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MVP RV Backer Donates $10M to College

January 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Winston Chung

Winston Chung

The University of California, Riverside, announced today (Jan. 24) that Winston Chung, a Chinese battery technology scientist, inventor and entrepreneur, has expressed his intent to give $10 million to support clean battery power, solar energy and sustainable transportation research at the Bourns College of Engineering.

The bell tower at University of California, Riverside, campus.

The bell tower, a landmark at the University of California, Riverside, campus.

Chung and UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White today will sign a memorandum of understanding that will lead to the gift, which will make Chung the largest individual donor to the campus in UC Riverside history, according to a university news release.

Chung is the founder of Winston Global Energy Limited and inventor of the rare earth lithium yttrium battery.

“The University of California, Riverside, welcomes Mr. Winston Chung as an integral partner in our educational and research mission,” White said. “His investment in this university will result in generations of students and faculty sharing their knowledge with local and global communities, and in new materials and new energy sources for an energy-hungry world. This gift is a wonderful testimony to the current strengths and aspirational future of the UCR Bourns College of Engineering.”

Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, said Chung’s work on electric vehicles is a perfect match with the Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) and the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) at UC Riverside.

“Mr. Chung has created a clean and efficient energy storage that is an expression of a sustainable future,” Abbaschian said. “We are talking about vehicles that go for 180 miles on a single charge and can be recharged in the time it takes to stop and drink a cup of coffee.” He said he is excited by the prospect of future research collaborations, and by the opportunities the gift would mean for engineering students.

When an endowed fund is created in Chung’s name, UC Riverside will:

  • Name the building currently known as Engineering Building II as Winston Chung Hall.
  • Support two named professorships in the Bourns College of Engineering: the Winston Chung Professorship in Energy Innovation and the Winston Chung Professorship in Sustainability.
  • Establish the Winston Chung Global Energy Center within CE-CERT. The center will initially focus on Life Source Rare Earth Lithium batteries, which Chung invented, bio-inspired technology and the development of clean energy and energy storage.

Since arriving in the United States, Winston Global Energy Ltd. announced it will provide $310 million to MVP RV, which is based in Riverside, to promote motorhome exports to China. Additional money will fund development of all-electric RVs and fast-charging electrical systems.

The deal was one of about 70 between the U.S. and China announced in connection with the official state visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao, in what was called a demonstration of cooperation between the two countries.

MVP RV expects to export more than 30,000 motorhomes, valued at approximately $5 billion, to China over the next three to four years. The joint venture will push the number jobs at MVP RV from 130 to more than 1,400.

In November, Balqon Corp., a California developer and manufacturer of zero-emission heavy-duty electric vehicles and drive systems, and Winston Battery jointly showcased their drive systems and battery technologies at The World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition in China. The companies demonstrated the world’s first all-electric recreational vehicle, with a range of 200 km on a single charge. The 45-foot RV can be fully charged within 20 minutes, as compared to eight hours using traditional methods.

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MVP RV to Serve China’s ‘Untapped Market’

January 21, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Winston Chung

Winston Chung

Riverside, Calif., motorhome maker MVP RV Inc. is ready to serve the “untapped market” for motorhomes in China and is expected to add 1,200 new jobs to the Inland Empire, an area hit hard by the recession, as it builds and exports 30,000 vehicles to China under an agreement with a Chinese entrepreneur, the Los Angeles Times reported

Under the deal with the businessman, Winston Chung, who last year became the RV firm’s majority owner, the company will build $5 billion worth of the diesel-powered vehicles. The agreement was highlighted at the White House as part of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit this week.

MVP RV hopes to begin soon manufacturing the 10,000 tour-bus style and 20,000 smaller recreational vehicles. They would be exported over the next three to four years.

China is an “untapped market” for motorhomes, said Scott Degnan, vice president of sales and marketing for MVP RV. The company has 150 employees and expects to hire about 1,200 new workers, primarily in blue-collar, production line jobs, he said.

