Feb 26, 2014

Eugene RV Show Scheduled for Feb. 28-March 2

The Eugene RV Show returns to Oregon’s Lane County Fairgrounds, running Feb. 28 to March 2.
According to a press release, participating dealers will include Al’s Trailer Sales, George M. Sutton RV, Paul Evert’s RV Country, RV Outlet, and The RV Corral showcasing hundreds of new and used RV’s. Free parking and admission is available all three days.
The event will encompass over 70,000 square feet of indoor space, along with acres of outside displays. RV service, accessories, and RV destination resorts will also be on display and George M. Sutton RV will be showcasing the “Boss Bug Out Shelter,” designed by survival expert Tim Ralston for Little Guy Manufacturing.
For more information or to enter a special promotion by RV Trade visit www.eugenervshow.com.
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EverGreen Recreational Vehicle’s Innovative Amped Toy Hauler Receives 2014 Best of Show Honors from RV Pro Magazine

Middlebury, Ind.— EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC, is proud to announce the Amped Toy Hauler has been named a “2014 Best of Show” from RV Pro Magazine. The award was announced in the January issue of the magazine and is available to subscribers now.

“We are thrilled that our Amped Toy Hauler was named Best of Show by RV Pro Magazine,” said EverGreen RV President and COO Mark Boessler. “We knew when we created this travel trailer we had designed something unique. With storage space only found in a fifth-wheel, the Amped is a perfect solution for SUV and pickup owners who prefer conventional towing.”

“The Amped offers several features typically found only in upscale fifth-wheels,” stated RV Pro Magazine. “This includes substantial pass through trunk and basement storage space thanks to its Z-Frame Technology. The fact that the toy hauler ramp can be partially lowered to create a patio deck is also a nice bonus.” 

The Amped Toy Hauler is available in five floor plans ranging from 22 to 32 feet. Other unique features include the use of composite materials in the interior sidewalls and wall-to-wall loading with no wheel wells in the garage area.

Savvy RV consumers are increasingly investing in “The EverGreen Difference” as the company continues to dramatically lead the towable RV segment in sales. Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

To learn more about the entire family of EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, travel trailers and fifth-wheels, and find a dealer near you, visit www.GoEverGreenRV.com
Write: EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2,
Middlebury, IN 46540
Phone: 574-825-4298 Fax: 574-825-4299

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Thor Motor Coach Ranks #1 Motorhome Brand US & North America

Elkhart, Indiana – The retail customers have chosen, nearly  1 out of every 4 motorhomes sold in America are a Thor Motor Coach making them the #1 brand of motorhomes in the United States for 2013*. Thor Motor Coach’s motorhomes make up more than 23% of the US market share.

The combination of retail sales from the United States and Canada also make Thor Motor Coach the clear retail leader for all of North America for the 3rd year in a row.

Outstanding performance from individual motorhome brands include A.C.E., the #1 selling Class A motorhome, and Four Winds, the #1 selling Class Cmotorhome. Other big market share gainers include the Palazzo brand of diesel motorhome with a 200% increase, the Windsport Class A RV with a 104% increase and the Tuscany brand of luxury diesel motorhome with an 63% increase in units retailed during 2013.

Innovative and revolutionary new designs like the Axis and Vegas brands of RecreationalUtility Vehicles (RUVs) created a whole new segment of motorhomes, making a big impression with the media and consumers throughout the RV industry.  The Outlaw brand of Toy Haulers continued to build a strong presence in the market with the introduction of two new Class C model’s, helping it to gain a substantial 63% unit sales increase over 2012.

“We are thrilled with the results. I really believe this is testament to the team we have at Thor Motor Coach. Our product planning, engineering, sales and manufacturing personnel have all pushed themselves to create the most innovative products in the market,” stated Dana Simon, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Thor Motor Coach. “Over the years, our dealer partners have been the key contributor in promoting our brand. We cannot express how much gratitude we have for them and how much we value their relationships. We would also like to say thank you to the owners of TMC motorhomes. Their enthusiasm for our coaches is undeniable.”

