Ottawa RV Parks: Gas Woes Hurt Traffic

October 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Ottawa RV Parks: Gas Woes Hurt Traffic 

Ottawa, Canada, campground owners complain that they’ve lost tourist business due to higher gas prices, transportation issues and a lack of tourism advertising, according to the Ottawa Business Journal. Business is down 25% this year at Camp Hither Hills, said Terry Morehouse, whose mother, Ruth Millar, owns the 100-site campground that is open from May 1 to mid-October that attracts “transient” short-term campers who use the campground as a base while they sightsee. “We’ve noticed... Read more

C.A.M.P. Meetings to Address Discounting

October 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on C.A.M.P. Meetings to Address Discounting 

Do discount pricing programs help or hurt the campground business? It’s an interesting question, and one that state campground association directors plan to address in late November and early December during a series of meetings organized by Campground Association Management Professionals (C.A.M.P.), a national association of state campground association directors. The meetings will take place in Austin, Texas, concurrent with the ARVC InSites 2005 Convention/Expo, hosted annually by the National... Read more

California RV Show Enjoys Solid Turnout

October 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on California RV Show Enjoys Solid Turnout 

Despite three days of rain, RVIA’s 53rd Annual California RV Show, which ends Sunday (Oct. 23), has enjoyed a fairly strong turnout as well solid buyer interest, event organizers told The Press Enterprise. And by the time the gates of Pomona’s Fairplex are closed on the 10-day event, an estimated 25,000 to 28,000 visitors will have descended on the Los Angeles suburb to see the more-than 1,800 RVs from 63 manufacturers, said show director Marsha McInnis. The attendance numbers are a significant... Read more

Ind. OEMs Get $586m in Katrina Contracts

October 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Ind. OEMs Get $586m in Katrina Contracts 

Indiana RV manufacturers and dealers landed nearly a quarter of the $2.3 billion in contracts issued so far to rebuild the Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina, according to the Indianapolis Star. The largest percentage of the $586 million directed at the Indiana RV industry went to Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Nappanee, Ind., which received a $521.6 million contract to build temporary housing for victims of Hurricane Katrina. At least one manufactured home builder – Fall Creek Homes LLC, Elkhart... Read more

AGI Introduces Authorized Dealer Program

October 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on AGI Introduces Authorized Dealer Program 

The million-member Good Sam RV Club is teaming up with RV dealers across the country to establish a network of Good Sam Authorized Dealers that offers consumers a host of benefits and gives recreational vehicle retailers for the first time on a national scale a chance to tap into the considerable marketing clout of Affinity Group Inc., Good Sam’s parent company, to drive traffic to their dealerships. The foundation of the program is the Good Sam Certified Pre-Owned program, a three-year-old initiative... Read more

Firms With Top FEMA Deals Boosted Bush

October 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Firms With Top FEMA Deals Boosted Bush 

Companies that received the 10 largest federal government contracts as a result of Hurricane Katrina – including RV manufacturer Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Nappanee, Ind. – have contributed money in recent years to the Republican politicians, including President George W. Bush, according to The Associated Press. Gulf Stream Coach Inc., received a $521.4 million contract from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide travel trailers for temporary housing for victims of hurricane... Read more

Forest River to Construct Three New Plants

October 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Forest River to Construct Three New Plants 

Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. plans to follow through with construction plans for three new plants housing about 94,000 square feet of manufacturing space by the end of the year, and the company could add up to 600 new jobs at the same time, according to the South Bend Tribune. “We need more room in a couple of our products lines,” Forest River founder and President Pete Liegl told the newspaper. Footings have been poured for the first plant at Forest River’s Goshen campus, but... Read more

Flexsteel Announces 1Q Operating Results

October 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Flexsteel Announces 1Q Operating Results 

Flexsteel Industries Inc. Wednesday (Oct. 19) reported sales for its first fiscal quarter, ended Sept. 30, of $97.4 million compared to $97.9 million in the prior year’s quarter, a marginal decrease of 0.4%. Net income for the quarter was $1 million, or $0.15 per share, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.18 per share, in the previous year’s quarter, a decrease of 17.9%. The prior year’s quarter included a net gain (after tax) of $0.4 million, or $0.06 per share, on the sale of a former... Read more

