Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

Goshen, Indiana-based Keystone RV Company introduced the new Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

“You can’t get too much of a good thing” is the thinking behind the new Fuzion model, according to a company news release.

Featuring two patio decks for a combined outdoor living area of over 160 square feet, both the rear and side mounted decks include patio awning, LED lighting, and adjustable aluminum entry steps.

In addition, the Fusion 420 model is the first toy hauler in the industry to incorporate the FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde which virtually eliminates pins as part of the set up process and makes short work of setting up the patio, according to the Keystone announcement.

“Patio decks are an increasingly important selling feature for our toy hauler customers,” says Fuzion product manager Tim Markel.

“Today, well over 95 percent of our customers order their Fuzion with the patio option. Adding a second deck on the door side creates a prime entertainment or relaxing area that can easily be accessed through the sliding glass patio door in the coach or by way of the aluminum steps leading to the ground. Campers love sitting on the deck and watching TV, visiting with friends, or utilizing the deck as an enclosed play area for the kids or family dog.”

Both the rear deck and the side deck on the Fuzion 420 feature the new FastTrack2 patio system by MOR/ryde.

Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

A Fuzion exclusive, FastTrack2 allows each rail to smoothly slide and then snap in place without pins. There are no rails to lift as both the side and end rails are permanently mounted to the garage wall and simply swing into position. Setting up the Fuzion patio requires minimum effort and can be accomplished in seconds rather than minutes.

“With extra value features like FastTrack2, the MOR/ryde suspension and pin-box system, new exterior full paint options and our Fuzion Chrome edition, we are differentiating Fuzion from other brands in the marketplace,” said Marke.

“Fuzion market share is up 22 percent in April according to Statistical Surveys, Inc. Clearly our dealers have embraced the Fuzion concept and have propelled our sales.”

The new Keystone Fuzion 420 fifth wheel toy hauler specs include:

  • Shipping Weight: 15,095 pounds
  • Carrying Capacity: 3,905 pounds
  • Hitch Weight: 3,775 pounds
  • External Length: 43 feet
  • External Height: 13 feet 3 inches
  • Fresh Water Carrying Capacity: 112 gallons
  • Gray Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
  • Black Water Carrying Capacity: 88 gallons
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks
Keystone RV Introduces New Fuzion Featuring 2 Patio Decks

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Keystone RV Company

Keystone RV Company is a producer of travel trailers, fifth wheels, and toy haulers, with manufacturing facilities at its headquarters in Goshen, Indiana, and Pendleton, Oregon.

Keystone RV brands include Montana, Cougar, Outback, Springdale, Raptor, Residence, Retreat, Passport, Hornet, Sprinter, Laredo, Mountaineer, Big Sky, High Country, Fuzion, X-lite, Bullet, Premier, Alpine, and Avalanche.

Keystone is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, Ohio, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreation vehicles and a major builder of commercial buses.

Address: 2642 Hackberry Drive, PO Box 2000, Goshen, IN 46527-2000

Phone: (574) 535-2100

Website: www.keystonerv.com

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And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

—Steve Jobs

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Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

Building on strong sales and growing market share in the fifth-wheel toy hauler segment, Elkhart, Indiana-based Heartland Recreational Vehicles LLC has broadened its product offerings with the introduction of the Torque Extreme Lite travel trailer series targeting a rapidly growing 1/2-ton pickup market.

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

“Heartland has experienced tremendous growth over the last few years in the fifth-wheel toy hauler segment,” stated General Manager A.J. Jones, in a company news release.

“However, because of production limitations in the past, we weren’t able to expand into other areas of the market, which continues to branch into new categories.”

As part of a companywide expansion initiative, Heartland moved its toy hauler operations into a dedicated facility, effectively doubling production capacity while significantly reducing turnaround times.

“Heartland has made a huge commitment to toy haulers, allowing us to compete in all-new price points and weights,” Jones stated.

Jones noted that Heartland owns a 22 percent market share in fifth-wheel toy haulers and a nearly 30 percent share of all triple-axle fifth-wheel toy haulers sold.

