Monday, December 19, 2005

Cool down motor home’s taxed engine

Q. I bought a 1979 Dodge 440 motor home from an estate sale. Despite sitting for 10 years, it’s in decent shape except for an overheating problem.

I’ve had the radiator boiled out and replaced the upper and lower hoses, the fan clutch, the water pump (twice), and the thermostat (four times). I’ve also removed a core plug from the block and reverse-flushed the engine. It overheats on the road, and it overheats at idle. I’ve confirmed the gauge is accurate; a thermometer measures 230 degrees at the upper hose. Get The Answer

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Gamel RV Donates Use of Motorhome for a Christmas Wish

Dan Gamel's Chico, CA, RV Center is donating the use of a Pace Arrow Motorhome valued at $138,000 to Lance Utterback and his family for what may be their final vacation together. Lance, an officer of the Chico Police Department, has cancer and his wish is to take his children to Disneyland. Accompanied by two fellow officers who will be doing the driving, Lance and his family will leave for their 7 day vacation to Disneyland on December 18.

The Chief of Police, the Mayor of Chico, as well as media personalities from Channel 12 and the Chico Enterprise Record will be present as Lance and his family pick up the RV they will be traveling in. In addition to the $138,000 RV, Dan Gamel's RV Centers will also be presenting Lance and his family with a check for $500 to help aid in the expenses of the trip.

"We're so grateful to be able to help Officer Lance in his request for a family vacation, after all, our business is about families," says company president Wayne Barnes. "We hope this is a Christmas that they can treasure in their memories for the rest of their lives, and knowing that we were a part of that is a huge blessing to our whole team." He continues, "To Lance and his family, our hearts are with you. Merry Christmas and God Bless America."

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Fleetwood RV Joins 'John Ratzenberger's Made in America' on the Travel Channel

Fleetwood RV announced its collaboration with "John Ratzenberger's Made In America," the nationally syndicated show airing on the Travel Channel. The series spotlights American companies producing classic American products such as Coca-Cola, Jeep, Hawaiian Tropic, Wilson Sporting Goods and 3M.

Fleetwood RV worked with Creative Differences, the series' production
company, to supply two Class A diesel motor homes, a 2006 Expedition 37U and Providence 39C. The motor homes served as traveling "living spaces" for the host, John Ratzenberger, and the film crew, making their extensive travel time
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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Fuel prices blamed for drop in Winnebago earnings

North American motor home and caravan makers are feeling the pain of high fuel prices in much the same way as car and truck makers.

Winnebago Industries, the biggest motor home manufacturer, reported a 25 per cent drop in quarterly earnings on Wednesday. Besides an 11.7 per cent fall in deliveries, the Iowa-based company said buyers were opting for lower-priced motor homes and diesel-powered vehicles. Full Story...
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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Grand Forks, ND may Take over State Park

A state parks official is expected to begin discussing with East Grand Forks, ND city leaders today the possibility of the city taking over maintenance of the Red River State Recreation Area.

The state budget for parks continues to be tight, so the Department of Natural Resources is looking to save some money by contracting with East Grand Forks, said city administrator Craig Mattson. Full Story...

Take Your Spouse RVing

Baseball Hall of Famer Bob Gibson recently offered a valuable piece of marriage advice: Take your spouse on frequent RV vacations.

“One of the nicest things about RVing is my wife actually smiles at me when we get inside… she’s always in a good mood in our motorhome,” Gibson said, sharing his firsthand experiences with an audience of RV industry executives.

The former St. Louis Cardinal pitcher received his first RV as a retirement gift from the team in 1975. Gibson and his wife, Wendy, have been on the road ever since. Full Story...

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Friday, December 09, 2005

Fire burns Motorhome and towed SUV

Fred Kressman, was on his way to a motor home rally when a wheel on his 2000 Chevrolet Suburban that he was towing went flat without his knowledge, he said.

The friction of the dragging tire caused a fire which quickly spread to the engine.

