Airstream Introduces 2015 Airstream Classic

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream has announced the introduction of the latest addition to the brand’s legendary travel trailer model line with the 2015 Airstream Classic.

2015 Airstream Classic in Macadamia

2015 Airstream Classic in Macadamia

The new Classic trailer was inspired by the needs of generations of owners with a passion for perfection and a love for the open road, according to a company news release.

Airstream took the collective feedback of customers at Airstream rallies, on phone calls, in e-mails, and during visits to the company factory in Jackson Center, and turned it into a new and improved version of a beloved Classic trailer for 2015.

“We don’t update the Airstream Classic very often,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream’s president and CEO.

“But when the world’s most passionate customers come to you with great ideas, you listen. Our R&D team searched the world for partners and innovators to bring these improvements to life.”

With many customers requesting an “at home” look and feel while they prepare their favorite meals, Airstream started with the kitchen to incorporate cherry-wood cabinetry, hardware from Amerock, high-polish Corian countertops, and durable Kohler faucets.

Additional updates include a premium stainless steel oven from Smev and high-end range hood from Baraldi which complement the Classic’s refrigerator, Airstream’s largest, and a slide-out pantry with significantly increased storage, according to the release.

2015 Airstream Classic in Macadamia

2015 Airstream Classic in Macadamia

The 2015 Classic also features a redesigned master bedroom and bath, adding more space and convenience with a new power-adjustable queen bed. Designed in concert with Airstream’s partners in Italy, the bed adjusts to provide more floor space for a wardrobe change and the perfect position for curling up with a book in bed.

Lastly, Airstream’s team of engineers integrated a complete air-duct system hidden within the trailer’s unique curves and edges—all to deliver even cooling throughout the trailer for any camping condition, according to the news release.

“The passion of our customers to find new freedoms, new places, and new friends was the driving force behind the transformation of the Classic,” said Wheeler.

“By the time all was said and done, we introduced dozens of customer-inspired upgrades to our totally new 2015 model, carefully balancing innovation with time-tested Airstream design and quality. Following our founder Wally Byam’s Credo, ‘let’s not make changes, let’s make only improvements,’ we are proud to say it is the best Classic yet.”

Additional upgrades to the 2015 Airstream Classic include:

  • High-end Villa furniture including a sofa with individually power reclining seats
  • More of the iconic Airstream windows
  • Low-energy, high-visibility LED lighting
  • A marine-grade Polk stereo system
  • Powered stabilizer jacks
  • Awnings with matching foldable Zip Dee chairs
2015 Airstream Classic in Macadamia

2015 Airstream Classic in Macadamia

2015 Airstream Classic travel trailer specs include:

  • Sleeping Capacity: 2-5
  • Exterior Length: 31 feet 3 inches
  • Exterior Width: 8 feet 5.5 inches
  • Exterior Height with A/C: 9 feet 9.5 inches

MSRP: Starting at $121,720

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Airstream

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.

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 (toll free)

Website: www.airstream.com

Worth Pondering…

Airstream Song

Sometimes I wish I lived in airstream homemade curtains
Lived just like a gypsy.
Break a heart, roll out of town
Cause gypsies never get tied down
—Lyrics by Miranda Lambert, Natalie Nicole Hemby, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert; sung by Miranda Lambert

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Fifth Wheel St. Introduces RV Tow Check App

Crestview, Florida-based Fifth Wheel St. has introduced the web-based RV Tow Check app, available for free and accessible on smartphones and tablets.

fws_header05The minimum requirement for RV Tow Check requires three inputs by the buyer or dealer: gross combination weight rating (GCWR), gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), and the gross vehicle weight (GVW).

The user has the option to select a fifth wheel hitch if it’s not already installed in the truck. Users may include any additional unscaled weight for cargo and additional passenger weight. The app does not assume everyone weights 150 pounds, like the manufacturers do.

“Practically all towing guides give RVers just enough information that may cause them to purchase a trailer too heavy for their tow vehicle’s capabilities,” said David Gray, founder of Fifth Wheel St., in a news release.

“Towing guides listing maximum tow capacity fail to take into consideration the different towing requirements between fifth wheel and conventional trailers. These common guides do not consider the additional payload weight created by the fifth wheel trailer pin weight.”

