MVP RV Assets to Be Auctioned April 19

Earlier this month I reported that Riverside, California-based MVP RV had shut down and would be sold off amid a legal dispute pitting one foreign investor against others.

The dispute involved a group known as Fadar International and Chinese businessman Winston Chung over the company’s ownership.

Fadar has accused Chung in a lawsuit of crafting a fraudulent document claiming full ownership of the RV maker, one of a few manufacturing companies he has invested in Southern California.

Chung, who had been credited for saving the company from closure in 2009, was named chairman of the board of the company and later pledged a $310 million investment in the company to produce $5 billion worth of recreational vehicles to sell in China, including all-electric models, a plan that earned the company a trip to Washington, D.C.

The company owes creditors $37 million, including Fadar’s investors.

While the company’s ownership is unclear, Fadar managed to shut down the company on December 12 and assigned all of its assets to Credit Management Association (CMA), a private, non-profit, liquidation firm.

Jaime Martinez, left, and Horasio Hermosillo apply glue that will bond a rubber roof to a trailer at MVP RV. (Source: pe.com)

MVP RV has not filed for bankruptcy.

The company laid off its entire workforce of about 200 people when it closed.

MVP RV’s assets and real estate holdings will be auctioned April 19 starting at 11:30 a.m.

A notice advertising the auction has been posted on the website of Credit Management Association, which was given control of the company’s assets in mid-December.

Up for sale are two industrial buildings, a total of 460,570 square feet of space that sit on 1.6 million square feet of property within the boundary of Jurupa Valley, adjacent to Riverside.

The land and buildings are worth $20 million, according to the auction notice.

The buildings and property had once belonged to longtime RV-maker Fleetwood Enterprises before it filed for bankruptcy three years ago.

MVP RV bought it for $18.6 million in July 2010.

Other items included in the auction include factory equipment, inventory, office space, and rights to MVP RV’s intellectual property, according to Credit Management’s notice.

Interested buyers with cash would make their bids on site at the company’s headquarters at 5300 Via Ricardo in Jurupa Valley.

Vicente Alfaro, right, and other workers at MVP RV in Riverside, work on trailers in this file photo. (Source: pe.com)

Bidders can get a preview of the auction items in person during the two days prior to the sale.

Click here to read more about MVP RV.

Details

MVP RV’s assets and real estate holdings are set to be auctioned.

Valued at $20 million, the holdings include two industrial steel buildings totaling 460,570 square feet on 34 acres of property zoned M-1.

When: April 19 starting at 11:30 a.m.

Previews: April 17 and 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Where: 5300 Via Ricardo, Riverside, California

What: Two buildings, factory equipment, intellectual property

Additional information: cmaauctions.com

Worth Pondering…
You don’t pay the price for success. You pay the price for failure.

—Zig Ziglar

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RVers Go Hog Wild over SewiePig

The new SewiePig product has many RVers going hog wild.

SewiePig RV sewage accessory
SewiePig RV sewage accessory

SewiePig is a new RV accessory in the form of a plastic container shaped like a pig, with an underneath garage area that fits securely over any RV discharge hose.

“SewiePig is simple and easy to use! Just fill with water and you’re done!”

The “pig” has a removable cap on the tail to allow the tank to be filled with water for weight. Once filled with water, it’s placed over the RV sewer hose where it meets the campground connection.

The SewiePig secures the hose to ensure there are no waste disposal accidents.

This product is simple, convenient, and compact as it tucks right into the underneath compartment of your RV.

“Let Sewiepig do the dirty work for you.”

SewiePig RV sewage accessory

It adds a cosmetic flair to a “not-so-attractive” part of your campsite, the company noted on their website.

Over 25 years of RV experience and three years of research and development has gone into the design of the SewiePig Sewer Hose Holder. The product is made in the USA.

SewiePig can be purchased through Dyers RV and Trailer, your local RV dealership, or online from the manufacturer.

Details

E49 Enterprises LLC

The SewiePig is designed to hold your sewer hose and fitting into the dump station connector to reduce risk of losing connection and leaking.

Sewiepig has been designed and manufacturer tested to provide you, our customers, with the most efficient product possible.

