More August RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving three recreational vehicle manufacturers—Crossroads RV, Jayco, and Dutchman.

Crossroads RV

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling 223 model year 2010 and 2011 Hampton travel trailers manufactured from June 11, 2009, through November 2, 2010, equipped with Atwood Mobile Products (Atwood) furnaces. The furnaces were produced with a defective gas control valve which can stick in the open position.

If the gas valve sticks in the open position, gas could leak out and, in the presence of an ignition source, result in a fire.

Crossroads will notify owners, and dealers will repair the furnaces, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may contact Crossroads Warranty Service Department at 1-855-226-7496.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Crossroads RV

Topeka, Indiana-based Crossroads RV is recalling four model year 2013 Crossroads Cruiser recreational trailers, manufactured from April 19, 2012, through July 17, 2012.

These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect information on the Federal Identification Tag, Tire and Loading Information Label and the Recreational Vehicle Cargo Carrying Capacity Label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An inaccurate label could lead to improper vehicle loading specifications which could lead to a tire failure, which may result in personal injury or property damage.

Crossroads will notify owners and provide corrected labels. Owners may contact Thor Industries at 1-937-596-7965 or Crossroads at 1-260-593-2866.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 908 model year 2007 Greyhawk Class C motorhomes; model year 2008 and 2010 Seneca Class C motorhomes; model year 2009 and 2011 Eagle Fifth-wheel; 2010 Recon fifth-wheel; and model year 2008-2010 Designer fifth wheel vehicles manufactured from June 15, 2006, through August 13, 2010 for an improper electrical connection at the buss bar on the Iota-brand transfer switches installed in the vehicles.

An improper electrical connection at the buss bar could lead to overheating and melting of the transfer switch, increasing the risk of a fire, injury, or death.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the transfer switch, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012.

Owners may contact Jayco, Inc. at 1-800-283-8267.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 87 model year 2013 Coleman 192 and Dutchmen 196 recreational vehicles manufactured from April 12, 2012, through July 9, 2012. These vehicles have been manufactured with the propane line in close proximity to the rear axle hanger, which could be damaged by the rear axle hanger bolt during travel.

If this occurs, a leak could develop, and in the presence of an ignition source could result in a fire and/or explosion, increasing the risk of personal injury or property damage.
Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and, as necessary, replace and re-route the propane line, free of charge. Dutchmen has not provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Dutchmen at 1-574-537-0700.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

Goshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 1,017 model year 2010 through 2013 Breckenridge brand travel trailers manufactured from May 26, 2009, through May 2, 2012, and equipped with Atwood Mobile Products (Atwood) furnaces. The furnaces were produced with a defective gas control valve which can stick in the open position.

If the gas valve sticks in the open position, gas could leak out and, in the presence of an ignition source, result in a fire.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will repair the furnaces, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided the agency with a notification schedule. Owners may contact Breckenridge Warranty Service Department at 1-800-223-2376.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the eighteenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

Worth Pondering…

Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions.

—Earl Gary Stevens

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Hantavirus Claims Two Yosemite Campers

A second person has died of a rare, rodent-borne disease after visiting one of the most popular parts of Yosemite National Park earlier this summer.

Yosemite National Park (Source: cdc.gov)

Park officials are warning past visitors to be aware of flu-like aches and symptoms and seek medical help immediately if they appear, the Associated Press reported.

The National Park Service Office of Public Health recently learned of a confirmed third case, and probable fourth case, of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) in individuals who visited Yosemite National Park in June.

Yosemite officials said the four visitors may have been exposed while vacationing at the park’s Curry Village, and are warning those who stayed in the village’s tent cabins from mid-June through the end of August to beware of any symptoms of hantavirus, which can include fever, aches, dizziness, and chills.

An outreach effort is under way to contact visitors from that period who stayed in “Signature Tent Cabins,” which have more insulation and amenities than other tent cabins.

Hantavirus is a rare but serious disease. Since HPS was first identified in 1993, there have been approximately 60 cases in California and 587 cases nationally. About one third of cases identified have been fatal. There is no specific treatment for the virus.

(Source: cdc.gov)

HPS is caused by a virus that individuals get through contact with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents, primarily deer mice. Not all deer mice carry hantavirus, but deer mice with hantavirus have been found throughout the United States and Canada.

