Dec 29, 2008

Winnebago Introduces The Fuel Efficient 2010 Winnebago Via

Earlier this month, at the 46th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Winnebago introduced the new 2010 Winnebago Via. The 2010 Via was selected as "Best In Show" by RV Business Magazine.

According to Winnebago, the new Via is the first of its kind and the most fuel efficient Class A motor home, estimated at 15+ miles per gallon.

"Winnebago Industries was the first manufacturer to introduce products built on the Dodge Sprinter Class C chassis and now we are the first to bring a Class A motor home built on the Dodge Sprinter chassis to the market," said Winnebago Industries' Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Bob Olson. "The new Via, and its Itasca counterpart, the Reyo, are innovative Class A coaches that combine design, space, efficiency and drivability into one compact 25-foot package. You won't find another motor home like it in the market place, and I'm proud to say Winnebago Industries did it first."

Despite its compact 25-foot length, the Via offers a front slideout room, a private bathroom area, fully equipped galley, and sleeping accommodations that are truly unique. In the rear, twin beds offer a flex bed concept that is easily converted into a queen bed for a larger continuous sleeping space.

Additional sleeping space is also found up front with the new Studio Loft. This new "spare" bed system neatly tucks into the ceiling of the coach when not in use and conveniently pulls down to create a second bedroom area.

The Winnebago Via will be available in the market in summer 2009.

Source: Winnebago
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Dec 22, 2008

CrossRoads RV's Slingshot Trailer Lightest Unit At 46th Annual National RVIA Show

CrossRoads RV has reports that its all new SlingShot travel trailer was the lightest unit displayed at the 46th Annual National RVIA Show, December 4-7, 2008.

"The dealer response was overwhelming By developing a 30' trailer, with a slide-out, weighing less than 3,700 pounds, we have created a new product segment in the industry.  Now smaller six-cylinder SUV's and minivans are legitimate tow vehicles. By accommodating a much larger universe of tow vehicles, the SlingShot has become the best product launch in CrossRoads RV history", states President, Mark Lucas.

The SlingShot units are a full 8' wide, yet still weigh the least per square foot of living area versus any other unit in the industry. This was achieved by utilizing the latest in automotive and aerospace technology. The SlingShot features a total of five floor plans ranging from 19 feet to 30 feet in length, three equipped with a slide-out.

"Customers who already own a smaller tow vehicle have previously been forced to choose between a tent camper, tear drop or smaller floor plan with outside cooking facilities and limited floor space. These same customers can now tow a fully enclosed 26 foot travel trailer with sleeping room for six people. If you own a minivan because you have six people in your family, your travel trailer should accommodate your whole family," states Larry Weaver, National Sales Manager for the SlingShot.

Source: Crossroads RV
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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation Introduces Prototype Hybrid-Electric Class A Chassis

Several RV manufacturers are working on designs for hybrid RVs in an effort to make RVs cleaner and more fuel efficient. While many of these plans are still on the drawing board, some have finally move to the prototype stage.

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation recently introduced a prototype motorhome chassis that offers a glimpse of the greener RVs of the future at the recent National RV Trade Show.

According to Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation  preliminary prototype testing of the innovative ecoFRED™ chassis shows significant improvements in fuel economy compared with traditional gas pullers.

ecoFRED, so named because of its increased fuel economy and ecological/ environmental benefits, has the additional benefits of significantly less brake wear due to regenerative braking, leading to lower replacement costs. It also boasts better acceleration and increased towing capacity, and operates similar to driving an automatic transmission.

ecoFRED, which features a diesel engine coupled with an electric motor/generator and lithium-ion batteries, works in line with the transmission, enabling seamless operation incorporating both electric and diesel power.

The lithium-ion batteries featured on the hybrid system capture and store energy during the regenerative braking phase of the vehicle’s operation. The batteries are constantly charged through the operation of the diesel engine, eliminating the need to plug into an electrical source. Both the diesel engine and the electric motor can provide power to the drivetrain. The sophisticated hybrid supervisory controller selects the most efficient mode of operation – diesel, electric or both – depending upon current operating conditions and driver demand.

