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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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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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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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The Prevost-Stuff Coach Show

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The Prevost-Stuff Coach Show

Come visit us in Flordia at the RV SuperShow from January 14th-19th.

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The U.S. Economy and the Recreational Vehicle

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The U.S. Economy and the Recreational Vehicle

When times are good, you tend to see RVs everywhere – on the road, in driveways etc. That is because people are retiring and wanting to experience their golden years traveling the country’s roads in the Americana comfort of a recreational vehicle. When times are good, many Americans aren’t shackled to long hours at jobs they don’t necessarily like, so they have time to fulfill that explorer urge and rediscover the country. China is experiencing such a situation. We’ll admit it – the American economy hasn’t been the greatest, far from it, but the country seems poised for a turnaround, as indicated by this New York Times article, which may mean a resurgence in RVs. Nelson D. Schwartz writes, “Bolstered by inventory investments and a narrowing trade deficit, the American economy grew more quickly than had been expected in the third quarter.” This is good news for the country as a whole. There is reason for optimism, as this growth came as a surprise. While inventories rose quickly, financial analysts remain cautious and expect that the government shutdown (from Oct. 1 to Oct. 17) will have a negative effect on numbers going forward. Regardless of future numbers, Americans should feel optimistic. The housing sector, for example, had nice gains in the third quarter. The thing about economic predictions is that they change on a daily basis, so it’s hard to have a grip on them. With that said, any growth is good growth. The more Americans are comfortable with their finances and job situations, the more likely they are to relax. In a culture of relaxation and growth, the recreational vehicle is king. The Prevost Community is a strong one. It’ll take more than a fluctuating economy to knock it off its feet. As evidenced by the Prevost Community Annual Rally KOA in Branson, MO, the community is growing at a great rate. More Prevost events are being planned for the future, so keep in touch with the Panterra website and remember – we will buy your RV, paying top dollar for all Prevost...

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Exploring America with RVs

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Exploration is in America’s lifeblood, hammered into it like a dozen screws. America was “founded” by explorers. Throughout the centuries, the country has thrived on the dependable backs of explorers and pioneers. Explorers were pack mules carrying American dreams from coast to coast, ocean to ocean. Over the centuries, there have been many kinds of explorers. RVs, in particular, were responsible for the re-exploration of the country in the 50s and 60s. By exploring, we’re referring to physical exploration, the act of stepping into an unfamiliar land. Again, take the RV. Because of it, the average America was able to immerse him- or herself in new lands, such as National Parks. The RV gave birth to the cross-country trip on America’s scenic highways – an All-American tradition! Through cross-country trips, families bonded of course, but perhaps more important than that is these trips fostered an appreciation for the land – admiration for the landmarks, the greenery and the open spaces. Well, fast forward forty years to today and we are faced with a land that most people think they’re familiar with. Due to the Internet, we are a technologically closer society. This can cause the average American to be overconfident when it comes to knowledge of this country. It seems that people don’t talk much about cruising America’s highways. Although we may be technologically closer, we are emotionally miles apart. We’re not connected with physical America. This must change, especially if we want to be a healthier, more ecofriendly nation. We must turn to our old friend, the RV, and explore exploration again. Panterra Coach wants to help YOU explore exploration again and if you’re ready to move onto a new RV, we will buy your RV, paying top dollar for all Prevost Conversions. We will happily pick up and deliver, no matter the location. If interested, contact us today! Let’s explore this beautiful country...

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The R.V. is a Symbol of Freedom

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The R.V. is a Symbol of Freedom

