How to Buy an RV?

August 8, 2013 by · Comments Off 

If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to our E-mail Digest or RSS Feed. We will then send you the stories that are posted each day in an e-mail digest. We use a service called Feedburner for delivery of these emails. You will receive an e-mail from Feedburner after you subscribe and you must click on that email to activate your subscription. Thanks for visiting and enjoy all the information! RV.Net Blog AdminThrough the years, we’ve had all sorts of different visitors to our website. Everyone seems open to travel and new experiences. Most have an interest in RV camping. Many have a specific interest in Airstream or RV ownership. I wrote the book “How to Buy an Airstream” for the latter crowd. Since its initial publication the book has sold very well, chalking up #1 bestseller status in Amazon’s Travel category. I’ve heard positive feedback from many people who are simply interested in buying an RV. Many of the principles discussed in the book will apply to any RV. Click the pic for more info. My goal with “How to Buy an Airstream” is to arm anyone interested in buying an Airstream with the essential information needed to bring home the right silver baby. This book is singularly focused on the purchasing process. (It is not about restoration, maintenance, or selling.) The basic principles discussed within will be helpful for anyone who is going shopping for any RV. Even if you are buying some other brand of RV... Read more


February 22, 2013 by Barry & Monique Zander · Comments Off 

By Barry Zander, Edited by Monique Zander, the Never-Bored RVers I just read your article about Enon. It gave me a chuckle. I actually live close to Enon and still am not sure where it is.   I hear people talk about it but it remains this mysterious place that only certain people know where it is located. I’ll be following your journey and hope you have a fun and safe trip. Carol Garris In the book “Then There Were None” by Agatha Christy, which was made into a movie in 1959 called, “Ten Little Indians,” the name of the omniscient host was U.N. Owen.  It was later decoded to mean “Unknown.”  Well, maybe the “Mystery of Enon” is that it’s “None” spelled backwards. In response to my request for wrong turn stories, there’s this one from Gary: Perhaps not as good a story as yours, but here goes anyway. My wife and I were traveling south from Mount Vernon, WA, on Interstate 5, talking about anything and everything when we found ourselves on Old Highway 99, the old main north/south Hwy, from Seattle, which is about 10 miles or so to the west, of I-5, without any knowledge of how we got there. We knew where we were, but how we got there remains a mystery even today. That was over 30 years ago and we still refer to that time whenever we find ourselves talking past a turn-off.     Good times.   Yes.  Thanks, Gary AND … We once spontaneously decided to tent camp with canoe, two kids, and a dog. The idea was to get to Flagstaff Lake, put gear and... Read more

The RVs We Drive – Woodall’s Bloggers Discuss their Personal RV Choices

September 22, 2011 by Woodall's · 20 Comments 

The RVs We Drive | This Week Only at Woodall’s Campgrounds, RV Blog and Family Camping Blog! This week in the Woodall’s Blog – The RVs WE Drive! Read our expert bloggers as they share the pros and cons of various camping units – from their own personal experience. These posts are about their favorite RVs! What is your RV of choice, and why do you choose that vehicle for your camping trips? Tell us by submitting a guest blog about it at . Here’s what one blogger had to say: Looking for Fun with the Fun-Finder How did we select our current RV? Well, I’d like to report that we had unlimited funds and time to select nothing but the very best that satisfied our every whim and need. I’d like to tell you that, but it wouldn’t be true. Instead, I’ll tell you what is probably a common story. We had camped for ma… READ MORE  Read More →

Adventurer LP Introduces Double-Slide Camper

September 12, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 23 Comments 

Yakima, Washington-based Adventurer LP announced Tuesday (September 6) it had begun shipping its all-new Eagle Cap 1160 double-slide truck camper to dealers. The first two dealers to receive the 1160 were George Sutton in Eugene, Oregon, and Lacombe RV in Lacombe, Alberta. According to Adventurer, most of their dealers have the 1160 on order and will be receiving them as soon as they are completed. The Eagle Cap 1160 is a redesigned above-the-rails truck camper that allows for increased interior room in its 102-inch wide-body design and features a rear sofa and dinette in separate slide-outs to provide maximum interior space. The 1160 is also a side entry unit allowing room in the rear of the unit for a large Class A-style rear storage bay. 2012 Eagle Cap Series According to Adventurer, Eagle Cap truck campers feature the company’s exclusive “hybrid aluminum superstructure,” a construction blend of welded aluminum framing and fiberglass shell design (full front and back one-piece fiberglass caps), essentially utilizing the best construction designs in the industry. Another Eagle Cap exclusive is the “EC-MAX,” which is a four-season insulation package, providing R-values of R-17 ceiling, R-11 walls, and R-22-plus in the basement/floor. Eagle Cap also features rear sofa and driver’s side dinette slides providing RVers with the type of room typically only seen in trailers and motorhomes, according to Adventurer. Adventurer LP Eagle Cap 1160 double-slide truck camper.... Read more

