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Latest News for RVers Issue 1106, Saturday edition

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KOA’s new king-sized campsite perks include a “fire experience”

Kampgrounds of America, Inc. (KOA) has announced a new premium site class, the KOA Signature Site. The spacious campsites will further expand KOA’s move toward the profitable glamping world. Each Signature Site will include an expanded KOA Patio with a covered seating area such as a Skydeck or gazebo, expanded grilling elements, and a “fire experience.” (No, not a campfire pit, a “fire experience,” which you can interpret as you wish.) Continue reading.

National Parks rate low in places to work, survey says

By Randall Brink
Those RVers who frequently camp in national parks might view the role of a park ranger as a dream job. Park rangers and other national park employees spend their workdays outdoors in a stunning setting and interact with people having fun outdoors—what’s not to like? However, a recent survey conducted by the Partnership for Public Service reveals that the National Park Service (NPS) is near the bottom of the list in job satisfaction among government employees. Learn why here.

Keystone RV perk affords camping on sprawling private lands, ranches

This summer Keystone RV owners have the opportunity to book a stay at more than 75 private properties in Montana and Idaho. Keystone has partnered with LandTrust, a Bozeman-based company that connects outdoor enthusiasts (it caters heavily to hunters) to more than one million acres of private land throughout the western United States. LandTrust has gathered a collection of often-vast RV-friendly ranches, farms and other properties to make them available exclusively to Keystone owners and their friends and family. Continue reading.

RV shipments continue to drop, down about half from last year

After years of record sales of RVs, manufacturers’ champagne bottles are still packed away as shipments to retailers continue their slide over 2022. Results for the RV Industry Association’s April 2023 survey of manufacturers determined that total RV shipments ended the month with 31,216 units, a decrease of 45.4% from the 57,192 units shipped in April 2022. Learn more.

Vultures attacking vehicles at state parks

The black vulture, the gray-headed cousin of the turkey vulture, is causing damage to vehicles—often trucks and SUVs—parked at boat ramps at some state parks. Windshield wipers, sunroof seals, and rubber or vinyl parts are at particular risk. Most often, perching black vultures do little or no damage. However, in some cases the destruction can be extensive. Continue reading.

Starlink: The latest news updates for RVers

By Randall Brink
News flows daily from the wellspring of SpaceX and its Starlink Roam (formerly known as “RV”) subsidiary. Often it has to do with the rapid increase in the Starlink and Starlink Roam subscriber bases. The overall Starlink satellite broadband user base is 1.5 million, with Starlink Roam surpassing 300,000 users. Catch up on the latest Starlink news here.

IT WAS LIKE A MIRACLE: Last Monday, something happened at that we never could dream of in a million years. Even now, nearly a week later, it’s hard to believe it happened. We’ll have a report tomorrow.

Campground Crowding

Military campgrounds more accessible, changed rules

RV sales have slowed and fewer people are buying RVs than has been the recent trend. Has that changed campground crowding? This week Nanci Dixon shares emails from our readers including Carol S., a retired RV park manager, who explains some of the profound changes in campgrounds and RV parks in the past decade. More RVers offer tips to avoid or at least deal with crowded campgrounds and high prices. And Stephen W. updates us on new DOD access rules regarding DOD/Military facilities.

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RV Video Tour

Amazing 2023 Newmar King Aire 4596 Luxury Motorhome debuts new, impressive floor plan

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, Andrew Steele of RVing with Andrew Steele takes us on a tour of the Newmar 2023 King Aire 4596 model, featuring a new floor plan that, in Andrew’s opinion, makes it the nicest Newmar King Aire ever built! As Andrew specializes in high-end luxury RVs, that’s saying a lot.

This is gorgeous!

That was the RV week that was

May 20–26, 2023

Gas prices are rising slightly compared to previous months, but they were still well below last year’s levels heading into Memorial Day weekend and the travel-heavy summer season. Nationally, the average price per gallon of regular gasoline has been $3.53 throughout May 2023, compared to $4.60 a year ago. At the state level, gas prices are highest in California, Hawaii and Arizona, while they’re lowest in Mississippi, Texas and Louisiana.

