The Appeal of Pop-Up Trailers

Pop-up trailers are a blend of RV and tent, combining the best of both types. They give you the comfort and security of a travel trailer and the openness of a tent.

Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers
Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy

Pop-up trailers, which are also known as pop-up campers, folding tent trailers, and folding campers are lightweight trailers with collapsible (usually canvas material) sides that fold for aerodynamic towing by a motorized vehicle. When set up, they provide cooking, dining, and sleeping facilities for up to eight people.

Pop-up trailers are an affordable way for the budget buyer to get into RVing, a viable first step of RV ownership.

They are lightweight and make a lot of sense to campers especially young families and those looking at upgrading from tent camping to an RV.

Added to the fact purchase prices are much lower than a conventional RV, they provide a wonderful camping choice.

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is forecasting the industry will ship 10,900 pop-up units to retailers this year and will remain unchanged in 2015.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition

Although the market for pop-ups has been eroded somewhat following the recession, there are still new pop-up trailers coming out that will continue to attract new customers who have decided that tent camping just isn’t fun anymore. And today’s pop-ups have some definite advantages over their predecessors.

They’re definitely not your dad’s pop-up. Early pop-up trailers were bland—not much more than a wheeled box with a bed and table. They have become a lot easier to set up and take down. Today’s pop-up trailers are much more automated with more power lifts that reduce setup and take down time. When you add to that the incredible number of new features—everything from updated floor plans and fabrics to extra storage and power points, their appeal has been broadened.

SylvanSport GO
Lightweight and easy to manage, the SylvanSport GO can be pulled by even the smallest of cars.

Today, they are much improved and offer more appeal. There are even off-road models with dirt tires and a deck on which to carry an ATV.

Setting up a pop-up trailer is relatively simple and should take about 20 minutes.

Park your pop-up in a level spot. Secure the wheels with a tire locking chock. Raise the trailer tongue high enough to disconnect the tow vehicle. Pull the tow vehicle away and level the trailer.

Release the roof latches, and raise the roof using the crank handle or winch extending the telescoping poles on each corner of the box.

Next, bunks at the front and the back of the trailer are pulled out by hand. Then, the tent material (which is fastened to the box and to the roof) is unfurled, pulled over the ends of the bunks, and attached. Interior support poles for the bunk and the entry door are then installed.

Depending on the configuration and included equipment, several additional set up steps may be required. These steps include hooking up to utilities (electricity, water, sewer), reassembling the dinette, unfolding the sink, turning on systems (water pump, water heater, etc.), making beds and unpacking belongings.

Earlier articles on Vogel Talks RVing have featured several brands of pop-up trailers, each boasting unique features.

Bunkhouse Pop-up trailer
Bushtec Products’ Bunkhouse Pop-up trailers has introduced a new pop-up travel trailer.

The Bunkhouse Camper manufactured by Jacksboro, Tennessee-based Bushtec Products features pop-ups weighing less than 300 pounds that are popular with motorcycle riders.

The TrailManor is a low-profile hard wall trailer that opens and closes with the touch of a remote control. TrailManor’s “tow low/live high” concept appeals to campers desiring comfort and luxury beyond that offered by the typical pop-up trailer.

The Viking Epic Series of pop-up trailers offers eight floor plans in the $9,615-$13,401 price range. Manufactured by Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., the Viking Epic Series was named a 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy in the “midrange” category.

Billed as “Mobile Adventure Gear” rather than a trailer, the SylvanSport Go is an 800-pound pop-up trailer that can carry extra outdoor equipment such as canoes and trailers and can be towed by a small car.

Worth Pondering…

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

—James Dean (1931-1955)

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The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

Despite what Matthew McConaughey might have you believe, Airstream trailers are not the only cool campers out there. No, there are others.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

In an earlier post on Vogel Talks RVing, I introduced the adorably minimalist Cricket Trailer.

Designed and built by Garrett Finney, an ex-NASA architect, the part tent, part RV Cricket Trailer is out-of-this-world cool.

