Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers

Middlebury, Indiana-based Entegra Coach offers the 2015 Aspire diesel pusher motor coach in six flexible floor plans—39E, 42DEQ, 42DLQ, 42RBQ, 44B, and 44U.

Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers
Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers

The exterior of the Aspire features a choice of four exterior paint packages—Autumn Berry, Black Pearl, Shimmering Cabernet, and Golden Garnet—with high-impact designs and a full-body premium paint package on gel-coat fiberglass.

Like all Entegra Coach motorhomes, the Aspire has a one-piece wrap-around Ultra-Vision windshield, frameless tinted dual-pane safety-glass windows, and flush-mounted slideouts. Outside you will also find an entertainment system complete with a 40-inch Samsung LED HDTV with Sony CD/DVD player and speakers, plus a slideout storage tray with side-hinged baggage doors.

Resting on a Spartan Mountain Master chassis and Entegra Coach’s X-Bridge frame, the Aspire features a Cummins ISL 450 HP 8.9L turbocharged diesel engine with an Allison 3000 MH six-speed shift pad electronic transmission. The Aspire has a muffled Jake brake system.

The Aspire starts with Aluma-Tru Superstructure construction on 16-inch centers, a one-piece fiberglass roof complete with front and rear molded caps, 2 inch by 4 inch floor truss construction with ¾-inch main floor decking, and a Polar Pack insulation package.

Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers
Entegra Coach Offers 2015 Aspire Diesel Pushers

The steel reinforced front cap and windshield frame are bolted to each sidewall, which in turn are bolted to the chassis frame structure, designed with your safety in mind.

From a new design of high gloss porcelain floor tile with glass inserts to Ultraleather furniture, Aspire takes care of details, according to a company news release.

Added conveniences include a 46-inch Samsung LED HDTV (50-inch in the 42DEQ and 44B) with Bose CineMate digital home theatre system with all-in-one remote in the living area, optional electric fireplace, and central vacuum system with vac pan.

The Aspire’s cab features adjustable foot pedals; Ultraleather driver and passenger seats; touch-screen AM/FM/CD/DVD with GPS navigation, which can be projected on the 32-inch Samsung LED HDTV, Bluetooth, and four speakers; color back-up camera and monitor; and SmartWheel steering with integrated controls for tilt and telescoping steering, wiper, and cruise control.

Features included in the Aspire kitchen are a Samsung 23 cubic-foot residential refrigerator with ice maker and water dispenser, Samsung convection microwave oven with carousel, LP cooktop, Corian solid-surface countertops with integrated sink, two DuPont Corian sink covers and oil rubbed bronze high-rise single-lever faucet with pull-out sprayer.

2015 ASPIRE | 39E
2015 ASPIRE | 39E

Other standard features for 2014 include silverware drawer, under-sink sink cover storage compartment, pullout cabinet extension with countertop, cutting board, large deep drawer with waste basket, and two chrome overhead slideout baskets.

The residential-style bedroom of the Aspire has a King Sleep Number air mattress, decorative headboard, 32-inch Samsung LED TV with Bose Solo sound bar, optional ceiling fan, a large wardrobe with mirrors on the doors, and remote secure coach locking system .

In the bath, oil rubbed bronze fixtures are standard, as are DuPont Corian solid-surface countertops with integrated sink, porcelain toilet, a one-piece radius fiberglass shower with integrated seat, overhead cabinet above stool, and residential medicine cabinet with mirror.

The 2014 Aspire also comes with standard Aqua-Hot 400-LP hydronic water and heating system with in-floor heat throughout, Onan 10,000-watt diesel generator on sliding tray, 2,800-watt Pure Sine wave inverter with (4) 6v batteries, outside shower, and an everything-at-your-fingertips Multiplex lighting system.

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Entegra Coach, Inc.

Entegra Coach manufactures and markets luxury Class A diesel motor coaches (Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone).

2015 ASPIRE | 44U
2015 ASPIRE | 44U

Entegra Coach became a member of the Jayco family of companies in the spring of 2008. Jayco is the world’s largest privately-held manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 903 S. Main Street, PO Box 460, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5861 or (800) 945-4787

Website: www.entegracoach.com

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American Coach Introduces All-New 2016 American Allegiance

Decatur, Indiana-based American Coach introduced the new 2016 American Allegiance at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show, December 2-4 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

American RV introduces all-new American Allegiance
American RV introduces all-new American Allegiance

High-gloss hardwood cabinetry creates a warm, rich atmosphere throughout the American Allegiance. Offering the ideal combination of durability and beauty is a heated porcelain tile floor that looks like hardwood, according to a company news release.