Most infections are caused by breathing small particles of mouse urine or droppings that have been stirred up into the air. If the virus is contracted, the symptoms appear one to six weeks after exposure with fever, headache, and muscle ache, and progresses rapidly to severe difficulty in breathing and, in some cases, death.

Early medical attention can greatly increase the chance of survival, so it is important to seek medical attention immediately if an individual experiences any of these symptoms and may have been exposed to rodents.

Curry Village is the most popular and economical lodging area in the park, a picturesque assemblage of rustic cabins at the base of the 3,000-foot promontory Glacier Point.

Ninety one of the 408 tent cabins in the village are of the “signature” variety where the four cases had stayed, which feature more insulation and amenities than the others.

This year’s deaths mark the first such deaths in park visitors, although two others were stricken in a more remote area in 2000 and 2010, officials said.

Yosemite National Park has set up a general, non-emergency phone line for all questions and concerns related to hantavirus in Yosemite National Park. The phone number is (209) 372-0822 and it will be staffed from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.

The National Park Service Office of Public Health has issued a call for cases to state and local health departments nationwide, and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to heighten public health awareness and detection.

Rodent control (Source: cdc.gov)

The park and concessioner have also increased public education efforts geared towards visitors and park employees. This includes distributing information to all visitors entering the park, information at Curry Village registration area, and notifications throughout the park.

California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and Yosemite National Park Public Health Service officers conduct periodic rodent surveys to monitor deer mouse abundance and virus activity in mouse populations.

Yosemite National Park has conducted additional rodent trapping and is increasing rodent-proofing and trapping measures in tent cabins and buildings throughout the park. Structures throughout the park continue to be cleaned by following recommended practices and are inspected regularly. Yosemite also conducts routine rodent proofing of buildings and facilities throughout the park.

When people are in wilderness areas or places that harbor mice, individuals can take the following steps to prevent HPS:

  • Avoid areas, especially indoors, where wild rodents are likely to have been present
  • Keep food in tightly sealed containers and store away from rodents
  • When cleaning an area, open windows to air out at least two hours before entering taking care not to stir up dust
  • Wear plastic gloves and spray areas contaminated with rodent droppings and urine with a 10 percent bleach solution or other household disinfectants and wait at least 15 minutes before cleaning the area
  • Place the waste in double plastic bags, each tightly sealed, and discard in the trash and wash hands thoroughly
  • For additional information on preventing HPS, visit the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Hantavirus Web site page.

Worth Pondering…

Clean-up tip: Do not sweep or vacuum up mouse or rat urine, droppings, or nests.  This will cause virus particles to go into the air, where they can be breathed in.

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Texas State Park Receives $10,000 from Coca-Cola

Bastrop State Parkwas awarded a $10,000 grant from Coca-Cola and will use the windfall to underwrite the continued building of new park trails.

Camping in the “lost pines” at Bastrop State Park prior to the fire. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The fire-ravaged Texas State Park is received the grant in connection with Coca-Cola’s “America Is Your Park” campaign, in which parks nationwide competed to win the most votes for a top grant of $100,000 from Coca-Cola’s Live Positively initiative.

Bastrop State Park came in 12th with 661,565 votes. “America’s Favorite Park” is Pratt Park in Prattville, Alabama, with 28,734,539 votes.

Pratt Park receives a $100,000 grant from Coca-Cola’s Live Positively initiative.

“The tremendous support we received from people and companies for Bastrop State Park is testament to the special place this park holds in the minds and hearts of Texans,” said Brent Leisure, Texas State Parks director.

“We are very appreciative of Coca-Cola’s $10,000 donation that will allow us to hire America’s YouthWorks to complete new trails in the park.”

Bastrop and Buesher state parks are connected by Park Road 1. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Since last year’s horrific Labor Day Weekend fire that hit 96 percent of the 6,500-acre state park, more than $200,000 in donations for Bastrop State Park recovery have come from a variety of sources.

The donations have helped Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) initiate a contract with American YouthWorks to assist with restoration efforts that include clearing downed trees and other debris, restoring park trails, and constructing hand-hewn pine log bridges.

