That was the RV week that was, March 2, 2019

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Here are your RV news highlights for the week of February 23 to March 1, 2019.

Tribrid camper van goes 1,000 miles per tank
Mitsubishi’s new camper van offers a 2.4 liter gasoline engine that can run on propane. The van also has an electric motor that powers the front wheels in tandem with the gas engine. When more traction is needed, the rear wheels get power from an electric motor. Don’t worry about draining the batteries for driving power, it also features a self-charging battery system.

Well-liked North Carolina state park getting campground
Raven Rock State Park, near Lillington, NC, will have 15 tent sites, 9 RV sites, 6 camping cabins and a bath house by the end of the year, reports The Charlotte Observer. The project is being funded by a $2 billion bond referendum passed by voters in 2016.

RV destroyed in  fire
An RV fire in Butler Township, PA, was likely caused by an animal nest in the RV’s heating system. The Butler Eagle reported that the RV owners were in the rig earlier in the day performing winter maintenance. Damage estimates were at $80,000, and a nearby garage had cosmetic damage. No injuries were reported. This is a great lesson of why checking your exhaust and vents should be on your spring maintenance list.


Camping and a movie
A planned drive-in theater in Graham, NC, is getting an RV park as a neighbor. The Times-News said that the Planning Board has recommended approval for the 75-site RV park.

There may be some troubles brewing in RV land
Shipments of new RVs were off in January almost 40% over last year. And Camping World, many people believe, is struggling financially. Its stock closed at $13.01 a share yesterday (it was more than $46 in Dec. 2017), after a report Thursday that it was applying for a 15-day extension to file its annual report with the SEC. We’ll keep you posted.

Florida driver crashes into camper
A couple sleeping in the front of their 5th wheel was lucky to be unharmed after an intoxicated driver crashed into their RV, reported CBS 12 News. The driver of a red Ford pickup left the road and crashed into the camper around 2 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies took him into custody.

Rhode Island representative outraged at fee increase
Representative Dennis Canario is calling the proposed beach and camping fee increase ridiculous and devastating to low income families.The Portsmouth Press said that Canario believes the increase will hurt Rhode Island tourism.

Airstream Basecamps recalled for wrong label
Airstream is recalling certain 2019 Airstream Basecamp X trailers. The Federal Certification Label and Tire Placard may have incorrect information stating that the vehicle is equipped with 235/55R18 Load Range D tires needing 80 psi, when the vehicles are actually equipped with 235/75R15 Load Range D tires needing 51 psi. Owners may contact Airstream customer service at 1-877-596-6505 to learn more.

South Carolina RV dealership will be 19 football fields big
John’s RV in Lexington County will sprawl over 83 acres. The new location located off Interstate 20 and Two Notch Road opened March 1st and has 300 RVs for sale.

Nebraska campground closed for upgrades
Lake McConaughy Campground will be closed until about May 24 and some aspects may not be complete until the fall, reported The North Platte Telegraph. Eighty-five campsites are getting water and electric upgrades while 8 are being brought up to ADA standards along with shower renovations.

Thousands Trails celebrates 50 years
This year marks the 50th year of Thousand Trails with planned festivals, commemorative pins, a time capsule and themed weekends at its campgrounds.