Loc: Oley, Berks County, Pa
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.
-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 Wood Cabinets For more information and pictures, click HERE.
Loc: Oley, Berks County, Pa
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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Loc: Oley, Berks County, Pa
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.
Really need to get my blogs back up to date
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.