Travel Trailer Giveaway winner named

The Priority RV Network has announced the winner of the Priority RV Network Glossary Link Travel Trailer Giveaway.

The lucky winner is Christine Langford from Cincinnati, Ohio. Her name was chosen from thousands of entries that were entered by consumers between May 1, 2013, and Feb. 28, 2014. Langford’s entry was submitted at Brown’s RV Superstore located in McBee, S.C. Her new RV is a 2014 Starcraft Launch 26BHS.

“Everybody at Brown’s RV was thrilled when we learned we had the winning entry. It’s not often you can giveaway an RV to a customer,” said Barry Brown, president of Brown’s RV Superstore. “Christine was so excited and happy when she was the winner and the day when she picked up her winning RV. It was the best day of the year for all of us here.”

Michael Peay, president of the Priority RV Network and the Holiday World RV Centers, commented: “We’re so happy for Christine. It’s always fun to watch someone win an RV.”

Corey Ruzicka, executive director of the Priority RV Network, commented: “People do win Priority RV Network contests. On behalf of the entire organization and all our dealers, we congratulate Christine on winning the contest. We know she will like her new Starcraft. Brown’s RV Superstore is one of the finest dealerships in the nation and I’m so happy that they were the winning dealership in our contest.”

The Priority RV Network consists of more than 100 dealerships throughout the United States, including Mid-State RV Center. It provides dealers with innovative, convenient, value-driven programs to an exclusive nationwide dealer network creating a competitive advantage for its members while providing value to their customers.

Bulldog Park opens doors for annual BBQ

Bulldog Park is opening its doors to non-members for the weekend of its fifth annual BBQ at Bulldog Park on Saturday, July 12.

The luxury RV facility will have activities for the kids on Saturday that will include a magician, blowup toys, a dunking tank, train rides, and a cakewalk.

Special guests will be the UGA cheerleaders, The UGA dance team, Hairy Dawg, and members of the UGA Alumni Band.

There will be 10 BBQ teams, and the winner will be determined by the team that raises the most money. Each of the teams will have their team photos taken with the cheerleaders.

The price for non-members to participate in the weekend event is $250, and if you chooses to purchase a site at the conclusion of the BBQ event, Bulldog Park will provide them with a full rental credit of $250, that may be applied towards the purchase price of $33,750.00.

Visitors may arrive anytime that Friday, July 11, and depart anytime that Sunday, July 13.

A $250 security deposit is required, but is fully refunded if the site is properly maintained.

For more information, contact Jamie at (706) 473-0990.

UGA 'superfan' is a Mid-State customer

Quail Hunting with Joey Mines

Mid-State RV's Lee and Tina Pickard and friends joined Joey Mines quail hunting at Southern Woods in Sylvester, Ga. This show airs on Fox Sports South on Dec. 8, but you can view it now right here.

 

 

Airstream alternative: Introducing Aviator by Forest River

For a long time, the Airstream Glossary Link travel trailer has had virtually no competition. There is nothing else like it on the market.

Until now.

 

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Forest River recently introduced the Aviator - and we think it's better than an Airstream.

The judges at RV Business magazine think it's pretty special too - awarding it Best of Show at the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show.

 

For one thing, it has a slideout - something Airstream trailers don't have.

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For another, it's far more colorful! Full body paint with clearcoat protection on gel-coated fiberglass sets this travel trailer apart from anything else on the market. And construction is revolutionary: Contoured laminated sidewalls that are 5 to 6 inches thick at their widest point, are joined to a one-piece laminated composite floor and a one-piece fiberglass roof with aluminum truss rafters.

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On the inside, Aviator appointments are classically styled, yet state of the art. There is virtually no wood in the Aviator product. All Celtec cabinetry and trim are made of durable composite material, built to last a lifetime. Electronics are all Sony, including the AM/FM/CD/DVD/Blu-ray player.

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Here is the galley of the Aviator Wright Flyer floorplan. Note the curved cabinet fronts, solid surface countertop with integrated sink, high-rise faucet with sprayer, residential size microwave oven, and large pull-out pantry.

