AmeriGO RV Club Suspending Operations

The AmeriGO RV Club notified its 50,000 consumer members as well as dealers, campgrounds, and other partners that, effective today (July 17) it is suspending business operations while still working to obtain financing for the fledgling national consumer club.

AmeriGO-RV-Club-LogoIn making the announcement, AmeriGO Chairman Joe McAdams said the interest from the RV industry and consumer market for the AmeriGO concept has been “very gratifying and extremely strong,” but the club’s management needed to suspend operations while it explored financing options.

“We still believe very strongly that the concept is much needed in our industry. We are continuing to search for additional funding or a suitable partner within the coming months,” McAdams stated, adding that AmeriGO officials will update members on further status changes as warranted.

AmeriGO was founded in 2013 by McAdams and fellow RV industry veterans Joe Daquino and Mike Schneider, all of whom are former executives of Ventura, California-based Affinity Group Inc.

The independent RV consumer club has been positioned as an affordable membership organization that cultivates a vibrant online community dedicated to RV enthusiasts throughout North America who enjoy benefits, services, and discounts via partnerships with companies across the industry, including resorts and campgrounds, RV dealers, and insurance, financing, and warranty providers.

“Our goal in creating AmeriGO is to build a trusted resource for products, services, and information that adds value and security for the RV enthusiast by providing access to and savings at our premier network of RV vendors, dealers, and campgrounds,” AmeriGO officials stated in September 2013 in announcing the formation of the club.

Joe McAdams, Chairman of AmeriGO RV Club
Joe McAdams, Chairman of AmeriGO RV Club

While it not that unusual for membership camping organizations to experience financial difficulties resulting in reduced services and camping options for its members, it is highly unusual to suspend operations during the first two years of operation.

One also wonders whether suspending operations and ceasing to operate as a viable company are, in this case, one and the same.

Unanswered questions remain. Are the membership camping organization’s financial difficulties due to a failed business model? Did the promoters fail to provide value to the network of RV business partners? Did the promoters over-compensate themselves? Will full disclosure to the membership be forthcoming?

Worth Pondering…

You don’t pay the price for success. You pay the price for failure.

—Zig Ziglar

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How To Test Drive an RV

When choosing an RV, there’s a lot to consider.

North Llano River RV Park, Junction, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Class A Diesel Pusher camping at North Llano River RV Park, Junction, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In an earlier post on Vogel Talks RVing, I discuss the steps involved in buying a new or preowned RV.

Where do you plan to camp? What are your travel plans? Are you a weekend warrior, snowbird, or full-timer RVer? What size RV fits your family? Do you prefer a motorized RV or a towable? What is your budget? Space and storage requirements? The list goes on.

A major difference between driving RVs and cars is that they don’t handle the same, especially when cornering. Test-driving will help to determine what kind of RV is manageable for you. The last thing you want to do is purchase an RV that you can’t drive safely.

But once you get to the test drive phase, there are six things you absolutely must do:

1. Try the bed

Is it comfortable? Large enough? If you plan on sharing it with another person, bring them along to ensure it’s comfortable for two. Mattresses can be too thin, too firm, or too soft. They can be made with uncomfortable seams, creases, or thin spots. Try making the bed with the type of bedding you prefer. Is there space for fitted sheets to tuck in.

White Tank Mountain Regional Park: West Valley Icon © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Small travel trailer camping at White Tank Mountain Regional Park Campground, Maricopa County, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

If the bed is convertible, be sure to test the complete conversion process, both setup and stowage. How difficult and time consuming is the change-over process? How long and how many people does it take to convert the bed? Finally, test the noise levels for sleeping. Run the fan, air conditioning, heat pump, and furnace.

2. Evaluate the bathroom layout

To make sure you’ll fit, sit on the toilet and stand in the shower. Try the shower arm if there is one. How difficult will it be to clean up after using the shower and sink? Is the sink usable? Is there room to brush your teeth, wash, and shave? Flush the toilet. How much water does it use? Is there adequate space for soap, shampoo, and personal items? Check the lighting and the mirrors. Are they adequate?

3. Examine the storage space

Does the RV have adequate space for all essentials? Determine space availability for the toys you plan to tote along, such as bikes or golf clubs. Longer items like golf clubs or skis can present problems. Is there adequate space for clothes, towels, cleaning products, vacuum cleaner. Where will you store miscellaneous items? Will you have to move things around in order to make the bed and go to sleep, or can they stay in their place night and day?