Vintage Airstream Business Expands

August 11, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 546 Comments 

Vintage Airstream trailers will always have a place in Rory Burmeister’s heart and in his business. Mintage restoring a classic Airstream. Credit: But after three years of restoring retro travel trailers, Burmeister was inspired to do more than bring these travel icons back to life, The Missoulian recently reported. “We are taking what we have learned from that process and we are building our own trailers, taking what we know works from the Airstream and changing what doesn’t,” said Burmeister, owner of Mintage Airstreams, an East Missoula, Montana, company that restores vintage travel trailers. “Beginning in August, we will begin building vintage-looking trailers that have a modern twist.” Partnering with CTA, a Montana-based architectural and engineering firm, Mintage Airstreams will begin producing a high-end vintage-looking trailer, and also the Mintage “Canned Ham,” a smaller travel trailer whose name is inspired by its shape, and the Mintage “Teardrop,” a petite travel trailer light enough to be hauled behind a Subaru. “CTA is helping us design our own high-end trailer that is Airstream traileresque—something that is our own shell and is built from scratch in our shop,” Burmeister explained. “There isn’t anyone doing deluxe high-end traveler trailers like we envision, so we believe we will really fill a niche. “What will make ours over the top is the attention... Read more

Avoid Being a Victim of Fraud

June 14, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 8 Comments 

The RV Industry, unfortunately, is not immune from scam artists. Nobody wants to be a victim of fraud, yet millions of people are, each year. When it comes to purchasing or selling an RV, there are a number of ways that people can get scammed. Each year, some individuals are left feeling the pinch of fraudulent purchases, and the RV industry is no different. From odometer fraud to bounced checks, illegally pulled credit reports, and unclear titles, bad things can happen—and they sometimes do. In two previous posts I reported on stories that were in the News for All the Wrong Reasons—several relating to consignment sales of recreational vehicles: Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones In the News for All the Wrong Reasons During the past two months other scam artists have been trying a make a fast buck. Illinois: Business owner pleads guilty to federal fraud charges The owner of Gebhardt Trailer Sales, Jacklyn Still, also known as Jacklyn Gebhardt, 49, of Lynn Haven, Florida, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore in Springfield to mail fraud and money laundering. Sentencing is set for July 25. Mail fraud carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison. Money laundering carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. The government is also seeking forfeiture of at least $1 million, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of Illinois. Gebhardt admitted that she engaged in various schemes from June 2004 through about April... Read more

On the road again with Newmar

May 26, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 21 Comments 

It’s that time of year again. The 2011 GoNewmar Road Show is set to begin in five days. Four members of Newmar’s management team are “hitting the road” again this year—Newmar’s owner Mahlon Miller, Chairman and CEO Richard Parks, President Matthew Miller, and V.P. of Sales and Marketing John Sammut (accompanied by their spouses). Covering 4,500 miles through 14 eastern states in 20 days, the traveling motorhomes of Newmar hit the road on May 31 for another road show tour. Four motor coaches from Newmar’s 2012 Class A diesel line will be visiting 12 dealers in nine states and one of Newmar’s largest suppliers, Freightliner. This year’s Road Show features the 2012 Ventana LE Diesel Pusher, 2012 Ventana Diesel Pusher, 2012 Dutch Star Diesel Pusher, and 2012 Mountain Aire Diesel Pusher. As part of the GoNewmar Road Show, the corporate executives will also spend five days at the Newmar Kountry Klub International Rally in Essex Junction, Vermont in their motorhomes, where they will RV alongside several hundred owners of Newmar recreational vehicles. (Credit: Newmar Corp) This year’s “Go Newmar” Road Show is being sponsored by Freightliner Customer Chassis Corporation in Gaffney, South Carolina.  The four Newmar motorhomes being driven by the traveling team are built exclusively on Freightliner chassis with Comfort Drive Steering. You’re invited to stop by, tour the coaches, and meet the Newmar Road Show team. See you on the... Read more

