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FEMA Unit Production Gives Lift to RV Stocks

September 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Investors buoyed the stocks of some of the major recreational vehicle Thursday (Sept. 22) as the companies rev up production and provide temporary homes for thousands of people displaced by Hurricane Katrina, according to an Associated Press report. Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp saw its shares rally 85 cents, or about 6%, to $15.05 in midday trading on the New York Stock Exchange. The company’s stock has traded between $12.90 and $23.10 over the past 52 weeks. Monaco’s surge follows... Read more

AGI Companies Respond to Katrina Relief

September 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast, the Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) and its employees acted quickly to join in the mobilization of resources for the survivors of the United States’ single largest natural domestic disaster. As of last week, cumulative cash contributions hit the $188,000 mark. In response to the massive disaster, AGI doubled its traditional matching efforts, so that each $1 contributed by an AGI employee resulted in $3 going to the appropriate charitable fund for relief efforts.... Read more

Industry Panel Reviews FEMA Ramifications

September 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Selling more recreational vehicles to the federal government for Hurricane Katrina evacuees could be a double-edged sword for the recreational vehicle industry. On the positive side, increasing demand means more work available and more products sold. On the negative, it requires RV businesses to deal with the federal government. That seemed to be the consensus among participants in a panel discussion Tuesday (Sept. 20) at the Indiana/Michigan Classic. The three-day meeting began Monday at the Century... Read more

Fleetwood Ramps up to Build FEMA Units

September 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. will fill orders for 7,500 travel trailers and 3,000 single-section manufactured homes for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as part of the agency’s disaster relief plan in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the company announced last night (Sept. 20). “The products we are building for FEMA are well suited to rapidly provide comfortable, temporary shelter to the hurricane-ravaged areas of the country,” said Elden L. Smith, president and CEO... Read more

Pilgrim Introduces Lightweight Cirrus Series

September 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable manufacturer Pilgrim International, Middlebury, Ind., debuted the Cirrus, a lightweight entry-level travel trailer and fifth-wheel series, at last week’s Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey. Essentially fully equipped standard with only a spare-tire rack and roof ladder as options, Cirrus features four travel trailer and two fifth-wheel floorplans in lengths of 18 to 32 feet. Floorplans contain either one or two slideouts. The 28-foot unit shown here, equipped with a kitchen... Read more

Dometic, RVTV Set to Build ‘Super Coach’

September 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of Dometic Corp.’s series of “RV makeover” projects, the Elkhart, Ind.-based supplier will be participating in the custom building of a “Super Coach” that will be broadcast on RVTV, Toronto, Canada. According to a press release, Dometic previously helped restore a classic Airstream and most recently signed on as the major sponsor of RV Rescue – a makeover event that will take place next year in Daytona, Fla., at The Rally, formerly called the Great North American... Read more

Calfee Exits Campground Insurance Sector

September 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Leavitt Group, one of the top 25 insurance agencies in the nation, recently acquired a majority interest in Jim Calfee Insurance Agency and renamed it Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance Inc. The acquisition of Calfee’s 30-year-old Broomfield, Colo.-based company, one of the largest and best known insurance agencies in the campground sector, was completed in partnership with Rapid City, S.D.-based Western Dakota Insurers Inc. Leavitt owns 60% of the Calfee company, while Western Dakota... Read more

Officials Scrutinize FEMA’s Housing Program

September 20, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Yvonne Williams, a retired Holiday Inn housekeeper rescued by canoe with her grandchildren from Hurricane Katrina’s flood waters, spent two weeks in a humid emergency shelter in Thibodaux that aggravated her asthma. According to a report in the Boston Globe, last week she moved into a new home: a 32-foot camper with air conditioning, set up by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Williams is breathing easier, but there’s a catch. The trailer sits 118 miles from her former home... Read more

Environmentalists Target California RV Park

September 20, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The largest private campground on the California coast could be forced to close one-third of its campsites after a report found its size is putting too much pressure on the nearby sand dunes and marsh environment. According to The Press Democrat, Santa Rosa, an environmental report ordered by Marin County also found that many facilities at the 180-acre Lawson’s Landing are not up to health and safety codes. On peak days, the area draws 4,000 people to its 1,000 primitive campsites, 223 recreational... Read more

Working RVers Unfazed by High Fuel Prices

September 20, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Results of an annual survey conducted by Workamper News showed that gas prices were not interrupting the lifestyle of working full-time RVers. According to the survey, 25% said they would be working more even with the higher gas prices, 10% said less, and 65% said they work the same amount. Most of those who plan to work more said they are looking to offset the increased cost of travel between jobs. Participants also listed where they would be staying for the upcoming winter season. Florida topped... Read more

Fed Lifts Rates, Katrina Impact ‘Short-term’

September 20, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Reserve raised interest rates again Tuesday (Sept, 20), saying Hurricane Katrina could fuel inflationary pressures but does not pose a persistent threat to the U.S. economy, according to CBS MarketWatch. The 9-1 vote to increase the federal funds target rate by a quarter percentage point to 3.75% leaves the key interest rate at its highest level since June 2001. Gov. Mark Olson dissented at the meeting, voting to hold rates steady. The benchmark prime rate, a key lending index to both... Read more

Park Model Approved in Mobile Home Park

September 20, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials in a North Carolina county are altering a zoning ordinance to allow the inclusion of a recreational park trailer into a mobile home park, according to a report in the Dunn Daily Record. The Harnett County board decided Monday (Sept. 19) night that park model log homes – technically a recreational vehicle – can remain in mobile home parks for up to four years. The issue arose after a park resident, Sheila Price, bought a $35,000 log home for her daughter to live in while attending law... Read more

Louisiana RV Dealers Depleting Inventories

September 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Hoytt Adcock Jr., vice president and general manager at Blanchard Trailers Sales Inc. in Baton Rouge, La., walks through a lot full of trailers that have been sold and are awaiting servicing before pickup. According to a report in The Advocate, Baton Rouge, most are going to companies needing field offices and to house displaced hurricane victims. Local recreational vehicle and manufactured housing dealers said they’re having a difficult time keeping inventory in stock after Hurricane Katrina... Read more

Survey: Higher Gas Costs May Alter Travel

September 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

In a recent national survey conducted by Orlando, Fla.-based Yesawich, Pepperdine, Brown & Russell, active travelers revealed that fully 53% say their travel plans would change if gasoline prices reach $3.50 per gallon. Among them, 26% said they would “drive a shorter distance on vacation.” An additional 26% said they would “save money on other aspects of their vacation” while 15% said they would probably fly instead of drive to their destination. But in some encouraging... Read more

Gulf Stream, Tiffin Feature FRED in Hershey

September 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Freightliner Custom Chassis LLC’s new 26,000-pound GVWR front-engine diesel chassis will be incorporated into three 2006 floorplans in Gulf Stream Coach Inc.’s formerly all gas Crescendo Class A motorhome line. The diesel-powered Crescendo, shown here, and Tiffin Inc.’s new front-diesel Allegro Bay debuted at the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show that concluded Sunday (Sept. 18) at the Giant Center and Hersheypark in Hershey, Pa. Freightliner representatives said several other major... Read more

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