Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Rolling Homes recently introduced the new entry-level campervan.

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

All the practicality of a VW camper conversion but at a fraction of the cost is the promise of the new Shackleton, entry-level VW camper conversion.

The Shackleton provides the ideal starting point for anyone looking for their first new motorhome.

“This entry-level camper is built using the same components as the more expensive models,” according to a company statement.

“This has the same level of craftsmanship and attention to detail, but with a softer price tag.”

Based on a VW T5 Transporter, the Shackleton features a front elevating, German SCA deluxe roof, color coded to match the vehicle paintwork, plus handmade, lightweight, real wood veneered board with solid oak edges, extensive cupboards and wardrobes, and solid surface kitchen worktops.

Included is a deluxe bed which gives extra sleeping room for two adults.

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

A 110 amp/hr marine battery powers the 12v system that runs the compressor fridge, LED lighting, and water pump and is charged when the engine is running or connected to the mains via a discrete 240v hook up.

The layout is a classic side kitchen with the rear seats forming the double bed.

The kitchen offers 50-litre Waeco compressor fridge/freezer, Smev twin-burner hob with integrated sink, water tank, and pump.

At the front a double-passenger seat swivels round to face into the cabin.

All the internal sides are fully insulated with sheep wool and the carpet features a soft, dark-grey trim.

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Overall length of the vehicle is 4.89m (16 feet) and the height with the roof extended comes to 3.04m (10 feet).

The basic OTR price is £36,995 ($54,547) but there are a number of extra options that can be specified.

These options include a long wheelbase version, which is £1,200 ($1,770) extra, reversing sensors, awning rails, and awning itself, 75w solar panel, under seat safe, VW bike rack, swiveling driver’s seat and an electric blow heater.

If you want to try out a Rolling Homes campervan before you commit to buying then try hiring one for a short break. If you decide to buy after your rental then Rolling Homes will refund half the hire cost.

Alternatively, just rent one for weekends or an entire week with either the Columbus model with one twin bed and a twin in the roof, or the Livingstone model with a rear kitchen and two single beds and a twin in the roof.

Details

Rolling Homes

Rolling Homes is a small family-run business based in Shropshire.

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Rolling Homes Introduces New Entry-Level Campervan

Rolling Homes is committed to offering exclusive and luxurious handcrafted and lightweight bespoke wood units at a competitive price. The company does not use imitation wood and plastics. They only use the highest quality lightweight wood, materials, fittings, and appliances to ensure that your camper will outlast the most enduring camping adventure. Quality is paramount at Rolling Homes.

Since what each customer wants varies from camper to camper, they offer lots of choice that is tailored to your requirements.

Address: Cartmel Drive, Shrewsbury SY1 3TB

Phone: 01743 443877

Website: www.rolling-homes.co.uk

Worth Pondering…

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

—Edward Abbey

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Angel Fire RV Resort Set For May Opening

In previous posts I detailed the planning for and the construction of Angel Fire RV Resort.

Entrace to Angel Fire RV Resort

Entrace to Angel Fire RV Resort

Angel Fire RV Resort is set to open Friday, May 1.

Nestled in the Moreno Valley, this full-service RV Resort is located in scenic Angel Fire with convenient access to the Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway and Northern New Mexico.

While staying at Angel Fire RV Resort you have access to Angel Fire Resort’s many activities including skiing and snowboarding, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, sledding, golf, mountain biking, hiking, and zipline adventure tours.

The 35-acre RV Resort features 102 spaces, each with scenic views of the Moreno Valley, paved spaces, and 30/50-amp full hook-ups.

Amenities and facilities include hot tub, fire pits, and laundry facility.

The resort is located near world-class fishing in Cimarron Canyon and Eagle Nest State Park, guided hunting, ATV trails, and snowmobiling. Guests will also have access to Carson National Forest for biking and hiking.

“Angel Fire Resort has been working with the top experts in RV development and resort hospitality to create a luxury RV resort. While we will offer traditional RV amenities, our goal is to go way beyond and create a true mountain haven where guests can come to stay for an extended period of time and enjoy our mountain community,” said Jim Anderson, manager of the resort, in a news release.

Angel Fire Resort overlooking the Moreno Valley

Angel Fire Resort overlooking the Moreno Valley

“We will continue to work on the resort until it exceeds the expectations of today’s passionate RV travelers.”

The luxury resort, constructed on mountain meadowland at the foot of Carson National Forest, initially opens with 102 RV spaces and will expand to 325 spaces in later phases.

