Thursday

Keeping your RV warm by insulating your windows


While some RVers wait till warm weather to go on trips, others travel year round. RV windows can be drafty during spells of cold weather?

The Low Tech RVing blog offers some simple tips on keeping the cold out by sealing your RV windows using an indoor insulator kit.
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Friday

Winnebago receives Quality Circle Award from RVDA



For the 12th consecutive year, Winnebago Industries, Inc. received the prestigious Quality Circle Award for its Winnebago and Itasca brands from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers' Association (RVDA) at a ceremony conducted at the 45th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY. Winnebago Industries is the only recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturer to receive the Quality Circle Award for 12 consecutive years.

"Winnebago Industries is again honored to receive this award from our dealers and RVDA," said Winnebago Industries Chairman of the Board and CEO Bruce Hertzke. "This award means a lot to our Company. Not only is it from our dealer organization, but the award is also a direct reflection on our products and our employees that build them. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary, honors like the Quality Circle Award encourage us to continue to build exceptional, innovative motor homes for consumers and of course, to continue to strive to earn this prestigious award for years to come."


Both the Winnebago and Itasca brands were recognized for scoring 80 percent or above in overall dealer satisfaction as measured in the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey, as administered by RVDA. The DSI survey, which determines Quality Circle Award winners, was enhanced to rate manufacturers' performance in eight core areas: sales support, sales territory, vehicle design, vehicle reliability/quality, competitive price/value, parts support, dealership warranty support and overall dealer communications.

"The DSI survey was significantly revised in 2007 to reflect the industry's work to improve customer satisfaction, which makes this award even more impressive," said RVDA President Michael A. Molino. "Dealers believe the DSI is a tool to help improve communication and the overall relationships with their manufacturers. The survey measures dealer attitudes in key policy, product and procedure areas that dealers say are the most important elements in their business partnerships with manufacturers."

Source: Winnebago
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Celebrate the holidays with the Airstream Dream Keepsake Ornament




The rounded shape of Airstream trailers are a classic in the world of RVs. Airstream trailers are not only aerodynamic, but beautiful in their own metallic way.

Hallmark pays tribute to famous trailer with the Airstream Dream Keepsake Ornament. An Airstream trailer might not be as cuddly as little stuffed teddy bears or other holiday ornaments, but it does feature rolling wheels and an awning that pulls out.

According to Hallmark..

Remember the call of the open road with this wonderful replica of an Airstream trailer. Just like the real thing, you can extend the blue and white striped awning for some extra shade. The wheels turn, too. Comes with a full-sized Hallmark greeting card, with your personal message.

We give in...it could not be any cuter, even if you stuck little red bows on it.

Source: Hallmark
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Tuesday

RV companies and owners start thinking green


With the success of the Toyota Prius and other hybrid vehicles, businesses have discovered that ecologically-friendly products are gaining favor with consumers.

The Durango Herald Online reports on efforts to make RV travel "greener" and energy efficient.

According to the story, effort range from Coachmen RV testing biofuel-powered models to redesigned version of the Volkswagen created by a Canadian designer.

It's not just RV designers thinking about the environment. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association reports that 71 percent of RVers recycle while on the road.
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Better engineering and technology makes RVs easier to drive


The fun part about shopping for a new is checking out all the new features that make RV living so comfortable.

But once you sign the paperwork and pick out your destination, driving that RV might seem a little scary at first.

Some RVs can rival a tractor trailer truck for size and weight. The mightiest SUV can seem like a toy compared the moment you get behind the steering wheel of a Class A.

The Star Phoenix reports that advances in RV technology and engineering have made driving and maneuvering easier. RVs actually have an advantage on the road due to their visibility and their height, giving drivers a better view.

Practice and expert advice from a dealer can help any capable driver master the art of parking and driving even the biggest RVs.
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Monday

Ford introduces new 2008 F53 Super Duty Class A lineup


Ford Motor Company recently announced their lastest motorhome chassis lineup to meet consumer needs for larger RVs with more amenities.

According to Ford...

The Ford F53 Super Duty Class A motorhome lineup boasts best-in-class 362 hp and 457 ft.-lbs. of torque from the proven 6.8-liter Triton™ V-10 engine. Improved ride, steering and NVH makes long trips more enjoyable while extended service intervals and quality legacy should reduce down time.

Celebrating the growing popularity of RVing and the increasing luxury RV market, Ford introduces the most capable motorhome chassis to the new 2008 F53 Super Duty Class A lineup that has been fully re-engineered for better driving dynamics, more diverse offerings and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. The new chassis borrows heavily from the industry’s most capable heavy-duty truck – the new 2008 F-Series Super Duty – and was proven out on many of the F-Series “Built Ford Tough” truck durability tests to improve on the Ford RV’s 25 percent quality advantage customers reported in Ford surveys.

Ford offers the best-selling RV chassis in both the Class A and Class C (E-Series chassis) markets. The launch of the new package options in Class A expands Ford’s F53 Super Duty Class A lineup to six offerings, ranging from the “tailgater’s special” 16,000-pound gross-vehicle weight rating (GVWR) chassis through the new capability leader, 26,000-pound GVWR chassis, that gives builders the opportunity to offer the most advanced, most luxurious RV bodies yet.

Ford’s new 24,000-pound GVWR package firmly settles into the heavy class of motorhome chassis, one of the fastest growing RV class segments. Going one step further, the new 26,000-pound GVWR package sets a new best-in-class marker for motorhome chassis capabilities, providing a stunning 30,000-pound gross combined weight rating.
“Ford’s new heavy-duty F53 Super Duty chassis allows customers to continue bringing more of their home to their home on wheels,” said Shelly Smith, marketing manager, Ford F53 Super Duty motorhome. “Motorhome builders are adding more luxurious amenities such as granite countertops and slide outs so we met the challenge with the most capable RV chassis ever.”

Components such as the new heavy-duty steering system, class-leading Dana rear axle and suspension, increased capacity front axle and suspension, four-wheel anti-lock brakes and 50,000-PSI (pounds per square inch) ladder frame are all integral components to provide class-leading capabilities, ride comfort and predictable handling.

The 6.8-liter Triton™ V-10 engine’s best-in-class 362 horsepower and 457 foot-pounds of torque provided help support the largest motorhomes with plenty of power on the highway. The powerful engine is mated to Ford’s exclusive and proven TorqShift® automatic overdrive transmission.

