RV Water Heater. Do you maintain it?

It is no secret that RVs require constant maintenance; especially when they are utilized year round. Now that the winter months are right around the corner, it is a good idea to have the hot water heater in your RV maintained properly. That way, you will be able to turn up the heat in the dead of winter!

The hot water heater in your RV should be drained once every six months to keep it in good working order. First, turn off the heater. Then, run the water to ensure that only cold water is coming out. Next, remove the drain plug and drain all of the water out of the unit. Be sure to flush the tank with fresh water. You can purchase a small nozzle that helps with flushing the water out.

At RV America, we understand that accidents happen. If something goes awry while maintaining your hot water heater, we are here to help. Just contact our service department at 800-722-1236 for your maintenance needs. We’ll make sure your beloved camper is running in tip top shape before you take it out for a spin.

Remember we have 18 service bays to make sure your RV is ready to go camping.  Give Pennsylvania’s largest tow-able RV dealer a call today!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

~ Virginia – A tornado at Cherrystone RV Resort in Virginia killed 2 and injured dozens Thursday morning. A family from Berks County, Pa were among the injured. A married couple from New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent.

~ Florida – Shopping for an RV at Lazydays is the focus of a reality show premiering Sunday on the Travel Channel, Columbus CEO explained.  Big Time RV takes viewers behind the scenes of the one of the country’s RV dealerships as customers tour and test different makes and models, from $18,000 travel trailers to $1 million tour buses, according to Columbus CEO.  The half-hour premiere, which airs at 8 p.m., follows a single father looking for a camper to wow his daughter in time for her birthday and two friends on the hunt for a million dollar party pad on wheels. A second episode will air at 8:30, Columbus CEO noted.

~ SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Across California, Airstream parks or traditional RV parks with permanent Airstreams available for nightly rental have popped up with regularity, The Sacramento Bee reported.  Santa Barbara’s Auto Camp, which has five non-ambulatory, custom-designed Airstreams parked in front of a trailer park with permanent residents, has been featured in magazines like Sunset Magazine, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveler. The Sacramento Bee explained the Auto Camp is so popular, its owners are planning to open similar sites soon in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ventura.

~ KANE, PA. – Charges have been filed against two Kane men who allegedly broke into a building at the Kiasutha Campground in Hamilton Township while camping.
The Bradford Era reported on the morning of July 3, police responded to a report that someone had broken into the Kiasutha Campground gate house. Among the offenses discovered at the site where a window had been broken so someone could enter and $130 in cash was missing.

~ ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, ON — A man and woman have been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act, after their dog was left alone in a hot car at their campsite in Algonquin National Park, ON, according to Market Wired.   On July 5, 2014, a park warden observed a Golden Retriever-type dog locked inside a car on a campsite. Market Wired reported the park warden noted that the car was located in direct sunlight, the four windows were down about two inches, and the animal did not have water and was panting heavily. After 15 minutes passed without the return of the dog’s owners, the Ontario SPCA was contacted.  Following an investigation, the Ontario SPCA has charged the animal’s owners with causing distress to an animal and failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare, Market Wired noted.

~ National - Pilot Flying J is off the hook for prosecution after the company admitted its employees ripped off truckers and trucking companies by not paying them promised rebates on fuel purchases. The truck stop outfit will cough up a $92 million fine. Evidently RVers were not caught up in the rebate cheat.

~ California – A rare bit of RV and aviation history will be up for sale on August 15 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California. The 1939 travel trailer owned by Charles and Anne Lindbergh is expected to fetch at least $150,000. The trailer sits on twin axles with a lightweight aluminum skin. The inside is furnished with well-preserved oak paneling.
~ News From The Weird ~

~ Calgary Police are trying to figure out the series of events leading up to a camper being abandoned in the middle of an intersection in the northeast.
A pickup-camper had become disconnected from the back of a truck at some point in the night and was spotted laying in the intersection of 36 Street and Memorial Drive N.E.  A short time later, police say a truck was spotted driving erratically, striking several parked cars.  Police are investigating after a driver abandoned a trailer in an intersection in northeast Calgary.  The driver then got out and tried to run, but was later caught and arrested.  Police say charges are pending and suspect alcohol may have been involved.

~ Skipping out on a $25 campground site fee may cost a Georgia man much more. John M. Turner of Rome, Ga., didn’t pay his site fee at the Rocky Mountain Campground in early July. Floyd County officials caught up with him and booked him. Charged with criminal trespass and theft of services, Turner couldn’t get out of jail for free — he posted bond.

 

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV Buyers Scam!

ALERT:Off-shore Internet scam preying on potential RV buyers

The old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is unfortunately ringing true in the case of a scam website, http://www.rv-wheels.com.

