Apr 29, 2015

Roadtrek’s Zion Offers Versatile, Roomy Interior

Built on the Ram ProMaster chassis and perfected by Roadtrek, the Zion is a versatile and luxurious coach that will have you fulfilling your bucket list locations in no time.
The Zion is the first in Roadtrek’s lineup to offer an open concept floor plan allowing you to pack all your outdoor adventure toys, from bikes to kayaks in the spacious center aisle.
The beautifully designed ivory and charcoal interior leaves the coach with an open and bright feeling for an upscale look you are sure to love.
The coach is packed full of features, including a permanent bathroom with shower, spacious galley with microwave and propane stove, large 5 cu.f.t refrigerator, automatic propane heating system, comfortable sofa and bed and abundant storage. With the ability to comfortably seat five and sleep three, the Zion the perfect coach for all your travel needs.
To find out more about the Zion, visit www.roadtrek.com.
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Apr 26, 2015

7 Great Tips for RVing with Pets

RVing with pets can be a wonderful experience for you and your beloved furry friends. Here are seven tips to keep in mind when RVing with your pet.

1. Mind the Paperwork

Bring your pet’s health certificate and vaccination records, since many RV parks require you to have them with you in order to enter the grounds. You may also need to contact RV parks that you plan to stay at to make sure they accept your specific kind of pet.

2. Make a List

The essentials like food and water are a no-brainer, of course, but be sure to write down absolutely everything you need for your furry friend, including dishes, leashes, a litter box for your cat, waste bags, treats and toys, exercise pen, cages, a brush and a crate, if needed. Don’t forget medications if your pet takes any.

3. Call Ahead

Get in touch with the RV parks and campgrounds you plan to stop at. Make sure they allow pets, and also ask if they have any rules or regulations regarding pets at their facility. You will also need to call and see if the RV park or campground allows pets such as birds, bunnies and guinea pigs, or if they only let dogs and cats on the grounds.

4. Stay up to Date

Make sure your pet's vaccinations and shots are up-to-date, with the records to prove it. This will avoid paperwork hangups, but it's also important in order to keep your animal companion safe from disease as you travel through new areas.

5. Mark Your Pet

 If you haven't already done so, take the time to put your cell phone number on your pet's ID tags. You still want your home address and landline phone number on the tags, but that won't be of much help if your pet cockatoo flies away from the RV while you're still traveling. This will ensure that good samaritans can contact you in such a case.

6. Protect Your Pets from Creepy Crawlies

Bring along flea and tick spray, or make sure your pets are already treated before leaving on the RV trip. Even pets like hamsters, guinea pigs, bunnies and ferrets can pick up fleas and ticks, especially in the great outdoors, so ask your vet about treatment for your particular furry family member.

7. Be a Good Citizen

Remember to pick up after your pets in all locations. This is not only polite and courteous, but it also encourages RV parks and campgrounds to keep allowing pets. If you have a non-traditional pet like hamsters, ferrets or birds, call the park or campground beforehand and see how they handle waste removal.

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Apr 21, 2015

‘Today Home’ Showcases Motorhome Facelift

Editor’s Note: The following is an article appearing on “Today Home” offering a recap of a major renovation on a 1994 Safari motorhome by a Texas couple.
Living in a van down by the river may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but one Texas couple is making it look pretty incredible.
After donating and selling most of their belongings last spring, Lacy and Cliff Young, along with their 15-year-old cat Ned, moved out of a rented home and into an RV to travel around the country. But before putting the pedal to the medal, the couple put in some serious renovations to the dated space.
After purchasing a 1994 Safari Continental in May 2014, Lacy and Cliff began renovating it “at warp speed,” she said. And just like any renovation, they hit some snags along the way.
Most notably, they found mold while peeling the old wallpaper, which led to gutting the interior and starting anew.
“It ended up being a really good thing,” Lacy said. They ended up putting in new walls, a new ceiling and new cork floors. They also refinished the old cabinetry, replacing moldy parts and installing new hardware.
Also included in the makeover was a kitchen overhaul that included a new under-counter sink, butcher block countertops and white subway tile for the kitchen backsplash.
“We crafted this space to suit our needs,” she said. “We removed a giant and dated microwave and replaced it with a toaster oven. We brought our juicer and our blender which are my favorite two kitchen appliances of all time.”
To read the entire article and view accompanying photos click here.

This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com
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Apr 9, 2015

Let's Rally!

2014 was a great year full of exciting RV shows and events! RVTrader.com was pleased to be able to attend and exhibit at a long list of events this past year. These events included: Florida RV Supershow, Houston RV Show, America’s Largest RV Show, California RV Show, RV Dealers International Convention, 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show, and the Good Sam Phoenix Rally. We look forward to continuing to go to even more shows and meeting more successful RV Trader buyers and sellers in 2015!

