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

Monaco Coach Finalizes R-Vision Purchase

November 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach Corp. today (Nov. 21) announced it has completed the acquisition of Warsaw, Ind.-based R-Vision companies and its Bison and Roadmaster affiliates for $60 million cash. According to Monaco, the R-Vision acquisition is expected to add $200 million to $220 million in sales for fiscal 2006 and makes Monaco the fifth largest manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles. “We believe the R-Vision acquisition is an excellent fit for Monaco Coach and its shareholders,” said Monaco... Read more

Canadian Dealer Confab Addresses Quality

November 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 400 RV dealers, manufacturers and campground operators gathered on Prince Edward Island Oct. 27-30 for the third biennial Canadian RV and Camping Convention, focusing on ways to enhance the camping and RV experience. “I think both Canada and the U.S. are realizing that we need to address these issues,” said Eleonore Hamm, executive vice president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA Canada). “There are areas that need improvement at all levels.” The... Read more

Thor Promotes CrossRoads Management

November 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. announced today (Nov. 21) that Mark Lucas was promoted from general manager to president of subsidiary CrossRoads RV, effective Nov. 1. Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor acquired the Topeka, Ind., towable builder Nov. 1, 2004, for approximately $27 million cash. “In the past year, CrossRoads has led all Thor companies with sales up over 60%,” said Dicky Riegel, Thor group president. “The CrossRoads management team is one of the most talented in the industry and... Read more

Parishes Oppose FEMA Trailer Placement

November 21, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Mike Grimmer, president of Livingston Parish in Louisiana, has ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) contractor to stop putting trailers housing hurricane evacuees on private lots without going through proper procedures, according to The Advocate, Baton Rouge. Last week, Tangipahoa Parish officials put a 45-day moratorium on placing travel trailers in the parish, complaining that FEMA has ignored the parish’s ordinances. Grimmer said he has no problem with a single... Read more

Motorhome ‘Mansions’ Attracting Boomers

November 18, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Todd Cutrer’s digs boast some of the hottest amenities in interior design: Custom leather sofas. Dark-cherry cabinets. A 68-in. projection TV. There’s stainless steel in the kitchen, brick and hardwood on the floors. According to a report in the Christian Science Monitor, Cutrer’s home also has a few features you won’t find in the latest issue of “House Beautiful”: a 525-hp. Caterpillar engine, a full air-suspension system, a 150-gallon fuel tank, and 22-1/2-in. alloy... Read more

Billionaire Buffett Operates on ‘Gut Instinct’

November 18, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The actual negotiation period between Warren Buffett and Pete Liegl that folded Forest River Inc. into Berkshire Hathaway’s portfolio lasted around 20 minutes, according to a profile in last weekend’s Wall Street Journal. Buffett, the billionaire investor and insurance executive, was in his Omaha, Neb., office this summer when he received a faxed letter about a company he’d never heard of. The letter was from an adviser to Forest River, an Elkhart, Ind., recreational vehicle maker.... Read more

Winnebago Gets 10th Quality Circle Award

November 18, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) have singled out Winnebago Industries Inc. for RVDA’s Quality Circle Award for the 10th year in a row. Joining the Forest City, Iowa, motorized manufacturer as being among the top tier of OEM’s in terms of quality products and services in the RVDA Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) were K-Z RV, Shipshewana, Ind.; Lance Camper Mfg. Corp., Lancaster, Calif.; NuWa Industries Inc., Chanute, Kan.; Sunline Coach Co., Denver, Pa.; Newmar... Read more

AGI Promotes Thompson to VP/RV Ad Sales

November 18, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) announced today (Nov. 18) the promotion of Terry Thompson to vice president/RV advertising sales. “The promotion recognizes and expands the leadership role Terry has played for several years in the success of the RV publications as national sales director,” said Bill Estes, vice president/publisher, consumer and trade publications for AGI. As national sales director, Thompson supervised ad sales in AGI’s family of publications including Trailer Life, MotorHome, RV... Read more

Pa. Farm Show Complex Seeks New Director

November 18, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Eight months after the Pennsylvania state Farm Show Complex director resigned, and two months before the facility’s signature event, the post remains empty, according to a report in the Patriot News. “We hope to announce the new director by the middle of November,” state Agriculture Secretary Dennis C. Wolff said. “We started with over 100 applicants and have had to narrow the field.” The new manager will take over a facility in transition. Despite an $86 million expansion... Read more

Louisiana Park Stretched by Evacuee Influx

November 17, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The 88 cabins and 370 RV sites at Maurice LeBlanc’s Jellystone Park Camp Resort in Robert, La., are rented, but few of his guests are buying Yogi Bear souvenirs or taking advantage of his canoe and paddleboat rentals. LeBlanc’s 100-acre park is one of many private facilities across the Gulf Coast that are now serving as temporary living quarters for families displaced by Hurricane Katrina as well as park insurance adjusters and construction workers as cities and parishes across southern Louisiana... Read more

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