RVC Outdoor Destinations Launches New Interactive Site

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, a leading provider of high-quality outdoor resort properties in the United States, has unveiled its new interactive and industry website (SEE link below)

Pool deck at Medina Highpoint Resort in the Texas Hill Country

Pool deck at Medina Highpoint Resort in the Texas Hill Country

The site is responsive and has been designed for all mobile devices.

It provides easy navigation and a superior user experience that allows visitors to get a feel for RVC’s Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts, according to a news release.

“Our guests have been telling us that they love our resorts but that we could do a better job presenting both our properties and the RVC movement on our web site—so we responded and have completely rebuilt it. We’ve utilized the best web design resources available to provide a richer site with better graphics, better pictures, clearer messaging, and a superior overall web experience,” said Andy Cates, CEO and general partner of RVC Outdoor Destinations.

“RVC is redefining the camping experience, and that includes providing a world class web experience that appropriately reflects what we are doing.”

RVC’s new website provides guests with a web experience that is consistent with its collection of beautiful resorts.

Catherine’s Landing, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Catherine’s Landing, Hot Springs, Arkansas

In addition to its attractive design, the site is built on HTML 5 infrastructure, optimized for user searches, and easy to navigate.

While touring the site, guests can learn more about RVC and its team, tour properties, make reservations, read various traveler reviews, and see RVC’s recent articles.

RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor hospitality properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its original Outdoor Destination concept and upgraded RV resorts that provide guests with a comfortable, customizable, outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins, and cottages, all with enhanced guest amenities and recreational activities.

Cottages in Florida

Cottages in Florida

RVC operates 10 Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901) 432-4748

Website: www.rvcoutdoors.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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Airstream Releases First Live Riveted Owner Story

An earlier story announced the introduction of Airstream’s new social-media driven campaign, “Live Riveted”.

Airstream-riveted-desigairstream-n1-higher-res2-copyThe campaign, which launches with a 90-second video, consumer manifesto, and “live riveted challenge”, is anchored by a new microsite (SEE link below)

“Every day I meet people who are doing great things in this world and are inspiring others to do more,” said Mollie Hansen, Airstream’s VP of Marketing.

“We believe this group will motivate others to share their stories and help grow the Live Riveted  community.”

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream has now released the brand’s first “Live Riveted” stories  that feature video in a continuation of the company’s Live Riveted campaign designed to capture the spirit of the Airstream lifestyle.

The first video focuses on Tim Flannery, champion baseball coach, musician, surfer and philanthropist, and showcases personal and inspiring stories capturing his passion for living life to its fullest.

“Our goal through this unique campaign is to create and connect a community of people that encompasses the spirit of the Airstream experience,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO.

“Tim is a perfect example of someone who has a passion for life and philanthropy that cannot be ignored. Whether on the road in his Airstream, coaching baseball or playing benefit concerts, his inspirational life embodies what it means to live riveted.”

Airstream Introduces Free Live Riveted Mobile App

Airstream Introduces Free Live Riveted Mobile App

As a former MLB player with the San Diego Padres and current third-base coach for the San Francisco Giants, Flannery’s passion for life transcends baseball as he spends his free time as a talented songwriter, avid surfer, and musician with his band The Lunatic Fringe.

Flannery’s philanthropic efforts also have helped raise funds for the Bryan Stow Fund. Stow suffered traumatic injuries from an incident on Opening Day 2011, and through benefit concerts, CD sales, and silent auctions, Flannery has raised more than $200,000 to help support the Stow family.

“I was thrilled to become part of Airstream’s Live Riveted community and share my story to encourage others to never give up and always live life to the fullest,” said Flannery.

“I hope to inspire people to follow their dreams each and every day, always seeking new experiences, and for me that is what Airstream is all about.”

Tim Flannery is one of many stories shared by inspiring people who embody the Live Riveted lifestyle and featured as part of Airstream’s Live Riveted community.

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Airstream

Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the oldest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America.

