Hoosier Rep. Donnelly Tackling Credit Issues

April 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

(Editor’s Note: Joe Donnelly represents Indiana’s 2nd Congressional district. The following is a Letter to the Editor he wrote to the South Bend Tribune. The letter was published on Sunday, April 26). I am writing in response to Brent Bardo’s letter to the Voice of the People on March 16. I appreciate Bardo’s interest and support of the manufactured housing industry. I share his belief that this is a vitally important industry to our district and I share his concern that... Read more

Dealer Finds Market for Used Rialta Motorhomes

April 27, 2009 by · 26 Comments 

Rialta Heaven Inc., a small outfit in the northern Indiana community of Milford, is marketing used Winnebago Rialta Class C motorhomes, last built by the Forest City, Iowa, manufacturer in 2005, on a limited national basis as “Earth Friendly RVs” because of their high fuel  mileage and wind-cutting aerodynamics. “Over the last two years, we’ve sold about 200 of them,” said Karen Rowland, co-owner and sales manager. “We find them  all over the country” Built... Read more

‘Stalking Horse’ Buyer for Monaco Alone in Race

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Even though Monaco Coach Corp. has struck a deal to sell its major assets to a subsidiary of Navistar International for $52 million, the Coburg, Ore.-based RV maker is racing to close the deal before it runs out of money and creditors run out of patience, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. At a hearing Friday (April 24) in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware, an attorney for Monaco said the company had signed an asset purchase agreement with Workhorse International Holding Co., a Navistar... Read more

Monaco Inks Deal to Sell Assets to Navistar

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Monaco Coach announced today (April 24) that it has signed a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the company’s RV  manufacturing assets to a unit of Navistar Inc. for approximately $52 million. The Monaco board of directors  unanimously approved the transaction.  The closing of the proposed transaction is scheduled to occur no later than June 1, subject to certain closing conditions and completion of the bankruptcy court approval process, including the auction process and... Read more

Lazydays Buys Final Fleetwood Travel Trailers

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Seffner, Fla.-based Lazydays RV Center Inc. recently finalized its purchase of Fleetwood Industries Inc.’s remaining travel trailers. In total, 154 units were purchased for resale, Lazydays announced in a news release. “Lazydays has partnered with Fleetwood in travel trailer sales for more than 30 years,” said Pat Overby, general sales manager of Lazydays. “Fleetwood has always manufactured top quality RVs and although we’re sorry to see them exit the travel trailer... Read more

RVIA: Media Focus on Family-Friendly RVing

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

 Just as consumers begin to plan their summer getaways, the media has turned its attention to RVing as both  an affordable and surprisingly “green”  family vacation option, according to a release fro the Recreation  Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Environmentalist and full-time RVer Brian Brawdy was the subject of “On the Road, Off the Grid,” an April 15 story in the Chicago Sun-Times that focused on Brawdy’s commitment to adventure and environmentally friendly... Read more

Now Here’s A Real Modern Popup Camper

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Pop-up campers have come a long way in terms of comfort and  built-in technology, but for the most part the design has remained  unchanged.  Of course, it was only a matter of time until someone  came up with something new and exciting and in this case, it could change how  people  look at their  “home away from  home,” according to Calling the Mobile Mini  House (shown in a  computer rendering at left and below) a popup is slightly  misleading, the  website... Read more

Alabama Luxury RV Resort Plans Opening

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

 Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, a Class A motorhome RV resort in Foley, Ala., is preparing  for a five- day grand opening celebration May 6-10. This celebration marks the official launch of the RV resort, which had a soft opening last November. Five days of festivities are planned, including a wine and cheese kickoff reception, a traditional Gulf Coast crawfish boil (to be held poolside with live entertainment) and a bon voyage catered continental brunch in the resort’s 6,000-square-foot grand... Read more

Lippert Sees Industry Upturn, But Will It Last?

April 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Jason Lippert Jason Lippert, president and CEO of Lippert Components and Kinro, subsidiaries of Drew Industires Inc., sees evidences of an upturn in the RV industry. “We’re glad to leave behind the very slow winter months, when many of our customers closed for extended periods,” said Lippert, whose observation was contained at the end of  a financial release filed today (April 24) by the parent company. In that quarter, Lippert and Kinro incurred approximately $4 million in... Read more

RVIA Readies for Committee Week, Advocacy Day

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 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members will gather at the historic Willard Intercontinental  Hotel in Washington, D.C., for Committee Week 2009, set for June 8-11.  During the event, the association’s standing committees, executive committee and board of directors will meet to develop strategies and programs for the upcoming fiscal year.  On Wednesday, June 10, RVIA members will visit U.S. senators, representatives and key legislative staff during the association’s... Read more

RV Stars in NBA on ESPN Ad Campaign

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The second year of ESPN’s hugely popular campaign to promote its NBA coverage has put RVing at center court and attracted thousands of fans to tour the official NBA/ESPN RV (pictured below).  Top NBA stars and personalities including Shaquile O’Neal, Jason Kidd,  Mark Cuban, Gilbert Arenas and Dwight Howard appear in the spots, road-  tripping to games alongside ESPN broadcasters Mark Jackson, Mike Breen,  Stuart Scott and Jeff Van Gundy. The funny television spots ran throughout... Read more

State Rep. Seeks to Help Ailing Elkhart County

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Indiana State Rep. Craig Fry, D-Mishawaka, is trying to revive language from several bills in the Indiana General Assembly that could help Elkhart County’s struggling economy. Fry’s district includes a portion of Elkhart County which faces 18% employment due to the slowdown in the RV industry. According to The Third House Advocacy Group LLC blog, three provisions originally passed the Indiana House overwhelmingly but failed to get a hearing in the Senate. They would: Create a sales tax... Read more

Culp Inc. Partners with Pletcher Sales Inc.

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Culp Inc., a leading textile design/manufacturer to the furniture industry based in High Point, N.C., has forged a partnership arrangement with Pletcher Sales Inc., Bristol, Ind., which will now represent Culp to the RV industry. Until recently, Culp operated a showroom in Elkhart, Ind.,  focusing on the RV industry but decided to close that showroom and retain Pletcher Sales as its local representative focusing on new product development specifically targeted to the RV industry. Culp Inc. president... Read more

Asian Automakers to Dominate U.S. Market?

April 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

While no one seems to know when the current economic recession will hit bottom and begin the slow bounce back, indications are that when it happens, it will be a vastly different landscape. According to a report Wednesday (April 22) in Automotive News, Michael Robinet, vice president for global vehicle forecasts at CSM Worldwide, Detroit, Mich., said it will take three to four years for North American auto production to recover to pre-recession levels. And when it does, Detroit automakers will only... Read more

Livin’ Lite Debuts All-Aluminum Travel Trailer

April 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Folding camping trailer manufacturer Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced its first travel trailer, the all-aluminum Camp Lite with a dry weight of 1,500 pounds.”We wanted to bring to the market a real lightweight, something that you can literally tow with anything,” said Livin’ Lite President Scott Tuttle whose Wakarusa, Ind., company also manufactures the Quicksilver folding camping trailer. ”This is basically a Quicksilver in a hard shell — a... Read more

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