Open House Posted on Apr 5, 2012

Well, I can't believe that it's that time of year again when our Annual Open House and Sale is here.  Running from Friday April 20th, 9am-7pm, Saturday April 21st, 9am-4pm and Sunday April 22nd, 11am-4pm.  We again will be having a beef BBQ on Saturday and Sunday so be sure to come hungry.  Be sure to check out our inventory and accessory specials this year.  New this year, we will have some great Door Crasher deals.  You'll have to come and see what they are.  I have been told not to let the cat out of the bag by Clint, my parts guy.  Deals on trailers have really never been better with the exchange rate at par.   RV manufacturer's reps will be on hand to meet and greet so be sure and say hi to Rick from Rockwood and Aaron from Salem.  Our used inventory is huge as we have now over 25 units on consignment along with our own great selection.  There is sure to be something for everyone in this mix.  Len, our service manager is offering up deals on extended warranty programs for this weekend ONLY.   Please put in a good word for nice weather if you could.  It is always much more pleasurable when the weather is on our side.  We are looking forward to kicking this season off with a BANG so please come and be part of the festivities.  You all are part of our extended camping family and are always glad to see you.  Remember, we are just down the road and ARE your RV experts.  

 

Sincerely

 

Peter and my Team 

SHOWS!!! Posted on Jan 23, 2012

BREAKING NEWS!!!!

 Back by popular demand is our Indoor Show and Sale at the Aud complex on the Norfolk fairgrounds.  This year it runs from Friday February 10(4-9pm), Saturday February 11th(10-5pm), Sunday February 12th(11-4pm). This year will see the best deals that we have EVER been able to offer.  We will be displaying a nice selection of our current 2012 inventory but will also have on display some new "off model year" units as well.  This means absolutely the best savings that you will find ANYWHERE.  No reasonable offers will be refused.  As an even better treat, we have the Trailer Centre's Larry and Brian joining us this year.  They are bringing in 3 Rockwood fifth wheels that are off model year units that will be sure to save you thousands over new!!!  This year we have returned to doing a direct mailer to over 6400 households with the details of the show.  If you don't get one, don't worry, call us for details and make sure we have your mailing information and it is correct.  Even better, sign up for our email program so that we can update you with specials, news and events right from the comfort of your computer.  

 

We hope to see all of our former customers and a few new ones at the show and sale.  Happy camping!!

 

Peter

Marley Posted on Dec 20, 2011

I would like to introduce you to our newest Staff member, Marley.  A yellow lab puppy.  Unfortunately, if you read the news item just before this one, we lost our girl Casey.  We had a hard time with the loss and weren't sure if we should get another dog right away.  Our home lives and here at the shop weren't the same as anyone knows that has lost a member of their family.  Life just wasn't the same.  We decided that IF we were going to get another pet that this time of year was the right time as "puppy training" takes a lot of effort and in the spring it is too busy at home and at the business to spend the time it would need.  We found Marley west of London at Green Acres Kennels.  Her color and her parents were what attracted me to her.  Her coat has a "reddish" ting and she is truly beautiful in appearance and temperment.  She is a treat to have here at the shop as she LOVES greeting everyone.  Once the door chime rings, she runs from my office to see who has come in. Please take the time to say hello to her the next time you are in.

Marley Ginger Hotz, born September 13 2011.

  

Casey Posted on Nov 27, 2011

It is with a heavy heart that I write this.  Our greater, Casey, a chocolate lab was killed on November 11 2011 when she was hit by a car at home.  She was 4 1/2 and will be sadly missed by her family at home, here at Adventure RV Centre and by many that she touched in her time here with us.  She loved coming to work every day and greeting everyone that came through our doors.  Her favourite past time was swimming, retrieving and everything about the water. Good bye Casey, your family at home, here at the business and your extended family will miss you!

 

Casey Hotz, April 1997-November 2011


Newsletter Posted on Nov 26, 2011

Hello to all!  We are in the process of starting and Email newsletter.  Once we start to get enough people signed up I will start to put out newsletters, bargain pages, events listings etc.  Take a minute to sign up.  Go to our home page and enter your name and email.  I'm sure that you'll love the RV tips, newsletters etc.  

 

Thanks and go safely!