Despite the destruction of much of its loblolly pine forests, Bastrop State Park is seeing the growth of some vegetation and the return of park customers who are coming to camp, rent a cabin, fish, play golf, and picnic. Visitors can stay at all four campgrounds and the 13 climate-controlled cabins, which are sporting new shingle roofs, and most of the park trails have been reopened.

Effects of 2011 Wildfire

In September 2011, Bastrop State Park and the surrounding loblolly pine forest were stricken by wildfire that affected 96 percent of the park. However, firefighters were able to save the historic cabins and facilities that were constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corpsin the 1930s.

The park is recovering from the fire, and most trails, campsites, and facilities have reopened to the public. All areas of the park are open except the following, which will remain closed until further notice:

  • Area east of Harmon Road including that section of the Lost Pines Hiking Trail
  • Gotier Trace and areas north and south of the road
  • Primitive Camping

Campaign to Replace 4 Million Burned Trees

State parks officials have kicked off a campaign to raise money to replace millions of the loblolly pine trees that were lost during the wildfires. The campaign is intended to replace 4 million trees on 16,000 acres. Foresters say it will be at least 30 years before the loblolly pine seedlings grow to resemble a forest.

Two million trees will be planted in the park and another two million outside the park. The more than $4 million fundraising effort will be led by the Arbor Day Foundation.

Rediscover Bastrop State Park

Bastrop and Buesher (pictured above) state parks are connected by Park Road 1. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rediscover Bastrop State Park on Saturday, September 1

FREE park entry from 1-4 p.m.

One year ago, wildfire swept through Bastrop State Park. Find out what the future of the pines looks like through guided hikes, exhibits, and activities for all ages.

Meet firefighters who helped defend the park during last September’s wildfire, and learn how you can help the forest recover. Scheduled activities include:

  • Guided hikes at 2:00, 2:30, and 3:00 p.m.
  • See artifacts recovered from the fire
  • Meet ambassador Houston toads
  • Make your own toad abode
  • Meet a firefighter
  • See fire engines and equipment
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Demonstrations and much more!

Details

Bastrop State Park

Elevation: 374-600 feet

Entrance fee: $4/person

Camping fees: Campsites with water, $12; campsites with water and electric, $20; campsites with electric, water, and sewer, $20

Address: 3005 Hwy 21 East, PO Box 518, Bastrop TX 78602 (Note: Address does not show up in most mapping software)

Directions: 1 mile east of Bastrop on Texas 21, also accessible from the east on Texas 71 or by way of Buescher State Park along Park Road 1

Contact: (512) 321-2101

Website: tpwd.state.tx.us

Worth Pondering…

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do.

—Willa Cather

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NuWa to Cease Production

Chanute, Kansas-based NuWa Industries may close for good after a planned production stoppage in December.

CEO Michael S. Mitchell of NuWa has posted the following letter on the manufacturer’s website:

Limited Time to Order A New HitchHiker

The number of “build” orders being taken by NuWa is not supporting efficiency of the production department. Rather than continue to fund and operate the production department at a loss, I have made the decision to “not” accept “to build” orders after September 15th, 2012.

The intent is to complete orders “in house” by Christmas, as the Winter months of January, February, and March do not provide enough production activity to justify retaining production staff.

Whether this termination of production is temporary or permanent, I do not yet know, but our experience so far is that we cannot generate enough new unit sales to support efficient or breakeven production.

This decision goes against management’s desire to retain jobs for our dedicated employees and our community, but shareholders cannot continue to fund the production inefficiencies.

NuWa is committed to and will continue to provide retail sales of new and used HitchHikers and other high end 5th wheel brands.

We continue to explore having limited HitchHiker models produced to our specifications by another high end manufacturer. An inventory of 40+ new HitchHikers is “in stock” at NuWa and affiliated dealers, and we feel our staff better meets the needs of full time and serious 5th wheel RVers than do most dealers.

We will continue to provide warranty and parts and hope to expand the service department, which is known for quality and value.

Refurbishment of used HitchHikers will continue to provide exceptional used units to the marketplace and more emphasis will be placed on purchase and/or consignment of high end 5th wheels from customers, who wish to sell their trailer.

But if you want a new HitchHiker built exactly to your specifications, that order needs to be in place quickly or we will respectfully not accept it.

