Coast Debuts RV Catalog, Sway Control System

April 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on Coast Debuts RV Catalog, Sway Control System 

Coast's RV parts catalog

The Coast Distribution System has issued a new RV Replacement Parts Catalog, designed to make it easy for RV dealers and service personnel to find and order replacement and repair parts for accessories from many major manufacturers.

According to a press release, brands represented in the catalog include Atwood, Carefree, Husky, Dinosaur, Coleman-Mach, Norcold, Powerhouse, Nordic, Suburban, Thetford and Winegard.

The 560-page catalog provides numerous schematics and exploded product illustrations, and includes a complete list of parts, the manufacturer part number and the Coast Distribution SKU to make ordering easy.

“Coast has included the most up-to-date information available in the 2012 RV Replacement Parts Catalog,” said Steve Holt, director of brand marketing for Morgan Hill, Calif.-based Coast.

The company also announced the introduction of its Husky Center Line weight distribution and sway control system, the industry’s “first self-centering sway control system.”

Center Line sway system

Compression cylinder action and torsion spring bars work together to distribute weight and oppose trailer sway before it begins, keeping a trailer straight, on center, during all driving conditions.

Coast said that “passive sway control towing systems rely on clamping to provide static friction that reduces, but does not eliminate trailer sway.” Such systems require continual adjustment to maintain friction and do not promote centering of the trailer behind the tow vehicle.

The Center Line system’s patented technology creates centering forces that work against the tendency to sway, self-centering the trailer. The system can be used in all driving and weather conditions including backing-up. The “Easy Adjust” head alignment systems and the streamlined sturdy bracket design allow quick and easy set-up at time of installation.

The Center Line system comes in three models for use with Gross Trailer Weight (GTW) up to 14,000 pounds and is backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

For more information click here.


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‘Softness in Core Markets’ Impacts 4Q for Coast

March 29, 2012 by · Comments Off on ‘Softness in Core Markets’ Impacts 4Q for Coast 

The Coast Distribution System Inc., an aftermarket supplier of replacement parts, accessories and supplies for the recreational vehicle, boating and outdoor recreation industries, today reported a reduction in net loss for the company’s fourth quarter, ended Dec. 31.

Coast incurred a net loss of $1.4 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1.7 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the year prior. Sales increased to $18.7 million versus $17.6 million in the previous year.

Morgan Hill, Calif.-based Coast said the reduction in net loss was primarily the result of increased net sales in the quarter along with slight reductions in operating expenses, which were partially offset by a lower gross margin. That decrease was primarily the result of a shift in the mix of products sold to a higher proportion of lower-margin products, principally air conditioners, and selected price reductions in response to increased price competition.

“Even as we continued to face pockets of softness within our core markets, we were pleased with the growth in our revenues and improvements in our bottom line during our seasonally weakest quarter,” said Coast CEO Jim Musbach.

For the full year, Coast reported a net loss of $0.9 million, or ($0.20) per diluted share, in 2011 compared to net earnings of $0.2 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in 2010. Sales decreased by $0.4 million, or 0.4%, to $108.2 million in 2011, from $108.6 million in 2010. A shift in sales mix, together with price reductions on selected products in response to increased price competition in our markets, resulted in a $1.6 million decrease in gross profits for the full year.

According to Coast, the decrease in sales was driven principally by an industrywide reduction in total purchases and usage of RVs and boats in 2011, resulting from continuing economic uncertainties and relatively high unemployment that led consumers to limit discretionary spending. Also contributing to the decline in net sales were unusually severe weather conditions in the Northeastern United States and Canada in the first half of 2011.

Musbach noted: “As we look ahead into 2012, we see reasons for caution as well as encouraging signs of growth in our markets and the broader economy. The recent volatility of gas prices remains a concern among consumers that may affect the sales and use of RVs and boats, which could in turn affect our revenues and earnings. However, we see reasons for cautious optimism in the broader economy as recent trends in employment are starting to translate into improved consumer sentiment and an uptick in spending.”

To view the entire report click here.

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