Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Hurricane victims find living in an RV tricky

Many South Mississippians are learning RV life can be tricky. Specialty supplies can be hard to find. Basic repairs can be perplexing.

Bo Black of Paw Paw's Camper City on U.S. 49 in Lyman, MS said "We have a ton of people out there who are sitting in a trailer and they have absolutely no idea what's going on," Black said. "To an experienced RVer, about 50 percent of the repairs they can do themselves. Some of the others don't have a clue." Full Story...

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Tuesday, November 29, 2005

RVers demand customization and a new Newmar motorhome built on a Spartan chassis makes that possible like never before.

Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., will have its patented mid-engine Me2 on display on a new motorhome model at the 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

Newmar Corporation is showcasing the All Star, a new Class A motorhome riding on a Spartan Me2 that features a two-level bedroom in rear, large enough for two bunk beds and a queen-size bed, allowing the vehicle to sleep up to eight people and specifically designed for families.

The Spartan Me2 chassis has the engine in the middle of the coach and
below the frame rails, allowing for flat floors, more room, better design
flexibility, improved performance and better ride and handling. The Me2 also
increases the layout possibilities for future motorhomes, such as having a hot
tub, workshop, or master bedroom with half-bath in the rear of the vehicle.
Spartan has included a "virtual tour" of possible layouts using the Me2 on its
website at http://www.spartanchassis.com/mh/me2do.asp .


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Spartan Chassis Teams with Newmar to Build a Motorhome for the Whole Family

RVers demand customization and a new Newmar motorhome built on a Spartan chassis makes that possible like never before.

Spartan Chassis, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors, Inc., will have its patented mid-engine Me2 on display on a new motorhome model at the 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky.

Newmar Corporation is showcasing the All Star, a new Class A motorhome riding on a Spartan Me2 that features a two-level bedroom in rear, large enough for two bunk beds and a queen-size bed, allowing the vehicle to sleep up to eight people and specifically designed for families.

The Spartan Me2 chassis has the engine in the middle of the coach and below the frame rails, allowing for flat floors, more room, better design flexibility, improved performance and better ride and handling. The Me2 also increases the layout possibilities for future motorhomes, such as having a hot tub, workshop, or master bedroom with half-bath in the rear of the vehicle.

Spartan has included a "virtual tour" of possible layouts using the Me2 on its website at: http://www.spartanchassis.com/mh/me2do.asp .


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Fleetwood Introduces 2006 Full-Wall-Slide Class A Diesel Motor Homes

Fleetwood RV today announced it will offer its
patent-pending SpacePlus(TM) full-wall slide technology in the 2006 Discovery,
Excursion and Providence Class A diesel motor home lines.

The new models will be launched to dealers at the 43rd Annual RVIA
tradeshow in Louisville, KY. First introduced on the 2005 Pace Arrow, the
full-wall slide system features a 27-foot slide-out wall, providing over 390
square feet of open living space. Fleetwood collaborated closely with
Freightliner Custom Chassis to significantly lower the engine and eliminate
the typical step-up around the master bed, creating a rear living space with a
flat floor, seven-foot ceilings and an unprecedented level of openness
throughout the coach.

The 2006 Discovery, Excursion and Providence models also feature
additional exterior color choices with coordinating interior options and large
E-Z Store exterior compartment doors which extend with the slide-outs. Each
unit emphasizes comfort with more options including water heaters with
16-gallon output capability, sofa sleeper with air mattress, automatic-start
generators, and 14-cubic-foot refrigerators.


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Class teaches you how to be RV-savvy

Ed Gallup's RVT-100 class at Sacramento City College is the only forum of its kind in Northern California where RV owners or prospective owners can learn in detail how to select, operate and maintain their vehicles.

"Most people never even use their VCR to its potential because they don't know how," Gallup points out. "Just think about walking up to something as big and strange as an RV: There's no way you can remember everything the salesman tells you - and believe me, they don't begin to tell you everything."

Gallup's curriculum aims to create informed consumers by teaching RV owners how their units work so they can maximize enjoyment and minimize preventable problems. Classroom sessions cover basics such as RV types, tow vehicles, weight calculations and safe operating procedures. Students also jump into their vehicles' complicated innards with instruction in practical skills such as troubleshooting and fixing the electrical, waste, water, propane, air-conditioning and refrigeration systems. Full Story...
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Friday, November 25, 2005

RV repair instructor gets on TV

Terry Cooper, lead instructor with Texas State Technical College's RV maintenance program, is slated to appear tonight on the Do It Yourself Network's “Classic Rides.” The series features host Kevin Tetz, who restores a variety of vehicles with the help of experts. During the two episodes featuring Cooper, Metz and company resurrect a vintage 1970 model Airstream trailer.

