FMCA’s convention in St. Paul, Minnesota, this month will offer a vast array of motorhomes and RV products.
By Robbin Gould & Peggy Jordan, FMC Staff
Seeing the exhibits at an FMCA international convention is just as much fun as attending seminars, watching the entertainment, and socializing with friends. Shopping is a favorite pastime, and what better place to do so than at a gathering where the products are focused on motorhomers?
Potential coach buyers are wooed by manufacturers and dealers who set up their best type A, B, and C models. Custom bus conversions are lined up for inspection, full of impressive gadgets and loaded with opulence. And that’s just a sampling of what you can see outside. Indoors, exhibitors set out RV components and accessories, maintenance products, personal items for travelers, and much more.
FMCA’s “Navigate To The North Star State” convention takes place July 14, 15, 16, and 17 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. At press time more than 300 companies planned to exhibit their wares in a number of indoor and outdoor exhibit spaces.
Exhibit hours. The motorhome (outdoor) display area will be open for a special preview on Monday, July 14, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Starting on this day, a specially designated “Type B/C Area” will contain displays specifically for these compact motorhomes. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, July 15, 16, and 17, all indoor and outdoor displays will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
As is our tradition, we’ve compiled the following list of St. Paul exhibitors and the products they plan to feature. Please note that this list was current at press time, and subsequent changes may alter it.
With nonstick cookware from A&B Products (772-460-0105, FL), you’ll be set for dinner. While you’re at the booth, stop to admire 14-karat Euro lab-created jewelry, too.
A Clean Dump RV sanitation system from Actech Manufacturing Inc. (360-571-9302, WA) can help take the hassle out of emptying the tanks.
Legal services will be available from Action Services LLC (406-542-3518, MT).
While you’re in the Holiday Rambler motorhomes display, folks from Active RV (310-221-8300, CA) will be available to explain their features.
Telescopic handles on brushes from Adjust-a-Brush (800-742-7874, FL) make cleanups easier. Also available are non-telescopic flow-through handles, which can help save time and energy.
Put more fun in travel and make new friends by joining a caravan. Adventure Caravans Inc. (800-872-7897, TX) representatives will be in St. Paul to help you select your next RV excursion from among the company’s exciting lineup of RV tours.
Airxcel, RVP/Suburban Mfg. Co. (423-775-7004, TN) will bring Suburban furnaces, water heaters, cooking appliances, and Mach air-conditioning units to the convention.
You’ll be able to discuss financial services and motorhome financing with Alliant Credit Union (650-295-3865, CA).
Keep that motorhome clean with microfiber cleaning cloths, RV locking mops, floor mops, squeegees, tile pads, and hardwood pads from Almost Heaven Microfiber (800-693-7468, AZ). Leather cleaner and conditioner will be available as well. For RVers themselves, bath towels, hand towels, washcloths, and hair turbans will be offered.
Earlier this year American Coach (951-351-5300, CA) rolled out its first new brand in 10 years, the 2009 American Allegiance. With two innovative floor plans “” the 42G, a triple-slideout that includes a full-wall slideout, and the 40X, a triple-slideout with a mid-ship TV “” the American Allegiance features opposing 30-inch-deep slideouts, which create an open living space. Full-wall slideouts have been added to the American Heritage lineup, too, and new floor plans are available on the American Eagle and Tradition (42C).
Check out an opportunity to work for a short period of time in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota this fall. Pay is said to be good working at sugar beet receiving stations (you do not have to work in the fields) during the harvest, from September 25 through mid-October. The American Crystal Sugar Company and Express Employment Professionals (888-791-6738, ND) will be in St. Paul with more information.
Look to Aon Recreation Insurance (800-521-2942, CA) and the services this company provides when you’re assessing your insurance needs, whether it’s for your motorhome or your car, home, ATV, boat, or motorcycle.
Motorhomers who are familiar with the products from Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Inc. (303-659-8221, CO) know of the Aqua-Hot system’s ability to provide continuous domestic hot water and interior heat at the same time. The Aqua-Hot will be accompanied by Cozy Heat Exchangers and HVAC accessories in the company’s display.
You’ll be able to assess the features of Gold Heat radiant heat by paying a visit to the Aries Engineering Inc. (503-848-6190, OR) booth during your exhibit touring.
Arizona RV (928-782-2989, AZ) representatives will be happy to tell you about ways to protect your investment from the sun. They’ll have SunPro windshield covers, awnings, drapes, end panels, and tire covers.
Atwood Mobile Products (574-266-4713, IN) will proffer an array of motorhome appliances and accessories, including furnaces and water heaters.
Flo Pur water filters and other replacement filters and portable water purifiers will be on hand at the Austin Frentz Enterprises (928-341-9015, AZ) booth.
Stylish, functional awnings and matching accessories will be offered for inspection at the Awnings By Zip Dee Inc. (847-437-0980, IL) display.
Computer-engraved name badges, signs, license plate pouches, and custom maps will number among the items presented by Badges “R” Us (760-212-0682, SD).
RV financing services will be offered by Bank Of The West (925-280-7965, CA).
Motorhomes and financing for them will be available from Beaudry Motor Home Center (800-284-4878, AZ) of Tucson.
The Beaver Coach Sales of Oregon (541-322-2184, OR) encampment will feature fine-looking Beaver motorhomes.
Beaver/Monaco Coach Corporation (800-634-0855, OR) will set forth an assemblage of beautiful homes on wheels in St. Paul. Take a tour through one, and you may be ready for a test drive.
The Bella Terra RV Resort (850-878-5531, FL) for motorhome owners will be represented in St. Paul.
Premium microfiber cloths, dusters, mops, towels, Big Rig wash brushes, squeegees, and wheel brushes will get your coach sparkling inside and out. View them at the Big Rig RV Accessories (301-346-6545, TX) booth.
Forget about the bumps in the road with the help of Bilstein Shock Absorbers (858-386-5900, CA). Bilstein shocks are specifically designed for motorhome applications, increasing driving safety and comfort.
Blue Bird Coachworks (478-825-0330, GA) will be displaying the new Blue Bird Wanderlodge 450 LXi and the 2009 Blue Bird Wanderlodge Premier XL motorhomes in St. Paul.
Towing, braking, and steering products are the specialty of Blue Ox (402-385-3051, NE), which will highlight an array of these items in St. Paul, plus carriers and accessories.
PressurePro tire pressure monitoring systems are designed to keep you and your towed vehicle safe as you travel. Wireless sensors screw into the valve stem, replacing the dust cap. They constantly read the tire pressure and alert drivers to low pressures as they occur. Learn more at the convention from Bob Ingalls Pressure Pro (704-904-2869, OH).
Designer purses, jewelry, and fashion watches will be in view inside the exhibit center, brought by Boline Enterprises (480-282-1797, AZ).
Since 1969 Born Free Motorcoach Inc. (800-247-1835, IA) has been manufacturing type C motorhomes with safety, comfort, and space utilization in mind. The 2008 Born Free models range from the 22-foot Built For Two to the 32-foot President, and now even include the Guardian Toy Hauler.
Refresh the inside of your motorhome with new furniture from Bradd and Hall Inc. (574-522-7435, IN). Seating made by Flexsteel, Villa International, Lafer, Palliser, and Lampbright will be available, as will wood tables.
Kingsley coaches, with diesel over-the-road truck chassis, will be featured by Brake Alert Inc. (612-309-2362, MN) of Ramsey, Minnesota.
Branson Bedding (636-528-6796, MO) will offer its Thermoshield mattress pad at the St. Paul conclave.
Representatives from Buddy Gregg Motor Homes Inc. (800-858-7139, TX; 865-675-1986, TN) will warmly welcome you to the Beaver motorhome display area.
With the collision repair services of Budget Truck and Auto (608-756-0861, WI), you can get complete repairs. Ask, too, about paint services, interior remodels, and coach conversion services.
Tired of wrangling those tangled cords around the motorhome? If so, you’ll want to check out the Cordpro cord organizers offered by Burktek Inc. (816-734-0340, MO).
Cleaners, polishes, and buffing supplies will be set forth by Busch Enterprises (704-878-2067, NC).
Officials from C&C Marketing & Insurance (936-425-5041, TX) will be on hand to explain the features of Good Sam’s VIP (GMAC) insurance, Emergency Road Service plan, and Continued Service Plan.