Combining his small-space expertise and backpacking background, Finney designed the Cricket Trailer, a small, self-contained pop-up trailer. It’s his response to today’s house-on-wheels bigger-is-better RV cul­ture.

The Cricket is a kind of hybrid tent and trailer, made of aluminum, wood and steel, with a pop-up style roof—not a house on wheels but a portable adventure living space.

The name Cricket was inspired by an early design sketch, in which the lifts on the pop-up looked like the legs of the insect.

Many of the people who are buying Cricket trailers have never owned a camping trailer before. In describing the company’s philosophy, Finney harkened back to the old 7-Up ads from the 1970s.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

It packs most everything you’ll need for a week or longer on the road, and despite its small size does not skimp on function.

It’s light. The Cricket Trailer weighs only 1,460 pounds unloaded, yet packs on board fresh water and grey water tanks, an energy-efficient lightweight electric water heater, electrical shore power connection, exterior shower system, a recessed sink with folding cover, energy efficient-water pump, and optional energy efficient refrigerator. All the comforts of home, only smaller and roadworthy.

And there’s ample storage. Lift up a seating cushion to reveal substantial gear stowage space. Under-bed and under-kitchen counter storage adds to available space for your stuff. The roof mounting points were designed to accept a number of modern car top cargo systems.

It also strikes an interesting chord between full-blown trailer and utilitarian pop-up. The walls are rigid from floor to ceiling, and with a simple pop, the roof extends a few feet revealing mesh windows and allowing air circulation.

Underneath, the Cricket Trailer totes a rugged torsion beam suspension and features a foot of ground clearance (an extra two and a half inches with the Sport Edition), built to military spec stress testing standards.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

The Cricket Trailer is now available in two models: Standard Cricket and Sport Edition.

Features and specifications common to both models include a queen size bed, interior standing height of 6 feet 4 inches, water heater, indoor sink, external shower, and high output LED interior lights.

Optional trailer fixtures include 5,000 BTU air conditioner ($560), tongue box ($315), roof rack bars ($300), kid’s berth ($280), portable toilet ($140), top loading fridge ($1,000), 80 watt solar electric pack ($700), second battery ($240), road safety kit including mounted spare tire ($375), great outdoor kit including awning ($375), and kitchen furnishings including coffee and portable stove ($280).

The Standard Cricket complete with v-berth lounge, water heater, and exterior shower
package starts at $21,700 MSRP.

The Sport Edition complete with exclusive silver panels, higher ground clearance, rugged build, road safety kit, and roof rack standard starts at $24,290 MSRP.

Although the Cricket is earth­bound, the results are out-of-this-world cool.

The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer
The Out-Of-This-World Cool Cricket Trailer

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Cricket Trailer

Cricket is a lightweight pop-up trailer, a covered wagon for the New Frontier.

Cricket is a base camp for outdoor fun. Lightweight and athletic, cricket is towable by many four-cylinder engines.

With sleeping room for two adults and up to two children, cricket’s NASA-inspired design and integrated plumbing and electrical systems enable days off the grid.

Three-dimensional storage allows cargo for a long weekend or a longer journey. Built from sensible materials, cricket is affordable, aerodynamic, and rugged enough for dirt roads and gravel tracks.

Address: 6261 Richman Avenue, Unit F, Houston, Texas 77057

Phone: (713) 861-2540

Website: www.crickettrailer.com

Worth Pondering…

Find what brings you joy and go there.

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Camper Bought On Craiglist Was Stolen

For many Americans and Canadians buying items advertized on Craiglist and other classified sites has become a great way to locate deals.

avoid-scamsUnfortunately, those sites are also a hotbed of con artists looking to make a quick buck.

In earlier posts I reported about an auto insurance scam on Kijiji and Craiglist and on an Air Force veteran was scammed when purchasing a motorhome off Craiglist.

An Oklahoma family’s time with their dream camper was recently cut short when they learned the RV they bought online on Craiglist was actually stolen.

They learned it belonged to another family through social media.

