RV Dealer Arrested for Protecting His Property

August 30, 2010 by · 7 Comments 

Aerial view of Ed Garner's Autorama RV Center in Des Moines, Iowa The owner  the Autorama RV Center in Des Moines, Iowa, said he was protecting his business from thieves and wound up getting arrested, the Des Moines Register reported. Ed Garner said he has been selling recreational vehicles at his business for 42 years, but recently had trouble with burglars breaking in. “We lost over $80,000 worth of TVs and stereos,” Garner said. When his night watchmen called in on Thursday (Aug.... Read more

Baird Adjusts Estimates as RV Rebound Slows

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. recently issued a client newsletter on RV industry investments. Excerpts from that newsletter follow. Action Adjusting estimates. We maintain a cautious consumer outlook as confidence falls, unemployment festers, consumers reduce debt and tax policy targets discretionary wealth. Meanwhile, the housing recovery has stalled and the stock market has faltered, leaving consumers feeling less wealthy. We are adjusting our estimates to reflect these realities,... Read more

Carriage Salesman Wins $46K in Bass Tourney

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Todd Schmitz, champion fisherman and RV salesman. Photo courtesy of Without a doubt, Todd Schmitz of Goshen, Ind., is hooked on fishing. A pro for the past five years, Schmitz took first prize in the prestigious Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open Tournament on the Detroit River the weekend of Aug. 20-22, besting some of the biggest names in fishing and taking home a purse of $46,286 — the largest of his career, The Goshen News reported. Since his move from Minnesota to the... Read more

Florida RV Dealers Gear Up for Holiday Sales

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Recreational vehicles have become synonymous with the three-day weekend celebrating the efforts of working Americans and the end of summer. That means RV dealerships are gearing up for this week’s influx of customers, who are preparing for next weekend’s festivities, wherever the road leads them, the Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, reported. General RV in Orange Park is preparing for the expansion of its Wells Road dealership. Operations Manager John Dyer said that this is a perfect... Read more

MVP RV’s Job Fair Draws 3,000 Job Seekers

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As many as 2,000 people lined up Saturday (Aug. 28) at a factory that used to be one of Inland Southern California’s manufacturing hubs, hoping for a job with a company trying to revive what has become a moribund Southern California industry, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported. MVP RV LLC, which recently bought two Riverside facilities once part of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s operation, held a job fair Saturday, looking to hire 80 people to start work next month. MVP RV will probably... Read more

Coon and Klosterman Tout RVs in Big Apple

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Richard Coon (center), president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), is joined by Ron Klosterman (second from right), president and CEO of Flexsteel Industries Inc., in front of the NASDAQ office in Times Square in New York City. Coon and Klosterman shared ringing the closing market bell on Thursday (Aug. 26), as part of NASDAQ's recognition of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the RV industry. Others in the photo (from left) are Fran Connor, Barton-Gilanelli; Jim... Read more

160,000 Visitors Expected at Dusseldorf Show

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To view a video related to 2010 Caravan Salon in Dusseldorf, Germany, click here. Photo from 2009 Caravan Salon show in Dusseldorf, Germany. Caravan Salon, the world’s largest RV show held annually at the Dusseldorf (Germany) Fairgrounds, kicked off today (Aug. 27) amid optimism throughout Europe’s RV industry that the continent is recovering from the global economic downturn. Some 160,000 people are expected to pass through Caravan Salon’s gates during the 10-day run that ends... Read more

11 Park Model Builders Exhibiting at Hershey

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The 42nd Annual Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show, Sept. 13-19 at Hersheypark Entertainment & Resorts Complex in Hershey, Pa., will feature the nation’s largest display of recreational park trailers. Eleven manufacturers will display their cottage-like trailers, also known as park models, in the sold-out “Park Model Village” to more than 30,000 consumers from the  U.S. and Canada who will be attending the show. Show Chairman Dan Saltzgiver, an RV and park model dealer from Hanover, Pa.,... Read more

China’s First RV Camping ‘Festival’ Succeeds

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  Some of the motorized product on display at 2010 RV China camping show     Editor’s Note: The following story concerns the 2010 China Camping and RVing Rally  Aug. 6-8 in Beijing, China, and was provided by China’s first RVing and Camping festival, “China RVing and Camping Rally 2010,” was successfully held from Aug. 6-8 in Beijing RV Exposition in Changyang, Fangshan, Beijing. During this rally, RV manufacturers, sellers and parts and accessories suppliers,... Read more

‘The Smithsonian’ Recognizes RV Centennial

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  Photo from the collection at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. Editor’s Note: The following story appears in the current issue of The Smithsonian. Every Dec. 15, Kevin Ewert and Angie Kaphan celebrate a “nomadiversary,” the anniversary of wedding their lives to their wanderlust. They sit down at home, wherever they are, and decide whether to spend another year motoring in their 40-foot recreational vehicle. Their romance with the road began six years ago, when they bought an RV... Read more

Airstream Inc. Partnering with Bloomingdale’s

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This fall, Airstream Inc. , Jackson Center, Ohio, will join Bloomingdale’s as the upscale retailer launches its nationwide  “Hot” campaign. This season’s travel-themed campaign provides customers with insider tips on what to wear, who to know and where to go. Airstream will be featured throughout Bloomingdale’s three catalogues (Men’s, Women’s, and Home) and with signage in their stores. Additionally, Bloomingdale’s will host several lifestyle events coast to coast where... Read more

Park Model Prize Awaits Today’s Lucky Golfer

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“Diamond Dan” Esch is the talk of the town in Show Low, Ariz., especially at the beautiful Juniper Ridge RV Resort. True to his nickname, he’s donated the sparkling hole-in-one prize for the upcoming Juniper Ridge 9-Hole Golf Tournament, the White Mountain Independent reported. But we’re not talking about a shiny new automobile — he’s donated a brand new 2010 Deluxe E8400 Chariot Eagle recreational park trailer, valued at more than $50,000. And, this isn’t... Read more

Newmar Corp. Launches 2011 Fifth-Wheel Line

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During the recent Newmar Kountry Klub Rally in Goshen, Ind., Newmar Corp. unveiled its 2011 fifth-wheel lineup. Due to dealer and customer input, Nappanee, Ind.-based Newmar has resurrected its legacy towable brands of Kountry Star and Kountry Aire, replacing the Cypress and Torrey Pine brands, respectively. In addition, the toy hauler brand, X‐Aire, has gone through significant changes for 2011, according to a news release. “The product brands Kountry Star and Kountry Aire are identified with... Read more

Baird: Wholesale RV Shipments Will Moderate

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter following Thursday’s release of the July wholesale RV shipment figures. Excerpts from the Baird newsletter follow. Action July shipments increase 53%. Motorhome shipments increased 125% and towable shipments grew 48%. Shipment growth has slowed recently, as expected, with the prime selling season coming to a close. Looking to the back half of 2010, we expect wholesale growth to moderate from levels seen in the first... Read more

Brian Brawdy to Launch New Show This Fall

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Brian Brawdy's latest eco-friendly RV. Brian Brawdy, renowned survivalist and creator of “The Brian Brawdy Show,” which will launch this fall, has partnered with Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. and Solutions From Science to create an off-the-grid mobile residence and production studio, according to a news release. Brawdy cites his inspiration as an incident that occurred in Tampa, Fla. He was relaxing and enjoying a margarita while watching ships come and go in the harbor, when... Read more

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