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

Combining lightweight construction with aggressive pricing, the Torque offers Heartland’s dealer partners a full-featured toy hauler that addresses the towing needs of 1/2-ton pickup owners.

“The key to the Torque Extreme Lite is to keep the same high-end look and features that our fifth-wheel toy haulers provide, but doing it on a 1/2-ton towable platform,” noted Coley Brady, vice president of sales and marketing.

“Our dealers have been begging for an affordable, 1/2-ton towable, and A.J. and his team delivered with the Torque Extreme Lite.”

Available in six floor plans, ranging in length from 31- to 38 1/2 feet, the new Torque Lite series features 102-inch wide-body construction, all-aluminum framing and Equa-flex suspension with gas shocks to ensure a stable, comfortable ride.

The onboard garage is equipped with 5,000-pound tie-downs, Happy-Jac powered bunks beds and can accommodate the largest side-by-sides. MSRP pricing starts at $39,450.

“The introduction of the Torque travel trailer extends Heartland’s laser focus on the toy hauler segment,” said Heartland President Chris Hermon.

“By entering into the 1/2-ton pickup market, we have positioned Heartland to capture even more market share in what we see as a segment that continues to evolve and gain traction. As always we listened to our dealers, bringing to market a product that not only meets a growing demand but also stands out on the sales lot with features traditionally not offered by the competition at this price point.”

Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series
Heartland RV Introduces Torque Extreme Lite Travel Trailer Series

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Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC

Heartland Recreational Vehicles is a leading manufacturer of towable recreational vehicles in the US. The Company markets over 16 brands of fifth wheel trailers, travel trailers, and toy haulers including Landmark, Big Horn, Big Country, ElkRidge, Gateway, Sundance, Greystone, North Trail, Prowler, Cyclone, Road Warrior, Wilderness, Torque, and Trail Runner.

Heartland is number three in market share in fifth wheels and closing in on being among the top five towable manufacturers of fifth wheels and travel trailers combined.

Heartland’s towable RVs are sold through an independent network of dealers throughout the United States and Canada.

The Company has over 900 employees.

Heartland factory tours are conducted Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

Heartland Recreational Vehicles, LLC is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1001 All-Pro Drive, Elkhart, Indiana 46514

Phone: (574) 262-5992 or (888) 262-5992 (toll free)

Website: www.heartlandrvs.com

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I see travel as the one of the most important ways of expanding human beings’ understanding of each other. Through travel we discover humility, love, friendship, passion and ourselves.
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Steps in Buying the RV of Your Dreams

It’s all about buying the RV of your dreams!

Live it well! Enjoy today! Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Live it well!
Enjoy today!
Do your dream! © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Whether you are considering the interior accommodations, features, and technology or the amount of available interior and basement storage, it all matters, but the process of deciding what’s right for you doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

When contemplating the purchase of a motorhome or trailer, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar types and brands of campers, attend RV shows, and locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service.

Visit the RV dealers in your area, and attend RV shows. Seeing a selection of models in one location allows you to do side-by-side comparisons on manufacturers, models, size, price and options.

It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and start fantasizing about the good times you’ll have cruising down a scenic highway in the RV of your dreams—your home-away-from-home. But do the research first.

The first thing to remember when RV shopping is to set goals and stick with them. Key goals include establishing an RV budget, deciding on the RV type and size, deciding on the RV floor plan, features, and amenities, and narrowing down the manufactures to several choices that meet your criteria.

2012 Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel motorhome camped at Leasburg Dam State Park, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
2012 Newmar Dutch Star Class A Diesel motorhome camped at Leasburg Dam State Park, New Mexico. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Towable or Motorized?

For many families, towable RVs offer great flexibility and if you already own a vehicle that can serve as your tow vehicle, you are already half-way there.

Motorized RVs on the other hand offer great passenger comfort while on the road and some people find them easier to maneuver into a camping site.

Are you a weekend warrior, or do you plan to do extended adventures? Or are you a snowbird or full-time RVer.

You’re obviously going to need a lot more gear if you plan to live in your RV for an extended stay, which means you will need more storage space and greater load capacity. Sport Utility RVs (or toy haulers) are a great option for people who want to bring along a lot of large gear.