Source: Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation
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Dec 10, 2008

The 2009 ERA From Winnebago Features Aerodynamic Design

Winnebago Industries has introduced the new 2009 ERA. According to Winnebago, the 2009 ERA offers interior and exterior refinements in a boldly-styled package that delivers comfort, functionality and performance offered by none other than Winnebago Industries.
Built on an 8,550-lb. GVWR Dodge Sprinter chassis with a fuel-efficient 3L 6-cylinder turbo-diesel Mercedes engine, the ERA features an aerodynamic design with smooth lines and striking full body paint. The exterior is further enhanced with stylized, 16-inch aluminum wheels and full-length running boards.

A 5,000-lb. hitch and optional patio awning are additional highlights of this coach. Entering the ERA is simple. In addition to the front cab doors, on the passenger side, a sliding door opens easily for entry into the coach, while the rear double doors open up to 270 degree for great access to the back of the coach. This also allows you to easily remove the couch to transport larger items.

Up front, the 170XT/XL feature two companion chairs that make for a prime seating area, while the 170RT/RL feature one chair. All models have a moveable pedestal table that can be positioned by the sofa in the rear of the coach or up front. The cab seats swivel to face the companion seats and table to create a perfect seating area for playing games or dining.

The ERA features a Sony AM/FM stereo and CD with a wireless remote and iPod connector. You can also upgrade to include the optional Sirius satellite radio. A 15-inch LCD TV is standard on the 170RL and 170XL, and optional on the 170RT and 170XT.

Source: Winnebago
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Nov 24, 2008

RV Financing Still Available For Qualified Buyers

There has been a steady stream of news stories about tight credit hurting businesses and consumers seeking loans. How difficult is it to get RV financing?

According to a story on, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reports that RV financing is still available to well-qualified buyers.  Buyers who have good credit and a healthy down payment can still get loans.

RV buyers can often get loans through their dealer, provided by RV financing lenders, local banks, credit unions and fiance companies.

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Nov 18, 2008

RVers Adapt To The Economy

RV owners love the RV lifestyle, but just like everyone else, they’re concerned about today’s sagging economy and looking for ways to save money and cut costs.

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s fall/winter survey, RVers are adjusting to the economy by traveling closer to home and staying longer in one place. By having their “homes on wheels” with them, RV owners say they can stretch their dollars by saving on costly airfares, hotels and restaurant meals.

The latest Campfire Canvass fall/winter survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, reveals that 29 percent plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year; 56 percent plan to travel the same amount as last year; and 15 percent plan to travel less than last year.

Sixty-two percent of survey respondents say they’ll travel to destinations closer to home, while 38 percent say they’ll stay longer at the same destination.

One of the biggest reasons why RV travel appeals to families is because of the value that RV vacations offer. Eighty percent of the RV owners surveyed say RV vacations cost less than other types of vacations. The survey shows that 60 percent of RVers plan to take more mini-vacations (1-4 days) this fall/winter compared to last year.

Because RVs have full kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, RV owners can get away at a moment’s notice. And they don’t have to worry about hotel reservations or the hassles of flying such as long security lines and costly baggage fees.With an RV, everything is onboard and ready to go.

According to a new study comparing vacation costs by PKF, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, family RV trips are, on average, 27 to 61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations, even with today’s higher gas prices and factoring in RV ownership costs.

Forty-three percent of the survey respondents said they’ll use their RVs to attend festivals and fairs this fall/winter; 33 percent will use their homes-on-wheels for foliage tours; and 30 percent for antiquing and flea market trips.

Source: RVIA
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Nov 17, 2008

Verdier Solar-Powered Camper Saves Energy And Brings Back Memories Of The Classic VW Van

The classic VW Van is a symbol of low-impact travel and minimal living on the road. Many VWs still roam the highways, still providing the simple life for their devoted owners.

According to, a new camper takes inspiration from the VW Van, but add its own eco-friendly and high-tech twist on the faithful traveler.

According to GreenTechnica, Verdier Solar-Powered Camper gets power from a 170 watt solar system. It also comes with a state of the art sound system, GPS, and other luxuries that you would not have found on a VW back in the 1960s.

