CAMP Leaders Meet at Cherry Hill Park

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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

Spartan Motors CEO Sees ‘Late ’09′ Growth

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John E. Sztykiel, CEO of Spartan Motors Inc., a chassis supplier to the RV industry, told investors during a conference call on Tuesday (April 28) that he expects from the company’s RV segment “flat to declining sales, with really the potential growth in late 2009, moving into 2010.” Sztykiel had these additional observations about the RV business: “As we looked to the motorhome market or the RV market, it is still in a very, very distressed state. As mentioned earlier, we... Read more

Canadian Dealer Eyes Fleetwood Plant

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A veteran Canadian RV dealer proposes to buy the Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. travel trailer plant in La Grande, Ore., and begin production there of a new product. Craig Little, owner of Arbutus RV & Marine Sales Ltd., Cobble Hill, British Columbia, told RVBusiness today (April 28) that he hopes to close on the purchase of the 103,000-square-foot plant and adjoining property in May and begin production yet this year. The proposed purchase price is $1.8 million, Fleetwood revealed in a motion filed... Read more

Düsseldorf Trade Fair Set for Aug. 29-Sept. 4

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The Caravan Salon Düsseldorf, the world’s largest RV show, will provide a unique overview of all innovations for the 2010 season from Aug. 29 to Sept. 6 in Düsseldorf, Germany. In 10 halls, approximately 550 exhibitors will present motorhomes and RVs in all price categories, accessories and furnishing components as well as camping and campground equipment, tents/awnings and travel destinations. “We are delighted to be able to offer an overview of all areas of mobile home leisure activities... Read more

LaBella Updates Industry on Go RVing Efforts

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Editor’s Note: Gary LaBella, vice president and chief marketing officer for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), offered RVIA members an update on the status of the Go RVing campaign in a recent letter. Excerpts follow: At this critical time for our industry, when consumers are slightly relaxing their grip on their wallets in response to deep discounting, we need to keep fighting for people’s discretionary dollars.  Go RVing can only spend what it has, but within this... Read more

ILI ‘Bullseye’ Electro-Mechanical Leveling Systems

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Ever set up camp and still think your rig was traveling down the highway? ILI has developed its Bullseye line, a new generation of electro-mechanical leveling systems to replace existing hydraulic leveling systems in the RV industry. With five years of testing at the OEM and consumer-level, the Bullseye is an automatic electro-mechanical leveling system that is available in folding and vertical models; both models are offered with a variety of lifting capacities depending on the size and weight of... Read more

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