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Extended Service Agreements Q&A with Bill Koster

September 29, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Editor’s Note: In recent months, the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) has received complaints from several dealers and consumers about payment policies from certain service agreement companies. One service agreement company, Heritage Administrative Services, has had many complaints filed against it with consumer protection agencies in Ohio, as well as in other states. To get a perspective on what is happening in the service agreement industry, RVDA Vice President for Communications... Read more

‘Selling Made Simple’ Web Seminars Resume Oct. 15

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The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) continues its web-based training program, “Selling Made Simple” featuring Harvey Cohen, providing affordable and accessible, instantly-accessed training without leaving your dealership. Cohen is an internationally acclaimed sales enhancement trainer and has been speaking to audiences since 1985. He has authored four sales-related books / training programs and produced many hours of audio and video sales aids. Cohen... Read more

Greg Gerber Moves Office to Warmer Climate

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RV Daily Report, an online news and information resource serving the recreation vehicle industry, has moved its operation from Wisconsin to Arizona, according to a press release. The move to the Southwest brings the company closer to one of the fast-growing RV markets in America, said publisher Greg Gerber. Plus the climate makes a better base upon which to operate a publication dedicated to serving people who like to travel. “We are working on a number of projects for next year that will simply... Read more

Thor Fiscal ’09 Profits Exceed Analysts’ Forecasts

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Thor Industries Inc. today (Sept. 29) announced results for the fourth quarter and 12 months ended July 31. Net income for the quarter was $24.78 million, up from $5.04 million last year. Sales for the quarter were $440.9 million versus $569.8 million last year. Net income for the 12 months was $17.14 million, compared to $92.7 million last year. Sales for the 12 months were $1.521 billion,  compared to $2.64 billion last year. Earnings per share (EPS) of 45 cents in the quarter is nearly double... Read more

Hearing Officer Rules Against Oregon RV Resort

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  Park models at Campers Cove Resort in southern Oregon. A hearings officer has ruled against expansion plans at Hyatt Lake Resort in southern Oregon’s Jackson County. The decision could lead to the removal of park model cottages, a restaurant and other improvements, according to the Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore. In a 53-page decision mailed out Friday (Sept. 25), Donald Rubenstein concluded that the park models referred to by the resort owner as recreational vehicles are in fact dwellings that... Read more

RV Upturn Foreshadows Consumer Confidence Rise

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A closely watched report today (Sept. 29)  on consumer confidence is expected to show modest improvement, but some economists are heartened by a more obscure measure of buyer sentiment: recreational vehicle sales. RV wholesale shipments jumped 16% in August from July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 209,800, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported. While that’s about half the industry’s torrid sales pace in 2006, it’s a 136% surge from January. The trade... Read more

Cequent Products Inks Pact with Ford on Towing System

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TriMas Corp. today (Sept. 28) announced that Cequent Performance Products Inc. reached an agreement with Ford Motor Co. to supply a patented cross bed towing system to be offered as an option on 2011 production Super Duty trucks. Using designs from its Reese Signature Series fifth-wheel and gooseneck hitch family, Cequent customized a unique frame mounted cross bed towing system designed for towing gooseneck and fifth-wheel style trailers. Using a patented “drop in” gooseneck hitch ball... Read more

Sue Dooley Named New Airstream VP of Marketing

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Sue Dooley has been named the new vice president of marketing at Airstream Inc. Dooley has worked with Airstream for almost a year as a consultant with the C2 Group, according to Bob Wheeler, president and CEO of Jackson Center, Ohio-based Aistream. “During this time she was instrumental in developing our relationship with Victorinox Swiss Army. Previously, she had been vice president of marketing at the $4 billion Stride Rite Corp. overseeing the Saucony, Sperry Top-Sider, Hind and Tommy... Read more

Wall Street Sees Positives in August Shipments

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The latest wholesale shipments report released last Friday by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) was just what the Wall Street investment community needed to reinforce its contention that the RV industry has hit bottom and is on the way back Three leading RV industry watchers, Kathryn Thompson, founder and director of the Thompson Research Group, Craig Kennison of Robert W. Baird & Co. and John T.G. Rogers of Janney Montgomery Scott, each offered encouraging words following the... Read more

Airstream Inc. Backlog Rebounds from Historic Low

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Airstream Inc. has increased production by 30% over the last six weeks to meet a growing wholesale and retail demand for its trailers, the company announced in a press release. Over the last 18 months, the RV industry has taken a major hit because of the economy, and the Jackson Center, Ohio-based subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc. has not been immune from the downturn, said CEO Bob Wheeler. However, in recent weeks the company has seen a strong uptick in retail and wholesale demand. According... Read more

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