We will accept orders only as long as we feel they can be completed by Christmas or before, and our present lead time is running 12 weeks.

Details

NuWa Industries, Inc.

As the oldest existing manufacturer of fifth wheels, NuWa has a tradition of fifth wheel innovation that dates back to 1969.

Address: 3701 Johnson Road, Chanute, KS 66720

Phone: (620) 431-2088 or 800-835-0676

Website: nuwa.com

http://www.nuwa.com/

Worth Pondering…

I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.

—Martha Washington

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Tailgate with Winegard Carryout

Football season is right around the corner, which means pro and college football fans are dusting off their tailgating gear, getting pumped up to watch, attend, and tailgate at stadiums across the nation.

With all the new gadgets around, a sure bet to make any tailgate a hit is the Winegard Carryout automatic portable Satellite Dish.

This Tailgating Satellite Dish assists football fans to catch up on all the other games before, during, and after the Big Game, the company noted in a news release.

The Carryout automatic portable HDTV tailgating satellite dish sets up in just a few minutes with little-to-no effort.

Compatible with DISH, DIRECTV, and Bell; users can watch the games in crisp, clear HD with DISH or enjoy DIRECTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket in standard definition.

To receive HD programming, users must have an activated HD receiver with HD programming package and an HDTV, which are sold separately.

Winegard Carryout

“Nothing makes tailgating more fun than watching other games and pre-game coverage before the game,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Winegard.

“And, at such an affordable cost and the flexibility in using a receiver from home, it’s a quick and easy way to create the ultimate tailgating experience.”

Made in the U.S.A., the Carryout automatic dish is only 15.6 inches tall and 20 inches in diameter, and weighs just 11.5 pounds.

It features an easy grip handle along with an eyelet on the base for added security. Included are a 50-foot coax and 12-volt power cable.

The Carryout features DVB technology for extremely fast and accurate satellite acquisition and automatically locks on and switches between the desired satellites, viewing a single satellite at a time.

Suggested retail price is $699.00.

Details

Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

Worth Pondering…

Just do it!

“Would have, could have, should have.” Famous words indeed.

It just brings us back to the old adage—we only regret those things we DIDN’T do.

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August RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving two recreational vehicle manufacturers—Forest River and Keystone RV.

Forest River, Inc.
Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 850 model year 2005-2011 Berkshire and Charleston Motorhomes, equipped with an IOTA ITS-50R transfer switch.

These switches may experience heat-related failures when exposed to elevated electrical loads associated with RV use in higher ambient temperatures. The failure may lead to an increased risk of electrical damage to other appliances.

Continued use of the vehicle without replacing the transfer switch increases the risk of fire, personal injury, and property damage.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the Iota ITS-50R transfer switch, free of charge. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-295-8749.

Forest River’s recall campaign number is 40-712.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Forest River, Inc.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Forest River, Inc. is recalling 2,741 model year 2009-2011 R-Pod travel trailers manufactured from October 27, 2008, through November 20, 2010, for failing to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety No. 108, “Lamps, Reflective Devices and Associated Equipment.” These vehicles do not have the required clearance lights.

This could render the vehicle less visible to other motorists during hours of darkness, possibly resulting in a crash causing property damage and/or personal injury.

Forest River’s petition for relief from remedy based on its belief that the noncompliance was inconsequential to motor vehicle safety was denied by NHTSA on May 16, 2012. Accordingly, Forest River will conduct a safety recall campaign. The safety recall began in May 2012. Owners may contact Forest River at 1-574-642-3119.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 1,012 model year 2010-2012 Cougar 26SAB and 29RES recreational vehicles manufactured from October 5, 2009, through October 24, 2011. The rear bumper, which holds the spare tire assembly, may experience metal fatigue causing the spare tire to separate from the vehicle.

Over time, the bumper may fail and/or separate from the vehicle, increasing the risk of personal injury and property damage.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will install a reinforcement kit free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during August 2012. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-178.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 117 model year 2013 Outback and Sydney recreational vehicles manufactured from July 10, 2012, through July 17, 2012. These vehicles may have been manufactured with two carbon monoxide detectors and no smoke detector.