The new, high-end F53 models also features a new, more robust steering system with a new steering gear that, combined the new suspension, improve ride and handling. Steering and handling are complimented by the 50-degree wheel cut (increased from 42 degrees) for a tighter turning radius. Specially tuned stabilizer bars, Bilstein shocks and higher-capability front and rear springs make the ride more comfortable.

“We engineered the top-of-the-line F-53 models to provide the same steering precision, ride comfort and quietness as the rest of the lineup – just at much higher loads,” said Laurie Call, chief engineer, F53 Super Duty. “We think the driving dynamics and comfort, combined with our quality record, will lead to more customers demanding Ford chassis from their dealers.”

Source: Ford Motor Company
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Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show arrives in Denver January 9th


Visitors to the 18th Annual Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show can find out all about RV travel when the show rolls into the Colorado Convention Center, downtown Denver, Wednesday, January 9 through Saturday, January 12, 2008.

Sponsored by the Colorado Recreational Vehicle Association, this Show features 2008 models from Colorado's Front Range RV Dealers ranging from $500,000 and up Class A-motor homes to compact, lightweight easy-to-pull tent trailers, along with fifth-wheel models, truck campers and travel trailers.

Representatives from the region's travel areas will be on hand to answer questions and suggest travel routes and stopovers. Comedians with a love of life on the road, Mike Faverman and Pat Mac appear on stage with “Ultimate Camp Cooking” for all show attendees.

Hours are 10:30 am to 9:30 pm daily. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for seniors 62 and over. Children under 12 are free. Adult discount admission is available at the agievents.com online box office.

The Colorado RV Adventure Travel Show is produced by AGI Events. Call (303) 892-6800 for information or visit www.agievents.com/shows.

Source: AGI Events
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New all composite RV has exterior similar to a golf ball


Pilgrim International Inc. is introducing the first all composite RV at the annual Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) show in Louisville, Kentucky.

An all composite RV uses no wood in its construction, making the body resistant to mold and rot.

One of the compounds used on the outside of the RV is Dupont Surlyn: the impact resistant coating found on golf balls.

Considering the abuse that some golf balls suffer underneath the clubs of frustrated golfers, this sounds like the perfect coating for an RV. Just don't expect the RV to be covered with little dimples.


In this photo, Pilgrim International Lamination Plant Manager Ken Mahaffa, and Co-founder and Chairman Dave Hoefer, stand next to the new composite RV.

According to Pilgrim International Inc.

Pilgrim International Inc. of Middlebury, Indiana, will introduce the RV industry’s first all-composite recreational vehicle in its 2008 product display booth 1060 at the annual Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) show in Louisville, Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center, November 27-29, 2007.

Working closely with TekModo LLC, Pilgrim International will debut a display unit with floors, walls, roof and end caps completely Luan and plywood free and comprised entirely of CosmoLite, a thermoplastic fiber-reinforced composite. Additionally, Pilgrim International and TekModo will introduce the revolutionary exterior surface SpectraLite enhanced with Dupont Surlyn--the same extraordinarily impact resistant coating found on golf balls.

“We are adhering to our vision of continuous improvement to remain the forerunners in innovation of new technologies that will change the recreational vehicle industry.” Stated Pilgrim International Co-founder and Chairman Dave Hoefer.
The all composite Pilgrim International travel trailer debuting at the 2007 Louisville RVIA show is the first of its kind to utilize all composite construction with absolutely zero wood. This new technology enables Pilgrim International to manufacture completely seamless substrate floors, sidewalls, roofs and end-caps resulting in true uni-body strength for long lasting durability. In addition, the all-composite unit is fully water resistant and is impervious to rot, mildew and mold.

“The all-composite prototype unit displayed at this year’s RVIA show features a dramatic weight reduction over conventionally manufactured recreational vehicles,” stated Hoefer, “We are aspiring to build units weighing 15-to-20 percent less. This will improve fuel efficiency and will enable families to take more equipment. But more significantly, this dramatic weigh reduction will allow almost any vehicle to become a tow vehicle—from the family sedan, to the millions of mini vans on the road today. What was formerly towed by a one-ton truck will be towed by a three quarter ton truck, three quarter ton truck to a half ton—and so on. This technology opens up significant opportunities and markets for Pilgrim International dealers,” stated Hoefer
Source: Pilgrim International
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Friday

Gulf Stream RV's Tour Master Constellation - RV comfort with a home theater


Remember when movies were less than ten dollars a show and no cell phones were ringing in the middle of the feature? Now you can take that money spent on tickets and overpriced movie popcorn and put it towards an RV with a home theater.
The Gulf Stream RV Tour Master Constellation is the RV for those who love the movies as much as travel. The Constellation features the space and style of a luxury RV with a 46” LCD TV home theater.


Even the worst Hollywood sequel would be a dream to watch in chairs that look this comfy.

According to Gulf Stream...

The Constellation redefines the Luxury Motorcoach market and sets a new standard of sophistication by blending luxurious amenities and advanced electronic features. Built on a raised-rail Freightliner chassis, the Constellation delivers a 400 HP Cummins diesel engine coupled with an updated 3000 series Allison transmission.


This combination provides an amazing 46,860 GVWR. The Tour Master Constellation features a full-wall slide floor plan with beautifully appointed maple hardwood, radius cabinetry, produced by Gulf Stream’s new, state of the art Curve-tec custom cabinet division.

The Constellation’s innovative home theater suite displays a 46” LCD TV and provides a Sony Dream system and personal theater seating arrangement that makes this an entertainment center for everyone to envy and enjoy. When the entertainment has ended, your Master bedroom suite is just a push of the button away. Converting the suite from an entertainment showcase into the bedroom by automatically lowering the Residential King Murphy Bed.

The Tour Master Constellation will be showcased at the 45th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky from November 27th – November 29th in the Gulf Stream Coach display.

Source: Gulf Stream
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Monday

Earthroamer Xpedition Vehicles - A greener RV?


Most RVs are designed to travel not too far from where the roads are made of asphalt. But what about the RVer who is looking to camp somewhere beyond RV parks and paved roads?

Xpedition Vehicles by EarthRoamer are designed with the adventerous RVer in mind. You can use an EarthRoamer like a typical RV, with hookups for power, water, and other amenities. You can also take an Earthroamer beyond the parking spot of your RV resort and travel to wilder terrain.

