Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Fleetwood RV Introduces Jamboree GTX And Tioga SLX

Fleetwood RV has collaborated with the BMW Group DesignworksUSA to introduce its Jamboree GTX and Tioga SLX Class C motor homes.

“The Jamboree GTX and Tioga SLX are designed to appeal to a customer who appreciates contemporary design and styling, predominately found in high-end marine vessels and corporate jets,” said Chris Braun, Executive Vice President of Fleetwood RV. “With that in mind, we joined forces with a local Southern California partner, renowned BMW Group DesignworksUSA. The result is a sophisticated and affordable motor home that enhances the RV experience.” Full Story...

Fleetwood RV Debuts 2005 Pace Arrow With 23’ Slide-Out

Fleetwood RV revealed its 2005 Pace Arrow full-wall-slide floor plan at the 42nd Annual National RVIA tradeshow in Louisville, KY.

The new Pace Arrow 36D floor plan with an expansive 340 square feet of living space provides a wider living area from front to back. Adding to the floor plan’s residential feel, the 23’ side slide-out room features a freestanding dinette, stainless steel double-door refrigerator, hide-a-bed sofa, and enormous bedroom wardrobe. Other unique floor plan features include a luxury curved shower and elegant sliding French glass doors separating the bedroom suite for privacy. An electronic-flush Tecma Silence Plus macerator toilet helps reduce water consumption for extended stays.

The Pace Arrow can be ordered with an optional Workhorse W24 chassis, rated at a 24,000 lbs. gross vehicle weight. The 340-horsepower Votec™ engine and Allison 2100 MH transmission provide ample power to handle extra payload and 6,000 lb. towing capacity. The Pace Arrow is available with DuPont basecoat and clear coat high-gloss finishes in six full-body-paint color schemes.

The new Pace Arrow full-wall-slide units will be available on dealers’ lots by mid-February 2005. Full Story...

Friday, November 26, 2004

Bring your own bedroom

This year it appears that a growing number of people are piling into Motorhomes. Some of the largest renters of recreational vehicles say business this holiday season is up 10 percent to 20 percent. Families are driving RVs to see relatives and to see attractions, and they are parking them in the driveway.

"Maybe your in-laws are coming and you don't want them in the house, or maybe there really isn't room," said Joe Laing, director of marketing for El Monte RV, a nationwide dealer based in Los Angeles. "It's a great way to have everyone there for the holiday without having them underfoot." Full Story...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

An RV Thanksgiving

Lets have Thanksgiving dinner with Grandmother. That is, if we can find her. Grandmother is a little different now; a lot younger, very active.

Over the sand dunes, around the cacti, to grandmotherís we go. The old farm place has changed also. Grandmother is either in some RV park or in the desert like Death Valley. But I am sure if we try hard enough, we can find grandmother. Full Story...

Denali National Park reservations for 2005

Starting Dec. 1, the concessionaire for Denali National Park and Preserve will begin taking reservations for campground sites and shuttle-bus seats for the 2005 visitor season, the National Park Service said this week.

Reservations can be made online, by mail and by fax. Starting Feb. 15, they can be made by phone as well.

Camping sites open for reservation on Dec. 1 include all those in the campgrounds at Riley Creek, Savage River, Teklanika (RVs only) and Wonder Lake (tents only), the Park Service said. Scroll down the page to get the Full Story....

Monday, November 22, 2004

RV'ers heading to Florida without reservations may not find a space.

Because the Federal Emergency Management Agency has been been renting so many RV spaces for hurricane victims staying in government owned trailers many Florida RV parks are full.

Some park owners are concerned that winter visitors without early reservations could find themselves without a place to park their rigs.

One RV park in Polk County already has asked FEMA to pull out some of its trailers to make way for seasonal residents.

Sunday, November 21, 2004

Selling high-end coaches is inside job for RV Dealer

The 10,000 RV dealership in Kearny Mesa, California is bringing customers indoors to do their shopping.

"It's a more upscale approach," Larry Simpson, the company's marketing director, said of the new showroom at 7520 Convoy Court. "People are making a huge investment when shopping for a motor home and the indoor showroom is a better way to display higher-end coaches."

The company opened the showroom in July, after taking over and renovating a DHL shipping warehouse. The building houses offices, a home-like customer area and the 16,000-square-foot showroom. Full Story...

Zion River Resort, the Best of the Best RV Parks

In April 2000 a new business opened its doors in the tiny town of Virgin. Bob, Todd and Ron Smith had joined together to build what has turned out to be the top-rated RV park and campground in the state of Utah, as well as being ranked in the top 30 RV resorts in the entire country.Full Story...

Family Campground Welcomes Patrons Back For The Holidays

The leaves are gone, the two pools are empty and groundskeepers are trimming trees and preparing for winter at the Highland Orchards Resort Park, but that doesn't deter the RVers. And they'll be there through the winter months, as well, although in far fewer numbers than in the summer, when thousands of campers flock to the family-owned campground and RV park to spend a weekend, a few days or a few weeks.

In fact, the campground is expecting a pre-Thanksgiving rush as the “RVers” arrive in well-appointed trailers and motor homes to visit family or enjoy the fall season in southeastern Connecticut. Full Story...

Friday, November 19, 2004

Couple Recovering after Motorhome Explosion

The couple was traveling through Utah with friends in late September when their vacation abruptly ended.

On their way to the Grand Canyon from British Columbia, Peter and Mary Makowichuk parked their RV in a downtown parking lot to spend the night. On the morning of September 22, Mary turned on the stove, and the motor home exploded. Mary was buried in the rubble with severe burns over 25% of her body. Her husband Peter was literally blown out of bed and ended up pinned upright against a wall. Article includes photos. Full Story...

