I truly wish everyone that reads this, A Very Merry Christmasand Happy New Year. I do hope that the Holidays are great with the gathering of family and friends. May the New Year bring prosperity to this great Nation and those that support Her!
2013 Has been a great year for B Young RV and the employees’ of our company that will start it’s 5 year in business. I have been blessed to work for B Young RV from the first couple of months of being of being open. It is great to work for a company that truly cares about their employees, for the second year in a row Bruce Young and his business partner Mark Bretz have given to every employee with profit sharing checks at a time of the year that everyone can use it. It is blessing to all that receive that never expected it!
The November 2013 Metro RV Show was an outstanding show with the selling of every Tiffin Allegro Open Road Motorhome. I would have to say it was a wild time at the show. One of my new customers came to the show while heading out of town to Montana. They just had to see and touch the new Tiffin Open Road 36LA they had heard so much about. Words as they were leaving “we will be back, we are buying that coach.” They did come back the following week and buy a Tiffin Allegro Open Road 36LA like we had at the show in Maroon Coral exterior, though they had to do a factory order. The Tiffin Allegro Bus 45LP, didn’t last long either at the show, as neighbors’ to the north of CONUS came to the show and bought it… I can only say it was a recorded show for B YOUNG RV!
If I haven’t said it before, it is true that everyone can camp year round in Oregon. RVing is a year round event in Oregon. Do you remember how the weather was in Portland Metro area of Oregon during Thanksgiving this year? Well we pulled our motorhome out of storage at Portland Luxury RV & Boat Storage in Milwaukie, Oregon on the Monday before Thanksgiving. I had told PLRB, that I would not be using it until January! “Hmm!” Dawn said to me at PLRB! Head out on Tuesday in the Heavy Fog on I-5. We took the cutoff to Drain and Reedsport with the fog trying to lift in the coastal mountains, once we hit the turn off to Loon Lake on the Umpqua Highway the blue sky emerged. From what I understand the fog never lifted in Portland during the time we were gone. The weather was great and the temperature was around 50-55 degrees on the Oregon Coast. Fish & Chips at Bedrocks on the wharf at Winchester Bay, Oregon and the cook did disclose where he had harvest the nice Roosevelt Bull that hangs in hangs in the back dining area. . . Classified!
Remember that you are family and can stop by anytime! Coffee, Cookie and RV’s Always!
Summer is now gone, but not the weather! I started this News Letter at the start of the Summer in June and ended up finishing it yesterday! In the N.W. there is camping year round! Activities are year round!
There is still plenty of time to enjoy the camping in the N.W. and other places of destination in North America. As I write this News Letter, we happen to be parked in B-10 at Devils Lake State Park on the Oregon Coast at Lincoln City, Oregon. Very surprise to get a spot as most of the State Parks from the Willamette Valley and along Hwy 101 have been full!
Leaving from Oregon City, the temperature was at 96 degrees and arriving at Lincoln City the temperature was a crisp 53 degrees with Marine Air moving in. Devil’s Lake Oregon State Park is a nice park to stay at on the west side of the Devils Lake. It is home to the shortest river in the world, called D River. My wife’s father helped build the bridge that went over the river on Hwy. 101. I do believe that the bridge was built in about 1946.
There are great new RV’s for 2014 and a number of major upgrades to existing brand lines that B YOUNG RV has.
This summer the dealership was not been able to keep the Coachmen Freelanders’ in stock, as the Freelander Class C is the Number 1 selling Class C in North America. Coachmen this last year came out with a short Class C with the 19CB on the Ford E350 Chassis. Been a real hit for those RVer’s that want a short and agile motorhome the reliable Ford Chassis.
Oh! My! I have to tell you that the New 2014 Tiffin Allegro Open Road Gas Class A Motorhome is now in the space age. The upgrades for 2014 have taken me back a step, with one upgrade that you find in the Allegro Bus with the Multiplex Wiring. How about a optional Flexsteel Passenger 6 way Power Seat with a footrest. It is pretty awesome and you should check out the video I did on the Open Road 32CA that just arrive a few days ago. Tiffin RV for 2014 is using Thermal Foil (space blanket) for additional insulation in all their motorhomes that already are tested into the minus temperatures. The new MCD shades no longer have the chains, but you pull them down easily and then when you want to put them up, you pull slightly down and let go and they slowly go back into the valance. There are many more upgrades for 2014, that you just have to come and see!
