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Navistar Inc. Shows All-Electric Truck on Capitol Hill

September 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Members of Congress today (Sept. 30) were shown an early result of federal stimulus investments paying dividends – an all-electric commercial truck from Navistar Inc. that does not depend on foreign oil, is already generating jobs and offers real potential to usher in a new wave of U.S.-led clean vehicle technologies. With the help of a $39 million U.S. Department of Energy grant announced by President Obama in August, Navistar will build these high technology trucks, designed for maximum efficiency... Read more

Gulf Stream Coach Notes Travel Trailer Market Gains

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The Travel Trailer Division of Gulf Stream Coach Inc. is increasing its market share, the company reported in a news release. Sales for July totaled 666 units, compared to 517 in July 2008, representing a 14.9% gain in market share, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. “Our travel trailer numbers were on target with the goals we set forth earlier in the year,” said Steve Jacobs, national sales manager for Gulf Stream’s ultralight division. “We have added 52 dealer distribution... Read more

Florida Gulf Coast RV Dealer Sees Industry Upturn

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Stocks slipped slightly Tuesday (Sept. 29) after a surprise drop in consumer confidence. But if you’re looking for signs that the recession is easing, there are other avenues for you to drive than just consumer confidence, according to WWSB-TV, Bradenton, Fla. Among all the gloomy economic indicators out there, there’s one glimmer of hope: recreational vehicle sales are up. And one Florida RV dealer says that means the economy is on the road again. Nothing prepared the owner of Dream... Read more

Private Campgrounds Keeping Pace with 2008 Traffic

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Campground and RV park occupancies and revenues have largely kept pace with 2008 figures, despite the recession, according to an informal survey of parks by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), the nation’s largest campground chain with more than 450 locations across the U.S. and Canada, was 1.1% ahead of 2008 occupancy figures systemwide through the end of September, while revenues were up 5.6%, according to Mike... Read more

Wall Street Becomes Bullish on Thor Industries Stock

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Wall Street continues to pounce on the surprisingly good report Tuesday from Thor Industries Inc. Soleil Securities maintains a “Buy” rating on Thor Industries and raised its price target from $29 to $35, according to streetinsider.com. A Soleil analyst said, “With Thor’s market shares increased to 31.1% in towable RVs (vs 30.4% last year) and 17.7% in motorized RVs (vs 15.1%), Thor is one of a very few viable RV companies left in an improving industry. We are raising our... Read more

Experts Look to RV Industry as Economic Indicator

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Editor’s note: The following is a transcript of a recent ‘Marketplace” radio story on distributed by American Public Media. KAI RYSSDAL: Every day we rely on a mixture of statistics, indexes and projections to tell us whether the economy is up or whether it’s down. If things are getting better, or maybe not. Today, in the maybe-not category, we have a group known as the Conference Board. It reported consumer confidence dropped unexpectedly this month. As we like to do though,... Read more

13 Vintage RVs Gather for Tin Can Tourists Rally

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Editor’s Note: The following story was posted on the Tin Can Tourists TCT Campfire blog at http://tincantourists.com/blog/?p=646 describing the recent Tin Can Tourists Rally in Nashville, Tenn. The 2009 Nashville TCT Rally (Sep. 23-27) is now history. It was a very successful event, in spite of heavy rain that continued several days. There was a good mix of vintage and modern RVs: 1962 Airstream, 1976 Avion, 1976 GMC, 1977 Avion (2), 1978 Avion, 1979 Avion, 1985 Avion, 1988 Avion, 1989 Avion,... Read more

Tennessee RV Dealers See Towable Sales Upturn

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The recession put the brakes on the sale of recreational vehicles in the past couple of years. But RV dealers say folks looking to move beyond bad times are starting to boost the business once again, according to the Kingsport (Tenn.) Times News. “I follow trends quite closely, and for most parts of the country — this one included — there is a slow but steady rise coming back,” said Jeff Crowder, with Crowder RV Center in Johnson City, Tenn. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)... Read more

RVIA Sets Service Tech Trouble Shooter Clinics Dates

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The Education Department at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has scheduled two Trouble Shooter Clinics in the coming months, offering RV service technicians the opportunity to enhance performance and profitability by improving their hands-on technical knowledge. RVIA is encouraging its members to promote these important training events to their dealer networks. The first clinic will be offered Nov. 9-13 at the Toronto Congress Center in Toronto, Ontario. The second will be held... Read more

Evert’s RV Workers Help Rescue Auto Crash Victim

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Watch the video at right. Two workers at Paul Evert’s RV Country in Fresno, Calif., helped rescue a man involved in a vehicle crash near the dealership, according to Ch.47-TV, Fresno. Joseph Cornell of Fresno was taken to the hospital after his careened off of Highway 99. His Honda crashed into a fence at the Central Ave exit and burst into flames. Luke Fisher, a Good Samaritan, was driving behind him when the accident occurred. He pulled over and helped pull the driver, Joe Cornell, out of... Read more

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