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Canadian Confab Draws Industry Officials

October 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 400 RV dealers, manufacturers and campground operators are expected to gather on Prince Edward Island Thursday (Oct. 27) through Sunday for the third biennial Canadian RV and Camping Convention. The convention, being held at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel in Charlottetown, will include top officials and members of the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada) and Campgrounds Campings Canada (CCC), which is comprised... Read more

Florida, FEMA Implement Recovery Efforts

October 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Hurricane Wilma charged across South Florida in a few turbulent hours Monday (Oct. 23) morning, thrashing neighborhoods on both of the state’s coasts, shattering high-rise windows, pushing seawater over much of the Florida Keys and knocking out power to an estimated 3.4 million homes and businesses. The New York Times reported that the storm entered the state shortly after dawn near Marco Island on the southwest Gulf Coast as a Category 3 hurricane packing winds of up to 125 miles per hour.... Read more

FreedomRoads Realigns Key Management

October 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

FreedomRoads LLC announced Monday (Oct. 24) a management realignment designed to keep pace with the company’s growth, according to the Chicago-based national recreational vehicle dealership network. “With these changes we are enhancing our management capabilities,” said Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis, noting the company in two years has grown to include 57 locations in 21 states with sales approaching $1.5 billion. “Each of the management changes was carefully considered... Read more

Patrick 3Q Sales Increase, Earnings Decline

October 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Soft sales and competive pressures in Patrick Industries Inc.’s core recreational vehicle and manufactured housing markets “eroded margins” and impacted earnings during the component supplier’s fiscal third quarter and nine months. “Exclusive of the increased demand due to the destruction from the hurricanes in the South, market conditions in the manufactured housing and recreational vehicle industries have been fairly soft for the year,” said President and CEO Paul E.... Read more

Dealers Up Contributions to Learning Center

October 25, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Crist and Company RV and World Wide RV, both of Mesa, Ariz., have increased their support of the RVDA Education Foundation RV Learning Center by $15,000, bringing their total pledges to $25,000. The dealerships made the pledge at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo held in Las Vegas, Nev., last month. Paul Skogebo, Robert Crist and Company RV’s president and CEO, noted: “With help from the RVDA Education Foundation’s Learning Center, dealerships across the nation are finding... Read more

Southern Florida RV Parks Brace for Wilma

October 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

RV parks and campgrounds near Lake Okeechobee in southern Florida were bracing for the impact of Hurricane Wilma, which came ashore Monday (Oct. 24) morning just south of Naples bearing 125 mph winds. According to a report in the Palm Beach Post, residents at the Lakeview Manor RV Resort in Okeechobee had begun evacuating Sunday. “I’m taking some some clothes and loose sheets and my Bible,” said 60-year-old Joe Erianne, getting ready to leave his home at Lakeview. Erianne was among... Read more

Reynolds Resorts Ups California Presence

October 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Reynolds Resorts LLC is continuing to increase its presence in California’s campground business, having recently acquired the Sacramento KOA, the Riviera RV Resort in Blythe as well as a concession contract to operate a major public campground near Mount Shasta. “I’m trying to build an identity as a (campground) operator,” said Tom Reynolds, adding that his namesake company now operates 11 parks with roughly 2,000 sites throughout California. Reynolds acquired the 120-site Sacramento... Read more

Survey: Average Gas Prices Drop 25 Cents

October 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail gas prices across the nation fell an average of 25 cents in the past two weeks as refineries in the Gulf Coast steadily resumed production, according to a survey released Sunday (Oct. 23). Still, prices remained slightly higher than pre-Hurricane Katrina levels. The Associated Press reported that the weighted average price for all three grades declined to $2.69 a gallon on Oct. 21, said Trilby Lundberg, who publishes the semimonthly Lundberg Survey of 7,000 gas stations around the country. Self-serve... Read more

Coachmen Reports $9.3 Million 3Q Loss

October 24, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Reacting to lagging sales that resulted in a $9.3 million third-quarter loss, Coachmen Industries Inc. has instituted an “intensive recovery plan” to better manage operations in its recreational vehicle and modular homes divisions. During the third quarter, ended Sept. 30, the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder reported revenues declined 14.8% to $198 million versus $232 million during the same period last year. The $9.3 million loss compared to net income of $5.9 million in the previous year. The... Read more

Condo-Style RV Parks: A Growing Trend

October 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

When it comes to selling a campground or RV park, owners typically think they’ve got two choices. They can sell their property to outfits like Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI) or Equity Lifestyle Properties (ELP), typically generating about $10,000 per site, depending on location. Or they can sell to a developer who will, in turn, bulldoze their property and convert it to more lucrative uses, anything from a shopping mall to a hotel or condominium complex. But there’s... Read more

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