Thor reports sales are up 16 percent, says dealers remain 'cautious'
The Sacramento Bee Share
Thor Industries reported preliminary sales results for its fourth quarter that grew 16 percent over last year. Preliminary sales for the quarter were $769 million, up from $664 million last year. "RV dealer inventories remain balanced with consumer demand, but dealers are currently cautious with their orders as we enter the slower fall retail season," said Thor chairman, CEO, and president Peter Orthwein. More
Navistar announces reorganization for Monaco, Workhorse
American Machinist Share
Navistar International Corp. is closing the book on an idled plant and has outlined a plan to bring its North American RV and chassis operations in line with forecast demand. Navistar plans to consolidate all motorhome manufacturing at its Monaco Coach plant in Wakarusa, IN, and the Monaco Coach headquarters will be installed at Navistar's new corporate center in Lisle, IL. Combining all motorhome production in Wakarusa will add about 400 jobs there, Navistar says. More
Register by Aug. 6 to get the best rate on the RV Dealers Int'l Convention/Expo!
Don't get left behind—you must register for the convention by Aug. 6 to get the discounted rate. Click here for registration discounts, a schedule of education sessions and events, and exhibitor and sponsorship information.
'Celebrate Excellence' gala set for Oct. 5 to honor DSI Quality Circle manufacturers
RVDA is planning a special evening of dining, dancing, and recognition to honor top-performing manufacturers during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo. Join colleagues at "Celebrate Excellence: An All-Industry Gala," where RVDA will present Quality Circle Awards to manufacturers who performed well in the association's Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey. Click here for more information and to register. This event requires a separate ticket.
RVDA members can save $60 on online N.A.D.A. Guides RV Connect
The N.A.D.A. RV Appraisal Guide is an essential tool for determining the average market value for used RVs. A new online program, RV Connect, provides updated RV values, creates custom window stickers for both newer and older RVs, and more. These products are all available at the RVDA members-only rate. Click here to order.
Owners of the distinctive Airstream trailers bond on the road
Green Bay Gazette Share
Avid hunter Gary Colbert travels with a 9,500-pound silver bullet, but don't worry, he doesn't lock and load it. That's the nickname for his 34-foot Airstream Excella 1000. Its aluminum shell and rounded corners make it look a little like a shiny Twinkie or a submarine on wheels when it's going down the road. Enthusiasts say the aerodynamic design makes these trailers easier to haul. More
Bring plan, right equipment for camping trip
New Baltimore-Chesterfield Patch Share
Ten percent of all Michigan travelers are campers enjoying the state's 1,200 campgrounds, according to the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, or MARVAC. And while tent camping will always be an option, many local families are choosing RV camping. Michigan residents bought more than 10,000 new RVs last year–a 15 percent sales increase from 2009, according to MARVAC. RV vacations can be up to 60 percent less expensive than trips taken by car, airplane, or cruise ship, even with rising fuel prices. More
The Press Democrat Share
Sometimes when Joe and Leslie Kosareff pull into a campground, they encounter anything but peace and privacy. Fellow campers just can't seem to resist their little tin can of a trailer. With its pudgy teardrop-shaped body set low on two white sidewall tires, and measuring a diminutive 9 feet long by 4½ feet wide, it has to be one of the smallest RVs on the road. More