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Forest River Debuts Berkshire Diesel Pusher

September 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest River Inc., Elkhart, Ind., is seeking to appeal to the first-time diesel buyer with its Berkshire Class A diesel pusher. “Or perhaps the guy who was thinking about buying a high-end gas coach,” adds Jim Johnson, West Coast sales manager, during the recent Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 78th International Convention in Redmond, Ore. The 390 QS four-slideout floorplan on display at Redmond was designed with opposing living room slideouts, an angled shower and queen-size bedroom.... Read more

NATDA Readies for First National Trade Show

September 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) is hosting its first-ever trade show for trailer dealers with the NATDA 2008 Trade Show & Convention Aug. 27-29 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas. “This is the only show that offers education, products, and services geared specifically for the trailer dealers. It will quickly become the ‘must see’ event for the trailer industry,” said Andy Ackerman, president and co-founder of NATDA. “In the past,... Read more

Consumer Confidence Weakens in September

September 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

U.S. consumer confidence declined to its lowest level in nearly two years in September as a weaker job market and uncertain business conditions increased concern about the outlook, the Conference Board said Tuesday (Sept. 25). CBS MarketWatch reported that the consumer confidence index fell to 99.8 in September from a revised 105.6 in August, the research group reported. This is the lowest level since November 2005. Confidence had fallen sharply in August as a result of the financial market turmoil.... Read more

CalRVDA Confab to Examine Industry Issues

September 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (CalRVDA) 14th annual conference, “Planning for Better Execution,” and golf tournament will be held Nov. 6-7 at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa in Indian Wells, Calif. This year’s program focuses on a variety of legal, compliance and business transition issues including the New Motor Vehicle Board (NMVBB). Bill Brennan, NMVB executive director, will discuss the bureau’s impact on the RV industry through recent cases. The... Read more

Airstream Develops New Site, Retro Brochure

September 25, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. has redesigned its website, www.airstream.com, along with a corresponding print and online campaign that revives the “Airstream Story” brochure format used by the company in the 1960’s. The new site and literature, developed by Nevada City, Calif.-based Velocity7 Communications, showcases Airstream’s 2008 product line. “Airstream Story” is a 30-plus-page brochure that details the evolution of America’s iconic travel trailer and doubles as a coffee table booklet. “It... Read more

Woodworth Operates B&B, Rents Antique Cars

September 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Every day is the Roaring ’20s at the Tin Lizzie Inn in Fish Camp, Calif., where the garage is full of Model T and Model A Fords and David Woodworth will teach you to drive them. According to a report by McClatchy Newspapers, Woodworth and his wife, Sheran, who opened their bed-and-breakfast in June, also rent antique cars for people to drive into Yosemite National Park. Woodworth, a retired Baptist minister and real estate investor, got interested in old cars while collecting tent trailers... Read more

Ore. Firm Buys Wi-Fi Provider Coach Connect

September 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Portland,Ore.-based Matrix Networks recently purchased Wi-Fi service provider Coach Connect, a division of Road Connect Inc., according to a report in the Austin (Texas) Business Journal. Coach Connect, founded four years ago in Austin, provides Internet access in 60 recreational vehicle parks around the United States. Troy Roberts, Matrixs vice president of sales, said the new business will add up to $1.5 million per year to Matrix, which closed 2006 with $4.5 million in revenue. The purchase price... Read more

UAW Calls for Nationwide Strike Against GM

September 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Thousands of United Auto Workers walked off the job at General Motors plants around the country Monday (Sept. 24) in the first nationwide strike against the U.S. auto industry since 1976. The Associated Press reported that UAW President Ron Gettelfinger said that job security was the top unresolved issue, adding that the talks did not stumble over a groundbreaking provision establishing a UAW-managed trust that will administer GM’s retiree health care obligations. Gettelfinger complained about... Read more

Monaco Designs Tommy Bahama Diplomat

September 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., has entered into an agreement with clothing manufacturer Tommy Bahama to design a bamboo-inspired interior for the 2008 Diplomat Class A diesel pusher. The coach recently debuted at the Family Motor Coach Association’s 78th International Convention in Redmond, Ore. “We bought exclusive rights to his fabrics and we did some looks with bamboo cabinet doors and floors and a little bit of a wild exterior,” reports Mike Snell, vice president of sales and marketing.... Read more

Canada Shows Drop in U.S. Tourism Spending

September 24, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

With the rising Canadian dollar losing its longstanding discount appeal, spending by visitors from United States during the summer dropped dramatically as Canadian merchants posted fewer U.S. credit card transactions, according to key credit provider Moneris Solutions Corp. The Canadian Press reported that significant declines in U.S. cardholder spending were noted in several key industries, including trailer parks and campsites which showed a 22% decline in July and August from a year ago. “Every... Read more

Wis. Parks Coexist With Wal-Mart Camping

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

At the front of Dan and Linda Rowland’s recreational vehicle is a Texas license plate and a sign that reads “Home is where we park it.” Four years ago the couple sold their house and became “full-timers,” traveling the country and living out of their RV, according to a report in the Onalaska Life, West Salem, Wis. The couple recently spent an evening in Onalaska over Labor Day weekend in one of their favorite camping spots, a Wal-Mart parking lot. Parking lot camping is an issue that divides... Read more

KOA’s Rogers Continues on ‘Grass Roots’ Trek

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Last year, KOA CEO Jim Rogers decided to turn over his duties as president and COO to former Senior Vice President Shane Ott and head out on the road to get a first-hand look at the industry. Outfitted with a new 42-foot Monaco Beaver Contessa motorhome featuring bright yellow, KOA-style, body highlights, Rogers and his wife, Sandy, along with Murphy, their golden lab, have been visiting KOA parks, RV manufacturers’ facilities and other “grass roots” aspects of the RV park and campground sector... Read more

Travel Trailer Gains Boost July Towable Sales

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Travel trailer retail sales rose for the fifth straight month in July, boosting overall towables registrations to a 4.2% gain despite continued softness in the fifth-wheel sector. According to Grand Rapids, Mich., marketing firm Statistical Surveys Inc., overall towable registrations totaled 28,453 units in July compared with 27,299 last year. For the first seven months, sales were up 1.3% to 173,436 units from 171,181. July travel trailer sales increased 9.6% to 18,266 units from 16,659 in 2006... Read more

Crude Oil Dips, but Gas Prices Set to Increase

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Oil prices fell Friday as investors sold to lock in profits, but analysts say gasoline prices are about to start rising again, following oil’s recent record-breaking run. The Associated Press reported that gasoline prices have so far held steady or even fallen despite a rally that has boosted oil to new records in each of the last eight trading sessions on the New York Mercantile Exchange. “That’s over now,” said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at the Oil Price... Read more

Coachmen Shutting Down Modular Home Plant

September 21, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Coachmen Industries Inc. will close its All-American modular homes plant in Zanesville, Ohio, as the U.S. real-estate slump damps sales, according to Bloomberg. Production will shift to the Coachmen factory in Decatur, Ind. The plant has fewer than 100 workers, and the shutdown will occur within 60 days, Coachmen said today (Sept. 21). Modular homes generated 23% of first-half revenue at Elkhart, Ind.-based Coachmen, whose chief business is building recreational vehicles. “Given the continued... Read more

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