Cal-Am Properties Inc. (480-854-1778, AZ) invites RVers to enjoy a stay at one of its seven luxury RV resorts in central Arizona “” encompassing more than 8,000 sites and offering pull-through capability, full hookups, recreation and fitness facilities, computer centers, classes, social events, and more.
Cam-Plex Multi-Event Facilities (307-682-0552, WY), in Gillette, Wyoming, might be the perfect location for a future chapter rally. Visit the company’s booth to find out about the amenities available at this site.
RV offerings from Camco Manufacturing Inc. (800-334-2004, NC) will include products for sanitation, cleaning, and winterizing; hardware; Genturi generator exhaust systems; Full Timer’s Choice cleaners; and more.
Have your questions about campground memberships and resales in various chains answered by representatives of Campground Membership Resales/Monaghan Enterprises (352-242-4461, FL).
Countless products to enhance the motorhome lifestyle will be showcased in the Camping World Inc. (800-626-6189, KY) display, a supermarket-sized space in the indoor exhibit area.
Holiday Rambler motorhomes will be highlighted by Canyon RV Center (909-514-0383, CA).
RV life truly can be carefree when your coach is outfitted with awnings from Carefree Of Colorado (303-475-5874, CO). Chat with company representatives about the many types of awnings and related accessories that can add coolness to your coach.
Check out the latest styles in Cottonseed-brand clothing and accessories from Casual Cottons (570-971-7990, PA).
Convention-goers will have an opportunity to inspect the newest enhancements to diesel engines at the Caterpillar Inc. (309-675-5260, IL) display.
The Class 8 chassis is built for long-haul trucking, with over-the-road strength. Chariot RV (574-264-7577, IN) uses Freightliner Columbia and Coronado chassis, as well as Volvo chassis, to build Chariot motorhomes. The company adds its own truss system to help balance the weight of the coach. Chariots have tandem axles and are built in 40-foot and 45-foot lengths with custom interiors.
Learn about the financial services available from Citizens Recreation Finance (800-610-7300, RI).
You can clamp almost anything using a Clamptite. It tightens wires wrapped around an object and locks them in place. Clamptite can be used with a variety of wire sizes, eliminating the space and strength issues often associated with screw-operated worm-gear-type clamps. Learn more from the folks of Clamptite (989-274-1514, SD).
RV products from Class “A” Concepts (734-834-0848, MI) will include Tire-Safeguard tire pressure monitors; Innovative and Bargman LED lights; Velvac mirrors; Alcoa wheel products; and more.
Classic Coach Works (865-510-0017, FL) will be selling MCD shades; furniture; flooring; LCD TVs; and other electronics. The company can renovate your motorhome, too.
Bedding and sheets will be displayed by Clean Air Works (651-771-7889, MN) of Maplewood, Minnesota.
Never drop your cell phone again with the help of Clip Hangers (800-693-7468, AZ). Just attach a flexible Clip Hanger to a cell phone, a PDA, a walkie-talkie, a camera, or an iPod, then secure it to a belt loop, purse strap, dashboard, etc. Your device of choice will be accessible when you’re ready for it.
Learn more about FMCA’s Emergency Roadside Assistance and Technical Referral Program from representatives of Coach-Net (800-863-6740, 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.
Coastal Reflections (956-425-7858, TX) will set forth a fine array of jewelry for the ladies. Earring charms, earrings, watches, bracelets, pins, and chains will be vying for attention.
RV accessories are the specialty of Coffelt & Co./Performance Products (503-939-6575, TX). Stop by and have a look-see.
Coil n’ Wrap (435-899-1039, FL) is committed to making RV life a little bit easier. The company’s wide assortment of items will include cord and cable wrap-ups, awning straps, pull-down straps, retractable phone cords, Velcro products, and roasting forks.
Guys will get their say with clothes from Compass Apparel (763-421-1619, MN). The company features men’s T-shirts, caps, jackets, and sweatshirts with clever statements printed on them.
Try improving the fuel economy on your vehicles with products from BPI Worldwide, brought to the convention by Constant Velocity (269-664-3147, MI).
Country Coach Inc. (541-998-3001, OR) continues to impress with its lineup of impeccably elegant homes on wheels. You’re invited to inspect the company’s latest offerings in several model lines: Tribute, Inspire, Allure, Intrigue, Magna, Affinity, and Rhapsody, plus Country Coach Prevost conversions.
Keep your comforter, blanket, and extra pillows off the floor “” and within reach at night “” with the Cover Catcher. This handy item, which will be exhibited by Cover Catcher/Conerty Creations LLC (303-638-4998, CO), slips beneath the mattress at the foot of the bed when not in use.
Visit Coyote Sales (520-203-1812, AZ) for a look at PressurePro and Crossfire tire pressure monitors, Plak-R plaques and frames, and Wheelmasters valve extenders.
Creative Coach Collision & Design Center (863-984-3439, FL) of Lakeland, Florida, will be offering its services, which include repairs and improvements to all types of motorhomes.
Make some keepsakes with scrapbooking supplies and tools from Creative Memories (541-447-7693, OR).
Keep everyone in your rolling home well-manicured with the help of Crystal Nail Files (800-693-7468, AZ). Stock up on Crystal nail files, purse files, and manicure files, plus pedicure files for dry, cracked heels “” even nail files for dogs and cats. Sun visors and other great gifts also will be available in the company’s display.
Cummins Onan Corp. (763-574-5911, MN) folks will be right in their own backyard during the St. Paul convention, as their company is based in Minneapolis. In addition to Cummins engines, representatives will be talking about the Hybrid Quiet Diesel electrical system, an integrated full-coach electrical power system that is said to be 50 percent quieter and to save up to 20 percent on generator fuel use and 300 pounds of weight. Cummins Onan diesel, gas, and LP generators, along with Green Label parts, also will be offered for inspection.
Let Custom Coach Connection (619-300-3114, SD) be your connection for MotoSAT Internet and TV satellite systems, plus TracStar TV systems and DirecTV and Dish Network subscriptions.
Get the motorhome of your dreams with financing assistance from Customer One Financial (860-399-2836, CT).
Items from Dakota Products Inc. (605-368-2166, SD) include a line of cleaners and deodorizers, such as Fabric Foam, Tire Foam, Tidal Wave, Ventsation, Super Scent, Odor Bomb, and Non-Smoke products.
Drive axle and LMS hub displays will be available from Dana Holding Corporation (269-567-1239, MI).
Examples of custom furniture from Davis Cabinet Inc. (541-998-8778, OR) may inspire you to update your coach interior. The company will exhibit custom RV computer desks, folding coffee tables, and accessories.
Dayle Maloney/Tahitian Noni Juice (715-833-1971, WI) will be offering a nutritious supplement.
DeLorme (207-846-7000, ME) promises to help RVers explore the sights with ease, whether in their motorhome or towed vehicle. Several of the company’s navigation products will be on display in St. Paul, including the Earthmate LT-20 and Earthmate PN-20 GPS systems, plus Street Atlas USA 2009 and Topo USA 7.0 software.
You’ll find myriad solutions to your towing needs at the Demco-Dethmers Mfg. Co. (712-725-2311, IA) display. Look for the Excali-Bar steel tow bar, the Aluminator aluminum tow bar, the Kwik-Tow tow bar, tow bar accessories, and Kar Kaddy and Tow-It tow dollies and accessories.
Diesel engine parts and maintenance products will be the convention offerings of Detroit Diesel (313-592-4269, MI).
Safeguard your motorhome’s exterior with Diamond Shield (585-454-1950, NY), a clear paint protection film that also is suitable for use on trucks, motorcycles, boats, and even race cars.
Dicor Corporation (574-293-2017, IN) will have decorative stainless-steel wheel products and accessories, EPDM rubber roofing systems, rubber sealants, and more on display.
Dometic Corporation (574-389-3774, IN) increases the RV comfort quotient in so many ways. St. Paul convention-goers will have the opportunity to inspect Dometic refrigerators, A&E awnings, DuoTherm AC/HP units, and SeaLand toilets.
You’re cordially invited to see the newest features gracing Dynamax Corporation (888-295-7859, IN) motorhomes. Plan to tour the GrandSport GT, the Isata E Series, and the DynaQuest ST and XL.