“Even the creators of the most well-known towing guide published by Trailer Life devotes four pages of instructions, entitled ‘Choose Wisely,’ that spells out the details required for selecting the correct towing combination,” Gray explained.

“With the RV Tow Check app, you’ll never need to read a towing guide again.”

“The RV Tow Check app may look simple on the outside, but the engine on the inside is strong, and the sophisticated math formulas perform multiple calculations,” said Gray.

Vehicle Certification Label Indicating GVWR

Vehicle Certification Label Indicating GVWR

“The processed results will give you the best and safest maximum trailer towing weight based on mid-range tongue and pin weights. With these three minimally required user inputs, buyers and dealers can be confident that the RV purchase or sale will not exceed the vehicle’s GCWR, GVWR and GAWR.”

“There are two outputs shown, one for the fifth wheel towing combination and the other for the conventional towing combination,” he added.

“RV Tow Check is the first app that displays maximum towing capacity for both fifth wheel and conventional RV classifications simultaneously.”

Are you towing below the load ratings?

The RV Safety & Education Foundation data indicates that 57 percent of all RVs on the road exceed one or more weight safety ratings.

Additionally, the following exceed at least one rating:

  • 60 percent of all tow vehicles
  • 51 percent of all travel trailers
  • 55 percent of all 5th wheel trailers
  • 50 percent of all trailers exceed the GVWR

Ensure you’re not the one exceeding a load rating.

Details

RV Tow Check App

rvtowcheckcomHow Much Can I Tow?

Website: www.rvtowcheck.com

Fifth Wheel St.

Where the “St” is Safe Towing

Fifth Wheel St. (FWS) provides important safety information for all RV owners.

Founded in April 2011, FWS is the one-stop, self-help RV safety website providing tow capacity information, tow ratings, towing guides, and important RV assistance to match up tow vehicles and trailers correctly, the first time.

Their weight safety calculators with the industry-leading 13-point Weight Safety Report for 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers and conventional trailers will expose the truth about important load conditions.

app_RVTC-phone-newFWS provides web based and mobile app calculators and printable worksheets for all RV travelers that assist truck camper owners, all who tow fifth wheel or gooseneck trailers, and conventional trailers such as bumper pull travel trailers, boat trailers, and utility trailers, as well as motorcoaches towing a car or trailer.

Address: 5715 HWY 85 N #797, Crestview, FL 32536

Phone: (850) 583-6937

Website: www.fifthwheelst.com

Worth Pondering…

Have a great day, and first and foremost, travel safely!

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Thor Motor Coach Displays 2015 Models at Pomona RV Show

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (TMC) is displaying a full complement of new motorhomes as part of the October 10-19 California RV Show at the Fairplex in Pomona.

2014-Pomona-RV-Show-California-1024x535The new Tuscany 40DX makes its California debut, featuring fully-reclining theater seating and retractable 60-inch LED Smart HDTV.

“We’re finding that owners want smaller Class A diesels with all the luxuries found in the larger tag-axle models,” said Adam Gudger, national sales manager for Class A diesels, in a company news release.

“The new 40DX is our answer. We implemented feedback from current owners into this new floor plan and we’re excited to get it out to the public.”

TMC’s Palazzo motorhomes target first-time diesel pusher buyers or seasoned veterans looking for livable luxury. The new 36.2 floor plan offers the addition of a laundry suite featuring side-by-side residential washer and dryer.

The Outlaw Class A line has expanded with a new 39-foot model, the 38RE. It has a spacious living area, perfect for traveling and relaxing, as well as an ultramodern bedroom featuring nine-foot coffered ceilings and a bath-and-a-half arrangement. The inventive rear “Patio Deck” folds down to reveal an exterior kitchenette, 50-inch big screen TV, and Bluetooth radio.

Thor Motor Coach Axis RUV

Thor Motor Coach Axis RUV

Thor Motor Coach’s Recreational Utility Vehicles (RUV) have added the new 24.2 and 25.1 floor plans in its Axis and Vegas lines, offering RVers plenty of space to sit while traveling. In addition, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based models, Citation and Siesta, add the 24SL travel coach to the lineup. All units give consumers another option other than a Class B van-type product.