The new RV resort includes a well-appointed private clubhouse, paved roads, fully concreted, over-sized spaces with easy pull-through access and 30/50-amp electrical pedestals, DirecTV access, bathrooms, showers and laundry facilities, convenient Wi-Fi access, outdoor fire pits and Jacuzzis, putting green, pickleball courts, bocce ball, shuffleboard, a dog park, and more.

Each RV space will be large enough to handle the slide-outs of today’s biggest recreational vehicles. RV spaces will be available for short- and long-term rentals.

View of Angel Fire RV Resort from the entrance.

View of Angel Fire RV Resort from the entrance.

With frontage access to U.S. Highway 64, the resort provides guests with convenient proximity to the wide array of outdoor recreation amenities in Angel Fire, including golf, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, fine-dining restaurants, fishing, and more.

“Angel Fire Resort has taken huge steps to create a premiere family vacation destination in the Rockies, from building a new country club to extensive renovations to The Lodge at Angel Fire, from adding additional activities on and off the mountain to now the unveiling of the new RV resort,” said Anderson.

“We hope it will bring visitors from all over the country to enjoy this truly scenic village and mountain community.”

Living Designs Group of Taos worked with Angel Fire Resort to oversee the design of the new RV resort. This award-winning design company has worked on such notable New Mexico projects as the 4-star El Monte Sagrado luxury resort, UNM Taos, and the Angel Fire Resort Country Club.

Details

Angel Fire RV Resort

AngelFireResortSome places start with RVs and call it a resort. Angel Fire is starting with the resort and adding the RVs.

Rates: $45 (May 1-June 30; October 18-December 10); $55 (July 1-October 17)

Pet Policy: Pet Friendly; Dog Park on site; 2 pets maximum on a 6-foot leash at all times: do not leave your pets unattended

Location: In Angel Fire, New Mexico in the Northeast corner of the state

Address: 10 Miller Lane, Angel Fire, NM 87710

Directions: From Taos, 24 miles east via US-64 & North Angel Fire Road

Phone: (844) 218-4107

Website: www.angelfireresort.com

Worth Pondering…

If you ever go to New Mexico, it will itch you for the rest of your life.

—Georgia O’Keeffe

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Canadian Camping Week Planned For May

The Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) will officially launch the 2015 camping season in Canada by hosting the inaugural Canadian Camping Week from May 19-24, 2015.

The newly opened Glacial Skywalk over the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park, Alberta) lets you experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The newly opened Glacial Skywalk over the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park, Alberta) lets you experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Canadian Camping Week will feature special events and participation from CCRVC member campgrounds across the country.

Campground associations from British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick, representing about 1400 campgrounds, will work with the CCRVC to celebrate the Canadian camping experience.

Parks Canada, the Camping and RVing in BC Coalition, Go RVing Canada, the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA) and Recreation Vehicle Dealer Association of Canada (RVDAC) are also supporting this exciting, first ever event of its kind in the camping industry.

The 2015 Canadian Camping Week will showcase the best of what Canada’s camping sector has to offer.

Special events will include a discounted weekend camping rate, fishing contests, jamborees, and bonfires.

The beautiful Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia is a summer tourism mecca. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The beautiful Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia is a summer tourism mecca. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

“We want every campground across the country to participate in promoting the camping and RV lifestyles,” said Maryse Catellier, president of CCRVC.

“Join us in showcasing what Canadian camping is all about.”

The first-ever Canadian Camping Week is scheduled to run from May 19-24. The week will conclude with participating campgrounds across the country offering two nights of camping (May 22-23) at $50 plus tax.

“Campground participation in the Canadian Camping Week is free, and 300 campgrounds are already registered,” said Catellier.

Participating campgrounds and RV Parks are required to offer either two nights for $50 plus tax on May 22-23 or organize an event to promote camping in Canada during the course of the Canadian Camping Week.

Interested campgrounds need to register by March 31. To register, visit www.campingweek.ca and download the registration form.

Rocky Mountain Goat in the Canadian Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rocky Mountain Goat in the Canadian Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The CCRVC is also organizing a Fall Appreciation Weekend planned for September 11-12, 2015 (two nights, Friday-Saturday) following Labor Day.

Participation in the Fall promotion is optional but participating campgrounds are required to commit to offer two nights of camping for $50 plus tax.

The goals of the Canadian Camping Week in May and the fall promotion weekend are to:

Promote the camping sector and the camping/RVing lifestyles.

Details

Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC)

CCRVCThe three major players in the Canadian RV and Camping industry joined forces to create in May 2013 a new association: the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC).

CCRVC represents the RV Manufacturers Association, the RV Dealers Association, and the campground owners associations from across Canada.

