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RVDA of Canada announces event schedule
Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada (RVDA of Canada) has announced the schedule of seven provincial annual general meetings and golf tourneys.
The annual general meeting schedule follows:
- Alberta: Jasper Park Lodge, Jasper, Alberta, October 18-20
- Atlantic: Location to be announced, Brudenell, Prince Edward Island, September 10
- British Columbia: Predator Ridge Golf Course, Vernon, British Columbia, September 13
- Manitoba: Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 12
- Ontario: Pine Lake Golf & Country Club, Clifford, Ontario, August 9
- Quebec: Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec, September 22-24
- Saskatchewan: Jackfish Lodge, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, September 2
The golf tourney schedule follows:
- Alberta: Alberta Springs Golf Resort, west of Red Deer, Alberta, August 11
- British Columbia: Predator Ridge Golf Course, Vernon, British Columbia, September 14
- Manitoba: Bridges Golf Course, Starbuck, Manitoba, August 26
- Ontario: Pine Lake Golf & Country Club, Clifford, Ontario, August 10
- Quebec: Chateau Montebello, Montebello, Quebec, September 21
- Saskatchewan: Jackfish lodge, North Battleford, Saskatchewan, September 1.
Fleetwood rally well attended
More than 400 motorhome owners drove their toys to Illinois to participate in Fleetwood’s second national rally June 26 to 30 in Du Quoin, Illinois.
The rally was sponsored by Fleetwood RV in conjunction with the Fleetwood MotorHome Association, and attracted 50 vendors.
The 17th Street Bar and Grill, which won the Memphis BBQ Championship a few years ago, served up some great food as did Great Boars of Fire, the company who caters meals for the St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears, and other NFL teams.
Food wasn’t the only memorable part of the rally. Entertainment included Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash impersonators as well as a trio of musicians who played 30 different instruments.
Current Fleetwood owners got a first-hand look at the 2011 motorhome models, and several took advantage of show pricing to upgrade their units.
Fleetwood MotorHome Association will sponsor their next rallies January 25 to 30 at Lazy Days Rally Park in Seffner, Florida, and February 14 to 17 at Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, California.
State laws addressing towed trailer safety
States are beginning to address a highway safety issue that previously had little visibility: motorists killed in accidents involving passenger vehicles towing trailers.
An average of more than one person a day dies in such crashes, according to federal data. The collisions often occur when poorly secured trailers break loose and careen into traffic, according to USA Today.
A Virginia law that took effect last week requires that any vehicle towing another vehicle or trailer have a trailer hitch or similar device strong enough for the weight of the vehicle or trailer being towed.
At least four other states—Alabama, Hawaii, Louisiana, and Tennessee—considered similar measures this year, and legislators expect to revisit the issue next year. Also, a Wisconsin state senator says he will introduce legislation next year.
Regulations on passenger vehicles towing trailers vary widely from state to state. From 1975 through 2008, 15,211 people were killed in crashes involving passenger vehicles towing trailers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“We are committed to safety,” says Pam O’Toole, executive director of the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers, whose 750 member companies make about 75% of trailers sold in the U.S.
Cummins expands technical center in Indiana Cummins Inc. announced Friday (July 9) that it is expanding its High-Horsepower Technical Center and high-horsepower engine product line at its manufacturing facility in Seymour, Indiana.
The expansion of the center will provide the company with more opportunities for producing high-horsepower clean-diesel and natural gas engines in the future.
Mark Levett, vice president and general manager of Cummins’ high-horsepower business, made the announcement at the plant and was joined by Indiana Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman, U.S. Rep. Baron Hill and several members of local and state government representing the Seymour area.
Cummins plans to invest approximately $100 million in the expansion at the Seymour plant, which is expected to result in approximately 200 engineering and manufacturing jobs over the next five years. The plant currently employs nearly 450 people.
The company also announced that it has changed the name of the facility to the Seymour Engine Plant, from the Cummins Industrial Center.
To read the press release, click here.
Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, Cummins serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 500 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations. Cummins reported net income of $428 million on sales of $10.8 billion in 2009.
iRV2 expects 2M visitors to its site in 2010
IRV2.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year in RV-related social media.
The Conway, South Carolina-based platform has fostered and continues to support national and regional rally events where members come together as family. Features such as on-line chat sessions, blogs, photo gallery space, and campground reviews offer the members a wealth of information as a component of their membership, according to a news release.
This year iRV2 will be visited by more than 2 million visitors, welcome its 50,000th member, and host tens of thousands of RV discussions.
iRV2.com is an independently owned RV social community that supports multi-platform RV types.
