Torklift Introduces Talon Truck Camper Tie Down System

Sumner, Washington-based Torklift International introduced a new truck camper tie down composed of military-grade aluminum called the Talon.

Torklift Introduces Talon Truck Camper Tie Down System

Torklift Introduces Talon Truck Camper Tie Down System

The Talon Camper Tie Down is 30 to 50 percent lighter than the traditional steel tie down line. It weighs roughly 25 pounds per set.

“This means the tie downs are easier to install and the total gross vehicle capacity weight is reduced,” explained Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor, in a news release.

In addition to the lifetime warranty it is also backed with rust-free corrosion protection for life.

“This simply means that we will re-powder coat the tie down at no cost for the customer (freight prepaid) in the event of corrosion,” Taylor said.

“To add further protection for the tie down, it comes with a Tie Down Finishing Kit.”

The Tie Down Finishing Kit is a set of plugs and vinyl caps that affix to the end of the tie down openings to prevent environmental damage caused by weather and road grime.

The visible part of the Talon Tie Down is powder-coated silver to maintain the aluminum look and to identify it as a special edition tie down. The bullet plate of the tie down where the turnbuckle attaches is specially designed to accommodate an eagle themed decal.

“The name Talon is derived from the idea of an eagle’s talon and its fierce grip,” Torklift International President Jack Kay said.

“The Torklift Tie Down system is the only system on the market that grips to the truck frame rather than the truck bed.”

Torklift Introduces Talon Truck Camper Tie Down System

Torklift Introduces Talon Truck Camper Tie Down System

By attaching to the truck frame this eliminates bed damage and allows the camper and truck to move as one solid unit dramatically improving handling.

“We extend our lifetime warranty to the truck camper anchor points and truck frame when using any of our frame-mounted tie downs and spring-loaded turnbuckles,” added Taylor.

“In addition to never having to worry about damage to your bed, the camper anchor points will never be subjected to potential damage because of how secure the camper is attached to the truck frame.”

Talon Tie Downs are available for the most popular Ford, Chevrolet and Dodge trucks. All applications are no-drill and all are built custom to the truck model.

Talon Camper Tie Down features include:

Rust free corrosion protection for life

Finishing Kit included

Available for best-selling applications

Ultra-light weight

Fast, no-drill installations

No loss of ground clearance

Hidden when not in use

Best ride quality in the industry

Legendary Lifetime Warranty

Proudly made in the USA


Torklift International

TorkliftThe Torklift story begins in 1958 when Torklift founder Jon Kay began building the foundation of knowledge in manufacturing, fabrication, and retail that would become a Torklift signature years later at a local hitch and fabrication shop in Tacoma, Washington.

Torklift International specializes in working with distributors and dealers around the globe to continue bringing new innovations to the towing, RV, and truck industries.

Address: 1901 Fryar Avenue,  Sumner, WA, 98390

Phone: (800) 246-8132 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

“Where are we going, man?”

“I don’t know, but we gotta go.”

—Jack Kerouac, in On the Road

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EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

One of the new ultra-light product lines expanded by EverGreen Recreational Vehicles for 2014 is the Ascend travel trailer.

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

Now available in seven floor plans from 17 to 23 feet, the Ascend is a favorite among entry-level families as well as seasoned empty nesters, the company noted in a news release.

Just because a travel trailer is smaller, lighter, and easier to tow doesn’t mean it can’t be packed with all the key features for maximum comfort on remote camping trips. With the Ascend, campers aren’t required to buy a bigger tow vehicle. Smaller SUVs, crossovers, light trucks, minivans, or even large sedans can pull the Ascend.

Entry level or small ultra-light coaches generally skimp on amenities and quality construction to lower the weight. Ascend from EverGreen is engineered to be lightweight without compromising key appliances and essential equipment.

The first thing RV enthusiasts will notice about the Ascend is its unique shape. The distinctive curved front of the coach makes it aerodynamic, but also has weather-resistant qualities. Composed of a single piece of fiberglass material, the front seamlessly covers the entire roof of the travel trailer as well, allowing water to run right off rather than pooling and creating leaks.

