July 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

Your recreational vehicle may be involved in a safety recall and may create a safety risk for you or your passengers. Safety defects must be repaired by a certified dealer at no cost to you. However, if left unrepaired, a potential safety defect in your vehicle could lead to injury or even death.

What is a recall?
When a manufacturer or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) determines that a recreational vehicle or item of RV equipment creates an unreasonable risk to safety or fails to meet minimum safety standards, the manufacturer is required to fix that vehicle or equipment at no cost to the consumer.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 2 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers— Gulf Stream Coach and Forest River.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoGulf Stream Coach, Inc. (Gulf Stream) is recalling certain model year 2015 Canyon Trail and Sedona trailers manufactured April 3, 2014, to September 30, 2014. In the affected vehicles, a rivet for the quad entry steps may shear and fail, causing the steps to give when being used.

If the rivet shears causing the quad step to fail, the step user may fall, increasing the risk of personal injury.

Gulf Stream will notify owners, and dealers will remove the rivets and the step sections will be bolted together, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on June 30, 2015. Owners may contact Gulf Stream customer service at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream’s number for this recall is HS060215.

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

Forest River, Inc.

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Evo, Salem, Sandstorm, Shockwave, Stealth, Wildwood, Cherokee Grey Wolf, Wildcat Maxx, Vibe, R-Pod, and Surveyor trailers. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin August 1, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-909-873-3777. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-05142015-0037.

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

Forest River, Inc.

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 Shasta Airflyte SAT16 and SAT19 recreational travel trailers manufactured September 15, 2014, to October 22, 2014. The affected trailers have a Federal Certification Label that incorrectly lists the tire size, gross axle weight rating (GAWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and cargo carrying capacity. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

If the operator overloads the trailer due to the incorrect information on the Certification label, the tires may fail suddenly, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a corrected label, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in July 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-825-8717. Forest River’s number for this recall is 54-06052015-0047.

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

Forest River, Inc.

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2013 XLR and Vengeance, 2010 Sandpiper, 2004 Auto Plus, 2008 Cargo Mate and 2015-2016 Hydra-Lift trailers. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin July 10, 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-534-3167. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-05282015-0042.

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

Forest River, Inc.

forest-River-logoForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015 Dynamax Rev vehicles manufactured November 25, 2014, to November 26, 2014. The affected vehicles may have been manufactured with head restraints that exceed the maximum backset measurement limit of 55mm. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 202a, “Head Restraints.”

If the vehicle is struck from behind, the head restraint may not properly limit the seat occupant’s head movement rearward, increasing the risk of injury.

Forest River will notify owners, and Chrysler dealers will replace the front seat head restraints, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-262-3474 ext. 212. Forest River’s number for this recall is 55-06112015-0051.

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

Please Note: This is the 61st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

Worth Pondering…

People forget how fast you did a job but they remember how well you did it.

—Howard W. Newton

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Dicor Introduces Polar White TPO Roofing Color

Elkhart, Indiana-based Dicor Products has added a new “whiter than white” color choice to its DiFlex II TPO roofing materials for RV manufacturers.

epdm-tpoTPO is basically a plastic and comes in several colors and has a textured surface. TPO doesn’t weather the same way EPDM does, so you won’t have the white powder that gets on you when you work on the roof. Because TPO is a plastic, the roof is the same color all the way through. TPO roofing is glued down to the roof decking in the same way that EPDM is, but using a different adhesive.

The new polar white roofing material provides a greater cooling factor through a high reflectivity rating for RVs, according to a company news release.

Polar white joins the line of extra flexible, non-fleeced backed DiFlex II TPO roof coverings also offered in dove, grey, ivory, and tan.

“The superior reflectivity of the polar white finish really helps keep the heat off the RV,” said Tom Grubaugh, Dicor Products national OEM sales manager.

“Today, some of our OEM customers are taking heating and cooling efficiency into account in their product design and our new Polar White DiFlex II helps them achieve their goals.”

dicor-products-roofDicor Products has been a supplier of EPDM and TPO roofing for the RV industry for more than 20 years. Quick to adapt to changing OEM needs, Dicor Products currently offers the largest selection of roofing membranes and roof colors available for RVs, including its recent innovative offering of DiFlex II TPO membranes, according to the release.

