Wednesday, October 27, 2004

RVers find Wi-Fi at Truck Stops

RVers are likely to find a Wi-Fi signal at truck stops.

"This all happened very quickly," says Brian McCaul, vice president of marketing for TON Services, a division of Flying J. A year ago, there were only a handful of deployments, but now he estimates that nearly 75 percent of all major truck stops have deployed hotspots.

"In the case of Wi-Fi, we invested ahead of where we thought the market was in terms of actual users, but the adoption rate in the industry surprised us. Truck drivers, RVers, and business travelers all seemed to be just waiting for this type of service," McCaul said.

To date, Flying J has rolled out about 270 hotspots. Full Story...


Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Workhorse R Series Motor Home Chassis Expands Applications

The Workhorse R Series motor home chassis provides GVWR options of 32,000 lb., 29,500 lb. and 28,000 lb., and respective GCWRs of 44,000 lb., 41,500 lb. and 40,000 lb. It offers wheelbases of 208, 228, 242, 252 and 262 inches for both straight rail and raised rail configurations and a 276-inch wheelbase for a raised rail.

R Series models also provide both side and rear coolpack offerings and are powered by Cummins engine choices of 330 ISC, 350 ISL, 370 ISL and 400 ISL horsepower, all coupled to Allison® 3000 MH transmissions.

“The R Series integrates chassis components in a way that provides the best combination of ride and handling,” says Jon Krider, senior RV marketing manager for Workhorse. “It also has engine choices and cooling configurations that deliver more power and performance. Full Story...

Saturday, October 23, 2004

RVers Have Healthy Lifestyles

A recent RV industry survey shows that families that go RVing are better able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities that lead to a fit lifestyle. Hiking and walking are two of the most popular RVing activities with over three-fourths of respondents saying they are more physically active on RV trips compared to when they are at home.

Seven out of 10 say they walk more during RV vacations than when they are at home. Over 40 percent of respondents report walking 3 to 10 miles daily during RV vacations. “RVing helps us get off the couch and out of the house,” notes RVer Roger Allen of Olustee, Okla.

Ninety four percent of survey takers insisted that RVing helps their families maintain a healthier lifestyle. Respondents cited the ability to relax and relieve stress (85%), control their own schedule (75%) and cook/eat their own food (74%) as reasons why RVing promotes good health.

“RVing makes my family healthier because we have much less stress,” explained RVer Butch Taylor of Graham, N.C. “And we also don’t eat as much fast food on RV trips.”

Reinforcing the outdoor-friendly nature of RVing, a sizable majority (95%) of RVers believe that RVing makes it easier to reach public lands to pursue outdoor recreation activities.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Temperatures fall but RV travel stays hot

A new Rv Industry Association survey shows recreation vehicle travel will be strong this autumn and winter. Americans plan to turn on the heat in their RVs and hit the road to pursue a variety of outdoor passions like camping, viewing fall foliage, tailgating and even skiing.

The latest “Campfire Canvass” biannual survey of RV owners reveals that 95 percent of RV owners expect to travel more (56%) or about the same (39%) this season as they did a year ago.

RVers anticipate traveling an average of 29 days this fall/winter... three more than they did last year during this period... despite the rise in gas prices since then. They also plan to log approximately 1,700 miles—almost 70 more than they did last fall/winter—including 6 weekends.

Survey respondents cited desires to enjoy nature (62%), take more mini-vacations (58%) travel at their own pace (51%), escape stress (45%) and spend time with family (34%) as key reasons for increasing their travel plans this fall/winter.

Reflecting Americans’ increased preference for shorter, more frequent getaways, 9 out of 10 respondents believe owning an RV allows them to take more mini-vacations. For example, RV owner Timothy DeJoy of Warners, N.Y., explains, “After work on Friday we hook up the RV and we’re rolling down the road for the weekend.”

Similarly, RVer Charles Elkins of Mary Esther, Fla. agrees: “We can go on the spur-of-the-moment and not have to worry about reservations or keeping a schedule.

The overwhelming favorite activity of RVers is camping, which was cited by 8 out of 10 survey respondents. Fishing (49%), hiking (42%), attending craft and harvest festivals (42%), shopping (40%) and viewing foliage (36%) were also mentioned as top activities enjoyed by RVers.

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Motor Home maker Monaco cautious as RV sales slow

Coburg, Oregon based RV maker Monaco Coach Corp. announced solid preliminary financial results for the quarter ended Oct. 2, but warned that retail motor home sales slowed in August and September. Full Story...

