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Sunday, December 11, 2022
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  Featured articles  

A design rendering by Jowua of a Tesla e-RV concept

Tesla electric semi-truck inspires all-electric Class A motorhome

An all-electric Class A RV based on Tesla’s commercial semitruck is in the concept phase. The motor coach would be powered by four electric motors—like the Tesla Semi, weigh around 50,000 lbs., have a 600-mile range, and use 1.7kw of electricity per hour. Other e-RV possibilities have been floated, including one by Winnebago. The Winnebago electric RV has not yet been put into production, but there is a fully operational concept vehicle in service, and Winnebago has introduced it as a likely production camper van. Read all about those here.

Has slowdown in RV sales helped with campground crowding?

RV sales have slowed (finally) and fewer people are buying RVs than has been the recent trend. Has that changed campground crowding? This week we hear from an employee at a popular RV park who says it’s important to make reservations early, especially if you have a big rig. Another RVer says they have had no problems getting reservations at private RV parks. Also, there are more tips for planning trips and finding campsites. And one RVer says the half-empty public campgrounds are due to “pure laziness on the part of administrators and rangers not making it available if no one shows up.” Read more.

Electric vehicle growth has RV industry befuddled!

A pair of webinars this past week underscored how seriously the campground world views the oncoming onslaught of electric vehicles. While campground and RV owners remain mostly skeptical, questioning the costs, range, recharging availability and environmental impact of a lithium-based technology, industry leaders are unwavering in their belief that the EV-RV revolution is already here and that the problems others see are either overblown or will be resolved in timely fashion. Read more.

DID YOU YOU MISS YESTERDAY’S POPULAR ARTICLE?
Opinion: Living in your RV on private property is not the government’s business
Read the article, rated at 4.3 stars out of 5 by more than 300 readers.



Photo Contest

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That was the RV week that was

December 4–10, 2022

The price of gasoline has fallen to the point where the national average is now cheaper than it was a year ago. According to AAA, the price per unleaded gallon was $3.329 Thursday, below the $3.343 per gallon price a year ago. GasBuddy says there’s a good chance the price could fall below $3 nationally by Christmas. Gas prices fell 15 cents per gallon in the past week and are down from $3.80 a gallon a month ago.

Winnebago has issued a recall regarding awnings on 4,500 Revel vans. Carefree of Colorado, the brand behind the Revel’s awnings, says the gearbox housing the awning needs to be fixed. If the housing is damaged, the brake may be released, causing the awning to open, sometimes en route. The recall applies to Revels built between June 4, 2020, and November 18, 2022. The latest recall by Carefree indicates the problem is on at least 8,000 awnings.

New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies issued a record 3,062 tickets from April 1 to November 17 as part of Operation Hardhat, which aims to crack down on work zone violations and highlight the importance of safe driving when encountering construction, maintenance, and emergency operations along state highways. The number one violation was for speeding, followed by violations over cell phones, seatbelts and failure to move over.

The lodge at Hurricane Ridge. NPS photo

The Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge at Washington state’s Olympic National Park will receive approximately $10.8 million in upgrades both inside and out. The lodge is about 17 miles south of Port Angeles along a windy, but good road. At an elevation of 5,242 feet, it offers a spectacular view of the Olympic Mountains, attracting approximately 300,000 visitors per year. It was built in 1952 as a ski lodge, remodeled in 1983 and again in 2000, when it was expanded to its current size of 12,197 square feet.

Thor Industries reported last Wednesday that its first-quarter fiscal 2023 earnings fell sharply versus last year as demand for RVs has slowed from pandemic highs. Thor stock edged up Wednesday. The Elkhart, Indiana, company manufacturers Airstream, Heartland RV, Jayco, Livin’ Lite and other RVs. Until recently, RV sales had been on a decade-long upward trend, but the pandemic spurred consumer interest in RVing as Americans sought a safe way to travel.

The BLM Challis (Idaho) Field Office is implementing seasonal motor vehicle closures in central Idaho, from Dec. 15, 2022, until May 1, 2023, to protect wintering wildlife, important elk calving areas and bighorn sheep lambing grounds. The closures include: Second Spring Basin • Carlson Hills and Fuller Gulch • Willow Creek • Donkey Hills and Birth Creek areas.

