this morning’s (Dec. 29) national TV news, a motorhome carrying 10 people – all believed to be members of a Washington family – went out of control last night near Draper, Utah, and fell off an interstate overpass, killing a man and four young children, authorities told CNN. Two women and an 8-year-old boy were flown to area hospitals in critical condition, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Carrubba said. Two other children – a 14-year-old... Read more

KOA Park Manager Killed in California Mudslides

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Two of the 14 casualties reported thus far in the wake of California’s tragic Christmas Day mudslides included two individuals at the 153-site San Bernardino KOA campground in the small town of Devore – one of them the manager of that Southern California park. Mike Gast, communications director for Kampgrounds of America Inc., Billings, Montana, confirmed that campground manager Janice Arlene Stout-Bradley, 60, and guest Carol Eugene Nuss, 57, of Wellington, Kans., were killed in the mudslides,... Read more

Pennsylvania College Debuts Tech Training Program

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Northhampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., will begin offering an online training program in January for those looking to become recreational vehicle technicians, according to the Express Times of Easton, Pa. The college will launch three online courses to provide training for an industry that has grown substantially in recent years, according to the newspaper. “The demand is great enough,” said Greg Dewalt of Dewalt’s Recreational Vehicles in Easton. “Right now I could... Read more

Texas RV Owners Fight City Hall

December 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Two years ago, North Richland Hills, Texas, officials got a wakeup call that their city presented an unpleasant appearance, according to the Dec. 25 edition of the Star Telegram.    A study painted an unflattering picture of Tarrant County’s third-largest city, one where overhead utility lines and concrete drainage channels conveyed a cluttered – even ugly – image. Since then, officials have taken steps to spruce up the city of nearly 60,000 by cracking down on graffiti and spray painting... Read more

RV Entrepreneurs Create ‘Mobile Storefronts’

December 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

A growing number of independent entrepreneurs are converting their RVs into mobile storefronts, selling product or running businesses while traveling on the road. According to wsj.com, the Wall Street Journal’s web portal, there is a noticeable trend toward “workampreneurs,” defined as people who convert their existing business or create new enterprises that can operate from RVs. Greg Robus, editor of Workamper News, estimates that 750,000 Americans live and work out of travel trailers,... Read more

New Fleetwood RV Logo Depicts Discovery

December 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood RV’s new logo with the accompanying tag line, “Driven to Explore,” is a refinement of the company’s original “Shield” logo created in 1963, according to the Riverside, Calif.-based manufacturer. The logo was unveiled during the 41st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 2-4. Fleetwood said the new logo design, called the “Signature Shield,” is a more contemporary interpretation, but still retains the “spirit of the open road”... Read more

NomadISP: New Wi-Fi Player

December 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Camper surveys rank Internet access as a highly desirable feature – just as important as pull-through sites and laundry facilities, according to a Nov. 15 story in the Idaho Statesman. And another new player in the Wi-Fi Business, a Boise, Idaho, firm called NomadISP, plans to spin that consumer preference into a business that provides Wi-Fi access areas – or hot spots – to remote recreation areas throughout the country. Launched in 2003 by Kelly Hogan, founder and CEO of another Boise tech... Read more

Canadian Firm Closes U.S. Housing Plant

December 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Edmonton, Canada-based Winalta Inc., which in November purchased the assets of bankrupt RV builder Peak Manufacturing Inc., is closing a manufactured housing factory Winalta operated in Linton, Ind. “While our expectations were very high for this operation, it became very clear that the financial commitment and time required to meet those expectations was not commercially acceptable,” said James A. Sapara, Winalta chairman and CEO. In announcing the closure of the southwest Indiana plant, Sapara... Read more

Beaudry Buys Another Car Dealership

December 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona’s Beaudry Motor Group has acquired a car dealership in Benson, Ariz., and it might open an RV dealership in Benson, a community along I-10 about 45 miles southeast of Tucson, according to The Arizona Daily Star. Tucson-based Beaudry now owns 11 auto dealerships, three RV dealerships and one RV resort. Bob Beaudry, chairman and president of Beaudry Motors, decided to buy the Chevrolet/Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge dealership in Benson because “it is not that far away from the development that’s... Read more

RVDA and ARVC Support “Take Pride”

December 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

RV retailers and RV park and campground operators can now show their support for the U.S. Department of Interior’s Take Pride in America program through the purchase of decals and posters sponsored by the national RV Dealers Association (RVDA) and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Take Pride in America is a public-private partnership initiative managed by the Department of Interior designed to increase volunteer service on America’s public lands and connect more Americans... Read more

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