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#10462 - 01/12/13 08:23 AM RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY
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Here's something I've been thinking about doing for a little while. Every Saturday morning, I'll post various RV and camping news from around the country. Hopefully it's just something to enjoy reading. Maybe I'll talk to the higher ups about a new area for these. Thanks to Chuck Woodbury for letting me repost these. Let me know if you like this idea or not.

-The U.S. Forest Service reminds recreationists that their lands will be "fee free" on January 21 in conjunction with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

-Dubbed by one newspaper as "Traffic Cone Killing 101," Guaranty RV is offering a free RV driving school through this weekend at the Lane County Fairgrounds in Eugene, Oregon.

-Sussex County, Delaware officials are mulling over a proposal for a new RV resort between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach. If approved, the 162-acre site would provide 451 RV sites in addition to tent and cabin spaces, swimming pools, a canoe outfitter and more.

-The oldest continuously operating theme park in the U.S., Lake Compounce, in Bristol, Connecticut, wants to add an RV park. If approvals are granted, the new park could open with 100 RV sites with space for cabins and tents as early as Spring, 2014.

-Elkhart County, Indiana, RV manufacturing capital of the U.S., added 2,700 new jobs in 2012. The average wage in the county is $18.01.



Edited by mikhen (04/06/13 07:47 AM)
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#10487 - 01/19/13 07:22 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 1/19/13:

-In a move that could cause RVers gas pains, the president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has called on government to raise the federal gas tax. Thomas Donohue says it's time to, "quit fooling around" and raise taxes to support infrastructure improvements

-Winnebago says it will 'rocket' its way out of "survival mode" and into expansion. CEO Randy Potts told a newspaper reporter the company is planning on increasing its advertising and will also expand into building transit busses.

-A Pennsylvania man who suffered a stoke, had to undergo rehabilitation, and then had no place to live has caught a break from Greenwich Township officials. A local resident offered the man an RV to live in on the site of a former garage and local officials decided to allow it until he can find another place to live.
note from mikhen...this is in Berks County, not far from Cabelas..link to news article. Reading Eagle

-An RVer attempting to back up his Class C motorhome backed a bit-to-far and ended up in a canal near Dania Beach, Florida. The unidentified RVer was not hurt, but the same can't be said for the rig.


Edited by mikhen (01/19/13 08:35 AM)
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#10500 - 01/23/13 11:07 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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#10511 - 01/24/13 09:20 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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The should turn it into a boat/RV and be on the show Extreme RV's
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#10520 - 01/26/13 08:33 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 1/26/13

-The year 2012 goes down in Airstream's book as its best year ever. Sales for the sleek trailer-and-motorhome builder were up 16 percent from 2011, led by a 28 percent increase in Class B motorhome sales. Airstream has been in business for 81 years.

-KOA is looking for workkampers, and says it has scheduled a Work Kamper Boot Camp for March 20 in Branson, Missouri. Work Kamper members can attend free, non-members pay $20 but get a night of camping and free lunch. Learn More.

-Retail sales of towable RVs last November were flat — up less than one percent compared to the same month in 2011. Worst hit, park model sales were down nearly 35 percent, followed by pop-up sales, down 19 percent. Source: Statistical Surveys Inc.

-MARIETTA, Ohio -- So many recreational vehicles owned by those working in the oil and gas industry were parked at the Washington County fairgrounds from November 2011 to May 2012 that the Washington County Fair Board was required to declare the fairground's main parking lot a RV park, reports the Parkersburg News. In a licensing and permit process that started in October 2011 and was completed recently, former fair board member Bonnie Gill, current fair board member Frank Tucker and other fair board members worked to complete all necessary steps in the process, the news article says.Now that all permits, licenses and insurance have been received for the Washington County Midway RV Park near the fairground's main entrance, the Parkersburg News says the area can be used in multiple ways: as a RV park, parking lot and a midway for fair concessions, according to Gill.

-William and Mary K. Weiss of North Huntingdon, Pa. already had plans to camp more this year with the RV they purchased in 2012 at Clems’s Trailer Sales. They just never dreamed that after receiving $800 of free camping in 2012 with the purchase of that RV that they’d wind up winning another $500 of free camping for 2013 too! The Weiss family was recently named the winners of the fourth annual Very Special Camper Contest (VSC), sponsored by participating campgrounds and RV dealers in western Pennsylvania.

News from the weird
-A Victoria, Texas man had a really bad day recently: Convinced people were shooting at him, James Holt was arrested for firing his shotgun at the drug-inspired phantom shooters in his RV, and in the process evidently catching the RV's curtains on fire.

And Last But Not Least
-The Eastern Sports and Outdoors show slated to start February 2nd, in Harrisburg, Pa, has been postponed indefinitely. The promoter was forced to do so after hundreds of vendors, sponsors, and celebrities boycotted the show, after the announcement was made banning certain items from the show. A grass roots effort was started by Tom and Chas from MyNortheastOutdoors. The Facebook Page "Boycott The ESOS" went viral, and the rest is history.
As a result, and to help out the boycotting vendors, MyNEOD will launch a Virtual Outdoor Show on February 2nd. The virtual show will feature classified ads from the boycotting vendors. The classifieds will be found at www.myneoclassifieds.com
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#10544 - 02/02/13 08:53 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 2/2/2013

-Gulfport, Florida lawmakers are giving 50 RV owners what they consider a break. City law imposes property setbacks that the RVers can't meet when parking their rigs. Rather than erase the law, the city is allowing current owners who can't comply to apply for a variance but leaving the setbacks in place for future RV owners.mikhen's note...this is something to remember in case this happens where you live

-The year 2012 was the RV industry's best year since 2008, growing more than 13 percent in sales. So says the RV Industry Association.

-Start-up RV builder Grand Design Recreational Vehicles says it has delivered its first RV. The "Solitude" fifth-wheel went to an Anniston, Alabama dealer. Grand Design will also produce travel trailers and toy haulers.

-Nearly 100 homeowners in a Millsboro, Delaware mobile home park are worried they'll be homeless if park owners have their way. A proposal to turn Massey's Landing into a 575 site RV park could mean the mobile homes would go. Park owners say that such moves would be far into the future.

-Rod Livingston the inventor of Dry-Flush, a waterless toilet for RVs, says his firm has built nearly 300 of the units and sold almost 200. About being an inventor, Livingston says, "you just sort of get < UH OH ! - Censored > into it." We hope that doesn't happen with his invention.

-If you ever thought that in the world of propane cylinders, "There's nothing new under the sun," think again. How about an LP cylinder made, not from steel or aluminum, but from plastic and fiberglass? Sound a bit wild? Hang on, there's a company that sells them, and you might just want to consider them. See it here.

News from the weird
-When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a
Seattle street by s ucking on a hose, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline, but he plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had and the perp had been punished enough! puke

Virtual Sportsman Show
-The show is now open. Find it here.


Edited by mikhen (02/02/13 08:55 AM)
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#10572 - 02/09/13 09:18 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 2/9/2013

-New Orleans RV parks say the Super Bowl brought prosperity in the form of filled up sites this last weekend. Parks reported being packed to capacity with long waiting lists for a cancellation.

-Protect All, Inc., maker of RV cleaning products, has garnered two Readers' Choice awards. Trailer Life and Motorhome magazine readers voted the company tops in the cleaning and protection consumer product category.

-While Punxsutawney Phil tells East Coasters when spring is coming, the West relies on Mojave Maxine, a desert tortoise who lives at the Living Desert center near Palm Springs, California. So far Maxine hasn't yet poked her head out of her burrow – spring has yet to arrive.

-CAMP HILL, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) has announced the release of the 2013 edition of Explore Pennsylvania. The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give consumers the latest information in RV trends as well as promote PRVCA members, the PRVCA said today. This year’s publication features Pennsylvania farm markets, seasonal camping, tips on how to stay connected to the RV community, fun at America’s Largest RV Show and many more topics.If you would like to view Explore PA visit www.prvca.org and select “Explore PA Magazine.”

-Does anyone remember the Tv show "RV Today" with Stew Olsen? stew just released a new, 10 minute video. Very entertaining. Watch Stew here.
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#10599 - 02/16/13 08:22 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 2/16/2013

-Lewes, Delaware residents are noisily protesting a proposed 516-site RV park on Love Creek. At a recent zoning commission hearing, 110 people testified against the RV park plan, while none spoke in favor. The county council will take up the topic February 19.

-New Philadelphia, Ohio has no law on the books prohibiting people from living in RVs on private property — not yet, anyway. But the city council has asked a study be done on the issue, now that it has learned some in the city are doing it.

-The 2013 Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo will be held Feb. 21-24 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. A portion of all show proceeds will be donated to the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

- The NPS Digest notes: "For the National Park Service, the 112th Congress, which was in session over 2011 and 2012, was notable more for what was not accomplished than what was. In a departure from all other sessions in recent memory, the two-year Congress that ended on January 3rd did not authorize any new national park units, national heritage areas, wild and scenic rivers, national trails, wilderness areas, or studies of potential new designations.

-The Newmar Corporation advanced its giving to the RV Learning Center this week, donating $25,000 for the 2013 Annual Campaign, the RVDA announced today. To date, Newmar has donated $160,000 toward its overall pledge amount of $260,000. The RV Learning Center kicked off its FY13 fundraiser in October. Donations are necessary to fund the Learning Center’s many educational programs, designed specifically for RV dealership personnel. Emerging technology has transformed education and training, so donations to the RV Learning Center enable it to utilize leading technologies to maintain high standards while keeping training affordable and relevant for dealers and their staff, according to a press release from RVDA.

-3 new KOA's in Pennsylvania. Honesdale/Poconos KOA, Butler North KOA, and Jonestown KOA. mikhen's note...The new Jonestown KOA was formerly Lickdale Campground. The old Jonestown KOA is now just Jonestown Campground. Confusing but accurate.
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#10601 - 02/16/13 07:10 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Love the tidbits mikhen keep them coming :)

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#10602 - 02/17/13 03:47 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Thanx. I was wondering if anyone was actually reading these.
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#10604 - 02/17/13 05:00 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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These are great tidbits...thanks thumbs

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#10605 - 02/17/13 07:01 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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I know I read them they are very helpful. keep up the great job makhen.

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#10648 - 02/23/13 09:26 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 2/23/2013

-Hurricane Sandy has benefitted RV dealers. Dealers at the recent RV show at Atlantic City, New Jersey say some storm-displaced residents came shopping for RVs, tired of living in hotels.

-A Louisiana RV owner, Dan J. Bailey, Jr., has filed suit against National Interstate Insurance Company. Bailey's RV was storm damaged in June, 2012. His repair shop estimated nearly $17,000 in required repairs. National Interstate paid him $684.34 and refuses to pay more.

-An Australian RV company that was found guilty of copyright infringement has changed its name. Avida Motorhomes had called itself Winnebago Australia until the American RV firm took it to court last year.

-Want a half-ton pickup with a diesel engine? Chrysler says come fall you can buy a standard-duty Ram 1500 with a diesel power plant. Chrysler hopes to draw in 10,000 new customers in the first year of sales.

-Despite agreeing to adopt standards for tow-capacity tests, only one pickup manufacturer walks the talk. Toyota has adopted SAE tow test standards which all retailers in the U.S. agreed to do for 2013 models. America's Big Three say they distrust that their competition will fairly apply the test standards.

- CampingPa.com has released the sites available for the 2013 members weekend, set to take place at Mountain Vista Campground the weekend of August 2,3,4. Plenty of sites still remain for this great weekend, but hurry, there is a Pocono NASCAR race that weekend, so we have the sites reserved for a limited time.


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#10709 - 03/02/13 08:38 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 3/2/2013

-Deliveries of motorhomes from manufacturers to dealers rose 13.6 percent last year and are expected to climb by almost the same amount this year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association reports.

-HANOVER, Pa. -- Camping World of Hanover, located in Pennsylvania, is a new hugely expanded and renovated 'go-to' store with products to complement and enhance just about every outdoor or vacation activity, writes The Evening Sun.mike's note....I guess that answers my question from another thread)

-MEADVILLE, Pa. -- The Meadville KOA Campground is celebrating 35 years of serving camping families. Located 7 miles east of Meadville on Route 27, this one-time fish hatchery and auction barn is now a highly rated, award-winning KOA Campground.

-After being caught short on production of Class A motorhome chassis, Ford has announced it will jack up production of its 6.8 liter V-10 units by 25 percent this year.

-After a successful inaugural campaign in 2012, Go RVing’s “AWAY” national advertising campaign is back for its second year with integrated advertising now appearing in the nation’s top television, print and digital media outlets through November to help boost the RV industry’s resurgence, the RV Industry Association reported today.

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#10715 - 03/02/13 12:08 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Good info! Also answered my unasked question from the other thread!
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#10772 - 03/09/13 09:28 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 3/9/2013

-Will the nation's financial sequester chill RV sales? Mark Bowersox, the executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council says no. Says Bowersox, "Over the last couple years as the country has grown out of this recession is the fact that the American public seems to be getting more and more comfortable with the idea that they're not going to be totally comfortable anymore."

-A Wisconsin RVer who parked his pop-up trailer on Little Muskego Lake's ice for a fishing trip lost out in a big way. First the ice gave way, partially submerging the RV. One attempt at rescue saw the bottom half of the unit break through the ice again. A commercial recovery firm spent 10 hours retrieving the leftovers – and left the owner with a bill for $1,000 for the "rescue."

-February auction values for used RVs continued an upward climb. Motorhomes rang up by three percent at $37,258. Towables sold at an average of $9,771, up the same percentage as motorhomes. Source: Beggs Black Book.

-Trailer hitch manufacturer Cequent will pay its unionized Goshen, Indiana plant workers a $3.5 million "retention bonus" as they go ahead with plans to move their manufacturing plant to Mexico. Layoffs of 450 workers are another part of the aftermath of the decision.

-Camping World and Good Sam today announced plans to open a new supercenter of the national chain in the Valdosta, Ga., market in November. The location will be the company's first co-located, co-branded 150 site campground and rally park for the company.

-Wholesale RV shipments are expected to rise to 307,300 units in 2013, according to Dr. Richard Curtin’s latest projection in the Spring 2013 issue of RV Roadsigns, a quarterly forecast of RV deliveries to RV retailers published by the RV Industry Association.
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#10844 - 03/16/13 09:47 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 3/16/2013

-CROSS FORK, Pa. — The Corning Leader reports Quiet Oaks Campground will host the annual Smoked Country Jam June 20-22. According to the newspaper, the 10th annual event features national and regional performers that are scheduled to play 40 hours of music in three days.
The event is a benefit for the Lupus Foundation. Website

-Gary Burghoff, better known as Radar O'Riley in the M*A*S*H* TV show, is reportedly living in an RV and traveling from place to place. It's not because of economics (he owns a home in Connecticut), but because he loves traveling in his motorhome.

- EARLY, Texas -- On Monday morning, Vic Stacy was honored during Brown County Commissioners Court for assisting an Early police officer in July during the deadly shootings at Peach House RV Park, reports KTXS.Story

-YORK, Pa. -- For local couple Christine and James Cooper, the "lure of the open road" and a mutual love of camping brought them to the last day of York Campers World RV Show, held over the weekend at the York Expo Center, writes the York Daily Record. Sponsored by the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association, the 35th annual show boasted a total of 80 vendors and featured an estimated 200 recreational vehicles in a variety of styles, says the York Daily Record. According to Executive Director Beverly Gruber, attendance increased about 14 percent this year.

-Police in Hammond, New York are concerned the operator of North Country Cottages and Campground may have molested children at the park. Gerard "Jerry" Scime has been booked on one count of felony sexual abuse. People with information on other possible abuses should call (315) 379-2222.
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#10847 - 03/16/13 03:10 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Oh my word...........well , those are good tidbits, and sadly some very bad news for some campers. That is awful news about the New York campground. We often think of this when we are camping with our grandchildren, they are 5 and 14 and we NEVER leave them alone at a campground playground, EVER! not in today's world...thanks for the Tidbits Mike!
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#10862 - 03/16/13 05:40 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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stuff like that is all too common. Last year, there were cameras discovered at Otter Lake in the showers. we camped there shortly before they were discovered. We were supposed to get a letter from the police. Never saw one.
And, we don't hold the campground responsible at all. in fact, we have a 5 day weekend planned there for this April.
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#11061 - 03/23/13 08:06 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits from 3/23/2013

-GLENOLDEN BOROUGH, Pa. -- If you’re going to park your RV or boat in Glenolden Borough, you’re going to have to follow the rules, says the Delco News Network. Last week, the Glenolden council voted unanimously in favor of an ordinance establishing parking regulations for boats and recreational vehicles. The new ordinance mandates that residents will not be allowed to park oversized vehicles in their front yards, and that the vehicles are only permitted to be parked on all-weather surfaces like asphalt or crushed stone, writes the Delco News Network. Parking areas must be located off of borough streets, in the rearmost 50 percent of the property, and vehicles must be placed at least five feet away from side and rear property lines. In addition, vehicles cannot be inhabited by residents, must have current registration and insurance, and must be kept in “immediately usable” condition, says the Delco News Network.
Failure to follow the ordinance could result in fines. mikhen's note....I'm reading these news laws all too often. There are farming communities that have these ordinances in place.

-Camping World and Good Sam today expressed congratulations to their employee, Danni Allen, a 26-year-old advertising coordinator from Wheeling, Ill., and winner of the "The Biggest Loser: Challenge America," the NBC reality weight-loss competition now in its 14th season.

- In New Jersey, the Christie Administration announced yesterday that up to 78 unemployed state residents can be hired by the Department of Environmental Protection to help clean up and restore Sandy storm-damaged state parks through a National Emergency Grant obtained by the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

-The Statue of Liberty, closed since Hurricane Sandy, will reopen July 4 after a huge repair effort.

-A bill is sitting before the New York Assembly. If passed, the bill would prohibit registered sex offenders from entering or using campgrounds that allow overnight stays in the Empire State.

-Disney has a new policy: No kids under 14 allowed without an older person. The new rule affects all Disney parks and properties across the U.S. beginning this Saturday.

-China is hosting its sixth International RV and Camping Exhibition in Beijing March 21-24 with an expected crowd of 300,000.

-After working hard to make their system more self-sufficient, Kansas State Parks officials may get a nasty reality: The legislature is considering robbing a half-million dollars from their funds, built up by park rental cabin income. Ironically, few state funds went into the cabins' construction.

News of the Weird

-Australian camper van rental company Wicked Campers may face police action after refusing to remove "offensive" slogans from its rental fleet. The rigs with graffiti-style paint are known for controversial artwork and slogans. A tame version? "Mary had a little lamb. Her father shot it dead. Now it goes to school with her. Between two bits of bread."

-Larry and Diana Moyer set out in November from Beaver Dam, Wis., in their oversized RV to spend some warm days in St. Petersburg, Fla. Since they travel with their pets, Jack (Diana's "service" kangaroo) and Edward (an elderly goat that uses a cart for mobility because of front-leg paralysis), their route south was circuitous because of some states' restrictions on "exotic" pets. The RV broke down three times. In Florida, Larry had a stroke and was hospitalized for two days. Then, a fuse box short-circuited, and the RV burned up, torching their money and ID. Diana was hospitalized for smoke inhalation. With Red Cross help, they found a motel that accepted goats (but not kangaroos, so Jack went overnight to a wildlife facility). At press time, according to a Tampa Tribune report, the couple had bought a junk car and were headed home, with Jack curled up in Diana's lap.
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#11063 - 03/23/13 08:34 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Interesting tidbits this week Mikhen! Thanks for sharing. This week's tidbits were a nice variety and good to know. Shocking that registered sex offenders can stay in campgrounds as of now...campgrounds where children roam unattended ( as well they should to a degree ) .....makes campgrounds a proverbial buffet for those types of criminals. Scarey
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#11189 - 03/30/13 07:55 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 3/30/2013

-The Senate passed a Budget Resolution March 23 that calls for replacing sequester cuts with a combination of different spending cuts and tax increases, and would effectively cut $30 million from the National Park System budget if President Obama signs off on the deal. According to the National Parks Conservation Association, the cuts are in addition to $130 million in losses imposed by the budget sequester.

-RV park owners could be held accountable when their guests illegally download copyrighted material using the park's WiFi system. Under a plan created by the Center for Copyright Information, if a WiFi system owner receives six warnings of copyright violation, he or she could be hauled into court or have his or her Internet bandwidth reduced.

-Stoltzfus RV and Marine, a full-service recreation vehicle and boat dealership based in West Chester, Pa., has added the full line of Class A and Class C motorhomes from Winnebago Industries Inc. to its inventory.

-Winnebago Industries Inc. reported surprisingly strong profit on Thursday (March 28), suggesting the growing confidence among U.S. consumers is shared by the 50 and older crowd, the prime demographic for the No. 1 U.S. maker of motorhomes.

-FORT WASHINGTON, Pa. -- Eastern National has announced the release of the Android version of the Passport To Your National Parks mobile phone application, available for free in the Google Play store. An iPhone version of the application was released last year.

-John DiPietro, with RV Insights, interviewed KOA Chairman Jim Rogers today at the Northeast Campground Association convention.
Rogers was the keynote speaker at today's opening session. During that meeting, he noted at only 15 percent of the American population actually goes camping -- something he believes shows there is tremendous opportunity for campground owners and suppliers.
However, he also noted that the outdoor industry may miss a huge opportunity if they don't do a better job trying to align with some minority populations.

-Kampgrounds of America Inc (KOA) graduated 39 new KOA owners representing 23 campgrounds during two sessions in February and March at its KOA University in Billings, Mont.

-Airstream Inc. was named as the winner of the 2013 Readers’ Choice Award by About.com in the RV or camper category. According to About.com’s website, the Jackson Center, Ohio-based trailer and motorhome builder rated as the readers’ top choice followed by Keystone RV Co. and Forest River Inc. Runners-up included Leisure Travel Vans, a division of Triple E RV Ltd., and Cruiser RV LLC.

-PetHub.com has introduced an electronic tracking device that offers RVers a nationwide system for locating missing cats and dogs. According to a press release, the service works off of a “physical ID tag” that links to the pet’s free online profile.

-Campground operators narrowly avoided the imposition of a new National Electric Code (NEC) code requirement, thanks to proactive efforts by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and its industry partners, the association announced today.
A proposal to the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) National Electric Code (NEC) suggested a new code requirement that would have required campground operators to ground each electrical pedestal with copper grounding rods at a cost of $70 to $100 each. mikhen's note...being a licensed electrician for many years, that price seems "a little" high. At $70-100 each, i think i should go into business installing ground rods.

-Wholesale shipments of RVs were up in February compared to February, 2012. Class C motorhomes led with sales ahead by nearly 53 percent, followed closely by travel trailers, up 51 percent. Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association

News from the Weird

-Live Oak, Florida – Live Oak Police say they arrested a man for making meth within Live Oak city limits. Andrew James Britt was arrested when police discovered he was making meth in a camper in a stranger’s yard. The caller told police someone had been living in a camper in their yard without their permission. Inside the camper, police found Britt sleeping next to paraphrenalia that they say indicated that he was operating a methamphetamine manufacturing laboratory – right there in the camper.

my favorite story this week..
-When state Fish and Wildlife agents recently found a black bear passed out on the lawn of Baker Lake Resort, there were some clues scattered nearby — dozens of empty cans of Rainier Beer.
The bear apparently got into campers’ coolers and used his claws and teeth to puncture the cans. And not just any cans.
“He drank the Rainier and wouldn’t drink the Busch beer,” said Lisa Broxson, bookkeeper at the campground and cabins resort east of Mount Baker.
Fish and Wildlife enforcement Sgt. Bill Heinck said the bear did try one can of Busch, but ignored the rest. The beast then consumed about 36 cans of Rainier.
A wildlife agent tried to chase the bear from the campground but the animal just climbed a tree to sleep it off for another four hours. Agents finally herded the bear away, but it returned the next morning.
Agents then used a large, humane trap to capture it for relocation, baiting the trap with the usual: doughnuts, honey and, in this case, two open cans of Rainier.
That did the trick.
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#11193 - 03/30/13 08:30 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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#11194 - 03/30/13 09:36 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Love the tidbits but especially the weird news this week. Who would have thought that you would have to lock up your beer from kids and bear. On a good note is that no one was hurt wile the bear was on the campground.

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#11208 - 03/31/13 03:42 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Thats too funny!
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#11323 - 04/06/13 08:33 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 4/6/2013

-Twin Grove Campground, Pine Grove, Pa, is no longer affiliated with KOA. the owner owns other campgrounds that are not KOA and they are doing fine. He felt that Twin Grove was established enough to break away on it's own. Same staff, same owner, same great campground.
In addition, Twin Grove will honor the KOA value rewards card for this year. Also, Twin Grove will start offering discounts for AARP, AAA, and Good Sam. To find out what other discounts are available, please call the campground. mikhen's note.....Thanx to Dianescraps for mentioning this on the forum. And thank you to Twin Grove for providing this information.

-The Pa Campground Owners Association, Pcoa, will be at The Lehigh Valley Zoo's 2013 grand opening, today, April 6 from 10-4. You can pick up your free campground directory, a coloring book for the kids, and a hot and toasty Smores. For more info, visit the [url=www.lvzoo.com]ZOO.[/url] mikhen's note....the Lehigh Valley Zoo is an expensive, fun family day trip. Not so big that the little ones get tired out. A yearly visit for us.

-Guests at Hidden Acres RV Park in Aransas Pass, Texas are in the dark after the park manager vanished – reportedly with early rent and utility payments. The local power company pulled the plug because of an unpaid bill, according to campers. The manager told guests she needed early payments to help pay for a vacation.

-Spring has officially arrived: The first buffalo calf of the year, a bull, has been born in South Dakota's Custer State Park. About 400 calves are expected this year, most in May.

-London TV station WAG-TV is looking for American families interested in taking an RV adventure of a lifetime. Families interested in being considered for the show are encouraged to e-mail Henry at castings@wagtv.com with the subject "RV Roadtrip." Applicants should include photos of the family members, a description of their family and why they think they would be great for the show. E-mailed applications must be received by April 19.

-The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new proposal that would sharply cut gasoline and tailpipe emissions, a move that would essentially mandate California’s stricter air-quality laws in all 50 states. The EPA estimates that under the proposed rule, which calls for the reduction of sulfur in gasoline and stricter car-emission standards scheduled to start in 2017, gas prices would rise by less than a penny per gallon and tack $130 onto the cost of a new vehicle by 2025. The payoff for these changes, according to the EPA, is billions of dollars in reduced health costs by 2030.

-Good Sam Enterprises LLC today (April 4) announced a partnership with Rand McNally to launch a suite of navigation products designed “to meet the needs of today’s outdoor consumer,” according to a press release. “Today’s consumer has made it clear they want to increase their ease of learning about and navigating to the places they want to visit and the areas where they participate in the activities they love,” noted Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam.

-Thousand Trails is giving outdoor enthusiasts a chance to get out and camp with the “Gear Up and Camp” sweepstakes. According to a press release, one camper will win a free week of camping and a camping gear package, with a combined value of $1,100. Sweepstakes entrants will also be entered for a chance to win one of four second place prize packages, and one of 30 third place prize packages daily.

News from the Weird sorry, not camping related this week

-An entire troupe of performing fleas has fallen victim to the freezing temperatures currently gripping Germany.
Flea circus director Robert Birk says he was shocked to find all of his 300 fleas dead inside their transport box Wednesday morning.
The circus immediately scrambled to find and train a new batch so it could fulfill its engagements at an open-air fair in the western town of Mechernich-Kommern.
Michael Faber, who organizes the fair, told The Associated Press that an insect expert at a nearby university was able to provide 50 fleas in time for the first show Sunday.
Faber says he hopes they'll "get through this without any more fatalities."
Birk said it was the first time his circus had lost all of its fleas to the cold in one go.



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Trained fleas eh? right!!
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#11451 - 04/13/13 08:36 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits from 4/13/2013

-A California court judge has ruled that a driver using a GPS system on a mobile phone was guilty of "driving while using a cell phone." The judge concluded that using a phone for anything is a violation of the intent of the law and keeps the driver distracted.

-What causes more accidents than texting while driving? Daydreaming. Erie Insurance Group studied fatality accident reports and found drivers are five times more likely to crash when daydreaming than while texting.

-Has your motorhome been crash-tested? Bailey Motorhomes of the U.K. says it has completed a series of crash tests to check braking systems and body shell strength. Testers used dummies for authenticity and found the shell survived well, but passengers need better protection inside coaches against furniture that may shift in transit or have sharp edges.

-A proposed 150-site RV park at Massey's Landing in Delaware is under fire from a local homeowners association. The association claims park traffic would create gridlock, impact wildlife and wetlands, and increase crime "generated by large numbers of transient people with no vested interest in the surrounding areas."

- Airstream is expected to announce that it will build a new generation of its trademarked Land Yacht trailers, based on a concept developed with Italian yacht designer Mauro Micheli, writes the Wall Street Journal.

- Viewers of the April webisode of AmericanRVer.com will have the opportunity to learn about several iPad apps to make their RVing life easier while traveling, in RV Tips and Tricks, hosted by Ron and Sandy Jones, American RVer has announced.

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#11561 - 04/20/13 07:51 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 4/20/2013

-KOA's new digital directory The digital edition of the 2013 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) directory is now available in a book-like online format that allows campers to virtually “turn the pages” of the book to view KOA’s popular camping aid and atlas, according to a news release. The Digital Directory, available at www.koa-directory.com, uses a service called Uberflip to provide users with a book-like reading experience on their computers, mobile devices and smart phones.

-Classified ad site RV Trader.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, has released “Get Best Price” – a new option available for dealer inventory listings. According to a press release, the feature assists dealers with map pricing and “increases the likelihood RV shoppers and buyers will interact with dealers on the site.”

-The RV industry history book by RV/MH Hall of Fame historian Al Hesselbart has been accepted for digital publication and is now available for Amazon Kindle readers, the RV/MH Hall of Fame announced today. "The Dumb Things Sold...Just Like That" features stories of the evolution of each different type of recreational vehicle and short biographies of many of the early pioneers and visionaries that have led the growth and development of the RV industry, according to Hesselbart.

-Seniors shouldn't get a pass into national parks for $10. That opinion aired by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). Speire told National Park Service Chief Jonathan Jarvis that the country can't afford deals for America's seniors with the nation's parks facing a $153 million budget gap.

-Last year's 18,000-acre wildfire in Arizona's Tonto National Forest was started when a camper fired an incendiary shotgun shell. The shooter, Steven Shiflet, has been sentenced to two years' probation for starting the fire near Sycamore Creek.

News From the Weird

-The mysterious human remains found buried in the Anchor Inn RV Park in Port Orford have been tentatively identified as Charles Owen Starks, The Coos Bay World reported today.
Last week, investigators working with the Social Security Administration arrested Starks’ son, Corey Theodore Starks, in connection with the remains, says The Coos Bay World.
The Coos Bay World reports that Corey Starks allegedly admitted to burying his father beneath a trailer in the park in March 2010, after the 71-year-old man died of natural causes. Starks said he continued to receive and cash his father’s Social Security checks.
The human remains were discovered March 11 by a maintenance crew refurbishing the park.

-Officials at the Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester, Massachusetts, apologized after they locked the local high school rowing team up in the park. Team practice ran late — 15 minutes after the 5:30 p.m. closing time. Members found park gates locked and had to call for help.

-Officers were checking on a man on Tuesday afternoon after somebody reported they saw a body in the Swampoodle Creek in Texarkana, Texas.
The officers found a man, later identified as Ihab El Mahmoud of Orlando — and he was very much alive: He allegedly punched the officers after they attempted to check on him, according to police.
The 28-year-old man had been sleeping in the creek.
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#11579 - 04/22/13 06:35 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Good tidbits...I especially like reading the strange ones LOL, human behavior never ceases to amaze me. Thanks Mike!
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#11622 - 04/27/13 08:59 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 4/27/2013

- Good Sam announced today that it will be launching a new web-based trip planning service this summer. The Good Sam Trip Planner, which will be available exclusively to Good Sam Club members, will be a comprehensive road trip planning tool featuring both routing and access to information about thousands of RV parks and campgrounds as well as points of interest across the U.S.

-COLUMBIA, S.C. — Gov. Nikki Haley and S.C. Parks, Recreation and Tourism Director Duane Parrish recognized Cox Industries President and CEO Mikee Johnson for his love for the Boy Scouts and his role in spearheading the 600 Tables in 60 Days project, reports The Times and Democrat.
According to the news report, the project’s aim was to build 600 new picnic tables within 60 days and to place them in the state parks.
The article says Cox provided the state park service and the Boy Scouts of America the material needed for the tables — including lumber, nuts, bolts and screws — and shipped them to supply stores or lumber yards near the state parks.
The effort is valued at more than $100,000, The Times and Democrat says.

- The Broken Spoke Campground in Sturgis, S.D., has early bird camping spots available now for just $159 per person for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2013, which will be held July 29 – Aug. 11. This includes free access to all of the concerts, the World’s Largest Biker Pool with hot tubs, and more contests and entertainment, hosted by emcee Jack Schit.

-BILLINGS, Mont. – It’s been a long, long winter of waiting for Marcia Maslyn. The Clifton Springs, N.Y. camper was the big winner of Kampgrounds of America’s 50th Anniversary Giveaway Contest. Her name was drawn from more than 120,000 entries in October 2012, and she was informed that she was the winner of a new $40,000 Keystone RV Company recreational vehicle.

-One of KOA’s most popular campgrounds – the Las Vegas KOA at Circus Circus – is being featured on the Travel Channel’s “Top 5” Series. The segment was part of Travel Channel’s popular “Top 5” series that featured unique ways to go camping around America. The episode originally aired Thursday, April 18, but will appear in encore episodes throughout the summer.

- Latinos Post reports that the volcanic system underneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming is a lot bigger than previously believed, said researchers during a presentation at the annual meeting of the Seismological Society of America.
Computer models of Yellowstone's dormant volcano indicate the magma chamber beneath the surface is a continuous space, not separate chambers, and that the space is about 50 percent larger than scientists expected, says Latinos Post.
The new estimate, according to a report by LiveScience, is that the magma chamber is about 37 miles long, 18 miles wide, and three to seven miles deep. The chamber is the source of the park's hydrothermal springs and geysers and is responsible for the elevated surface formations seen throughout the park, writes Latinos Post.

News From The Weird

-A man accused of spying on female campers while they used a campground latrine was arrested last weekend. Clackamas County deputies said Richard Berkey, 63, was spotted by campers in a latrine area at the Big Fan Campground near Bagby Hot Springs in Estacada.
After he was seen hiding in dense foliage, Berkey was chased down and tackled by Jason Dugan, who was camping with friends, according to deputies. Dugan then tied the man to a tree until police arrived, after they were called 2 hours later.

-Huge Head Found In River....A huge foam and fiberglass head was discovered floating in New York's Hudson River by a college crew team earlier this week, and days later nobody knows where it came from.
The head, which is at least 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide, was found Monday morning by the Marist College men's crew team.
"The coach, who is in a motorboat, took a quick spin out and investigated it, and was as baffled as anyone by what he saw," said Greg Cannon, spokesman for Marist College. "But because it was a navigation hazard, he felt it was his duty to haul it in. It took about 10 members of his team to haul it in."
Because it was waterlogged, it weighed "at least a couple hundred pounds," he said. The head -- which has a foam core but is covered in a fiberglass shell and has metal rods in it -- has had a home in front of the Marist boathouse since it was dragged from the water.

-The mountain jungles of Vietnam are home to a new breed of "vampire"—a "flying" tree frog dubbed Rhacophorus vampyrus.
First found in 2008, the 2-inch-long (5-centimeter-long) amphibian is known to live only in southern Vietnamese cloud forests, where it uses webbed fingers and toes to glide from tree to tree.
Adults deposit their eggs in water pools in tree trunks, which protects their offspring from predators lurking in rivers and ponds.
"It has absolutely no reason to ever go down on the ground," said study leader Jodi Rowley, an amphibian biologist at the Australian Museum in Sydney.
However, that trick isn't what earned the species its bloodsucking name. Rather, it's the strange curved "fangs" displayed by its tadpoles, which the scientists discovered in 2010.


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#11733 - 05/04/13 10:18 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 5/4/2013

-After a raucous session of public testimony, Marion, Iowa, city commissioners voted down a measure that would have restricted RV parking on private property. One councilman said he felt strongly that "My property, my rights," should prevail. mike's note....my thoughts exactly

-Maddy, a long-haired black cat, was lost by an RVing family in Elma, Washington, two or three years ago. Now Maddy has been recovered from a feral cat colony and rescuers want to reunite her with her family. All that's known is the RVers had lived in the Seattle area and also owned a small dog. They may have a son living in the Montesano, Washington, area. Know anything? Call (360) 292-0401 to help.

-ST. FRANCOIS XAVIER, Manitoba -- The owner of Winnipeg West KOA Campground in St. Francois Xavier says he's bitter that farmers in the area want more compensation for the 2011 flood, yet he hasn't received any money, writes CBC.ca.
Has Koria's campground was destroyed by flooding in the spring of 2011, says CBC.ca.
Koria said he could not open the campground that summer, and he also lost part of the 2012 camping season when he spent nearly $250,000 to repair the damage. That money was spent without any financial assistance from the Manitoba government, he said.

-- Jayco, Inc. announced today that it is entering the gasoline-powered Class A motorhome market with the launch of a new product line called Precept. The Precept Class A motorhome will initially be available in two models, 29-foot and 31-foot, and will be sold through authorized Jayco motorhome dealers worldwide, according to John Ganyard, vice president and general manager of the Jayco Motorhome Group.

- RV owners will be on the road in a big way this spring and summer to enjoy time outdoors with family and friends, according to a new Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners conducted by RVIA.
The latest survey reveals that 71 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than they did last year, and 21 percent say they’ll use theirs the same amount. Just 5 percent said they’ll use their RV less.
The survey of 378 RV owners was conducted by RVIA and Cvent from March 29 through April 22 and has a margin of error of 4.7 percent.

-Introduction to recreation vehicle service, a distance learning course offered through Northampton Community College in partnership with the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA), delves into the workings of a typical RV dealership service center and exposes the student to the skills necessary to function within a dealership environment.
The course, which runs May 20 to June 23, is completed online with homework, quizzes and hands-on assignments required. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion from Northampton Community College.

News from The Weird

-An RV, described only as "white," driven by a "man wearing black motorcycle leathers, having long gray pigtails, and walking with a limp," is alleged to have started seven grass fires near Kalispell, Montana. Said to be dragging a sparking piece of metal, the rig is accused of setting 50 acres ablaze a week ago Friday.

-The goal of the “GoosInator,” a $2,800 DayGlo orange drone of foam, plywood and plastic is to “have parks that are usable, where people can put down a blanket without getting goose goo everywhere,” reports the Wisconsin State Journal.
The remote-control predator was tested last fall and WSJ reports Madison’s conservation supervisor then recommended its purchase.
The robot is pushed by an electric motor, about the size of the motor in a ceiling fan but much noisier (90 decibels).

-RISING SUN, Ind. -- Production of the Roman Jossart horror film "The Campground" will begin May 14 at the Little Farm RV Resort in Rising Sun, reports the Ohio Country News.
Ohio Country News says the film has two fundraising events scheduled. For one, "The Campground" will be hosting Zombie Photo Op Car washes. For $5 you can have your car washed while you listen to DJ Crew and have your picture taken with zombies.

-WINFIELD, W.Va. -- A Belle woman is suing Burdette Camping Center Inc. of Winfield for injuries she sustained from a runaway camper, reports the West Virginia Record.
On June 16, 2011, Mary Ann Pritt was a business invitee on the defendant’s property when she went inside a camper to have a look around, according to a complaint filed April 12 in Putnam Circuit Court.
Pritt claims while she was touring the camper it began to roll across the parking lot.
The West Virginia Record reports that fearing the camper would roll over a hillside, Pritt ran to the front of the camper and jumped out the door, which caused her to sustain injuries, according to the suit.
Pritt claims Burdette owed a duty to her and the general public to act with reasonable care, so as to prevent the camper from moving while customers were inside, writes the West Virginia Record.
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--CAMP HILL, Pa. -- Governor Tom Corbett has proclaimed the month of May as Recreation Vehicle and Camping Month in Pennsylvania for the 23rd straight year, the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) announced today.
Governor Corbett states, “The unique sites, history, and culture of Pennsylvania can be discovered by the entire family from the comfort and convenience of recreational vehicles,” and he encourages “all citizens to pursue their passions and escape with their families on the road across the farthest reaches of our state.”
RVing and camping continues to be a strong force for Pennsylvania’s economy. From campgrounds that extend to the outermost corners of the state to RV dealerships, suppliers, distributors and service providers, Pennsylvania is an example of how people embrace the joys and benefits of RVing, says the PRVCA.

