Walex introduces Bio-Pack Tropical Breeze

Wilmington, North Carolina-based Walex Products Company announced the introduction of its BIO-PAK Tropical Breeze to the consumer RV and marine market.

Walex introduces Bio-Pack Tropical Breeze
Walex introduces Bio-Pack Tropical Breeze

Developed by Walex’s research and development department, BIO-PAK Tropical Breeze has been tailored specifically for the RV and marine markets. Each strong, water-soluble drop-in disperses instantly when dropped into the holding tank.

“The all natural enzyme formula, BIO-PAK Tropical Breeze is 100 percent environmentally friendly, 100 percent biodegradable, and 100 percent septic tank safe,” said Todd Vice, RV and marine product manager, in a company news release.

“Packaged in a re-sealable slide zipper bag containing 10 drop-ins, the product powerfully breaks down waste and all types of toilet paper while offering commercial-strength odor prevention.”

With its ease of use and convenient packaging, BIO-PAK Tropical Breeze is ideally suited for use by consumers in the RV and marine market, he explained, noting that RV and marine enthusiasts will find the product a much easier and more effective way to maintain their holding tanks, compared to a messy liquid or a chalky tablet.

NEW Advanced Enzyme Formula

Just drop a single Bio-Pak into the holding tank and add water. The natural enzyme formula starts working immediately to control odor and break down solids in the waste tank. It also quickly liquefies paper, eliminating the need for special RV Grade toilet paper. Completely safe for the environment and septic tanks.

Walex Bio-PakAdvantages of BIO-PAK Tropical Breeze include:

  • Unbeatable odor prevention
  • Pre-packaged portion control means no spills!
  • Water soluble packet dissolves quickly
  • Rapid breakdown of waste and paper
  • Sensor cleaning and valve lubrication
  • Formaldehyde-free formulation
  • Slide zipper bag for easy storage
  • Septic Tank safe

Consumers can look for BIO-PAK Tropical Breeze holding tank deodorizer and waste digester at their favorite RV, camping, or marine shop.

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Walex Products Company, Inc.

From customer support to handling safety and environmental issues, Walex Products Company is a leading specialty chemical and products manufacturer.

Walex RV Sanitation1Walex sanitation products for the RV & marine industry offer the ultimate in convenience and performance. Our no-mess portion control deodorizer, waste treatment and laundry packets are simple to use and environmentally friendly — perfect for RVs and boats!

Mailing Address: PO Box 3785, Wilmington, NC 28406

Phone: (910) 371-2242 or (800) 338-3155 (toll free)

Website: www.walex.com

Worth Pondering…

Every river makes a journey.

Twisting and turning.

Flowing down canyons, across meadows, past cities and towns.

Joining with streams and creeks and other rivers, to eventually end in the sea.

A river is a traveler.

And as any traveler knows, some parts of a trip are more memorable than others.

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Valterra Offers Sniff ‘N’ Stop To Rid RVs Of Pests

Mission Hills, California-based Valterra Products is now offering Sniff ‘N’ Stop, a neutral smelling, all natural pest deterrent product line to address the specific needs of the RV industry.

SniffNStop-213x145Sniff ‘N’ Stop is made up of essential oils that are encapsulated, amplified, and time-released from inside a negatively charged polymer. The negatively charged molecules are drawn to positively charged “pests” like a magnet. Confused, the pests release pheromones to warn others of their same species to STAY AWAY.

Successfully sold into the electric utility industry for the last 25 years, the patented “negative ion amplifying polymer technology” is available in a number of different products to keep all types of rodent, snakes, and insects out of your recreational vehicle, according to a company news release.

V23600 – Sniff ‘n’ Stop Personal Protection Spray, 1 oz.

Tired of using chemicals to keep mosquitoes away? This all natural spray product can be used on skin or clothes to keep you bite free and if your pet picks up some campground fleas, a light spray is all that’s needed to make them flee.

unnamed (1)V23610 – Sniff ‘n’ Stop Odorant Pouch, 6-pack

Rid your RV of all troublesome pests. These simple to place pouches keep ants/insects and rodents away for up to a year. Made of all natural essential oils, they are safe and effective for people and pets. To use, place or hang them inside RV engine/storage compartments, under sinks or inside closets—anywhere there’s a problem or risk of infestation.  6 individual pouches per box.

