Why Own An RV?

According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), nearly one in nine U.S. vehicle-owning households also own a recreational vehicle and there are currently 8.9 million RV owners.

Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers

Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers

What attracts this large number of people to RV ownership? Why own an RV?

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

A new study conducted by PKF Consulting USA, and com­missioned by RVIA, shows that RV vacations also cost substantially less than other forms of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership.

For a four-person travel party, the study found savings of 27 to 62 percent; a two-person travel party saved 15 to 48 percent.

This study updates previous vacation cost comparison studies done by PKF.

The PKF study provides a vacation cost analysis using two sets of hypothetical travel parties: a four-person travel party of two adults and two children, and a two-person travel party of two adults.

PKF analyzed major costs these hypothetical travelers would incur taking nine different types of vacations to nine popular vacation destinations. For each destination, researchers analyzed vacations last three, seven, and 14 days.

The study compared different methods of travel, including a folding camping trailer, a lightweight travel trailer, a compact motorhome, a Class C motorhome, and a Class A motorhome. The Class A motorhome was used for comparison vs. first-class travel options such as flying first class, renting a premium car, staying in upscale hotels/resorts, and eating meals in restaurants.

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Pictured above camping at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

RV travel emerged as having a clear economic advantage over other forms of travel, regardless of the RV type. Below is what a four-person travel party could expect to save:

Folding camping trailer – 47-62 percent

Lightweight travel trailer – 34-53 percent

Compact motorhome – 27-48 percent

Class C motorhome – 28-48 percent

Class A motorhome – 38 percent

A two-person travel party also saved, according to the analysis:

Folding camping trailer – 38-48 percent

Lightweight travel trailer – 23-36 percent

Compact motorhome – 19-32 percent

Class C motorhome – 15-28 percent

Class A motorhome – 14 percent

The rigid frame makes Lance a good choice when venturing off-road. Many different sizes and floor plans are available. (Courtesy John Cappa)

The rigid frame makes Lance a good choice when venturing off-road. Many different sizes and floor plans are available. (Courtesy John Cappa)

As part of its analysis, PKF considered how fluctuating fuel prices might affect vacation costs. Their findings showed that fuel prices would have to reach more than $12 per gallon for a four-person travel party before RVing would begin to lose its economic advantage over other forms of travel. For a two-person travel party, fuel would have to reach $6 per gallon, RVIA noted.

According to a separate RVIA report, the 77 million people born from 1946 to 1964 or “baby boomers” make up the fastest-growing segment of the expanding RV market.

“According to 2010 U.S. Census figures, every day 12,500 Americans turn 50. We believe that this population segment, seeking an active lifestyle, will provide opportunities for our future cash-flow growth. As RV owners age and move beyond the more active RV lifestyle, they will often seek more permanent retirement or vacation establishments,” stated the report.

“According to 2010 U.S. Census figures, the baby-boom generation will constitute almost 19 percent of the U.S. population within the next 20 years. Among those individuals who are nearing retirement (age 46 to 64), approximately 59 percent plan on moving upon retirement.”

Worth Pondering…

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

Live one day at a time–

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

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

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Cruiser RV Introduces 2016 Triple-Axle Toy Hauler

Howe, Indiana-based Cruiser RV announced the introduction of the Stryker ST-3316, its largest toy hauler and the company’s first triple-axle trailer.

Cruiser RV Introduces 2016 Triple-Axle Toy Hauler

Cruiser RV Introduces 2016 Triple-Axle Toy Hauler

The Stryker ST-3316 features an open concept floor plan with 16 feet of cargo space from the ramp opening to the first cabinet, and over 20 feet of cargo area from the ramp opening to the far kitchen counter.

The 102-inch wide body design allows customers to fit two full size side-by-sides comfortably, according to a company news release.

At a length of 38 feet, this Stryker toy hauler model has a dry weight of 7,828 pounds, is fully equipped and continues Cruiser RV’s tradition of lightweight trailers which leave more capacity to haul toys and other cargo.

