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Florida County to Purchase Coastal RV Park

January 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Florida’s Sarasota County has agreed to buy the 1.8-acre Gulf Beach campground – located on prime coastal property along picturesque Siesta Key – for $6.2 million. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported the acquisition marks the county’s third foray into the waterfront market in the last six months. County Commissioner Paul Mercier questioned why the price was so high – $3.4 million an acre – for “a sliver” of beachfront property. The tract is only 108 feet wide on the Gulf... Read more

Camping World Helps Evacuees Adapt to RVs

January 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Over the last few months, Camping World Goodwill Ambassadors have been visiting temporary housing sites throughout Louisiana to provide hurricane evacuees with operational information on their recreational vehicles. “Living in a house and living in an RV are two entirely different scenarios,” said Mark Boggess, CEO for the Bowling Green, Ky.-based RV accessories retailer. “There are a number of things that must be done in order to properly maintain an RV that most people with little... Read more

Sun Valley Constructing New Headquarters

January 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable builder Sun Valley Inc. broke ground Wednesday (Jan. 25) on a 20-acre tract of land in Howe, Ind., for construction of two new plants that will house the company’s administrative and production operations. The new project, located along the Indiana Toll Road, will offer 140,000 square feet under roof and be completed by the end of August. The firm initially plans to add 75 new jobs, primarily hourly production positions, to its current work force of 75-100 people. Mark Romanetz, president... Read more

ELS Reports ‘Very Successful’ 2005 Results

January 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) President and CEO Thomas Heneghan issued an upbeat review of a “very successful” 2005 in his Chicago-based company’s year-end report, despite sustaining financial setbacks from a daunting spate of fall hurricanes. A self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT), ELS owns or has an interest in 285 properties in 28 states and British Columbia consisting of 106,337 sites – a minority of which are dedicated to recreational vehicle... Read more

Escapees Weigh in on Wal-Mart Camping

January 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

One of the most vocal consumer RV groups, the Escapees RV Club, has proposed a nationwide solution to the Wal-Mart camping debate: Let consumers park overnight at a retailer’s lot of their choosing, but never for more than one night at a time. In exchange, the Livingston, Texas-based group, which represents roughly 30,000 full-time RVers and operates its own network of 19 campgrounds, wants campground operators to stop pressuring state and local officials to impose additional overnight parking... Read more

Indiana Companies Challenging Tax Code

January 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach Corp. and other major companies operating in Indiana are lobbying for a change in the state’s corporate income tax code that they say is a deterrent to creating new jobs. The Indianapolis Star reported that when Monaco shuttered one of its RV plants in Oregon last year, it pondered moving at least part of the 500-person facility to its campus in northern Indiana. Instead, it sent all of the plant’s assembly lines to its headquarters in Coburg, Ore. Indiana lost out, Monaco officials... Read more

Stat Surveys: November Towables Up 4.2%

January 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel trailer sales related to relief efforts in hurricane-ravaged areas of the Gulf Coast factored into a 4.2% increase in towable retail registrations for November, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. For the month, travel trailer sales gained 9.1% from 2004, with 7,553 units sold compared with 6,920. Sales for the first 11 months rose 4.6% to 146,154 units from 139,720 the previous year. Overall towable sales totaled 13,067 units in November, up from 12,538 in 2004. Cumulative towable sales... Read more

Wilkins RV Relocates to Larger Dealership

January 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc. recently held a grand opening for a new “destination dealership” in Bath, N.Y., located on 15 acres off Interstate 86. The third generation, family-owned dealership relocated operations from a 9,000-square-foot facility in nearby Hornell into the new 15,000-square-foot sales and service center. Wilkins had been operating in the Hornell area since 1936. The $5 million project includes a 14,000-square-foot climate controlled showroom, 20 indoor service... Read more

Wilkins RV Relocates to Larger Dealership

January 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc. recently held a grand opening for a new “destination dealership” in Bath, N.Y., located on 15 acres off Interstate 86. The third generation, family-owned dealership relocated operations from a 9,000-square-foot facility in nearby Hornell into the new 15,000-square-foot sales and service center. Wilkins had been operating in the Hornell area since 1936. The $5 million project includes a 14,000-square-foot climate controlled showroom, 20 indoor service... Read more

RVSales.com Offering Service Agreement

January 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

RVSales.com and Protective Insurance have signed a three-year agreement, enabling RVSales.com to offer consumers a 90-day/3,000 mile service agreement for privately sold RVs.  According to a press release, the program will be part of a package of services offered by RVSales.com called “Inspected & Protected.”  The service agreement provides a multi-point inspection for consumers selling their rigs through RVSales.com’s network of websites, performed by participating dealers and inspection... Read more

RVers Undeterred by Rising Pump Prices

January 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

RVers migrating to warmer temperatures in Southwest Florida appear undeterred by rising gas costs, according to a report in the Fort Myers News-Press. Fuel prices are “frustrating,” said Jim Williams, who recalled paying about $285 the last time he filled the 100-gallon diesel tank of his 38-foot Dutch Star motorhome in December. Still, they’d have to get a lot worse before the 66-year-old Michigan man and his wife would stop coming to Southwest Florida for the winter, and taking... Read more

American RV Set to Open New Supercenter

January 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

American RV is opening a new supercenter in Albuquerque, N.M., that will include RV accessories retailer Camping World. The Albuquerque Journal reported that the new 70,000-square-foot sales and service facility is slated to open in mid-March. American RV, which has been in Albuquerque since 1983 and is a FreedomRoads affiliate, will relocate operations from its former site. The bulk of the supercenter will be dedicated to American RV, which will have more than 350 recreational vehicles on the lot.... Read more

Converter Southern Comfort Buys Centurion

January 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Southern Comfort Conversions Inc. today (Jan. 24) completed an asset purchase of White Pigeon, Mich.-based Centurion Vehicles, a licensed upfitter of Starcraft brand conversion vehicles. According to Southern Comfort, the acquisition makes the Alabama-based company the nation’s largest OEM pickup truck, van and SUV customizer with projected 2006 sales of $80 million. Southern Comfort said Centurion operations will be relocated to Alabama, adding 80 new jobs and increasing the company’s work... Read more

Winnebago’s Olson to Oversee Operations

January 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa, today (Jan. 24) announced the appointment of Robert J. Olson as senior vice president of operations. Olson, 54, was elected to the newly created position by the motorhome builder’s board of directors. Winnebago said that Olson’s expanded responsibilities would include “all aspects of the operations of the company, while continuing to oversee manufacturing operations.” Olson began with Winnebago in 1969 as an hourly production worker.... Read more

Campground Directory Takes New Approach

January 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Highway travelers can now access thousands of RV parks and campgrounds through Mile by Mile Media’s novel new RoadCamping.com format: Consumers simply enter any USA highway number, and a list of campgrounds along that route is displayed. Among campground directories, Mile by Mile’s RoadCamping.com is the only one providing information by highway number and town name, according to a release from the Canadian company that takes a couple of competitive shots at the existing Woodall’s... Read more

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