Dynasty Days Offers $25,000 rebates on Monaco Dynasty Diesel Pushers

For a limited time, you can feel the heat of Monaco’s summer savings event. Experience the power of a Monaco Dynasty and receive an added reward, too.

Monaco dynasty_rebate2Don’t miss this summer’s biggest chance to receive a $25,000 retail savings on the hottest 2015 Monaco Dynasty motorhomes.

Decatur, Indiana-based Monaco announced its newest retail summer savings event, Dynasty Days.

Purchases made on all eligible, remaining in-stock 2015 Monaco Dynasty motorhomes will be qualified to receive a $25,000 retail savings through July 31.

A limited number of Monaco Dynasty motorhomes are available.

“Purchasing a motorhome is a rewarding experience for all owners,” said Mike Snell, president of Monaco Coach, in a news release.

“What better way to begin the 2015 travel season than to start with a $25,000 rebate? It’s a rewarding and enticing incentive that will only make the purchasing experience an even more positive one.”

To be eligible, a customer must purchase a new, unused, and in-stock 2015 Monaco Dynasty during the limited-time, promotional period, and complete a retail redemption form located on Monaco’s website (SEE link below)

All sales must be contracted and delivered no later than July 31 to qualify.

2015 Monaco Dynasty interior
2015 Monaco Dynasty interior

2015 Monaco Dynasty 45 specifications and features include:

  • Exterior Length: 45 feet
  • Engine: 600HP ISX
  • Slide Outs: 4
  • Heating System: AquaHot 450D
  • Generator: Cummins Onan 10.0kw Quiet Diesel
  • Inverter/Charger: 2800w Pure Sine Wave
  • House Batteries: 8 Maintenance-Free Absorbed Glass Mat 6-Volt
  • GPS: Integrated Rand McNally RV
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System: Pressure Pro-Active
  • TV: Mid-Coach Sony 50-inch LED w/Sound Bar and Subwoofer
  • Shades/Blinds: Power Roller Shades and Privacy Blinds
2015 Monaco Dynasty 45 floor plan
2015 Monaco Dynasty 45 floor plan

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Allied Recreation Group (ARG)

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

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

Address: 1031 US 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Phone: (800) 854-1344 (toll free)

Website: www.alliedrecreationgroup.com

Monaco Coach

15_Dynasty-Rebate-Shield
15_Dynasty-Rebate-Shield

Between May 15, 2015 and July 31, 2015, you can enjoy some hot summer savings with our “Dynasty Days of Summer” retail savings event and receive a $25,000 savings on all eligible in-stock 2015 Monaco Dynasty purchases. It’s a Monaco factory rebate that you won’t want to miss.

Mailing Address: PO Box 31, Decatur, IN 46733

Phone: (260) 728-2121

Websites: www.monacocoach.com

Monaco Dynasty Rebate: www.monacocoach.com/rebate/

Worth Pondering…

When you put down the good things you ought to have done and leave out the bad things you did do—well, that’s memories.

—Will Rogers

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Monaco: Alive & Well

Nearly six months ago, on May 16, Monaco and Holiday Rambler, along with Beaver and Safari, started a new journey under Allied Specialty Vehicles.

Monaco-RV-logoThe first part of that journey involved making some tough, but necessary decisions to ensure the continuation of the brands, President Mike Snell told customers in a recent newsletter.

One of those decisions was moving production and service from Wakarusa to Decatur.

“Much of the workforce was given the option to transfer to Decatur. We also worked with the company who purchased our Wakarusa facility to transition some employees to their operations,” Snell wrote.

“With a strong local economy and thoughtful transition planning, the overall impact to the area has been minimal.”

Another critical decision was to maintain distinct product DNA for each brand and to keep the company’s engineering, design, and product development teams intact, he explained.

“In order to do that, we opened a facility in Elkhart where our design teams have their own dedicated design area and shop. The entire team has been feverishly working over the last few months to bring you innovative, new features, great floor plans and stunning designs,” said Snell.

“We believe in designing quality products that fulfill our owners’ needs and desires; therefore our design process is a true collaboration between our engineers and owners across all four brands. For the past few months, we’ve been gathering your feedback through focus groups and two extensive online surveys. Your responses were highly informative and some even surprising.”

“We listened to those responses, and our design team made changes to key features to incorporate your input. In fact, any survey response that garnered a greater than 70 percent rating was automatically incorporated into our new products. When we say, ‘a coach designed by you, for you,’ we mean it.