Sutton RV: Top Airstream Dealer in West

April 19, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 11 Comments 

George M. Sutton RV has become the premier one-stop dealership for unique, high quality lightweight products. Their flagship brand is Airstream. Airstream has released its list of “Top Ten” dealerships for 2010-2011 and has named George M. Sutton RV “Number Two” behind an East Coast outlet. Located in Eugene, Oregon’s third-largest city, Sutton RV has sold nearly 100 new and used Airstream products this past year. Coupled with its sales excellence, George M. Sutton RV is Airstream’s West Coast leader in service, parts, and both warranty and body repairs, according to a company news release. Founded in 1996, Sutton RV is a family-owned business, a tradition in the Sutton family since 1921. Both George’s father and grandfather owned and operated George M. Sutton Ford, Inglewood, California, for 37 years. The Sutton family was featured in Life Magazine as an example of American Life in December 1956. George and Martha Sutton In addition to Airstream’s tribute, George M. Sutton was elected President of the Oregon RV Dealers Association (ORVDA) at their Spring Meeting in Salem, Oregon. An association of dealers, suppliers, lenders, and associates who are dedicated to promoting the welfare of the RVing public, ORVDA is also focused on legislative issues that affect their ability to do business. “For example,” explains Sutton, “the laws that define an RV versus a manufactured home are convoluted. Currently, when an RV is larger... Read more

Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones

March 28, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 14 Comments 

Some Days Are Diamonds, Some Days Are Stones, was made popular by John Denver in 1981. For the Arkansas couple that recently found a flawless 2.44-carat silver white diamond at the Crater of Diamonds State Park, it was one incredible “diamond day”. The RV lifestyle is like no other but occasionally a stone or two is thrown into the mix. By taking certain precautions and safety checks on travel days, we’re likely to experience mostly “diamond days,” but that’s the topic of another post. The RV Industry, unfortunately, is not immune from scam artists. The following stories have recently been in the News for All the Wrong Reasons—the first three relate to consignment sales of recreational vehicles. Complaints Filed Against Defunct Dealership A dozen customers of Top-O-Hill RV Service Center in Aurora, south of Portland, have filed formal complaints with the Oregon Department of Justice over consignment contracts, according to local television station KGW News. The complaints range from Top-O-Hill selling their RV but not paying them any money for the sale to a camper trailer disappearing without the owner notified where it is or if it has been sold. Some customers who bought RVs from Workman said they found out they could not get a title for their purchase, even though they had paid the agreed amount. The Top-O-Hill sign in front of the large empty lot on one side says, “Thanks for 22 years,” and on the other side, “We’ll miss you Bill.” The owner, Bill... Read more

A new trailer that’s old

March 21, 2011 by Rex Vogel · 47 Comments 

Airstream, arguably the most recognized RV manufacturer in North America, has partnered with Eddie Bauer to produce a new trendy trailer—the 2011 Eddie Bauer Airstream travel trailer. The all new 2011 Eddie Bauer Airstream. Photo courtesy Gear Patrol First unveiled at the 48th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky in late November 2010, the Eddie Bauer Airstream is now available at dealers nationwide. With more than 160 years of combined experience, two iconic brands, Airstream and Eddie Bauer, have partnered to create the ultimate adventure travel trailer, specifically designed to bring outdoor enthusiasts closer to Mother Nature in comfort and style. Designed to meet the specific needs of outdoor adventure travel, the Eddie Bauer Airstream includes a unique sport hatch in the rear of the trailer. The hatch allows for easy loading and unloading of oversized equipment such as bikes and kayaks which can then be secured in the fold-away dinette/lounge area. The unit is also equipped with premium oversized Michelin tires to provide greater ground clearance and rugged wheel-well cladding to protect against off-road debris. A handheld exterior shower makes for easy cleanup for the traveler, their equipment, or pets. Extra clotheslines and racks are intended for hanging wet clothing while durable exterior tie hooks are ideal for securing equipment or making sure Fido stays close by. The interior features an Eddie Bauer-inspired décor, including maple and soapstone... Read more

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