Owners can choose from six exterior graphics.

Protecting owners from the sun and elements are integrated roof-mounted Girard Nova series with LED lights.

A Serenity MAX adjustable bed with heat and massage functions provides the ultimate in comfort.

Also adding to the convenience and comfort of the American Allegiance is a low-profile automotive-style dash with a power driver window.

The Multi-Plex system with power blinds and shades offers quick and convenient privacy.

A powerful Cummins 450HP ISL9 engine delivers confidence for the road ahead, while the SGM premium dash HVAC system with a dedicated defrost booster quickly clears the driver’s view.

“The new 2016 Allegiance exemplifies the American Coach brand with its innovation, luxury, technology and comfort,” stated Lenny Razo, director of American Coach, a division of Allied Recreation Group (ARG).

“We carefully considered every detail when designing the Allegiance in order to provide owners with one of the most luxurious, modern motorcoaches on the road today.”

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American Coach

AmerCoachLogoAmerican Coach is a premier manufacturer and distributor of Luxury Class A Diesel motorcoaches.

Founded in 1991 as the luxury division of Fleetwood RV, American Coach produces five brand names: American Eagle, American Heritage, American Tradition, American Revolution, and American Allegiance.

Customer Service: (800) 435-7345

Website: www.americancoach.com

Allied Recreation Group (ARG)

argLogo_bigThe 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

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Thor Motor Coach Introduces New Floor Plans

Elkhart, Indiana-based Thor Motor Coach (TMC) introduced new additions to the Tuscany XTE, Hurricane, Four Winds, Axis, Windsport, Chateau, and Vegas motorhomes at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show, December 2-4 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

2015 Tuscany XTE Diesel Pusher
2015 Tuscany XTE Diesel Pusher

TMC continues to raise the bar on innovation that has customers talking as if the floor plan was custom-made to fit their own personal taste, said Kara Terman, marketing coordinator, in a company news release.

The Tuscany XTE 40AX focuses on entertaining the masses. Reclining theater seats are positioned directly across from a 60-inch LED Smart HDTV. The TV retracts into the counter below when it’s not in use, giving way to a view of the outdoors.

The 40AX also features an additional 40-inch LED TV, which is convenient when sitting down at the dinner table. Preparing meals and storing the leftovers is a breeze with the residential kitchen appliances, standard in every Tuscany XTE motorhome.

“The custom-built Amish cabinetry will amaze and delight, looking like it came out of a coach costing thousands of dollars more,” said Terman.

The Tuscany XTE motorhome lineup gains has added two new floor plans with the addition of the 40BX, the first in the XTE lineup to offer bunk beds. TMC implements a unique three-door arrangement that gives the bunk area complete privacy from the living area of the coach.

2015 Vegas RUV Motorhome
2015 Vegas RUV Motorhome

“Bunk beds have been so popular in gas motorhomes that it only made sense Thor Motor Coach introduced it to their Class A diesels,” she added.

“TMC puts a twist of their own by implementing a unique three-door arrangement that gives the bunk area complete privacy from the living area of the coach. Kids will feel like they truly have a bedroom of their own, especially when it comes time to watching their favorite cartoon or DVD on their own bunk TV.”

Thor Motor Coach has created a better solution to those wanting a coach with two bathrooms, she noted.

The Hurricane and Windsport models now have a “half-and-a-bath” in the 35C floor plan. Instead of placing the full bathroom in the rear and the half bathroom in the middle, they switched the locations.

“People can enjoy true privacy and not have a guests trudging through your bedroom to take a shower,” said Terman.

40BX Tuscany XTE Class A Diesel Motorhome floor plan
40BX Tuscany XTE Class A Diesel Motorhome floor plan

“TMC paid close attention to owners’ needs with this floor plan and created an astounding amount of walk space in the bedroom, a multitude of dresser and closet space, and a variety of sleeping areas.”

TMC didn’t forget the entertainment aspect and answered it with theater seating and the Always-in-View 40-inch LED TV, she explained.

The models also provide theater seating and the “Always-in-View” 40-inch LED TV.

Thor Motor Coach’s “Recreational Utility Vehicle”, referred to as the RUV, continues to grow with the addition of the 25.2, available in Axis and Vegas RUV brands. The RUV is sized like a large SUV, and drives like one, but offers so much more, said Terman.

