More May 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Starcraft RV, Forest River, Cruiser RV, and Allied Recreation Group.

Starcraft RV0

Starcraft-RV-logoStarcraft RV (Starcraft) is recalling certain model year 2016 Autumn Ridge 284, 285, 288, 28D, and 28G trailers manufactured March 23, 2015, to April 2, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Starcraft will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 18, 2015. Owners may contact Starcraft customer service at 1-800-945-4787. Starcraft’s numbers for this recall are 9902237 and 9902238.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2016 Amera-Lite ATTX and WATTX, Forest River Cherokee, Cherokee Grey Wolf, Cherokee Wolf Pup, Salem, Salem Laminated, Salem Limited Edition, Vengeance, Wildwood, Wildwood Laminated, and Wildwood Limited Edition, Cargo Mate Blazer, E Series, E Series Wedge, Eliminator, and Qualifier, Continental Cargo Auto Master, Elite Series, Tailwind and Value Hauler, Coachmen Catalina and Freedom Express, Palomino Puma and US Cargo Patriot X, Phantom, Trail & Sport and Trail Master trailers manufactured March 1, 2015, to March 31, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-800-453-6064. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-03312015-0025.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Forest River, Inc.

forest-RiverForest River, Inc. (Forest River) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Coachmen Freelander vehicles manufactured February 14, 2014, to April 1, 2015, and 2015 Coachmen Leprechaun vehicles manufactured on June 10, 2014. The affected vehicles, manufactured on a Ford 158″ wheelbase chassis with a 5.4L V-8 engine, may have a Federal Certification label that lists an incorrect gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR), gross axle weight rating (GAWR) and wrong cargo carrying capacity information. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”

With incorrect GVWR, GAWR, and cargo carrying capacity information, the operator may overload the trailer, increasing the risk of a crash.

Forest River will notify owners and will provide replacement labels with the corrected information, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact Coachmen customer service at 1-800-453-6064. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-04172015-0031.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Cruiser RV

CruiserCruiser RV (Cruiser) is recalling certain model year 2015 Viewfinder recreational trailers manufactured September 4, 2014, to March 30, 2015. In the affected vehicles, the liquid propane (LP) compartment in the slide room is not properly sealed to the interior of the trailer. If a leak occurs in the LP compartment, propane gas could dissipate into the interior of the trailer.

A propane gas leak into the interior of the trailer increases the risk of a fire in the presence of an ignition source.

Cruiser will notify owners, and dealers will modify the recreational trailer so that the LP compartment is sealed from the passenger area, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact Cruiser customer service at 1-866-277-5630. Cruiser’s number for this recall is 11041R.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Allied Recreation Group, Inc.

holidayrambler_logoAllied Recreation Group, Inc. (ARG) is recalling certain 2014 Holiday Rambler Presidential fifth wheel trailers, model 363 RE, manufactured February 28, 2013, to November 1, 2013, 2014 Holiday Rambler Presidential fifth wheel trailers, model 363 RL, manufactured January 30, 2013, to June 21, 2013, 2015 Holiday Rambler Alumascape fifth wheel trailers, model 313 RL, manufactured January 30, 2013, to October 25, 2013, and 2015 Holiday Rambler Alumascape fifth wheel trailers, model 343 RE, manufactured October 15, 2013, to October 25, 2013. The affected trailers may be equipped with certain Frigidaire KG series Microwave model CFMV154CLS convection microwaves manufactured January 27, 2013, through April 10, 2013. These microwaves may start on their own and begin heating when unattended.

If the microwave starts on its own and there are contents inside, a fire could result.

ARG will notify owners, and ARG dealers will work in conjunction with Electrolux Home Products, Inc. Appliance service personnel to replace the membrane/keypad component, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact ARG customer service at 1-800-509-3417. ARG’s number for this recall is 150422ARG.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 57th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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May 2015 RV Manufacturer Recalls

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recently announced 5 recall notices involving 4 recreational vehicle/chassis manufacturers—Grand Design RV, Crossroads RV, Thor Motor Coach, and Highland Ridge RV.