Mandalay Div. Redesigns Presidio Class A

October 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Mandalay Div. Redesigns Presidio Class A 

Mandalay Luxury Division, Elkhart, Ind., has redesigned its Presidio Class A diesel pusher for 2006 with higher ceilings and one-piece windshields. “The Presidio has been renewed to offer more user-friendly features both inside and out,” said Carter Yoder, Mandalay national sales manager. New features include 84-inch ceilings, new front and rear caps and porcelain tile in the entryway, kitchen and bath. The makeover also includes new exterior paint and graphics packages and a full body paint... Read more

Florida Prepared for Strengthening Wilma

October 19, 2005 by · Comments Off on Florida Prepared for Strengthening Wilma 

With Hurricane Wilma threatening Southwest Florida’s coast, Florida’s elected leaders said Tuesday (Oct. 18) they expect state and local governments to respond to immediate disaster needs, instead of looking toward an already-stressed Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for help. According to a report in the Fort Myers News-Press, Florida has developed and refined its response with every storm since Hurricane Andrew hit the state in 1992. Charley, the first major storm to hit last... Read more

Government Officials Tour Jayco’s Facilities

October 19, 2005 by · Comments Off on Government Officials Tour Jayco’s Facilities 

A contingent of local, state and federal officials was welcomed by management at Jayco Inc. Tuesday (Oct. 18) as the manufacturer further cemented, and forged new relationships in the political ranks during an open house at its Middlebury, Ind., complex. “It was a great opportunity for us to cull relationships and to bring some awareness to those officials who had not been to our facility, or even Elkhart County, before,” said Wilbur Bontrager, Jayco chairman and CEO, noting the idea... Read more

Trader Publishing Co. Acquires RV America

October 19, 2005 by · Comments Off on Trader Publishing Co. Acquires RV America 

Trader Publishing Co., the nation’s largest publisher of classified advertising magazines, has acquired RV and Wheelers RV Resort & Campground Guide from Tempe, Ariz.-based Web Site Management Inc. The RV acquisition enables Norfolk, Va.-based Trader Publishing to increase its web hosting and management services for dealers across the country, said Tim Custer, general manager of RV America Web Services, a division of Trader Electronic Media that is now utilizing the... Read more

Slow Service on FEMA Units Irks Evacuees

October 19, 2005 by · Comments Off on Slow Service on FEMA Units Irks Evacuees 

While grateful for their new homes at Buccaneer State Park in Waveland, Miss., local residents said their FEMA-delivered travel trailers were poorly set up and that response to their requests for repairs has been slow, according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger. Temporary housing is still the biggest issue facing the state in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Gov. Haley Barbour said Tuesday (Oct. 18). He said almost 8,000 people have moved into travel trailers or mobile homes – at a rate of about... Read more

Crude Falls, Helps Fuel Bounce in Stocks

October 19, 2005 by · Comments Off on Crude Falls, Helps Fuel Bounce in Stocks 

U.S. stocks ended higher Wednesday, with the S&P 500 Index posting its biggest one-day gain in six months, as investors cheered a raft of positive earnings reports, a fall in oil prices and a broadly upbeat Federal Reserve survey on the economy. According to CBS MarketWatch, the session gains came amid continuing concern about inflation and fears that interest rates will continue to rise. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its first triple-digit increase in six weeks, gaining 128.87 points,... Read more

Monaco Reports 3Q Loss, Administrative Cuts

October 18, 2005 by · Comments Off on Monaco Reports 3Q Loss, Administrative Cuts 

The compound effects of “weak wholesale markets” and heavy discounting to move 2005 product by Monaco Coach Corp. resulted in a net loss of $6 million in the company’s third quarter and the reduction of approximately 225 non-production related jobs. In its preliminary report, the Coburg, Ore.-based builder noted that in addition to cutting 17% of its administrative work force, it had implemented several “cost saving measures” to keep its inventory in line with the retail... Read more

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