Jun 23, 2014

SANFORD, FL. – Millennium Luxury Coaches is set to kick off the Travel Channel’s “RV Week”, which starts July 22nd, 2014.  Millennium’s first “Mega RV Countdown” appearance will be at 9pm EST on Sunday the 22nd, with additional new episodes airing on the 24th and 25th, including Tuesdays episode dubbed “$100,000 Paint Job.” 

“Mega RV Countdown”, a show that features the most high-tech, unique, and luxurious motor homes on the road today, will be headlining the week’s prime-time programing. This week’s airing will mark the 4th time that Millennium has been featured on the show, including the season premiere “Best of Sturgis” where Millennium coaches ranked #1 and #2 in the countdown.

“As leaders in the luxury RV industry, Millennium Luxury Coaches was a natural fit in the lineup of jaw-drawing coaches”, Millennium co-owner Evelyn Figueroa said, “We are thrilled for this opportunity to showcase our innovative coaches that represent the team’s passion for technology and design.” Both Nelson and Evelyn Figueroa will be featured along with a 2014 Millennium on the episode dubbed “Epic NASCAR RV.”

Millennium Luxury Coaches, which will soon be celebrating its 15th anniversary, has roots in the luxury yacht industry and sites customer service and relationship building as keys to their success.  The company has clients that range from retired business owners to celebrities, and sells new custom built coaches that retail at more than $2 million dollars.     

About Millennium Luxury Coaches

Millennium Luxury Coaches is one of the Largest Converters of Custom Prevost Chassis for Private use. Founded in 2001 and privately owned, Millennium has 85 employees operating out of a 100,000sq.ft. sales & manufacturing facility in Central Florida. Known for innovation, Millennium leads the way in adopting the latest technology and advancements into each coach it custom builds. In addition to new coach conversions the company also offers pre-owned coaches, consignment sales, renovation and remodel services, onsite coach storage and operates a full service collision center, and custom paint facility.

About the Travel Channel
Travel Channel is available in nearly 96 million US cable homes and Travel Channel HD™ simulcast is distributed to almost 37 million viewers and is carried on every major provider. Travel Channel is headquartered in Chevy Chase, MD, and maintains offices in New York and Atlanta. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates HGTV, DIY Network, Food Network, Cooking Channel and Great American Country, is the manager and general partner.

For more information, please call Marketing Coordinator Zerrin Erdogan at 407-328-0190 or e-mail at zerdogan@mlcy.com.
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Jun 17, 2014

2015 Class C Motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach Arriving at a Dealer Near You

Elkhart, IN – Thor Motor Coach (TMC) 2015 motorhomes are now shipping to dealerships across North America just in time for summer’s warm weather. TMC, North America’s No. 1 Motorhome Brand, builds the most diverse and dynamic line-up of Class B Plus and Class C motorhomes.

“We’re excited to introduce the new 2015 line-up,” said Joel Grimm, Gas Division National Sales Manager at Thor Motor Coach. “We have integrated even more practical features this year. Not only did these ideas come from our employees, it came from our dealers and current TMC motorhome owners.”

TMC addresses the need for technology and convenience by featuring power patio awnings with integrated LED lighting in all 2015 motorhomes. Power Charging Centers and Bluetooth® technology are also standard in select Class C, Super C and Outlaw Toy Hauler Class C floor plans. The Power Charging Center allows owners to charge all their electronics in one convenient area, and Bluetooth® in the radio systems in the bedroom and garages of select models provide wireless communication to other Bluetooth® devices.

Excitement is being felt with the announcement of a new Super C 35SB bunkhouse model built on the Ford F550 diesel chassis. The floor plan features bunk beds with dual 13” LED TVs and a DVD player. The 35SB comes standard with an 18 cu. ft. residential refrigerator, an exterior 32” LED TV and a walk-around king size Denver Mattress™. Consumers can choose from a multitude of options including a front entertainment center with a massive 50” LED TV, DVD player and sound bar as well as an outside kitchen.

Thor Motor Coach HD-MAX™ exteriors graphics are freshened with new bold graphics and colors on the Siesta and Citation Class B+ models, as well as Four Winds and Chateau Class Cs. Four Winds and Chateau Super Cs also received exterior makeovers including full body paint choices. Further highlighting the importance of style, TMC now features frameless windows on the Siesta and Citation Sprinter models. Inside the Super Cs, interior d├ęcor choices, furniture design, flooring and countertops are all brand new.

