May 30, 2008

Protecting Your RV From Carbon Monoxide Gas

WTHR News in Indianapolis reports on the dangers of carbon monoxide gas to RV travelers, which kills 500 RVers every year.

According to the story, carbon monoxide is known as the silent killer due to its colorless and odorless nature.

Carbon monoxide can get into your RV through vents and air conditioners. If RVs park too close together, the carbon monoxide emissions from generators or appliances that run on propane can get inside. Even the most weather-proof and comfortable RV can be threatened by CO gas.

The best defense is a CO gas detector and to check it is in proper working order before each trip.

Source: WTHR News
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May 28, 2008

RVers Fight High Fuel Costs By Staying At Local Campgrounds

RVers are determined to go camping and not let fuel costs dampen their vacation plans. Campgrounds and RV parks are finding that RVers are keeping gas expenses low by staying at local parks rather that traveling out of state. reports that Michigan-area campground owners are still expecting business to be up this year from 2007. The Frankenmuth Jellystone Park Camp-Resort booked the majority of their sites, but mostly to local customers.

To make camping cheaper for RVers, some parks offer storage for campers, allowing RV owners to return for more vacation time without spending gas money hauling their RV back and forth from home.

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May 27, 2008

Itasca Sunova Recognized as a Consumers Digest Best Buy

Winnebago Industries, Inc.'s 2008 Itasca Sunova was recently recognized as a Consumers Digest Best Buy. Featured in the June 2008 issue, a Consumers Digest Best Buy is defined as a product that offers the most value for a given amount of money.

According to Winnebago...

"We are extremely pleased to receive a Consumers Digest Best Buy designation for the Itasca Sunova for a second time," said Winnebago Industries' Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "Respected for the quality construction found on all Winnebago Industries motor homes, the Sunova also provides outstanding value, comfort and maximum storage in an attractively priced Class A gas motor home."

Consumers Digest lists the 2008 Itasca Sunova 29R floorplan as a Premium Selection in their Best Buy ratings of motor homes. A Premium Selection designation means the product is full-featured and priced accordingly.

In order to achieve a "Best Buy" rating, Consumers Digest identified products that offer outstanding value for the price, and merit special attention from buyers. According to Consumers Digest, "Best Buys" in RVs were based on comfort, craftsmanship and drivability. This special rating is awarded to fewer than three percent of the competing models in any given product category.

Source: Winnebago

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May 23, 2008

New Trailer Generator Provides Power On The Go

Effectively utilizing space is an important factor aboard race car trailers, RVs and toy haulers that do not have areas specifically dedicated for generators. Instead of taking up precious living or storage room, the innovative 5.5 kW Trailer Generator from Next Generation Power is designed to use the empty space on the tongue.
According to Next Generation Power...

Perfect for running power tools or air conditioning, the convenient 5.5 kW Trailer Generator employs a heavy-duty, 2-cylinder Z482 Kubota. At 2,800 rpm, this powerful diesel engine produces 12 hp. With a water-cooled radiator, it comes with a remote start/stop panel, safety shutdown and 50 amp breaker.

The included v-nose enclosure ensures proper ventilation and makes installation simple. Providing quiet operation, the enclosure is insulated with sound-dampening foam and the gen-set features isolation mounts

An optional 8 gallon tank can be mounted inside the enclosure for simple set up. Incredibly compact, the unit measures just 48" W x 30" H x 26" D and has a dry weight of only 330 lbs. The fuel efficient generator consumes merely 1/4 gph.

Source: Next Generation Power
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May 22, 2008

Traveling Safely With Propane In Your RV

Like Hank Hill on the TV show King of the Hill, RVers love propane and propane accessories. Propane can be used for cooking, heating, and even fridges.

RV Basics features tips on using propane to power an RV refrigerator. There is a debate on the safety of leaving a propane-powered fridge running while driving.

For more safety tips on using propane in your RV, check out RV Basic's propane safety tips.

The National Propane Gas Association also features a list of safety tips, including where to get a propane tank serviced and safe refueling procedures.

Source: and The National Propane Gas Association
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May 19, 2008

Can An RV Vacation Be A Green Vacation?

Can an RV vacation be environmentally friendly? A story in the Toronto Star, reports vacationing in your RV can be "greener" than you think.

According to the story, many full time RVers use less gas per-week than full-time commuters. Due to limited space in an RV, travelers only bring what they need and often re-use or recycle items.

A growing market for environmentally friendly RV products offer items ranging from solar panels for power to biodegradable products.

The greenest RV ever might be "Vanzilla", Andy Thomson's 1971 GM motorhome featuring a propane heat and power along with a composting toilet.

Source: Toronto Star
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May 16, 2008

Memorial Day Still A Big Travel Holiday

AAA recently projected the number of Americans traveling during the Memorial Day holiday will drop slightly compared to the previous year, but travel will still be popular despite fuel costs.

AAA estimates that 37.87 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home this holiday, a decrease of nearly 360,000 travelers (0.9 percent) from last year’s total of 38.23 million.

Nearly 31.7 million Americans (83 percent of all holiday travelers) expect to travel by automobile, a one percent decrease from the approximately 32 million people who drove a year ago.

