Winnebego Recalls 247 Motorhomes

January 27, 2010

by Greg Gerber
posted on RV D@ily Report January 26, 2010

Winnebago Industries recalls 247 motorhomes

WASHINGTON — Winnebago Industries is recalling 247 model year 2008 and 2009 Winnebago Vectra and Itasca Horizon motorhomes to repair a problem with the unit’s air brakes, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced.

The motorhomes were manufactured between November 2006 and May 2009, and they were equipped with Konsberg Automotive adjustable brake pedals.

The adjustable brake pedal arm may loosen, which could allow the arm to rotate around its shaft and swing in front of the accelerator pedal, thus reducing braking function. A loose brake pedal increases the risk of a crash, NHTSA said.

Winnebago is working with Freightliner to notify owners, and repairs will be completed by Freightliner free of charge.

The recall is expected to begin this month. For more information, owners may call Daimler Trucks warranty campaigns department at (800) 647-0712.

source:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration bulletin

You can email Greg at [email protected]

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Vancouver RV Site Filling

January 25, 2010

as appeared on RVBusiness

Vancouver skyline

Vancouver, BC

The Vancouver, British Columbia, park board says bookings for the RV sites at Jericho Beach are now close to 70% – but the Spanish Banks site is still sitting empty, according to News 1130, Vancouver.

Both parks are being made available for temporary RV use during the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 12 in Vancouver.

Commissioner Aaron Jasper says even though they haven’t been able to fill both locations with RVs, staff is still confident they will break even.

But he says making money wasn’t the main goal.

“The motivation was for us to do our part to help out with the logistics of the Olympics,” Jasper said. “I think it will still be a success, I think the folks that come down with their RVs will still find an enjoyable way to stay in Vancouver and have some of the infrastructure such as transportation that will take them in towards the city.”

Jasper says a large chunk of the reservations have come from Seattle.

Using the “Guide Book”

January 24, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

In 2007 my wife Ruth and I made plans to venture to Alaska in our RV. We knew it would need to be well planned, as we would go over roadwaysbible-guide that we had never traveled I obtained an up-to-date road atlas so I could choose each road through the several states and provinces. We researched sites we wanted to see and accommodations available.

Others who had taken a similar trip told of a book that would be a big help in our final plans, although it would require a lot of study. They said it was a must read, if I were to be adequately prepared for some of the difficulties we might face. It had everything the atlas had and much more. It was called The Milepost and took me milepost by milepost along each road I had selected warning me of every possible hazard to be encountered.

Other books are available on Alaska that would give opinions on what to see and the best road to take. However, The Milepost was written by those who had driven every mile. It was available to me if I wanted to take the time to not only just read it but study it. Once I read it I could take the word of someone who had driven the road or disregard their advice. It was my choice.

The Bible is like that. We can just read it or we can study it. We can take its advice about the journey called our “lifetime’ or we can disregard its advice. It is always our choice. Granted it is easier to just disregard it and travel whatever roadway unfolds before us, assuming that God has no interest in us and that whatever will be will be. However, there is One who has traveled this journey before us, and He invites us to allow Him to provide a mile by mile description of every roadway that lies ahead.

It is my recommendation that you not just own this Book but that you take the time to read it and study it. You will want to memorize some of it (Psalms 119:11). So on your journey, don’t be tempted to travel without consulting the Guidebook of life, for though “there is a way that seems right to man” it leads to the wrong destination (Proverbs 14:12). God’s way is the perfect way (2 Samuel 22:31). He has offered to “show you the way you should go” (Deut. 1:33); however, the decision as to taking His advice is up to you.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

PBS to Air National Park Series

January 23, 2010

by Greg Gerber
posted on RV D@ily Report January 22, 2010

WASHINGTON — The popular Ken Burns’ “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea” series begins its encore PBS broadcast with the first episode airing Jan. 27. It will then appear on consecutive Wednesdays through March 3.

npsThe series, which premiered last September, was the second most-watched series on PBS over the last decade (2000 to 2009). It reached a total audience of 33.4 million viewers and sparked the interests of many Americans to travel and visit their national parks. In many areas of the country, the series encouraged community members to share their experiences and promoted conservation and preservation of these treasured public lands.

On Wednesdays beginning Jan. 27 and continuing through March 3, viewers have a second chance to explore the beauty and history of America’s national parks.

