Tampa SuperShow RV Resort Participation & Kidd-Eyster Fuel Survey

Tallahassee, Florida-based Kidd RV Resort Consulting, an integrated marketing firm specializing in the RV industry, reports on RV resort participation at the recent Tampa RV SuperShow and the Kidd-Eyster annual motorcoach resort fuel survey gathered at the show.

RV Resort Participation

2013 Tampa RV SuperShow
2013 Tampa RV SuperShow

RV resort participation remained flat at the recent Tampa RV SuperShow.

Twenty-five resorts were represented this year, the same as last year, but down from 53 during 2011. The 25 resorts represented 10 no-shows from the previous year, replaced by 10 new resorts to the show this year.

According to self reports, sales and interest at RV resorts represented at the show have been strong year over year.

“The resorts that we are associated with, such as Las Vegas Motorcoach Resort, Sunnybrook RV Resort, Hearthside Grove Motorcoach Resort, and Heritage Motor Coach Resort, enjoyed double-digit sales this past year, which we find very encouraging,” says Jerry Kidd, president of Kidd RV Consulting in a news release.

“The 10 new resorts represented at the 2013 Tampa RV SuperShow are at lower price points than the more luxurious resorts that didn’t attend this year, such as Heritage and Marina in Orange Beach, Alabama. In fact, Heritage did not attend the show this year due to selling out most of their lots prior to the start of 2013.”

Kidd-Eyster Fuel Survey

Regarding the Kidd-Eyster annual motorcoach resort fuel survey gathered at the show, this year’s results demonstrated that RVers’ driving habits were unchanged during 2012. Sentiments have remained the same with respondents indicating that if fuel prices continue to decline, more than 70 percent of RVers would increase their travel plans or behaviors.

“As in 2012, the majority of RVers responded that they would travel until fuel prices reach $8/gallon which is looking like it’s a long way off. Fuel prices are continuing to head down, and RVers are beginning to feel more positive, indicating RVers will be getting out on the road even more in the year to come,” Kidd said.


Kidd RV Resort Consulting

Kidd RV Resort ConsultingKidd RV Resort Consulting specializes in working with RV developers and industry related partners to create a vision, articulate an idea, own the process, and relentlessly pursue its execution with the goal of exceeding expectations through measurable results.

Kidd RV Resort Consulting helps clients reach goals through extensive service capabilities including design and illustration, web solutions, advertising, public relations, brand consulting, and strategic planning.

Phone: (800) 323-4869

Website: kiddrv.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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Thor Motor Coach Introduce Super Class C Motorhomes at Tampa SuperShow

The retail public received its first glimpse of the new Super C Motorhomes from Thor Motor Coach with the introduction of the new 33SW at the Tampa SuperShow.

Thor Motor Coach 33SW
Thor Motor Coach 33SW

This new model will be available in the Four Winds and Chateau Class C motorhome brands.

Known for its durability and ride quality, the Ford F-550 chassis serves as the foundation of the 33SW with a GVWR topping out at 19,500-pounds, 300-hp, and 660-lb.ft of torque from Ford’s 6.7L PowerStroke. These motorhomes are capable of towing up to 10,000, according to a news release.

The easy-to-drive Ford F-550 Super Duty platform offers owners the benefit of commercial strength and durability as well as a luxurious automotive cabin and superb ride quality. In addition to Thor Motor Coach’s service center network, these coaches will be backed by thousands of consumer-friendly Ford service centers throughout North America.

The coach comes standard with an electronic brake controller integrated in the dash, so consumers simply get in and go.

The Super C Motorhomes come standard with Thor Motor Coach’s HD-MAX High Definition Exteriors Finishes. Every 33SW comes with a long list of standard exterior features which include a 5.5 Onan generator with automatic start, dual 13.5K air conditioners, slam latch baggage doors, Bigfoot leveling jacks and a fully molded, one-piece front cap.