Battery Equalisers, Battery Minder Plus, Sand-A-Way mats, Stanadyne diesel additive, magnetic jewelry, and more will attract onlookers in the Eagle Point Trading Company (706-359-7805, GA) display.
Hughes Autoformers now have new, safer models with a 16 percent boost, and RV 450 and RV 430 standard models also will be available. Check out the TRC digital voltage meters also while you are visiting the Eaton Sales (435-632-9181, UT) booth.
Popcorn shirts and EEZ-brand RV products will be at the EEZ RV Products.com (510-910-5397, AZ) display.
Get that motorhome level easily and quickly with the Auto-Level hydraulic leveling systems from Equalizer Systems (574-264-3437, IN).
Fun items for travelers “” such as books, CDs, RV products, cups, totes, mouse pads, and hats “” will be at the convention from ESA (321-728-0210, FL).
The Escape RV Center (763-433-9800, MN) will have a variety of useful items, including R&M golf carts and HeartSine portable defibrillators. The company also provides mobile repair service and sells preowned motorhomes.
Active wear clothing plus Perfect Body bedding and sheets, linens, and more will be offered by Euroshine USA Inc. (352-596-4555, FL).
The folks from Explore Minnesota Tourism (651-296-4784, MN) want to make sure you have a fantastic visit to their state and will be distributing travel info at their exhibit booth.
Talk with agents from Explorer RV Insurance Agency Inc. (888-774-6778, OH) about your motorhome insurance needs.
Don’t miss the Family Motor Coach Association (800-543-3622, OH) booths to learn more about your membership benefits from knowledgeable FMCA employees. A Chapter Services Department representative will be on hand to share information about joining an FMCA chapter. Venture to the FMCA Store booths nearby and be sure to inspect all of the FMCA logo items, including shirts, jackets, hats, and myriad accessories. FMCA national officers will be providing news about upcoming area rallies as well. In addition, free Internet access will be available at a nearby booth.
Fan-Tastic Vent Florida Dist. (810-444-0607, FL) will have all sorts of Fan-Tastic Vent fans and Endless Breeze fans for your comfort.
If you’ve been dreaming of embarking on an RV tour or caravan, let Fantasy RV Tours/Creative World Travel (970-642-4533, CO) show you how it’s done. Company representatives will be on hand to describe itineraries for upcoming tours and rallies in locations around the world.
Farm & City Insurance Services (641-585-2925, IA) folks will be available to answer your questions about insuring your home on wheels.
Loans in your best “interest” will be the topic of conversation at the Financial Underwriters Network (800-231-4003, CT) booth.
Receive potential lifesaving tips from experts at the Fire & Life Safety (503-559-7623, OR) display. The company’s product line includes foam fire extinguishers and many other RV-related fire emergency products.
Fisherman’s Cove (800-254-9993, FL) offers ownership of lots for type A motorhomes at its resort along Lake Harris in Tavares, Florida. Learn more by visiting the resort’s exhibit booth.
The big story for Fleetwood RV’s (951-351-3359, CA) diesel lineup this summer is the launch of its Power Bridge chassis (available on Providence, Excursion, Discovery, Expedition, and Bounder Diesel). Power Bridge features bridge construction, which creates a sturdy frame for increased pass-through storage, better functionality, and overall ride improvement. Fleetwood is unveiling several new floor plans on its entire diesel line, including a midship TV floor plan with bunk beds on the Discovery (40G). The 2009 gas-powered Southwind and Bounder have one-piece windshields and redesigned front caps, and the 2009 Pace Arrow and its popular full-wall-slideout floor plan (36D) will be on display. Value-priced Terra and Fiesta brands feature innovative midship TV floor plans, such as the 36T with rear bath. Type C diesel coaches, the 2009 Icon and Pulse, are built on the popular Dodge Sprinter chassis and have the Mercedes-Benz 6-cylinder 3-liter turbo-diesel engine; slideouts up to 138 inches long for increased living space; styled front caps; and standard DuPont full-body paint.
Fleming grills, Discover batteries, and TDI power cord reels will be available for inspection from Fleming Sales Company Inc. (574-295-0234, IN).
Webster, Florida, is the home of Florida Grande Motor Coach Resort (352-601-4290, FL). Learn more about this community from company representatives.
Services and discounts from Flying J Inc. (801-624-1000, UT) will be the topic of discussion at this booth.
Folding kayaks, you say? Yes, they do exist, and they are fun! Learn more from Folbot Inc. (800-533-5099, SC).
Convention-goers will want to inspect the Phenix from Foretravel Inc. (800-955-6226, TX). The 2009 Phenix is said to be the ultimate in luxury, fit and finish, and ride and handling. With Foretravel’s “straight-forward pricing,” the Phenix is said to be a good value. The company’s custom design team works with customers to ensure their needs are realized.
Frame-Rite/Plak-R (775-560-4428, NV) will set up shop with custom signs and new FMCA plaques. The company also offers professional mounting frames for FMCA plaques and specializes in RV clubs.
Visit Freightliner Custom Chassis (864-487-1700, SC) in the outdoor exhibit area and view the company’s diesel-powered motorhome chassis firsthand.
You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the operation of SeeLevel RV tank monitor systems by talking with officials from Garnet Technologies (817-578-8601, TX), maker of these systems.
Gelwicks Crafts (904-716-4450, FL) will enable you to spruce up the sleeping area with its bed sheets and quilts.
Get fun and useful RV “toys” such as house and garden flags and spinners from Gems N More (847-494-7315, OH). Then, check out the Lip Ink, costume jewelry, and Museum Gel.
Insurance services will be available in St. Paul from Gilbert RV Insurance Inc. (888-784-6787, FL).
Shade to go is the specialty of Girard Systems (949-259-4000, CA), manufacturer of RV awnings. Girard’s product line includes patio, slideout, window, and door awnings, as well as light bars, power cranks, detachable “umbrellas,” and more.
All sorts of Gizmos And Gadgets LLC (952-942-9022, MN) will fill this company’s display. Inspect battery chargers, battery disconnect switches, camping and picnic packs, and fuse block accessories, among other items.
Visit the booth occupied by Glamorous Gems (623-214-6516, AZ) to see charm earrings. Once you pick from those, check out charms you can put on your Croc rubber shoes. Also available will be rings, watches, anklets, bracelets, pendants, neck chains, and even toe rings.
See how Glendinning Marine Products (843-399-6146, SC) can ease the motorhome hose hassle. The Hosemaster makes quick work of storing and retrieving RV water hoses, and the Cablemaster does likewise with electrical cords.
Ladders will be offered by GP Logistics (909-373-1074, CA).
Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort (320-384-4889, MN) will offer information about its camping facility in Hinckley, Minnesota.
Greatbigoutlet.com (608-782-2039, WI) caters to travelers who are curious about the weather. They’ll have portable weather stations and temperature stations for your perusal.
Visit reps from Guaranty RV Center (800-825-2333, OR) in the Newmar display.
Gulf Coast Motorcoach Country Club (888-277-5668, AL), a community on Alabama’s Gulf Coast, just might prove irresistible. Representatives will be providing you with more information about this gated community for type A motorhomes that features more than 200 oversized lots, many along the community’s own 11-acre lake.
The Gulf Stream Coach (574-773-7761, IN) folks will be bringing a large fleet of rolling homes to St. Paul. You can tour the Tourmaster, Crescendo, Yellowstone, Caribbean, Independence, Endura, Conquest, Ultra, and B Touring Cruiser.
Take a look through Mandalay and Presidio motorhomes, made by Mandalay Luxury Division, with the assistance of representatives of Harberson RV-Pasco LLC (727-937-6176, FL).
Rapid City, South Dakota, is home to Hart Ranch Resort (605-399-2582, SD). There you’ll find an abundance of things to do, with scheduled activities for adults and for kids; pools and hot tubs; plus tennis courts, mini golf, a restaurant, laundry facilities, and much more. Talk with a representative at the convention.
Another fine place to stay, this one in Petoskey, Michigan, is Hearthside Grove Luxury RV Resort (850-878-5531, FL), graced by a lake, luxurious owner lots with upscale bungalows, and many more amenities. Obtain details from company representatives in St. Paul.
Henderson’s Line-Up/RoadKing Shocks (541-479-2882, OR) will be offering RoadKing shock systems.