Address: 2425 Narcisse-Perodeau, Québec (Quebec) G1T 2J4

Phone: (418) 455-8548

Website: www.ccrvc.ca

Canadian Camping Week

From May 19-24 the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) will host the inaugural Canadian Camping Week and officially launch the 2015 camping season in Canada. The Canadian Camping Week will feature special events and participation from CCRVC member campgrounds across the country.

Website: www.campingweek.ca

Worth Pondering…

Hysterically funny, amazingly talented people. That’s what I think of when I think of Canada. That, and cold beer. And mountains.
—Richard Patrick

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Take Control of Your Vacation

Everyone has been there.

Fleetwood Providence Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Fleetwood Providence Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The thrill and anticipation of a vacation on the horizon, but the dread of security checks, baggage claims, cancelled flights, and adhering to someone else’s schedule. The airline schedule, cruise ship, and bus tours.

But there are alternatives that give you full control of your vacation.

There is a better way. In fact, now is the perfect time to plan unrestricted, adventurous family vacations for the upcoming summer holiday season.

All you need is a recreational vehicle, maps, national campground and RV park directory, and vacation time with your family.

Some benefits to RVing include affordable travel with your family and pets, and the ability to go wherever you want, whenever you want.

It’s fun to plan family trips and make memories along the way.

However, shopping for a recreational vehicle can be overwhelming and choosing the right one is no small decision. Take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of various types and brands of RVs, attend RV shows, and locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service.

Class B motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona/Utah  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Class B motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona/Utah © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Best of all, there is an RV for just about every budget and every family. It just takes some time to find it. One of the primary aspects involved in selecting a recreational vehicle is making a decision on the type of RV you need. Two primary types should be considered: Towable and motorized.

Towable RVs

Towable RVs must be mounted on or towed by a motorized vehicle to be moved from place to place. Some towables are small and light enough to be towed by the family car, while others require an SUV or pickup truck. Always verify your vehicle’s towing capability and allow for the added weight of personal belongings loaded on board.

Conventional travel trailers offer a wide range of floor plans, sizes, and conveniences.

Fifth wheel trailers have similar amenities as travel trailers, but are constructed with a raised forward section that provides a spacious bi-level floor plan. These models are designed to be towed by a pickup truck equipped with a fifth-wheel hitch.

Also known as pop-ups and tent trailers, folding camping trailers are great for outdoor lovers who enjoy sleeping in a tent without sleeping on the ground. Folding camping trailers stow away for easy, lightweight towing. With canvas sides that extend to reveal queen-sized beds, it’s easy to have a fresh-air experience with all the comforts of an RV.

Keystone Montana fifth wheel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Keystone Montana fifth wheel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Also known as sport utility RVs, toy haulers are for the active family who wants to take motorcycles, dirt bikes, ATVs, or other motorized toys on the road. Available as a fifth wheel or travel trailer, the rear end of the toy hauler drops down, forming a ramp for access into a “garage” area where motorized toys can be safely stored; the living quarters are separated by a wall.

The truck camper is a portable unit designed to be loaded onto, or affixed to, the bed or chassis of a pickup truck. The slide-in units are easily loaded and unloaded from the bed of the truck, freeing the truck’s bumper to tow boats, ATVs, and other trailers.

It is important to match the loaded weight of the towable RV to the towing capacity of the tow vehicle. Consult your dealer or owner’s manual for details and have the tow hitch professionally installed.

Motorized RVs

Commonly known as motorhomes, motorized RVs are on a motorized chassis with gas or diesel engines.

Class A or conventional motorhomes are constructed entirely on a specially designed motor vehicle chassis. Home-like amenities abound, and generally these motorhomes have kitchens, bathrooms, living areas with entertainment centers and centrally controlled heating and air conditioning.

Scamp travel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona  © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Scamp travel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Commonly called camper vans, Class B motorhomes are built using automotive manufactured van or panel-truck shells. Camping vans drive more like the family car, but offer the comforts and conveniences of home on the road.

Class C motorhomes are built on an automotive van frame with a wider body section attached to the original cab section. Many Class C motorhomes are easily recognizable by the over-the-cab area that is often an optional sleeping area. Amenities are similar to those in conventional motorhomes.

Many owners choose to tow a small vehicle for short side trips once the motorhome is parked.

Additional Tips

Now that you’ve identified the type of RV that best suits your family, it’s time to shop for the best fitting style, floor plan, price range, and options. The following tips can help for an easier RV shopping experience:

  • Set a price range
  • Think about types of floor plans that work best for you and your family
  • For a towable RV, consider your tow vehicle’s towing capacity; for a motorized RV, consider the pros and cons of gas and diesel engines

Please Note: For an additional resource, read The 4 Most Important Tips For Purchasing a New RV

Worth Pondering…

When your vacation happens on the open road, your trip is only limited by your imagination.

