Saturday, July 30, 2005

Bears force ban of tents and soft shells at campground

Bear intrusions have led the Forest Service to ban tents and soft shell campers at the Difficult Campground four miles east of Aspen on Highway 82.

Rangers said bears have broken into tents and vehicles several times in recent weeks.

So far there have been no bear-human confrontations but rangers don't want to take any chances.
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Thursday, July 28, 2005

Army Corps Campground selected one of America's "Top 100 Family Campgrounds"

JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE, Maryland and West Virginia, - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Robert W. Craig Campground at Jennings Randolph Lake was selected by ReserveAmerica as one of America's "Top 100 Family Campgrounds" for 2005.

ReserveAmerica is North America's leading camping reservation provider servicing agencies such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service and the National Park Service.

The "Top 100 Family Campgrounds" were selected based on criteria requested by family campers, including park amenities, beautiful outdoor scenery and educational facilities.

The campground offers 82 campsites, 70 with electric hook-up and 12 non-electric sites. Other amenities include hot showers, a playground, pay phone, dump station, hiking trails, amphitheater, camp store, a shelter, basketball court, horseshoe pits and a beach area. The campground is within one mile of the North Branch of the Potomac River, one of the finest trout fisheries on the East Coast.Full Story...

Winnebago Introduces New 2006 Motor Homes

Winnebago Industries introduced a mid-level product to its 2006 diesel lineup. Highlighting the Dealer Days event, the Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse have a striking appearance both inside and out with bold full-body paint designs on the exterior and enhanced interior height of 7 feet 2 1/2 inches, as well as increased height in the slideroom section of 6 feet 2 inches. Four models are available in both the Tour and Ellipse lines, ranging from 36- to 40-feet in length. These units are built on the Evolution(TM) chassis, which is offered exclusively to Winnebago Industries from Freightliner Custom Chassis.

Winnebago Industries' top-of-the-line Winnebago Vectra and Itasca Horizon Class A diesel lines were also redesigned with increased interior height of 7 feet 2 1/2 inches for 2006. Available in three models for 2006, the 40FD model features a newly designed front entertainment center with optional fireplace.

The new Winnebago Adventurer and Itasca Suncruiser Class A gas models were also redesigned for 2006. Both the Adventurer and Suncruiser feature seven models each for 2006, including a revolutionary new 38T model with an astounding 365 square feet of living space. The 38T models feature a 17 foot 6 inch flat floor slideout on each side of the motor home, creating a full 35 feet of slideout area for greatly enhanced interior livability. The Adventurer and Suncruiser also feature increased interior height of 7 feet 2 1/2 inches enhancing the residential feel inside.

Winnebago Industries' entry-level Class A lineup, the Winnebago Sightseer and Itasca Sunova each feature two new models for 2006, a new 26P with a front refrigerator/dinette or sofa slide and a rear bed slide, as well as a new 33L with a front dinette/sofa slideout.

In addition to the exciting new Winnebago View and Itasca Navion high-mileage Class C diesels introduced earlier this year, Winnebago Industries has further enhanced its Class C lineup for 2006. A new Winnebago Outlook joins the entry-level lineup for 2006. The Outlook and the Itasca Spirit are each available in 10 models ranging from 22 to 32 feet in length and most feature either one or two slideouts. The Outlook and Spirit also feature a new 25-foot model for 2006 that features a rear galley and bathroom and a sofa/refrigerator slideout that greatly enhances interior living space opposite the dining table. A new Chevy cutaway chassis option is also available for 2006 on most models and provides a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 14,050-lbs.

Oregon Ranger Shoots Club-Wielding Camper

A camper brandished a club and threatened to kill two park rangers, then was shot dead by one of them, a park spokesman said Thursday.

When the rangers tried to talk to the man, he became increasingly hostile and wandered around the campsite despite orders to stay still.

When the man came within 10 feet of one of the rangers, the ranger used pepper spray, but the man didn't stop, and the second ranger shot him twice.