The 25.2 is the first in the line-up to feature a bedroom slideout that houses a walk-around queen size bed with a Denver Mattress. The L-shaped sofa with a removable pedestal table provides a place to eat, a place to watch TV, or a place to sleep.

“Excitement surrounds the 29G, which is available in both Four Winds and Chateau motorhomes,” said Terman.

“Thor Motor Coach understands Class C owners want convenient and functional amenities outside as much as they do inside. To respond to the demands, they now offer an exterior kitchen as standard on the 29G. The exterior kitchen features a refrigerator, kitchen sink and portable gas grill. To go the extra step, you can opt for an exterior 32-inch TV as well.”

40AX Tuscany XTE Class A Diesel Motorhome floor plan
40AX Tuscany XTE Class A Diesel Motorhome floor plan

“The number one reason people buy one motorhome over another is because the floor plan fit their needs or their lifestyle,” said Gary Stanton, product manager at Thor Motor Coach.

“We continually push ourselves to build new and innovative models for our valued dealer partners. We want them excited about the new line-up and to share their enthusiasm with consumers.”

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Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach was formed when Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International strategically merged in late 2010. For over 23 years Damon and Four Winds have been building many of the most recognized brands of motorhomes. Thor Motor Coach manufactures Class A Front Engine Diesel motorhomes (Serrano and Avanti), Class A Diesel Pusher motorhomes (Astoria, Tuscany, and Palazzo), Class A Gas motorhomes (A.C.E., Hurricane, Daybreak, Windsport, Challenger, and Outlaw), and Class C motorhomes (Four Winds, Chateau, Siesta, Siesta Sprinter, Citation, and Citation Sprinter).

Thor Motor Coach; North America's Best Selling Motorhome BrandThor Motor Coach is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 701 County Road 15, PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (800) 860-5658

Website: thormotorcoach.com

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November 2014 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced five recall notices involving five recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Winnebago, Newmar, Crossroads RV, Tiffin, and Entegra Coach.

Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Winnebago Industries, Inc. (Winnebago) is recalling one model year 2008 Aspect WF726A coach, one model year 2010 Vista WFE32K coach and one model year 2012 Vista WFE36D coach. The affected vehicles are equipped with certain model S2005, S2010, S5005, S5010, S5505, or S5510 wheelchair lifts manufactured by Ricon Corporation. The platform side plate of the affected wheelchair lifts may crack.

If the platform side plates crack, the lift platform can separate from the lift and come to rest against the vehicle’s lift door. When the doors are opened, the platform may fall out, increasing the risk of injury to the lift operator.

Winnebago will notify owners to take the coaches to a Ricon dealer or service center who will install supplemental platform support bumpers. Any platform that has already started cracking will be replaced, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014.

Owners may contact Ricon customer service at 1-800-322-2884 or Winnebago customer service at 1-800-537-1885.

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.

Newmar Corporation

Newmar Corp image001Newmar Corporation (Newmar) is recalling certain model year 2007-2012 Bay Star, Ventana VT/VL, Dutch Aire, Dutch Star, All-Star, Mountain Aire, and Essex motorhomes manufactured January 16, 2007, to May 24, 2012. In the affected vehicles, the circuit breaker for the refrigerator heated water line may be incorrect for the amperage draw.

A circuit breaker that is incorrectly rated for the amperage need increases the risk of a fire.

Newmar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the motorhome and verify that the circuit breaker rating is correct for the amperage draw, free of charge. The recall began November 6, 2014. Owners may contact Newmar customer service at 1-800-731-8300.

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.

Crossroads RV

CrossRoads logo3_smallDS Corp doing business as Crossroads RV (Crossroads) is recalling certain model year 2015 Crossroads Zinger Z-1 trailers manufactured March 21, 2014, to September 10, 2014, and 2015 Crossroads Cruiser trailers manufactured April 3, 2014, to September 5, 2014.

The affected trailers may have a Federal Certification Label that has incorrect information. The GVWR is overstated by 2,000 lbs. for the Cruiser models and 1,600 lbs for the Zinger Z-1 models, this overstatement caused the Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) to be overstated on the Tire Placard label. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 110, “Tire Selection and Rims for Passenger Cars” and Part 567, “Certification.”

Incorrect GVWR information may result in the trailer being overloaded which could cause sudden tire, axle or suspension failure, increasing the risk of loss of control and a crash.

