Friday, August 31, 2007

RVers Find Diamonds in the Rough in Alaska

Morris News Service Alaska, Homer News

It isn't the hunting that keeps Michigan resident Ken Lehman and his wife, Gail, coming back to Alaska summer after summer. Nor is it the fishing. Or the scenery. It's diamonds. Diamond willow, that is.

The couple harvests it during the summer and, when not fishing or touring the state, Lehman can be seen sitting at a Heritage RV Park fire ring on the Homer Spit, peeling bark from the branches. That way, by the time the Lehmans return to Michigan, the willow is partially dried and ready for Lehman's workshop.

"My first recollection is that we were traveling south of Glennallen on the Richardson Highway as Gail was reading the Milepost. She noted it said there was good diamond willow cutting along Willow Creek," Lehman said. "I slammed on the brakes on our RV since that was the spot we were passing. I always carry in the motor home a small saw and an axe, and I grabbed both and disappeared into the brush."

"I had made walking sticks from hard maple for several years, and so found it exciting to work with new material that had some very interesting distinctions with the diamond designs, each, of course, being different."
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Rhode Island Campers Fet New Reservation System

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management announced that it has hired a company to operate a reservations system for public campgrounds for the first time in state history.

Starting in November, campers will be able to reserve campsites as long as a year before a visit.

More than 1,000 campsites in five parks — Burlingame State Campground in Charlestown, Fishermen’s campground in Narragansett, East Beach in Charlestown, Charlestown Breachway in Charlestown and the George Washington Campground in Glocester — will be included in the program.

It will be operated by ReserveAmerica Holdings Inc., a 23-year-old company that says it manages reservations for 3,000 parks nationwide and handles 3.5 million reservations annually.
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Thursday, August 30, 2007

Hard Road Ahead for Michigan Campers

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — When gas hit $3 a gallon in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, most Americans took a wait-and-see attitude before re-thinking their driving habits.

Now that it appears the $3 gallon is here to stay, many of those same people are making lasting changes. And nowhere is that more apparent than in northern Michigan, which saw some of the highest gasoline prices in the country.

“There has been a shift in business,” said Janice Peppo, owner of Sleepy Bear Campground in Empire with her husband, Jim. “Before, we’d get oodles of reservations in May, way ahead. Now they’re going week by week to make sure they can come. They’re scared to make it ahead of time, with the fluctuation in gas prices. And the people who used to come for a weekend now stay a week.”

Peppo said the steady rise in gas prices has also affected staffing at the 200-site family campground, which hires “work campers” from places like Texas, Arizona and Florida.

“People are (usually) begging to come to Michigan, and this year it’s been hard to find help,” she said. “And all the reasons were from the gas prices.”
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You can take it with you... in an RV

"We had a complete whiteout. We were at 12,000 feet. We started in sunshine, had the rain, then it turned to snow," says David Fossey, recalling a recent drive through the Rocky Mountains in Colorado that saw him and his wife, Janice, creep down the steep slope in their 6½-tonne motorhome.

"We still kept going, but it took us about two hours to do about 30 miles," he says, adding that the drive ranks among the scariest moments of his life. "Horrendous, absolutely horrendous."

Strangely enough, he says he would do it all again.

"We've done all that before," he says with a laugh. The Fosseys spent 506 days traversing North America on a trip they finished last June.

In fact, for some, the relaxed pace of RV travel is desirable enough to do year round. Those who live this vehicular lifestyle call it "full-timing."

Peggi McDonald, 65, has travelled full-time in an RV for the past 22 years. She and husband John, 69, both retired from jobs in the Canadian military, now spend their time roaming the roads of North America. They no longer own a house, having opted instead for a 38-foot Winnebago.

"It is our home - it just happens to be a home on wheels," she says.

McDonald, who writes and blogs about RV living, says that in a motorhome, every trip is a new adventure.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

RVers Help Keep Tradition Alive

Burlington Hawk Eye - IA,
Call them "Sooners," but they're not from Oklahoma.

They're the folks who arrive weeks before the Midwest Old Threshers Reunion and stake a claim to prime land in the campground.

Then, like all true pioneers, they set to work.

Clair McBride has earned the right to call himself a local.

The Farmington IA, man and his wife pulled their camper into town July 26th for the 40th straight reunion. (They first came in 1960, but didn't begin camping until eight years later.)

Since putting it in park, McBride, the new head of campground operations, has been cleaning shower houses and overseeing other maintenance in his little fiefdom.

"Do I love it?" he said. "If I didn't love it, I wouldn't be here."

The campground sprawls across 60 acres. It's an egalitarian place where, in McBride's words, "$6 Wal-Mart tents" share real estate with "three-quarter-of-a-million-dollar mobile homes." There's fresh water, electricity and trucks on call to pump out overflowing septic tanks.

"We build a little city down there of 1,500 to 1,800 units for a week to two weeks," McBride said.

The Old Threshers Reunion officially kicks off Thursday morning.
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Husky Towing Products Safety Recall

The Coast Distribution System (“Coast”) has decided that a defect which relates to motor vehicle safety exists in certain Weight Distribution Shanks that were sold as part of Weight Distribution Kits, Weight Distribution Shank Kits or Weight Distribution Head and Shank Kits under the “Husky” brand name. These recalled shanks bear a supplier’s factory designation “CTC” and were sold by Coast dealers between January 2006 and June 2007.

The Weight Distribution Shank, which fits into the trailer hitch receiver of a tow vehicle, may break under certain towing conditions. If the shank breaks completely, vehicle crash without prior warning could occur.