Sleeping capacity?

What size or RV fits your family? How many people will your RV need to sleep? An RV built for two offers a different set of features than a bunkhouse built for a family.

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Class C motorhome at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

With so many new styles of RVs on the market it’s helpful to narrow down your desired floor plan before hitting the showroom floor.

Where do you plan to camp?

Depending on where you plan to camp, the size of your RV may be an issue you need to consider. Most RV parks and resorts can accommodate motorhomes and trailers up to 40 feet in length or longer. Some national parks, state parks, provincial parks, and county or regional parks campgrounds have length restrictions.

A Class B motorhome, Class C motorhome, truck camper, or small trailer are all goods options for people who desire to have the ability to camp most anywhere.

You’ll also want to consider options, such as a generator or solar panels, that simplify boondocking or dry camping.

When do you plan to camp?

Are you a summertime RVer? Or do you like to find your AWAY year round?

If winter camping is something you enjoy, then consider a four-season RV.

When purchasing an RV for use in cold weather, ensure sure it has cold weather features including heated holding tanks, dual pane windows, adequate LP capacity, an enclosed underbelly, and heated bays.

A camping trip to a ski area; football, basketball, or hockey game; hunting or snowmobiling; cross country skiing, snow tubing, tobogganing, or ice fishing are some of the ways you can continue to enjoy your RV during the winter months.

Boondocking on BLM land near Quartzsite. Note the solar panels. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Boondocking on BLM land near Quartzsite. Note the solar panels. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Or if you plan to spend considerable time camping in hot weather, you’ll need adequate air conditioning.

There are many choices of RVs on the market with something for everybody and every budget.

Worth Pondering…

Never forget your dreams.

—Corczak

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RVers On The Road: Who, What & Where?

An RV is a vehicle that combines transportation and living quarters for travel, recreation, and camping purposes.

Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Texas Lakeside RV Resort, Port Lavaca, Texas © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

In this post, we take a look at some RV fun facts, top destinations, and budgets of the estimated 9 million RVs currently on the road.

Fast Facts About RVers

Estimated 9 million households own an RVs

The average RVer is 48 years old

And own their home

39 per cent have children under 18 living at home

Spend an average of 3 weeks traveling annually

Travel an average of 4,500 miles on their RV annually

Medium income: $62,000

Fastest growing segment: 35-54 years old

Intent to buy another RV: 70 percent

Whiskey Flats RV Park, Hawthorne, Nevada © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
The whole concept of RVing is to have fun and enjoy your leisure time. Camping at Whiskey Flats RV Park, Hawthorne, Nevada © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Own their own RV: Average 8.4 years

On their RV over 10 years: 30 percent

Camping clubs had their start with the Tin Can Tourists of the 1920s and 30s who camped on roadsides, using gas stoves to heat food in tin cans and bathed in cold water

Good Sam Club had its start 49 years ago in 1966

Good Sam Club is the world’s largest RV organization with over one million members

RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Elkhart, Indiana

Fast Facts About the RV Industry

Produced 1.1 million RVs in the past 4 years

More than 12,000 RV-related businesses in the U.S. with combined annual revenues of more than $37.5 billion

Employs more than a quarter million Americans

Midtown RV, Newmar and Airstream dealer in Penticton, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Midtown RV, Newmar and Airstream dealer in Penticton, British Columbia © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Over 60 percent of all RVs are manufactured in Elkhart County, Indiana

Where Are RVers Going?

Most Popular RV Travel Destinations

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho

Yosemite National Park, California

Blue Ridge Parkway, Virginia and North Carolina

Great Smokey Mountains National Park, North Carolina and Tennessee

Mount Rushmore National Memorial, South Dakota

Disney World and Orlando theme parks, Florida

Fall Foliage Tour

Utah Grand Circle Tour

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

An RV For Every Budget

RV vacation for a family of four is 27-62 percent less expensive than vacations that include hotel, airfare, and restaurant costs.