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Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

With a focus on testing, Winnebago proves it’s not the size of the RV that matters.

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

America’s love affair with RVing was born from our national desire to get away from it all, but like the rest of the world, RVing has changed to reflect new technologies.

Campgrounds promote internet access. GPS navigation and back-up cameras are standard on most models. And a new breed of motorhome is starting to appear on highways and in campgrounds across the country.

Smaller and more fuel-efficient, they’re built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, new to the U.S. market, but already widely popular in Europe—so popular, in fact, that it’s the best-selling motorhome chassis in the world, according to a new Winnebago news release.

Yet despite that track record, one company needed to prove for itself that the motorhomes it built on the chassis would pass its own battery of tests.

So one cool morning last year, the first motorhome built in the United States on the Ram ProMaster chassis fell to the earth. Upside down.

In this aptly named “drop test,” Winnebago dropped the coach from three feet above the ground onto an even concrete surface. While not legally required (and not a test for safety issues), the drop test provides insight into the structural integrity of the coach, and ensures that interior fittings, like cabinetry, stay put under the test conditions. The little Trend passed.

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

Surprisingly, Winnebago is the only company that conducts these tests, states the news release. They’re part of a demanding gauntlet that also includes mandatory safety testing to assure fuel system integrity (required for vehicles under 10,000 pounds and conducted by outside professionals) as well as pull tests on seats and seat belts conducted on-site by Winnebago in its testing facility. There’s even a custom-built “shaker machine” that simulates thousands of miles of wear and tear over a period of weeks.

It takes time (and money), but the company believes it’s worth it.

“It’s in our corporate DNA to do everything we can to provide a better, safer experience for our customers,” noted CEO Randy Potts.

“As far as we know, we’re the only motorhome company that tests our products in all of these ways.”

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

And now that they’ve arrived, these sleek new motorhomes have struck a chord with RVers, so keep an eye out for them. And the next time you’re near an RV dealer, feel free to stop in. Although the age-old drive to hit the road still powers the industry, it’s amazing to see just how far today’s motorhomes have come.

Details

Winnebago Industries, Inc

Forest 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 Motorhome Passes Drop Test

Winnebago Motorhome Passes Drop Test

Winnebago Website: gowinnebago.com

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

goLife Website: www.winnebagolife.com

Worth Pondering…

Oh, what a beautiful morning’,

Oh, what a beautiful day.

I got a beautiful feelin’

Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.

Oh, what a beautiful day!

—“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma

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Top 10 Safety & Security Tips for RV Casino Parking

Numerous RVs are attracted to casino parking lots for their free overnight parking.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RVers looking for a place to boondock soon discover there aren’t places that allow free overnight parking. Most states discourage overnight parking at interstate rest areas, shopping malls ask RVs to leave at the end of the business day, and some 24-hour supercenters have posted “No Overnight Parking” signs. You can usually stay overnight at a truck stop, but their parking areas tend to be crowded and noisy with diesel engines running throughout the day and night.

Casino parking lots, on the other hand, are hospitable. Casinos welcome adult campers since they know they will likely receive additional business. RVers, in return, will enjoy a quiet, safe parking spot to rest for the night without being hassled. Since most casinos are open 24/7, security personnel are on duty throughout the night.

Following are the top 10 safety and security tips for free RV casino parking:

1. After you pull into the parking lot, check with security to verify that you can stay overnight in the parking lot and ask where they want you to park.

2. Limit your free overnight parking to a single 24-hour period. Some casinos will allow longer stays, upon request.

3. If there is no designated area for large vehicles, park on the perimeter of the lot. Do not take up spaces intended for cars. Casinos in crowded urban areas may not have space to accommodate RVs. Be sure to obtain permission before you park.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Do not abuse the property owner’s hospitality. During our travels we have observed RVers who act as if they own the place and put out their awning, barbecue grill, table, and chairs. A parking lot is not a campground. Do not look like your are establishing residence! If there is adequate space, it’s OK to extend a slideout, but restrict your activities to the inside of your RV.

5. Do not leave your RV unattended overnight or for any extended period of time. This may seem like simple, common sense advice, but you’d be surprised at how many folks park their expensive units in a parking lot and then go off to visit friends for a few days. If you are inconsiderate enough to do this don’t be surprised upon your return to find your unattended vehicle has been towed away.

