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NuWa Industries to Cease Production in January

December 30, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

In a letter to dealers, Chanute, Kan.-based NuWa Industries Inc. said it is ceasing production of its high-end fifth-wheels after completing product already in process and will be making “a graceful exit from the RV industry.” CEO Mike Mitchell said that the company could not see enough “light at the end of the tunnel to feel confident that market conditions would improve sufficiently to justify continued losses that would be incurred waiting for the market to return.” The builder... Read more

Florida Dealer Upbeat in Challenging Market

December 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

With row after row of unsold recreational vehicles in stock, you might think that Dennis Charron, general manager of the Giant Recreation World in Orlando, Fla., would be worried. He is concerned – but only a little bit, according to a report in the Orlando Sentinel. Sales of RVs, down nationally 27% this year, have been better than that in Florida, traditionally the nation’s No. 2 RV market behind California, he said. “Gas prices really didn’t hurt us,” Charron said. “The... Read more

Composites Lighten Airstream’s Scout Trailer

December 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream Inc. turned to composite materials to build the “post modern,” lightweight Scout concept travel trailer designed in conjunction with noted automotive designer Bryan Thompson. “We took about 50% of the weight out of the chassis using a lightweight, high-strength alloy steel,” said Mark Wahl, senior vice president of operation. “Then, we made a fully composite body. There is no wood anywhere in the structure. Even most of the cabinets are composite materials.” The 2,000-pound,... Read more

WiFiRV Sets $1.5 Million Investment for 2009

December 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

WiFiRV, a provider of WiFi Internet services in the U.S. for the outdoor recreational hospitality industry, reported continued growth for 2008 and a new budget of $1.5 million to invest in wireless services for the RV industry in 2009. According to a release, WiFiRV said it has prioritized where to invest through affiliation with property owner, management and financial investment groups in the RV industry. “In 2002 we started WiFiRV when we recognized a need to help travelers stay connected on... Read more

Coachmen Finalizes Deal with Forest River

December 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Coachmen Industries Inc. announced that it finalized the sale of nearly all of the assets from its RV business to Elkhart, Ind.-based Forest River Inc. on Dec. 26. The sale had been overwhelmingly approved by the company’s shareholders the previous week. “While the housing markets remain under intense pressure, Coachmen Industries Inc. has substantially strengthened the financial stability of our company with the completion of the sale of our RV group,” said Rick Lavers, CEO of Coachmen.... Read more

Calif. RV, Boating Shows Decide to Combine

December 29, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The popular Northern California RV and boat shows, usually held on consecutive weeks in January at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, have been combined and rescheduled for May 15-24. The Pleasanton Weekly reorted that Michael Nohr, founder and CEO of Good Times Promotions, said the Northern California Marine Association (NCMA) will join forces with the Manufactures RV Show to host the new California Sports, Boat & RV Show at the Fairgrounds. “This year’s combined show will be the biggest... Read more

Cape Town Hotel to Feature Rooftop Airstreams

December 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

They’re more commonly seen being towed along the nation’s roads or sitting solidly in trailer parks. But, according to a report in the Sandusky Ohio Register, seven Ohio-built Airstreams have crossed the Atlantic and are parked on top of the Grand Daddy hotel in South Africa. They’re now being billed as the world’s first penthouse caravan park, a piece of Americana. The gleaming vintage caravans were hoisted onto the roof of the four-story building in Cape Town by businessman... Read more

Dutchmen’s TOPO Targets Outdoor Enthusiasts

December 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc., Goshen, Ind., is redefining the lightweight market with its 500-pound TOPO folding camping trailer designed to appeal to serious young outdoor enthusiasts with kids. The 10-foot TOPO, a term referring to topographical maps, can be towed by compact cars, minivans or crossover sport utility vehicles. When not in use, TOPO is designed to be stored on its end in a residential garage. With a one-piece molded thermoplastic olefin (TPO) shell, TOPO weighs one-fifth as much as... Read more

AAA Anticipating 2% Decline in Holiday Travel

December 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

The American Automobile Association (AAA) is predicting a slight decline in the number of Americans traveling during the holiday period. Nearly 63.9 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home over the holiday travel period, a decrease of 1.4 million travelers (2.1%) from last year’s total of 65.3 million. This is the first decline in Christmas holiday travelers since 2002. “The year-to-year decrease in the number of travelers this holiday season reflects the continuing impact that... Read more

SUVs May be Reaching End of the Line in U.S.

December 24, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

Even a federal bailout could not save three of the last remaining plants in the United States still making sport utility vehicles, according to a New York Times report. Reeling from its financial problems and a collapsing SUV market, General Motors on Tuesday (Dec. 23) closed its factories in Jainesville, Wis., and Moraine, Ohio, marking the passing of an era when big S.U.V.’s ruled the road. The moves followed the shutdown last Friday of Chrysler’s factory in Newark, Del., which produced full-size... Read more

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