Tuesday, August 19, 2014
RV Trader.com recently launched an Instagram photo contest, “RV Escapes,” that gives followers the opportunity to share photos and compete for a $150 gift card.
Instagram users may enter the contest by uploading a photo that clearly demonstrates the RV lifestyle while vacationing, camping or traveling. Photos can include images that showcase their recent “escapes” to the outdoors, including kayaking, mountain biking, spending time with family, sightseeing and more. The photo must include the hashtags #RVEscapes and #RVTrader in the image description to be considered a valid entry.
The “RV Escapes” promotion will run from August 1-31. The contest winner will be determined by a random drawing of all valid entries at the conclusion of the contest period on August 31.
“We are excited to utilize the ‘RV Escapes’ contest to bring together Instagram users who share similar interests and enjoy the RV lifestyle,” said Christine Knapp, marketing manager for RV Trader.
Please click here for full rules and eligibility.
Friday, August 08, 2014
The Titan Structure™ Frame, built by Lifestyle Luxury RV, a division of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, is the foundation that sets Lifestyle fifth wheels apart from all other high-end fifth-wheel manufacturers. “The One and Only Titan Structure Frame” video, released on YouTube and the Lifestyle Luxury RV website, explains the distinct advantages of the Titan Structure Frame. Lifestyle is the only fifth-wheel RV manufacturer remaining still building its frame in-house, ensuring the strongest, most durable foundation designed for decades of full-time use.
The Titan Structure is completely engineered and welded at the Lifestyle facility in Middlebury, Indiana, with the highest quality, American-made steel, resulting in the strongest frame in the industry. The double, box-channel steel frame provides the solid base needed for a raised steel integrated bath floor that no other company manufactures. The Titan frame also maintains its structural integrity, with far more rigidity than conventional I-beam frames, so important to the long life of fifth wheels used by full timers.
Additional benefits of the Titan Structure frame are the raised floor that allows for the industry’s only pass-through rear basement storage on a fifth wheel.
“Our full-wall slide system gives full-timers the spaciousness of home without ever compromising the integrity of the frame with twisting and flex,” explained General Manager of Lifestyle Luxury RV Division, Dymon Farrer. “The Titan frame is designed for year-round travel and built for years of road worthy service. Our primary buyers are retired full-timers and those who actually hit the road with their families and put the miles on a fifth wheel. Perhaps that’s why we’ve quickly gained such a following from serious full timers.”
The video shows how Lifestyle Luxury RVs are the only fifth wheel with a true full-wall slide system—usually only found on high-end motor coaches with massive bus frames. Twelve inches of welded, box channel steel allow the full-wall slide system to be engineered on risers above the frame for the strongest foundation and smoothest operation. The video also details that slide-outs are operated by a fully mechanical, rack and pinion system with over-sized gearing for the ultimate reliability. Even torque is distributed to both sides of the slide room by a center-mounted motor to prevent flexing.
Lifestyle Luxury RV 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-5578 Fax: 574-825-5508
The new Alfa Gold 3805BH joins the ranks of the high-end Alfa Gold fifth-wheel lineup. With five slides, one and a half baths, two entries and enough space to sleep eight adults comfortably, the 3805BH is designed for entertaining. Even the exterior is made to accommodate guests featuring an outdoor kitchen fully equipped with Weber grill and mini fridge.
The entertainment value of the Alfa Gold 3805BH goes beyond other coaches this size. High-end standard features begin in the kitchen with a large center island and bar with beautiful Corian ® countertops. Stainless steel appliances are stylish and functional and include, a 12-cubic foot stainless steel double door
refrigerator, microwave, three-burner range and oven complete the gourmet kitchen.
“The Alfa Gold is built to be strong and durable for a lifetime of traveling out on the open road,” said Lifestyle and Alfa Gold Product Manager, Gary Stanley. “These special Titan StructureTM frames on the Alfa Gold are constructed in-house, strong enough to handle three or four above-the-frame slide outs, and take any punishment that rough roads might provide.”