From Lakeville, Minnesota, comes the expertise of Heritage Art Ltd. (800-323-2865, MN). These folks can install an interior sunscreen for the coach’s front window with a printed image on it. Many standard images are available, or they can make a custom image for you. Murals for the outside of your coach are available, too, printed on either a clear or opaque background. Ask, too, about clear-view window murals.
RV accessories, holding tank chemicals, Battery Equalisers, Red Line products, watches, popcorn shirts, and more will be offered by Hildale Enterprises (936-689-3098, OH).
Representatives of Hilltop Trailer Sales Inc. (763-571-9103, MN) will have Dynamax, Isata, Dynaquest XL, and Dynaquest ST motorhomes available for you to inspect.
Learn the finer points about Beaver motorhomes from Holiday Motorhomes (480-461-9500, AZ; 425-423-9500, WA) sales representatives, from Mesa, Arizona. Company representatives from Holiday Motorhomes’ Everett, Washington, facility will be on hand, too, showing you through new Holiday Rambler motorhomes.
Folks from Holiday on Wheels Inc. (850-785-1566, FL) will be showing Holiday Rambler motorhomes.
From Wakarusa, Indiana, will come a bevy of shiny new coaches from Holiday Rambler (800-634-0855, IN). Have a look at models such as the Scepter, Navigator, Imperial, Endeavor, and Ambassador.
Blue Bird coaches will be shown to RVers at the convention by Holland Motor Homes (800-221-7197, MI) staff.
If you need a good mat underfoot, be sure to visit Home Mats Inc. (702-454-0668, NV). The company’s beautiful, long-lasting nylon mats absorb dirt, oil, and grease and will not damage floors, making them handy additions to steps and entryways. These mats will be accompanied by a line of luxurious mats designed to fit most any décor. The mats will not move on hard-surface floors, and Home Mats’ carpet control product is said to inhibit the mats’ movement on carpet. The company is selling a new cleaner called Urine-Off that consists of two parts. First, it includes a black light to detect urine anywhere. Next, a special liquid spray cleaner removes stains and breaks down uric acid. Ask also about the stain removal product and the opportunity to have your pet’s photo transferred onto a mat.
HWH Corporation (800-321-3494, IA) will set up shop with its lightweight, hydraulic, 3,000-pound pivoting jack, which weighs just 14 pounds. HWH hydraulic leveling systems, room extension mechanisms, and HWH Active Air suspension systems also will be on hand.
Water filtration systems from Hydro Life Inc. (574-848-7700, IN) will be available at the St. Paul conclave.
Check out the Excursion motorhomes that Imperial Camper Sales Inc. (651-459-1804, MN) will have on display.
With the mechanical products from Inland Power Group (262-790-2878, WI), you can revamp your motorhome. The company will offer Allison transmissions, Detroit Diesel and Mercedes-Benz engines, and chassis and suspension parts.
See how you can enjoy Internet Anywhere (321-431-2276, FL) with the MotoSAT DataStorm two-way Internet antenna. The MotoSAT satellite high-definition TV antenna also will be available. Stop by this booth for details.
Batteries and related accessories will power the conversation in the Interstate Batteries (972-455-6962, TX) display.
Intervac Design Corp. (805-720-1888, FL) will feature the InterVac built-in vacuum system and accessories.
The Oasis Modular Heating System, providing hydronic heat for type A motorhomes, will be available for inspection at the ITR Inc. (360-931-6916, WA) display.
Look for an assortment of RV ground mats and motorhome sunshades appearing under the J&J Sunshades LLC (863-679-5428, FL) banner.
Greyhawk, Melbourne, Embark, and Seneca type C motorhomes will be parked and ready for touring in the Jayco Inc. (800-825-8403, IN) display area.
Long-lasting LED lighting is the latest in energy-saving technology. It’s the specialty of Jirah (909-986-1193, CA). You’ll find LED replacement bulbs for all kinds of interior applications, including replacements for fluorescent bulbs and halogen bulbs. LED upgrades for Maglite flashlights also will be available.
Visit JJ’s Gold & Gems (405-732-2533, OK) and check out a variety of 14-karat-gold, diamond, gem, sterling-silver, and American Indian jewelry. Tilley hats and clothing also will attract attention.
Enhance your motorhome’s basement storage space with cargo trays from Joey Bed Inc. (800-736-9961, IN). They slide out easily and can solve your “space” problems. Other items available at the booth will include steps, step treads, safes, and various parts.
Let Kampgrounds of America (406-248-7444, MT) help you find a top-quality campground with ease. The company will offer directories of its many affiliates, which are located across North America and in other countries, too.
Knowledgeable reps from Keystone RV Center (717-597-0939, PA) invite convention-goers to walk through Foretravel motorhomes.
Proudly show others that you’re an FMCA member by displaying your “goose egg” membership plaque. Kiley Mold Company (513-875-3223, OH) is the official supplier of FMCA coach and towed vehicle plates, as well as chapter officer and national officer plates. The company also offers mounting bracket kits, FMCA logo key return tags, and FMCA logo hitch receiver covers.
King-Dome mobile satellite antenna systems and VuQube portable satellite systems from King Controls (952-922-6889, MN) enable RVers to enjoy the same vivid television pictures on the road as they do in stationary homes. Company reps will be glad to tell you about their full line of satellite systems.
American-made kitchen accessories will be proudly arrayed by Kitchen Craft Cookware by Americraft (352-483-7600, FL).
A smoother ride is what you’ll get with shock absorbers from Koni Shocks (859-586-4100, KY).
KVH Industries Inc. (401-847-3327, RI) offers a variety of communication options for today’s technology-minded RVer. Company officials will be glad to explain the features of TracVision satellite TV antenna systems, TracPhone satellite phones, and TracNet satellite antennas.
Motorhomers won’t want to miss the electric steps and accessories, storage solutions, safes, cargo trays, and step treads exhibited by Kwikee/Power Gear/Actuant RV (800-736-9961, IN).
A dazzling array of charm jewelry will be “hanging out” for convention-goers’ inspection in the Lady Jayne Ltd. (585-787-1850, NY) display.
Stylish, fuel-efficient type B motorhomes from Lake Region RV’s (763-421-1419, MN), a Ramsey, Minnesota, dealer, are sure to attract attention in the outdoor display area.
Keep a watchful electronic eye on your coach with the help of Lawrence RV Accessories Inc. (936-329-2364, TX). The company will provide Doran 360 tire pressure monitoring systems and Progressive electrical management systems and accessories.
Lazydays RV Supercenter (813-246-4333, FL) will have representatives on hand to assist convention-goers touring motorhomes from Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Safari, Beaver, Country Coach, American Coach, and Tiffin. They’ll also be happy to provide information about the Club Lazydays membership program.
Add a little shine to your style by paying a visit to the jewelry-filled booth staffed by Le Glitz (763-546-9529, MN).
Information about new RV resort locations will be offered in St. Paul by officials from Leisure Concepts Management (484-562-0345, PA).
Leisure Travel Vans Ltd. (204-822-3009, ND) will open the doors to its type B motorhomes. These will include the Free Spirit, Freedom II, Serenity, Libero, and Free Flight models.
The name Liberty Coach is synonymous with “luxurious homes on wheels.” Don’t miss touring the elegant Liberty Coach conversions, available on Prevost XLII and H3-45 bus shells, in St. Paul. Officials from the Liberty Coach Inc. (847-578-4600, IL) headquarters in North Chicago, Illinois, and from Liberty Coach Of Florida (800-463-2701, FL), the company’s Southern sales and service center, will be on hand to welcome you.
Power is the watchword at Lifeline Batteries (626-969-6886, CA). Visit the company’s display to get acquainted with the company’s line of RV batteries and accessories.
Beautify, beautify, beautify with nontoxic herbal lip color and eye color available from Lip Ink by Janet (800-693-7468, AZ). These long-lasting products are free of lead and preservatives, and the lip products won’t dry out that kisser. You’ll also want to inspect the line of Crystal nail files, which reportedly remove ridges and build strong nails “” no more splitting and peeling.
Lustre Products/D&D Marketing (218-999-5030, MN) will no doubt appeal to those who love to baby their “baby.” You’ll have the opportunity to learn about Orange Lustre wood cleaner and beeswax wood preserver, along with microfiber window squeegees. A selection of hematite jewelry will be on hand also.
