Monday, February 21, 2005

Vacationers hit the road in RVs

Forget security checkpoints and long waits at the airport, uncomfortably squashed flights, slow- moving lines at the car rental desk and overworked clerks at the hotel.

Alyson Willans says her vacation starts the moment she leaves the driveway in her decked-out, all-the-comforts-of-home, rented recreational vehicle. Full Story...

Thursday, February 17, 2005

New owner For Foretravel Motorhomes

The new owner of Foretravel Motorhomes is starting out up close and personal with his new acquisition. Lyle Reed and his wife Nell not only own a Foretravel, but they're currently living in it on the company's backlot.

Nell Reed places an 'Open' sign in the front window letting other Foretravel customers that she can receive visitors. "This is what i really enjoy. This is a vanity he put in for me," points out Reed. Nell Reed's husband helped design their Foretravel, a purchase they made after looking up motorhomes in the phone book. Today Lyle Reed is restructuring the company he now owns. Full Story...

Sunday, February 13, 2005

Safety defects require a recall of General Motors vehicle.

The recall affects 155,000 vehicles that have possible hydraulic fluid leaks, which can make vehicles harder to steer and stop.

The recall covers the 2004 and 2005 model years for GM's Avalanche, Express, Silverado and Suburban models and GMC's Sierra, Kodiak, Top Kick, Yukon XL and Hummer H2.

Owners should contact their dealers to schedule free repairs.

Friday, February 11, 2005

Retired teacher is 'reinvented' in RV club

For Gordon Baum, freedom is a weekend with his wife, Ronna, his two cats, Grisham and Jessie, and his 32-foot, 340-horsepower, Class A recreational vehicle.

Baum and roughly 20 others are members of the two-year-old Osprey R.V. Travelers, a new Florida chapter in the nationwide Eagle Fleet RV Travel Club Inc.

The first weekend of every month between November and April, the Baums load up their Newmar Scottsdale RV for a Florida outing to such places as Seffner, Port Charlotte, Lake Placid and Bushnell.

When Baum's childhood friends hear that he has become an avid RVer, many are shocked, he said

They know a man with a very conservative past and more than three decades teaching school in an often stressful environment.

Now, Baum spends motor home weekends doing nothing more than playing cards or throwing metal washers at a board with holes in it. Full Story...

Tuesday, February 08, 2005

Beaudry sells car dealerships to focus on RV business.

Beaudry Motor Co. in Tucson sells car dealerships to concentrate on RV business.

Beaudry is a third generation family owned business founded in 1940 by S.M. "Mac" Beaudry. Before the sale, the company had 11 car franchises.

"We’re going to be focusing our capital on the RV industry, increasing the size of our facilities," said Mike Murphy, Beaudry general counsel.

The company’s Web site boasts it is the largest RV dealer in the Southwest. It has locations in Tucson, San Diego and on Main Street in Mesa.

The company also runs Beaudry RV Resort in Tucson, some 400 full hook-up pads, including 20 with whirlpool baths, and other camping amenities. Full Story...

Monday, February 07, 2005

Fleetwood layoffs announced

Officials of Fleetwood Enterprises, which employs some 2,000 people at several locations in Decatur,IN have announced that approximately 125 people have been laid off at the motor home production plant on US 224 east that has had 1,000 or more workers.

The job cutbacks are the result of lower demand for motor homes and too much vehicle inventory, a spokeswoman for the company, Kathy Munson, stated. Full Story...

Friday, February 04, 2005

Eagles fans nest at Fla. RV campground

This is the best bargain in town - oceanfront accommodations amid palm trees and live oaks, for $18 a night. Per party.

Which is why a dozen or so people are jamming into Ray and Marie Flickinger's 35-foot Winnebago this week, the one decorated with the Eagles blankets, Eagles popcorn maker, Eagles beads, Eagles mini-helmets and mascots, the banner that says "You're in Eagles Country," and the window signs that say "Jacksonville Or Bust."

"It's freezing," shuddered their son, Eric Flickinger, 27, of Folsom, N.J., greeting the Florida morning at the Hanna Park campgrounds yesterday in green fleece. Full Story...

Mom, daughter sharing RV adventures

Hitting the Road With Mom is this winter's theme for Myrna Oakley, 68, and her mother, Doris Murdock, 91, of Gresham, Ore.

It's also the title of a column Oakley is writing for Lifestyles Northwest, a newspaper "for baby boomers and beyond."

The two are trying their wings in Thelma, a 27-foot 1988 El Dorado motor home.

"Some people think we're completely nuts, doing it now," Oakley said, sitting inside her home-away-from-home at Venture Out in Mesa. "But Mum wanted to, and if we ever were to do it, it should be now." Full Story...

Columnist recounts her first Snowbird adventure

Arizona is covered with snowbirds this time of year. In the little RV park where I stayed in Yuma, I saw license plates from Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Minnesota, and other places serious about winter. From Arizona or Southern California, you would think there are no seniors left in the northern part of the continent.

Maybe I will be a bit more qualified to write about seniors after spending a month or so among these snowbirds. My early impressions are that they are friendly, unpretentious, and helpful. Full Story...

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Bill would triple some RV fees

Montana State Rep. Dee Brown introduced a bill to raise fees for motor home purchases. The bill would increase the fees by three times their current rates and also add charges of $500 or $1,000, depending on the length of the vehicle.

The fee for a new motor home less than two years old would increase from $250 to $750. The charges are less for each additional year of age. In addition, owners must pay $500 for motor homes 35 to 40 feet long and $1,000 if they are more than 40 feet long. Full story...

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