Saturday, January 29, 2005

Q&A: Figuring out Wi-Fi's alphabet soup

First there was 802.11b, the clunky technical name for the wireless technology that made Wi-Fi a must-have for laptops. Then came versions 802.11g and 802.11a. Letter "n" is coming. And back in the lab, the Wi-Fi wizards are working on "e," "r," "s" and "t."

The good thing is that nearly all current Wi-Fi products are interoperable and provide far more speed than most users need. Full Story...

RVs Grow In Popularity Among Younger Consumers

Forget about that old pop-up camper your parents kept in the back yard when you were a kid.

Janeen and David Bouslaugh, both 32, want a “toy hauler.” They want one so badly that they've driven three hours on a hot Sunday morning to a place called Traveland USA in Irvine CA.

The Bouslaughs, from Buellton, Calif., want an RV whose back panel drops down so they can neatly load two four-wheelers and their Jeep into what later will turn into living space during weekend outings. Full Story...

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Thinking of RVing to the SuperBowl?

The biggest RV park in Jacksonville, FL and closest to the stadium, is charging nearly $1,000 to stay for three nights (there is a three-night minimum)

Pursuing a RVing lifestyle

Visitors to the Golden Shore RV Resort are both snow-bird travelers — those who travel to get away from the frigid, frozen regions — and full-timers, who live in RV resorts year round.

Pam and Ron Destouet have been on the road for about a year, and they're still weeding out items they don't need on the trips.

"It's amazing what you decide to keep and what you decide to get rid of," said Pam Destouet, who was storing dozens of golf equipment and balls into the underbelly of the pair's recreational vehicle, a Fleetwood Providence 2004. Full Story...

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

RVers can stay as long as they want in Bandera TX

RVers can stay as long as they want in Bandera TX

That message was finally delivered to those living in recreational vehicle parks at the Bandera City Council meeting on Jan. 20.

The process of changing the ordinance has taken about six months. Mayor Denise Griffin and other city officials have said they want RV'ers to know they are appreciated and welcome in Bandera. Full Story...

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Got a NorCold RV Refrigerator? Unplug it and call a dealer

Otero County, NM Sheriff’s Capt. Norbert Sanchez has been investigating mysterious blazes. His first thought was arson.
“I’ve had a rash of fires involving motor homes and travel trailers,” he said.

But it didn’t take Sanchez long to learn that in every instance — some were explosions — a Norcold refrigerator was involved. The O-rings on the refrigerator’s gas valve are deteriorating, he said, causing propane leaks.

“If they’re running their refrigerator they need to turn it off immediately. They’re very dangerous,” Sanchez said.

“We’ve had some close calls. I’m just glad nobody’s been in them. We just want to prevent someone from getting killed or injured seriously,” Sanchez said. Full Story...

You can check the NorCold web site to see if your refrigerator is on the list and learn what is necessary to get it repaired.

Monday, January 24, 2005

City considers RV parking ordinance

You spend a bundle on a new RV, a boat, or a trailer, and you want to park it at home.

But Normandy Park, WA may soon put the brakes on that, saying if your neighbors can see it, it’s gotta go.

Weslyn Owens likes the view of the Sound out her front window. Or at least, most of it.

"You can't see the kids walking by, you can't see the runners walking by," she said.

That's what happened when her next door neighbor parked his mammoth RV in his driveway.

She complained to the city of Normandy Park. Full Story...

Campground Caretaker loves her job

Whether it's removing fallen limbs from trails or checking restrooms for vandalism, Maryanne Richards takes her job as a campground caretaker seriously.

Richards, 65, is one of five winter campground caretakers hired by the Roseburg BLM to protect against vandalism and look after the parks.

"You can't stop her," said Ron Murphy, outdoor recreation planner for the Roseburg Bureau of Land Management. "We're very proud to have her here." Full Story...

Disney RV park offers new experiences

One of the newest experiences at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground offers guests private carriage rides amidst the natural charm and backwoods beauty of Walt Disney World Resort. Thirty-minute, horse-drawn rides are offered nightly in antique carriages able to accommodate up to four adults. The horse-drawn carriages quietly glide along lake-lined paths under Spanish moss and tall trees throughout the 700-acre, rustic-themed resort. Cost is $30.

