That was the RV week that was, February 16, 2019

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Erwin Hymer Group North America lays off staff
Several employees and contractors reached out to RV Daily Report on Friday to say that all 800 employees have been terminated effective immediately. Another employee reporting the mass layoff noted that employees were told they were going into receivership, which could signal potential bankruptcy. Read the entire story.

Help wanted to find stolen RVs
Police are trying to identify the suspects who stole trailers from The Outpost RV in Middlebury, Indiana, at about 7:52 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8. One of the suspect vehicles is a white crew-cab pickup truck with black fender flairs. It has a black running bar with black protective coating on the doors. The other vehicle is a green crew-cab with top and side marker lights. Two white 2019 Forest River Alpha Wolf travel trailers were taken from the property. Have info? Call (574) 891-2341


RV fire sparked by careless smoking  
A cigarette butt left burning on a bed in an RV started a blaze in Sweet Home, Oregon. KEZI News said the RV was parked near businesses and homes. No one was home at the RV when the fire broke out and crews had to break in to extinguish the blaze, which caused extensive damage. No injuries were reported.
Florida man injured when truck and trailer flip 
A blown tire caused the trailer to sway and the driver lost control, veering off the roadway and into a ditch where it overturned, according to WEARTV. The driver was wearing a seat belt and sustained minor injuries.
Seattle RV Show attendance nosedives due to major snowstorm
The attendance at last week’s Seattle RV Show was about half of last year’s due to a “100-year snowstorm” that brought the city to a near halt. The show began a day later than it was scheduled because RV dealers were unable to move their RVs to the show location.
Indiana State Parks looking for hosts    
The Indiana State Parks system is looking for people to serve as campground hosts and camp for free. Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. For details on the hosting position visit Indiana State Parks.
Northern California RV park closes due to flooding
Woodson Bridge RV park in Corning was closed Thursday as the Sacramento River rose to record levels. No word yet when it will reopen.
Buffalo River’s fees increase  
Camping rates at the Arkansas park will see increases starting March 15. The higher rates are a result of a study done comparing the park with other area campgrounds.
Oregon state parks set record, raising some camping fees
The number of people camping in Oregon State Parks reached a record high in 2018. In response, the state is planning a pilot program that will increase fees at its most popular parks while decreasing fees at less-visited parks to spread visitors out.
Louisiana parish delays decision on RV park
West Feliciana Parish council has delayed making a decision on a request for a zoning change to allow an RV park on US 61. Councilman Mel Percy wants more information on the impact the RV traffic would have and what the plans are for landscaping at the gateway to the parish where the park would be located.
Proposed campsite draws mixed reaction
WTOV reported on the mixed feelings of a proposed RV park that would be located behind the Moundsville, West Virginia, Fire Company. Some residents opposed the plans because they don’t want a “trailer park” in their neighborhood. The fire company would use the campground’s income for equipment and certifications.
Indiana resort now a KOA  
IB Crow Campground will be transformed into the Indiana Beach/Monticello KOA, according to RV Daily Report. The campground offers a full menu of family activities.
Nova Scotia man brews up coffee business in his vintage trailer
Bungalow Beans is the brainchild of Steve Smith, a Cape Breton man who plans on taking his specialty coffee business on the road. Smith buys coffee beans from all over the world then roasts them on a barbecue in his back yard. CTC News states that he plans to sell his brew from a renovated 1968 camping trailer that he and his wife refurbished.
Audubon, KY, state park hoping for sound barrier    
A Kentucky state police barracks that was vacant for 25 years has recently been demolished and the nearby campground is hoping for a natural sound barrier by planting trees to keep sound down. The biggest complaint the park receives is about the noise from traffic on US 41. The campground is expected to be closed in 2019 for a dam reinforcement project.
Woman sets herself on fire in campground
When first responders arrived on scene at Arkwright Hills Campground in Arkwright, NY, the flames had already been extinguished but the victim was unresponsive and had serious burns. Initial reports indicated that the 42-year old woman set herself on fire. The sheriff’s office is investigating.

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