Motorhome News




PLEASURE-WAY EARNS RVDA QUALITY CIRCLE AWARD FOR 6th CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. is once again very proud to be the recipient of the RVDA Quality Circle Award for 2015. This year's survey was primarily focused on product quality, warranty and parts support. 

Pleasure-Way placed in the top five percent of the motorized industry and received marks well above the 80% qualifying percentage. Pleasure-Way has been awarded this prestigious honour for six consecutive years.
 
"We sincerely appreciate all the effort our dealer partners put forth. We take care to find and maintain an excellent dealer network. We believe this prestigious award speaks volumes for us as a company. We are proud to be regarded so highly in our field. This award reinforces our core company values of hard work, superior quality, excellence in manufacturing and top-notch customer service," comments Dean Rumpel, CEO of Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. "Without the commitment of our valuable and skilled employees, who really are the cornerstone of our company, we wouldn't be able to achieve our goals of producing only the highest quality motorhomes.

With a dealership network of over 60 dealers in North America, Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. is pleased to celebrate 30 years of manufacturing Class B and Class B Plus motorhomes. Located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, this family-owned and operated company began manufacturing Class B motorhomes in 1986 and has since grown into one of the most prominent Class B Motorhome manufacturers in North America.




Pleasure-Way Receives the Gold Readers Choice Award


November 6, 2014

According to the readers of Motor Home Magazine, Pleasure-Way Industries was voted their favorite brand of Class B motorhome receiving the Gold Readers Choice Award, the only Class B maker to receive gold in 2014.

"We are proud to be recognized by Motor Home Magazine readers. They are a large consumer group of well informed and avid RVers. Earning this award as the best brand of Class B motorhome is significant and a real achievement," Pleasure-Way CEO Dean Rumpel said. "We would like to thank the readers for choosing us."

Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd.   A family owned and operated company, has been building Class B motorhomes since 1986. Pleasure-Way motorhomes are hand crafted with attention to detail and feature their freedom five year coach warranty.

Pleasure-Way Industries received a 5 Star rating from RV Consumer Group.


It's in the details.

RV Consumer Group Rating of Pleasure-Way Motorhomes

 

Pleasure-Way was the only Class B Manufacturer to receive the rating in 2013/2014.


  

Who is the RV Consumer Group?


The RV Consumer Group is a non-profit, independent organization that rates all types of Recreational vehicles. The group was founded in the late seventies by a dedicated group of RV enthusiasts. Their mission is focused on Safety, Economy and Reliability.
Here are the Primary ratings produced by RV Consumer Group and their description of how they arrive at their ratings and the criteria used.

 

Reliability / Highway Control / Value / Star Award

All ratings are on a 1 to 100 scale but each one is established by totally different criteria. We analyze RV brands and manufacturers in the following way:

 

·         Consumer surveys.
·         By staff evaluations. We visit dealer lots, attend RV shows, and make unannounced visits to RV factories.
·         Consumer complaints. We review the type of complaint against a brand and compare it to the input received through surveys and staff evaluations.

Star Ratings

"One to five stars are awarded to those models that have achieved across-the-board ratings of 50 or higher, using the lowest of the ratings as the basis for the star awards. The higher the overall ratings, the more stars are awarded.

5 Solid Stars: To get a 5-star rating a brand needs to have an "excellent" record of performance in Value, Reliability, and Highway Control, indicated by ratings of 90 or higher. Performance includes the manufacturer's willingness to stand behind their product. Any serious problem recorded with us could drop a model or an entire brand from a 5-star rating. This rating has little bearing on price range or use designation. It is strictly based on performance. You will find very few 5-star models in this edition."


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Thor Buys Monaco RV Plant


June 4, 2013

Thor Industries Inc. is expanding its footprint in northeast Indiana with the purchase of Navistar International Corp.'s Monaco RV production facility in Wakarusa.

The facility includes nearly 1 million square feet of production space on more than 150 acres. In addition, the complex has more than 35 paint booths designed specifically for painting recreational vehicles.

Initially, Thor plans to use the facilities for motorized production to better enable Thor Motor Coach to meet current and expected demand, and to vertically integrate paint operations through a facility operated by Thor's Keystone subsidiary, the company said in an announcement. The facility includes space that offers the potential for additional production.

Thor expects to finalize transition planning once the seller exits the facilities, which is expected to occur late this summer.

"This purchase marks an important step forward in the growth of our RV business," said Bob Martin, Thor president and chief operating officer. "With this new production complex, we will be better positioned to achieve our long-term strategic growth initiatives. Even more compelling, this purchase will allow us to expand capacity faster and at a lower cost than other options. We are excited about the future prospects of reinvigorating the Wakarusa facilities."

Thor relocated its headquarters from Ohio to Elkhart earlier this year. Navistar sold its Monaco RV and other recreational-vehicle assets to Orlando, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. in May. ASV owns Fleetwood RV in Decatur, and expects to begin moving production operations from Wakarusa to Decatur in August.


