Texas RV Park Provides Temporary Housing

December 22, 2005 by · Comments Off on Texas RV Park Provides Temporary Housing 

Officials in Port Arthur, Texas, have eased restrictions on RV parks to allow for development of a new complex to help alleviate housing shortage in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. The Beaumont Enterprise reported that the new travel trailer park will provide another housing option for the Sabine Pass community of about 660 people, which was devastated when Rita delivered a 10-foot storm surge. Mayor Oscar Ortiz clarified terms of the five-year time limit on the eased restrictions the council approved,... Read more

Stat Surveys: October Towable Sales up 7.3%

December 22, 2005 by · Comments Off on Stat Surveys: October Towable Sales up 7.3% 

The impact from hurricane-related sales was reflected in a 7.3% increase in October towable retail registrations, according to data from Statistical Surveys Inc. Travel trailer sales for the month jumped 12.7% from a year ago, with 10,554 units sold compared with 9,365. Sales for the first 10 months rose 4.3% to 138,502 units from 132,800 last year. The fifth-wheel retail market remained relatively flat, posting a 1% gain for October with 5,589 units sold from 5,535 in 2004. Year-to-date fifth-wheel... Read more

Newmar’s London Aire Offers Luxury Living

December 22, 2005 by · Comments Off on Newmar’s London Aire Offers Luxury Living 

Newmar Corp., Nappanee, Ind., has relaunched its top-end London Aire diesel pusher motorhome after a six-year absence from the marketplace. Built on a 54,000-pound GVWR Spartan K3 chassis, the $800,000 luxury class coach is loaded with high-end amenities, including full body paint, granite floors and countertops, glazed cabinets, pneumatic pocket doors, dual-jet shower heads, hidden heat vents, silent motion drawer glides, and security cameras that turn on when the doorbell rings. And if that’s... Read more Taking Holiday Hiatus

December 22, 2005 by · Comments Off on Taking Holiday Hiatus 

The website will be idle from Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2 as our staff takes some time off for the holidays. We’ll be up and running on Tuesday, Jan. 3, delivering the latest industry news. We wish everyone a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday period.  Read More →

Airstream’s BaseCamp Stresses Flexibility

December 22, 2005 by · Comments Off on Airstream’s BaseCamp Stresses Flexibility 

Flexibility is the key to Airstream Inc.’s diminutive new 2006 BaseCamp, an outside-the box concept sport utility hybrid travel trailer (SURV) that is about half the weight and cost of the Thor subsidiary’s lightest existing unit. Airstream visualizes the rear-access, 16-foot BaseCamp, sporting the company’s classic polished aluminum exterior, being used as a conventional travel trailer, toy hauler for motorcycles ATVS and kayaks, utility trailer or personal office. With an empty... Read more

Louisiana Stops Issuing RV Retail Licenses

December 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Louisiana Stops Issuing RV Retail Licenses 

Hoping to protect Louisiana businesses and stem an onslaught of out-of-state trailer salesmen setting up shop after the hurricanes, a state panel on Tuesday (Dec. 20) halted the issuance of new licenses for people to sell motorhomes and travel trailers. The Associated Press reported that the Louisiana Recreational and Used Motor Vehicle Commission stopped the issuance of the licenses until Feb. 28 – despite questions from the commission’s lawyer about whether the move was legal. Michael Roberts,... Read more

Actuant Reports Record 1Q Sales, Earnings

December 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Actuant Reports Record 1Q Sales, Earnings 

Diversified manufacturer Actuant Corp. today (Dec. 21) announced record sales and earnings for the company’s fiscal first quarter, despite declines in the Milwaukee, Wis., company’s recreational vehicle subsidiaries. For the quarter, ended Nov. 30, Actuant had net income of $21.3 million compared to $16.9 million the previous year, boosted by acquisitions made in the second and third quarters of fiscal 2005. Revenues rose 42% to $284 million compared to $200 million a year ago. Actuant is parent... Read more

Chalet Unveils Telescoping Truck Camper

December 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Chalet Unveils Telescoping Truck Camper 

