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Reminder: Breaking News Taking a Break

May 31, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBUSINESS.com is on a break following the Memorial Day holiday. As a result, our online Breaking News section is idle through Wednesday, June 1. The site will be “live” again on the morning of Thursday, June 2, at which time we will resume our daily regimen of posting all of the industry news that’s fit to post. We appreciate your patience with our Holiday schedule.  Read More →

Stat Surveys: Towable Sales Still Strong

May 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Led by continued strong performance in the travel trailer sector, March towable retail sales outpaced last year by 4.5%, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. For the first three months of 2005, overall towable sales increased 6.1% compared with 2004 while motorized retail registrations declined 4.8%. That trend mirrors wholesale shipment figures reported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), showing a 10.4% increase in towable deliveries for the first quarter offset by a 9.7% drop... Read more

Teton Homes Bought by Investment Firm

May 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

A Boston-based investment firm has purchased majority interest in Teton Homes Inc., a Wyoming manufacturer of luxury fifth-wheel trailers that intends to be producing high-end diesel pusher motorhomes within a year, according to the Casper (Wyo.) Star-Tribune. The newspaper reported that financial details between Webster Capital and Teton Homes, located in Casper, were not disclosed. Company officials, including President Tony Ingram, who is to remain president of the company his father, Robert “Boots”... Read more

Campgrounds Filling up For Memorial Day

May 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

With most of the country’s commercial RV parks and campgrounds now open, the Memorial Day weekend – the traditional beginning of the summer vacation season – is seeing upward trends in reservations. According to estimates from the Woodall’s/ARVC RV Park and Campground Survey, more than $3.8 billion was spent last year by RVers and campers in local communities as they visited the nation’s commercial RV parks and campgrounds from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The Woodall’s/ARVC... Read more

Florida Service Business Meets Challenges

May 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

A recreational vehicle service business in central Florida has increased its slate of repair work while upping its marketing efforts to deal with a shrinking customer base, according to The Reporter. “We had to reinvent ourselves,” said Rob Cochran, owner of the Camping Connection in Four Corners which he opened in 1996. “We’re trying to be creative and innovative.” Camping Connection had relied on a concentration of campgrounds in the area to bring in business. But... Read more

Workhorse Adding Chassis to W-Series

May 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC is replacing its low-GVWR, GM-designed gas-powered P-Series chassis with 16,000-pound and 18,000-pound additions to the Workhorse-designed W-Series. “The significance is that our entire portfolio will have been designed by our engineers specifically for motorhomes,” said Bob Wert, vice president of RV sales, marketing and product planning for the Highland Park, Ill., chassis maker. “This is a landmark.” The two new chassis, in line with the branding... Read more

Jayco’s Idaho Plant Boosts Local Economy

May 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

High fuel costs and increased product demand are encouraging more companies to seek out western manufacturing sites to be closer to growing markets, according to a press release from the Idaho Commerce and Labor office. Over the last year, three companies, including recreational vehicle manufacturer Jayco Inc., have opened manufacturing facilities in south central Idaho. In addition to the Middlebury, Ind.-based RV builder, trailer manufacturer Kiefer Built LLC and Hilex Poly, a leading producer... Read more

Frontier RV Expands to Service Southeast

May 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Entry-level towable manufacturer Frontier RV Inc. is expanding operations to the Southeast with the acquisition of a 120,000-square-foot production facility in Fitzgerald, Ga. “We chose Fitzgerald after significant discussions with local and state officials,” said Johnny Hernandez, president and CEO of Longview, Texas-based Frontier. “The work force, vendor support and location were ideal for our expansion objectives.” According to a press release, the new manufacturing site... Read more

California Campground Breeds Controversy

May 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Controversy is brewing over the future of a 900-acre chunk of dunes and wetlands at the mouth of Tomales Bay in Northern California’s West Marin that is a haven for RVers. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lawson’s Landing was acquired by a Woodland dairy farmer in 1929, and has since remained in the Lawson family. Since the 1950s, the area has been a destination for North State campers, many of them seeking respite from the wilting heat of the Central Valley. Today, the landing has spaces... Read more

Pump Prices Pushing RVers to Boondock

May 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Higher gas prices are motivating RVers to cut costs, including staying overnight in parking lots instead of patronizing private campgrounds, according to an Associated Press report. Charlotte Pinick, who owns an RV park with her husband in Emporia, Kan., recently viewed five recreational vehicles parked in a nearby truck stop parking lot and a few more up the road at the Wal-Mart. That’s more than $120 the owner of Emporia RV Park won’t be bringing in this day as travelers choose free parking... Read more

Massachusetts Dealer Facing Vehicle Limit

May 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Rousseau’s RV Center in Lakeville, Mass., plans to challenge the limit of 85 recreational vehicles the Board of Selectmen recently imposed on the business, according to a report in the Standard-Times. Donald Nagle, attorney for the Rousseau family, said a numeric limit on RVs at the center is “unsustainable” and will prompt the Rousseaus to move at least part of their business out of Lakeville. “What we have experienced in the last couple of months is unsupportable for Rousseau’s... Read more

Proposed Park Incites Environmentalists

May 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Plans for a 40-acre Yogi Bear Jellystone Park campground along the banks of the New River in Wythe County, Va., have raised concerns by local environmentalists. According to the Roanoke Times, development along the river is an increasingly contentious topic for the waterway’s three-state length, and the prospect of rows of recreational vehicles on the riverbank has long alarmed preservationists. Others feel that offering campground sites and more recreational activities would improve the tourism... Read more

Guaranty Earns Country Coach Award

May 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Country Coach Inc. named Guaranty RV Centers as the company’s 2004 Dealer of the Year, marking the fifth consecutive year the retailer has won the award. According to the Junction City, Ore., motorhome manufacturer, Guaranty set a new record in 2004, delivering more than 167 Country Coach motorhomes. Guaranty, which is based in Junction City and has two California locations, increased volume by 24% over 2003 while also posting its 11th straight year of selling more than 100 coaches. “We appreciate... Read more

Freightliner Appoints New FCCC President

May 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Freightliner LLC has named Reid Bigland as president of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC), succeeding Jack Conlan. Last month, Conlan was promoted to senior vice president of customer support for Portland, Ore.-based Freightliner LLC. According to a press release, Bigland will lead FCCC’s efforts to extend its leadership position in the RV, step van and school and shuttle bus chassis markets. “Reid Bigland brings a broad management perspective including leadership experience... Read more

FEMA Closes First Florida Park for Victims

May 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Florida’s first RV park used by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA) to house displaced victims of last summer’s hurricanes is closed for business, according to the Venice Gondolier. Venice’s Stay-N-Play travel trailer park, which housed as many as 210 homeless families after Hurricane Charley last August, is nearly empty with only a few camping trailers remaining. The park had been vacant for two years before FEMA leased the facility and moved residents in from several... Read more

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