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Berhow To Lead Winnebago’s Stitchcraft Plant

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Doug Berhow Winnebago Industries Inc. today (Feb. 28) announced Douglas Berhow has been named to the position of Stitchcraft plant manager for Winnebago Industries. In his new position, Berhow is responsible for the Stitchcraft facility, which manufactures furniture and softgoods, such as window treatments and bedspreads for Winnebago Industries products, according to a news release. Berhow, 51, is a 33-year veteran of Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries. Most recently he served as a motorhome... Read more

New Michigan RV Maker Building Retro Units

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As it stands, Paradise Coast RV doesn’t have much to show for itself in Benton Harbor, Mich. Just four frames on the shop floor in the early stages of being made into travel-trailer prototypes. But president and owner Ted Simpson said he sees bigger things, the Benton Harbor Herald-Palladium reported. “I’m hoping to employ 10 to 15 people by the end of this year,” said Simpson, 47, who has 30 years of experience in the recreation vehicle industry. He said that “if things... Read more

Wallup! Making Inroads in RV Market

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Wallup! in place. An inventor turned entrepreneur found a way to place a 12-foot framed flexible wall in a small bag and in 2 minutes erect it into a privacy barrier, windbreak, shower stall, changing room, tent, bathroom or anything else the mind can conjure up. The Wallup! or “Wall-in-a-bag” is being used by RVers, campers, hunters, golfers, sports teams, advertisers and even equestrians as horse stalls and outdoor tack rooms, according to a news release. In just a few minutes it assembles... Read more

Fabled California RV Park Marking 39th Year

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Back in the early ’50s on a road trip, Virginia and Eldredge “El” Welton passed a trailer park in Vermont and spotted a New Moon trailer, a brand Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made famous in their 1954 movie “The Long, Long Trailer.” Cute, thought the Weltons, avid travelers. But too bad the surroundings aren’t nicer, El said. Instead of a dirty old trailer camp, why not make it someplace pretty? Why not someplace with trees and flowers? They didn’t know it... Read more

Keystone RV/KOA Launch 2011 RV Giveaway

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North America’s largest producer of recreational vehicles is partnering with the continent’s largest camping company for the 2011 “Kamping in Style” RV Giveaway. The contest, sponsored by Keystone RV Co. and Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), will present one lucky winner with a fully equipped 28-foot Keystone Springdale camping trailer. The winner will also receive 10 free nights of KOA camping at any KOA location in North America, according to a news release. “This is a great opportunity... Read more

RV Dealer Opens in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

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Buying an RV is not just an ordinary purchase, it’s a way of life, according to Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, businessman Doug Ferguson. His company, Moose Jaw RV, based at 1400 Lakeview Road, only recently opened its doors but already customers are flocking to see what the center has to offer, the Moose Jaw Times-Herald reported. And there’s certainly plenty for people to see, Ferguson, whose business partner is Keith Farnel, told the Times-Herald. The business has a year-round indoor studio... Read more

Bedbugs: Old Problem Resurfaces in RV Parks

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bedbug Who could have believed a few years ago that one of the better attended seminars at Kampground of America Inc.’s (KOA) International Convention in Savannah in November would have addressed the squeamish topic of bedbugs? It’s a problem that had receded along with the World War II generation, but has again reared its ugly little head in a wide variety of places – restaurants, insurance companies, churches, office buildings and, yes, RV parks and campgrounds as more of them cater to park... Read more

Gulf Oil Spill Claims RV Dealer’s Side Business

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At Robbye’s Western Wear in Theodore, Ala., a Mobile suburb, the cowboy boots are marked way down, the  fancy belt buckles are in deep discount and spirits are getting lower by the day. After 30 years, Robbye’s Western Wear is headed into the sunset, a casualty of the oil spill  and its aftermath, according to Jeff Fisher, co-owner of the long-time family enterprise  anchored by B&R Campers next door, the Mobile Press-Register reported. Located on U.S. 90 West, just south of Interstate... Read more

Homemade Teardrop Trailers Gaining Traction

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Teardrops form when Gary Daniel and Don Wheeler talk about camping, but not because of bad days in the woods. These do-it-yourselfers built their own “teardrops,” which are compact, efficient travel trailers measuring just 4 feet by 8 feet. Larger ones stretch a bit longer and wider. But they’re still basically just bedrooms on wheels, the Bloomington (Ill.) Pantagraph reported. “We call it ‘camping with a dry bed,'” said Wheeler, 64, of Groveland, a member of... Read more

Easier Credit, Fuel-Efficient RVs Fueled Show

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Despite rising gas prices and a tight economy, dealers said it was a good weekend at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock island, Ill., for the RV, Camping and Travel Show. Bryan Head, a partner at US Adventure RVs in Davenport, Iowa, said he wasn’t surprised by the turnout or the number of people who bought RVs over the three-day event, the Quad-Cities Times reported. “We had a great show here last year, too,” Head said. “I think it’s already a better year than it was last year. There are new... Read more

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