Snowbirds Staying Longer In Central Arizona

August 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The demographic affectionately known as “snowbirds” remains an established population in the East Valley’s winter season, the East Valley Tribune of Tempe, Ariz., reported. In other news, they might be staying for the summer. A local survey by the East Valley Tribune suggests that the number of Arizona winter visitors is not decreasing and that more of them are becoming yearlong Arizona residents. RV parks offer some of the most relevant statistics on snowbirds. Due to the cost of owning real... Read more

SSI: Motorhome Retail Sales Up 6.4% In June

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

June motorhome retail registrations grew by 6.4% in June compared to the same period a year earlier, and they’re up 12.9% for the year, according to a report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Forest River Inc. had the top spot for the first six months of the year in terms of market share, with 25.2%. Thor Industries Inc. had market share of 24.8%, with Winnebago Industries third at 21.2%. The Class A motorhome market recovered from its May lull, posting a 2% year-over-year gain in June and... Read more

FMCA: Rain Subsides and Retro Brands Thrive

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dry weather and a clear forecast in the vicinity of the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., spelled good new for organizers, attendees and exhibitors on Friday (Aug.16), the third day of the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) Aug. 13-16 Family Reunion & Motorhome Showcase. “It’s great to see that the rain has given way to warmer, dryer conditions today,” said Robbin Gould, editor of Family Motor Coaching Magazine. “The walkways and main areas are filled... Read more

LCI Parts Team Donates To Elkhart Nonprofit

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Fresh Paint Ministries, a nonprofit ministry based in Elkhart, Ind., received a donation from Lippert Components Inc. (LCI), LCI said in an announcement. Fresh Paint Ministries founder Bruce Rechtsteiner contacted the LCI parts team about needing a new step for a motorhome he uses to take volunteers to community events, acceding to LCI. “We’re happy to have been able to aid Fresh Paint Ministries in a very tangible way by donating the step,” said Cherie Schmucker, LCI parts sales lead. “Their... Read more

Liberty Coach Adds STRUT Charging Stations

August 16, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Liberty Coach has announced the addition of STRUT Launchport iPad charging stations to the standard features included on all its luxury RV units. “This is a truly innovative accessory that combines the practical convenience of LaunchPort’s proprietary wireless iPad charging technology with the timeless quality and elegant finishes of a luxury product worthy of the STRUT name,” Simon Trumper, chief operating officer for the firm, San Clemente-based firm, stated in a press release. With locations... Read more

European RV Federation Celebrates 80th Year

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The Fédération Internationale de Camping, Caravanning et Autocaravaning (F.I.C.C.) — or International Federation of Camping, RVing and Motorhoming —  will close its 80th-anniversary celebrations with a merit awards ceremony to be held at Dusseldorf, Germany’s Caravan Salon on Aug. 31. Founded in 1933 and being the only worldwide organization devoted to camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning, Brussels, Belgium-based F.I.C.C. began celebrating its 80th anniversary in 2013 by presenting... Read more

Inventor Upgrades Unified Tow Brake System

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Ron Chesnut, inventor of the patented “Unified Brake System,” said in a written announcement the former manufacturer of the unified tow brake is no longer handling manufacturing or distribution of the patented system, and instead Chesnut upgraded the system and will market it through Smart Brake LLC. “Smart Brake is the same patented Unified Brake system of the last 10 years upgraded with all-new components,” Chesnut wrote. It will feature new pricing and installation speed... Read more

FMCA Redmond Rally Opens to Crowds, Rain

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

FMCA rally attendees check out the trade show out of the rain in Redmond, Wash. Intermittent rain marked the first opening two days of the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 90th Family Reunion and Motorhome Showcase, Aug. 13-16 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, but that didn’t seem to slow things down at FMCA’s national rally – the fifth at the popular Redmond, Ore., venue. The rains seemed somewhat inconsistent with the theme of the rally for which 1,500 family coaches... Read more

Family Motor Coaching Profiles Itasca’s Soleil

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following article, authored by Lazelle Jones for the August 2014 issue of Family Motor Coaching magazine, offers an inside look at the Itasca Solei by Winnebago industries Inc. The magazine is published by Cincinnati-based Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA). To read the entire article click here. The Solei, a Type A diesel-powered motorhome in Winnebago Industries’ Itasca product line, is loosely named after the French word for “sun.” And appropriately so, because... Read more

Cummins Meets 2015 California Emission Regs

August 15, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel Cummins Inc. announced today (Aug. 15) that it has received certification for its 6.7L Turbo Diesel from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), meeting the Low-Emission Vehicle III (LEV III) standards. This new standard applies to all vehicles under 14,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). The Cummins 6.7L Turbo Diesel powers the Ram Heavy-Duty lineup, and is the first medium-duty diesel engine in the 8,501-14,000 lb GVWR segment to be certified to the new 2015... Read more

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