There is an RV for everyone’s lifestyle and budget

Folding camping trailer

Truck camper

Travel trailer

Fifth wheel trailer

Class A gas motorhome

Class A diesel pusher motorhome

Class B motorhome or camper van

Class C motorhome

Cherohala Skyway
Fall is one of the most beautiful seasons especially along the Cherohala Skyway Scenic Byway, North Carolina. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Toy hauler or sports utility RV

Let’s Go RVing!

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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Toy Hauler Motorhome Market Expands

A recent revitalization in retail sales for toy haulers has created many new options for those searching for an RV with garage capabilities.

Outlaw Class A motorized toy hauler
Outlaw Class A motorized toy hauler

Thor Motor Coach continues to drive sales with its motorized toy hauler, the Outlaw.

Thor Motor Coach has recently released new floor plans and valuable camper conveniences aimed to fit today’s busy lifestyles, according to a company news release.

A new 37RB extends the Outlaw Toy Hauler’s desirability by adding a second slideout with a permanent Denver Mattress queen size bed. This dedicated bedroom provides privacy from other guests toward the front of the coach and even from those in the loft bedroom. Now the kids can have their space, while mom and dad get a bed that no longer has to be converted to sleep. This 37RB version keeps all the amenities of a traditional Class A motorhome, with the garage in the rear.

Known as the “Ultimate Tailgating Partner”, the “residential edition” 38RE fits into a unique category with an ultramodern bedroom featuring 9-foot coffered ceilings where the garage is customarily located. The 38RE was awarded the 2015 Top RV Debut by RVBusiness. It has an immense living area and the inventive rear “Patio Deck” folds down to reveal an exterior kitchenette, 50-inch big screen TV, and Bluetooth radio.

Whether you are interested in the Class C 29H toy haulers or any of the Class A Outlaw motorhomes, you will find Thor Motor Coach’s Rapid Camp on all units. Rapid Camp is a wireless control system allowing owners to set up camp quickly at a distance of up to fifty feet away from the motorhome. Features that can be operated include the leveling jacks, slide outs, generator, patio awning, and patio light.

2015 Outlaw Class A 38RE Moondance decor with vintage maple cabinetry
2015 Outlaw Class A 38RE Moondance decor with vintage maple cabinetry

All Outlaw toy haulers and motorhomes include an overhead bunk in the cockpit area with Class A units featuring an electric drop-down version of the bunk. When lowered, the bunk provides a comfortable sleeping space for two. When in the raised position, it is camouflaged into the ceiling and a great place to secure personal items while you’re away because it’s operated by a separate key.

The Outlaw is attracting buyers from many diverse backgrounds.

“We’ve found people are using this type of coach as more than just a toy hauler for hauling ATVs and motorcycles,” said Joel Grimm, gas division national sales manager for Thor Motor Coach.

“Owners are using the garage as a space for their animals, their antiques, and anything else that needs significant hauler capacity. We have even found a number of full-timers using the garage as their mobile office.”

The 2015 Outlaw Class A toy hauler motorhomes are available in three floor plans:

  • 37LS (Length: 38 feet 6 inches)
  • 37MD (Length: 38 feet 9 inches)
  • 38RE (Length: 39 feet 11 inches)
2015 Outlaw Toyhauler Class C Motorhome
2015 Outlaw Toyhauler Class C Motorhome

The 2015 Outlaw Class C toy hauler motorhomes are available in two floor plans:

  • 29H (Length: 30 feet 9 inches)
  • 35SG (Length: 36 feet 8 inches)

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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.

2015 Outlaw Class C toyhauler in brown sugar decor with Sydney maple cabinetry
2015 Outlaw Class C toyhauler in brown sugar decor with Sydney maple cabinetry

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

Phone: (800) 860-5658

Website: thormotorcoach.com

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I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.

—Stephen Covey

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Winnebago Introduces 2016 Motorhome & Towable Models

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. recently introduced the company’s new 2016 motorhome and towable models at Dealer Days held at The Mirage Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

2016 Winnebago Adventurer in titanium full-body paint
2016 Winnebago Adventurer in titanium full-body paint

“Winnebago is the ‘Real Deal’, and we’re proud to display the best and most comprehensive lineup in the company’s history,” said Winnebago Vice President of Sales and Product Management Scott Degnan.

