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Study Reveals RV Owners Less Stressed than Most Americans

Pedata RV acknowledges RV owners' frequent short trips reduce stress.

April 27, 2009 -- According to research conducted by the Mayo Clinic, taking mini-vacations from usual routines reduces anxiety, irritability, insomnia and depression. Nine out of ten motorhomes owners take three more short trips in the spring and summer lasting between one and four days. Because RV owners have a vacation vehicle in their driveway, it increases their ability to get away at a moment's notice. Pedata RV acknowledges RV owners' frequent short trips reduce stress.

Chances of a heart attack are reduced by 50 percent when annual vacations are taken. Vacationers also report three times more deep sleep after returning from vacation than prior to leaving. As well, performance in the workplace is increased after traveling.

The U.S. Travel Association research confirms vacations have been proven to aid in wellness, strengthen relationships and boost creativity. This is evident by reports that over half of employed Americans feel closer to their families after time away together.

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Monaco RV Business Sold to Navistar

Monaco Coach Corporation Signs Asset Sale Agreement With Unit of Navistar, Inc.

COBURG, Ore., April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Monaco Coach Corporation is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the Company's RV manufacturing assets to a unit of Navistar, Inc. for approximately $52 million. The Board of Directors of Monaco Coach Corporation has unanimously approved the transaction.

The closing of the proposed transaction is scheduled to occur no later than June 1, 2009, subject to certain closing conditions and completion of the bankruptcy court approval process, including the auction process and the entry of a final non-appealable sale order of the bankruptcy court pursuant to Section 363 of Title 11 authorizing the transfer of the purchased assets to Navistar. Monaco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief on March 5, 2009 in Delaware.

The transaction includes certain manufacturing facilities located in Indiana and Oregon. In addition, Navistar will acquire all brands, intellectual property, inventories and equipment relating to Monaco's motorized and towable recreational vehicle segments.

Excluded from the transaction are the Motorhome Resorts segment, the Roadmaster Cargo Trailer business and several industrial properties. Monaco continues to work with other interested parties regarding the acquisition of its Motorhome Resorts segment and other assets held for sale.

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Report Confirms RVing is an Affordable Family Vacation

Last years high gas prices had an impact on RV sales and it was because many people didn't have a grasp on what RV travel means. These statistics can help reset the way people think about RV travel costs. Even with high gas prices, RVing is still a more affordable way to go when compared with a typical vacation using cars, planes, hotels, etc

April 21, 2009 -- Family vacationing by motorhome remains the most cost effective way to explore the US and will continue to be for some time to come. A family of four can expect to save anywhere from 27 - 61% of travel expenses vacationing by RV, reports PKF Consulting, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism. With the majority of Americans looking to cut spending on their next vacation, RVing becomes an appealing alternative.

A study of fuel costs found that at a rate of $3.63/gallon, gas prices would have to double in order to make RVing more expensive than other methods of travel transportation. Applied to lightweight travel trailers and campers, gas costs would need to triple before they surpassed flying expenses. With more than 16,000 campgrounds across the country, RV owners can increase savings by staying at areas close to home.

"Last years high gas prices had an impact on RV sales and it was because many people didn't have a grasp on what RV travel means. These statistics can help reset the way people think about RV travel costs. Even with high gas prices, RVing is still a more affordable way to go when compared with a typical vacation using cars, planes, hotels, etc," says Clint Ethington of Pedata RV Center.

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New RV holding tank probes released

Horst Miracle Probes
New Invention Provides Simple Inexpensive Fix for Incorrect Wastewater Level Readings in RV Holding Tank - Horst Miracle Probes will help RVers know when it is time to to dump the gray and black water holding tanks. RVers can stay longer at their favorite campsite without having to worry about unwelcome surprises.

(PRWEB) April 14, 2009 --

The problem:
Practically all RVs that are sold these days are equipped with a monitor that provides all sorts of information. One just pushes a button to find out the status of the battery and the liquid levels in the fresh, black and gray holding tanks. The reliability of the information on levels in waste water tanks is very poor. Often it shows that the black and gray tanks are still full, even when the tanks are empty. How come? The reason is not a faulty monitor, but the malfunctioning of the probes in the wall of the wastewater tanks.
Horst Miracle Probes

The answer:
Horst Dynamics Inc. has developed new probes that permanently solves this nasty problem. No more driving around with ice cubes in the tank or the use of chemicals to temporarily solve this problem. By simply replacing the existing probes in the tanks with Horst Miracle Probes, the RVer will finally know when it is really time to dump.

Cause of the problem:
Normally electrical communication between positive and negative connected probes occurs through the water/sludge when they are submerged. This turns on the LEDs to inform the RVer how high the level is in the black and gray tank and when it is time to dump. However, in WASTE water holding tanks the probes as well as the walls inside the tank get coated with sludge. This sludge becomes the new electrical conducting path when the tanks are empty. This turns the LEDs on indicating the tank is full, even when the tank is empty.

Solution:
Horst Miracle Probes prevent this false information from happening by interrupting the electrical path between the metal probe point and the tank wall. The long stem part of the probe is covered with Teflon tubing which prevents the build up of sludge. Teflon is a very slippery material, nothing will adhere to it. Consequently, it self cleans, so the solution is a permanent one.

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Pedata RV Center Publishes DIY LP Gas System Maintenance

  • LP Gas systems are by law located in an unlocked compartment for quick access to the shutoff valve.
  • After filling the tank, always make sure the cap is returned securely so no debris gets inside.
  • Make sure when filing with gas, you use the pressure release valve so that you can properly fill the tank. Tanks are usually filled to 80% to allow for expansion when outside temperatures fluctuate.
  • Familiarize yourself with the On/Off valve. If you are storing your RV, close the valve until you are ready to use the system again.
  • The LP regulator is usually located right next to the on and off valve. Once per year have the valve checked for leaks. The proper way to do it is check it with a monometer. The average person usually does not own a device like this. Alternatively, check for leaks by using a spray bottle with soapy water and spray all your connections. If you start to see bubbling that means that there is a leak.
  • Check the connections to all the appliances that use gas like the refrigerator, stove, and water heater. For example the refrigerator connection in the video sample is located in the compartment right above the LP Gas compartment. Spray the soapy water on the connections to see if there is any bubbling. If there is a leak on any connections you may want to tighten it or take your RV in for service.

The complete video can be found on www.pedatarvcenter.com. Look for the "RV Service" link in the left hand column and proceed to the RV Service Video Library. You will find other helpful videos covering such topics as RV tires, roofs, furnace, refrigeration, battery and more.

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