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America’s Mailbox ‘Flags’ in RV Customers

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on America’s Mailbox ‘Flags’ in RV Customers 

America’s Mailbox planted its flag in a new location last weekend, and it’s a big one. According to a report by South Dakota’s Rapid City Journal, the flag measures 60 feet by 30 feet and can be seen well before the exit on Interstate 90. The business combines America’s Mailbox, the mail-forwarding service Don Humes started seven years ago in Rapid City, and a new RV campground that has 19 spaces now and will have 55 when finished. Humes also plans to lease open land nearby and... Read more

Investors Stirred by Turnaround for Trimas

May 24, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

A turnaround strategy by diversified holding company TriMas Corp. is paying off on Wall Street, according to Crain’s Detroit Business. Debt has fallen, analyst consensus is climbing, share prices hit another all-time high of $24.52 a few weeks ago, and several investment fund and pension plan managers are buying up large stakes in the Bloomfield Hills, Mich., company – even as many of its traditional major holders are selling. Trimas is parent to Cequent Performance Products, a Plymouth, Mich.-based... Read more

Blog: Smaller Sprinter Van on Tap for U.S.?

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on Blog: Smaller Sprinter Van on Tap for U.S.? 

The following is an article from Autoblog, authored by Chris Paukert, examining a smaller Sprinter van platform. Mercedes-Benz has been sufficiently pleased with the performance of its Sprinter van that it is now seriously considering importing a smaller sibling for its full-size load lugger. Benz has offered a smaller commercial vehicle, the Vito, in various world markets since 1996, and the second-generation model underwent a mild facelift in 2010. Available with a range of CDI diesel engines... Read more

Flexsteel to Construct New Corporate Office

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on Flexsteel to Construct New Corporate Office 

Dubuque, Iowa-based Flexsteel Industries Inc. says it plans to build a $12 million, 40,000-square-foot corporate office building in the Port of Dubuque area, replacing a headquarters in the city that is several decades old. Furniture Today reported that the construction of the building for the RV seating manufacturer is contingent upon approval and financial assistance from governmental entities at state and local levels, the company said. If all goes well, construction would begin in July with completion... Read more

VIDEO #1: Firm Fashions ‘Unsinkable’ RV’s

May 24, 2011 by · Comments Off on VIDEO #1: Firm Fashions ‘Unsinkable’ RV’s 

Today’s Video come from WTOC, Savannah, Ga., highlighting the array of amphibious vehicles, including the Terra Wind RV, built by Cool Amphibious Manufacturers International.  Read More →

Tourism Holdings Boosts Earning Forecast

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Tourism Holdings Boosts Earning Forecast 

New Zealand-based Tourism Holdings is boosting its earnings forecast after better-than-expected United States vehicle sales and improved rentals following the Christchurch earthquake. The New Zealand Herald reported that the tourism operator – which is the target of a takeover attempt – upgraded its forecast operating earnings before interest and tax (ebit) for the year ending June 30 to $4 million from break-even. Its operating loss after tax is now put at $1.4 million, compared with... Read more

FMCA Gears Up for 86th Reunion in August

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on FMCA Gears Up for 86th Reunion in August 

Approximately 2,500 motorhomes and some 8,000 people are expected to gather in Madison, Wisc., Aug. 10-13, for the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 86th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase. The event has been dubbed “Family A’Fair,” according to a news release. Although the Alliant Energy Center will host the organized activities and provide much of the parking for motorhomes, many other motorhome families will be parked at nearby Lake Farm Park, with shuttles transporting them between... Read more

USS Cole Commander Set for RVDA Confab

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on USS Cole Commander Set for RVDA Confab 

Commander Kirk Lippold Commander Kirk Lippold, USN (Ret.), commanding officer of the USS Cole when it was attacked by al Qaeda in the port of Aden, Yemen, will be the guest speaker at a special industry breakfast on Oct. 6 during the 2011 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo 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. According to a press release, Lippold and... Read more

SSI: March Canadian Motorhome Sales Drop

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on SSI: March Canadian Motorhome Sales Drop 

Motorhome sales in the Canadian marketplace dropped 32% in March and were down 25% for the first quarter. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Class A sales declined 40.6% in March and 32.5% for the first three months. Year-to-date, Fleetwood RV Inc. was the leader in the category with an 18% market share while Forest River Inc. and Thor Industries Inc. both garnered 17.3%. Class C sales also fell, dropping 15.7% in March and 10.7% for the first quarter. Jayco Inc.... Read more

AAA: Slight Increase in Memorial Day Travel

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on AAA: Slight Increase in Memorial Day Travel 

Fewer Americans plan to launch their summer season behind the wheel of an automobile this year, but a bump in air travel plans suggests that, overall, more people intend to get away from home this summer. The high price of gas will deter some people from driving over Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kickoff of summer in the United States, according to a national survey by AAA. Forty percent of would-be travelers said that gas prices would have an impact on their vacation planning, although nine... Read more

Lundberg Survey: Gas Prices Continue Slide

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The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has dropped about 9 cents over the past two weeks, according to an Associated Press story. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices puts the average price for a gallon of regular at $3.91. Analyst Trilby Lundberg said Sunday (May 22) that the national average for a gallon of mid-grade is $4.05. For premium it’s $4.16 a gallon. Lundberg says diesel prices fell about 8 cents a gallon over the past two weeks, to $4.14. Jackson, Miss., had the nation’s... Read more

Heartland Honors Texas Dealer Explore USA

May 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

(L-R) Explore USA regional manager Don Bloom, Mike Aplin, Heartland regional manager, Explore USA CEO Scott Chaney and Sean Chaney, Explore USA corporate marketing manager Explore USA RV Supercenter, a Texas-based dealer with eight locations, recently was named the No. 1 dealer nationally for Heartland Recreational Vehicle’s line of Cyclone toy haulers. Heartland Regional Manager Mike Aplin marked the milestone by presenting a plaque to Scott Chaney, Explore USA CEO, during an event at the dealer’s... Read more

Fraserway RV to Aid Canadian Relief Efforts

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Fraserway RV to Aid Canadian Relief Efforts 

The 2011 spring disasters have displaced many Canadian residents from their homes. According to a press release, Fraserway RV LP, with eight locations, has joined with Samaritan’s Purse to provide support for the relief efforts of their response teams in stricken areas. For Alberta’s Slave Lake, Fraserway is supplying Samaritan’s Purse with three Adventurer motorhomes for their disaster response team heading into the area on May 25. These motorhomes will serve as command centers to coordinate... Read more

WSJ Writer Travels on Airstream’s Interstate

May 23, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The following review of the Airstream Interstate 3500 appears in the Wall Street Journal, penned by Dan Neil in his column Rumble Seat. Airstream Interstate Class B I have an old friend—and by old, I mean he’s in his 70s—who thrives on aggravation. Seriously, anger endorphins are like Centrum Silver to this guy. He started a business to teach teenagers to be safer drivers, which was obviously very rewarding. The good government and wise stewardship of North Carolina having left him restless,... Read more

FMCA Implements Changes in Management

May 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on FMCA Implements Changes in Management 

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization for motorhome owners, recently announced that Jerry Yeatts, director of conventions and commercial services, has now assumed responsibility for membership services as well. According to a press release, Yeatts will take on responsibilities formerly handled by Beverly Spurgeon, who retired in March after 42 years of service to the association. “Beverly will be greatly missed at FMCA. She quite capably oversaw FMCA’s member benefits... Read more

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