This fiberglass roof, as well as the rest of the exterior walls of the coach, is vacuum laminated over the lightweight DuraLite Double Welded Aluminum Structure. Welded rather than screwed, with full framing around all door and window openings, this frame is built to be tough, flexible and durable. Another weight-saving feature is the Ascend’s ComposiTek construction in the inner sidewalls.

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

Composites are lighter than wood but four times stronger, and resist mold, mildew, and rot that can eventually destroy travel trailers made entirely of wood. The underside of the Ascend floor is also vacuum laminated with ComposiTek, creating an additional barrier from road grime and unwanted pests.

Lighted and finished exterior pass-through storage is also aluminum framed and easily accessible from inside through the aluminum framed bed base with gas struts for added convenience.

Available in bunkhouse, rear lounge, and rear bath configurations the Ascend is more spacious inside than you might think and filled with residential-style. The cabinets are screwed and glued, not stapled, with raised panels in the upper storage areas. Not only stylish, the cabinets provide ample room for stowing camping gear—a shortcoming in many smaller travel trailers. Drawers are fitted with smooth ball bearing drawer guides that won’t warp or stick under the weight of a full drawer.

There’s plenty of light inside the Ascend due to integrated skylights in the living area and large, frameless bonded and tinted windows with pleated shades. Plenty of energy efficient LED lighting keeps the Ascend bright inside at night without depleting power sources. The floor is made of a comfortable padded vinyl that is warrantied against cold cracking.

Queen beds with innerspring mattresses make campers feel more like they’re sleeping at home. The 19-foot trailers have an island queen bed. Another nice touch, not usually found in ultra-lights, is the double door refrigerator/freezer in the galley area with an optional microwave or three-in-one convection oven/microwave.

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

In the bath, the separate shower is a standard feature not found on many lightweight travel trailers this size. A stylish neo-angle glass shower door is available as an option. The skylight over the tub provides additional natural lighting in the bathroom.

Ascend’s six-gallon gas/electric DSI water heater lets the owner choose the energy source. An Atwood on-demand tankless water heater is a great option not normally seen on travel trailers in the 17 to 23 foot long range. Dual 20-pound LP tanks with a cover and machine-crimped fittings help to supply ample propane for remote trips. For those who want to plug in, a marine-style detachable power cord with LED lights help to light the way.

If campers are looking for entertainment, there’s a TV hookup with antenna, and the Ascend travel trailer is wired for a CD/ DVD player with interior speakers and the option of having an entertainment system that is compatible with USB powered music players like i-Pods and smart phones.

One additional unique feature is EverGreen’s decision to place the water tank over the axles to reduce tongue weight and better balance the coach for smooth towing.

EverGreen backs up their craftsmanship with one of the best warranties in the business. The first year of camping is covered by a year of free roadside assistance, with a one-year limited and three-year structural warranty.


EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

EverGreen Expands Ultra-Light Ascend Product Line to 7 Floor Plans

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), and two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla).

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.

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298


Worth Pondering…

Between every two pines is a doorway to a new world.

—John Muir

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Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Bend, Oregon-based Host Industries Inc. has introduced the 2015 Aspen SB, a triple-slide, side-entry truck camper designed for short bed trucks.

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

This is a first in the industry according to a company news release.

“With three slide outs and an 8-foot wide main floor, there is no other camper on the market that is even remotely like it,” said General Manager Randall Pozzi.

Other key features include:

Access to both sides of the bed

Large dry bathroom with full-size shower

60-inch deep, 31.94 cubic foot basement storage compartment

2015 Aspen SB Camper Specifications and Information

Type: Triple Slide-Out, Side Entry

Base Weight: 2,995 pounds

Width: 96 inches

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Exterior Height: 107-112 inches with A/C

Interior Height: 76 inches

Floor Length: 115 inches

Overall Length: 17 feet 1 inch

Fresh Water Capacity: 65 gallons

Grey Water Capacity: 51 gallons

Black Water Capacity: 38 gallons

LP Gas Capacity: 15 gallons

Furnace: 30,000 BTU

Water Heater: 6 gallon DSI

Other truck campers currently manufactured by Host Industries include:

Chinook 8.5 Camper

Aspen 9.5 Camper

Shasta 9.5 Camper

Cascade 10.5 Camper

Everest 11.5 Camper

Mammoth 11.5 Camper

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks


Host Industries, Inc.

