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ARC Lobbies for National Recreation Policy

April 29, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) is urging President Bush and Congress to establish a national recreation policy and has identified 14 areas that should be considered in developing the document. “There needs to be a blueprint for recreation policy on public lands and public waters,” said ARC President Derrick A. Crandall. “We have developed draft legislation, and it will be introduced. We have every expectation that it will be given a serious look.” In a letter sent... Read more

Drew Industries Posts Record 1Q Revenues

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Drew Industries Inc. posted a 43% increase in net sales for the company’s first quarter, ended March 31, while net income dipped slightly due, in part, to charges stemming from an adverse verdict in a workplace injury lawsuit. The White Plains. N.Y.-based firm, parent to recreational vehicle and manufactured housing suppliers Lippert Components Inc. and Kinro Inc., reported net income for the quarter was $5.8 million compared to $6 million the previous year. Net sales for the three-month period... Read more

Site Work Begins at Garvin’s ‘RV Mecca’

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Site work has begun on Garvin’s, an ambitious 965-acre self-described RV mecca on Interstate 65 south of Bowling Green, Ky., that in April was annexed by the city of Franklin. “The annexation was important because it will allow restaurants and bistros planned for Garvin’s to be able to sell liquor by the drink,” said David B. Garvin, the founder and former chairman of Camping World Inc., Bowling Green, and the driving force behind the Kentucky venture announced in March that... Read more

Chubby Checker Adds New Twist to Kingsley

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Kingsley Coach Inc., Zimmerman, Minn., has enlisted entertainer Chubby Checker to assist in marketing and sales for the company by becoming its spokesman. According to a press release, Checker is currently touring the country marketing his own line of gourmet snack foods in a custom-built Kingsley Coach, which he named “The Checkerlicious Express.” Checker is the only artist to have five albums in the top twelve all at once, as well as the only artist to have a song – his 1960s classic... Read more

Patrick’s 1Q Yields 21% Increase in Sales

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Recreational vehicle and manufactured housing supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported a 21% increase in sales for the company’s first quarter and a decrease in its net loss. The Elkhart, Ind., firm posted sales of $79.7 million compared with $65.7 million in the previous year and reported a net loss of $391,000 versus a net loss of $522,000 during the same three-month period in 2004. The company said shipments had increased in both the manufactured housing and the RV sectors. The RV industry... Read more

Lippert to Build Powder Coat Plant in SoCal

April 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Lippert Components Inc. has laid the groundwork for construction of a powder coating facility that will bring the more durable, eco-friendly process to the company’s recreational vehicle frame building operations in Southern California. The new 15,000-square-foot facility, slated to break ground this summer in Rialto, Calif., will service Lippert’s four surrounding production plants, including operations run by subsidiary Zieman Manufacturing Co. According to Jason Lippert, president and CEO... Read more

Fleetwood’s RV Sales Slide in Fiscal 4Q

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Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reported fiscal 2005 fourth quarter sales dropped over 13%, driven down by a sharp 22% decline in revenues from recreational vehicle operations. The Riverside, Calif., builder’s preliminary report showed year-end revenues as essentially flat with sales of $2.37 billion compared to $2.36 billion in fiscal 2004. For the three-month period, ended April 24, Fleetwood posted revenues of around $555 million compared with $640 million the year prior. Recreational vehicle sales... Read more

March Shipments: Travel Trailers Set Pace

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A slight gain in March towable shipments was offset by a comparable dip in motorhome deliveries, resulting in a relatively flat 3% increase in total RV shipments compared to 2004. Highlighting the report from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) was the continued strong performance by the travel trailer sector, increasing nearly 15% for the month while gaining 17.4% year-to-date over last year. Conversely, motorized shipments declined for the third straight month as Class A and Class... Read more

Spader: Dealer Inventories, Sales Increase

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New inventory levels for dealers continued to rise through the first two months of 2005 as retailers from all sectors reported average increases ranging from 15% to 22% compared with 2004, according to consulting firm Spader Business Management. Inventory began accumulating at the retail level late last year – particularly in the motorhome sector – when the market softened and some builders overproduced. As a result, many manufacturers have adjusted run rates and implemented discounting programs... Read more

Spartan Reports Record First Quarter Sales

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Spartan Motors Inc., parent to recreational vehicle supplier Spartan Chassis, reported record sales for the company’s first quarter, ended March 31. Net income for the Charlotte, Mich., firm, which produces motorhome chassis, fire truck chassis and emergency rescue vehicles, was $2 million compared with $1.3 million the previous year. Net sales rose 43% to $88.9 million from $62.1 million during the same three-month period in 2004. Spartan said the increased earnings were driven by improved operating... Read more

Featherlite Posts 18% Gain in 1Q Earnings

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Featherlite Inc., a manufacturer of specialty aluminum trailers, transporters and luxury motorcoaches, reported increased profits for the company’s first quarter ended March 31. The Cresco, Iowa, company posted an 18% gain in net income to $1.5 million compared with $1.2 million last year. Net sales for the three-month period were $58.5 million, representing a 3.7% increase over revenues of $56.4 million the previous year. Trailer segment sales in the first quarter of 2005 increased 20.3% over... Read more

Discounting Cuts Into Monaco’s 1Q Profits

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Monaco Coach Corp.’s continued efforts to adjust inventory levels through discounting sliced into gross profit margins, resulting in a 55% decrease in first quarter earnings compared to 2004. Net income fell to $5.3 million for the three-month period, ended April 2, versus $11.9 million for the first quarter of 2004 while revenue was off slightly at $331.5 million compared with $355 million last year. “Discounting during the first quarter allowed us to retain shelf space at our dealers’... Read more

Guaranty RV Partners with Camping World

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Guaranty RV Centers, a multi-site retailer with locations in Oregon and California, is adding on to its expansive headquarters in Junction City, Ore., with a new sales and service facility that will feature a 22,000-square-foot Camping World RV accessories store. In addition to Camping World’s retail operations, the single-story building will feature 12 service bays – six for Guaranty RV and six for Camping World. The expansion is slated for completion by the end of the year. “Besides... Read more

Elkhart Business Purchases Xplorer Assets

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An Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of specialty vehicles and lifts for people with mobility problems purchased the assets of Xplorer Motor Homes, Brown City, Mich., during an April 23 auction and intends to move production of the pioneering Xplorer brand to the Elkhart area. In addition to its current products, the company intends to focus future Xplorer minimotorhome development on the four-wheel drive market while expanding the Xplorer Xtreme’s one-piece molded fiberglass chassis-mount construction... Read more

Several States Challenging Recreation Fees

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The Montana and Colorado legislatures recently passed resolutions demanding that Congress repeal the fees required for recreational use of certain federal lands and are hoping other states will follow suit. According to an Associated Press report, Congress imposed the fees in 1996 and has renewed them every two years. Then late last year, lawmakers extended the fee program, know as “Fee Demo,” for at least a decade. The Forest Service collected $47 million in recreation fees in fiscal... Read more

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