Manufacturers find DiFlex II TPO to be a very flexible TPO membrane that is easy to install for snug, watertight fit on virtually any roofing surface. It is also compatible with all Dicor aftermarket cleaners, protectants, sealants, and bonding adhesives, and can be installed with Dicor’s matching lap sealants for a fully coordinated appearance.

Much like EPDM, DiFlex II remains flexible in cold weather and, unlike PVC and some TPO, resists hail damage and cracking even in cold weather. It is not affected by ponding water or environmental contaminants and is easily repairable throughout its lifetime.

DiFlex II comes with a 12-year limited warranty.

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Dicor Products

Dicor Products has been a leading supplier of component products to RV manufacturers since 1984, most notably as a supplier of premium roofing products.

We are also well established in the RV aftermarket, where they’re well known for roofing repair and care products and wheel covers. Thier Versa-Liner wheel cover brand, in fact, has more than one million sets in service.

In a brand restructuring, Dicor Products has recently been recast as one of four affiliated company brands of Dicor Corporation, which also include Seal Design, United Shade, and Vixen Composites.

Dicor Corporation is the overall corporate umbrella for the different companies, including Dicor Products, each of which operates independently with its own customers, while sharing a common ethic of service and innovative product development.

Address: 2965 LaVanture Place, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 837-2059 (toll free)

Website:  www.dicorproducts.com

Worth Pondering…

It is what we think we know already that often prevents us from learning.
—Claude Bernard

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Safe Towing Tips: Weight Distribution & Sway Prevention

Towing a trailer can be hazardous if you don’t understand how the added weight and length can cause a dangerous situation, both for your family and others on the road.

Equal-i-zerIn response to the recent accidents involving travel trailers, Provo, Utah-based Equal-i-zer, an American-made sway control hitch company, urges RVers to stay safe while towing by following a few simple guidelines that minimize and help prevent trailer sway.

“The leading causes of trailer sway are side wind, passing semi-trucks, driving too fast, emergency stops, improper trailer loading, incorrect hitch setup, undersized tow vehicles, or a blowout, which can cause accidents,” Kim Dewsnup, RV sales account rep for Equal-i-zer said in a news release.

Sway can be both frightening and dangerous, but there are ways to prevent it.

Prevention steps include: ensuring tire air pressure is correct, driving a reasonable speed, leaving plenty of stopping distance, arranging trailer cargo so the center of gravity is just ahead of the axel, making sure the tow vehicle is rated to handle the trailer weight and the brake controller is set up properly, and utilizing a 4-point integrated sway control hitch.

Equal-i-zer’s engineering team has been testing towing safety for 70 years. They offer the following tips for proper weight distribution and sway prevention.

weight_distributionLoad the trailer correctly. Heaviest items should be centered side-to-side, and the tongue weight should be between 10 percent and 15 percent of the total trailer weight. This gives the trailer the most stability, without overloading the hitch.

If you are towing a heavy trailer, always use a sway control hitch. Regular hitches and ball mounts do not prevent sway, which leaves you without that extra level of protection when encountering road hazards and inclement weather.

Sway control hitches have two different weight ratings. You should pay attention to the maximum trailer weight and maximum tongue weight. Never exceed either rating. The best way to avoid this is to actually weigh the loaded trailer and size the hitch accordingly.

Follow the instructions in your hitch owner’s manual for proper setup. Remember, when a trailer is coupled to a tow vehicle, the added weight causes the vehicle to teeter-totter over the rear axle. The front of the tow vehicle raises and the rear sinks. This causes a dangerous towing situation, because less weight on the front axle results in a loss of steering and braking control. Proper set up of your weight distribution hitch changes the way the tow vehicle and trailer couple together. It creates a bridge between the trailer and vehicle, helping them work together like one unit instead of two, distributing weight more evenly to the axles of both vehicles.

equalizerPerform a tug pull test to make sure the trailer brakes work, and you are hooked up properly. When you get in the tow vehicle, apply the trailer brake only, and try to pull away. This is a helpful way to make sure the brakes are working, and to make sure the coupler is secure to the hitch balls before hitting the road.

