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FMCA Confab Went Well, Despite Numbers

August 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

There was really no doubt about the breathtaking beauty of the sweeping green landscape around Minot, N.D., not all that far south of the Canadian border. And there was no mistaking the cordial ambiance of the area people who hosted the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 74th International Convention, Aug. 15-18 at the North Dakota State Fairgrounds in Minot. But whether it was the fuel-price effect or the nature of the location – most observers think it was the latter – FMCA’s... Read more

Quartzsite RV Show Expecting Big Turnout

August 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The concentration of rock and mineral shows, swap meets and flea markets annually draws tens of thousands of RVers to the small desert hamlet of Quartzsite, Ariz., during the winter months. One of the largest and most popular of the local venues is the Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, which is held in the “Big Tent”, 1/2 mile south of Interstate 10 on State Highway 95. The 2006 event, slated for Jan. 21-29, marks the 23rd year for the show and organizers say it will be the... Read more

Jayco Launches ’06 Line, JayPlus Program

August 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Against the backdrop of the cavernous Louisiana Superdome, Jayco Inc. rolled out its 2006 model year during the company’s Annual Homecoming Meeting along with a new JayPlus program that offers a roster of “profit-building” services to its dealer body. “We had 50 RVs set up on the floor of the Superdome and a beautiful stage area,” said Director of Marketing Sid Johnson of the July 11-13 event in New Orleans, which drew the largest contingent in company history with 510 people... Read more

RV/MH Hall of Fame to Hold Benefit Raffle

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The RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc. has announced the kick-off of a benefit raffle in support of the national RV/MH Hall of Fame, museum and library. A maximum of 2,500 entries at $100 each will be sold from Sept. 1 to Dec. 15. The drawing will be held at noon, Eastern Standard Time, on Dec. 15. A total of 100 prizes will be awarded, including a grand prize of either a 2006 motorhome, a manufactured home or $75,000 cash. Second prize is $15,000 and the third prize is $5,000. Raffle entries can be... Read more

‘Trailer Heads’ Showcase Vintage Campers

August 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Karen and Kenny Campbell are looking forward to showing off a few of their vintage trailers this weekend at the Second Annual Trailer Trash Bash in Cedar Crest, Ariz. “I’m a trailer head!” said Karen, 52, while stepping up into her latest project, a 1948 Aero Flite – only one of 10 in the country – that she bought in Espanola. According to the Albuquerque Tribune, die-hard vintage camper enthusiasts will gather for three days at the Turquoise Trail Campground to display their... Read more

Several States to Tighten Emission Control

August 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite an effort by auto industry lobbyists to kill the move, two Pacific Northwest States – Oregon and Washington – are getting ready to adopt California’s new vehicle emission standards to reduce greenhouse gases, according to an Associated Press report. When that happens, California’s newly implemented emissions standards – the toughest in the United States – will be in force along the entire West Coast from Canada to Mexico, which could have a ripple effect in the recreational... Read more

CBS News Gauges Gas Impact on RVers

August 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

CBS Evening News correspondent Jim Axelrod made a stopover in Indiana’s Elkhart County Wednesday (Aug. 24) as part of his “Cross Country Price Patrol” series gauging the nation’s reaction to soaring gas prices. During his stay in Indiana, Axelrod met with Recreation Vehicle Industry Association President Dave Humphreys at the Monaco Coach Corp. facility in Wakarusa. The segment was the third in the weeklong series as Axelrod travels from coast to coast along I-80. The following is... Read more

City Backs Country Coach Expansion Plan

August 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Junction City, Ore., city council Tuesday (Aug. 23) voted unanimously for a zoning change that clears the way for motorhome builder Country Coach Inc. to expand its manufacturing facilities on land adjacent to its current campus. According to the Register Guard, only one person testified against the proposal during a public hearing. After asking a few questions to representatives from Country Coach, a subsidiary of Perris, Calif.-based National RV Holdings Inc., the council approved the amendment... Read more

California RV Storage Business Under Fire

August 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Lewis says officials in California’s Sonoma County are treating him like a criminal, shutting down his recreational vehicle storage business and running off his customers, according to a report in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. But county officials say Lewis and others like him are breaking the law by charging RV owners who need a place to park their vehicles when they’re not being used. County zoning regulations do not allow RV “storage facilities” on unincorporated land,... Read more

Kingsley Coach Opens New Sales Facility

August 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Kingsley Coach Inc., Zimmerman, Minn., recently opened a new sales office along Highway 10 in nearby Ramsey, a suburb of Minneapolis and St. Paul. According to a press release, the new facility is situated on more than five acres and includes a new customer service center, small repair facility and an RV showroom displaying several of Kingsley’s custom coaches. “The area along Highway 10 is commonly known as ‘RV Alley’ and includes numerous RV dealers which provide Kingsley with... Read more

New Tax on Campsites Targets Race Fans

August 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Reaction to a new tax on campsites near Tennessee’s Bristol Motor Speedway ranges from outrage to ambivalence, according to a report in the Bristol Herald Courier. In June, Bristol officials extended the city’s 5% tax on hotel and motel room rentals to cover campsite rentals during race weeks. They did so amid protests from speedway officials and some campground operators. This weekend marks the first major application of the new tax when about 90,000 people will camp near the speedway... Read more

‘Upscale’ Parks Invoking Age Limit on RVs

August 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

When a private investment group bought the Riverland RV Resort last year, they had their work cut out for them. The 47-year-old campground, located along the shores of the Kings River in California’s San Joaquin Valley about 20 miles southeast of Fresno, had been attracting “the river crowd,” an unruly group of campers known for consuming large quantities of alcohol and generally partying pretty hardy, said Dee Coleman, the campground’s new project manager. The new owners,... Read more

Alert: Horizon Reports Stolen Motorhome

August 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Horizon Transport has reported a Class A motorhome stolen off the company’s property in Wakarusa, Ind. The company said the stolen coach is a 2006 36-foot Georgie Boy Landau, white in color with painted compartment doors. The vehicle can be identified by unit number 503001 and VIN number 1F6NF53Y460A00727. Anyone with information on the motorhome should call Horizon immediately at 1-800-320-4055 and ask for Dick Nemeth. If after hours, please contact the local police where the unit is found. Horizon... Read more

REDEX Finalizes Pact with Titan Certified

August 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreational Dealers Exchange Co. (REDEX) has entered into a three-year contract with Titan Certified to provide testing and certification on all pre-owned recreational vehicles sold by the company’s network of dealerships. Arlington, Texas-based REDEX said the certification process will include over 100 tests and cover the internal condition of every engine, transmission, out-drive and generator while meeting or exceeding all OEM/ASTM manufacturers’ specifications. “RV mechanics... Read more

CBS News Segment Spotlights RV Industry

August 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry will be showcased this evening (Aug. 24) on the CBS Evening News as network correspondent Jim Axelrod stops in Indiana while traveling coast-to-coast along I-80 reporting on the impact of gasoline prices. Tonight’s segment features Axelrod’s Price Patrol touring the Monaco Coach Corp. facility in Wakarusa, including an interview with Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Dave Humphreys. Axelrod also visited gas stations along I-80 to get a first-hand... Read more

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