For more information, visit www.pbs.org

You can email Greg at [email protected]

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Check for RV Recalls

January 19, 2010

by Keith Bennett
The RV Travel Examiner

It is always a good idea to periodically check for recalls on your RV.  Not many RVers know where to look for this information.  A Google search will bring back results as there are many resources out there for this information.

My favorite is www.allworldauto.com/recalls/manufacturers_starting_with_A.html as it lists all manufactures, so I can check for the car and truck at the same time.

The important reminder is to look on a regular basis.  Some recalls are very minor issues and some are serious safety issues.  In many cases the cost of repairs in covered and you have the peace of mind of knowing that your RV is up to date.  Take a minute, right now, and check yours so that when warm weather returns (I am told it will), you will be ready to hit the highways in a safe manner.

Happy Camping

You may comment below or visit Keith’s site at The RV Travel Examiner for additional RV Travel articles.

The Journey

January 18, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

We are each on a journey that started at our birth. This journey will continue over an indefinite period that we call our “lifetime.” At some point unknown to any of us, it will come to an end.

Journey is defined as “travel from one place to another; a trip.” When our lives end, we will have traveled from one place to another, from one world to another.road

Before we take a trip we carefully plan for months or even years. Only the most adventurous set out without a definite destination in mind. We may even change our plans one or more times, but we will know our starting point and usually our destination.

Before we are born, others planned for us. Our first years are planned and directed by our parents and are pretty much shaped by the travel map they are using. They usually plan our journey through school, college, a story book marriage, and into a successful career.

But somewhere along your own journey we discover that the planning for the balance of our lives has been turned over to us. We soon realize that the time for the end of our journey has been pre-determined (Ecc 3:1-2. Heb. 9:27).

Each person’s journey will be different. During my journey I have observed those of others that have been much shorter than mine. I reveal several of these in my book, It’s Never Too Late (available at www.faithrescued.com).

At this moment, you are on your journey. The decision as to where you are going may be up in the air. As far as I have been able to determine, there aren’t a lot of options available. While some seem to think that if they believe the end in nothing more than a long sleep that will make it true. If that were true, then all of our lives would be meaningless and of no more value than the life span of the mosquito (1 Cor.15:32).

God has provided a Guidebook or Map to help each of us determine where you are going after this journey ends. The story of our Creator’s efforts to preserve this Book for us is truly amazing.

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

7 Tips to Better Motorhome Driving

January 14, 2010

by Mark Polk
Mark is a regular contributing author

After numerous requests we finally decided to produce a motorhome driving DVD. I enlisted the help from aprofessional driver and book author Lorrin Walsh. I always thought I was a good driver, but even old dogs can learn new tricks. Here are my top 7 tips to help improve your driving skills.polk_small

1. Know where your pivot point is and what it means. The pivot point is defined as the fixed point on a vehicle at which the vehicle rotates around in a turn. On a two-axle vehicle it is the center of the rear axle. This means that if an object, for example a tree, is located at the center of the rear axle or behind, you can turn toward the object and not hit it. If the object is ahead of the pivot point and you turn toward it, you will hit it.

2. Have an understanding of what off-tracking is and how it affects the way your coach turns. Off-tracking is the difference between the path of the front wheels and the rear wheels, during the course of a turn. You really don’t need to know how much your coach off-tracks; you just need to know what it is and how it affects the way your coach turns.

What is beneficial is to establish what Lorrin calls “turn offsets.” A turn offset is the distance that your coach will travel forward during a turn, in relationship to how far away you were from an object when you started the turn. It basically shows you how your coach turns. To establish your turn offsets, park your coach parallel to a line and 1 foot away (you can do this in a parking lot). Then mark the line adjacent to your pivot point. Now, turn the wheels full lock, or as far as they will turn in the direction of the line, and move forward until the pivot point you established on the coach intersects with the line. Measure the distance you have traveled from the starting mark that you put on the line, to the pivot point. This is your turn offset from 1 foot away.

It doesn’t hurt to take these measurements turning both left and right. This gives you an opportunity to see what it looks like in the mirrors, and not all vehicles turn the same in both directions. Repeat this exercise at two-, three-, and four-feet intervals from a parallel line. If you tow something behind your motorhome it’s a good idea to take it with you when you try this, to see where the towed vehicle crosses the line. Then you know what to expect when towing a vehicle.