6. Be a good neighbor. Be considerate of others with your TV, music, and generator.

7. Keep your area clean. Pick up any trash you see whether it is yours or not. Leave the area cleaner than the way you found it.

8. Use common sense and common courtesy with your pets.

9. If the casino has a fee-pay campground as part of the facility, it is essential to check with security to inquire about your options for staying overnight. Some casinos will allow you to stay in the parking lot anyway. But there are a number of casinos that require you to pull into their campground if you want to stay for the night.

10. Give the casino your business. If you don’t gamble a lot, that’s OK. Casinos usually provide quality food in their restaurants, cafes, and buffets. Some have live entertainment, movie theater, retail shops, and spa facilities.

Boondocking at a casino is comfortable. You have your home with you so you can either walk or take the shuttle bus to and from the casino. If you participate in the gaming, you can play shorter and more relaxing gaming sessions with breaks in between. If you are averse to crowds, you can play at odd hours and avoid peak play times. And for couples, when one wants to play cards or slots and the other doesn’t, there’s no problem.

Boondocking at a casino is convenient. Casinos are located all over the country; many within a mile or two of an interstate exit.

Casino Camping by Jane Kenny

Casino Camping by Jane Kenny

RV-friendly casinos are listed in the popular guide, Casino Camping A Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos from Roundabout Publications. The new revised 2015 edition is now available from Camping World stores across the US, CampingWorld.com, and Amazon.com.

Written by Jane Kenny, Casino Camping A Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos features detailed information, locator maps, and directions to hundreds of casinos in 32 states. Learn which casinos have an RV park and which ones allow free overnight parking.

RV parks at casinos are popular among RVers because they offer modern, upscale facilities at reasonable rates. Boondockers seek casinos for a quiet, safe place to park.

And, of course, there’s the obvious benefit, boondocking at RV-Friendly casinos is free!

Worth Pondering…

I like to think of the world as a sort of a casino, except the house doesn’t have the advantage. If you’re smart, you have an advantage. It behooves you to place a lot of bets.

—Evan Williams

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Horizon Introduces the Multi Concept Vehicle

Horizon has introduced the Multi Concept Vehicle (MCV), the first time a company has adapted a Mercedes-Benz vehicle for the UK luxury campervan market at this high-end level.

Horizon MCV Vito

Horizon MCV Vito

Horizon Multi Concept Vehicles are designed to act as premium, robust vehicles which are ideal for day-to-day transportation such as taking children to school, visiting the supermarket, or commuting to work, whilst also providing the high-end, comprehensive living area needed to complement weekends away and long-distance tours or camping trips.

Starting life as a paneled Mercedes-Benz Dualiner, a Horizon MCV Vito undergoes a stage-by-stage hand build at Horizon MCV’s studios in the city of Hull transforming it into a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Added to the exterior is an elevating roof which allows the Horizon MCV Vito range to increase its internal height by 2.20m. The vehicle is furnished with leather and Compac Quartz Granite surfaces, and at the push of a button, it becomes a spacious sleeping quarter for four adults and one child as the back seats flatten electronically and the front seats swivel. Each is equipped with an advanced 4-cylinder CDI diesel engine which produces 136bhp.

Horizon MCV Vito Range combines practicality with lavish interior design. This luxury camper van is available in two versions, the Vitro and Vitro Sport, and is fully customizable to suit your personal requirements.

Horizon MCV Vito

Horizon MCV Vito

Horizon MCV Vito

Horizon MCV Vito standard features include a TUV approved elevating roof, elevating hydraulic roof bed and high quality removable mattress and washable liner, side kitchen, Smev integrated sink and 2 burner hob with folding smoked glass lid, Fiamma bio pot 30 toilet stored under bed, pull tested remote control hydraulic rock and roll bed with great under bed storage with safety switch, Vitrifrigo 87 litre 12V fridge incorporating a freezer compartment,  Fiamma F45S wind out awning, exterior BBQ point, exterior table to BBQ area, Heatsource gas blown air heating system, 16 litre on under slung board water tank and independent 12V pump.

Horizon MCV Vito optional extras include a 3 seat belted electric rock and roll bed, Transcool 12v air cooling system, TV/DVD/Free View flip down, Smev 20 litre oven and grill, , microwave (240 Volt only), tow bar, Thule 3 bike tow bar bike rack, Thule 4 bike tow bar bike rack, chrome side bars, cruise control.