Price: $21.95

Mailing address: PO Box 406, Fate, TX 75132

Phone: (888) SEWIEPIG

Website: sewiepig.com

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Worth Pondering…

I would like to share the one for today with you…

Live one day at a time–

While you can plan for tomorrow, you can’t live it until it arrives. Most people spend so much time regretting the past and worrying about the future, they leave no time to enjoy today!

John Lennon once wrote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Decide to make the most of each moment.

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Pacific Coachworks Now Shipping SandSport Fifth-Wheels

Riverside, California-based Pacific Coachworks Inc. recently announced that the RV manufacturer is now shipping its initial order of SandSport fifth-wheels.

Pacific Coachworks 2012 SandSport fifth-wheel trailer

“The new fifth-wheels will complement the already successful SandSport toy hauler trailers which were first released in the fall of 2011,” said General Manager Jeff Daily. “The demand for these new products has far exceeded our highest expectations.”

Dealers carrying the SandSport toy hauler line include All Season’s RV, All Valley RV, DC’s RV, Johnnie Walker RV, Little Dealer Little Prices, Pan Pacific RV, Paul Evert’s RV, Range RV, and SST RV, according to a news release.

Brett Bashaw, president and CEO of Pacific Coachworks noted, “The immediate success of the SandSport toy haulers has created numerous other opportunities for each of the Pacific Coachworks products, including the Powerlite toy haulers as well as the model lineup of the Panther and Tango conventional travel trailers.”

The company said that Jimmy Roberts, Len Longo (United States) and Ernie Kish (Canada) are “actively seeking” dealers to handle product lines.

New Pacific Coachworks 2012 SandSport F285 toy-hauler fifth-wheel. (Source: rvcountry.com)

Exterior features include:

  • Aluminum frame sidewall construction
  • 102-inches wide
  • Toy hauler designed I-Beam chassis
  • Full welded “Z” frame outriggers
  • 8-foot ramp doors (7-foot on SLs)
  • Huge windows plus 4-cargo windows
  • Pressure washer
  • Spare tire
  • Heavy duty (4) stab jacks
  • TV antenna with cable
  • DSI hi-recovery water heater
  • 3M long lasting exterior graphics

Interior features include:

  • 13.5 ducted air conditioning
  • Rear dual power beds
  • Microwave
  • Large double door refer
  • Porcelain toilet
  • Bath skylight
  • 2-inches X 3-inches fully insulated floor
  • Upgrade window treatments
  • Carpet kit standard on all units
  • Stereo AM/FM/CD/DVD
  • Large oven with 3-burner range

Details

Pacific Coachworks Inc

Pacific Coachworks has been manufacturing recreational vehicles for both the U.S. and Canadian markets since 2006.

Pacific Coachworks is currently manufacturing the following towable lines: Panther, Tango, Powerlite, and SandSport.

Address: 549 Rivera Street, Riverside, CA 92501

Phone: (951) 686-7294

Website: pacificcoachworks.com

Worth Pondering…
Make your choice, adventurous stranger.
Strike the bell and bide the danger.
Or wonder ’til it drives you mad,
What would have followed, if you had.

— C.S. Lewis, The Magicians Nephew

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: March 30

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. RV Shipments Rise in February

RV shipments to retailers rose sharply in February this year, climbing 31.8 percent above last month and up 24.2% ahead of this same month last year, according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) survey.

The 24,600 units reported in the latest survey of manufacturers marked the best February total in four years for all RV products and raised the first two months’ total this year 15.2 percent above the same period one year ago on shipment of 43,300 units. On a seasonally adjusted basis, February shipments were at an annual rate of more than 286,000 units, a gain of 12.9 percent over the January rate.

Shipments of towable RVs have improved 17% to 39,200 units, while motorhome products have held their own and produced 4,100 units so far this year.

2. Entrance Fees Proposed for Illinois State Parks

Visitors to Illinois state parks would face admission fees for the first time under legislation the Illinois House passed Monday (March 26).

The bill would allow the state to charge annual fees for vehicle stickers for park entry, as well as daily admission fees for pedestrians or drivers without annual passes.

Proponents of the measure said the money is needed for upkeep at parks, where funds, personnel, and care have been cut back heavily in recent years.

The revenue would be dedicated to the state parks fund or the fish and wildlife fund, according to the legislation.

