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Oregon RV Resort Adds Deluxe Yurts
APRIL 6, 2018
Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort in Reedsport, Ore., just a few miles from the Oregon Coast, has added four deluxe yurts.
The deluxe yurts are located in the upper-forested area of the resort, near the lodge. The heavy canvas circular exterior provides the atmosphere of a tent, yet the interior is furnished with a trundle bed plus bunk beds to accommodate up to four people. The yurts have air conditioners and heaters, a counter top refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot and bed linens.
The two-mile-long lake is surrounded by mountains with Douglas Fir trees that protect the recreation lake from the winds often blowing on the Oregon Coast.
At the on-site Loon Lake Marina and Water Sports, resort guests can rent Sea-Doos and ski boats to traverse the lake with speed and skill, or a canoe, kayak, stand-up paddleboard or pontoon boat for a more mellow lake trip, including a journey along the lake’s feeder creek.
In addition to the deluxe yurts, locations near the lake have yurts that accommodate two in a queen-size bed. The resort also offers cabins and cottages, some with full kitchens, RV sites, plus motel rooms.
The 40-mile long ocean dunes, reaching up to 500 feet, offer opportunities for ATV riders, sandboarders and tour rides in sand dune buggies. The Winchester Bay Lighthouse and Reedsport Discovery Center are points of interest and numerous hiking trails explore the Umpqua River and lakes along the coast.
Story courtesy of RV Pro Magazine Staff
GasBuddy Foresees Higher 2018 Gas Prices
JANUARY 3, 2018
by: RV PRO Staff
Motorists will be digging a bit deeper for the second straight year as the yearly national average will rise 19 cents versus last year to $2.57 per gallon, the highest since 2014, according to the 2018 Fuel Price Outlook released today by GasBuddy.
Some highlights from GasBuddy’s 2018 Fuel Price Outlook include:
The nation’s yearly gasoline bill will rise to $364.6 billion dollars, some $25 billion higher than what motorists spent last year as the average household sees their yearly gasoline bill rise to $1,898, up from $1,765 in 2017. Compared to 2016, motorists will be shelling out $62 billion more during the year.
GasBuddy’s forecast does not expect any record-breaking prices to be set in 2018, and most of the country will see prices peak under $3 per gallon, but unexpected disruptions could push the national average close to $3.
Metro areas including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. will likely see prices eclipse $3 per gallon. Cities such as Cleveland, Detroit, Miami, Minneapolis, Orlando, St. Louis and Tampa may get within arm’s reach of such prices.
“Many will be quick to ask why we’re expecting higher prices. Ultimately, OPEC bears much of the responsibility for cutting oil production, leading oil inventories to begin 2018 nearly 50 million barrels lower than a year ago,” said Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. “Yet, understanding many factors, including OPEC, fuel taxes, the economy and their impact on supply and demand is integral to providing a thorough and balanced outlook on gas prices for 2018.”
Black Book Sees Truck Prices Decline
by: RV PRO Staff
A Black Book Market Insights report showed that truck segments are experiencing a steeper decline in value than cars. Out of all truck segments, the compact luxury crossover/SUV group saw the highest depreciation, dropping in value by minus 1.52 percent on the week.
“Demand has slowed over the holidays as expected and trucks have taken on their steepest decline of the year,” said Anil Goyal, senior VP of automotive valuation and analytics.
Here’s what Black Book had to show by the numbers:
Volume-weighted, overall car segment values decreased by 0.41 percent last week, lower than the average weekly decrease of 0.61 percent in values over the previous four weeks.
The full-size, near-luxury and luxury segments received the highest weekly depreciation rates at 0.61 percent to 0.65 percent.
Volume-weighted, overall truck segment (including pickups, SUVs, and vans) values decreased by 0.68 percent last week, highest weekly depreciation rate this year.
The compact luxury crossover/SUV segment decreased in value at the highest rate among all the truck segments. Five segments, nearly seven, decline more than one percentage point.
Stepping on the Gas. The Mirada by Coachmen
by: Steve Bibler
It seems as if Class A motorhomes were stuck in the slow lane this year as most other product segments raced by.
In the RV industry’s record-setting year, Class A wholesale shipments and retail sales were flat heading into the last quarter of the year, according data from to the RV Industry Association and Statistical Surveys.
RV manufacturers tell RV PRO that consumers’ interest in smaller motorhomes may explain the waning interest in Class A’s and the corresponding surge in Class C’s, whose retail sales were up 23.7 percent through August.