2014 Monaco Dynasty Diesel Pusher
2014 Monaco Dynasty Diesel Pusher

“Interestingly, despite owning different brands, most of you asked for the same features in a new coach design,” added Snell.

“The only slight difference being that Beaver owners asked for specific wood species and unique furniture/trim design. Otherwise, the responses were similar and have guided our design.”

Many respondents shared that they would like more counter space and additional pantry storage in the kitchen area, as well as an interest in having a smart steering wheel and a premium audio system.

Many also indicated they prefer to keep the side exhaust, something Snell described as just a sampling of the great input the company received. He  pledged the recommendations were being applied to new designs.

The biggest news Snell revealed was the announcement the firm was making a “Return to Power.”

“For the past five years, engine restrictions kept us from offering big-bore engines, which limited our product offerings,” said Snell.

“Beginning with the 600 hp rollout in January, you’ll also start seeing 500 hp, 450 hp, 380 hp, and 300 hp models.”

“Part of our 2015 product line will feature the all new Roadmaster chassis. This gives us the ability to offer big-bore Cummins engines and a new world-class independent front suspension system,” said Snell, noting it is not an “off-the-shelf” standard rail chassis.

“Our engineers collaborated closely with Freightliner Custom Chassis to offer a redesigned Roadmaster chassis with unique modifications and tuning that gives you the ride and handling you’re expecting from our brands.”

“We realize you’re anxious to see our new products, and we’re anxious to introduce them to you. But at the same time, we all know that crafting well-designed, high-quality products is not something you can rush,” said Snell.

“We’re creating products that are unique and special in the industry, not cookie-cutter. Allied Specialty Vehicles has invested in our brands and is giving us the time and resources we need to create a stellar product line-up.”

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Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV)

Basic CMYKAllied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) is a $1 billion-plus manufacturer comprised of brands serving fire and emergency, recreational, and commercial vehicle markets.

Within the fire and emergency segment, ASV offers a full line of fire apparatus and ambulances. Within the recreational vehicle segment, the company produces motorized RVs under the Fleetwood and Monaco brands.

Phone: (407) 681-4700

Website: alliedsv.com

Monaco

Mailing Address: PO Box 31, Decatur, IN 46733

Phone: (260) 728-2121

Websites: monacocoach.com

Worth Pondering…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

—Warren G. Bennis

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Allied Specialty Vehicles Forms New RV Group

Decatur, Indiana-based Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) announced the formation of Allied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG), with the appointment of John Draheim as CEO for the new group.

argLogo_big“We have invested in four of the most renowned brands in the industry and our success in rebuilding Fleetwood and American Coach sets the stage for a similar return to power for Monaco and Holiday Rambler. The formation of Allied Recreation Group will make the transition into the ASV family much smoother for our dealers and customers,” said Jim Meyer, COO of ASV, in a news release.

“We are inspired by the opportunities the new RV division presents, and excited to see them thrive under the leadership of John Draheim.”

Allied Recreation Group will be comprised of some of the industry’s most iconic brands including: American Coach, Fleetwood, Holiday Rambler, and Monaco.

Additionally, the group also owns the Beaver, National, and Safari brands.

The brands will be produced at the company’s manufacturing campus in Decatur, Indiana.

“It’s an incredibly exciting time as the premier RV brands in the world come together on a path to success,” states John Draheim, Chief Executive Officer of ARG.

Holiday Rambler has been manufacturing innovative luxury coaches and towable recreation vehicles since 1953.
Holiday Rambler has been manufacturing innovative luxury coaches and towable recreation vehicles since 1953.

“We have been working diligently since May to develop a new line-up of product for Monaco and Holiday Rambler that will reinvigorate the brands and return them to the extraordinary reputations they once held.”

Draheim added, “The new ARG organization is unbelievably energized to produce the most distinct and aspirational products this industry has known.”

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Allied Recreation Group (ARG)

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

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

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

Address: 1031 US 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Phone: (800) 854-1344 (toll free)

Website: alliedrecreationgroup.com

Indiana Service Center

Address: 1420 Patterson Street, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Hours: Monday-Friday, 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

Phone: (800) 435-7345 (toll free)

Oregon Service Center

Address: 91186 North Coburg Industrial Way, Coburg, OR 97408

Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. PT

Phone: (877) 466-6226 (toll free)

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV)

The origins of Monaco RV can be traced back to Junction City, Oregon, where Ray Mehaffey founded the Caribou Manufacturing Company in 1968. In just over 25 years, Caribou had designed and produced approximately 1,000 high-
The origins of Monaco RV can be traced back to Junction City, Oregon, where Ray Mehaffey founded the Caribou Manufacturing Company in 1968.