Crossroads will notify owners, and will send corrected Federal Certification, Tire Placard, and CCC labels to the owners with installation instructions, free of charge. The recall began in October 2014. Owners may contact Crossroads customer service at 1-855-226-7496.

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.

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc.

TiffinLogo-UnitTiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling certain model year 2013-2015 Allegro Bus 45 foot LP, 37 foot, and 40 foot motorhomes. In the affected vehicles, the Federal Certification label incorrectly states the front Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR). As such, the vehicles do not conform to Part 567, “Certification.”

If the motorhome is loaded to the incorrect specifications listed on the label, tire failure may result, increasing the risk of a crash.

Tiffin will notify owners and send a corrected sticker for the customer to put over the incorrect sticker, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in November 2014. Owners may contact Tiffin customer service at 1-256-356-8661.

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.

Entegra Coach

Entegra-Coach-Color-300x233Entegra Coach (Entegra) is recalling certain model year 2015 Aspire and Anthem Class A motorhomes manufactured July 18, 2014, to September 17, 2014. The Cummins ISB or ISL engines in these vehicles may have been equipped with Fleetguard UFF-XT fuel filters, part number FF63009, whose filter shell may separate from the fuel filter nut plate causing the engine to stall without warning.

If the engine stalls unexpectedly there is an increased risk of a crash.

Entegra will notify owners, and Spartan Chassis dealers will work with Cummins to replace the fuel filter with a non-defective one, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on in November 2014. Owners may contact Entegra customer service 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.

Please Note: This is the 44th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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Take Your Time When Taking Delivery

Taking delivery of your just-built motorhome can be an incredibly exciting experience for you, your family—even a handful of your friends.

2015 LondonAire
2015 LondonAire top of the line luxury diesel pusher from Newmar.

At the same time, because of the amount of premium technology and long list of features you’ll find on your brand new motor coach you may feel a bit overwhelmed the first time you step inside, even if you consider yourself to be an experienced RVer.

No matter if your brand-new motorhome was bought off the lot or you special ordered it from the factory, it is essential that you plan to take considerable time examining your RV before you drive off on any trips or adventures.

Take the time to make sure everything on your new coach is in working order and all of your questions have been answered. You’ll be glad you did.

A quality dealer will usually invest a full tank of fuel, a filled LP-gas tank, and 24 hours of operating and testing all the major systems, appliances, and functions of the RV during inspection and delivery.

2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DBT
2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DBT Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome

Better dealers will also provide new buyers with essential items not provided by manufacturers, including an electrical adapter plug, potable water hose, water pressure regulator, holding tank chemicals, RV toilet tissue, and a sewer hose with adapter and clamp. If not, the buyer should be certain to purchase these items himself before taking delivery of the rig.

Following are some helpful tips on what to do before you finish taking delivery:

Do not schedule pick up on a day before the dealer will be closed. This way, if fixes need to be made, you won’t be waiting several days. This is especially important if you’re taking delivery far from home.

The Tuscany line of luxury diesel pusher Class A motorhomes
The Tuscany line of luxury diesel pusher Class A motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach

Make sure you receive all documentation and owner’s materials, as well as serial and model numbers related to your RV’s warranties.

Test everything including awnings, engine and basement storage compartments, hydraulic jacks, slide outs, generator, sewer hose connection and storage, mirrors and lights, stove top and oven, microwave/convection oven, refrigerator, water heater, water pump, toilet, shower, washer/drier, air conditioner/heat pump, furnace, lights, entertainment center, and smoke, propane, and carbon monoxide detectors.

If you’re unsure of how to operate something, do not hesitate to consult with your sales associate.

Do not leave the dealership until all of your questions have been answered to your satisfaction. A quality dealership will make sure you leave knowing everything you need to know to enjoy your new RV.

Don’t skip the test drive. Make sure you are fully comfortable with how your new coach handles out on the road. New questions will almost certainly arise during your time behind the wheel.

When test-driving a coach, it’s a good idea to take it on the types of roads that it normally will be driven on, whether those roads are mountain passes, freeways, or back roads.

Whether you’re just beginning to consider the purchase of a new RV or are anxiously awaiting taking delivery of your new motorhome, remember to take your time and enjoy the opportunity to learn. An informed purchase is almost always a wise one. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be throughout the entire buying process and the better you’ll feel once you’re out on the road enjoying your shiny new motorhome.

2015 King Aire 4553 luxury motor coach with Florence Interior and Sable Maple Cabinetry
2015 King Aire 4553 luxury motor coach with Florence Interior and Sable Maple Cabinetry

Take the time to make sure everything on your new coach is in working order and all of your questions have been answered. You’ll be glad you did.

