RVDA: Rentals to Grow 20%-30% in ’04

February 25, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Although shipments of new RVs from factories to dealerships are expected to grow at a moderate 2.9% rate this year, the RV rental sector is expected to grow somewhere between 20% and 30% this year, an amount that is consistent with rental sector growth the last few years, according to Phil Ingrassia, vice president of the national Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). “The growth should be seen all year long, not just during the traditional summer season,” Ingrassia said in an interview... Read more

Coast Distribution to be at Investor Conference

February 25, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Coast Distribution System Inc. will join two RV manufacturers and two RV industry supplier firms in making presentations Thursday (Feb. 26) during an institutional investors conference focusing on the RV industry. Coast Distribution Chairman and CEO Tim McGuire will give the company’s presentation during the Robins RV Roadshow, an Institutional Equity Conference, which will be webcast at and The conference will begin at 9 a.m. EST Thursday.... Read more

<i>RVtoday</i> Viewership Grows

February 25, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

RVtoday, the only regularly scheduled RV lifestyle show on U.S. television, started its fourth year in January with ratings more than double the start of last year. “In 2002 we had an average viewing audience in the neighborhood of 200,000 viewers a week,” reports John Martin, a senior vice president of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), owner and producer of RVtoday. The program is telecast on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN) seven days a week and is available in 58 million homes. “When we first started... Read more

Steeltex Tire Recall Demanded

February 25, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A California RV owner who believes Bridgestone/Firestone Steeltex tires are defective has gone to court seeking a recall of the tires, according to the Associated Press. The RV owner, Robert Littell of Cathedral City, wants his case to be made into a national class action lawsuit. A hearing on his request was scheduled for today in Indio. If Littell’s case becomes part of a class action, he will also seek a $1 billion reimbursement for the motorists who bought RVs, pickups, ambulances and other... Read more

KIT HomeBuilders West Focusing on Park Models

February 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

KIT HomeBuilders West LLC unveiled its first park models, the new Shamrock Park Homes series, for campground operators in the western U.S. during the California Travel Park Association’s Western Conference and Trade Show, which opened Monday (Feb. 23) in Portland, Ore., according to Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication of The gathering concludes Wednesday (Feb. 25). The 400-square-foot units, available in rustic cedar or with a high-end, tape-and-texture finish,... Read more

Sales Brisk at Coast Distribution Show

February 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Coast Distribution System Inc. drew about 5,000 people representing more than 900 RV and marine dealerships Feb. 10-11 at the Rio All Suites Casino Hotel in Las Vegas for its 2004 Dealer Advantage Buying Show. Business for the Morgan Hill, Calif.-based distributor of aftermarket parts and accessories was brisk to say the least, much as it has been for rest of the industry lately. “We had a nice double-digit increase over last year,” reports Dave Berger, executive vice president for Coast. Berger... Read more

Towables Retail up 5.4% in ‘03

February 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of travel trailers, fifth-wheels, folding campers and park models, when combined, increased 5.4% in 2003 compared with 2002, Statistical Surveys Inc. reported today (Feb. 24). However, the data collected for December by Statistical Surveys, an independent market research firm, showed a sharp decline in retail sales, but President Tom Walworth believes many states overstated their December 2002 figures. Many states included retail sales that occurred in October and November of 2002 in... Read more

Curtin Sees 2.9% Growth in ‘04

February 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The University of Michigan’s Dr. Richard Curtin has revised his forecast upward for RV shipments in 2004, now estimating factory-to-dealer deliveries will increase 2.9% this year to 330,100 motorhomes and towable units. If Curtin’s forecast proves accurate, the wholesale market will exceed its most recent peak of 321,100 units delivered to dealers in 1999. The estimated 2.9% growth in 2004 would come on top of 3.2% growth in 2003, when there were 320,800 units shipped, compared with 311,000 in... Read more

KOA Plans Free Camping Day

February 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) will begin accepting reservations Monday (March 1) for its first-ever “Come Camp With Us” day on May 14th. More than 20,000 campsites will be made available free of charge, according to Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication of “It’s a no-strings-attached giveway,” said Mike Gast, communications director for KOA, Billings, Mont., which was cited recently in two prominent magazines as one of the nation’s leading franchisors.... Read more

Airstream, Fleetwood Working with Car Designers

February 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc.’s Airstream subsidiary and Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s RV Group are working with auto design studios to develop break-through interior and/or exterior designs for RVs, according to the Detroit News. Airstream has a joint venture with DaimlerChrysler AG and is working with Nissan Motor Co.’s design studio in California, the newspaper reported. A prototype of the Nissan-designed Airstream Base Camp, a 15-foot trailer with an integrated tent, was shown during the North American... Read more

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