Musician Mayer Sports Off-Road RV EarthRoamer

An increasing number of celebrities enjoy relaxing in the same way we do—in a recreational vehicle.

John Mayer poses with his EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle  (Photo source: Instagram)
John Mayer poses with his EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle (Photo source: Instagram)

And an increasing number of off-road RVs are rolling off production lines, up mountains, across deserts, and right past traditional RV parks and campgrounds.

Grammy-winning musician and songwriter John Mayer decided he needed the ultimate recreational vehicle, a formidable go-anywhere, live-anywhere vehicle.

So he did what any guy with hundreds of thousands of dollars to spare might do—headed to Dacono, Colorado, and the folks at EarthRoamer.

The difference between these RVs and grandma-and-grandpa rigs starts from the ground up. Your typical recreational vehicle is a luxury home-on-wheels, but it’s also a cumbersome beast that requires modern roads and spacious camping spaces.

The average off-road RV chassis is far more compact and agile often including 4-wheel drive, oversized tires, and even lift kits.

Arguably, the most off-road capable RVs on the planet, EarthRoamer, is built on the chassis of a Ford 550 or 650 4X4 pickup truck.

But these off-road condos aren’t solely focused on taking you into the backcountry; they also help you thrive once you’re there.

EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle interior (Photo credit: RJ Sangosti /The Denver Post)
EarthRoamer Xpedition vehicle interior (Photo credit: RJ Sangosti /The Denver Post)

Mayer posted a photo of his new massive truck on Instagram and wrote in the caption, “I am a proud owner of this most formidable go-anywhere, live-anywhere vehicle.”

“One year and many meetings in the making, she’s all mine. Completely hand-built in Colorado by extremely talented and innovative men and women. Who knows where I’ll end up next.”

Mayer could end up most anywhere.

Measuring in at more than 26 feet long, the Ford F-550-based EarthRoamer is designed to go around, through, and over just about anything.

Inside, the XV-LTS has an overcab bunk compartment, storage cabinets, a bathroom, shower, kitchenette, and seating for up to eight.

Powering this turbodiesel four-wheel drive behemoth is a 6.7-liter Power Stroke V8, packing 300-hp and 660 pound-feet of torque.

Think Hummer + Land Rover +Jeep + high-tech house all rolled into one state-of-the-art package.

But before you custom-order your EarthRoamer keep in mind that prices start at $280,000 for these Xpedition vehicles, with no options. Add on a lot of extra features and you’ll get to a cool million.

No word on the final tab for Mayer’s custom job.

The vehicles weigh 13,000 to 17,000 pounds, yet still average 12 miles per gallon on the highway thanks to that turbo diesel powerplant under the hood.

EarthRoamer is Freedom

Owners of EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles have the freedom to travel, camp, and explore on their terms.

With 253 million of acres of public BLM land, 193 million acres of National Forrest land, 6,624 state parks, and 58 national parks in the United States containing thousands of beautiful remote campsites, you could easily spend a lifetime of adventure without ever leaving America

For more adventurous travelers, the world becomes your backyard with an EarthRoamer

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EarthRoamer

Dacono, Colorado-based EarthRoamer is the global leader in Xpedition Vehicle (XV) engineering, design, and manufacturing.

EarthRoamer was the first to build Xpedition vehicles in North America and their Ford F-550 based EarthRoamer XV-LT model line is currently the best-selling Xpedition Vehicle model in the world.

They have over 130 EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles on the road and almost two dozen repeat EarthRoamer buyers. EarthRoamer vehicles are 100 percent American made.

Address: 5073 Silver Peak Ave, Dacono, CO 80514

Phone: (303) 833-7330

Website: www.earthroamer.com

Worth Pondering…

The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.

—Bill Cosby

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RV Lifestyle Is Changing

Alan Jackson said it best in his country song “Remember When”.

Cleaning your RV will take some time. But taking care of your RV is an investment that can pay off if you choose to resell in the future. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel Pusher motorhome © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

He sings of a time when things were simple, sometimes hard, sometimes special, and how things change over time.

And this pretty much sums up recreational vehicles and the RV industry and lifestyle.
As interests and passions changed, the RV industry has kept pace. Since recreational vehicles arrived on the scene a century ago, each decade has brought innovations in construction, design, living space, comfort, and technology.

