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ELS Announces $1.43B MH Community Buyout

May 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (ELS) announced Tuesday (May 31) it had entered into purchase and other agreements with certain affiliates of Hometown America, L.L.C. to acquire a portfolio of 76 manufactured home communities containing 31,167 sites on approximately 6,500 acres located in 16 states. The stated purchase price: $1.43 billion. The sale also includes certain manufactured homes and loans secured by manufactured homes located at the Hometown Properties. ELS, a major player... Read more

Stone Canyon Lodges Ships Relief Housing

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Stone Canyon Lodges and Park Models LLC made good on its promise to provide living quarters for victims of the April 27 tornado that struck Alabama.  Read More →

Newmar Execs Roll Out on Second Road Show

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Newmar Corp. executives and their wives participating in the second annual "Go Newmar Road Show" include (l-r): Matthew and Pam Miller, Richard and Candace Parks, John and Margaret Sammut and Irene and Mahlon Miller. Whether it’s the way of the future or a link to the industry’s more relational past, Newmar Corp.’s top executives and their wives headed out Tuesday morning (May 31) in 2012 Newmar Class A motorhomes for their second annual “Go Newmar Road Show” to visit an array... Read more

ARVC Works to Expand Convention Attendance

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In a bid to increase attendance at its upcoming 2011 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo, the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) recently launched “The Battle for Savannah” — a contest to determine which states can draw the greatest percentage of full registrations to the expo compared to last year’s program. The 2011 event will be held Nov. 30 – Dec. 2 at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center, Savannah, Geo. To be eligible, a state’s... Read more

CrossRoads Launches ‘Operation Appreciation’

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Roger Barry, founder and CEO of Yogi Bear's Camp Resort at Barton Lake (left) and Don Emahiser, president of CrossRoads RV, stand in front of the Hampton destination trailer being provided free of charge for active military members and their families. Executives of Topeka, Ind.-based CrossRoads RV, a division of Thor Industries Inc., officially launched the company’s “Operation Appreciation” program Thursday (May 26) at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont,... Read more

Fed-Run Campgrounds Tap Into Rental Cabins

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Campgrounds used to be the exclusive domain of RV and tent camping enthusiasts. But that’s changing, thanks to the growing market appeal of rental cabins. According to a release by the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), state, federal and local parks in Texas and California are increasingly supplementing their RV and tent sites with portable “park model” cabins, which often come equipped with full-size kitchens and bathrooms and, in some cases, lofts for the kids. And they’re... Read more

Baird: Class C Shipments Fuel April Upswing

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Editor’s Note: Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter following the report on RV shipments for April by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Excerpts from the Baird newsletter follow. Action April shipments up 2%. Total RV shipments increased 2% in April, as motorhome shipments increased 8%, while towable shipments increased just 1%. Growth weakened from March, as dealers slowed restocking rates into the beginning of the retail selling season. Dealer inventory... Read more

Harrisburg’s Riverbend Resort Set for Auction

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One of Oregon’s newer RV destinations, the 14-acre Riverbend RV resort in Harrisburg, is  slated to go up for auction. The upscale resort, replete with a conference center and 19-room hotel, apparently is a victim of the receding Great Recession, according to KMTR NewsSource 16. Riverbend RV park first broke ground in 2004, when RV sales were strong. They set up shop by major RV manufacturers in Junction City and Harrisburg. The idea was to siphon business from RV owners in town for repairs... Read more

VIDEO #1: Tankless Water Heater by Girard

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Today’s video comes from Girard Products LLC demonstrating the benefits and installation ease of the on-demand GSWH-1 tankless water heater.  Read More →

Newell Workers Join in Joplin Relief Efforts

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Some 50 employees from high-end motorhome builder Newell Coach Corp. today (May 27) were in Joplin in southwest Missouri carrying supplies and helping clean up following last Sunday’s tornado that ripped though the city of 50,000. Newell, with headquarters in Miami, Okla., about 25 miles south of Joplin, sustained no damage during the horrific tornado that killed more than 130 people. ”Tornadoes can be amazingly surgical,” said Karl Blade, president of the 150-employee motorhome... Read more

PCOA, Cabella’s Align for Camping Promo

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In support of “Great Outdoors Month,” the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) is teaming up with Cabela’s in Hamburg, Pa., to promote the camping lifestyle on June 10-11.  “Get Outdoors and Go Camping…It’s Easy” is the theme that the association has chosen to use for its two-day promotion. According to a press release, members of the association will be on hand to greet the guests and give them a 2011 Campground Directory of privately owned parks. The guests will... Read more

Garrison Wynn Slated for RVDA Convention

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Garrison Wynn, best-selling author of “The Real Truth About Success,” will be the featured speaker during the opening general session of the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo on Oct. 5 at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The convention is sponsored by the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), RVDA of Canada, and the RV Learning Center. With his background as a former Fortune 500 department head and professional stand-up comedian, Wynn excels in delivering a serious,... Read more

Jackson Hole to Offer Upscale Park Models

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Upscale park model planned for Jackson Hole Campground A new era in recreational park trailer (RPT) camping is coming to Teton County, Wyo., home to picturesque Jackson Hole and the Jackson Hole Campground. Campground owners Jamie Mackay and Tom Hedges are planning to bring 71 upscale park model trailers to their campground, starting June 15. Mackay and Hedges have formed a manufacturing firm, Wheelhaus Inc., to build the trailers in nearby Alpine, Wyo., and transport them to their park, located... Read more

RVIA: April Shipments Equal to 2010 Totals

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Wholesale shipments of 24,600 units to retailers were reported by manufacturers in the April 2011 Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) monthly survey, the same total for April the year prior. RVIA reported that on a seasonally adjusted basis, shipments in April were at an annual rate of 242,100 units, 6.3% lower than the previous month. Towable RVs were slightly lower than April last year while motorhomes were slightly higher. Year to date, shipments of all RVs through April were... Read more

Elkhart County Officials Deny HOF Funding

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Officials representing the RV/MH Hall of Fame met with the Elkhart (Ind.) County Redevelopment Commission Thursday (May 26), outlining a proposal seeking up to $860,295 in funding earmarked to develop an “outdoor event area” on open land to the east of the facility. After hearing presentations from Hall of Fame Executive Director Tom McNulty and B.J. Thompson, a Mishawaka, Ind., advertising agency executive and veteran chairman of RVIA’s Public Relations Committee, the commission decided... Read more

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