Demand for Super C motorhomes continue to grow, combining towing capacity, diesel engine power, and floor plan livability. TMC will be showing its newest Four Winds and Chateau models, the 35SF, featuring a bath-and-a-half, and the 35SB bunkhouse model.

Other TMC models to look for at the California RV Show include:

  • Tuscany 42HQ with wraparound counter and freestanding wine cooler in kitchen
  • New elegant high-gloss glazed cabinetry throughout all Tuscany XTE models
  • Challenger 37TB featuring a triple slideout, bath-and-a-half and bunk beds
  • All-new Miramar 33.5 model with theater seating
  • 31S Hurricane and Windsport with optional exterior kitchen
  • ACE 29.3 with convenient camp-side dinette seating
Thor Motor Coach Displays 2015 Models at Pomona RV Show

Thor Motor Coach Displays 2015 Models at Pomona RV Show

Details

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, Miramar, 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: www.thormotorcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

But do not ask me where I am heading,

As I travel in this limitless world

Where every step I take is my home.

—Eihei Dogen

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Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

Massillon, Ohio-based Little Guy announced the relaunch of the MyPod teardrop camper trailer line, capable of being towed by a Smart Car.

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

The teardrop trailer’s design uses an innovative aluminum frame and pure fiberglass body, with the B@sic model tipping the scale south of a mere 450 pounds and boasting a tongue weight around 60 pounds.

Since the trailer is lightweight and has a small profile, it is perfect for anyone who owns a smaller vehicle but still wants to take along a camper for trips, according to a company news release.

“We’re very excited to launch the new myPod models. Their lightweight frame is perfect for any automobile, even something as small as a trike or a smart car,” according to a Little Guy spokesperson.

“This line has quickly become a big hit with our customers and we’re eager to see more of them on the road.”

Little Guy makes the MyPod in two models to suit customers’ needs: B@sic and M@x.

Both models have a measured width from fender to fender of just 74 inches, an exterior height of 61 inches, and an overall length of 11 feet.

The inside width of the MyPod model measure 60 inches. The interior height measures 41 inches, and the length comes in at 77 inches.

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

The trailer’s GAWR (axle rating) totals 2,200 pounds and the entire MyPod rides on 13-inch alloy wheels wrapped with 175/80/D13 tires.

MyPod B@sic

The budget-friendly B@sic has an MSRP that starts at just $6,875, which does not include the cost of shipping and preparation work performed by the dealer.

The camper comes with a full size bed inside, providing sleeping arrangements for two people. Also included as standard equipment are LED interior lights for a bright yet economical way to illuminate the interior at night. Owners can keep the sun out and maintain privacy with the standard vinyl blinds.

Buyers also enjoy a variety of exterior paint colors, with white, silver, red, black, and blue available as stock options, while custom colors can be had through special order.

Adding to the convenience is a Power Package that includes multiple 12v and 110v electrical outlets in the teardrop trailer’s interior, porch lights, a dual directional three-speed roof fan, 25-foot power cord, and 30-amp inlet. With the Power Package, the battery for the trailer charges whenever it is connected to shoreline power on the tow vehicle.

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

Little Guy Relaunches MyPod Teardrop Trailer

MyPod M@x

Upgrading to the MyPod M@x comes with even more benefits. The starting MSRP is $7,995, which does not include the shipping and dealer preparation fees.

On top of the standard features included in the B@sic model, owners enjoy an air conditioning unit that comes already installed, which is a tremendous value during the hot summer months. Another big benefit is the standard Entertainment Package, which includes a 19-inch television and speakers securely mounted inside the camper.

The new Little Guy MyPod M@x is the perfect size for towing with a smaller vehicle, without sacrificing interior comfort for two people.

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Little Guy Worldwide, LLC.

Full page photoLittle Guy was founded back in 2002 in North Canton, Ohio.

What started as a small operation in a garage quickly exploded into a booming business with a full-blown manufacturing facility and worldwide network of dealers.

Today, the company produces 17 different teardrop camper trailer models that are among the most economical, identifiable, and modern teardrops on the market.

