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2014 RV Show Season a Positive Endeavor Despite Weather Woes

April 22nd, 2014 by Phil | Posted in Bay Hill, Dealership Event, Evergreen, Heartland, Indiana, Pete's News, Product News, Prowler, Shows and Events, Trade Shows, Vermont | No Comments »

For the second-straight year, Pete’s RV Center embarked on an aggressive winter show schedule.  Starting right after the new year in Hartford, Connecticut at the Northeast RV & Camping Show, the sales team and support staff were in full show mode for eleven events.

January Vermont Dealership Event Louisville, KY  Boat, RV & Outdoor Show Vermont Winter RV Megashow

Looking to grow their customer base for the South Burlington, Vermont and Schererville, Indiana dealerships, this year’s show locations included Springfield (both Massachusetts and Illinois), Milford, New Hampshire; Peoria, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; Vermont plus three in-house events.

“With back-to-back weekends, and sometimes two shows on the same weekend, things definitely got hectic,” said Vice President of Sales Todd McGinnis.  “However, even with the challenges added by some nasty winter weather, we accomplished our goals of selling some campers and getting more people acquainted with Pete’s RV.”

NH Camping & RV Show in Milford Springfield, MA RV Show March Vermont Dealership Spring Sale

The tough winter did create some anxious moments.  There were some delays in vehicle transport and display setup, and even an opening day postponement due to hazardous driving conditions.

“When a storm hits…or even threatens to hit, you’re always thinking about how it is going to affect show attendance,” remarked Sales Consultant Chad Shepard.  “We were really fortunate that consumers showed resiliency and worked around the weather.  Thankfully, a slow show day due to poor weather was usually answered with heavier foot traffic and a positive buying climate the following day.”

Carrying the largest inventory in the history of the company, 2014 meant several new units being put on display by Pete’s RV during show season.  These included Coachmen Clipper, Heartland Prowler, and Forest River Wildwood travel trailers.  Pete’s RV best in show nods include the Keystone Cougar 337FLS front living room and Evergreen Bay Hill 340RK rear kitchen fifth wheel floorplans,

Evergreen Bay Hill Fifth Wheels Coachmen Clipper Travel Trailers Heartland Prowler Lynx Travel Trailers

More on winter show activity and best in show chatter is shared on the Pete’s RV YouTube Channel and Facebook Page.

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Gateway Fifth Wheel Extra | Five Features You Need to Know About

April 16th, 2014 by intern | Posted in Fifth Wheels, Gateway, Heartland, Product News, RV Buyer Tips | No Comments »

Gateway has some pretty cool standard features that are well known.  Some of these include a rear ladder, electric awning with LED lights, euro-style hidden cabinet hinges and struts, a spare tire, slam latch compartment doors, and dual zone heating/AC.  The list goes on, but here are five impressive facts about Gateway fifth wheels that you may not know:

  • The lights in the hallway leading to the bedroom are set to the right instead of directly overhead.  This allows the light to illuminate the hallway more than it could from right above you.  Plus, since they are tucked slightly out of the way, they are less likely to be hit or damaged.

  • There is an interior light switch right at the base of the door.  If you are going back to your RV at night, just open the door and before you even go up the stairs, the light switch is just on the inside by the base of the door.  This way, you don’t have to enter your RV in the dark and struggle to find a light switch.

  • There are hidden storage spaces behind the fireplace and TV.  This feature can come in very handy when you have valuable items that you want stored.  Who would assume to look behind a fireplace or expect more than wires to be in the back of the TV?  If you don’t have anything super precious, then it’s still great extra storage space.

  • There is a very robust stair rail in the hallway leading to the bedroom.  Many RVs don’t have a rail at all.  This could be very helpful for children or anyone who could use just a little assistance up or down the stairs.

  • All Gateways come standard with magnetic holdbacks on exterior doors.  This may not seem all that impressive.  One would probably think that all exterior doors have some sort of hook or latch, but what if you only have one hand free?  With magnetic holdbacks, the door can be opened with one hand.  Plus, magnets or so much easier than clips or hooks.

Learn even more amazing things about Gateway Fifth Wheels at PetesRV.com.

