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Ted Caldwell believes in the city that shares his last name.
So much, in fact, that even though the California-based real estate developer has never previously invested in Idaho, he has spent $3 million through his company to develop Canyon Springs RV Resort into a property that will attract traveling RVers as well as residents from existing RV parks in the greater Boise area.
“We’re already attracting residents of other Boise area RV parks who tell us they are pleased to see a new high-quality RV resort in the area with spacious RV sites,” Caldwell said in a press release, adding, “Visitors to the Boise area are also staying with us and enjoying our new facilities.”
A grand opening has been set for Oct. 9-10 in an event that not only celebrates the opening of a new business, but one that heralds the promise of more new businesses coming to the area of Caldwell where Canyon Springs is located.
Through his company, TCC Properties Inc., Caldwell invested $83,000 in materials for a 10,000-foot water-line extension and paid another $82,000 for a quarter-mile-long sewer-line extension that makes it easier and more affordable for other new businesses to open up near Canyon Springs. TCC Properties also paid Idaho Power $60,000 to bring electricity to the site.
“Having these utilities extended opens the door to new development in Caldwell, potentially years in advance of what we might have otherwise expected,” said Brent Orton, Caldwell’s director of public works, adding, “Extension of these utilities improves opportunities for agribusiness, manufacturing, commercial interests, and residential development. We see this partnership with Ted Caldwell as a critical step to stimulate local economic growth in Caldwell and in Canyon County.”
Canyon Springs also creates an increase in accommodation opportunities for major events like the Caldwell Night Rodeo and Canyon County Fair.
The nicely landscaped $3 million RV resort has a 2.5-acre fishing pond stocked with largemouth bass as well as a 3,500-square-foot meeting lodge with flat-screen TVs and a commercial kitchen designed for major events, such as RV rallies, weddings and corporate or chamber of commerce events.
Shade trees have been planted throughout the resort and there are green spaces between each RV site. The RV sites are 60 feet long and come equipped with full hookups, including water, sewer, electrical and cable television service as well as a lamp post that provides night lighting. Basic Wi-Fi is also available for free with high-speed Wi-Fi available for a fee. Pull-through RV sites and lakefront sites are available.
In addition to RV sites and upscale amenities, Canyon Springs offers easy access for travelers and local residents alike.
“Being right off the Highway 20/26 and I-84 intersection makes this an easy-on, easy-off location for overnight guests traveling through the area, and yet there is no traffic noise to speak of,” Caldwell said. “This, in turn, makes it desirable for longer-term stays, owing to its quiet environment and convenient access to and from the greater Boise area.”
June 4, 2015
JESSICA WELSHANS - Sentinel correspondent , Lewistown Sentinel
One in four households participates in some type of camping every year, according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association's Consumer Demographic Profile.
No matter if it's tenting, RVing or enjoying an a cabin, more people are looking to spend time in the outdoors.
Jennifer Schwartz, vice president of marketing for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, found that the No. 1 reason camping is popular is people can spend time with family, reconnect and enhance relationships.
"Camping provides that escape and time to bond; it encourages interaction. Nearly 90 percent of all campers camp with their spouse, children and/or extended family," Schwartz said.
It is also affordable and offers a wide variety of things to do and amenities in one place. Schwartz pointed out that campgrounds cater to the family and have activities for all ages.
Trends are leaning toward people wanting a little more convenience while they are enjoying a trip, and Schwartz said RV ownership has grown to 8.9 million households.
"While tent and RV camping remain popular, the trend is the park model or cabin, to allow for more convenience and comfort as well as ease of use. More than 40 percent of campers have stayed in these types of accommodations and the number is growing," Schwartz said. "Recent studies show that 90 percent of outdoor enthusiasts, but non-campers would be interested in renting a cabin that feature amenities like a full bath, kitchen, beds, TV etc. which many campgrounds offer in addition to tent and RV sites."
Aside from the many state parks that offer camping here in Pennsylvania, private campgrounds have a lot of amenities people are looking for these days.
"The full camping experience and value that privately owned parks offer as well as the modern and clean facilities, variety of amenities and onsite recreational options create a great family destination for experienced and first-time campers alike," Schwartz said.
She said campgrounds offer a myriad of recreational options and amenities, for tenters and RVers alike.
Some privately owned campgrounds have things like water parks, slides and pools; jumping pillows; miniature golf or full 18-hole golf courses; ziplines; rafting, paddleboats, canoes, kayaks or paddleboards; all-terrain vehicles; and live entertainment.
Those with larger families can find the space to fit everyone comfortably and be able to all come together in once place for an enjoyable family experience.
"The variety of accommodations and sites available at RV parks and campgrounds provide the space and options that families are looking for. Some families have the equipment and prefer to tent or camp in an RV while others can stay in the comforts of a cabin or park model whatever suits their needs and family size," Schwartz said.
Groups can unitize a combination of RV/tent and cabin sites for their full family, she suggested.
"RV's today, with slideouts that extend the living space and fold down beds can accommodate more sleepers as do cabins with multiple beds and larger kitchen and living spaces," Schwartz said.
Preparing to camp for the first time can be as simple as making a reservation and packing your family's favorite meals, snacks and recreational gear, along with a few essentials to ensure you are prepared for anything, Schwartz said.
First-timers can jump right into the camping experience at one of the many participating Pennsylvania State Parks, too.
Some are offering first-time campers a way to try it out with a discount for a two-night stay and providing some of the essential gear.
"This is the fifth year we are offering this hands-on instruction on camping," Cindy Adams Dunn, acting secretary of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, said. "You can't beat this offer as far as the cost. Campers get the opportunity to enjoy many other activities at our state parks such as hiking and fishing, and a park staffer even will help them set up camp."
According to DCNR this includes a four-person tent; rain tarp; four sleeping pads; four camp chairs; flashlight; lantern; camp stove; and four hot dog/marshmallow sticks. All items must be returned upon departure.
Participants need to bring their own food, cooking utensils and bedding. Suggested packing lists are provided.
Workhorse Group Inc. announced today (May 20) plans to re-enter production of Class A motorhome chassis at its Union City, Ind., plant.
Workhorse stated in a press release that it was one of the leaders in RV chassis during the strong RV marketplace of the mid-2000s. The steady growth back to strong current RV volumes, coupled with industry demand and interest, has resulted in the Workhorse brand re-entering the RV chassis market.
“Our RV manufacturing customers have always relied on the dependability and performance of the Workhorse RV chassis,” said Stoney Steenekamp, president of AMP Trucks Inc., a subsidiary of Workhorse Group Inc. “Today, we believe the RV market is strong once again. With the growing demand we have recently seen, it just made sense for us to begin entering back into production.”
Workhorse intends to ramp up production of the Class A motorhome chassis at the Union City plant, which is currently in limited production of the Workhorse E-GEN vehicle, an EPA-approved electric truck chassis with onboard generator for the medium-duty truck segment. The E-GEN vehicle allows fleet operators to choose gasoline, electric, propane, or CNG fuel options.
The Workhorse RV chassis line will be an improved design, offering both 6.0-liter and powerful 8.8-liter gasoline engines, coupled with an Allison transmission. The 8.8-liter engine is designed to match diesel towing ability and mileage.
“It gives us great delight to once again take our place in the RV chassis market,” continued Steenekamp. “We believe the demand is there, we will be building an improved RV chassis line, and we fully expect our Workhorse W-16 and W-22 Class A Motorhome chassis to quickly be recognized as leaders in the category.”
Previously a division of Navistar, the Workhorse brand along with the Workhorse Union City assembly plant, and a network of more than 400 dealerships were sold to Workhorse Group Inc. in 2013.
The RV industry, thriving, is getting younger
Rebecca Ungarino, CNBC
When James and Stef Adinaro first looked into purchasing an RV in 2010, they were hesitant. At 42 and 39, they felt they were too young to purchase a recreational vehicle.
Five years and one RV later, the Adinaros are hoping to upgrade, having embraced the road-tripping "RV lifestyle."
Originally, the couple, who lives in Salt Lake City, purchased a used mid-size 2003 Mercedes van for convenience while traveling to bicycling competitions. But now, the couple are considering buying a new Winnebago model, the Travato, which caters to the more physically fit RV owner—complete with a bicycle and kayak rack.
The Travato, which has a suggested retail price of $85,476, is an example of how the industry is hoping to cash in on a physically fit consumer.
"The big shift is occurring in how people RV. Nowadays, RVers are more active," said Stef Adinaro, a personal trainer. RV parks have begun catering to this shift by offering more gyms, fitness classes, walking trails and bike rentals, she said.
Helping to fuel that trend is, in some cases, a consumer who is younger than the industry has seen in the past.
According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's most recent ownership report, the fastest-growing cohort of RV owners in 2013 was 35 to 44 years old, which is just slightly less than the industry's largest cohort of owners, which are between 45 and 54 years old. The average American RV owner was 50 in the 1980s, and today that age is 48 and falling.
"You used to think of RVs and think of the cigar-smoking grandpa and the retired couple," said Matt Rose, director of recreation vehicles at the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, "but not anymore."
And that could be good news for not only RV manufacturers, but also for RV parks.
"They spend more money on experience than on a material good," said Rose, who coordinates retail shows in Indiana. He has seen that these younger RVs spend more money while traveling and take more frequent trips.
RV sales historically have tended to rise and fall with the economy and consumer confidence. Right now, they are on the upswing.