Ensure safety chains, breakaway switch, and cable are working and attached properly. If the system and batteries are working properly when you pull the plunger out it should apply the trailer brakes. If your breakaway cable is worn out or frayed, be sure to replace it before heading out on your trip.

If you start to experience sway, do not slam on the brakes. Jeff Jarvis, purchasing agent, advises, “Slide the manual activator on your trailer brake system inside the vehicle while easing off the accelerator, this will apply the brakes on your trailer and help straighten out the trailer. Once the sway stops, slow down, pull over, and make sure everything is loaded and set up properly.”

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Equal-i-zer Hitch

The Original Equal-i-zer Sway control hitch has been enjoyed by thousands of trailer owners for over 50 years.

Equal-i-zer Hitch is a division of Progress Manufacturing, a Utah company that specializes in the production and manufacturing of sway control hitches, adjustable ball mounts and trailer hitch accessories.

Website: www.equalizerhitch.com

Progress Mfg. Inc.

Progress Mfg. Inc., formerly Lindon Hitch, Inc., took on its name in 2004 when facilities were moved from Lindon, Utah to Provo, Utah.

The new name was chosen to depict how the company does business and not where.

The company continually strives to move forward and be innovative in all their activities. Externally they work with their customers to achieve mutual success.

Internally they constantly seek opportunities to better themselves and the company as a whole.

Their greatest success as a company is to hear how their products positively affect the way people vacation and spend time with their families.

Mailing Address: 533 S. 500 W., Provo, UT 84601

Phone: (801) 377-9599 or (800) 478-5578 (toll free)

Website: www.progressmfg.com

Worth Pondering…

I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion, and ourselves.
—Kirsten Cargill

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Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

No humpty dumpty trailer but reminiscent of the Eggcamper, the futuristic Ecocapsule is poised to take the RV industry by storm.

Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule
Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

For many the appeal of an RV road trip is enhanced by getting away from it all and living off the grid for a few days. Now, one design company seems to have taken the idea and turned it on its head, with the introduction of the Ecocapsule.

Slovakian design firm, Nice Architects, has built the egg-shaped Ecocapsule to allow those who wish to live off-grid to do so in great style. Despite looking like something more akin to a dinosaur egg from the Jurassic era, the capsule’s modern design and amenities are certainly a futuristic pod option to take seriously.

Packed into a compact form, the solar-and-wind-powered Ecocapsule merges an energy efficient shape, compact volume, and off-grid capabilities with the luxuries of a warm bed, running water, and a hot meal. The completely self-sustaining design, featuring its own solar panel system and high-capacity 9,700-watt-hour battery, tripled with a 750-watt wind turbine, allows for up to a year’s worth of energy.

The spherical, egg-shaped design allows for the collection of rainwater and dew to travel through water filters and provide fresh drinking water on tap. The water filters embedded in the upper surface of the pod purify rainwater and then funnels it into a sub-floor tank.

Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule
Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

Dubbed “the first truly independent micro-home,” the real beauty of the Ecocapsule is that it allows you to camp anywhere you wish to travel. Whether you want to set up camp at the beach, on a mountain, in a cornfield, or in the tundra, this self-sustaining pod will keep you protected from the elements in style.

Able to be towed by a standard vehicle, but light enough to be towed by an animal according to Nice Architects, the options for where to camp seem rather endless and, despite lacking in size when compared to other trailers or caravans (it’s 14 feet 7 inches long and 7 feet 10 inches wide), it’s certainly not lacking in essentials featuring two berths, a built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet, hot shower, as well as comfortable bed.

The Ecocapsule hasn’t just been created for those looking for a leisurely escape though, and it has also been designed to provide shelter in disaster areas, as well as doubling as a scientific research station in regions which are more difficult to reach by way of conventional methods.

The Ecocapsule was unveiled for public viewing for the first time at the 2015 Pioneers Festival on May 28 in Vienna, and will be available for purchase later in the year.

Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule
Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

There’s no word yet on what this high-tech and environmentally conscious mobile home will cost you yet, but just think of it this way: You’ll never have to pay another utilities bill again. And you get to live on the road — forever.