As of this writing, the government shutdown is still in effect. Regardless of its duration, the shutdown has had a disastrous effect on the American psyche. For many Americans, faith in the system – political leaders, lawmakers, the rhetoric etc. – is at an all-time low, with some even doubting the entire democratic process as well as freedom itself. In times of democratic duress, we should always turn to those timeless symbols of the American Dream as means of coping. The R.V. is something you CAN depend on.   The R.V. has long been a symbol of freedom. Chances are that when you think of the open road, the smell of the American West or the way the sun can cradle a National Park, you will inevitably think of the recreational vehicle. It is freedom, friends, family and fun all rolled into one. In a way, it is the American vehicle and represents the possibility of this great land. Now it seems that the R.V., as both vehicle and symbol, is catching on in other countries around the world, such as China. *** In the article, “Chinese Embracing the Perceived Freedom of R.V.’s,” Andrew Jacobs of the Sinosphere (the China blog of the New York Times) writes, Distributors of European- and American-made campers say their products are selling out as soon as they hit the showroom floor. In August, at the third annual R.V. exhibition in Beijing, more than 500 vehicles were purchased during the four-day event, with an average sale price 300,000 renminibi, or $50,000. Industry analysts predict that sales will reach 800,000 within a decade. We can confidently say that the Chinese R.V. market is booming. The Chinese are in love with the R.V. and those truly obsessed snatch up any product they can get their hands on. For them, the R.V. represents freedom and dreams, just like it did for Americans in the 50s and 60s. These men and women use the R.V. as a means to get out of cramped cities like Beijing; rumbling along some highway in an R.V., away from the crowded hustle and bustle, young Chinese professionals can de-stress and relax their minds a bit. As China grows, it stands within reason that the R.V. industry will grow alongside it. Although at the present time, it does not seem like there are any Prevost in China. *** You might be wondering, “Why are they talking about the Chinese R.V. market?” Well, as a company that specializes in R.V. remodeling and prevost sales, Panterra Coach has a vested interest in the global R.V. market. A surge in R.V. popularity in one country usually leads to a similar surge in other countries. Although we are the main source of affordable prevost coaches in Indiana, we are more than willing to develop a custom R.V. design that fits a person’s needs and tastes, no matter where he or she lives. Panterra Coach is currently looking to buy your R.V. We are paying top dollar for all Prevost Conversions. This includes Marathon, Angola, Liberty, Royale, Ventare, Featherlight and Millennium Luxury Coaches, not to mention old and new Newell Coaches. It does not matter where you’re located in the U.S., we will happily pick up and deliver. If interested, contact us today! Source: http://sinosphere.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/14/chinese-embracing-the-perceived-freedom-of-rvs/?_r=0 *Image courtesy of...

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Cruising America’s Scenic Highways In An RV Coach

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Cruising America’s Scenic Highways In An RV Coach

Hopefully, by now, you’ve already landed a new RV or Coach from Panterra.  Or maybe your really close to pulling the trigger.  You should do it.  Why?  Because then you get to see the country in a way most others can’t. There’s a mystique that comes along with traveling the country, on the open road, in an RV.  It’s become an American tradition for many.  Road trips, whether they’re with family, friends, or both provide you the chance to see parts of this great land first hand, creating wonderful memories and lifelong visions you’ll never be able to shake.  The highway was a great invention, connecting not only the country from coast to coast geographically, but culturally. It’s easier to meet people, taste new foods, see new landscapes and experience things you might otherwise never get to experience. America is full of different highways stretching to every corner in the land. But not all highways are the same. Some offer something different. The only way to truly see how, is to go ride them, cruise along their paved pathways, and check them out first hand.   Explore more infographics like this one on the web’s largest information design community – Visually.  ...

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Top 5 RV Destinations In America

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Top 5 RV Destinations In America

Traveling by RV is a fun way to see the country and visit places you’ve never been before.  It’s a different type of experience, but most travelers would agree, it’s a great way to see the United States and create unique memories while visiting unique places. What are the best places to head to with an RV? Who accommodates well and provides something different?  We break down five destinations in America to travel to with an RV.   Boyd’s Key West Campground, Florida – When most people think of Florida, they probably think of beach side hotel or big resort. Truth be told, you can visit Florida in an RV and have an amazing time. Key West is a beautiful place and Boyd’s is an accommodating park. They even have saltwater fishing, a boat dock and are very close to Duval Street for a chance to visit the surrounding area.   Rivers Edge RV Park, Fairbanks, Alaska – Although it’s a heck of a journey to get there, it’s worth the trip. Alaska is one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.  Rivers Edge has a network of biking and hiking trails to accommodate the adventurous traveler looking to experience this beauty first hand.  If you want to visit Fairbanks, a shuttle bus will take you nearby attractions like the Riverboat Discovery cruise, Pioneer Park, the Trans Alaska Pipeline and the historic downtown area.     Yosemite Pines RV Park, Yosemite, California – This RV park is close to the actual park, only 22 miles away.  Unlike the RV park on the campgrounds, Yosemite Pines has full hook ups for RVs making it much more appealing and worthwhile. This is also a family friendly park with a petting zoo and gold mine for kids to pan for gold.   Mt. Desert Narrows Camping Resort, Bar Harbor, Maine- Another hefty trip from here in Indiana, but traveling to Maine can be a great experience with a major pay off. Mt. Deser Narrows is the only national park in New England and gives you a wonderful Atlantic Ocean view. Have you always wondered what it would be like to see a whale? Bar Harbor can give you that opportunity.     Madison Arm Resort, Montana- Located just eight miles from Yellowstone, Madison Arm is easily accessible for visitors who are trying to avoid the crowded borders of the park. Even if you don’t wish to visit Yellowstone, Lake Hegben and Madison Park have some great activities like fishing, swimming and exploring to partake...

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2004 Newell Quad Slide

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2004 Newell Quad Slide

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