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

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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

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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

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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

Travel Industry Rebounds in 2004

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After years of little growth in travel volume and significantly lower travel spending, 2004 marks a rebound for the travel industry, with all sectors showing increases in demand for the first time since 2000. According to Travel Industry Association of America’s (TIA’s) Annual Travel Forecast, combined spending by domestic and international visitors traveling in the U.S. is forecast to increase 6.9% by year’s end to nearly $593 billion compared with $555 billion in 2003. TIA predicts... Read more

Coachmen’s Adrenaline Built For Dry Camping

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With standard 200 gallons of fresh water, twin 40-pound LP tanks, triple battery racks and 5.5-kW generators, Coachmen Recreational Vehicles Co.’s new Adrenaline XLV sport utility towable line is designed for more adventurous dry-camping aficionados. The line, which retails starting around $35,000, was unveiled at the 42nd Annual RV Trade Show, Nov. 30-Dec. 2 in Louisville, Ky. The garage area, ranging from 15 to 20 feet in length, offers single- or double-stacked queen-sized beds that drop... Read more

‘Meet the Fockers’ Features Fleetwood Coach

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A 2004 Pace Arrow motorhome has a major supporting role in the Universal Pictures movie “Meet the Fockers,” which debuted Thursday night (Dec. 16). Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., Riverside, Calif., supplied three identical Pace Arrows to the producers of the film, which stars Robert DeNiro, Ben Stiller, Dustin Hoffman and Barbara Steisand. One of them was sawed in half to accommodate the filming of interior scenes. As part of the deal with Universal, Fleetwood supplied its 1,200 dealer locations... Read more

RVDA Offers Guide for ‘The Selling Cycle’

December 17, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Learning Center has just released The Selling Cycle, a publication for RV sales professionals that offers a detailed guide to increasing sales and improving customer satisfaction and loyalty. Written by RV Learning Center faculty member Jan Kelly of Kelly Enterprises, the 29-page publication is divided into 12 sections and outlines the RV sales process from start to finish. From prospecting for new customers to providing a world-class delivery, Kelly offers tips to successfully navigate through... Read more

Oklahoma Firm Testing RV Rental Concept

December 16, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

An Oklahoma company has developed a new concept in RV rentals in which the consumer simply calls a telephone number and within hours a travel trailer is set up for their use in any Oklahoma state park. “All you do is drive up and it’s there waiting for you. Everything is hooked up,” said Sterling Zearley, northeast regional manager for Oklahoma State Parks. The concept, which started as a pilot program between Oklahoma State Parks and Tulsa-based Rent-A-RV last summer, has become so... Read more

Winnebago Takes Aim at Class C Market

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Winnebago Industries Inc. is looking for its new Class C lineup to boost the company’s market share in the growing minimotorhome sector. On Wednesday (Dec. 15), Winnebago announced record revenues and earnings for its first quarter of fiscal 2005, ended Nov. 27, bolstered by strong performance from the company’s Class A diesel motorhomes. Class C shipments, however, showed a decline to 903 units for the three-month period compared with 1,091 units delivered last year. “Our Class C’s have... Read more

Boston Firm Aided Keystone’s Early Growth

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Keystone RV Co.’s rapid growth was aided by capital infusion from a Boston-based investment firm less than three years after the company’s founding in 1996, according to an article in the South Bend Tribune. The company’s initial investors were looking to sell the Goshen, Ind., business while founder Cole Davis wanted to expand. The solution came from Summit Partners, which provided $10 million in capital and assumed a minority position in the company. Day-to-day operations were left in Davis’... Read more

Pilgrim Building New Production Plant

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Pilgrim International is planning construction of a nearly 21,000-square-foot production facility at its complex in Middlebury, Ind., replacing a smaller building that was lost in a September fire. According to a report in the South Bend Tribune, the fire stemmed from an electrical malfunction that leveled a 5,500-square-foot facility used for chassis prep. Pilgrim shifted operations to a nearby building while they began planning for construction of the larger plant. The new facility will give Pilgrim... Read more

ARVC Honors Top Performing Parks at Confab

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The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) installed officers for the coming year while honoring member campgrounds and associations for excellence in 2004 at the annual InSites Convention & Expo Dec. 1-4 in Savannah, Ga. ARVC’s board of directors for 2005 will include Chairman Jason Sheaffer, Pinch Pond Family Campground & Gretna Oaks Camping, Manheim, Pa.; 1st Vice Chairman Max Gibbs, Sandy Pines RV Resort, Hopkins, Mich.; 2nd Vice Chairman Dr. Harry Scott, Shipshewana... Read more

ARVC Confab: Boosting Image in Savannah

December 15, 2004 by · Leave a Comment 

The nation’s campground business is being fueled by a number of positive developments, including record RV sales, increased consumer interest in leisure activities with family and friends and favorable publicity of the RV lifestyle. Campground operators need to do more, however, to strengthen public awareness of the benefits of camping, particularly given the increased competition from other leisure travel businesses, according to top officials of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds... Read more

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