Keystone Montana fifth wheel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Keystone Montana fifth wheel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

4. Operate ALL appliances

Furnace, A/C, heat pump, microwave, refrigerator, stove top and oven, fan, lights, inverter, batteries, leveling jacks, water heater, and water pump.

Extend and retract the slides.

5. Check the water systems

Go through the process of filling the freshwater tank and dumping the grey and black water tanks. Are the hoses easy to access and store? Are valve actuators handy? Is there lighting that would enable you to complete the process at night?

6. Drive it

Test drive at highway speeds and on rough roads and up and down hills. Figure on a 20-30 minute test drive in as many traffic and road surface conditions as you can. 0-65mph on the test drive, cornering, braking, shifting.

How quiet is the drive? Any rattles? Do the cupboards stay latched? How is visibility? Does the back-up camera provide an adequate view?

Scamp travel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Scamp travel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Is the cockpit seating comfortable? Are controls conveniently located?

With any RV you test drive, there will be compromises. You may test all of these factors, find some that aren’t ideal, and decide to purchase anyway. The important thing is to avoid surprises after you sign on the dotted line.

As long as you keep your expectations in line with reality, you can still have a ton of fun and freedom in your new RV.

Worth Pondering…

Recently I ran across a few lines by Pierre de Ronsard, a 16th-century poet: “Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow. Gather the roses of life today.” Maybe it’s time to stop dreaming about buying the RV of your dreams—and just do it!

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Airstream Announces List of Top Dealers

Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream announced its top U.S. dealer rankings based on retail units sold between May 2013 and May 2014 during the company’s dealer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Airstream 44813a1b04afd132Airstream’s “Top Dealer” winner, Colonial Airstream, is a family owned dealership and leads retail sales in both the touring coach and travel trailer classes.

Based in Lakewood, New Jersey, Colonial has dedicated sales staff for Airstream that provides industry leading sales support and exceptional service after the sale.

Airstream awarded the “Top Dealer Group” for multiple locations to Adventures Northwest, with locations in Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, California; and Seattle, Washington. Airstream Adventures Northwest is a an Airstream exclusive dealer offering both sales and service.

“We currently have the strongest dealer body we have had in many years from top to bottom,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler, in a company news release.

“And it gives us great pleasure to honor these top performers. They epitomize what it takes to top the list: passion, focus, and a commitment to customer satisfaction.”

In the past three years, Airstream has taken a retail-focused approach to its dealer channel focusing on tools and training that will help make their dealer partners successful.

Airstream 3370040def3bede4“This retail focus continues to drive success as the 10th largest retail dealer five years ago would only be the 26th largest dealer in this year’s ranking,” said Wheeler.

“The success is a real tribute to the commitment Airstream dealers have made over the past three years.”

In early 2014, Wheeler attributed the brand’s committed dealer network to Airstream’s record-breaking 2013 sales, which placed production levels at a nearly all-time high. The demand for Airstream’s design-driven products led to the largest backlog the company experienced in more than 30 years.

Other recognized leaders include:

Top 10 Airstream dealers ranked by travel trailer retail units sold:

Colonial Airstream – Lakewood, New Jersey

Bay Area Airstream Adventures – Fairfield, California

Airstream Adventures Northwest – Gladstone, Oregon

Airstream Adventures Northwest – Covington, California

Airstream Interstate Class B motorhome exterior
Airstream Interstate Class B motorhome exterior

Airstream Los Angeles – San Gabriel, California

Camper Clinic II – Buda, Texas

Windish RV – Lakewood, Colorado

Airstream Orange County – Westminster, California

Airstream Adventures Northwest- Nampa, California

Toscano RV – Los Banos, California

Top 10 Airstream Dealers ranked by touring coach retail units sold:

Colonial Airstream – Lakewood, New Jersey

Camper Clinic II – Buda, Texas

Tied for 3rd – North Trail RV, Fort Myers, Florida, and Vogt RV, Fort Worth, Texas

Tied for 5th – Bay Area Airstream Adventures, Fairfield, California, and Schumacher, Phoenix, Arizona

Tied for 7th – Arbogast RV, Troy, Ohio, Airstream Los Angeles–San Gabriel, California, and

Airstream Adventures Northwest–Gladstone, Oregon

Tied for 10th – Airstream Adventures Northwest, Covington, California, and Airstream Orange County, Westminster, California

In addition to the recognition of the top selling dealerships, Airstream also honored dealers for service and parts excellence, including:

Service Excellence: Airstream Adventures Northwest–Gladstone, Oregon, and Airstream of Spokane

Top Parts Dealer: Out of doors Mart

In Western Canada your Airstream dealer is Midtown RV, located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley of British Columbia.