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Heartland RVs Extra | Universal Docking Center in Sundance Campers

April 3rd, 2014 by nate | Posted in Fifth Wheels, Heartland, Product News, Sundance | No Comments »

Heartland invented the UDC which has now become a standard in most fifth wheels today! One of the biggest advantages to the UDC is the convenience of having everything in a prime location. Lets take a look at what the UDC holds.

1. Fresh Water Connection

Conveniently concealed inside instead of protruding out, on the side of your camper.

2. Black Tank Flush System

Makes it easier to flush out your black tank! No dragging your water hose inside your camper

3. City Water Hook-Up

The UDC helps manage water lines to reduce clutter. Having everything in one place is a huge convenience.

4. Satellite/Phone/Shielded RG-6

Coaxial Cable Hook-Ups To Interior

Quick and easy cable hook-ups so you can get to camping quicker.

5. Exterior Shower

Great outside hot/cold shower that can be used to wash anything from muddy boots to dirty pets.

6. All Tanks Pull Handles

Makes draining your tanks easy with all your pull handles located in one central location.

7. 12V Light

Lights up the area to make set up easier.

8. Fully Enclosed and Fiberglass Lined.

Heartland invented the U.D.C and has been making it better ever since. Fully enclosed and fiberglass lined the UDC is protected from the elements.

As you can tell Heartland really does provide you with an “Advantage” when you camp in one of their trailers. The UDC is just one of the many things Heartland has to offer. Take a look at a Sundance brochure to learn more about the Heartland Advantage.

Get all the details on the Sundance family at PetesRV.com:

Sundance Fifth Wheels

Sundance XLT

Sundance Travel Trailers

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Keytone RV Extra | New Bullet Floorplans Driving 2014 RV Sales

April 1st, 2014 by intern | Posted in Bullet, Keystone, Premier Bullet, Product News, Travel Trailers | No Comments »

pRV info Blog Contributor’s Note: As Keystone RV is making waves with great new floorplans for the Bullet brand for 2014, they didn’t stop short for the Bullet Premier brand. The Bullet Premier 32BHPR has been getting as much praise as the Bullet 298BHS as well. The Bullet Premier 32BHPR is plain and simple.  The floor plan can sleep up to 10 people with two double bunks, sleeper sofa, drop down booth dinette, and walk around queen bed.  Speaking of the sofa: There’s no more dealing with a blow up air mattress, especially with Premier’s visionary sofa memory foam sleeper. Kids will never grow out of the double-sized corner bunks. And the chef will never grow out of the fully equipped outdoor kitchen, which comes with a sink, fridge, 2 burner range, and storage.  Even with all amenities packed into the Bullet Premier 32BHPR, it weighs in at 6180 pounds.

Originally posted on Keystone RV Company News:

Following a year that saw market share increase by 16.4%, according to Statistical Surveys, Inc., Keystone Bullet and Bullet Premier are experiencing additional growth during the first three months of 2013. Two new floorplans in particular, the Bullet 298BHS and the Premier 32BHPR, are drawing retail show crowds along with significant sales.  According to product manager Brian Hyde,  the Bullet 298BHShas been a real show stopper.

“Weighing in at 5700 pounds, it is easily half-ton and full-size SUV towable yet offers an incredible amount of sleeping capacity accommodating up to 10 children and adults,” states Hyde.  “The rear ‘play-room’ comes complete with a dinette, bunk beds, and tri-fold sofa.”   Throughout the trailer you will see Bullet styling clues such as Williamsburg furniture and leather sofa accented with ‘baseball’ stitching.   Adds Hyde, “Luxury styling with no sacrifice to weight and cost have been Bullet hallmarks.”

Another hot floor plan is the Premier 32BHPR The entertainment center literally occupies one full wall of the coach and features a 46-inch LCD TV, multi-function electronics, 10 storage compartments, and smoked-glass mullion cabinet doors.  Like all Bullet Premiers, the interior is highlighted with upgraded Williamsburg furniture, 7-foot tall arched ceilings, and 8-cubic foot refrigerators.  The gel-coat color-infused front cap, frameless windows and outdoor kitchen on the 32BHPR are definite attention grabbers.

Hyde attributes Bullet’s growing success to the unique position the brand has staked out in the marketplace. “From the day we launched Bullet four years ago we have focused on delivering ultra lite towability combined with eye-catching appearance and generous accommodations.   The Bullet 298BHS and Premier 32BHPR illustrate our focus on livability and style and customers have responded.  Best of all, we are not done yet!”

