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By: On: Friday March 26 2010

Phoenix, AZ – Pedata RV Centerpedatalogo cites the LoJack Auto Theft Recovery Report indicating that installing LoJack in vehicles provides consumers with access to the indicated 90% recovery rate. Pedata RV Center sees increased consumer interest in protecting the investment in the recreational vehicle on the part of many consumers in the recession; especially as more consider full time RVing.

LoJack Corporation released its first official auto theft recovery report. The report highlighted recovery rates and statistics throughout 2009. According to the latest data available from the FBI, auto theft remains a major issue.

Theft statistics for 2009 after the jump.

By: On: Thursday February 4 2010

prowler0204Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC announced that it has acquired the remaining active trademarks of the towable brands from Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. As one of the leading former manufacturers of towable RVs in North America, Fleetwood has some of the most recognized and iconic brands in the industry.

“This is an exciting transaction for Heartland. Fleetwood’s towable brands have long been among the most widely recognized names in the towable RV segment, with loyal customers and an extensive dealer network,” says Brian Brady, CEO of Heartland. “By acquiring the trademarks of Fleetwood’s towable products, we will enhance Heartland’s brand portfolio with industry leading names such as Prowler, Pioneer and Wilderness.

By: On: Thursday February 4 2010

rvcanada0202A new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch has been introduced for RV enthusiasts – RV CANADA.

RV CANADA, according to its developer, gives you a coast-to-coast look at RVing in the second largest country in the world.

RV CANADA claims to give users a taste of all the regions of Canada  – from Atlantic Canada to Quebec, to Ontario, to the Prairies, to the Rockies, to British Columbia, and to the North. Information about each area, as well as distances and conversion rates are included in the application.

As well, RV CANADA has direct links to a number of RV-specific sites, including GoRVing Canada, Parks Canada, RV Lifestyle, Canada RV Rentals, National Weather Office, and many more.

By: On: Friday January 29 2010

1toll0129Steep toll hikes for recreational vehicle users have been approved by the Bay Area Toll Authority in California.

By July, 2010, tolls will more than double for all RV users, as well as people towing boat trailers. Currently, a four-axle vehicle (a truck carrying a two-axle RV or trailer) pays $8.25 to cross one of the five bridges controlled by the Bay Area Toll Authority. In July that price will jump to $14 and a year later it jumps again to $20.

Despite pleas from recreation advocates who feel they are being victimized by having to pay the same tolls as commercial truckers, the Bay Area Toll Authority says they are forced by state law to base tolls on the number axles and can’t distinguish between commercial vehicles and recreational vehicles.

By: On: Friday January 29 2010

bigfoot0129Bigfoot RV is under new ownership and the Canadian manufacturer says it will soon be providing parts, service and new products to the North American RV market from its facility in Armstrong, BC.

“Our experienced Bigfoot staff & management have a long term dedication to the Bigfoot experience,” Bigfoot RV says in a release. “We are committed to the Bigfoot Tradition, and look forward to taking Bigfoot RV’s into the future with new and refreshed products proudly built upon the solid foundation of Bigfoot’s unmatched quality, design & customer experience.”

In addition to providing parts & service for existing Bigfoot RVs, production of new Truck Campers & Travel Trailers is expected to begin soon, with updated offerings selected from Bigfoot’s most popular models. Additionally, the company is seeking to establish distribution outlets in both Canada and the United States and will provide details regarding product availability as soon as they are confirmed.

For more information, visit BigfootRV.com.

By: On: Wednesday January 27 2010

glendale-body0127Citing high gasoline prices, Canadian RV manufacturer Glendale International has declared bankruptcy.

“The recent economic downturn, the rising Canadian dollar and higher gas prices have had a devastating effect on the recreational vehicle industry in North America,” says Edward Hanna, Glendale chairman and CEO. “Over the past few months the Corporation has undertaken an extensive internal review as well as engaged outside consultants to assist it in reviewing all available options and strategies which it could pursue to rebuild the recreational vehicle division, its primary business. However, given that there does not appear to be a significant rebound of the Canadian RV industry and the commercial structure business for the energy sector in the near term, the Board of Directors determined that a voluntary assignment in bankruptcy was in the best interests of the Corporation’s stakeholders.”

By: On: Friday January 15 2010

monaco0115Lazydays has announced an addition to its family of recreational vehicles – the newest line of motorhomes by Monaco RV.

Monaco RV President Kay Toolson says Lazydays’ commitment to its customers is extraordinary and that both Lazydays’ and Monaco’s tremendous devotion to the RVer is a sign that the future is bright for those who love RVing.

“It has always been our goal at Monaco, as it has with Lazydays, to take care of our customers better than any competitor ever could,” says Toolson. “The bond between our two companies is going to make the experience for our mutual customers the best it can possibly be. We look forward to many successful years together.”
Lazydays strikes deal with Monaco RV

By: On: Friday November 27 2009

rv-road1127A new RV specific franchise law, negotiated by the Michigan RV and Campgrounds Association (MARVAC) and RVIA, governing how RV manufacturers, suppliers and dealers conduct business in Michigan, is scheduled to take effect on Dec. 1, 2009.

The legislation removes the RV industry from the state’s automotive franchise law and establishes an RV-specific law that addresses key issues critical to the RV industry in a way that takes into account the significant differences between the business models of the RV and automotive industries.  Issues included in the law include the requirement for a written manufacturer/dealer agreement and a designated territory; terms for the termination, cancellation, and nonrenewal of the manufacturer/dealer agreement; terms for the repurchase of inventory; terms for the transfer or family succession of a dealership; and, requirements for warranty obligations.

“This is a very solid piece of legislation that is fair and reasonable for both sides,” says Jay Landers, RVIA senior director of government affairs.  “We appreciate the leadership MARVAC took on this legislation and the opportunity to work with the association’s members and leadership in developing and passing the bill.”

By: On: Friday November 27 2009

2rvia1127The $789 billion federal economic stimulus package signed into law in February, 2009, included a tax provision for motorhomes that is now set to expire as the year ends.

For the remainder of the calendar year, tax provisions under the stimulus package allow for sales and excise tax deductions for new purchases of qualified motor vehicles, including motorhomes. The deductions are attributable to taxes applying to the first $49,500 of the purchase price. Individuals with an adjusted gross income of up to $125,000 and joint filers with an adjusted gross income of up to $250,000 are eligible for the deduction.

When the calendar year ends on December 31, the tax credit will no longer apply.

By: On: Friday November 27 2009

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RVIA’s 47th Annual National RV Trade Show brings 2010 product lines, thousands of industry officials and a renewed sense of optimism to the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Dec. 1-3, 2009.

With pre-registration numbers for show attendees higher than last year’s numbers – and RV dealer pre-registration a full 15 percent higher than at this time last year, industry members are feeling positive as they head to the show, which comes on the heels of encouraging sales this fall at consumer shows across the country.

“This year’s show provides a rallying point for the RV industry as we start to recover from a historic recession,” says RVIA President Richard Coon. “And I’m glad to say that we have many reasons for optimism.  RV shipments are improving, Americans still love our products, and the forecast is for market growth in the upcoming year.  I think we will have a strong show that will help speed us along the road to recovery.”




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