Airstream-logo-newAirstream, 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)


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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KZRV Receives 13th Quality Circle Award

Shipshewana, Indiana-based KZRV recently received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) for the 13th time since 2000.

New Spree Connect from KZRV
New Spree Connect from KZRV

KZRV won the award RVDA’s Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey for its Sportsmen, Sportsmen Classic, Spree, and Spree Escape brands of travel trailers.

The survey rates manufacturers’ performance in product reliability and quality, parts support, dealership warranty support, product design, sales support and territory, competitive price and value, and overall dealer communications.

“We’ve been committed to quality for over 40 years, that’s what makes KZRV great,” said Marlene Snyder, vice president of sales and marketing, in a news release.

“The DSI Award is something we take very seriously. It’s a survey that measures us in sales support, quality product and product design.  It’s truly an honor to receive this prestigious award. We are constantly striving to build the best product in the market. This is one tool to let us know that we are on the right track.”

These award winning products will be on display at this year’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, December 3-5, 2013.



KZ-logoKZRV Recreational Vehicles was founded in 1972 in a small gas station north of Middlebury, Indiana, by Daryl Zook, on the principles of quality, fairness, courtesy, and integrity.

They started building truck campers and slide in tops and now manufacture a full line of towable recreational vehicles in Shipshewana, Indiana including Durango, Escalade, and StoneRidge fifth wheels; Coyote, Sportsmen, Sportsmen Classic, Spree, Spree Escape, and Spree Connect travel trailers; Inferno, Escalade Sportster, and StoneRidge Sportster fifth wheel toy haulers; and MXT, Rock Climber, Sportsmen Classic, and Sportsmen TH travel trailer toy haulers.

KZ Recreational Vehicles has received the Quality Circle Award from RVDA for its Dealer Satisfaction Index survey for 12 of the last 13 years.

Address: 0985 N 900 W, Shipshewana, IN 46565

Phone: (866) 472-5460 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.

—Tom Landry

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KOA Acquires Lazydays Tucson RV Park

Lazydays RV and Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) have reached agreement on the sale of the Lazydays RV Campground in Tucson, Arizona, to KOA.

KOA-logo-with-printing-300x113The RV park located at 5151 S. Country Club Road in Tucson, will now be known as the Tucson/Lazydays KOA Campground. It will join 486 other locations in the KOA system throughout North America.

Lazydays RV CEO Tim Sheehan said the agreement with KOA includes a marketing agreement that allows the two iconic outdoor industry brands to work together to promote both the campground and Lazydays RV which will continue to operate a Lazydays RV dealership and service center at the Tucson site, according to a news release.

“We are confident that Lazydays RV and KOA, working together, will provide an unparalleled RV ownership and camping experience for guests,” Sheehan said.

“KOA and Lazydays will also work together to increase awareness of our businesses among our respective customers.”

KOA-Lazy DaysKOA President Pat Hittmeier said Lazydays’ culture of “extraordinary customer care” fits well with KOA’s focus on guest service.

“I’m confident that the synergy created by combining our two respected brands will exceed our expectations at all levels, Hittmeier said.

“It was quite evident as this transaction developed that KOA and Lazydays have a healthy amount of respect and trust for each other, which allowed us to proceed to this point. We’re looking forward to a very bright future at the new Tucson/Lazydays KOA.”

The agreement on the Tucson property will be finalized in early November, after KOA completes the due diligence process at the campground.


Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA)

KOA is celebrating its 51st Anniversary in 2013.

KOA, the world’s largest network of family-friendly campgrounds with 485 locations in North America, was born on the banks of the Yellowstone River in Billings, Montana in 1962.

Address: PO Box 30558, Billings, MT 59114

Phone: (888) 562-0000


Lazydays Tucson RV

Lazydays Tucson RV
Lazydays Tucson RV

Lazydays, founded in 1976, is the largest destination RV site in North America.