Please Note: This is Part 5 of a 5-part series on Tips For Purchasing a New RV

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Not All RV Manufacturers Are Created Equal

Once you are able to determine much of what you want in an RV, you can begin to research the manufacturers and decide which company you will trust to build the gorgeous new coach you deserve.

2015 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36DBT
2015 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36DBT

Following are a number of questions to ask when it comes to the people building your    dream machine:

Are They Run By Businesspeople Or RV People That Know How To Run a Business?

The difference between a run-of-the-mill recreational vehicle and an RV filled with innovative and useful features built with an attention to detail and exceptional quality is all about the operation. If your RV is designed and built by people that love RVs  themselves, you’re much more likely to purchase a product that is everything you want: stylish, comfortable, reliable, and packed full of standard features others call extras.

Class-leading RVs are the result of companies that understand their customers because of the passion they share for the RV lifestyle and the understanding they have for what qualifies as a truly great recreational vehicle.

Do They Care About Innovation?

World's Most Expensive RV Sells For $3 Million
World’s Most Expensive RV Sells For $3 Million

Some RV manufacturers take pride in finding out what their consumers care about, what they like and don’t like about their current coach, and what they’d love to have in their next one. Other RV makers rest on their laurels, re-packaging the same tired products year after year. How can you tell the difference?

Look at what each manufacturer has done lately—what features and breakthroughs have they introduced to the market in recent years?

How are they making an effort to improve from one year to the next?

If you struggle to find answers, that particular company probably shouldn’t be building your new motorhome.

Where Do Their Values Lie?

Does the manufacturer you’re considering for the construction of your new RV talk only about their products, or do they take the time to explain how and why they have your best interests in mind?

do your dream
Do Your Dream © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

A great coach is the result of a large group of great people, driven to be the very best through honesty, accountability, and a desire to treat customers like family, both before and after a motorhome has been delivered.

Do They Make An Effort To Develop Relationships With Their Customers?

With some RV manufacturers, you’re unlikely to speak with anyone on the team unless you’re contacting them with a complaint. This isn’t the way lasting relationships are fostered.

A motorhome is no small purchase, and the best manufacturers are run by those who understand what it takes to create a lifelong customer. A connection like this is the result of a total dedication to transparency, integrity, and responsiveness.

If you have a problem, those who assembled your motorhome have a problem that must be handled with honesty and an emphasis on making things right, right away. If you get the feeling that one of the manufacturers you’re considering might not react this way, move on.

Fleetwood Discovery 37R shown in Times Square décor with Cinnabar wood cabinetry
2015 Fleetwood Discovery 37R shown in Times Square décor with Cinnabar wood cabinetry

And remember that not all manufacturers are created equal and not all dealers are created equal.

Before you sign on the dotted line you owe it to yourself to get the facts and become an educated buyer.

Please Note: This is Part 4 of a 5-part series on Tips For Purchasing a New RV

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The Differences Between Gas, Diesel & Luxury Diesel RVs

One of the primary aspects involved in selecting a new RV is making a decision on the type of motorhome you need.

2015 King Aire 4553 luxury motor coach with Florence Interior and Sable Maple Cabinetry
2015 King Aire 4553 luxury motor coach with Florence Interior and Sable Maple Cabinetry

The debate between gas vs. diesel motorhome engines has fueled many hours of debate within the RV community. It can be difficult knowing which way to go.

While many shoppers consider either a gas or diesel-powered coach, some prefer the added comfort and technology a luxury diesel RV provides.

If you are trying to decide between a gas or diesel motorhome, try to decide what features are most important to you. There is no right or wrong option, just advantages and disadvantages worth considering.

Gas or Diesel: Cost

The first consideration for many people shopping for a new motorhome is price. How expensive is the motor coach?

2015 Thor Motor Coach Axis RUV
2015 Thor Motor Coach Axis RUV

Motorhomes fueled by gasoline are often the choice of first-time RV buyers or RVers who don’t live in their coaches fulltime as they are less expensive than most diesel offerings. Gas models will usually not offer the same level of features and technology as their diesel counterparts, although some manufacturers build high-end gas motorhomes with amenities that rival many of the mid-level diesel units.

Long considered to have the most advantages, diesel engines typically have more power and increased torque compared to those that run on gas. With increased torque comes better towing capability and improved performance during hill climbs. If you are looking to purchase a large Class A or will be towing a boat or large SUV, then diesel may be your best option.