Wally Byam designed the first Airstream trailer in the late 1920s, after his wife refused to go camping without a kitchen to cook in.

Airstream-3370040def3bede4The design of the Airstream was based on an aeroplane fuselage with lightweight aluminum and the effect was stunning, sleek and silver. It caused a sensation.

Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements,” Airstream has remained a timeless classic throughout its 82-year history.

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

Website: airstream.com

Airstream Live Riveted microsite: airstream.com/live-riveted

Worth Pondering…

I saw a peanut stand, heard a rubber band,
I saw a needle that winked its eye.
But I think I will have seen everything
When I see an Airstream fly.

—music and lyrics by Oliver Wallace and Ned Washington, in Dumbo

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Atwood Mobile Introduces New Line of Power Jacks

Elkhart, Indiana-based Atwood Mobile Products LLC announced the introduction of a new line of power jacks, the Premier Performance Series.

New Robofoot on Atwood power jack

New Robofoot on Atwood power jack

The new models come in 3,000-pound and 4,000-pound tongue weight ratings and are available in either black or white.

According to a company news release the Performance Series will replace the current Deluxe Series.

The new jacks will “maintain the same high standards” of the Deluxe Series, while providing many additional features including a bubble level, brighter LED light, new aerodynamic outdoor grade cover, five-year limited warranty, full-color retail friendly box, and the Robofoot, a new self-retracting, and extending 4,000-pound rated foot.

“We have been working diligently to develop this new line of jacks for some time now. We were very cautious to ensure that it not only met, but exceed the high standards of the previous Deluxe Series, which has been a mainstay for many years,” said Trey Miller, director of aftermarket sales.

“We are also proud to say that it is still made in the U.S. at our chassis hardware plant in Elkhart.”

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Atwood Mobile Products, LLC

Atwood Mobile Products, LLC has been a world leader in designing, engineering, and manufacturing appliances and hardware for the RV industry for over 30 years.

Atwood has been manufacturing gas appliances since the acquisition of the Hemco Inc in 1964.

Today, Atwood designs and manufactures lightweight ranges and cooktops, refrigerators, water heaters, furnaces, and LP and CO alarms.

Lightweight components make Atwood the natural choice for those applications that demand reliability but lighter weight.

Address: 1120 N. Main Street, Elkhart, IN 46514

Phone: (800) 546-8759 (U.S. only); (800) 825-4328 (Canada & U.S.)

Website: www.askforatwood.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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The Expansion-Bust Cycle of Membership Camping

Membership camping systems come and go tending to follow an expansion-bust cycle.

Camping at Hershey Preserve, a Thousand Trails membership campground in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Hershey Preserve, a Thousand Trails membership campground in Pennsylvania Dutch Country. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A privately held company, Western Horizon Resorts (WHR) was founded by Jim Loken and family in 1984 and was designed to provide RVers with “an exceptional outdoor vacation experience”.

At its peak in 2010, WHR operated 18 camping resorts located in nine states— Arizona, California, Colorado, Indiana, Michigan, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Washington—with 3,000+ RV sites and numerous rental trailers and cabins.

Following numerous sales and bank foreclosures their family of resorts has shrunk to six; eight so-called affiliated resorts (formerly owned by WHR) are also available to members at a discounted rate.

Enter Camperworld Vacation Club, a family of seven membership camping RV parks in the state of Utah.

Thousands of members of Camperworld are upset because their offices have been shut down, the website is down, the campgrounds are closed, and they have to pay more in dues.

A recorded phone message has this to say to members, “Thank you for calling Camperworld we are closed until further notice.”

Camperworld is $4.5 million in debt and members have received a notice asking for an addition $880.00 due by April 20 (2014). It is also posted on the website under “Camperworld Special Notice: Updated Information”.

