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Curtin Revises ’12 Forecast, Expects 5% Growth

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard Curtin Wholesale RV shipments are expected to total 265,200 units in 2012, according to University of Michigan economist Richard Curtin’s latest projection in the Spring 2012 issue of RV Roadsigns, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) quarterly forecast of deliveries to RV retailers. The gain to 265,200 units would be a 5.1% increase over the 2011 year-end total of 252,300 units. Curtin says growth will be driven by gains in conventional and fifth-wheel travel trailers... Read more

Branson KOA Escapes Tornado Damage in Area

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A strong tornado that caused heavy damage to the famous Branson Strip entertainment district in Missouri appears to have affected only the downtown area of the famous resort community. According to a press release, the Branson KOA Campground only reported a few downed tree limbs. No other damage was reported to the campground. Branson KOA owner Ralph Newell said that the power was out and there was no telephone service at the campground Wednesday (Feb. 29) morning, but he expected both to be restored... Read more

Olson Bids Farewell, Party Draws Industry Execs

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Bob Olson and his wife, Kathy, at his retirement party Bob Olson officially stepped down last week from his position as chairman, president and CEO for Winnebago Industries Inc., marking the culmination of a 43-year career with the Forest City, Iowa-based builder. Pictured are Olson and his wife, Kathy, showing a farewell cake presented during an informal open house at the company’s manufacturing complex. In addition to friends, family and colleagues, the sendoff was attended by several industry... Read more

RVIA: Trouble Shooter Clinic Sees Good Turnout

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Technicians get hands-on instruction at Trouble Shooter Clinic Nearly 100 RV service technicians are participating in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Trouble Shooter Clinic, taking place Feb. 27 – March 1 in South Bend, Ind. According to a press release, the program helps technicians build their skills through the new track-focused format that features more hands-on diagnostic training on the major RV systems. This is the second Trouble Shooter Clinic with the revised... Read more

Bernanke Backing Low Rates, Stimulus Possible

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The uneven U.S. economic recovery will have to pick up in order to quickly bring down an unacceptably high jobless rate, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said on Wednesday (Feb. 29). “The job market is far from normal,” he said in comments prepared for delivery to the House of Representatives Financial Services committee. MSNBC reported that Bernanke’s remarks suggested another round of Fed bond buying to stimulate growth is not off the table as policymakers assess whether... Read more

McMahon’s to Carry Forest River’s Trilogy Fiver

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Forest River's Trilogy fifth-wheel Forest River Inc. has contracted with California-based McMahon’s RV to sell the builder’s new Trilogy luxury fifth-wheel. According to a press release, the 42-foot Trilogy offers a roomy interior with three sildeouts and 6-foot, 7-inch ceilings. Other amenities include a 40-inch HD TV in the living room, a 32-inch HD TV in the bedroom, Frigidaire stainless steel refrigerator, solid-surface countertops and an on-board floor vacuum. “The Trilogy is a great... Read more

Report Tracks National Parks’ Economic Impact

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A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 281 million visitors to the nation’s 394 national parks had a direct spending impact of $12 billion in 2010. This and other data are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service. Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million and 11,500... Read more

VIDEO #3: London Show Features Eterniti Trailer

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Today’s video offers a report from “Chris’s Caravan Diary” during the recently completed Excel Caravan and Motorhome Show in London that included a look at the new Eterniti trailer. Eterniti is a start-up company based in Goshen, Ind., that is building trailers for the U.K. marketplace. To view the video scroll down the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page.  Read More →

PBS Segment Examines Amish Factory Workers

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A nationally televised documentary Tuesday (Feb. 28) featured a segment on what was described as the greatest cultural change in Amish life since their arrival in America — using footage filmed in Indiana’s LaGrange County. “The Amish” aired nationally Tuesday as part of PBS’ documentary series “American Experience.” It featured segments on a variety of topics relating to Amish life and interaction with the outside world filmed in multiple communities. A segment describing the movement... Read more

KOA Sites Transform into ‘Outdoor Destinations’

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Editor’s Note: The following is an article by the Los Angeles Times examining the trend among KOA campgrounds to be a resort destination as opposed to a stop along the way. To view the entire article and accompanying photo click here. At a wooded campsite in Santa Paula, north of Los Angeles, vacationers, stray deer and even peacocks must share the tree-shaded property with tractors, backhoes and stacks of lumber. Work is in full swing to transform the 76-acre Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds... Read more

NTP Gets Exclusive Distribution of Mattress Line

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NTP Distribution Inc. announced the addition of Home & Road mattresses, a private label brand developed with The Mobile Outfitters, a division of Lippert Components Inc. According to a press releasee, the mattress line is exclusively distributed through Wilsonville, Ore.-based NTP. The product line is currently available for delivery only and marks the first private label offering for NTP utilizing its new fleet services resulting from its acquisition by Keystone Automotive Operations Inc.... Read more

Baby Boomers Altering Snowbird Demographics

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A generational change is under way in the nation’s snowbird population. According to a press release, sounds of the “Big Bands” are increasingly being replaced by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Foreigner. And while Sunbelt RV resorts still have plenty of bridge tables, today’s health conscious snowbirds are more likely to engaged in water aerobics or water volleyball, playing tennis or bocce ball or riding their bicycles or hiking on nature trails. “The Baby... Read more

Equine Motorcoach to Display at 2 Horse Shows

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Equine Motorcoach with rooftop chalet Equine Motorcoach will be on-site at the Classic Company’s Gulfport, Mississippi Hunter/Jumper Horse Show March 7-11. According to a press release, the all-in-0ne RV and horse transport will then make its way west to the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Houston, Texas, March 21-April 1. “This gives us an opportunity to showcase our 2012 model in new markets,” said Tom Stinnett, national dealer and Equine Motorcoach principal. “We have lots... Read more

Report: Consumer Sentiment Jumps in February

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U.S. consumer confidence jumped in February, lifted by better assessments of the job market, according to a report released Tuesday. NASDAQ.com reported that the Conference Board, a private research group, said its index of consumer confidence increased to 70.8 this month from a revised 61.5 in January, first reported as 61.1. The February index is the highest since 72.0 in February 2011. The latest index was far above the 64.4 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires. The confidence... Read more

FMCA Declines Rally in Kansas Due to State Law

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A state law that prohibits out-of-state dealers from selling recreational vehicles in Kansas means a national event will bypass the state, taking with it millions of dollars in potential revenue, organizers said. As reported by the Associated Press, the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) notified Kansas State Fair Manager Denny Stoecklein Monday that it will not bring its event to the state fairgrounds until the law is changed. When the event was held in Hutchinson in 2002, about 5,000 motor... Read more

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