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    Newmar-London-Aire#1

    Newmar Corp.’s senior management had a lot to talk about during the Nappanee, Ind.-based company’s 2015 Model Year Dealer Seminar May 20-23 at the Gaylord Texan Hotel in the Dallas suburb of Grapevine – from its new approach to delivering its own motorhomes to ownership succession and corporate training programs. But the biggest news in Grapevine this week was yesterday’s (May 21) unveiling of a 2015 London Aire Class A diesel pusher that should go a long way toward bolstering Newmar’s role as one of today’s premier North American coach builders. Newmar officials noted that the builder hasn’t marketed the London Aire brand since the 2007 model year when it was the company’s top-end line. The new London Aire is a 45-footer built on Freightliner SLR chassis equipped with a 600-hp Cummins 15-liter ISX engine – the largest available to production-type motorhome builders — equipped with a tag-axle, independent front suspension and Comfort Drive steering. Priced beneath the King Aire and Essex lines, all three of which now sport 600-hp power plants, the new London Aire retails for $619,820 with a full-wall slide bath-and-a-half floorplan featuring elegant dark maple-accented interiors, polished solid-surface countertops, porcelain floor tile and a featured ceiling that masks the air conditioning vents. “We wanted to really cash in on the brand equity of the London Aire name,” Vice President of Sales John Sammut told RVBUSINESS.com. “It’s had many forms out there over the years, including a high-end fifth-wheel and a Class C product. It was the flagship – the most expensive Newmar Class A at one point. Now, although it’s not the most expensive Newmar product, we thought we could really leverage the London Aire name, bringing out this new 600-

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    Excited to for #travel this summer? Explore places in the US with your #motorhome, start by clicking here: http://t.co/9Ee5eqScqu

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    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)

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    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)

     

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    GOSHEN, Ind., -- Lippert Components, Inc. (LCI™) reports growing use of its bonded, frameless windows in travel trailer and fifth-wheel recreational vehicle designs during the last 12 months.

    "It's all about styling with this product line," said LCI Vice President of Sales Andy Murray. "Bonded frameless windows create a cleaner, more automotive look and cleaner lines on the outside of the RV while streamlining the sidewall."

    "Initially, the product was a high-end feature, but now it's used on mid-priced products, and more and more on motorized products," continued Murray. "In order to support this growing trend, LCI has made significant investments in people, facilities and equipment over the past 12 months. Some of the most notable are a 130,000 square foot dedicated frameless window facility which will include its own in-house glass processing and tempering operation, the first if its kind in our industry."

    In addition to travel trailer and fifth-wheel RV windows, LCI's window products include:

    • Truck cap windows
    • Bus windows, including activity bus windows, egress activity bus windows, and electronic switch windows
    • Cargo trailer windows
    • Horse trailer windows including drop down feed windows, drop down insert windows, side slider windows, and living quarter windows
    • Commercial vehicle windows
    • About Lippert Components
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    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

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    WARRANTY
    Foretravel chassis ................... 36 mo./36,000 miles
    Foretravel coach ...................... 36 mo./36,000 miles
    Cummins engine ................... 60 mo./100,000 miles
    Allison transmission .............. 60 mo./unlimited miles

    CHASSIS FEATURES
    Foretravel chassis and superstructure
    Cummins ISM-450 electronic diesel engine
    Allison 4000MH 6-speed transmission
    Allison transmission retarder, dual-actuated
    Air disc brakes, all wheels
    Alcoa aluminum wheels (6), with Dura-Bright protection
    Anti-lock braking system
    Auxiliary 12-volt air compressor
    Computerized air-leveling system
    Electronic cruise control
    Engine batteries: Optima D31 Deep Cycle (3)
    Engine block heater
    Koni shock absorbers (10)
    Lifting tag axle, 9,000-lb. gawr
    Power steering
    Racor integrated fuel system with air and water purge
    Radiator coolant recovery system
    Rear axle ratio: 3.91:1
    Suspension: Firestone air springs, 10-bag, 100% air ride,
    outboard-mounted
    Tires: Michelin 275/80R22.5 XZA-2
    Transmission oil cooler
    160-amp Alternator
    190-amp Battery isolator
    10,000-lb.-rated Receiver hitch

