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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

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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

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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

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