Oct 30, 2013

RVDA Quality Circle Awarded to Thor Motor Coach

October 30, 2013 (Elkhart, In.) – Leading motorhome manufacturer, Thor Motor Coach has earned the prestigious Quality Circle Award for 2013 from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).

“Without our valued dealers and retail customers, we cannot succeed,” said Dana Simon, Vice President of Sales at Thor Motor Coach.   “Continued effectiveness of programs like the “Shield of Protectionhelp us strive to be the best partner in the business. The key to Thor Motor Coach’s success are innovative products offered at a competitive price, all backed by superior sales, parts and warranty support.  Game changing products like the new Axis & Vegas RUV’s (Recreational Utility Vehicles) are proof of this commitment to our partners. ”

“We are honored to be recognized by our dealers for this significant award and thank them for their support and partnership,” said Ron Davidson, VP of Operations for Thor Motor Coach.  “Our comprehensive “Shield of Protection” program has been instrumental in receiving this award.”

“The program starts with our Gold Star Inspection, a detailed inspection which produces consistent and superior quality products to our dealers,” continued Davidson. “The remaining components deliver exceptional customer support after the sale, which makes ownership of a Thor Motor Coach product so desirable.  The Concierge Connection provides new owners with a personal Thor Motor Coach contact for assistance as needed.  The Rapid Response parts initiative provides that essential parts are stocked at all times for quick shipment.  Single Source warranty cuts down on the hassle of dealing with multiple vendors.  And lastly, 24/7 Factory Support delivers technical support day or night from our highly trained Thor Motor Coach technicians. “

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Oct 29, 2013

Leisure Travel Vans Debuts 2014 ‘Free Spirit TE’

Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E RV announced the launch of a 23-foot Free Spirit TE luxury touring coach in its Leisure Travel Vans lineup.
Built for convenience and flexibility, the Free Spirit TE features dual sliding doors, room for seven and two fuel-efficient powertrain options, according to a press release.
Exclusive to Leisure Travel Vans, the 2014 Free Spirit TE offers dual sliding doors, giving passengers “unmatched comfort and convenience,” the company said. The coach also offers four Ultraleather seats up front, room for three on the rear sofa, a passenger side screen door and TVs in both the front and rear.
Upscale amenities include handcrafted solid-wood cabinetry, French-seamed upholstery and Corian Private Collection countertops. The attention to detail continues to the exterior, including an optional new roof trim kit that gives the coach an even sleeker look.
Built on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 dual rear wheel chassis, the Free Spirit TE is powered by either a 3.0-liter V6 BlueTEC Turbo Diesel with 188hp and 325 foot-pound of torque, or the new 2.1-liter, 4-cylinder BlueTEC Turbo Diesel with 161hp and 265 foot-pound of torque and 7-speed transmission. The Free Spirit TE provides an estimated 18-22 mpg.
The Free Spirit TE also features bi-xenon headlamps, a multi-function steering wheel, front and rear Parktronics parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist and high beam assist.
With MSRPs start at $119,600 USD, the Free Spirit TE begins production in early 2014 and will be distributed throughout Leisure Travel Vans dealers in North America.
Take a virtual tour of the Free Spirit TE on the new Leisure Travel Vans website. To create a more interactive experience, the new website features 3D floorplans, tour videos and high-quality photo galleries. There is also a new ‘compare all’ tool to help users see how the Free Spirit TE stacks up against the rest of the LTV product lineup.
For more information, visit www.leisurevans.com.
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Oct 15, 2013

