June RV shipments drop 11.4 percent from 2017

RV shipments to dealers dropped in June from a year ago, but remained up for the year, according to the RV Industry Association’s June survey of manufacturers. The survey found RV wholesale shipments finished at 41,990, a decrease of 11.4 percent from the 47,416 units shipped last June. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 37,784 units for…

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Campers evacuated along flooding Susquehanna River

In the “If it ain’t one thing it’s another” category, while the West roasted in record high heat, the East was being deluged with buckets of rain, and campgrounds along the Susquehanna River ordered the evacuation of campers and their gear as the river approaches its expected crest Thursday, reported the Daily Item. Officials at Nikomahs Campground outside of Sunbury…

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Woman camper scares off bear that stepped on tent

You can’t always depend on bears acting as might be expected, as evidenced by a bear encounter on Saturday, according to the Peninsula Clarion. A bicyclist camping at Lower Ohmer Lake was awakened by a black bear stepping on her tent, said Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Deputy Manager Steve Miller. “She made noise, the bear ran off,” Miller said. The bear…

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Millennials push smaller trailer sales to record highs

Yes, there are more RVs on the road today than last year – in fact, for the last eight years. RV shipments are expected to continue to surge to their highest level ever, according to a forecast from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. It will be the industry’s eighth consecutive year of gains, reports CNBC. Thor Industries and Winnebago Industries posted huge growth in…

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Frequent visitor grizzly bear killed at Idaho Forest Service campground

Idaho Department of Fish and Game staffers on July 11 trapped a sub-adult male grizzly that was found near a Forest Service campground. The grizzly was radio-marked and relocated about 22 miles away in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, said Curtis Hendricks, regional wildlife manager for Fish and Game’s Upper Snake Region. But by Friday, July 20, the bear had returned to…

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Future fulltimers beware: You could be voiding your RV’s warranty

A San Angelo, TX, RV sales company is the subject of a lawsuit filed at the Tom Green County Courthouse, reports San  Angelo Live News. A defendant in the case, Funtown RV, will have a court hearing July 31 on whether or not the plaintiff, Midland resident Kara Stephan, can have her case heard by a jury. The lawsuit filed May…

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Updated — Search continues for Utah teacher missing on a camping trip

UPDATE July 25 – Searchers found the body of Charles Ray Humpherys on Tuesday afternoon in the Middle Fork drainage area, about 1.5 miles from where he was last seen. The sheriff’s office stated, “The injuries are consistent with the harsh terrain and environment.” No foul play is suspected. July 24 – Authorities and volunteers continue to search for Lehi, Utah,…

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Fulltime (homeless) RVers protest San Diego’s proposed parking limitations

Could attempts by San Diego city officials to curb the homeless living in RVs extend to all RV fulltimers? And what role does discrimination play in ticketing or impounding a less-than-desirable old RV from a recent-model 40-foot diesel pusher that is home to well-off fulltimers?  In a news report from KGTV, homeless RV owners are ringing the bell on what…

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Exploration, experience and freedom top list of new RVing study

Survey findings in a recent report from Outdoorsy debunked some long-held RV myths, uncovering new insights into American and millennial travel. In a historical shift, Americans say the freedom to do what they want and experience new things are vital to their happiness ahead of material possessions, and for nearly half of those surveyed, RV travel represents freedom and adventure.…

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Spending time with Mother Nature is good for your brain

Those who enjoy the outdoors, camping, RVing, hiking, paddling, bird and wildlife watching, know that nature can have a positive effect on one’s attitude and feelings of well being. But now, a professor claims it is also good for your brain. Henry David Thoreau knew the importance of nature, filling his books and notes with observations about human life and…

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