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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

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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

Veteran Driver Pens 1st 5th-Wheel Tow Guide

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Cover of new guide, "Tow Your Fifth Wheel Like a Pro" Drive Smart Publications has published what it says is the first-ever guide to towing a fifth-wheel RV. “Tow Your Fifth Wheel Trailer Like a Pro” by professional bus driver and RVer Lorrin Walsh covers the basics of fifth-wheel towing, backing and braking, according to the RV News Service. It’s billed as “A complete guide to professional driving techniques for beginners to experienced drivers.” Author Walsh got hooked on RVing... Read more

Alabama Campgrounds Benefit from Oil Spill

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While the Gulf Coast tourism market is feeling the financial crunch of the oil spill, some Alabama campgrounds are beginning to see some of those tourists set up camp in Covington County, according to the Andalusia (Ala.) Star-News. As always, three of the campgrounds in Covington County, which borders the Florida Panhandle – Frank Jackson State Park in Opp, Florala State Park and Sweet Home Alabama Campground – are booked or nearly booked for the upcoming holiday weekend. And two of the three... Read more

RV Hookups Coming Back to Yellowstone N.P.

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Fishing Bridge RV Park, Yellowstone National Park. Electrical service at Fishing Bridge RV Park at Yellowstone National Park could be back this fall after Xanterra and the National Park Service came to an agreement over upgrades to the 40-year-old electrical system; some upgrades could be done later this year, with the rest completed for 2012, according to the Yellowstone Insider. There are over 300 campsites at the Fishing Bridge facility. The Fishing Bridge RV Park is one of five campgrounds in... Read more

Lazydays & Police Help Remodel ‘Safe House’

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Volunteers replace the roof on a teenage "safe house" in Tampa, Fla., over the weekend. Volunteers from Lazydays, an RV dealership in Seffner, Fla., and the city of Tampa Police Department teamed up Sunday (June 27)  to replace the old, leaking roof on the Resources in Community Hope (RICH) house, a local safe haven operated by the police department where kids can go after school to study and play in a safe, supervised environment, according to a news release. The Lazydays “Dream Team”... Read more

Gas Prices Rising with Summer in Full Swing

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Gasoline prices continue to rise as vacationers in RVs and campers join commuters on the roads during the peak summer driving season, the Associated Press reported today (June 28). Pump prices likely will continue to increase over the next couple of weeks but fall short of $3 a gallon in most states. Analysts note that demand remains lackluster while supplies are ample. And consumers worried about the economy may keep traveling to a minimum. The national average for retail gasoline prices rose 0.1... Read more

MCD Innovations Moving into Larger Facility

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Editor’s Note: The following story was provided by Dave Townsley, founder and CEO of MCD Innovations, McKinney, Texas. MCD Innovations office in McKinney, Texas Seven years ago, my wife Carla and I formed MotorCoach Designs (now known as MCD Innovations) with three things in mind: First, we wanted to start a company from scratch in which my four children could be involved from the beginning and learn what it takes to build a successful company. All four of my children joined Carla and me as... Read more

Allison to Make Hybrid Truck Drive Systems

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Allison Transmission Inc. says it is investing more than $130 million to make drive systems for commercial hybrid trucks at a facility that will employ nearly 100 workers. The company says it is gutting a dormant Indianapolis plant and transforming it into a high-tech facility that, once fully operational, will be capable of producing 20,000 propulsion systems for hybrid vehicles with pick up and delivery, shuttle and utility applications, according to a news release. Allison Transmission, Remy International... Read more

Thousands of RV-Dwellers Work on the Road

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Brad Herzog and Family Pleasant smells wafted from the little kitchen inside Brett and April Denson’s Open Range recreation vehicle parked in the Cozy Acres Campground in Virginia’s Powhatan County. Brett, a boilermaker by trade, had come in for the evening from his job on a crew building a storage tank for a Virginia client of Fisher Tank Co., his Lexington, S.C.-based employer. April was preparing dinner while he relaxed and played with their dogs. They had been in Virginia for 2 ½... Read more

RVDA Dealer Survey Tracks Industry’s Upturn

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A majority of dealers responding to a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) survey in June said their sales during the spring of 2010 were better, in some cases significantly better, than they were during the spring of 2009. Unfortunately, retail sales cooled off a bit in May when compared to April, according to dealers responding to the unscientific survey, which is intended to provide a snapshot of retail market conditions and possible trends, the RVDA reported in the online version of... Read more

Navistar/Monaco Hosts NASCAR Trivia Promo

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Think you know NASCAR? Navistar Inc. and Monaco RV LLC challenge NASCAR fans to take the Mike Skinner Trivia Contest. Navistar Inc., Monaco RV’s parent company and longest-running team sponsor in the Truck Series garage, is making a bold run at the 2010 championship with the No. 5 Toyota Tundra driven by Mike Skinner for Randy Moss Motorsports. “Many of our customers are NASCAR fans and so is Monaco RV,” the company states on its website. “We’re excited about sponsoring... Read more

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