Denver RV Dealer Sees 22% Sales Uptick in August

August 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Robbie Wilson can tell you the exact month he first noticed a recession was underway. The sales manager at Nolan’s RV Center Inc. on North Federal Boulevard in Denver told KUSA-TV, Denver, “In August of 2008. It was just like we forgot to open the gate on Federal. No one was coming in, nobody was buying anything.” He can also tell you the exact month things started to turn around. “It started in May,” he said. Of course, the RV business tends to be seasonal in nature.... Read more

Indiana University Hall Named in Tom Raper’s Honor

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Tom Raper Hall in Richmond, Ind. Indiana University East Chancellor Nasser Paydar announced today (Aug. 27) the naming of IU East’s Middlefork Hall on the Richmond, Ind., campus in honor of former Richmond businessman Tom Raper. The building will be renamed Tom Raper Hall in recognition of Raper’s commitment of $2.17 million to support the campus. The gift is the largest in IU East’s history, according to an IU release. “This unprecedented commitment to Indiana University... Read more

‘Outlook 2010: Let the Sun Shine’ to Stress Optimism

August 27, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

“Outlook 2010: Let the Sun Shine” will kick off the National RV Trade Show on Tuesday, Dec. 1, with a lineup of presentations that will stress a strong message of optimism as the RV industry looks toward recovery over the coming year, according to RVIA Today Express. The event will begin at 6:45 am (15 minutes later than previous years) with a complimentary full breakfast in the South Wing Mezzanine Level Ballroom of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC).   RVIA Chairman Jim Sheldon... Read more

Winnebago Looks to Wider Customer ‘Sweet Spot’

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A high school graduate who learned everything he knows about motorhomes from “the university of Winnebago” has navigated one of the industry’s leading manufacturers over very bumpy terrain in the past year, according to the Associated Press. Robert Olson, 58, took a job installing motorhome windows at Winnebago Industries Inc. at age 18 in hopes of saving money for college. He never left, foregoing a college education for on-the-job training that led him to where he is now, 40 years... Read more

RVIA’s Coon Appears on FOX Business Network

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  RVIA's Richard Coon with Fox Business Network's Dagen McDowell Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Richard Coon appeared on FOX Business Network Wednesday (Aug. 26) discussing the future of the RV industry with host Dagen McDowell in a segment titled “The Road Ahead for RVs.”  According to an RVIA Today Express release, the segment opened with McDowell admiring the Fleetwood Icon diesel motorhome lent to RVIA for the appearance on Fox, and praising its... Read more

100 California State Park Closures to be Known Soon

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

It is expected that a list of about 100 California state parks that may be closing will be known to park districts across the state sometime shortly after Labor Day. “By Labor Day we should have a list of which parks will be closing,” Shannon Gillespie of the Mendocino District Office near the town of Mendocino said Tuesday (Aug. 25), according to the Ukiah Daily Journal. Roy Stearns, a spokesman for California State Parks, said an awaited list of closures will be known sometime after... Read more

Six Men Elected to RVIA Board of Director Seats

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Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) members elected two incumbents and four new members to the board of directors in the association’s annual elections, which concluded on Monday (Aug. 24), according to RVIA Today Express. Andrew Baer, vice president of sales and marketing at KZRV LP; John Draheim, president of Fleetwood RV Inc., and Tim Tiffin, general manager of Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. were all newly elected to three-year terms as manufacturer representatives. Jeff Hanemaayer,... Read more

AAA: Late Labor Day Will Stunt Holiday Travel

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that 39.1 million travelers will take a trip of 50 miles or more away from home over the Sept. 5-7 Labor Day weekend. The numbers represent a decrease of 13.3% from Labor Day 2008, when travel was the highest this decade, at 45.1 million travelers. The nonprofit AAA’s forecasting partner, IHS Global Insight, believes much of the decline in travel plans can be attributed to Labor Day falling late on the calendar. Labor Day this year is Sept.... Read more

NATDA to Hold 2nd Annual Convention Sept. 12-14

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Some 1,500 people representing trailer dealers, manufacturers and suppliers are expected to attend the 2nd Annual North American Trailer Dealers Association (NATDA) Trade Show and Convention Sept. 12-14 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky. “We also expect to have quite a bit of walk-through traffic,” said Amy Rubenstein, NATDA co-founder and vice president. Rubenstein reported that more than 300 dealers, 46 trailer manufacturers and 115 suppliers have registered... Read more

RV Storage Facility Proposed for Washington Port

August 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

There won’t be a business incubator at the Port of Bremerton in Bremerton, Wash., any time soon, but how about an RV storage facility for the port? Port leaders, eager to find something that makes a little money for the port, are putting out feelers for just that, according to the Kitsap Sun. It would be in the port’s Olympic View Industrial Park across Highway 3 from Bremerton National Airport. Three pieces of land in the park would be candidates, some large, some smaller. The port wouldn’t... Read more

Fleetwood’s American Coach Makes First Retail Delivery

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Pictured (from left) in the photo at left are Justin Humphreys, national sales manager for American Coach; Gary Stroud, part owner of Tom Johnson Camping Center; Sharon and Kenneth Brown, the new coach owners; Jeff Williams, a salesman at Tom Johnson Camping Center; and Maxie Rowell, general manager of Tom Johnson Camping Center. American Coach, the luxury motorhome division of Fleetwood RV Inc., Wednesday announced its first retail delivery since American Industrial Partners (AIP) acquired the company... Read more

Thor/Invest in America Program Details Revealed

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  Dickey Riegel Recreational vehicle maker Thor Industries Inc. is partnering with an organization of credit unions to offer RV discounts of up to $1,000 for credit union members. CUcorp, a credit union marketing group, said today (Aug. 26) that credit union members are eligible for discounts of $300 to $1,000 on the RVs purchased through Thor’s Airstream, Breckenridge, CrossRoads, Damon Motor Coach, Dutchmen, Four Winds and Komfort brands, according to the Washington Examiner. Thor Chief... Read more

Dutchmen Trims Brands, Focuses on Volume Sales

August 26, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

  Dutchmen president Don Clark pointing out a production process to news reporter. In an effort to better position the company for the post-recession era, Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. is restructuring its product lines to focus on volume sales. The Goshen, Ind.-based Thor division also is taking applications for 50 additional production employees. ”Over the last several months, we’ve been making internal changes within our structure to be able to support increased volume,” said... Read more

Country Coach Delivers First Motorcoach to China

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Luxury motorcoach manufacturer Country Coach today (Aug. 26) announced the successful sale and export of the company’s first motorcoach to China. The motorcoach, a 2009 Allure 470 Veranda, was shipped from the port of Everett, Wash., directly to the port of Dalian in northeastern China. Company managers are cautiously optimistic about Country Coach’s growth opportunities in the burgeoning China market.  “While we have been exploring potential inroads into China, in this case... Read more

Go RVing Photo Crew Shooting New Video This Week

August 26, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A video production crew is in Elkhart County this week shooting new RV product images to update consumer information video on the Go website. Since the original video was produced in 2004, many new products and technological developments have hit the market, including smaller, fuel-efficient, lightweight and eco-friendly RVs that target younger, cost-conscious buyers. That’s the focus at this week’s photo shoot, said Chris Morrison, senior director of marketing communications... Read more

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