The man, whose name was withheld pending notification of next of kin, was pronounced dead on the scene.

ReV it up! Hitting the open road in style and luxury

These recreational vehicles are a far cry from the beat-up vintage campers and "hippie wagons" of old. If you've never been exposed to the RV world, you'll be amazed by what's out there: mobile homes with king-sized waterbeds, souped up entertainment systems, premium leather couches, washer/dryer units, floor-to-ceiling mirrors, intricate woodwork, marble-tiled kitchens and more.

"We have people who come in to buy the more expensive motor homes who would normally like to stay at the Ritz," said Jim Iwasaki, director of marketing for Giant RV in Montclair. "But our customers aren't just the ones who are retired. It's a good mix of people -- we've got young families, families with small children, young couples." Full Story...


Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Fleetwood 2006 Discovery Launches Nationwide

The 2006 Discovery is laden with luxurious new features, both inside and out. The exterior is highlighted by new graphic designs and full-body paint options, restyled front and rear caps and easier outside storage compartment access.

Convenient interior features include three-point adjustable driver-seatbelts, increased seatbelts for all travel-seating positions, and booth dinette options. Additional interior highlights on the 2006 Discovery include 84” ceiling height, additional lighting and storage in the bedroom suite, redesigned front TV cabinetry, increased overhead storage, as well as an upgraded four-door refrigerator with water dispenser option.

Chris Braun, Executive Vice President of Fleetwood RV said, “We spend a lot of time asking for and listening to dealer comments about what RVers need and want. The 2006 Discovery floor plans exemplify that valuable feedback.” Full Story...

RVers nearly lost their Motothome to fire

Travelers from Virginia were fueling their motor home when fuel splashed onto the side of the vehicle and was ignited through the vent that leads to the refrigerator pilot light. A clerk from the Trading Post saw the fire and extinguished it with the businesses fire extinguisher. There were no injuries. Minor surface damage was sustained to the outside of the motor home due to the quick extinguishment. The vehicle is insured.
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Monaco Coach has announced RV industry's first dealer franchise program

Monaco Coach Corp. of Coburg has announced what it says is the RV industry's first dealer franchise program.

Just as car dealerships often feature a single make of car, Monaco's Franchise of the Future program, designed to increase market share, dealers will maintain an outdoor sign highlighting one of the four Monaco brands.
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Fairbanks, AK to wait on RV issue after Park owners whine

The Fairbanks City Council said nothing on a proposal to relax overnight camping rules for store parking lots and moved the ordinance forward to its next meeting, despite hearing testimony against the ordinance.

Most of the speakers, who were either employed by or owned private campgrounds, said they couldn't compete with large stores that could offer free parking to motorhomes and other campers.

"You are just about to run me out of business," said Suzanne Spanjer, owner of Chena Marina RV Park & Resort. Full Story...

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Do Your Research Before Renting An RV

Are you planning a weekend escape or summer vacation? Hitting the road in a recreation vehicle might be an affordable option. But there are some things you should consider before getting behind the wheel.


Thanks to advanced bookings and more available units, RV rentals are expected to grow by 36 percent this year. It can be a bargain vacation, but you need to plan ahead, according to experts. Full Story...

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Monday, July 25, 2005

Coachmen Industries Announces Revenues Decline 9.6% to $209 million

Coachmen Industries, Inc. today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2005.

Sales for the second quarter decreased 9.6% to $209 million versus $231 million during the same period last year. The net loss for the quarter was $1.5 million, or $0.09 per share, compared with net income from continuing operations of $5.1 million, or $0.33 per share, in the second quarter of 2004. Coachmen's second quarter sales decline was the result of a 10.4% decrease in sales in the Recreational Vehicle segment, and a 7.6% decrease in the Housing and Building segment. Profits were negatively affected by continued sales and margin pressure due to an industry-wide softening in recreational vehicles and weakness in the Company's core Midwest residential single-family housing markets. Full Story...