M&B Enterprises/Quadra Mfg. (520-471-3535, AZ) enhances RV comfort and safety with its line of products. They include Quadra Big Foot hydraulic levelers, Aero Turbine performance mufflers, PressurePro tire monitoring systems, and reverse-osmosis water systems.
Stop! Then go to M&G Car Engineering (903-675-1147, TX) for a look at the company’s line of towed vehicle braking systems.
Inverters and chargers will carry the conversation in the Magnum Energy Inc. (425-353-8833, WA) display.
You can enjoy all the conveniences of home in a motor coach “” even laundry. Majestic Appliances (360-690-4499, WA) can help in this regard with the Majestic combination washer-dryer.
Mandalay Luxury Division (866-919-4444, IN) will showcase its mid-year 2008 line of type A diesel motorhomes, featuring new floor plans, upscale features, and distinctive exteriors. Look for front kitchens; a midcoach entertainment center with large LCD television and optional fireplace; two Euro chairs with matching ottomans and a coffee table in place of a standard convertible bed; and a king-size bed with an added wardrobe and dresser storage and an optional stackable washer-dryer. Mandalay motorhomes are built on the Freightliner XC raised-rail single-on-tandem rear tag axle chassis, with a 425-horsepower Cummins ISL diesel engine, a 60-degree wheel cut, and ZF independent front suspension. Presidio motorhomes are powered by a 360-horsepower Cummins engine with exhaust brake.
“Aaaah.” At least that’s what your feet might say after being treated to gel insoles or other foot comfort items offered by Mark Enterprises Inc. (952-544-6175, MN). Reusable heating packs will be available also.
Martin Diesel Inc. (419-782-9911, OH) will offer its line of diesel-powered generators and related accessories for convention-goers’ inspection.
Maxxair Vent Corp. (919-489-6468, NC) plans to set up shop in St. Paul with its line of motorhome vents, including the MaxxFan, Turbo/Maxx, Window/Maxx, EZ/Maxx, Fan/Mate, and Tuff/Maxx. Maxxair vent covers will be displayed, too.
MCD RV Innovations (972-548-1850, TX) is the source for genuine brand-name accessories for a variety of motorhomes. If you need exterior or interior sunscreens, wheel covers, mirror covers, or mirror bras, you’ll want to have a look. The company’s new American Duo Day/Night shade system makes curtains and pleated day/night shades a thing of the past. The American Duo system is on many new coaches and can be retrofitted to any motorhome. This easy-to-clean, easy-to-use system is available in manual, switch, or remote power and a combination of manual and power.
Medical Air Services Association “” MASA (443-306-0855, OH) will offer membership plans that can help you in the event of a medical emergency. It is the oldest and largest full-service company offering medical evacuation membership plans. Vehicle and pet returns, mortal remains return, flying in a family member, and medical transport home “” or wherever you need to be “” are all included at no additional cost. Annual and lifetime plans have no limit to the number of times you can use them. Visit the company’s booth to learn more.
Microfiber cleaning cloths and mops, which clean streak-free without the use of chemicals, will be offered in St. Paul by Microfiber Magic (409-540-2733, NC). Just like magic, these products erase hairspray, bugs, smoke film, fingerprints, brake dust, and more. They are made in the USA and come with a five-year, 100 percent guarantee.
Visit microwave cooking expert Janet Sadlack at the Microwave Connection (952-890-9066, MN) display for a look at the microwave and convection-microwave oven recipes, cookbooks, and cooking accessories she’ll have available.
Friendly folks representing Midwest Outdoor Resorts (800-452-6489, SD) will be on hand to extol the many features of campgrounds and resorts located in southeastern Minnesota and the Black Hills of South Dakota.
Miller Insurance Agency Inc. (503-636-6347, OR) folks say, “One call does it all.” They can protect most every kind of personal property that you own. The agency began insuring RVs and has expanded to cover a full spectrum of vehicles. It’s licensed across the United States for multiple insurance products. Visit the company’s booth to learn how one agency can maximize the value of your insurance protection.
Miller’s RV Interior Trim Inc. (970-227-1849, CO) markets furniture that enhances the motorhome experience. Featured items will include the Amazing Magic table; desks; dining tables; and bookcase/desks.
Minnesota Roofing & RV (320-763-7100, MN) can help you with your motorhome roof problems, from leaks and water damage to maintenance products for rubber roofs. The company sells products for the do-it-yourselfer and also provides roof installations, roof rebuilding, and RV repair.
Plan to spend some time in the Monaco Coach Corporation (800-634-0855, OR) display to inspect the company’s impressive contingent of motorhomes. Monaco’s model lines include Monaco, Safari, Beaver, Holiday Rambler, and R-Vision.
Fixed mobile Internet, satellite TV, and business and entertainment systems for people on the move are the specialties of MotoSAT (800-247-7486, UT). Don’t miss the automatic two-way mobile Internet systems while visiting the company’s display.
One-stop shopping for you, your coach, your towed vehicle, and your chapter are available at Mr. Ken Badges ‘n Signs (800-398-8307, PA). Choose from engraved badges, signs, and license plates. Look, too, for engraved wine glasses, the Wonder vase, and Pegs ‘n Jokers games.
Mary Moppins cleaning products will be showcased by My RV Toys (503-789-4374, OR). Mary Moppins is a nationally recognized authority on the cleaning of the entire exterior and interior of RVs, and the company’s eco-friendly products also can be used in homes, boats, and planes. Representatives from My RV Toys also will be personalizing frames for motorhome and towed vehicle license plates. In just a few minutes, they can engrave any phrase you desire. And for your playtime, check out the fun, new RV toys for the young and young-at-heart.
MyPillow (612-220-5253, MN) wants to give you a good night’s sleep night after night. The company’s specially designed sleeping pillows are machine-washable and machine–dryable, impervious to dust mites, stay dry and cool, and even help to curb snoring. They are chiropractor-recommended for conformity to any condition and are manufactured in Minnesota near the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Special FMCA pricing will be offered at the convention.
The all-cedar infrared sauna from Health Mate has been custom-made to fit an RV closet. See how you can maintain good health while on the road and enjoy the relaxation, improved circulation, and pain relief that only infrared can provide. The Health Mate RV sauna and related supplements will be featured by Naturelink LLC (910-350-8088, NC).
RV financing will be available at the convention from Newcoast Financial Services (727-450-1160, FL).
There’s nothing like a luxury home on wheels crafted by Newell Coach Corporation (888-363-9355, OK). Newell coaches feature spacious, livable interiors, as well as sleek European-influenced exteriors styled by Porsche Design. On the performance side, Newell coaches benefit from state-of-the-art ZF coach suspension, Caterpillar C15 diesel engine power, and an active-steering tag axle.
Look for a bevy of motorhome beauties in the Newmar Corporation (574-773-7791, IN) display: the All Star, Ventana, Dutch Star, Dutch Aire, Mountain Aire, Essex, King Aire, Grand Star, Bay Star, and Canyon Star.
If you have towing questions, representatives from Night Shift Auto (800-933-3372, KS) can provide the answers. They’ll be explaining the benefits of the RV Towbar, which features an integrated supplemental brake, and the high-quality, economically priced ReadyBrute tow bar.
North Dakota Tourism (800-435-5663, ND) officials will be on hand to disseminate maps, travel guides, and brochures and answer convention attendees’ questions about the many natural and man-made attractions in the Flickertail State.
Friendly folks from North Trail RV Center (239-693-8200, FL) will be welcoming visitors to the Newmar motorhome display area.
Searching for a permanent home base or a winter haven? Stop by Oakwater Village Regatta Construction LLC (772-564-7220, FL) and learn about the company’s luxury RV resorts in Ocala, Florida.
If you’re looking for a gift “” or a treat for yourself “” peruse the fascinating array of items that Odds & Ends Ent. (303-430-9771, CO) will have on display: sun catchers, Russian porcelain nesting dolls, decorative boxes, amber jewelry, and Lozart window art.
On The Spot Windshield Repair (903-818-7997, TX) can make quick work of a cracked windshield. The company also will offer Trico wiper blades and glass mechanic kits. Learn about Data Trone Business Solutions while you’re at this display.
If you own an older diesel pusher, you’ll want to stop by the booth occupied by the Oregon Motorcoach Center (800-942-6860, OR) to learn about this new enterprise based in Eugene, Oregon. The facility, recently launched by veteran RV manufacturer Bob Lee, specializes in refurbishing and renovating these motorhomes.