But for the most part, if you want to save money but still get a great coach, you’re probably looking for a higher-end gas model. If you have been saving for retirement in order to become a snowbird or full-time RVer, a luxury diesel pusher motor coach won’t disappoint. Also, diesel and luxury diesel coaches almost always retain their value longer than gas motorhomes.

2015 Fleetwood Storm shown in Platinum Onyx décor with Cinnabar wood cabinetry
2015 Fleetwood Storm shown in Platinum Onyx décor with Cinnabar wood cabinetry

Because most luxury diesel motorcoaches look and feel just like the nicest of homes, they are also the most expensive. Manufacturers equip their luxury diesel coaches with the latest and greatest features and technology available, so whether or not the increased price tag is worth it depends on what you want from your new motorhome.

While diesel engines have their advantages, these come at a price. Gasoline engines are cheaper to purchase and also less costly to maintain. If you are strictly making your decision on initial cost, then look at your gas options first.

Gas or Diesel: Fuel Efficiency

Despite that fact that diesel fuel is more expensive than gasoline, it’s no secret that diesel coaches are much more fuel efficient than gas-powered models.

This is due in large part to the fact that diesel has a greater energy value than gasoline, delivering up to 10 percent better fuel economy by volume.

If you are planning to rack up big miles on your motorhome or treat it as your year-round or seasonal residence, you’d be wise to at least consider a diesel-powered option. But if you intend to use your motorhome for the occasional vacation and weekends at the lake, and then store it for winter, or are still trying to decide if the RV lifestyle is right for you, a gas-powered coach may be a better fit.

Gas or Diesel: Interior Comfort

Quality RV manufacturers craft comfortable, well-appointed interiors for both their gas and diesel-powered models. Depending on the brand, some gas-powered motorhomes can look like luxury coaches on the inside. Still, gas motorcoaches typically offer less comfort and technology than diesel and luxury diesel RVs. It all comes down to what you and your travel partner find important to enjoying your home on the road.

Luxury Diesel Motorcoaches

Luxury Getaway in a Formula 1 Palatial Motorhome
Luxury Getaway in a Formula 1 Palatial Motorhome

For starters, luxury diesel RVs are diesel-powered coaches equipped with increased horsepower, a heightened level of features and technology and high-end furniture, cabinetry, and fixtures.

If you’re a retiree, someone who is planning to live in their motorhome full time, or just want and can afford the best that industry has to offer, you may be best suited by a luxury diesel coach.

The following are the largest differentiators associated with luxury diesel motorcoaches.

Most luxury diesel motorhomes feature a custom chassis built specifically for the unit it will support. This increases reliability, comfort, stability, and weight capacity. Luxury diesel motorhomes almost always offer a more powerful engine as well. Combine both of these advantages and you have a coach that can tow more than any other type of motorhome.

Please Note: This is Part 3 of a 5-part series on Tips For Purchasing a New RV

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Selecting an RV is a Big Decision—Do Your Research

When it comes to researching your new RV purchase, the last thing you want to be is hasty.

2015 American Eagle 45A in Pacific Royale interior décor and Rich Caramel wood cabinetry
2015 American Eagle 45A in Pacific Royale interior décor and Rich Caramel wood cabinetry

It is important to take your time while considering your budget, wants and needs, future travel plans, and any other items you feel are important in making your decision, such as safety, quality, and reliability.

RV Shows

RV shows are a great place to begin exploring what’s out there. These events allow you to explore different RV manufacturers and models while providing you with an opportunity to speak with dealer and manufacturer representatives, as well as other owners and shoppers in an ideal setting where your questions can be answered.

You’ll also be able to compare floor plans and features side-by-side.

Aside from dealers and manufacturers, individuals representing virtually every aspect of the RV lifestyle are present at most events, so you can discover a wealth of knowledge that goes beyond your purchase decision.

RV Manufacturers

Millennium Luxury Coach
Millennium Luxury Coach

Even if you are not leaning toward a particular manufacturer, information provided by the companies that build recreational vehicles can be helpful in familiarizing yourself with the latest and greatest models being offered by each coach builder, as well as the principles and values that guide each organization.

If possible, visit the manufacturers you are considering, as many offer tours of their facilities. Manufacturer websites and brochures are also helpful in better getting to know the big players in the RV industry. Just as it is essential to find a reputable dealer, it is equally important to make sure a manufacturer you are considering stands behind its products.