Learn all about Bullet and Bullet Premier Travel Trailers

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2014 Sunset Trail Reserve Travel Trailers Features Video | Pete’s RV Buyer Tips

April 1st, 2014 by josh | Posted in Crossroads, Pete's RV Video pReView, Product News, RV Buyer Tips, Sunset Trail, Travel Trailers | No Comments »

Discover simple, yet obvious deep convictions in the way each Sunset Trail Reserve travel trailer is thoughtfully designed by Crossroads RV. Contemporary styling and packed with features like LCD TV’s, outside entertainment centers, solid surface counter tops, spacious rooms and many more amenities bring the home into camping.

Pete’s RV Lifestyle Consultant Chad Shepard and Resident RV expert Randy Murray provide a pass through on a Sunset Trail Reserve travel trailer (a 28BH to be exact). It is available for viewing on the Pete’s RV YouTube Channel.

Chad and Randy highlight interior construction and convenience features found in the Sunset Trail Reserve travel trailer such as:

  • Lightweight Towing With Sturdy All-Side Aluminum Framed Construction
  • Plywood Flooring & 40-Inch Slideouts
  • Electric Tongue & Stabilizer Jacks
  • Island Kitchen Floorplans with Solid Surface Countertops and Undermount Sinks
  • Bluetooth-Enabled Music/DVD Player
  • Blue LED Lighting in Front Cap and Awning

Some additional features that are clearly worth mentioning:

  • Leather Style Furniture Available in 3 Shades
  • Electric Fireplace with Bedroom Swivel
  • Large Size 8 Cu Ft. Refrigerator
  • Floorplans with Outdoor Cook Stations
  • Free Standing Dinettes Available
  • Quick Return Gas/Electric Hot Water Heater
  • Aluminum Rims

Be sure to browse all features and specifications for Sunset Trail Reserve travel trailer floorplans at PetesRV.com!

Video Transcript for “2014 Sunset Trail Reserve Travel Trailer Features (Part 1 of 2)”

Chad:    Hey, welcome to Pete’s RV TV today. The brand new Sunset Trail Reserve on this one here. (Claps) this is our high-end travel trailer that we carry at Pete’s RV Center or any lot, any dealership. The Sunset Trail is a high-end travel trailer, (knocks) fiberglass caps on the front, solid-surface countertops on the inside. It’s a wonderful unit. I’ve got a friend of mine, his name is (claps) Randy Murray. He’s going to take us through this trailer from top to bottom and show you why this may be the right unit for you and your family.

You can immediately see the beauty of the inside of this Sunset Trail Reserve. -This is Randy Murray, (claps) and Randy knows …

Randy:    (Claps)

Chad:    … about RVs than anybody I know. But the Sunset Trail is a lightweight product as well. A lot of people don’t realize it. This is a 28BH model and this has a lot of cool features on the inside. It’s been one of our best-selling unit, but they make about 30 different floor plans in this brand as well. So let’s just go over some of the features that kind of go across the board on the Sunset Trail Reserve.

Randy:    Great features all the way around and so many of them. We- … I mean it would be an hour-and-a-half long video if we went through them all. First of all, construction, I-beam frame, spread axles on the sky. We’ve got plywood floor, just what we want to see, laminated walls, all aluminum studding through, great art ceiling, going to keep our water pummeling off. So everything that you want to see in a quality-built travel trailer, we’ve got it here. We’re using lightweight slide mechanisms on the sky rather than the rack and pinion stuff, so it’s going to be half-ton truck towable. Not everybody has a 3-quarter ton at one time, you know, I don’t. Yeah, you do, but anyway I don’t. So, great weight on this guy as well.

Chad:    So at 66 hundred pounds in this model, self-service countertops are going to cross the board on the Sunset Trail Reserve. Stainless steel sinks on this. As you can see there are 2 sides. (Clunking sounds) it’s not just one bowl. We got the nice, tall spout on it as well …

Randy:    Those are going to wear very well and if you put something hot in there, grease or whatever, it’s not going to melt through the sink. I really like the stainless and I’d like to point that out.

