Saturday, January 30, 2010

The Cutest Trailer You Ever Saw

Heres a link to photos of cute little home-built teardrop trailer.

You might also be interested in seeing RVs from the Fletcher family photo album including trailers built by my great uncle Roy Fletcher.
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Push to send FEMA trailers to Haiti stirs backlash

INDIANAPOLIS—The trailer industry and lawmakers are pressing the government to send Haiti thousands of potentially formaldehyde-laced trailers left over from Hurricane Katrina—an idea denounced by some as a crass and self-serving attempt to dump inferior American products on the poor.

"Just go ahead and sign their death certificate," said Paul Nelson of Coden, Ala., who contends his mother died because of formaldehyde fumes in a FEMA trailer.

The 100,000 trailers became a symbol of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's bungled response to Katrina. The government had bought the trailers to house victims of the 2005 storm, but after people began falling ill, high levels of formaldehyde, a chemical that is used in building materials and can cause breathing problems and perhaps cancer, were found inside. Many of the trailers have sat idle for years, and many are damaged.

The U.S. Agency for International Development, which is coordinating American assistance in Haiti, has expressed no interest in sending the trailers to the earthquake-stricken country. FEMA spokesman Clark Stevens declined to comment on the idea.

Haitian Culture and Communications Minister Marie Laurence Jocelyn Lassegue said Thursday she had not heard of the proposal but added: "I don't think we would use them. I don't think we would accept them."

In a Jan. 15 letter to FEMA, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said the trailers could be used as temporary shelter or emergency clinics.

"While I continue to believe that these units should not be used for human habitation, I do believe that they could be of some benefit on a short-term, limited basis if the appropriate safeguards are provided," he wrote.
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Friday, January 29, 2010

Battle Creek RV Show this weekend

Recreational vehicles will never go out of style, but some travelers have had to change the way they use them in recent years.

An economic recession and high gas prices caused RV sales to plummet in 2009. But according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, shipments to retailers increased 2 percent in December and are up a whopping 150 percent compared with a year ago.

And this weekend, hundreds of motor homes, mini-homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers and tent campers are on display at the 2010 Battle Creek RV Show at Kellogg Arena.
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Canadians can win a trvel trailer from Earlybird RV Show & Sale

To be eligible for this Contest, an individual must:

a. be a legal resident of Canada
b. be of the age of majority in his/her province of residence or older at time of entry;

There is no purchase necessary to enter the Contest. To enter e-mail Global Television at with you name, complete mailing address and telephone number. To enter by mail, clearly print your name, complete mailing address and telephone number on a plain piece of paper and mail it to the attention of Win An RV Contest c/o Global Television at 7850 Enterprise Street, Burnaby, B.C. V7A 1V7. No Entries will be accepted by any other means.

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Work begins on new campground at Winnipeg Beach

Winnipeg, MB Canada — The province announced work on a new $5-million, 120-site family campground at Winnipeg Beach Provincial Park is underway.

The first phase of construction at the south end of the park is the installation of underground services to provide water, sewer and electrical connections to the accessible campsites.

There will be three washroom/shower buildings, a campground office and an expanded boardwalk. Future development will include a children’s play area and a multi-purpose pavilion on the site of the former Water Tower Inn.

Plans are for the campground to open in mid-summer 2011.
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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Fleetwood Motorhome Owners Schedule Rally

DECATUR, Ind., Jan. 28 -- Fleetwood RV, Inc., a leading producer of Class A and Class C recreational vehicles, today announced that event registration for the Fleetwood MotorHome Association (FMA) "Drive Your Toys To Illinois" national rally in DuQuoin, Ill. June 26-30, 2010 is now available online at

All Fleetwood motor home owners, regardless of brand, are welcome to attend the event, which will include the latest line up of motor homes, factory service support, informative seminars by key industry suppliers, kids activities, and a variety of family-friendly entertainment.