Grand Design RV

Grand Design Corp-Logo-blackGrand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain model year 2015-2016 Reflection 303RLS, 308BHTS and 313RLTS trailers manufactured March 12, 2015, to April 6, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Grand Design has notified owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2015. Owners may contact Grand Design customer service at 1-574-825-9679. Grand Design’s number for this recall is 910003.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov

Crossroads RV

CrossRoads logo3_smallDS Corp DBA Crossroads RV (Crossroads) is recalling certain model year 2016 Cruiser, Cruiser Aire, ReZerve, and Sunset Trail recreational trailers manufactured March 19, 2015, to April 6, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Crossroads has notified owners, and dealers will replace the defective hubs, free of charge. The recall began on April 14, 2015. Owners may contact Crossroads customer service at 1-855-226-7496. Crossroads number for this recall is 37.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Thor Motor Coach

Thor Motor Coach; North America's Best Selling Motorhome BrandThor Motor Coach (TMC) is recalling certain model year 2016 Four Winds, Citation, Outlaw, Chateau, Siesta, and Freedom Elite motorhomes manufactured February 14, 2015, to April 6, 2015. The affected vehicles may be missing the water weight carrying capability information on the Occupant and Cargo Carrying Capacity (OCCC) label . As a result, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Tire Selection and Rims and Motor Home/Recreation Vehicle Trailer Load Carrying Capacity Information for Motor Vehicles with a GVWR of more than 4,536 kilograms (10,000 pounds).”

If the vehicle is loaded to its weight capacity without including the weight of the water carried onboard, the motorhome may be overloaded. This can cause a loss of vehicle control, increasing the risk of a crash.

TMC will notify owners and will provide a new OCCC label with the correct information, free of charge. The recall began on May 1, 2015. Owners may contact TMC customer service at 1-877-500-1020. TMC’s number for this recall is RC000099.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Highland Ridge RV

Open_RangeHighland Ridge RV (Highland Ridge) is recalling certain model year 2015 Residential 417RS fifth wheel recreational trailers manufactured May 14, 2014, to June 10, 2014. The flexible gas line for the kitchen slideout section is too short.

When the kitchen area is expanded, the gas line may be pulled excessively, resulting in a gas leak, increasing the risk of a fire.

Highland Ridge will notify owners, and dealers will replace the existing gas line with a new longer gas line, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in May 2015. Owners may contact Highland Ridge customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland Ridge’s number for this recall is 9904236. Note: This recall is an expansion of recall 14V254.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Highland Ridge RV

Open Range RV LogoHighland Ridge RV (Highland) is recalling certain model year 2016 Open Range Mesa Ridge, Light, and Roamer travel trailers and fifth wheels, models 16LF, 16MF, 16RF, 16LT, 16MR, and 16RT, manufactured March 18, 2015, to April 6, 2015. In the affected trailers, the studs that are used to attach the wheels to the axle hubs may break.

If the wheel studs break, the wheel could detach from the vehicle, increasing the risk of a crash.

Highland will notify owners, and dealers will replace any affected wheel hub, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 29, 2015. Owners may contact Highland customer service at 1-260-768-7771. Highland’s numbers for this recall are 9904237 and 9904238.

Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Please Note: This is the 56th in a series of articles relating to RV Manufacturers Recalls

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EverGreen RV Introduces New I-GO Bunkhouse Floor Plans

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles’ I-GO brand brand offers one of the largest floor plan selections of the entire EverGreen family.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles' I-GO
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles I-GO

Now there are even more family friendly bunkhouse models to choose from with the introduction of the G240DBD (Double Bunk with Dinette) and G291DBS (Double Bunk with Slide), according to a company news release.

The new models provide more choices in kid friendly bunkhouse models with large slide rooms that provide additional space for dining, gathering, and sleeping. All the EverGreen I-GO brands are built lightweight for easy towing.

New G240DBD

The G240DBD features an open layout with plenty of room for the entire family. A large, single slide opens across from the kitchen area for entertaining. The large slide houses a 90-inch U-shaped dinette with plenty of space for eating or watching the optional 32-inch  flat screen TV. The TV sits on a swivel entertainment center with radius sides that separates the living area from the master bedroom so the TV can be viewed from either room.

An angled entry to the large double bunks provides easy access for the kids with a privacy curtain when it’s time to sleep. Six adults can sleep comfortably in the G240DBD. The bathroom features a 40-inch tub/shower and a medicine cabinet provides storage for toiletries. While enjoying the outdoors, preparing meals is easy with an outside kitchen that comes standard. An outdoor range, sink and refrigerator keep the fun outside longer—perfect for large families.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles I-GO 291DBS model
EverGreen Recreational Vehicles I-GO 291DBS model

G291DBS for 2015

The larger G291DBS maximizes space with a massive living room slide and an additional entry door off the rear bath—for the kids. The main entrance is in the living area and kitchen. There is plenty of seating for everyone in the slide with a sofa and large dinette. The generous 40-inch tub in the bathroom makes for easy clean-up with the kids right off the rear door access.