-SOMERSET COUNTY, Pa. -- On Tuesday, Somerset County commissioners ratified a tax assessment appeal settlement with FTCA, the former owner of the Fleetwood manufacturing plant, during their regular meeting, reports Daily American Online.
As a result of the settlement, the county will have to refund $391.68 to the company and Somerset Borough will have to refund $57.96.
Daily American Online reports that FTCA sold the property to Jenny Products Inc. of Somerset, commonly called Steam Jenny, for $2,250,000 on July 3. The plant was once home to Fleetwood Folding Trailers. The company’s name was changed to FTCA when it was acquired by Blackstreet Capital of Bethesda, Md., in 2008.


-GARDNERS, Pa. -- No injuries were reported after a rental camper at the Mountain Creek Campground in Gardners started on fire Monday morning, reports the Carlisle Sentinel.
Dickinson Township Fire Chief Greg Bretzman said the cause of the fire was attributed to an electrical failure in a refrigerator inside the camper.
the rental property was unoccupied at that time, he reported.

-WEYBURN, Saskatoon -- The family of a four-year-old Saskatoon girl recently received a brand new Sportsman camper purchased by the Children's Wish Foundation from Minard's Leisure World in Weyburn, reports mysask.com.
mysask.com says Morgyn Moule was born with a condition called pulmonary artesia, which is a form of congenital heart disease that inhibits the proper forming of the pulmonary valve. In her short life, Morgyn has had two open heart surgeries, as well as three balloon catheters.
Jennie-Lee Moule, Morgyn's mother, said it was exciting to be able to give her daughter a wish.
"We had told her that she could pick anything she wanted and we put different things in her mind," said Moule. "When she said a camper we were pretty excited because that is something we can use every year and spend time as a family over and over again, instead of just one trip."

- America's wholesale recreation vehicle (RV) shipments shot up 11 percent in the first quarter of 2013, fueled by strong consumer response to the versatility, affordability and innovative designs of new models, according to market data collected by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Shipments for all of 2013 are projected to total 307,300, an increase of 7.5 percent from 2012. This growth projects to an 85 percent increase from the RV industry's recession low in 2009, and would mark the first time shipments surpassed 300,000 units since 2007, according to RVIA President Richard Coon. Shipments rose 13.3 percent in 2012.

-Industry supplier Dometic USA announced that it has identified a potential condition related to its 9100 Power Awnings, Weatherpro Awnings and Motor Service Kits and has initiated a recall and replacement of all the affected power awning units.

-A second campground in Saratoga County operated by Saratoga Springs-based Morgan RV Resorts has been reassigned new management by the state Supreme Court as foreclosure proceedings get under way. The Saratogian reported that the campground, American Camping Resort, more commonly known as the NASCAR RV Resort at Adirondack Gateway, is in Gansevoort and is home to 150 seasonal recreational vehicle sites.


News from The Weird

-SALEM, Ore. -- The Statesman Journal reports that a man awakened by what he thought was a prowler accidentally shot himself in the jaw early Tuesday morning at Phoenix RV Park in Salem, the Marion County Sheriffs Office said.
Frank R. Moore and his wife live in an RV at the park.
Sometime before 4 a.m., Moore woke up to sounds outside of the RV. He told officials he armed himself with a .22 caliber rifle before he went to investigate. He allegedly tripped in the dark and shot himself in the jaw, writes the Statesman Journal.

-WEST POINT, Ky. -- The family-run Knob Creek Gun Range and campground has been famous among gun lovers for a long time, but TravelersToday reports now, with a new reality-television show on CMT, "Guntucky," the Sumner family is getting a national platform.
Biff Sumner, Jr. bought the land that makes up the gun range in 1963. It sits on the edge of the woods surrounding the Fort Knox Army Base about 20 miles south of Louisville, Ky. According to TravelersToday, today the range attracts more than 16,000 people, who travel from all over the world, to participate in its bi-annual Machine Gun Shoot.

-Visiting guests from Texas staying in a cabin in Colorado were awakened from a deep sleep with loud sounds in the kitchen, as if someone was ‘cleaning’ out under the sink with the sink water faucet flowing. When the kitchen light was turned on, the guest observed a big, brown, furry, 3-foot wide butt sticking out from under the sink. Being disturbed by the light coming on, the unwelcomed guest stood at least 6 foot tall with a lot of brown, scraggly fur.
Upon retreating to the back bedroom and announcing, “There’s a bear in the kitchen,” 911 was called. The 911 operator instructed the caller and occupants to remain in the back bedroom” as officers responded. Within five minutes, Basalt police officers arrived on scene, conducted a cautious perimeter search, and determined the point of entry to the kitchen was through the 20 inch wide by 33 inch high window, five feet off the ground. The home invader, a adolescent brown bear, was no longer in the house.
It was determined the screen window over the sink was left opened approximately four inches. The bear determined the smell of four peaches, one banana, two lemons, and the scent of previously making apricot and raspberry jelly as well as the trash under the sink was just too appetizing to not come inside. The window was forced open and the screen was ripped and torn away to the outside.
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#11813 - 05/11/13 10:46 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Good tidbits Mike, as always, I enjoyed the bear story....we used to have black bears visit us regularly when we first built our home, but hunters took out the bears the third year we were here and we have not seen any evidence of them since. I actually miss them!
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#11912 - 05/18/13 08:54 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 5/18/2013

-HERSHEY, Pa. -- In celebration of its 50th anniversary, Hershey Highmeadow Campground is now Hersheypark Camping Resort. Guests visiting the camping resort will now be fully immersed in the Hershey experience, including renaming camping areas to reflect areas of the park and the main road, formerly Matlack Road, is now appropriately named Sweet Street.
These and other touches make it clear visitors are in Hershey -- The Sweetest Place On Earth, the resort noted in a press release. Opened May 16, 1963, the camping resort has grown from 50 sites and one bathhouse to a full-service facility with more than 300 sites that meet the needs of all campers – from tent sites to RV sites to cabins (including log, extended log and deluxe cabins).

-CAMP HILL, Penn. -- The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association is asking the state legislature to modify a law that allows Sunday RV sales during exhibitions, shows and rallies.
Current law generally prohibits RV sales on Sundays, Rebecca Lennington, PRVCA executive director, told RV Daily Report. But, there is a provision for RV sales to occur during RV shows. The problem, she said, is that some RV dealers are using the law to sell RVs at shows on their lot every Sunday.
"The proposal is not limiting RV sales on Sunday, but clarifying the number of Sundays an RV dealership may be open to sell motorhomes and travel trailers," she said, noting that auto dealers are prohibited from conducting sales and no exemptions are in place for those dealers. "PRVCA has supported the law that restricts Sunday sales, because it provides a day of rest in a busy schedule. PRVCA also supported the legislature's change a few years ago to the law that actually opened up Sunday sales at exhibitions, shows, rallies."

-El Monte RV has teamed up with Thousand Trails campgrounds and Encore RV Resorts to create “all-inclusive” RV getaways, according to a press release. The getaway includes an RV rental from any El Monte RV location nationwide with overnight campground accommodations at over 170 locations, unlimited mileage and free generator use for as low as $99 per night.

- Yoko Ono Lennon cut the ribbon on the new John Lennon Educational Tour Bus at a ceremony held at the Museum of Liverpool, reports. The coach, built by Ketterer Spezialfahrzeuge AG, will provide a further musical base of operations for the organization.

-SALISBURY, N.C. -- Salisbury authorities are looking for the person or persons who stole the white 2006 Travel Star camper that belonged to the Rowan County Rescue Squad. The camper was last seen on April 29 around 3 a.m.
Officials say surveillance video showed a dark-colored vehicle back up to the camper. Someone hooked it up and the vehicle drove away. The camper had been given to the Rescue Squad during Hurricane Katrina, and is valued at $8,000, says the Salisbury Post.


News From The weird

-LANCASTER, Ohio -- Imagine flying 15 feet in the air at 29 mph and watching the water rush by. That’s what Jet Pack Water Adventures customers will get to experience this summer at Lakeview RV Park in Lancaster, says the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.
“It’s a thrilling experience,” company owner Jeremy Primmer said. “You can walk on water, fly under the water, do doughnuts or fly with no hands. And you get the feeling of weightlessness.”
Primmer will offer flights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the park.
The 30-minute flights cost $260, and includes the use of a life jacket and wet or dry suits, says the Lancaster Eagle Gazette.

-Dennis Alfieri, 50, was charged in federal court in Utah on Monday with wandering around the Cobble Rest Campground in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest nude while carrying a pistol and yelling at a river, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
According to court documents, Alfiere was wearing only a holster for his gun and a witness said he had been walking around the camping area at all hours of the night shouting at the river.
Rangers found the man, who appeared to be drunk, according to court documents.
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#12097 - 05/25/13 07:39 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 5/25/2013

- CAMP HILL, Pa. -- America’s Largest RV Show, held in Hershey, Pa., is preparing for another record breaking year, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association reported today.
“I am pleased to report that space sales at the time of this year’s show drawing has not only exceeded last year’s show drawing, but total space sales from the 2012 show,” said Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA executive vice president, at the 45th annual show drawing. The event, which gives manufacturer and booth vendor representatives the opportunity to select their company’s location in the show, was held May 8 at the Hershey Lodge.

- Are you RVing this weekend? According to RV industry speculation, your rig has joined about 5.8 million RVs on the road, used by an estimated 14 million Americans.

- Good Sam Club members will lose their official club magazine, Highways, this February. While the magazine will vanish, it will live on in the form of a thin quarterly "insert" in Trailer Life and Motorhome magazines. Good Sam members can choose which of the two magazines they wish to receive. They will only get the four annual issues, not full subscriptions to the magazines.

- Winds hit Milford State Park in Kansas hard last weekend. Several RVs were damaged, one overturned by winds estimated at 75 mph. Rescuers used ladders to rescue a slightly injured couple in the turnover incident.

- Want to preview a potential scenic route – and feel like you're "gliding slightly above the road?" That's the claim that "myscenicdrives.com" makes of its new trip-planning feature. Its "RoadPreview" uses satellite imagery to provide a closer feel for what you can anticipate on any one of hundreds of routes shown on its website.

- Outdoor retailer Camping World Inc. today (May 22) announced the company will be a presenting sponsor of Travel Channel’s new original series “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels.” The new original series is set to premiere on May 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
According to a press release, Camping World will be integrated into four episodes and is also the exclusive sponsor of the “Rock My RV with Bret Michaels: Epic RV Giveaway Contest.” The grand prize in the contest is an RV custom built and designed by Michaels and his team. Camping World provided the grand prize RV for the contest, which runs June 3-15.

-Big Timber Lake Camping Resort in Cape May Court House, JK has been acquired by Sun Rv Resorts.

-CampingPa.com will be starting it's free camping giveaways this week! To win you must be an active member. Watch for details very soon!

-Monday is Memorial Day. Please remember all our vets as well as our active military. Thank you for your service.


News from the Weird

- AUCKLAND, New Zealand -- A New Zealand motorhome owner believes he has bucked the country's new road-user charges system, says Stuff.co.nz.
Mervyn Tyree lives permanently in his customized 14.7-tonne bus, which was given a road-user charge weight of 21 tonnejs under changes to the licensing system.
Tyree did his homework and had two wheels removed from the lazy axle and a compensating valve added. The bus was certified and given a road-user charge under 18 tonnes, reports Stuff.co.nz.
It cost him $5,000, but Tyree says the alteration will pay off long term in running costs and resale value.


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#12199 - 06/01/13 07:17 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 6/1/2013

-Salisbury Township, Lancaster County, Pa's four campgrounds are in for a wake-up call.
At their meeting Tuesday, May 21, Salisbury Township supervisors approved a new campground inspection program, with accompanying fees.
The township's zoning ordinance already stipulates that campgrounds are to be inspected much as mobile home parks and junkyards are, but this has not been done in the past.
The new regulation imposes an annual inspection fee of $2 per rental unit or campsite, up to a maximum of $200. It will affect Spring Gulch Campground, which has 414 sites; Loose Caboose Campground, 60 with sites; Roamers Retreat, which has 115 full hook-up sites and 30 tent sites; and Country Haven Campground, with 72 sites.
Supervisor Lester O. Houck said that when a campground was sold recently, officials found "a lot of things that weren't consistent with zoning." He said the fees will "cover our costs. Keeping track of the number of sites is the biggest thing."mikhen's note...imagine the impact this will have on the camping rates

-People who missed the escapades of Kampgrounds of America CEO Jim Rogers on CBS’s “Undercover Boss” last January, you’ll have another chance to see Rogers in action when the episode re-airs June 7.

-This weekend beginning at Dover (Del.) International Speedway, Darrell Wallace Jr. will welcome Camping World and Good Sam to his No. 54 Toyota Tundra as the primary sponsor for 11 races this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The 2013 Sunoco Rookie of the Year Contender will be making his sixth career start in the series and his fifth career start at the one-mile oval track.

-TrailManor’s unique folding hardwall travel trailer is slated for cameo roles in two national television programs in June.
During the week of June 1, TrailManor will be a part of “Rollin’ On TV,” a program that focuses on the RV lifestyle in a segment that includes the Hartington, Neb., TrailManor manufacturing plant, demonstrations of new TrailManor model, and an interview with two TrailManor owners, according to a news release.
“Rollin’ On TV” is broadcast on cable networks around the country, and the segment will also be available on the show website, www.rollinontv.com. Anyone interested in viewing can locate a link to a local TV station at www.rollinontv.com.
On Thursday, June 13, and Sunday, June 16, TrailManor will reach a broader automotive-based audience with a feature segment on “Motorhead Garage.” The segment, hosted by Motorhead Garage personalities Dave Bowman and Sam Memmelo, explains in detail how a TrailManor operates, and Memmelo, an RV enthusiast, points out features he wished he had during his tent camping days — like the ability to open the TrailManor in the rain without everything inside getting wet.

-Camping numbers at the 485 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) locations in North America over Memorial Day Weekend matched the strong growth KOA experienced over the holiday weekend last year. According to figures released Tuesday (May 28) by KOA, more than 100,000 campers stayed at KOA campgrounds over the 2013 holiday weekend – the traditional start of the summer camping season.

-The Bass Pro Shops Family Summer Camp features free activities and workshops where families can learn the skills they need to enjoy great outdoor adventures that will last a lifetime. It all begins June 8th and continues through July 14th at 56 Bass Pro Shops located across the United States and Canada.

-The Good Sam Club and Reese are trying to break the world record for most marriage vow renewals at the “Get Re-Hitched at the Good Sam Rally with Reese” event at the New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. According to a press release, the event will take place in the Chevy Court on June 14, at 4 pm.
This is all part of an RV Rally hosted by the Good Sam Club and Camping World Inc., expected to attract tens of thousands of RV enthusiasts from all over the country. The current record of 1,087 couples was set in 2009 at Miami University-Ohio. Mark Gage, vice president of marketing for towable product supplier Reese, anticipates that the Good Sam/Reese event will beat the current record.

-Visitors to the Native American-operated tourist attraction, the Grand Canyon Skywalk, are getting an unwelcome side trip. The road to the Skywalk runs through the Grand Canyon Ranch, where last weekend owner Nigel Turner began stopping vehicles and charging up to $20 per person to continue to the Skywalk.

-Top reasons why we use RVs, according to an RV user's poll: Enjoying the outdoors (78 percent), take mini-vacations (72 percent), spend quality time with the family (62 percent), and get away from stress and pressure (51 percent). Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

-Up for grabs right now on CampingPa.com is a free night of camping at Mountain Vista Campground. Details available HERE.

-There are only 62 days left until the 2013 CampingPa members weekend at Mountain Vista Campground!! Get those reservations in soon!!!


News from the Weird

-Ramon Wade Renfro, 38, of Pace, is accused of sexually assaulting teens and tattooing two of them during a camping trip in Chumuckla, according to the Pensacola News Journal.
Renfro also left his cruel brand permanently etched on one of the girls: One of the tattoos on a teen allegedly had a bar code and the word “slave,” according to an arrest affidavit.
Inmate records show that Renfro has been booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail each year since 2009.


-Champagne-Filled Airstream Visits D.C.
May 30, 2013 by RV Business
Today (May 30) and Friday, Washington, D.C., residents who aren’t embarrassed by allegations that the nation’s capital has become too swanky for the rest of the United States can hop inside a chrome Airstream recreational vehicle filled to the roof with premium champagne, dcist.com reported.
Veuve Clicquot, the pioneering champagne house, is bringing its RV tour through D.C., for the sheer purpose of selling people glasses and bottles of champagne from inside a company-branded RV. The trailer’s futuristic body is mostly the recognizable silver of the Airstream line that launched the RV industry in the 1930s, painted with a large yellow stripe reminiscent of Veuve Clicquot bottles.
The Airstream started a national tour in March in Florida, and has since passed through Texas, California, Washington State and New York. It is stopping in D.C. for two days before wrapping up its route in Annapolis, Md. on Saturday.
The Veuve Cliquot trailer will be parked outside the Dupont Circle Hotel (1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW) from 5 to 10 p.m. today, and outside the W Hotel (515 15th St. NW) from 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday. Eager champagne sippers can take their drinks back inside those locations, though they are also welcome to quaff their flutes inside the van.
In his “Boomtown” special lambasting the D.C. area for its recent luxury splurges, Hannity, the Fox News bouffant, criticized locals for being the nation’s most voracious consumers of fine wines. Today and Friday, we can do that one better by drinking decent champagne — bottles of Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin brut go for about $50 at local wine shops — in a chromed-out RV.


-While patrolling the Miramar Beach area about 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Deputy Chad Biernacki issued citations to some underage drinkers he had encountered, according to a news release from the Walton County, Florida Sheriff's Office.
The deputy then looked around and didn't see anyone in his immediate area so he put the vehicle into drive and began to move forward.
As the deputy did a U-turn on the beach, he stated he allegedly felt “a slight bump” to his vehicle and heard a woman curse.
The deputy also reported that nobody yelled at him to stop or tried to flag him to let him know he was going to hit someone, according to the Sheriff's Office.
When Deputy Biernacki exited the vehicle he found two women on the front passenger side, one of which had a tire mark on her right shoulder.
The deputy called for EMS to transport her to a hospital. She was reported to be in stable condition and was expected to be released the next day.
The woman had been asleep on the beach for over 20-minutes and did not wake up until the deputy's vehicle hit her, according to the release.

-Special Statement....I know it took a while, but the tidbits now have over 10,000 views on CampingPa.com!!! Thanx Everyone!!
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#12202 - 06/01/13 08:18 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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LOL...I wonder how long that deputy will keep his job? too funny...but not..there is an OOPS for you!
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#12367 - 06/08/13 06:56 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 6/8/2013

-Williamsport, Pa Buyer Scammed by Craig's List Seller - A 25-year-old man is out $6,000 after purchasing a camper in another state. Trooper Martin said Jordan T. Fazio transferred that amount to a bank account in Ft. Lauderdale, FL after being in contact with a fraudulent seller of a camper on Craig's List. The seller had the victim register on a fraudulent wensite called Gizmagdepot.com that advertises easier transaction of sale items on eBay and Craig's List. Fazio sent the funds on May 10 to a bank account for Gizmag Depot which stated they would then ship the camper but never did, Martin said.

-BAKERSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say one western Pennsylvania angler is less than complete after thieves made off with his gear.
State Police say in a Sunday release that $1065 of rods, reels, and lures, hooks and plastic worms were stolen from an unlocked shed at the Vacationland Campground on Sandy Lake in Mercer County. That's about 75 miles north of Pittsburgh.

-The news for custom shops that tap into the RV market just seems to get better. Shops that connect with this group of ardent road enthusiasts could enjoy a comfortable niche and a boost in sales of their services, according to a report by Specialty Fabrics Review.
For every new RV that lands a home, two used RVs are sold, says Kevin Broom, director of media relations for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). And those previously-owned RVs are just begging for a facelift — which often translates into an extensive refurbishing, either accomplished all at once or, more commonly, over several years.

-MIDDLEBURY, Ind. -- What do you do when you’ve reached your 50th year of doing business? You take a moment to celebrate, reflect on what has been learned over those 50 years and you re-focus on your future and do something special, says Fred Hershberger, General Manager of Coachmen RV’s fifth wheel division. Coachmen RV, a division of Forest River, Inc. has done just this with its 50th Anniversary Edition Brookstone fifth wheel.
“Consumers will enjoy world class towing with the 50th Anniversary Brookstone which combines 'Best in Class' aerodynamics with the LCI Correct Track Alignment System, Dexter Axles and MOR/ryde suspension.”
Brookstone will begin to ship its first floor plan, which is a 37-foot triple slide fifth wheel with a base MSRP of $55,000, during the month of June.

-To kick of the rebranding of KOA, The Billings, Mont. KOA campground becomes the Billings KOA Holiday Campground Friday, June 7.
The change is the beginning of a new brand structure for the 51-year-old North American camping company. The company said three new brand segments will better identify the specific offerings of KOA’s 485 campgrounds for North American camping families.
Over the next few years, KOA campgrounds will be re-branded as either a KOA Journey, KOA Holiday or KOA Resort campground.
“Segmenting our famous KOA brand in this way will help our campers select just the KOA they need for their next trip,” said Toby Hedges, KOA’s vice president of marketing. “Each KOA is unique, but each Journey, Holiday and Resort KOA will have amenities and services in common that will make it easier for campers t find just the right campground.”
KOA said Journey campgrounds are identified as convenient to major highways, include long pull-through sites and provide a relaxing overnight oasis for travelers.
KOA said Holiday campgrounds, such as the Billings KOA Holiday, are great base camps to explore the area, and include family activities and additional amenities to make these KOAs great getaways for short vacations. They will all feature KOA deluxe cabins, which include full bathrooms and kitchens.
KOA said Resorts will offer campers a true resort-style vacation with luxurious pools, patio RV sites, deluxe cabin linen service and a specially trained activities and recreation staff.

-Country Coach Friends Inc., an International chapter of Family Motorcoach Association, recently held their spring Rally May 14-19 at Buckhorn Lake Resort in Kerrville, Texas.
The group said $12,000 was raised for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio, the Children’s Miracle Network hospital in the area. The company said the CMN saw 150,000 children last year with 250 of the children from Kerrville.

-Visitors to the nation's parks will soon be able to get healthier food. Park Service officials say over 250 food vendors will soon add "healthy options," like fish tacos and yogurt parfaits, to their menus. Fear not, junk foodies — corn dogs and burgers will still be available.

-Of all American households, nearly nine percent now own an RV.

News from The Weird

-A 60-year-old Australian man who left his motorhome running on the edge of a steep 300-foot slope to take pictures of a sunset got more than sunset photos. His pictures portray his motorhome — occupied by his dog — tumbling over the cliff. Dog not hurt — both he and master hitchhiked back to civilization. Motorhome not so lucky.

-A West Des Moines, Iowa, woman was startled when she discovered a naked man asleep in her travel trailer. Police say the man had no explanation about why he was there, but claimed he had permission. The owner disagreed.

-Nigel Turner, the Northern Ariz. rancher who has been charging tourists up to $20 per person to cross his land to visit the Grand Canyon Skywalk, has been arrested. This time Turner allegedly threatened two construction workers when they questioned him about access to his property. More to come on this, I'm sure.
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#12368 - 06/08/13 07:10 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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#12569 - 06/15/13 10:24 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 6/15/2013

-HARRISBURG, Pa.— Gov. Tom Corbett yesterday asked for and received the resignation of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Richard J. Allan.
Allan, 59, of Cumberland County, has served as a member of the cabinet since March 2011.
Ellen Ferretti, Deputy Secretary for Parks and Forestry, will serve as Acting Secretary effective immediately.

-After great attendance at last year’s Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) America’s Largest RV Show, the organization reports it has upped the advertising budget 10 percent in order to grow the show.
“Every year we increase it some,” said Heather Leach, PRVCA marketing and education director said. “But this year is definitely more than others. We did so to keep on par with last year and make sure everyone knows we’re here.”
New to the show this year is RV technician training during Industry Days. Leach said Gary Motley and Lippert Components will instruct technicians, qualifying those who attend for six RV certification hours.

-After a four-alarm fire decimated nearly $3 million worth of product, a 22,000-square-foot warehouse, about 13,000 items and 14,000 part numbers, it would have been easy for Mike Keller, owner of Keller Marine and RV in Port Trevorton, Pa., and his team to give up.
Or at least take it slow.
But only 11 weeks after the March 22 fire, Keller said he and his team have completely rebuilt the building on its original pad, reordered product and are filling orders at 95 percent.

-The planned campground at Liberty Bell Motorsports park and Campground near Birdsboro, Pa is on hold. Planning and permitting continues on the motorsports park. With the rezoning of wetland and flood zones, the campgrounds has been put on hold for the time being.

-Infield campers at Sunday's Pocono 400 were not going to let the muddy conditions left by last week's rainfall keep them away from the track, reports the Pocono Record.
Fans in the infield expressed some concern to the newspaper about getting their RVs out of the muddy infield, but said they were otherwise basically prepared for the wild conditions that Pocono Raceway brings.
"Make sure you bring clothes for when it's cold, when it's hot and when it rains. You never know what you're going to find here" Cindy Seiders of Pine Grove, who has been attending the race for 12 years told the newspaper.

-June 24, a caravan of 25 vintage RVs will stop by the Hall of Fame to spend the night at the museum. June 26, the museum will be visited by a caravan of up to 100 antique autos also traveling the Lincoln Highway.

-A Caribou, B.C., man is appealing an $860,000 fine levied against him after he started a wildfire while camping on his own land. The fire spread to government land, and the fine represents costs of fighting it.

-WASHINGTON -- The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration issued an emergency recall of 55,000-plus propane cylinders manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company.
PHMSA also terminated the company's authority to re-qualify and manufacture DOT cylinders.
The emergency order was issued after a PHMSA investigation of Lite Cylinder of Franklin, Tenn., revealed unsafe conditions and practices. The emergency order mandated more than 55,000 two-piece fully wrapped fiber composite cylinders be removed from service. These composite cylinders are commonly used as portable fuel tanks for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
In accordance with the emergency order, Lite Cylinder must immediately contact all cylinder owners and provide instructions about how to safely discharge, purge and remove the valve from the cylinder and how to safely return those cylinders to Lite Cylinder. These cylinders may leak flammable gas or suddenly rupture, the recall order noted.
The affected cylinders apply to those manufactured by the Lite Cylinder Company with any of the following numbers:
DOT-SP 14562
DOT-SP-13957
DOT-SP 13105 (Only if manufactured by The Lite Cylinder Company. Cylinders manufactured by Composite Scandinavia [M0408] and marked with this number are not subject to the recall)
Any cylinder requalified under requalification approval H706
Any cylinder manufactured under M5729
In the absence of instructions from Lite Cylinder, PHMSA advises anyone possessing one of these cylinders to:
Stop using the cylinder(s)
Close the valve(s)
Safely disconnect the cylinders once the valves are closed
Store the cylinder(s) in a space that is well ventilated and not enclosed
Protect the cylinder(s) from heat and keep away from all heat sources
Attempts to empty the cylinder or remove the cylinder valve by unqualified people may lead to serious injury or death, the agency noted in the recall order.

-The world's most expensive motorhome -- made from solid gold and worth a cool £2 million -- is up for sale in Dubai, the Daily Mail reported. That's the equivalent of $3.1 million based on current exchange rates.
The 45-foot, space-age eleMMent Palazzo comes complete with a colossal master bedroom, 40-inch TV, on-board bar, fireplace and even a rooftop terrace, the paper noted. With the press of a button, the 430-foot home transforms into a personal retreat with pop up cocktail bar, underfloor heating and extravagant marble lighting.




News From The Weird

-CBC News reports the latest craze in Ottawa, Ontario, is called "urban camping." Park your RV in a lot near a bar, do your drinking to excess, and sleep it off in your rig. Practitioners say it saves on DWI tickets and taxi fares. Local police are okay with it.

-Hazardous materials responders were sent to California's Hungry Valley State Vehicular Recreation Area when a dead man was found in a car along with some unknown chemicals at the Lane Ranch Campground. No ruling as to the cause of death, which occurred June 4.


-Barbara Lynn Vanpatten, 36, was with another woman and her two children in a rental canoe on the river when a river tour guide saw Vanpatten out of the canoe and swimming. The tour guide contacted park manager David Hramika, and when Hramika arrived, Vanpatten climbed back into the canoe, an arrest report shows.
Vanpatten then began to rock the canoe with the other woman and her two children inside it, until it eventually flipped over. Hramika assisted the children, putting them back into the canoe with their mother.
According to the report, it was apparent to Hramika at this point that Vanpatten was intoxicated, so he put her in his boat, and went back to the park.
On the way there, Vanpatten began calling Hramika names, and slapped him in his chest several times, according to the report. Vanpatten was also rocking the boat again, trying to flip it over. She also grabbed Hramika's cell phone and hurled it into the water.
Once to the park, as Hramika was attempting to put Vanpatten into custody, she resisted by pulling away from him. Hramika "escorted" Vanpatten to his patrol vehicle with her feet dragging.
Although Vanpatten told Hramika that her name was "Jennifer Lynn," Hramika was able to verify her actual identity through two intelligence records systems.
Vanpatten was charged with battery, resisting an officer without violence, and resisting identification during arrest. She was taken to the Hernando County Jail without further incident, and held on $1,500 bond.
The arrest report states Vanpatten's alias as, "Jennifer Lynn.
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Interesting tidbits....and that camper is downright ugly
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#12630 - 06/16/13 04:36 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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I think I will def pass on that RV I would rather stay at a hotel than camp in that

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#12775 - 06/22/13 07:31 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 6/22/2013

- A Pennsylvania couple working on an RV brake problem both crawled under the rig at the Tompkins Campground in Lawrence Township, Pa. Sadly, the unit began to roll, and 77-year-old Alice Erickson was fatally injured when it ran over her.

- RVers attending Good Sam Club's "The Rally" last weekend at the New York State Fairgrounds needed water wings on opening day. Heavy rain caused organizers to wave off arriving RVers and reroute them to Destiny USA, a super-shopping center in Syracuse. Shuttle service got event-goers to the rally site.

- The centennial of the Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental highway, will be celebrated at Elkhart, Indiana's RV Hall of Fame June 24 and 26. On the 24th, 25 vintage RVs will overnight and can be viewed from 6 to 8 p.m. On the 26th at 4 p.m., nearly 100 antique cars will chug in. The highway originally ran between New York City and San Francisco.

- Declaring an "emergency" to avoid having a proposed ordinance read at three council meetings, town fathers of Uhrichsville, Ohio, have banned using RVs "for living or housekeeping purposes." Parking on a street, lawn or sidewalk is also out. When kept elsewhere they must "be kept in good repair and in working condition."

- When 25 dead carp turned up in foamy water at Nevada's Lake Mead, the National Park Service closed the Overton Arm to swimming. Now test results show whatever killed the carp isn't hazardous to humans — and swimming has resumed.

- A new TV series about interesting dream projects is looking for an RVer with "a really neat, big RV or trailer project to feature." For the chosen person, the producers note, "it will definitely be a gift because part of the series is about helping them build/pay for/finish their project." Contact Dominique at dominiqueferrari@gmail.com if you're the person the show is looking for.

-Tonight, June 22, is host to 2, nationwide, outdoor events. The full moon tonight will be the fullest and closest to the earth of the year, giving it the name suoermoon.
Also tonight, it is the annual Great American Backyard Campout. What a great night out it will be.


****NEWS FROM THE WEIRD****(sorry, font not working)

- Clandestine drug manufacturers in Wexford County, Mich., have taken a novel approach to manufacturing meth. Police arrested three people after they allegedly stole "fee tubes" from a federal forest. Just how the crooks would use the "tin rangers" for dope processing wasn't made clear.

-A man riding a bike at Eklutna Lake Campground near Anchorage, Alaska, decided to share his barbeque meat with a black bear. Not satisfied with the snack, officials say the bear went "ballistic," leaving the man with puncture wounds and deep scratches. The unidentified man may yet be charged with illegally feeding wildlife.
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#12795 - 06/23/13 02:21 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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that moon was stunning on Raystown Lake!!
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#12975 - 06/29/13 10:30 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits for 6/29/2013

-2013 Hershey Show’s Nearing Sold Out Status
Nearly 2,000 RVs were on display at last year's Hershey Show
The Hershey Show, officially known as America’s Largest RV Show by the sponsoring Pennsylvania
RV & Camping Association (PRVCA), has become the kickoff venue for the RV industry to unveil
its new model year lines on a national scale to both a trade and consumer audience. And this
year’s event — set for Sept 9-15 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. — should go a long way
toward reinforcing that reputation.
The good news, in a nutshell, from PRVCA:
• Through the end of June, the Hershey Show’s sold space totaled 817,120 net square feet versus
745,127 net square feet in 2012.
• The show’s total square footage as of mid-June: 1.54 million gross square feet.
• Outdoor manufacturer space is up 18% for this year’s show and the number of displays has
increased by about 50 booths.
• The sold-out Giant Center is scheduled to house 238 booths.
“Inside the Giant Center, the arena downstairs is sold out and then there is the upstairs
mezzanine,” Saltzgiver said. “We are sold out all around there for retail days for sure. And we’re
working to get it sold for wholesale days as well. We sell some of that space twice. If someone is
only coming for retail, then we resell it for wholesale.”

-AUBURN, Pa. -- Christmas Pines Campground in Auburn has raised more than $70,000 for the
Make-A-Wish Foundation over the last 12 years. After Saturday's event, the campground added
another $13,000 to that total, reports the Republican & Herald.
The 13th annual Make-A-Wish Foundation Chinese auction raised $13,210.40, according to
organizer Lois Dalton.
"Our campers have really gotten behind it," Dalton said Monday. "I never thought it would get this
high."
Dalton said it's the largest amount the event has ever raised at one time.

-Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind., has received a Certificate of
Excellence award from TripAdvisor.com. This award, which honors hospitality excellence, is given
only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.
Approximately 10 percent of accommodations listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious
award.

-The RV Industry Association reported that deliveries to retailers of all RVs were reported at 32,539 units in the May 2013 survey of manufacturers, ahead of this month last year by 12 percent.
Towable RVs provided the largest unit gains while motorhomes rose by a larger percentage increase in May. Seasonally adjusted, the May total represented an annualized rate of more than 322,000 units, a 3 percent increase over last month.

-RVs have enjoyed the media spotlight in recent weeks with several appearances in the national
media, culminating in two live segments on the popular FOX & Friends morning show on June
17.
As a result of RVIA’s ongoing public relations campaign, RVs have been featured on NBC News,
ABC News, CNBC, FOX and the Hallmark Channel, as well as in Bloomberg Businessweek,
according to a press release.
Media hits include:
• On June 17, RVs were the focus of two live interview segments on the highly rated FOX &
Friends morning show. The first segment showcased an Airstream trailer and offered the chance
to discuss the recovering RV market, the popularity of trailers and the option of renting RVs with
Dicky Riegel, former Thor Industries Inc. and founder of Airstream 2 Go. The second segment
included former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and took place inside a Winnebago
motorhome.
• On June 12, “Marie” — a Hallmark Channel talk show hosted by Marie Osmond — aired a
segment that included Go RVing spokesman Brad Herzog. Herzog and Osmond showed three
different RVs representing the most popular types of towable and motorized RVs.
• On June 6, Bloomberg Businessweek published an article focusing on the industry’s recovery
from the recession. The article noted that the $14 billion RV industry is on course for its best
year since 2007, and included RVIA’s projected shipment total.
• On June 3, “ABC World News” aired a story about the RV industry that included a visit to
Winnebago’s Iowa headquarters, reasons for the industry’s turnaround, and information on the
burgeoning rental market.
• On May 31, CNBC aired a “Behind The Wheel” segment focused on the industry recovery and
Winnebago’s growing sales. Also on May 31, several national magazines published reports about
the RV industry. Sunset Magazine published a guide to RV trailers; Midwest Living released a
report about the best places to camp in the Midwest; and U.S. News and World Report published a
story about how RV sales are booming again.
• On May 23, “NBC Nightly News” broadcasted a report that the industry’s recovery is driving a
hiring boom in Elkhart, Ind.

-Beginning (July 1), the cost of the RVIA seal for manufacturer members will decrease from $17 to $16 each.that's right, we all get charged for this.

-Campers who visited Holter Lake Campground, south of Interstate 15 in Montana, between June 1 and 16, may have been exposed to a rabid bat. A woman, described as dark haired, 30 to 40 years old, less than 5 feet 5 inches tall, dressed in shorts and a dark-colored top, reportedly handed off a bat to a campground official on Father's Day weekend. She explained children had touched it. It turns out the bat was rabid. If you know the woman or need more information on the incident contact the local health authority at (406) 447-8361.

-Camping near Atlantic City Labor Day Weekend?
Here's a casino promotion that gamblers in Atlantic City will really dig.
The Trump Taj Mahal will bury vouchers worth $200,000 in the sand on Sept. 1 for gamblers to
dig up and win.
Burlap sacks with dollar signs will be planted in 30-square-foot areas behind the casino.
Customers who have their Trump player's club card inserted in a machine at 2 p.m. that day will
be selected at random by casino staff to come to the boardwalk, where they will choose a
numbered shovel corresponding to a particular area.
That's where the customer will dig, and the amount of the voucher inside the bag is what they
will win.
Prizes range from $1,000 to one bag worth $100,000.

-Coming soon, CampingPa.com will announce the details of The Rental RV contest for it's members' weekend.

News From The Weird

-RVers fearing a thermonuclear apocalypse can park their rig in an underground bunker near Atchison, Kan., and ride it out. Vivos, a California company, is converting a two million square foot limestone cave into an RV retreat with space for up to 15,000 rigs. Cost? Only $1,000 per linear foot of RV. You can make your reservations here.

It doesn't get much weirder than this.....

-A Salem, Ore., RVer got a surprise last Sunday when he encountered a naked 38-year-old man sitting in the middle of Oregon's Highway 20 in Lincoln County. The man jumped up and attempted to body slam the RVer's pickup. The RVer tried to pull away but his trailer slammed the man back. Naked man hospitalized; RVer left with quite a story.
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#12996 - 06/29/13 11:17 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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how do you get tickets for the RV show..do you have to call giant center or ?
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#13042 - 06/30/13 11:43 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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I have always gotten the tickets for the RV show at the gate, I *think* the 'sold out' in the above report refers to the vendor space. . . I am not 100% though
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#13043 - 07/01/13 04:32 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: DianeScraps]
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Originally Posted By: DianeScraps
I have always gotten the tickets for the RV show at the gate, I *think* the 'sold out' in the above report refers to the vendor space. . . I am not 100% though


Yes, that is vendor space only. If you buy tickets ahead of time, online, they are a little cheaper.
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#13245 - 07/06/13 11:30 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 7/6/2013

- The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) has released information about a series of clinics set for Sept. 10 during the America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa. According to a press release, the show will open with Trade Days on Sept. 9-10 followed by Public Days Sept. 11-15.
Tuesday Clinics include:
Parts Manager Clinic
RV Technician Distance Learning
The Latest and Greatest Park Trends

- Once again, Rand McNally has partnered with Good Sam and Geocaching.com to once again search for the Best Small Towns in America. According to a press release, the Best of the Road program kicked off July 1. Winning towns in six categories will receive a free custom iPhone App and online travel guide developed by Rand McNally and coverage in the 2015 Road Atlas.

- Elkhart County is the RV industry's manufacturing hub There is another strong sign of an economic rebound in Elkhart County in Northern Indiana, hub of the RV industry. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ranks Elkhart County tops in the nation for job growth in 2012. The bureau says employment in the area increased 7.4% from December 2011 to December 2012, compared to a national rate of 1.9%. 1

- The nation’s 7,975 state parks sit in a precarious position with shortened seasons, new admissions fees and threatened closures brought on by budget turmoil in recent years, the Kansas City Star reported. They also face mushrooming backlogs of repairs ranging from $26 million in Kansas to $750 million in Illinois to more than $1 billion in California. Park supporters estimate Missouri’s park repair needs at about $400 million.

- An Idaho RV rental firm is helping a little boy’s wish come true. According to a report by KPVI TV, Scotty is facing a very uncertain future as he battles a rare disease and is in the early stages of dementia.
Smith RV Rental in Idaho Falls is going to help the boy cross off an item from a bucket list he’s made.
“Scotty had it on his bucket list to travel across country in a motorhome, and we’d like to see what we can do to help” said Rental Manager Skip Wolfe.
The boy loves to travel and his parents thought an RV trip would be the perfect scenario to help him feel like he’s getting away for a while. Smith RV has decided to donate a motorhome to the family. Smith RV is doing more than just donating a motorhome. They’re also trying to come up with the funds to pay for gas and other expenses the family might need during their trip.