Price: £47,000 (on the road)

Winter Special Price: £45,000 (on the road)

Horizon MCV Vito Sport

Horizon MCV Vito Sport

Horizon MCV Vito Sport

Horizon MCV Vito Sport standard features include air conditioning, cruise control, TUV approved elevating roof, elevating hydraulic roof bed and high quality removable mattress and washable liner, side kitchen, Smev integrated sink and 2 burner hob with folding smoked glass lid, Fiamma bio pot 30 toilet stored under bed, pull tested remote control hydraulic rock and roll bed with great under bed storage with safety switch, 16 litre on under slung board water tank and independent 12V pump, Vitrifrigo 87 litre 12V fridge incorporating a freezer compartment, Fiamma F45S wind out awning, exterior BBQ point, exterior table to BBQ area, and Heatsource gas blown air heating system.

Horizon MCV Vito Sport optional extras include a 3 seat belted electric rock and roll bed, Transcool 12v air cooling system, TV/DVD/Free View flip down, Smev 20 litre oven and grill, microwave (240 Volt only), tow bar, Thule 3 bike tow bar bike rack, Thule 4 bike tow bar bike rack. chrome side bars, and cruise control.

Horizon MCV Vito Sport

Horizon MCV Vito Sport

Price: £47,000 (on the road)

Winter Special Price: £45,000 (on the road)

Details

Horizon MCV Ltd.

Horizon RV logoHorizon MCV Ltd. is a Group Company of City West Commercials Ltd. one of the UK’s leading Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicle Distributors and Kingston Campers Designs the foremost company providing bespoke, hand built conversions in the UK.

With over 40 years combined experience in commercial vehicles and the campervan and motor home industry all Horizon MCV’s are built on brand new Mercedes Vito vans.

Horizon MCV designs are personalized to add value to your lifestyle and your campervan, embracing new ideas in traditional camper design. At our purpose built factory we have the highest standard of luxury materials ranging from high end granite worktops to luxury durable man made materials and everything in between.

Address: Unit 8, The Hub, Havelock Street, Off Witty Street, Hull, UK HU3 4NF

Phone: 03033 001004

Website: www.horizonmcv.com

Worth Pondering…

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

—Tim Cahill

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Low Loonie Expected To Bring More RVers to Canada

It doesn’t take an economist to understand what’s happening with the Canadian dollar.

The newly opened Glacial Skywalk over the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park, Alberta) lets you experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The newly opened Glacial Skywalk over the Athabasca Glacier (Jasper National Park, Alberta) lets you experience waterfalls, wildlife, fossils, and more on an exciting cliff-edge walkway that leads to a platform where glass is all that separates you from a 918-foot drop. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The loonie is under pressure and that is not great news for Canadian snowbirds. But it is good news if you’re a Canadian in the export business.

RVers and other traveling visitors to Canada is another group that will benefit from the currency exchange. At present, one US dollar is worth $1.25 Canadian. With the loonier being lower than it has been in years, many RVers and travelers from out of country will no doubt view Canada as a place where they can stretch their money further and get more out of their vacation dollar than in other destinations.

While a deflated loonie will entice more people to visit Canada, Canadians thinking of traveling to the U.S may rethink that trip this summer and keep their dollars at home. That’s bad news if your kids are keen to head to Disney World or Southern California this year. But it’s welcome news for Canadian tourism, which can expect more domestic travelers and a long-needed increase in American visitors, who will take advantage of the lower loonie.

Another boon to RV travel this summer is the exceptionally low fuel prices.

The beautiful Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia is a summer tourism mecca. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The beautiful Okanagan Valley of southern British Columbia is a summer tourism mecca. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Canada’s greatest tourism partner is the United States. According to the Canadian Tourism Commission, Canada welcomes approximately 10 million overnight visitors from the US each year. In recent times, no other country has contributed more than 1 million travelers.

Tourism is an $84-billion industry in Canada that directly employs more than 600,000 workers and supports another 1 million jobs, according to the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. That’s 9.2 per cent of all jobs in the country. Anything that can boost the industry is viewed as a pleasant change after a flurry of events since the start of the century caused headwinds.

Gabor Forgacs, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Tourism and Hospitality at Ryerson College, explained that Canada lost half of US visitors because of a much higher dollar and new passport requirements that were introduced in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorists attacks. Canada also had to withstand the negative news around the SATS crisis in 2003-04 and, like the US, and just about every other country, was adversely impacted by the global economic recession from 2008-12.

A major travel destination renowned for its vast natural landscapes and stunning scenery, Canada is a great place to create RVing memories for you and your family.

Rocky Mountain Goat in the Canadian Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Rocky Mountain Goat in the Canadian Rockies. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

America’s northern neighbor offers visitors a truly unique vacation experience with a exceptional diversity of natural attractions. Whatever adventure you may seek, Canada has a destination.

