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Illinois convenes first Conservation Congress in six years

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- About 140 participants representing outdoor recreation, conservation, education and environmental groups spent the first day of the two-day conference at DNR headquarters in Springfield listening to status updates from agency administrators. They also reviewed a survey that asked for views on issues like natural resources funding, recreational access and getting more children outdoors. Read More »

RV Daily Report to launch career section

(Oct. 27, 2009) -- There will be no cost to submit "help wanted" or "work wanted" releases to RV Daily Report through Dec. 31. However, the listings must either be offering jobs or seeking work in the RV industry. RV dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and campgrounds are encouraged to submit announcements which will remain active for 90 days, or until Gerber is directed to remove the listing. Read More »

Canada’s economy trips, U.S. personal spending declines

(Oct. 30, 2009) -- Canada's GDP output slid by 0.1 percent in August, the second monthly report that defied expectations that the economy had grown. The decline in personal spending in America largely reflected the ending of the auto rebate program, which sent consumer spending on durables down 7 percent in the month. Read More »

A seismic shift in attitude detected at California RV show

(Oct. 26, 2009) -- According to figures released today by the RV Industry Association, which sponsored the show, a total of 19,194 people attended this year’s event – a 9.1 percent decline from the 21,123 people who attended in 2008 and off 43 percent from 2007’s 33,656 attendees. However, many people noted that buyer attitudes were markedly improved over last year as consumers appeared to be gaining confidence that the worst of the economic situation was behind them. Read More »

Two Coloroado RV manufacturers file bankruptcy

(Oct. 28, 2009) -- Two Boulder-area recreational vehicle firms filed for bankruptcy earlier this month: Lafayette-based EarthRoamer.Com LLC, which manufacturers four-wheel drive, all-weather "Xpedition Vehicles" and Longmont-based Outfitter Manufacturing Inc., a maker of RV tops. Read More »

An easy way to fly the colors

(Oct. 27, 2009) -- An angled holder allows users to insert the flag pole from the ground and simply lift it into position. The 10- and 24-foot lightweight fiberglass poles can accommodate flags, LED lights and flashing beacons, which make it easy for RVers to find their units at night in campgrounds or at rallies. Read More »

Non-manufacturing index dips in October

 (Nov. 4, 2009) -- Although disappointing expectations of further gains, the ISM non-manufacturing index remained in expansionary territory for the second month straight. Earlier this week, the ISM manufacturing survey reported a strong 55.7 reading. Together, these reports point to a continued recovery in the fourth quarter, said Heller.

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Sales of outdoor recreation products fall in September

(Nov. 5, 2009) -- Equipment, equipment accessories and footwear all had healthy gains. In dollars, sleeping bags increased 11 percent, tents 19 percent, and packs 13 percent. Equipment accessories performed well in September with mattresses, cookware, coolers, first aid kits, and camp furniture all having significant double-digit gains.

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Winnebago Industries announces management changes

"“While serving as vice president of manufacturing, Randy and his staff have made visible improvements in the manufacturing environment, adjusting to challenging market conditions, further contributing to Winnebago Industries’ leadership role in the motorhome industry," said Olson. "It is our objective to not only be the leader in the motorhome industry, but also to explore diversification opportunities that will utilize our core competencies.”

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National Interstate releases third quarter financials

(Nov. 5, 2009) -- Continued growth in the commercial vehicle product from expanded marketing initiatives and product enhancements was offset by increased competition in the company's RV product associated with a decline in new quotes as there is less consumer demand for recreational vehicles.

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RV lifestyle gains momentum in China

(Nov. 5, 2009) --By 2007, there were roughly 30 companies producing RVs in China. But the total output of RVs was very small, perhaps just a couple of hundred vehicles every year. Chinese RV owners are mostly aged between 40 and 55, but younger people renting these vehicles now, said Xudong.

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