Viking- The Perfect Starter RV!

 

 Written By: Alyssa Hossler

Welcome to a Viking Trailer Promotional Event January 29- 31, 2015

Snacks provided Friday and Saturday inside our warm and cozy showroom!

 

Hello, and welcome to Stoltzfus’ newest line of RVs: Viking by Coachmen!

Stoltzfus RVs and Marine proudly presents Viking as part of our travel trailer, expandable travel trailer, and pop-up family!  If you are looking to start the RVing Lifestyle, our new Viking units are a perfect, inexpensive investment toward achieving the RV Lifestyle.  These easily towable vehicles are great to pick up and go without taking up too much driveway space.  However, you are not sacrificing sleep space, thanks to Viking’s expandable travel trailers!  Viking is also a Certified Green camper!  So you can feel good about not hurting the environment while you spend time in it.

NEW TO RVs? Continue Reading for an Inside Scoop on Getting Started!

If you are new to RVing, welcome!  Viking is the perfect brand to start an RV experience.  In this blog post, you will be introduced to the in’s and out’s of how to begin your RV lifestyle journey with Viking!

Let’s talk cars for towing.  If you want to tow a Viking travel trailer or expandable travel trailer like these following models (14R; 15FL; 15RB; 16B; 16FB; 17BH; 17FQ), you will need an SVU like a Jeep Grand Cherokee or a light truck.  If you are towing a pop-up like these units (1706LS; 2485SST; 2105ST; 2108ST; 2107LS; V12RB; V12RBST), then you will need, a minivan or a small SUV like the Ford Escape.  These are just some examples of cars that will work with this kind of towing need.  Vehicles that will not typically tow are coupes, sedans, and other small cars.  Some wagons will tow a pop-up, like the Subaru Outback.

Now that we know what you need in order to tow, let’s talk about what you want to actually tow.

Viking has three coach options Expandable Trailer, Travel Trailer, & Pop-Up.  So you may be wondering, “What is the difference between all of these options?”.  Listed below are the different model numbers and descriptions for each coach type.  If you would like to see the Travel Trailer & Expandable Trailer floor plans, click here!

Pop-Ups: These are units that break down into a flat-like cart that is towed behind your vehicle.  They require a bit of set up, but this unit is the closest you will get to a tent.  Pop-ups are small, easily towable and storable units.  They can even fit in your garage! They have an aluminum base, tent-like material middle, and an aluminum roof.  They pack small, but ‘pop up’ for use.

Pop-Up Models: 1706LS; 2485SST; 2105ST; 2108ST; 2107LS; V12RB; V12RBST

Travel Trailer: These are units that have a hard shell.  If you like to camp where there are bears (or other wildlife), I would suggest investing in one of these!  These units are encased in aluminum siding and they are equipped with insulation.  Viking travel trailers are still easy to tow but will not necessarily fit in your garage.  This safe and durable unit is great for worry-free weekend getaways.

Travel Trailer Models: 14R; 15FL; 16B; 16FB; 17BH; 17FQ

Expandable Travel Trailer: These units are a hybrid between the pop-up and the travel trailer.  The Expandable’s are just like the travel trailer, no set-up needed, but if you need extra sleeping room, there is an expandable pop-out sleeping area that mimics one of a pop-up camper.  This versatile unit offers more sleeping room if needed but the safety of a hard bodied coach.

Expandable Models: 15RB

 Now it is time to choose!  Feel free to stop by our store to view the units in person and ask our friendly staff any and all of your questions! Happy Camping!

RV Identity

Written By: Tyler Cox
When you, a traveler, use an RV for your vacation, you might become attached to it. An RV becomes a home for however long you’re gone, and it gains character from you. Personalizing your RV is similar to personalizing your home: collect items and interesting souvenirs, decorate using your style, and make it a place in which you can feel comfortable. A motor home is more than just a hotel room on wheels, it is a safe haven. After a long day of hiking or exploring a new location, you need a little place to relax that reminds you of home. To give some alternatives to what I mentioned earlier, here is an eHow article on custom-painted RV’s. eHow article

 

RV Warranty Forever

Written by: Alyssa Hossler

Welcome to the information page about the Forever Warranty that we include with all of our new and newly used RV’s. On this page, you will find our warranty broken down so you can understand all of its parts inside and out. All of the information provided, in regards to the warranty, is by NWAN RV Warranty Forever. So, let’s get started!

