Friday, July 18, 2014

Class B Motorhome Popularity Continues to Soar

By Darrin Michael, Dave Arbogast RV Depot

These days, finding the right RV for your next great adventure out on the open road can be quite the challenging task.

With so many important decisions to make, where does one even begin?
Thankfully, in the past few years one particular style of RV is quickly becoming a fan favorite among travel enthusiasts everywhere, while at the same time making life easier from a travel standpoint.

Say “hello” to the Class B motorhome…

How They Began…
The year was 1974 when Roadtrek founder Jac Hanemaayer began thinking about the possibility of creating a RV for personal. While Hanemaayer enjoyed the comfort and space offered by a Class A or C motorhome, he had no desire to become a bus driver on the weekend.

Haanemayer had always been upset he couldn’t find the comforts included with a larger motorhome contained within the compact size of a van. To remedy the problem, Haanemayer designed one himself and had it built by Fledgling Home & Park Vehicles. Impressed by his creation so much, Haanemayer would later purchase the company who built the van for him.
Similar to the look we’re all familiar with today, in 1980 Hannemayer completely redesigned his creation with a lower profile roof, lower floor and an innovative three-section floorplan. The layout is reminiscent of what we see today.

Tons of Brands Available

While most of you can likely pick a Class B motorhome out on the road when you see one, many are still getting to know these “van-esque” RVs, as well as all the luxurious features they come with. 

The best part is these days,  the number of different types of Class B motorhomes available to RVers has grown significantly in the past five years. It’s not just limited to Haanemayer’s Roadtrek brand anymore. There are also great brands like Pleasure-Way and Leisure Travel Vans. Even more, some of the large manufacturers are starting to dabble in the Class B market. Now brands like the Airstream Interstate and Winnebago Era and Travato have become some of the body style’s top sellers.

But Why Have They Become So Popular?

There are a number of reasons as to why the popularity of Class B motorhomes continues to skyrocket. First and foremost, one of the main reasons is likely their size. Class B’s are small enough take any place a regular car or van can go.

The main attraction with Class B’s however might be that despite their compactness, they are still filled with some of the same luxurious features as their larger counterparts. They can have a bathroom and shower if you want it, a bedroom, a living area and more. Basically, the sky is the limit when it comes to what all a Class B can come with.

The Class B Traveler: A Unique Breed

It’s kind of interesting to be honest.

The Class B enthusiast is a unique breed. Any RV’er I’ve ever spoken with who has decided to make the switch from a Class B from one of its big brother Class A or C models has been pleased with their decision to do so.

Awhile back I interviewed an elderly couple who spends retirement traveling the country in an RV. They had recently sold their huge, Class A diesel motorhome and decided to go with a more modest Class B instead.

While the couple had some great stories from their travels before, their stories now are even more amazing as the smaller Class B now allowed them to visit a variety of new places.
They traded down.

And they never looked back.

Author Bio: Darrin Michael currently serves as the eCommerce/Marketing Director at Dave Arbogast RV Depot in Troy, Ohio. In addition, he also teaches Internet Development at Edison Community College. He’s been featured on a number of other industry related blogs including Woodalls,, and more.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Winnebago’s ‘WIT Rally’ to Attract 1,000 Rigs

About 1,000 recreational vehicles are expected for the 2014 Winnebago Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club’s Grand National Rally, which got underway today (July 16) and will run through Sunday at the rally grounds across from Winnebago Industries Inc.’s headquarters in Forest City, Iowa.
“We are tracking ahead of last year,” reported Chad Reece, Winnebago’s director of marketing.
According to a report by the Forest City Summit, Reece said those 1,000 expected units have about 2 1/2 to three people inside on average.
“That’s about 3,000 guests, plus the vendors that come, that’s about 3,500 to 3,600 visitors,” Reece said.
Reece said the GNR attendees participate in rally ground activities but also visit local and regional sites. Pre-rally tours take them to various sites such as the John Deere plant near the Quad Cities. The early arrivals and GNR rally day attendees also spend time and money in Forest City and North Iowa, he said.
For the full report click here.
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Tesla 3970 Combines Comfort With Durability

