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Sales Up 20% at New Jersey RV Dealers Show

September 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

New Jersey RV dealers reported strong sales during the 3rd Annual NJRVDA Fall RV Expo, held September 21-23 at Six Flags Great Adventure, a new location for the show. According to a press release, sales were up approximately 20% compared to previous years with many first-time buyers taking advantage of aggressive pricing from the dealers at the show, hosted by the New Jersey Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (NJRVDA). Organizers said that dealers were upbeat on the move to Six Flags as... Read more

Thor Posts 4Q Growth, Record Year-End Sales

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Jackson Center, Ohio-based Thor Industries Inc. today (Sept. 26) reported double-digit gains in its fourth quarter and record sales for its fiscal year, ended July 31. Sales for the fourth quarter were $888.2 million, up 15% from $770.5 million in the fourth quarter last year. Net income during the period was $44.4 million, up 20% from $36.9 million in the fourth quarter a year ago. Basic earnings per share were 84¢, an increase of 27% from 66¢ last year. Sales for the fiscal year totaled... Read more

RVIA: August Shipments Climb to 5-Year High

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RV wholesale shipments in August surged 15.7% ahead of the same month last year reaching 24,460 units, the strongest August monthly total in five years. Shipments of all towable RVs were up 14.6% but it was motorhomes which grew the most, improving 27.3% over prior year totals. Year-to-date, RV shipments have now improved by 10.5% to 202,305 units and represent an annualized pace of more than 276,600 units. All RV product categories except folding camping trailers have improved this year, with conventional... Read more

San Fran Bans Overnight RV Parking in Areas

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Despite concerns from advocates for the homeless, San Francisco officials on Tuesday (Sept. 26) enacted a ban on overnight parking of recreational vehicles in certain parts of The City. Starting March 1, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will begin installing signs prohibiting the parking of vehicles more than 22 feet in length or 7 feet in height between midnight and 6 a.m in some areas. A complete list of locations will be determined later by the SFMTA, but chronic problem areas... Read more

RV Trader Rolls Out Loyalty Rewards Program

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RV Trader announced a new loyalty rewards program that will benefit dealers who are customers of the company’s online classified ad website. According to a press release, the “Preferred Partner Program,” allows site customers who have had no breaks in service to redeem advertising rewards on RV Trader. This occurs on a dealer’s one-, three-, five-, 10-, or 15-year anniversary with RV Trader.com. “Many companies offer reward programs to devoted customers,” said Tim Custer,... Read more

Outdoors RV Adds Pan Pacific to Dealer Body

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La Grande, Ore.-based Outdoors RV Mfg. has added Pan Pacific RV Centers Inc. to its dealer base, according to a press release. The dealership, with locations in Sacramento, Morgan Hill and French Camp, Calif., will represent the Wind River, Timber Ridge and Creek Side brands. “We believe Pan Pacific RV Centers will be a strong addition to our new network of dealers as we continue to expand into the California market,” said Outdoors RV General Manager Jim Croxton. Pan Pacific RV began as... Read more

Pursuit: Pleasure-Way’s First ‘B-Plus’ Class C

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Pleasure-Way's new Pursuit motorhome Canadian builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the launch of it first B-Plus style Class C motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Pursuit. According to a press release, the coach is built on Ford E350 dual rear-wheel cutaway chassis and offers several “special features,” including its 22-foot length. “Building a B-plus was the next natural progression for us,” said Dean Rumpel, CEO of Saskatoon-based Pleasure-Way. “We received a lot of feedback... Read more

RVtravel.com Poll: Leaky Roofs Are a Problem

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There are a lot of leaky roofs on the RVs in America, according to last weekend’s reader survey at RVtravel.com. Of the more than 1,600 RVers who responded, about 43% reported their RV’s roof had leaked, 20% more than once. “I’m not sure these people know how serious this can be,” RVtravel.com Editor Chuck Woodbury said in a press release. “The cost to repair the damage can easily run into thousands of dollars.” Gary Bunzer, better known as the RV Doctor,... Read more

Van Market Grows; Sprinter Could be Retooled

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Modern commercial vans are emerging as a competitive segment in the U.S., and automakers are launching new products, many from Europe, as versatile offerings better equipped to handle a wide range of duties for small businesses and corporate fleets alike. The Detroit Free Press reported that Chrysler is creating a Ram Commercial division to handle development and sales of commercial vehicles in preparation to sell Fiat Ducato commercial vans in the U.S. while Ford is using the Transit name on three... Read more

VIDEO 2: Featherlite’s New $2.3M Motorcoach

September 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s video comes from Featherlite Coaches offering a look at the company’s newest luxury motorcoach, the Vantaré Celebration III. Equipped with triple sliderooms, the coach is built on the “Ultimate Class” Prevost H3-45 bus shell. This motorhome offers every option and boasts a $2.3 million dollar price tag.  Read More →

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