Thursday, December 29, 2011
The system consists of a multi-position combination ducted/Plenum cabinet that allows the tri-stage heater element to be installed from either side to allow users to use the system in multiple locations. RV Comfort System's Larry McGaugh notes that one of the product's best features is that a trailer manufacturer is no longer required to place the furnace next to an outside wall for venting, which provides more flexibility in its floor plans.
RV Comfort Systems is based in Bothell, Wash., and is the OEM (original equipment manufacturer) patent holder for the CheapHeat electric heating system for recreational vehicles. The company will be making its new system available for public purchase on January 1.
More information is available by calling 425-408-3140 or visiting www.rvcomfortsystems.com.
SOURCE: RV Comfort Systems news release and RVtravel.com.
Thursday, December 22, 2011
The truck can be charged from a standard outlet, or charge faster with a 240 volt outlet or charging station. Driving in all-electric mode costs approximately six cents a mile. The vehicle will travel up to 40 miles on electricity, but it can be driven farther after that using gasoline up to a total of about 300 miles. The truck generates its own electricity using a small fuel-efficient gas-powered generator or “range extender” when needed.
The company says the vehicle's 402 hp high torque electric motor provides ample towing capacity and will be available in two-wheel and four-wheel drive configurations.
“VIA Motors has developed the first extended range electric powertrain capable of replacing the V8 engine. It was my great privilege to introduce the Chevy Volt, and it will be a great honor to introduce the world’s first line of eREV Trucks, Vans and SUVs by VIA Motors.”
After retiring from General Motors in 2010, Bob Lutz has continued his vision for extended range electric vehicles in his recent move to join the VIA Motors Board of Directors. Known as both the king of the American “muscle car,” bringing to market iconic cars like the Chevy Camaro and the Dodge Viper, Bob Lutz is also considered the champion of GM’s greenest production vehicle, the Chevy Volt. Mr. Lutz has both a keen eye for what Americans prefer to drive and an understanding of their desire to adopt cleaner, more efficient technologies.
“This new breed of full size utility vehicles can deliver the power and performance of a V8, with better fuel economy than many smaller cars, by driving on electricity for about $2 a day,” adds Alan Perriton, Chief Operations Officer for VIA Motors, and himself a former GM senior executive. “It actually costs less to own and operate a clean VIA electrified truck or SUV than a gas truck,” added Perriton.
In addition to the full size Pickup Truck, VIA will unveil two new eREV vehicles at the North American International Auto Show: a full size, four wheel drive SUV, and a three-quarter-ton, full-size Cargo Van at its booth on the main floor of the show. Like VIA’s eREV truck, all three vehicles can drive 30 to 40 miles on advanced, non-flammable, lithium ion batteries, then up to 400 miles using the onboard generator, averaging up to 100 mpg.
VIA Motors has begun taking orders for 2012 for its extended range electric pickup truck from many of America’s largest fleets. Production of VIA’s eREV pickup is scheduled to begin in 2012, with plans to ramp up production to 20,000 units per year over the next few years including the eREV SUV, Van and other large eREV vehicles.
To learn more, download a PDF brochure with extensive information about the truck.
The Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis will be the epicenter of the national event which FMCA is calling “Formula For Fun.”
The August gathering will provide motorhome owners the occasion to explore the local area and to socialize with others who share their interest in the RV lifestyle. In addition, a full slate of seminars will be offered. Topics will include motorhome maintenance, dinghy towing, travel destinations, the RV electrical system, and health and wellness. Approximately 150 different technical and lifestyle topics will be covered, all focused on enhancing the motorhome lifestyle, which is FMCA’s mission.
Motorhome dealers and manufacturers from around the country will display motorhomes that showcase the latest amenities.
Most FMCA members will drive to the Indianapolis gathering in their motorhomes and stay on-site after pre-registering. (Registration begins in January, 2012 at http://www.fmca.com.) The public is may attend by purchasing a pass at the FMCA public gate.
