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RVDA of Canada Opposes RV ‘Feebate’

February 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDAC) said it has mixed feelings about the Feb. 23 federal budget, supporting initiatives that invest in the physical infrastructure of Canada’s national parks, and small businesses, but concerned about what’s called a “feebate.” According to a press release, the government announced that $209 million over five years will go towards the maintenance and acquisition of capital assets, particularly those that minimize the environmental... Read more

Curtin Calls for 2.5% Decline in Shipments

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Citing the impact of rising interest rates, economist Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan still anticipates “a mild pause” in total recreational vehicle shipments for 2005. Curtin, however, marginally upgraded his previous forecast in which he called for a 3.3% drop from the 370,100 units shipped last year – a quarter-century benchmark – to reflect a “small anticipated decline of 2.5%” to 360,800 units for ’05. Originally, in the third quarter of 2004, Curtin had projected... Read more

Curtin Calls for 2.5% Decline in Shipments

February 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Citing the impact of rising interest rates, economist Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan still anticipates “a mild pause” in total recreational vehicle shipments for 2005. Curtin, however, marginally upgraded his previous forecast in which he called for a 3.3% drop from the 370,100 units shipped last year – a quarter-century benchmark – to reflect a “small anticipated decline of 2.5%” to 360,800 units for ’05. Originally, in the third quarter of 2004, Curtin had projected... Read more

Thor Among Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ Firms

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Thor Industries Inc. has been named by Fortune Magazine as one of “America’s Most Admired” companies for 2005. According to a press release, Thor was the only recreational vehicle company named to the list of 582 firms. Criteria included: innovation, quality of management, financial soundness, use of corporate assets, long-term investment, people management, social responsibility, and quality of products/services. The Jackson Center, Ohio-based builder said it also was among the Wall Street... Read more

Thor Among Fortune’s ‘Most Admired’ Firms

February 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. has been named by Fortune Magazine as one of “America’s Most Admired” companies for 2005. According to a press release, Thor was the only recreational vehicle company named to the list of 582 firms. Criteria included: innovation, quality of management, financial soundness, use of corporate assets, long-term investment, people management, social responsibility, and quality of products/services. The Jackson Center, Ohio-based builder said it also was among the Wall Street... Read more

Alleged RV Arsonist Jailed in Florida

February 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

A recreational vehicle mechanic has been charged with seven arsons in a series of 30 suspicious fires along Florida’s U.S. 1 in the past two years, according to the Fort Pierce Tribune. Benjamin Harris, 40, who lives and works at Camper Connections on U.S. 1, was arrested at the St. Lucie County jail on Friday (Feb. 25). He had been at the jail for seven weeks on charges of setting off a fire extinguisher at a place of business, according to a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office release. Harris... Read more

Alleged RV Arsonist Jailed in Florida

February 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

A recreational vehicle mechanic has been charged with seven arsons in a series of 30 suspicious fires along Florida’s U.S. 1 in the past two years, according to the Fort Pierce Tribune. Benjamin Harris, 40, who lives and works at Camper Connections on U.S. 1, was arrested at the St. Lucie County jail on Friday (Feb. 25). He had been at the jail for seven weeks on charges of setting off a fire extinguisher at a place of business, according to a St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office release. Harris... Read more

Tiffin Motorhomes Rolls Out 50,000th Coach

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Alabama Gov. Bob Riley proclaimed Feb. 24 “Tiffin Motorhomes Day” as the Red Bay, Ala., manufacturer rolled its 50,000th coach off the production line. More than 300 suppliers, customers and employees cheered as the 2005 40-foot quad-slide Tiffin Allegro Bus powered by a Cummins 400-hp diesel engine was presented. Tiffin’s latest milestone reflects the company’s growth in the past few years to increase capacity and stay abreast of demand for its high-end line of motorhomes. “Today,... Read more

Humphreys Lauds Industry at Luncheon Talk

February 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys recounted the industry’s “then and now” metamorphosis during Thursday’s (Feb. 24) Annual Business Luncheon at Indiana’s Goshen College. Speaking to around 300 attendees – including a strong RV contingent from Elkhart County – Humphreys traced the industry’s past from the “dark days” of 1979 to last year’s 25-year pinnacle in terms of RV shipments. That period also corresponds with Humphreys’ tenure as... Read more

Humphreys Lauds Industry at Luncheon Talk

February 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys recounted the industry’s “then and now” metamorphosis during Thursday’s (Feb. 24) Annual Business Luncheon at Indiana’s Goshen College. Speaking to around 300 attendees – including a strong RV contingent from Elkhart County – Humphreys traced the industry’s past from the “dark days” of 1979 to last year’s 25-year pinnacle in terms of RV shipments. That period also corresponds with Humphreys’ tenure as... Read more

Featherlite Reports Record Profits for 2004

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Featherlite Inc., a manufacturer of specialty aluminum trailers, transporters and luxury motorcoaches, today (Feb. 25) reported record net income for fiscal 2004, ended Dec. 31. For the year, the Cresco, Iowa-based company posted net income of $4.9 million, a more than seven-fold increase from the $705,000 recorded in 2003. Net sales were $216.4 million, representing a 20% increase over 2003 revenues of $180 million. In the fourth quarter, Featherlite recorded net income of $1.2 million compared... Read more

Florida RV Park Offers Sense of Community

February 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

In many ways, the Encore RV Park of Vero Beach, Fla., is like other desirable suburban neighborhoods, with well-kept lawns and concrete streets and driveways. There also is a heated swimming pool, horseshoe pits, activity centers and various other amenities for the residents. According to a report in the Vero Beach Press-Journal, most of the 300 sites at the park are occupied by people who stay up to six months at a time, with some keeping their large recreational vehicles there year-round. Other... Read more

RV Consumer Satisfaction Study Launched

February 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence launched the fourth wave of its RV Consumer Satisfaction Study in January. Nineteen manufacturers recently submitted the required customer data to participate in the 2005 Roper/NOP World Customer Satisfaction Study, and newly revised 12-page motorhome and towable questionnaires were mailed out to 30,000 RV customers in mid-February. A COE subcommittee met in September to discuss and authorize minor changes in the 2005 surveys, reinstate a one-dollar... Read more

Monaco Hands Keys to Indiana Governor

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It didn’t seem to matter much to newly elected Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels that the motorhome being donated for a year to his administration Friday morning (Feb. 25) was four years old or that it had 21,000 miles on the odometer or that it had been quickly refitted for use as a mobile governor’s office by the employees of the donor company – Monaco Coach Corp. Nor did it seem to bother the new Republican governor, a former White House budget director for President George W. Bush, that... Read more

Toledo Area Dealers Anticipate Strong Year

February 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Toledo area retailer National Camperland Inc. didn’t share in last year’s national surge in the recreational vehicle industry. According to a report in the Toledo Blade , RV sales haven’t been strong for three years at the Ohio dealership after a record 2001. But business is booming so far this year, and the reinvigorated company is building a larger dealership about 1.5 miles west of its current home. The economy and the election tempered RV sales in Ohio and other swing states last... Read more

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