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CHANGIN' GEARS RV NEWSLETTER
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Issue 1, 8/15/2005

Changin' Gears - Trading City Lights for the RV Lifestyle
http://ChanginGears.com

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IN THIS ISSUE
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1) RV Brand Consolidation
2) RV Checklists Online
3) Home State Services for the RV Owner
4) Changing State Residency
5) Sharing Photos from the Road
6) RV Weight Calculators


1) RV Brand Consolidation 
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During our most recent RV manufacturer database maintenance, we 
noticed that several brands have been discontinued.  This move 
was not surprising due to the large number of consolidations in 
recent years.  I've often wondered why manufacturers with lengthy 
brand portfolios such as Coachmen, Dutchmen, Fleetwood, Forest 
River, Keystone, Monaco Coach Corp., Winnebago Industries, etc.  
continue to produce so many similar brands.  I suppose it makes 
sense to keep newly purchased brands around for a little while, 
at least until the buyers are comfortable with the new owners.  

Based on the manufacturer web sites, the following brands appear 
to be discontinued: 

  - Rialta division of Winnebago Industries
  - Panther by Safari
  - Gazelle by Safari

For a comprehensive list of RV manufacturers, visit:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-manufacturers-sort-brand.shtml


2) RV Checklists Online 
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Our first set of RV checklists are now available on our web site.  
They are: 

  - Budget for the RV Lifestyle
  - Getting Started
  - RV Amenities
  - RV Arrival & Setup Checklist: Motor Homes
  - RV Arrival & Setup Checklist: Trailers
  - RV Departure Checklist: Motor Homes
  - RV Departure Checklist: Trailers
  - RV Type Pros & Cons

All of the above can be found on this web page:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-checklist.shtml


3) Home State Services for the RV Owner 
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Whether you call it home base, state of residence, or state of 
domicile, all RV travelers have a home state with which business 
must be conducted in various official capacities.  

Read entire page here:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-state.shtml


4) Changing State Residency 
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RV enthusiasts who spend a considerable time away from their home 
state may come to ponder if another state would be a better place 
to call home.  This page gives an overview of the things to 
consider before and after deciding to change your legal state of 
residence, or state of domicile, in legalese.  

Read entire page here:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-state-residency.shtml


5) Sharing Photos from the Road 
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What is an RV trip without photos?  With a digital camera and 
basic computer equipment, taking and finishing photos on the road 
is easy.  

Read entire page here:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-in-touch-photo.shtml


6) RV Weight Calculators 
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Have you ever wondered how much water, propane, diesel, or 
gasoline weighs?  We have two calculators on our web site to help 
you estimate liquid weights and adjustments to the Gross Vehicle 
Weight (GVW) of your RV.  

Calculators are located here:
http://changingears.com/rv-sec-calc-adjust-gvw.shtml

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