B&W Debuting 20,000-Pound Companion Hitch

B&W Trailer Hitches has introduced its new RVB3500 Companion fifth-wheel aftermarket trailer hitch sporting a 20,000-pound capacity. According to a press release, the new Companion hitch employs B&W’s unique Turnoverball mounting design that promotes quick, single-point hitch installation. The quiet riding hitch is designed to handle today’s heavier trailers and pickups with varying truck bed configurations.
B&W’s earlier Companion model had an 18,000-pound towing capacity, but remained virtually unaltered since its inception in 1998. The new 20,000-pound rated Companion fifth-wheel trailer hitch has all the features that RV owners and dealers favored in its predecessor.
“The combination of product quality and reliability, along with B&W’s reputation among customers, have made the B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch our most popular,” Don Collins, president, DC’s RV Campers. “With its 20,000-pound towing capacity, enhanced height adjustment and flexible installation design, we anticipate that the new Companion will be even more commercially successful than its forerunner.”
The new Companion hitch features two adjustable pivot arms that can be oriented horizontally, relative to the truck’s axle, and vertically to allow trailers to clear the taller truck bed walls now on many late-model pickups. The new hitch also features adjustable plastic feet that allow the hitch to adapt and mount snugly to an ever-increasing variety of truck bed corrugation patterns.
The entire system is made of top-quality American steel and is finished top to bottom with a tough, durable powder coating. Once installed, the substructure leaves the truck bed totally unobstructed. The substructure’s socket accommodates any of seven different Turnoverball-style hitches, including the RVB3500 Companion.
The single-post hitch base drops easily into the socket and, once married to the substructure uses adaptable leveling feet for stabilization and bolts to lock it securely into position. Pivot arms are also fully adjustable with a height range of 16 1/4 inches to 18 1/4 inches. The arms feature thick polyurethane bushings that allow the locked coupler head to pivot effortlessly, and the coupler head itself is fitted with a hydraulic dampening mechanism that absorbs road shock and tilts up to seven degrees. The whole hitch system operates so smoothly and quietly that drivers and passengers sometimes have the sensation that there is no trailer being towed.
“Our new 20,000-pound rated Companion hitch is a response to recent trends in the structure and shape of truck beds, along with the increasing lengths and weights of trailers,” Cleat Stockebrand, product design engineer for B&W Trailer Hitches, said. “The new Companion hitch base takes advantage of the structural features of late model truck beds, optimizing the capacity of the hitch and giving customers the needed adjustments to accommodate their towing needs.”
For more information visit http://www.Turnoverball.com/.

Courtesy:  RVBusiness.com
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First West Coast Display Of Trend And Travato, New Minnie Winnie 22R On Display

FOREST CITY, Iowa, Oct. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, is showcasing several new and exciting products at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's 61st California RV Show in Pomona, CA, going on now through October 20, 2013, including the Solei 38R, Minnie Winnie 22R, Trend and Travato motorhomes.

The new Solei 38R floorplan is on display for the first time at a retail event.  Providing a luxury Class A diesel at an affordable price, the Solei is built on the Freightliner® XCS straight-rail chassis which provides a solid foundation with a Cummins 340-hp diesel engine and Allison six-speed transmission delivering the power.  Diesel pushers are known for storage and the Solei ups the ante with its Smart StorageTM design that pushes capacity even further.  Inside, the Solei has fine amenities such as polished Corian galley countertops, coffee-glazed cabinetry, upscale entertainment features, and LED lighting.  The 38R features two slideout rooms with an exceptional bath-and-a-half floorplan.  A rear master suite provides a private rear bathroom and a queen-size bed with large wardrobe and a 28" HDTV that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing.  The 38R also includes a Flex Bed system that provides bunk beds, wardrobe, or converts into a dinette.  Also standard in the 38R is a half bath, Comfort Sofa Sleeper, BenchMark dinette with Dream DinetteTM table, full-featured galley with pantry and residential refrigerator, and large 50" LED HDTV above the optional fireplace.

Also debuting at the show is the new Minnie Winnie 22R Class C built on the Ford E350 chassis.  The 22R provides great function and full amenities in a compact size. With a rear corner bed, and U-shaped dinette that folds into a bed and overhead cab bed, the 22R has the ability to sleep up to 6 people.  The 22R also features a large wardrobe and large exterior rear trunk storage.