The 51-year-old Cooper, who has worked on RVs since he was a teen, said he was attending an RV dealer convention a few months ago when he was invited to attend a “Classic Rides” taping in Knoxville, Tenn.

Cooper said when he first showed up at the set, he thought show producers would just turn to him for advice off camera and he wouldn't be in the show. But after listening to Cooper for a few minutes, producers realized restoring the vehicle would be a serious undertaking, he said.

As Cooper described the vehicle's woes and how to fix them to show producers, they were so impressed that they offered him some face time in front of the camera. Full Story...

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

YOSEMITE hikes some campground fees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. Campers will pay a couple extra dollars when they head to Yosemite National Park next year.

Fees at the Upper Pines, Lower Pines, North Pines Hodgdon Meadows, Crane Flat and Wawona campgrounds after January first will have to pay 20 dollars a night -- up from 18.

Fees at Bridalveil Creek and White Wolf campgrounds will increase from 12 to 14 dollars a night. And Tamarack Flat, Yosemite Creek and Porcupine Flat will increase from eight to ten dollars a night.

Park officials say it's been about four years since the last fee increase.

'Tis the season: to be camping in Florida

If the sounds and smells of a crackling campfire stir happy memories for you, then why not relive those memories and try camping again?

You do not need an expensive rig. A simple tent or two, sleeping bags and cots for comfort, a couple of extra tarpaulins for shelter and to keep the area clean, plus a good supply of easily prepared food and plenty of drinks can turn an ordinary weekend into an inexpensive adventure.

In the tri-county area of Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties there are several places to camp and enjoy nature. Full Story....

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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Airstream trailers still an icon and special to thier owners

Bob Cornute of Saratoga Springs dotes on his two vintage Airstreams. He calls them 'the world's biggest tinker toys.' And he is a tinkerer. He knows the heavy owners manual chapter and verse, and has conquered his Airstreams' multiple intricacies.

Luckily for him, his wife Carmen was a Girl Scout in her native Jamaica. There was no arm-twisting incentive to get her on the road.

The Cornutes splurged on a 31-foot International in 1981. A year later, they joined the Hudson-Mohawk unit of the Wally Byam Caravan Club International (WBCCI) and they haven't looked back. Now retired, the couple goes on as many rallies and caravans with their group as possible. Bob is now assistant vice president of the local group, the couple's scrapbooks filled with more than 20 years of on the road adventure.

Membership in WBCCI is open only to owners of Airstreams. And ownership is considered a privilege to those who have discovered the open road and the people who populate it. Full Story...

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Friday, November 18, 2005

An RV with brick floors?

Todd Cutrer's home boast some of the hottest amenities in interior design: Custom leather sofas. Dark-cherry cabinets. A 68-in. projection TV. There's stainless steel in the kitchen, brick and hardwood on the floors.
"Where I'm from in the South, real wood and brick, that's a stately look," says Mr. Cutrer, who owns several financial-services firms in Baton Rouge, La.

But his place also has a few features you won't find in the latest issue of "House Beautiful": a 525-hp. Caterpillar engine, a full air-suspension system, a 150-gallon fuel tank, and 22-1/2-in. alloy wheels. Full Story...
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Ease into RV ownership, expect little tax benefit

There aren't many costs of a motor home that you can deduct on your income taxes. You cannot deduct the purchase price, the gasoline or diesel, tires, maintenance or the park rents. The only costs you can deduct are your property taxes and the interest charges, if you choose to finance.

A used motor home can set you back a few thousand dollars; a fancy new motor coach can run into seven figures. Unlike a house, a motor home will not appreciate over the years. Just the opposite will occur. In time, the value of the motor home will become virtually nothing. If you have plenty of cash and can afford it, fine. Just don't let a costly RV destroy your finances. Full Story...

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

Winnebago Receives 10th RVDA Quality Circle Award

Winnebago Industries, Inc., received notification that the Company will once again receive the prestigious Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers' Association (RVDA) at the 43rd Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY on November 28, 2005.

Winnebago Industries is the only recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturer to receive the Quality Circle Award every year since its inception a decade ago and the only company among the five top-selling motor home manufacturers to receive the award this year.

