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RV industry on slow road to recovery
The Associated Press via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
RV shipments to dealers during 2011 are expected to be up 2 percent from last year, according to Recreation Vehicle Industry Association President Richard Coon, who addressed attendees of the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky. "You guys sitting here today are all survivors in this industry, and I think that bodes very well," Coon said. However, the industry is bracing for a projected 2.6 percent decline in RV shipments in 2012, due to continued consumer jitteriness over unemployment, sagging home values, and a volatile stock market. More

Thor announces first quarter fiscal 2012 sales, net income
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Thor Industries Inc. announced that its total RV segment sales for first quarter 2012 were $561.6 million, up 11 percent from last year. Towable RV sales for the quarter were $499.1 million, up 18 percent from $422.4 million last year. Motorized RV sales for the quarter were $62.5 million, down 26 percent from $84.1 million last year. "We are encouraged by our strong towable RV backlog driven by orders from our fall open house event, coupled with increased RV market retail sales and planned product improvements and introductions at the RVIA Expo in Louisville," said Thor chairman Peter Orthwein. More

RV revenue driving force at Expo center
The Shawnee News-Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of RVs renting spaces for rallies at the RV park at the Heart of Oklahoma Exposition Center more than doubled in the past year, generating more revenue — approximately $162,000 — for Shawnee in the process. The increase is due to an aggressive marketing campaign by the Shawnee Convention and Visitor's Bureau and the Expo Center, said Expo Operations Manager Mike Jackson. The center books six to eight RV rallies a year and depends on the sales tax revenue from attendees who shop in the town's stores. More

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RV shipments rise in October
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An upsurge in October shipments of RVs is a positive sign, given that dealers are going into what for some is a slow time of the year, says Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council. Wholesale shipments were 15.1 percent ahead of October 2010, and gains were recorded in both conventional and fifth-wheel travel trailers. "Dealers would not be buying it if they did not think they could retail it," Bowersox said. More

Big white RV brings mobile services to area vets
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When ex-military personnel can't come to them, Veterans Administration officials go to them, sending out one of their 50 Mobile Vet Centers, which are housed in big white RVs that crisscross the country. More

Their way's the highway: Gorham family takes a year off to travel
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The Dunn family spent two years planning a special trip—a year on the road in their 30-foot fifth wheel, touring all 48 contiguous states plus Alaska. They'll also attend Magical Moon Foundation events and hand out literature about making healthy living choices for cancer prevention. Son River, 14, is a cancer survivor. More

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NADAguides offers 15-day free trial of CONNECT online vehicle pricing and management tool for RVs
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NADAguides, an RVDA-endorsed product, has announced a 15-day free trial of CONNECT for RVs, its RV inventory pricing and management online application. CONNECT provides instant access from any device to NADAguides pricing, including used wholesale trade-in and used vehicle retail values, as well as options, dealer add-ons, specification information and tools for the valuation, management and marketing of RV inventory dating from 1977 to 2011. CONNECT can be accessed from PCs, laptops, tablet or smart phones. More
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