Remember back when there were only a few RV dealers or repair facilities and they were scattered. Remember when trailers had tip outs (not slide outs), when Coleman was a furnace and Mobile Temp a water heater, and the list goes on and on.

Remember when you had to use a match to light the furnace and hot water heater?

How RVs, the RV lifestyle, and the RV industry have changed!

The future is exciting, fun, and open-ended.

Although the stereotype of RVers may be retired seniors cruising around the U.S. and Canada completing their bucket list, the modern RVer is drastically different than in years past.

The baby boomers are tearing up the industry, demanding superior products and top quality RV parks with all the amenities.

Social media and easy access to the Internet has allowed RVers to share their experiences like never before.

Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything.
Solar power enables RVer to camp wherever they want, for extended periods, without sacrificing anything.

RV park and campground directories include big rig friendly sites and show parks with instant online and Wi-Fi access. More and more RV parks are opening with clubhouses and other facilities suitable for hosting RV clubs and rallies.

RV enthusiasts are making the diesel motorhome market one of the hottest trends. Diesel chassis are being manufactured to meet the growing demand with rear engines, mid engines, independent front air bag suspension, and tag axles that accommodate the manufacturing of 43- to 45-foot diesel pushers.

While there continues to be a demand for large, luxury motorhomes, many new RVs are smaller and lighter, primarily to increase fuel efficiency but also to serve the growth of new RV markets. Recent interest from young families, 30-something singles, and single women of all ages has created a rapidly growing demand for smaller RVs. With the goal of creating a travel trailer that can be pulled by a family sedan or SUV, RV manufacturers are using light-weight composites to decrease tow weight and creative floor plans to minimize weight and size while maximizing living space and usability.

Keystone Cougar Introduces Fifth Wheel With Party Deck
Keystone Cougar Introduces Fifth Wheel With Party Deck

Innovations including slide-out rooms has advanced from one to four slides in motorized and up to five slide-outs in fifth wheel trailers. Toy haulers are available in both the towable and motorized lines.

Energy-efficient kitchen appliances have become the norm, and the industry is starting to roll out RVs with factory-installed solar panels and even wind turbines.

High-tech integration, Wi-Fi capability, BlueTooth enabled electronics, the inclusion of more full-size features, a party deck, and specialized storage space for sports gear are other new RV industry trends.

What an exciting time to be a consumer entering the RV marketplace!

You know the RV industry is having a major impact when you see auto manufacturers building vehicles that are towable four wheels down. Light duty trucks capable of pulling large fifth wheel and travel trailers filled with everything including the kitchen sink. Towing specialists are keeping pace with the industry by increasing the strength and towing capacity of its products.

Imagine dry camping and watching satellite TV in your rig, while using your laptop as you surf the Internet. Or something just as simple as sitting outside under your awning enjoying all that is great and beautiful around you.

The RV lifestyle is changing. It enables us to pack up and go where we want.

If your job allows telecommuting, you can earn money on the go. If you’re retired, what does it matter?

RVing is the freedom lifestyle that enables people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill sets to take to the open road and go on an adventure, for however long they like.

KiraVan: World's Most Elaborate All-Terrain RV (Credit: Bran Ferren)
KiraVan: World’s Most Elaborate All-Terrain RV (Credit: Bran Ferren)

Life is good and we all should enjoy it to the fullest.

The future is the brightest it has ever been for the RV enthusiast.

Happy and Save Travels.

Worth Pondering…

Remember when thirty seemed so old
Now lookn’ back it’s just a steppin’ stone
To where we are,
Where we’ve been
Said we’d do it all again
Remember when.

—Alan Jackson

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Living & Working in an RV

As RVers seek ways to enjoy their lifestyle many have turned to working while traveling as a way to support their lifestyle and as a means to supplement their pensions.

Work-campers are typically employed by RV parks and destination resorts. Pictured above is Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Work-campers are typically employed by RV parks and destination resorts. Pictured above is Coastal Georgia RV Resort near Brunswick and the Golden Isles. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

There are many ways for RVers to use their skills and talents to earn income while living in an RV.

For RVers that love recreational activities and enjoy interacting with other people, work-camping offers numerous opportunities for supplementing their income.

Being a work-camper is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle, one that is actively pursued by more than 80,000 RVers throughout the U.S. and Canada.