So we start off on the right foot, the Forever Warranty is not offered with every vehicle on our lot. It comes in the deal with all of our new units and the used units that are only two model years old. For example, if you are buying a used RV in 2015, the only used RVs that come with our Forever Warranty are 2013 and newer. This policy changes with the calendar year. I will continue our example by saying that once the year changes, the used models that are covered under warranty move up a year. So, 2013 used models are covered in 2015, but once 2016 rolls around, only 2014 models are covered. Now you may be asking, “So when the year changes, does that mean I lose my Forever Warranty?”. The answer is no. Once you buy your RV, you get to keep your warranty forever! That is why it is in the name. According to the NWAN RV Warranty Forever Program Details & Training Manual, units that will be used for Commercial Use, such as an “emergency unit, hauling, construction (other than driving to and from work), deliveries, daily rentals, carrying passengers for hire”(5), will not be covered by this warranty.

Now that we know which RVs and units are covered, we now need to know how to keep our coverage. Just like a car, RVs need to be inspected yearly. This inspection must be performed by a certified mechanic and cannot be performed by the customer. You do not need to have your RV serviced at Stoltzfus RV’s & Marine in West Chester. You can go anywhere in the country; however, you are more than welcome to service your vehicle with us. We will take very good care of it! As for what happens if you do not have the RV inspected yearly, the Forever Warranty will be terminated. The reason this policy exists is so we can catch a problem in the early stages so it is cost effective for both parties. Letting a problem sit for 3 years, when it could have been fixed at the yearly inspection can lead to more damaging problems that would not have happened if the vehicle was inspected in a timely manner. It is safe to say that this is a very healthy rule. Let’s move on to what is actually covered in our Forever Warranty.

Our Forever Warranty covers the major mechanical functions in the RV. Here is a list of the parts covered in this warranty. This list and its descriptions are quoted from an RV Warranty Forever pamphlet.

Towing and Roadside assistance are not included in this warranty.

  • Suspension Components: Leaf and coil springs, shackles and bushings, and rubber suspension springs
  • Brake Components: Wheel cylinders, calipers, electric break magnets, and hydraulic tubing and metal fittings.
  • Water System Components: Hot water tank, burner assembly, thermostat, thermocouple, gas valve, electronic ignition assembly, PC board, heating system, shower assembly, toilet, sink, holding tanks, gate valves, macerator pump, water pump, faucets, traps, fittings, and water lines.
  • Air Conditioning Components: Compressor, evaporator, condenser, capacitors, relays, expansion valve, control module and panel, reversing valve, blower fan and motor, and PC board. Coverage applies to coach air conditioning system only, chassis air conditioning excluded.
  • Kitchen Center Components: Range/ oven burner assembly, burner valves, refrigerator/ freezer, microwave, convection oven, thermostat, thermocouple, burner, igniter, and PC board.
  • LP Gas System Components: Gas regulators, gas tanks, gas valves, tank gauges, and LP lines and fittings.
  • Heating System Components: Furnace igniter, burner assembly, gas valve, gas leak detector, thermostat, thermocouple, blower motor, and PC board.
  • Deluxe Appliances: Icemaker, trash compactor, built-in coffee maker, built-in food processor, in-sink disposal, ceiling fan motor, and smoke detector.
  • Interior and Exterior Components: Door handles, latches, and springs.
  • Manual Leveling Jacks: Factory or dealer installed bolt on and welded scissor jacks.

 

After reading that long list of what is covered in the Forever Warranty, you probably have some questions. Here are the frequently asked questions provided by NWAN RV Warranty Forever.

Q1: Is there a deductible I need to pay when making a claim?

A1: There is no deductible with the program. All parts and labor are covered 100%.

 

Q2: Can I perform my own maintenance?

A2: No, all services must be performed by a professional repair facility. This is to endure proper documentation as well as the workmanship of all services performed on your RV.

 

Q3: When are claims specialists available to take my call?

A3: Claim specialists are available Monday-Friday 8:00a.m. -8:00p.m. and Saturday 9:00a.m. -5:00p.m. EST to answer all of your questions.