According to EarthRoamer...

The best one-word description of an EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicle is freedom. EarthRoamer XVs give you the freedom to travel confidently and comfortably anywhere you want, whenever you want, without concern for the weather or season. It's the freedom to head out on a trail in the middle of Baja to a pristine secluded beach. It's the freedom to camp safely with all the comforts of home high in the mountains - in the middle of winter!



Earthroamer RVs are also designed to appeal to consumers who want a "greener" RV.

Preserving the environment for generations to come is very important to us so we design renewable energy sources like solar and biodiesel into our systems whenever possible. All of our vehicles utilize solar energy as a primary power source for lights and appliances. To us, respect for the environment also includes the need to respect wildlife and others in the environment so we design our vehicles to be fully operational without the need for a noisy generator.

A green RV? Prius owners might need to make more space in the driveway.

Source: Earthroamer
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RV dealers and community help vicitms of fire and tornadoes


RV living is usually associated with good times and care-free living. Sometimes an RV is needed not for vacation fun, but as a refuge during a time of crisis.

RV Trade Digest reports that La Mesa RV Center along with Dealers Edge LLC and Tom Stinnett RV Freedom Center are pitching in to help victims of the California wildfires.

A tornado recently struck Nappanee, Indiana and damaged the homes of employees Gulf Stream RV. Lippert Components, an RV supplier, donated $10,000 in gift cards to help out the workers.

Source: RV Trade Digest
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Friday

Crossroads RV's Seville features a real slate fireplace


An RV with a fireplace? Some RV models do feature electric fireplaces. While you can't burn logs or roast marshmallows with one, they do crank out the heat to keep you warm. One floorplan for the new Seville fifth wheel by Crossroads RV takes the mobile fireplace to a new level, using slate as a decoration. The Seville is CrossRoads' newest line of fifth wheels and carries a Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) in the mid $50,000 range. Featuring aluminum framed constrution and a smooth fiberglass exterior, the Seville will be offered in six different floor plan models. One floor plan, model VF35CK, features an innovative "floor-to-ceiling" fireplace with the look of real slate along with a 42-inch high definition LCD television.
Crossroads RV will debut its new Seville fifth wheels at the 45th annual National Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) Show in Louisville, Kentucky, November 27-29. With a cozy interior like this, RVing in the dead of winter sounds great. Hot chocolate not included. Source: Crossroads RV and RV Trade Digest
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Monday

Affinity Group and Digital Rez team up to provide "Campground Operating System"


Affinity Group, Inc., a leading industry source for RV and outdoor enthusiasts, recently announced it has formed a strategic alliance with Digital Rez International Inc., the world's leading provider of campground and RV park management and reservation software.

The two companies are extending AGI's RVTripsetter brand to the 3000 camping resorts that DRI currently serves in this worldwide market space. AGI will provide a total "Campground Operating System" coupling the internet to resorts' front desk management systems while providing easy access to AGI's extensive camping member and subscriber base.

Digital Rez will be re-branding its mainstream camping software systems over to the RVTripsetter brand and releasing the RVTripsetter product to all of its individual RV and camping resorts in the first quarter of 2008. In addition they will be gearing their support and development staff to provide additional innovations to its online reservation systems, property management networks and credit card processing services for resort operations worldwide.

Source: DigitalRez.com
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Tuesday

Dutchmen's Aerolite and Kodiak brands introduce a new Ultra-Lite Expandable Toy Hauler product line at the California RV Show


Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. has announced that it will introduce a new line of toy haulers at the California RV Show in Pomona. The new product is based on the Aerolite Cub and Kodiak Ultra-Lite expandable product lines and will be branded Aerolite Cub THV and Kodiak Expandable THV. According to Brent Stevens, Vice President and General Manager, “We have combined a front cargo deck with all the features of our popular expandable line to create the new Ultra-Lite expandable toy hauler product line. The first model to be shown at Pomona is our most popular floorplan with an 8’ x 8’ front cargo deck.” Stevens continued, “Our customers have been asking for a cost-effective, lightweight toy hauler. This unit only weighs 5,100 pounds. The cargo deck holds up to 1,600 pounds and can easily handle two larger ATV’s. Plus it includes two 60” x 80” Therm-a-Rest expandable tent ends and a sofa/dinette slide allowing customers to sleep up to eight people. ” Additional features include an I beam chassis, eight “D-Ring style” tie down rings, expanded metal grip strut deck finish, aluminum loading ramps that double as the front deck rails and large 16” Mud Rover Tires with aluminum rims. The 55th annual California RV show will be held from October 12th to the 21st at the Los Angeles County Fair Grounds. Source: Dutchmen Manufacturing
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Monday

RV driveway parking restrictions in California city could be decided by voters


Is an RV parked in a driveway an eyesore? Depends on who you ask. While many RV owners park their RVs in storage facilities by choice, some residents of Antioch, California would like to make it a local law.

This Tuesday, the Antioch City Council could decide to let voters make the final decision on where RVs can and cannot park.

According to the Bethel Island Press...

The City Council is slated to decide on Tuesday whether to place on the Feb. 5, 2008 ballot a measure asking Antioch residents whether recreational vehicles should be allowed to be parked in driveways.

In a city that has grappled with numerous contentious issues in the past year, the RV issue has been at or near the top, as angry RV owners packed the council chambers on several occasions, demanding the right to park their boats, trailers and motor homes on their own property.

There has also been a minority of speakers asking that their neighborhoods be free of the visual blight and clutter of these vehicles.


The possible ballot measure reads like this...

“Shall an ordinance be adopted to prohibit the storage of any RV, trailer, camper or boat in any front or side yard in a residential district except when: 1) parked in a side or rear yard on an approved surface and behind a 6-foot opaque fence; or 2) loading or unloading the vehicle 24 hours before or after a trip; or 3) the vehicle is the sole means of transportation for occupants of the dwelling?”

It is hoped that the issue can be settled without putting it on a ballot, which could cost the city $88,000.

Source: Bethel Island Press
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The Home Hero fire extinguisher


Is there such a thing as a sleek, stylish fire extinguisher that you would be proud to display in your home or RV? Well, there is now. Gone are the days of only having bright red, big and bulky fire extinguishers tucked away under the sink or in closets, thanks to the new innovative HomeHero Fire Extinguisher from The Home Depot.