“With nearly 500 in attendance we are seeing great response to new and redesigned products from what we consider the best dealer network in the industry.”

The Adventurer and Suncruiser, Winnebago’s flagship Class A gas models, have been totally redesigned inside and out, according to a company news release.

The exterior includes new front and rear molded fiberglass styling, as well as new lights, LED accent lights, aluminum finned grill, and molded “blade-type” wheel trims with chrome accents.

Inside, the excitement continues with new interior upgrades as well with a new contemporary dash, “pull-over” passenger work station with USB and 12-volt ports, new Xite G3 Infotainment system, new tile flooring extending into the cab area, new interior décor, curb view window, and much more, according to the release.

2016 Winnebago Brave  26A Good Vibrations with Cherry Cola Cabinetry
2016 Winnebago Brave 26A Good Vibrations with Cherry Cola Cabinetry

The Adventurer and Suncruiser are a great alternative for consumers who wants the look and functionality of a higher-end diesel, but on a gas platform.

The iconic Winnebago design just became even more “cool” with the addition of the new “Daytona” full-body paint option to the retro-style Brave and Tribute motorhomes. This motorhome line is a great mix of the past and present with three unique Winnebago floor plans, the manufacturer reports.

Winnebago also introduced an all-new Journey and Meridian 38P four-slide floor plan. The 38P features an island wrap-around galley, large pop-up TV with Rest Easy sofa, large picture window on the patio side, and spacious bedroom and bathroom with Winnebago’s largest shower.

This quad-slideout design with its spacious U-shaped galley that takes full advantage of the open feel offered by the frameless dual-pane coach windows.

A new Scorpion premium fifth wheel toy hauler is joining the Winnebago lineup and offers a large 14-foot garage space to haul all your toys.

2016 Winnebago Journey in paprika full-body paint
2016 Winnebago Journey in paprika full-body paint

The garage portion of the Scorpion features a private half bath, sliding glass door, as well as facing sofas with an optional queen bed. The ramp provides a 15-degree clearance for easy entry. When not in use as a ramp, the door becomes a patio with an optional sliding patio railing with retractable steps.

Inside the living area of the unit, the wide body design and radius ceiling provide a spacious interior with features such as a 55-inch TV, a large island with raised breakfast bar, and much more.

Winnebago’s brand licensing partners also had products on display, including two new Winnebago park model RVs, Winnebago RV Covers, and Winnebago Headwear and Apparel.

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Winnebago Industries, Inc

winnebago-quality-circle-award-255x144Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc., “The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes”, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities.

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

Itasca Website: goitasca.com

goLife Websitewww.winnebagolife.com

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We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.

—Aristotle

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5 Essentials To Buying an RV

A recreational vehicle is a major purchase that can cost, in some cases, more than a house. As with any major purchase, it is smart to do your homework before you buy to be sure you are getting the best value for your money.

Canyon Gateway RV Park, Williams, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Pop-up camper and fifth wheel trailer camped at Canyon Gateway RV Park, Williams, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When contemplating the purchase of a motorhome or trailer, take your time, do your homework, talk to owners of similar types and brands of campers, attend RV shows, and locate a good reputable dealer who stands behind his products and provides quality service.

There is an RV for every budget and every family. It just takes some time to find it.

The following information is intended to help you navigate the most important aspects of making your dream of owning a recreational vehicle a reality.

  1. Set Goals

Identify your RV needs. Answering the following questions will help you decide which RV is best for you:

  • Are you a weekend warrior, snowbird, or full-timer?
  • How much can you afford to spend including monthly payments and related expenses (fuel, maintenance and service, insurance, license, storage)?
  • What size RV fits your family?
  • Do you prefer a motorized RV or a towable?
  • Which RV features and amenities do you need and which can you live without?
  • When you are not traveling, where will you store your RV?
A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Class A Diesel Pusher and Class A Gas motorhomes at A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

One of the first considerations is establishing an RV budget. It’s vital to know how much you can afford to spend on your RV including manageable monthly payments. Also consider related expenses including fuel, insurance, license, maintenance costs, and storage.

