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El Monte, Friend Tap into UK Market

Friend Communications and El Monte RV have expanded their partnership to serve the emerging demand for U.S. RV rentals by vacationers from the United Kingdom (UK) and Europe. “Travelers from the UK can now conveniently book U.S. motorhome rental and campsite...

Dutchmen Purchasing Plant in Idaho

Dutchmen Manufacturing Inc. formally announced Thursday (April 27) its plans to purchase a former potato processing plant in Burley, Idaho, and convert the facility for the production of recreational vehicles. According to the South Idaho Press, the Thor Industries...

AGI’s Bill Estes Announces Retirement

Bill Estes, group publisher of RV publications for Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), announced his retirement after almost four decades as an influential journalist, book author and editor for a host of RV consumer publications by the Southern California firm. “I am very...

Monaco Debuts Retooled HR Navigator

Monaco Coach Corp. has redesigned its top-of-the-line Holiday Rambler Navigator diesel pusher motorhome for 2007 giving it 84-inch ceilings and new front and rear caps. Available in five 40- to 45-foot floorplans with three or four slideouts, the 2007 Navigator is...

Monaco to Hold Dealer Congress in June

Some 550 dealers are expected to attend Monaco Coach Corp.’s 2006 Dealer Congress, June 26-28 at the Gaylord Palms, Orlando Fla. – the company’s first major dealer gathering since acquiring towable manufacturer R-Vision Inc. in November. Monaco will debut...

Cavco Ramps up Texas Park Model Plant

Cavco Industries Inc. this month has begun manufacturing recreational park trailers at a 90,000-square foot factory in Seguin, Texas “We’re going to be producing units for consumers and campground operators in Texas and throughout the eastern half of the United...

Gulf Stream Forms Toy Hauler Company

The principals of Nappanee, Ind.-based Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and some outside investors have formed EnduraMax LLC to produce an established line of sport utility recreational vehicles (SURVs). Formed in March, the new corporation has invested more than $1 million to...

Spartan Grows 1Q Profits, RV Sales Dip

Spartan Motors Inc. today (April 27) reported its best-ever quarterly results, highlighted by a 119% increase in net earnings on a 16.6% increase in net sales for its first quarter ended March 31. The Charlotte, Mich.-based company, which builds custom motorhome...

Monaco Reports Record 1Q Revenues

Monaco Coach Corp. reported a 17% gain in revenues and a nearly 60% improvement in net income during its fiscal 2006 first quarter, ended April 1. First-quarter revenues were $385.1 million compared to $328.8 million a year ago while net income rose to $8.3 from $5.3...

Slapstick 'RV' Movie Hits the Road Friday

Robin Williams’ decade-long detour into serious business is over with “RV,” which opens at theaters on Friday (April 28). The Boston Herald reported that the hyperkinetic star is back in a slapstick comedy that finds Williams as ad exec Bob Munro, hauling his family...