That was the RV week that was, February 9, 2019

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Here are your RV news highlights for the week of February 2 to February 8, 2019.

Southwire introduces advanced surge protectors. The new protectors offer a better degree of protection, including high- and low-frequency protection, elevated ground protection and live side open neutral. An optional wireless hookup allows you to monitor the status of an RV’s power from anywhere.

Voyageurs National Park,MN, is seeking public input on reconstructing the poorly designed campground at Mukooda Lake. They’d like to add a day use area, hiking trails and a dock. Comments must be postmarked by February 15 or submitted online here.

Kentucky puts $20 million towards state park improvements. The money will be allocated to repair lodge roofs, fix swimming pools and upgrade campgrounds. In 2016, $18 million was used for maintenance and operational improvements.

Hundreds of residents in Paradise, CA, who resorted to living in RVs on their burned property are being evicted by FEMA. On Monday, FEMA ordered the residents to leave so the lots could be cleared and deemed safe for inhabitants.

That was the RV week that was, February 9, 2019The Tin Can Tourist camping club celebrated its 100-year anniversary. Formed in Tampa, FL, in 1919, the 2,400 members honor vintage trailers and motorhomes and support the restoration of vintage RVs.

Congress has passed the Scenic Byways Act, which recognizes and preserves roads with scenic, historic, recreational, cultural, natural and archaeological qualities. These roads include the Blue Ridge Parkway, Big Sur Coastal Highway, Route 66 and more. The bill will also lead to the nominations of new scenic byways.

Residents in a New Jersey neighborhood are fed up with a 30-foot RV illegally parked on their road, but they’re not getting help from township officials because the vehicle’s owner is the mayor. Lindenwold Mayor Richard Roach says the vehicle is legally parked on the sidewalk, but an investigation by WPVI in Philadelphia says otherwise. “He has been a great mayor, but he has an RV that’s been parked on the street that is a complete eyesore,” said one resident. For now, it appears Mayor Roach, police and the borough officials are not going to do anything about it.

Despite a heavy snowstorm, the Seattle RV Show is still on for this weekend, although it got underway a day late, on Friday instead of Thursday. The show runs through Sunday evening at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Winnebago shutting down Junction City, OR, plant. Approximately 220 workers at the plant will be out of work as the manufacturer moves the plant to Iowa in hopes of enhancing profits. Winnebago plans to keep 30 people employed at its RV repair facility in Junction City.

Escapade, a national rally hosted annually by Escapees RV Club, will gather in Rock Springs, WY, for five days of education, community and entertainment in June 2020, according to a news release. The club holds one such event every year. Registration will open in Fall 2019.

That was the RV week that was, February 9, 2019A propane leak inside RV explodes and injures two. The explosion in Redding, CA, sent a man to the hospital with severe burns, and a woman who was shielded by a blanket suffered minor burns but refused treatment. The RV was parked in the parking lot of the 99 Cent Store on Hilltop Drive. Officials say the couple was homeless and living in the RV for some time.

Forest River is recalling certain 2019 Coachmen Apex travel trailers. The inner hub bearings may not have been sufficiently greased, which can cause the bearings to overheat and fail. Read more.

Fun Town RV opens service supercenter. The new RV service center in Cleburne, Texas, is intended to increase customer satisfaction. No appointment is necessary before 2 p.m., and customers will get same-day service and express check-in from a staff of RVIA technicians.

Man arrested after investigation of fall victim. The Cooper County, MT, Sheriff’s Department has investigated a 47-year-old woman who was injured when she allegedly fell at Brady Campgrounds. After investigating and producing a search warrant for a camper, officers arrested a 58-year-old man on suspicion of kidnapping, domestic assault,  possession of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, and armed criminal action.

Fisher-Price has voluntarily recalled 44,000 Barbie Dream Campers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has received 17 complaints that the vehicle keeps moving after the gas (electric) pedal is released. Even toy RVs have flaws.

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David

Regarding the couple in the propane fire: at what point do we convert from “full timers” to homeless and living in an RV?

Mike Henrich

I was wondering that from another article. Possibly fulltimers are by choice and homeless by necessty?

Jerry Hayes

I don’t think the Senate has passed the Scenic Byways Act yet. It passed the House, and was then introduced in the Senate 2 days ago. As far as I can see, the Senate hasn’t taken any action on it yet.