Thor Motor Coach Super Class C Motorhomes
Thor Motor Coach Super Class C Motorhomes

They also come standard with a Full-Size Residential Refrigerator, 30 inch over the range microwave, solid surface countertops, 1800-watt power inverter, and solar and privacy window roller shades.

“After the first day here in Tampa, we are getting great feedback on the new Super C Motorhomes. The new 33SW is turning heads with the additional living space created using the Ford F550 chassis,” stateded Joel Grimm, National Sales Manager for gas motorhomes at Thor Motor Coach.

“Features like diesel power, more maneuverability, better towing capability, and better driving comfort are what our customers tell us is missing from the larger Class C RV market.”

The 33SW specs include:

  • Chassis: Ford F-550 Super Duty
  • Engine: Power Stroke Turbo Diesel
  • Wheelbase: 255 inches
  • Exterior Length: 34 feet 6 inches
  • Exterior Height: 11 feet 7 inches
  • Exterior Width: 99 inches
  • Interior Height: 82 inches
  • Fresh Water Capacity: 75 gallons
  • Gray Water Capacity: 47 gallons
  • Black Water Capacity: 40 gallons
Model 33SW
Model 33SW


Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach was formed when Damon Motor Coach and Four Winds International strategically merged in late 2010. For over 23 years Damon and Four Winds have been building many of the most recognized brands of motorhomes. Thor Motor Coach manufactures Class A Front Engine Diesel motorhomes (Serrano and Avanti), Class A Diesel Pusher motorhomes (Astoria, Tuscany, and Palazzo), Class A Gas motorhomes (A.C.E., Hurricane, Daybreak, Windsport, Challenger, and Outlaw), and Class C motorhomes (Four Winds, Chateau, Siesta, Siesta Sprinter, Citation, and Citation Sprinter).

Thor Motor Coach is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.

Address: 701 County Road 15, PO Box 1486, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (800) 860-5658

Website: thormotorcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

As I read, and thought, and stared at my stuff around me, I slowly realized a simple truth. The amount of freedom in my life was inversely proportional to the amount of stuff I had.

—Emily Fagen’s blog, Road Less Traveled

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Winnebago Introduces New Floor Plans at Florida SuperShow

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc., a leading United States recreation vehicle manufacturer, is introducing the new Winnebago Sightseer and Itasca Sunova 35G floor plans to the retail market for the first time at the 2013 Tampa RV SuperShow.

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144The SuperShow will be held January 16-20, 2013 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida.

The Sightseer and Sunova are Class A gasoline powered motorhomes that provide value and quality in four full-featured floor plans, including the brand new 35G, according to a Winnebago news release.

The 35G features three spacious slide outs, an extendable U-shaped sectional sofa/sleeper and the new “InTable.” Winnebago Industries’ exclusively designed “InTable” functions not only as an end table, but also as a dining table, island, and desk. Plus, the new “InTable” has flip-up ends to expand its working surface, offers storage and it’s mobile so that it can be used throughout the front living area of the motorhome.

In addition, a full complement of Winnebago Industries’ motorhomes and towable products will be on display at the show, including the following products:

  • Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse 42GD with four slide outs, a forward galley, 55-inch LCD TV mid-coach with lounge seating in an L-shaped extendable sectional sofa, a spacious bathroom, and extendable dining table
  • Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar 26HE, a value-loaded floor plan that is ideal for RV enthusiasts of all ages
  • Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian 34B, a new floor plan that brings an extendable sectional Comfort Sofa Sleeper and spaciousness thanks to triple slide outs
  • Winnebago Ultralite, a new entry into the lightweight travel trailer market that features a blend of Amish craftsmanship with 21st century styling; at less than 6,000 pounds, the Ultralite can be towed with most of today’s smaller tow vehicles
Winnebago Sightseer 35G
Winnebago Sightseer 35G


Winnebago Industries, Inc.

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

The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, 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: gowinnebago.com

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

Worth Pondering…

Stuff your eyes with wonder…live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the world. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.