For almost 40 years, RVers have enjoyed Outdoor Resorts of America (800-541-2582, TN) facilities. ORA currently operates 10 resorts in intriguing locales in California, Florida, North Carolina, and other states. Company reps will provide information about the resorts and the amenities they offer.
You’ll have the opportunity to inspect the direct-mount exhaust brakes and engine brakes manufactured by Pacbrake Company (800-663-0096, WA), designed to make every peak and valley safer for you and for your motorhome.
Representatives from Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort (520-421-7000, AZ) will extol the benefits of this “oasis” in the desert, which is situated in Casa Grande, Arizona.
Enjoy the elegant Prevost conversions crafted by Parliament Coach Corporation (727-571-1899, FL) of Clearwater, Florida.
FMCA members can receive a camping discount with the help of a Passport America (850-398-6148, FL) membership. This club provides discounts on overnight fees at participating campgrounds across the country, and FMCA members can join at a reduced rate. Learn more at the company’s booth.
Pleasure-Way Industries (306-934-6578, SK, Canada) offers some fuel-efficient options for first-time RV buyers, as well as current owners who are considering purchasing a new motorhome and/or downsizing from their current coach. The company’s type Bs include the Ford Excel, Chevrolet Lexor, and Dodge Ascent, all of which will be exhibited in St. Paul.
Winnebago motorhomes will be open for touring in the outdoor exhibit area, staffed by sales personnel from Pleasureland RV Center (763-422-4171, MN).
The strong, foldable, lightweight boats from Porta-Bote International (650-961-5334, CA) are convenient for motorhomers who want to avoid the weight and hassle of hauling a regular boat behind their coach. The Porta-Bote is available in various lengths and folds to 4 inches flat so that it can be attached to the side or roof of an RV for transport.
PowerTech generators will fill the booth occupied by Power Technology Southeast (352-365-2777, FL).
Precise Satellite (352-726-8471, FL) will proffer an array of satellite systems and surge protectors for convention-goers’ inspection.
Precision Frame & Alignment (866-473-2632, MN) will be offering RV suspension enhancements, Koni shocks, and tire equipment for sale and installation at the convention. SuperSteer, Koni, and Roadmaster products are designed to fix an RV’s harsh ride; reduce driver fatigue; help stop roll, sway, and bounce problems; and quit the “tail wagging the dog” type of movement. The company also will offer motion control units, which respond instantly to the compression force that comes from the roll, sway, and bounce on the springs of the air suspension. Front and rear Trac and Sway Bars are made to eliminate uncontrolled side shift, producing better steering control and reducing rut tracking. SuperSteer bell cranks help to eliminate road wander, rut tracking, and driver fatigue caused by worn bell cranks and are said to outlast the original unit many times over. Crossfire tire pressure display systems offer a simple way to assess tire pressure at a glance. Service installation appointments may be scheduled Monday at the convention or by calling ahead.
RV painting and restoration is the specialty of Precision Painting Inc. (574-546-4473, IN). Learn how this company can give new life to your motorhome.
Amerisoft mobile water softeners; water filter cartridges and housings; and reverse-osmosis drinking water systems will be set forth by Premier Aqua Solutions LLC (309-657-3102, IL).
Prevost Car Inc. (418-883-2888, QC, Canada) invites FMCAers to examine its coach conversion shells, plus a broad array of bus conversions completed by various companies found in the outdoor exhibit area.
If you’re feeling tired and sore from too much walking or other activity, relief might be in sight from Pro-Motion Massagers (608-524-9699, WI). The company’s body massagers are said to soothe aching muscles, relieve tension and stress, stimulate local circulation, and relax muscle spasms. Pro-Motion foot massagers reportedly promote blood flow and help prevent leg cramps. Learn more at the company’s booth.
Protect All Inc. (800-322-4491, CA) carries a line of RV products for seemingly all RV surfaces. Protect All polish and wax treatment restores shine to a motorhome’s exterior, while other products aid in rubber roof care, tire cleaning, and even black streak removal. Company reps will be happy to explain the usefulness of these and other products.
A large assortment of RV accessories and products from various companies will be exhibited at the convention in the PRVVC Marketplace (405-732-2533, OK) “” an area set up by the Professional RV Vendors Chapter.
Quick’N Brite all-purpose cleaner is said to be the only one you need to tackle jobs large and small. Yet because it’s nontoxic and biodegradable, this cleaner can be used around children, pets, and food. Learn more at the Quick’N Brite (425-778-8285, WA) booth.
Racor air filters, fuel filters, and oil filters will appear under the Racor Division/Parker Filtration (800-344-3286, CA) banner. They’ll be joined by Racor fuel additives.
Rallys R Us Inc. (770-318-3117, GA) invites you to tour its assemblage of Safe-T-Plus products, Hellwig antisway and track bars, Crossfire and Bilstein shock absorbers, tire monitoring systems, and more.
Reflect on the exterior rearview mirrors that Ramco Engineering Inc. (574-266-1455, IN) will offer for inspection, along with InVue and Zone Defense camera systems.
Towing talk will emanate from the Remco Mfg. (402-339-3398, NE) display. While you’re there, discuss your towing needs and concerns with knowledgeable company reps and find out which towing product is best for your particular application: the Drive Shaft Coupling, Lube Pump, or Axle Lock. TracBars, taillight wiring kits, and tire monitoring systems will be featured as well.
Motorhomes from Renegade/Kibbi Inc. (574-848-1126, IN) will be available for viewing and touring in the outdoor display area.
Rescue Tape, touted as the “ultimate multipurpose repair tape,” will be offered for inspection by Rescue Tape/Harbor Products (702-953-0968, CA). Grab this self-fusing silicone tape for plumbing leaks, or for use on hoses and electrical wiring. It also can be used as shrink-wrap, to wrap tool handles, and much more.
Peruse the selection of “magic” bubble blouses that Rically Enterprises (352-628-6106, FL) will have to offer, along with a selection of earring charms, necklaces, and watches. Rada knives and wooden roses will round out the display.
The Cricket ESV (electric sport vehicle) from Rick’s Specialty Vehicles (706-798-2227, GA) can get you where you want to go around the campground, resort, etc. This portable, foldable vehicle may be just the ticket for the RVer who wants personal transportation when the coach is parked.
The towing professionals at Roadmaster Inc. (800-669-9690, OR) stand ready to help you with your coach performance and suspension needs. They’ll be happy to explain the features of Roadmaster suspension systems, sway bars, and steering stabilizers, along with tow bars, braking systems, and numerous towing accessories.
Find out why the Roadtrek is such a popular type B motorhome by touring the Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc. (519-745-0711, ON, Canada) display. Included in the company’s lineup are models built on the Sprinter van chassis. Roadtreks offer all the conveniences of a motorhome, but in a smaller, SUV/conversion van size.
RVing never seemed this fun before! Author Robin Merrill (480-522-5170, AZ) presents Some Like It Red Hot, a “Red Hot Ladies Club” novel of passion and intrigue. In the book, full-time RVer Lotsi Hannon sets out on an adventure and hits the jackpot in Las Vegas. She encounters new friends, a new man… and a killer hot on her trail. Books will be signed by the author if desired.
Visit the Rodman & Co. Inc. (800-228-1806, CA) booth for your tool needs. Featured products will include Rodman drill bits; the Rodman Nibbler, which cuts steel, brass, copper, aluminum, plastic, and fiberglass; Knipex pliers and wrenches; hack jigs; sharpening stones; and more.
RV Directions (877-541-8795, TX) is touted as the best set of mapping points of interest for RVers anywhere. It works with popular mapping products such as Microsoft Streets and Trips, as well as DeLorme Street Atlas, and with most popular GPS units. It contains more than 30,000 locations, including private, public, and military campgrounds; rest stops; truck stops; shopping locations; restaurant locations; hospitals; and public golf courses. Location information includes addresses and phone numbers, campground ratings, price and value information, site characteristics, directions, e-mail and Web site addresses, truck stop RV services, RV parking availability at shopping and restaurant locations, golf course attributes, and more. RV Directions is said to be reasonably priced, with inexpensive annual updates available.
