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Evacuees on Waiting List for FEMA Trailers

September 30, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

While some storm-weary Mississippi Gulf Coast residents braced against Hurricane Rita’s rain and wind in tents pitched in front of uninhabitable homes last weekend, more than 1,400 trailers intended for use as temporary shelter sat unused throughout south Mississippi. According to the Biloxi Sun Herald, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) brought the trailers down to provide shelter for those with no place to live. At one trailer distribution center in western Harrison County, between... Read more

Owners Plead Not Guilty in RV Rental Scam

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Three owners of a Manteca, Calif., recreational vehicle dealership pleaded not guilty to fraud and embezzlement charges Thursday (Sept. 30) in San Joaquin County Superior Court, according to the Stockton Record. Naiel Ammari, Nazeh Ammari and Nabeel Ammari, owners of Best RV Center, are accused of swindling eight people out of their money through a rental scheme over a two-year period. All three brothers face a maximum sentence of eight years each in state prison. As part of a recurring scheme, the... Read more

Gulf Stream Ships 3,000 Trailers in 4 Weeks

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has manufactured and delivered more than 3,000 travel trailers in less than four weeks to the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The Nappanee, Ind.-based recreational vehicle and manufactured housing builder said the extent of Gulf Stream’s contract with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) calls for up to 50,000 units totaling approximately $521 million, dependent on where the trailers are shipped. According to a press release, Gulf Stream’s rapid response... Read more

Dutchmen Debuts ‘Wild Thing’ Toy Hauler

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Although the name might indicate otherwise, Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s new Wild Thing sport utility towable (SURV) line features a more traditional interior than most toy haulers. “We jacked it up on the inside as far as looks to try to stay away from the stereotypical SURV that has the red, white and black NASCAR type feel on the interior,” said Brent Stevens, general manager for the Goshen, Ind., manufacturer’s Aerolite Division. Wild Thing, which recently debuted at... Read more

Development to Include ‘Land Yacht Resort’

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A proposed 858-acre development in Carlsbad, N.M., will include a 75-acre luxury RV resort, according to a report in the Carlsbad Current Argus. The large tract of land, located near the local airport, was recently purchased by developer Gregort Dunn. Local officials said Dunn has a variety of plans for developing the land, but first intends to build a 75-acre luxury RV resort, or what he referred to as a “land yacht resort.” “These are million dollar units – yachts on wheels. These are not... Read more

FEMA Goes on Spending Spree for Housing

September 29, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The magnitude, and the ramifications, of an unprecedented buying spree by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for emergency housing was chronicled in Wednesday’s (Sept. 29) Chicago Tribune. The following is the story in its entirety: Four hundred squat white trailers sat on train cars in the Norfolk Southern rail yard in Elkhart, Ind., Tuesday, waiting for the long trip to the Gulf of Mexico. In Nappanee, 15 miles away, 200 or more are produced each day. This is what $521 million... Read more

Despite Hitches, Hershey Show a Success

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The Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA) experienced some unanticipated problems with parking and security but generally won praise from exhibiting manufacturers and dealers at the 2005 Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show staged Sept. 12-18 for the first time at Hersheypark and the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. PRVCA’s show for the last 36 years had been held about 15 miles to the west at the Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. “We are being told that we had... Read more

Home & Park Debuts Sprinter-Based B-Van

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Canada-based Home & Park Motorhomes has added to its 2006 lineup with the RoadTrek RS Adventurous, a van camper built on an imported Mercedes-Benz powered Dodge Sprinter chassis. Other RoadTrek B-van floorplans are offered on Chevy Express vans. “We’ve taken the RoadTrek concept – openness, a wider aisle and extra windows – and built them into a Sprinter,” said Paul Cassidy, sales director for the Kitchener, Ont., manufacturer. The 21-foot 10-inch RoadTrek RS Adventurous... Read more

Key Recreation Lending Aligns with Curomax

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Curomax Limited recently announced that it reached an agreement with Key Recreation Lending to provide its slate of on-line products and services. According to a press release, Key Recreation Lending, a division of Cleveland, Ohio-based KeyBank NA, expects to be offering the Curomax lending platform to recreational vehicle and marine dealers by the end of 2005. “Key Recreation Lending is pleased to offer this Internet-based option as another delivery channel for dealers,” said Grant... Read more

Oil Rises on Signs of More Damage in Gulf

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U.S. oil prices rose on Thursday (Sept. 29) on growing signs that crude production from the Gulf of Mexico may be slow to return after back-to-back hurricanes left the region in shambles, according to Reuters. The U.S. Minerals Management Service said Thursday that undersea pipelines carrying oil from deep sea fields to the coast may have taken more damage than first feared, potentially delaying the recovery of a quarter of U.S. output. Meanwhile, reports of damaged rigs and platforms continued to... Read more

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