Feds may penalize foreign LP cylinder manufacturers

By Russ and Tiña De Maris More RV industry woes: If tariffs on imported steel and aluminum weren’t enough to keep RV manufacturing execs awake at night, now a new worry looms: Propane containers. American RV manufacturers put thousands of imported LP tanks and cylinders into the rigs they build, and now two American LP container manufacturers are crying foul.... Read More

New park project takes the stink out of the outhouse

By Russ and Tiña De Maris Officials at West Virginia’s Camp Creek State Park may have hit upon an inexpensive and environmentally friendly way of dealing with human waste. At a cost of less than $1,000, park workers are installing so-called micro-flush toilets, doing away with the old-time privy system. Along the way, they’re giving employment opportunities to thousands –... Read More

Investigative journalism busts Quartzsite, Arizona?

By Russ and Tiña De Maris A Fountain Valley, California, boating and fishing news media outlet called The Log may have gotten into investigative journalism. Recently, one of the outfit’s intrepid reporters did an exposé that centered on popular snowbird haunt Quartzsite, Arizona. In the amazing reveal, writer Parimal M. Rohit pointed the journalistic finger at one of the little... Read More

RV dealer who defrauded customers gets 20 years in slammer

A Largo, Florida, RV dealer has been sentenced to 20 years for defrauding customers. Jeremy Joshua Raney, 40, of St. Petersburg, was convicted of one count of scheming to defraud on June 8. State prosecutors accused him of taking in RVs on consignment, selling them and then keeping the money for himself, leaving buyers without a title and sellers without their... Read More

Tiffin recalls motorhomes: Door may open while RV moves

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling 1,223 model year 2018-2019 Tiffin Allegro RED, Allegro Open Road, Breeze, Bus, Phaeton, and Zephyr motorhomes. The entry door on these vehicles may have been improperly assembled, allowing the door to open while the vehicle is moving. If the door comes open while the motorhome is moving, there is an increased risk of injury... Read More

Forest River recalls RVs for missing side marker lights

Forest River, Inc., is recalling certain 2017-2019 Forest River Vengeance Rogue recreational trailers, models VGT25V-73 and VGT25V-73-W. These vehicles may be missing side marker lights in the middle of each side, reducing the visibility of the trailers to other drivers. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 108, “Lamps,... Read More

RV Industry Association announces RV technician training program

Editor’s note: This is good news. It’s about time. We’ll comment more next week. On Thursday, June 7, the RV Industry Association (RVIA) Board of Directors approved a comprehensive strategic plan and multi-million-dollar investment to address RV owner satisfaction by creating a supporting foundation, the RV Technical Institute (RVTI), to solve the RV industry’s shortage of trained RV technicians and... Read More

Interior Department claims major investment in U.S. parks

By Russ and Tiña De Maris In a “good news, bad news” scenario, the U.S. Interior Department says America’s national parks are looking at a $11.6 billion backlog in maintenance and repairs. The good news? The agency has approved spending to take care of 2.2 percent of the need. Under the banner headline, “Trump Administration Announces $256 Million in Construction... Read More

Tiffin motorhome recall: tow hitch could detach

Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. (Tiffin) is recalling 5,871 model year 2013-2018 Allegro Open Road motorhomes. Insufficient strength of the frame rail could allow the tow hitch to detach from the motorhome. If the hitch detaches, the tow vehicle would not be connected to the motorhome, increasing the risk of a crash. Tiffin will notify owners, and dealers will install an insert... Read More