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Winnebago Completes SunnyBrook Purchase

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Bob Olson Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced late today (Dec. 29) it had consummated the purchase of substantially all of the assets of SunnyBrook RV Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of SunnyBrook Manufacturing Inc., pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement for a total cost of $5.7 million in cash. The acquisition was made through a newly formed, wholly-owned Winnebago subsidiary, Winnebago of Indiana LLC. According to a news release, Winnebago of Indiana will continue to... Read more

20M U.S. Auto Recalls in 2010 Most Since ’04

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Automakers recalled about 20 million vehicles in 2010, led by high-profile recalls by Toyota that prompted new scrutiny of the auto industry’s safety record. The number of recalls this year was the largest in the United States since 2004, according to an analysis of federal data by The Associated Press. The auto industry set a record with 30.8 million recalled vehicles that year. Toyota Motor Corp. recalled about 7.1 million vehicles in 2010 to fix faulty gas pedals, floor mats that could trap... Read more

HGTV’s ‘RV 2011′ Premiers Saturday, Jan. 1

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Chi-Lan Lieu, hostess of HGTV's 'RV 2011' Along with parades and college bowl games, RVs will be in the national spotlight on New Year’s Day. HGTV’s annual RV special, “RV 2011,” will premiere Saturday (Jan. 1), at 4:00 p.m. EST. Check your local listings for the time in your area. Chi-Lan Lieu hosts the show. This marks the 13th consecutive year that HGTV has showcased new RV products and trends in a one-hour program, according to a news release from the Recreation Vehicle... Read more

Bill Plemmons RV World Opens Fourth Store

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Bill Plemmons RV World announced today (Dec. 29) the opening of its fourth North Carolina dealership. The new store, which coincides with the company’s 60th anniversary celebration, is located in Mocksville and, according to owner Steve Plemmons, will feature a full line of towable and motorized RVs. Founded by the late Bill Plemmons in 1951 in Winston-Salem, the original dealership eventually relocated to Rural Hall. The company also operates dealership locations in Salisbury, to cover the Charlotte... Read more

Hoosier Official Touts 2010 State Job Gains

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IEDC logo The Indiana Economic Development Corp. (IEDC) announced today (Dec. 29) that in 2010 it worked with 200 companies from across the country and around the world that project to create more than 23,000 new jobs in Indiana, an increase from 19,955 in 2009 and more than any other year on record, according to a news release. Included in the total are several RV firms. “This year’s record results are a testament to the dedication of people throughout the state working hard to make... Read more

VIDEO: More Industry Highlights from 2010

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Today’s videos feature more highlights from 2010: induction of the 2010 class at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., held in August, and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, held in September in Hershey, Pa.  Read More →

TVA Overhauls Campground Rate Structure

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Red dots indicate TVA dams, gold dots fossil fuel power plants. TVA map courtesy of Wikipedia The sky may not be falling for campgrounds, but the front porches and gravel driveways will have to change, along with business fees, for campgrounds located through the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) region across the South. At last week’s Marshall County Fiscal Court meeting in Benton, Ky., a TVA representative attempted to ease concerns over the federally owned company’s proposed changes... Read more

Consumer Confidence Dipped in December

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Holiday spending surged this year, but Americans still have their doubts about the economy. With unemployment high and home prices falling in the nation’s largest cities, consumer confidence took an unexpected turn for the worse in December, the Associated Press reported. The decline followed two months of rising optimism. Economists say the economic recovery is likely to be less fitful next year. “The modest drop in the confidence index is not worrisome,” said Omair Sharif, economist... Read more

Three Phone Apps to Help RVers Save Money

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Pedata RV Center, Phoenix, Ariz., has released its suggested  list of the top three smart phone applications to help motorhome travelers save money on gas. According to a news release, the dealer’s top three list of iPhone apps are: WHERE: This application combines GPS and GasBuddy to get motorhome travelers gas prices from the closest gas stations. This application is made by uLocate Communications. This application is free. FuelGage: This application is made by Joseph Kueser and costs 99... Read more

Town Rejects Site Selection for RV Dealership

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The city council in Gadsen, Ala., on Tuesday (Dec. 28) voted against an ordinance to rezone property in the Lookout Mountain area because it wasn’t a good location for a recreational vehicle dealership, The Gadsen Times reported. Councilman Ben Reed said the city’s planning commission unanimously recommended that the council deny the rezoning. Reed asked the council to follow the planning commission’s recommendation. Planning commission members in a memo said those objecting “did not think... Read more

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