Based on 126 acres outside Tampa, Florida, Lazydays features more than 400 service bays and more than 900 new and pre-owned RVs.

Lazydays has built its reputation on providing an outstanding customer experience with exceptional service and product expertise.

Lazydays also operates a major dealership in Tucson.

The Lazydays RV dealership in Tucson, Arizona, is comprised of 86 well-manicured acres of property that are filled with a wide variety of RVs, more than 75 service bays, and 25 expert technicians, most of whom have achieved prestigious RVIA/RVDA certification.

If you’re feeling hungry during your visit to Lazydays Tucson, you can enjoy the delicious food options at The Florizona Grille restaurant.

Address: 3200 East Irvington Road, Tucson, AZ 85714-1936

Phone: (800) 306-4002


Worth Pondering…

Have you put…

Step up

Antenna down

Wife in?

—sign at a Dickson, Tennessee campground

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AmeriGO RV Club Set to Launch

RV industry veterans and membership club innovators have developed a new company—AmeriGO RV Club—poised to be the ultimate RV club and online community dedicated to RV enthusiasts.

AmeriGO RV Club LogoScheduled to launch in October 2013, AmeriGO RV Club boasts value-added membership benefits, services, and discounts via a highly advanced online RV club experience, explained Joe McAdams, chairman of AmeriGo RV Club, in a company news release.

“With decades of experience in the RV industry and having already built an amazing set of offerings with our allied partners, it is with great enthusiasm that we announce the development of AmeriGO RV Club,” said Joe McAdams, Chairman of AmeriGO RV Club.

“Our goal in creating AmeriGO is to build a trusted resource for products, services, and information that adds value and security for the RV enthusiast by providing access to and savings at our premier network of RV vendors, dealers, and campgrounds.”

Distinctive Benefits, Partners and Sponsors

Led by RV industry experts and featuring a vast range of partnerships with leading companies, AmeriGO RV Club has established an RV Club benefits program with unique offerings designed especially for RVers, according to the news release.

The club will present exclusive programs, services, and savings for members.

AmeriGO’s alliances present a vast range of benefits to members as follows:

  • AmeriGO has teamed up with Equity LifeStyle Properties, owner of Thousand Trails campgrounds and Encore RV Resorts, to offer Club members a discount of 10 percent off daily rates at over 170 locations across North America
  • Via a strategic alliance with AmeriGO, Progressive presents RVers the opportunity to shop for and purchase Progressive RV insurance policies online at and via the AmeriGO Agency
  • AmeriGO has teamed with Carefree Resorts to give club members access to a family of RV resorts where they will be welcomed by friendly and helpful staff, and can enjoy safe, well maintained communities with modern amenities and vibrant activity programs while benefiting from a discount of 10 percent on overnight stays
  • AmeriGO RV Club members will have exclusive access to an AmeriGO RV Club Protection plan by American Guardian Warranty
  • AmeriGO RV Club has created a strategic alliance with Newcoast Financial Services to provide RVers with the best finance programs available in the industry—featuring the most competitive rates and terms available as well as experienced staff with specialized knowledge in RV lending
  • AmeriGO is pleased to join forces with the highest quality RV dealerships; the company’s goal is to establish a coast-to-coast network of certified dealerships that will offer AmeriGO members peace of mind as they ride the open road across North America

RV Enthusiast Focused Resources and Online Community

Joe McAdams, Chairman of AmeriGO RV Club
Joe McAdams, Chairman of AmeriGO RV Club

Designed around a collaborative online community AmeriGO members will have access to an ever-expanding range of RV-related news and information, RV travel tips and hints, tech resources, RV living articles, popular and fun RV destinations and much more.

Members will also be able to share their experiences and engage in communication with other like-minded RV enthusiasts via the site’s online community, local chapters, and social media channels. Those new to the RV world will have the opportunity to learn all about RVing from experts, friends, and family as well as fellow RVers.

Comprehensive online RV search and shopping offerings will also allow AmeriGO RVers to find public and private campgrounds, and dealers across the nation.

Most Affordable, Comprehensive RV Club

Joe Daquino, President of AmeriGO RV Club
Joe Daquino, President of AmeriGO RV Club

With a yearly membership fee of only $9.95, AmeriGO RV Club offers an affordable, comprehensive RV club with access to a spectrum of benefits, services, and resources dedicated to RV enthusiasts.