Camping at Chesapeake (Virginia) Preserve, a Thousand Trails membership campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Chesapeake (Virginia) Preserve, a Thousand Trails membership campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Following is the posted information:

Q. How much is the assessment?

A. $880 is due no later than the 20th of April, 2014.

Q. What about the $500 idea?

A. KSL-TV got it a little off. Here are the facts. Today, the Board of Directors agreed to $500 assessment rather than $880 if you meet the following conditions…
Your membership now has, and you are willing to give up one or more of the following:
Fixed dues for life, or a dues reduction for life, or free dues for life, or no dues option at 72 years of age, or no dues till 2017 or you have Assessment proof status.
In agreeing to surrender this status, no other features, just the dues discount or Assessment block you will then pay $500 by the 20th of April, 2014 and moving forward begin to pay $499 each year for dues starting January 1st, 2015.
If you are unwilling to surrender the one above listed features, the assessment amount for you will stay at $880. Taking advantage of the $500 option, if you qualify, helps everyone!

Q. What if I send in the money but Camperworld closes or files Bankruptcy?

A. All assessment money will be in escrow pending an accounting on April 21st, 2014. If funds are insufficient to run Camperworld in a size to service its members for the full year, every dollar must be returned at once.

Q. What will prevent this from happening next year?

A. 1st, What got us here, “dues deals” are now blocked from happening ever again. 2nd, The new programs provide a dues plus situation. That means that the new programs like the Explorer program, pay for themselves and extra to buffer the missing dues of others. The new programs don’t bet on a sales price to fix 1 year, rather they gain more dues every year to cover the member plus a little to cover the gap.
2nd, Many members with the “dues discounts” will take the high road because of their love for Camperworld and help everyone by surrendering the discount which is responsible for the entire assessment to begin with.

Q. Where did all the money go?

A. This year, with the majority of members were on a dues discount of one form or another, Camperworld collected just over $700,000 total. This money went to pay the hard money loans and operating costs that made it possible to make it until March 2014. Another hard money loan is still outstanding and due in addition to the $4.5 million due Zions which is not a hard money loan but is under review with Zions because of our financial state. It took just over 2.5 million to run the 7 parks last year after your new board made cuts, bringing it to the leanest in years. Randy Townsend covered 1 payroll out of his pocket 2 or 3 months ago. It was paid back.
Of this you can be sure,

Camping at Lynchburg (Virginia) Preserve, a Thousand Trails membership campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Camping at Lynchburg (Virginia) Preserve, a Thousand Trails membership campground. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

We are never to repeat the past and in fact are all about the business of making it impossible to do so. Our actions should speak loud and clear that the new board of directors are not interested in a gimmick loaded fast buck or a big commissions. Everything we do shows the opposite. We, your board of directors test every move we make to see if we are making the financial health of Camperworld stronger, not just in the short term, but in the long run!

Q. I can’t come up with the assessment money in time, what do I do?

A. A minimum of $300 must be paid by the 20th of April, 2014. The balance can be paid in 3 more installments.
A group of volunteers will be contacting all members one on one starting on April 9th to answer any additional questions. If you have not received a call by April 14th, e-mail drhonline@me.com and I will contact you directly.

Worth Pondering…

Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.

—Peter Drucker

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30 Years of Sunday Service for Florida RV Park Church

For the past thirty years, from November to March, the Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis has offered Sunday worship service for American and Canadian snowbirds escaping the wrath of northern winters.

Pastor Charles Granger, 82, and his wife, Joyce, center, greet New York visitors Yvonne Webster, left, and her husband Ardell at Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis. (Credit: Theresa Campbell/ dailycommercial.com)

Pastor Charles Granger, 82, and his wife, Joyce, center, greet New York visitors Yvonne Webster, left, and her husband Ardell at Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis. (Credit: Theresa Campbell/ dailycommercial.com)

This past Sunday morning’s service was the last of the 30th season, with a closing service and communion in the park’s fellowship hall, led by the Rev. Charles Granger, 82, of DeLand.

An average of 150 to 200 people — just about all of the RVers — have attended on Sundays over the years, according to a report in the (Leesburg) Daily Commercial.

“I love meeting such a wonderful group of people, a cross-section of Americana and the number of Canadians who come down here, too,” Granger said.

