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Former RV Dealer Taps Into Tailgating Craze

December 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Tailgating isn’t just for tailgates anymore. What used to be a simple pregame picnic lunch served out of the back of a pickup truck or station wagon has become a multibillion-dollar business that, to some fans, is more important than the game itself. And, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times, few people know that better than Jeff Campbell, owner and, until recently, sole employee of Gameday Customs of Long Beach, Calif. Campbell, a former RV dealer, outfits trailers designed specifically... Read more

New Energy Law Receives Support from NMMA

December 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) issued a statement supporting the energy bill signed yesterday by President Bush, joining the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) in backing the new legislation. The law will increase vehicle fuel economy standards for the first time in 32 years, resulting in a 40% increase in fuel economy by 2020 and a 30% reduction in carbon emissions by increasing the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks to 35... Read more

Dealer Dave Altman Convalesces in Pomona

December 20, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

On the minds of many in the industry this holiday season is the welfare of veteran Southern California RV dealer Dave Altman, president and founder of Altmans Winnebago Inc., with stores in Carson and Colton. A respected voice in the U.S. dealer ranks and a former president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (RVDA) board of directors (1977-78), Altman, 66, was hospitalized on Thanksgiving morning for emergency brain surgery that wound up involving a cancerous brain tumor. “During... Read more

Dealers ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ on 2008 Sales

December 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Charged with the task of shopping instead of selling product, RV dealers adopted the general mood of their own customers as they listened to the fast-paced pitches delivered by OEM’s during the 45th Annual National RV Trade Show, Nov. 27-29, in Louisville, Ky. “In a tight market, we are being more selective in our buying priorities,” Steve Plemmons, owner of Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C., told RVBusiness while cruising the displays in the cavernous Kentucky Exposition Center. “I... Read more

Stat Surveys: Towable Sales Flat in October

December 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Towable retail sales were flat in October, up 0.8% from a year ago according to data from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Surveys Inc. Overall October towable sales totaled 17,537 units compared with 17,398 in 2006. For the 10 months, registrations showed a 1.5% gain with 238,291 units sold versus 234,806 last year. The retail market outpaced towable wholesale shipments for October, which showed an 11.7% decline from the previous year. The travel trailer sector improved for the ninth straight... Read more

Actuant Corp. Posts Record 1Q Sales, Profits

December 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Actuant Corp., reported record sales and earnings for its fiscal 2008 first quarter, ended Nov. 30, including improved performance in its RV interests – slideout and leveling system maker Power Gear, and component and step supplier Kwikee Products Inc. The Butler, Wis.-based global manufacturer of motion control equipment and hydraulic tools said that first-quarter sales increased 21% to $415 million from $343 million in the prior year, reflecting the combination of core growth, business acquisitions... Read more

RVIA Gives Nod to New Energy Package

December 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

New fuel standards for the majority of vehicles that tow recreational vehicles likely won’t be set until sometime in 2009 under legislation passed by Congress and signed today (Dec. 19) by President Bush. “It looks like it will be awhile,” said Jay Landers, senior director for government affairs for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Although the 35-mpg fleet standard in the new law will capture SURVs, a separate standard will be set for pickups weighing between 8,500 and... Read more

Longtime California Dealer Closes Operations

December 19, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

A longtime Southern California dealership is closing its doors, according to a report in the Antelope Valley Press, Palmdale. Young’s RV in Lancaster shut down operations Tuesday (Dec. 18), citing declining sales, and laid off 60 workers. Ron Schroeder, who has operated the dealership about three years, said he was forced to shut the business down and will return the inventory to the manufacturers. James and Lew Young, the brothers who started the business more than 40 years ago and still own... Read more

Snowbirds Migrate to Texas Earlier This Year

December 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Winter visitors from the northern states and Canada have been filling up Rio Grande Valley campgrounds and RV resorts earlier than normal this year, according to the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). The early migration has many park operators in the state anticipating a very strong winter season. “More parks have indicated they are near capacity earlier this season than ever before,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO for the Arlington-based trade association that... Read more

Poll: Gas Prices will Impact Spending in 2008

December 18, 2007 by · Leave a Comment 

Americans’ longstanding addiction to gasoline will continue well into 2008, despite rising fuel costs, and may contribute to a slowdown in the overall economy, a new CreditCards.com poll reveals. Two out of three Americans say they’ll cut back on spending for other things so they can continue to fill their gas tanks in 2008, with nearly a quarter saying they’ll cut back significantly on other spending. If they follow through, it will not bode well for the economy in 2008, say oil... Read more

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