The “CTC” marking appears near the support bracket that is welded between the horizontal and vertical columns of the shank that fits into the trailer hitch receiver of the tow vehicle. The “CTC” marking on the shank is noted as CTC-XX-XX, where the XXXX represent the month and year of manufacturer. (See attached illustrations). Your Coast dealer can inspect the shank for this marking, or you may do so yourself if you prefer It is not necessary to disconnect the shank from the hitch to inspect for the CTC mark.
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Monday, August 27, 2007

Bears Cause Ruckus at Campground

The weekend sightings began Friday night, when camper Dan Root was resting in a sleeping bag outside his tent at the KOA campground six miles west of West Yellowstone.

Root awoke with a yell when a curious bear bit him lightly on his leg. The yell frightened the bear away, but not before it had bitten into an empty cooler at a nearby campsite.

“The bear had bit the upper part of my leg and bit me good,” Root said. “It's pretty bruised up right now.”

Root called 911 but refused medical treatment.

The owner of the chomped cooler, Benjamin Allen, a U.S. Air Force captain stationed in Rapid City, S.D., said he heard an animal roaring in the distance Friday night - a sound KOA staff attributed to nearby cattle. Allen said he heard the cattle, too.

On Saturday night, Allen moved his family into a cabin and bolted the door. He said that at 1:40 a.m. Sunday, a bear came up to the cabin and fiddled with the latch.
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Sunday, August 26, 2007

RVs, Campground Damage by Tornado

WILX-TV - Lansing,MI,USA
The scene Friday at the Cottonwood Campground in Lansing was mass chaos, when a tree crushed a camper with a family inside. The scene the day after the storm isn't much better; the tree has been cut in half, the trailer has somehow been removed, but there's still devastation and destruction as far as the eye can see.

"I don't think I want to go through this again," says Jerry Cole, who weathered the storm with his wife in their RV at the campground. They had just arrived there earlier Friday, a quick stop-over before heading home to Florida. An eight-foot tree limb sliced through his roof during the storm.

"Like a dagger, standing straight up."
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Hot-air balloon burst into flames plunges into RV park

Two people are dead after a hot-air balloon burst into flames during takeoff from its Surrey launch pad Friday evening -- then plunged into a nearby trailer park.

According to John Kageorge, spokesman for Fantasy Balloon Charters, the pilot heard a pop while filling the balloon and asked all the passengers to get out. Soon afterwards, flames appeared, he said.

Passenger Diana Rutledge, 56, said the trouble began within 30 seconds of the 12 passengers hopping aboard. She said as they left, the balloon rocketed into the air and the flames grew.

She later watched the flaming balloon drift over Hazelmere RV Park and Campground, the two passengers still inside.

"A piece of debris fell and a motorhome exploded and then another motorhome exploded," Rutledge said.
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Friday, August 24, 2007

Fleetwood Announced All-New Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels for 2008

Fleetwood announced the launch of its 2008 Wilderness, Prowler Luxury-Lite, and Terry travel trailers and fifth wheels.

Fleetwood created a greater differentiation between its core travel trailer brands, resulting in all-new looks for model year 2008.

The 2008 Wilderness travel trailers and fifth wheels meet the needs of the value-conscious RVer with the style and convenience features found in higher-end trailers. Highlights include smooth fiberglass sidewalls, engineered aluminum construction, all-new exterior graphics, optional fully-enclosed chassis with heated tank, contemporary interior decor selections, hardwood cabinet doors with raised panels, and enlarged dinette window.
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Georgie Boy® Cruise Master® Now on Workhorse UFO™ Chassis

The Georgie Boy Cruise Master is back. And, it's riding on a cool new chassis. Georgie Boy Manufacturing has refreshed its well-known Cruise Master motorhome line with the Workhorse UFO chassis powered by GM's Vortec® 8.1L V8 rear gasoline engine. In doing so, Georgie Boy takes advantage of a platform that many are praising for its ride, handling and cockpit quietness.

This particular model features expansive pass-through storage and a full wall slideout. The UFO platform's flat floor allows designers much more leeway in locating furniture and amenities. The coach's 22.5-inch wheels and cockpit door entrance give this 40-footer the look of a diesel pusher.

Georgie Boy already is producing Cruise Master.
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Rising Water Forces Campers to Evacuate

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier
EVANSDALE IA,USA --- The evacuation order was given Wednesday morning to about 50 campers at Deerwood Park.

The swollen Cedar River is threatening to engulf the campground in Evansdale. Its already swallowed up Black Hawk Park campground upstream, putting its availability for the busy Labor Day weekend in doubt.

George Wyth State Park is closed too. Campers were asked to leave Wednesday night.

It's the same story for many campers in Black Hawk County: Leave now while there's still time.

"It's just not worth risking people's campers or lives. We'd rather be safe than chance it," said Marilyn Benhoff, camp host at Deerwood. People are supposed to be gone by noon today.
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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Motorhome Fire Closes Minn. Highway

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis,MN,USA
A fire that engulfed a recreational vehicle on Wednesday temporarily shut down eastbound Interstate 90 near Lewiston, Minn., leaving a Florida family of seven stranded.

The family, using their RV to pull a fair concession stand, left the Steele County Fair in Owatonna and were enroute to a county fair in Illinois, when a fire started in the engine compartment of their 36-foot motor home, said Lewiston Fire Chief Jack Kanz.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Hyundai Recalls Sport Utility Vehicle Veracruz

Hyundai Motor Co. to recall the diesel version of the sport utility vehicle Veracruz for failure to meet the country's safety standards.

Crash test results indicate that the fuel pump in the diesel version ruptures in a frontal collision, allowing fuel to leak out into other portions of the vehicle and dramatically increasing the risk of fire in the vehicle.
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54 Illegal Aliens Found in Motorhome

Border Patrol Agents arrested 54 illegal aliens stashed inside a motor home Sunday.

On patrol in Sonoita, Arizona, Tucson Sector agents came across a 1990 model RV. The agents stopped the home near milepost 32 on Highway 82.
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Fuel Cost Not A Factor For Canadian Tourism

YELLOWKNIFE - If tourists are staying away from the NWT because of higher gas and diesel prices in the North, no one seems to be noticing.

