Recession Prompts Year-Round RV Living

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Recreational vehicles are used for fun and travel, but the recession is changing things. The economy is forcing some people out of their neighborhoods and into RVs, according to KTVN-TV, Reno, Nev.  “Thankfully we had this and it was paid for,” says Gene Stewart of his new home, an RV. Stewart used to do home construction in California, but when people stopped building, his business folded. Soon, the house was gone and much of his other stuff.  Stewart used to make $140,000 a year;... Read more

CrossRoads RV Introduces Cruiser CTX

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CrossRoads RV's new Cruiser CTX Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV has added the new Cruiser CTX aluminum-framed travel trailer to its current product offering. The Cruiser CTX comes in three lightweight models ranging from 29 to 35 feet with full-depth slideouts and weighing 6,000 -7,000 lbs. Standard features include 60-by-80 deluxe innerspring mattresses, pleated color day/night shades, 22-inch three-burner range, microwave, tinted glass windows, 30,000 Btu floor-ducted furnace, 5,200-lb. axles... Read more

Country Coach Announces Re-Opening Plans

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Luxury motor coach manufacturer Country Coach announced today (March 31) the immediate re-opening of its manufacturing and sales operations in Junction City, Ore. CEO Jay Howard commented on the re-opening, stating in a news release, “We are pleased that every 2010 model year motorcoach will be handcrafted by our most qualified and most experienced people and will be the finest coaches built anywhere in the world. Our new business plan calls for a systematic re-opening of operations, with... Read more

Coast Distribution Reports Loss for 2008

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Coast Distribution System 
Inc. today (March 31) reported its operating results for the 
fourth quarter and year ended Dec. 31, 2008. The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based supplier of aftermarket
 replacement parts, accessories and supplies for the RV, marine and outdoor recreation industries reported a net loss of
 $2.3 million on sales of $16.9 million 
for the fourth quarter 2008, compared with a loss of $1.5 million on sales of $26.7 million a year earlier. Net sales in the 2008 fourth quarter... Read more

City Upbeat Despite RV Plant Closing

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The loss of a Fleetwood Travel Trailers of Oregon plant and its 253 jobs is bringing both pain and optimism to Pendleton, Ore., and the Eastern Oregon rodeo. Sales clerk Mary Bonifer ran her fingers over a tooled leather belt in the Hamley & Co. store downtown while fretting about the idled workers and their families. She’s also worried about the impact of so many lost jobs on the rest of her town, population 16,830, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. “If there’s 250 employees... Read more

Bankruptcy Judge: Country Coach May Resume Work

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A bankruptcy judge has allowed Country Coach to restart its idled factory for at least the next two weeks so it can resume work a few luxury motorcoaches. Judge Albert Radcliffe authorized the Junction City, Ore., RV maker on Monday (March 30) to spend up to $2 million through April 17 to begin carrying out its plan to revive its fortunes, with financing provided by Wells Fargo, according to Associated Press. The plant and 500 workers have been idle since October, and the company has sought Chapter... Read more

Redesigned Site Debuts Tuesday

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Change is inevitable.  And so it is that RV Business magazine, starting tomorrow (March 31) is unveiling its all-new website – a look into the technological future that’s built around the traditions of the past for RVB – fair and balanced news coverage presented in a more navigable and interesting way from veteran newspaper people who continue to care about the veracity of the news they disseminate.  Specifically, the redesigned site offers:   The ability to receive timely... Read more

FMCA Show Successful Despite Soft Economy

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 Although attendance was down substantially at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 81st  International Convention March 16-19 at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry, Ga., organizers were pleased with the turnout.  FMCA reported that 2,774 family coaches registered for the event, down 27% from the 3,822 that attended FMCA’s 2007 winter convention in Perry.  “With all the stories on the news about the economy, it ended up being a very successful show,”... Read more

Girard ‘Next Generation’ Awnings With Sunbrella

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Girard 'Next Generation' Awnings With Sunbrella Girard Systems, a leading manufacturer of quality RV awnings and shade solutions for both recreational vehicles and specialty vehicles, has launched the “next generation” awning featuring Sunbrella fabrics. The new fabrics, which feature enhanced strength and efficiency, offer a 25% increase in water repellency without a loss in breathability. Breathability is an important feature for retractable RV awnings as it allows for warm... Read more

RVIA Holds Successful Trouble Shooter Clinic

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) held another successful Trouble Shooter Clinic March 9-13 at Ivy Tech Community College in Elkhart, Ind., continuing 20 consecutive years of providing expert instruction on key RV systems. The week-long hands-on program was made possible through the support of Industry suppliers Norcold/Thetford, RVP/Suburban Manufacturing, Marshall Gas Controls, Manchester Tank & Equip. Co., Cequent Performance Products, Parallax Power Components LLC, Shurflo,... Read more

RV Dealership Closes, But Campgrounds Remain Busy

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Mark Hixson, owner Southhaven RV Center in Oliver Branch, Miss., knows all too well that times are tough for the recreational vehicle industry. After six years, Hixson recently had to close his Olive Branch RV dealership, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “Even when gas prices hit $4 a gallon last summer, business was good,” Hixson said. “Then it was like somebody grabbed a light switch and turned everything off.” Actually, credit is what was turned off, and the... Read more

Good Sam Members Elect Favorite Businesses

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 The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest RV owners’ organization with nearly a million member families, has  announced the recipients of its 2009 Welcome Mat awards, aimed at recognizing RV-friendly businesses for their  customer service and commitment to the recreation vehicle lifestyle. All Good Sam Club members are asked to vote for several categories of businesses they see providing RVers with superior customer service and meeting their specific needs. Awards reflect the diverse interests... Read more

Roadmaster Automatic Battery Disconnect

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Eliminate the inconvenience and danger of pulling your battery cable with the Automatic Battery Disconnect from Roadmaster Inc. After the initial installation, your vehicle can be towed and then driven without any further adjustment to the battery. The Automatic Battery Disconnect is ideal for anyone towing a Jeep Liberty, Jeep Wrangler or any other vehicle that must be towed with the battery cable disconnected. The Automatic Battery Disconnect provides a constant charged current to the battery during... Read more

Blue Ox Tiger Trak Track Bar System

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Anyone who’s ever towed a trailer has probably experienced a bit of “tail wag” – a problem that occurs because the leaf springs in the tow vehicle start flexing from side to side. TigerTrak, by Blue Ox, is a front- and rear-stabilizing track bar system designed to combat this potentially dangerous situation. TigerTrak helps to keep the springs from flexing laterally while still allowing vertical flexing for a smooth ride. High-strength alloy steel construction makes TigerTrak... Read more

Heng’s Universal Vents and Range Hoods

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Heng's Universal Vents and Range Hoods When it comes to maximizing aftermarket profit margins, easy product installation stands out as a tried-and-true time saver. Products that are designed to replace existing lower grade, or damaged RV components, are one sure way to help keep productivity – and profits – up in today’s competitive marketplace. Heng’s Industries has been manufacturing quality RV products since 1999. Well established in the RV component/sealant manufacturing... Read more

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