In the event of a fire, the lack of a fire detector can lead to an increased risk of personal injury and/or property damage.

Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and install, as necessary, a fire detector, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in Aug. 2012. Owners may contact Keystone at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s recall campaign number is 12-179. Customers may contact the National Highway Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company (Keystone) is recalling 220 model year 2013 Bullet Premier 31BHPR travel trailers, manufactured from April 2, 2012, through July 24, 2012.

These vehicles were manufactured with incorrect information on the Federal Identification Tag, Tire and Loading Information Label and the Recreational Vehicle Cargo Carrying Capacity Label. Thus, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An inaccurate label could lead to improper vehicle loading specifications which could lead to a tire failure which may result in personal injury or property damage.

Keystone’s recall number is 12-180. Keystone will notify owners and provide corrected labels. The recall is expected to begin during Aug. 2012. Owners may contact Keystone RV Company at 574-535-2100.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the seventeenth in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

Worth Pondering…

Strive for perfection in everything you do.
Take the best that exists and make it better.
When it does not exist, design it.

—Sir Henry Royce

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Vintage Boat Show Includes Vintage Travel Trailers

Outdoors enthusiasts have an opportuni­ty to take an up- close look at some classic boats to­day (August 26) at the Vintage Holland (Michigan) Boat Show.

Everything from wood­en to fiberglass boats will be on display for people to enjoy. More than 25 boats will be in front of the Hol­land Museum on 10th Street, between River and Central avenues. The event runs from 10 a. m.-4 p. m.

In its seventh year, the boat show displays a va­riety of boats. This year, there is something new added to the show: vintage travel trailers, reports HollandSentinel.com.

Three travel trailers will be on display. Visitors will have the opportunity to look inside the trailers to see how they are decorated on the interior.

“You’d think you’d stepped into a 1960s TV show when you enter the trailers. These people go all out,” said Geoffrey Reynolds, co- chairman of the event.

The idea to expand the boat show to include vin­tage travel trailers came from Holland Histori­cal Trust board member Mary Bamborough.

Bam­borough and her husband, Tom, belong to several vin­tage travel trailer clubs.

“These trailers are Mich­igan outdoor enjoyment,” Bamborough said.

Bamborough bought her 1965 Airstream Globetrot­ter seven years ago, when her father spotted one up north. After some reno­vations, the trailer was ready for use. The Bambo­roughs have since joined other vintage travel trailer enthusiasts at rallies and use the travel trailer for camping, HollandSentinel.com reports.

This 1965 Airstream Globetrotter, belonging to Tom and Mary Bamborough, will be part of the Vintage Holland Boat Show. (Source: HollandSentinel.com)

People are surprised at the spaciousness of the trailers, Bamborough said. Many trailers are decked out with a bed, shower, toilet, dinette, and other accommodations.

Peoples personalities come out in the way the interiors of the trailers are decorated.

“Even though the trail­ers have the same floor plan, people decorate them differently,” Bamborough said.

People will have oppor­tunities to look inside the trailers. Bamborough will be available to answer questions about her trailer.

Besides the new addi­tions, all types of boats will be on display for those who enjoy looking at and learning about vin­tage boats. Most of the boats are from the 1960s and from previous de­cades. The oldest boat is a 26- foot 1902 Jesiek from Eldean Shipyard.

Holland has had an il­lustrious boat-making past. There were 52 boat companies in Holland over the years. Everything from schooners built in the 1880s to powerboats were created in Holland.

Now, only two boat companies remain Tiara Yachts and Grand Craft.

Reynolds believes it’s the long history of Holland’s rich boating industry that draws people to the boat show.

“You have boats that many people might have owned or there are boats that people saw out on the water. Holland made boats and used them,” Reynolds said.

The admission to the boat show allows people free admission that day into the museum and ice cream.

Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, Michigan

“You’d think you’d stepped into a 1960s TV show when you enter the trailers. These people go all out.”

Geoffrey Reynolds, co­chairman of the Vintage Holland Boat Show

Details

Vintage Holland Boat Show

Date: August 26, 2012

Time: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: Holland Museum, 31 W. 10th Street, Holland, MI 49423

Phone: (616) 796-3329

Website: hollandmuseum.org

Worth Pondering…

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did.
So throw off the bowlines.
Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.

