This is the Toy Hauler you’ve been waiting for!


Update 7/17/12: We’ve just uploaded some brand new pictures of the Fuzion 342 on our Pinterest Product Information page!

 

Many of our toy hauler customers over the years have inquired about a double axle 5th wheel toy hauler that also has a 12′ garage so they could fit some bigger toys. Well, the wait is over…

Introducing the new Keystone Fuzion 342!

Not only will you find a bigger garage, but you’ll also enjoy a very roomy Keystone Fuzionfloorplan that includes triple slides, a queen size master bed, and a side aisle bathroom!

This floorplan — a double axle, triple slide, 12’ garage with loft — is exclusive to Fuzion and you won’t find it anywhere else. A 3/4 ton towable with all the features of a triple axle. Incredible!

Keystone Fuzion 342

Keystone Fuzion 342

This new model is packed with amenities, but some of it’s most unique features include:

  • 12’ garage w/ 40” loft (all other double axle toy haulers have a 10’ garage, there is no other option other than Fuzion for a 12’ garage on a double axle!)
  • Garage storage locker
  • 22” LCD TV in the garage and bedroom
  • Kitchen  pantry and large kitchen island
  • Premium entertainment center – 40” Samsung LED TV, Samsung sound bar, Sony Blu Ray / DVD, Bluetooth / MP3 / Auxiliary
  • Fireplace
  • Dual closets w/ base cabinet and  full dresser in bedroom
  • Dual power awnings (32’ of continuous awning coverage)

The best way to check out this new Fuzion 342 will be in person, and White Horse RV Center will be one of the first dealers in the world to have one in stock! Keep an eye on our website, Facebook, email blasts and other White Horse RV communications and we’ll let you know when it arrives.

Until next time … Happy RVing!

What a pain in the gas!


This story was originally posted on 3/8/11, just about a year ago. It seems like every year the media and the powers that be that control gasoline prices  feel the need to put a scare into us regarding gas prices. With all the recent media coverage, we thought it would be relevant to re-post this story.

Sticker Shock at the Gas Pump … Gas prices continue to climb … Gas prices: How high will they go?

Jeez, you can’t turn on the TV, surf the web, or have a conversation with someone without the topic of gas prices coming up. A media feeding frenzy.

Now, don’t get us wrong, we’re all for lower gas prices and appreciate how hard everyone works for their money, but how much does this really effect our RVers out there? If you’re a full-timer doing a lot of driving, obviously there is a pretty big impact. However, these folks represent a very small segment of the RV community, so how about everyone else.

For a more typical scenario, here are  figures based on towing a travel trailer or fifth wheel,  your tow vehicle getting 12 miles per gallon, and taking a 250 mile trip.

At $2.50 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $52.08

At $3.50 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $72.92
(a $20.84 difference)

At $4.00 per gallon, the cost to travel 250 miles is $83.33
(a $31.25 difference)

So, as you can see, even if gas gets as high as $4.00 per gallon, your trip is only costing you an additional $31.25.  For most motorhomes, depending on their mpg, the cost will be a little higher, but you get the idea. If you’re staying fairly close to home and you factor in all the other ways you save by traveling in your RV, the increase becomes a little less painful.

You can also do a few simple things to help increase your mpg, such as staying close to the speed limit, accelerating slowly instead of “punching it”, trying to avoid heavy braking, and keeping your tires to their proper pressure.

As far as finding the cheapest gas in your area, if you haven’t already, try GasBuddy.com. They have mobile apps available also. Please remember not to get too carried away with the price and end up traveling out of your way to save a penny or two!

It’s also worth mentioning that from what we’ve been able to gather, these prices are NOT being driven up by any type of shortage, but by the “speculators” who invest in gas, so this situation could be very short-lived. What ever happened to supply and demand??

Now get in your RV, go to your favorite place, and forget about this nonsense!!

Until next time.. Happy RVing!

