Peruse the latest new motorhomes and RV accessories as hundreds of exhibitors offer merchandise at FMCA’s 70th International Convention.
By Robbin Gould and Peggy Jordan
Like traveling by motorhome, shopping around at an FMCA convention is a great form of recreation. It’s exciting to find a brand-new coach or a small, appropriate gift for a friend. It’s educational to learn what’s new in the RV marketplace. And it’s fun to mingle with fellow travelers who, like you, have decided to check out the merchandise.
FMCA will again offer the opportunity to enjoy a great shopping experience at its 70th International Convention this month at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Buffalo, New York. The “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” gathering will include more than 400 companies proffering new motorhomes and RV-related merchandise “” a huge array of products, as the following list proves.
New motorhomes will be available for viewing and inspection in the outdoor display areas during a special preview from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. All exhibits and motorhome displays will be ready for shoppers between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 18, 19, and 20.
This list was accurate as of press time; additions or deletions may alter it. Use it now to plan your excursion through the convention marketplace.
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Motorhome insurance will be discussed in Buffalo by knowledgeable representatives from A Twin Peaks RV Insurance (954-791-5007, FL).
Cruisair air conditioners, C Gen diesel generators, Sentry battery chargers, and Tundra refrigerators/freezers will be offered for perusal courtesy of AAP Inc. (804-633-9454, VA).
Embroidery services from A1 Embroidery Printware (781-340-1230, MA) will be available.
Delicious meals can be yours quickly with the Magefesa Supercooker from Accupro Inc. (770-421-8060, GA).
The mail forwarding service provided by Action Services (406-481-0013, MT) may be just what you’re looking for the next time you take a long trip away from home.
Guided, full-service RV tours and rallies are the specialty of Adventure Caravans Inc. (936-327-3428, TX). Company officials will be on hand to explain the fun associated with these RV excursions.
Affinity Group (217-359-3985, IL) publishes a variety of RV-related publications, such as MotorHome and Trailer Life magazines, which will be available for inspection at the convention.
Keep looking up with a new Airstream Skydeck, the new type A motorhome from Airstream Inc. (937-596-6111, OH) that boasts its own rooftop patio. Gas- and diesel-powered versions of the Airstream Land Yacht type A coach also will be ready for your perusal.
Glide across the waters of an Alaskan bay on your way to exciting locales made accessible by the Alaska Marine Highway (800-526-6731, AK). This company is part of the state-operated Alaska ferry lines, and its representatives will be glad to provide you with tourism information you will need on your journey north.
FMCA’s next international convention will be held in beautiful Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March 2004. Get a jump on the many things you can see and do in that city by visiting the booth occupied by the Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau (505-222-4335, NM).
Alcoa forged aluminum wheels and accessories for motorhomes will be offered for inspection by Alcoa Wheel Products (517-622-3886, MI).
They’re fun and practical, too “” they’re the RV Buggy and 2-Seater electric scooters, which will be exhibited in Buffalo by All-Electric Vehicles LLC (813-643-9207, FL).
Spiff up your motorhome with the assistance of Miracle towels and mops from Almost Heaven Products (800-693-7468, AZ).
Luxury living is found in the Alpine Coach (800-777-4133, WA) lineup of motorhomes, which are built on the company’s own Peak chassis. The Alpine Coach Avalanche is an all-new coach offered at a lower price point than the Alpine Coach Limited. Popular options include the Avalanche 400 Group “” a 400-horsepower Cummins engine upgrade; tile flooring; aluminum wheels; an automatic satellite system; an electric awning; and a combination washer-dryer.
Brand-new Beaver motorhomes will be found under the Alpine Recreation (888-265-0563, CA) banner.
Campground directories and brochures will be set forth by Anderson’s Brochure Distribution Service (304-497-3238, WV).
Inspect and admire the fine workmanship in the Prevost coach conversion brought to the Buffalo convention by Angola Coach (260-665-9778, IN). This double-slideout beauty is built on a Prevost XLII shell and is 45 feet long.
Feast your eyes on the products that will be served up by Applique Buffet (219-670-2729, TX), which will include iron-on appliqués and ladies’ shirts.
Refinance your coach, or set up payments on a new one, with ASAPFinancing.com (860-664-4307, CT).
Become acquainted with Association Island RV Resort & Marina (315-938-5655, NY) by picking up a brochure about this facility located in Henderson Harbor, New York.
Look for Atwood, Wedgewood, and Hydro Flame products under the Atwood Mobile Products (815-877-5700, IL) banner.
Alpine Coach motorhomes will be exhibited by friendly representatives from Avalon RV Center (330-239-2131, OH), located in Medina, Ohio.
RV lot development is the specialty of Avatar Properties Inc. (305-442-7000, FL) of Coral Gables, Florida. Company officials will be glad to explain the particulars.
Alfa See Ya and Chinook motorhomes will join the Gulf Stream Sun Voyager, Conquest, and B Touring Cruiser (the latter featured in this issue of the magazine), and the Fleetwood Bounder and Pace Arrow in the display occupied by Ballantyne RV/Marine (585-924-9161, NY), a dealer based in Victor, New York.
Officials from Bank Of The West (925-280-7965, CA) will be happy to discuss RV financing with you in Buffalo.
Check out the Auto Drain electric dump valves that Barker Mfg. Co. (269-965-2371, MI) will have to offer. Other featured items will include electric antennas and the Tote Tank.
A new ladder from Beanstalk Ladder Co. Inc. (866-342-0411, AZ) can be configured to serve a variety of applications. The company’s RV ladders are lightweight, easy to use, and can be stored easily.
Learn about the many amenities offered at Beaudry RV Resort (520-295-4854, AZ), located in Tucson, Arizona.
Beaver Motor Coaches Inc. (541-389-1144), located in Bend, Oregon, will bring a comely contingent of Beaver motorhomes to Buffalo for convention attendees’ inspection.
Wouldn’t you really rather rally at the “rivah?” Visit with representatives from Bethpage Camp-Resort (804-758-4349, VA) to learn more about this resort’s 12,000-square-foot group and rally center located on Virginia’s scenic Chesapeake Bay.
The Better Health & Pain Relief (304-345-9235, WV) folks will bring Affinity and RHR minerals; health products; Sun Country products; and wrinkle erase cosmetics to the convention.
The third edition of the Big Rigs Best Bets Campground Directory will be offered for perusal by Big Rigs Best Bets LLC (830-792-9170, TX). This spiral-bound book contains 288 pages of RV park listings. Information about interstate corridors and restaurant tips are just two of the bonus sections included, which will add further value to your RVing experience, regardless of the size of your motorhome.
Bilstein (858-386-5900, CA), a well-known name in shock absorbers, will be on hand in Buffalo to display these devices.
Sales professionals from Bleakley RV Center (770-577-1300, GA) will staff the Blue Bird Wanderlodge display area.
Fort Valley, Georgia, is home of Blue Bird Wanderlodge (800-486-7122, GA). Blue Bird representatives will bring the Blue Bird Wanderlodge, LX, and LXi models, as well as Blue Bird’s newest model, the M380, to Buffalo.
RVers in search of towing equipment will not want to miss visiting the Blue Ox/Automatic Equipment Mfg. Co. (402-385-3051, NE) display. The company offers four tow bars (the Aladdin, Aventa II, Acclaim, and Ambassador) and four supplemental braking systems (the Apollo, AutoStop, BrakeSafe, and ToadStop II). Other products include the RV Underskirt, a rock shield that provides protection for towed vehicles and towing equipment; the KarGard deflector; steering control systems; and tire pressure monitoring systems.
Learn why more and more RVers are using Pocketmail equipment for their e-mail needs; pay a visit to Bob Howe Enterprises (619-851-6480, FL). Microfiber towels and Coral Calcium supplements also will be featured.
Maneuverable, livable, comfy type C motorhomes in varying lengths from Born Free Motorcoach Inc. (515-332-3755, IA) will be ready for FMCA members to inspect.
Flexsteel RV furniture, Palliser Euro recliners, and Lafer Euro recliners can help you take a relaxing break from your travels. Visit the Bradd & Hall Inc. (800-445-1830, IN) booth to check them out.
BrakeBuddy (704-904-2869, NC) supplemental braking systems and the Road Vac will be set forth for convention attendees’ inspection.
Small-engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton (518-383-8355, NY) uses its expertise to make generators, pressure washers, portable 5-horsepower outboard motors, and accessories. Learn more by visiting the company’s booth in Buffalo.
Representatives from two locations of Buddy Gregg Motor Homes Inc. (800-421-0031, TN; 800-858-7139, TX) will be glad to show you an array of Royal Prevost, Millennium Prevost, and Country Coach Prevost coach conversions.
Fashionable ladies’ clothing and jewelry will tempt convention-goers who visit C&N Enterprises (407-896-7043, FL).