Address: 4122 Erie Ave. S.W., Massillon, OH 44646

Phone: (330) 791-7117 or (877) 545-4897 (toll free)

Website: www.golittleguy.com

Worth Pondering…

Life is a gift, not an obligation. So make the very best of every single day you’re given!

—Donovan Campbell

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Plan Now To Attend FMCA 91st Family Reunion

Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) has fittingly chosen “California Gold” as the theme for its next Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase.

FMCA's regional rally hald annually each January at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio is well attended.  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

FMCA’s regional rally hald annually each January at the Riverside County Fairgrounds in Indio is well attended. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

FMCA’s California Gold event will be held March 26-29, 2015, at a facility that is widely recognized as a premier entertainment venue — Fairplex, home of the Los Angeles County Fair, in Pomona.

Imagine going to one place where you can meet new friends, view new motorhomes, shop, learn technical information about RVing, and be entertained. That’s a FMCA Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase in a nutshell.

More than 2,000 motorhomes are expected to gather at this 480-acre complex for FMCA’s 91st Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, according to a news release.

Dotted with palm trees and fountains, the beautifully landscaped venue boasts park-like settings and state-of-the-art facilities.

The 85,000-square-foot Conference Center, which offers the perfect balance between high-tech features and comfortable, inviting accommodations, will serve as an activity hub. Among other events, it will provide space for the more than 120 seminars that will be offered, covering a broad array of motorhome lifestyle topics. The center’s high-speed Internet access and closed-circuit LED screens will facilitate these sessions.

Top motorhome manufacturers and dealers from across North America will display the latest models of vehicles while carpeted, climate-controlled indoor exhibition halls will house more than 300 booths packed with a variety of RV-related products and services.

In addition to touring exhibits and attending seminars, motorhome owners will be treated to three nights of top-notch entertainment and a variety of special activities. Attendees also will be given the opportunity to embark on group tours of local sites and attractions.

The 89th FMCA Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, March 2014 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The 89th FMCA Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase was held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Georgia, March 2014 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

While the convention is organized for FMCA members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options. The price for non-FMCA members is $255 prior to February 3, 2015, and $275 after that date; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership or Family Motor Coaching subscription to the RV owner. The FMCA member price is $205 for early-bird registrations and $225 after February 3. (An additional fee is charged for electric.)

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Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) 

The Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) is an international organization for families who own and enjoy the recreational use of motorhomes.

With approximately 85,000 active member families, FMCA is the world’s largest motorhome owners group.

fmca_twin-oaks-rv-park-elko-perry-gaSince 1963 FMCA has issued more than 425,000 memberships to families who look to the association as their source of information about all facets of motorhome ownership and travel.

FMCA takes pride in the merit of its many membership benefits, which include a mail forwarding service, an emergency medical evacuation program, international conventions, chapter and area rallies, and a free subscription to Family Motor Coaching magazine.

FMCA recognizes approximately 500 chapters across the United States and Canada. Many of them encompass specific or general geographic regions. Others consist of FMCA members who own a particular brand or model of motorhome. And still others are based on a common interest, such as music, sports, coach conversions, or amateur radio.

FMCA National Headquarters address: 8291 Clough Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45244

Phone: (513) 474-3622 or (800) 543-3622 (toll free)

Website: www.fmca.com

Worth Pondering…

A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.

—Tim Cahill

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Winnebago Displays 2015 Models at Pomona RV Show

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. is displaying a host of new 2015 models at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Annual California RV Show taking place October 10-19, 2014 at the Fairplex in Pomona.

2015 Winnebago Travato Class B motorhome

2015 Winnebago Travato Class B motorhome

A full complement of products will be on display, including the debut of the new Grand Tour 42HL. Featuring the show-stopping “Sunray” premium exterior full-body paint package and the interior “Passages” fabric collection with “Glazed Honey” cabinetry.

The Class A coach features the 450-hp Cummins turbo-charged diesel engine on Winnebago Industries exclusive Maxum tag axle chassis with lowered rail construction for unequaled ride, performance, and storage capacity.

