U.K. Motorhome Thefts Decline; Wrecks Up 40%

November 1, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Thefts of and from motorhomes in the United Kingdom have fallen for the first nine months of the year, new figures show. Research from insurance specialist Caravan Guard show that claims for theft of and from motorhomes fell by almost 50% between January and September when compared to the same period last year, according to a news release. The company attributes the fall to increasingly vigilant and security conscious motorhome owners as well as ever improving security products available... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs

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In observance of the RV Centennial, RV Business, the industry’s leading trade journal, reviewed some of the more interesting design concepts generated by North America’s recreational vehicle industry between 1910-2010. Airstream GMAC Ultra Van Dodge/Travco Discoverer Chassis Mounts Lear Coachome Li’l Bugger The ‘Eyebrow’ Winnebago Hertz RV Rentals Bounder Toy(ota) Motorhomes The Amphibious ‘Thing’  Read More →

13 Great Centennial RVs – 13 of 13

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The Amphibious ‘Thing’ Back 13 of 13 | View All "The Thing" While the term “land yacht” has been used to describe a rather opulently equipped RV, there was a time when it could be taken quite literally. In the summer of ’73, the Waterland Corp., Belmont, Calif., built the world’s first amphibious motorhome, nicknamed “The Thing.” Mechanically, the craft sported all the requisite accouterments for highway cruising — essentially, wheels and tires... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 12 of 13

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Toy(ota) Motorhomes Back Next 12 of 13 | View All Toyota motorhome Backyard mechanics had been fitting the miniscule Toyota pickup with an array of homebuilt campers almost from the time the truck debuted in the U.S. in 1964. So it wasn’t surprising when in ’73 the company finally introduced an “RV” version — and created the world’s first micro mini-motorhome in the process. The new Toyota-Chinook sported a chassis that was built specifically for RV use; the truck’s... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 11 of 13

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Bounder Back Next 11 of 13 | View All Fleetwood Bounder While the evolution of Fleetwood Enterprises can be traced back to the ‘50s and a small company in Paramount, Calif., by the name of Coach Specialties Mfg. Co. — the Fleetwood name began as one of the firm’s travel trailer models — it wasn’t until 1968, when company founder John Crean bought Pace Arrow, that the manufacturer known for its motorhomes finally went motorized. The Pace Arrow acquisition proved to be an... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 10 of 13

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Hertz RV Rentals Back Next 10 of 13 | View All Hertz Rentals Imagine walking up to the counter of a car rental facility, paying your fare and picking up the keys to a race car in drag. It happened. For one memorable year, Ford Motor Co. and Hertz Rent-A-Car got together to create an offer that’s firmly entrenched in hot-rod heaven: the 1966 Hertz Shelby Mustang. Hertz only offered the Shelby Mustangs for one year, but that didn’t stop the company from experimenting in other venues.... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 9 of 13

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The ‘Eyebrow’ Winnebago Back Next 9 of 13 | View All Winnebago Few RV enthusiasts today know that Winnebago — the exclusively motorized brand that has become so firmly lodged into the lexicon that it’s used to generically describe recreational vehicles in general — actually began life as a travel trailer manufacturer. It wasn’t until 1966 that the first Winnebago to move under its own power left the assembly line. By January 1967, Winnebago was advertising “America’s... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 8 of 13

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Li’l Bugger Back Next 8 of 13 | View All Li'l Bugger While an assortment of chassis have been used to support motorhome designs through the years, the Li’l Bugger stands as the only class C-style limited production motorhome ever built on a car sedan frame. Bellflower, Calif.-based Travelon Industries offered the $2,795 modification, utilizing a cutaway VW sedan chassis; the only acknowledgement of a higher (2,400-pound) wet weight was the need for more supportive tires... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 7 of 13

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Lear Coachome Back Next 7 of 13 | View All Lear William Powell “Bill” Lear was an inventor par excellance. He developed the first workable radio for automobiles and founded Motorola, as well as the “endless loop-tape cartridge” — otherwise known as the 8-track tape — and a corporate-sized jet that still bears his name. In 1968, Lear established Lear Motors Corp. and began working on his idea for a low-pollution engine that could work on steam. Similar in form and function... Read more

13 Great Centennial RVs – 6 of 13

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Chassis Mounts Back Next 6 of 13 | View All Open Road Bel Air While Class A motorhomes were simply “born big” at the turn of the ’60s, Class C coaches display a progression that would make Charles Darwin smile. Class C motorhomes — first known as “housecars” — didn’t simply happen. They evolved. In fact, a case could probably be made that they owe their life to their travel trailer siblings. This form of motorized camping is thought to have originated from Traveleze... Read more

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