Christmas Eve is one of the biggest services, along with a memorial service on the first Sunday in February.

“We memorialize all of the people who have died the previous year who were a part of this fellowship here,” the pastor said.

“They call it a church, but there is no membership,” Granger said of the services at the resort, located near Lake County Fairgrounds.

“This is just people coming together.”

Granger recalled the park belonged to the city of Eustis before it was sold to individuals who owned parks all over the country. Granger had been serving as interim pastor at the First Baptist Church in Eustis when he was asked if he could preach at the RV park.

Bill Myer, at microphone, leads prayer at Southern Palms RV Resort, joined by Ruth Karper, Dave Walcott and Marian Shank. (Credit: Theresa Campbell/ dailycommercial.com)

Bill Myer, at microphone, leads prayer at Southern Palms RV Resort, joined by Ruth Karper, Dave Walcott and Marian Shank. (Credit: Theresa Campbell/ dailycommercial.com)

“My first Sunday, 82 people were sitting here,” Granger said.

“And what they told me was 80 percent of the people who were here for that service did not go to church anywhere on Sunday. I came back the next Sunday and we had 150 or so.”

During his time of ministering at Southern Palms, Granger was serving as chaplain and campus minister at Stetson University.

“It was a great time; I was working with both age groups,” he said of ministering to college kids during the week and to seniors on Sundays.

“I was 52 when I started (at Southern Palms) and I thought they were a bunch of old folks, and now I’m older than most of them over here.”

In those early years, he arranged for some Stetson students to preach at the RV park.

“Every one of them would come to my office on Monday morning saying, ‘Let me go again!’ They loved coming over here,” Granger said. He remained at the private college for 21 years before retiring in 1996 at age 65.

The pastor has gone through hip and knee replacements and a battle with lymphoma cancer, but strives to continue inspiring people with his tell-it-like-it-is sermons.

Joyce Granger sings during worship service at Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis. Sunday marked the resort’s last church service of the 30th season. The resort will resume its weekly worship service on the first Sunday in November. (Credit: Theresa Campbell/ dailycommercial.com)

Joyce Granger sings during worship service at Southern Palms RV Resort in Eustis. Sunday marked the resort’s last church service of the 30th season. The resort will resume its weekly worship service on the first Sunday in November. (Credit: Theresa Campbell/ dailycommercial.com)

“Pastor Granger is just wonderful. Thirty years he has been with us,” said Judy Kryder of Michigan, who sings in the choir and cherishes the friendship she has forged with others at Southern Palms, the park that has been her winter home since 1998.

Florida’s glorious weather is what brings her back each year, she said, and she and hundreds of others hope to reunite with their pastor in November for the park’s 2014-15 season.

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Southern Palms RV Resort

Southern Palms is an Encore RV resort north of Orlando in Central Florida’s Lake County.

Shopping, restaurants, and many golf courses, ranging from novice to professional, are all within minutes of the RV resort.

At the campground, relax by the swimming pool or soak in the hot tub. Take in a game of shuffleboard or test your skills at bocci ball. Check out a book at our library or dance the evening away.

Number of Sites: 889

Address: One Avocado Lane Eustis, FL 32726

Phone: (352) 357-8882

Website: www.southernpalmsrvresort.com

Worth Pondering…

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that’s the law.

—Jerry Steinfeld

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New RV Park Opens in East Texas

A new RV park has opened in the beautiful piney woods of East Texas.

Laguna Vista RV Park

Laguna Vista RV Park

Laguna Vista RV Park is a family-owned and operated facility located on part of a small cow/farm business.

At this time of year, visitors can see the playful new spring calves, with their mothers keeping a watchful eye on them.

“The RV Park is open all year around because the winter weather in East Texas is mild. I have plenty of room,” William Gifford, owner of the RV park told me in an interview.

“Campers with small amount livestock (2 to 4 horses) are welcome, as I have fenced in pasture, water, and corral available.”