There is a double bunk that can sleep four adults in the rear of the coach with an easy access angled entry and a bunk ladder shelf to help enter the top bunk smoothly.

Both models have plenty of bedroom storage, from the wardrobes on either side of the 60-inch by 80-inch queen bed to the overhead storage above the bed and lift up storage below the bed. Fully equipped kitchens include a refrigerator, oven, microwave, and single basin sink. When preparing meals the range cover increases counter space. The finished, lighted pass-through storage at the front of the coach offers a solution to all the extra camping gear and equipment.

All I-GOs share EverGreen’s quality construction features like the DuraLite six-sided double welded cage construction that provides a secure frame for the ultimate in durability. The one-of-a-kind TPO roof is mechanically applied to prevent bubbles or lifting and requires no maintenance to save money down the road. Electrical lines and mechanicals are isolated by the ducted, heated enclosed underbelly, which also helps to keep tanks from freezing.

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EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

evergreen3EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla), and a Class B motorhome (Imperial).

Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

Today, with the addition of the Skyline RV brand, EverGreen with its Lifestyle Luxury RV division is one of the five largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in North America

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

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RV/MH Museum Introduces Historic Shasta Exhibit

Elkhart, Indiana-based RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum recently introduced its newest exhibit featuring a retrospective on the evolution of the iconic Shasta brand of travel trailers.

1954 Shasta display in the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Elkhart, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
1954 Shasta display in the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum, Elkhart, Indiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The display includes a 1954 Shasta that’s been in the museum’s inventory for years and a 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc, courtesy of Mick Ferkey, owner of Greeneway RV, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and a member of the RV/MH Hall of Fame board of directors.

While the reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc has the look and style of the 1960s model, it is fully equipped with modern features and appliances, including a full bath, according to an RV/MH Hall of Fame press release.

“Shasta has a rich heritage and is the industry’s longest producer of RVs. The brand has been in continuous product since its founding in 1941,” said Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Hall of Fame.

“When Californian Robert Gray built the first Shasta ‘house trailer’ to be used as mobile military housing, he had no idea his homes on wheels would play a major role in establishing a billion-dollar industry—or that the little trailers would spark wanderlust in Americans that would carry them across the miles and into the next century.”

The evolution of the Shasta display in the museum actually began when Mark Lucas, president/general manager, Shasta RV, a division of Forest River, noticed a yellow and white 1961 Shasta for sale sitting in a front yard, just up the road from his office in Middlebury, Indiana.

1954 Shasta (left) and 2015 Reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc (right)
1954 Shasta (left) and 2015 Reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte 16sc (right)

“I’ve always been a car guy. I’ve restored and customized a bunch of older cars. My wife has a 1960 Cadillac convertible with a white interior,” said Lucas.

“So when I ran across that 1961 Shasta I envisioned towing the restored 1961 Shasta behind my wife’s car. I bought it and brought it to the factory.”

As it turns out, a restoration was not as easy as Lucas first thought.

“We started to pull it apart and discovered it had aluminum water tank and aluminum water line, so I said, ‘Pull it out and we’ll replace it’,” Lucas continued.

“They said, ‘It’s got that old style wiring,’ so I said, ‘Pull that out and replace it.’

Lucas’ crew kept pulling it apart until they ended up with a bare frame. He laughed and added, “That wasn’t part of the plan—my wife’s going to be pretty mad. I got with our engineer Mark Dunithan, and we started researching parts and found that about 80 percent of what we needed was readily available.”

Dunithan suggested to Lucas that they just build a brand new one for him.

But rather than just building one, they came up with the idea of building 1,941 in honor of Shasta’s first year.

Lucas said, “There were some things that were hard to find. We had to get a casting made for the Shasta emblem on the front, and we replicated the door handles. Vendors really stepped up for us. For example, Hehr International, an RV window manufacturer, remade those awning style windows for us.”

Cadillac_ShastaLucas unveiled the 2015 reissue of a 1961 Shasta Airflyte on the opening day of 2014 RV Open House, and by noon the next day, the complete product run was completely sold out.