Shipments have grown steadily, reaching an eight-year high of 356,735 units shipped nationwide in 2014, according to the RVIA. Shipments showed an 11 percent gain year over year, and a 116 percent gain since the industry's recession low of nearly 165,000 in 2009.
General Electric, one of the RV industry's largest lenders, expects the trend to continue.
"What we have seen since 2015 has begun is very strong attendance at retail shows," said Tim Hyland, president of the RV group at Commercial Distribution Finance for GE. The growth in attendance has been consistent nationwide, and it speaks to current consumer interest.
In a survey conducted by GE at the annual RVIA trade show in Louisville, Kentucky, in December, 41 percent of survey respondents—the majority of which were RV dealers—said they expected sales to rise 5 percent to 10 percent next year, and 26 percent expected a 10 to 15 percent growth.
"Historically, when the RV market is growing, a younger buyer does typically come back," said Randy Potts, chief executive officer and president of RV manufacturer Winnebago.
Margo Armstrong, an RV owner since 1995 who travels full time in her vehicle, writes about the on-the-road lifestyle, and says physically active RV-owning families and couples in their 60s are common.
"Retired with a 401(k), hopefully still intact, most are active, like to park in groups, and are into pickleball, pool, crafts," said Armstrong, describing the typical RVer.
"Parks are opening yoga classes and exercise rooms," said Ray Champagne, owner of Beach Rose RV Park in Salisbury, Massachusetts. He said the majority of the consumers he sees remain baby boomers, but that they want to stay as physically active as possible and do more on the road.
Champagne opened his RV park in 2000 as he entered "semi-retirement" and says the industry has changed "tremendously."
Whether you've just started researching class A motorhomes, you're driving in your fifth motorhome you've owned, or you're just about to drive off the lot with your first motorhome ever, you might not have spared a thought to this one important detail:
Your tow car.
From Jeeps to SUVS and trucks, how do you pick the vehicle that best fits your needs once you've parked your motorhome at the RV park? How do you prefer to tow your vehicle - flat towing, with a two-tire dolly, or on a towing trailer? How does the tow bar attach to the back of the coach and the front of the tow car?
If you're unfamiliar with the science behind the different options for towing, it can easily sound overwhelming. And that's before you need to consider safety and braking... But here's a handy guide to help you start in the right direction including a listing of all available 2014 tow cars.
A fictitious RV website with a Baldwin County address has caught the attention of local law enforcement officials.
A call came into the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office Monday regarding a luxury RV business that didn't exist.
"A gentleman called and said a man from Canada showed up at his address with $35,000 in cash to purchase an RV he saw on the website," said Capt. Brad King.
The website is georgiarvdepot.com. It contains a vast inventory of luxury RV vehicles at ridiculously low prices.
King said the caller was confused as to why the man thought his address was where the business was located.
Listed on the site is the address 3024 North Columbia St.
The report raised red flags, and King decided to check the web site out.
"Shortly after starting my investigation into the business, I was contacted by the Chamber of Commerce, questioning me on the legitimacy of the company."
Staff from the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce reported to King that they had received several calls from people in the area, asking if the business was real.
The website has a professional look to it, but King says there are signs that the business is fraudulent.
"The pictures of the RVs all have different backgrounds as if they have been copied and pasted from other locations online and the only way to get in contact with the business is through email. A legitimate company has different forms of communication available for its customers."
During King's investigation, the location of the website has moved twice in an attempt to make it hard for law enforcement to track.
"As of now we have found the domain provider that is currently hosting the site and are in the process of securing documents to help us determine who the subscriber is and where they are located," he said.
King said the main focus is to gather as much information as possible to shut the site down in order to stop individuals from falling prey to the scam.
The low prices for the RVs it what lures people to the site, says King.
"They have vehicles that typically run from $200,000 to $500,000 listed at prices like $39,000."
Since the business does not have a legitimate location, it offers to ship vehicles to customers for a nominal fee.
"They say they will deliver the RVs to your home, but you have to pay a deposit for the service. Chances are this is where they are making their money. The Baldwin County address was put on the site probably to make it sound more legitimate."
The sheriff's office also received a call from a local resident who alleged that she saw a print publication for the business as well.
The investigation is ongoing as officials attempt to locate the creator of the fraudulent business and put an end to the website and advertised print publications.
CRESTVIEW, Fla. -- Sep. 22, 2014
The founder of Fifth Wheel St., David Gray, introduces today a new app for RV buyers and dealers, RV Tow Check, that he believes will eliminate towing guides forever.
The web-based RV Tow Check app is available for free and it's accessible on smartphones and tablets at http://RVtowCheck.com.
"Practically all towing guides give RVers just enough information that may cause them to purchase a trailer too heavy for their tow vehicle's capabilities," said Gray. Towing guides listing maximum tow capacity fail to take into consideration the different towing requirements between fifth wheel and conventional trailers. These common guides do not consider the additional payload weight created by the fifth wheel trailer pin weight.
"Even the creators of the most well-known towing guide published by Trailer Life devotes four pages of instructions, entitled Choose Wisely, that spells out the details required for selecting the correct towing combination," he explained. With the RV Tow Check app, you'll never need to read a towing guide again.
Gray said that the minimum requirement for RV Tow Check requires three inputs by the buyer or dealer. They are gross combination weight rating (GCWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and the gross vehicle weight (GVW). The user has the option to select a fifth wheel hitch if it's not already installed in the truck. Users may include any additional unscaled weight for cargo and additional passenger weight. The app does not assume everyone weights 150 pounds, like the manufacturers do, he added.
"The RV Tow Check app may look simple on the outside, but the engine on the inside is strong, and the sophisticated math formulas perform multiple calculations," said Gray. "The processed results will give you the best and safest maximum trailer towing weight based on mid-range tongue and pin weights. With these three minimally required user inputs, buyers and dealers can be confident that the RV purchase or sale will not exceed the vehicle's GCWR, GVWR and GAWR."
"There are two outputs shown, one for the fifth wheel towing combination and the other for the conventional towing combination," he added. RV Tow Check is the first app that displays maximum towing capacity for both fifth wheel and conventional RV classifications simultaneously.
Located at FifthWheelSt.com, Gray said it is one of the fastest growing self-help RV safety websites. It was founded in April 2011 to promote towing safety by providing tow ratings, simplified weighing worksheets, web-based and mobile app calculators as well as important articles and safety information to assist all who tow fifth wheel, gooseneck and conventional trailers.
July motorhome retail registrations grew 10.1% compared to the same period a year ago while sales increased 13.2% year-to-date, according to a report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI).
Forest River Inc. was the sales leader for the first seven months with a 25.4% market share, edging out No. 2 Thor Industries Inc. (24.6%). Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 21.2% share.
The Class A motorhome market posted an 8.7% gain in July and a year-to-date hike of 11.9% compared to the previous year. Thor led the sector with a 22.9% market share followed by Winnebago (20%) and Forest River with a 15.9% share.
Class C registrations saw an 11.8% rise in July while year-to-date sales were up 14.7%. Forest River was the segment leader with a 35.6% market share year-to-date, followed by Thor with 26.5% market share, and Winnebago with 22.5% of the U.S. market.
Fleetwood RV and American Coach are showing new models and features to consumers at this week’s 2014 America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa.
“New for all Fleetwood models is our newest wood stain color, Butternut,” said John Draheim, president and CEO of Fleetwood RV and American Coach, in a press release. “We are fortunate for loyal customers that continue to provide us such positive feedback on our products. It is important to us that we continue to bring them more options and include their feedback in our newest designs. The Butternut wood color is just that.”
Among those new models is the recently debuted Fleetwood Discovery 37R, which received a positive review in MotorHome Magazine. The Discovery 37R is now available to consumers at Fleetwood dealerships.
“We received a very positive review in Motorhome Magazine on our 37R Discovery, and dealer response has also been very positive,” said Draheim. “This will be the first major show where consumers get a chance to see the 37R, and additionally where they get to see our new light Butternut wood option.”
Also on display is a special issue Fleetwood Storm, the 28MS Game-Day Edition. The Storm is optioned with special tailgate lifestyle features like a Weber grill, outdoor refrigerator, slideout bar, extra-length awning, exterior 50-inch LED HDTV and HD satellite system. “The Game-Day special edition takes all your dream tailgate features and puts them in a compact and affordable Class A, just in time for football season,” said Director of Marketing Steven Hileman.
Expanding the selection of Fleetwood Discovery Class A diesel options for customers, an all-new 37R is a quad-slide, single bath floor plan with a free-standing recliner/footrest, freestanding dinette, fireplace, and opposing sofa with air mattress. The coach also includes a stackable washer/dryer unit in the master bedroom. The 37R is the only Discovery floorplan to include an L-shaped pull-out counter extension which expands to increase linear counter footage in the kitchen area. The coach includes an 8.0kW Onan Quiet Diesel generator with slide.
American Coach will also reveal a new wood color at the show, Toffee. The new lighter wood option offers an additional premium hand-rubbed hardwood cabinetry option to consumers.
“Our customers and dealers have been asking for another wood color option and we’re very pleased with the result. The new Toffee wood color turned out fantastic and we think consumers will agree,” states Lenny Razo, Director of Sales for the Eastern Region. “We are also showing our first single-bath, single rear-axle American Coach in many years.”
