General RV Center Opens First Illinois Site

May 27, 2011 by · Comments Off on General RV Center Opens First Illinois Site 

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, 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

Stone Canyon Lodges Ships Relief Housing

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Stone Canyon employees stand in front of completed unit 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. A finished park model was recently presented to Chris and Emily Guin in Hackleburg, Ala. The Haleyville, Ala.-based manufacturer built and donated the new park model to the Guins, whose home in Hackleburg was wiped out by the tornado. The Guins have already moved into their new home. ”They were... Read more

RVSEF Holds 2nd Annual Education Confab

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The 2nd Annual RV Lifestyle, Education & Safety Conference, presented by the RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF), recently concluded a successful conference held May 6-8 on the campus of Western Kentucky University at the Carroll Knicely Conference Center in Bowling How To Make Your Ex Bf Want You Back Green, Ky. According to a press release, the educational gathering featured a multitude of training classes consisting of lifestyle, technical, driving and safety related topics. Classes... Read more

VIDEO #2: Evergreen Element Walk-through

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Today’s video comes from Rollin’ On TV featuring a walk-through of the eco-friendly Element travel trailer by Evergreen RV.  Read More →

German Firm Eyeing U.S. for RV Fuel Cells

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The following is a blog by Jim Motavalli, a regular contributor to the New York Times, reporting on a German firm’s plans to bring fuel cell technology for RVs to the U.S. market. Fuel-cell cars have been a tomorrow technology as long as I’ve been reporting on them, but it looks like 2015 will be the year they finally go commercial, with hundreds of thousands (you read that right) planned for production as early as 2015. Right now, it remains theoretical. The cars, including the Toyota Fuel... Read more

Stag-Parkway Bolsters Northwest Presence

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Atlanta-based distributor Stag-Parkway Inc. has moved its Oregon warehouse to a new location in Portland and will begin servicing its customers from that facility in June. “The demand for a broader range of products from a growing customer base facilitated the need for a move,” said President and CEO Martin Street in a press release. “We found our old facility created some limitations in our ability to grow in the Northwest. Being able to double our capacity in Portland with our new building... Read more

Heartland Initiates Fast Track for Prowler Line

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Initially set up as a stand-alone business unit, Prowler has been rolled into Heartland’s central operations at its headquarters in Elkhart, Ind. Coley Brady, vice president of sales, now heads up Prowler, 13 other towable lines.  Read More →

Park Model OEM Touts Unique Construction

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Kottage RV uses shipping containers to build its new line of park models Kottage RV recently announced it is developing a new concept for a “luxurious” park model, according to a press release. Kelowna, British Columbia-based Kottage RV has wrapped a luxurious park model interior and exterior around the strength and durability of an ISO shipping container. “We are the first to try and commercialize this type of product within the RV Industry,” Lucas Griffin, president of Kottage RV,... Read more

Report: Gas Prices May Have Reached Peak

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Summer driving season usually means gasoline prices are set to climb, but this year Memorial Day could mark the start of a significant drop in prices at the pump. CNBC reported that gasoline hit $3.98 a gallon for the national average in mid-May and by Wednesday, it had dropped to $3.81, according to AAA. “I think there are several trends pointing to $3.50 as the national price between now and July 4th,” Gulf Oil CEO Joe Petrowski said Wednesday on CNBC. Less demand is one factor. “Even... Read more

Michigan Parks Booked Up for the Weekend

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Most southern Michigan state park campgrounds are booked to near capacity this weekend and, surprise, they might be pretty full throughout the summer. The Grand Rapids Press reported that year-to-date campsite reservations are up 14.5% from 2010, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. That’s one of several indicators that suggest state tourism could be in for a hot summer. “I was pleasantly surprised because I thought with the general economy in Michigan, and gas prices taking... Read more

Campers Enjoying New Options, Amenities

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The following excerpt is from an in-depth look at modern day camping authored by Leo Roth of the Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, N.Y. Roth examines several emerging trends, including park models, staycations, WiFi and the popularity of travel trailers. To read the entire article, click here. As the Memorial Day weekend nears, state campgrounds and New York’s private campground owners are reporting occupancy rates at 80% to 100%, but the nature of camping is changing. Tim and Stephanie Cicotta... Read more

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