RVers who work while traveling offset the cost of the RV lifestyle by exchanging their knowledge, skills, and labor for a free camping site and occasional minimum wage pay. Work-campers are typically employed by RV parks and destination resorts, state and national parks, wildlife refuges and preserves, US Forest Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and US Fish and Wildlife Service. Opportunities for work-camping are also available at amusement and theme parks, museums and art galleries, and other outdoor recreation facilities and attractions.

Commercial companies and other businesses have found work campers to be a great resource to help with busy periods during the year.

With the advancement in mobile technology, it has become easier to work from a mobile office.
With the advancement in mobile technology, it has become easier to work from a mobile office.

Many RVers who work while traveling are on the road full-time, moving from place to place. Others stay long-term in one location or return to the same RV Park or public campground year after year.

Some camp hosts share responsibility for large RV parks, while others host smaller campgrounds alone. Responsibilities may include greeting visitors, office duties, collecting fees, equipment rental, organizing schedules, cleaning bathrooms, and general maintenance.

RVers who work part-time while traveling can have a great time enjoying their chosen lifestyle: work a few hours a week in exchange for a free camp site and other perks that may include free utilities and laundry, cable TV and Wi-Fi, and propane. Sometimes work-campers will also receive a small salary or other compensation. Other times (especially for campground manager jobs for couples) it’s a full-time job complete with salary and additional benefits and perks.

Though any job performed while living in an RV would fall under the broad definition of work-camping, there are also traditional jobs that can be done while traveling full-time on the road.

Though most work-camping positions include a free campsite, you may find that it is financially beneficial to pay for the campsite and take a more traditional position. Often you can work for a local company in the area and earn more money.

Let’s look at some options.

With the advancement in mobile technology, it has become easier to work from a mobile office.

Some RVers continue to work at the job they had before retirement. Possibilities include consultants, webmasters, graphic artists, writers, photographers, insurance claims adjusters, and sales people who work from their RV.

Establish an income producing website. You can earn income from visitors clicking on an advertisement or purchasing a product or service via a link from your website. The key is attracting enough visitors and that is the toughest part.

Travel to the geographic location that you want to explore before signing on to a job. If you accept a position just to earn money in an undesirable locale, you have really defeated the purpose of traveling full time in an RV.

It is no longer necessary to wait for retirement to live and travel full time in an RV.

Find, develop, and work your dreams and passions, then grow from there. If you need an income stream on the road, or desire to have additional spending money and something to keep you occupied, follow your dreams and your passions.

Work-campers often find part time work at national wildlife refuges and state and national parks. Pictured above are sandhill cranes at  Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (New Mexico), considered one of the most spectacular refuges in North America and consistently recognized as one of the top birding areas in the United States. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Work-campers often find part time work at national wildlife refuges and state and national parks. Pictured above are sandhill cranes at
Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (New Mexico), considered one of the most spectacular refuges in North America and consistently recognized as one of the top birding areas in the United States. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

You may not earn all you need and it may take awhile and it may take effort, but you can earn money doing what you enjoy.

The dream is not about making enough money to live and travel in an RV. It is about pursuing your passion with the full-time RV lifestyle as a means to do that.

There are unlimited ways to earn a living while traveling full time in an RV.

It takes creativity, ambition, and passion—passion for the job, passion for what the job provides you as a full-timer, or a combination of both.

Keep following your dreams!

Worth Pondering…

Life happens while you’re making plans—especially when RVing.

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KVH Introduces TracVision RV1 In-motion Satellite TV Antenna

Middletown, Rhode Island-based KVH Industries, Inc. has introduced the TracVision RV1, a powerful and compact stabilized antenna designed to provide superior performance for satellite TV reception from RVs and other vehicles.

With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.

The new system from KVH, a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV systems for 20 years, is designed to meet the needs of several key markets: RV owners, who want to enjoy their favorite programming no matter where they are parked or traveling; charter bus companies, who want to provide quality TV programming for the athletic teams and travelers they transport; and government and emergency personnel, who need access to breaking news while en route to, or in command of, an emergency scene.

Designed for simple, trouble-free operation, the 12.5-inch TracVision RV1 enables reception of satellite TV from moving vehicles by using a motorized antenna to constantly track orbiting satellites.