Are you looking for new Web surfing options? The iNetVu mobile satellite Internet service combines the 24-7, 365-day-a-year Tier I Web access support of C-COM with a new mounting unit and satellite location software to get the Internet to you wherever you may be. It’s from C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. (877-463-8886, ON, Canada).
Resort information will be provided by representatives of Cal-Am Properties Inc. (818-386-2600, ext. 113, CA).
If you’re a rally planner, you might want to consider Gillette, Wyoming, home of CAM-PLEX Multi-Event Facilities (307-682-0552, WY) as a possible site. Stop by the company’s booth to learn about the facility.
RV accessories galore will fill the Camper’s Choice Inc. (800-833-6713, AL) display. This company specializes in RV supplies, parts, and appliances.
Motorhomes from Fleetwood Enterprises will be ready for your inspection, brought to the convention by Campers Barn of Kingston (845-338-8500, NY) “” Kingston, New York, that is.
Look for Campfire In A Can (250-979-8048, NV) as you stroll through the indoor exhibit area. This compact, portable campfire is designed to burn manufactured fire logs or charcoal. The fire is contained in a specially designed stainless-steel burner unit. The multipurpose canister is used to extinguish the fire as well as to carry and store the burner unit. The product can easily be stored in an RV.
Learn how to save money on overnight rates with a campground membership from Campground Membership Outlet (352-242-0401, FL).
It’s easy to find the Camping World (270-781-2718, KY) display “” just look for the largest assemblage in the indoor exhibit arena. The company will be offering an assortment of RV-related parts, accessories, and items that make the RVing experience more enjoyable.
The Candy’s Hats/Willow Lakes RV & Golf Resort (813-244-0474, FL) booth will serve a dual purpose. First, while there, you can check out the men’s and women’s hats, hatbands, accessories, and purses. You also can learn about Willow Lakes RV & Golf Resort in Titusville, Florida.
Take a break to sip come Coffee d’Amour cappuccino; Heighbors brand flavored coffee; and a variety of tea and cocoa when you pay a visit to Cappuccino Country Express (661-440-4467, SD).
RVing is supposed to be fun and hassle-free, and that goes for the awnings and interior visors on your coach, too. Check out the 110-volt Mirage, the 12-volt Quick’n’EZ, and the 12-volt ONE-Touch patio awnings; the 12-volt window awnings; and the interior visors offered by Carefree Of Colorado (303-469-3324, CO).
Saunter on over to learn more about the Caribbean Bay Club Resort (941-485-9990, FL) by picking up information at the company’s booth.
The Carrier high-capacity ducted heat pump rooftop air-conditioning system with remote control will be featured by Carrier Transport A/C (717-767-3322, PA). Also featured will be the Carrier 13,500-Btu rooftop air conditioner with slinger wheel technology to reduce water runoff.
What could be better for traveling than comfortable cotton clothing? If this is your kind of wardrobe, you’ll want to inspect the Cottonseed brand clothing and jewelry set forth by Casual Cottons (570-437-3333, PA).
Caterpillar Inc. (309-675-5260, IL) invites FMCA members to take an up-close-and-personal look at the company’s diesel engines.
The array of ladies’ clothing, jewelry, handbags, hats, and accessories exhibited by CL Enterprise (321-427-9866, FL) will no doubt make the choosing difficult.
Clamptite/Ashby (304-754-5479, WV) will be setting forth Clamptite tools and associated stainless-steel wire products.
Get some relaxation to those muscles with Kneading Fingers 2000, Kneading Roller 2000 Elite, and Exerciser 2000 products from Clark Enterprises (785-825-7172, KS).
Cleaning products and tire pressure equalizer systems will get your coach ready for the road. These items will be brought to the convention by Class A Concepts (734-834-0848, MI).
A variety of RV products will be showcased by The Cleaning Products Company (253-691-4027, SD). For example, you’ll find The Solution waterless RV wash, Piranha bacterial waste digester, White Diamond metal polish, and other items.
Check out the Blue Streak Chemical dispenser from CLS Systems Inc. (517-676-1413, MI). This automatic chemical metering system for RV toilets measures the correct amount of chemical with each flush.
You can get away and yet stay connected with high-speed wireless Internet access at RV parks across the United States. This service, available from Coach Connect (512-472-6224, TX), is said to be faster than cellular and less expensive than satellite. RVers and RV park operators are both invited to stop by the company’s booth to learn more.
A roundup of RV-related items from Coach Corral Industries Inc. (574-262-1848, IN) will appear in Buffalo.
Are you curious about what would be involved in converting your own coach? Check out a very informative Web site called Coach Design (774-218-5364, MA), which will be represented in Buffalo by Dale Whipple, the son of Willard Whipple, FMCA’s first treasurer. The Web site, www.coachdesign.com, covers a multitude of issues related to converting one’s own coach, and shares articles, models, and the experiences of others who have done the same thing.
An amazing new way to protect your motorhome from scratches, using 3M paint protection film kits, is now available. It’s offered by Coach Guard Inc. (574-296-1466, IN) of Elkhart, Indiana. Coach Guard also will offer Miracle towels and Rejex wax.
Coach House Inc. (941-485-0984, FL), an RV manufacturer from Nokomis, Florida, will showcase its Platinum type C motorhomes, which are available in 23-foot and 27-foot lengths and feature a seamless fiberglass shell.
Learn more about FMCA’s Emergency Roadside Assistance and Technical Referral Program from representatives of Coach-Net (928-855-2691, AZ), the company that provides this valuable benefit. The Coach-Net team consists of certified RV and chassis technicians who are available to assist motorhomers 24 hours a day.
Coil n’ Wrap (866-603-8388, AZ) products are designed to make the RV life easier. Cable and strap “wrap-ups” assist in coiling and storing hoses, electrical cords, and coaxial and electrical cables. The company also will offer Plug Dogs, awning pull straps, carry straps, retractable phone cords, quick connects for coaxial cable, wind fences, telescoping forks, and more.
You’re invited to inspect the Coleman Campground & RV Park Directory (772-589-3481, FL), which may be just the ticket for your travels.
Massage pillows and salsa makers will be brought to the convention by Colonial Home Products (401-884-0208, RI).
Roadtrek type B motorhomes manufactured by Home & Park will be shown to FMCA members by representatives from Colton RV Inc. (716-694-0842, NY), a dealer from North Tonawanda, New York.
Alpine Coach motorhomes, available with Cummins diesel engines and built on the company’s own Peak chassis, will be exhibited by Conley RV Center (800-477-9644, FL), of Tampa, Florida.
Get ready for warm, sunny Mexico after talking with Daniel Gutierrez of Consejo de Promocion Turistica de Mexico (713-772-2581, TX). Mr. Gutierrez will provide information that will help you enjoy south-of-the-border travels.
Coretronics Inc. (208-938-6331, ID) will offer the Triptek trip computer, Tyron tire banding, and tire pressure gauges, designed to keep you safely on the road.
Country Coach Inc. (800-654-0223, OR) is unveiling two new double-slideout floor plans in its Allure model line: the 36-foot Pendleton, which features flat-floor slides, and the 40-foot High Cascade. In addition, Country Coach has added the new Inspire to its elegant family for the 2004 model year. This coach, powered by a 350-horsepower Cummins diesel engine, boasts three slideouts and an 85-inch interior height. Other 2004 changes include the addition of power sun visors, universal remotes, the Hydro Hot heating system, and tile entries in the Allure and Intrigue. Magna and Affinity 2004 models offer the Caterpillar C15 diesel engine as standard equipment, as well as new interior and exterior schemes, the SilverLeaf house monitoring system, side-view cameras, On Star, and more. The custom Lexa is offered with updated equipment, including a universal remote and a Norcold four-door refrigerator. And the 2004 Country Coach conversion on the Prevost chassis features a completely new residential-style electrical system, a 60-inch projection TV, a dishwasher drawer, and much more.
You’ll find 14-karat-gold jewelry and motor coach pendants under the Creations Of Gold (303-809-6178, CO) banner.
Creative Coach Collision Repair & Design Center (863-984-3439, FL) of Lakeland, Florida, specializes in custom paint and special effects, major and minor collision repair, clear coat repair, towed vehicles, and interior updates.
Learn how Creative World Rallies (504-486-7259, LA) can find an RV caravan that’s just right for you “” and then join the fun.
Fleetwood motorhomes will be displayed by Crystal Valley RV (847-487-5535, IL), an Island Lake, Illinois, RV dealer.
Cummins Inc. (812-377-8021, IN) invites convention attendees to inspect the company’s line of diesel engines.
Take your RV financing needs to the experts manning the Customer One Financial (860-388-1121, CT) display.
