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Hearthside Grove Event August 15th and 16th

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Hearthside Grove Event August 15th and 16th

Join us this upcoming Friday and Saturday at Hearthside Grove as we showcase a number of our beautiful coaches and treat our guests to entertainment and food. We would also like to thank our wonderful hosts at Hearthside Grove ahead of time for allowing us use of their stunning facilities and grounds this weekend. The event will take place Friday, August 15th – Saturday, August 16th. Event plans include: Wine, Beer, and Heavy Hours D’oeuvres August 15th at 4:30pm in the main clubhouse. Conducting a coach show from 9am-6pm August 15th and August 16th. We will be offering a total of 4 converted coaches for sale. Introducing a Lithium Battery Technology Coach, including a presentation by Johnson Controls 9:30am Saturday, August 16th explaining the Lithium Technology. Sponsoring a catered dinner and live music Saturday, August 16th at 5:30pm inside the main clubhouse. For more information, please take a look at our recap from last year’s event at Hearthside Grove or view the magazine below. Watch this post for updates after the...

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Seniors and Recreational Vehicles

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Seniors and Recreational Vehicles

Motor homes and coaches are always advertised as containing all of the comforts of modern life that a vehicle can hold. Although these recreational vehicles are touted as a home away from home, most families typically use them for vacations or as a quick getaway rather than their actual residence. However, many people have been creating a new trend in RV living, one that truly buys into the idea of a recreational vehicle as a motor home. As this article published by Forbes reports, many senior citizens have been purchasing RVs and driving them around the country, using the vehicles more as permanent homes on a perpetually traveling vacation. Those seniors who have trying to spend their retirements on the road agree that the lifestyle isn’t for everyone. Living in a small space isn’t so hard, especially with the freedom of the open road and trailer parks to enjoy all over the country. Of course, the nature of being constantly on-the-move is trying for some. Seniors who’ve enjoyed their time on the road have found that the downsizing of their own lives has been a blessing in disguise. One couple quoted in the above story was forced to get rid of belongings because they left a 4,000 square foot home to live in a 300 square foot RV. They, however, found this to be a very freeing experience when looking back on their decision. Although some retirees do rent a storage unit to hold precious valuables that they either can’t part with or bring along. The biggest problem with this lifestyle is often figuring out where to head next. Some online services, such as RV.net, exist to provide full-time motor home owners with forums to discuss various RV parks and travel plans with others from across the country. This online aspect to RV living adds an important social dimension to a life that can sometimes seem isolated. Whether you’re approaching retirement or reaching another personal milestone in your life, Panterra Coach & RV can help you celebrate with plenty of motor home and coach models. We have many vehicles that will work within your budget, but you can also feel free to take a look at some of our impressive upscale options as well. Call us today or stop by our vehicle lot in Angola,...

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When Was Your Last Roadtrip?

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*Proudly, we present our first guest post I had a friend in my youth who happened to be Irish. And in the Republic of Ireland, it’s still uncommon to take a trip out of town without seeing at least one guy or girl sticking out their thumb with the name of a town with too many consonants written on a piece of cardboard. So when she visited the States for a summer and suggested we hitchhike across Maryland back toward Washington D.C., I shouldn’t have laughed. But I did because that just wasn’t done on the East Coast. But she’s got that Irish temperament so, of course, I wound up standing next to her, thumb out, for two hours before we got picked up and dropped off about fifteen miles south of where we started. What a trip. Apparently, this isn’t the case on the West Coast. Thom Nichols, a journalist from Philadelphia, recalls traveling in western Colorado recently and being surprised that hitchhikers still line the roads in the great wide west. The Great American Roadtrip isn’t extinct; it’s just evolved. Getting across the country, seeing the bones of our topography and the gloriously kitschy innards of each regions culture isn’t a lost pilgrimage. We just have more option to do it in comfort. On another roadtrip, this one in my early twenties from Portland, ME down to New Orleans, LA, and back up to Troy, OH, I shared the trunk of my small Jeep with two friends in lieu of shelling out money we didn’t have for a hotel. It was muggy, smelly, cramped, and absolutely lovely in the way only a twenty year old hyped up on the adrenaline that comes with knowing that you’re doing what it takes to see it all can appreciate. But, honestly, we wouldn’t have said no to a tricked out RV if the thought had occurred to us. Those weeks were some of the happiest of my life. Whether you’re planning to hitchhike east to west or cross the Mason-Dixon line in either direction, consider Panterra Coach & RV to class up your trip. Trust me, you won’t regret the foresight. Source:...

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Are You Looking to Hit the Road This Season?

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Are You Looking to Hit the Road This Season?

