RV Breakdowns – What is the real risk for your RV?

The future of RV Repairs could be changing.

What is the real cost of having an RV Breakdown?
While the answer to this question depends on your specific RV, statistics show that the average costs associated with repairs are skyrocketing, landing at $100 per hour or more for labor alone. Many RV owners fail to factor in the cost of parts, however, which generally run 2 times the cost of labor. In other words, for every hour or $100 in labor spent, the cost of parts will average $200, for a total of $300 per hour in total.
Today’s RV is a true testament to our modern ingenuity, but the technological advances in recent years have come with an unusually high cost of ownership.  The wear and tear your vehicle endures during travel makes it much more susceptible to costly breakdowns. One of the most popular questions the modern RVer faces, then, is how to accurately prepare for RV failures and the overwhelming costs that accompany them?  To answer this, ask the following questions:

What are the Odds? It is a common misconception that newer RVs will not break down. In fact, 3 out of every 10 RV’s will break down by only their 2nd year on the road! 8 out of 10 will break down by their 5th year, and nearly every RV on the road will suffer a major mechanical failure by their 8th year.

What are the Costs?  We mentioned above that the average repair will cost $300 per hour between parts and labor, and when all is said and done, the actual dollar figures associated with RV repairs are surprising. An engine repair can run you upwards of $30,000, while even a simple refrigerator repair averages out at $3,500.  RV experts find that the costs of mechanical breakdowns are often overlooked, leading to the popularization of budget planning and protection products for RV travelers.

How do I Protect Myself?  RVWarranties will step in to pay for the most common repairs your vehicle will face, and offer a wide array of coverage options to suit your desired level of risk. New or used, motorhome or towable, there is an RV Extended Warranty available to protect your budget. In the past, RV Warranties were a hotly debated topic in the community, but the internet has provided RVers with access to affordable and trustworthy protection options.
One of these online providers of RV Extended Service Contracts, commonly referred to as RV Warranties, is Wholesale Warranties. This company has seen tremendous growth over the past decade, and has been featured on the Inc 5000 list of fastest growing companies in America for the last two years in a row. The RV Warranty Experts at Wholesale Warranties offer consumers cost-effective options for safeguarding their vehicles against the increasing cost of RV repair.
Jeff Shelton, the owner of Wholesale Warranties, attributes the growth in popularity of RV Warranty contracts to rising repair costs and new consumer benefits. He states, “RVers are noticing the cost of RV maintenance and repairs rising, and they’re searching for ways to protect themselves from incurring the financial burden of a blown engine, lost generator, or dead appliance. To accompany our comprehensive coverage options, Wholesale Warranties has also recently launched our sister site, RVRepairDirect.com, and the response has been overwhelming.”

How do I make sure I get the best repair service? RVRepairDirect.com is an online tool RVers can use to find affordable and reliable RV Repair Facilities in their area through an interactive map feature, and comprehensive review system. While the RV Warranties offered by Wholesale Warranties allow you to take your vehicle to any licensed repair facility in the United States or Canada for work, they provide their customers the added benefit of RVRepairDirect.com, and will personally help warranty users find a trustworthy and cost-effective facility in their area. Jeff Shelton calls this “…the future of RV Repair. For our customers, RV Warranties and RVRepairDirect.com are all about convenience and peace of mind.  While they can take their RV to any repair facility in the country, most choose to use the site because of the convenience and the fact that we have the more influence than anyone in the industry.  We don’t represent just one customer, we represent thousands of customers, and not just policy holders, but anyone with access to the internet.   We have noticed that customers dissatisfied with their service have dropped by at least 80% since we started the RV repair review process.  We understand that the claim and repair process will never be flawless, but this has been a huge step in the right direction.”
It is impossible for anyone to know how much any specific RV will cost in future breakdowns, but more RV protection tools exist now than ever before.  RVs are built for leisure, travel, and enjoyment, and knowing that you are protected from the costs of RV breakdowns as well as the uncertainty of choosing a repair facility can allow you to truly embrace this peace of mind.

Whether to purchase an RV protection product or not is a personal choice, but it never hurts to know your options. For more information on mechanical breakdown protection or choosing an RV Repair Facility in your area, visit www.WholesaleWarranties.com.