The state Department of Natural Resources currently does not charge an entry fee to state-owned or -operated land except for Wildlife Prairie State Park near Peoria and sites with beaches, where the charge is $1 a day per person for beach use, according to the agency website.

The House sent the bill to the Senate on an 81-29 vote.

A spokeswoman for Gov. Pat Quinn said the governor backs the proposal.

3. Land of the Sleeping Rainbow: Capitol Reef National Park

A highlight for most visitors to Capitol Reef is the scenic drive from the visitors center. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
A highlight for most visitors to Capitol Reef is the scenic drive from the visitors center. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Capitol Reef National Park is filled with geological wonders that stagger the imagination.

Somewhat remote, and not as well known as the other parks, Capitol Reef is located on the northern edge of the Grand Circle Tour. Capitol Reef encompasses a 100-mile natural upheaval in the earth’s crust known as the Waterpocket Fold.

We’ve traveled Utah’s red-rock country from Bryce to Arches and Zion to Monument Valley, but none is more impres­sive than Capitol Reef. Hundreds of millions of years of geological history are contained within this long, narrow park that stretches about 100 miles from its northern to south­ern boundary.

Time moves very slowly in the ageless world of colorful spires, pinnacles, and domes that form Capitol Reef. Formed by cataclysmic events of eons past, these rock formations have been defined and redefined over past ages as ancient sea waters advanced and retreated across the changing surface of the earth.

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4. Discover the Wildlife of Texas

The colorful green jay is usually seen in brushy areas and dense woods in the lower Rio Grande Valley.. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The colorful green jay is usually seen in brushy areas and dense woods in the lower Rio Grande Valley.. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you are a birder, a wildlife enthusiast, or just ready to discover the wildlife Texas has to offer, there’s a map that makes it easy for you. These driving trails will direct you to the best spots in the state to observe wildlife such as birds, butterflies, bats, or pronghorns. Texas is the perfect place to view wildlife; the Lone Star State is one of the top birding destinations in the world and is rich in its diverse species of wildlife.

Along the trails, you will be captivated by all there is to do and local communities will welcome you with plenty of Texas hospitality.

Texas was the first state in the nation to create birding and wildlife viewing trails, an idea that resulted in similar projects throughout North America. These trails provide economic incentives for landowners and communities to conserve habitats while providing recreational opportunities for the traveling public. The wildlife trails of Texas promote sustainable economic development and build public support for conservation of wildlife and habitats.

5. Cuisine of New Mexico

A mural in Santa Fe's historic La Fonda on the Plaza depicting Pueblo life. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
A mural in Santa Fe's historic La Fonda on the Plaza depicting Pueblo life. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Renowned New Mexico artist Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.” Millions of folks from all over the world have come to know exactly what she meant. The people, the culture, the landscape, the climate, and the cuisine—New Mexico just gets under your skin and takes hold.

The Land of Enchantment, New Mexico is known for its colors: turquoise skies, earthy browns, orange mesas, and purple sage. This time of year, though, the colors on everyone’s mind are red and green. Or maybe it should be red or green.

Chile is a term which usually refers to any of hundreds of chile peppers used in cuisines across the world to flavor and spice food.

In New Mexico, however, chile means much more than that. Chiles are the soul of New Mexican cooking, which blends Native American and Hispanic influences into a cuisine unto itself.

Chile is the New Mexico’s largest agricultural crop. Across the state chile is consumed at every meal, is celebrated in songs and at festivals, and is the subject of the Official New Mexico State Question, Red or Green?, estimated to be uttered over 200,000 times a day in the state.

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Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death.

—Auntie Mame

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Discover the Joys of Camping

For those of you who have wanted to try camping, but weren’t sure how to begin, Georgia State Parks can help.

Through the parks group First-Time Camper Program, you’ll get borrowed gear, a lesson in Camping 101, two nights’ accommodations, and more . . . all for $45.

Gear from REI
Test out great gear provided by REI (Recreation Equipment Incorporated)—an outdoor equipment and clothing company.

You won’t get to keep it, but you will get coupons for future purchases.

The package of borrowed gear includes:

  • 1 REI Kingdom tent (6-person)
  • 4 sleeping pads (self-inflating)
  • 1 camp stove with fuel
  • 4 roasting forks
  • 1 lantern

Please bring your own sleeping bag or blanket, and a pillow.

