Winnebago Industries has upgraded the chassis in its popular Winnebago View and Itasca Navion Class C motorhomes for 2008. A new Dodge Sprinter chassis with a longer wheelbase, beefier frame and a more powerful diesel engine underpins the new models, and Winnebago has added a gasoline engine as an option for the first time.
Archives for July 2007
Awning Adds Drop Shade
Dometic has added a motor-driven power drop shade to its WeatherPro awning, calling the expanded version the WeatherPro Plus.
Art Rouse Built RV Empire
Art Rouse, who founded MotorHome magazine and developed Trailer Life and the Good Sam Club into major RV institutions, died June 15 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California, at the age of 89. He had suffered a head injury from a fall a few days earlier.
For most of us with grandchildren or great-grandchildren, summertime means they will be coming to visit. When this happened in our lives, we always took them camping in our RV.
One of my wife’s pet projects this year is to catalog and put into scrapbooks years of family photos. Maybe you have the same problem we do. Over the years we’ve collected hundreds of photos of our family and relatives. Those photos are stuffed into a million boxes and cubbies, waiting to be thrown out by future generations.
To say I was impressed with Mallard Creek Golf Course in Lebanon, Oregon, would be an understatement. I’m not alone in this sentiment, for there are lots of other golfers who feel the same way. For example, while sitting in a Salem restaurant reviewing the scorecard from Mallard Creek, my server Phillip and a few other employees shared their appreciation of this fine golf facility 45 minutes from the Oregon capital. “We play there on a regular basis, and it’s one of the best in the area,” Phillip said.
Blue highways call to me but this time I was visiting friends along the scenic I-5 corridor. With traffic a whole lot thicker and faster than I like and necessitating a high state of alertness, I was ready for a change of pace by the afternoon. In Oregon just north of Grants Pass, at exit 71 to be exact, I saw a sign for the Applegate Trail Interpretive Center. Never heard of the Applegate Trail. I had a lot to learn.
When I was growing up in a Los Angeles suburb many years ago, we lived on an acre and a half with horses, chickens, rabbits, fruit trees, a vegetable garden and a river out the back gate. It sounds idyllic now, but it didn’t seem so at the time. Our home was in Garvey Acres, a lesser subdivision in working class El Monte. Our house wasn’t much, and I envied the kids who lived in the newer subdivisions with better homes on neat little lots with manicured lawns.
Spring comes late in the higher elevations of Steens Mountain in southeast Oregon, attracting botanists, artists and photographers from late June, when the gravel road to the top opens, until the snow flies at the end of summer.
I first saw the name Kodachrome Basin while poring over a Utah state map, and it intrigued me; I’ve always been fascinated by the unknown. Why hadn’t I ever heard of the place?
RV owners who have traveled our nation’s back roads know that, especially in Oregon, around every turn can be a new surprise, a new adventure waiting to be enjoyed amongst a seemingly endless scenic backdrop. But along Oregon’s beautiful Coast Range, just outside of Reedsport, is one hidden recreational treasure that, once discovered, brings RVers back again and again.