Mendocino Complex wildfire grows to largest in California history

The River and Ranch wildfires in Northern California, known as the Mendocino Complex, continue to rage out of control, now having burned more than 283,000 acres. The two blazes that began burning through Northern California late last month have grown at breathtaking speed to form a massive inferno that has now set a new mark for destruction reports the Washington…

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RV Daily Tips Newsletter 948

Issue 948 • August 7, 2018 This newsletter is brought to you Monday through Thursday by RVtravel.com and is funded primarily through voluntary subscription contributions from our readers. Thank you! U.S. shoppers: Shop at Amazon.com Canadian shoppers: Shop at Amazon.ca QUICK TIPS If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen … With electricity expert and veteran RVer…

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Vintage RV photos: “Harriet” the house car

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We don’t imagine that too many of our readers attended this RV gathering. It was January 10, 1929, in Arcadia, Florida, when “Harriet” the house car attended the Tin Can Tourists convention there. Harriet must have had quite a trip in those days, as the house car apparently traveled down from Brattleboro, Vermont. Originally…

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Camping World customer satisfaction poll deeply lopsided

By Russ and Tiña De Maris We hear plenty from readers about experiences with Camping World – usually bad ones – and it’s tough to draw conclusions from “what you hear” in a wide-open environment. That changed last week when we posted a poll, asking readers who had bought an RV at Camping World how happy they were with their experience with…

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Entegra Coach recalls motorhomes: wrong weight label

Entegra Coach is recalling certain 2018-2019 Entegra Odyssey, Qwest, Aspire, Insignia, Anthem, and Cornerstone motorhomes. The Cargo Carrying Capacity (CCC) label incorrectly overstates the cargo capacity, potentially causing the vehicle to be overloaded. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 120, “Wheels and Rims – Other than Passenger Cars.”…

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Mendocino Complex wildfires now 2nd largest in CA history, nearing 1st

MONDAY, AUG. 6: Over the weekend the Mendocino Complex Fire jumped creeks, firelines, and roads and is already the second-largest wildfire in California’s history by acres burned, reports Fortune.com. As of Monday morning, the blaze had consumed 273,664 acres and destroyed 75 homes, as well as 68 other structures, according to Cal Fire. It is remarkable that there have been no…

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Thor partners with Indiana schools on RV tech certification

Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. is partnering with the Indiana State Board of Education and Wa-Nee Community Schools on a vocational training program for RV techs, writes Gerry Dick in Inside Indiana Business. The company says the Recreation Vehicle Construction Graduation Pathway will provide high school students the hands-on training needed for a career in RV manufacturing. The program, approved by the…

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Active-duty soldiers deploying to battle CA wildfires

With a long summer of western wildfires ahead, especially in California, some additional help is coming for fighting the raging infernos. A day after President Trump declared the California wildfires a “major disaster,” the U.S. military said it’s preparing to deploy hundreds of active-duty soldiers with engineering specialties to combat the blazes, Fox News reports. Roughly 200 active-duty U.S. Army soldiers…

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