Participating Campgrounds

Camper map showing 6 participating Georgia state parks.

Choose from six Georgia State Parks. Campsites have water and electric hookups, picnic tables, grills, and campfire pits. Bathrooms and hot showers are within walking distance. All of the parks have geocaches.

Call the Park directly to make your reservations and be sure to identify yourself as a First-Time Camper.

The parks offering the First-Time Camper program include:

  • Fort Mountain State Park: Located between Chatsworth and Ellijay, Fort Mountain has a lake with a beach for swimming. You can boat or fish, hike, bike, or play mini-golf. There’s a tower built by the Civilian Conservation Corps and the mysterious, ancient rock wall that gives the park its name. Phone: (706) 422-1932
  • Fort Yargo State Park: Located Atlanta and Athens, Fort Yargo features a 1792 log fort built by settlers for protection against Creek and Cherokee Indians. Today, visitors come to Fort Yargo for its wide variety of outdoor recreation and scenery. Mountain bikers and hikers can test their endurance on 18 miles of trails. A 260-acre lake offers a large swimming beach, fishing, and boat ramps. The park’s wooded disc golf course is exceptionally challenging. Phone: (770) 867-3489
  • James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park:  Located near Rome in northwestern Georgia, James H. (Sloppy) Floyd offers hiking, biking, fishing, and boating. Phone: (706) 857-0826
  • Victoria Bryant State Park:  Nestled in the rolling hills of Georgia’s upper Piedmont near Lavonia, Victoria Bryant is one of northern Georgia’s best kept secrets. A beautiful stream flows through the park, providing the perfect setting for an after-picnic stroll. The park offers a swimming pool, gentle hiking, two small ponds, and a golf course. Phone: (706) 245-6270
  • Reed Bingham State Park: Located six miles west of I-75 in South Georgia, Reed Bingham has a 375-acre lake that’s popular with boaters and skiers; fishing for bass, crappie, catfish, and bream is excellent. Paddlers can rent canoes and kayaks to explore this beautiful lake lined with fragrant water lilies and tupelo trees. Phone: (229) 896-3551
  • Skidaway Island State Park: Located near historic Savannah, Skidway Island borders Skidaway narrows, a part of Georgia’s intracoastal waterway. Trails wind through maritime forest and past salt marsh, leading to a boardwalk and observation tower. Children will especially enjoy seeing the towering, 20-foot Giant Ground Sloth replica and reptile room. Phone: (912) 598-2300

Costs

  • $45 for two nights in a campground, gear rental, expert advice and a welcome kit
  • $5 ParkPass for the duration of your stay
  • Many park activities are free, such as hiking, geocaching and fishing; some activities have a fee, such as mini-golf, boat rental, or swimming pools

To Qualify

  • Anyone who has never camped in a Georgia State Park may participate
  • Once you’ve stayed the night, you’ll get a coupon for your next camping adventure

Pets

  • Because gear is borrowed, pets are not allowed in the First-Time Camper Program
  • But if you love the experience and come back again, your dog can enjoy camping too

Questions?

  • Contact First-Time Camper Program coordinator, Cindy Reittinger, at (404) 657-0029

REI Expert Advice

  • Click here, to check out REI’s helpful pre-trip information about camping and a number of outdoor pursuits.
Gear supplied by REI
Gear supplied by REI

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Georgia State Parks First-Time Camper Program

How much: $45, plus $5 ParkPass

Includes: Two-night stay at modern campground, camping gear rental including a 6-person tent, assistance setting up your campsite, and a Camping 101 lesson

Information: georgiastateparks.org

Worth Pondering…

Georgia On My Mind

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through

Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Georgia, Georgia, a song of you

Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines

—words by Stuart Gorrell and music by Hoagy Carmichael

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Leisure Travel Vans/Triple E Introduce Ambassador Rewards Program

Winkler, Manitoba-based Leisure Travel Vans and Triple E RV introduced a new ambassador rewards program that gives cash to current owners who refer new customers to the company’s brands.

RVers who own a Leisure Travel Van or Triple E RV, and wish to promote their RV brand and the RV lifestyle, may sign up to join the company’s Ambassador Rewards Program.

