Mar 23, 2015

Move Over S’mores, We’ve Got the Wolf'em Stick!

Have you heard about the Wolf’em Stick?  It’s a great new camping product that we think you will love.  This awesome little contraption lets you bake refrigerated biscuit dough (or any other dough) into a biscuit cup that you can fill with all of the delicious toppings that you can think of! It’s a fun way to spend time with friends and family around the campfire and it’s a great change-up from the typical toasted marshmallows and S’mores. There’s zero preparation, plus they’re easy to use and clean up—a real benefit when camping or picnicking.

Making a Wolf’em is super easy—instead of having a cooking fork, the Wolf’em Stick has a wooden cylindrical cooking head.  You spray the cooking head with non-stick cooking spray, wrap biscuit dough around it, and put it over the campfire. Turn the stick with its convenient rotary handle and you’ll soon have it baked to golden brown perfection.  Remove the baked biscuit cup from the stick and fill it with something yummy.  The results are so tasty you will just want to wolf‘em down—hence the name!

Here are a few of our favorite recipe ideas that work great with this new cooking tool:

  • Pie filling: Canned cherry or apple pie filling topped with canned whipped cream.
  • Pudding: Snack-size chocolate or vanilla pudding topped with canned whipped cream.
  • Fresh fruit: Sliced strawberries, bananas, raspberries, or peaches with a little yogurt or whipped cream.
  • Breakfast: Bacon or sausage with scrambled eggs.
  • Tacos: Taco meat, grated cheese, lettuce, salsa and sour cream.
  • Hearty trail favorites: Chili, beef stew, or rice and gravy.
  • Spreads: Coat the inside with peanut butter and jelly, honey, or a chocolate-hazelnut spread.

You can even go gourmet by combining vanilla or chocolate pudding with cherry or apple pie filling. You’re only limited by your imagination! 

Making Wolf’ems is a fun way to spend time around a fire. The treats are yummy, but the time you’ll spend with your friends and family is even better.  The next time you head out in your RV, make sure you take a Wolf’em stick with you!

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Mar 17, 2015

Finding the Right Trailer Tire

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When it comes to traveling with your trailer or mobile home, safety should be your top priority. Since the tire is the only part of your vehicle that actually touches the road, it greatly affects steering and handling, and therefore your safety. Your driving experience will be completely different if you choose the wrong tires for your vehicle. Read on to find expert information on choosing the right tires for your trailer.

Trailers vs. RVs

Trailers are vehicles that are towed behind an SUV or truck, whereas an RV is self-powered. Steering capability is the main difference between the two. Trailers require special trailer (ST) tires while RVs often utilize light truck (LT) tires.

ST vs. LT

While there are many differences between ST and LT tires, it’s important to know how they are different so you’re able to choose the best option for your trailer. Special Trailer (ST) tires have a three to five-year lifespan and are made specifically for hauling heavy vehicles like trailers. Meant for speeds less than 65 mph, ST tires have stronger sidewalls to reduce the risk of rollover. ST tires have some of the highest load ratings based on inflation pressure, meaning their specific design is meant to haul heavy items with the lowest risk of giving out. Since ST tires also employ stronger sidewall technology, they are great for hauling trailers around corners and when turning. These specifications make ST tires a solid choice for your trailer. Light truck (LT) tires can also be used for vans, SUVs and trucks, and therefore are made with more general specifications.

Weighing your Vehicle

Before you even start looking at tires, you must first determine the weight of your vehicle. Don’t just weigh your trailer by itself; remember that you will be traveling with personal items inside. The tire’s capacity should be able to safely haul your trailer and anything inside.

Terrain and Climate

Another important consideration to take into account is the terrain and climate where you will be hauling the trailer most of the time. If you travel in a snowy, mountainous terrain, the type of tire you put on your trailer will be different than if you’re mostly driving through a hot, desert area.


After you’ve determined whether you need ST or LT tires, choosing the correct measurement is the next step toward getting your trailer on the road.


Section width is the distance from the widest part of the tire’s inner wall to its outer wall. This is where the tire’s treads are, and is the first number in the model number for a tire. For example, model number ST175/80-R13 would have a section width of 175 millimeters.

Aspect Ratio

The measurement of the sidewall is also known as section height. This is the length of the tire from the wheel to the tallest part of the tire. Aspect ratio is the second number in a tire’s model number. For example, model number ST175/80-R13 would tell you that the aspect ratio is 80% of the section width of 175 millimiters, or 140 millimeters.

Internal Construction

How a tire is made can affect its hauling capabilities. The letter after the aspect ratio in a tire’s model number indicates its internal construction.
  • R: Stands for radial construction, meaning the tire's body plies branch out from the imaginary center of the wheel.
  •  D: Stands for diagonal or bias ply construction, meaning the tire's body plies crisscross.
  •  B: Stands for belted construction, meaning the tire's body plies crisscross as bias ply does and then are reinforced with belts.