Step inside an Ultrasport diesel motorhome from Damon Motor Coach (800-860-5658, IN), and things will be looking up. That’s because these coaches have 82-inch-high interior ceilings. They also offer massive amounts of exterior storage space and are built on Freightliner raised-rail chassis. New Daybreak motorhomes have redesigned front and rear fiberglass caps, full basements, and touchpad leveling jacks as standard equipment. The Damon Escaper LX400 high-line diesel features a 400-horsepower Cummins engine, full body paint, solid wood cabinets, a dishwasher, GPS equipment, and four slideouts. Intruder models for 2004, built on Workhorse chassis, feature 22.5-inch tires.
Spicer axles, brakes, wheel ends, and suspension systems will be set forth by Dana Corporation (269-567-1307, MI).
Pioneer XM and Sirius satellite radio receivers will be offered by Daryll’s Car Audio (716-656-0614, NY). Vehicle alarms, navigation equipment, amplifiers, video equipment, radio/CD stereos, and 12-volt accessories also will be available.
Appgas memberships will be offered by David Randall (405-279-3670, OK).
Peruse some examples of custom cabinetry exhibited by Davis Cabinets Inc. (541-998-8778, OR), and it’s possible you’ll start considering a face-lift for your coach interior.
DeLorme (207-846-7111, ME) mapping software and GPS receivers will be available for inspection at the convention.
Knowledgeable folks from DeMartini RV Sales (530-272-1921, CA), a Grass Valley, California, dealer, will be happy to acquaint you with the multitude of Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhomes in the outdoor display area.
Put on the brakes at the Demco-Dethmers Mfg. Co. (712-725-2311, IA) display, where you’ll find myriad solutions to your towing needs. The Senturian is a two-stage tow bar braking system “” one stage adjusts proportionally for normal stops; the other applies maximum brakes for panic stops. Other products will include the Aluminator aluminum tow bar, the Excali-Bar steel tow bar, the Kwik Tow tow bar, and the Sentry deflector for towed vehicles.
The financing you need to purchase that new or preowned motorhome “” or to refinance your existing coach “” can be obtained with the help of Destination Financial Services (406-721-2562, MT).
Detroit Diesel engines, parts, and maintenance products will be featured by Detroit Diesel Corporation (313-592-5000, MI).
Motorhome suspension systems will be marketed at the convention by Detroit Steel Products Co. (765-763-6089, IN).
Diamond Shield (888-806-5862, NY) offers a “clear” alternative for protecting the front of your motorhome and towed car. Diamond Shield is a 9-mil urethane paint protection film that protects the most vulnerable areas on your vehicle. Its exclusive system wraps edges on the hood, generator doors, and all compartments, and even under the cap moldings. The company uses wide widths, which eliminates most visible seams and is conformable around bumpers and corners; no relief cuts are required. Diamond Shield is a factory option on motorhomes made by Newmar, Jayco, and Damon.
Diamonds By Terry Inc. (772-781-1133, FL) custom-makes each piece of its jewelry using the finest diamonds, rubies, and emeralds, set in 14-, 18-, and 22-karat gold and platinum. Perhaps a one-of-a-kind or limited-edition design will suit you, or a jeweled cat, dog, or bug; a beautiful Canary diamond; or even a “chocolate” diamond. Jewelry repair also will be available to convention-goers.
Financial services from Dimen Financial Group Inc. (949-675-9840, CA) will be offered at the convention.
Check out the Airstream motorhomes that DJ RV Center (570-275-9620, PA) will exhibit in Buffalo.
A diverse array of RV products will be set forth by Dometic Corporation (574-389-3772, IN). They will include Dometic refrigerators and microwave ovens, Duo-Therm air conditioners, A&E awnings and accessories, and SeaLand toilets.
You can make your motorhome sparkle inside and out with products from DWG International (904-241-4996, FL). Dri Wash ‘n Guard; leather, vinyl, and fabric cleaners; metal polish; Oxy Gone; and Dust-B-Gone products will be among the selection.
Dynamax Corporation (888-295-7859, IN) can offer you more of what you desire in a motorhome. You’ll have the opportunity to inspect the Grand Sport, now available on a Freightliner Columbia truck chassis with a 505-horsepower engine; the ISATA Sport Sedan; the Starflyte; and the Carri-Go.
Eagle Coach Company (800-537-2963, OH) can brighten your motorhome’s look with stainless-steel and chrome molding trim for basement doors, wheel openings, and docking and parking lights.
Bilstein gas shock absorbers, Safe-T-Plus steering control devices, Davis Tru Trac bars, and Readybrake tow brakes will be available for inspection at the Eagle’s RV Supply (321-431-4350, FL) booth.
The Earthroamer XV-LT type C motorhome, which features a Ford F-450 truck chassis with four-wheel drive, will be exhibited by Earthroamer.com LLC (720-304-3174, CO).
El Dorado Ranch (602-418-2852, AZ) officials invite FMCAers to “Come to the sun” in San Felipe, Baja California. Guided caravans depart weekly. The resort features a beach, a tennis club, a spa, a pool, restaurants, sea kayaks, horseback riding, and many other amenities. Full-hookup sites are situated on the beach, and casita rentals are available.
Fold n Go and Rascal scooters, plus Rock & Roll lifts, can keep you going throughout the day. Find them at the booth occupied by Electric Mobility Corp. (800-878-3855, NJ).
If you long for a way to get around that’s reliable, fast, and fun, with none of the hassles associated with finding parking or filling up a gas tank, you’ll want to visit the Emobile/Vego (888-846-8346, CA) display. An Emobile combines the simplicity of electric power with the convenience and style of a scooter. Light, powerful, and portable, they go where you go.
If you’re looking for destination RV resorts around the United States, representatives from Encore Properties (407-390-9300, FL) may be able to help. This company owns and operates RV resorts in Florida, Texas, California, and Arizona.
Make your motorhome squeaky clean with the help of a squeegee from Eze-Tyme (570-594-5689, PA). When you’re done cleaning the windows and mirrors, you can decorate them with etched glass decals that also will be available at the company’s booth.
Convention attendees will want to stop at the booth occupied by national office employees of the Family Motor Coach Association (800-543-3622, OH). While there, you can learn more about your membership benefits. Free Internet access will be available at a nearby booth, too. And be sure to inspect all of the new FMCA logo merchandise “” shirts, jackets, hats, and accessories. A Chapter Services Department representative will be on hand to share information about joining an FMCA chapter.
The Endless Breeze by Fan-Tastic Vent is a 12-volt portable fan that has a variety of uses in the motorhome. Representatives from Fan-Tastic Vent Florida Dist. (800-655-2644, FL) will display this product along with other exhaust fans in the Fan-Tastic Vent line.
Want to soak up some sun in Mexico, play with the polar bears in Canada, see the wildlife in Alaska, or maybe visit the land of the Great Barrier Reef? Then take a tour of a lifetime with Fantasy RV Tours (800-952-8496, CO). This company specializes in high-quality guided RV vacations with a 99 percent approval rating. Representatives will be on hand to describe itineraries for the company’s upcoming tours and rallies in locations around the world.
Representatives from Farm & City Insurance Services (800-331-1520, IA) will be on hand to discuss motorhome insurance with convention-goers.
Fashion Eyewear By Lauren (954-648-2771, FL) will be setting forth clip-on sunglasses, regular sunglasses, and reading glasses. You’ll also be able to view pasta cookers and the Foodie (Chef Wizard).
Financial services will be offered by representatives from Financial Underwriters Network (860-575-2908, CT).
Fire & Life Safety (503-559-7623, OR) will offer a variety of safety products for the motorhome. You can inspect Hawk fire extinguishers; flame retardant; Costar carbon monoxide detectors; Firex smoke alarms; and Cold Fire products.
Plan to stay awhile in the Fleetwood RV (800-444-4905, CA) display. Much of the buzz will surround the launch of all-new motorhomes in its American Coach luxury diesel line. Other Fleetwood models include the type A Revolution, Excursion, Providence, Discovery, Expedition, Bounder, Bounder Diesel, Pace Arrow, Southwind, Storm, Flair, Terra, and Fiesta. Look, too, for Fleetwood’s Type Cs: the ever-popular Tioga and Jamboree.
Flexstone Inc. (877-656-6680, IN) offers fabricated Granite Lite natural stone surfaces, which can be made to your motorhome’s specifications. These specially processed granite slabs are 70 percent lighter than conventional granite, with an average weight of 5 pounds per square foot. Granite Lite countertops, tabletops, shower panels, and accents are limited only by your imagination.
Motorhome chassis built by Ford Motor Company (313-390-2046, MI) will be displayed for Buffalo convention-goers’ inspection.
Type A motorhome models bearing the names Tsunami, Reflection, Windsong, and Georgetown will be parked for touring in the Forest River Inc. (574-262-5426, IN) display. The company’s type C models include the Lexington, Lexington GTS, Sunseeker LE, and Sunseeker Regency.