Wendy Makepeace, a tourist information officer in Hay River, doesn't

"I've heard people grumble about the price of gas," said Mike Keizer, the acting chair of the Fort Smith Tourism Advisory Board.

Keizer said there is no way the NWT can influence the price of gas.

Wendy Makepeace, a tourist information officer at the Hay River Visitor Information Centre, said she doesn't think the price of fuel affects the number of visitors.

Up to the end of July, rough figures show that 68 people from the U.S., 150 from East ern Canada and 74 from overseas have dropped into the centre, along with many more from western and Northern Canada.

"Most of the people from the United States are driving huge motor homes," Makepeace said, adding the vehicles use either gas or diesel.
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Iowa State Campgrounds Filling Up Fast

KCRG - Cedar Rapids,IA,USA
LINN COUNTY Iowa - If you're looking for one last ‘hurrah’ before the school year takes over, you might want to reconsider your form of relaxation. Campers beware: state parks across Iowa are nearly booked for Labor Day weekend.

At Palisades State Park, there are 44 campsites. The electrical sites went the fastest, but the non-electrical ones were soon gone, as well. Labor Day is not the busiest weekend there, however. It ranks third behind Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.

Jim Hansen, the Palisades park ranger, expects next week to turn away campers who haven't planned ahead.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

County Official Vows to Uphold Campground Regulations

TriCities.com - Johnson City,TN,USA -
Campgrounds are places for people to visit, not to live.

That’s a message Sullivan County planning officials hope to send with a new code enforcement effort announced Monday.

Sullivan County Director of Planning and Zoning Ambre Torbett said her office is sending a letter to county commercial campground owners reminding them what zoning regulations apply to their property.

County zoning laws prohibit the installation of porches, decks or other permanent structures next to a recreational vehicle or camper.
Rest-room and shower facilities are allowed if they have been included in a campground site plan submitted to the county’s planning department.

“We are concerned from a public health and safety standpoint,” Torbett said Monday. “[The campers] become so jam-packed in there that if one catches on fire, they’re all affected.”
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Resort Camping in Iowa

Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier - Waterloo,IA,USA -
A different style of camping has returned to Tama County.

Nestled in the woods and hills between Tama and the Meskwaki Settlement lies the Outback Campground and Resort, a private business that boasts a swimming pool, miniature golf and many other amenities not found at most similar facilities.

It's those differences that owner Luke Squiers, a 26-year-old entrepreneur, hopes will draw families and others from around the state.

Beyond golf and pools, the campground also features an A-frame lodge, a convenience store and 40 campsites. More than half have electrical and water hook-ups. Outback also has several hiking trails.

Future plans include expanding to about 100 sites and adding several cabins. Squiers also bought an adjoining property with a pond that he wants to stock with fish.
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Flooding Leaves Campground Ravaged, RVs Destroyed

Elba Minnesota's waterlogged villagers began to pick themselves up Monday, while marveling at the mess left behind.

Just down Highway 74 south of Elba the surging river laid waste to the Whitewater Valley Campground. Thirty RVs had been tossed around like toys - fortunately the eight campers had found refuge in the campground owners' home.
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Monday, August 20, 2007

RVers Evacuated from Campground After Train Derailment

LaCrosse Tribune - LaCrosse,WI,USA
Roger and Nancy Dean got a knock on their motor home door about 5 a.m. Sunday asking them to evacuate Goose Island County Park.

The Melbourne, Fla., couple thought it might be flooding, but it was a nearby train derailment. Up to 200 campers were asked to leave the campground, and many went home or to the Wal-Mart parking lot along Mormon Coulee Road.

The Deans had to leave their motor home behind and were among 47 people who showed up at a shelter at La Crosse Central High School’s gymnasium set up by the Scenic Bluffs Chapter of the American Red Cross. But after 2 p.m., the Deans were allowed back on the campground to get their motor home, and they were headed to St. Louis.
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Couple Trades Wild Times for Family Camping At Speedway

BRISTOL, Tenn. — John and Kandy Travis of Metropolis, Ill., epitomize the evolution of a Bristol race fan camper.

When they were younger they preferred the raucous Red Barn camping location where the most serious of race week revelers convene.


Today, John and Kandy have two small children. The couple is a little older.

These days they prefer their race week camping arrangements to be on the Earhart Campground hill overlooking hundreds of campers below them and the majestic Bristol Motor Speedway on the horizon.
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Bedford Co. VA, Considers Extending Camping to 6 Months

Roanoke Times - Roanoke,VA,USA
The Bedford County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposal to dramatically increase the maximum number of nights that campers can spend in campgrounds.

Tom Buck, owner of Mitchell's Point Campground and Marina on Smith Mountain Lake, approached the commission with questions regarding the ordinance earlier this year.

The current county ordinance limits the number of nights to 30 per calendar year, has never been enforced. According to Buck, "I think it is sort of an oversight."

Buck rents his campsites on annual contracts. He estimates 20 percent to 30 percent of his tenants stay more than 30 days per calendar year.
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Saturday, August 18, 2007

Bad Wells Cause Pigeon River State Campground to Close

Traverse City,MI,USA
Contaminated public wells prompted state officials to shutter one campground and partially close the park that Richard and Lynda Schneider this month call home. The bad wells won't be fixed for at least six weeks, state officials said.

"We tell other campers where they can get water and what the situation is,” Richard Schneider said.

The trouble is that water wells at Pickerel Lake and Pigeon Bridge state forest campgrounds, both off of Sturgeon Valley Road east of Vanderbilt in Otsego County, tested positive for coliform bacteria. State officials said they can't afford to pay for repairs and additional testing.