The story also reports that the van is not for sale yet, but reservations are being taken for 2009.

Source: GreenTechnica, Inhabitant, and Verdier
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Nov 12, 2008

Green RVers Make Their Vehicles Eco-Friendly

The New York Times profiles RV owners turning their recreational vehicles into eco-friendly vehicles for travel and to promote sustainable living.

According to the New York Times story, these RVers are often do-it-yourselfers who retrofit their vehicles to get more mileage-per-gallon. Biodiesel or vegetable oil is the fuel of choice for stretching their fuel dollar and reducing emissions.

Among the RV owners profiled in the story is Brian Brawdy, who drives his “Wonder Explore Believe” custom Lance Camper that uses solar power, wind, and even captured rainwater.

RV manufacturers are responding to the interest in “green RVing” and studying how to incorporate energy saving features into future RV designs.

One interesting statistic in the story: 18 percent of RVers use solar power.

Here is Brian Brawdy explaining the features of his "off the grid" RV.

Source: The New York Times
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Oct 24, 2008

The 2009 Winnebago Outlook Offers New Floorplan Improvements

The Winnebago homepage features details and images of the 2009 Winnebago Outlook. According to Winnebago the 2009 Outlook offers new features on each of its floorplans, with improvements to the popular 31C and 29B i model. In 2009 31C is modified to include a bed slide in the rear and a large wardrobe and chest of drawers.

These modifications complement the other highlights of the 31C floorplan that include an in-line galley, private bathroom with a curved wall for an attractive look, and a large, rear storage compartment. The Outlook also returns the double slide 29B that has a front lounge-area slide as well as a rear bedroom slideout and an efficient L-shaped galley.

The 29B and 31C offer an optional front entertainment center that features a new 32-inch LCD TV. If you prefer the sleeping space the front bunk affords, choose the optional 19-inch LCD TV that swivels for viewing throughout the coach. In the bedroom, there’s a new, optional 19-inch LCD TV that can be detached from its location in the bedroom and mounted on an exterior bracket for outdoor viewing.

Whichever TV you choose up front, the new, optional video selection system is a must have – you can watch DVDs in the lounge or in the bedroom as well. In the dash area, check out the new Sirius satellite radio “Plug and Play” system that’s optional in 2009. The “Plug and Play” system allows you to control the Sirius radio through your in-dash radio and then remove the receiver for use in your car.

Both floorplans feature the with one hand for quick conversion into a comfortable bed. Additional items found in the interior upgrade package include: rope lighting, decorative pictures, a Titanium Touch refrigerator insert, sink covers, throw pillows and more. While there is much to talk about on the inside, the exterior of the 2009 Outlook is just as striking with new graphic designs, and new for 2009 – optional full body paint. The Outlook also has larger coach batteries in 2009.

Source: Winnebago
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Oct 14, 2008

Progressive Reminds RVers That Car Insurance Does Not Cover Many RV Mishaps

The Progressive Insurance homepage offers advice on making sure your RV is properly insured.

According to Progressive, “Some people make the mistake of adding their RV onto their car insurance policy, only to find out too late that the car policy doesn’t cover a lot of things that can go wrong in an RV,” said Cathy Pelfrey, RV product manager, Progressive.

“An RV is much more than a car—it’s a house on wheels. So an RVer really needs a specialized policy that covers more than what standard car insurance covers.”

As the number one brand of RV insurance sold through independent insurance agents in the country, Pelfrey says Progressive has seen its share of oddball claims over the years, as well as everyday mishaps that may be excluded from standard auto coverage

Source: Progressive Insurance
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Sep 30, 2008

The Keystone 2009 Outback Has Been Totally Re-Designed

New 2009 Keystone Outback Keystone RV Company just unveiled the new 2009 Outback light-weight travel trailer.

According to Keystone, the Outback has been totally re-engineered from the frame up. More aerodynamic profile combined with progressive graphics make have been implemented. Interiors have incorporated the newest residential styles using an eclectic butter- rum cream and auburn cherry cabinetry for a richer and warmer look.