For guests wanting to enjoy an old-fashioned wagon ride, 45-minute rides are also offered at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground on a first-come, first-served basis. The horse-drawn wagon rides offer a scenic tour through the forest trails. Cost is $8 for adults.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

RV ONE', a $500,000 luxury motorhome that was used by President Bush

When President Bush needed a quiet, secure staging room during the 55th Presidential Inauguration, Monaco Coach Corporation provided the president with one of its top of the line recreational vehicles, a $500,000 Monaco Signature motorhome.

The presidential Monaco coach was officially designated 'RV ONE' and was used by the president, members of the first family and other dignitaries at Wednesday's "A Celebration of Freedom" kick-off event at the Ellipse and during several of Thursday's inaugural balls. Full Story...

Friday, January 21, 2005

RVers head out on the highway, home and all

Sometime during the last three decades, the ’60s motorcycle rebels from “Easy Rider” grew up.

Now part of that generation’s income is going toward a new way to pursue their wanderlust — motor homes, recreational vehicles and campers.

Dan Kussow of Van Boxtel RV Supermart in Green Bay, WI said the industry had a stellar year in 2004, and part of it was driven by the baby boomers.

“It’s the thought of being free,” he said. “Not being tied to a desk … they finally have an opportunity to go where they want to go and do what they want to do.” Full Story...

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

2005 Woodall's Campground Directory Available

The 2005 Woodall's North American Campground Directory edition includes more than 14,000 listings of commercial and public RV parks and campgrounds, plus select RV dealer and travel and tourism locations. Each privately owned campground has been personally inspected and rated by one of Woodall's rep teams.

Each listing has detailed information for RVers, including driving directions, overnight camping fees, pet restrictions, Internet availability, handicap accessibility and site widths. The directory also provides detailed travel information for each state/province that highlights local attractions and points of interest, event listings, shopping opportunities and travel information sources.

New this year are "at-a-glance" charts and displays in each state/provincial travel section that indicate those RV parks and campgrounds that welcome big rigs, are Internet-friendly or pet friendly. Also new are handy charts, which feature select RV dealers offering sales and service - making finding these locations fast and easy. Full story...

2005 Woodall's Campground Directory Available

The 2005 Woodall's North American Campground Directory edition includes more than 14,000 listings of commercial and public RV parks and campgrounds, plus select RV dealer and travel and tourism locations. Each privately owned campground has been personally inspected and rated by one of Woodall's rep teams.

Each listing has detailed information for RVers, including driving directions, overnight camping fees, pet restrictions, Internet availability, handicap accessibility and site widths. The directory also provides detailed travel information for each state/province that highlights local attractions and points of interest, event listings, shopping opportunities and travel information sources.

New this year are "at-a-glance" charts and displays in each state/provincial travel section that indicate those RV parks and campgrounds that welcome big rigs, are Internet-friendly or pet friendly. Also new are handy charts, which feature select RV dealers offering sales and service - making finding these locations fast and easy. Full story...

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Fleetwood RV to launch motor home timeshare club

Fleetwood Enterprises announced today its plans for a spring 2005 consumer launch of Fleetwood Vacation Club, the RV industry’s first-ever national motor home shared-ownership program.

Fleetwood Vacation Club (FVC) will be a points-based membership program that will provide its members numerous benefits, including access to Class A diesel motor homes, such as Discovery, and Class C gas-powered motor homes, such as Tioga, from participating Fleetwood franchise locations. These motor homes will be fully appointed and will be owned by Fleetwood Vacation Club. Members will have the right to use these motor homes for periods ranging from one week per year to several weeks per year, over a 10-year period. Full Story...

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Motor home fire spoils trip

Fred Balke was on his way to Grass Valley, California Thursday morning for the upcoming Winter Fun Festival when his motorhome caught fire, putting the brakes on his weekend plans.

