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Next Generation Hitch from Draw-Tite®

Draw-Tite’s new Ultra Frame hitch, with the cast center section, has a higher towing capacity and tongue weight rating than standard hitches. For example, new Ultra Frame hitches for the Ford F-350, 450, and 550 (Cab & Chassis) are rated for 16,000 lbs. of towing, and 2,400 lbs. of weight carrying tongue weight.

Being receptive to customer input is a key element in Cequent’s approach to towing.  In addition to drawing upon the company’s long-standing heritage in the towing market, Cequent takes a two-pronged approach to developing new products.

The first part is the essential due diligence exercised in designing, developing and producing a product. The second aspect involves working in concert with customers to identify potential users who actually field test the products under real-world conditions. “When we develop new products, we want a trailer hitch to interact very cleanly with the electrical harness, coupler, jack and other products we’ve designed.  So we go to great lengths to meet, and sometimes develop, the highest criteria of testing standards,” said Walsh. “We also work with our dealers to connect us with professionals to test and critique our products before we commercialize them. At the end of the day, this approach helps us understand what our products are being used for and how to make sure the consumer will be happy.”

“Cequent’s size and breadth of products, combined with the markets we serve, gives us the ability to design products for future vehicle trends,” said Walsh. “We’ve made a conscious decision to stay focused on innovation and developing new products. Our goal is to constantly reinvigorate our product line.”

Draw-Tite receiver hitches are made in the USA and come standard with a limited lifetime warranty.


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Winterizing Time Is RV Remodelizing Time

"This is the best time of year to update your coach or add that custom feature you've always wanted," says Chad Yackel, founder of Truline RV. "Not only that, you'll save money on storage fees and have you'll have a better-than-new RV come next season."

Besides handling routine maintenance, which is a must to assure a long life for your RV, the off-season is the ideal time to update flooring, old fabrics or finishes, and upgrade from an old tube TV to a HDTV flat screen with full surround sound.

Other popular upgrades include Duo Roller shades that eliminate the frayed cords on older window coverings once and for all.

Another big change many RVers desire is to customize cabinetry to suit their needs – but finding someone that can match the factory finish isn't always easy. "We're especially proud of the superb quality of our cabinetry," says Yackel. "Whether a custom AV cabinet or combo dinette-desk, the design and execution integrate flawlessly with the existing RV cabinetry. We've even built stacked designer doggie-condos for one client!"

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Update on California Ban on Toxic RV Holding Tank Chemicals


To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 1824 without my signature. This bill prohibits the sale and use of a specified list of chemicals in chemical toilets and waste facilities of recreational vehicles. Current law already gives the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) the ability to address the issue of chemical toilet products in recreational vehicles. Additionally, DTSC has the ability to address this issue through the Green Chemistry process.

This bill presents a scenario that is ripe for a Green Chemistry approach: competing science on each side of the issue; concern about the effectiveness of alternative products for the consumer’s intended use; consumer reaction in the wake of an ineffective alternative; and questions as to whether banning particular chemicals will actually address the underlying problem. Neither I, nor members of the legislature, are best equipped to answer these questions. We need science and scientists to undertake this challenge and develop a solution that both addresses the chemical problem and provides the consumer with a product that is both economical and effective for its intended purpose.

Under the leadership of my Secretary for Environmental Protection, the Green Chemistry process is well underway at DTSC. We will have regulations adopted by January 1, 2011 and DTSC should address the issue raised in this bill either in that process or under their existing authority.

Arnold Schwarzenegger


So, what does this mean for the average RVer? While the original bill did not become law, it appears that some sort of regulatory effort may still take place as the DTSC's Green Chemistry process develops in 2011. Stay tuned for more regulation.

Information courtesy of Escapees RV Club

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June is RV and Camping Month in Pennsylvania

“The lives of today’s families are increasingly hectic, making the importance of extended and relaxed vacation time as a whole family, away from everyday demands, greater than ever,” the governor stated, and he encouraged “all citizens to pursue their passions and escape with their families on the road across the farthest reaches of our state.”

RVing and camping continue to be strong forces in Pennsylvania’s economy, according to a news release. The RV industry’s largest trade and retail show in the country is held at the GIANT Center in Hershey and hosted by the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA). In celebration of 100 years of RVing, this year’s show features a special RV History exhibit by Al Hesselbart displaying antique RVs as well as a campsite exhibit.

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5th Pomona RV & Travel Show on for June 18-20

“The 2010 Summerfest will be a fun place to take your dad on Father’s Day weekend. What else could dad want with a huge RV show, boat show and Spa show?” said Tom Gaither, senior vice president of Affinity Events.

The Pomona RV & Travel Show is the first and biggest multi-dealer show in the Inland Empire. A vast collection of RV makes and models will be showcased over nearly 200,000 square feet, allowing attendees to save time and money by shopping and planning their outdoor adventures all in one location.

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