The Growing Compact Motorhome Market

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. is forging a distinct new motorhome market for compact, fuel efficient motorhomes.

Winnebago Via in dark bronze mist
Winnebago Via in dark bronze mist

With market share of 43.2 percent in calendar 2014 in this segment, Winnebago has essentially created a new market for customers interested in compact, fuel efficient motorhomes.

“We define a compact motorhome as any Class A, B, or C product with a narrow-width body (90 inches) and is under 26 feet in length,” said Russ Garfin, Winnebago Product Manager, in a company news release.

“Essentially that comes down to new product offerings in which Winnebago has taken the lead. New chassis selections in the past decade, such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ram ProMaster, have provided Winnebago the opportunity to create innovative new products that meet the needs of a growing customer base.”

“The compact motorhome category has grown an amazing 83.3 percent since 2006, while the motorhome industry as a whole has declined by 32.1 percent.” Garfin added.

“Our new products have really sparked a growing trend of buyers who want to enjoy the RV lifestyle, but also want an easy-to-drive, fuel-efficient and highly maneuverable full-featured motorhome.”

Winnebago View in carbon champagne
Winnebago View in carbon champagne

According to Statistical Surveys, Inc., 5,441 motorhomes were retailed in the compact motorhome category in calendar 2014, 2,382 (43.8 percent) of which were Winnebago motorhomes.

Since 2006, 27,939 have been retailed in the compact motorhome category, 13,750 (49.2 percent) of which were Winnebago products.

Winnebago products that are included in the compact motorhome category include the Class A Via and Reyo, Class C View, Navion, Trend and Viva, and the Class B Winnebago Touring Coach line of Era and Travato.

The Class A Winnebago Via and Itasca Reyo are built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. Three floor plans offer a whole host of arrangements so you can customize your interior to suit your needs.

Also built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Class C Winnebago View and Itasca Navion offer four attractive floor plans with room for expanded dining and relaxation.

Winnebago Trend in sunset yellow
Winnebago Trend in sunset yellow

Built on the Ram ProMaster chassis, the Winnebago Trend and Itasca Viva offer efficiency and comfortable living space for up to four people. Both 23-foot floor plans offer a powered StudioLoft bed that lifts tight to the ceiling to conserve space during the day. Other features include energy-saving LED lighting and soft, easy-to-clean Ultraleather furniture.

Built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, the Class B line of Winnebago Era and Itasca Travato feature Ultraleather swivel cab seats, an available Infotainment Center with Rand McNally RV GPS, MCD blackout roller shades, and Corian galley countertops.

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Winnebago Industries, Inc

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

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

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

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

Winnebago Era in brilliant silver
Winnebago Era in brilliant silver

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

Phone: (641) 585-3535

Winnebago Website: www.winnebagoind.com

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

goLife Websitewww.winnebagolife.com

Worth Pondering…

The freedom of travel opens the mind to unlimited possibilities.
—Anon

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Airstream Interstate Remains Top Selling Class B Motorhome

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream announced the brand’s popular Interstate is the top selling Class B diesel motorhome in the U.S. for the third year in a row, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Brand Market Share Report, which details total sales of diesel and gas class B models.

Airstream Interstate exterior
Airstream Interstate exterior

In 2014, Airstream Interstate unit sales increased 30.2 percent over 2013—nearly 8 percent higher than the overall B Van segment growth which was up 22.8 percent year over year. The Interstate now has 33.7 percent market share of the diesel class B segment.

“The momentum we have seen over the past three years is incredible,” said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler, in a company news release.

“The collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and Airstream combines the best of two iconic and luxurious brands.”

The Airstream Interstate motorhome continues the tradition of extraordinary design and handcrafted quality that has made Airstream the leader in luxury RVs for 83 years. It serves as a fuel-efficient, luxurious and safe way for travelers to explore the open road and includes nearly 50 “Best in Class” features, enhancements, and a renewed commitment to safety and refined luxury.

The Interstate has a starting MSRP of $149,031.

