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Alberta: Burnt RV belonged to missing couple
A motorhome that was found on fire near Edson, Alberta, a week ago belonged to a missing Alberta couple, the RCMP said Monday (July 12) evening.
CBC News reported that Lyle Thomas McCann, 78, and Marie Ann McCann, 77, left St. Albert on July 3. The couple was driving a 1999 green and white Gulf Stream Sun Voyager recreational vehicle, which was towing a light green Hyundai Tucson.
The couple was headed to Chilliwack, B.C., to meet a family member on July 10 but never showed up.
In a statement, the RCMP confirms that the vehicle found at the Minnow Lake campground belonged to the McCanns and calls the couple’s disappearance “extremely suspicious.” There is no record of the couple camping at Minnow Lake, Webb said. The SUV is still missing.
Indiana: Mayor vetoes tax break for RV company
A tax break to help jumpstart Creative RV Manufacturing won’t go through after Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman vetoed the measure Monday (July 12), the Elkhart Truth reported.
Kauffman told the paper the city council didn’t know Ray Belcher, the business’ founder, had been convicted of embezzlement and was on probation.
Since the council voted, documents have surfaced showing Belcher served jail time and was on probation for embezzling more than $600,000 from Cikira RV in Michigan, the Elkhart Truth reported.
Arizona: RV resort offers chance to win trip to Hawaii
Rincon Country RV Resorts announced Monday (July 12) it is conducting a sweepstakes during which an RV owner could win a Hawaiian getaway for two.
The getaway consists of a trip for two people to the Sands of Kahana Vacation Club in Maui, Hawaii. The prize includes round-trip airfare for two people departing from Los Angeles International Airport, and includes seven night’s accommodation at the Sands of Kahana Vacation Club.
Entries will be accepted through November 30 at Rincon Country RV Resort’s website.
To enter, click here. Entries are limited to one per 24-hour period per person. The drawing will be held January 14. Participation in the sweepstakes is limited to people 55 and older.
Rincon Country owns two resorts in Tucson—Rincon East and Rincon West.
Ohio: Hi-Lo Trailer Co. closes shop
Hi-Lo Trailer Co. Inc., Belleville, Ohio, a respected long-term player in the RV industry, has closed its doors.
In a July 6 letter to Hi-Lo dealers, President Jim Beveridge said shareholders “have voted to liquidate the assets of the corporation and dissolve same, effective immediately…in light of the current economic situation and the downturn in sales of recreational vehicles, Hi-Lo Trailer can no longer continue to operate.”
Hi-Lo, the company that originally brought late Thor Industries Inc. chairman Wade F.B. Thompson, into the RV industry, manufactured a unique telescoping travel trailer that used a push button hydraulic system to automatically raise, lower, and lock the top that fit over the lower portion of the trailer when in travel mode.
The company was founded in 1955 as Snyder’s Hi-Lo Trailer Co. by the late Don Snyder, who engineered Hi-Lo’s basic design because he wanted a popup-like trailer that was safer to tow and had hard sides so that it could be used in the winter.
Efforts to reach Beveridge and recent Hi-Lo executives Jim Snyder and Larry Mills were unsuccessful.
Kansas: Tornado flips RV
The National Weather Service in Topeka confirmed Sunday (July 11) that damage done to a few homes, trees, and power lines in Jackson County was the result of a tornado touchdown, WIBW reported.
Kansas Highway Patrol officials said that a trailer had been flipped over on County Road 142 and Hwy 75. Two people were heading south on Highway 75 when high winds caused their RV to detach from their vehicle. The RV then flipped, destroying the trailer. No injuries were reported.
Kansas: 175 Campsites submerged by rising lake
Campgrounds, parking lots, beaches, and boat ramps all have fallen victim to the rising water of Lake Perry, an 11,000-acre lake located 40 miles west of Kansas City.
Sixteen feet of extra water at Lake Perry has submerged 175 campsites and closed all six of the lakes boat ramps, KTKA-TV, Topeka, reported.
“It’s been a while since we’ve had it this high,” says Kenneth Wade, project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Perry.
He says the lake is up almost 16 feet and will continue to rise another six inches before any water can be released.
The lake spills into the Delaware River which hits the Kansas River and eventually the Missouri River, which are all too high to take any of the lake’s water.
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Statistical Surveys: Class B retails rose 22.5% in May
Retail sales of Class B motorhomes rose 22.5% in May over May 2009, Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported yesterday (July 13).
It was the fifth straight month that Class B sales have improved on a year-over-year basis.
Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Inc. remained the clear leader in Class B sales with a 45.6% market share in May.
Winnebago Industries Inc. was second with a 20.6% market share, while another Canadian builder, Saskatchewan-based Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. , was a close third with a 20% share.
Class B sales year-to-date are up 58.5% over 2009.
Year-to-date, Roadtrek is the leader with a 41.7% market share, followed by Pleasure-Way, 22%; Winnebago, 18.4%; and Thor Industries Inc., 13.3%.
The Class B market is small, compared to other motorized sales, with 2010 sales to date of less than 650 units.
Indiana: Cummins increases dividend by 50 percent
The Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) Board of Directors yesterday (July 13) increased the company’s quarterly cash dividend on common stock by 50 percent to 26.25 cents per share from 17.5 cents per share.
The dividend is payable on September 1, 2010 to shareholders of record on August 23. Cummins last raised its dividend in July 2008.
“The company has performed well despite operating in challenging economic conditions for much of the past two years,” said Cummins Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Tim Solso. “As a result, we are in a position to further reward shareholders for their confidence in Cummins as we continue to position ourselves for a period of strong long-term growth.”
Cummins stock has been one of best performing stocks among the Standard & Poor’s 500 for the past several years, ranking 12th for total return by Bloomberg BusinessWeek for the five-year period from March 2005 to March 2010, the company reported.
Manufacture recalls: Fleetwood recalls 72 motorhomes
Fleetwood RV is recalling 72 model year 2010 Encounter motorhomes and 2011 Storm motorhomes to fix a problem with a bedroom egress window, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced yesterday (July 13).
The motorhomes were manufactured between December 16 and May 26. An emergency egress window was not installed in the road side bedroom wall. In the event of a fire or other emergency, people in the bedroom area must exit through the door side bedroom emergency egress window or through the forward entry door.
This service will be performed free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin this month.
Reference safety recall No. 10625FRV.
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