ROUTE 66 Buying Group Remains ‘On Target’

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The managing partner of ROUTE 66 Dealer Network LLC says the dealership buying group is on target to reach 66 members by the first of next year, although he declined to release specific membership numbers in late August. “That’s always been our goal, and that’s very achievable,” said managing partner Dave Francis, a long-time advertising executive. “We are ahead of the goal of where we wanted to be, and right now, we are almost exclusively growing based on referrals... Read more

‘Fractional Ownership’ Spreads to RV Sector

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The term “timeshare” typically conjures up visions of a snow-covered mountain cabin or a beachfront condo. How about a motorcoach? Business writer David Morrill reports in the Oakland Tribune that the concept often referred to as fractional ownership is now extending to high-end RVs. The arrangement allows buyers trying to minimize their investment to purchase a timeshare in a motorcoach, splitting the cost of ownership with other buyers. These shared ownership arrangements benefit people... Read more

Parks Canada Strikers Vow to Disrupt Holiday

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Striking Parks Canada workers plan to disrupt the Labor Day weekend in an effort to turn up the heat on the federal government, according to a report on CBC Ottawa’s website. The members of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) will abandon their passive striking tactics in places like Gatineau Park as part of a strategy to force the feds back to the bargaining table. The union held demonstrations outside the Ottawa and Winnipeg offices of Treasury Board President Reg Alcock on Monday, hoping... Read more

Carriage Teams with FitzBradshaw Racing

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High-end towable builder Carriage, Inc. has entered into an associate sponsorship agreement with Tim Fedewa of FitzBradshaw Racing and will be featured on the No. 12 Super Cuts Busch car. Fedewa, who teamed up with FitzBradsaw in 2003, has posted four wins, four poles, 24 top 5’s and 65 top 10’s in 296 starts. FitzBradshaw Racing currently fields three NASCAR Busch Series programs. “We are absolutely thrilled to be associated with Tim Fedewa and FitzBradshaw Racing,” said Kathy Fuller,... Read more

RV Transport Firms Join Hurricane Relief

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RV transport firms in the Elkhart area and other parts of the U.S. have joined the relief effort to provide temporary shelter to Floridians left homeless by Hurricane Charley, according to the Elkhart Truth. Since last week, drivers have hauled a steady stream of RVs on a route that takes them from Indiana, through Forest Park, Ga., and on to Fort Myers, Fla., which is at the center of much of the hurricane’s devastation. It’s a trip that eventually will become all too familiar to drivers: It... Read more

Woodall’s/ARVC Poll: Labor Day Will be Busy

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If Labor Day weekend is anything like the past few months for RV parks and campgrounds, then business will be booming in local communities throughout the United States.   A national survey estimates that more than $3.8 billion was spent by RVers and campers in local communities when they visited the nation’s commercial RV parks and campgrounds from May through August of 2004, according to a press release issued this morning (Aug. 30) by Woodall’s Publications Corp. The Woodall’s/ARVC... Read more

Thor Ranked 49th on Fortune Magazine’s List

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Thor Industries, Inc., number 49 on Fortune Magazine’s list of the 100 fastest growing companies in America, also made it onto the magazine’s short list of seven stocks worth betting on. “America’s most numerous and financially powerful demographic category – yes, the baby boomers – is easing into retirement with a well-documented demand for cruise vacations, high-end barbecues, and financial advice. And yes,” Fortune asserts in its Sept. 6 edition, “as it... Read more

RV Industry Basking in Media Spotlight

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The latest round of impressive wholesale shipment report numbers last week from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), indicating that year to date 2004 RV shipments have increased by nearly 20 percent, have underscored the ongoing growth and apparent durability of the RV marketplace and, at the same time, captured the attention of the nation’s business press. A prime example was a column on the Business cover of the Sunday (Aug. 29) South Bend Tribune in which Ed Semmler, business... Read more

Harrisburg Show Nets Record Square Footage

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The annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, already the largest consumer show in the industry, is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds with a 10% increase in vendor participation this year, according to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA). The 90 manufacturers attending the Sept. 7-12 show at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pa. have paid for 10.1% more display space than last year, while suppliers have reserved spaces for nearly 20% more booths. Altogether, the show... Read more

Freightliner Expands Service Outlet Network

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. is expanding its Oasis Network of service outlets at the company’s truck dealerships nationwide, according to FCCC President Jack Conlan. The Gaffney, S.C., chassis builder is doing so in a dual effort to better service retail customers while currying favor among motorhome builders in an ultra-competitive era when motorhome companies are forging exclusive chassis-vendor relationships. “We’ve increased to 60 (Freightliner truck) dealers, which signifies... Read more

RVBUSINESS Poll: Winnebago ‘Most Admired’

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Winnebago Industries, Inc. is the “most admired” RV manufacturer in America, judging by the latest Industry Poll. In fact, nearly a third of the survey respondents gave high marks to the Forest City, Iowa-based motorhome manufacturer. Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp. was the second most admired company in the survey, garnering 15% of the vote, with Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. pulling 7.5%. Thor Industries, Inc. of Jackson Center, Ohio, and Forest River,... Read more

Wholesale RV Shipments Rise 19% in July

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Motorhome shipments continued their brisk pace in July, marking a 25.5% increase year-to-date compared to 2003, according to the most recent wholesale shipment report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Overall, RV shipments were up 19.1% to 228,600 units compared to the first seven months of last year. With the exception of folding camping trailers, in fact, all towable and motorized segments have posted double-digit growth year-to-date, ranging from 13.2% for truck campers... Read more

RVDA Hires Legal, Regulatory Affairs Director

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The national RV Dealers Association (RVDA) has added Brett Richardson to the Fairfax, Va.-based organization’s staff as director of legal and regulatory affairs. Richardson will assist in keeping members informed about federal, state, and regulatory actions that impact RV dealers, including IRS cash reporting regulations, wage and hour laws, consumer information safeguarding, “do-not-call” rules and important state and industry issues. Richardson will work with RVDA General Counsel Brock... Read more

FMCA’s Redmond Confab: ‘Successful Venture’

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Although the oppressive dry heat of Oregon’s high desert was a challenge for exhibitors and attendees alike, the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 72nd International Convention, Aug. 16-19 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, generally was viewed as a successful venture by those in attendance. The Cincinnati, Ohio-based organization’s second national convention of ‘04 drew a solid — if not spectacular — crowd. According to Jerry Yeatts, director of conventions... Read more

Jayco Announces Expansion to Western U.S.

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Jayco, Inc.’s board of directors today (Aug. 27) announced that it has approved plans to expand its manufacturing facilities to the western United States. The privately held company, which currently operates about 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing space at its Middlebury, Ind., complex, is looking for a 150,000 to 200,000 square-foot facility to manufacture travel trailers and fifth wheels. Several locations reportedly are under “active consideration.” In making the announcement, Derald... Read more

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