RVing in the news, Aug 15, 2017

RVing in the news, Aug 15, 2017

Drunk driver crashes into tent, injures 7
US News
On Saturday, August 11, at 10 pm, a drunk driver crashed into a tent at the River of Lakes Campground in Bagley, WI. The driver, a 32-year old woman from Feniman, lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the tent and proceeded to drive over it. The crash injured 7 people; 3 taken by air to UW Hospital in Madison and the others were taken to hospitals in Lancaster and Prairie du Chien. Their conditions have not been released.

Nearly 1,000 evacuate from fire at Sonoma County campground
NBC
An early morning fire at a Northern California campground sent nearly 1,000 people fleeing to safety. The fire began early Sunday morning at Liberty Glen campground near the shores of Lake Sonoma and grew to about 2.7 acres before firefighters put it out. It took roughly 10 minutes before fire crews arrived at the scene. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Michigan campground fees to increase in November
M Live
Beginning November 1, Michigan campers will face an increase in camping fees. The price increase will be determined via a demand-based pricing model. The camping fees keep up with inflation and provide resources to keep the parks in good condition. The added revenue will help to address the backlog of infrastructure needed at all 103 state parks. New fees will be applied to popularity of campground and will be dependant on hookups and shower usage

Three injured after propane tank explosion in trailer at Crystal Beach Campground
CBC News
A propane tank explosion at Crystal Beach Campground at Carter’s Point on the St. John River in Canada sent three people to the hospital on Saturday. A woman, husband, and their daughter were in the trailer when the explosion happened. The trailer burnt to the ground and damaged two adjoining trailers as crews were unable to extinguish the trailer, focusing more on containing the fire by spraying the trailers next to it. The campground manager expressed that the fire could have been much worse had the trailers been crammed closer together – an issue in many campgrounds. The investigation into the cause of the explosion is still ongoing.

‘Open road’ ahead for this retail stock as Millennials snap up RVs
CNBC
Outdoor equipment provider, Camping World Holdings, reported 20% sales growth in its second-quarter earnings report. Controlling only 6% of U.S. RV dealerships, the company has a significant advantage in purchasing, pricing, advertising, cross-selling and leverage –  allowing it to sell 15% of the industry’s new units. Certain sectors of the motorhome market are now successfully appealing to millennials, as an increasing percentage of the population is gravitating towards road trips as vacations.

Camping trip tragedy: ‘He died trying to save her’
ABC
A father and his young daughter were pronounced dead Thursday evening after they were overcome by the waves and current off of Duluth’s Park Point in Minnesota. The family was on one last camping trip before the start of the new school year. Two daughters waded along the shore with their father, when one daughter ventured too far into the water and the father went in after her. The rescue was hampered by large swells near the shore. One firefighter was injured during a second rescue attempt to save the father.

Big Sur travelers no longer allowed to camp on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road
The Tribune
Until Aug. 10, 2018, Los Padres National Forest officials prohibit dispersed camping along the road right-of-way from Highway 1 west to mile marker 10.3. The Nacimiento-Fergusson Road often attracts public camping, as it’s the only direct access to a large stretch of the coast. Visitors use vehicles to protect their sites at night, obstructing roadways – causing traffic, camping conflicts and related public safety concerns. Violators of the no-camping order could face a $5,000 fine or six months in jail.

Twenty eclipse parties or events near St. Louis on August 21
RFT
The path of totality for this August 21 solar eclipse is only a short drive from St. Louis. If you’re not sure what to do for the event, St. Louis might be the place for you. Whether it be a family-friendly music festival or an eclipse party with wolves, you can find 20 different eclipse-inspired events with something for everyone looking to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime event.

Level 1 evacuation notice lifted, while all other trail closures remain in effect
NPS
Cooler temperatures and recent precipitation slow fire activity on the Spruce Lake Fire in Crater Lake National Park, Oregon. On August 11, the park reopened West Rim Drive and the Rim Trail; from Rim Village to North Junction. Fire operations continue in the area as visitors are advised that West Rim Drive is open for through traffic only; no stopping permitted between Discovery Point and North Junction, except for ongoing road construction in the area. Other trails remain closed and will reopen as soon as it is safe.

BBB warns anticipated campground hasn’t been built yet
Fox
Bella Solviva – a high-end resort and campground near Traverse City, Michigan, which promises an upscale camping experience – has been taking reservations for two years in anticipation of its grand opening. As of this month, no construction has even begun on the property – there isn’t even a working campground. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) says they have received many complaints against Bella Solviva and the founders have been filed for failure to refund investments and deposits. Anyone with issues against Bella Solviva is suggested to file a complaint with the BBB.

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