RV, Boat Users Adjust to Pump Prices

July 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

High gas prices and rising interest rates may be pinching pocketbooks, but they aren’t keeping Americans from firing up their recreational vehicles or motor boats. The Associated Press reported that RVs and boats are still relatively cheap getaways for both aging baby boomers and younger families. And global tensions are prompting more folks to opt for domestic travel instead of overseas excursions. Nearly 8 million U.S. households now own some sort of recreational vehicle, according to a University... Read more

MSNBC Report Probes Formaldehyde Use

July 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story published by examines the use of formaldehyde and its alleged link to illness in travel trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to victims of Hurricane Katrina and other U.S. disasters. A class-action lawsuit naming six RV manufacturers and FEMA was filed in Louisiana following air quality tests performed by the Sierra Club on 44 FEMA trailers. FEMA argues the trailers are safe and the small incidence of adverse reactions... Read more

Website Names Popular Camping States

July 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment, an online classified ad service and division of Trader Publishing Co., recently reported that Florida and California are the most requested states by visitors who search the website’s campground database. According to a press release, campground searches performed on in the past 6 months showed 12% of campground seekers are interested in parking their RVs in Florida. California was second with with 10% planning camping trips in the state. Trailing far behind... Read more

FEMA Supplying Units to Flood Victims

July 24, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), along with state and local governments, said Monday (July 24) it will be providing travel trailers as temporary housing to the New York state region’s flood victims. According to a report in the Press & Sun-Bulletin, Binghamton, N.Y., displaced residents must meet certain qualifications to receive the units. Applicants must be homeowners and have enough room on their property for the 8-by-30-foot trailers, as well as available utility hook ups,... Read more

Auction Held at Defunct Chinook Plant

July 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

More than 100 people showed up for an opportunity to bid on everything from upholstery to machinery at the defunct Trail Wagons/Chinook RV plant in Yakima, Wash. The Yakima Herald Republic reported that the bidders included owners seeking parts for their RVs and others who bought manufacturing equipment for RV businesses, said Ron Hannon, an auctioneer for James G. Murphy Inc., the firm which ran the auction for Trail Wagons. “They are getting bargains,” he said. Julie Murphy, CFO of... Read more

Stat Surveys: Towable Sales Flat in May

July 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales continued to keep pace with last year’s retail market, up 0.2% in May and 0.9% for the first five months, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based independent marketing firm reported that overall towable retail registrations totaled 28,991 units for the month compared with 28,940 a year ago. Year-to-date, 111,181 towable units were sold versus 110,221 last year. The retail arena lagged behind the wholesale market in May, which saw a 40% surge in travel trailer... Read more

FEMA Offers Trailer Purchase Plan in Miss.

July 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The travel trailers and mobile homes that more than 10,000 Jackson County, Miss., residents have called home over the past 10 months are now up for sale. According to a report in the Mississippi Press, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) spokesman Eugene Breazany said that “qualified” residents can purchase the units outright purchase or through auction. The sales are handled by FEMA, as the government agency attempts to help storm victims return to pre-Katrina conditions. Breazany said... Read more

KVH Industries Publishes ‘White Paper’

July 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

KVH Industries recently published its new white paper, “Satellite TV Technology for Recreational Vehicles,” which offers an overview of satellite TV technology used by RV owners. Topics addressed include: • Satellite TV 101: How satellites and antennas work together • Comparing hardware: Understanding pop-up, crank-up, and domed antennas • Stationary vs. In-motion satellite TV: Staying entertained while on the move. • Size matters: How antenna size affects reception quality •... Read more

Breckenridge Debuts Atrium Floorplan

July 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational park trailer manufacturer Breckenridge for 2007 has introduced a 40-foot triple-slide atrium floorplan with a 9 1/2-foot sloped ceiling. “It’s another way for us to go after a modern look that people want to see,” said Tim Howard, president of the Nappanee, Ind., Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary. “It’s a little more edgy design-wise, yet it is designed to compete in the RV park that insists on a conventional-looking product.” The 8 1/2-foot Breckenridge 102 Atrium,... Read more

Monaco Expects ‘Break-Even’ 2Q Income

July 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach Corp. said second-quarter net income will be approximately break-even and revenue will rise to $320 million from $305 million, as Class A motorhome shipments fell below estimates. In a preliminary statement, the Coburg, Ore.-based motorhome and towable builder noted that due to the soft market “capacity utilization was less than expected,” which negatively impacted the company’s gross revenues. “We believe the impact of higher interest rates and higher fuel prices on consumer... Read more

Wal-Mart Canada Supports Camping Ban

July 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

After 45 years of lobbying the provincial government to crack down on illegal camping in Nova Scotia, Canada, the camping industry is now receiving help from a company that has long benefited from the practice – Wal-Mart. According to the Chronicle Herald, Halifax, the retailer has begun posting signs in parking lots informing RV owners about a provincial law that prohibits the practice and asking them not to park overnight, says Leanne Hachey of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business. Wal-Mart... Read more

‘RV’ Star Daniels Slated for RVDA Confab

July 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The roster of events slated for the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo, running Sept. 26-29 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nev., will include “An Evening with Jeff Daniels,” star of the movie “RV.” Daniels will perform songs from his new CD “Live and Unplugged” during this special evening event on Sept. 28. In addition to being a veteran film star, Daniels is a singer, songwriter and an avid RVer. His current CD features several tunes shaped by his motorhome... Read more

Newmar Expands Gas Class A Offerings

July 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorized and towable manufacturer Newmar Corp., Nappanee, Ind., has introduced two new gasoline-powered Class A motorhomes for 2007, including the mid-priced, $112,392 (base MSRP) Canyon Star shown here. Available in six double- and one triple-slideout floorplans, Canyon Star is built on a 22,000-pound GVWR Ford F-53 chassis with a 362-hp gas engine or a Workhorse W-20 or W-22 platform rated at 20,000- and 22,000-pounds GVWR respectively. The triple slide layout features a fold-down bed on the rear... Read more

Fed’s ‘Uncertainty’ Drags Down Stocks

July 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. stock losses mounted Thursday (July 20) after the minutes of the latest Federal Reserve meeting on interest rates showed “significant uncertainty” among members about the appropriate level of interest rates going forward. CBS MarketWatch reported that the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC), the Fed’s interest-rate setting body, intended in its June 29 policy statement to signal to the markets that rate hikes at future meetings were no longer “foreordained,” according... Read more

Tiffin Expands Diesel Usage to 80%

July 19, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Continuing its emphasis on diesel power, Tiffin Motorhomes Inc. has announced plans to add a diesel option for 2007 Allegro models priced in the $100,000 range, building on the success the company has achieved with moderately higher priced Allegro Bay models on Freightliner’s front-engine-diesel “FRED” chassis. The FRED option, offering the Cummins 5.9-liter, 300-hp engine coupled with an Allison 5-speed transmission, will complement Ford and Workhorse chassis choices in the Allegro... Read more

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