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20 Important RV Driving Tips

October 15th, 2015 by Phil | Posted in RV Buyer Tips | No Comments »

Most RVs aren’t particularly difficult to drive these days, and is one of the reasons why they’re becoming more and more popular. However, the potential for something to go wrong remains a constant risk, and is much more difficult to rectify compared to a car once things start to spiral out of control.

The majority of drivers can adapt quite well to the increased size, height, and weight of an RV, but keeping alert, planning ahead, and driving cautiously remain top priority in the safe handling of your vehicle.

There are times when driving an RV or pulling a large trailer can be a complicated and hazardous, so to help you out we’ve put together the following of driving tips:

• Back your RV In rather than Out, as you can more easily maneuver into a tight space going backwards (essentially the same as a vehicle with rear wheel steering). It’s also safer to pull out into traffic going forwards, and you can do it without having to rely on another person to guide you. If you have to back out, make sure you go round and take a good look for low branches, overhangs, or things poking out of the ground that could potentially cause damage.

• If you’re on a tight road and your right wheels leave the asphalt, don’t be tempted to wrench the steering wheel in the opposite direction to correct it. Instead, slow down first and gradually steer back on to the road at a narrow angle.

• If a line of traffic builds up behind you, move as far to the right as possible to allow those following to see the road ahead better for passing. If possible, pull over and let them pass.

• When you have to pass another vehicle on a two lane road, drop back a bit first then accelerate towards it. If it’s clear, pull out and pass the vehicle when you reach it. This ensures you spend the least amount of time in the opposite lane, rather than pulling out and then accelerating.

• Driving too fast is an obvious danger but stay as close to the speed limit as you can, and keep it as consistent as possible. Driving to slowly can pose its own dangers with impatient car drivers or get you a ticket from the police.

• When leaving a freeway, make sure you move into the far right lane about a mile before your exit. Waiting until the last minute can make things more rushed and more prone to error.

• If traveling in the right lane of a freeway, temporarily move to the lane on your left when approaching an onramp to allow traffic to join the flow unhindered. This is especially applicable in cities where there are numerous on/off ramps coming up all the time.

• If you see a vehicle parked at the side of the road, move over to the left as much as possible to allow for the possibility of them pulling out or a person suddenly opening the driver door.

• Do not be tempted to cross the solid white traffic control line on the entrance to the freeway. Even if the entrance looks clear, there is a higher chance of a small vehicle or bike being missed resulting in a collision.

• Don’t be afraid to use your horn to warn drivers ahead of you if you think there is a danger of a collision. And toot the horn a few times when backing up if you do not have a reverse warning beeper.

• When turning; put one hand on the wheel at the 12 o’clock position and pull down, using the other hand to push up. This gives you a lot more control, and is much safer than one handed steering.

• If you break down on or near the highway, use emergency flares as a warning to signal other drivers.

• When driving on the freeway, do not position yourself in other people’s blind spots. When passing, do so as quickly as you can.

• Learn the road signs, and what their different shapes and colors mean.

• Learn to look way out in front, not just at the back of the vehicle in front of you. This way you will be far more prepared if you have to take action. Watch for multiple brake lights lighting up as a sign of impending danger.

• Keep around a 5 second gap between you and the vehicle in front. The heavier the RV the more distance, and therefore time, you will need to stop.

• Whenever you approach a changing situation on the road that may prove to be hazardous, cover you brakes (place your foot over the brake pedal without actually applying it) so that you can act very quickly in an emergency.

• On the interstates, stay in the right hand lane as much as possible. The traffic is slower, you can see more of the road behind you with the driver’s side mirror, and it’s more convenient to pull over in an emergency.

• On the Interstates and major highways watch out for debris (bits that have fallen off vehicles and blown out tires from trucks are common).

• Always avoid driving in bad weather if possible. Heavy rain, fog, snow, or ice can dramatically increase the risk of an accident occurring.

Other things to consider:

Using your mirrors, signals, and lights.

Always be alert to what’s happening behind you by regularly checking your mirrors. Adjust your side-view mirrors so that you can just about see the side of your vehicle to minimize the size of your blind spot (adjust convex or fish-eye mirrors so that they include the blind spot). Remember; objects in the mirrors are closer than they appear. Also, be aware that there may be someone right behind you (tailgating) that could suddenly move out.

Drive with your headlights on to make your RV more visible to other road users, and you should use you hazard lights whenever you are driving up a steep grade or stopped near moving traffic.

Always use your turn signals, even if you think no one is around. Remember that pedestrians often look at a vehicle’s turn signals to decide whether or not to cross the road, and if you see something ahead that makes you think you’ll need to brake sharply, tap the brake pedal a few times to alert drivers behind you.

Copy the professionals.

Observe what pro truckers do. They are the most experienced big vehicle drivers out there and you can learn a lot from them. Install a CB radio and listen to truckers’ chatter. You can glean a lot of important information about the road ahead, and if there’s an accident or construction work going on.

As with most things, practice will help you develop your skills, and in time you will become a good, safe, and confident RV driver. Before you set off, remember to plan your trip thoroughly, check your vehicle over properly, and get lots of rest. It goes without saying but you must always wear your seat belt whilst driving. You are vastly more likely to be killed or seriously injured (in even a minor accident) if you don’t. Always be vigilant, and keep safe.

About the Author: Jon Mills is an avid RV enthusiast, and the creator of the ‘Route-1’ low clearance avoidance system (the largest low clearance database ever devised for the USA & Canada). Available at He is also the producer of the popular ‘RV Pro Safety Guide’, providing professional safety expertise for RV drivers. Currently available FREE for a limited time at So get your copy now.

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Pete’s RV Center Acquires Connecticut Dealership Van’s RV

September 21st, 2015 by Phil | Posted in Pete's News | No Comments »

Pete's RV owners Scott Borden (left), Chad Shepard, and Todd McGinnis with Mike Couture and Mark VanOstrand.

On September 1st, Vermont-based Pete’s RV Center officially assumed ownership of Van’s RV Center in South Windsor, Connecticut.

Located just 20 minutes from Hartford, Van’s RV has served thousands of customers in Connecticut, southern New England, and New York since opening its doors in 1963.

Looking to step out of day-to-day operations after 40-plus successful years, longtime Van’s owner Mark VanOstrand explained the acquisition as being well-timed and an excellent fit, “The acquisition of Van’s RV brings together two of New England’s longest established RV centers.  I am excited to be working with Pete’s RV as we blend together the best of our business practices.”

With the acquisition, Pete’s RV is now selling Jayco-branded recreation vehicles from the Connecticut dealership.  “Along with a location that allows for expansion throughout southern New England and New York, being able to offer our customers popular Jayco travel trailer, fifth wheel, and motorhome lines such as Jay Flight, Eagle, and Greyhawk is an opportunity we are excited to take on,” said Pete’s RV co-owner Chad Shepard.

