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 Systems’
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 requirement