A horse of a different color


White Horse RV Center

Established 1973

If you’ve been to White Horse RV Center, you know that it’s located on the Black Horse Pike. So what gives? Shouldn’t it be Black Horse RV? We still get that question pretty frequently, even after almost 15 years at our “new” location.

Originally, White Horse RV was, of course, located on the White Horse Pike in Somerdale, NJ. Founded in 1973, White Horse RV Center was originally named White Horse Winnebago, and then White Horse Leisure. While the Somerdale location was a success, it was just too small to handle the continually growing popularity of RVs. To give you an idea of the size, the location eventually became a fireplace accessories store.

In 1996, White Horse moved to the current Williamstown location on the Black Horse Pike, a former auto dealer lot and building. This space was much better suited to handle all of the new products that would eventually be sold, including travel trailers, fifth wheels, toy haulers, and motorhomes. At the time, some thought was given to changing the name, but in those days before the internet explosion, getting the word out on a name change would have been very difficult, so the decision was made to keep the White Horse name.

Since we’re on the subject, here’s a little history on both the White Horse and Black Horse Pikes.

White HorseThe White Horse Pike originated as a Native American path called Lonaconing Trail and eventually became the main stagecoach route between the Philadelphia/Camden area and Atlantic City. Today, known as Route 30 and the White Horse Pike, it remains a main route between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

Black Horse PikeThe Black Horse Pike was also originally a Native American trail, but we’re not sure of the original name. This trail ran from the Delaware River to Egg Harbor.  Today, known as the Black Horse Pike, it also has the unfortunate distinction of being parts of Rt. 168, Rt. 42, Rt. 322 and Rt. 40 which can be very confusing when giving directions!

Happy Earthday – Jayco Goes 100% Green!


TJayco is now 100% green certifiedoday, Jayco announced that all of their products, which includes the Jayco, Starcraft, and Entegra brands, have been “green certified” by TRA Certification Inc.

With this announcement, Jayco, Inc. becomes the first major RV manufacturer to become 100% green certified. Their product lines include some of the most popular RV brands in America today such as the Jayco Jay Flight and Autumn Ridge by Starcraft. TRA Certification Inc. is a third-party, internationally accredited certification organization.

What does “green certified” mean?

TRA has four levels of certification for RV manufacturers:  Bronze, Silver, Gold and Emerald.  Most of the Jayco products received the prestigious Emerald rating in three out of five categories (water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and operation and maintenance) and Gold ratings in the other two categories (resource efficiency and energy efficiency).

And how about that Jayco Skylark!

Emerald Certified Skylark

Emerald Certified Skylark

The Skylark travel trailer was awarded an Emerald Level Performance Rating which is the highest rating available.   So, why is the Skylark considered “greener” than conventionally built travel trailers in its class? This was accomplished by offering standard features aimed at energy efficiency such as LED lighting systems, which consume less than one-fourth the electricity of conventional lighting, and lasts about 10 times as long. That’s much better than even CFL lighting! The Skylark also uses double-paned acrylic tinted windows, Azdel™ Super Lite substrate in all lamination, plus  other “sustainable technology” techniques to help make the Skylark more energy-efficient. The Skylark is also light enough to be towed by most SUVs and minivans.

Inside Jayco – Green Certification

Here is a short video with more information about their green efforts:

According to Jayco, in 2009 alone,  their recycling efforts and conservation programs saved over 28,000 trees and 14,000 cubic yards of landfill space, plus enough energy to power more than 600 family homes for an entire year.

Our take

In this day and age where many companies mislead consumers by calling themselves “green” or “pink” or whatever the cause may be, we love that Jayco did it right by having their products certified by a legitimate, third-party company and not just saying they’re “green”. It’s also worth noting that many of the manufacturing processes that are called “green” today, are processes that Jayco began doing in the late 1980’s. They are truly pioneers in this area.

Know your ABC’s (and TT’s and 5W’s too!)


