Dec 30, 2009

2010 Celebrates 100 Years of the RV Lifestyle

2010 will mark the 100th anniversary of the RV.

The RV has evolved over 100 years from early wood campers to luxurious class A models equipped with GPS and high-definition TV. In the early days of RVs there were few gas stations and roads were often not paved, a long way from smooth-driving and air conditioned models of today.

The Detroit News reports on the 100 year RV anniversary and the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum & Library, located in Elkhart Indiana.

Photo Credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame & Library

The RV/MH Hall of Fame & Library is 56,000 square foot facility honoring industry leaders and featuring a museum of vintage RVs ranging from a 1928 Wiedman Camp Body on Stewart Truck Chassis (above) to the first motorhome built by Winnebago (below).

Photo Credit: RV/MH Hall of Fame & Library

This video celebrates 100 years of the American Tradition of RVing.

Source: The Detroit News and RV/MH Hall of Fame & Library
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Dec 23, 2009

MaxxAir Vent Corporation's Fan/Mate Models 850 and 950 Rain Covers

MaxxAir Vent Corporation's improved Fan/Mate models 850 and 950 rain covers completely enclose a roof fan or roof vent. They provide fresh air while also offering excellent rain protection for the rig's interior.

Photo Credit: Maxx Air

With a vent area 20% larger than the previous version, the new Fan/Mate models 850 and 950 ensure even better fan performance by allowing high-volume air-flow.

Their redesigned louvers and protective, galvanized screens serve as a superior safeguard against rain and keep wind-blown leaves and debris out of the fan's blades.

Due to the covers' hinged mounting brackets, opening the Fan/Mate cover doesn't require any tools and allows easy access for servicing the fan.

Source: Maxx Air
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Dec 21, 2009

Fleetwood RV to Offer Aqua-Hot Hydronic Heating Systems On American Coach and Revolution LE models

Aqua-Hot Heating Systems has announced after extensive testing, Fleetwood RV will offer innovative Aqua-Hot Hydronic Heating Systems on its American Coach and Revolution LE models.
Aqua-Hot sales and marketing manager Harold Ogden made the announcement. "This relationship gives us the chance to partner with a premier RV manufacturer," said Ogden. "By working with an industry-leading company that produces superior motor homes, such as the luxury American Coach line, we can continue making the road a more comfortable place." "

Aqua-Hot's quality and brand name recognition with our owners is a tremendous asset and complements our product offering," said John Draheim, president and COO of Fleetwood RV.

Source: Aqua-Hot Heating Systems
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Dec 19, 2009

The Allegro Breeze by Tiffin Motor Home Chosen "Best of Show" at National RV Trade Show

RV Business reports that the Allegro Breeze by Tiffin Motor Home has been chosen as ”Best of Show”. at the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show.

According to RV Business, the Allegro Breeze was chosen because its features and design may indicate the future direction of motorized RVs.

The story also reports the Allegro Breeze is expected to be available around March 2010.

Source: RV Business
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Dec 18, 2009

Winnebago Industries Reports Improved Financial Results and Increased Demand

Winnebago recently reported improved financial results for the Company's first quarter of fiscal year 2010 and increased demand for RVs. Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 ended November 28, 2009 were $81.0 million, an increase of 16.7 percent, versus $69.4 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2009.

Photo Credit: Winnebago

According to Winnebago, "We are extremely pleased to see an increase in revenues, as well as posting a small gross profit in our first quarter," said Winnebago Industries' Chairman, CEO and President Bob Olson. "As difficult as this recession has been for Winnebago Industries and the entire RV industry, we believe the worst may be over."

Winnebago Industries' sales order backlog was 1,521 motor homes at November 28, 2009, an increase of 350 percent compared to the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2009. This also represents an increase of 62 percent from August 29, 2009, the end of our fourth quarter. "The increased demand for our products is particularly noteworthy since it is seasonally very unusual to have a significant increase at this time of year," said Olson.