Hard-sided foldout maker Chalet RV Inc., Albany, Ore., has weighed in for 2006 with the Oregon truck camper, a telescoping hard-sided camper the company says is the first in the industry. The top of the vacuum-bonded fiberglass camper drops 32 inches so that it extends only 15 inches above the truck cab for travel. “We have expertise in expanding RV products and saw an opportunity to get into a different market,” said President Chris Hansen. A prototype of the Oregon made its debut at... Read more

Country Coach Stocks up Local Food Drive

December 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Country Coach Stocks up Local Food Drive 

Employees of Junction City, Ore., motorhome builder Country Coach Inc. contributed cash and food donations during a charity drive that will allow for the distribution of over 135,000 pounds of food to the local community. Participating in the Third Annual Food Drive to Benefit Junction City Local Aid, Country Coach workers formed five teams to collect food and cash donations over a four-week period. The company said contributions, which totaled $21,658 in cash and 5,187 pounds of food, will supply... Read more

Georgie Boy Redesigns ’07 Cruise Master

December 21, 2005 by · Comments Off on Georgie Boy Redesigns ’07 Cruise Master 

Three triple-slideout floorplans in lengths of 35 to 38 feet are available in the redesigned 2007 Cruise Master gas-powered A-body motorhome from Georgie Boy Manufacturing LLC (GBM), Elkhart, Ind. “We’ve taken our lower profile Cruise Master and the Luxura that we introduced a couple of years ago and merged them into a price point between the two that will be more receptive in the marketplace,” said product manager Ron Kretschman as the coach was being introduced to dealers at the... Read more

AAA Forecasting Record Holiday Travel

December 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on AAA Forecasting Record Holiday Travel 

Americans will travel in potentially record numbers this Christmas-New Year’s holiday, despite travel costs that are up nearly across the board, according to AAA. AAA estimates that 63.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a 1.7% increase from last year’s 62.42 million travelers. “Double-digit increases from last year in hotel rates, air fares, and gas prices won’t keep Americans from traveling in record numbers over the holidays,”... Read more

Coast Considers Bell Buyout Proposal

December 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Coast Considers Bell Buyout Proposal 

Coast Distribution System Inc. today (Dec. 20) announced that its board of directors held a special meeting to consider the “unsolicited proposal” publicly disclosed by Bell Industries Inc. on Dec. 15. El Segundo, Calif.-based Bell Industries offered to enter into negotiations to acquire the company by merger for $7.70 per share in cash, or about $34.1 million. Both companies are involved in the supply of aftermarket products to the recreational vehicle and marine industries. Morgan Hills, Calif.-based... Read more

FEMA Contends Parishes Impeding Relief

December 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on FEMA Contends Parishes Impeding Relief 

Local disputes such as one stewing in New Orleans are holding up the placement of thousands of temporary trailer homes for Hurricane Katrina evacuees, according to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The Associated Press reported that acting FEMA director R. David Paulison’s remarks came as Mayor Ray Nagin was telling reporters that his emergency powers will allow him to bypass a City Council ordinance requiring approval from individual council members before the federal... Read more

Lance Offers Truck Camper for Sportsmen

December 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Lance Offers Truck Camper for Sportsmen 

Lance Camper Manufacturing Co., Lancaster, Calif., has released a truck camper targeted at fishermen and hunters. “It’s designed for people who enjoy sports activities as two guys or a guy and his two sons,” said Norm Jacobsen, Lance marketing manager. Featuring twin beds and a removable center console, the wood-and-aluminum  Lance Sports Camper is heavily insulated with storm windows and vent covers. A large lockable overhead cabinet contains racks for two guns and fishing equipment.... Read more

Leisure Travel Debuts Freedom II B-Plus

December 20, 2005 by · Comments Off on Leisure Travel Debuts Freedom II B-Plus 

Canada-based Leisure Travel Vans (1999) Ltd. has introduced the 2006 Freedom II Serenity B-plus-style motorhome on a Dodge Sprinter cab chassis built by Mercedes Benz in Germany. With a body constructed of two pieces of molded fiberglass and a steel roll cage bonded to the roof, the 23-foot Freedom II Serenity features 6’3” ceilings – affording about three inches more headroom – and is about two feet longer than Leisure Travel’s standard Sprinter-based Free Spirit 210 van camper.... Read more

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