    DASH AND COCKPIT FEATURES
    AM/FM/Cassette radio with CD
    Air Tank switch
    Antenna warning alarm
    AutoCinema color back-up camera, flip-up
    Back-lit analogue dash gauges
    Battery boost switch
    Cell phone connection and antenna
    Cruise control
    Driver drink holder
    Driver Information Center in dash
    Generator start/stop switch
    Hand-held CB radio with weather band
    Illuminated dash panel and shifter panel
    Map lights, pilot and co-pilot
    Rosen sun visors
    Slide-out drawer and snack tray
    Smart Wheel steering wheel, lighted
    Synchronized windshield wipers
    Tilt and telescoping steering wheel
    Touch pad transmission gear selector
    Villa leather 6-way power pilot seat
    Villa leather 6-way power co-pilot seat,
    extra-wide with electric footrest
    Windshield privacy shade
    Wood grain dash panels
    12-volt accessory receptacle
    8" Tint at top of windshield

    INTERIOR LIVABILITY FEATURES
    Accent lighting under counters and behind valances
    Aqua-Hot hydronic heating and hot water system
    Bedroom alarm clock
    Booth dinette (slide-out floor plans)
    Bose 3-2-1 Surround Sound System with AM/FM, CD player and DVD player
    Bose Wave Radio with AM/FM, CD and clock in bedroom
    Built-in safe with electronic push-button lock
    Ceramic tile floor, kitchen and bath
    China cabinet in kitchen
    Color-coordinated throw pillows, sofa and bed
    Concealed cabinet door hinges
    Designer kitchen faucet with spray
    Designer window treatment with day/night shades
    Dometic NDR-1492-IMH 14-cu. ft. refrigerator/freezer
    with ice maker
    Drinking water filter
    Ducted air conditioning
    Ekornes chair and ottoman, leather
    Extra-wide co-pilot seat with electric footrest
    Fantastic Fan in bath, automatic open
    Floor level accent lights
    Generator start/stop switch in bedroom
    Halogen accent lighting
    Handcrafted walnut or cherry cabinetry
    Ice maker in refrigerator/freezer
    Indirect ceiling lighting
    Inverter/power monitor panel above microwave
    Living room slide-out with pneumatic seal
    Magazine rack and drink holder at co-pilot seat
    Multiplex lighting control system - 4200 only
    Pantry in kitchen
    Porcelain toilet
    Recessed Gaggenau 2-burner cook top with electronic ignition
    Sharp microwave/convection oven
    Showerhead slider
    Slide-out shelf under kitchen sink
    Slide-out shelf under refrigerator
    Solid surface countertops, kitchen and bath
    Solid surface desktop (some floor plans)
    Solid surface dinette table with leaf
    Solid surface 2-compartment kitchen sink
    Solid surface lavatory sink
    Solid surface nightstand tops
    Step-well cover, air-operated with dual controls (except GV320)
    Storage under dinette seats
    Storage under entry step
    Swing-arm reading lamps in bedroom
    Telephone jack in living area and bedroom
    Tip-out storage below kitchen sink
    TV antenna with signal booster

    VCR in front overhead cabinet
    VCR control eye in bedroom
    Villa sofa, fabric
    Wardrobe dressing mirror
    Washer/dryer connections
    Water fill switch with automatic shut-off
    Water pump switch in kitchen, bath, and utility station
    60" x 80" Queen bed
    24" Sony WEGA television in front overhead cabinet
    15" Flat panel LCD television in bedroom (3800,4000)
    22" Flat panel LCD television in bedroom (4200)

    EXTERIOR FEATURES
    Air hose for tire service
    Auxiliary rear brake lights and turn signals
    Carpeted storage bays
    Clear Shield paint protection below windshield
    Consolidated components bay
    Convenient utility station: Fresh water hose reel, 50-amp shoreline
    reel, hot and cold water faucet, soap dispenser, cable TV and
    phone connection, paper towel holder, 110-volt receptacle, water
    pump switch, water fill switch with automatic shut-off
    Daytime running lights
    Docking lights (4)
    Doorbell
    Drawers (2) in LP compartment
    Dual halogen headlamps with turn signals
    Electric entry step
    Fiberglass roof, one piece
    Fog lights
    Fuel fill two sides
    Girard automatic patio awning
    Hadley air horns
    Insulated windows
    Joey Bed
    Keyless remote locks on entry door and storage bays
    Ladder
    Lighted entry door assist handle
    Manibloc plumbing system
    MaxxAir roof vent cover over bath vent
    Mud flaps
    New Generation PTL entry door with screen
    Painted exterior graphics with full body paint and double
    clear coat finish
    Parallel storage bay doors (bus style)
    Porch light with touch switch
    Screen door with kick guard
    Storage bay lights
    Trailer wiring
    TV outlets and 12-volt outlet in storage bay
    Zip Dee window awnings over slide-outs and at bedroom windows