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV) is a $1 billion-plus manufacturer comprised of brands serving fire and emergency, recreational, and commercial vehicle markets.

Within the fire and emergency segment, ASV offers a full line of fire apparatus and ambulances. Within the recreational vehicle segment, the company produces motorized RVs under the Fleetwood brand.

Phone: (407) 681-4700

Website: alliedsv.com

Worth Pondering…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

—Warren G. Bennis

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Allied Specialty Vehicles Acquires Navistar RV

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading $1 billion sales producer of specialty vehicles to the fire and emergency, commercial and industrial, and parent to Fleetwood RV, has purchased certain assets of Navistar RV, manufacturer of motorized and towable recreational vehicles.

Basic CMYKThe purchase was structured as a purchase of all of the equity interests of Navistar RV and includes the manufacturing operations for Navistar’s R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable units in Harrisburg, Oregon, and Navistar’s Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand motorized RVs in Wakarusa, Indiana, according to a news release.

The sale does not include Bison Coach, Navistar’s horse trailer manufacturing business.

The purchase price was not initially revealed.

ASV has also entered into a multi-year leasing agreement for Navistar RV’s Elkhart, Indiana, facility.

ASV will be moving production to their Decatur, Indiana, facility sometime in August.  Representatives say many current employees at the Wakarusa plant will be offered jobs in Decatur or other ASV facilities.

ASV says there is a buyer interested in purchasing the Wakarusa manufacturing facility, but did not release any other details on that sale.

Employees might have an opportunity to relocate to Decatur or work with another division of ASV.

Between the Elkhart and Wakarusa facilities, about 600 people work for Navistar RV.

“ASV is honored to welcome all of the existing Monaco, Holiday Rambler, R-Vision, Beaver and Safari customers and an exceptional network of dealer partners to the ASV family,” said Peter Guile, CEO of Orlando, Florida-based ASV.

2014 Monaco Monarch SE
2014 Monaco Monarch SE

“The ASV team is committed to providing our customers and dealers with exceptional product, service, and support, and we are fully committed to re-establish the product leadership and extraordinary reputation for innovation, quality, and service for which the Monaco family of brands has been known.”

ASV also announced that Mike Snell has been named as president of Monaco and Holiday Rambler. Snell has logged over 20 years with Monaco, serving as a longtime executive for Monaco Coach Corp. and most recently as vice president of sales for Monaco RV under the Navistar umbrella.

“ASV is pleased to welcome Mike Snell as president of Monaco and Holiday Rambler,” said Guile.

“Mike has made an invaluable contribution to the Monaco brands and the industry over his 20-year career with Monaco RV, and we look forward to his leadership during this new, exciting phase of growth.”

He will report to Jim Meyer, the company’s chief operating officer.

“We join the ASV family fully energized with worthy goals and high hopes as we jointly work to rebuild our iconic and proud RV industry brands,” commented Snell.

“With the commitment and support of ASV we’ll focus on developing innovative, distinct, and aspirational products in keeping with the long and rich tradition of our brands. I look forward to working with our team, our dealers and our customers to make this vision a reality.”

ASV is currently structured around three business segments—fire and emergency vehicles, commercial and industrial, and recreation vehicles. Following the merger, Fleetwood and Monaco will be under the same umbrella, but both will be operated as separate companies with separate presidents and separate profit and loss reporting.

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Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV)

ASV is a $1 billion-plus manufacturer comprised of brands serving fire and emergency, recreational, and commercial vehicle markets.

Within the fire and emergency segment, ASV offers a full line of fire apparatus and ambulances. Within the recreational vehicle segment, the company produces motorized RVs under the Fleetwood brand.

Phone: (407) 681-4700

Website: alliedsv.com

Holiday Rambler Vacationer
Holiday Rambler Vacationer

Monaco and Holiday Rambler Brands

Mailing Address: PO Box 31, Decatur, IN 46733

Phone: (260) 728-2121

Websites: monacocoach.com and holidayrambler.com

Worth Pondering…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.