On The Road With The National "See America" Family

For a couple of months each year, Brad Herzog takes his photographer wife, Amy, their two young sons and his writing job on the road in an RV to tour America.

"I like to immerse myself in America, in places," says Herzog. "When you're in an RV, you feel like you're supposed to be paying attention. The journey's the thing."

Herzog's RV journeys have resulted in critically and commercially acclaimed books about tiny American towns with intriguing and evocative names. Herzog's latest book, Small World (published by Simon & Schuster in 2004), chronicles a world of stories he encountered along America's highways - from Athens (New York) to Rome (Oregon), and from Moscow (Maine) to Mecca (California). Full Story...

Couple marks 65 years together, 17 of those at Villa Alameda RV park

Lee and Hank Guse are the planners and organizers of most events at Villa Alameda RV Park in Yuma.

"We have about 300 residents here at the park in the winter, but during the summer there are only 30 or so people that come to our events," Lee continued.

"She organizes everything around here," Hank said and smiled at his wife. "Once a month we have potlucks, once a week the women in the park go to lunch, and occasionally the men go to lunch somewhere, like last month we went to lunch in Ligurta. We also have birthday parties, anniversary celebrations and other get-togethers." Full Story...

Home, sweet campround

ALSEA Oregon — Lester and Rebecca Miller each go to town one day a week: Lester on Sundays to pick up a copy of the newspaper and Rebecca on Tuesdays to do laundry and go grocery shopping.

Otherwise, the couple can be found in their fifth-wheel trailer, at their picnic table under the shade of a canopy, or at any of the 20 campsites at the Salmonberry Campground greeting arriving campers.

They don't get paid for the work they do, but get free camping space in return for their time spent overseeing the area and keeping it clean as the campground hosts.

The couple moved from Ohio, where they owned a service station, to Oregon 21 years ago. They've lived in Lebanon and then Albany until this May, when after selling their home and belongings and buying the trailer and a truck, they became the Salmonberry Campground hosts. Full Story...


Sunday, July 24, 2005

Campers pitch their . . . motor homes

Years ago when John Sundee went camping, he would pitch a tent, sleep on the ground and read by lantern light.

Earlier this month, Sundee could be found at Devils Lake State Park near Baraboo in a motor home with a shower, a toilet, air conditioning, a microwave oven, a refrigerator and a built-in blender. He brought his laptop computer along, and the young children in his party enjoyed videos on the motor home's VCR.

Um, is this really camping? Full Story...
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Saturday, July 23, 2005

New Electrical Sites Added to Lewis and Clark State Park

Jefferson City, Mo. - Nineteen basic sites have been upgraded to include 50-amp electrical service. The park now offers 63 campsites with electricity and seven basic campsites. Thirty-eight of these campsites can be reserved by calling toll free 1-877-422-6766 or by going online at www.mostatepaks.com. The remaining sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Full Story...

Friday, July 22, 2005

Cultural tourism and RVs are the future for Indian trbes

Cultural tourism and not casinos is the future of economic development for tribes in Indian Country, former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell said Thursday at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

"Indian tourism has a long way to go," said Campbell, a Republican who was a senator in Colorado from 1993 to 2005 and is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. "Either we do it or someone else is going to do it."

One idea that's catching on -- recreational-vehicle parks.

A cheaper way for people to travel these days is by RV, and RV parks have provided new developments for reservations. In California, six tribes have built lucrative RV parks, Campbell said, adding he knows of eight more in development.

"Indian Country has a more stable land base for RV parks," Campbell said. Full Story...

Adirondack Park Agency proposes limits on stays at private campgrounds

Jim Hoover has owned "On the River" campground for the past seven years. From May through October he depends on that business to support his family. But a proposed regulation change concerning camp grounds within the Adirondack Park could drastically affect his bottom line.

"Is this a way of supporting the New York State campgrounds? By cutting us down and then people will have to go to state campgrounds to keep the revenue up," said Hoover.