East Texas has a lot to offer with three lakes 20 to 40 minutes from the site — Lake of the Pines, Caddo Lake, and Perki Lake.

The Shreveport and Bossier City Louisiana Casinos are 45 minutes away. Marshall Pottery and a spring festival and fall festival, with all types of family activities, offers additional family fun. Around Christmas time, there is the famous Wonderland of Lights.

On the second Saturday of every month, starting in spring, there is a classic antique cars show.

Laguna Vista RV Park

Laguna Vista RV Park

“All this activity brings people in to the area in a steady basis,” said William Gifford, the owner of the park.

The park offers 40 full-service sites, with 20 roomy pull-through sites that offer room for a truck, RV, and boat. There are 20 additional spots overlooking a beautiful new pond.

The park is in a country setting, with picnic area, fire pits, and all gravel sites and driveways. The owners live on the farm and are close by to assist in any needs, said William Gifford, owner of the RV park.

The campground is conveniently located 300 feet off U.S. Highway 59, and 2 miles south of Interstate 20 for easy-on, easy-off access.

I am always running specials, I furnish fire wood for fire pits, we sometimes cook a  campfire breakfast, or have a karaoke evening. The Park is located in a quiet, secure, and private country setting.

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Laguna Vista RV Park

Enjoy the sights and sounds near the lakes and Piney Woods of Eastern Texas.

You’ll have plenty of options with 20 pull-through spots and 20 back-in spots that have plenty of space to park your boat or extra vehicle.

Laguna Vista RV Park

Laguna Vista RV Park

Pull-through sites are 75 feet x 28 feet and back-in sites are 50 feet x 30 feet, with gravel roads and parking to eliminate dust and mud, maintain a clean RV.

All sites are full hook up with 50/30/20-amp electric service.

Limited time special offer: STAY ONE WEEK; SECOND WEEK IS FREE

Location: From I-20, 2 miles south on U.S. Hwy 59

Address: 218 Shaw Road, Marshall, TX 75672

Phone:  (903) 503-2979

Website: www.lagunavistarvpark.com

Texas Spoken Friendly

Worth Pondering…
Texas is a state of the mind.

Texas is an obsession.

Above all,

Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.

—John Steinbeck

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The Fountains Motorcoach Resort Planned for St. Augustine

The Fountains of St. Augustine Premier Motorcoach Resort offers RVers an unique and luxurious experience in travel and leisure.

The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort of St. Augustine

The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort of St. Augustine

This five star paradise also provides its guests and owners with the finest in outdoor attractions, fine dining, upscale shopping, and world-class entertainment.

Nestled less than a mile from Interstate 95 and less than five miles away from St. Augustine, The Fountains of St. Augustine is a marvel unto itself that will open a world of possibilities for its owners and guests from all over the country, according to a news release.

Right up the road are white sand beaches, deep sea fishing, and every other water sport you can fathom.

The Fountains offer a culturally rich or just-for-fun experience in the oldest permanently settled city in the United States with local boutique shopping and regional outlet malls and even a Camping World RV Center within miles of the resort

The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort of St. Augustine, the first of what is planned as a series of “The Fountains” resorts across the U.S., has drawn a lot of interest, according to the company.

The Fountains’ website has received more than 9,000 unique visitors over the past two months. After the resort’s appearance at the Hershey RV Show and the Tampa RV SuperShow, interest and requests for information have totaled in the thousands.

Grand entrance to The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort of St. Augustine, featuring several fountains and lush landscaping.

Grand entrance to The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort of St. Augustine, featuring several fountains and lush landscaping.

In addition to 9,000 unique visitors to the website, The Fountains’ animated tour of the property’s amenities and grounds received almost 7,000 views from interested RVers

The Fountains’ prime location, five-star atmosphere, and its premium Class A membership and ownership opportunities may transform the upper end of the RV-park industry, the people behind it hope.

The Fountains has two new concepts that will soon be rolled out, called The Fountainshare and The Fountains Advantage Programs.

