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Winnebago’s Via Praised for Styling, Fuel Economy

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

RVIA's Richard Coon (left) and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar inside the Winnebago Via during Washington, D.C., forum. Winnebago Industries Inc. recently showcased the all-new high-mileage Class A Winnebago Via motorhome for participants in the Forum on Stimulating Economic Vitality and Resource Conservation, a gathering of top national and state tourism and park leaders hosted by the U.S. Department of Interior. Held in downtown Washington, D.C., on Sept. 15, the forum allowed key RV industry... Read more

Stoltzfus RV Dealership Returns to Tiffin Brand

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Stoltzfus RV and Marine in West Chester, Pa., announced its affiliation with Tiffin Motor Homes Inc., maker of Allegro motorhomes. “We are proud and excited to announce our new product line — Bob Tiffin’s Allegro motorcoach. We have Allegro motorhomes in inventory now and more on order,” said Earl Stoltzfus, president of the dealership, in a news release. Stoltfus RV and Marine did business with Tiffin from the early 1980s to the late 1990s. Stolftzus explained the reasons behind his return... Read more

Epic National Park Series Begins Sunday on PBS

September 25, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This review of Ken Burns’ upcoming PBS series on The National Parks was published by the Boston Globe.   Ken Burns “The NFL has Super Bowls. Bayreuth has “Ring” cycles. PBS has Ken Burns documentary series. They are events – no, Events – and deservedly so. “The Civil War” (1990) was unlike anything American television had previously seen: a national history lesson that managed to combine scale and intimacy, high artistry and tremendous... Read more

Jury Clears Gulf Stream Coach in FEMA Trailer Case

September 25, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

A federal jury on Thursday (Sept. 24) rejected a New Orleans family’s assertions that the government-issued trailer they lived in after Hurricane Katrina exposed them to dangerous fumes, in the first of several trials that could lead to hundreds of similar claims being resolved. Five men and three women decided that a trailer made by Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and occupied by Alana Alexander and her 12-year-old son, Christopher Cooper, was not “unreasonably dangerous” in its construction.... Read more

Federal Jury Deliberating Gulf Stream Coach Fate

September 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A federal jury began deliberating today (Sept. 24) in New Orleans in the first trial over claims that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast hurricane victims to potentially hazardous fumes, according to the Associated Press. After eight days of testimony, the jury heard closing arguments in the case against trailer manufacturer Gulf Stream Coach Inc. of Nappanee, Ind., and government contractor Fluor Enterprises Inc. The plaintiffs for this first of several “bellwether” trials... Read more

Prime Time Manufacturing Debuts New LaCrosse

September 24, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

The LaCrosse travel trailer by Prime Time Manufacturing Recently formed Prime Time Manufacturing introduced LaCrosse, its first entry into the towable RV market, during the 2nd Annual Forest River Pick Your Partner sales event this week in Elkhart, Ind. Designed to offer an affordable alternative to the more commonly used “stick and tin” construction, the aluminum-framed LaCrosse offers a laminated fiberglass exterior in eight models ranging in length from 26 feet to 36 feet. According to... Read more

Unique Airstream Park Serves the South of France

September 24, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Belrepayre Airstream &Retro campground in southern France We know that Airstreams are all over the United States, but did you know they are quite the hit in Europe as well? Belrepayre Airstream & Retro Trailerpark, located in southern France, is an Airstream and retro campground with amazing views of the Pyrenees, according to the Airstream Inc. blog. Originally owned by two former circus performers, the park also offers rentals of nine authentic Airstreams. The park is fully-equipped... Read more

Country Coach Due Back in Bankruptcy Court Oct. 22

September 24, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Country Coach, the financially ailing Junction City, Ore., RV maker, has yet to file a reorganization plan to get itself out of bankruptcy. And now a judge is demanding that company officials explain why he shouldn’t order that its assets be liquidated, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. A hearing on Country Coach’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case is set for Oct. 22, at which time company officials will have to convince U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Albert Radcliffe that it has a viable plan for... Read more

RVDA Dealer Gets First SBA Floorplan Loan Approval

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) dealer member for an SBA-guaranteed Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) loan. The SBA program, in effect since July 1, allows the agency’s guaranteed loan program to be used for RV floorplan loans (and other titleable inventory, including autos and boats) through SBA-approved lenders. To RVDA’s knowledge, this is the first RV dealer approved to take part in the SBA DFP program, according to Brett Richardson,... Read more

BreezeGo to Premier New Software at SEMA Show

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

BreezeGo LLC is premiering its new 2010 logic RV Dealership Management Software at the 2009 Special Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show starting Nov. 3 in Las Vegas. BreezeGo is a technology software and web marketing company with products and services related to dealership software systems, web development, search engine optimization, online marketing and IT/business consulting services, according to a news release. Logic is their flagship management software for RV dealers offered by BreezeGo. Logic... Read more

2009 Summer Camping Season Finished Strong

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Want to hear some good news? On the heels of a year so completely immersed in negative news headlines, it’s time for some solid, bonafide positive news: The 2009 U.S. summer camping season seems to have exceeded expectations in many cases, especially for parks that aren’t located in remote locales. That’s the message from several articles in the upcoming issue of Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness and RVBUSINESS.COM. “Reports that the economy still stinks... Read more

Harris Poll: Ranks of RV Buyers Declined Since May

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The percentage of people who will likely buy a new RV or boat in the n How To Get Your Ex Boyfriend Back ext six months has declined to 4%, compared to 5% in May who said they would, according to the latest Harris Poll. The poll of 2,334 adults were surveyed online between Sept. 8 and 15 by Harris Interactive, according to a news release. While economists are saying the economic tide is turning, people are still not willing to open their wallets and spend money. Two-thirds of Americans (67%) say... Read more

Kaddy Kruisers Are Now ‘Green’ Certified by NTA

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Kaddy Kruiser RV’s products are now certified by third-party inspector NTA  as having met all the requirements necessary to be classified as a “green” manufacturer, the Topeka, Ind-based manufacturer of travel trailers and fifth-wheels announced in a  news release. This extensive certification process involved developing production systems to which Kaddy Kruiser RV uses green materials in the construction of its products, limits waste by recycling materials and provides opportunities... Read more

‘Secretariat’ Filmmaker Needs 1970s’ Era RVs for Movie

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

  Actress Diane Lane RVs will likely get some exposure in the upcoming Disney film “Secretariat.” A major casting call for the movie about the famous race horse will be held Sunday at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., and RVs dating from the 1970s are among the filmmaker’s needs, according to the Lafayette Advertiser. More than 4,000 extras are needed for the film, much of which is being shot and produced in the Cajun state. People of all ages, races and ethnicities are needed,... Read more

FEMA Suspected Sierra Club Bias in Gulf Stream Matter

September 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: This is the latest in a series of reports on the trial underway in New Orleans involving Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and its production of emergency living units for Gulf Coast hurricane victims in 2005. In the absence of mainstream media coverage at this point, we are relying for now on reports like this one from the Courthouse News Service, a newswire for lawyers generated by a network of correspondents who provide daily comprehensive reports on new appellate rulings, new legislation... Read more

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