Stryker ST-3316 specs include:

Exterior Length: 38 feet 0 inches

Exterior Width: 102 inches

Exterior Height with A/C: 12 feet 9 inches

Interior Height: 8 feet 3 inches to 7 feet 2 inches

Axle Weight: 6,603 pounds

Hitch Weight: 1,225 pounds

Dry Weight: 7,828 pounds

GVWR: 16,825 pounds

Cruiser RV Introduces Stryker Toy Hauler Line

Cruiser RV Introduces Stryker Toy Hauler Line

Cargo Capacity: 8,997 pounds

Fresh Water Tank Capacity: 98 gallons

Gray Water Tank Capacity: 63 gallons

Black Water Tank Capacity: 63 gallons

LP Gas Bottle: 60 pounds

In addition to the ST-3316, the Stryker is available in five floor plans:

ST-2512 (exterior length: 30 feet 4 inches; GVWR: 9,999 pounds

ST-2812 (exterior length: 32 feet 9 inches; GVWR: 9,999 pounds

ST-2912 (exterior length: 34 feet 0 inches; GVWR: 9,999 pounds

STG-2710 (exterior length: 32 feet 2 inches: GVWR: 9,999 pounds

STG-3010 (exterior length: 34 feet 5 inches: GVWR: 9,999 pounds

Cruiser RV Introduces 2016 Triple-Axle Toy Hauler

Cruiser RV Introduces 2016 Triple-Axle Toy Hauler

2016 Stryker models will be on display at the 7th Annual Elkhart County RV Open House (September 16-18, 2014)  and are currently available and shipping to dealers.

Cruser RV is also introducing all-new V-Nose ViewFinder Signature floor plans and updates. The V-Nose lineup has been completely revamped and expanded to five floor plans.

New for 2015 is a one-of-a-kind fiberglass front cap with automotive metallic paint, a widened 96-inch platform, barreled interior ceiling, a 10-gallon water heater, 8 cu. ft. refrigerator, kitchen skylight, and wood-trimmed windows.

ViewFinder Signature was nominated for several best-of-show and best new products awards at the 2014 Open House and RVIA Louisville show, and continues to show increased customer demand.

“The V-Nose is a great way to add room to affordable smaller models. These new floor plans offer unique solutions for this added space”, said Jay Mohamed, vice president of sales for Cruiser RV.

“We’ve been listening to our customers and are proud of our new lineup,” said Jeff Fought, Cruiser RV president.

“As an industry leader for affordable lightweight trailers with strong growth, we feel that the market supports our new theme of ‘100% Genuine’ travel trailers.”


Cruiser RV, LLC

Cruiser_RV-new logo_20133-660x330Cruiser RV, LLC is an industry leader in lightweight, towable travel trailers. Family owned, Cruiser RV is headquartered in Howe, Indiana and produces six brands of RVs, including the Shadow Cruiser, Fun Finder, ViewFinder Signature, Radiance, Fun Finder XTRA, and Integra.

Cruiser RV is a sister company to high-end fifth wheel manufacturer, DRV Luxury Suites.

Location: 7805 North SR 9, Howe, Indiana

Address: P.O. Box 130, Howe, Indiana 46746

Phone: (260) 562-3500

Website: www.cruiserrv.com

Worth Pondering…

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

—Henry Ford

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Pleasure-Way Introduces Dodge Promaster-Based Lexor

Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan-based Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. announced the introduction of its first Dodge Ram Promaster-based Class B motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Promaster Lexor.

Pleasure-Way Introduces Dodge Promaster-Based Lexor

Pleasure-Way Introduces Dodge Promaster-Based Lexor

The Pleasure-Way Promaster Lexor is built on the 159-inch wheelbase extended Dodge chassis that is only 20 feet 10 inches bumper to bumper. The Promaster features a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 gas engine, GPS navigation, and Uconnect 5.0

“The Promaster Lexor expands our current product lineup giving us multiple price points while creating another gas engine B van in the market,” said Dean Rumpel, Pleasure-Way Industries CEO.

The Promaster has a distinct European look and some valuable advantages in interior space.

Standard Key Features include:

Multiplex wiring

Power 13-foot awning

Onan 2.8 Kw generator

11,500 BTU roof top air conditioner

Ultraleather upholstery

Solid maple cabinetry

24-inch interior LED LCD TV and Blu-Ray player

In-dash navigation

Solar panel

73-inch by 76-inch king bed.

