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    Gulf Stream Coach introduces gourmet rear kitchen

    NAPANNEE, Ind. — Borrowing key design features of the best-selling Conquest/Innsbruck 295SBW, Gulf Stream’s new 25SBW features a gourmet-friendly full-width rear kitchen with extensive cabinetry, storage drawers, an L-shaped counter and double-door refrigerator.

    The main living space uses a deep slide-out to provide room for a comfy sofa, dinette with under-seat storage, and a floor-to-ceiling entertainment center with a multi-function home theater sound system and connections for an optional LED HD TV.

    “The rear kitchen design of the 25SBW is a retail champion in two ways,” said National Sales Manager Randy Baskerville.  “It has immediate appeal when RV shoppers find it on dealers’ lots, with its high-quality cabinetry and spacious sunlit workspace.  But more than that, RVers soon realize how practical and convenient it is on the campsite, enabling everyone to share the casual camping lifestyle without making the cook stand in the middle of the main living area.”

    In spite of its compact size, the 25SBW gives owners a true master bedroom with a solid panel privacy door, a walk-around queen bed with under-bed storage, a mirrored shirt closet, wardrobe, and overhead cabinets.  A mounting point and wiring for a wall-mount flat screen TV is also included.

    The ingenious en suite bath has two entry doors – one from the main living area hall, the other from a private door in the master bedroom.   A large corner shower with a solid-panel enclosure and shower door is featured in the bath.

    With a dry weight under 5,900 pounds and durable top-quality construction by the craftspeople at Gulf Stream Coach, the 25SBW is a high-reward, high-value alternative for campers who like to travel light and easy – and insist on getting the most for their money, said Baskerville.

    To see a front to back image of the unit, click here.

    For more inforamtion, call Randy Baskerville at 574.320.2630 or e-mail [email protected].

    SOURCE: Gulf Stream Coach press release


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    (BPT) - Many investors are taking more control of their financial future by investing in alternatives to the stock market including real estate, land, promissory notes, oil and gas.

    Sue Jensen of New York grew frustrated after watching her life savings take a hit year after year in the stock market. A couple of years ago, after another year of less-than-desirable returns, she couldn't take it anymore. She sought out a way to further diversify her investments that wouldn't leave her on the sidelines, watching helplessly.

    Jensen is just one of many Americans who for years knew only one way to save for retirement. Growing concerned that it wouldn't yield enough money to live comfortably, Jensen sought out alternatives.

    The good news is that there are options. You can diversify your portfolio by investing your retirement savings in assets other than stocks and bonds. As Jensen and many others have discovered, the Internal Revenue Service allows you to invest your retirement funds in an array of assets, including real estate, promissory notes, private placements and tax liens. The investments are made using a self-directed account such as an IRA.

    Self-directed IRA custodians, such as Equity Trust, offer options for nearly everyone when it comes to saving for retirement. These options include:


    • Individual retirement accounts: IRA, Roth IRA
    • Small-business accounts: SIMPLE IRA, SEP IRA, Solo 401(k), Roth Solo 401(k)
    • Accounts that allow you to save for other expenses: Coverdell Education Savings Account, Health Savings Account

    Investing your IRA or other account in alternatives is nothing new. IRS Publication 590 outlines the types of investments allowed in a self-directed IRA, including:

    • Real estate - including apartments, single family homes, and duplexes
    • Commercial property, developed or undeveloped land
    • Mortgages/deeds of trust
    • Publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds
    • Private limited partnerships
    • Private stock offerings, private placements
    • Private limited liability companies
    • Secured and unsecured notes
    • Judgments/structured settlements
    • Tax sale certificates
    • Car paper
    • Factoring
    • Accounts receivable
    • Commercial paper
    • Equipment leasing

    You should be aware that not every IRA custodian allows you to self-direct your funds. Only qualified self-directed IRA custodians, such as Equity Trust, will allow you to invest your retirement funds in real estate and other alternatives to the stock market. For those who prefer to continue to diversify with a mix of alternatives and stocks or mutual funds, Equity Trust provides the capability.

    Jensen, an Equity Trust client, has diversified into tax liens and promissory notes. In addition to the profits from those investments, which grow tax-deferred or tax-free in her IRA accounts, she has gained peace of mind in knowing all her retirement "eggs" aren't in one basket.

    Self-directed IRA custodians are passive, which means they cannot give investment advice.