“We are thrilled to launch AmeriGO RV Club as a premier membership club dedicated to RV enthusiasts,” said Joe Daquino, President of AmeriGO RV Club.

“At, we are creating a highly advanced online destination that provides RVers with unmatched value and makes the RV experience easier and more exciting than ever.”


AmeriGO RV Club

In pre-launch phase, AmeriGO RV Club is being developed as a premier member-driven club for RV enthusiasts that will serve the entire RV marketplace.

The company’s programs will present consumers with valuable benefits, discounts and unique opportunities designed especially for RVers, and featuring a highly advanced online destination and community for anything and everything related to RVing.


Worth Pondering…

What we see depends mainly on what we look for.

—Sir John Lubbock

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Tip on Purchasing an RV

Tucson, Arizona-based recognizes the fact that many of the customers who come to them to sell their used recreational vehicle will be making the purchase of either a new or upgraded coach from a new RV dealer, a consignment RV dealer, or from a private party.

sellmyrvWhatever the case may be, there are certain things to be aware of and to avoid, according to news release. has assembled the following list of things to avoid when purchasing a new or used recreational vehicle:

Don’t Purchase What you Don’t Need

Careful consideration should be taken when buying a recreational vehicle. It is considered a major purchase to most folks, and buyers should begin searching knowing just what they want, what fits into their budget, and especially when they should walk away from a deal.

One safe rule of thumb is that if the deal sounds too good to be true, it usually is.

Don’t Go Crazy with Accessories

There are a myriad of after-market items you can buy for your RV. A dealer selling you a new recreational vehicle will fire dozens of sales pitches at you to get you to buy add-ons that you just don’t need.

You will also get a load of offers in the mail for these after-market items, as you will be placed on mailing lists when you purchase a new RV. There are catalogs full of accessories that are designed to enhance your RV experience by making it safer, more fun, or less complicated.

sellmyrv tA walk through one of the large camping stores will reveal items that you feel you must have in order to make your RV complete. However, this list can be endless. Some of these items may be very helpful, and truly may add to the enjoyment of your new purchase.

However, don’t catch yourself buying items that you don’t really need, as it will break your bank in a hurry.

Don’t Skimp on Safety

Driving an RV is not difficult, but depending on the size, you may need to go through a paradigm shift to become comfortable maneuvering your home on wheels.

Remember that there are many blind spots that standard vehicles don’t have, so you must be very vigilant about what is going on around you. Keep in mind that the big rig trucks have even more blind spots than you do, and may not always see your RV; so defensive driving is a must.

Also, don’t be in a hurry. Part of the reason you are traveling in an RV is to reduce stress, so take your time and enjoy the journey.

Common sense items like checking tires and engine fluids, as well as wearing seatbelts should always be observed.

“Buying an RV is always a great idea as long as it won’t place you in a financial bind. It’s the most comfortable and convenient way a family can travel. But, it’s like buying anything else; you need to stay within your financial boundaries and be realistic about your needs verses your wants, otherwise you will experience more stress than relaxation,” said Gerard Pedata of

“If you are in that situation now and find you need to sell your RV, give us a call and we can help you.”


Sell My RV Today

sellmyrv54Sell My RV Today was started to help people sell their RVs quicker and easier by taking the guess work out of the equation.

Sell My RV Today is a division of Pedata RV Center.

Address: 5151 S. Julian Drive, Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone: (888) 600-6988 (toll free)


Worth Pondering…

I hope you dance because…


Time is a wheel.

Time is a wheel in constant motion always rolling us along.

Tell me, who wants to look back on their years and wonder where their years have gone.

—Mark D. Sanders and Tia Sillers, I Hope You Dance

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Winnebago Introduces 2014 SunnyBrook Raven

Middlebury, Indiana-based Winnebago Industries Towables will debut the all-new 2014 SunnyBrook Raven fifth-wheel at the upcoming Elkhart County RV Dealer Open House event, September 17-19.

2014 SunnyBrook Raven fifth-wheel
2014 SunnyBrook Raven fifth-wheel

The new Raven mid-profile fifth-wheel will be available in three floor plans and features a clay-colored gel-coat exterior with a painted two-tone cap.

Frameless windows, keyless entry, unobstructed storage area, slam latch luggage doors, and a color coordinated roof are all standard features on the new 2014 Raven, according to a company news release.

LED lights, sky-view windows, large 60-inch showers, solid-surface countertops, and unique back lighting in several areas highlight the interior.

