Lemonis: More Funding for Service Training

June 30, 2005 by · Comments Off on Lemonis: More Funding for Service Training 

FreedomRoads LLC co-founder Marcus Lemonis, convinced like many in the industry that the RV arena needs to take a harder look at the professionalism of after-the-sale service, is calling on industry leaders to supplement Go RVing Coalition funding in the future with considerable dollars that can be channeled to training and recruitment of qualified technicians. Speaking on behalf of FreedomRoads, the nation’s largest retail entity with 54 retail locations generating $1.4 billion in annual sales,... Read more

Damon to Increase Motorhome Production

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In an announcement that seems counter to national trends, motorhome manufacturer Damon Corp. will add 10% to its production work force and increase by 25% output of A-body gas and diesel pusher coaches at its Elkhart, Ind., plant. “We are operating two different lines and we are going to stagger the increase between them,” said Damon President Bill Fenech. “That will happen at the end of July.” Fenech said the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary – employing a total of about... Read more

Senators Challenge Fee Cuts for Smokies

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Tennessee Sens. Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander are trying to ensure the Great Smoky Mountains National Park can keep all the fees it collects, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel. The nation’s most-visited park on the Tennessee-North Carolina border is barred by land deed restrictions from charging a general entrance fee. But the Smokies still collects about $1.3 million to $1.6 million a year from fees for campground use and ranger-guided hayrides, Smokies spokesman Bob Miller... Read more

Onan RV Names Enyart to Replace Coon

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Cummins Power Generation (CPG) announced late Wednesday (June 29) the appointment of Garry Enyart (right) as Onan’s director of RV business, replacing Richard Coon who recently left a 30-year career with Cummins to assume his new role as president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). According to a press release, Enyart will be responsible for the company’s RV genset business, including worldwide sales and marketing, strategic planning, product development, application engineering... Read more

FOMC Initiates Ninth Straight Rate Hike

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As expected, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) boosted its target for short-term interest rates Thursday (June 30) by a quarter percentage point to 3.25% and signaled further rate hikes are coming. According to a CBS MarketWatch report, the Federal Reserve’s policymaking committee left its post-meeting statement largely unchanged from May’s statement. The committee said current rates remain “accommodative” and said once again that it believes rates can be raised at... Read more

Campground Survey Forecasts Busy Fourth

June 29, 2005 by · Comments Off on Campground Survey Forecasts Busy Fourth 

The Woodall’s/ARVC RV Park and Campground Survey estimates occupancy at privately operated campgrounds nationwide this Fourth of July holiday will be 75% on July 1, 83% on July 2 and 80% on July 3. Reservations are already ahead of last year by 2%. This means that about 848,000 sites will be rented on Friday, 938,000 on Saturday and 904,000 on Sunday in privately owned campgrounds. The commercial campground owners will entertain and lodge more than a million families and/or parties – in excess... Read more

Budget Dispute May Close Minnesota Parks

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State parks in northwest Minnesota stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars this Fourth of July weekend as a result of a state budget dispute that could shut down governmental offices Friday (July 1), according to a report in the Grand Forks (N.D.) Herald. The partial suspension of government services stems from a disagreement between Republicans and Democrats on state budget issues. The legislature has until midnight Thursday to finish a two-year state budget. Gov. Tim Pawlenty is working... Read more

Foretravel Introduces Phenix Motor Coach

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Luxury coach builder Foretravel Inc., Nacogdoches, Texas, has introduced the high-end Phenix Class A motorhome as part of the company’s 2006 model year lineup – the first offering under Foretravel’s new ownership group. Foretravel, purchased recently by a group of investors headed by President Lyle Reed, said in a press release that the Phenix is targeted at three groups of buyers: Traditional Foretravel enthusiasts who want more, a new and growing group of upwardly mobile younger buyers... Read more

Curomax Partners with Bank of the West

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Curomax Limited announced today (June 29) an agreement with San Francisco-based Bank of the West to enhance the bank’s United States recreational vehicle and marine lending capabilities. According to a press release, the Internet-based service becomes available to Bank of the West clients early in the third quarter of 2005, enabling dealers to submit consumer loan applications electronically while improving their ability to track the status of individual deals. “Bank of the West has invested... Read more

FCCC to Unveil Front Engine Diesel Chassis

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) announced today (June 29) that it has designed and is planning production of a front engine diesel (FRED) motorhome chassis. The Gaffney, S.C., chassis builder said that prototypes for the new configuration are scheduled for the third quarter of 2005, and production will begin at the end of the year. “There’s no question diesel is the optimal power plant for the RV market,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing for FCCC. “FRED... Read more

Life on Wheels Conference Opens in Idaho

June 28, 2005 by · Comments Off on Life on Wheels Conference Opens in Idaho 

About 500 RVers from as far away as Washington state and the Bahamas congregated at the University of Idaho in Moscow to participate in the 11th annual Life On Wheels RV conference, according to a report in the Moscow-Pullman Daily News. The conference, founded by veteran RVer and author Gaylord Maxwell, is running June 26-July 1 and teaches RVers first-hand about life on the road. In addition to Moscow, the original site for the program, conferences are offered in Bethlehem, Pa., Bowling Green,... Read more

RVDA Outlines Convention Workshop Slate

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A strong slate of workshop presenters and speakers are scheduled for the 2005 Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association International Convention/Expo at the Rio All Suite Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Sept. 27-30. The following offers an agenda for speakers and subject matters during the conference: * Sept. 27: Donald Cooper, “Human Marketing…Four Powerful Steps to Creating a Customer-Focused Organization.” This workshop delivers the “straight goods” on your most pressing... Read more

Indianapolis Tables RV Parking Ordinance

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Officials backed off a proposed ordinance restricting recreational vehicle parking in Indianapolis, according to a report in the Indianapolis Star. Proposed restrictions on where Marion County residents could park their RVs were stricken Monday (June 27) by a city-county council committee. The proposed ordinance would have required RV owners to park the vehicles behind the home’s front facade. But after public outcry, council members said they would study the idea further. For now, residents... Read more

Gulf Stream Beefs Up EnduraMax Lineup

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc. added to its line of EnduraMax Class C toy haulers with the introduction of the single-slide model 6370 during the company’s Open House June 3 at its Nappanee, Ind., complex. Gulf Stream management said the new 37-footer stresses cargo carrying capacity with an onboard “garage” that can easily accommodate two full-size Harley Davidson motorcycles. A 1,600-pound electric-powered lift gate with safety sensors raises cargo, eliminating the traditional ramp. Other... Read more

Fate of City-Owned KOA Still Unresolved

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The debate over a city-owned Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchise in Rusk, Texas, continues. After ruling to place the campground up for sale, the Rusk City Council reversed its decision and is now looking into new financing opportunities to help fund improvements at the park. According to the Tyler Morning Telegraph, the final decision, however, will be in the hands of Rusk residents. A vote slated for September will determine whether to lease the campgrounds, abandon development or invest more... Read more

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