Here are your RV news highlights for the week of May 4 to 10, 2019.
RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury was quoted in newspapers and on TV station websites across the USA this past week in an Associated Press story titled “Five ways to save money on your RV road trip.” Here’s how it appeared in the Dayton (Ohio) Daily News.
RecPro is holding a Mother’s Day contest. The prize is a customized RV window blinds makeover for your RV, worth up to $500. To learn more click or enter to the video on YouTube and follow the simple instructions. Hurry, the contest ends soon.
Star in a Camping World commercial: A commercial for Camping World featuring an RV festival theme needs talent to shoot at an RV park. The production needs Asian, Southeast Asian, white, or mixed-race talent to play a couple in leading roles. Male talent, aged 38–55, and female talent, aged 37–48, is wanted. Male talent, aged 45–60, is also needed to play a supporting role as a neighbor. Shooting will take place in mid-May for one day at the Fish Lake Beach Camping Resort in Volo, Illinois. Talent will be paid $500 for the day plus meals and some travel. Apply here.
Year-over-year towable RV registrations dipped 7.6% for the first three months of 2019 as all segments reported lower sales during the period. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), results by category showed that sales for the travel trailer segment fell 6.8%, fifth-wheel declined 9.8%, folding camping trailer sales dipped 14.7% and park models slipped by 3 percent. Thor Industries Inc. was the towable sales leader for the three months with a 45.2% share of the market, ahead of Forest River Inc. with a 36.4% share and Grand Design, 7.1 percent.
Meanwhile, the overall U.S. motorized market dropped 21.2% for the first three months of the year compared to 2018, as both Class A and Class C markets reported double-digit retail sales declines. According to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI), Thor Industries Inc. was the sales leader with a 39.1% market share, ahead of Forest River Inc. (23.5%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (11.4%).
An RV in Waxahachie, Texas, was hit by lightning May 2 at the Highway 287 RV Park. “It blew up,” said park manager Daniel Escobar. “When it hit, we heard it. And I live over there at the office. It lit up the whole sky.” Luckily, the woman who lived in the RV had gone out to buy cigarettes. “If she would have been there, she would have died,” said Escobar. The fire spread to two other RVs. All were total losses.
KOA and Thor have teamed up to help clean up America. They’ll encourage their customers to help clean up public lands. The initial goal is to clean up five tons of litter. Alas, while the effort may have earned the companies some PR brownie points, five tons of trash equates to a ho-hum 1,350 beer bottles per state.
Riverside RV Park and Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee, recently celebrated being home to an open-air church for 30 years, serving people passing through and those in their own backyard. The Loveday family moved from Florida back to Sevier County and opened the Riverside Campground in 1989. On Sunday, they celebrated three decades of pool baptisms and church services at the campground.
Central RV of Ottawa, Kansas, has agreed to pay $40,000 in penalties and fees to resolve allegations it violated the state’s consumer protection act. The attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division began investigating Central RV in August 2016 following allegations the company was selling salvage recreational vehicles without properly disclosing their salvage status as required by law. Central RV was also alleged to be selling recreational vehicles “with all faults” and excluding the implied warranty of merchantability, which is prohibited in Kansas.
Camping World Holdings Inc. reported first-quarter results Wednesday afternoon that were highlighted by “challenging” financial results and an “ambitious” 2019 outlook, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Analyst John Lovallo II later downgraded the company’s stock from Neutral to Underperform with a price target lowered from $15 to $13.
Flooding has closed many lake campgrounds in northeastern Oklahoma. Rainfall totals for the past 30 days were 6 to 11 inches. Campers at New Mannford Ramp were forced to leave Wednesday because of the rising water. The City of Mannford has closed the campground until the water recedes.
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