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Report: Future of Country Coach Still Uncertain

January 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Employees of struggling RV manufacturer Country Coach Inc. fear the Junction City, Ore.-based company is on the verge of a shutdown, but a company spokesman said he has no information that the company is closing. According to a report by KVAL, four Country Coach employees and a supervisor said they’ve been told to remove their personal property from the premises ahead of a shutdown. Matt Howard, a Country Coach spokesman, confirmed that employees may have been asked to remove personal property... Read more

Massachusetts Firm Develops Fuel Cell for RVs

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After years of developing portable energy systems for the military, Southborough, Mass.-based Protonex Technology Corp. is close to launching a similar product for a different group of on-the-go people: the RV crowd. The Telegram and Gazette, Worcester, reported that the 250-watt M250-B fuel cell – about the size of a microwave oven and aimed at recreational vehicle owners who want a quiet, nearly odorless way to keep their lights on at campgrounds – could be the first product of its kind to... Read more

NCA Camping Conference Moves to New Venue

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“Come for the Experience and Stay for the Fun” is the slogan for the 45th Annual Northeast Conference on Camping & Trade Show to be held March 19-21 at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, Mass. The conference, hosted by the Northeast Campground Association (NCA), will attract many of NCA’s 1,200 members that hail from 11 Northeastern states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. “For... Read more

RVIA’s Bryan: Last Year Waylaid by ‘Dismal’ 4Q

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A 75% drop in RV shipments in December contributed to a year in 2008 that most in the RV industry would like to forget. “The last quarter of ’08 was the worst quarter we’ve had in history,” said Robert M. “Mac” Bryan, vice president of administration for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RV manufacturers ended 2008 with a sharp 32.9% decline in annual shipments compared to 2007, augmented by December’s precipitous 75% drop, according to... Read more

Profaizer: Early Campground Bookings Positive

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Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), had just enough numbers at her fingertips this week to feel buoyed by the prospects for her industry in 2009. Bookings processed on the gocampingamerica.com website through Jan. 24 were 41% ahead of the 2008 pace, and future revenues for campgrounds going forward from April are up 5% over the same time last year. The site is maintained by Friend Communications for ARVC. She said it’s “a very good... Read more

Heartland Debuts Extended-Stay Cedar Ridge

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC, Elkhart, Ind., offers two versions of its new “extended stay” wood-and-aluminum destination trailer – the 8 1/2-foot-wide 2009 Cedar Ridge and the more economical 8-foot-wide Cedar Ridge XLT. Each is available in three 43- to 45-foot floorplans that offer multiple options for a second bedroom. The king-bed Cedar Ridge is equipped with either a front or rear cap with bay windows, depending on the location of the living room. Amenities include residential... Read more

Update: CCI CEO Outlines Company’s Options

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Furloughed workers for Junction City, Ore.-based Country Coach Inc. wandered into the shuttered factory Friday (Jan. 30) morning to collect tools and other personal belongings and awaited news on whether RV maker would close down for good. As reported by the Register-Guard, Eugene, the plant has been closed since early December, and executives notified employees on New Year’s Eve that the privately held company would close for good by the end of February unless its owners are able to obtain outside... Read more

Numbers Remain Low in RV Retraining Program

January 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As unemployment continues to rise in and around Indiana’s Elkhart County so does concern over an emergency RV worker retraining program, according to a report by WSB-TV, South Bend. Last September, some $13.4 million in state and federal money was set aside to help retrain RV workers who permanently lost their jobs. Now, there are some concerns over the number of displaced workers participating in the program. Qualified individuals are eligible for up to $6,000 to complete an associate’s degree... Read more

Big Three Auto Dealer Closures Hit 936 in ‘08

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It’s no secret that 2008 was a brutal year for the U.S. auto industry. And, according to Automotive News, Detroit 3 dealers felt more than their share of the pain. Last year, sales by General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Chrysler LLC dealerships plunged 23.7% from 2007. Stated another way, those dealerships sold 518,469 fewer cars and 1,440,601 fewer trucks last year than they did in 2007 — a total of 1,959,070 cars and light trucks. At a sales-weighted average wholesale price of more than... Read more

Forest River Rolls Out Wildwood Lodge Trailer

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Forest River Inc., Elkhart, Ind., is offering seven 42 1/2-foot floorplans with two or three slideouts – some up to 19 feet long – in the 2009 Wildwood Lodge destination travel trailer series. With 400 square feet of interior space, the 8 1/2-foot wide Wildwood Lodge features 7-foot ceilings, residential appliances, 60-inch patio-style entry doorways and living rooms surrounded by windows. “People look at destination camping as a real easy way to throw everybody into the car and go to the campground,”... Read more

Slate of Jan Kelly Web Seminars Set in February

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A slate of web seminars conducted by industry consultant Jan Kelly are set for February. According to a press release, the topic-specific sessions range from 30-50 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes at the end for Q&A. Available seminars are listed below with the links for registration. All times are Pacific Standard Time. • Wholesale and Retail Lenders in Today’s Market, Feb. 5, 9-9:30 a.m. • Learn to Work Sub-prime Credit, Feb. 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m. • F&I Monitoring... Read more

Designer Conceives Coach with Detachable Car

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As reported by Crunch Gear, Christian Susana of Germany came up with this concept of a motorhome with a detachable front car for tooling around on day trips. Susana is calling it “Colim” for Colors of Life in Motion. “The livable area is flexible, with individually applicable multi-function modules,” Susana said. “Designed for two people (maximum four persons), the motorhome offers the possibility to personalize its four mobile ‘walls’ according to the present life situation of the... Read more

Country Coach Reschedules East Coast Rally

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Motorhome builder Country Coach Inc. has canceled a consumer rally scheduled for March 9-13 at Jekyll Island, Ga. In a note to owners on the company website, Country Coach said because of an extended closure at the its headquarters in Junction City, Ore., the “marketing department has been unable to coordinate the event.” In early January, Country Coach warned its employees that it would shut down for good if it was unable to obtain new financing by Feb. 28. Concerning the rally, Country Coach... Read more

Jayco Bungalow Targets ‘Destination Campers’

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Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind., is offering the 41-foot, wood-and-aluminum Jay Flight Bungalow destination travel trailer for 2009 with a $35,143 base MSRP. “More and more people and more and more campgrounds are headed in the direction of destination camping,” said Jim Jacobs, vice president of sales and marketing. “A lot of campgrounds are looking at extended-stay rentals.” With three two- or three-slideout floorplans, the 8 1/2-foot-wide, wood-and-aluminum Jay Flight Bungalow... Read more

KOA Business Consultants to Help Franchisees

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Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has expanded its Field Services program for franchisees, according to the Billings, Mont.-based company. The revised program will include two types of field teams: Quality review teams that evaluate franchises according to KOA safety, cleanliness and quality standards; and business development consultants who will meet with franchisees on their campgrounds to address “any and all campground issues the owners are facing.” KOA said that all of the consultants have... Read more

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