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Sunday, November 20, 2022
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RV giant Thor Industries partners with electric vehicle company
By Jeff Clemishaw
As the world transitions away from fossil-fuel-powered vehicles, the RV industry is forced to begin designing electrified solutions. Earlier this year, Thor Industries released its prototype all-electric RV and travel trailer. While not yet available to the public for purchase, these two vehicles hint at the likelihood of Thor becoming a major player in the electric RV game. Learn more about Thor’s vision for the future.
Secret bunker found under Arizona RV storage yard (with photos)
By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Police in Arizona may have called on officers with golf experience in a recent bust. It all took place in Waddell, a community northwest of Phoenix, at an RV storage facility. Surveillance had been set up near A Hole in One RV, Boat & Toy Storage, after a year’s investigation by the local power utility. It seems A Hole in One’s owners may have been tapping the utility for juice without paying for it. But before it was all over, cops got to play in the storage yard’s bunker—literally! Continue reading.
Campground Crowding: ‘If camping looks the same in 2023, we quit!’
By Nanci Dixon
RV sales have skyrocketed and more people than ever are taking up RVing. The result is some campground crowding like never before! In this weekly blog, RVtravel.com readers discuss their experiences. This week we hear from someone who learned the hard/expensive way that you need to do your research before buying a membership to campgrounds. Also, more from readers complaining about high prices for campgrounds, as well as poorly maintained “campgrounds.” But there’s also some advice from a long-time camper/RVer with no complaints about campground crowding or overpricing—”just campgrounds filled mostly with happy campers, like us, of all ages.” All that and more here.
Hot August Nights returns in 2023 with classic cars and rock ‘n’ roll
All right, RVers, mark your calendar now as America’s love affair with classic cars, rock and roll and nights filled with nostalgia returns in 2023 to the Reno, Nevada, region for Hot August Nights 36th annual event, Aug. 1–6, 2023, with the official kickoff July 28-29 in Virginia City. America’s largest classic car show brings free nightly entertainment, show-in-shines, Motorsport Auction Group (MAG) Auctions, drag races and burnouts, a swap meet and more. Since 1986, thousands of car enthusiasts from near and far have come to the Reno-Tahoe region to participate in one of the largest annual classic car events in the world. Continue reading.
Here is the current edition of our photo contest. See if your submitted photo made the first cut, and then vote for your favorite. Once you’ve voted, submit your own photo for consideration. Winners receive a $50 Amazon gift card. Good luck!
Please note: We’ve changed the rules around a little bit. Please read the updated rules here. And don’t forget to submit a photo!
November 13–19, 2022
Reservations will not be required to visit Yosemite National Park during summer of 2023. Reservations were required in the summers of 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic and in summer 2022 when numerous key visitor attractions were closed for critical infrastructure repairs. Yosemite has been grappling with congestion—even gridlock—for decades. In December, the park will begin seeking your help to design an approach that provides a great visitor experience while protecting the park’s natural and cultural resources.
The largest attractions-industry event, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), was held this week from November 14-18 at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida. Campground and RV park owners who attended the event asked, “What attracts campers and what makes them come back?” Those owners looked at things such as VR experiences, cocktail claw machines, giant beer-pong games, and much more as next-level campground amenities that campgrounds and RV parks can offer to their guests. KOA’s 2022 North American Camping Report revealed that first-time campers are unlikely to camp again due to several factors, one being the camping experience not meeting their expectations due to campgrounds without a lot of amenities.
Actor Kevin Costner will host a new docuseries about Yellowstone National Park. The show, titled “Yellowstone: One-Fifty” will explore the history of the park as it celebrates its 150th anniversary. Costner will also explore the park, spending time hiking and learning about its wildlife and the park’s changing ecosystem. The first free episode of the four-part series will air Sunday, December 11, on the Fox News Channel. It is already available on the paid streaming service Fox Nation.
RV Retailer, LLC, is rebranding itself as Blue Compass RV. In 2023, the new name will be rolled out to all the company’s 106 dealerships across America. Beginning in January in Florida, the rollout will consolidate 20-plus regional store names into a single brand.