This tracking ability is coupled with fast acquisition capability to facilitate immediate reception of television programming, whether the vehicle is in motion or stationary.

RV1’s single-cable design—just one cable instead of separate coax and power cables—addresses the need for fast and easy installation.

“The TracVision RV1 provides an unparalleled combination of high performance and ease of use for anyone wanting in-motion satellite TV programming,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH’s chief executive officer, in a company news release.

“It doesn’t get any easier than a single-cable installation, so our customers can quickly start enjoying TV entertainment on the road.”

With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.

TracVision RV1 supports the same high quality satellite television services delivered to homes across North America from companies such as DIRECTV, DISH Network, and Bell TV, and will receive the high definition programming of DISH and Bell TV.

The system also supports select services in Europe that are broadcast using Ku-band signals.

Innovative features of the TracVision RV1 include a streamlined IP-enabled TV-Hub delivering easy setup and operation, and a web-based user interface providing system access from any smartphone, tablet, smart TV, or computer.

Highlights of the RV1’s functionality and performance characteristics include:

  • High performance tracking ensures crystal-clear television picture in extreme conditions
  • IP-enabled antenna control unit with Ethernet connection and built-in Wi-Fi interface allows access to system information from any Wi-Fi device
  • Advanced inertial-based stabilized search enables fast satellite acquisition
  • Exclusive RingFire antenna technology provides stronger signals, wider geographic coverage, and better reception

DVB-S2 technology ensures compatibility with current and future Ku-band satellite services.

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KVH Industries, Inc.

With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.
With TracVision RV1, you can enjoy satellite TV programming in your RV, just like you enjoy it at home.

KVH Industries is a leading provider of in-motion satellite TV and communications systems, having designed, manufactured, and sold more than 175,000 mobile satellite antennas for applications on vessels, vehicles, and aircraft.

KVH is also a leading news, music, and entertainment content provider to many industries including maritime, retail, and leisure.

KVH is based in Middletown, Rhode Island, with research, development, and manufacturing operations in Middletown, Rhode Island, and Tinley Park, Illinois.

The company’s global presence includes subsidiaries in Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Cyprus, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

KVH, TracVision, and RingFire are trademarks of KVH Industries, Inc.

Address: 50 Enterprise Center, Middletown, RI 02842

Phone: (401) 847-3327

Website: www.kvh.com

Worth Pondering…

We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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EarthRoamer Off-Road Xpedition RVs for the Backcountry

If a few rogue RV manufacturers have their way, the recreational vehicle industry could be in for a radical change.

EarthRoamer Off-Road Xpedition RVs for the Backcountry
EarthRoamer Off-Road Xpedition RVs for the Backcountry

An increasing number of off-road RVs are rolling off production lines, up mountains, across deserts, and right past traditional RV parks and campgrounds.

“Think of them as a fully-stocked base-camp on wheels,” Bill Swails, EarthRoamer founder and current President and CEO, told Men’s Journal.

“We’re building expedition vehicles.

The innovation isn’t just driven by the what but by the who.

Swails’ target audience isn’t suburban middle management, snowbirds, or full timers. He wants to tap into the growing group of Patagonia-wearing adventurers who bag fourteeners and want to get outdoors, 44 million of whom went tent camping last year.

“My last buyer was this guy who was going to drive around the country chasing big storms so he could ski the freshest, best powder in the backcountry all across the states and Canada,” says Swails.

“The EarthRoamer appealed to him because it’s essentially a condo on wheels that can go most places, regardless of the weather.”

XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer
XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer

The difference between these RVs and grandma-and-grandpa rigs starts from the ground up. Your typical recreational vehicle is a luxury liner, but it’s also a cumbersome beast that requires wide, pristine roads, and spacious parking spaces.

The average off-road RV chassis is far more compact and agile. It might include 4-wheel drive, oversized tires, and even lift kits. For example, the EarthRoamer, perhaps the most off-road capable RVs on the planet, is built on the chassis of a Ford 550 or 650 4X4 pickup truck.

But these off-road condos aren’t solely focused on taking you into the backcountry; they also help you thrive once you’re there.

“Material choice is the make or break factor,” says Swails.

“We have to choose parts that allow you to camp for extended periods of time without hookups.” That’s why EarthRoamers have enlarged fuel and water tanks, solar panels, energy efficient appliances, LED lights, and double-pane windows for insulation.