By the time Kressman saw the fire in his rearview mirror and pulled over, it was too hot for him to unhook the SUV, he said. The back of the motor home caught fire, and a hand extinguisher was useless against the flames. Full Story... (photo)

RVers use their experience to build new RV RV Park

Williston, FL: When Bill and Denise Martin found the property on SR 121 in Williston they fell in love with many of its defining characteristics but what stood out most were the limerock quarries filled with water.

When the Martins first happened across the property over six years ago, they could see opportunity in the acreage but at first they decided to just build their home and have a place for their own RV. After the first year or so, the Martins decided that this land in Williston would be the perfect place for an upscale RV park that would stand out from many other parks across the state and across the country. Avid recreational motorhome enthusiasts themselves, the Martins admit that at other parks they visit they would often see things they didn't like or thought they could improve upon. With Williston Crossings, they had the opportunity to make those adjustments. Full Story...

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

RV Ownership Reaches All-Time High

U.S. ownership of recreation vehicles (RVs) has reached record levels, reveals a newly released study by the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center.

Today nearly 8 million U.S. households own at least one RV—a 15 percent increase over the past four years and a stunning 58 percent rise since 1980, according to the study. One in 12 U.S. vehicle-owning households now own at least one RV.

A leading force behind RV ownership’s upswing is the enormous baby boomer generation, supported by strong ownership gains among both younger and older buyers. In fact, high RV ownership rates now extend across a 40-year span from age 35 to 75, the study found. Full Story...

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Texas is Latest State to Become “RV Friendly”

“RV Friendly” highway signs will soon be appearing on Texas highways. The Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT) ruled last month that RV Friendly signs be allowed on the “gas-food-lodging” logo highway exit signs of qualified businesses.

The RV Friendly logo—a bright yellow circle with the letters RV—alerts recreation vehicle (RV) motorists of facilities adjacent to highways that cater to the special needs of RVs at specific highway exits. When RV Friendly logos are included on the logos of qualified establishments, motorists know that those businesses will provide parking facilities that accommodate RVs. Full Story...
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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Motor Home Specialist Inc. now selling Blue Bird Wanderlodge

Motor Home Specialist Inc. , Dallas-Ft. Worth TX, has just become the newest retailer for the Blue Bird Wanderlodge.

Each Blue Bird Wanderlodge is hand built with the finest materials and most luxurious appointments. There solid steel frames and stainless steel construction provide superior strength and safety. The custom built chassis of the Blue Bird Coach were designed by some of the top engineers in the industry and delivers a ride and drive unlike any other motor coach on the road today.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

RV Industry makes pitch to minority market

Sitting on a leather couch in the back of a luxurious motor home, Dina Green knows her husband's latest passion could have been worse.

"I figured he was going to get to a certain age and buy a red Corvette," Green said.

Five years ago, semiretired house painter Lucious Green, 55, spent about $100,000 on a used 38-foot Fleetwood Discovery. Inside are a gourmet kitchen, a queen-size bed, a full shower and even a washer/dryer. The Greens take the massive RV on about a dozen vacations a year and say it lets them travel in style.

Minorities "have never really been marketed to," said Tom Stinnett, owner of Tom Stinnett R.V. Freedom Center in Clarksville, Ind., and co-chairman of the RV industry's marketing arm, the Go RVing Coalition. "We think there's a vast opportunity for the RV industry to invite them in."

During his coast-to-coast RV travels over the past five years, Green said he has not encountered racism at the campsites and national parks where he's stayed.

"When you get out there camping, people are people. That's what I like about it." Full Story...

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Friday, December 02, 2005

General Motors and Workhorse Expand Class-C Chassis Portfolio

Louisville, KY - Offering the comfort and power of a full-size SUV or pickup truck, General Motors announces the availability of the 6.6-liter Duramax turbo-diesel engine for the 12,300-pound Class-C chassis. In addition to the 14,050-pound chassis, General Motors has also announced that it will co-brand its 12,300-pound and 9,600-pound GVWR chassis with Workhouse Custom Chassis. All three chassis come standard with the Vortec 6.0 V-8 engine. Full Story...
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