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PCOA, Cabella’s Align for Camping Promo

May 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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

General RV Center Opens First Illinois Site

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General RV Center, headquartered in Wixom, Mich, recently opened its first Illinois location with the addition of a dealership in Huntley. The Northwest Herald, Crystal Lake, Ill., reported that the new store, located at the intersection of Interstate 90 and state Route 47, is 33,280 square feet and has about 60 employees. The store opened its doors May 9 and will host a grand opening celebration June 8, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony slated for 10 a.m. with the Huntley Area Chamber of Commerce. The... Read more

Girard Water Heater Captures Market Share

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Girard Products LLC, a San Clemente, Calif.-based manufacturer of RV tankless water heater technology, recently announced it has achieved a significant market share increase in a very short period of time. The Girard Tankless Water Heater was introduced to the RV aftermarket in late 2010. By April, Girard said the product has earned more than 10% share of that market. Girard reported that sales at both the OEM and aftermarket are “growing at a very good rate as more RV dealers and end users... Read more

Tourism Holdings Opposing Takeover Offer

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New Zealand-based motorhome rentals operator Tourism Holdings (THL) is recommending shareholders reject a partial takeover offer from Kiwi limited partnership Ballylinch. According to Stuff.co.com, Wellington, THL said in a target company statement released to the NZX that the offer price to acquire 40.85% of shares Ballylinch does not already own is materially below the fair value range determined by an independent adviser’s report. The report’s author, Simmons Corporate Finance, said... Read more

GE Capital Expanding Chicago Work Force

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GE Capital plans to nearly double the number of its employees in Chicago to more than 2,000, in part because of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s economic plans for the city, according to an Associated Press report. Officials with the financial services arm of General Electric joined Emanuel at a news conference, saying 500 of those new jobs – skilled commercial, technical and regulatory positions – would be added within the next year. The other 500 jobs would come in the next few years. The company... Read more

Lenders Assuming More Risk in Car Loans

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U.S. lenders are lowering their standards for auto loans, with average credit scores for new car borrowers falling to the lowest level since late 2008, according to a credit bureau report released on Thursday (May 26). Reuters reported that lenders are loosening up because few existing borrowers are falling behind on payments, said Melinda Zabritski, director of automotive credit at British credit information firm Experian . The average credit score for new car loans fell 10 points in the first quarter... Read more

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