To find out more about Thor Motor Coach and the best-selling RV models in the US and Canada, visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com or call 1-800-860-5658.

*Data based on retail sales provided by Statistical Survey’s, Grand Rapids, Michigan

About Thor Motor Coach
Motorhome Manufacturer Thor Motor Coach, Inc. is an operating unit of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), producing various motorized recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Thor Motor Coach RV brands include Siesta Sprinter and Citation Sprinter Class B+ Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based Diesel Motorhomes; Siesta and Citation Class B Plus Motorhomes; Four Winds and Chateau Class C Motorhomes; A.C.E., Axis RUV,Challenger, Hurricane, Miramar, Windsport and Vegas RUV Class A Motorhomes; Outlaw ToyHauler Class A and Class C Motorhomes; and Palazzo, Tuscany XTE and Tuscany Class A DieselMotorhomes. For more information, visitThorMotorCoach.com or call 800-860-5658.

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Feb 19, 2014

Thor Motor Coach’s Motorhomes a Hit at 2014 RV Shows

Elkhart, IN (February 17th, 2014) From coast to coast, motorhomes from North America’s #1 Motorhome Manufacturer are the hit of retail RV Shows.

“Every RV Show so far this year is getting positive feedback. Consumers are really enjoying the innovative product changes we are engineering into our gas-powered motorhomes,” commented Joel Grimm, National Sales Manager for Class C and Class A Gas Motorhomes.

The new Axis and Vegas Recreational Utility Vehicle (RUV) Class A motorhomes have been the talk of the show circuit. These compact motorhomes continue to draw new people to the RV lifestyle. The RUVs are targeted at the same market as large automobile-based SUVs. The RUV eliminates all of the shortcomings of a traditional SUV by providing a self-contained environment including kitchen, dining, bathroom and sleeping facilities in a small 25-foot package.  The Axis and Vegas also boast having received the inaugural “RVBusiness 2014 RV of the Year” award. Rollin’ on TV takes a look at RV Business’ RV of the Year winner: http://goo.gl/ofv3H6

Other motorhomes that have had a major impact this show season include the Outlaw Toyhauler, now with a complete line-up of Class A and Class C motorhomes ranging from 29 to 38 feet. The new 2014 Tuscany Class A motorhomes have the diesel market fired up with all new exteriors and interiors. For 2014, 40-foot Tuscany motorhomes now have all the high-end features found in the larger Tuscany Tag Axle models, including the Aqua-Hot hydronic furnace and water heating, ZF Independent Front Suspension and custom tile floor inlays.

“The Tuscany and Tuscany XTE are dominant players in today’s diesel market. Combined with the sweeping success of the already best-selling Palazzo and we have the ultimate one-two-three punch. All of our motorhomes are built with input and direction from our dealers and the owners which have helped us gain significant market share increases,” noted National Sales Manager for Class A Diesel Motorhomes, Adam Gudger.

To find an upcoming RV Show near you, visit http://blog.ThorMotorCoach.com/rv-shows/upcoming

For more information on Thor Motor Coach please visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com or call 800-860-5658.

About Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach, Inc is an operating unit of Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE:THO), producing various motorized recreational vehicles that are sold throughout the United States and Canada. Thor Motor Coach’s RV brands include Class C MotorhomesFour Winds and ChateauMercedes Benz Sprinter Based Class B+ Diesel MotorhomesSiesta Sprinter and Citation SprinterClass B Plus MotorhomesSiesta and CitationClass A Motorhomes GasA.C.E., Axis RUVDaybreakChallengerHurricaneMiramar, WindsportVegas RUV, and Outlaw Toy HaulersClass A Diesel MotorhomesPalazzo and Tuscany TAG & XTE.

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Feb 11, 2014

How to Identify which RVs are the Mostly Costly to Repair and Maintain in the Post-Recession Era

By Staci Ritchie, Market Analyst for WholesaleWarranties.com

The RV Industry has been one of the most rapidly changing businesses in the country over the last 10 years.  The incredible technology that goes into most coaches, combined with many manufacturers having gone out of business or having changed ownership, has left most RVers confused as consumers. With constant changes, it is difficult to determine what can be expected from a coach—how often will it breakdown, and how much will it cost?