Additional enhancements include 36-inch deep flush floor slides replacing 18-inch slides for increased interior roominess; U-shaped king dinette with 30 percent more seating area; air-bed sleeper sofa; and swivel mounted LCD TV. Currently nine floorplans are available including two Kargoroo toy-hauler editions.

Source: Keystone
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Sep 15, 2008

Dutchmen Introduces TOPO Folding Tent Trailer

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. has announced the introduction of a new Crossover BaseCamp folding tent trailer product line called TOPO. TOPO debuted at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake, Utah on August 8th and will be on display at the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) convention December 2nd to the 4th, 2008. It is scheduled to be available to consumers January 1, 2009.

TOPO is a new generation of recreation vehicles that combines the best features of outdoor adventure tents with folding trailers. TOPO is designed to be lightweight and easy to use. Weighing less than 500 pounds, TOPO can be pulled by virtually all compact cars, minivans and crossover sport utility vehicles. It features a compact light weight design that is only 6’ wide and 10’ long in the closed position. When not in use TOPO Stores in a residential garage on end with available garage storage accessory.

The top folds open and custom outdoor adventure tent expands to a 15’ wide and 18’ long base camp that sets up in minutes. Inside TOPO are two large beds with comfort mattresses that are integrated into the top and bottom of TOPO’s body. TOPO provides off ground sleeping for four. One of the beds also converts into a sofa. The spacious family living area provides additional space for additional guests. Plus TOPO’s rear door converts into a kitchenette with camp sink, countertop and storage. On the exterior of TOPO is an aluminum roof rack that is compatible with Thule roof rack systems for bike racks, accessories or cargo boxes. TOPO offers the convenience of a tent, a trailer, a family room and seating all in one package.

TOPO partnered with the tenting industry leader, Therm-a-Rest®, to create an innovative extreme weather tent that sets up in less than ten minutes. The tent features collapsible tent poles, zippered doors and windows with screens, a water resistant floor and fresh air vents. Attractively priced - thousands less than traditional folding trailers, TOPO is the smart, light, easy to use, innovative crossover tent trailer designed for a new generation of outdoor enthusiasts who value innovative ways to enjoy and protect the environment.

Source: Dutchmen
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Sep 4, 2008

RV Satellite Tunes Abount With Sirius And XM Approved Antenna

With the merger of Sirius and XM satellite radio services, subscribers can access an expanded world of station options. Shakespeare's Galaxy SRA-40 Satellite Radio Antenna is type approved by the engineering departments of both Sirius and XM, so RV owners can now have the best of both worlds.

It can connect to either Sirius or XM receivers. Housed in sleek, white ASA plastic, this compact antenna measures only 3.5" in diameter by 1.35" high. The SRA-40 easily installs on any surface up to 1" thick. If direct access under the mounting surface is difficult, such as on RV roof tops, Shakespeare's SM-30 Mounting Kit solves the problem. This versatile antenna also works well on boats and includes an SM-31 pedestal mount.

Shakespeare's Galaxy SRA-40 comes with a special 25' low-loss cable featuring a quick-disconnect, gold-plated TNC connector at the antenna's base. It requires no separate power cable. The antenna's single-cable design fits newer receivers, and a separate SRS-1 adapter retrofits to older, dual input models.

Source: Shakespeare Marine
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Aug 18, 2008

The Durango RV Resort Offers Upscale RV Living

The Durango RV Resort opened earlier this month in Red Bluff, California. The Red Bluff Daily News profiled the resort’s first customer and the amenities including WiFi, a offleash dog parks, and a sports complex.

The story also reports it took four years from the first concept for the Durango RV Resort to the finished park. According to the official site, the Durango is an upscale and “big rig friendly” RV resort, offering 174 spaces.

For towable RVs there are deluxe pull-through spaces 70-90 feet long that offer 16 foot wide angled concrete pads for easy parking and exiting. Eleven of the deluxe riverfront spaces overlook the Sacramento River.