Referring to the new quad-slide American Revolution 39A shown for the very first time this week at the Hershey event, Razo added, “This new floorplan gives consumers a wider variety of floorplan configurations within the American Coach family without giving up the amenities they are so accustomed to.”<div id="attachment_124377" class="wp-caption alignleft">
The American Revolution is the only coach in the lineup with a shorter, more space-conscious design, offering a single-bath that allows owners access from the living quarters and master bedroom and includes a double glass-bowl vanity with overhead cabinetry. With a quad-slide layout, the 39A provides a comfortable living area with L-shaped sofa transformer, which converts to a 95-inch-by-70-inch bed, and an Ekornes consul-plus chair. The all-new Revolution 39A is a perfect option for owners who want to experience the same quality luxury of an American Coach without the extra length.</div>
Blue Ox has introduced a new new line of sway bars for the motorhome chassis market.
“With the addition of sway bars we now have a complete line of chassis performance products that will drastically increase the ride comfort of most motorhomes,” said Ellen Kietzmann, president and CEO of Blue Ox, in a press release.
Sway bars are designed to eliminate the excessive side to side movement which is often times referred to as body roll. This can be particularly noticed when going around corners or curves or entering and exiting driveways. Blue Ox sway bars are heat treated with a tensile strength of up to 180,000 PSI, have forged ends on all models, are made in the U.S. and carry a lifetime warranty.
“More important than just the introduction of sway bars is the opportunity to talk about the entire chassis performance. We look at this product line as taking a stock chassis and turning it in to a high performance chassis,” said Kietzmann. “Used all together, this line of products will make a motorhome drive more comfortably and decrease driver fatigue. Even people that haven’t been comfortable driving a motorhome may feel much more comfortable once they have our Chassis Performance Package installed.”
Newell Coach has hired former Mercedes-Benz dealership service director, Todd Dills, as its new V.P. of Customer Service. He is filling the position created by the retirement of John Clark, who led Newell’s Customer Service team for 11 years.
Newell Coach Corporation is pleased to announce the hiring of Todd Dills as its new V.P. of Customer Service. Todd joins Newell after 22 years leading the high-volume service center at Mercedes-Benz of Plano, Texas, where he oversaw a service staff of 95 and managed a service center with 55 service bays.
A native of Durant, Oklahoma, Todd started his career at Fred Jones Lincoln Mercury in Oklahoma City before moving to Plano to assume his role at Mercedes-Benz. Todd and his wife, Sundy, will be re-locating to the Miami, Oklahoma, area with their six children.
“Todd brings to Newell a wealth of experience leading a luxury automotive service center,” said Newell Coach General Manager, Grant Kernan. “We’re excited to see how he will take our service center to new levels of success and customer satisfaction. We’re confident that customers will enjoy getting to know Todd when they visit our facility.”
Todd is filling the position created by the retirement of John Clark, who led Newell’s customer service team for the last 11 years. “John was instrumental in developing the sterling reputation of our service and support over the last decade,” said Newell President and CEO, Karl Blade. “John and his wife, Vicky, have been and will continue to be an important part of the extended Newell family. We wish them all the best.”
Bloomberg News | Anna-Louise Jackson and Anthony Feld
Some friends of Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, sold their home last month to visit every national park in a recreational vehicle, while another acquaintance bought a boat at a show.
Such anecdotal evidence helps make it “less surprising and more encouraging” that sales of RVs and pleasure craft are poised for another year of improvement, says Chicago-based Ablin, who helps manage $66 billion in assets. Americans are determined to “hold onto their leisure time,” so monitoring these purchases offers a “very important” consumer gauge.
With summer well under way, both industries appear to be heating up, suggesting confidence has improved. Sales of recreational vehicles are poised to approach a pre-recession peak this year, which bodes well for the still-recovering U.S. boat business.<div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0">Shipments of new towable campers and motorized RVs were “quite strong” in the first half of 2014, bucking some concerns about the resiliency of demand coming into the year, said Mac Bryan, a vice president at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. This suggests the industry could achieve projected gains of 10 percent, with shipments less than 1,000 units off the 350,000 pre-recession peak, he said, citing an estimate from the Reston, Virginia, trade group.</div>
“What’s unique about this growth spurt is that it follows four years of improved shipments,” Bryan said. Despite harsh winter weather that contributed to about six days of lost production, manufacturers were able to recover and meet pent-up demand, he said.
That’s good news for the largest publicly traded RV makers: Thor Industries Inc. and Winnebago Industries Inc. These companies’ stocks have fallen this year; shares of Winnebago, in Forest City, Iowa, are down 9 percent, while Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor is almost 1 percent lower.<div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0">Amid “remarkably strong trends,” 2014 is shaping up to be “a very good year,” said Richard Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, who has analyzed the industry for more than 30 years and provides projections for RVIA. This could continue into 2015, as he forecasts shipments will rise to more than 360,000, the most since 2006.</div>
RV sales also are encouraging for the U.S. economy because they’re “very discretionary” and have a strong correlation with consumer confidence, Curtin said. An index of buying conditions for large household durables held at 141 in June and has averaged almost 132 since the recession that ended in June 2009, according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer survey.
More broadly, sentiment measured by the Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index rose to 37.6 (COMFCOMF) for the week ended July 6, the highest in more than two months.<div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0">While sales of recreational vehicles and motor homes have almost recovered after demand plunged in the 18-month slump, the boat industry is projected to reach about 65 percent of its pre-recession level by year-end, according to Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association in Chicago. That isn’t entirely surprising because spending on watercraft historically has lagged behind RVs, he said.</div>
Purchases of powerboats -- including yachts, pontoons and fishing vessels -- are up 6.9 percent so far this year and are “on pace to achieve or even exceed,” forecast growth of 5 percent to 7 percent, Dammrich said. Following a 2.2 percent gain in 2013, the industry has been buoyed in part by stronger-than-expected demand this spring, he added.
Such an improvement could surface when Brunswick Corp. , the largest U.S. manufacturer, and MarineMax Inc., the leading retailer, report quarterly results later this month.<div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0">Like RVs, boat purchases are strongly correlated with consumer confidence, the housing market and general economic improvement, Dammrich said. U.S. boaters are “predominantly middle-class” -- 71 percent of owners have household income of less than $100,000 -- so buying a new boat is a significant expenditure for most Americans.</div>
This reinforces other signs that people are “putting money where their minds are,” as the economic recovery, along with improving wages and household assets, benefits a wider swath of consumers, Ablin said. Purchases of financed, nonessential items -- which include RVs and boats -- have fared better than other categories of retail spending recently, according to his calculations.
“For someone to make a discretionary purchase and take on debt to do it, that takes a high degree of confidence and optimism about their financial future,” Ablin said. Although he doesn’t actively track the publicly traded companies in these industries, other investors probably are encouraged by this year’s trends.<div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0">Even so, manufacturers have had to appeal to more budget-conscious buyers since the recession ended. As a result, average prices of motorized RVs are lower today than in 2007, partly because companies have removed some features, Curtin said.</div> <div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0"> </div> <div class="related_item tracked" data-action-type="Feature Template" data-actions="click" data-category="Inline Related Links" data-label="Position: 0">
Similarly, a persistent theme in the past few years for marine makers has been the popularity of day boats, Dammrich said. These vessels -- including those used for skiing, fishing and wakeboarding -- typically don’t have cabins because they’re intended to be returned to dock at night, he said, adding that 95 percent of boats in use are fewer than 25 feet long.
In the absence of a “heroic recovery,” Lake Forest, Illinois-based Brunswick is focused on remaining the “low-cost manufacturer,” Chief Executive Officer Dustan McCoy said at a May 21 conference hosted by B. Riley & Co.
While Dammrich is optimistic that boating slowly will catch up with gains in the auto and RV industries, a glut of pre-owned watercraft could delay the rebound, he said, adding that used vessels now account for about 80 percent of sales, compared with a pre-recession average of 72 percent.
More than 161,000 new powerboats were sold in the three months ended Dec. 31, 2013, on a rolling 12-month basis -- the most-recent data available -- compared with an annual average of about 307,500 units in 2001-2007, NMMA figures show.
Still, there are signs of optimism. Brunswick’s boat segment -- which made up more than one-fourth of company revenue in 2013 -- will be profitable in 2014 for the first time in several years, McCoy said.
Likewise, Winnebago’s towable unit was profitable for the quarter ended May 31, and the company has “improved confidence” for this business while continuing to see “robust demand” for motorized vehicles, Chief Financial Officer Sarah Nielsen said on a June 26 conference call.
There’s also been some improvement in sales of more expensive motor-home models -- such as those retailing for more than $100,000, Curtin said.
As the fall approaches, NMMA may revise its forecast for 2014 powerboat sales, Dammrich said. He also confers with colleagues in the RV, fishing, snow skiing and snowmobiling industries to gauge how leisure demand is faring because boaters often “participate in multiple kinds of activities.”
Bryan of the RVIA agrees. “The drivers of demand for boats and RVs are very similar in many respects.”</div>
Spartan Chassis Inc. announced today (June 18) that it has entered a chassis supply agreement with Foretravel Motorcoach, Nacogdoches, Texas. The company reported in a news release that the agreement calls for Spartan to serve as the sole chassis supplier for Foretravel’s new Realm FS6 motorhome, available exclusively at Motor Home Specialist in Alvarado, Texas.
Spartan, a subsidiary of Spartan Motors Inc., will design, engineer and assemble chassis for integration into Foretravel’s Realm FS6 motorhome. Delivery of the custom chassis to Foretravel is underway.
