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Associated Press finds signs of recovery

(Oct. 5, 2009) -- The AP calculates a score from 1 to 100 based on a county's unemployment, foreclosure and bankruptcy rates. Under a rough rule of thumb, a county is considered stressed when its score exceeds 11. The average county's stress score dipped to 10.3 in August, from 10.54 in July, the first drop in three months. In August 2008, it was 6.94. 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 »

Michigan Supreme Court to hear Forest River case today

(Oct. 6, 2009) -- The Michigan Supreme Court will hear oral argument this afternoon in Davis v. Forest River, Inc., a case in which Forest River appealed a Court of Appeals decision allowing the plaintiffs to revoke their purchase of a recreational vehicle manufactured by Forest River. Read More »

GM expects shortage of diesel engines for several months

(Sept. 29, 2009) -- “We have had a surge of orders for diesel-powered vans,” said Tigges. “Because of that, we cut off orders for diesel vans last week. We will build those trucks, probably until early December. After that, we will have a five-month dark period on diesel engines—January through May. After May 24, we will start production with the new diesel engine. These will be 2010 trucks. We will come out with 2011 model year trucks in late August.” Read More »

CEO confidence improves in September

(Oct. 9, 2009) -- “CEOs have grown considerably more optimistic in their short-term outlook,” said Lynn Franco, director of The Conference Board Consumer Research Center. “Although nearly 60 percent say they’ve scaled back capital spending plans since January, growing optimism over the past several quarters should translate into increased spending in 2010.” Read More »

Cummins Filtration offers voluntary buyout to employees

(Oct. 5, 2009) -- Those employees with 30 years of tenure and at least 60 years old, or combined age and length of service totaling at least 85 years, or 65 years old and with at least five years of service are eligible for the retirement package. Those electing to take the retirement package will receive a $7,000 lump sum payment and payment of their earned 2010 vacation time in addition to their pension. Read More »

Fire destroys two RVs at Iowa dealership

(Oct. 1, 2009) -- Doug Davis had been trying to make a deal with a customer for the 1999 RV sitting just outside the office at Bowling RV Sales. Then someone came in and said the front end was smoking. The fire was already too far advanced for Davis to bring down. So he and the other employees started moving RVs out of the lot, trying to confine the fire to just the two vehicles that were already burning. Read More »

British company introduces spray on, wipe off RV wash

(Oct. 13, 2009) -- SJK Products Ltd, manufacturers of the revolutionary waterless spray on, wipe off vehicle washing system, Onedrywash, announced today two new products: Motorhome Onedrywash and Caravan Onedrywash. We’ve made the product stronger so it can cope with the harsher environments that motorhome and caravan owners tend to find themselves in. It gets rid of black streaks effectively, it’s great on acrylic windows with no smearing and it can also be used on alloy wheels because it is non-aggressive.” Read More »

Boat sellers encouraged by trends in RV industry

(Oct. 8, 2009) -- "Recent news out of the RV industry is an encouraging signal for the marine industry and further suggests we will see stronger retail sales and a ramp up in production for recreational boats in 2010," adds Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), which co-produces IBEX with Professional BoatBuilder magazine. Read More »

Alert neighbor spots burglars at Elkhart RV dealership

(Oct. 5, 2009) -- An alert neighbor to Worldwide Recreational Vehicles, 25610 County Road 4, saw people inside the company’s fenced property at 2:48 a.m. Monday and called police. One person was arrested soon after police arrived, according and a woman believed to be connected to the break-in during a traffic stop near the business. Read More »

Thetford’s smarter sewer system features durable hose

(Oct. 12, 2009) -- SmartDrain is a complete system containing everything needed for a smarter, cleaner sewer solution. Included in the system is a long-lasting, 15-foot SmartHose. Constructed from patent-pending ThermoLast, it's ultra pliable and extremely temperature and UV-resistant. The hose shrinks to a mere 5 feet for simple storage. Read More »

Bill Plemmons RV World makes Top 50 dealer list

(Oct. 6, 2009) -- This selection, made by an independent panel of RV industry experts, is given to dealerships that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service and professionalism. To be considered for this award, each dealer must be nominated by a RV manufacturer after which the dealer must provide specific operational and sales information to support the nomination. Read More »