Officials instead temporarily closed the northern loop of campsites at Pickerel Lake and blocked off all of Pigeon Bridge campground.
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Full Time RVers: America's Nomads

Meet John and Jane Woodman, modern day nomads. Their home is a 10-year-old recreational vehicle (RV) with mud flaps and a retractable awning. Their address is anywhere they happen to park it, which at the moment is tucked behind a concert staging platform, at the end of an unmarked athletic field in this college town on the Kennebec River in central Maine.

"I love living this way," says Jane. "Sometimes I get a charge out of the fact that no one knows where we are unless we tell them.... It's kind of like being a child and hiding in the closet."

In June 2005, Daniel and Traci Bray of Carmel, Ind., packed up their belongings and their 8-year-old son for a year of home schooling and traveling the country in their RV. Ms. Bray's book about the odyssey - "Vicariously Yours, Letters and Lessons from the Ultimate Road Trip" - came out in July. As a budding travel writer, she now writes off the RV as a business expense.

For the Brays, saying goodbye to homeownership led to a net reduction in family expenses of more than $1,000 per month - even with the hefty RV fuel bills. Plus, Mr. Bray, a telecommunications broker, saw his sales increase. "The customers loved it. They thought it was really cool that we were doing it," he says. "I'm not exactly sure sometimes whether they bought from me because of my talent or because they wanted to support the trip."
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Friday, August 17, 2007

Winnebago CEO unfazed by churning markets

CHICAGO, Aug 16 (Reuters) - Recreational vehicles will still find buyers even though turmoil on Wall Street has shaken U.S. consumer confidence, U.S. motorhome maker Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO.N: Quote, Profile, Research) chief Bruce Hertzke said on Thursday.

In an exclusive interview with Reuters, the CEO and chairman insisted Winnebago wasn't feeling an extra chill in the current stock market correction, nor was he worried about it hurting the already weak RV market -- even though the pricey products are discretionary purchases.

"We've had a lot tougher times than we've had right now," Hertzke told Reuters. "They're not great times now by any means. But we've seen worse."
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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sportscoach's Elite Diesel Motorhome Redefines Luxury

From its automotive high gloss exterior to its space expanding four slideouts, the Elite™ Class A diesel motorhome from Sportscoach brings a new intensity to the concept of luxury living. The Elite is for sophisticated RVers — people who know about diesel coaches, who know what they want in a coach, and who know quality when they see it.

Sportscoach builds the Elite on a Freightliner® chassis that employs the Cummins ISC 360 horsepower diesel engine. This 8.3-liter engine coupled with the Allison™ 3000 MH 6-speed transmission produces a heart pounding 1050 lb.-ft of torque. This power plant is not for the faint of heart.

The raised rail chassis construction allows Sportscoach to engineer in cavernous pass-through basement storage. Accessing the heated storage bays is easy with the side-mounted, insulated aluminum compartment doors with slam latches. Front and rear basement slide trays are optional.
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O'Neil Creek Campground swells to thousands during summer

Chippewa Herald - Chippewa Falls,WI,USA
TOWN OF TILDEN - It’s Friday morning and Brian Mitchell is buzzing through his miniature city on a golf cart.

Residents wave friendly hellos as they tend to their gardens, manicure their lawns or just enjoy a morning cup of coffee as they sit enjoying the morning breeze blowing between a heavy growth of pine and oak trees.

It’s another morning at the O’Neil Creek Campground a sprawling community that can reach nearly 2,000 residents on a summer weekend in Chippewa County.

The size of the campground with its 270 permanent campsites, 100 weekend sites and four cabins surprises many.

Even bigger than the physical grounds the campground sits on is the sense of family among those who call O’Neil Creek their summer home.

Take Neal Robinson, for example. A former Wisconsin resident now residing in Texas, Robinson has been spending summers at O’Neil Creek since 1994.


“This is a nice location,” Robinson said, looking out his screened porch at a beautiful growth of hardwood trees.

“It’s nice up here. It’s nice and quiet and not filled with a lot of people during the week,” said Robinson, who this year will call O’Neil Creek home from April 15 to about mid-October.
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Most restrictive outdoor fire ban in years in NE Minn

GRAND RAPIDS, Minn. - Beginning at 8 a.m. Friday, most outdoor fires will be banned in Cook, Lake and St. Louis counties, county, state and federal officials said.

The ban, announced late Wednesday, includes all campfires, backyard fires, brush fires, burn barrels, welders, torches and other burning in forested or grassy areas, except within 1 mile of Lake Superior. In that area, recreational fires will remain legal between 6 p.m. and midnight if they are within a patrolled campground or resort and are in a designated fire receptacle designed for fires.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Roosevelt State Park Named Mississippi's Best Campground

Mississippi Magazine readers recently voted Roosevelt the Best Campground in the state for the third year in the row. The park’s “rolling hills,” “plenty of recreational opportunities and “breath-taking view of the Bienville National Forest” were noted among its best attributes in the magazine’s “Best of Mississippi 2007” edition.

Park Manager Andre Hollis said the award was an honor for both the park and its staff and thanked Mississippi Magazine readers for their nominations.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Yosemite National Park: Camping Opportunities Decrease

A creature of habit, Brian Ouzounian joins a swallow-like migration each summer to this park's glacier-cleaved valley.

Ouzounian has camped in Yosemite Valley in nearly every one of his 57 years, setting down stakes a week at a time with family and friends at the panoramic junction of the Merced River and Tenaya Creek.

But this family tradition, which used to seem as solid as the granite cliffs, now appears imperiled to Ouzounian. Add us, he says, to the federal list: The endangered campers of Yosemite.

Ouzounian, who petitions and protests, writes letters and attends park meetings, believes he is leading a fight against the extinction of his kind.

After a New Year's flood in 1997 cut a destructive swath through the valley, National Park Service officials abandoned several riverfront campgrounds, justifying it as a way to shrink humanity's footprint and give nature a hand up along the banks of the Merced.