Van’s RV is Pete’s third dealership.  The original location in South Burlington, Vermont has been operating since 1952.  A second location in Schererville, Indiana was acquired from Rollin-On RV in May 2011.

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Giving Away Camper Top 2016 Summer Highlight at Pete’s RV

September 3rd, 2015 by Phil | Posted in Clipper, Coachmen, Dealership Event, Indiana, Pete's News, Shows and Events | No Comments »

It’s always a thrill when time comes for Pete’s RV to announce winners of their prize drawings. Whether a gift card to the parts and accessories store, free camping, or a big screen television, the winners always respond with an energetic combination of excitement, happiness, and gratitude.

This summer, the emotional factor was turned up a notch (or three) with the grand prize being a 2016 Coachmen Clipper 17BH travel trailer. Promoted for a month, hundreds of entries were collected from communities surrounding the Schererville, Indiana dealership.

The drawing took place at Pete’s RV on Sunday, June 28th at the conclusion of a weekend-long open house.  While individuals only needed to be present to enter, the showroom was packed with anxious guests–some waiting as long as two hours for the winner to be drawn.

When the big moment finally happened, Jaci Twiddy from nearby Cedar Lake had her name randomly pulled from the raffle box by Pete’s RV co-owner Chad Shepard.

“What an awesome finish to a fun promotion,” said Shepard.  ”We are so happy for Jaci and her wonderful family. Presenting the keys to them was a major highlight of my summer.”

Upon conclusion of the drawing, the Twiddy family and Pete’s RV staff exchanged hugs, some tears of happiness, and had pictures taken with the new camper.

The following day, Jaci messaged Pete’s RV expressing her joy, “Yesterday was such a blur, I want to make sure that you all know just how grateful we are!  Everyone was wonderful to all of us. This kind of thing does not happen to us, we are still in shock! Winning this camper has made it possible for us to get a beautiful camper that we will be able to enjoy and make memories with for years.”

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Beyond the Reviews: When Choosing a Campground Gets Personal

August 25th, 2015 by scott | Posted in Camping Lifestyle | No Comments »

Where is your favorite place to go camping? I have asked that question to hundreds, maybe thousands of people over the years and I have gotten hundreds of different answers. The funny thing is, some people won’t tell you where their favorite camping spot is located.  They prefer to keep it private.  However, they are happy to share what campgrounds they are impartial to.

Like so many others do, I then take those campsite names to Google or Yelp and check the reviews. Have you ever checked online reviews for a campground that you are thinking about visiting? It will make your head spin. The reviews for many campgrounds run the gamut, from saying, “The greatest place we have ever been.”, to “Save your money and go somewhere else.”  How can reviews for the same campground be at such odds? How can one person claim this was the best place to go camping and another say it was the worst? I will try to explain how this is possible.

I am a glass half full kind of person and willing to take chances.  I find myself trying some campgrounds with mixed reviews. Going in with a warm heart, a love for camping, and an open mind, I will form my own opinions. Could it be possible that some of the bad reviews you see online about a specific campground were the result of a situation not due to bad service by the campground but rather the patrons chose the wrong kind of campground? Some of the bad reviews say things such as, “Campground security made us shut off the radio and put our campfire out at 11pm.  This place is terrible!”  Well, did they read the campground rules before deciding it was the campground they wanted to visit?  Some campgrounds do not have a set time when the campfires need to be out. If you like to sit up all hours of the night and watch the campfire, then this place isn’t for you, but should not say the campground is terrible.  It’s simply the rules.

First thing you need to do before choosing a campground is to decide what you desire for amenities? Kid-friendly?  Pool and/or lake? Lots of family-related activities?  Another great review I came across said there was nothing for the kids to do at the campground. But the description for the campground clearly states that it caters to mature RVers.  So doubt there’s any face painting or making tie dye t-shirts at this establishment!

Those looking for a place to pitch a tent, and then hit the hiking trails probably do not need an all-inclusive campground with water slides and pony rides.  Again, check the description and amenities.  There are plenty of bare bones campgrounds out there for those just looking for the essentials.

I am not a big fan of rules, but even so, I do believe campground owners need to be very clear on their facility’s rules and regulations.  When doing so, expectations for the campground and camper are more likely met, and everybody’s happier for it!

For the most part, campgrounds do a very good job at showing off their goods by way of a website, camping directories, and social media pages like Facebook.  These plus online reviews, referrals from friends and family, and contacting the campground is more than enough information to help your decision-making process.  Stay organized.  Conduct your research along with a checklist of the things you want and don’t want in a campground.  Keep it personal and more likely than not, your family will have a happy camping experience!

Provided by Chuck Lundberg. See more of what he and others are liking on the Facebook page!

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2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features Video | Pete’s RV Buyer Tips

August 21st, 2015 by Josh | Posted in Pete's RV Video pReView, RV Buyer Tips, Travel Trailers | No Comments »

With all the comfort and quality you have come to expect from Cherokee, your family will enjoy a truly enjoyable camping experience with this lineup of travel trailers and fifth wheels. The Grey Wolf by Cherokee is engineered with impeccable quality, distinctive features, superior comfort and remarkable affordability. Escape the ordinary, relax, and enjoy family and friends in a Grey Wolf.

RV Lifestyle Consultant, Joe Vartuli provides a special multi-unit walk through on the popular features found in Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailers (using a Cherokee 294BH & Grey Wolf 23DBH for the demo) including:

  • Friction Hinge Exterior Doors
  • Solid Wood Bedroom Privacy Doors
  • Prewired for Optional Back-Up Camera
  • Flush Floor Slideouts (Cherokee Models Only)
  • Nightstand on Each Side of Bed
  • Blue LED Interior Lighting
  • Solar Ready

Some additional features that make Cherokee & Grey Wolf travel trailers stand out:

  • High Gloss Seamless Countertops
  • Wooden Blinds
  • Electric Tongue Jack
  • High Rise Kitchen Faucet
  • LED Electric Awning
  • Drawers With Side-Mounted Steel Roller Guides
  • Powder Coated Rust Resistant Frame

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cherokee travel trailer floorplans and Grey Wolf travel trailer floorplans at!

Video Transcript for “2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)”

Hi I’m Joe Vartuli, RV Lifestyle Consultant, here at Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington, Vermont. We’re on a nice sunny August day. we’re going to do a video for you today on the Forest River Cherokee and Grey Wolf product. it’s a product that we’ve had this year that it’s been really popular, the price points are terrific. You can get into ‘em for, a lot of ‘em for under the $20,000.00 range. There’s a few models like this one, that are a little bit over.

Well, me and Josh are in the the 294 2016 Cherokee Limited. this is a double slide model. and you’re gonna see, if you look around to your right Josh a little bit, you’ll see the big U-shaped dinette. Also, the nice baseball stitch, leather sofa that folds out to make a, a scissor sofa, to make another bed for you. once again this table drops down and makes a very large bedding area. two adults, pretty much can use this area as well. now with the bunk beds in the back, you may not have a lot of use for it, but it’s there is you need it.

