RVers Return to N.C. for ‘Habitat’ Build

September 30, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

RV enthusiasts from across the country have returned to Moore County in the Sandhills area of North Carolina to assist with construction of the group’s fifth Habitat House, according to a report in The Pilot. Formerly, the build was a prelude to an annual Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) rally in nearby Fayetteville. But this year, the RV contingent showed up on its own accord. “This particular Habitat build is not sponsored by the FMCA, as it was in the past,” said Bob Ireland,... Read more

Glendale RV’s Quarterly Sales Down 5%

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Glendale International Corp., based in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, reported a slight decrease in sales for its RV manufacturing operations in the company’s fiscal third quarter ended Aug. 27. RV builder Gendale Recreational Vehicle/Travelaire Canada recorded $25.6 million (Canadian) in sales during the three-month period compared to $26.8 million for the third quarter of last year. Operating earnings for the third quarter were $2.1 million compared to $2.5 million in the corresponding period... Read more

SoCal 151-Site RV Park Set to Open

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The Kit Fox RV Park, a new 151-site facility in Patterson, Calif., will be opening this weekend, according to an article in the Modesto Bee. Cheryl Bright, partner in Hensley Properties, which bought the RV campsite in the spring from a local developer, said they are hoping to attract short-term RV campers and long-term residents. The Southern California park is unfinished, with heavy equipment still preparing the bare ground for sod and landscaping. But its long rows of lights, generated from the... Read more

RV Supplier Actuant Posts Record Earnings

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Slideout systems supplier firm Actuant Corp., which acquired retractable steps supplier Kwikee in September, 2003, reported increased sales and earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 31. Milwaukee-based Actuant, a diversified manufacturer that makes Power Gear slideouts, earned a record 18.3 million in the June-through-August period compared to $10 million the year prior. Year-end earnings were $34.8 million compared to $29 million the previous year. The New York Stock Exchange-listed... Read more

Sacramento Steps Up Wal-Mart Camping Ban

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Local governments across the country are beginning to force the world’s largest retailer, Wal-Mart, to roll up the welcome mat for overnight RVers. But California’s Sacramento County has taken the battle to the next level, according to the Sacramento Bee. Revising an existing ban on overnight parking outside of designated campgrounds, Sacramento County’s new policy is to revoke the business license of any Wal-Mart that allows camping. Although the county’s new rule went into... Read more

RVDA Past Chair Shea Expanding Dealership

September 29, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Marty Shea, owner of Madison RV in Alabama and past chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association Board, was recently profiled in the Huntsville Times, offering insight into his career with Harley Davidson and subsequent success as an RV retailer. Shea is in the process of expanding the dealership he purchased eight years ago, moving to a larger, more prominent location. “This was a very small operation when I bought it ,” he said, noting that he settled in Madison, Ala., after... Read more

Coachmen Allies with GE Consumer Finance

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Officials with Coachmen Industries Inc., announced the company is offering financing to retail buyers of Coachmen, Georgie Boy, Sportscoach and Viking brand RVs. The Elkhart, Ind., company’s credit subsidiary, Coachmen Financial Services, has partnered with the retail sales unit of GE Consumer Finance to provide the retail-financing package. According to a press release, the retail-financing services complement the dealer wholesale inventory financing program that Coachmen Financial Services... Read more

Gulf Stream Dedicates Line to Luxury Units

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Keeping pace with heightened demand, Gulf Stream Coach has dedicated an assembly line for production of its high-end diesel pushers. “With the introduction of our exclusive sunroom and the all-new G7 Friendship, our high-end business has been revitalized,” Claude Donati, vice president of sales and marketing, said in a press release. According to Plant Manager John Edgerton, the Nappanee, Ind., manufacturer now runs its diesel pushers on a manufacturing line that runs two units a day,... Read more

CanaDream Sees Slight Dip in 1Q Revenue

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CanaDream Corp., an RV rental firm based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, reported a slight drop in revenue and earnings for the first quarter of 2004, ended July 31, compared to the same period last year. The company reported revenue of $5.5 million (Canadian) for the quarter, compared with $6.1 million last year, representing an 8.4% decrease. Earnings were $922,000 compared to $1.3 million last year. According to CanaDream, the reduction in revenues resulted from the later-than-expected receipt of... Read more

Weekend Warrior Grows Towable Presence

September 28, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Weekend Warrior Trailers Inc. has acquired the trailer business assets of National RV Holdings, Inc. in an effort to increase its presence in the conventional travel-trailer and toy-hauler markets. The National RV brands, which include Splash, Palisades, Rage’n and Blaze’n, will be manufactured and marketed through a new Weekend Warrior affiliate called Rage’n, Inc., said Gary Denton, Weekend Warrior’s vice president of sales and marketing. National RV plans to focus its resources on its... Read more Poll: Go RVing Ads Effective

September 28, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry’s ongoing Go RVing campaign continues to enjoy solid support among the rank and file of the recreational vehicle industry, with 80% of manufacturers, 82% of suppliers and 61% of dealers giving it either a “highly effective” or “fairly effective” rating in September’s industry poll. Results from the poll, conducted nearly a week before members of the Go RVing Coalition were to continue hammering out financial details for the next three-year-phase... Read more

Fort Myers’ Red Coconut Survives Storm

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Although initial reports were that Hurricane Charley had destroyed the 70-year-old, 250-site Red Coconut RV Resort on Estero Island in Fort Myers Beach, that was far from the case. According to Fran Myers, who has owned the park with her husband, Tom, since 1980, the park reopened on Sept. 3 and was currently serving as a haven for refugees from subsequent storms that hit the state. “We lost our offices, but we’ve relocated into our clubhouse,” said Myers, who evacuated the Southwest... Read more

RVIA Seeks Participation in Roper Study

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The Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence, chaired by Monaco Coach Corp.’s Jim Sheldon, is encouraging RVIA member manufacturers to participate in a fourth consumer satisfaction study to be conducted by Roper/NOP World in 2005. The 2005 Roper/NOP World survey will update similar studies completed in 1999, 2001 and 2003, providing baseline comparisons and valuable trend analysis on consumer satisfaction with the entire RV experience. Results will once again be proprietary and intended for... Read more

Parks Canada Strike Hurts Summer Season

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After stifling the normally busy summer season, striking workers with Public Service Alliance of Canada, which represents national parks employees, will be setting their sights on disrupting the winterization of park facilities. According to the Jasper Jumper, union plumbers could delay the winterization of water and sewer lines in campgrounds, and the hauling of road salt and sand could be impacted. Rotating strikes disrupted the summer season for parks across Canada, including operations in the... Read more

Washington Park Hopes to Keep ‘Snowbirds’

September 27, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A Washington state RV park, featuring several scenic waterfront sites, has devised an incentive plan to curb the annual migration of “snowbirds” heading south for the winter, according to a report in the Peninsula Daily News. Point Hudson RV Park, owned and operated by the Port of Port Townsend, is offering one month’s free rent to RVers who reside at the park from October through March. Port officials see the offer as a way of increasing the number of visitors who stay through the winter. The... Read more

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