Allied Specialty Vehicles, Inc. Acquires Monaco RV


Orlando, Florida - (May 16, 2013) - Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV), a leading $1 billion sales producer of specialty vehicles to the Fire & Emergency, Commercial & Industrial and Recreational Vehicles markets worldwide, today announced the purchase of the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision recreational vehicle businesses and a collection of iconic brands, including Beaver and Safari (among others) from Navistar, Inc. (NYSE: NAV).

"ASV is honored to welcome all of the existing Monaco, Holiday Rambler, R-Vision, Beaver and Safari customers and an exceptional network of dealer partners to the ASV family," said Peter Guile, CEO of ASV. "The ASV team is committed to providing our customers and dealers with exceptional product, service and support, and we are fully committed to re-establish the product leadership and extraordinary reputation for innovation, quality and service for which the Monaco family of brands has been known."

"ASV is pleased to welcome Mike Snell as President of Monaco and Holiday Rambler," said Guile. "Mike has made an invaluable contribution to the Monaco brands and the industry over his 20-year career with Monaco RV, and we look forward to his leadership during this new, exciting phase of growth."

"We join the ASV family fully energized with worthy goals and high hopes as we jointly work to rebuild our iconic and proud RV industry brands," commented Mike Snell. "With the commitment and support of ASV we'll focus on developing innovative, distinct and aspirational products in keeping with the long and rich tradition of our brands. I look forward to working with our team, our dealers and our customers to make this vision a reality."

Allied Specialty Vehicles (ASV)

ASV is a $1 billion-plus manufacturer comprised of industry-leading brands serving Fire & Emergency, Recreational and Commercial vehicle markets. Within the Fire & Emergency segment, ASV offers a full line of fire apparatus and ambulances. Within the Recreational Vehicle segment, the company produces motorized RVs under many of the industry's most iconic brands. The Commercial segment produces school buses, terminal trucks and sweeper vehicles.

Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. Introduces Their First B plus Motorhome


SASKATOON, Sask. -- Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd., yesterday introduced their first B plus motorhome. The Pleasure-Way Pursuit is built on the Ford E350 dual rear wheel cutaway chassis and is unique in the market due to many of its special features, but primarily because it is 22 feet long. This new B Plus is constructed with the same attention to detail and commitment to quality and safety that Pleasure-Way Industries Ltd. is known for.

"Building a B-plus was the next natural progression for us," said Rumpel. "We received a lot of feedback from customers who love what we do but wished the Class B motorhome was just a little larger. The Pursuit is going to meet the needs of consumers who don't want to go up to a 24-foot motorhome, but who want a little more than a traditional Class B.
"Aside from spaciousness and efficiency, one of our focuses in building the Pursuit was to produce a stunning interior with extraordinary features that you don't normally see in a B Plus motorhome."

The Pursuit starts with a full steel cage that is welded together, and a one-piece seamless fiberglass roof. All fiberglass is bonded directly to the steel which eliminates the need for additional screws and moldings. Full body paint completes the exterior of the Pursuit. When you enter the coach you are immediately drawn to the elegant hard-wood maple interior. From the rich fluted molding and custom solid maple cabinet doors to the hand-fitted crown moldings, you feel as if you have entered into a high end Class A motorhome.  Rich ultra-leather encompasses the rear lounge and is lined with three inches of memory foam to ensure your comfort. The spacious bathroom showcases a beautiful Corian and glass curved corner shower. The bathroom also features a skylight, maple cabinetry with crown moldings, a Corian vanity with matching Corian backsplash, a porcelain toilet, and a stainless steel sink complete with a waterfall single lever faucet.

The abundance of features, which are standard on the Pursuit include multiplex wiring, which simplifies the electrical switches to three convenient panels, an Onan 4-kw generator, a 13,500-Btu roof air conditioner, a 32-inch LED LCD TV, a Blu-Ray player with built in Wi-Fi, Clarion in-dash navigation with Bluetooth, iPod and USB connections, a back-up camera, a 6-cubic foot double-door fridge with stainless steel front, LED lighting, a unique computer work station, multi-position opening skylights with screen and shade, power day and night roller shades and a 12-foot power awning.

With an estimated 13 -15 miles per gallon highway, the Pursuit is fuel efficient and easy to drive.

For more information visit www.pleasureway.com

SOURCE: Pleasure Way press release

 

Monaco RV Becomes Navistar RV


What's in a name? We say everything!

That's why on August 6, 2012, we were happy to announce that Monaco RV will now be called Navistar RV. Since Navistar acquired Monaco RV in 2009, we have steadily worked towards this announcement by streamlining our operations and appointing new executive management team members to lead our company.

We did not reach the decision to change our name lightly. We investigated and pursued this name change with strong stakeholder involvement at the forefront of our effort. We worked with our dealers, customers, and internal personnel to assess this opportunity. Of note, our dealers provided the input and direction that supported and accelerated our name change efforts. We listened to our customers' comments and are excited to share this announcement with you now.