Some things you’ll notice solid surface counter tops, okay. Nice cherry stain on the woodwork, roller ball bearing drawer glides, full extension that come all the way out. And residential looking faucets even though the price point is lower, once again residential style features lots of storage. Deep cabinets that go all the way back in here through. One thing on the Cherokee as well, it does have what they call climate control. So the air conditioning system is ducted. It goes from one end to the other and you can set the temperature as you want either in a cold climate with your furnace or you know . When it’s hot the air conditioning system will, will you put it on the temperature you want the, it will come and go as it needs to no need to hot, high cool or medium either with your heating system or your air conditioning system because it’s climate controlled [00:02:00] much, much easier to maintain and it will keep a nice, nice even ambient temperature in here.

something new they’re doing with Forest River this year at least with this, with this suburban cook top. It is a glass covered cook top it’s, it’s, it’s all flush mount. And you have your three burner range underneath here so you’re not losing any of that. But yet they put a nice elegant cover over the top. Also of course, your Magic Chef microwave in these overhead fan to pull the moisture out when you’re cooking. Two way Norco refrigerators are in these as well. And this unit here has a nice big pantry you can see how deep it really is and you’ll find a this in most of the Cherokee’s there there trying to give you as much storage as they can the floor plans that they offer you and once again with out stretching your budget the blue accent lighting you can see over the over the top of the slide out just gives it a little more nicer look, a little more modern look. U

h if we go around to the front in a little bit before we go to the bunk area. Josh, you have the bedroom area here, you have two shirt-wards you’ll notice they changed the wallboard a little different color back here it’s a little darker on the back part, helps you with your sleeping in the evening. Also you’re gonna notice cloth shades, cloth made shades that go up and down. your safety window is right there. That might of messed up the camera a little bit. and also hard doors so your entertainment center is up here with the with the faux wall and also you have hard doors here that will shut the room right off so it’s very private. And we’ll show ‘em this front entertainment center and there’s a place to clip your TV on these do not come with a flat screen which you can, they’re ready, they come with a mount that will mount right on the wall. Here your cable hook-up and everything is right here. Your boostered TV antennae too as well am FM DVD player that is built in the limited models.

Alright, and the flooring you can see it’s got kind of plank wood look [00:04:00] and this is a thick rubberized congoleum so it’s very cold weather crack resistant as well. And stain release carpet. the Cherokee also gives you, you notice how flush floor this n-, this is not built up so there’s no step up into your slide out system and big drawers that pull out from underneath your dinette and make getting, make getting to your, to the extra stuff that you bring very easy. you’re gonna see wooden mini blinds in the living room here they’re not just using you know a very low cost mini bl-, metal mini blind they’re using nice residential style wooden ones. And hard, hard valances over your window as well.

And we’re going to go back we’re going to go back to the bunk room on this unit ’cause it does have the second slide and you’re gonna see. These two fold out small, small couches or, or seats whatever you want to call ‘em they will fold out to make beds. So you could have one, two, three, with your top bunk which does fold up and it will actually stay there so if the you have a TV and entertainment center back here there you go they can sit a wanna do a Playstation, your kids can do a Playstation or watch a movie, whatever they want to do on a rainy day.

Also a big oversized bunk with a skylight over it so you get some natural light back here you have a built in ladder to get to this bunk and also storage you have a place where the TV with the hook-ups here and you also have tons of storage over here as well. So clothes, entertainment center, nice bright windows, nice airy open feel to this this 294 Cherokee eh we’ll open up the a the bathroom here for ya and you can see there’s a second door to the outside. Your fluid flush toilet is standard on these [00:06:00] you’ll also have your medicine cabinet that’s actually usable. And nice nickel plated pulls here on all the doors so it’s nice and sturdy (cough) excuse me. We’ll shut that. Once again the construction underneath this floor underneath the boufloor is actually it’s, it’s tongue and groove plywood marine grade so its 5/8 inches it’s very thick. There’s not a lot of give the trailer will last a long time between your thick floor decking and your nice thick roof decking which is fully walk-able it gives you a nice sturdy built … travel trailer.

Inside the Grey Wolf this is a 2016 23DBH and folks you want to talk about a great value for a young family that’s starting out camping? this unit gives you large second, lar … (chuckles) two large bunks on the back. oversize it gives you a slide out it gives you all the power stuff we pointed to you on outside plus some of the neat features. And you can notice we have a raised up dinette here. It’s all U shaped wooden blinds here behind it. You still have a place to get underneath your dinette even with the Grey Wolf price point to slide your extra drinks in or whatever you need to clothes. Blankets. whatever you need. Also the bow style flooring the thick rubberized congoleum. you’ll also notice in the galley here you’re not losing anything with the Grey Wolf you actually have solid surface counter tops you have the flush mount gas Suburban cook top you have your Norcold gas electric refrigerator, your magic chef microwave, the same as the Cherokee with the nickel pulls on it so you’re not losing any of this in this price point. It just these are just a little bit more affordable.

Like I said for the young families [00:08:00] that want to start out camping and have a little bit of extra room. Slide outs and this unit, the larger bunks. Now all the Grey Wolf’s have these features. We just happen to be demonstrating this one today but the woodwork, the flooring, the countertops, the stone in the front by the entertainment center, the bedroom setups with the wardrobes, they all have that stuff. It’s just, we’re in this floor plan today. Okay, so it sho … shows you the double bunks. Also in the bathroom you have your fluid flush toilet. skylight over your tub as well which you will not see in these price points in almost any other brand. And full medicine cabinet and excuse me.

This Grey Wolf also has ducted a/c and it’s all climate controlled. And here is the here is the control unit right here. You put it on furnace. you put it on a/c whatever temperature you want it’ll come and go as you need it too. Once again, it makes your camping experience great. not a lot to play around with just enjoy yourself.

Also I didn’t go over the wallboard and the the, the floor the, the wallboard and the ceiling board they are both vinyl. You can use Windex or 409 or a good cleaner that’s mild you won’t take any of the color off on it, okay. Josh show ‘em both windows, safety window on the bottom and you have another skylight on top so you get a lot of natural light in on these campers. I’ll go around to the and of course your, your faux stone walls. A place for your TV all your cable and satellite hook-ups are all set to go. Your am FM DVD system which comes on the limited models. And of course your bedroom once again with your shirt-wards on each side and nice deep cabinets over the top for more clothes storage hard doors for privacy [00:10:00] all right and they also give you a nice comforter on all the beds and that’s kind of a quick overview inside of the Grey Wolf.

