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Consumers Gaining Confidence

Consumer confidence declined last week but it remains “well above” levels before the war with Iraq, according to Rasmussen Reports, a consumer research firm. Meanwhile, over the weekend, investor confidence reached its highest level so far in 2003, before declining...

Gas/Diesel Prices Slightly Lower

Gasoline and diesel fuel prices have come down slightly after reaching all-time record highs in March, according to www.fuelgaugereport.com, a service of the American Automobile Association (AAA). As of Friday (March 28), the national average price for self-serve...

Car Sales Doing Pretty Well

The RV industry is not alone in experiencing relatively good retail sales after the start of the war in Iraq on March 19. J.D. Power and Associates reports U.S. light-vehicle sales declined nearly 3% during the first week after the war began, a much smaller amount...

War Not Hurting Upper Midwest Sales

The war in Iraq is not hurting RV sales in the upper Midwest, according to Dan Pearson, president and CEO of PleasureLand RV Centers Inc., a three-location dealership with stores in Minnesota and North Dakota. “I’m very pleasantly surprised,” said Pearson, whose...

Travel Planning Being Postponed

Americans have postponed, but presumably not canceled, their summer travel planning because of concerns about the duration of the war in Iraq, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA) National Travel Barometer. In a statement issued today (March 28),...

Damon, Dutchmen Working 5-day Weeks

Several RV manufacturers now have their plants operating on four-day work weeks to avoid accumulating excess inventory, but Damon Motor Coach and Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. are two firms that have been able to maintain five-day work works. “Our orders have held...

Winter Weather Slowed RV Sales

The Northeast and Mid-Altantic states experienced an old-fashioned cold, snowy winter, and that was a factor in the RV retail market’s apparent sluggishness during the first quarter, according to Andy Heck, co-owner of three-location Upstate New York dealership Alpin...

Keystone RV Hires Info. Services Head

Rick Deisler has joined the staff of Keystone RV Company, Goshen, Ind., as the head of information services, a new position, according to Ron Fenech, president. Deisler will be in charge of the company’s new Microsoft Axapta business software system, a digital...

Cruise Am. Anticipates Rental Rebound

The RV rental market “has tanked” during the past month as people have become glued to their TVs watching coverage of the war on Iraq instead of planning their summer vacations. But Cruise America Inc. executives are confident the market will rebound once the public...

RVtoday Now on 7 Days a Week

RVtoday, the TV program about RVs and the RV lifestyle, now is airing daily on the Outdoor Life Network (OLN), the cable channel for outdoor enthusiasts that is projected to reach 63 million homes by the end of this year. “This new broadcast partnership with OLN...