RV News this week: Erwin Hymer fallout, Winnebago move, Nomadic Fanatic & We’re the Russo’s

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Junction City in recovery from Winnebago move

Winnebago cut 220 jobs from their Junction City, OR location earlier this month

  • They are planning to keep open the RV Service operations there which has a staff of 30
  • Company reports it is relocating to Forest River, Iowa
  • Many of those whose jobs had been cut are being offered relocation package
  • Community members interviewed reported that they do not think it will be a big impact on the community as a whole – not like the closure of Country Coach did 11 years ago when 1800 people were suddenly left unemployed.

Why are they moving?? The Des Moines Register reported that Winnebago has asked the Iowa Economic Development Authority for $361,000 in state tax refunds and credits, and Forest City is expected to offer a $155,000 tax abatement.

https://www.registerguard.com/entertainmentlife/20190222/junction-city-in-recovery-from-winnebago-move

https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/winnebago-seeks-incentives-on-production-move.html

EHG Shutdown Fallout

As expected the fallout from the closure of Erwin Hymer’s North American Group has started. Leading the headlines this week, we are seeing a great concern over warranty fulfillment. Hymer had offered a 6-year warranty on their Class B vans and many owners and dealers are now wondering about their options. Where do owners go for warranty work? What do dealers do with vehicles on their lots?

Former CEO, Jim Hammil has been under intense scrutiny over the closure and the $300 million in liabilities. Mr. Hammil has expressed he feels bad for his former employees and the situation they are now in, but states he is not to blame. Since the closure, he has also reported that he and his family have received death threats.

https://www.rvbusiness.com/blog/rvda-how-to-deal-with-ehg-shutdown-fallout.html

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/erwin-hymer-s-former-ceo-says-he-s-not-to-blame-1.4304092

Oregon’s state parks planning on changing up fees

  • Increasing fees at more popular locations
    • Lookout State Park, Fort Stevens State Park, Tumalo State Park as well as Beachside State Recreation site, Ainsworth State Park, Detroit Lake State Recreation Area and Wallowa Lake State Park.
  • Decreasing fees a less-visited parks
  • The goal is to try to spread visitors out
  • Spring and fall were the busiest

https://www.opb.org/news/article/oregon-state-parks-price-increase-2019/

https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/news/2019/02/13/oregons-state-parks-attendance-record-higher-fees/2842686002/

We’re the Russo’s – looking for a new RV?

The Wendland’s weren’t the only ones jump the Hymer ship. Joe and Kait Russo from We’re the Russo’s youtube channel, just announced they too are looking to ditch their Hymer Class B van. Joe and Kait say they are open to any type of unit – Class A, C, B+, travel trailer or interestingly enough, they say they would consider different Class B.

Nomadic Fanatic selling RV??

BlindViews reported on 2/20/19 Eric aka Nomadic Fanatic is selling his RV and bike and it has something to do with his lady, Angela! : https://youtu.be/thhVdgAG7gM

Eric posted a video Sunday morning 02/24/19 confirming this – well at least the part about selling his stuff. He eludes to improving his standard of living but didn’t go into the details about Angela.  https://youtu.be/Bid_0GtZ4pM

He’s asking $17K and it will be in the Dallas/Ft Worth area next week.

RV Shows this week:

GoRVing will be at the following (with RV’s to tour)

Innings Festival – Phoenix, AZ | March 2 – March 3

Carnaval on the Mile – Coral Gables, FL | March 2 – March 3

Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles & Campground

  • MARVAC Battle Creek RV & Camping Show
  • Kellogg Arena
  • Battle Creek, MI
  • www.marvac.org
  • Show Date: Feb 28-March 3, 2019

RVDA of Syracuse

  • CNY RV and Camping Show & Sale
  • New York State Fairgrounds
  • Syracuse, NY
  • www.cnyrvshow.com
  • Show Date: Feb 28-March 3, 2019

TRMTA

  • Greater Philadelphia RV Show
  • Greater Philadelphia Expo Center
  • Oaks, PA
  • www.phillyrvshow.com
  • Show Date: Feb 28-March 3, 2019

Ballantine Management Group

  • Fredericksburg RV Show
  • Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center
  • Fredericksburg, VA
  • www.fredericksburgRVshow.com
  • Show Date: March 1-3, 2019

GS Media & Events

  • Central Illinois RV Show – Peoria
  • Peoria Civic Center
  • Peoria, IL
  • www.centralillinoisrvshow.com
  • Show Date: March 1-3, 2019

Rhode Island RV & Camping Show

  • Rhode Island Convention Center
  • Providence, RI
  • www.rhodeislandrvshow.com
  • Show Date: March 1-3, 2019

Westlake Promotion, Inc.

  • Eugene Spring RV Show
  • Lane County Fairgrounds
  • Eugene, OR
  • www.eugenespringrvshow.com
  • Show Date: March 1-3, 2019

That’s all for this week!

Safe travels,

Russ & Kerry

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