The proposed regulation by the Adirondack Park Agency would prohibit a camper from setting up camp at the same site for more than 90 days. It would also ban parking a camper in a campground for more than 120 days. Full Story...

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Trailers trouble neighbors

Chico, California vacationers may have to find a new spot to park their recreational vehicles off city streets if some residents and city officials get their way.
"Don't make the city street into your storage facility," said Chicoan Brooks Taylor.

Taylor spearheaded the move to restrict parking recreational vehicles on city streets by writing a letter to the City Council. Full Story...

Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Winnebago Teaches Woman to Drive a Rig

The Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) Rally is this week and they are offering many seminars.

But, one of the more unique and popular classes is only for women and they're proving that driving the rig isn't only the man's job. Full story...


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South Texas RVers get out of the way of Emily

Almost 500 left the South Padre Island RV park on the beach with the initial plea and then another 75 left when the evacuation was made mandatory.

A steady stream of RVs headed north from the island resort. Twenty-five remained late Monday. Full Story...

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Wal-Mart draw RV campers

Recreational vehicles can offer drivers the chance to explore new regions and landscapes across the country, but many campers find themselves sleeping under the familiar glow of the blue Wal-Mart signs as a result of higher fuel costs and late-night drives.

The megastore promises smiling faces to greet you at the door and 24-hour access to gardening tools, groceries and tires. For some roadway campers, Wal-Mart also offers a place to crash when campgrounds are full or too far from the interstate for weary drivers. Full Story...

Rio Grande Valley, TX RV parks prepare for Hurricane

Like other RV parks in the area, Fun-N-Sun RV Resort is preparing residents in case Hurricane Emily strikes the Rio Grande Valley.

Manager Randy Tope had a meeting with park residents Thursday to discuss hurricane procedures. He handed out hurricane awareness action guidelines, an emergency checklist for people with mobility problems, information about sheltering pets and evacuation procedures.

Tope told residents which routes to take, where to go to avoid construction projects and what hotel bookings there are. Full Story...
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Saturday, July 16, 2005

RV Park/Campground water supply found unsafe

A recent routine inspection at the 800-acre Four Seasons Resort and Campground in West Finley, PA found the water supply unsafe.

Four Seasons since has arranged for potable water to be delivered to the site and held in storage tanks.

A state inspector recently discovered that the campground had changed it's drinking water source from a well, to a pond, pumping it through a series of pool filters, treating it with chlorine and then circulating it through a carbon filter.

The state contends that the new system was not effective against water-borne diseases. Full Story...

Part-time work boosts RVers

Just because you live in a recreational vehicle or motor home doesn't mean you spend all your time relaxing, taking in a life of on-the-go luxury.

Some RV enthusiasts favor working, at least part time, and some prefer staying in one place - even if their homes are on wheels.

They're called "workampers" - members of the growing RV lifestyle who work at RV camps in exchange for hook-up fees and utilities.

Some paint, mow grass, pump propane or run the office. Most work part time - 24 or 25 hours a week.

"We've been using workampers for years," said Allen Beadel, who recently sold the Cowtown RV Park in Aledo in north Texas. "They are an excellent source of knowledgeable, reliable employees. Since they live and travel in RVs, they know the system and they know what a camp needs." Full Story...

Friday, July 15, 2005

Daytona Beach, Florida, Selected to Host 2006 RV Rally

Daytona Motor Speedway, and its annual race, the Daytona 500, became a third-year recipient of the Good Sam Club Welcome Mat Award for being the most RV-friendly NASCAR event in 2005. To express their gratitude, Rally event coordinators chose Daytona Beach, Florida, for the 2006 gathering hosted by the Good Sam Club, Camping World President's Club, Coast to Coast Resorts, Woodall's and MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines.

The Rally will be held April 7-10, 2006, and will feature an incredible lineup of activities, contests, seminars and entertainers for all participants. Full Story...
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Monaco closing Royale Motor Home division

Monaco Coach Corp. said Wednesday it plans to shut down its Royale Coach division by November.