Scam artists thought to be operating out of Nigeria are relieving would-be RV buyers of thousands of dollars in deposit money on nonexistent RVs, and there’s little that can be done because the perpetrators are outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies, according to investigators with the Newton County, MO, police department.

Officers from the southwest Missouri county became involved because http://www.rv-wheels.com have been directing buyers to the site of a former RV park south of Joplin, MO, according to detective Fred Engberg. The campground went of business years ago, although some “old FEMA trailers” there are rented to occupants on the property, Engberg told RVDA.

Wheelen RV Center in Joplin, a longtime RVDA member, has been fielding questions from consumers and notified RVDA about the scam. Marty Wheelen said people from as far away as Georgia have traveled to Joplin to pick up motor-homes they intended to buy from the website’s operators, only to find there was no motor home.

Similar off-shore scams have directed prospective RV buyers to other locations around the country to pick up nonexistent RVs, Engberg says.

RVDA called the phone number listed on the http://www.rv-wheels.com website, posing as a potential buyer, but there was no answer.  However,  the call was returned a few minutes later, and the caller said that the motor home RVDA inquired about could be viewed either in Joplin or at a location selected by the potential buyer.

“Please call [before traveling to Joplin] because other people are interested in that unit and it might be sold before you come out,” the caller added.

Although there’s virtually no chance that the people who lost deposit money will be able to recover it, Engberg  hopes that putting the word out about this scam will prevent others from being victimized.

 

Found and Shared from RV Executive Today.

 

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.


- Harrisburg, Pa. – Two preview hikes will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run, according to Gant Daily.  These are hikes at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges, Gant Daily explained.  The first preview hike is June 28. It will be at Pequea Creek Campground and is approximately 12 miles. Gant Daily noted hikers should bring water and lunch. The second preview hike is July 12. It will be at Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground and is approximately 15 miles. Hikers should meet at Otter Creek Campground at 9 a.m.

- Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett, wants to balance the budget, in part by leasing state park and forest acreage for gas development. Not so fast, say two former officials for state parks and natural resources departments. The two officials spoke in court on behalf of an environmental group trying to put a stop to the idea.

- Three new one-hour episodes of Extreme RVs will air this Sunday evening, June 15, on the Travel Channel, including a massive toy hauler, a $2 million custom Prevost, and a Sprinter van conversion.

- St. Cloud, Minn. — Pleasureland RV Center owner Dan Pearson has come to the assistance of law enforcement once again, this time footing the bill for a bloodhound that replaces one who used to work for the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office until it died unexpectedly late last year, the St. Cloud Times reported.

- As of June 9, advanced reservations for the Father’s Day weekend (June 13 to 15) were running 5.6 percent ahead of the same period in 2013. A total of 22,150 reservations had been made, representing a total of 56,100 camping nights.

- Anaconda, Mont. — Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said a camper discovered a jawbone Tuesday night at the Warm Springs Creek Campground, Mont., according to NBC Montana.Police and a medical examiner were called to the scene, and also found ribs in the dirt, NBC Montana reported.  Barkell said he believes the site may be an old settler or tribal burial ground. NBC Montana noted the Montana Historical Society has taken over the scene, Barkell said, and will run tests to determine how old the bones are.

- Butte, Mont. — At least seven mobile home owners have been told to leave the KOA in Butte, leaving some who have lived there for years scrambling to find another place, according to The Montana Standard.  Joseph Tice, a new majority owner of the campground off of Kaw Avenue, had a letter distributed to them last week explaining the final conversion of the property to an overnight campground was beginning. He is giving them 90 days to leave, The Montana Standard reported.  Tice said KOA, which oversees the national franchise business, said KOAs are more successful if operated solely as overnight campgrounds so he has decided to stop renting spaces to mobile homes on a monthly basis, The Montana Standard explained.

- Minneapolis, MN — High school carpenters have nearly finished three camper cabins for the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, and they are on schedule to be trucked out to the park in July, Star Tribune explained.
Over the school year, 41 students came from their high schools to take construction trades classes at Dakota County Technical College, where they built the one-room cabins, according to Star Tribune. Their free labor made the cabins affordable for Dakota County, allowing the county to add the popular overnight getaways as a key draw for the new 425-acre park, set to open in September, Star Tribune reported.

- Campers have discovered what appears to be an ancient elephant skull at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.  “State Parks and other agencies are investigating the find of what appears to be a tusk and skull of a prehistoric elephant,” said State Parks Director Tommy Mutz in a news release from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.  The release characterized the find as a possible stegomastodon. According to the University of Nebraska State Museum, which helped in the excavation of a stegomastodon found in Nebraska, the species went extinct around 1.3 million years ago.  Paleontologists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are working with State Parks and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation staff to safeguard, investigate and potentially excavate the fossil as soon as possible, the release states.  Campers reported the find to authorities, said Dr. Robert Stokes, State Parks Archaeologist.  “State and federal law prohibit the removal of archeological, paleontological and botanical specimens from Elephant Butte Lake State Park,” Stokes said.  Once the investigation is complete, State Parks will work with other agencies to provide the public with information about the age and type of fossil skull found, the release states.