Four Winds and Chateau models 31E, 31L and 31W have the biggest changes with an increase in interior ceiling height.  All 31-foot models now stand 7-feet tall on the inside.  Other 31-foot model changes include frameless exterior windows, raised panel solid cabinet doors, and increased overall interior storage. 
For more information on the new 2015 line-up of Class C Motorhomes, visit http://ThorMotorCoach.com.

About Thor Motor Coach
Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is the #1 motorhome brand in North America. Formed in 2010 as a strategic merger of Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International, TMC builds many of the world’s most recognized motorhomes. As an industry leader in introducing cutting-edge innovations, TMC offers a wide range of styles, sizes, floor plans and features – delivering coaches that fit every customer’s lifestyle and budget. For more information, visit ThorMotorCoach.com or call 800-860-5658.
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Jun 13, 2014

Coach-Net Acts as Get Outdoors Day Sponsor

Coach-Net announced that it has signed on to sponsor the National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day) effort for the second consecutive year. With the help of various federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and the recreation industry, the campaign encourages families to spend more time outdoors by providing them with opportunities for healthy, active outdoor fun at sites across the nation on GO Day.
According to a press release, GO Day is being celebrated this year on June 14. Prime goals of the day include reaching currently underserved populations and first-time visitors to public lands, and reconnecting the nation’s youth to the great outdoors.
“As a company that supports the outdoor lifestyle, Coach-Net is very excited to be able to continue our sponsorship of National Get Outdoors Day for a second year in a row,” said Dan Lopez, vice president of Coach-Net sales. “This day serves as a reminder for families and friends to get outside and provides them with opportunities to do so. We are also hopeful that Americans’ participation in outdoor activities will extend well beyond this one day, as it’s important to enjoy an active lifestyle all year round.”
Each GO Day event will offer a mix of information centers and “active fun” areas – places where guests, and especially kids, can use a fishing pole, go geocaching, help pitch a tent and more. The sites will provide photo opportunities with characters like Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl and other interesting creatures. Many sites also feature areas that focus on other aspects of healthy living, including sustainability and good nutrition. In addition to the GO Day events, participants will be invited to nearby follow-up activities called EchO events occurring throughout the summer, which include introductions to mountain biking and fly-fishing, hikes with rangers to see wildlife, kayaking and rafting and much more.
For more information about the 2014 GO Day and a list of over 160 U.S. locations where outdoor activities will be offered, visit http://www.nationalgetoutdoorsday.org/.
Courtesy of RVBusiness.com.
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Jun 10, 2014

How To Travel Like a Local

By Nikki Wynn of Gone with the Wynn's

How To Travel Like a Local
We all yearn for authentic and unique experiences, but we don’t always know how to best set ourselves up for them.  Over the years of fulltime RV travel we’ve had our fair share of hits and misses, which has taught us a lot.

So now we like to say, we travel like locals.  For us, this means seeing and experiencing a town as if it was our own. Sure, sometimes we hit tourist attractions too (they’re touristy for a reason right) but we like to dig a little deeper into each town.  It takes some investigating to find out what makes a place tick, what makes it unique and what the local culture is all about; but it’s easy enough when you know where to begin. Traveling like a local is a fun mission to take on, and for us, we start with these three simple tricks.  

1.    Go to The Visitor’s Center
Some visitor’s centers are filled with knowledgeable and helpful locals who are happy to tell you what to hit and what to skip.  They can guide you to tasty dives, let you know where the best live music is and even tell you which vendors to check out at the farmers market.  Other times you’ll get the super touristy visitors center where the employees are told not to give personal opinions, but don’t give up!  It’s all about asking the right questions.  This is where you have to get specific on what types of experiences you want.  They may not be allowed to tell you which coffee shop is the best but they can tell you which coffee shop roasts their own coffee and bakes their own scones.  A few of our “go-to” questions are:  Where is the best hike with a good view?  Are there are any free concert series or outdoor theatre projects going on during our stay?  Where’s the best spot for people watching?

