News Flash: Warrior-NRV Deal Unravels

December 28, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

EDITOR’S NOTE: We are posting the following story due to its significance to the industry although our website will continue to be idle during the holiday period. We will restart the site the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 2. National RV Holdings Inc. today (Dec. 28) announced that it has entered into a new agreement to sell and lease back property at its headquarters in Perris, Calif., with First Industrial Acquisitions Inc. According to a press release, the previous agreement entered into on Nov. 22... Read more

Motor Trend Names Silverado Top Truck

December 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The redesigned 2007 Chevrolet Silverado has been chosen as Truck of the Year by Motor Trend magazine. “The Silverado impressed us most of all because it is a great reworking of an iconic American vehicle,” said Motor Trend editor-in-chief Angus McKenzie. The Silverado was one of five trucks eligible to be selected for the Motor Trend award. Of those, four were General Motors vehicles based on the same engineering platform as the Silverado. The other three were the Chevrolet Avalanche... Read more

Western RV’s Defender Offers Versatility

December 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Alpenlite Defender, Western RV Inc.’s new sport utility fifth-wheel (SURV), shouldn’t be called a toy hauler but instead a ramp trailer, insists Burk Morgan, vice president and director of sales for the Yakima, Wash., manufacturer. “There are many different ways to arrange a fifth-wheel garage,” Morgan says. “It can be configured as a hobby room or a second bedroom temporarily. Being a ramp trailer leaves it up to the imagination of the prospective hauler.” The Alpenlite Defender,... Read more

Core Consumer Inflation Flat in November

December 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumer prices were flat in November, the Commerce Department reported Friday (Dec. 22), bringing the year-over-year increase in core inflation down to 2.2%, closer to the Federal Reserve’s comfort zone of 2%. CBS MarketWatch reported that the personal consumption expenditure price index was unchanged, as was the core PCE price index, which excludes food and energy prices. It was the lowest core inflation in four years. Core prices have risen at a 1.8% annual rate over the past three months. Before... Read more

Monaco Expands Entry-Level Class A Lineup

December 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Looking to appeal to the growing entry-level motorhome market, Monaco Coach Corp. has introduced the gas-powered 2007 Holiday Rambler Arista/Safari Passage Class A motorhome with a $78,000 retail base price. Available in five 29- to 34-foot floorplans with up to three slideouts, the fiberglass-skinned, aluminum-framed Arista/Passage made its debut at the recent National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The coach is built standard on Ford F-53 chassis or optional Workhorse W-series chassis with GVWRs... Read more

CWI, Gander Mountain Opening New Stores

December 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor retailer Gander Mountain will enter the Bowling Green, Ky., market with an almost $20 million investment to build a new store that will be located along Interstate 65 and adjacent to a new Camping World Inc. (CWI) store. The Bowling Green Daily News reported that the new store will be Gander Mountain’s 109th and one of 12 stores opened nationwide next year, according to CEO Mark Baker. The 65,000-square-foot store will employ a sales staff of 80 people. Camping... Read more Taking Holiday Hiatus

December 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The website will be idle beginning at the end of business hours today (Dec. 22) through Monday, Jan. 1, as our staff takes some time off for the holidays. We’ll be up and running on Tuesday, Jan. 2, delivering the latest industry news. We wish everyone a safe, relaxing and enjoyable holiday period.  Read More →

Pamela Anderson’s Airstream Gets Facelift

December 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Newly single again actress Pam Anderson is working with a Long Island, N.Y., company specializing in custom auto work for celebrities to revamp her personal Airstream trailer. According to a press release, Anderson has placed an order with Will Castro and his crew from Unique Autosports to customize her ‘Lovestream’ trailer with, among other things, white shag carpeting, mirrors on the ceiling and a round vibrating bed. “This thing will be off the chain,” Castro said. “Pam gave... Read more

Stat Surveys: Oct. Towable Sales Drop 6.2%

December 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable sales were down slightly for the fifth straight month in October, in part due to unfavorable comparisons with last year’s market boosted by sales of units for hurricane relief. According to Grand Rapids, Mich., marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., overall towable sales fell 6.2% to 17,057 units from 18,188 a year ago while totals for the first 10 months showed a 1.8% dip to 233,802 units sold versus 238,033 in 2005. The travel trailer sector declined 5.5% in October, with 10,219 units... Read more

Gillette Recruiting RVers to Fill Service Jobs

December 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The growing community of Gillette in northeast Wyoming hopes to tap a mobile national pool of active RV enthusiasts to help solve its shortage of workers in the service sector. Ruth Benson, executive director of the Campbell County Economic Development Corp., recently outlined a plan whereby as many as 100 full-service campsites would be made available for $12 a day in the community’s CAM-PLEX park for RVers who come to fill temporary jobs in local restaurants and other retail service businesses.... Read more

Fed’s Lacker: Inflation Main Risk to Economy

December 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Richmond Federal Reserve Bank President Jeffrey Lacker said on Thursday (Dec. 21) U.S. growth should pick up gradually next year and warned the main threat to this benign outlook was higher inflation, according to a Reuters report. “The risk that core inflation surges again, or does not subside as desired, clearly remains the predominant macroeconomic policy risk,” he told the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce in a lunchtime speech. Lacker has dissented in the last four policy meetings of... Read more

Carpenter’s RV Joins Tiffin Dealer Network

December 21, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Tiffin Motor Homes Inc., Red Bay, Ala., has signed on Carpenter’s RV Superstore as a member of the manufacturer’s dealer network. Carpenter’s RV, a full-line retailer based in Pensacola, Fla., was founded in 1964 and remains a family-owned company. “The business practices of Tiffin Motor Homes and Carpenter’s RV are so much alike,” said Carpenter’s President Mark Carpenter. “Service makes the difference, whatever it takes for our customers. Business goes where... Read more

KOA Buys South Padre Island Campground

December 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has purchased a 208-site, upscale campground in South Padre Island, Texas, representing the eighth facility added to the KOA system in 2006. According to a press release, the South Padre Island KOA, formerly known as the Destination RV Resort, is on more than 14 acres just ¼-mile south of Padre Island’s Queen Isabella Causeway. The campground has 208 full-service sites that offer up to 50-amp service along with one- and two-bedroom condo... Read more

New Idaho Firm to Transport Dutchmen RVs

December 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

A local official recently launched Direct RV Transport, a company that will transport recreational vehicles to western dealers from Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc.’s new towable plant in Burley, Idaho. The South Idaho Press reported that owner Bob Shepard, executive director of the Mini-Cassia Economic Development Commission (EDC), is hoping to contract with up to 50 independent drivers to deliver the RVs, most of which will be bound for Seattle. Dutchmen began production at the new facility – a... Read more

’08 Vehicles Subject to New Mileage Ratings

December 20, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Fuel economy ratings of cars and trucks will drop significantly starting with 2008 models, some of which will go on sale early next year. According to a USA Today report, the declines are because the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is using more-realistic conditions to estimate the mileage cars and trucks will get. The vehicles themselves, in most cases, haven’t changed, only the formula used to assign fuel economy numbers. Fuel-saving gasoline electric hybrids will see the biggest drops... Read more

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