LTRVD0403 Selling an RV

Selling an RV

This shortened show is about selling an RV. We received an email asking us about how to sell an RV. She didn’t provide specifics, so I will try to give some tips for selling both motorized RVs and towable rigs.

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What is Your RV Worth?

We talk about some sources of information about the value of used RVs., The best we have found comes from the Facebook group RV Pricing and Values. The Group Owner, David Lester, has a standard product that is “a $30 per RV standard “RV Trade in Value Report” appraisal that shows Wholesale / Trade in Value, ACV (actual cash value) pricing done by a current Buyer at one of the largest RV dealers in the country ready to buy your RV, and suggested sell or buy price range specifically for your RV from professional RV dealer buyers and brokers.”

You should also look at https://www.rvtrader.com/sell and http://www.rvt.com/sell-rv.php

Clean it up!

A buyer is looking for a rig in the best possible condition. Make your rig look that way! Clean it up both inside and out. A little elbow grease will go a long way.

LTRVD0402 New RV Technology and Fun Factory Tours

New RV Technology and Fun Factory Tours

This show is about New RV Technology and Fun Factory Tours. John covers information that comes out of the 2017 RVIA show about some new technology that Freightliner is making available on their Diesel chassis offerings. Kathy discusses some interesting and fun factory tours around the US.

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New RV Technology

Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has introduced a package of automotive style technology features that are direct from the automobile industry. The “Road Watch” combines several safety features in one package. It includes Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Roll Stability Control (RSC), Collision mitigation with forward warning and braking, adaptive cruise control (ACC), and automatic traction control (ATC). Some of this technology is being introduced in the Spartan K2 chassis from Spartan Motors as well as the Freightliner offerings.

S2RV Chassis

Freightliner is also now offering the commercial S2 truck chassis as a customized RV chassis called the S2RV. It offers a Cummins ISB diesel engine with 360 horse power and 800 foot pounds of torque. It also has an Allison 3000 automatic transmission and a host of other RV specific features. These include a front and rear air ride chassis, 100-gallon fuel tank, air suspension driver and passenger seats, and Sachs tunes shocks. The S2RV has a GVWR of 29,000 pounds. Owner friendly features include a 3 year, 50,000-mile warranty with towing and roadside assistance and 24/7 factory direct customer support.

Smart Key Fob

How about a smart Key Fob? Another Freightliner innovation has 4 buttons that lock and unlock doors and basement compartments, turn on and off exterior and interior lights and deploys and stows the electric awning.

Fun Factory Tours

Kathy talks about some interesting and fun factory tours from such companies as Airstream in Jackson Center, OH; Woolrich in Woolrich, PA; Coors Brewing Company in Golden, CO; Golden Flame potato chips, Birmingham, AL; Chevrolet Corvette, Bowling Green, KY; Harley Davidson in York, PA; Fender Guitars in Corona, CA; Tabasco Pepper Sauce in Avery Island, LA; Nokona Baseball Gloves in Nokona, TX, and my favorite, Jelly Belly in Fairfield, CA.

LTRVD0401 RVing Arizona

RVing Arizona

RVing Arizona is the working title of our new book I hope to have out by June or July of this year. It will be all about the places RVers go in Arizona to camp and to see and experience. We will also include some of our favorite eating places we have enjoyed during our many visits to Arizona.

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The mail bag

We answer questions about how to get the most from an RV show. John answers a query about using RV furnaces for heating the basement compartments. I try to help a lady who wants to get rid of her troublesome Norcold RV refrigerator and replace it with a household unit. Where do we get service work done on the road away from home? I discuss what shops we use.

Wilcox, AZ

Kathy and I talk about some of our favorite things to see in the Wilcox area. This is the first town of interest on I-10 coming into Arizona from New Mexico. In town are 3 very nice museums. They are the Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum, The Friends of Marty Robbins Museum, and the Chiracahua Regional Museum. These are excellent venues. Just to the west of town is Cochise Lake where sand hill cranes gather by the thousands during their migration to South America. Outside of town to the southeast is the Fort Bowir National Historic Site. Our favorite place in the area is the very beautiful and interesting Chiracahua National Monument.

Tombstone

Southwest of Wilcox is the reconstructed town of Tombstone, the town “Too tough to die.” We discuss some of our observations there during several trips. Our favorite time there is during “Helldorado Days”. Helldorado Days is a festival that began in Tombstone in 1929 and is held every year in October. Helldorado is held every third weekend in October and consists of gunfight re-enactment shows, street entertainment, fashion shows and a family oriented carnival. In addition, come and watch the Annual Helldorado Parade on Sunday at 11am.

Benson

We spent a Fall and Winter workamping at a very nice RV park in Benson. It is the Butterfield RV Resort and Observatory. A discussion follows with a little bit about it as well as the observatory shows we saw there. Karchner Caverns State Park, Gammons Gulch, and Fort Huachuca are also discussed.

LTRVD0400 Interviews With RV People

Interviews With RV People

These are some of our interviews with RV People that we have done in the last several years. We try to pick subjects for our interviews that will educate the RVing public.
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Mark and Dawn Polk

Mark and Dawn Polk have developed a niche within the RV industry by training RVers about their RVs. We interviewed Mark at the 2013 Hershey Show. They have produced consumer videos, books and product videos for both RVers as well as RV suppliers. As RV Education 101, they offer 20 DVDs on subjects such as driving a motorhome, setting up at a campground or towing a trailer. These DVD’s are sold as singles or in sets.

Mark has also written ”The RV Book,” which takes the video subject matter and puts it in written form. It’s sold thousands of hard copies and is also available as an e-book through their website rveducation101.com .

Gary Bunzer – The RV Doctor

Gary Bunzer is a Master Certified RV Technician who presents some of the best and most informative RV seminars in the industry. We met and interviewed Gary at the Hershey RV show in 2013, and I respect him as a subject matter expert on almost all aspects of RV maintenance as well as a complete gentleman. I believe that’s why he is called “The RV Doctor.” He has a very informative website at: www.rvdoctor.com

Harvest Hosts

Harvest Hosts LLC is the culmination of years of travel by Kim and Don Greene. We interviewed Kim and Don at the Escapees Escapade in 2016. They have visited over 80 countries together during the last 25 years and have logged over 200,000 miles in various RVs over the past decade. Their wonderful experiences allowed them to meet members of the RVing community around the world, and on their journeys across Europe, they discovered networks such as France Passion that allow motorhomes to park overnight at wineries and farms for free.

Their desire to bring this concept to North America has received widespread support from both the agri-tourism and RVing communities and theye are very pleased to offer you the fun opportunities of Harvest Hosts. www.harvesthosts.com

LTRVD0399 Holiday RVer Blues

Holiday RVer Blues

We discuss the all too prevalent Holiday RVer Blues that seem to descend on some full-time RVers at this time of year. The fact is that we miss our family at these special times of the year when we are traveling. We discuss some ways to overcome those “blues.”

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