Ore. Dealership Steers Through Downturn

June 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Dramatic declines in sales of travel trailers and motor coaches during the 2007-09 recession forced some dealers and manufacturers to close their doors in the Bend, Ore., area. But, according to a report in The Bulletin, Chris Jackson, co-owner and general manager of Beaver Coach Sales & Service in Bend, helped steer the company through tough times by getting the staff involved in creating a leaner, more efficient business model. Jackson and the other owners of Beaver Coach Sales & Service... Read more

Trailer Sales Heat Up in Northern Michigan

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Click here to view a video on the following story. This weekend, thousands of people will fill up the gas tanks and put the rubber to the road as they head to Northern Michigan, and many to go camping. According to a report on, the RV business is going strong and dealerships say that, right now, travel trailers are a hot sell. Inside it has all the essentials — a refrigerator, sink, and probably most importantly, a comfortable bed. RVers love what they do and lackluster economy... Read more

Chinese RVing Grows, Still Sees Obstacles

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Dong Linmin, 40, is planning a family vacation this winter to escape the cold and snow of Beijing, China. He said he wants to spend quality time with his family as they trek across the country to Hainan, according to a report in China Daily. But Dong isn’t flying there, nor is he taking a train. He’s one of the rare Chinese drivers who will be exploring China in a recreational vehicle. “A trip down to Hainan during the coldest days in Beijing is probably the best way to break in... Read more

Winnebago Towables Unit Launches RAVEN

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RAVEN fifth-wheel Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. announced today (June 29) the launch of a new 2012 RAVEN towable line as part of the company’s SunnyBrook brand. According to a press release, the RAVEN is in full production and will initially be available in five fifth-wheel and three travel trailer floorplans. “Dealer response to RAVEN has been outstanding,” said Fred Hershberger, national sales manager for Winnebago Industries Towables. “Every dealer has been impressed... Read more

FedEx Adds EVs to Fleet, Four from FCCC

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FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. and the world’s largest express transportation company, continues its holistic fleet approach to fuel efficiency with significant expansion of its lower polluting, energy-efficient vehicles. Within the next two months, FedEx Express will place 24 new all-electric vehicles into service that includes four Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. vehicles, according to a press release. The company s also expanding to three new cities and more than doubling its... Read more

VIDEO # 2: Quadra Big Foot Leveling System

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Today’s video comes from Carriage Inc. running through the features and advantages of the Big Foot hydraulic leveling system from Quadra Manufacturing.  Read More →

Jayco Honors Top Dealers at Homecoming

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Jayco Inc. paid tribute to its top dealers as part of the opening evening’s proceedings during the June 20-22 Annual Dealer Homecoming held at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Highlighting the ceremony, Jayco’s Founders Award was presented to Chris Brown, owner of Aberdeen RV Center, Aberdeen, Miss. Marking the ninth year for the Founder’s Award, which “exemplifies the spirit and values of the founders of Jayco,” President Derald Bontrager noted that Aberdeen RV Center... Read more

VIDEO #1: Molino Part II on ‘RV Capital Talk’

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Today’s video is the second installment of an interview with Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Mike Molino on “RV Capital Talk” with host Dave Dufour and RVBusiness Publisher Sherman Goldenberg.  Read More →

Navistar Appoints Communications Officer

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Navistar Inc., parent to Monaco RV LLC and Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC,  announced that Jim Spangler has been named chief communications officer and will lead the company’s corporate communications globally. “We are proud to have Jim join the Navistar team and are confident that his proven leadership and experience in our industry will help continue to build Navistar’s reputation in the global marketplace” “We are proud to have Jim join the Navistar team and are confident that his proven... Read more

California State Park Campground to Open

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A new $15-million coastal campground will open Friday (July 1) at Crystal Cove State Park in California’s Orange County, but don’t get your hopes up for a stay over the Fourth of July. Sites quickly sold out for the inaugural weekend of the year-round campground. Consolation prize: You can tour the site for free Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reported. The Moro Campground, while not directly on the beach, offers 60 hilltop campsites facing the ocean. Some, with electrical hookups, go for $65... Read more

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