Newmar Partners with Tents for Troops

Nappanee, Indiana-based Newmar Corporation announced a new partnership that will allow them to show their appreciation for the brave men and women enlisted in the nation’s armed forces, a press release from the organization stated.

tentsfortroopsFor every coach retailed in 2015, Newmar will make a contribution to Tents for Troops (T4T), an organization that works with campgrounds and RV parks throughout the United States and Canada to provide free accommodations to active military members.

Tents for Troops was founded about five years ago. They are a network of RV parks located across 47 states, each committed to providing free RV and tent camping sites for active military members and their families.

Although they go by the name Tents for Troops, the majority of those who use the program are young military families traveling by RV. In fact, around 80 percent of these families have one or two children, according to a news release.

At this time T4T has just under 300 Parks in their network, and will soon be adding 14 parks in Canada.

“Tents for Troops invites RV Manufactures, RV Dealers and Industry Suppliers of all sizes to join the program, any contribution large or small will truly make a difference,” said Charlie Curry, founder of Tents for Troops.

“RV dealers can donate for new units sold or both new and used and would have the opportunity to ask retail customers if they wanted to donate $1 when they purchase an RV as well. Both OEM’s and RV dealers can encourage each other to participate, and OEM’s and dealers can encourage suppliers to do the same.”

Newmar-factory-toursThe program is 100 percent voluntary and 100 percent free.

Troops never pay to stay at parks, and the designated parks never pay any fees or dues to be involved with Tents for Troops. It is a feel- good, pay-it-forward type of program, the release stated. T4T asks parks to offer two free tent or RV sites for a two-night stay.

“We’re honored to partner with Tents for Troops in their effort to help our military personnel enjoy the RV lifestyle,” said Matt Miller, President of Newmar.

“We appreciate all that the Armed Forces do for this country, without them we would not enjoy the freedom that we all take for granted. Many thanks to Charlie Curry for his efforts, so that the military personnel can enjoy the same lifestyle that we all enjoy.”


Tents for Troops

TentsForTroopsIconAs a very small way of saying “Thank You” for all of the hard work and sacrifices men and women in the military make, campgrounds and RV parks around the nation offer free camping for active military.

Phone: (360) 274-7915


Newmar Corp

NEWMAR: When You Know The Difference

Newmar Corp image001Established in 1968 Newmar is an innovator and leader in the RV manufacturing industry and recognized for its excellence in quality.

Newmar Corp is privately owned and has a dealer network that spans across the United States and Canada.

Newmar Corp is located at 355 N. Delaware Street, Nappanee, Indiana.

Newmar Corp currently manufactures Class A gas motorhomes (Bay Star Sport, Bay Star, and Canyon Star), Class A diesel motorhomes (Ventana LE, Ventana, and Dutch Star), and luxury Class A diesel motorhomes (Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire).

Address: 355 N. Delaware Street, PO Box 30, Nappanee, Indiana 46550-0030

Phone: (800) 860-0086


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RVC Outdoor Destinations Launches Wounded Warrior Fishing Partnership

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC Outdoor Destinations, the leading provider of high-quality outdoor vacation properties in the United States, announced the launch of its Wounded Warrior Fishing sponsorship, an initiative underscoring the company’s commitment to active and retired military personnel.

RVC Outdoor Destinations has partnered with retired U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. and current U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark McDuffie, to offer the program, which is designed to help soldiers injured physically or mentally in Iraq or Afghanistan relax and enjoy the outdoors with their families, according to a news release.

The Wounded Warrior Fishing program, headquartered at the company’s Live Oak Landing property in Freeport, Florida, will host an injured soldier and his or her family one night each week to enjoy the outdoors through activities such as fishing trips, river tours, onsite recreation activities and a cookout—all free of charge.

McDuffie first started the program a year ago, as a nonprofit called Wounded Warrior Fishing. Injured while fighting in Iraq and now fully recovered, McDuffie operates at the Live Oak Landing property and will head up the new partnership sponsored by RVC.

“Having been wounded at war, I can relate to what many of these injured soldiers are going through,” said McDuffie.

“I know that when soldiers suffer, their families do too, and while I can’t take away their pain or completely understand their particular situation, I can offer them time to relax with their families. At the end of the day, if we can put a smile on their faces for a few hours or for a weekend, we’ve done our job.”

Wounded Warrior Fishing and RVC will officially kick-off the program on Memorial Day weekend to coincide with the unofficial start of the summer travel season.

In addition to the weekly sponsored accommodations, Live Oak Landing will host 10 injured soldiers and their families during an end-of-summer celebration the last weekend of September. The group will be able to fish with local professionals, take boat rides on the Choctawhatchee Bay, eat BBQ from local restaurants, enjoy massages, and relax.

Besides the new Wounded Warrior Fishing sponsorship, RVC also offers active and retired military discounts on lodging, and several of its properties offer a free RV site rental for active service men and women through the Tents for Troops program.

RVC locations individually raise money for regionally based military charities through their own events and fundraisers throughout the year.

“RVC believes in taking care of the military men and women who have made a tremendous sacrifice for our country,” said Andy Cates, president of RVC Outdoor Destinations.

“We wanted to find a meaningful way to say ‘thank you,’ and for us that means giving them a chance to have some fun in the great outdoors with their families. The Wounded Warrior Fishing program is part of RVC’s corporate commitment to give back to these brave individuals. At each of our properties, we have different ways of reaching out to the military community, knowing that each region has unique needs. We’re always searching for new ways to show them how truly grateful we are for everything they have done, for all of us.”


RVC Outdoor Destinations

RVC Outdoor Destinations develops, owns, and operates a portfolio of high-quality outdoor vacation properties located within some of the country’s most beautiful natural settings and offering upscale services and amenities.

Memphis, Tennessee-based RVC is redefining the traditional camping experience with its original Outdoor Destination concept that provides guests with a customizable outdoor vacation through a variety of affordable lodging options, including RV sites, yurts, cabins and cottages, all with enhanced guest amenities and recreational activities.

RVC currently operates Outdoor Destinations and RV Resorts in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina.

Address: 429 N Main Street, Suite 100, Memphis, Tennessee 38103

Phone: (901) 432-4748


Wounded Warrior Fishing Program

To nominate someone for the Wounded Warrior Fishing program, please call RVC’s Live Oak Landing at (877) 436-5063.

Wounded Warrior Project

The mission of Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors. The purpose of WWP is to raise awareness and to enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members; to help injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other; and to provide unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs. WWP is a national, non-partisan organization headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida.

Address: 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300, Jacksonville, Florida 32256

Phone: (904) 296-7350 or (877) TEAM.WWP (832.6997)


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