But EarthRoamers represent the pinnacle of the market rather than its swelling middle.

EarthRoamer is Freedom

Owners of EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles have the freedom to travel, camp, and explore on their terms.

With 253 million of acres of public BLM land, 193 million acres of National Forrest land, 6,624 state parks, and 58 national parks in the United States containing thousands of beautiful remote campsites, you could easily spend a lifetime of adventure without ever leaving America

For more adventurous travelers, the world becomes your backyard with an EarthRoamer

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2013 EarthRoamer Owners Rally Group Panorama
2013 EarthRoamer Owners Rally Group Panorama

Dacono, Colorado-based EarthRoamer is the global leader in Xpedition Vehicle (XV) engineering, design, and manufacturing.

EarthRoamer was the first to build Xpedition vehicles in North America and their Ford F-550 based EarthRoamer XV-LT model line is currently the best-selling Xpedition Vehicle model in the world.

They have over 130 EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles on the road and almost two dozen repeat EarthRoamer buyers. EarthRoamer vehicles are 100 percent American made.

Address: 5073 Silver Peak Ave, Dacono, CO 80514

Phone: (303) 833-7330

Website: www.earthroamer.com

Worth Pondering…

The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.

—Bill Cosby

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EarthRoamer Integrates GOST Security System

EarthRoamer recently partnered with Global Ocean Security Technologies (GOST), incorporating the company’s high-tech security system into its XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle.

XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer
XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer

The GOST Insight HD GPS IVR EarthRoamer package provides remote security, monitoring, tracking, and video surveillance for the EarthRoamer XV-LT.

The system will call/text up to eight phone numbers to alert owners in the event of intrusion, low battery voltage, or smoke in the vehicle, with the addition of a pull sensor to secure mountain bikes, motorcycles, and anything else left outside of the vehicle, according to a news release.

Up to eight wireless relays can be added to the system to control any AC or DC function with a key fob or remotely over the phone.

“EarthRoamer is proud to partner with vendors who provide cutting-edge technology, furthering our leadership position in our industry,” said Tyler Tatro, president and COO of EarthRoamer.

“Using GOST products, we were able to design and install a custom security surveillance solution that allows the customer to monitor multiple cameras from a remote location, as well as receive notifications if any alarms are triggered. The system provides unparalleled security and peace of mind, even when the vehicle is located in another part of the world.”

The EarthRoamer XV-LT is designed ground-up for all-weather, rough-road, and stand-alone operation.

XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer ready for delivery
XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer ready for delivery

The vehicle features high quality marine-grade components, innovative technologies, advanced engineering ,and cutting edge design.

Ford F-550 Based EarthRoamers

EarthRoamer began designing and building the EarthRoamer XV-LT prototype in late 2002 and launched this revolutionary vehicle at Ford’s 100th anniversary celebration in Detroit, Michigan in 2003.

With features like a molded composite body, massive solar panel array, and ground-up design for all weather, rough road, stand-alone operation, the XV-LT instantly defined a new class of vehicle—an Xpedition Vehicle or XV.

EarthRoamer XV-LTs are built on four wheel drive, turbo diesel powered, Ford F-550, commercial duty cab chassis trucks.

With a 19,500 pound gross vehicle weight rating and up to a 12,500 pound towing capacity, you can bring all your toys with you. In its standard configuration, EarthRoamer XV-LTs are designed to accommodate from two to eight adventurers comfortably depending on the cab and camper body chosen.

Three different Ford cabs are available (Regular Cab, SuperCab, and Crew Cab) and three different camper body lengths are available (LT, LT Stretch, and LT Super Stretch ) for a total of seven different EarthRoamer XV-LT variations.

EarthRoamer is Freedom

Owners of EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles have the freedom to travel, camp, and explore on their terms.

With 253 million of acres of public BLM land, 193 million acres of National Forrest land, 6,624 state parks, and 58 national parks in the United States containing thousands of beautiful remote campsites, you could easily spend a lifetime of adventure without ever leaving America.

XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer
XV-LT Xpedition Vehicle by EarthRoamer

For more adventurous travelers, the world becomes your backyard with an EarthRoamer

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EarthRoamer

Dacono, Colorado-based EarthRoamer is the global leader in Xpedition Vehicle (XV) engineering, design, and manufacturing.