—Ray Bradbury

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Advanced RV Sells Motorhomes Directly to Consumers

Willoughby, Ohio-based Advanced RV is unique in the RV marketplace because every motorhome is designed not only with the customer in mind, but with the customer’s input.

Run away with Ocean Oneand experience this beautiful country.
Run away with Ocean One
and experience this beautiful country.

Founded by entrepreneur and engineer Mike Neundorfer, Advanced RV is a motorhome manufacturer that sells directly to consumers.

Neundorfer decided to found the company to fulfill his passion for travel elegance and great design.

“I love to travel, I love to build things, and I pride myself on creating an outstanding team of designers and craftsmen who together can create exceptional quality and elegance,” said Neundorfer in a news release.

“Each vehicle is built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter platform, which is then enhanced with accommodations to deliver five-star living. Plus, customers have the freedom to choose options and upgrades that fit the way they want to travel.”

“Rather than asking a customer to order a mass-produced RV, we want to deliver a vehicle that’s personalized for the way that customer wants to travel, be it for weekend trips to visit family, travel with their pets, group hunting or fishing trips, or extended trips to tour our beautiful national parks. I foresee our customers as being the most discerning RV shoppers,” Neundorfer added.

View of Ocean One interior from side door
View of Ocean One interior from side door

In addition to personalizing motorhomes, Advanced RV is also dedicated to more personalized service.

“As someone who has purchased multiple motorhomes, I can attest to how painful the process can be,” said Neundorfer.

“But I’ve also experienced how engaging and exciting it can be. My goal is to delight each customer at every step of the buying process—and beyond. I want to deliver customer service that sets the bar for the industry.”

Advanced RV models offer the following features:

  • Diesel-powered amenities: Cabin heat and on demand hot water from diesel system for improved comfort, control, and quiet efficiency
  • Silverleaf Coach Systems Control and Monitoring: A color touch screen control provides information and control for HVAC comfort, tank levels, generator operation, and battery status
  • More refrigerator storage: Largest in class, 7.2 cubic feet, with a removable freezer compartment
  • Luxurious cabinetry: Elegant, seamlessly designed granite counter tops and extensive storage capacity; cabinet design, quality, and beauty traditionally found in the finest homes
  • Large, comfortable sofa-bed: Queen size sofa bed has comfort design spring and foam for both comfortable sitting and sleeping
  • Extended chassis: Extended Sprinter, with Mercedes-Benz recommended heavy duty front axle and enhanced suspension options
  • Heated floor: Warm radiance floor with exclusive durable tile and luxury, easy-to-clean carpet
  • Quality sound and entertainment system: 22-inch flat screen HDTV with front and rear Pioneer DVD players, radio, and 14 JL audio speakers for optimal sound quality; system is integrated front to back with a separate subwoofer that automatically switches sources when watching movies for a theater-like experience
  • Large capacity air conditioner: 15,000-BTU quiet, high-efficiency unit with variable fan speed, the highest capacity air conditioner available on a Mercedes-Benz Class B motorhome

Advanced RV vehicle platform features three base Sprinter models, each of which can be personalized with the aforementioned features. The company builds each unit to order, and therefore plans to produce just 50 units per year.

Advanced RV is now taking deposits to guarantee placement in the 2013 production schedule.

The Ocean One model will be on display at the Tampa RV SuperShow, January 16 to 20 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa.


Advanced RV

Ocean One floor plan
Ocean One floor plan

Advanced RV creates unique overnight road travel experiences for discriminating customers by designing and manufacturing built-to-order luxury Class B motorhomes. Sold directly to consumers, the RVs are designed not only with the customer in mind, but with the customer’s input.

You’re warmly invited to stop by anytime, meet the team, and tour the motorhome manufacturing facility.

Address: 4590 Hamann Parkway, Willoughby OH 44094

Phone: (440) 283-0405

Website: advanced-rv.com

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If you can dream it, you can do it.

—Walt Disney

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