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Saturday, August 26, 2023
Issue 1119
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Travel trailer stolen with RVers sleeping inside

This is a true story. A couple was snoozing in their tent trailer at a rest area near midnight, their four-wheel-drive tow vehicle still attached, when all of a sudden their world began to shake, rattle and roll. Thieves had carjacked both the vehicle and the attached trailer. Find out what happened next in this bizarre incident.

Love’s opens new location with 125-space RV park

Love’s Travel Centers has opened new locations in Colorado and Texas. The largest, in Cañon City, Colorado, located off Four Mile Parkway and U.S. Highway 50, will soon have a total of 130 spaces, all with full-hookups. A new travel center located off Interstate 35 at exit 65 in Cotulla, Texas, has two full-hookup sites. Love’s Cañon City RV Stop will open next month with 125 RV spaces. An additional five sites will be available in the travel center itself. Read more.

RV age discrimination? Washington “resort” tells older RVs to leave

By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Dozens of RV owners at Horn Rapids RV Resort in Richland, Washington, have been put on notice. If their RV is more than 10 years old, they’re not welcome anymore. The $2.5 million RV park is home to many long-term RVers, some of whom work for the nearby nuclear facility at Hanford, and plenty of others who are retired. Many of these folks have been happily living at the park for years. But a “new sheriff” has come to town, and she wants to clean up. Is it a case of RV age discrimination? Continue reading.

RV shipments continue to plummet

RV shipments so far from manufacturers to dealers this year are down nearly half from last year (-47.7%). Manufacturers could only manage to ship 2,822 motorhomes, with only 595 Class A models. Read more.

National Park visits break record, propel U.S. economy with unprecedented $50.3 billion visitor spending in 2022

On Monday, August 21, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2022 resulted in a record-high $50.3 billion, which benefited the nation’s economy and supported 378,400 jobs. Learn more.

RVers show big interest in electric bicycles

Interest in e-bikes has never been higher, if the results of a poll Thursday at are any indication. Of the more than 1,300 readers who responded, nearly a quarter (23%) reported they already owned an electric bicycle. Another 22 percent said they planned to buy one within the next two years, with 16 percent reporting they were interested in buying one in that same time frame. Read more.

Campground Crowding

East Coast “resort” rates up to $275 a night! Yikes!

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 your comments about not enough parks being built for the number of RVers (old news), the high prices of campgrounds (more old news), and the difficulty to “break into long-established snowbird cliques” to get reservations in the winter. Plus a couple more tips about obtaining reservations (such as, try at smaller campgrounds).

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RV Video Tour

Tour the 2023 Newmar Kountry Star Class A motorhome—slide mania!

By Cheri Sicard
In the video below, the team from Endless RVing takes us on a tour of the Newmar Kountry Star Class A diesel motorhome Model 3709. This coach has three slide rooms: a driver’s side super slide, plus two smaller slides on the passenger side. I love the light, airy look of the interior.

Click here to read more and take the tour

That was the RV week that was

August 19–25, 2023


The national average for a gallon of gas dropped four cents since last week, despite growing gas demand. However, the price of oil has declined several dollars per barrel and is holding steady below $80, contributing to lower pump prices. As Labor Day approaches, gas demand and volatile oil prices, particularly during an active hurricane season, could limit how much lower prices descend in the weeks ahead. Read more.

Meanwhile, the price of diesel continues to climb, according to weekly reports released Aug. 21. reported an increase not only to the national average but also to costs in every region over a week ago. Reporting an increase of 11 cents or more were these regions: Rocky Mountain (13.1 cents), California (12.7 cents), West Coast (12.1 cents) and Lower Atlantic (11.4 cents). The Midwest saw the smallest increase at almost 6 cents. The average price across the U.S. was $4.327 a gallon, up 8.2 cents.

Gary Milner defeated challenger Curtis Coleman Wednesday to become the next National President of FMCA, the Family Motor Coach Association. Members of the group’s governing board voted 136 for Milner and 75 for Coleman at FMCA’s 107th International Convention and RV Expo in Gillette, Wyoming. Paul Mitchell will become the next Vice-President. Read more.

In other FMCA news, the Gillette rally ended yesterday. A total of 788 RVs were on hand. FMCA’s last rally in Gillette, Wyoming, was in 2021 and drew 1,351 RVs. The club’s most recent international rally last March in Perry, Georgia, drew 1,932 RVs.