After a handful of dire years, the endangered western monarch butterfly is experiencing an unexpected population boom. The place to go to see them? Pismo Beach, California, and this is the perfect time. When heading south on Highway 1, that bisects downtown, you’ll pass through several blocks of motels, restaurants and retail storefronts surrounded by trailer and RV parks. As the road bends toward the coastline of Oceano Dunes Natural Preserve, there is an anonymous-looking 2-acre stand of eucalyptus trees. That grove, once a small artichoke farm, is one of the most prolific population centers in North America of the endangered western monarch butterfly.



A non-profit group has filed a lawsuit challenging a Fullerton, Calif., municipal code that outlaws people living in RVs on city streets without a valid permit, arguing that the restrictions target the homeless and disabled and violate the state constitution. Fullerton is one of many Orange County cities that have instituted restrictions on where and whether RVs can park on their streets.

The City of Springfield, Oregon, will now require private property owners hosting RVs on their property to register with the city in order for the city “to evaluate the need for this kind of temporary housing”. The registration is free and includes providing contact information for those living in the RV. Since October 2020, the city has temporarily allowed the use of RVs parked on private property for housing purposes, provided that both the property owners and RV occupants adhere to the city’s Temporary RV Occupancy Guidelines.

The National Park Service will waive entry fees on five days in 2023 to all national parks. Camping fees still apply. The  free entrance  days are:
• January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
• April 22 – First Day of National Park Week
• August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day
• September 23 – National Public Lands Day
• November 11 – Veterans Day



News briefs

There were 28,016 retail RV registrations in October 2022, a 23.2% decrease from the 36,3483 units last October, according to Statistical Surveys Inc. Year-to-date, there have been 406,163 retail registrations, which is off 21.6% compared to the 518,358 units posted during the same period a year ago.

Massachusetts has become the 18th state to establish an Office of Outdoor Recreation. It joins Maryland and Arkansas as the most recent states to create such an office since 2020. Eighteen states across the country now have offices dedicated to growing the outdoor recreation economy.

For the first time ever, a moose has been spotted in Washington’s Mount Rainier National Park along Sunrise Road. It’s the first moose sighting in southwest Washington. As of 2015, there were approximately 5,000 moose living in Washington.

The former Waterloo Harbor Campground on the Cayuga-Seneca Canal in Geneva, N.Y., is now one of more than 500 KOA campgrounds.

Christmas in Coloma,” scheduled for this weekend at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park in Coloma, California, has been canceled because of an ominous weather forecast.

Be careful if you are driving over California’s Sierra mountains anytime today or soon. A winter storm packing heavy snow and powerful winds was moving into the northern Sierra Nevada late Friday, where as much as 4 feet of snow was forecast over the weekend in the upper elevations around Lake Tahoe.

Muskegon RV of Muskegon, Michigan, has been sold to Optimum RV, which currently has locations in Florida, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas and now Michigan.



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HAVE YOU SEEN THESE STOLEN RVs?

41 footer
Suspect buzzes gate lock
43 footer

A “double header” fifth-wheel theft has left an Acheson, Alberta, RV dealer more than upset. Some time after midnight on December 4, a pickup with a magnetic sign that read “SECURITY” rolled up to the gate of Vision RV. The driver, after apparently failing to cut through the lock with bolt cutters, probably switched to a grinder and whacked off the lock. The suspect opened the gate and drove off. Ten minutes later the truck returned, and this time drove off with a 41-foot Forest River Cedar Creek brand fifth-wheel. A few minutes later the truck returned, this time without the “Security” sign. It rolled up to, and off with, a 43-foot Forest River Cardinal that was listed at $146,500. Employees say they recognize the suspect. He’d been on the lot earlier during business hours, expressing interest in—you guessed it—the two stolen trailers. The suspect’s vehicle is listed as a Chevrolet. Know something? Contact the Parkland County RCMP at 825-220-2000.

Did someone rip off your ride? Let us post information on your stolen RV. Email Russ (at) rvtravel.com.

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?? MYSTERY PRODUCT OF THE DAY ??
If you’re in the market for a new one of these or you know someone who always complains about theirs, this one looks like it would be the comfiest!