Host Industries manufactures Truck Campers (Aspen, Chinook, Everest, Cascade, and Mammoth), Super-C Motorcoaches, and Expedition Vehicles (OutBack Explorer)

Address: 20526 Murray Road, Bend, OR 97701

Phone: (541) 330-2328


Worth Pondering…

May all your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view……where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.

—Edward Abbey

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Discover the Golden Isles: Rich in History & Beauty

Georgia’s Atlantic Coastline is only about 100 miles long, but along this green corridor you’ll see some of America’s most breathtaking natural landscapes.

The state of Georgia has only about 90 miles of coastline yet holds approximately one-third of the entire marshland of the Atlantic seaboard. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The state of Georgia has only about 90 miles of coastline yet holds approximately one-third of the entire marshland of the Atlantic seaboard. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

This is a region woven with many cultures, notably the coastal Gullah with origins in West Africa. Their traditions include making sweetgrass baskets, quilting, and knitting fishing nets.

Folklore, stories, and songs have also been handed down over the years.

Traditional recipes include seafood dishes and Low Country favorites such as hoppin’ john (brown fried peas cooked with rice; eaten for good luck), sweet potato pie, and benne wafers (cookie made with sesame seeds and eaten for good luck).

Golden Isles

Nestled on the Georgia coast, midway between Savannah (Georgia) and Jacksonville (Florida) lies the mainland city of Brunswick and a series of barrier islands.

The most visited of the barrier islands are Sapelo, Jekyll, Cumberland, and St. Simons. Sea Island and Little St. Simons Island are very exclusive. Little St. Simons, Sapelo, and Cumberland must be reached by boat, while St. Simons, Sea Island, and Jekyll have causeways connecting them to the mainland.

St. Simons and Jekyll islands straddle the Marshes of Glynn, made familiar by Sidney Lanier’s poem of the same name.

The 6-mile causeway that leads to Jekyll is flanked by tidal marshes, home to waterfowl and migrating birds.

The temperate climate and beautiful scenic backdrop provide ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The temperate climate and beautiful scenic backdrop provide ample opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Four of the beautiful isles—St. Simons, Little St. Simons, Jekyll, and Sea—and a nearby coastal town are known collectively as Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia.

These coastal isles have long served as refuges for wildlife, havens for millionaires, and bastions of history.

Voodoo, alligators, wild horses, African culture, and the wealthiest families in the United States are all part of the history of the Golden Isles.

They’re also still a part of the islands’ modern-day heritage. At dawn, the mist rises on the marshes that skirt the coast of Georgia.

The state has only 100 miles of coastline, but nearly 800 miles of shoreline. Seventeen barrier islands are in this complex.

Spanish explorers seeking gold originally descended upon the territory more than 400 years ago, only to find astonishing beauty, mild weather, and a natural radiance that inspired the area’s name, the Golden Isles.

Pristine stretches of marshland, punctuated by small islands known as hammocks, define the breathtaking landscape and create the appearance of a continuous stretch of land reaching out to the barrier islands. These vast marshes turn a beautiful golden color in the fall, especially dramatic when lit by the setting sun.

Sparkling rivers teeming with birds, fish, and other marine life flow calmly around the islands on their way to the Atlantic Ocean.

The Golden Isles are also heralded as a destination where the gentleman’s game of golf meets Southern hospitality in a seaside setting with a rich and storied history. The area’s beauty and world-class golf courses, facilities, and instructors have earned the Golden Isles its reputation as a golfer’s paradise.

Jekyll Island alone boasts four public courses situated along and through a state park—the 18-hole Pine Lakes, Oleander, and Indian Mound courses and 9-hole Great Dunes. Joining the Seaside Course at Sea Island are two other full-length tracks, the Plantation and the Retreat, while Heritage Oaks in Brunswick is known for its conditioning.