Middlebury, Ind.-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the new  T3970 model in its Tesla series of toy hauler fifth-wheels, offering a host of high-end appointments ranging from residential-style floor-to-ceiling cabinetry to an upscale entertainment center.
According to a press release, the triple-axle T3970 combines elegance with EverGreen’s trademark durability, highlighted by a DuraLite double-welded aluminum frame in the walls and floor and outer walls built with EverGreen’s vacuum lamination process.
“We’re proud to offer consumers a fifth-wheel toy hauler that is such a great blend of luxury, toughness and versatility,” saidEverGreen President and COO Mark Boessler. “I applaud the combined work of our engineers, production and sales staff, who brought the T3970 to market. Tesla takes the luxury of home to the remote locations for motorsports enthusiasts”
Living area features include:
• Lighted pantry in kitchen.
• L-shaped sofa located between the front door and kitchen for watching the large TV in the entertainment center or gazing at the fireplace. Under the sofa is plenty of storage space.
• A residential-style vanity in the master bathroom, with open-faced drawers.
• A decorative, yet highly functional cabinet next to the entertainment center. Enclosed in the top of the cabinet is the control panel.
• An optional locker in the garage to store gear.
Like all the Tesla fifth-wheel toy haulers, the T3970 has a garage more than 12-feet long to accommodate “toys” like ATVs, motorcycles and snowmobiles. True to EverGreen’s policy, the model number reflects the actual box size of the T3970, listed at 39-plus feet. The overall length, when the fifth-wheel hitch and trailer A-frame are included, is 43-feet 6-inches.
The T3970′s sizable length and width dimensions, plus the interior height of 13-feet 1-inch, offer plenty of open space for relaxing, entertaining, cooking, dining and sleeping. The trailer is equipped with three slideout rooms, including a living room slide accommodating an 80-inch recliner sofa and a kitchen slideout that allows room for the L-shaped sofa.
The bedroom slideout is home to an 80-inch innerspring pillow top mattress while the garage converts to sleeping quarters with two sofa beds and a queen bed above. The sleeping arrangements are augmented in the middle by the living room’s recliner sofa.
Entertainment aficionados can choose T3970′s High Voltage Package, which offers Kicker 500-watt subwoofer, amplifier and “Get Amped” interior speakers, along with wireless remote control and several other options.
Standard equipment on the T3970 includes a heavy-duty, 8-foot-long ramp door rated at 3,000 pounds. Beavertail ramp is standard equipment among the other exterior features including a crown roof, LED lights, a door-side patio light, speakers, LCD TV bracket, and a high-gloss gel coat exterior with composite substrate. Finished and lighted pass-through storage compartments add to the great storage capacity found in various other places in this model.
Optional kitchen features include a double-door refrigerator/freezer, standard stainless steel three-burner range with oven and a power exhaust lighted range hood, stainless steel full-size sink with cover and a stainless steel microwave. The Live Wire Package upgrade offers Corian kitchen countertop and raised hardwood cherry cabinet doors.
The bathroom is equipped with a full tub and shower surround with hand sprayer, recessed vanity light and large medicine cabinet with mirror are standard.
Elsewhere, the interior of the T3970 exudes the rich look of a well-appointed home with solid wood doors, ceiling crown moldings and raised-panel interior passage doors. Padded, “no-crack” vinyl flooring runs throughout the Tesla with furnishings highlighted by residential-style upholstered furniture.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

2015 Unity Murphy Bed by Leisure Travel Vans

Since the release of the Unity Murphy Bed in 2009, it has quickly become one of Leisure Travel Vans’ top selling models. The Unity U24MB features a nearly queen-size murphy bed, impressive interior and exterior storage, and a bathroom and shower to make any Class A envious. The Unity is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Chassis and features contoured exterior walls, resulting in one of the most unique looking Class C’s on the market, not to mention the impressive fuel mileage.

Visit to explore the Unity Murphy Bed by Leisure Travel Vans.

Celebrating Triple E RV’s 50th Anniversary

Triple E RV is excited to announce the launch of its 2015 Leisure Travel Vans anniversary product lineup, celebrating its 50th year manufacturing recreational vehicles. From humble beginnings in 1965 manufacturing compact travel trailers, Triple E RV has grown into a vertically integrated manufacturer and continues to set the bar with its renowned line of quality and innovative RV’s.
The 2015 product lineup feature many exciting new features and updates including a 50th anniversary décor package, new options such as Alcoa aluminum wheels and much more. From the flagship Serenity to the popular Unity and Free Spirit product lines, the company believes the 2015 Leisure Travel Vans lineup is the best and most comprehensive line of Class B & C’s it has ever offered.