“Many Americans are feeling a financial pinch this holiday weekend from record high gasoline prices and other factors,” said AAA President and CEO Robert L. Darbelnet. “Despite the small decrease, we will still see a significant number of people traveling this weekend. More than 12 percent of the U.S. population will be celebrating the Memorial Day weekend away from home.”

Source: AAA
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May 15, 2008

Winnebago Celebrates 50 Years On The Road

Winnebago Industries homepage features details on the 50th anniversary of Winnebago and the introduction of the new 2009 Winnebago, Itasca and ERA brand motor homes.

Winnebago is holding a Dealer Days event May 12-15, 2008, at The Mirage in Las Vegas, Nevada, with a theme of "50 Years on the Road".

According to Winnebago...

Winnebago Industries displayed 50 motor homes representing key elements of the Company's 23 model lines and 78 floorplans, 46 percent of which are new or redesigned for 2009.

"Winnebago Industries broadened the product differentiation between the Winnebago and Itasca brands for 2009, providing our dealer partners with new and exciting motor homes to fit each of their needs," said Winnebago Industries Chairman, CEO and President Bob Olson.

"We're excited to introduce our redesigned Winnebago Adventurer Class A gas line with exciting new floorplans and aggressive pricing. Our totally redesigned Itasca Suncruiser is now more widely differentiated from the Adventurer and features unique new floorplans at a tremendous value.

We also made significant upgrades to our Class A diesel products while holding the line on pricing, made added positive changes to our Class C product lines complete with the redesigned Winnebago Aspect and Itasca Cambria products, and have new floorplans throughout our entire 2009 lineup."

Source: Winnebago
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May 14, 2008

RV Owners Say RVing Is Still The Best Value For Travel

The RVIA recently reported that despite high fuel prices, 82 percent of RV owners say RV vacations cost less than other types of vacations.

According to the RVIA...

This is one of the reasons why so many RVers plan to travel this spring and summer. Most RVers are simply adjusting to fuel costs rather than not traveling in their RVs, according to a new study.

The latest biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), reveals that 76 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs at least as much this spring and summer as last year.

Of those who said their plans would be affected, 58 percent said they’d travel to destinations closer to home, 35 percent said they’d travel fewer miles and 34 percent said they’d stay longer at one destination.

“Because there are more than 16,000 campgrounds throughout the country, RVers have the flexibility to cut costs by staying closer to home,” says Richard Coon, president of RVIA. “Whether they travel five or 500 miles, they can still have a great outdoor experience.”

Surprisingly, one-third of RV owners say fuel costs won’t affect their travel plans, according to the study. Their travel intentions reflect research by international travel and tourism experts PKF Consulting. They found that even as fuel prices increase, RV trips remain the most affordable way for a family to go because of the significant savings on hotels and restaurant costs.

Source: RVIA
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May 13, 2008

Renting An RV Helps Buyers Overcome Their RV Driving Fears reports on would-be RV owners who want an RV, yet are afraid they could not handle such a large vehicle. No one wants to be the bumbling RV owner that Robin Williams played in the movie RV.

According to the article, RV buyers need not fear getting behind the steering wheel. An RV dealer can help you pick out the right vehicle for your comfort level and budget.
Cruise America and other RV rental companies offer the chance to rent and try a particular RV style before making a purchase.

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May 12, 2008

Jayco Embark Provides Everyday Comforts Of Home

Jayco has just released details about the new Jayco Embark motorhome.

According to Jayco, the Embark is nearly 40 feet long, features a tastefully decorated expansive interior, four slideouts and thoughtful floorplans, as well as high-end amenities that give it a sense of luxury and provide the every day comforts of home.

Standard features include an Optima Leather hide-a-bed sofa, Northridge Maple cabinetry, attractive nickel hardware, one piece Honex solid surface countertops with built-in sink, convection microwave, pillow-top mattress and under bed storage.

Built on the Freightliner Business Class chassis designed for superior visibility, the Embark boasts an unusually powerful 330-horsepower Cummins ISC diesel engine and 6-speed Allison TRV 3200 series automatic transmission with overdrive, offering over 7 tons of towing capacity. In addition, its 55-degree turning radius, cruise control and air brakes with ABS.

The Embark comes with several "must have" items for cross-country travel, including electric powered triple entrance step, side-hinge motorhome-style baggage doors, automatic hydraulic leveling jacks, Onan 6,000-watt quiet diesel generator with auto-changeover and 110-volt Apex electric roof mount patio awning by Carefree of Colorado. Safety features include daytime running lights, driver and passenger-side airbags and 3-point lap and shoulder safety belts.

The Customer Value Package features a premium AM/FM/CD/DVD cab entertainment center with back-up camera, monitor and GPS navigation, plus other top-notch entertainment items, such as an exterior entertainment center with AM/FM/CD stereo and a 32-inch high-definition LCD TV. To further enhance your experience, an optional Winegard satellite dish option expands your channel options.

Source: Jayco
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May 9, 2008

RVers Adapt To Fuel Costs And Keep On Traveling

While RVers are concerned about rising fuel costs, reports on RVers who haven't let pain at the gas pump dull their love of RVing. The fun of RV travel still beats the price of gas.

