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Stat Surveys: Canada Towable Sales Up 23.9%

June 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Retail sales of towable RVs in Canada rose 23.9% in April, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) has announced  in its inaugural Canadian sales report to RVBUSINESS.com. The sales increase was recorded across most segments, with travel trailer sales up 29.6%, fifth-wheel sales up 17.4%, camping trailer sales off 2.6% and park model sales up 62.5%. Thor Industries Inc. led in market share in three of the four categories: travel trailers, (28.4%); fifth-wheels, (34%); and park models, (48.7%). Forest River... Read more

400 Fleetwood Owners Rally in Du Quoin, Ill.

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

A fleet of recreational vehicles and their owners were calling the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin home Sunday (June 27). The Fleetwood MotorHome Association’s national rally descended on the fairgrounds over the weekend, and Fleetwood RV owners from across the United States and Canada made the cross-country trip to attend, The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, reported. The rally ends Wednesday. “We have about 400 motorhomes here, which means more than 800 people. There are quite... Read more

Carriage Intros ‘Entry-Level Luxury’ Solstice

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Carriage Inc.'s new entry level luxury Solstice fifth-wheel Carriage Inc. debuted a new “entry-level luxury” Solstice fifth-wheel line during the Millersburg, Ind.-based company’s annual dealer meeting, June 21-23 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center outside Dallas. More than 40 dealers were on hand for the three-day affair, highlighted by the introduction of the Solstice, which Carriage Vice President of Sales Ed Kinney characterized as a new entry point for the company... Read more

Campgrounds Roll Out New Lodging Options

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An Executive park model cabin at Marble Quarry RV Park, Columbia, Calif. As the owners of a 32-foot Winnebago Vectra RV, Ron and Margie Johnson seldom lack for space when they travel — unless, that is, they’re traveling with their grown children, their children’s spouses and a passel of grandchildren. Last summer, the three-generation, 11-member group came up with a clever solution to the space problem during a trip to California’s gold country. Setting up camp at the Marble Quarry RV Park,... Read more

GE’s Lannon Sees ‘Plenty of Available Credit’

June 29, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A top executive with General Electric Co.’s commercial finance arm says that wholesale borrowing by U.S. dealers of recreational vehicles rebounded in the first half of 2010, a sign the industry may be on the mend after enduring a five-year slump that pushed some manufacturers and many more retailers out of business. In an interview with Reuters, Peter Lannon, managing director of GE Capital’s commercial distribution finance unit, also said there was “plenty of available credit”... Read more

RETAIL PULSE Features Dixie RV Superstore

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Crosby Forrest While it puts plenty of Americans to the financial test, the Great Recession should enhance the profitability of RV industry survivors, maintains Crosby Lane Forrest, vice president and managing partner of Dixie RV Superstore in Newport News, Va. “The downturn has made the industry leaner and will make it a more profitable center for everybody (survivors) from manufacturers down to dealers and service centers,” said Forrest, whose dealership is mapping expansion plans. “They’ve... Read more

California Show Celebrates Century of RVing

June 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

California residents will be eligible to compete for up to $100 in prizes in conjunction with the 58th Annual California RV Show, scheduled for Oct. 15-24 at the Fairplex in Pomona, and the RV centennial. Show sponsors are running a “Best RVing Memory” essay contest, inviting residents to write up to a 100-word essay on their most memorable or fun experience in an RV. Winners will be featured in the show’s program book  and will receive $100 each and a complimentary family admission... Read more

Jury Rules Against Goodyear in ’04 RV Crash

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A Pasco County, Fla., Circuit Court jury Friday afternoon (June 25) returned a $5.6 million verdict against the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. for selling a defective tire that had been marketed to recreational motorhome manufacturers, even though the tire was not suitable for RV use, according to a news release from the plaintiffs’ lawyer. The tire, a Goodyear G159, was original equipment on a 2000 American Tradition motorhome that crashed on Aug. 11, 2004, seriously injuring the driver and... Read more

Best Parks Affiliates Profiled in First Directory

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Best Parks in America directory cover Best Parks in America Inc. has announced the release of its new national print directory featuring 63 highly rated RV parks and campgrounds affiliated with Best Parks in America. The directory, RVing & Camping at the Best Parks in America, features 21 pages of park photos, descriptions, longitude and latitude and complete contact information for each park. The 63 parks are found in 23 states and Quebec, Canada. The directory is available in each park and... Read more

Baird Expects More Strong Shipment Growth

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client advisory following the release of the May wholesale RV shipments report by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Excerpts from the Baird advisory follow. Action May shipments improve 92%. The robust wholesale RV recovery continued in May with an 88% increase in towable shipments and a 136% increase in motorhomes. Strong wholesale growth reflects the bullwhip effect of easy comps and better inventory replenishment rates.... Read more

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