“Spartan continues to be focused on leveraging its operational and strategic agility, as well as customization in order to meet customer requirements in the RV market,” said Art Ickes, president of the specialty vehicles business unit, Spartan Chassis. “Our proactive business initiatives and strong brand have resulted in an opportunity to continue and expand our valuable business in a core market into a valuable partnership with Foretravel. This agreement is a very positive development for Spartan, Foretravel Motorcoach and the market as a whole.”
Spartan’s K3GT chassis will serve as the foundation for the 2015 Realm FS6. The chassis is equipped with a Cummins ISX 600-hp engine and Allison 4000MH transmission and is paired with Spartan’s new passive steer tag axle, which produces a 7% reduction in curb-to-curb turning radius. Additionally, the K3GT chassis delivers a robust 20,000-pound independent front suspension capacity.
“The Foretravel Realm FS6 combines power, prestige and performance,” added Greg Amys, president of Foretravel. “Beyond beauty and performance, the Foretravel Realm FS6 is built to possess undeniable craftsmanship and superior quality in fit, finish and detail you’ll find throughout the motor coach.”
“The Realm’s cutting edge design sets it apart from every other luxury motor coaches on the market today,” said Donny O’Banion, Motor Home Specialist CEO. “Rivaled only by the premium entries found in the high-end automotive market, the Realm FS6 exudes luxury and refinement.”
Airstream Inc. has partnered with a dealership in Norway for the first time in its 83-year history.
In an announcement made today (June 2), the Jackson Center, Ohio-based firm has appointed Tonsberg-based E-18 Bobil & Caravan as its official dealer in order to meet fast-growing demand for the “silver bullet” caravans across Scandinavia. The move is part of the manufacturer’s plans to develop a network of dealers throughout Europe following its 2006 debut outside the American market in the U.K.
Kai Egil Larsen, managing director of E-18, said his company is pleased to offer Airstream travel trailers. E-18 has been a motorhome and caravan dealership for nearly 30 years and carries a large inventory of product displayed at its indoor and outdoor showrooms.
“The popularity of European Airstreams is growing faster than anyone could have imagined and I know from the interest I have already had that the potential to develop the brand across Scandinavia is huge,” Larsen said. “The Airstream has an undeniable presence on the road and for generations has inspired people to travel, which is what attracted me to the brand in the first place.”
He added, “As I have found out more about the products, I have discovered the incredible amount of workmanship that goes into both the exterior and interior. The fact that around 70% of all Airstreams ever built are still on the road is testament to the brand’s longevity in terms of both build quality and design, and I’m both excited and proud to be representing such an iconic name.”
Airstream Director of International Business Development Shane Ott said he was “extremely excited” about E-18’s appointment, and about Airstream’s continued development outside America. In 2006 Airstream decided to enter the European market with a special European specification fleet of trailers that are lighter, narrower and shorter than their American cousins.
“We have ambitious growth plans for Europe and the E-18 team’s passion and enthusiasm for the Airstream brand, lifestyle and product will certainly fuel that growth,” he said.
Among the range Airstream Norway will be selling are three International trailers designed for the European market featuring leather upholstery, Corian worktops, soft-close cupboards and doors, and high-tech accessories.
As well as Norway, Airstream is looking to expand into other key markets and is actively seeking potential dealerships across Europe. The company also has a presence in Asia and Australia. Visitwww.airstream.com for more information.
Du Quoin, Ill.
The Fleetwood RV Owner’s 6th annual national rally that had been scheduled to be in Du Quoin next week will instead be held at the Elkhart, Ind. Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. because of a dispute involving the dirt floor of the Southern Illinois Center at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds.
It had been rumored a month ago that Fleetwood rally organizers were considering a last minute change. That became official last week.
Rally organizers say in signing an original contract with the Du Quoin State Fair, it was “implied” that either grounds personnel, the Illinois Department of Transportation or a private contractor would remove the dirt racing surface so Fleetwood could showcase its 2015 RV lineup on a concrete floor.,
Then-fair manager John Rednour argued that it “cost something to get something” and had planned to use grounds personnel and other resources to remove the dirt before the convention hit town. It would have been the first time the concrete floor had been exposed since the $13 million building was constructed years ago.
Getting ready to host the rally, someone in the new administration dusted off the contract and said, “This will cost us $25,000. We can’t do this--and won’t.”
Fleetwood refused to pay the $25,000 stipend and reached agreement to move the rally back to Goshen, Ind. where it had been in 2012. The rally will be held June 11-15.
Fleetwood RV will host the 6th annual national owners rally with a new motorhome display, vendors, seminars, kids' activities, meals, entertainment, and access to factory sales, service, and product development teams. All owners of Fleetwood or American Coach motorhomes are invited to attend.
Fleetwood’s only comment has been, “The Du Quoin Fairgrounds rescinded use of their facilities for the event."
The Fleetwood National Rally will join in the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Great Lakes Area Rally. The dates will change by one day, June 11 - 15, 2014. “You will still enjoy many of the events we have planned along with full access to all activities and events offered by FMCA’s Great Lakes Area Rally. Fleetwood Owners will dine to two exclusive dinners,” the Fleetwood announcement said.
If you do not happen to hold a current FMCA membership, Fleetwood will provide a membership to you complimentary. The national rally will be the exclusive debut of the 2015 Fleetwood motorhomes.
Parks Canada is inviting you to come camping in Banff National Park this summer. And like a friend with all the gear, they’re willing to do all the heavy lifting and set up your campsite for you.
Whether you’re a first-time camper, a visitor who doesn’t want to bring a tent over on the plane, or are just looking for an alternative family vacation, Parks is hoping its $55 a night, hassle-free alternative will entice visitors to get a little closer to nature by spending the night at one of 10 sites in the Two Jack Main Campground near Banff. Each is equipped with a tent, sleeping pad, cook stove and lantern.
“We’ve already had 20 requests,” said Judy Glowinski, Parks Canada product development specialist, in an interview on Wednesday. “We think this will appeal to baby boomers who may no longer have the gear, and new campers who don’t have gear and may feel more comfortable surrounded by people who are also new (to camping) and can learn along the way.”
It will also intrigue visitors from the U.S. and abroad who don’t want to bring a lot of camping equipment with them, she said. For the rest of their camping needs, participants in the program are told to bring proper clothing, sleeping bags, food and cookware. And, if they don’t have any of that stuff either, Parks Canada has partnered with a local retailer who can rent it to them. They’re even offering a Camping 101 to teach nature newbies to chop wood, light and tend an open fire and other basics.
Across the country, the federal agency is rolling out Equipped Campsites in parks ranging from Pacific Rim on Vancouver Island, to Riding National Park in Manitoba to Georgian Bay Islands in Ontario.
With thousands of visitors expected at Canada’s national parks from now until the end of summer, Glowinski says Parks is always looking for new ways to diversify and revitalize the camping experience. The Equipped Campsite comes on the heels of an initiative to add Wi-Fi hot spots to some natural areas in Banff National Park, and follows similar programs like OTENTik, a more elaborate form of “glamping” that lets visitors stay in a cross between an A-frame cabin and a prospector tent mounted on a raised wooden floor.
In a tender posted at the end of April, Parks Canada said it expects to have between 25 and 50 Wi-Fi hot spots at key national parks and historic sites this year, including in Alberta, and 100 hot spots in even more locations over the next couple of years.
The move is part of a push by Parks Canada to attract a younger generation, Andrew Campbell, a Parks Canada vice-president, told the Herald at the time.
“When you start to look at the hot spot and how wide they’ll range, you’re not going to be on the top of the mountain and on the middle of the glacier and getting Wi-Fi service,” said Campbell.” It’s going to be around your campground at night where you’re going to communicate to your friends and family in ways that a lot of people do today, through Facebook or Twitter, putting your Instagram photo up.”
Alliance Coach RV Sales and Service announced that its Wildwood, Fla., location is now a certified Onan generator sales and service center.
According to a press release, Cummins Onan has “the widest lineup of generators in the industry specifically designed for RV use and Alliance Coach technicians have earned the necessary certifications to service these products.”
Ed Cowan, Alliance Coach training mentor, stated, “We’re proud to see our technicians step up to the challenge and gain their Onan certifications in order to better serve our customers.”
For more information about the ever expanding level of expertise and superior service offered by Alliance Coach visit alliancecoach.com.
June 10, 2014
Winegard Co. has introduced the all-new Rayzar Air HD antenna. According to a press release, the sleek and powerful multidirectional antenna provides front and back reception for maximum channel coverage in situations where the broadcast towers are geographically spread apart, thus requiring minimal aiming to tune in channels.
Optimized for North American digital TV frequencies (high-band VHF and UHF), the Rayzar Air is designed to eliminate interference from other non-TV frequencies to maximize signal reception. With near Blu-Ray quality HD and no monthly programming fees, users can enjoy live regional programming anywhere in the U.S. from major broadcast networks.
“We are excited about this next generation of antenna,” said National Sales Manager Aaron Engberg. “With Winegard’s Sensar being on the majority of RVs, it was important for us to design an antenna that could be easily retrofitted to the Sensar or other antennas that attach to the Sensar boom. The Rayzar Air retrofit antenna allows RVers to easily update their antenna and double their coverage in just minutes for around fifty dollars.”
