New for 2015

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by Bruce Hampson
November 25, 2014

  The glory days of RVing return with an impressive crop of innovative towables for the coming year   At first blush, the little 16-foot travel trailer looked as if someone had painstakingly restored a “canned ham”-styled 1961 Shasta Airflyte — right down to its matador-red-and-polo-white... Read more »

Half-Ton Towing: Fact or Fiction?

The 2015 Chevy Silverado is available with a gvwr of up to 7,600 pounds, a gawr of 4,300 pounds and a tow rating of up to 12,000 pounds. based on the SAE J2807 standard.

by Chris Hemer
November 24, 2014

  It depends on the fifth-wheel and how the truck is equipped   So-called half-ton-towable fifth-wheels are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of reasons. The most obvious, of course, is that a half-ton (150 or 1500 series) pickup is less expensive than a comparably equipped HD truck... Read more »

Certified Green RVs

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November 24, 2014

  A number of makers of Certified Green RVs were on display at Elkhart, Indiana’s RV Open House Week in September. The event is one of the RV industry’s largest annual trade shows where massive outdoor displays showcasing most RV manufacturers spread out across a 3-mile radius. For an RV to qualify... Read more »

New Dates for 2015 Phoenix Rally

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by Donya Carlson
November 24, 2014

Come join the fun, February 26 to March 1, 2015, at the Camping World/Good Sam Rally in Phoenix, Arizona! Organizers announced a new date for the upcoming Rally due to a change in NASCAR’s 2015 race schedule. The Rally features a vast exhibit area with hundreds of motorized and towable RVs, more... Read more »

Expansion Projects Planned for RV Factories

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by Donya Carlson
November 24, 2014

Recreational vehicle sales are up, and Airstream, Heartland and Keystone are planning factory expansions. Airstream will add about 94,000 square feet to its 134,000-square-foot plant in Jackson Center, Ohio. The $5.9 million project is expected to be completed by mid-2015 and will add approximately... Read more »

Throwback Travel Trailer

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by Donya Carlson
November 24, 2014

In the 1950s I Love Lucy was keeping TV viewers entertained, Yankees’ centerfielder Mickey Mantle was a household name and simple travel trailers were the rage. The designers at Genesis Supreme RV have created that nostalgic feel with trailers with straightforward floorplans. Said Pablo Carmona, president... Read more »

Cabinet Items Stay Put

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November 24, 2014

When we’re traveling, items in our RV’s cabinets tend to slide around. More often than not, these items end up at the cabinet doors, and when we open the doors, they fall out. Like many RVs, the bottom shelves of the kitchen cabinets have lips on the inside; however, the top shelves do not. I measured... Read more »

Keep Water Out

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November 24, 2014

I prefer to use a power-cord connector with an angle head to take stress off the connector, but wet weather was a concern. I came up with an idea to keep the connection point between the pigtail and power cord dry, whether it’s misty out or raining hard. Split a 6- to 8-inch plastic funnel and fit... Read more »

Facts, Myth, and Common Sense

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by Bob Carpenter
October 31, 2014

  Oil is what keeps an engine alive and running strong. But how much do you really know about it? A lot of people refer to engine oil as “the lifeblood of an engine,” and that’s really not an exaggeration. Anyone who has let an engine run too low on precious oil has learned the hard way... Read more »

No Maps Needed

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October 29, 2014

Redesigned inside and out, the new Rand McNally RVND 7730 LM RV GPS device provides fresh hardware, a faster processor and two new graphical user interface options with improved map appearance. With robust navigation and new features such as Toll Cost estimates and Advanced Lane Guidance, the RVND ... Read more »

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