Quality Circle Award winners are determined by the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey, which RVDA conducts annually with its dealer organization. The DSI survey asks its members to rate their manufacturers' performance in four categories: sales, product, management and service/warranty/support. Full Story...

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RVers lost golden cocker spaniel after motohome crash

It's bad enough that they were far away from home when an unfortunate crash left them shaken up and their RV in shambles. To make matters worse, their little dog was lost in the chaos.

On Nov. 8, Penny and Don Gerson of Golden, Colo., were eastbound on I-10 near Lloyd when Penny - new to RV driving - ran off the side of the road and then overcorrected. Their motor home flipped upside down.

Lucy, their little golden cocker spaniel, disappeared. Full Story...

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2005 Fall Motor Home & Trailer Show presents first RVIS Award winners

The Motor Home & Trailer Shows have announced the 2005 recipients of the first annual RVIS Awards. RVIS is an acronym for Recreation Vehicle Industry Supporter and recognizes any business or organization, other than an RV manufacturer or dealer, showing an active and ongoing "…support of the recreation vehicle industry and all its participants who strive to promote the pleasures and benefits of the Leisure Lifestyle."

The 2005 RVIS Award recipients are:

1. On The Road Again Insurance Ltd.
2. BMO Bank of Montreal
3. Hitch City
4. RV Lifestyle Magazine
5. Ontario Parks

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Tuesday, November 15, 2005

New book about an incredible Motorhome adventure.

Jim Jaillet shares his "Once in a lifetime experience" with the publication of Panama or Bust - A 343 day adventure in a motorhome!

"I wanted people to know what a wonderful place Central America is, full of beautiful scenery, people, music, and food. While many are very poor, they are rich in heritage and dignity. On the other hand, there are potential dangers. In one place we parked, at about 7 PM, the guy in charge of night-time security insisted that we move our rigs close together and adjacent to the building for the night. We were "surrounded" by about ten security guards with pistols and shotguns while we slept!", says 65-year-old Jaillet. The daily adventures and challenges including being stranded in the rugged Sierra Madre Mountains, with the engine of his motorhome damaged beyond repair and NO 454 cubic inch Chevrolet motors to be had anywhere in all of Mexico! Or the personal discomfort of sharing a bed with a cockroach. Then there was the time when he was fined $2.78 for driving without a shirt in 100+ degree temperatures, and when someone entered his motorhome and stole a number of items. Some of the "countless cultural experiences" that Jim says he "wouldn't have missed for the world."

Panama or Bust is written in a day-by-day journal format and is intended as an armchair adventure, not a guide book. It is a hefty 288 8.5x11 pages, with 11 maps and 196 BIG color photographs. The book describes the 11,122 mile adventure through Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama with 14 border crossings and countless cultural experiences. During the trip, he also drove an additional 5000+ miles in his towed Ford Bronco II. Jaillet says many people take motorhomes into Mexico, but few have the courage to cross into the wilds of Central America.

Jim Jaillet has been an RVer for more than 40 years. He has been on the road, living in his motorhome full-time, since retiring at age 55 in 1995. He is also an avid historical reader.

Link to Publication*: http://www.panamaorbust.com

RV lovers celebrate the open road

WILLIAMSPORT MD - Unless it affects their cable reception, the campers who flooded Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park this weekend rarely have a reason to check the weather.

Warm temperatures bathed the area as members of the Maryland Recreational Vehicles Dealers' Association enjoyed their homes away from home.

About 330 people, including the families of employees of about seven recreational-vehicle dealerships, turned out to celebrate the industry over the weekend, association president Kelly Shanholtzer said Sunday, the final day of the three-day event. Dealer employees who have no vehicles of their own were given loaners to enjoy the weekend, Shanholtzer said. Full Story...
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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Monaco Coach buys R-Vision

Monaco Coach Corp. is buying R-Vision companies and affiliates of Indiana for approximately $60 million in cash.

R-Vision is a manufacturer of travel trailers, including lightweight and hybrid trailers, together with fifth-wheels, Class A motorhomes and Class C motorhomes. Its Bison and Roadmaster affiliates make utility trailers and specialty trailers for transporting automobiles, race cars, motorcycles and horses. R-Vision is the industry's sixth largest towables manufacturer. Full Story...

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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Volunteer campground host receives presidential award

Volunteering as a campground host might seem like work to some, but to Dick Anderson, the work is a minor detail added to an extended free vacation.

Of course there is labor involved — not to mention duties and responsibilities — but when you love what you do as much as Anderson, a few extra hours of work can go by hardly noticed.