The natural beauty of the Golden Isles is sure to captivate visitors. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The natural beauty of the Golden Isles is sure to captivate visitors. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Not only do the Golden Isles provide a rich golf experience, but they also come alive as nature’s playground with acres of undeveloped land, marshes, and rivers along with the vast expanse of ocean.

Did You Know?

Robert E. Lee ordered residents to evacuate the Georgia coast in 1861 at the beginning of the War Between the States.

Please Note: This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on Brunswick and the Golden Isles of Georgia

Part 2: Discover the Golden Isles: St. Simons & Sea Island

Part 3: Discover the Golden Isles: Jekyll Island

Part 4: Discover the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island & Historic Brunswick

Part 5: RV Camping in Brunswick and the Golden Isles

Worth Pondering…

The Marshes of Glynn

Glooms of the live-oaks, beautiful-braided and woven

With intricate shades of the vines that myriad-cloven

Clamber the forks of the multiform boughs,

Emerald twilights,

Virginal shy lights,

The wide sea-marshes of Glynn.

—Sidney Lanier (1842–1881)

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Cord Depot Launches On-line Power Solution Super Store for RVers

Franklin, Wisconsin-based has launched a new website for RV owners.

Camp_PowerThe new on-line Power Solution Super Store provides RVers with power cords, adapters, plugs, and connectors.

“A colleague and I recently started a new online retail site offering everything power cord related for the RV and generator industry,” said Nick Wesela, one of the partners.

“The goal of our store is to help RVers find all of the cords they need for their RVs.

“We have a nifty sorting tool that helps pick the correct cord for the customer, and a well planned navigation that makes shopping easy,” said Wesela.

Ergo_grip“We think this new website offers excellent value to the people who are online looking for cords and adapters in one place.”

The company offers free shipping on orders over $99 as well as a no hassle, 30-day return policy.

RV Camp Power products are designed to make hooking up to your power source at the campground easy and painless. Cord Depot supplies all locking and straight blade RV cord sets, adapters, inlets, and more for most all applications.


Cord Depot

Cord-Depot-logoCord Depot was the brain child of a small group of entrepreneurs who wanted to help connect the world to a library of power supplies. They noticed that there was no easy way to shop for these products without confusion.

They wanted to provide the best power products on the market to their customers.

Cord Depot offers the best products for many different industries all in one place, with easy-to-use tools to help you find products easily.

Address: 7425 S. 76th St, P.O. Box 289, Franklin, WI 53132

Phone: (626) 242-6655


Worth Pondering…

“Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Lookin’ for adventure
And whatever comes our way
Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace
Fire all of your guns at once
And explode into space.”

It could be the theme song of every RVer, though it’s not likely what Steppenwolf had in mind when they recorded Born to be Wild in 1968.

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Thor Acquires KZRV

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Industries, Inc. announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire the outstanding capital stock of recreational vehicle manufacturer K-Z, Inc. in a transaction closing effective May 1, 2014.

ThorTrailerThe purchase price, which will be paid in cash, is approximately $53.4 million, subject to adjustment.

“We are pleased to welcome K-Z to the Thor family. With a strong focus on value, service, and quality, K-Z brings an exceptional way of doing business that really stands apart in the RV industry,” said Bob Martin, Thor President and Chief Executive Officer, in a company news release.

“With an iconic and long-standing brand, K-Z has built a successful business over the past 40 years serving a diversified distribution network of more than 200 dealers that are strong business partners. At Thor, we recognize the success of K-Z and want to see that continue as we support the management team in the next phase of their growth.”

Founded in 1972, Shipshewana, Indiana-based K-Z is known for its innovative, high-quality travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers.

With strong brands such as Sportsmen, Spree, and Durango, K-Z produces a comprehensive selection of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers with retail price points as low as $10,000 for entry-level products.

The company produces its RV’s at a complex consisting of 396,000 square feet of office and production space spread among six primary facilities operated by a team of approximately 320 employees.