Nevertheless, the Class A market remains highly competitive, with OEMs building and dealers selling 88 different brands in 2017, according to Stat Surveys.
Thor Industries maintains a clear leadership position in the Class A market, but in the battle for supremacy, competitors have waged a fierce battle for the top spot in recent years.
In fact, Tiffin Motorhome’s diesel-powered Allegro has captured the No. 1 spot in Class A retail sales five of the past seven years and was the leader heading into this fall, according to Stat Surveys. Thor Motor Coach’s A.C.E. captured the top spot in 2015, has been runner-up three times since the brand’s inception in 2012 and was No. 2 again heading into this fall.
So, even in a flat market, the segment remains dynamic.
On the wholesale side, RVIA forecaster Richard Curtin is forecasting Class A shipments will end 2017 at 23,500, or about 3.6 percent above 2016’s tally. He’s projecting shipments to reach 24,100 in 2018, or about 2.5 percent above his 2017 forecast.
Remember When Diesel Was King?
One of the biggest changes since the Great Recession has been the fuel of choice for Class A motorhomes.
During the depths of the Recession (2008-2009), RV builders were selling more diesel-powered Class A’s than gas-powered ones, according to Stat Surveys.
Coming out of the Recession, however, gas-powered motorhomes made a quick spurt ahead and they’re now outselling diesel by a ratio of 2-1.
Or, are they?
The numbers from Stat Surveys clearly support that contention. However, data from RVT.com, North America’s leading online RV buying service, suggests those figures could be misleading.
RV Health Offers Virtual Clinic to Industry
by: RV PRO Staff
RV Health is a telehealth program for RVers on the road meant to act as a primary care physician.
Monthly plans start as low as $24 per month for the entire family. This program allows users to access a team of medical professionals through a virtual clinic.
RV Health also can serve as a primary care physician through phone or video consultations. While RV Health is not an insurance plan, it provides network access to health care solutions including prescriptions, vision care, dental, hearing, labs and patient advocacy.
In addition, RV Heath gives users remote access to a specialist and specialist referrals, and can connect them with on-call doctors 24/7 in every state, with no limitation on usage and no additional consultation fees for speaking with a primary care or internal medicine physician.
“I was looking for options being self-employed and also a full-time RVer,” said RV Health subscriber Jonathan Hodges. “What is available for us just wasn’t fully meeting the need, but this gives my family more peace of mind knowing a doctor is just a phone call away regardless of our location.”
RV Health is also available as an employee benefit for employers within the RV industry.
Les Schwab is recalling 41,336 steel-belted radial retread truck tires because the vulcanizing compound used during the process may not have been completely cured, which can lead to incomplete adhesion of the tread to the tire casing.
Forest River is recalling certain 2017 to 2018 Forest River Cherokee recreational trailers, models CCKT16BF, CCKT16BHS, CCKT16FQ, CCKT16GR, CCKT16GRH, CCKT17RP and CCKT18TO. These vehicles are equipped with Norcold N306 mini refrigerators that may have a loose or missing propane gas valve test port screw, allowing propane to leak out when the refrigerator is used in “gas” mode.
Forest River will notify owners, and Norcold dealers will install and tighten the gas valve port screw, as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 17. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-260-499-2100, or Norcold customer service at 1-800-543-1219. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-0687.
Potential number of units affected: 448
Forest River also is recalling certain 2018 No Boundaries recreational trailers, models NBT10.5 and NBT10.6. The spare tire mount may not be strong enough and the spare tire may detach from the trailer.
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will replace the spare tire mount, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 15. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-574-642-1612. Forest River’s number for this recall is 77-0662.
Potential number of units affected: 71
Lastly, Forest River is recalling certain 2018 Surveyor recreational trailers, models SVT248BHLE and SVT248BHLE-OR. The refrigerator in the slideroom may have been installed without an air cycling fan to cool the refrigerator parts, which can cause the refrigerator cooling tubes to fail.
Forest River will notify owners, and dealers will install a fan assembly, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 17. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-573-642-3119. Forest River’s number for this recall is 3747-0667.
Potential number of units affected: 80
Keystone RV is recalling certain 2018 Passport recreational trailers, models 153ML, 171EXP, 175BH, 195RB, 199ML, 217EXP and 239ML. The spare tire carrier may not have been mounted properly to the back wall of the trailer, and, as a result, the spare tire and carrier may detach from the trailer.