—Warren G. Bennis

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Navistar RV Introduces Big Payback Sales Event

Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar RV, a subsidiary of Navistar International Corporation, launched an aggressive sales promotion last month that continues through April 15 to help move Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach motorhomes in dealer inventory to make room for the company’s new model year units.

MonachCoachpromo_landingpage_01“The Big Payback Sales Event promotion is great for everyone,” said Mike Snell, vice president sales.

“The dealers have a factory-sponsored promotion to assist with moving older model years out of their inventory, our customers get substantial rebates on select products just in time to combine with their tax refunds, and our employees are kept busy in our plants making new product to ship to dealers.”

For a limited time, customers taking retail delivery of an eligible new, untitled 2012 or 2013 Monaco Coach or Holiday Rambler motorhome from a participating dealer’s inventory will receive a corresponding rebate from Navistar RV, LLC.

To qualify for a rebate of up to $15,000, the customer must purchase and take retail delivery before April 15. Incentives are in U.S. dollars and the offer is void where prohibited.

The following 2012 and 2013 Monaco Coach and Holiday Rambler models are eligible for the rebates:

Monaco
Diplomat — $15,000

Knight — $10,000

Vesta — $10,000

Monarch — $5,000

LaPalma — $5,000

BigPayback_widget2Holiday Rambler

Endeavor — $15,000

Ambassador — $10,000

Trip — $10,000

Vacationer — $5,000

Aluma-Lite A — $5,000

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Big Payback Sales Event Promotion

Find out how much you can save on your next Monaco or Holiday Rambler

Websites: monacocoach.com or holidayrambler.com

Navistar RV

Since being acquired in 2009, Navistar has applied many of Navistar’s advancements in engineering, design, and manufacturing to develop their state-of-the-art RVs.

By listening to their customers, Navistar is creating products that lead the industry in innovation, quality, and service. Navistar RVs feature cutting-edge aerodynamic designs, fuel-efficient, no-hassle MaxxForce engines, and advanced cockpit ergonomics.

Navistar RV products include Monaco Coach, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision.

BigPayback_widget3HRAddress: 2701 Navistar Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Phone: (331) 332-5000

Website: navistar.com or monacocoach.com or holidayrambler.com

Worth Pondering…

The RV lifestyle is like nothing else.

It’s leaving home, exploring America, and yet bringing your home along with you!

Stopping at a wayside picnic area, preparing lunch in your kitchen.

It’s sleeping in your own bed every night, yet waking up to a new vista each morning!

The sounds of a crackling campfire; of a mountain stream, of frogs, and crickets.

It’s families drawn closer; it’s retirees being rewarded for many years of labor.

—Loren Eyrich, Two-Lane Roads

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Sale of Navistar RV “Is a Possibility”

Lisle, Illinois-based Navistar International Corp., a producer of school buses, commercial trucks, defense vehicles, and recreational vehicles is evaluating the long-term profitability of several divisions, including its RV operations based in Wakarusa, Indiana.

Holiday Rambler
Holiday Rambler

The sale of the RV business is a possibility, according to a Navistar International Corp. news release.

Navistar is conducting a comprehensive review of all of our non-core businesses—including our Navistar RV business—to evaluate their potential to drive long-term profitability and significantly improve our return on invested capital (ROIC).

As a result of our ROIC analysis, Navistar is listening to offers for the sale of its RV business and the sale of the business is a possibility. However, we are still early on in that process and have not accepted any offers at this time.

We are not in a position that we ‘have to’ sell the business. We have a credible turnaround plan for the RV business underway and sufficient cash to continue funding operations, so we have the option to reject any offers that don’t add value.

In 2008, Monaco Coach Corp. laid off nearly 1,500 people and filed for bankruptcy. Then Navistar International Corp. acquired Monaco Coach in 2009. When Navistar acquired Monaco, there were only 20 employees left.

Monaco Coach
Monaco Coach

In August 2011, Monaco decided to consolidate its Oregon factory with the factory in Wakarusa. That brought about 400 new jobs to Elkhart County. There are currently about 600 workers between the Elkhart and Wakarusa plants.

Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision have been part of the Navistar family of brands for the last four years.

Since the acquisition, the company has streamlined operations and appointed a new executive management team. Navistar has also fully integrated the design, development, testing, and validation of its recreational vehicles with the company’s commercial truck and bus product development organization, delivering vehicle engineering expertise unmatched in the RV industry.