Sticking to your goals will help you get exactly what you want and it will also help you avoid purchasing an RV out of your price range. By setting your goals, you can go in knowing what you want and eliminate most RVs that don’t fit your needs.

  1. The Test Drive

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

Another tip to remember is that once people and all your items are in the RV, weight may become an issue.

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

Figure on a 20-30 minute test drive in as many traffic, terrains, and road surface conditions as possible. 0-65mph on the test drive, cornering, braking, shifting. Does the steering wheel pull in your hand on different road conditions?

This will be a noticeable pulling to the center or edge of the road. This is an alignment issue and will need to be fixed.

  1. Financing

If you’re like most, you’ll probably be financing a portion of your purchase. Discuss financing with your local bank or other lending institution prior to purchasing an RV to determine your credit limit and assure approval.

Another thing to consider is that because every motorhome most likely has a bed, kitchen, sink, and bathroom, the IRS classifies them as homes. This means that the interest on your loan may be tax deductible as a home mortgage. In Canada, this is not the case.

  1. Maintenance 

Your RV is a valuable investment; however, it can be very costly to repair if it is not properly maintained.

There are two basic types of maintenance for your RV: preventative maintenance and scheduled maintenance. Often these two terms are used interchangeably.

Preventative maintenance is maintenance you perform on your RV before a problem exists and consists of cleaning, inspecting, lubricating, adjusting, and servicing your RV.

Scheduled Maintenance or routine maintenance is performed in intervals normally based on time, mileage, or hours.

  1. Don’t Buy Right Away
Keystone Montana fifth wheel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
Keystone Montana fifth wheel trailer at Lost Dutchman State Park, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When it comes to researching your new RV purchase, the last thing you want to be is hasty. It is important to take your time while considering your budget, wants and needs, future travel plans, and any other items you feel are important in making your decision, such as safety, quality, and reliability.

One of the most important things you can do when buying is to always shop around. Don’t just buy from your first stop. Look around, compare prices and find the best deal available.

With these tips, you will be successful in your purchase and operation of your new or new to you RV. Enjoy!

Worth Pondering…

Never forget your dreams.

—Corczak

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Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Nappanee, Indiana Gulf Stream Coach recently announced it is having remarkable success with its value-priced “Track & Trail” brand, with a 15 percent year-over-year growth in sales.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

“We’re the ideal choice for the average family looking for a practical, economical way to get a couple of dirt bikes into the great outdoors for some weekend fun,” said Randy Baskerville, national sales manager for Track & Trail and several other Gulf Stream brands, in a company news release.

“Retail customers can spend far more for a toy hauler, but they simply can’t find a better combination of low price, high carrying capacity, and great family fun than the Track & Trail.”

Track & Trail offers 17-, 24-, and 26-foot floor plans, all 8 feet wide and featuring a full-height 8 foot ramp/door with 3,000 pounds load capacity, and Gulf Stream “Unibody” construction for strength and durability.

Inside, Gulf Stream engineers provided the largest possible garage space, interior height, and a rubberized garage floor that makes cleanups quick and easy.

Track & Trail floor plans offer carrying capacity ranging from 3,200 for the 17 foot model to 5,300 pounds for the 26 foot model, giving customers the feature that Gulf Stream said they want most: Maximum capacity for the dollar, to carry people, their wheeled toys, and all the cargo that goes along with them.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Tie-downs for the garage floor are shipped loose, so they can be put in the best-possible locations for the retail customer’s wheeled fleet.

A powder-coated generator rack is included on the front hitch, extra beds (manual and electric) can be added to the garage area.

Other popular options include HDTV and a 30-gallon on-board fuel station.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail specifications common to all 3 models: 17RTHSE, 24RTH, and 25 RTH

Overall Width: 96 inches

Exterior Height: 11 feet 11 inches

Interior Height: 8 feet

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Fresh Water Tank Capacity: 51 gallons

Grey Water Tank Capacity: 37 gallons

Black Water Tank Capacity: 37 gallons

LP Gas Capacity: 2-20 gallons tanks

Water Heater: 6 gallons

Refrigerator: N611 Norcold

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Gulf Stream Coach Inc.