Five Year Limited Coach Warranty

Estimated 16 miles per gallon highway driving

Fully Loaded MSRP $98,787


Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd.

logo-pleasure-wayWith a dealership network of over 60 dealers in North America, Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

This family-owned and operated company began manufacturing Class B van motorhomes 25 years ago and has grown into the second largest Class B motorhome manufacturer in North America. Pleasure-Way Industries believes in a customer first and foremost approach combined with an old-fashioned work ethic.

Pleasure-Way is the recipient of the Recreational Vehicle Dealer Association Quality Circle Award in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.

Address: 302 Portage Avenue, Saskatoon, SK S7J 4C6

Phone: (306) 934-6578 or (800) 364-0189 (toll free)

Website: www.pleasureway.com

Worth Pondering…

The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”

—Alan Ashley-Pitt

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Prime Time Introduces New Crusader Lite Half Ton Series Fifth Wheel Line

Wakarusa, Indiana-based Prime Time Manufacturing announced the introduction of its new Crusader Lite half-ton series fifth-wheel line.

Prime Time Introduces New Crusader Lite Half Ton Series Fifth Wheel Line

Prime Time Introduces New Crusader Lite Half Ton Series Fifth Wheel Line

“The Crusader Lite has been engineered to be the smallest and lightest fifth-wheel ever offered from Prime Time. Our product team has worked hard to help create a super light, fully-featured fifth-wheel that has dazzling looks,” said Jeff Wagner, product manager for Crusader.

“Even though our current Crusader is retailing well for our dealers, we recognized an additional opportunity to better meet the growing customer demand for lighter weight and more affordable fifth wheels.”

Prime Time is in full production with the new product and units have started to arrive at many dealer locations.

Three Way Campers of Marietta, Georgia, received one of the first Crusader Lite 28RL models.

Prime Time Introduces New Crusader Lite Half Ton Series Fifth Wheel Line

Prime Time Introduces New Crusader Lite Half Ton Series Fifth Wheel Line

“The all-new Crusader Lite arrived with an easy-to-tow weight, has awesome eye appeal, and is priced exactly where it needs to be,” said Owner David Porter.

“After we received our first 28RL, we sold it in only a matter of hours.”

The Crusader Lite features champagne high-gloss fiberglass, aerodynamic Super-Turn colored front cap, LED lighted awning, and large pass-through storage on the exterior.

The interior offers upgraded residential furniture, LED ceiling lights, residential sized showers, designer window treatment, and abundant kitchen storage.

Crusader Lite has a base MSRP of $38,900.

Crusader Lite 28RL specifications include:

Base Weight: 8,103 pounds

Hitch Weight: 1,322 pounds

Cargo Carrying Capacity: 1,960 pounds

Exterior Length: 31 feet 10 inches

Exterior Height: 11 feet 6 inches

Exterior Width: 96 inches

Fresh Water Capacity: 60 gallons

Gray Water Capacity: 35 gallons

Black Water Capacity: 35 gallons

Awning Length: 13 feet


Prime Time Manufacturing

Prime-Time-LogoHeadquartered in Wakarusa, Indiana, Prime Time Manufacturing builds a full line of towable RV products including travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy hauler, and ultra-light travel trailers.

Prime Time offers towable recreation vehicles under the brand names of Avenger, Crusader, LaCrosse, Sanibel, and Tracer.

Prime Time Manufacturing is a division of Forest River, Inc, a Berkshire Hathaway company.

Location: 66149 SR 19, Wakarusa, Indiana

Address: Prime Time Manufacturing, c/o Forest River, Inc., PO Box 3030, 55470 CR 1, Elkhart, IN 46515

Phone: (574) 862-3001

Website: www.primetimerv.com

Worth Pondering…

“Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway Lookin’ for adventure And whatever comes our way Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen Take the world in a love embrace Fire all of your guns at once And explode into space.” It could be the theme song of every RVer, though it’s not likely what Steppenwolf had in mind when they recorded Born to be Wild in 1968.