Source: The Red Bluff Daily News and The Durango RV Resort
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Aug 11, 2008

The Wonder, Explore, Believe Mobile Base Camp Could Be The Greenest RV Ever Built

Urban/wilderness survival expert Brian Bawdy's RV could be the "greenest" RV ever built.  The Wonder, Explore, Believe Mobile Base Camp is touring the country "to go off road and off grid: To be as pioneering, independent, self-sufficient and environmentally friendly as possible."

Bawdy's RV is a 2008 Lance Camper with special energy saving features, including a wind turbine, solar cells, and a way of harvesting rain to use for drinking water.

More details about he Wonder, Explore, Believe Mobile Base CampRV can be found on the official homepage.

KLS 5 in Salt Lake City, Utah features a video report on Brian Bawdy's RV, including the rainwater harvesting technology.

Source: and KLS 5 Salt Lake City UT.
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Aug 1, 2008

Coachmen RV Brings Back The Classic Shasta Trailer

Coachmen RV Group has recently revived its Shasta brand with a new light weight travel trailer. While the trailer resembles the classic Shasta’s of the late '50s and early '60s, it has successfully married modern technology with tradition. Shasta is one of the oldest brands of RV, and there are still thousands of people who proudly own and use their Shasta trailers from the 1950s and '60s. There are also a variety of chat groups and clubs devoted to finding and restoring old Shasta trailers.

The exterior has the classic appeal of the old Shasta trailers, including the Z side graphic design available in 4 colors, and trademark silver wings that made a Shasta instantly recognizable. Standard baby moon hubcaps also provide a tribute to the past. Optional 5-spoke aluminum rims are available to add a modern twist. With either wheel selection, the tires are filled with NitroFill nitrogen gas that runs cooler and can extend tire life up to 30%.

The new Shasta Airflyte is constructed with aluminum framed, vacuum-bond laminate sidewalls and a one-piece fiberglass roof. This makes for a very lightweight trailer that can be towed by both contemporary and classic vehicles. The trailer's base weight starts under 2,500 pounds. Coachmen designers consciously worked to keep the weight down so that they could accommodate those Shasta aficionados who want to pair their classic car with their travel trailer.

While the outside of the trailer reminds people of a by-gone time, the spacious interior boasts a full 6-feet 5-inches of headroom and modern amenities. For instance, the galley has a portable electric cooktop and a 1.2-cubic-foot built-in microwave.

Shasta Airflyte offers three different interior decors: Classic Red, Tangerine Dream and Ocean Spray. The ceiling skylight lets in even more natural light and opens for ventilation. A retractable screen and night shade on the skylight let you control how much light comes in. Also included is the Cool Cat heat pump for air conditioning and heat which is located in the lower cabinet and ducted throughout the unit.

Source: Coachmen
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Jul 30, 2008

Fleetwood Introduces Power Bridge Chassis

Fleetwood Enterprises' RV Group recently announced the launch of its Power Bridge Chassis, a brand new diesel chassis platform, during the Family Motor Coach Association's (FMCA) summer rally in St. Paul, Minn.
Power Bridge Chassis is an integration of Fleetwood's superior bridge-beam framing technology and Freightliner's outstanding chassis construction. Highlights include 242 cu. ft of basement storage space (select models only); smarter, more functional features; and an industry-leading ride.

"The idea for Power Bridge was born out of the proven technology used on our Liberty Chassis," said Paul Eskritt, President of Fleetwood's RV Group. "It is a major re-design that offers our diesel customers a wide range of features intended to exceed all of their expectations, as well as change the way they RV ... for the better."

Power Bridge Chassis is available on all 2009 Bounder Diesel, Expedition, Discovery, Providence and Excursion Class A diesel motor home models.

Source : Fleetwood Enterprises

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Jul 25, 2008

Tiffin Motorhomes Introduces 2009 Allegro models

Tiffin Motorhomes has introduced the entry-level Allegro models, raising the ceiling to a spacious 7-foot level, matching the other four Tiffin lines.

The added 6 inches from 2008 models opens a world of comfort, according to Jerry Williamson, Tiffin's national sales manager. "This expansion enables design of a much more livable coach, with additional cabinetry above and below counters, improved TV placements and larger windows," Williamson says.