Campground Views has released the 1,100th Campground Virtual Tour. “The industry standard for virtual tour experiences now includes state park campgrounds in Washington and Oregon,” notes a news release. “In addition, the Campground Virtual Tours have been loaded more than 100,000 times over the last 30 days with campers requesting virtual tours for over 5,000 different campgrounds during that same time period.” Learn more.

A recent survey of America’s leisure travelers found that 44 million Americans plan to go RVing this summer, including 12 million over Memorial Day weekend. The survey was reported by the RVIA and also showed that 32% of leisure travelers would like to buy an RV in the next 12 months.

Yellowstone National Park law enforcement officers are asking the public for information about an incident that occurred on the evening of May 20th between the unidentified man above and a newborn bison calf which resulted in the animal’s death. Do you know him? Read more including who to contact if you do. For more information about similar incidents (not this one in particular), read A Response To The Yellowstone Bison Incident From An Actual Wildlife Biologist from

As of May 26, Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state is transitioning to a fully cashless fee system and will accept only electronic card payments for entrance fees and campgrounds. Read more.

REV Recreation Group (REV) is recalling certain 2020-2024 Fleetwood Bounder, Holiday Rambler Vacationer and 2020-2023 Fleetwood Southwind motorhomes. The tow hitch may become damaged due to stress or vehicle overloading which can cause the tow vehicle to separate from the motorhome. A tow vehicle that separates from the motorhome can become a road hazard, increasing the risk of a crash or injury. Learn more.

Iowa residents can fish without a license on June 2, 3 and 4 courtesy of the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Utah’s Red Fleet State Park will close on June 1 for renovations and improvements, with plans to reopen for the 2024 season. The closure of the park northeast of Vernal will allow for extensive construction and renovation of the day-use areas, as well as a complete redesign and reconstruction of the campground.

Dark sky at Grand CanyonThe 33rd annual Grand Canyon Star Party will be held Saturday, June 10, through Saturday, June 17, 2023, on both the South and North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. National parks such as Grand Canyon are protective havens for some of the last remaining dark skies in the United States. Learn more.

A bill halfway through the Texas statehouse would create a vehicle mileage tax for cars and trucks. If passed by the House and Senate, the bill would assess a user fee on Texas vehicle owners based on the number of miles traveled in the state. As is, Texas now collects a 20-cent-per-gallon tax rate on gas or diesel purchases. House lawmakers approved HB3418 after removing a specification that the program apply to commercial vehicles, which opens the door to the inclusion of personal vehicles as well.

KOA’s May Research Report shows that there are almost 1.5 million additional households camping in April compared to the previous year. As peak season approaches, more than half of campers (56%) are likely to take at least one camping trip in the next 30 days.

Watch out!

The Elk calving season has begun in Yellowstone National Park. Cow elk are much more aggressive towards people during the calving season and may run towards you or kick. Look around corners before exiting buildings or walking around blind spots: cow elk may bed their calves near buildings and under cars. If an elk runs toward you, find shelter in your vehicle or behind a tall, sturdy barrier as quickly as possible. Good luck!

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Kemmerer (Wyoming) Field Office and Pinedale Field Office have opened the Fontenelle Creek and Warren Bridge Campgrounds for the 2023 summer season. Drinking water is available and fees are being charged at both locations. Campsites are $7 a night.

Death Valley’s Badwater Road reopened on May 25 after National Park Service employees moved dirt and rocks off the road and filled in unsafe drop-offs on road edges. The road was closed May 20 due to safety concerns after flash flooding.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) forecasters with the Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service, predict near-normal hurricane activity in the Atlantic this year. NOAA’s outlook for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season, which goes from June 1 to November 30, predicts a 40% chance of a near-normal season, a 30% chance of an above-normal season and a 30% chance of a below-normal season.