The number of valley campsites fell 43%, from 828 slots to 475 today — and only about 300 of those remaining are the car-camper spots Ouzounian, a general contractor from West Los Angeles, considers akin to Mom and apple pie.
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RVers: Not Easy Being 'Green'

It seems as if everyone is going green. There is one demographic, though, that appears unlikely on the surface to be influenced by the green phenomenon.

They drive 40-foot rigs across the country. If they get nine miles to the gallon, it’s an achievement. And this is the second time this summer, that as many as 4,000 of them have rolled their motor homes into Redmond, this time for the Family Motor Coach Association’s 78th International Convention. While much of the population is downsizing from a Sequoia to a Prius, the motor home community isn’t looking the other way.

There may not be as many options for these nomads to embrace the green trend, but there are some, and more are on the way.

Buzz words, like solar panels, low sulfur fuels and biodiesel are being talked about more than one may expect.
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California County Campground Getting $1.7 million Upgrade

A Santa Clara County, CA, campground is getting a $1.7 million makeover beginning later this month but will remain open during the process.

The camping area at Coyote Lake-Harvey Bear Ranch Park is currently largely undeveloped with only a restroom building and informal parking.

Following the completion of the improvement project, it will include 17 recreational vehicle campsites with water and electricity hookups, showers in addition to the existing restrooms, an amphitheater and a group camping area.

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Monday, August 13, 2007

RV Rentals Up Despite High Gas Prices

At El Monte RV, the nation's second-biggest RV rental operation, rentals are up 4 percent this summer after dipping 4 percent last year.

Going into the 2007 travel season, "we were a little worried," said Joe Laing, director of marketing at the Santa Fe Springs, Calif.-based company. "But the price of gas doesn't seem to have really affected peoples' plans."

The dollar's weakness against the euro and the British pound, which increases the buying power of travelers from countries that use those currencies, has helped.

"And the Europeans have absolutely no problem with our gas prices," he added. Gasoline prices in Germany, for instance, topped the U.S. equivalent of $7 a gallon this year.

Laing and others in the industry contend that even with high gas prices, vacationing by RV can be economical, especially for families with kids. Meals can be cooked on board, and lodging, of course, is included.

At El Monte RV, the average rental cost is $1,100 a week, though a 30-foot "slide out" motor home that sleeps eight costs about $2,100 a week. A spot at an RV campground can run $20 or $30 a night to well over $100 a night at upscale resorts, some of which have minimum RV size requirements.
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RV Sales Doing Okay

Measuring the health of the RV industry is a lot like veterinary medicine.

The patient can't tell you exactly how it feels, so you have to keep your eyes on various indicators.

Experts take the pulse of the RV industry by studying the number of units manufacturers are shipping and the retail registrations that come from dealers. Retailers look at sales figures and inventory movement. Marketing executives study consumer trends and interest.

It is a tirelessly optimistic industry that sometimes takes it on the chin. But looking at the big picture, most experts say RVs are doing well and should continue to grow.
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509 Lot RV Developemnt Approved

The Okeechobee County, FL, Board of County Commissioners paved the way for the construction of Silver Palms, an RV park. The 509 lots, which developers say are larger than the usual RV lot, will be sold to RV owners.

At the completion of development, maintenance will be maintained by a homeowners association.

Amenities will include shuffleboard, tennis, bocce and horseshoe courts, a swimming pool, a Jacuzzi spa, fitness center, billiards room, library, a private lounge for owners and a 9,000 square foot clubhouse which would serve as a hurricane shelter.
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Saturday, August 11, 2007

City Officials Have Change of Heart On RV Parking

LOVES PARK, ILL — It took a storm of protest from Loves Park RV owners, but it proves you can fight City Hall.

City officials had a change of heart after hearing from those owners, concerned about a proposed law that would force them to get recreational vehicles out of their driveways.

The ordinance to change the way residents store boats and motor homes was on deck for the Zoning Board meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

It would have required recreational vehicles — boats, trailers, campers and motor homes — to remain 30 feet from the front property line.

Those parked in driveways would not be allowed to block a garage door, so a driveway would have to be extra wide.

RVs would have had to be on concrete or asphalt at least three feet from the property line, and in a driveway no longer than 24 hours at a time.

Rockford, Rockton and Machesney Park already have rules similar to the one proposed in Loves Park, which now stipulates only that recreational vehicles must be parked on a paved surface.

But Mayor Darryl Lindberg reconsidered the proposal Friday, before the ordinance was publicly discussed.
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FEMA to Stop Housing Disaster Victims in RVs

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency won't use travel trailers to house disaster victims anymore and will buy back any surplus trailers sold to the public as recreational vehicles.

"FEMA will refund the purchase price of any recreational vehicle sold, within the last 12 months, directly to an occupant, upon repossession of the unit," FEMA Administrator David Paulison wrote his staff in a recent memo.

Many hurricane Katrina and Rita victims are still living in cramped travel trailers because they can't find or afford alternative housing. Many are concerned that elevated levels of formaldehyde in the trailers and mobile homes have made many sick, and some are taking legal action.

FEMA last week announced it would stop selling surplus trailers — those vacated by storm victims who found better housing — through the General Services Administration, which serves as the federal government's supplier. But FEMA did not tell the public it has decided to buy back surplus trailers, which Paulison said were sold at a rate of about 1,200 a week.
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California's Doheny State Beach Offers Adventure for All

Doheny State Beach has all the makings of paradise, SoCal style. An endless lapis sky. Beach wider than the 101 Freeway. Waves of surfable breaks. Lots of volleyball nets and barbecue grills. Myriad tables and acres of lawn for picnics and playing catch. And after every magical sunset, cool soft sand on which to pitch your tent and descend into sleep.

The park is an hour's drive south of downtown L.A., just south of Dana Point Harbor, and straddles San Juan Creek. It takes its name from oilman Edward L. Doheny, who in 1931 donated 41 acres of prime real estate to the state.