It was during the RV Open House that board member Mick Ferkey noticed the product and fell in love with it. Ferkey knew the museum already owned 1954 Shasta and thought a display of the 1954 Shasta alongside the reissue of the 1961 could be an exciting and educational exhibit for museum visitors.

The problem was that Shasta limited sales of the new model only to its own dealers, and Ferkey was not a Shasta dealer.

Ferkey talked to Lucas about his idea and ended up convincing him selling him one for display in the museum.

“I think it’s fantastic,” Lucas said.

“One thing that I’m honored to do is to direct such an iconic brand such as Shasta. So to have our reissue of the 1961 Shasta Airflyte sit beside a 1954 Shasta at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum is exciting, and it’s also humbling.”

Museum visitors will find the new exhibit in the Go RVing Hall and will be able to compare the advances in enhancements to the RV lifestyle between these two historic travel trailers.

2014 limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.
2014 limited edition Shasta Airflyte in production.

Worth Pondering…

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.

—Les Brown

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RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition

RVing has no hard definitions.

A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at A+ Motel & RV Park, Sulphur, Louisiana © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

It’s okay to be whatever you are.

RVing is whatever you want it to be.

RVing has diverse appeal.

RVing is about little things—things we tend to take for granted—that make RVing so special.

Some like the comfort of big RVs and others like the agility of small RVs.

Some opt for a motorized RV and for others a towable is the preferred choice.

Some are in motion full time and others are stationary year round.

Some RVers enjoy dry camping and being off-grid and others enjoy 5-star resorts with all the amenities.

Some RVers enjoy camping in state and national parks and others prefer RV parks and resorts.

La Paz County Park, Parker, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at La Paz County Park, Parker, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Some RV for a reason.

Some RV because they have no better choice.

For some, RVing is the reason.

Some RV to get away from daily chores, job pressures, ringing phones, and overbooked schedules.

Some RVers enjoy the outdoors, the fresh air, the warm sunshine, the freedom of the open road, the flexible schedule.

For some RVing provides a release from everyday life, helps to put problems into perspective, and renews and refreshes both mind and body.

Some RVers are snowbirds and others are full timers.

Some RVers are weekend warriors and others travel for an extended time.

RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at RV Park at Rolling Hills Casino, Corning, California © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Some RVers prefer areas of natural beauty and others search out theme parks and other man-made attractions.

Some RVers prefer to tour and see the sights and others would rather stay at camp.

Some RVers plan their route extensively and others make it up as they go along.

Some RVers build a social network as they travel and others prefer to keep to themselves.

Some RVers work because they have to.

Some RVers work because they want to.

Some RVers volunteer because they feel it’s the thing to do.

Some RVers keep their travel days short and others drive as many miles as they can in a day.

Some RVers spend more time indoors and others spend more time outdoors.

Some RVers explore all regions of the country and others explore in only one region.

Some RVers are retired seniors.

Some RVers would be considered young.

Many RVers consider themselves young at heart.

Some RVers prefer the countryside and rural areas and other prefer large urban areas.

Some RVers have minimalistic camps and others maintain elaborate campsites.

Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona
RVing Diversity: RVing Has No Hard Definition. Camping at Canyon Vista RV Resort, Gold Canyon, Arizona © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved.

Some RVers expect to be on the road as long as they’re able and others expect to be off the road at a certain time.

Some RVers travel with a partner and others travel solo.

Some RVers travel with a friend.

Some RVers travel with children.

Some RVers travel with pets.

Some RVers join a club.

Some RVers travel in a caravan.

RVing is pure freedom as far as the road will take you.

Most RVers do not fall completely in any one category, and that’s part of the beauty of the RV lifestyle.

How boring happy hour or stories around the campfire would be if every story was the same.

Not everyone has the same resources at their disposal, or the inclination to travel a certain way.

There is no hard definition for this lifestyle, nor should there be.

Enjoy your journey—RV living is the freedom lifestyle.

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Hitch Up Quick With Portable Hitching Camera

Never again will you need a second set of eyes to help you hitch your travel trailer, fifth wheel trailer, camper, boat, or enclosed cargo trailer.

 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

Now you can hitch up quick and with ease using the Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System. There’s no more guessing, no more getting in and out of the truck or car. Hooking up to your trailer has never been easier.

To use, simply place the camera with its powerful magnetic base on the back of your vehicle. Then watch your hitch ball and trailer line up while you back up.