The Allegro is available in five floor plans ranging from a double-slide 30-ft. gas-powered model under $100,000 base retail to a 35-ft. quad-slide with a diesel-powered front engine with a base retail of $134,050. Most 2009 Allegros will sport 22-in. wheels, designed to provide improved handling, a smoother ride, and greater weight capacity. A limited number of 2009 Allegros will be available on 19.5-in. wheels.

Additional new features of the 2009 Allegro include: LCD TVs standard throughout, MCD powered windshield shade replacing a curtain, outside vented microwave/convection oven and a Tiffin-exclusive sliding heat reducer cover for the shower skylight. Tiffin was one of only five motorhome manufacturers to receive the RVDA's coveted Quality Circle Award for 2007. Tiffin has been honored with the Quality Circle nine of the 12 years it has been presented by the RVDA.

Source: Tiffin Motorhomes
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Jul 22, 2008

Can You Enjoy An RV Vacation On 100 Dollars A Day?

The Temecula Valley News features a story about Dennis and Georgie Rhein and their mission to enjoy a frugal RV vacation.

The Rheins set out to see if it is possible to take an RV Vacation on $100 a day, a tough task with rising gas and food prices.

To meet their goal required careful planning and a destination not too far from their home. Stocking up on food and supplies and looking for bargains on campgrounds helped stretch the Rheins budget.

Source: The Temecula Valley News
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Jul 17, 2008

Livin' Lite's Quicksilver Line Of Campers Wins "Green RV Of The Year"

Livin’ Lite Recreational Vehicles, manufacturer of the Quicksilver line of ultra lightweight Automotive Campers, was recently named Roaming Times “Green RV of the Year”.

Roaming Times, the popular destination of thousands of RV enthusiasts, recognizes and highlights innovation in the RVing industry with this choice. Roaming Times says “Our selection was influenced by zero formaldehyde, no rotting or rusting, low cost and the ability for the camper to be pulled by an ordinary car.

According to Livin’ Lite, the Quicksilver line opens up the RVing experience to a whole new generation of energy-conscious campers. ” In what has been a depressed RV economy, Livin’ Lite is poised for growth by offering “Green Friendly” RVs to consumers who embrace the GO GREEN movement.

With more and more families choosing fuel efficient cars and minivans over traditional trucks and SUVs, Livin’ Lite is positioned to offer those families an affordable opportunity to enjoy the RV lifestyle. “Our Quicksliver line of fold-out Automotive Campers are designed specifically for automobiles and minivans.” reports Mike Kinzel, GM of Livin’ Lite.

Unlike other ultra lightweights on the market that can be towed by cars, the QUICKSILVER can sleep up to six (6) people comfortably, features 6’-4” of headroom, and is built out of all aluminum and composites – making it both wood and formaldehyde Free! “You will not find even one splinter of wood in a QUICKSILVER,” says Kinzel, “Making our product Green Friendly on a number of levels – both in terms of construction materials and the incredible fuel savings our owners experience as they can go camping without having to use large trucks or SUVs to pull their camper.”

Source: Livin' Lite
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Jul 16, 2008

CookMate 3100 Alcohol Stove Offers Safer RV Cooking

An enjoyable day on a boat or RV can become even more delicious when it's topped off with a hot meal. But stoves using traditional cooking fuels such as butane or propane pose the risk of explosion. This is eliminated with the new CookMate 3100 double burner alcohol stove, which features the SafeFlame non-pressurized fuel canister system.

The canister's unique design prevents fuel from leaking out, even if it's turned completely upside down. This portable stainless steel stove is fueled by a SafeFlame stainless steel canister containing a non-flammable wick material. It absorbs and holds approximately 1-1/4 qts. of alcohol fuel. Alcohol is a safe, clean cooking fuel and can be easily extinguished with water.

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Jul 15, 2008

Winnebago Industries Unveils Exclusive Floorplan at FMCA Convention

Winnebago Industries, Inc. recently unveiled a never-seen-before floorplan at the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Convention at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minn., July 14-17.

