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Idaho Wrecker Sales Partners with Renegade RV

March 7, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Idaho Wrecker Sales (IWS), a leading distributor of custom tow trucks and towing equipment, announced that it has partnered with Bristol, Ind.-based Renegade RV. According to a press release, IWS will serve as the premier dealer for Renegade RV’s motorhomes in the Pacific Northwest.

“Creating IWS Motor Coaches was a very natural transition for us,” said Chuck Ceccarelli, president of Idaho Wrecker Sales, based in Mountain Home, Idaho. “We know how to keep towing companies on the road, and that same experience is going to transfer over to the way we provide sales and service of our motorhomes. Our passion and knowledge of building high-end tow trucks, and our extensive knowledge of custom-built chassis, precise wiring, and custom fabrication made this a perfect fit.”
According to Ceccarelli, IWS chose Renegade as its manufacturer of choice because the companies share similar quality standards. “We listen to the customer and create top quality equipment that will perform and last for years to come,” he said. Renegade’s custom coaches, built by Kibbi LLC, are nationally known for their quality build, featuring hand-crafted Amish cabinetry, structurally sound chassis, and amenities designed and built specifically to their customer’s specifications.
In addition to Renegade RV’s standard coach models, IWS Motor Coaches will also carry an exclusive motor coach. “The IWS Sportsman was custom designed by IWS to meet the needs of the serious outdoorsmen who want to travel to remote locations other motor homes would never dream to go,” Ceccarelli said.
IWS debuted its first two coaches at sportsman shows in Idaho and Oregon and will continue to attend trade shows and events in the area.
For more information visit www.iwsmotorcoaches.com and www.idahowreckersales.com.
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Renegade RV Intros Sprinter-Based Villagio ‘C’

June 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Upscale interior in Renegade RV's Villagio

Bristol, Ind.–based Renegade RV has introduced the Villagio, a luxury Class C motorhome built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. According to a press release, the new Villagio combines luxurious amenities, smart designs and first-class construction with the agility of an SUV.

Renegade’s design team drew inspiration from upscale yachts, incorporating stainless steel accents, plush bonded leather upholstery and Euro-style cabinetry. Smartly designed spaces accommodate high-end features while achieving maximum functionality in a compact-sized coach, according to Stacey Miller, Sprinter product manager.

“The Villagio is great motorhome for young families or retired couples that want a smaller, more maneuverable coach without giving up high-end amenities,” Miller said.

The Villagio is based on an aerodynamic Sprinter chassis built on an all-steel, lightweight frame powered by a Mercedes-Benz Turbo diesel engine delivering power and fuel economy. The shorter wheel base allows for easy mobility even in tight spaces.

Villagio is available in two floorplans: the 24RBS featuring a rear corner bed and roomy 9-foot slideout containing a jackknife sofa and wardrobe/pantry; and the 25TBS featuring rear twin beds that convert to a large single bed and a slideout containing a sofa. Additional floorplans are being developed by Renegade.

“The Villagio product is a great addition to our current lineup of recreational vehicles – the IKON, Explorer and the traditional Classic product lines,” stated Mike Lanciotti, CEO.

A number of exclusive dealers will carry the Villagio Class C product. Visit www.RenegadeRV.com for more information.

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Equine Motorcoach Teaming With Renegade RV

April 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Equine Motorcoach and horse trailer

Equine Motorcoach has partnered with Tom Stinnett Derby City RV and Renegade/Kibbi LLC to produce and sell a towable line of products that fit the horse transport needs for horse owners, trainers and enthusiasts. According to a press release, the towable line included an Equine Transport tow vehicle and Equine Carriage horse transport.

A production model will be on site as part of the Equine Motorcoach display at next week’s Rolex Three Day event at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

“Renegade is the RV built on a heavier chassis that has the towing capacity to safely and comfortably tow your horse trailer,” said Tom Stinnett, co-owner of Equine Motorcoach and Tom Stinnett Derby City RV owner. “Our Equine Motorcoach has positioned us front and center of a wide variety of horsemen and women. We really listened to what their needs are and have worked hard to build out the product line that meets the quality, safety and convenience needs for this market.”

The new line supplements the flagship product, Equine Motorcoach, which is capable of easily towing a 20-foot horse trailer.

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Visitors ‘Thrilled’ by Recent RV Capital Visits

February 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following first-person story by Phillis Rose appeared in the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Gazette.

Admirers of all things RV can fill that particular thrill in Elkhart County, Ind., where more than 20 RV manufacturers offer factory tours.

Elkhart County is the recreational vehicle capital of the world with one of every two RVs being made in that county, according to amishcountry.org.

Fascinated by how things are made, I love factory tours, so I chose three for Best-Ever Friend Dave and me to visit. Dave owned a Winnebago 30 years ago so he was interested to see how things had changed.

First stop: Renegade RV, 52216 State Road 15 in Bristol, a 14-year-old company founded by Chuck McKibbin for the auto racing industry. Here, sales manager Danny Lagunas ushered us onto the factory floor where employees were working on several custom units. The smallest unit they build is about 32 feet, Danny said. Most of their vehicles are made for people who have owned several RVs and now want to design one to their own specifications.

We climbed up into these huge RVs to see the work in progress. We saw granite countertops, flat-screen TVs ready for installation — even one on the outside of the vehicle — granite floors, space-efficient layouts and unique storage solutions. Impressive!

Second stop: Jayco, 903 S. Main St. in Middlebury. You can’t miss Jayco because you’ll see hundreds of white travel-trailers in the factory lot.

But watch carefully for the Visitors Center sign. Inside the center, a renovated 1880s farmhouse, John MacDonald, marketing services manager, invited us to look around the center or to go outside and look at the vehicles on display while we waited for our noon tour. We did both.

A video told us about founders Lloyd and Bertha Bontrager, who started the company in a chicken coop in 1968. They quickly outgrew that and are now the largest privately owned RV manufacturer.

Judy Swihart, visitors center coordinator, took us in a trolley back to the building where they make about 11 fifth-wheels per day.

Then we went to the cavernous and fascinating sewing room. We watched a machine quilting two yards of material every 45 seconds. The material is used for bedspreads and pillow shams.

We watched as employee Deb Lafary filled a pillow cover with a foam cushion. If you’ve done that, you know it can be challenging. But not at Jayco.

Deb placed the foam cushion on a vacuum machine, covered it with plastic, turned the machine on and, instantly, it shrank. She popped it inside the covering and, in a nano-second, it re-inflated and filled the covering.

After Jayco, we had lunch at Village Inn, 107 S. Main St. in Middlebury. This is where locals gather to talk about the weather, a hot topic this winter. So we chose comfort food: cups of sweet, tomatoey chili; creamy and tender chicken and noodles; and homemade pie for dessert, pecan for me, cherry for Dave.

Our final stop was SunnyBrook RV, 201 14th St., Middlebury, which just last December became Winnebago of Indiana LLC. Jeff Baker, sales representative, took us and a group of insurance agents on the tour, explaining the manufacturing process from the naked chassis stage to the finished product, whether a fifth-wheel or a travel-trailer.

With the insurance agents asking questions, Jeff told us all the things RV manufacturers do to avoid problems for the consumers. We learned about glues, insulation, windows, awnings and the craftsmanship.

Most impressive for me was the outdoor kitchen on one of the vehicles. You pop up the cover to find a tiny sink, refrigerator and stove.

This day of “RVs Unwrapped” is a great way to learn about RVs before purchasing one or just to be impressed with manufacturing innovations. It also answered my ever-present question: “How do they do that?”

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