The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at:

Video Transcript for “2016 Forest River Cherokee & Grey Wolf Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)”

This is the 2016, 294, and just some of the quick stuff on the outside. We’ll try to make it, not too, not too boring for you. the outside, you notice it’s got a full aluminum front here, a metal front that’s pull over on the, that’s painted, a big piece of diamond plate on the bottom for stones and rocks that could kick up. Also, your powder-coated, big, I-beam frame down underneath here. Even though this is a lower price point trailer, they actually are built very, very well, and I’ll go over a few things on that.

you’ll notice power tongue jack is standard, and almost all of our Cherokees and Grey Wolf come with a Limited package, so you’re going to get power tongue jack, standard. You’re going to get power awning, standard, with LED lights. you’re gonna have accent LEDs on the inside as well, and we’ll show you, we’ll show you that when we go inside. also they’re solar-ready. The Cherokee is already set up for solar panels. it, you just plug into the outside here and put your, your portable panels up. It’ll recharge your battery system.

also, the tanks on this are enclosed. The, that way for colder weather, it will help you. Your, your tank will not freeze up. Your freshwater tank, and holding tanks will not freeze up, as long as you are running your furnace. It, kind of a, kind of a small, polar package on this. it does have a full, walkable roof. once again, even though the price points are terrific, the roof is fully walkable. You can go up there without putting plywood down and service your roof as you need to and clean it.

a lot of, lot of stuff on this price point is, you cannot do that with. also, 15-inch running gear on these as well, nitrogen-filled radial tires, that will, will be a little more even in, in their pressure. They’ll stay that way longer, and also a nice champagne color to these on the outside. The Cherokees have a nice champagne color. They have nice graphics, you can [00:02:00] see the chrome Limited right here for the package that’s on all of our units as well. Four big BAL stabilizing jacks, one on each corner. They’re very heavy duty, keep your camper from bouncing around when you’re in there.

also, you see a gas hookup here in the front, so our Cherokees do come with an external gas hookup on all of ‘em. Now this model, the 294, has an outside, rear kitchen, and we’ll show that to you when we go around to the outside. just some things that I went over earlier when we first started. The aluminum front, front cap on this unit; the powder-coated I-beam steel frame; and, also, the power tongue jack, which is standard on the Cherokee Limited … just to reiterate that stuff. Also, and the diamond plate, that is all still here, (laughs) okay?

you wanna notice the big opening for your storage. All right. So that’s pass-through. It also goes underneath your bed, which lifts up on the inside, so there’s a ton of storage in this, grills, chairs, whatever you need to put in here, tools, whatever you need to bring on your camping trip. also, the solar-ready system, a plugin is right here. You just pull this cover off … which should be easier than that … anyway, it does, it just pops off of there, and you would plo-, your, plug your solar panel right into there.

I’m going to come around to the awning, and you’re gonna see this is a power awning. All right. Just press the button in or out. It has a automatic rain dump on it, so when it’s raining out, you don’t have to worry about it. Also, the, and the blue LEDs out here that give it a nice, a little different look than some of the white ones you’ll see. A friction door, all right, this door, there’s no need to have the small clip that breaks on the outside like a lot of RVs have. The hinges have a tight friction on ‘em, and you can see, I gotta put quite a bit of pressure to open this up, but if I open it up, it’ll stay right there. I don’t have to have the little plastic latches that eventually break, and mold away on this unit.

entry assist, large entry-assist grab door handle on all the Cherokees [00:04:00], so to get up into there, you just grab that handle, step, and aw-, away you go, it makes it a lot easier for you. one thing with the Cherokee as well, this is gas and electric hot water tank. This is a Suburban 6-gallon. It’s about 18, 16.2 gallons per hour, quick recovery. you can use this off of propane if you’re at a state park. If you’re at your traditional campground, then you can plug it when you’re plugged into the shore power. you will have your electric element, too, that works. You can also use ‘em in tandem. When you’re using a lotta hot water, they’ll recuperate, quite a bit quicker.

All right. We’re gonna go back to the side here. 28,000 BTU Suburban furnace is on these Cherokees. Also, another place for a TV, so you could unclip the one in the living room, bring it out here, and you can clip it right on the outside. They give you w-, GFI outlets, and you might need this by your picnic table if you want to deal with coffee pot, lamps, whatever you’re doing out there, and, also, you have cable TV hookups here as well. So you can have, your satellite or cable TV right on the outside, underneath the awning so good, good features. Also, the speakers are out here, too, as well.

some things I did go over, the radial tires, they are nitrogen filled. Also, they use a gray steel wheel on here, so they will not, they will not show the pitting and rust the way that a white spoke wheel will. They’ll, they’ll hold up quite a bit longer. to the back here, Josh, the second entry door on this model, as well, to the bathroom, and here’s the outside cook station, so they’re giving you more cabinets. They even kept the, the nickel poles on here as well, solid surface out here. They didn’t skimp and put the, the lower-priced Formica out here. Refriger-, electric refrigerator for your, for your drinks or some food that you wanna keep out here while you’re at the campground.

And the best feature is, of course, your two-burner stove, so if you wanna be out here cooking breakfast, if you wanna do different types, types of dishes, you may have [00:06:00] your grill back here somewhere. This model, comes with a built-in rear bike rack, so that folds down. You can put bicycles on there, you could put firewood, you could put coolers, even a small scooter (laughs) if it would fit on there. it’ll take about 200-pounds worth of weight, and that’s another great feature that you see that, that Cherokee does give you.

And you’ll notice the elongated window, and also there’s a, you see the backup camera here. If you wanna purchase the, the, the system itself, through Forest River or through our, our Parts Department, you can actually have a backup camera installed. It’s all wireless. it’s ready to go, you just have to purchase the front part of it that goes in your vehicle. Okay. And what we’re gonna do here, we’re gonna go over to the Grey Wolf and do a few things on that.

Folks, we’re, we’re on to the Grey Wolf now. We just did some stuff on the Cherokee for you. We’re on to the Grey Wolf. We wanna show you some features on this. once again, the price points on these are even lower than what the Cherokees are, even though they have a lotta the same terrific features on ‘em. first thing you see is the, the metal front end on this, just like the Cherokee. You’ll see the Limited up there, that means our Limiteds come with a power tongue jack, the power, the powered awning, the AM/FM, DVD system, and a few other features we’ll get to.

also, you’re gonna see the diamond plate. You didn’t lose this on the Grey Wolf. The powder-coated I-beam frame, you didn’t lose. Of course, your power tongue jack that actually has a light on it, so you can see it when you’re back up in the evening, you know, propane tank covers … you still have all that stuff … also, a walkable roof on the Grey Wolf, still. gonna come around to the side. You see the solar-ready panel. It is still here on the Gray Wolf, so you can plug into your, you know, your, portable solar panel, and keep your batteries charged up if you’re at a state park, a great feature that you don’t have to fight with. You just plug it in.

full pass-through storage, once again, on the Grey Wolf, [00:08:00] and you can see they put a felt lining down on the bottom here. go around to the side, you see your outside security lights, the elongated windows and, also, your power awning with an LED light in it as well, and the strip is running right underneath that power awning. this door here, same thing, fric-, friction-hinge door on both the Cherokee and Grey Wolf make it very easy for you. Grab handle-assist when you go in lar-, and extra-large ent-, entry-assist handle.