Established in 1983, Nappanee, Indiana-based Gulf Stream is a leading manufacturer of Class A Gas motorhomes, diesel pushers, Class C motorhomes, fifth-wheel trailers, and travel trailers.

Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler "A Remarkable Success"
Gulf Stream Track & Trail Toy Hauler “A Remarkable Success”

Gulf Stream is organized into three divisions: Luxury Class A Motorhomes, Travel Trailers and Luxury Fifth Wheels, and Yellowstone RV Travel Trailers and Fifth Wheels.

Location: 503 South Oakland Avenue, Nappanee, Indiana

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1005, Nappanee, Indiana 46550

Phone: (800) 289-8787 (toll free)

Website: gulfstreamcoach.com

Worth Pondering…

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

—Steve Jobs, Apple Founder and CEO

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Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125

Colorado Springs, Colorado-based manufacturer of gear transport and outdoor lifestyle products, Let’s Go Aero, brings the RV experience to the small car owner with its ultra-lite and versatile GearWagon 125 Camper.

Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125
Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125

This camping trailer is a cargo, toy hauler, and camper all-in-one. Enjoy all the daily cargo hauling function and full capacity use of the GearWagon 125 trailer model with added features for conversion into a comfortable camper.

The hard shell construction with thick marine grade tent keeps the interior cool in the summer and warm in the off season for three to four season camping. The dual-purpose cargo and camping trailer weighs 560 pounds; the GearWagon can be pulled by any vehicle including those with Class I, 1,000 pound tow ratings.

“Well-suited for off-road use, it can carry an ATV or an ATV can pull it,” said Marty Williams, Let’s Go Aero President, in a news release.

“Then, with the ATV removed, GearWagon 125 becomes a bed for sleeping.”

The product is offered as an alternative to pop-up or tear-drop campers, and provides outdoor enthusiasts with 137 cubic feet of cargo carrying capacity for hauling bicycles, motorcycles, ATVs, camping equipment, sporting gear, or lawn and garden tools.

“For the small car traveler, the GearWagon 125 Camper makes comfortable camping possible by providing a mobile habitat that is easily towed by Class I-rated vehicles, with the capacity to conveniently pack and transport all the outdoor living gear needed for camping and road trips,” Williams added.

Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125
Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125

Designed to comfortably sleep two with a large storage area below deck, GearWagon 125 offers a combination of lightness, capacity, transformability, and toughness.

Measuring 93 inches long, 60 inches wide, and 51 inches high, it features a durable, twin-wall polyethylene base and an aerodynamic tonneau-cover style lid that keeps cargo dry, secure, and out of sight.

To create a platform for positioning a queen size air mattress or to add another level of storage with 500 pounds weight rating, modular, four-panel decking fits along the width of the trailer using the base’s integrated ledge. When not in use, the panels store along the sidewalls of the trailer.

The Solar Vent feature removes condensation accumulation during the night and prevents mold and mildew from occurring. The solar powered ventilator moves 1,000 cubic feet per hour, and will run for up to 48 hours without sunlight.

GearWagon 125 technical specifications include:

Empty Weight: 560 pounds

Payload Weight: 1,000 pounds

Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125
Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125

GVWR: 1,560 pounds

Tongue Weight: 30 pounds

Capacity: 137 cubic feet

Price: $5,489.

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Let’s Go Aero (LGA)

Let’s Go Aero (LGA) is the inventor, manufacturer, importer, and distributor of its patented and patent pending product lines.

LGA is a small company and majority shareholder owner-operated. The hands-on, day-to-day involvement by creator, manufacturer, and product user lends itself to a high standard of excellence in products, customer service, and responsiveness to market needs.
At LGA, all brands are invented, developed, and patented in the U.S. Most are manufactured at Let’s Go Aero in Colorado Springs.

