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Coachmen Reports Decline in 1Q Sales

April 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Coachmen Industries Inc. reported a decline in sales during its first quarter – including a 22% drop in recreational vehicle revenues – while showing a profit due, in part, to the sale of assets in the company’s Housing and Building Group. Sales for the first quarter, ended March 31, fell 15.4% to $162.6 million from $192.2 million during the same period last year. Net earnings for the quarter were $2.9 million compared to a loss of $1.4 million in the first quarter of 2005. The Elkhart, Ind.-based... Read more

Ala. Retailer Retires, Outlet Auctioned Off

April 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Marlin Ingram worked every day of every week for nearly a decade after he started dealing recreational vehicles 23 years ago. But eventually, according to a report in the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser, he started taking Sundays off and worked that schedule for the next 14 years. Today, after nearly a half century of selling cars and RVs in Montgomery, the 69-year-old businessman is getting ready to retire – or, as he says, “I’m going to try to retire.” His business, Marlin Ingram... Read more

Patrick Industries Posts 1Q Earnings Gain

April 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle and manufactured housing supplier Patrick Industries Inc. reported increased sales and earnings for its first quarter, ended March 31. Sales during the three-month period increased 12% to $89.3 million compared to $79.7 million in the first quarter of 2005 while net income improved to $0.7 million from a net loss of $0.1 million. “The momentum from the fourth quarter of 2005 carried through the first quarter of 2006 as a result of increased production levels at certain... Read more

Country Coach to Add Models, Workers

April 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

High-end diesel pusher manufacturer Country Coach Inc. has announced plans to expand its 1,700-employee Oregon work force to add two new Class A motorhomes to its lineup – an entry-level Tribute retailing for about $250,000 and a luxury-class Rhapsody priced in the million-dollar range. Both coaches are expected to debut late this summer. “This current work force expansion allows us to offer new motor coaches in more segments of the luxury market while continuing to enhance our high product quality,”... Read more

Calif. Retailer Cleared of Fraud Charges

April 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The San Joaquin County district attorney’s office dismissed the criminal charges that have been pending against California RV dealership owners Naiel Ammari, Nabeel Ammari and Nazeh Ammari, according to a report in the Manteca Bulletin. Naiel Ammari, who is owner of Best RV Center in Manteca, said that he is “pleased and relieved that the district attorney has finally dismissed the charges against us.” The district attorney filed criminal charges against the Ammaris in August 2005, alleging... Read more

McAdams’ New Firm Buys Thousand Trails

April 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Privileged Access, a private company based in Frisco, Texas, has acquired Thousand Trails as the first of a series of acquisitions designed to consolidate and transform the membership campground business. “I hope this is the first of many acquisitions,” said Joe McAdams, the president and CEO of Frisco, Texas-based Privileged Access, which he founded in October after leaving the board of directors of Equity LifeStyle Properties, a Chicago-based Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) that... Read more

Midwest Show & Rally to Get a Revamp

April 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Fifteen RV dealers and manufacturers have signed on to display new products at the 52nd annual Midwest RV Supershow & Rally, slated for Aug. 17-20 at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. Organizers bill it as a “homecoming” of sorts for the show, which originated in Elkhart but was moved to the University of Notre Dame in the late 1960s. For a time, the Notre Dame show became one of the industry’s most significant trade/retail events before trailing off in recent years as... Read more

RV Tire Suit Denied Class-Action Status

April 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

A lawsuit by two Michigan men against a maker of tires for recreational vehicles has been denied national class-action status, California’s San Jose Mercury News reports. There is no proof of “common legal issues” that would justify expanding the case, U.S. District Judge Richard Enslen said in the ruling. Dennis Drooger of Holland and Jeffrey Hunsaker of Byron Center are suing Aiken, S.C.-based Carlisle Tire & Wheel. The men said their tires failed while they towed their campers to northern... Read more

High Gas Prices Don’t Stop Virginia RVers

April 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Don’t expect rising gas prices to run RV lovers off the road this summer, states Saturday’s (4/22) edition of The Free Lance-Star of Fredericksburg, Va. People who buy recreational vehicles are pursuing a dream, said Doug Green, manager of Safford RV in Thornburg, a small town south of Fredericksburg. So, paying more for fuel, he reasons, won’t deter them from taking the trip of a lifetime. “They’re not going to change their mind,” Green said. Chris Miller, sales associate at King RV... Read more

ELS Posts Uptick in 1st Quarter Income

April 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS) announced a slight increase in net income for the company’s first quarter, ended March 31. Chicago-based ELS, a self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT), which owns or has an interest in 290 RV, park model and manufactured home properties in 28 states and British Columbia, said net income available to common shareholders totaled $10.1 million for the quarter, compared to $8.7 million a year earlier. First quarter property operating... Read more

BlackBerry Game Part of ‘RV’ Movie Promo

April 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Columbia Pictures is offering a free game playable on a BlackBerry as part of the promotion for the studio’s April 28 release of “RV,” starring Robin Williams. According to a Reuters report, the idea for “RV Pile-Up” came out of discussions about Williams‘ character, Bob Munro, who obsesses about staying connected to work even while he has persuaded his family to give up their Hawaiian vacation in favor of motoring cross-country. As events unfold, he discovers the greater importance... Read more

Stat Surveys: Feb. Towable Sales Rise 4%

April 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable retail sales remained ahead of last year’s pace in February, showing a 4.1% gain for the month and 6.9% increase year-to-date, according to data from Grand Rapids, Mich., independent marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc. Travel trailer sales continued to drive the market in February with a 6.1% increase over last year. Statistical Surveys noted that retail registrations were inflated in Mississippi due to the volume of emergency units supplied to the Federal Emergency Management Agency... Read more

‘Rescued’ Coach Heads to Tailgate Party

April 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The Tarconish family of Barnesville, Pa., winners of the RV Rescue makeover event performed live April 7-10 at The Rally in Daytona, Fla., will debut their refurbished 1984 Winnebago motorhome at Saturday’s (April 22) Blue-White Penn State football game. The coach was outfitted with over $50,000 worth of new products supplied by numerous RV companies, including lead sponsor Dometic Corp. The Tarconish family was selected as the makeover winner from a national essay contest that generated over... Read more

Crude Prices Rise to Record $75 a Barrel

April 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Crude oil rose to a record $75 a barrel in New York today (April 21) on concern that shipments from Iran and Nigeria will be disrupted as the U.S. increases output of gasoline for the summer driving season. Bloomberg.com reported that the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program has intensified, increasing the chances of sanctions against the world’s fourth- biggest oil producer. Rebel attacks in Nigeria have shut about 20% of output in Africa’s biggest oil producer. Oil was pulled... Read more

Newmar, RVFamilyFun.com Hit the Road

April 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Newmar Corp. has partnered with the founders of RVFamilyFun.com to launch the “All Star Road Trip,” a nationwide tour promoting the Nappanee, Ind., manufacturer’s mid-engine All Star motorhome and the consumer-oriented website. According to a press release, website founders Craig McHugh and Eddy Siroin purchased All Star coaches and will be traveling with their families across the U.S. for the next two years. “The All Star is a different kind of motorhome and taking a different approach... Read more

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