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Welcome back to North America’s best source for news and information for RVers. Winter RV shows (the ones without COVID closures) are in full swing, including the granddaddy of winter shows, the Florida RV SuperShow this past week in Tampa. The big news there was the rollout of e-vehicle concept RVs by both Thor and Winnebago. It seems the big boys are staking their claim in the emerging electric RV industry. We’ll continue to keep you updated as the e-future unfolds. As always, we at RVtravel.com appreciate your help through voluntary contributions to keep this newsletter coming your way, and be sure to check out all of our other RV-related newsletters.

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Members edition

Did you miss yesterday’s edition of the RV Travel Newsletter? If so, it’s here.



Headline News

Self-powered trailer debuts, plus zero-emission motorhomes

More and more states are jumping on the zero-emission vehicle bandwagon. California may be the first—and the cursed—but others are following suit. The RV industry can’t ignore which way the wind blows. Zero-emission RVs will at some point have to become a reality if the RV lifestyle is to continue. Continue reading.

Tornado flattens Tropicana Park in Fort Myers, FL

Last Sunday’s storm devastates mobile home park. Click here.

Private park owners not happy with S.D. governor’s plan for Custer State Park

Governor Kristi Noem’s plan to add RV sites to state park isn’t going over well with private park owners. Read more.

Owners of this manufactured mobile home at a Mesa, Arizona park recently received eviction notices to make way for more transient RVs.

Replacing mobile home parks with RV resorts has a human cost

Developers are targeting mobile home parks for new RV resorts, displacing many tenants. Click here.

Tampa RV Show sets new first-day record

The Florida RV SuperShow is back, and it’s setting attendance records. Click here.

This is all that greets visitors to a planned luxury RV park near Canon City, Colorado. (Canon City Daily Record photo)

Not much “luxury” yet at planned Colorado RV park

One Colorado RV park isn’t living up to the hype. Click here.

KOA sets new record for revenue growth in 2021

The 60-year-old camping franchise company set yet another record for growth. Click here.

Why a campground on the cheap is indicative of trouble on the Front Range

A story in last week’s RV Travel about half-a-dozen proposals to build RV campgrounds touched on several themes more or less common to all of them, except for one. Which campground is the exception? Find out here.


Today’s RV review… doesn’t exist!

Sorry, folks. No RV review today. Tony is at Quartzsite through the 30th busily attending to our media booth for the Quartzsite RV Show, so we gave him the weekend off. Catch up on his reviews from last week below, or reread every review he’s ever posted here. He’ll be back on Monday, so be sure you’re signed up for our RV Daily Tips Newsletter to see ’em!

Last week’s reviews:
Coachmen Chaparral 336TSIK
Coachmen Prism 24FS
Winnebago all-electric motorhome concept, the e-RV, just announced at the Florida RV SuperShow
Jayco Jay Flight Octane 277
2022 Fleetwood Bounder 35GL

NEW! Would you like to see a certain RV reviewed? Submit your request to Tony at his new Forum on RVtravel.com.


That was the RV week that was

January 16–22, 2022

Better hurry for public park spots in Colorado. If you were planning to camp in Colorado state parks this summer, you might already be too late. Campground reservations for national parks, national forests and Colorado state parks can now be made up to six months in advance. Campers in the know started making them in November for Memorial Day.

Online reservations OK’d for Idaho campground. The Bureau of Land Management’s Egin Lakes Campground will move online for 2022. About half of the park’s 48 campsites will be reservable on a 14-day rolling basis. The new reservation system will go live on recreation.gov on Jan. 29 at 8 a.m. The campground opens for the season April 23.

The worldwide popularity of RVing is relative. RV registrations in Poland climbed nearly 32% in the fourth quarter of 2021. Of course, that only amounted to 377 actual rigs. In all of 2021, a total of 2,242 motorhomes were registered in the country, up 92.3% over 2020.

Yes, there were a lot of folks in Yellowstone last year. It’s official. Yellowstone National Park recorded 4,860,537 recreation visits in 2021, up 28% from 3,806,306 in 2020, making it the busiest year ever. In 2021, visitations May through September were the busiest on record. Ditto for July, when first-time visitation exceeded 1 million. The list below shows the year-to-date trend for recreation visits over the last several years:

2021 – 4,860,537
2020* – 3,806,306
2019 – 4,020,288
2018 – 4,115,000
2017 – 4,116,524
2016 – 4,257,177

*The park was closed March 24–May 18, 2020, due to COVID-19. Two entrances were open May 18-31, and the remaining three opened on June 1.

