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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday. 1973 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 15 Interpreting the news NEW YORK The stay-at-home energy-savers have brought layoffs and pro- duction cuts to the motor home industry which thrived for a decade on the get-away- from-it-all vacation. Industry officials say many firms are switching to smaller vehicles to lure the energy- conscious consumer. There are 4.5 million recreatioal vehicles on U S. according to in- dustry figures. They range from the tent camper to the motor home that comes complete with electric range and disposal system. Last sales totaled al- most billion. Three million people worked in some phase of the has been booming since the early 1960s But sales have nose- INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES LTD. .Established 1911 Lower Floor 517 4lh S. 327-1541 dived. industry as a whole is really in said Alan president of Open Road Industries one of the three largest recreation vehi- cle makers. His business employs people and had million in sales last year. But he has laid otf some workers and switch- ed production emphasis from fullsized motor homes to six- seat camper vans and trucks the administration doesn't come up with a workable solution to gas allocation in the next 30 it could spell disaster for the recreation vehicle Robin said Industry officials are trying to convince the government and consumers that houses on wheels are even if they do average six miles to a gallon of gas. You can save 80 per cent of the energy consumed by a nor- mal home if you get in a recre- ation vehicle and go camping for a weekend within 50 miles of said Mike executive director of the Recreation Vehicle a manufacturers association. Many of the 60 motor home makers have had serious lay- offs. The Winnebago Industries Inc. plant in Forest reduced its payroll from employees in May to 600 and cut production from 600 vehicles a week to a spokesman said. In September the firm mar- keted a compact motor home 10 feet shorter than the largest luxury model the spokesman the energy crisis has prompted the consumer to think smaller The trend to smaller vehicles and a belt-tightening atmosphere were evident last week at the annual industry show in where different models were unveiled by 200 makers. Mobilux Corp. of a small manufacturer specializing in luxury motor homes in the to did not take up its reserved space. Emmett head of said his firm shut down a month laying off 125 employees. industry is a disaster and will be dead for about two in my he said. Robert president of urged consumers to up their energy gobbl- ing and use recreational vehicles to vaca- tion within a 50-mile radius of home. going to encourage the use of motor homes for commuting to COLOUR OR BLACK WHITE KEEPS YOUR CAMERA LOADED JULW LEAVE YOUR FILMS FOR DEVELOPING AND AND RECEIVE A NEW ROLL OF FILM AT NO EXTRA CHARGE IN YOUR FINISHING ENVELOPE. COLOUR Quality You pay only for the film developing and for the amount of prints you receive No Hidden Charges No Coupons COLOUR or BLACK WHITE SIZES 110 120 620 127 126 135mm Open Dally 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. iraday and Fri COLLEGE SHOPPING MALL Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 2025 Mayor Magrath We reserve the right to limit quantities. Oil crisis threatens market unity fV EVW Royal honeymooners Honeymooning Princess Anne of England and her Capt. Mark leave the British ambassador's residence in Quito Wednesday morning. They were going for a visit to a horse and cattle hacienda in the Cayambe district on the equator line 30 miles north of Quito. Stay-at-home fuel savers hit motor home industry By CY FOX BRUSSELS crisis has developed to the point where it gives the appearance of threatening the unity and the future of the European Common Market. Despite official Dutch denials of any intention to use the veto as a means of obtain- ing help from Common Market partners to ease Holland's oil there are published predictions that the Netherlands will threaten to disrupt passage of various Community programs until it gets oil assistance. A move along those lines al- ready appears to have hap-' pened at the latest council of Common Market ministers in which among other the Com- munity's future program for helping its under-developed regions. From Holland where gasoline rationing becomes a fact in there are re- ports of the disgruntled Dutch bitterly complaining that their country is useful to the Com- mon Market only when re- sources are needed to help the backward regions. But when an oil famine threatens Holland with eco- nomic such solid- arity in their behalf is not forthcoming from their the Dutch complain. SOME HOPE SEEN Holland has expressed gratification at the verbal sup- port given by West Germany and others to its plea for special consid- eration under current cir- cumstances. And while France and Bri- tain manage to escape further Arab cutbacks affecting Western hope still is expressed here that ultimate- ly a spirit of solidarity among Community members will assert itself. This line of reasoning asserts whatever in- dications to the the economies cf Common Market countries are geared to the idea of solidarity by reason of their day-to-day in- terdependence. For thousands of residents from northern Bel- gium commute across the bor- der into Holland to work. If the Dutch economy sags into a deep recession as a result of the petroleum a large number of these Belgians would lose their jobs. Holland is an im- portant market for the products of its Common Market neighbors. a Dutch economic dis- aster would mean big economic losses to Holland's something they would presumably go all-out to avoid. The British are insisting that there is far more to be gained by quiet diplomacy at this point than by resounding declarations of Common Market unity which the Arabs can construe as hostile. This quiet diplomacy in- volves continuing discussions among Market members as well as efforts that the Europeans might be able to make to promote a Middle East settlement. 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