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2005 Park Model Shipments Set Record

April 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Park model trailer manufacturers reported nearly 10,000 shipments in 2005, representing an 8% gain over the 9,186 shipments recorded in 2004. According to the Newnan, Ga.-based Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), 2005 is the strongest period in the 20-year history of the park model business. “Years ago, nobody knew what park models were. It’s a different story now,” said Bill Garpow, executive director of RPTIA, which ensures that the 400-square foot units are built to nationally... Read more

Monaco Reports Record 1Q Revenues

April 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach Corp. reported a 17% gain in revenues and a nearly 60% improvement in net income during its fiscal 2006 first quarter, ended April 1. First-quarter revenues were $385.1 million compared to $328.8 million a year ago while net income rose to $8.3 from $5.3 million. The Coburg, Ore.-based manufacturer reported operating profits in all business units, citing the impact of restructuring along with the acquisition of towable builder R-Vision. Operating income for the first quarter increased... Read more

Airstream Celebrates 75th Anniversary

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It’s likely that you’ll arrive in the east-central Ohio village of Jackson Center before you even realize you’re in town. The village boundary driving east on two-lane Ohio Rt. 274 is marked by a small sign that’s easy to miss. And amid miles and miles of flat farmland, there’s no indication as you approach the community of just under 1,400 that one of the world’s icon recreation vehicles – Airstream travel trailers with their distinctive silver bullet shape... Read more

Slapstick ‘RV’ Movie Hits the Road Friday

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Robin Williams’ decade-long detour into serious business is over with “RV,” which opens at theaters on Friday (April 28). The Boston Herald reported that the hyperkinetic star is back in a slapstick comedy that finds Williams as ad exec Bob Munro, hauling his family from Los Angeles to Colorado in a recreational vehicle for fun. But he’s actually racing to reach a business meeting at a mountain resort to save his job. As Bob flails about with the oversized motorhome, knocking out stop signs... Read more

Winnebago to Introduce Entry-Level ‘C’

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Winnebago Industries Inc. will introduce a new entry-level Winnebago/Itasca minimotorhome during the Forest City, Iowa, manufacturer’s 2006 Dealer Days June 25-28 at the Mirage, Las Vegas, Nev. “The (Winnebago) Access and (Itasca) Impulse will appeal to those customers looking for an affordable entry-level RV that offers numerous conveniences and features,” said Roger Martin, vice president of sales and marketing. With GVWR ratings up to 14,050 pounds, the new Class C offers 22- to 31-foot... Read more

Coachmen Reports Decline in 1Q Sales

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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

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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

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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

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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

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