The move will affect 85 workers at the plant, but Monaco said those employees would be eligible to transfer to other locations in the area.

Royale converts an average of 22 buses each year, the company said.

Monaco said Royale's method of selling products -- marketing them through a dealer network -- wasn't the most successful method.

The method that has the most success in the high-end bus industry -- selling products directly to consumers -- didn't fit well with Monaco's current strategy of selling products through its dealers. Full Story...

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Coachmen RV Reduces Workforce, Earnings Outlook

Coachmen Industries, Inc. today announced that it expects to report a small loss of between $0.5 million and $1.5 million for the second quarter ending June 30, 2005. Final second quarter results and Segment details will be released on July 25, 2005 with a conference call to discuss results on July 26.

During the second quarter, the RV Group continued to experience sales and margin pressure due to an industry-wide softening of wholesale shipments. Excessive inventories at the dealer and manufacturer level, coupled with the model-year changeover process, led to significant discounting and sales incentives by most manufacturers. In order to bring output more in line with demand, RV Group production rates were reduced in most facilities, which put further downward pressure on margins due to lower overhead absorption and production inefficiencies. In addition to these margin pressures, the cost of heavier discounting associated with model change and current market conditions, retail consumer incentives, and dealer-related write-offs resulted in a reduction in pre-tax profit of approximately $2.7 million in the quarter. Full Story...

Union Creek Campground In Oregon

If you like to camp, fish, or hike, and if you want to stay close to some of the most spectacular scenic wonders in the Pacific Northwest, Union Creek Campground is the place for you. Located about 61 miles east of Medford, Oregon on Highway 62, this spot offers lovers of the outdoors a multitude of opportunities to enjoy walks through picture postcard beauty while experiencing the wilds of Oregon.

The campground has few amenities, which makes it feel more like a genuine wilderness. You won't find showers or flush toilets here, but the U.S. Forest Service has installed outhouses with vault toilets. Water faucets strategically placed throughout the campground provide plenty of water good for drinking or washing.

The 78 campsites each have a campfire ring or two-sided pit. Some still have the old Civilian Conservation Corps camp stoves dating back to the 1930's. Each campsite can accommodate tents or recreational vehicles. The cost is $10 per night for the first vehicle and $5 for each additional vehicle. Full Story...

12,000 RVers Setting Up Camp in Redmond, Oregon

They've come from every state and from 8 Canadian provinces. They've driven thousands of miles, singing hundreds of songs and encountering extreme gas prices, but, none the less, they've come.

What could possibly be so enticing that it can unite RVers from across the nation? The Great North American RV Rally, of course -- a place where all members of the family are catered to, from the youngest child or grandchild to the family pet.

Today kicks off a week of fun and educational activities for the 12,000 RVers who are calling Redmond, Oregon, their home this week. Each day promises participants valuable seminars, chances to be the first to view the latest products of the RV Industry, activities, contests, entertainment and much more.

"This year's Rally has been sold out for weeks," said Bev Dalton, Rally Director. "We are pleased to have so many visitors joining us in Redmond. We look forward to this being one of the greatest Rallies ever." Full Story...

RV shipments dip second straight month

RV wholesale shipments dipped in May for the second straight month, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association reported.

Shipments totaled 31,500 units, down 3.4 percent from May 2004.

Motorhome deliveries declined 8.3 percent from 2004, while towables dropped 2.3 percent.

The industry maintained a 1.2 percent increase from a year ago through the first five months with 163,200 units shipped.

For the second straight month, travel trailer shipments represented the lone product category to post gains over last year, fueled in part by continued demand in the entry-level sector. For the month, travel trailer deliveries were up 2.8 percent to 14,800 units while the sector enjoyed an 11 percent gain year-to-date with 77,500 units, shipped compared with 69,800 a year earlier.

Overall motorhome shipments totaled 5,500 in May, compared with 6,000 in 2004.

Oregon Casino Expansion Plans enclude new RV park

The Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians is set on making Canyonville a tourist destination.