Representatives from Foretravel Inc. (936-564-8367, TX) will be on hand in Buffalo to provide you with all the answers you need about the Foretravel motorhome line.
American Indian jewelry and oversized wash brushes will fill the booth occupied by Four Corners Trading (301-346-6545, TX).
You’ll have the opportunity to visit Freightliner Custom Chassis (864-487-1700, SC) and view the company’s diesel-powered motorhome chassis firsthand. Freightliner produces the XC, XCS, and Powerliner chassis series.
Fungo (813-956-6827, FL) will set up shop in Buffalo with La Fuma chairs and travel chairs; towing items from RoadMaster, Blue Ox, and Demco; as well as Maxxair, Valterra, and Firestone products.
Knowledgeable representatives from Ganis Credit Corporation, an E*Trade Bank Co. (714-481-8668, CA), will be on hand to explain the company’s RV financing program.
Talk with folks who can provide you with financial services from GE Financial Assurance (410-357-5443, MD).
Impact, Primepact, and Quietpact RV generators will vie for attention under the Generac Power Systems Inc. (262-473-5514, WI) banner.
Insurance will be the hot conversation topic in the Gilbert RV Insurance Inc. (888-784-6787, FL) display. This company is a specialist with 25 years of experience in the RV insurance industry. Stop by the booth for a competitive insurance estimate. While you’re there, ask about Gilbert’s Total Loss Replacement and Purchase Price Guarantee on qualified coaches up to $1.5 million in most states.
The coach is parked, the patio is set up, and the awning is out for a relaxing time under the canopy. If you’re missing the “awning” part of the story, visit the Girard Systems (800-382-8442, CA) display. While there, you’ll also find awning lights, G-Wave wireless Internet systems, and global positioning systems (GPS).
Windshield repair is the specialty of Glas Weld Systems Inc. (800-321-2597, OR). Stop by the company’s booth to learn the particulars.
Glendinning Marine Products (843-399-6146, SC) can improve life on the road. The Hosemaster makes quick work of storing and retrieving your motorhome’s water hose, and the Cablemaster does likewise with electrical cords. You’ll have the opportunity to inspect both of these items in Buffalo.
Representatives from Good Will-Hinckley Homes for Boys and Girls (207-238-4280, ME) will be in the FMCA Area Rally booth displaying samples of newly cut bricks and blocks. These items can be purchased by FMCA members and chapters to help support the school, located in Hinckley, Maine, where FMCA was founded. The bricks and granite blocks that FMCAers purchase will be used to enhance the FMCA Commemorative Walkway, located near the FMCA monument on the school grounds, which commemorates the association’s founding. Good Will-Hinckley representatives also will be happy to share information about the school, which assists children from broken homes who have suffered neglect and/or various forms of abuse. This worthy cause is the official charitable organization of the Buffalo convention.
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. (330-796-0026, OH) will feature two sizes of its new G670RV tire: 275/70R 22.5 and 295/80R 22.5. You’ll also have the opportunity to inspect other tires for motorhomes and towed vehicles, including the G647RSA, G169RSA, and G159; the Goodyear Marathon trailer tire; and the Goodyear Wrangler HT.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Florida with a visit to The Great Outdoors Resort (321-269-5004, FL) in Titusville, Florida. Information about this 2,000-acre resort, which also features an 18-hole golf course, will be available in Buffalo.
Country Coach and Monaco motorhomes will be showcased by Guaranty RV Center (541-998-1148, OR), based in Junction City, Oregon.
Proceed to Gulf Stream Coach Inc. (574-773-7761, IN), where you’ll be able to tour the motorhomes produced by this manufacturer, which include the Scenic Cruiser, Friendship, Sun Voyager, Independence, Conquest, Yellowstone, Ultra, Ultra Supreme, B Touring Cruiser (featured in this issue of Family Motor Coaching), and new Atrium.
The Dirt Devil high-performance central vacuum system will be offered by H-P Products (800-822-8556, OH). This central cleaning system is said to be quiet yet to provide commercial-grade power. It comes with the Dirt Devil Maximizer cleaning tool kit and the Rugrat hand-held power brush, the latter a $49.95 value. The system can be installed horizontally or vertically in a 10-inch-by-20-inch area, and is backed by a two-year warranty.
Hammer Properties (814-238-6318, PA) will be featuring Snow Fresh holding tank treatment, Snow Clean chlorine-free multipurpose cleaner and stain remover, Rain Fresh concentrated cleaner and insect remover, Water Fresh fresh-water sanitizer and deodorizer, and nutritional health supplements. The company will also be offering membership in the Recreation USA Inc. Camping Club, which provides $10-per-night camping in more than 315 RV parks in 42 states. This club has no seasonal, weekend, or holiday blackout dates.
Follow your nose to the Health Craft Cooking Show (813-881-0256, FL), where company representatives will be demonstrating the usefulness of Health Craft waterless, greaseless cookware, along with Arrowhead cutlery and the Kitchen Machine.
Super Steer products will be showcased by Henderson’s Line-Up/Super Steer (888-898-3281, OR).
Holiday Rambler (574-862-7211, IN), a division of Monaco Coach Corporation, will showcase a variety of gas and diesel motorhome models bearing the familiar Holiday Rambler moniker.
Representatives from Holland Motor Homes (616-396-1461, MI) will be showing FMCAers through Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhomes.
All the benefits of a van “” good fuel economy and ease of driving and parking “” are combined with a comfortable “house” to create the Roadtrek type B motorhome. Perhaps that’s why it has been the number-one-selling type B motorhome in North America since 1990. Visit the Home & Park Motorhomes (888-762-3873, ON, Canada) exhibit and inspect all models, including the new 170-Popular, which is built on a Chevrolet chassis.
Spruce up the motorhome with high-quality machine-washable floor mats from Home Mats Inc. (702-454-0668, NV). In addition to mats in assorted new colors, the company’s new carpet panels are great for recarpeting a coach or home without the help of a professional carpet layer. Area rugs will be available in a variety of sizes, designs, and colors. All fabrics are nylon, for long-lasting, easy maintenance. Look, too, for the company’s new Carpet Control, which keeps area rugs from slipping, whether they’re on a carpeted or hard surface.
If you’d like to learn more about the Essex motorhome by Newmar, or inspect coaches by Travel Supreme, knowledgeable folks from Howard RV Center (910-791-5371, NC) will be happy to help you out.
HWH Corporation (800-321-3494, IA) will premiere its new HWH Systems Control Module. The module allows RV manufacturers to offer one control panel to operate, monitor, and diagnose a coach’s hydraulic and air leveling system, active air suspension, and generator/room slideout operations. The HWH Systems Control Module is expandable to operate, monitor, and diagnose the power steps, heating/cooling, electrical inverters/convertors, automatic awnings, appliances, and many other coach components. All of the components are connected to one main trunk line, which allows communication between components and with the control module by using Controller Area Networking (CAN) technology. Also featured will be HWH levelers and room extension systems.
The folks from In Motion Satellite Systems Inc. (941-350-3075, FL) will proffer TracStar in-motion satellite systems; King Dome satellite systems; RCA satellite receivers and related equipment; and products from Hughes and Sony.
Check with the representatives from Insurance Specialists Inc. (843-757-6877, SC) to compare coverages and rates on your insurance needs.
A variety of products will appear in Buffalo under the Integrated Power Systems (574-825-9152, IN) banner. The company will showcase IPS fuses; inverters; Lifeline batteries; Hart Design plasma and LCD lifts; and See Level tank monitors.
ipd Co. Inc. (800-444-6486, OR) will set forth its own ipd sway bars, as well as Koni and Bilstein shocks. New ipd sway bar applications are available for the Workhorse W22 chassis, and a rear sway bar is now offered for the Freightliner XC chassis. Stop by the booth and ask about other sway bar applications.
Be fashionably attired and avoid the sun with a pocket hat, sunglasses, or a sun visor, all of which will be proffered by Island Star Basics/Pocket Hat (360-961-0281, OR).
Koni shock absorbers and steering dampers will be offered by ITT Koni (800-922-2616, KY). Koni shock absorbers improve handling while providing a smooth ride over rough roads. The company’s externally adjustable shocks allow RVers to tailor the ride to a specific comfort preference, or to compensate for increased load. Koni steering dampers help to control wheel shimmy without the need for large centering springs or expensive hydraulics. The result is a controlled ride, even in crosswinds or on crowned roads. Koni dampers damp out vibrations when the wheels are pointed straight, without hindrance while corning.
“Breathable” ground mats, awning sun shades, end shades, bags, tent stakes, and bungee cords will fill the display occupied by J&J SunShades (863-696-4066, FL).