Even before the conclave in Indianapolis, FMCA will offer motorhome owners opportunities to gather for similar, but smaller events. Each of FMCA’s nine geographic areas will host regional rallies in 2012.
The year will kick off with the Western Area Rally, January 11-15 at the Riverside County Fair and National Date Festival grounds in Indio, California. Following closely will be the Southeast Area Rally, February 1-5, in Brooksville, Florida. Memorial Day weekend will bring the Great Lakes Area Rally, May 24-28, in Berrien Springs, Michigan. Summer events will include the Northwest Area Rally, June 21-24, in North Bend, Oregon; the Midwest Area Rally, June 27-30, in Pecatonica, Illinois; and the Northeast Area Rally, July 19-22, in Essex Junction, Vermont.
The Rocky Mountain Ramble takes place September 11-16 in Gillette, Wyoming. The South Central Area Rally will follow in Shawnee, Oklahoma, September 26 through 30. The Eastern Area Rally is set for York, Pennsylvania, October 10-14.
Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the use of self-contained motorhomes. The association maintains its national headquarters in Cincinnati, Ohio, and currently has nearly 90,000 active member families.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
All the Facebook postings were linked to articles on blogs operated by RVtravel.com. Woodbury said there are currently about 50 of them, all aimed at narrow niches within the broader category of RVing.
Woodbury began his online business 13 years ago with RVbookstore.com, and was among the very first in the RV industry to embrace pay per click advertising, now dominated by Google. "Back then, you could buy a click for a penny," he said. "We were spending several thousand dollars a month, which was growing our business at a pace we could never have achieved any other way. These days, pay per click programs cost far more, with charges of $1 to $2 per click typical on Google."
Facebook, he explained, offers its own pay-per-click program. "They recommend that I pay between 33 cents and 67 cents a click," he said. "If I paid 50 cents for all those 1,702 clicks that would have been $850 in that one day alone."
WOODBURY SAYS HIS MAIN SOURCE of traffic to both his bookstore and blogs besides search engines is his weekly RVtravel.com newsletter, now in its 11th year of publication. "On a Saturday morning, after our email alert goes out, we'll see 1,500 to 2,000 visitors an hour for most of the morning," he said. "It slows down by mid afternoon but continues throughout the week." Woodbury says each weekly issue is read by approximately 60,000 RVers.
With the success of his Facebook efforts, Woodbury envisions that perhaps in a year or two it could drive traffic to his websites as effectively as his newsletter with far less effort and no expense beyond the time to post. "The number of people liking us on Facebook is growing all the time," he said. "We have about 3,400 'likes' now. It's exciting to think of when that number will double or triple."
Woodbury believes that most businesses on Facebook don't realize the importance of the quality of information they post, and are then disappointed with the results. "If what they post is self-serving, the readership will be weak and they will get nowhere. But if they provide solid, useful information, they will end up with a strong and loyal readership that can build their website's traffic steadily and economically."
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Saturday, December 17, 2011
MARION, N.C., Dec. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tom Johnson Camping Center announced they have donated the use of 12 RVs to Extreme Makeover:Home Edition and Bellamy Homes to be used by the designers and builders to increase their productivity. A mix of travel trailers, fifth wheels and a Class A motorhome are being utilized as office space allowing the designers and builders to be on-site around the clock during the build in Lincolnton, NC.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
"We have negotiated a deal to team with Passport America, whereby you, as a member of Camp Club USA, will have the ability to enjoy the approximately 1,800 campgrounds in the Passport America network where you can save 50 percent off nightly camping," said Good Sam CEO Marcus Lemonis in a letter to members. "This combination will provide you with approximately 600 additional campgrounds where you can enjoy discounted camping.
"As part of this combination, your Camp Club USA membership will be converted to a Passport America membership," he said. "We will be working closely with Passport America to ensure this transition is a smooth one for you, and going forward we will be offering the Passport America membership to all of our loyal customers and members through our Camping World retail stores and catalogs as well as online."
