FRVTA Tampa Summer Show Draws Thousands

Summer vacation planning was made easy as families turned out to the Florida State Fairgrounds for the Tampa Bay Summer RV Show, June 18-21. Sponsored by the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) Region 3, this show was billed as the only summer RV show in the state and 95% of it was held indoors in air-conditioned comfort, the FRVTA said in a press release.
The show featured new and used units from 10 RV dealers and more than 50 supplier booths.
The entire Expo Hall, Entertainment Hall and a few outdoor spaces made up the RV display areas.
“We were fortunate that most of the show was indoors as hot weather and a little rain made it a great weekend to spend indoors,” said FRVTA Regional Show Coordinator Patty Flanagan. “It was great to see so many families on Saturday and on Father’s Day, it looks like the future of the RV Industry is alive and well.”
Just under 4,000 people came out to the show and they did more than just kick tires. Dealers reported great interest and good sales for the weekend. “Summer is usually the time of year that our dealers take a break, but with shipments up, gas prices down and interest rates the best they will be, our dealers wanted to strike while the iron was hot,” Flanagan said.
The following RV dealers participated: America Choice RV, Arrow RV. Camping World, Dream RV, General RV, Harberson RV, Lazydays, Optimum RV, RV World of Lakeland and Tampa RV.
Admission was $4 for adults and children under 16 got in for free. Seniors received $1 off admission on Thursday, while first responders and military personnel (active and retired) received $1 off admission on Friday and dads got $1 off on Father’s Day.
For more information contact the FRVTA at (813) 741-0488 or visit their website at frvta.org.
This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com.

The all-new IGNITE toy hauler by LIVIN LITE

The all-new IGNITE toy hauler by LIVIN LITE not only features some of the most eye catching graphics ever seen on a trailer, but is constructed of all-aluminum and composites, allowing it to be pulled by half-ton trucks and larger SUVS.  That makes the IGNITE a great value for young families on the go who may not have a larger truck that is required to pull most traditionally built toy haulers.  

Ranging in size from 24’ to 30’, with numerous flooplans including private bedroom models, the exciting IGNITE toy hauler comes in either a neon-green and blue or an orange flame color scheme, both featuring high-definition graphics that run the length of the coach.  Though the entire structure of the IGNITE features tubular aluminum framing, the interior cabinetry is covered with beautifully-crafted hardwood doors giving it a look and feel of a traditionally built coach, while underneath consumers will note the aluminum structure. 


Popular features include a generator, gas-fill system, and numerous sleeping options including fold-up sofas and dinettes, as well as happijac electronic beds/seating and more.   LIIVN LITE has always been known for their ultra lightweight, long-lasting construction, but with the addition of hardwood cabinet doors, linoleum flooring in the living areas and solid surface countertops, the IGNITE brand is taking ultra lightweight to a new level of luxury and appeal.   
IGNITE toy haulers retail for between $32,000 and $45,000 and can be found at your nearest LIVIN LITE dealer.  For more information, visit www.LIVINLITE.com

Voltage 3970 “Black Label Edition,” Like No Other RV


Luxury toy haulers are designed to stand out and inspire awe in anyone who looks at them.  The Voltage 3970 “Black Label Edition” does just that, and then some.  Voltage toy haulers make you feel right at home with spacious floor plans and all the amenities you need. 

                The 3970 features a spacious seating arrangement with cross conversation seating and direct view of the TV and entertainment center.  This is perfect for social gatherings or a relaxing movie theater- like experience.  One feature that will enhance your social gatherings or movie nights is the whisper quiet air-conditioning system.  The upgraded AC system is 70% quieter than the standard AC system.  You’ll feel right at home and never have to talk over the AC system.

                No expense was spared when it came to the kitchen in the 3970.  It boasts all the amenities your favorite chef cannot live without.  Some of which include tons of countertop space, a huge pantry, and an 18.0 cubic foot stainless steel refrigerator.  Added value can be seen in the quartz countertops, cherry hardwood cabinetry, and oversized stainless steel sink. 

                The bedroom and bathroom will make you forget you are in an RV.  The bedroom features a king bed, huge walk in closet, washer dryer prep, and a 32” TV with entertainment center.   The bathroom features a vessel bowl sink, hard surface countertops and plenty of room to prepare for your day.  There is also a huge fiberglass shower that is recessed 8” into the floor, giving our customers more head room, as well as the possibility of taking a bath. 

Our most breathtaking and rare option yet can be seen on the exterior of the model.  The “Black Label Edition” is a limited run of a black on black matte finish exterior paint scheme.  While also offering superior protection, this unique paint scheme ensures no other RV out there looks like your 2016 Voltage 3970.


To find out more about the Voltage 3970 “Black Label Edition,” visit www.dutchmen.com.