At the J&L Enterprises (716-487-0296, NY) booth, you’ll find Microfiber products by EuroShine, vinyl window etchings, and EcoQuest air and water purifiers.
Look to J&W Wireless Communications (602-363-4287, AZ) for AT&T and Verizon cell phones, service, and accessories. J&W also will make available Wilson and Rangestar cell phone antennas, as well as the DirecTV, Pocketmail, and DirecPC services.
Stop by the JJ’s Gold & Gems (405-732-2533, OK) booth for a look at 14-karat gold jewelry and American Indian jewelry. Hand-decorated hats for ladies and straw hats for men will also be featured, including Tilley Endurable hats. In addition, JJ’s is the authorized dealer of logo jewelry for Monaco, Safari, Beaver, and Holiday Rambler.
Escape to your own paradise just off the Georgia coast by exploring Jekyll Island. Folks from the Jekyll Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (912-635-3021, GA) will be in Buffalo to provide information about this recreation spot.
Joey Bed Inc. (800-522-5639, OR) will roll out its line of cargo-rollout drawers, which create convenient, accessible storage in many types of vehicles, including motorhomes and bus conversions.
Inverters, chargers, convertors, transfer switches, meters, gauges, cables, surge protectors, and power management systems will create discussion in the booth occupied by Jolyn Enterprises (941-928-4573, FL).
The official supplier of FMCA coach and towed vehicle plates, chapter officer and national officer plates, mounting bracket kits, FMCA logo key return tags, and FMCA logo hitch receiver covers will be on hand in Buffalo. Pay a visit to Kiley Mold Company (513-875-3223, OH).
Visit King Controls (952-922-6889, MN) to learn about the features of the Trac-King in-motion satellite system, and the King Dome automatic satellite system.
Longtime fifth-wheel manufacturer King of the Road (402-363-7460, NE) is introducing the Genesis, its first type A motorhome, featuring a 400-horsepower Cummins diesel engine. The Genesis contains a number of amenities as standard equipment, including HWH automatic levelers, GPS navigation, Intellitec RV multiplex lighting, a Phillips plasma television, a Bose radio system, and much more. Don’t miss taking a look at this new motorhome while you’re in the outdoor display area.
KVH Industries Inc. (401-847-3327, RI) offers a variety of options for today’s technology-minded RVer. Company reps will be glad to explain the features of TracVision satellite television antenna systems, TracNet mobile high-speed Internet systems, and A5 satellite systems.
Kwik Link/DMC Company (805-473-2512, CA) will introduce its new “bulletproof” hose to FMCAers in Buffalo. Folks will also have the opportunity to scrutinize the Dust Cover, which was introduced in 2002, in addition to Kwik Link’s line of rigid quick-connect systems for RV water supplies.
Antique dealers from La Poma & La Poma (828-524-5114, NC) will gladly assist you as you peruse the array of antique jewelry items they’ll have on display. They’ll even help you identify a piece you already own, should you have questions. The company’s exhibit also will include Faberge-style eggs; seashells; and gourmet cookies.
Convention-goers will be charmed by a visit to Lady Jayne Ltd. (585-787-1850, NY), where they’ll have the opportunity to inspect myriad charm earrings and other jewelry.
Protect your motorhome’s steps, batteries, tow bar assemblies, and other accessories with Corrosion Block from Lear Chemical (905-564-0018, ON, Canada). The company also offers Corrosion Block Grease for high-pressure applications such as wheel bearings and CV joints.
Representatives from Liberty Coach Inc. (847-578-4600, IL) of North Chicago, Illinois, and Liberty Coach of Florida (800-554-9877, FL), of Stuart, will be extolling the features of the luxurious Liberty Prevost coach conversions they’ll have in Buffalo.
Semipermanent cosmetics will be showcased by Lip Ink (800-693-7468, AZ). Sun visors will round out the company’s display.
Have you considered Louisiana as a travel destination? The folks from Louisiana Travel Promotion (225-346-1857, LA) certainly hope so. They’ll be in Buffalo armed with an arsenal of tourism information, and, of course, will be happy to answer any questions you may have about visiting the Pelican State.
A bevy of items to beautify your motorhome will be offered by Luxury Yacht Products (215-369-1793, PA). These will include Lignapal prefinished wood veneers; custom-cut floor and wall medallions; Delgado Marble lightweight floor tiles; Gravity Glas artisan-quality sinks; Intarsia floor medallions, featuring water jet stone designs; and woven vinyl flooring. You’ll also want to inspect custom oil-painted murals, and examples of wine cellar rooms from Fine Wine Rack & Cellar Company.
Supplemental braking systems for towed vehicles, as well as breakaway systems, will be the featured performers at the M&G Car Braking Systems (903-675-1147, TX) display.
You can make any day “laundry day” (and you won’t need any quarters) with your own washer-dryer combo. Representatives from Majestic Appliances (800-678-8002, WA) will be in Buffalo to feature the Majestic washer-dryer. Be sure to check out the company’s new stackable separate washers and dryers also.
“The new definition of affordable luxury” will be showcased by Mandalay Coach (574-339-4539, IN). This division of Thor Industries recently debuted the Mandalay diesel pusher motorhome, which will be open for touring in Buffalo.
Elegant coach conversions from Marathon Coach Inc. (800-437-8295, FL) will beckon those in search of the ultimate in luxury.
Gel insoles and other foot comfort items will be set forth under the Mark Enterprises (239-304-0017, FL) banner. Reheatable body packs and hand warmers also will be offered for inspection.
It’s a sure bet that the line of diesel-powered generators manufactured by Martin Diesel Inc. (419-782-9911, OH) will generate many discussions in Buffalo.
Representatives of Martinsburg Auto & RV Expo (814-793-3444, PA) will be happy to show you through the Airstream motorhomes they’ll have on display.
Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhomes will be nesting in Buffalo thanks to Marty’s U.S. RV Inc. (508-823-7571, MA), a Berkley, Massachusetts, RV dealer.
Sales representatives will be on hand to proffer the Mary Moppins/RV 360 (936-254-4523, TX) product lines; featured items will include Mary Moppins squeegees, wash pads, and microfiber towels. Products from Dri Wash N Guard and Homemade Gourmet will be on hand also.
Mud flaps, sunscreens, and awning light hangers will be the useful products exhibited by McDoss Inc. (502-447-5860, KY).
Representatives of Media Camping Center (215-822-1345, PA) of Hatfield, Pennsylvania, will invite convention-goers to tour an impressive lineup of Fleetwood motorhomes.
You’ll have the opportunity to inspect Damon, Fleetwood, Thor, and Winnebago motorhomes in Buffalo courtesy of Meyers Campers (800-411-6660, NY), an RV dealer hailing from Caledonia, New York.
Tire talk will be the hot topic of conversation emanating from the Michelin North America (864-458-6721, SC) display. Learn more about Michelin’s lineup of RV tires from friendly company reps.
Over the years, the microwave oven has evolved from a luxury kitchen item into a necessity “” particularly so for RV travelers. Cooking expert Janet Sadlack of Microwave Connection (952-890-9066, MN) will be on hand to answer questions and offer tips about microwave cooking. She’ll also be exhibiting microwave cookware, recipes, and accessories.
RV body work is the specialty of Mike’s RV Collision Center (910-762-8963, NC). Company reps will be happy to fill you in on the specific services they provide.
Thanks to the many advances in satellite technology, RVers can enjoy life on the road so much more. To this end, Mobil Satellite Technologies (757-312-8300, VA) will display RV satellite systems from ASA/Datron, KVH, and MotoSat. Ask also about the DataStorm mobile Internet connection satellite system.
Plan to stay awhile in the Monaco Coach Corporation (800-634-0855, OR) encampment. This company will bring an impressive contingent of gasoline- and diesel-powered motorhomes from its Monaco, Executive, Holiday Rambler, Safari, and Beaver lines. At Monaco’s indoor exhibit booth, logo clothing and accessories will be available.
Coach conversions on MCI bus shells will be open for touring in the Motor Coach Industries (847-375-1421, IL) exhibit area.
MotorCoach Designs (800-804-1757, TX) invites you to “Enjoy the view . . . in complete privacy.” The company’s new GOLD Series sun screens for type A motorhomes are designed to stop the damage caused by ultraviolet rays. The fully adjustable screens feature the company’s patent-pending “No Sag” technology and EZ-N-Stall system.
Satellite systems that enable you to access the Internet and watch TV will be offered by MotoSat (801-972-8869, UT).
If a chink, crack, or other imperfection in your coach windshield is proving bothersome, let the windshield repair experts from Mr. Chips (760-343-1600, CA) come to the flat-floor floor plans, a 27-inch flat-screen TV, electric awnings, and more. The SeaBreeze LX, part of NRV’s gasoline coach lineup, is now offered on the Workhorse W22 chassis with bigger wheels and tires, more power, morerescue.