As part of the company's effort to have best in class products for every category, The Home Depot is currently unveiling the new HomeHero Fire Extinguisher, an innovative new product that combines superior function and state-of-the-art technology with clean, stylish design giving consumers peace of mind within easy reach.


Fires kill more Americans each year than all natural disasters combined, but yet only 42% of homes have fire extinguishers. To help promote home safety, the HomeHero Fire Extinguisher is designed to complement the d├ęcor of any room in the home so that homeowners will be more inclined to keep their fire extinguisher on the kitchen counter so that it is easily accessible in the event of a fire.

Source: Home Hero
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Friday

2008 Airstream Safari Sport


The Airstream site now features details on the 2008 models, including the Safari Sport.

According to Airstream...

Safari Sport is an exciting new addition to the popular Safari family, available in two easy-to-handle lengths — a 22' and a 17'. The Safari Sport has been configured from the ground up to be easy to use. Safari Sport offers a truly lightweight and premium compact travel trailer experience — the perfect first Airstream for those new to Airstreaming, and an excellent choice for those new to the RV lifestyle altogether.

The aerodynamically-shaped exterior design lowers wind resistance —requiring less horsepower and approximately 20% less fuel than conventional box trailers. Monocoque construction, ultralight materials, and a low center of gravity make towing the Safari easy.


Hidden inside the Safari's walls, but crucial for traveling comfort, is residential-type 2.5" fiberglass batten insulation, which keeps the interior cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and quiet all year around. All Airstreams are completely insulated, including the floor and holding tanks. Several different interior decor options are available.



Source: Airstream
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Strong "loonie" has Canadian RVers heading for Florida


RV driving "snowbirds" are flocking to Florida, seeking refuge from winter weather.

HeraldTribune.com reports more of those RVs arriving in Florida are sporting the Canadian flag.

The Canadian Dollar (nickednamed the "Loonie") has increased in value, giving RVers from up north more for their money.

Florida RV parks are seeing a boom from their Canadian vistors, who are staying longer and spending more money thanks to their new purchasing power.

Source: HeraldTribune.com
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Thursday

The T@B group introduces the T@DA



While the stylish T@B teardrop trailer is very popular, some RVers wish they came with a little more room and a few more features.

The T@B group has recently announced the next generation in the T@B world. It is called T@DA. The T@DA features the unique style of the T@B, with Alufiber exterior skin color and your choice of exterior trim colors.


The T@DA also features a kitchen area with a SMEV Sink & LP stove top combination and wet bath equipped with integrated toilet and prepped for an optional shower.

Other features include a powder coated European-style light weight frame, two wheel electric brakes (requires a vehicle mounted brake control), an oversized bed, and a Norcold 12V compressor refrigerator.


Source: T@DA RV
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Friday

Born Free Motorcoach Guardian Toy Hauler


Here are images of the Born Free Motorcoach Guardian Toy Hauler.
Models are available with gasoline or diesel engines, and are available in sizes up to 32’. Trailer models are also available for the enthusiast who prefers a high quality built-to-last pull trailer.


Chassis Standard Equipment includes 8.1L Gas Engine, C5500 Chassis, 19,500 GVWR, and Electronic 4-Speed Allison Automatic Transmission.

Coach standard equipment includes On-Board Link Air Suspension System, Tow Package (Includes Hitch and Plug), Molded Fiberglass Body Including Fiberglass Floor w/ Wooden Core, Lifetime Fiberglass Limited Warranty Against Corrosion or Hail Perforation.


Source: Born Free Motorcoach
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Campers enjoy the Hamptons for cheap


The Hamptons, towns of Southampton and East Hampton on the South Fork, Suffolk County, New York on the east end of Long Island, are famous for pricey real estate and vacationing celebrities.

The New York Times reports that the Hamptons also boast "the finest campgrounds in the Northeast, like Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton and Hither Hills State Park in Montauk."

Parks like Cedar Point and Hither Hills offer vacations in the Hamptons for modest camping fees, far cheaper than vacation cottages that can cost thousands.

Camping may not feature the pampering of an expensive resort, but Hamptons campers do bring their high-end camping gear to get the most out of outdoor life.

Source: The New York Times
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Wednesday

Coachmen Spirit of America trailers


Coachmen's web site features details on their Spirit of America trailers.
According to Coachmen, Spirit of America Lite and the Spirit of America Lite SE trailers feature loads of storage space and standard equipment, but weight under 4,000 lbs. The Spirit of America SE is easily to towed, and its 19 ft. or 23 ft. lengths make it very easy to maneuver. Between 4,000 and 5,000 lbs., the Spirit of America Lite is still easy to tow, but the 25 ft. to 30 ft. lengths give you more living space and more storage opportunities. Both feature linoleum flooring throughout. The Spirit of America Superslide is a full size travel trailer with all of the amenities: slideouts, carpeted bedroom and living areas, large refrigerator, flush floor main slideout, exterior storage bays with up to 157 cubic feet capacity, and a fully equipped galley.
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Monday

NASA's concept for "Moon RV" boldly goes where no RV has gone before


Image source: NASA When astronauts return to the moon, a spacebound version of an RV will allow them to explore the lunar surface in comfort. This concept for a new lunar rover was revealed by NASA at the Space 2007 conference in Long Beach, California. While first lunar rovers were open to space, requiring the driver to wear a spacesuit. The new lunar rover is a rolling habitat for astronauts, climate controlled and loaded with features...like any good RV should. The two spacesuits on the side are connected to the rover. Astronauts can climb into the suits to examine rocks and features on the surface, then climb out without the hassle of having to unpressurize the rover. This lunar RV is just a concept for now. The real version could look much different. No word if there will be new laws on the moon to restrict rover parking in front of lunar bases. Souce: Wired Blogs, Space.com, and NASA
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2008 Tiffin Motorhomes to be on display at Branson Classic Collector Car Auction


RV Trade Digest reports that three Tiffin Motorhomes will be on display at the Branson Classic Collector Car Auction October 19-20. 300 antique, classic, vintage, muscle, sports and other collectible vehicles are scheduled to be auctioned.
Tiffin will have three high-end diesel pushers,two 2008 Allegro Buses and a Phaeton, on display. The Tiffin Motorhomes website features images and details on the 2008 Tiffin models.
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Saturday

Wal-Mart parking lots attract their own RV community


Of all the places to take your RV on vacation, a Wal-Mart parking lot is an unlikely choice.

