RVing in the news, August 14, 2017

RVing in the news, August 14, 2017

 

North Hollywood residents fed up with RVs on their streets
NBC-4 Los Angeles
North Hollywood, Calif., residents are angry at people living in RVs on the streets that are tainting their neighborhood with trash, drugs and prostitutes, and they’re asking the city to crack down. In a clear example of what neighbors say they’re dealing with, a surveillance video captured a topless woman wandering the alleyway near where the RVs are parked. Neighbors say she’s servicing the RV dwellers. Other residents report that RV dwellers are leaving human waste on the sidewalks and in the gutters.

Increased traffic fuels camping reservations
Norwood Post
According to recent travel statistics, camping is attracting record numbers across all age groups. 13 million more American households will go camping in 2017 compared to 2016. The high demand for campsites has led to an increased use of the campsite reservation system for the U.S. Forest Service and National Parks. The telephone and online systems have expanded to allow spots in most National Forest campgrounds to be booked as far as eight months in advance.

Are RVs becoming the house of the future?
Builder Magazine
That’s the question asked in Builder Magazine. The movement from traditional home dwelling to living in an RV is sweeping the nation, the editor’s write. “The perks of having a mobile residence are more appealing now than ever, especially with millennials starting their lives and looking to have a place of their own. It isn’t just the millennials, reports from the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association demonstrate.

Fort Hood military campground honored
Fort Hood Sentinel
West Fort Hood Travel Camp received the Environmental Stewardship Award at the recent Hood Hero Awards Ceremony. The military campground has maintained a green status since 2011, consistently earning a 100% on its environmental assessments. The RV park maintains a natural feel; providing shade and maintaining habitats for birds. The park offers full hookups at 82 sites and 283 sites for dry storage.

Windmill Lodge opens at Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA
Times Telegram
The Herkimer Diamond Mines KOA Resort in New York celebrated the grand opening of its new Windmill Lodge . The Windmill Lodge, an edutainment lodge, provides education on alternative energy in an entertaining manner. The windmill transfers raw kinetic energy from the wind into usable energy with the windmill’s three blades capable of producing 600 watts – or 24 volts – of energy. Guests are able to stay in the windmill; outfitted with a queen bed, two sets of single bunk beds, a sleeper sofa, a full bathroom, cable, heat and air conditioning.

Vermont campground to host 1st New England food fest
Brattleboro Reformer
A first-time street food festival at Kampfires on Route 5 in Dummerston, VT, will be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 23. The owners of Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery bought the campground last spring and organized the fest in hopes to appeal to a younger, hipper audience. There will be live music and live circus acts. No entry fee is required.

In the Backcountry, be bear aware
Kiowa Press
Before heading out to enjoy the Colorado outdoors take a minute to learn how to be “bear aware” and enjoy a safe hike or camping trip.  If you will be camping or hiking west of Interstate 25 there’s a good chance you’re in bear country. To avoid problems for yourself and the bears, make sure there’s nothing to attract bears to your campsite. Use bear-proof trash containers when available or double bag trash and lock it in your trunk or RV when necessary. Never leave trash outside and always notify authorities of any bear sightings.

Squatters Rights? Wrong
Herald and News
Squatters have no rights in Oregon, but the process to evict them can take so long, they might as well. Squatters are exempt from protections afforded to people who have agreements to reside on a landowner’s property. Unless it is irrefutably clear that a squatter is trespassing, police can not intervene and the matter must be taken up in civil court. Many states in Western U.S. have laws where squatters are entitled to a parcel of land after a certain time; a carryover of policies from the 19th century.

Flooding in Sherman forces evacuations of residents
KHOU
Raging floodwaters forced the evacuation of several residences in Sherman, Texas. The estimated rainfall totals showed nearly 5.7 inches in just 12 hours. Photos shared from Hunt County Scanner show several overturned RVs and downed tree limbs at the Sunset RV Park. There were no injuries reported.  The main band of heavy rainfall has ended in Sherman, but a flood warning remained in effect for Grayson County until 11:15 a.m Saturday. A warning was also issued for Northern Hunt, Northern Hopkins, Delta and Fannin Counties until 10:30 a.m Sunday.

Brush fires sparked by RV tailpipe
Puyallup Patch
A series of wildfires broke out Saturday afternoon along SR 512 in Puyallup, WA, closing a portion of the highway. Police believe the fires were started by an RV’s tailpipe dragging on the cement, throwing sparks into dry brush in the median. The fires were started before 2 p.m., and by 2:30 p.m. state police had closed the westbound lanes of SR 512 near Pioneer Way due to smoke and flames. Firefighters controlled the fires by about 3:30 p.m.

The zombie RV cycle: bought, stolen, towed
KOIN 6
Southeast Portland, OR, residents say so-called ‘zombie’ RVs are becoming more common. Brentwood Park, an RV hot spot, seems to be the big dumping ground for abandoned vehicles. Most dumped RVs are “green tagged” meaning the previous owner dumped the RV to avoid paying disposal fees. Locals are looking to get the streets cleared as many children in the neighborhood are afraid to play outside

Crews continue battling Glacier National Park wildfires
KPAX
Crews continue to work in Montana’s Glacier National Park after more than 150 lightning strikes ignited several fires.New fires on the east side of the park are being assessed; including a small fire visible from the Going-to-the Sun Road near Siyeh Bend, and on Elk Mountain in the southeast area of the park. A Red Flag Warning was in effect through Sunday evening for the Glacier National Park region, due to extremely dry conditions which increases the potential for new fires and the growth of existing ones. Additional fire personnel are staged on both sides of the park to respond to new fires.

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