Here are your RV news highlights for the week of January 5 to January 11, 2019
Starting in 2020, new RVs will have built-in reversed polarity checkers The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) is following Mike Sokol’s effort to eliminate the danger of miswired electrical pedestals. We have learned through the Stray Voltage Patrol that this could be a dangerous situation. Until 2020, when the national electrical code is updated, the ARVC (National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds) is urging campgrounds to check their pedestals. RV owners should also be checking before plugging in. Mike’s description of reversed polarity is here.
Check ahead for payment options at Army Corps sites
It may be a good idea to call ahead to check if the Army Corps site you are going to accepts paper or plastic — money, that is. Mainly due to vandalism, some Corps camps have removed the payment vaults and installed electronic fee machines. The decision for the replacement is up to local managers, so at the present time you should check ahead. Read the article here.
DIY RV Oregon-based Zenvanz has created a quick and easy kit to turn a Sprinter-based van into space-efficient living spaces. For more info from Roaming Times, click here.
RV Travel editor Chuck Woodbury featured
The syndicated radio program The RV Show USA featured RV Travel’s Chuck Woodbury last week. Listen to the 10-minute interview here.
Smartphone app lets you control your RV
SmartRVcontrols is an aftermarket module that connects to your smartphone or tablet via the smartphone app. Just like a high-end RV, you can now control multiple features from the palm of your hand. These features include lights, jacks, awnings, slides, valves, LEDs and more. To read how this app works, as reported by RV PRO, click here.
“God” steals a pickup truck to tow his RV
A man claiming to be God broke into a truck dealership in Fleetwood, Pa., ransacked the office and stole a pickup truck. This is after he tried to purchase a truck from the same dealership. View the news video here.
Record crowds reserving Alberta campsites
Jasper National Park broke a record Tuesday, when Parks Canada campground reservations opened to the public for the new season. About 6,000 campground reservations were made within the first hour alone at Jasper National Park. Almost 9,500 bookings were made for the mountain park in total on Tuesday, up 7 per cent from last year. Jasper’s biggest campground — Whistlers Campground — will be closed this season for renovations. More at globalnews.ca.
Jayco halts production of folding trailers Jayco is stopping production of folding trailers in 2019 until further notice, RV PRO Magazine has reported. More.
CURT introduces Bluetooth brake control The all-new CURT Echo connects to the owner’s Bluetooth-enabled smartphone to monitor and control trailer brakes. It easily installs into the plug-in 7-blade RV connector. To see the Echo and for ordering information, click here.
World’s 1st all-electric drive motorhome set to debut
The Iridium E Mobil RV will likely be powered by a bank of lithium iron phosphate batteries and will produce zero emissions. Of course, as with most electric vehicles, the range on fully charged batteries is short, a mere 125 miles. The upside is the RV includes a charger that can be plugged in a standard outlet. There is no word on what the Iridium will cost. More from themanual.com here.
River Run RV Resort in Colorado set to open
Situated just two hours from Denver, River Run will feature a mix of more than 400 lodging sites and a large variety of on-site recreation opportunities. Located next to Grand Lake, Colorado’s largest natural body of water, there will be no shortage of water-related activities. See the campground website here.
Camping World acquires, closes locations
Camping World has acquired two Coates RV locations in Hugo and Cloquet, Minnesota. CEO Marcus Lemonis has also closed the Gander Outdoors location in Appleton, Wisconsin. This is the third closure since Lemonis reopened the chain. Read about Coates RV here or read about Gander Outdoors here, from RV PRO.
Colorado Springs’ effort to ban RV parking on hold
The Colorado Springs City Council voted to postpone the final vote until March 26, while they try to find a solution to the problem. The council is not trying to punish the homeless, instead they are trying to cooperate and find a solution to the problem. One problem with the current situation is the dumping of black water in the storm drains. Currently, parking on streets is allowed only for the time needed to load and unload. Read KOAA News’ report about it here.
Planning commission in Virginia county okays campground plans
The Franklin County Planning Commission has given thumbs up for a proposed RV park in the county. South Lake Motorsports is seeking permission to build “Camp Reel Simple,” consisting of 28 RV sites and 14 cabins on 14.25 acres on Old Salem School Road. For the whole story at The Roanoke Times, click here.
$85,000 grant will fund Michigan campground
A grant will help construct a campground at Rapid River Falls Park in Delta County, Michigan. The area around the park will accommodate 25 semi-modern campsites. The new campground is aimed at ORV and ATV riders, as it is near their only legal crossing of US-41. Construction is slated to begin this spring and is hoped to be completed in 2020. Full story from uppermichiganssource.com here.
Super blood wolf moon coming this month
RVers may have quite a sight on January 20 or 21 (depending on their time zone) when the moon is full. Why is it called a super blood wolf moon? A super moon occurs when a full moon coincides with its closest point to Earth in its monthly orbit. A blood moon happens when the moon is in total eclipse and appears red because of its relation with the sun. The wolf moon is the first full moon of the year. More details here.