Posts Tagged ‘RVs’

More Modular Housing Opens in North Dakota

February 15th, 2013 Comments off

PRWeb informs MHProNews M SPACE has begun leasing studio, one and two bedroom modular homes in the Bakken oil field area in western North Dakota. The 114 Ponderosa and 46 Ridgeview furnished homes began welcoming new residents in January in this oil boom town where some people earning $100,000 annually are living in cars and RVs in parking lots due to the housing shortage. Meanwhile, oil field workers are moving in to modular workforce duplexes rented to the energy companies. M SPACE provides commercial and residential modular housing solutions to oil and mining development companies across the nation.

(Photo credit: Casy Page/minotdailynews–Kari Andren and Mary Pipla check out a man camp workforce modular unit in Williston, ND.)

Sun Shines on More Sun

February 13th, 2013 Comments off

MHProNews has learned from RVBusiness that Sun Communities, Inc. has purchased ten recreational vehicle communities in seven states from Wis. to Maine for $111.47 million. Of the 3,700 sites, approximately 40 percent have RVs under annual rental contracts. Southfield, Mich.-based Sun—a real estate investment trust (REIT)–also acquired cottages and homes located in the communities for an additional $1.32 million. This acquisition increases Sun’s portfolio to 183 MH and RV communities comprising 67,381 developed sites.

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City to Impose Fee on MH

August 27th, 2012 Comments off

The Brownsville Herald in Texas says the San Benito utility board will try to pass a $10 monthly fee on manufactured homes to help pay for a $17.7 million water and sewer plant upgrade in this city just north of Brownsville. Last year the city levied the fee on unmetered recreational vehicles (RVs) only to discover a law that prohibits that fee, and had to return the funds. Fun N Sun RV Resort’s 1,400 sites includes 300 MH sites which the city intends to collect on since they are permanent residences. MHProNews has learned San Benito also hopes to collect the fee from fixed RVs.

(Photo credit: Trulia–San Benito TX manufactured home)

City Trying to Comply with State Code

August 8th, 2012 Comments off

The StatesmanJournal reports from Aumsville, Oregon city officials are trying to comply with a state ordinance that permits recreational vehicles long-term stays in manufactured housing communities. Current city code prohibits long-term stays because chemicals in RV holding tanks kill bacteria that processes raw sewage in the city sewer system. State law was changed in 2005 to accommodate snowbirds who spend winters in Arizona and wanted an affordable option for the warmer months, as well as to provide more income for MHC owners who had available space. Mayor Harold White says, “One to two RVs would not make a difference. But as the scale becomes larger, it could wipe out all bacteria in our sewer system.” The city will try to inform RV users to use local dumpsites before hooking into city utilities. MHProNews has learned Aumsville city officials will also alter the code to allow RV visitors to park at private homes for up to ten days.

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Ohio Preparing for Influx of Workers

July 11th, 2012 1 comment

As energy workers are lured to eastern Ohio to take advantage of the jobs becoming available in the oil and gas fields of the Utica Shale formation, RVBusiness says the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Health have issued a 12-page set of regulations governing water. The guidelines refer to waste water from showers, toilets, sinks and laundry facilities as they apply to temporary housing, including RVs, modular man camps, and manufactured housing. has learned these are not new regulations, merely developed “as a tool for drilling companies, entrepreneurs, or other interested parties looking at providing temporary housing facilities for oil-gas field workers.”

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Oil Boom Repercussions

July 4th, 2012 Comments off

While business may be good for housing suppliers to the oil and energy field projects in north central U.S., increasing populations of mostly single men in North Dakota are drawing a mixed reaction, Ohio tells With a population grown from 12,500 to over 20,000 in four years, primarily due to the drilling of the Bakken shale formation, Williston, ND passed an ordinance banning RVs from parking within the city limits following nuisance complaints about the people living in the 400 campers clustered in neighborhoods. Three RV sites are set to open this summer there. Officials in Mountrail County, some 30 miles east of Williston, decided 12 man camps housing 4,000 was enough, and imposed a moratorium. Some officials note the increase in crime around the man camps, while also acknowledging economic growth.

(Photo credit: Alana Semeuls/Los Angeles Times/MCT—Watford City, ND)

Gov. Will Tout RV Recovery

April 25th, 2012 Comments off

RVBusiness says TheElkhartTruth reports Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will visit the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana this Friday to meet with RV execs and publicize the industry’s recovery. Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council (RVIC), says Daniels will meet with company presidents and then hold a news conference. “I think it’s fair to say the industry continues to rebound,” Bowersox says, suggesting the market has a lot of pent-up demand. “I think there’s more interest than the numbers are showing but interest doesn’t make the factories turn out RVs.” notes Gov. Daniels could have been a solid contender for the Republican presidential nomination but declined the opportunity for family reasons.

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RV/MH Museum Gets another Reprieve

March 16th, 2012 Comments off

The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart, Indiana has re-structured millions of dollars of debt to give it more time to pay the $4 million it owes to 1st Source Bank and the family of the late Robert “Boots” Ingram, according to The Elkhart Truth. WSBT tells the funds were used to enlarge the facility and purchase a collection of pre-WWII vintage RVs. The re-structuring will extend the loans’ due dates and reduce the museum’s monthly payments. 1st Source lowered the interest rate, and the Ingram family forgave overdue interest payments, and has agreed to wait until the bank is paid off in 2016 before receiving payments or interest on its loan. Additionally, the Ingram family will match any individual contributions up to $100,000 raised before Aug. 2012. While the re-structuring will provide a temporary cushion, the Museum owes a $90,000 sewer bill to the city of Elkhart, which the city had held off pursuing. See previous story from Dec. 26, 2011.

(Photo credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum

RV Dealer Adding HUD & MOD

March 6th, 2012 Comments off

WillistonHerald in North Dakota reports that Rugby Homes, in business since 1963 and selling RVs in Williston for six years, has hired a full time salesman to sell modular and manufactured housing for the North Dakota-based company. The oil boom in the area, as we have reported previously, has created an acute shortage of housing with people living in cars and RVs in parking lots and parks. Says Gary Kirchofner, Rugby’s owner: “We’re a full dealer. We’re not just somebody that is selling the houses from out of the area and bringing them in and dropping them off. We’re there to sell them and service them.” Rugby’s man-on-the-scene is Bryan Amburgy (pictured here), who lives on site.

(Photo credit: WillistonHerald/Elijah Nouvelage)

Drew Draws in Doors

February 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Bradenton tells Lippert Components, the wholly-owned subsidiary of MH and RV component maker Drew Industries, Inc., acquired Euramax International, Inc.’s United States RV entry door business for $1.7 million. USRV has annualized sales of $6 million. Lippert paid $1.2 million and will pay the balance over the next three years. Drew’s president and CEO Fred Zinn, noting Lippert’s prominence in the entry door field, said, “This acquisition enhances our growth and profit potential. With substantial borrowing capacity, and an outstanding operating management team, we have the resources to continue to pursue expansion opportunities which we believe will yield favorable returns on our investments.” CEO Jason Lippert of Lippert Components said, “”We will be able to consolidate the Euramax door production into our existing facilities, and utilize our existing production capacity and strong management team….to improve efficiencies and reduce costs of the acquired operations.” White Plains, NY-based Drew supplies the RV and MH industry with an array of components including doors, windows, chassis, axles, upholstered furniture, bath and shower fixtures, and slide-out mechanisms for RVs.

(Graphic credit: Drew Ind.)