Originated as a hobby, the community was founded by an individual RV owner. Since that time, iRV2.com has grown steadily into a leading online RV community.
New book on towing a fifth wheel
Drive Smart Publications has published it’s first-ever guide to towing a fifth wheel trailer.
“Tow Your Fifth Wheel Trailer Like a Pro” by professional bus driver and RVer Lorrin Walsh covers the basics of fifth wheel towing, backing, and braking. It’s billed as “A complete guide to professional driving techniques for beginners to experienced drivers.”
Currently, Walsh is a motorcoach driver and instructor for Gray Line Tours.
“The more training I did for Gray Line, the more I realized how much I had learned from nearly 50 years of driving and through my professional training,” said Walsh. “When most people were taught to drive they were just taught the hows and not the whys. Teaching the whys, or the mechanics of driving gives you the tools and skills you can apply to any vehicle or any driving situation. The purpose of this book is to help instruct you on how to tow your fifth wheel like a professional.”
Walsh’s first book “Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro” was published in 2006.
“Tow Your Fifth Wheel Trailer Like a Pro” retails for $14.95 and is available at RVbookstore.com.
NHTSA issues RV-related recalls list
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued recall notices for the following products related to the recreational vehicle industry:
- Certain (2010) Keystone RV Raptor fifth-wheels manufactured from Sept. 25, 2009, through March 2, 2010. The remote receiver is not compatible with the high-speed landing gear motor. If the motor is operated in a binding situation, the remote receiver may be damaged and overheat due to an inadequate breaker and fuse protection and the excessive current draw of the motor.
- Certain (2010-2011) Keystone RV Cougar High Country fifth-wheels manufactured from April 15 through May 3, 2010. The rear bedroom is missing an egress window.
- Certain (2010-2011) Keystone RV residence travel trailers. A 30-amp breaker was installed on the washer/dryer circuit and it needs a 20-amp breaker.
- Certain (2009) Dutchmen Manufacturing Freedom Spirit RVs manufactured from March 12, 2009, through March 25, 2009, for failing to comply with the requirements of part 567, ”Certification.” The federal label and tire loading information label does not contain the correct tire information. The labels list the wrong tire size.
- Certain (2010) Winnebago View, View Profile, Itasca Navion and Navion iQ motor homes manufactured from April 27, 2009, through Jan.21, 2010. These vehicles may have a missing bolt in the driver and/or passenger seats.
- Certain (2010) Fleetwood RV Bounder, Bounder Classic, Fiesta, Southwind and Terra Class A motorhomes manufactured from March 11, 2010, through March 30, 2010. These motorhomes were built on Workhorse Custom Chassis and with General Motors gasoline engines and equipped with Remy alternator. A low resistance electrical short in the alternator’s voltage regulator may occur.
- Certain (2009-2011) Four Winds Freedom Elite model 21C motorhomes manufactured from February 2009 through May 2010. These motorhomes do not have the required heat shield over the exhaust as specified by the chassis manufacturer.
- Certain (2011) Forest River Inc. Salem and Wildwood travel and fifth-wheel trailers manufactured from October 2009 through June 11, 2010. The temperature control mechanism of the water heater may have been damaged during installation in the unit.
- Kongsberg Power Products systems (KKPS) on behalf of Monaco Coach certain (2008-2011) motorhomes manufactured after April 2007, and equipped with pneumatic and hydraulic adjustable brake pedal assemblies supplied by KKPS. The drive pin which secures the brake pedal arm to the balance assembly may become disengaged. This may cause a reduction in vehicle braking and/or cause the brake pedal to move out of position and interfere with throttle pedal function.
- Certain (2008-2011) Spartan recreation vehicle chassis manufactured from June 17, 2007, through March 15, 2010, equipped with TRW INGEN3 intermediate steering columns. The weld around the IGEN3 steering shaft tube that secures the spline tube to the intermediate tube may be mislocated (i.e., not fully over the seam created when the tubes are pressed together.)
- Certain (2010) Forest River Inc. Sunseeker and Lexington motorhomes manufactured from Nov. 10, 2009, through June 17, 2010. These motorhomes fail to comply with the requirement of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety No. 302, “Flammability of Interior Materials.” Failure to have the fabric treated with the right flame retardant before shipping.
- Certain (2010-2011) Keystone RV Raptor fifth-wheel trailers. The propane hose for the slide room may contact the tire and may become damaged as a result.
- Certain (2010) Fleetwood RV Encounter and (2011) Storm Class A motorhomes manufactured from Dec. 16, 2009, through May 26, 2010. An emergency egress window was not installed in the road side bedroom wall.
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