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Paul Eskritt to Oversee Forest River Ore. Plant

November 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Eskritt Former Fleetwood Entrprises Inc. executive Paul Eskritt has been named general manager of Forest River Inc.’s towable production facility in Dallas, Ore. ”We are doing a little bit of reorganization,” said Eskritt, 52. Eskritt succeeds Gary Denton, who now heads up sales of Forest River’s Wildcat Maxx travel trailers and fifth-wheels in the Southwest region of the country. ”Gary’s really good on the sales side, so it makes a lot of sense,” Eskritt... Read more

Colonial Airstream Weathers Storms, Outages

November 14, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Business has returned to something like normal at Colonial Airstream in Lakewood, N.J., the largest Airstream dealer in the nation, two weeks after Hurricane Sandy devastated the state’s coastline. ”We had no flooding at all,” said John Lenzo, Colonial co-owner along with his brother, Jim. ”All we had was rain, and not a lot of that. ”The flood damage came from the surge that wiped out the Jersey Shore. We were open, but there was nothing working. Streets were... Read more

Missouri RVDA Confab Spotlights RV Tax Issue

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

A report on association efforts to overturn a Missouri Supreme Court decision excusing state residents from paying a local sales tax on RVs and automobiles purchased in other states led a turnout of 58 people representing 17 dealerships during the Missouri Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (Missouri RVDA) State Convention Oct. 21-23 at the Hilton Convention Center at Branson Landing in Branson. ”This was the most widespread turnout that we’ve had,” said Missouri RVDA President... Read more

N.J. Dealers Stay Open, Cope With Power Loss

October 31, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Several RV dealerships in New Jersey are open today (Oct. 31) after Hurricane Sandy ravaged the Northeast. But life, of course, is far from normal. ”We don’t have power,” said Ed Guest, sales and service manager for Ocean View Trailer Sales. ”We are running off a couple of generators.” Nonetheless, Guest reported, Ocean View has seen a couple of customers. ”One guy came in and bought some antifreeze and there’s another guy looking around,” he said.... Read more

Startup Paradise Coast RV Looks for Investors

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Paradise Coast RV LLC, a new manufacturer in Benton Harbor, Mich., is looking for investors to ramp up production of its retro-style Silver Beach travel trailer. The company, founded in 2010, has produced a 14-foot all-aluminum prototype that was shown at the Elkhart County Open House in September and expects eventually to build 9-foot to 24-foot floorplans. ”We’ve been doing a lot of research and development for the last two years,” said President Ted Simpson, who has worked... Read more

Newell Stays in Step with Luxury Coach Market

October 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Newell customized luxury motorcoach Karl Blade, president of Newell Coach Corp., took a wait-and-see attitude in late August to an uptick in sales of the $1 million-plus motorcoaches his Miami, Okla., company builds. ”We hope it continues,” Blade said. ”But we are not going to increase production until we see some solid evidence that the market is improving. We endured a market that plateaued on us after we got out of the depths of the Great Recession and we are now back on a regular... Read more

Airstream Extends Presence in Foreign Markets

October 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler While his company’s domestic business is in a strong growth mode, Airstream Inc. President and CEO Bob Wheeler has been racking up a lot of frequent flier miles lately with trips to Germany, Australia and China. ”We’ve had an international focus over the last 12 months,” Wheeler said. ”We put a lot of resources growing our international business. (While traveling) I met with a number of current and potential partners and suppliers.” The... Read more

Airxcel Offers Bonus for Buyer of Milestone A/C

October 10, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Shown (L-R) Airxcel VP Gregg Guinn, Mike Casey, Rick Hawk and Dario Rodriguez The RV Products division of Airxcel Inc. has a surprise for the RVer who buys the company’s 5 millionth Coleman MACH air conditioner.¬†The milestone 15,000 Btu A/C rolled off RV Products’ production line in Wichita, Kan., this afternoon (Oct. 10) and was followed by a small party. Besides the unit’s special gold paint, the purchaser will receive a $500 gift certificate for accessories at the dealership... Read more

FMCA Reports Upbeat Mood for ’12 Convention

September 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Motorhomes on display at FMCA rally The Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 87th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase drew 1,849 coaches last week to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Including 70 demonstration coaches, manufacturers displayed more than 275 Class A, B and C motorhomes during the Aug. 27-30 gathering¬† — a larger number than recent FMCA national events. ”We had several units that moved through the show,” said Chris Lusk, FMCA events director.... Read more

Jayco Shows Entry-Level RedHawk Motorhome

September 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Jayco RedHawk Jayco Inc.’s new RedHawk Class C motorhome, introduced last week at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 87th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in Indianapolis, is the Middlebury, Ind. manufacturer’s re-entry into the entry-level market. ”This was a product, a segment that Jayco had not participated in for several years,” said Jim Jacobs, president of Jayco’s motorized group. ”One of the ways we were able to control our costs was... Read more

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