It’s not easy for 4-year-old Easton to let go of the camper his dad just brought home, but he’ll soon have to.

“[It is] crushing because we had been looking for a long time,” Bret Thomas told Tulsa, Oklahoma News on 6.

“The boys were all excited you know when we got home. We just played in it.”

For over a year, the family searched online for a good camper in their price range. That’s when Thomas spotted a Craiglist ad for a used Pop-up camper for $500. Thomas jumped on the deal and met with the seller.

scam-alertThe camper didn’t have a title, but Thomas got a handwritten bill of sale.

Thomas says the seller told him he had taken the camper with his wife to Lake Thunderbird all the time and that he was out of work and that he just needed the money. Thomas paid him in cash, and the 1977 Jayco camper was all his.

“This was going to be our little home base,” Thomas told News on 6.

“Most of them you find in this price range, their canvases are just ripped up and shredded.”

It was going to be a great way to spend family weekend trips at Lake Arcadia. Excited, Thomas posted pictures of his new purchase online, but it wasn’t long before friends notified him that his new buy actually belonged to someone else.

“It ended up being a friend of a friend’s trailer that was stolen that morning,” he said.

Even more bizarre, Thomas’ wife went to high school with the owner of the camper and he’s even been to the family’s home to fix their AC unit.

“He was a really nice guy. I remember him from that time, and so we contacted him [and we] were able to easily to deal with him, and he was obviously happy to get his property back,” Thomas said.

The owner was able to identify a broken handle wrapped in electrical tape and Christmas lights stored inside a cabinet. It was a heartbreaking hang-up for the Thomas family, who will once again have to put their camping plans on the back burner.

scam-acronym“Legally, the trailer would be ours I guess, is what they were saying. But I know that he used it for his family and their memories and I couldn’t take something like that from someone,” Thomas said.

A missing camper report was filed with Edmond Police and Thomas filed reports with Yukon Police and Oklahoma City Police where the payment occurred.

Thomas says he is not sure if the seller actually stole the camper or was just in possession of it. He has tried calling the seller and contacting him on Facebook and says he would not press charges if he got his money back.

Worth Pondering…
Where there are sales, there are scam artists.

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Buy a New RV in 2015: You Deserve It!

A newly published study shows that RV vacations cost substantially less than other forms of vacation travel, even when factoring in fuel prices and the cost of RV ownership.

2015 Starflyer 10
Folding camping trailer: 2015 Starcraft Starflyer 10

For a four-person travel party, the study found savings of 27 percent to 62 percent; a two-person travel party saved 11 percent to 48 percent.

The research was conducted by PKF Consulting USA, and com­missioned by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). It updates previous vacation cost comparison studies done by PKF.

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

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

2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen
Lightweight travel trailer: 2015 Ascend Cloud by EverGreen

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

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

  • Folding camping trailer – 47-62 percent
  • Lightweight travel trailer – 34-53 percent
  • Compact motorhome – 27-48 percent
  • Class C motorhome – 28-48 percent
  • Class A motorhome – 38 percent

Following is the what a two-person travel party could expect to save:

  • Folding camping trailer – 38-48 percent
  • Lightweight travel trailer – 23-36 percent
  • Compact motorhome – 19-32 percent
  • Class C motorhome – 15-28 percent
  • Class A motorhome – 14 percent
2015 Interstate Grand Tour
Compact motorhome: 2015 Airstream Interstate Grand Tour

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

Buying a 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.

When contemplating the purchase of an RV, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar brands and models, attend 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.

Class A motorhome: 2015 Newmar King Aire
Class A motorhome: 2015 Newmar King Aire

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

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 RVs along with reviews on many of the newest models available. Internet forums are a good way to obtain honest feedback from current owners and learn from their experiences.

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

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

It is also important to 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.

Class C motorhome: 2015 Thor Motor Coach Citation
Class C motorhome: 2015 Thor Motor Coach Citation

Worth Pondering…

I enjoy the RV world. I will have one until the day I die.

