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AAA Forecasting Record Holiday Travel

December 20, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

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 · Leave a Comment 

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

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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

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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

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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

Evacuees Decry Conditions in FEMA Parks

December 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

The Five Star Resort in Pass Christian, Miss., which has become a temporary home for residents in nearly 140 travel trailers placed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has become a haven for crime. According to a report in the Jackson Clarion Ledger, the trailers lining the park’s muddy, rutted streets are jammed next to each other while trash bins overflow with garbage. Resident Dorothy Brown lost her home in Hurricane Katrina and has been living in the park since mid-September. “I... Read more

Stat Surveys Revises Oct. Motorized Sales

December 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Statistical Surveys Inc. has revised downward motorized sales for October, noting that some Class A units were double counted. The Grand Rapids, Mich., firm also said Class C totals improved slightly based on additional data. As a result, October motorhome retail sales declined 16.2% from a year ago while registrations were down 8.7% for the first 10 months. Previously reported sales showed a 6% drop for the month and 7.7% dip through October. Revised Class A sales fell 21.4% in October and were... Read more

Flexsteel Makes Cuts, Cites Soft RV Market

December 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

Furniture supplier Flexsteel Industries Inc., Dubuque, Iowa, last week cut 12 jobs through layoffs and eliminated positions, according to a report in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader. Company officials announced the reductions are the result of “sluggish business conditions and consolidation.” “Our recreational vehicle business has really sagged in the last two months,” said Tom Baldwin, a company spokesman. Flexsteel reported modest first-quarter profit and revenue declines in... Read more

National RV Holdings Outlines Initiatives

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National RV Holdings Inc. today (Dec. 19) issued a press release detailing the Perris, Calif.-based company’s Dec. 9 shareholder meeting while also outlining initiatives implemented to return the motorhome maker to profitability. On Nov. 29, the board rejected a $92 million buyout proposal from CCA Acquisition Group Inc., a business entity comprised of Bob Lee – founder of subsidiary Country Coach Inc., Junction City, Ore. – and investors B. Riley & Co. and SACC Partners. National RV Holdings... Read more

RVtoday Earns Highest Single-Day Rating

December 19, 2005 by · Leave a Comment 

RVtoday television, entering its fifth year of broadcasting, recorded its largest single-day viewing audience on Dec. 10 with a .39 rating, representing 323,000 viewers. The segment aired on the Outdoor Life Network and followed the RVtoday crew on a destination trip to Hollywood, Calif., and the Malibu area. RVtoday also airs on the RFD-TV network. “This is a real accomplishment for us and it goes to show how far RVtoday has come,” said John Martin, senior vice president of RVtoday.... Read more

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