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New Manager Named for Springdale Line

May 28, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Nick Eppert has been named manager of Keystone RV Co.’s Springdale product line, replacing Fred Hershberger, who was named product manager for Keystone’s Laredo series, Keystone, a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., whioch has its headquarters in Goshen, Ind., is the nation’s largest manufacturer of travel trailers and fifth wheels. Springdale, one of the company’s first brands, was named in 2001 the best value in the U.S. in travel trailers and fifth wheels by an independent consumer group. Eppert... Read more

RVBUSINESS.com Poll: Orderly Model Release Favored

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A majority of RV dealers, manufacturers and suppliers clearly believe the industry should better coordinate its new-model-year release dates, although there is considerably less consensus as to the preferred timing of a more synchronized approach to new-product introductions, an RVBUSINESS.com Industry Poll indicates. Most vocal on this issue were dealers, who were nearly unanimous in calling for better coordination of new model-year product debuts. Judging by their consistent stance on this issue... Read more

Winnebago Settles Lawsuit for $7.34 million

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Motorhome manufacturer Winnebago has settled a lawsuit brought against the firm by current and former employees for a total of $7.34 million pre-tax. In the suit, Sanft, et al vs. Winnebago Industries Inc., plaintiffs included 21 participants in the Winnebago Industries Inc. Deferred Compensation Plan and the Winnebago Industries Inc. Deferred Incentive Formula Bonus Plan. The plaintiffs wanted to negate certain amendments made to the plans in 1994 that reduced benefits which some participants would... Read more

FreedomRoads Nears $1 Billion Sales Mark

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The largest chain of wholly owned RV dealerships in the 50-year history of the RV business, the newly renamed FreedomRoads LLC network, should surpass $1 billion dollars in annual sales in the near future — only a year after its formation. And it doesn’t sound as if the senior management and regional presidents of Lincolnshire, Ill.-based FreedomRoads, previously known as Holiday Holdings Co. LLC, are ready to rest on their laurels, based on comments delivered by FreedomRoads President Marcus... Read more

Missing RV Couple Found in Arizona

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An elderly Florida couple thought to be missing in a 39-foot Fleetwood Providence motorhome were found Friday (May 28) at an old gold-mining camp near Congress, Ariz. “It’s an area where there was no cell-phone reception,” said Neal Allen of New Port Richie, Fla., a friend of the couple, Alvin J. Kemmet Sr., 69, and Gertrude H. Reed, 77. “They thought they had communicated with friends that they were going to be out of touch for a couple of weeks.” The pair were reported missing... Read more

Over 400 to Attend “Spartan Homecoming”

May 27, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite record-high fuel prices, the owners of more than 400 motorhomes built on Spartan chassis will be heading to Charlotte, Mich., to attend next week’s Spartan Chassis Homecoming rally. The gathering will begin Tuesday (June 1) and continue through June 4. The name of the event has been changed from the “Spartan Chassis Club Rally” to “Spartan Homecoming” to better reflect the experience that customers have at the gathering, according to the company. “The loyalty of those customers... Read more

Michigan’s General RV Opens “Superstore”

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Michigan multilocation dealership General RV Inc. has opened a 60,000-square-foot superstore in Wayland, Mich., on U.S. 131 south of Grand Rapids, and has announced plans to open its sixth store in Birch Run, Mich., by next spring. With the closure of a smaller facility in suburban Grand Rapids, General RV now operates five dealerships, with the other four in the Detroit metro area communities of Brownstown, Mount. Clemens, Novi/Wixom and Waterford. Construction on the Birch Run facility began this... Read more

Fleetwood Introduces ‘05 Highline Coaches

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The Fleetwood RV division of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. recently introduced its 2005 American Eagle and American Tradition highline, diesel-engine Class A motorhomes during the American Coach Association Rally in Palm Desert, Calif. The Eagle and Tradition both come on Fleetwood’s patented Liberty Chassis, which was introduced for model year 2004. The 2005 Eagle and Tradition include 50 enhancements over 2004, including the following: • A computer-programmed universal remote control with one-button... Read more

Gulf Stream to Introduce Cayenne Toy Mover

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The Cayenne toy mover, a Class C motorhome designed to perform the same functions as a sport utility trailer (SUT), will be among the new 2005 model-year products introduced during Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s annual dealer open house, which begins Tuesday (June 1). The dealer meeting will be at the Margaret Ann Shea Pavilion on Gulf Stream’s manufacturing complex in Nappanee, Ind. The doors will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday and the open house will continue until 8 p.m. Although the open house will officially... Read more

Coachmen RV Dealer Network Adds Lazydays 

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Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Co., a subsidiary of Coachmen Industries Inc., has added Lazydays RV SuperCenter, the world’s largest single-location RV dealership, to its dealer network, the company announced today (May 27). Lazydays, located in Seffner, Fla., east of Tampa, now is a full-line CRV dealer, said Mike Terlep, president of both Coachmen RV and the Coachmen RV Group, which includes Class A motorhome manufacturer Georgie Boy and folding-camper producer Viking. “We are extremely pleased... Read more

Lawsuit Filed Against Adventure World RV

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Massachusetts Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly filed a civil lawsuit Tuesday (May 25) against the owner and former managers of the now-defunct Adventure World RV, a dealership that had locations in Shirley and Ayer, Mass., the Boston Globe reports. The state attorney general accuses dealership owner David Hirsch and two managers, Catherine and Robert Hirsch, of defrauding customers out of at least $2 million. Robert Hirsch is the brother of David Hirsch. The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Middlesex Superior... Read more

RVers Motoring Through Gas Crisis

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Soaring gas prices might shorten some RV trips this coming three-day weekend and over the summer, but the prospects of pump pain don’t seem to be stalling most RV travel plans or sales, the Arizona Republic reports. “It’s going to stop us from going far, (but) it won’t stop us from going up to the Rim (of the Grand Canyon) and around the state, which we normally do at this time of year anyway,” said Suzi Holden, of Phoenix, about plans with her husband, Wes, to tour with their 30-foot fifth-wheel. Jan... Read more

Cruise America Sees 25% Sales Increase

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RV rental firm Cruise America Inc. expects its sales revenue this year to be up 25% over last year, which would approach its most recent peak years experienced during the late 1990s, the Arizona Republic reports. A confluence of factors has “played into the whole RV industry’s hands,” said Randall Smalley, chairman and CEO of the Mesa, Ariz.-based firm, the country’s largest RV rental company. Cruise America experiences both sides of the business, rental and sales, according to the Phoenix,... Read more

RVers Listed as Missing in Tucson Area

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A missing persons report was filed on May 20 concerning an elderly couple traveling from New Port Richey, Fla. to Tucson, Ariz., in a 2004 39-foot Fleetwood Providence Class A motorhome. Arizona police reported today (May 26) that the case was still listed as “attempt to locate.” Alvin R. Kemmet and Gertrude H. Reed left New Port Richey on May 8 and were believed to have arrived in the Tucson area on May 12 to go “nugget hunting.” Kemmet’s son, Al Jr., who was corresponding... Read more

rvSearch.com Auction Staged in Indy

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The first-ever auction sponsored by Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) affiliate rvSearch.com last weekend (May 22-23) yielded the sale of 31 towables and motorhomes out of 109 units available. Auction organizer Barry Smith, president of RV and Automotive Consulting, Franklin, Tenn., said today (May 26) that another 11 “if” sales might still be completed. “We had a positive experience, and we plan more in the future,” Smith said. “This was a test and we are going to do two more before we decide... Read more

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