    Find out how you could diversify your retirement savings beyond just stocks and bonds. Get more details about self-directed IRAs and find out which plans would fit your situation by visiting



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    MIDDLEBURY, Ind., -- Entegra Coach, manufacturer of luxury diesel-powered motorhomes, announced the official launch of a new 40-foot Aspire model.

    Recently previewed at Florida RV SuperShow, the Aspire 39E floor plan features a full wall slide, which enables spacious and luxurious living synonymous with the Entegra Coach name. Featuring the popular bath and a half configuration, the Aspire 39E is equipped with a standard king size bed, stacked washer dryer, and a full range of media equipment including the acclaimed Bose<sup>®</sup> sound bar systems in both the living room and bedroom area. The fully equipped residential style kitchen, complete with Samsung<sup>®</sup> stainless steel appliances, generous storage and a spacious dining area, is sure to please the chef.


    "Entegra Coach had received numerous requests from both dealers and customers to add a shorter length motor coach to our lineup." said Andy Baer, Entegra Coach Vice President of Sales. "Our product management team met the requests with an exciting floorplan that feels as spacious as our other models and offers the level of finish Entegra Coach clientele have come to expect. When you see the ultra-leather furniture, high finish ceramic tile floors, the premium ceiling detail, and experience the overall integrated design of this coach, you will feel right at home."

    The 39E Aspire is built on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis featuring a 24,000 drive axle, front disc brakes, and the Cummins ISL 450 HP 8.9L Turbocharged Diesel along with the Allison 300 series transmission. The 39E asserts the same quiet-ride and handling that has become the Entegra Coach trademark.

    "After introducing the floorplan at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa and receiving nothing but positive feedback, we're confident we made the right decision to add the 39E to our lineup." said Baer. The new floorplan will be available in March as part of the launch of the 2015 model year. For more information,

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     Wandering through 300,000 square feet of convention center space dedicated to such things as recreation vehicles, camping supplies and outdoor vacation destinations certainly makes for an enjoyable mid-February afternoon.

    Some attending the annual Utah Sportsmen’s, Vacation and RV Show that runs through Sunday at the South Towne Expo Center might actually be serious about spending as much as $800,000 on a luxury motor home. Others, no doubt, might be looking for a simple teardrop trailer, a new generator or some ideas on where to camp during the summer. And many may partake of Dutch oven and gourmet cooking displays, dog-training or fly-tying demonstrations.

    And one or two might even try to search out 10 interesting things to buy at the show.

    Take, for example, this random list of products:


    1 » A complete solar conversion kit that would turn a motor home or fifth-wheeler into a self-sustaining home on wheels that could park just about anywhere with no need for generators or electrical hookups. Birdie’s Power Equipment of Springville is demonstrating such a system for between $699 and $14,000. Another company, inergy Power to Go, was bundling portable solar generators starting at $499.


    2 » Those who had solar power might also enjoy a portable ice maker, which plugs in to provide plenty of ice for summer camping parties, at a show price of $249.99 for a large one and $199.99 for a smaller model.


    3 » Sometimes surviving means roughing it, which is where Emergency Essentials’ $5.99 Tote-able Toilet seat designed to fit on and seal any standard 12-inch plastic bucket can come in handy.



    4 » Just to make the bucket feel a bit more homey, show visitors might want to also purchase a $37.85 standing toilet paper holder being offered in duck, parrot, Labrador, gator or deer shapes. Companion paper towel holders are available for $39.38 from State Trailer and RV Supply.


    5 » Those who might not be able to afford a fancy trailer or motor home might enjoy the basic White Water Retro trailer, which looks like something out of the 1950s and contains the basics for a couple, all for $14,999.


    6 » The point of being outdoors means, well, being outdoors instead of inside. So a Tesla by Evergreen Fifth-Wheeler offered by C & R Trailer Sales for a show special of $74,000 might be just the thing. Its rear drops down to become a raised outdoor patio complete with canopy that can be folded back inside of the weather turns bad or at bedtime.


    7 » It’s also important to look stylish when camping, riding a snowmobile or ATV or going four-wheeling. That’s why Off-Road Vixens line of "Girls Get Dirty Too" T-shirts, hoodies, hats and bumper stickers might be a hit. They come in infant, toddler and youth sizes as well.


    8 » Sierra RV’s Gateway 40-foot fifth-wheeler, which sells at a show price special of $53,900, features an outdoor entertainment system that consists of a kitchen, flat screen television and fridge, which a nozzle to add a Camp Chef cooking system. So the kids can enjoy watching The Simpsons instead of roasting s’mores around the campfire.

