<I>Woodall’s</I> 2007 Directory Out in December

November 30, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The latest edition of the campground industry’s largest sourcebook, the 2007 Woodall’s North American Campground Directory, will be released in December to campers, distributors and retailers across the continent. The 71st annual edition contains 14,000 listings and numerous enhancements plus more than 280,000 changes from the 2006 edition. Included is instant Internet & Wi-Fi information, hundreds of locations of RV sales/service dealerships in addition to fun attractions to visit while... Read more

Louisville Show Had Something for Everybody

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As attendees of the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show begin their respective sojourns home today (Nov. 30), a number of interesting and memorable events have emerged. And, according to the Indiana’s South Bend Tribune, highlights of the Louisville, Ky., show ranged from amusing musical numbers to interesting RV building trends. Here, then, are some glimpses from around the Kentucky Exposition Center, where the RV industry wraps up its annual trade show today. • During Tuesday’s Outlook... Read more

RVDA Canada Works to Recruit RV Personnel

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The board of directors of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers (RVDA) of Canada has taken several steps to help recruit qualified workers to the RV industry. “One of the main areas of concentration has been that of dealership recruitment,” wrote H. Wayne Hambly, RVDA of Canada president, in the association’s 2006 edition of The RV Compass, its annual publication. The industry is growing in Canada, however, “with growth comes a shortage of qualified people to do the job,” the magazine notes. Several... Read more

Damon Unveils First Five-Slide Class A

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Damon Motor Coach is debuting the first five-slideout floorplan in a Class A motorhome in its Tuscany diesel pusher series this week at the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. Built on a 31,000-pound GVWR Freightliner XC raised-rail chassis powered by a 350-hp Caterpillar C7 engine, the 40-foot Tuscany “Pent” House features three driver-side and two passenger-side slideouts. A double-sided entertainment center room divider – equipped with LCD... Read more

Outlook Breakfast Touts Industry Optimism

November 29, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorhome sales are slipping, towables are not, and overall the RV industry continues to grow, according to today’s (Nov. 29) South Bend, Ind., Tribune. That was the message Tuesday from Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon at the National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The industry expects to ship around 385,500 units in 2006, Coon said at the annual Outlook Breakfast presentation attended by 1,040 people. And take out 36,100 emergency housing... Read more

Carriage Debuts Forward-Looking Domani Fiver

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The Domani, a concept fifth-wheel trailer incorporating both marine and automotive influences from Carriage Inc., Millersburg, Ind., is on display this week for the first time at the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. Expected to be in production in April, Domani, which will feature three 29 to 32-foot floorplans with an empty weight of about 9,000 pounds, is intended for towing by half- or three-quarter-ton pickup trucks. “There isn’t a... Read more

Newmar Adds Full-Wall Slides to Key Class A’s

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Newmar Corp. has added full-wall slideout floorplans to its Dutch Star diesel and Canyon Star (pictured) gas Class A motorhome series for 2007. “These floorplans give the consumers more living space and more of a residential-style feel in their motorhome,” said John Sammut, vice president of sales and marketing, for the Nappanee, Ind., firm. The full-wall floorplans, along with new Cypress and Torrey Pine fifth-wheel side-aisle layouts, made their debut this week at the 44th Annual National RV... Read more

N.J. Park Trailer Market Faces Tough Regs

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The recreational park trailer industry is coming off its second best year in history but with an eye on pending government regulation that would threaten future sales in one of its top 10 markets. Twenty-three members of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) attended the trade group’s 14th annual meeting in October in Middlebury, Ind., and discussed progress their association has made in the past year. Industry shipments for 2006 will fall short of the record 10,000 set... Read more

Coon: Quality Task Force Findings Due for ’07

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Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and a catalyst for the industrywide push into quality issues, expects five task forces under the direction of the Go RVing Coalition’s Committee on Excellence (COE) to have concrete recommendations to improve quality by early summer. “We don’t want it to drag along too long,” said Coon, who comments came after somewhat of a lull in public statements regarding a quality initiative engineered by Coon and the coalition... Read more

Peterson Debuts Hydralift Fiver at Louisville

November 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Fifth-wheel manufacturer Peterson Industries Inc. is introducing a 750-pound capacity hydraulic lift that carries motorcycles, golf carts or other toys on the outside of Excel coaches. The lift system is making its debut at the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show that opens today (Nov. 28) at the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. Peterson will install the Hydralift as a $4,875 option on 30- to 38-foot floorplans in the company’s Excel RT, Classic and Limited fifth-wheel brands. “We are... Read more

Investment Firm, Bob Lee, to Acquire WRV

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An investment firm working with Country Coach Inc. founder Bob Lee has agreed to acquire and recapitalize Western Recreational Vehicles Inc. (WRV), a maker of high-end motorhomes and trailers based in Washington. Lee, who is investing in the acquisition by Monomoy Capital Partners L.P., New York, will become chairman of the board of directors, according to a Monomoy release. Western RV will continue to operate from its 400,000-square foot manufacturing and service facilities in Yakima, where the... Read more

LSI Posts 13% Revenue Boost for ’06

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Revenues for Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, were up 13% in 2006 and camper nights grew by 8% in the U.S. and dipped slightly in Canada, Rob Schutter, president and CEO of Milford, Ohio-based LSI told a record number of attendees at the company’s Annual Symposium. The symposium Nov. 17-10 at the Embassy Suites and Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington, Ky., attracted 66 of LSI’s 70 franchisees. The Jellystone Park system is... Read more

RV Sauna Introduced at Louisville Show

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Michigan supplier Grand Packaging Inc. today (Nov. 28) introduced the first, compact, deep-heat sauna unit specifically designed for recreational vehicles during the 44th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The Grand RV Sauna is installed in an area the size of an average RV closet and uses a self-venting, infrared dry-heating element as a safe alternative to traditional fire or steam-heated saunas. Its quick-heating technology creates an environment of up to 150 degrees F. in approximately... Read more

Dover Tries to Limit Boat/RV Parking

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The Dover, (Del.), City Council has passed on first reading an ordinance that would make it illegal to park a recreational vehicle, trailer or boat longer than 35 feet in a residential zone for more than 24 hours, according to The News Journal. Vehicles and boats less than 35 feet long would have to be parked in a garage or behind the house, and would have to be a minimum of 5 feet from the side and rear property lines. The proposal has been sent to the city Planning Commission, which will consider... Read more

National RV to Sell, Lease Back Plant Space

November 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

National R.V. Holdings Inc.’s management hopes to generate some momentum for its products at this week’s 44th Annual National RV Trade Show in light of its announcement late Wednesday (Nov. 22) that it will sell and then lease back its 50-acre Perris, Calif., property to Warrior Holdings Inc., which markets Weekend Warrior-branded recreational vehicles. The transaction infuses $33.5 million of capital into beleaguered National RV, which is located in the same Southern California city, enabling... Read more

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