Also, you have cable hookup. You have power hookups. You’re not losing any of this on the Grey Wolf, even though it’s a little bit less of a price point. you’ll also notice the 3-tier color. You have a, you have a champagne on the top. You have a little bit of white with graphics, and then you have champagne and brown on the bottom. So it’s, not just a white, it’s not just a white trailer sticking out there. you’ll notice your, these have 14-inch radial tires, which are nitrogen filled.

All right. This one has a second entry into the bathroom as well. This is the 23, Grey Wolf, the DBH model with the double-size bunks. You’re also gonna notice the 4 BAL stabilizers are still on this unit. Your built in bike racks stays one the Grey Wolf, and, also, it has the, the, the backup camera system is pre-wired. You just have to buy that separate, all right, but it is here for you. automotive marker lights everywhere for safety, and also these all have, you know, fresh, fresh, fresh water holding tank, black water, gray water, you have all these things in these great price point trailers. hope you enjoyed a little, quick, quick tour of these, and, we’ll see you in the next video. Thank you.

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Importing an RV Into Canada | Pete’s RV Quick Tips (CC)

July 29th, 2015 by Josh | Posted in General RVs, Pete's RV Video pReView, RV Buyer Tips, RV Sales | No Comments »

RV Lifestyle Consultant Joe Vartuli reviews the easy and stress-free steps to make importing an RV into Canada a simple process on the Pete’s RV YouTube Channel. Whether you’re picking up in the states or having it shipped into Canada, Joe details the process for each method.

When you’re picking up your RV in the states, Joe notes that there are three important documents (listed below) that you will need to have in order to cross the border back into Canada with your new RV.

1. Sales and Purchase Agreement. Describing tax and payment information of your new RV purchase.

2. No Recall Letter from Manufacturer. This states that all recalls are up to date on the unit from the manufacturer before it crosses the border.

3. Title/MSO (Manufacturer Statement of Origin). This simply proves that you are indeed the owner of the RV.

Once you have successfully provided all documentation, taxes will need to be paid at the border (based off the purchase agreement) and then you’ll be on your way.

Finally, If the camper is being shipped into Canada and you’re not coming to pick it up, you must make arrangements with a brokerage company so that the delivery driver can successfully cross the border (with all completed documentation in hand) and deliver your RV to a destination of choice.

For more in-depth details on importing your RV into Canada, check out: How to Import Your New or Used RV Into Canada

Pete’s RV Center can assist with importing your newly purchased recreation vehicle into Canada. We have helped hundreds of customers import their travel trailers, fifth wheels and campers into every Canadian province most especially Quebec, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Labrador, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Pete’s RV Center is an extraordinary recreational vehicle dealer with locations in South Burlington, VT and Schererville, IN. An RV sales, parts and service provider since 1952, Pete’s RV Center carries an extensive inventory of Keystone as well as Crossroads, Heartland, Evergreen and Forest River RV-branded campers.

Video Transcript for “Importing an RV Into Canada | Pete’s RV Quick Tips (CC) ”

Joe:              Hi, I’m Joe Vartuli, RV lifestyle consultant, here at Pete’s RV Center in South Burlington, Vermont. we’re going to do a quick tip video for you today. It’s for our neighbors to the north up in Canada. and it’s how to come down here and buy an RV, and get it back into Canada without much hassle, if hardly any. And, also if we ship one directly to you from the States, to whatever province in Canada that you are in. first thing we have on our board here, that Josh did for us, was RV pick up in the States. So, if you pick out a new RV that you like, that you see we have in stock, you call us and you get your best price, we save you lots of money, the process is very simple. We, we take a deposit for the unit. We will make arrangements on what day you want to come down and pick it up and have it ready for you, and there’s really only 3 documents you need to go back across the border. you don’t pay any US taxes, to, to the dealership if you’re in Canada. to-, toward either state, Indiana or Vermont.

there’s 3, there’s 3 documents. One is the sales and purchase agreement. Of course, which you get which tells you what you paid for it, and what you would pay tax on at the border for. the Canadian tax. The second is a no-recall letter from Keystone. Or, whatever, Crossroads, Jayco, whatever manufacturer you choose to buy from us, maybe Evergreen, and this is so when the new unit goes across the border, all the re-, all the latest recalls have been done to it. Nothing has to be done up in Canada. It’s all up to code. Okay? and the third, the third thing is also the title or MSO, manufacturer’s certificate of origin, which will go with the camper when you take it across the border, or if it goes being shipped by one of our drivers. And this is very simple, it’s just those 3 documents is all you need, and then you know, you’ll have to pay your tax at the border. No, the, this, and that’s, it’s much easier than a lot of people think it is, so don’t [02:00] let it hinder you, okay? We’ll save you money.

The second is shipping into Canada. All right, so if, if you select one of our units, it’s all paid for, we have the right documentation, we can ship right to your province, right to your house, right to a campground if you want to. and once again, it’s an easy process to do. The only, the only difference is you have to have a brokerage company. we can supply you with a brokerage company, you will contact them, they will make all the necessary arrangements at the border so the driver can, can clean, can cross the border cleanly, I’m sorry. so he doesn’t get held up, or you don’t get phone calls or any of that. But we supply him with all that documentation, so it’s an easy, once again, easy process.

But we can go to Alberta, we can go to British Columbia, Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario, wherever you want it in Canada, we can ship and save you money. So don’t be thinking that it’s a hard process. we, we give you the documentation needed, we also set you up with a brokerage if it’s going to go across with one of our delivery companies. And and if you want to come pick it up, you come to one of our 2 centers in Indiana or Vermont. we’ll go through the camper with you when you get here, when you leave you’ll have the documents you need to pass through the border crossing of your choice. Once again, we can save you lots of money without any hassle. Please, guys up north, come see us. we have great products, and we we’d love to have you. Thank you, and I hope you enjoyed the video.

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2016 Keystone Cougar Xlite Travel Trailer Features Video | Pete’s RV Buyer Tips

June 19th, 2015 by Josh | Posted in Keystone, Pete's RV Video pReView, Product News, RV Buyer Tips, Travel Trailers, X-Lite | Comments Off

Expect more…Sacrifice nothing. With the all new X-lite by Cougar you no longer have to sacrifice good taste when buying a lightweight travel trailer or fifth wheel. X-lite shares your vision of beauty, elegance and towability with kitchens that really cook, magnificent master suites, full-sized slide outs, and bunkhouse models that can sleep up to nine people.