The owner of an RV dealership in Huachuca City, Arizona, that was the scene of a deadly shooting Monday said one of the victims attempted to save other employees by warning them there was a shooter on the premises. Desert RV owner Jeff Rose called 18-year-old Jordan Barajas “my hero” on Desert RV’s Facebook page. The Sheriff’s Office said the suspected shooter, Alvin Hansberry, showed up at the business and opened fire with an AR-15. Cochise County Sheriff Mark Dannels said Hansberry killed employee Robert Lizarraga, 47, and critically injured Barajas, Lizarraga’s nephew.
Imagine hauling this million-pound load!
This massive one-million-pound turbine made its way through parts of North Dakota Wednesday en route to Saskatchewan. The huge load is seen here cutting through Watford City. Can you imagine driving the truck hauling such a long, heavy payload? Can you count the tires? How would like to pay to replace them?
The California Desert District has lifted seasonal fire restrictions, effective immediately, to allow campfires and target shooting on BLM-managed public lands in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Imperial, southern Inyo, eastern Mono, San Diego, and eastern Kern counties. Easing of fire restrictions means that campfires, barbecues, and gas stoves are allowed with a valid California campfire permit. Campfire permits are required outside of developed campgrounds. They are available free online at www.ReadyForWildfire.org and at BLM, Forest Service and CAL FIRE offices.
Charges have been filed against a New Jersey man suspected of shooting and killing four bear cubs in Ringwood State Park in Passaic County, New Jersey. The suspect baited the cubs with food then shot them with a rifle. 22-year-old Matthew Ligus was issued summonses charging him with using a firearm without a license, hunting out of season, hunting with an illegal weapon and ammunition, hunting during closed season, and careless discharge of a firearm.
Dometic has announced the FreshJet 3 Series air conditioner. At an average of only 65 pounds, the FreshJet 3 Series is easier to install and is 14% lighter than previous Dometic Brisk II air conditioners. It is said to produce more airflow, consume less power and cut noise level by one-third compared to previous models.
Bridge repair work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has began and is expected to slow traffic at times. The Federal Highway Administration has awarded a construction contract to conduct routine bridge repairs at 19 locations across the park through next August.
Mark your calendar: The Beckley and Bluestone travel plazas on the West Virginia Turnpike will close for demolition beginning Wednesday, February 1. Both locations will be rebuilt from the ground up. Construction should wrap up by late 2024.
The City of Winston, Oregon, Planning Commission is again weighing a proposal for an 89-space RV resort on 19.4 acres at the west end of the city. In 2017, a Portland-based property developer proposed a similar development on the property which ultimately was denied.
The National Park Service announced on Friday that it awarded $1.9 million to preserve more than 200 acres of Civil War Battlefield in West Virginia.
After three months, authorities have identified the man whose foot was found floating in a Yellowstone National Park hot spring. Il Hun Ro, 70, of Los Angeles, died on the morning of July 31, and his foot in a shoe was found on August 16. His cause of death is still unknown, but no foul play is suspected.
Season 4 of the TV program “The RVers” is now available 24/7 on the streaming channels Apple TV/iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Prime Video. Season 4 appeared last May 14 as a scheduled program on the Discovery Channel, some PBS stations and Fun Roads TV.
For the second time this week, Kennewick, WA, fire crews responded to a fire at the Tri-Cities RV park. Around 9:30 p.m., firefighters arrived at the park to find a mobile home and two trailers consumed in flames. All three structures were parked within a few feet of each other. No people were hurt but sadly two dogs did not make it. No information has been released about the cause of the fire.
Even as gas prices fell in all 50 states on Thursday amid a month-long drop in prices at the pump, experts believe they will still see the the most expensive Thanksgiving Day prices on record, breaking the previous record of $3.44 in 2012. (A gallon of gas cost $3.413 a year ago, according to AAA.)
Cedarline Outdoor has acquired the Jonestown/Hershey NE KOA Campground in Jonestown, Pennsylvania. The KOA park features 86 RV sites, 3 cabins and 12 tent sites. This marks Cedarline’s third acquisition in the Northeast along with its Twin Mountain and Littleton KOA parks in New Hampshire.
