Georgie Boy RVs Now with OnStar Availability

PR Newswire | March 09, 2004

OnStar is increasing availability of its safety, security and peace of mind services in the recreational vehicle (RV) market by entering into new agreements with nine major RV manufacturers representing approximately 60 percent of RV production in North America.

Country Coach, Travel Supreme, Marathon, National, Tiffin, Forest River, Blue Bird, Featherlite and Georgie Boy are the latest RV manufacturers to offer OnStar’s Special Edition services as a factory option on their Class A motor homes. These RV manufacturers are actively installing OnStar hardware on vehicles currently in production. In only 15 months, over 1,300 RVs have been equipped with OnStar hardware. And over 90 percent of RV OnStar subscribers are renewing their OnStar service.

“OnStar features are a perfect match for today’s RV owners, who are constantly on the road,” says OnStar President Chet Huber. “OnStar provides RV owners safety and security with emergency services and travel assistance including door-to-door and point-of-interest locations. OnStar’s powerful three-watt Personal Calling phone with an outside antenna, superior reception and hands-free operation are also important to RV owners traveling to remote sites.”

OnStar is available on the following 13 RV manufacturers:
Country Coach
Travel Supreme
Forest River
Blue Bird
Georgie Boy

OnStar provides hardware systems to RV manufacturers through a distribution agreement with RiverPark Incorporated of Elkhart, Indiana. OnStar’s RV Special Edition services are provided at the touch of OnStar’s three-button system:

— The red emergency button connects on a priority basis with a live OnStar advisor and provides the vehicle’s GPS location. The advisor can contact a nearby emergency service provider to request emergency/safety/rescue personnel to the vehicle location or direct the driver to a nearby hospital or other emergency service point.

— The blue OnStar button connects with a live advisor who utilizes GPS data sent from the vehicle to help RV drivers find gas stations, request roadside services, find campgrounds, or gather information on millions of travel points of interest in the OnStar database.

— The white OnStar button allows RV owners to make phone calls throughout the U.S. and Canada using OnStar Personal Calling (OPC), an integrated hands- free, voice-activated cellular phone. Not unlike OnStar-equipped cars and trucks, RV owners can make or receive calls to and from friends and family while in far away places. Using OPC, the caller can also access OnStar Virtual Advisor, which provides the caller with local weather, sports, stocks, and location-based traffic reports. OPC and Virtual Advisor are available in most markets and require an OnStar OPC-enabled vehicle, existing OnStar service contract and prepaid calling minutes.

About OnStar

OnStar, available on a range of vehicles from seven auto manufacturers and 13 RV manufacturers, is the nation’s leading provider of in-vehicle safety, security and information services using the Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite network and wireless technology. OnStar RV Special Edition services include stolen vehicle assistance, emergency services, roadside assistance with location, route support, and convenience services. OnStar Personal Calling allows drivers to make and receive hands-free, voice-activated phone calls through a nationwide cellular network and access traffic and weather reports, as well as sports scores, stock quotes and news through Virtual Advisor. More information about OnStar can be found at . OnStar is a wholly-owned subsidiary of General Motors.

About RiverPark

RiverPark, Inc. was founded in 1981 as a national distributor of mobile audio products to the U.S. recreational vehicle industry. Over the years, RiverPark has increased its offerings to include a full line of electronics and at the same time expand into other OEM markets. The industries that they serve include recreational vehicles, van conversion, marine, manufactured housing, limousine, and specialty vehicle industries. In serving these markets, RiverPark has often sought alliances with major consumer electronics companies in order to develop products specifically designed for the OEM accounts that they serve. RiverPark distributes major lines including: OnStar, Bose, DHS, Eaton Vorad, KVH, Magellan, Samsung, Sony, and Visteon.