—Bob Gibson, Hall of Fame major league pitcher

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Why Own An RV?

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

Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers
Lance Introduces Significant Upgrades to 2015 Travel Trailers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Folding camping trailer – 47-62 percent

Lightweight travel trailer – 34-53 percent

Compact motorhome – 27-48 percent

Class C motorhome – 28-48 percent

Class A motorhome – 38 percent

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

Folding camping trailer – 38-48 percent

Lightweight travel trailer – 23-36 percent

Compact motorhome – 19-32 percent

Class C motorhome – 15-28 percent

Class A motorhome – 14 percent

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

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

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

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

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

Worth Pondering…

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

Live one day at a time–

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

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

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Viking Epic Camping Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy

The Viking Epic Series of camping trailers, manufactured by Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., has been named a 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy in the “midrange” category.

Viking Epic Camping Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy
Viking Epic Camping Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy

Consumers Digest made the announcement in the May/June issue of the magazine.

“No other line that’s in this price range ($9,615-$13,401) delivers a better combination of creature comforts or a better warranty than does Epic Series, which is a repeat Best Buy selection,” the consumer advice magazine noted.

Chris Mandell, general manager of Viking Recreational Vehicles for Coachmen RV, said company officials were excited and elated when they first heard the news.

“We see this as quite an honor. A lot of people put a lot of stock in the advice and recommendations from Consumers Digest,” Mandell said.

The Best Buy achievement likely will figure prominently in future marketing efforts, he added.

According to Michael R Terlep, president of Coachmen RV, the Consumers Digest Best Buy status provides validation that Viking camping trailers are an excellent value for RVers.

“To receive this recognition is an honor and provides us reassurance that we are doing several thinks right; specifically that our innovative and practical designs combined with our product features and overall quality result in an exceptional value proposition,” Terlep explained.

The 2105ST model which was singled out by Consumers Digest because “it’s the least expensive model ($13,095) we found that has a three-burner cook top, a toilet, and a shower as standard features.”
The 2105ST model which was singled out by Consumers Digest because “it’s the least expensive model ($13,095) we found that has a three-burner cook top, a toilet, and a shower as standard features.”

“Now we are challenged with raising the bar and delivering an even better product.”

Being named a “Best Buy” means the product delivers “exceptional value for a given amount of money … based on its combination of eight criteria: performance, ease of use, features, quality of construction, warranty, efficiency, styling, and maintenance and service requirements,” according to Consumers Digest.

The Viking Epic series is available in eight floor plans with an exterior closed length of 12 feet 8 inches to 18 feet 3 inches and an exterior open length of 17 feet 11 inches to 18 feet 3 inches.

The 2105ST model which was singled out by Consumers Digest because “it’s the least expensive model ($13,095) we found that has a three-burner cook top, a toilet, and a shower as standard features.”

Somerset Camping Trailers was a Consumers Digest Best Buy in the premium category while the Jayco Jay Sport Line was selected in the economy range.

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Viking Camping Trailers

Viking-RV-logoViking Camping Trailers provide a whole new dimension in camping trailers starting with the ease of towing created by aerodynamic profiles and extending through ease of use and set up with the Patent Pending Glide-N-Lock bed system.

Viking Camping Trailers are available in the LS Series (1 model), Epic Series (8 models), Legend Series (4 models), and V-Trec (2 models).

Website: www.coachmenrv.com/viking

Coachmen RV

Coachmen LogoCoachmen RV products have been on US roads and highways since 1964.

The first Coachmen RV products were manufactured in a 5,000 square foot plant in downtown Middlebury, Indiana, by Coachmen Industries, a company founded by three brothers: Tom, Keith, and Claude Corson.

Coachmen’s first year of production included 12 travel trailers, a single truck camper, and 80 truck caps. Since that time, over 600,000 Coachmen recreational vehicles have been produced.

In December of 2008, Coachmen RV became a proud brand of Forest River Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway Company.