With a few changes at the Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort and the construction of a new -- and larger -- RV park behind the Seven Feathers Truck and Travel Center, the goal is to make the area even more attractive to travelers.

Across Interstate 5 from the casino, the new RV park will offer 200 spaces for recreational vehicles.

It sits on 23 acres, surrounded by trees, hills and with the seasonal Jordan Creek running through it. The park, which is already under construction, is expected to open by the end of this year. Each of the parking spaces has a full hookup, including two for sewer.

"We can accommodate the most modern RV in the world," said Jeff Byers, project manager.

The area will be fully landscaped, with walking paths and support buildings. Byers said there are also plans to eventually make the creek permanent with the addition of fish.

"We're striving for a lot of natural things to happen here," he said.Full Story...

Monday, July 11, 2005

Dangerous crossings

Officials say other bridges are just as risky as the one that collapsed last week in Linn County, Oregon.

Drivers should think long and hard before nudging their 34-foot motorhome, heavy-duty pickup, or even the family sedan over any private bridge in the mid-valley, transportation and public safety officials say.

If they choose to cross a private bridge, especially those built on log stringers, they do so at their own risk, officials say.

Private bridges have received increased attention after the collapse of a bridge at Cascadia resulted in the death of Dale Allen Funk, 51, of Lebanon.

Funk, the owner of Cascade Towing Company, was hauling a vehicle across the bridge when it collapsed July 1.

Log stringer bridges, although dwindling in number from the heyday of heavy timber sales, remain on both private and public property, and could lead to disaster since they, like all private bridges in the state, are not required by law to be inspected — ever. That includes bridges made of other materials such as former railroad cars and those with metal stringers and wood or metal decks. Full Story...

Sunday, July 10, 2005

RVers watch over Alaska schools, deter vandals

The program, now in its fourth year, matches selected campers to schools for the summer to help deter vandalism and other mischief. In return, the campers get free sewage disposal, electrical and water hookups, and more privacy than they would likely find at an RV park.

Some 50 schools or district buildings currently have camper hosts, according to Mark Mew, the district's director of emergency preparedness and support services.
Some of the people are from the Lower 48, here to take in the sights or visit family, he said. Others are seasonal construction workers or tour bus operators. All of them have agreed to stay at least a few weeks at their location. Many stay for the whole summer, he said. Full Story...

RVers Fleeing hurricane Dennis

In Mississippi, Springridge Mobile Estates is welcoming RVing visitors from the past: hurricane homeless.

For the second year in a row, families from communities along the Gulf Coast have flocked there seeking refuge from whipping winds, blinding rain and potential destruction.

"People have come in and said, 'We remember you from Ivan, we were here last year,'" Robbie Hicks, manager of the 42-berth RV park in Clinton, a town about 250 miles inland, said in a telephone interview yesterday.

This year's menace is Dennis, but with the memory of the devastating 2004 hurricane season still fresh, the storm-weary travelers are trying to take the whirlwind in stride. "This is not something new to people here," Hicks added. Full Story...

RV enthusiasts hit the road in record numbers

Aboard the Lumbard family's home-on-wheels, nature is near, no-vacancy signs mean nothing, and two kids screaming for a bathroom stop is virtually - and blissfully - unheard of.

The Lumbards rented a 29-foot Holiday Rambler and left Arlington, Texas, for a two-week vacation. On Thursday, they pulled into the Casino Queen RV park in East St. Louis. Full Story...

‘We’re one big campground family’

People have come to revival services at Morrison Campgrounds all their lives

At 10:30 Saturday morning, it’s quiet at Morrison Campgrounds, except for crickets singing and the occasional disruptive titter of children playing.

The warm smell of summer dirt and grass fills the air of the 138th annual weeklong, multi-denominational revival services held at the campgrounds.

A bell rings, and people filter out of concrete and clapboard cabins, carrying hymnals, seat cushions and handheld paper fans. They gather under an arbor and sing. Full Story...

