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ROUTE 66 Grows to 25 Members

ROUTE 66 Dealer Network LLC, a buying group with a core membership of 25 midsized RV dealers, is being launched by Steve Francis, a Missouri dealer, and his brother, Dave Francis, a long-time marketing and advertising executive. “It’s the midsized dealer – the $15...

All’s Well at Specialty Window

All is well today (Feb. 27) at RV industry supplier firm Specialty Window Coverings Inc. in Elkhart, Ind., where the company’s production plant was evacuated Wednesday afternoon (Feb. 25) when workers began feeling sick. The 85-employee plant was evacuated because...

Foretravel Paychecks Issued

Highline motorcoach manufacturer Foretravel Motorhomes Inc. distributed employee payroll checks today (Feb. 27) after resolving a cash-flow interruption that delayed the payments by a day. Company President Ray Fore said “two or three” of the company’s customers did...

Steeltex A/T Tires Recalled

Bridgestone/Firestone has recalled 297,000 Steeltex Radial A/T tires that were original equipment on Ford Excursion SUVs. The Steeltex tires “are not performing up to the company’s expectations,” according to a statement by Bridgestone/Firestone North American Tire...

Shipments Strong in January

RV shipments from factories to dealers grew by a surprisingly strong 6.3% in January, showing the industry was able to successfully work around the shortage of ovens and ranges, according to Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) data. The growth this January...

RiverPark to Distribute VORAD

RiverPark Inc., Elkhart, Ind., has been named distributor of Eaton Corp.’s VORAD – vehicle on-board radio – series of products to the motorhome industry. RiverPark will work directly with RV manufacturers, including providing design and vehicle integration assistance,...

Patrick Industries Names New Pres./CEO

Patrick Industries Inc., Elkhart, Ind., has named Paul E. Hassler, until now its vice president of Western operations, as its new president and CEO. Hassler is a 17-year veteran at Patrick Industries, a supplier and distributor of materials and components to the...

Steeltex Lawsuit Decision Delayed

A California state court judge now plans to rule on March 17 whether a lawsuit over the quality of Firestone Steeltex tires should become a class action case. Judge Christopher Sheldon decided to postpone the hearing scheduled for Wednesday (Feb. 25) because he wants...

<i>RVtoday</i> Viewership Grows

RVtoday, the only regularly scheduled RV lifestyle show on U.S. television, started its fourth year in January with ratings more than double the start of last year. “In 2002 we had an average viewing audience in the neighborhood of 200,000 viewers a week,” reports...

RVDA: Rentals to Grow 20%-30% in '04

Although shipments of new RVs from factories to dealerships are expected to grow at a moderate 2.9% rate this year, the RV rental sector is expected to grow somewhere between 20% and 30% this year, an amount that is consistent with rental sector growth the last few...