V23615 – Sniff ‘n’ Stop Odorant Pouch, Single

Rid your RV of all troublesome pests. These simple to place pouches keep ants/insects and rodents away for up to a year. Made of all natural essential oils, they are safe and effective for people and pets. To use, place or hang them inside RV engine/storage compartments, under sinks or inside closets—anywhere there’s a problem or risk of infestation.

V23620 – Sniff ‘n’ Stop RV Kit

The perfect RV kit to eliminate insects and rodents—they simply stay away. No harmful or dangerous chemicals, long lasting protection saving you time and energy over traditional pest killing baits and sprays. Includes two different products for specific uses. Contains 1 large pouch that you can hang or place in a large storage area or any place that may be subject to insect or rodent intrusion.

Also contains 6 small pouches that you can place in small interior storage areas, under sinks, in food cabinets, or drawers. In addition, a spray product is included to stop ants from invading through every ground contact—tires, connecting hoses, or jacks/stabilizers.

Lightly mist the RV interior at floor level and interior/exterior storage areas prior to placing unit in storage.

unnamed (2)V23625 – Sniff ‘n’ Stop Deterrent Granules, 16 oz. Bottle

Coarse granules that are great for outdoor use to deter pests. Sprinkle around RV tires or picnic bench legs to keep ants and other pests from invading.

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Valterra Products, LLC

Since 1981, Valterra Products, LLC, has been a leading supplier of brand name product lines to the RV, pool and spa, and plumbing industries worldwide.

Address: 15230 San Fernando Mission Blvd. #107, Mission Hills, CA  91345

Phone: (818) 898-1671

Website: www.valterra.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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Camping World Updates 2015 Growth Strategy

In previous articles on Vogel Talks RVing, I’ve reported on markets selected by Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC for expansion and development of RV SuperCenters. I later reported that Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC had updated their expansion plans to include three additional locations.

Camping World, Ashville, North Carolina
Camping World, Ashville, North Carolina

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced additional markets for their 2015 supercenter expansion and future development to meet customer needs for products and services across the United States.

The newest developments raise the total number of Camping World SuperCenters to just shy of 120 nationwide, according to a company news release. Additionally, the company is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships actively pursuing new markets and acquisitions that will be announced over the next six months.

Plans are underway to expand the company footprint with additional locations in high traffic, outdoor-centric areas within the following markets:

First quarter 2015

  • Jackson, Mississippi

Second quarter 2015

  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Greensboro, North Carolina (relocation from Colfax, North Carolina)
  • Wentzville, Missouri (St. Louis area)
  • Lexington, Kentucky
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Texas City, Texas
  • Savannah, Georgia (relocation from Pooler, Georgia)

Third quarter 2015

  • Newnan, Georgia (South Atlanta area)
  • Conroe, Texas
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Camping World near Yuba City, California
Camping World near Yuba City, California

“Camping World and Good Sam are committed to offering quality outdoor products and services to the customers and travelers of these markets,” said Marcus Lemonis, CEO and Chairman of Camping World and Good Sam and star of CNBC’s The Profit.

“As part of our growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From facility upgrades to new store openings, the company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while serving as our customers’ one-stop location for everything outdoor and RV.”

The aforementioned markets are in addition to highly visible locations that opened in 2014, which include:

January 2014: Lake Park, Georgia

February 2014: Coburg, Oregon and Fresno, California

April 2014: Saukville ,Wisconsin

July 2014: Olive Branch, Mississippi and Rossford, Ohio

“This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the community members of these great cities. These recent acquisitions not only increase our presence in existing markets and new territories but are also in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company,” said Lemonis.

“We are constantly reviewing our footprint and evaluating where we can strengthen our position within each of our markets.”

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Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair; and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at just under 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.

Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home. We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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Good Sam/Camping World Launch Rewards Program

Good Sam Enterprises LLC and Camping World Inc. signed a long-term agreement with Alliance Data to provide co-brand credit card services including the launch of a rewards program.

Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)
Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)

The announcement was made by Alliance Data Systems Corporation, a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions which manages more than 130 private label and co-brand credit programs.

“Good Sam is the only company that is integrated into all elements of the RV lifestyle, and we’re pleased to find a dedicated marketing partner for our card program. Alliance Data shares in the excitement of our loyal customer base as they seek more benefits to help them enjoy spending time on the open road,” said Marcus Lemonis, chief executive officer of Good Sam Enterprises.

“With Alliance Data’s ability to leverage the retail point-of-sale channel and creatively market to our dedicated group of enthusiasts, we’re confident we can offer a best-in-class value proposition that will increase loyalty and sales.”

Alliance Data Retail Services will deliver a marketing-driven co-brand credit program designed to enrich Good Sam’s relationship with its cardmembers, offering more incentives to shop through its retail stores, websites, or call centers and stay at private campgrounds across the U.S. and Canada.

Cardmembers will earn Rec Rewards for every dollar spent with the card, including accelerated Rec Rewards for purchases of Good Sam and Camping World products and stays at private campgrounds.

The program will leverage Alliance Data’s real-time capabilities and on-site technologies to welcome Good Sam members and Camping World customers to the program. Good Sam will have access to Alliance Data’s advanced suite of digital and mobile solutions, designed for cardmembers living an “on the go” lifestyle.

Camping World near Yuba City, California
Camping World near Yuba City, California

“With Good Sam’s position as a category leader, substantial membership base and brand recognition—along with the fact that roughly 30 million Americans participate in the RV lifestyle—we’re enthusiastic about the opportunities that lie ahead for this partnership,” said Melisa Miller, president of Alliance Data Retail Services.

“As we deepen our experience in the affinity space, we look forward to working with Good Sam to employ a results-driven approach that will achieve higher levels of loyalty by expanding their marketing across new channels.”

Additionally, Alliance Data will purchase Good Sam’s existing file of co-brand credit card accounts, acquiring a portfolio with a size approximately double the average portfolio range of Alliance Data’s existing client base.

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Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair; and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at just under 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.

Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

Websites: www.campingworld.com and www.goodsamclub.com

Alliance Data

ALLIANCE DATA LOGOAlliance Data and its combined businesses is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries.

The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today’s most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies.

An S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, Alliance Data and its three businesses employ approximately 12,000 associates at more than 80 locations worldwide.

Website: www.alliancedataretail.com

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home. We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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Camping World Update 2015 Expansions Plans

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced that the Atlanta area (Newnan), Georgia; Greensboro, North Carolina; and Erie, Pennsylvania markets have been selected for expansion and development of RV SuperCenters to meet customer needs for their products and services in 2015.

Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)
Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)

Additionally, the company continues to actively pursue new markets and acquisitions and is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships that will be announced over the next few months.

The announcement of the three new locations comes on the heels of a recent announcement reporting new locations planned for first quarter 2015 in the following markets:

  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Lexington, Kentucky

“Camping World and Good Sam are committed to offering quality outdoor products and services to the customers and travelers of these markets,” said Marcus Lemonis, Chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises.

“As part of our growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. From facility upgrades to new store openings, the company’s network will continue to expand and evolve while continuing to serve as our customers’ one-stop shopping location for everything outdoor and RV.”

All new locations will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts, and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast. They will feature motorhomes and towables from the finest manufacturers and brands including Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood, Thor Motor Coach, Itasca, Coleman, Heartland, Keystone, Forest River, Crossroads, Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Jayco, Starcraft, Coachmen, and more.