Upon signing up for the program, RVers will receive an intro kit which includes product brochures of their specific model as well as a number of owner referral cards. These cards will have space for owners to fill in their information. They are intended to be given out anytime the owner shows off his or her recreational vehicle.

For each referral that ends up purchasing a new Leisure Travel Van or Triple E RV and gives the current owner credit for the referral, he or she will receive a reward as a token of the company’s appreciation.

In cases where multiple referral cards are handed to the potential customer, the referral that first took place will receive the reward.

Most of these interactions will happen as current owners are out and about on their travels.

However, from time to time, the company may phone a current owner if there is a potential customer in their area and there is no dealer with stock nearby. There is no obligation, but the current owner could receive credit for displaying their unit to a prospective buyer, the company noted in a news release.

Ambassadors earn the following rewards:

  • First or second purchasing customer = $250 per referral
  • Third or fourth purchasing customer = $500 per referral
  • Fifth purchasing customer = $500 plus two Leisure Travel Van or Triple E RV jackets
  • Sixth or more purchasing customer = $500 per referral

Referrals are cumulative and do not reset at the start of a new year.

Best of all, current customers who sign up to be ambassadors can receive $500 when they upgrade their RVs to another Leisure Travel Van or Triple E RV. It’s like referring yourself, the company noted.

For more information or to sign up for the ambassador program, click here.

Summer factory tours are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Other tours are by appointment only. Tours are generally 45 minutes to 1 hour. No open toe shoes allowed.

Triple E Recreational Vehicles

Triple E RV is a Canadian manufacturer of Regency Class C motorhomes and Leisure Travel Vans (Serenity, Libero, Unity, Free Spirit, and Free Flight)

Address: 301 Roblin Boulevard, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada R6W 4C4

U.S. Address (Mailing Only): P.O. Box 68, Walhalla, ND 58282

Phone: (204) 325-4361 or (877) 992-9906 (toll free)

Website: tripleerv.com

Leisure Travel Vans

Leisure Travel Van Free Spirit

Triple E Recreational Vehicles is the parent company of Leisure Travel Vans

Website: leisurevans.com

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There is a peculiar pleasure in riding out into the unknown. A pleasure which no second journey on the same trail ever affords.
—Edith Durham

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Heartland Introduces 2+5 Warranty on Landmark

Underscoring the structural integrity of its flagship Landmark fifth-wheel line, Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland RV announced it has instituted an inclusive 2+5 year warranty on all 2013 models.

The warranty, providing two years bumper-to-bumper and five years structural coverage on the roof, sidewalls, and floor, represents “one of the most comprehensive warranties in the industry,” according to General Manager Kary Katzenberger.

“Full-timers consider their RV as their home,” Katzenberger said in a press release. “One of the biggest selling features is peace of mind—knowing that their RV is not only well constructed but also protected in the long-term. The 2+5 warranty represents a set-apart added value in the luxury fifth-wheel marketplace, both for the consumer and our dealer body.”

The Landmark fifth-wheel represents Heartland’s first entry in the RV market when the RV manufacturing company was founded in 2004.

Built with an integrated system of laminated fiberglass sidewalls, flooring, and roof to increase durability while reducing overall weight, the Landmark is tailored to meet the demands of all-weather conditions and the rigors of full-time use.

“In addition to achieving increased strength and a lighter weight, laminated construction affords superior thermal insulation and noise reduction over wood-framed products,” said Katzenberger.

The Landmark is currently available in four floor plans in lengths of 33 to 41 feet, with two new floor plans coming to market in the next 90 days.

In addition to a sturdy foundation, the series also offers a residential environment with attractive decors and high-line amenities.

New features in the 2013 line include a “whisper quiet” dual A/C system, optional 6-point leveling system, and a new LCD, touch-screen remote that operates the landing gear, awning, and slide rooms.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price starts at $74,900.

“The Landmark already offered one of the best values in the luxury, full-time fifth-wheel market,” said Katzenberger. “The 2+5 warranty reinforces Heartland’s standing as a leader in the category, providing the luxury and durability that full-timers require along with the peace of mind that they have made a sound investment.”

