SBA to Expand RV Dealers’ Loan Eligibility

April 30, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

President Obama said today (April 30) that the Small Business Administration (SBA) on Friday will announce “expanding eligibility” for loans to automotive suppliers and dealers, including “RV dealers.” In a noontime speech while commenting on Chrysler Corp.’s impending bankruptcy, Obama said the federal government will provide independent finance company GMAC with the capital to supply retail and floorplan loans to Chrysler dealers and others. “We will be providing... Read more

Chrysler Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Chrysler LLC filed for bankruptcy protection today (April 30)  and will form an alliance with the Italian carmaker Fiat Group SpA in an effort to revive the nation’s ailing third-largest automaker, according to The Associated Press. The Obama administration said it had long hoped to stave off bankruptcy, but it became clear that a holdout group of creditors wouldn’t budge on proposals to reduce Chrysler’s $6.9 billion in secured debt. Clearing those debts was a needed step for... Read more

MOR/ryde Smooths the TV Trail

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MOR/ryde International’s tag line is “smoothing the trail from tip to tail,” but most RVers generally tend to remember the company for its suspension systems or Fifth-wheel pin box. There’s more to smoothing the trail than leveling out the bumps, though, and the company recently introduced a new line of flat-panel TV mounts. Designed for TVs of various sizes, the new mounts are available with swivel, tilt, and extension options. Each mount also is housed in attractive retail packaging. Contact:... Read more

Winegard’s Wingman RV-Wing Improves Reception

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Let’s face it: “roughin it” doesn’t necessarily mean being away from the airwaves — but pulling in distant TV signals can be tough at times. The new Winegard Wingman RV-Wing not only improves your Winegard Sensar batwing antenna’s VHF/UHF performance, but pulls in free digital programming. This lightweight add-on attaches with four simple snap-on screws to the Sensar head to increase db gain up to 100% on DTV channels. Designed using advanced computer design software and 50 years of experience,... Read more

Blue Bird Wanderlodge Production Closes Down

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Coachworks Holdings Inc., Fort Valley, Ga., has shut down production of luxury Blue Bird Wanderlodge buses and is selling off assets, according to a reliable source. Coachworks Holdings declined comment. School bus manufacturer Blue Bird Corp., which sold its Class A RV and Express seated bus business to Coachworks Holdings in 2007, issued a statement on Monday (April 27) refuting rumors that it was going out of business. “We no longer have a financial connection with this unrelated business... Read more

Newmar Continues Class A Market Share Gains

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Newmar Corp. continues its market share growth in the Class A RV market that has declined 59% in retail registrations, the Nappanee, Ind.-based manufacturer noted in a news release. Newmar’s market share increased 49.2% in year-over-year comparisons and its actual market share increased to 6.1% in February 2009 versus 4.1% in February of 2008, according to data provided by Statistical Surveys Inc., Grand Rapids, Mich. “Although the market remains challenging, our market share gains are... Read more Continues Elkhart Examination

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Editor’s Note: is conducting a year-long study of  Elkhart, Ind. This 2,300-word story, which appeared in The Elkhart Truth, is the latest installment in a series of stories from that project. In the same way that people might speculate about a couple that could be heading for divorce, business leaders in Elkhart, Ind., sometimes talked about what could happen if the recreational vehicle industry took a serious turn for the worse. They’d seen it happen before in the early 1970s... Read more

RVIA: Response Delays Online Database Launch

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has delayed implementing an online database designed to put technical information on competitive products directly into the hands of RV service techs because not enough RV manufacturers and  suppliers have agreed to participate.  “We have 15 companies that have posted information, which isn’t anywhere near what we are hoping for,”  said Bruce Hopkins, RVIA vice president of standards and education. Hopkins wanted to launch... Read more

KVH Cuts Prices on Satellite TV Systems

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KVH Industries Inc. has announced major price cuts for its TracVision satellite TV systems for the RV industry. The price reduction applies to all of KVH’s 12″ high TracVision satellite TV systems. The Middletown, R.I-based manufacturer  has cut prices between $300 and $600 on its R4SL, R5Sl, R6ST and R6DX models, according to Bob Cooper, KVH national sales manager for land mobile products. “RV owners are focused on refitting their current coaches and getting outstanding value... Read more

Fleetwood Shifts Gears in Recovery Plan

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Since Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on March 10, the Riverside, Calif.-based RV maker indicated that securing financing was vital to its survival. On Wednesday (April 29), three hours before Fleetwood was scheduled to ask the judge in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy case to sign off on a final $80 million debtor-in-possession financing plan with Bank of America, the company told the court it didn’t need it, according to The Press-Enterprise, Riverside. Instead, Fleetwood... Read more

CAMP Leaders Meet at Cherry Hill Park

April 29, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Editor’s Note: Lucas Hartford, president of Evergreen Insurance, provided this account of this week’s meeting of the Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) at Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md. Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) met in Maryland at the beautiful conference center located at Cherry Hill Park on April 26 and 27. Over 30 members attended the two days of education and meetings to find ways to improve campground and RV Park associations... Read more

Blue Ox Opens Campground to Visitors

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Blue Ox is inviting RVers this summer to visit its manufacturing facility in Pender, Neb., and stay at its campground during the visit.  All Blue Ox customers stay at the campground for free, while non-customers  pay $15 a night. The campground has full sewer and electric hookups, with  primitive camping sites also available. Tours of the Blue Ox manufacturing  facility are conducted each weekday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.  Summer picnics and ice cream socials are planned, and customers may... Read more

TrailManor Debuts TrailMini Travel Trailer

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 TrailManor Inc., Lake City, Tenn., has introduced the 2010  TrailMini, its smallest and most lightweight hard-sided telescoping  travel trailer. Available in two 18-foot floorplans — one with a  convertible dinette, the other with a convertible sofa — TrailMini  features a dry weight of 1,850 pounds, which is about 800 pounds  less than the 26-foot TrailManor. ”We get several e-mails a week  asking for a lighter trailer,” said Jim Fisher, national sales  manager.... Read more

BBC Blogger Offers His Take on RVs, U.S.

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Editor’s Note: Paul Mason, economics editor for the BBC’s “Newsnight,” filed this blog from the U.S., updating his audience on the RV industry and President Obama’s economic stimulus package. When Barack Obama came to Elkhart, Ind., in February it was Ed Neufeldt who introduced him. “We want to work,” Ed told Obama, who embraced him warmly. The big, genial 62-year old used to build the motor caravans Americans call RVs, and Elkhart is the capital of the RV... Read more

Athens Goes ‘Green’ on All Its Park Trailers

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Athens Park Homes, a builder of recreational park trailers and cabins based in Athens, Texas, has just become one of the first builders approved by NTA Inc., Nappanee, Ind., as a certified green builder. NTA, a consulting engineering firm, has developed national green building standards for recreational vehicles and park models. NTA is a product certification agency accredited by the International Accreditation Service (IAS), a subsidiary of the International Code Council (ICC). “We are committed... Read more

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