This RV market volatility has made the repair business more complex and costly than ever before, adding to the struggle RV owners face when planning and budgeting for possible repairs.  As one would expect, the reliability of modern RVs varies greatly across make and model. While some RVs are famously dependable, other RV models are durable but costly to repair when they do breakdown, and some RV models are simply notorious for needing frequent, pricey repairs.  The question is: how does a consumer determine which RVs tend to be more costly to repair and maintain than others?  This article seeks to explain the potential risks of RV ownership, along with helping to accurately estimate the long term liability of future repair for any given RV.

Jeff Shelton, owner of WholesaleWarranties.com, a leading provider of discounted RV Extended Warranties, is an advocate for customers seeking information on RV breakdown statistics. Jeff states, “Finding accurate information on which RVs have the most common and costly problems can be next to impossible to discover through traditional methods.  I see more and more customers using online RV extended warranty providers like us to find out the warranty cost before they consider buying their desired RV.  Most won’t buy a vehicle that comes with a high warranty cost, since it’s in the warranty company’s best interest to incorporate accurate repair cost information into their pricing.  Whether the RVer chooses to protect their rig from breakdowns up-front with a warranty, or decides to risk it and pay for repairs as they come, most people are happy they got an idea of what to expect through our free warranty quotes.”

What is the likelihood of major breakdowns for most RVs?

It is impossible to tell how often any vehicle will experience a mechanical failure, but industry statistics do offer some insight for RV owners. The stats reveal that three out of every ten RVs will need some type of major repair by only their second year on the road, and nearly every RV by just their eighth. Along with more items to repair, RV repair facilities across the country have shown an increase in labor rates, with most charging $100 or more per hour. The cost of RV parts is even more shocking. As a nationwide average, the cost of parts for a given RV repair will average about double the cost of labor. Between the $100 for labor and $200 for parts, RV owners can expect an average of $300 or more per hour that the RV is being worked on. Unfortunately, many new RV enthusiasts neglect to include these high repair costs when crunching the numbers in their RV budget.

If breakdowns are inevitable, what are the most common items that fail, and how much could it cost?

Again, this would depend on the particular RV make and model, but the typical range owners can expect to pay for common repairs is as follows:

Common Repairs

Engine                           $1,400 - $30,000
Transmission                $1,900 to $12,000
Dash Air                        $700 - $3,800
Fuel System                  $600 - $3,400
Braking Components    $500 - $2,500
Roof A/C                       $600 - $3,500
Generator                     $400 - $4,000
Refrigerator                  $600 - $3,500
Waste System               $400 - $3,400
Leveling System            $500 to $2,000
Slide Outs                      $500 to $1,700
Heating Assembly         $300 to $1,500

Of course, some RVs will go years without any problems, while others seem to have some type of issue every time they hit the road.  For this reason, more and more people are using the internet to find out their risks by checking with RV warranty industry leaders such as WholesaleWarranties.com for warranty pricing as a guide.

RV warranty expert Jeff Shelton encourages RV owners to contact his company for a price estimate, even if they aren’t positive they’ll purchase the coverage.  Jeff states, “Whether to pay for breakdowns ahead of time or as they come up is a personal choice.   It’s our responsibility to provide accurate, reliable information on the risk and coverage that a warranty does and does not provide, and let the individual make the best choice for their RV budget. I feel the days of pushy salespeople are over. RVers come to us with different mindsets. Some are comfortable with taking the risk of RV repair on and just want to get an idea of what to expect, while others would not RV without the type of protection we provide, and we are happy to offer our service as a trustworthy place to get breakdown cost assessments either way. We are happy to offer these services, and to educate RV owners on the surprising costs of RV repair.”  For more information on obtaining RV breakdown costs and information, or for help in setting up pre-purchase inspections, visit www.WholesaleWarranties.com.
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LIVIN LITE Super Bowl Tailgating Trailer Featured on FOX NEWS

LIVIN LITE Recreational Vehicles, located in Wakarusa, IN, was recently featured on FOX NEWS during their Super Bowl Sunday coverage. The company’s Game Day tailgating trailer, featuring custom graphics for the big game, was on location at FOX’s downtown studio in Manhattan, N.Y. to show why it truly is “the ultimate tailgating experience.”