The new jobs come at a crucial time for the region, said economist John Husing, an expert on the Inland Empire economy. “Having a major employer coming into the manufacturing base out here is huge,” he said.

In November, unemployment in the Inland Empire was at 14.3%. “This is a big deal,” Husing said.

Officials at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) in Reston, Va., welcomed the announcement.

China is an “infant market … with tremendous potential,” senior director Bill Baker said. “You have Chinese consumers with more disposable income and more leisure time taking an interest in RVs.”

The deal will provide a boost for the RV industry, which was hit hard in recent years by spikes in gasoline prices and the recession. Recently the industry has been looking up, Baker said. As of November, manufacturers shipped 50% more vehicles to dealers than the year before, illustrating rising sales, he said.

China’s infrastructure is improving and more campgrounds are being built, said Degnan of MVP RV. Large motorhomes are still a rarity in China. But the smaller vehicles, which he described as “glorified vans,” are popular.

MVP RV is headquartered at factories vacated by Fleetwood Enterprises, which filed for bankruptcy protection and left the area in 2009.

Formed in 2008, MVP RV began producing primarily travel trailers, but stopped production four months later when stifled by the recession. The company was exploring the idea of building electric cars when the owners were introduced to Chinese entrepreneur Chung, now the firm’s majority owner.

Chung paid $18.6 million in July for the Riverside factories and headquarters. As part of the agreement announced this week, he will provide $310 million in financing to build the motorhomes.

Chung will also finance further development of an electric motorhome by the company, using “lithium rare-earth batteries,” Degnan said. The company created a prototype of the electric vehicle and shipped it to China, where Chung has displayed it at electric vehicle trade shows.

The deal was one of about 70 between the U.S. and China announced during Hu’s state visit, in what was called a demonstration of cooperation between the two countries.

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RVIA Applauds MVP RV Deal with Chinese

January 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

President Barack Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the joint news conference in Washington on Wednesday.

President Barack Obama with Chinese President Hu Jintao during the joint news conference in Washington on Wednesday.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) applauded the announcement that MVP RV and China-based Winston Global Energy Ltd. will partner to promote motorhome exports to China as a significant step in the association’s work toward the development of the RV industry in China.

Under the agreement, Winston Global Energy Ltd. will provide $310 million in capital to MVP RV to promote motorhome exports to China. Additional capital will also be provided for the development of all-electric RVs and fast-charging electrical systems. It is expected that MVP RV will export more than 10,000 Class A motorhomes and 20,000 Class C motorhomes, valued at approximately $5 billion, to China over the next three to four years.

The joint venture will also push the number of jobs at MVP RV, based in Riverside, Calif., from 130 jobs to over 1,400 jobs.

Details of the deal were revealed Wednesday (Jan. 19) during a joint press conference involving President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao.

“This is an exciting development for our company and the RV industry,” said Brad Williams, MVP RV president and CEO. “The work being done by RVIA to help promote American involvement in the Chinese RV industry helped set the stage for this to happen.”

“This agreement illustrates the potential of the Chinese RV market for U.S. manufacturers and suppliers,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “It creates jobs here in America to build state-of-the-art RVs that will be exported to China to meet the growing demand for U.S.-manufactured RV products.”

There is strong support for a more focused development of the fledgling RV industry within China as China-based companies are seeking partnerships with American RV companies to build products for Chinese consumers who have more disposable income, more leisure time and a growing interest in RV travel and camping.

With the tremendous potential represented by this new market, RVIA has been working for several years to help association members gain a foothold. The association has organized a trade mission to China, hosted Chinese trade groups at the National RV Trade Show and worked with business leaders, organizations and government contacts in China to discuss industry standards and other regulatory issues.

An official signing ceremony for the MVP RV and Winston Global Energy Ltd. agreement as well as for several other U.S.–China commercial partnerships will take place in Chicago on Friday at a trade event hosted by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. The event will be attended by Winston Chung, founder of Winston Global Energy Ltd., Williams and Coon.

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Chinese Firm Injecting $310M into MVP RV

January 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

China-based Winston Battery Ltd. plans a $310 million capital injection in MVP RV, Riverside, Calif., to promote motorhome exports to China, according to a White House release, Investor’s Business Daily has reported.