Chad:    This is kind of cool too. We’ve got a different tele- … this is, has a new tone to the ceiling on it. It’s really sharp in here. It looks great. We’ve also got a skylight above this area. It lets in extra light as well. Let’s talk about the ceiling. Let’s talk about the air conditioning system in this, Randy.

Randy:    Air conditioning is going to be all ducted through here in black accents. I mean just really kind of cool. They’ve separated themselves from a lot of the other guys out there. I really like to see it. Quick cool option on this guy. One of the really things that sets it aside for me from all the other stuff that we see out there in the RV dealer’s garage, these are adjustable and we can turn them so [crosstalk 00:02:22] …

Chad:    You know, it’s got central air conditioning in it?

Randy:    Absolutely, so if I’m sitting right there and I got that, I’ve got air blowing on me, so great way to do it; ducted all the way through. We can have doors closed and still have air conditioning in every room.

Chad:    Yeah. On all Sunset Trails we’re using 8 cubic foot fridges, so this is the bigger fridge. We’ve got the 4 doors …

Randy:    And that’s going to be …

Chad:    … We have 4 shelves as well …

Randy:    … 2 feet larger than what your standard fridge is …

Chad:    A little …

Randy:    … so that’s a lot of extra room. That’s a whole …

Randy:    … extra shelf.

Chad:    (Clears throat) a lot of them are 6 cubic foot …

Randy:    Exactly, right …

Chad:    … instead of the 8 cubic foot. The drawers on this, we pull them all the way out. It’s finished wood. They’ve got roller bearing sliders on this drawer. It holds 30 pounds of weight, the finished drawer. (Shuts drawer)

Randy:    I counted them before we started the video while we were waiting for Josh, 19 doors and drawers just in this area right here so if you’re looking for storage, you’re not going to be looking for it very hard.

Chad:    Yep, that’s a good, a good point here. Big adjustable shelving back here and drawers here, (opens drawer) I mean, a ton of them …

Randy:    Pantry area here … Just this, there’s so much this brings to the table and that’s why it’s been our number-one seller for all of last year.

Chad:    Forty-inch slides on this so we’ve got … This is the biggest dinette I’ve ever seen in an RV. I mean you can sit in here, and we’ve also got this solid piece …

Randy:    Solid surface there …

Chad:    … solid surface countertop. I mean, I can even kick back in here. This is a dif- … What’s the interior color of this one right here …?

Randy:    This one here is going to be …

Chad:    Cinnabar?

Randy:   Cinnabar. You’re absolutely right.

Chad:    Yep.

Randy:    Nice and easy to keep clean.

Chad:    They make it in 3 different colors. You can do … This is the middle. They make this in a darker shade and a lighter shade as well.

Randy:    They do.

Chad:    Yeah, and it’s got plenty of room in here. Cloth blinds in all the windows and they run the valance all the way down and that keeps it from getting bent up. It keeps the sl- …

Randy:    Kee- … It protects our strings. Strings is what hold these cross shades up and down and if we knock them or anything like that we can potentially damage the shades, so having that valance on there is a great way to do it. [00:04:00] We can also flip these cushions around.

Chad:    Yep.

Randy:    If you had a dirty or wet bathing suits or wet bathing suits or what have you … (slides drawer out) more storage. I mean that, this is just great. We can put some heavier items in here for travelling down the road, (slides drawer in) (shuts cabinet door) just a great way to do it. Linoleum, as Josh has panned down here through the whole entire traffic patterns. Nice and easy to keep the floor clean on this guy.

Chad:    Yep. These bunks right here, the top one holds 300 pounds. The bottom one holds 300 pounds as well and it comes all the way over so those are wide bunk, adult-size bunks. (Clears throat)

Randy:    They are, each with their own light, each with their own shelf, each with their own outlet.

Chad:    [Inaudible 00:04:31] …

Randy:    Own window as well.

Chad:    Another storage underneath here, got another bin in here as well. I mean there’s a ton of room in there (shuts drawer and cabinet) …

Randy:    They d- … They don’t miss anything.

Chad:    (Opens door) 28 foot BH so a ton of room in here. This has the opposing sides. That’s how we get the island, 2 slides and 66 hundred pounds in this one.

Randy:    (Knocks) porcelain toilet, no plastic here …

Chad:    (Clears throat)

Randy:    … foot flush, porcelain is nice. Plastic is going to hold an odor as it starts to get some age on it. It gets a little bit of porous. We can’t get it clean. This is just like at home. We can clean it.