Other standard features offered on the 2014 SunnyBrook Raven mid-profile fifth-wheel include:

  • Gel Coat Clay Colored Exterior
  • Frameless Tinted Windows
  • Painted two tone fiberglass front cap
  • LED Docking Lights
  • Keyless Entry Door
  • Slam Latch Luggage Doors
  • Color Coordinated Roof
  • Sky View Windows
  • Aluminum Wheels
  • Power Awning with LED Light
  • LED Tail Lights
  • TruAir Maximum Comfort AC
  • 60-inch Big Shower
  • 30-inch Microwave
  • Washer/Dryer Ready
  • Extreme Weather Package
  • LED Ceiling Lights
  • Wood Interior Steps with Center Carpet
  • Solid Surface Counter Tops
  • High Rise Faucet with Pull Out Sprayer
  • Ceiling Cloud Lighting
  • Ceiling Crown Molding
  • Ceiling Fan with Light
  • Large TV with Sound Bar
  • Lighted Curio Cabinet
  • Flexible Reading Lights
  • Options include:
  • Electric 4-Point Leveling System
  • Roto Flex Pin Box
  • 30-inch Convection Microwave
  • Stainless Steel Package
  • Central Vacuum
  • Heated Holding Tanks
  • Bonded Leather Furniture
  • King Bed
  • Washer/Dryer
2014 SunnyBrook Raven fifth-wheel
2014 SunnyBrook Raven fifth-wheel

Along with the brand new Raven mid-profile fifth wheel, Winnebago Industries Towables will also display new SunnyBrook Sunset Creek stick and tin travel trailers and Remington laminated fiberglass travel trailers, as well as Winnebago Minnie, One and Ultralite trailers, and Lite Five fifth wheels at the upcoming dealer open house event.


Winnebago Industries Towables

Address: 201 14th Street, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-5250


Winnebago Industries, Inc.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest 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, and SunnyBrook 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:

Itasca Website:

Era Website:

Worth Pondering…

An RV travel adventure has no substitute. It is the ultimate experience, your one big opportunity for flair.

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North Trail RV Center Announces $15M Expansion

South Florida-based North Trail RV Center announces plans for a $15 million dollar expansion at its Fort Myers location.

The family-owned company also operates a dealership in Fort Lauderdale and a separate collision center in Fort Myers.

Expansion of the 80-plus acre ‘footprint’ will begin in late 2012, according to a news release.

This state-of-the-art facility will include expanded sales and finance departments, service buildings, and a parts mega-store that will total over 70,000-square-feet, almost two acres, of floor space under roof.

With areas set aside for rallies and events, this ‘destination’ dealership will be a one-of-a-kind for this area, according to North Trail RV Center.

This $15 million expansion will add a huge, positive boost to Southwest Florida’s local economy.

Plans call for the hiring of an estimated 100 new workers. The dealer now employs over 180 people at its three locations, states the release.

“North Trail RV Center is already very unique because RV owners can have all of their sales, finance, service, bodywork, tire, and chassis needs met right here in one place,” says Alan Erp, president and founder.

“We completed the expansion of our collision, chassis, and tire center in 2011. We will be significantly increasing inventory, as well as our staff and we will also be featuring the newest, largest RV parts mega-store in Florida.”

Over 100,000 RV parts, accessories and camping supplies for your Gas or Diesel Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer or Toy Hauler are in stock at our North Trail RV Center parts department.
Over 100,000 RV parts, accessories and camping supplies for your Gas or Diesel Motorhome, Fifth Wheel, Travel Trailer or Toy Hauler are in stock at our North Trail RV Center parts department.

North Trail RV Center said it has been the largest Newmar dealer for the past 10 years, and is the fastest growing ‘Top 5′ Tiffin dealer in the nation.

“We are very excited and eager to break ground,” says Erp.

“North Trail RV Center will without a doubt be the newest, state-of-the-art, destination dealership in the country. We’ve created a ‘families serving families’ atmosphere at North Trail RV Center over the last 26 years that has made us so successful that we’ve more than outgrown our current facility. We are investing over $15 million dollars into this ‘destination’ dealership and South Florida.”

The recipients of numerous platinum awards, transient service awards, Circle of Excellence awards, and also the Mahlon Miller Award for Customer Service Excellence for parts and service year after year, North Trail RV Center has dominated the South Florida market, states the release.