“Interstate continues to lead sales for all Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based platform models in the class B diesel space,” said Justin Humphreys, VP of Sales for Airstream.

Airstream Interstate interior
Airstream Interstate interior

“In fact, when looking at the market scope data from Stat Surveys, our Interstate van sold 76 percent more than the top class B gas model. Considering our premium position, this success is extraordinary and is a testament to both industry-leading luxury features combined with the industry’s best dealers.”

Airstream had a record-setting 2014, making it the best-selling year in the company’s 83-year history, and the third year of record sales in a row. The demand for Airstream’s design-driven products led to the company’s largest backlog in more than 30 years and plant expansions for both its van and travel trailer production facilities.

The Airstream Interstate is available in three models: Interstate Lounge XLT (starting at $151,736), Interstate Grand Tour XLT (starting at $151,736), and Interstate Lounge (starting at $149,031)

A fourth touring coach from Airstream, the Autobahn starting at ($134,906), is a luxury van, perfect for corporate travelers who place a premium on productivity, or for family road trippers in search of comfort and relaxation.

Airstream Interstate exterior
Airstream Interstate exterior

Your Airstream dealer in Western Canada is Midtown RV in the heart of the beautiful Okanagan Valley in Penticton.

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Winnebago Industries, Inc

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

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

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

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

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

Phone: (641) 585-3535

Winnebago Website: gowinnebago.com

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

goLife Website: www.winnebagolife.com

Worth Pondering…

Airstream Song

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

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EverGreen Introduces Imperial Class B Motorhome

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC introduced the Imperial Class B motorhome at the 52nd Annual National RV Trade Show, December 2-4 at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

Imperial Class B motorhome by EverGreen
Imperial Class B motorhome by EverGreen

Representing the manufacturer’s entry into the motorhome market, the new Imperial Class B motorhome is a unique concept in traveling and overnight comfort built on the Mercedes Benz Sprinter chassis.

With the look and automotive luxury of an executive limousine and the comfort and amenities of a motorhome, the Imperial is a crossover class of its own in the automotive and recreational industry, according to a company news release.

Imperial is powered by the V-6 Mercedes Benz 3.0-liter common-rail direct injection (CRD) turbo diesel engine. This power train provides powerful, smooth, clean, and quiet performance with the added benefit of exceptional fuel economy—up to 24 MPG on the highway.

“The reaction the Imperial received from everyone at (2014 Elkhart) Open House was truly outstanding. We feel well positioned to enter the market with a luxury motorhome, especially after seeing the great response from dealers,” said EverGreen President and COO Mark Boessler.

“Our goal was to convert the Sprinter chassis into a motorhome with luxury features and a lavish interior that travels as well as it camps. We’ve got a firm grip on the towable segment and now it’s time we bring EverGreen’s philosophy into motorized.”

Imperial Class B motorhome 245MB
Imperial Class B motorhome 245MB

Typical of EverGreen, the company refuses to rest on a well-received motorhome. After gaining valuable feedback at Open House, General Manager of Motorized, John Cunningham decided to develop the 245MB floor plan to display at the RVIA show in Louisville, Kentucky.

“The Imperial will set the bar for our reputation in the motorized segment and we want to set that bar high. We really wanted to give people something they’ve never seen before and continue surpassing expectations along the way,” stated Cunningham.

“With the improved Imperial, you won’t find a better, more comfortable vehicle for family outings, tailgate parties, or touring. We are applying all the latest automotive and camper van technologies to the Imperial, to build a motorhome unlike any on the road today. We anticipate a great reaction from dealers in Louisville.”

EverGreen’s innovative approach to the Imperial will include a walk-through center aisle floor plan that converts to sleep two adults and the largest restroom in any Sprinter configuration. A great variety of options and features to satisfy the most discriminating tastes are also available.

Imperial Class B motorhome 245MB
Imperial Class B motorhome 245MB

A fully equipped kitchen features Corian countertops with a built in sink and the refrigerator and microwave are conveniently located making meal or snack preparation a snap. The seats are made of soft touch leather touch vinyl to be stain and water resistant, yet also soft and comfortable.

