Elkhart Open House Overview
This week, on our next-to-the–last-show of the year, we conclude our annual visit to the Elkhart, Indiana RV Industry Open House. As we have described before, this event is a non- organized, impromptu gathering of virtually every RV manufacturer in the country. The event is outdoors, it’s big and exciting with a ‘state fair, carnival atmosphere.’ And what still fascinates me is that there is no-one person or organization in charge. Every manufacturer rents a piece of land from farmers, companies or whomever has land available in the area and sets up their own display. It has to be one of the most successful, unorganized events in the country.
This year, along with all the new models of travel trailers and motorhomes, there was a large number of smaller ultra-lite camping and travel trailers from old established manufacturers and even some new companies. The results….. a lot of interesting new products from retro looking models to ultra-modern European themed trailers. In short, I think whatever your taste in RV trailer design you’re going to find something that will get your attention this coming season.
During the Elkhart Open House, we asked our RV dealer expert Bob Zagami to pay a visit to Nexus and talk with company founders, Claude Donati and Dave Middleton about the company’s decision to start selling through RV dealers and how it effects past, current and future buyers.
While at the company, Bob had a chance to check out their 2018 model lineup including the all-new super-C diesel model called the Wraith which is now available in 3 different floor plans. For more information on the Wraith and Nexus RV visit: www.nexusrv.com
Roadmaster Inc. is well known for its line of high quality tow bars and towing accessories. In the past year they have introduced a whole new design for a spare tire carrier. As usual, the Roadmaster design team seems to have thought out the problem of not just carrying a spare tire but of also how to handle that heavy spare when needed.
Check out the video and see for yourself how simple the whole operation is.
RV Education 101 “Portable Solar System'’
With more and more people using electronic devices and spending more time ‘off-the-grid’, so to speak, many RVer’s interest and demand for RV solar systems has increased. If you don’t own a large motorhome of trailer with lots of roof space, where to mount those solar panels becomes a problem. Well… was a problem until companies like Zamp Solar created functional portable solar systems.
This week Mark and Dawn of RV Education 101 show us just how practical and simple it is to set up your RV for portable solar panel use. Mark also explains the basics of how solar systems work and how to figure out what size system you’ll need to meet your requirements.
Gulf Stream Conquest Class C
If your RV taste leans toward a motorized RV as opposed to a towable and you are on a family budget then check out this week’s feature story on the Gulf Stream Coach, Conquest class C motorhome.
Jeff and Pam took the Conquest out for a few days of travel and camping to get a good feel for what the Conquest has to offer and one thing it has is… plenty of room.
Like most class C’s, the Conquest has the big over-the-cab extension which adds a whole lot of sleeping space without taking up any space in the general living area. Also, like many class C’s, the Conquest is built on the popular, fuel-efficient Ford E-350 or E-450 chassis. And like all class C’s the cab area is the same as any E-350 or E-450 van so driving Conquest won’t take a major learning experience to find yourself comfortable behind the wheel.
The Conquest has models varying from 24-feet right up to 34-feet, so you’re sure to find a size and floor plan that will fit your needs. When it comes to amenities… the Conquest comes with most features anyone would want, but if you’re looking for extras, Gulf Stream has plenty of options you can choose from.
Check out this week’s feature and for more information on the Conquest Class C or any Gulf Stream product.
Hitching and Unhitching a 5th Wheel Trailer
Hitching and unhitching a 5th wheel trailer isn’t really difficult, but if you don’t do it right, then it can become a pain in the ‘you-know-what’.
This week, Mark Polk shows us the proper and….. safe way to hitch and unhitch your 5th wheel. Like Mark says, “Once you know the basics and right way to do it, with a little practice, this part of your RVing experience will be a breeze rather than a pain.”
Check out all the videos and lessons Mark and Dawn have to offer at RV Education 101.
Cooling your RV Refrigerator
If you’re an experienced RVer then you already know when you first turn on your refrigerator after its been off for a while, it takes hours to get it down to operating temperature. So, you plan accordingly and turn on the refer about eight hours ahead of time or even longer. OK…. That’s the way it is so you live with it, but you don’t have to anymore.
Jeff Johnston, our associate producer and host of the show, has been RVing since… well, lets just say many years ago and he does know a trick or two. One is how to speed up getting your refrigerator cooled down in about half the time.
Now this may seem very unconventional and even strange but Jeff keeps a few concrete bricks in his home freezer and when he’s planning on heading out on a trip, he puts those frozen bricks in the RV refrigerator and the cold from the bricks brings that refer down to operating temperature in no time.
I told you this would sound strange, but it works and that’s all that matters.. right? You can check out Jeff’s other RV ideas right here on our website or log onto our Facebook page on Wednesday evenings and join Jeff on Rollin’ On Live. Here are some of those past Rollin' On Live shows.
These stories and more on this week’s Rollin’ On TV.