Zephyr was founded in a garage nearly 30 years ago to give the street rod industry the best metal finishing products.
Early on, they learned that there was a considerable demand for superior metal polish due to the phenomenal growth of the Heavy Duty truck industry. Although several products were available, none provided the "mirror shine" that truckers were looking for. Pro 40 "Perfection" Metal Polish was created to fill this demand, giving truckers the beautiful mirror shine and simplicity of application they had been looking for.
The outstanding quality of Pro 40 "Perfection" Metal Polish served as the foundation for Zephyr's initial word-of-mouth growth. Later when they established their own line of buffing wheels and metal polishing compound bars and accessories. Based purely on each trucker's devotion to these high-performing items, they continue to grow by word of mouth from one trucker to the next. Today, they have developed into the gold standard for polishing products in the heavy-duty transportation sector as their client base and dealer network continue to expand. In addition to the Heavy Duty vehicle sector, Zephyr is currently the most well-known and reputable brand name in the RV, marine, automotive, vintage trailer, and other businesses.
Their clients are like relatives. They appreciate each and every one of them very much. They've never forgotten that they owe it to all of their devoted customers and dealers to not just offer the greatest metal finishing. Check out their exhibitor booth at the CampNation Expo!
Recreational vehicles and camper trailers have become a popular choice for those seeking adventure, flexibility, and the comfort of home on the road. However, many older RVs can be outdated, cramped, and lacking in modern amenities. That’s why many owners choose to renovate their campers to create a space that better suits their needs and preferences. From upgrading the functionality to personalizing the space, renovating an RV can bring a whole new level of comfort and enjoyment to life on the road.
Whether you prefer a motorized RV, large towable, or vintage trailer, there’s no doubt that the industry as a whole has seen an uprise in renovated campers. There are many reasons why this has quickly grown into a popular trend. Click the Read More link (below) to see my top five reasons.
Rhino Adventure Gear loves being outside. After years of camping at some of the most scenic campgrounds in the western USA, they wanted to roam further. They longed to explore the remote wilderness. They wanted to comfortably visit destinations that wouldn’t require meticulously timed online reservations.
In their own words…
We dreamed of piloting our outfitted Toyota down dirt roads, sandy beaches and rock-piled tracks; of leaving the noisy crowds and Reserve America in the dust. In its extreme form, this type of expedition is called ‘Overlanding,’ and in its more moderate form it’s called ‘Backcountry Exploring.’
We wondered if we could be blissfully immersed in nature and relish the journey to get there. Could we be truly comfortable at our remote destination, which has none of the bells and whistles that one finds at most mainstream campgrounds? Could we bring along friends and family, our kids, and assure their safety and comfort as well? We are thrilled that we can emphatically say YES to all of these questions. We’ve had such incredibly positive experiences embracing self-reliant adventure travel that we want to share our findings with you.
The Rhino Adventure Gear mission is simple: Share our success and help you get outside by seeking out and sourcing the very best overlanding and backcountry equipment available. There’s a growing community of outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy adventuring off the beaten path and setting up camp in remote, ‘inaccessible,’ locations. We agree with this growing community- that the enjoyment lies in the preparation, the journey, and of course in the time spent at your destination. And we are here to help you get prepared.
You can find their showrooms in San Francisco and San Diego or come camp with Rhino Adventure Gear at the CampNation Expo.
Airparts Inc is a supplier of aluminum, steel, and stainless steel and the tools and fasteners you need to fabricate like the pros. If you are refurbishing an RV or an Airstream in particular, Airparts Inc may be the supplier you are looking for. From their 13,000-square-foot facility in Kansas City, Kansas they ship parts and supplies worldwide.
This family-owned business was founded in 1968 when Frank Ferree bought eight buckets of hardware from a Wichita, Kansas airplane factory. Little did he know these eight buckets would be the start of Airparts Inc. Frank and his wife Ethel turned their basement hobby into a business! Although the founders passed in the late nineties, their heirs are carrying on the family business.
In 1977, Frank and Ethel's daughter. Pam Warner, joined the Airparts team, working in the warehouse and the office. Chris Whitney, the Granddaughter, came to work at Airparts in 1987, and Mark Warner, a Grandson has also come on board. When you call, you will probably speak with Pam, Chris, or Mark. They will be glad to help you in any way they can. They take pride in shipping most orders within 24 hours.