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Fall RV Camping: 3 Colorful Destinations

As summer comes to a close, the bright blues and greens that characterize the season are replaced by a deeper, more vibrant palette. As the trees start to don their bright fall colors, the best time of year for viewing the foliage is just ahead.

beauty of Shenandoah National Park

Fall is everyone’s favorite season to visit Shenandoah. The renowned and spectacular Skyline Drive offers a kaleidoscope of red, yellow, and gold. The endless rolling ridges of brightly colored trees never fails to excite. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Nothing says “family camping” like fall in the air. There’s a crisp crackle outside and a coolness that feels like sweater weather. Fall camping can be just as much fun as summer camping, so this season take the family out for a few more camping trips before you prepare your RV for the winter.

Visiting national parks tops the list of reasons why many of us chose the RV lifestyleGreat Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited park in the National Park System and home to the largest stands of old growth forests in the Eastern U.S. Varying hues of gold, amber, reds, and even purples are mixed in with the dwindling greens of maples, beech, oaks, and the other hardwood species that make the season so colorful.

The twisting, scenic mountain road that leads out of the eastern edge of Great Smoky—the 469-mile Blue Ridge Parkway—is a destination unto itself. The north end of this vista-filled parkway ends in Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park.

Anyone who has listened to John Denver sing about country roads and the Blue Ridge Mountains can easily imagine the transcendent beauty of Shenandoah National Park.

Fall is everyone’s favorite season to visit Shenandoah. The renowned and spectacular Skyline Drive offers a kaleidoscope of red, yellow, and gold each year from about mid-October to mid-November. The endless rolling ridges of brightly colored trees never fails to excite.

The rule of thumb is that colors generally peak in Shenandoah during the last half of October.

Sedona and Red Rock Country

Sedona and Red Rock Country, a vacation hotspot, has appeal for every member of the family. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Autumn is also a great time to visit Sedona, renowned for its stunning rock formations such as Coffee Pot Rock, Cathedral Rock, and Courthouse Butte, as well as its surrounding lush forests. The explosion of brilliant fall colors signals the best time to take a scenic drive up and down Sedona’s Oak Creek Canyon. Autumn in Sedona usually begins in early October and crescendos into the full brilliance of reds, yellows, and golden hues from the middle to end of October. The show is usually over by mid-November.

Other points of interests in the area include Montezuma Castle National Monument including Montezuma Well, a detached unit of the park, and Tuzigoot National Monument, one of the largest pueblos built by the Sinagua.

Kentucky’s vast expanses of forested terrain make it one of the best places in the U.S. to enjoy nature’s spectacular display of fall color. About 12 million acres—47 percent of Kentucky’s land area—are forested, and some 175 tree species grow wild in the state. Kentucky is rich in hardwood forests populated by trees known for their bright fall colors.

Kentucky Welcome Center

Kentucky Welcome Center, I-65, Exit 114 © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Take a scenic drive in Daniel Boone National Forest in eastern Kentucky. At the northern end, explore the Red River Gorge and Zilpo Scenic Byways, while the southern end boasts the Wilderness Road Heritage Highway.

Among the most scenic routes in western Kentucky is the Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area. In central Kentucky, fall is an ideal time to take the Bluegrass Country Driving Tour, which winds past horse farms with their wooden and stone fences underneath a canopy of many-colored leaves.
You won’t find a better venue than Bernheim Forest near Clermont from which to admire the sculptural grace of mature trees in a natural setting. Stroll the paths or hike the trails and take in colorful fall displays that include maples, dogwoods, magnolias, conifers, cypresses, hollies, beeches, and buckeyes.

The color changes usually begin as early as September in the higher elevations of the eastern mountains and gradually progress to the west during October and into early November.

For information about RV parks and campgrounds, check out Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory.

Worth Pondering…

Country Roads

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah River
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

Country roads, take me home
To the place, I be-long
West Virginia, mountain momma
Take me home, country roads.
—John Denver

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Vintage 1917 Packard Motorhome For Sale

A vintage 1917 Packard Twin Six 25-foot motorhome that could be the oldest motorhome in the United States is currently listed for sale at Hemmings, the world’s largest collector car marketplace.