Along with a buoy-bordered patch of the Pacific, the area id designated for surfing, volleyball, swimming, sunbathing, beachcombing, fishing, kayaking, kayak fishing, windsurfing, horseshoe tossing, bird-watching, scuba diving, biking, skating, picnicking, strolling, jogging and camping.

A campground with 122 spaces for tent and RV camping abuts the beach southeast of the creek, which reaches the ocean a couple of months a year but otherwise ends 100 yards or so short of it.

Each of the 122 campsites consists of a paved parking space, a fire ring with grill, a picnic table, a hedge of vegetation for privacy, and a dirt or sand area to pitch a tent, depending on whether you're on the beach or inland.
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Thursday, August 09, 2007

Chinese-Made Light Truck & SUV Tires Recalled

About 255,000 Tires Made in China for Light Trucks, SUVs or Similar Size Vehicles Are Recalled

UNION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Foreign Tire Sales, Inc. (FTS) of Union, New Jersey today announced a recall of about 255,000 Chinese-made, steel-belted radial tires that it imported into the United States. The tires were defective because they lacked a safety feature called a “gum strip” or contained gum strips that were not large enough, FTS has determined.

The tires were sold from early 2004 to mid 2006 as replacement tires for SUVs, pickups and vans under the brand names Westlake, Compass and YKS. They were manufactured in China by the Hangzhou Zhongce Rubber Company, Ltd (HZ). FTS designed and contracted for light-truck radial tires from HZ that had gum strips between the steel belts, and began to sell them in the U.S. in 2002. The gums strips help to protect against the tread or belt separating from the tire, which can cause accidents. But HZ changed the construction of the tires without informing FTS.

Independent tests conducted by FTS in May, 2007 determined that the tires without gum strips or with insufficient gum strips posed a safety hazard. The company then informed the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the safety defect and has cooperated fully with NHTSA on the recall that commences today.

Richard Kuskin, President of FTS, noted that “Consumers should know that the affected tires meet all federal motor vehicle safety standards. But we went the extra mile by testing them and determining that they did not meet our standards, which are more rigorous. Nothing is more important to us than the safety of consumers who use our tires. When our extra tests revealed that tires with the changed construction had a safety defect, we came forward and let NHTSA and American consumers know.”

FTS recommends that consumers check the sidewall of their tire(s) for the brand, size, model and Department of Transportation (DOT) number. The recall applies to Westlake, Compass and YKS brand tires with the following on their sidewalls:

Size Models Partial D.O.T. Number
LT235/75R-15 CR861, CR857 7DT5FTS...........
LT235/85R-16 CR860, CR861, CR857 7DT2FTS...........
LT245/75R-16 CR860, CR861, CR857 7DT3FTS...........
LT265/75R-16 CR860, CR861, CR857 7DT4FTS...........
LT31X10.5 R-15 CR857, CR861 7DT6FTS...........

No other tires are involved in the recall. Consumers whose tires are in the categories above and who bought the tires from early 2004 through mid 2006, should call the toll free number 1-888-899-9293 or go online at www.foreigntire.com for further instructions.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

New Online Mapping of California Campgrounds & RV Parks

AllStays.com has launched a new interactive way of finding a campground in California at Already using Google Maps for showing camping by city, (http://www.allstays.com) has created a single large map of the state showing hundreds upon hundreds of campgrounds and RV Parks statewide.

"By going live with this new format, we allow you to look at a glance over a wide area and make your plans. In one part of the state, you'll see a large area without many camping options. And in another part of the state, you may see that there is a camping possibility every few miles," stated company President Adam Longfellow. "As I travel in my RV, I like to think about where I am generally heading and how many miles I might like to drive that day. Or maybe it's 2pm and I have to think about stopping for the night. How much further can I go or how much further do I have to go on this route? I can look at this map and narrow down my next target. Then you zoom in or out, click on an icon and bring up the phone number, address and direct link to their website if one exists."
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Monsoons Close Popular Arizona Campground

Tucson, AZ - Rose Canyon up in the Catalina Mountains remains shut down indefinitely after recent monsoon flooding left damaging effects in its wake.

Closures include 74 individual campsites, two group campsites and Rose Canyon Lake.

The floodwater ran right through the heart of the popular Rose Canyon campground.

The road to the campground is accessible, but the damage has been done and officials fear it will not hold up to heavy traffic.
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Motorhome Destroyed by Fire

August 7, 2007
FLORIDA TODAY
RV owner, Ed Callahan, said he had pulled his 1995 Winnebago in front of his home to load it for a trip he was taking Wednesday to Jacksonville and turned on the refrigerator before going inside his home.

Callahan said he heard a “whoosh” and went outside to see fire in the area the refrigerator was located in the motor home.

The fire destroyed the motor home, causing about $20,000 worth of damage to the vehicle and the contents inside, Brevard County Fire Rescue District Chief Jeff Money said. No one was injured, and Callahan’s home was not damaged.
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"Modern" Campers Wait Out Campground Renovations

JOHNSON COUNTY - Right now, at the height of the summer recreation season, a popular local campground is empty.

The modern campground at Lake Macbride State Park is closed for major renovations. Park Manager, Ron Puettmann says, "We're just trying to keep up with the times. This campground is 30 years old and was designed for a different generation of campers."

Come next year, that won't be a problem. The $500,000 project should be done by the third week in November.
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Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Oregon City Considers 'Room' Tax For RV Campsites

WINSTON Oregon — A proposed ordinance may close a tax exemption for longtime recreational park residents, and compel them to pay the same transient room tax as hotel and motel users.

The 5 percent tax is currently applied to hotel and motel rooms, and also to RV park users who rent spaces for up to 29 days as a funding source to the Chamber of Commerce, City Administrator David Van Dermark told the City Council during their Monday night meeting.