—Mark Twain

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Thor Motor Coach Introduces Innovative Kitchen Design

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach announces the launch of Model 37GT to its 2013 Challenger line of premium gas-powered Class A motorhomes.

2013 Thor Motor Coach Challenger 37GT island kitchen

The 2013 Challenger 37GT model offers consumers an innovative, spacious kitchen design featuring an island kitchen with “massive counter top spaces,” according to a news release.

Continuing the trend of modern and intelligent design, the overhead storage throughout the kitchen is multi-functional with a wine rack that includes hanging glass storage.

The luxurious 38-foot Challenger 37GT has an elongated sofa with kick-up footrest which provides the perfect place to just sit back and relax. Additional seating is provided by the swiveling captain’s chairs, all offering a great view of the hide-away retractable 32-inch LCD TV.

The free standing buffet dinette provides a grand view of the campsite under the patio awning, while keeping that “open concept” throughout the coach.

Other features of the 2013 Challenger 37GT motorhome include:

  • Hidden trash receptacle in island
  • Large sofa and recliner combo with hide-a-bed
  • Large walk-through all-in-one bathroom
  • Dual vanities and full length mirror in bathroom
  • Large panoramic window across from kitchen
  • Motorized 32-inch hide-away LCD TV with Home Theater Sound Bar
  • Queen-size Innerspring mattress
  • 8 cubic foot double door refrigerator
  • 82-inch ceiling height
  • Washer and dryer ready
2013 Thor Motor Coach Challenger 37GT dining area

Storage space is also a primary focus in the bath and bedroom areas that also offer his-and-her vanities, a full length “dressing” mirror and stackable washer/dryer prep as standards equipment.

“The size of the kitchen sets this floor plan apart. It feels big and if you like to entertain, this is the Class A RV for you,” said Joel Grimm, national sales manager for gas motorhomes.

Optional items include:

  • Dual pane windows
  • 2 folding chairs
  • 12 cubic foot side by side refrigerator
  • 3-burner range and oven
  • External entertainment center with 32-inch LCD TV and speakers
  • 600 watt inverter

Details

2013 Challenger Class A motorhomes

2013 Challenger Class A motorhomes are available in four floor plans: 36FD, 37DT, 37GT, and 37KT.

Website: challengermotorhome.com

2013 Thor Motor Coach Challenger 37GT floor plan

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach was formed when Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International strategically merged in late 2010. For over 23 years Damon and Four Winds have been building many of the most recognized brands of motorhomes.

Thor Motor Coach manufactures Class A Front Engine Diesel motorhomes (Serrano and Avanti), Class A Diesel Pusher motorhomes (Astoria, Tuscany, and Palazzo), Class A Gas motorhomes (A.C.E., Hurricane, Daybreak, Windsport, Challenger, and Outlaw), and Class C motorhomes (Four Winds, Chateau, Siesta, Siesta Sprinter, Citation, and Citation Sprinter)

Thor Motor Coach is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 701 County Road 15, PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (800) 860-5658

Website: thormotorcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

There is only one success—to be able to spend your life in your own way.

—Christopher Morley

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Winegard Introduces Rayzar Indoor HDTV Antenna

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Co. introduces the paper-thin, translucent Rayzar portable HDTV broadcast antenna for the tailgating, camping, and RV markets.

At just 0.6 inches thick, this flat antenna can be hung on internal vehicle windows, making it ideal for tuning in local broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, and more.

Weighing in at just over five ounces, the 12 inch by 13 inch patented Rayzar portable HDTV antenna finds and pulls in the local broadcast stations for free viewing, according to a news release.

It is ideal for recreation vehicles, campers, tailgating, and truckers; because it can be rapidly set-up once the vehicle is parked and removed quickly for departure.

The Rayzar requires no installation and is a perfect solution for RVs with little-to-no roof space available.

“The Rayzar is a great fit for the mobile lifestyle, the quick release suction cup clips make it easy to reposition the antenna at each location for maximum reception,” said Aaron Engberg, director of mobile products for Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard.

“Consumers will be amazed at the almost Blu-ray quality picture and quantity of channels it pulls in for free wherever they are parked.”