What do you think of the Ecocapsule? Is this the ultimate in campers?

Or would you think UFOs have landed with extra-terrestrial life forms as neighbors if they camped next to you?

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Ecocapsule

Even though small in size, each Ecocapsule comfortably houses two adults. Its efficient spatial layout allows you to enjoy convenience of household facilities in off-grid conditions. Built-in kitchenette with running water, flushing toilet and hot shower are luxuries of a hotel room that are now also available in wilderness.

Despite its small form each Ecocapsule is fitted with all essentials necessary for a comfortable prolonged stay without a need to recharge or re-supply.

Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule
Live Off-grid In An Ecocapsule

Ecocapsule fits into a standard shipping container and no special preparations and precautions are necessary to transport Ecocapsule worldwide. It can be shipped, airlifted, towed, or even pulled by a pack animal.

Website: www.ecocapsule.sk

Nice architects

Address: Páričkova 18, Bratislava,Slovensko

Phone: +421 (0) 904 672 530

Website: www.nicearchitects.sk

Worth Pondering…

The longer I live the more beautiful life becomes.

—Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper

A Star Wars fan turned his Volkswagen recreation vehicle into a R2-D2 Road Tripper. He recalled how he did it on his blog.

Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper
Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper

Artoo-Deetoo is an icon, a fictional character and one of George Lucas’ greatest creations. There are plenty of epic Space Odyssey fans out there that also drive cars. Few, if any, own a Hellcat, but even so, some of them wrap their cars as a tribute for the epic franchise.

A gifted Star Wars fan also is a Volkswagen Transporter driver who decided it was time to leave Tatooine for a change and embark on a rather Earthier experience. He recreated all the objects on R2D2 and adapted them to fit on his VW bus. According to his Instructables log, “all the measurements and computer work took about 50 hours, plus vinyl wrapping till we lost count”.

The vehicle itself is a 1992 Volkswagen Transporter that is powered by 1.6-liter air-cooled engine with 58 hp that was converted to run on CNG too, which gives it better mileage, but even less power.

Yeah, the force it’s not strong with this one.

According to his Indestructables blog, the R2D2 VW Bus was created in 14 steps.

Step 1: Planning the design

Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper
Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper

R2D2’s body is a cylinder, so the initial idea was to unroll the cylinder and wrap the bus with that pattern. But it ended up not becoming one with the force, that is the bus. It was all planned based on vinyl wrap customization, since they already worked with vinyl stickers.

Step 2: Recreating the objects [vector]

Based on a high resolution blueprint image from the web, they recreated in vectors by manual tracing each and every object on CorelDraw. At first they left the black outline, then realized they did not want a cartoon-looking robot.

Step 3: Recreating the objects [color]

Once the vectors were done, Photoshop work began. Most of this was done by setting layer styles, since it is an easy way to create a sense of depth.

Step 4: Photoshop overview

First, save the vector you created on CorelDraw and export as high-res .jpg to use on Photoshop. Once you have your image, and if you use crazy contrasting colors, you can easily select each section with the Magic Wand tool. Create a new layer and fill the selection with a medium shade of grey. For each new layer, work with layer styles to set “gradient overlay” and “bevel and emboss”.

Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper
Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper

Step 5: Measure everything

If you cannot find a blueprint of your car on the internet accurately depicting every measure and the position of every light, hinge, handle and what not, you’ll have to measure them all. That may take some time, but it is the only way to make sure the design becomes one with the vehicle.

Step 6: Prepare for printing

Once they had all the objects, they had to decide on where to place them. For that, you can either use a vector of the vehicle or pictures of the front, back and side.

Step 7: Cutting the stickers

A rule of thumb for wrapping is to always work with more material than the surface to be wrapped.

Step 8: Preparing the bus

This proved to be an exhausting part. They spent a lot of time on treating all the scratches and rust, then painting over it and sanding.

Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper
Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper

Step 9: Wrapping the front

They started applying the stickers by the front, since it would probably be the hardest part.

They used felt squeegees to press the vinyl bit by bit, careful not to leave any bubbles or wrinkles.