Vintage 1917 Packard Motorhome For Sale

Vintage 1917 Packard Motorhome For Sale

Presently located in Afton, Oklahoma, this vintage motorhome is in very good running condition and available for the bargain price of $99,995.

The twin-six was built in 1917 for the Pickwick Family of Los Angeles by Earl C. Anthony Shops.

The Pickwick family operated over-the-road buses and later merged with Greyhound.

The motorhome was located in southern California until 1981 when the current owner purchased it. He said it has been stored inside since that time and restoration work has been done locally.

According to the description at Hemmings, the motorhome features include:

Twin Six – 424-cubic-inch engine

Three-speed manual transmission

224-inch wheelbase

7:00×20 tires

Air over hydraulic front suspension

Manual brakes with Air Assist

Vintage 1917 Packard Motorhome For Sale

Vintage 1917 Packard Motorhome For Sale

Rear bedroom with convertible sofas


Front kitchen with two burner gasoline cooktop

Ice box and sink

Wood cabinets

Price: $99,995

Worth Pondering…

Before there were interstates, when everyone drove the old two-lane roads, Burma Shave signs would be posted all over the countryside in farmers’ fields. They were small red signs with white letters. Five signs, about 100 feet apart, each containing one line of a four-line couplet—and the obligatory fifth sign advertising Burma Shave, a popular shaving cream.

Here is one of the actual signs:

No matter the price

No matter how new

The best safety device

In the car is you


Did this bring back any old memories?

If not, you’re merely a child.

If they do—then you’re old as dirt—LIKE ME!

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Fleetwood Introduces Flair Class A Gas Motorhome

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV introduced a new Class A gas motorhome product at the Elkhart County RV Open House, September 16-18.

Fleetwood Introduces Flair Class A Gas Motorhome

Fleetwood Introduces Flair Class A Gas Motorhome

The Fleetwood Flair was last seen in the marketplace in 2007 but has now been reintroduced as a feature-packed crossover style Class A in 26- to 28-foot lengths.

“Fleetwood has a history of building quality-constructed motorhomes with lasting durability. Fleetwood customers know to trust and expect it. Fleetwood has more coaches on the road than anyone else. It speaks volumes to the level of quality that we produce,” said John Draheim, President and CEO of Fleetwood RV, in a news release.

“By introducing the Fleetwood Flair, we are continuing to provide the highest level of construction and quality, now in an affordable Class A gas option.”

The Flair is available in three floor plans, the 26D, 26E, and 28F.

The Flair is packed with features, including segment-exclusive bus-style, side-swing aluminum baggage doors, LED front headlight accents, four-color full body paint, power LED awning, standard exterior TV, and European hidden hinges on cabinetry.

Fleetwood Introduces Flair Class A Gas Motorhome

Fleetwood Introduces Flair Class A Gas Motorhome

“We believe consumers will be impressed with the Flair. It is quality-built with an extensive set of features for an affordable price,” said Lenny Razo, director of sales for the eastern region.

“Trusted value and quality construction; it is hard to resist. We believe that Flair will be the new leader in the segment.”


Fleetwood RV, Inc

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

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

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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Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers

Lancaster, California-based Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. announced significant enhancements to its 2015 ultra-light travel trailer lineup.

Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers

Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers

Not resting on their laurels, Lance took what is currently a very hot seller in the market place and added even more value, according to a company news release.

Starting with the exterior, the distinctive gray color coordinated front nose cap now features a large dual pane, tempered dark tinted radius window, as well as a aerodynamic lower gravel guard made of super tough TPO with integrated battery tray and hitch light.

The LP cover and electric tongue jack are now black. The exterior sports all new graphics and grey wheel skirts and new available lateral arm power awning with LED lighting. Finally, a keyless entry w/key fob is now available on all models.

On the inside, Lance now offers three all new designer decors featuring reversible cushions in the U-shaped dinette that truly offer two distinctive looking decors.

Other additions include a residential styled overhead LED light and fabric wrapped and radius pull out storage drawers in the dinette.

Rounding out the interior enhancements are standard LED mood lighting in the bedroom area, a new blue tooth compatible audio system, dual pane windows, and available 15,000 BTU air conditioner.