The U.S. company has an existing distributor relationship with privately-held Winston Battery Ltd., based in Shenzhen, China.

Additionally, Winston Battery Ltd. will provide capital for the development of all-electric recreation vehicles and charging systems. The goal is to export over 10,000 Class A motorhomes and 20,000 Class C  motorhomes to China in the next three to four years.

MVP estimates the value of these exports to be over $5 billion. The agreement specifies the intention to export vehicles to China through Winston and the eventual incorporation of an all-electric powertrain to future vehicles.

Click here to read a fact sheet from the White House announcing this and other U.S.-Chinese commercial relations.

As reported earlier by RVBUSIUNESS.com, MVP showed a prototype of an all-electric Class A motorhome in October at the 25th World Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Symposium (EVS) in Shenzhen, China, at the behest of MVP RV investor Winston Chung, developer of the lithium-ion battery.

The 42-foot 44,000-pound GVWR all-electric prototype, named the ”Winston” and purchased by Chung, is powered by Thunder Sky batteries produced by Chung’s China-based Winston Battery LLC.

Inside, the quadslide, tag axle coach has the look and feel of a diesel motorhome with granite countertops and tile floors. ”The only difference is that it runs on batteries,” MVP President Scott Degnan said. ”It’s very quiet and has a lot of torque. It takes off like a golf cart.”

Degnan declined to specify the coach’s chassis or how many batteries it takes to power the Winston, which was developed on the hush-hush and isn’t likely to show up on the U.S. consumer market anytime soon. The prototype has no backup engine, gets only 180 miles on a charge and has a top speed of 70 mph. On the U.S. retail market, the Winston probably would cost in the range of $1 million, Degnan said.

”We are way ahead of the curve on this; we’re not ready for U.S. production,” Degnan said. ”It’s too expensive and America’s not ready for it. The diesel market in the U.S. has been hampered and this is more expensive than that.”

Another prototype, however, is in the works. ”We are going to build another one in Riverside in the near future and tighten it up a bit,” Dengan said.

The Winston was cited by Recreation Vehicle Industry (RVIA) President Richard Coon as evidence of forward thinking R&D in the RV industry during RVIA’s Outlook Breakfast Nov. 30 attended by more than 1,000 people as the Louisville show opened.

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Balqon Corp. Raises $5M for Vehicle Research

January 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

logoBalqon Corp., a developer and manufacturer of zero-emissions heavy-duty electric vehicles, has signed an exclusive lithium battery distribution agreement with Winston Battery Ltd. and raised $5 million in a private equity placement, according to a news release.

Balqon completed the $5 million private placement of its common stock and warrants to purchase common stock on Dec. 14. The investor in the private placement was Seven One Ltd. Balqon filed a report on Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Dec. 17 that provides further details of the transactions.

On Dec. 14, Balqon also entered in to a distribution agreement with Seven One Ltd. under which Balqon was appointed the exclusive distributor in the United States for lithium iron phosphate batteries and high voltage charging systems manufactured by Winston Battery Ltd.

Seven One Limited holds worldwide distribution rights with respect to the high-capacity lithium iron phosphate batteries and high voltage charging systems manufactured by Winston Battery Ltd. Both Seven One Ltd. and Winston Battery Ltd. are Shenzhen, China-based companies that are headed by leading battery technology scientist, inventor and entrepreneur Winston Chung.

“We have used batteries manufactured by Winston Battery along with our proprietary battery management systems since 2009, and have been highly impressed by their performance,” said Balwinder Samra, president and CEO of Balqon. “We believe this new distributor relationship and Seven One Limited’s substantial investment in our company will enhance our product offerings and allow us to jointly explore a number of growing market opportunities within the stationary backup power and energy storage markets.”

In November, Balqon and Winston Battery Ltd. jointly showcased their drive systems and battery technologies at the The World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition (EVS 25)  organized by the World Electric Vehicle Association in China. The EVS 25 is recognized as the premier event for academic, government and industry professionals involved in electric drive technologies.