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As one of the industry’s most iconic names, the legendary Dutch Star is in a league of its own. Combining high-end luxury features, breathtaking exterior styling, ample power and a wide variety
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The 2016 Dutch Star is engineered to outperform and out-deliver every other motor coach in its class. More Floor brings full tile flooring to the flat-floor slide outs in the kitchen, living area and
master bedroom. The all-new STAR Foundation adds strength and support to an already stout Freightliner® chassis. Finally, Dutch Star boasts Newmars Cathedral Ceiling, which adds six
inches of additional headroom in the rear master bath.

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NFL, MLB Stars Appearing at RVIA’s Calif. Show

Sports fans will have the opportunity to enjoy a meet-and-greet session with baseball’s Steve Garvey and Jim Abbott, and football Hall-Of-Famer Eric Dickerson at the 63rd Annual Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) California RV Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif.
According to an announcement, Garvey is called the “Iron Man” for setting the record for National League consecutive games played with 1,207 straight appearances. During his illustrious career, he was a 10-time All-Star and 1974 National League MVP.
Abbott, the left-handed pitcher for the Angels who was born without his right hand, won 18 games for the Angels in 1991. One year later, Abbott was given the Tony Conigliaro Award, given annually by the Boston Red Sox to a Major League player who overcomes an obstacle and adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage.
Dickerson, who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1999, played for the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Raiders and holds the NFL’s single-season rushing record with 2,105 yards that was set in 1984.
Guests can meet Jim Abbott at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 and Garvey at 1 p.m. to get autographs and take photos. On Oct. 11, Eric Dickerson will be greeting fans at 12:30 p.m. and will be available for photos and autograph signing.
The California RV Show will feature more than 1,300 new RVs, 48 manufacturers, and 17 dealers, plus food and educational seminars, including the “Best of Show” displaying 20 unique RVs. The show provides a free trolley and also offers mobility scooters, wheelchairs and kids wagons for rent at the entrance.
The show runs Oct. 9-18 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Gate 9. Show hours are 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. daily. Adult admission is $10; children 17 and under are free. Active military personnel are free with ID. Parking is $10 per vehicle. Purchase tickets online at thebestrvshow.com. For more information, call 818-248-6600.
The show is produced by the RVIA, the national trade association representing RV manufacturers and their component parts suppliers who together build more than 98% of all RVs produced in the United States.

This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com.

RVTrader.com Launches Fall 2016 New RV Model Guide

RVTrader.com, the leading online classifieds site for buying and selling RVs, launched a groundbreaking biannual New RV Model Guide on its website today. The Fall 2016 New RV Model Guide is an exclusive digital magazine containing pictures and descriptions of 30 new RVs, as well as links to additional information and brochures for the new models.

This Fall 2016 edition contains an exclusive look at Class A, Class B, Class C, Toy Hauler and Fifth Wheel RVs from leading RV manufacturers: Jayco, Leisure Travel, Newmar and Winnebago. The New Model Guide is the first of its kind and is set to become an industry standard for displaying new models to RV buyers. RV Trader will release an updated version of the Model Guide in the spring, with even more new models for RV buyers to view.
“One of the key benefits of this new digital magazine is its accessibility,” said Paige Bouma, Vice President of Recreational Brands. “The digital format allows RV Trader to create a streamlined user experience on all devices. Whether buyers are looking for their dream RV on their desktop, tablet or phone, they can quickly access the Fall 2016 New RV Model Guide on RVTrader.com”
To learn more about how you can advertise in future editions of the New RV Model Guide, contact RV Trader at (757) 761-0955.

EverGreen Upgrades Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Line

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has updated its Ever-Lite line of composite trailers to reflect dealer suggestions and industry trends, including new standard amenities and a lower price point.
According to a press release, the most noticeable change is to the Ever-Lite exterior. Besides the updated gray, metallic logo, the new graphic designs and skirt finish give the Ever-Lite an upscale look. A new standard addition on the exterior includes new clear stone shield on the high-gloss fiberglass cap.
Inside, the ceiling height is increased two inches for a more spacious feel. Decors offer all-new, lighter wood tones, textured wallboard, valances, drapes, wood blinds and rustic wood grain vinyl flooring. A completely revamped kitchen includes new raised panel cabinet doors with hardware, and designer countertops with backsplash. The new flush mount three-burner range features a glass cooktop for increased functionality and a modern look.
“We wanted to bring a sense of elegance and eye-appeal but keep the original Ever-Lite spirit alive,” said Ever-Lite Product Manager Doug Lantz. “Our goal was to evaluate our standard features and optional equipment and then reconfigure our packages. This creates additional savings for our dealers and added value to the consumer. Popular options have become standard, like the trifold sofa, hide-a-bed sofa and 8-cubic foot refrigerator. More expensive features have become optional, like the solid surface countertops.”
The entire coach is brighter with new LED lighting throughout while the living area offers a new furniture design and updated entertainment center. All Ever-Lite slides are at least 90-inches or larger and feature new flush-floor slides and fascia for increased living space in an attractive package.
Four new floorplans join the Ever-Lite lineup: EL294RKS, EL298RLS, EL331TTS and EL322RLT. The EL276RLS, EL32REW and EL292FLBS were updated with new bedroom configurations featuring a bedroom slide. This bedroom slide is also a feature in the new EL294RKS and EL331TTS. All bed slide models have full pass-through storage in the wardrobe providing functional storage.

