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‘RV Voters’ Sway South Dakota Elections

November 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A large number of “RV voters” who call South Dakota home, but have no permanent roots to the state turned out in big numbers for the Nov. 2 general election, according to an Associated Press report. In Minnehaha County, 2000 people who claim South Dakota as their residence for tax breaks and other financial benefits cast ballots, said Sue Roust, the county auditor. That compares with 800 in 2002, said Roust. “I think that is extremely high. It is an interesting phenomenon,”... Read more

RV Rentals Up for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The record number of travelers predicted for the Thanksgiving holiday will include a strong contingent of RV renters, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun. Some of the largest renters of recreational vehicles say business this holiday season is up 10% to 20% as families are opting to drive RVs to visit relatives or take in attractions. “Maybe your in-laws are coming and you don’t want them in the house, or maybe there really isn’t room,” said Joe Laing, director of marketing... Read more

Patrick Relocating to Downtown Elkhart

November 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle and manufactured housing supplier Patrick Industries will move its Elkhart, Ind., headquarters to the city’s downtown area, according to a report in the South Bend Tribune. The company announced it had purchased a building in downtown Elkhart that sat vacant for two years and formerly housed Bank One Insurance. According to Patrick, the larger facility will enable the distributor to consolidate operations and also allow for future growth. “We had outgrown the facility... Read more

Fold-Down Sales Drop 27% in September

November 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A 27.3% decline in camping-trailer sales in September offset modest gains in the fifth-wheel and travel-trailer markets, resulting in a 1.6% drop in towable sales of 345 units for the month compared to the same period in 2003. According to Statistical Surveys Inc., fifth-wheel sales increased 4.5% to 6,975 units in September while travel-trailer sales rose 1.1% to 12,419. The independent market research firm also reported that park-model sales declined 11.1% to 442 units in September. For the month,... Read more

ARVC Confab to Boast ‘Biggest’ Trade Show

November 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The InSites 2004 Parks & Paddles Convention and Expo, slated for Dec. 1-4 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, will feature one of the largest trade shows in the history of the campground business. “It’s going to be the biggest expo we’ve ever had,” said Traci Pasqualone, director of marketing communications for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), which is co-sponsoring the show with the Professional Paddlesports Association.... Read more

RVBusiness.com on Hiatus until 12/2

November 24, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy Thanksgiving from the staff of RV Business magazine and its affiliated RV.Business.com website. As the industry at large prepares for a short holiday and then, for many of us, a mad dash to the 42nd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., we plan to take a break ourselves from our website posting regimen from now until the morning of Thursday, Dec. 2. We wish everybody a safe and happy holiday. Dave Barbulesco, Managing Editor/Web Editor John Sullaway, RV Business Editor Bob Ashley,... Read more

Rexhall Files with SEC to Deregister Stock

November 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Rexhall Industries, Inc. announced late yesterday (Nov. 22) that it filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to deregister its common stock and suspend its reporting obligations as a public company. According to a press release, the Lancaster, Calif., Class A motorhome builder expects the deregistration to become effective 90 days after the filing with the SEC. Immediately following Rexhall’s announcement, the NASDAQ Stock Market said it had halted trading on Rexhall Industries just prior... Read more

RVAA Details Strategic Plan for Members

November 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreational Vehicle Aftermarket Association (RVAA) outlined a broad-reaching strategic plan for around 270 members at the 35th Anniversary Executive Conference, Oct. 15-18, at the Pointe South Mountain Resort in Phoenix. According to RVAA Executive Director Karl Etshied, details of the plan were hammered out during a strategic planning session May 13-14 in Chicago, Ill. The session included input from several industry partners representing RVDA, RVDA of Canada and RVIA. The initiative, which... Read more

Full Slate Scheduled for Outlook Breakfast

November 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA’s 42nd National RV Trade Show will receive its traditional kickoff with the Outlook 2005 Breakfast Nov. 30 at the Executive West Hotel in Louisville, Ky. Doors will open at 6:15 a.m. with a complimentary sit-down breakfast hosted by RVIA. The program begins at 6:45 a.m. A recap of the agenda outlined in the most recent issue of RVIA Today includes: * RVIA President Dave Humphreys’ insights on the state of the RV industry and how RVIA is working to take the industry into a prosperous future. *... Read more

Humphreys Leads List of RVB Newsmakers

November 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s annual roster of RV Business Newsmakers of the Year, to be released in the December issue of RV Business (RVB) magazine, features an intriguing cross-section of the industry’s most visible players over the past 12 months. And, for the first time, the RVB staff this year designated an individual Newsmaker of the Year, singling out RVIA President David J. Humphreys as he prepares to step down in early 2006 as the industry’s high-profile point person. In addition to Humphreys, RVB... Read more

Equity Lifestyles Properties Growing Fast

November 23, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Not a lot of people, perhaps, have heard of the fast-growing company Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELP), but it’s likely they will soon, especially in the RV industry. The Chicago company, formerly known as Manufactured Home Communities Inc., has completed the $160 million acquisition of the corporate entity that owns 57 properties and about 3,000 acres of vacant land currently operated by Thousand Trails Inc., a Frisco, Texas campground membership company. Equity Lifestyle Properties... Read more

Storm Victims Get ‘Bumped’ by Snowbirds

November 22, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Southwest Florida residents forced out of their homes by Hurricane Charley could find themselves homeless again — this time by the barrage of seasonal visitors making their way south for the winter. According to the Fort Myers News-Press, longstanding reservations are bumping storm victims holed up in vacation rentals or living in temporary trailers while their homes are being rebuilt. Even relief workers are being told they have to leave their hotels to make way for tourist season. “There’s... Read more

Indoor Showroom Caters to High-end Buyer

November 22, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The 10,000 RV dealership in Southern California’s Kearny Mesa is bucking tradition. Instead of selling RVs from an expansive outdoor lot, the dealership has moved the retail experience indoors. According to an article in the San Diego Union Tribune, 10,000 RV opened the indoor showroom in July, after taking over and renovating a DHL shipping warehouse. The building houses offices, a home-like customer area in addition to the 16,000-square-foot showroom. The Union Tribune reported that it’s... Read more

RVIA Hires Curtin to Update Consumer Study

November 22, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA recently hired Professor Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center to conduct an update of the landmark RV Consumer Demographic Study first published in 1980. According to a report in RVIA Today, the association sponsored the original study, and each of the subsequent updates – done every five years– by Curtin in its ongoing effort to define changes in basic ownership characteristics. The last update was conducted in 1999. “We are very excited to be working... Read more

Fee Demo Program Approved by Congress

November 22, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The lame-duck Congress approved the permanent extension of the so-called Fee Demo program that allows public land managers to charge fees for access and services, according to a report in the Bend (Ore.) Bugle. “We have given federal land managers the ability to assess reasonable fees for specific activities and uses,” said Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., chairman of the House Resources Committee. “We have laid out very specific circumstances under which these fees can be collected... Read more

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