According to the Couleenews.com, the asphalt spaces of Wal-Mart stores are sought out by many RVers for their price (free) and their convenience.

Parking lots lacks activities for the kids and natural beauty of national parks, but RVers who use them feel they are part of a community of fellow campers. They observe an etiquette of keeping the lots clean and respecting their neighbors and shoppers.

Source: Coulee News
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Friday

The dirty (but profitable) job of cleaning out RV holding tanks


Cleaning out the holding tanks of RVs: it's a yucky job, but someone has to do it. It's also a booming business for Dan Hylle, who runs All Pro Water-Flow Central Florida. FloridaToday.com features a profile of Hylle's business and advice for keeping your RV holding tank working properly. There's also valuable information if are a newbie RVer who doesn't know the difference between grey water and black water tanks.
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Thursday

Funding challenges could change no frills camping at Mount Hood and other parks


Not all RVers share the same idea of the ideal camping vacation. While some RVers demand WiFi, showers facilities, and other amenities, other campers just want a place to park and a low price. OregonLive.com features a story on the challenge facing the U.S. Forest Service and the idea of providing simple camping. Funding is drying up for more modest parks, like The Mount Hood National Forest's White River Station, where ten dollars provides great views, a place for picnic, and not much else. Such parks may have to see changes to generate revenue or face closure. Some RVers like the simple nature of such campgrounds, while other prefer parks that offer electrical hookups and other luxuries. Is there still room for the simple campground in the age of the http://www.oregonlive.com/news/oregonian/index.ssf?/base/news/1190258728155510.xml&coll=7
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New York RV retailer mixes fun with business


Can singing karaoke help motivate members of a sales team to sell more RVs? At Alpin Haus, a recreation retailer in Amsterdam, New York, employees late for company meetings better be ready to grab the microphone.

TimesUnion.com features a profile of the unusual management style of Andy Heck, who traded working as an accountant at Ernst and Young to enter the family business of selling RVs, snowmobiles, and other recreational equipment.

Heck has his own way of motivating his staff, from custom football jerseys to company-wide meetings involving all employees.

Mixing fun with the serious business of RV sales seems to be paying off. According to TimesUnion.com...

The son of company founder Albert "Bud" Heck has been instrumental in building the business from one very large showroom on Route 30 to four showrooms around the region. In the 15 years he has been at the company, annual sales have increased from $20 million to $80 million, about 85 percent of which is from RV sales.
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Winnebago introduces the Navion iQ for 2008



RV Trade Digest reports on Winnebago's introduction of the Navion iQ 39th Pennsylvania RV and Camping show in Hershey, Pennsylvania.


According to Winnebago, The 2008 Navion iQ is unlike anything on the market today. The 24-foot Class C motor home is built on a 11,030-lb. GVWR Dodge Sprinter chassis with a Mercedes Benz 3.0L turbo diesel engine.

The 24CL floorplan features full body paint and an aerodynamic front end. A front skylight provides abundant natural lighting that can be controlled with a built in shade.

The Winnebago homepage features more profiles of new models, including the 2008 Destination pictured below.


The Class A Winnebago Destination offers the option of a gas pusher or diesel pusher chassis. According to Winnebago, it is first coach to take full advantage of the all-new Workhorse UFO™ chassis. You can choose from two different floor plans as well.

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X-Lite by Cougar demand jumps as buyers seek lighter RVs



Keystone RV Company reports that concern over rising fuel prices have boosted sales of the X-Lite by Cougar travel trailer.

According to Keystone RV company...

X-Lite retail sales for the first six months of 2007 continue to set record numbers and outpace the market, according to Cougar product manager Chris Hermon. With the rapid growth in orders, production rates for the X-Lite are scheduled to increase significantly by the end of the year.

The X-Lite offers not only improved towability but all the great looks and features consumers have come to expect in the Cougar product line, says Hermon. “We didn’t take our number one selling Cougar product and sacrifice anything. Instead we broke new ground and leveraged what we know about value, features and floorplans. The X-Lite has a high end look and high end sizzle all packaged in a quality product that can be towed with today’s lighter tow vehicles. This is what the consumer is looking for today.”


Two more X-Lite travel trailer floorplans will be introduced later this year as well as the first X-Lite fifth wheel model.

Continues Hermon, “By expanding the hot-selling X-Lite line we are giving consumers exactly what they are asking for. X-Lite represents the principal upon which the Cougar product line was established—high value, lighterweight trailers that are easily towed.”

You can read more at the official X-lite site.
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Wednesday

Schedule some free time in your RV vacation


Driving an RV can be uplifting as you see the landscape roll by the windows. It also can be a frustrating one if you don't make the time for stops to see towns and sights zipping past on the highway.

The Full Time RVer blog features a story about driving an RV with appointments and deadlines looming, with little time to stop and rest.

Sometimes you are in rush to get to a destination or meet a schedule, even on a vacation, and it can't be helped. Leaving enough time for unscheduled stops and some quiet time has its rewards.
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Tuesday

Know how tall your RV is and other RV safety tips


How tall is your RV? Did you remember to factor in the height of the air conditioning unit?

It might seem like a trival item to remember, but if you come across low overpass or tunnel a few inches or feet could mean the difference between saving or ruining your vacation.

Netscape.com offers a guide of simple tips to know when planning your RV vacation, ranging from knowing how much weight your RV can handle in cargo and people to checking your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Do you have a simple tip that can protect your RV? Leave a comment and tell us. We are always looking for good advice from RV veterans.
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Monday

Working from the road and your RV


The last thing many RVers want to do on a trip is something related to work, but some RVers find their camper is the perfect place for getting things done. With greater availblity Wi-Fi hotspots and web-based office software, your office can be anywhere now. That is a blessing or a curse depending on your point of view. The Digital RV blog features an entry on "portable professionals" and an RVers experience with working on the road. He describes what tech gear he packs for road trips and what tasks he handles from his laptop computer. There is also a link to a recent CNN article about Business in a Backpack, about another mobile worker.
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Sunday

A simple solution to keeping your RV cool


Sometimes it is hot enough to make you uncomfortable in your RV, but not really hot enough to justify running the air conditioning unit and sucking up all that power.