Brand lines include Little Giant Trailers, Tentris Tents, VeeMe and BikeWing Bicycle Carriers, Silent Towing Products, GearCage, GearBag, HexWerx, and GearWagon.

Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125
Let’s Go Aero Introduces GearWagon 125

The GearWagon line offers performance, utility, cargo, and camping in a high capacity, compact form. Uniquely suited for the small car towing capacity, the ultra-light and tow-friendly construction make these traveling companions a natural extension of your vehicle.

The GearWagon is easily manageable both on and off the hitch, on small and large cars alike. These enclosed trailers are secure, visually appealing, tough, and a very convenient solution for cargo transport as a natural extension of customers’ lifestyles.

Address: 2120 Naegele Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80904

Phone: (719) 630-3800 or (877) 464-2376 (toll free)

Website: www.letsgoaero.com

Worth Pondering…

There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep on rolling under the stars.

—Jack Kerouac

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CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

Topeka, Indiana-based CrossRoads RV, a manufacturer of travel trailers and fifth wheels, has announced the introduction of the Sonoma, their newest floor plan addition to the Elevation lineup.

CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup
CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

The Sonoma boasts a full profile exterior with a painted fiberglass cap that incorporates the Elevation signature automotive grade front window.

“We continue to receive an enormous amount of positive feedback about our front window models, not only from our dealer body, but mostly from the retail consumer,” said Erick Esch, product manager, in a company news release.

“This concept has allowed us to create our own identity within this extremely competitive environment.”

“The Sonoma king-bed master suite includes opposing slides, which brings to market the largest bedroom of any toy hauler,” Esch added.

“In addition, the Sonoma has a front bedroom sofa area, which absolutely creates a true-to-form master bedroom retreat.”

This wide-body toy hauler also features the first electric induction cook-top. The glass induction cook-top is coupled with a 30-inch residential convection oven, center island kitchen sink, glass patio slider door along with a full and true 13-foot cargo area.

“We continue to see a growing demand for larger cargo capacities without sacrificing much of the living and bedroom areas,” says Esch.

CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup
CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

“Families are becoming more involved in what I like to call ‘Action-Camping’ which means each person wants their own four-wheeled machine, motorcycle, kayak, or other toy.”

Additional standard features of the Sonoma include:

3-Door Side Power Awnings w/ LED Lighting

Hydraulic 6 Pt. Auto-Leveling

2-30 Gallon Fuel Tanks

Rear Cargo Pull-Down Screen

Dyson Cordless Vacuum

iCool Memory Foam Mattress

12 Cubic-Foot Gas/Electric Refrigerator

32-Inch LED Bedroom TV

Roller Night Shades

15,000 BTU Ducted A/C

40,000 BTU furnace

Wired/Prepped For 2nd & 3rd A/C

CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup
CrossRoads RV Introduces Sonoma Floor Plan To Elevation Lineup

Upgraded Interior LED Lighting

30-Inch Residential Microwave

USB Charging Station

5.5 Onan Generator w/30 Gallon Fuel Tank

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CrossRoads RV, Inc.

CrossRoads RV, Inc. was established in 1996 in Topeka, Indiana where the company currently has five plant locations and employs over 400 people.

CrossRoads RV manufactures a full line of towable RV products including fifth wheels, travel trailers, ultra-light trailers, and destination trailers under the brand names of Carriage, Cameo, Rushmore, Cruiser Patriot/Provincial, Cruiser, Cruiser Sahara, Cruiser Aire, Zinger, Zinger SE, Z-1, Sunset Trail, Slingshot, Elevation, and Hampton.

CrossRoads RV factory tours are conducted Monday through Thursday at 1:30 p.m. To arrange a tour, please call (888) 226-7496.

CrossRoads RV, Inc. is a division of Thor Industries Inc.

Address: 1115 W Lake Street, Topeka, Indiana, 46571

Phone: (260) 593-3850 or (888) 226-7496 (toll free)

Website: www.crossroadsrv.com

Worth Pondering…

Creative thinking may mean simply the realization that there’s no particular virtue in doing things the way they have always been done.

—Rudolph Flesch

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