Gas prices continue steady climb
Gas prices rose for the 4th week in a row, climbing 4 cents for a national average of $2.33, for regular. The increase comes as high demand during the summer driving season. The AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said the average price of regular was 10 cents higher than a month ago and is the highest it’s been since mid-June. Only a handful of states didn’t see higher prices the past week, including Hawaii, Nevada and Washington. The biggest jumps were in the Great Lakes area, where significant weekly changes are common.
Fire at PleasureLand RV causes $150K in damages
A fifth wheel caught fire at PleasureLand RV Center in Brainerd, Minn., due to an unknown cause. The blaze drew more than two dozen firefighters and caused $150,000 in damages. The fire was contained before it spread to the nearby building.
Get an inspection before buying an RV
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Margo Armstrong of Movingonwithmargo, gives advice on how to get an inspection before purchasing an RV. NRVIA.org allows potential buyers to find a certified inspector in their area. Having an RV inspected prior to signing can result in a lower purchase price, or the owner fixing the problems prior to purchase.
Michigan governor doesn’t sign two RV-centered bills
The Michigan Association of Recreational Vehicles and Campgrounds sent a letter to its members informing them that Gov. Rick Snyder has decided not to sign bills that would have given RV dealers the ability to offer buyers the full value of their trade-in against the purchase price of a new or used recreational vehicle. The MARVAC Board of Directors are meeting again on Sept. 12 to further discuss this issue.
Police search for suspect in failed Petaluma campground heist
Petaluma, Calif., police are asking the community to help track down a man who allegedly attempted to break into a payment drop box at Petaluma’s KOA campground. Video footage shows the suspect pull up to the office in a dark-colored Ford Explorer and unsuccessfully attempt to pry open the drop box with a crowbar around 4 a.m on July 29th.
RV Hall of Fame expansion could have economic boost
Expanding the size of the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart could bring as many as 250,000 additional visitors to northern Indiana. A study examined the impact of adding 60,000 square feet to the property as well as a 20,000-square-foot pavilion to host trade shows and food festivals. The expansion could bring in an additional $2 million in revenue but would cost 14 million.
Vet posts photo of dog killed by heat in hot car
Leah Montgomery, a veterinarian at Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital in Canada posted a photo to Facebook of a deceased dog wrapped in a blanket. She hoped that the photo would inspire drivers to stop leaving their pets in cars in hot weather. She warns that heat will cause blood clots and organ failure, and can result in death. Montgomery says this is the third death from a hot vehicle she’s seen this year.
Suspect apprehended after campground thefts in Del Norte County
A suspect who stole an extensive amount of personal belongings from multiple sites in a Del Norte County State Park (CA) has been arrested. Officials say 26 campers in six different sites woke up to find that bicycles, purses, passports, cell phones, cameras, credit cards and licenses were missing. After viewing surveillance footage, officers were able to identify the suspect as Mykah Lee Mode, arrest and transport him to the Del Norte County jail.
Idaho campground closed because of bear activity
Due to major bear activity in the area, Forest Service officials closed the Bull Trout Campground and surrounding recreation areas, including Bull Trout Lake, in the Boise, Idaho National Forest. Visitors to the Boise National Forest are asked to be extra vigilant this summer when storing and throwing away food and toiletry products to avoid attracting bears.
Hot-car deaths reach record numbers in July
This year, a record high of 29 children have died of heatstroke after being left in a hot vehicle. Eleven of those deaths reported just this past week. Even when outside temperatures are as low as 57 degrees F, the temperature within a car can climb to 110. Death can occur when the body reaches 107.
Brooks Releases Limited Edition Shoes and Apparel to Honor National Parks
Brooks, a running apparel and shoe company, launched its latest collection in support of public lands; The National Parks Collection. Brooks vows to donate 5 percent of the wholesale cost of each piece to the National Park Foundation; up to $50,000. The collection is sold exclusively through REI, in stores and online. The collection includes five pairs of Cascadia 12 trail running shoes, active shirts, and socks. Apparel is stamped with official National Park stamps.