God Bless!

 

Peter 

Importing a trailer Posted on Oct 6, 2011

Just wanted to take a minute to make sure that everyone is aware of the implications of importing a trailer from the US.  There are regulations that most consumers are not aware of and I wanted to share them with you.  When purchasing a trailer in the US you may be told that ALL you have to do is to call the Registrar of Imported Vehicles (RIV) to get it registered and get a sticker. 

This in only ONE part of the equation.  The consumer is NOT generally told that If the unit is not CSA prepped by the manufacturer , it can not be retrofitted, then there are at least three things that are required. 

One, get your RIV sticker.  Easy. 

Two, get a field evaluation technician from ESA (Electrical Safety Authority ) to perform a an evaluation on the electrical components and installation to ensure they meet the requirements of all applicable standards.  Not as easy but with our help can be arranged.  There is a fee from ESA for this and it ain't cheap. 

Three, get a TSSA certified contractor to perform a propane system inspection.  This can be usually done at your local RV Dealership AS LONG AS they are registered with TSSA having a contractor's certificate and have certified propane technicians on staff.   The basic inspection would include a propane leak down test and verification the the propane system layout/construction meet TSSA codes.  Prices will vary on this depending upon the trailer layout/configuration. 

The basis for all of this is that all new recreational vehicles are REQUIRED by law to meet CAN/CSA-Z240 Standards for RV's.  The Z240 standard covers off many standards including plumbing, electrical, propane etc..  Thus if the trailer does not come into Canada bearing the CSA certification label this does not mean that the other components under it's umbrella can be ignored.  The two that are the most important are the ESA inspection and the propane inspection as directed by TSSA (Technical Safety Standards Authority).  If these are NOT completed then you as the owner are at risk as well as the dealership that services your unit of legal action and fines.  This is only the case of course IF an issue such as a fire, propane leaks, electrical issues etc. takes place. If I as a contractor for TSSA work on your unit without having done an inspection and an issue arrises I will minimally loose my licence and more than likey face stiff fines and possibly charges against my dealership and my technician performing the work.  We are bound to inform TSSA of all issues arising from propane related issues.  An example would be a fire in a water heater that may have been caused by nothing more than a backflash from a spider web blockage.  If the unit is brought to us for inspeciton/repair I am obliged to report it to TSSA and document it with the corrective action.  If in the investigation it is noted that the unit was not properly covered off under the Z240 standards then the red tape machine starts pouring it out.  You may say, there can't be that many differences between a US unit and a CSA spec'd unit if they go down the same assembly line.  Actually, there are a number of differences from the use of wire loom, heavier gage wire, certain specs on breakers, propane connections limited to below the floor unless directly at the appliance etc. etc.  We as a dealership pay a premium for trailers to be built to the Z240 specifications to cover our and your buts.  Does this make the trailer any less safe.  In my humble "opinion", NO.  I am however not the "MAN" here and my "opinion" is only that. The downside is that CSA Z240 standards and the US RVIA standards are not compatible and we must ensure due diligence and take the action of a reasonable person and make every effort to conform to the code like it or not.  Trust me when I say that I hate red tape and this is a perfect example.  

Please note that this in NOT meant to scare anyone. This is only to inform you that we are NOT messing with you or trying to screw you over when you come in for service.  I can not work on it, nor will my techs even consider working on it until we address the ESA and TSSA inspections. Once completed we will be more than happy to assist you with all of your service needs.  Should you wish to understand and learn more for yourself their are a number of resources.  First of all, contact the ORVDA. (Ontario Recreational Vehicle Dealer's Association) at 905 659 8880.  Larry Boyd is the President and will be more than happy to verify my ramblings.  You can also contact ESA at 800 559 5356 and ask to speak to someone in the ESA field evaluation Services Group.  

If you wish you can google CSA Z240 specs to get the full low down on the requirements.