EarthRoamer was the first to build Xpedition vehicles in North America and their Ford F-550 based EarthRoamer XV-LT model line is currently the best-selling Xpedition Vehicle model in the world.

They have over 130 EarthRoamer Xpedition Vehicles on the road and almost two dozen repeat EarthRoamer buyers. EarthRoamer vehicles are 100 percent American made.

Address: 5073 Silver Peak Ave, Dacono, CO 80514

Phone: (303) 833-7330

Website: www.earthroamer.com

Worth Pondering…

The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now.

—Bill Cosby

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Airstream Travel Trailer Customized by 2 Creative Geniuses

In 1991, when Jonathan Ive was working at a London design firm, little did he know that sculpting bathroom sinks for one client would lead to a career crafting computers for another.

The Airstream's aerodynamic shape is immediately recognizable. (Source: mensjournal.com)
The Airstream’s aerodynamic shape is immediately recognizable. (Source: mensjournal.com)

Or that he’d end up changing the way the world looks at technology.

That computer client was Apple.

Based on Ive’s work on the PowerBook it hired him full-time a year later. His charge: realize founder Steve Jobs’s edict to produce “insanely great” products, reported mensjournal.com back in 2004.

A beautifully crafted wash basin, on the other hand, achieves Ive’s platonic ideal, in which “form and function are one and the same.”

To achieve this with a computer takes a fiercely reductive rigor.

“We try to evolve and evolve a product until the inevitability of it almost appears undesigned,” Ive explained at that time.

The genius of Ive’s designs is that they are so perfectly obvious, like they just could not have come out any other way.

For the Airstream, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson used red accent pillows. (Source: mensjournal.com)
For the Airstream, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson used red accent pillows. (Source: mensjournal.com)

Today, Sir Jonathan Ive is the chief of design at Apple and is thus responsible for creating many of the most iconic technological components of our times including the iPod, the iPhone, and the MacBook Air.

His close friend, industrial designer Marc Newson, is responsible for pretty much the rest of the contemporary consumer product landscape.

Marc Newson has been described as the most influential designer of his generation. He has worked across a wide range of disciplines, creating everything from furniture and household objects to bicycles and cars, private and commercial aircraft, yachts, various architectural commissions, and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe that include Trek, Quantas, Smeg, Samsonite, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Alessi, G-Star, and Pentax.

He has also founded and run a number of successful companies, including a fine watch brand and an aerospace design consultancy, and has also held senior management positions at client companies; including currently being the Creative Director of Qantas Airways.

Marc Newson was included in Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and has received numerous awards and distinctions.

His work is present in many major museum collections, including the MoMA in New York, London’s Design Museum and V&A, the Centre Georges Pompidou, and the Vitra Design Museum. Having set numerous records at auction, Newson’s work now accounts for almost 25 percent of the total contemporary design art market.

The countertops and table reflect classic 1950s diner design, with clean white surfaces and ribbed-metal trim. (Source: mensjournal.com)
The countertops and table reflect classic 1950s diner design, with clean white surfaces and ribbed-metal trim. (Source: mensjournal.com)

Now these two stars have teamed up to put their stamp on 40 items that were auctioned off last month at Sotheby’s flagship location in New York City, mensjournal.com reported last month.

The proceeds from this event went to benefit Bono’s (RED) charity and support the fight against H.I.V. in Africa.

These curated selections included a Castiglioni lamp, a Steinway grand piano, a window from the Space Shuttle, and a Leica camera.

They also included an Airstream 16 Sport travel trailer, for which Ive and Newson created a custom interior and wheels.

Since Bono’s charity is named (RED), the color is used as a signature feature on all of the auction product designs. For the Airstream, Jonathan Ive and Marc Newson used red accent pillows.

The countertops and table reflect classic 1950s diner design, with clean white surfaces and ribbed-metal trim.

The design of the custom wheels mimics the wheels of vintage Airstream. (Source: mensjournal.com)
The design of the custom wheels mimics the wheels of vintage Airstream. (Source: mensjournal.com)

The louvered doors on the cubbies carry a slight airline aesthetic.

Black leather covers the banquettes, giving the interior a touch of an eighties vibe.