At the EVS 25, Balqon and Winston Battery Ltd. demonstrated the world’s first all-electric recreational vehicle with a range of aproximately 120 miles on a single charge. The 45-foot RV was manufactured by MVP RV Inc. of Riverside, Calif., in which Chung is a major investor. Using Winston Battery’s advanced charging technology in Balqon’s battery management system, the RV can be fully charged within 20 minutes as compared to eight hours using traditional methods.

“Working together with the Balqon team to develop the world’s first all-electric powered RV in record time revealed other opportunities we can jointly address across our respective continents using our complimentary expertise and experience,” said Chung. “We believe our synergistic portfolios of battery and vehicle drive control technologies will enable us to enter new developing electric vehicle markets, and provide Balqon a path to diversify from its market niche of heavy-duty electric vehicles.”

The issuance of securities in the private placement described above was not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”). Therefore, the securities may not be reoffered or resold by the investor absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

About Balqon Corp.

Headquartered in Harbor City, Calif., Balqon is a leading developer of heavy-duty electric trucks, tractors and electric drive systems. The company uses its proprietary flux vector control technology to design propulsion systems for 10- to 50-ton capacity vehicles and material handling equipment. Balqon’s product line of tow tractors built on Autocar LLC chassis are designed to transport containers at ports, marine terminals, rail yards, warehouses, intermodal facilities, military bases and mail facilities. For more information about Balqon, visit www.balqon.com.

About Winston Battery Limited

Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, Winston Battery (formerly Thunder Sky Batteries) produces batteries for electric bikes, electric motorcycles, electric automobiles and hybrid vehicles, and is currently the only company in the world engaged in mass production of rechargeable storage batteries for micro- and e-busses. The company’s extensive patented battery and recharging technologies include a unique system for rapid charging (less than half an hour) and the ability to produce high capacity up to 700 Ah batteries. Winston Battery’s proprietary technology and manufacturing methods ensures its cost of production and market price is considerably lower than its competitors. Some of the world’s largest automotive companies, including Daimler Benz, Fiat, BMW and Citroen, as well as Nokia, are currently evaluating its technology.

Founded in the People’s Republic of China in 1998, Winston Battery is a high-tech manufacturer employing two production lines with annual capacity of 60 million Ah. At the end of 2009, Winston Battery launched an additional fully automated battery production line with the capacity of 100 million Ah annually. The company currently has assets exceeding $4 billion.

About Winston Battery’s Advanced Battery Technology

Winston Battery Limited was one of the first companies in the world to successfully replace PVDF binders in the production of high capacity lithium-ion batteries. The chemistry of these cells is Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), or LFP. The main advantage of LFP batteries is that they do not have the volatile thermal issues that Li-ion batteries have, making LFP batteries much safer then Li-ion. The other advantage is that they have very high cycle life, up to 2000 cycles compared with Sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries that have a cycle life of about 400 cycles. This means that LFP cells can last five times longer then SLA batteries. Given the better cycle life, LFP batteries can be considerably less expensive to use than SLA batteries.

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MVP RV Sells 1st Destiny at McMahon Show

January 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Kevin Coleman, Evelyn and Charles Ochs, Alexis Doran

Charles and Evelyn Ochs (center) take delivery of the first Destiny fifth-wheel from Kevin Colman (left) and Alexis Doran

MVP RV Inc. has announced the retail delivery of its first Destiny fifth-wheel.

“This is one of the most beautiful fifth-wheels we have ever seen. The interior styling, abundant wardrobe space, and attention to detail are far beyond anything else we have run across,” buyer Evelyn Ochs stated in a news release.

Evelyn and her husband, Charles, bought their new Destiny fifth-wheel during McMahon’s RV Show in Pomona, Calif. The show started Dec. 26 and runs through Saturday (Jan. 9). MVP RV launched the line exclusively with McMahon’s RV.

McMahon’s RV will carry the new Destiny line in Irvine, Colton, Palm Desert, Yuma, Mesa, and Quartzsite.

