Winnebago to acquire towable maker Grand Design

  FOREST CITY, IOWA, October 3, 2016 – Winnebago Industries, Inc., announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Company, a manufacturer of towable RVs for approximately $500 million in cash and newly issued Winnebago shares. Founded in 2012 by Don Clark, Ron Fenech and Bill Fenech, a management team with more than... Read More

Find boondocking sites in British Columbia

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris Many U.S. boondockers are familiar enough with some of the alternative sources of finding boondocking sites in the Lower 48. Forest Service maps and BLM-provided information can yield a wealth of spots to check out. But if you’re traveling north of the border and into Canada, things can get a little sketchy. If... Read More

RV weight terminology you should know

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris When shopping for an RV, everyone has their own ideas of what’s “important.” Be it the floor plan, the electronics gear, the comfort of the bed — tastes matter. Here’s something that we should ALL be concerned about – weight. No, not whether you’ll fall through the floor, but the weight of your... Read More

Dump station “engineering” comes up short

  By Russ and Tiña De Maris The old joke about, “Did you get your driver’s license at Walmart?” has a new variation as far as we’re concerned: “Did you buy your engineering license through Craigslist?” As RVers, you’ve probably had an experience like ours that leads to such a question. Here’s the scenario: The days of free dump stations are... Read More

Two story trailer is old news, not futuristic

  By Chuck Woodbury, editorA week ago I wrote about how it wouldn’t be long until a two-story RV debuted. I mean, it had to happen. Well, I have since learned that looking into my crystal ball toward the future was wrong: I should have looked back. In 2009, a two-story trailer did, in fact, roll off the production line. It... Read More

Is your new RV a good one? How about service?

  (Sept. 29, 2016) — Did you buy a brand new RV in the last year or two? Would you please leave a comment if your experiences with the new RV were good, not bad? Has your new RV been largely problem free? How about service? Have you had satisfactory or even superb service?  Please take a minute to leave a comment. Feel free to offer praise where due... Read More

FMCA to return to Indy next summer

  Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), an international organization of motorhome owners, has announced it will return to the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis, for its 96th International Convention, July 12 through 15, 2017. The last FMCA event held at the facility was in August 2012, and attracted 2,000 families. “The state fairgrounds there easily accommodated our needs in terms of parking for thousands of motorhomes, and... Read More