When you cut loose and feel free to explore the American countryside on a road trip, you can enjoy some incredibly stirring sights to be seen all over our country. It’s February, and Valentine’s Day might be behind us, but we still have plenty of love to share here at the Panterra Coach & RV blog. When you’re planning your next road trip with you and a loved one, maybe you might want to check out some of these romantic getaway locations. These locations are renowned not only for their breathtakingly beautiful views, but also their amenities for couples who are looking to share quality time with a significant other. Tops on this list, available through this article published by CNN.com, is St. Simons, a small town that can be found on Georgia’s Golden Isles. White sand beaches, live oak forests and a local lighthouse serve to make this locale picturesque. Couples can enjoy bike rentals to see the 19th Century aspects of this historical town or visit one of its many cozy cafes. Many of these locations are to be found in the southern half of the United States, but Sag Harbor bucks this trend. This coastal town in New York, found in the Hamptons near New York City, is a favorite among celebrities. Between May and October of each year, this harbor town is host to the weekly Sag Harbor’s Farmer Market, which can be found near the Breakwater Yacht Club. The state of California is home to two of the top 10 choices for romantic American towns. The mild weather of San Luis Obispo offers access to the waterfront through Pismo Beach, little-known architectural treasures like Hearst Castle as well as much more affordable prices when compared to California’s larger cities. Sonoma, found in the heart of California’s wine country, contains a number of luxurious hotels and has many quirky local happenings, including it’s own farmers market. Get yourself to a spot where you can share the great outdoors with your one true love this year. If you’re looking to hit the road this season, let us know if there’s any way that Panterra Coach & RV can help get you on your...

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Increased Profits For RV Dealers in 2014

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The global economic recession has proven to be trying for many industries in our own country. After early losses in the real estate market, businesses involved with more luxury industries began to feel the pinch quickly. For a while, the outlook for the recreational vehicle industry was remarkably grim, as low sales and revenues led to plant closings across the country. As we’ve covered before here on the Panterra Coach & RV blog, the 2013 year was a banner one for RV manufacturers and sales firms in America. All over the industry, it’s easy to find signs of better days ahead. By the end of November, the RV industry had shipped a total of 299,451 units, the largest total at that point of a year for the past six years according to this article published by The Goshen News. This is in direct response to the higher levels of sales enjoyed by the industry in recent months. Other economic indicators point to increased profits for RV dealers in 2014. Improved consumer confidence indicators include a rise in home re-sales to the best level in seven years, according to the National Association of Realtors. The national unemployment rate fell to a five-year low of 7 percent in November of 2013. The American automobile industry is also seeing good days develop, as sales are at their highest level since May 2007. Many industry experts believe that RV sales should surpass 330,000 units during the 2014 year. In many areas of the country, this economic development is helping to save important manufacturing jobs. This is very important to some local Indiana businesses, including a group of manufacturers in nearby Elkhart County who are among the largest employers for that county. Thousands of employees in Indiana and across the country still have their jobs thanks to these stronger economic times. Panterra Coach & RV is ready to welcome the bright days waiting for us in 2014. When you’re ready to take on your American road trip with your friends or family, give us a call to find out about our latest...

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Regional Sales of Recreational Vehicles

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Regional Sales of Recreational Vehicles

When you’re looking for an idea of what futuristic living looks like in our society, most people need look no further than the latest models of recreational vehicle to hit the market. These floating homes showcase the perfect balance between a small residential space and all of the home amenities one could ask for, and then some. It’s interesting to consider, when talking a walk through one of these modernistic marvels, that the history of the recreational vehicle and mobile home began a long time ago, during some of the earliest days of the American automobile industry. Evidence of RVs on American roads extends as far back as 1923, according to this piece published by The Tampa Tribune. The image of the 1920s house trailer depicted in the article’s main picture shows how rudimentary the idea of this mobile home was. Constructed on top of what was likely a truck chassis for the Ford Model TT, the primitive RV shows a very boxy design with curtained windows. It easy to see the quality of the materials going into this product, however, with its exquisite exterior paneling and window molding. Compared to one of the behemoth traveling homes available today, these early mobile homes were maybe a quarter of their size. Gleaming with waxed exteriors and using modern suspension systems, the RVs of today offer a much smoother and more comfortable ride than the models of years past. There are more than 9 million Americans who currently enjoy the status and experience of being the owner of a recreational vehicle. The encouraging thing is that this number has been rising quickly in recent years. Since 2001, RV sales have increased by about 16 percent across the country. That rise is even more dramatic if one goes back to 1980; since then, the number of RVs in America has improved by 64 percent. From the heartland of America, Panterra Coach & RV has been a major player in regional sales of recreational vehicles. We serve RV enthusiasts all over northeastern Indiana and beyond from our sales facility in Angola, IN. Browse our website to learn more about the fantastic new models you can enjoy taking out on an American road...

