Fleetwood Debuts Terry LX Fifth-Wheel Lineup

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. introduced the new Terry LX fifth-wheel with a distinctive two-tone, ridged front cap during the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show Sept. 8-14 in Hershey. Built with laminated, high-gloss gel coat fiberglass sidewalls on tubular aluminum superstructures, Terry LX is available in five 33- to 39-foot lengths with up to four slideouts. The coach from the Riverside, Calif., manufacturer is equipped with radius walls and cabinets, solid surface countertops and recessed stainless... Read more

August Shipments Fall 44.4%, All Sectors Weak

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Wholesale shipments sank in August, down 44.4%, as all sectors showed sharp declines in year-over-year comparisons. The report marked the fourth straight month that deliveries incurred 25-plus percent dropoffs. Shipments have lagged behind 2007 totals every month this year. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall August shipments totaled 16,900 units compared with 30,400 a year ago. For the eight months, deliveries fell 22.7% to 196,500 units from 254,300 the year... Read more

KeyBank to Exit National RV Lending Sector

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Cleveland, Ohio-based KeyBank in November will stop making retail loans at the RV dealership level while also exiting the commercial loan market for RVs and boats. Dealers were told of KeyBank’s exit from the RV and boat markets in a letter Thursday (Sept. 25) from Grant H. Skeens, president and CEO of KeyBank’s Key Recreation Lending division. “KeyBank continually reviews its business mix and opportunities and has made a difficult decision to exit the retail and commercial recreation... Read more

Newspaper Reports Marshall Brass Up for Sale

September 26, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Although officials said rumors of Marshall Brass closing its doors are premature, the company is for sale, according to John Tracy, vice president and general manager of the longtime Marshall, Mich.-based firm. According to the Battle Creek Enquirer, Tracy said that if the plant is not sold by Oct. 30, the owners, S.H. Leggitt Co. out of San Marcos, Texas, will auction it off and could close its doors. Marshall Brass is a residential brass pipe fittings company that services several industries, including... Read more

ACLU Helps Full-Timers Retain Voting Rights

September 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Full time RV residents with ties to the state of Tennessee will be allowed to vote in the November presidential election, thanks to an agreement reached between the Tennessee chapter of the ACLU and Bradley County Election Commission. Ron and Leone Teel and Tom Layton, who live full-time in their RVs, were among more than 250 full-time RVers who were purged from Tennessee voting rolls in 2006 based on a change in Tennessee law which prohibited people from using a commercial address to register to... Read more

Poulsbo Closes One Location

September 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In response to a slowdown in its own industry and the economy as a whole, the namesake Poulsbo RV location in Poulsbo, Wash., will close at the end of the month. “Obviously there’s an emotional attachment to this store,” Poulsbo RV general manager Scott Twomey said. The company is in good health, he said, but the decision has been made to concentrate the company’s sales along the Interstate 5 corridor, according to the Kitsap Sun. Poulsbo RV began in the city in 1986 and is... Read more

Spartan Chassis to Pink Slip 289 Temps

September 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Chassis will lay off 289 temporary workers next month as military contracts it has been working on come to an end and it waits for others to start, according to the Lansing (Mich.) State Journal. The layoffs, announced on Wednesday (Sept. 24), come as Charlotte, Mich.-based Spartan, a unit of Spartan Motors Inc., starts to wind down subcontract work for some mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles (MRAPs). The military had ordered 15,000 of the vehicles to protect troops in Iraq and elsewhere.... Read more

RVBusiness Names Top 50 Dealers

September 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Tom Johnson RV Center, Marion, N.C., received the Dave Altman Award as representative of the spirit of the RV industry during a dinner Wednesday night in Las Vegas as RVBusiness for the first time presented the “RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards.” Johnson also was designated a Blue Ribbon dealership along with Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y.; Guaranty RV, Junction City, Ore.; Lazydays RV Center, Seffner, Fla.; and Mike Thompson RV Center, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., representing the top dealerships... Read more

Bailout Agreement Reached

September 25, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Key Republicans and Democrats reported agreement Thursday (Sept. 25) on an outline for a historic $700 billion bailout of the financial industry, but there was still resistance from rank-and-file House Republicans despite warnings of an impending panic, according to the Associated Press. “I now expect we will, indeed, have a plan that can pass the House, pass the Senate, be signed by the president and bring a sense of certainty to this crisis that is sill roiling in the market,” Sen.... Read more

Navistar Marks Anniversary

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

During a special event Tuesday (Sept. 23), Navistar Engine Group celebrated the anniversary of its first production diesel engine, the D-40, with the dedication of the facility that will build its newest diesel engine family, MaxxForce Big Bore. Additionally, the event highlighted the company’s scope and reach-engine offerings ranging from 50-475 hp for use in on- and off-highway, agricultural, industrial, defense and stationary power applications, as well as plans for global expansion, according... Read more

RVers Face Higher Prices, Tighter Credit

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite climbing gas prices and the credit crunch causing consumers to spend less, recreational vehicle owners continue to drive their RVs, according to industry experts. “The RV industry is down, but fuel prices are not the cause,” said Kevin Broom, speaking for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) to The Post Standard, Syracuse, N.Y. “The prime reason is what we are seeing on Wall Street and the availability of credit.” Those who are interested in buying an... Read more

Formaldehyde Talk Set for Sept. 30 Workshop

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Lynn Baker, air pollution specialist with the California Air Resource Board (CARB), is set to lead an RV-specific workshop Sept. 30 in South Bend, Ind., on the stringent CARB formaldehyde standard for wood products that will take effect in 2009. The workshop is being organized by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Baker has been with CARB for 22 years. Most of his work has involved assisting two other departments within the California Environmental Protection Agency to assess public... Read more

Markets Mixed on Buffett Move, Bailout Plan

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Financial markets gave mixed signals today (Sept. 24), with stocks stabilizing following investor Warren Buffett’s $5 billion bet on Goldman Sachs Group Inc. but the credit markets showed added strain as they await news about the government’s plan to rescue banks from crippling debt, according to the Associated press. Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said Tuesday it was investing at least $5 billion in Goldman – a move Wall Street took as strong sign of support for the independent... Read more

Show Rules Adjusted to Meet Market

September 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

As many as 50% of the units to be displayed at the 56th California RV Show Oct. 10-19 at the Fairplex in Pomona can be from the 2008 model year. The increase from 20% to 50% was approved by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board which met Sept. 13 in Charleston, S.C. “By allowing 2008 models at the Pomona show, RVIA is addressing the challenging times the RV industry currently faces,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. Earlier, RVIA’s executive committee had established... Read more

Good Sam Insurance Sponsoring RV Events

September 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Good Sam Insurance Plan has become naming sponsor of an 11-show series for Affinity Events, a division of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI). For the first time in Affinity Events’ four-year history, an entitlement sponsor has been created, establishing The Good Sam Insurance Plan RV & Boat Super Sale Series, according to a news release. The Good Sam Insurance Plan, better known as Good Sam Vehicle Insurance Plan or Good Sam VIP, has been exclusively provided by GMAC Insurance for more than 30... Read more

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