If you use your RV in an arid climate, the Boondocking RV blog offers a simple solution to keeping cool using a simple damp towel and your RV vent fan.
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Saturday

North Carolina RV park is haven for travelers who need special care


RV parks are famous for the sense of community among vacationers, like "Winter Texans" who travel miles every year to a favorite spot.

The Durham News reports on the Birchwood RV Park. Many visitors to Birchwood are on vacation and having a relaxing stay. Other residents are staying for more serious reasons.

Cancer patients travel for miles to North Carolina for treatment at Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill. The stress of illness can be compounded by finding an affordable place to stay.

The Birchwood RV park is close to the hospitals and offers reduced rates for long stays. The RV park's peaceful surroundings and friendly residents are a welcome relief for the patients and their families.
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Friday

California RV owners could avoid taxes again


California residents who bought RVs or yachts were able to avoid paying taxes on their purchases, if they kept their vehicles out of state for 90 days.

That loophole was closed in 2004 by California lawmakers. The LA Times reports that the law might change to bring back the exemption.

This controversial proposal could be a welcome break for RV owners and dealers. Others feel that RV owners should pay up like everyone else.
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Thursday

New RV Trader Online site ready for beta testing


RV Trader Online will soon be launching an updated site with new features to make finding that perfect RV easier. Our new design offers an improved interface and You can try out the new RV Trader Online site at http://beta.rvtraderonline.com.
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Wednesday

RVers are no longer "roughing it" when traveling


RVers want to experience the great outdoors when traveling, but without the hassle of "roughing it" in the wild.

The Northwestern.com features a story on the Apple Creek Campground and the services RVers are demanding when camping.

According to the story, RVers want parks that feature electricity and amenities. RV parks are catering to the needs of their visitors, offering rec rooms, laundry services, and landscaping to make parks more attractive.

RVers are returning the favor, choosing RV parks as alternatives to hotels.
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Thursday

Watch out for Carbon monoxide in your RV


http://rvtravel.com/blog/lowtech/2007/07/dont-become-carbon-monoxide-victim.html Nearly 200 people die every year from Carbon monoxide poisoning, with over 10,000 case ending up in the hospital. The Low-Tech RVing blog features advice on how to protect yourself from the odorless and colorless gas of Carbon Monoxide, along with a list of symptoms to watch out for. CO gas can come from malfunctioning heaters or ovens in your RV. While all new RV come equipped with CO detectors, they need to be replaced every five years.
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Monday

Big and small RVs rally in Bend, Oregon


The Bulletin in Bend, Oregon, reports on an RV rally at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center that attracted a wide variety of recreational vehicles.

RVers at the rally described the new features available on newer RVs, like flat-screen TVs, bringing the comforts of home on the road.

One RV attracting attention at the Rally was Country Coach’s Prevost, which comes equipped leather interiors and tile floors. The Prevost also comes with a luxurious price: $1.5 Million.
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Sunday

New material could replace wood in new RVs


http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/business/s_518189.html PittsburghLive.com features a story on a lightweight thermoplastic composite material that could soon be used in RV construction. The new material, called Versitex, is made by U.S. Liner Inc. Versitex could be used instead of wood in RV construction due to its light weight and durability. Made from woven glass fibers and plastic, Versitex is lighter than wood, which will go a long way to making newer RVs more fuel efficient.
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Wednesday

Shiny new teardrop trailer brings back memories


BornRich.org features an entry about the Sundance Teardrop RV, a shiny teardrop trailer that brings back memories of the early days of RVing. The Sundance features a polished aluminum exterior that gleams mirror-bright, an all-maple hatchback galley (with a Formica counter...of course) and sleeping room for two. While the style is old fashioned, the price tag is not. The Sundance will set you back about $24,000.
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Monday

Your RV needs more than car insurance


KomoTV.com features a story and audio on the importance of having RV insurance.

A recreational vehicle needs different insurance than a car. RVs are more than just transportation, many come equipped with the same luxuries and appliances as a home.

RVers also need coverage for events like accidents and injuries.

Have more questions about RV insurance? You can learn more on the RV Trader Online resources page.
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Friday

One family's RV road adventure in Utah


The Fortune Small Business site on CNN.com features the story of a family trip across Utah.

Taking a break from the stress of their busy lives, writer Eilene Zimmerman and her family rented an RV and left behind the cell phone and TV for 5 days of travel.

The article describes how the family planned their trip and the destinations they visited in Utah, including Snow Canyon and Zion National Park.
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Thursday

Airstream collaborates with Design Within Reach to create stylish trailer


Here are photos of an Airstream trailer designed in collaboration with Design Within Reach.

According to the Airstream website, Design Within Reach (or DWR) provides "easy access to well-designed modern furnishings and accessories traditionally found only in designer showrooms."

Airstream's fact sheet highlights features of the DWR trailer.

The aluminum exterior of the Airstream DWR travel trailer is instantly distinguished by its front and rear panoramic windows, stainless steel streamline moon wheel discs, signature DWR red accents, and matching custom full-length fabric awning.

The hand-crafted Airstream shell is bright and airy inside – with a fully exposed aluminum interior skin, front and rear panoramic windows, and recessed halogen ceiling lights.

The exposed aluminum Airstream interior sidewall displays a Nelson Ball Clock to great effect. This design is a modern classic – having been created back in 1947 by George Nelson, one of the founding fathers of American modernism.


You can learn more about the DWR trailer at the Airstream site.
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Tuesday

Insurance company warns of common RV owner mistakes


Getting behind the wheel of a new RV is a dream come true. Some RVers are so excited to get on the road that they forget simple safety rules.

Before you fire up the engine of that new camper, you might want to read an article on TheStatesman.com on the common mistakes of RV owners.

Progressive Insurance researched the most common errors of RV owners. The mistakes range from the silly (driving out of a campsite missing a passenger) to the expensive and potentially dangerous (miscalculating overhead or side distance.)
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Monday

Traveling to 49 states by RV


The Columbus Dispatch features a profile of Joseph and Betty Knoch, who have been on the road in their RV since 2001.

The couple's journey has taken them to 49 states, even driving to Alaska.

They originally ran a small business from the RV. They eventually retired and full time travel now takes up their time.
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Wednesday

RV travel brings together military veterans for rally


The Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas, reports that retired military veterans are gathering at the Kansas State Fairgrounds for the 2007 SMART National Muster RV rally.

