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Jobless rate rises in 90 percent of metro areas, but falls in Elkhart

(July 30, 2009) -- Unemployment rates rose from May to June in 348 of more than 370 metro areas, according to an Associated Press analysis of Labor Department data released Wednesday. But, Indiana's Elkhart-Goshen region, which has been pounded by layoffs in the RV industry, saw it jobless rate drop to 16.8 percent in June, from 17.5 percent in May. Read More »

Pedata RV lists its top five RV accessories

(Aug. 5, 2009) -- “There are a wide variety of RV accessories that can make a trip easier, more comfortable, and even more enjoyable," said Clint Ethington, general manager of Pedata RV Center. "The preferred accessory depends entirely upon the user and the destination. But there are some that are almost always a good choice that aren’t the first to come to mind. That’s how our Top 5 list came about.” Read More »

Three Bank of America directors resign

(Aug. 3, 2009) -- The company said John Collins, William Barnet and Gary Countryman resigned as members of the board of directors of Bank of America Corporation. The resignation of Collins was effective July 29. The resignations of Barnet and Countryman were effective July 31. Each director's decision to resign was not as a result of any disagreement with the corporation or its management, the company noted.
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Winnebago Industries 2010 Via draws a crowd at recent rally

(July 29, 2009) -- Despite its compact 25-foot length, the new Via 25T offers impressive roominess and unique form and function. The driver’s side, front slideout room includes a sofa and a dining table with a removable pedestal base that may easily be moved to serve the driver and passenger seats as well. The 25T features raised twin beds in the rear of the motorhome. With the exclusive Flex Bed Kit option, the twin beds join to form a comfortable, large 59 x 87-inch bed. Read More »

An RV looks better every vacation, Iowa reporter claims

(Aug. 7, 2009) -- "I used to make fun of RVers. I thought it was a little hokey and a home-on-wheels for fogies. Something my parents would do. Hello. I am one of THEM now. I've crossed over from a "hop-in-the-car-and-go" gal to "pack-the-RV-and-map-out-a-route" kind of traveler. It all comes with maturity." Read More »

Constellation Software acquires Integrated Dealer Systems

(Aug. 5, 2009) -- “Brunswick’s IDS software division is the proven market leader of software to the RV and marine dealership verticals in North America. IDS will join Constellation Automotive Systems, in CHS’s newly formed dealership management segment “ said Dexter Salna, president of Constellation Homebuilders Systems. “We welcome the employees, customers and products into the CHS family.” Read More »

Agency says RV dealers find value in direct marketing

(Aug. 12, 2009) -- These days every penny counts – especially when it comes to dealership advertising. Traditional marketing media such as radio, newspaper and TV were once main staples in many RV dealer’s media plans. But with little ability to track return on their advertising investments, RV dealers are dumping these once popular avenues for something a little more direct, explained Jeff Doerrer, sales manager for G&A Marketing. Read More »

Pennsylvania couples appeal ruling they must pay property tax on park model

(Aug. 10, 2009) -- Judge Kenneth Valasek ruled in November that trailers owned by Keith and Valeri Lazor and Michael and Jeanne Gelormino are subject to real estate tax. Valasek stated in his opinions that because the Lazors and Gelorminos have added porches, steps, landscaping and outdoor lighting, the trailers are more of a house than a recreational vehicle. Read More »

Coast Distribution releases second quarter financials

(Aug. 14, 2009) -- "Despite some of the most difficult conditions in the recreational vehicle industry since the oil crisis and economic downturns of the 1970s, Coast was profitable in the second quarter and six month period," said Coast's CEO Jim Musbach. For the six-month period ended June 30, Coast reported net earnings of $274,000 on net sales of $56.3 million, compared with net earnings of $711,000 on net sales of $80.7 million in the same period of 2008. Read More »