The Pomona Show is also the first West Coast showing of the new Trend and Travato.  Winnebago Industries is the first to build a Class C motorhome on the Ram ProMaster chassis with the world renowned V6 Pentastar gas engine and 9,350 lb. GVWR, six air bags in the cab for added safety, and best in class cab ergonomics and visibility.  The nicely affordable new Winnebago Trend delivers peppy, fuel-efficiency and comfortable living space for up to six people.  Both 24' floorplans feature a powered StudioLoftTM bed that lifts tight to the ceiling to conserve space during the day.  Other features include energy-saving LED lighting and available soft, easy-to-clean UltraleatherTM furniture.  The Trend features industry-leading three-point seat belts in the dinette.  The 23B offers front swivel cab seats, a sofa/bed and dinette, a large, full-featured mid-coach galley and rear bath. Two large sleeping spaces provide comfortable sleeping for four adults with the Queen size front loft bed and a King size Flex Bed System. The 23L also features swivel cab seats expanding the living area of the motor home, as well as a forward-facing dinette on the driver's side and a side-facing dinette bench seat on the curb side of the unit. Together these comfortable seating spaces convert into one convenient sleeping space.  Additional sleeping space is available with the rear corner bed and front Studio Loft bed.  A mid-coach L-shaped galley is full featured and has a forward facing sink.

The Travato is the latest Class B motorhome to join the Winnebago Touring Coach lineup. The Travato is also built on the Ram ProMaster chassis. At just under 21' long, the Travato is unbelievably agile while still offering a full-feature RV experience that is perfect for the adventurous explorer. Travato also provides value-conscious enthusiasts amazing fuel efficiency.  With swivel cab seats, LED ceiling lights, standard touch-screen navigation, a split dinette, and an abundance of features, the Travato delivers a whole lot of fun.  The Travato is the only product in its industry segment to provide a 3-point seat belt harness for passengers in the dinette.  The innovative 59G floorplan features a rear double bed that is designed to flip up out of the way to allow for large items like bicycles to be stored securely inside and making them easily accessible through the large double doors at the rear of the coach.  The Flex Bed system allows for additional sleeping in the front of the unit as well.  
Feel free to stop by Winnebago Industries' display in Booth # 3001, 4001 and 1021, where you will find the full complement of 2014 Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and SunnyBrook motorhome and towable products on display. 

About Winnebago Industries, Inc. - "The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes®", is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company and its subsidiary build quality motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheel products, and transit buses under the Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach, SunnyBrook and Metro brand names. Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award's inception in 1996.
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Oct 10, 2013

The 2014 Winnebago Forza™ − Go Forward!

It is time to go diesel with the all-new, pleasantly priced Winnebago Forza. The Freightliner® XCS straight-rail chassis provides a solid foundation with a Cummins® 340-hp diesel engine and Allison® six-speed transmission delivering the power. Diesel pushers are known for storage and the Forza ups the ante with its Smart Storage™ design that pushes capacity even further. Inside, you will appreciate fine amenities such as polished Corian® galley countertops, coffee-glazed cabinetry, upscale entertainment features, and LED lighting. Take a stroll through the 34T and 38R and you will already be planning your first adventure in your new Winnebago Forza.

- All-new Class A diesel pusher series
- Two floorplans – the 34T and 38R
- Attractive price
- Loaded with standard features
o Powered driver and passenger seats in leatherette
o Radio/rearview color monitor system with 6" touch screen
o Powered mirrors with defrost/side-view cameras
o Powered MCD visor shade for the front windshield
o MCD blackout shades in the coach area
o Soft vinyl ceilings
o LED ceiling lights
o Vinyl tile flooring throughout
o Polished Corian galley countertops and tiled backsplash
o Home theater sound bar with DVD/CD player
o Full-coach water filtration system
o 6,000-watt Cummins Onan® diesel generator
o 2,000-watt inverter/charger
o Roof A/C with heat pump
o Hydraulic leveling jacks
o Dual-glazed Contour™ coach windows
o Heated holding tank compartment
o Powered patio awning with LED lighting
o Exterior wash station
o Low profile allows unit to fit through 12' door opening while having amazing storage of up to 228 cubic feet (38R)

- Available features:
o Fireplace, +Lounger, powered StudioLoft™ (34T only), stackable washer/dryer, automatic HDTV satellite antenna system, satellite radio, and Ideal Rest® Noveau™ air sleep system

34T floorplan
The new 34T is a real value in a fully equipped Class A diesel motorhome. This beautifully appointed coach offers a driver's side slide with the unique inLounge™ extendable U-shaped sectional sofa/sleeper in leatherette, versatile inTable™ movable drop-leaf table, and a passenger side slide galley with island sink. The 34T also features a large private bath, queen-size walk-around bed, and a large wardrobe.