SMART stands for Smart Special Military Active Retired Travel Club, Inc.

Veterans from different branches of the military enjoy the event as a way to meet other vets who are also RVers.
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Monday

Checking the age and wear of your RV tires


Have you checked your RV tires lately? Do you know when the was the last time you had them replaced? How much millage can you safely get out of RV tires?

The Low Tech RVing Blog features an entry on checking your RV tires and watching out for wear.

Your RV tires feature ways to check when they were manufactured. Heat and UV rays can age your tires, so check them regularly.
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Saturday

Conference brings together RVers in Kentucky


The Bowling Green Daily News reports on the RV Life on Wheels Conference in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

The RVers gathering for the conference range from experienced full-timers to those just starting out.

Like the RVers who attend, the conference is on the move and headed for Arizona, Idaho, Pennsylvania and Iowa.
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Friday

New rules for RV parking on San Diego's Shelter Island


SignOnSanDiego.com features a story on the controversy over RV parking on Shelter Island.

RVers like free parking near the water during the day, parking their RVs elsewhere for the night, then coming back the next day.

Local businesses have complained that the RVs are taking away spaces from customers and that the RVers are staying too long.

Now the local Harbor Police are enforcing new rules on where RVs can park and how long they can stay, which has some RVers wondering if the new rules are about business or just resentment over RV travelers who enjoy the area without paying rent.
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Tuesday

Drive-In movies at The Hi-Way Haven RV Park


This is an overhead view of the Hi-Way Haven RV Park, located in Sutherlin, Oregon and featuring an on-site drive-in movie screen.


The screen dates back to when the site was the Cloverleaf Drive-In, which was converted into an RV park in 1986. Movies returned the to the screen in 2006 when investor Jim Remley bought the park and installed a digital projector.

Read more about the Hi-Way Haven RV Park at www.hiwayhaven.com
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Thursday

RV travelers find ways to cope with gas prices


Gas prices are tough on RV owners, but RVers are learning to save money to keep their RVs fueled up.

MyrtleBeachOnline.com features a story on how some RVers cope with high prices at the pump.

Cost-cutting methods range from fewer restaurants meals bought while traveling to working overtime for extra gas money. One RVing family bought a small car to tow behind their camper, used for trips away from the campsite.

The pinch of gas prices is not enough to make RVers quit traveling. The article quotes a statistic from the RVAA stating that 90 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs as often or more frequently despite fuel costs.

Has the high price of gas cut back on your RV travel? Do you have ways you save on fuel? Leave a comment and tell us your story.
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Friday

Winter Texans start returning home


The Browsville Herald features a story on the departure of Winter Texans from an RV park.

Winter Texans are RVers from all over the US and Canada who flock to Texas as their refuge from frigid winter temperatures. Many Texas RV parks cater to Winter Texans by offering activities and meals.

As weather warms up, the Winter Texans return home...till next year.

Are you a Winter Texan? Do you have a favorite RV park in Texas where you wait out the winter? Leave a comment and tell us your story.
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Thursday

RV park near Disneyland to re-open by May


While a controversy over a new development project are settled, an RV park near Disneyland in Anaheim, California, will re-open.

According to The Orange Country Register, the Travelers World RV park originally closed to make way for new homes to be built.

While delays over approvals are holding up the project, the RV Park will open again in May.
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Wednesday

Camping by the beach in California


The Orange County Register features a story on camping at Doheny State Beach between Dana Point Harbor and San Clemente, California.

The 122-space campground was built back during the depression, by the California Conservation Corps.

The story reports that 150,000 campers visit the park each year, drawn by seaside views and peaceful settings.

Have you taken your RV to a beachside campground? Do you have a favorite? Leave a comment and tell us your story.
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Monday

What celebrities say about RV travel


While being famous often means the perks of private limos and jets, some celebrities love to travel in an RV when they get a chance.

The site for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association features a section with celebrity quotes about RV travel.

The quotes range from NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, to actor Matthew McConaughey, to U.S. Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama.

You don't have to be famous to share your love of RVing. Leave a comment below and tell us why you travel in an RV.
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Sunday

The Martinsville Speedway creates a community of camping race fans


RVers love to travel for more than sightseeing or relaxation, they love the sense of community that is found with other travelers.

The Martinsville Bulletin features a story on campers and RVers at the Martinsville Speedway campground.

While NASCAR races draw huge crowds at the big speedways like Daytona, the Martinsville Speedway holds a special place for camping race fans for its quaint charm.
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Saturday

How To Become An RVing Snow Bird


By Jane Kenny RV Lifestyle Specialist

A recreational vehicle is perfect for retired snow birds who want to live in their established home during spring and summer and move to a warmer climate during the winter months, or visa versa. More often than not, the trips back and forth are planned for a slow relaxing drive, generally not the most direct route, but rather one with inviting and interesting stops along the way.

Popular seasonal destinations for RVing snow birds looking for a place to roost are Florida, Texas, Arizona and California. In Florida, snow birds are all over the central and southern parts of the state. In Texas, they head for the Rio Grand Valley region and in Arizona, it’s the Valley of the Sun – Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa area. The population in Mesa alone swells by more than 200,000 during the winter season. Flocks of snow birds are also migrating to the southern Arizona towns of Tucson, Casa Grade and Yuma. In California, RVing snow birds generally land in Imperial, Riverside and San Diego Counties.

When snow birds migrate to the alternate seasonal home base, they drive there in the RV, set it up and reside in it for the six months or whatever part of the year they will be there.

RVing snow birds congregate in RV Parks featuring activities designed specifically for the 55 and over crowd. Golf, tennis, horseshoes, shuffleboard, bocce ball, billiards and bicycling are among the recreational activities. Many age-qualified parks can be classified as upscale resorts with amenities such as a pool, spa, fitness center, restaurants, lounge, hair salon, bingo and live shows. They also feature entertainment, special events, dancing and meeting rooms for clubs of varying interests such as computers, book club, arts and crafts, a community orchestra and more. Snow birds can rent or own their sites at these parks.