ThorMotorhomeK-Z generated sales of nearly $150 million for its fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, and Thor expects the acquisition to be accretive to earnings.

“Becoming a part of Thor allows us to continue to operate K-Z with the core values and relationships that have made us successful since our founding,” said Daryl Zook, founder and Chief Executive Officer of K-Z.

“We understand the importance of partnering with a local Company that has strong roots in the RV industry and in our communities of northern Indiana. We share a strong commitment to product quality and excellent customer and dealer relationships that make Thor an ideal partner for K-Z.”


Thor Industries, Inc.

Thor Industries logoThor Industries was founded in 1980 by Wade Thompson and Peter Orthwein with the purchase of Airstream. Thor Industries went public in 1984 and since that time, Thor has grown both organically and through strategic acquisitions.

Today Thor is the sole owner of operating subsidiaries that, combined, represent one of the world’s largest manufacturers of RVs.

Thor Industries companies include Airstream, Breckenridge, Crossroads RV, Dutchmen Manufacturing, Heartland RV, Keystone RV Company, Livin Lite, Redwood RV, and Thor Motorcoach.

Address: 601 East Beardsley Avenue, Elkhart, IN 46514-3305

Phone: (574) 970-7460



KZ-logoKZRV Recreational Vehicles was founded in 1972 in a small gas station north of Middlebury, Indiana, by Daryl Zook, on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy, and integrity.

They started building truck campers and slide in tops and now manufacture a full line of towable recreational vehicles in Shipshewana, Indiana including Durango, Escalade, and StoneRidge fifth wheels; Coyote, Sportsmen, Sportsmen Classic, Spree, Spree Escape, and Spree Connect travel trailers; Inferno, Escalade Sportster, and StoneRidge Sportster fifth wheel toy haulers; and MXT, Rock Climber, Sportsmen Classic, and Sportsmen TH travel trailer toy haulers.

KZ Recreational Vehicles has received the Quality Circle Award from RVDA for its Dealer Satisfaction Index survey for 12 of the last 13 years.

Address: 0985 N 900 W, Shipshewana, IN 46565

Phone: (866) 472-5460 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.

—Tom Landry

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Magellan Introduces New SmartGPS 5390 Cloud Connected Navigation Device

Santa Clara, California-based Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor, and mobile navigation announced its new SmartGPS model.

Magellan SmartGPS 5390

Magellan SmartGPS 5390

The new unit, SmartGPS 5390, is a powerful navigation device that keeps drivers informed, saves them time and money, and provides safer navigation. The SmartGPS 5390 also includes free companion apps for either iOS or Android smartphones.

“As a pioneer in the GPS navigation industry, we recognize that in today’s socially-driven world consumers want and need a more comprehensive navigation solution than what traditional GPS devices and smart phones can offer,” said Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management for Magellan, in a news release.

“Our cloud-based SmartGPS Ecosystem and SmartGPS device is engineered from the ground up for consumers who desire discovery, relevance, and local awareness combined with navigation.”

Featuring a sleek and stylish appearance, the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 offers a connected car experience for a fraction of the price of a premium in-dash infotainment system.

Harnessing the power of cloud computing, advanced navigation, and a glass multi-touch screen, the SmartGPS 5390 combines the best of smartphone and GPS capabilities.

The SmartGPS 5390 helps users save time and money by automatically delivering the locations of the lowest fuel prices and other real-time valuable local information such as reviews and tips from Yelp and Foursquare, as well as PhantomALERT red-light camera alerts, weather reports, traffic conditions, and much more with no additional subscription or data plans required.

MagellanIn addition, the Magellan SmartGPS 5390 comes with powerful, specially designed iOS and Android smartphone apps that allow users to easily browse and select locations from a variety of sources, then send those locations directly from their phone to the unit, and immediately begin navigating.

Apps are currently available for the iPhone 4S and newer and most Android models.

Sharing information between the SmartGPS 5390 and a user’s smartphone, computer, and tablet is easily and automatically conducted through automatic cloud syncing. This ensures that once contacts and destinations are entered or bookmarked, they will always be readily available.