The Rayzar Air’s features a 4.4-inch stow height, eliminating the worry of driving under low clearances, yet extends to 16 inches when deployed. The boom and lift assembly raise the antenna above most surrounding obstacles for superior look angle and signal capture. Its durable housing materials protect against UV rays and inclement weather and it has been rigorously tested for use in typical RV conditions with wind tunnel and shock/vibration testing.
A retrofit antenna with boom upgrade option is available in white or black and retails for $49.99. A complete antenna with lift and mount has an MSRP of $129.
In a motorhome, you can travel and enjoy the great outdoors with far more creature comforts than other forms of camping. Here are 11 reasons to go motorhoming ...
11. To feel at-home … on the road
Motorhomes are equipped with comfortable living, dining, sleeping and bathroom facilities. Propane tanks fire up the stove and refrigerator. Electrical systems run off the motorhome’s batteries or gas- or diesel-powered generator. A water tank holds fresh water, and holding tanks separate waste water into gray (from sinks and showers) and black (from the toilet.) In a motorhome, it’s all systems go.
10. The great outdoors<div class="img_caption right">
In a motorhome, spectacular scenery, such as Byron Glacier in Alaska, is never out of reach.</div>
Experts are always touting the physical and mental health benefits of outdoor recreation. Well, motorhoming is a springboard to all sorts of recreational activities. Visit state and national parks, tour famous landmarks. Go hiking or fishing. Try whitewater rafting or canoeing. Play golf or tennis. Or, simply enjoy fresh air and natural settings. With a motorhome, you can carry your recreation gear with you, and you don't have to worry about finding a place to stay.
9. Freedom and convenience
A motorhome's on-board closets and storage space eliminate the need to pack, unpack and carry bulky suitcases. You can keep the motorhome stocked with food, clothing and essentials so you can just hop in and go. Take off on last-minute mini vacations, tailgating events and weekend trips. Create your own adventures along the way. Stop and take a break when you choose. The destinations are endless, from famous attractions to hidden treasures along a rural byway. And just think … all the while, you’re avoiding tight schedules, long lines, luggage restrictions and the security gauntlet at the airport.
In a motorhome, you can go almost anywhere, any time. When traveling in small towns, backcountry or metro areas, you might encounter narrow roads, clearance limits or other large-vehicle considerations. In these instances, towing a smaller vehicle behind your motorhome is a viable option and can extend your travel range. Auto manufacturers have approved certain cars, trucks and SUVS for towing behind a motorhome, provided the motorhome has adequate towing capacity. If you tow, FMCA recommends using a supplemental braking system. It's required by law in some jurisdictions, and is needed to safely slow down the extra weight of the towed vehicle, without overworking the brakes of the motorhome.
A motorhome is a recreation vehicle that can be used for much more than the occasional short trip or cross-country odyssey.
Motorhome owners use their coaches for business endeavors or to pursue hobbies such as antiquing, sightseeing, geocaching and many others. They follow (and enter) pet shows, model train shows, favorite sports teams and other special events. They volunteer: A motorhome provides innumerable opportunities to help individuals, families, communities and charitable causes during your travels.
Many motorhomes can be safely used in cold weather, if the motorhome is capable of being winterized for such circumstances. Snowbirds, meanwhile, opt to head to warmer climes for the winter months to enjoy white sand beaches (Gulf Coast), 80-degree temperatures (Yuma, Ariz.) and other activities in various locales.
Motorhomes, equipped with a generator and propane, are also ideal in emergency situations when you have lost power in your house because of a storm.
Motorhomes come in assorted sizes and price ranges, from a 22-foot Type B unit to a bus-size luxury vehicle. Whether you’re entering the market, upgrading, or prefer a motor coach with all the bells and whistles, you’re in luck. Options and versatile floor plans make it easier to find a motorhome that matches your lifestyle and budget.
Slideouts are a popular feature, a must-have for some motorhome enthusiasts. They dramatically expand the interior living space, at the touch of a button. It’s not uncommon to see a motorhome with two, three, even four slides. Forget about the narrow, cramped feeling of motorhomes of yesteryear.<div class="img_caption left">
Toy haulers include not only living space but also built-in garages for hauling ATVs, motorcycles and other recreational gear.</div>
Manufacturers continue to develop other innovative products to meet consumers' needs. For instance, toy haulers feature a fold-up ramp on the back used for loading ATVs, Jet Skis, motorcycles and mountain bikes. Some models have built-in garages large enough to stow a small car to be used for local jaunts.
One manufacturer offers a model with a patio deck that can be lowered to create an inviting outdoor living space. Another offers a model with a rooftop patio that includes cushioned seating, a barbecue console and built-in wet bar.
If a production-line motorhome doesn't suit you, a custom coach conversion company can build a coach to your specifications.
6. Bond with family
Whether it’s a long excursion or a weekend getaway, motorhome trips can strengthen family bonds weakened by busy daily lives. Family members tend to connect with each other when they are away from their normal routines and enjoying a simpler lifestyle. Motorhome trips can foster communication and churn out good times to share and then treasure.
In addition, a motorhome is a great, nonintrusive guesthouse while visiting friends and family.
5. Broaden kids’ horizons
Because sleeping quarters, kitchens, dining areas and bathrooms are readily accessible, motorhoming is a great way to travel with children. It’s much more relaxing when you don’t have to continually look for rest areas and restaurants. Plus, seeing the world through kids’ eyes opens up a new set of wonders for adults.
Motorhome travel can help children learn to appreciate the outdoors and gain insights into different people and places. Traveling to battlefields, presidential libraries and historic villages makes history come alive. The opportunities to learn about geography and nature are endless. The kids may forget it’s a learning experience.
Private campgrounds and government-owned campgrounds are often located near popular tourist attractions. Some RV parks are small and bucolic, while others are large, upscale resorts.
Campgrounds may have swimming pools, playgrounds, recreation centers, entertainment, walking paths, camp stores, crafts and social events. Many now include cable modem and Wi-Fi Internet access. Commercial campgrounds usually have hookups for power, water supply and waste disposal. After a day of sightseeing, families can return to their motorhomes, cook their favorite meals at leisure and relax in a comfortable and familiar atmosphere.
Camping fees vary depending on the location, season and amenities offered. Public campgrounds and some retail lots offer convenient and low-cost places to stay overnight.
3. Your pet can travel with you
See Spot run. See Rover ride in a motorhome and enjoy it with you. You don't have to board your pet in a kennel or leave it with a family member. Most pets adjust to motorhome travel just fine.
Pre-owned motorhomes can cost substantially less than new models (check the classifieds and Internet postings for deals). Dealers have been known to offer low-rate loans. Many motorhome loans are treated as second mortgages, making the interest tax-deductible. And while fuel costs have been a concern ...
Cost comparison studies by international accounting firm PKF Consulting have found that RV vacations still are more affordable than travel by personal car, commercial airline or cruise ship, even when factoring in RV ownership costs.
A 2008 PKF study concluded that fuel prices would have to more than double for typical motorhome vacations to cost more than other forms of travel. The savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs offset the cost of fuel. And, motorhomers can adjust to higher fuel prices by staying longer in one place and/or closer to home.
It's worth mentioning that fuel price hikes can increase the cost of other means of travel and transportation as well, including airfares and hotel rates.
And the number-one reason to own a motorhome …<div class="img_caption right">
A motorhome plus an FMCA membership equates to a network of motorhoming friends on the road.</div>
Thanks to a strengthening U.S. economy and an abundance of relatively cheap financing, this is shaping up to be the best year for the sales of recreational vehicle. Businessweek's Kyle Stock took a test drive of one of the newest motor homes on the market through the crowded streets of midtown Manhattan. (Source: Bloomberg)
April 14, 2014 Julian Gothard
The RVing Examiner reported exclusively that Scottsdale Arizona-based Carefree RV Resorts has joined the rapidly increasing roll of Tents for Troops (T4T) members and brought a further 28 RV resorts -- including 14 Canadian parks -- into the Castle Rock, Washington-based organisation’s philanthropic military camping network. “It’s the biggest single day addition to our park roster we have ever seen,” said Charlie Curry, 57, the founder and driving force behind the diminutive 501c3 non-profit advocacy group that has since its inception in 2010, offered active military, reservists and their dependents complimentary camping across America.
Founded as an expression of gratitude for the sacrifices shouldered by America’s military families in service of their country, Curry has almost single-handedly grown the Tents for Troops membership from a solitary campground in the Evergreen State to a 292-strong association of like-minded public and private RV parks and campgrounds (offering a minimum of two free sites for two nights to active military) that stretches from coast to coast.
The inclusion of select campgrounds from Carefree RV Resorts -- who own and operate 79 destination RV parks and manufactured home communities across North America -- not only augments and strengthens the Tents for Troops roster in Florida, Texas, North Carolina, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Arizona but also provides the T4T network with a superlative set of international credentials. Indeed, the addition of Carefree RV Resort locations in the province of Ontario, Canada -- home to recreational attractions like the Pimachiowin Aki reserve and the Niagara Falls -- is a huge coup for Curry who has been known to put in 14-hour days at his non-profit in an effort to increase the national (and now transnational) footprint of the Tents for Troops network.
Carefree, which has a sizable population of retired veterans living in its RV parks and manufactured home communities, has an admirable history of supporting charities like Disabled American Veterans and is viewed by Curry as an excellent demographic fit for Tents for Troops, a belief that’s also mirrored by the team at Carefree. “We are very passionate about supporting our troops and are so excited to be partnering with T4T to offer active military a network of great family friendly RV parks to choose from for their next vacation,” said Colleen Edwards, Carefree RV Resorts.