Did you miss yesterday’s RV Travel?

If so, stories you missed:
• Cover story: Opinion: Living in your RV on private property is not the government’s business
We want to know: What was your weirdest RVing encounter?
RV Service Centers and Repairs Report: Master RV tech says, ‘It’s a wonder any [RVs] function at all’
How full-time and extended-travel RVers get their mail
Hibernate smart: 5 steps to stop RV mold growth before it starts
RV Stocking Stuffers: Reader suggested gifts for 2022
Why you SHOULD NOT use EternaBond to tape your RV roof!
and much more

Read it here | Back issues


Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of December 5, 2022:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.39 [Calif.: $4.56]
Change from week before: Down 14 cents; Change from year before: Up 5 cents.
Diesel: $4.97 [Calif.: $5.82]
Change from week before: Down 17 cents; Change from year before: Up $1.29.



Brain Teaser

A man stands on one side of a river, his dog on the other. The man calls his dog, who immediately crosses the river without getting wet and without using a bridge or a boat. How did the dog do it?

(Answer below.)

Do you have a brain teaser you think we should use? Send it to us here.


Upcoming RV shows

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Recipe of the Day

Homemade Holiday Eggnog

by Francine Lizotte from Surrey South, B.C.

You don’t have to wait until eggnog appears on supermarket shelves (although it’s been there for quite awhile now). With this homemade eggnog recipe, you can enjoy a cup the minute you’re in a holiday mood. This rich and creamy eggnog will hit the spot. There’s just a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. If you’re a fan of eggnog or serving it at a party, you’ll want to double or triple this delicious eggnog recipe.

Click here for the recipe


sewer sealStinky sewer dump? This will do the trick!
If a sewer hose doesn’t fit tightly, sewer gases will escape and make the odor when dumping almost unbearable. It’s embarrassing and disgusting! This sewer adapter hose seal plugs the hole. No more stink! Read more about it here or order one here.


Brain teaser answer:

The river was frozen.


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.


Trivia

After just two weeks of wear, a pair of jeans will have grown a 1,000-strong colony of bacteria on the front of them, about 1,500-2,000 on the back, and 10,000 on the crotch. If that doesn’t send you straight to the laundry room…


Secrets of RVing on Social Security
Author Jerry Minchey takes you on a journey that lets you discover how you can travel around the country and live the fascinating RV lifestyle for far less than it costs to live in your sticks-and-bricks home. Among other things, he shows you step-by-step how to enjoy the RVing lifestyle while traveling and living on just your Social Security income. Learn more or order.


Sunday funny

A poodle and a collie are walking down the street when the poodle suddenly unloads on his friend. “My life is a mess,” he says. “My owner is mean, my girlfriend’s having an affair with a German shepherd, and I’m as nervous as a cat.” “Why don’t you go see a psychiatrist,” suggests the collie. “I can’t,” says the poodle. “I’m not allowed on the couch.”


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Brian
1 month ago

I’m confused how can Thor’s earnings be down for the first quarter of 2023? Are they going off orders for 2023 delivery or is it a misprint?

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Diane McGovern
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Thanks, Brian. I’ve corrected it to say “first-quarter fiscal 2023”. Have a great day. 😀 –Diane at RVtravel.com

James
1 month ago

EVs are a pie in the sky political agenda being forced onto the American people, buy a corrupt incompetent government. Our government has proven how well they can do anything, they have put us into bankruptcy. Don’t drink the EV cool aid people. Today’s cars and trucks are very efficient and expel very low emissions. Don’t be sheep

Steve Minor
1 month ago
Reply to  James

James.I could not agree more!! The American people, for the most part, need to turn the fake news off,set the coolaid down, and learn to think for themselves instead of being told what to think, and how to think!!!

Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Minor

Agree with you Steve. I would add consequences to crimes to your list. There seems to be no consequences to lying to Congress! If we lied to Congress we’d be in jail! Merry Christmas.

Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Open the Keystone Pipeline, and make us energy independent, and then re-write this EV article. Electric Vehicle production is killing the world! EV batteries are ASSEMBLED in the United States, NOT made in the United States! Making EV batteries requires strip mining, and we aren’t allowed to strip mine in the US. 🙂 James, I agree with you 100%. Merry Christmas.