This camper needed the help of a tow truck to exit the flooded creek.

High tides swamp campers at Oceano Dunes. Camping continued to be a hazardous endeavor at Oceano Dunes, California. Recent high tides left water gushing through the campground. A truck towing a 35-foot fifth wheel got stuck in a tidal creek and had to be saved by a tow truck.

Dragonfly batteries exclusive in Keystones.

Dragonfly lithium-ion batteries exclusive in new Keystones. New Keystone RVs will now be equipped with Dragonfly Energy Corp’s lithium-ion battery technology. Keystone and Dragonfly entered into an exclusive agreement to provide the maintenance-free batteries. Dragonfly Energy, the U.S.-based leader in lithium-ion battery technology, offers 10 times longer lifespan, 3 times the power, 5 times the energy density and 5 times the charging speed compared to traditional lead-acid batteries that are currently standard in most RVs and travel trailers. “Keystone RV continues to lead the industry in innovation, and Dragonfly Energy is proud to be their lithium battery supplier creating more opportunities for adventurers to do what they love for longer while staying off grid with confidence,” Wade Seaburg, director of business development for Dragonfly Energy, said.

A truck-bed RV with no truck to put it on.

Imagine how frustrated the owners of the Stream It company must be. The company, which primarily develops artificial intelligence and software, got a lot of attention the past two years for developing an RV to fit in the bed of the much-ballyhooed Tesla Cybertruck. Stream It’s CyberLandr RV is ready to roll. Trouble is, Tesla’s entry into the electric truck market still doesn’t exist. The truck’s design was unveiled in 2019, but production has just been pushed back again, at least until 2023. Yet, Stream It says it already has $111 million in pre-orders.

New Jersey county purchasing campground. The Ocean County, New Jersey Board of Commissioners is holding a public hearing on a proposal to buy the Surf & Stream Campground in Manchester, New Jersey. The sale price for the 20.1-acre park is $7.45 million. Plans had been in the works to transform the campground into 245 apartment units. The county, however, said it plans to preserve the area as a passive recreational area for residents to enjoy.

Bring your wallet if you want to buy this park in Ocala.

The resale prices for RV parks continues to skyrocket. The Ocala North RV Resort in Marion County, Florida, just went up for sale for an asking price of $27 million. The park includes 385 sites on 74 acres. It’s about 15 miles from the World Equestrian Center along a frontage road of I-75. About 200 of the RV sites were just added in 2021. About 50% of the sites are large pull-throughs. It also has a heated pool, recreation room, exercise center, multiple activity courts, and a dog park.

Bittner

RV park manager arrested for embezzling funds. The manager of the Carolina Pines RV Resort near Conway, South Carolina, has been accused of stealing more than $867,000 from Sun Communities, which owns and operates the park. Troy Bittner, 52, was arrested January 5 and charged with three counts of breach of trust with fraudulent intent.

Plans for new Pasco County RV park moving forward. The Pasco County, Florida, County Planning Commission has recommended a land use change and rezoning that opens the door for a new RV park. The North Pasco RV Resort would be located on a 132-acre site bordering Interstate 75 and include 550 RV sites. The commission OK’d the plan despite several objections from residents. The proposal now goes before the full county commission for final approval.

Homeless residents shovel out a spot for their tent at a new approved encampment in Missoula, Montana.

Homeless camping isn’t for sissies during January in Missoula, Montana. The city and county of Missoula last week opened a legal campsite for people experiencing homelessness. About four of the snowy spots had been claimed within the first few hours. Officials are hoping that the legal camping area will help addresss illegal camping under bridges in the city.

Connecticut residents don’t want new RV park. A proposed 300-site RV park on 65 acres now owned by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation is getting a thumbs down from area residents. The residents say the proposal, by Maryland-based developer Blue Water Development Corporation, would have adverse effects on nearby Avery Pond. A public hearing has been set for Feb. 15.

 

The new solar field attached to a park in Arkansas.

