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Rally Goers Enjoying Lower Pump Prices

September 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Even as uncertainties swirled around oil production and crude-oil futures, a circle of friends shared stories and laughs in the early afternoon, showing no signs of anxiety over paying for the fuel that made this trip to Wichita Falls, Texas, possible. And, according to a report in the Times Record News, no one was complaining about the significant drop in gas prices, either. “We were glad to see it was $2.42 here,” said Nancy King, who arrived Monday from the Houston area. King and fellow... Read more

Thetford’s Harris, Tierney Promoted

September 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Jack Tierney has been promoted to president and CEO of Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp., which includes its subsidiary Norcold Inc. and its European operations, Thetford b.v. Tierney will succeed Michael J. Harris, who is being elevated to president and COO of Thetford’s parent company, Dyson-Kissner-Moran (DKM) Corp. of New York. The management announcements came in mid-September and are effective Feb. 1. Tierney joined Thetford from DKM in 2000 as CFO. He was promoted to senior vice president,... Read more

CanaDream Reports Flat 1Q Revenues

September 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Canadian RV rental firm CanaDream Corp. reported flat sales and a decrease in earnings for its fiscal first quarter, ended July 31. The Calgary, Alberta-based company posted revenues of $6.65 million (Canadian) compared with $6.7 million last year while earnings decreased 12.4% to $1.3 million compared to $1.5 million. CanaDream said the quarter saw slightly higher numbers of average unit availability and a 3.3% higher number of rental nights, but average rental rate per night decreased by 3.3% in... Read more

Consumer Confidence Improves in Sept.

September 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. consumer confidence rebounded in September, the Conference Board said Tuesday (Sept. 26). CBS MarketWatch reported that the consumer confidence index rose to 104.5 in September from a revised nine-month low of 100.2 in August. The rebound was stronger than expected. Economists had forecast the index to increase to 102.7 from the initial August reading of 99.6, according to a survey conducted by MarketWatch. Stocks moved higher immediately after the confidence report was released. Economists... Read more

Stat Surveys: July Towable Sales Dip 1.5%

September 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

For the second straight month, towable sales decreased from a year ago as July retail registrations were down 1.5%. According to data from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., travel trailers were the only sector to outpace 2005, up 1.3%. Overall July towable registrations totaled 27,167 units compared with 27,578 the previous year. For the first seven months, sales were flat, down 0.2% to 170,809 units from 171,126 last year. The towable retail arena continues to lag... Read more

American RV Expo Dealers Seek City Funds

September 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle dealers operating in the massive American RV Expo in Colton, Calif., want some financial help from the city or they could pick up and move on down the road, according to a report in the Press-Enterprise, Riverside. Three dealerships currently lease space from Villelli Enterprises Inc., an investment firm in La Habra that has owned the 22-acre auto park since 1989. But Villelli, for the first time, has offered to sell them the land, said Dave Altman, owner of Altman’s Winnebago,... Read more

National Parks Report Decline in Camping

September 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The tradition of camping in the national parks is seeing a rapid decline, according to a report in the Denver Post. Overnight stays in national parks fell 20%, to 13.8 million, between 1995 and 2005, and are down another 4.3% for the first eight months of 2006. Among the declines in the 10-year period, tent camping dropped 23%, backcountry camping fell 24% and RV camping was down 31%. “Camping is one of those areas that is a concern to us,” said Butch Street, a statistician for the National... Read more

Ill. Town Bans Overnight Parking Lot Stays

September 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

An Illinois village has ended the hospitality some businesses have shown to semi-trailer truck drivers and recreational vehicle owners who need a place to park overnight and snooze. According to a report in the Chicago Daily Herald, Gurnee Village board members recently banned parking from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, McDonald’s and the former Yao Yao’s restaurant on Grand Avenue near the Tri-State Tollway. Concerns about noise, trash, sanitation and the unsightliness... Read more

Montana ‘Tax Dodge’ Irks Calif. Officials

September 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

In addition to its wide-open skies, roaming grizzlies and world-class fly fishing, Montana has another lure for Californians: the prospect of a tax dodge. The Los Angeles Times reports that much to the displeasure of California law enforcement officials, Montana has become a haven for motorhome owners who prefer not to pay the Golden State’s sales tax when they buy their costly coaches. Montana has no sales tax, and recreational vehicle aficionados are taking a break from their road maps and... Read more

Crude Oil Dips, Some See Continued Drop

September 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Oil prices could fall to the mid-$50s before cold weather or OPEC action stem the steepest slide in crude in 15 years, analysts said. Reuters reported that easing supply concerns and growing inventories have cut U.S. oil prices from a record high $78.40 per barrel in mid-July to around $60 a barrel today, and fundamentals and technical data suggest a further drop. “I think the fundamental picture has not changed and that inventory, growth and risk fundamentals look bearish through the shoulder... Read more

Poulsbo RV Joins Tiffin Dealer Network

September 25, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Poulsbo RV, Washington’s state’s largest RV dealer, has joined Tiffin Motor Homes Inc.’s network of 100 dealerships in the U.S. and Canada. According to a press release, in 2005 Poulsbo RV was ranked the seventh largest dealership in the nation by the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and currently has six Washington locations. “This high-quality dealership is a great addition to the Tiffin network,” says Tiffin Northwest Regional Sales Manager Brian Granlund.... Read more

Florida Begins Placing ‘RV Friendly’ Signs

September 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

With a stroke of a pen on June 8, 2005, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially declared Florida to be a part of the “RV Friendly” highway sign program. The law is designed to help recreational vehicle travelers more easily locate establishments that cater to their needs. According to the Florida Recreation Vehicle Trade Association (FRVTA), the “RV Friendly” markers – bright yellow circles with the letters “RV” – have already started going up on Florida highways. Local... Read more

FEMA Grants Extension to Trailer Tenants

September 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Anxious residents worried about finding permanent housing have an extra 35 days to stay in their government trailers, according to a report in the Pensacola (Fla.) News Tribune. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) this week gave Florida residents still in a FEMA trailer or mobile home as a result of a 2004 hurricane until Oct. 31 to find permanent housing. In Florida’s Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, that comes to 460 families who get a reprieve. “I think it’s going to... Read more

RVIA Spokespersons Promote Tailgating

September 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) newest media spokespersons, the DiEugenio family, will promote RV tailgating and family RV travel as they embark on a tour of NFL football games for the 2006-07 season. The tour will continue through the Super Bowl with stops in major media markets like Houston, Kansas City, Pittsburgh, New York, Miami, Cleveland, San Diego and other cities with AFC football teams. Jay and Karen DiEugenio, along with their three young sons, Nick, 14, Luke, 12 and... Read more

Economists Foresee ‘Sluggish’ U.S. Growth

September 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. economy, socked by lofty oil prices and a slowing housing market, will likely be in a holding pattern for the next couple of years with sluggish growth and some softness in the labor market. Reuters reported that economists say the world’s richest economy is entering this lull plagued by stubbornly high inflation, amid uncertainty over whether higher interest rates are needed to curb price pressures – or lower rates to buffer the economy. “It might not get much worse, but it’s... Read more

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