Coachmen RV, a Division of Forest River Inc., is headquartered in Middlebury, Indiana, with their primary manufacturing facilities on nearly 120 acres with approximately 11 acres under roof serving as dedicated manufacturing facilities for Coachmen branded Class A Motorhomes, Class C Motorhomes, Fifth Wheels, and Travel Trailers. Camping Trailers are manufactured in Centerville, Michigan, manufacturing facilities.

Physical Address: 423 North Main, Middlebury, IN 46540

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 30, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (800) 353-7383

Website: www.coachmenrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

—James Dean (1931-1955)

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Still More September RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 4 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Dutchmen Manufacturing, Heartland Recreational Vehicles, Columbia Northwest, and Winnebago Industries.

Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc.

DutchmanGoshen, Indiana-based Dutchmen Manufacturing, Inc. is recalling 168 model year 2014 Voltage recreational vehicles manufactured July 18, 2013, through August 20, 2013. The vehicles may not have the clamp installed correctly at the generator fuel filter.

Without a correctly installed clamp, the fuel line may become disconnected, resulting in a fuel leak, which could lead to an increased risk of fire, personal injury and property damage.

Dutchmen will notify owners, and dealers will inspect and correct the installation of the clamp, as needed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in September 2013.

Owners may contact Dutchmen Customer Service by calling 1-574-537-0700.

Dutchmen’s recall number is 13-197.

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

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

HeartlandElkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is recalling 10 model year 2013 Cyclone 3110 fifth wheel travel trailers manufactured May 14, 2012, through June 29, 2012.

The vehicles were manufactured with incorrect Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) information printed on the Federal Certification Label. The actual Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) is 16,000 pounds but was listed as 18,000 pounds on the label. Thus, these vehicles fail to conform to Part 567, “Certification Regulation.”

Towing a vehicle loaded beyond the specified weight rating may result in a tire or suspension failure leading to poor vehicle handling and an increased risk of a crash.
Heartland will notify owners and will provide a replacement label, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin by early October.

Owners may contact Heartland at 1-888-262-5992.

Heartland’s recall number is 99-01-14.

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.

Columbia Northwest, Inc.

aliner1Mt Pleasant, Pennsylvania-based Columbia Northwest, Inc. is recalling 4,565 model year 2006-2013 Aliner travel trailers manufactured January 1, 2006, through April 25, 2013. It may be possible to remove the key from the lock in a way that potentially jams the deadbolt.

If the deadbolt jams, the interior side of the door lock may also jam. A person inside the travel trailer at the time will then be locked in and be unable to exit the vehicle without using the emergency exit, increasing the risk of injury.
Columbia will notify owners, and Fastec will coordinate the inspection and replacement of the cylinders, as needed, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin by early November 2013.

Owners may contact Columbia at 1-724-423-7440 or Fastec at 1-800-837-2505.

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

Winnebago Industries Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries Inc. is recalling 164 model year 2013-2014 Aspect and Itasca Cambria (models 730C and 730J) motorhomes manufactured March 12, 2012, through May 31, 2013. The child seat tether is mounted in an improper position.

This improper position does not allow the child seat to be used properly and in the event of a crash, it will not allow the child seat to properly protect the occupant, which increases the risk of injury.

Winnebago will notify owners, and dealers will remove the child tether, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in early October 2013.

Owners may contact Winnebago at 1-800-537-1885 or or@winnebagoind.com.

Winnebago’s campaign number is 130.

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 twenty-third in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

Worth Pondering…

In every thought and action, think excellence.

—Byrd Bagget

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More September RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 4 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Aluminum Trailer Company, Starcraft RV, Peterson Industries, and Spartan Motor Chassis.

Aluminum Trailer Company

ATCNappanee, Indiana-based Aluminum Trailer Company (ATC) is recalling 17 model year 2013 Quest trailers manufactured February 26, 2013, through April 10, 2013. Due to a design change in the Dometic-brand power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

ATC will notify owners, and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with one of a different design.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact ATC at 1-574-773-8360 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

Starcraft RV Inc.

starcraftMiddlebury, Indiana-based Starcraft RV Inc. is recalling 22 model year 2014 Comet Camping Trailers manufactured September 18, 2012, through May 6, 2013. The spare tire bracket mounted on the rear wall is not secured sufficiently and could detach.