Current members of Passport America will have the remainder of their membership term in Camp Club USA added to their current Passport America membership with one additional month.
SOURCE: RV Daily Report.
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
"We understand that outdoor enthusiasts have a number of places they wish to see and that they want first-class properties and amenities wherever they go," said Seth Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (NYSE: ELS). "Through the Zone Camping Pass, RVers can make the most of all the unique destinations and amenities that Thousand Trails properties have to offer while maximizing their outdoor recreation dollar."
Additional Zones are available for $795 each; an annual pass that provide access to 81 campgrounds across the U.S. (four Zones) is $2,884. For more information including the locations of the zones, visit www.zonecampingpass.com or call 800-205-0606.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Park of the Year awards were given to RV parks and resorts based on several criteria, including customer service, employee training, operational excellence, national directory ratings and community service, according to ARVC. Winners included:
Small Park of the Year:
Nashville Country RV Park in Goodlettsville, Tenn.
Medium-Size Park of the Year:
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort at Kozy Rest in Harrisville, Pa.
Large Park of the Year:
Buttonwood Campground in Mexico, Pa.
Mega Park of the Year:
Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Parks that made exemplary efforts to become environmentally friendly received the Association's Plan it Green award. The winners were:
Small/Medium Park category:
Guadalupe River RV Park Campground and Nature Trails in Spring Branch, Texas.
Mega Park category:
Lakewood Camping Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mishawaka, Ind. -- The holiday season is well under way for Toys for Tots, and in Indiana, they just received a big shot in the arm as employees at Forest River RV have donated nearly $18,000 worth of toys to Toys for Tots this year. Employees from Forest River RV rolled up in one of their RV's Friday at the Meijer on Bremen Highway in Mishawaka.
The company says employees pitched in $17,800 hundred this year for the Toys for Tots program.
Angie Garza, Human Resource Manager, explains how this yearly tradition is something everyone looks forward to because they know it's going to a great cause, "I have two children of my own and so...to see them open up something they really wanted to maybe be able to help some other family get something their child really wants it's a great feeling."
The RV full of toys arrives Saturday morning at the Toys for Tots site at the Concord Mall in Elkhart.
Monday, December 5, 2011
More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts participated in the online survey, which evaluated guest experiences at campgrounds, RV parks and resorts that are affiliated with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
“Consistently earning an overall ‘A’ grade from guests is difficult, and our 44 winners this year represent less than two percent of all of the nation’s campgrounds. But what is even more impressive is that 12 of this year’s winners have also received this award four years in a row,” said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of GuestRated.com, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that conducted the online survey.
“We are quite confident telling consumers that we have 44 ‘A’ rated parks among our members because of the feedback we have received from more than 30,000 consumers across the country who have participated in the GuestRated survey program,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
The 44 parks earning “A” grades:
-- Acres of Wildlife Campground in Steep Falls, Maine
-- Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, Calif.
-- Ashland Resort, Northfork, W.V.
-- AtRivers Edge RV Resort, Brookings, Ore.
-- Brookdale Family Campground, Meadville, Penn.
-- Buffalo Lake Camping Resort, Montello, Wis.
-- Buttonwood Campground, Mexico, Penn.
-- Camp A Way, Lincoln, Neb.
-- Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park, Nathrop, Colo.
-- Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md.
-- Cross Creek Camping Resort, Delaware, Ohio
-- D & W Lake Camping and RV Park, Champaign, Ill.
-- Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, Penn.
-- Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort, Panama City, Fla.
-- Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg, Penn.
-- Gold Country Campground Resort, Pine Grove, Calif.
-- Hidden Valley RV Park, Von Ormy, Texas
-- High Plains Camping, Oakley, Kansas
-- Kalyumet Camping & Cabins, Lucinda, Penn.
-- Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort, Waymart, Penn.
-- Kozy Rest Kampground, Harrisville, Penn.
-- Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y.
-- Las Vegas RV Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.
-- Magnolia RV Park & Campground, Kinards, S.C.