Don’t miss the Tropi-Cal, the newest diesel-powered motorhome from National RV (800-322-6007, CA). This value-packed coach features the Freightliner raised-rail chassis, full air brakes, a 330-horsepower Caterpillar engine, three slideouts, basement storage, insulated basement floor and bay doors, dual-pane windows, a 27-inch flat-screen TV, a 10-gallon water heater, and brand-new floor plans offering double and triple slideouts. In addition, the entry-level SeaBreeze is back, featuring a Ford chassis and a new 32-foot double-slide floor plan, among others. The Dolphin, the founding brand of National RV, is offered in a new 37-foot triple-slide model and a versatile 32-foot model. Built on the Workhorse W22 chassis, the Dolphin offers an attractive price and enhanced standard features you’ll want to see.
New Century Products (540-384-8038, VA) plans to feature EcoQuest air and water products; coolers; Techni-Ice products; Bailey Max; and Sango Coral Calcium.
EZE infrared saunas and Bamix blenders will vie for attention under the New Journey (812-236-4805, IN) banner.
Officials from NewCoast Financial Services (866-639-2627, FL) will be glad to address your financial services questions and concerns.
Newell Coach Corporation (918-542-3344, OK) remains on the cutting edge. Its luxury motorhomes now feature a ZF suspension and axle package that offers increased weight capacities on all three axles. In other news, Newell now offers factory-certified preowned luxury coaches. Learn more about these developments by visiting the company’s display.
The exciting lineup of motorhomes offered by Newmar Corporation (574-773-7791, IN) will include the diesel Essex; the Mountain Aire and Kountry Star, both gasoline and diesel models; the Dutch Star diesel pusher; and the Scottsdale gasoline-powered model.
Information about Niagara Lazy Lakes Camping Resort (716-433-8655, NY) will be disseminated by friendly company officials.
Representatives from North Trail RV Center (941-693-8200, FL), of Fort Myers, Florida, will roll out the red carpet for visitors who wish to see the newest Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhomes.
Trojan brand batteries will fill the display space of Northeast Battery Company (508-832-2700, MA).
Take your coach sanitation needs to the folks from Northeast Marine Sanitation (330-496-3211, OH). Their product lineup will include sanitation hoses, toilets, holding tanks, and various parts, as well as deodorants, tissue, and water filtering systems.
Triple the towel space in your motorhome’s bathroom by adding a Triple Towel rack. These handy racks will be available from Oletzke/Triple Towel Products (800-448-6935, TN). Don’t miss the new flip-down, out-of-the-way towel holder, which fits 18-inch towel bars, as well as the company’s complete line of RV towel holders.
Onan Corporation (800-888-6626, MN) designs gasoline, LP-gas, and diesel generators specifically for RV use. The company’s product line will be available for your inspection, along with Onan’s new Equinox inverter-chargers.
You’re invited to discover the appeal of Orange Lustre wood cleaner “” which includes a fresh, citrus scent “” by visiting the Orange Lustre/Geisdorf Enterprises (800-306-2515, MN) display.
Enhance your view of the world with a pair of binoculars or a range finder from Outdoor Optics (607-844-4959, NY). The company will feature the entire Bushnell optical line, which includes marine binoculars, which float and are waterproof; the Image View, a 10X binocular featuring a built-in 8X digital camera; and range finders for golf and hunting. Outdoor Optics also will exhibit Alpen binoculars and spotting scopes, which boast full-multicoated lenses and PXA phase coating for sharp, clear viewing.
Good times await you at Outdoor Resorts Of America (615-244-5237, TN) facilities. ORA offers RV resort sites in some of the United States’ most desirable locations “” including Florida, California, North Carolina, and Oregon. By presenting their membership card, FMCAers will receive a 15 percent discount on daily rental rates and a voucher for purchase of a deeded ORA-owned lot at select ORA locations.
Motorcycle lifts with electric winches; car dollies; motorcycle carriers; and tie-downs will be spotlighted by Overbilt Lifts (845-382-1369, NY).
Pacbrake’s direct-mount exhaust brakes and engine brakes make every peak and valley safer for you and for your motorhome. These brakes will be displayed by Pacbrake Company (800-663-0096, WA).
Galley chefs are invited to see a demonstration of Gastrolux titanium waterless, greaseless cookware conducted by representatives of Palm State Gourmet Inc. (800-223-4645, FL). Both the inside and the outside of the pans are coated with a patented titanium Nano Tech permanent nonstick surface. The cookware is safe to use with metal utensils, and burned-on foods wipe out with a paper towel. The cookware, lids, and handles are said to be oven-safe up to 500 degrees and are guaranteed not to peel, blister, or warp.
Learn about the benefits of “magnetotherapy” from Palmers Global Magnetic Therapy (401-397-1010, RI). Magnetic Therapy motorhome cushions, mattress pads, insoles, and wrist/arm/leg wraps will appear with headache and neck wraps, bracelets, necklaces, elbow and knee wraps and sleeves, back belts, back pads, and hip pads. High-powered neodymium magnets are used. Magnetotherapy has been credited with relieving lower back pain, knee pain, knee joint pain, aching feet, and also with healing burns, cuts, and infections.
Ray and Pat Smith of Paradise Island RV Resort (800-487-7395, FL) invite you to “Come for the sun and stay for the fun.” This Fort Lauderdale, Florida, resort offers myriad activities “” petanque, shuffleboard, horseshoes, a heated swimming pool, billiards, cards, bingo “” along with weekly dances and other planned seasonal events. The facility is located within minutes of golf courses, ocean beaches, restaurants, shopping, and other features. Visit Ray and Pat to learn more.
Promotional items to remind you of Paragon Casino Resort (800-946-1946, LA) will attract FMCAers to the company’s booth. “Cut” playing cards, wipes, matches, and pens will be given away, as will vouchers for a free one-night’s stay at the RV park. Paragon is located in Marksville, Louisiana, and also boasts restaurants and a golf course.
Luxurious coach conversions built on two different Prevost shells “” the H3-45 and the XLII, both with one slideout “” will be attracting admirers in the Parliament Coach Corporation (888-571-5755, FL) display.
Passport America (800-681-6810, MS) is your way “in” to getting a discount at campgrounds located throughout the United States. Ask representatives of this camping club about the special membership offer for FMCA members.
Peninsula Glass Co. (360-892-2029, WA) has been making windows and window components for motorhomes since 1970. The company promises high-quality dual- and single-pane windows, built for almost every model.
Looking for just the right destination for your next motorhome trip? Discount travel information will be disseminated by representatives of Perfect Places (416-657-2732, ON, Canada).
Air filters bearing the K&N and AFE brand names will be showcased by Performance Sales (863-688-7437, FL).
Phase Four Industries (831-636-9775, CA) will offer Drain Master electric waste valves, Sewer Master polypropylene hoses, and Waste Master drain systems.
The features of the Pioneer navigation system will be described by representatives of Pioneer Electronics (310-952-2857, CA).
If you’re looking for an easy way to zip around the campground, you’ll want to take a gander at the scooters exhibited by PJ Scooters LLC (941-497-7675, FL).
Do you enjoy boating, but not the hassle of toting along a cumbersome watercraft? Porta Bote International (650-961-5334, CA) has the answer: the folding Porta Bote, which will be on display in Buffalo.
Rev up your motorhome’s appliances with the help of a diesel generator from Power Technology Southeast (352-365-2777, FL).
Precise Satellite (352-726-8471, FL) will showcase MotoSat and TracStar satellites, along with TDI motorized reels.
Prevost Car Inc. (418-883-3391, PQ, Canada) invites convention-goers to inspect its coach conversion shells and a variety of completed conversions in the outdoor exhibit area. Indoors, boutique items with the Prevost logo will be available.
Polishes from Protect All Inc. (714-635-4491, CA) are designed to keep your motorhome looking great, and will be available for inspection in Buffalo.
Don’t miss the “RV products marketplace” set forth by PRVVC Market (919-349-5040, NC).
Big Foot levelers will be the featured products in the Quadra Mfg. Inc. (800-752-9815, MI) display.
Quality Plastics Custom Molding Inc. (828-652-1190, NC) will spotlight the Cable Caddy, which facilitates a fast and easy satellite or cable connection; the Phone Caddy, which comes with a 7-foot connector in 25- and 50-foot lengths; and sewer line weights, designed to hold the line in place every time. Look, too, for parking card/document displays, said to be easy to attach and remove, meaning an end to sticky tape residue left on windshields and other coach windows.
When the telltale sound of a cell phone fills the air, and it’s yours, you’ll want to get the call as quickly as possible. A cellular phone holder from Quick Draw Cell Holsters (800-693-7468, AZ) will enable you to say, “Howdy, pardner,” with no delay.