Arkansas RV park goes solar. The Wagon Circle RV Park in Heber Springs, Arkansas, is touting itself as the first solar-powered RV park in the state. The campground is home to a 420-panel solar array that provides 168 kilowatts of power. The system was built by Seal Solar of South Little Rock, Arkansas. The campground expects to offset 100% of its electricity load, and save about $25,000 a year.

New glamping camps having trouble too. Developers of new glamping parks are having just as much trouble as those trying to build new RV parks. Residents of Gainesville, Georgia, recently spoke out against a glamping park proposal at a county planning commission hearing, which led the commission to recommend denying the park’s application. The same occurred in Gallatin County, Montana, when a group opposed a permit for a new glamping resort along the Gallatin River called the Riverbend Glamping Resort. Opponents said the plan violated floodplain rules.

Fort Meyers RV Show back next week. After a one-year hiatus, the Fort Meyers, Florida, RV Show is back. The show runs Jan. 27-30 at the Lee Civic Center. Fifty outdoor and camping vendors will be on hand, and many free travel and RV maintenance seminars are offered. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 27-29, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Jan. 30. Admission is $10, with children under 16 free, plus free parking.

Canada back on high-risk list. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week moved Canada to the highest-risk category for travel. The world’s second-largest country by total area, Canada has seen a steep rise in cases as the Omicron variant spreads. The country recorded 294,437 new cases for the week ending January 8, according to Johns Hopkins University, its highest weekly total of the pandemic.

New resort opens in Florida.

New Margaritaville Resort opens in Florida. The new Camp Margaritaville RV Resort & Cabana Cabins in Auburndale, Florida, celebrated its grand opening last week. The new resort is located about an hour southwest of Orlando and just outside Lakeland, Florida. The park includes a tiki bar, fire pits, resort pool, entertainment stage, putting course, playground, dog parks and an arcade.

New park proposed for Connecticut farm. The owners of the Cozy Hills Campground in Bantam are planning to build a 100-site RV park on a farm property near Torrington, Connecticut. Cozy Hills Campground owners Lelah Campo and husband, Dan Mahieu, presented their plan to the local planning commission last week. The proposed park would be on 365 acres of land. The owners said the new Klug Hill Campground would be “upscale” with about 100 sites.

Great Smoky Mountains NP breaks record. Great Smoky Mountains National Park saw 14.1 million visits in 2021, topping the record from 2019 by 1.5 million. Officials say the park also set eight monthly visitation records during winter and spring months last year. Acting Superintendent Alan Sumeriski says park visitation has increased by 57% over the last decade.

Fire damages trailer in Nevada RV Park. One RV was heavily damaged by a fire at the Victorian RV Park in Sparks, Nevada. No one was in the RV when it caught fire. A propane tank was on fire but did not explode. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.


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November winds downNew! The Quartzsite Report

Desert scorpions!

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Welcome to our regular – albeit seasonal – update on the news from the RVing Capital of the World. If you’re a QZ regular, or just thinking about “dropping in to check it out,” we’ll give you ditties and dollops of what’s happening in and around Quartzsite.

We get a lot of requests from readers for information about desert scorpions. Usually these queries come from folks who’re planning their first trip to desert country. People want to know things like, how likely are we to run into them? How poisonous are they? What do you do if you get stung by a desert scorpion? How can we protect ourselves? … Read all about scorpions and more here.

RELATED:
VISIT RVTRAVEL.COM IN QUARTZSITE!
Please visit RVtravel.com at the giant Quartzsite RV Show, just underway. Our Tony Barthel and wife, Peggy, are holding down our booth outside the big tent, hosting the media and (hopefully) meeting many of our readers. Be sure to enter our contest where you can win swell prizes including two SoftStartRVs (a $638 total value) and a DuraLite 100-watt portable solar kit from Go Power! (a $525 value). “Be there or be square!”


Reader poll

How long have you been RVing?

Please respond and leave a comment here.


TRUCKS AND TOW VEHICLES

Tesla Cybertruck: It’s back to the future again after second delay

Unveiled with bravado and flash in 2019 at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Tesla Cybertruck hasn’t been manufactured and now won’t be available until at least the spring of 2023. According to multiple news and automobile watchdog online publications, Tesla has delayed the release of its futuristic machine because the electric carmaker is making improvements to the performance-oriented truck. Learn more.