Portability, reverse imaging, and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool. The night vision camera allows the user to hitch up in total darkness. Light-sensing LEDs in the camera automatically sense insufficient lighting and turn on Night Vision mode with up to 15 feet of reception in darkness.

The back-up camera system features a weather sealed camera lens, suction cup mount, 10-hour rechargeable battery, and storage case for easy portability. This easy to use wireless camera system can be used by anyone who has ever struggled with hitching. Swift Hitch wireless camera features an effective transmission range between camera and monitor of up to 300 feet with unobstructed line of site.

 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

It comes with a magnetic camera which mounts to your tailgate. Easily changed mounting positions allow the user to swiftly see quality images at desired viewing ranges. A simple on and off switch is located on both the camera and the hand held monitor.

Once you get your Swift Hitch camera installed on the tailgate, take a moment to align your hitch ball on the view screen at the bottom towards the center. That way, it will give you maximum field of view to sneak up on the hitch ball.

With your camera straight and away, you can view your hitch ball backing up from the comfort of your vehicle, on the LCD screen to achieve an easy and simple hitch up every time. Once you get pretty much cover on top of the ball, you can go ahead and start lowering your jack and get your trailer hooked up.

Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

To aid in backing up, the image can be displayed normal or in reverse. If you get confused turning the opposite way of what you see on the 2-1/2-inch color LCD screen, simply reverse the image to make hooking up even easier.

The versatility of the switch hitch is just not for boats, trailers, or campers. It allows for use by anyone from farmers watching their bins fill up, to building and marine inspectors, chimney sweeps, and a myriad of other uses wherever an additional set of eyes can come in handy.

Wireless camera system includes camera, handheld monitor, 2 carrying cases, RCA cable, and 12V charging cable.

Swift Hitch wireless camera features and specs include:

  • Dimensions: 3 inches tall x 5 inches long x 2-3/8 inches wide
  • LCD Screen: 1-9/16 inches (tall) x 2 inches (wide)
  • Charging cable charges both the camera and monitor at the same time
  • Viewing angle: 55 degrees
  • Camera Run Time: 10 hours
  • Transmission distance: 300 feet without obstruction
  • Night vision range: 15 feet
  • Batteries: both the camera and monitor use rechargeable Li-batteries that last about 4 hours
  • Charging cable included
  • 1-Year limited warranty
 Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System
Swift Hitch Portable Wireless Back-up Camera System

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Swift Hitch

Swift Hitch is the original wireless back-up camera system designed to assist anyone who has ever struggled with hitching-up any trailer or boat. Since 2006 the Swift Hitch’s portability, reverse imaging, and night vision capabilities have made this innovative product a valued tool.

Swift Hitch’s SH02 wireless system is NATDA (North America Trailer Dealer Association) New Product of the year 2012 Award Winner.

Address: 321 Walnut Street, Newton, MA 02460

Phone: (617) 600-8282 (sales) or (617) 600-8230 (service)

Website: www.swifthitch.com

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Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.

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Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun

Jayco’s line of Jay Flight travel trailers—including the Jay Flight, Jay Flight Bungalow, and the Jay Flight SLX— has spent ten consecutive years as the top-selling recreation vehicle worldwide.

Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun
Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun

The Jay Flight brands have earned success because of a commitment to a quality product enjoyable by all since the product launch in 2001, according to a company news release.

Many of the employees have worked with the Jay Flight line since this time.

Through the years, over 160,000 families have chosen the Jay Flight family of travel trailers.

Amy Duthie, senior director of product development of Jay Flight Travel Trailers, has worked closely with the Jay Flight family.

“It’s exciting to see how Jay Flight has transformed over the years and to be a part of it.” Duthie said.

Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun
Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun

“We have strived to remain true to the original goal of bringing the best in livability, features, and value to the retail owner.”

“Derald Bontrager, president and CEO, has always said ‘We build campers one at a time for one family at a time,’” added Duthie.

“This is what we have always done, and will continue to do every day. It is this principle, along with our great dealer partners, which has helped Jay Flight reach and remain at the top of the RV industry for 10 years.”

Key updates and new features for model year 2016 Jay Flights include:

  • All-new exteriors
  • Interior décor upgrades
  • Upgraded technology features
  • Power awnings (SLX models)
  • Digital remote control for slide rooms, awnings, and lighting (available in Jay Flight).
Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun
Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun

The 2016 models will be available in mid-May.