The resort owners believe the concepts promise to maximize resort accessibility and experience with unsurpassed amenities, services and benefits at The Fountains resort properties and at a variety of other affiliated resorts.

Ameri Motorcoach Resorts, Inc., the supervising company for The Fountains, will be introducing these programs through the newly formed Ameri Motorcoach Association or “AMCA.”

Based upon extensive market research and interviews with Class A motorcoach owners, AMCA believes The Fountainshare and The Fountains Advantage Programs are truly unique by allowing people to enjoy year-round access to this resort.

“As we move forward with The Fountains groundbreaking and construction, we are working diligently to keep interested RVers informed of our development plans and our beautiful, one-of-a-kind resort,” said Tommy Hammond, president of Ameri Motorcoach Resorts Inc.

“We truly believe that our resort and concept for the Fountains will attract RVers from all over the country to experience a new level of luxury RVing.”

Community resort amenities include: village clubhouse area with Infinity pool, poolside barbeque and fire pit, lakeside barbeque and fire pit, park Wi-Fi, gated entrances to coach site roadways, Jacuzzis, fully appointed fitness center, Bocce Ball courts, lighted tennis court/pickle ball/sport court, private movie theatre (village) with 20 seats, putting green, 4-acre lake, fishing, paddle boats, pier, walking/bike trail with nature deck in wetlands, bait & tackle at general store, on-site storage for vehicles and equipment, on-site general store, and laundry facilities.

A look inside The Fountains’ sprawling Clubhouse, complete with an infinity pool overlooking the property’s sparkling lake.

A look inside The Fountains’ sprawling Clubhouse, complete with an infinity pool overlooking the property’s sparkling lake.

Individual RV site amenities and options include: Coach Houses, AC/Heating, water pump/hot water, ceiling fans, summer pavilion/pergola, outdoor gas grills/individual tanks, pavilions with gathering area and summer kitchen, wood-burning chimney fireplaces in pergolas and pavilions, flat screen TVs, water features/waterfalls, on site fountains and fire pits

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The Fountains of St. Augustine

Address: 3960 Inman Road, Saint Augustine, FL 32084

Website: www.thefountainssamr.com

Worth Pondering…

This is not another place.

It is THE place.

—Charles Bowden

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Mediaplanet Introduces American Adventure Guide

Mediaplanet introduces distribution of its first edition cross-platform edition of American Adventure Guide, as part of a campaign to encourage readers to reconnect with the America’s great outdoors.

Jeff Corwin, renowned conservationist and explorer, graces the cover of the print publication. (Source: americanadventureguide.com)

Jeff Corwin, renowned conservationist and explorer, graces the cover of the print publication. (Source: americanadventureguide.com)

The campaign focuses on different types of trips from road trips, RVing, camping, hiking, fishing, and many more.

In partnership with industry leaders, the campaign provides readers with educational insight about family adventures and explorations as well as the accessibility and growth in recent years that continue to propel the industry forward and bring dream vacations to life, according to a Mediaplanet news release.

The print component of American Adventure was distributed within last weekend’s edition of USA Today in select markets including New York, South Florida, the Carolinas, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver, and San Francisco, with a circulation of approximately 470,000 copies and an estimated readership of 1.4 million.

Jeff Corwin, renowned conservationist and explorer, graces the cover of the print publication. An exclusive interview with Corwin on the interior serves as a source of inspiration for readers to get up, get out, and get going on the next adventure.

Dolly Parton is also featured, sharing insight into her RV lifestyle, memories, and inspirations.

Dolly Parton, a Country Music Hall of Fame member is at home in her custom made Prevost home on wheels. (Source: americanadventureguide.com)

Dolly Parton, a Country Music Hall of Fame member is at home in her custom made Prevost home on wheels. (Source: americanadventureguide.com)

This time of year outdoor enthusiasts begin planning camping trips and start researching and purchasing new equipment. Part of the cost is in camping gear, and for many, finding durable gear that lasts from year to year is crucial to a positive camping experience. An informative article in the digital version, “Innovative Gear For Outdoor Adventures”, offers tips for buying durable products.

