Here are your RV news highlights for the week of January 19 to January 25, 2019.
According to the latest report from Black Book, the average selling price at auction for used motorized RVs was $43,435, which was up $303 (0.7 percent) from the previous month. Towables came in at $12,872, up $279 (2.2 percent) from last month. One year ago, the average motorhome sold for $46,135 and the average towable unit brought $13,533. The average age of all units was eight years.
National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations nationwide
National Park Service News Release (January 25, 2019) – Following the enactment of the continuing resolution, the National Park Service is preparing to resume regular operations nationwide though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations. Many parks which have been accessible throughout the lapse in appropriations remain accessible with basic services. Visitors should contact individual parks or visit park websites for their opening schedules and the latest information on accessibility and visitor services. Some parks which have been closed throughout the lapse in appropriations may not reopen immediately, but we will work to open all parks as quickly as possible.
Tulsa RV has announced a major expansion to its dealership, combining its four locations into one location now located in Catoosa, Okla. The new expansion includes breaking ground on a new 16-bay service center, quadrupling its ability to service all makes and models of RVs indoors, including large buses and motorhomes. The service bays will have oversized stalls and doors, and an underground chassis pit. Construction is expected to be completed by April.
RV shipments slide in 2018
The shipments of recreational vehicles slipped 4.1 percent in 2018, the first downturn the industry has recorded since the 2008-09 recession. According to statistics provided by the RV Industry Association, wholesale shipments ended 2018 with 483,672 units, compared to the record 504,599 units in 2017. For 2018 towable RV shipments were down 3.6 percent at 426,087 units; motorhome shipments were down 8.1 percent at 57,585 units, compared to 2017 shipment totals.
Some Florida state parks remain closed from hurricane damage
Parks still closed from damaged caused by Hurricane Michael are Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park in Franklin County, Florida Caverns State Park and Three Rivers State Park, both in Jackson County. In addition, the following state park campgrounds remained closed: St. Andrews State Park in Bay County, T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park in Gulf County, and Torreya State Park in Liberty and Gadsden counties. No word on when these will reopen. Visitors are instructed to contact Reserve America for more information.
Bakersfield, Calif., RV park reinvents itself
The old Bakersfield Palms is now the re-vamped RV park – Shady Haven. The RV Park and Mini Storage is now a safe wellness community for traveling professionals. The new owners have made it smoke-free, implemented bike and walking paths, a cooling spa and a firepit to read and relax. “We want it to be more of a rejuvenation atmosphere, as opposed to just staying the night, we want you to stay longer and linger at Shady Haven,” said Lehea Desousa, co-owner. The park is located at 250 Fairfax Road, near Edison Highway.
Sisters on the Fly helps hurricane victims
The national organization travels in vintage trailers and helps with cleanup from disasters. About 70 women made the trip to help with the cleanup from Hurricane Michael. Nationwide, the group has about 12,000 members. See the video from WEARTV.
Delaware parks designates January 29 as vacation planning day
Delaware Parks and Recreation Division encourages residents and visitors to beat the crowds and plan your vacation at the beginning of the year. More than 108,000 nights of lodging were booked last year, prompting the “Plan Your Vacation” day on January 29. To entice patrons into booking early, Delaware State Parks is offering a 50 percent discount for weeknight stays. For more information, visit Delaware State Parks.
Signature Sun RV Resorts debuts at Atlanta RV show
A subsidiary of Sun Communities, Signature Sun RV Resorts emphasizes its brand on luxury RV resorts. Its first two communities are scheduled to open this spring. Carolina Pines, located near Myrtle Beach, SC, is dubbed as a game-changer for the East Coast. River Run RV Resort is located along the Colorado River and will include an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.
Distracted driver rams into motorhome
Reno Police say the driver of a pickup will be cited for distracted driving for crashing into the side of an RV. Police say the driver was eating behind the wheel when he turned left and somehow went airborne, going over the curb of a retail center across the street and into the side of a business’s RV. The driver was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Massachusetts campground may become glamping location
The Sippewissett Campground, which closed in November, is attracting the attention of a Boston company interested in turning the former campground property into an upscale campsite. The “glampground” would feature Airstream trailers and tents. The complete story from Falmouth Wicked Local is here.
New Mexico could have new campground open in June
The village of Ruidoso, NM, has granted a notice to proceed on the construction of a campground at Grindstone Reservoir. The construction company plans on working 10-hour days and have the campground ready to open in June.
Nashville KOA offering free month to federal workers
Nashville North KOA has announced it will offer a free month extended stay for federal workers affected by the shutdown, reports RV Daily Report. To book a site, federal workers should call 615-859-0348. Government ID and their most recent pay stub will be required at check-in.
Iowa state park ready for new season after last year’s makeover
Maquoketa State Park received a makeover last year and is ready to reopen for the season. The 4-month makeover includes new lights, rebuilt roads and boardwalks, and an overall update of the campground. The park reopened last August and drew crowds for the rest of the season.
Outdoor group making plans to avoid future shutdowns
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is hoping to use fees collected under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act to keep federal parks open during future government shutdowns. The fees include entrance, camping and other recreation fees.
Souped-up bike racks provides more versatility
Let’s Go Aero and Lippert Components have unveiled bike carriers that utilize dead space between the tow vehicle and trailer or on the trailer itself. Find more product information at RV PRO.
Public Lands Act moving through Congress
The Act is a comprehensive bundle of bipartisan bills that would protect public lands and waterways while delivering reforms needed to enhance the RVing experience nationwide. Details of the bill can be found on RVIA.
Fort Wayne man puts collection on display at RV Hall of Fame
Randy Rusk started out collecting model cars. His collection soon grew to include model RV’s. After a visit to the RV Hall of Fame, he brainstormed the idea that the Hall might like to display his collection. He was right. His collection is now on permanent display at the museum.