In honor of this achievement, Jayco has launched a website commending the Jay Flight (SEE link below)

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Jayco Inc.

Jayco Inc. is the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of recreation vehicles.

Jayco began as a family business and is a family business today.

The company manufactures and markets RVs under the Jay Series, Select, Baja, Jay Feather, White Hawk, Jay Flight, Jay Smart, Skylark, Eagle, Pinnacle, Seismic, Octane ZX, Recon ZX, Greyhawk, Melbourne, Seneca, Embark, and Precept brand names.

Factory tours are conducted Monday through Thursday at 12 noon. Tours of the motorized facilities are offered by appointment only.

Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun
Jayco Jay Flight Celebrates Decade of Family Fun

Address: 903 S. Main, Middlebury, Indiana 46540

Phone: (800) RV-JAYCO (toll free)

Jayco Website: www.jayco.com

Jay Flight Website: www.jayco.com/about/jay-flight

Worth Pondering…

I dream of southern skies.

Cajun cookin’.

Tee offs in Tijuana.

Juleps in Jacksonville.

My reality is a daily commute that begins each day at six a.m.

Road rage.

Traffic tie-ups.

Cranky commuters.

The pathos of Dilbert’s world.

—Lisa Paradis

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EverGreen RV Introduces New Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Floor Plan

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles’ flagship Ever-Lite travel trailer, increases floor plan choices with the newest 292FLBS.

EverGreen RV Introduces New Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Floor Plan
EverGreen RV Introduces New Ever-Lite Travel Trailer Floor Plan

As with all Ever-Lite models the 292FLBS is built with ComposiTek construction. The Ever-Lite brand remains the only composite travel trailer on the market today.

The ComposiTek construction isn’t the only feature that sets the 292FLBS apart from other travel trailers. There are plenty of standard amenities throughout and opportunities to customize that make the Ever-Lite brand a popular choice among savvy campers in search of a coach that will last a lifetime.

An entry door at the front of the trailer opens into the large living area. The 90-inch horseshoe lounge with freestanding table sits in the 42-inch deep slide opposite the entrance. An optional sofa with two end tables is available in place of the lounge. At the front of the living area is another sofa with valuable overhead storage above. This sofa can also be replaced with two optional swivel rockers. Natural light fills the room from the skylight above making the space feel even larger.

A spacious kitchen full of cabinets and a huge pantry provide plenty of food storage. The 292FLBS features a unique slide-out wardrobe/pantry that is strategically located for optimal functionality. The wardrobe slide is next to the kitchen, across from the bathroom and outside the bedroom for food, linen or clothing storage in the hallway.

2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior
2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior

“This bedroom slide model offers people more interior living space without the added length,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing Doug Lantz.

“Our new 292FLBS is as much as 1,600 pounds lighter, and two to three feet shorter than other bedroom slide models on the market today.”

The bedroom has more than just a residential style closet with mirrored, sliding doors. Nightstands on both sides of the bed, under bed storage with gas-assisted struts, a large dresser and overhead storage provide more than enough room for camping essentials.

A generous sized bathroom also has a large amount of countertop space, uncommon in similar travel trailers. Above the curved front shower a skylight floods the room with natural light.

The Ever-Lite remains EverGreen’s innovative, composite flagship brand. The up-front investment in composite materials, and the complexity of manufacturing with composites, are just two of the reasons the EverGreen Ever-Lite remains the only composite travel trailer built to this day.

Details

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC was founded in December of 2008 with the premise that the recreational vehicle industry needed a new generation of innovative, sustainable, eco-friendly, green travel trailers and fifth wheels built like none before.

2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior
2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior

The vision of EverGreen is to use sustainable eco-friendly, recyclable, composite materials to replace wood and produce higher quality, longer-lasting products that are fully equipped, yet lightweight.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is the first RV manufacturer to achieve the TRA Certified Green Emerald Rating for its eco-friendly Ever-Lite travel trailers and fifth wheels.

EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC currently offers six lines of travel trailers (Ever-Lite, Sun Valley, i-Go, Ascend, Element, and Amped), four lines of fifth wheel trailers (Bay Hill, Tesla, Lifestyle, and Alfa Gold), two lines of toy haulers (Amped and Tesla), and a Class B motorhome (Imperial).