Alexis Doran, a “full time” RVer, and one of McMahon’s top salespeople, sold the fifth-wheel to the Oches.

“Kevin (Coleman) and Scott (Degnan) invited me to the plant during the early development stages for Destiny,” she said. “I helped give them direction and perspective from a full timer. They asked, they listened, and they nailed it.”

Destiny comes standard with a tankless water heater, 200 cubic  feetof exterior storage, full 90-degree radius front cap with LED hitch lights, swing out “no mess” sewer management system, large crown moldings, solid hardwood upper and lower cabinets, solar reflective windows, additional roof line windows and fluorescent lighting throughout.

MVP RV builds travel trailers under the brand names Coast and Summit, fifth-wheels under the brand names Jazz and Destiny, toy haulers under the brand names Impact, Vortex and Envy and Class C’s under the brand name Tahoe. For more information about MVP RV’s products, go to www.mvprv.com

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Chung Injects Big Boost to MVP RV Venture

December 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Winston Chung, Chinese investor in MVP RV

Winston Chung, Chinese investor in MVP RV

MVP RV Inc., a Southern California-based manufacturer, has a visionary strategy that continues to chart a new course in the toy hauler trailer industry, according to a news release.

As reported earlier this week, Riverside, Calif.-based MVP RV has launched its newest product at the Mike Thompson RV Winter Super I-5 Show going on now in Santa Fe Springs through Jan. 9. The new Impact was unveiled on Sunday (Dec. 26) at the start of the 15-day show.

The Impact launches with two models with four more to follow. The 18SS features a front side bed, side bath, and two facing sofas in the rear creating maximum sleeping capacity. The 22SS includes the same features and in addition two rear electric beds. Both are equipped with a generator, microwave, awning, fuel station, and much more.

The Impact will be available at all Mike Thompson’s RV locations beginning in January with a special introductory price for the public posted at the store locations.

MVP RV is a privately held RV manufacturing company which recently moved into its current location. The company paid $18.6 million cash for the 500,000 -square-foot facility sitting on 36 acres. The facility was originally built by now-bankrupt Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. MVP RV’S billionaire business partner Winston Chung is a most known for his invention of the Rare Earth Lithiumion Battery. Chung and the management team at MVP RV believe that now is the best time to move forward in the RV business. MVP RV is a debt-free company.

To learn more about Chung, visit www.thunder-sky.com.

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MVP RV Intros New Impact Toy Hauler Line

December 28, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

MVP RV's Impact toy hauler for 2011

MVP RV's Impact toy hauler for 2011

MVP RV Inc. announced Monday (Dec. 26) that it will be introducing a brand new line of toy haulers.

“Impact was developed with a clear direction and vision,” Scott Richgruber, Impact national sales and product manager, stated in a news release.

“Affordability. Living here in Southern California, we know from personal experience how hard this region has been hit by the economy. Therefore, we wanted to create a toy hauler that the average working family could afford, without giving up the features these experienced customers demand. Southern California is the RV industry’s toy hauler capital and it is a very competitive market here,” he said.

“You can’t just take a regular trailer and add a ramp to the back. There are many specific features and construction requirements needed to build a first class toy hauler. Plus, shipping costs from areas outside the southwest make it prohibitive to be truly price — competitive in this segment,” he added.

The all new 2011 Impact comes standard with a 40-gallon fueling station, 100-gallon fresh water capacity, awning, black tank flush, LED clearance lights, decked floor with R-8 insulation, exterior speakers, pressure washer, stab jacks on all four corners, deluxe galley faucet with pullout sprayer, 13.5 Btu A/C, raised panel cabinet doors and full length drawer guides.

Mike Thompson’s RV Superstores is the first dealer to sign up with Impact.

“We could not be happier with this product,” said Frank De Gelas, president/secretary. “This is a segment of the market we have been missing, and MVP RV seems to have hit the mark with this new line.”

