That was the RV week that was, February 23, 2019

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Here are your RV news highlights for the week of February 16-22, 2019.

Old Nissan Leaf batteries are repurposed to power camper. Used batteries from the Nissan Leaf are being used in a small new camper built by Opus. The batteries will give users enough power for a week as long as the solar charging system is used twice.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management has announced an increase in beach and camping fees. Weekend beach fees will rise 28% and camping fees will rise 33%.

Cousins RV in Denver to repaint vandalized camper. The RV, which was parked in the owner’s neighborhood, was spray painted with the words, “No RV parking.” According to CBS4, the trio that owns the RV uses it often for trips. The folks at Cousins RV saw the news report and decided to help by offering to repaint the RV free of charge.

Del Valle Regional Park closed due to potential flooding. The park, located in East Livermore, CA, will be closed through March 3. Recent heavy rains prompted the closures.

Alabama’s MacFarland Park Campground has been evacuated due to the probability of flooding, according to WAAY31. The Tennessee River is expected to crest Sunday, February 24, and it is not known when the campground will reopen.

Oregon campground to close. Prineville Reservoir Resort owners have approached the U.S. Bureau of Land Reclamation about ending their lease early, reported the Bend Bulletin. The campground and facilities will remain closed this year. Oregon State Parks is interested in managing the campground.

Houston freeway blocked by truck camper. The Houston Chronicle said a truck camper fell off a truck on Monday and was blocking northbound lanes of the Eastex Freeway. No injuries were reported.

Full-size VW camper has been built from Lego bricks. 400,000 Lego bricks were used to build the life-sized replica. Motoring Research wrote that it took modelmakers Rene Hoffmeister and Pascal Lenhard just six weeks to complete the build. The creation will be on display at the f.re.e trade fair in Munich.

According to the companies’ websites, AT&T and Airstream have teamed up to offer AT&T broadband service for Airstream trailers via a roof mounted antenna. The system also includes a mobile router and GPS. The system provides high-speed internet without relying on WiFi hotspots. The system is a pricey add-on at $999.

Two RVs caught fire less than a day apart on the same stretch of road in Louisiana. KATC3 reported the first incident Wednesday night on I-10 West near Crowley.  Minor injuries were reported in that fire and a cause has not yet been determined. The second fire happened Thursday afternoon on I-10 East near Crowley, and the fire caused a 5-mile backup. It is unclear if there were any injuries and what caused the fire.

Five dogs dead in San Jose RV fire.
One woman was injured and five dogs were found dead inside a burning RV early Friday morning. Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire.


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Pat

The toy sized VW Lego camper is very pricey. My husband has a collection of Lego RVs, which live in our TT. I have found, thru Facebook, that he’s not the only adult (he’s 59) who loves to build Lego RV sets. We found many on eBay for good prices. But the elusive VW camper has yet to join our tiny campground. It would be really cool to see this life sized one in person. Thanks for the story.