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Financing, not demand, continues to slow RV sales in Florida

(Oct. 7, 2009) -- With America's baby boomers hitting their golden years, recreational vehicle manufacturers and sellers expected a skyrocket in sales. But then came the financial meltdown of 2008, and the boom went bust as money in peoples' 401(k) accounts dried up with the stock market, and banks tightened their lending requirements. Because of that, buyers didn't get loans to make purchases, and retailers couldn't get financing to put new RVs on their lots. Read More »

Winnebago stock falls after Baird analyst downgrades stock

(Oct. 2, 2009) -- Winnebago Industries Inc. fell Friday after an analyst downgraded shares on concerns the nation's top motorhome maker will struggle to earn money next year as the entire sector experiences a comparatively slow recovery. Baird analyst Craig R. Kennison downgraded the shares to "Underperform" from "Neutral," saying the recovery in motorhomes has lagged that of companies that make towable recreational vehicles. Read More »

RVIA sets dates for new trouble shooter clinics

(Sept. 29, 2009) -- RVIA’s Education Department has scheduled two Trouble Shooter Clinics in the coming months, offering RV service technicians the opportunity to enhance performance and profitability by improving their hands-on technical knowledge. The first clinic will be offered Nov. 9 to 13 at the Toronto Congress Center in Toronto, Ont. The second will be held March 8 to 12 at Ivy Tech Community College in Elkhart. Read More »

Michigan dealer beefs up security following rash of thefts

(Oct. 5, 2009) -- Haylett's North Country County Auto and RV sales in Coldwater has seen better days. On Thursday morning, employees at the dealership discovered something wasn't right. On one RV, the window was broken and a look inside revealed an empty frame that once housed a flat-screen TV. According to Knapp, it wasn't just one trailer on the well-lit lot that was struck. Thieves had broken into a total of eleven RVs, taking TVs from each one. Read More »

Go RVing group to meet Oct. 7 to select new TV ads

(Oct. 1, 2009) -- The concept that is preferred by the group will be refined for production and the ads will debut in early 2010 as part of an effort to re-energize the RV industry and motivate consumers to buy as the economy improves. Utilizing cost-effective, new production techniques, the TV ads are being designed to maximize the value of Go RVing’s existing and/or unused creative materials by featuring them in innovative ways. Read More »

Passport introduces industry first full-depth slideout in an ultra lite trailer

(Oct. 13, 2009) -- According to Keystone General Manager Sean Ryan, Ultra-Slide will allow Passport Ultra Lite travel trailers to offer floorplans not previously found in trailers at this weight and price point. “We’ve successfully incorporated a 36-inch deep slide with full size U-shaped dinette and sofa bed into the Passport Ultra Lite without increasing weight. This hasn’t been done before and will transform the ultra lite market,” he said. Read More »

ESPN founder supports Indiana RV company

(Oct. 8, 2009) -- Bill Rasmussen was at the college football hall of fame to accept the keys to a new van that's used by his network called "College Fanz." It's the second van they've ordered from American Custom Vehicles, an Elkhart company. Read More »

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 »