MVP RV Inc. builds travel trailers under the brand names Coast and Summit, fifth-wheels under the brand names Jazz and Destiny, Class C motorhomes under the brand name Tahoe, and toy haulers under the brand names Impact, Vortex and Envy. For more information about MVP RV’s products, please go to www.mvprv.com

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MVP RV’s Filling West Coast Class C Market

December 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

MVP RV Tahoe

MVP RV Tahoe

MVP RV Inc., Riverside, Calif., is taking an aggressive approach to the West Coast RV market with the recent introduction of the luxury Destiny fifth-wheel and the Tahoe Class C motorhome.

Scott Degnan, MVP RV vice president of sales, said that the industry shakeup during the Great Recession has left a void on the West Coast Class C motorhome market, and that a luxury fifth-wheel was the next step up for the company previously known mostly for its toy haulers.

”All the manufacturers who built Class C’s left the West Coast,” he said. ”There continues to be a tremendous demand out on the West Coast for Class C’s, including rentals. And we are in the biggest fifth-wheel market in the country.

In addition to the Tahoe minimotorhome and Destiny fifth-wheel introduced at the 48th Annual National RV Trade show Nov. 30-Dec. 2, MVP RV also redesigned the Jazz mid-profile fiver.

The new Tahoe Class C is available in three 23- to 31-foot floorplans with up to three slideouts on the Ford E-350 and E-450 chassis for a $62,000 base MSRP.

Additionally, MVP showed a prototype of an all-electric Class A motorhome in October at the 25th World Battery, Hybrid and Fuel Cell Symposium (EVS) in Shenzhen, China, at the behest of MVP RV investor Winston Chung, developer of the lithium-ion battery,.

The 42-foot 44,000-pound GVWR all-electric prototype, named the ”Winston” and purchased by Chung, is powered by Thunder Sky batteries produced by Chung’s China-based Winston Battery LLC.

Inside, the quadslide, tag axle coach has the look and feel of a diesel motorhome with granite countertops and tile floors. ”The only difference is that it runs on batteries,” Degnan said. ”It’s very quiet and has a lot of torque. It takes off like a golf cart.”

Degnan declined to specify the coach’s chassis or how many batteries it takes to power the Winston, which was developed on the hush-hush and isn’t likely to show up on the U.S. consumer market anytime soon. The prototype has no backup engine, gets only 180 miles on a charge and has a top speed of 70 mph. On the U.S. retail market, the Winston probably would cost in the range of $1 million, Degnan said.

”We are way ahead of the curve on this; we’re not ready for U.S. production,” Degnan said. ”It’s too expensive and America’s not ready for it. The diesel market in the U.S. has been hampered and this is more expensive than that.”

Another prototype, however, is in the works. ”We are going to build another one in Riverside in the near future and tighten it up a bit,” Dengan said.

The Winston was cited by Recreation Vehicle Industry (RVIA) President Richard Coon as evidence of forward thinking R&D in the RV industry during RVIA’s Outlook Breakfast Nov. 30 attended by more than 1,000 people as the national trade show opened.

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MVP RV Entering Class C Market with Tahoe

November 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

MVP RV's new Tahoe Class C

MVP RV's new Tahoe Class C

MVP RV Inc. announced today (Nov. 24) that it will be introducing a new line of Class C motorhomes under the name Tahoe at the upcoming 48th Annual National RV trade Show in Louisville, Ky. , Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.

MVP’s booth is No. 5523.

“We had a clear vision for this product,” John Millis, Tahoe product development manager, stated in a news release. “We wanted to build an affordable Class C with an upscale look and feel.”

Tahoe comes on a Ford E350 or E450 chassis with hardwood raised-panel cabinet doors, full extension metal drawer guides, Onan generator, keyless entry, iPod /MP3 ready, fabric ceiling, high gloss gel coat fiberglass and aluminum running boards.

“The timing of this product introduction could not be better for us,” added Millis. “We have a new state-of-the-art, 23-acre production facility located in the heart of the country’s largest Class C market. The Tahoe line is a natural progression for our company, and should be very well accepted by both our dealers and consumers.”

