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Cheney’s Transport Contains Airstream Unit

February 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

A customized Airstream RV provided quarters for Vice President Dick Cheney during his recent swing through Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to a report in the Chicago Tribune. The Airstream was on board a C-17 transport, dubbed “The Spirit of Strom Thurmond,” which took Cheney on quick trips in the region where he met with officials. While in Afghanistan Tuesday (Feb. 27), Cheney was targeted by Taliban terrorists in a suicide bombing attack at Bagram Air Base. The vice president was unharmed. The... Read more

Winter Texans Protest ‘Double Taxation’ Law

February 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

A swarm of 50 Winter Texans, mostly RVers from the area’s 60 RV parks, descended Tuesday (Feb. 27) upon the county commissioners court in Edinburg, Texas, to protest taxation of their vehicles/dwellings as real property by both Hidalgo and Cameron counties. According to a report in The Monitor, they are the only two Texas jurisdictions who hit RVers with a property tax on top of sales taxes paid when units were bought. The issue has sizzled for a decade through legislative changes and opinions... Read more

Fed Chief’s Optimism on Economy Still Intact

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Fed chief Ben Bernanke on Wednesday (Feb. 28) said his optimism about the U.S. economic outlook hasn’t been shaken by recent economic data or the stock market decline on Tuesday. “Taking all the new data into account, there is really no material change in our expectations for the U.S. economy since I last reported to Congress a couple of weeks ago,” Bernanke said. “We are looking for moderate growth in the U.S. economy going forward,” Bernanke said. CBS MarketWatch reported... Read more

Dealers Set Sales Record at Utah Retail Show

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Blaine Jensen RV Center and Ardell Brown RV, FreedomRoads dealers based in Salt Lake City, Utah, are coming off their best retail show in history. The sister dealerships sold more than 300 units at the 42nd Annual Sportsman’s Vacation and RV Show, which concluded Sunday (Feb. 25) at the South Towne Exposition Center in Salt Lake City. The four-day show featured more than $20 million in a full range of recreational vehicles, displayed by 26 northern Utah dealerships. “I’ve been doing this since... Read more

Supplier Decorator Industries Incurs 4Q Loss

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Interior furnishing supplier Decorator Industries reported a net loss for its fourth quarter, contributing to a decline in earnings for the fiscal year ended Dec. 30. Net income for the year was $0.4 million compared with $1.4 million the previous year while sales increased 3% to $52.2 million from $50.5 million. For the quarter, the Pembroke, Fla.-based company reported a net loss of $0.3 million versus net income of $0.4 million the year prior. Sales for the three-month period fell to $10.6 million... Read more

Proposed NPS Budget Hike Draws Support

February 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

President George W. Bush has proposed a $258 million increase in funding for the National Park Service’s operating budget for 2008, a move that has drawn ready approval from factions that lobby for increased financial support of public lands. While the proposal still leaves the financially troubled park service an estimated half-billion dollars short of its actual annual operating budget needs, the proposed increase has been widely praised by outdoor recreation groups concerned over the deteriorating... Read more

GMAC Offers RV Insurance Through Agencies

February 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

GMAC Insurance announced today (Feb. 27) the nationwide rollout of its specialized RV insurance through independent agencies. According to a press release, the move comes as part of a GMAC Insurance initiative to expand its product offerings sold through approximately 10,000 independent agencies across the country. Since 1978, GMAC has sold its RV insurance directly to RVers. “We recognize that an RV is more than just a big car, so we created insurance coverage to truly fit the way RVers live,”... Read more

Report: Feb. Consumer Confidence Improves

February 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumer confidence rose to its highest level in five-and-a-half years amid optimism that the nation’s economy is creating enough jobs, a private research group said Tuesday (Feb, 27). According to an Associated Press report, the New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index rose to 112.5, up from a revised 110.2 in January. Analysts had expected the reading to be 109. The February index was the highest since August 2001, when the reading was 114, indicating that consumers... Read more

Wall Street Tumbles as Stocks Fall Worldwide

February 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Stocks plummeted Tuesday (Feb. 27), hurtling the Dow Jones industrials down more than 500 points before gaining some of the loss back. The Dow finished down 416 points while the Nasdaq index gave away 97 points. The Associated Press reported that Wall Street joined a global market plunge sparked by growing concerns that the U.S. and Chinese economies are cooling and that equities prices have become overinflated. A 9% slide in Chinese stocks, which came a day after investors sent Shanghai’s... Read more

Municipal Parking Ordinances Plague RVers

February 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following story published in the Long Beach (Calif.) Press-Telegram typifies problems shared by RVers across country that face increased restrictions on residential parking for their vehicles. With limited storage in many areas, or the added expense if there is space available, RVs are running out of options. For Ed Peck, parking his trailer has become a hard load to tow. If he parks his 30-foot-long Vortex in his driveway, he is subject to property code violation enacted by... Read more

Riley Calls Country Coach Buy ‘A Great Deal’

February 26, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Los Angeles investment banker Bryant Riley, the new majority owner of Junction City, Ore., motorhome maker Country Coach Inc., said he’s “not an RV guy,” but he knows a good deal when he sees one. “I’m a contrarian investor who tries to find value,” he said. According to the Register Guard, Junction City, when the opportunity arose to wrest Country Coach away from its financially ailing parent, Perris, Calif.-based National RV Holdings Inc., Riley pounced. “If... Read more

Fleetwood Lays off 54 Workers at Ky. Plant

February 26, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprices Inc. has laid off 54 employees at its Campbellsville, Ky., plant, according to a report in the Central Kentucky News Journal. The recreational vehicle builder laid off the employees on Friday (Feb. 16). The majority of those who lost their jobs were assembly line workers. “These layoffs were made in response to an adjustment in production needs,” said Heather Everett, public relations/advertising manager for Fleetwood’s RV division. According to Lyle Larkin,... Read more

NATM Holds Confab, Hopes to Gain Members

February 26, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

More than a dozen seminars – including the session shown here on producing effective product manuals – were among the highlights of the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) Annual Convention and Trade Show Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Fla. Topics of other seminars included quality and lean manufacturing, brakes and tire ratings, boat-trailer certification, stress management, franchise laws and safety training. “We kept the workshops... Read more

MECOA Opposes State Lodging Tax Increase

February 26, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA) solidified its opposition to a 7% to 10% increase in the state’s lodging tax to pay for land conservation during its annual meeting Feb. 9 at the Portland Sports Center. “We aren’t necessarily against that,” said Rick Abare, executive director of the Lewiston, Me.-based association. “It just doesn’t need to be on the back of campers and people staying in hotels. We already are the highest taxed state in the nation and the only... Read more

Economic Panel Sees Modest Growth in 2007

February 26, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. economy appears to be getting on a sustainable growth path with gross domestic product (GDP) expected to grow 2.8% in 2007, and the risks of inflation are slightly higher than those of an economic slowdown, according to a survey of economists released on Monday (Feb. 26). Reuters reported that economists surveyed for the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) forecast predicted that warm weather conditions that boosted economic activity late last year would not cut into growth... Read more

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