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Thetford eliminates CEO position

(Aug. 11, 2009) -- The economy has impacted the RV industry quite dramatically with production figures down more than 50 percent in the United States and more than 30 percent in Europe, the company noted in a press release. This is the fourth restructuring in the last twelve months as Thetford has aligned itself with industry dynamics. Read More »

Ford Refrigeration releases service manual designed for RV owners

(Aug. 6, 2009) -- The 240-page manual provides a wealth of information about ammonia absorption refrigerators found in all RVs. Much of the information in the manual is common to all major brands, said Ford. "The manual is a compilation of 30 years of research and hands-on experience that provides accurate answers to the questions RV owners are asking us on a daily basis." Read More »

Affinity Group posts second quarter financials

(Aug. 17, 2009) -- For the quarter, which ended June 30, Affinity Group posted revenues of $129.9 million, off 12 percent from the $147.7 million the company generated during the same period in 2008. The company posted net income of $1.5 million, down 42 percent from the $2.6 million made during the same quarter last year. AGI will defer $6.2 million interest payment due Aug. 15 as it attempts to seek private equity to help restructure more than $378 million in existing debt. All proposals submitted to the company require the sale of Camping World, which posted a same store sales decline of 6.5 percent. Read More »

Reservoir hosts maintain campsite in Kansas

(August 12, 2009) -- French Creek Cove at Marion Reservoir is a Class C campsite. It has no hookups other than electricity, no showers, and no dump station. There are no gatekeepers, and reservations are unavailable. However, at $10 a night ($5 for senior passes), it’s cheap, and it’s peaceful. Read More »

Help pick a new name for RVeNEWS

(Aug. 14, 2009) -- We've whittled down the list of prospective domains to the top 10 finalists. You can help select the new name for RVeNEWS by taking part in a two-minute, one-question survey. Yesterday's newsletter contained the wrong link. To take the survey, click here. A new website will be rolled out in about a week. Stay tuned for details.
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RV owners in California may face stricter screening requirements

(Aug. 12, 2009) -- Three more Palm Desert residents are trying to get permits to park recreational vehicles on their property. The city's Architectural Review Commission reviewed their requests at its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday. Meanwhile, the city is working to rewrite an existing ordinance that could make permit requirements tougher. Read More »

Navistar’s grant to help build fleet of all-electric trucks

(Aug. 7, 2009) -- "Obviously we want to bring back the RV industry first," Ustain said while standing outside the Wakarusa facility after the president's speech. "We have some plans to improve the products here and grow our share of that business. The second part gets to be the decision on where we're going to make the electric vehicles and we've committed it will be in this area." Read More »

Clayton Homes puts in bid for Fleetwood’s manufactured housing operation

(Aug. 11, 2009) -- CMH Manufacturing Inc., a Maryville, Tenn.-based company that is a part of Clayton Homes was the only other company to submit a bid before the 11 p.m. deadline Saturday, besting the original $28.9 million bid by Phoenix-based Cavco Industries, according to the source, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to comment. According to the bidding procedures approved by the court, Clayton would have needed to bid at least $29.9 million. Read More »

Supreme Court justice camps out in RV parking lot

(Aug. 6, 2009) -- The Washington power couple spends each summer touring the United States in an RV, she said. The justice and his wife have cruised through 27 states since buying their used recreation vehicle in 1999. "We have been in dozens of Wal-Mart parking lots throughout the country," she added. "It's one of our favorite things to do if we're not having to plug in and we've got enough electricity." Read More »

Ohio county opposes state park changes

(August 17, 2009) -- The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is said to have spent $3.2 million in federal stimulus money to purchase the property for Wingfoot Lake and opted not to fund Jefferson Lake State Park. ODNR announced earlier that next year, the camping area, picnic tables and buildings at the park will be removed and the staff assigned to other state parks. County commissioners have agreed to send a letter of opposition to ODNR and request a public meeting. Read More »

Safe Kids Kansas offers families important outdoor safety tips

(August 12, 2009) -- While the preparations for a family camping or hiking trip usually include a review of the necessary gear, parents should also review safety guidelines with their children, paying special attention to potential hazards specific to camping, hiking, outdoor recreation, water, and falls. Read More »

Truck Accessories Group plans $2.4 million expansion

(Aug. 14, 2009) -- Truck Accessories Group is vying for a $2.4 million expansion at its facilities in Elkhart, a move that could add 60 jobs to the area. The pickup truck enclosures maker already has received preliminary approval for a phased-in, seven-year tax abatement from the Elkhart County Council. Read More »