Manteca Trailer Opening RV Storage Business

March 30, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

California dealer Manteca Trailer & Motorhome has ventured into the RV storage business, selling “condominiums” large enough to park a recreational vehicle, boat or store any other large item. The Manteca Bulletin reported that units at Own Your Own storage condominiums start at $57,995 for a 560-square-foot space and run up to $125,990 for the 1,120-square-foot unit that features a 28-foot cathedral-type ceiling. “It’s like a mini-storage but instead of renting them month to month,... Read more

Good Sam Club Names Welcome Mat Winners

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Each year, the Good Sam Club hands out Welcome Mat Awards, honoring businesses in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate a high level of service for RVers. In all, there are 24 categories voted on by the one million Good Sam Club members, representing a broad spectrum of RV-service related areas – from fast food restaurants to campgrounds to NASCAR events. “RVing attracts families, Baby Boomers, retirees, tailgaters, outdoor enthusiasts and travelers of all kinds,” said Sue Bray, executive director... Read more

KOA Partners with Reno Casino to Run RV Park

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Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has entered into an agreement with Boomtown Casino and Hotel Reno to operate its RV park. According to a press release, the Nevada park – now called the Reno KOA at Boomtown – has 203 full-service RV sites and is located next to the Boomtown Reno, overlooking the Truckee River just west of the city’s downtown area. For several years, KOA has operated the Reno KOA adjacent to the former Reno Hilton, but that location has been designated... Read more

Report: Consumer Spending Rises in February

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Consumers spent more in February while construction spending rose by the largest amount in 11 months, the government said Friday (March 30), in reports that should dispel some of the concerns about the health of the economy. The Associated Press reported that the Commerce Department said consumer spending, bolstered by strong income gains, was up 0.6% last month, the best showing since December. Personal income also rose by 0.6%. Both figures were double what analysts had expected. In a separate... Read more

OEMs Report FMCA Confab Met Expectations

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The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, spiffed up with a $12 million rehab project that included new extra-wide asphalt roads and improved drainage, drew 3,822 family coaches to the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 77th International Convention March 19-22. Fortunately, unlike a spate of recent past international conventions dating back to the ’90s, the new drainage system designed to expel rainwater wasn’t needed as sunshine and moderate spring temperatures... Read more

Joint Venture to Benefit Monaco, International

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As part of a new joint venture, Monaco Coach Corp. and International Truck Corp.’s Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC subsidiary will share engineering and manufacturing facilities to build diesel chassis in Elkhart, Ind. But executives for both companies indicate that the two will keep separate sales, marketing, financing and customer service operations for Monaco’s proprietary Roadmaster and Workhorse’s R-series diesel pusher chassis. “The joint venture is principally a manufacturing... Read more

Calif. City Extends ‘Olive Branch’ to RV Owners

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City leaders in Antioch, Calif., agreed to review and make changes to a controversial ordinance that prohibits homeowners from parking their boats and RVs in their driveways and side yards, according to a report in the Contra Costa Times. Extending an olive branch to members of the boating and RV community, the city council voted late Tuesday (March 27) to create a subcommittee made up of two councilmen and members of the public to review the ordinance and draft a version that’s balanced and... Read more

AGI Selects Allison & Partners as PR Agency

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Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) has selected Allison & Partners, a national independent communications firm, as its official public relations agency of record. According to a press release, AGI and its affiliated companies serve the safety, security, comfort and convenience needs of the North American outdoor and recreational vehicle market. San Francisco-based Allison & Partners will be assisting AGI in the launch process of a new integrated marketing and branding campaign... Read more

Feb. Towable Shipments Down, A’s Improve

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An 11.9% decline in February towable shipments offset improvement in the motorhome sector, resulting in a 9.2% drop in overall RV wholesale deliveries for the month. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), February shipments decreased to 29,700 units compared with 32,700 in 2006. For the first two months, shipments fell 16.3% to 56,500 units from 67,500 the previous year. The travel trailer market continued to show weakness, aggravated by unfavorable year-over-year comparisons... Read more

Monaco Adds Floorplans to High-end Dynasty

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Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., has added four new floorplans – including front-kitchen and bath-and-a-half layouts – to its top-selling Dynasty diesel pusher. “We are giving customers a reason to trade up,” said Mike Snell, vice president of sales and marketing. “We also focused on color fades, which really jazzed up the exterior.” The Monaco Dynasty made its retail debut March 19-22 at the Family Motor Coach Association’s 77th International Convention in Perry, Ga. The Dynasty... Read more

Iran Tensions Push Crude Above $66 a Barrel

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Crude oil prices surged above $66 a barrel Thursday (March 29), driven to a new six-month high by concerns that strained relations between Iran and the West could put oil exports in jeopardy as U.S. gasoline supplies wane and demand swells. The Associated Press reported that light, sweet crude futures for May soared $1.95 to settle at $66.03 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after rising as high as $66.50. It was the highest settlement price since Sept. 8, 2006, when crude finished at... Read more

For More Americans, Home is Where the RV is

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They say you can’t take it with you. Dottie and Marion Yancey know better. According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, the Georgia couple go on the road 30 to 45 days a year and take with them a pair of buttery soft leather sofas, a couple of flat-screen TVs, closets crammed with clothing, cupboards filled with pots, pans, cups, plates and canned goods, bedside table lamps, bicycles and framed photographs of the grandchildren. It’s all neatly stowed away in a 40-foot motor home outfitted... Read more

Patrick Industries Adds Powder Coating Line

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Elkhart, Ind.-based Patrick Industries Inc. has started production at a new powder coating line housed inside a 30,000-square-foot addition to its Patrick Metals plant in nearby Mishawaka. The recreational vehicle and manufactured housing supplier said that the vertical line, which can paint aluminum extrusions up to 25 feet in length, is one of three such lines operating in North America. The project represented a $4.6 million investment for the plant and is expected to generate 25 to 30 new jobs.... Read more

Coach House Debuts Double-slide Platinum

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Coach House Inc. debuted a new double slideout floorplan with a permanent rear bed in the 23-foot Platinum minimotorhome at the Family Motor Coach Association’s 77th International Convention March 19-22 in Perry, Ga. “It gives you a lot of room in the bedroom,” said Steven B. Gerzeny, vice president of the Nokomis, Fla., manufacturer. Assembled on a 14,050-pound GVWR Ford E-450 Super Duty cutaway chassis, the Platinum, built around a seamless, one-piece reinforced fiberglass shell with... Read more

Bernanke Sees Moderate Economic Growth

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Despite heightened risks from the contraction in housing and the slump in manufacturing, the U.S. economy will most likely achieve moderate growth this year with gradually slowing inflation, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Wednesday (March 28). “Overall, the economy appears likely to continue to expand at a moderate pace over coming quarters,” he said. CBS MarketWatch reported that Bernanke said he doesn’t see a recession coming this year. In prepared testimony to the... Read more

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