May 28, 2009

Thetford Introduces New Line Of Green RV Cleaning Products

Thetford Corporation has introduced a new line of Design for the Environment (DfE)–recognized RV cleaning products. According to Thetford, this eco-friendly line meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) DfE program's rigorous criteria without sacrificing performance.

Safer for humans and the environment, the five-product line includes UltraFoam Black Streak Remover, UltraFoam Awning Cleaner, Wash & Wax, Mildew Stain Remover and Hard Water Spot Remover.

Non-toxic and biodegradable, it's packaged in bottles made out of recyclable plastic that contain 25% post-consumer recycled content. "Since RV cleaners are used outdoors, they must meet even stricter requirements than household products," said Mary Burrows, Thetford's manager of chemical development. "We will continue working with the EPA to produce more environmentally-responsible products in the future."

Source: Thetford
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May 27, 2009

RVers Considered Trustworthy With Credit For RV Purchases

Due to the rough economy, finding credit for big purchases is a challenge for both consumers and businesses.

A recent story on reports that RVers could have an easier time finding the financing they need, a hopeful sign for a recovery in RV sales.

According to the story, The American Bankers Association has released a report saying RVers are considered very trustworthy when given access to credit lending. Because of their reliability, RVers are preferred above all credit seekers.

Better access to credit should help RV buyers and dealers, along with beneficial tax provisions in the recent economic stimulus package.

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May 26, 2009

The 2009 Winnebago View Offers Both Power And Economy

The New York Times feature a profile of the 2009 Winnebago View. Winnebago describes the 2009 View as offering both power and economy.

According to the Winnebago hompage, the foundation of the 2009 Winnebago View is the popular Dodge Sprinter chassis that provides fuel efficiency, drivability and maneuverability. The View features an 11,030-lb. gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) Dodge Sprinter chassis with a fuel efficient 3.0L V6 Mercedes Benz diesel engine.
The View provides an excellent turning radius (23.5 feet), independent front suspension, ABS four wheel disc brakes and five-speed tip shift automatic transmission that’s designed to be one of the smoothest, most reliable transmissions on the market. In 2009, the trailer hitch rating increased from 3500/350 lbs. to 5000/500 lbs. so you can tow a boat, jet skis or ATV with ease.

Both floorplans can be enhanced in 2009 to include the optional swivel cab seats for additional seating space. A 19-inch LCD TV is standard on both the 24H and 24J. Both the 24H and 24J also feature our exclusive BenchMark Full Comfort Dinette. The BenchMark dinette features innerspring seats that flip up for easy access to storage, as well as folds down for additional sleeping space.

The exterior also accommodates the optional generator. A 3,200 watt Cummins Onan MicroQuiet diesel generator is available or an optional 3,600 Cummins Onan MicroQuiet LP generator.

Source: The New York Times and Winnebago

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RV Safety In Severe Weather And Storms

An RV can be a cozy shelter from rainy weather during a vacation, but what should you do if the weather becomes dangerous?

What can RVers do to protect themselves against tornadoes and severe storms? features a story on protecting your RV and family from dangerous weather.

According to the story, RVers should know where to find shelter if the weather gets too rough. The story also features tips on purchasing a weather radio and what to do if you get caught in a severe storm.

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May 22, 2009

Increasing RV Rentals Offers Hopeful News For The RV Industry

WSBT 22 reports that more travelers are renting RVs for Summer vacations, a optimistic sign for the future of the RV industry.

According to the story, RV rentals are up over the last few weeks along with more traffic on RV dealer lots. Industry experts are encouraged by increasing interest in RVing, hopefully leading to more signs of recovery throughout 2009.

A study commissioned by the RVIA found that RV vacations were 27% - 61%less expensive that vacations requiring airfare and hotel accommodations.

Here is video from the story.

Source: WSBT 22
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May 20, 2009

Victorinox Swiss Army Partners With Airstream To Create A Special Edition Airstream Trailer

In celebration of their 125th Anniversary, Victorinox Swiss Army has announced a partnership with Airstream to produce the first “Victorinox Special Edition Airstream” travel trailer.

These two iconic brands have created a masterfully engineered and aesthetically striking 19-foot trailer, production of which will be limited to 125 units and which embodies their shared qualities and philosophies: precision, functionality, reliability and a classically elegant design.

Whether you are a traveler embarking on a cross-country road trip, or an avid collector with an affinity for superior design, the “Victorinox Special Edition Airstream” travel trailer will inspire the adventurer within.