Truly unique, the bunkhouse offers a private retreat for sleeping or lounging. Two loft beds and a pull out sleeper sofa will sleep three adults comfortably. An optional TV hook-up below the loft adds to the cozy atmosphere. The half bath is attached to the bunkhouse providing guests added privacy and a second entry opens into the half bath as well.
“Whether you’re out around the campfire or getting warm by the indoor fireplace this unit gives you the full experience,” commented General Manager of Lifestyle Luxury RV, Dymon Farrer. “It’s a residential space that still allows you to enjoy the great outdoors.”For more information: www.LifestyleLRV.com
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 Phone: 574-825-5578 Fax: 574-825-5508
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Cruise Inn, a newly launched national brand of RV parks and campgrounds with a member-based network of owners, announced a partnership with online travel agency Expedia Inc. in a deal the company says will significantly expand its national reach in the outdoor sector.
“We’re the first brand in the outdoor hospitality space to forge a partnership with the Expedia family of brands, and it’s going to fundamentally change the RV industry,” Cruise Inn CEO Scott Anderson told RVBUSINESS.com. “It’s going to expose the outdoor hospitality arena to a whole new set of customers who have never even considered a park model or renting an RV or a tent – or any of these types of camping experiences – as an alternative to traditional accommodations.”
Cruise Inn executives founded the company in late 2013, but with more than 125 years of combined hospitality experience, they came out of the gate saying their long-term goal was to “elevate the entire industry.” According to Anderson, the partnership with Expedia confirms the company’s commitment.
“We are very serious about our goals,” Anderson said. “This partnership is part of our strategic plan, and frankly, we aren’t done yet.”
Cruise Inn (www.cruiseinns.com) is modeling its plan after the hotel industry, specifically the member networks of Lexington and Americas Best Value Inns developed by Vantage Hospitality Group Inc. – a Cruise Inn corporate backer – which has grown to 1,100 hotels worldwide. The Cruise Inn vision is to grow into a member network of at least that size or larger.
For their part, Expedia (www.expedia.com) representatives say they are confident in their new partner’s ability to deliver on that vision.
“We think, in Cruise Inn, we’ve found a really good partner,” said Drew Bowering, director of key accounts at Expedia. “They represent the ideal business model and we’re confident that the end result will be one that’s going to benefit the customer.”
The partnership represents Expedia’s first serious public foray into the outdoor hospitality arena, and Bowering said the company’s leadership is enthusiastic about that prospect as well.
“We truly are excited about the partnership and the new relationship that we’ve set up with Scott and everyone at Cruise Inn,” he said. “We have no current product carve-out for outdoor hospitality in our shopping experience and all eyeballs are on this internally now.”
Initially founded as a division of Microsoft in 1996, Expedia was a pioneer in the online travel industry but has grown to become a global powerhouse with 150 travel booking websites in over 70 countries, 60 million unique visitors to its family of websites each month, and $4.8 billion in revenue in 2013.
“We are constantly trying to innovate and offer unique travel experiences,” said Melissa Maher, senior vice president of Global Partner Group at Expedia. “We’re thrilled that this partnership allows us to expand our offerings into the outdoor hospitality space.”
The new corporate partners believe that this move will benefit owners of Cruise Inn branded facilities, as well as all outdoor hospitality enthusiasts.
“Our owner members are extremely excited,” Anderson said. “This is another big way for us to bring them customers that they wouldn’t be able to get on their own. And from the consumer side, they previously had very limited options when it came to booking an entire camping vacation online. That’s about to change.”
Anderson said that it will likely be two weeks before Cruise Inn parks begin showing up on Expedia, and he expects more nuts and bolts details to emerge then as well.
– Submitted by freelancer Ty Adams exclusive to RVBUSINESS.com
The 59th Annual Midwest RV Super Show kicks off Thursday (Aug. 7) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum in Elkhart, Ind., and runs through Sunday.
