Thor Stock to Open at $30.92 per share

January 27, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc.’s stock will open today’s (Jan. 27) New York Stock Exchange trading session at around $30.92 a share because a 2-for-1 split of the company’s stock took effect after the close of trading Monday (Jan. 26). Thor stock closed at $61.85 a share on Monday. The split means the number of outstanding Thor shares was doubled to around 57.6 million. Thor’s Board of Directors also has given the company’s management authorization to increase the number of outstanding shares to... Read more

Generac Looks to Grow Its RV Sales

January 27, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Selling more generators to RV builders is one of the reasons why Generac Power Systems Inc. is expanding its Whitewater, Wis., production plant, according to Jon Vyn, vice president of RV sales for Generac’s Guardian brand. The expansion of the Whitewater plant, located southwest of Milwaukee, will allow for a fourfold increase in output from the factory, said Roger Schaus, vice president of operations at the plant. Construction should be completed in late April and the new portions of the facility... Read more

RV Oven Shortage Persists

January 27, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV oven shortage, which has frustrated RV manufacturers since November, is not getting any better, according to Carl Pfalzgraf, executive vice president of sales and marketing at Atwood Mobile Products, a major oven supplier. “It’s not a pretty picture,” Pfalzgraf said today (Jan. 27). “It’s not any better than it was two (or) three weeks ago.” He said oven valve and thermostat supplier Harper-Wyman is continuing to struggle. “It’s an absolute mess,” he said. Because... Read more

Onan Looking to Grow In Towables

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Onan Corp., a subsidiary of Cummins Inc., is looking to expand its power generation business in the towable RV sector, Cummins reported today (Jan. 27). In RVs, power generators have traditionally been used mainly in the motorhome segment, but Minneapolis-based Onan has found the buyers of ramp trailers, also called sport utility trailers (SUTs), to be receptive to the concept of having generators in towables, said Karen Zellner, RV marketing manager at Onan. “They (SUT) buyers, are the early adopters... Read more

Another Town Mulls RV Parking Limits

January 26, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Add Woodland, Calif., near Sacramento, to the communities looking to limit the rights of RV owners to park their rigs on their properties, according to the Daily Democrat of Woodland. Currently, Woodland residents can park their RVs, boats or other types of trailers on their front yards on gravel, pavement or grass. But after months of review, Woodland officials are considering tightening their ordinance to require that RVs, boats and other trailers be parked only on pavement, continuous brick or... Read more

Walter/Stinnett Named Go RVing Co-chairs

January 26, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Don Walter, president and CEO of Starcraft RV Inc., and Tom Stinnett of Louisville, Ky.-area dealership Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center, were named co-chairmen of the Go RVing Coalition, which coordinates the industry-financed Go RVing national advertising campaign. Walter and Stinnett replace Tom Faludy, former president of supplier firm Carefree of Colorado, who resigned recently after being promoted to a new position with Carefree’s parent, Scott Fetzer Co. The appointment of Walter and Stinnett... Read more

Lazydays Opens “Opulent” CrownClub

January 26, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Tampa, Fla.-area megadealership Lazydays RV SuperCenter recently opened its CrownClub to customers and the local news media. The St. Petersburg Times described the CrownClub facility as “opulent … decorated in British West Indies style” featuring antique elm floors, maple paneling and a granite bar with formally dressed waiters serving free breakfast, lunch and cocktails. The CrownClub was opened to pamper LazyDays’ best customers. Admission is limited to the buyers of luxury motorcoaches... Read more

Towable Retail Robust in November

January 26, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models were up a robust 14.4% in November, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., but the firm’s president, Tom Walworth, said that was partly because the November 2002 data was understated. Walworth said the November increase probably was closer to 8.6%. The November 2003 retail sales total of 11,867 towable units compares with the average of 10,926 in November for the years 1999 through 2001. The November 2003 total does... Read more

Cole Davis Named to Thor’s Board

January 26, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

H. Coleman “Cole” Davis III was named to Thor Industries Inc.’s Board of Directors and Walter L. “Walt” Bennett was promoted to executive vice president, the RV and bus-builder announced today (Jan. 26). Davis was a founder of Keystone, which Thor Chairman Wade F.B. Thompson describes as “Thor’s largest subsidiary and most successful company in the RV industry.” Keystone was founded eight years ago and it was acquired by Thor, now the leading producer of travel trailers, fifth-wheels... Read more

Decorator Buys Fleetwood’s Drapery Biz

January 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Decorator Industries Inc. has acquired Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s drapery operation in Douglas, Ga., and the two companies have entered into a long-term supply agreement, they announced today (Jan. 23). Fleetwood sold its drapery business so it could create more room to build RVs, and Decorator, based in Pembroke Pines, Fla., will open a new factory in the western U.S. to supply Fleetwood and other RV and manufactured home builders in that region. The amount Decorator paid for Fleetwood’s drapery... Read more

Kemlite Sees “Strong” RV Market

January 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Kemlite, a supplier of fiberglass reinforced panels to the manufacturers of towable and motorized RVs, was a significant contributor to its division’s higher fourth-quarter earnings, and officials there believe the RV market will “remain strong” in 2004, according to Kemlite parent Crane Co. Kemlite, manufacturer of the Filon and Medallion brands and a part of Crane’s engineered materials segment, helped the segment record a 29% increase in operating earnings in the fourth quarter of 2003,... Read more

Christian Nudist Resort Could Have RV Park

January 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Talk about an unusual marketing strategy. In the planning stages now is a development called Natura, which is believed to be the nation’s first officially Christian nudist resort, according to Newsweek magazine. The planned 240-acre site — in the country’s naturist capital, Pasco County, Fla., near Tampa — will eventually include 500 homes, a hotel, RV lot and water-slide park. Whether playing volleyball or attending religious programs on such topics as childbirth and marriage,... Read more

Arizona’s Yavapais Plan RV Park

January 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation plans to break ground northeast of Phoenix, Ariz., in less than two weeks on an RV park that marks another step in the tribe’s economic-development strategy to become a full-service tourist destination, according to The Arizona Republic. A more significant and expensive move in that direction will occur in March when construction begins on a previously announced 250-room hotel and conference center. The tribe, whose lands are outside Fountain Hills, Ariz., plans... Read more

CyberAds Increases Its “Vineyards” Stake

January 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

CyberAds Inc., a Boca Raton, Fla.-based real estate development company, has increased the size of its investment in The Vineyards, a luxury motorhome complex in the Coachella Valley near Palm Springs, Calif. CyberAds has acquired an additional 12% stake in The Vineyards, which increases its investment to 34% of the development, which opened last November. CyberAds made its initial purchase of 22% of The Vineyards earlier this month. Eventually, CyberAds wants to own 78% of The Vineyards. Phase One... Read more

TengoInternet Adds More RV Parks

January 22, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

TengoInternet, a provider of high-speed Internet access for guests at campgrounds and hotels, has signed up to serve five more campgrounds in the Southwest. The company will install its services at Anaheim Resort RV Park and San Francisco RV Resort in California, Butterfield RV Resort in Arizona and Cowtown RV Park and Lone Oak RV Park in Texas. So far, TengoInternet has installed or plans to install its services at around 90 RV parks and campgrounds extending from Washington state to Florida.  Read More →

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