Magellan’s long-held position as an industry leader continues with the SmartGPS 5390. It is packed with premium features, including a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen LCD display with multi-touch interface, free lifetime map updates and traffic alerts, WiFi and Bluetooth, and highway lane assist.

Additionally, it comes with a Texas Instruments Cortex A8 1GHz processor to support the increased demand for high-resolution graphics and multi-function data processing, 4GB memory to support applications and detailed navigation maps, microSD card slot for storing additional maps, and a microUSB connector.

The SmartGPS 5390 is now available from the Magellan website (SEE link below) for $229.99.



Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation.

Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness, and mobile.

Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers.


Worth Pondering…

I have never been lost, but I will admit to being confused for several weeks.

—Daniel Boone

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Winnebago Introduces 2015 Models

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. introduced the new 2015 models to the company’s dealer partners during its annual Dealer Days event at The Mirage in Las Vegas.

Winnebago rolled out new Brave motorhome at Dealer Days (Photo provided by Adrienne Griffin)

Winnebago rolled out new Brave motorhome at Dealer Days (Photo provided by Adrienne Griffin)

Introductions included the all-new Brave and Tribute, Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra motorhome lines.

Winnebago blended vintage with a modern twist in the rollout of the 2015 Brave and Tribute.

In the ’60s and ’70s, there was no mistaking a Winnebago motorhome with the distinctive “eyebrow” design and flying W logo, and the new Brave and Tribute breathe new life into the legendary design. Beyond the retro styling, the Brave and Tribute are loaded with today’s best features and offered in two versatile floor plans with exciting color schemes like Good Vibration with Cherry Cola Cherry cabinets, as well as a price to fit the budget of a young, traveling family.

“This is the most exciting product launch I’ve ever been involved with,” said Winnebago Chairman, CEO and President Randy Potts, in a news release.

“The new Brave and Tribute are going to take the market by storm. The retro, yet modern image they project is fun, while they offer great new features that are sure to capture the eye of new buyers.”

Winnebago Dealer Days attendees check out Grand Tour interior (Photo provided by Adrienne Griffin)

Winnebago Dealer Days attendees check out Grand Tour interior (Photo provided by Adrienne Griffin)

Also making its debut at the dealer event is the new Grand Tour Class A diesel pusher, and its counterpart, the Ellipse Ultra. The tag-axle Grand Tour and Ellipse Ultra each feature unique, high-end features such as a large skylight with powered shade in the front lounge/cab area, polished porcelain tile flooring, keyless entry, and four full-body paint packages. Multiplex switch panels located throughout the all-electric coach allow you to control exterior and interior lights, hydraulic jacks, MCD power shades, and slideout rooms.

Several 2015 products received exterior redesigns, including the Class A gas-powered Vista and Sunstar lines, Class A diesel Via and Reyo lines, and the Class C View and Navion on the 24V and 24G floor plans. New standard features are included across all product lines, and exciting new floor plans are also included in the Journey, Meridian, Vista, Sunstar, Tour, and Ellipse motorhome lines.

Winnebago Towables debuted the new Micro Minnie trailer and two new fifth wheel trailers, the Voyage and Latitude. The new Micro Minnie trailer is under 3,000 pounds and features a new “cool gray” exterior color. The Voyage and Latitude lines provide exciting new mid-profile and full-profile fifth-wheel choices and the Ultralight line has been expanded to six available floor plans. The Ultralight and the Voyage both offer graphic options and corresponding LED lights that are in color choices of red, green, or blue.

“They hit the nail on the head with the new Brave retro look,” said Carl Jensen from Sierra RV, Sunset, Utah.

“The updated interior styling was wonderful and the colors are bright and fresh. The new Brave and Tribute will appeal to all ages.”


Winnebago Industries, Inc

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based 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 builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, 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.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 152, Forest City, IA 50436

Street Address: 605 West Crystal Lake Road, Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: (641) 585-3535

Winnebago Website:

Itasca Website:

Era Website:

goLife website:

Worth Pondering…

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.