The Grand Tour interior features luxury six-way adjustable Villa cab seats in Ultraleather with power footrests on both driver and passenger seats with heat, massage, and power lumber support. Winnebago’s exclusive Ergo design positions the seats to maximize comfort and allow them to easily swivel to become fully functional luxury seating elements within the living space when parked.

Additional upscale luxurious amenities include polished porcelain tiles, a large skylight with powered shade, Villa furniture, keyless entry, and six full-body paint packages.

Multiplex switch panels located throughout the all-electric coach easily control coach functions, including exterior and interior lights, hydraulic jacks, MCD power shades, and slideout rooms, while the Carefree Paramount awnings extend from the top of the RV to three easy positions: slideout, slideout and window, and full patio extension.

Winnebago Displays 2015 Models at Pomona RV Show

Winnebago Displays 2015 Models at Pomona RV Show

Also on display is a “Flame Red” Travato that is available with optional bike rack, luggage rack and ladder, and kayak racks that appeal to active outdoor enthusiasts. Built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, the fuel-efficient Travato Class B has a flexible floor plan, complete with a spacious Murphy bed that lifts out of the way to maximize floor space. An optional full-width screen for the sliding door lets in cool breezes and keeps out bugs.

The new retro-styled 2015 Brave and Tribute bring back the legendary “eyebrow” design with a fresh new modern look. The new Brave and Tribute are offered in three versatile floor plans fit for weekend getaways or extended trips.

Available in both the Brave and Tribute lines, the new 31C features a full-wall slideout on the driver’s side of the vehicle, while there’s a dinette slideout on the passenger side, making an incredibly large living area inside. With an available StudioLoft bed over the cab area, sofa/bed, and a rear queen or optional king bed, there is sleeping available for up to six inside.

Nostalgia & Retro Winnebago Brave

Nostalgia & Retro Winnebago Brave

The Brave and Tribute 31C also have plentiful storage, including a large wardrobe across the bedroom wall. A split bath with privacy doors on either side also provides a flexible living space.

The Era 170C Class B motorhome, built on the fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz chassis, features a slideout and hydronic heating system. The 170C also features a unique storage system in the rear of the unit that incorporates secondary access to the shower stall, providing easy-to-use storage space for oversized items such as golf clubs.

A full complement of Winnebago towables are also on display, including the Micro Minnie, colorful Minnie and Ultralite trailers, as well as the Voyage, Latitude, and Destination fifth-wheels.

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Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc., “The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes”, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.

The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, SunnyBrook, and Metro brand names.

Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award’s inception in 1996.

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

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

Phone: (641) 585-3535

Winnebago Website: www.gowinnebago.com

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

goLife Website: www.winnebagolife.com

Worth Pondering…

Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.

—Demosthenes

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Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

Renault has rejoined the expanding motorhome market after almost a decade in a bid to highlight its new rear-wheel-drive Renault Master cab-chassis platform.

Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

Partnering with Sunliner, a second-generation family owned Australian business, the new Renault Master motorhome chassis forms the basis of a number of mobile home creations, Car Advice reports.

Sunliner started in 1974 by improving camper conversions of the Volkswagen Kombi. While the business does create caravans and other towable RVs, the main focus is on self-contained motorhomes. The Victoria, Australia-based business last used Renault Master chassis back in 2005-06, and says it is delighted to again be working with the French brand.

Celebrating Sunliner’s 40th anniversary is the Sunliner 40. The luxury-focused RV is complete with slide-out annex, full ensuite bathroom, and an electronically operated drop-down double bed.

Limited to 40 units, the Sunliner 40 is the first of a range of new models to use the updated RWD Master motorhome chassis, which, in its standard configuration, can be driven on a regular car license.

Sunliner will offer a number of variants including the entry-level Renault Master ‘Vibe’ which will be priced at approximately $110,000 driveaway, and the ‘Holiday’, starting at $150,000 and tipped to be the volume seller thanks to its vastly customizable nature.

Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

Sunliner managing director Nick Hunter says the current trend of holidays on the road “is seeing strong growth in the motorhome market”.

“It’s no longer just the 60-plus retirees packing up and hitting the road, but a new segment of 45- to 65-year-old buyers wanting the freedom to travel from place to place, but with the ease of driving a car,” Hunter told Car Advice.

“The Renault Master and commitment of support from Renault gives us that flexibility.”