Whatever your interests, wherever you want to go, whoever you want to travel with—an RV is a fun, flexible, and affordable option. There is an RV for everyone. Indulge in your options and find a recreational vehicle that fits your travel needs as you peruse “Which RV is Right For You?”

The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets.

To explore the digital version of American Adventure Guide, click here.

This outdoor adventure campaign is made possible with the support of AAA, Leave No Trace, Children & Nature Network, National Park Conservation Association, Yellow Stone Association, Family Motor Coach Association, National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, National Marine Manufacturers Association, American Boating Association, Foundation for Safe Boating & Marine Information, and more.

RVs come in an array of shapes, sizes, and configurations designed to make vacation travel convenient and comfortable. (Source: americanadventureguide.com)

RVs come in an array of shapes, sizes, and configurations designed to make vacation travel convenient and comfortable. (Source: americanadventureguide.com)

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Mediaplanet

Mediaplanet is the leading independent publisher of content-marketing campaigns covering a variety of topics and industries.

Mediaplanet turns consumer interest into action by providing readers with motivational editorial, pairing it with relevant advertisers, and distributing it within top newspapers and online platforms around the world.

Worth Pondering…

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,

There is a rapture on the lonely shore,

There is a society, where none intrudes,

By the deep sea, and music in its roar:

I love not Man the less, but Nature more

—Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage

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More March 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Forest River, Three Feathers Manufacturing, Marathon Coach, Gulf Stream, and Northwest Custom Campers.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2014 Wildcat recreational vehicles manufactured October 25, 2013, through January 24, 2014. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification Tag incorrectly states that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 15,500 pounds instead of the correct GVWR of 12,330 pounds. As such, the vehicle does not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

As a result, the trailer may be loaded beyond the specified weight rating which may cause a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a new certification label with the correct information. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Customers may contact Forest River Wildcat Customer Service and Warranty Department at 1-574-206-7600.

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

Three Feathers Manufacturing, LLC

3featherslogofinalLa Grande, Oregon-based Three Feathers Manufacturing, LLC. (Three Feathers) is recalling certain model year 2006-2014 Mule Cargo trailers, 2012-2014 Backpacker 2 trailers, 2009-2011 Buckboard Cargo Haulers, 2009-2013 Backpacker trailers, 2008-2014 Pinecone Tear Drop trailers, 2010-2011 Pelican Cargo trailers, 2012-2013 Tumbleweed Tear Drop trailers, 2011 Tumbleweed Campers, one 2011 Custom Cargo trailer, one 2010 Custom Camper, one 2008 Cargo trailer shell (no chassis), one 2010 5th Wheel Cargo trailer and one 2014 Backpacker 2 XT trailer all equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer or camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Three Feathers will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notifiaction schedule. Owners may contact Three Feathers at 1-541-663-8163 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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

Marathon Coach, Inc.

Marathon Coach logoCoburg, Oregon-based Marathon Coach, Inc. (Marathon) is recalling certain model year 2001-2013 Marathon Conversions Prevost XL, and H3 motorcoaches equipped with Sure Power-brand battery equalizers or DC-DC converters containing a particular epoxy sealing, aka ‘potting’, compound. The specific potting compound used in the subject products for insulation was found to be capable of conducting electricity after being exposed to heat.

Once electrically conductive, the material is capable of melting and burning, increasing the risk of a fire.

Marathon will notify owners, and Marathon service centers will replace the equalizers or converters, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Marathon at 1-352-588-4500.

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

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.

gulf-stream-logoGulf Stream Coach, Inc. is recalling certain model year 2011 GT GulfTran shuttle buses manufactured August 31, 2009, through October 22, 2010, and equipped with A&M Systems door actuators containing model 3230 circuit boards. Voltage spikes may damage the electrical components and electrical circuits of the door actuator, causing the circuit board to develop high resistance.

