Fleetwood Introduces RedLine Toy Hauler

September 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Industries Inc. debuted the value-priced 2007 RedLine sport utility recreation vehicle (SURV) during its 2006 National Dealer Meeting Aug. 27-29 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nev., the company’s first in six years. With a base MSRP of $21,525, Redline features four travel trailer and two fifth-wheel floorplans – three of which are configured to sleep up to 10 people – representing the Riverside, Calif., manufacturer’s third toy hauler series along with the GearBox and... Read more

Upbeat Outlook Outshines Rain in Hershey

September 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite the same type of weather problems that have seemingly plagued RV shows all year, the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Show drew more people Sept. 13-17 at Hersheypark/Giant Center in Hershey, Pa., than it did last year during its inaugural show at the sprawling entertainment complex. Rain fell steadily the first two retail days at Hershey, the nation’s premier East Coast RV show. “Actually, we couldn’t have accommodated many more attendees,” reported Rebecca A.... Read more

Coast Names Musbach President and COO

September 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle and marine aftermarket supplier Coast Distribution System Inc., Morgan Hill, Calif., announced today (Sept. 27) that Jim Musbach is joining the company as its president and COO. According to a press release, Musbach is filling two formerly vacant positions within the company and will be responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of Coast’s sales and marketing efforts. Musbach, 56, previously served as president of Coast from 1994-1995. Most recently he served... Read more

Actuant Posts Record 4Q, Year-End Profits

September 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Diversified manufacturer Actuant Corp. today (Sept. 26) announced record sales and earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter and year-end, driven by “strong base business growth and sales from acquired businesses.” For the quarter, ended Aug. 31, Actuant had net income of $25.2 million compared to $19.1 million a year ago while sales increased approximately 21% to $324.6 million from $269.4 million. Net income for fiscal 2006 was $92.6 million compared to $71.3 million the prior year as sales increased... Read more

Wholesale Shipments Level Out in August

September 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

After 12 straight months of year-over-year gains, the towable sector showed a slight decline in August wholesale shipments while the Class A market registered another double-digit drop. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that overall shipments were down 2.4% for the month with 32,800 units delivered versus 33,600 a year ago. For the first eight months, shipments totaled 288,300 units, representing an 11.1% increase from 259,500 in 2005. Travel trailers, which have driven... Read more

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

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