Step 10: Real buses have curves

The second target was the back, to rest from the hard time they had on the front. No major issues on the flat surfaces. On the curve, they dreaded the decision of planning it on a single module.

Step 11: Sweet sides

These were quick and easy. The advantage of picking a VW bus for the project. Since it is all flat, there is very little need for the heat gun.

Step 12: A few more details

It took a while to wrap the top grid. Might have been easier to paint it?

Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper
Turning a VW Camper Into an R2-D2 Road Tripper

Step 13: Are we there yet?

Well, almost! Since they were done with the printed stickers, a silver one was added to the window columns and another stripe of blue to the top.

Step 14: What a cool droid!

They plan to add Millennium Falcon to the top, and maybe write “On a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away” as well.

Worth Pondering…

Good bye, old friend. May the Force be with you.

―Obi-Wan Kenobi, to his former Padawan Anakin Skywalker before traveling to Utapau

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Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks

Husky Towing Products announced that its most powerful new tongue jack, the 5,000-pound capacity Super Brute HSB5000R, features a completely redesigned exterior housing, best-in-class screw jack design, and the convenience of remote control operation.

Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks
Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks

Proven power, extended reach, and built in position shut-off are core features of the new jack, according to a company news release.

Additional enhancements include bright LED lights for the hitch area and a handy trailer connector storage bracket.

At the core of the Super Brute is a super solid screw with a high-capacity ball nut, which can withstand the forces of lifting two and half tons of weight up to 18 inches at a rate of 6 inches in 60 seconds. When the jack reaches its full travel up or down, Smart Stop technology cuts power to the motor to avoid hitting a hard stop. Smart Stop technology contributes to longer jack life.

Also available in the new Super Brute design is the HSB4000 with 4,000-pound tongue weight capacity. Ball bearings reduce friction between the ball nut and the solid jack screw to increase efficiency and durability when lifting up to two tons of trailer tongue weight with the HSB4000.

The Super Brute 5000R comes equipped with remote control and includes two remote control key fobs. The operator can check for level while operating the jack or move to a position visible in the mirror to the tow vehicle. Drivers can even use the remote while watching the hitch ball in their truck backup camera.

Weather-protected, soft trigger switches are mounted on a backlit panel. High output LEDs light up the trailer A-frame tongue area for those predawn departures and after-dark arrivals. The LEDs flash when the jack is turned on or off using the remote.

Hardened steel gears, soldered electrical connections, and overheat protection all add to the durability of the Super Brute, which draws 24 amps of current at full load.

Husky’s trailer connector storage bracket provides a place to park the trailer connector plug out of the weather. The Super Brute includes 6 feet of 10 gauge power supply wire, a 30-amp resettable circuit breaker, and mounting hardware.

Power, speed, range of travel, rugged construction, and the convenience of remote control make the Super Brute 5000R the power trailer jack of choice for owners of conventional trailer.

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Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks
Husky Upgrades 2 Super Brute Power Jacks

Husky Towing Products

Husky Towing Products  designs, manufactures, and distributes a complete line of hitches, electrical products, and accessories for the towing industry.

Husky Towing Products does not sell directly to consumers, but their products are distributed throughout North America through a strong network of qualified dealers.

The Husky R & D Center, located in Elkhart, Indiana, is capable of product design, prototyping and testing to certify that all Husky Towing Products meet and exceed all Safety Federal and State Standards. In addition, the R & D Center is dedicated to designing the next generation of innovative towing products.

Address: c/o DTS Manufacturing, 7930 S.W. Burns Way, Unit C, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Website: www.huskytow.com

Worth Pondering…

The journey is difficult, immense. We will travel as far as we can, but we cannot in one lifetime see all that we would like to see or to learn all that we hunger to know.

—Loren Eiseley

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Steps in Buying the RV of Your Dreams

It’s all about buying the RV of your dreams!

Live it well! Enjoy today! Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Live it well!
Enjoy today!
Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you are considering the interior accommodations, features, and technology or the amount of available interior and basement storage, it all matters, but the process of deciding what’s right for you doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

When contemplating the purchase of a motorhome or trailer, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar types and brands of campers, attend RV shows, and locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service.

