Jan 31, 2007

Ford and Airstream show of futuristic RV prototype

The Dayton Business Journal reports on a prototype vehicle produced by Airstream and Ford Motor Corporation, offering a glimpse into what the sleek RVs of the future might look like.

Unlike current hybrid cars which run off of an electric or gas power, the RV prototype would be driven by a hydrogen and electric fuel cell.

There is no word if the prototype vehicle will be mass produced, but the sleek design was an attention-getter at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Ford is carefully paying attention to the reaction of consumers.
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Jan 29, 2007

Gas prices not hurting RV sales

The Northwest Mississippi Daily Journal features a story on the 23rd annual Mississippi Boat, Camper and RV Sale. According to the article, sales of RVs have been brisk despite concerns over fuel costs.

RV buyers who are concerned about fuel costs might be buying smaller campers, but are still determined to hit the road. Rebates and financing by dealers are also helping sales.

According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, more RVs were shipped in the first nine months of 2006 than any year since 1974, an increase of 8% in 2006 over the first nine months of the previous year.
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Jan 27, 2007

Protect your RV from water leaks and damage

Your RV needs regular checkup for water leaks. Leaks can cause costly damage to your RV before you discover them.

RVTravel.com features a useful article with tips and a checklist to protect your RV from water damage.

The articles recommends that you check your RV for leaks twice a year, during the fall and spring. Every place where there is a sealant or an opening in your RV has to be checked throughly.
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Jan 26, 2007

Winter Texans keep RV parks busy

Winter Texans are RVers who come to the Lone Star State seeking warmer weather, some traveling from as far away as Canada. They start arriving in October, sometimes staying as long as March.

The Daily Times in Kerrville, Texas, features a story about a local RV park that entertains Winter Texans, who give the parks much welcome business during the quieter winter months.

Are you a Winter Texan? How far will you be driving to get to Texas? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.
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Jan 25, 2007

Colorado town may restrict RV parking in Wal-Mart lots

RVers nationwide use Wal-Mart's parking lots for handy overnight camping. After loading up on supplies, tired RVers can camp free of charge for the night.

According to Gazette.com in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the town of Monument may restrict overnight camping in retail store parking lots.

Some members of Monument's board of trustees say that RVs clustered in parking lot are an eyesore. The new rules would not ban RV parking outright, but would restrict RVs to designated areas.

Defenders of RV retail parking counter that there are not enough RV campgrounds in the area and that there have been few, if any, complaints.

Do you use Wal-Mart's lots for overnight RV parking? What do you think of the board's criticism? What do you think is the fair solution? Leave a comment below and tell your story.
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Jan 24, 2007

Super Bowl fans give RV rentals a boost

Super Bowl Sunday is giving a boost to RV rentals during the usually sluggish the winter months.

NWI.com reports Bears and Colts fans are renting RVs as the countdown to game time heats up. With most airline flights already booked solid, RV rental companies are reporting that their business is soaring like a field goal kick.

Football fans are choosing RV rentals as an alternative to pricey air fare and hotel costs, especially as Miami and Fort Lauderdale are packed with travelers.

Are you heading off to the Super Bowl in an RV? Did you have to scramble to find a rental? Tell us your story and leave a comment below.
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Jan 23, 2007

Installing HDTV in your RV

While HDTV is all about sharp video images for home theaters, some buyers find HDTV jargon as distorted and fuzzy as a TV channel picked up by broken rabbit-ear antennas. What exactly is the difference between HDMI and 1080i?

Setting up an HDTV home theater is more than just buying the equipment. You need to know what cables to use, how bright a video projector you RV cabin needs for a decent picture, and how to get the best price.

The Full Time RVer Blog has features an entry on HDTV installation in an RV, where an RV owner shares his own experience with setting up a home theater.

Do you have an HDTV setup in your RV? Do you have any advice for other RV owners? Leave a comment below and share your story.
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Jan 22, 2007

Keep squirrels and rodents out of your RV

If your RV is parked during the winter months, creatures like mice and squirrels might use your mobile home as their own vacation hideaway.

While your RV might look secure, rodents can find or chew their way into the cabin and cause damage.

The Smoky Mountain Sentinel offers tips on how to protect your RV from pesky critters.

You can easily protect your RV by making sure openings in the body or plumbing are sealed, keeping furry freeloaders from getting inside. Various natural products can drive away rodents without harmful or smelly chemicals.

Do you have any advice on how to keep your RV rodent free? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.
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Jan 21, 2007

Learn to drive a large RV safely

Big RVs offer roomy interiors and the comfort of home on the road. While a big RV can be luxurious, they can be challenge for drivers not accustomed to such large vehicles.

A story on RVTravel.com features advice to RV owners getting behind the wheel of a big RV.

The article advises if you are nervous about driving a large RV, start slowly. Practice driving in a roomy parking lot to get the feel of large vehicle. Learning how to apply the brakes gently is a crucial skill. Large RVs need more room to stop.

Were you once a nervous driver behind the wheel of a big new RV? Do you have your own advice for new RV owners? Leave a message and tell us your story.
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Jan 20, 2007

Michigan RV show attracts record number of visitors

According to a story in the Lansing State Journal, an RV Show at Michigan State University attracted a record number of visitors. 2,500 people attended the show on the opening day.