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The spacious Glossary Link dinette is situated in the nose of the Aviator Wright Flyer, and can convert into a large bed. Large tinted windows up front keep out the heat and UV rays while allowing you to enjoy the view from inside the trailer.

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The bath in the Aviator Wright Flyer is elegant, yet functional. The shower features a one-piece insert, glass enclosure, and skylight.

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In the Wright Flyer floorplan, the bedroom is situated in the rear of the trailer. A walkaround queen bed is flanked by large tinted windows, allowing you to awaken to a morning view.

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On the exterior, the Aviator Wright Flyer includes an enclosed entertainment center. All electronic components of the Aviator product can be controlled with the optional Sony tablet, or some smartphones. The tablet option includes a 16GB SD card, and a wireless router to serve the camper.

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Up front, all floorplans feature an enclosed compartment for batteries and Glossary Link LP tanks, to ensure the aerodynamics of the Aviator travel trailer. A powered tongue jack is included for ease of setup. The nose of the Aviator is treated with Armorcoat protection, to prevent chipping and damage.

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Each Aviator includes the MaxxAir vent fan to draw fresh air through the trailer at the flick of a switch.

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The Aviator's enclosed termination valve system puts all the controls in one place, and minimizes the need to bend over by being located in the sidewall of the travel trailer.

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In the Aviator Electra floorplan, the bed is situated in the nose of the camper ... let's just say it's a room with a view!

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A luxurious vanity is located at the foot of the bed in the Electra floorplan, and it includes a Sony flat-screen TV.

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The galley in the Aviator Electra is nicely appointed, with a full size microwave oven, solid-surface countertops with integrated sink, and high-rise faucet with sprayer.

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Across from the refrigerator in the Electra floorplan is this spacious pull-out pantry.

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The bathroom in the Aviator Electra is located at the rear of the floorplan.

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Paint options are infinite with the Touring Edition, depicted here. If you want your Aviator to be painted the same color as your tow vehicle, just give us the paint code and we can order it custom for you. Contact your Mid-State RV Center sales associate for details.

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Come see the Airstream competition.

We here at Mid-State RV Center invite Airstream shoppers and owners to take a closer look at the Aviator by Forest River, right here in Georgia. Click here to see the Aviators we have in stock, or contact us today for a free consultation on how we might build the perfect Aviator for you!

Outdoors with Joey Mines

This week Joey goes quail hunting at The Barley J in Hurtsboro, Ala. Joey's special guest is Lee Pickard from Mid-State RV Center. 

 

 

 

RV vacations are least expensive, study shows

RESTON, Va. — Despite record-breaking fuel prices, typical RV trips remain the least expensive type of vacation, according to a new study comparing vacation costs.

PKF Consulting, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that “typical RV family vacations are on average 27 to 61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations studied.”

Even factoring in RV ownership and fuel costs, the study reveals that RV family vacations tend to be significantly less expensive than other types of vacations.

“This study re-affirms what RVers have long known, that RV vacations deliver greater economic value compared to other types of vacations,” says Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association ( Glossary Link RVIA). “RV vacations continue to be the most affordable way for a family to travel because of the tremendous savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs. And these savings offset the cost of fuel.”

PKF analyzed major costs that would be incurred by a family of four taking eight different types of vacations for three, seven, 10 or 14 days to such popular travel destinations as the Grand Canyon, Cape Cod, and Napa, Calif.

“On average, RV vacations were more economical than the other types analyzed in all but one case,” says Kannan Sankaran, PKF’s lead researcher for the study. “Even as fuel prices increase, our findings show that almost all RV vacations are still significantly less expensive than non-RV ones.”

Fuel prices would have to more than double for typical motorhome vacations to become more expensive than other forms of travel, according to PKF Consulting. The study also shows that fuel costs would have to more than triple for trips in lightweight travel trailers or folding

camping trailers to be more expensive than the least expensive non-RV vacation. Almost 80 percent of the RV market consists of towable RVs, including lightweight units which can be towed by car, van or pickup. 