About the author: Jane Kenny’s second book, RV RETIREMENT, How To Travel Part-Time or Full-Time In A Recreational Vehicle, is available from Roundabout Publications at www.TravelBooksUSA.com (1-800-455-2207) or at Amazon.com.
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Friday

RVers enjoy the comforts of home when traveling


According to the Chicago Tribune, more travelers are making their RVs feel like home, with flat screen TVs, family photographs on the wall, and kitchens almost identical their counterparts in a suburban home.
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Thursday

Fleetwood RVs celebrate 20 years on The Price is Right


For over twenty years, Fleetwood RVs have been featured as prizes on the CBS game show The Price is Right.

The Auto Channel reports on Fleetwood Industries marking the occasion.
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Wednesday

RV ordinance under review in Antioch, California


The Contra Costa Times reports that an ordinance that restricted the parking of RVs and boats is under review by the city council.
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Tuesday

Coachmen to introduce RVs that use solar and biodiesel power


The Environmental Leader reports on efforts by RV manufacturers to make RVs more environmentally friendly.
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Monday

RV industry optimistic about future sales


How much impact are gas prices having on RV sales? According a story on Sun Herald.com, gas prices are having little effect on dedicated RV owners. The RVIA expects a modest decrease in sales, but expects 2007 to be the fourth best in the past 30 years.

Many RVers feel the flexibility and comfort of RV travel far outweighs any pinch they feel at they fuel pump. To offset the impact of fuel costs, RV travelers are traveling to destinations closer to home and staying longer in parks.

While retirees are still the bulk of RV buyers, younger buyers in their 30s are showing interest RVing and expanding the market for RV dealers and maunfacturers.

What do you think? Have fuel costs changed your RV plans? Do you plan to buy a new RV in the future? Tell us your story and leave a comment.
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Tuesday

Get Ready, Here Come The Boomers! How RV retirees will change the face of camping - Part 2


By Jane Kenny - RV Lifestyle Specialist

Read Part 1
Today’s RV retirees won’t be low-budget type campers tooling on down the road in a little motor home with wiggling plastic hula girls on the dashboard. No longer are they the older folks perched in vehicles high above the road. Nowadays they are yuppies, former flower children with well-funded 401K’s, traveling comfortably in their high-end, modern “big rig” motor homes with price tags to match.

With new, roomy RVs on the market – this mode of travel is an attractive option, not only for retirees who have had some experience with camping, but for those who never camped before. Motor homes and fifth-wheel trailers have evolved to vehicles with double, triple and even quadruple slideouts. Many of these new RVs are aptly named COWs – condos on wheels. It can easily be said, “This is not your father’s camper.”

The price tag on a new RV is not the same as the price of your father’s tent or pop-up, either. However, Baby Boomers bring to their retirement years an unmatched level of financial independence. Consequently many can afford RVs that price out well into six figures. Many Baby Boomers who never thought they’d own a gas-guzzling motor home are considering the purchase in order to fulfill their dream of traveling the country.

Retirees who want to travel extensively are attracted to RVs because:
  • Schlepping suitcases in and out of hotels is a thing of the past. Their clothes are with them, neatly hanging in closets or folded neatly in drawers, in their home on wheels.
  • They don’t have to deal with the hassles of air travel, namely passenger screening, changing planes and being at the mercy of tight schedules and weather delays.
  • RVers can set their own schedule…travel when they feel like it and stay wherever they want for as long as they want.
  • They sleep in their own bed and have their favorite pillows. They are sure the bathroom is clean. They have a kitchen and enjoy home-cooked meals on board.
  • The “dream vacation of a lifetime,” one that lasts many months, even years, is affordable and achievable in an RV.
Current market research data show that RVs are increasingly viewed as status symbols. Large motor homes and fifth-wheel trailers are in vogue these days after being out of fashion for most of the 1980’s and 90’s. Boomers show a penchant for retiring earlier, traveling more and doing both in style.

A growing number of high income people prefer to spend their leisure time in high end coaches. While it’s true that they may spend a night or two en route in a campground, their final destination is always an ambiance RV resort in popular vacations spots such as Palm Springs, Hilton Head or Naples. Golf and gaming destination resorts are becoming as popular fishing destinations for RVers. Casino resorts throughout the country are scrambling to add RV Parks to meet the demand. Many newer RV Parks are quick to identify themselves as “ambiance resorts.”

Boomers who can afford to pay for it will demand luxury in their home on wheels as well as at their destination resorts.

About the author: Jane Kenny’s second book, RV RETIREMENT, How To Travel Part-Time or Full-Time In A Recreational Vehicle, is available from Roundabout Publications at www.TravelBooksUSA.com (1-800-455-2207) or at Amazon.com.
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Monday

Get Ready, Here Come The Boomers! How RV retirees will change the face of camping - Part 1


By Jane Kenny - RV Lifestyle Specialist

By the year 2010 one-third of the population in the U.S. will be over the age of 50. That means the Baby Boomers – all 76 million of them – will be retired or on the brink of retirement. Retirees in the 21st century are healthier and will live longer than their parents and grandparents did. During their retirement years, Baby Boomers want to be active, enjoy life and fulfill dreams. For many (if not most) traveling is a big part of the retirement dream.

Despite high gasoline prices and low miles-per-gallon, retirees are still heading out to the open road in recreational vehicles. Why?
  • They want to fulfill a dream of a lifetime – traveling and seeing the county during retirement.
  • The overall cost of traveling in an RV is not as expensive as other modes of travel.
Recent surveys indicate that Boomers will revolutionize society’s concept of retirement. Baby Boomers are largely ignoring the traditional model of a sedentary retirement. They opt for an active retirement lifestyle and expect to make time for travel…lots of travel!

Retirement on the open road? Many Boomers consider this to be an idea whose time has come. All over the nation retirees will be heading out in a new wave of RVs. And this will change the public perception of “camping.”

Camping holds a special appeal for Baby Boomers. They were the hippies of the 60’s in the beat-up old VW bus with the peace symbol on it. They were the ones who camped out in tents or under the stars, the environmentalists who wanted to get back to nature. By heading out to the open road, they come full circle to the free-wheeling days of their youth. But they are somewhat older – and richer – now. These days, their campers aren’t tents or VW buses. True, they want to get back to nature, but with more creature comforts. Enter the “big rig,” the 21st century Boomer version of the camper.

To be continued...

About the author: Jane Kenny’s second book, RV RETIREMENT, How To Travel Part-Time or Full-Time In A Recreational Vehicle, is available from Roundabout Publications at www.TravelBooksUSA.com (1-800-455-2207) or at Amazon.com.
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