“Building on the success of our current Ultra-Light Travel Trailer line up, Randy Hunter and his design staff have done an outstanding job of adding even more innovation and value to the line up”, says Bob Rogers, Lance Director of Marketing.

“As we continue to celebrate our 50th anniversary, by partnering with successful dealers who take great care of their customers” says Gary Conley, Lance National Sales Manager.

“We once again are experiencing year-over-year sales increases with our travel trailers.

“These significant enhancements will guarantee our dealers continued success with Lance travel trailers and ensure more and more customers get a chance to ‘Discover The Lance Difference’ for themselves.”


Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp.

Lance-LogoLancaster, California-based Lance Camper Manufacturing Corp. has been one of the largest and leading manufacturers of truck campers in North America since the company was founded in 1965.

Their line of ultra-light travel trailers is one of the fastest-growing RV lines in the American West.

Specializing in the design and construction of high-quality RVs, Lance’s recent ten-year win of the RVDA’s prestigious and coveted DSI (Dealer Satisfaction Index) Quality Circle Award is a direct reflection of this quality in both their products and the service provided to Lance dealers and consumers these past 47 years.

Lance manufactures from a state-of-the-art production facility—a 141,000 square foot, 22-acre campus.

Factory tours are by appointment only on Wednesday mornings during production cycles.

Address: 43120 Venture Street Lancaster, CA 93535-4510

Phone: (661) 949-3322

Website: www.lancecamper.com

Worth Pondering…

The attraction of recreational vehicle travel is to see the country, visit new places, meet interesting people, and experience the freedom of the open road.

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You Can Do More & Spend Less With A Truck Camper

You can do more and spend less with a truck camper. From sandy beaches to back roads, from regular parking spaces to the driveways of family and friends, truck campers can go anywhere a pickup truck can go. The turning radius of pickup trucks allows you to turn around quickly which can be crucial when traveling in unfamiliar areas.

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Host Industries Introduces 3-Slide Camper for Short Bed Trucks

Truck (pickup) campers were first created by Walter King in 1945 when he began manufacture of the Sport King camper in Torrance, California. King loved to hunt and fish and came up with the idea while pursuing these hobbies with his buddies. Though King Manufacturing, expanded his product line in the early ’50s by offering small travel trailers and in the ’70s with motorhomes, the cab-over camper remained one of its most popular products until 1987 when the company officially shut down operations.

Truck camper prices are very competitive with other RV types. And you will save money on fuel, registration, insurance, maintenance, storage, and depreciation.

Many people have become frustrated by attempting to match a truck and camper when they haven’t yet selected either one. You need to choose either a truck or a camper before you can assemble a safe and successful truck and camper combination. This can be done in one of two ways: Match a specific camper to an unspecified truck or match a specific truck to an unspecified camper.

Match a specific camper to an unspecified truck if you already own a camper or have selected the camper you plan to purchase and are now ready to find the right matching truck.

Match a specific truck to an unspecified camper if you already own a truck or have selected the truck you plan to purchase and are now ready to find the right matching camper. The favored recommendation is to choose your camper first to ensure that you get the camper you want and to avoid buying more or less truck than you need.

Adventure LP Eagle Cap truck camper

Adventure LP Eagle Cap truck camper

Choosing a truck can be a complex process. Not only are there six truck manufacturers and four truck levels to choose from, but each truck comes in a myriad of styles, bed lengths, engine types, and option packages. The number one issue when buying a truck for a truck camper is payload capacity.

Campers are available in three basic types, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages: pop-up campers, hard-shell campers, and campers with a slide-out.

Pop-up truck camper are often hundreds and sometimes thousands of pounds lighter than hard-side campers. When collapsed, their low profile allows for a lower rig height and superior driving aerodynamics compared to hard-side campers. Their lower weight allows you to use a lighter duty truck.

Hard-side campers have their own advantages. They offer significantly more storage and significantly more insulation from the weather. They’re always set up and ready to go. And in general, hard-side campers also have a more domestic full-sized RV feel.

