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Stat Surveys: July Towable Sales Fall 4.5%

September 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

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

RVBUSINESS.com Temporarily Disabled

September 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

RVBUSINESS.com has experienced internal computer problems today (Sept. 26), disabling our posting capabilities. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to return to our normal regimen Tuesday.  Read More →

Drew Ups Production to Meet FEMA Demand

September 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Drew Industries Inc. announced today (Sept. 26) it has experienced a significant increase in business from both its recreational vehicle and manufactured housing customers related to the unprecedented damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. The White Plains, N.Y.-based company, parent to component suppliers Kinro Inc. and Lippert Components Inc., said it is too early to determine if additional orders will result from damage caused by Hurricane Rita this past weekend. Although Drew does not receive any... Read more

Thor Receives Record Orders in September

September 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced today (Sept. 23) that it has received 13,000 towable orders so far this month, totaling over $210 million. According toa press release, total towable orders received during September 2004 were $83 million. The Jackon Center, Ohio-based company, parent to several of the industry’s leading towable manufacturers, said many of the orders were from dealerships supplying product for Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Thor emphasized that builders were also meeting the demand from... Read more

FEMA Spending for Housing Tops $1 Billion

September 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spending for more than 96,000 travel trailers and mobile homes totals more than $1 billion, and the buying of temporary dwellings for Katrina evacuees is not finished, according to an Associated Press report. “We still have the ones to be awarded yet,” FEMA spokesman Butch Kinerney said Thursday (Sept. 22). He declined to predict how many temporary residences would be ordered and said unit costs were not yet available. Kinerney said FEMA, as... Read more

Pump Price Impact Depends on Rita’s Aim

September 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Hurricane Rita’s wandering aim could determine whether motorists face a small and temporary bump in gasoline prices or must adjust their budgets to absorb a bigger hit over a period of weeks. According to the Associated Press, oil industry experts say Rita’s changing projected path and wavering power make it difficult to predict how much damage it will do to refineries on the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. But experts agree that the Houston area – home to 13% of the U.S. oil-refining... Read more

Gulf Stream Introduces Track & Trail SURV

September 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Gulf Stream Coach Inc. offers five floorplans in its new Track & Trail sport utility (SURV) series unveiled at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show last week at Hersheypark, Hershey, Pa. Lengths range from 21 to 31 feet with a single fifth-wheel floorplan – a 29 footer – sporting a divider wall between the living area and garage. The wood-and-aluminum Track & Trail is equipped with an oversized ramp with a hidden spring and sprayed-in cargo liner featuring diamond plate trim. Also standard... Read more

Country Coach Rally Helps Katrina Victims

September 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Participants at Country Coach Inc.’s 19th Annual Reunion Rally, held recently in Eugene, Ore., donated more than $38,000 earmarked for the Gulf Coast to help evacuees of Hurricane Katrina. According to a press release, the Junction City, Ore., builder combined forces with the Country Coach International owners club and its dealer body to raise funds for Hurricane Katrina relief and also the Children’s Miracle Network. Rally attendees raised $11,805 for Katrina victims and Country Coach President... Read more

Housing Atop FEMA’s List for Katrina Victims

September 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

As Hurricane Rita edges across the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters, feeding the now Category 5 storm, federal and local workers are readying for new damage while still attending to the devastation delivered by Hurricane Katrina. According to a report in the Jackson Clarion Ledger, housing continues to be the greatest need in Mississippi, and federal officials say they are working as fast as possible to meet the demand. FEMA spokesman James McIntyre said the agency has placed 747 Mississippi families... Read more

Alabama RV Park Harbors Evacuees, Workers

September 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The I-10 Kampground in Theodore, Ala., has became a haven of sorts for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, according to a report in the Mobile Register. The RV park, located near the Mississippi border, has not only been a salvation for people forced out of their homes, but also served as a staging ground for dozens of insurance adjusters and construction workers laboring in the hurricane aftermath. Greg Wheatley, a resident of Waveland, Miss., which was virtually wiped out by Katrina, said the I-10 Kampground... Read more

FRVTA Marks 25th Anniversary at Convention

September 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA) marked its 25th anniversary during its annual convention Sept. 8-11 at Hawk’s Cay Resort, Duck Key, Fla., a meeting at which the association outlined a unique program to certify member’s service departments. Some 275 people representing 103 companies attended the convention that featured “State of the Industry” presentations by Dave Humphreys, outgoing president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA),... Read more

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