According to the latest Statistical Survey Report (year to date through September, 2010) the Class C retail market is running ahead of last year by over 17% for the 11 Western states.

The all new Tahoe line will be unveiling two floor plans in Louisville. The 230 QB features a wrap around U-shaped dinette, corner queen bed, and large mirrored double door wardrobe. The 310 QBS features a wrap around U- shaped dinette/sofa slide out, 32-inch flat screen TV and rear walk around queen bed. MSRP for the 2011 Tahoe starts at $62,300.

MVP RV inc. builds travel trailers under the brand names Coast and Summit, fifth-wheels under the brand names Jazz and Destiny, and toy haulers under the brand names Vortex and Envy. For more information about MVP RV’s products, go to www.mvprv.com

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MVP RV Entering Luxury Fifth-Wheel Market

November 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

2011 Destiny by MVP RV

2011 Destiny by MVP RV

MVP RV Inc. will introduce its new line of luxury fifth-wheels, including the Destiny, at the upcoming 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 30 to Dec. 2 in booth No. 5523.

“Destiny was developed with a clear direction – affordable luxury,” said Kevin Coleman, Destiny national sales and product manager. “We spared no expense in developing this product line. Destiny comes standard with solid hardwood upper and lower cabinets and stiles, fluorescent lights throughout, king bed with pillow top mattress, 42-inch TV in the living room, 32-inch TV in the bedroom, oversized front wardrobe, solar reflective windows, slam latch baggage doors, high-gloss gel coat fiberglass and over 200 square ffeet of exterior compartment storage.”

“This is a segment that MVP has been looking forward to participating in. Being located in the heart of the largest fifth-wheel market in the country, and now having a state-of-the-art facility with full paint capabilities, moving into this level of product was a natural step for us,” Coleman added.

The all new Destiny line will be displayed in two floorplans in Louisville. The 365 RL quad slide features an additional hallway wardrobe, a double-entry side aisle bath and an “L”-shaped island kitchen. It will be shown with stainless steel appliances and all-leather theater seating. The 355 RE quad slide features a double-entry side aisle bath with “his and hers” sinks. MSRP for the brand starts at $49,952.

For more information about MVP RV’s products, go to www.mvprv.com.

For more information regarding the 2011 Destiny, contact Kevin Coleman at (951) 208-7502 or kcoleman@mvprv.com.

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MVP RV Inc. Reintroducing Jazz Fifth-Wheel

November 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

2011 Jazz by MVP RV Inc.

2011 Jazz by MVP RV Inc.

Rapidly growing MVP RV Inc. is bringing back the once top-selling Jazz line of fifth-wheels.

Now completely redesigned, Jazz will be available in six mid-profile and four lightweight fifth-wheels ranging in lengths from 26 feet to 32 feet, according to a news release.

“We could not be more excited about bringing back this storied brand,” said Kevin Coleman, national sales and product manager for Riverside, Calif.-based MVP. “At one time Jazz was the No.1 selling mid-profile fifth wheel here in theWwest, but the product became stagnant. It needed more than a ‘face lift;’ it needed a complete overhaul both inside and out. We kept the things that made it such a great product line, and changed the things our dealers and customers were asking for.”

The all new 2011 Jazz has now been completely redesigned with a new front cap (featuring a full 90-degree radius turn) new profile, new graphics, new floorplans, new interiors and new features. The Jazz mid–profile is available with laminated walls, laminated floor, Corian counters, 32-inch flat screen TV, radius shower, aluminum wheels, power awning, dark tinted windows, ceiling fan, extra-large pass through storage, day/night shades and more. The Jazz lite will feature floorplans under 30 feet in length, and under 7,500 lbs in weight. Base MSRP for the brand starts at $28,275.00.

The all new 2011 Jazz will be unveiled at the upcoming 48th Annual National RV trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 30 to Dec. 2. MVP RV will be in the west wing, space 5523.

MVP RV Inc. builds travel trailers under the brand names Coast and Summit and toy haulers under the brand names Vortex and Envy. For more information about MVP RV’s products, please go to www.mvprv.com.