Thursday, November 18, 2004

RVers talk about their Harrowing Incident

Thomas and Peggy Patton of King, NC were traveling south on Interstate 81 Monday in Tennessee. Their camper began to sway behind their 1999 Ford Explorer after a large motor home passed.

The camper swung wildly and turned over, and sent the SUV over the bridge. A power pole was also clipped, knocking out electricity throughout Blountville.

Highway Patrol Trooper Tim Wolfenbarger said the hitch connecting the Explorer to the camper was all that kept the SUV from crashing onto Highway 394 below. Full Story... also see Video

RVs to get new homes in Cape Coral FL

Super garages with room for a full-sized recreational motor home or big boat are planned for a neighborhood of custom-built homes in Cape Coral. The doorways will be about 15 to 18 feet tall to provide clearance for an RV with a height of about 11.5 feet.

According to the developer, Pinewood Lakes will be good for Cape Coral, which people find RV unfriendly because of its rule against keeping an RV outdoors at home. RVs can be kept at home on a permanent basis if they are parked inside the garage. Temporary permits — good for 72 hours — allow RV owners to park at home to load them before or unload them after a trip. Full Story...

RVers should consider California's North Coast

California's North Coast beckons strongly, offering uncrowded trails RV parks and campgrounds, abundant wildlife, bistros and lodges with spur-of-the-moment availability. The whole coast has a fresh look, as a bit of its wildness returns. Dress for warmth, and relax into all the remoteness and solitude. Full Story...

Thursday, November 11, 2004

RV megadealer Lazy Days sells up to 8,000 RVs a year

Tired of farming tomatoes and corn in northeastern Tennessee, young Donald Wallace bought a house trailer and moved to Tampa to start a landscaping business with his father and brother. After cleaning it up a bit Wallace later sold the trailer at a $500 profit-a windfall in 1976. He tried this arbitrage a few more times, with good results. Soon the family was in the recreational vehicle business. "Our plan was to sell two units a month," he says.

Today Wallace moves 2.5 units each and every hour he is open for business at his gargantuan Lazy Days RV Center in Seffner, a backwater just east of Tampa, Fla. That adds up to 8,000 RVs a year at prices from $5,000 for a small used trailer to $1.2 million for a 45-foot, 20-ton diesel coach. Full Story...

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Ban on boondocking at Wal-Mart is postponed

Livermore California's City Council is debating whether to ban RVs from overnight stays and camping in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart store on Las Positas Road, and to prohibit sales of recreational vehicles on the lot's eastern end.

But it postponed action on the Planning Commission's proposal to prohibit overnight boondocking in the Wal-Mart lot, except by store employees, and to ban RV sales by special-event promoters who lease parking lot space from Wal-Mart.

Councilwoman Marj Leider said overnight parking in the Wal-Mart lot has created some security problems, citing among other things an October 2002 assault of a 65-year-old Michigan man in his motor home parked there. Full Story...

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

For year-round RVers, the wheels keep turning

Jack and Debbie Gross' front yard could be the Arizona desert. Visitors to their patio just might get a glimpse of Lake Amistad, near Del Rio, Texas, a stone's throw from the Mexican border. Their living room window often overlooks acres of lush, green North Carolina woods or miles of white-sand Florida beach.

"Every day, it's a new view," Jack Gross says.

"Our way of life is just whatever we fall into," Debbie Gross says.

The Grosses are nomads rolling through America's back roads in a 35-foot luxury motor home. Home sweet home is wherever they choose, be it a sleepy Texas border town, a cousin's property in North Carolina or Jack's sister's driveway in Florida. Full Story...

Active Military and Disabled Vets Camp Free on Veterans Day

Disabled veterans and active-duty military servicemen can camp free in Oregon state parks on Veteran's Day.

The fee waiver, approved by the 2003 Legislature, applies to 26 Oregon state parks that require vehicle day-use permits and to the rental of traditional campsites in 50 campgrounds. Soldiers and disabled veterans will still have to pay for reservations, extra vehicle campground parking and the rental of yurts, cabins and other overnight facilities. Full Story...

Monday, November 08, 2004

Ski Bums... Older, Wealthier, RVers

Ski bums used to live in vans, or room with other young people. Today, some ski bums in Colorado's high country are living in plush recreational vehicles, and are far from young.

"All the comforts of home," says Ken Hilt, 38, who moved to Breckenridge along with his 35-year-old wife, Becky Bowers and their cat, Chester. The couple left everything else behind in Wisconsin for their 34-foot RV, with three slides.

"Quit our jobs, sold our house, bought a truck and trailer, went to the closing in the truck and trailer, then went west to Colorado," says Hilt. "We do work a job, almost 40 hours a week. It's terrible. We have to work at least four days a week," laughs Hilt. Full Story...

Full Time RVers - Living inside the box

John and Barbara Pons, now semi-retired, made a big decision earlier this year, the life-changing kind. They sold the house, bought a 40-foot RV and reserved a spot at Tiger Run RV Resort just north of Breckenridge, and made up their minds to spend the next five months living it up, in a box and in the outdoors as full time RVers.

"My girls laughed when we told them," Barbara, a former data manager for a pharmaceutical firm, said her children's reaction to the decision. "They said we deserved it. The rest of the family ...? Some were jealous."

"There's a wide bell curve between people thinking 'trailer trash' and 'you're doing what?'" John said. Full Story...

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