“From the onset of this collaboration I have been struck by how fortunate I am as a designer to have such a masterfully designed and precisely engineered pallet from which to work. Because of this, tapping into my creativity and maintaining my inspiration was easy. When you enter into the trailer, the design cohesion between the two brands is both intuitive and natural – it’s comfortable and truly defines a luxe camping experience,” said Scott Swaebe, Director of Visual Merchandising for Victorinox Swiss Army.

Like the legendary Swiss Army Knife, the details of the trailer are precise, clean and sure to last a lifetime. From the solid surface countertops, to the cutting-edge cabinets and hardware, to the luxurious custom bedding ensemble with embroidered wool blanket, all housed within the iconic Airstream aluminum shell. And to ensure consumers are fully equipped, a collection of Victorinox Swiss Army timepieces, kitchen cutlery, Swiss Army Knives and accessories are included to enhance any camping adventure.

“It’s rare to find another brand that so closely represents the Airstream values of outdoor adventure in style,” said Bob Wheeler, CEO of Airstream. “Victorinox is clearly such a company and we were thrilled to collaborate on this very special travel trailer. Whether it’s a Swiss Army knife or an Airstream, it’s something you buy to last a lifetime.”

Only 125 very fortunate adventurers will have the opportunity to purchase one of these numbered Special Edition units available beginning June 15, 2009. The commemorative, serialized plaque bearing the famous cross and shield emblem is sure to delight Airstream and Victorinox Swiss Army collectors alike.

Source: Airstream
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May 18, 2009

The Duck Creek RV Resort Opens In Muskegon, Michigan

The Muskegon Chronicle reports on a new upscale RV park opening in Muskegon, Michigan.

The Duck Creek RV Resort is located in Muskegon across from the entrance to Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park.

According to The Muskegon Chronicle, the new resort will feature 157 sites with paved pads for RVs and full hookups for utilities.

Other amenities include a heated, duck-shaped pool, clubhouse with a game room, laundry facilities, large playground, a camp store, and shower facilities.

Source: The Muskegon Chronicle and The Duck Creek RV Resort
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May 12, 2009

Powerful Pumping System Makes Emptying Tanks A Breeze

Messy, leaky hoses, spills and odors are no longer part of emptying a holding tank. Making the unpleasant task more sanitary and uncomplicated, Thetford Corporation offers Sani-Con, a holding tank emptying system with a macerating pump. Once connected to a RV's dump valve and 20-amp power source, this system makes the process extremely simple, even easier than pumping gas.

Providing more power, flexibility and convenience than any other product on the market, Sani-Con can pump holding tank waste as far as 150' away and 20' uphill. Its heavy-duty, space-saving hose is 21' long and retracts to just 7'. Due to its high-performing motor, Sani-Con needs a hose that is only 1" in diameter.

A convenient nozzle has a stairstepped and threaded design to fit and lock into virtually any sewer receptacle, eliminating the need for adapters. The nozzle's easy-grip handle helps prevent the hose from dropping into the soiled area near the dump port, further keeping the entire operation sanitary. Its threaded cap keeps the user and RV compartment clean during transport and storage.

Source and Photo Credit: Thetford
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May 4, 2009

In Spite of Recession, Managers of the 21st Annual Manufacturers' RV Show Expecting Solid Attendance at May Event

The 21st Annual Manufacturers' RV Show is scheduled for May 15 - 25th 2009 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, California.

According to GoodTimes Promotions, Mike Nohr, manager of the show, is anything but worried about the outcome of this year's mid-May event.

A combination of dealers offering steep discounts, buyers eager to take advantage of the deals and the long-term cost savings of an RV vacation has created an environment Nohr believes will prove to be a boon for his show. "We're hearing about a lot of people who are looking to the future," Nohr said. "They want to make a modest investment on an RV now so they can recoup those costs in the coming years."

A survey conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association found that 45 percent of RV owners are considering purchasing another RV this year because they appreciate the value they get compared to the more traditional vacations. "Who knows where the economy is going. I've heard it's supposed to get better soon, but I'm not going to bet my vacations on it," said Scotts Valley resident Anthony Leimas, who plans on attending the May show to shop for a toy hauler. "With an RV, I know we'll always be able to afford to go on a nice vacation -- recession or not."

Consumers can expect to choose from hundreds of new and used models at the show -- which runs at the Alameda County Fairgrounds from May 15-25. The event drew more than 20,000 people last year. "This year, I expect to see more serious buyers and less looky-loos," Nohr said. "Consumers know they won't see these kind of prices probably ever again in their lifetime."

Source:GoodTimes Promotions Photo Credit: RVIA
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