"The engine quit, I pulled over and smoke started coming from the dashboard," Balke said. "I opened the hood and got knocked down from the flames." Photo and Full Story...


Saturday, January 08, 2005

Workhorse Offers Test Drives at Tampa RV Show

Demonstration drives for the W24 RV chassis will be offered using a Dolphin LX, built by National RV, while diesel enthusiasts can test-drive the new R series by sliding behind the wheel of a Presidio diesel-pusher, built by the Mandalay Luxury Division of Four Winds. Pre-registration is encouraged. Full Story...

As retirement nears, these couples feel lure of open road

The trailer or the motor home may be the last frontier of America, the ultimate tearing loose -- just pack up a few pairs of jeans, some shirts, CDs and DVDs and a bunch of food and take off. When it gets dark, simply park, watch the stars for a while, pull the blinds and go to sleep. It's the freedom of camping, but without the ants.

And much of it is done by people who have that great luxury of time -- the retirees, or almost-retirees such as Ben and Georgia Fuller, both 58, of San Jose. He has about four more months -- "I'm selling my insurance agencies and moving to the next place" -- and she has until December, when she's going to pull the plug from her job at IBM. Full Story...

Man's fourtee year as camphost comes to an end.

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST CALIFORNIA -- Bear Thomas-Hunter is packing up his van, his horse and his three pet wolves, and hitting the road.

Thomas-Hunter is a volunteer campground host who has lived for 14 years in a small trailer at Gould Mesa campground, tucked away at the bottom of the Arroyo Seco. Forest Service officials recently informed him by certified letter that they want him out. Full Story...

Friday, January 07, 2005

RV Dealer Leaves Behind Some Unhappy Customer

More than a few customers have complaints about Kerr Kountry RV in Owasso Oklahoma. The company went out of business recently and now employees and customers have plenty of questions, but no answers.

Gary and Idona Sellno are sitting in a RV they bought in November at Kerr Kountry. They traded in their smaller one and wrote a check for $28,000 for the difference. But after 10 days passed and they still didn't have a title, they called Kerr Kountry to learn the company closed the business."

So they're stuck with a RV they can't drive without a title and they can't get their old one and money back and it gets worse. The Sellnos learned there's a $60,000 lien on the RV that Kerr Kountry never paid off before selling it to them. Full Story...

Saturn Revives Tow-Friendly Design

For years, the Saturn line of automobiles was generally accepted by RVers as the ideal choice for dinghy towing behind a motorhome. Though other vehicles offered manual transmission models that could be towed with all four wheels on the ground.

That changed in 2002, when Saturn introduced its new small SUV, the VUE, along with the VTi Consistently Variable Transmission (CVT). For 2005, however, Saturn is returning to its tow-friendly roots, although the change had little to do with catering to the RV sector. Full Story...

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Kids get motor home schooled when family hits the road

The Kirkwoods -- Scott and Brenda, both 43, and their children, Jenna, 10, Nate, 11, and Leah, 13 -- already had survived a close encounter with a skunk in Ashland, Wis. In Nebraska, they learned firsthand what sharp sandburs can do to bicycle tires.

Then, in Colorado, they had a lesson on gravity.

The RV leaned perilously against a tree, its left rear wheels suspended in the air after slipping off a gravel retaining wall near Colorado Springs last September. "That tree," sixth-grader Nate Kirkwood recalled, "was all that was keeping the RV from flipping over." Full Story...

RV Show opening at I-X Cleveland, OH

The 29th Annual Ohio RV Show opens Wednesday and runs through Sunday at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

Show hours are 1 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Saturday, January 01, 2005

New BLM campground to open

CIBOLA NATIONAL FOREST - The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plans to open a new campground in New Mexico, 11 miles south of I-40 on NM 117.

The campground is being developed with the intent to take pressure off the South Narrows picnic area that has been used for overnight camping in the past, although it was only designed for picnicking.

As of now, the sight has a partially paved road and a vault toilet with no electric or water. Picnic tables have been purchased, but have not been assembled at the new campground. Full Story...

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