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Monaco to Continue Cost-Cutting Strategies

July 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Coburg, Ore.-based Monaco Coach Corp. continues to look for ways to cut costs and overhead and liquidate non-performing or underperforming assets. During an investor conference call Wednesday (July 30), Monaco President John Nepute said appraisals are under way on the company’s 2 million square feet of manufacturing space in Indiana that will be idled by the end of the third quarter. He said the company likely “won’t want to sell off all the facilities, but it is difficult to estimate which... Read more

Canadian RVers Cashing in on ‘Buyers’ Market’

July 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Recently retired and with his home as good as sold, Canadian Michel Forgeron-Beaudoin is in hot pursuit of the big toy that will recharge his life. As reported in the Calgary Herald, he wants a large motorhome so he can commute between Canada and Mexico and spend winters listening to waves hit the beach. “I’m going to have the life of a full-timer,” said Forgeron-Beaudoin, using the moniker enjoyed by those who live year-round in their recreational vehicles. “I’m just... Read more

Carriage Adds Travel Trailers to Domani Brand

July 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Carriage Inc., Millersburg, Ind., has introduced three 2009 travel trailer floorplans in the previously all-fifth-wheel, yacht-inspired Domani brand. “They are perfect for half-ton pickup trucks,” said Don Emahiser, Carriage vice president of sales and marketing. “They are full-time travel trailers. They have everything the fifth-wheels do, but in a pull-behind format.” Fiberglass-and-aluminum Domani travel trailers, retailing from $49,000 in 24- to 30-foot lengths, feature all-Corian countertops,... Read more

Report: Americans Curb Driving Miles in May

July 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Soaring gasoline prices and a weak economy combined in May to reduce the number of highway miles traveled during the month by a record 3.7%, the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday (July 28). Reuters reported that the 9.6 billion miles less traveled was the biggest drop ever for any May, when traffic usually increases due to the Memorial Day holiday and the beginning of summer vacations. During the first five months of the year, highway travel was down 29.8 billion miles, or 2.4%, from... Read more

ARVC Making Move to Colorado Headquarters

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The staff of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has begun its transition from its office in Falls Church, Va., to the new headquarters in Larkspur, Colo., which is set to officially open Aug. 11. As of Thursday (July 31), the Falls Church office will be closed. ARVC noted that “phone calls, e-mails and faxes to staff would be returned as quickly as possible during the transition.” At its April board meeting in Denver, ARVC finalized plans to purchase five acres in the... Read more

Crane Co. Posts Improved 2Q, RV Interests Fall

July 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Stamford, Conn.-based Crane Co. reported higher net income and slightly improved sales for its second quarter, ended June 30. The highly diversified manufacturer reported that net income for the quarter grew to $59 million from $45.7 million a year ago while sales were up 5% to $693.5 million. For the six-month period, the company’s net income improved to $107.4 million from $89.4 million the previous year. Sales for the first half rose to $1.4 billion compared with $1.3 billion. Reuters reported... Read more

Coast to Coast Spurs Membership Camping

July 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Coast to Coast is launching three initiatives this summer to help attract new members and make the sales process smoother for its staff and customers. New offerings include: Coast to Coast Gold, a premium membership allowing the flexibility to make an exchange for vacation time at another participating resort around the globe. FreeView, providing non-members an opportunity to try out membership camping before signing up. A newly published Coast Resort Sales Resource Guide will provide sales process... Read more

New Products Target Formaldehyde in Trailers

July 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to a national controversy over formaldehyde gas and its potential effects, two Midwest companies have introduced products that they say will remove much of the controversial formaldehyde gas that may exist in new recreational vehicles and manufactured homes. Engineered Bonded Structures and Composites Inc. (EBSC), Elkhart, Ind., claims to have successfully tested T102, a product with Japanese origins that oxidizes formaldehyde so that it becomes harmless and can be applied either on the... Read more

June Shipments Fall 32%, All Segments Retreat

July 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

All segments showed sharp wholesale shipment declines in June, down 31.9% in year-over-year comparisons as reported by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Overall June shipments totaled 23,500 units compared with 34,500 in 2007. For the six months, deliveries fell 17.1% to 162,500 units from 196,000 a year ago. Analysts see the downturn remaining in play into next year, as economic variables continue to stifle discretionary spending. “Lower shipments reflect reduced industry capacity... Read more

National Average Gas Price Below $4 a Gallon

July 28, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Gas prices declined for the 11th straight day on Monday (July 28), falling to a level not seen since May, according to a nationwide survey of filling station credit card swipes. CNNMoney. Com reported that other fuel prices also continued to fall. The price of regular unleaded gasoline at the pump slipped 1.2 cents to $3.958 a gallon on average, a daily survey from motorist advocacy group AAA revealed. A second report from Lundberg Survey Inc. showed that gasoline prices had slipped 12 cents over... Read more

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