RV Buying Guide

If you are considering purchasing an RV, especially for the first time, it’s important that you research the RV buying process so you can make informed RV buying decisions. To help with this, RVTrader.com has put together some helpful buying resources.

RV Trader is a great RV buying resource. Whether you are buying or selling an RV, you will find RV tips, articles, and other useful resources. They also have a huge inventory of new and used RVs to choose from.

RV Trader also has an entire section of their website that is devoted to resources for RV buyers. Among these resources you will find information on: financing, insurance, new RV models, RV pricing guides, and warranties. There are also two unique tools that you can use to calculate your potential loan and check what the average price is for a particular RV.

In addition to all of these resources, RV Trader offers a free RV Buyer’s Guide that is available to download on any device. In this guide you will learn all about the RV buying process and the steps you will need to take to buy your new RV. Taking some time to review this material will help immensely when it’s time to purchase your new RV.

WinnebaGo Life Celebrates Second Anniversary

Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading United States recreational vehicle manufacturer celebrates the second anniversary of its lifestyle blog, WinnebaGoLife (http://winnebagolife.com/). GoLife offers original stories, photos and video of lifestyle, travel, gear and Winnebago products.

“GoLife has made incredible strides in its first two years by setting very high editorial standards, and that has led to impressive year over year growth in visitors,” said Editor-in-Chief Don Cohen. “With a strong lineup of expert contributors, and new content being added nearly every day, we see a very bright future for GoLife.”

“We are very pleased with GoLife’s growth in readership,” said Winnebago’s Director of Marketing Chad Reece. “With a growing audience and a strong list of contributors, GoLife will continue to be the place to find high-quality RV lifestyle content.”

Contributors include: Cohen, Adam and Jenn Norrell, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, Brad Herzog, Damon Bungard, Heath and Alyssa Padgett, James and Stef Adinaro, and Peter and Kathy Holcombe. Each GoLife contributor brings their own unique personal perspective, ranging from the fishing and hunting expeditions of Bungard, to the National Park travel adventures of the Holcombes.

“We have assembled an extraordinary team of talent who actually travel, camp and live in Winnebago products.” said Cohen. “We’re telling authentic, entertaining, and inspiring stories that everyone, from experienced RVers, to people considering buying their first RV, will enjoy. In the past two years we’ve posted 250 articles, 1,500 photos, and 45 videos -- all of which have been custom created for GoLife.”

In addition to the site, RV owners and enthusiasts can also follow WinnebagoLife on Flipboard, Facebook and Twitter.  There is also a monthly GoLife Newsletter featuring the latest stories, ideas and company news. Readers can sign up at http://winnebagolife.com/signup.

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 and fifth wheel products.  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

5 Easy Tips for Cooking On The Open Road

The convenience of RV travel can't be beat, and a traveling kitchen is the cherry on top. Whether you own an RV or are a prospective buyer perusing RVTrader.com, knowing how to make the most of your kitchen and eat well on the road is essential. Below is a rundown of the basics.

1. Make a List and Check It Twice

Make a meal plan and shop ahead of time. Even if you don't typically meal plan at home, the limits of the road may sideline your dinner plans. If your travels take you to remote sites where your only neighbors are moose, chances are you aren't going to find a store to pop into to grab what you're missing for fajitas.

2. Organize and Lock It Up

Organize the cabinets before you take off. With limited counter space, it's extra important to prep your supplies before you're famished. Make friends with bungee cords for things left out, and get ready to be creative with your storage. Potholes and hairpins curves don't mix with fruit left on the counter. You've been warned!

3. Reinforcements from Home

Bring things that will make your life easier in your traveling kitchen, but make sure you only bring these essentials. You won't have room for all of your gadgets and tools, so be sure to pack a good skillet, a chef's knife and a small cutting board.

4. Just Add Spice

One of the easiest and most affordable ways to perk up your cooking is to make friends with fresh herbs and dried spices. They are a great way to infuse flavor and depth into your cooking without adding fat. They won't take up too much room and you'll use them every day while on the road. Don't forget other cooking basics, too, such as good-quality olive oil, kosher salt and a black pepper grinder.

5. Go Local

Save room in your plans for nights off! After all, travel is perfect for expanding your food repertoire. Almost every destination has something unique to offer up in the food realm. Dinner choices run the gamut, from famous restaurants to state fairs to roadside farm stands. Go where the day takes you, and if you need help, grab the ear of a local. Most folks are happy to share their hidden culinary favorites and old standbys.

