Colton RV’s Expanding to Orchard Park, N.Y.

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Jim Colton, vice president of his family-owned business, confirmed that Colton RV is leasing a vacant 6,000-square-foot former used car dealership from Jim Ball Cadillac along Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, N.Y. Colton RV will be opening its Orchard Park location by March 1, reported. By leasing the building from Jim Ball, Colton RV has ended a one search for a Southtowns location. “We wanted to be closer to where a lot of our customers are,” Colton said. “This is a... Read more

2011 Jayco GreyHawk: Quality Yet Compact

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Jayco Greyhawk Class C motorhome The 2011 Greyhawk Class C motorhome by Jayco Inc. comes in floorplans ranging from 28 feet to just over 32 feet in length, providing a high-quality motorhome in a compact style, according to a news release. Standard equipment includes a Carefree Travel’r 12-volt electric awning, three-burner range and oven, eight-cubic-foot refrigerator with double doors, microwave and built-in cutting board over the sink. The Greyhawk features Washington Glazed Maple cabinetry,... Read more

Industry Buoyed by Strong Late Year Results

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Gregg Fore RV industry leaders were buoyed by a late year wholesale shipment surge — a strong December that pushed 2010 North American shipments to 242,300 units — a 45.6% gain over 2009. The late-year shipment gains were led once again by travel trailers and fifth-wheels, which were up 23.8% and 24.2%, respectively, for the month of December and 42.4% and 48.6% for the year. Total December shipments of 18,300 units, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), were... Read more

White House Says Real GDP Grew 2.9% in ’10

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The growth rate of the economy continued to increase in the final quarter of 2010, a further sign that the economy continues to gain momentum as it recovers from the worst recession since the Great Depression, Austan Goolsbee, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, stated today. (For a copy of the complete address click here.) Real GDP, the total amount of goods and services produced in the country, grew at a 3.2% annual rate in the fourth quarter of last year, the sixth straight quarter of... Read more

$3K Racing Prize Offered at Detroit RV Show

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Click here to watch a video courtesy of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds. The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 45th Annual Detroit Camper & RV Show Feb. 16-20 at the Suburban Collection Showplace, formerly Rock Financial Showplace, in Novi, Mich. Over 250 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers, toy haulers and fifth- wheel travel trailers,... Read more

Baird: Healthier Levels for Dealer Inventories

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter following this week’s release of the year-end  wholesale RV shipments. Excerpts from the Baird newsletter follow. Action Strong December shipments close out solid 2010. Total RV shipments increased 24% in December (+48% in 2010), as motorhome shipments increased 20% (+97% in 2010), while towable shipments grew 24% (+44% in 2010). Shipments had slowed recently, but improved in December as dealers replenish inventory... Read more

SmarTrend Comments on Thor Stock Action

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Thor Industries traded in a range Thursday (Jan. 27) that spanned from a low of $36.61 to a high of $37.22, SmarTrend reported. On Thursday, the shares gained 0.98%, which took the trading range above the three-day high of $36.97 on volume of 356,000 shares. Often times after large one-day gains, short term traders will seek to take profits and, as such, investors should be cautious. Shares of Thor Industries are currently trading above their 50-day moving average  of $33.76 and above their 200-day... Read more

Cummins Onan Hits RV Generator Milestone

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Cummins Power Generation celebrated a significant milestone for its recreational vehicle business — the building of the two millionth Cummins Onan generator — with a gala event held in December at its Minneapolis headquarters. The company has been making RV generators for over 80 years, and has held a high market share ever since the dawn of the modern RV industry in the 1960s, according to a news release. As reported by in a story posted on Jan. 3, the event was an occasion... Read more

Tin Can Tourists Convene in Florida RV Park

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Tim Heintz might still be looking for a wife, but in the meantime, he has given his heart — as well as his time and his cash — to Rosie the Riveted. “That’s what I call my 1950 Spartenette trailer,” said Heintz, from Tallahassee, Fla. “It was built by the Spartan Aircraft Co. like they build airplanes, so everything was riveted.” Heintz is one of the dozens of Tin Can Tourists who are pulling their vintage campers into Cedar Key, Fla., this weekend for their fifth... Read more

Nebraska RV Show Expands to Bigger Venue

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The 34th Annual Mid-Nebraska RV and Boat Show has a new home this year in Grand Island, Neb. While the event will still be at Fonner Park, this year it will be in the Nebraska State Fair Exhibition Building, the Grand Island Independent reported. Tony Staab, owner of Rich and Sons RV of Grand Island, said the new location will allow exhibitors more floor space to show the public this year’s latest RV and boat offerings. Rich and Sons RV, along with Dykeman’s Camper Place of Hastings,... Read more

Michigan Happy with First Rec Passport Sales

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Sales figures from the first three months of the new Michigan Recreation Passport show  increasing participation by motorists who are renewing their vehicle license plates through  the secretary of state, according to a news release from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Participation rates steadily increased from October 2010, when the Recreation Passport was first offered, through December. The Recreation Passport Program went into effect on Oct.1. Resident passenger vehicle... Read more

EnduraMAX Generates a Buzz at Tampa Show

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Crowds walk through the EnduraMAX luxury toy hauler displayed this month at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. EnduraMAX “created a sensation” with its redesigned luxury crossover toy hauler fifth-wheel display at the recent Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, the Nappanee, Ind.-based company reports in a news release. “The reaction was overwhelming,” said Patrick White, sales manager for Suncoast RV’s Jacksonville location, who was representing the EnduraMAX product. “It felt like... Read more

Snowstorm Closes RVIA’s Reston, Va., Office

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) office in Reston, Va., was closed today due to the snowstorm that hit the capital city area on Wednesday. Snowfall totals ranged between 3 and 7 inches in the Washington, D.C., area, but this came on top of a heavy rainfall which made streets and highways almost impassable. RVIA staff members went home early on Wednesday to get a jump on the heavy traffic but still spent inordinate amounts of time in their commute home, according to reports given... Read more

Tom Raper RV Beefing Up Midwest Sales Staff

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Tom Raper RV in Richmond, Ind. Tom Raper RV in Richmond, Ind., expects as many as 50 people to RSVP for a ”career night” Feb. 15 when the dealership anticipates hiring five new sales people. ”As the economy and our business is picking back up, we need some quality people on board,” said Eddie Unger, Raper general sales manager. ”It’s a no-strings-attached opportunity to show people what we offer and give them the possibility of having a sales career here.” The... Read more

48th Annual Seattle RV Show Opening Feb. 10

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The 48th Annual Seattle RV Show will be held Feb. 10-13 at the Qwest Field Event Center in Seattle. Dave Helgeson, show director, is optimistic that 2011 will be a strong year for the industry as pent-up demand for RVs is reflected in increased shipments and attendance at shows nationwide. “Typically about 40% of our attendees are existing RV owners and 60% are people interested in buying or learning more about the RV lifestyle,” he said in a news release. Helgeson has been RVing his entire... Read more

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