The Economy Topped the News in 2009 in Iowa

December 28, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The economy was a factor in nearly everything that happened in 2009. When it wasn’t center stage, as it was in five of the Top 10 Iowa Business Stories of 2009, it was the backdrop against which all else played out, according to the Des Moines Register. Here’s the newspaper’s roundup of the most significant business news of the year. Hardly a business or industry was untouched by layoffs in 2009. Nearly all of Iowa’s major employers cut jobs, including Principal Financial... Read more

Texas Trio Opens Fast Wrap Branch in Dallas Area

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Fifth-wheel trailer wrapped with Fast Wrap While all hands in the area were busy wrapping the final load of presents before Christmas hit last week, a Texas trio was taking the operation to a higher level. Paul Schurr, of Frisco, and the father-son duo of Steve and Bryan Worth — of McKinney and Plano, respectively — have made wrapping their business, opening a branch of Fast Wrap in the Metroplex, according to the McKinney Courier-Gazette. Fast Wrap, the only national franchisor of shrink wrapping... Read more

RV Decline Major Oregon Newsmaker in 2009

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It’s the economy, stupid. That may have been the message from the 441 readers who participated in this year’s online poll for the top 10 local stories of 2009, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. Sure, the Rose Bowl-bound University of Oregon football team has provided a delicious diversion from the fiscal anxiety that has bedeviled Lane County residents these past 12 months. Yes, controversy over when Eugene police should and should not use Taser stun guns has spurred a worthy community... Read more

Watch Today’s Featured Video on the RV Industry

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From YouTube comes this video from California. Six Class C motorhomes battle to the death at a demolition derby. Watch the RVs bump and bash each other until only one is still able to move. This is not pretty, but it’s entertaining. Please, do not try this with your own RV.  Read More →

PBS: Signs of Recovery in Hard-Hit Elkhart, Ind.

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Editor’s Note: Paul Solman, a staffer on PBS’s Newshour program, filed this update story on Dec. 23 on the status of the RV industry. Today’s Wall Street Journal reports that in the heart of unemployment country, Elkhart, Ind., things are looking up — or, more accurately perhaps, “less down.” Unemployment there now stands at 14.5%, reasonably well below its peak of 18% when we were there in March. The reason: a pick-up in the recreational vehicle industry. (Viewers... Read more

Hoosier RV Builders Optimistic on Eve of 2010

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Despite its worst sales year since 1982, those in the recreational-vehicle industry say they have reasons to be optimistic. RV experts say 2009 will be remembered as the year the industry bottomed out during this recession, and they’re looking forward to the recovery in 2010, according to South Bend (Ind.) Tribune). The past two years have been brutal for the RV industry, which took hit after hit in 2008 as companies in the Elkhart area slashed thousands of jobs. Elkhart County, where roughly... Read more

Good Sam Club Names 2009 RVers of the Year

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Monty and Susan Scales The Good Sam Club, the world’s largest recreational vehicle owners’ organization with nearly 1 million member families, has announced the recipients of the Good Sam 2009 RVer of the Year Award, according to a news release. Monty and Susan Scales, hurricane relief volunteers currently living in San Leon, Texas, are recognized for their hands-on refurbishment work and volunteer coordination in communities throughout the Gulf Coast region. The annual RVer of the Year award... Read more

A Very Merry Christmas from RVBUSINESS.COM!

December 23, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

RVBUSINESS.COM is taking the Christmas holiday off through Sunday, Dec. 27. We’ll be back on Monday to provide you all the breaking news from the RV sector. Merry Christmas!  Read More →

Economy Forces City to Shutter RV Park in 2010

December 23, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

With lower sales tax revenues and a suffering economy, the city of Bartlesville, Ok., will close an RV park and lights will be shut off at various facilities as city officials look for more ways to save money in a tightening budget, according to the Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise. The RV park — located off of Highway 123, just north of the Caney River Bridge — will be closed, beginning Feb. 1. Also beginning on Feb. 1, lights will be shut off at the Sooner Park Tennis Courts, Johnstone Park... Read more

City Lobbies Navistar Not to Move Design Center

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Navistar International Corp. executives have agreed to meet with Fort Wayne (Ind.) Mayor Tom Henry to discuss the future of the Navistar Truck Design and Technology Center, according to the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel. However, a meeting date has not been set, said Michael Joyner, a spokesman for the mayor. Navistar is taking steps to relocate its headquarters from Warrenville, Ill., to Lisle, Ill. The move is not finalized, but Lisle officials say the company has said more than half of the 3,500 jobs... Read more

Dec. 31 Deadline to Get Tax Credit on RV Purchase

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Taxpayers who missed out on the “Cash for Clunkers” program can still get some money back from the federal government for buying a new car, light truck, motorcycle or motorhome before the end of this year. IRS spokesman Christopher Miller told Radio Iowa the break allows taxpayers to deduct state, local sales or excise taxes on the new vehicle purchases costing up to $49,500. The tax break went into effect early in the year. Miller said taxpayers have to have purchased the new vehicle after Feb.... Read more

Unique Trailer Park for Artists Sprouts in Brooklyn

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A scruffy group of Brooklyn, N.Y., artists are revving up a new kind of workspace inside a Bushwick warehouse – a trailer park. They’ve rounded up a collection of dilapidated trailers and RVs, with names like Shasta Strato Flyte, Aristocrat and Yellowstone and plan to put them outside come spring, according to the New York Daily News. “It doesn’t look like much now, but that kind of works to our advantage because anyone with an imagination can use their creativity to help... Read more

WSJ: Signs of Revival in the Nation’s RV Industry

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Eight months after unemployment in Elkhart County, Ind., hit 18.9% and helped make this middle America spot a symbol of the economic meltdown, people are starting to go back to work. In November the unemployment rate in the county fell to 14.5%, the lowest since November 2008, when it was 13%. A big reason for the turnaround is the rebound in the recreational vehicle industry, which is responsible for about a quarter of the county’s annual economy, according to the Wall Street Journal. As a... Read more

Lazydays Completes Court-Ordered Restructuring

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Lazy Days RV Center Inc., doing business as Lazydays, today (Dec. 22) announced it has successfully completed a court-supervised financial restructuring process that began on Nov. 5. As a result of the restructuring, Wayzata Investment Partners LLC, through the funds it manages, has become the majority and controlling shareholder of Lazydays and its subsidiaries. “We are very pleased to have wrapped up our financial restructuring in a relatively short time — and to have done so without... Read more

Oregon’s Big Country RV Adjusts Product Mix

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In October, Gary and Kay Craven, the owners of Big Country RV in Bend and Redmond, Ore., received an award from RVBusiness magazine, naming their dealership among the top 50 in the U.S. and Canada. Though the award program is only two years old, the Cravens said they take pride in the accolade, partly because it recognizes financial stability as well as customer service, according to the Bend Bulletin. “It really is exciting, especially for a dealer like us in Bend,” said Gary Craven, referring... Read more

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