 

Q4: What if I experience a breakdown while traveling out-of-town?

A4: You may take your RV to any professional repair facility. You may contact NWAN RV Warranty Forever at 1-800-810-8458 for additional assistance or you may contact your selling dealer’s service department. You can contact Stoltzfus RV’s & Marine Service Department at 866-755-8858.

Q5: How do I know what maintenance is required to keep my RV Warranty Forever agreement in force?

A5: Simply follow the maintenance requirements outlined in your RV Warranty Forever agreement. If you have any additional questions, pleas contact a claims specialist at 1-800-810-8458.

 

Q6: Why do I have to follow the maintenance guidelines outlined in my RV Warranty Forever agreement?

A6: Proper maintenance is the best preventative measure in reducing future breakdowns. Your RV is less likely to experience a breakdown if it is being properly maintained.

 

Q7: How do I make a claim in the event I experience a breakdown?

A7: Take your RV to any professional repair facility and provide them with a copy of your RV Warranty Forever agreement. They will handle it from there. If you have any questions that you would like to ask NWAN RV Warranty Forever directly, you may call 1-800-810-8458 and speak with a claim specialist.

 

The RV Warranty Forever Agreement has been mentioned a few times in the Frequently Asked Questions. Below is an outline of the important parts in this agreement.

  • This warranty cannot be passed on to another owner if the unit is sold privately. This warranty is only valid for the customer and unit at the time of purchase. Any subsequent owners will not have access to this warranty.
  • This is a Limited Warranty Important Notice in the agreement that states:

“This is a LIMITED WARRANTY and is not a service or insurance contract. It is not subject to state insurance laws, but is subject to state law concerning warranties. There are no warranties which extend beyond the description herein. ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES WHICH MAY ARISE UNDER STATE LAW, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIED OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PERTICULAR PURPOSE, ARE LIMITED TO THE DRATION OF THIS LIMITED WARRANTY. BENEFITS PROVIDED UNDER DEALER WARRANTIES ARE REWUIRED BY STATE LAW ARE NOTE COVERED BY THIS AGREEMENT. YOUR RIGHTS UNDER STATE LAW: THIS WARANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS AND YOU MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.”

  • Maintenance Requirements: When you eventually make a deal with a salesman over what unit you buy, you will be handed a booklet that contains coupons. You are REQUIRED to mail in a coupon, “…accompanied by the receipt and work ordered for the maintenance performed to the administrator to remain eligible for coverage. These maintenance receipts must be mailed within 30 days of your agreement anniversary each year.

 

 

 

Works Cited:

RV Warranty Forever!. N.p.: NWAN, 2013. Print.

RV Warranty Forever! Program Details & Training Manual. N.p.: NWAN, 2013. Print.

Adventure Blog – Marsh Creek

Written By: Alyssa Hossler

Hello Fellow Adventurers!

I will now be posting about a cool new spot each week! Some spots I post about will be local and some I will happen upon when I venture outside my typical parameters! I will post on this blog as well as Instagram:  @stoltzfus_rv

Will you wander with me?

This week’s dose of wanderlust has made me nostalgic of Marsh Creek State Park in Chester County, PA.

Marsh Creek

Here is the State Park’s website!

This park is perfect if you are an avid boater: kayak, canoe, paddle board, wind surfing.

There are also beautiful hiking and picnic areas! It’s a great place to hang with friends and family. Whether you want to kick back and sun bathe or play ‘who can paddle faster?’, this park is perfect for a day in the great outdoors.

Marsh Creek has a boat rental shack, ice cream shop, and indoor bathrooms (so you can enjoy both the great outdoors and the comfort of home when nature calls…pun intended).

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These pictures I took last summer. Such a gorgeous park!

 

 

Happy Camper Picture Contest

Attention All Campers!

Stoltzfus RV’s & Marine will be hosting a contest to see who is the most creative camper!

How to participate:

Take a picture of you, your friends, your family with your RV at a campsite and upload your picture onto our Facebook page with the hashtag #StsrecCamper

We will post your picture on our website in our Happy Camper slideshow!

The most creative picture wins! So dust off your old costumes and twinkle lights, and start practicing your handstands because the winner of this contest will win a $100 Gift Card to Stoltzfus RV’s & Marine’s Accessory Department!