In Australia last year more than 20,000 recreational vehicles (caravans, camper trailers, and motorhomes) were produced.

The Renault Master Motorhome chassis features a 110kW 2.3-litre turbo-diesel, producing 350Nm of torque low in the rev range (1500-2750 rpm) and claiming fuel economy of about 12.0 liters per 100 km. The chassis can be ordered with a six-speed manual or six-speed ZF automatic transmission.

All the RWD Master chassis are fitted with dual 16-inch rear wheels, an Eaton rear differential lock, ABS, ESP, traction control, and front driver and passenger airbags. Exclusive to the motorhome chassis are swiveling front chairs which remove the option of side-impact airbags.

To aid Sunliner, and any one of the other 200-plus RV manufacturers in Australia, with the motorhome body development, the chassis includes a longer wiring loom, direct CAN Bus interface with the Master’s ECU, and easy facilitation for the addition of fuel and water tanks or even a chassis extension beyond its standard 6749-millimetre length.

Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

Renault Master Sunliner 40 Motorhome Introduced

“Renault’s dealer network has grown from 21 in 2010 to 45 this year. With a new service outlet opening in the Northern Territory soon, Renault will have full national service coverage, which is ideal for the motorhome market,” said Renault Australia Managing Director Justin Hocevar.

All Master-based motorhomes receive a three-year or 200,000 km warranty with roadside assist (both of which can be extended), and fixed price servicing of $349 per year with 30,000 km service intervals.

Details

Renault

Renault formally established in 1899 grew from France across Europe and eventually to Australia in 1999 with help of the Nissan alliance. Renault internationally focuses on high levels of service and support for their customers. Currently there are seven models available ranging from the Clio to the Koleos. The Renault-Nissan alliance has been a major strategic advantage for both companies over the last decade.

Sunliner

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Since 1974 Sunliner have been producing quality recreational vehicles and now stand at the forefront of the Australasian RV industry. Australian owned and operated, Sunliner Recreational Vehicles are constantly striving to create new and innovative designs and concepts; utilizing new technology and uncompromising hand craftsmanship.

Sunliner produces motorhomes, camper vans, and caravans/travel trailers.

Address: PO Box 554, Bayswater, Victoria 3153

Phone: (800) SUNLINER

Website: www.sunliner.com.au

Worth Pondering…

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.

—Sir Francis Bacon

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Skydancer 7.5: World’s First Convertible Motorhome

The world’s first convertible motorhome, the Skydancer 7.5 prototype, was exhibited at the recent Düsseldorf Caravan Salon 2014, the world’s largest trade fair for motorhomes and caravans held annually in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Skydancer 7.5: World's First Convertible Motorhome

Skydancer 7.5: World’s First Convertible Motorhome

The new convertible motorhome from German company, Skydancer UG, could completely change our road trip experience. Skydancer 7.5 allows the driver and passengers to see the landscape differently as they travel in their recreational vehicle.

Most of us are familiar with the well-known Integrated Body type designs: the classic coach built Class A motorhome, the Class B van chassis, and the Class C cutaway chassis.

However, the concept from Skydancer is not based on this body type design.

Skydancer has developed a new, exceptional, and innovative concept: the reverse alcove design. The concept of the classic cab motorhome was baptized, turned upside down, and alcove reversed.

This refers to an increased driving cab, which gives passengers a better view. The family-friendly design of the spacious cab puts a family of four in a raised platform cab.

Skydancer installs the driver and passenger seats above the engine in front, so as to design a sliding convertible roof.

Skydancer 7.5: World's First Convertible Motorhome

Skydancer 7.5: World’s First Convertible Motorhome

“Nobody should have to travel within the living room of the mobile home,” according to a company spokesperson.

“In Skydancer 7.5 all passengers travel jointly and enjoy the excellent views, a Skydancer true feeling.”

The design possibilities of the interior of a motorhome are now enhanced.

Skydancer’s 7.5 prototype puts the family of four in a raised platform cab that’s reminiscent of the upper deck of a double-decker bus. The panoramic glass home-on-wheels creates the feel of a tourist bus designed specifically for enhancing sight lines. The glass enclosure also slides backward, opening up the entire cabin to the sky above. The design includes a frame below the glass for structural integrity when in convertible mode.

