RVing in the news, August 18, 2017

RVing in the news, August 18, 2017

Bear trapping to begin in Yellowstone National Park
Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Beginning August 22, researchers will be trapping both grizzly and black bears in Yellowstone National Park to gather data as part of their studies of the Yellowstone grizzly bear population. None of the traps will be set near trails or backcountry campsites and all will have warning signs alerting the public that the area is closed. Signs will be posted near access points for the specified areas. Backcountry users should heed the signs and stay clear of the area.

DIY Teardrop Kit: Build This Camper For Less Than $3,000
Gear Junkie
A teardrop manufacturer from Philadelphia has developed a new pull-behind that is cool-looking, lightweight, full of features, and can be built for less than $3,000. The basic ‘Sprig’ kit measures 4’x7′ fully built, is comprised of birch and stainless steel and weighs about 325 pounds. When completed, there will be sleeping quarters, a roof vent, opening windows, a three-inch foam mattress, a galley hatch, and a 900-pound gear-storage capacity. Buyers can upgrade the kit to be more livable; adding things like window screens, bicycle/kayak/cargo roof rack, stainless steel sink, two-burner stove, or an extra-wide upgrade for $500. The campaign is still in its kick-starter but is already 25 percent funded.

Homeless man on the move again after eviction from vacant Vernon lot
Info News
A homeless man was evicted from a vacant lot at the north end of Vernon, British Columbia where he, and others, have been camping. Workers installing a security fence around the property — the future site of a hotel —  were hired by the property owner, who had little choice after receiving a letter from the city warning of fines unless the property was cleaned up. She respects the city’s policies and says short of designating another area where homeless individuals can camp, there’s not much the municipality can do.

Three reasons why Camping World (CWH) stock is worth buying
Nasdaq
Earning & revenue growth, a unique operating model, a rational valuation: Shares of Camping World Holdings, Inc. outperformed the industry in the last three months. While the stock has rallied 21.5 percent, the industry gained just 9.1 percent in the same time period. Camping World has a unique operating model whereby it sells a broad portfolio of products and services across a growing database of consumers being driven by its national network of retail locations that cater to RV, boating and outdoor enthusiasts. Propelling the earnings forward is the company’s solid revenue growth story. Projected sales growth for the current year is 14.7 percent, much higher than the broader industry’s estimate of 4.6 percent.

Solar eclipse tourism helps spike camping gear sales as people flock to Oregon
ABC 7
An Oregon Eclipse festival is drawing campers from all over the world for the weekend leading up to Monday’s total solar eclipse. Though they’re all headed to the same place, the travelers are coming from all over – including halfway around the world. Local camping gear stores are selling out of tents, sleeping bags and other gear as tourists prepare for this once in a lifetime event.

City allows, sets rules for RV parks
The Leader
Tremonton City, Utah, has approved plans for an RV park established on more than eight acres just north of Main Street. The new regulations allow for recreation amenities such as swimming pools, clubhouses, tennis courts and playgrounds. Campers with full and active sewer, water and electricity hookups, will be allowed to stay at the park up to 180 days in a given year, while the maximum stay for those with less than full hookups will be 90 days per year.

Watchdog calls for disclosure of RV park financial assessment
Oliver Chronicle
The Town of Oliver, BC, has been asked to disclose the financial assessment of Centennial RV Park based on a year-round operation. A 12-month operation would result in more financial benefits to the town than an 80-room hotel that is being proposed for the site. Officials question the long-term benefits of an 80-room hotel compared to a year-round municipal RV park. During a public hearing on the hotel rezoning, RV owners said they spend a significant amount of money in Oliver while staying in Centennial Park.

Whale stranded on Olympic National Park beach
KHQ
Officials for Washington state’s Olympic National Park say a juvenile gray whale is stranded on a beach inside the park. The whale is believed to have become stranded in the Kalaloch area of the park. Response teams are providing supportive care as the whale is in poor condition. The teams sought to protect the whale from sunburn and scavengers and tried to keep the whale as wet as possible. The teams are working diligently, but have not yet been successful in returning the whale to the ocean.

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