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Florida Officials Question FEMA’s Disaster Plan

June 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Two Florida congressmen are questioning the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on its decision to use travel trailers in future national emergencies. According to the Vero Beach Press-Journal, Reps. Tim Mahoney, D-Palm Beach Gardens, and Alcee L. Hastings, D-Miramar, requested that the agency develop a more viable option for disaster victims forced from their homes. Last year, news of alleged formaldehyde in emergency trailers led FEMA to stop using the shelters and to promise to test them... Read more

Tiffin Plans Layoff, Adjusting to Soft Market

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Red Bay, Ala.-based Tiffin Motor Homes Inc., a major player in an industry that has been battered by rising gasoline prices, has told state officials it plans to lay off nearly 100 workers. The Birmingham News reported that General Manager Tim Tiffin on Friday (June 27) confirmed a filing the company made with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs that said it plans to reduce its work force by 99 positions. “It’s been a rough six months,” he said of the company... Read more

Lazydays RV Earns Monaco Top Retailer Award

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Lazydays RV Center Inc. was named Monaco Coach Corp.’s No. 1 overall dealer during the Coburg, Ore., manufacturer’s Dealer Congress June 16-18 at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas. Seffner,Fla.-based Lazydays was the No. 1 retailer of the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and Safari brands and No. 2 in sales of Beaver motorcoaches. “We are extremely proud to have achieved these No. 1 Monaco dealer awards once again,” Lazydays CEO John Horton said in a press release. In order, Monaco Coach top dealers... Read more

Newmar Cutting Work Force on Weak Demand

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Nappanee, Ind.-based Class A motorhome and fifth-wheel builder Newmar Corp. has instituted its second round of layoffs this year in response to a depressed retail market. “We’re laying off some people trying to right size our work force according to the available business,” Dick Parks, CEO and chairman of the family-owned firm, told RVBusiness. “Right now we’re in the process of making plans for the future based on what the market dictates.” In February, Newmar laid off around 13% of... Read more

Lemonis Recognized with Ernst & Young Award

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Camping World/FreedomRoads announced that Chairman and CEO Marcus Lemonis received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year 2008 Award in the emerging entrepreneur category of the Midwest regional program. According to Ernst & Young LLP, the award recognizes “outstanding entrepreneurs who are building and leading dynamic, growing businesses.” Lemonis was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a June 26 event at the Hilton Chicago. “Most people... Read more

Workhorse Realigns Sales and Marketing Staff

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Union City, Ind.-based Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC has restructured its sales and marketing operations while appointing Jim Gavaghan to the newly created position of vice president of sales for both commercial and RV chassis. Workhorse markets chassis for motorhomes and commercial walk-in trucks and previously sales and marketing have been separate operations for each industry. The company was acquired by International Truck and Engine Corp., operating company of Navistar International Corp., in... Read more

Gamel Liquidating California RV Dealerships

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It was just over six months ago when Fresno, Calif., businessman Dan Gamel returned to the helm of the corporation that carries his name and the company’s six RV sales and service centers that he had sold off in 2005. Today (June 27), Gamel announced in a press release that he will begin liquidating the inventory of all RVs in his remaining dealerships and will close the doors for good once the inventory is sold off. Gamel’s current California locations are in Bakersfield, Modesto, Rocklin, Anderson,... Read more

Fleetwood’s Smith Sees Shift in Product Mix

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The recreational vehicle industry’s make-up and product offerings will be very different when it comes out of the current downturn, the CEO of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. predicted Thursday (June 26) during an investors conference call. “Fuel prices certainly are going to impact the RV industry long term and will bring about a change in the type of products and model mix we have to offer, in terms of more efficient and lightweight products,” said Elden L. Smith, CEO of the Riverside, Calif.-based... Read more

Monaco Introduces Sprinter-Based Class C’s

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Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., has introduced the Sprinter-based Monaco Covena and Holiday Rambler Traveler Class C motorhomes with two 24-foot, single-slideout floorplans. Monaco’s first motorhome mounted on the Mercedes-Benz van chassis is constructed with lightweight CTEC fiberglass sidewalls from Owens Corning Fabwel on an aluminum superstructure. Both Monaco and Holiday Rambler companion lines feature 6-foot 8-inch ceilings and are distinguished by their level of amenities. The Covena... Read more

RVIA Industry Profile Available to Members

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RVIA’s 2007 Industry Profile, which provides a statistical portrait of RV production and sales for 2007, has been published and is now available to industry members. The publication offers a detailed analysis of RV production and shipment statistics while outlining comparisons of shipment figures, dollar volume and production breakdowns by product type and shipment destination. The profile also provides an analysis of the year’s RV production as it relates to the nation’s overall economy. Other... Read more

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