Visit the RV dealers in your area, and attend RV shows. Seeing a selection of models in one location allows you to do side-by-side comparisons on manufacturers, models, size, price and options.

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and start fantasizing about the good times you’ll have cruising down a scenic highway in the RV of your dreams—your home-away-from-home. But do the research first.

The first thing to remember when RV shopping is to set goals and stick with them. Key goals include establishing an RV budget, deciding on the RV type and size, deciding on the RV floor plan, features, and amenities, and narrowing down the manufactures to several choices that meet your criteria.

2012 Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel motorhome camped at Leasburg Dam State Park, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
2012 Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel motorhome camped at Leasburg Dam State Park, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Towable or Motorized?

For many families, towable RVs offer great flexibility and if you already own a vehicle that can serve as your tow vehicle, you are already half-way there.

Motorized RVs on the other hand offer great passenger comfort while on the road and some people find them easier to maneuver into a camping site.

Are you a weekend warrior, or do you plan to do extended adventures? Or are you a snowbird or full-time RVer.

You’re obviously going to need a lot more gear if you plan to live in your RV for an extended stay, which means you will need more storage space and greater load capacity. Sport Utility RVs (or toy haulers) are a great option for people who want to bring along a lot of large gear.

Sleeping capacity?

What size or RV fits your family? How many people will your RV need to sleep? An RV built for two offers a different set of features than a bunkhouse built for a family.

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Class C motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

With so many new styles of RVs on the market it’s helpful to narrow down your desired floor plan before hitting the showroom floor.

Where do you plan to camp?

Depending on where you plan to camp, the size of your RV may be an issue you need to consider. Most RV parks and resorts can accommodate motorhomes and trailers up to 40 feet in length or longer. Some national parks, state parks, provincial parks, and county or regional parks campgrounds have length restrictions.

A Class B motorhome, Class C motorhome, truck camper, or small trailer are all goods options for people who desire to have the ability to camp most anywhere.

You’ll also want to consider options, such as a generator or solar panels, that simplify boondocking or dry camping.

When do you plan to camp?

Are you a summertime RVer? Or do you like to find your AWAY year round?

If winter camping is something you enjoy, then consider a four-season RV.

When purchasing an RV for use in cold weather, ensure sure it has cold weather features including heated holding tanks, dual pane windows, adequate LP capacity, an enclosed underbelly, and heated bays.

A camping trip to a ski area; football, basketball, or hockey game; hunting or snowmobiling; cross country skiing, snow tubing, tobogganing, or ice fishing are some of the ways you can continue to enjoy your RV during the winter months.

Boondocking on BLM land near Quartzsite. Note the solar panels. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Boondocking on BLM land near Quartzsite. Note the solar panels. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Or if you plan to spend considerable time camping in hot weather, you’ll need adequate air conditioning.

There are many choices of RVs on the market with something for everybody and every budget.

Worth Pondering…

Never forget your dreams.

—Corczak

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Torklift Introduces GlowStep Revolution

Sumner, Washington-based Torklift International introduces a “top-secret new product”, the GlowStep Revolution, available in applications ranging from two to six steps.

banner_gs“The GlowStep Revolution is a scissor step made especially for towables including fifth wheels,” explained Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor, in a news release.

“Previously, our industry leading GlowStep was only available for truck camper applications, now it works with towables and side-entry truck campers.”

“GlowStep Revolution is the only scissor step available for towables that eliminates that ‘diving board’ feeling felt when walking down a factory step because the factory step does not reach the ground. There is usually a large gap at the bottom of the factory step between the step and the ground,” Taylor said.

“The GlowStep Revolution is the only ‘Earth to RV’ step giving the customer the best stability.”

This new step product also prevents customers from having to haul around inconvenient and often dangerous quick fixes for their factory steps.

“Recently, we visited a campground to observe homemade solutions people create to help their steps reach the ground,” he said.

Composed of 100 percent aluminum and stainless steel
Composed of 100 percent aluminum and stainless steel

“We saw that people used pallets, cinder blocks, plastic step stools, and wooden blocks to stabilize their step and help them reach the ground easier. Those solutions are bulky and not simple to set up, plus they take up a great deal of storage space inside the RV during transit.”