From the rugged Pacific coastline and ancient rain forests of British Columbia, across the majestic Rockies and the rolling wheat field plains of the prairie provinces, past the great waterways of the east and on to historic sites and small fishing villages along the Atlantic coast…Canada has it all!

Some of the finest National Parks anywhere in the world are found in Canada. The peaceful serenity of the parks, the unique wildlife, and the jaw-dropping scenery create magical RVing memories.

The Canadian Rockies are stunningly beautiful and immense, with spellbinding views of snowcapped peaks, glacial lakes, fast-flowing rivers, and endless forests. Within the Canadian Rockies is some of the most beautiful, serene and, at the same time, breathtaking scenery on the earth’s surface.

You will never tire of RVing in Canada because over the next horizon there is something amazing to see and experience.

Tourism centers in British Columbia and Alberta are also expecting the low Canadian dollar will bring more American travelers through the region on their way to Alaska.

The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) joins the two parks of Jasper and Banff in one of the most breathtaking, beautiful drives that anyone can travel in the world. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Icefields Parkway (Highway 93) joins the two parks of Jasper and Banff in one of the most breathtaking, beautiful drives that anyone can travel in the world. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Samantha Gibeault, tourism development coordinator for Dawson Creek, British Columbia, says the spin-offs this year for the local economy in the Mile Zero City could be bigger than in previous summers.

According to Gibeault who recently attended a travel convention in Florida, the low dollar has many on the East Coast of the United States talking about making the trip to Alaska.

“Because they are on the East Coast, it’s different because it’s a long haul trip, but there were a number of people who said the (Alaska Highway) trip has gone from number five on their list to number one, because they now have more money the second they cross the border.”

Although last summer’s numbers were strong, Gibeault is hoping for as much as a 15 per cent increase in 2015.

Worth Pondering…

I always thought of this as God’s country.
—Jack Granatstein

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Fleetwood Introduces All New 2015 Flair Motorhome

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV introduced the all-new 2015 Flair to the retail public in January.

2015 Fleetwood Flair exterior in Midtown Mink

2015 Fleetwood Flair exterior in Midtown Mink

Since then, demand and enthusiasm for the all-new entry-level Class A Gas motorhome has exceeded expectations, according to a news release.

“Much of the success is accredited to the incredible value and expansive list of amenities offered at the entry-level price point,” said Matt Buckman, director of sales.

“Participating dealers are taking advantage of the promotional, nationally-advertised MSRP on the 26D, of $74,995.”

“Flair has met the retail public with outstanding enthusiasm. It’s functional, attractive, and value-packed; an unbeatable combination,” Buckman added.

2015 Fleetwood Flair standard features include:

Axalta Full-Body Paint

15,000 Btu/h Ducted Air Conditioner w/Chill Grille

6 Gallon Propane Water Heater w/Electronic Ignition

Aluminum Side-Swing Luggage Doors

2015 Fleetwood Flair 26E floor  plan

2015 Fleetwood Flair 26E floor plan

Soft Touch Ceiling

F-21 Construction & Component Technology

Pass-Through Storage

Rear View Side Cameras

Frameless Windows with Blind-Spot Window

Power Awning with LED Lights

Halogen Projector Headlamps with LED Accents

Stainless Steel Sink

650lb Hide-A-Loft Drop-Down Bed (optional)

The Flair is available in two floor plans, the 26D and 26E.

Details

Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Fleetwood RV, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of Class A and Class C recreational vehicles.

2015 Fleetwood Flair 26D floor  plan

2015 Fleetwood Flair 26D floor plan

The Company has one of the best and longest standing distribution networks in the industry and boasts some of the industry’s most recognized and iconic brand names such as American Coach, Discovery, Jamboree, Southwind, and Bounder.

Headquartered and manufactured in Decatur, Indiana, Fleetwood RV is an Allied Recreation Group company and a division of Orlando based Allied Specialty Vehicles.

Factory Tours: Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Address: 1031 U.S. 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Phone: (800) 322-8216

Website: www.fleetwoodrv.com

Allied Recreation Group (ARG)

The only recreational vehicle manufacturing company with the stability, singular focus, unmatched integrity, and revolutionary vision to be the steward of the most trusted, iconic American RV brands, proudly leading them into the next generation.

Allied Recreation Group is a collection of some of the world’s most recognized and admired RV brands. Each brand—American Coach, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler and Monaco—remains distinct, while together the group is a celebration of the rich heritage and future promise of the greatest manufacturers in the RV industry.