Cougar rep, Kevin Horoky pays a visit to Pete’s RV to meet up with RV Lifestyle Consultant, Chad Shepard to walk through the popular features found in Cougar XLite Travel Trailers (using a 30RLI for the demo) including:

  • Stainless Steel Appliances
  • Gas/Electric Water Heater with Quick Recovery
  • Residential Shower/Tub Surround
  • Hand Glazed Hardwood Cabinetry
  • Porcelain Toilet w/ Foot Flush
  • Cougar Camp Remote for Wireless Slide and Awning Operation
  • Power Stabilizer Jacks
  • Standard 8 Cu. Ft. Refrigerator

Some additional features that make Cougar Xlite travel trailers unbeatable:

  • Polar Package for Year Round Camping
  • Fiberglass Front Cap w/ LED Lighting
  • MP3 player hookup on stereo with Bluetooth
  • Deep oversized kitchen basin with sink cover
  • LED Electric Awning
  • Slam Baggage Doors
  • Correct Track Suspension Alignment System
  • Power Tongue Jack

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Cougar Xlite travel trailer floorplans at!

Video Transcript for “2016 Keystone Cougar Xlite Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)”

Chad Shepard: Welcome to Pete’s RV TV today. I’m Chad Shepard. We got some exciting stuff going on here today. We have the Cougar product. The number one selling brand in the marketplace and it has been for over fourteen years. So we’re going to see why … We have Kevin Horoky from the manufacturer Keystone’s number one Cougar rep is going to take us through this Cougar product and show us why more people choose this brand than any other brand out there.

Kevin Horoky directly from Keystone here to show us and tell us why the Cougar retains its value better than everybody else and why it’s been the best seller for the last fourteen years.

Welcome Kevin.

Kevin Horoky: Hey, thanks Chad appreciate having me at your dealership.

Chad Shepard: You got it. Kevin, we are in the newest floor plan you have out there. This is … Can’t see it from the video, a front bed slide in this we’re going to show in a few minutes but plenty of room here. This is a non-bunk. Which model are we in now?

Kevin Horoky: Yeah we’re in the Cougar X-Lite Travel Trailer 30LRI.

Chad Shepard: Beautiful in here.

Kevin Horoky: It’s a rear living with an island kitchen.

Chad Shepard: Okay, tell us construction on a Cougar a little bit here. We’ve got the arched interior ceiling.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah. What you have is you have a vaulted ceiling. It’s a stamp steel roof so it’s going to create our head room which we have in here. So a taller gentleman like myself I still can have the headroom. So a typical trailer right now is still a flat roof. So this will give you that natural runoff and it’s a stamp steel construction.

Chad Shepard: Look at all the extra room we got here. We got bigger, taller cabinets cause that’s not … Guys just so you know it is hotter than a firecracker on the Fourth of July in here in this video. So I look like I’m baking in here it’s because I am. But we’re going to talk about this a little bit more. Beautiful ceiling in here, central air conditioning, which obviously we don’t have on, a central air conditioner … Tell us a little bit more … What’s the furniture that we have in here Kevin.

Kevin Horoky: Here the furniture it’s a residential furniture. It’s Ashley brand furniture. It’s going to give you a tri-fold sleeper sofa in this and then your tri-fold sleeper sofa is a orthopedic sleep system. So it’s going to be cushiony, it’s going to give you a residential feel.

Chad Shepard: Don’t get tricked into buying a trailer that’s going to jack my sofa guys. This is something that’s been upgraded. It’s really, really nice. Probably one of my favorite features is these push back recliners. This is just like what I have in my home.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah, sure it’s, it’s residential then you notice too Chad if you get up and pull the chair forward, where you’re sitting at [00:02:00] you’ll notice that we do put a outlet in the slide for you.

Chad Shepard: Can you catch that in the video there Josh? So we got outlets in the slide you know you have to run the extension.

Kevin Horoky: You’re not running the extension cord from the kitchen, you know? We thought of everything when we built this for our customers.

Chad Shepard: Yeah, frameless windows. We don’t have it here in the video but you can kind of see them on the back. We got them here on the side. Frameless windows. Little extra tint in here keeps some of the sun light out. And plus we get the jalousie look on them.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah, the jalousie window and then the other thing that you have too Chad which are nightshades throughout. What you have is when those shades are open, I don’t know if we can catch that in the video or not, but you do have cross ventilation through your slide. Which is nice so it’s going to create that flow for you. And then another thing that we have is we insulated our slides.

Chad Shepard: You got it. Maybe you can catch this in the video. Josh, can you scoot down here a little bit? Guys, it’s hard to see it. We can see that silver foil down there. Kevin, what is that?

Kevin Horoky: That’s called Astro Foil Insulation. It’s going, it’s going to increase your R factor. So here, perfect example like today, we’re burning up in here but if we had the air conditioner running at 72 degrees we want our slide room to be at 72 degrees. We want control of the hot, cold exchange and not have that be at 82 degrees.

Chad Shepard: You know they got some brands out there … Guys, they insulate the slide boxes on these. Would you know the difference if I didn’t tell you? Be careful when you’re buying your next RV. Look for things like that.

Kevin Horoky: Next thing we have Chad is our entertainment package. This gives you a 32 inch LED TV. It gives you a Bluetooth stereo so you can control everything from your phone when you’re outside on the camp ground and you have your exterior speakers. And then we also added, the 5000 BTU electric fireplace.

Chad Shepard: Yeah, I see you guys use Greystone. One of the leading brands in the RV industry. Puts out a little heat on those hot or cold days, unlike today, but you don’t have to use your propane all the time. It’s really a nice, nice feature. Bigger fridge in here I’ve noticed too.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah we, we upgraded from the six cubic foot to now a eight cubic foot refer. With your freezer, which is nice, you can store more stuff. How you can tell if you ever want to know the difference, on a six cubic foot you only get three on our eight cubic foot it gives you four.

Chad Shepard: Good point so we got four door caddies and four shelving on the inside. It gives us that extra storage. A nice, nice upgrade. I really [00:04:00] like this.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah, solid surface counter tops so it gives you the residential look. You have an under mount stainless steel sink with the high rise faucet. And then you also have a stainless steel package within your oven and your microwave.

Chad Shepard: High point microwave too I like that feature.

Kevin Horoky: Chad, if you would, open up one of the many bank of drawers that you have there.

Chad Shepard: You got it.

Kevin Horoky: But they’re all full extension ball bearing drawer guide. Did you notice the handle that you have on there?

Chad Shepard: Yeah.

Kevin Horoky: That’s a five inch residential pole versus competition uses a knob or maybe three inch.

Chad Shepard: Yeah, that’s the same one I have in my house. Very, very similar style to what I have in my house. Tell me, really quickly what do we have here for lighting Kevin?