 

~News from The Weird~

~ update-Kristian Horn, who used to be a purchasing agent for RV manufacturer Forest River, has been sentenced to three years in prison. An Indiana court found him guilty of stealing company materials and selling them at about a third of their original price. Horn will also be paying restitution.

~ Update on RVers who scooped up a newborn seal pup on a California beach and were making a getaway. Two volunteers from Monterey, California’s Marine Mammal Center got a tip about the seal-napping, gave chase in their BMW and somehow contacted the RV driver by phone. The RVer agreed to stop, and the duo found the seal stashed under a pile of dirty clothes. “Beemer Cruise” is being readied for a future return to the wild. It’s not clear if the RVer will be charged.

~ If Zibby Wilder has her way, you may soon stay at Chillville in an Air-stream. The food-and-wine writer wants to set up five “amenity rich” Air-stream trailers on Walla Walla, Washington’s airport industrial property to form a “glamping” resort complete with a communal gas fire-pit, pétanque courts and picnic tables. No other RVs would be allowed admittance.

~ A man stole a motor-home north of Seattle, Wash., then led several law enforcement agencies on a wild chase for an hour, driving through oncoming traffic then smashing into five cars and two homes in Granite Falls, Wash. The thief abandoned the rig then ran several blocks while shedding his clothes. He barged into a house and when the occupants refused his request for clothing, he took a pair of women’s jeans and a top and ran out of the house into the open arms of police. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Petersburg, Ky. – Authorities said an alleged campsite burglar and vandal was arrested Tuesday after he was found face down in Boone County cornfield, FOX 19 reported.
The man, identified as 35-year-old Luthor Robinson, was reportedly wearing shorts taken from the campsite. The shorts were belted with a cable television wire cut from one of the sites, FOX 19 explained.
Authorities told FOX 19 most of the stolen property was recovered, including two guitars, a handgun, two flat screen televisions, a portable boom box and a battery jump box. Damage to the sites included broken windows, kicked in doors, two jet skis sunken and damaged boat controls.

 

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

-”Project Terry,” which took a moldering 1978 Terry travel trailer and renovated it “extreme makeover” fashion, will soon get a new owner. The industry-supported project’s “child” is presently on display at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., but come the end of May it will be auctioned off on eBay. Proceeds will be donated to the Hall of Fame.

-The Mozingo Lake Advisory Board in Maryville, Mo. discussed a new rate card for RV campers who stay more than 10 nights. The rate card could potentially save campers 10 percent.

-Ohio officials said Wednesday they’ll invest $88.5 million to upgrade and modernize trails, campgrounds and recreational facilities in Ohio’s 74 state parks over the next two years.

-RV builder Jayco says it’s working hard to be eco-friendly. In 2013, under its EcoAdvantage program, the company says it recycled materials to the tune of 1,284 tons of wood, 13,221 tons of scrap metal and 1,801 tons of paper and cardboard. That amounts to enough space in a landfill to handle the needs of 42,500 people.

-Bass Pro Shops offers free activities for kids May 3 – 4 (April 22, 2014) — This special event May 3 and 4 will give kids the opportunity to learn skills such as knot tying, rod casting and archery, which will help them have fun outdoors. Kids who complete all activities can receive a free fishing tackle box.

-SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Officials from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimate that an additional 2,000 drivers are needed to deliver the 25,000 to 30,000 recreational vehicles that are sitting on lots in southern Michigan and northern Indiana, mostly in Elkhart County, according to South Bend Tribune.
The problem could cost the industry as much as $500 million in lost sales in 2014, according to South Bend Tribune.

-Catch a fish — win $10,000:  Bass Lake, Calif., sounds like a place you could land a big one. Come May 3rd and 4th, the “big ones” the anglers will try to grab will be trout. More than 1,000 tagged rainbows will be released prior to the 33rd Annual Bass Lake Fishing Derby that weekend.

 

~News from The Weird~

-York Beach Camper Park owner Diane Spear finally got her first vacation in a year. On returning to her Portsmouth, N.H., park she got quite a shock: The local power company had planted a power pole in the entrance, blocking motor home access to the park. On hearing of the snarl, local selectmen rescinded their permission for the pole placement, and the pole (and its hole) are now gone. Case not closed — the power people say they must have a pole somewhere to get juice into the campground.

-ESTACADA, Ore. – A Washington State RVer has filed suit, asking for $275,000 for damages she suffered when a duck attacked her as she stepped out of her motor home in Estacada.
The dastardly duck took off after Cynthia Ruddell, who says in her suit that she fell while attempting to escape the ornithoid’s unwanted attentions, damaging her wrist and rotator cuff. In what some may consider a daffy affair, Ruddell’s attorney, Gregory Price of Vancouver, Wash., says the duck’s owner, Lolita Rose is responsible for not keeping the duck safely penned up on its own property, and in typically litigious language, for failing to warn others of her “duck’s dangerous propensities.”

