Homeless RV population in Portland, Ore., forces police crackdown
The Portland Mercury
Portland (Oregon) Bureau of Transportation filed 4,111 reports of abandoned RVs in 2016 — up from 2,540 in 2014, and has already fielded 4,133 reports about RVs in 2017. Although an exact reason for this RV camping explosion has not been pinpointed, police have begun cracking down, and snatching up RVs they believe pose significant health or safety risks. Any RVs found leaking sewage, having unsecured doors or broken windows will be towed (whether vacant or occupied) to protect the safety of current and future campers.
Winnebago fined following worker’s death
The Indiana Occupational Safety and health Administration has fined the Winnebago plant in Middlebury $10,000 for workplace violations after an employee was run over and killed by a forklift in April, according to WSBT.
Petition challenges new WA distracted driving law
The Seattle Times
Only four days after a new distracted driving law passed in Washington State, 25,000 petitioners have challenged the new law. The law states that drivers cannot hold, be on, or use a cellphone in any way while driving, whether on the highway or stopped at a stop light. Drivers caught will be charged with a first offense and will be given an E-DUI. A second offense will be given when drivers are pulled over by police (by something else entirely) and are caught drinking, eating or smoking, and police are assuming this may have been why the driver was driving recklessly or breaking laws in the first place. Petitioners are not happy about giving up their morning coffee while driving to work.
Louisville’s GrateVille Dead festival adds 140 campsites
A popular tribute festival to the Grateful Dead is taking place this weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Camping has been added to the festival this year with 70 campsites along the river and an additional 60+ sites in a nearby baseball field. Campsite amenities will include bathrooms with showers, a full bar, concessions, a swimming pool and firepits. This is an all-ages festival and a two-day festival pass with camping included runs $66.
California gets new reservation system for camping, lodging
Reserve California is a new website making park reservations, for both camping and lodging, more easily accessible and user-friendly for people hoping to book reservations in the state’s many parks. The website will begin taking reservations as of August 1, 2017. All reservations booked prior through other sources will be transferred into the Reserve California database.
Nearly half of all Encore/Thousand Trails receive Trip Advisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence award
Cision PR Newswire
TripAdvisor has announced that 83 of 180 Encore and Thousand Trails locations have been awarded a certificate of excellence. The award recognizes places that are consistently praised for their hospitality, and steady high ratings on the TripAdvisor platform.
Texas man files complaint over new trailer with water leak, mold
SE Texas Record
A Pearland, Texas, man alleges a Keystone travel trailer he purchased is defective. Lincoln Davis has filed a complaint in the Galveston County District Court against Holiday World of League City LLC and Keystone RV Co. alleging they violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and breach of contract. According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that on Aug. 20, 2016, he purchased a 2017 Springdale 1750RD from defendant Holiday World for $13,929.47. A few days later, he alleges he discovered a water leak and mold behind the walls and cabinets.
Tourist at Glacier National Park dies after falling off cliff
New York Post
26-year old Robert Durbin died while taking photos in Montana’s Glacier National Park. Durbin fell into a creek which pulled him downstream and off a 100-foot drop. Falls are a leading cause of death in the park, known for its dramatic scenery and vertigo-inducing heights.
Corps of Engineers may offer ‘better’ campground experience
Riana is just an hour north of Santa Fe. Poised on a sandstone escarpment above Lake Abiquiu, Riana has 54 campsites (17 with electric, 15 walk-to tent sites, and nearly half that are walk-up only [meaning they can’t be reserved]). If ever in the area, a CoE campsite offers more space, peace and quiet and a whole new experience.
Cabins, camping improvements considered at Loud Thunder QC Online
Improvements to an Illinois City campground have been proposed, with the addition of four new cabins and 53 new RV campsites. The Rock Island County Forest Preserve Commission is looking to receive about $4.9 million to complete the improvements for its Loud Thunder Forest Preserve. Officials hope the new campsites would generate up to $73,500 in gross revenue per year.
Escanaba to host Wally Byam Airstream Club’s 60th annual International Conference
Widely recognized for their rounded, polished aluminum coachwork, Airstreams have provided travelers an in-style ride since the 1930s. Airstream campers have been traveling from all over the world to talk about, and show off their prided Airstreams. This year the convention is being held in Escanaba, Michigan.
Mountie in red serge chasing black bear captured on video
A young black bear was spotted at Townsite Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park, Canada. Around 5 p.m., campers quickly rushed over to a commotion occurring between officials, RCMP offers and the bear. Officers were able to scare away the young bear while their efforts were captured on video.
North Dakota State Park entrance fees to increase Aug. 1
Entrance fees are going up beginning August 1 at all North Dakota state parks, rising from $5 to $7 for a daily vehicle pass. Beginning November 1 all annual passes will increase from $25 to $35 with veterans’ annual passes increasing to $28. All fees are used for maintenance and upkeep of parks.
RVs are back and bigger than ever
Sales of recreational vehicles are hitting never-before-seen levels. Sales have increased more than 15% over last year’s record-breaking 430,000 sales. New technology and increasing development of phone apps have made life on the go much less a daunting task. With lower gas prices and easier credit, the average age of young RVers has begin to decline with over half of all RV owners being under the age of 45.
Electric bear fence allows tenters to return to Yukon campground
Yukon’s Congdon Creek Campground is officially open for business after being temporarily closed due to a new installation of an electric fence to hopefully ease previous tensions between campers and bears.