Jun 17, 2009

Winnebago Adventurer Concept Hybrid RV Hits the Road for Summer Media Tour

Winnebago Industries announced the industry's first hybrid RV, a 2009 Winnebago Adventurer, provided to Brad and Amy Herzog for their summer travel tour.

The Herzogs, spokespersons for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), will be traveling in this concept hybrid RV this summer as they promote the benefits of RV travel.
Photo Credit: Winnebago

According to Winnebago, The Winnebago Adventurer hybrid rides on a Freightliner Custom Chassis' ecoFRED chassis, the motor home industry's first hybrid-electric chassis featuring Eaton hybrid power components. This is a full hybrid system in that it utilizes two independent power sources (a diesel engine and an electric motor) that work in conjunction to optimally power the vehicle.

The Adventurer hybrid also features regenerative braking for less brake wear. With regenerative braking, the hybrid electric motor uses electricity to create torque, while also being able to reverse the process to use torque to create electricity. By reversing its electric engine to become a generator, electricity is fed back into the battery resulting in energy savings.

"We are excited to be the first RV manufacturer to begin active testing of this hybrid technology," said Winnebago Industries Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. "This hybrid concept can bring many benefits including improved fuel efficiency in select driving environments, reduced noise and emissions, improved acceleration and reduced maintenance. We are proud to provide this hybrid concept vehicle to the Herzogs this summer for their tour as we continue to test the viability of hybrid technology in the RV industry."

Source: Winnebago
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Jun 12, 2009

Newmar To Hold Klub Rally Locally To Support Economy

Newmar Corporation reports it has decided to hold its 24th Annual International Kountry Klub Rally close to home.

The annual rally, originally scheduled for Perry, Georgia, has been moved and will be held August 3-8, 2009 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Photo Credit: Newmar

“Newmar’s decision to move the rally made sense given the current economic state the county is in,” said Barney Barnett, Newmar International Kountry Klub Director. “Newmar is located in Elkhart County and we wanted to do something to help support local business and drive traffic to the county.”
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The Klub has over 360 confirmed reservations and expects to end up with between 500 and 600 total units at the fairgrounds participating in the rally. “Surprisingly reservations are coming in ahead of where we have been in years past,” said Barnett. “We are hoping this is a good sign and that our expectations will be exceeded.”
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“Newmar is looking forward to this year’s rally,” said Matthew Miller, Newmar President and Chairman of the Klub’s Board of Directors. “We are confident the RV industry will turn around and we wanted to get together with our Klub members close to home for a week of fellowship and to show our loyal owners that Newmar and Elkhart County are open for business.”

Source: Newmar Corporation


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Jun 11, 2009

RV Dealers easily Combine Online And Print Advertising With RVTraderOnline.com’s Direct Publishing Feature

RVTraderOnline.com, the Web site of RV Trader magazine and a division of Dominion Enterprises, now offers dealer advertisers the option to directly publish their online classified listings in participating RV Trader magazines throughout the country.

Adding print advertising is just a few clicks away. RV dealers simply log on to their RV Trader Inventory Management Tool, provided free of charge to all RVTraderOnline.com dealer advertisers, and click on the Add Magazines tab.

After selecting which RVs from their online inventory they wish to publish in RV Trader magazine, they select the magazines they wish to publish in by market. Dealers also have options to advertise all their inventory in print or advertise in all RV Trader magazines with just one click.

“We are giving dealers a turnkey option to increase their reach and market penetration with media other than the Internet,” explained Tim Custer, RV Trader general manager. “Our research shows that print advertising is a great way to supplement online advertising. On average, dealers who advertise in our print magazines and on RVTraderOnline.com receive 57 percent more leads than dealers who advertise online only.”

Source: RV Trader Online
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RV Industry Study Predicts RV Shipments To Begin Recovery In 2010

The RVIA reports that the RV industry’s shipments are projected to total approximately 169,500 units in 2010 — a 24 percent increase from the 136,500 predicted for 2009.

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According to a new forecast by RV industry analyst Dr. Richard Curtin, released at Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual Membership Meeting on June 9.

Seasonally adjusted shipments reached their low point in the first quarter of 2009, and gains are expected over the next two years as the negative financial factors that caused the steep drop in RV sales will slowly give way to improved conditions in the market.

Dr. Richard Curtin, director of consumer surveys at the University of Michigan, who produces the closely-watched monthly Index of Consumer Sentiment, briefed RVIA members on his analysis of the industry’s future at RVIA’s annual Committee Week, held June 8-11 in Washington, DC.