This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com.

2016 Class A Diesel Motorhomes Upgrades

An article from Thor Motor Coach:

At Thor Motor Coach, we make sure every motorhome we manufacture is “Made to Fit.” Our diverse product line already includes some of the world’s most recognized Class A and Class C motorhomes and in a recent press release we announced how we’re making some of those brands even better.
Our diesel line-up is already receiving high marks from consumers on our innovative 2016 motorhomes. Between the Tuscany, Tuscany XTE and Palazzo brands, you can definitely find a diesel pusher that feels custom-made, at a competitive price.
The New 2016 Tuscany
2016 Tuscany Luxury RV
We’ve redesigned the Tuscany from the ground up. We wanted to greatly increase exterior storage, so we started with a new basement structure. We also included an industry leading, first-in-class push-button engine start. We’ve also included hydraulic slide rooms and five new full-body paint packages.
2016 Tuscany 40DX
Walking into the Tuscany, the first thing you’ll notice are the solid surface entry steps and the polished porcelain tile, which are married perfectly with the Tuscany’s high-gloss glazed Amish crafted cabinetry. Looking up, it’s hard not to be dazzled by the new ceiling treatment, which gives the Tuscany a real luxury vibe. The elegant furniture styling coupled with the rear master bedroom (with en suite) makes this RV feel like a home.
The New 2016 Tuscany XTE
2016 Tuscany XTE Baja 40AX Passenger Side Exterior
Equally impressive are the changes to the 2016 Tuscany XTE, which received new porcelain tile flooring, kitchen backsplash and faucets. The 2016 Tuscany XTE also features the highly-anticipated full-body paint packages.
Luxury RV With a Bunkhouse
We’ve also included the very popular bunk bed configuration in the Tuscany XTE’s 40BX floorplan.
2016 Tuscany XTE 40BX Ivory Sonata Resort Cherry
Meanwhile, the 34ST and 36MQ floorplans allow consumers to maintain a luxury lifestyle in a small RV. We didn’t stop with the living quarters – the 2016 Tuscany XTE also received a very user-friendly Axxera™ dash radio with 10” screen, which is great for viewing.
The New 2016 Palazzo
2016 Palazzo Motorhome
Our Palazzo motorhomes also received a major overhaul for 2016 with a new front cap and striking full-body paint exterior graphics.
2016 Palazzo 36-2 Encore Resort Cherry Entrance
You’ll love using the new indulgent amenities that we’re including in this luxury RV, including a decorative kitchen backsplash, window treatments, furniture and accent lighting with frosted, white swirl glass.
The power drop-down overhead bunk, located above the cockpit seating, now features a brand new Cotton Cloud™ mattress, replacing the old air mattresses.
Continuing the theme of luxury, Palazzo owners now have the option to choose from the same high-gloss glazed Amish crafted cabinetry found in Tuscany and Tuscany XTE motorhomes.
Across The Board
All of our diesel motorhomes received functional upgrades, including a new dash radio with a large 10-inch screen. In the Palazzo and Tuscany XTE, drivers can easily see incoming phone calls or find their favorite radio station. Tuscany motorhomes go a step further by featuring Rand McNally® GPS Navigation. Other features, which have consumers talking are the LG Hi-Macs® solid surface countertops, Whirlpool® appliances and Sony® electronics.
To find the diesel motorhome that is made to fit your lifestyle, visit ThorMotorCoach.com. As the industry leader in innovative design, we build a variety of unique styles, sizes and floor plans that feel custom-made – at a truly competitive price.
For more information, visit ThorMotorCoach.com or call 800-860-5658.

Check Out These Upcoming RV Events!

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

September 16th-20th
Make sure to check out all of these awesome RV manufacturers at the show!

September 17th-20th

September 25th-27th

October 8th-11th