-- Meadowcliff Lodge & RV Resort, Coleville, Calif.
-- Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort, Canton, Texas
-- Misty River Cabins & RV Resort, Walland, Tenn.
-- Moose River Campground, Saint Johnsbury, Vt.
-- Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Penn.
-- Myrtle Beach Travel Park, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
-- Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
-- Pecan Park Campground, San Marcos, Texas
-- Pioneer Campground, Laporte, Penn.
-- Pismo Coast Village RV Resort, Pismo Beach, Calif.
-- Pontchartrain Landing, New Orleans, La.
-- Red Apple Campground, Kennebunkport, Me.
-- Rose Point Park, New Castle, Penn.
-- Sunny Brook RV Resort, South Haven, Mich.
-- The Springs at Borrego RV Resort and Golf Course, Borrego Springs, Calif.
-- The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, Grapevine, Texas
-- West Canada Creek Campsites, Poland, N.Y.
-- Willow Tree Resort, Longs, S.C.
-- Yellowstone Holiday Campground, West Yellowstone, Mont.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The planner lets RV travelers and outdoor vacationers search for their favorite Thousand Trails RV resort by location or park name; view each resort's amenity list; and browse the property specific photo galleries. App users can also plan their routes using Google maps, and are able to email park information to a friend.
"Our guests are accustomed to using technology in their everyday lives including when planning their next RV trip," said ELS' Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Seth Rosenberg. "We are working to continually provide tools that make it easier for our customers to plan their next trip to one our many RV resorts across the country."
The Thousand Trails Trip Planner App also gives the user the ability to create lists of their favorite Thousand Trails resorts and has a "click to call" feature to contact Thousand Trails with questions or to make a reservation over the phone. The free Thousand Trails Trip Planner App is available through iTunes or the App Store by searching "Thousand Trails."
Learn more about the Trip Planner App or get it.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Fleetwood said the new, front-engine diesel adds increased power and contributes to better fuel efficiency, featuring a Cummins ISB 6.7L engine, full air suspension and air brakes. According to a news release the platform represents a collaboration between Fleetwood RV and Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC).
“One of the most exciting features of the new Bounder Classic diesel is that it has air brakes and air-ride,” said John Draheim, president and CEO of Decatur, Ind.-based Fleetwood RV. “It offers a premium ride and drive, which is something our customers have been asking for.”
The diesel chassis on the Bounder Classic also eliminates the “dog-house” -- a hump between the driver and passenger seats. The flat floor in the cockpit allows both the driver and the passenger to have improved access to the cockpit area. It also creates additional legroom when the chairs are swiveled to be part of the living area.
Consumer research in this product category has shown potential buyers have concerns about increased noise and heat in front-engine diesel applications, which Fleetwood said has been addressed in the new Bounder Classic. The coach features a newly engineered cockpit sub-floor and engine compartment with premium thermo-acoustic liners and insulation. The result is a driver’s cabin that is said to be quieter and has less noise intrusion than comparable gas powered coaches at cruising-speeds.
With a dry weight of 4615 pounds, the 2385 is an easy tow for most V-8 powered SUVs and light duty trucks. “The full wall slide and enormous kitchen really make this trailer stand out,” said Gary Conley, national sales manager for Lance Camper. “For RVers looking for the quality they’ve come to expect from Lance in a larger package – this is it.”
Every day the graffiti-bombed mobile gallery will shuttle anyone and everyone that hops onboard regardless of VIP status between the myriad of art fairs comprising the world's largest conglomeration of art for sale. While doing so, Welcome to COMPANY will provide collectors a welcome respite from the art orgy by hosting a gypsy-style mobile party with DJ music and free-flowing, complimentary "beverages."
"This is the coolest thing I've experienced in the art world in years. As an emerging artist, I have been wresting with how to make my art more accessible, really reach the public and not just the two percent jaded art snobs. This mobile art gallery literally takes the artwork to the streets. Totally dope," commented Dani Howard of Brooklyn during the city's recent art crawl.