In the first aired segment, LIVIN LITE National Sales Manager Mike Tribble shared about the Game Day trailer, and it’s many unique features. With the three large swing up doors open, the 70" flat screen TV with sound system and two bar areas each with their own 60” TV and Xbox system were on display. Of particular interest were the two portable leatherette sofas, kitchen area with large four door refrigerator/freezer, stainless steel grill, stainless steel kegerator, and his & hers bathrooms. In the second segment, the tailgating trailer was featured with celebrity chef and author Eric LeVine, who who’s book  “Small Bites Big Flavor” is a best-seller, and who was named International Catering Chef of the Year.  Chef LeVine shared tips and recipes for the perfect tailgating Super Bowl party.

The Game Day trailer features LIVIN LITE’s standard “no wood -- no rot” all-aluminum and composite construction so this 28’ unit weighs in at a mere 4,500 lbs which can be pulled by most SUVs. Each trailer can be customized in a variety of painted aluminum exterior colors ready for your team’s graphics. Keep your eyes out, too, for a Race Day trailer the company has in the works for the upcoming NASCAR season!

For more information on LIVIN LITE’s new Game Day trailer or any of their other ultra-lightweight products, visit their website at www.LIVINLITE.com or call 574.862.2228
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LIVIN LITE Introduces new BEARCAT Offroad Campers

LIVIN LITE Recreational Vehicles, manufacturer of ultra-lightweight, all-aluminum and composite constructed automotive campers, travel trailers and toy haulers is taking their units off-roading. “99% OF THE WORLD IS UNPAVED – Get Out There and Experience It!” is the mantra behind LIVIN LITE’s new line of BEARCAT Offroad Campers. With a wide variety of models available, including travel trailers, automotive tent campers and toy haulers, there’s an affordable BEARCAT Offroad Camper to meet every lifestyle and budget need! 

These ultra lightweight campers are designed for the rugged terrain that offroad adventurers crave, featuring all-aluminum and composite construction, including the interior cabinetry, along with increased ground clearance and rugged, all-terrain tires.  Consumers can choose from different accent colors on the exterior of their BEARCAT, providing a better match with their particular ATV or dirt bike.

If you are the kind of camper who loves to get away from the masses, and enjoy looking to take your camping off-road, be sure to visit LIVIN LITE’s website at www.LIVINLITE.com to review the latest information and photos on the exciting BEARCAT line of offroad campers.
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Winnebago Announces new Travato at Chicago Auto Show

FOREST CITY, Iowa, Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE:WGO), a leading United States (U.S.) recreation vehicle manufacturer, announced the appearance of the Winnebago Touring Coach Travato(TM) in the Chicago Auto Show, February 8 - 17, 2014.  The Travato is appearing in the Ram Truck display at the Show, and was also featured in a private media event on Wednesday, February 5. 

The Travato is the newest Class B motorhome to join the Winnebago Touring CoachTM lineup.  At 20' long, the Travato is unbelievably agile, while still offering a full-feature RV experience that is perfect for the adventurous explorer.  Built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, the Travato is value-priced with estimated fuel efficiency of 16-18 mpg.  With swivel cab seats, LED ceiling lights, standard touch-screen navigation, a split dinette, and an abundance of features, the Travato delivers a whole new level of Class B value, style and living. 

