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Fleetwood Seeks Boost at Dealer Meeting

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After Labor Day, Riverside, Calif.-based Fleetwood Enterprises takes the next step in its quest to establish itself as the preferred recreational vehicle provider in a market that has seen sales slide and sellers falter. Fleetwood plans to show off some of its latest models, including the debut of its new Terry LX fifth-wheel trailer line, at its annual dealer meeting, Tuesday through Thursday (Sept. 2-4) at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, according to the Riverside Press-Enterprise. The goal, said... Read more

Memphis Area RV Dealer Says Sales Up 30%

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The nationwide rise in gas prices hasn’t hurt business at Southaven RV Center in Southaven, Miss. In fact, despite what people may think when they see large RVs on the road, business at Southaven RV has been growing, according to the DeSoto Appeal, Memphis, Tenn. “Sales are up 30% over last year,” said Chris Jenkins, the company’s sales manager. “Gas prices really haven’t affected who is buying RVs,” he said. The only thing that has changed is how people... Read more

Workhorse Chassis Paves Way for Lighter GVWRs?

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A significant answer to the RV market’s need for better fuel economy with Class A motorhomes will be launched at the annual Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Pa., Sept. 10 to 14. The show will introduce the all-new Avanti (which means “forward” in Italian) from Elkhart, Ind.-based Damon Motor Coach, the first motorhome to be built on the W16D front-engine diesel platform from Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC, Union City, Ind. The W16D is a 16,000- lb. GVWR diesel powered platform... Read more

N.Y. State Parks End Record Camping Season

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As Labor Day weekend brings summer to a close, state park campground operators in New York say the season didn’t turn out the way it was shaping up in the spring. By the end of May, reservations were up 15% at state campgrounds, compared to a year earlier – a figure that dropped to 4% by the end of August. Officials say the explanation is simple: rain. “A few weeks ago we had a hail storm and it was like a raging river here,” Thompson’s Lake State Park director Chris Fallon... Read more

Hurricane Evacuees Fill Hotels, RV Parks

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Evacuees of Tropical Storm Gustav will have to travel as far north as El Dorado, Ark., and as far west as Dallas to find shelter from the coming storm. Hotels and RV parks in the Shreveport-Bossier City, La., area filled all their rooms in a matter of hours after the storm turned toward the Gulf of Mexico, according to the Shreveport Times. “We are booked solid,” said Brandy Claiborne, vice president of communications for the Shreveport-Bossier Convention and Tourist Bureau. “We... Read more

Winnebago, Camping World Go Truckin’

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Camping World RV Rental and Winnebago Industries have joined together to sponsor the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Sept. 13. The Camping World RV Rental 200 Driven By Winnebago Industries will be a part of the SYLVANIA 300 event weekend and will feature some of NASCAR’s biggest stars competing at the only appearance by the Craftsman Truck Series in New England this season, according to a news release. “Adding another asset to the... Read more

Enjoy a Safe Labor Day Weekend

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The staff of RVBusiness and RVBUSINESS.COM would like to take a moment and honor the people who labored and built this great nation into what it is today. To the RV industry, we wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. The RVBUSINESS.com website will be idle on Monday, Sept. 1, but will be back up and running on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  Read More →

Stalled Motorized Sales Impact Fleetwood 1Q

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A 51% decline in RV sales led to a net loss of $23.2 million for Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s first quarter, ended July 27, aggravated by a host of economic headwinds and aggressive discounting in the motorhome sector. “We are experiencing some of the toughest industry conditions that we have seen since the late 1970’s and early 1980’s,” said Elden L. Smith, president and CEO of the Riverside, Calif.-based builder. “Dealers are reducing their inventories significantly... Read more

Florida Resident Touring Country in ‘Eco-RV’

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Brian Brawdy has spent the past few months touring the country in a biodiesel-powered recreational vehicle that draws its electricity from solar panels and a wind turbine. According to a report in the Desert News, Salt Lake City, Brawdy’s Ford Super Duty pickup is connected to a Lance camper that includes a refrigerator, shower and microwave. The camper is outfitted with six solar panels and a wind turbine that allow Brawdy to generate and store electricity for various uses. Brawdy, 47, grew... Read more

Adventurer Hires Veteran Management Team

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Former British Columbia builder Adventurer Manufacturing Ltd. is set to begin production at its new headquarters in Yakima, Wash. The company, which manufactures slide-in truck campers and Class C motorhomes, was a welcome addition to the area’s manufacturing sector. In 2005, Trail Wagons/Chinook RV closed its doors and Western RV Inc. shut down operations last April. According to Adventurer, several of its key management personnel previously worked for Western and Chinook, including: • Dave... Read more

GM Dealers Report Uptick in SUV, Pickup Sales

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General Motors Corp.’s U.S. dealers are reporting that a decline in pickup-truck sales may be “bottoming out” and that some demand is returning for large sport-utility vehicles, Vice Chairman Bob Lutz said. Bloomberg reported that dealers are seeing “some resurgence in demand for full-size SUVs and pickups,” Lutz told reporters today (Aug. 28) in Joliet, Ill., for a test drive of some of the Detroit-based automaker’s 2009 models. He didn’t provide figures. A revival of consumer... Read more

Camping World Dangles RV Rally in Casino Bid

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A national retailer of recreational vehicles has given the state of Kansas another thing to consider as it ponders a decision on building a casino in Wyandotte Country. According to the Kansas City Star, officials of Camping World said they would commit to bringing a national recreational vehicle rally to Kansas Speedway in 2010 if the Kansas Lottery Gaming Facility Review Board grants the speedway and its partners the right to build and manage a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at the track. Such a... Read more

Four Winds Introduces Class B Ventura Coach

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Four Winds International Corp. has introduced the 24-foot Ventura, the first Class B motorhome from the Elkhart, Ind., manufacturer. Built on an imported 8,550-pound GVWR Sprinter 2500 chassis, the Ventura is outfitted with a sofa sleeper that doubles as a king bed. “We felt a Class B was a natural progression,” said Luke Handyside, product manager for the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary. “This is filling a gap in our product line to make us a full-line manufacturer of motorized RVs.” Four... Read more

Repo Firms Targeting Discretionary Purchases

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With paperwork in hand, Ashley Sparks set off in search of his newest target – a 2005 Winnebago motorhome. The San Diego Union Tribune reported that Sparks, an adjuster for ABA Recovery Service, found the vehicle on a well-manicured street in Point Loma, surrounded by homes nearing the million-dollar mark. This was an easy one. The owner willingly handed over the keys, and Sparks’ partner drove off in the latest luxury item repossessed by the company. ABA owner Marcelle Egley-Sparks said... Read more

Automakers Cut Back V-8 Engine Production

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The quarterback of engines, the legendary V-8, is starting to have a hard time making the cut, according to a report by USA Today. Most automakers introducing new V-8s are confining them to trailer-towing trucks and a few premium cars or high-performance sports models — and retreating from putting them under the hoods of family cars. Even on the high end, Ford Motor isn’t going to offer an eight-cylinder engine in its luxury flagship Lincoln MKS sedan. General Motors is dumping the V-8 option... Read more

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