NEWS FROM THE WEIRD

- A man suspected of being intoxicated plowed a 25- foot recreational vehicle into about a dozen parked vehicles, two power poles and an apartment building in Sherman Oaks, but no one was injured, police said Wednesday.
Lawrence Wright, 60, of Sun Valley, was booked on suspicion of misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and an unspecified misdemeanor warrant, Los Angeles police said.
Wright was unhurt. Three pit bulls and a Chihuahua in the RV also escaped injury, though part of the camper's top was torn off.
Wright was driving a 1973 Tioga RV west on Clark Street, near Sepulveda Boulevard, about 11:25 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control and crashed into a building in the 5300 block of Sepulveda Boulevard.
The RV struck a chain link fence, a masonry wall and several electrical boxes, knocking out power to area traffic signals and several apartments, said Sgt. Cameron Dunnet of the Valley Traffic Division. Power was restored at 6:48 a.m., according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
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#13463 - 07/13/13 08:47 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 7/13/2013

-Summer camping numbers at Kampgrounds of America locations continued to grow, bolstered by a more than 16 percent growth in camping over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, the company announced today.
KOA reported Monday that short-term camper nights for the Fourth of July holiday increased 16.3 percent over the same period in 2012. Year to date, Kampgrounds of America’s 485 locations in North America are reporting a 2.5 percent growth in camper nights, compared to the same period last year.

-Montpelier Creek, Idaho, KOA is the first site to become a KOA Journey campground, one of three new brand categories being added to the 485-campground KOA system in North America.

-The Helena Independent Record reports that a second rabid bat in three weeks was discovered Sunday morning at Holter Lake Campground.
Rocky Infanger, who works at the Bureau of Land Management campground, said a woman vacationing there advised him on July 8 that a bat was on the ground in the parking lot. He scooped it into a baggie and contacted the Lewis and Clark City-County Health Department, says the Helena Independent Record.
The bat was sent to the state laboratory in Bozeman, where it tested positive for rabies.
Tahnee Szymanski, the assistant state veterinarian, said it’s “completely normal” for a second bat to be diagnosed with rabies in one area.

-Discovery Communication’s Destination America network will feature a pair of custom built multimillion dollar RVs from Sanford, Fla.-based Millennium Luxury Coaches on the Season 2 premiere of EPIC, set for July 15 at 9 p.m. EST.

-Teaming up with DreamVision, a family entertainment group, America Choice has allowed the group a Class A motorhome to tour the nation for a year promoting its latest film, “One Horse Movie.”
Covered in high-definition wrap, the RV promotes the movie, as well as Ocala, Fla.-based America Choice RV and Ally Financial group. The wrap includes the companies’ logos and QR codes. America Choice RV Owner Eric Fasci said he has been involved with DreamVision since its inception 12 years ago.
The movie’s Facebook page describes it as, “A filmmaker’s journey to explore America’s horses. From the people who give up their time and lives to save them, to the special healing power horses have on humans. It is a journey to find one horse and its journey home.”

- Bulldozers are already humming on the 640 acres in northeast Houston that will soon be home to the Grand Texas Theme Park, reports the Houston Business Journal.
Investor Chuck Hendrix, CEO of Innovative Leisure Partners LP, said site work is underway and the ground breaking is scheduled for sometime this fall.
The Houston Business Journal says Innovative Leisure Partners will manage the park, which will include a water park, dining, retail and an upscale RV resort, in addition to a plethora of other options that are "expanding daily," according to Hendrix.

-Would you rather pay 30 cents a gallon fuel tax, or 15 cents a mile to drive? A new law passed by Oregon's legislature would give up to 5,000 drivers the "pay by the mile" option. The state says high-efficiency vehicles are killing fuel tax revenues. If signed into law, the "pay by the mile" option will roll out in 2015.

-How many RVs are there on Midwest highways? According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, a driver along major highways will see an RV once every two miles.

-The Florida motorhome driver whose rig was crushed in a freak bridge accident last month in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., won't be charged with a crime. Video recordings show Michael Trese had followed signals and was waiting for traffic to clear when a bridge tender, operating remotely, began to raise a bridge deck, allowing the bridge counterweight to crush Trese's 42-foot rig. Officials have no plans to change how this bridge is operated.

-Campers at Tanners Flat Campground in Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon got a 5th of July surprise: A pre-dawn rockslide closed roads into the campground, trapping them until late in the day. The slide was blamed on a torrential rainstorm.

News from The Weird

-As a new part of California’s building code, California campgrounds are required to post a new sign warning people with diarrhea to stay out of newly constructed or remodeled pools. I posted a picture of the sign below.

-Death Valley is a hot mess.
After a Death Valley National Park employee posted a video of an egg being cooked in the desert sun, the park is now littered with egg shells and cartons from visitors attempting the stunt themselves.
It's gotten so bad, that Death Valley National Park has made a public plea on their Facebook page asking visitors to stop frying eggs on the ground.
Their Facebook post reads:
"An employee's posting of frying an egg in a pan in Death Valley was intended to demonstrate how hot it can get here, with the recommendation that if you do this, use a pan or tin foil and properly dispose of the contents. However, the Death Valley NP maintenance crew has been busy cleaning up eggs cracked directly on the sidewalk, including egg cartons and shells strewn across the parking lot.
This is your national park, please put trash in the garbage or recycle bins provided and don't crack eggs on the sidewalks ..."

-First Coast News reports that Florida requires drivers to buckle up if they're driving a car. But what if the car is in a campground and not on the roadway? Charles Ross found out the hard way that drivers have to wear their seat belts there too.
First Coast News says Ross had just left his driveway and was still in the campground when a cop, standing near the exit, stopped him. Ross tried to argue that he was on private property, but he was still given a $101 ticket for violation of the seat belt law.
First Coast News checked, and the law does not address public or private property. It simply states it is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle in Florida unless the person is restrained by a safety belt.
Ross has 30 days to appeal the $101 citation and said he plans to fight it, reports First Coast News.

- Clothing optional resorts in Virginia and West Virginia are hoping to make history this weekend in the nationwide attempt to break the world skinny dipping record. The current record stands at 13,674, Fox News reported.
The Avalon Resort in Paw Paw, West Virginia and the White Tail Resort in Ivor, Virginia, are participating in the clothing-free swim Saturday being organized by the American Association of Nude Recreationists and the Naturist Society in the finale to Nude Recreation Week.

Weirdo with Super powers

-Brooksville, Fla., officials have arrested a man they allege is responsible for RV break-ins occurring since January. The suspect was caught on video dressed in dark clothing, carrying his "tools" and moving around between RVs. He told police he didn't break the windows in one RV but claimed they just fell apart when he touched them — from sitting in the sun.

as Johnny Carson would say...."You can't make this stuff up."

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#13474 - 07/13/13 03:42 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Ewwwww
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#13536 - 07/16/13 12:27 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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good grief that is just wrong your should know not to go in a pool in that case.

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#13717 - 07/20/13 08:24 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 7/20/2013

-Time is running out to win a free RV rental for the CampingPa members weekend at Mountain Vista Campground the Poconos. You can enter here.

--The RV industry is celebrating a decision from the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania that will effectively allow RV parks to house park model units.
According to a press release, the court affirmed that the Dingman Township highway permit provision in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance is invalid. The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) and the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) jointly filed an amicus brief in support of appellee, Lake Adventure Community Association Inc.
“This collaboration is an example of industry unity at its finest,” stated PRVCA Executive Vice President Rebecca Lenington.
“I am very pleased with the outcome of the appeal,” said John Soard, general manager of Fairmont Park Trailers and a member of RVIA Park Trailer Committee. “The process has been a long fought battle for the past 2-3 years.”
The provision in question amended the definition of a recreational vehicle to one “that does not require a special highway moving permit when transported” and “a vehicular unit, mounted on wheels, of such size or weight as not to require special highway moving permits when drawn by motorized vehicles (8 1/2 feet wide maximum).”

--WAPWALLOPEN, Pa. -- Janet Lightner, co-owner of Moyer's Grove Campground in Wapwallopen, has been holding events at the campground to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 1991, reports the Standard Speaker. To date, Moyer's Grove has raised more than $204,000.
In 2012, it raised a record total of $28,685 for the Make-A-Wish office in Scranton. The office grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions from 11 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, according to Maggie O'Brien, who heads the regional office.
"Every year, they raise more and more," O'Brien said. "They are really the definition of the Margaret Mead quote, 'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.' They are highly committed to the mission. They are very warm hearted, generous people and we are very fortunate to have them."
Without support from campers, Lightner said Moyer's wouldn't be able to raise what it does.
"The campers, they're the ones that do it. They come up with the ideas, too," she said.

-GIRARD, Pa -- Campers at Lake Erie Community Park are wondering if they'll be back next summer.
An Erie County jury, in a February verdict, said that the park rightfully belongs to Girard Township, and not to the nonprofit park board that has been operating the lakefront park as a campground for decades.
Park attorneys are challenging the ruling and asked for a new trial on the issue, but an Erie County Court judge has not yet ruled on the request.
Girard Township intends to limit camping and develop the property as a public park, township Supervisor Sandy Anderson said this spring.

-Millions of families across North America are hitting the road in a recreational vehicle and leaving airlines and hotels in the dust. According to a press release, the Recreational Vehicle Industry (RVIA) recently reported that the number of RV-owning households in the United States has risen to a record 9 million, and roughly 40% of these have kids that are 18 years old or younger.

-The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has announced that Kampgrounds of America (KOA) will sponsor the mock campground entrance at the 61st Annual California RV Show and that KOA CEO Jim Rogers will be a featured speaker at the event.
According to a press release, the mock campground was very popular with attendees and guests after being unveiled as the main entry point at last year’s show. Show attendees walk through the exhibit to see RVs in a campground setting before moving on to the main exhibition areas.

- Diminished funding has not stopped a summertime tradition at the now closed Roanoke Mountain Campground. On Sunday, close to 200 people traveled up the mountain to listen to the sounds of local trio Judy, Henry and Jack, writes the Roanoke Times.
The performance was part of the Roanoke Mountain Campground Concert Series, which continued this year even as funding for the campground did not.
Earlier this year, the longtime concert series was in jeopardy after the National Park Service opted not to reopen the campground amid federal budget cuts caused by the sequester, says the Roanoke Times. However, Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway, a Roanoke-based nonprofit group that supports the attraction, stepped in to staff the event with volunteers.

-Irving, Texas-based Coach-Net, a provider of 24/7 RV technical and emergency roadside assistance, launched its new Hazard Protect product today (July 15). According to a press release, Hazard Protect is one of a series of new products being introduced this year as part of Coach-Net’s Protect Suite.
The new Hazard Protect product offers a comprehensive tire and wheel hazard protection that covers all types of new and used recreational vehicles from common road hazards such as metal, nails, screws, potholes, glass and debris, with terms available from one to seven years.
Hazard Protect allows RV owners to protect their unit by offering coverage with no deductible. The program will cover repair and, if issues are not repairable, also replacing tires damaged by road hazards along with mounting, valve stems, balancing, sales tax and customary labor charges.

-Couples ‘Get Hitched With Reese,’ Attempt to Break World Record
The event, “We Got Hitched With Reese,” was held as part of the 2013 Camping World/Good Sam Rally in June, and organizers are waiting to see if the event broke the world record for the most couples to renew their wedding vows at once.
The record currently stands at 1,087 couples and was set in 2009 at the University of Miami (Ohio).
“We are waiting for the total number of participants to be tabulated,” said Tom Benson, president of Cequent Performance Products. “Despite a rainy weekend, hundreds of brides and grooms came out to renew their vows.”
Those who participated in the ceremony received Reese memorabilia. Early counts indicating more than 8,100 RV fans attended the weekend event.

-A sizeable portion of the population seems to have regained a stomach for spending in recent times. According to TIME, not only has there been a noticeable increase in luxury spending, sales have risen in a few key supersized categories.
We’re buying trucks by the truckload. It’s been a very strong year for auto sales in general, but the rebound of the housing market and (somewhat) stabilized gas prices seems to be driving a dramatic rise in pickup truck sales. As Reuters reported, the Ford F-series, Chrysler Silverado, and Chrysler Ram all saw sales increases of more than 20% in May.
RV sales are climbing. Like boats, sales of recreational vehicles drove off the cliff during the recession. Sales dropped 58% from 2006 to 2009. Thus far in 2013, however, shipments to dealers are up 13% over last year, and the industry is on pace to sell 307,000 units this year—the most since 2007.

-Pilot Flying J will settle fuel-rebate fraud complaints out of court after a class action lawsuit was brought against it by trucking companies. The outfit will pay for all costs of customer claims, all monies owed, plus six percent interest. It appears the alleged fraud affected only commercial fuel account customers. Meanwhile, station WEWS (Cleveland, Ohio) says a federal grand jury is investigating the company CEO, Jimmy Haslam, in connection with the scheme.

-Think a lot of golfers are killed by lightning? Think again. A study of lightning deaths from 2006 to 2012 shows fishermen got zapped most, with 17 percent of deaths. Campers took second place, at nearly 10 percent of the toll. Most people, concluded the study, waited too long to take shelter from the storm.

-Rose Pipkin, the 67-year-old bridge tender on duty when a 42-foot motorhome was crushed by the draw bridge counterweight in Wisconsin last month, says she's done and has tendered her retirement letter to the highway department.

-After passing a bylaw allowing residents to store RVs on their property, it didn't take long for Plymouth, Mass., officials to demand a local couple hide their "eyesore" RV. Planning officials are reviewing a site plan by the residents including more trees to soothe offended neighbors.

News From The Weird

--Wildlife officers are urging boaters to go slow and be vigilant on the Choctawhatchee River after a Bay County child was severely injured when a large Gulf sturgeon leapt into a family's boat in June during a fishing trip, according to a news release from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).
The big fish struck three children.
One of the kids, Nathaniel, who turned 8-year-old last week, had been hospitalized with skull fractures but is now recuperating at his Youngstown home.

-To find a stolen trailer and the man who took it, all deputies had to do was follow the trail.
The trailer had no tires when a thief hauled it away from a Loxahatchee Groves house, so its rims left markings on the road – part of which is dirt. The markings led deputies three miles away, straight to a driveway where the trailer was parked.
Angel Cruz Rosell, 51, was arrested after investigation revealed that was his driveway and he was the one who drove off with it, according to his arrest report.

-They enjoyed the high life for years. Now eight cats accustomed to the creature comforts of a house that features an elevated feline freeway have not only been brought down to Earth, but squeezed into a 30-foot motorhome with the family Chihuahua.
Gus, Sam, Dave, Stella, Lili, Eddie, Zander, Willow and Sadie the Chihuahua are biding their time in the motorhome, which is parked in the driveway of the San Diego home known for a quarter century as "The Cats' House."
Bob Walker and Frances Mooney have sold the house. Escrow closed on July 3 and before the month is over, Walker, Mooney, cats and dog are moving to Fredericksburg, Va.

-Campers in Scotland are being advised "not to burn their loo rolls." Huh? Previous advice said to burn your used toilet paper, but fire dangers are making the burning of TP a hot topic. Said one pundit, "The thought of galloping down a hill with your trousers around your ankles, fleeing a fire you just set with a loo roll, doesn't bear thinking about."


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#13736 - 07/21/13 01:01 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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#14138 - 07/27/13 12:13 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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-RVC Outdoor Destinations announced July 23 that Lake Raystown Resort in Entriken, Pa., will be re-flagged as an RVC Outdoor Destination in March 2014.
The property was developed by Jules Patt in 1984 and is one of the finest outdoor destinations in the country, according to an RVC news release. Lake Raystown Resort’s addition into the Memphis-based RVC’s portfolio of outdoor hospitality properties will coincide with its 30th anniversary.
Brother and sister duo, Josh Patt and Samantha Patt Kozak, recently purchased their father’s interest in Lake Raystown Resort and continue to operate the over 400-acre property that includes a 52-room Lodge, 79 cabins and villas, 221 RV sites, a 650-slip marina, the Wild River Water Park and a 22,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Conference Center.
Lake Raystown Resort is the second separately owned property to be flagged an RVC Outdoor Destination. In addition to providing long-term asset management and branding, RVC will provide capital for improvements and expansion.
“We are very excited to have Samantha and Josh joining the RVC movement and honored that they are adding their wonderful Lake Raystown Resort to RVC’s collection of upscale outdoor recreational properties,” said Andy Cates, RVC president. “They are great operators who add a lot to what we do, and their property is already one of the best outdoor destinations in the country. RVC is redefining outdoor recreation and camping by providing unique environments that provide a consistently high-quality guest experience.”
“Our family has been committed to high quality outdoor hospitality for three decades,” said Josh Patt. “RVC is the first company and brand that reflects what we have developed at Lake Raystown Resort. Also, they bring collaborative resources and support that will allow Lake Raystown Resort to grow and improve.”
Kozak added, “Ever since I first read about what RVC was doing, I was excited because their efforts were so similar to what we have been doing here for many years. We have always searched for a way to expand our market reach and to be a part of something larger, and after spending over a year getting to know the RVC team and seeing some of their resorts, we are very pleased to be a part of the RVC family.”

-To help RVers find the parks best-suited for family play and relaxation, Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has compiled a list of the top family RV parks for 2013. Boasting campgrounds from Alberta, Canada, to the Emerald Coast of Florida, this list of 52 RV parks is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that help them get away from the stresses of everyday life, says Good Sam.
Each park on the list boasts unique qualities that make it a special vacation destination, states Good Sam. At Normandy Farms Family Campground in Foxboro, Mass., families can participate in an Easter egg hunt, a Mother's Day weekend and Fourth of July celebration. In Warrens, Wis., the staff organizes themed activity weeks, such as Wild West Week and Yogi's Birthday Week. Some RV parks create a whimsical environment.
Good Sam's Top Family Campgrounds:
Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
Catherine's Landing At Hot Springs, Hot Springs, Ark.
Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, Calif.
Los Angeles/Pomona Fairplex KOA, Pomona, Calif.
Pismo Sands RV Park, Oceano, Calif.
Vacationer RV Park - Sunland, El Cajon, Calif.
Colorado Springs KOA, Fountain, Colo.
Stateline Campresort & Cabins, East Killingly, Conn.
Live Oak Landing, Freeport, Fla.
Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Fla.
Pine Mountain An RVC Outdoor Destination, Pine Mountain, Ga.
Cajun Palms RV Resort, Breaux Bridge, La.
Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md.
Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, East Falmouth, Mass.
Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort, Foxboro, Mass.
Covenant Hills Camp, Otisville, Mich.
Harbortown RV Resort, Monroe, Mich.
Myers Lake Campground, Byron, Mich.
Silver Creek RV Resort, Mears, Mich.
Vacation Station RV Resort, Ludington, Mich.
Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort, Hinckley, Minn.
Yogi On The Lake, Pelahatchie, Miss.
Basswood Resort, Platte City, Mo.
Hi-Desert RV, Winnemucca, Nev.
Friendly Beaver Campground, New Boston, N.H.
Yogi In The Smokies, Cherokee, N.C.
Cross Creek Camping Resort, Columbus, Ohio
Pleasant View Recreation, Van Buren, Ohio
Bissell's Hideaway Resort, Fonthill, Ontario
Campark Resorts Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario
Artillery Ridge Camping Resort, Gettysburg, Pa.
Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg, Pa.
Hershey Highmeadow Campground, Hershey, Pa.
Lake-In-Wood Resort, Bowmansville, Pa.
Otter Lake Camp-Resort, Stroudsburg, Pa.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp Resort At Shangri-La, Milton, Pa.

Chris' Camp, Spearfish, S.D.
Hart Ranch Resort, Rapid City, S.D.
Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort, Hill City, S.D.
Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Memphis Graceland RV Park & Campground, Memphis, Tenn.
Nashville Shores RV Park, Nashville, Tenn.
River Plantation RV Park Inc, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
West Lake RV Resort, Houston, Texas
Zion RV & Campground, Mount Carmel, Utah
Bethpage Camp Resort, Urbanna, Va.
Grey's Point Camp, Topping, Va.
Maple Grove RV Resort, Everett, Wash.
Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Warrens, Wis.

-ACCORD, NY-- An Accord man was electrocuted Wednesday morning after fallen wires electrified a camper he was staying in, state police say.
Dead is John Lasoski, 53, police say.
At about 8:30 a.m. a tree fell near the side of 236 Shwabbie Turnpike , taking down electrical wires. The live wires in turn energized another set of wires leading across the street into a camper where Lasoski and his wife were staying.
When Lasoski stepped out of the trailer to check out what happened, he stepped on a support of the campers awning, grounding him sending the electricity through his body , police say. Though his wife had stepped out before him, she didn't step on anything that grounded her and didn't get shocked, police say.

-Statistical snapshot, U.S. National Forests: 37 percent of visitors spend time in them simply relaxing. Three largest recreational pursuits: hiking/walking (19 percent), downhill skiing (14 percent), and viewing nature (13 percent). Fee satisfaction? 81 percent are satisfied with day use fees; 87 percent are satisfied with overnight site fees. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

- Employees from Camping World of St. Augustine have teamed with the Good Sam organization to volunteer at the St. Augustine Humane Society with a variety of activities as part of Project Good Samaritan, writes the St. Augustine Record.
The St. Augustine Record says volunteers will contribute eight hours of work each quarter to the Humane Society while they receive paid time off from work to participate.
According to Carolyn Smith, St. Augustine Humane Society’s executive director, the local volunteers recently installed storage units and cabinetry at the non-profit and have helped with staffing the charity pet clinic and pet food bank, among other things, reports the St. Augustine Record.

-Fans of the Weekend Warrior line of RVs that sank in bankruptcy in 2008 may have cause to rejoice. Several RV-industry types are working to resurrect the brand name in Elkhart, Ind., by August. Immediate plans call for 20- to 28-foot toy haulers to be ready for display in mid-September.

- The staff at Pacific Coachworks rejected a union vote to organize employees in late June by a two-to-one vote, the company announced today.
Employees had voted to unionize by a very narrow margin -- 34 in favor, 33 opposed -- in August 2011. However, a contract with Local 170 of the Sheet Metal Workers was never signed and the union representation never materialized, said Brett Bashaw, president of Pacific Coachworks.
A new vote was taken in June in which unionization was rejected by a significant margin.

-GRANTSBURG, Wis. -- On Saturday, July 27 at 11 a.m., three-year-old Edric (Eddie) Fischer of Grantsburg, Wis., will receive his wish to have a camper through Make-A-Wish Wisconsin with the help of Willie’s RV in Bloomer and Jayco Company.
Eddie’s wish day party will take place at Willie’s RV in Bloomer where Eddie’s new 2013 Jayco X17Z Jay Feather camper will be unveiled. Willie’s RV and Jayco Company are donating a large portion of the cost of the camper. The wish day party will also include lunch, cake and gifts for Eddie.
Eddie is living with Arnold Chiari Malformation of the brain. It consists of a downward displacement of the cerebellar tonsils through the foramen magnum (the opening at the base of the skull). Eddie chose his wish because he loves spending time outdoors with his family. However, with his medical condition, he requires temperature control in order to go camping. This camper will allow him to spend time with his family outdoors, comfortably.

News From The Weird

-Put a rabbi in an RV and turn him loose on a Florida street and what do you have? A Mitzvah Tank. No joke, a Fort Lauderdale rabbi offers services, advice, or just tours of his air-conditioned 25-foot RV he parks on Las Olas Boulevard and the Galt Ocean Mile.

-A family whose 11 year-old son was killed by a bear at Utah's American Fork Canyon in 2007 can pursue a half-million dollars in damages from the state. A state supreme court ruling says bears are not considered "part of the natural condition of the land," and that the state had a responsibility to warn the family about a bear attack that killed a man earlier in the day.

-Corona, Calif.-based Lexani Motorcars recently introduced its new armored Mercedes-Benz B6 Sprinter Class B motorhome, the Reale.
The luxury coach manufacturer said it features leather seats, a galley kitchen, bathroom with ceramic toilet and gold-plated sink, marble floors and a hidden coat rack.
While customers can customize their coaches, the company describes the Reale as, “A 5-star executive suite wrapped in ballistic steel.”
Amenities include an electronic espresso station, Apple TV, touchscreen management system, front and rear security cameras, 24K gold-plated accents, video conferencing and WiFi 4G network capabilities.
One of Lexani’s Class B Reale’s cost between $450,000 and $500,000.

-LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- When Johnnie Walker RV's head of marketing, Michael Walker, had a 350-gallon saltwater fish tank installed in an RV, it was just a novelty idea. Today, more than a month after the RV made its appearance on Animal Planet’s “Tanked” TV show, the vehicle is drawing attention from showroom guests and increasing foot traffic at Johnnie Walker RV stores.
“We didn’t see this coming,” said Walker. “When this project first came along we just thought the idea of being on reality TV would be a neat way to celebrate our 50-year anniversary. After the episode ran it was an unexpected but great surprise to see the increase in business!”
Walker estimates the RV has helped boost foot traffic about 25 percent at the company’s 4784 Boulder Highway showroom location. It has also helped sell Pacific Coachworks’ Econ trailers, the product in which the tank was built into by the Las Vegas-based Acrylic Tank Manufacturing (ATM) with help from Johnnie Walker RV's staff.
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#14172 - 07/28/13 07:03 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Wow I would love to see the rv with the fish tank there. Great tidbits once again

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#14175 - 07/28/13 07:08 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Good tidbits....I liked the part about the Forests.....I am in the 37% range
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#14313 - 08/03/13 10:44 AM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits for 8/3/2013

-GREENWICH TOWNSHIP, Berks County, Pa. -- The Greenwich Township Planning Commission is discussing how best to tackle the problem of people living year-round at two of the township's four campgrounds, reports the Reading Eagle.
According to Alice Flyte, secretary-treasurer, the residents are living in RVs at Pine Hill Campground and Robin Hill Campground.
Township Engineer Dennis J. Smaglinski of Technicon Enterprises Inc. II said the township needs to clearly specify that campgrounds are open year-round for transient campers, but not for any kind of permanent residency, reports the Reading Eagle.
"We need to talk to the operators and have them work with the municipality," he added.
Commission member Oscar E. Kleinsmith said he wants to look at the state's camping law for possible direction.

-When people put down their phones, turn off their TVs and enjoy a week of sunlight and campfires, a new study shows it could bring their bodies back in sync with nature, U.S. News and World Report reported today.
Researcher Kenneth Wright, from the University of Colorado at Boulder, sought to study the effect that artificial and natural exposure may be having on the human body's internal clocks. He recruited eight healthy adults who followed their normal daily routines for one week, and then spent another week camping together. During the trip, the only lights allowed were sunlight and campfire light, the magazine noted.
After completing the study, Wright discovered that exposure to artificial light at night and a lack of sun during the day actually contribute to some people's sleep problems and morning grogginess.

-Got a filled-up garbage dump and don't know what to do with it? Turn it into a high-end RV park. That's what Wildwood, New Jersey's mayor wants to do with the city's old landfill. If it happens, the 25-acre dump site will need to be sealed and capped first.

-California's Angeles National Forest officials have shut down camping at several areas of Table Mountain Campgrounds near Los Angeles. A squirrel tested positive for the plague and officials are taking no chances with human infection.

-Outdoor gear retailer Cabela's, a favorite among RVers for their "stay in your RV at our stores" policy, is bringing new stores to life. Look for stores this year in Acworth and Augusta, Ga., Missoula, Mont., and Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

News From The Weird

-The James M. Robb-Colorado River State Park, Island Acres section, near Grand Junction, Colo., has new restrictions in place. A bear has been pushing against tents in the camping area in search of food. Officials are now limiting camp units to hard-sided rigs until the bothersome bruin is bagged.

-An Ontario, Canada, RVer is sore after Crown officials banned her from camping on Crown lands for the balance of the summer. Louise Jean acknowledges that the province limits camping to a 21-day stretch, and then the camper must move at least 100 meters away. She says she, her family and friends broke no rules but were banned without explanation.

-Stockton, Calif., firefighters were called to help a man who somehow got his finger stuck under a motorhome tire. Responders had to use air lift bags to free the damaged digit.
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#14324 - 08/03/13 09:57 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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Good tidbits Mike, when did you have time to do this ? Good grief man, take a weekend off LOL....
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#14325 - 08/03/13 10:00 PM Re: Camping News Tidbits from around the country [Re: mikhen]
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ps. lmbo at the finger under the tire...I have tried every way I can think of that it could happen, still cant figure that one out, but still laughin about it....
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#14479 - 08/10/13 09:23 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Tidbits for 8/10/2013

-For the first time since 1994, the Pyrotechnics Guild International is returning to Western Pennsylvania to celebrate its 40th annual convention. For fireworks lovers young and old, this event will mark an explosive occasion that should not be missed by anyone.
The best of the best in the fireworks industry will gather at Cooper’s Lake Campground from Aug. 11-16 to host the largest fireworks displays in the United States.

-Champion/Athens Park Homes sees the 2013 Hershey show as the culmination of a great year and the kickoff to the 2014 season, says Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales for Champion Homes. “We look forward to the Pennsylvania show,” he said. The company is building park models from eight plants across the U.S. and the two units it’s showing at Hershey – one from the Rental Cottage Series and the other from the traditional Royal Series – are being built in Champion’s plant in Sangerfield, N.Y.

-If anyone purchases a new RV from Lerch RV at the upcoming America's Largest RV Show, we will refund your total entrance fee for your family as well as give you a free weekend of camping at Buttonwood Campground. And there might also be some extra perks for verified CPA members.

-NSA RV Products Inc., a supplier of brakes and towing products to the RV industry, announced it would begin implementing minimum advertised pricing (MAP) Aug. 22, as a way to keep internet dealers in check.
MAP agreements mean online retailers can’t display prices that fall below the MAP. When it comes time to buy, products may be sold at any price set by the retailer, just not advertised.

-An auction house whose methods were called into question by dealers and the Better Business Bureau seems to have gone out of business, but two new websites pitching the same “incentives” have emerged, a July 28 auction was scheduled, and employees of the former auction house may have been involved, Dealernews.com reported.
Sales efforts by Midwest Public Auction focused on the powersports industry, but the company also took consignments of boats, RVs, power equipment and more before it disappeared in 2012 after a number of dealer complaints. Another company, Extreme Live Auctions, sprang up in its wake with the same management as Midwest; however, this one also has disappeared.

-Go RVing has teamed with Sports Illustrated to provide the magazine’s lead NFL writer, Peter King, with a Jayco Precept Class A motorhome for his Monday Morning Quarterback (MMQB) Training Camp Tour this summer.
King, along with other Sports Illustrated writers and staffers, embarked from New York on July 29 for a three-week RV trip that will visit 19 cities. Along the way, King and other writers will write and blog about their RV adventures in addition to their normal football reporting on the widely read MMQB site and other Sports Illustrated properties.

-Meteor shower coming soon!
The peak time to see the annual Perseid meteor shower is August 11th this year. On that night, the rate of meteors can reach more than 50 per hour as the Earth passes through a stream of debris from Comet Swift-tuttle. Of course the best place to view the meteor showers is away from city lights, and the best time for viewing is the dark hours just before dawn.

-Fan-Tastic Vent, builder of RV dome ventilators, is readying to ship its 3 millionth vent. A special logo on the vent lid will indicate this milestone and will mean special prizes for whoever buys it.

-A spokesman for a credit card processing firm that specializes in RV parks says that while the economy is up, this year's camping season is less than stellar. Art Lieberman, president of MCPS for Campgrounds, says he thinks erratic weather is to blame.

-Erwin Hymer, the founder of the giant Hymer motorhome and Caravan empire, has died at age 82. Hymer motorhomes are a common sight throughout Europe and the world, although they are seldom seen in North America. The Erwin Hymer Museum in Bad Waldsee, Germany, showcases more than 80 of the German company's RVs.

-RV builder Lifestyle Luxury RV started business a year-and-a-half ago, and based on vehicle registration data more than 40 percent of its rigs have sold at retail.

-CAYUGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The emerald ash borer has arrived in Cayuga County, reports the Auburn Citizen. The federal Animal and Plant Health Identification Service confirmed the discovery of three adult borers at the Hejamada Campground and RV Park in Montezuma.
Cayuga County joins 16 other state counties that play host to the borer, including Onondaga and Monroe Counties, says the Auburn Citizen.

News From The Weird

-Daredevil Evel Knievel has a son Robbie. Robbie is also a daredevil. And this week Robbie was arrested for DUI in a motorhome in South Dakota after crashing into a few homes.P
Knievel was outside Sturgis, South Dakota in an RV lot that is used for the bike rally. Knievel allegedly crashed into multiple mobile homes and then took off without stopping. P
Police found Knievel in his RV a little bit later in a different parking lot, sitting and texting. When they did a field sobriety test, he blew a 0.228, which is three times the legal limit. He was taken to jail and later released.P
And South Dakota is fast in its justice system. They've already suspended his license for 30 days and given him $600 in fines. That should be enough to convince Robbie that the "Drunken Motorhome Drive" is not a stunt he needs to repeat.

-The plight of a stalled motorhome near Nimrod, Ore., took a turn for the worse when five of its 11 passengers decided to push it off the highway — with an allegedly intoxicated woman at the wheel. Push they did — right off an embankment, leaving the other six people stuck inside the overturned RV before being rescued 45 minutes later.


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#14491 - 08/10/13 11:32 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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LOL...what's a shame? A bus load of drunks going over a cliff with 5 empty seats
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#14721 - 08/17/13 09:40 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits for 8/17/2013

-Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales of Ellwood City, Pa., is expanding for the first time in nearly 50 years with a new dealership.
The new dealership will be located just north of Fredericksburg, Va., on more than 2 acres off of I95 on Route 1. The dealership, Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales of Virginia, will carry several lines from Forest River, and also continue to carry the Coachmen Brand Apex RV at the new location.
The anticipated opening is Sept. 3, for service and parts, and sales will open soon thereafter, with a grand opening celebration in late September.

-A court ruling that hands over ownership of the Lake Erie Community Park in Lake City, Pa., to Girard Township means RVers are getting the boot. The new owner of the park has given campers until September 9 to move out so that it can add hiking trails and a playground.

-On Sunday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast.

-A record nine million households in the U.S. now own RVs. Families with children 18 years or younger make up 40 percent of these. Source: Recreational Vehicle Industry Association.

-RV Trader.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, has released a GPS-sensitive Android application that showcases more than 90,000 new and used RVs for sale. According to a press release, the new RV Trader application allows RV shoppers to quickly find nearby dealer and private seller inventory using the Android’s GPS functionality. The search tool allows users to search for RVs by type, new or used condition, price range and model year in a specific zip code or near the user’s current location.

-At Bella Terra of Gulf Shores there is no shortage of great activities at the resort and attractions in the area, but soon, the easy life in Foley is about to get even more fun! Blue Collar Country is an entertainment destination from renowned entertainers Jeff Foxworthy, Larry the Cable Guy and Bill Engvall. Located just down the road from the five star class A motor coach resort, Bella Terra of Gulf Shores, Blue Collar Country promises to bring live music, comedy shows and other attractions.

-New pickup in your future? Ram trucks' new EcoDiesel V-6 1500 lists a towing capacity of 9,200 pounds; its V6 gas cousin, 7,450 pounds. Fuel economy on the diesel is not official yet, but said to be at least 25 mpg highway. Upgrading to the diesel version will set you back an additional $2,850.

News From The Weird

-Campers in the Rising Sun Campground of Montana's Glacier National Park are now limited to the use of hard-sided rigs after tent-campers were awakened by a black bear that laid down on their tent. The same bear is thought to have been involved in other campground incidents. Rangers are attempting to "modify" the bear's behavior.

-WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. -- Welcome to Williams Lake writes that just after 10 a.m. on Thursday, the Williams Lake RCMP responded to a single vehicle rollover at 1157 Cariboo Highway 97 South.
An unoccupied Toyota motorhome parked at Canwest Propane rolled down the steep bank between Highway 97 and Mackenzie Avenue South, says Welcome to Williams Lake.
“It appears that driver/owner left vehicle in gear when he parked,” said RCMP Inspector Warren Brown in a media release.
The vehicle was completely destroyed.


Gone to the Dogs

-LANSDOWNE, Ontario, Canada – Are RVers at the local KOA campground putting on the dog? For $10, they can. The first of 475 North American KOA campgrounds has opened a semi-automated dog wash called “Evolution Dog Wash.”
Dogs are washed, de-flead, anti-itched, and dried in minutes, evidently making them more RV friendly. Susan Barton, the owner of the 1000 Islands/Ivy Lea KOA is ecstatic. “Many of our guests travel with their dogs and consider them family. We wanted to give our animal guests a treat as well, says Barton.
For a fraction of the price of a groomer, dog-loving RVers can pump credit cards or coins into the miracle machine, load on “Bowser” and scrub away, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

-NEW LONDON, Wis. -- Paula and Ed Bendixen have called Huckleberry Acres Campground in New London their happy summer home for several years. But that all changed on Wednesday, writes MyFox Philadelphia.
During a storm, their camper was lifted up off the ground, flipped and landed almost on its roof.
MyFox Philadelphia says Ed was rescued from the bedroom by a neighbor. He suffered a broken neck along with bumps and bruises. Paula was bruised and trapped under debris and extremely disoriented, but help was on the way.
She says their dog George found a hole and came to her, and she crawled out after him. The couple credits the dog for helping Paula escape without any serious injuries, writes MyFox Philadelphia.

-Nearly everyone who boards the Grand Canyon Railroad in Williams, Ariz., to the south rim of the Grand Canyon arrives by car – and many travel with their family dog or cat in tow. While pet parents enjoy a trip to the Canyon, their furry friends have something to wag about at the Grand Canyon Railway's (GCR) Pet Resort, states a press release from GCR.
The GCR's Pet Resort boasts an entire residential wing for pets: 28 rooms for dogs and 16 condos for felines. The GCR Pet Resort is a modern retreat for pet parents who want to experience the iconic Route 66 in the town of Williams, an entertaining historic train ride and take in the splendor of the Grand Canyon without leaving their four-legged family members at home or in a kennel far away, says the release.
Featuring cat condos with natural sunlight and en suite entertainment with custom-made sitting ledges looking out onto sports courts, the Pet Resort also offers canines the chance to enjoy private indoor space with personal outdoor runs. The temperature controlled facility features individual state-of-the-art ventilation and evaporative heating and cooling systems, thus eliminating the scent of other animals and increasing your pet's comfort zone, states the release. Dedicated staff ensures that the dogs and cats receive individual playtime and attention.
The pet resort is conveniently located adjacent to the GCR Railway, Hotel and RV Park, says the release. Daily rates begin at $16 for cats and $23 for dogs, with the option of adding a second cat or dog to the same kennel for just $12 and $16 respectively. Extended stays of seven nights or more are available for a weekly rate of $98 for cats and $140 for dogs. Pet owners are encouraged to bring their pet's favorite foods, beds and toys. All animals must have paperwork to provide proof of current shots.

-ROBERTSDALE, Ala. -- The Haven animal shelter will be at Camping World in Robertsdale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Aug. 17, hoping to find forever homes for both adoptable dogs and cats, reports al.com.
Adoption fees are $90 for dogs and $65 for cats.


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-HANOVER, Pa. -- Bakers Four Season General Store in Hanover is on the way to/from Codorus State Park, and caters to campers and park-goers with canned goods on the shelves, fresh potatoes, onions and apples in barrels, reports The Evening Sun.
The store sells bottled drinks along with fountain sodas, candy bars, bags of chips and live bait, writes The Evening Sun. It's also added hot subs and sandwiches, fries, hand-dipped ice cream, snowballs, baked goods and other various items to the menu.
There's no dining area inside the facility, but there are picnic tables with umbrellas that sit outside on the lawn next to the building.

-CARLOS, Minn. -- Ansis Vilcins has been camping at Lake Carlos State Park for the last 35 years or so, and returned last week to enjoy the great outdoors, time with family, and to celebrate his 100th birthday, reports the Alexandria Echo Press.
The Alexandria Echo Press says Vilcins was born in Latvia and moved to America after the war pushed his family away. As refugees in America, camping was an easy option and it has stayed with the family over the years.
Though Vilcins has been to almost every state in the U.S., he continues to return to Carlos State Park for a simple reason: He loves it,

- On Sunday, Aug. 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast.

-U.S. motorhome retail — Class A and Class C — was up 30 percent for June, according to a research note from Baird Equity Research, citing Statistical Surveys. Class A sales jumped 31 percent, while Class C retail improved 28 percent.

-SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- CBS Local writes that the California State Parks Department has been quiet after CBS13 uncovered allegations of a parks worker rigging park bathrooms with cameras.
“These people have a right to know if they were victimized,” said attorney Jeffrey Fulton.
Fulton represents a state whistleblower who informed CBS13 about the case.
CBS Local says Jesse Nungaray allegedly recorded dozens of men, women and children in the restrooms at the Oceano Campground on Pismo State Beach. He was part of a parks construction crew traveling the state, modifying restrooms.
Fulton said he believes the Pismo Police Department has a copy of the videos.

-BAINBRIDGE, Ohio -The discovery of a suspicious-looking metal cylinder at the Paint Creek State Park Camping Area Sunday morning led authorities to call for assistance from bomb experts and to screen incoming and outgoing campers.
The Ross County Sheriff was called at 9:50 a.m. after someone reported finding a metal cylinder, about 12 inches long with caps on both ends. Members of the Columbus Division of Fire Bomb Squad were also called to the scene near Bainbridge and neutralized the device.
A second device may have exploded during the early morning hours, campers told authorities.
Ross County's bomb-sniffing K-9 swept the campgrounds to ensure the safety of campers from any other possible device.
The neutralized device has been sent to a lab for testing.

-A bit of history from the original (now bankrupt) Fleetwood RV has been donated to the RV/Motorhome Hall of Fame Museum: the very first Fleetwood trailer, a 1950 12-foot Sporter, and the first Fleetwood motorhome, a 1969 Pace Arrow. Also donated is the 1985 working prototype of Fleetwood's 1986-1987 model year Bounder, the first motorhome with "basement storage."

-Cummins will soon provide a 5.0 liter V8 turbo diesel engine for Nissan's new Titan pickup trucks. No date set for manufacturing start, but prototypes are already being given on-highway testing.

-Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is closing two of its campgrounds in Pachaug State Forest after Eastern equine encephalitis was detected in human-biting mosquitoes.
DEEP announced Wednesday that overnight camping will be not be allowed at Mount Misery campground and the nearby Frog Hollow Horse Camp until further notice. Both camps are located in the Voluntown section of the state forest, the largest in Connecticut.
DEEP Commissioner Daniel Esty said EEE is a rare but potentially deadly disease that must be taken seriously. He said the presence of human-biting mosquitoes so near to the campgrounds left the agency with no choice but to close them to protect public health.

News From The Weird

- A woman was bitten on the arm by a bear early Friday morning while sleeping in a tent at a campground south of Pagosa Springs, reports The Durango Herald.
“The lady was sleeping alone in a campground on private land that has dispersed tent sites,” said Matt Thorpe, the new area wildlife manager for Colorado Parks and Recreation. “About 2 a.m., a bear reached into her tent and bit her. She must have pulled her arm away or made a sound, because the bear retreated immediately.”
Thorpe said he and three other Colorado Parks and Wildlife employees gathered at the tent site with trained hounds to track the bear, reports The Durango Herald. The group followed the scent for several miles but didn’t find it.

-A hapless do-it-yourselfing RVer shot cleaning fluid into his motorhome's engine compartment at the same time his assistant turned the ignition key over. Result? A total of three motorhomes destroyed in Clearfield, Utah, when two adjacent RVs became "collateral damage" of the resulting blaze.

Too Much Government

-Mountlake Terrace, Wash., officials have completed a survey of 888 RVs and boats in their jurisdiction. They found that 300 RVs were in an "un-kept" condition, while only 154 were "well-kept" and the balance were “kept.” City officials are considering new regulations to deal with RVs.

- Campers at Larson’s Landing in Yankton, SD, will now have a lot more sunshine to contend with while staying there, reports the Yankton Daily Press.
At issue during the Yankton County Commission meeting this week was whether a patio shade, consisting of four poles and a roof and the personal property of the camper, is a structure according to the definition of the county zoning ordinance. If so, a building permit is needed to construct them, says the Yankton Daily Press.
Zoning Administrator Patrick Garrity ruled that the more than 30 patio shades built without a permit in the 94-unit campground would have to be removed within 30 days.
Doug Larson, owner of Larson’s Landing, appealed that decision to the County Commission, but in a unanimous decision, the commission approved a motion upholding Garrity's decision, says the Yankton Daily Press.


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-GORDONVILLE, Lancaster County, Pa. -- At their Aug. 20 meeting, East Lampeter Township supervisors gave Country Acres Campground in Gordonville the approval to expand its camping facility, reports Lancaster Newspapers.
The campground received final approval to remove five existing campsites and develop 19 new ones for a total of 100 camping sites, says Lancaster Newspapers.
The campground also plans to build a new pavilion and bathhouse on the property and to widen the access road into the campground.

-PAXINOS, Pa. -- The remaining portion of the former Fleetwood RV complex in Paxinos has been purchased by CC Industries (CCI) Inc., the parent company of Great Dane Trailers, reports News Item.
According to a deed filed Tuesday with the Northumberland County Register and Recorder's Office, CCI bought the 73-acre property for $3.85 million.
A spokesman for Great Dane remained quiet Thursday about CCI's intentions in Paxinos, says News Item.
"At this time no specific plans for the property have been announced," David P. Grant, marketing director, said in confirming the purchase.

-ROSS TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The family of 41-year-old Richard Charles Shotwell, who was killed by a falling tree at Hidden Lake Campground in Ross Township amid Hurricane Irene in Aug. 2011, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, reports the Citizens Voice.
The Citizens Voice says Shotwell was sleeping inside a camper at the campground when severe winds uprooted a tree and caused it to topple on the mobile home, according to the lawsuit. He died from asphyxiation due to being pinned down by the tree, authorities said at the time.
The lawsuit states that those who run the campground "knew or should have known that a severe hurricane was approaching the area" and should have ordered an evacuation of the facility.
The lawsuit was filed Monday against New Hidden Lake Campground Inc., which operates the campground, reports the Citizens Voice.

-More people will travel in the United States this Labor Day holiday than they have on any of the September breaks since the 2008 financial crisis, U.S. travel group AAA said on Tuesday (Aug. 27),

-Despite an Atlantic-size storm of protest against it, Delaware's Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commissioners voted to recommend approval for zoning changes that would allow the construction of a 628-site RV park near Lewes. More than 1,200 area residents signed a petition against the park. Now the county council will decide whether or not Love Creek RV Resort and Campground will get a permit.

-Authorities say a 16-year-old boy who was bitten by a wolf at the West Winnie Campground on Minnesota's Lake Winnibigoshish can be considered an anomaly. The attack occurred Aug. 24 after the same wolf reportedly bit through tents. Wolf attacks are extremely rare. The boy required staples to close the wounds. Authorities are still searching for the animal.

-NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon's motorhome took a turn for the worse when it caught fire on I-85 in Jackson County, Ga. Gordon was not present at the scene.

-MELBOURNE, Australia -- A new wash bag, dubbed the Scrubba, could transform the lives of campers, travelers, and festival goers because it can wash clothes in just five minutes, writes the Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail £41 says the wash bag can easily wash T-shirts, socks, underwear, and even jeans.
When three liters of water, liquid soap, and dirty washing are added to the bag, a user has to simply fold and fasten it closed, and rub it to clean the clothes inside. for more information, visit The Scrubba.

-Coach-Net has launched a new mobile application for its members, according to a press release. Coach-Net Mobile, which is free for users of iOS and Android devices, enables members to quickly and easily request roadside assistance in just a few simple steps. Members enter and save their information only once, select the type of service they need and then simply push the “Call for Service” button to request timely, professional assistance.

-LAKE NEBAGAMON, Wis. -- Wasko’s Campground Plus in Lake Nebagamon can sell alcohol again, after a last-minute agreement was made between business owner Chris Zoltak and the Bennett Town Board, reports the Superior Telegram.
Wasko’s has been without a class B beer and liquor license since the board voted not to renew it during a closed session June 26, says the Superior Telegram.
Zoltak filed suit against the town two weeks later. The two sides struck an agreement Friday to renew the liquor license pending the outcome of a separate criminal case against Zoltak.
According to the agreement, if Zoltak is convicted of a felony, he will have to surrender the license. By state law, a convicted felon cannot hold a liquor license, writes the Superior Telegram.

News From The Weird

-Australian Police can do nothing to stop a camper hire company from emblazoning the F-word on the side of their hire vehicles.
Police Minister Jack Dempsey's office has also revealed police have no powers to stop camper hire company, Wicked Campers, from offering discounts to those who "smoke weed".
This is despite a request from the Advertising Standards Board to the Minister's office in March, calling on him to act after the Brisbane-based business ignored its ruling.
The revelation came after a Sunshine Coast dad complained about a Wicked camper van which was parked at King's Beach play area.
It had "F*** Google, ask me" painted in bold on its back.
The dad, who asked to remain anonymous, tried to contact Wicked to complain about their use of bad language on its van.
"I'm pretty tolerant, but this was parked right between the kids' fountain and playground," the dad said.
He said Wicked's response was, "Well, we didn't ask for the van to be parked there".
The board has had 39 complaints against Wicked registered since 2008.
In February, it ruled Wicked's use of an online discount for those who "smoke weed" portrayed "material which is contrary to prevailing community standards on safe driving".
It wrote to Mr Dempsey in March, asking him to act on the matter. The discount was still available online yesterday along with a discount for gay people.
The board said yesterday it was waiting for a response from the police minister.
But the minister's office said this had been sent "a week ago" advising it did not have the powers to act. Wicked has not replied to the Daily's requests for comment.

--MARRAKAI, Northern Territory -- A 24-year-old Australian camper is missing and presumed dead after being snatched by a crocodile while swimming in a river Saturday afternoon near Mary River Wilderness Retreat in Marrakai, reports NBCNews.com.
NBCNews.com says the local man was celebrating a friend's 30th birthday at the tourist destination, Senior Sergeant Geoff Bahnert told The Associated Press.
"Several of the group in the party witnessed the male being taken in the jaws of the croc for a period of time, and then he was out of sight," Bahnert said. "The Mary River is known worldwide to have the greatest saturation of adult saltwater crocodiles in the world. You don't swim in the Mary River," he said.
Alcohol may have played a part in the decision to swim, he said.

-BORING, Ore. (KOIN) — A man was taken to a hospital for medical and mental evaluation after police said he intentionally rammed his motorhome into a Boring bar.
The Timber Tavern had just closed around 2 a.m. when Clackamas County deputies were called to the bar at 28052 SE Highway 212.
When they arrived they saw the motorhome crashed into the bar and a man walking around outside the vehicle. Deputies said in a release they noticed the man, Larry Dale Karasch, had self-inflicted wounds on his arms.
No one was injured in this incident.



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Wow that owns first plus I can say if q bar is that boring then either u need to find a good bar or make sure when u go for a couple drinks make sure u have some good friends there with you so it dont get boring in the first place

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News Tidbits for 9/7/2013

-America's Largest RV Show kicks off this week in Hershey, Pa. You can get complete info as well as discount coupons here.

-Earl Stoltzfus of Stoltzfus RV’s & Marine in West Chester, Pa., doubled his lifetime contribution to the RV Learning Center with a $10,000 donation. According to a press release, contributions to the RV Learning Center keep critical education, training and publications affordable for RV dealers and their staff.

-Labor Day weekend is over and the staff at Reno, Nevada's, Safari RV is busy: Nearly 100 RVs are back from Burning Man, the huge arts festival on the Black Rock Desert. Coated with fine, alkaline dust, they'll all need cleaning. Never mind, Safari's manager declares the Burning Man season as their “Christmas.”

-When Dan Skaros, an off-duty fire chief in Oliver, B.C., smelled smoke, he followed his nose. Clad in shorts and flip-flops, he arrived at the Centennial RV Park and found a burning motorhome. Breaking out windows to clear smoke, he found an unconscious eight-year-old boy on a bed. Skaros dragged the boy out and directly into the hands of just-arrived ambulance attendants. The boy is recovering from second-degree burns.

-The venerable VW microbus, semi-official transporter of Dead Heads, has hit the end of the line. Volkswagen says it will roll the last one off its production line in Brazil this month. Safety and emissions standards have made the design impractical. The last 600 made will get a special dashboard plaque commemorating the occasion.

-If you thought the magazine Sports Illustrated was famous only for its annual swimsuit edition, think again. Now the outfit has partnered with RV promotional organization, Go RVing, to sponsor the 2013 Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour. Winnebago Industries will provide a motorhome to promote RVing at football games around the country.

-BILLINGS, Mont. - Kampgrounds of America continued its Summer 2013 string of holiday successes over the Labor Day Weekend, posting a 4.5 percent increase in short-term camper nights compared to Labor Day Weekend last year, the company announced today.
The big Labor Day camper turnout brought KOA’s overall 2013 camping numbers to 3 percent over year-to-date performance in 2012.
“Camping numbers have been positive throughout the summer,” said KOA President Pat Hittmeier. “We’ve seen positive growth in every section of the country. Fuel prices have been stable, and the weather really cooperated this year to give our campers the maximum amount of enjoyment from their KOA camping lifestyles.”
The positive trend doesn’t show any signs of abating, he noted. Advanced reservations for the final week of KOA’s summer “peak season” (which runs through Sept. 8) remain strong at 8.6 percent over last year. Reservations for KOA’s Value Kard Rewards Appreciation Weekend Sept. 13 and 14 are running 18.8 percent ahead of the same period in 2012. Members of KOAs Value Kard Rewards Program receive a free night of camping Sept. 14 when they stay as paying guests on Sept.13.



News from The Weird

-FAIRBANKS, Alaska -- On Sunday, a woman reportedly pulled a gun on other campers at Anderson RV Park after they refused to let her ride an ATV while intoxicated, reports the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
Upset, 27-year-old Cynthia Nelson eventually entered her RV and retrieved a loaded pistol. She then reportedly confronted the other campers while brandishing her gun, writes the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.
The other campers were able to separate the woman and the gun, detaining both until troopers arrived.

-PIERCETON, Ind. -- An Illinois man was charged with felony battery after he critically injured a Indiana woman during an argument over a clothes dryer at a Jellystone Campground in Pierceton, Stacey Page Online reported.
Sheriff's deputies and paramedics responded to the campground at 11 a.m. Sunday where they found a 24-year-old woman severely battered. She was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
Michael Zimny, 54, of Glenwood, Ill., allegedly struck the woman in the front temple area and she fell unconscious, the website noted.

-Has your RV dog been acting weird? Barking at nothing, biting at the air? Colorado veterinarians say they're classic symptoms that your dog is high — on mushrooms. The Colorado high country is busting out with psychedelic mushrooms that dogs seem to love. Vets advise keeping your dog on a short leash.

-PORTLAND, Ore. -- One family now has even more to mourn about after their loved one’s ashes were stolen from a camper in Portland Monday, just before the special ceremony to celebrate his life, reports kgw.com.
“Baja Bill" Banta died unexpectedly in June. His ashes, placed in five containers for his family, were tucked away in a backpack with photos and other memories that were to be part of his celebration of life, writes kgw.com. But the backpack was stolen out of a Chinook camper parked in Northeast Portland.
“We came down here to gather together to spread the ashes among family members and they were in a backpack in the camper here where my brother was asleep,” said Banta’s daughter, Shelly Michael. “They were stolen.”

-PITTSBURGH, Pa. -- To make life easier for campers, an inventor from Crete, Ill., has developed the Motorized Tent.
The tent can be set up in less than an hour, which saves time and effort, and eliminates hassles and frustrations, according to InventHelp Inc. It is usable by the military, scouts and campers, and it is producible in various sizes.
The inventor's personal findings inspired the idea. "While doing a report at college, I discovered that there is a large population of campers," he said. "It takes three hours or more to pitch a tent. I thought that this is a big waste of time, so I came up with a tent that sets up more quickly."

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News Tidbits For 9/14/2013

-HERSHEY, Pa. -- This week, several film crews are taping an HGTV network show focused on recreational vehicles at America's Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., reports PennLive.com.
With cameras and sound equipment in tow, crews and producers representing Nancy Glass Productions, based in Philadelphia, braved 90 degree-plus temperatures in the center's parking lot, writes PennLive.com.
Heather Leach, a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania Recreational Vehicle and Camping Association, said the network tapes at the show each year. She said the television show focuses on three families who are interested in purchasing vehicles in a variety of price ranges.
She said as far as she knows, the special episode will air in a few months. Usually New year's Day.

-HERSHEY, Pa. -- With temperatures baking at more than 85 degrees with humidity hovering in the 90s and the heat index well past 100 degrees Wednesday, consumer days at the Pennsylvania RV Show got off to a hot, muggy start. But, the heat didn't deter buyers.
Attendance on opening day was 6,636 people, almost 100 more than the 6,542 who checked out the first day of the show in 2012, said Heather Leach, director of communications for the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, which is sponsoring the first big consumer show of the season.
Leach credits the higher attendance with the bigger displays spread out across the Giant Center in Hershey. There are 20 percent more RV displays and 14 percent more supplier booths this year than the show hosted in 2012.
"If the weather hadn't been so hot, we might have seen even more people on Wednesday," she told RV Daily Report, noting that yesterday was Senior Day at the show and some seasoned citizens might have stayed away due to the extreme heat.
Weather woes continued into Thursday with a booming thunderstorm shortly after the show opened this morning, but it brought welcome relief to the humidity. Add in a gentle breeze, and the show was a much better venue today. Leach said the phone in the show office has been ringing steadily with questions from people wanting information about Friday and Saturday events. With temperatures expected to drop 30 degrees on Friday, the weekend should be spectacular for show attendance, she predicted.
Despite the weather, buyers did come out to the show.

-Winnebago Industries will debut several new products at America’s Largest RV show in Hershey, Pa., this week, including Class C and Class B motorhomes.
Winnebago said it’s the first to build a Class C motorhome on the new Ram ProMaster chassis with the V6 Pentastar gas engine, 9,350 pound GVWR, six air bags, and best in class cab ergonomics and visibility.

-While the U.S. average price of gas only moved 18.7 cents per gallon between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the average price at the pump was almost 4 cents per gallon more for the duration of the summer versus 2012.

-Look for Shipshewana, Ind.-based Open Range RV Co. to introduce eight new floorplans – including one never-before-seen option – and to show off a newly designed, luxurious fifth wheel during Elkhart Open House Week.
Open Range will unveil the unique floorplan and the fifth wheel at noon Monday, Sept. 16, at Norco Building, 2800 Northland Drive in Elkhart. Open Range said many other floorplans will be updated and available for dealers to see at its open house.

-A relatively new outfit, RV Golf Club, offers a $49 membership that allows RVers to park at more than 300 golf clubs around the U.S. for one night, free. No hookups, no garbage service, no putting out the awnings — just a place to stay. Some clubs will provide discounts for greens fees, restaurants, etc.

- During the week of Aug. 5th, the Open Range Owners Club held their first rally in Shipshewana, Ind.
Based on comments from Open Range owners, they enjoyed a great week filled with seminars to help them understand their Open Range better, according to Open Range RV Company. Open Range service techs spent time at the campground fixing, tweaking, and updating items for the attendees.
There was a pancake breakfast with the famous pancake flipper from Detroit, and the Open Range staff grilled lunch for attendees on Friday. About 100 Open Range owners attended the week-long rally.

News from The Weird

-CAMBRIA, Calif. -- On Tuesday, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office received a report about a panga boat that was beached near the San Simeon State Park campground.
Deputies, along with state park rangers, discovered an abandoned 30-foot panga boat containing one 30 pound package of marijuana. It's believed that several thousand pounds of marijuana were offloaded from the boat sometime overnight or early yesterday morning.
No arrests were made.
The street value of the marijuana recovered is estimated at $18,000.
Detectives are continuing to investigate with the assistance of state park rangers and the U.S. Coast Guard.


Remember the beer guzzling bear from a few months ago? We found his buddy...

-A rampage by a feral pig that consumed 18 beers has prompted warnings for people at campsites to properly secure their food and alcohol.
The pig struck at the DeGrey River rest area, east of the remote Western Australian town of Port Hedland in the Pilbara, according to the ABC.
The animal was seen stealing three six-packs of beer from campers before ransacking rubbish bags for food.
One camper reported seeing the pig guzzling the beer before getting involved in an altercation with a cow.
"In the middle of the night these people camping opposite us heard a noise, so they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, scrunching away at their cans," said the visitor, who estimated that the pig had consumed 18 beers.
"Then he went and raided all the rubbish bags. There were some other people camped right on the river and they saw him being chased around their vehicle by a cow."
The pig was reportedly last seen resting under a tree, possibly nursing a hangover.







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News Tidbits for 9/21/2013

-NEW STANTON, Pa. -- CBS Local reports that Pennsylvania police are trying to identify two people caught on surveillance tape burglarizing Fox Den Acres Campground in New Stanton.
The incident happened around 5 a.m. Thursday, September 12. A young man and woman, appearing to be in their late teens or early 20’s, got into the Trading Post by cutting a lock on the front door, says CBS Local.
They got away with around $300 from the register.
Anyone with information should contact the Greensburg barracks.
For full story and images, click here.

-This year’s America’s Largest RV Show in Hershey, Pa., sponsored by the Pennsylvania RV and Campground Association (PRVCA), hit an attendance record as 43,768 visitors poured into the five-day event. The attendance figure was up slightly up from last year’s attendance of 43,131.

-Winnebago Industries Inc. has been listed as 65th in Fortune Magazine’s “100 Fastest Growing Companies” in the Sept. 16 issue.

-SEFFNER, Fla. -- The Lazydays Employee Foundation announced Monday that it raised more than $101,000 during the 3rd Annual Golf Tournament, thanks to the help of local sponsors, supporters and individual golfers. All proceeds from this golf tournament will go toward making a difference in the lives of at-risk children in the Tampa Bay area.
The success of this fundraiser is due to the generous support of 81 sponsors, including two principal sponsors: Bank of America and Greenberg Traurig LLP, notes a press release from Lazydays. Additional sponsors consisted of Auto Body Express, U.S. Foods, Crowe Horwath, several RV manufacturers, local banks, Lazydays vendors, and more.

-Americans bought nearly two million pickups in 2012, 645,316 of which were Ford F-Series trucks. Second-place Chevrolet Silverado tailed at 418,312 sold. Third place: The Dodge Ram at 293,363 units.

-Sweetening the deal for RV road-service club members, Coach-Net, a service club provider, says its members can now get $25 off membership renewal — if they allow club affiliate Guardian RV Glass Network to replace their RV's broken windshield, side or back glass.

-NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. -- Thieves recently broke into a trailer owned by Boy Scout Troop 77 in New Port Richey and stole thousands of dollars worth of camping equipment, reports Bay News 9. But thanks to Camping World, a lot of that gear has been replaced.
Jim Whidden, of Camping World, said when they heard what happened they knew they had to help.
"Felt real bad that we are in a society where people are going to steal camping gear from a bunch of Boy Scouts," Whidden said.
Troop 77 plans to do some work around the Camping World store to pay for the gear, reports Bay News 9.

-RVers near Carlsbad, N.M., got free helicopter rides last week. The unexpected trips came when flooding at the SKP Ranch RV Park caught residents without a road to get out. A medevac 'copter was pressed into service taking out guests three at a time — among them a 92-year-old WWII veteran.Sadly, they had to leave their pets behind, until.....

- Residents of the RV park where flood waters forced an evacuation Thursday walked away from many things. But the hardest possessions to leave behind may have been the animals -- the dogs and cats who were much-loved companions.
Before the evening was over, however, city and county employees, animal care workers and veterinarians came to the rescue.
According to Patsy Jackson-Christopher, city director of culture, recreation and community services, the animal rescuers descended on the park with two large trailers and plenty of animal crates.
Most animals were cats and dogs and their owners who had remained behind when, earlier in the day, a helicopter plucked some 60 residents from the water logged park.


News From The Weird

-FAIRBANKS — Punching isn’t a common defense against a bear, but it seems to have worked for a Fairbanks couple awakened by a grizzly at the Sourdough Campground on the Richardson Highway.
Jason Lauesen and Liz Pawelko were awakened about 6 a.m. on Labor Day by shaking and the entrance of a bear head, or maybe a paw, into Lauesen’s side of their tent.
“I was sort of half asleep, and at first, I thought, ‘Jeez, this is really tossing and turning.’ Then I realized what was going on so I sat up,” said Lauesen, a Daily News-Miner pressman.
“My first reaction was to punch, so I did.”
At the time, Lauesen didn’t have his glasses on, and doesn’t know what part of the bear he made contact with. But whatever part of the bear entered the tent shredded the inflatable pad he was sleeping on. After the encounter, the couple found the jacket Lauesen had been using as a pillow soaked in bear saliva that reeked of fish, indicating the bear probably had its head in the tent.

-About 70 dogs had their travel plans interrupted outside of Abingdon, Va., when the motorhome they were traveling in overturned on I-81 last Saturday. The motorhome, operated by a dog rescue agency, was transporting the canines to new homes. All have been temporarily sheltered until the motorhome can be repaired.





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#15747 - 09/28/13 07:25 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits for 9/28/2013

-BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- Patch.com reports that a Bethlehem couple allegedly stole at least 15 batteries from parked recreational vehicles in Bushkill Township so they could sell them to buy heroin, according to police.
Police said each battery would fetch $12 from a scrap yard in Whitehall Township or Wind Gap, enough to buy a bag of heroin, according to a recorded confession from one of the defendants.
The couple was caught Friday after a resident reportedly saw them steal a battery.

-If you're looking for something to do today (Saturday), keep in mind that admission is free all day to America's National Parks in recognition of National Public Lands Day. Other federal agencies waiving fees include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Forest Service.

-Heartland RV is now installing the Correct Track trailer alignment system on all of its travel trailer, 5th wheel and toy hauler brands. It's integrated into the suspension system of the RV's chassis and enables a manufacturer or certified dealer to customize the wheel alignment to the end user’s specific load requirements.

-Demand for RVs in mainland China has mushroomed. In August, a four-day show in Beijing netted 550 million yuan (nearly $90 million U.S.) in sales, leaving RV sales folk open-mouthed with shock.

-KNOXVILLE, Md. -- Brunswick Family Campground has been voted to have the most awesome family camping sites in the Washington Metropolitan Area, River & Trail Outfitters has announced. The recognition was given by the e-savvy company Red Tricycle, whose mission is to “help busy parents have more fun with their kids.” According to their website, “Red Tricycle's Totally Awesome Awards lets parents nominate and vote for the best family-friendly products, parenting tips and resources in their community.”
Brunswick Family Campground is located on a quiet stretch of river frontage land beside the Potomac River and the C&O Canal National Historic Park in Frederick County, Md. The campground is owned by the city of Brunswick, Md., and is managed by River & Trail Outfitters, the oldest family outfitter in the Harpers Ferry region

-ELKHART COUNTY, Ind. -- In 2012, Elkhart County ranked No. 1 in the nation for job growth. While the rest of the country averaged 1.9 percent growth, Elkhart County experienced 7.4 percent. Elkhart made headlines for its high unemployment years ago, so it's no surprise its recovery is equally notable, writes WNDU.
It is well-known that Elkhart County's economy is inextricably linked to the RV industry, writes WNDU. Kip Ellis, vice president of sales and marketing at Atwood Mobile Products, said 2013 has been a good year for the entire industry.
Ellis said the recovery didn’t occur in “leaps and bounds,” instead it’s been a gradual five-year process.
WNDU writes that in September, thousands of RV dealers flocked to Elkhart County for Open House week. Manufacturers and suppliers say the showing indicates a positive buzz for the industry at-large, and has industry leaders saying they're optimistic for next year.

-July sales of towable RVs were up compared to the same period in 2012. Travel trailers were up by nearly 22 percent, fifth wheels by almost 17 percent, and folding trailers went up, albeit a paltry four percent.

-FLEMINGSBURG | A camper reported stolen from a Fleming County home in 2009 popped up in Boone County on Friday.
According to Flemingsburg Chief Randy Sergent, the pop-up camper was stolen from the home of Ron and Janet Brandenburg on West Water Street in the downtown area of Flemingsburg in 2009.
"It was stolen right out of their backyard," Sergent said. "There were no leads as to where it went."
Sergent said he received a call on Friday from the Boone County Sheriff's Office about a camper recovered from an individual who was trying to register it.
"The man said he had purchased the vehicle in Winchester from another person and went to register it, only to find out it was stolen," Sergent said. "He backtracked the information and when they found out it was stolen from Flemingsburg, the Sheriff's Office took possession of it."
Sergent said he plans to pick up the camper from the Boone County Sheriff's Office and is unsure what will happen to it after.
"The family no longer lives in Flemingsburg," Sergent said. "But, if the insurance company paid on the camper when it was stolen, it will be turned over to the insurance company. If not, I'm not sure what will happen with it."
Sergent said there is no indication of where the camper had been before showing up in Winchester, but hopes to have more information after following up with the Winchester police.

News From The Weird

-ASPEN, Colo. -- Smoking pot in the privacy of your own home may now be legal in Colorado, but smoking it at your campsite isn't, at least not if you're camping in the White River National Forest, writes the Aspen Daily News.
The Aspen Daily News reports that marijuana possession remains illegal on federal land, and Forest Service agents are citing campers for possession.

-An inmate, Emory Gibson III, who had escaped from a Georgia jail in July has been captured in Florida.
Gibson had been hiding in plain view: Orlando cops busted him this week for "illegal camping," after Gibson was caught sleeping on a sidewalk and using his backpack for a pillow ... near Orlando's police headquarters, reports the Orlando Sentinel.
Gibson, no longer a happy camper, gave cops a phony name and was hauled off to the pokey.
He had been jailed in Georgia on Robbery by Snatching and Interference with an Officer charges.









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#15872 - 10/05/13 08:50 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 10/5/2013

-States are helping to pick up the slack left behind when the federal government shut down National Parks. Several state park systems, including Arizona, Indiana and Maine, have made specific overtures to displaced campers to try and accommodate them.

-Winnebago Industries has selected New York-based licensing agency, Brandgenuity, as its exclusive licensing agent of record. Brandgenuity will help the iconic outdoor adventure brand extend into new categories, including camping gear, apparel, outdoor furniture, and more.

-POMONA, Calif. -- Several of the rare RVs that were re-built and redesigned with unique interiors and wild exterior designs from the popular "Rock My RV With Bret Michaels" reality television show will be on display at this year’s 61st Annual California RV Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., on Oct. 11 through 20

-Champlain, N.Y., officials may vote in a new RV parking law. Residents with a home on their property would be allowed to have an occupied RV on the property for up to 120 days per year. A permit would be required and the RV would have to be connected to utilities.

-An Interstate 43 bridge near Green Bay, Wis., has been closed to traffic after it sagged nearly two feet. The trouble appears to be corroded steel pilings, and officials aren't clear how long the bridge will be out. Bridge traffic amounted to about 40,000 vehicles per day.

-A rare Airstream motorhome, at one time owned by TV star Larry Hagman, has fetched $30,000 at auction. Hagman had put in over $100,000 in renovations and upgrades, and used the silver rig as his dressing room on the "Dallas" set in 2012.

-Blue Ox President Jay Hesse and Vice President Ellen Kietzmann announced Tuesday (Oct. 1) an alliance with Forest River Inc. to equip select V-Cross and XLR models with SwayPro built-in sway prevention systems as optional equipment. According to a release, Brent Stevens, national sales manager of the V-Cross and XLR divisions, is premiering the SwayPro system as an optional feature on the new 2014 lineup.

-In June, Go RVing announced that its Facebook page had reached 100,000 followers — putting the page in an elite group of brand pages who achieved that large a following. Facebook reports only 1% of all its brand-affiliated pages reach that status.
Just three months later, Go RVing has doubled its following to over 207,000.
The biggest boost in the organic growth of the fan base is attributed to the sharing of the daily posts which average more than 300 shares per week — meaning current Go RVing followers are enjoying the posts and choosing to repost them on their walls for their friends to see.

-HICKMAN, Nebraska— Jim Stoddard found his phone Friday morning, minus the battery.
Considering the ordeal he went through Thursday night, he considered himself lucky.
Stoddard, 57, was in his small trailer at Wagon Train Lake two miles east of Hickman when he heard the sirens wail shortly after 10 p.m.
Before he had time to get out, the trailer was in the air, spinning.
"I don't know if it rolled sideways or went end over end, but it ended up in a different spot," he said Friday morning. He was OK other than a bang to his head and a bump on his shoulder.
His trailer, one of three at the main campground when the tornado hit, sat in a nearby ditch, axle deep in muddy water. Outbuildings were destroyed and trees damaged.
"There's hardly any trees left anywhere," Stoddard said.
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission crews were busy removing down trees and clearing cluttered roads Friday.
While rain continued to fall Thursday night, Lancaster County Sheriff's Deputy Zach Meyer helped look for anyone who might have been trapped or injured."It was pretty hectic last night," he said Friday morning.
At the lake, campers guessed the tornado arrived within 60 seconds of the siren.
Mark Troll had been camping at Wagon Train for nearly two weeks.
"It sounded like a freight train going through," he said. "I was trying to see what was going on. We just sat there. There's nothing you can do."
He was in an Airstream on the south campground, where about eight trailers were parked. None of the trailers was damaged.
"It's devastating," Troll said. "There was a beautiful park here yesterday."

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-An RVing couple from California, following the directions of their GPS system to Oregon, left Interstate 5 and drove onto a Forest Service route. Unfortunately, their 23-foot motorhome couldn't handle the route and soon became marooned in a quagmire of mud. The cell phone still worked but police didn't arrive until the next day, followed by a tow truck which couldn't extricate their RV. Finally, a local search-and-rescue team pulled out the rig using their own personal gear.

-A convicted sex offender has made a convoluted escape from police in Finley, N.D. It's alleged that Dylan Klade first stole a motorhome, and when he encountered police, took off on foot through a cornfield. He then may have taken a riding lawnmower and driven it to where he stole a car; he has so far made a clean getaway.

-OSCEOLA, N.Y. -- WatertownDailyTimes.com reports that 59-year-old Joseph A. Sarcone Jr., co-owner of Cedar Pines Campgrounds in Osceola, has been accused of damaging a DirecTV dish belonging to a camper.
Lewis County sheriff’s deputies have charged Sarcone with fourth-degree criminal mischief, along with two counts of second-degree harassment, says WatertownDailyTimes.com.
Sarcone is accused of using the backhoe attachment on a Kubota tractor to remove a metal pole with the TV dish mounted on it on Sept. 23, damaging the equipment, and making harassing comments to the camper’s two children, reports WatertownDailyTimes.com.

-The Internet search engine Google has a tendency to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries of iconic individuals and places by altering its “Doodle,” the colorful image that greets visitors to the site’s home page, to reflect the event — but it’s doubtful if any doodle has encountered a more unfortunate chain of events than the one displayed today (Oct. 1).
As reported by the New York Daily News, the Google doodle is celebrating the 123rd birthday of Yosemite National Park — but the tribute comes the very day visitors to the California nature reserve will be turned away due to the government shutdown.











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#16021 - 10/14/13 04:51 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits for 10/12/2013 (2 days late)

-BALTIMORE, Md. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District will close recreation area campgrounds earlier than originally planned due to the current lack of an appropriations bill. Since the government shutdown started, the District has been routinely monitoring fiscal year 2013 funds in order to minimize the public’s impact and adhere to their normal closing date schedule. However, with those funds uncertain past Oct. 31, two timelines have been adjusted in order to winterize facilities.
The following recreation areas are impacted by the change: Seven Points Campground at Raystown Lake (closing Oct. 14) and Ives Run Campground at Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes (closing Oct. 21). Visitors who have paid reservations that have been cancelled due to these two campground closures will be refunded.
If the lack of an appropriations bill continues, the District will reevaluate its remaining funds weekly to determine operations and possible closures for the sites below:
Maryland/West Virginia --- Jennings Randolph Lake: West Virginia & Maryland Overlook.
Pennsylvania --- Raystown Lake: Corbin's Island, James Creek, Ridenour Overlook, Seven Points Day Use, Shy Beaver, Snyder's Run, Tatman Run, Weaver Falls, Raystown Dam and Aitch Boat Launch.
Pennsylvania --- Tioga-Hammond and Cowanesque Lakes: Ives Run Day Use, Lamb’s Creek Boat Ramp, Tompkin’s Boat Ramp and South Shore Boat Ramp.
Please note that recreation areas operated and maintained by non-federal entities will stay open throughout the federal shutdown since they are not federally funded. The Baltimore District has various agreements where Corps-owned property is managed by city, county, or state governments, and/or private individuals. There are nine properties in two states that fall into this category:
New York: Kanakadea Park, East Sidney Lake and Dorchester Park.
Pennsylvania: Bald Eagle State Park, Kettle Creek State Park, Aylesworth Park, Curwensville Lake, Lake Raystown Resort and Seven Points Marina.

-JAMESTOWN, Pa. -- Jamestown resident Mary Thall recently won first place in the Outdoor Recreation category of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation’s 2013 Through the Seasons statewide photo contest for her photo of a sunset over the lake at Pymatuning State Park, reports the Meadville Tribune.
“I was inspired to take this picture because of the beauty of the area I live in,” Thall said. “I love to share my pictures of our local park with others to show them what a great place it is, and to inspire others to value our state parks and forests as much as I do."
The Meadville Tribune says all photos had to be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest, and judging was done by popular vote and critics’ choice. The winners can be viewed [url= paparksandforests.org/photo_contests.html.]here.
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-Emergency roadside assistance provider Coach-Net recently signed new partnership agreements with four RV major manufacturers, including Winnebago Towables, Pacific Coachworks Inc., Open Range RV Co. and Augusta RV. According to a press release, the agreements “ensure that purchasers of each manufacturer’s new vehicles will receive one year of 24/7 roadside service and technical assistance from Coach-Net’s outstanding network of service providers and certified technicians.”

-Thousands of people are stuck in the Grand Canyon National Park, 1,800 of them concessionaire employees. With the park on shutdown, concession operators aren't able to cut paychecks, but most employees are being given three meals a day. However, family members of employees are only getting one free meal a day. Earlier this week a local food bank was set to deliver 600 food boxes to help out.

-Residents of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, may be surprised at an "invasion" of Airstream trailers this week. An event called "Urban Air" brought about 100 of the silver rigs to the downtown area for an open house of sorts. It started Thursday and runs through Sunday. The "show" is the brainchild of two Airstreamers.

News From The Weird

-A Canadian couple stopped at the U.S. Border in Northgate, N.D., are under arrest after Border Patrol agents found $73,000 stashed in their motorhome. They'd declared they were carrying no more than $10,000. While they maintained the money was won at a casino, entries in a diary found in the rig allegedly indicate it was money earned from smuggling marijuana across the border.

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#16069 - 10/19/13 05:32 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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-Meadville, PaKOA has announced the winners of the 2014 Founders' and President's Awards. Meadville KOA will be officially presented the President's Award for 2014 at the KOA National Convention! Congratulations to all the winners and thank you for providing us a great place to camp!

-GIRARD TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Lake Erie Community Park was home to over 150 camping trailers. But this year, Girard Township supervisors won a court case to reclaim the land. The last camper moved out on Sept. 9, and campers left everything from piles of gravel to live electric wires, reports ErieTVNews.
"We have cable that have actually grown into the trees. We have different nails bent into the trees. Brackets. Also, light assemblies from tiki lights and that kind of item. Also in the ground, we have different types of tubing. Everything from hoses to conduit," said Girard Township Supervisor Bill Felege.
Residents of the township say they never felt at home in the park because of the permanent campers, and are glad to see the change, writes ErieTVNews.

-ALEXANDRIA, Va. -- The National Forest Recreation Association and several campground management companies are suing the U.S. Forest Service, claiming the government shutdown has closed the campgrounds they run even though they do not receive federal funding, reports Courthouse News Service.
Courthouse News Service says the co-plaintiffs include American Land & Leisure, Recreation Resource Management, and CLM Services.
They say the shutdown of the federal government has cost their employees hundreds of jobs, and that "Congress has stated no intention to vote to restore campground concessioners' 'back pay,'" says Courthouse News Service.
They also claim the Forest Service is "nonsensically asserting that, while recreating and camping in undeveloped areas is fine, recreating and camping in developed campgrounds and recreation areas run by trained, private concessioners who do not receive any federal funds creates a risk to property, public health and safety because the Forest Service has reduced funds."

-The Port Huron, Mich., KOA, owned and operated by Howard and Shirley Stein, is the first campground in the Kampgrounds of America Inc. system of 485 locations in North America to be designated as a KOA Resort.

-A Courtenay, B.C., RV park is the new home to three bald eagles which had fallen from their nests before fledging. A bird rescue group determined Puntledge RV Campground was a good choice for the birds as a release site as the park is situated on a river loaded with fish they can scavenge.