As stated by Navistar president and CEO Dan Ustian in our press release, "The integration of Navistar and Monaco RV has resulted in better products and higher efficiencies. Updating the name of our RV company demonstrates our long-term commitment to the RV industry. When a customer buys a recreational vehicle built by Navistar RV, they know they're getting products with proven components, many of which are used in other Navistar vehicles? vehicles that move American goods, help keep troops safe, and ensure the safe transportation of school children."

Navistar brings more than 100 years of vehicle development and design experience to the Monaco, Holiday Rambler and R-Vision brands. If you have not noticed already, you'll definitely see the benefits of this marriage embodied in our new 2013 product lineup. For the past three years, Navistar's technology, personnel and design has been steadily integrated with Monaco RV, and the name change was a natural next step in Navistar's commitment to the RV business and our customers. The valued Monaco®, Holiday Rambler?, R-Vision? brands will remain strong, distinct and intact under the Navistar RV business.

Navistar RV products will continue to be built with Navistar's technological and design DNA. We have integrated the design, development, testing and validation of our recreational vehicles with Navistar's commercial truck and bus product development, delivering vehicle engineering expertise unmatched in the RV industry. We maintain our manufacturing operations for R-Vision and Holiday Rambler towable units in Harrisburg, OR, and Elkhart, IN, and our Monaco and Holiday Rambler brand motorized production in our integrated manufacturing facility located in Wakarusa, IN. with powertrain, chassis and body assembly in one dedicated facility.

RVIA Offers Data to Address Fuel Price Questions


With gas prices once again on the rise, RVIA has collected positive data and RV travel savings information to use in responding to media questions that may be asked of industry spokespeople in the coming months. With the approach of the spring and summer travel seasons, these facts are also suitable for use in consumer marketing communications.

RVIA updates this information on a regular basis. Please visit www.rvia.org for the latest version.

  • RV travel is a great value. The PKF Vacation Cost comparison study shows that a family of four can save 23-to-59% on vacation costs depending on the type of trip and type of RV used. A two-person travel party (the typical empty-nest couple) would save 11-to-46%.

  • More than 80% of RVers say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation, even when fuel prices rise.

  • Many RV owning families take frequent mini-vacations in their RVs. 63% spent five or more weekends in their RVs last spring/summer.

  • When fuel prices rise, RVers adjust by traveling to destinations closer to home, driving fewer miles, and staying longer in one place, according to surveys of RV owners conducted by RVIA and CVENT, a leading provider of online surveys and research technology.

  •  To save on fuel, RVers typically spend more time enjoying the campground experience and less time on the road. More than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide give RVers the flexibility to save fuel and cut costs by staying closer to home. Whether they travel five miles or 500, they can still enjoy a great outdoor experience.

  • Fuel prices would need to more than double from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel, according to PKF Consulting. PKF's spring 2011 vacation cost comparison study shows that RV trips remain the most affordable way for a family to travel because of the significant savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs, which continue to rise.

  • Fluctuating fuel prices affect the cost of all modes of travel and transportation. Airfares and hotel rates rise rapidly when fuel costs increase.

  • Many RV owners surveyed take additional measures to reduce fuel consumption through simple steps like driving 55 instead of 65 miles per hour, packing lighter to reduce weight in the RV, and turning off home utilities to save energy when traveling. RVers travel at a leisurely pace with no tight schedules for flights, hotels or restaurants.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Recreation Vehicle Certification in Ontario 
November 3, 2011 Update

RV Dealers in Ontario should know and understand the certification requirements in Ontario with regards to the importation of all types of RV's.

In this Province there are 2 acceptable certification codes:
  • Canadian Standards Association - CSA Z240 Code
  • Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) - NFPA 1192 Code

However, both these codes are subject to the CSA Standards for Electrical and Propane (LPG). These are covered by CSA C22.1-09 Ontario Electrical Safety Code with label and CAN/CSA B149.2-05 Code Series as well as CAN/CSA B149.1-05 Code Series for Propane Storage, Handling and Installation. This applies to any person, company or Industry importing RV's into this Province.

The RVIA codes do not comply with the Standards Council of Canada therefore; electrical inspections must be performed by an Electrical Safety Inspector and have applied an orange ESA sticker on the electrical panel or inside the door. Propane inspections must be performed by a certified RV-1 TSSA (Technical Standards & Safety Authority) Propane Technician and be tagged appropriately. (Usually on one of the appliances) THIS IS THE LAW.

Recreation Vehicle Dealers are advised that any type of repair or warranty work should not be performed until such time as these inspections are performed. There is a potential liability involved here.

Likewise, RV's not up to code should not be taken in on trade or sold without an ESA or LPG inspection.

For more information and clarification please refer these websites:

The Hitch House (Why Buy from a Canadian Dealer)  
Canadian Standards Association (CSA) www.csa.ca
Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) www.esasafe.com
Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) www.tssa.org

Thank you,

Larry Boyd
Executive Vise President
Ontario Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association