RVIA Preps for Committee Week/Annual Meeting

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has combined its two biggest member events of the year – Committee Week and its annual meeting – into one four-day event to be held in Elkhart and South Bend June 7-10, allowing many RVIA members to attend all events without incurring significant travel costs, according to a news release. Committee Week will be highlighted by RVIA’s fun-filled RV Centennial Celebration, taking place on Monday, June 7, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in... Read more

NATM Elects New President at Reno Convention

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The National Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) elected a new association presidents and presented several awards during its 22nd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Reno, Nev., in early March. The NATM elected Mike Skoglund, Carry-On Trailers Inc. as association president. Skoglunds’s term as president began March 2010 and continues through February 2011, according to a news release. Skoglund is vice president of new product development for Carry-On Trailer Inc. Carry-On Trailer Inc.... Read more

Harris Survey Reveals Motives for Buying An RV

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A new survey by Harris Interactive into which factors most influence RV purchase decisions shows that messages focusing on family togetherness and cost savings now resonate equally with potential RV buyers, according to a story in the current issue of RVIA Today Express. The survey also revealed positive attitudes about health and wellness benefits of RVing, which may help persuade non-owners to buy. The survey of 1,006 non-RV owners and 357 RV owners was commissioned by Go RVing to understand how... Read more

Keystone RV Ships First Avalanche Fifth-Wheels

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Scott Parkhurst (left), product manager, Keystone Avalanche and Ryan Juday, Keystone Alpine/Avalanche general manager. Keystone RV Co. has begun shipping to dealers the first of the new mid-priced, high-profile Avalanche fifth-wheels. The “little brother” of the new Alpine luxury line, Avalanche is the first all new Keystone fifth-wheel to be completely designed from the ground up to meet the demands of today’s RV camping family, according to a news release. Avalanche is available... Read more

Livin’ Lite Develops Jeep Folding Camping Trailer

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A private-label, all-aluminum Jeep folding camping trailer built by Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles LLC debuts today (March 31) at the 2010 Jeep Safari in Moab, Utah. The diminutive 9-foot Jeep trailer, weighing about 1,000 pounds, is equipped with Jeep tires and rims, taillights, fenders, bumpers and Jeep logos and is fashioned after Livin’ Lite’s Quicksilver 6.0 pop-up trailer. ”This opens a whole new market for us to build off-road campers. There is a lot of interest,”... Read more

Cavco’s Virginia Plant Ships 1st Kamping Lodge

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For 14 years, roughly 80 employees at Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s 135,000-square-foot factory in Rocky Mount, Va., produced nothing but manufactured homes. And while most of them retained their jobs after Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cavco Industries Inc. acquired the company last fall, the seasoned team of employees had to learn a new product: a custom designed park model for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) East Coast franchisees, according to a news release. But after seven months of intensive training,... Read more

Coast Distribution Posts Moderate 2009 Profit

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The Coast Distribution System Inc. today (March 31) reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2009, highlighted by profitability despite a decrease in net sales for the year, according to a news release. Coast, based in Morgan Hill, Calif., and one of North America’s largest aftermarket suppliers of replacement parts, accessories and supplies for the recreational vehicle, boating and outdoor recreation industries, reported an increase in sales and a significantly... Read more

Wall Street Analysts Feature Winnebago Stock

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Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest City, Iowa, is one of the top performing stocks in terms of price gain over the last 30 days, notes Learning Markets, an online investment advisory service. The stock has posted a sizable 20.27% gain in price in the last month and closed Tuesday (March 30) at $14.48. Over the same time the S&P 500 index has returned around 4.9%. Often price gains are driven by gapping in the stock’s price due to an announcement or corporate event. Other times, the stock has... Read more

RV Industry A Barometer for the U.S. Economy

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Big moves in the RV industry are pointing to encouraging signs for the overall economy, according to WSJV-TV, Elkhart, Ind. Over the past two months, wholesale RV shipments have doubled from this time last year. Economists say this could be an indicator of an economic recovery. Grant Black, an economist at Indiana University-South Bend, says the RV industry acts as a barometer for the economy. “History has shown that the RV industry has been a pretty good indicator of where the general economy... Read more

RVIA Board to Address Seal Fees, RPTIA Talks

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board of directors Thursday (April 1) will discuss reducing the seal fees members are charged for each unit they build. In addition, it will consider reopening discussions with the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) about a possible merger or reunification. Originally scheduled for Feb. 11, the meeting at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C., was postponed by a snowstorm that buried the East Coast. ”I think it’s... Read more

General Coach Canada Offering Lease Program

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A General Coach Canada recreational park trailer General Coach Canada has anounced it joined hands with Nationwide Leasing, a division of Nationwide Hotel Supply Inc,. Richmond, British Columbia. The two companies signed an exclusive leasing and financing program for rental cabins being produced by General Coach Canada in Hensall, Ontario, according to a news release. “The incredible response to our line of rental cabins since their launch in the summer of 2008 has been unprecedented,” said Roger... Read more

RVIA: February Wholesale Shipments Up 95%

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Here’s some good news to end your week: RV shipments were up in February. Way up. RV wholesale shipments to dealers were reported at 20,100 units in the February survey of manufacturers, an increase of 27% over last month and 95% greater than this same month one year ago, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported today (March 26). February 2010 was the best monthly total in nearly two years. Seasonally adjusted, these results represent an annualized total of more than 231,000... Read more

Three RV Dealers Add Holiday Rambler Towables

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Monaco RV LLC announced the addition of three more Holiday Rambler towable dealers. Robert Crist and Co. RV, Mesa, Ariz., Holiday on Wheels of Panama City, Panama City, Fla.,  and Mellott Brothers’ RV, Willow Street, Pa., will all carry the Holiday Rambler brand of towable products, according to a news release. “These well-established and respected dealerships offer first-class sales and service,” said Walt Mason, recently appointed national sales manager for Holiday Rambler towables.... Read more

Lawyer Says Verdict ‘Victory for Common Sense’

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A New Orleans jury took less than three hours on Monday (March 29) to reject a man’s claim that toxic levels of formaldehyde in a FEMA trailer where he lived for two years after Hurricane Katrina caused a benign throat tumor and made him vomit blood, according to the Courthouse News Service. The eight-person jury cleared trailer manufacturer Forest River Inc., based in Elkhart, Ind. The jury found that the trailer in which 39-year-old Lyndon Wright lived was not “unreasonably dangerous”... Read more

Jury Clears Forest River in Formaldehyde Case

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A federal jury on Monday (March 29) rejected a New Orleans man’s claims that government contractors provided him with a trailer after Hurricane Katrina that exposed him to dangerous fumes, dealing another blow to those suing the trailer makers, according to the Associated Press. Eight jurors unanimously decided that a trailer made by Forest River Inc.  and occupied by Lyndon Wright, 39, after the August 2005 storm was not “unreasonably dangerous” in its construction or design. The jury, which... Read more

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