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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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#17777 - 06/29/14 08:59 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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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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#18590 - 09/02/14 12:20 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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#18639 - 09/06/14 12:54 PM Re: RV and Camping News Tidbits from around the country--UPDATED WEEKLY [Re: mikhen]
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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
Wood Cabinets
For more information and pictures, click HERE.









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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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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.


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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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