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“Customize” Your Life and Get to the Prevost-Stuff Coach Show in Tampa Bay

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“Customize” Your Life and Get to the Prevost-Stuff Coach Show in Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay area may not seem like it’s well situated to be the center of the recreational vehicle world, but for two days in mid-January this city will welcome some of the biggest names of the industry to the Prevost-Stuff Coach Show 2014. RV enthusiasts will be thrilled when they descend on this trade show to see some of the most intriguing new models available on the market. This year’s version of the Prevost-Stuff Coach Show will be held in the impressive Tampa Convention Center, located right in downtown Tampa. As this official list of attending vendors will show you, Panterra Coach & RV plans to make its presence known at the event. Plenty of other coach dealers will be attending as well, like Marathon Coach, Millennium Luxury Coaches, Florida Coach, Lazy Days and other recognizable names. Other allied vendors that will be attending the event represent a wide array of the extra customization that coach and RV owners can enjoy. Detailing and remodeling firms will be on hand to showcase their services in applying a personal touch to a family investment. Representatives from many RV parks, including Lake Osprey RV Resort and Heritage RV Resort & Marina, will also be attending to advertise their facilities. These trade shows are great for seeing just what you can do with a good idea and a sizable recreational vehicle. Take the story of the RVIP Lounge from this article published by The New York Times for example. The business is run by married couple Jonathan Grubb and Kestrin Pantera Grubb, and it serves as a mobile karaoke lounge for corporate events and other types of parties. Even as the couple has entered parenthood, as the article discusses in detail, they’ve found the energy to continue to run a successful business out of their RV, and even take on a few new ventures. Make your reservations now for this incredible RV show and see all that the current recreational vehicle world has to offer the Florida RV lover. Panterra Coach & RV would love to see you...

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2014 Poised to be the Year of the RV

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2014 Poised to be the Year of the RV

2014 is right around the corner. Can you feel that New Year’s Eve excitement building up in the atmosphere? It’s infectious. 2014 is poised to be the year of the RV. Thank goodness! Since 2008, the economy has been up and down, and that’s being kind! For many businesses and average American, the economy has been downright brutal. It is a topic we’ve covered in previous blog posts. 2013 has been no different, experiencing its fair share of difficulties. This may seem a bit negative and with good reason, so let’s change gears for a bit. A more upbeat topic that we’ve covered, however, is the resurgence of the economy and, in particular, the RV industry, especially over the last few months. This spike in sales and popularity is expected to carry over into 2014. In the article, “RV sales roll back up toward levels before the Great Recession,” Anna-Louise Jackson and Anthony Feld of Freep.com reports, More Americans are taking to the road in recreational vehicles as sales of towable campers approach prerecession levels and shipments of motorized models gain speed. The total for all new units sold this year is projected to rise about 11% from last year to 316,300, Walworth [President of Statistical Surveys] said. Meanwhile, 2014 looks like another good year, as sales could top 335,000, the most in six years. A slow, but steady increase. It is encouraging to see those kinds of numbers.  Analysts believe this RV surge is due to a number of factors, including an improving housing market, low interest rates and greater access to financing. A surging RV industry is a great indicator of an economy that has received a new lease on life. If this is indeed true, and it certainly seems to be the case, 2014’s slogan may just be, RVs for all! It seems that families and retirees are ready to grab onto the good life and hit the open road. This positivity will carry over into the New Year and will be on full display at the RV SuperShow in Florida, January 14th-19th. Panterra Coach will be there, along with other Prevost enthusiasts! Source:...

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Never Count Out the RV Industry – Never, Ever!

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Never Count Out the RV Industry – Never, Ever!

In our last post, we discussed the surging RV industry, how it is exceeding expectations. But it is doing more than just simply ‘exceeding expectations’; it is reassembling lives, putting them back together. Although the recreational vehicle industry is a billion dollar industry, it has been, like everything and everyone else in the country affected by a sluggish, near-dead economy. Many RV companies were at risk of going under, companies like Tom Stinnett RV of Clarksville. In Stinnett’s words, “It was no secret, we struggled. We were even going to sell our building over there. But things have a way of working out.” It seems to be a case of ‘it’s always darkest before the dawn’, but Tom Stinnett RV was not a unique situation; many RV companies felt that awful recession tug. Thankfully, these companies have turned the corner. In the article, “The comeback of the RV industry,” Charles Gazaway of Wave3.com writes, “Things didn’t just work out, they are working well [for Tom Stinnett RV]. Sales the past three years are up 20 percent or more. Those sales include the much more affordable RUVs, recreational utility vehicles.” Again, this boost in sales isn’t being felt by just Tom Stinnett RV, but by many RV companies. Why is this happening though? Well, the economy is improving – plain and simple. Perhaps we should say that people’s attitudes regarding the economy are improving. The confidence is starting to bloom. The RV is so representative of America; they are really one and the same. When times are good, people are traveling, taking vacations, relaxing. When times are bad, RVs rarely leave a dealer’s lot. Chuck Lasley, vice president of Jayco, says it best, “What we found in the RV industry is that when you talk about the economy in and of itself, it’s the first one to start to take that dive down, but it’s the first one to take that rise up.” At Panterra Coach, we couldn’t have said it better ourselves! This holiday season embrace this newfound RV confidence! We are, so come visit us in Florida at the RV SuperShow from January 14th-19th! Source:...

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RiverBend Motor Coach Resort

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RiverBend Motor Coach Resort

Come visit us at RiverBend from February 28th-March 2nd.

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