Here are your RV news highlights for the week of January 26 to February 1, 2019.
Thor/Hymer deal done
Thor Industries has completed its acquisition of Erwin Hymer Group, one of Europe’s largest makers of RVs. The combination of Thor and EHG creates the world’s largest RV manufacturer, with leading positions in both North America and Europe. The acquisition excludes EHG’s North American businesses, and reflects a $194 million purchase price reduction and a $205 million reduction in the obligations the company would have otherwise assumed under the terms of the original stock purchase agreement. Wall Street signaled that it wasn’t entirely happy with the move today with Thor stock dropping almost 2 percent. Read what RV Daily Reports’ Greg Gerber thinks of this (not much).
National parks reopen, but services may be limited
The national parks that remained open during the partial government shutdown should be fully operational. The parks that were closed or not staffed may take some time to reopen with full services. It is suggested that you call ahead if special services are required.
Lazydays founder lists his mansion for sale for $22 million
Don Wallace, the founder of Lazydays RV of Seffner, Florida, has put his lakefront property for sale for a cool $22 million, making it the most expensive residential property for sale in the Tampa Bay area. He and his wife bought the 400-acre property in 2007 for $3 million. Wallace, along with his father and brother, founded Tampa-based Lazydays in 1976 with $500 and two travel trailers.
The Herald News reports a campground may be sold to build school in Massachusetts
The 33-acre campsite in Westport is adjacent to school property and would be ideal for a school campus, athletic fields and parking lots. The decision to proceed with the purchase is up for a vote by May Town Meeting voters.
Airstream hotel AutoCamp expanding to 20 markets after striking a deal with Thor Industries
The company features Airstream trailers as its hotel “rooms.” The company’s third site is due to open this year near Yosemite National Park, featuring 80 Airstream trailers with custom hardwood flooring and marble bathrooms. The experience is pricey, as some rates can reach almost $500 a night.
Alabama’s Mobile County has approved the purchase of Escatawpa Hollow Campground
The county commission plans to improve the 45-acre campground by adding more sites, walking trails, river access and other features. The funding will be coming from the Mobile County’s Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act Public Access Acquisition Project.
Bedrock City roadside attraction closes its doors
The property, located in northern Arizona, featured an RV park, convenient store, gift shop and Fred’s Diner, which has served its last Bronco Burger. Under the new owners, the site will become Raptor Ranch, an attraction featuring birds of prey.
Mother Nature shuts down RV plants in sub-zero temperatures
With employees’ safety in mind, many Indiana RV companies closed their plants Wednesday and Thursday.
The planning commission has given the go-ahead for Tiny Tines, a 60-unit RV campground, after some opposition from local residents. A compromise was reached and construction will begin pending final plan approval.
Parts of Big Bend National Park in Texas will close to protect nesting peregrine falcons
The Southeast Rim Trail and a portion of the Northeast Rim Trail will be closed from February 1 until May 31, 2019. All Southeast Rim campsites and Northeast sites 4 and 5 will also be closed during that period. From February 1 through July 15, 2019, technical rock climbing within a quarter mile of falcon nests will not be allowed.
California RV park to be built on haunted land
Motorcoaches will soon be replacing the stagecoaches that once made a stop in Soledad, California. City officials plan to open an RV park near Los Coches Adobe, which was a stagecoach stop in the mid- to late-1800s and is now home to paranormal activity and ghostly sightings. The project is ongoing and no opening date has been set.
Burned out residents hit roadblock in living in RVs on their properties
Paradise, Calif., town officials announced Wednesday that an ordinance allowing residents to return to Paradise to live on their property in RVs before the burn debris removal is completed could jeopardize federal funding due to health and safety measures. The intent was to try to ease the emergency housing situation caused by the displacement of more than 26,000 residents. However, officials now have concerns that the action could place reimbursement from federal funding in jeopardy due to health and safety hazards. More.
Zion Market Research has analyzed the RV market and determined rapid growth is on the horizon
In 2017, the recreational vehicles market was worth $38.48 billion. Predictions have set the market worth more than $64 billion by 2024. Ongoing innovations are expected to be the major role player in the growth.
PlugVan has created a module which converts a plain cargo van into an RV in about 5 minutes
The PlugVan module has wheels situated to make installation easy and has expandable walls and ceilings to fit various size vans. The module comes with almost all the amenities: sink, stove, refrigerator and sleeping area.
This will be the last summer for Lynx Creek Campground in British Columbia
The construction of Site C Dam and BC Hydro continuing its work have ended the life of the 19-year-old campground. The current owners have owned the campground for seven years and had hoped the projects would not become a reality and that the hydro plant would relocate, but that was not feasible. The owners are not sure what the future holds for them.
Two men, posing as RV World employees, are scamming RV owners
Yuma, Arizona area RV owners need to be vigilant in regards to two men recommending and then collecting payment for suggested RV work, then not performing the work. RV World said the men are not employees or company representatives. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.
Havasu Falls campground open for reservations
The stunning campground, with aqua waterfalls and orange cliffs, is within Grand Canyon National Park and is located in the Havasupai Indian Reservation, well off the beaten path. Access is gained via a 10-mile hike or, if you prefer, a 10-mile mule ride. Flash flooding forced the evacuation of about 200 tourists by helicopter last year and repairs topped $250,000. The cost to stay for a weeknight is $100 per person, and a weekend night will cost $125 per person.
Erwin Hymer group stops production at Ontario plant
Amid being bought out by Thor, and despite statements that no layoffs were planned, the group has stopped its production at the Cambridge, Ontario, plant. There was a meeting Tuesday morning and employees were told they could no longer touch the vehicles because they have been sold. While employees are uncertain about the status of their jobs, sources close to the company told RV Business that there is no indication whatsoever that the plant is closing.
Camping World opens Gander RV locations
The Gander RV stores were opened to enhance the company’s footprint in serving the RV community. The Gander RV locations will be very similar to the Camping World locations. There are already 12 Gander RV stores open, with another 11 scheduled to open.