Visit to explore the 2015 Leisure Travel Vans lineup.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Pleasure-Way Intros 1st Wide-Body Sprinter

Canadian Class B builder Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the launch of its first Sprinter-based wide-body motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL.
According to a press release, the Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL motorhome is built on the Mercedes-Benz dual rear wheel cab chassis and features the first non-slideout Sprinter to feature a queen-sized Murphy bed.
“Our design team developed an open concept floorplan with a very spacious interior feeling,” said CEO Dean Rumpel. “The queen-sized (60-inch-by-74-inch) Murphy bed neatly folds up into the living room wall creating a large living and dining space.”
At 22 feet in length, the Plateau-XL is “going to meet the needs of the consumer who wants a fuel efficient motorhome that is more maneuverable than a 25-foot coach while offering a little more space and a larger bathroom than a traditional Class B,” Rumpel noted.
Other key features include:
• A large rear bathroom with a  32-inch corian-and-glass shower.
• Multiplex wiring.
• A power 13-foot awning.
• Onan 2.5 Kw LP generator.
• 13,500 Btu roof-top air conditioner.
• Ultraleather upholstery.
• Solid maple cabinetry.
• 32-inch interior LED LCD TV and Blu-Ray player.
• In-dash navigation.
• Fully bonded fiberglass body construction.
• Optional outdoor living entertainment center.
• Optional solar panel.
The Plateau-XL offers a five-year limited coach warranty and boasts an estimated 16-18 miles per gallon highway. Base MSRP: $131,170.

The 45th Annual WIT Club Grand National Rally blasts off July 16!

Contact:  Sheila Davis - 641-585-6803 -

FOREST CITY, IOWA, July 7, 2014 – Winnebago Industries has started the countdown to the launch of the annual WIT Grand National Rally (GNR) as we welcome our WIT Club members to Forest City to celebrate the 45ht annual GNR event.  This year’s event is scheduled Wednesday, July 16 through Sunday, July 20, 2014.

“We have started the countdown sequence as we prepare to host our WIT members for another memorable rally,” said Winnebago Consumer Engagement Manager Denise Yeager.  “1969 was a year that not only launched our first WIT GNR, but also marked the first landing on the moon.  We have a very special celebration this year as we celebrate these historic events.  WIT members are already rolling into the rally grounds here in Forest City preparing to get reacquainted with old friends and meet some new ones as well.”

Held at the rally grounds across from Winnebago Industries’ headquarters in Forest City, this year’s rally is full of fun adventures and learning experiences, including a visit from NASA’s Orion Project and the University of Iowa’s Mobile Museum. 

In addition, GNR attendees will participate in a number of activities, including special, in-depth building tours of Winnebago Industries’ state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, informative seminars, and of course, lots of entertainment.   Evening entertainment throughout the week include the musical artists Rivoli Review, local comedy/singing duo Tina and Lena and an out of this world performance by world reknowned, Jefferson Starship.

Select vendors also participate in the GNR through displays and over 100 different informative seminar sessions throughout the rally.  In addition, new 2015 Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach motor homes and Winnebago towables will also be on display, including brand new models such as the Brave and Tribute whose design harkens back to 1969 with a vibrant retro design with modern state of the art features.  Rally participants looking for that hands-on feel, are also able to ride and drive some of the new 2015 units while they’re here.

Membership in the WIT Club is open to anyone who owns a Winnebago Industries motor home or towable product.  There are currently more than 12,000 Club members.  WIT Club members are eligible for special member benefits and can also participate in local, state, regional and special interest clubs, and receive special discount pricing on Winnebago Outdoor Adventure events and caravans.

To find out more about joining the WIT Club or participating in the upcoming WIT Club GNR or other WIT Club events, please contact:  1-800-643-4892 or

About Winnebago
Winnebago, 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 and its subsidiary build quality motorhomes, travel trailers and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era and SunnyBrook brand names. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award's inception in 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,

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Monday, June 23, 2014

SANFORD, FL. – Millennium Luxury Coaches is set to kick off the Travel Channel’s “RV Week”, which starts July 22nd, 2014.  Millennium’s first “Mega RV Countdown” appearance will be at 9pm EST on Sunday the 22nd, with additional new episodes airing on the 24th and 25th, including Tuesdays episode dubbed “$100,000 Paint Job.” 

“Mega RV Countdown”, a show that features the most high-tech, unique, and luxurious motor homes on the road today, will be headlining the week’s prime-time programing. This week’s airing will mark the 4th time that Millennium has been featured on the show, including the season premiere “Best of Sturgis” where Millennium coaches ranked #1 and #2 in the countdown.

“As leaders in the luxury RV industry, Millennium Luxury Coaches was a natural fit in the lineup of jaw-drawing coaches”, Millennium co-owner Evelyn Figueroa said, “We are thrilled for this opportunity to showcase our innovative coaches that represent the team’s passion for technology and design.” Both Nelson and Evelyn Figueroa will be featured along with a 2014 Millennium on the episode dubbed “Epic NASCAR RV.”

Millennium Luxury Coaches, which will soon be celebrating its 15th anniversary, has roots in the luxury yacht industry and sites customer service and relationship building as keys to their success.  The company has clients that range from retired business owners to celebrities, and sells new custom built coaches that retail at more than $2 million dollars.     

