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Texas RV Trailer Tax Almost Repealed

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has signed legislation abolishing the controversial Texas RV trailer tax and returning all proceeds collected from it, according to a spokeswoman for state Sen. Todd Staples, who authored legislation terminating the tax. And although Texas voters...

Thousand Trails to Go Private

Membership-based campground owner/operator Thousand Trails Inc. has entered into a merger agreement that would take the company private later this year. Thousand Trails, an American Stock Exchange-listed company, plans to merge with private equity firm Kohlberg &...

Coachmen Reports $2.8 million Loss

Coachmen Industries Inc. reported a $2.8 million net loss for the first quarter because of “negative consumer sentiment regarding the economy and the war in Iraq, which resulted in slower RV and housing sales,” according to Claire Skinner, chairman, president and CEO....

Wholesale Shipments Up in March

Despite reports that RV dealers, particularly motorhome dealers, were reluctant to order new product from manufacturers in March, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported on April 29 that wholesale shipments of all types of RVs were up 3.3% last...

Monaco to Build Lighter Towables

Monaco Coach Corp., primarily a manufacturer of diesel-pusher motorhomes, will begin building lower-priced and lighter-weight towable units this summer, President John Nepute told investment analysts last week. Among Monaco’s lower-priced, lighter-weight towables will...

RV Lifestyle Gets More Good Publicity

A writer’s trip to Yellowstone National Park in a rented motorhome provided the RV industry with more good publicity in the Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader. The writer, Andy Mead, traveled with his wife and 8-year-old twins to Yellowstone last year. As he reported in an...

Monaco Sees Positive Momentum

Just since the beginning of April, Monaco Coach Corp. has seen “some positive retail momentum building on dealer lots,” John Nepute, the company’s president, said during a conference call with investment analysts on Thursday (April 24). Nepute pointed out that...

Gulf Coast Town Rejects RV Park Plan

Freeport, Tex., zoning officials denied a request earlier this month to develop an RV park in the Gulf Coast community located about 40 miles south of Houston, according to the Brazosport Facts newspaper. The Bridge Harbor Yacht Club proposed developing an RV...

Patrick Reports First Quarter Loss

Supplier firm Patrick Industries Inc. reports it lost $900,000 during the first quarter despite a 10% increase in shipments to the RV industry, according to David Lung, president and CEO. However, the RV industry represents 33% of Patrick’s total volume, while the...