RVIA Votes to Amend FEMA Seal Policy

November 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) board of directors voted Nov. 14 to establish a new “Emergency Living Unit” (ELU) seal to be applied after Jan. 1 to temporary shelter units built to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) specifications. Go RVing assessments will not apply to these newly designated ELU units for which manufacturers will pay only a basic $4.05 RVIA seal fee. On all conventional recreational vehicles equipped with holding tanks, manufacturers... Read more

Leisure Holding Purchases

November 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Leisure Holding Inc. has acquired majority interest in LLC, an Internet-based company providing services for private RV buyers and sellers. According to a press release, Nevada-based Leisure Holding offers a slate of Internet-based services to the outdoor industry through its subsidiaries, including Friend Communications. helps consumers sell their RVs privately through listing services on its own website, as well as through a network of partnering websites. “Our new... Read more

Spartan Chassis Partners with Allison

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Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., recently announced it is partnering with Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission in the company’s EDGE Program. According to a press release, the agreement makes Allison the exclusive transmission in all of Spartan’s chassis offerings. “We saw the opportunity to partner with Allison in their EDGE Program as an effective way to offer our customers a greater overall value,” reports Richard Schalter, president of Spartan... Read more

Time for a Quick Thanksgiving Hiatus

November 23, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Business and staff will be taking a short hiatus over the Thanksgiving weekend. The site will be inactive from Thursday (Nov. 24) through Monday (Nov. 28). We’ll resume on Tuesday (Nov. 29) with intermittent news postings from the floor of RVIA’s 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show, taking place Nov. 29-Dec. 1 at Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday.  Read More →

Investment Group Offers to Buy National RV

November 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

A group of investors in Perris, Calif.-based National RV Holdings Inc. has offered to buy the struggling motorhome manufacturer for $92 million and take it private, according to a report in the Press-Enterprise, Riverside. The coalition, comprised of National RV Holdings board member Robert B. Lee, Los Angeles investment house B. Riley & Co. and SACC Partners, owns 14.88% of the company’s stock. The investors made their offer to the National RV Holdings board through a newly formed entity,... Read more

Taxes, Property Values Hit BC Campgrounds

November 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Fueled by rising real estate values, growing numbers of campgrounds and RV parks in British Columbia are selling their properties to real estate companies, which in turn are converting them into condos or other developments that can generate more revenue. The trend follows a pattern surfacing in prime real estate areas along the U.S. coastline. But unlike Florida and other states where rising real estate prices are motivating operators to sell, some BC park owners are being forced to sell off their... Read more

Go RVing Ads to Debut at Outlook Breakfast

November 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Nov. 29 Outlook 2006 Breakfast kicking off the 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., will be highlighted by the unveiling of the Go RVing Phase IV television commercials and print advertisements. According to the host Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), the new ads will answer the evocative question “What Will You Discover? Go RVing” and are scheduled to begin appearing in early 2006. RVIA said the campaign will continue to “elevate the industry’s... Read more

Stat Surveys: Towables Flat in September

November 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel trailer retail sales edged up slightly in September while the overall towable market remained flat, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc. Tom Walworth, president and general manager of the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm, said the month did not reflect the full impact of travel trailers sold at the retail level to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. “Katrina hit in late August and then in early September they were still digging... Read more

Shares of National RV Spike on Buyout Bid

November 22, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Shares of National RV Holdings Inc. soared Tuesday (Nov. 22), a day after a group of investors offered to buy out the motorhome maker. The Perris, Calif., company’s shares closed at $6.45 on the New York Stock Exchange, up 74 cents or around 13%, Investors B. Riley & Co., SACC Partners and Robert Lee, who collectively hold about 15% of National RV Holdings, issued a statement late Monday saying they had offered to buy the rest of the company for $6.25 per share cash plus the assumption... Read more

Wash. Paper Reports Chinook in Receivership

November 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Trail Wagons-Chinook Properties has defaulted on a $4 million bank loan, prompting a judge to remove the owner from control in mid-October and put the Washington state company into receivership, the Yakima Herald-Republic reported. The company, which includes the recreational vehicle assembly plant and Chinook Business Park, is owned by Yakima businessman and developer Gary Lukehart. Trail Wagons, which once employed more than 162 people, has numerous judgments against it in Yakima County Superior... Read more

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