THE INTELLIGENT FIFTH WHEEL
in-tel-li-gent, adj. smart; clever; sensible or rational; showing or resulting from an ability to think and understand things clearly and logically.Prime Time Manufacturing is proud to introduce Sanibel – a luxury fifth wheel built with a level of Intelligence that far exceeds the status quo. Whether you are examining construction, design, features, or eye appeal, Sanibel has been carefully crafted to provide the highest level of owner satisfaction.
RV TRAVELERS SAVE MONEY ON TRIPS
A Florida couple did the math and found that the cost of a recent trip in their RV was comparable to taking the same trip in an automobile. They bought groceries along the way, cooked meals in their RV's kitchen, and paid as little as $15 a night at some campsites. Motels, on the other hand, would have cost them from $75 to $150 and required more restaurant meals. .
~ Updated 9-7-11
PRIME TIME WINS DSI QUALITY AWARD
TWO YEARS IN A ROW!
Prime Time Manufacturing, North America's fastest growing RV company, has been notified that they will be receiving the prestigious Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers' Association (RVDA) for the second straight year.
Three Prime Time brands - LaCrosse, Tracer, and Crusader - will be honored during the "Celebrate Excellence: All-Industry Gala" at the RVDA National Convention on October 5, 2011. Each of the brands was recognized for scoring 80 percent or above in overall dealer satisfaction as measured in the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey conducted by RVDA. The DSI survey, which determines the Quality Circle Award winners, rates manufacturers' performance in eight core areas: vehicle reliability/quality, parts support, dealership warranty support, vehicle design, sales support, sales territory, competitive price/value, and overall dealer communications.
"Prime Time Manufacturing is again honored to have earned the Quality Circle Award with each of our eligible brands," said Prime Time president Jeff Rank. "Winning is a tremendous credit to the hard work and commitment of nearly 300 employees who have come together with a joint mission to build high quality products, while providing industry-leading services to our dealers."
"The DSI survey is an important tool for the measurement of the quality of our products, our manufacturing processes, and our sales and service policies," said Rank. "We want to thank our valued dealer partners for honoring us with this prestigious award. Prime Time has geared up with an outstanding line-up of innovative and high quality towables for 2012 and we look forward to serving our dealers and retail customers with more award-winning products and services."
Prime Time on National TV
Filmed on location at America's largest RV show in Hershey, Pa, RV 2011 host Chi-Lan Lieu will tour the coolest new high-tech and eco-friendly recreational vehicles and take three families on the shopping trip of a lifetime, searching America's largest RV show for the recreational vehicle of their dreams.
HGTV - America's leader in home and lifestyle programming - is distributed to more than 99 million U.S. households and is one of cable's top-rated networks. HGTV's website, HGTV.com, is the nation's leading online home-and-garden destination, which attracts an average of 4 million unique visitors per month.
Tell your friends and tune in!
~ Updated December 17 2010
Top Ten Camping Extras
While we can’t bring everything with us when we travel in our RV we sure can try. However, it is important to be mindful of your camper’s carrying capacities and weight limits. This top ten list should help you be more prepared to enjoy your camping excursion.
Carry an extra drinking water hose just in case you can’t quite reach the water hookup. An extra fifty foot drinking water hose might help you avoid moving your RV and let you park right where you would like to be.
Water pressure regulators are essential in protecting your RV water lines from too much pressure. However, when one fails your shower could be more like a sprinkle. These little items are easy to leave behind, but always having an extra on hand could save a lot of time and damage to your RV.
30M-50F or 50M-30F adapters are needed more often than not, as campsites usually don’t have one of each kind of plug in the same power pedestal. It’s up to you to adapt your plug to fit the pedestal or find another site more suited to your needs. Remember when stepping a thirty amp plug up to a fifty amp you still only have thirty amps available. Also, when reducing a fifty-amp shore cord through a thirty-amp adapter you are limited to thirty amps of power.
RV/Marine toilet paper is not an item you want to run out of while parked in that perfect spot with your awning extended over your reclining chairs. It doesn’t cost much to have some spare packages stored in the cabinet for that “oh heck” moment.
Also, keep some spare toilet chemical/deodorizer tucked away for those times you forgot that you emptied the last package on your previous trip. Not only does this keep your RV smelling more pleasant, but is essential for the proper use of your holding tanks.
Spare bulbs are always nice to have available when on an extended trip. Moving bulbs from one fixture to another may seem like a fine fix, but I others in the family probably don’t think so. Before your camping outing, take a selection of your bulbs to your dealer and purchase a few spares. Then store them away for safekeeping. After that, the only trick is remembering where you put them!
An extension cord can be invaluable when parking your RV in just the right place or even positioning it in the correct direction. Carry the correct amperage for your plug style and keep the connections out of standing water.
A sewer hose extension can keep you from having to perform extra maneuvers to get your sewer connected to the dump connector. Many styles are available with easy-to-use connectors and they vary in lengths. Disposable gloves also make performing this task slightly more tolerable.
Fuses to fit the various fuse panels and holders throughout your RV are essential as well. Many times a fuse will be connected to one or several things in your camper and another one of the appropriate size may not be available. Write down the fuse style, type and amperage of your various fuses and pick some up before you need them.
Hide or carry spare keys. This may seem like a no-brainer, but, many times all of your keys are on one key chain and you can be far from other friends or family with access to your spare keys at home. Losing these can often lock you out of your camper, prevent you from moving your RV, or even driving somewhere for help.