RV owner John Bargo, a computer operator from Milwaukee, Wis., agrees with PKF’s findings.  “When you figure the cost of driving in a car, staying in hotels and eating in restaurants, it’s a lot more expensive than bringing your lodging and food with you.”

Dennis Silipena, a 55-year-old service and parts manager from Hammonton, N.J., also appreciates the affordability of RV travel. “I’ve owned an RV for 25 years and I’ve enjoyed significant savings over other types of vacations. I pay $30 to $40 to stay in a campground rather than $150 to stay in a hotel. And it’s a much nicer experience staying in my RV.”

The study showed that a family of four traveling from Phoenix, Ariz. to Napa, Calif., with their folding camping trailer for 10 days, staying in campgrounds at the local average of $33 per night, would save 52 percent, or $2,379, over the same trip taken by car, staying in hotels averaging $122 per night and eating in restaurants. Taking the same vacation by a Type C motorhome would save $1704, or 37 percent, over going by car.  

A week-long family vacation towing a conventional Glossary Link travel trailer from Salt Lake City to the Grand Canyon compared to the cost of taking the same trip by airline, renting a car and staying in a hotel would be $2,647, or 65 percent less expensive.
Shorter getaways by RVs were also found to be more economical. For example, a family taking a three-day vacation from Pittsburgh, Pa. to Lancaster, Pa., would save $323 or 31 percent by towing a conventional travel trailer, rather than going by car, staying in hotels and eating in restaurants. The savings would be even greater — $889 or 52 percent — for families taking the same trip by a Type C motorhome rather than flying.

Among the RV vacations analyzed by PKF, even those taken in an ultra-luxury Type A diesel motorhome were less expensive than flying and staying in a hotel.  Only a family taking a vacation by personal car with hotel or renting a condo and cooking for themselves would cost less than a family taking a trip in a Type A motorhome.  “Owners say the added space, comfort and convenience while traveling justify the investment in a Type A,” noted Coon.

In addition to major expenditures required from the start to finish of each vacation, PKF factored in an estimated cost of ownership of the RVs analyzed: a folding camping trailer, conventional travel trailer, and Type C and Type A motorhomes. Research included documenting average ownership periods, residual values, annual days of use, insurance and applicable interest deductions.

“RV vacations are a great way for families to spend time together and bond,” said Coon.  “Whether it’s in a luxury motorhome or a basic folding camping trailer, RV vacations offer value that lasts a lifetime.”

The PKF study considered only quantifiable economic factors, not the comparative quality of each vacation. As a result, the convenience, flexibility and quality family time cited as major benefits of traveling in an RV could not be addressed.

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (rvia.org) is the national association representing more than 500 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.

Couple wins travel trailer giveaway

Steve and Vivian Damron of Byron, Ga., won a brand-new 2009 Coachmen Special Edition 17RD Glossary Link travel trailer in our 2008 travel trailer giveaway!

All they had to do to enter was to come to the dealership and fill out the entry form in person.

Thank you to all who entered!

 

We're #1 in trailers, fifth wheels for Georgia!

It's official! Mid-State RV Center sold more travel trailers and fifth wheels than any other Georgia RV dealer in the year 2008.

That marks 2 years in a row that we have been tops in travel trailers - we were the top Georgia seller of travel trailers for the year 2007 as well.

Statistical Surveys Inc. of Grand Rapids, Mich. - an independent provider of market data for the marine and RV industry - recognized MSRV as being the number-one seller of travel trailers and fiftth wheels last year. And the way things are going so far this year, we're well on the way to a repeat performance!

Why is Mid-State RV - located in Byron, Ga. (pop. 3,673!) - the #1 Glossary Link travel trailer and Glossary Link fifth wheel dealer in Georgia? Ask your camping friends, or just drive to Exit 149 on I-75 and see for yourself. What are you waiting for?

Survey shows RV owners may be inadequately protected

People who bought a tractor-trailer or an airplane probably wouldn't put either on their car insurance policy, since both are specialty vehicles which require specialized coverages and claims handling.