In a matter of minutes, the GlowStep Revolution bolts to where the factory step would be housed. It folds up for storage and locks into place, typically giving a greater deal of ground clearance than the factory step. Additionally, it is roughly 50 percent lighter than the factory step.

It also features the All Terrain Landing Gear. The landing gear is a set of leveling feet on the step that can be adjusted through a push button mechanism on uneven terrain.

“The landing gear allows the customer to park on any kind of terrain without having to be concerned about pin-pointing their step deployment area on a level space,” Taylor explained. “They keep the step level and sturdy.”
The All Terrain Landing Gear can also be purchased separately and retrofitted onto any pre-existing GlowStep application.

Self illuminating steps - No batteries
Self illuminating steps – No batteries

The original GlowStep made for rear entry truck camper applications will not be discontinued. The GlowStep Revolution features a new mounting bracket that allows it to be mounted to towables and side-entry truck campers.

“When we visited the campground we also learned something interesting about campers who travel with their dogs,” Taylor added.

“Dogs typically have a hard time getting up and down factory steps because they are often grated like a cheese grater leading to their toe nails getting caught in the step. The GlowStep Revolution does not feature this grate design, allowing pets to walk up and down it comfortably.”

The GlowStep Revolution is rated up to 375 pounds when used with the GlowGuide handrail and features an 8-inch step depth making it compliant with RV Industry Association manufacturer step design requirements.  It also features bushing bearings at each hinge point for maximum stability and longevity. It is made in the United States and comes with a lifetime warranty.

The GlowStep Revolution is available for pre-order.

The step is available for sale July 8. The first 50 customers to pre-order the step will receive their choice of free SafeStep pet barrier panels or a Dirt Destroyer shoe cleaning attachment. Customers who purchase a GlowStep or GlowStep Revolution with a GlowGuide handrail between now and August 14, will also be eligible for a $20 rebate toward a GlowGuide handrail.

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Torklift International

The 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.

Available from 2-6 Steps
Available from 2-6 Steps

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)

Website: www.torklift.com

Worth Pondering…

Blessed be the Flexible for they shall not get bent out of shape.

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Camping Just Got Cooler!

Campers and RVers can say goodbye to RV kitchen cupboards filled with boring paper plates and plastic forks.

Camping Just Got Cooler!
Camping Just Got Cooler!

Agoura Hills, California-based Camp Casual, the creative venture of Rosie Hirsch and her sister Cheryl McCarthy, offers a line of vintage and retro inspired houseware items for the RV aftermarket.

The company’s initial product is an artistic 12-piece dining set featuring BPA-free heavyweight, 100 percent melamine dishes consisting of four unique plates, four salad plates, and four bowls.

“We started hearing from a lot of dealerships and customers that were saying they wanted something different, something that speaks to the RV lifestyle,” said Hirsch.

“Our product adds a little flare and style to campsite dining, while also calling back to why we all started to camp and RV in the first place. We designed the plates and bowls to pay homage to classic, retro-styled custom caravans, vintage camper trailers, travel trailers, and the people who love them.”

Hirsch said the product is also designed to be easy to carry and store, saving valuable space and time by keeping everything compact and simple to find.

Camping Just Got Cooler!
Camping Just Got Cooler!

She said the quality of the product is unbeatable as well.

“We wanted to make a product of the highest quality,” said Hirsch.

“Our company could have easily cranked out simple 99-cent plates, but that’s not really what we wanted to do and what consumers and dealerships were asking for. Melamine is virtually indestructible, making it the ideal choice for our dish set. We went through additional testing so our product is BPA free and FDA tested, meaning customers don’t have to worry about bleaching and chemicals, which is great.”

  • The 12-piece dish set from Camp Casual includes:
  • Set of 4 x 11-inch unique dinner plates
  • Set of 4 x 8.5-inch unique salad plates
  • Set of 4 x 6-inch unique bowls
  • Reusable box with handle

“We are very excited by all the positive customer feedback,” said Hirsch.

Camping Just Got Cooler!
Camping Just Got Cooler!