For a seasoned RVer, terms like “Class A”, “Travel Trailer“, “Fifth Wheel”, etc. are second nature. No matter what type of rig you own, it doesn’t take long before you’ve become friendly with people who own all different types of RVs and have a chance to explore the many different types, makes and models out there.

On the other hand, try talking RV jargon with a non-RVer and you might as well be speaking a foreign language! So, for those of you who are out there trying to learn about RVs, and have stumbled upon our blog, or for you experienced owners out there that are tired of explaining the different “types” of RVs to family and friends, we have this quick guide to the RV types for your reading pleasure.

Be sure to share this with your non-RVing friends, and soon they’ll be talkin the talk too!

Class A Motorhome

Winnebago Sightseer Class A Motorhome


The Class A’s are bus style motorhomes and come in both diesel and gas-powered versions.

While the amenities will vary greatly from brand to brand, in general most recent Class A motorhomes have a full kitchen and bath, bedroom, and centrally controlled heating and air-conditioning.

As recently as a few years ago, this type of RV was primarily thought of as one for retirees traveling the country. However, there are currently many manufacturers who offer floor plans that include bunk beds, perfect for families or grandkids! In higher end models, you’ll find a large number of luxury features that make it feel like you’re staying in our own custom home on wheels.

Driving one is surprisingly easy, once you get used to the size and learn a few tricks of the trade.

Class B Motorhomes

Also known as van campers

More commonly known as van campers, Class B motorhomes are built on van or flat panel truck shells. These types typically have accommodations for sleeping, as well as bathroom and kitchen facilities.

They are easy to drive in pretty much any setting and,  in some models, can reach full standing height (for most people) by raising the roof or dropping the floor.

Class C Motorhomes

Jayco Greyhawk Class C Motorhome

Jayco Greyhawk Class C Motorhome

Class C motorhomes are built on an automotive van frame, but have a wider body section attached to the cab. Most Class C motorhomes, like the Class A, come with a full kitchen, bath and bedroom.

One of the more distinctive features is the additional space over the cab area. This space is often used for more sleeping space or an entertainment center. These types come in a big variety of floor plans and offer something for everyone.

Since you’re closer to the ground, driving a Class C motorhome can feel more like driving a large pickup truck, than a motorhome. Some people are more comfortable with this.

Travel Trailers

Autumn Ridge Travel Trailer

Autumn Ridge Travel Trailer

Travel Trailers are pretty much self-explanatory, in that they are trailers that you tow behind your vehicle. That said, there is more to travel trailers than just that.

First of all, there is a very wide range in the size and weight from the smallest to the largest travel trailers. This is important to know since you need to have a vehicle that is capable of towing your trailer. In recent years, manufacturers have started to offer lighter weight models that can be towed using 6 cylinder vehicles. It is vital that you check with your local RV dealer to get their recommendations on how much your vehicle can tow.

As far as amenities are concerned, they will vary with size, but most will come with a full kitchen and bath. Sleeping accommodations will run the gamut depending on size.

Fifth Wheel

Jayco Designer Fifth Wheel

Jayco Designer Fifth Wheel

Fifth Wheels (or 5th Wheels) are similar to travel trailers as far as amenities go and the fact that you tow them, however, they are designed specifically to be towed by pick up trucks and require a special fifth wheel hitch installed in the bed of the truck.

With a raised forward section, this design gives the fifth wheel a bi-level floor plan that is unique to fifth wheels.

You’ll also find a fifth wheel in general, to be more spacious and have more storage available. The bi-level design also gives you more of a feeling of privacy. Many models come with a large picture window at the back of the unit. As with travel trailers, it’s important to talk to your local RV dealer to determine your towing vehicle’s capabilities.

Expandable Travel Trailer

Jay Feather Expandable Travel Trailer

Jay Feather Expandable Travel Trailer

The Expandable Travel Trailer is a cross between your standard travel trailer and a folding or pop-up camper. They are an enclosed structure like the travel trailer, but also have ends that tip out to sleeping accommodations.

