Airstream Debuts Smart Control Technology

Editor’s Note: Airstream is at it again! First Nest, then Basecamp X, now Smart Technology. Starting in 2019, the Classic is going to be equipped with an application that allows owners to access key information about their Airstream from a mobile device as well as improving access to the internet in the most remote locations. Most impressive, indeed!

The 2019 Airstream Classic features an unprecedented level of digital capability to provide owners with connectivity, comfort, and control

Jackson Center, Ohio (August 2, 2018)Airstream, innovative maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailers, has announced that its 2019 Classic models will feature the company’s Smart Technology, which digitally connects owners to their RVs for a more enjoyable camping experience.

The integrated, Airstream-designed Smart Technology and connectivity solution is the first of its kind developed and produced by an RV manufacturer. Fueled by extensive consumer research and the opportunity to lead the industry, Airstream’s new platform will transform how customers interact with and use their recreational vehicle.

“Digital technology has improved almost every aspect of our lives,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “Shouldn’t it make camping better, too? We think so. That’s why, in keeping with our commitment to innovation, we’re leading the way with our new Smart Control Technology and connectivity solution, starting with our Airstream Classic travel trailers.”

The Smart Control Technology enables 2019 Airstream Classic owners to control and monitor systems and amenities from anywhere – keeping them connected to the comforts of home, even when they’re far from it. Lighting, HVAC, awning, vent fans, water, propane and battery levels, and more can all be controlled and monitored remotely with an intuitive app – creating a more comfortable camping experience every time.

 

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Pete’s RV Top 10 Basecamp Dealer

Airstream Inc. recently honored its top dealers based on retail units sold between May 2017 and May 2018.

According to a press release, South  Burlington, Vt.-based Pete’s RV earned a No. 6 ranking in Basecamp sales, representing the first time a first-year Airstream dealer had placed in the top ten.
                                                      Pete’s RV achieved the top ten ranking in Basecamp sales in less than the normally allotted 12-month period as the dealer sold its first unit in mid-July. Also during the period, five of Pete’s RV sales consultants achieved Master Sales Certification status for travel trailers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        For more information or details on starting your own Airstream adventure, click here.

Pete’s RV Center Officially Retires Van’s RV Center Name on Connecticut Store

Pete’s RV Center acquired Van’s RV Center in South Windsor, Connecticut back in September 2015, but did not publicly change their name until a recent grand re-opening sales event.  In June, the transition was finalized with the Van’s RV Center sign being lowered for a Pete’s RV Center replacement.

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The storefront with new Pete’s RV Center sign located at 417 John Fitch Boulevard in South Windor, CT.

“It was an honor for us to continue operating under the Van’s RV name beyond acquisition,” says marketing manager Phil LeClair.  The family ownership ran an outstanding business since 1963.  They were a fixture in the community and reached thousands of customers throughout New York and New England.  We are delighted to be carrying on their legacy as Pete’s RV.”

The Connecticut location is Pete’s third dealership.  The original location in South Burlington, Vermont has been operating since 1952.  A second location in Schererville, Indiana was acquired from Rollin-On RV in May 2011, and a fourth in Plainville, Massachusetts in February 2018 from Macdonald’s RV.

Pete’s RV Center Acquires Massachusetts Dealership Macdonald’s RV

On February 1st, Vermont-based Pete’s RV Center officially assumed ownership of Macdonald’s RV Center in Plainville, MA.

KarenMac_PetesOwnersKaren Macdonald shown in photo with Pete’s RV owners (left to right): Scott Borden, Todd McGinnis, and Chad Shepard.

Located just short drives from Boston and Providence, Macdonald’s RV served thousands of customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and throughout New England since opening its doors in 1947.

Looking to retire after many successful years at the helm, owner Karen Macdonald explained the acquisition as being well-timed and an appropriate fit, “I’m excited for another established family business to take over management of Macdonald’s RV.  I see only positive things coming for our loyal customers, employees, and the local community.  I leave the business in good hands with Pete’s RV, and look forward to spending more time with friends, family, and being a grandmother.”

Upon acquisition of the celebrated Massachusetts location, Pete’s RV significantly increases accessibility to their southeastern New England customer base.  “For three generations, the Macdonald family worked tirelessly to maintain a highly reputable business.  We share the same mentality and look forward to building on their successes in this region and beyond,” added Pete’s RV co-owner Chad Shepard.

Macdonald’s RV is Pete’s fourth dealership.  The original location in South Burlington, Vermont has been operating since 1952.  A second location in Schererville, Indiana was acquired from Rollin-On RV in May 2011, followed by Van’s RV in South Windsor, Connecticut in September 2015.