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J.D. Power to Survey RVers Directly

Marketing information firm J.D. Power and Associates has decided to contact RVers directly to establish consumer satisfaction ratings instead of working through RV industry associations to confidentially gauge consumer sentiment. After a hiatus of three years from the...

Coachmen, Coleman Sign Licensing Deal

The Coachmen RV Group of Coachmen Industries Inc. has entered into a long-term exclusive licensing agreement with The Coleman Co. to design, produce and market a full line of new Coleman-brand towable RVs, the companies announced Thursday night (Jan. 29). “Under this...

TriMas Buys Bargman

TriMas Corp. announced today (Jan. 30) that it has acquired Theodore Bargman Co., a leading supplier of lighting products, electrical accessories, access doors, locks and latches for the RV market. Financial terms were not disclosed. Bargman, which was sold by...

Stag-Parkway Making Hay While Sun Shines

Stag-Parkway Inc. President and CEO Stan Sunshine holds a decidedly positive view of the year ahead – a view that was probably reinforced by dealers attending Stag’s “Passport to Profits” convention, Jan. 20-22 at the Paris Las Vegas. “The year 2004 will certainly...

Fleetwood RV Sales Up 32%

Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. reports its RV sales revenue increased 32% during the third quarter of its fiscal year 2004, which ended last Sunday (Jan. 25). However, despite higher RV sales and improvements in its manufactured housing business, Fleetwood will report a...

Winnebago Changes Dividend Dates

Winnebago Industries Inc. has pushed back by 10 days the key dates for its quarterly cash dividend payment, the New York Stock Exchange-lised company recently announced. The motorhome manufacturer now plans to pay a dividend on April 15 to shareholders of record as of...

Country Coach Sees 20% Jobs Growth

Country Coach Corp. and its parent, National RV Holdings Inc., have struggled since the second half of 2001, but the Junction City, Ore.-based builder of highline Class A’s is bullish about 2004, thanks largely to the market response to its new Inspire diesel pusher....

Keystone Plans More Expansion

Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary Keystone RV Co. only recently completed a new assembly plant in Goshen, Ind., and the company is planning more growth in northern Indiana, according to President Ron Fenech. The latest expansion plan may have hit a snag because the...

McAdams Joins MHC Inc. Board

Joe McAdams, who retired as Affinity Group Inc. CEO effective Dec. 31, has joined the Board of Directors of Manufactured Home Communities Inc. (MHC), a Chicago real estate investment trust (REIT) that is looking to grow through the acquisition of park model and RV...

Fed Leaves Rates Unchanged

The Federal Reserve decided again today (Jan. 28) to leave interest rates unchanged at their historically low levels, apparently assuming the U.S. economy has entered an era that the Wall Street Journal recently described as the “Goldilocks” economy — not too...

Molino Warns Against Complacency

The RV industry has a lot of things going in its favor now, but Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) President Mike Molino warns against allowing a sense of complacency to set in. Molino addressed what he believes the industry needs to do to stay healthy in...