In another first, Carefree plans on extending T4T camping privileges to active members of the Canadian armed forces, thus bringing a long standing U.S. ally into the Tents for Troops fraternity. “I am so pleased to add Carefree RV Resorts to the T4T family of parks. I feel that they are as happy to support our Troops as I am and it’s always nice when Parks that join us are so enthusiastic about the program,” said Curry.
The current T4T line-up features RV parks, resorts and campgrounds in 47 states -- with the exception of North Dakota, Hawaii and Rhode Island -- including the entire 60-strong Oregon State Park network as well as franchisees from some of North America’s most well known campground operators like Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) and RVC Outdoor Destinations. Indeed, according to Curry, so many new campgrounds are coming aboard that keeping the Tents for Troops website and the free Allstays Military Campgrounds & RV Parks mobile app up-to-date is a herculean task.
Charlie Curry, Tents for Troops, c/o Toutle River RV Resort, 150 Happy Trails, Castle Rock, WA 98611
• Tel: 1-360-274-7915
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Written by: Anthony Bowe
“We were getting pummeled with calls and e-mails from folks wanting to import a Country Coach motorhome into Canada, but they were met with restrictions from the Canadian government,” said David Diamond, COO of Country Coach Corp. “It wasn’t a big deal at first, but what has happened in recent years is the Canadian market has gotten hot.”
Country Coach owners attempting to register their RVs in Canada were turned away by Canada’s Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV), which falls under the oversight of Transport Canada. Diamond likened the RIV’s role to the Department of Motor Vehicles in the U.S.
“People would go to the RIV with a Country Coach to import it into Canada, and the RIV would say that they needed to show documents from the manufacturer indicating the coach didn’t have any recalls and was fully compliant,” he said.
To assist those Country Coach owners, Country Coach Corp.,which owns all of the intellectual rights of Country Coach, contacted Transport Canada, which oversees the RIV. The company and Transport Canada together worked out a procedure that enures Canadian compliance of the Country Coach motorhomes and enables them to be imported by RIV.
“Transport Canada said ‘you’re the factory, you’re the place where it was built, and you’ve got all the info on the coach. If a customer wants to import it and they bring the coach to your company for an inspection and correction of any recalls that are outstanding, and you document the service work, that’ll be fine,’” Diamond said.
Country Coach Corp. performed compliance service work for a customer going to Canada last week, Diamond said. To register the unit in Canada, the customer had to give the Country Coach service invoice to the RIV, which verified that the unit was inspected by the factory, cleared of past safety recall issues, made Canadian compliant, and that the warranty bulletin work was also completed.
“All these people that have been on the fence about whether to buy a Country Coach or not can now go ahead and buy one,” he said.
In response to a robust increase in sales since the start of 2014, Newell Coach is increasing production levels of new coaches for the first time since 2008.
Newell Coach Corporation, the market leader in ultra-luxury motorcoaches, announced that in response to an increase in customer demand, it is boosting production levels of new coaches for the first time since 2008.
Newell has maintained a production of 24 coaches annually for the past five years. Over the past six months, however, sales have gradually increased, with sales in January and February nearly doubling the monthly average in recent years. The positive trend has continued into March. As a result, beginning April 1, 2014, Newell will increase production to 26 coaches per year. If this trend continues, production will increase incrementally to an annual rate of 30 new units in 2015—a 25 percent increase.
“January, February, and March this year have been very exciting for Newell, both in terms of new coach orders and in the sales of new and pre-owned coaches,” said Newell Coach President and CEO, Karl Blade. “Our backlog has continued to strengthen. Expanding our production capacity on a carefully planned, incremental basis will support the strong trend in new coach sales and ensure that we can satisfy the increase in demand.”
Although most of Newell’s production is dedicated to custom-ordered coaches, the company also produces a limited number of show coaches annually, both for display and to provide immediate delivery for customers not requiring a custom-built coach. “For the first time in many years, we’re selling many of our show coaches before they get through production,” said Blade.” That’s a great sign and indicates that we need to increase our production of these coaches.”
“We’re finally seeing significant recovery from the Great Recession that has impacted our market since 2008,” Blade continued. “One of the positive outcomes of these otherwise disruptive events has been that Newell has more than tripled our market share among ultra-luxury motorhomes and is now the sales leader among this exclusive group. The current trends are positive, and we feel optimistic about the future. Our plans and actions reflect these improving economic conditions.”
With the completion of its new, state-of-the-art testing facility this summer Winegard Co. will soon establish itself as a “world class” antenna testing facility.
According to a press release, the newly added facilities will allow Winegard engineers to quickly and accurately characterize antennas from 50 MHz to 50 GHz in-house and reduce design and development time in half. The test facility will reside in Winegard’s newly constructed North Plant which expands the company’s manufacturing and warehouse space to approximately 410,000 square feet.
“This is the next step in the evolution of our company,” said Winegard President Jon Manley. “Rapid growth in the enterprise and consumer markets are driving the company’s expansion, and the desire to move all testing in-house. Having the ability to test all of our products in-house gives Winegard a competitive advantage. Not only does this decrease development time significantly, it also reduces expenses incurred by outsourcing and improves our quality control.”
Winegard currently maintains an extensive portfolio of antenna test and measurement capabilities, including indoor and outdoor VHF and UHF antenna ranges and a Nearfield Systems Inc. (NSI) indoor near-field scanner. The company is adding an advanced NSI indoor compact range and spherical near-field scanner to create a comprehensive testing facility that can test virtually any antenna product manufactured today that operate in the 50 MHz to 50 GHz range. Measurements include 2-D and 3-D pattern cuts as well as antenna gain and directivity. All equipment complies with IEEE standards.
For more information on Winegard visit http://www.winegard.com.
March 27 (Reuters) - Winnebago Industries Inc, the largest U.S. motor home maker, reported a 53 percent jump in quarterly profit as it sold more motorhomes to dealers.
The company's net income rose to $9.6 million, or 35 cents per share, in the quarter ended March 1 from $6.3 million, or 22 cents per share, a year earlier. (http://r.reuters.com/byd97v)
Winnebago said its order backlog rose 5.4 percent to 2,900 motorhomes in the quarter.
(Reporting by Mridhula Raghavan in Bangalore; Editing by Kirti Pandey)
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and officials from Cummins Inc. today (March 26) announced plans for the company to locate its global distribution business headquarters from Columbus, Ind., and consolidate existing Indianapolis-based employees in a new downtown office building.
According to a press release, the global distribution business is one of Cummins’ four business units. The company plans to build its new Indianapolis office center on approximately four acres that previously housed Market Square Arena.
The company’s initial plan for the site includes an office building with ground floor retail, a training center, public greenspace and a parking garage on parcels bordered by Market, Alabama, Washington, and New Jersey Streets. The building will initially house up to 400 employees with future expansion possible. The company currently has approximately 100 employees working in two separate offices downtown.
Cummins will purchase the property for $4.3 million while Indianapolis will invest $3.3 million in infrastructure improvements and parking on the site and abate 70% of the development’s property taxes for ten years. While design is not yet under way, Cummins said it is committed to contributing a significant architectural element to the downtown Indianapolis landscape that will be a great environment for its employees and a welcoming presence for the community.
Construction on the new building is expected to begin within the year and open by late 2016.
“We are pleased to announce that Indianapolis will serve as our global distribution business headquarters, while Columbus, Indiana, where our company was founded 95 years ago, will continue to serve as Cummins’ global corporate headquarters,” said Pamela Carter, president, Distribution Business, Cummins Inc.
Carter added, “The creation of a global headquarters for our distribution business takes a significant step toward our longstanding strategy of transforming the business through an expanded global footprint capable of supporting our customers and providing legendary sales, service and support. The move will facilitate better collaboration among our employees and accommodate growth resulting from the North American distribution business acquisitions.”
Motorhomes of Texas is located in Nacogdoches, Texas and specializes in the parts, service, and sales of luxury pre-owned motorcoaches. Founded in 2003, Motorhomes of Texas was just starting to be built into a soon-to-be successful luxury motorhome dealership under the hands of owners, David and Emily Robertson. - See more at: http://motorhomesoftexas.com/about_us#sthash.n5kcA5WA.dpuf
If indeed there were more prospective high-end buyers as well as upscale tire kickers in evidence at this past winter’s retail shows – perhaps more so than some manufacturers had seen in a while – then one of the busiest booths at Tampa’s RV SuperShow in January was operated by Foretravel Motorcoach of Texas, a factory-direct builder of luxury motorhomes still based in its traditional home turf of Nacogdoches, Texas. How busy was it? Foretravel Sales Manager Curtis Fancher said the lines were so constant at times that the only real break for Foretravel’s sales staff came at lunch and dinner time. Of particular interest to consumers was the company’s ih-45, a coach that Foretravel started building on its own chassis in 2012 in addition to its Nimbus and Phoenix lines. That’s a real switch for a high-end company that, along with the rest of the industry, is still technically emerging from a global downturn. “We custom build just about everything we make,” says Fancher, adding that the ih-45, a 54,000-pound GVWR coach equipped with a 600-hp Cummins engine, an Allison 4000 transmission and a 3,500- to 4,000-pound payload, is the company’s biggest seller. “Last year was a good year,” said Fancher, standing in front of a black-tan-champagne and red-exterior ih-45 listing for $1.3 million. “The typical year since ’08 has been very up and down. Last year was a steady year, and the beginning of this year has been very steady. That’s all a telltale sign of the stock market and economy starting to come back. It’s turned about nicely.”
