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FreedomRoads Aligns with Featherlite Coaches

November 30, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

FreedomRoads/Camping World recently announced a partnership with Featherlite Luxury Coaches Inc., designating the national dealer network as the conversion bus builder’s exclusive sales and service outlet. According to a press release, the parties expect sales and service operations to begin at certain FreedomRoads/Camping World sales and service centers in mid-December. Featherlite’s line includes the Vantare H3-45 and Vantare XLII, both Prevost bus shell conversions, which were previously marketed... Read more

Affinity’s Campground Conference Set for ’08

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The 2008 Resort & RV Campground Conference & Expo, Jan. 21 – 23, sponsored by Affinity Group Inc., the nation’s largest provider of outdoor clubs, media and events servicing America’s recreation vehicle and outdoor enthusiasts, will feature four leading business and recreation industry experts who will address multifaceted issues that impact the $6 billion RV resort and campground industry. The second annual conference will take place at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown New... Read more

Reopened Ohio Fleetwood Plant Going Strong

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Less than two years after reopening to manufacture trailers for victims of Hurricane Katrina, Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s plant in Edgerton, Ohio, is going strong. The Greater Fort Wayne (Ind.) Business Weekly reports that after finishing the Katrina orders, the plant returned to making lightweight travel trailers. Production there nearly doubled from the July quarter to the October quarter, and the plant expects to continue to ramp up to produce nearly 3,600 units a year, accounting for about... Read more

RVDA, RVIA Offering Technician Study Course

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An individual online study course will soon be available for service technicians designed to prepare them for certification. The interactive online course, set to launch Feb. 25, was developed by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and is available through the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) Education Foundation’s RV Learning Center. It combines text, audio, graphics and video along with a mentor-led technician community forum. The sections within the certification... Read more

National RV Closes Operations, Lays Off Workers

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Perris, Calif.-based National RV Holdings Inc. this morning (Nov. 30) shut down its headquarters and main production facility and laid off all its employees, according to a report in the Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif. The paper said that around 600 employees received layoff notices today. National RV Holdings, parent to motorhome builder National RV Inc., has lost money every year since 2002 equaling more than $80 million during that period. Recently the company’s stock was delisted from... Read more

U.S. Economy Has Strong Summer

November 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The economy barreled ahead in the summer, growing at a 4.9% pace. The performance was the strongest in four years, but isn’t expected to last through the current quarter amid the continuing housing slump and credit crunch, according to The Associated Press. The Commerce Department’s new reading of the gross domestic product (GDP) from July through September, released today (Nov. 29), was even better than the government’s initial estimate of a brisk 3.9% growth rate for the period.... Read more

Court Revives Fine for La. Trailer Dealer

November 29, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

A suburban New Orleans motorcycle and motorhome dealer is again facing $46,000 in fines for selling new travel trailers to a government agency without a proper license in the weeks following Hurricane Katrina. The 1st Circuit Court of Appeal, in a ruling issued this month, reversed an earlier decision by state District Judge Wilson Fields, who ruled in September 2006 that Bourget’s of the South had a proper license to sell the trailers, according to The Associated Press. Bourget’s attorney,... Read more

‘Gotta Have It’ Factor at Louisville Show

November 28, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Throughout the first day of the 45th National RV Trade Show, dealers, suppliers and even other manufacturers climbed the narrow stairs in the Outback Loft to take a gander at a new perspective in the recreational vehicle industry, according to the Elkhart, Ind. Truth. A longstanding brand at Goshen, Ind.-based Keystone RV, the Outback travel trailer toy hauler now sports a pop-up, soft-sided room, complete with a sofa and flat-screen television, atop the unit. “It’s just another living... Read more

RV Stock Prices Mixed on Wall Street

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Shares of recreational vehicle makers were mixed Tuesday on Wall Street as favorable October shipment results were weighed down by a less-than-anticipated first-quarter performance from Thor Industries Inc., according to The Associated Press. Total RV shipments climbed 1.8% last month, while motorhome shipments grew 4.5 percent, according to data from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Avondale Partners analyst Kathryn Thompson said in a client note that dealers are starting to reduce... Read more

Cummins Introduces 650-HP Diesel Engine

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Cummins Inc. introduced a new 650-horsepower diesel engine for luxury motorhomes, the ISX 650, at the National RV Show in Louisville, Ky., on Tuesday (Nov. 26). The ISX 650, with 1950 lb-ft of torque, represents a new level of performance in the premium motorhome market, the company said in a news release. The engine features the highest horsepower rating in the traditional RV diesel pusher market. “The Cummins ISX delivers superior performance through the use of its in-house core technologies,... Read more

Fleetwood Unveils New TT Models at Show

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Fleetwood Enterprises’ RV Group unveiled several new travel trailer models during a product launch event at the 45th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. on Tuesday (Nov. 27). According to a news release, key new 2008 travel trailer model introductions include: The Prowler 2702BS half-ton towable model with all-new aerodynamic exterior styling, comfortable oversized wrap-around dinette and revamped galley. Available features on this model include extra tall exterior storage compartment... Read more

Spartan Announces Record RVIA Show

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Spartan Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., reported that a record number of motorhome models will feature the company’s custom chassis in 2008. The Charlotte, Mich.-based manufacturer of custom chassis said in a news release that its products are featured on 40 different RV models at the 45th Annual RVIA Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., up from 36 in 2006. Spartan attributed the growth to its ability to produce highly customized chassis to support the new generation of RVs that... Read more

Damon Adds Coach-Net to MH Purchases

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Damon Motor Coach announced that every Damon motorhome purchased by a retail customer will receive Coach-Net service free of charge. The Elkhart, Ind.-based motorhome manufacturer will initiate the program on Jan. 1, according to a news release. Coach-Net offers 24/7 roadside assistance, technical support, fuel delivery, jumpstarts, lockout service, tire changes, mobile mechanics and more. In making the announcement, Bill Fenech, Damon president, noted that traveling can be extremely unpredictable... Read more

RVIA: October Shipments Up 5%

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October wholesale RV shipments grew by 5%, driven by an upturn in towable shipments for the first time in more than a year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported on Monday (Nov. 26). The report on the improved condition of the RV industry came on the eve of the opening day of the National RV Show in Louisville, Ky. Wholesale shipments totaled 28,400 units, a 1.8% increase over a year ago. Towable shipments totaled 23,800 units, a 1.3% increase over a year ago, while motorized... Read more

MCD RV Innovations Names New President

November 27, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

MCD RV Innovations announced Monday (Nov. 26) that Jeff Koepke has been named president of the privately held corporation after working with the company as a business consultant for the past two years. McKinney, Texas-based MCD is an OEM and aftermarket supplier of RV accessories. Koepke’s appointment as president culminated a two-year-long search for the right leadership “fit” as MCD experienced ever more rapid growth, stated Dave Townsley, founder and CEO of MCD, in a news release. “There... Read more

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