The Georgia Department of Driver Services issued an unusual reminder for residents taking advantage of the state’s new digital driver’s licenses and IDs: “Please take pictures with your clothes on.” The department reminded applicants about “keeping things classy” when snapping selfies for their digital licenses and IDs, which allow Apple Wallet users to leave their physical copies in their wallet when passing through TSA checkpoints.

Assateague Island National Seashore is proposing new camping fees to take effect October 1st at the Maryland park. The cost of a regular campsite in the Oceanside and Bayside campgrounds would go from $30 to $40.

California State Parks is honoring the service of veterans and active and reserve military members by offering free admission to 130 participating state park units Monday on Memorial Day – Monday, May 29, 2023. The list of participating park units can be found at

A Minnesota inventor who gained a following for his unusual vehicles unveiled his latest creation: a beer-powered motorcycle. Ky Michaelson, whose previous inventions include a rocket-powered toilet and a jet-powered coffee pot, said the beer-powered motorcycle has a 14-gallon keg with a heating coil instead of a gas-powered engine. Michaelson estimated the bike could reach speeds of up to 150 mph.

Police in The Village, Okla., were called out to assist a driver when a snake slithered out from under the hood of her car and onto her windshield while she was driving. Nobody was hurt, and the snake was relocated and released.

Glacier National Park reminds visitors that vehicle reservations are required May 26 through September 10 for those entering the park by vehicle or motorcycle from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. at west side entrances including North Fork, Camas and West. On the east side, reservations will not be required at Many Glacier, Two Medicine and St. Mary (at Rising Sun) entrances until July 1. Visitors with lodging, camping or commercial activity reservations do not need a vehicle reservation.

A 59-year-old man died last Sunday when the trailer he was attempting to level fell on him at Sunset Park Campground in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Police said it appeared the man was working beneath the RV when one of the concrete blocks that supported it collapsed, killing him instantly.

Tennessee State Parks unveils two new campgrounds: a deluxe RV campground at Warriors’ Path State Park in Kingsport and a backcountry campground at Little Cove in South Cumberland State Park. Warriors’ Path State Park introduces the newly-renovated Moody Bluff Campground with 40 deluxe campsites, accommodating RVs up to 75 feet and featuring two new bathhouses.

Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win this just-published directory Van and RV Camping in State Forests? It will guide you to 585 camping areas in various state agencies in 25 states.

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (May 27, 2023) by 7 p.m. Pacific time. Remember, you can only enter once and after we notify you by email via that you won, you have 24 hours to respond or we’ll give the prize to someone else.

Click here to enter

Reader poll

Would you buy an RV made in China if the quality was equal to one made in the USA, but cost significantly less?

Curious minds want to know. Please leave a comment.

We have this. We love this. If there’s a bear attack? We won’t know! If there’s a train, we won’t know! It’s wonderful! How do you survive without it?

Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of May 22, 2023:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.53
Change from week before: Down <1 cent; Change from year before: Down $1.06.
Diesel: $3.88
Change from week before: Down 1 cent; Change from year before: Down $1.69.

For fuel prices for specific states, go to U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Upcoming RV shows

Click here for a directory of upcoming shows.

Recipe of the Day

Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Peppers

by Kristin D. from Clearfield, UT

If you love Philly cheesesteaks but are watching your carbs, this dinner will be perfect for you. The meat is super tender. Using your favorite steak seasoning gives the steak the right amount of flavor. Once baked, the peppers are cooked but a little crunchy. On top is ooey gooey cheese. So good!

Click here for the recipe


Where is the largest working musical instrument in the world located? If you guessed Philadelphia, you’re right! Inside the Macy’s Department Store on Market Street, you’ll find the Wanamaker Grand Court Organ (named after the original store). The instrument with its 28,604 pipes is so big it reaches multiple floors. There is only one dedicated organ master who is allowed to play the Wanamaker – go figure! BTW, the organ is a National Historic Landmark and valued in excess of $79 million.