The warehouse team can ship custom lengths of Coiled Aluminum or Sheet Aluminum anywhere in the world. Airparts Inc offers a large selection of aluminum tubing, angle, rod, hex, and bar. They have a complete line of Chromoly tubing and Sheet, and a large selection of Stainless-steel Hardware. You will also find sheet metal tools, rivets, fasteners, wire, and several other items. Visit our website or give us a call! Come and meet Mark at the CampNation Expo for the second year in a row.
ModVans started as a group of friends who bought a used 26' Class C RV. They discovered they loved camping in the RV, but the class C was too big for weekend trips, and it was scary to drive in the snow or on dirt roads. The search began for a more modern camper van solution. The Ford Transit was the ModVans choice for an RV platform. Traditional RV manufacturers were stuck on Promaster and Sprinter vans and had no interest in building a Camper Van with a Popup top that is easy to drive and park. Being engineers and scientists, they decided to build their own. The ModVan prototype launched a business around the concept of a modern camper van.
ModVans is a new Recreational Vehicle Manufacturer based in Ventura, California. They have a vision is to build a line of high-quality, high-design RVs for modern lifestyles and budgets and offer them for sale direct to the consumer. Their chassis are built by Ford at the Kansas City Assembly Plant. The ModVans CV1 is assembled in Ventura, CA, by an employee-owned, environmentally aware corporation that pays living wages and offers full benefits.
How to See the CV1
Modvans is based in Ventura, CA. If you'd like to see their vans you can attend the CampNation Expo or Schedule a demo directly with ModVans.
Where Does ModVans Camp?
Because their van will fit into almost any campground parking space, you can generally camp in your CV1 anywhere you would normally camp, plus you can camp in RV-specific campgrounds and campsites that include "hookups" for power, water and/or sewage. Some of their favorite places to camp include:
Adam Blair, the owner of Avalon RV, has been a presenter at Boot Camp since we began seven years ago. Over the years he has developed quite the array of demo props to share his wealth of information with with RV owners. If you arn't comfortable with a DIY solar project, Avalon RV can handle the install for you.
Adam will be presenting Boot Camp Workshops on everything from 12v DC basics to information on inverters and of course the basics of solar power and how you can outfit your RV. He will be onsite all weekend to interact with at his site. See the program of workshops here.
Avalon RV was founded in 2008 and specializes in repairing, restoring & customizing Airstream’s & other Vintage Trailers in addition to installing solar systems & doing repairs on all types of recreational vehicles and trailers.
Adam can custom design comprehensive solar systems for you and your needs. There are many options depending on your application. We can help you make the right choices. Avalon RV can attack most every aspect of RV resoration or repair. See all of their services here.
Adam and his crew are a vital part of our long term team of professional presenters. Reserve your campsite now.
When you NEED a generator, you REALLY NEED a generator! We are usually camping in a park with power, but not always. What about when the power goes out at home? It would be nice to have a backup power source for those occasions. The downside to a generator starts with the initial cost. Still, it was more about hauling a generator around and having gas to keep it running. The smell of gas, gas going bad, and what about leaks and spills? I always convinced myself I’d lived this long without one, until I discovered an option I didn’t even know existed!
It exists, and you already own it!
In an ideal world, you need a quiet, fuel-efficient engine to use as a power source. Not only does this perfect generator exist, but you already own it. CarGenerator uses your vehicles engine to produce 110v AC to power your RV or as a backup if you lose power at home. CarGenerator is safe and reliable, as it integrates a high-quality inverter into a complete plug-and-play package. It works with your car, and RV, or home electrical systems, even in wet weather! At only 11 pounds, this is the lightest generator you will ever lift.
CarGenerator vs inverter
You have probably seen inverters for sale online and in local electronics and auto stores. Is this the same idea as CarGenerator? An inverter is a primary component of CarGenerator. However, the specific inverter used, the patented weatherproof case, and high-quality jumper cables make up the complete package. The sealed case shields the inverter from wet weather, protecting the inverter, your car, and your home electrical systems from potential damage.
Is my vehicle made to run like this?
Chances are your car already spends a fair amount of time idling or crawling in traffic. Modern vehicles are designed different than the engines in older vehicles. Engine computer systems continuously adjust sensors to keep the engine at its safest and most efficient running conditions.
Ford has designed their F-150 trucks with a built-in generator
advertised to idle for 85 hours on a tank of fuel.
Is CarGenerator right for you?
If you require emergency power on a regular basis or large amounts of power, a traditional gas generator may still be your best option. A CarGenerator was designed to use a vehicle to produce emergency backup power. It is easy to store in your car or RV, just in case. CarGenerator isn’t a replacement for portable gas generators. But I found that it is a better alternative for the way we travel and our needs.