 

Peter

Home Renovations Posted on Sep 30, 2011

For those that have not noticed the new tab at the top of our web site. You will find a new tab that says "Home Renovations".  That is correct!  As I have stated on that page, I hired on a new technician earlier this year that had previously worked in the renovation field for years to instead work on trailers that have seen better days etc..  I and many customers have been very impressed with his skills and his efficiency.  Now that the season is slowing here on the RV side, he has agreed to again pick up his tool belt to provide YOU with an opportunity to work on your Home projects under our business. We will provide him with the necessary tools, trailer, vehicle and of course backing and buying power. His work is second to none and there really isn't anything that we can't handle.  He will be assisted by myself and others as needed to complete your project on a timely and cost effective basis.  I am extremely excited about this new offering as it should keep us busy during the slower parts of the RV season and if it really takes off, well, who knows??  Call today for you personalized quote.  References are of course available upon request. 

CLASS A licencing Posted on Aug 5, 2011

For those that stay on top of the licencing for larger fifth wheels, the new laws are now and have been in effect since July 01 2011.  

 

What You Need to Know:

Driver's licenced in Ontario will now be able to operate/tow/drive recreational vehicles up to the 11,000kg "combined vehicle weight" with a Class G Licnece when towing 1 vehicle for personal use.

Combined vehicle weight (GVW) means the " Total Gross Vehicle Weight" for the tow vehicle (car or truck) AND the recreational vehicle.  I would suggest to get a weigh ticket of the truck and trailer and keep it with you.  

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Originally the MTO was going to require that a completed RV Safety and Towing Checklist/test be completed and a subsequent identification card issued showing competency be required as well.  THIS IS NOT THE CASE.  The MTO has made this part VOLUNTARY.  At this point there is no requirement by either the MTO or the Insurance Bureau of Canada for such as test.  Not to say that the Insurance Bureau of Canada may require this in the future.  I would check with your insurance company if they will offer any reduction if you do take the test and pass. If for your peace of mind we can perform this test/checklist for the fee of $150 and you will upon successful completion receive a card indicating so. This test is conducted here at the dealership by dealership staff.  It is NOT an MTO administered test.  It is easy and stresses safety. 

For more information you can attend the MTO's website and print off the information on this.  I would keep this with you in the truck and a copy of the weights so that if pulled over by an uninformed Police officer you have the back up information you may need.  To access the MTO's site and the news on this click on the link below.

http://news.ontario.ca/mto/en/2011/06/making-it-easier-for-rv-operators-to-enjoy-summer.html

Challenge Contest Posted on Aug 5, 2011

I am going to hopefully put some money into a few lucky people's pockets!  For the remaining month of August, I am challenging the rv'ing public to challenge me technically.  All you have to do is to stump me with a technical question or problem and I will cut you a cheque for $20.  Give it your best shot!!  Think you can stump me?  I enjoy a challenge and If you come up with a good one, I will pay you for it.  We both win as I learn something and pass it along to my crew and you win with cash.  Tell your friends and family. 

 

Contest Rules:

Only one winner per family

I am allowed 48 hours to respond during normal business hours.  (I still have a business to run) If I get a question on Friday, Saturday and Sunday do not count towards the time.

If you do not agree with my solution/explanation you must provide me with back up from a legitimate source such as a manufacturer etc. to back up your claim.  Likewise I will use as much support from the manufacturers as I need as well. 

I reserve the right to end the contest at any time.   

You can choose either $20 cash or a $30 store coupon as your reward.

In the event of a deadlock where we can not agree on the solution/ explanation we will agree to disagree, no partial payment etc. 

 

GOOD LUCK!!!!!! 

 





  

 

 

Glass Half Full Posted on Aug 5, 2011

Summer has been a busy time for us here at the dealership.  With a long winter and a terrible spring behind us we have now enjoyed a warm, sometimes too warm, couple of months.  Many people have and are out camping this month for their vacations.  As they should be.  August brings warm days and cooler nights which is great for both sleeping and playing in the out doors.  Many think that once August is over the summer is officially done.  I thought last night that our family really enjoys camping in September and October.  If we look at the months overall we have only used up HALF of our camping time!  From May 24 which is usually the start of the camping season for many we have gone through June and July.  That leaves August, September and until Thanksgiving in October for most.  Many will camp past that but for the average camper, Thanksgiving is usually the weekend that we pack up the camper and think about winterizing.  So if that is so, the glass is still half FULL!!.  With a great selection of trailers still available we have reduced prices on several new units and have a fantastic selection of pre loved units.  Get in a get one now.  See Ralph for special pricing.  

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