RVing in the news, August 10, 2017

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    Grand Design RV investing $10M in factories
    Goshen News
    Grand Design Recreational Vehicles is planning a $10 million expansion with the addition of two manufacturing facilities to be completed by the spring of 2018. The expansion comes as a result of a growing demand of products. The addition of these new facilities will allow an increase in manufacturing capacity and expansion of product offerings. 

    State reopens Hunting Island campground
    Bluffton Today
    South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism announced via Facebook that the Hunting Island State Park campground will reopen after closing in October of 2016. The closure was due to significant damage brought on by Hurricane Matthew which closed the beach and park for eight months and the campground for even longer. Though the park is officially open, officials still ask for their own safety that patrons not venture into restricted or closed areas.

    Luxury camping, complete with lobster dinner delivery
    CBS News
    The Sandy Pines Campground in Kennebunkport, Maine has already booked its 12 professionally decorated, luxury tents through mid-October after being open less than two months. While the glam tents don’t permit individual grilling, the park does offer a fully cooked lobster dinner right to your RV or tent flap, along with heating, AC and a mini fridge.


    Popular Ontario campground closing in 2018
    Nugget
    Seasonal campers at a Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, campground were given eviction notices due to a pending campground closure. The number one reason was the owner’s declining health. Impending costs due to improper use of lagoon septic systems were also a major factor . Campers have until the fall and spring to remove their trailers and personal belongings.

    Civic groups express ‘serious concern’ over proposed Seattle RV rules
    King5
    Three prominent civic organizations filed formal letters with the City of Seattle expressing serious concern over a draft ordinance that would relax parking regulations for RV encampments. Officials are still working on improving the draft. The draft notes that homeless RV campers do not have the resources to pay tickets and suggest an alternative approach.

    Midwest RV super show drives Elkhart businesses
    WSBT
    The first RV show in the country where visitors can see 2018 models kicks off today in Elkhart, Indiana. Hotels and nearby restaurants and gearing up in anticipation of the large number of crowds expected to show up for the 62nd annual Midwest RV Super Show. The RV Super Show runs from Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Yellowstone National Park posts third busiest July on record
    Wyoming Business Report
    Yellowstone National Park hosted 962,404 visits in July 2017; the third busiest July on record, down 3.4 percent from July 2016, when there were 995,917 visits. The second busiest July was in 2015 with 980,702 visits. The continued high level of visitation at Yellowstone underscores how important it is to plan your trip to the park. Delays at popular attractions should be anticipated.


    Wildfires in Glacier National Park force trail, campground closures
    NBC
    Fire forced the closure of several trails and campgrounds in Glacier National Park, Montana, after lightning struck Tuesday night. Portions of Quartz Creek, Logging Creek, Goat Haunt, Adair and Grace Lake are completely closed to hiking and camping. Driving is also closed in parts of North Fork Road. No announcement has been made about when the areas will reopen.

    Glacier National Park’s 1M visitors in July breaks record
    Missoulian
    Glacier National Park had more than 1 million visitors in July, up 23% from last year, making it the first time the park has hit 1 million visitors in one month. In addition to increased visitors, the park also saw an increase in the number of emergency medical calls and total calls for ranger service. There has been a 29 percent increase in emergency medical calls the last year.

    Acadia National Park to create road checkpoints to reduce impaired driving
    Bangor Daily News
    In an effort to crack down on drivers under the influence of alcohol, drugs and marijuana, Maine’s Acadia National Park rangers plan to enhance traffic enforcement and establish safety checkpoints on park roads beginning on Aug. 10 and continuing through the fall. Park rangers will stop drivers to make a brief contact at safety checkpoints, while making every effort to minimize any inconvenience. The new checkpoint is part of a national traffic safety campaign to reduce impaired driving on roads.

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