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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

Calif. Parks Filling up for Camping Season

February 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Reservations for California state park campgrounds have reached a feverish high, already closing down some of the choicest coastal sites this season until next winter, particularly on weekends. “We Californians love our outback; that’s part of the reason we’re in this state,” said Roy Stearns, spokesman for the state Department of Parks and Recreation. The Sacramento Bee reported that rising gasoline prices, greater desire for family time and a connection to the outdoors have... Read more

Mich. Airplane Builder Designs ‘Egg Camper’

February 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Palmer doesn’t hesitate to pound on his 17-foot travel trailer with his fist. The Grandville, Mich., entrepreneur smiles when he does it. And, just as suddenly, he comes to the point. “Do that to another trailer at an RV show and see what happens. This is a strong shape. And shape is everything.” According to a report in the Grand Rapids Press, the unit is smooth and rounded, much like an egg, which is why Palmer calls his new line of travel trailers Egg Campers. His is not... Read more

Heartland RV Eyeing Travel Trailer Market

February 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC is developing plans to introduce its first travel trailer line by year-end, representing part of a proposed expansion for the builder following an infusion of capital by a Connecticut investment firm. “I think it’s reasonable to assume that Heartland by this time next year will have a presence in the travel trailer side of the business,” Brian Brady, Heartland chairman, told RV Business. “We have a detailed plan, but at this point we prefer not to discuss... Read more

Crude Prices Fluctuate on Iran, Supply News

February 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Oil prices dipped Friday (Feb. 23), wiping out gains earlier in the day that had boosted prices to the highest level so far this year. The Associated Press reported that light, sweet crude for April delivery slipped 11 cents to $60.84 in afternoon trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices climbed as high as $61.80 earlier in the session, setting a new peak for 2007. Oil ended 2006 at $61.05. Prices earlier rose on tensions with oil-producing Iran and expectations of continued pressure on... Read more

DaimlerChrysler Ships New Sprinter to OEMs

February 23, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The redesigned Sprinter commercial van from DaimlerChrysler AG – used by RV OEMs for van campers and minimotorhomes – will be easier to work with than its recently retired predecessor, DaimlerChrysler officials indicate. “It’s a little longer, wider and higher, which will bring advantages to RV manufacturers in terms of space itself,” said Claus Tritt, DaimlerChrysler senior manager of commercial vehicles. “It will be even easier to work with than the old Sprinter. This is all new... Read more

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