Internet

Of course, there are plenty of ways to do your homework online using sites like vogeltalksrving.com. Sites like these provide news on the latest and greatest in RVing along with reviews on many of the newest models available.

2015 Fleetwood Bounder 34T in Carmel Kiss decor with spice wood cabinetry
2015 Fleetwood Bounder 34T in Carmel Kiss decor with spice wood cabinetry

Internet forums are a good way to obtain honest feedback from current owners and learn from their experiences.

Publications

Print publications are still a great place to find reviews and other helpful insights when searching for a new RV. Magazines such as MotorHome and RV Gazette can shed additional light on a coach you’re considering.

Tips For Selecting Your RV

Take notes on each coach you see, focusing on your likes and dislikes.

Do not accept that what you want is not available, because it probably is.

Do not underestimate the importance of selecting the right floor plan for your needs.

Remember that what is important to someone else may not be important to you. For example, an outdoor entertainment center may or may not be on your radar.

When exploring a coach that interests you, interact with the unit as much as you can—sit in the seats, test several features, adjust the mirrors, extend the slides, and walk around the interior as if you were already living inside, making sure there is enough room for you and your travel companions.

Examine the overall fit and finish of every RV you view, paying special attention to the quality of the materials used and the workmanship.

Newmar Reintroduces Iconic London Aire Brand
Newmar Reintroduces Iconic London Aire Brand

Choosing the right options is important. You may think you can get by with less, but  foregoing useful components can leave you without the items you really need to enjoy life’s highway.

If a certain level of privacy is important to you, keep that in mind while touring a particular model.

Please Note: This is Part 2 of a 5-part series on Tips For Purchasing a New RV

Worth Pondering…

The road to success is always under construction.

—Lily Tomlin

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Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?

If the idea of a self-driving recreational vehicle strikes you as just another intriguing future tech trend that may never make it to the mainstream, put that thought out of your mind—the latest from Mercedes-Benz indicates that self-driving vehicles are here to stay.

Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?
Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?

Mercedes-Benz has introduced the Future Truck 2025 which was recently unveiled at the 65th International Motor Show for commercial vehicles in Hanover, Germany.

This is not an eye grabbing PR stunt by Mercedes. One of these vehicles actually operated in driverless mode in early July 2014 on the A14 motorway near Magdeburg, Germany, at normal autobahn speeds. The test drive was short covering a distance of only three miles.

A man was sitting in the driver’s seat but he wasn’t steering the wheel. Instead he jotted down some notes on a clipboard and even swiveled his seat away from the steering wheel to reach a more comfortable resting position. That was likely a way to prove to viewers that the truck was operating on its own and didn’t require human operation.

The vehicle can also communicate with other autos to prepare for upcoming construction or traffic jams.

As its name indicates, Mercedes hopes to have the technology operating regularly on the road by 2025, but first local laws will have to be enacted to allow for the introduction of autonomous vehicles onto human-populated highways.

Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?
Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?

When this becomes reality, it is only a question of time before an application is found for motorhomes.

Using a system the company calls the Highway Pilot, the human driver is able to switch control of the truck to the vehicle’s embedded system and ride hands-free as a passenger.

A human driver is still needed in the truck to pass other motorists and manage the vehicle.
In order to allow the truck to autonomously drive alongside other cars, the Highway Pilot uses a combination of vehicle-to-vehicle communication via Wi-Fi (with a range of 1,640 feet), lateral radar on both sides of the truck (with a range of 197 feet), and full range (820 feet) and short-range (230 feet) radar mounted on the front of the truck.

The truck also uses a front stereo camera, mounted just under its windshield.

It’s hard to envision an interior that’s more premium than what Mercedes has here.

With various touch panels throughout, wood floors, ambient lighting, and plenty of space to kick back, the decor is more akin to that of a luxury motorhome than a commercial truck—one more reason why it may end up becoming an integral part of the motorhome world within the decade.

Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?
Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?

On the outside, it’s not quite as aerodynamic as your current Class A diesel pushers, but it still stands out when compared to your everyday long distance hauler.

“The Future Truck 2025 is our response to the major challenges and opportunities associated with road freight transport in the future,” said Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, a member of Daimler’s board of management, in a company news release.

“With the Future Truck 2025, Daimler Trucks is once again highlighting its pioneering role in innovative technologies and is opening up a new era in truck transport.”

Mercedes already has semi-autonomous driving technology on its S-Class sedans and coupes.