Keystone will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the spare tire carrier mounting and install reinforcing backers if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 22. Owners may contact Keystone customer service at 1-866-425-4369. Keystone’s number for this recall is 18-311.
Potential number of units affected: 977
REV Recreation Group is recalling certain 2018 American Coach American Dream and American Revolution motorhomes, Fleetwood Discovery, Discovery LXE, Pace Arrow and Pace Arrow LXE motorhomes, Holiday Rambler Endeavor, Endeavor XE, Navigator and Navigator XE motorhomes and Monaco Marquis and Signature motorhomes equipped with an Aurora heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system. The wires for the HVAC system potentiometer may become disconnected from the quick connect terminals.
REV will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the potentiometer and solder the wires or replace the control panel, if necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 14. Owners may contact REV customer service at 1-800-509-3417. REV’s number for this recall is 180315REV.
Potential number of units affected: 600
Lazy Daze is recalling certain 2012 to 2017 Twin King, Front Lounge, Front Dinette, Mid-Bath, Rear Bath, Rear Kitchen, Island Bed, and Twin Bed motorhomes equipped with certain Plastic-Handle Fire Extinguishers or Push Button “Pindicator” Fire Extinguishers. These extinguishers may become clogged, preventing the extinguisher from discharging as expected or requiring excessive force to activate the extinguisher. Additionally, in certain models, the nozzle may detach from the valve assembly with enough force that it could cause injury and also render the product inoperable. For a full list of the affected fire extinguisher models visit: https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/rcl/2017/RMISC-17E062-5427.pdf
Lazy Daze will notify owners, instructing them to contact Kidde to get a replacement fire extinguisher, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin April 2. Owners may contact Lazy Daze customer service at 1-909-627-1103 or Kidde customer service at 1-855-271-0773 or they may also visit www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information. Potential number of units affected: 109
Daimler Trucks North America is recalling certain model year 2011 to 2017 Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation (FCCC) XBR, XCL, XCM, and XCR RV chassis, equipped with Cummins ISL engines. The power steering hose on the affected vehicles may be routed incorrectly, and, as a result, the hose may rub against the power stud on the starter motor, possibly causing electrical arcing and a power steering fluid leak.
DTNA will notify owners, and dealers will reroute the power steering hose to provide proper clearance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin on May 7. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712. DTNA’s number for this recall is FL-762. Note: This recall is an expansion of 16V-809.
Potential number of units affected: 9,480
Forest River is recalling certain 2016 to 2017 Forest River Berkshire, 2012 to 2017 Forest River Charleston, 2013 to 2015 Coachmen Cross Country and Pathfinder, and 2014 to 2015 Glaval Synergy motorhomes built on FCCC chassis. The power steering hose on the affected vehicles may be routed incorrectly, and, as a result, the hose may rub against the power stud on the starter motor, possibly causing electrical arcing and a power steering fluid leak.
Forest River will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will reroute the power steering hose to provide proper clearance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 15. Owners may contact DTNA customer service at 1-800-547-0712, Forest River customer service at 1-574-295-2117, Coachmen customer service at 1-574-825-8212, or Glaval customer service at 1-574-343-5167. Forest River’s number for this recall is 51-0665.
Potential number of units affected: 416
Forest River also is recalling certain 2018 Stealth Evo recreational trailers, model SJT2850-CA. The Federal Placard on these vehicles indicate a tire size of ST205/75R15 Load Range E, when the tires installed on the vehicle are ST225/75R15 Load Range E. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of FMVSS number 110, “Tire Selection and Rims,” and the vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of 49 CFR Part 567, “Certification.”
Forest River has notified owners, and dealers will install a corrected federal placard with correct tire and rim information, free of charge. The recall began on March 15. Owners may contact Forest River customer service at 1-909-873-3777. Forest River’s number for this recall is 19-0661.
Potential number of units affected: 28
Entegra Coach is recalling certain 2011 to 2012 and 2015 to 2016 Aspire built on FCCC chassis. The power steering hose on the affected vehicles may be routed incorrectly, and, as a result, the hose may rub against the power stud on the starter motor, possibly causing electrical arcing and a power steering fluid leak.
Entegra will notify owners, and Freightliner dealers will reroute the power steering hose to provide proper clearance, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin May 7. Owners may contact Entegra customer service at 1-800-517-9137. Potential number of units affected: 130
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