Disrupting the traditional gallery system seems to be a hot trend, what with the proliferation of online art websites; but as one of the fastest growing companies, WelcometoCOMPANY.com is easily the most ambitious. In addition to its mobile art gallery, this early stage company hosts a monthly meetup for new art enthusiasts called The Collector Series™ and they are producing a documentary series to discover emerging artists in each of NYC's boroughs, which will air on cable TV beginning in January for six weekly episodes.
"Art is life and if there is a way to make it more approachable to everyone without the attitude or economic intimidation, then I gurantee we will try it. It is way too much fun so why not?" claims welcometoCOMPANY.com Founder/Prexy CJ Follini.
Source: WelcometoCOMPANY news release and rvtravel.com
Limiting production of the original Ever-Lite brand makes it the only EverGreen product built for buyers seeking an all composite, more durable, longer lasting, sustainable travel trailer. A total of nine floor plans will be produced in the full composite Ever-Lite brand for 2012.
According to a company press release, Ever-Lite's exclusive ComposiTek construction makes it 20 percent lighter than competing brands. The all-composite walls, floor and roof mean that in addition to being lighter than wood products, it is also far stronger, and resists rot, mold and mildew. The ComposiTek manufacturing process replaces 50 sheets of lauan plywood in each trailer to yield an RV with virtually no harmful VOC off-gassing air--especially noticeable to people with allergies or eye sensitivity to formaldehyde.
A four-point, gear-driven slide out is engineered to simultaneously open and close at all corners of the Deep Slide units. This provides a tighter seal when closed and smooth operation which the company claims is superior to conventional two-point cable systems. The 100 point factory testing of every Ever-Lite includes simulated six inches of rainfall in 12 minutes with the slides in both the open and closed positions.
SOURCE: EverGreen News Release and RVtravel.com.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
MVP is showcasing a similar, all-electric Class A vehicle in China.
The RV is fitted with a drive train, external charger, and battery system developed by Harbor City, Calif.-based Balqon Corporation, which develops zero emission heavy-duty electric trucks, lithium battery packs and electric vehicle drive systems.
According to Scott Degnan, MVP vice president of sales, production models will produce more power than the pre-production model. The pre-production E Tahoe uses 96, 260-amp-hour-batteries to generate 332 volts DC. The production model will have 1,000-amp-hour-batteries.
Depending on options and use, the coach should travel about 100 to 250 miles on a charge. A full recharge takes about 90 minutes. The pre-production coach requires a 240 volt AC shore line connection for charging. The company is exploring various on-board recharging options. MVP expects the batteries to last 10,000 cycles.
The battery system is liquid cooled. Unlike present day RVs, the entire coach will operate off the 96 batteries instead of separate automotive and house systems.
The coach has about 10 percent less storage space than a traditional Tahoe due to space occupied by the batteries. The batteries weigh about 3,000 pounds. The extra weight is offset by the absence of a powertrain: the company has not released the actual difference.
Degnan would not discuss price, but said the coach should be available for retail sale by the third quarter of 2012.
EDITOR'S NOTE: We will have more detailed report on this RV within a week or two. Our big question: is this "for real" or a gimmick? It's hard for us to imagine why anyone would buy an RV that needed constant recharging, especially when such facilities are rare.
The Sterling Concept trailer features bright yellow woven vinyl flooring that has a soft, luxurious feel and is perfectly complemented by the white ultra-leather upholstery and classic midcentury Merimekko fabric used throughout the unit. All countertops and roof lockers are edged with pure aluminum extrusions which harmonize with the aluminum interior skin and premium fixtures in the galley and lavatory.
The Sterling Concept captures what is essential about Airstream travel trailers and imparts to it a modern flair, demonstrating Airstream’s continuing commitment to be a thought leader for the RV industry. “This concept trailer represents a fresh take on Airstream, and we think it will appeal to people who are design-savvy and appreciate quality construction and unique, modern design,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler.
