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Van Herle Named Fleetwood Product Planning Head

April 30, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Former Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. and PACCAR executive Dan Martin was named vice president of RV sales and service and John Davis was appointed to the newly created position of vice president of RV after sales services, Fleetwood announced today (April 30). Also, Luc Van Herle, an 18-year veteran at Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., has been named director of RV product planning. Martin now has overall responsibility for Fleetwood’s RV sales and service. As Chris Braun, senior vice president of Fleetwood... Read more

Next Roper Survey Likely to be Delayed

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The Go RVing Coalition likely will postpone a decision on whether to proceed with its fourth consumer satisfaction survey until the outcome of J.D. Power and Associates’ survey becomes more clear. The coalition had expected to initiate the biennial proprietary survey during Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Committee Week June 7-10. Now, Jim Sheldon, chairman of the coalition’s Committee on Excellence said, the coalition may wait to see the findings of J.D. Power’s survey of RV... Read more

Spartan Launches Brand Licensing Program

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Spartan Motors Inc., a manufacturer of diesel engine motorhome chassis, fire-truck chassis and emergency rescue vehicles, has launched a brand licensing program directed toward RV and emergency rescue industry firms. The purpose of the program is to expand recognition of the Spartan brand name and to create new marketing and revenue opportunities. Spartan recently signed its first licensing agreement with Bippity Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of solid-wood furniture used in fire stations, college... Read more

Good Sam Names Welcome Mat Winners

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The Good Sam Club RV owners membership organization recently named the third annual Welcome Mat Award winners. The awards go to businesses that know how to accommodate RVs and offer good service to the growing number of RVers. The winners were picked on the basis of votes by Good Sam members. The 2004 Welcome Mat Winners are: • Best Good Sam Park: America’s Best Campground in Branson, Mo. • Best dinghy vehicle: Saturn. • Best tow vehicle: Dodge. • Best motor oil: Pennzoil. • Best RV show:... Read more

Minnesota Campground Changes Hands

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A recently retired fire chief from suburban Minneapolis and his wife have purchased the Pipestone RV Campground in Pipestone, Minn., near the South Dakota border, the Pipestone County Star reports. The buyers are Kevin and Ronda McGinty of St. Louis Park, Minn., and the sellers are Carl and Nancy Cowan. McGinty had been a fire chief for 28 years, most recently in Richfield, Minn. He retired effective Tuesday (April 27). His wife was a special-education teacher the past five years in Bloomington,... Read more

MECOA Partners with Friend Communications

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The Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA) has partnered with Friend Communications Inc. to offer technology services to member parks, including real-time online reservations. The system will be implemented soon. “Technologically, Friend is ahead of anything else we found and they offer a very comprehensive package,” said MECOA Executive Director, Jeff Rowe. “Benefits include the fact that Friend understands the campground industry and their system is very user friendly.” The Friend... Read more

Fleetwood’s 4Q RV Sales Up 19%

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Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reports its RV sales increased 19% during its fourth fiscal quarter and rose 20% during its full fiscal year 2004, both of which ended Sunday (April 25). Fleetwood’s total RV sales during the February-through-April period increased 19% to $482 million and its motorhome sales improved by 21% to $300 million. The New York Stock Exchange-listed company’s fourth fiscal quarter travel trailer/fifth-wheel sales also increased 17% to $155 million and its struggling folding... Read more

Lazydays Being Sold to Private Equity Firm

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Lazydays RV SuperCenter, the largest single-location dealership in the industry, is in the process of being sold to a New York-based private equity firm, credit rating agencies Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s reported Wednesday (April 28). The intended buyer is Bruckmann, Rosser, Sherrill & Co. (BRS), which was founded in 1995 by former senior executives of Citicorp Venture Capital Ltd. The woman who answers the phone at the BRS office said the company does not speak with news organizations.... Read more

Michigan Dealer Dies

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You could call him “Burky” or you could call him “The Van Man.” You could even call him stubborn, according to the Bay City Times in Michigan. But you could never call Warren E. Burkhardt unenthusiastic about Bay City, or his little piece of it on Washington Avenue, across from City Hall. Burkhardt, 80, owner for 54 years of Burkhardt RVs, died late Sunday (April 25) at his home in Monitor Township from complications related to diabetes. According to his family, he remained “Burky” to... Read more

El Monte Partners with Friend Communications

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Rental firm El Monte RV has added Friend Communication’s RV park and campground search and real-time online reservation capabilities to its website. The Friend system allows consumers to search of motorhome rentals and secure reservations and confirmations at select parks and campgrounds instantly. “We wanted our site to be a one-stop shop for RV travelers,” said Joe Laing, director of marketing for El Monte RV. “With this system online travel consumers can rent an RV and book campsites all... Read more

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