EdisonFuture pickup truck: Big engine, solar panels. Really?

Thed EdisonFuture pickup truck includes solar panels.
The EdisonFuture includes solar panels.

Another startup manufacturer wants to capitalize on the trending array of electric lightweight pickup trucks. EdisonFuture, a California-based startup, has plans for several pickups and a van with a range of battery and motor options. Included in the pending lineup is an EF1-T trim with a 450-mile battery pack and a three-motor configuration good for a reported 700 combined horsepower. Continue reading.

New Toyota Capstone pickup truck aimed at luxury buyers

Toyota’s newest entry in the luxury truck market should hit dealerships this spring. Click here.


HAVE YOU SEEN THIS STOLEN RV?

You spend years preparing for retirement. You put your money in your rig. Then some clown comes and takes it all away. It’s happened again, this time in Aiken, South Carolina. A retired couple had stored their 2018 Jayco Jay Flight SLX 7 174BH at Storage Sense. Sometime around December 23, crooks took it away. This single-axle rig has a power tongue jack, and a bike hitch on the bumper. Last seen with South Carolina tag 50632. Know something? Please contact the Aiken County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 642-1761.

Did someone rip off your ride? Let us post information on your stolen RV. Email Russ (at) rvtravel.com.

See many more recently stolen RVs. Let’s help find these for their owners and maybe even put the crooks in the slammer. Click here.


RV recalls posted since our last newsletter

Keystone RV recalls fifth wheel trailers for ladder failure issue
Ford recalls many F-series trucks for fuel leak issue


Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
Cover story: RV Travel Tech Talks: Be a part of a new concept coming soon
Featured article: Let’s make Synfuel. It’s time for Americans to adopt and produce this fuel
The #1 MOST important thing to do BEFORE starting an RV remodel
Ask Dave: Video—Can my RV battery overcharge with solar?
RVelectricity: How to check 30-amp outlet polarity
Ghost Town Trails: Ballarat, California
and much more

Read it here | Back issues


Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of January 17, 2022:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.31 [Calif.: $4.50]
Change from week before: Up 1 cent; Change from year before: Up 93 cents.
Diesel: $3.73 [Calif.: $4.79]
Change from week before: Up 7x cents; Change from year before: Up $1.03.


Brain Teaser

The number 8,549,176,320 is a unique number. What is so special about it?

(Answer below.)

Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


Upcoming RV shows

Quartzsite Sports, Vacation & RV Show, VISIT SHOW WEBSITE, January 22-30, Quartzsite, AZ

TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR THESE SHOWS
Florida RV SuperShow, Tampa, FL
Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show, Grand Rapids, MI
Inland NW RV Show, Spokane, WA
Tacoma RV Show, Tacoma, WA
NCRVDA Charlotte RV Show, Charlotte, NC (Featuring seminars by RVtravel.com tech expert Dave Solberg)
Cincinnati-Dayton RV Show, Dayton, OH
Nashville RV Super Show, Nashville, TN
Lehigh Valley RV Show, Allentown, PA
Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show, Houma, LA

More shows ahead. See the list.


Recipe of the Day

Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad
by Fran Miller from Parkersburg, WV

Fresh, crispy and creamy! Imagine all the yumminess of chicken Caesar salad but with the added goodness of pasta, bacon and tomatoes.

We can imagine the yumminess, all right! Get the recipe.

Did you miss yesterday’s recipe, Pasta and Pancetta and Peas in a Gorgonzola Sauce? Get it here.

Other recipes featured in this week’s Daily Tips Newsletters:
Spinach & Ricotta Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Orange Cream Cheese Bread
Bacon Bleu Brussels Sprouts With Mustard Sauce
Cindy’s Turkey Bacon Feta Wraps
Orzo and Spinach Salad


Brain teaser answer:

It’s the only number including every digit arranged in alphabetical order.


The Perfect Scam Podcast

Every Sunday we present a podcast from AARP about scams and how crooks are stealing your money, often via telemarketing. Their efforts are often most successful with people 65 years and older who fall victim to the scammers’ sophisticated techniques. Here is this week’s episode.


Sunday funny

Thanks for sending, Skip Haley!


