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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Exploring America with RVs

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...

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