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Workhorse Upgrades Class C Chassis for ’08

December 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC is boosting the power in its Chevy-Workhorse Class C motorhome chassis for 2008 and has upgraded the cab interior to give it “more of an SUV feel.” According to a press release, the GM Vortec 6.0-liter gas engine will increase horsepower from 300-hp to 323-hp. In addition, the interior cab has a new dash and offers the same interior as GM’s new SUVs while retaining the roominess created by large footwells along with a forward-mounted doghouse. Access from the exterior... Read more

Congress Passes Energy Bill, Bush Set to Sign

December 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Congress by a wide margin approved the first increase in automobile fuel economy in 32 years today (Dec. 18), and President Bush has signaled he will accept the mandates on the auto industry. The Associated Press reported that the energy bill, boosting mileage by 40% to 35 miles per gallon, passed the House 314-100 and now goes to the White House, following the Senate’s approved last week. In a dramatic shift to spur increased demand for nonfossil fuels, the bill also requires a six-fold increase... Read more

RVIA Making Plans for China Trade Mission

December 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) will lead a trade mission to China May 16-18 to attend “RV China 2008,” an international recreational vehicle show in Shanghai that will showcase both trade and retail components. “We are just starting to notify the members to see who will be interested in attending,” said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education. Hopkins and RVIA President Richard Coon last August attended the China Sports and Recreation (CSR) show as... Read more

CDC Details Formaldehyde Testing Procedures

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin testing this week on the air quality in mobile homes and trailers provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to Gulf Coast residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina to check the level of formaldehyde pollution. According to a report on the website for Medical News Today, Sussex, United Kingdom, beginning Dec. 21 the CDC will test for formaldehyde in the air inside 500 randomly selected trailers and mobile homes in Louisiana... Read more

FreedomRoads Closes Beaudry San Diego Deal

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

FreedomRoads/Camping World announced that it has finalized the acquisition of the Beaudry RV sales and service center in San Diego. Beaudry will continue to operate its two Arizona stores along with the Beaudry RV Resort in Tucson. National RV dealer network FreedomRoads said that the acquisition strengthens its presence in the California market. FreedomRoads also operates several dealerships in the area including Stier’s RV Centers in Bakersfield, Stier’s RV Center of Ventura, Camping World... Read more

Monaco Approves $30 Million Stock Repurchase

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp. announced a stock repurchase program for $30 million of the company’s shares. At current prices, the amount represents slightly more than 10% of the current shares outstanding. The balance sheet as of September showed $35.2 million in cash and $30.5 million in debt. Following the announcement, analyst Craig Kennison of Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. said in a note to investors that “Monaco is our best value idea for 2008.” The recommendation was based... Read more

Mich. Auto Supplier Opens RV Painting Facility

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

MWW Automotive Group, a Howell, Mich.-based component supplier to the automotive industry, has opened a new plant in Elkhart, Ind., that specializes in painting recreational vehicles. According to a report in the Livingston (Mich.) Daily Press and Argus, the new plant employs 11 people and is part of the company’s expansion effort that includes acquisition or joint-operating opportunities. In September, the company acquired a German design and engineering firm called Modelworxx. And last summer... Read more

KOA Names Campground of the Year at Confab

December 17, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Shelby/Mansfield, Ohio, KOA owners Garry and Vicki Cole were honored with the 2008 Campground of the Year award at KOA’s international convention in Phoenix in November. The annual award recognizes deserving Kampground of America (KOA) franchisees who demonstrate a unique blend of entrepreneurial spirit and operational excellence. “In all my years with KOA, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a new franchisee get so involved in our system and be so influential with our home office staff and fellow... Read more

ReserveAmerica Reports Record Results in ’07

December 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Ballston Spa, N.Y.-based ReserveAmerica announced record results for 2007, most notably in its advance online reservations with 65% booked over the Internet. Some of ReserveAmerica’s key 2007 highlights include: • More than 4 million reservations processed. • Five million registered users of ReserveAmerica.com. • $150 million in site fees processed for network of clients’ parks. • Over 4,000 campgrounds with more than 200,000 sites utilizing ReserveAmerica. • 130,000 development hours... Read more

Senate Approves Trimmed-Down Energy Bill

December 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The Senate has approved a streamlined energy bill that will raise vehicle fuel economy standards 40% to 35 mpg by 2020. The Senate voted 86-8 Thursday (Dec. 13) night for the measure. Automotive News reported that the phase-in of higher standards for cars and light trucks would begin with the 2011 model year. It would be the first congressionally mandated hike in the corporate average fuel economy program (CAFÉ) since its creation in 1975. Senate approval came after Democratic leaders bowed to veto... Read more

RVB Recognizes ‘Best of Show’ in Louisville

December 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1899, Charles H. Duell, then-commissioner of the United States Patent Office, reportedly commented that “everything that can be invented has been invented.” As the design teams from RV manufacturers demonstrated Nov. 27-29 during the 45th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., predicting the future has its disadvantages. Whether embodied in new lines of lightweight travel trailers from Weekend Warrior Trailers Inc. and Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., to the debut of Class A sport utility... Read more

Volatile Gas Prices Spur Consumer Inflation

December 14, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Consumer inflation surged by the largest amount in more than two years in November, led by gasoline prices. The cost of clothing, airline tickets and prescription drugs also jumped. According to an Associated Press report, the Labor Department said its closely watched Consumer Price Index rose 0.8% last month, the biggest one-month increase since a 1.2% surge in September 2005 when the country was hit by rising energy costs in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The inflation report showed that outside... Read more

RVB Poll: Industry Split on Square Footage Issue

December 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

A push by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to build fifth-wheels larger than 400 square feet drew a decidedly split response from participants in the latest RVBUSINESS.com Industry Poll. Results from the survey showed 36% in favor of an increase, 47% against, while a fairly high number, 17%, answered maybe – perhaps reflecting the wide range of opinions surrounding the issue. The move, which has been strongly opposed by the Recreation Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA)... Read more

FEMA Says Trailer Testing to Begin Next Week

December 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Air-quality tests on the government-issued trailers housing thousands of Gulf Coast hurricane victims are scheduled to begin by next Wednesday, nearly two months after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) postponed them. The Associated Press reported that Harvey Johnson, FEMA’s deputy administrator, disclosed the agency’s latest plans for the tests during a hearing Wednesday (Dec. 12) in Washington before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Senators pressed Johnson to explain... Read more

Camping World Opens New S.C. Retail Store

December 13, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Bowling Green, Ky.-based accessories retailer Camping World Inc. recently opened a new 10,000-square-foot facilty in Columbia, S.C., adjacent to a former Holiday Kamper dealership that is part of the FreedomRoads LLC national dealer network. Company officials said the entire complex would be renamed Camping World RV Sales as part of a national rebranding campaign by Lincolnshire, Ill.-based FreedomRoads. In April, FreedomRoads announced plans to acquire Camping World from Affinity Group Inc. Camping... Read more

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