Today in History


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BWO
4 months ago

Interesting that the poll — as of this moment — shows only 16% of campers in the less than 5 years group (i.e. newbies). So how are these newbies making such a big impression on camping with their poor behavior and disregard of rules? Are they camping that much more frequently than we older guys, or are they just that much more noticeable?

Tony Grigg
4 months ago
Reply to  BWO

Most newbies have not found the newsletter or poll yet.

Engineer
4 months ago

I do not know where Ft Meyers is located but Ft Myers is in Florida

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RV Staff(@rvstaff)
4 months ago
Reply to  Engineer

Thanks, Engineer. It’s been corrected. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane

Al Kemp
4 months ago

It makes me laugh how the CDC puts Canada on the Naughty List for travel. Total Canadian Covid since it was identified 2.89 million, total deaths 32,294. Now the USA 70.5 Million cases, deaths at 865,000. Now look at vaccination rates Canada 87% USA 60%. Even comparing population Canada 38 million to the USA 332 million. It doesn’t take a Math Professor dividing or multiplying even by10 (simpler than using the real number of 8.73) to calculate that the chances of getting Covid or dying are way less in Canada than the USA.

Wayne
4 months ago
Reply to  Al Kemp

Sadly Al I don’t think the math matters to our overlords.
It’s the “green” agenda to tamp down the western freedom of mobility.
The “home of the brave” is scared of un-jabbed Canadian’s.
Even though the jabbed are just, if not more infected and spreading this flu.

Jeff Craig
4 months ago
Reply to  Wayne

It has to do with their hospital capacity and how fast the disease is spreading in the community, not their vaccination rates. Omicron has an almost 20% breakthrough rate, compared to 6% on previous variants. The rest of your statement shows how clueless you truly are.

Richard
4 months ago
Reply to  Al Kemp

Save yourself the effort. Anything the Gov/MSM tells you, assume the opposite to be true.

chris
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

Assume everything Tucker Carlson and Hannity tell you to be true.

Laurie Moul
4 months ago
Reply to  chris

I think you made a typo. That should read ” untrue”.

chris
4 months ago
Reply to  Laurie Moul

well yeah, it’s sarcasm

Jeff Craig
4 months ago
Reply to  Richard

WOW.

You really are a paranoid little man.

FDajnowicz
4 months ago

What is going to be the cost to EV owners to replace the “per gallon GAS TAX”. Surely a road usage tax is going to be needed to maintain the roads in each state. How is that tax going to be collected? Daily, weekly, Monthly or Yearly. Right now you pay cents per gallon at time of purchase, where it is really not noticeable.

Dave
4 months ago
Reply to  FDajnowicz

It should be a usage tax. Even though that sounds annoying, it is no different than hiding it in a gasoline purchase. You only use gasoline if you are driving. So many tech advances enable a no fuss change to motorists. Cameras can automatically recognize the year, make, and model of your car…and they were enabled when covid started at toll booths to replace people. You don’t need toll booths for these cameras. Just set ’em up in key locations.

Or states can include a fee in your annual registration. People will find a way to complain about that too. However it’s just a replacement tax, not a new tax. But this one goes from usage to spreading equally in current process. But you can just change the process so that the registration and inspection record mileage and that sets your fee. That is what I’d prefer to see. Potentially with a mix of camera usage to charge out-of-staters for usage.

Lots of options.

Robert Williams
4 months ago
Reply to  Dave

Ohio DMV has a surcharge of $100 for hybrid and $200 for full electric vehicles.

chris
4 months ago
Reply to  FDajnowicz

I don’t see the roads being maintained very well now, including freeways.

Glenn
4 months ago
Reply to  FDajnowicz

In Alabama a fee is added to your annual registration if you have a plug in hybrid or full electric. I’m not sure of the amounts since I only have diesel or gas engines.

When the 800 miles range and 6 week off grid electric RV shows up, I may change my mind on the viability of them.

Joe Allen
4 months ago
Reply to  Glenn

A pipe dream that will never come true! Our grid system will never handle, as it is, the dream of all EV’s out there. News flash, it still takes fossil fuel to make these!

Jeff Craig
4 months ago
Reply to  Joe Allen

LOL – I bet you said the same thing about your horse and buggy, or about the notion that a man could fly.

You have little imagination, and even less wisdom.