Laugh of the Week

This is an old one, but it makes us laugh every time! Thanks for sending, “Lil John.”

Today in History All Star Team

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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: Roger Marble, Dave Helgeson, Janet Groene, J.R. Montigel, Randall Brink, Karel Carnohan DVM, Cheri Sicard, Dustin Simpson, Dale Wade and Paul Lacitinola. Moderator: Gary Gilmore. Financial affairs director: Gail Meyring. IT wrangler: Kim Christiansen. Artificial (AI) contributors: Johnny Robot and Milly MacWilly. Canine Mascots: Archie and Astor “the Disaster”

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4 months ago

For the recipe above you can use shredded chicken and I love Montreal chicken spice blend. I will be making this recipe using chicken instead of beef. I have converted a lot of recipes I have turned to using turkey or chicken or seafood. The best canned chicken I have used is from walmart using their canned chicken and shred it. Otherwise another recipe to try. Thanks for another suggestion.

4 months ago

Just a comment:
I have been looking for the perfect rv for several years. So much technology and new inventions being made. One thing that kind of bothers me is that European manufactures seem way ahead of the big rv manufacturers here in America. It almost seems like Thor and all those big companies are comfortable with the products they are making. And Leisure vans appears to be way ahead of their competition. Maybe that is way they can’t keep up with the demand on their vans. CoachHouse makes a great motorcoach, but they still haven’t produced the perfect coach, you’re made to sacrifice something to get what you always wanted. The EKKO motorcoach is a flower that hasn’t bloomed yet. I’m not complaining, I’m still waiting for that perfect machine. When I can go down to a reputable dealer and they can build me or provide me with everything I want and the way I want it, I will be one happy camper.

4 months ago

“A recent survey of America’s leisure travelers found that 44 million….

The survey was reported by the RVIA and also showed that 32% of leisure travelers would like to buy an RV in the next 12 months.”

So…the all time record sales was 600,240 RVs in 2021. 32% of 44M is 14.1M.

The head office of RVIA must be in a state where LOTS of hallucinogenic drugs are legal!!! 😉 🙂

4 months ago

Why doesn’t the Saturday giveaway show past winners anymore?

Ham Radio
4 months ago

The SpaceX article failed to mention the service slower speeds as the subscriber count has increased. It has become a huge disappointment.

4 months ago

Thank you for the history lesson- too soon we forget the things that made us.

john W & lana S stahl
4 months ago

I think the READER POLL question each week may be a way China gains information about me. Therefore I hve quit answering the question. Some day China may use the READER POLL information to come after me or you. This world is crazy and I do not want to take any chances. Even our government and businesses already knows to much about you and I. Tread easy. Buyer beware. Watch out – you never know who is next. I hope the READER POLL of this great newsletter is not being used by businesses, our government, or heaven forbid a foreign government.

Sven Yohnson
4 months ago

Says the man who uses his, AND his wife’s FULL names in his comments.
How is China (or anyone else) going to use Reader Poll information to “come after us”?
I personally don’t care who knows if I’m a dog or cat person, or whether I prefer hotdogs, or hamburgers. I am vigilant whenever I’m on line, as I am in the “real world”.
Don’t live your life in fear. There is a fine line between vigilance, and paranoia.
Stay on the right side of the line, and you’ll be OK.
(unless you’re driving in the UK, where that can kill ‘ya). 🙂

4 months ago

” The sky is falling ” ” The sky is falling ” !!!

4 months ago
Reply to  Dave

I first thought this was referring to the Laugh of the Week. 🙂

4 months ago

Will Effect Your Future “Social Credit” Score…

Rally Ace
4 months ago

Someone may want to check and see if there is a coyote under that rock.

4 months ago

Saw something yesterday that I haven’t seen since around 2006. In Northern MN gas was 3.59 per gallon, Diesel was $3.58 per gallon. A penny less!

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