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    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."

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    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.

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    The technology boom of the past decade has even impacted the recreational vehicle industry. Advances in comfort and safety are changing the perception of the industry.

    Fun Town RV experts in always-sunny Texas were asked to steer through the coming 2014 RV season, and in particular, new technological advances in 5th wheels and travel trailers.

    It is already evident that the technological boom of the past decade has influenced the RV industry. Wi Fi connectivity and digital appliances are becoming standard. In 2014, significant and incremental advances in design and comfort will take the RV experience to a new level.
    Gone are the days of surge brakes as well. Electric, and in some cases hydraulic, brakes are the norm. Many manufacturers also replace the standard pin boxes with custom, shock absorbing pin boxes that all but eliminate “chucking” and felt sway of the 5th Wheel. In travel trailers, hitch brands like the Trekker and Equalizer drastically reduce sway and improve “towability” and safety.

    Technology Improves Efficiency

    The new generation of hydraulic slide outs adds a whole new dimension, physically, to the RV experience. The slide out rooms today are a far cry from when they were first introduced to the RV industry, almost 30 years ago. “The slide out rooms back in the late 70’s were actually manual slides, that you pulled in and out by hand, like a drawer in a cabinet,” said David Kidd, Fun Town RV’s Internet Manager, who started in the RV industry right out of high school in 1982. He continued, “So technology has changed that part for the better. It’s all push button now, and you don’t worry about getting it in a bind on the way in or out.”

    "Technology has definitely made setup easier," offers Ramirez of Fun Town RV, "by taking much of the time and trouble out of it. Electric stabilizing jacks, automatic leveling, push button electric awnings, and a host of other features have drastically reduced set-up time.” Ramirez says, “This allows for the owner to spend less time setting up camp and more time relaxing.”

    Safety Gains

    This tech revolution in 5th wheel design is increasing the enjoyment of owning an RV. They are not only easier to operate, but safer when you reach your destination. As Ramirez points out, “besides increases in convenience, the ease and speed of operation of these improved technologies has added safety advantages.”

    “Suppose a sudden storm blows in, and your awning is out. Push a button and it is back in quickly and safely. Some of the higher end models even have wind sensors that put the awning up if you aren't around to do it,” Ramirez affirms.

    The Comfort of Technology

    "As with anything, as technology advances, those advances make their way down into different areas of the marketplace,” says Jarrod McGhee, owner of Fun Town RV. Among the advances are an increased emphasis on comfort and the inclusion of high-end equipment as standard features.

    "In the mid 90's, it was a big deal when they put microwaves and CD players in travel trailers or 5th wheels,” McGhee recalls. “Today, it is commonplace to see convection microwaves and surround sound entertainment centers with flat screen TV's. Some of the higher end units even come with a smart pad that controls lights, entertainment features, and many other functions. All of this has come about as technology improved and has become more affordable and accessible."

    RV enthusiasts have already begun to count the days until the camping season starts. It is comforting to know the technological innovations in 5th wheel and travel trailer design are charging forward to create the safest and most comfortable experience.

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    Preparing an RV to be stored for a prolonged period of time can be simple, if the proper steps are taken. Shurhold Industries offers the following tips to make sure an RV is in great shape during and after long-term storage.

    First, it's important to banish "stink fuel" before closing the RV for winter. This will help keep the RV from smelling foul when it's opened back up. Owners should get rid of all things that mold, mildew and other smelly organisms need to flourish. They can start with the obvious stuff, such as the refrigerator. The fridge should be emptied and cleaned.

    Cushions should be removed or propped up to encourage airflow and all storage hatches should be open for air to circulate. Then, owners should clean, vacuum and place dehumidifier bags around the cabin, two to three bags for more than 36'.

    Next, owners should clean the drains and the sump prior to storage. This task is crucial to keep odors and bacteria from becoming a problem. The RV can absorb the odors and mildew that grow in moist, dark environments and they will spread throughout.

    Owners can first clean with Shurhold's SMC. It can be sprayed on and wiped away with paper towels or rags. The areas should be rinsed and dried.