Wheel Diameter

Wheel diameter is the measurement of the diameter of the wheel. In our example tire model number ST175/80-R13, the 13 measurement indicates that the wheel is 13 inches across.
For more in-depth information on how to measure tires please refer to this excellent tire measurement guide.

Safety Tips

You’re nearly ready to go! Once you have chosen the right tire and correct measurement for your trailer, there are some safety concerns for you to be aware of. Make sure to check the tire’s inflation to ensure its pressure is properly aligned for it maximum hauling capacity. The most common cause for tire failure is the tire not being fully inflated. Set yourself up for success by ensuring the pressure is correct.
Always keep a spare tire when traveling and keep the cap on the valve stem to prevent contamination. If you see cracks or bulging on the tires, it may indicate a weakness and should be replaced. It’s a good idea to replace the tire every three to five years, regardless of how much use they've seen. Tires are considered baled when the tread is 2/32 of an inch deep or less. A crack of this size would also indicate a need to be replaced. Remember that tire pressure changes with temperature, so if you’re traveling at a time of year with major weather changes, check the pressure periodically to ensure you’re always ready for the road. 
For more information, please refer to this tire maintenance guide which includes more detail on how to check tire pressure.

Maintenance & Storage

To ensure the longest life of your trailer’s tires, proper maintenance and storage will make all the difference. When washing the tires, use a mild soap and water. Avoid certain tire care products containing alcohol or petroleum distillates, as they can contribute to tire deterioration. Inspect the tires regularly for bulges, cracks or punctures. Store the tires with minimal weight on them to reduce air pressure, and keep them in a cool, dry place. If you’re storing them for an extended period of time, tire covers are a good way to protect them from the sun and other elements. Make sure you know your tire’s warranty requirements should you need to replace them or have an issue.

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Mar 10, 2015

EverGreen Zooms into Motorized Market with Imperial Class B Motorhome

After successfully making a name in the towable RV segment, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles is taking on the Class B Motorhome market. The new Imperial is a unique concept with the look and automotive luxury of an executive limousine. EverGreen’s entrance into the motorized segment has been well received and continues to grow.

EverGreen’s innovative approach to the class B resulted in a motorhome 10-inches wider than average class B vans, but still fits in a standard parking spot. This gives the Imperial more versatility to transition effortlessly from tailgate parties to touring to overnight stays. Choose from two unique Imperial models, each with a walk-through center aisle layout.

Both the 245WS and 245TS have a fully equipped galley kitchen with Corian® countertops, refrigerator and microwave for easy food preparation. In the living area the seats are made of soft touch leather vinyl to be stain and water resistant, yet also soft and comfortable. When it’s time to rest, the couch converts to sleep two adults.

The Imperial is designed for tailgate entertaining. Two flat panel HD television/monitors, one in the front and one in the rear, are available along with easy connections for laptop computers. The rear television rotates and doubles as an outside tailgate feature with rear stereo speakers. Tables fold out for comfort and fold away when not in use. The dash-mounted DVD, navigation and back up camera are convenient whether traveling or parked.

Built on the award winning Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis, Imperial is powered by the V-6 Mercedes Benz 3.0-liter common-rail direct injection (CRD) turbo diesel engine. This power train provides powerful, smooth, clean and quiet performance with the added benefit of exceptional fuel economy—up to 24 MPG on the highway.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 
Phone: 574-848-7621 Fax: 574-848-7626
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EverGreen’s Sun Valley Travel Trailer Remains Hot Seller

The Sun Valley travel trailer continues to be one of EverGreen’s hottest, full-sized travel trailers. The new Sun Valley for 2015 has been completely repackaged with more standard equipment at a more affordable price. Nestled in the sweet spot of the market, the Sun Valley is EverGreen’s fastest growing brand turning quickly on lots coast to coast.

Packed with value, the Sun Valley has all the standard equipment and quality construction features families’ love with more floorplans than any other EverGreen travel trailer.

“With everything from smaller couples trailers perfect for first timers or retired couples, to bunk room models that sleep up to eight comfortably, the Sun Valley is the most versatile travel trailer we build,” states Product Manager for the Sun Valley, Will Gonyon.

From top to bottom the Sun Valley is designed for durability. The six-sided DuraLite™ Double Welded Aluminum Structure frames every window, door or storage opening to help eliminate leaks, stiffen the superstructure for less flexing, and reduce rot common with conventional wood construction. At the top of the Sun Valley is the TPO roof membrane, mechanically applied to prevent bubbles, mold and mildew. TPO won’t loosen over time, which means less maintenance and dressing in the future. All windows have a frameless automotive trim seal to prevent leaks and give the Sun Valley a sleek look.