Grand Design RV, LLC (Grand Design) is recalling certain 2022-2024 Momentum 23G and 25G travel trailers. The installed safety chains are underrated for the recreational vehicles’ Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). As many as 1,209 of the travel trailers may be affected by the recall. Learn more.

Oliver Travel Trailers, an 18-year-old family-owned manufacturer of premium-quality travel trailers, announced that it will be establishing a dealer network to sell and support the Oliver product line. Read more.

Worried about the air quality where you’re traveling? With so many wildfires happening now in so many areas, there is a lot of bad air. Find the quality of the air where you are now and where you’re heading at For information about the air quality in National Parks, this is the place.

A bat found near the Arches National Park Visitor Center, Utah, on August 18 has tested positive for rabies. In recent weeks, visitors have reported unusual bat behavior, including one reported bite. Less than 1% of bats in nature have rabies, but those that act strangely or contact humans are up to 10 times more likely to be infected. Arches visitors who had physical contact with any bat should seek immediate medical attention and should notify the NPS Office of Public Health. Visitors whose pets may have had contact with a bat should consult with their veterinarian.

Are you camping this weekend? Does it seem a bit crowded? With cooler weather, fewer bugs, and fall festivities at campgrounds gearing up, more than 16 million Americans plan to go RVing this Labor Day weekend. And some aren’t staying put at home for fall. A whopping 38 million Americans plan to have some kind of RV experience this fall: 40% of Millennials intend to be out and about with an RV this fall. And how about this? (graphic from the RV Industry Association):

Grand Design RV has produced its 250,000th RV. The subsidiary of Winnebago Industries manufactures travel trailers, fifth wheels and toy haulers. The company plans to celebrate the milestone at its National Owners Rally in Elkhart, Indiana, next week.

Lazydays has completed the opening of Lazydays RV of Wilmington in Wilmington, Ohio. The new location marks the beginning of Lazydays’ expansion into the Northeast region and will feature new inventory from Tiffin, Thor, Forest River, Coachmen, East To West and Cruiser. The Service Department includes 20 service bays.

Flooding from heavy rain damaged CA-190 between Zabriskie Point and Furnace Creek. NPS Photo taken morning of August 21.

Southern California’s Death Valley National Park is closed, but not from excessive heat, as you might guess, but because of major flash flood damage. The park set a new daily rainfall record on August 20, with more rain in one day than in a typical year. An estimated 400 residents, travelers, and employees were temporarily sheltered at Furnace Creek, Stovepipe Wells and Panamint Springs, but have now been evacuated.

Motorists planning Labor Day holiday travel over popular RV routes in Washington state should consult the Washington State Department of Transportation’s holiday traffic volume charts to determine the best times to travel to avoid congestion. This year’s charts include U.S. 2, Interstate 90, and I-5 between Lacey and Tacoma as well as Bellingham to the United States–Canada border.

Portions of the Flathead and Clark Fork rivers in Sanders County, Montana, have been closed due to dangers posed by the River Road East fire. Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) is also closing Kookoosint Fishing Access Site, Paradise Crossing Fishing Access Site, and Full Curl Wildlife Management Area south of Plains on Montana Highway 200 due to the fire. Learn more.

Missouri State Parks recently received new chairs for visitors with mobility challenges. With a track chair, visitors can explore trails and visit parts of Missouri state parks or historic sites that are not suitable for regular wheelchairs — even on water. Three track chairs are currently available: one each at Bryant Creek State Park in Ava, Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington and Elephant Rocks State Park in Belleview.

After many years of preparation by volunteers in the Bureau of Land Management’s Paleo lab in Kanab, Utah, Paleontologists Dr. Alan Titus and Katja Knoll have delivered two new dinosaur exhibits, a ceratopsian and a juvenile hadrosaur, to the John Wesley Powell Memorial Museum in Page, Arizona. Learn more.

A cabin at Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas.

This is a bet-you’re-glad-to-have-your-own-RV moment… Kelley Barnes and her family checked into a camper cabin at Devil’s Den State Park in Arkansas. It wasn’t long before their good sleep was interrupted by hundreds of itchy bed bug bites. Barnes says Arkansas State Parks refunded her family the cost of their cabin rental, but their belongings are considered a total loss. The state park has hired an exterminator to treat all five camper cabins.

