RV News And Notes: Thor Motor Coach Unveils New Floor Plans
Thor Motor Coach displayed new floor plans in its Tuscany, Four Winds, Hurricane, and Vegas motorhome lines during the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) National RV Trade Show last November in Louisville, Kentucky. Here’s a brief overview of each:
|Tuscany 40RT: A Type A diesel pusher with triple slideouts, extensive kitchen workspace, and four televisions, including a retractable 55-inch LED Smart HDTV in the living area.|
|Four Winds 25V: A Type C motorhome with twin beds that convert to a king, and a large wardrobe in the rear bedroom.|
|Hurricane 34R: A Type A, gas-powered, two-slideout model, including a full-wall slideout; two large-screen TVs in the living room, and theater seats with footrests.|
|Vegas 25.6: Labeled an RUV (recreational utility vehicle) by Thor, it features a full-wall slideout, a flip-up queen bed, and stabilizing jacks.|
For more information, call (800) 860-5658 or visit www.thormotorcoach.com.
Alaska Offers Free Vacation Planner
|The Official Alaska State Vacation Planner for 2018 is available. The print travel guide includes maps, sample itineraries, activities, and more. To request a free copy, fill out the order form at www.travelalaska.com/Planners/Planner.aspx.|
Alabama Service Tech Wins Competition
Go RVing Campaign Celebrates 20 Years Of Success
When the Go RVing national advertising and marketing campaign launched in 1997, RV sales hovered around 250,000 units per year. Two decades later, the RV industry campaign is still going amid annual shipments of approximately a half million RVs. That was cause for celebration this past November at the National RV Trade Show.
The campaign is tied to RV manufacturers, component suppliers, dealers, and campgrounds, and strives to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel and camping. Over the years, the campaign’s themes have evolved, from “Wherever You Go, You’re Always at Home” to the current tagline, “Find Your Away.”
Three major Go RVing research projects are under way and are expected to be unveiled this spring, according to Bob Wheeler, co-chair of the Go RVing Coalition.
Lazydays RV Announces Merger
Lazydays RV Center Inc. announced in October 2017 that it would be acquired by Adina Acquisition Group, which plans to take the combined company public as Lazydays Holdings Inc. It will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Lazydays Holdings and will be listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the name LAZY.
Lazydays operates RV dealerships in Tampa, Florida; Tucson, Arizona; and Loveland, Denver, and Longmont, Colorado. The Tampa dealership claims the title of America’s largest single RV dealership.
Lazydays chairman and CEO William P. Murname will continue in those roles after the deal is completed. In a press release, he said the merger gives the company the ability to rapidly become a public company and continue to grow. Other senior managers at Lazydays also will remain in their current roles. Lazydays will continue business as usual, according to the release.
Gulf Stream Unveils Travel Trailer Lines
Gulf Stream Coach this past fall launched two new lines of travel trailers, the Capri and the Cabin Cruiser.
The designs allow The Capri to be easy to tow and maneuver. Seven floor plans are available. Standard features include handcrafted cabinets; 30-amp service with a 45-amp converter with charger; a system-monitor panel; and a seamless vinyl roof. Options include an outside shower, and a Murphy bed in two floor plans.
The Cabin Cruiser line offers interiors with knotty pine paneling that suggests a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. Standard features include vacuum-bonded, laminated fiberglass sidewalls; a welded tubular aluminum frame; and a one-piece vinyl roof. Options include an electric awning with LED lights; a microwave oven; and a roof air conditioner.
For more information, call (800) 289-8787 or visit www.gulfstreamcoach.com.
U.S. Agencies Set Fee-Free Days
|The National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Forest Service have set fee-free days for 2018. Entrance fees to sites managed by these agencies will be waived on the following dates:
February 19: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service
April 21: National Park Service
June 9: U.S. Forest Service
September 22: National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service
October 14: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
November 10: U.S. Forest Service
November 11: National Park Service; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; U.S. Forest Service
Also, thanks to the Every Kid in a Park program, every day can be a fee-free day for families with a fourth-grader. Fourth-graders can obtain an Every Kid in a Park pass by visiting www.everykidinapark.gov.
RV Industry Awards Announced