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RVIA Survey: ‘Ambassadors’ A Hit with Consumers

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"Back in the Saddle Again" TV spot for Go RVing garners 82% approval rating. A survey of consumers conducted by Go RVing found that the new Ambassadors of Affordability television commercials are very well-liked and effectively communicate the message that RV vacations are a cost-effective way to spend time with family and friends, according to the current issue of RVIA Today Express. In order to obtain a preliminary sense of the general reaction to the new campaign, Go RVing emailed a... Read more

Study: Uncertain Outlook for Midwestern Factories

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Forest City, Iowa, , population 4,700, is a symbol of how the decline in U.S. manufacturing employment is taking a heavy toll on the country’s heartland, according to The Press-Enterprise, Riverside, Calif. Over the past two years, Forest City’s No. 1 employer, Winnebago Industries Inc., has laid off more than half of its work force, which once numbered 4,500 and drew people from towns 50 miles in every direction. Jason Parcher, a 38-year-old former Winnebago supervisor cut after nine... Read more

Finnegans’ RV Completes WW II Memorial Mission

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Click here to link to a series of videos produced by WMTV-TV, Beloit, Wis., about this project, which pays tribute to this country’s World War II veterans. The sound of the bugle signals their departure. Nine RVs and three coach buses leave Beloit on a 800-mile journey east to fulfill the dreams of more than 100 World War II veterans. “They call them the greatest generation and they truly are. This is just a small small way of thanking them for everything they did for our country,”... Read more

After Dismal Year, RV Sales and Production Are Up

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Watch today’s Featured Video to lern more about this story. AAA says holiday weekend travel will increase this year. You can expect to see more RVs on the road, which industry leaders say is because more banks are lending money and gas prices are lower, according to WSBT-TV, South Bend, Ind. Ron and Judy Ruff travel about six months each year. Their RV is their home away from home. The Ruff’s have been all over the United States and Canada. “We were traveling when the gas prices... Read more

Gulf Stream Coach Inc. Unveils Aztec Fifth-Wheel

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The Aztec fifth-wheel by Gulf Stream Coach Inc. Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has introduced the all-new Aztec luxury fifth-wheel. Aztec is a completely new design, offering high-end features at a mid-range price point, according to a news release. Aztec offers seven floorplans, from a luxuriously appointed 29FRBW to an expansive 35FLFT loft design. Aztec features ½-inch thermal pane construction, an extra layer of thermofoil insulation and insulated frame rails. A G3 Grey... Read more

June Named RV and Camping Month in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania Gov. Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed the month of June as Recreation Vehicle and Camping Month in Pennsylvania. The state proclamation coincides with the national RV and Camping Month in an effort to focus on both the benefits of RVing as well as the RV Centennial celebrations. “The lives of today’s families are increasingly hectic, making the importance of extended and relaxed vacation time as a whole family, away from everyday demands, greater than ever,” the governor stated,... Read more

KOA Partners with Progressive Insurance for RVers

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The Airstream Sport Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has chosen Progressive as its preferred RV insurance provider. To celebrate the new collaboration, Progressive and KOA will give one lucky adventurer a 16-foot Airstream Sport travel trailer, 30 days worth of free camping at KOA sites and a KOA VIP Value Kard Rewards card, according to a news release. The five-month Ultimate Kamper Contest will include daily KOA Value Kard Rewards winners before a final grand prize winner is announced in the fall. To... Read more

Bear Shakes RV, Shreds Tent in Alaska Campground

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Park rangers near Fairbanks, Alaska, are asking campers and picnickers to be careful after a bear shredded an empty tent at Chena Lake Recreation Area and later rocked a small RV back and forth while a person was inside, according to the Juneau Empire. Borough recreation area manager Matt Steffy said rangers have posted warning signs on trails and at campgrounds. Steffy said the bear visited an empty campsite Monday evening (May 24), destroying the tent and the pillows and sleeping bags inside. The... Read more

Morningstar Gives Navistar Corp. New Credit Rating

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Morningstar is initiating credit coverage of Navistar International Corp. with an issuer rating of BB-, according to a report by the Morningstar Credit Committee. The report stated, “The rating reflects Navistar’s high leverage and checkered operating results along with fair Business Risk. Navistar competes primarily in the medium- and heavy-duty truck markets and also produces school buses. (Its Monaco RV LLC subsidiary also builds towable and motorized RVs.) The firm has a solid niche... Read more

AAA: Memorial Day Travel Will Rise 5.2% Over ’09

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More Americans will hit the highways and airports over the Memorial Day holiday weekend, but they’ll probably spend much less than last year, according to a study released Thursday by AAA. The travel group said about 32.1 million people are expected to take trips during the final weekend in May. About 30.5 million Americans traveled during the same weekend last year, the Los Angeles Times reported. That’s about a 5.2% increase over last year. Glen MacDonell, AAA’s travel services... Read more

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