Houseless” RVers removed from suburban Los Angeles streets

KABC-TV in Los Angeles has been following a story about approximately 500 RVs that are parked along the street in Gardena, California, serving as their occupants’ homes. The conditions are deplorable. Now, the city is beginning to clear the area, moving the residents to other housing and destroying the RVs. Watch this four-minute news segment, which shows a very unglamorous and sad side of RVing from what most of us see. Warning: This is not pretty.

Saturday Giveaway!

How would you like to win these heat and fire-resistant gloves?

Perfect for grilling, campfires, fireplaces, and more!

How to win
We’ll select a winner at random out of all entries we receive today (August 26, 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 or see last week’s winner!

Reader poll

How would you describe the quality of workmanship on your RV?

Answer here and see how others responded.


This 2021 Prime Time Avenger LT travel trailer was stolen on Sunday, Aug. 13, from the Anthem area in Las Vegas. There’s an “I love NY” sticker on the driver’s side window, various national park stickers on the rear window, and a hitch tray and bike rack on the rear. NV plates. Please contact the Henderson PD if located at 702 2674913.

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

Eh? EH? If you’re tired of saying “EH?” all the time, you may need this. Sure, it might be a little gross, but if it helps…

Latest fuel prices

Here are the latest U.S. average prices per gallon of gasoline and diesel fuel as of August 21, 2023:
Regular unleaded gasoline: $3.87
Change from week before: Up 2 cents; Change from year before: Down 1 cent.
Diesel: $4.39
Change from week before: Up 1 cent; Change from year before: Down 52 cents.

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

Upcoming RV shows

Click here for a directory of upcoming shows.

Recipe of the Day

EZ Grilled Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert

by Maeda Krizmencic from Denver, PA

Anyone can make this quick and easy dessert. It’s like a strawberry shortcake brought to a new level of yumminess. Brushing premade pound cake with butter and grilling it forms a nice crust and keeps the cake from getting too soggy. The cheesecake filling is sandwiched between strawberry jam and adds richness. It pairs deliciously with the sliced summer strawberries. Once assembled, drizzling it with chocolate is the perfect touch. Make sure not to skip that step! This recipe is a great example of how to turn store-bought ingredients into a delicious summer dessert.

Click here for the recipe


New Mexico state tax rules have an interesting twist for the elderly: Those who are over 100 years old and not claimed as a dependent don’t have to pay income tax. So that’s one good thing about growing very old!

Our favorite camping directories
At we have worked closely with Roundabout Publications for two decades, our favorite publisher of campground directories. Here are some of their most recent titles:
Camping in America’s City & Town ParksCamping in America’s County ParksCamping in State Parks (Western USA)Camping in State Parks (Eastern USA)Corps of Engineers CampingNational Forest CampingBureau of Land Management CampingVan and RV Camping at State Recreation Areas.

Laugh of the Week

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

Everything in this newsletter is true to the best of our knowledge. But we occasionally get something wrong. We’re just human! So don’t go spending $10,000 on something we said was good simply because we said so, or fixing something according to what we suggested (check with your own technician first). Maybe we made a mistake. Tips and/or comments in this newsletter are those of the authors and may not reflect the views of or this newsletter. is a participant in many affiliate programs, including the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases. Regardless of the potential revenue, unless stated otherwise, we only recommend products or services we believe provide value to our readers.

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Steve Minor
1 month ago

Dan, that is truly the joke of the day!! LOL

Debbie Freidell
1 month ago

On the quality question of RVs…we purchased a gently used 2016 Dynamax Force in 2018 that had 3000 miles on it. It had been lovingly maintained by the first owner. We had done massive research on quality and safety issues of different makes and models of RVs. The Dynamax brand was one of the highest rated at that time. Our “Force” has stood up to all sorts of drive situations and remains a high quality machine. We feel safe as we travel the country. Unfortunately, the Dynamax company was bought out after ours was made. Forrest River now builds them and I might question if that excellent quality still is built into the newer models.

1 month ago

Today is the anniversary of the 19th Amendment and it has been all downhill ever since. If no hears from me after today, it’s because my wife read this.

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