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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

Encore Targets Park Growth Outside Sunbelt

December 24, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Encore Communities, Inc., a 4-year-old company that evolved out of National Home Communities, Inc. to become one of the nation’s fastest growing upscale RV resort chains, wants to acquire more parks outside of its existing Sunbelt base, according to co-founder and CEO David A. Napp. “What we would like to do on a long-range strategy is acquire additional parks, not only in the core markets that we’re in now, ” Napp says in the January issue of Woodall’s... Read more

CalRVDA Contributes to Learning Center

December 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The California RV Dealers Association (CalRVDA), the organization representing RV dealers in California, will support the national RVDA Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center with a $25,000 contribution. “CalRVDA Board members unanimously voted to contribute to the professional and long-term goal of educating our dealership workf orce,” said CalRVDA Executive Director, Skip Daum. “We recognize that we’re in an entirely new era for the RV industry and fortunately the Foundation’s been... Read more

KOA Adds/Subtracts Locations

December 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) had added parks in the following locations: Jinton/Jasper, Alberta, Canada; Jacksonville North/Kingsland, Ga., and Freeport, Maine, KOA’s management announced. According to Woodall’s Campground Management, parks no longer affiliated with the Billings, Mont., campground franchiser as of Oct. 15 were in: Birmingham South, Ala.; West Memphis/Shell Lake, Ark.; Denver NE/Hudson, Colo.; Atlanta, Ga.; Garden City, Kan.; Northwest/Concord/Salem, Mass.; Alamogordo/White... Read more

Fleetwood’s Louisville Sales Up 20%

December 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s sales earlier this month at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville were up 20% when compared with last year’s show, according to Chris Braun, senior vice president of Fleetwood’s RV operations. Fleetwood RV’s model year 2004 products introduced during the show help explain why the Riverside, Calif. firm created “strong momentum across all business lines,” Braun believes. The company also unveiled its new “Driven to Explore” corporate identity during... Read more

Chicagoland Speedway Adding RV Spaces

December 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicagoland Speedway has added 184 more RV spaces in its infield section to keep pace with demand, according The Motor Sports Forum. The new infield RV spaces are along the backstretch and inside Turn 1, which will place RVing race fans closer to the on-track action, said Matthew Alexander, vice president and general manager of the facility, which is near Joliet, Ill. Chicagoland Speedway, which hosts both NASCAR and IRL races, has track and nontrackside RV spaces in its infield and in Speedway Ridge,... Read more

Yuma Could Top Phoenix for RVers

December 23, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The Yuma area, including southwest Arizona towns such as Quartzsite, most likely have passed Phoenix as the No. 1 destination for RVers in Arizona, according to the Yuma Sun. The reason why is simple: the addition of more RV resorts, according to sources quoted by the newspaper. Currently, there are more than 140,000 RV campground spaces at more than 90 RV parks in the Yuma area, which also includes the communities of Wellton and Winterhaven. Meanwhile, the number of RV spaces in the Phoenix area,... Read more

Carriage Reports 46% Increase

December 22, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Mid-t o highline towables manufacturer Carriage Inc. reports its sales volume at this month’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville was 46% larger than in 2002, according to Dave Lawson, vice president of sales and marketing. The 2002 Louisville show created a large order backlog for the Millersburg, Ind. firm, which allowed it to operate its factories on five-day work weeks all this year, Lawson said. And because sales at this year’s Louisville show were significantly larger than last year’s,... Read more

Kansas Campground Group Rejoins ARVC

December 22, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The 51-member Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC) has rejoined the 3,700-member National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), ending a three-year separation from the national association, according to Woodall’s Campground Management. KARVC’s vote on Dec. 1 to rejoin ARVC took place roughly six weeks after Larry Olson and his wife, Jan, resigned their positions as chairman and secretary, respectively, of the state association. The couple submitted their resignations... Read more

Towables Market Red Hot in October

December 22, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

The retail market for towable RVs was blazing hot in October, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., an independent market research firm. A total of 16,550 travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models were sold during October by dealers in the 48 states from which Statistical Surveys was able to gather data. The total represents a 28.2% increase over the 12,902 units sold a year earlier. However, the October 2002 volume was relatively weak when compared with Octobers from 1999 through... Read more

Luxury RV Resort Opens Near Palm Springs

December 22, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

What used to be farmland full of vineyards in Coachella, Calif., now is a luxury motor-coach country club, not surprisingly named The Vineyards, The Desert Sun of Palm Springs, Calif., reports. The development, created and owned by Rancho Heights LLC on north Dillon Road, recently celebrated its grand opening and is the first of its kind in Coachella, a community southeast of Palm Springs. It includes a nine-hole regulation golf course that is open to the public on a limited basis, The Desert Sun... Read more

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