Camping World near Yuba City, California
Camping World near Yuba City, California

On the accessory side, the new locations will feature new and innovative products including interactive displays and customer experiences from the top vendors such as Dometic, Honda, Thetford, Goodyear, Winegard, ADCO, Camco, Roadmaster, Husky, Reese, Cequent, Exide, Ultra-Fab, Coleman, Valterra, Dicor, Champion, Rand McNally, Max-Air, BAL, Furrion, Select Comfort, ASA Electronics, Cummins, Onan, WFCO, Weber, HWH, Presto-Fit, Stromberg-Carlson, Atwood, RDK Products, Magellan, King Controls, Charbroil, Amerigas, Exxon Mobil products, Norcold, and more.

Camping World also creates and carries its own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor and home markets.

“This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the community members of these great cities. These recent acquisitions not only increase our presence in existing markets and new territories but are also in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company,” continued Lemonis.

“We are constantly reviewing our footprint and evaluating where we can strengthen our position within each of our markets.”

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Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair; and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at just under 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.

Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home. We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product

Sumner, Washington-based Torklift International has introduced the Fortress GasLock to fit all Airstream trailers to prevent propane tank theft and trailer damage.

Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product
Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product

“The Fortress GasLock is an industry first in propane tank security making it a perfect match for Airstream owners,” said Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor.

“It’s a unique product for a unique trailer.”

The Fortress GasLock is spun down on the threaded rod located between the two propane tanks on the trailer tongue. It is secured using a lock and is backed by a lifetime warranty.

“Airstream is an iconic symbol for fun, family, and adventure in the RV industry,” added Taylor. “The Fortress GasLock protects that lifestyle.”

It costs more than $500 to replace stolen propane tanks, regulators, and the propane tank cover caused by theft. This does not include labor.

“The tanks are not gently removed during theft,” explained Taylor.

“The regulators, among other things, are slashed.”

In addition to securing the propane tanks, the lock also prevents the tank cover from being removed on newer trailer models due to the Airstream design.

“This type of theft can happen at the campsite or while in storage,” he said.

Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product
Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product

“Either way, it is more than a minor inconvenience. If it happens at the campsite, your trip is ruined. If it happens while in storage, you are likely going to delay your vacation to get the repair done.”

The Fortress GasLock allows propane tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables and RVs.

Designed with high impact military grade aluminum, it is the only lock available for propane tanks in the industry.

Fortress GasLock features include:

Allows tanks to be securely locked when mounted to trailers, towables, and other RVs

Only lock available for propane tanks in the industry

Now available for all Airstream trailers

No tools, no modifications, installs in seconds

Affordable investment

Fits 3/8-inch and 1/2-inch threaded rods

High impact military grade aluminum

Proudly made in the USA

Kit includes:

One GasLock assembly

One lock with two keys

Theft deterrent sticker

Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product
Torklift Introduces Propane Tank Anti-Theft Product

The Fortress Gas Lock is available in three variations:

Fortress Gas Lock – 1/2-inch thread; MFG Part Number: A7702

Fortress Gas Lock – 3/8-inch thread; MFG Part Number: A7701

(AirStream) Fortress Gas Lock – 1/2-inch thread; MFG Part Number: A7770

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Torklift International

The Torklift story begins in 1958 when Torklift founder Jon Kay began building the foundation of knowledge in manufacturing, fabrication, and retail that would become a Torklift signature years later at a local hitch and fabrication shop in Tacoma, Washington.

Torklift International specializes in working with distributors and dealers around the globe to continue bringing new innovations to the towing, RV, and truck industries.

Address: 1901 Fryar Avenue,  Sumner, WA, 98390

Phone: (800) 246-8132 (toll free)

Website: www.torklift.com

Worth Pondering…

“Where are we going, man?”

“I don’t know, but we gotta go.”

—Jack Kerouac, in On the Road

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Camping World Announce 2015 Expansion Plans

Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced their 2015 forecast for expansion and development to meet customer needs for their products and services in new markets.

Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)
Camping World of Asheville, located at 2918 North Rugby Road in Hendersonville, NC offers convenient access for travelers at exit 44 on Highway 26 and will encompass both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. (Source: goodsamclub.com)

The expansion plans raise the total number of Camping World SuperCenters to just shy of 110 nationwide.

Additionally, the company continues to actively pursue new markets and acquisitions and is under contract with land owners and existing dealerships that will be announced over the next six months.