KEVIN D MACAFEE
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

The pipeline is open and just dumped 14k barrels into a creek in Kansas.

Tom
1 month ago

You got it Kevin

B N S
1 month ago
Reply to  James

Well Stated, James !!

Brenda
1 month ago

we would love to try the EV RV. Give us a year in it and we could see if it’s worth it. Tho they haven’t gotten caught up in the charging stations so as an RVer, that may be an issue going certain places.
Come on Oregon, why would you have to register to host someone with an RV staying on your property? It’s your property, you pay the tax ( I assume they do) or are you talking about those with Harvest Host? State worried they aren’t making the money. Would they rather have them on their streets?
Bad enough the prices on the RV parks are going up extremely more, it’s your land.

CeeCee
1 month ago
Reply to  Brenda

Plus, how long does it take to recharge the battery every day, and what happens when the state tells you can’t charge because the energy grid is needed for heating/cooling homes? Fortunately, we can still use gas and coal to generate electricity for the grid!

Gary W Mayberry
1 month ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Yea, but “somebody” wants to do away with using gas and coal to generate electricity. Sure hope its sunny and windy! P.S.. Always windy in D.C.!

Leonard
1 month ago

As a significant portion of the world’s energy is produced by coal, this makes an EV a partially coal fired vehicle! I am not saying fossil fuel vehicles are any better as they are not, I am merely pointing out some of the hypocrisy the EV industry has. This doesn’t even account for the child slave labour in the Congo to mine cobalt which is needed for the batteries. The overriding factor is EIGHT BILLION people on earth and growing is not sustainable regardless of the efforts put forth by governments around the world. Lowering carbon and other emissions released into the atmosphere is needed, but there is not one solution, IMHO.

Danny Cram
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard

You said it perfectly

Spike
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard

Wow…someone who honestly states what is THE biggest long term world problem…uncontrolled population growth! But you won’t hear any politicians talking about that issue. And if they did they’d be crucified.

I believe China has been the only country that took that issue on, though they have softened on it now.

Instead of tax breaks and credits and more public assistance per child, that should be reversed. More tax, less public assistance beyond say two children to incent stopping human population growth. It would take a WW effort.

Dave
1 month ago
Reply to  Spike

Yup, WWI & WWII helped.

B N S
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

Pfizer and Moderna did too..

Maurizio Taglianini
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard

Thank you Leo, we also need to be reminded of the danger to the world economy/peace by relying on oil & gas from unreliable sources vs domestic sources with more clean and renewable energy from the sun, wind, hydropower and other newer technologies 🙂

Leonard
1 month ago

Re: New York state violation tickets. I get it, but how can someone be so dumb in this day and age not wear a seatbelt? Do these neanderthals still believe the earth is also flat?

Maurizio Taglianini
1 month ago
Reply to  Leonard

In the names of Freedom & Liberty 🙂

Dave
1 month ago

Have you ever walked across a frozen river? You definitely would have gotten your feet wet. Ice flows are treacherous.

Danny Cram
1 month ago
Reply to  Dave

You apparently have never lived in a northern state…

Brenda
1 month ago
Reply to  Danny Cram

We are from the north and as a dogs paw is warm, any snow or ice will melt and his paw would be wet.

Brian
1 month ago
Reply to  Brenda

There are two more answers, 1. It was a dry river or 2. the dog jumped.

CeeCee
1 month ago
Reply to  Brian

Dry river was my solution, too.

Gary W Mayberry
1 month ago
Reply to  CeeCee

Also, VERY narrow.

D.T. Smith
1 month ago

While pushing the EV craze the government and most people discard the pollution created by mining Lithium and the fact that the Afghanistan retreat debacle opened the door to China to obtain Lithium rich mining rights in Afghanistan , they came in as fast as we fled.

Ted
1 month ago
Reply to  D.T. Smith

See my response to James about mining lithium. United States is not allowed to strip mine lithium. Fracking for oil is safer for the world. Merry Christmas

Dennis Johnson
1 month ago
Reply to  Ted

Poisoning the underground water is safer? Ask people in Texas, Pennsylvania and North Dakota about that……