News From The Weird

-Cloverdale, Calif., fire investigators are puzzled by three fires in as many weeks at the Thousand Trails RV Park there. The first fire did minor damage to a bathroom, the next hit an occupied fifth-wheel and the last was another bathroom fire. Officials aren't sure if the fires are related or just a coincidence.

-New Zealand's risqué RV rental outfit, Wicked Campers, is under fire from some RV park users who want the rigs banned from the parks. Some company rigs have offensive slogans painted on their sides, including the F word. An area newspaper reader poll showed 53 percent support of banning the units from public parks.

-Last week we outlined the story of a British Columbia couple who were nailed at a U.S. border crossing allegedly smuggling $73,000 into the states. They now face up to five years in prison. Court documents say the couple was actually trying to make a cross-Canada journey when bad weather caused them to detour to the U.S.

-A practical-joke-facilitating spray called "Liquid A-s" reportedly sent six bible campers in Maryland to the hospital, according to Fallston Patch.
At least 12 campers suffered from eye and respiratory irritation, according to Patch.
Liquid A-s is described on the product's website as "a uniquely stinky butt-crack smell in a bottle. Great for Practical jokes and gag gifts."gassed







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#16082 - 10/20/13 07:51 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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That is interesting about lake Erie and I would have to say the spray can part was a bit funny but yet the thought of the smell would be just nasty

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#16129 - 10/27/13 10:14 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 10/26/2013

-Camping World has announced plans for 2 more supercenters in Pennsylvania. In addition to it's Hanover Store and it's under construction Harrisburg Supercenter, slated to open in Febuary, 2014, Camping World has plans for stores in Pittsburgh and Erie. No opening dates have been announced at this time.

-WASHINGTON, D.C. — Garrett Finney used to work for NASA designing living spaces on the International Space Station. In 2009, he left to build lightweight campers, and after a few years and a few models, came up with the FireFly, writes Technabob.
The camper fits into the bed of a truck or onto the back of a small trailer, says Technabob. Built primarily from aluminum and EPS foam, it weighs just 600 pounds.
To view photos of the FireFly and for the complete story from Technabob, click here.

-A province-wide recall in Brisith Columbia has been issued for any owners or occupants of mobile homes built by Riske Creek Manufacturing, and its principle Andy Tower. The British Columbia Safety Authority issued the recall after finding some homes built by the Salmon Arm company don’t comply with gas or electrical certification standards and may be hazardous to its occupants.

-Iowa state revenue officials report a “huge response” to a one-time offer allowing Iowa tax dodgers to settle their debts if they have been illegally putting out-of-state license plates on luxury motorhomes.
The Des Moines Register reported that the cases typically involve Iowans who have registered their recreational vehicles with shell companies in Montana. By doing so, RV owners have often avoided paying thousands of dollars in Iowa taxes and fees because Montana residents do not pay general sales taxes.
Tuesday (Oct. 22) was the final day for people to enter into settlements with the Iowa Department of Revenue to comply with state tax laws without consequences. Those who don’t pay up could be hit with big state tax penalties or even charged with a crime, state officials have warned.

-At the request of Congress, the National Park Service has provided a list of sites for a potential new National Park, one interpreting the life and work of labor leader, César Chávez. If accepted, the new park would include sites in Delano, Keene, and San Jose, Calif., and Phoenix, AZ.


News from The Weird

-A brazen thief driving a black Ford pickup rolled in, hitched up and stole a white, 2006 Playmore travel trailer from Brewer's Quality Homes in Bossier City, La., last weekend. Police are asking for tips at (318) 424-4100. On the TV news, the company's owner had message for the crook: "You're lucky I didn't catch you, because you'd be deader than a fried chicken."

-A Washington state RVer got a surprise when he stopped his motorhome on the side of a highway near Payson, Ariz. Heading back in the rig to use the bathroom, the man didn't realize the rig was rolling until it tumbled head-first into a ditch — he'd apparently forgotten to set the brake. No serious damages other than to his pride.






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#16133 - 10/27/13 07:06 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Wonder how much they will stock in that supercenter at grumbines....
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Wonder how much they will stock in that supercenter at grumbines....


From what I understand, that will be a huge store. Don't know if you've ever been to the one in Bridgeport, NJ, but it will be bigger than that, and that is not a small store.
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#16167 - 11/02/13 10:03 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 11/2/2013

-Twin Grove Campground, Pine Grove, Pa, will be making changed during the off season. Among them, they are selling their entire fleet of golf carts on Craigslist. They will no longer offer cart rentals at the campground. They also are changing their name. They will now be called "Twin Grove RV Resort and Cottages." More to come in the following weeks. Let's hope they don't change too much.

-All 401 National Parks will be open with free admission for everyone from November 9-11 in honor of Veterans Day. Other fees associated with these lands, including camp fees, will remain in place.

-RV manufacturers shipped 18 percent more units to dealers in September than in the previous September — in fact, it was the "best" September in six years. Towables were up 14 percent and motorhomes were up a whopping 46 percent.

-JACKSON, Ohio — A Jackson County woman, who reported her camper missing from a U-Store-It facility on Sunday, got it back thanks to social media and some good police work, writes The Pike County Daily.
Jackson Police were able to look at video footage from the storage facility to identify a pick-up truck entering the facility, hook up the camper and then leave, heading westbound toward Pike County, says The Pike County Daily.
The owner of the camper reportedly turned to social media for assistance, putting an alert on Facebook that paid off. A tip came across that a camper, still attached to a truck, was in Pike County, reports The Pike County Daily.
Officers found the camper with no truck attached. But while they were investigating, the suspect vehicle drove by and was stopped by law enforcement officers. During the stop, the officers were able to identify items that had been inside the camper.

-A group led primarily by hospitality industry veterans is establishing the Cruise Inn campground network, a membership organization the goal of which is to sign up 120 campgrounds within the next three years in an effort to become ”the largest brand in the outdoor facility space.”
Campgrounds will bear the Cruise Inn name and be members of the organization, not franchisees, and they will be asked to pay a flat fee based on the number of their sites. ”As they grow, our fees won’t increase,” Anderson said, noting that fees will be based on a sliding scale.
Vantage also will establish a reservation system for Cruise Inn that is included in the fee.

-RV Products announced that the winner of the 5 millionth A/C unit is Kyle Spilker of DeWitt, Neb. The golden shrouded unit was purchased at Apache Camper Center in Lincoln, Neb. Spilker received a Coleman-Mach Mach 8 15,000 Btu air conditioner that was installed on his fifth-wheel trailer, two MaxxFan Deluxe ventilation fans and one MaxxAir II vent cover with free installation, and a $500 gift certificate for Apache Camper Center.

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- Rooftop glamping has recently taken New York by storm. This year, visitors to the Big Apple can spend the night in a bed on the roof of the AKA Central Park, and guests at Manhattan’s Affinia Gardens hotel can spend the night in a tent on one of the hotel’s terraces, with flashlights and a smores-making kit thrown in, CNN reported. For more unusual camping locations, click here.

-A U.K. couple, motorhoming in the south of France, say they awoke groggy and missing their money, passports and keys to their rig. Their conclusion: They'd been gassed by crooks. It took two weeks before they could get keys fitted for their rig and head back home. The British Foreign Office says it's reminiscent of a large number of similar crimes that took place in 2007.

-Police in Port Aransas, Texas, are going ape trying to track down the monkey responsible for biting a man at the Tropic Isle RV Park on October 23. The monkey was accompanied by its owner; neither has been seen since the incident. The victim needed stitches and may need rabies vaccinations if the simian continues to give cops the slip.

-CEDAR CREEK, Texas — On Oct. 15, Jamie Haney, owner of Oaks RV Park in Cedar Creek, and park resident Debbie Henley attended the Bastrop school board meeting to share their concerns about the park’s proximity to the school, reports the Austin American-Statesman.
Their biggest complaint is noise at school events. The Austin American-Statesman says it was a dance after a Cedar Creek High School home football game on Oct. 11 that prompted the women to come speak before the school board.
In describing the situation that Friday night, Henley told the board it was past 10 p.m. when she heard the music; she thought someone was directly behind her RV, but discovered it was actually taking place at the school, writes the Austin American-Statesman.






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#16225 - 11/09/13 07:57 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 11/9/2013

-Veterans, active duty military, reserves, police, fire, and EMS personnel get special recognition by Cabela's, the big box outdoor retailer, November 11 and 12. Any of these folk who display their service ID at the store checkout will get their purchases at employee pricing during the company's Hometown Heroes event. Thank You Veterans

-EUFAULA, Ala. — The Army Corps of Engineers had planned to shut down White Oak Park for the winter because of ongoing federal budget wrangles. But the City of Eufaula has stepped up to provide services that will allow the park to remain open, reports the Eufaula Tribune.

-TUCKERTON, N.J. — A plan for the revitalization of Tuckerton after Superstorm Sandy was adopted by the mayor and borough council on Nov. 4, reports The SandPaper. Primary improvements include incorporating an RV park at the Tuckerton Beach Mobile Home Park.
Business Administrator Jenny Gleghorn, Mayor Buck Evans and Council President Jim Edwards said the existing residents living in rehabilitated mobile homes would not have to leave the park, but approving an RV park would give the owner an option for staying in business since it would not be feasible to bring new trailers in.

-MAYO, Fla. — Suwannee River Rendezvous Resort and Campground in Mayo held its annual river clean-up on Saturday, Oct. 26. In all, volunteers collected 110 pounds of trash along a six mile stretch of the Suwannee River, reports Branford News.

-The search for missing autistic New York teen Avonte Oquendo has been aided by a kindly RVer. Family members have been camping out near Avonte's school, from where he vanished a month ago, hoping he'd return there. Winds blew their tents apart, and a New Jersey RVer has loaned his Class A motorcoach as a headquarters to shelter searchers.

-U.S. RV builder Winnebago has suffered a defeat in an Australian court. For 25 years an Australian RV builder, Knott, used the brand name Winnebago on rigs it produced and sold Down Under. The U.S. firm sued to stop the use, and a court ruled in its favor. But an appeals court says Knott can use the Winnebago name, provided it clearly indicates it has no connection with the U.S. firm.

-Cooper City, Fla., law doesn't allow RVers to park their rigs at home; however, the city encourages them to park them at city-owned storage lots. Imagine the reaction when the city jacked the rental rates 100 percent, with a one-month notice to pay up. The city says it needs more money to enhance storage security.

-For the sixth year, Big Boy’s Toys RV dealership in Vancouver, Canada, will be sending out a motorhome to assist with collecting food for the Salvation Army and Loaves and Fishes food banks.
The Help Big Boy’s Toys fill this motorhome with food campaign is underway, with the Big Boy’s Toys motorhome, also known as the MoHo, traveling to Quality Food store, branches of the Royal Bank and other local areas around Nanoose Bay, Parksville, Qualicum Beach and Nanaimo, collecting food and money donation, the Nanaimo News Bulletin said. note...I love this idea!!

News From The Weird

-GARFIELD COUNTY, UTAH – Officers responding to an RVer’s call that she had “hit something” in the roadway got a major surprise. The call came late in the afternoon on Sunday, November 4, from a woman pulling a travel trailer on Utah’s Route 89.
A responding wildlife officer, Micah Evans, says he observed a rather large hole in the front of the woman’s travel trailer, but no blood splatter evident. He anticipated finding a dead deer inside the rig, and got quite a shock when he opened the door to the trailer and encountered a three-point buck deer – quite alive and well, thank you. Evans had time to take a photo of the deer browsing around inside the rig. However the camera flash was more than the buck was prepared for, and Evans had to respond quickly to clear the path for the deer to leaped from the trailer doorway, across a fence, and away into the wild.
Evidently not all police officials are dour and humorless. The county sheriff, James Perkins, Jr., happened on scene, and tongue-in-cheek told the driver he might have to cite her for hunting without a license.
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News Tidbits For 11/16/2013

-CHRISTINA, Pa. — Lancaster Newspapers reports that a pop-up camper was destroyed Thursday night near Christina, Pa., after an electrical malfunction sparked a blaze.
According to Paul Reimold, Christiana fire chief, a couple was living in the camper temporarily while their home was under construction. Reimold said a heater had been in use inside the camper.
He said an extension cord running from the camper to a nearby home was completely burned.

-Cabela’s recently presented a $25,000 donation to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, the company announced.
KOA Care Camps is a network of 56 specialized summer camps located throughout North America. The camps provide a true summer camping experience for children with cancer and their siblings, while allowing the children to continue their treatments. The camps are each staffed with trained medical personnel and volunteers and serve thousands of children each summer.

-Some homeless veterans on the California central coast are getting RVs to live in. A group called RVs for Veterans is taking donated RVs and matching them up with vets — for some, a welcome relief from the streets or homeless shelters.

-RVers in Arundel, Maine, caught a break under a new ordinance. Unlike many cities that rule out keeping RVs at home, RVers in Arundel can park unoccupied rigs on their property year-around. The RV can be occupied for up to 30 days in a 12-month period.

- A recently released study by The Outdoor Foundation sponsored by The Coleman Co. said that 38 million Americans, about 13 percent of the population over age 6, went camping at least once last year, reported by the Salt Lake City Tribune.
Participation declined from 2011, the last time the scientific survey of 42,000 Americans ages 6 and older was completed. In that year, 42.5 million Americans, or 15 percent of the U.S. population, camped, reported by the Salt Lake City Tribune.
What has to be even more concerning to the outdoor industry is that young adults lost the largest number of participants, down from 17 percent in 2011 to 13 percent in 2012. That means many younger people are abandoning outdoor activities.

News From The Weird


-Port Angeles, Wash., police have the trailer — now they need the driver and truck that was towing it when it broke away and took off down a hill. Happily, the big travel trailer didn't hit anything other than a chain link fence. The trailer's registration was 20 years old, and authorities think something fishy was going on.

-A Canadian man told police he took his future father-in-law's motorhome out to fuel it up but is now charged with arson after allegedly burning the $80,000 rig. Ryan A. Body is seen in casino security film footage driving away with the rig. He claimed the fire was from an accidentally dropped cigarette, but police say a pattern of "singe marks" on his body say otherwise. The burned motorhome was found on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington state.



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#16302 - 11/23/13 06:34 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits for 11/23/2013

-Airstream is going upscale.
The 81-year-old US maker of the humble silver trailer is collaborating with German carmaker Mercedes-Benz on a new luxury motor home.
The Airstream Interstate, which went on sale earlier this month, made its first public appearance on Tuesday at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
Airstream and Mercedes began making Interstates, which are based on Mercedes' Sprinter vans, in 2010.
But the newest version has significant upgrades, including a collision warning system, lane-keeping alert and parking sensors. Options include a rooftop solar panel and a storage unit for golf clubs.
Under the bonnet, there's a turbocharged Mercedes diesel engine that gets 18 mpg (13 litres per 100 kilometres) on the highway.
The 7-metre-long coach has belted seating for nine adults and sleeps two.
All this luxury doesn't come cheap. The Interstate starts at $US146,300 ($A159,203).

-Michigan officially has its 102nd state park. Belle Isle Park in Detroit (now officially Belle Isle State Park) has passed its way out of city management to state oversight. The action is expected to save Detroit $4 million per year. Prior to the transfer, it was the largest city-owned island park in the U.S.

-When September flooding at Firestone, Colorado's, St. Vrain State Park ran out RVers, they made like Schwarzenegger's famous line in "The Terminator," "I'll be back!" Some of the members of the Campfire Coyotes RV Club have come back to help with restoration efforts at the park, which in the end was covered with as much as eight feet of muddy water. Their efforts are helping to rebuild over 40 RV spots destroyed in the deluge.

News From The Weird

-Trying to save a buck by lying at the border crossing recently cost a Canadian dearly. A Manitoba man declared the RV he was bringing in at the Boissevain, Manitoba, crossing at $1,500. Officials found he'd paid $4,300 and confiscated the RV, in addition to levying fines of $725. Had he been straight, his total tax would have been $225.

-With high rents and a recovering New York City economy, more and more Big Apple dwellers are buying RVs and living on the streets. Getting rid of bad landlords, noisy neighbors and high rent are high on the list of plusses. Warning: Your social life may be affected by such a move. One young male RV dweller lamented to the LA Times, "The ladies aren't really kicking down the door."

-Faulty taillights, a high speed chase, and a stolen travel trailer end with a man with a bullet in his buttocks. Montgomery County, Texas, deputies tried to pull over a man towing a trailer with bum lights. The driver sped up to 75 miles per hour, ran others off the roadway, then blasted into a police roadblock car. The suspect attempted to crawl into the back seat of the pickup and took a police bullet in the behind for his trouble.

-When a woman was turned down for an RV rental at a San Mateo, Calif., rental agency, she didn't give up — she stole the rig. It didn't take long for police to spot the purloined RV. Carly Gutierrez of San Diego, Calif., allegedly led police on a short chase in the stolen rig, eventually stopping and being booked without further ado.







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#16321 - 11/30/13 08:22 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 11/30/2013

-Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pa, was one of 27 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country to earn an all around “A” grade in the sixth annual GuestRated™ satisfaction survey of RV parks and campgrounds. Congratulations to one of CampingPa's sponsoring campgrounds.

-NEW TRIPOLI, Pa. — The 2013 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association Convention, which was held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Nov 11 to 13, will go down in the history books as the best ever, organizers said.
The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association also presented several communications awards during the conference. Winners included:
Best Promotional Piece – Little Mexico Campground, Winfield
Best Brochure – Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping, New Castle
Best Apparel Item – Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park, Mill Run
Best Souvenir – Benner’s Meadow Run Camping & Cabins, Farmington
Best Camping Photo – Ferryboat Campsites, Liverpool
Most Creative Activity – Foxwood Family Campground, East Stroudsburg
Best Website – River’s Edge Camping & Cabins, Connellsville
Best Example of Guest Service – Foxwood Family Campground
Tourism Employee of the Year – Jake Timmerman, Bear Run Campground, Portersville
Community Involvement – Friendship Village Campground, Bedford
The association’s annual meeting was attended by 59 campgrounds, and the following people were elected to the board:
President – Jason Vaughan, Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg
Vice President – Bruce Heasley, Holiday Pines Campground, Loganton
Treasurer – Shane Adam, Mountain Springs Camping Resort, Shartlesville
Secretary – Barbara Repetski, Hemlock Campground, Tobyhanna
Regions I & II Vice President – Debby Yeager, Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping, New
Castle
Regions III & IV Vice President – Kathy Stetler, Pioneer Campground, Laporte
Regions V & VI Vice President – Tim Cartmell, Honesdale/Pocono KOA, Honesdale
Director Region I – Matt May, Presque Isle Passage Campground, Fairview
Director Region II – Deene Yenchochic, River’s Edge Camping & Cabins, Connellsville
Director Region III – David Mull, Shady Brook Campground, Beavertown
Director Region IV – Ryan McFarland, Buttonwood Campground, Mexico
Director Region V – James Kesterke, Otter Lake Campground, East Stroudsburg
Director Region VI – Jed Wood, Blue Rocks Family Campground, Lenhartsville
Congratulations to all the newly elected officials and winning campgrounds.

-FARMINGTON, Pa. — Following a successful national convention in Knoxville, Tenn., Red Rover Camping’s two Top Dogs, Ben Carr and Robert Bouse, headed north to the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) meetings and tradeshow held at the Nemacolin Lodge in Farmington, Pa. This multi-day event resulted in many new campgrounds making the decision to expand their marketing efforts by signing up to participate in the growing Red Rover Camping network, according to Carr.

-ALBANY, N.Y. — The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (State Parks) and the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) are offering a bonus $25 camping gift card to all persons who book a two-night minimum stay online on Cyber Monday, Dec. 2, 2013. Reservations have to be made HERE from midnight to 11:59 p.m.

-Most RV manufacturing takes place in northern Indiana. Elkhart County saw thousands of layoffs from RV factories early in the recession, leading it to have one of the nation’s highest unemployment rates for a couple years. Although the county’s jobless rate peaked in 2009 at 18.9 percent, today it sits at 7.4 percent.
The industry’s 10-month total for this year is only about 8,000 shipments behind the year-end total for 2012. And 2012 was the third straight year of beating previous-year shipment numbers, the Chronicle reported.

- This year, Good Morning America is sharing FamilyFun Magazine’s Top Toys of the Year. After sifting through over 300 products, reviewed by shoppers coast to coast, the top ten have been named, reports abc11.com.
Among the top 10 is the R.V. Seeing You Camper, which retails for $59.99. From the “Our Generation” line of toys and dolls, this 20-inch-tall camper features a foldaway bed and kitchenette. The camper easily accommodates most children, but is best suited for ages 3 to 10.

-Visit Maine next summer and you may pay more in taxes. Maine lawmakers are considering a new 5.5 percent tax on "amusements," which could include fees charged for scenic or sightseeing excursions as well as movie, concert, festival and amusement park admissions.

News From The Weird

-A group of RVers tailgating at the Fargo, N.D., Fargodome had an unexpected luncheon surprise. When Jeff Brink went to stir the chili on the stove in his RV, he noted unusual blue flames shooting from the stove burner. Brink tried to make a quick exit, but before he could get the door open, "Whoosh!" an explosion assisted with the door by blasting it — and all the seams in the rig — wide open. Nobody was hurt. Fellow tailgaters offered backup food, but it wasn't needed. "The chili was fine," reported Brink.

-Darcy the cat must have a story to tell. Last September she got loose from her owners' RV in Burnaby, B.C. When Glen and Pat Armstrong couldn't locate her, they sadly pointed their rig back home to California. In mid-November Burnaby locals found the missing Darcy and turned her over to the local shelter. Darcy's microchip yielded the information that got the Armstrongs heading back to Canada for a reunion. Good reminder to keep your contact information up to date!



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#16385 - 12/07/13 08:44 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News tidbits for 12/7/2013

-BOULDER, Co – Noah Goldstein is looking to bring traditional Chinese medicine to the people with The Acupuncture Bus mobile clinic.
Goldstein, a licensed acupuncturist and August graduate of the Southwest Acupuncture College in Gunbarrel, said he's shooting for an early February launch. His 1993 Coachmen Royal 38-foot recreational vehicle already is getting renovated in anticipation.
The business model is straightforward. Goldstein, 28, plans to have a front office on the bus as well as a treatment area with two separate bays. He plans to coordinate with existing health-care facilities, schools, universities, businesses and community centers to park the bus and provide care onsite much as a food truck might serve an office park on select days. He also plans to park the bus at festivals, concerts and sporting events.

-Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) leadership expressed a growing appreciation for — and desire to work with — the campground industry during the 51st Annual National Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., which concluded Thursday (Dec. 5).
While RVIA and the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) work closely, including on the industry’s Go RVing marketing campaign, RVIA is learning more about the campground side. “We don’t know what we don’t know,” Wald said. “We’re coming to appreciate the difficulties that campgrounds face, especially dealing with growing seasonal camping. The RVIA wants to help tackle zoning, taxation and environmental issues.

-Foretravel Motorcoach has initiated three personnel moves while also announcing that in addition to building high-end Class A motorhomes, the Nacogdoches, Texas, company is assembling 40-foot front-engine diesel coaches designed for medical and emergency applications.
According to a press release, the first three “Lone Star” units produced are being used as dental labs. The coaches are being distributed by Motor Specialty Vehicles of Jasper, Texas. “Foretravel is excited about this new opportunity, and building this unit is resulting in the hiring of additional employees at Foretravel,” said President Greg Amys.

-U.S. wholesale shipments of RVs from manufacturers to dealers continue to shoot up. Overall, October shipments of RVs went up almost 13 percent compared to October 2012. Towables were up 10 percent, motorhomes a whopping 36 percent, and class C motorhomes led the pack at an amazing 47 percent increase.

-Motorhome Magazine readers rate Winnebago Class C motorhomes as their favorite, and the company's Class A motorhomes as their second favorite. Readers had a choice of 100 brands to choose from in the recent poll.

News From The Weird

-Montana officials have shut down a website operated by an outfit that was as phony as the RVs they offered for sale. WillisAutosCenter.com had a supposed location in Helena that didn't exist, and took money for rigs it didn't have to sell. Officials describe the situation as "whack-a-mole," as they say when they close fake Internet sellers down, they usually just pop up again elsewhere.

-Residents of Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, Ariz., are holding their noses after city officials say testing of sewers shows no unusual gas levels. Some residents say they've had appliances fail much earlier than they should, and they blame sewer gas. City officials say it's a mystery, but pass on the gas theory.






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#16434 - 12/15/13 11:13 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 12/14/2013

-WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — The staff at LongView RV Superstores donated $30,800 this year to the Baystate Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Earlier this year, the dealership pledged to donate $100 for every RV sold between February and July. The money will be used to provide support and service to children of all ages, from premature infants to pediatric cancer patients to juvenile trauma victims, Jenna Gleason, manager of fundraising events for Baystate Health, told RV Daily Report.

- Hometown heroes, like police officers, fire fighters, paramedics, war veterans, soldiers and military personnel, many times go unnoticed and unappreciated, so Bass Pro Shops believes these heroes deserve to be recognized and thanked, and there is no better time to do that than Christmas, the company announced.
To show appreciation for local heroes and their service, Bass Pro Shops across the United States and Canada will open their doors Dec.15 from 7 to 10 p.m. for a special evening of activities, shopping, discounts and drawings. All local heroes and their immediate families are invited to attend. Participants must show a badge or other identification to attend this special, after-hours event.

-AORKAKI, New Zealand — South Canterbury holidaymakers can get a free week at Aoraki-Mt Cook National Park if they help track down the thousands of people who don’t pay their camp fees, according to Timaru Herald.
Recent surveys indicate more than 20,000 people visit the site each year. Shirley Slatter, Department of Conservation ranger, estimated to Tirmaru Herald that more than 2000 of those did not pay the fee.
Slatter told the Timaru Herald, DOC had used volunteer wardens at the Mueller Hut for the last 20 years. ”It will be a similar set-up at Whitehorse Hill. You’ll require a self-contained vehicle, but otherwise you get free rein of the camp site,” she said.

-CLEVELAND, Australia — The Redland Times reports a Cleveland family has asked beachgoers to bury the idea that campfires can be put out with sand after toddler, Camryn Keag, suffered burns to her feet while walking over the top of a campfire that had been improperly extinguished earlier.
Her parents, Nicole and Russell Keag are part of a new awareness campaign encouraging people to extinguish camp fires using water, rather than covering the blaze in sand, according to the Redland Times.

-GOLDEN, Colo. — Officials evacuated the Clear Creek RV Park Tuesday night because of a wall of water heading into the city from an ice jam that broke apart on Clear Creek, Fox31 reported.
A wall of water 4 feet high hit the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon at about 7:30 p.m., a city spokeswoman told Fox31. By 10:30 p.m., the water was flowing and while it did rise, it did not cause the flooding officials were concerned about.

-PRESCOTT, Arizona — A California family has its dog back, a year and a half after it went missing while the family was camping in western Arizona, according to the Daily Courier.
The Daily Courier reports that the family of James and Dana O’Brien of San Juan Capistrano was reunited with Meko, a 4-year-old Brussels Griffon after Meko had wandered off from the family’s tent at a campground in Parker on the Fourth of July weekend in 2012, apparently taken by a man who also was in the campground.
According to the Daily Courier, the dog was found last month along a highway in the Prescott area, about 100 miles from Parker. The Yavapai County Humane Society determined his family’s identity through an implanted microchip.
The Daily Courier reports that this surprising reunion couldn’t have come at a better of time for 7 year old Mady O’Brien, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in May.

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#16460 - 12/22/13 08:11 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 12/22/2013

-EASTON, Penn. — Two students, an eighth-grader and a twelfth-grader, have lived with their family in a camper since their home was foreclosed on in 2011. They now have no choice but to live in the trailer, which was formerly used exclusively for family vacations, according to RT.
But that vehicle is currently located just outside the area previously assigned to their high school, prompting the district to fight against the students’ right to attend the school, RT explained.
The Education Law Center of Pennsylvania, a nonprofit legal advocacy group, filed suit last week and accused the Easton Area School District of removing the students from school on December 9 without explanation. According to RT, the removal was illegal, the suit claims, because of a federal law that protects students whose parents are in a precarious financial position.

- Dicor Products' new RV roof material, DiFlex II, now claims four available colors to "help differentiate RVs." The four colors are Cream, Tan, Grey and Dove. The latter is, of course, bright white.

-Fulltiming RVers have a new Internet "channel" to watch: Fulltime Families TV will run live interactive panel discussions on topics like healthcare, finances and destinations; or you can tune in on your own time to the Fulltime Families YouTube channel.

News From The Bathroom

-Miracle Seat Co. recently introduced the new patent-pending “Miracle Seat RV” prototype , an easily installed, ventilated toilet seat that helps remove odors.
The company said that while the seat looks like a standard toilet seat, it provides a ventilation system that eliminates odors before they have a chance to enter the room.
The Miracle Seat RV contains two air ducts incorporated into the seat and through the seat hinges and is connected to an unobtrusive flexible tubing. The tubing leads to a PVC pipe that receives its vacuuming power from its own whisper-quiet 200 CFM exhaust fan. It is directly wired to and activated by the bathroom light switch or light fixture, Miracle RV Seat will run whenever the light is on. The odor is vented through a separate outside vent.


From our camping family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy Camping New year.






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#16478 - 12/28/13 09:17 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 12/28/2013

-Thanks to Amazon.com's "CamperForce," Kentucky's Green River Lake State Park stays open through December, instead of closing in November. CamperForce is Amazon's description of its seasonal workforce who live in RVs to be near their shipping facilities, in this case a warehouse at Campbellsville.

-Kansas officials say they'll close highway rest stops near Russell to save water. Water usage has doubled to 1.6 million gallons at the stops since 2011.

-U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced legislation on Dec. 3 to increase the federal gasoline tax by 15 cents from 18.4 cents to 33.4 cents per gallon.
The bill, H.R. 3636, also known as the “Update, Promote, and Develop America’s Transportation Essentials (UPDATE) Act of 2013,” would phase in the increase throughout the next three years.

-Lippert Components Inc. (LCI) has partnered with Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. to provide designer furniture for RVs. LCI will offer a full line of Ashley sofas, sectionals, theater seating and recliners to the RV industry

-ROBERTSDALE, Ala. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Emerald Coast RV Center LLC of Robertsdale for nine serious safety violations following an inspection at the recreational vehicle sales and service facility on Highway 59 South. Prompted by a complaint, the agency initiated an inspection in August, resulting in proposed penalties of $41,000.
The serious safety violations include the employer's failure to ensure workers utilized fall protection systems while working on top of recreational vehicles; train workers on powered industrial truck operations; provide proper machine guarding; ensure adequate guarding on electrical boxes; and use temporary wiring properly. Additionally, the employer was cited for failing to train workers adequately on hazard communication, provide a list of hazardous chemicals on-site, reduce compressed air for cleaning to less than 30 pounds per square inch and secure compressed gas cylinders properly. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.


News From The Weird

-When a St. Helena, S.C., RV owner found his stored RV hooked up to electricity, he disconnected it. To his surprise, he found power hooked back up the next day. It was then he found a man living in the rig, who confessed to police he'd been holed up in the RV for two months after being kicked out of his mother's home next door. The unwelcome tenant was charged with burglary and grand larceny.

-Turkey starts RV blaze: Firefighters called to a fifth wheel fire in View Royal, B.C., report it all started when a turkey was left unattended in the rig's oven. In an understatement, the fire chief told the local paper, "It's another ad for not leaving your cooking unattended. That turkey will be inedible."


There will be an end of the year re-cap of the year's best "weird tidbits" along with some new ones posted in a few days. Watch for the link here.


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#16522 - 01/04/14 09:48 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 1/4/2014

-Next weekend, Pennsylvanians have 2 RV shows to get to and enjoy. In the western part of the state, The Pittsburgh RV show starts January 11 and runs the entire week. Those in the east can visit the Allentown RV show Friday through Sunday. Winter RV shows are a great way to break the cabin fever.

-Crossing Pennsylvania via the state's turnpike? Hang onto your wallet — tolls are increasing by a whopping 12 percent for those who pay with cash. If you hold an "E-ZPass" the rates will jump by a modest two percent.

-Ford F-150 truck fans, changes are in the works. The rollout for 2015 models will see all-aluminum bodies and a smaller 2.7 liter V-6 "EcoBoost" gas engine — so says Fleet Owner, but Ford won't confirm.

-If approved, Canterbury, N.H., could become home to a 300-site RV park. The park would be built in stages, beginning this year, and would include four miles of hiking trails, a water park and access to a pond for canoes and kayaks.

-CarHistory.us.org is launching a comprehensive guide to purchasing recreational vehicles. It ill go through the ins and outs of different types of RVs, how dealers price them, and the best ways to negotiate when you are looking to buy.

-The Good Sam Club, a recreational vehicle organization with 1.5 million members, is hoping to bring in as many as 500 RVs to bolster attendance for the popular Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair. The Havasu (Ariz.) News reported that the festival, set for Jan. 17-19, already has 260 RV enthusiasts signed to camp out for the festivities, said Marquita McKnight, an executive director for this year’s event.

News From The Weird

-An attempt to break the world record of how many marshmallows can be eaten in a minute will take place at the Central Illinois Recreational Show in Peoria, Ill. The show runs February 28 through March 2. The winner will need to eat more than 25 marshmallows to beat the record.

- A traffic stop Monday of a motorhome on I-80 in southeast Nebraska led to the seizure of nearly 95 pounds of marijuana, according to North Platte Bulletin.
Nebraska State Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins told North Platte Bulletin that a dog detected the odor of drugs coming from the recreational vehicle, and a search led to 94.7 pounds of marijuana in 43 bundles, located in an empty water tank beneath the bathroom floor of the motorhome.

-Keith Boreani started out about 11 years ago, renovating an old school bus.
As reported by the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Journal Gazette, raising the $5,000 to buy the bus was the easy part. Finding partners to help him do the job was a challenge. Nobody could quite grasp the vision that Boreani had for the old hulk.
Boreani figured he could rent it out as a party bus, but the plan didn’t pan out.
You can’t keep a guy with crazy automotive ideas down, though, and Boreani, who’s in pharmaceutical sales, has a vision for a whole new fleet of vehicles that will never make a lot of money but will turn plenty of heads.
The first vehicle in the fleet has recently been completed. Boreani bought a 1971 Winnebago, with a big W on the side and 75,000 miles on it.
“It wasn’t the worst, but it wasn’t pretty,” he said.
But he had an idea to make it really outrageous. Working with an Angola airbrusher, Harry Martin of Hairydidit, he converted the old motorhome into a combination of Clark Griswold’s hideous green station wagon and Eddie’s hideous motor home from the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” movies.
The green station wagon is painted on the side, complete with a dead grandma wrapped in a tarp and strapped to the roof. There are plenty of Walley World characters and tons of painted rust on the side, front and rear.










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#16534 - 01/06/14 10:06 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 1/11/2014

--CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) has released the
2014 edition of Explore Pennsylvania.
The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give consumers the latest information in RV trends as well as information about PRVCA members.
This year’s publication features Pennsylvania county fairs, RVing with grandchildren, tips on how to conserve, reduce and reuse while on the road, and fun at America’s Largest RV Show.
This guide contains a PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to campgrounds, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and other services. The listings contain contact information and a brief description of the products and services available.

-The 53rd annual Lehigh Valley RV and Campground Show is this weekend inside and outside the Agri-Plex at the Allentown Fairgrounds.

-The Pittsburgh, Pa starts its weeklong stay today at The &#8206;David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

-Lerch RV is Pennsylvania's newest Palomino RV dealership. Their newest offerings will include the Puma, Puma Unleashed, Canyon Cat, SolAire, SolAire hybrid-expandables, SolAire ultra lites, and Palomini single axle light weight campers. Soon we will be offering these great RVs at the lowest prices in the state along with our current inventory from Keystone RV and Open Range RV Company.

-CAMP HILL, Pa. — The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association wants to know how RVers are ringing in the new year.
Just send PRVCA a photo or video featuring the inside or outside of an RV for the association’s monthly contest and you could win a $100 gas card and a 5-pound Hershey bar. Each month a new theme will be announced and a new winner will be crowned.
For more info and the monthly contest, click here

-MEADVILLE, Pa. — Western Pennsylvania campgrounds and select Western Pennsylvania RV
dealers have teamed up again in 2014 to provide campers a very special camper contest.
During the contest, any camper purchasing a new RV from any of the participating Western
Pennsylvania RV dealers receives one night of free camping for a family of four from each of the
24 participating Western Pennsylvania campgrounds. This program is valued at over $800 of free camping provided with the purchase of any new RV in 2014.
In addition, any camper who stays at eight or more of the 24 participating campgrounds and RV parks, and who then submits their completed contest entry form within one year of their new RV purchase, is then entered into a special drawing to receive an additional $500 in Pennsylvania camping gift certificates, which can then be used at any campground in the PACamping.com organization.
The prize winner is drawn from applicants each fall at the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association convention, and is then awarded each January or February at the same RV show or dealership where the RV was purchased.
Participating Western Pennsylvania RV dealers for 2014 program include Hufnagel & Majors in Harmony; Fame RV Center in Saegertown; Clem’s Trailer Sales in Ellwood City; Starr’s Trailer Sales Brockway; Boyer RV Center in Erie; Brooks Camper Sales Connellsville; and B & R Campers Sales in Butler.
The participating Western Pennsylvania campgrounds include Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Kozy Rest Kampground Harrisville; Kalyumet Camping & Cabins in Cook Forest; Rose Point Park Cabins & Camping in New Castle; Meadville KOA Campground in Meadville; Vacationland Campground in Sandy Lake; Farma Family Campground in Greenville; Shenango Valley RV Park in Transfer; Pineview Campground in Linesville; Nautical Mile Campground & Marina in Templeton; Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park at Mill Run; Buttercup Woodlands Campground in Renfrew; Campers Paradise Campground and Cabins in Sigel; Sparrow Pond Family Campground in Waterford; Bear Run Campground in Portersville; Butler North KOA Campground at Peaceful Valley in West Sunbury; Uniontown KOA at River’s Edge in Connellsville; Harts Content Campground in Beaver Falls; Harecreek Campground in Corry; Friendship Village Campground in Bedford; Oil Creek Campground in Titusville; Camp Wilhelm Campground in Clarks Mills; Rocky Springs Campground in Mercer; Presque Isle Passage RV Park & Cabins in Fairview; and Benner’s Meadow Run Camping and Cabins in Farmington.

-CAPE MAY, N.J. — David and Maggie Robinson, co-owners of Holly Shores Campground in
Lower Township, presented a $10,000 check to Joanne Carrocino, FACHE, president and CEO of Cape Regional Medical Center, which represents the third payment toward a $50,000 pledge, according to Shore News Today.
The Holly Shores donation benefits the Thomas & Claire Brodesser, Jr., Cancer Center Capital Campaign. Shore News Today reports, the pledge is made possible by various fundraising initiatives that are held at Holly Shores Campground throughout the camping season.

-The RV industry hasn't been pinched by the economy, but nature took a crack at it. Forest River reported a two-day shutdown due to weather at their Class C plant in Elkhart, Ind. — the first time in at least a decade. Snow and intense cold were held accountable.

-Rolling out — the 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel pickup truck. A 3.0-liter engine said to yank a rated 9,200 pounds towing capacity and stated fuel economy of 27 miles per gallon on the freeway, and 20 around town — presumably solo. Chrysler says 1,000 of the new rigs will be in dealerships by next month.

A Year Of Tidbits

-This week marks the 1 year anniversary of RV and Camping News Tidbits on CampingPa.com. I would like to thank everyone for reading these, and hopefully enjoying most of them. Special thanks to CampingPa for keeping this website going and giving me a place to post some useful, but mostly useless news. And a very special thank you to Stew Oleson from RV Today, Chuck Woodbury from RV Travel, prvca, rv daily report, rv business, rv news services, rv magazine, rv industry, rv pro, camping life, wfmz, The Reading Eagle, The Sun Sentinel, and all the other internet news sources. BUT, MOST OF ALL, THANK YOU TO THE READERS OF "RV AND CAMPING NEWS TIDBITS ON CAMPINGPA.COM."

News From The Weird

-If the shoe fits ... Police in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, investigating a truck theft, found a shoe print from a DC brand shoe. Nearby, an RV owner reported a missing travel trailer. Later, another RV vanished from a dealership — and the thief left behind a DC shoeprint. Next day, a truck in a ditch turned out to be piloted by the DC shoe man. Darcy Blayne Pahl will be spending a year in jail for these and other theft charges.