With all of these essentials packed and on-hand, you’re just about ready to hit the road! Remember, if you have any questions about your RV or RV experience, call Dave’s Claremore RV at 866.343.6476
~ Updated 12/7/2010
Prime Time Wins
DSI Quality Award
Prime Time Manufacturing is honored to have received notification that the Company has earned the prestigious Quality Circle Award from the Recreational Vehicle Dealers Association.
Prime Time was recognized for scoring 80 percent or above in overall dealer satisfaction as measured in the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey conducted by RVDA. The DSI survey, which determines the Quality Circle Award winners, rated Prime Time's
performance in eight core areas: sales support, sales territory, vehicle design, vehicle reliability/quality, competitive price/value, parts support, dealership warranty support and overall dealer communications.
To earn the Quality Circle Award is a testament to the abilities and commitment of all of Prime Time's hard-working employees who have dedicated themselves to building a high quality product and providing industry-leading service to our dealer partners.
Furthermore, this award clearly validates the acceptance and value placed on Prime Time's unique business model - a strategy of no cloned products, no sister products, no private labels, and carefully selecting dealers who share like-minded sales philosophies.
Obviously, we are excited and proud to win this award in our very first year of business. We will continue working hard to earn your trust and appreciate your support! (Jeff Rank, President, Prime Time RV)
- Updated 11-2-2010
Factory Authorized Sale October 1st - 31st
Dave’s RV has always prided itself on holding a great relationship with its RV manufacturers. They have remained loyal to many product lines over the years allowing them to cultivate a bond that can offer some great opportunities for their customers. This year, the dealership has been fortunate enough to authorize a “Factory-Approved” lot promotion for the month of October. With the help of the manufacturers, this promotion will include special rebates, discounts, prize give a ways, food, and drinks. General Manager, Randy Sloan, summed up the event when he explained, “Our manufacturers have added rebates to all of our RV’s not only to help us clear out our inventory, but also to help the customers. There is still plenty of great weather left in the year to go camping, whether it is to the lake, or to a destination, which is why we have added these incentives.” As Randy pointed out, this is a great opportunity for consumers to take advantage of if they really want to save on their purchase.
Dave’s Claremore RV’s fantastic relationship with their manufacturers has even allowed them to offer up to $2,000 rebates on select models. Unlike some dealers, they are passing this incredible offer straight on to their customers. These special rebates are on top of their already reduced prices for the month of October. There will truly never be a better time to shop their large inventory selection.
Even beyond these great savings and rebates, Dave’s RV also offers top dollar on all trades. With over 200 new and used RV’s on their lot, they are sure to have just what you are looking for. Plus, during the special event days, October 13-16, consumers can enjoy free hot dogs and soft drinks while they attempt to win a new travel trailer with Dave’s RV’s “Scratch and Win” scratch cards. There will also be other opportunities for prizes, so be sure to stop by the dealership just 2½ miles south of Claremore on Highway 66 between the dates of October 13-16. If that’s not a convenient time, remember that the huge consumer discounts will be offered throughout the entire month of October. Don’t miss this chance to buy your next “Home Away from Home!”
KOA’s Summer Camping Numbers Grow by 7 Percent
Kampgrounds of America parks are being visited by more RVer’s this summer than ever before. From May 1st until July 15th camper registrations were up more than 7% from 2009.
July 4th weekend was up 8% compared to 2009. Friday July 2nd 2010 broke the record for campground registrations in Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) 48 year history.
The growth projection isn’t showing any signs of slowing. There is an 11% growth in the advanced reservations through the end of September (KOA). That’s up from last year!
“Our campground owners have done a wonderful job taking care of the needs of our campers, as well as investing in their facilities to give campers more options when it comes to food, entertainment and accommodations,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. KOA campgrounds have been around a long time, and is a fun place to vacation with out breaking the pocketbook, and new campers are still discovering us.
There are more than 1,200 full service sites in the KOA system.
RV Shipments for June Soar 73%
The latest figures from RVIA indicate that RV shipments to dealers for the month of Jun totaled 27,100 units, up close to 73% when comparing to the 15,700 units for the previous June.
June 2010 marks the 10th consecutive month where shipments were vastly grater than the same month one year earlier. A 10% increase was represented between the June 2010 numbers and the May 2010 numbers.
In June 2010, RV shipments reached 136,000 units, whereas the same period for 2009 merely reached 72,700 units. According to RVIA, the June 2010 shipment numbers represents an annualized rate of greater than 285,000 units.
June Shipments for the towables is up 67.3% for the category, reaching 24,600 units up from 14,700 the previous year. No matter if it was a Travel Trailer, Fifth Wheel, Folding Camper, or Truck Camper, all saw increases this year.
From the month of January until June, all towable shipments were up nearly 83% from 67,100 units in 2009 to 122,500 units in 2010.
June shipments of motorized RV’s reached 2,500 units. Motorized shipments are up 150% compared to shipments of 1,000 units for June 2009. Class A shipments are up from 400 in June 2009 to 1,200 units in June 2010, this is a 400% gain. Class C shipments are up from 500 units in June 2009 to 1,100 units in June 2010, for a 120% gain. Class B motorhomes saw a 100% increase from 100 units in 2009 to 200 units in June 2010.
As of June, year to date shipments of motorhomes totaled 13,500 units, when compared to the same period 2009, motorized is up 141%. RVIA officials noted that this year's shipments of motorhomes (13,500) is slightly higher than all of the 2009-year shipments.