Of the top 15 towable RV manufacturers, EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC, along with its Lifestyle Luxury RV fifth-wheel division, was the fastest growing company in the industry for both registered retail sales and total increase in market share for the year 2013.

Today, with the addition of the Skyline RV brand, EverGreen with its Lifestyle Luxury RV division is one of the five largest recreational vehicle manufacturers in North America

2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior
2015 EverGreen Ever-Lite 292FLBS interior

Address: 10758 County Road 2, Middlebury, IN 46540

Phone: (574) 825-4298

Website: www.goevergreenrv.com

Worth Pondering…

The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.

—Ayn Rand

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The Appeal of Pop-Up Trailers

Pop-up trailers are a blend of RV and tent, combining the best of both types. They give you the comfort and security of a travel trailer and the openness of a tent.

Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers
Viking Epic Pop-Up Trailers Consumers Digest Best Buy

Pop-up trailers, which are also known as pop-up campers, folding tent trailers, and folding campers are lightweight trailers with collapsible (usually canvas material) sides that fold for aerodynamic towing by a motorized vehicle. When set up, they provide cooking, dining, and sleeping facilities for up to eight people.

Pop-up trailers are an affordable way for the budget buyer to get into RVing, a viable first step of RV ownership.

They are lightweight and make a lot of sense to campers especially young families and those looking at upgrading from tent camping to an RV.

Added to the fact purchase prices are much lower than a conventional RV, they provide a wonderful camping choice.

The RV Industry Association (RVIA) is forecasting the industry will ship 10,900 pop-up units to retailers this year and will remain unchanged in 2015.

TrailManor SilverTrail Edition
TrailManor SilverTrail Edition

Although the market for pop-ups has been eroded somewhat following the recession, there are still new pop-up trailers coming out that will continue to attract new customers who have decided that tent camping just isn’t fun anymore. And today’s pop-ups have some definite advantages over their predecessors.

They’re definitely not your dad’s pop-up. Early pop-up trailers were bland—not much more than a wheeled box with a bed and table. They have become a lot easier to set up and take down. Today’s pop-up trailers are much more automated with more power lifts that reduce setup and take down time. When you add to that the incredible number of new features—everything from updated floor plans and fabrics to extra storage and power points, their appeal has been broadened.

SylvanSport GO
Lightweight and easy to manage, the SylvanSport GO can be pulled by even the smallest of cars.

Today, they are much improved and offer more appeal. There are even off-road models with dirt tires and a deck on which to carry an ATV.

Setting up a pop-up trailer is relatively simple and should take about 20 minutes.

Park your pop-up in a level spot. Secure the wheels with a tire locking chock. Raise the trailer tongue high enough to disconnect the tow vehicle. Pull the tow vehicle away and level the trailer.

Release the roof latches, and raise the roof using the crank handle or winch extending the telescoping poles on each corner of the box.

Next, bunks at the front and the back of the trailer are pulled out by hand. Then, the tent material (which is fastened to the box and to the roof) is unfurled, pulled over the ends of the bunks, and attached. Interior support poles for the bunk and the entry door are then installed.

Depending on the configuration and included equipment, several additional set up steps may be required. These steps include hooking up to utilities (electricity, water, sewer), reassembling the dinette, unfolding the sink, turning on systems (water pump, water heater, etc.), making beds and unpacking belongings.

Earlier articles on Vogel Talks RVing have featured several brands of pop-up trailers, each boasting unique features.

Bunkhouse Pop-up trailer
Bushtec Products’ Bunkhouse Pop-up trailers has introduced a new pop-up travel trailer.

The Bunkhouse Camper manufactured by Jacksboro, Tennessee-based Bushtec Products features pop-ups weighing less than 300 pounds that are popular with motorcycle riders.

The TrailManor is a low-profile hard wall trailer that opens and closes with the touch of a remote control. TrailManor’s “tow low/live high” concept appeals to campers desiring comfort and luxury beyond that offered by the typical pop-up trailer.

The Viking Epic Series of pop-up trailers offers eight floor plans in the $9,615-$13,401 price range. Manufactured by Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River Inc., the Viking Epic Series was named a 2014 Consumers Digest Best Buy in the “midrange” category.

Billed as “Mobile Adventure Gear” rather than a trailer, the SylvanSport Go is an 800-pound pop-up trailer that can carry extra outdoor equipment such as canoes and trailers and can be towed by a small car.

Worth Pondering…

Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.

—James Dean (1931-1955)

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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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