And of course Happy New Year. I have the privilege to have my 8 year old granddaughter Addison celebrating Christmas with us for the past 8 years.
May the New Year be great for all!
Another year has gone by and what an exciting year it has been at B Young RV. The company still wants to expand into Washington. Finding build able land has been a problem, it seems all the land that has been looked doesn’t meet code to the environment… So with the plans to expand, so have the product lines, especially with motorize.
(Cabinets like a high end diesel pusher) and the Winnebago Navion B+ Sprinter motorhome in our lineup. As for 5th Wheel products we have the all new Vanleigh RV – Vilano product line. The company is headed up by Bob Tiffin, Van Tiffin and his son Leigh Tiffin, having many of the great Tiffin features plus the company values that we have known for more than 44 years.
I find it amazing with the growth of the company in just 8 years. Bruce Young, I find to be a visionary and living the dream allowing his team to prosper and be part of the whole business… The company is ever growing and improving Customer Service and Community Service.
A on a funny note about improving, for 7 years we have had an area on the south lot, when it rains we have a pond and mud hole when it shrinks up. Well today 12/22/2016 we no longer have that obstacle on the south lot.
I want to thank all the customers of B Young RV, which have bought from me and the dealership. I also thank the customers that did come in and even if we did not sell to you that you are always welcome at B Young RV.
As for myself I have gone to a 4 day a week position and still in sales. I am fortunate that management has allowed this. Since my last newsletter we have acquired two Top Management Leaders for the Sales Team. Bill & David are two highly talent men that make it easy for our customers and B Young RV to put a buying experience together.
I thought I would leave you all with a little video of a Cougar. This video was take in the summer of 2103, since then more have moved in to this rural area, just outside the city limits of Molalla, Oregon.FR
What a great time to be in the RV business, seeing so many RV’s on the road and in the RV Parks! Now in 7th year with B Young RV, it only gets better. B Young RV has now move into being in the 10 Ten in the North America in the sales of Tiffin Motorhomes.
The company has expanded with a distribution center in another location. Inbound RV’s will go there first to get a Preliminary Pre-Delivery Inspection and any minor repairs that are needed from the travel time from the factories. We also have extra storage at the location that only has only technicians working there. A very important expansion as we do not have enough space at our main location for all the RV’s we have in inventory. We also have a full RV Body Repair and Paint facility at the location. Here at B Young RV, we are the RV Dealer to get all your needs taken care of.
Just after our June Expo show the wife and I hit the road with the intention to traveling into California along Hwy 101, I wanted to do photo ops on Roosevelt Elk. We headed down I-5 with the first stop being Seven Feathers RV Resort, spending a night and the next morning hitting Mac’s Diner in Shady Cove, Oregon, ordering the best Country Fried Steak, Eggs over medium and hash browns in the state.
Well plans changed and the wife asked me if I wanted to go to eastern Oregon and do some scouting… It does not take me more than 5 seconds to say are you sure about this and yes was my answer! So off we head towards the east, with the first stop at Collier State Park, capturing the last spot there. With not real direction and letting the motorhome take to where ever, we many side trips and even into the Owyhee’s in search of Pronghorns and Mule deer.
We stayed a couple nights that Crane Crystal Crane Hot Springs RV Park. The weather turned from warm sunny days to snow and freezing weather. As we did not have a set course to take, we headed back towards Seven Feathers RV Park, with it being full, though I know the management there; we were out of luck… Off the cuff, we did find another park after hitting the Oregon Coast at Bandon, Oregon. Just a note, the Oregon State Parks were full, my suggestion with the Oregon State Parks, is to use Reserve America and get your spot reserved. We stayed at Bandon by the Sea RV Park, a small RV Park that does have permanent residents and allows weary travelers to stay. It is very clean park to stay at. I was very fortunate that Bruce Young, allowed me to take the extended two weeks during the summer… P.S. We did go into California and saw Elk, in a spot that I have seen them every time we go that way. Interesting that we went through the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. Hmm! Big and Dry Camping only. No one on the west coast beats Oregon State Parks…
Since my last RV Newsletter, B Young RV has added some new product lines to our inventory with Winnebago Travel Trailers (Micro Minnie – Hot small trailer) and Thor Class A motorhomes (Windsport) and Class C motorhomes (Quantum). The highly styled Dynamax Istata 3 Class B+ has been a top seller with it options and just overall great appearance.
Our lineup of Little Guy teardrop style T@B’s, T@G’s, T@G XL’s and regular Little Guys do not hang around very long. What a phenomena of who are buying these vintage perspective of the mind… It is simply amazing how many are sold and the fact we run out at a moment’s notice!
