That was the RV week that was, April 27, 2019

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Here are your RV news highlights for the week of April 20 to 26, 2019.

The RV Industry Association’s (RVIA) March survey of manufacturers found that total RV shipments ended the month with 38,015 wholesale shipments, a decrease of 26.3 percent from the 51,607 units shipped last March. Through the first quarter of 2019, RV shipments have reached 99,976 units, down 27.1 percent from the 137,086 units shipped during the same time period in 2018. Still, Statistical Surveys Inc. reports that retail RV registrations through February were the second-best on company record, only behind last year. Additionally, there are encouraging reports of strong RV retail sales in March and early April.


The 2019 North American Camping Report, commissioned by KOA, reveals a break in a trend that first was reported in 2014, indicating that campers are less likely to go online while camping and 48 percent of campers say that technology detracts from their enjoyment of camping. Although teens going online while camping has declined, 80 percent of them indicated they go online one or more times per day while camping and nearly half go online more than four times. Fifty-three percent of campers say they will be sharing videos and photos of their camping trip on social media and 38 percent say that they use social media to research the area they are staying in.

President Trump will end waivers that have allowed eight nations including China and Japan from purchasing crude oil from Iran without fear of sanctions. As reported by The Street, the waivers, which were granted in November of last year, are set to expire on May 2. The Iran waivers are the latest in a series of events that have choked global supply and lifted prices from the 18-month nadir they reached on Christmas Eve. Since then, U.S. oil prices have surged 54 percent.

People who are living in their cars or RVs in San Francisco should soon have a place to go. On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a pilot program — the Overnight Safe Parking Pilot Program — that will create a “triage center,” where people living in vehicles can park overnight and access showers and bathrooms. This location would also provide city services to help vehicle residents find other housing options.

The Waco, Texas, Fire Department joined other agencies in helping rescue occupants of the Waco RV Park Wednesday night as waters from heavy rains pushed Tehuacana Creek out of its banks. Rescuers determined they needed to check the 17 RVs that were in danger of being potentially washed away. During a half-hour period, nine people were rescued.

Four people are facing charges after investigators discovered stolen property and an aggressive animal at the Aumann Acres RV Park in Oklahoma City. Initially, officers found a stolen tractor, several guns, safes, cash, an emaciated horse and an aggressive bobcat. Mark Opgrande with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office estimated about $100,000 worth of items were seized.

Camping is once again permitted at Nebraska’s Willow Creek Recreational Area after March floods buried it in water. But campers will need to bring their own water and power. The flood inundated 90 percent of the campground’s panel boxes and about 70 pedestals of the park’s 110 electricity-equipped campsites. The pit toilets are again available.

When Ken Pepion paid $10,000 for an RV to enjoy in retirement, he expected to own it. But five months after driving off the lot of Arizona’s Scottsdale RV, Pepion still has no proof the vehicle is his. “We tried to get in touch with the dealer. Their phones would ring and ring, but no one would answer,” Pepion, a retired Colorado college administrator, said. “We had no idea what was going on.” Current Arizona law gives dealers 30 days to complete title work and file it with the state. Scottsdale RV shut its doors within Pepion’s 30-day period, he said. “We’re high and dry,” Pepion, 67, said. “We have this RV that we can’t use.” Read more

The RV Show USA radio program has announced a new round of RV Education classes on May 8 in partnership with RV Station, a dealership with six Texas locations and one in Oklahoma. The subject will be RV Basics, which is aimed at new buyers, those about to buy and anyone who recently purchased an RV but is confused by what they need to know. Learn more at the RV show USA website.

Twenty-three people are safe but flooded out of their RVs after a Georgia river rose out of its banks into an RV park early Saturday. The rising waters of the Yellow River followed severe storms and heavy rains that rocked the region for most of the previous day. The American Red Cross said the real problem for residents of the Riverside RV Park would come later when they needed to deal with lodging, food, clothing and replacement medications.

The Bureau of Land Management is seeking public comments on a newly completed environmental review to address growing, and changing, camping use at Rabbit Valley along Interstate 70 at the Utah border. A preliminary environmental assessment proposes to expand the number of sites at developed Rabbit Valley campgrounds to 72, from 19, while phasing out dispersed camping in the area. The BLM says that on busy spring and fall weekends, 50 or more groups commonly camp in Rabbit Valley, many at undeveloped, visitor-created sites resulting in vegetation loss, accumulation of trash and human waste, construction of rock fire rings and other adverse impacts.

A new camping ordinance will soon go into effect in Teller County, Colorado, and the goal is to stop people from living in their RVs or tents for long periods of time. Under this new ordinance property owners can camp on their land for up to 60 days. Camping longer than that won’t be allowed. Those camping on a vacant lot for more than 14 days will need a permit.

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Jeff

So, with all of the bad, extremely bad, reports about RV dealers, with all of the bad, extremely bad reports of months waiting for warranty repairs, with all of the bad, extremely bad reports of dealers taking advantage of new RV buyers, is anyone still surprised new RV sales are in a slump? My amateur survey of local RV buyers shows a marked INCREASE in used RV sales. When asked why, most responded that rather than take a beating on depreciation of a new unit, fighting to get warranty. Rather buy a used unit that has already depreciated and that they know what problems there are.
Don’t see much hope for increase until dealers get on the ball and treat buyers like they need them.

littleleftie

So…in Teller County, Colorado, even if I owned my own piece of land…I cannot camp on it for more than 60 days? What if the sole purpose of that land was for my recreational enjoyment? I would have to seek a permit to camp on my own property? That seems wrong. Surely if this property was within the boundaries of a town or city, then I could see the legislation making sense. But not if it is rural. There must be more to the story……