Two flat panel HD television/monitors, one in the front and one in the rear, are available along with easy connections for laptop computers. The rear television will rotate and double as an outside tailgate feature with rear stereo speakers. Tables fold out for comfort and fold away when not in use. The dash-mounted DVD, navigation and back up camera are convenient whether you are traveling or parked.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

EverGreen 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.

Imperial Class B motorhome 245MB
Imperial Class B motorhome 245MB

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.

Today, with the addition of the Skyline RV brand, EverGreen is the fourth largest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America.

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.

—Roy Goodman

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Airstream Announces Interstate Grand Tour Details & Pricing

In an earlier article on Vogel Talks RVing, I reported on the introduction of the new Airstream Interstate Grand Tour.

2015 Interstate Grand Tour
Airstream Announces 2015 Interstate Grand Tour Details & Pricing

Jackson Center Ohio-based Airstream Inc. has now announced additional details and pricing for its newly-released Interstate Grand Tour. The Class B motorhome built on an award-winning Mercedes-Benz chassis now offers custom-designed screen doors to allow Airstreamers to bring the outdoors in, and comes well-equipped at $153,000.

“Like our traditional Airstream travel trailers, the Interstate Grand Tour touring coach packs so much luxury and utility into a convenient package — office, bedroom, galley, the works,” said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler, in a news release.

“It brings the classic Airstream design aesthetic to life, with well thought-out features, exceptional fit and finish and attention to detail.”

Built on the proven foundation of the Airstream Interstate EXT touring coach, the Grand Tour combines an amazing amount of functionality and “home on the road” features for everything from short camping trips to extended adventures with three luxurious Airstream interior décor choices.

The latest design options of the Grand Tour include:

  • Custom-designed screen doors, including a power rollaway screen at the rear and sliding door on the side
  • Larger galley with additional counter and multi-functional storage space
  • Flexible workspace desk and an expanded bathroom area
  • Oversized refrigerator and freezer
  • Standard power awning
2015 Interstate Grand Tour
Airstream Announces 2015 Interstate Grand Tour Details & Pricing

The Interstate is the best-selling Class B motorhome in the United States for three years running, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., and the Grand Tour model expands Airstream’s collaboration with Mercedes-Benz to appeal to the longer-term use buyer.

The Interstate Grand Tour EXT has an overall exterior length of 24 feet, 4.5 inches, an overall exterior width of 6 feet, 7.7 inches,  and an overall exterior height of 9 feet, 8 inches. With its car-like handling, state of the art Mercedes-Benz adaptive stability program, and standard rear backup camera, it is easy to maneuver on the road, in campsites and in parking lots.

Like all Airstream Interstate models, the Grand Tour is built on a proven, heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, providing exceptional fuel economy and driving range from its standard clean-diesel power plant. Safety and security features include six air bags, lane keeping, and collision prevention systems and parking sensors.

Standard features include UltraLeather seating, power rear sofa that converts to a 6-foot 10-inch double bed, Corian countertops, adjustable LED interior lighting, drawer microwave, refrigerator and freezer, large bathroom with shower, navigation system, Kenwood Multimedia Entertainment System with rear speakers, twin high definition LED televisions, and rear storage space. The interior is offered in a range of durable yet luxurious fabrics and colors.

The Interstate Grand Tour also includes Xenon headlights, forged aluminum-alloy wheels, hidden trailer hitch, power awning, and power entry step.

Airstream Interstate Grand Tour specifications include:

  • Chassis: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 3500 Series
  • Engine: Mercedes-Benz 3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel
  • GVWR: 11,030 pounds
  • GCWR: 15,250 pounds
  • Estimated Highway MPG: 18+
  • Fuel Tank Capacity: 26.4 gallons
  • Fresh Water Tank Capacity: 32 gallons (26 fresh water/6 hot water heater)
  • Gray Water Tank Capacity: 27 gallons
  • Black Water Tank Capacity: 15 gallons
  • MSRP: Starting at $150,346

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Airstream

2015 Interstate Grand Tour
Airstream Announces Interstate Grand Tour Details & Pricing

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

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

A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111 (toll free)

Website: www.airstream.com

Worth Pondering…

Airstream Song

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

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Triple E Introduces 50th Anniversary Edition Class B

Winkler, Manitoba-based Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.

 Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.
Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.

With a full exterior makeover, four different floor plans, and an available 50th anniversary interior package, the new Unity is the culmination of five decades of automotive innovation, according to a company news release.

The new European body design features integrated running boards, LED tail lights, clean aerodynamic lines, and three available paint schemes: the new Euro Sport, White Suede, and Silver.

With fiberglass curved baggage doors with struts and an increased baggage area opening, packing and unpacking has never been easier.

This clean design aesthetic continues to the interior with an optional 50th Anniversary Package. Featuring espresso brown cabinets, gloss cream upper cabinets, white Corian countertops, and in-direct LED lighting, this new look brings luxury to the open road.

 Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.
Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.

Built on a Mercedes Benz Sprinter 3500 dual rear wheel chassis, the Unity is powered by a fuel-efficient 3-liter V6 BlueTEC Turbo Diesel with 188 horsepower and 325 foot pounds of torque.

From steep mountain passes to tight city streets, the Unity has the power and agility to take drivers anywhere they need to go with an estimated 18-22 mpg, the Unity packs plenty of punch without sacrificing fuel economy.

Unity pricing starts at $118,495 and full production is anticipated in December.

RVers can get a sneak peak of the new Unity at America’s Largest RV Show at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pennsylvania from September 10 to 14, 2014, and the California RV show in Pomona, California, from October 10 to 19.

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Triple E Recreational Vehicles

 Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.
Triple E RV is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the introduction of the redesigned Leisure Travel Van 25-foot Unity luxury touring coach.

Triple E RV is a Canadian manufacturer of Regency Class C motorhomes and Leisure Travel Vans (Serenity, Libero, Unity, Free Spirit, and Free Spirit SS, and Free Spirit TE).

Address: 301 Roblin Boulevard, Winkler, Manitoba, Canada R6W 4C4

U.S. Address (Mailing Only): P.O. Box 68, Walhalla, ND 58282

Phone: (204) 325-4361 or (877) 992-9906 (toll free)

Website: www.tripleerv.com

Leisure Travel Vans

Triple E Recreational Vehicles is the parent company of Leisure Travel Vans

Website: www.leisurevans.com

Worth Pondering…

Like water flowing over the rocks in a river, our lives touch all who are near us. Let your life leave good marks on those you touch.

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Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series

Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Motorhomes officially launched its new Touring Series coach, the TS Adventurous.

Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series
Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series

Roadtrek’s Touring Series (TS) Adventurous, which was first talked about late last year, has officially made its introduction into the company’s impressive line-up of coaches.

The TS Adventurous is a class above when it comes to Class B motorhomes, built on the Mercedes Sprinter chassis, it offers luxury accommodations, beautiful styling, and state of the art technology for all your travel needs, according to a company news release.

The company has continued its trend of clean and sleek lines on the exterior of the TS Adventurous and even introduced some new impressive newly styled ground effects that will make its way across all Mercedes Sprinter models this year.

Stepping inside the TS is where the coach really strikes an impressive note. Roadtrek’s famous floor plan is elevated to new levels with rich interior colors, accents, and fabrics that surround you in luxury.

Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series
Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series

Exclusive to the TS Adventurous is the charcoal interior cabinets with subtle hints of grey throughout and accented with chrome pieces for an upscale, trendy look that is sure to impress anyone who walks through the coach.

The features continue in this new vehicle from the true granite countertops, LED strip lighting with dimming control, power awning with outdoor lights, heated floor, built in work station, induction cooktop, optional drawer style microwave, a large 11,500 BTU air conditioner, and rear electrical and water hook ups.

Also being showcased in the TS Adventurous is Roadtrek’s newest technological advancement, the innovative and interactive Coach-Connect monitoring system. Coach-Connect is a Roadtrekers dream, giving you full control of your vehicle’s critical functions even if you are not near the coach.