The proposed ordinance, which was a discussion topic only and has not yet had a first reading, would ensure that people who use an RV park as a permanent address would also have to pay the tax.
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Monday, August 06, 2007

'Landmark' Motorhome For Sale

Winnipeg Sun - Canada
It's not that often that you get the opportunity to purchase a landmark, especially one with cruise control.

For decades, the Dzogan family bungalow on Burrows Avenue has been home to the quintessential definition of the North American motorhome.

Mary Dzogan and her late husband Nick purchased the 1973 Starcraft Starcruiser, sculpted in Fibreglas, while vacationing in Florida in 1974. At the time, you could have probably fired a cannon through the lot of a motorhome dealership, as the U.S. was still reeling from the aftershocks of the OPEC oil embargos, and the lineups at gas stations just kept getting longer.

"Because it was a 28-footer, no one wanted to buy it," said Dzogan.

But they bought it, and enjoyed the heck out of it.

With only 70,000 original miles, the Starcruiser has remained in impressive condition. Close your eyes, walk inside, and open them quickly. Welcome to 1973. This is a time machine, finished in plenty of avocado green and dark paneling. It has all of the comforts of home, including a fridge, overhead oven, burners, and a roof-mounted air conditioning unit with plenty of chill. There's even 13 inches of black and white television to entertain you.
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RV Owners May Not Have the Right Insurance Coverage

(BUSINESS WIRE)--If you bought a tractor-trailer or an airplane, you probably wouldn’t put either on your car insurance policy, since both are specialty vehicles and require specialized coverages and claims handling, right?

Then why, when asked, do more than half of RVers surveyed report having added their RV to their car insurance policy?
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Winnebago Offers New full-wall slideout for 2008

If you’re looking for an innovative new floorplan with an abundance of space, the new 32H found on the 2008 Winnebago Voyage and Itasca Sunrise is the one for you. The double slide 32H has a large full side slide – in fact the length is 23 feet 8 inches – which extends the lounge, galley and wardrobe and chest of drawers in the bedroom.
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Sunday, August 05, 2007

RV Camping - Today's Call of the Wild

“People have always camped... usually because they had to, sometimes because it was fun,” said Mark Rogers, who owns 1/2 Mile Ranch in Lake Luzerne. “Today, people mostly camp because they like it.”

Recreational camping itself, however, has also undergone something of a transformation over the last few decades.

“In our first year, it was nothing but tent campers,” said Noelani DeRossett, whose family has owned Lake George Schroon Valley Resort in Warrensburg for 14 years. “Now, it’s going the other way.”

“Tents are probably one-third of my business and RVs are probably two-thirds,” said Rogers, who owned a campground in New Jersey for nine years before reopening the previously closed 1/2 Mile Ranch this summer.

“The biggest obvious change is in the size of the trailers. It’s gotten to be ridiculous,” said Tina Fitzgerald of Mt. Kenyon Family Camping Resort & Horseback Riding in Lake George. “Forty years ago, when we opened, there was no such thing as a 45-foot trailer with a washer, dryer and air conditioning.”
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Police Look For Campground Intruder

Sioux Falls, SD
At approximately 5:15 this morning, an unknown male assailant entered a tent at Lake Mitchell Campground where an adult female was sleeping.

The woman woke and apparently scared the man off. Approximately a half hour later, what is believed to be the same man entered a unlocked camper at Lake Mitchell Campground where he attempted to sexually assault a girl under the age of 16.

"The only description we got is possibly male, a white male. And that's basically it because of how fast it happened." Says Mitchell Senior Patrolman Pat Oleson.
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Saturday, August 04, 2007

RV Travel Hasn't Lost It's Appeal

"From the moment we saw it, we loved it," 41-year-old math teacher Carl Haley said of the 1997 Fleetwood Flair he and his partner acquired from friends they recently visited in Las Vegas. "We just saw ourselves taking vacations in this vehicle," saving money not on gas but on hotel rooms and meals.

While shipments of all RVs -- a broad category that includes towable campers and "toy haulers" for transporting jet skis, dirt bikes etc. -- were down almost 13% in the first half of the year, shipments of motor homes were up more than 2%.

And RV rentals are up about 4% so far this summer, according to industry estimates.

"Summer vacation is sacred in this country, and people aren't going to let $100 extra in gas expense stop them from going on vacation," said Phil Ingrassia, a spokesman for the National RV Dealers Assn.

At El Monte RV, the nation's No. 2 RV rental operation, rentals are up 4% this summer after slipping 4% last year.
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Friday, August 03, 2007

Ford recalls 3.6 mln Cars & Light Trucks

WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Ford Motor is recalling as many as 3.6 million vehicles because a switch that deactivates the speed control can overheat, smoke or burn.

The Ford vehicles being recalled are F-Series and Ranger pickup trucks, Explorer, Bronco and Mountaineer SUVs, Econoline vans and some Crown Victoria, Town Car, Grand Marquis, Capri, Mark VII and Taurus Sho cars with model years ranging from 1992 to 2004, depending upon the particular vehicle.
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Fire Forces Campground Closures in Boise National Forest

BOISE — Boise National Forest officials say all roads into Yellow Pine continue to be closed with more closures expected today.

The area surrounding Deadwood Reservoir has also been closed to the public. Campground reservations are in the process of being cancelled. Multiple road and trail closures exist in the Trapper Ridge Fire area as well. Check the website www.inciweb.org or call the Information Center at 384-3266 between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. before heading out into the forest this weekend.
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RVers Are Overlooked Tourism Market

Communities are missing out on untapped tourism dollars by neglecting to cater to a growing number of travellers who tour in their recreational vehicles.

