Florida Today: Retailers Report Slow Sales

August 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Bayer, 65, is planning to retire this year, and he isn’t going to let record-high gas prices slow him down because, “if I wait 10 years to travel, I might not be healthy enough to go anywhere. People that want to travel are going to put up with the gas prices.” Bayer, however, seems to be the exception. According to a report in Florida Today, fewer recreation vehicle buyers are willing to put up with gas prices that are averaging $2.614 nationally for regular unleaded, up 73.3... Read more

Pop Up Times Hires Former RV News Editor

August 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Former RV News Editor Bob Zagami is taking his journalistic skills to Vienna, Va.-based Pop Up Times, a small consumer publication that has been focused to date on folding camping trailer enthusiasts. According to the latest issue of Pop Up Times, Zagami replaces Dave Newhouse, who will remain the magazine’s chief sales agent. Newhouse states in the issue’s opening editorial that he’s been looking for someone to take over the editorial reins for quite some time. RV News recently... Read more

Stat Surveys: June Towable Sales Slip 11%

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All towable segments experienced declining sales during June compared to a robust month in 2004, as the sector was down 11.1% according to independent marketing research firm Statistical Surveys Inc. Following strong performance during the first quarter, June marked the third straight month towable sales lagged behind last year, pulling retail registrations down 8.8% in the second quarter and 3.4% for the first six months of 2005. Statistical Surveys noted that June data was incomplete for the states... Read more

AAA Expects Increase in Labor Day Travel

August 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite national record-high gas prices averaging more than $2.61 per gallon, AAA expects no let up in travel for the Labor Day holiday weekend. An estimated 34.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 0.9% increase from the 34.2 million who traveled last year. AAA is estimating that 83% of holiday travelers, or around 28.8 million, will go by motor vehicle while 12% will travel by airplane. “Labor Day marks the end of an eventful and surprisingly strong summer... Read more

Hurricane Damage May Close Florida Park

August 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Two hurricanes within a year have put the future of Navarre Beach State Park in Florida’s Panhandle in limbo, according to a report in the Pensacola News Journal. State park officials are considering eliminating the year-old campground and no decision has been made on whether to repair or replace a storm-damaged fishing pier in the wake of Hurricane Ivan last September and Hurricane Dennis on July 10. “We’re evaluating all our options for that park,” said state parks spokesman... Read more

Police Officers Chase Down Runaway Coach

August 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Two Washington state police officers were recently involved in a routine traffic stop when they spotted a motorhome rolling toward them – in reverse. According to a report in The Daily News, Longview, Wash., engine failure caused the motorhome to stall out while it was heading uphill. Reports said it was not clear what caused it to roll backward. “The motorhome almost hit us,” said Officer Jeff Gann. He and fellow officer Steve Ross leaped into their patrol cars to keep traffic away... Read more

Woodall’s Publications Celebrates 70th Year

August 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Woodall’s Publications Corp., the oldest and best-known brand in the Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) family of companies, is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year with a series of special events and promotions that include daily drawings for Woodall’s North American Campground Directories, the launch of a new Internet-based RV and camping club at, plus other drawings and activities at RV shows throughout the year. In addition to publishing 11 national and regional campground... Read more

Joe Cahn Helps Kick Off NFL Tailgating Event

August 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Lamar Hunt, owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, recently ushered in a new tradition of pre-game partying with the assistance of a bona fide expert on the subject – the self-proclaimed commissioner of tailgating, Joe Cahn. According to a report in the Kansas City Star, the pregame “event” is a way for the National Football League franchise to officially welcome an advanced and more serious brand of tailgating to Arrowhead Stadium. No longer will fans be forced to wait until game day to... Read more

Florida FEMA Park Begins Phaseout Process

August 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials in Charlotte County, Fla., said the phaseout has begun at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) park in Punta Gorda, according to the Charlotte Sun Herald. Following Hurricane Charley last summer, about 550 mobile homes and travel trailers were temporarily located on property to house dispaced victims. As of Aug. 1, 511 of the trailers were still occupied, with a total population of 1,640 people, according to numbers released by FEMA. That number does not include people living... Read more

Indiana Travelers Feeling Pain at the Pump

August 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Johnny Appleseed Park & Municipal Campground in Fort Wayne, Ind., has long been a popular spot for recreational vehicle owners. It doesn’t take reservations, but usually gets calls from RV owners checking its occupancy weeks before they plan to camp there. According to a report in the Fort Wayne New-Sentinel, the park’s pre-Labor Day call volume is down this year, and with 20 RVs, Paul Welch, a campground host, estimates its summer occupancy rate is down about 25%. With regular unleaded... Read more

Flexsteel’s Profits Down for 4Q, Fiscal Year

August 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Furniture supplier Flexsteel Industries Inc. reported flat sales and a decline in earnings for its fourth quarter and fiscal year, ended June 30, citing market pressures coupled with rising raw materials and fuel costs. The Dubuque, Iowa-based company said sales decreased 2.3% for the quarter from $108.3 million a year ago to $105.8 million. Net income for the three-month period was $1.5 million compared to $2.7 million, a decrease of 43.2%. Sales rose 2.2% for the fiscal year to $410 million compared... Read more

FRVTA Board Member Runs for House Seat

August 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) announced that one of its board members will run for the Florida House of Representatives in the 2006 elections. According to a press release, Lyn Hart, who currently serves on the FRVTA Board of Directors from Region 5 (Pensacola), will run for the vacant District 3 seat in November 2006. “Mr. Hart’s candidacy is the next step that the FRVTA is taking to ensure that a strong RV voice always exists in the Florida legislature defending the industry... Read more

GVW Holdings Closes Sale to International

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Grand Vehicle Works (GVW) Holdings Corp. announced today (Aug. 19) the closing of its sale of two subsidiaries, Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC, and Uptime Parts LLC, to International Truck and Engine Corp. Plans for the sale were first announced in July. Terms of the cash deal were not disclosed. Based in Highland Park, Ill., GVW Holdings will continue to own and operate Autocar, LLC, a leading manufacturer of severe service vehicles, and Union City Body Co., a contract assembler of step van bodies. Workhorse,... Read more

Crude Oil Caps off Volatile Week with Rally

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Unrest in Ecuador and Nigeria converged with reports of fresh violence in the Middle East to lift crude-oil futures by more than 3% Friday (Aug. 19), according to CBS MarketWatch. But the benchmark futures contract still ended over 2% below the week-ago close with traders wary of an already 50% run up in prices year to date. In Ecuador Friday, protests by striking workers and the local population, hoping to secure a bigger share of the South American country’s oil revenue, forced the suspension... Read more

Oregon Tribe Building $8 Million RV Resort

August 18, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians and its economic-development corporation are building an $8 million recreational vehicle resort and a $4.7 million office building in Northeast Salem, Ore. According to the Statesmen Journal, the projects, spread over 18.5 acres of land, represent another step to broaden the range of the tribe’s assets, and reduce its reliance on gambling-related revenue, said Brenda Bremner, the tribe’s general manager. “Part of it is based on diversifying... Read more

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