The 2009 Winnebago Outlook 30D is not your typical Class C motor home,” said Winnebago Industries’ Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Bob Olson. “One look inside the new 30D floorplan and you’ll realize this is a totally different coach. We’ve taken the conventional bedroom area and transformed it into spacious living and dining space that is also perfect for entertaining. Plus, you have plenty of sleeping space too. This is a revolutionary floorplan that we’re extremely excited to show in St. Paul.” The first-of-its-kind, double slide Winnebago Outlook 30D is striking, spacious and fun.

With optional full body paint offering a striking exterior, the interior features an innovative layout with the bathroom and opposing wardrobe behind the front cab seats. The spacious wardrobe is not only a great place for storage, but it also houses pull-out stair steps so you can easily access the front bunk when night falls. The front bunk area also features a skylight and an optional 15-inch LCD TV.

Source: Winnebago
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Jul 10, 2008

The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show Is The First To Feature 2009 RV Models

RV Trade Digest reports that The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show will be held September 10th through the 14th at the Hershey Entertainment and Resorts Company in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

According to the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association (PRVCA), the show will feature more than 1,300 of the latest RVs from the smallest folding campers to the largest motorhomes.

The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Show is also the first show in the nation with the 2009 models with more than 86 Companies Exhibiting. There will also be seminars with RV Experts, including Gary Bunzer, "The RV Doctor".

Source: RV Trade Digest and Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle & Camping Association
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Jul 8, 2008

The Space-Saving interVac Cleans Takes Up Dirt...Not Space

Conventional vacuums take up valuable storage space and most central-vac systems are limited in where they can be installed. Used by RV builders such as Keystone, Pilgrim and Gulfstream, as well as boatbuilders such as Sea-Ray, the interVac offers infinite mounting capabilities.

According to the interVac site, the unique interVac systems can be mounted on their backs and sides or upright. Designed to be fully portable or permanently installed in minutes, they deliver a lightweight, space-optimizing vacuum that doesn't sacrifice power. Able to be concealed within a wall, step or storage bay, the RM and RGM Models are remotely located.

They feature an auto start inlet valve connected with 2" flex-hose and also have a cord or are hard-wired. For 100% protection from pet dander and allergens, the superior vacuums use an efficient HEPA Style filtration process. It helps provide a fresher, cleaner and healthier RV environment.
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Jul 3, 2008

RV Education 101 Offers "Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro" DVD

RV Education 101, a video and RV Information Company, recently released a new DVD titled Drive your Motorhome Like a Pro.

In this video, hosts Mark Polk (RV Education 101) and Lorrin Walsh (Professional driver & author of Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro) provide the tools to help the RV consumer drive their RV like a professional driver. That means professionalism developed by the ongoing awareness of driving motor coaches, and the execution of unique driving techniques needed to become a safer and a more confident driver.

Mark Polk stated "Driving a motorhome, especially for the first time, can be very intimidating. The truth is with power steering, automatic transmissions and great visibility, almost any experienced driver can quickly adapt to driving a motorhome. The question is; are you driving it the right way? Lots of people have been driving motorhomes for many years without a real understanding of the dynamics and driving techniques of driving a large vehicle."

Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro is a complete video guide to professional driving techniques for beginners and experienced drivers. It takes commercial driving training techniques and converts them to layman's terms, and it explains basic rules you can apply to any vehicle you might drive.

Source: RV Education 101
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Jul 1, 2008

The Early Show On CBS Travels America In A Winnebago Adventurer

Winnebago Industries, Inc reports they are taking CBS News' 'The Early Show' on the road this summer thanks to a state-of-the-art Winnebago Adventurer. The model shown below is the 2009 Adventurer.
According to Winnebago, they are partnering for the third consecutive year with 'The Early Show' on their summer promotion, Early on the Road. This summer, 'The Early Show's' weatherman and feature reporter Dave Price will visit eight U.S. locations to discover the excitement and beauty of America.
We are proud to partner with CBS News' 'The Early Show' as they celebrate summer, said Winnebago Industries Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Bob Olson. This promotion showcases a Winnebago Adventurer motor home as a key element on this popular morning show. We chose the Winnebago Adventurer because of is popularity, style and innovation. The Adventurer is guaranteed to get Dave and the rest of 'The Early Show' crew to each destination in style and comfort. There is no better way to see the beauty of America than in an RV, and we're excited that 'The Early Show's' nearly 15 million weekly viewers will get to do just that through this summertime promotion.
A top selling Class A gas powered motor home, the Winnebago Adventurer is the total package with innovative floorplans, unique features, plush interior and a powerful chassis. Top-notch entertainment features are also found on this coach, like LCD TVs, the Sirius satellite radio and 10-CD changer just to name a few. Extras also include an electric fireplace, washer/dryer combination and the ultra-comfortable Sleep Number Bed by Select Comfort.
Source: Winnebago
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Jun 26, 2008