In August 2012 Navistar International announced a name change from Monaco RV LLC to Navistar RV, “the natural next step in Navistar’s commitment to the business.”

“The integration of Navistar and Monaco RV has resulted in better products and higher efficiencies,” said Daniel Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer in a company news release.

“Updating the name of our RV company demonstrates our long-term commitment to the RV industry. When a customer buys a recreational vehicle built by Navistar RV, they know they’re getting products with proven components, many of which are used in other Navistar vehicles — vehicles that move American goods, help keep troops safe, and ensure the safe transportation of schoolchildren.”

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Navistar

R-Vision
R-Vision

Since being acquired in 2009, Navistar has applied many of Navistar’s advancements in engineering, design, and manufacturing to develop their state-of-the-art RVs. By listening to their customers, Navistar is creating products that lead the industry in innovation, quality, and service. Navistar RVs feature cutting-edge aerodynamic designs, fuel-efficient, no-hassle MaxxForce engines, and advanced cockpit ergonomics.

Navistar RV products include Monaco Coach, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision.

Address: 2701 Navistar Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

Phone: (331) 332-5000

Website: navistar.com

 Worth Pondering…

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

—Lewis Carrol

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Monaco RV Changes Name to Navistar RV

Lisle, Illinois-based Monaco RV LLC announces that it is changing its name to Navistar RV.

2012 Diplomat 36 PFT Motor Home Class A – Diesel

Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision brands will remain “distinct and intact” under the Navistar RV subsidiary of Navistar Inc., according to a company news release.

“The integration of Navistar and Monaco RV has resulted in better products and higher efficiencies,” said Daniel Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer.

“Updating the name of our RV company demonstrates our long-term commitment to the RV industry. When a customer buys a recreational vehicle built by Navistar RV, they know they’re getting products with proven components, many of which are used in other Navistar vehicles — vehicles that move American goods, help keep troops safe, and ensure the safe transportation of schoolchildren.”

Navistar, Inc., a producer of school buses, commercial trucks, and defense vehicles, acquired Monaco RV in 2009.

Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision have been part of the Navistar family of brands for the last three years and the name change is the natural next step in Navistar’s commitment to the business.

Since the acquisition, the company has streamlined operations and appointed a new executive management team. Navistar has also fully integrated the design, development, testing, and validation of its recreational vehicles with the company’s commercial truck and bus product development organization, delivering vehicle engineering expertise unmatched in the RV industry.

2012 Dynasty Gallery Diesel Pusher

Navistar RV maintains manufacturing operations for its R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable units in Harrisburg, Oregon and Elkhart, Indiana. The company’s Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand motorized RVs are produced in a fully integrated manufacturing facility located in Wakarusa, Indiana with power train, chassis, and body assembly in one dedicated facility.

“Navistar brings more than 100 years of vehicle development and design experience to the Monaco, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision brands,” said William Osborne, president of Navistar RV.

“With a foundation of Navistar’s business and design excellence, we’ll continue to produce some of the best recreational vehicles in the market.”

Worth Pondering…

Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie

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Five Things You Need to Know Today: March 16

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. How Old Are Your Tires?

Both Transport Canada and the U.S. Department of Transportation require a tire identification code or serial number on the sidewall comprised of numbers and letters that identify the name of the manufacturer, the location of the production facility, tire size, and the date the tire was built. The last three or four digits indicate the date of manufacture. (Source: canada.com)

Molded into the sidewall of every tire manufactured is a code that indicates when and where the tire was manufactured. Required by the United States Department of Transportation, this code and the identification number starts with the letters “DOT.”  The two digits following the letters DOT indicate the plant where the tire was made. The last group of numbers—a four-digit code—is the one that discloses the week and year of manufacture.  The weeks of the year are numbered consecutively, and the last two digits of the year are included.

For example, the code 4711 indicates that the tire was manufactured during the 47th week of 2011, specifically, the week of November 21.

This information is especially important for the owners of motorhomes. Motorhomes aren’t always driven as many miles as the typical passenger car, so motorhome tires often wear out as a result of age-related issues rather than mileage.

2. Monaco to Hire for Wakarusa Plant

The Monaco RV LLC factory in Wakarusa, Indiana, is ramping up production of its diesel-powered motorhomes. That means it expects to hire another 125 workers between now and the end of April.

Its parent company, Navistar Inc., recently consolidated a diesel motorhome operation from Coburg, Oregon, moving that production to Wakarusa, according to a report by WSBT TV (South Bend). There are currently 175 workers at the plant, which began manufacturing operations in February.

