‘Canada Night’ Plans Announced for Louisville RV Show

October 30, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA of Canada is hosting its traditional Canada Night Dinner on Nov. 30, the night before the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., which runs from Dec. 1-3. The dinner will be at the Galt House in Louisville. The cost is $65 (Canadian) per person in advance, $85 at the door. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., dinner at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (604) 718-6325.  Read More →

Navistar Eyes China Diesel Engine Joint Venture

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Truck maker Navistar International Inc. says it is exploring a joint venture with a Chinese vehicle manufacturer to build diesel engines for commercial vehicles in China. Navistar said today (Oct. 30)  the proposed 50-50 joint venture with Anhui Jianghuai Automobile Co. would establish a research and design center in China’s Anhui province, according to Associated Press. Diesel engines produced under the joint venture would be used primarily in China as well as certain export markets. Navistar... Read more

Cummins Inc. Reports 59% Profit Decline in Q3

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Cummins Inc. said today (Oct. 30) third-quarter net income fell 59% from a year ago as it sold fewer engines for heavy-duty trucks and recreational vehicles. But Cummins’ profit outpaced Wall Street’s forecast, and two of the company’s units returned to profitability after losing in the previous quarter. The engine maker also said sales would be slightly better than it had previously forecast, according to MarketWatch. The Columbus, Ind. manufacturer said demand increased in engine... Read more

RVIA: Strong Consumer Interest at California RV Show

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Many RV dealers reported encouraging sales numbers and strong consumer interest at this year’s California RV Show, held Oct. 16 – 25 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., according to a release from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Nearly 19,200 consumers attended the show this year, down 9% from last year’s 21,123. But Marsha McInnis, RVIA’s western regional show director, reported that while the crowds were smaller than in previous years, exhibitors and attendees at the 57th... Read more

Start-Up Cozy Traveler Reports Early Successes

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  Cozy Traveler lightweight travel trailer Robert (Bob) Wyman announced this week that Goshen, Ind.-based Cozy Traveler Inc. would be increasing production and adding people to its work force starting immediately, according to a news release. Cozy Traveler opened its doors earlier this year shipping its first units in April . The company focus is small lightweight towables meeting a growing segment of the RV market place. Since its first shipment of product, the company has enjoyed good growth... Read more

Duke Highlights RVDA Workshop at National RV Show

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  Michael Duke Coach, consultant, author and business executive Michael Duke will help dealers get ready for the recovery and coach their teams to legendary service during a special workshop Monday, Nov. 30, in Louisville, Ky. In this workshop, dealers will discover how to motivate teams and lead like a coach, according to a news release from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA). When leaders “coach to goals,” they can realize the value each employee brings to work each day. It... Read more

Industry Kicking Off RV Centennial at Outlook 2010

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  David Woodworth The RV industry will kick off its year-long celebration of the RV Centennial in 2010 at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) “Outlook 2010: Let the Sun Shine” market expansion showcase, taking place Tuesday, Dec. 1, at 6:45 a.m. in Louisville, Ky., at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show. RV historian and renowned RV collector David Woodworth will be a special guest at “Outlook 2010” where he will be presented with RVIA’s Spirit of America award... Read more

ON THE LINE: Forest River’s Pete Liegl Sees ‘10 Growth

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Pete Liegl Publisher’s Note: touched bases recently on a variety of topics with Forest River Inc. founder and CEO Peter J. “Pete” Liegl. Here’s a verbatim transcript of that on-the-record conversation, which took place in the aftermath of the company’s successful “Pick Your Partners” dealer meeting that drew some 2,000 people from 700 U.S. and Canadian dealerships in late September to the Berkshire Hathaway Inc. subsidiary’s home complex on the west... Read more

Texas Couple Wins $10,000 Prize for Yogi Bear Video

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  David and Deidre Carroll and their two children (front left) are all smiles as they receive a $10,000 check as winners of a video contest sponsored by Leisure Systems Inc. Michele Wisher (right) of LSI made the presentaiton. In the back are Kim and Larry Jones, owners of the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Canyon Lake, Texas, where the Carroll's video was filmed. David and Deidre Carroll from Keller, Texas, are the $10,000 grand prize winners of the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park 40th Anniversary... Read more

Four Winds Adds Montecito, New Windsport for ’10

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After reassessing the North American motorhome market for the 2010 model year, Four Winds International Corp. has introduced a new high-end 2010 Montecito Class A diesel pusher motorhome now available in five floorplans, one of which is a 41½-foot, tag axle model. Built on a raised rail Freightliner XCR chassis with 32,000- or 43,860-pound GVWRs, the Montecito’s MSRPs start at $225,000. The new line is equipped with solid surface countertops and sinks, toe kicks, wood stiles around the dressers,... Read more

Two Colorado-Based RV Makers File for Bankruptcy

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Two Boulder, Colo.-area recreational vehicle firms filed for bankruptcy earlier this month: Lafayette-based EarthRoamer.Com LLC, which manufacturers four-wheel drive, all-weather “Xpedition Vehicles,” and Longmont-based Outfitter Manufacturing Inc., a maker of RV tops. EarthRoamer filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy — which provides for liquidation — with liabilities of $6.8 million. The company also noted it had assets of $234,557 and more than 230 creditors, according to the... Read more

Florida City Narrowly OK’s RV Sales in Local Malls

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The Clearwater, Fla., City Council on Oct. 22 narrowly approved an amendment to the city’s Community Development Code that will allow cars, boats and recreational vehicles to be sold, with certain restrictions, at outdoor and tent shows within the city limits. The vote was 3-2, with Mayor Frank Hibbard and Councilwoman Carlen Petersen dissenting, according to the Clearwater Beacon. The council had previously asked the city’s planning department to prepare an amendment that would allow such sales.... Read more

RVDA Convention/Expo Workshop Recordings Available

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Audio recordings of the 2009 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo educational workshops are an economical solution for bringing the industry’s best trainers to RV dealerships. Two formats are available, according to an RVDA release: CD-ROM. New in 2009, the CD-ROM includes web links to available PowerPoint and/or handouts so users can review the materials while listening to the presentations on their computers. An Internet connection is necessary for accessing the web links. Since not... Read more

‘Road Trip’s DiSalvatore to Speak at RVIA Breakfast

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  Silvio DiSalvatore Silvio DiSalvatore, father of the New York family that won NBC’s hit summer reality show “Great American Road Trip,” will share his tales from the road as a special guest at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) “Outlook 2010: Let the Sun Shine” Dec. 1 in Louisville, Ky. The DiSalvatore family members were fan favorites on the show, which showcased the adventures of seven families traveling in motorhomes on a cross-country trek and competing... Read more

Deadlines Approach for November Jan Kelly Seminars

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  Jan Kelly The deadline approaches to sign up for the November sessions with RV industry educator Jan Kelly. The Nov. 11-13,  three-day traditional F&I seminar will be held in Las Colinas, Texas. Register either online at sskey=220 or telephone her office at (800) 336-4275. Web seminars have become the educational venue of choice for F&I professionals who are unable to get away for traditional face-to-face educational sessions. Each seminar... Read more

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