Camping World Set to Open Arkansas Location

August 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Camping World Inc. is opening its first store in Arkansas with a new facility slated for an Aug. 31 opening in Little Rock. According to a press release, the new Camping World will be located near Interstate 40 offering RV sales, a full service center and RV accessories store. “We are all excited to bring this great facility to the Little Rock area which is a robust, growing market,” said Hershel Chenevert, general manager of Camping World of Little Rock. “Camping World is great resource for... Read more

Dealer Poll: Sales Flat for Next Three Months

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite efforts to pare back inventory, dealers are still looking to lower levels, according to a recent survey conducted by investment firm BB&T Capital Markets. Analyst John Diffendal said that 135 dealers representing 42 states participated in the poll, which showed that dealer expectations for sales over the next three months tend to be flat, for both motorhomes and towables. Highlights from the survey include: • Dealer concerns: High fuel prices, traffic and less disposable income for... Read more

Alberta Expands Technician Training Program

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) has opened a new satellite facility in Edmonton, Canada to train recreational vehicle technicians. According to the Edmonton Journal, SAIT has operated the province’s only RV technician program since 1984. All such apprentices previously had to travel to Calgary for training, but the new facility will allow students in northern and central Alberta to receive instruction closer to home. The training center will accommodate 60 apprentices a... Read more

Consumer Confidence Dips, Tops Expectations

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumer confidence weakened in August as volatile financial markets and housing problems took a toll, a private research group said Tuesday (Aug. 28). The Associated Press reported that the New York-based Conference Board said that its Consumer Confidence Index declined to 105.0 from a revised reading of 111.9 in July, which was a six-year high. Although the index was down, it was slightly stronger than the 104.5 that Wall Street analysts expected. “A softening in business conditions and labor... Read more

National RV Officials Outline ‘Four-Step Plan’

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Officials for Perris, Calif.-based motorhome builder National RV Holdings Inc. hope a four-part plan will revive the struggling company, according to a report in the Press Enterprise, Riverside. Last week, CEO Brad Albrechtsen resigned, the same day the company announced it had lost $8 million in its second quarter. David Humphreys has been named interim CEO while Len Southwick, president of subsidiary National RV Inc. since September 2005, will oversee day-to-day operations as COO. “It’s... Read more

Federal Reserve Hoped Market Would Stabilize

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Federal Reserve policymakers meeting in early August acknowledged that they might have to take action to ease a growing credit crunch, even as they held out hope for “a return to more normal market conditions” without any intervention. According to the Associated Press, a cut in one interest rate came 10 days later, and analysts are expecting a broader rate cut when Chairman Ben Bernanke and his Fed colleagues meet in September. The Fed, however, didn’t feel an immediate need to... Read more

July Shipments Decline 8.5%, Trailers off 7.5%

August 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

All but one vehicle category showed year-over-year declines in July wholesale shipments as overall deliveries fell 8.5%. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), July shipments fell to 27,900 units compared with 30,500 in 2006. For the first seven months, deliveries dropped 12.4% to 223,900 units from 255,500 the previous year. July travel trailer shipments continued to reflect a tight market and a paring down of inventory by retailers, down 7.5% to 14,800 units compared to... Read more

Coon, Hopkins Return from China Sports Show

August 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), gave about 70 Chinese businessmen and government officials an overview of the U.S. RV industry during a forum Aug. 10-12 at the China Sports and Recreation (CSR) show in Shanghai. And, in retrospect, Coon feels it was best that the association didn’t mount a full-blown Chinese trade mission. “I’m glad I went, but we were right from the standpoint of telling manufacturers to hold off and not go to the show... Read more

Kingsley Considers Developing Hybrid Coach

August 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Zimmerman, Minn.-based Kingsley Coach Inc. is considering the development of a hybrid version of its K-3 custom coach. The company, which manufactures luxury motorhomes, SURVs and specialty vehicles on semi-truck chassis, said that the initiative represents “part of an environmental and fuel economy push designed to make Kingsley’s K-3 the first hybrid RV model on the market.” Kingsley said the proposed hybrid coach would be equipped with a regular petrol engine married to an electric motor,... Read more

Lazydays Named Tiffin’s Top Dealer for 2007

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Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays RV Center Inc. recently was named Tiffin Motorhomes Inc.’s No. 1 dealer for 2007. The top 10 dealers were honored during the manufacturer’s annual dealer meeting in Orlando last month. “Lazydays has enjoyed a personal relationship with Tiffin and its owners over the last 18 years,” said John Horton, Lazydays CEO. “Our mutual commitment to delivering great RV products and service to our customers has allowed us to have the best year for Tiffin sales in... Read more

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