Bill Osborne, vice president of custom products for Navistar’s Monaco and Workhorse Custom Chassis LLC subsidiaries, noted that the company has been preparing the facility since last fall when it announced its consolidation plans.

3. Skyline RV to Close California Plant

The Skyline RV factory in Hemet, California factory is expected to close and 82 employees will likely lose their jobs before the end of April, according to local officials and a notice the company filed with the state.

Elkhart, Indiana-based Skyline Corp. filed a notice with the California Employment Development Department in February as part of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification act that gives employees at least 60 days notice before a plant is closed or mass layoffs occur, reports The Press-Enterprise (Riverside).

The layoffs may start April 7 and continue through April 20 based on conversations city officials have had with the company, said John Jansons, Community Investment Director for the city of Hemet.

4. Campground Tax Proposal Goes to Voters

Voters in eastern California’s Tuolumme County will be asked during the June election to expand the Transient Occupancy Tax (T.O.T.) to include campgrounds, RV parks, and house boats.

The Supervisors voted 5-0 to put the issue on the ballot.

The expanded T.O.T. would bring in an estimated $300,000 to $350,000 a year, and funding would be utilized to help operations at the fairgrounds and Railtown 1897. Railtown is presently scheduled to close at the first of July and the fairgrounds are losing their state subsidy.

The T.O.T. tax, which is paid by visitors that stay at hotels, was first approved by voters in 1983. It was expanded from 8% to 10% in 2010.

5. Propane Safety

Propane gas smells like rotten eggs. If you think you smell propane in your RV:

  • Get everyone out of the RV immediately
  • Leave the door of your RV open to air out
  • Don’t smoke, light matches, operate electrical switches, use either cell or telephones, or create any other source of ignition
  • Turn your gas off at the main cylinder, if safe to do so and you know how
  • Call 911 or the local fire department
  • Do not turn the system back on until it has been repaired and inspected by a trained professional

Ensure that you have a LP gas detector—and make sure it’s working. Test weekly when RVing, and change the battery at least once a year.

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Change yourself . . . and you change the World!

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December RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced recall notices involving four recreational vehicle manufacturers—Winnebago Industries, Universal Specialty Vehicles, Motor Coach Industries, and Spartan Chassis.

Starcraft RV, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV, Inc. is recalling nine model year 2012 Autumn Ridge and Travel Star trailers manufactured from October 6, 2011 through October 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter.

This could result in a fire, injury, or death.

Starcraft will notify owners, and Starcraft dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary, free of charge. Owners may contact Starcraft at 1-800-945-4787.

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

Navistar International Corp.

Warrenville, Illinois-based Navistar International Corp. is recalling 630 model year 2009-2011 Beaver, Holiday Rambler and Monaco Coach brand RVs manufactured from Jan. 11, 2008 through April 15, 2011. The front windshield may separate from the cabin body without warning, possibly impairing the driver’s ability to see the roadway.

An impairment to the driver’s ability to see the roadway could cause a vehicle crash, potentially resulting in property damage, personal injury, or death.

Navistar will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the shade mounting clips and repair the vehicles as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Navistar at 1-877-466-6226.

Navistar’s campaign number is 11520.

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

Keystone RV Company

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company is recalling 805 model year 2007-2009 Cougar Fifth Wheel Trailers manufactured from May 12, 2006 through February 12, 2009, for incorrect information on the federal identification tag and tire and loading information label. These vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Part 567, “Certification.” The subject vehicles were manufactured with a label that lists the maximum tire pressure of 80PSI instead of the correct maximum of 65PSI.

Overinflating tires increases the risk of tire failure and property damage.

Keystone will mail to consumers the corrected label or the customer will have the option for dealers to install the label free of charge. Owners may contact Keystone Customer Service at 1-866-425-4369.

Keystone’s Safety Recall Number is 11-171.

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

Jayco, Inc.

Middlebury, Indiana-based Jayco, Inc. is recalling 80 model year 2012 Jay Flight and Eagle Super Lite half-ton travel trailers manufactured from October 6, 2011 through October 17, 2011. The power converters may have been built with an undersized input coil, which may cause overheating, smoking, and melting of the converter.

This could result in a fire, injury or death.

Jayco will notify owners, and Jayco dealers will repair the travel trailers as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Jayco at 1-800-283-8267.