The exp’s are typically lighter and less expensive than their travel trailer counterparts and many can be towed with a mid-sized family vehicle. Again, and we can not emphasize enough, you need to check with your local dealer regarding towing capacity.

Many campers who are taking their first steps into RVing choose an expandable to start out with.

Sport Utility RV/Toy Hauler

Jayco Octane Toy Hauler

Jayco Octane Toy Hauler

Toy haulers come as both travel trailers and fifth wheels. What differentiates them as toy haulers is that they have a “garage” to store your motorcycles, ATVs, and other “toys”. The garage  is separated by a wall from your living quarters.

Many also offer amenities unique to that type of lifestyle, such as storage tanks for gasoline. As is the case with standard travel trailers and fifth wheels, toy haulers come in a huge variety of sizes and floor plans. Again, I repeat, be sure to check your towing capabilities!

Some manufacturers offer toy haulers as Class A and Class C motorhomes as well.

The last thing worth mentioning here is a word about slideouts. A slideout, or slide, is a wall that moves outward to create more living space in your RV. The majority of RVs offer at least one slideout and can range from one small one, to one that runs the length of the unit, to ones that have up to four, all depending on the size and floor plan.

Well, that should do it. Hope this information helps you out.

Until next time, Happy RVing!

Ready. Set. Go!!


Jayco Travel Trailer

Planning ahead will give you the freedom you want!

One of the biggest benefits of owning an RV is the freedom it gives you. In just a few minutes, you can hitch up your travel trailer and head off to your favorite campground, or look for a new adventure. Simply hop in your motorhome, and off you go, visiting friends and family, or just flipping a coin to choose your destination.

In order to get to that point, however, you’ll need to do some preparation. Having your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth wheel, or toy hauler, stocked with the essentials plays a vital role in you being able to take off at a moments notice. So, what should you have ready in advance? That’s where we come in. After scouring the web and talking to various folks, here are some suggestions to help make your last minute trips smooth ones!

Essentials

First, it’s a good idea to have a basic tool kit around. Wrenches, screw drivers, a hammer, etc. will come in handy on a pretty regular basis. Another essential will be a first aid kit. Since you’ll probably be spending much of your time outdoors, it’s a good idea to be prepared for scrapes and other bumps and bruises.  A few more things you’ll need are a flashlight (be sure to keep fresh batteries around too), navigation system or maps, matches and/or a long-nosed butane lighter, and some candles.

Kitchen

Obviously, you don’t want to store anything perishable for a long period of time, so look for some canned goods and boxed items with a longer shelf life that will keep you going until you’re able to get to the local grocery store. You should also make sure you’re stocked up on staples like aluminum foil, plastic wrap, paper goods (plates, napkins, etc.), dish soap & scrub pads, dish towels,  and trash bags. Salt, pepper and other seasonings you use regularly should also be included. All of this is assuming that you’ve already stocked your RV with pots, pans, dishes, can & bottle opener, and other necessities.

RV Toilet Paper

One of the essentials!

Bathroom

Of course, number one on this list, is to help with “number two”toilet paper! And, we also want to be clean and smell nice, so don’t forget the soap and shampoo. It’s also a good idea to have your own personal toiletry kit on board with toothbrush, toothpaste, brush, nail clippers and whatever else you normally use. And don’t forget clean towels and wash clothes.

Bedroom

This is one area where  you can only do so much in preparation. Of course, you’ll want a set of sheets and blankets for each of the sleeping areas in your rig, but for clothes, much of what you bring will have to be decided at the last-minute. That said, there are clothes items  you should always keep on board. Sweatshirts and/or jackets, extra socks and underwear, hats, boots, and an umbrella/rain gear are all things you can keep stowed away in advance.

Kids

If you’re traveling with kids, books, toys, card games, board games, and plenty of videos are a must!

So there you have it. Hey, we’re not perfect though. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section.

Until next time, Happy RVing!