Blog :: August 2012
8/29/2012 9:49:40 AM
Beginners and seasoned RVers along with those flying, boating or riding the train all begin their journeys with expectations of the perfect vacation, pretty much the same for anyone embarking on a much-anticipated trip.  Then the unexpected happens, your flight is delayed and you miss your connection - now you've lost one whole day of your vacation!  Similar things can happen with your RV - it IS a house going down the road with a hurricane going through it.  Things shake, rattle and roll and when you get to your destination, some things may not be working exactly as they were when you left.  When you rent from Premier, we want you to have the best vacation ever!  You are given an hour demonstration of how everything works and offered a driving lesson on the coach that you will be renting.  Before you leave, you are handed a card with our technician's phone number on it and encourage to use it if you have any issues at all.  It is always good to set up camp and do a quick check to make sure everything is in working order before retiring for the night.  Most issues are just common sense - a breaker is tripped, the propane tank is not turned on, opps - hit the wrong button!  But when it's not - be sure and call; that's what we're here for.  

There is a great blog about a family who left southern Florida in July of this year to tour 50 states over the next 13 months.  Some great advice and good stories!  Check out their Blog by clicking on this link and enjoy!
Posted: 8/29/2012 9:49:40 AM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

8/13/2012 3:02:50 PM
Diesel vs. Gas - it’s a good question!  Gas engines were the motorhome industry standard for decades, and it was only about five years ago, in 2007, that diesel RV chassis sales surpassed their gasoline counterparts. And while it’s true that gasoline engines have seen some recent resurgence in the market, there are several reasons why diesel remains the better value and more oft-chosen option.

The chemistry of diesel fuel itself provides one reason: It has a higher energy density than gasoline, meaning that a gallon of diesel can generate around 11 percent more energy than a gallon of gasoline.

Diesel fuel also has a higher expansion ratio and combusts at a higher temperature within an engine piston, giving you – literally – more bang for your buck. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, diesel engines are on average about 30 to 35 percent more fuel efficient than gasoline engines of similar size.

Even looking at the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s recent data listing the average nationwide price of a gallon of diesel at $3.78, compared with $3.49 for a gallon of gasoline, the increased mileage afforded by diesel makes it the better value.

Diesel engines also offer greater torque ratings for the same horsepower as gasoline engines, meaning they’ll get your RV to cruising speed and climb hills with less effort. And they provide this additional power at a lower rpm rate, leading to better fuel economy – a gas engine will rev much higher and work much harder on mountain roads.

Maintenance intervals associated with diesel engine ownership are also much greater than those of gasoline engines. A diesel engine is typically scheduled for maintenance every 15,000 miles, compared with the 3,000-mile intervals of a gasoline engine. For owners, that’s more time on the road, lower maintenance costs, and less time spent in service centers.

And because they have fewer moving parts, diesel engines are more durable, with a life expectancy nearly three times that of a gasoline engine.

All these advantages add up over the long term, and when the time comes to upgrade your motorhome, you’ll find that diesel-powered RVs retain a higher resale value.

Power, efficiency, convenience and long-term value: Diesel edges gasoline on all four points – and who doesn’t want all that in an RV chassis?

If we can answer any additional questions, please feel free to call and chat with Joe or Charlie:  816-587-1500 or 866-426-2247 Toll Free.

Posted: 8/13/2012 3:02:50 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

8/6/2012 4:48:27 PM
Coming to you from Hershey, Pennsylvania -- National S'mores Day is Aug. 10.  There is no better way to celebrate the occasion than to gather around the bonfire with friends and family to make the classic summer treat.

Made from the delicious combination of pure Hershey's milk chocolate, crisp graham crackers and toasted marshmallows, S'mores have brought families together around the fire since the recipe was first published in the Girl Scouts handbook in 1927.

"It's time for National S'mores Day, which means family fun, campfire stories and gooey S'mores," said Anna Lingeris, spokesperson for The Hershey Company. "The quintessential combination of Hershey's milk chocolate, graham crackers and toasted marshmallows sweetens any summer day and creates memories that will last a lifetime."

It's easy to celebrate this sweet holiday together with family and friends – all you need are S'mores, she noted. Whether on vacation or closer to home, here are some simple ways to bring your celebration to life:

  • Family Time with S'mores – Make National S'mores Day a family affair by getting everyone involved. Little ones can be in charge of assembling the graham crackers and Hershey's milk chocolate, while adults and older children take care of toasting the marshmallows. Once the S'mores are ready, dig in and enjoy this tasty treat together.
  • Grilled S'mores – For a fun new way to enjoy S'mores, try making them on the grill! Simply wrap S'mores in aluminum foil and place on a medium-hot grill and cook 1 to 2 minutes on each side. When you're done, you'll have S'mores that are grilled to perfection.
  • Summer Vacation S'mores – S'mores aren't only for camping! Many hotel chains offer fire pits or grilling areas which are perfect for making S'mores to help sweeten your trip and create a new family tradition. Staying home? You can also build S'mores at the park or playground in the designated picnic or grilling area.
  • Fire up the Fire Pit – Can't get out to a campground? No problem! Make an impromptu camp fire setting at home over your backyard fire pit. You can even use real sticks to roast your marshmallows to make yourself feel like you're immersed in the great outdoors.
  • Party with S'mores – Celebrate the occasion by bringing S'mores ingredients to an upcoming summer gathering! Guests will love making gooey S'mores and you'll be the hit of the party.

Join Hershey's Around Camp Bondfire

S'mores fans can take the excitement of National S'mores Day online by visiting Camp Bondfire on the Hershey's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/hersheys), an interactive application that helps families discover new ways to "bond" around the campfire and create S'mores-inspired memories all summer long.

To sweeten the experience and spark additional S'mores conversations, Hershey's partnered with The Motherhood, an award-winning web community of influential bloggers.  Select community members are acting as camp counselors offering tips, stories and memories revolving around a different Camp Bondfire theme each week.  Featured camp counselors Audrey McClelland from Mom Generations and Mary Carver from Giving Up on Perfect, share their National S'mores Day plans and offer sweet and easy party tips.

Now through September 7, Camp Bondfire invites fans to enter for the chance to be named a featured "Camper of the Week" and win an outdoor fire pit. The application also includes a Fireside Memory Book for users to share their favorite S'mores-making photos and a downloadable $1 off coupon toward their next purchase of two standard six-packs of Hershey's milk chocolate bars on the Hershey's Facebook page while supplies last.

For more information about National S'mores Day or to experience Camp Bondfire, visit Hershey's brand Facebook page at www.facebook.com/hersheys.

Have fun celebrating!

SOURCE: Hershey Corporation press release

Posted: 8/6/2012 4:48:27 PM by Linda Casey | with 0 comments

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