-Brits can "rent" what's billed as the largest motorcoach in all the land – a U.S. built Newell Coach, formerly owned by Formula 1 race car drivers, for just a tad over $13,000 a night. Included in the fee is a chef and a team of waiters. For an upgrade, you can hire a limo, a helicopter for rides and, of course, drivers and pilots. And no worries, the coach is delivered to your choice of locations — and there it stays.

-Paradise Valley, Ariz., police said a motorhome driver led them on a chase then to a bizarre traffic stop. After exceeding 70-mile-per-hour speeds, the man pulled over but refused to exit the rig, calling 9-1-1 operators repeatedly and telling them the stop was straight out of Nazi Germany. Police finally "convinced" the man, with the help of pepper spray, to come out. They found several ounces of marijuana, a "white-brown powdery substance in containers," and a loaded Glock handgun inside.

-The annual collection of chunks of ice from a New Hampshire lake was able to start nearly a month earlier than previous years thanks to the recent cold snap.
Crews armed with saws and picks collected the blocks on Thursday for a Holderness campsite, which uses the ice as a natural freezer.
Using a specially adapted circular saw, the lake is carved into chunks before the crew use ice picks to haul the blocks into trucks.
The giant ice cubes are then driven to the campground, where they are stored in special cabins that prevent them from melting.
Campers at Rockywold-Deephaven Camps will be able to use the blocks to help chill their ice boxes and keep supplies cool during their vacations later this year.










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#16573 - 01/14/14 11:44 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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That is some pretty neat tidbits Mikham. Thank you for taking the time to do all the tidbits from week to week you do a great job. There is a lot of great information in there, plus some funny things as well. Keep up the great tidbits I love reading them every week. This week I find that the ice chucks is a cool idea to show that there is still some out there that do use a lot of different natural resources for their advantages.

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News Tidbits For 1/18/2014

-HARRISBURG - State Senator Gene Yaw (R-Bradford, Lycoming, Sullivan, Susquehanna and Union) today encouraged municipalities, pre-qualified land trusts, non-profits and other eligible agencies within his Senate District to apply for state recreation and conservation grants through the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Community Conservation Partnerships Program (C2P2).
The C2P2 program provides financial and technical assistance for the planning, acquisition and development of park, recreation, conservation and greenway projects. The program also seeks applications that implement Pennsylvania's Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and DCNR's strategic plan. Funding includes the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund (Key 93), the Environmental Stewardship Fund (Growing Greener 1) and federal funding sources.

-COSTA MESA, Calif. — NADA Guides warned RV dealers yesterday there are some errors in the January&#8208;April 2014 edition of the NADA Recreation Vehicle Appraisal Guide.
In a letter sent to dealers, Don Christy, publisher of the NADA Guides, said, “Our data analysts have acted immediately to correct the issues, and we are currently in the process of reprinting a revised and updated guidebook.”

-NEW YORK — A federal judge in Virginia later this month is expected to hear arguments in a dispute between the U.S. Forest Service and a national group of campground operators who claim the Obama administration made an “arbitrary” decision to shut them down during last fall’s budget battle, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The Wall Street Journal explains the plaintiffs, led by the California-based National Forest Recreation Association, say the Forest Service had no legal justification under the law to close National Forest campgrounds operated by private businesses.

- Three men who camped in a no-camping area near Glendora were arrested Thursday on suspicion of causing a wildfire that burned more than 1,700 acres in the Angeles National Forest northeast of Los Angeles.

-No rallies for Good Sam/Camping World this year. The mega RV consortium says it is reevaluating its position on locations and will make plans for 2015. With the back step, only the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) will be holding consumer rallies of any size this year. More info on the Camping World Facebook page.

-Mountain House, Cal., residents who park an RV, boat or trailer "in public view" can now be fined. After three warnings, the fines range from $100 to $200 per day.

-Sales of travel trailers in the Netherlands have dropped 44 percent in the last three years; while at the same time, overall sales of all types of RVs have increased by 15 percent.

News From The Weird

-A burglary suspect may be laid up somewhere suffering from a shotgun wound after authorities said a Barrow County man apparently shot the suspect who failed to obey a command to “freeze.”
The 67-year-old resident of Auburn told Barrow County sheriff’s deputies that at about 3:30 a.m. Saturday he awoke upon hearing the alarm go off in a camper in his yard.
The man told the officer he got his 16-gauge shotgun and went to the trailer, where he confronted the burglar climbing out of a window.
When the man got outside, the homeowner “ordered him to freeze. When the suspect ran, (the victim) fired three shots from his shotgun at the suspect.”
The homeowner told the deputy he thinks one shot hit the suspect because he started screaming as he ran and disappeared into a wooded area, according to the report.

-The legalization of recreational marijuana use has created problems for Colorado highway maintenance crews: The number "420" is associated with pot smoking, and milepost 420 along I-70 recently vanished. To discourage further disappearances, crews have replaced it with a new marker: MILE 419.99.







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#16603 - 01/25/14 09:09 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 1/25/2014

-The Great American Outdoor Show runs from February 1 - 9 in Harrisburg, Pa. CampingPa,s sister site, The Virtual Sports Show will be on hand at booth #2636. For more information on the outdoor show click here. To visit The Virtual Sport Show, click here.

-The Pa. Parks and Forests Foundation will continue to make state parks and forests more accessible, build volunteer chapters across the state and provide technical assistance to friends groups, state parks and forests thanks to a new grant from Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, North Central PA explains.
PPFF works closely with the 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest through program, volunteerism, establishment of friends groups, and by serving as a resource.“We are pleased to continue our relationship with state parks and state forests,” PPFF President Marci Mowery tells North Central PA. “The Foundation understands the value our state parks and forests provide to the residents of the Commonwealth, from being economic engines in tourism to promoting better health through outdoor recreation, clean air and clean water.”

-RVC Outdoor Destinations announced today that it has re-flagged Lake Raystown Resort as an RVC Outdoor Destination.
The Entriken, Pa., property was developed by Jules Patt in 1984 and is one of the finest outdoor destinations in the country, RVC noted.
Lake Raystown Resort’s addition into the RVC collection of premium outdoor hospitality properties will coincide with its 30th anniversary. The resort’s new website at www.raystownresort.com has been completed to provide guests with a superior online experience as they research the resort’s features and lodging options, the company noted.

-As if the weather in the Northeast and Midwest regions wasn't bad enough, now shortages of propane are causing officials to call for turning down the thermostats to stretch supplies. While weather is creating difficulty in shipping LP, Midwest farmers used a huge amount of the stuff in drying corn crops last summer due to high rainfall. LP prices across the U.S. are an average of 58 cents per gallon more than at this time last year.

-RV building capital of the U.S., Elkhart County, Ind., looks to be recovering from the RV doldrums. Manufacturer Jayco says it's adding 30 new RV building jobs and has more to follow — up to 100 new workers in the next year-and-a-half.

-Wheel estate or real estate? New Hampshire's Department of Revenue Administration says all communities are to tax seasonal RVs as real estate. The law will apply to both residents and out-of-staters who store a rig in the state.

-RVers returning to their winter-stored rigs in Ellisburg, N.Y., will be dismayed if they find theirs was one of many damaged by an ice jam on Sandy Creek. RVs and buildings were pushed aside — and in some cases over — by huge ice blocks that inundated Up the Creek Campground on Route 3.

News From The Weird


-A British man has been fined more than $800 and has lost his driver's license for a year after he was found guilty of drunk driving — a toy RV. Rio Bearmore built the replica VW camper van and was driving it home from a pub as a charity event when stopped by cops. Having imbibed "two pints and six shots" didn't help his case any. He'd managed to raise $65 for a cancer charity before he was stopped.


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#16647 - 02/02/14 08:56 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 2/1/2014

-Today, February 1, is the opening day for The Great American Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pa. The shows runs through February 9, and is packed with everything that involves outdoor recreation. If you go, be sure to stop by booth #2636, The Virtual Sports Show. Say Hi to Tom and mention CampingPa.

-Free admission to the great American Outdoor show is available if you sign up or renew your subscription to the NRA. Details can be found here.

-The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Dingman Township’s request for appeal regarding a provision in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance after losing to Lake Adventure in a lower Court ruling in 2013.
The provision in question amended the definition of a recreation vehicle to one “that does not require a special highway moving permit when transported” and “a vehicular unit, mounted on wheels, of such size or weight as not to require special highway moving permits when drawn by motorized vehicles.
This is another great win for campgrounds and the RV industry,” Robert Adams, owner of Gettysburg Campground and PRVCA’s Campground Director. “This decision helps ensure that park models and destination camping remain a growing segment of the industry.”

-The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has announced 2014&#8242;s top rated RV parks. Digital Journal explains, awarded with perfect 10/10/10 ratings, these 101 RV parks and campgrounds feature the most desired amenities, cleanest facilities and most attractive properties and locations. Long considered the Gold Standard by RVers, the ratings given to these top rated RV parks and campgrounds put them on every RVers’ list of places to visit in 2014. For a complete list, click here.

-ROANOKE, Va. — A recreational vehicle caught fire in the parking lot of the Roanoke Civic Center as families were heading inside to see the Kazim Temple Shrine Circus, according to Roanoke Times.
The fire damaged three RVs in the parking lot full of other trucks and circus equipment, but only one RV had severe damage. Two adults and two children were displaced from the fire, Roanoke Times reports.
The cause of the was ruled as electrical, Roanoke Times explains.

-Richmond, Ind.-based Tom Raper RVs announced today (Jan. 28) the launch of campersweather.com, a new website especially for campers and outdoor enthusiasts featuring weather forecasts, current conditions and weather alerts. According to a press release, the website, Facebook page, Twitter and a soon to be released mobile app are all free and also include live weather radar, up-to-the-minute weather maps and weather related news.

-Stats on wholesale shipments of rigs seem to indicate it. U.S. wholesale annual shipments jumped 12.4 percent in December compared to the year before — about double 2009. On a monthly basis, December shipments were up 14.3 percent over 2013, the biggest December in six years, says the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

-Midwest propane prices continue to shoot upward. At one point last week, spot prices reached almost $5 per gallon, but dropped to $4.50. At the Kansas hub, prices reached $4.95, the highest since 1989.

-A fire in an electrical box at the Como, N.C., Camp PD Hunt Club got out of control and smoke was seen for miles. Local firefighters called in assistance, but in the end, 17 RVs parked at the club were wiped out.

News from the Weird

-RVs burn gas, but cows manufacture it, and in one case this week it caused a problem. Methane gas from 90 gassy cows exploded in a German farm shed, injuring one of the animals. High levels of flatulence had built up when a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames. One cow was treated for burns (hopefully, "rare" and not "well done").

-An RVer in Severance, Colo., who couldn't get his motorhome started tried using starter fluid. With somewhat predictable results, the rig caught fire and was totally destroyed. The twist? The rig was inside a local car wash when the fire broke out. No damage estimate on the car wash building.



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News Tidbits For 2/8/2014

-JONESTOWN, Pa. — Safety issues regarding the parking of motor homes, campers and other large vehicles are prompting Borough Council to consider an update to the parking ordinance, according to Lebanon Daily News.
As it stands now, tractor-trailers may not park on borough streets or alleys. Lebanon Daily News report, Mayor Tyler Longenecker and council want to amend the existing ordinance to state that any Class 4 vehicle or heavier vehicles cannot be parked in residential driveways, either — unless they are behind the “front wall,” or front door of the residence.
“Any trailer doesn’t have its own braking system unless it’s hooked up to the tow vehicle, and that can roll down a driveway,” Councilman Ron Gue told Lebanon Daily News. “It could roll into traffic, or it could even strike a child. It’s not safe.”

-Under federal law, interest paid on loans for RVs and yachts can in some cases be "written off" as a tax deduction as a "second home." Now Congressional lawmakers have floated a bill that would wipe out the deduction for yachts under the "Ending Subsidies for Yachts Act."

-HOUSTON, Tex. — A little girl managed to slip away from a would-be abductor. ABC 13 explains, nine-year-old Dakota Barker says she kept it bottled up for a week before she told anyone. Now she’s sharing her story in hopes of protecting other children.
The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office tell ABC 13, on January 24, the nine-year-old girl approached near the restroom in the River City RV Park.
“This guy just comes up and says, ‘Hey you want to come back to my house?’ and he said that three times, and I said, ‘Leave me alone.’ And then I was walking off and he grabbed my arm,” Dakota explained to ABC 13. She yanked her arm back and ran home.

-Fire in an unoccupied RV at Twin Rivers Estates RV park in Eufaula, Okla., led to a chain reaction that officials say had a miraculous ending. The fire led to the explosion of a 150-gallon LP tank, the damage of eight RVs, the total destruction of another dozen, and the wipe-out of countless storage sheds and equipment. Fire fighters dodged smaller exploding LP containers and countless rounds of ammunition stored in burning RVs. Somehow, nobody was hurt.

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They Fought The Law, and The Law Won

-An Arroyo Grande, Cal., marriage counselor, "Clay" Watkins, died in a spectacular crash when his motorhome went over a cliff on California's Highway 1 near Ragged Point, about 20 miles north of San Simeon, and crashed 600 feet below. Watkins faced charges of robbing a Santa Maria bank at gunpoint last December.

-KATY, Tex. — A New Port Richey family that was reported missing since early January were found at Camping World trying to get a fifth wheel travel trailer repaired, according to Bay News 9.
Garrett Bruce had been staying there for the past two days with his wife Jennifer Bruce and sons Brett and Dillon.
Out on bond, 33-year-old Garrett Bruce was all set to stand trial next week for the DUI manslaughter death of 26-year-old Patrick Vosbein. Investigators say Bruce was behind the wheel drunk in 2011 when he crashed his car into a pole in Tarpon Springs. Vosbein, who was a passenger, was ejected and died at a hospital three days later.
Investigators tell Bay News 9 they believe Jennifer went on the run with her husband.

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#16716 - 02/15/14 09:01 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 2/15/2014

-The Inaugaral running of the Harrisburg, Pa RV Show will be held from February 20 - 23, with a special preview night February 19 that includes free door prizes. The event takes place at The Farm Show Complex.

-The 2014 Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo takes place Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. The display of RVs, campers, fifth wheels, pop-ups, and even outdoor vehicles like customized golf carts and Club Cars, showcases the newest technology and comforts to make people feel at home in the wilderness, organizers said.

-The 2014 Campers World RV Show will be held at the York Expo Grounds on March 7, 8 &&#8200;9. This unique show is in its 36th year and the event promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 30,000 square feet of indoor display space.

- Ron and Betty Ulrich of Erie, Pa., already had plans to camp more this year with the RV they purchased in 2013 at Boyer RV Center. But, they never dreamed that after receiving $800 of free camping in 2013 after buying that RV, that they’d wind up winning another $500 of free camping for 2014, too.
The Ulrich family was recently named the winners of the fourth annual Very Special Camper Contest (VSC), sponsored by participating campgrounds and RV dealers in western Pennsylvania.

-Pennsylvania RV dealers – along with other companies, organizations and individuals –have banded together to help make a reality one man’s dream of driving a John Deere tractor across America to raise money and awareness for Wounded Warriors, an organization that supports injured military veterans.
On April 26, C. Ivan Stoltzfus will embark from the eastern shore in Manasquan, N.J., on his dream trip across America in support of Wounded Warriors, with the goal of raising $1 million for the nonprofit.
The trip, which is expected to end roughly six months later in Crescent City, Calif., is intended to raise awareness of the sacrifices men and women in military uniform have made for their country, according to Stoltzfus.
Notably, Stoltzfus will be pulling a 22-foot camper donated by Ivan’s cousin, Earl, from Stoltzfus RV in West Chester, Pa., which will serve as his home and headquarters for the long journey. On the trailer hitch there is an extra gas tank and a generator, and on the back will be a little Smiley motor scooter. Stoltzfus said a friend made a logo for the camper that states: “Across America for Wounded Heroes”.

-Camping World and Good Sam announced a new project to install massive American flags at various Camping World SuperCenters across the country to honor veterans.
The enormous flags are 30-by-60-feet or 40-by-80-feet, depending on zoning regulations, and the poles are 130 feet tall. In many cases these will be the largest flying American flags in the surrounding area, the company noted.

-Of 14,000 privately owned RV parks in the U.S., only 68 have received the Good Sam Club's perfect 10/10/10 rating for facility, restrooms and appeal.

-Gate fees will be waived at all 401 National Park Service sites on Presidents' Day weekend, February 15 through 17.

-Alabama State Parks, like many other government park agencies, wants to boost its visitation rates. The agency is now looking into "partnering" with outdoor adventure sports outfits to bring in the visitors. What kind of draws? Can you say "Canopy Tours" and "Zip Lines"? At least 10 of the Cotton State's parks are under consideration for possible partnerships.

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News From The Weird

-A man barricaded himself in an RV at Gridley, California's Desert Empire Fairgrounds RV Park Feb. 6. Threatening suicide and armed with multiple weapons, a standoff ended when the man gave himself up. No injuries, but some seriously bullet-riddled RVs were casualties.

-Florida news purveyor news-press.com asked its readers to complete the sentence, "I know it's snowbird season when ...." Our favorite response? "Fights break out over samples in Costco."






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-The Greater Philly RV Show will be held from February 27th thru March 2nd at The Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

-The 2014 Pennsylvania Adventure RV Expo takes place Feb. 27 to March 2 at the Blair County Convention Center in Altoona. The display of RVs, campers, fifth wheels, pop-ups, and even outdoor vehicles like customized golf carts and Club Cars, showcases the newest technology and comforts to make people feel at home in the wilderness, organizers said.

-The 2014 Campers World RV Show will be held at the York Expo Grounds on March 7, 8 & 9. This unique show is in its 36th year and the event promises to be bigger and better than ever with over 30,000 square feet of indoor display space.

-CAMP HILL, Pa. – America’s Largest RV Show, Hershey, has released their 2014 Show Drawing Kit and space reservations are rolling in.The deposit deadline to participate in the drawing is April 1st, and the actual show drawing will be held May 7th at the Hershey Lodge in Hershey, Pa.

-INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The northern Indiana museum dedicated to the history of the recreational vehicle continues to see improving finances a couple years after it faced possible closure, according to IBJ.
The president of the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart says the museum’s debt has been reduced from $5.5 million to about $2.5 million, IBJ reports.

-The Bureau of Land Management has worked out a land swap with Utah's School Trust Lands Administration to add over 25,000 acres of prime recreational land, including Corona and Morning Glory Arches in Grand County. Utah schools will get over 35,000 acres of BLM lands with high mineral development potential.

-The doors at Wichita, Kan., RV dealer Adventure RV and Truck Center and sister company, Adventureland RV Rentals, Inc., are closed — and sealed. The state's revenue department says the companies owe more than $300,000 in back taxes, and since it couldn't secure compliance on payment, it will sell off the companies' assets at auction to apply to the bill.

-Worried about storms when camping? Then take your rig to a Kentucky State Park. The state's park system is one of the first in the country recognized by the National Weather Service as "Storm Ready." Some of the requirements Kentucky meets — campground hosts have equipment and training to contact guests and direct them to safe shelter; signage is posted to identify storm shelters.

-ANN ARBOR, Mich. — When purchasing an RV, owners undoubtedly had visions of the open road before them as they enjoyed the freedom to travel this great country. But, it is doubtful that they had scrubbing toilets on their mind.
Aqua-Foam represents a next generation of RV toilet cleaners. It penetrates and removes grime in seconds — without scrubbing. Specially designed for RV toilets, its foaming action works in very little water and it is formulated to be safe for plastic, porcelain, seals and holding tank components.

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News From The Weird

-THOMASVILLE, Ga. — After receiving a tip and setting up surveillance, police arrested a man growing 22 marijuana plants in his RV at Sugar Mill RV Park in Georgia, according to WALB. The plants were each over a foot tall.
“We gained information that he had some marijuana plants there before, so it shows that he has a history of growing marijuana plants there in the camper,” drug agent Kevin Lee explained to WALB.
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-A pilot project in Arizona State Parks has given new life to four formerly homeless military veterans. After hearing that more than 20 vets commit suicide every day, the state's park director set up the program wherein homeless vets are hired and trained as park rangers, earning $12 an hour, and getting housing at Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, Ariz.2thumbs

-LUSK, Wy. — Chantry and Amy Filener will be opening The Fine Grind, a coffee shop, at Prairie View Campground with a hopeful opening date of March 15, according to Lusk Herald.
The campground is owned by Filener’s parents and they feel a coffee shop will be a great addition. .” Because of the campground there are people there all the time. We have room for the tour buses and we enjoy people,” Chantry explained to Lusk Herald. They were looking for something to keep the family working together in one location and this new enterprise seems to accomplish that.

-When a Canton, Ga couple purchased an old camper to fix up, they didn’t know it was the beginning of a treasure hunt.
Andrew and Michelle Gunter have been refurbishing a 1978 Apache camper. When Andrew pulled off the covering to an electrical panel he found a box tucked behind it with keepsakes from the World War II era, reports WSB TV.
The heirlooms included silver stars indicating the rank of commander in the Navy, a pistol, a medal awarded to engineers engraved with the name Dr. Edwin D. Harrison.

-A Calgary woman is facing more than 60 charges in connection to a motorhome timeshare scheme that allegedly bilked clients out of more than $100,000.
CTV News reported that an investigation was launched into an apparent Ponzi scheme following a tip through Crime Stoppers. Charges were filed against Pamela Vanberg and her businesses, Calgary Motorhome Inc. and Canada Motorhome Inc.
Investigators say that between 2009 and 2012, several clients signed contracts with Vanberg and her businesses to buy timeshare-style use of a motorhome. The clients paid membership fees ranging from $5,000 to $45,000 and allegedly did not receive access to the motorhome and did not receive refunds as promised.

-Milford, Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI), franchisor of Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, continues to diversify its choice of accommodations while also expanding the organized family activities for campers.
According to a press release, parks are increasingly renting furnished cabins, cottages, yurts and teepees in addition to providing traditional tent camping and RV sites. LSI reported that rentals now account for 2,000 sites across the Jellystone Park network.

Mouse News

-Call it the mouse that burned the house: Last weekend James Hughes was cleaning up his 2001 Gulf Stream Class A motorhome at Dennis Port on Cape Cod, and lit a few appliances. Fire immediately broke out that destroyed the rig. Fire officials say a mouse nest likely caught fire when the propane ignited.

-Call it the mouse that closed the RV park. RVers planning to visit Anaheim, Calif., are advised to make RV park reservations before going. The popular Anaheim RV Resort Park next door to Disneyland has been bought out and closed by Disney. The theme park outfit says they'll be turning the park into car parking spaces. With the closure of the 120-site park, other area RV parks say they have few, if any, spaces available without prior reservations.

-Florida visitors wanting to see the "Magic Kingdom" may find the freight too high. Admission prices to Walt Disney World have jumped to $99 for "guests" 10 and up for a one-day ticket. "Our pricing reflects the high quality and breadth of experiences we offer and our ongoing commitment to investing in our parks," says a Disney spokesman. Maybe it ought to be called the "Tragic Kingdom."




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-COAL TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Coal Township is asking for the public’s opinion on a proposed new ordinance, which could add a five-percent admissions tax to recreation parks such as the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Newsitem reports.
At its meeting Thursday night, the township’s board of commissioners voted 3-1 to advertise the ordinance, which has yet to be drawn up, for the admissions tax. Newsitem explains, the tax would apply on all activities allowable under the Commonwealth’s Local Tax Enabling Act “which would include, but is not limited to, campgrounds and outdoor recreation parks.”

-Gettysburg Bike Week celebrates 13 years of riding through historic Pennsylvania this year with rides, entertainment, vendors and more July 10 through 13 at Granite Hill Campground Resort.

-The 16-day federal government shutdown last October frustrated and angered RVers when federal lands became inaccessible. Now a study estimates that the shutdown of National Parks cost nearby communities $414 million in visitor spending.

-Hibernation season for Arizona bears has evidently ended early, with reports of two bear sightings. In mid-February campers spotted a black bear near Peppersauce Campground outside of Tucson. In January a hunter reported seeing a sow and cub at Fort Huachuca.

-Richland County, Mont., health officials say they've had enough. According to the officials, "85 to 95 percent of RV parks" in the county are out of compliance with health laws so the county is dragging them into court to get them to clean up their acts. One hot-button issue: gray water. "Gray water out of your sink actually carries more pathogens than out of your toilet," claims Terry Murphy, local compliance officer. There are 18 licensed RV and mobile home parks in the county.

-Police in Mission, Texas, may have broken up a ring of thieves who specialized in stealing Ford F-250 pickups and selling them in Mexico. Police staked out Mission Bell RV Resort in February, where pickups had been previously stolen, and netted four adults and a juvenile who were charged in connection with at least one truck theft.


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-PUNTA GORDA, Fla. — Police arrested a Punta Gorda couple prowling an RV park Friday night while their children wandered through some nearby woods, Fox 4 reported.
Michael Scott Butcher and his wife, Sarah, were found by security guards at Water’s Edge RV Resort claiming to be looking for lost truck keys. When they wouldn’t leave, the couple was arrested for loitering or prowling, as well as possession of drugs.






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-Photoelectric symbiosis is coming to California. A private investor group, Shorebreak Energy Developers, is approaching RV parks, campgrounds and mobile home parks in the state offering to equip their properties with solar panels at no cost, and then sell the park the electricity produced by the panels, saving them 35 to 75 percent on power costs. The group has set aside $50 million for the plan.

-Internet giant Facebook has made for plenty of changes for RVers, but in this case maybe not for the good. The company is building a giant data center on farmland near Altoona, Iowa — directly in front of Griffs Valley View RV Park. Owner Ted Griffieon shrugs and says, "Progress is progress," but will RVers who used to see open meadows and a pond be thrilled to see a modern building out front?

-Students on a high school-sponsored camping field trip at Borrego Springs, Cal., had a rude surprise when flammable vapors met up with a campfire with explosive results. Two students and a teacher were injured when, as a fire official told ABC News, "Something caused it to flash. The report is there was some propane or some alcohol nearby. And when I say alcohol, I don't mean the drinking kind, but fuel of some type."

-For the paltry sum of $279,000, you can own a piece of political history. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has put her Lexa Class A motorhome on the market — looking to downsize to a Class C rig that's easier to maneuver.

-BILLINGS, Mont. — A total of 107 KOA campground owners have already “taken the leap” and adopted one of Kampgrounds of America’s three new brand positions.
The three brand positions include:
KOA Journey — KOA Journey campgrounds are conveniently located near the highways and byways of North America and are waiting for campers after a long day on the road. KOA Journeys offer long pull-through sites that help make setup fast and easy, have well-lit after-hour check-in service, and offer a robust line of RV supplies. They are great places to unwind and relax before the next leg of their journey.
KOA Holiday — Whether campers are looking for a base camp for exploring the area or a fun place to stay with lots of activities, they are sure to love KOA Holiday campgrounds. There’s plenty to do at these KOAs, with amenities and services to make any stay memorable, whether it’s overnight or for a longer stay. Each KOA Holiday features full service RV sites and KOA Deluxe Cabins with bathrooms. Campers can take a hike, see the local attractions or still enjoy a campfire.
KOA Resort — KOA Resort campgrounds offer a carefree vacation in the great outdoors with plenty of patio RV sites and Deluxe Cabins with linen service. KOA Resorts also have an abundance of activities led by dedicated recreation staff, on-site food service, group meeting space, and much more. KOA Resorts are all a camper could want in a vacation destination – all in one place.


News From The Weird

-National Public Radio's automotive experts, Ray and Tom Magliozzi (a.k.a. "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers") were recently asked about towing a travel trailer while using the cruise control. In typical snappy fashion, the return advice included this classic line: "Just make sure you follow all the other towing recommendations the manufacturer makes, which probably include turning the overdrive off when towing, and strapping on two pairs of Depends before you head out with 6,500 pounds kissing your rear bumper."








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-YORK, Pa. — The York Campers World RV Show was held in York, Pa., the second weekend of March, as has been done for the past 36 years.
The 14 RV dealers present reported brisk sales, and a total of 180 units were shown on over 130,000 square feet of indoor space and 38 units were outside on the York Expo Center ground, said Beverly Gruber, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association.
“Fifty campgrounds showcased their facilities and talked with the customers about the advantages of coming to their park,” she explained.

-When city officials in Timmins, Ontario, agreed to help operate cash-strapped Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park two years ago, they thought the park would be a paying proposition. Now the city says they may close the gates at the park if they can't fill 10 more seasonal RV sites. With 53 sites filled, the city set Friday as the deadline for purchases; if not sold, the park will be listed as "non-operational."

-Indiana's state parks and reservoirs are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in exchange for free camping. Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Sites looking for hosts to volunteer in April are Turkey Run, Indiana Dunes, Potato Creek and Spring Mill state parks. Raccoon State Recreation Area needs a host June 29 through August 3, the entire length, or in two-week periods. A complete list of sites and information on hosting duties is here. If interested, contact the site directly.

-Thor Industries Inc. plans to auction off remaining towable inventory, work-in-progress units and assorted componentry Tuesday (Mar. 25) at a former Monaco RV towable manufacturing plant on Indiana 19 (2700 S. Nappanee St.) on the south side of Elkhart, Ind., a facility that Thor purchased in February from Ocala, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc.
Auctioneers indicate that a big crowd is expected for the liquidation sale at the 220,000-square-foot plant in which Thor plans on expanding its Thor Motor Coach Inc. division’s motorhome production. The auction, according to a sale flier, will include “enough inventory to run production for weeks.”

-RV dealers are expecting big things this year, according to results from a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) survey conducted in late January to early February.
In the March issue of RV Executive Today, RVDA reported that after a good 2013, the majority of survey respondents are expecting 2014 to be even better. Specifically, 68% of dealers who participated in the survey feel the outlook for the retail market this year will be better than it was in 2013. Another 32% believe the market will be about the same as it was last year.

-The Great Outdoors RV Superstore in Fulton, N.Y., is proposing to build a satellite recreational vehicle/trailer sales office on the site of the former Fremont Lanes Bowling Alley in the town of Manlius, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.
The Post-Standard reports that a small sales office would be built on the now-vacant 2.5-acre site, with 12 parking spaces and room to park 23 RVs/trailers.
The site would open this spring, as soon as the proper permits are secured, Doug Miller, engineer for the town of Manlius told the Post-Standard. The bowling alley was demolished several years ago.


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-Three people were badly burned after an RV burst into flames at a Delta, British Columbia, gas station March 15. According to police, the occupants were siphoning fuel through a trap door in the vehicle, which they parked above the underground holding tank. Investigators haven't confirmed where the stolen gas was intended to be sold, but said it sometimes is advertised on Craigslist.

-Alexandria, La. — Tips about odd smells led to the arrest of a Deville man who allegedly was operating a meth lab in a small camper, according to The Town Talk.
Deputies went to the camper Wednesday in Deville to follow up on the tips about the smells and suspicions that meth was being made. John Loyd Paul Jr. answered the door, and deputies smelled “a distinct chemical odor,” according to The Town Talk.
A deputy who entered the camper to get a gun saw a pan with suspected meth drying on a heating blanket, The Town Talk reports. Paul was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance II, creation/operation of a clandestine lab, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, illegal carrying of weapons with drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.


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-A 35-year-old travel trailer yielded up some secrets to its new owners. In a small black box, hidden away inside the trailer, were military medals belonging to a man dead since 2001. Evidently, Dr. Edwin Harrison, the sixth president of Georgia Tech, hid the medals inside sometime before his death. After the trailer changed hands, new owners found the box and went on a "treasure hunt" to find the owner. They recently turned over the box and its contents to Harrison's son in Cobb County, Georgia.

- Authorities tell WKBN a Youngstown man has died after being burned by a fire that was sparked by a space heater at Green Acres Lake Park in Diamond, Ohio.

-To help out Canadian farmers in tight times, some local and federal laws encourage "agri-tourism," wherein farmers can allow folks to camp on their property and get a sense of living on the land. But the mayor of Kelowna, British Columbia, says he figures at least half the "farmers" in his area are frauds, operating what he calls "year around trailer courts."

- For the ninth consecutive year, Camping World RV Sales was announced as America’s No. 1 seller of towable and motorized RVs for 2013 by Statistical Surveys. Camping World RV dealerships amassed 47 individual dealer awards for being the top-in-class in their respective states.

-BOGO (buy one, get one) offers abound, and Kentucky State Parks are joining in. Buy one night of camping in April or May, get the second night free, Sunday through Thursday. Use the promo code "SPRING14" on the state parks' Internet reservation system.

-A 13-year-old boy is touring the USA in a Thor Chateau motorhome provided by sponsor LazyDays RV on a mission to speak with school children about bullying and its prevention. “I got bulled in school and it hurt me a lot,” said Jaylen Arnold, who was born with Tourette syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes repetitive involuntary movements and sounds, called “tics.” Jaylen kicked off his tour at LazyDays RV in Tampa. Read more about it here.

News From The Weird

-Make my day? A campground manager in West, Texas, had his own Clint Eastwood moment when he found three folks who appeared to be planning to steal LP cylinders from rigs in his campground. The manager brandished a shotgun and ultimately discharged it, hitting one. Not too bright to argue with an armed man — but it figures — one of the would-be burglars was named Looney.

-BANTAM, Conn. — A man charged for accidentally setting a camper ablaze while horsing around with friends led state police right to his stash of marijuana plants, according to Register Citizen.
A state trooper investigating a trailer fire at the home of 18-year-old Christopher Jacquier and his mother, discovered several potted marijuana plants. Register Citizen explains 13 plants, or nearly a pound of marijuana, were seized from the property, along with rolling papers, a small baggy of marijuana, an electronic scale, a pipe with burnt residue and a water bong.
Jacquier told authorities investigating a fire he accidentally set a trailer ablaze while burning scrap wood. He told authorities he asked his mother for permission to burn the trailer, but she wouldn’t let him, Register Citizen reports.

--AUBURN, Calif. — A man was jailed Monday after he led police on a wild chase through Placer County, Fla. that ended with several trailers damaged, according to KCRA.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Department told KCRA the man downed a large number of prescription pills in a suicide attempt, then drove off. The man was drinking beers as deputies followed him.
The chase ended in an RV park in Colfax. The driver smashed into several trailers, causing significant damage, KCRA reports.

Cool Camping

-Most people love the look of a classic Volkswagen camper bus, so Oregon manufacturer Dub Box USA has created an actual camper version that you can tow to your favorite recreational area. The body is a fiberglass look-alike that was inspired by an actual post-1967 Type 2 bus, yet it weighs 1,800 pounds (about 1,400 pounds less than an actual camper bus) so smaller vehicles can pull it. The basic 16-foot-long (including towing frame) by 68-inch-wide by 65-inch-tall (with the lift top roof raised) Dub Box Camper sells for $19,500. It includes a double bed, faucet and sink (including fresh and gray water tanks) plus appropriate electrical connections. Options incude a stovetop, refrigerator, heater, backup generator, awning and a stereo system. See it here.


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-Louisiana's Iberia Parish finally has an RV resort. It took 17 months of effort, including struggles with uncooperative weather, but the Cajun RVera near the Acadiana Fairgrounds will soon open, featuring 185 RV sites, a pool, swim-up bar and pavilion. A public project, Cajun RVera came in nearly $2 million less than the projected $7 million cost.

-Boondockers who frequent the area around Swan Falls Dam in Ada County, Idaho, are in for a treat! Idaho Power says it will soon turn the boondocking area into an official (and free) campground with "upgrades and guidelines." No date set for completion.

-ELKHART, Ind. — Keystone RV has struck a deal with “Fisher’s ATV World,” a reality TV show on Discovery’s Velocity channel, to regularly feature the company’s Raptor toy hauler. The Elkhart Truth explains, the show features all-terrain vehicle celebrity Brian Fisher embarking on weekly adventures that involve riding ATVs and side-by-sides, which are four-wheeled ATVs that resemble golf carts modified for off-roading.

-NAKUSP, Canada — Zachary Friedenberger, a Nakusp Secondary School student, has been awarded the contract to run the Nakusp municipal campground this summer, according to Arrow Lakes News.
The staff report speaks highly of Friedenberger. Tynan explained to Arrow Lakes News they spoke with him and his father Richard – who co-signed the contract – to make sure he was ready for the demands of running the campground. The contract will see Friedenberger earn 55 per cent of the revenue generated by the campground. Based on 2013 numbers, that would be a profit of about $29,000.

-The Travel Channel has given a green light to 10 new series and one special that demonstrate the power and breadth of travel by connecting viewers to a world of exploration, new experiences and hidden cultures. Included in the slate is a mix is a show focusing on a sizable RV dealership. According to a press release, “Big Time RV” gives viewers an all-access pass to America’s largest and most prestigious RV dealership located in sunny Florida.

-Dometic Corp., a leading supplier to the recreational vehicle and marine industries, is partnering with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) to provide a complete line of RV and camping products at KOA campground locations across North America.
Soon, campers will be able to find displays of Dometic products carrying the familiar yellow KOA brand in selected KOA campground locations. While items available will vary by location, Dometic products for sale to campers will include RV cleaner, gray water treatment, odor absorber, air fresheners, holding tank treatments, toilet bowl cleaners, toilet tissue and moist towelettes.

News From The Weird

-When employees at a Yakima, Wash., repair shop got to work, they found evidence of a burglary in a motorhome — window broken open, a table placed directly below it. A 30-year-old man was found snoozing on the couch — accompanied by several "rearranged” liquor bottles. When police arrived the man was ready for transport — employees used the electrical repair shop zip-ties to give the suspect substitute "handcuffs."

-Sioux Falls, S.D., police have a mystery: A trailer was stolen from Northview Campers and then later reappeared, parked in a different spot. When an employee went to move the unit it was "heavier" than it should have been and, on looking, he found two automatic teller machines, minus cash, inside the trailer.
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-Volunteers who help clean up at Gifford Pinchot State Park near York, Pa., April 25 and 26, will get free camping in exchange. Trail work, litter pickup and other projects will round out the "bring your own tools" event. Call for info: 717-432-5011.

-York County, Pa., authorities are trying to get the lead out — or maybe get it back. Battery thieves have struck at least a dozen times in Paradise and Jackson townships since March, grabbing RV batteries from rigs parked at homes and storage facilities.

-A fire at eagles Peak Campground, near Robesonia, Pa, claimed a bath house, 2 golf carts, and 2 RV's parked nearby. No injuries were reported. Officials say the cause of the fire was campground workers burning leaves. OOPS!

-HONEY BROOK, Pa. - A Chester County man who plans to drive his tractor, with a trailer in tow, across America has scored a huge victory. He will now be able to drive through his home state of Pennsylvania, with a police escort.
The purpose of the venture is to raise money and awareness for Wounded Heroes. For more information and an interactive map, check their website here. Good Luck and have a safe journey.

-A man whose wife was killed in a shark attack in Australia has been dealt a "double-dirty." Rob Armstrong and his late wife, Christine, had reserved an RV rental through Camper Travel for July. Less than two days after Christine was killed, Armstrong contacted the rental firm to cancel and request a refund of his $1,000 deposit. After demanding proof of his wife's death, the firm concluded his "deposit is non-refundable."

- In today’s age where getting kids outside to exercise and enjoy nature can be more challenging than ever, Take Me Fishing and Walt Disney World Resort are making it easier for families to connect with the outdoors through fishing and boating.
Beginning this month, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and its Take Me Fishing campaign are sponsoring the fun and educational family catch-and-release fishing and boating experiences offered to guests at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Three locations at the resort offer Take Me Fishing branded guided fishing and boating experiences. In addition, visitors to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground have the opportunity to participate in dockside fishing, while visitors at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort-Riverside can try their hand at cane pole fishing. Guests can also enjoy the “Take Me Fishing Challenge” recently introduced at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground.

-Fenton Campground, near Golden Pond, Ky., was hit by serious flooding April 4. Land Between The Lakes rangers say the campground is presently unsafe and have closed it until further notice.

-Local officials in Hibbing, Minn., say they'll be opening a new 29-site campground at nearby Carey Lake next summer. Each site will be equipped with electric hookups, and water will be available at the campground. The original plan included a $1 million price tag, but reality set in, and now the city hopes to recoup the entire $325,000 cost in grants.

-China is seeing a surge of interest in RVing — witness the upcoming International Federation of Camping Club's plan. The RV interest group has been around since 1932, but for the first time ever it will host a "caravanning rally" May 30 in Beijing.

News from The Weird

-Three people were taken to hospitals with serious burns after a camper caught fire, according to The Tand. Investigators suspect the blaze may have been started by a methamphetamine lab.
When officers arrived, a 33-year-old man was at a neighbor’s house running cold water over burns to his legs and arms. The Tand reports he said a hot plate inside the camper had caught fire. A woman, 30, and a small girl, 6, were burned as well, The Tand reports. The woman sustained burns on her arms while the child suffered burns to her face and lip.
County fire investigators were called in when deputies could not find a hot plate as the man had said. The Tand explains those investigators found “what appeared to be drug components used to make meth in the home, and that the fire could have started due to this fact,” a Sheriff’s Office incident report states.