WeatherMax 80 Awning For The Airstream Safari

Safety Components International homepage features details on the WeatherMax 80 awning.

When designing its new 17' and 22' Safari Sport, Airstream's aim was to make the RV light enough to be pulled by a standard SUV or V6 minivan. The strenuous exercise in weight-savings left no ounce unexamined, including the awning. Airstream turned to fabricator Zip Dee to supply WeatherMax 80 by Safety Components for awnings that helped keep the Safari Sport light on its wheels.

"We're able to roll WeatherMax 80 into a tighter package," said Zip Dee owner Jim Webb. "That made it possible to remove 20% of the awning housing louvers. We used airplane aluminum rather than stainless steel for the rollers to decrease the awning's weight by 14%."

WeatherMax 80 is easily rolled because the premium fabric is 33% thinner and 14% lighter than acrylic.

Thin, attractive WeatherMax 80 is twice as strong as its competitors. Crazing marks from frequent rolling and unrolling are eliminated and its patented HydroMax finish combats mildew.

Source: Safety Components International
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Jun 25, 2008

Country Coach Launches Innovative New Motorcoach Brand: Veranda

Highline Motorcoach Manufacturer Country Coach recently announced the launch of an entirely new product line.

Named Country Coach Veranda, this new coach line-up will offer multiple models of luxury diesel motorcoaches, each designed to integrate the company's new patent-pending Veranda innovation.

This feature opens the motorcoach's interior living space to outside air and light, and unifies the interior and exterior living area. Essentially a steel deck with railings that is created when a section of the coach sidewall is lowered, the Veranda living area is separated from the coach interior by a 12-foot expanse of hurricane-rated sliding glass doors that easily slide open to join the spaces. This revolutionary new concept allows for myriad floorplan configurations.

Jay Howard, company president and CEO, commented on the mission accomplished by this new line of motorcoaches. "The Veranda is designed to upgrade each of our owners' experience. Motorcoach enthusiasts visit the most beautiful locations across North America. Now, with the push of a button, they instantly upgrade to a private balcony with a view."

The Country Coach Veranda is currently in limited production, with its first motorcoach market debut scheduled for July 14th, 2008 at the Family Motor Coach Association International Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Source: Country Coach
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Jun 24, 2008

Color Digital Gauge System By Chetco Digital Instruments Inc. Helps Prevent Engine Damage And Helps Save Fuel

Chetco Digital Instruments Inc. has added a multi-function Color digital gauge to its line of automotive and marine monitoring products. The vGaugeG12c is an innovative digital instrument that can monitor and display up to 16 engine parameters in real-time using full color graphics to represent current engine parameters

The vGaugeG12c features a 5.7” sunlight viewable color touch screen that can display many types of user selectable gauges. By incorporating color graphics, vGaugeG12c allows users to see critical engine temperatures and pressures over a selectable time interval and can warn of harmful operating conditions before engine damage occurs. The company’s unique color Bar Histograms can show six temperature or pressure graphs using human color perception models to quickly identify harmful changes resulting from rich or lean fuel conditions.

According to Joe Burke CTO for the company, “We have developed a real-time color gauge package that can give operators instant feedback on multiple time critical temperatures or pressures. Our innovative color bar histograms depict temperatures with color intensities that are easy to interpret.” The color display can be configured with many other gauge formats that can be arranged by users and accessed using a touch screen interface.

Source: Chetco Digital Instruments
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