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#17063 - 04/26/14 10:33 AM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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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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Loc: Oley, Berks County, Pa
News Tidbits For 5/3/2014

-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.

Really need to get my blogs back up to date

#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.
Full report

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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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News Tidbits For 5/17/2014

-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.

Really need to get my blogs back up to date

#17364 - 05/24/14 05:09 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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News Tidbits For 5/24/2014

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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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Registered: 08/30/10
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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.

News From The Weird

-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.

Really need to get my blogs back up to date

#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.

News From the Weird

-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.

Really need to get my blogs back up to date

#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.

News From The Weird

-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.


Edited by mikhen (06/22/14 04:42 PM)
Really need to get my blogs back up to date

#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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Registered: 08/30/10
Posts: 1796
Loc: Oley, Berks County, Pa
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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