WAKARUSA, Ind.. — Prime Time Manufacturing, a division of Forest River, continues to post impressive retail growth rates as the young company begins its fifth year building towable recreational vehicles, the firm reported today.
Final 2013 numbers from Statistical Surveys show that Prime Time’s travel trailer brands increased total retail sales by 47 percent and Prime Time’s fifth wheel brands increased total retail sales by 62 percent. With a combined market share increase exceeding 30 percent for 2013, Prime Time is one of the fastest growing retail manufacturers in North America, the release noted.
According to National Sales Manager Ken Walters, the consistent sales growth is a function of a unique business model, great dealers, and impressive product.
“Our business model continues to be a very dealer-centric and retail driven model,” said Walters. “We put our dealers first and offer products that are a smart investment for them. They’ve felt great about increasing the amount of Prime Time products on their lots over the years and customers have chosen to buy that product over a myriad of other options. We couldn’t ask for a better lineup of dealer partners.”
Prime Time President Jeff Rank said he is pleased with the consistent growth the company has experienced.
“We are no longer a new start-up company where it’s easy to show huge year-over-year increases,” said Rank. “Prime Time is well established in the Top 10 of our industry yet we still continue to grow significantly faster than our peers. It is truly a testament to treating your dealers well and developing great product with great quality.”
Prime Time Manufacturing is a division of Forest River, Inc, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Prime Time offers towable recreation vehicles under the brand names of Avenger, Crusader, LaCrosse, Sanibel, Spartan, and Tracer and is located in Wakarusa, Ind.
SOURCE: Prime Time RV press release
Jayco Acquiring Open Range RV</div> <div id="content-area"> <div id="node-85060" class="node node clearfix node-type-news"> <div class="node-inner"> <div class="field-field-feature-image"> </div> <div class="feature_info"> <div class="node_submitted"> <div class="picture"><img class="imagecache imagecache-avatar" title="RV PRO Staff's picture" src="http://rv-pro.com/sites/default/files/imagecache/avatar/user_avatars/picture-1883.png" alt="RV PRO Staff's picture" width="64" height="64"/></div> <div class="author">By: RV PRO Staff</div> <div class="post_date">Monday, February 24, 2014</div> </div> <div class="field-field-feature-description">Jayco Corp. of Middlebury, Ind., has entered into a Letter of Intent to acquire Open Range RV based in Shipshewana, Ind.</div> </div> <div class="content">
Financial terms of the deal were not revealed.
Open Range RV will operate as a wholly owned and separate subsidiary with Randy Graber as president.
“The two companies are a natural match,” Graber said. “Culturally speaking, both Jayco and Open Range enjoy strong relationships with their dealer body recognizing the importance of maintaining a partnership style association.”
With growth in excess of 20 percent annually, the management of Open Range recognized in order to maintain and further increase that type of growth, it was necessary to partner with a larger organization.
“I am extremely excited to be able to take Open Range to the next level, it’s a dream come true.” Graber said.
“Open Range will be a perfect addition to the Jayco family,” said Derald Bontrager, Jayco’s president and CEO. “We are thrilled to partner with someone like Randy Graber who has such vast industry experience and innovative product knowledge.”
Jayco, based in Middlebury, is the largest privately-held manufacturer of RVs.</div> </div> </div> </div>
FOREST CITY, Iowa — RV owners can kick their motorhome lifestyle into high gear with the new Itasca Solei, a luxury diesel pusher at an attractive price, Winnebago Industries announced today.
The Solei shows off its muscle with a Freightliner XCS chassis featuring a 340-hp Cummins diesel engine coupled with a six-speed Allison transmission. Its softer side comes through in the polished Corian galley countertops, coffee-glazed cabinetry, LED ceiling lights, and upscale entertainment features. And, with Smart Storage as an integral part of both floorplans, users will have plenty of room to bring even more luxury items with them.
Highlights of the new Class A diesel pusher series include:
- Two floorplans – the 34T and 38R
- Attractive price
- Loaded with standard features
- Powered driver and passenger seats in leatherette
- Radio/rearview color monitor system with 6″ touch screen
- Powered mirrors with defrost/side-view cameras
- Powered MCD visor shade for the front windshield
- MCD blackout shades in the coach area
- Soft vinyl ceilings
- LED ceiling lights
- Vinyl tile flooring throughout
- Polished Corian galley countertops and tiled backsplash
- Home theater sound bar with DVD/CD player
- Full-coach water filtration system
- 6,000-watt Cummins Onan diesel generator
- 2,000-watt inverter/charger
- Roof A/C with heat pump
- Hydraulic leveling jacks
- Dual-glazed coach windows
- Heated holding tank compartment
- Powered patio awning with LED lighting
- Exterior wash station
- Low profile allows unit to fit through 12′ door opening while having amazing storage of up to 228 cubic feet (38R)
- Fireplace, +Lounger, powered StudioLoft (34T only), stackable washer/dryer, automatic HDTV satellite antenna system, satellite radio, and Ideal Rest Noveau air sleep system
- Duo Solar/Blackout roller shades
Two floorplans have been introduced. They include:
A real value in a fully-equipped Class A diesel motorhome, the 34T offers a driver side slide with the unique inLounge extendable U-shaped sectional sofa/sleeper in leatherette, versatile inTable movable drop-leaf table, and a passenger side slide galley with island sink. The 34T also features a large private bath, queen-size walk-around bed, and a large wardrobe.
The 38R features two slideout rooms with an exceptional bath-and-a-half floorplan. A rear master suite provides a private rear bathroom and a queen-size bed with large wardrobe and a 28-inch HDTV that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing. The 38R also includes a Flex Bed system that provides bunk beds, wardrobe, or converts into a dinette, whichever you choose. Also standard in the 38R is a half bath, Comfort Sofa Sleeper, BenchMark dinette with Dream Dinette table, full-featured galley with pantry and residential refrigerator, and large 50-inch HDTV above the optional fireplace.
SOURCE: Winnebago Industries press release
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MIDDLEBURY, Ind. -- Jayco, Inc. approved the launch of its new Jay Smart, a line of Euro-styled, ultra-lightweight RVs. The new line of towables is slated to be built on Jayco's campus in Middlebury, IN.
Jayco displayed a prototype of the Jay Smart during the 2013 Louisville RV Show. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive by those who explored the revolutionary product. Dealers from all over the globe were excited at the prospect of Jayco producing such a modernized, easy-to-tow and lightweight travel trailer.
Jim Jacobs, Jayco's chief operating officer commented, "With the knowledge and experience we've gained from building this new family of lightweight products, we're confident our dealers will gain an even stronger competitive advantage in the marketplace." He went on to say, "It wouldn't surprise me if along the way we find ways of incorporating some of the design and engineering elements discovered in building the Jay Smart into our other product offerings."
Formal introduction of the Jay Smart will occur at Jayco's annual Homecoming event taking place in San Antonio, Texas the week of June 23rd.
Initial offerings of the Jay Smart will include four floorplans in 19, 22 and two 26-foot lengths. Each unit will be built with the same streamlined, contemporary look highlighted during the RV industry's largest trade show of the year.
Brian Donat, an industry veteran, will remain active as a product design consultant for the Jay Smart. Donat's knowledge of the European marketplace is a valuable asset and contributed greatly to the positive response from the dealer network.
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ELKHART — Earlier today, Thor Industries announced that it had acquired the building formerly used by Monaco RV’s towable division. Thor intends to use the space to boost motorhome production for the Thor Motor Coach line.
However, the deal also included all Monaco’s remaining towable inventory as well as the company’s towable brand names, RV Daily Report has confirmed.
Bob Martin, president of Thor Industries, said the company acquired the inventory to help dealers transition through the change. However, Thor does not intend to continue manufacturing the current Monaco product lines.
“We kept on a few of the Monaco towable salespeople for a little while, and they are working with their dealers to make sure they get the inventory they need,” said Martin, who added that he has fielded several offers to buy out the entire remaining inventory.
Allied Specialty Vehicles said it would honor the warranty for all the products, he explained. Thor Industries is just stepping in to make sure dealers get the inventory they had ordered.
In addition to the inventory, the company also acquired all the Monaco towable brand names, like R-Vision, McKenzie, Trail-Lite and Holiday Rambler. Martin said that some Thor divisions may introduce new products in the years ahead using some of the iconic brands.
“Some of these brand names have a lot of name recognition and goodwill attached to them,” he explained. “We don’t have any plans at the time to do anything with them at the moment.”
The Auto Pros company announced its insurer search system online last year and has now modified this system to present its insurance calculator for RV owners online.
Nashville, Tenn. — Recreational vehicle use has remained popular in the U.S. due partly to more types of vehicles that are manufactured. The Auto Pros company announced its insurer search system online last year and has now modified this system to present its insurance calculator for RV owners online. Digital Journal explains, monthly insurance costs can now be calculated and quoted at http://autoprosusa.com/insurance.
RV owners using this new insurer finder can prepare to purchase a first time policy or locate information needed to plan a future policy purchase, according to Digital Journal. The agencies underwriting the RV insurance in the U.S. are rated companies that are able to offer discounts for one or multiple vehicle types that are insured by vehicle owners.