Recently, such as July 7th, we had a visit from Bob Tiffin, the owner of Tiffin Motorhomes. A man that believes in his company and the family he gains with customers that buy Tiffin. It is all about service and a long time relationship. It was very enlightening to have a round table discussion with Bob in the 36UA Bunkhouse Allegro Open Road motorhome, a number of us were able to make a few suggestions. Bob, pulled out folded over paper and made notes of the comments. Rest assured when he gets back to Red Bay, Alabama, he will review and make some small changes… Bob brought up the new Phaeton 44OH on the Powerglide Chassis and how it will be the new change in how RV’s will be built. The Phaeton 44OH has a flat floor throughout the motorhome. It is all about how the floor is built and how the walls are set. Come by B Young RV and learn all about it if you are interested why Tiffin leads the way!
Interesting thing about RV’s, they all have one thing in common to me, and that is to use to escape from the daily grind and the cluster of life. So, many like to hunt, fish, hike, explore unknown places and even venture to where just maybe no one has ever stepped foot before, so I am going to give you all a link to onXmaps HUNT. Just touch the following logo and let your mind take it all in. The product can be used on mobile devices, Garmin GPS’s (handheld or vehicle). It is not all about HUNT, but that is where it started, but it is an adventurer into the mountains, desert, beach, and life.
Well summer 2014 is about to start soon and I am ready for the Sun in the N.W.
As I start to write this newsletter, we are down at Seventh Feathers RV Resort south of Roseburg, Oregon and it is raining fairly heavy. As my granddaughter Addison would say at 6 years old it is raining dogs and cats, plus buckets of water with snails. Yes snails, when it is warm and we have heavy rains it brings the snails out in groves.
2014 has started out with a bang on RV Sales throughout the country and here at B Young RV the increases from 2013 are tremendous, thanks to all the referrals that we get. Seems all categories of RV’s are selling at B Young RV and other dealers around the country. Guess the Baby Boomers want to hit the road and those that are still working with families are finding that spending time in the outdoor environment with the whole family to be an adventurer! It is interesting though how many people are selling their homes and with some of the equity hitting the roads in an RV for a while, then settle in a tax friendly state. I find it is like being off the Grid a bit and not having to take care of your yard anymore, pay property taxes, plus you can leave at any time to a new playground in your RV.
While down at Seventh Feathers RV Resort (p.s. I don’t gamble) I have had the privilege to play golf a couple of times out at the Myrtle Creek Golf Course. The first time I only had a couple of old Walter Hagen 6 & 8 irons (probably about 75 years old, given to me by my grandfather in 1967) in the back of the motorhome with a putter. I was able to borrow a driver with trust that I would return it after play. What a great time, I have now learned that I need to carry my regular clubs with me at all times. What amazed me was the amount of Turkeys and Deer running around on the challenging course. It was before Turkey season started in Oregon and the Toms were out strutting everywhere on the course!
Yes! They stopped play as I had to take a video of the birds working the green:
The second time down at Seventh Feathers RV Resort I had my clubs and played well in the wind, rain, sun and hail at Myrtle Creek Golf Course. The course held up great and was a blast to play and being able to work the Par 3’s with more than one ball. I had the course to myself into the late afternoon! The Course GM and the Course PGA Pro are really great guys and the atmosphere is very homely and open. The Marshall was a hoot and warned me I should go up a club on the Elevated Tee box Par 3 13th Hole, as the wind will catch the ball. Two times I did it my way and put the ball into the sand trap (2’ apart) at the edge of the green, the next shot I took his advice and put it on the green. “I told you so” Ok! Enough Golf, go and have fun there though.
You can even get a great hot dog or hamburger at the diner!
Made a trip into California this spring also and found a really nice campground to stay in with friendly staff along the Northern California Coastline at Benbow KOA! It was great to find that particular campground late into the evening. Checked out other campgrounds, but felt uncomfortable, seems many of the old campgrounds in the Redwoods have lived on from the old days (60’s and 70’s) with little upkeep. There is a great deal of remoteness in the area and sometimes I think I had gone back in time to when I was a kid… Maybe a some paint and trimming of trees would have help change the atmosphere of RV Parks in the Redwoods!
A couple of our Tiffin Customers Russ and Pam will be heading to RED BAY, Alabama to see their Tiffin being built in July after the holidays. The welcome mat has been put out for them to have a memorable experience! Russ will be sending me a series of pictures on the build and I can’t wait to see how it is done from the customer’s view. Russ I think will be assisting in the production… I have a couple of restaurants down in Bandon,that everyone that heads down the way might enjoy to eat. Always 1st cabin food and I have given you pictures so you can remember the buildings along the wharf in Bandon.
There is plenty of parking and time to enjoy either of the restaurants on the Wharf at Bandon, Oregon
A new addition to B Young RV inventory is the Rubicon, a pull behind Toy Hauler, a great looking Toy Hauler at a great value. Now is the time to get great deals on all Toy Haulers at B Young RV. The “B” in the Young has order more inventory and we need to move the 2014’s out!
As we say at B YOUNG RV:
“Come Shopping Today and You Can Be Camping Tomorrow”
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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