    SAFETY FEATURES
    Allison transmission retarder with dual actuators
    Back-up camera, color
    Back-up lights
    Battery quick-disconnect at entry door
    Carbon monoxide detector
    Chrome Ramco remote-controlled and heated mirrors with
    wide-angle field of vision
    Daytime running lights
    Docking lights
    Emergency flasher lights
    Fire extinguishers (2)
    Fog lights
    Heat probe on coach batteries
    High-mounted additional LED brake light and turn signals
    Interior exit assist handle
    Lighted entry door assist handle
    LP leak detector
    Non-skid surface on roof near ladder
    Polarity meter/monitor, 110-volt
    Smoke detector
    Step well cover, air-operated

    HEATING/COOLING/ELECTRICAL
    Aqua-Hot hydronic heating
    Coach batteries: (3) 8d gel type with heat probe
    Comfort Control Center for A/C and Aqua-Hot
    Ducted air conditioning: (2) Dometic 15,000-btu roof A/C
    with heat pumps (3 units on 4200)
    Electrical surge suppression system
    Low-battery generator auto-start
    Master battery disconnect switch
    ProSine 2500-watt inverter/charger
    10.0-kw Power Tech diesel generator in quiet box
    (12.0-kw on 4200 series)
    50-amp Shoreline connection
    28,000-btu Automotive air conditioner
    52,000-btu Automotive heater/defroster

    WEIGHT RATINGS AND CAPACITIES
    Available lengths .................................. 38', 40', 42'
    Exterior height ............................................ 11' 6 1⁄2"
    Exterior width ................................................... 8' 6"
    Fresh water capacity .................................... 112 gal.
    Gray water capacity...................................... 115 gal.
    Waste water capacity ..................................... 56 gal.
    LP capacity.................................................... 17 gal.
    Fuel capacity .............................................. 180 gal.
    GVWR ................................................... 42,000 lbs.
    GCWR ................................................... 52,000 lbs.

    POPULAR OPTIONS
    Alpine navigation system
    Electric sun visors (windshield shades)
    Exterior ground effects lighting
    Fold-down shower seat
    GE Advantium oven
    Hawk RV101 security system
    LP quick connect
    Mirrored ceiling panels
    Outdoor entertainment center
    Satellite antenna - TracStar SV-260D in-motion
    Satellite antenna - TracStar TSS-RD1000D stationary
    Satellite receiver - Sony SAT-A65 (or equal)
    Shower grab bar
    Smart Visor sunshade
    Solar battery charger
    Washer/dryer combination
    6-Disc CD player/changer
    100-lb. Freezer

    PRICING
    3800 ....................................................... $475,250
    4000 ....................................................... $493,500
    4200 ...................................................... $543,000

    2003 Foretravel U320 Options

    2003 Foretravel U320 Options

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    RVs were made for rolling down the open road, stopping for a bit, then moving along. But sometimes we get "hung up" for a while. Maybe a job requires we stay put in the campground for a couple of months. Having a "stationary RV" means special care of the black water holding tank.

    Regardless of whether you're stationary or moving every day, NEVER leave your black water holding tank dump valves OPEN. Even if your rig is hooked up to a sewer line, getting all those nasty solids out of your holding tank requires the movement of a large amount of fluid. More than one RVer has learned the hard way that leaving the black water dump valve open translates quickly into a holding tank that won't dump.


    When an RV rolls down the road, it's not just beneficial for us behind the windshield, seeing those new sights. Down under in the holding tank, that rock and roll motion the rig keeps the black water tank stirred up. This contributes to the breakdown of solids and the removal of foul odors. Park your rig and don't move it for a few days, a different setup occurs in the holding tank. Solids tend to gravitate to the bottom of the tank and an ugly sort of transformation begins to occur. We'll spare you the grosser details, but it needs to be said that a goop-like substance can begin to coat the bottom of your holding tank.

    That goopy coating is hard to get out of the tank and if not evicted can begin to build up and up and can eventually cause a blockage. To keep this from happening, when you dump your blackwater tank (which should be done ONLY when the tank is at least three-quarters full), allow plenty of time for the contents to evacuate.

    Here's where having a clear plastic sewer hose-to-dump port adapter is a good thing to have. When you dump the black tank you can closely observe just what's coming out of the tank. After sitting for a number of days you may be surprised just how s-l-o-w-l-y those contents can be about coming out of the tank. Slamming the holding tank valve shut before the contents are clear can not only leave you holding more gunk in the tank, the stuff can also prevent a water-tight seal on your black water valve--not a good thing.