Our Contest Ends on January 7, 2015!

So, will you accept the challenge? I did!

photo contest

Here is the source where I found the beautiful outer space backdrop for my photoshopped picture!

“Outer Space Wallpaper.” Full HD Desktop Wallpapers. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2014.

 

Just Heat It – Red Pepper & Tomato Soup

Feel free to warm it on the stove or over a fire!

(Pairs well with a grilled ham and cheese sandwich)

 

Ingredients:

1 Carton/Box of Red Pepper Tomato Soup

• (Can be found in the organic section of the grocery store)

1 Can of Chunky Crushed/ Chopped Tomatoes

• (Recommended: Basil, Garlic, and/or Oregano Flavored)

1 Bag of Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice

     •(Recommended: Whole Grain Medley- Brown and Wild Rice)

 

Instructions:

  1. Follow instructions for proper soup heating on the box.
  2. (Soup does not need to be hot to add following ingredients)
  3. Strain the canned tomatoes in the sink and add the chunks to the soup.
  4. Finally, add the packet of rice to the soup. Stir frequently and once the soup reaches the desired temperature, it is ready!
Bon Appétit!

 

Spooky Nights At Campsites!

If you and your family are looking for a Halloween getaway, look no further!

In this week’s blog, we will venture into the spooky abyss of Halloween camping attractions! For both Family Friendly Adventures and Adult Thrills!

Kid Friendly Halloween Themed Campsites:

1. Jellystone Park in Lincoln, DE

  • The dates are October 17-19,  Oct. 24-26, & Oct. 31- Nov. 2, 2014
  • Activities include: Trick or treating, movies, pumpkin and site decorating, costume contests, hayrides and more.
  • For more information, visit:   www.delawarejellystone.com

2. Eagles Peak in Robesonia, PA

  • The dates are October 17-19 & Oct. 24-26, 2014.
  • Activities include: Trick or Treat, Halloween crafts, and pumpkin carving.
  • For more information, visit:   http://www.abcamping.com/abeaglespeak/

3. Duncan’s Family Campground in Lothian, MD

  • The dates are October 17-19 & Oct. 24-26, 2014.
  • Activities include: Bobbing for apples, haunted hayrides, Trick or Treat, zombie survival contest, costume contests, pumpkin carving, and more!
  • For more information, visit:   http://duncansfamilycampground.com/index.php

Adult Thrills (Actual Haunted Campsites That Will Scare Your Socks Off!) :

1. Harold Parker State Forest: Massachusetts

  • The Haunted Tale: As you may already be familiar with, during the 1600s in Salem, Massachusetts, people who were accused of practicing witchcraft were persecuted for supposedly bending the laws of nature. This forest is adjacent to the town of Salem and the paranormal happenings of this village tend to spill over into this forest (Scannapiego).
  • Click here to schedule your trip… if you dare!

2. Atlantic Blueberry Hill: New Jersey

  • The Haunted Tale: “This desolate pine forest makes camping at night feel downright creepy—especially since the Jersey Devil supposedly terrorized the area for 200 years. Many described it as a flying two-legged creature with hooves. Others say a woman named “Mother Leeds” invoked the devil as she gave birth to her 13th child, who flew off into the night shortly thereafter. Even Napolean Bonaparte’s brother has claimed to have seen the beast” (Scannapiego).
  • For more information, click here to be taken to their website!

3. Hunting Island: South Carolina

  • The Haunted Tale: “It’s not just the creepy looking Spanish moss that makes Hunting Island a perfect Halloween camping spot. This barrier island—5000 acres of pristine sanctuary for deer, fiddler crabs, egrets and maritime forest—is just a short drive to Savannah, Georgia, AKA: America’s most haunted city. The entire area is famous for its disturbing accounts of aggravated spirits, hauntings and frightening cemeteries” (Scannapiego).
  • For more information on a campsite on Hunting Island, click here… that is if you aren’t scared!

Works Cited:

Scannapiego, Christina. “Halloween Camping Spots for Paranormal Experiences.”Active.com. Active Network. Web. 16 Oct. 2014. <http://www.active.com/outdoors/articles/halloween-camping-spots-for-paranormal-experiences>.