Chad:    Yeah.

Randy:    No odor. (Slides door) I love this, flexible. As (laughs) I’m getting older I’m getting a little larger. I need a little bit more room inside. This is going to allow me to do it where some of the other ones do not, so … and again, a bathroom that we can turn around and change in. We even … Josh probably can’t see it with the camera, but we got an exterior door here so we can come into the bathroom area.

Chad:    This particular trailer actually has a door for the bathroom as well, so a lot of cool features on this and then everybody you’re going to get … everything here has been upgraded. Well I want to catch some cool stuff on the outside. This has got a lot of great features; outside kitchen we’ve got that cap on the front that we talked about, electric stabilizers. I just want to show the guys the front bedroom in this because this has a fireplace [crosstalk 00:05:34] …

Randy:    It does, have Josh have the camera up over here so you can show everything great on that end of the trailer.

Chad:    Yep. I’ll meet you outside in just a minute.

Randy:    Sounds good, buddy.

Chad:    This is kind of the sizzle of the Sunset Trail. We’ve got the TV that spin around here into the master bedroom as well. Check this out, the fireplace. Not a real fireplace, but it spins around. It puts out heat, up to 12 hundred BTUs, so on a 50-degree day if you want to run this to take the cool out of the camper instead of using your propane furnace you can do that. No problem at all, and plus it spins in the front master bedroom [00:06:00] as well. It’s got a DVD and a CD player up here so we put our DVD in; it’ll play on the TV here. Surround sound through the ceiling. You can see our speakers. We also have speakers outside so we can definitely annoy our neighbor. You’ll be the hit of the campground.

Up front here, the Sunset Trail uses an 80-inch bed. It’s one of the few in the industry that uses a full-size household queen. A lot of them are only 74. We got 80-inch cabinetry all the way around, and this is where you can really see the arch to the roof. You see this cabinet up here? It shows you the arch to the roof and we talked about that water runoff, (claps) higher quality units. It allows us to put a bigger TV in here by having that extra height, so let’s go outside. We’ll catch up with Randy and show you all the cool features on the outside.

The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at: http://youtu.be/eyyYaALmgg0

Video Transcript for “2014 Sunset Trail Reserve Travel Trailer Features (Part 2 of 2)”

Chad:    The outside’s just as beautiful as the inside without a doubt here. We got a one-piece fiberglass cap on the front. You can see how it’s a one-piece cap and they roll the seam over to the side so when we’re driving down the road, number one, it’s more aerodynamic and number two, we don’t have to worry about any leaks or anything caused by water penetrating while you’re driving down (claps) the road. Electric tongue jack on the front here with a cool, LED light strip, and don’t forget our two propane tanks with an automatic changeover just to start the hookup lights, so if you want to hook up at night, easy. It’s well lit. You can put your weight-distribution hitches on as well. We move over across here, Randy, just tell us a little bit about the framing. I can see some of the framing on that storage compartment.

Randy:    Again, by it … we talked about inside all aluminum throughout here in the … and the compartments are framed out as well where some of the manufacturers will just run framing and kind of cut doors and windows haphazardly. Really important to frame them out because that’s how we seal them. Nice to see the aluminum frame all the way around it. Nice, large door, insulated door. We can fit chairs through there; linoleum all the way through as well.

Chad:    Yep. Electric stabilizers also …

Randy:    Electric stabilizers front and back. It’s as easy as touch a button. You get this guy leveled, run those stabilizer jacks down and you’re going to be good and there’s no cranking anything.

Chad:    Cause it’s safety glass on all the windows too …

Randy:    Absolutely …

Chad:    Keeps our fabrics looking newer longer, and plus, safety factor, (claps) you know, you get a stone chip or something like that …

Randy:    Yeah, you know, if a lawnmower or whatever breaks, it’s not going to throw glass inside the units; also going to keep the UVs down if we’re using this in a little bit hotter climate.

Chad:    Electric awning on this one as well?

Randy:    It is … with a dome.

Chad:    With a dome.

Randy:    [Crosstalk 00:01:31]

Chad:    Push a button. It goes in and out. This does have the island, island slider. You can see where it comes out a little bit here. The awning goes right over the top of it. We’ve got 3 steps going in and out.

