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RV Dealer Hosts Nashville-based Talk Show

December 21, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Based on his first year of moderating his own hour-long Nashville-based radio talk show, Raymond Brody has a pertinent suggestion for America’s RV industry: Do a better job of addressing maintenance issues. Brody, of Nashville, Tenn.-based Camper’s Corner RV Supercenter, also thinks dealers ought to be more aggressive about providing driver training to first-time customers. These are among the suggestions gleaned by Brody, whose program – entitled “Camper’s Corner”... Read more

Coleman Ruling Prompts Action by Coachmen

December 21, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Coachmen Industries Inc. hopes a jury’s decision last week ordering Fleetwood Folding Trailers Inc. to pay $5.2 million in damages to The Coleman Co. will have a positive impact on its suit against Coleman. Coachmen, which entered into a licensing agreement with Coleman in January, filed suit in response to a separate ruling in favor of Fleetwood. A permanent injunction was issued, barring Wichita, Kans.-based Coleman from using the Coleman brand in the RV industry. “While the verdict... Read more

Marketing Strategy Boosts Lazy Days’ Allure

December 21, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

North Pole residents Anthony and Lorraine Martin traveled 5,001 miles from Alaska to buy a recreational vehicle from Lazy Days RV Supercenter in Seffner, Fla. A few weeks later, Tom Jaquis and his wife, Ellen, began their honeymoon at Lazy Days. After exchanging vows at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel and Marina, the couple took delivery of a new RV and started their lives together. According to a report in the Tampa Tribune, Lazy Days’ lure stems from an expansive 1,200-vehicle inventory,... Read more

RV Supplier Recognized by Elkhart Chamber

December 21, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

RV supplier ObeCo Inc. was named October Small Business of the Month by the Elkhart, Ind., Chamber’s Business Recognition Council. According to a report in the Elkhart Truth, Goshen-based ObeCo makes spaces usable with cargo netting, strap assemblies, ABD net boxes, battery accessories, SURE-SEAL and electronic compasses. The business, established in 1990, services the RV, marine, van-conversion, cargo-trailer, horse-trailer, performance racing, and aviation industries. Obeco, a Christian company... Read more

Louisiana RV Dealer Family Seeks Damages

December 20, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A lawsuit alleging the former general manager of Coleman RV and Coleman Toyota in Baton Rouge, La., stole millions from the dealerships is proceeding, with lawyers for the Coleman family and Louis W. Bignar expected to argue “technical issues” in the case in February. According to a report in The Advocate, the family sued Bignar in November, contending he looted millions from the businesses and that Bignar’s alleged activities created such large losses that the Coleman family was... Read more

Florida Dealership Victim of ‘Serial Arsonist’

December 20, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A recent “torching” at an RV dealership in Fort Pierce, Fla., has been connected to a series of 29 fires in the past two years along U.S. 1 on the state’s southeast Atlantic Coast. According to the Palm Beach Post, three empty RVs were set on fire at Camper’s Connection RV, the latest incident in what authorities are now calling the work of a serial arsonist and the third at the dealership. The first arson at Camper’s Connection was in November 2003 when four RVs were set on... Read more

New Dixie RV Store Includes Camping World

December 20, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Dixie RV Superstores opened a new 67,000-square-foot facility today (Dec. 20) in Hammond, La., featuring a Camping World RV accessories store. The RV dealer, which also has an outlet in Baton Rouge, moved its former Hammond operations to the new facility, located on I-12 in close proximity to I-55 and I-10. Camping World, based in Bowling Green, Ky., will occupy over 11,000 square feet of retail space and employ 20 people in Dixie RV’s showroom. The store represents the latest expansion in... Read more

AAA Predicting Record Holiday Travel

December 20, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

With two holiday weekends this December, AAA anticipates Christmas-New Year’s holiday travel to hit its highest level ever, with an estimated 62.7 million Americans traveling 50 miles or more from home, a 3% increase from last year’s 60.8 million. “With Christmas and New Year’s Day both falling on Saturdays, many people will make weekend getaways,” said Shannon Swanson, AAA Minnesota/Iowa spokesperson. “There is a downside to having both holidays fall on weekends,... Read more

R-Vision Introduces New Lightweight Line

December 20, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

Off-white interiors with cherry accents highlight R-Vision Inc.’s new MaxLite by Trail-Lite entry-level travel-trailer series, available in nine 21- to 30-foot floorplans – five with self-locking hard-sided slideouts extending in hybrid fashion from the rear of the coach. The line debuted during the 42nd National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. “We took some conventional products and twisted them around a little bit to make them more user friendly,” said Jeff Terhune, MaxLite... Read more

Coleman Awarded $5.2 Million in Damages

December 17, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

A Kansas jury ruled in favor of The Coleman Co. in its case with Fleetwood Folding Trailers Inc., awarding the Wichita, Kans.-based firm monetary damages of $5.2 million. Last month, Fleetwood was granted a permanent injunction against Coleman, barring the company from licensing the Coleman name in the RV industry. Fleetwood said the monetary ruling does not affect that decision. The suits stemmed from a long-standing business relationship that was severed two years ago. Fleetwood had acquired the... Read more

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