Winter visitors return to Arizona

Arizona's winter visitors are starting to trickle into the state this month, and senior communities that were summer ghost towns are coming back to life.

Last year, 300,000 visitors spent the winter in Arizona, dropping about $1 billion into the economy, according to Arizona State University's Center for Business Research, even though 2003-04 marked the sixth consecutive season of overall decline in winter visitors to the state. Full Story...

Friday, October 15, 2004

Restyled 2005 Bounder Motor Home Unveiled at RVIA Show

The fresh new 2005 Bounder features significant new exterior features including sleek graphics package options, expanded paint color options and a redesigned front grill.

Inside, the Bounder has a 27" flat screen Panasonic television, whole-house water filtration, 50-amp electrical service and electronic leveling for improved reliability and lighter weight.

The new motor home will also offer a new 36Z double-slide floor plan. The 36Z features a unique side-aisle layout that provides an oversized galley area for added storage and counter space, an exceptionally large bathroom featuring a residential-size shower and a private bedroom suite. Full Story...

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Single women are becoming full time RVers

They might be labeled "snow hens," the growing number of single, senior women who flock to sunny spots behind the wheel of a motor home.

Women such as Nicole de Lorimier, who sold her house in Santa Barbara, Calif., last year, went on the road full time in a 21-foot recreational vehicle and hasn't looked back. Full Story...

RV club has members across the USA and Canada

Age is no obstacle for a group of determined older travelers who love the highways and byways of the nation and spend their lives traveling around America in recreational vehicles.

The Holiday Rambler Recreational Vehicle Club is the leading recreational vehicle club in the nation with more than 300 chapters and thousands of members nationwide and in Canada. Full Story...

Saturday, October 09, 2004

Airstreamers enjoy their Unique RVs and each other

Every month during warm weather, the Mahoning Valley, Ohio chapter of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International take to the road to enjoy camping, companionship and the Airstream lifestyle at a rally within a day's drive.

"It is just like being in a family," said Nancy Lawrence, a past president of the local club, who, with her husband, Tom, has owned a half-dozen Airstreams over the years. Full Story...

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Nation's largest RV retailer acquires another dealership

FreedomRoads, the nation's largest recreational vehicle retailer, announced Wednesday the acquisition of Stout's RV of Greenwood, Indiana. Full Story...

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show Opens

Consumers can find new 2005 recreation vehicles at the 15th Annual Fall Detroit Camper and RV Show, October 6-10, 2005, at the Novi Expo Center in Novi, Mich. Folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel travel trailers will be on display ranging in price from $4,000 to more than $300,000.

The show is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), a member organization representing all aspects of the camping and RV industries. Consumers can call 517.349.8881 or visit http://www.marvac.org for additional information on the RV show

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

AG Investigates Whether Campground Residents Can Vote

The investigation started after the Freedom N.H. town planning board agreed to extend stays at Totem Pole Campground from six to 11 months and a campsite resident's attempt to register to vote in Freedom was rejected.

An agreement between the town and campground residents states that the park is meant for temporary stays only and prohibits its residents from establishing residency in Freedom. The agreement says camp ground dwellers are not eligible to register to vote, register a car, attend school or receive any other municipal benefits from Freedom. Full Story...

Monday, October 04, 2004

Buying RV online didn't work out well for eBay bidder

Earlier this year Utah resident Edward X. Junia won the bidding on eBay for a 1988 motor home that was being offered up by Estate Vehicle Sales of Rochester.

Junia paid Estate $15,100 for the RV, and then he and his wife flew to Rochester in late June to pick it up.

It was not to his liking. Junia claims that Estate promised the motor home ran "absolutely perfect" and had a "near flawless" interior, but the RV he saw would barely start, had unsafe tires, an apparently leaky roof, and interior problems. Full Story...

New RVer recounts shakedown trip

Travel is more entertaining if you impose some purpose on it, make it a quest, a game. So I shaped the trip as a shakedown cruise for the 35-foot Dolphin motor home that, in a moment of impetuous need, I had purchased just three days before I departed. Full Story...

Friday, October 01, 2004

Lawsuit claims city not playing fair on zoning and RV Parking

The City of Elko, NV won a partial victory this month after portions of a lawsuit filed by the owners of Double Dice RV Park were dismissed, but several legal issues remain.

The case began in 1999 when Marvin and Julie Churchfield filed suit in Elko District Court principally over what they claim is the city's failure to enforce zoning regulations that govern recreational vehicle parking. Full Story...

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