RV Glass Solutions (877-777-6778, OR), “the pioneers in on-site RV windshield replacement,” will be providing complete installation service at the St. Paul convention. Company officials are proud of their decades of experience, access to the largest RV glass inventory in the industry, and “customer first” approach to service. If your windshield should break, no matter where you are, RV Glass Solutions will see that you get the right glass, the most qualified auto glass technicians, and the fastest service. The company even handles billing and deductible details with the customer’s insurance company.
Get a boost around the campground in a Rover golf cart, which will be offered by the friendly folks from RV Rover Inc. (706-645-3865, GA).
The RV Safety & Education Foundation (RVSEF) (321-453-7673, FL) will offer the RV Safety Education package in St. Paul at a special price for FMCA members. The program packet includes an instructional DVD and accompanying booklets. In addition, RVSEF officials will be conducting seminars about RV weight and tire safety at the convention. To be sure your motorhome is within its weight specifications, you can have it weighed by RVSEF during the event. Stop by the RVSEF booth to learn more.
Increase your motorhome’s safety with the help of RV Safety Systems (303-478-3501, CO). The company will offer engine and generator fire detection systems, PressurePro and Doran tire pressure monitors, and fire suppression systems for perusal.
Entertainment on the road was never so easy, thanks to satellite systems, receivers, and related products that will be available from RV Satellite Systems (760-702-4921, FL).
RV Solutions (605-431-8814, NV) will have several products on hand for perusal. They include The Solution; Piranha and Amaze products; Museum Gel; and microfiber towels.
RV Special Things (480-220-3688, AZ) will set up shop in St. Paul with a variety of items you won’t want to miss: Flojet products, Dirt Devil central vacuum systems, Lowrance GPS units, Starlights, and custom water hoses.
RV Xtreme Magazine (714-566-1200, CA) is called “the lifestyle magazine for active RV enthusiasts.” If you approach RVing in a big, bold way, stop by for a look at this publication.
Windshield chip repair, Dri Wash n’ Guard waterless car wash products, and kitchen towels will share space under the S&L Enterprises (904-571-7193, FL) banner.
What’s new in Safari motorhomes? Tour the latest models in the Safari Motor Coaches Inc. (800-634-0855, OR) display.
Surge protectors and miscellaneous RV supplies will be available from Schneider Recreational Sales (919-633-0764, NC).
The Sleep Number bed from Select Comfort (574-264-4788, IN) is said to deliver deeper, more restorative sleep. Each Sleep Number bed features patented air chambers that provide a gentle cushion of support. You can personalize the amount of hardness or softness you desire. Check out the RV edition of this mattress by visiting the company’s booth.
Fine jewelry will be set out for perusal by Seth Christian Designs (812-989-1990, IN).
Show Me Products (409-948-4457, TX) will be in tow with useful items for the coach galley and beyond: Pressure Magic pressure cookers; Rapid Chef nesting cookware; Grill It stovetop grills; and Touch-Vac vacuums.
Take a look at Shurflo (800-854-3218, CA) water pumps and accessories while you’re canvassing the indoor exhibits.
Officials from Signature Resorts (615-279-8140, TN) will be happy to chat with St. Paul convention attendees about their company’s RV resorts.
Don’t miss touring the Silver Crown S-Series motorhome, the flagship vehicle produced by Silver Crown LLC (269-483-7900, MI). The coach is based on a Freightliner chassis.
Vehicle instrumentation panels from SilverLeaf Electronics (541-967-8111, OR) will be available for convention-goers’ inspection.
Steel and aluminum cargo handling systems will be set forth by SlideMaster/Innovative Industries Inc. (715-627-4467, WI).
SMI Manufacturing Inc. (812-428-2794, IN) invites you to stop by and see its easy-to-use supplemental braking systems. These include the Air Force One, which enables the driver to apply truly proportional brake effort without a box that must be dragged in and out of the towed vehicle each time you tow, and the Stay-In-Play, whose operating unit is placed under the seat or in the trunk of the towed vehicle.
The compact, portable water softeners from SoftCell/Recreational Water Systems (612-325-2886, MN) are designed to remove the hard water minerals that cause stubborn stains and soap scum on fixtures, glassware, and plastic surfaces. Water heaters and other water-using appliances, such as washing machines and dishwashers, can last up to 30 percent longer when operated with softened water. In addition, less soap is needed, water tastes better, and skin will feel softer and smoother. The company’s water softeners include only brass and stainless-steel fittings and are easily recharged using the attached sediment filter. Two sizes are available.
Keep an eye on your tires with a built-in tire pressure gauge available from Solutions Benefits Inc. (970-749-1212, SD).
South Dakota Game Fish & Parks (605-773-3930, SD) officials will be happy to acquaint you with the camping, lodging, and outdoor activities in the South Dakota state park system.
Examine the motorhome chassis from Spartan Motors (517-543-6400, MI) while you’re strolling around the outdoor exhibit area.
Speedco Inc.’s (866-773-3326, IA) chain of lube and tire centers now accept type A and type C diesel pushers and heavy-duty pickups at its 51 locations across the United States. No appointments are necessary, so RVers may pull in at any time during their travels and be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Each Speedco location has a minimum of three pull-through lube bays. Speedco also offers a variety of diesel generator-based services. Learn more at the company’s booth.
The cleaning machines “” specifically Splendide washer-dryer models and Vesta dishwashers “” will be offered up for inspection by Splendide Laundry Center/Westland Sales (503-655-2563, OR).
Feel the comfort a robotic massage chair provides when you stop by the Spore Enterprises (651-735-0144, MN) exhibit. The company also will feature Zing all-purpose cleaner and degreaser and Ideal Protein products.
The Smartlight 1000, a 12-volt motion sensor light for RVs, replaces the existing porch light on the vehicle. The light comes with a battery monitor and can be mounted anywhere around the coach. For a look-see, stop by StarLights Inc./Kinzer Enterprises (602-738-6231, FL). Wraparound covers for exterior steps will be available also.
Keep things on the straight and narrow with the help of Steer Safe Inc. (575-546-8894, NM) front end stabilizing products.
Let Summit Products (515-252-0435, IA) dress up your motorhome with a custom stainless-steel upgrade. Customers can select from a wide variety of options available in 304 mirror-polish stainless. Summit also offers the Body Block Shield, plus various sizes of jack pads.
Give your garments a personalized and fashionable touch with the metal and crystal iron-on designs available from Taylor Made Iron-On Designs (760-782-3277, CA). The company also plans to feature women’s clothing and Real Purses in St. Paul.
Surge Guard RV power protection keeps your motorhome’s electrical “department” safe from damaging irregular power bursts. Learn more from the folks at Technology Research Corp./TRC (800-780-7324, FL).
The welcome mat will be out at the Holiday Rambler motorhome display, accompanied by sales personnel from Ted’s RV (800-903-3288, MN), a Paynesville, Minnesota, dealership.
It’s game time, according to TedSaid Inc. (888-833-7243, FL). The company will feature its new Wanna Play? signs “” removable, weatherproof signs made of PVC that motorhome owners can hang on their coach and advertise the games they’d like to play with others, such as euchre, poker, tennis, etc. The company also will set forth its RoadDog Pet Emergency Traveler Kits, which let emergency personnel know that a pet is in the RV.
The Classic Scent Featuring Classic Design (800-424-9604, NC) is proud to offer a collection of high-quality, unique, and fashionable made-in-America products. The company specializes in the creation of handmade custom-designed handbags, beach bags, purse/tote bags, and portable fire caddies, all handcrafted in Asheville, North Carolina, using quality fabric and hardware. Other products include Classy Comfort Seatbelt Adjusters, which are designed for use in both the auto and RV. And for the family pet, the company offers Watering Hole splash-proof pet drinking bowls and Purr Padds, which trap cat dander, hair, and dust.
Learn about the various amenities of The Gardens RV Village (931-456-7794, TN), a private RV community set in Crossville, Tennessee, a popular vacation and retirement spot.
The Great Outdoors RV/Golf Resort (800-621-2267, FL), located in Titusville, Florida, was designed by people who love the area’s natural beauty. This 2,800-acre RV resort retains much of the original flora and fauna, but also features golf, fishing, and a variety of RV resort amenities. Friendly company personnel will be happy to tell you more.
Prepare food The Healthy Gourmet (352-357-1063, FL) way with Americraft waterless, greaseless cookware. Stop by for a demonstration.
Drop anchor at The Shady Boat Dealer (928-713-7597, SD) to inspect the RV Quick Shades and Sea Eagle boats on display.