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Keystone Montana Named 2016 RV of the Year

keystone’s one-of-a-kind front kitchen
montana named 2016 rv of the year;
to be featured on national tv

Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO) today announced that its Keystone subsidiary’s Montana 3820FK front kitchen fifth wheel was named RV of the Year by RVBusiness magazine, the industry’s leading publication.  During a year in which towable RV sales reached record highs and RV manufacturers introduced hundreds of new products, the Keystone Montana 3820FK stood above the rest.

Keystone RV President Matt Zimmerman stated, “To know that the staff of RVBusiness walked literally hundreds of floorplans, from towable RVs to luxury motorhomes, and in the end chose Montana as RV of the Year is a tremendous honor.  We at Keystone take RV design seriously and believe we have the best team in the industry. This award motivates us to do even more going forward.” 

The combination of a spacious front kitchen, automotive windshield, flowing floorplan, and well thought-out details, makes the Montana 3820FK a show-stopper.  “With a plush, wraparound booth dinette located beneath the front automotive windshield, there is nothing else like it on the market today,” noted Montana product manager Jason Gill. “Add to this the expansive, central living area with entertainment center, opposing slides with sofas, and the theater seating and you have a coach that is both innovative and incredibly spacious. Customers have been standing in line to see it at the RV shows this year!”   

Thor President and CEO, Bob Martin, added, “As a Company that prides itself on product innovation and continually working to exceed the expectations of our dealers and consumers, we are very proud of this honor for Keystone and the Montana.  With a broad stable of new products, it’s not surprising that we are seeing strong early results in the retail selling season.”

While the Montana 3820FK floorplan is new, the Montana brand itself has been Keystone’s flagship luxury nameplate for some time.  According to Statistical Surveys, Inc. of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Montana has been the number one selling luxury fifth wheel for 15 consecutive years. Just this past month, Montana shipped its 90,000th coach. 

In addition to the upcoming cover story in RVBusiness, the presentation ceremony for this prestigious award will be showcased on the nationally distributed RV lifestyle program Rollin’ On TV. Filmed at the RV Hall of Fame and Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Indiana, the ceremony was hosted by former Elkhart and current Big 10 Newtwork personality Allison Hayes and Trailer Life magazine technical editor and video producer Jeff Johnston. With an audience of 32 million homes, this special edition of Rollin’ On TV is set to air in mid-February with more information to be found on the show’s web site www.rollinontv.com

4 Social Media Tips for Your RV Dealership

Even if you feel like selling RVs is more your thing than computers and tablets, it's important to stay on top of your social media game if you want your RV dealership to flourish. Social media is an excellent way to bring in newer, younger customers that are constantly connected, and to gain exposure with potential customers who might not see your brick and mortar dealership or the traditional ads you place. If you want to know how to use social media to boost business, the how-to guide below can help.

1. Use Facebook to keep people up-to-date about inventory.

Facebook is a great tool because it allows you to share photos, videos, and messages with people interested in your dealership. To show customers what they can buy, upload photographs of the RVs you have for sale. Create albums for different types of RVs, or organize the albums by date to show what is currently available. Sharing your inventory will get people excited and make them more likely to come into your shop.

2. Promote products with Vine videos.

Vine is a video-sharing platform where users can post 6-second video clips to their followers. Use Vine to showcase new products, or to share deals that you want to promote. You can stand in front of RVs and explain the product or deal customers can expect, boosting excitement and giving people a better sense of your business' personality.

3. Target the right audience via Twitter.

Twitter is an effective tool for sharing up-to-date information with people who are interested in RVs, or people who are in your local area. To find the right followers (who can then become sales leads), follow other RV dealerships or RV-related organizations in your area. Then, see what users follow their account, and follow them. Chances are many will follow you back, and you can join their conversation by re-tweeting their Tweets, replying to them, and tweeting your own cool industry news.

4. Make your photos awesome with Instagram.

With photo-sharing platform Instagram, you can also find followers by seeking out related businesses and following their followers. One of the best things about Instagram for a RV dealership is that it allows you to entice customers visually-- and it has excellent photo editing and filter options, so you can make all the pictures you share look great. Take pictures of inventory or happy people making purchases (with their permission), and people will want to check out the amazing RVs you sell in person.

Want to know more about using social media and other ways to boost business for your dealership? Contact us at RVTrader.com.

Check Out These Upcoming RV Events!

