Alfa Leisure Rolls Out New See Ya Gold Model
Alfa Leisure Inc., C8898, of Ontario, California, which began building the See Ya motorhome three years ago, is now offering the See Ya Gold, an enhanced model offered in the same 40-foot long, dual-slideout floor plans that are available in the Alfa See Ya. The See Ya Gold incorporates many additional luxury items as standard equipment.
The See Ya Gold is powered by an 8.9-liter Cummins turbodiesel engine that develops 1,200 pound-feet of torque and yields 400 horsepower. The motorhome is built on a Freightliner raised-rail chassis with independent front suspension and has a 33,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR). It is rated to tow 10,000 pounds.
Technological conveniences include a Compaq Pentium 4 personal computer and an assortment of software, including an instant trip planner. The coach also is outfitted with four televisions, an in-motion satellite system, two personal video recorder (PVR) receivers, a GPS navigation system featuring both video and audio prompts, and a hands-free cell phone.
The galley is appointed with a stainless-steel sink, the General Electric Advantium oven, and a garbage disposal. A faux granite solid-surface material is used throughout the motorhome, and cabinetry and woodwork are fashioned from light oak.
The See Ya Gold has a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $250,000. For more information, contact the company at (909) 628-5574; e-mail email@example.com; or visit www.alfaleisure.com.
Exercise Guide Geared Toward Those Over Fifty
Fitness Over Fifty ($15.95, Hatherleigh Press) is a guide to exercise for men and women over age 50 from the National Institute on Aging. The 136-page book is full of practical, illustrated exercises, as well as nutrition tips and advice for mature adults who want to stay fit.
This guide was compiled by assembling the United States’ top experts on exercise for older adults. The NIA team discovered that for the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it is not due strictly to their age; more likely, it is because they have become inactive. The experts identified four areas that are important for staying healthy and independent: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.
The book includes a number of sample exercises for better health. Nutrition is also discussed, and a chart in the back of the book helps readers to record their progress in endurance, strength, and flexibility.
The NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health and conducts research aimed at improving the health of older people.
Fitness Over Fifty is available in bookstores and from online booksellers.
KOA Adds Wireless Internet At Some Campgrounds
RVers staying at some Kampgrounds of America, C456, locations soon will be able to surf the Internet wirelessly from their campsites.
KOA has partnered with HOTSPOTZZ, a national wireless Internet provider, to offer high-speed wireless access at KOA campgrounds. KOA expects to have nearly 100 of its 500 locations on the HOTSPOTZZ network by the end of 2003.
HOTSPOTZZ reportedly enables those who have computers with 802.11b hardware (better known as “Wi-Fi,” for wireless fidelity) to reach the Internet at 11 megabits per second, many times faster than a traditional dial-up connection. Customers of KOA Konnect, KOA’s new high-speed dial-up Internet service provider, will have free access to the HOTSPOTZZ network not only from HOTSPOTZZ campground locations but all HOTSPOTZZ access points nationwide.
Jim Rogers, president and CEO of KOA, said that KOA research has shown that more than one-fourth of KOA campers travel with their computers, and many more than that want e-mail access while on the road. “The partnership of Kampgrounds of America and HOTSPOTZZ is a perfect solution for campers who want to stay connected,” he added.
HOTSPOTZZ currently has more than 100 wireless-enabled locations, mostly in hotels, business centers, cafes, and restaurants, with plans for rapid expansion in the next several years.
For more information, visit www.koa.com or www.hotspotzz.com.
Outdoor Resorts President Steps Down
R.A. Schoellhorn, chairman and chief executive officer of Outdoor Resorts of America, C402, announced the resignation of president and chief operating officer Randall Henderson, effective June 27, 2003.
Mr. Henderson was one of the founders of Outdoor Resorts of America and spent more than 34 years helping to develop and manage the company. He has served on FMCA’s Commercial Council for many years and is well-known in the RV industry.
Mr. Henderson remains an owner of Outdoor Resorts of America and has indicated that he intends to stay active in the RV industry. He is succeeded by Ron Petty, who has worked for Outdoor Resorts for more than 32 years.