North Trail RV Center is an authorized sales and service center for Freightliner, Spartan, Onan, Newmar, Tiffin Motorhomes, Fleetwood, American Coach, Jayco, Heartland RV, Thor, Winnebago, Keystone RV, and Pleasure-Way.


North Trail RV Center

South Florida’s largest RV dealer, North Trail RV Center has new and used RVs for sale—motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers.

They have two convenient Florida RV dealerships—Fort Myers and Fort Lauderdale—and a separate collision center in Fort Myers.

The world’s largest Newmar RV dealer, North Trail RV Center also offers America’s most popular selling brands of recreational vehicles including Tiffin Motorhomes, Winnebago, Itasca, Fleetwood RV, Keystone RV, Pleasure-Way, and Jayco.

Get excellent deals on a variety of new and used Class A gas motorhomes, Class A diesel pushers, Class C gas motorhomes, Class B diesel motorhomes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, and toy haulers.

For over 26 years, the locally-owned, family business has grown to employ over 180 people in its three South Florida locations.

With major facility expansion plans for 2013 in Ft. Myers, North Trail RV Center will continue to be South Florida’s number one, full-service RV dealer for many years to come.

RV Dealership Locations

Fort Myers RV Dealership (Main)

Address: 5270 Orange River Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33905

Phone: (888) 798-6678 (toll free US and Canada)

Fort Lauderdale Dealership

Address: 4300 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Phone: (877) 289-3127 (toll free US and Canada)


Worth Pondering…

Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.

—John Dewey

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Rand McNally Release RV Dealer & Service Locator App for RVers

Rand McNally and the National RV Dealers Association (RVDA) announces the release of the “RVDA Dealer Locator” app, providing RVers a simple way to find RV dealers and service providers across a variety of platforms.

The information, available for Android and iOS platforms, also is available via Rand McNally’s online maps and directions, as well as on board Rand McNally’s RVND GPS, the first GPS designed specifically for RVers, according to a news release.

The app, powered by Rand McNally’s Best of the Road online platform, enables RVers to quickly access a listing of nearby RVDA member dealers across the U.S. and Canada. Each listing includes critical information such as location, contact information, and RVDA service certifications.

In the future, the app also will provide up-to-the-minute deals and specials available at dealer and service locations.

The information will be available on Rand McNally’s RVND GPS units shipping next month and as a download for current owners of the product.

RVDA member dealers will be able to easily update their entries via a password-protected online administrative tool specifically designed for the program. Updates flow on a regular basis to all products and applications.

“This app will be extremely beneficial to our members and allow RVers to quickly find a quality dealership and service provider at the touch of their fingertips on their smart phone, Rand McNally RV GPS device, or online,” stated RVDA Chairman of the Board Andy Heck of Alpin Haus, in Amsterdam, New York.

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“Our members will find it easy to update information about their dealerships by using a new password-protected online portal.”

In addition, RVDA dealer information will be integrated into Rand McNally’s Best of the Road “Best of RVing” microsite, and into maps and directions on

Best of RVing launched in May, provides content designed to engage and inspire RVers, offering a variety of information for the experienced and novice RVers.

“Now RVers will have quick access to RVDA members’ top-tier service locations whether they are planning their trip or on the road in an emergency situation,” said Dave Muscatel, CEO of Rand McNally.

“Our Rand McNally RV GPS users as well as RVers using the mobile app or online maps will be able to access dealer data easily.”

The new app was showcased last week at RVDA’s Convention/Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 1-4, 2012.


Rand McNally

Rand McNally is the most trusted source for maps, directions, and travel content.

Rand McNally’s products and services include road travel review site (bestoftheroad),  interactive travel referral service (tripology), America’s #1 Road Atlas, TripMaker RVND GPS for RVers, IntelliRoute truck routing software and mobile communication solutions for the transportation industry, and the leading geography-based educational resources for the classroom.

Consumers, businesses, truckers, and educators depend upon Rand McNally to help navigate today’s world.

Address: 9855 Woods Drive Skokie, Illinois 60077

Phone: (800) 333-0136


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Tripology website:

National RV Dealers Association (RVDA)

RVDA is the national association representing RV retailers. The association’s members include RV dealers, RV rental operators, and RV AfterMarket sales and service locations.

Address: 3930 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030-2515

Phone: (703) 591-7130


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