2014 is going to be a record year for the RV business’s! I myself believe that folks are just wanting to escape the everyday hassle and enjoy life. There is the new age (so called Baby Boomers) out there that have worked hard all their lives and want to spend the new 20-30 years seeing North America before it changes. The youth that have jobs have found that it is cheaper to own an RV, then stay in a hotel on vacations or weekend jaunts. We can tell it is boomer year, as the factories are about 3-4 months in waiting for orders. It is a great thing that B YOUNG RV during the Louisville Show (dealer show) in November 2012 forecasted the future for 2013. Now if we could just keep some Tiffin Open Road Gas Motorhomes in stock!
I don’t have a crystal ball, but I do see B YOUNG RV expanding in the near future and creating new jobs in Oregon and help in keep the RV manufacturers busy during the winter months.
In my Spring RV Letter I talked about the circle of life! Well it hasn’t change and a couple of happening this summer have been interesting.
1) Had a customer that served aboard the U.S.S. Oriskany CVA 34 during the Korean War and worked in the same area of the ship as my dad. This customer also was at the sinking of CVA 34 (the first Naval Air Craft Carrier with the hurricane bow) when it was made into the largest manmade reef in the world. The ship settle to the bottom of the gulf with the flight deck being level.
2) The company hired a new sales person who went into the U.S. Navy in the same year as I did back in 1967! Oh! The President of the United States was L.B. Johnson! Just think, I shook his hand and almost got his 10 gallon hat back in 1964 when I was going to Benson Polytechnic High School in Portland, Oregon. Who would thought that I would end up volunteering to go to Vietnam at the time of life and shaking the hand of the man that put us there…
3) I ran into another U.S. Navy CT who was an R Brancher (Ditty Chaser) in the Philippines during the same time frame as myself at the Naval Communications Station San Miguel.
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I have a couple of parks that you all might like to stay at in the future:
There is Casey’s Riverside RV Park on the North Fork of the Willamette River outside of Oakridge. Very clean and friendly park that you can fish on the river at.
There is the Bend/Sisters Garden RV Park outside of Sister, Oregon to the east of town. I have had the privilege to stay here this month for a night. Very reasonable priced high class RV Park. There is lots of room to take a walk, play putt-putt golf, horseshoes, swim in season, outdoor sauna, or just sit around and enjoy Central Oregon. They have a small store that one can get a cold drink or maybe a common used part for an RV. It is known as the Garden Park of Central Oregon. I highly recommend you to stay and enjoy! It is just east of Sisters, Oregon on Hwy 20 going to Bend, Oregon!
The last park would be The Rainbow RV Park & Campground along the McKenzie River on Hwy OR 126, a very quite park along the McKenzie River. The McKenzie River is world famous with the chance to catch a Grayling. The river is known for it clarity, making is very tough river to fish!
Now the one Oregon State Park I will suggest would be Collier State Park south of Bend, Oregon on Hwy 197. The park is on the influence of the Spring Creek and the famous Williamson River. The Williamson River is known for the giant Rainbow Trout that come up from Klamath Lake to breed. You’ll find great numbers in August and the fishing can be very hot for big bows. I have fished the area and south to Chiloquin. Near that area the Wood River flows into the Williamson. This is a sight to see for all and I would even suggest for the hard core fishermen to go above Collier and fish the marshy area. The bows up there are smaller of course, but the are almost black with a bright red stripe down their side.
In closing I hope to see some of you at the Portland Fall RV and Van Show. I will leave you also with two wildlife shots of big game in Oregon!
In the RV World it is a Circle of Life and who you’ll meet along the way, either from the past or someone that knows someone else. In this case in relationship of the story, the wife, Addison and myself met a man along with his dog Teddie at Champoeg State Park outside of Wilsonville, Oregon a week after the story written below! It happen to be Ed the owner of Azalea Glen RV Park & Campground in Trinidad, CA!
Recently the wife and I had a short mini vacation. It all started with my days off which are Wednesday and Thursday. Addison our grand daughter would be with mom and dad, so we decide to escape on Tuesday evening. In route to Devil’s Lake State Park for the first night the wife ask me to see if I could get the weekend off. Of course I am all about work and un-scheduled time-off doesn’t work for me very well. I texted the Sales Manager at B YOUNG RV and response back was see you early Monday morning. Well Now! No Excuses!
