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Winnebago is debuting the new Winnebago Ultralite at America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, PA.

Winnebago Ultralite travel trailer interior

Winnebago Ultralite travel trailer interior

The all-new Winnebago Ultralite offers lightweight towability with a touch of class.  Everything about the Ultralite 27RBDS feels like home – its queen bed with a luxury memory foam mattress, roomy wardrobe, double shower, solid-surface countertops, large pantry and energy-efficient LED lighting. The aerodynamic shape and enclosed underbelly provide exceptional “wind-slip,” reducing drag and increasing fuel economy, while the Stable-Track axle design smooths out the ride and reduces sway caused by crosswinds or passing traffic.

Simply put, the Ultralite lives up to the quality reputation of its iconic Winnebago name.

Another highlight of the Hershey Show is the SunnyBrook Raven.  The wide-open spaces of a true luxury suite are found in the all-new Raven 3600RK fifth wheel.  This “home away from home” features a best-in-class bedroom/bathroom suite with a large 60″ shower, solid surface countertops, energy-saving LED lighting and unique back-lighting in several areas to highlight the comfortable interior.

Frameless windows, a keyless entry, an unobstructed storage area, slam latch luggage doors and a color-coordinated roof are all standard on the Raven.  Well-insulated to begin with, the Extreme Weather Package provides a whole new dimension. This option provides radiant insulation in the roof and floor, enabling the Raven to reach an amazing R-30+ equivalent insulation value. The Raven makes outdoor adventures a wonderful indoor experience!

Winnebago Industries will also have the full complement of 2014 Winnebago, Itasca, Winnebago Touring Coach and SunnyBrook products on display.

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Tynan Smith, San Francisco tech entrepreneur

Tynan Smith, San Francisco tech entrepreneur

Tynan Smith, a 32-year-old tech entrepreneur, lives in what he considers his dream Castro district apartment. He’s got marble counters, hardwood floors, a cedar closet and gold leaf ceiling. He doesn’t have a roommate. And at $500 a month, you can’t beat the rent.

The hitch is something he thinks is hardly a hitch: His apartment is a 1996 Winnebago. The rent is for a parking spot and a bit of electricity.

“With the RV, I have a good excuse to design everything really efficiently. If I had a house, would I really put in marble counters? But here it’s like 2 feet by 2 feet, so I do,” he said, drinking ginger tea he’d bought at the Samovar Tea Lounge nearby. “And then there’s the way it makes my life more efficient, more thoughtful.”

Smith is among a small slice of young San Francisco professionals who are choosing to live in vehicles – whether it’s a large RV or a smaller car – even when they can afford more traditional options (i.e. apartments), albeit not in the trendiest neighborhoods.

These in-vehicle arrangements – usually associated with the homeless – are illegal, and come at a time when the city’s housing crisis has pushed many to seek lower-rent options (the average rent for a one-bedroom in the Castro is $2,990 per month). Yet, unlike the homeless, these new vehicle dwellers see their choice as more than financially practical. They talk about the freedom to move, the minimalism that small space requires, and the cred it gives them within the startup community, where there’s value in being hard-core and a little weird.

“We have such a tight vacancy rate, 1 to 2 percent,” said Sarah Karlinsky, the deputy director of the city planning think tank SPUR. “It leads people to live in whatever they can find, like their cars. Still, what an interesting leap to be like, ‘I’m just going to buy an RV?’ ”

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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

 

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