The Skydancer 7.5 prototype is not an industrially manufactured motorhome but is still a work-in-progress. It is a used vehicle in fully running condition and available for purchase following Düsseldorf Caravan Salon 2014. It is sold as a used vehicle without a warranty.

With a mileage of 195,000 km (121,000 miles), the 2003 Mercedes Atego-based prototype is priced at €80,000 ($128,000).

Skydancer 7.5: World's First Convertible Motorhome

Sketch of Skydancer’s reverse alcove design (left) next to a more traditional RV driving cab

Dimensions and Space

Length: 8.2 m (27 feet)

Width: 2.45 m (8 feet)

Height: 3.4 m (11 feet)

Number of Seats: 4

Number of beds: 2 x 2

Total Weight: 7500 kg (16,540 pounds)

Design Characteristics

A driving cabin for four people, which is placed in front of the car and in an elevated position. The plane of view of the passengers extends over the roof of the living area also.

Under the seats of the passengers, a double bed is placed.

This design provides a good all-round panoramic view through the raised seating position of all occupants, particularly to the rear over the roof of the rear part of the vehicle.

Skydancer 7.5: World's First Convertible Motorhome

Skydancer 7.5: World’s First Convertible Motorhome

Details

Skydancer UG
Skydancer deals with campers and design alternatives to existing, established motorhome concepts.

Their vision for the motorhome market of the future is called reverse alcove.

Address: Hülchrather Str. 33, 50670 Köln

Phone: +49 172 2585752

Website: www.skydancer-camper.de

Worth Pondering…

What you can do, or dream, you can do, begin it.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

You love camping but tired of roughing it in a tent.

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Then consider a Small Ass Camper, a custom-made teardrop trailer.

A family-owned business in North Las Vegas, Small Ass Campers is the dream of Michael Smith who built his first camper for himself.

“I have a wife and son and we like to go camping to Mount Charleston and St. George (Utah),” Smith told KTNV-TV.

Michael posted his camper on facebook and a friend in Mississippi placed an order right away.

It was enough encouragement for this audio guy to walk away from his college training and into his own business, Small Ass Camper.

“My wife, she was scared but like any business there is a risk and we were willing to take the risk.”

Matter of fact, Jessica and 4-year-old Gibson hang out at dad’s North Las Vegas shop all the time. The family knows there’s nothing quite like these custom built campers, complete with a TV and DVD player inside and kitchen on the back end.

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

“It is fully electrical with 110 outlets to run coffee pots, microwave, small appliances in other words.”

It takes Michael about three weeks to build one start to finish, all built by hand in North Las Vegas.

Each Small Ass Camper is unique to the client. The outdoorsmen are particularly drawn to the wood working details.

“The biggest thing is the size. Just like our name, we build small campers.”

Which means you can pull one with a large car or small SUV. And when you spend time around Michael and see his beautiful wife, you can’t help but draw a comparison to that famous duck family.

“I kind of get that a lot. I do watch the show. I do have a beard.”

Michael can only hope for that kind of success but it’s starting to happen. He’s currently building a custom trailer for a Chicago area beer company.

“They want the back end for storage and the front half is kegs and beer products.”

In addition to the Chicago Brewery, dealers in San Diego and Montana are interested in Small Ass Campers but most clients right now are from Michael’s home town of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Small Ass Campers: Custom Teardrop Trailer

Building Your Trailer

All trailers come standard with a steel welded and insulated frame, two tinted screened doors, two windows, LED lights in cabin, hatch, and porch area, 12 volt deep cycle battery, oak cabinets, mattress pad, fantastic fan, storage box, LED taillights.

Base price: $6,386 (4 feet x 6 feet), $6,872 (5 feet x 8 feet), $7,248 (5 feet x 10 feet)

Select your features: 2-burner stove ($327), water package ($647), power package ($552), TV/DVD package ($339), refrigerator ($559)

Details

Small Ass Camper

Small Ass Campers is a teardrop/travel trailer manufacturer and dealer/sales in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Specializing in custom teardrop trailers, travel campers, utility trailers, and flatbeds, their teardrop trailers are designed for “life off the grid”.