Plans are underway to expand the company footprint in the first quarter of 2015 with additional SuperCenters in high traffic, outdoor-centric areas within the following markets:

  • Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • Lexington, Kentucky

All new locations will offer a wide array of RV sales, service, collision, parts, and accessories for the outdoor enthusiast along with a broad range of accessories from well-known vendors.

Camping World near Yuba City, California
Camping World near Yuba City, California

Camping World also carries and creates its own private label lines of exclusive products for the RV, outdoor, and home markets.

“Camping World and Good Sam are committed to offering quality outdoor products and services to the customers of these markets,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World.

“As part of our growth strategy, the brand is making major investments in the quality of its dealer network. Our reputation and commitment to customer service in the marketplace allow us to expand and evolve, while continuing to serve as our customers’ one-stop shopping location for everything outdoor and RV.”

The new market expansion will come on the heels of new 2014 SuperCenters openings, including:

  • January – Lake Park (Valdosta area), Georgia
  • February – Coburg (Junction City area), Oregon
  • February – Fresno, California
  • April – Saukville (Milwaukee area), Wisconsin
  • July – Rossford (Toledo area), Ohio

“This is an exciting announcement not only for those of us who love the outdoors, but also for the community members of these great cities,” stated Lemonis.

“These recent acquisitions not only increase our presence in existing markets and new territories but are also in alignment with the strategic growth plans we have for the company. We are constantly reviewing our footprint and evaluating where we can strengthen our position within each of our markets.”

Details

Camping World & Good Sam

Camping World Good SamBoth founded in 1966, Camping World is America’s #1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance, and repair; and Good Sam is the world’s largest RV owners organization offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranty, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance, and more to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Partnered together, Camping World and Good Sam offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle by offering one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoors.

Camping World features over 10,000 quality products located at just under 100 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as stocking a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers.

Good Sam members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get you ready for your next adventure.

Additionally, Good Sam represents more than 1,500 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR®.

Websites: campingworld.com and goodsam.com

Worth Pondering…

Arguably the best slogan ever written to describe the RV lifestyle comes to mind: Wherever you go, you’re always at home. We have much to be thankful for, including our great RV lifestyle…

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The Portable RV Deck & Sidekick Have Arrived

Decked Out RV Products Inc. announced the launch of its low-profile, lightweight, portable decks designed specifically for RV owners.

RV Deck Artisan Series
RV Deck Artisan Series

The RV Deck offers the convenience of a deck that can be used anywhere RVers call home, an option not previously available to RVers on the move.

“In an industry that is continuously seeking enhancements for its consumers, the RV Deck and the Sidekick offer the next evolution in outdoor accessories, further reinforcing the ‘home away from home’ convenience RVing is known for,” says Lyall Wiebe, president of Decked Out RV Products, in a news release.

“Based on our research of the marketplace, this is the first truly portable deck that can easily go everywhere RVers travel.”

When traveling, the RV Deck stores in a transport case under the RV or in a lower storage compartment.

Because the deck is low profile and the transport case is only 4 1/2 inches deep, RVers won’t sacrifice valuable storage space.

RV Deck Alfresco Series
RV Deck Alfresco Series

The RV Deck and Sidekick are also lightweight, quick, and simple to set up.

The decks come in four sizes with four attractive low-maintenance surface options.

The Shore Series offers engineered composite surfaces in teak and in mahogany while the Alfresco Series is sapele and the Artisan Series is Teak.

“With all the portable amenities now available to RVers, people expect their RV will have an air conditioner, an awning, a slide-out—all the conveniences that make their RV a comfortable home to travel in,” said Wiebe.

“Conveniences have evolved into necessities. We expect the RV Deck is the newest ‘must have’ enhancement.”

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Decked Out RV Products Inc.

Sept_22_13_0749_webDecked Out RV Products brings products to the RV market to enhance your RV lifestyle.

The RV Deck and the Sidekick exemplify the home away from home RV experience and enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors.

Development began as a result of the Wiebe family’s experiences RVing through Canada and the United States in a motorhome.

