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If indeed there were more prospective high-end buyers as well as upscale tire kickers in evidence at this past winter’s retail shows – perhaps more so than some manufacturers had seen in a while – then one of the busiest booths at Tampa’s RV SuperShow in January was operated by Foretravel Motorcoach of Texas, a factory-direct builder of luxury motorhomes still based in its traditional home turf of Nacogdoches, Texas. How busy was it? Foretravel Sales Manager Curtis Fancher said the lines were so constant at times that the only real break for Foretravel’s sales staff came at lunch and dinner time. Of particular interest to consumers was the company’s ih-45, a coach that Foretravel started building on its own chassis in 2012 in addition to its Nimbus and Phoenix lines. That’s a real switch for a high-end company that, along with the rest of the industry, is still technically emerging from a global downturn. “We custom build just about everything we make,” says Fancher, adding that the ih-45, a 54,000-pound GVWR coach equipped with a 600-hp Cummins engine, an Allison 4000 transmission and a 3,500- to 4,000-pound payload, is the company’s biggest seller. “Last year was a good year,” said Fancher, standing in front of a black-tan-champagne and red-exterior ih-45 listing for $1.3 million. “The typical year since ’08 has been very up and down. Last year was a steady year, and the beginning of this year has been very steady. That’s all a telltale sign of the stock market and economy starting to come back. It’s turned about nicely.”
RV wholesale shipments to retailers of 27,960 units were reported by manufacturers in the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) September monthly survey, 2.3% greater than the previous month and 12.4% ahead of the same month one year ago. This was the highest September total in nine years with gains recorded in conventional travel trailers and all categories of motorhomes. Seasonally adjusted, shipments in September were at an annualized rate of more than 405,000 units. Year-to-date, total RV shipments have now climbed to 285,049 units through the first nine months of the year and ahead of this same period last year by 5%. Towable RVs have gained 5% while motorhomes shipments were up 5.5% through September.
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Tue, Oct 06, 2015:
Ted Caldwell believes in the city that shares his last name.
So much, in fact, that even though the California-based real estate developer has never previously invested in Idaho, he has spent $3 million through his company to develop Canyon Springs RV Resort into a property that will attract traveling RVers as well as residents from existing RV parks in the greater Boise area.
“We’re already attracting residents of other Boise area RV parks who tell us they are pleased to see a new high-quality RV resort in the area with spacious RV sites,” Caldwell said in a press release, adding, “Visitors to the Boise area are also staying with us and enjoying our new facilities.”
A grand opening has been set for Oct. 9-10 in an event that not only celebrates the opening of a new business, but one that heralds the promise of more new businesses coming to the area of Caldwell where Canyon Springs is located.
Through his company, TCC Properties Inc., Caldwell invested $83,000 in materials for a 10,000-foot water-line extension and paid another $82,000 for a quarter-mile-long sewer-line extension that makes it easier and more affordable for other new businesses to open up near Canyon Springs. TCC Properties also paid Idaho Power $60,000 to bring electricity to the site.
“Having these utilities extended opens the door to new development in Caldwell, potentially years in advance of what we might have otherwise expected,” said Brent Orton, Caldwell’s director of public works, adding, “Extension of these utilities improves opportunities for agribusiness, manufacturing, commercial interests, and residential development. We see this partnership with Ted Caldwell as a critical step to stimulate local economic growth in Caldwell and in Canyon County.”
Canyon Springs also creates an increase in accommodation opportunities for major events like the Caldwell Night Rodeo and Canyon County Fair.
The nicely landscaped $3 million RV resort has a 2.5-acre fishing pond stocked with largemouth bass as well as a 3,500-square-foot meeting lodge with flat-screen TVs and a commercial kitchen designed for major events, such as RV rallies, weddings and corporate or chamber of commerce events.
Shade trees have been planted throughout the resort and there are green spaces between each RV site. The RV sites are 60 feet long and come equipped with full hookups, including water, sewer, electrical and cable television service as well as a lamp post that provides night lighting. Basic Wi-Fi is also available for free with high-speed Wi-Fi available for a fee. Pull-through RV sites and lakefront sites are available.
In addition to RV sites and upscale amenities, Canyon Springs offers easy access for travelers and local residents alike.
“Being right off the Highway 20/26 and I-84 intersection makes this an easy-on, easy-off location for overnight guests traveling through the area, and yet there is no traffic noise to speak of,” Caldwell said. “This, in turn, makes it desirable for longer-term stays, owing to its quiet environment and convenient access to and from the greater Boise area.”
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