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New dealership opens at site of Monaco service center in Florida

(Sept. 29, 2009) -- Located at 4505 Monaco Way in Wildwood, Alliance Coach's 60,000-square-foot service center, previously occupied by Monaco Coach Corporation, boasts 72 service bays and two 65-foot RV paint booths. Alliance Coach’s management team is focused on high-end customer satisfaction using loyal employees, and currently offers a full range of services, from routine maintenance and repairs to re-models and collision work. Read More »

RV sales rebound in Tennessee

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- “I follow trends quite closely, and for most parts of the country — this one included — there is a slow but steady rise coming back,” said Jeff Crowder, with Crowder RV Center in Johnson City. “We’re seeing an increase in sales of travel trailers and fifth wheels and pop-ups, but not in motorized homes. That’s still slow,” said Larry Stover, owner of A&L RV Sales in Johnson City. Read More »

Canada’s economy flatlines in July, but U.S. GDP better than expected

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- Canada's GDP output held steady in July, disappointing forecasts for a 0.5 percent monthly increase. In America, the final estimate of second-quarter GDP indicated a smaller annualized decline of 0.7 percent relative to the preliminary estimate of -1 percent. The second-quarter decline continues to represent a marked improvement from the 6.4 percent plummet recorded in the first quarter. Read More »

Florida RV dealer reports sales increase — up 100 percent

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- Nothing prepared the owner of Dream RV for the events that played out 12 months ago. Dan Wilie will tell you that's when his recession started. Thankfully it has eased since then. "Sales started turning around in May and June. It's just a good indication things are coming around. We're up 100 percent from this time last year." Read More »

Houston credit union to offer SBA-backed loans

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- Bruce Hurta and Pat Harris were recently hired as business lending manager and business lending administrator for Members Choice Credit Union. They bring expertise in Small Business Administration lending aimed at the commercial real estate sector and other markets. Read More »

Dealer reports RV sales up in Pennyslvania

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- WTAJ NEWS called more than a dozen dealerships throughout the southwest Pennsylvania area. They all said they've either seen big jumps in sales or just a small increase through the past few months. Justin Wise owns Wise Trailer Sales and Services in Ebensburg and showed us there is plenty of space in one of his trailers and on his lot. “Actually our downfall was I didn't order enough units to keep rolling,” Wise said. Read More »

Shrinkwrap protects RVs all winter

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- Offering superior protection from snow, ice, rain and dirt, Dr. Shrink's shrinkwrap is constructed from 100 percent virgin resin. Completely waterproof, it contains UV inhibitors and can be sealed around entire units. This shrinkwrap won't crack and can withstand temperatures as low as -50˚F. Unlike tarps that can move and chafe during transit, shrinkwrap won't scratch a boat or RV's surface. Read More »

Winnebago to highlight new fuel efficient motorhomes at Detroit show

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- This year's show also features special discounts including folding campers from $4,999; trailers from $8,999; and motorhomes from $49,999. Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on site RV financing, RV rentals and an outdoor display make this the complete RV show experience. Read More »

Stromberg introduces electric tongue jack for travel trailers

(Sept. 30, 2009) -- The jack offers a 3,500-pound capacity and enough break away power to overcome binding problems. It travels 18 inches to level the unit on nearly any terrain. The jack was developed under a joint venture agreement with Lippert Components to bring OEM supplied parts to the aftermarket. Read More »

Strong rise seen in U.S. personal spending

(Oct. 1, 2009) -- "The solid rise in consumer spending in August is heartening and is expected to be a key factor sending overall GDP back into positive growth territory in the third quarter," said Ferley. "However, the strength in today’s PCE numbers was largely skewed toward the motor vehicle component where activity was boosted by the 'cash-for-clunkers' rebates. With the rebates ending in August, the release of the September unit auto sales data this afternoon will provide an indication of the extent to which the program advanced activity rather than generated new spending." Read More »

Altman’s Winnebago creates special lounge for VIP customers

(Oct. 1, 2009) -- Any customer who purchases a new or preowned Winnebago motorhome from us or any other make for that matter, arrives in for any service matter will receive their personal code to a very special waiting room. The air conditioned, smoke-free and noise-free Advantage Club Lounge boasts such luxuries as a large wall-mounted flat screen television, extremely comfortable leather theater seating, Cyber Cafe with WiFi, tables to use to write, read or enjoy free refreshments and snacks. Read More »