On-site oil changes and Happy Camper sewage treatment will be provided by The Shop “” Mobile Oil Services (505-269-1133, NM).
Theresa Colangelo (727-215-2047, FL) invites you to peruse the array of appliquéd ladies shirt sets and T-shirts she’ll bring to St. Paul.
Thetford & Norcold Corporation (734-769-6000, MI) will provide a selection of RV sanitation products. Learn about the effectiveness of SaniCon, touted as “simply the cleanest and most sanitary way ever to empty holding tanks.” It will be joined by Aqua Chem holding tank deodorant, which contains a powerful odor control and liquefies waste quickly. Several toilet models also will be on display. The Aqua-Magic Style Plus toilet features a sleek, styled look and an antimicrobial, residential-sized seat. The Aqua-Magic Style II boasts a deeper, full china bowl and a residential-sized seat.
Private membership camping information will be available from friendly personnel manning the Thousand Trails (214-618-7394, TX) exhibit.
Learn about the specialty insurance for motorhomes, autos, motorcycles, ATVs, and watercraft that Thum Insurance (800-866-0777, MI) provides. The company also offers coverage for extended service contracts, as well as tire and wheel coverage.
Beautiful coaches from Tiffin Motor Homes (256-356-8661, AL) will grace the outdoor exhibit area. Look for Allegro, Allegro Bay, Allegro Bus, Phaeton, and Zephyr models.
Tom Johnson Camping Center (704-455-1440, NC) representatives will be happy to answer questions about Fleetwood model motorhomes, including the Revolution LE, Excursion, Discovery, Expedition, Bounder Diesel, and Pulse.
There’s always room for a new tool aboard the coach, and the Tool Raider (952-884-2846, MN) will be able to provide at least one. The company’s booth will be filled with hand tools and power tools, not to mention magnifying products and flashlights.
Torrey Oaks RV & Golf Resort (863-773-3157, FL) is a brand-new, 20-acre facility with 241 deeded RV lots. It is surrounded on three sides by Torrey Oaks Public Golf Course, an 18-hole, par-72 course with a first-class set of amenities. Resort features include a heated free-form pool, a hot tub, billiards, a chip-and-putt area, two recreation halls, two community kitchens, an outdoor kitchen, bath and laundry facilities, a fitness room, a computer room, and more.
Learn about the benefits afforded by the use of orthotics, arch supports, and custom shoes by chatting with folks representing Total Balance Orthotics (800-860-2773, TX).
Officials hailing from Tourism Saskatchewan (306-787-2219, SK, Canada) will be on hand to provide information about border-crossing issues and Canadian travel regulations “” along with tips about touring Saskatchewan.
In-motion satellite systems from Trac Star Systems Inc. (407-650-9054, FL) will be set forth for FMCAers’ inspection.
Travel-Buddies Enterprises (602-524-4122, AZ) can make the journey easier with Garmin GPS units and related accessories. Check out the new Garmin Nuvi 880 GPS, featuring voice command; the large-screen Nuvi 5000 GPS; and North America 2009 map updates. Other products will include the Garmin Nuvi 680 and 660; a handheld unit that’s perfect for geocaching; plus accessories, mounts, and power cords.
Nikken wellness products will appear under the Traveling Wellness Home (602-616-5941, AZ) banner.
Do you have any hang-ups? If not, Triple Towel Holder.com (800-448-6935, TN) will gladly share theirs with you. The company will bring RV towel spacers, dryers, and love towels for inspection.
RV specialty insurance will be available from Twin Peaks RV Insurance (954-791-5007, FL).
Pick up a copy of the Ultimate Travelers Exit Guide (805-890-9347, CA) and see how it can help you during your next RV trip.
United Specialties Inc. (269-483-2400, MI) motorhomes, which are built on Freightliner chassis, will be parked in the outdoor exhibit area.
The Unified Tow Brake by U.S. Gear is a premium supplemental braking system for towed vehicles. On-site installation will be available during the convention. More information will be available from U.S. Gear/AP Products (800-874-3271, IN).
Sewer hoses, sewer elbows, 20-foot sewer kits, adjusting water regulators, clear fittings, Magic Flush, and other products will take center stage at the Valterra Products Inc. (360-877-5976, CA) encampment.
Settle into a couch or chair crafted by Villa International (562-404-8111, CA). Villa manufactures custom RV furniture, including sofas, J-lounges, drivers’ seats, recliners, and dinettes.
Vita-Mix Corporation (440-782-2554, OH) promises to make galley meals more tasty and healthful, plus easier to prepare. The company’s exhibit offerings will include Vita-Mix 5200 blenders and accessories, such as wet/dry containers, soy powder, spice mixes, and cookbooks.
RV financing will be available during the convention from Voyager RV Credit (877-222-0301, MD).
You’re invited to visit Walex Products Company Inc. (910-371-2242, NC) for a look at its line of RV sanitation products.
Learn about the life-saving features of the Philips automated external defibrillator (AED), which will be exhibited by Weber Medical Inc. (920-982-2408, WI).
Friendly folks representing the West Baton Rouge Convention & Visitors Bureau (225-344-2920, LA) will give you a warm Louisiana welcome and disseminate information about their city and its environs.
Wheeltopper Inc. (866-292-9946, KY) has a way to add usable space to the coach interior when parked: a steering wheel table. Convention-goers will have the opportunity to view examples in St. Paul.
Personnel representing WhiteEagle National RV Resorts (520-897-8501, AZ) will be on hand to explain the development plan for their luxury motor coach resorts, where RV owners can purchase their own lot in planned resort communities.
RV windshield replacement will be provided in St. Paul by Wilkinson Glass (360-590-0207, WA).
If your coach or towed vehicle is in need of windshield repair, the folks from Windshield Chip Repair (602-708-9101, SD) will be happy to offer their services.
Antennas, satellites, and related accessories will fill the Winegard Company (319-754-0621, IA) display.
Winnebago Industries (641-585-3535, IA) will adorn its outdoor exhibit area with motorhomes of all sizes and price levels, designed to fill a variety of needs. The new type B Era is built on an 8,550-pound-GVWR Dodge Sprinter chassis with a fuel-efficient 3-liter, 6-cylinder engine. The 170 floor plan features a rear 60-inch-by-80-inch sofa/bed and a fully equipped galley and bathroom. Up front, two companion chairs create a prime seating area, especially when the movable pedestal table is positioned between them. Type A models will include the Winnebago Adventurer; Itasca Suncruiser; Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian; Winnebago Vectra and Itasca Horizon; Winnebago Tour and Itasca Ellipse; Winnebago Destination and Itasca Latitude; Winnebago Vista and Itasca Sunstar; and Winnebago Sightseer and Itasca Sunova. The type C lineup will include the Winnebago Aspect and Itasca Cambria; Winnebago View and Itasca Navion; Itasca Navion iQ; Winnebago Access and Itasca Impulse; and Winnebago Outlook and Itasca Spirit. The interiors boast such features as full-wall slideouts, U-shaped galley counters and U-shaped dinettes; large LCD TVs; and bunk beds. Key features include the Ideal Rest body conforming memory foam mattress; GPgo global positioning system; RestEasy theater seating module, including a center storage compartment with flip-out cup holders and powered seat backs that recline separately at the touch of a button; the BenchMark Full Comfort Dinette featuring the Dream Dinette (innerspring seats that flip up for storage, and a table that adjusts quickly into a bed); and the Sirius Plug ‘n Play System, which can be controlled through the in-dash radio but also removed for use in a towed vehicle.
You’ll be singing in the rain once you have a set of TruVision RV wiper blades installed on your coach. They’ll be exhibited by Wiper Technologies By Diesel Equipment (800-222-7159, NC).
Wolff Marketing (570-387-1474, PA) representatives will be on hand to explain the workings of the company’s medical device that provides electronic muscle stimulation.
Motorhome foundations from Workhorse Custom Chassis (765-964-2142, IN) will be available for convention-goers’ inspection.
Get around town “” or the campground “” in style with a moped from X-Treme Scooters (402-603-4445, IA). The mopeds attach nicely to a bike rack on the back of the motorhome. Electric and gas-powered scooters are available as well, featuring foldable models. And the fun doesn’t end there; electric and gas ATVs also will be offered.
Xantrex Technology Inc. (360-734-7788, WA) will showcase its line of inverters and convertors.