Don’t let a little shower spoil your parade. Frogg Toggs rain gear will be available for perusal in the Rain Or Shine/Frogg Toggs (303-522-1140, CO) display. Ortho seats will be featured also.
The assortment of products that Ranger Design (763-633-2299, MN) will bring to Buffalo will include “landing strips,” the Cheeper creeper, Oil Change Wonder, and an oil change diesel caddy.
Visit Reality Health Research (928-767-4365, AZ) to learn the benefits of the water-soluble minerals and glucosamine HGH that company reps will offer.
Representatives from Recreational Adventures Co./Newburgh KOA (605-666-4476, SD) will be distributing information about the Newburgh KOA, located north of New York City.
Wander over to Redstreet Enterprises (727-467-9193, FL), where a diverse array of products will await you. You’ll have the opportunity to inspect outdoor RV mats, “Museum Gel,” RV cookbooks and aprons, and lighted jewelry that flashes in different colors.
Visit the folks from Remco Mfg. (402-339-3398, NE) to learn how the company’s Lube Pump, Axle-Lock, or Driveshaft Coupling can fit into your towing plans. Tow bars and the Remco Braking System will be featured as well.
Rexhall Industries Inc. (661-726-0565, CA) plans to bring a contingent of new motorhomes to the “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” convention. Look for the Aerbus (featured on the June 2003 cover of FMC), American Clipper, RexAir, RoseAir, and Vision.
Surge guard and satellite-related items will be set forth by Risco Inc. (732-872-7722, NJ).
The Howard Power Center Steering System, designed to make your motorhome easier to handle, will be offered by River City Products Inc. (210-377-0853, TX). The system is said to reduce driver fatigue, help the driver control the vehicle in the event of a tire blowout, and assist in controlling road wander.
Learn about the amenities offered at Riverbend Motorcoach Resort (863-674-9046, FL), located in southern Florida. The facility boasts a natural setting near the Calloosahatchee River, and water activities galore.
Rixen’s Enterprises Inc. (503-286-8478, OR) will showcase the line of Quantum diesel-electric hydronic heating systems and accessories.
Because towing is such a hot topic among motorhomers, the discussion is sure to be lively in the RoadMaster Inc. (800-669-9690, OR) display. RoadMaster offers a wide array of towing-related items: tow bars, tow dollies, safety cables, wiring harnesses, brackets, locks, supplemental braking systems, and accessories.
RV Alliance America (800-521-2942, WA) has been insuring FMCA members since 1966. Insurance specialists from the company will be on hand to provide consultations, with instant coverage available on-site. See how you can save money with a variety of discounts, including one for being a member of FMCA. RVAA will sponsor the convention’s ice cream social; cosponsor the RV Safe Driving Course; and cosponsor the Fire & Life Safety seminars in Buffalo.
The RV WaterAid, an affordable filtered water delivery system, will be the convention specialty of RV Concepts (407-463-9034, FL). This device, which has a lifetime guarantee, is designed to help RVers get the most out of their filters.
The RV Safety Education Foundation (321-453-7673, FL) “” formerly A’Weigh We Go “” will disseminate RV weight and tire safety information and offer a motorhome weighing service, helping FMCA members to ensure that their coaches are within weight specifications. The foundation has produced a new videotaped instruction guide and nine-booklet set collectively titled the RV Safety Education Package, which will be available at a special FMCA price. This package is designed to enhance RV travel safety by covering the topics of propane, weight, tires, towing, electrical, driving, fire, motor fuels, and personal safety. To further enhance the subject of RV safety, the RVSEF will again present its popular “RV Weight & Tire Safety” seminar in Buffalo.
Friendly folks from RV Satellite Sales & Service (321-431-2276, MO) will answer your questions about RV satellite systems such as those made by Winegard, King Dome, and MotoSat, as well as related TV antenna products.
RV Sani-Con and Flojet products will be offered for inspection courtesy of RV Special Things (480-220-3688, AZ).
If you’re seeking ways to enjoy safe, fresh-tasting water on the road, you’ll want to scrutinize the water filters and purifiers exhibited by The RV Water Filter Store (602-625-1875, OR).
RVA jacks will be the featured performers in the RVA Company (760-746-5732, CA) display.
Two creature comforts aboard the motorhome “” cooling and heating “” are addressed by RVP/Suburban Mfg. Co. (423-775-2131, TN). Coleman Mach air-conditioning units and Suburban furnaces will be available for inspection. RV water heaters and cooking appliances will be featured also.
Enter a jungle occupied by Cheetahs and Panthers, where Treks, Saharas, and Zanzibars also add to the ambience. These diesel-powered motorhomes make up the lineup produced by Safari Motor Coaches Inc. (541-686-8011, OR). They’ll be joined in Buffalo by the gasoline-powered Trek, which appeared on the May 2003 cover of FMC magazine.
With the convenience afforded by an inflatable boat from Seaeagle Boats (631-689-3123, NY), you could add another dimension to your motorhome travels. Company reps will be happy to show you how.
Shining Time Express II Inc. (585-547-2228, NY), an RV dealer from Darien Center, New York, welcomes you to tour its lineup of Fleetwood motorhomes.
Representatives of Shorewood RV Center (800-784-2505, MN), of Anoka Minnesota, will be happy to show you through the newest Blue Bird Wanderlodge motorhomes.
Delicious “” and convenient “” dinners can be yours in the coach galley with a set of nesting cookware, which takes up less space than conventional cookware, and a pressure cooker-fryer, which does double duty. Show-Me Products (409-948-4457, TX) will proffer these items.
Personalized name badges, ID signs, decals, and letters will be available from The Sign Man (800-400-5959, FL).
Visit Signs N Stuff (702-523-3689, FL) for your engraved signs and badges, as well as buttons and lapel pins “” perfect for your next chapter rally or event. You’ll also want to look over the company’s new line of sterling silver jewelry and peruse the collection of wind spirals that will be available.
SilverLeaf Electronics (541-967-8111, OR) invites convention-goers to inspect the company’s array of monitors and accessories.
With a First Alert emergency alert radio/weather station aboard your motorhome, you’ll have help keeping a watch for foul weather. Sima Products Corporation (800-345-7462, PA) will provide these products for inspection, along with Sima Power inverters and related accessories.
It’s a sticky subject, but one that the folks from Sinbad Glue (941-721-4785, FL) enjoy talking about. Check out the RV glue and fabric glue they’ll be offering. Gloves and picks will be available also.
Enjoy your favorite music or talk radio shows wherever you travel with a Sirius Satellite Radio (212-584-5285, NY) installed in your vehicle. Company reps will be glad to explain the benefits of the Sirius satellite radio system and also will be offering radios and tuners from Kenwood, Audiovox, Clarion, and Panasonic, plus Terk antennas.
You’re invited to learn about the emergency medical air transportation program that’s offered by Sky Med International (352-212-4995, FL).
If you’re tired of having to practically climb into your coach storage bays to retrieve items, you’ll want to check out the cargo slides offered by Slide Master (715-627-4467, WI).
Visit Slim Slider RV Products (208-476-9992, ID) for a look at the company’s Slim Slider aluminum storage trays.
If you’re looking for a more restful sleep in the motorhome, investigate the Comfortaire mattresses and pillows that will be displayed by Southern Belle Mattress Sales (800-554-5963, FL). Royal Aire by Comfortaire is offered with a visco foam upgrade. Sleep on air! See Southern belle Eloise for a demonstration and details.
Spartan Motors Inc. (517-543-6400, MI) will display its new Me2 mid-engine motorhome chassis, which increases living and storage space, and allows room for a rear “garage.” The company’s Mountain Master chassis also will be on display. Look, too, for chassis maintenance parts, including those related to Cummins and Caterpillar engines and Allison transmissions, as well as Fleetguard filters. In addition, service technicians will be available in Buffalo to perform minor warranty repairs.
If’ you’re tired of saving change and making trips to coin-operated laundries, visit the Splendide Laundry Center (503-655-2563, OR). Splendide’s newest vented washer-dryer models boast a fresh, new look. Both ergonomic and elegant, their sleek appearance is said to complement even the most luxurious of interiors. Other features include increased performance, capacity, and reliability, as well as Energy Star approval for efficiency and the latest proven technological advances in clothes washing.
Cling-on decals, decals with vinyl etchings, and screen magnets will fill the Stanley Enterprises (727-849-5330, FL) display.
Steer Safe stabilizers will be exhibited under the Steer Safe Inc. (505-546-8894, NM) banner.
The state of New York has so much to offer travelers, including the area around Corning. Representatives from the Steuben County Convention and Visitors Bureau (607-936-6544, NY) will be happy to provide you with tourism information.