Address:1031 US 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Phone: (800) 854-1344 (toll free)

Website: www.alliedrecreationgroup.com

Worth Pondering…

Do not lose hold of your dreams or aspirations. For if you do, you may still exist but you have ceased to live.

—Henry David Thoreau

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My 5 Favorite State Parks

Every year, America’s nearly 8,000 state parks see more than 720 million visitors—more than two-and-a-half times the number of all visits to national parks, which include marquee names such as Yosemite, Yellowstone, and the Grand Canyon.

green jay

Take up bird watching. Many of the colorful birds found in Sunbelt regions are tropical species, reaching their northern range limits. The colorful green jay is usually seen in brushy areas and dense woods in the lower Rio Grande Valley.. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

These state parks tend to be smaller than national parks, and relatively modest in comparison, but they form the backbone of the park system and enjoy fierce loyalty from families who visit year after year.

Chances are you’re not too far from a state parks. Visit a state park today.

Everyone has lists and seldom do any two lists agree. But lists can be interesting fodder for discussion, debate, and sometimes agreement.

Here are My 5 Favorite State Parks.

Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, Texas

Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, just south of Mission, is not only Texas’ southernmost state park, but since October 2005, the headquarters of the World Birding Center. Witness hawk migrations and enjoy bird walks and natural history tours at this key migratory stopover.

You can spend a whole day exploring bird life along a one-mile walking trail through sugar hackberry, Rio Grande ash, and Texas ebony; and the six-mile paved inner and outer loops. Or take the tram or rent a bicycle to meander around the loops.

Catalina State Park, one of the many gems in the Arizona State Park system, offers beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains with riparian canyons, lush washes, and dense cactus forests. The environment at the base of the Santa Catalina

Catalina State Park, one of the many gems in the Arizona State Park system, offers beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains with riparian canyons, lush washes, and dense cactus forests. The environment at the base of the Santa Catalina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Catalina State Park, Arizona

Catalina State Park, one of the many gems in the Arizona State Park system, offers beautiful vistas of the Sonoran Desert and the Santa Catalina Mountains with riparian canyons, lush washes, and dense cactus forests. The environment at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains offers great camping, hiking, picnicking, and bird watching—more than 150 species of birds call the park home.

One of the special features at Catalina State Park (among many!) is an amazing population of saguaros. There are about a half-dozen large stands within the park, each numbering close to 500 plants. Along with hundreds of scattered individuals, these stands account for an estimated saguaro population of close to 5,000 plants.

Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

The Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas

The Valley of Fire State Park near Las Vegas derives its name from red sandstone formations, formed from great shifting sand dunes during the age of dinosaurs, 150 million years ago. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

With its blood-red sandstone cliffs and weird rock formations, there’s an other-worldly feeling at Valley of Fire State Park. The terrain at Valley of Fire so resembles Mars that the Mars scenes of Total Recall were almost all filmed here.

Popular activities include camping, picnicking, photography, hiking among the intriguing rock formations, and soaking in the fascinating story of the area’s geological evolution. Park features include Fire Canyon/Silica Dome, Rainbow Vista, White Domes, and Beehives. Valley of Fire State Park is 55 miles—and a few light-years—northeast of Las Vegas via Interstate 15 and on exit 75.

Gulf State Park, Alabama

Consisting of 6,150 acres with two miles of sugar white sand beaches and three fresh water lakes, Gulf State Park has a modern full-service campground, cabins, cottages, back country trails, and the largest fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico.

The park also features an interactive nature center, nationally recognized scenic nature trail, new tennis courts, beautiful beach pavilion, 18-hole Refuge Golf Course, and a 900-acre lake for fishing in the picnic area on Lake Shelby.

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Gulf State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Relax and enjoy the beauty of Gulf State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Custer State Park, South Dakota
With its pine-clad mountains and striking stone spires giving way in the south to gently rolling grasslands, the 71,000-acre Custer State Park occupies one of the prettiest corners of South Dakota’s Black Hills.

Drive on the windy Needles Highway in the north, through narrow tunnels carved through the rock, to mirror-like Sylvan Lake, the “crown jewel.” To the south, the 18-mile Wildlife Loop is the place to find pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, elk, and the famous “begging donkeys”.

Custer State Park touts itself as one of the few remaining wild sanctuaries in the country. Elk, mountain goats and nearly 1,300 buffalo roam this 71,000-acre park, set in the Black Hills of South Dakota.

Worth Pondering…

Take time to listen to the voices of the earth and what they mean…the majestic voice of thunder, the winds, the sound of flowing streams. And the voices of living things: the dawn chorus of the birds, the insects that play little fiddles in the grass.

—Rachel Carson

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