2.    Never Eat Alone
Dining, coffee, tea, or cocktails; whatever it is you like to do, always do it with company.  With bar seating and family style dining tables, it’s becoming easier than ever to put yourself in a communal environment.  Some of the best local tips and invitations we have ever received come from baristas, bartenders or the random person sitting next to us.  So the next time you walk in and the host asks you “inside or out”, ask them if the full menu is served at the bar or if they have a communal table in the dining area.

3.    Avoid Chains
It’s easy to stick within your comfort zone with the places that ensure that you get the same thing every time, but that’s the problem; you get the same thing every time.  Sure, it may take a little more effort to search out the local taco shack vs. heading to the nearby taco chain, but we’ve found that more often than not, we are rewarded for our extra efforts.  Local joints are usually filled with local culture, daily specials and plenty of locals to chat up about where to head to next.  Plus, you get that warm fuzzy feeling from supporting small, local businesses.   

So now you know a few of our tips and tricks on how to travel like a local, what are some of yours?
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Fleetwood RV Introduces Discovery 37R

Fleetwood RV announced a new floor plan for its premium Class A diesel pusher model, the Discovery. The 37R quad slide floor plan packs on abundant power with the Freightliner® Power Bridge® Chassis and a Cummins® ISL 9 380 hp engine that places the Discovery in firm command the road.

“This new floor plan for the Discovery exemplifies our drive to create innovative layouts that give buyers more options when it comes to designing the motorhomes of their dreams,” said John Draheim, President of Fleetwood RV. “The 37R provides impressive power, a long list of standard features and the durable construction you expect from a Fleetwood.”

The Discovery 37R features the convenience of a split bath layout so more than one person can use the bath area at one time. Also adding convenience and functionality is a free-standing dinette/computer work station. A sofa sleeper with a hide-a-bed air mattress and recliner provide extra space, while entertainment is provided by a large 40" Sony® LED TV in the living area. The Discovery 37R is beautiful inside and out with diagonally laid 24" x 24", high-gloss porcelain tile throughout, frameless flush-mount windows for a seamless exterior design and a new graphic scheme for 2015. A stacked washer/dryer gives owners the convenience of doing laundry along their travels.

Optional features on the Discovery 37R provide opportunities to make it even more functional and comfortable. An optional electric fireplace adds to the ambiance inside the Discovery while the optional king bed with memory foam elevates comfort to an art form. Also optional on the 37R is a residential refrigerator, providing more food storage space, and an exterior entertainment center for enjoying TV and movies al fresco.

For more information on Fleetwood RV, call 1-800-322-8216 or visit www.fleetwoodrv.com.

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Fleetwood Excursion Lineup Expands

Fleetwood RV announced a new floor plan for its compact Class A diesel pusher, the Excursion. The 35E floor plan not only features a contemporary design, but it provides a flexible layout that allows owners to include the whole family on their journeys.

Abundant sleeping areas include bunk beds, a dinette that coverts to a sleeping area, a queen bed with a reversible designer bedspread in the bedroom and an optional hide-a-loft drop-down queen bed. Entertainment is provided by Sony® LED TVs and a new optional exterior entertainment center.

“Excursion appeals to both the first time diesel buyer, and veteran RVers looking for a better value and stronger feature set,” said John Draheim, President of Fleetwood RV. “The new 35E provides the additional sleeping capacity and storage space that families need with the value and durability they expect from a Fleetwood.”

Along with ample sleeping areas, the Excursion 35E also provides extra storage areas with a seating and storage bench in the bedroom, storage across the rear wall and pass-through storage in the exterior compartments. An optional washer/dryer gives owners the convenience of doing laundry along their travels.

For the 2015 model year, all Excursion models were upgraded to feature flush mount windows, LED accent lights on the front headlights and new exterior graphics and colors.

“Thy 35E floor plan is an outstanding addition to the 2015 Excursion line-up,” said Lenny Razo, Fleetwood RV Director of Sales for the Eastern Region. “It’s a great example of the innovative floor plans developed to meet the needs and desires of our owners.””

For more information on Fleetwood RV, call 1-800-322-8216 or visit www.fleetwoodrv.com.

