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It has certainly been a busy and great year for Peterson Industries. Beginning with a great show season in the Spring. Many of our dealers had their best shows since 2007.
Then we introduced our exclusive Rhino Eco-Coat roof system in March. We've shared many of the amazing benefits of this new maintenance free roof. Click here to learn more about that.
On May 31, we shared our newest innovation with you via a live Internet feed from Moriarty, NM where we unveiled our Winslow D37SDF with an "industry first" walk-in door in the slide-out! Several great things have evolved from the creation of this exciting new floorplan.
Beginning October 13, our company will be profiled Nationwide on the popular TV show for RV enthusiasts called "Rollin' on TV". This half hour show airs on a variety of television stations, including Altitude Sports (DirecTV ch 682).
Our "Rollin' On TV" spotlight provides a unique perspective of what it's like to produce the Nation's top rated 5th wheels and travel trailers so far away from Elkhart, IN, the hub of RV manufacturing. We share the challenges as well as the benefits of having our headquarters located in the heart of the United States, Kansas.
If you prefer to watch the sneak preview of our spotlight feature via internet, or see stations and air times, click on the "Rollin On TV" logo to the right. It is currently online and available for your viewing pleasure.
Be watching New Year's Day for HGTV's extremely popular and highly rated "RV 2014". You just might see us in one of their featured segments. However, we are not allowed to discuss it or promote it before the airing.
HGTV has really jumped on board to support the RV industry with a variety of RV shows. And why not? The RV lifestyle is such a great way to raise families, meet friends, and enjoy retimrement years together. Not to mention we are a $40 Billion dollar industry!
We have begun prototyping the new 38RDE model. I guess when you sell a couple, it's time to get off dead center and get going, right? Although we will offer the 38RDE in both the Winslow and Limited lines, the prototype will be made in the Limited model, along with the follow up unit.
"We are building one of the coaches to be completed by the Tampa Florida RV Super Show in January." Stated Bryan Tillett, company President. "We anticipate this new model will bring a lot of excitement for the Excel brand. Due to typical "I-beam" frames, the RV industry is usually weak on the variety of floor plans featuring kitchens in the rear."
Since featuring the 38RDE as a model "coming in the Fall", it has been our #1 design being priced on our website, with interest in the Limited and Winslow being about equal, which is what we like to see since the 38RDE will be offered in both lines.
William J. "Bill" Voorhees, 69 passed away Thursday, October 3, 2013 at Hays Medical Center, Hays, KS. Bill worked for Peterson Industries for 38 years, starting in 1973 as an electrician and cabinet setter on RVs. He was
very dedicated to his job and missed very little work.
Bill was one of those employees all businesses long for but seldom find. We could count on Bill to always be at work, always give his best, and always do it right the first time. Bill was a quiet man who seldom lost his temper.
He and his wife Pat had two sons, Jerry and Steve. He was so very proud of his two sons and all of his family. He made a point to attend every sporting event. His boys knew without a doubt that their dad would be sitting in the stands for every game.
Bill will be missed by all who knew him. His friends at Peterson Industries will be forever grateful for his contribution towards our success.
In case you missed this in our last newsletter, we want to let you know again there is a new owner's group on Facebook. It's called the "Excel by Peterson Industries Owner's Group" This is a group of Excel family members, as well as those who wish to become Excel family members. It's a great place to ask questions, share pictures and ideas, as well as make great new friends and memories.
This is a "closed" group, so posts are not seen by friends of friends. The administrator is Dr. Russell Fife of Dallas, TX. Russell and his wefe, Janice own a 2013 Winslow D34IKE, purchased from Bennett's Camping Center, Granbury, TX.
Although this is an "owner's" group, and it is not sponsored by Peterson Industries, we are very happy our family members have a great place to go to meet new friends.
With the new 2014 models arriving, Excel dealers are slashing prices to the bone on hold-over units. If you haven't checked our "Special Deals" page on our website yet, you could be missing an opportunity to $ave a whole lot of dough! For those looking for a great deal on a brand new "hold-over" model, this is the place. As you will see, many people have taken advantage of this great new feature, but there are still some fantastic deals listed.
You may notice a 2012 Limited Edition L33GKE. This was our most popular floorplan at the time. This feature rich coach sports gorgeous full body paint with double clear coat, disc brakes, and 17.5" "J" rated tires!
Or how about the newly listed 2013 Winslow Front Livingroom model, featuring a residential stainless refrigerator, hydraulic leveling, and partial body paint. OOPS! THIS ONE IS SOLD ALREADY!!!
There are several great coaches listed and our Excel dealers are very motivated to find a home for them so they can make room for new 2014 models!
If one of these units catches your eye, give us a call today! 800-368-3759. Ask for Marlene. She will help you save big money on a great "hold-over" Excel.
Please join us in welcoming our newest Excel dealership, Metra RV Center in Billings MT. Doug and Debbie Becker purchased the dealership in 2012 which had been in business at the same location, 850 US Hwy 87 E. since 1997.
"When I first called on Metra RV, I followed a pickup pulling a toy hauler into the lot. I was surprised that as each of us stopped, they were on the porch greeting both of us." Stated Bryan Tillett, P.I. President. "I knew immediately, this is the type of dealership that I want representing our product."
"One advantage of being a small manufacturer is that we don't have to set a dealer up on every street corner in order to meet production demands." explained Tillett. "For large manufacturers, the selection process is very simple. If we don't have a dealer within a few miles of you, and you have a line of credit, then you can be a dealer!"
It's not quite that simple with Peterson Industries. Although we are always looking for a few new dealers in strategic areas, we try to align ourselves with smaller dealerships across the Nation, and the selection process is very much a two way street.
Before we set up a new dealership, we always make a trip to the dealership, visit with their service staff, their sales team, and let the owners get to know who we are and how much we care. We look for the same things from the dealer. We want to know that they not only understand how to sell a high end brand, but also want to enjoy the rewards of building relationships with Excel family members.
"I feel like we really hit it out of the park with Metra RV Center!" exclaimed Bryan. "Doug and Debbie have to be among the nicest dealers in our Network. We are excited to begin our new adventure together."
Metra RV Center
850 US Hwy 87 E.
With Christmas just around the corner, you may be wondering what to get that special loved one. The key to gift giving is "relevance"! Since you both love the RV lifestyle, why not surprise them with an Excel jacket, cap, or polo?
With the economy improving, we feel it's time to bring our apparel store back. We are planning to have our online presence in time for the holidays.
Our new store will be easy to navigate and will promise to provide a pleasant online shopping experience.
"We are starting small and hope to grow as interest increases." stated Jill Conaway, site manager. "If you have suggestions, ideas of what you would like to see offered, please call me at 800-368-3759, or email me at email@example.com."
Please check our website often. We plan to have a link to our new Excel Apparel Store very soon.