A big draw to RV travel is the friendliness of other RVers and a sense of community found in each park they visit, something lacking in hotel stays or air travel. RVers find each destination offers the chance to make new lifetime friends.

The choice of different RV sizes opens the door for new RVers. RV dealers are finding ways to match the right RV with a customer's budget and needs.

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May 8, 2008

Texas Offers Plenty Of RV Destinations

The Lone Star State is filled with RV adventure according to Keven Ann Willey in a The Dallas Morning News feature story.

Texas has over 120 state parks, with two dozen within a two-hour drive of Dallas, and RV parks ranging from the simple to the luxurious. Texas state parks experienced more than 9 million visits in 2007.

It not just retirees and the wealthy who go RVing. Willey reports that the typical RV owner is 49 years old, married, with an income of $56,000.

Source: The Dallas Morning News
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May 7, 2008

RV Driving Can Be Easy With Practice

While a shiny new RV might be impressive to look at on a sales lot, some buyers awe turns to fear when it is time to drive.

While RV buyers want as much living space as they can afford, getting behind the wheel for the first time can be scary. According to, driving a big RV can be easy.

Some dealers recommend that new RVers start out with smaller models. Automatic transmissions and power brakes take any strain out of RV driving.

After gaining experience, some RV owners find driving an RV is less stressful than driving a car.

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May 6, 2008

Winnebago's New CEO Optimistic About The Future Of RVing features an interview with Bob Olson, the new chairman of the board and CEO of Winnebago Industries.

In the article, Olson discusses the challenges that Winnebago faces with softening RV sales and rising fuel prices.

Olson is optimistic about the future and the value that RVs offer. He notes that the price of RVing is still competitive compared to other forms of entertainment or travel.

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May 5, 2008

RV Manufacturers Go Green By Using Recycled Materials

RV manufacturers are going green and doing more to cut down on waste and recycle.

According to, RV companies in Elkhart County, Indiana have turned more than 2,000,000 pounds of waste into useful products.

Scraps of material cut away from RV bodies, which used to be discarded, are now saved and recycled into doors for RVs. The recycling of scrap material also lowers the cost of the finished RV.

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May 2, 2008

Pilgrim International offers RV Industry's first 5-Year warranty on all flooring utilizing the CosmoLite composite substrate

Pilgrim International recently announced a new 5-year warranty on all flooring utilizing the CosmoLite composite substrate.

Pilgrim began manufacturing floors utilizing the new CosmoLite
composite substrates in October of last year. It has since been featured in
many articles and publications, from transportation and travel magazines to
environmental white papers.

According to Pilgrim International...

"Traditionally, water has been the culprit in the deterioration of most
RV floors," stated Dave Hoefer, Co-founder and Chairman of Pilgrim
International. "Even a small amount of moisture resting on the floor of a
traditional camper can result in a soft spot, and ultimately lead to
instability. The multi- million dollar investment in new materials and
technology has paved the path to the 5-Year warranty; this is a clear and
decisive indication that we have a commitment to the future of the RV
industry. We stand behind our product and we are very proud to be the first
and only RV manufacturer in the world that can offer such guarantees to the

"The very nature of the composite material makes it impervious to rot,
mildew and mold," commented Doug Lantz, Vice President of Product
Development. "It was really a by-product of our quest to use stronger,
lighter materials." CosmoLite is also a formaldehyde-free product with no
out-gassing of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), and is completely

The CosmoLite Composite material is three times stronger than the
traditional wood substrates it replaces. These factors result in the
ability to offer a warranty that reflects the strength and durability of
the materials now utilized.

"The floors are really just the first step in the process to
manufacture a travel trailer that replaces wood in all six sides and
becomes the first Green eco-friendly trailer," commented Hoefer. "It is
part of our original vision of continuous improvement to remain the
forerunner in product innovation that will revolutionize the recreational
vehicle industry."

Source: Pilgrim International
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May 1, 2008

RVers welcome at the The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride

August 31 through September 13, 2008 are the dates for the 2nd Annual Great Santa Fe TrailHorse Race Endurance Ride.

The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race is a 515 mile endurance ride completed over a 14 day period.

According to The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride homepage...

The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride was developed to bring attention to the Santa Fe Trail and to assist in developing tourism along the trail. It is a fourteen day equestrian event with riders retracing part of the most famous trail in America.

This trail was first traveled by Francis Vasques de Coronado in 1541. He brought the first horses to this part of the world and it was on this trail that Native Americans first saw horses.

RVers are invited to overnight in the Race Villages and interact with the riders, their teams, and the people in the rural communities the Race goes through.

There will be ample room for RVers to dry camp in the race villages with 10 overnight villages throughout the 14 days. Arrangements for water and sewer needs will be made and parks with hook-ups will be available and welcoming nearby.

More details can be found at The Official The Great Santa Fe TrailHorse Race Endurance Ride Homepage

YouTube features a slide show of the 2007 Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride.

Source: The Great Santa Fe Trail Horse Race Endurance Ride
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