It is possible to cover the interior of an Airstream trailer with other materials. But why would you when the riveted aluminum is so crisp and perfectly modern?

The design of the custom wheels mimics the wheels of vintage Airstreams.

Worth Pondering…

Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after awhile. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things.

—Steve Jobs

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2014 American Eagle Features New High-Tech Electronics

American Coach, a division of Allied Recreation Group, unveiled several new technologies in home entertainment during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) 51st Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, December 3-5.

2014 American Eagle in Wisteria Lane interior décor and Rich Caramel cabinetry
2014 American Eagle in Wisteria Lane interior décor and Rich Caramel cabinetry

The electronics will be featured on the new American Eagle 45A floor plan, which includes opposing sofas for more comfortable entertaining.

A bath and a half, large full-tile spa shower, and full-length rear wardrobe add to the comfort and convenience of the American Eagle 45A, which has a base MSRP of $621,000.

American Coach is the first manufacturer to offer a Sony 4K Ultra High Definition TV, according to a company news release.

Sony 4K Ultra technology provides a resolution that is four times clearer than HD and is comparable to “combining the resolution of four HDTVs into one.”

Owners will see a wider range of colors with Sony’s Triluminos Display, and TV programs will be upscaled to 4K quality.

A 55-inch version of the TV is installed in a quiet-lift cabinet with custom surround cabinetry for a premium look. Combined with a Sony 7.1 home theatre using Bose speakers, the 4K Ultra High Definition TV creates a movie theater-quality entertainment experience.

American Coach has also partnered with JBL by Harman to create a high-tech custom audio package for the cockpit of the American Eagle.

2014 American Eagle in Wisteria Lane interior décor and Rich Caramel cabinetry
2014 American Eagle in Wisteria Lane interior décor and Rich Caramel cabinetry

The JBL system is engineered exclusively for the American Eagle, providing a custom-tailored and digitally optimized audio solution that delivers a superior listening experience, according to the news release.

“American Coach is known for its leading innovation, technology, and distinction in the industry,” stated Kyle McCrary, senior vice president, product planning and design at American Coach.

“Partnering with Sony and JBL was a natural fit for the American Coach brand. We remain committed to incorporating advanced technology and highly innovative designs into our products.”

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Allied Recreation Group (ARG)

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

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

Address: 1031 US 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

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

Website: alliedrecreationgroup.com

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV)

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

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

Phone: (407) 681-4700

Website: alliedsv.com

AE2American Coach

American Coach is a premier manufacturer and distributor of Luxury Class A Diesel motorcoaches.

Founded in 1991 as the luxury division of Fleetwood RV, American Coach produces four brand names: American Eagle, American Heritage, American Tradition, and American Revolution.

Customer Service: (800) 435-7345

Website: americancoach.com

Worth Pondering…

My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
—Maya Angelou

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YouFly: The Future Has Arrived

Capable of high rates of acceleration, in both cornering, banking and braking, the YouFly is designed to usher in a new generation of recreational vehicle capable of delivering fun over all types of terrain.

YouFly_LogoThe YouFly creates a space between the ground-bound hovercraft and the helicopter and can provide previously unprecedented access to rock strewn rivers, swamplands and sea and sand combinations.

A revolution in airborne mobility, the YouFly is a compact, safe, and agile airborne device capable of high altitudes.

Entecho incorporated in 2004 to design, develop, and commercialize the unique flight technology that founder and current managing director Kim Schlunke had invented. Schlunke previously spent more than 25 years within the recreation products industry as an engineer and CEO.

“It turns out that people derive most fun from acceleration on their bodies, and we came up with a value of close to one G as the sensation that people like, and so we decided we’d build this into our craft which became the YouFly.”

YouFly RVCore skills of aeronautical and mechanical engineering, flight control avionics and software, composite technology, and Computational Fluid Dynamic (CFD) analysis have all been used to create successful working prototypes of Entecho’s flying craft. Entecho has received a number of grants from the Australian government and has created strong academic linkages with several universities in Australia.

Unique Technology

No single competitive technology has yet been identified that can provide the range of features that this technology can deliver in one product. Entecho technology is incorporated into a new generation recreational, flying craft: The YouFly.

The Youfly is ideally suited to those people who want the thrill of a motorized airborne sports vehicle over any surface—the YouFly takes the sport of jet-skiing and snowmobiling to a new level.