Details

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Heartland is a leading manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles in the U.S. The Company markets over 16 brands of fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, and toy haulers including Landmark, Big Horn, Big Country, Elk Ridge, Sundance, Greystone, North Trail, Prowler, Cyclone, Road Warrior, Wilderness, and Torque.

Heartland is number three in market share in fifth wheels and closing in on being among the top five towable manufacturers of fifth wheels and travel trailers combined.

Heartland’s towable RVs are sold through an independent network of dealers throughout the United States and Canada. The Company has over 900 employees.

Heartland factory tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1001 All-Pro Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46514

Phone: (574) 262-5992 or (888) 262-5992 (toll free)

Website: heartlandrvs.com

Worth Pondering…

Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty.
Anyone who keeps learning stays young.
The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.

—Henry Ford

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National Park Week: April 21-29

The National Park Service and the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, invite people everywhere to enjoy, explore, learn, share, and give back to America’s nearly 400 national parks during National Park Week 2012.

Celebrating the theme, “Picture Yourself in a National Park,” National Park Week will run from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.

Throughout the country, visitors can enjoy the beauty and wonder of 84 million acres of the world’s most spectacular scenery, historic places, and cultural treasures for FREE!

National parks will mark the annual celebration with special events and activities including:

  • Volunteer Day on April 21
  • Earth Day on April 22
  • Junior Ranger Day on April 28

Discover information about events, special activities for visitors of all ages, how to share your park adventure with other travelers, and how to support the parks.

“America’s national parks have something for everyone,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

“Take a break and experience something new, enjoy some fresh air, get some exercise, and see where history happened. And, since admission is free to all 397 parks, all week long, National Park Week is a great time to get up, get out, and explore a park.”

“This is our annual celebration of America’s best idea—our national parks,” said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation.

“We are proud to stand with our partners at the National Park Service and encourage people everywhere to enjoy, learn from and support our nation’s greatest treasures.”

From ranger-led hikes and kayak trips to camping and exploring, park visitors can plan their National Park Week. Event details here>

The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on five other days in 2012:

  • Get Outdoors Day (June 9)
  • National Public Lands Day (September 29)
  • Veterans Day Weekend (November 10 to 12).

Details

National Park Service

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities.

Website: nps.gov

National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs.

Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places.

Website: nationalparks.org

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Worth Pondering…

National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.

—Wallace Stegner, 1983

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TrailManor Now Building Trailers in Tennessee

The cantilevered TrailManor—a mix between a folding camping trailer and a conventional hard-sided travel trailer—is now being built in Jacksboro, Tennessee, with new owners Robert J. and Cleo Eickhoff, according to a news release.

”My husband has been associated with TrailManor for 18 years as a factory rep,” said Cleo Eickhoff, marketing director for TrailManor Mfg. Co. LLC, with headquarters in Hartington, Nebraska.

The couple moved into an ownership position after William J. Hawlsey, founder of now defunct TrailManor Inc., had health issues. ”That coupled with the fact that the economy had taken a downturn, TrailManor just suffered terribly,” Eickhoff said. ”We moved from Nebraska to Tennessee to try to help Bill, but it just didn’t work.”

TrailManor Inc. then located in Lake City, Tennessee, stopped production in September and the Eickhoffs bought the company’s assets two months later and began manufacturing TrailManor travel trailers in a different factory in Jacksboro.

While continuing to build the TrailManor, the company has introduced three TrailManor Sport floor plans in 16- to 24-foot lengths that retail starting at $16,797—which is about $9,500 less than the traditional TrailManor.

The TrailManor: the remarkable folding trailer design that built the company

The TrailManor 2417 Sport features the classic folding TrailManor design. It has a king sized bed on one end; a double bed on the other, so there’s plenty of room for family. It also features a full kitchen with sink, 3-way refrigerator, and an innovative portable stove that can be used either inside the trailer or outside if you want to enjoy the outdoors. The 2417 also has a cassette toilet option.

The TrailManor 19 RD SportDeck is built on the same frame as the 2619, so it has exceptional strength. The value of the model is enhanced with more standard equipment including twin gas bottles, Fantastic vent, and a slick new European style sink and two-burner stove. Then we added 15 inch tires and alloy wheels, a coated back deck, sturdy new folding steps, and a convenient outside shower. It even features a hardwall bathroom and our popular dinette floor plan.

