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Beaudry Moving Mesa Outlet to Larger Site

September 28, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Multi-location dealer Beaudry RV is moving its operations in Mesa, Ariz., to a larger site situated on the Gila River Indian Reservation, according to a report in the Arizona Republic. The Tucson-based dealership plans to break ground Friday (Sept. 30) on the site near the Santan Freeway. The paper reported that the new facility, which will include a service center and a Camping World accessories store, will open in stages over the next year. Beaudry CEO Thomas Sylvester said the business is moving... Read more

Storms Spike Motorhome Rental Business

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The motorhome rental industry is getting a pull from hurricanes Katrina and Rita as major corporations rush in rigs from as far away as Alaska, Canada and New York to use as emergency worker housing, according to a report in USA Today. They join trailers and other vehicles helping to alleviate the corporate housing shortage along the Gulf Coast for both evacuees and companies dealing with the catastrophes. “It’s an ocean of good news for every aspect of this industry,” says Sherman... Read more

KOA’s Rogers: Fuel Frugality may Hurt Parks

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Campgrounds and RV parks could see their business levels decline by 5% to 10% next year as Americans respond to rising gasoline prices and President Bush’s call to conserve fuel, said Jim Rogers, president and CEO of Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), noting that the dip should be temporary. “I think business is going to be down next year,” Rogers said. “I think it’s going to be perceived to be unpatriotic to not be gas frugal. I think that it’s going... Read more

Northwood Debuts Entry-Level Towable Line

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Northwood Manufacturing Inc., LaGrande, Ore., introduced the entry-level Northwind travel trailer series at the recently concluded Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Pa. The wood-and-aluminum Northwind features five floorplans – two with single slideouts – in lengths of 20 to 33 feet. “First-time buyers these days have a lot of kids, so the vast majority of floorplans have bunk bends to sleep anywhere from four to six people,” said Dave Partlow, general manager of Northwood’s... Read more

Parishes Resistant to FEMA ‘Trailer Cities’

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More than 96,000 people driven from their Louisiana homes by Hurricane Katrina are spread out among 1,042 shelters in more than 25 states, according to a report in The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wants to find by Oct. 15 more-permanent housing for the evacuees, including 55,000 who are living in Louisiana shelters. While progress has been made, the agency is running into resistance from communities already taxed by refugees or simply fearful of an influx... Read more

Stat Surveys: July Towable Sales Fall 4.5%

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The July retail towable market declined 4.5% from a year ago with travel trailers representing the only product category posting a gain, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. It was the fourth straight month that towable sales have lagged behind last year as retail registrations were down 2.7% for the first seven months with 168,707 units sold compared to 173,323. Statistical Surveys noted that July data was incomplete for the states of Minnesota, New Hampshire and Wisconsin, and no information was... Read more

FEMA Awarding ‘No-Bid’ Contracts to Firms

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After Hurricane Katrina blew through the Gulf Coast, leaving thousands homeless, Joe Shirey at CJ’s RV Town called federal disaster officials with a sales pitch for travel trailers. According to USA Today, he e-mailed a list of every unit on his Hobe Sound, Fla., lot. Two days later, the response came back: a few items were crossed off and “they purchased the rest,” Shirey said. The total deal: 132 trailer homes for $2.3 million, as much as the dealership would normally sell in... Read more

RV Rescue Adds Four Corporate Sponsors

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Four new corporate sponsors have signed on to participate in RV Rescue, an extreme makeover event being filmed live by “RVtoday” in April 2006 at The Rally in Daytona Beach, Fla. Event organizers said ASA Electronics, Lippert Components Inc., Summit Products, and Westland Sales will be part of the RV renovation, which is scheduled for airing on “RVtoday” in June 2006. Industry supplier Dometic Corp. is the title sponsor of RV Rescue while Camping World is serving as retail... Read more

Campgrounds Evaluate Damage From Rita

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Hurricane Rita caused considerable damage to several RV parks and campgrounds near the Texas-Louisiana state line, according to campground operators and industry officials. The hardest hit campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Lake Charles, La., and East Lucas RV Park in Beaumont, Texas. However, it could be several weeks before a full assessment can be made because of interruptions in telephone service throughout the region. “We talked to several parks in Port Arthur,... Read more

Drew Directors File to Sell 2 Million Shares

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Drew Industries Inc. filed a registration statement for the sale of just over 2 million shares, or 9.8% of its outstanding common stock, by five directors of the White Plains, N.Y.-based company. The firm, parent to industry suppliers Kinro Inc. and Lippert Components Inc., said that if all of the shares are sold, insider’s holdings of Drew common stock will be reduced from approximately 23% to 14%. All share amounts reflect the two-for-one stock split of Drew common stock initiated Sept. 7. Directors... Read more

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