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Thunder Sky Battery Teaming with MVP RV

November 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Thunder Sky Battery Ltd., a lithium-ion battery producer, is scheduled to team up with the U.S.-based MVP RV Inc. to spend approximate HK$10 billion ($1 billion U.S.) in total to build an electric-vehicle plant in Hong Kong next year, China Knowledge has reported.

According to Zhong Xin Jia, vice president of the listed firm, at the 25th World Electric Vehicle Symposium and Exposition Symposium and Exhibition held in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, Thunder Sky Battery will have a rapid business growth in the next 10 years, but he did not disclose the details of the new plant.

MVP RV is located in southern California and mainly manufactures travel trailers, toy haulers and fifth-wheel trailers.

Thunder Sky Battery’s competitive ability is the huge capacity of up to 10,000 ampere-hours in lithium-ion batteries, which need only 20 minutes to be charged up, Zhong added.

In addition, the Hong Kong-listed company is in talks with potential partners to enter the public e-vehicle market in Shenzhen, in which the local government hopes to have 4,000 electrical buses and 6,000 electrical taxis by the end of 2011.

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MVP RV Adds 24/7 Coach-Net to 2011 Models

November 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Riverside, Calif.-based MVP RV Inc. today (Nov. 1)) announced that all 2011 MVP RV products will include a one-year membership to Coach-Net.

“Outstanding customer service remains a top priority for MVP RV,” Brad Williams, president and CEO of MVP RV Inc., stated in a news release. “It is important that we take care of and cover our customers 24/7, 365 days a year, not just during normal business hours. Coach-Net is the most trusted name in the RV industry and has been in business of servicing the RV community by provisioning roadside and technical assistance for over 22 years.”

Key highlights of the new program include:

  • 24/7 technical hotline.
  • Unlimited towing.
  • Delivery of fuel and fluids.
  • Jump starts.
  • Flat tire service.
  • Lockout service.
  • Mobile mechanic services.
  • Trip routing service.
  • RV service appointment assistance.
  • Warranty administration.
  • Emergency accident trip interruption.

“Since 1987, Coach-Net has been a trusted name in the emergency roadside assistance industry,” said Ed Thorm vice president of sales for Coach-Net. “We have excelled at providing our clients with high-value, worry-free roadside assistance programs. No third parties, no hassle. Coach-Net has been the preferred RV Technical and Roadside Assistance provider to the industry for over 22 years. We are proud to have the opportunity to work with MVP RV Inc. to ensure their customers have the best RV experience possible.”

MVP RV, Inc. manufactures aluminum framed/laminated trailers, fifth-wheels and toy haulers under the brand names Coast, Summit, Vortex, Envy and Jazz. MVP products will be on display at the upcoming 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Nov. 30-Dec. 2, where the company plans to launch new brands expanding into new segments of the RV market. For more information about MVP RV call (951)848-4288 or visit www.mvprv.com.

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MVP RV Donates Trailer for Pomona Drawing

October 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Summit travel trailer by MVP RV

Summit travel trailer by MVP RV

MVP RV Inc. announced today (Oct. 15) that it is donating a 2011 Summit travel trailer to the RVIA’s 58th Annual California RV Show in Pomona, Calif. Attendees at the show, which opens today and runs through Oct. 24, can enter a drawing for a chance to win the fully equipped Summit, which will be delivered to its new family by Giant RV, Montclair, Calif.

“We feel blessed to be able to give back to the industry; especially here in southern California” said Scott Degnan, vice president of sales and marketing for Riverside, Calif.-based MVP RV. “We are fortunate to be able to put hundreds of people back to work, and are excited to make some family’s dream come true with this brand-new trailer.”

The Summit comes standard with a raft of equipment, including laminated aluminum framed walls, EZ Lube hubs, heavy-duty stabilizer jacks, tinted safety glass windows, powder-coated aluminum diamond plate front rock guard, 13.5 BTU A/C, full size awning, microwave and Jensen AM/FM/CD player. MSRP is $17,359.

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