The key elements of this craft include:

  • Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) capability
  • Hovering Ability – a stable airborne platform in wind gusts
  • Safe – energy-absorbing safety cell
  • Ease of Use – intuitive controls minimize operator training
  • Environmental Friendliness – electrically powered
  • Low Noise Emission and TakeOff/Landing Signature

Option to Purchase YouFly

The YouFly is available through the purchase of an option in which the buyer obtains the future right to purchase a series production YouFly and guarantees the buyer a position in the production line on a first-come/first-served basis.

The option is personal to you and non-assignable.

Each unique option number corresponds to the sequential production number of a particular YouFly, i.e. option certificate 100 will provide a right to buy the hundredth YouFly to be manufactured.

An option will provide a right to buy the YouFly S series on or before December 31, 2014 or the YouFly E series on or before December 31, 2015.

On or before these dates, the option-holder must exercise their option, sign a sales contract, and commit to the payment of a deposit (30 percent of the final purchase price) within 30 days.

YouFly_three_podsThe length of the delivery process is estimated to be between 6 and 9 months from the date on which a sales contract is signed.

The option to purchase cost is $990.

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Youfly Entecho Ltd

Phone: +61 89445 8125 (Australian office) or +47 21651048 (Norwegian office); office hours are 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. local time

Website: youflyentecho.com

Worth Pondering…

I could have gone on flying through space forever.
—Yuri Gagarin

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Winegard Antennas Available at Home Depot

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company announces that its FlatWave indoor TV antenna and FreeVision outdoor HDTV antenna are now available in Home Depot stores nationwide.

winegard_outline_stack_loThis makes Home Depot the first retail location in America where the FreeVision antenna is available.

“Rapid changes in antenna technology now give consumers access to the highest rated digital programs without monthly programming fees,” said Winegard National Sales Manager Grant Whipple.

“Home Depot is a perfect retail store for the FlatWave and FreeVision, because most customers are do-it-yourselfers and these digital antennas are easy to install—buyers can have the highest quality free HDTV and channels not available from pay TV providers in minutes.”

“The FlatWave is an indoor antenna that can be placed anywhere for the best reception and provide near Blu-ray quality picture,” said Whipple.

“The FreeVision is an ultra-compact outdoor antenna that can be installed outdoors or in an attic, so homeowners don’t have to struggle putting it on a roof.”

Winegard FreeVision outdoor HDTV antenna
Winegard FreeVision outdoor HDTV antenna

The FlatWave and FreeVision are designed to outperform traditional antennas and always provide high definition without the hassle.

Consumers no longer need to climb on a roof to install an antenna or constantly adjust TV rabbit ears to get reception.

The FlatWave is a razor thin digital TV antenna designed to receive free off-air HD broadcast signals with its dual band technology.

The high-tech product can be laid flat or hung on a wall or window, and its black and white design can quickly disappear and fit in with virtually any home decor.

The FreeVision TV antenna is designed for outdoor and attic installations and comes with high-band VHF and UHF digital TV reception for free HD programming.

It’s easy to install in an attic or outside on a deck or side of a house and can hook up to multiple TVs, so consumers can receive quality picture throughout their home.

It is paintable to blend with any surroundings and pulls in free HDTV signals up to 30 miles away.

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Winegard Company

 Winegard-FlatWave-Amped-Antenna
Winegard-FlatWave-Amped-Antenna

Burlington, Iowa-based Winegard Company is a respected world leader in the design and manufacture of innovative antenna products for satellite and terrestrial communications.

Since its founding in 1954, Winegard’s pioneering solutions have shaped the industry for home, recreational vehicle, truck, marine, medical, and automotive antennas.

The company’s 2-way VSAT antennas provide real-time broadband solutions for extreme and remote environments in support of the oil and gas industries, as well as military and emergency response teams.

Winegard is a privately-owned company that designed the first residential antenna for the U.S. It has designed more than 1,000 antenna models and does custom antenna design and development work.

Address: 3000 Kirkwood Street, Burlington, IA 52601

Phone: (800) 288-8094

Website: winegard.com

Worth Pondering…

We owe a lot to Thomas Edison—if it weren’t for him, we’d be watching television by candlelight.

—Milton Berle

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