    Then, owners can use Shurhold's Moldaway to clean the drains in sinks and showers. Users can put a scoop into each drain with a cup of water, let it work for a few minutes, then rinse. Moldaway will clean and deodorize drains without harming the piping. It will also help clean the sump container by oxygenating the sump water, killing mold/mildew spores and other bacteria, safely and without bleach. Depending on where an RV is stored, the yard may suggest flushing antifreeze through the system.

    To prepare soft surfaces, like carpets and canvas, these areas should be thoroughly cleaned. First, owners can vacuum and shampoo carpet with SMC, and let it dry before sealing up the RV. This will reduce the likelihood of any bacteria growth. Then, owners should remove cockpit carpet if possible. They can roll it up and store it in the cabin after it's cleaned. It is best to remove canvas and store it in a dry environment.

    For the RV's outside, a clean bottom and drive gear are also very important. Owners should make sure they reference their owner's care guide for drive maintenance. The undercarriage should be washed with a pressure washer and/or plain water with a soft-to-medium brush. Soaps and detergents are generally not used. Using wax is a good idea.

    These tips take care of only some of the important steps needed for successful long-term storage. The mechanical, electronic and other systems aboard need to be prepared for a long storage nap, too. Owners must consult their owner's manuals on these crucial tasks because it can affect their warranty.

    Shurhold is dedicated to educating owners on RV value preservation. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.

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    Winter is quickly approaching and now is the perfect time to prepare your vehicle for the upcoming harsh driving conditions. Taking the time to prepare and protect your vehicles now will save you significant time, money and hassle later. Here are a few tips for vehicle winterization and cold weather driving to ensure safe travels this season:


      • Get a grip: One of the most important aspects of winterization is ensuring you have a safe grip on the road. Like the soles of shoes that prevent us from slipping, quality tires help keep your vehicle securely on the road, especially in slippery rain or snowy conditions. Checking tire tread and pressure is important to ensure you have optimal traction. If you live in a particularly snow-prone or rural area, you might also consider buying snow tires and/or chains.


      • Prevent battery blunders: Just as hard as it is for you to get moving on a cold day, frigid temperatures can have the same effect on your vehicle. It might take more battery power to get a car started, so make sure your battery is up for the cold-weather challenge by having a mechanic check your battery for sufficient voltage. Consider keeping a booster pack or jumper cables in your car just in case of an emergency. These will come in handy should you find yourself stuck due to an unexpected battery failure.


      • Protect your paint: Did you know that within 30 days a small scratch, chip or nick in a vehicle's paint finish can rust? Add freezing temperatures and precipitation and these small problems can escalate to a larger, more expensive problem. Luckily, fixing scratches is quick, easy and affordable thanks to products such as Dupli-Color's new Scratch Fix All-in-1 touch-up paint. Available in hundreds of colors that perfectly match any vehicle's body paint, Scratch Fix All-in-1 features two patented applicators, a pin-point pen tip for fine scratches and a taper-tip brush for larger chips. These tools provide precision and control, as well as a clear coat finish so you can achieve professional looking results that will repair and protect your vehicle's appearance and avoid an ugly problem next spring.


      • Practice safe driving: According to the Federal Highway Administration, crashes on snowy and icy pavement result in more than 1,300 deaths and 116,000 injuries each year. Winter driving can be tricky and requires a driver's full attention, so protect yourself and your family this year by altering your driving techniques. When a road is slick, avoid using cruise control to ensure you have full control over the vehicle's speed at all times. It's also important to never slam on the brakes, as this will cause a vehicle to skid and lose control. Instead, brake gently. Additionally, give yourself extra travel time and patience this season. By doing so, you'll be sure to keep you and your family safer during harsh driving conditions.


      • Get a good view: Having full view of what's ahead and behind your vehicle, at all times, is vital, so be sure to check your windshield wiper blades and washer fluid before winter precipitation hits. On a snowy or low-visibility day, you can easily go through half a gallon or more of windshield washer fluid trying to keep your view clear. For that reason, it's also a good idea to keep some extra fluid in the trunk in case you run out. In colder climates that experience ice or frost, you may want to keep a bottle of de-icing windshield spray handy. Simply spray your icy windshield with the fluid, turn on your vehicle defroster and your windows will clear quickly and easily.


    • Prepare for the unexpected: In case something does happen to your vehicle this winter and you are stranded for an extended period of time, it's important to keep a few essential items on board. Assemble an emergency kit containing a blanket, gloves, ice scraper, flares, flashlight, water and basic first aid items. Make sure to also carry a cell phone when you travel, particularly if bad weather is expected.

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