“We delivered a high quality product with Camp Casual’s dish set, and we’re building on that momentum with a new product line set to launch in July. Like our first kit, the new kit will also blend classic vintage design with modern style and functionality; it’s going to be really cool!”

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Camp Casual 

Camp Casual offers unique products for the RV and camping enthusiast.

Camp Casual is the new RV and camping party in a box.

Address: 29399 Agoura Road, Suite 109, Agoura Hills, CA 91301

Phone: (818) 864-2707

Website: www.campcasual.com

Camping Just Got Cooler!
Camping Just Got Cooler!

Worth Pondering…

But can’t you hear the wild?

It’s calling you.

Let us probe the silent places,

Let us see what luck betide us;

Let us journey to a silent land I know.

There is a whisper on the night wind,

There’s a star agleam to guide us,

And the wind is calling,

calling.

Let us go.

—Robert Service

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Hitch Up Quick With Portable Hitching Camera

Never again will you need a second set of eyes to help you hitch your travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, camper, boat, or enclosed cargo trailer.

 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

Now you can hitch up quick and with ease using the Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System. There’s no more guessing, no more getting in and out of the truck or car. Hooking up to your trailer has never been easier.

To use, simply place the camera with its powerful magnetic base on the back of your vehicle. Then watch your hitch ball and trailer line up while you back up.

Portability, reverse imaging, and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool. The night vision camera allows the user to hitch up in total darkness. Light-sensing LEDs in the camera automatically sense insufficient lighting and turn on Night Vision mode with up to 15 feet of reception in darkness.

The back-up camera system features a weather sealed camera lens, suction cup mount, 10-hour rechargeable battery, and storage case for easy portability. This easy to use wireless camera system can be used by anyone who has ever struggled with hitching. Swift Hitch wireless camera features an effective transmission range between camera and monitor of up to 300 feet with unobstructed line of site.

 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

It comes with a magnetic camera which mounts to your tailgate. Easily changed mounting positions allow the user to swiftly see quality images at desired viewing ranges. A simple on and off switch is located on both the camera and the hand held monitor.

Once you get your Swift Hitch camera installed on the tailgate, take a moment to align your hitch ball on the view screen at the bottom towards the center. That way, it will give you maximum field of view to sneak up on the hitch ball.

With your camera straight and away, you can view your hitch ball backing up from the comfort of your vehicle, on the LCD screen to achieve an easy and simple hitch up every time. Once you get pretty much cover on top of the ball, you can go ahead and start lowering your jack and get your trailer hooked up.

Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

To aid in backing up, the image can be displayed normal or in reverse. If you get confused turning the opposite way of what you see on the 2-1/2-inch color LCD screen, simply reverse the image to make hooking up even easier.

The versatility of the switch hitch is just not for boats, trailers, or campers. It allows for use by anyone from farmers watching their bins fill up, to building and marine inspectors, chimney sweeps, and a myriad of other uses wherever an additional set of eyes can come in handy.

Wireless camera system includes camera, handheld monitor, 2 carrying cases, RCA cable, and 12V charging cable.

Swift Hitch wireless camera features and specs include:

  • Dimensions: 3 inches tall x 5 inches long x 2-3/8 inches wide
  • LCD Screen: 1-9/16 inches (tall) x 2 inches (wide)
  • Charging cable charges both the camera and monitor at the same time
  • Viewing angle: 55 degrees
  • Camera Run Time: 10 hours
  • Transmission distance: 300 feet without obstruction
  • Night vision range: 15 feet
  • Batteries: both the camera and monitor use rechargeable Li-batteries that last about 4 hours
  • Charging cable included
  • 1-Year limited warranty
 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

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Swift Hitch

Swift Hitch is the original wireless back-up camera system designed to assist anyone who has ever struggled with hitching-up any trailer or boat. Since 2006 the Swift Hitch’s portability, reverse imaging, and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool.

Swift Hitch’s SH02 wireless system is NATDA (North America Trailer Dealer Association) New Product of the year 2012 Award Winner.

Address: 321 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460

Phone: (617) 600-8282 (sales) or (617) 600-8230 (service)

Website: www.swifthitch.com

Worth Pondering…

Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

—Conita Kent

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