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Oregon board rejects proposed plan for RV park over use of park models

(May 8, 2009) -- To address the board's concerns, Indian Point cut RV spaces from 179 to 153. The county limited the amount of time visitors could stay in an RV space to 45 days in any six-month period. The county also prohibited ownership of the RV spaces or park trailers, required the RV park to contain at least 35-percent open space and limited the park to an overall density of six RV spaces per acre. Still, the board wasn't satisfied, in part because the RVs would be semi-permanent park models.

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New Hampshire passes auto dealer bill of rights; attention turns to RVs

(May 7, 2009) -- McNamara cautioned however that the struggle with RV manufacturers may not be over. "We need to be cautious of the likely attempts by out of state RV manufacturers to amend law to separate the RV dealers from the rest of the herd even before the ink on the Governor’s signature has time to dry. RV dealers are no different from any other dealers and should receive the same protections."

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TriMas releases first quarter financial report

(May 6, 2009) -- In the RV and trailer products segment, TriMas reported first quarter sales declined 30.7 percent compared to the year ago period due to continued weak demand in most end markets and the unfavorable effects of currency exchange. Operating profit decreased primarily due to reduced sales volumes, the unfavorable impact of currency exchange and lower absorption of fixed costs as the company reduced its production to manage inventory levels.

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Conference Board Employment Index declines in April, but at slower rate

(May 11, 2009) -- “The outlook for employment is much less negative than in prior months, but still it is not likely that employment growth will resume before the final quarter of the year,” said Gad Levanon, senior economist at The Conference Board. “In April, the Employment Trends Index recorded its smallest decline since June 2008, and three of its eight components actually showed an improvement.”

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Canadian RV dealer wants to buy Fleetwood plant for $1.8 million

(May 8, 2009) -- Craig Little, owner of Arbutus RV & Marine Sales, said he has made the offer so he can supply his five dealerships on Vancouver Island. Fleetwood was a major supplier for his dealerships. With other RV manufacturers going under or on the brink of bankruptcy, prompted Little to find a way to establish a supply of products.

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Lazydays takes consumer publication to online format

(May 8, 2009) -- This comprehensive e-magazine will serve up twice the valuable information as the printed version on subjects such as How To tutorials, RV driving tips and RV model introductions as well as informational RV reviews and comparisons, said editor Tina Richey.

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RV dealers form partnerships with local lenders, strengthen F&I departments

RV dealers across the nation are getting deals financed through local independent banks and credit unions, but the key to doing so rests in reaching out to develop good relationships with those lenders, said Jan Kelly. Kelly is an RV industry trainer from Vancouver, Wash., who specializes in finance and insurance issues. She said RV dealers who have had their financing reduced or eliminated by national banks are finding it easier to get loans from banks down the street – even if the bank is a branch of a national lender.

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Keystone’s Laredo attracts attention at spring RV shows

(May 12, 2009) -- The Laredo 291TG Super Lite features a fully equipped outdoor kitchen with a 2-burner gas range, four cubic-foot refrigerator, sink with hot and cold running water, abundant counter space, storage drawer, and four overhead cabinets. Most consumers are getting their first look at the new 291TG during the recent spring shows.

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