Summit Products (515-252-0435, IA) will offer protection for your motorhome’s exterior: hinged Body Block armor. Look, too, for products bearing the names of Ultimate Armor and Premier Armour, as well as stainless-steel upgrades.
Cell phone holsters and craft paintbrushes will share the exhibit space occupied by T.H.C. Import Group Inc. (727-945-9469, FL).
10 Spools Embroidery (888-255-3243, WV) will offer denim clothing featuring machine-embroidered designs. Look for ladies’ jumpers, blazers and shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, vests, cardigans, sweatshirt jackets, visors, pants and tops, capri pants, and overalls. “License plate” purses and decorative belts also will be available.
RV toilets and related products, as well as refrigerator-freezers, are the specialties of Thetford/Norcold Corporation (734-769-6000, MI).
Motorhomes bearing the names Allegro, Allegro Bay, and Allegro Bus, not to mention Phaeton and Zephyr, will be parked for touring in Buffalo courtesy of Tiffin Motor Homes Inc. (256-356-9742, AL).
Beautiful Colorado mountain scenes await you when you stay at Tiger Run Resort (970-453-9690, CO) in Breckenridge, Colorado. Company representatives will be at the convention to offer photos and provide information about this RV resort.
Associates from Tom Johnson Camping Center (704-455-1440, NC), of Concord, North Carolina, will provide information about and tours of Fleetwood motorhomes.
Give your feet a little tender loving care with the help of Total Balance Orthotics Inc. (417-335-8979, MO). Alznner orthotics and Barefoot Arch supports, which the company will display, are designed to provide welcome relief.
If you’re considering exploring Canada after the “Shuffle Off To Buffalo” convention, don’t forget about the untamed beauty of the Northwest Territories. Officials from Tourism Northwest Territories (867-777-7237, NT, Canada) will be on hand to disseminate information about this intriguing part of the country.
The Canadian province of Prince Edward Island beckons with its beauty and numerous attractions. Visit the folks from Tourism Prince Edward Island (902-368-6737, PE, Canada) for travel information.
While you’re making plans to explore the United States’ friendly neighbor to the north, don’t forget about Saskatchewan. Tourism Saskatchewan (306-787-2219, SK, Canada) officials will be glad to acquaint you with this province.
Toyo motorhome tires will take center stage under the Toyo Tire U.S.A. (425-820-7131 WA) banner.
TracStar satellite systems will be available from TracStar Systems Inc. (407-650-9054, FL).
Products from Tracy Leigh Enterprises (877-570-6962, PA) will include the Breeze scooter, adapted from the automotive and motorcycle industries; the Superlight, said to be the “most transportable” electric scooter; electric 21-speed mountain bikes; and attractively priced Currie scooters. Manufacturers representatives will be at the convention to answer questions.
Motorhomers can appreciate the convenience offered by the Travel Centers of America (440-808-3049, OH) chain of fuel stops. Learn their locations and the amenities they offer by speaking with friendly company officials in Buffalo.
Travel Supreme and Travel Supreme Select motorhomes will grace the Travel Supreme Inc. (574-862-4484, IN) exhibit. Four-slideout floor plans will be available in the 2004 models.
The Skymate satellite communicator will be showcased by Travel Tech (772-220-0794, FL).
Travelin’ Sales (919-349-5040, NC) will bring a bevy of RV-related products you won’t want to miss, including RV mats, surge protectors, and Porta-Pak holding tank deodorizer and portion control systems. Custom-made water hoses also will be available.
“Jaws” adjustable ladders, telescoping flagpoles, and flags will fill the booth occupied by Uncommon U.S.A. Inc. (630-268-9672, IL).
Products from Universal Boot Inc. (514-631-5005, PQ, Canada) can add a measure of safety to your motorhome and towed vehicle combination. Convention-goers will be able to take a look at the Universal Boot-1 wheel immobilizer, and at Universal Boot trailer immobilizers.
Ladies’ designer and embellished shirts and accessories will be brought to the convention by Universal Fashion Accessories (352-895-9446, FL).
Braking equipment from U.S. Gear Corporation (773-375-4900, IL) will be available for perusal.
Leveling and coach slide systems will be exhibited by Valid Manufacturing Ltd. (250-832-6477, BC, Canada).
You’ll have the opportunity to scrutinize Sharp LCD televisions, universal remote controls, and Advanced air systems, all proffered by Vector Security/Erie (814-898-1239, PA). In addition, learn how coast-to-coast radio is possible with an XM Satellite Radio system installed aboard your vehicle.
FMCA members who are familiar with the Aqua-Hot heating system know of its ability to provide continuous domestic hot water and interior heat at the same time. Vehicle Systems Inc. (303-659-8221, CO), manufacturer of the Aqua-Hot, also offers a compact hydronic (hot water) heating system called Hydro-Hot, which is designed for mid-level type A diesel motorhomes. Both the Aqua-Hot and the Hydro-Hot are available as original equipment, or can be retrofitted. Webasto heating accessories will round out the company’s display.
Reflect on the exterior rearview mirrors and accessories that will be exhibited by Velvac Inc. (262-786-0700, WI).
If you love your motorhome but feel it’s time for a change, consider updating its interior with new Villa furniture and/or an Ekorness recliner, which will be showcased by Villa International (714-535-7272. CA).
Information about The Vineyards (760-288-4312, CA), a California motor coach resort, will be available in Buffalo.
Financial services experts will be manning the Voyager RV Credit (877-222-0301, MD) display, ready to discuss your RV financing needs.
Western Horizon Resorts (970-642-4561, CO) wants to be “your passport to RV adventure.” This company owns and operates a group of private membership RV resorts and RV-related services. From a single RV resort established in Colorado in 1984, the company has grown to include 24 locations in nine U.S. states and Mexico. Learn more by visiting the company’s booth.
Allot plenty of time for a visit to the Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc. (607-324-1313, NY) display, for you’ll be greeted by a plethora of motorhomes to tour. These will include models by Georgie Boy, Forest River, Fleetwood, Newmar, and Gulf Stream.
Step on over to Wing Enterprises Inc. (801-489-3684, UT) for a look at the company’s Little Giant Ladder system and accessories, and the Little Jumbo Step Ladder.
Winnebago Industries Inc. (641-585-3535, IA) will offer FMCA members the opportunity to tour myriad 2004 motorhome models, including the brand-new Itasca Meridian and the 2004 Winnebago Journey, both entry-level diesel pushers offered in 34-, 36-, and 38-foot floor plans. The user-friendly 2004 Winnebago Adventurer and Itasca Suncruiser also will be displayed in many popular floor plans. The Winnebago Sightseer and Itasca Sunova will debut a new floor plan, the 35N, which features a couch-dinette slideout and a rear bed-wardrobe slideout. In addition, 2004 type C models will include the Rialta, Winnebago Vista, and Itasca Sunstar, all built on the Volkswagen chassis; the Winnebago Minnie and Itasca Spirit, including the new 32G floor plan; and the Winnebago Minnie Winnie and Sundancer. Last, but not least, the top-of-the-line Ultimate series will boast three triple-slideout floor plans: the Ultimate Advantage 40K and Ultimate Freedom 40KD feature two front slideouts and one in the rear bedroom, and the Ultimate Freedom 40ED offers two rear slideouts and one in the front. Key features in the company’s product lines include the new QuickPort Service Connection Hatch, which provides slots for power cords and hoses; BenchMark, a full-comfort dinette that features abundant storage and converts into a bed; and the Select Number Bed by Select Comfort. Certain motorhomes now feature the DuPont Imron Flexshield base coat/clear coat finish, and full body paint is offered as well.
You’ll have more fun with your morning coffee, tea, or hot cocoa when you drink it from a Wondermugs “” L&W Rice (717-816-1041, PA) cup. Scenes and colors change on these mugs as hot liquid is added. Tank Buddy products will also be displayed in this company’s booth.
Convention-goers can take demonstration drives of the new R Series diesel-powered chassis from Workhorse Custom Chassis (877-294-6773, IL) by signing up at the company’s booth. Chassis in this series feature an innovative rear suspension system and come with a host of choices, including a 400-horsepower Cummins ISL engine; I-beam or independent front suspension; and the Coach Command system, which consolidates the monitoring and control of motorhome functions into a single touch screen. On the gasoline side, Workhorse’s W Series and P Series chassis also will be featured. These chassis boast GM’s powerful Vortec 8100 gasoline engine. The 22,000-pound-GVWR W22 chassis also has diesel-like 22.5-inch wheels and an Allison 1000 Series transmission.
Visit Xantrex Technology Inc. (604-422-2786, BC, Canada) for an up-close inspection of Xantrex, Heart, Trace, Prosine, Freedom, and Prowatt products.
Enhance your enjoyment of the outdoors with the help of an awning and some folding chairs to match from Zip Dee Inc. (800-338-2378, IL).