ADP Lightspeed to Expand ‘Hidden Cash’ Series

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ADP Lightspeed, a provider of dealer management solutions, today (Nov. 30) released information on its series of dealer performance studies called “Find Hidden Cash” and announced its plans to present two additional studies. Since launching the program in July, thousands of dealers have attended web seminars and read the associated white papers available to the entire industry, according to a news release. ADP Lightspeed used its data collection and the knowledge of 30-year industry expert... Read more

Gulf Stream to Debut Crossover Toy Haulers

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Gulf Stream Coach’s EnduraMAX toy haulers is debuting its re-designed lineup of Crossover toy haulers with an all new look at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show this week in Louisville, Ky. The Track & Trail (shown at left) has been completely re-designed with all new floorplans that are all half-ton towable geared for the entry-level buyers’ market, said A.J. Jones, national sales manager.  “We have cut the prices while featuring many new amenities never seen before.” The... Read more

Thompson Group Forecasts ‘A Strong Show’

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Editor’s Note: The Thompson Research Group issued this investor report last Friday, following the release of the October wholesale RV shipment report by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). TRG SNAPSHOT: October 2009 total RV wholesale shipments rose 23% to 16,600 units. This is an improvement from the September 13% YOY (year over year) increase and marks the third positive increase in wholesale shipments since July 2006 (excluding Oct. 2007 “false bottom”). KEY POINTS: Towable... Read more

Damon Adds 2 Floorplans to Tuscany Model

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Damon Motor Coach has added two more floorplans to its high-end Tuscany model line. The Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer will be displaying a 36-foot quad slide Class A and a 42-foot bath-and-a-half Class A this week at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. According to a news release, highlights of the Tuscany 3680 quad slide include: Four slideout 360 horsepower U-shaped dinette New, stylish front cap New hardwoods Full-tile back splashes Highlights of the Tuscany 42RQ bath-and-a-half... Read more

Firm Eyes Social Media Marketing for RV Dealers

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HuebnerPetersen Marketing Communications has introduced an informative social media website,, geared specifically toward RV dealers. The website is built to help RV dealers better understand and navigate through social media marketing, according to a news release. HuebnerPetersen serves as Jayco Inc.’s agency of record and routinely works with Jayco dealers on marketing promotions. An onslaught of inquiries and requests for help with social media prompted the design of the... Read more

Kaddy Kruiser Unveils Thunder Lite Toy Hauler

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Kaddy Kruiser RV is introducing the “Thunder Lite” travel trailer toy hauler at this week’s 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The Thunder Lite is an expanded offering from the original Thunder fifth-wheel which was introduced at the 2008 Louisville Show, according to a press release from the Topeka, Ind.-based company. While similar to the Thunder, the Thunder Lite is a sport utility travel trailer. This product is highlighted by a high-end graphics package on gelcoat... Read more

Thor Industries Quadrupled Net Income in Q1

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Thor Industries Inc. today (Nov. 30) reported increased sales, net income and earnings per share (E.P.S.) for the first quarter ended Oct. 31, according to a news release. Net income was $23,429,000, more than quadruple last year’s $5,120,000. E.P.S. were 42 cents versus 9 cents last year. Sales for the quarter were $502.6 million, up 15% from $438.8 million. RV income before tax in the quarter was $31,642,000, up more than five-fold from $5,772,000 last year. Bus income before tax was $8,380,000,... Read more

Spartan Reaches 3-Year Pact with Fleetwood RV

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Spartan Motors Chassis Inc., a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., today (Nov. 30) announced an expanded three-year agreement for the design, manufacturing and assembly of custom chassis in support of Fleetwood RV’s high-quality brand of Class A diesel motorhomes, including American Coach products. “This agreement extends a strategic partnership made up of two strong brands that together, produce a quality product that exceeds customer expectations,” said Tom Gorman, COO of Spartan... Read more

Coast Announces Extension of Credit Facility

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The Coast Distribution System Inc. today (Nov. 30) reported that it has reached an agreement with Bank of America that extends the maturity date of the company’s existing senior secured bank revolving credit facility from May 10, 2010, to July 10, 2011. The amendment also revises certain terms and covenants of the credit facility to reflect current economic and market conditions, according to a press release. The Morgan Hill, Calif.-based company is an aftermarket supplier of replacement parts,... Read more

Heartland RV’s Job Fair Aims to Fill 200 Jobs

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One of the more recent recreational vehicle companies outlining expansion and hiring plans, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC in Elkhart, Ind., is planning a Dec. 5 job fair to fill 200 jobs with experienced workers during the first three months of 2010. In mid-November, Heartland announced sales are up and workers are needed to build RVs. The company needs workers experienced in towable RV production, according to the South Bend Tribune. The job fair will be from 8 a.m. to noon at 1140 All Pro... Read more

Membership Camping: ‘The Perfect Solution’

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  Fabian Russell Membership-driven Coast to Coast Resorts and New York-based consultant Fabian L. Russell have rolled out ”Project Renaissance,” a customizable guide for campground owners interested in becoming Coast affiliates. Coast to Coast Resorts has 60,000 commercial members who have access to 450 resorts, 250 of which are membership-only parks plus 200 other ”good neighbor” parks that charge Coast members special rates. ”We realized that a cookie-cutter approach... Read more

MVP-RV Division Getting Foreign Trade Zone

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Riverside County, Calif., supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday (Nov. 24) to support an application for a foreign trade zone inclusion of a Moreno Valley site where electric cars are planned to be assembled. CT&T Co. of Seoul, South Korea, signed a formal agreement in September to begin building electric-powered cars at a former recreational vehicle manufacturing site near March Air Reserve Base. Locating in a foreign trade zone gives companies reductions in import fees and streamlines the shipping... Read more

Heartland RV’s Focus Eyes Hybrid TT Market

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Offering a mix of 7 ½-foot wide and hybrid tent-end models, Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC targets the entry-level segment of the lightweight laminated travel trailer market with its all-new Focus line. “The Focus addresses a new product sector for Heartland, adding another piece to becoming a full-line towable manufacturer,” said Brad Whitehead, national director of travel trailer sales for the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder. “With the Focus, we’re catering to smaller families or couples... Read more

Thanksgiving is a Busy Time for RV Rentals

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A little more than 2 million Southern Californians traveled for Thanksgiving, 85% via the automobile, according to a study conducted for the Automobile Club of Southern California. “The main reason is probably a plane trip is going to be more expensive,” said Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman Marie Montgomery. “A lot of costs can be associated with a plane trip, including car rentals and hotels.” El Monte RV rented out 56 recreational vehicles to local families... Read more

Heartland’s MPG Line Enters Teardrop Market

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC enters the lightweight teardrop travel trailer market with the retro-styled MPG line set to debut at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. The MPG will initially include four floorplans, available in 18- and 20-foot lengths, featuring two tent-end models and two units equipped with single slideouts, according to a news release. The teardrop line is one of four brands to be introduced in Louisville that will showcase Heartland’s all-new high-gloss... Read more

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