High resistance may cause the board to overheat, increasing the risk of a fire.

Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. will notify owners and replace the affected circuit boards, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Gulf Stream Coach, Inc. at 1-800-289-8787. Gulf Stream Coach, Inc.’s number for this recall is 14AM213.

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

Northwest Custom Campers

Northwest Custom Campers logoKalispell, Montana-based Northwest Custom Campers (Northwest) is recalling certain model year 2006-2012 truck campers equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle, increasing the risk of injury.

Northwest will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule. Owners may contact Northwest Custom Campers at 1-406-885-3662 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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

Please Note: This is the 32nd in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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March 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving four recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Starcraft RV, Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, and Jayco.

Starcraft RV

Starcraft logoMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2014 Launch 17FB and 17SB travel trailers manufactured May 5, 2013, through December 9, 2013, and equipped with the extreme package option.

There is incorrect tire size information printed on the federal labels. The tire information on the label states the tire size as 14C when it should be tire size 15C. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard number 119, “New Pneumatic Tires for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds) and Motorcycles.”

Installing a tire of incorrect size could result in excessive tire wear and may cause instability in towing of the travel trailer which could increase the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and will provide a corrected label, free of charge. The recall began on February 26, 2014. Owners may contact Starcraft RV at 1-800-945-4787.

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

Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Inc.

Four Wheel Pop-Up Campers logoWoodland, California-based Four Wheel & Six-Pac Campers, Inc. (Four Wheel & Six-Pac) is recalling certain model year 2006-2013 truck campers manufactured January 1, 2006, through April 30, 2013, and equipped with Fastec-brand door locks. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the truck camper at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit, increasing the risk of injury.

Four Wheel & Six-Pac will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin by early April 2014. Owners may contact Four Wheel & Six-Pac at 1-530-666-1442 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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

Heartland Recreational Trailers, LLC

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2014 Landmark Grand Canyon, Key Largo, Monterey, San Antonio, and Savannah fifth wheel travel trailers manufactured September 14, 2013, through January 17, 2014, and equipped with optional 17.5″ wheels.

The affected trailers were manufactured with incorrect information printed on the Federal Certification Label regarding the wheel specification. As such, the trailers do not comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 119 “New Pneumatic Tires for Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

An incorrect label may result in owners attempting to replace the tires with the wrong size or fill the tires to the wrong tire pressure, which may increase the risk of tire failure and a crash.

Heartland will notify owners, and will mail owners a corrected replacement label, free of charge. Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992. Heartland’s number for this recall is 99-01-15.

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

Heartland Recreational Trailers, LLC

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Trailers, LLC (Heartland) is recalling certain model year 2014 Sundance 2880RLT travel trailers manufactured November 20, 2013, through January 31, 2014.

In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification label incorrectly states that the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is 16,500 pounds instead of the correct GVWR of 13,500 pounds. As such, the vehicle does not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

As a result, the trailer may be loaded beyond the specified weight rating which may cause a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.

Heartland will notify owners and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal Certification label with a corrected version, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992. Heartland’s number for this campaign is 99-01-16.

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

Jayco, Inc.

Jayco Color logo birdJayco, Inc. (Jayco) is recalling certain model year 2014 Jay Flight Swift travel trailers manufactured January 10, 2014, through January 13, 2014, and equipped with the Baja Option.

The Federal Certification and Tire Labels have the tire size incorrectly listed as ST205/75R14C instead of LT235/75R15C. Thus, the vehicles do not conform to Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles Other Than Passenger Cars.”

If the consumer installs a tire on the trailer that is specified on the incorrect label, it may cause uneven wear on the tire and towing instability which could increase the risk of a crash.

Jayco will notify owners, and dealers will replace the incorrect Federal Certification and Tire Labels with new labels with the correct tire information as LT235/75R15C. The recall is expected to begin in March 2014. Customers may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

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

Please Note: This is the 31st in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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If you analyze the function of an object, its form often becomes obvious.

—Ferdinand Alexander Porsche

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