Kingsley Coach Reports 32% Sales Growth

November 22, 2004 by · Comments Off on Kingsley Coach Reports 32% Sales Growth 

Kingsley Coach Inc. reported revenues of $893,921 for its fiscal first quarter ended Sept. 30, representing a 32% increase over the first quarter of 2003. The Zimmerman, Minn., coach builder also reported a net loss of $377,490 for the period versus a net loss of $525,057 a year ago. Ralph Dickenson, CEO of Kingsley Coach, Inc., stated, “During the quarter, we expensed the entire cost of our move to our new facility in Zimmerman. The move cost in excess of $150,000, and shut down our production... Read more

Lure of RVing Catching on in China

November 19, 2004 by · Comments Off on Lure of RVing Catching on in China 

The lure of American culture is growing in China, as an expanding middle class enjoys rising incomes. Among the American-style pastimes taking off in recent years is RVing, according to a recent article in Automotive News. Xiao Yang and his wife, Duan Xu, have been bitten by the RVing bug. They’re fond of traveling to China’s remote locations, but are turned off by tour groups and don’t like staying in hotels. “That’s just like staying at home,” said the 45-year-old... Read more

Ford Revises A-Body Chassis Series

November 19, 2004 by · Comments Off on Ford Revises A-Body Chassis Series 

Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich., has revised its F-53 series Class A motorhome chassis by adding a new 362-hp 6.8-liter V-10 engine, the highest horsepower rating in the Class A gasoline segment, according to the company. “It will be the most horsepower in a gas engine for motorhome applications,” said Ken Farr, Ford RV and specialty vehicles sales manager, noting the chassis would debut at the 42nd Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The revised chassis also will... Read more

Kurowski Named RVDA Field Representative

November 19, 2004 by · Comments Off on Kurowski Named RVDA Field Representative 

The national RV Dealers Association (RVDA) announced that Jeff Kurowski will perform contract work for the association as a field representative. According to RVDA, Kurowski will assist in communicating business trends and industry issues affecting RV dealerships to members and work on marketing communications projects for RVDA-endorsed products and services. Kurowski is an experienced journalist, who served previously as senior editor of RV Business magazine, executive editor of Boating Industry... Read more

Smith Barney Downgrades Winnebago

November 19, 2004 by · Comments Off on Smith Barney Downgrades Winnebago 

Shares of Winnebago Industries lost almost 4 percent in midday action today (Nov. 19) after Smith Barney lowered its rating on the stock to “hold” from “buy,” citing valuation. Winnebago finished trading down $2.23 at 36.36. According to CBS Marketwatch, the firm said it finds the shares “less compelling” after their 23 percent appreciation in the past five weeks. Smith Barney, however, did lift its price target to $41 from $39, because of the overall favorable... Read more

NRV to Debut 2006 Islander, Tradewinds

November 19, 2004 by · Comments Off on NRV to Debut 2006 Islander, Tradewinds 

National RV Inc. plans to introduce its 2006 Tradewinds and Islander diesel-pusher motorhomes at the 42nd Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov.30-Dec. 2, in Louisville, Ky. According to National RV, a number of new floorplans for the Tropi-Cal diesel pusher also will be on display. “For this year’s show in Louisville, we will be showcasing several new products and highlighting our companywide process improvements,” said Joe McDermott, vice president of sales and marketing for the Perris,... Read more

FCCC to Unveil New Engine, Chassis Option

November 18, 2004 by · Comments Off on FCCC to Unveil New Engine, Chassis Option 

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), Gaffney, S.C., will unveil a Mercedes engine and a “lowered engine option” on its XC diesel chassis at the 42nd Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The lowered engine on the XC chassis will allow OEMs to design flat floors in the rear of coaches. “We continue to strive to be the leader in developing improvements to the ride and handling of our XC chassis,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing. FCCC... Read more

‘Super Garages’ Proposed for Florida Homes

November 18, 2004 by · Comments Off on ‘Super Garages’ Proposed for Florida Homes 

Super garages with room for a motorhome or large boat are planned for a neighborhood of custom-built homes in Cape Coral, Fla., according to a report in the Fort Myers News-Press. The doorway will be about 15 to 18 feet high to provide clearance for an RV with a height of about 11.5 feet, said developer Mel Wroten of Realty Partners & Co. of Cape Coral. RV garages will be placed at the rear of properties and be connected by breezeways to the homes, Wroten said. The project, Pinewood Lakes, may... Read more