38R floorplan
The 38R features two slideout rooms with an exceptional bath-and-a-half floorplan. A rear master suite provides a private rear bathroom and a queen-size bed with large wardrobe and a 28" HDTV that flips down from the ceiling for easy viewing. The 38R also includes a Flex Bed system that provides bunk beds, wardrobe, or converts into a dinette, whichever you choose. Also standard in the 38R is a half bath, Comfort Sofa Sleeper, BenchMark® dinette with Dream Dinette™ table, full-featured galley with pantry and residential refrigerator, and large 50" HDTV above the optional fireplace.
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Oct 8, 2013

Lifestyle Luxury RV – Strong Consumer and Dealer Response and Quick Turns

LIFESTYLE Luxury RV, manufactured in Middlebury, Indiana, assembled a team of the industry’s best and brightest who are putting their expertise to work to give the RV industry a new choice for resort-ready luxury fifth-wheels. The company focuses on creating the ideal year-round living experience through construction that’s second to none and by delivering a higher level of service to both dealers and customers.

Recognition came early for Lifestyle Luxury RV as the brand gained notoriety at the National Recreational Vehicles Industry Association (RVIA) trade show in December of 2012.  Winner of both RV Business Magazines’ Top RV Debuts for 2013 and RV Pro Magazines’ Best of Show for 2013, the product was off and running. Since that time, as dealerships have steadily grown across the country, Lifestyle has also become a consumer favorite.  This consumer appreciation is shown in sales, with over 40 percent of the Lifestyle Luxury RVs having been sold since the brand was founded in February of 2012.

Family owned La Mesa RV, with 12 dealerships nationwide in the states of California, New Mexico, Arizona and Florida, is having great success with the Lifestyle Luxury RV.
“The Lifestyle is doing well,” said family member and Head of Towable Sales, Jason Kimbrell. “Certain categories have exceeded expectations. I don’t think anyone thought there was the market there is for high end fifth-wheels like the Lifestyle.”

Kimbrell spoke to the type of consumer purchasing Lifestyle. “This is definitely a niche product.” For the savvy fifth-wheel buyer, the difference is clear — the difference is LIFESTYLE Luxury RV.

For more information, visit Lifestyle LuxuryRV, or contact Lifestyle Luxury RV at 574.825.5578.
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New Alfa Gold fiver by Lifestyle Luxury RV

The New Alfa Gold fiver by Lifestyle Luxury RV (a division of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles) is built for travel and the ultimate in comfort. Built on the Titan Structure™ frame, a double-stacked, box-steel tube frame, that is designed for superior strength and durability.

Inside, you will find the luxury and attention to fit and finish you have come to expect from a Lifestyle Luxury RV. With residential, high-end kitchens and plush furniture and appointments for relaxing, you will find everything you need for traveling in comfort and style as well as entertaining your family and friends.

Corian™ countertops, a large stainless steel sink and a double door refrigerator/freezer give your inner master chef plenty of room to prepare and serve meals. A big screen TV in the living room, fireplace (complete with heater) and LED lighting create a comfortable home-away-from-home that you won’t want to leave.

Large pass through storage with slam latch baggage doors, and a huge spa inspired wardrobe in the bedroom offer you plenty of storage space for bringing all the comforts of home with you. A full 60” dresser has plenty of storage space for clothes and other necessities. A large walk in shower gives a residential feel, while a large medicine cabinet has room for all your toiletries.

Contact your local Lifestyle Luxury RVdealer to view the New Alfa Gold and see how its attention to quality and luxury!
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