Randy:    Large grab handle, radius door (opens door) so we don’t have to worry about that ripping our awning fabric (shuts door). Outside speakers …

Chad:    And we got [crosstalk 00:01:48] …

Randy:    … just that lit stair tread. I mean just (laughs) list goes on and on. (Laughs)

Chad:    You got it, you got … This here is fully equipped with an outside kitchen. We’re going to have to cut to show you that. Let’s take a look at that outside kitchen, it’s cool, 28 foot. We’ve got the big bunks in the rear [00:02:00] with an outside kitchen.

Randy:    Half-ton towable …

Chad:    Half-ton towable …

Randy:    Just …

Chad:    Even SUV, full-size SUVs …

Randy:    Absolutely, absolutely.

Chad:    Yeah, let’s take a look at that outside kitchen, Josh.

Randy:    So Chad, as you just mentioned before we moved the camera, there’s a … this can be towed by half tons and SUVs you threw in there. Let me tell you the reason why. Not only is the weight important when we’re looking at that, is, I don’t know if Josh can pan down here and see the spread axles. Now with our shorter wheel-based vehicles like an SUV you tend to get a little bit more sway than you would with a longer wheel-based vehicle. To alleviate that on this we have put a real good spread on the axles. They actually call it the secure stance, so by pushing those axles apart we’re putting a lot more weight on the ground. We’re pulling the, the, you know, the running gear further apart, which is going to make this thing track down the road better for us. Show them that outside kitchen.

Chad:    Yep, the full outside kitchen on this too. We’ve got a refrigerator on this side here, hot and cold water with a drain. You don’t have to dump out the water …

Randy:    (Laughs) yeah.

Chad:    Two-burner cook stove, you know, so a lot of people … they can make bigger kitchen than this. Why they go with this, what I call half-size kitchen, is we get that full bunk on the inside …

Randy:    Two bunks on this wall …

Chad:    Two bunks …

Randy:    … rather than just one. We usually get robbed with that larger kitchen.

Chad:    Yep, big … All reserves, too, come with an outside stove with a nice mount. It’s really, really nice here. Spare tire just in the … just the starter too …

Randy:    And we plugged that LP in right under the coach into the trunk line that runs through the coach and feed the kitchen on here so there’s no need to bring extra LP bottles with us.

Chad:    Yeah, we talked about those metal roller bearing sides …

Randy:    Roller bearing drawers, yep …

Chad:    … the same ones …

Randy:    … same as inside.

Chad:    Yep, so guys, in closing, Pete’s RV Center has location Indiana, Vermont. We ship to your home every day of the week. We ship 2,000 units a year. Be glad to send one your way. If you don’t ask us to give you a quote you’re going to pay too much for your next camper, so reach out to us. We’ll be glad to send you a quote, nothing guaranteed. We have to buy from us, but at least give us a shot. Chad and Randy; want to thank you for visiting us today and we’ll catch you soon on another day. Thanks for watching Pete’s RV TV.

The video of this presentation by Pete’s RV Center is available at:  http://youtu.be/ArIG-91gAdg

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Pete’s RV eNewsletter | Spring Edition 2014

March 26th, 2014 by Phil | Posted in Bay Hill, Customer Feedback, Evergreen, Fifth Wheels, Indiana, Pete's News, Product News, RV Buyer Tips, RV Parts & Accessories, RV Sales, RV Service Tips, Vermont | No Comments »

Let’s be honest; for most of us around the country, it sure doesn’t feel like the first days of spring have arrived.  But subtle hints like extended daylight and mornings with birds chirping away tell us that warmer days are straight ahead.  Thank goodness!  From all of the consumer shows Pete’s RV attended this winter, we know that everybody is chomping at the bit to get the new camping season underway.

Speaking of RV shows, in this edition of the Pete’s RV eNewsletter there is plenty of news and noteworthy on what RVs stirred up the most excitement with showgoers–including the New England winner from our 55″ Flat Screen TV giveaway!

Keep warm thoughts & thanks for thinking Pete’s RV!