If the spare tire bracket detaches from the vehicle while it is being driven, it could become a road hazard increasing the risk of a vehicle crash or injury.

Starcraft will notify owners and dealers will add a metal strap to secure the spare tire bracket, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in September 2013.

Owners may contact Starcraft 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.

Peterson Industries Inc.

excelSmith Center, Kansas-based Peterson Industries Inc. is recalling 28 model year 2013-2014 Excel travel trailers manufactured February 2013 through June 2013. Due to a design change in the dometic-brand power awning motor assembly, the motor assembly screws may unknowingly shear.

If the motor assembly screws shear, it is possible that the awning can unfurl unexpectedly, either while the vehicle is at rest or while in transit, increasing the risk of personal injury or a vehicle crash.

Peterson Industries Inc. will notify owners, and Dometic staff will replace the affected motors with one of a different design.

The manufacturer has not yet provided a notification schedule.

Owners may contact Peterson at 1-800-368-3759 or Dometic at 1-888-447-0003 for more information. Owners are being instructed not to drive their vehicle until repairs can be performed.

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.

Spartan Motor Chassis, Inc.

Spartan-Chassis-Inc.Charlotte, Michigan-based Spartan Motor Chassis, Inc. is recalling 113 model year 2009-2012 MM, 2011-2014 K2, and 2010-2012 K3 motorhome chassis. Due to contact with the steering relay rod, the ABS modulator valve may fracture, resulting in air not being applied to the affected wheel end.

This may increase stopping distance of the vehicle or cause the vehicle to pull to one side. Either condition increases the risk of a crash.

Spartan will notify owners and dealers will reorient the ABS modulator valve and install spacers for additional clearance, free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin in September 2013.

Owners may contact Spartan at 1-517-543-6400.

Spartan’s recall campaign number is 12008

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 twenty-second in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls.

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Sylvan Sport Introduces Solar Kit for GO

Brevard, North Carolina-based Sylvan Sport introduced its first custom solar solution for the GO travel trailer.

Sylvan Sport the Go Zero: GO 400 Solar Power System, the Nomad 13 Solar Panel
Sylvan Sport the Go Zero: GO 400 Solar Power System, the Nomad 13 Solar Panel

An exclusive development project with Goal Zero has given Sylvan Sport the Goal Zero: GO 400 Solar Power System, the Nomad 13 Solar Panel.

When space is tight and every ounce counts, the Nomad 13 packs the perfect power source, according to a news release.

Using 13 watts of highly efficient mono-crystalline solar technology, its two small panels provide plenty of power and conveniently fold into a small, lightweight portable case.

Whether you’re backpacking, hiking, biking, or snowshoeing, you can easily pack and carry your solar energy—compatible with all of your Sherpa gear.

This kit gives users everything they need to power electronics, lighting, and fans.

Features include:

  • Two Nomad 13 solar panel kits
  • One Yeti 400 solar power generator
  • One Light-A-Life LED Lamp with cable and carabiner
  • One additional 6-foot extension cable
  • One AC power adapter
  • Additional cable adapters

Cost: $159.99

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The GO by SylvanSports
The GO by SylvanSports

Brevard, North Carolina-based SylvanSport was founded in 2004 to develop great gear to support an evolving sense of adventure. Adventure can be on a mountain, river, or in your backyard.

Their team brings decades of experience designing and making outdoor products from the most respected companies. They offer products that blend utility, quality, and value while respecting the purity of the places our adventures take us.

Address: 235 Commerce Street, Brevard, NC 28712

Phone: (828) 883-4292

Website: sylvansport.com

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SylvanSport Introduces PRO-GO Getter

Brevard, North Carolina-based SylvanSport, makers of the lightweight GO popup camping trailer, the GO, introduces the new PRO-GO Getter ambassador referral program.