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Bella Terra of Gulf Shores

The Bella Terra RV Resort, located in Foley, AL near Gulf Shores’ sugar-sand beaches, is a motor coacher’s paradise.  This upscale RV resort is designed with the Class A RV’er in mind offering a gated community, concierge services, daily activities and oversized, upgraded RV properties.  This family and pet-friendly resort is just a few miles from Alabama’s Gulf Coast and only minutes from great shopping and dining.  Many of our northern neighbors call Bella Terra home during the winter season for its milder southern temps; but, as the snowbirds head home in the spring, the resort entices long-term summer guests with GREAT monthly rates as low as $450/month.* 

In addition to Bella Terra’s professionally managed rental program, the resort offers prospective buyers the opportunity to become property owners.  Structured as a condominium community, individuals can purchase one of these fee-simple deeded lots for their personal use OR as an investment through their IRA or 401(k).  Throughout this summer, guests can learn about the resort’s many ownership options and purchase incentives by taking advantage of their 4 Day, 3 Night Stay & Play Special for $99.*  Bella Terra’s expert sales consultant, Richard Parker, is an acclaimed author and speaker that has helped countless Bella Terra Owners secure their motor coach vacation home.  This enticing offer allows prospects to enjoy a Developer-owned property and private tour with Mr. Parker to learn all about Bella Terra’s ownership advantages.  Come see how we live at Bella Terra and seize this chance to experience all that the Bella Terra RV resort has to offer its growing number of owners and guests. 

For more information, call our Front Desk at (866) 417-2416 or book online at http://www.bellaterrarvresort.com/.

*Taxes and fees apply.  The Bella Terra RV Resort is restricted to Class A Motor Coaches only with a minimum length of 32’ and must be no older than 15 years at time of arrival.  
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Jun 9, 2014

KOA’s First Franchise is Celebrating 50 Years

The first campground to join the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) franchise system is celebrating 50 years.
The Cody/Yellowstone (Wyo.) KOA has a weekend of special activities planned June 13-15, according to a written announcement from the campground.
“Fifty years of camping memories have been made here at Cody KOA,” said Jean Mickelson, general manager of the campground located on the eastern edge of Cody. “We want to be able to celebrate this accomplishment and all of our wonderful campers who have stayed with us over those last 50 years.”
“Bringing families together is what camping is all about, and we are excited to celebrate both our anniversary and Father’s Day,” said Mickelson, who is in her 14th summer at the Cody KOA. She said in addition to special weekend activities at the campground, kids will stay free to mark the occasion.
KOA founder Dave Drum created his first campground on his property along the Yellowstone River south of Billings, Montana, in 1962 to meet needs of people traveling to the Seattle World’s Fair. On June 18, 1964, Cody landed the first franchise of the company, which now has more than 485 campgrounds across North America. Ernest Goppert and M.C. Calkins were partners in the Cody franchise, one of a handful of campgrounds that struck deals with KOA in 1964.
“We’re delighted to congratulate Cody KOA on its special anniversary,” said Jim Rogers, CEO of KOA since 2000. “It has long been one of our most popular campgrounds, one that provides our campers with a wonderful gateway to the Yellowstone region.”
The campground was awarded the 2014 KOA President’s Award for receiving top scores in customer service surveys and KOA’s Quality Review. It is one of 10 franchises owned by Recreational Adventures Co., a family-operated business headquartered in Hill City, S.D.
The birthday celebration starts early Friday, June 13, with a special pancake breakfast and winds down with a wine-tasting event featuring samples from Buffalo Jump Winery.
The festivities continue Saturday, June 14, with birthday pancakes served up by local Boy Scouts. Campers will be eligible for $50 giveaways and other prizes Saturday morning. A climbing wall will provide fun for kids, campers can sign up to tie dye special anniversary T-shirts and lessons in Dutch-oven cooking will be conducted, including in a special dessert. Birthday cake will be served at the evening ice cream social. Campers can also visit a photo booth that will provide fun pictures to memorialize their stay.
Sunday, June 15, is Father’s Day, and the Cody KOA will again serve up birthday pancakes.
The campground is one hour from the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park and minutes away from the five museums of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, the Cody Nite Rodeo and Buffalo Bill Dam Visitor Center. Fly fishing and whitewater rafting draw many travelers to the area.
KOA Cody offers more than 200 campsites, 20 cabins and five deluxe cabins. There is a heated swimming pool, hot tub and a wading pool with spray fountain. Campers can enjoy Wi-Fi, bike rentals, a horseshoe pit and basketball court, a giant checkers and chess set, jumping pillow, game room and many other activities.
Source:  RVBusiness.com
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