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Spartan Earnings Up, RV Chassis Sales Dip

October 27, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Inc. today (Oct. 27) reported a 43% increase in net income for the company’s third quarter, ended Sept. 30, despite a 22% decline in sales of recreational vehicle chassis. The Charlotte, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom motorhome chassis, fire truck chassis and emergency rescue vehicles reported net income of $2.7 million compared with $1.9 million a year ago, representing the company’s fourth consecutive quarter of improved earnings. Sales during the thee-month period fell... Read more

Supplier DURA Incurs $6.6 Million 3Q Loss

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DURA Automotive Systems Inc., parent of RV industry suppliers Atwood Mobile Products and Creation Group, reported a wider net loss for the company’s third quarter, ended Oct. 2. Revenues for the third quarter declined to $535.9 million from $616.4 million in the prior year. The net loss for the three-month period was $6.6 million compared to a net loss of $2.7 million a year ago. For the nine-months, revenue totaled $1.8 billion compared to $1.9 billion a year ago while the Rochester Hills, Mich.,... Read more

Stat Surveys: August Towables Drop 4.2%

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August travel trailer retail registrations were up slightly from last year, partially offsetting lagging sales in all other towable categories that resulted in a 4.2% decline for the month, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Travel trailer sales in August climbed 1.2% to 14,497 units from 14,332 a year ago, pushing year-to-date registrations 2.6% higher than 2004 with 113,579 units sold compared to 110,792. The industry is anticipating that travel trailer sales, and shipments, will jump sharply... Read more

Lenders Survey Shows Delinquencies Down

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) newly released “2004 RVIA Survey of Lenders Experiences” publication indicates that delinquencies were down in 2004 even more than in 2003, and, once again, that the dollar volume of both wholesale and retail loans was up. The survey, released to the RV and finance communities, concentrated on the largest lenders in each category which together represent approximately 80% of national RV lending activity. Among these large lenders,... Read more

DTI Doubling Capacity of Florida Facility

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Wholesale parts distributor DTI RV Parts & Appliances is doubling the size of its Lakeland, Fla., warehouse, increasing operating capacity to 22,000 square feet. DTI said the expansion makes the Lakeland location one of the largest facilities in the Middlebury, Ind-based company’s network of warehouses. In addition to Middlebury and Lakeland, DTI operates facilities in Dallas, Texas, Albany, N.Y., and Bakersfield, Calif. Trey Miller, vice president of sales and marketing, said the added square... Read more

Trailer Park Map Unveiled for New Orleans

October 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal officials released a map Tuesday (Oct. 25) showing existing and proposed sites for temporary trailer parks in New Orleans, a guide that could spell re-entry to city life for more than 2,000 families. According to a report in the Times Picayune, city officials have already indicated the plan is subject to major revisions. The map, which includes only two sites already under construction, comes more than eight weeks after Hurricane Katrina battered the city and surrounding parishes, and fails... Read more

‘Winter Texans’ Migrate Despite Gas Costs

October 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The first wave of “Winter Texans” – RVers who annually migrate from the north to areas like the Rio Grande Valley – has area businesses hopeful that gas prices won’t deter people from making the trek this year. “We just love it here,” said T.C. Brock, who drove 1,800 miles in his RV to South Padre Island from Idaho last week. “And we’ll do anything to get away from the snow.” According to the San Antonio Express-News, leaving behind piles of snow... Read more

RVIA Tackles Seal Issue on FEMA Units

October 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is assembling a special task force to deal with member manufacturers selling travel trailers without RVIA seals to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be used as temporary housing by hurricane victims. “Our attempt is to get to the right solution as soon as possible,” said Robert M. “Mac” Bryan, RVIA vice president of administration. “There are legitimate, differing views that need to be sorted out. When... Read more

Wilma Destruction Exceeds Expectations

October 26, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

South Floridians began to comprehend the long-term effects of Hurricane Wilma on Tuesday (Oct. 25), as it became increasingly clear that residents could spend the next few days, if not weeks, waiting in lines for basic supplies, coveting working showers and toilets, and in many cases, kicking themselves for underestimating the damage a Category 2 storm could bring. According to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, although state officials had bragged about their readiness for Wilma, as of late Tuesday... Read more

Goodyear Selects Supplier for Trailer Tires

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The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has selected Tredit Tire & Wheel Company Inc. as its national distributor of trailer tires to Goodyear’s manufacturing customer base in the recreational vehicle, cargo, horse/livestock, boat and utility industries. According to a press release, the Akron, Ohio-based company will provide its Marathon line of trailer tires to Tredit, which will distribute and supply mounted tire-and-wheel assemblies to manufacturers. Goodyear said it has a longstanding... Read more

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