Dynamax Forms Exclusive Owners Club

May 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer Dynamax Corp. has formed an exclusive club for owners of the company’s motorhomes. According to a press release, ClubMax offers members a wide range of benefits, including complimentary first-year membership. “We wanted to offer Dynamax customers a rewarding, progressive membership program that exceeds what has typically been offered in the industry,” said Rick Horn, Dynamax vice president of sales and marketing.  “ClubMax provides our loyal owners an opportunity... Read more

Liegl Launches Aircraft Management Firm

May 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

A new aircraft management and charter flight company owned by Forest River Inc. President Pete Liegl could help boost funding for the municipal airport in Elkhart, Ind. The South Bend Tribune reported that Travel Management Co. was formed in March and has been running flights for about 10 days, said Scott Wise, the company’s general manager. Travel Management will run charter flights out of Elkhart Municipal Airport and manage aircraft for businesses and individuals. The company’s turboprop... Read more

Fleetwood to Host 600 Retailers in Vegas

May 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. expects 600 dealerships to be represented and more than 1,400 people to attend the company’s dealer meeting Aug. 27-29 at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The nationwide meeting – Fleetwood’s first since 2000 – is among the changes at Fleetwood since President Elden Smith came out of retirement in March 2005 at the behest of Fleetwood’s board to turn the company’s fortunes around. And the Las Vegas meeting may remind many in the industry of the days when Fleetwood... Read more

Cikira RV LLC Finishes 1st Year On Target

May 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Cikira RV LLC, the Elkhart, Ind.-based maker of the lightweight Classic Cruiser travel trailer, is completing its first year of production on target with its original business plan, the company’s management tells RV Business. With a current staff of 25, Cikira builds a retro-looking trailer in 13- through 18-foot lengths in a 16,000-square-foot, leased facility at a current rate of about three units a day. And the fledgling firm is carrying a six-week backlog of orders, according to Ray Belcher,... Read more

MARVAC Event Spotlights Camping, RVs

May 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 400 people were treated to a “campground-style” lunch while touring through 10 RVs on display as part of the “RVs & Campsites at the Capitol” program hosted May 17 by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) in Lansing, Mich. “Many legislators, including senators and representatives, staff members from the Secretary of State’s office and the Department of Natural Resources, leadership from both parties and other state agencies, took time... Read more

High Gas Prices Influence Auto Buyers

May 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

While gas prices continue to flirt with $3-a-gallon, consumers are looking more closely at the size and fuel efficiency of their vehicles. According to an Associated Press report, the latest Consumer Reports Auto Pulse Survey finds 37% of consumers saying gasoline prices are so high they are looking at replacing their current vehicles with more fuel-efficient vehicles – mainly hybrid models. Of those who may replace their vehicles, 50% are considering gasoline-electric hybrids. Another 38%... Read more

KOA Free Camping Program a Success

May 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Company-owned and franchised KOA campgrounds gave away 13,676 free campnights May 12 during its annual “Come Camp With Us” promotion, while also raising more than $75,000 for KOA Care Camp over that weekend to send kids with cancer to summer camp. “One of our properties in Monroe County, Mich., raised $8,200,” said Mike Gast, director of communications for KOA Inc., Billings, Mont. “They go whole hog with all sorts of fund-raising things going on all weekend.” This is the third year that... Read more

FreedomRoads, CWI Host Indy 500 Expo

May 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago-based national dealer network FreedomRoads LLC, in partnership with RV accessories retailer Camping World Inc. (CWI), will be hosting the first-ever Expo May 25-28 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The event coincides with the running of the Indy 500 scheduled for Memorial Day weekend. According to FreedomRoads, the expo will cover three city blocks outside the Brickyard and offer a full array of accessories and RVs for sale, including Fleetwood motorhomes, Keystone fifth-wheels... Read more

Pump Prices May Hold at $2.60 a Gallon

May 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

While U.S. retail gasoline prices fell sharply in the last week, the national pump price should stay above $2.60 a gallon for the summer, the government’s top energy forecasting agency said Wednesday (May 24). Reuters reported that the national price for regular unleaded gasoline dropped 6.4 cents over the last week to $2.88 a gallon, as crude oil costs declined. Consumers are still paying 76 cents a gallon more at the pump than they were a year ago heading into the Memorial Day holiday weekend,... Read more

Monaco to Produce Dodge Brand RVs

May 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., announced today (May 23) an agreement with the Dodge brand for exclusive use of the Dodge logo and designs on travel trailers, fifth-wheels and sport utility recreational vehicles (SURVs) in the U.S. and Canada. Under the agreement, Monaco Coach will manufacture Dodge-themed trailers over the next three years. Marketing activities are scheduled to begin on June 30 with products available on Sept. 30. “We’re pleased to team up with the Dodge brand, which... Read more

Wisconsin Parks Bolster State Economy

May 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Wisconsin’s 95 state parks, representing the nation’s oldest state park system, attract 14 million visitors annually and generate an estimated $650 million in tourism dollars, according to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette. “We’re a big part of the tourism economy in the state,” said Peter Biermeier, section chief for external relations for Wisconsin state parks, citing information gleaned in a 2002 study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “We’re an important... Read more

Stat Surveys: March Towables Fall 10%

May 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales dipped 10.1% in March from 2005, including a 12% drop in fifth-wheel retail registrations, according Statistical Surveys Inc. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based independent marketing firm noted that the monthly totals were gauged against last year’s 25-year benchmark for March towable sales. In addition, information was incomplete for the states of Washington, Mississippi and Montana. Overall towable retail registrations fell to 24,089 units compared with 26,782 a year ago while first-quarter... Read more

Spader: Dealer 1Q Costs Creep Higher

May 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The effects of rising interest rates crept into the bottom lines of recreational vehicle dealerships during the first quarter of 2006, according to Spader Business Management. All dealer categories showed higher spending during the three-month period, although costs for smaller dealers were essentially flat. Larger dealerships, defined as those with annual income over $10 million, were the only group to show an average net profit at $82,042 for the quarter, but it was 17% lower than the previous... Read more

Thor Reports Record 3Q Earnings, Sales

May 23, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. eclipsed $2 billion in sales for its first nine months, ended April 30, as the Jackson Center, Ohio-based company reported record third quarter revenue and earnings. Investors responded to the healthy report, which exceeded analysts’ expectations, as Thor shares rose sharply in afternoon trading and ended the day up $2.11 at $48.01 per share. “We continue to outperform the RV industry in both segments, motorhomes and towables,” said Thor Chairman Wade F. B. Thompson. “Our... Read more

Boomers Power Spike in RV Ownership

May 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Russ and Jean Glines have picked the theme music to herald their transition from living in a 3,000-square foot country club home to full-time roadies in a 400-square-foot recreational vehicle, according to an Associated Press report. The Glines, 43-year-old mortgage brokers, are among a growing number of Baby Boomers who have pushed the number of RV owners to record levels, including some who hit the road full time while continuing to pursue their careers. “There’s two CDs by the Allman... Read more

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