Slide-outs in a truck camper have a huge “wow” factor. You’ll be blown away by the difference. A single slide can completely transform the interior feel of a truck camper. When a truck camper features a full-wall slide-out or multiple slide-outs, you’ll almost forget you’re even in a camper.  The answer seems obvious, “Yes, please”.

Livin Lite’s CampLite Truck Camper

Livin Lite’s CampLite Truck Camper

On the other hand, non-slide campers are usually several thousand dollars less than slide-out models and are often several hundred pounds lighter as well. The reduced weight can mean that you can use a less expensive, lighter-duty, and more fuel-efficient truck.

If you can’t live without a slide-out camper, you won’t be the first. Just keep in mind the added weight, costs, and other considerations. And then enjoy your extra space.

Nothing beats equal parts research and experience. Learn about the above choices and make some informed decisions about what you want and need in a truck camper. Then go out and experience different truck campers in person.

This may mean several months of research, visiting dealerships, and attending RV shows. In the end, the balance of research and experience should allow you to choose a truck camper with confidence.

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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EverGreen Tesla Introduces Toy Hauler With Extended 14-Foot Garage

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, LLC has introduced an extended garage model to its Tesla toy hauler fifth-wheel series.

EverGreen Tesla Introduces Toy Hauler With Extended 14-Foot Garage

EverGreen Tesla Introduces Toy Hauler With Extended 14-Foot Garage

This announcement follows the recent introduction of the Tesla triple-axle toy hauler T3970 model that also features numerous high-end appointments.

The T3914 joins the Tesla lineup with standard features to satisfy both motorsport enthusiasts and campers looking for an elegant, high-end coach. All the amenities expected in a Tesla can be found in the T3914, as well as an island kitchen, extra pantry, and entertainment center complete with fireplace.

An additional two feet of garage space increases the garage length to 14 feet, making room for several upscale garage features:

The 14-foot garage length provides plenty of room for “toys” like ATVs, motorcycles, and snowmobiles, as well as extra storage for all the necessary equipment.

Heavy-duty, 8-foot-long ramp door with Infinite Hinge is rated at 3,000 pounds and comes standard with Beavertail to make loading and unloading safer and easier.

Loft area in the garage can sleep an additional adult and offers excess storage during the day.

Half bathroom off the garage is the only 14-foot garage with a half bath. It’s convenient location keeps the dirt and grime from a hard day at play from the living quarters.

Washer and dryer prep in the garage allow you to keep the laundry separate from the sleek, clean living area.

EverGreen Tesla Introduces Toy Hauler With Extended 14-Foot Garage (T3914)

EverGreen Tesla Introduces Toy Hauler With Extended 14-Foot Garage (T3914)

“I am incredibly proud of our team and everything they’ve put into the Tesla brand,” stated President and COO, Mark Boessler, in a company news release.

“We’ve listened to our customers and we know what the market is missing. The constant feedback from our customers keeps us ahead of the game and allows us to build exceptional products that the market is hungry for.”

The newest Tesla is as luxurious on the inside as it is tough on the outside. Barrel ceilings open the interior height to 13-feet 1-inch accented by ceiling crown moldings. A large living room slide-out houses a 105-inch recliner sofa for optimal seating to see the built-in entertainment center with a fireplace and optional 50-inch TV.

A kitchen island layout is great for entertaining and provides an added pantry. Storage continues throughout the T3914 with solid wood doors and residential cabinets throughout. Standard kitchen equipment includes a three-burner range with oven, double-door refrigerator/freezer, and microwave, all in stainless steel. A residential refrigerator with ice and water dispenser is optional. Padded, “no-crack” vinyl flooring adds a residential feel that is durable as well.

An 80-inch Black Label innerspring pillow top mattress in the master bedroom is the ultimate in comfort. The garage converts to a relaxed sleeping area with two sofa beds, a queen bed above and a loft area that sleeps one. The attached half bath gives guests privacy and is convenient for cleaning up after a day out on the trails.

The Tesla’s exterior features include LED lights under the awnings, outdoor speakers, and LCD TV bracket turn the tough Tesla into party central. The finished and lighted pass-through storage compartments underneath provide ample storage for all the necessities.


EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

tesla-logo-wordEverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), and two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla).

Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

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—Lily Tomlin

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