(Sept. 28, 2009) — “While the trend has been modestly upward and averaged 40,000 per month over the last five months, the labor market continues to have a hard time gaining momentum,” said Gad Levanon, senior economist at The Conference Board. “The Conference Board Employment Trends Index, which has been basically flat for three straight months, also helps highlight the difficulty the labor market is facing. With a growing consensus of a weak recovery, businesses seem to be slow to boost advertising for vacant or new positions.”
(Sept. 28, 2009) — RV Buddies Online named four RVs from the Pennsylvania RV Show in Hershey, Penn., as “best of show.” The included the Winnebago Via, Four Winds Serrano, Winnebago Tour and JMS Galileo.
(Sept. 25, 2009) — RV shipments to retailers totaled 17,800 units in the August survey of manufacturers this year, an increase of 31.8 percent over last month and 5.3 percent ahead of August one year ago. This was the first year over year gain in shipments in nearly two years and the August monthly total represented a seasonally adjusted annual rate of nearly 210,000 units, the best in more than a year.
(Sept. 25, 2009) — “We’ve been doing the same things this year as we have been doing for the past 20 years,” said Plemmons. “However, we made attitudinal adjustments that we aren’t going to participate in the economic downturn. We never laid off a single employee or even cut their pay. Now that business is coming back, we are well positioned because we don’t have to rehire and retrain our staff.”
(Sept. 25, 2009) — Sooner RV is located about nine miles south of Norman, Okla., along Interstate 35. It features six service bays and five offices. But, with four acres of property, there is plenty of room for expansion. The dealership is being managed by three partners who have many years of experience working in the RV industry.
(Sept. 25, 2009) — HGTV incorporated the 100th anniversary theme during the filming of their one-hour RV special for 2010 at the PA RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Penn., earlier this month. RVTV is producing a series of “RV history moments” with Al Hesselbart, archivist for the RV/MH Heritage Museum, to air on the show in conjunction with the 100th anniversary.
(Sept. 25, 2009) — Stoltzfus RV and Marine announced today their affiliation with Tiffin Motorhomes, maker of Allegro brand motorhomes. The dealership that carried the Tiffin line from the early 1980s to the late 1990s, has reacquired rights to sell the line of luxury motorhomes.
(Sept. 25, 2009) — “Although the declines in August and July are disappointing, they are not large enough to offset the impact of solid increases late in the second-quarter.” said Ferley. “As a result the level of activity in the third quarter is likely to be up from the second quarter. This bodes well for business investment in equipment and software to show a modest 2 percent annualized rise in the third quarter.”
(Sept. 25, 2009) — Brothers Barry and Jon Taylor plan to open Agri-Village Storage, 4800 10th Ave. S., on Oct. 15, with up to 101,000 square feet of heated and tiled space inside the shopping complex that once housed Big R, John Deere, Liquidation World, Big Bear, Hancock Fabrics and other retailers.
(Sept. 25, 2009) — “Most diesel-powered RVs will get a fuel economy boost. It increases the boost that is created by the diesel engine; therefore, increasing the efficiency (of the RV),” he said. “For gas-powered towing vehicles (a performance chip) will really only increase the horsepower. But in long-haul towing situations, you will get better fuel efficiency because the gear sets are better utilized.”
(Sept. 24, 2009) — Five men and three women decided that a trailer made by Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and occupied by Alana Alexander and her 12-year-old son, Christopher Cooper, was not “unreasonably dangerous” in its construction. One juror saying the plaintiffs’ attorneys never had the “smoking gun” that proved their case. The jury also concluded that Fluor Enterprises Inc., which had a contract to install FEMA trailers, wasn’t negligent.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — “Under normal circumstances, conversions are kept private by software companies until months or even years after a switch,” said Carl Sconnely, president of Systems 2000, Inc. “But in this case we want to show the RV industry that a switch isn’t as painful or costly as alleged by some in the industry.”
(Sept. 24, 2009) — Winnebago Industries, Inc., recently showcased the all-new high-mileage Class A Winnebago Via motor home for participants in the Forum on Stimulating Economic Vitality and Resource Conservation, a gathering of top national and state tourism and park leaders hosted by the U.S. Department of Interior.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — Only 22 percent of teh industry’s 555 technicians eligible for recertification have submitted the necessary renewal paperwork. Jim Carr, of the Florida RV Trade Association, reports that technicians are concerned that the number of training classes offered by manufacturers, suppliers and RVIA have lately been reduced or cut, making the requirement that certified technicians pursue continuing education nearly impossible to meet.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — H.R. 3246 authorizes DOE programs that examine technology solutions to increase a vehicle’s fuel efficiency, reduce its emissions, and improve its safety. In addition to research and development by the DOE for passenger vehicles, the legislation will also set aside funding for medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. Donnelly’s amendment includes RVs as another category of vehicles that are eligible for grants in addition to medium- and heavy-duty vehicles.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — While briefing the board, Bryan detailed Dr. Richard Curtin’s latest projections for RV wholesale shipments through 2010. In the Fall 2009 issue of RV Roadsigns, Curtin forecasts a total of 146,200 units to be shipped by the end of this year with that number rising to 185,800 units in 2010, a 27 percent increase.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — “Fairmont was able to sign more new business than last year,” said John Soard. “Tiffin Motorhomes set a new sales record at this year’s Hershey Show,” said Nick Palm, of Tiffin Motorhomes. Jean-Claude Guilbault, regional sales manager of Roadtrek says, “We had the best show in Hershey so far.”
(Sept. 24, 2009) — A federal jury began deliberating Thursday in the first trial over claims that government-issued trailers exposed Gulf Coast hurricane victims to potentially hazardous fumes. After eight days of testimony, the jury heard closing arguments in the case against trailer manufacturer Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and government contractor Fluor Enterprises Inc.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — AutoConnect enables dealers to reduce marketing costs with unlimited, on-demand, automated voice and email marketing as a turnkey solution for sales, service, parts and collision centers, regardless of size, location or brand.
(Sept. 24, 2009) — The 2.7 percent decline in existing home sales to 5.1 million annualized units in August from July’s 5.24 million disappointed expectations. However, initial jobless claims fell to 530,000 for the week of Sept. 19, putting it well bellow the expected 550,000. The reading is the lowest since the second week of July.