Nine diverse floorplans are designed for all camping families from bunkhouse models, kitchen island floorplans and even models with a separate bathroom entrance. Ranging in lengths from 27 to almost 38-feet, they’re designed to be lightweight and easy to tow with a half-ton pickup, mid or full sized SUV.

Everything customers are looking for can be found in one economical package. The spacious interior of each Sun Valley is an instant selling feature. Large 42-inch deep slides create enormous living rooms and kitchens filled with plenty of storage. In the bedroom the true residential 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed is comfortable but still allows movement around the bed.

When it comes to a quick selling travel trailer full of standard features customers want, the Sun Valley is at the top of the affordable class. Sell the fastest growing travel trailer in your protected territory for an unrivaled selling experience.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 
Phone: 574-825-4298 Fax: 574-825-4299
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Mar 9, 2015

EverGreen’s Reactor is the Hottest Toy Hauler Travel Trailer for 2015

The newest line of travel trailer toy haulers by EverGreen Recreational Vehicles is turning heads and giving outdoor motorsport enthusiasts more choices to take it to the next level. Seven unique floorplans range from 24 to more than 34 feet in length, so there is an affordable, lightweight Reactor Toy Hauler for everyone.

The lightweight design creates a versatile and spacious interior. A 102-inch wide body design coupled with standard 101-inch barreled ceiling provides an open concept similar to a fifth wheel – but at an affordable travel trailer price. Reactor has all the essentials, from flexible sleeping arrangements to the fully equipped garage.

Although lightweight, the Reactor garage is full of quality standard features. Garages range in length from just over 11 to 14-feet, combine that with a seven and a half foot ramp door and loading toys is a breeze. Two welded frame toy locks and 6,000-pound D-ring tie-downs are mounted to the frame so everything stays secure. Stay out on the trail longer with an 18-gallon generator fuel tank and pump system. Keep everything fuelled with an optional 40-gallon equipment tank and 4,000 generator.

Once the toys are out there are a variety of sleeping arrangements for comfortable sleeping. A HappiJac system lowers a queen-sized bed at the rear of the garage to create a bunk bed with the sleeper sofas below. With the two additional sleeper sofas, the Reactor can sleep eight adults comfortably, depending on the model. The Reactor 21SA, 23FSB, 24FQS and 29FS include a private bedroom with queen-sized bed.

Clean up after a long day on the trails in a resort style shower with a large rounded shower door in a bathroom larger than most.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540 
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Hit the Road for St. Patrick's Day!

St. Patrick's Day RV Destinations

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, it's time to plan your trip and load up your RV. We've rounded up a list of places where you can party like a true-blue Irish, and we've also thrown in an unlikely suspect as well, in case you just want a relaxing vacation away from the crowd.

1. Chicago, Illinois

Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, Chicago's St. Patrick's Day Parade promises to cover the whole nine yards. Grab a good view on the East side of Michigan Avenue Bridge for a modern day miracle, the Dyeing of the River. Watch the Chicago River turn orange, before transforming into a perfect shade of emerald green, as Chicago attempts to be the "GREENest City in the World on St. Patrick's Day."

2. Boston, Massachusetts

Nobody celebrates St Patrick's Day like the Bostonians, where their famous parade draws close to a million spectators. Be sure to arrive dressed in green and bring a ginormous appetite, because you'll need it as you eat and drink your way through the city's beloved Irish pubs, like Hennessy's and The Harp. Afterwards, take a break from the pub crawl for a walk down the Irish Heritage Trail.

3. Savannah, Georgia

If you prefer RVing somewhere warm, then say hello to this southern belle, where a few
campgrounds are located conveniently near the popular St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Greening of the Fountain at Forsyth Park in the Historic District. Bring your family to the Tara Irish Festival for music, food, crafts and a magic show. Later you can stop by one of the many eateries for green grits or green beer.

4. Newport Beach, California

Bike or stroll down miles of pristine coastline that's bustling with restaurants and cafes. Hit the waves, go kayaking, and maybe even learn how to jetpack--just be sure to save a couple of hours for whale and dolphin watching on Newport Bay.

5. Dublin, Ohio

Before the grand parade begins, fuel up at Sells Middle School for a St. Patrick's All-You-Can-Eat Pancake (plus sausage) Breakfast, organized by the Dublin Lions Club. Then swing by the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and get free admission just for wearing green.

For more St. Patrick's Day ideas, just visit RV Trader's Pinterest page

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Mar 2, 2015

RVIA: January RV Shipments are Best in Nine Years

Total RV shipments to retailers in January totaled 28,494 units, 11.9% greater than the same month last year and the largest January total in nine years. Fueled by growth in all vehicle categories, the January total represented a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of more than 400,000 units, the highest such total since the spring of 2006. Shipments this January were 6.5% greater than a strong final month last year, holding promise of further gains ahead. Improved consumer confidence buoyed by an improved general economy, increasing consumer discretionary income and low interest rates have all been credited with providing an enhanced environment for RV sales.

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