The Goshen News reported that the show is one of the largest recreational vehicle shows in the country and will give prospective buyers the chance to see new 2015 models and get some of the best prices, according to Matt Rose, director of Recreation Vehicles for the Indiana Manufactured Home Association — Recreation Vehicle Industry Council (IMHA-RVIC).
“If the shows that we’ve done this year are any indication, this show should be bigger than last year,” he said. “We could see as many as 4,500 people over the four-day show.
The show will be just a few miles from the many recreational vehicle plants in Elkhart County where the units on display were manufactured.
“Prices don’t get any better than at this show,” Rose said. “Buy it where it’s built and save. That’s one of the reasons that people drive in from so far.”
Rose said that last year officials counted license plates from 38 different states, an indication of the popularity of the show, as well as the deals that are to be had.
“Some of the units that people will see have come directly off the manufacturer line to the show, so they haven’t even seen a dealer lot,” Rose said.
For the full story click here.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC has introduced the new Bay Hill 379FL fifth-wheel, offering an open concept floorplan with a spacious front lounge.
Instead of a front bedroom, the Bay Hill 379FL features a huge family room lounge with two 80-inch sofas situated in opposing slideout rooms. The two sofas, combined with two theater seats, provide comfortable seating for eight adults and a relaxing viewing area for an entertainment center with big screen TV and fireplace.
The two facing 80-inch sofas in the lounge area convert into a semi-private sleeping area for four adults when the sofas fold out into two queen-sized beds. The new Bay Hill features five slideouts to expand every living area for a true residential finish.
The open concept feel of EverGreen’s newest Bay Hill floorplan consists of a half wall of storage cabinets acting as a partition between the center kitchen area and the step-up lounge. This leaves the ceiling to the upstairs open with a greatroom effect to the kitchen below. The master bedroom in the very rear of the coach and the living area in the front provide privacy for guests.
The kitchen is designed with two facing slideouts opening up the dining and food preparation areas. The main focus of the kitchen is an island with an undermount stainless sink built into the Corian countertop. A breakfast nook slideout with fre-estanding table and four chairs is curbside. The opposite slide houses an optional 22-cubic-foot residential French double-door refrigerator with freezer beneath, a three burner range with oven and microwave and exhaust fan under is also standard-all stainless steel. A large pantry with a designer glass door features organized storage with shelves and drawers. On the forward wall of the kitchen, adjacent to the stairs, is an attractive hutch with Corian countertops, solid wood cabinets below and shelving lit with LED accent lighting.
The master bedroom in the rear of the Bay Hill has a more open feel because of the full-height radius ceilings. A standard queen bed or optional king bed in a slideout room creates full walk-around space around the bed. Overhead storage above the headboard also has LED-reading lights. Generous wardrobes, chests of drawers and a storage closet prepped for a washer and dryer combination complete the bedroom amenities. A private bedroom/bath entrance door in the hall to the bedroom adds convenience and gives the Bay Hill 379FL two entrances.
The bath of the new Bay Hill features a 48-inch residential, sit-down shower with sliding glass doors and a large skylight overhead. Linen closet storage with cabinets and shelving are handy. Full-sized residential commode and sink fixtures round out this true residential bath.
The EverGreen Bay Hill fifth-wheel line was introduced in late 2012 with the concept of providing consumers high-end fifth wheel value at a mid-range price point. Since that time the Bay Hill has won numerous awards including the RV Business Top Debut, Best of Show from PR Pro Magazine and a Dealer Satisfaction Index Award (DSI) for one of the highest quality products rated by dealers nationwide. The EverGreen Bay Hill family of products has grown to seven floorplans ranging from 29 to 38 feet.
Friday, July 18, 2014
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.
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
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.
Courtesy of RVBusiness.com
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.
Courtesy of RVBusiness.com
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
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 www.leisurevans.com/unity to explore the Unity Murphy Bed by Leisure Travel Vans.
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 www.leisurevans.com to explore the 2015 Leisure Travel Vans lineup.