- A large recreational vehicle crashed on the Kilpatrick Turnpike after leading Oklahoma City police on a chase, Thursday night.  The chase started near on Interstate 40, near Rockwell, News 9 reports. Police say the suspect, who was driving a large white RV, had felony drug warrants out for his arrest.  Oklahoma City Police tell News 9 police went out to the RV park near I-40 and Council Rd. to serve three felony warrants on 30-year-old Richard Parver, when he and a female fled in the RV.  The chase lasted over 30 minutes, winding around the metro. The RV ran over several stop sticks before finally crashing out and catching fire on the Kilpatrick Turnpike, near County Line Rd, News 9 explains.

 

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

- A 35-year-old travel trailer yielded up some secrets to its new owners. In a small black box, hidden away inside the trailer, were military medals belonging to a man dead since 2001. Evidently, Dr. Edwin Harrison, the sixth president of Georgia Tech, hid the medals inside sometime before his death. After the trailer changed hands, new owners found the box and went on a “treasure hunt” to find the owner. They recently turned over the box and its contents to Harrison’s son in Cobb County, Georgia.

- Authorities tell WKBN a Youngstown man has died after being burned by a fire that was sparked by a space heater at Green Acres Lake Park in Diamond, Ohio.

- To help out Canadian farmers in tight times, some local and federal laws encourage “agri-tourism,” wherein farmers can allow folks to camp on their property and get a sense of living on the land. But the mayor of Kelowna, British Columbia, says he figures at least half the “farmers” in his area are frauds, operating what he calls “year around trailer courts.”

- For the ninth consecutive year, Camping World RV Sales was announced as America’s No. 1 seller of tow-able and motorized RVs for 2013 by Statistical Surveys. Camping World RV dealerships amassed 47 individual dealer awards for being the top-in-class in their respective states. Due to having the largest amount of sales locations.

- BOGO (buy one, get one) offers abound, and Kentucky State Parks are joining in. Buy one night of camping in April or May, get the second night free, Sunday through Thursday. Use the promo code “SPRING14″ on the state parks’ Internet reservation system.

 

~News From The Weird~

- Make my day? A campground manager in West, Texas, had his own Clint Eastwood moment when he found three folks who appeared to be planning to steal LP cylinders from rigs in his campground. The manager brandished a shotgun and ultimately discharged it, hitting one. Not too bright to argue with an armed man — but it figures — one of the would-be burglars was named Looney.

- BANTAM, Conn. :  A man charged for accidentally setting a camper ablaze while horsing around with friends led state police right to his stash of marijuana plants, according to Register Citizen.  A state trooper investigating a trailer fire at the home of 18-year-old Christopher Jacquier and his mother, discovered several potted marijuana plants. Register Citizen explains 13 plants, or nearly a pound of marijuana, were seized from the property, along with rolling papers, a small baggy of marijuana, an electronic scale, a pipe with burnt residue and a water bong.  Jacquier told authorities investigating a fire he accidentally set a trailer ablaze while burning scrap wood. He told authorities he asked his mother for permission to burn the trailer, but she wouldn’t let him, Register Citizen reports.

-  A man was jailed Monday after he led police on a wild chase through Placer County, Fla. that ended with several trailers damaged, according to KCRA.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Department told KCRA the man downed a large number of prescription pills in a suicide attempt, then drove off. The man was drinking beers as deputies followed him.  The chase ended in an RV park in Colfax. The driver smashed into several trailers, causing significant damage, KCRA reports.

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Highland Ridge RV – a new home to Open Range RV

open-range-rv-horsehead-logo-dark-highland-ridge-rvSince the acquisition of Open Range RV by Jayco RV. Changes have been minor just as promised from both RV manufacturers.  However with new business licensing requirements. A new stable has come to Open Range RV.  Highland Ridge RV is now considered the new home of Open Range RV. A new website will be up and running shortly; highlandridgerv.com.

Open Range RV and Jayco entered into a Letter of Intent with Jayco Corporation near the end of February 2014.  With similar cultures and dedication to both their customers and dealers. The acquisition of Open Range RV by Jayco will have a result that everyone will benefit from.  Both companies have a track record of exceptional growth in RV sales over the past couple of years. As an Open Range dealership, we look forward to a great new opportunity to introduce this innovative RV product to our customers.

highland ridge rv company logo, parent company of open range rvSo be on the lookout for Open Range travel trailer or fifth wheel camper by Highland Ridge RV. New ownership but the same quality built, innovative designed RV for the camping family.

Safe travels and Happy RVing!