Looking for an RV show to head to this month? Check out these awesome upcoming RV events:

Indy RV Expo
Jan 9-17

Florida RV Supershow (Tampa)
Jan 13-17

Valley RV & Camping Show
Jan 15-17

Boston RV & Camping Expo
 Jan 16-18

Fort Myers RV Show
 Jan 21-24

Alabama RV Super Show
Jan 22-24

Fort Wayne RV & Camping Show
Jan. 28-31

Atlanta Camping & RV
Jan 29-31

Arkansas RV Show
Feb 12-14

Coastal Bend Boat & RV Expo
Feb 12-14

West Palm Beach RV Show
Feb 12-15

Northeast RV Show, NY
Feb 12-15

While at the Florida RV Supershow (Tampa), please visit our partners:

Augusta RV800A West Midwayhttp://augusta-rv.com/
Coach House835 Midwayhttp://www.coachhouserv.com/
Crossroads RV/
Redwood RV
805 West Midwayhttp://www.crossroadsrv.com/
Evergreen RV/
Lifestyle Luxury RV
755 & 760 North Midwayhttp://www.goevergreenrv.com/
Fleetwood RV505 Midwayhttp://www.fleetwoodrv.com/
Grand Design RV740 North Midwayhttps://www.granddesignrv.com/
Heartland RV704 & 710 North Midway,
815 West Midway
Jayco/Entegra/Starcraft825 West Midwayhttp://www.jayco.com/
Leisure Travel Vans575 East Midwayhttp://leisurevans.com/
Livin' Lite Corp700 North Midwayhttp://www.livinlite.com/
Holiday Rambler
615 Midwayhttp://www.monacocoach.com/
Newmar605/765 North Midwayhttp://www.newmarcorp.com/
Nexus RV660 East Midwayhttps://nexusrv.com/
Pleasure-Way130 Expo Hallhttp://www.pleasureway.com/
Roadtrek140 Expo Hallhttp://www.roadtrek.com/
Skyline RV702 North Midwayhttp://www.skylinerv.com/
The RV Factory702A North Midwayhttps://thervfactory.com/
Thor Motor Coach220 Lakeside East
515 Midway
875 Midway
Winnebago Industries635 Midway ,750 North Midwayhttp://winnebagoind.com/

It's Trip Planning Season: Need Some Inspiration?

The holidays are over, the RV may be winterized, and this is the perfect time of year to make your travel plans for 2016. RVing is more popular than ever, and it's the National Park's 100th birthday, so booking campsites early should be a priority this year.

But where to go? If you need some great travel inspiration, RV Family Travel Atlas has got you covered. We have complete Adventure Guide episodes that will guide you to the best camping, activities, and food in a region. Here are links to some of our most popular Adventure Guides.

Cape Cod offers the quintessential beach vacation with many great campground options. Visit in the shoulder seasons if possible to avoid the midsummer crowds.

Acadia National Park is one of the most popular parks in the entire country and for good reason. This paradise offers amazing sunrises, hikes for every ability level, and lobster rolls around every corner.

With its rugged beauty, the White Mountains offers everything the outdoor enthusiast could desire along with a stunning assortment of amusement parks, train tours, and gondola rides. It's truly a summer playground for all ages.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is one of America's most famous scenic drives, offering photo opportunities at almost every mile of the winding road. We adore the northern section, which is home to the Blue Ridge Music Center and is right near Mount Airy, birthplace of Andy Griffith.

There is nothing we love better than a great RV travel destination, so if you want to hear recommendations for The Great Smoky Mountains, Myrtle Beach, or Glacier National Park, tune into our weekly podcast, RV Family Travel Atlas. You can also hear in-depth campground reviews from around the country on our weekly podcast, Campground of the Week.

See you at the campground!

Winnebago Fuse

The Winnebago Fuse is an all-new Class C motorhome built on the Ford Transit chassis.

Available in two single-slideout floorplans and offering some of the best ergonomics and visibility available in a Class C coach, the Fuse also delivers excellent fuel economy, thanks to its aerodynamic styling and 3.2L I5 diesel powerplant.

The 23A floorplan includes a rear bath, twin beds and a lounge/galley slideout, while the 23T features a walkaround queen bed in the rear passenger-side slideout.

Both floorplans feature clean, contemporary interiors as well as sizable rear storage and an available bike rack, so it’s easy to bring your favorite toys along.

Look for the Fuse at your Winnebago dealer, or learn more here.