If current developments around such autonomous systems persist, Daimler may not have to wait until 2025. One city in England has plans to roll out 100 self-driving cars for public use next year, and in California the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has approved autonomous car tests set to begin in September, reports Mashable.

“If the legislative framework for autonomous driving can be created quickly, the launch of the Highway Pilot is conceivable by the middle of the next decade,” added Bernhard.

According to Mercedes a lot of work remains to be done on the prototype before the technology will be ready to hit the market. Improved assistance systems will be developed in the coming years, capable of communicating with each other to secure safe operation in real life traffic situations.

Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?
Self-Driving Motorhome: RV Of the Future?

Mercedes may not have the road to itself. Sweden’s Scania, a unit of Volkswagen, is among peers working on “platooning” technology that allows several trucks to travel in tight convoy with a sole human driver in the lead vehicle.

Worth Pondering…

Shoot for the moon, Even if you miss it you will land among the stars.

—Les Brown

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The 4 Most Important Tips For Purchasing a New RV

Buying a brand new recreational vehicle is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make, so it should come as no surprise that choosing the right one for you is no small decision.

2015 LondonAire
2015 LondonAire top of the line luxury diesel pusher from Newmar.

Maybe you’ll be joining the 1.3 million Americans who live in their RV fulltime, or perhaps you’re a snowbird escaping the frigid cold and snow of another northern winter. Regardless of the way you plan to use your recreational vehicle, electing to spend quality time with the ones you love while discovering our two great countries is an exciting step that will lead you on countless adventures, helping to create a lifetime of memories you’ll cherish forever.

Just like modern automobiles, today’s RVs are a long way from the coaches of old. Many come designed and equipped to feel like home, because for many, their coach is home.

To hit the open road with minimal setbacks, you need information on the most important aspects of purchasing your new RV that will help you feel confident when it comes to selecting and acquiring a quality motor coach.

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

The Tuscany line of luxury diesel pusher Class A motorhomes
The Tuscany line of luxury diesel pusher Class A motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach

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

Best of all, there is a coach for just about every budget and every family. It just takes some time to find it.

Whether you are new to the RV lifestyle or a seasoned veteran, the following information can help you navigate the most important aspects of making your dream of owning an all-new recreational vehicle a reality.

  1. Selecting an RV is a Big DecisionDo Your Research

When it comes to researching your new RV purchase, the last thing you want to be is hasty. It is important to take your time while considering your budget, wants and needs, future travel plans, and any other items you feel are important in making your decision, such as safety, quality, and reliability.

  1. The Differences Between Gas, Diesel, and Luxury Diesel RVs
2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DBT
2015 Holiday Rambler Ambassador 38DBT Diesel Pusher Class A motorhome

One of the primary aspects involved in selecting a new RV is making a decision on the type of motorhome you need.

The debate between gas vs. diesel motorhome engines has fueled many hours of debate within the RV community. It can be difficult knowing which way to go.

While many shoppers consider either a gas or diesel-powered coach, some prefer the added comfort and technology a luxury diesel RV provides.

If you are trying to decide between a gas or diesel motorhome, try to decide what features are most important to you. There is no right or wrong option, just advantages and disadvantages worth considering.

  1. Not All RV Manufacturers Are Created Equal

Once you are able to determine much of what you want in an RV, you can begin to research the manufacturers and decide which company you will trust to build the gorgeous new coach you deserve.

  1. Take Your Time When Taking Delivery

Taking delivery of your just-built motorhome can be an incredibly exciting experience for you, your family—even a handful of your friends.

No matter if your brand-new motorhome was bought off the lot or you special ordered it from the factory, it is essential that you plan to take considerable time examining your RV before you drive off on any trips or adventures.

2015 American Eagle 45A in Pacific Royale interior décor and Rich Caramel wood cabinetry
2015 American Eagle 45A in Pacific Royale interior décor and Rich Caramel wood cabinetry

Conclusion

Take the time to make sure everything on your new coach is in working order and all of your questions have been answered. You’ll be glad you did.

Whether you’re just beginning to consider the purchase of a new RV or are anxiously awaiting taking delivery of your new motorhome, remember to take your time and enjoy the opportunity to learn. An informed purchase is almost always a wise one. The more you know, the more confident you’ll be throughout the entire buying process and the better you’ll feel once you’re out on the road enjoying your shiny new motorhome.

Please Note: This is Part 1 of a 5-part series on Tips For Purchasing a New RV

Worth Pondering…

Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

—Gloria Steinem

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