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Coachmen Hosts Dealers, Touts New Direction

June 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Espousing a renewed focus on dealer relationships and a more streamlined approach to doing business, officials for Coachmen Industries Inc. outlined the “culture change” adopted by the 43-year-old Elkhart, Ind.-based company during its dealer seminar June 18-20 in Savannah, Ga. “We have made a 180-degree turn,” said Mike Terlep, president of Coachmen RV Co. in Middlebury, Ind., while addressing around 400 people representing 140 dealerships at a breakfast meeting in the Savannah International... Read more

Thor’s Thompson Honored by Cancer Institute

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Wade F.B. Thompson, chairman, president and CEO of Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc., was honored Tuesday (June 26) with the prestigious Oliver R. Grace Award for distinguished service in advancing cancer research. The award was presented to Thompson by Dr. Jill O’Donnell-Tormey, executive director of the Cancer Research Institute (CRI), during the institute’s 21st annual awards dinner at the Rainbow Room in New York City’s Rockefeller Center. Thompson is a three-time cancer survivor... Read more

Calif. Town Officials Side with RVers on Parking

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The fears of concerned recreational vehicle owners outweighed potential changes sought by Manteca, Calif., officials concerning RV parking and storage, according to the Tri-Valley Herald. This week, the city’s planning commission sided with the public — voting against a proposed list of 24 changes to current code. The modifications covered everything from landscaping for parking lots to dance studio regulations. But the amendment that drew the most ire from residents involved recreational... Read more

Curtin Foresees 9.2% Drop in 2007 Shipments

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Interest rates, the slump in the housing market and fuel costs will factor into a 9.2% decline in RV shipments this year versus 2006, according to the summer issue of Roadsigns, a quarterly newsletter compiled for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) by economist Richard Curtin of the University of Michigan. Curtin revised upward his March projection of a 12% drop in wholesale deliveries, predicting shipments for the year would be 354,700 units, down from a 30-year high of 390,500 in... Read more

Western RV and Pilgrim Agree to Merger

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In a surprise development to most in the industry, Monomoy Capital Partners L.P. has agreed to merge Western Recreational Vehicles Inc. (Western RV), a manufacturer of high-end recreational vehicles based in Yakima, Wash., with Pilgrim International Inc., a mainstream towable manufacturer in Middlebury, Ind. The transaction is expected to close in July. “The merger expands the presence of both companies in the RV industry and combines the resources of the two, well-established and well-known brands,”... Read more

Carriage’s Domani Scores a Hit With Dealers

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Carriage Inc. showed dealers a second floorplan in its yacht-influenced 2008 Domani fifth-wheel trailer – an innovative new towable – during the company’s dealer meeting June 18-20 at the Gaylord Palms, Orlando, Fla. About 250 people representing 45 dealerships attended the event that debuted the 2008 Domani, as well as Carriage’s new Royals, Carriage, Carri-Lite and Cameo fifth-wheels. The new Domani, which was shown as a concept vehicle at the Louisville Show last November, was... Read more

Winnebago Destination Featured on Early Show

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For the second consecutive year, Winnebago Industries Inc. is teaming up with CBS News’ The Early Show in its summer travel promotion – the Great American Vacation. This year, a 2008 Winnebago Destination Class A motorhome will be taking the CBS staff to destinations across the U.S. to award nine unsuspecting viewers with a weeklong trip to the Caribbean. Winnebago President Bob Olson will help kick off the summer promotion with a live appearance on The Early Show June 29. “Winnebago... Read more

Leisure Time RV Moving to Larger Dealership

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Midwest City, Okla.-based Leisure Time RV is breaking ground on a new 20,000-square-foot facility at a more visible location off Interstate 40, according to a report in The Oklahoman. “We fully expect to double our business in the next two to five years,” co-owner Ron Walker said. The company, which sells towable RVs, will move in January. Walker said Leisure Time’s business has been strong at its current location, tripling in the last six years. Currently, Leisure Time is carrying... Read more

GM to Sell Allison Transmission for $5.6 Billion

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General Motors Corp. said Thursday (June 28) it has agreed to sell its Allison Transmission commercial and military business – which includes transmissions built for the RV industry – for about $5.6 billion to the private equity firm The Carlyle Group and Canada’s Onex Corp. The Associated Press reported that the deal is part of an effort by GM to raise money and focus on its core business. It has been losing ground in North America to Asian automakers. GM had said in January it was considering... Read more

Fed Holds Rates, Hoping Inflation will Retreat

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The Federal Reserve left a key interest rate unchanged on Thursday (June 28), hoping that a year-long economic slowdown will cause inflation to retreat further. The Associated Press reported that Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and his colleagues voted unanimously to keep the federal funds rate, the interest that banks charge each other, at 5.25%, where it has been for the past year. Analysts believe that Fed officials could remain on hold through the rest of this year and well into 2008. Investor hopes... Read more

Damon Unveils New Daybreak to Dealer Body

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About 45 dealers attended Damon Motor Coach’s annual meeting June 18-21 at the company’s Elkhart facility where they were shown a redesigned gas-powered Daybreak Class A motorhome meant to appeal to families and fulltime RVers. “It really appeals to both,” said Kevin Finn, vice president of Damon gas products. “The full-timers because of the storage, and the family because of the sleeping area that will sleep six to seven people.” Finn described the Daybreak’s new front... Read more

Reliever Rod Beck Opened Motorhome to Fans

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The motorhome parked beyond the fence at Principle Park in Des Moines, Iowa – home to the Triple A Iowa Cubs – became one of the more famous party buses during a three-month stay in 2003. According to the Des Moines Register, ESPN called it “Shooters,” and other national media outlets eventually followed suit. Fans of the minor league team knew it simply as the place for a beer, a brat and a lot of baseball yarns – courtesy of Rod Beck, one of the game’s top relief pitchers. “It... Read more

Trailer, Fiver Declines Impact May Shipments

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Continued declines in travel-trailer and fifth-wheel shipments pulled down May wholesale deliveries, which showed a 14.1% drop from a year ago. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), May shipments decreased to 33,600 units compared with 39,100 in 2006. For the first five months, deliveries dropped 13.9% to 161,500 units from 187,600 the previous year. May travel trailer shipments continued to reflect a tight market and a paring down of inventory by retailers, down 15.5%... Read more

ReserveAmerica Website Offers KOA Bookings

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ReserveAmerica recently partnered with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), giving visitors to its website direct access to online camping reservations at more than 200 KOA campgrounds. According to a press release, around 2,000 KOA camping sites have been booked using the integratred system since the program was launched in late May. “This partnership will greatly broaden the camping possibilities for ReserveAmerica visitors,” said John McDonald, ReserveAmerica’s director of marketing and business... Read more

Boating Industry Claims Ad Campaign Working

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) reported that the “Discover Boating” campaign has been successful at increasing awareness of boating’s recreational benefits nationwide. And supporters of the effort have confidence that the program is “beginning to deliver,” despite a decline in boat sales attributed to current economic conditions. According to The Log, a Southern California boating newspaper, the two-year-old “Discover Boating” campaign... Read more

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