Fleetwood Gains Injunction Against Coleman

November 18, 2004 by · Comments Off on Fleetwood Gains Injunction Against Coleman 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. announced today (Nov. 18) it had received a permanent injunction late yesterday in its lawsuit against The Coleman Co. Inc., prohibiting the Wichita, Kan.-based company from licensing the Coleman name in the recreational vehicle industry. The ruling in favor of Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood came less than two weeks before the start of the trial, on Nov. 30, in Kansas. According to Fleetwood, the trial will still proceed on the issue of Fleetwood Folding Trailer Inc.... Read more

Damon Introduces Astoria, Tuscany Diesels

November 18, 2004 by · Comments Off on Damon Introduces Astoria, Tuscany Diesels 

Damon Corp., of Elkhart, Ind., has revised its diesel-pusher lineup and will debut the new entry-level Astoria (right) and midline Tuscany at the 42nd Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. As part of the realignment, Damon also is discontinuing the Escaper, Ultra Sport and LX 400 brands. With MSRPs starting at $140,000, Damon’s new affordable Astoria, available in three 35- to 37-foot floorplans with either one or two slideouts, is built on a 28,000-pound GVWR Freightliner... Read more

Ordinance Limits RV Stays in Texas Town

November 18, 2004 by · Comments Off on Ordinance Limits RV Stays in Texas Town 

Some Winter Texans are feeling less than welcome after learning of an overlooked law in Bandera, Texas. According to the San Antonio Express News, an ordinance remains on the books that could limit occupancy in recreational vehicles to 14 nights a year. “If they make us move after 14 days, I’m gone,” said full-timer Barb Sloan, 68, of Colorado, who has stayed at the Riverside RV Park every winter since 1997. Adopted in the 1980s, the long overlooked ordinance was designed to discourage... Read more

Forbes Profiles Lazy Days Success Story

November 17, 2004 by · Comments Off on Forbes Profiles Lazy Days Success Story 

Lazy Days RV SuperCenter and its founder, Don Wallace, were recently profiled in Forbes Magazine, tracing the company’s growth from a fledgling operation hoping to sell a couple units a month to a “gargantuan” dealership moving 2.5 vehicles “each and every hour.” Depicted as “part Wal-mart, part country club,” Forbes reported that the Seffner, Fla,-based megaretailer netted $25 million last year on $756 million in revenues, distinguishing Lazy Days as the nation’s... Read more

Thousand Trails Opens Florida Campground

November 17, 2004 by · Comments Off on Thousand Trails Opens Florida Campground 

Thousand Trails Inc., the largest operator of membership-based campgrounds in the United States, announced the opening of its newest campground, the Peace River preserve in Wauchula, Fla.  Situated along a half mile of the Peace River in central Florida, the property offers more than 400 RV and tent sites on 75 acres. “The Peace River campground will complement our other preserves in the Orlando area, giving members greater opportunity to enjoy the RV and camping lifestyle in the Southeast,”... Read more

AAA Projects Heavy Travel for Thanksgiving

November 17, 2004 by · Comments Off on AAA Projects Heavy Travel for Thanksgiving 

Increases in both air and auto travel will push Thanksgiving travel volumes above pre-9/11 levels for the first time, according to AAA. AAA estimates that 37.2 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, representing a 3.1 percent increase from last year’s 36.1 million. Approximately 30.6 million travelers, or 82% of all holiday travelers, expect to go by motor vehicle, a 2.9% increase from the 29.8 million who drove a year ago. Another 4.6 million, or 12%, plan to... Read more

Van Converter Honored by Elkhart Chamber

November 17, 2004 by · Comments Off on Van Converter Honored by Elkhart Chamber 

Luxury conversion van builder Tuscany Automotive Solutions, Elkhart, Ind., recently was named the Small Business of the Month for September by the Elkhart Chamber’s Business Recognition Council. Founded in 1988 by Tom Graber, the company has supplemented the declining conversion van market by expanding its mobility solutions and truck divisions. According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, Tuscany also has developed new products in recent months, including a camper-style conversion that will... Read more

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