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California RV ShowThe RV Industry Association announced that Kampgrounds of America will sponsor the mock campground entrance at the 61st Annual California RV Show and that KOA CEO Jim Rogers will be a featured speaker at the event.

The mock campground was very popular with attendees and guests after being unveiled as the main entry point at last year’s show.  Show attendees walk through the exhibit to see RVs in a campground setting before moving on to the main exhibition areas.

This year’s mock campground will cover 15,000 square feet of exhibit space and feature ten RV products, including two Fleetwood Type A motorhomes, two Tiffin Type A motorhomes, a Winnebago Type A motorhome, a Thor Type A motorhome, two Columbia Northwest folding camping trailers, and a Pleasure-Way Type B motorhome.

KOA will also have one of its deluxe cabins on display for attendees to visit. The 40-foot unit built by Cavco features an upstairs sleeping loft, flat screen TVs, queen bed suite, full bath and full kitchen. KOA staff will be on hand to answer questions and help make reservations.

“We are delighted to be part of the California RV Show,” said Scott Corey, owner of the Ventura Ranch KOA. “Our cabins and teepees have been a huge hit with campers at our campground. The Deluxe Cabin that will be on display is a great example of ‘glamping.’ Attendees will see that they can enjoy a great outdoor vacation even if they don’t own an RV and be introduced to the RV and camping lifestyle.”

KOA CEO Jim Rogers will be at the show Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. in the seminar tent to review the exciting things KOA is doing nationwide, discuss his appearance on the popular CBS program Undercover Boss, and meet and greet show attendees.

The 61st Annual California RV Show will take place at The Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., from Oct. 11 to 20. For more information visit www.TheBestRVShow.com

 

Boomers first RVMany boomers may have doubts about their nest eggs, but at least one symbol of retirement prosperity is rolling along quite nicely, thank you very much. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association says that it expects sales of RVs and motorhomes to reach 307,000 units in 2013, which would make this the industry’s best year since 2007. For the year to date, shipments to dealers are up 13% over last year’s levels, the association reported in its most recent sales update.

The mega-camper business all but collapsed during the last recession, thanks to the combination of economic upheaval and high gas prices, with sales falling 58% from 2006 to 2009. Shriveling credit markets played a role, too, with many lenders being unwilling to finance RV and motorhome purchases even as they freed up money for car loans in general.

A spokesman for Thor, the company that makes Airstream and other popular RV brands,reports buyers can now “get financing pretty easily up to about $150,000.” Interest rates on RVs start at around 4.4%, compared with under 3% for the typical auto loan.

RV salespeople say that retiring “snowbird” boomers are their biggest customer group; the trade group doesn’t publish specific age breakdowns, but its literature suggests that ownership rates are highest among those between age 55 and 75. Speaking of snowbird stereotypes, the archetypal motorhome, in which the driver’s cabin and the living quarters are all on the same chassis accounts for only about 12% of RV sales. “Travel trailers” that get towed behind another vehicle, like the Airstream, make up the majority of the market. Some of those are quite modest, but price tags on the most luxurious models can top $90,000.

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Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
DUTCHMEN RUBICON 2012
DUTCHMEN VOLTAGE 2012
Manufacturer: DUTCHMEN MANUFACTURING, INC. Mfr’s Report Date: JAN 12, 2012
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 12V012000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: WHEELS:CAP/COVER/HUB
Potential Number of Units Affected: 437
Summary:
THOR IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2012 DUTCHMEN VOLTAGE AND RUBICON TRAVEL TRAILERS, MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 19, 2011 THROUGH DECEMBER 21, 2011. THE TRAILER WHEELS MAY NOT BE FULLY SEATED ON THE HUB AND THEREFORE MAY LOOSEN AND POTENTIALLY DETACH FROM THE TRAILER.
Consequence:
WHEEL SEPARATION CAN LEAD TO LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE TRAILER INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH. A DETACHED WHEEL ALSO POSES A RISK OF INJURY TO PEDESTRIANS AND OTHER VEHICLES.
Remedy:
THOR WILL NOTIFY OWNERS, AND DEALERS WILL INSPECT THE WHEELS, AND REPAIR THE TRAILERS AS NECESSARY, FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR BEFORE JANUARY 20, 2012. OWNERS MAY CONTACT THOR INDUSTRIES, INC. AT 1-937-596-6849.
Notes:
OWNERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION’S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .

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