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Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?
If so, stories you missed:
• Cover story: Thanksgiving: What a season of gratitude and hope teaches us
• As RVers, we have many reasons to give thanks
• When it comes to cooking Thanksgiving turkey, don’t do this… or this… or this…
• We want to know… What advice do you have for new RVers?
• RVtravel.com readers speak out: Your worst RV mishaps and road woes
• RV Service Centers and Repairs Report: Some good, some bad this week
… and much more
Latest fuel prices
Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of November 14, 2022:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.76 [Calif.: $5.21]
Change from week before: Down 3 cents; Change from year before: Up 36 cents.
Diesel: $5.31 [Calif.: $6.18]
Change from week before: Down 2 cents; Change from year before: Up $1.58.
On Thanksgiving, what’s easy to get into and hard to get out of?
Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.
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Upcoming RV shows
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Think there’s no moisture in your RV? Think again!
If you think your RV is dry, you’re probably wrong. DampRid will prove it to you! DampRid attracts and removes excess moisture, creating fresher, cleaner, mold-free air. Additionally, just one 18-oz. container removes all odors within 300 square feet. That’s impressive! Living with a pet in your RV? Husband have stinky feet? Funky smells coming from the bathroom? This will help, and remove all moisture in the meantime. Learn more or order.
Recipe of the Day
Yummy Thanksgiving recipes to try this year:
Cranberry Meatballs: Fantastic meatballs with a holiday flair. Using a combination of beef and pork for the homemade meatballs gives them a wonderful flavor. The slightly sweet and full-of-tang sauce is what makes these special. Click here for the recipe.
Roasted Butternut Squash With Sage & Dried Cherries: This is a simple way to roast butternut squash and the final result is big on flavor. We loved the sweet onion combined with the butternut squash. Sage adds a slightly earthy flavor to the side dish that’s balanced by the dried cherries. The perfect fall side dish. Get the recipe here.
Sweet Potato Cobbler: Dessert? Definitely. Side dish? Absolutely! Take your pick… No matter how you serve it, this sweet potato cobbler is a holiday delight. The filling is full of chunks of sweet potato floating in a yummy buttery spiced sauce. On top is a flaky crust dusted with sugar. The bottom of the crust soaks up the flavors of the filling. Click here for the recipe.
Brain teaser answer:
(Although Crowman’s guess is marriage, which could, unfortunately, work also. And MattD suggests it’s your easy chair. Great answers!)
The Perfect Scam Podcast
Every Sunday we present a podcast from AARP about scams and how crooks are stealing your money, often via telemarketing. Their efforts are often most successful with people 65 years and older who fall victim to the scammers’ sophisticated techniques. Here is this week’s episode.
The average number of calories consumed on Thanksgiving is 4,500. And that’s why today’s brain teaser makes sense!
We’d rather be camping too!
These funny socks make a great gift for campers and RVers. Wouldn’t you like a pair of these? They come in two colors and many styles for both men and women. One size fits most. Learn more, see other colors and activities, or order.
Our staff has been laughing over this video all week. We had to share with you! Hilarious!
“Maybe if I go reeeeaaaaaallll slooooooowww he won’t notice.”
Today in History
RVtravel.com All Star Team
Publisher: Chuck Woodbury. Editor: Emily Woodbury. Associate editor: Diane McGovern. Senior editors: Russ and Tiña De Maris. Senior writers: Nanci Dixon, Gail Marsh, Dave Solberg. Contributors: Mike Sokol, Roger Marble, Tony Barthel, Dave Helgeson, Julianne Crane, Machelle James, J.R. Montigel, Randall Brink, Karel Carnohan DVM, Cheri Sicard, Dustin and Ashley Simpson, Dale Wade, Paul Lacitinola, Jeff Clemishaw and Johnny Robot. Special projects director: Jessica Sarvis. Moderators: Gary Gilmore, Linda Brady. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. Special Reports: Bradford Geer. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen. Mascots: Archie and Astor (the Disaster)
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