The program began mid-September and expands Airstream’s service and provides factory-trained reps to assist Airstream owners 24/7 wherever they travel throughout the United States and Canada.
“We believe the addition of Coach-Net is a great way to round out our service offering and add support to our valued owners,” explained Justin Humphreys, Airstream’s vice president of sales. “Whether they are on the side of the road, in a campground, or just have a technical question after hours, we want to give our owners peace of mind knowing that they have a respected, knowledgeable RV industry leader available to help.”
For 55 years, National Motor Club (NMC) has provided emergency roadside assistance and other travel related services over its 55-year history. Through its Coach-Net line of services, NMC has served the RV industry for the last 25 years and is included with vehicle purchase in 70 percent of all new RV models.
Features includes two slideouts, Vizio Home Theatre Bar, a residential Whirlpool refrigerator, cockpit PC workstation, solid surface countertops and a 6,000 watt Onan generator.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Mr. Yeatts will take on responsibilities formerly handled by Bradford Koshland, who tendered his resignation in early November for family reasons. He had served in the position for less than one year.
“Brad made a very difficult decision that required him to set aside his duties at FMCA headquarters in Cincinnati and take on a new challenge with his immediate family,” said FMCA president Charlie Schrenkel. “We certainly understand the need to put family first, and we wish Brad well with this and all of his future endeavors.”
In addition to fulfilling the obligations of executive director, Mr. Yeatts also will maintain oversight for the member services area. Previously, he served the association as director of conventions and commercial services for more than a decade.
“Jerry is well-acquainted with the RV industry and well-versed in the needs of FMCA. His years of experience will be an asset as he leads the association and also works to grow FMCA’s membership base,” Mr. Schrenkel noted.
Available in both travel trailer and mid-profile fifth-wheel floorplans, Heartland said Torque will give dealers “an all-new option in the very fast growing toy hauler segment.”
“Torque is like nothing else in the RV industry,” said General Manager AJ Jones in a press release. “When looking at the current trend in toy haulers, most companies are building units that are higher-priced with heavier GVWR’s. That means that most manufacturers are only competing for shelf space in the higher price points. Torque offers a completely new approach, specializing in lightweight, inexpensive toy haulers.”
Heartland said it has emerged as one of the top-selling toy hauler manufacturers this year with its Cyclone/Road Warrior brands, which had increased market share by nearly 22% in the U.S. and 45% in Canada through September, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.
Jones noted, “It is the perfect time to release Torque, with the huge momentum swing that we are having in the toy hauler division. This is a product that will not compromise any of our existing toy hauler sales – it will only supplement what we are already doing with different price points and weights never seen before.”
Initially, Torque will be offered in seven floor plans – three travel trailers and four mid-profile fifth-wheels – ranging in a variety of lengths and sizes. Prospective dealers will be able to see the all-new Torque product at Booth No. 5025 in the West Wing of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) during the Louisville Show.
PHOTO: 2012 Torque Fifth Wheel.
SOURCE: Heartland news release and RVtravel.com
Features in the Aviator include an aerodynamic front cap with integrated windshield, contoured composite sidewalls and a maintenance-free fiberglass roof. The RV is entirely wood-free. “Not only is the absence of wood material a strong environmental commitment, but the implementation of aluminum and composite materials add higher strength tolerances and are impermeable to moisture,” noted McArt.
Aviator is also the first RV unit in any segment to introduce Smart Technology, a system that uses a Sony tablet computer. “We’ve assembled a system of familiar components that when combined together deliver unparalleled access to information, entertainment and ease-of-use for our customers,” said Cody Schade, regional sales manager for the Aviator.
According to Schade, Mobile Onboard Smart Technology (MOST) allows customers to share a direct service link not only with the dealer network but also with Forest River. It provides a personal, interactive guide including how-to videos and tutorials, troubleshooting, and any question a customer may encounter on set-up, appliances, or other features.
SOURCE: Forest River news release and RVtravel.com.