New England RV Showgoer TV Winner Announcement

Hundreds of entries came from the New England RV shows Pete’s RV was a presenting dealer which included: Hartford, Connecticut; Springfield, MA; Milford, NH and two events in Vermont.  And the winner is…

Congratulations to Mary C. from Suncook, New Hampshire!  She is the winner of the Samsung 55″ Flat Screen TV.

Our Midwest RV Showgoer is going to be announced shortly after the Springfield, Illinois RV Show held March 28-30.  Stay tuned to Pete’s RV on our RV Info Blog, Facebook or Google+ pages.

Manager’s Showstopper Spotlight | Bay Hill Fifth Wheels

Fifth wheel shoppers searching for a well-built and attractive RV with attention to detail and “industry-first” touches, behold Bay Hill from Evergreen RV.  Their fifth wheel received an overall outstanding response from RV showgoers.  So much so, Pete’s RV now has several new customers that are proud Bay Hill owners!

RV Lifestyle Consultants Chad Shepard and Randy Murray will knock your socks off as they walk you through the first-class features found in Bay Hill Fifth Wheels (using a 295RL for the demo).

More Must-See Showstoppers from Pete’s RV:

2014 Wildwood 31BIKS TT (Hot Island Kitchen/Bunkhouse)

2014 Cougar High Country 337FLS 5W (New Front Living Room)

2014 Prowler Lynx 30LX TT (Light Weight Quad Bunkhouse)

2014 Sundance 3400QB 5W (Huge Quad Bunkhouse)

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Customer Feedback

“The experience was awesome. I bought in Vermont and picked up my unit in Indiana. I was treated the same in both locations. Great Staff buying made simple!  I have already told 3 friends looking to buy new and spoke highly about your company.“–Stephen B. is the ecstatic owner of a 2104 Bullet Premier 31BHPR Travel Trailer

Read more feedback about Pete’s RV

RV Parts Store Spotlight | 20% Off on Pre-Season Essentials

There’s instant savings available on RVing essentials for getting your camper functioning in tip-top condition.  Everything from vent covers to popular ProtectAll is 20% off with free best way shipping on all orders over $75.00!

Right now get an instant 20% OFF on all items found in our Camping Kickoff section of the Pete’s RV Online Parts Store.

PetesRVparts.com $25 Discount Coupon drawing spring winner is Scott S. from St. Petersburg, FL. Congrats.

RV Q and A | Slideouts and Leveling

Question: Is it rule of thumb to keep the slideout in, level the trailer and place your chock blocks down before letting a slide room out to prevent warping its framework?

Answer: Slide rooms do not provide any support for your trailer frame.  Therefore, you do not need to be overly concerned about warping the framework should a situation arise where you need to open it before leveling the camper.

Pete’s RV Service Tips Video: The Importance of Slide Toppers

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Camping Recipes | Pre-Camping Steak Marinading

The key to a great teriyaki steak is the long marinating time.  It helps tenderize the meat and lets the flavor absorbed deep into the meat.

Read the complete article with preparation suggestions for marinading steaks before your next camping trip.

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Marinade Your Steak Before Heading to the Campground

March 26th, 2014 by Phil | Posted in Camping Lifestyle | No Comments »

The key to a great teriyaki steak is the long marinating time.  It helps tenderize the meat and lets the flavor absorbed deep into the meat.

Buy your favorite steak or steak tips at the meat shop at least 24 hours before going camping.  Buy a 10 oz. bottle of Kikkoman Teriyaki Marinade Sauce.  You will need a gallon-size resealable plastic food storage bag.

Place the steak into the food storage bag and pour at least half the bottle of marinade over the steak into the bag.   The bigger the steak, the more you will use.  You can’t overdo it, so the more the better!  Carefully squeeze the air out of the bag and seal it tight.  Knead the bag so the marinade thoroughly covers and saturates the steak.

If the steak is frozen let it sit on the counter long enough to defrost, or lay flat in fridge for 24 hours.  Flip the steak over every few hours and gently knead the bag until the steak is completely thawed.

The next day about an hour before grilling, take the steak out and let it reach counter temperature and cook to desired result. You can use the remainder of the marinade to pour over steak while it is grilling. Don’t be surprised if you get surprise visits from your campground neighbors.  It smells as good as it tastes…delicious!

This mouth-watering article was provided by Chuck Lunberg.  See more of what he and others are liking on the TalkCampingNH.com Facebook page!

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