About Winnebago 
Winnebago, "The Most Recognized Name in Motorhomes(R)", 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 motorhomes, 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 1996.  The Company's common stock is listed on the New York and Chicago Stock Exchanges and traded under the symbol WGO.  Options for the Company's common stock are traded on the Chicago Board Options Exchange.  For access to Winnebago Industries' investor relations material or to add your name to an automatic email list for Company news releases, visit, http://www.winnebagoind.com/investor.html.
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Feb 5, 2014

Jellystone Park Employees Include College Students from Around the World

MILFORD, Ohio, Feb. 4, 2014 — People who camp at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts often get more than a chance to interact with Yogi Bear, Boo Boo and Ranger Smith. 
They also get to engage in fun family activities with college students from Europe, Africa, China and the Caribbean.
“We have more than a dozen parks that supplement their local employees with foreign college students,” said Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Jellystone Parks. “They can really enhance the camping experience and give our guests a chance to meet people from all over the world.”
“Our guests just love them,” said Robert Yaquinto, who along with his wife Diane, are national supervisors for Legacy RV Resorts, which owns five Jellystone Parks in five states, including Cherokee, N.C.; Milton, Penn.; Pelahatchie, Miss.; Waller, Texas;  and Warrens, Wis.
The students are pre-screened by Chicago based CCI Greenheart, which specializes in recruiting foreign college students for temporary work assignments in many positions, such as amusement parks, grocery stores, water parks, ski resorts, concessions, as well as RV Resorts and Campgrounds.
“You can hire the students off CCI’s job board or you can Skype with them.  But we like to prescreen them in person when possible,” Yaquinto said, adding that he and his wife, Diane, have hired students from all over Europe, the Middle East and China.  “Last year we hired students from Turkey and Jordan.  We also hired from the Ukraine.”
In late January, the Yaquintos traveled to the Dominican Republic to interview students there. They also plan to travel to China in the spring, where they will interview student job applicants in Chanchun, Haikou and Guangzhou.
Altogether the Yaquintos plan to hire about 100 students for the 2014 summer travel season.  Robert Yaquinto said they travel overseas because they cannot hire enough local college students to fill their labor needs, which peak between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Campgrounds are eager to hire high school and college students to fill these jobs during the summer season. Early school start dates in many areas of the country make it impossible for campgrounds to keep their labor force intact for as much as a third of the summer travel season.  Most campgrounds are also located in rural areas where there are not enough high school or college students close by to fill temporary work assignments.
But Yaquinto said foreign college students do more than satisfy labor needs.  They also enrich the experience for campground guests in many ways.  “Everyone wears a name tag in our parks with their name and their country.  Our guests see that and want to talk to the students,” Yaquinto said.
“The students are usually working in areas of the campground that allow them to interact with our guests, such as in our recreation department, snack bar, or by the pool since they often work as life guards or pool attendants,” Yaquinto said, adding, “When we do Karaoke events these students will sing songs in their native languages and our guests just love it.”
The students also benefit from their experience of working and interacting with Americans.  “They just don’t want to improve their English, “Yaquinto said, “They want to learn about our customs.  In Texas they learn about boots, cowboys, and barbecues.  We try to provide them with a wide range of field trips during their stay so they can attend ballgames, museums, national monuments, and of course shopping malls!  The students also participate in campground potlucks and cook dishes from their native countries.  Our other employees also benefit from getting to know the foreign students. Two years ago we had some of our local lifeguards in Missouri travel to the Ukraine during their Christmas vacation to visit some of the students they had met that summer.”
Yaquinto said he also likes to hire students from many different countries to further enrich the cultural experience for the students.  Students are given flags from their country to display outside their cabins, which gives an international feel to the campground.  “Sometimes two or three students from different countries will share the same housing and have different flags posted outside,” he said.

About Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park™ Camp-Resorts

Launched in 1969, the Jellystone Park system is the second largest chain of campgrounds in the United States, boasting 80 campgrounds with more than 15,000 campsites in 30 states and Canada.  Its Camp-Resorts are among the best campgrounds in the industry with a quality reputation for being fun, friendly, clean and service-oriented parks.   Additionally, each Jellystone Park is themed with Yogi Bear elements providing instant recognition and consumer appeal.  It is truly a place “Where You Camp With Friends.”® Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts are franchised through Leisure Systems, Inc. (LSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of The Park River Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information, visit www.campjellystone.com
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