We did stayed at Devil’s Lake State Park on Tuesday evening, but at the crack of dawn Linda said “lets go California!” What? Really? Off we were and heading to the border for Wednesday evening. Blowing by a couple of Oregon’s finest state parks just outside of the town of Brookings, Oregon. We ended up staying right on the beach on a gravel pad at the cost of 39 bucks, not once but twice on the trip… I did not realize at this park the showers and heads are open to the public and of course everyone has to pay to use. Yes! I do have a shower in the motorhome, but I like lots of hot water.
Hmm! Quick shower and a walk on the jetty for the two of us. The next morning we are up early and head south to California and just after crossing the border at Crescent City and doing 65mph, I spot Roosevelt Elk laying along the road. Great sight to see, but no time to stop on shoulder of the road for picture taking.
With few stops we head for the Redwoods on Hwy 101 as it has been for me about 52 years since the last time I was there. A short stop at Trinidad, California and getting some smoked salmon from Katy’s Smoke House place which has been there for more than 60 years, plus taking picture of the fishing fleet in the harbor one could fall in love with this town that overlooks the Pacific Ocean with crystal clear waters.
Quick stop at the Redwood National Forest Headquarters to get some directions in areas to see the Redwoods. A great deal has changed since the early sixties, such as a two lane go fast highway system, which is only in California. You do get to use part of the old highway in the Avenue of the Giants. I have to tell you it was great to see these magnificent trees up close and personal with few people around. After all the years of loggers being gone from the Redwoods and see tree stumps with the notches (axe cuts) in them just above the swell of the base of the tree (Springboard) a system used in the past to cut the tree down above the swell.
We only spent the day knowing we would have to cross the coast range at night under road construction and single lane on the cliff side of Hwy 101, we headed back North before dark to Bandon, as the Avenue of the Giants is below Eureka, California. As we go by Trinidad and a couple of RV Park signs, the wife mentioned she would like to stay overnight in Trinidad. There happen to be a sign on the road showing Azalea Glen RV Park, I blew by the exit and Trinidad, as I had Elk and getting pictures on my mind! We did come across a good herd of Roosevelt elk in California and I made the effort to stop and get some pictures. California in the northern part of the state does have one of the largest herds of Roosevelt Elk in the Pacific Northwest.
We did end up staying a couple of days in Brookings, Oregon and did stay at one of the Oregon State Parks in Brookings, plus checked out the park on the Chetco Riverabout 8 miles up stream. This where we should have stayed the first and second time while in Brookings. They are truly nice Oregon State Parks with Harris Beach State Park having a landury room.
The trip back I have to introduce you to a small bakery in Winchester Bay, Oregon on the west side of the road! The sign says it is called the Sourdough Bakery, go figure. It has the best Sourdough bread I have ever had and you want to have a tub of butter to spread on it! Took 4 loafs home with us, doesn’t last long!
While in Reedsport it is important to go to theDean Creek Elk Viewing Sightjust east of town about 4 miles. You want to see a few monster Roosevelt Elk up close, this is the place.
The last place we spent the night was and Beachside State Park. We were going to stay at the private park in Newport under the bridge as I have a friend that is a camp host there, but Beachside actually had a spot right on the beach side along the sand. That was the clue that we would stay there for the night. The weather in California and southern Oregon on the coast had been great with sunshine everyday. When we woke up at Beachside it was pouring down rain! Such was the trip to the Redwoods and getting re-aquinted after 52 years to the Northern California.
We and our customers had the privilege of Bob Tiffin of Tiffin Motorhomes spending a few days at the show, spent time directly with customers, shaking hands, talking about the future and just having fun! Funny: A customer asked for Bob’s business card, Bob picked up a brochure turned it over, pointed to his picture and then to the phone number at the bottom and told him “that’s my business card, call anytime”. I am not sure or remember, but I do remember being on the floor laughing!
The Little Guy Teardrop trailers and the T @ B are really becoming popular and the new styles and floor-plans are hot!
Having visited both of the following Oregon State Park I have to list them both for the, Harris Beach State Park & Alfred A Leob State Park. They are located just north of Brookings, Oregon. Some of the spots at Harris Beach State Park, you can see the Pacific Ocean from above. The Alfred A Leob State Park is a bit east up the Chetco River. A smaller park with a lot of scenic ambiance. This part of the southern Oregon Coast is a place everyone should visit and my understandings is the weather more like the Banana Belt! Just to let you all know there are some Redwood Groves outside of Brooking, Oregon, but I was not taking the motor-home up the road.
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