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Winnebago Announces Cuts, 171 Laid Off

August 29, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc. has laid off 4.5% of its workforce at its four Iowa plants, blaming a softening recreational vehicle market. According to the Quad City Times, the Forest City-based motorhome marker announced the layoffs earlier this month, but officials didn’t know how many workers would be affected. Spokeswoman Kelli Harms said 171 workers were laid off. A handful of layoffs happened in the past few weeks, but most took place on Friday (Aug. 26). The majority were at the company’s... Read more

Louisiana Parks Harbor Katrina Evacuees

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RV sites have been made available for evacuees in northeastern Louisiana as Hurricane Katrina came ashore this morning (Aug. 29) bearing a category 4 rating and packing over 100 mile-per-hour wind gusts. According to the Shreveport Times, with hotel rooms booked up, several RV parks and municipalities were offering accommodations to RVers fleeing the storm. The newspaper reported that the Hamilton Exposition Center in West Monroe has 186 RV spots going for $15 a night with electrical, sewage and... Read more

RV Rental Companies Enjoy Strong Year

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The impact of high gasoline prices has bypassed the recreational vehicle rental market, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. Rentals by Americans are up 22% this year over 2004, said Bob Calderone, assistant vice president of marketing for Cruise America in Mesa, Ariz., which claims to be the largest RV rental company in North America. More foreign visitors also are grabbing the wheel, he said, many inspired by favorable euro-to-dollar exchange rates. Competitor El Monte RV, based in Santa... Read more

Monaco’s ’06 Coaches Feature ‘Panaview’

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With the exception of the Safari Trek, Monaco Coach Corp. has outfitted all of its Class A motorhomes – gas-powered and diesel alike – with one-piece windshields for 2006. “We call it Panaview,” said Mike Snell, vice president of sales and marketing for the Coburg, Ore., motorized and towable manufacturer. “It gives an unobstructed view and allows us to park the windshield wipers off the window. Cars went away from two-piece windshields back in the ’50s. It’s about time that... Read more

Katrina Threatens Production of Crude Oil

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Crude oil topped $70 a barrel, setting a new all-time high, as Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc Monday (Aug. 29) and threatened production in the Gulf of Mexico. According to CBS MarketWatch, crude prices eased off their peak levels to close just over $1 higher, on speculation of a possible release by President Bush from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and reports that OPEC is considering a hike in production when it meets in September. However, concerns about output in the region may outweigh any... Read more

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

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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

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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

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