-An RV serviceman at the Roseville, Calif., Camping World got a surprise when he climbed up on the roof of a 5th wheel that had just arrived after a 60-mile journey. As he looked between a satellite dish and air conditioning unit, a cat looked up and hissed at him. Max the cat had apparently climbed on the roof before the rig left his home in Plymouth. Max spent the day at the dealership, then got a ride home — in a cat carrier. No word about cat claw damages to the roof.




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-EASTON, Pa. — State parks police investigating reports of an illegal campsite in Hardwick Township arrested four men alleged to have had an unregistered handgun and assortment of drugs, authorities explained to LeHigh Valley Live.
Using off-road vehicles, two officers made their way down the Appalachian Trail and came across the four men, the DEP told LeHigh Valley Live. While talking with them, police spotted a loaded .32 caliber semiautomatic handgun sticking out of a folded piece of clothing on the ground, police and court records said.
Further investigation revealed the group also had heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana as well as various drug paraphernalia, the DEP explained to LeHigh Valley Live.

--ALLEGHENY, Pa. — Cooper’s RV Center is getting set to open a new location in Allegheny Township. Trib Live reports supervisors on Monday night voted 3-0 to give the go-ahead for Keith Conard to open a sales and service location for recreational vehicles along Route 356.
Conard approached the township a little more than a year ago, saying he has outgrown his present location in the Sardis Hill section of Murrysville, Trib Live explains. The business has been selling RVs and campers there since 1951.

-Blasting straight-line winds along the Mississippi Gulf Coast reportedly "overturned" 20 to 30 RVs at the Santa Maria RV Resort in Gautier, Miss. The blast took form Monday evening, April 14. Two minor injuries were reported.

-Last week we reported on the sad story of Rob Armstrong who was refused a refund on a pending Australian RV rental after his wife was killed in a shark attack. Public opinion trumps: The rental firm, Camper Travel, has refunded Armstrong's deposit, and its management has ordered the staff to undergo sensitivity training. Cancellations and "hate mail" poured into Camper Travel's office after the news of Armstrong's ordeal went public.

-BELLFONTAINE, Ohio — Firefighters responded to Old Mill Campground, on Thursday and found an unnamed male in the bucket of a lift truck, 50-feet up, Examiner Online reports.
The man, who was trimming trees at the campground, was wearing a harness and was not in distress, Examiner Online explains.
The lift appeared to be at its maximum elevation when the truck broke down. It would start, but would not continue to run, firefighters report, according to Examiner Online.

-TOMS RIVER, N.J. – Littering may mean more than a hefty fine for violators in New Jersey. Law enforcement is cracking down on illegal dumping by threatening to expose perpetrators online. The State of New Jersey has launched a website where violator’s pictures will be posted to catch them in the act. Park workers are tightening up their efforts to find those who are littering in state parks by examining the trash looking for evidence of who the items belonged to. Surveillance cameras have also been installed. State officials are asking for the public’s help in identifying lawbreakers through their website. Photos are expected to be posted on the website next month.

-Five-year-old Jake Owens was killed in a traffic crash in 2011 when a driver, distracted by a cell phone call, slammed into the car Jake was in at 62 mph. The driver was convicted of two minor traffic violations and given a $1,000 fine. Now "Jake's Law" can send a texting or talking distracted driver, who causes injury, to jail for up to two years in Maryland, where the bill was signed into law earlier this week.

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--SHERMAN, Tex. — Two Sherman men are accused of stealing a thirty five thousand dollar camper, It was parked right in front of a house in the 1200 block of South Walnut street, where they were reportedly living, according to KXII.
“I guess maybe they were trying to hide in plain sight,” Sherman Police Sgt. D.M. Hampton told KXII.
Sgt. Hampton tells News 12 an officer stopped 19-year-old Miguel Canas and 25-year-old Darwin Canas for towing a trailer without a license plate on it. It appeared they had stolen the trailer, so they were arrested. Police found three other trailers at the residence, KXII reports.

--ELMER, N.J. – The Jellystone Park campground in Elmer, Salem County, is attempting to set a Guinness record for people simultaneously dying Easter eggs, CBS reports.
Park Manager Brian Newcomb tells CBS the current record is 316 people and he expects to have 500 to 600 at tables, ready to meet the stringent Guinness standards.
“We have time-recorded video. We have to have the area fenced-in. We have to have one person per every 50 people to guide them. We’re looking at probably 30 to 40 volunteers helping out with this event just to make sure we get the on-site stuff going and then of course we have all the stuff we have to file with Guinness afterwards.”

-With an Internet address of lookup-our-skirts.com you might think, "Porn site!" — but it's actually a legitimate RV parts website. Need a new wheel-well skirt for your trailer? Visit the site, plug in your rig's information and you'll know just what "skirt" you need to order from your local RV parts house.

-A Ukiah, Calif., man called police last week, complaining that a woman had drugged him and was breaking into his RV. Responding officers found the motorhome secure and apparently un-burgled, but the caller was unable to speak intelligibly and was seemingly under the influence of drugs. RV owner arrested; his dog placed in protective custody.

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News Tidbits For 4/26/2014

-"Project Terry," which took a moldering 1978 Terry travel trailer and renovated it "extreme makeover" fashion, will soon get a new owner. The industry-supported project's "child" is presently on display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., but come the end of May it will be auctioned off on eBay. Proceeds will be donated to the Hall of Fame.

-The Mozingo Lake Advisory Board in Maryville, Mo. discussed a new rate card for RV campers who stay more than 10 nights. The rate card could potentially save campers 10 percent.

-Ohio officials said Wednesday they'll invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio's 74 state parks over the next two years.

-RV builder Jayco says it's working hard to be eco-friendly. In 2013, under its EcoAdvantage program, the company says it recycled materials to the tune of 1,284 tons of wood, 13,221 tons of scrap metal and 1,801 tons of paper and cardboard. That amounts to enough space in a landfill to handle the needs of 42,500 people.

-Bass Pro Shops offers free activities for kids May 3 – 4 (April 22, 2014) -- This special event May 3 and 4 will give kids the opportunity to learn skills such as knot tying, rod casting and archery, which will help them have fun outdoors. Kids who complete all activities can receive a free fishing tackle box.

-SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Officials from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimate that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver the 25,000 to 30,000 recreational vehicles that are sitting on lots in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, mostly in Elkhart County, according to South Bend Tribune.
The problem could cost the industry as much as $500 million in lost sales in 2014, according to South Bend Tribune.

-Catch a fish — win $10,000
Bass Lake, Calif., sounds like a place you could land a big one. Come May 3rd and 4th, the "big ones" the anglers will try to grab will be trout. More than 1,000 tagged rainbows will be released prior to the 33rd Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby that weekend.

News from The weird

-York Beach Camper Park owner Diane Spear finally got her first vacation in a year. On returning to her Portsmouth, N.H., park she got quite a shock: The local power company had planted a power pole in the entrance, blocking motorhome access to the park. On hearing of the snarl, local selectmen rescinded their permission for the pole placement, and the pole (and its hole) are now gone. Case not closed — the power people say they have to have a pole somewhere to get juice into the campground.

-ESTACADA, Ore. – A Washington State RVer has filed suit, asking for $275,000 for damages she suffered when a duck attacked her as she stepped out of her motorhome in Estacada.
The dastardly duck took off after Cynthia Ruddell, who says in her suit that she fell while attempting to escape the ornithoid’s unwanted attentions, damaging her wrist and rotator cuff. In what some may consider a daffy affair, Ruddell’s attorney, Gregory Price of Vancouver, Wash., says the duck’s owner, Lolita Rose is responsible for not keeping the duck safely penned up on its own property, and in typically litigious language, for failing to warn others of her “duck’s dangerous propensities.”

- A large recreational vehicle crashed on the Kilpatrick Turnpike after leading Oklahoma City police on a chase, Thursday night.
The chase started near on Interstate 40, near Rockwell, News 9 reports. Police say the suspect, who was driving a large white RV, had felony drug warrants out for his arrest.
Oklahoma City Police tell News 9 police went out to the RV park near I-40 and Council Rd. to serve three felony warrants on 30-year-old Richard Parver, when he and a female fled in the RV.
The chase lasted over 30 minutes, winding around the metro. The RV ran over several stop sticks before finally crashing out and catching fire on the Kilpatrick Turnpike, near County Line Rd, News 9 explains.

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#17131 - 05/03/14 08:30 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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-BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. – Seven campers were destroyed by a fast-moving fire at Moraine Campland in a Butler County campground on Saturday, according to WPXI.
“I was half way across the park, and I could see the black smoke going up in the air,” maintenance manager John Bluedom tells WPXI.
Bluedom told WPXI several volunteer firefighters were staying on the grounds and helped extinguish the flames. “We have a lot of off-duty volunteers from Pittsburgh that were here. They just instantly started doing what they would do at home,” Bluedom said.
No injuries were reported and a cause has not yet been determined.

-MELBOURNE, Fla. — When Kylie Jones of Cocoa, Fla. was diagnosed with Leukemia at 2 years old, she was asked by the Make-A-Wish Foundation what she would want the most and received a camper at the age of 5, Hometown News explains.
“Kylie thought about asking for a trip, but she wanted something she could do over and over again,” Misty Jones, Kylie’s mother told Hometown News..
Together with Make-A-Wish, Giant Recreation World in Melbourne helped to make Kylie’s wish come true. “Giant Recreation World in Melbourne assisted Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida with a similar wish back in 2012,” Christina Alfieri, wish coordinator told Hometown News. “We greatly appreciate the support they have provided to help us fulfill such a unique wish request.”

-SHIPSHEWANA, Ind. – Effective April 1, wireless rear camera systems are now available as an option on all Open Range products.
This is part of the company’s continuing effort to bring customers the latest technologies, the release noted.
The system includes a long-range reversing camera with LCD color display and digital wireless technology, eliminating interference from the outside environment.

-Wholesale shipments of RVs jumped in March. Overall, shipments increased more than nine percent compared to February, and the highest number of any March since 2007. Compared to March 2013 shipments, motorhomes led the way, up 33 percent, while towable units showed a more than 14 percent increase. Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

-This week's tornadoes did not deal kindly with the Midwest and South. On Wednesday, an EF3 twister blasted its way through Mayflower RV/Auto in Mayflower, Ark., wiping out the dealership and creating rubble out of RVs. Three people staying at the dealership — two living in a mobile home and one in an RV — wisely took shelter in a basement and survived unharmed.

-An RV industry leader has fired a salvo at "lazy people," in Elkhart County, Ind. Doug Gaeddert, of Forest River Inc. and Chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, reflected on the county's low unemployment rate and the problems local RV manufacturers are having getting new hires. Gaeddert told the local newspaper, "It's part federal government (for making unemployment benefits too plentiful), part cultural shift, but if you want to ask me, do I think we’re lazier than we were seven or eight years ago, absolutely." He also told the Elkhart Truth, "There aren’t enough folks that want to get up and bust their butts every day, plain and simple."

-When Ohio state park officials got a windfall budget — up 400 percent from prior budgets — they asked citizens how to spend the loot. Within 48 hours, 900 suggestions were submitted. The most popular? Campground upgrades, restroom fixes and trail improvements.

-Heading for Myrtle Beach, S.C.? Be sure to leave your beach tent home. Local government has banned the use of beach tents, or canopies, right on into September.

News From The Weird

-"I'm Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm, so when I get to Washington, I'll know how to cut pork." So says the Iowa candidate for U.S. Senate. Now the Republican has rolled out her campaign RV, a Class A motorhome, emblazoned with (what else) the words, "Want to make Washington squeal?"

-Business publisher Bloomberg Businessweek gave a reporter an interesting assignment: Drive a 30-foot Fleetwood Storm motorhome through Manhattan traffic delivering it to an exposition, while observing New Yorkers' reactions. Taxis sped by; pedestrians hardly took notice. But one driver passed off this observation to the reporter-cum-pilot: "You're gumming up traffic!"

-In North Aurora, Ill., you don't have to hide your RV anymore. The local village board received complaints from irate property owners upset by an earlier ruling that RVs parked on private property had to be hidden behind a fence. After the squawk, the fence rule was scuttled.



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#17203 - 05/11/14 08:30 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 5/10/2014

-Police said they have arrested the person responsible for stealing dozens of vehicle wheels and motor-home batteries.
Scott Harold Marron, 49, of 420 W. King St. in York City, is charged with theft and receiving stolen property by both Northern York County Regional Police and by Northeastern Regional Police, according to court records. The charges filed by Northern Regional Police are felonies.
He remains in York County Prison on a total of $11,000 bail.
Marron sold the stolen items for scrap metal at a local scrap dealer, Northern Regional Police said.
RV batteries: He is accused of stealing about a dozen batteries from camping trailers and motor homes parked at homes and storage facilities since March. Police said the 12-volt marine/RV batteries are worth between $100 and $200 each, and have a scrap value of $10 or $20.

-OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine — Firefighters said a freight train sprayed sparks as it traveled through five southern Maine cities, causing a fast-moving brush fire and chain of propane tank explosions that destroyed at least 10 nearby campers, according to Bangor Daily News.
John Glass, Old Orchard Beach fire chief, said to Bangor Daily News the Wagon Wheel RV Resort and Campground received the worst damage along the line of fires.
“The fire caught fencing and came into the campground and started catching campers on fire. When that started happening it was a rapid spread and propane tanks started blowing,” he explained to Bangor Daily News. “We lost several campers from the initial explosions from that. We counted about 10 campers that were totally destroyed, and six more that are damaged to one degree or another.”

-Despite raising RV campsite rates $2 per night, officials for Oregon State Parks say they have received far fewer complaints than expected. The agency maintains the higher fees are necessary to keep up and improve the parks. Tent campers have more reason to squawk — tent site fees have jumped $4.

-Fryeburg, Maine, knows how to make RVers unwelcome. The town's Canal Bridge Campground has been closed for two years for "improvements." Now the town has reopened the campground under a lease to promote "fun-filled family camping" that apparently doesn't include RVs. The 50 RV sites are now gone, replaced with wilderness camping for people with tents. Evidently RVers are not considered family friendly.

-With Indiana's camping season firing up, be careful with your firewood. State forests are plagued by pests and pathogens. For that reason, in-state residents can bring firewood from home to Department of Natural Resources sites, provided the bark is removed. Visitors from out of state (and state residents) may bring kiln-dried scrap wood or firewood with USDA compliance stamps.


News From The Weird

-Former Forest River RV employee, Kristian Horn has been found guilty of stealing $86,000 in RV materials from his employer. Horn evidently ordered parts and material, then resold it all to outsiders. Sentencing pending.

-By now, we've all heard this story, but here it is again, with a full report.
Off to the races in a rented motorhome, a bachelor party headed to the Kentucky Derby was stopped cold when a dead body turned up in a basement storage compartment. When the group stopped in Winona, Minn., to pick up a friend, somebody popped open a compartment to investigate a foul odor, discovering the body of a 22-year-old man, missing since last November. Police impounded the motorhome, rented from a private party.
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#17281 - 05/17/14 08:45 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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-ALTOONA, Pa – Ivan Stoltzfus is following his father’s advice of following his dreams, by driving a tractor across the U.S.
The 66-year-old left New Jersey April 26th on a 1948 John Deere tractor, travelling 17 mph across the country to California.
“Little noisier than I’d like, transmission noise, not bad, nothing compared to what troops are doing in the desert,” said Stoltzfus.
His trek across the country is to raise money for wounded warriors.
“My heart goes out to wounded warriors,” said Stoltzfus. “I like to bring awareness, so many adjusting to society. If I can help in a small way. Older I get, I realize I took my freedom for granted.”
Politicians and residents gave him a warm welcome in Altoona Thursday.
“I was happy he detoured and came through Altoona,” said Linda Cassarly of Altoona.
Cassarly helped make Stoltzfus’ visit happen, and she’s thrilled he is trying to raise $1 million. So far Stoltzfus has raised $45,000.
Stoltzfus has a camper trailer with him and expects the journey to take 3 and a half months.

-STROUDSBURG, Pa. – Neighbors of Ken’s Woods Campground are circulating a petition to stop a three-day summer music festival planned for August in Lehman Township, according to Pocono Record.
James Judge of Lehman is planning the event. Judge plans to lease the campground for the festival. Judge said to Pocono Record he has already sold 100 early bird tickets out of the 700 he plans to sell for the Aug. 22-24 festival.
“The campground is a little beat up. It hasn’t been used much,” Judge explained to Pocono Record. “We want to turn it into the campground that it should be.”
The petition is based on past experiences and the concern for sewage system capabilities.

-BURNSIDE, Pa. — Jim Backes, chairman of the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area (AOAA) Authority, said to News Item, Earthday Campground will help meet one of the greatest needs created by the park. “The biggest opportunity is in campgrounds, bed and breakfasts and cabins,” said Backes.
While there have been some informal inquiries, he isn’t aware of any other projects spawned by the AOAA such as what Joe and Maria Bressi are undertaking, according to News Item.
Knoebels’ Amusement Park’s camping facilities and J&D Campground near the park have both been noted as places where riders can rest. News Item explained the need has been expressed by riding organizations that have used the park over the past few years.

-ELBERTA, Ala. – A damaged road, which left about 50 people stranded for weeks, has been repaired at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. in Elberta, Ala. Record rains and flooding destroyed the road in and out of the campground. Vacationers and full-time residents at the campground could not drive out, WKRG reported.
Park owner Gerald Carlisle appealed to the county for help, but was told he was on his own, since the road is on private property, according to WKRG. Carlise spent $4,000 on a temporary road over the creek. He’ll have to spend $10,000 more on a new, fully functioning road. Carlise has applied for FEMA assistance, WKRG explained.

-A court has ruled that the U.S. Forest Service can't charge day use fees for those who don't use developed facilities in Southern California national forests. Four hikers sued the federal government, complaining that they shouldn't be required to pay a $5-a-day fee to simply park and walk about in the national forests. The court agreed. No word on how this may play out in other jurisdictions, nor how the Forest Service will implement the ruling.

-Motorist group AAA says fuel prices should drop as we near Memorial Day. While prices shot up with jitters about events in Ukraine and seasonal refinery maintenance, the group says gas production will exceed demand, pumping prices down. While average gas prices were $3.67 per gallon on May 5, by summer's end the U.S. Energy Information Agency projects that price to drop to around $3.46.

-Grand Canyon's North Rim opened for the season on Thursday and will remain open until snow closes the road next fall.

-Nashville, Tenn., police officer Michael Petrina was killed last weekend in a motorhome accident on Interstate 65. Petrina was directing traffic at an accident scene when a motorhome driven by a 71-year-old man tried to drive between Petrina's cruiser and a highway help truck, narrowly missing another official and pulling Petrina under the rig. Petrina had graduated from the police academy just last September.

-If you go to Yosemite, please leave your drones home. The National Park Service says it's had an increase of flying drone use in the California national park in the last few years, and that's an illegal no-no.

News From The Weird


-Park officials in Australia are warning campers that the dingo mating season has begun, and they shouldn't be surprised at the sounds. "Yowling by excited males during the night is quite common during the mating season," says ABC News, Australia. The dingo is Australia's largest land predator, a subspecies of the grey wolf.

-Update on last week's weird story.....The body of a man found in a rental motorhome's basement storage compartment has been identified as Kevin Casserly from Anoka, Minn. The 22-year-old father had been missing since November. Police are reporting his death as a homicide but are withholding further information pending toxicology test results.


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-Mountville, Pa - A sport utility vehicle pulling a travel trailer jack-knifed on eastbound Route 30 near Mountville Tuesday.
Fire was reported in the 10:17 a.m. wreck in which the trailer overturned.
The accident occurred west of the Prospect Road exit, West Hempfield Township police Chief Mark Pugliese reported.
Authorities said an unknown tractor-trailer may have had brief contact with the bumper of the trailer, causing the trailer to fish-tail out of control.
Route 30 east was reduced to one lane immediately after the crash. The entire roadway was shut down for 20 to 30 minutes while crews uprighted the trailer.
Police said no one was injured.

-FORT MORGAN, Co. — The Colorado Family Campers & RVers, who gathered in Brush for their annual Colorado Spring Fling campout from May 18 to 20, held a food drive during the event at Morgan County Fairgrounds, The Fort Morgan Times reported.
Before they left Morgan County, the group of families who camp and bring their RV’s to Brush every summer brought almost $800 in donated groceries to Caring Ministries of Morgan County, according to The Fort Morgan Times.
The Fort Morgan Times reported the group held a food drive during their stay, and Caring Ministries and its many clients benefited, according to Caring Ministries Executive Director Debora Beck-Massey.

-MURRELLS INLET, South Carolina — Families new to camping get an outdoor experience at Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet.
The annual Palmetto Campout is scheduled for tonight.
The families stay overnight in a secluded area of the park with rangers who will help in setting up tents. Rangers teach campfire cooking and camping secrets. Those attending also learn how to catch crabs and shrimp, paddle kayaks and more.

-Georgia’s new gun law goes into effect July 1 and it is already causing some confusion in Georgia campgrounds, according to WSB. WSB reported local park rangers have had to ask some campers carrying firearms to leave.
The campgrounds around Allatoona Lake are expected to be jammed this coming Memorial Day weekend. “Our rules and regulations stay the same which prohibit guns on federal property,” Ranger Rusty Simmons told WSB.
Starting July 1, guns may be allowed in some bars and churches but the new state law does not apply to federal Army Corps of Engineer land including campsites in and around Allatoona Lake and Lake Lanier.
If you’re caught with a gun you can get a citation, be ordered to go to federal court and even go to jail, WSB warned.

-Memorial Day weekend traffic will be up slightly this year, soothsaying AAA Travel predicts. The outfit says 80 percent of travelers will drive to their destination, a 1.5 percent increase from 2013. RVers will be saving money: AAA "Three Diamond" lodgings will charge visitors an average of $169 a night, while airfares will skyrocket a whopping six percent compared to 2013.

-Roller coaster-loving RV fans rejoice. The oldest amusement park in the U.S. and its wooden roller coaster, Lake Compounce in Bristol, Conn., opened May 10. In July you'll be able to park your rigs on-site at the new Bear Creek Campground, built in rustic style but with modern conveniences like wireless Internet.

-A sharply divided Gautier, Miss., city council voted 4-3 to deny a zoning change that would have allowed the construction of a new 100-site RV park worth $1.3 million. The local mayor reportedly said, "If we continue to deny development nothing is going to happen here in our city."

-Camping World plans to open new stores in the first quarter of 2015 in Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jackson, Miss., and Lexington, Ky. I'm still trying to get information on when the harrisburg, Pa location will be opening. Expecting to hear about it real soon. Stay tuned.

News From The Weird

-When a 62-year-old St. Johns County woman decided she didn’t like the sort of people who had been living next door, a bulldozer solved the problem.
Except the demolished trailer wasn’t hers.
The woman told a heavy equipment operator she owned the trailer on Dusty Road and wanted it and its septic tank destroyed, according to her arrest report.
She had a key and showed the contractor no one was currently living there before he started work Monday.
But then the owner showed up. And a deputy was called.
Ana Maria Moreta Folch was charged with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony.
Maria Gottfried told the deputy she had owned the mobile home since 2006. She said she had never had any disputes with Moreta Folch but had never given her a key. A man who said he was Gottfried’s husband returned a call from the Times-Union Thursday and declined to talk about the case. A message left at a number for Moreta Folch, who was released Wednesday on $10,000 bail, was not immediately returned Thursday.
The arrest report said Moreta Folch had the trailer bulldozed because people who had lived there were unsavory and she suspected they had broken into her car. She said she considered it a favor to her neighborhood.

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#17453 - 05/31/14 08:35 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 5/31/2014

-Hamburg, Pa-Cabela's will be hold "Let's Go Camping With Cabela's" today, May 31, from 12 to 4, at the Kernsville Dam Recreation Area, aka "The Kerny" to the locals, which is 5 minutes from the store. This free event will feature Camping basics and campfire cooking, Archery for kids, Outdoor skils and tips, Hiking and local trail maps, Solar observations, Birding and geocaching, Smokey the Bear and fire safety. It is being held in conjunction with Blue Mountain Wildlife and Berk County Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit Berks County Parks.See ya there!

-CAMP HILL, Pa. — America’s Largest RV Show, held in Hershey, Pa., is preparing for another record breaking year, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association reported today.
“I am pleased to report that manufacturer space sales at the time of this year’s show drawing has exceeded last year’s show by 18.8 percent,” said Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA executive vice president, during the 46th annual show drawing. The event, which gives manufacturer and booth vendor representatives the opportunity to select their company’s location in the show, was held May 7 at the Hershey Lodge.
Forty-four manufacturers and 132 booth vendors have purchased 907,882 square feet and 38,741 square feet of space, respectively, which is 18 percent more than space sold at the 2013 show drawing and 10 percent more than last year at show time.
“There is only one manufacturer space available, and all of the booths for public days are sold out inside the Giant Center with a very limited selection outside,” Lenington reported. “This year we extended manufacturer exhibit space into the parking lot and added additional booth space outside to accommodate the show’s growth.”

-Double-income-earning families with 2.2 children are the new typical RV buyers with an average age of 35 to 54. That pearl comes from the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council.

-In a new chassis innovation, Spartan Chassis is rolling out a new "passive steer tag axle" for motorhomes. The idea is to reduce the rig's turning radius by seven percent and to reduce wear on the tag axle tires. When the motorhome is shifted into reverse, the system automatically straightens the tires to cut even more tire wear. Look for it on some 2015 rigs.

-U.S. RV manufacturers had their best April in seven years. Wholesale shipments to dealers saw a gain of more than five percent compared to April 2013. Towables pushed ahead five percent, while motorhomes ran ahead better than eight percent. Source: Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

-Canadian RV dealers are not having a good year: March sales of towable RVs dropped more than 4.5 percent compared to March 2013. Fifth wheel sales plummeted by almost 15 percent for that period, while pop-ups sank 18.5 percent, with the worst segment, park trailers, down nearly 59 percent. Motorhomes struggled with sales down more than seven percent.

-When the Make-A-Wish Foundation asked five-year-old Aussie cancer victim Kylie Jones what she'd truly wish for, she asked for an RV. Five years later, the foundation, in cooperation with Melbourne, Florida's Giant Recreation World, made it happen. Kylie (now in remission) and her family got a new travel trailer.

-A campground west of Winnipeg was still pumping out water and cleaning up Tuesday after it was deluged by water from the Assiniboine River on the weekend.
The Winnipeg West KOA campground off the Trans-Canada Highway at St. François Xavier had to shut down and tell its customers they had to leave because of high water. They and the Progressive Conservatives blame the incident on the provincial government, saying its flood forecast was wrong.
Steve Ashton, Manitoba's emergency measures minister, said the province provided information on the increased flow on the Assiniboine River to affected municipalities and updated its website accordingly, although it wasn't updated over the past weekend. It was only updated Tuesday.




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-A family vacationing with their motorhome were seen snatching a harbor seal pup from a beach in Carmel, California and driving off.
Two volunteers of the Marine Mammal Center in Monterey tracked down the motorhome and found the pup in a laundry basket. The couple in the motorhome quickly drove off after turning over the pup to the volunteers, who explained to them that it would have been best to leave the pup on the beach.
Mother seals often leave their pups on shore while they fish for food, so what may appear to be a deserted pup should be left alone.
The RV couple never did explain why they snatched the pup, that is now recovering from its episode at the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito.

-BIG PINE KEY, Fla. -A Marathon man is accused of attacking his brother-in-law with a sword.
Diosvany Orama, 27, was arrested Friday on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.
Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said deputies were called to the Seahorse Campground on Big Pine Key, where the victim told them his brother-in-law attacked him with a sword.
According to the victim and witnesses, Orama was at the campground to speak to the manager about the ownership of a trailer.
As Orama was leaving, he drove by the victim and words were exchanged, Herrin said.
Orama got out of his vehicle and began fighting with the man, Herrin said.
At some point during the fight, Orama removed a sword from the trunk of his car and began swinging it at the victim, striking him several times, Herrin said.
Orama then left the scene and returned home to Marathon.
When deputies met with Orama, he told them he threw the sword away, Herrin said. The sword was found at the scene.




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#17541 - 06/07/14 07:26 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 6/7/2014

-Camping World in Harrisburg, Pa, is now open for business, according to their website.

- Jennifer and Todd Mazur and Todd Peterson had all worked tough jobs in Erie, Pa. But this spring, they used their life savings to walk away from regular paychecks to work for themselves as owners of the Paradise Bay Park and Campground in Findley Lake. Watch the full story here.

-New York wants you to camp there: Save $5 off per night for campsites reserved through June 26 at 112 N.Y. state campgrounds. Make reservations through ReserveAmerica and use promo code EARLYCAMP14, or phone 800-456-2267. Such a friendly invitation, but watch out, non-New Yorkers — you get to pay $5 more per reservation, in addition to the $9 reservation fee everyone pays.

-Keystone's Cougar was the top-selling fifth wheel in the U.S. in both 2012 and 2013. Now the company has donated a new one to the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.

-To encourage more camping, Parks Canada is offering "equipped camping" in nine pilot-project parks. Hand over $55 and get a tent site with a six-person tent already set up, including cooking gear and everything needed except food and bedding.

- According to a new survey, 66 percent of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year, and 28 percent will use theirs the same amount. Just 4 percent said they'll use their RVs less.


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-UPDATE-When Lehman Township, Pa., music festival promoter James Judge announced his plans to run a three-day festival this August at Ken's Woods Campground, neighbors had a fit. They recall the last concert's excessive noise and want no part of it. Now Mr. Judge has responded: They'll shut down the amplifiers at 10 p.m. and festival-goers can dance away the night — wearing headphones.

-A Sebring, Fla., man won't be remembered as being an overly bright crook. Aaron Areford is charged with burglary of more than a dozen RVs at Woody's RV Resort — then using his own name and identification when he sold the stolen loot to local pawnbrokers.

-Campers were stranded at a Chilcotin campsite after thieves made off with their truck and boat while they slept in their RV trailer nearby.
The incident happened at the Raven Lake Recreation Site northwest of Riske Creek Saturday, May 31, say police.
The couple, who are from Williams Lake, had been camping at the site since Tuesday, but planned to leave Saturday morning so they had attached the boat to the truck Friday evening in anticipation of an early departure. At 5 a.m. they awoke to the sound of the truck driving away. Luckily there were other campers at the site so the couple were able to get a ride into town.



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#17603 - 06/14/14 07:32 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 6/14/2014

-HARRISBURG, Pa. – Two preview hikes will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run, according to Gant Daily.
These are hikes at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges, Gant Daily explained.
The first preview hike is June 28. It will be at Pequea Creek Campground and is approximately 12 miles. Gant Daily noted hikers should bring water and lunch. The second preview hike is July 12. It will be at Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground and is approximately 15 miles. Hikers should meet at Otter Creek Campground at 9 a.m.

-Pennsylvania's governor, Tom Corbett, wants to balance the budget, in part by leasing state park and forest acreage for gas development. Not so fast, say two former officials for state parks and natural resources departments. The two officials spoke in court on behalf of an environmental group trying to put a stop to the idea.

-Three new one-hour episodes of Extreme RVs will air this Sunday evening, June 15, on the Travel Channel, including a massive toy hauler, a $2 million custom Prevost, and a Sprinter van conversion.

-ST. CLOUD, Minn. — Pleasureland RV Center owner Dan Pearson has come to the assistance of law enforcement once again, this time footing the bill for a bloodhound that replaces one who used to work for the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office until it died unexpectedly late last year, the St. Cloud Times reported.

-As of June 9, advanced reservations for the Father’s Day weekend (June 13 to 15) were running 5.6 percent ahead of the same period in 2013. A total of 22,150 reservations had been made, representing a total of 56,100 camping nights.

-ANACONDA, Mont. — Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said a camper discovered a jawbone Tuesday night at the Warm Springs Creek Campground, Mont., according to NBC Montana.Police and a medical examiner were called to the scene, and also found ribs in the dirt, NBC Montana reported.
Barkell said he believes the site may be an old settler or tribal burial ground. NBC Montana noted the Montana Historical Society has taken over the scene, Barkell said, and will run tests to determine how old the bones are.

-BUTTE, Mont. — At least seven mobile home owners have been told to leave the KOA in Butte, leaving some who have lived there for years scrambling to find another place, according to The Montana Standard.
Joseph Tice, a new majority owner of the campground off of Kaw Avenue, had a letter distributed to them last week explaining the final conversion of the property to an overnight campground was beginning. He is giving them 90 days to leave, The Montana Standard reported.
Tice said KOA, which oversees the national franchise business, said KOAs are more successful if operated solely as overnight campgrounds so he has decided to stop renting spaces to mobile homes on a monthly basis, The Montana Standard explained.

-MINNEAPOLIS — High school carpenters have nearly finished three camper cabins for the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, and they are on schedule to be trucked out to the park in July, Star Tribune explained.
Over the school year, 41 students came from their high schools to take construction trades classes at Dakota County Technical College, where they built the one-room cabins, according to Star Tribune.
Their free labor made the cabins affordable for Dakota County, allowing the county to add the popular overnight getaways as a key draw for the new 425-acre park, set to open in September, Star Tribune reported.

-Campers have discovered what appears to be an ancient elephant skull at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.
"State Parks and other agencies are investigating the find of what appears to be a tusk and skull of a prehistoric elephant," said State Parks Director Tommy Mutz in a news release from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.
The release characterized the find as a possible stegomastodon. According to the University of Nebraska State Museum, which helped in the excavation of a stegomastodon found in Nebraska, the species went extinct around 1.3 million years ago.
Paleontologists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are working with State Parks and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation staff to safeguard, investigate and potentially excavate the fossil as soon as possible, the release states.
Campers reported the find to authorities, said Dr. Robert Stokes, State Parks Archaeologist.
"State and federal law prohibit the removal of archeological, paleontological and botanical specimens from Elephant Butte Lake State Park," Stokes said.
Once the investigation is complete, State Parks will work with other agencies to provide the public with information about the age and type of fossil skull found, the release states.

News From The Weird

-update-Kristian Horn, who used to be a purchasing agent for RV manufacturer Forest River, has been sentenced to three years in prison. An Indiana court found him guilty of stealing company materials and selling them at about a third of their original price. Horn will also be paying restitution.

-Update on RVers who scooped up a newborn seal pup on a California beach and were making a getaway. Two volunteers from Monterey, California's Marine Mammal Center got a tip about the seal-napping, gave chase in their BMW and somehow contacted the RV driver by phone. The RVer agreed to stop, and the duo found the seal stashed under a pile of dirty clothes. "Beemer Cruise" is being readied for a future return to the wild. It's not clear if the RVer will be charged.

-If Zibby Wilder has her way, you may soon stay at Chillville in an Airstream. The food-and-wine writer wants to set up five "amenity rich" Airstream trailers on Walla Walla, Washington's airport industrial property to form a "glamping" resort complete with a communal gas firepit, pétanque courts and picnic tables. No other RVs would be allowed admittance.

-A man stole a motorhome north of Seattle, Wash., then led several law enforcement agencies on a wild chase for an hour, driving through oncoming traffic then smashing into five cars and two homes in Granite Falls, Wash. The thief abandoned the rig then ran several blocks while shedding his clothes. He barged into a house and when the occupants refused his request for clothing, he took a pair of women's jeans and a top and ran out of the house into the open arms of police. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

-PETERSBURG, Ky. – Authorities said an alleged campsite burglar and vandal was arrested Tuesday after he was found face down in Boone County cornfield, FOX 19 reported.
The man, identified as 35-year-old Luthor Robinson, was reportedly wearing shorts taken from the campsite. The shorts were belted with a cable television wire cut from one of the sites, FOX 19 explained.
Authorities told FOX 19 most of the stolen property was recovered, including two guitars, a handgun, two flat screen televisions, a portable boom box and a battery jump box. Damage to the sites included broken windows, kicked in doors, two jet skis sunken and damaged boat controls.





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#17685 - 06/22/14 08:01 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 6/21/2014

-Pennsylvania state parks and forests will see a $200 million shot in the arm over the next two years. The funds are earmarked for both land purchases and infrastructure improvements.

-LANCASTER, Pa. — A 78-year-old Reading man was found 5½ hours after he went missing from a campsite in East Drumore Township overnight Tuesday, police told Lancaster Online.
Ronald Shirk went for a walk at the Yogi Bear Campground at about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to Lancaster Online. Shirk became disoriented and did not return.
His family reported him missing at 9:19 p.m. and a search was launched, Lancaster Online reported. Quarryville Fire Company, Red Rose K-9 Search and Rescue and a state police helicopter helped troopers look for Shirk. A passing motorist found Shirk in Providence Township at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to Lancaster Online.

-Schuylkill County, Pa- A family from Tamaqua and their seven pets all escaped injury after their s-u-v and camper overturned in Schuylkill County.
Tamaqua-Area-dot-Com provided Eyewitness News with photos of the scene.
The accident happened around 6 pm Wednesday evening on State Route 309 in Tamaqua.
Traffic was backed up for about two hours.
Volunteers helped to retrieve 6 cats and a dog that went missing from the camper after it overturned.
A woman and her son were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

-Anchorage, Alaska, school administrators have found a way to cut vandalism on school properties during the summer off-season: Have RVers "host" on school grounds. Cost for vandalism cleanup has declined as camp hosts have added watchful eyes to school grounds.

-Camping World Inc. and Good Sam Enterprises LLC announced in a written release that they will be expanding into the Atlanta, Greensboro, N.C., and Erie, Pa., in 2015 with the development of new RV supercenters.

-Two U.S. senators said they want to raise the federal gasoline and diesel tax by 12 cents a gallon to prevent a fund that pays for about half of the country’s transportation projects from running out of money in August. Automotive News reported that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., called for raising the tax 6 cents a year for two years and linking future fuel tax increases to inflation.

-After a recent push into the campground and RV park industry, software firm Go USA Camping will stop providing reservation systems and website hosting for campgrounds in mid-July, the company told customers. Woodalls Campground Management reported that Paul Biberacher, CEO of the Westlake Village, Calif., company didn’t return a call seeking comment. In a message to customers, Go USA Camping blamed economic reasons.

-SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A fire preceded by several loud explosions broke out on Sunday at a storage unit at Hofmann Architecture, a business specializing in the renovation and remodeling of Airstream trailers, according to KEYT.
On scene, several people told KEYT that the loud explosions continued off and on for about two minutes.
Crews knocked the fire down quickly and secured the area, KEYT noted. But, some damage was done. Hofmann Architecture employee Nate Stover told KEYT the contents of the storage unit, including materials used to renovate the Airstream trailers were damaged. He said, “Thank God none of the Airstreams were damaged, so work can continue.”

- Kampgrounds of America, the network of campgrounds known as KOA, is hoping to book some of the growing ranks of R.V. enthusiasts, with what the company told NY Times is a first in its 52-year history: a national television commercial.

-FORESTHILL, Calif. – Murphy, a 5-year-old female golden retreiver, was separated from Nathan Braun during a camping trip at Hell Hole Reservoir in October 2012. The family posted ads and flyers and never gave up hope that Murphy would one day be found, according to News 10.
Then a couple of weeks ago, the family was notified that a stray golden retriever had been spotted at a campground on French Meadows Reservoir — about 11 miles from where Murphy disappeared, News 10 reported.
The family drove up on June 7 with Murphy’s blanket and a ball cap belonging to Nathan and the camp host put it outside of his tent. News 10 explained by the end of the week, the host was able to get a leash on the dog notified the family.

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-MILTON, Vt. - Two campers in Milton are recovering after they claim they say they were mauled by a bear. But so far police say they can't find any evidence to substantiate claims the animal was ever there.
Police say Ladonna Merriman, 44, and Lucas Gingras, 28, were taken to the hospital Wednesday. Merriman has serious injuries and Gingras' injuries were minor.
Police say Gingras told them a bear with two cubs attacked the camp, mauled them and in the chaos, a camp stove got knocked over, setting the cabin ablaze.
The cabin is a total loss.

-Henderson, Nev., RVer Joe Castro got a shock when he went to fetch his motorhome from his rental lot — it was gone. The lot owner said they didn't know who owned the rig, so they had it towed. Castro had been renting the space from the outfit for some time, but got stuck spending $1,500 to redeem his rig. After Castro complained to a local TV station, the rental lot management admitted to their mistake and Castro got his problem resolved.

