Damon receives Department of Defense award
Damon Motor Coach, a subsidiary of Thor Industries, has received the Above and Beyond Award from the United States Department of Defense. This award is presented to employers that demonstrate exceptional support for national defense by adopting policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve. Damon was chosen from among approximately 1,500 employers to receive this award.
The company was nominated by staff sergeant David Bernard, a Damon employee. David started at the company in April 2006 as a service technician and was promoted to customer service rep in October 2007. His unit was mobilized to duty in Iraq in July 2008.
“Damon has been very supportive of my National Guard and Reserve service, even when I was called on short notice,” Mr. Bernard said. “Damon Motor Coach outwardly recognizes me as a special asset because I am in the National Guard and Reserve. They keep in touch with my family when I am on active duty and deserve this award,” he added.
RVSEF announces lifestyle, education, and safety clinic
The Recreation Vehicle Safety & Education Foundation will present an educational clinic for RV owners September 13 through 16, 2009, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. This RV industry-sponsored clinic will offer a networking opportunity with industry experts through classroom, roundtable, and one-on-one discussions. The clinic will focus on presenting current and potential RV owners with knowledge of how to properly and safely operate RVs; helping folks understand the various types of RVs and how they may fit individuals’ specific needs; and providing attendees with the confidence to more fully enjoy all that RVing has to offer.
Participants will learn how to better understand the operation and maintenance requirements of RVs and RV systems. They also will find out about various insurance policies, warranties, and roadside assistance options available; learn how to select the correct type of RV for their needs and budgets; receive an introduction to various RV lifestyle enhancements to expand their RV usage and fun; and have the opportunity to establish and develop camaraderie with fellow RVers. Attendees also will be given the opportunity to attend the “RVSEF Driving Program” and receive a certificate of completion for a possible insurance discount through their insurance provider.
In addition, participants can choose to receive an RV safety inspection, have their RV weighed for comparisons to component and vehicle ratings, and experience hands-on RV driving instruction.
Reservations for this clinic are required, and space is limited. For more information, contact the RV Safety & Education Foundation at (321) 453-7673; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.rvsafety.com.
Aqua-Hot founder, wife, found dead
Harold “Hap” Enander, 69, founder and president of Aqua-Hot Heating Systems Inc., and his wife, Sue, 61, were found shot to death in their Hudson, Colorado, home on January 15, 2009.
Mr. Enander founded the company in 1984 as Vehicle Systems Inc., and in 1989 he introduced Aqua-Hot, the company’s first hot water heating system for recreation vehicles. According to published reports, he and his wife were married four years ago and were very active in the First Baptist Church of Hudson, Colorado.
“Our Aqua-Hot family has lost a very kind and inspirational leader,” said Paul Harter, vice president of the company, which is based in nearby Lupton. “I think I can speak for everyone when I say it was a privilege to have known Hap and Sue.”
The Enanders were laid to rest on January 23. Memorial contributions can be made to the Enander Family Foundation, c/o Dolan & Associates, P.C., 193 S. 27th Ave., Suite 200, Brighton, CO 80601.
Southwest Washington service center opens RV park
Brazel’s RV Performance Center, a full-service motorhome and truck repair facility in Centralia, Washington, has announced the opening of a new RV park for use by its customers and the general public.
The RV park, located next to the service center, will feature 20 paved sites (12 pull-throughs) with 50/30-amp electric service and water hookups, a centrally located sewer dump, WiFi Internet, and around-the-clock on-site security.
Camping rates are $25 per night for the general public and $20 per night for customers who are having work performed at the service center. A special discounted rate of $150 per week (tax included) has been established for RVers who would like to stay for longer periods of time. Currently, customers who purchase four Koni FSD shocks will receive a free night’s stay at Brazel’s RV Park.
Brazel’s RV Performance Center is an authorized Workhorse chassis service center. It is located off Interstate 5 between Seattle and Portland (exit 88 or 83) at 3912 Harrison Ave. in Centralia.
RVers can contact the RV park by calling (877) 786-1576 (during business hours) or (360) 388-5881 (after hours) or by e-mailing email@example.com. For more information, visit www.brazelsrv.com.
Foretravel teams up with rodeo champion Trevor Brazile
Foretravel Inc. has announced that it has signed six-time All-Around Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association World Champion Trevor Brazile to a five-year promotional agreement. Mr. Brazile; his wife, Shada; and their young son, Treston, will travel the professional rodeo circuit in a new custom-built Foretravel motorhome beginning in May 2009.
Mr. Brazile brings his fame and long list of rodeo awards and accomplishments to help Foretravel gain visibility in the rodeo and horse-related industry. Foretravel recently entered the high-end horse trailer conversion business and is looking to bring its years of manufacturing experience to this arena.
Mr. Brazile was born in Amarillo, Texas, and now makes his home on a ranch outside of Decatur, Texas. When not following the rodeo circuit, he spends time with his family and raises American quarter horses. He and his family sometimes travel up to three consecutive months.