Then why, when asked, do more than half of RVers surveyed report having added their RV to their car insurance policy?

"We don't know why, but we do know why they shouldn't," said Cathy Pelfrey, RV product manager, The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies, a seller of RV insurance in the U.S. "There are vast differences in coverage and services available from companies that specialize in recreational vehicle insurance that owners need to be aware of. We recommend they check with a local independent insurance agent or do research online to find out what's available so they can make the decisions that are right for them."

While a lot of car insurance policies offer roadside assistance, it may not offer it for an RV. And, even if it covers some roadside expenses for RVs, it may not cover them all. For instance, it may pay for towing but only up to the amount it would typically cost to tow a car; RV tows can cost three times more, which means out-of-pocket expenses RVers will be responsible for paying.

Specialty insurers will generally also offer "emergency expense" coverage that will pay for temporary living quarters if the RV breaks down far from home. This kind of coverage will also generally cover the cost to return an RV home from a wreck or breakdown that happens more than 50 miles from home.

An auto policy will likely pay actual cash value (ACV) for an RV, and that's the market value as determined by third-party sources. However, most specialty insurers will offer people a choice of how they would like this kind of claim handled. Some will offer RVers the choice of an agreed value settlement. Owners and the insurance company agree, up front, what the RV is worth. If the RV is stolen or totaled, that's the amount the owner will receive, less whatever deductible chosen when purchasing the policy. Specialty insurers may also offer total loss replacement coverage that will provide RVers with a new RV in the event their unit which is 5 years old or less is stolen or totaled.

An auto insurance company will typically have someone who normally handles car insurance claims come look at an RV if it is damaged in an accident. But, if RVers insure their units with a specialty insurer, the claims rep will be trained in how to look for damage and estimate what it will cost to repair. Specialty RV insurers also work with repair facilities that know how to repair an RV and guarantee their work.

Many RVers may keep things inside their RV that they never would keep in a car, like jewelry, binoculars, VCRs, laptops, camcorders or outdoor gear. An auto policy won't pay to replace these items if they're lost, stolen or damaged but specialty insurers offer "personal effects" coverage that will pay to replace them if they're used in conjunction with an RV.

What if someone gets injured at a campsite? When RVers park their units at a campsite, they may be liable for the area around their RV. This means that if someone trips and falls the RV owner could be responsible for their injuries, which generally won't be covered by their car insurance policy. People who insure RVs with a specialty insurer, injuries can be paid for under vacation liability coverage, which pays up to the limits that selected when the policy was purchased for injuries RV owners are legally responsible for as a result of an accident that occurs while the RV is being used as a temporary vacation residence.

Welcome NAARVA members!

Mid-State RV Center extends a hearty welcome to members of NAARVA, the National African American RV'ers Association, to Perry for your 2007 National Rally just a few miles down the road in Perry.

We've set up a few new units at the Rally, but there are acres and acres of RVs to check out here at our dealership. Please accept our warm invitation to pay us a visit. Don't forget to browse our parts showroom, and our Service Department has a dozen fully certified RV technicians ready to handle any repairs or improvements you need for your RV.

Welcome to Middle Georgia! Don't be a stranger...come see us!

Telegraph names us Best RV Dealer

We have just been notified by The Macon Telegraph that we have been named the Best RV Dealer in Middle Georgia, as a result of a survey the newspaper conducted in the area.

According to Telegraph spokesperson Heather Johnson, the survey results will be officially reported in a special section of the newspaper on June 23.

Thank you, Middle Georgia, for thinking of us! We will work hard to continue to live up to this accolade. And hey, if you haven't been to our dealership in a while, what are you waiting for?

Top reasons to vacation in RVs

Here are the top reasons people prefer vacationing in RVs.

  • RVs cost less than most other forms of family vacations.
  • They are ready to go on a moment's notice.
  • The vacation begins when the RV is pulled out of the driveway -- no waiting in airport lines.
  • They offer families the opportunity to share the adventure of open road travel.
  • The route and destination can be changed with no financial penalties.

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