One notable quote in the story comes from Kevin Broom, director of media relations for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, who says in 2005, 7.9 million households owned an RV.
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Jan 19, 2007

Take a look at the Airstream Bambi

Inhabitant.com features a profile of the Airstream Bambi, including pictures of the stylish interior. The Bambi is the smallest trailer offered by Airstream, but still features plenty of features and comfort.

The sleek design of the Bambi appeals to RVers of all ages. If you are a long-time RVer or looking for your first RV, the Bambi easily fits your needs.

Looking for an Airstream Bambi for yourself? Check out the selection on RV Trader Online.com

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Jan 18, 2007

RVs appeal to a younger audience and comfort-seeking travelers

The Saint Petersburg Times features as story about a recent RV show and trends in the RV industry.

Younger RVers are a growing share of RV sales. With more smaller and budget-friendly models available, young RV owners have more options.

Another part of the RV audience are travelers weary with airport hassles. The flexibility of RV travel has broadened the appeal.
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Jan 17, 2007

Visit RV Trader Online at the Florida RV Supershow

RV Trader Online will be attending the Florida RV Supershow in Tampa.

Here are the details.

Event: Florida RV Supershow

Place: Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida

Date: Jan 17-21, 2007

Official Site: http://www.frvta.org/supershow.asp

Stop by and see us!
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Jan 16, 2007

Fleetwood founder John Crean remembered

The Press Enterprise of Southern California features a profile of Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. founder John Crean, who died last week at the age of 81.

John Crean founded Fleetwood in 1950, building the company into a leader in the RV and mobile home industry.

According to the article, Crean was a hands-on manager who made sure Fleetwood RVs were built with quality.

In 1987, when an RV prototype did not meet with Crean's expectations, he went to the factory and personally finished the job. Crean and his wife later took the RV out for testing on a road trip.

Crean's son now runs Alfa Leisure, crediting his father for guiding him with sound business principles as he set up his own RV business.
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Jan 12, 2007

RVers can rent GPS units with new service

GPS technology has revolutionized RV travel, giving drivers the ability to focus on the road instead of fumbling with a map.

While GPS technology is easier to use and cheaper than ever, some RVers only need a GPS a for a trip or two a year. The expense of a GPS is not worth having the unit gather dust till the next vacation.

Telematics Journal features a story on Nav-a-Trip, a web-based service that rents GPS units for short term use. Nav-a-Trip users can have a GPS sent to their home or office, use it for their RV trip, then ship it back for a fee lower than buying a unit.
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Jan 9, 2007

TheT@B Microlite Trailer appeals to budget RVers

The latest RV models offer all the comforts of home on four wheels. Step into a new Class A or Class C and you will find more space and features than ever offered before in an RV.

But what if bigger is not better for you? Some RVers want to travel in style, but have more modest standards. RV manufacturers have not forgotten the budget RVer, making new models to suit their needs.

One such model is the T@B Microlite Travel Trailer by Dutchman, profiled on WomanMotorist.com.

The design is that of a "teardrop" trailer, which dates back to the 1930s. While the style and shape might be inspired by the past, the construction and features are 100% modern.

The new teardrop trailers are bigger than their older cousins, yet take up a fraction of the driveway space of a larger fifth wheel trailer. Older teardrop trailers were made of wood. The new Dutchman trailers are made of sturdy AluFiber, a combination of wood and fiberglass.

Think the new T@B Microlite Travel Trailer is for you? Find one today on RV Trader Online.com
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Jan 8, 2007

Working and camping RVers enjoy "Workamping"

The Spokesman Review features a story on Work Camping or "Workamping" as it is sometimes called.

Workamping RVers exchange free RV parking for working a job at or near the campsite. RVers work part-time as groundskeepers, souvenir sellers, or at nearby theme parks.

The work in exchange for RV space and wages lets RVers enjoy national parks and other attractions for longer and cheaper. Other RVers enjoy the work as a way of giving back to the community and to help preserve the parks they love.

Are you a Workamping RVer? Do you have any advice or tips for other RVers who might want to try Workamping? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.
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Jan 5, 2007

NO booze RV park

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Jan 4, 2007

Find the RV of your dreams at an RV show

The Central Kentucky Journal Online features a story on how winter is a great time to visit RV shows.

In the article, the RVIA is quoted on travelers choosing RV vacations for more comfort, less stress, and to stay close to home. With RVs equipped with satellite TV, internet access, and DVD players, an RV vacation is as far from "roughing it" as you can get.

RV shows give customers a chance to compare models and see them up close. With a changing RV market that includes buyers from all walks of life, there is more variety in RV models and styles than ever before.

Are you planning to attend an RV show? What will you be looking for? Leave a comment below and tell us your story.
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Jan 3, 2007

RV timeshare business failure causes legal troubles

What sounded like a great opportunity for leasing RVs has now turned into a criminal case.
The Orlando Sentinel features the story on how a company sold timeshares plans for luxury RVs, then collapsed and left buyers with losses adding up into the millions.

The RV leasing plan was supposed to give investors a chance to rent a large motor-coach style RV and to make some money back. Now 172 buyers say they have lost their money and the two founders of the company face fraud and racketeering charges.

Both executives involved with the business say they had noble intentions and maintain their innocence.
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Jan 2, 2007

Seniors and RV pets

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Jan 1, 2007

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from RV Trader Insider!
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