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PullRite Introduces SuperGlide Fifth Wheel Hitch Rated for 16,000 Pounds

PullRite announced that it is increasing the rating of one of its most popular fifth-wheel hitches, the #2700 automatic sliding ISR SuperGlide, that fits industry standard base rails to 16,000 pounds.

PullRite Introduces SuperGlide Fifth Wheel Hitch Rated for 16,000 Pounds

PullRite Introduces SuperGlide Fifth Wheel Hitch Rated for 16,000 Pounds

The rating increase will not translate to a hike in price.

The ISR SuperGlide will give dealers a hitch that meets the needs of even more short-bed truck owners, while also providing the safety and convenience of an automatic sliding hitch, PullRite noted in a news release.

“Originally the #2700 SuperGlide had been rated at 15000, but after extensive testing utilizing the SAE J2638 testing standards, including more than 300,000 cycles of punishing tests in three dimensions, and additional rigorous road testing, the hitch simply earned a higher weight rating,” said Jim Karasch, project engineer.

“This is just another example of our commitment to being a U.S. manufacturer,” said Scott Later, PullRite national sales manager.

“Everyone at PullRite understands that we have to be innovative, driven, and efficient to produce great products with great value—noting that most competitors have moved manufacturing to China, India, or Mexico in order to produce cheaper hitches using foreign labor and materials.”

President Randy Pulliam said that the company’s decision to continue manufacturing in the U.S. had created a loyal dealer base, helping the company set sales records the past four years in a row.


Pulliam Enterprises, Inc.

PullRite has been designing and manufacturing extraordinary hitches for over 30 years.

PullRite is recognized as a leading innovator in the design and manufacture of fifth wheel hitches, short-bed truck hitches, and travel trailer hitches.

PullRiteAddress: 13790 E. Jefferson Blvd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

Phone: (574) 259-1520 or (800) 443-2307 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

Your travel life has the essence of a dream.

It is something outside the normal, yet you are in it.

It is peopled with characters you have never seen before and in all probability will never see again.

It brings occasional homesickness, and loneliness, and pangs of longing.

But you are like the Vikings or the master mariners of the Elizabethan age, who have gone into a world of adventure, and home is not home until you return.

—Agatha Christie, British mystery writer

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Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV announces their Hideout brand of entry-level travel trailers and fifth wheels experienced record growth in 2013, as well as an incredible start to 2014.

Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Hideout travel trailers, fifth wheels, and Retreat destination trailers closed 2013 with a 22 percent retail increase in the United States and Canada, based on internal retail registrations.

Through February 2014, retail sales numbers in North America are up 56 percent year-to-date over 2013.

According to Jason Gill, Hideout/Retreat product manager, this growth makes Hideout the fastest growing entry level brand in the industry.

“Several factors go into Hideout’s tremendous growth,” said Gill, in a news release.

“We believe we have the best dealers in the industry, dealers who are committed to deliver a first class consumer experience. Along with this, Keystone is focused on overall quality, fit n’ finish and superior back end support. We understand that consumers will most likely direct frustration with poor quality and service toward the dealer.  It is Keystone’s focus to deliver a pleasurable ownership experience and let dealers have a better opportunity to cultivate repeat buyer’s, particularly with our entry level product.”

Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Keystone Hideout brands earned the prestigious RV Dealers Association’s DSI Award in 2013.  The award is based on results of a nationwide survey of RVDA member dealerships that ranks dealer satisfaction in the areas of vehicle design and reliability, competitive advantage, communications, and sales and service support.

In addition to unit quality and support, Gill emphasizes that Hideout’s product mix is right on target for today’s entry level market.

“Hideout is focused on delivering travel trailers and fifth wheels with the right features at the right price,” he explained.

“Our aggressively priced, full featured Hideout ‘Luxury’ and Hideout ‘LHS’ offering’s hit a wider price point segment of the market and give our dealers more chances to win business and make a bigger impact on their market.”


Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Keystone Hideout posts record year in 2013

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100


Worth Pondering…

Traveling is not just seeing the new; it is also leaving behind. Not just opening doors; also closing them behind you, never to return. But the place you have left forever is always there for you to see whenever you shut your eyes.
—Jan Myrdal

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