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5 Summer RV Checks

by Mark Polk from

July 14, 2017

RV expert Mark Polk shares his top checks before heading out for a summer RV trip.

Hot temperatures take a toll on automotive and RV components. Today I would like to offer five important checks you should make prior to leaving on RV trips when the mercury starts to rise.Whether you have a motorized RV or a tow vehicle pulling a trailer the automotive components need to be prepared to deal with the heat. Hot summer temperatures affect the vehicle’s tires, batteries, cooling system and the transmission. If the vehicle isn’t prepared for hot temperatures there is a possibility you won’t reach your camping destination.

King Tailgater Satellite quick release roof-mount fixture

Turn your tailgater satellite into a permanent roof mounted system, and vice versa
Tailgater satellite mount

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The King Tailgater satellite Quick Release Roof Mount Kit allows you to turn your King antenna into a roof-mounted system and then into a portable antenna in seconds, a release from the company stated.

Designed for RV and travel trailers, the Quick Release Roof Mount provides a permanent, secure base for mounting your King Tailgater or King Quest satellite antenna, but also offers the flexibility of removing the antenna for storage or to provide a clear line of sight to the satellite without having to reposition your vehicle.

Tailgater satellite mount“Our quick-release mount is another first of its kind innovation from King and has gotten an enthusiastic response from our customers. Once installed, the quick-release mount requires no tools to mount or release a King satellite antenna and it was designed to be...

Spring Break Plans at Land Between the Lakes

Reserve your campsite today before they're all gone!
hillman ferry campground

Who needs Florida or Cancun when you have one of the Nation’s funnest campgrounds right in your very own backyard! If you’ve never visited Hillman Ferry in Grand Rivers, KY, you’re missing out!

More Reasons RVs Are Better Than Hotels!

Here it comes. You’ve been invited to your family reunion hoedown…and they all want you stay together in a hotel. Your family is great and all, but that’s just a lot of time together. Feeling more comfortable with some distance between you, you’d rather save the money and stay in your own RV with your own bed. Now comes the hard part: how do you kindly decline a hotel stay with your family without breaking your momma’s heart?

The Quick Dodge: Thanks, but I’ve already made plans.

Try something like this — “Oh, we’d love to stay at the hotel with you guys, but we’ve already made plans for staying at (insert campground here) and placed a non-refundable deposit. How about we do dinner?”

More than 325 million people headed outdoors to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

Tax Benefits Of RV Ownership

Financial Benefits of RV Ownership

I created a new seminar for our RV shows called “Financial Benefits of RV Ownership” thinking that would be a seminar title the dealers at the shows would embrace and that would intrigue show attendees enough to attend.

However, the more I researched, the more I found I didn’t have much to talk about unless the RV is used in a business in some capacity. And, at that point, things get a bit too complicated for an RV show seminar.

The RVing lifestyle has so much to offer to people of all ages and stages of their lives. Here are my top 10 reasons you should go RVing.
Aaahhh, the freedom of the open road! The RVing lifestyle has so much to offer to people of all ages and stages of their lives. Baby boomers are the fastest-growing RV population, but young families are also running in droves to purchase or rent an RV for their next family vacation. With nearly 20 million Americans every year hitting the road with their RV, I wanted to look at some of the reasons people are choosing this type of vacation. The list I came up with was long, but here are my top 10 reasons you should go RVing.

ELKHART — Thor Motor Coach debuted the new Chateau 31Y floor plan to dealers last week during the RVIA National RV Trade Show.

The 31Y offers a full wall slideout and swivel captain’s chairs, a first in the Chateau line-up. The 31Y features sophisticated interiors, high-sheen cabinetry, and solid surface kitchen countertops, a release from Thor stated. Storage is not an issue with the exterior MEGA-Storage compartment, large enough to hold full size bicycles or recreational kayaks. The MEGA-Storage compartment also includes a portable table.

Other Chateau 31Y highlights include:

  • Ford F-450 chassis
  • 6.8L Triton V10 engine with 305-HP and 420 pound-foot torque
  • 8,000-pound trailer hitch
  • Dream Dinette booth and jack-knife sofa that convert to sleeping areas
  • 40-inch LED TV in the living room & 32-inch LED TV in the bedroom
  • Black tank flush system
  • Rapid Camp Wireless Control System
  • Optional leatherette furniture
  • Optional exterior 32-inch LED TV on manual swivel


woody vintage cruiser

woody vintage cruiser

In response to the successful introduction of the Vintage Cruiser at last year’s Elkhart County RV Open House, Gulf Stream Coach Inc. has introduced an all-new model featuring an exclusive wood-themed exterior reminiscent of the “Woody” station wagons that transported vacationing families throughout the 1950’s and 60’s.

According to a press release, the new “Woody” Vintage Cruiser will make its official debut during next week’s Open House with four floorplans, ranging in length from 19 to 23 feet long, and featuring lightweight vacuum-bonded laminated construction, Azdel synthetic wall substrate, a seamless one-piece laminated fiberglass roof, and an aerodynamic, easy-to-tow profile.

Millennials are changing the RV’ing world as we have known it. This growing group – late teens to mid 30’s have been brought up in a very different world. They are complete “digital natives”, says Karen Redfern – senior director of marketing communications for the national Go RVing campaign.

Their views of our culture, products and society are different from the previous generations. This group, which accounts for 44% of the 1.2 million households in North America that started camping last year, are expected to influence the growth of public and private parks for years to come. The Millennials are demanding excellence and quality.

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