Smoke from the CA wildfires spreads 3,000 miles to New York

The annual summer enjoyment of the long-awaited camping season, in tree-shaded campsites along pristine mountain lakes, at RV resorts in beautiful pine forests, and campfires under star-filled skies is being challenged by a plague of wildfires burning in the West. Even if your camping location is relatively safe from the fires, the smoke resulting from weeks of continuous burning has…

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Homeless in roadside encampment create problem with officials

Distinguishing between “homeless” people living in decrepit RVs and retired fulltimers (and those working out of their RV s or who work contract jobs in changing locations) seems to be determined by where and how you do it. You do not usually find the “homeless” staying in amenity-rich RV resorts or retirees in their 40-foot motorhome camped in urban street…

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First, Lyme-carrying deer ticks – Now Asian long-horned ticks are coming

This week health officials scared the wits out of us on the country-wide invasion of Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks that are now found in all 50 states. Now they tell us we need to be concerned about a new tick, possibly as dangerous as the deer variety, threatening to follow on the heels of the deer tick, reports News Channel 5 Network.…

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NEMO Equipment recalls thousands of camp chairs for fall hazard

NEMO Equipment on Tuesday recalled around 7,500 Stargaze recliner chairs after receiving 14 reports of the joint supports on the chairs breaking, though no injuries have been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said and reported by NBC News New York. The company said the plastic pieces attached to the chairs’ legs can break, putting their occupants at…

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Prime conditions increase and stoke California wildfires Thursday

California wildfires have now burned 626,394 acres, 2,139 structures have been damaged or destroyed, and nearly 36,000 residents are evacuated, according to CNN on Thursday morning. Triple-digit temperatures, high humidity and strong gusty winds threaten to continue the wildfire devastation as 17 large wildfires continue burning across the state. More than 14,000 firefighters are working to put out the blazes, Cal Fire…

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Las Cruces, NM, passes ordinance to restrict RV street parking

It appears that in Las Cruces, New Mexico, a new ordinance restricting parking on city streets is aimed at “homeless” RV dwellers and not at residents parking their own RVs at their address. Under the new ordinance, which becomes effective Sep. 1, RV owners will be required to obtain a free parking permit to park (temporarily) on city streets, reports…

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Proposed bipartisan bills to expand recreation on public lands

Tue., Aug 7, 2018. Expanded recreation opportunities on federal lands could be in store for RVers in the near future if bipartisan Senate and House bills pass. This could mean more public land open to dispersed camping as well as other recreation choices.   On Advocacy Day, more than 120 members of the RV industry asked members of Congress to support the bipartisan…

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Containing Mendocino Complex fires may take until Sept. 1

Officials in California are warning that it will likely be closer to September 1st before they are able to contain the Mendocino Complex Fire, reports NPR on Wednesday morning. California continues to battle 17 major wildfires fueled by record-breaking heat and dead vegetation left over from a five-year drought – the worst in the state’s history – that ended last…

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A wave of deer ticks spreads across the country

Hikers and campers need to be on the alert for ticks this summer because of an invasion of Lyme disease-carrying deer ticks that is sweeping across the nation. The CDC says rising temperatures are to blame for the tripling of mosquito-, tick- and flea-borne illnesses from 2004 to 2016. In Maine, people say they spotted the eight-legged arachnid before spring. They noticed…

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