About Millennium Luxury Coaches

Millennium Luxury Coaches is one of the Largest Converters of Custom Prevost Chassis for Private use. Founded in 2001 and privately owned, Millennium has 85 employees operating out of a 100,000sq.ft. sales & manufacturing facility in Central Florida. Known for innovation, Millennium leads the way in adopting the latest technology and advancements into each coach it custom builds. In addition to new coach conversions the company also offers pre-owned coaches, consignment sales, renovation and remodel services, onsite coach storage and operates a full service collision center, and custom paint facility.

About the Travel Channel
Travel Channel is available in nearly 96 million US cable homes and Travel Channel HD™ simulcast is distributed to almost 37 million viewers and is carried on every major provider. Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, and maintains offices in New York and Atlanta. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, is the manager and general partner.

For more information, please call Marketing Coordinator Zerrin Erdogan at 407-328-0190 or e-mail at

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

2015 Class C Motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach Arriving at a Dealer Near You

Elkhart, IN – Thor Motor Coach (TMC) 2015 motorhomes are now shipping to dealerships across North America just in time for summer’s warm weather. TMC, North America’s No. 1 Motorhome Brand, builds the most diverse and dynamic line-up of Class B Plus and Class C motorhomes.

“We’re excited to introduce the new 2015 line-up,” said Joel Grimm, Gas Division National Sales Manager at Thor Motor Coach. “We have integrated even more practical features this year. Not only did these ideas come from our employees, it came from our dealers and current TMC motorhome owners.”

TMC addresses the need for technology and convenience by featuring power patio awnings with integrated LED lighting in all 2015 motorhomes. Power Charging Centers and Bluetooth® technology are also standard in select Class C, Super C and Outlaw Toy Hauler Class C floor plans. The Power Charging Center allows owners to charge all their electronics in one convenient area, and Bluetooth® in the radio systems in the bedroom and garages of select models provide wireless communication to other Bluetooth® devices.

Excitement is being felt with the announcement of a new Super C 35SB bunkhouse model built on the Ford F550 diesel chassis. The floor plan features bunk beds with dual 13” LED TVs and a DVD player. The 35SB comes standard with an 18 cu. ft. residential refrigerator, an exterior 32” LED TV and a walk-around king size Denver Mattress™. Consumers can choose from a multitude of options including a front entertainment center with a massive 50” LED TV, DVD player and sound bar as well as an outside kitchen.

Thor Motor Coach HD-MAX™ exteriors graphics are freshened with new bold graphics and colors on the Siesta and Citation Class B+ models, as well as Four Winds and Chateau Class Cs. Four Winds and Chateau Super Cs also received exterior makeovers including full body paint choices. Further highlighting the importance of style, TMC now features frameless windows on the Siesta and Citation Sprinter models. Inside the Super Cs, interior décor choices, furniture design, flooring and countertops are all brand new.

Four Winds and Chateau models 31E, 31L and 31W have the biggest changes with an increase in interior ceiling height.  All 31-foot models now stand 7-feet tall on the inside.  Other 31-foot model changes include frameless exterior windows, raised panel solid cabinet doors, and increased overall interior storage. 
For more information on the new 2015 line-up of Class C Motorhomes, visit

About Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is the #1 motorhome brand in North America. Formed in 2010 as a strategic merger of Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International, TMC builds many of the world’s most recognized motorhomes. As an industry leader in introducing cutting-edge innovations, TMC offers a wide range of styles, sizes, floor plans and features – delivering coaches that fit every customer’s lifestyle and budget. For more information, visit or call 800-860-5658.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Coach-Net Acts as Get Outdoors Day Sponsor

Coach-Net announced that it has signed on to sponsor the National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) effort for the second consecutive year. With the help of various federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry, the campaign encourages families to spend more time outdoors by providing them with opportunities for healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation on GO Day.
According to a press release, GO Day is being celebrated this year on June 14. Prime goals of the day include reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting the nation’s youth to the great outdoors.
“As a company that supports the outdoor lifestyle, Coach-Net is very excited to be able to continue our sponsorship of National Get Outdoors Day for a second year in a row,” said Dan Lopez, vice president of Coach-Net sales. “This day serves as a reminder for families and friends to get outside and provides them with opportunities to do so. We are also hopeful that Americans’ participation in outdoor activities will extend well beyond this one day, as it’s important to enjoy an active lifestyle all year round.”
Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other interesting creatures. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.
For more information about the 2014 GO Day and a list of over 160 U.S. locations where outdoor activities will be offered, visit
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