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Monaco Coach Corporation on its last breath

(June 24, 2009) -- The Oregon real estate is all that’s left after Monaco Coach sold its major assets — factories, inventory, brands and intellectual property — to Navistar International Corp. earlier this month for $47 million, and RV resort properties in California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan to assorted buyers for about $16 million. If the trustee determines he doesn’t have the cash to properly sell off the properties, they may be abandoned, and the creditors will have to foreclose to get their money. Read More »

Wyoming RV dealership shuts its doors

(June 30, 2009) -- Rendezvous RV of Casper is closing its door today. A representative blamed the closure on tough economic times. The company will attempt to liquidate as much inventory as possible before closing today at 6 p.m. Read More »

Fleetwood name to live on; AIP may continue Riverside plant

(June 26, 2009) -- AIP confirmed that they'll remain in the business of manufacturing RVs with the Fleetwood name. In the statement AIP also confirmed that they MAY continue to operate the Riverside RV manufacturing plant for an undetermined amount of time. Vague, yes, but perhaps good news for workers if they do indeed continue to operate the plant. Read More »

North Carolina dealer opens third location

(June 25, 2009) -- Bill Plemmons RV World announced this week that they have opened a third location, this one along Interstate 85 in Salisbury, N.C. The new location was developed on land once occupied by Carolina Boat, and it includes four service bays and an indoor showroom that can accommodate eight RVS. Read More »

Court protects public commission for helping Louisiana RV dealer

(June 23, 2009) -- The Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal agreed Friday with District Judge William Morvant that members of the Louisiana Recreational and Used Motor Vehicle Commission held an illegal executive session immediately before rescinding a $46,000 fine against a politically connected vehicle dealer. Read More »

RV parks, fishing resorts doing well in a poor economy

(June 27, 2009) -- There are signs RV resorts are doing well in Florida: Whispering Pines Village is booked for the coming winter. Chicago-based Equity Lifestyle Properties said its Venice and Vero Beach properties had 3 percent and 7 percent more visitors. One-third of the sites at a new upscale resort in Okeechobee, Silver Palms RV Village were sold by March. Read More »

County Coach loses $3.7 million, remains optimistic

(June 25, 2009) -- Judge Albert Radcliffe, after hearing evidence and arguments on a series of motions involving the company’s operations, summed up the company’s position as “precarious, but not hopeless.” CFO Mark Andersen said the company has sold six coaches since resuming production in April, and has taken a deposit for a seventh. But because it hasn’t met the sales goal it agreed on with Wells Fargo, Country Coach finds itself in default. Read More »

Starcraft honors its top dealers

(June 30, 2009) -- Starcraft honored its best dealers last week during the company's first-ever dealer open house since the firm was acquired by Jayco in 2008. Dealers met with Jayco managers and staff Thursday and Friday to view the 2010 models and to meet corporate officials to learn what Jayco's strategy will be in managing the Starcraft brand. Read More »

RV shipments steady from April to May, down 47 percent from last year

(June 26, 2009) -- "Total deliveries to retailers were reported at 13,300 units in May this year, the same total recorded one month earlier but off 46.8 percent from this same month last year," said Bernadette Murphy, director of communications for the RV Industry Association, which released the data today. "Motorhome totals were slightly better than the previous month while towables were slightly less. On a seasonally adjusted basis, this month’s total presented an annual rate of 141,000 units, an increase of 7.5 percent over last month." Read More »

Judge asked to delay sale of FEMA trailers

(June 24, 2009) -- Attorneys who are suing the federal government over claims their clients were exposed to dangerous fumes while living in FEMA trailers want to delay the sale or donation of up to 1,073 occupied trailers and mobile homes. They're seeking a delay until January 2010 at the latest so they can inspect the units. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately rule on that request. Read More »

Thor Industries claims top position in motorhome sales

(June 26, 2009) -- According to Statistical Surveys Inc, Thor Industries is the leader in year-to-date overall motorhome sales, Thor reported today. In the month of April, the Damon and Four Winds International divisions posted impressive retail sales numbers catapulting Thor into the top spot. Through April, 2009 Thor has retailed 1,214 units, giving it an impressive 18.4 percent total market share in the motorhome market. Read More »

Maryland community restricts RV parking, steps up enforcement

(June 24, 2009) -- Recreational vehicles such as campers, motor homes and boats will be allowed to park on county roads for 18 hours for loading and unloading, said Capt. Thomas Didone, commander of the 5th District police station. Commercial vehicles — a vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds and more than 21 feet long and eight feet high — will be restricted to industrially zoned streets. Read More »