Friday, July 08, 2005

Fleetwood Reports Financial Results

For fiscal year 2005, consolidated revenues from continuing operations were essentially flat at $2.37 billion, up slightly from $2.36 billion in the prior year. The loss from continuing operations was $72.6 million, or $1.31 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $17.4 million, or 44 cents per diluted share, in fiscal 2004. The loss from discontinued operations was $88.9 million in fiscal 2005 compared with a loss of $39.6 million in the prior year. The net loss for fiscal 2005 totaled $161.5 million, or $2.92 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $22.3 million in the prior year. Full Story...

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Michigan RV Sale Planned for October

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) announces that the 16th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show scheduled for this October at the Novi Expo Center has been re-named the Michigan RV Sale. The show will be at the new Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, Mich. (located on Grand River, one mile west of Novi Road) October 5-9, 2005.

All types of new, year 2006 recreation vehicles -- over 300 units and 100 brands -- will be on display including folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, park models and fifth wheel travel trailers. Display models range in price from $4,000 to more than $300,000. Year 2005 models will be available at closeout prices.

Award-winning filmmaker and active RVer John Holod will be giving exciting and informative video presentations during the RV show. The films, "Natural Wonders of the Southeast Coast: Virginia Beach to Key West," "RVing Alaska's Inside Passage," "Alaska RV Adventure," and "Baja RV Adventure" will be shown often during the show. Full Story...

Man Escapes Serious Injuries In Motorhome Incident

Ernie Shelton, President of TYLERCO GROUP USA, LLC, received injuries Sunday night, July 3, 2005 shortly before midnight while inspecting the power converter system in his motorcoach.
The water supply system on Shelton's motorhome ruptured a main line as Shelton was inspecting the power converter system in a separate compartment. The water supply line doused Shelton who was approximately 15 feet away sending an electrical charge through Shelton. Full Story...

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

International Truck and Engine Corporation, has agreed to acquire Workhorse Custom Chassis

Navistar International Corporation (NYSE: NAV) announced today that its operating company, International Truck and Engine Corporation, has entered into an agreement to acquire Workhorse Custom Chassis, a leading manufacturer of chassis for motor homes and commercial step-van vehicles.

Terms of the all-cash deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close in Navistar's fiscal 2005 fourth quarter. The proposed acquisition also includes Uptime Parts, a parts distribution network that supplies commercial fleets and RV dealers.

Workhorse is a U.S.-based leader in the sale of the gas RV chassis and Class 3-6 step-vans, having produced more than 18,000 chassis in 2004. Both companies were profitable in calendar year 2004 with combined sales of approximately $480 million.

Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer, said the acquisition will enable International to immediately become a major player in the growing Class A RV chassis market, and provide the opportunity to grow its diesel engine and parts sales.

The RV industry is forecast to grow three to five percent over each of the next five years, due in part to the growing popularity of motor homes among baby boomers. Sales of Class A units last year exceeded 40,000. Step-van sales range from 8,000 to 12,000 units per year and are expected to continue to grow as the result of increased home shopping and e-commerce by consumers.

Ustian noted that the commonality between International's product line and the commercial and RV chassis produced at Workhorse will result in potential significant purchasing synergies for Workhorse. In addition, a critical segment of the motor home market is the diesel rear-engine chassis which today represents less than 50 percent of the market.

"International's diesel competencies and engine portfolio provide great opportunities for expansion of the Workhorse products into these segments of the market and the first step in that process will be the planned introduction of the International(R) VT275 V-6 engine in a Workhorse commercial chassis later in 2005," Ustian said. Full Story...

Sunday, July 03, 2005

Peach County, Georgia's exit 149 seeing big RV gains

BYRON, GA - The city's exit 149 is fast becoming a mecca for recreational vehicles.

The exit already is home to Mid-State RV Center, the largest Coachmen-brand dealer in the world, and Interstate RV Center Inc., a service center and campground.