Kevin Horoky: Yeah. We have LED lights throughout. The nice thing about our LED lights instead of being recessed you can actually control Chad, left, right or off.

Chad Shepard: Yup.

Kevin Horoky: So, which will help that. And then you have your feature wall over on this side. Which is nice too if Josh can get the video of it. You have the charging station that’s something that …

Chad Shepard: Charging station down here. It’s hard to catch in the video but we got a Cougar remote too. Tell me a little bit about this Kevin.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah, the Cougar remote’s real nice. It’s real handy to set up your camper. Type in your code, you can control all of your slide outs, you can control your awning, you can control your scare light, and then the nice thing that you can control is your power front, rear stabilizer jacks.

Chad Shepard: You can do it right from one stop.

Kevin Horoky: Exactly.

Chad Shepard: It makes it really, really handy [crosstalk 00:05:13].

Kevin Horoky: You’re not running back and forth into the camper.

Chad Shepard: Okay. I’ve noticed this has a lot of vinyl flooring, bow flooring to be exact.

Kevin Horoky: Bow floor, Leno, you know it’s a great brand. Keystone uses it throughout. So it gives you two years against cold cracking. And then if you look at the residential of it it looks awesome.

Chad Shepard: Yeah, I agree. The Cougar obviously has gone through some changes here in the last twelve months. You guys have done a lot of things right. Registers that are just like what I have in my home.

Kevin Horoky: Yeah, residential heat ducts versus a plastic heat duct.

Chad Shepard: Mm-hmm (affirmative). Speakers in the ceiling, surround sound effects, a lot of great things. Hardwood kitchen tables, true dinette so you can go … Obviously the Keystone has a couple different options. We can go with a booth dinette that makes into a bed.

Kevin Horoky: You can go with the booth dinette. This one here on this package the 30RLI and this floor plan we did put in the free standing table and four chairs. But the four chairs too you do have storage under there. We keep [00:06:00] talking about that letter S as far as storage, well here we like to think we’re best in class in storage.

Chad Shepard: I don’t doubt that at all and you can tell guys in non-bunkhouse coaches the free standing dinette it think has been most popular.

Kevin Horoky: Absolutely, yeah.

Chad Shepard: We’ve got a great bedroom in this. This is their brand new floor plan we talked about so we’re going to cut right here real quick. We’re going to take a quick walk up in that bedroom and show you why this is probably the nicest half ton towable travel trailer I’ve ever seen.

I love the front bedroom on this 30RLI Kevin. You guys have done a wonderful job with it. Tell me some of the features and why people are starting to choose this floor plan.

Kevin Horoky: Well this nice thing is we talk about Cougar and the Ex-Lite series being half-ton tow-able.

Chad Shepard: Yup.

Kevin Horoky: Now, we integrated for couples a bedroom slide. So it’s easier for them to get around and then you know we added you know the nice mattress in here. It’s a Cougar platinum series which is a orthopedic sleep system so we’re not changing that. You have a ton of storage up here and a, and a, and a bed slide coach. I mean look at the storage that you have here in your wardrobe. You can look at your dresser and it’s a sixty inch dresser. You have full extension ball bearing drawer guides. I mean you have four drawers that pull out. You have another storage drawer there and then look at the overhead cabinets that you have in here.

Chad Shepard: It’s really, really nice. And those are … Guys those are solid door wood. That’s not paneling that’s built into there like some of the, some of the off brands are using in it. We look up here at the front bedroom. We’ve got windows on both sides that open up so we can let ventilation cross [inaudible 00:07:23]. We got a window over here on the other side.

Kevin Horoky: [00:07:25] cabinets.

Chad Shepard: Oh yeah you’re right.

Kevin Horoky: Over that and then you also … We left for our couples we left the LCD for you can mount your bracket TV here or you can just plug it in and set it right here on this big sixty inch dresser.

Chad Shepard: That’s really, really nice. Guys arched ceiling in here it makes it feel huge in here. I mean this is a half ton towable travel trailer with a ton of space on here. Kevin I want to go talk about some of the great features on the outside of this. Let’s take a walk outside, we’ll show why people … They love the outside as Coach. Let’s show them why.

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Video Transcript for “2016 Keystone Cougar Xlite Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)”

Chad: Kevin, the inside of this trailer is wonderful, the outside is even better. I know you guys have done a lot of changes to this, taken a lot of time to make this the best looking travel trailer on the market.

Kevin: Yeah, we’ve redesigned our front cap, Chad, and then again, just like our regular Cougar fifth-wheels, we actually paint our front cap and then we clear coat it, so it will eliminate any of the chalking or fading. It’s one piece, it’s seamless, you can see how it comes over so there’s no seams in here. No penetration for water or anything to get into.

Chad: That’s a feature I really, really like.

Kevin: It’s a huge selling feature, and then we took our cap one step further, and added fore running LED lights in the front.

Chad: Yeah. So just so you guys know, you look at products like Tracer, you look at products a primetime product especially, they’re running just a real thin ABS, almost like a shower surround front cap, and it only goes up to here, and then they seam the rest of it with some diamond plate, but there’s this has no seams on the front of this trailer, where the other brands are still seaming it across the middle. It’s just a spot for the trailer to leak.

Kevin: Sure. Then what we did too Chad, the last thing you want to do is when you unhook from your camper, is you don’t want to crank it down anymore. So what we did is we added the electric front jack, and it also is equipped with an LED light.

Chad: That’s nice. Makes it really easy, especially for people putting on weight distribution hitches, guys, saves you a ton of money. We talk about Cougars being loaded with great features, great standard features, great options. This is a really nice thing to have.

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: Twin propane tanks in here, thirty pounders.

Kevin: Thirty pound bottles versus competition, which will trick you and do twenty pound bottles.

Chad: They do, they put a thirty pound propane tank cover on it though, so.

Kevin: Exactly. And we like to call that cloak and dagger.

Chad: You got it. We’ve got eight inch I beam on this, we talk about good quality built frames. These are Lippert frames I believe that you guys are using.

Kevin: It’s a Lippert frame, it’s powder coated so it’s always going to be treated. Nice thing about it too is all of our frames on the Xlite product were designed for half ton tow building.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: That’s the biggest thing, and that’s hitting the meat at the market right there.

Chad: We’ve got, we’ve got room for two batteries up here, we’ve got one on just for the video but there’s actually room at least for two. Maybe even a bigger second battery for those dry campers. [00:02:00]

Kevin: Yeah, you want to walk around the side of the coach Chad?

Chad: Yeah, tell me a little bit about the coach on the outside here.

Kevin: Here again it’s an aluminum frame construction.

Chad: Okay, and when we say that guys what we’re talking about is we’ve got aluminum structure through here, through the sidewalls, bracing. It’s welded not screwed, so we’ve got welded aluminum. Keeps the weight of the trailer down. This is a twenty six RB on the exterior right here, it’s a great looking unit on the outside, and we keep the weight down by using better quality construction.