Using the tablet interface, connect via any desktop, tablet, or cell phone and monitor your coach features such as tank fluid levels, solar and LP gas levels, lighting, air conditioning and heating, awning, and battery. It’s full control of your Roadtrek right at your fingertips.

Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series
Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series

“We are thrilled to have the TS Adventurous officially become part of the Roadtrek line-up, it is a coach that showcases everything Roadtrek stands for and where the company is headed,”  stated Jim Hammill, Roadtrek’s President.

“Enthusiasts buy Roadtrek because they expect and deserve the best and that is exactly what we are offering in the new TS Adventurous, it’s a touring coach like no other.”
Roadtrek TS Adventurous seats two to seven and sleeps two to four with front single beds and rear twins or king-size bed.

MSRP: $121,901

Roadtrek is the leading manufacturer of class B motorhomes (camper vans) in North America, a position held since 1990, selling its motorhomes through a network of independent RV dealers in the USA, Canada, and Japan.

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Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc.

With sales to the U.S. starting in 1983, Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek expanded rapidly for the rest of the 1980s.

Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series
Roadtrek Introduces New TS Adventurous Series

In 1990, Roadtrek became the best selling North American Class B motorhome according to statistics from U.S. Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association (CRVA).

In 2006, Roadtrek built its 20,000th Class B motorhome, an achievement unequalled in the RV industry.

The first 10,000 took 24 years to build, the second 10,000 only eight years.

Address: 100 Shirley Avenue, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, N2B 2E1

Phone: (519) 745-1169 OR (888) ROADTREK (762-3873)

Website: roadtrek.com

Worth Pondering…

Everyone is trying to accomplish something big, not realizing that life is made up of little things.

—Frank A. Clark

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Airstream Partners with Mercedes Benz To Launch Owner’s Club

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) announced an exclusive multi-year strategic partnership.

Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van
Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van

Airstream and MBCA will lead the creation of a dedicated Airstream owners’ community, supported through partnership in MBCA club events and a variety of co-marketing programs.

Effective June 2014, Airstream will purchase a one-year MBCA membership for every customer who buys a new Airstream Interstate motorhome or Autobahn passenger van, both based on the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis.

Airstream will also give current qualifying MBCA Members a $500 discount on the purchase of a new Interstate or Autobahn.

“The values shared by Airstream and Mercedes-Benz have always been clear, but aligning ourselves more closely with such a large and active owners’ group will yield great benefits for all parties,” said Bob Wheeler, Airstream president and CEO, in a company news release.

“We look forward to bringing to life the full potential of this new relationship.”

The MBCA was founded in 1956 and represented a small but growing family of kindred spirits drawn together by a fascination for the engineering and tradition of this luxury German marque – much like Airstream’s Founder Wally Byam and his first caravans.

2014 Airstream Interstate Class B
2014 Airstream Interstate Class B

This type of camaraderie is still at the heart of these two organizations today, added Wheeler.

“We are thrilled to partner with Airstream as we welcome Interstate and Autobahn owners to the MBCA community,” said Terry Kiwala, Mercedes-Benz Club of America national president.

“We look forward to seeing Interstate and Autobahn at events in the U.S. and Canada, which celebrate the heritage of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, and we warmly anticipate the start of new and lasting friendships with their enthusiastic owners.”

Airstream first began its partnership with Mercedes-Benz with the launch of the contemporary and sophisticated Airstream Interstate in 2004, which remains the top model in its class for the third year in a row and is built from a bespoke version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van chassis.

Airstream’s new luxury VIP passenger van, the Autobahn, was launched in early June 2014 and is now available through select Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealers.

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Airstream

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

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

Airstream 3370040def3bede4A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111 (toll free)

Website: www.airstream.com

Mercedes-Benz 

Founded in 1926, Mercedes-Benz is a German automobile manufacturer, a multinational division of the German manufacturer Daimer AG.

The brand is used for luxury automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. The headquarters of Mercedes-Benz is in Stuttgart, Baden- Württemberg, Germany.