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Maybe you already have an RV restoration side hussle or business you'd like to grow?
Learn the ins and outs from a business owner with a thriving west coast vintage trailer restoration business. Whether you are building vans, Airstreams, overlanders rigs or business billboards like the Cremo Vintage Barbershop-the business principals are the same.
Two NEW Boot Camp Workshops
Denny Stone – Bio
Denny is the owner and chief designer at So Cal Vintage Trailer. With a style that merges mid-mod with tech and a bit of old school, Denny and the So Cal team has have been designing and building some of the country’s most sophisticated vintage trailers for nearly 15 years. So Cal Vintage has been featured in the Washington Post, New York Business Daily Insider, Vintage Camper Trailers Magazine and on numerous industry podcasts.
Denny grew up in a family of builders and designers, studied art and business, and spent a long career in business development and marketing. With a life-long love of modern furniture and architecture, Denny and the So Cal team of experienced craftsmen have built a business and brand that helps clients find, design and build their vintage trailer dream. One of Denny's goals for client projects is to create a look and feel that could have come out of a New York or Milan design studio in the ’50s or ’60s embedded with stealthy tech, materials, safety, and efficiency upgrades to support modern lifestyles and sensibilities.
Denny will be presenting these Boot Camp Workshops at the CampNation Expo August 11 and 12, 2023.
What if you didn’t have to plumb a toilet and black water tank into your next build but still had all of the convenience and cleanliness of a standard flush toilet? The Laveo portable electric toilet is waterless, odorless, chemical-free, low-maintenance, and compact.
When done, users push the flush button as they would with a traditional toilet. However, instead of requiring water, extensive plumbing, or expensive chemicals, the proprietary Laveo double-layered barrier bag automatically encloses urine and stool in a spill-resistant, odorless way. The dispenser automatically brings in new, clean barrier bag material for the next flush. Every time you flush, the barrier material lining the bowl is collapsed and twisted, essentially sealing the waste and compressing it into the bottom of the container. This patented process of sealing the waste in the barrier material ensures that there is nothing to see or smell. The Laveo™ by Dry Flush is an innovative and practical way to add a highly sanitary toilet to campsites, trailers, vans, and RVs without messy hook-ups.
We Welcome Laveo to the CampNation Expo!
Safe towing is a combination of the right components, regular maintenance, and an experienced or conscientious driver. Investing in the correct parts and upkeep before you travel will minimize issues while towing. When safe towing practices are brought up, we consider the trailer tires, bearings, and brakes. These are essential aspects of safe travel, but what about the tow vehicle?
When it comes to your tow vehicle, many items, like tires and brakes, need the same attention and upkeep as your trailer to function correctly. Your vehicle towing capacity is also critical to your ability to travel safely. A weight distribution system and sway control will help, but what can you do to your vehicle to make it more tow-worthy?
We looked into improving our ride in our 2017 RAM 2500 when we noticed unwanted sway when we had our Capri Camper on the truck. A washboard road would create a speed wobble that, at times a little scary. The truck has more than enough capacity for the lightweight camper. Most of the time, we also tow a vintage trailer or our 24’ enclosed events trailer. We didn’t like being worried about the speed wobble phenomenon on road trips, so we looked into our options to rectify it.
Better-than-stock shock absorbers and sway bars were the typical answers we found. These were not bad ideas, but we also found SumoSprings. They seemed to be explicitly designed to address what we were experiencing. They also seemed like a quick fix that I could do myself. Our truck has coil springs, but Super Springs International makes components for almost any application.
SumoSprings are not made from rubber. They are a progressive spring with a very soft initial engagement. As more weight is added, the harder they get and the more resistance they give. They provide support and control when you need it without affecting the factory ride when not you’re not loaded. I replaced the factory bump stops with the SumoSprings in about an hour with a few basic tools. (SSI also makes sumo springs for your trailer to reduce vibration and create a smoother ride.)
This one change to our suspension completely eliminated the issues we were experiencing. We can travel on washboard highways without slowing down to stop a wobble because the SumoSprings prevent the wobble/sway from even starting. This single improvement changed our ride. I ordered The SSI Super Coils to provide additional load support when we tow our bigger trailers.
This is probably the only improvement I have ever made to a tow vehicle. I am so impressed with how it changed our towing experience that I’m not opposed to investing in a sway bar or better shock absorbers. If those little SumoSprings can make that much of a difference, how much better can I make the ride by upgrading other components? I’ll keep you posted.
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