The new TrailManor 16 RD SportDeck is the lightest TrailManor yet. Its compact design makes towing behind smaller vehicles simple and stress-free. And it still offers plenty in the way of amenities. There’s a two-burner stove, sink, and refrigerator. You can even add a bathroom option, or opt for more counter and storage space. The dinette floor plan offers room for relaxing and meals, and it is an ideal choice for couples who love to camp at a moment’s notice.

TrailManor has 30 dealers nationwide and currently employs 24 people in a 22,000-square-foot factory in Jacksboro. The company plans to start building the traditional TrailManor Elkmont travel trailer, which had been discontinued, in a factory the couple owns in Hartington, perhaps as early as summer.

”We were fortunate that the base core of employees moved to Jacksboro with us,” Eickhoff said.

After opening the factory in Hartington to build the Elkmont, TrailManor, and TrailManor Sport will continue to be built in Tennessee, Eickhoff said.

Details

TrailManor Manufacturing Company, LLC
TrailManor was founded in 1983, but the story goes back much farther. Before the first TrailManor was shipped to a dealer, the design went through ten years of prototypes and testing. It was only after the innovative TrailManor design was thoroughly tested and proven that it was made available to the public.

Founder, William J. Hulsey, has a Ph.D. in Metallurgical Engineering and more than 25 years of experience in developing high technology materials and products.

He transferred this knowledge to a dedicated group of current TrailManor employees who continue to manufacture trailers that are light in weight, easy to tow, engineered to last, high in resale value, and fun to use from the moment you leave your driveway.

Today, TrailManor has two locations, a manufacturing plant in Jacksboro, Tennessee, and general offices in Hartington, Nebraska (with a manufacturing facility planned there during 2012).

The product line has expanded to include both the classic TrailManor design and a new series of Sport models that are exceptionally light, very affordable, and a delight to own.

That’s what you should expect from a travel trailer, and that’s what you get with TrailManor.

General Offices:  P.O. Box 397, Hartington, NE  68739

Manufacturing Plant: 1202 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, TN  37757

Phone: (423) 563-6685

Website: trailmanor.com

Worth Pondering…

Nothing is an obstacle unless you say it is.

—Wally Amos

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Airstream Interstate Tops 2011 Class B Sales

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream Inc. recently announced that its Airstream Interstate was named the number one selling Class B motorhome model in the U.S. for 2011, according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

Airstream Interstate exterior. (Source: airstream.com)

The Airstream Interstate grew its market share by 68 percent in the touring coach segment against a 15 percent industry decline during the same period. Airstream Interstate unit sales in 2011 increased almost 43 percent over the previous year, according to a news release.

Airstream attributes the heightened interest in the company’s touring coaches to “the Interstate’s sophisticated style and dedication to consumer satisfaction.”

“By listening to and acting on customers’ requests we were able to establish the Interstate as the most desired B-van on the market today,” said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler.

Airstream Interstate interior. (Source: airstream.com)

“As we move into 2012 and beyond, Airstream will continue to provide market-leading motorhomes built with our legendary attention to luxury and quality.”

The Interstate is built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis and, according to Airstream “fuses the legendary quality and design of Airstream with Mercedes-Benz’s comfort, control and luxury.”

The Airstream Interstate is available in three series—Lounge, Twin, and Extended—and varies in length from 22 feet 9 inches to 24 feet 1 inch.

Specifications common to all three series include:

  • Chassis – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Series
  • Engine – Mercedes-Benz 3.0 liter V-6 turbo diesel, 188 hp/325 lb.-ft. torque
  • Wheelbase – 170 inches
  • Transmission – 5-speed automatic
  • GVWR – 11,030 pounds
  • GCWR – 15,250 pounds
  • Overall Height including A/C– 9 feet 8 inches
  • Fresh Water Capacity – 32 gallons
  • Gray Water Capacity – 27 gallons
  • Black Water Capacity – 15 gallons
  • LP Gas Tank Capacity – 18.9 gallons
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (diesel) – 26.4 gallons
  • Furnace – 16,000 BTU

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Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the oldest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements” Airstream has remained a timeless classic.

Airstream Interstate interior. (Source: airstream.com)

A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111

Website: airstream.com

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Worth Pondering…

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.

—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo

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