Maybe that’s how Anderson, 56, managed to volunteer more than 4,000 hours of work as a campground host on Bureau of Land Management public lands in 2004. Full Story...

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Sunday, November 06, 2005

Young Americans on the road in Motorhome

Matt Wiggins is taking a semester off from Boston College to travel the country with three buddies, meeting others from their generation and making new friends of all ages.

Calling their road trip the Young Americans Project, they have been recording their impressions and profiling 18- to 25-year-olds they meet along the way. They plan to end up with a video and a book.

Right now, their work-in-progress appears on a website at www.tyap.com.

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Friday, November 04, 2005

Fleetwood Reports Preliminary Revenues for Second Quarter Fiscal 2006

Fleetwood Enterprises announced its preliminary sales for the second quarter of
fiscal 2006, which ended on October 30, 2005.

Recreational vehicle sales for the second quarter were down 13 percent to
$392 million, compared to $450 million a year ago. Motor home sales were
$249 million, down from $302 million in the prior year, an 18 percent
decrease. Travel trailer sales were $117 million, reflecting a 2 percent
decline from the prior year's sales of $120 million. Folding trailer sales
were down 10 percent to $26 million from $28 million last year.

"The RV market, particularly in motor homes, is appreciably softer than
last year," Fleetwood's President and CEO Elden L. Smith said. "However, our
motor home sales at recent retail shows have been encouraging. We continue to
resist discounting on our 2006 products, but our major motor home competitors
have recently introduced substantial product discounts and sales incentives,
leading us to anticipate that competitive pressure will be significant in the
coming months. Our travel trailer revenues included $30 million of FEMA-unit
sales for temporary shelter as part of the disaster relief effort in the Gulf
States. The majority of the initial order for 7,500 FEMA units will be
shipped during our third quarter. In addition, we have recently received an
order for 3,100 more FEMA units that will be produced in our third and fourth
quarters. Of course, while responding to this national emergency as fully as
we are capable, we are continuing to meet the ongoing needs of our existing
dealers for recreational travel trailer product."

Thursday, November 03, 2005

RV ready for winter?

Ah, November. Cold nights and short days remind us it's time to get the house and yard ready before winter sets in. Don't forget, however, the old RV needs some attention, too.

With summer a distant memory, this is the time of year Wyoming's recreational-vehicle owners need to prepare their motor homes and trailers for a long, cold winter.

RVs differ greatly in size and shape -- from massive motor homes to compact trailers. Winterizing needs also vary.

But there are basics all RV owners should follow. Full Story...

Gulf Stream Class C motorhome for enthusiasts who like to travel with their toys

Along with the introduction of its new "Track & Trail" line of towable toy haulers, Gulf Stream Coach has applied the SURV (Sport Utility Recreational Vehicle) concept to the single slide Endura model Class C -- resulting in the EnduraMax, an adventure-oriented motorhome with an 88-square-foot garage big enough to carry an assortment of two- and four-wheeled sport machines. Full Story...

Motor home slams into back of semi-truck

SALEM, Ore. - A crash involving a motor home and a semi-truck shut down the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 Tuesday morning.

The accident happened in the Salem area just north of the Sunnyside-Turner exit.

The motor home was literally ripped open after hitting the back of a semi. The driver said traffic in front of him slowed and he could not stop in time.

The driver of the motor home was hurt in the crash, but his injuries are not life-threatening. Full Story, Photos and Video

Squirrel’s nest causes Motor Home fire

A squirrel’s nest in a motor home engine compartment caused a fire that destroyed the motor home and caused damage to a garage on Monday afternoon.

Heat for the engine set the nest on fire. The nest burned a rubber gas line, which caused the blaze to erupt. The loss was estimated at $20,000 to the vehicle. Damage to the garage was estimated at $6,000. Full Story...

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BLACK HILLS FOREST CAMPGROUND IMPROVES ACCESSIBILITY

New facilities at Horsethief Campground are making it much easier for persons with disabilities to camp in the Black Hills National Forest.

Forest engineers replaced a dirt trail and a two-lane highway bridge at Horsethief Lake with an accessible pedestrian trail and bridge. The work blends in with the site, said Craig Kjar, Forest engineer. "Things like the roadbed between the day-use site and the campground were transformed into a trail. It really doesn’t look like a road anymore even though it was a two-lane highway."

The forest will complete additional accessibility upgrades this spring at Cook Lake Campground near Sundance, WY, and Roubaix Campground, south of Deadwood, SD, on Hwy 385. Full Story...

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