"We have seen particular strength in the backlog for our Class A gas and diesel products. Due to the escalation of our sales order backlog, we have increased our production levels and during the first quarter of fiscal 2010, our employment grew by approximately 350 employees."

Source: Winnebago
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Dec 8, 2009

Airstream Aims to Expand Consumer Base by Offering Broader Range of Travel Trailers and Touring Coaches

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Airstream recently announced that it is expanding its line of iconic travel trailers and touring coaches in an effort to welcome new consumers to the Airstream lifestyle.

According to Bob Wheeler, Airstream President and CEO “Our brand is synonymous with adventure. By providing products at a broader range of price points, sizes, and decors, we’re creating an opportunity for more people to answer the call of the open road.”

The new International Serenity (pictured below) promotes a tranquil atmosphere while Victorinox Swiss Army Special Edition (above)  captures the adventurous spirit of two iconic brands.

 Photo Credit: Airstream

The Interstate Class B motorhome’s all-new Sand Pearl interior sets a new standard for luxury touring while the brand’s first ever Class B motorhome built on a Chevrolet chassis will make its debut next spring.

 Photo Credit: Airstream

The incredibly popular International series will replace its Ocean Breeze variant with the all-new Serenity. Geared towards a design-savvy audience, every color, shape, surface, and texture contributes to an atmosphere of relaxed luxury and tranquility.

 Photo Credit: Airstream

Like all International models, the Serenity is equipped for your go-anywhere-any-time lifestyle with Internet hook-up, satellite pre-wire and optional solar package. The International is available in 16, 19, 23, 25, 27 and 28-foot lengths.

 Photo Credit: Airstream

Source: Airstream
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Dec 3, 2009

Jayco and SFC Smart Fuel Cell To Research Fuel Cells For RVs

During the 47th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, Jayco and SFC Smart Fuel Cell announced a joint research and market development alliance to study the feasibility of the utilization of fuel cell technology in North American recreation vehicles.

According to SFC Smart Fuel, in the past months, Jayco has tested the EFOY product series for a new lightweight, low energy consumption series of recreational vehicles.

The EFOY fuel cell series, consisting of three models with a charging capacity of 900 to 2,200 watt hours each per day, depending on individual power requirements, ensures 24/7 power availability in any season and weather.

"We are enthusiastic about this research and market development alliance which has the capability of providing our customers with a reliable power and zero-emission solution for their Jayco RV”, says Derald Bontrager, Jayco’s president and chief operating officer. “Reliable, comfortable and environmentally-friendly power supply is a significant concern for RV owners and the EFOY provides an excellent alternative: The fuel cell does not generate smell or noise, is small and lightweight, fully automatic and always available”.

Source: SFC Smart Fuel Cell
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Dec 2, 2009

RV Trader iPhone Application Puts 45,000 New and Used RVs at Shoppers’ Fingertips

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RV Trader has released an iPhone application that puts more than 45,000 new and used RVs at shoppers’ fingertips. The free RV Trader application can be downloaded from the lifestyle section of the iTunes Store by searching the key phrase “RV Trader.”

The new RV Trader iPhone app is GPS-sensitive, allowing RV shoppers to quickly find nearby RVs for sale. The search tool allows users to search for RVs by type, new or used condition, price range, and model year in a specific zip code or by location. The application also saves the user’s recent searches and vehicles viewed to make finding RVs even easier.

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"We are excited to provide for our customers the convenience to search the over 45,000 RVs for sale on by downloading the iPhone App. The usage trend for mobile devices continues to grow and we will continue to develop solutions to enhance the results our customers can expect to receive by being a part of our dynamic marketplace," said Tim Custer, general manager of RV Trader.

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Photo Credit: RV Trader
The RV Trader application lets users view multiple RV and dealer locations on enhanced Google maps and quickly access driving directions. Each RV listing provides a detailed description along with multiple photos of the RV for sale. YouTube and manufacturer videos appear on select listings.

When shoppers have found the perfect RV they can save the RV listing to their wish list, call or e-mail the RV seller, map out directions to the RV, or send the RV to a friend.

Source: RV Trader
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