Looking for an RV show to head to this month? Check out these awesome upcoming RV events:

Monroe, WA
April 10th-12th

Elkhart, IN
April 23rd-26th

Ft. Myers, FL
April 24th-26th

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Apr 8, 2015

Winnebago Brave / Tribute Named RV of the Year

The retro-looking, thoroughly modern Winnebago Brave (along with its sister, the Tribute) has been named RV of the Year by RV Business magazine.

Though the days of Flower Power have long passed, Winnebago decided to revive its classic 1960’s RV with features that incorporate the technologies of today.

The new Brave breathes new life into the celebrated design. Beyond its stylish appearance, the Brave is loaded with versatile floor plans — ideal for weekend getaways or extended trips. The Brave features a state-of-the-art sliding dash rearview monitor with Rand McNally RV GPS and a powered patio awning as well as the StudioLoft bedding system for added sleeping space.

“Speaking for RV Business,” said Editor Bruce Hampson, “we felt it was important to recognize authentically original thinking on this kind of a scale because Winnebago has boldly stepped into a place in terms of marketing and product design that no motorhome manufacturer has gone before. The Brave/Tribute is a highly appealing and marketable new coach.”

Find out more about the Brave here.

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Apr 7, 2015

Great News for RVers: AAA Sees Gas Prices Falling for Summer Travel

Lower gas prices may be on the way for U.S. consumers by this summer if refinery maintenance ends smoothly and crude oil remains relatively cheap, AAA said in a news release.
As reported by the St. Augustine Record, the travel company’s release said it is even possible that gas prices will return to near $2 per gallon in some areas, as long as there are no unexpected problems in the meantime. AAA does not expect the national average to rise above $3 per gallon this year.
“There is a real hope that gas prices could drop significantly in time for the busy summer driving season,” said Mark Jenkins, AAA spokesman. “The overall outlook looks good for drivers, and with any luck we will avoid the types of problems that often lead to higher gas prices at this time of year.”
Many refineries have completed seasonal maintenance, though unexpected problems could still occur. Many refineries and wholesalers will switch to more expensive summer-blend gasoline by May 1 to meet EPA clean air regulations.
The cost of crude oil is likely to be the most important factor influencing gas prices over the next few months. At the close of Friday’s formal trading, WTI settled at $49.55 per barrel — 68 cents higher than the week before. Many experts believe that crude oil prices may drop further due to abundant supplies, but international conflict, declining production or other issues could result in higher prices.

This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com

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Apr 6, 2015

Don't Miss Out On Mobile

Heidi Cohen, author of Actionable Marketing Guide, has put together a great guide to help us all embrace the new mobile generation. Her article, "55 US Mobile Facts Every Marketer Needs for 2015," will help you see this as the year your inventory goes past just being digital. It’s time to make it mobile!

From Cohen’s article, it’s clear to see that mobile is here to stay. It's time to unchain yourself from the desktop and start getting all of those mobile leads that you’ve been missing out on!
Here are a few exciting statistics that show how mobile advertising is taking over in 2015:  
  • $28.48 billion will be added to US mobile advertising budgets in 2015
  • 146 million consumers shopped on mobile devices in 2014
  • 81% of buyers research products on their mobile devices before purchasing
  • 40% of visits to RVTrader.com are on mobile devices

Go mobile and get ready to watch the leads roll in. Call 877-354-4068 or contact your RVTrader.com rep to start taking advantage of mobile advertising today.

To view the rest of the mobile facts from Cohen’s article, visit http://heidicohen.com/2015-mobile-marketing.
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Apr 3, 2015

Champion to Produce Winnebago Park Models

Champion Home Builders Inc. has entered into a licensing agreement with Winnebago Industries Inc. for a line of park model RVs. The license agreement between Winnebago and Champion was brokered by Winnebago’s exclusive North American licensing agent, Brandgenuity.
“We are very excited about this unique licensing opportunity and see the park model RV business as a natural extension of our Winnebago brand,” said Chad Reece, director of marketing at Winnebago. “Based on their history of innovative, quality products and customer satisfaction, we feel that Champion Home Builders is a great choice to carry the Winnebago name into the park model RV space.”
WinnebagoIND_red-TM-300x43Champion Home Builders will be introducing the first Winnebago branded park model line this April at Winnebago’s Dealer Days in Las Vegas. Each park model will be custom designed and authentic to the Winnebago brand, with features and designs that maximize space and storage and that are manufactured with high quality craftsmanship. The line will be sold at Winnebago dealers as well as Park Model RV dealerships in the United States and Canada.
“We are honored and excited to be working with one of the most iconic Made-in-America brands,” said Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales at Champion Home Builders. “Champion’s Winnebago branded products will provide our customers with the quality and affordable design choices they want when creating their dream vacation home.”

This article originally appeared on RVBusiness.com
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