RV Upturn Foreshadows Consumer Confidence Rise

September 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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

TriMas Execs on Live Webcast Wednesday Morning

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

David M. Wathen, president and CEO of TriMas Corp.,  and A. Mark Zeffiro, CFO, will be presenting at the Deutsche Bank 17th Annual Leveraged Finance Conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. on Wednesday (Sept. 30), according to a news release. Their appearance is scheduled to begin at 11:55 a.m. EST. The live webcast and presentation will be available in the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at Headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., TriMas Corp. is divided into... Read more

All California State Parks to Remain Open, Sort Of

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Under fire from park supporters and the state’s own attorneys, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he has found a way to cut millions of dollars out of the California State Parks budget without completely closing any parks. The plan, which some are criticizing as little more than a shell game, slashes $14.2 million from the park budget this year by closing some campgrounds and facilities on weekdays, eliminating unfilled seasonal and administrative... Read more

Keystone RV Owners Rally at Hoosier Campground

September 28, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Members of the Keystone Montana Owners club conducted their national fall rally at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., last week. Approximately 80 rigs and 170 people attended a week of education, socializing, sightseeing and fun. One of the highlights of the rally was the “ladies driving school” on Saturday (Sept. 27), at the Keystone RV Co. service center in Goshen, according to a news release. The Montana Owners Club is an independent organization founded by owners of... Read more

RV Dealer Renews Sponsorship Pact with Buffalo Bills

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The NFL’s Buffalo Bills announced that they have renewed their sponsorship agreement with Buffalo RV for an extended three-year term. The relationship began last year when the company signed for the first time as an official team sponsor on a one-year trial basis, according to As part of the new agreement, Buffalo RV’s dealership will offer discounts and specials to all Bills fans that stop in on their way to a home game at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Fans attending a Bills... Read more

‘RV Buddies’ Picks 4 Favorites from Hershey Show

September 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

“RV Buddies Online”  named four RVs from the recent Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) show in Hershey, Pa., “Best of Show.” The show, which always creates a lot of expectation as people flock to see the new models, didn’t disappoint this year as a record crowd of 31,700 was on hand to check out the brand new 2010 models from 59 manufacturers at the 41st annual event, according to a news release. “The manufacturers delivered some exciting products for... Read more

Forest River Annual Dealer Meeting Draws 700 Retailers

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Pete Liegl With the addition of a new towable division and an emphasis on a wide variety of towable and motorized product, Forest River Inc. welcomed an estimated 2,000 people representing some 700 RV dealerships Wednesday and Thursday (Sept. 23-24) to its second annual dealer meeting adjacent to company headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. The second annual ”Pick Your Partner” dealer meeting was the coming out event for Forest River’s new Prime Time Manufacturing towable division and... Read more

RVIA: August Wholesale Shipments RISE 5.3% Over 2008

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

RV shipments to retailers totaled 17,800 units in the August survey of manufacturers, an increase of 31.8% over last month and 5.3% ahead of August one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (Sept. 25). This was the first year-over-year gain in shipments in nearly two years and the August monthly total represented a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 210,000 units, the best in more than a year. Towable shipments totaled 16,700 units, up 9.9% from August... Read more

Heartland’s Big Country Gets Good Response at Hershey

September 25, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC received a good response to its newly redesigned Big Country luxury fifth-wheel at the recent Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Pa., according to a news release. Available in eight floorplans, the Big Country features a two-tone residential cabinetry design with glazed doors and hidden hinges and solid surface counter tops. The platinum high gloss metallic exterior, including front and rear fiberglass caps, gives the quality look of full body paint.... Read more

U.S. House Again Sides with RV Industry in DOE Vote

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. House of Representatives adopted an amendment authored by U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., that would allow RVs in addition to medium- and heavy-duty vehicles to qualify for new Department of Energy (DOE) research and development grants created by H.R. 3246, The Advanced Vehicle Technology Act of 2009. The House adopted the amendment by a vote of 369 to 62 and subsequently passed the bill, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). “The RV industry plays an important... Read more

RVers Share Unique Treks at B.C.’s Snowbird Show

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Jumping in the RV and driving off into the sunset is a dream for a lot of people. Harriet and John Halkyard actually did it – and so did Mike and Terri Church. This weekend, the two couples will be spinning tales about their travels at the Snowbird RV Show and Sale at Tradex in Abbotsford, British Columbia. And there are some very interesting tales, because they have been to some very exotic places, according to The Vancouver Sun. The Halkyards, for example, claim to be the first people to... Read more

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