Kevin: Yeah, another, another selling feature we use Chad is a slam latch baggage door. You notice the clip is removed here.

Chad: Yeah, I like that.

Kevin: So you know one of the number one warranty claims, a clip coming off, now it’s a magnetic …

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: Catch up there, and then it’s an insulated slam latch baggage door.

Chad: Yep. Check this out guys, just the little stuff, you see this? This is metal, it’s not plastic. So look long term durability for your coach, much much nicer.

Kevin: The other thing we talk about Chad, is it’s a lighted passive storage, and then it’s on bow floor linoleum so you know, instead of using carpet, you know you throw something wet in there that can mildew and start to stink or.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: You know, deteriorate your coach, here it’s on bow floor, that way you can wipe your stuff down if needed. And we also have a laundry chute that’s built right in the master bedroom.

Chad: Yes.

Kevin: Where you can drop your laundry in, take that with you.

Chad: So you can catch a little bit too from the video, can you guys see the aluminum studding that’s in there? Instead of the wood studding. Some brands out there that you can’t see, where you’re not looking that’s where they’re cutting costs. What, tell us what’s special about the bow flooring and why this is such an innovation in the market?

Kevin: Here the bow floor lino, it’s a product that comes out of Belgium. The nice thing about it, Chad, it’s, it’s easily replaced if you happen to cut it or damage it, but the nice thing is it gives you two years against cold cracking.

Chad: Yep and we see that happen in 07, 08, the floors are made out of vinyl and this is a hybrid material. It’s made to withstand cold temperatures.

Kevin: Yeah, exactly. And it has a fiberglass backing in it, with the material.

Chad: You got electric awning on this cabin?

Kevin: Yeah it’s a power electric awning that you can use your Cougar remote with.

Chad: Yep.

Kevin: And then it’s lighted. The nice thing about our lighted LED awning is we don’t put it out on the arm.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: We put it right there on the wall, so like today, where the awning’s in [00:04:00] the in position, you still have a back-lit.

Chad: Yep. At Pete’s RV center guys, we are stocked full of units, over a thousand units in stock, and probably I would say about a third of them are Cougars. We, we love the product, windows on this. I mean are, let’s just, are all Cougars travel trailers this color? I mean you guys got a beautiful

Kevin: Yeah.

Chad: Color on the outside.

Kevin: Everything’s the color [00:04:18], which gives you that nice look getting away from the white, so gives you the better appearance. And then this twenty six RBI is actually equipped, you guys brought in with the executive package.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: Which is going to give you that clean looking exterior with the frame-less windows, and then on the inside it gives you solid surface counter tops.

Chad: What is the executive package Kevin? We order, at Pete’s RV Center with the discounts we get, with the inventory we carry, we stock em with usually the loaded, we call loaded. Tell us, the executive package, is it an option?

Kevin: It is an option. we charge a guest for that, but it’s going to give you the frameless windows.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: On the outside and solid surface Corian counter tops on the inside.

Chad: It’s just a beautiful look. Takes your trailer up to the next level.

Kevin: Absolutely. Couple other things here Chad that we can talk about real quick.

Chad: Yep.

Kevin: Is we talked about that it is a backlit LED awning.

Chad: Yes.

Kevin: You also have your scare light, you have your patio light, two exterior speakers. You have a light at the entry step so you can find your way back into the camper, and then we also put on the large folding assist grab handle, versus competition just uses a little chincy …

Chad: I’ve seen them.

Kevin: Grab handle, fair enough?

Chad: We’ve sell a lot of these in the store to people who buy …

Kevin: Absolutely.

Chad: But you know, off brand trailers, stuff like that. We’ve got, we sell a ton of those in the store. Tell me Kevin, what’s, fully heated enclosed underbelly on this?

Kevin: Yeah, you have a heat enclosed underbelly, what we do at the factory is we set all of your tanks, your fresh grey and black tank, in between the frame rails, so if you are traveling with water, it’ll always be below floor so that gives you a better towing, right?

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: But then we roll it with a roll house type insulation.

Chad: Okay, nice. Guys, three steps, not a big deal right now, but you go in your camper for ninety days, you’re going to love it. And not only that, but they’ve got the newer steps that have the holes in it so that dirt falls right through. You don’t have to sweep them out all the time.

Kevin: You also have some traction right here on your steps as well so it’s going to [00:06:00] prevent you slipping.

Chad: Okay. Kevin, lastly before we, before we wrap this up. Tell us about the slide systems you guys are using.

Kevin: Yeah.

Chad: On the Cougar Xlite Travel Trailers.

Kevin: So no coil slide system, what it is is a cable driven slide, so your motor is actually on the inside of the coach behind the, behind the fascia, but the nice thing about it is it’s going to give you a complete seal all the way around, because it’s a motor that’s chain drive.

Chad: Mm-hmm (affirmative)

Kevin: So it’s going to give you a seal all the way out and then when it comes in, the same thing. You’re going to have your inner seal, your outer seal, and then your bulb seal.

Chad: Yep.

Kevin: But all four corners will press against that bulb seal and give you the tight seal.

Chad: I mean the other alternative guys is the old rack & pinion slide, which only seals on the bottom, this is a much lighter system, and plus it’s a better quality build.

Kevin: Yeah, it’s a lighter system, which hits our halfway, our half ton tow-able trailer.

Chad: Yep. Some stuff we haven’t seen in the video, aluminum rims

Kevin: Fifteen inch tires.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: They’re radial tires.

Chad: What do we have for a roof on this?

Kevin: You have a TPO roof, so it’s a one piece seamless roof.

Chad: Yep.

Kevin: TPO, the nice thing about our roof, we talked about that we want the color sidewall, we also want the color roof.

Chad: Can you catch that in the video up there Josh? A little bit, I know the sun’s shining brightly here, but you’ve actually even rolled the roof over the edge.

Kevin: Exactly, we take that, we rolled over the edge, and then we tuck it underneath before we ever put the rail on.

Chad: Yeah.

Kevin: So in a sense, water would have to defy gravity to get inside your roof.

Chad: Any war, what’s the warranty on this Kevin? On the roof on this. This comes with a warranty from the manufacturer?

Kevin: Yeah, it’s a, it’s a, you have a, your warranty one year front to back, but your roof is twelve year warranty.

Chad: And that’s, I mean guys, Cougar, you’re going to own this for a long time and they go the extra mile and give you the upgraded parts. A ton more you can learn about the Cougar, please contact me, I’m Chad Shepard, with Kevin Horoky, the factory direct, love to give you more information, maybe make one of these yours and show you why this could be the right unit for your family. Kevin, thanks for your time today.

Kevin: Yeah, hey thank you Chad.

Chad:  And for those of you out there, Pete’s RV Center would love to earn your business. Give us a call, and we’d love to help you out and find the right unit for you and your family.

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