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

Winnebago of Indiana, LLC

Middlebury, Indiana-based Winnebago of Indiana, LLC is recalling three model year 2012 Era motorhomes, manufactured from July 25, 2011 through August 4, 2011 and built on Sprinter/Daimler chassis. The supplier of the rear springs rolled the spring eye diameter out of tolerance during production, and then corrected the diameter without heating the parts. This could potentially lead to a crack of the spring eye over time.

If the spring eye were to crack, the rear spring could collapse, suddenly upsetting the vehicle’s handling, which could increase the risk of a crash.

Winnebago is working with Sprinter/Daimler to notify owners. Sprinter/Daimler is handling the remedy for this campaign. Please see 11V-323. Sprinter/Daimler dealers will replace the rear springs as necessary free of charge. Owners may contact Sprinter at 1-877-762-8267.

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

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Winnebago & Monaco Chart New Paths to Success

Prior to the recession, Winnebago Industries and Monaco RV were major players among motorhome manufacturers. But high fuel prices followed by the economic downturn left the entire motorized segment of the RV industry—including Winnebago and Monaco—struggling for survival.

Both manufacturers showcased their products and plans for re-establishing themselves in the market at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show recently held in Louisville, Kentucky. They are confident the RVs they had on display will resonate with retail customers and create new jobs in their Elkhart County, Indiana, factories, according to a Friday (December 2) report in the Elkhart Truth.

Winnebago has chosen to return to producing towables after a 30-year absence while Monaco is drawing upon the components and expertise available from its new owner, Navistar International Corp.

Winnebago Charts New Course

While standing in the new Winnebago brand travel trailer, Fred Hershberger, national sales manager, expressed his company’s self-assurance.

“If you can dream it, you can build it,” he said. “We can do anything we want to do.”
In late 2010, Winnebago, based in Forest River, Iowa, purchased the small towable maker Sunnybrook in Middlebury, Indiana, in order to return to the comparatively thriving travel trailer market, according to the newspaper.

Eventually the brand with the manufacturer’s iconic moniker will grow to include every type from folding camping trailers to fifth wheels but the initiative is starting with the travel trailer called the Winnebago One.

Winnebago ONE exterior. (Credit: PRNewsFoto/Winnebago Industries, Inc.)

“It’s refreshing to get back into the business,” Winnebago spokesman Chad Reece said of towables. “It’s a very large and vibrant market and we wanted to get back into it.”
Winnebago designed and built the new model from scratch, incorporating consumer demands that sales personnel often hear at retail shows, Hershberger said.

“Buyers have to like the appearance because they will be living in here,” Hershberger said. “Satisfaction after the initial purchase is huge.”

During the show, Hershberger said, dealers have been excited about the new towable products and a number have placed orders. Along with the Winnebago brand, the company has kept the Sunnybrook brand and updated those units.

Production at the Middlebury plant has increased with the most backlogged orders ever, Hershberger said. Consequently, the workforce “has substantially grown” and will continue to add employees.

Rebirth of Monaco

Since the summer of 2009, when Monaco Coach Corp. was bought out of bankruptcy by Navistar and renamed Monaco RV, production has returned to the once-closed plant in Wakarusa, Indiana. This summer, the Indiana operation was given a boost when Navistar announced it was consolidating motorhome production from Oregon to Wakarusa and creating about 400 new jobs, the Elkhart Truth reported.

Toby Crews, regional sales manager, pointed to the diesel Diplomat and Vesta as two lines that are shifting to Indiana.

Production of the diesel motorhomes will be moving to Wakarusa in the spring. The goal for completion of the transition is March, but how things develop in Wakarusa “depends on the economy and depends on dealer needs for product,” Crews said. “We’ll ramp up in Wakarusa as we need to.”

Although it is a smaller company trying to regain market share, Monaco has the advantage of the Navistar name and experience, Crews said. Monaco motorhomes are built with a Navistar engine on a Roadmaster (Navistar subsidiary) chassis.

“We are the only manufacturer in the world that builds the engine, the chassis, and the house,” Crews said. “We’re not a house builder. We’re a motorhome builder.”

To grow, the company has chosen to focus on innovation, customer service, and quality, Crews said.

It is an issue that has plagued the entire RV industry. Indeed, service technicians Michael For both Winnebago and Monaco, giving consumers well-built, properly-functioning RVs will be an important ingredient for success.

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