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#17772 - 06/29/14 07:31 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 6/29/2014

-CARLISLE, Pa. — The Carlisle Sports and Outdoor Show returns to the Carlisle Fairgrounds Sept. 5 to 7, and along with a wide array of sports and outdoor-themed excitement, enthusiasts who love the great outdoors are encouraged to camp onsite for the entirety of the three-day event.
Best of all, not only will there be tents and modern day RVs onsite, the past is celebrated too via a very special vintage camper display near the heart of the activities throughout event weekend.
There is no official definition as to what vintage is; however; it’s expected that pull-behind campers and older RVs will be the primary focus. Considering the copious options that exist with pull-behinds having been in production since the 1930s, this display should be easy to fill and a delight for all to enjoy.

- Advanced reservations for the upcoming Independence Day weekend are up 8 percent, compared to the same time last year. Labor Day advanced reservations show a nearly 20 percent increase in camper nights compared to the same time last year, reports KOA.

-It's now legal to live in your RV in Los Angeles, Calif. A federal appeals court tossed out a decades-old LA law that says people can't live in parked vehicles. The court said the law was vague and discriminated against the poor and homeless.

-In a move contributing to polarity of viewpoints, San Diego, Calif., officials say RVs can't park on city streets between 2 a.m and 6 a.m. Council members made the ruling after receiving complaints of blocked views and traffic hazards. A $100 fine per violation will go into effect August 15. Locals can buy a $2 permit to allow parking on their block for 24 hours.

News From The Weird

-Vers from Chile and Argentina got less than a warm welcome from Rio de Janeiro police when they parked their motorhomes at the famed Copacabana and Leme beaches for the World Cup of Soccer. The RVers were enjoying the FIFA Fan Fest on the beach, but authorities declared they were "causing confusion." Some rigs were towed away while others got a police escort to a new RV venue called "Samba Square," an asphalt parking lot.

-A man scrapping out an old travel trailer got more than he bargained for: a decomposing body — possibly that of his own brother. Clinton, Ind., officials told a man that a travel trailer owned by the man's brother had to be removed from an area property. The brother pulled the trailer 50 miles away and days later began scrapping the trailer only to make the gruesome discovery. Officials are waiting for DNA testing to identify the body.

-TAMWORTH, N.H. – A camper’s 9-1-1 call about a wild critter outside his tent at White Lake State Park was apparently greatly exaggerated, Conway Daily Sun reported.
The police department reported to Conway Daily Sun that the mountain lion, which was a raccoon, has been chased off.
Proper food storage for camping has been explained and a warning for a firearm in a state park was issued, Conway Daily Sun explained.










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#17774 - 06/29/14 11:46 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Hm, this guy didn't know his brother was using this camper, and didn't question not hearing from his brother? wow....what an awful thing!
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And thats how it found it's way to News From The Weird. Unfortunately, when the original was submitted, I had no further details..
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#17885 - 07/07/14 08:14 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 7/5/2014

-Tenessee opens its 56th state park in Knoxville. Seven Islands State Birding Park offers activities including observation, hiking and a small boat launch for canoes and kayaks. The property is adjacent to the French Broad River and more than 160 species of birds have been identified.

-Visitors to Lassen Volcanic National Park in Northeastern California can now go tent camping without having to own, store, pack, set up or take down their own camping equipment, with the park's new RentMyTent program, starting July 7.

-The massive amount of water being carried by the surging Mississippi River past southeastern Minnesota has ruined the July 4th holiday for dozens of campers with reservations at the popular Prairie Island Campground in Winona, Minn.

- The owners of Santa's Land in Putney, Vt. are seeking approval to open a campground at the embattled roadside attraction on Route 5.

- N.Y. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced new free camping opportunities along some of the shores of lakes and ponds of the Essex Chain Lakes as well as a plan for public access for hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking and camping on six tracts of land in the central Adirondacks, according to Post Star.

-This year the U.S. Forest Service has seen about a 25 percent uptick in the number of people reserving campsites on Independence Pass for the holiday compared to last year, according to Martha Moran, recreation supervisor for the Forest Service’s Aspen-Sopris Ranger District, Colo.

-The newly revamped and improved KOA campground in Port Hatteras, N.C., has received another blow from Mother Nature, this time from Hurricane Arthur. Thirty-two newly built cabins were flooded or tossed askew and other structures were damaged in Thursday's storm. The park's 300 campsites had been booked though August, but now much of that business will be lost.

News From The Weird

-When Nebraska highway patrolmen stopped a 22-year-old driving an RV for "following too closely," they found he had almost $50,000 in the RV. When they found a half-ounce of marijuana, they booked the man — and kept the $50,000, claiming it must have been intended for a drug purchase. That was in 2009. Now a court has ruled that police "speculation" doesn't constitute solid evidence. The money the young man claimed was for setting up a new life has been ordered returned to him.

-Post-tropical storm Arthur’s pounding rain caused a massive sinkhole that swallowed three trailers and one car at a Fredericton campground on Saturday.
Nadine Cormier was at the Hartt Island RV Resort on Saturday afternoon and watched as the sinkhole appeared.
"I watched a car go down into the sinkhole. Disappeared completely — gone. It ended up quite aways away," Cormier said.
Cormier said they saw some people "screaming and yelling" at the beginning.
"When we saw that [sinkhole], we went and banged on all the campers," Cormier said.
"There were a few tense moments but nobody got hurt."
Cormier said all of the campers started doing whatever they could to help people stay out of danger.






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#17952 - 07/12/14 08:35 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 7/12/2014

-Are you a likely to become a bear-attack fatality? Not likely. In the U.S., during this century, the number of bear fatalities amounts to 29 in all of North America — of which 15 were in Canada. Of all the attacks, the majority were in wilderness areas.

-The first-ever California RV Show sponsored by the RV Industry Association is slated for April 15–19, 2015, at Pomona's Fairplex.

-California Bureau of Land Management officials have closed more than 4,000 acres of public lands in and near Whitewater Canyon in Riverside County. Fire danger is extreme, and the agency says the closure will stay in effect until fire conditions change.

-Idaho bound? The number of campsites at Henrys Lake State Park near Yellowstone National Park has been increased. Sites has nearly doubled to 83, and an additional three Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sites make camping easier for many travelers.

- The scam, being run out of Nigeria, has people putting money down on RVs "available" for sale at www.rv-wheels.com. Then, they are directed to the site of a former RV park near Joplin, Mo., to pick up the RV. Of course, the RV is not there, and occupants of the property are unaware of the situation, police told the RV Dealers Association.

-The Teal Tail Feather has just launched a small, pop-top camper kit with a price of US$2,500. Like the original Tail Feather, the Tail Feather MINI 8.4 is a modular camper that assembles inside a standard utility trailer.

-PIEDMONT, Mo. — A St. Charles man has died from a snakebite while staying at Sam A. Baker State Park. The death occurred Tuesday evening around 7 p.m., according to Journal Banner.
Sheriff Dean Finch said that his office was notified of the bite within minutes, and an ambulance was dispatched to the scene. First responders found Tim Levins, 52, unresponsive. A camper who heard Levins’ children calling for help was on the scene doing CPR, Journal Banner explained.
The man had been bitten on right hand three times, by what was later determined to be an 18-20 inch copperhead snake. Levins’ 11-year-old son said he and his dad had walked out of cabin and saw the snake, Journal Banner continued.

News from The Weird

-SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. — Town and state animal welfare officials donned protective masks and entered a condemned, feces-filled camper at 59 Gunn Road Thursday to remove 11 cats that had apparently been living there for years. The animals are now in the care of an animal shelter in Westfield, according to Gazettenet.
One official said the heat alone in the trailer put the cats at risk, similar to a car with the windows up in the dead of summer, Gazettenet explained.
“Nothing should be living in there,” Board of Health Chairwoman Lisa Brodeur-McGan told Gazettenet. No one was living in the camper but its former occupant, Russell C. Neuhauser, 67, returned regularly to feed and water the cats, according to Brodeur-McGan and his former neighbors.








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#18042 - 07/19/14 06:36 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 7/12/2014

-KOA has added 14 new locations so far in 2014 to its North American system: Coleville/Walker, Calif.; Benbow, Calif.; Pocatello, Idaho; Alamogordo/White Sands, N.M.; Decatur/Wheeler Lake, Ala.; Uniontown, Pa.; Starkville, Miss.; Nashville North, Tenn.; Hancock/Stevens Point South, Wis.; Naples, Maine; Sanger/Denton North, Texas; Shreveport/Bossier City, La.; Fort McCoy/Lake Oklawaha, Fla; and Nashville East/Lebanon, Tenn.

-A new U.S.-Canada border control initiative will soon share entry and exit data between the two countries. Travel experts warn Canadian snowbirds should be very careful to keep track of how many days they're in the U.S., lest they become liable to tax penalties, even arrest. Some tax experts recommend Canadians file the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Form 8840, which helps them establish a "closer connection" to Canada than to the U.S. for tax purposes.

-Tennessee's Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park campground now boasts of upgrades: All 88 sites now offer 50-amp electric service, WiFi and new pavement.

-According to Yahoo, today more than nine million American households own a RV and the largest percentage of RV buyers are between 34 to 54 years.

- Lawrence and Sondra Clark, of Texas, are the official winners of a new 2014 Keystone Passport 238ML towable RV and a complete Weber Grill package. The Keystone Passport was the main prize in the first-half-of-summer contest drawing. Nearly 7 million entries were received for the first half of this summer’s “Spin To Win” contest.

News From The Weird

-Cadillac, Mich., police are scratching their heads about a motorhome driver who must have had depth perception problems. Amber Agar said she was shopping in the downtown business district when a motorhome scraped the entire side of her car and broke the side mirror. Police say they found the driver of the RV had done a similar job to another eight cars in the same area. The RVer said he stopped when he had "an idea that he'd hit something."

- A Montgomery, Vt., man was charged by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department for intentionally feeding bears, the agency reported today.
Jeffrey Messier, 54, of Black Falls Road, was charged with feeding bears after Game Warden Sgt. Carl Wedin received a report of a bear being killed in self-defense at a neighboring residence on June 22. Sgt. Wedin responded and recovered the bear. Its stomach contained a large number of sunflower seeds.
The investigating warden went to Jeffrey Messier’s residence where he discovered evidence of bear feeding and encountered a bear walking around the residence. The bear showed no sign of being afraid of people and walked right up to the warden. The bear then approached a picnic table where sunflower seeds were placed. It was obvious to the warden that this bear had been intentionally fed on several occasions and had lost its fear of humans, the release noted.
Further investigation by Sgt. Wedin revealed that several other bears also came to the residence often enough to be named and that many of them in recent years may have been killed or injured in incidents with other landowners.




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#18164 - 07/26/14 09:39 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 7/26/2014


-A tornado at Cherrystone Rv Resort in Virginia killed 2 and injured dozens Thursday morning. A family from Berks County, Pa were among the injured. A married couple from New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent.

-Shopping for an RV at Lazydays is the focus of a reality show premiering Sunday on the Travel Channel, Columbus CEO explained.
Big Time RV takes viewers behind the scenes of the one of the country’s RV dealerships as customers tour and test different makes and models, from $18,000 travel trailers to $1 million tour buses, according to Columbus CEO.
The half-hour premiere, which airs at 8 p.m., follows a single father looking for a camper to wow his daughter in time for her birthday and two friends on the hunt for a million dollar party pad on wheels. A second episode will air at 8:30, Columbus CEO noted.

-SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Across California, Airstream parks or traditional RV parks with permanent Airstreams available for nightly rental have popped up with regularity, The Sacramento Bee reported.
Santa Barbara’s Auto Camp, which has five non-ambulatory, custom-designed Airstreams parked in front of a trailer park with permanent residents, has been featured in magazines like Sunset Magazine, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveler. The Sacramento Bee explained the Auto Camp is so popular, its owners are planning to open similar sites soon in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ventura.

-KANE, Pa. – Charges have been filed against two Kane men who allegedly broke into a building at the Kiasutha Campground in Hamilton Township while camping.
The Bradford Era reported on the morning of July 3, police responded to a report that someone had broken into the Kiasutha Campground gate house. Among the offenses discovered at the site where a window had been broken so someone could enter and $130 in cash was missing.

-ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, ON — A man and woman have been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act, after their dog was left alone in a hot car at their campsite in Algonquin National Park, ON, according to Market Wired.
On July 5, 2014, a park warden observed a Golden Retriever-type dog locked inside a car on a campsite. Market Wired reported the park warden noted that the car was located in direct sunlight, the four windows were down about two inches, and the animal did not have water and was panting heavily. After 15 minutes passed without the return of the dog’s owners, the Ontario SPCA was contacted.
Following an investigation, the Ontario SPCA has charged the animal’s owners with causing distress to an animal and failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare, Market Wired noted.

-Pilot Flying J is off the hook for prosecution after the company admitted its employees ripped off truckers and trucking companies by not paying them promised rebates on fuel purchases. The truck stop outfit will cough up a $92 million fine. Evidently RVers were not caught up in the rebate cheat.

-A rare bit of RV and aviation history will be up for sale on August 15 at Bonhams' Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California. The 1939 travel trailer owned by Charles and Anne Lindbergh is expected to fetch at least $150,000. The trailer sits on twin axles with a lightweight aluminum skin. The inside is furnished with well-preserved oak paneling.

News From The Weird

-Calgary Police are trying to figure out the series of events leading up to a camper being abandoned in the middle of an intersection in the northeast.
A pickup-camper had become disconnected from the back of a truck at some point in the night and was spotted laying in the intersection of 36 Street and Memorial Drive N.E.
A short time later, police say a truck was spotted driving erratically, striking several parked cars.
Police are investigating after a driver abandoned a trailer in an intersection in northeast Calgary.
The driver then got out and tried to run, but was later caught and arrested.
Police say charges are pending and suspect alcohol may have been involved.

-Skipping out on a $25 campground site fee may cost a Georgia man much more. John M. Turner of Rome, Ga., didn't pay his site fee at the Rocky Mountain Campground in early July. Floyd County officials caught up with him and booked him. Charged with criminal trespass and theft of services, Turner couldn't get out of jail for free — he posted bond.











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#18260 - 08/02/14 07:38 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 8/2/2014

-Erire, Pa-Kids in Erie are going camping for free thanks to a local campground and motorcycle group.
The Five of a Kind Motorcycle Club enjoys giving back to the community. For several years, they have partnered with Uncle John's Campground in Lake City to take a group of disadvantaged youth camping for free.
It's an opportunity for the kids to play and be with other kids in a safe environment. Uncle John's campground is offering the use of a cabin for the group for three nights.


-A tornado that plowed through a Cape Charles, Va., campground on July 24 left two dead (earlier reported as three) and dozens injured. Lord Balatbat and his wife, Lolibeth Ortega, died when a tree fell on their tent. Their 14-year-old son is still hospitalized in a coma. The 300-acre Cherrystone Camping and RV Resort had more than 1,000 guests at the time. The campground has since reopened.

-Four years ago flash floods rampaged through the Albert Pike Campground near Langley, Ark., leaving at least 20 people dead. Today the campground is still closed, and some locals are wondering when the Forest Service will reopen the fated facility. The agency says it can't comment on anything, as lawsuits from the flood's fallout against the government are still pending.

-Cabela’s has launched a new mobile application for Android and iPhone, the company announced Friday.
The app will allow customers to search and browse Cabela’s merchandise online or scan barcodes in-store to find product information, reviews and specifications. A new checkout process will provide for easier purchasing and the app will allow customers to manage a Cabela’s account, build a wish list, track orders and review purchase history.
Additionally, customers can use the app to receive notifications of Cabela’s online sales and in-store specials, while a store locator will help shoppers find the nearest retail location and its upcoming events.

-BILLINGS, Mont. — Reservations for the upcoming Labor Day weekend are running strong at Kampgrounds of America locations throughout North America, the company announced today.
Reserved camper nights for the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend are up 16 percent over the same period last year. That continues the strong trend in camping KOA has seen throughout the summer. KOA’s overall short-term camping nights are up nearly 4 percent compared to the same time period in 2013.
Overall reservations for the remainder of the summer season are up almost 11 percent compared to 2013, and the associated camper nights are up nearly 16 percent for the rest of the summer season, the company reported.

News From The Weird

-LIBERTY, Tex. — A Liberty County, Tex. resident, Mr. James Brown , age 75 years old had a rude awakening around 2:30am Thursday when he awoke to someone hooking onto and pulling his 16’ camper trailer out of his driveway while he was still inside, The Vindicator reported.
While Brown and his trailer were being towed, he opened the trailer door and began firing several gun shots at the pick-up truck which then began weaving back and forth across the highway, apparently, in an attempt to throw Brown from his trailer, The Vindicator explained.
I was further discovered that Mr Brown's residence had been burglarized numerous times recently. He was sleeping in his trailer in an attempt to catch the burglars.







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#18482 - 08/23/14 09:51 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 8/9, 16, 23/2014

-MEADVILLE, Pa. — Meadville KOA recently completed a project to ensure it can meet its campers’ growing demand for expanded entertainment and electronic device use.
According to Robyn Chilson, who has owned the campground with her husband, Tim, for nearly 15 years, the upgrades were in response to a 2013 survey of their guests.
“We asked campers their preferences for utilities,” she says. “Cellular service was number one, followed by access to a strong Wi-Fi signal and cable television. These upgrades mean that they can get online when they need it, and can tune in to their favorite shows on rainy days when they can’t take advantage of everything happening on our campground.”
The recently completed upgrades included installing 48 channels of satellite cable TV to 124 full-hookup campsites and two deluxe cabins.

-BUSHKILL, Pa. — The National Park Service has issued a prospectus for proposals to provide a concession operated campground within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, according to Pocono News. The proposed Concession Contract will be for a term of ten years.
The current Concession Contract between the National Park Service and the existing concessioner expires on December 31, 2014. Proposals must be received by September 25, 2014, to be considered, Pocono News reported.
“Getting the new concession contract in place will ensure that visitors will continue to have a quality camping experience in the park,” said Superintendent John J. Donahue. “We are required by law to have an open competition to determine who will manage the concession camping facilities.”

-LOCUST TOWNSHIP, PA - A brave bare-chested man wearing shorts jumped into Laura's Lake at Ideal Park campground Thursday afternoon and rescued an elderly Mount Carmel woman from a sinking car that drifted into the water from a nearby pebbled road.
Virginia Lindenmuth, 79, of 423 W. Fourth St., was listed in critical condition at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville following the 3 p.m. freak accident and heroic rescue effort just off High Meadow Road.
Lindenmuth was pulled out the driver's side window of the red Buick by 50-year-old Mark Hoffman who was just about to take a shower in his camper when he spotted the auto drifting forward between two trees toward a small embankment leading to the lake's shoreline.
Locust Township Officer Jason Sudol said Lindenmuth and her 81-year-old husband, John, had just pulled in to visit Hoffman, his girlfriend, Maria Benjamin, 46, of Mahanoy City, and her mother, Adele Benjamin, also of Mahanoy City, at their campsite near the lake.
According to police, John Lindenmuth, who was driving, exited the vehicle but failed to put the car in park. It drifted forward into the lake with his wife as a front-seat passenger.

-This Sunday (August 24) marks the 98th anniversary of the U.S. National Park Service. Entrance fees will be waived at all of the nation's 410 national parks. Other fees still apply.

-The Missile Site Campground, where you could stay while touring a retired Cold War-era missile silo and command center, is temporarily closed for maintenance and repair. The campground is in Colorado's Weld County, between Greeley and Loveland. No reopen date set.

-Cabela’s Incorporated announced plans to celebrate Cabela’s Fall Great Outdoor Days with guest appearances, seminars, family activities, sponsor exhibits, product demonstrations, sales and more at participating stores nationwide through Sept. 1.

-RESTON, Va. — The Sports Illustrated on Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing will kick off its second year at the Florida State – Oklahoma State football game on Saturday, Aug. 30, at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Tex.
In its debut last year, more than 30,000 consumers attended the Go RVing and Sports Illustrated tailgate events with more than 4,000 touring the featured RVs over the course of the tour’s six stops at college football games.

-FOREST CITY, Iowa — McClain’s RV SuperStores has accepted its first pink Minnie in support of breast cancer awareness. McClain’s RV’s has initially purchased 15 pink Minnie’s for their five locations throughout Texas and Oklahoma. and is going above and beyond in their fight to help find a cure for cancer, Winnebago announced today.
Nate McClain, president of McClain’s RV SuperStores, said, “In addition to the $1,000 Winnebago is donating to the American Cancer Society for each pink Minnie sold to dealers across the U.S., we will also donate $500 for every Winnebago towable and motorized product we sell from each of our five locations during the months of September, October and November. We are very excited to be a part of this great cause; to have the opportunity to help raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness and join the fight to help find a cure for cancer.”

-AGASSIZ, BC — Campers in Harrison were hit by theft Sunday night, waking up to find miscellaneous items missing from their campsites and vehicles, according to The Observer.
Campground owner John Allen figures it was a group of teens, lifting a case of beer here, a pair of sunglasses here, The Observer noted.
“They stole beer, coolers, money and sunglasses,” Allen told The Observer. And while no one wants to wake up to find their cooler cleaned out, Allen said the theft is even more serious than that. The culprits also seemed to have stolen several sets of keys.
He explained to The Observer he’s offering a reward for the safe return of the items, and has placed an ad in this newspaper with the details.

-MONTREAL, QC – The owners of Pine Ridge Cabins and Campgrounds will have to pay a fine of $500 for starting to rebuild their lodge without having all of the proper permits and approvals in place first, according to The Western Star.
The main building at the popular campground site burned down after an electrical fire in April 2013, The Western Star reported.

News From The Weird

-Parking attendants at the Centre County, Pa., fairgrounds got a workout helping 1,500 RVers park their trailers in time for the annual Grange Fair. "No pressure" for one 21-year-old RVer — imagine the sweat he broke as people watched him take 16 whacks at getting the family travel trailer "slid" into its spot.

-BELLEVUE, Wash. — A Washington State Patrol lieutenant who was driving a motorhome used as a mobile DUI processing center pulled over a driver for suspicion of DUI, according to KIRO TV.
Police told KIRO TV the lieutenant was driving the 36-foot motorhome back to the Bellevue State Patrol office about 3 a.m. on Aug. 9 when he saw a 2001 Honda Accord driving erratically.
With no other patrol units in the area, the lieutenant made a traffic stop with the motorhome, which is equipped with emergency lights, KIRO TV explained.

-Chris Convine couldn't figure out why police were taking pictures of, and laughing at, a motorhome he and his brother had been restoring. Police in Hume, Australia, explained they'd just finished investigating an illegal drug lab in a storage unit adjacent to where the motorhome was parked. Sure enough, the beige-colored Bounder was a dead ringer for the motorhome made famous by the TV series "Breaking Bad," which focused on an illegal drug manufacturer.

-MORMON LAKE, AZ -- Just before noon Monday, the Flagstaff 911 Center received two 911 calls from cell phones. The first caller said an angry man with an assault rifle was at his camp site and he was hiding from him behind a tree. The second caller then told dispatchers that the first caller had fired a shot at him.
While en route to the campsite near Kinnikinick Lake, deputies had the 911 dispatcher call both parties on their cell phones and advise them each to disarm and separate themselves.
Deputies first contacted a 51-year-old man from Anthem armed with a 9mm semiautomatic handgun. The second person was 44-year-old man, also from Anthem, who carried a semiautomatic assault rifle and two handguns. Both individuals were detained.
Although both men were from Anthem, they did not know one another but both were camping in the area and came into contact at the parking lot of the Mormon Lake Lodge convenience store, where they had a brief conversation. Afterward, they passed each other in opposite directions.
According to one of the drivers, the other driver turned around and began to follow him. In response to being followed, one of the men stopped and got out of his vehicle and fired a single shot in what he described as an attempt to warn the driver who was following him.
He then drove to his campsite as the second driver followed him. Once at his campsite, he exited his vehicle and hid behind a bush. The other man also got out of his vehicle with binoculars and an assault rifle.
The man with binoculars and assault rifle thought the other driver fired a shot at him and he said he planned to get the license plate number and give it to the deputies.
No arrests have been made at this time and the case will be referred to the Coconino County Attorney's Office for review and possible criminal charging.


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#18558 - 08/30/14 06:45 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 8/30/2014

-Hershey, Pa- America's Largest RV Show is a little over a week away. Organizers say this years event will be the biggest ever.

-EBENSBURG, Pa. – A local company helped Make a Wish come true for one family, according to We Are Central PA.
Seven-year-old Owen Yoder loves campers and has some communication and mobility disabilities, We Are Central PA reported.
So Tuesday Make A Wish and Wise Trailer Sales in Ebensburg gave the Yoder family a new popup tent camper. His dad says it will make Owen happy and bring them together as a family, We Are CEntral PA explained.

-GARDNERS, Pa. – Pine Grove Furnace State Park is offering a group tenting program from Saturday, Sept. 6, to Sunday, Sept. 7. This program is perfect for families who are new to camping, but have not actually “camped” with their tent, according to The Evening Sun.
A campfire with s’mores, stargazing and waking up to the dawn chorus of singing birds will complete the traditional camping experience. The Evening Sun noted experienced staff will remain on site throughout the program. For more information, visit their website here.

-Last week, Susquehanna County, Pa., got an unwelcome rain dousing when, in the course of three hours, up to six inches of rain inundated the county. Included in the hit was Lake Timberline Campground. Dislocated docks, missing boats, a ruined road — all this now has to be repaired or replaced, but managers say they'll be hard at it this fall and will be ready for the 2015 camping season.

-Want a sign that the RV industry is doing well? How about a billboard? La Mesa RV, one of the country's biggest RV dealers, has posted a help-wanted billboard in San Diego, Calif., and says it will stay put until it hires enough sales folk and service technicians to meet its needs.

-SUMNER Wash. — Full-time employees at Torklift International were provided a pay raise to a minimum of $15 per hour effective the first week of September, the company announced today.
“It adds hundreds of thousands of dollars to the bottom line,” said Torklift International General Manager Jay Taylor during a company meeting. “You’re worth it. We are serious about you and your growth at this company.”

-HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Sand Hills State Park, northeast of Hutchinson, opened its campground this week. The “soft opening” was slated for Monday, but the secret was out and two eager campers arrived Sunday and stayed overnight at parking sites 14R and 15R, according to Hutch News.
They’re contractors working on the construction project at the National Cooperative Refinery Association, McPherson, and they could be park residents for about four months, said Ryan Stucky, regional superintendent for the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, to Hutch News.


News From The Weird

-Campers at the Cliffside County Park near Caledonia, Wis., were surprised when they heard a woman screaming at 3:00 in the morning. It wasn't a crime, but instead, the 27-year-old woman was giving birth to her 7th child, who arrived a week early. The mother, her husband and six other children live in an RV in the park.

-Judy Mercado could be excused if she thought nature was out to get her. The Laveen, Ariz., woman's home was flooded by monsoon rains and her insurance company refused to cover the damage. She then moved into a travel trailer and eight days later lightning struck the rig. Mercado wasn't injured, but an area of the trailer siding melted.

-in Nottingham, England, an unemployed British man felt he'd been cheated by an RV dealership and took revenge on it. Michael Hayes spent $65,000 of inherited money on a new motorhome but said he found 10 problems with the rig. The dealer fixed only one, so Hayes slashed seats, sprayed paint and graffitied 14 of the dealership's travel trailers. He was caught "black handed" with black spray paint on his fingers by a dealership employee. He'll now spend a year in jail.







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Way to go Wise Trailer Sales that is a good way to show support to the local community.

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News Tidbits For 9/6/2014

-Hershey, Pa-America's Largest RV show is only 4 days away. Participants will be among the first to catch a glimpse at the 2015 product lines, visit with manufacturer reps and have some fun at the same time, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association reported.

-Hershey, Pa- Redwood RV has announced that author Evada Cooper will be in the Redwood display at the Hershey RV Show Sept. 10 to 14 at the Giant complex in Hershey, Pa.
Cooper is a renowned RV cookbook author, RV lifestyle and RV kitchen seminar instructor. Visitors can visit with the nationally renowned cookbook author and register to win one of 10 copies of The RV Centennial Cookbook – Celebrating 100 year of RVing autographed by Cooper.
A full-time RVer who tours the country in her Redwood RV, Cooper will be present to take people on a tour of the Redwood products and answer questions about RV storage solutions, including how easy it is to live and cook full time in an RV.
The Redwood display will be located in Space 513 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa.

-MECHANICSBURG, Pa. – West Hanover Township supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved Grumbine’s Camping World proposed expansion onto adjoining properties, according to Penn Live.
The proposal would allow for more room to display a greater selection of outdoor items, particularly RVs, in addition to creating a new parking lot for customers, Penn Live reported.
Dan Rosario, zoning administrator for West Hanover Township, said that this new expansion was not part of the original project proposed last year. However, business is going well for Grumbine’s and the company is looking to continue its expansion, Penn Live explained.

-A San Bernardino, Calif., court has found Halo Resorts, Inc., guilty of defrauding some 2,500 resort members. A jury awarded more than $3.5 million in damages and another $750,000 in punitive damages to the members. Halo Resorts was found to have used scare tactics to get members to upgrade their memberships or pay fees they were not required to pay. A judge will rule on three other charges pending before the court.

-Steven and Christine Melia are crushed. After the British couple learned Christine had an incurable brain tumor, Steven bought a Class C motorhome to take her out on daytrips. Now crooks have stolen the motorhome and the mobility scooter that Christine used on trips. "I would just ask whoever has taken it, to look at themselves in the mirror," says Steven. "Just leave it where it is, tell us where to get it."

-New season of "reality TV" show focuses on RVs: "Flippin' RVs" follows the adventures of Justin and Anna Scribner, who chase around the country looking for old RVs to renovate. Justin left behind the building contractor profession to go full time in his admiration of vintage rigs. Check out the Great American Country channel for schedule.

News From The Weird

-An RVing mother was just putting her children to bed at Book Cliffs near Price, Utah, when there was a knock on the trailer door. When she opened it no one was there. A few minutes later, though, the source of the mysterious knock became clear. Looking out the window, the woman came face-to-face with a six-foot black bear. The mother and three children tried to scare away the bear by jumping up and down to make noise, and blasting the TV at full volume. The bear must have liked it, as it spent two hours clawing away at the rig. Finally, the woman's husband returned from a deer hunt and scared the intruder off with a few gunshots.

-A motorhome driver in Bend, Ore., must be a bit red-faced. Calls came in about fires along U.S. 97 last Tuesday afternoon. The string of 10 fires alongside the highway were quickly knocked down and investigators "swarmed" a motorhome parked nearby. The driver said she was having brake problems but denied that it was the cause of the fires. When officials climbed under the rig they found its exhaust system had blown burning material off onto the roadway. No charges were filed.

-Authorities in Tarifa, Spain, found two Moroccan refugees attempting a novel — but dangerous — approach to sneaking into the country: The 8- and 9-year-old kids were hanging onto the suspension system of an RV that had been transported into the country on a ferry.

-A fifth-wheel camper trailer carrying firearms and ammunition caught fire near mile marker 31 on Interstate 70 Thursday morning, closing down traffic in both directions for approximately one hour.
According to Putnam County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Craig Sibbitt, Michael Hall, 35, Kingston, Okla., stopped along the shoulder of the interstate approximately 10 miles west of Cloverdale after noticing smoke coming from the camper-trailer he was towing.
Once pulled over, Hall found he was unable to disconnect ignited trailer from the pickup truck. Luckily he had a torch in his truck which he was able to use to cut the vehicle free from the ignited trailer before the pickup also caught fire.
Inside the trailer was an SKS semi-automatic rifle and a 30-30 rifle as well as ammunition for each; additionally the trailer also contained ammunition for a .22 rifle.
Eventually the ammunition began to discharge in the burning camper, adding to the danger.
No injuries were reported.

For Sale

-AFTON, Okla. — For the bargain price of $99,995, serious RV owners can acquire a vintage 1917 Packard Twin Six 25-foot motorhome, currently listed at Hemmings.com.
According to the description at Hemmings.com, the twin-six is in very good running condition and could be the oldest motorhome in the United States. Built in 1917 for the Pickwick Family of Los Angeles by Earl C. Anthony Shops. The Pickwick family operated over-the-road buses and later merged with Greyhound.
The motorhome was located in southern California until 1981 when the current owner purchased it. He said it has been stored inside since that time and restoration work has been done locally.
Features of the motorhome include:
Twin Six – 424 -cubic-inch engine
Three-speed manual transmission
224-inch wheelbase
7:00×20 tires
Air over hydraulic front suspension •
Manual brakes with Air Assist
Rear bedroom with convertible sofas
Mid-bath
Front Kitchen with two burner gasoline cooktop
Ice box and sink
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#18704 - 09/13/14 08:52 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 9/13/2014

-HERSHEY, Pa. — America’s Largest RV Show opened its doors Wednesday to consumers and buyers flooded into the display area.
A total of 8,105 people streamed through the gates Wednesday smashing the previous record of 6,688 on opening day last year, said Heather Leach, marketing director for the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association, which sponsors the show.
More than 1,300 motorhomes and travel trailers are on display at the show, and exhibitor space was sold out within the Giant Center itself. In fact, Leach told RV Daily Report there were more than 100 companies on a waiting list for available space.

-New York State Parks and associated sites had a great year. Those state lands were visited nearly 36 million times during the 2014 summer season, up 2 percent from the 2013 numbers.

-LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. — Lake George RV Park announced a new, two-acre on-site dog park and off-leash recreation area called Charlie’s Bark Park.
Charlie’s Bark Park, reserved for registered guests only, features walking paths, a synthetic turf play area, spray fountain, agility events, and other elements that are sure to get tails wagging, In addition, a new pavilion at the park’s entrance houses a dog wash station, pet treats vending machine and restroom. The fully enclosed park has areas designated for both large and small dogs.

-EDMONTON, AB — An Edmonton motel and RV park has been slapped with $140,000 in fines for flouting provincial health inspectors for more than two years, according to Edmonton Journal.
The owners and operators of the Royal Scot Motel and RV Park, a 27-suite motel on Stony Plain Road, were sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to 41 violations of the Public Health Act, including ignoring the orders of an executive officer for 801 days, Edmonton Journal reported.

-Long waits crossing into the U.S. from Canada at the Niagara Falls Lewiston-Queenston Bridge may get some help. The bridge commission sold bonds with an eye to reducing the sometimes two-hour wait to cross through customs. It won't happen overnight — the first phase, simply moving a portion of Highway 190 to make room for more lanes at the customs plaza, won't be completed until 2016.

-Spokane, Wash., city officials have come under some fire after telling more than 20 RV residents they had to move out of their park by September 8. The city recently annexed the area where the park is located and is pushing for tight enforcement of a ban on living in RVs. Many of the affected residents are disabled, but the city claims it will "work with them ... to connect them with the most appropriate resource."

-ELKHART — The Skyline RV Group is prepared and excited for the upcoming Elkhart Open House Sept. 16 to 18 when the company will be displaying its brand new, completely-redesigned models to dealers at the RV Hall of Fame.
For most of the industry, this will be their first chance to see the brand new Trident, Javelin and Dart brands of laminated trailers, the release noted. The company will also be displaying the all new, redesigned Nomad and Layton lines of stick-and-tin products.

-POMONA, Calif. – For the first time at any recreation vehicle show, consumers at the 2014 California RV Show in Pomona will have the opportunity to watch a 19-foot-long toy hauler trailer being built from the ground up.
No other RV show organizers, until now, have asked a manufacturer to build a trailer on location right before the eyes of consumers. But that’s exactly what the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), which puts on the RV Show, has asked Genesis Supreme RV, a toy hauler and RV trailer manufacturer located in Perris, California, to do.

News From The Weird

-Police in Powell County, Ky., got a frantic call from campers on Grays Arch Trail, Thursday, September 4. The 1:15 a.m. call was from a hiking group who couldn't find a companion. Turned out Ryan Campbell, 27, had gone walking — sleepwalking, that is. He fell over a 60-foot cliff, landing in a rhododendron bush surrounded by boulders. After being rescued four hours later, he walked away with non-life-threatening injuries.

-Friends following a U.K. couple's motorhome thought they saw a man's leg sticking out from under the rig — they weren't hallucinating. When Geoff and Chris Mullen stopped their rig for a traffic tie-up, a man crawled out from underneath and walked away. He'd evidently clung to the undercarriage for 100 miles, enduring speeds up to 65 mph on the trip from France to the U.K. through the Channel Tunnel.







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#18779 - 09/20/14 06:46 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 9/20/2014

-Pocono Mts, Pa- Many campers in the Pocono area are on edge this weekend as Pennsyvania State Police search for accused cop killer Eric Frein. Friday night, a shelter in place order was issued for Barrett and Price Townships, after shots were fired in the area. As of posting time, Eric Frein is still on the run.

-Hershey, Pa- Despite a nasty weather front that dumped plenty of rain on Saturday, a record crowd on Sunday helped fuel the new attendance record. A total of 46,143 people visited the Giant Center this year -- a 5.7 percent increase over last year's record attendance of 43,506.

-OVERLAND PARK, Kansas — The Route 66 RV Network, in conjunction with Little Village Films and 2448 Productions, today announced the creation of a new lifestyle documentary television series under the working title “RV There Yet?”
This brand new, half-hour TV series, which is currently in production, will capture some of the daily experiences and compelling stories RVers experience in each episode.
The show hopes to convey the importance of unplugging from “normal living” and connecting with friends and family in an RV and the outdoors. With each episode, “RV There Yet?” will capture and present engaging stories that will entertain the audience and attract attention from viewers across the country, the release noted.

-GELNS FALLS, N.Y. — A campground near Warrensburg and a 184-acre parcel in Stony Creek are among the properties headed to tax auction in Warren County in the coming weeks, according to Post Star.
The county Board of Supervisors recently held its annual “last chance” meeting for delinquent property owners as the county prepares for the auction, which is scheduled for Oct. 18, Post Star explained. Sept. 2 was the deadline to make a payment to set up a payment installment plan. After that date, any payment agreements have to be formally approved by the county Board of Supervisors.
The campground, which includes 29.45 acres of property and river frontage on Schroon River, is assessed at $890,400. Post Star explained. Mary Crawley, the marketing manager for the company, said the campground taxes will be paid and the property will not go to auction.

-North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- If you love to camp but don't want to rough it in a tent you may want to consider a custom-made trailer built in North Las Vegas.
It's a family-owned business, the dream of Michael Smith who built his first camper for himself, "I have a wife and son and we like to go camping to Mount Charleston, St. George."
Michael posted his camper on facebook and a friend in Mississippi placed an order right away. It was enough encouragement for this audio guy to walk away from his college training and into his own business called Small Ass Campers. For complete story and great video, click HERE.

-RIVERSIDE, Calif. — A 22-year-old Lake Arrowhead man was ticketed for animal cruelty after leaving his German shepherd puppy inside a locked camper for more than an hour on a hot day in Redlands, police told PE.
The dog suffered no lasting ill effects from the incident Tuesday, Sept. 16, PE reported.
The owner had been inside the gym and returned to his camper as police arrived, PE explained.

-ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Pittsfield Township is in discussion over ordinance language that would limit the duration that RVs, campers, motorhomes, boats, ATVs and other recreational vehicles can be parked in township driveways to 48 hours, according to M Live.
The proposed ordinance amendment comes after township officials told M Live they received a steady stream of complaints in recent years about large recreational vehicles parked in driveways.
Provisions include prohibiting RVs on public property, limiting the duration RVs can be parked in a driveway to 48 hours, and more, M Live reported.

-The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is projecting 2014 sales of new RVs to beat 2013 sales by almost 9 percent. Gazing into the crystal ball, the organization sees the 2015 rate to be 3 percent higher than its projections for 2014.

News From The Weird

-Florida voters will decide if the Sunshine State joins other states that allow the use of medical marijuana. Tourism officials say if they do, it may mean more snowbird business. The state health agency says snowbirds are "a potential pool for medical marijuana tourism."

-GRESHAM, Ore. – A Gresham, Ore. man is being treated for rabies after he was bitten by a bat while camping in Clackamas County, according to KOIN.
The incident, captured on home video, happened while Derrick Skou was playing guitar with his friends at the campsite. The bat flew onto his chest, then climbed up to his neck and sank its fangs into him, KOIN explained.
He said his friends shot the bat with a BB gun in order to get it tested for rabies. He’s going through a two-week vaccination process to make sure he doesn’t get the deadly virus, KOIN reported.


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#19170 - 11/16/14 07:48 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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Is anyone missing the weekly news? Now that things are finally calming down, I can back to them if anyone wants them.
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#19172 - 11/18/14 02:25 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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I enjoy reading the news every week. There was plenty of time i would realize that I was glad is was not me in some of the situations and also gave me new ideas of things to do and try. You always was able to come up with good news and tidbits.

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