3. Find out what your tail swing is. Tail swing is the distance that the body of the coach behind the pivot point moves in the opposite direction of the front when you turn. To establish what your tail swing is, stop your motorhome with the side of it parked along a straight line. Then, make a full lock turn away from the line and have someone measure the maximum swing as you turn. When we were filming, Lorrin’s motorhome had a tail swing of 18 inches, but another coach we tested had 30 inches of tail swing. In general, a newer motorhome chassis will turn more sharply, which equates to more tail swing.

4. After you have your turn offset and tail swing information you will know exactly what you need to do to properly setup for a maneuver. The setup is the most important part of any maneuver. Setup is how you position your motorhome to start a maneuver after taking all these other factors into consideration. By setting up farther away from the obstruction and starting to turn earlier, you would be able to turn into a much smaller lane or opening. Also, by knowing your tail swing you know at least how far to be from a wall or other objects before you start your turn. In traffic you will need to allow space in the lane on the opposite side from the direction that you are turning, for your tail to swing into. Something that really needs to be stressed here is don’t force a turn. If there is not enough room to make the maneuver, stop and wait for traffic to clear to complete your turn. And if it doesn’t look like there is enough room to make the maneuver, don’t do it!

5. Proper mirror adjustment is an important element to improving your driving skills. Approximately 30 percent of the hazards you will encounter come from the rear, so getting the maximum viewing area from your mirrors is critical. If you have the type of mirrors that extend out in front of your motorhome on long arms, make sure the inside edge of the mirror is flush with the side of the coach. When we were filming, we found that the majority of motorhomes with mirrors of this type were not set correctly.

The best way to check the mirrors is to stand in front of your coach and sight down the side. The inside of the mirror head should look like it is just touching the side of the coach. Having the mirror flush with the side of the coach gives you the best overall view. Some motorhomes taper in on the front and can give you a false setting, so make sure you are looking down the side. On the passenger side you should set the mirror flush with the outside of the awning arms. If the mirror is too far in or out, you are losing valuable viewing area. Adjust the flat part of the mirror so you can just see the side of your coach along the inside edge and so you are looking back level with the ground about one-fourth of the way from the top of the mirror. You really don’t need to see a lot of sky.

6. Establish reference points. In a car you have a hood in front of you to use as a sight, but in a motorhome you have very little in front of you to assist in staying on course. While you are at the parking lot to establish your turn data, park the motorhome with the driver’s side of the coach on a long line and see where that line intersects the bottom of the windshield. If there is no specific reference point, mark that spot with a piece of tape or other type of marker. Then move the coach, so the line is on the passenger side, and mark the windshield the same way. This will give you your limits. These marks will give your subconscious some help to stay centered in your lane and maintain a straight course. You should also note where your windshield marks or any reference points you have established on the dash are when centered on an average-width roadway.

7. Make sure other adults who travel with you are capable and confident in driving the motorhome, too. It’s better to share the driving duties or, at a minimum, have the ability to drive if the need presents itself.

These are simple driving tips you can apply to help improve your driving skills. I want to thank Lorrin Walsh for his contributions to this article. For more information on how to drive like a pro, check out Lorrin’s book or our DVD available at www.rveducation101.com.

Happy Camping,

Mark

Mark Polk is founder of RV Education 101 and RV University

RVing – Out of Your Comfort Zone?

January 13, 2010

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? January 10, 2010

I came across two interesting quotes recently.
“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone”.  Neal Walsh, author of Conversations with God

“Don’t simply retire from something; have something to retire to”.  Harry Emerson Fosdick, American clergyman.

In looking at what we call retirement, many take issue with using the words “retire” or “retirement.” Retire means withdraw, move back, go to bed. It sounds so passive. The chances are that you will live another 20 years after “retirement,” perhaps more. Some prefer the term “ThirdAgers.” At ThirdAge.com, they define it as, “We are grown ups who are still growing.” Growing and learning is a lot more positive than withdrawing.

In any case, leaving your job at the end of your working life can mean stepping out of your comfort zone for many. Life will be lived differently – and – it can be time for adventures and activities only dreamed about before that. Both Fosdick and Walsh could have been thinking about RVing in their quotes.