“Monthly costs for insurance are now easier for vehicle owners to calculate when using the calculation system that is installed in the insurance locator we provide online,” one Auto Pros company source told
FOREST CITY, Iowa, -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO),has been recognized by Statistical Surveys, Inc., a retail reporting service in Grand Rapids, Mich., for having the top selling motorhome brand for calendar 2013.
"We are very proud of the continued success of Winnebago in the marketplace and we continue to develop innovative, quality products to promote this iconic American brand," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan. "We have launched a great motorhome lineup this year, with several brand new, innovative products just entering the marketplace. We believe our new Trend, Viva!, Forza, Solei, and Travato now entering the market will bring us additional incremental growth in the coming year.
We congratulate our dedicated employees and our strong dealer partners in once again achieving this top selling position. We look forward to the introduction of even more exciting new products at our upcoming Dealer Days event this Spring and we will continue to provide industry-leading support for our dealers and retail customers."
While it’s hard to believe 2013 is already behind is, we are very excited about the RV industry and its continued positive momentum for 2014. And, judging from the attendance, enthusiasm and energy we experienced among dealers and OEMs at RVIA in December, we are far from alone.
As it is every year, it’s great seeing all the beautiful new coaches and products hitting the market in the coming year at RVIA - especially those built on our chassis, of course. This includes new 2014 models from Newmar, Thor, Winnebago, Itasca, Fleetwood, Forest River and Tiffin, to name a few.
We did a bit of debuting ourselves at RVIA, unveiling an exciting new product – the V-Ride Rear Suspension System. Featuring a completely reinvented design from the ground up, the V-Ride is the first ever single-axle rear suspension rated for 24,000 pounds. Development of the V-Ride was made possible in large part by the updates to federal bridge laws through the Department of Transportation, updates the RVIA was heavily involved in advocating for.
Debuted by FCCC at RVIA 2013, V-Ride is the first independent rear suspension rated for 24,000 lbs.The V-Ride will enable motorhome owners to carry more of their gear and luxury coach builders to add more amenities. And, V-Ride’s proven design and engineering will provide impressive durability and an incredibly stable, comfortable ride – which are the kinds of chassis benefits you’ve rightly come to expect from FCCC over the years. We’ve received strong interest from several potential build partners and expect V-Ride – on the XC chassis – to be a feature of some outstanding luxury coaches beginning in model year 2015.
You can learn more about the technology behind the V-Ride – and how it will transform the driving experience – by watching the official launch video at our YouTube channel.
Employees at Monaco RV tell us they were told the company is closing its doors.
WSBT is told by employees there are about 80 full-time and 75 temporary employees at the facility in Elkhart at the old Custom Chasis Products facility.
One of the people being laid off showed WSBT News the letter all the workers received saying the company has been sold.
It also said the employees will receive two months pay as a severance package.
Last year, Navistar sold Monaco to Allied Specialty Vehicles out of Florida.
That company then closed the Wakarusa plant with its 500 people.
Allied Specialty Vehicles has not returned our calls.
LAS VEGAS, Nev., -- Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., a Las Vegas, Nevada based Mercedes Benz-approved bus manufacturer will be unveiling its new Sprinter-based "Tourismo" mid-sized luxury motorcoach bus product line next week simultaneously at both the United Motorcoach Association (UMA) Expo in Los Angeles, CA and the International Limousine, Charter and Tour (LCT) Show in Las Vegas, NV.
The high-end Tourismo is Meridian's newest in a growing number of product offerings on the popular and eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform, designed specifically for tour, charter and limousine operators.
The Tourismo's standard 6-foot interior ceiling height, 24-foot overall length, multiple high-end European-style reclining seating configurations including bench, booth or forward-facing arrangements, individual overhead air controls and reading lights, PA system, LED mood and cabin lighting, wood grain commercial flooring, video system, over-sized ducted air conditioning and heating, integrated backup camera, skylights and more, truly redefines luxury travel in a mid-sized platform.
Available options normally reserved exclusively for the Tourismo's behemoth brothers and sisters include mobile Wi-Fi, fire suppression system, infotainment solutions, 110 Volt/USB passenger power outlets, privacy curtains, tire pressure monitoring, even fully-equipped lavatories. In all, over 100 options are available to customize every bus for each operator's individual tastes and requirements for comfort and safety.
"With best-in-class 11,030-pound GVWR, incredibly smooth, quiet and comfortable ride quality and ultra-efficient and notoriously long-lasting diesel engines, the Mercedes Benz Sprinter was our immediate platform choice for the Tourismo mid-size tour bus to answer to our charter clients' ongoing demand for a sub-20 passenger luxury touring coach", said David Ronsen, President and CEO of Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc., "Tour guests have become accustomed to high-end accommodations and tour operators are expected to provide luxurious buses, regardless of group size. Until now, operators have had few options other than to operate 40-, 50- or even 60-passenger coaches for a fifteen passenger group. When calculating associated fuel and maintenance costs, that practice simply doesn't add up. The Tourismo solves the problem with a very cost-effective, fully-equipped mini tour bus that achieves an astounding 300+ passenger miles per gallon. Operators will love the best-in-class amenities, including our exclusive luggage bay door and storage system and their passengers will love the privacy and panoramic views provided by the Sprinter's ample, narrow-framed windows and Meridian's exclusive glass plug door."
The Tourismo will be on display at Meridian's booth at UMA (booth # 1425) and at Creative Bus Sales' booth at LCT (both #94).
About Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc.
Meridian Specialty Vehicles, Inc. is a leader in the design and manufacture of custom specialty vehicles, shuttle and paratransit buses and passenger vans. Since 1995, Meridian has produced extraordinary vehicles for our customers' extraordinary missions. With a network of over 200 dealers and growing, Meridian is committed to providing our domestic and international customers with high-quality, innovative, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly transportation and mobile-mission-based vehicle solutions combined with outstanding after-sales support. For more information please visit us at www.meridiansv.com.
The CarHistory.us.org Recreational Vehicle Guide will go through the ins and outs of different types of RVs, how dealers price them, and the best ways to negotiate when you are looking to buy.
CarHistory.us.org is launching a comprehensive guide to purchasing recreational vehicles, the company said yesterday.
“Basic demographics show that more and more people are now reaching retirement age,” a CarHistory.us.org spokesman said. “This means that there is going to be a growing interest in recreational vehicles. What we want to do is make sure that our customers know how to get a good deal. Other than a house, buying a RV may be one of the biggest investments people make in their lives. We want to make sure they invest wisely.”
The CarHistory.us.org Recreational Vehicle Guide will go through the ins and outs of different types of RVs, how dealers price them, and the best ways to negotiate when you are looking to buy.
“People tend to own recreational vehicles far longer than they own their cars,” he said. “Which means that if you don't buy a RV that is right for you, you can be stuck with it for a long time. Most people don't realize how different various types of RVs are, so we want to give them the basic information they need to make the right choice.”
The guide will be published in the members' area of CarHistory.us.org and also released through their social media channels and blogs, he said.
“Just understanding how RV sales contracts work can save people thousands of dollars,” he said. “We want to give people that understanding.”
CarHistory.us.org, an online source for public records, takes pride in providing the most comprehensive vehicle history reports in North America. With hundreds of users daily, motor vehicle report availability and customer service are top priorities for CarHistory.us.org. Visit CarHistory.us.org today to chat with a live representative, call 1-855-482-6465, or email Manager(at)CarHistory(dot)us(dot)org with any questions or concerns.
The RV (recreational vehicle) industry had its beginnings in the 1920s, shortly after the advent of the automobile industry, when a number of companies began manufacturing house trailers or trailer coaches, as they were then called. An early attempt at a self-contained RV featuring all the amenities of home is pictured in Tampa in the 1923 “then” photo, apparently built on a Ford Model TT truck chassis.
Today, more than 9 million Americans own a recreational vehicle, a 16 percent increase since 2001, and a 64 percent gain since 1980. The RV industry is projected to be a growth industry as the baby boomers prepare to retire.
In the “now” photo, an RV is on display at the 2013 Florida RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds. The 2014 show opens Wednesday and runs through Jan. 19. Adult admission is $10 for a two-day pass and parking is $6 for cars or $12 for RVs and oversized vehicles. (Kids under 16 are free.)
Thor Motor Coach has won the 2013–2014 RV of the Year award for the Axis and Vegas Recreational Utility Vehicles (RUVs)....
The award was presented by the RV trade publication RV Business during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., in early December.
The Axis and the Vegas are 25-foot Class A motorhomes touted by Thor as compact, stylish and user-friendly.
“We have strengthened our commitment to bring forth cutting-edge products that meet consumer needs,” said Jon Krider, director of Marketing at Thor Motor Coach. “We continue to focus on superior quality, engineering and performance. The extremely positive dealer reception to our new products, as well as enhancements to our existing lineup, solidifies we are on the right course. We will continue to build upon on that momentum, bringing the best and most innovative products to market in the future.”
Thor also displayed these motorhomes at the trade show in Louisville:
- the new 29H Outlaw toy hauler Type C built on a Ford E-Series;
- a full wall-slide Four Winds 28F Type C with a king bed
- the 32N wall-slide Hurricane and Windsport; and
- the Tuscany 40KQ with a unique kitchen and living space layout.