Winegard Rayzar Indoor HDTV Antenna has a simple plug in and play set up so there is no assembly required. Just connect the cable to the TV, find the optimal antenna placement, run a channel scan, and watch TV.

Winegard Rayzar

Rayzar comes with an extra-long 15-foot mini coaxial cable giving the viewer flexibility in positioning the antenna where the signal is the strongest.

Translucent design allows light to pass through when placed in the window.

Specs and additional details include:

  • Warranty: 90 day limited
  • Range: 0-25 miles
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Made in the USA

Rayzar, which retails for $44.99, is now available and shipping to RV retailers and dealers nationwide.

Winegard Rayzar Indoor HDTV Antenna is currently available from Camping World for an internet sale price of $39.99.

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Winegard Company

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s two-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

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Transform your iPhone or iPod touch into an innovative 3-in-1GPS vehicle navigation solution with the Magellan Premium Car Kit.

Magellan GPS Car Kit for iPhone
Magellan GPS Car Kit for iPhone

Santa Clara, California-based Magellan, a leader of innovative GPS devices for vehicles, fitness, outdoor and mobile navigation, announces the availability of Magellan GPS Car Kit to provide motorists with a total solution for safety and convenience when using their iPhone or iPod touch while driving a vehicle.

The new Magellan GPS Car Kit enhances the driver’s navigation experience with a built-in GPS receiver, Bluetooth pairing to deliver a superior hands-free calling experience, in-car charging for iPhones and iPod touch, a powerful noise-cancelling speakerphone, and the ability to enjoy music and voice-guided turn-by-turn directions through the car’s audio system.

The Magellan GPS Car Kit transforms an iPhone (4S, 4, 3GS, 3G) or iPod touch (2nd, 3rd, or 4thgeneration) into an innovative, complete GPS vehicle navigation solution that enables motorists to safely and legally integrate these devices with their vehicle for use while driving.

A powerful, integrated GPS receiver enhances the navigation performance of an iPhone and adds GPS reception to an iPod touch. The Magellan GPS Car Kit works with the Magellan RoadMate App and is also compatible with most GPS navigation apps.

Magellan GPS Car Kit for iPhone
Magellan GPS Car Kit for iPhone

“The Magellan GPS Car Kit is much more than a docking system—it gives drivers a unique, total solution for maximizing their iPhone or iPod touch when used in the car or recreational vehicle; and a safe, legal, and effective way to navigate in confidence,” said Stig Pedersen, Associate Vice President of Product Management for Magellan.

The Magellan GPS Car Kit connects via Bluetooth to deliver a superior hands-free calling experience and allows the driver to safely answer calls, reject a call, redial the last number, and activate an iPhone’s voice dialing feature if equipped.

A powerful, amplified speaker with volume control enables the driver to clearly hear calls, music, and voice-guided navigation. An audio line out port enables the GPS Car Kit to connect to a vehicle’s audio system so the driver can listen to their iPhone or iPod touch through the car’s speakers.

The Magellan GPS Car Kit easily accommodates most hard-shell cases or silicon skins for maximum flexibility when docking an iPhone or iPod touch into the GPS Car Kit cradle. Users can quickly and easily secure the GPS Car Kit to their windshield or dashboard and adjust for either portrait or landscape viewing.

Drivers never need to worry about low battery power in their iPhone or iPod touch. The Magellan GPS Car Kit automatically powers and charges the devices while driving.

The Magellan GPS Car Kit is available from MagellanGPS.com, Amazon.com, and other Magellan authorized retail partners for $99.99 (MSRP).

Magellan GPS Car Kit for iPhone
Magellan GPS Car Kit for iPhone

The Magellan RoadMate App is available for $49.99 (U.S.) and $59.99 (North America) from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch.

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Magellan

Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan brand of portable GPS navigation consumer electronics devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Recognized as an industry pioneer, Magellan globally markets its award-winning portable navigation devices including the Magellan RoadMate series for autos, RVs, fleet and commercial vehicles, and GIS, the eXplorist PRO for mobile GIS applications and field data collection, the eXplorist outdoor series for hunting, fishing, hiking, and geocaching enthusiasts, Magellan Fitness Switch series of crossover GPS watches, and mobile apps and accessories for smart phones.

Website: magellangps.com

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