Dissatisfied with the limitations, inconveniences, and potential health risks (mildew and mold) of outdoor carpet or mats, they sought a more solid, easily maintained option.

Their priorities were easy transportation, convenience, ease of use, and low maintenance.

The RV Deck and Sidekick are about both form and function. Their products have been tested to ensure long-lasting durability and appearance. Both decks are easy to store, deploy, and put away no matter the weather conditions.

Sept_22_13_05111Address: P.O. Box 38083, East St. Paul, Manitoba  R2E 1H3

Phone: (204) 505-2882 or (800) 962-4921 (toll free)

Website: deckedoutrvproducts.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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Ultra-Fab Introduces Dirt Bike Hauler/Carrier

Elkhart, Indiana-based Ultra-Fab has introduced the Ultra MX Hauler/Carrier designed to transport motocross bikes or scooters behind an SUV or recreational vehicle.

Ultra-Fab Introduces Dirt Bike Hauler/Carrier
Ultra-Fab Introduces Dirt Bike Hauler/Carrier

With its 500 pounds load capacity, the Ultra MX Hauler/Carrier securely holds up to a 450 cc dirt bike or scooter for hauling or making repairs.

The included loading ramp works on either side of the carrier making loading a dirt bike a breeze, according to a company news release.

The Ultra MX Hauler/Carrier bolts together making it easy to assemble and mounts in a standard two-inch receiver.

Its rugged heavy-duty steel construction and durable powder-coated finish insures years of reliable service.

The Ultra MX Hauler/Carrier is available at Camping World, RV dealerships, and RV parts and accessories stores.

Ultra-Fab’s Ultra MX Hauler/Carrier is available through Arrow Distributing, Coast Distribution, Keystone Automotive, NTP, and StagParkway.

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Ultra-Fab Products, Inc.

ultra-fab-logoUltra-Fab is a world class manufacturer of innovative top quality products committed to making your life easier and your leisure pursuits more enjoyable.

Address: 57985 SR 19 S, Elkhart, IN 46517

Phone: (574) 294-7571

Website: ultra-fab.com

Worth Pondering…

Happiness is like a butterfly—the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder.

—Henry David Thoreau

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Iota Introduces Power Products Guide

Tucson, Arizona-based IOTA Engineering released the latest edition of the IOTA Power Products Guide detailing the full line of DLS Series AC/DC battery chargers and power converters.

IOTA_insight_splashThe 12-page booklet features a comprehensive overview of IOTA’s available AC/DC power solutions for a wide range of voltage and amperage requirements, according to a news release. Additionally, the IOTA guide also includes in-depth information regarding the IQ4 four-stage smart charging option for smarter battery charging capability.

“The IOTA Product Guide is designed to be useful resource for both current IOTA Power Product users and individuals looking for AC/DC power solutions for their applications,” said Daren Hatfield, marketing projects manager.

Voltage categories in the guide feature charger and converter models for 120-volt AC and 240-volt AC input, 12-volt DC to 48-volt DC output, with amperage ranges from 15 to 90 amps. Some of the detailed product information includes complete technical specifications, dimensional data, and AC input plug types for each model.

The 12-page IOTA Product Guide is available free of charge and can be ordered either by calling IOTA or using the online order form on the IOTA website (SEE details below).

Details

IOTA Engineering, L.L.C,

Since the company’s beginnings in Tucson, Arizona in 1968, IOTA has worked continuously in the electronic R & D field, designing and manufacturing innovative products for the lighting industry.

Today, IOTA is a pioneer and leader in the lighting industry, designing and manufacturing state-of-the-art emergency lighting equipment for commercial, institutional, national and international applications.

Additionally, IOTA’s product line has expanded to include AC/DC power conversion and battery charging equipment used in vehicular, recreational, solar, industrial, and telecommunication markets.

IOTA emergencyMailing Address: P.O. Box 11846, Tucson, AZ 85734

Physical Address: 1361 E. Wielding Road, Tucson, AZ 85706

Phone: (800) 866-4682

Website: iotaengineering.com

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