Most people who choose the RV retirement lifestyle are not passive people. They are active. If not at the top of their physical form, they are still curious and want to see new things. It can be uncomfortable at times. It can mean traveling more by the seat of your pants, adding some spice to life. “Where will we end up tonight?!” “This place looks interesting. Let’s stay longer.”

This is a time of life to embrace. It is a time of more leisure – though most folks in this period of life wonder how they ever had time to work, they are so busy. Even those who have to or choose to work often work at different task or work less than in their pre-retirement days. If you work in various places as you travel in an RV it adds new places to explore, new people to get to know, new things to try. On Workamper.com’s New Year’s celebration, a few Workampers shared their adventures. One couple works in an RV park system in Arizona as decorators. Yes, that’s what they do – decorate all the parks. Their job extends to March so it must be more than just the holidays. Another fellow drove a stagecoach in Colorado. Neither had planned on that, but the opportunity came and they seized it. Now they are having a ball!

As you look to those years after work, possibly 20 or 30 years, think about what you are retiring to. How can you step out of your comfort zone and engage in life? Will there be an RV in your future? It is a vehicle to an exciting life!

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]
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Seize the Opportunity

January 13, 2010

by John Imler
John is an RVchurchesUSA Ambassor and author of It’s Never Too Late

We have all wished for the opportunity to do things over, feeling assured that we would do them differently or get them right the next time. Life can get frustrating with all of its challenges and required decisions.

Perhaps you have felt like the writer of Ecclesiastes, just as I have, opportunitywhen he penned the words, “Everything is meaningless” (Ecc. 1:2).

We are at the beginning of another year on the calendar. It is a time when many of us will make resolutions to change certain aspects of our lives or, in a sense, to start over.

As I consider the new year, it seems to me that my number one resolution should be to daily become more conscious of my Creator. After expressing the same questions and frustrations most of us experience, the writer of Ecclesiastes summarizes it all in chapter 12:13-14: “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.”

Jesus Himself declared this same truth in Luke 10:27: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and, love your neighbor as yourself.”

There is within all of us a God given sense of right and wrong and when we are conscious of God in our daily lives, the Holy Spirit will, as Christ promised, “teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you” (John 14:26).

So seize the opportunity for a new beginning. 2010 is the first year of the rest of your life. May you have a new consciousness of your Creator in your daily life.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Remember, how much of the Bible we read is not as important as how much of its truths and principles we remember to practice in our daily lives (Luke 8:11-15).

John welcomes your comments either below or email him directly at [email protected]

RV Tip: Google Them

January 9, 2010

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? January 6, 2010

Do you need repairs on your RV or your tow or towed (toad) vehicle? Before taking your vehicle to a mechanic or repair shop, check in these three places:bbb torch

  1. RVServiceReviews.com – search by state
  2. The Better Business Bureau – locate a local branch or search online
  3. Google the business with words like “scam,” “rip-off,” or “complaint” and see if anything comes up

You could save a lot of money, time and headaches by researching the shop first.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

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2010 Census – RVers Also?

January 5, 2010

by Jaimie Hall Bruzenak
as appeared on RV Home Yet? January 4, 2010

An article on The Daily News Online discusses the difficulty officials are anticipating this year in taking the census. It begins with “Where will you be on Census Day — living in your RV, couch surfing at your friends’, squatting in your parents’ basement?” Since there are so many people who have lost their homes, this year will present special challenges.census

Census-takers will be looking in some unusual places for people including under bridges, along river banks – and for the first time – people living in cars. It sounds like they will be looking in RVs for the homeless too. I imagine that census takers in places like Venice, CA and other cities that have homeless populations will be knocking on RV doors.

According to the article, people will be counted wherever they are “living” on April 1, 2010 (January 25 if you are in Alaska). This could present challenges for RVers. Full-time RVers should receive their census form by mail by the first of April even if forwarded. I haven’t seen the form, but I would think that we could put our domicile address down even if we are not there. Our domicile state will want to count us as their citizens. It will affect the dollars they receive from the federal government. If a census-taker knocks on the door of your RV, it should be enough to say you’ve already mailed your form in.

I’m sure it is a challenge to count all the people living in the United States, since some people want to stay under the radar. But I don’t like the idea that the press makes it seem like those who live in RVs are there because they lost their homes without acknowledging that many of us live in RVs by choice. What do you think? Add your comment below.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak

Please add your comment below or email Jamie at [email protected]

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