Denali Continues to Innovate


The Denali team is excited to announce the release of the 280LBS fifth wheel.  The 280LBS offers a unique floor plan with a creative new take on the loft bunk area, as well as a list of interior and exterior upgrades not commonly found in a brand at its aggressive price point.

One of the top features of the 280LBS is the very unusual and functional bunk area featuring an elevated L-shaped loft for maximum sleeping and comfort space.  Below the loft is a private sunken bedroom with two more bunks.  There is also a “pac and play” door in the private bunk bedroom for added storage access from the outside.

The features don’t stop at the bunk area.  The living area has a super slide that incorporates an over-sized U-dinette and upgraded tri-fold sleeper.  Both pieces of furniture provide exceptional comfort as well as additional sleeping space.  You will have all the kitchen storage you need with huge overhead cabinets, deep storage drawers and a double door pantry.   The bathroom features an upgraded porcelain toilet and a neo-angled glass shower for maximum comfort and convenience.  The bedroom utilizes a flat floor platform for maximum foot space, headroom and storage.  A wardrobe slide puts the finishing touches on your storage needs

The exterior features an upgraded, fully painted fiberglass cap.  By painting the cap, the chances of fading and fogging are significantly reduced.  A large power awning with built in LED lights provides a significant amount of light under your awning for night time activities.  The pull out kitchen with a burner top and sink round out your outside entertainment solutions.

The Denali 280LBS continues to bring unique floorplans, upgraded features, and superior construction at an aggressive price point.   

To learn more about the 280LBS visit, www.dutchmen.com.



Fleetwood RV Unveils ’16 Bounder to Rallygoers


 
2016 Bounder motorhome
2016 Bounder motorhome
Fleetwood RV will have the first national showing starting today (June 11) through the weekend of the redesigned gas-powered 2016 Bounder motorhome during the company’s national rally at its factory in Decatur, Ind.
The owners of some 400 Fleetwood motorhomes are expected to attend and see a full array of Fleetwood and American Coach motorhomes.
”This is the first time we’ve had our national rally in Decatur,” Steve Hileman, director of product and marketing, told RVBUSINESS.com. ”Customers can effectively see every Fleetwood floorplan, every model.”
Hillman reported the rally includes after work-hours tours of Fleetwood’s factory, noting, “They can get in all the nooks and crannies and see every part of the plant.”
A number of suppliers, including Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC), will be on hand and Fleetwood will offer a variety of seminars that will include driving instruction and a confidence course.
”A local hospital is a sponsor and will be providing staff to do health and wellness seminars,” Hileman said.
Bounder motorhome interior
Bounder motorhome interior
As for the Bounder, after three decades in production rallygoers will see what’s pretty much an almost all-new coach. ”Bounder is celebrating its 30th anniversary and it’s been substantially revised with lots of new features,” Hileman said.
Available in five 33- to 37-foot floorplans on a 22,0000-pound GVWR Ford chassis, external storage has been increased between 35% and 50%, depending on floorplan. ”There’s a lot more pass-through storage,” Hileman said.
With new front and rear caps and a new dash with dual monitors, Bounder also has been equipped for the first time with a multiplex electrical control system. ”Bounder always has been about simplicity and value,” Hileman said. ”A simple multiplex system was a natural fit.

This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com.

‘Cadillac of Motorhomes’ is Up for Sale on eBay

It’s a common phrase – “such and such is the Cadillac of (blank).” Bicycles, refrigerators, toaster ovens, minivans – you name it, the comparison has been made.
This, too, is worthy of such a comparison, not because it’s the ‘standard of the world’ or of incredible luxury. Rather, it simply is a Cadillac that is now a motorhome. At first glance it’s a bit odd, but dig deeper and there’s something quite homey about it. Capable of sleeping five, this unique Caddy camper is up for grabs on eBay.
According to the listing, this ’68 Cadillac went under the knife at Superior Coach Co. and emerged with a frankly well equipped living space at the rear. Step inside the Cadillac and you’ll find a sleeping loft, three-range stop top, sink, two kitchen counter tops, TV, refrigerator, bathroom and furnace. But the coolest feature has to be the quick access cockpit cut-out space, allowing occupants to zip from motorhome to passenger seat in a flash.
The custom treatment would appear to end right at the raked windscreen, and under the hood lies a massive yet familiar sight – Cadillac’s hefty 472ci V8. Drive goes to the rear wheels through a Turbo 400 automatic transmission, though speed demons likely need not apply. The camping Caddy measures 22 feet long, seven feet wide, 10 feet tall, and weighs a significant 7,440 pounds.
This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com.