With a complete steel welded frame, that is fully insulated, you can camp, hunt, fish, or whatever your heart desires in comfort, and peace of mind.

All trailers are built to order. Pick and choose your features for your outdoor needs.

Small Ass Campers also builds flatbed trailers, utility trailers, toy haulers, and anything else you can think of.

Address: 595 E. Brooks Ave #309, North Las Vegas, NV 89030

Phone: (702) 817-1803

Website: www.smallasscampers.com

Worth Pondering…

Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement.

—W. Clement Stone

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Take Retirement for a Test Drive in an RV

At some point we all dream of what our retirement will look like.

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, you will find everything you would expect from a premier RV Resort at Buckhorn Resort near Kerrville. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, you will find everything you would expect from a premier RV Resort at Buckhorn Resort near Kerrville. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

For some it’s a condo on the beach, perhaps spending more time with family or maybe getting into a new hobby.

For us and a growing number of Americans and Canadians it’s hitting the open road in a recreational vehicle.

The motivation for many is to escape the snow and bitter cold of a northern climate.

Plunging temperatures, icy roads, and the back-breaking chore of shoveling snow–over and over and over–has cold-climate residents dreaming of exchanging their snowplows for golf carts, trading boots for flip flops, and spending winters in the sunbelt.

Others sell their home to enjoy the full-time lifestyle while exploring potential areas where they might settle permanently if they decide to hang up the keys.

Before taking the plunge, however, prospective snowbirds and full timers should educate themselves.

The RV lifestyle is not for everyone.

While many have taken a vacation in a trailer or camper, making the commitment to the life of a snowbird or full-timer is a different story.

Nestled between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Scenic Byway 12 is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nestled between Capitol Reef and Bryce Canyon National Parks, Scenic Byway 12 is located in one of the most beautiful places on earth. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When venturing down that road, you may have a vague idea of the obstacles to overcome.

Will you be able to spend that much time together in a confined space?

Will the dream match the reality?

Can you afford it?

Even though we didn’t have all the answers, we were committed to trying. We knew what we didn’t want our golden years to look like, and that knowledge was enough for us to take the leap.

After having “enough winters to last a lifetime,” I said to my wife, Dania, “I’ve shoveled my last snow. I’m heading south this winter in our RV. You can come if you wish.”

And, as they say the rest is history.

But Where to Start

Living half time or longer in an RV requires careful planning for everything from finances to organization.

Las Vegas RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Las Vegas RV Resort © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

An ongoing part of the process is determining where to go, how to get there, what to do when you get there, and how long to stay.

Things to Consider

Get your finances in order. Regardless of what type of retirement you plan, you must ensure that you’re able to fund your dream.

Some people think that after the initial investment, RVing is a cheap lifestyle. It can be, but you have to keep in mind the cost of fuel and maintenance, park rental fees and utilities, license and insurance for both the RV and any towing or towed vehicle, entertainment (satellite TV, Internet, etc.), and so on.

Will you have routine doctor appointments that require you to be in a certain area at a certain time?

Do you have any scheduled surgeries?

What about dental work?

Think about attending an RV seminar or boot camp offered by various organizations.

Snowbirds and full-time RVs in their winter home at Bella Terra RV Resort, Gulf Shores, Alabama  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Snowbirds and full-time RVs in their winter home at Bella Terra RV Resort, Gulf Shores, Alabama © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keep in mind that living together in a small space can be challenging to any relationship. If you and your partner get on each other’s nerves by the end of a week-long vacation, this may not be the life style for you.

Have a 12-month travel plan that keeps you in the right part of the country at the right time of the year. This helps with budgeting as well.

While there are no hard statistics on how many Americans are living the life of a full-timer, the number of RV-owning households is growing, as indicated in a survey conducted by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). According to RVIA, approximately 8.9 million U.S. households—or 8.5 percent—currently own some form of RV. This represents a 7.9 percent increase from 2005. That’s a lot of opportunities to take retirement for a test-drive.

We’ll be on the road again before the first snowflakes hit the ground. See y’all down the road and happy trails.

Worth Pondering…

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

—Gloria Steinem

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