More recently, Newcastle RV moved in just south of Mid-State RV on Peach Tree Parkway, and Suncoast RV, a dealer with 16 other stores across the nation, is building a dealership on Chapman Road south of Interstate RV.

Easy access and visibility from Interstate 75 is the primary reason that Newcastle RV located in Byron, said Randy Goodwin, general manager of Newcastle RV Sales of Byron. The company's headquarters and only other retail location is in Brunswick along Interstate 95.

"I want exit 149 on I-75 to be known as the exit (for RVs) from Canada to the Keys," Goodwin said. Full Story...

Friday, July 01, 2005

RV Resort Opens on board Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach

Active, reserve and retired military members alike celebrated the opening of the Seabreeze Recreational Vehicle (RV) Resort, June 23, at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif.

The $4 million project took six years to design and build and benefited from the combined efforts of the almost every department onboard the weapons station, including Public Works, Environmental, Morale Welfare and Recreation and Force Protection, as well as a number of civilian contractors.

Each pad is 50 by 20 feet, which is about 10 feet larger all around than the standard RV pad, Gordon said.

Lynn Custer, a retired Marine and member of SMART, said he was impressed with the design of the resort, especially the large cement pads that give guests plenty of room to pull in and set up camp.

“So far it’s outstanding,” Custer said. Full Story...

GMAC Insurance Reveals Top Five RV Claims

Fourth of July is the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, and this year, more Americans than ever are touring the country in Recreational Vehicles (RVs). RV sales are at a 27-year high, and the increase in RV travel in the coming months is expected to outpace traditional travel by 33.5 percent (source: RVIA.org).

As more people jump into RVing, it's critical to know the basics for driving and operating these big rigs. To help keep the roads safe this summer, RV experts at GMAC Insurance, the nation's leading RV insurance specialist, issued the top five RV claims along with tips to avoid getting into these situations. For a complete pre-drive safety checklist, visit www.rvinsurance.com.

GMAC Insurance top five RV claims:

1. Refrigerator fires and propane tanks. GMAC Insurance receives at least 400 claims per year due to refrigerator fires caused by leaking propane tanks. A rig can burn up in as fast as six minutes as a result of leaks in the propane tank system. Another problem: Tailgating sports fans wanting to show their support have even painted their tanks the teams' colors. Dark colors more readily absorb the sun's rays and can cause the tank to overheat and explode.

-- How to avoid it? First, don't paint your propane tank. Second, have propane tank lines and connections checked by a certified RV dealer each year.

2. Hitting gas station overhangs and bridges. Forgetting the RV's height and getting lodged under the gas station overhang has ruined more than one vacation.

-- How to avoid it? Create a constant reminder by posting a sticky note with your RV's height on your dashboard.

3. Forgetting to retract steps and awnings. Just as some of us forget to take our gas caps off the top of our cars, RVers often forget to retract the steps and awnings on their RVs. Open attachments can be torn off the side of an RV, leaving gaping holes.

-- How to avoid it? Use a pre-trip checklist that includes a reminder to retract the awnings and steps.

4. Tire blowouts. The three major causes of tire blow-outs are: over or under inflating tires, old tires wearing out and water tank damage.

-- How to avoid it? Clean your tires and keep them blocked from the sun's damaging rays whenever possible. Also, check your tire pressure regularly and purchase new tires every seven years, regardless of mileage or visible wear.

5. Animal infestation. When RVs sit over the winter months, mice and squirrels like to make your RV their home. They chomp through wires and lines, debilitating the entire vehicle.

-- How to avoid it? Start your RV every week to scare the animal guests away

Big Rig burns after colision with Motor Home

Police are investigating a crash Thursday between a motor home and a semitrailer. The accident occurred on I-40 westbound, near mile marker 186.

According to the investigation, the motor home was stopped in the right lane due to traffic being backed up from a construction zone. The semi was traveling west and collided with the left rear of the motor home. The truck and trailer -- hauling electronic equipment -- caught on fire and burned as a result of the collision. Full Story...

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