Websites: www5.mercedes-benz.com/en and www.mbusa.com

Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA)

Established in 1956 Mercedes-Benz Club of America (MBCA) has approximately 30,000 members in 85 local sections throughout the U.S. and Canada.

In 1985, MBCA finished construction of a new club-owned building in Colorado Springs which now serves as the national headquarters.

The Star, the Official Magazine of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, is mailed to members six times each year and all content from the current and many past issues is available to members on the web site.

Address: 1907 Lelaray Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Phone: (719) 633-6427 and (800) 637-2360 (toll free)

Website: www.mbca.org

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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Pleasure-Way Introduces Sprinter-Based Wide-Body Class B

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan-based Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. previously introduced a wide-body Prestige Class B motorhome built on the Ford E350 dual rear wheel cutaway chassis with a 176-inch wheelbase.

Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL
Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL on Sprinter based chassis back to front

Pleasure-Way Industries follows up by announcing the launch of its first Sprinter-based wide-body motorhome, the Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL.

The Pleasure-Way Plateau-XL motorhome is built on the Mercedes-Benz dual rear wheel cab chassis and features the first non-slideout Sprinter to feature a queen-sized Murphy bed, according to a company news release.

“Our design team developed an open concept floor plan with a very spacious interior feeling,” said CEO Dean Rumpel.

“The queen-sized (60-inch-by-74-inch) Murphy bed neatly folds up into the living room wall creating a large living and dining space.”

At 22 feet in length, the Plateau-XL is “going to meet the needs of the consumer who wants a fuel efficient motorhome that is more maneuverable than a 25-foot coach while offering a little more space and a larger bathroom than a traditional Class B,” Rumpel noted.

Other key features include:

Large rear bathroom with a  32-inch corian-and-glass shower.

Multiplex wiring.

Power 13-foot awning.

Onan 2.5 Kw LP generator.

13,500 BTU roof-top air conditioner.

Ultraleather upholstery.

Solid maple cabinetry.

32-inch interior LED LCD TV and Blu-Ray player.

In-dash navigation system.

Fully bonded fiberglass body construction.

Optional outdoor living entertainment center.

Optional solar panel.

The Plateau-XL offers a five-year limited coach warranty and boasts an estimated 16-18 miles per gallon highway.

Base MSRP: $131,170.

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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: 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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Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van

Airstream, the maker of the iconic silver-bullet travel trailers, and Mercedes-Benz introduced the all-new super-luxurious 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van, at the recent Mercedes-Benz Sprinter National Dealer Meeting.

Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van
Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van

Based on the updated Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, the Autobahn stays true to Airstream’s heritage of aircraft inspired design and innovation. The Autobahn offers a luxurious interior with ample space and handcrafted furnishings. Offering seating for eight, the Autobahn includes the advanced Airstream Smart Control System for an enjoyable passenger experience.

Through its ongoing collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Airstream combines its signature quality and design with individualized comfort, convenience, and productivity in this new category-creating platform.

“Airstream continues to set the industry standard for unparalleled luxury travel, a strategy further enhanced by our partnership with Mercedes-Benz,” stated Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler.

“Whether your VIP is a professional client or family member, we are creating a new category that delivers an exclusive level of focus on individual passenger comfort and convenience.”

In an earlier unveiling Mercedes-Benz took the wraps off the updated Sprinter. The new model features modified bumpers and a prominent wedge-shaped grille. There’s also a revised hood, new headlights and a reduced ride height.

Interior changes are limited but include new upholstery and a thicker steering wheel.

Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van
Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van

Other highlights include a new gearshift lever, an upgraded audio system, and a Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

The Sprinter can be equipped with a variety of four- and six-cylinder diesel engines that have outputs between 95 HP (70 kW) to 190 HP (140 kW). Customers can also order a supercharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder petrol or natural gas engine that develops 156 HP (115 kW).

On the safety front engineers added five new systems including Crosswind Assist, Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Highbeam Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist. Crosswind Assist is standard, while the other systems are optional.