    If you find the tank just doesn't seem to want to "get empty" then leave the valve open and have a helper run the toilet until the tank runs clear. We've found it may require a greater volume of water than the toilet itself will readily provide. We have a secret weapon: Our shower hose will stretch far enough to blast water down the toilet making the job much faster.

    In hot weather stationary RVers face another problem: Sour tanks. The combination of heat and lack of motion can cause the breakdown of wastes in the tank to stop, causing a really, really stinky situation. Assuming that you are either not using any sort of holding tank treatment at all, or are using one that's based on enzymes and/or bacteria, you may be able to clear up the problem by dumping a half-cup of baking soda down the toilet with a couple of gallons of water. This may "sweeten" an otherwise acidic condition, getting natural bacteria to begin waste breakdown, reducing the stink factor.

    In really tough situations you may need to fill up the holding tank with water, dump it completely, and then add a couple of cups of baking soda and fill it up with water again. This time don't dump the tank immediately; let the tank sit overnight, then dump it and "restart" the system with the addition of a bacterial and/or enzyme based holding tank treatment. We had this happen once during a hot spring stay on the Arizona desert. The stench was overpowering, but the "fill, dump, refill with soda water, dump again" procedure proved a life (and nose) saver.
     

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    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

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    Go small; go off the campground grid; and search out deals to cut the costs of RV’ing.

     

    While many Americans dream of hitting the open road with their family in a bus-sized recreational vehicle, the thought of the gas bill and loan payments as high as a traditional mortgage can dampen the enthusiasm of actually giving it a go.

    Yet if you’re willing to think outside the box with regard to vehicle size and related camping expenses, you just might find it costs less than you think. Here are a handful of ways to make the ultimate road trip more affordable.

     

    Go smaller

    The traditional approach may be to tow a camper or go for a larger motor home, but a growing number of people are putting their efforts into minivan conversions. Not only is the mileage significantly better than standard RV options, but the maneuverability is much easier as well. Similar to the camper-vans popular throughout Europe, modifications can be accomplished through hiring an independent contractor or taking on the task yourself.

    One vehicle that’s gaining popularity for camping use is the Ford Transit Connect. While I suspect the mileage numbers have as much to do with that as anything, the greater cargo capacity probably doesn’t hurt either. A quick Internet search on the topic will result in a wide variety of examples and YouTube videos. Sinks, small beds, chemical toilets and more can all be installed.

     

    Rent a camper van

    Prefer to keep it simple and rent? JUCY Rentals, the camper-van rental company popular in Australia and New Zealand has now set up shop in the United States. With branches in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas, they make an easy drive-and camp option for international visitors as well as locals interested in an affordable alternative. The compact size of their vehicles allows travelers to combine their accommodation and transportation costs into a single bill.

    Off-season rates start at $35 per day, and include a pop-up pod tent on the roof, DVD player and television, sink, stove and even a small fridge. High season rates average closer to $100 per day, with unlimited mileage packages starting at $25 per night plus tax.

     

    Location, location, location

    Thinking creatively about where you park your recreational vehicle can save you significant cash. Just ask Michael Boyink, who has been living the RV lifestyle with his family full time for more than three years. When he and his wife decided the children would benefit from gardening experience and do-it-yourself knowledge, they arranged to park their rig on a farm in Texas in exchange for an agreed-upon number of chores. The experience also allowed Boyink’s daughter to learn some horse riding skills. Boyinks4adventure.com has the full details of their RV odyssey.

     

    Off the grid

    Foregoing electrical access for more primitive sites can also save money. Jeff Wilson, HGTV host and author of “The Greened House Effect” puts this strategy into play nearly every summer when he takes his family camping. For starters, he has two marine batteries which charge while his tow vehicle is running. This allows him to arrive at a site fully charged and ready to skip the more expensive spots in the campground. He also travels with a small solar panel and a portable windmill to generate power with the support of Mother Nature.

     

    Cutting campground fees

    Gopetfriendly.com’s Amy Burkert travels in a recreational vehicle throughout the year with her husband and two dogs. Figuring out how to get campground access for less has helped her family maintain their travel habit in a financially sustainable way. And how you arrange your stay can make a huge difference.

    Her top tip? Discount membership organizations. Organizations such as Good Sam, Escapees and Passport America provide savings as high as 50 percent on RV sites at campgrounds across North America. Booking your stay with these types of membership cards has you saving money before you ever even hook up your vehicle. Says Burkert, “The annual membership costs are quickly offset by the savings when you’re traveling full time.”

    Burkert also advises arranging longer stays, as they are often more affordable. Weekly rates are cheaper per night than booking a night at a time, and the monthly rate typically provides an even greater savings opportunity.