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Motorhome Chassis Sales Spurs Spartan’s Q3

October 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Spartan Motors Inc. today (Oct. 28) reported improved sales and solid profitability for its 2010 third quarter. The results also included the sale of the assets of its Road Rescue ambulance business for approximately $8 million. Spartan’s third quarter performance was highlighted by increased sales of specialty vehicles and motorhome products, and substantially reduced operating expense as a percentage of sales compared to the same quarter of 2009. Third quarter highlights: Net sales of $120.6... Read more

Sun Communities Inc. Notes Better Q3 Results

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Sun Communities Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, today (Oct. 28) reported improved results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30. According to a release, highlights for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2010, vs. Sept. 30, 2009, were as follows: Total revenues were $197.8 million, up $5.8 million or 3%. Funds from Operations (FFO) excluding certain items was $2.19 per diluted... Read more

Drew Industries Inc. Reports Q3 Results Nov. 1

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Drew Industries Inc., a White Plains, N.Y.-based manufacturer of components for the recreational vehicle and manufactured housing industries, will release its third quarter 2010 financial results before the market opens on Monday (Nov. 1). Drew Industries also will host a conference call at 11 a.m. EST that same day to discuss its results and other business matters. Participation in the question-and-answer session of the call will be limited to institutional investors and analysts. Analysts expect... Read more

Alpin Haus, FMCA Help Injured Marine to Race

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Sgt. Eddie Ryan in action On Saturday (Oct. 31), former United States Marine Corps Sgt. Eddie Ryan will live out a dream in Washington, D.C., as he competes in the 35th Annual Marine Corps Marathon. Running the 26.2-mile race is not out of the ordinary for a former Marine, but in Sgt. Ryan’s case, the circumstances are extraordinary, according to a news release. In 2005 Ryan was wounded while serving in Iraq and is now confined to a wheelchair, the result of a severe head injury that interrupted... Read more

Detroit Hitch Names New President, Sales V.P.

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Detroit Hitch Co,. a major distributor of products in the RV industry in the Michigan and Ohio area, has announced key management changes to further enhance its marketing strategy Lana and Joe Volpe, the founders and owners of Clawson, Mich.-based Detroit Hitch Co., announced the appointments of Mike McDonald as president and Mike Wojcik as vice president of sales. Lana Volpe and Joe Volpe will continue in their current positions as secretary-treasurer and CEO, respectively, according to a news release. The... Read more

RV Industry Rebound Point of Hoosier Debate

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The three candidates for Congress from Indiana’s 2nd U.S. House District split Wednesday night (Oct. 27) over whether the federal stimulus package helped or hurt the region’s economic recovery and on the need for campaign funding disclosure, the South Bend Tribune reported. Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly argued that Elkhart County’s unemployment rate, which spiked to 18.9% in March 2009, dropped at least in part because of stimulus money. The county known for making recreational... Read more

RVIA’s 2010 PR Programs Recognized by Peers

October 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) media relations campaign to preserve the positive image and appeal of RVs during the recession has taken the top award in the prestigious Silver Inkwell competition, sponsored by the International Association of Business Communicators in Washington, D.C./Baltimore. More than 130 entries were vying for recognition in this year’s competition. Only five, including RVIA, won top Awards of Excellence, and RVIA’s program was selected as “Best... Read more

Virtual Expo Starts New Era for Campgrounds

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Art Lieberman, Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo producer Starting next Monday (Nov. 1) and continuing for 92 days, the exchange of information for campground owners and the way they purchase their products and services for their facilities will change forever, according to a news release. “It will change because a small group of suppliers has chosen to participate in the first outdoor hospitality convention to be held entirely on the Internet,” Art Lieberman, produced of the first Virtual... Read more

Big Rigs Best Bets Promoting Online Directory

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Big Rigs Best Bets online edition logo As they approach the 11th year of publishing their annual Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory, co-authors Ken and Ellie Hamill have announced the release of their online version which incorporates the same detailed content of the 474-page book. “Not sacrificing any content, ensuring easy navigation, RV park and advertiser linkage, compatibility to all computers including the wave of new iPad-type tablets and smart phone devices were the most challenging... Read more

Thor Motor Coach Unveils New Logo, Program

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New Thor Motor Coach emblem Thor Motor Coach has introduced a new emblem. “The Thor Motor Coach emblem symbolizes the foundation on which the company is built. We developed the shield over several months to represent the strength, stability, backing and support we are committed to providing to our dealers and retail customers,” said Bill Fenech, president of Thor Motor Coach, in a news release. Along with the creation of the logo, a new aggressive advertising program has been put in place... Read more

EverGreen RV Intros New ‘Campfire Kitchenette’

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EverGreen's new outdoor kitchen EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has added a well-appointed outdoor kitchen to its growing line of environmentally friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers. Built with sustainable composites, stainless steel and aluminum, the new “Campfire Kitchenette” is crafted with EverGreen’s virtually wood-free ComposiTek construction to eradicate rot, mold and mildew for a lifetime of service, according to a news release. The unique outdoor kitchen is standard... Read more

RVIA Announces Agenda for Outlook Breakfast

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Quick Change Attendees at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) “Outlook 2011: A New Era Begins” will be thrilled and mystified by the dramatic, sudden and seemingly impossible colorful costume changes by popular performance artists Quick Change, according to an RVIA news release. As the official halftime act for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and former contestants on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”, David Maas and Dania Kaseeva have entertained... Read more

Baird Sees Slower Motorhome Shipment Growth

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued this client newsletter following this week’s release of the  September wholesale shipments report by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Excerpts from Baird newsletter follow. Action September shipments fall 2%. Motorhome shipments increased 73%, while towable shipments fell 8%. Shipments have slowed recently, as the prime selling season comes to a close and dealers are more conservative with inventory levels heading into... Read more

RVIA: September Wholesale Shipments Off 4%

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Wholesale shipments to retailers of all RVs were reported at 16,700 units in the September monthly survey of manufacturers, 4% less than this same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has reported. This was the first month in over a year that was less than the same month a year earlier and marked only the third time this year that monthly shipment totals were under 20,000 units. September shipments of all towable RV were off 8.7% from one year ago, while motorhome shipments... Read more

TeleType Co.’s WorldNav 7300 GPS Aids RVers

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TeleType's WorldNav 7300 RV/Truck GPS TeleType Co. has released the WorldNav 7300 RV/Truck GPS featuring a high-resolution, 7-inch touch screen affording the user a larger map viewing area and crisp graphics. The GPS has a special setting for RV drivers allowing configuration of any class RV or trailer, according to a news release. The driver can enter any height and weight configuration and the GPS will route the driver on roads suitable for RV travel, avoiding low bridges and weight-restricted... Read more

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