Aimed at private affluent customers as well as the commercial market, the 2015 Airstream Autobahn is described as a luxury van that delivers a “new standard in VIP travel.”

While the exterior is pretty plain, the cabin draws cues from private jets and features luxurious seating for up to eight people. The six rear seats are heated and come equipped with a power footrest. Each seating position also has a retractable desk and 120V / USB power outlets.

Other notable highlights include wood flooring, dual refrigerators, and an entertainment system that consists of a 32-inch LCD TV, a Blu-Ray player, and an Apple TV.

Power is provided by a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine that develops 188 bhp (140 kW) and 325 lb-ft (440 Nm) of torque.

All this luxury doesn’t come cheap as the 2015 Airstream Autobahn Luxury Van is priced from $133,024.

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Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van
Airstream & Mercedes Introduce 2015 Autobahn Luxury Van

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

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

A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111 (toll free)

Website: www.airstream.com

Mercedes-Benz 

Founded in 1926, Mercedes-Benz is a German automobile manufacturer, a multinational division of the German manufacturer Daimer AG.

The brand is used for luxury automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. The headquarters of Mercedes-Benz is in Stuttgart, Baden- Württemberg, Germany.

Websites: www5.mercedes-benz.com/en and www.mbusa.com

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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Airstream Top Selling Class B Motorhome in 2013

In an earlier story I reported on the introduction of the 2014 Sprinter-based Interstate luxury touring coach.

Airstream Interstate Class B Interior
Airstream Interstate Class B Interior

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream announces the brand’s Interstate model is the top selling Class B motorhome in the United States for the third year in a row, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., a provider of RV market intelligence.

In 2013, Airstream Interstate unit sales increased 48 percent over 2012 — nearly three times the overall segment growth which was up 15.9 percent year over year. The Interstate now has nearly 23 percent market share in the touring coach segment, said Bob Wheeler, president and CEO.

“The momentum we gained in 2011 and 2012 has carried us for another year,” said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler.

“To keep things rolling, we unveiled a new Interstate model at the end of 2013 in an effort to enhance the product and experience for our buyers. We think these changes will only magnify interest as we move into 2014.”

Airstream Introduces 2014 Interstate Touring Coach
Airstream Introduces 2014 Interstate Touring Coach

The Airstream Interstate motorhome continues the tradition of extraordinary design and handcrafted quality that has made Airstream a style classic for 82 years, he added, noting it serves as a fuel-efficient, luxurious, and safe way for travelers to explore the open road and includes nearly two dozen “best in class” Mercedes-Benz features, enhancements, and a renewed commitment to safety and refined luxury.

“Our dealers are also very instrumental to the success of the Interstate, and we appreciate their hard work over the last three years in helping Airstream maintain the top retail spot for B Vans,” said Wheeler.

Airstream had a record-setting 2013, making it the best-selling year in the company’s 82-year history, said Wheeler. The demand for Airstream’s design-driven products led to the company’s largest backlog in more than 30 years, he added.

Exquisite exterior styling and design that offers beautiful body lines, superior stance, and uncompromising presence on the road. Outstanding car-like handling performance and safety features that make driving smooth, easy, and safe.

A state of the art Mercedes-Benz Turbo diesel delivers 18+ estimated highway MPG and towing up to 5,000-6,400 pounds.

The Interstate also includes six safety air bags, collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot assist, high beam assist, parking assist, Xenon headlights, and a lot more.

Step in and surround yourself with bold, beautiful, contemporary interior design. Luxuriously appointed with a variety of stunning colors, finishes, and fabrics.

Numerous floor plan options allow you to choose the seating, socializing, and sleeping arrangement that best fits your individual preference.

Airstream Introduces 2014 Interstate Touring Coach
Airstream Introduces 2014 Interstate Touring Coach

With belted seating for up to nine adults and comfortable sleeping accommodations for two, it beckons you to explore new horizons in comfort.

The Interstate has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $146,300, and $149,006 for the EXT model.

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Airstream

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

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

A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111 (toll free)

Website: airstream.com

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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