Researchers at the University of Northern British Columbia say they've conducted one of the largest surveys of recreational vehicle owners ever done and found an industry growing so quickly, communities trying to attract tourism haven't kept up.
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Thursday, August 02, 2007

RV Club hosts fishing derby as fund raiser

nwitimes.com - Munster,IN,USA

Indiana Travelers Chapter 96 of the Indiana Good Sam RV Club hopes to lure fishing fans for a fundraising tournament Aug. 11 at Last Resort Campground near Hanna, Ind.

Although entry to the contest is free, donations will be accepted. Judging is from 6 to 7:30 a.m., from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Although all fish will be released, a grand prize will be given to the first person who catches the albino fish.

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to support efforts to save trees in seven counties in Northwest Indiana under quarantine because of gypsy moths, emerald bore and other pests, according to chapter member Nancy Mills.

The owners of Last Resort have donated a free night of camping. That evening, after all scores have been tallied, Chapter President Al Mills will present awards and prizes for first, second and third place to children 12 and younger. Another set of prizes will be go those 13 and older, including adults.

The tournament is open to anyone who is staying at the campground. Make a reservation by calling (219) 797-2267.

The chapter held its first fishing tournament last month at Caboose Lake Campground.

For more information, call Al Mills at (219) 844-8727 or e-mail nmillssgsc@hotmail.com
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“Inappropriate camping & behavior closes" campground

Princeton Union Eagle - Princeton,MN,USA
Reported threats to personal safety and property of the campground host at Riverside Park, along with out-of-control partying, noise, arson and littering at the park this past month brought police response, and a shutting down of the campground, July 18, until further notice.

“Inappropriate camping and behavior,” was the first answer that city public works superintendent Tom Mismash gave when he was asked last week about the reason for terminating camping at the park for the time being.
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Visa Card Not Accepted a Flying J Truck Pumps

From the Escapees Club News August 1, 2007
We have received a number of reports from traveling members that Flying J truck stops are no longer accepting VISA cards for fuel purchases at the commercial truck pumps.

Our consumer affairs department contacted Flying J and they did confirm that VISA can no longer be used at the truck pumps. Most Flying J locations still accept VISA at both the auto pumps and at the RV Island, if they have one. However, many pumps will set a limit of either $50 or $75 on a VISA purchase, so you may have to swipe your card and restart the pump several times to fill a large RV.

Several members have pulled up to the truck pumps, filled their RV to the tune of several hundred dollars, and then discovered that their VISA card would not be accepted. In one case, members had to buy a Flying J gift card with their VISA in the gift shop in order to pay for their fuel. If you plan to fuel at Flying J, don’t bring your VISA card!

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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Motor Coach Enthusiasts Gather at Oregon Fairgrounds

Dick Wright, 56, president of Bus'N USA, said, "This is just a sort of get-together kind of thing," he said. "A lot of these people are gone six or seven months of the year on the road with their buses and like to mingle part of the year."

22 booths of vendors of motor coach esoterica such as generators, holding tanks and chemicals, coach renovators and diesel engine mechanics were lined up in the fairground's back building waiting for the visitors when they arrived. "We even have jewelry for the ladies," he said.
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Extreme Personal Finance: From Penthouse to RV

Tynan writes on downsizing from an expensive condo to a 21-foot RV.


I had this fantasy that I would give up all of my stuff and move into a smaller place. This notion was born when I moved from a larger house into the condo and was made acutely aware by the moving process of just how much junk I had.

Always one to take things to extremes, I searched for an RV. I wanted one that had a shower, toilet, and kitchen, so that I could actually live in it. At the same time it had to be small enough that I could park it in any regular parking spot. The V12 engine of my car afforded me the same miles per gallon as an RV, so I figured I may as well let it replace my car as well.

The first RV in my search was exactly the one I wanted. At 21 feet long it could fit into a standard 19 foot parking space with minor overhang. It was a 2002 model, which meant that it looked good enough to be presentable. Paying for a spot in a trailer park seemed like it defeated the purpose of the experiment, so I planned on parking downtown across from my favorite restaurant.


So what’s it like living in an RV? It’s fantastic.

It’s very cheap. Utilities used to cost at least $500 a month since I was on the top floor and had floor to ceiling windows. Now I pay nothing — my solar panel generates enough electricity for daily use. Once a week I drive less than a mile to an RV park and dump my tanks and get new water. That costs $5. I have broadband internet access from Sprint which costs another $50. Full insurance is $100 a month, which doubles as car insurance. I get my mail through Earth Class Mail for $30 a month or so. That’s it.

In retrospect it seems insane to have paid so much money for mortgages and rent. My quality of life has stayed the same or even improved, and I’m saving thousands a month.
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California Cities Dragged Into Fights Over RV Parking

Glenn Gilman and his wife have children, but they are grown and have long since moved away. Now it's time for the easy life -- a life meandering around Washington, Oregon and California in their 23-foot RV.

But he and thousands of California RV owners are finding themselves in the middle of a fierce debate over where to park the recreational vehicles. It seems the complaints from non-RV owners are getting louder and more frequent, causing growing numbers of cities to tighten restrictions on where they can be stored. People argue that they are eyesores when on streets and even in driveways -- that they are bulky, unsafe when they stick out onto sidewalks and that they devalue any property that surrounds them.

"Who decides if it looks nice or not?" said Gilman, referring to the debate in Concord, where city officials are looking at revamping the ordinance that governs RV parking.

"I think, 'Jeez, I'm being a good neighbor. I'm not offending my neighbors, and everyone's happy.' Why upset the apple cart?"

In Pittsburg, Naomi Silva, 72, says her street is rife with illegally parked vehicles. Pittsburg does have a complaint-driven ordinance, but Silva wishes it were more strictly enforced.

"There's one RV that hasn't moved in 22 years, the whole time I've been here," she said. "Not only is it blight, but you can't find a parking space.

"I'm sorry," she added, "but I didn't move into a marina. I didn't move into an RV park. I moved into a home. For me, I don't care how nice the vehicle is -- if it's parked on the street, it's got to go."
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