Source: RVIA
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Jun 8, 2009

GO Mobile Adventure Gear By Sylvan Sport Named The Coolest Camper Ever

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National Geographic Adventure named SylvanSport’s “GO Mobile Adventure Gear,” the “Best of Adventure Gear 2008,” calling this multi-mode trailer “the coolest camper ever.”

According to SylvanSport, this precision-engineered “backpack on wheels” enables you to haul all your gear and indulge in every adventure without compromising what gets left behind.

Photo Credit: Sylvan Sport

‘GO’ easily morphs from a low-profile high-capacity trailer, to a rugged hefty-toy-hauler, to a comfortable camper that can be pulled behind almost any vehicle. This super spacious camper, with its Hyper-Engineered aluminum frame, weighs only 700 lbs. and can haul up to 800 lbs. of gear.

Featuring 24 cubic feet of waterproof gear storage (9 cubic feet lockable), ‘GO’ cruises with kayaks and canoes stowed securely, plus racking systems for bikes, boards and other fun gear.

Photo Credit: Sylvan Sport

With its huge capacity, ‘GO’ frees up space inside and on the roof of your tow vehicle. Its enhanced torsion suspension provides smooth load control to help protect your stuff during the journey.

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‘GO’ easily deploys its Kelty tenting system with all components already on-board—no extra tools, no PhD in physics required. And you choose from multiple sleeping configurations—all of which feature spaciousness and all-weather protection.

Source: Sylvan Sport
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Jun 6, 2009

Warm Weather Brings More Business To Idaho RV Dealers

A story from KIDK CBS reports Idaho RV dealers are experiencing more business as the summer season gets stared.

According to the story, customers are determined to get outdoors with their RV rather than stay home. The urge to make memories and have fun in the warm weather is stronger than economic worries.

Big discounts from RV manufacturers are also drawing customers to RV lots. Current RV owners are keeping maintenance departments busy.

Source: KIDK.com
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Jun 5, 2009

Navistar Affiliate Completes Purchase of Certain Monaco Coach Assets

Navistar International Corporation has announced that an affiliate has completed the purchase of certain assets of the recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturing business of Monaco Coach Corporation.

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“Navistar’s entry into the RV business through the purchase of certain Monaco Coach assets fits our strategy of leveraging our assets to expand our diesel business, serve the end customer through robust parts and service, and will complement our Workhorse chassis business,” said Jack Allen, president of Navistar’s North American truck group. “The Monaco brand is a market leader with a strong reputation and Navistar is pleased to add it to our portfolio of leading brands and businesses.”

The new company, named Monaco RV LLC, will be a wholly-owned affiliate of Navistar Inc., Navistar’s principal operating company, and headquartered in Coburg, Oregon.

“Providing the RV market with the right vehicles at the right time will be Monaco RV’s first order of business,” added Allen. “Our management teams will spend these first few weeks ramping up the business at a pace commensurate with demand.”

Source: Navistar
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Jun 4, 2009

Lightweight RVs Help RV Dealer Boost Sales

The Houston Chronicle features a story on Larry Troutt, an RV dealer in Houston, Texas and how his dealership is weathering a tough economy for RV sales.

According to the Houston Chronicle story, Troutt has dealt with rough economic times in the early 1980s at his father’s travel trailer business.

Troutt's RV dealership, Topper’s Camping Center, specializes in lightweight RVs. Lighter RVs have grown in popularity thanks to their fuel efficiency. Topper’s Camping Center achieved the highest volume in light-weight camper trailer sales out of 75 dealers in the state of Texas last year.

The Internet plays a key role in bringing customers to Topper's Camping Center's rural location. Customers use the Internet to find the RV they want before they arrive.

Source: The Houston Chronicle
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Jun 3, 2009

Thetford hosts Brian Brawdy and the GREEN RV in Ann Arbor and at the OWAA Conference in Grand Rapids

Nationally-recognized Green RVer Brian Brawdy will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan, June 12 to tour Thetford Corporation’s world headquarters and manufacturing facilities.

He will then join Thetford officials at the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) convention in Grand Rapids, June 13-16, to promote both the state of Michigan and a green RV lifestyle to hunters and fisherman.

Brawdy is known as an outdoor adventure expert and environmental pioneer. He has appeared on CNN, Fox News, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The New York Times, ABC, CBS, NBC, WGN, Fox, The CW and other media outlets across North America.

Thetford Corporation has teamed up with Brawdy for a new product introduction initiative. Committed to developing high-quality green products, Thetford recently introduced a new line of Design for the Environment (DfE)–recognized RV care products.

Source: Brian Bawdy and Thetford
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