Airstreamers Converge on Lansing for Rally

June 30, 2004 by · Comments Off on Airstreamers Converge on Lansing for Rally 

More than 1,700 Airstream travel trailers and motorhomes have converged on Lansing, Mich., creating a small suburb of 3,500 people near the Capital City Airport, according to the Lansing State Journal. Lansing is hosting its first Wally Byam Caravan Club International Rally, the 47th annual gathering of “silver bullet” owners from all over the United States and Canada. The paper reported that the contingent began arriving in early June, although the official date for the rally is June... Read more

RV Supplier DW Aluminum Expands Production

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Cassopolis, Mich.-based DW Aluminum, a supplier to the RV industry in nearby Elkhart, Ind., has been given the go-ahead for a $6 million expansion project, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. The project will add 65,000 square feet to DW Aluminum’s 70,000-square-foot facility. The company is involved in aluminum extrusion and fabrication. According to management, the new production area will duplicate the existing facility’s equipment and manufacturing processes to double production... Read more

Kingsley Coach to Build Mobile Command Center

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Kingsley Coach Inc. announced today (June 30) it would be entering the Homeland Security market because it has been awarded a $1 million contract from the Maryland Department of State Police for the first Kingsley Mobile Command Center. Andover, Minn.-based Kingsley Coach, which manufactures luxury motorhomes, SURVs and specialty vehicles on semi-truck chassis, reported the contract was issued to its new Emergency Response Division. According to the company, Kingsley Coach will be delivering a customized... Read more

No Surprise as Fed Raises Interest Rates

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By a unanimous vote, the Federal Reserve Board today (June 30) instituted a much-anticipated hike in the federal funds rate from 1% to 1.25%, the first increase in four years. According to CBS MarketWatch, the rate increase was expected and likely will be followed immediately by banks and other lenders increasing their interest rates to customers, raising the costs of borrowing while gently braking the pace of economic growth. The benchmark prime rate, which has been at 4% since June 27, 2003, increased... Read more

Harrah’s Casino Opening Upscale RV Park

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Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino, located just north of Topeka, Kan., announced the opening of a “state-of-the-art” RV park on Aug. 1, offering RVers 24-hour shuttle service to and from the casino According to Harrah’s, the new park will be open year round and feature professional landscaping, paved interior roads, and 67 pull-through spaces with power and septic hook-ups. Other amenities will include two shower facilities, laundry capabilities, 24-hour security, along with optional cable... Read more

AAA Forecasts Record Travel For July 4

June 29, 2004 by · Comments Off on AAA Forecasts Record Travel For July 4 

Improved consumer confidence and a slight easing of gas prices are expected to keep Americans traveling in projected record-high numbers this July 4 holiday, according to AAA. Research conducted by the Travel Industry Association of America projects that 39.4 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this holiday, up 3.4% from the 38.2 million who traveled last year. AAA is estimating that about 34.4 million travelers, or 87%, will go by motor vehicle, a 3% increase from the 33.3... Read more

RVs, Boats Auctioned on New Website

June 29, 2004 by · Comments Off on RVs, Boats Auctioned on New Website 

The owners of a New York state finance and insurance agency have created a wholesale Internet site to sell and auction RVs, boats and powersports equipment “It’s a business-to-business site for the recreation industry,” said Mark Taylor, principal and marketing director of Global Resources Network LLC, Schenectady, N.Y. “Dealers join on a subscription basis, and they are able to buy, sell or trade product on a national basis.” Taylor’s other company, Power Sports Outsourcing... Read more

K-Z Launches Highline Escalade Fiver

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K-Z Inc., a manufacturer of travel trailers, fifth-wheels and truck campers in Shipshewana, Ind., recently debuted its new highline Escalade fifth-wheel line to some 250 representatives from about 100 of K-Z’s 160 dealerships nationwide. The aluminum-and-hung-fiberglass 2005 Escalade will retail in the mid-$70,000 range, according to Bob Schroeder, sales manager. “We are hitting the highline market a little harder,” Schroeder said. “We’ve never been in the mid-$70s range before.” The... Read more

Duluth Considering RV-Friendly Ordinance

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An ordinance is expected to pass in Duluth, Minn., that would allow people visiting friends or family to park their RVs in private driveways and live in the vehicles during their stay. A final vote will come in less than two weeks, according to a report in the Duluth News Tribune. Under a law passed in 1943, RVs are only allowed in licensed areas and can’t be parked in front yards or in driveways on private property. Under the new ordinance, RV owners could park on private property and live... Read more

Fed Meets, Expected to Hike Interest Rates

June 29, 2004 by · Comments Off on Fed Meets, Expected to Hike Interest Rates 

U.S. stocks strengthened Tuesday as consumer confidence rose to a two-year high and the much-anticipated Federal Reserve meeting kicked off. The open market committee meeting is expected to lead to the first interest rate hike in four years. An announcement is expected at about 2:15 p.m. Eastern time on Wednesday (June 30). Interest rates represent a key economic factor for the RV industry, which has been benefiting from the Fed’s decision to keep prime rates low to stimulate the economy. The prime... Read more Poll: Outlook Still Positive

June 28, 2004 by · Comments Off on Poll: Outlook Still Positive 

The sense of robust optimism for sales gains in 2004 has held steady for the past quarter in all sectors of the RV arena, according to the latest Industry Poll. In fact, the outlook of some in the industry appears to have actually improved since conducted it’s last quarterly state-of-the-market poll – despite some economic challenges facing the RV sector: Almost 88% of those responding by e-mail to the latest survey by the RV industry’s only daily news site... Read more

RVers Safely Evacuated From Alaska Fires

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The last of a group of travelers that included several with recreation vehicles stranded by wildfires for two days in the tiny mining community of Chicken, Alaska, were safely escorted out of the area over the weekend. Last Thursday, three fires in the area prompted officials to close a 90-mile stretch of Taylor Highway on both sides of Chicken, a community of 21 people. The closure stranded about 200 residents, travelers and seasonal miners. Fueled by hot, dry conditions all week, the Chicken fire,... Read more

Ameri-Camp Introduces New Towable Lines

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Three-year-old Ameri-Camp Inc., Syracuse, Ind., recently hosted around 30 dealers to unveil a new lineup of Ameri-Camp travel-trailer and fifth-wheel sport utility vehicles (SURV)s at its first-ever dealer meeting. The company also also previewed a new Ameri-Camp Lite series of lightweight towables in addition to upgrades in the standard Ameri-Camp travel-trailer and fifth-wheel lineup. “Without going into specific numbers, we exceeded our expectations in terms of sales during the first dealer... Read more

Cruise America Expands Northeast Presence

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RV rental firm Cruise America Inc. is expanding operations and adding two locations on the East Coast to reach out to customers and meet the growing demand for RVs, reports the East Valley Tribune. The firm recently opened an outlet in Manassas, Va., and will open a New Milford, Conn., store next month, said CEO and Chairman Randall Smalley. Based in Mesa, Ariz., the company is the nation’s largest RV rental company and has more than 150 rental and sales locations across the United States and Canada. Smalley... Read more

First KOA Franchise Marks 40th Anniversary

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Kampground of America (KOA) honored its first franchise operation this past Friday (June 25) as the Cody, Wyo. KOA marked its 40th anniversary, the Billings Gazette of Montana reported. Jim Rogers, CEO and president of KOA, was on hand for the festivities, which not only paid tribute to the Cody campground but also the KOA business philosophy and culture. “We want a KOA campground to be where you check in, walk around, and before you know it, a cold drink is in your hand, and you’re sharing... Read more

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