GO-landing_campersThis program helps GO fans with industry connections become GO owners and brand ambassadors with the potential to earn referral fees.

It also helps put more GOs on the map, for aspiring GO owners to explore and experience firsthand.

“When people call about the GO, the first thing they want to know is where they can see one in person,” said Tom Dempsey, founder of SylvanSport, in a news release.

“With the PRO-GO Getter program, interested customers can connect with GO owner insiders to see the full versatility of the GO camping trailer in action for themselves.”

The GO pop-up camper is designed from the frame out to be a versatile “mobile adventure trailer.” It tows behind any vehicle, including hybrids, and hauls bikes, kayaks and motorcycles before transforming into a comfortable camping trailer with a living space that can sleep four.

The GO pop-up camper is designed from the frame out to be a one-of-a-kind mobile adventure trailer that’s even more versatile than a Swiss army knife, said Dempsey.

GO-landing_racersOn the company’s website, SylvanSport illustrates how the lightweight GO, called the “Coolest. Camper. Ever,” by National Geographic Adventure, tows behind any vehicle, including hybrids, and hauls bikes, kayaks—even motorcycles—before transforming into a comfortable camping trailer with a living space that can sleep four with ease.

“The GO pop-up camper is something you have to see in person to fully appreciate the design and craftsmanship,” said Kyle Mundt, marketing director for SylvanSport.

“People are always amazed with how lightweight and strong the GO is, and how easy it is to load, haul, and convert into a camping trailer.”

For qualified PRO-GO Getters, the benefits of being a brand ambassador for the GO camping trailer include:

  • Savings of up to $2,500 off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price for purchase GO pop-up camping trailer
  • Referral fees of $300 for every completed sale of the GO pop-up camper
  • A complete GO camping and adventure package, including an awning, spare tire, four mattresses, and two bed/seat/tables
  • SylvanSport merchandise like camping chairs and a team PRO-GO t-shirt
  • A custom web page on sylvansport.com to help direct customers to ambassadors
  • Sales support literature and pull-up event banners for events
  • Access to partner company PRO-deals on all kinds of outdoor adventure gear

“SylvanSport is born of roots in the outdoor industry, so we’ve always had a great Industry PRO Deal on the GO Camper. Our new PRO-GO Getter deal takes that many steps further, giving our industry friends all the tools needed to be great ambassadors for the GO, and earn some real money in the process,” said Dempsey.

“With the PRO-GO Getter program, we’re taking the GOs out of the showroom and out into the real world, where they belong,” Mundt added.

Eric Albert is a SylvanSport PRO-GO Getter, and an Adventure Travel Consultant out of Alberta who says he’s excited about the potential for the PRO-GO Getter program.

“It gives prospective customers an unbiased, experienced opinion about the GO, helping them make a more informed decision on their investment.”

As an avid kayaker, kayak instructor, and director for the Alberta Freestyle Kayaking Association, Albert is hard pressed to pick his favorite GO feature.

“It’s a tossup of either being able to carry about 10 kayaks to festivals, or waking up, stretching, and not having to crawl out of a ground tent in the early morning,” he said.

“I love the innovative design, the versatility, the low profile, and the ability to carry all my toys to the hills!”

GO-landing_panoRecently, Albert took the GO on a dream kayaking trip through the rugged landscape of Northern Idaho where he used it as a hauling machine for his group’s rafts, gear, and kayaks.

“It doubled as our accommodations for our prep and post expeditionary purposes,” he said. “They call it the Swiss Army Knife of pop-up campers for a good reason.”

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Brevard, North Carolina-based SylvanSport was founded in 2004 to develop great gear to support an evolving sense of adventure. Adventure can be on a mountain, river, or in your backyard.

Their team brings decades of experience designing and making outdoor products from the most respected companies. They offer products that blend utility, quality, and value while respecting the purity of the places our adventures take us.

Address: 235 Commerce Street, Brevard, NC 28712

Phone: (828) 883-4292

Website: sylvansport.com

Worth Pondering…

The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.

—Victor Papanek

 

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