Win a Week’s Stay at a Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in the New Winnebago Brave


Winnebago, Jellystone Parks, and RVTrader.com partner to offer free summer vacation packages

             As part of the exciting new “Brave the Summer with Yogi Bear!” promotion, families across the U.S. will have four different chances to win a 7-day, 6-night vacation at the Jellystone Park of their choice in a 2015 Winnebago Brave.

The Brave/Tribute Class A motorhome was recently featured as the  “RVBusiness 2015 RV of the Year." The 32-foot unit features bold retro styling, a powered StudioLoft bed, and powered patio awning. Winners will receive the exclusive opportunity to stay for a week in the Brave unit at their favorite Jellystone Park, where they can enjoy amenities like swimming pools, mini-golf, arcades, and dozens of family-friendly activities. The Brave will be delivered to the chosen Jellystone Park where the lucky winners can begin their summer vacation.

            The promotion, running from May 20 to August 20, is made possible through a partnership between Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, Winnebago Industries and RVTrader.com. “We wanted to not only create awareness of our brands but promote the camping lifestyle. Camping is an affordable way for families to travel and have fun together,” stated Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Jellystone Parks.

            “We hope this promotion encourages people to learn more about the camping and RV lifestyle,” commented Christine Knapp, partnership & affiliate marketing manager for RVTrader.com.

In addition to the summer vacation grand prizes, ten weekly giveaways will be awarded to randomly selected registrants. The winners will each receive an array of prizes, including a Jellystone Park beach towel and bag, a Winnebago key chain and tumbler, and an RVTrader.com cooler, valued at $70.

“Winnebago is thrilled to partner with Jellystone Parks and RVTrader.com for this exciting promotion,” said Kelli Harms, marketing and PR manager for Winnebago.  “This is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors in a Winnebago Brave at a family-friendly Jellystone Parks campground.” 

A grand prize winner will be randomly drawn on the last Friday of each month during the contest, including June 26, July 31 and two winners on August 31. Winners will have one year to redeem their camping vacation, subject to park availability.

To participate in the “Brave the Summer with Yogi Bear!” promotion, simply visit www.BravetheSummer.com and fill out the online entry form. Rules apply.


About Yogi Bears Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts
Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting over 80 campgrounds with more than 17,000 campsites and vacation rentals in 32 states and three Canadian provinces. Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks.  Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements, providing instant recognition and consumer appeal.  It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”®Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit www.campjellystone.com.

About RV Trader
RVTrader.com is one of the largest online classifieds sites for buying and selling RVs with more than 130,000 units for sale. RVTrader.com is a division of Dominion Enterprises, a leading marketing services and publishing company serving the automotive, recreational and commercial vehicle, real estate, apartment rental, parenting, and travel industries. Headquartered in Norfolk, Virginia, with 3,300 employees in the United States, Canada, England, Spain and Italy, the company provides a comprehensive suite of technology-based marketing solutions, and more than 45 market leading websites. Millions of For Rent® and HotelCoupons.com® publications are distributed across the U.S. each year. For more information, visit DominionEnterprises.com.

About Winnebago Industries
Winnebago Industries, Inc., "The Most Recognized Name in Motorhomes®", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The company builds quality motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since 1996. The company’s common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO. Options for the company’s common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange. For access to Winnebago Industries' investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for company news releases, visit http://investor.wgo.net.        

EverGreen RV Adds Floorplan to Ever-Lite Line


EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC’s flagship Ever-Lite travel trailer has increased floorplan choices with the newest 292FLBS.
As with all Ever-Lite models the 292FLBS is built with ComposiTek construction and remains the only composite travel trailer on the market today, the company said in a press release.
The floorplan features an entry door at the front of the trailer that opens into a large living area. The 90-inch horseshoe lounge with freestanding table sits in a 42-inch deep slide opposite the entrance while an optional sofa with two end tables is available in place of the lounge. At the front of the living area is another sofa with valuable overhead storage above. This sofa can also be replaced with two optional swivel rockers. Natural light fills the room from the skylight above making the space feel even larger.
A spacious kitchen is equipped with cabinet space and a huge pantry to provide plenty of food storage. The 292FLBS also offers a slideout wardrobe/pantry that is strategically located for optimal functionality. The wardrobe slide is next to the kitchen, across from the bathroom and outside the bedroom for food, linen or clothing storage in the hallway.
“This bedroom slide model offers people more interior living space without the added length,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Lantz. “Our new 292FLBS is as much as 1,600 pounds lighter, and two to three feet shorter, than other bedroom slide models on the market today.”
The bedroom features a residential style closet with mirrored, sliding doors. Nightstands on both sides of the bed, under-bed storage with gas-assisted struts, a large dresser and overhead storage provide room for camping essentials. A generous sized bathroom also has a large amount of countertop space, uncommon in similar travel trailers. Above the curved front shower a skylight floods the room with natural light.
This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com.