"We are looking forward to this year's "Drive Your Toys to Illinois" national rally," said John Draheim, president and COO of Fleetwood RV, Inc. "Not only is it an excellent opportunity for us to thank our motor home owners for their loyalty and support, but it is also a chance for us to gather their valuable feedback about all of our product features and innovations."

Registration fees listed below include four nights of camping, four breakfasts, three dinners and two evenings of entertainment:

1 coach / 1 person: $209
1 coach / 2 people: $249
Kids (ages 12 ? 17): $39
Kids (under 12): Free
Additional people (ages 18 and over) - $59 per person

Event highlights include:
For more information about the "Drive Your Toys to Illinois," national rally, including how to register, please visit,

About Fleetwood RV, Inc.

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Country Coach to Auction Motorhomes & Equipment

Luxury motor coach manufacturer Country Coach has employed auction experts Hilco Industrial, LLC,, to offer for sale the inventory, intellectual property, machinery and equipment from their Junction City, Oregon plant. Hilco will host a worldwide webcast auction February 4 and 5, 2010 at which buyers will have the opportunity to purchase completed 2009 and incomplete 2010 recreational vehicles, among many other items from the complete motor coach assembly plant.

Country Coach is well-known nationwide as a manufacturer of premiere quality motor homes featuring the Veranda, a design element that opens the motor home up to the outside world for a unique "inside-out" experience for motor home travelers.

This unprecedented auction event will feature ten 2009 new finished Country Coach motor coaches from the Magna, Inspire, Veranda and Infinity product lines. Eight coaches in various stages of completion, from frames to nearly road-ready, are also available.

The company's intellectual property will also be offered, including drawings, blueprints, logos, website, customer lists, molds and other intangible assets.

Huge quantities of inventory will be sold, including engines, transmissions, power generators, axle assemblies, chassis, body and interior components.

Machinery and equipment used in the manufacture of the vehicles, such as metal fabrication, woodworking, material handling, and auto assembly equipment, will be offered, along with the company's fleet vehicles and office furniture and equipment.

The auction will comprise nearly 2000 lots in all, and will attract bidders from many industries both locally and nationally. Buyers will be able to bid using the phone and internet at, or attend in person and bid on site at the manufacturing facility located at 135 East First Avenue, Junction City, Oregon, 97448.

For more information on the Country Coach Worldwide Webcast Auction, to register or view the lot catalogue, visit:
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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Beaudry RV To Hold Q&A Sessions

Beaudry RV - Tucson, AZ, Along with featured manufacturing partners Forest River and Monaco will be hosting 30-minute sessions with follow-up Q&A, in a hands-on engaging setting. "It is important that our customers have adequate information before considering a major purchase in the RV lifestyle. We intend to provide the right product, at the right price, backed by our extraordinary service capabilities," states Beaudry RV's Vice President of Operations, Dundee Kelbel.

Q&A Sessions: January 29-31, 2010 and February 4-6, 2010
Times: 11a - 3p - 30 minute session, every 45 minutes
Where: Beaudry RV - 3200 E. Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85714
What: Q and A session, new product features, and hands-on walk through. Detailed schedules to be provided at the gate and the website.
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Centerville, Ohio: new law for keeping RV at home

The last few hundred Centerville residents who park recreational vehicles on their property under old city rules have until July 15 to meet new standards passed in 2008.

The city has been gradually updating its rules on RV storage for 20 years, but existing owners had been grandfathered in under old rules, a practice that will end this year, according to Jennifer Wilder, assistant to the city manager.

The primary rules in effect for all owners July 15 are that all types of RVs stored outdoors must be parked on a paved surface, must meet size limitations, must be located in a side yard and be screened from neighboring properties by fencing or trees.

The policy affects all types of recreational vehicles, from motor homes, travel trailers and campers, to boats and personal watercraft, to horse trailers or any other utility trailer.
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Theme park & campground needs 2,200 seasonal workers

SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — More than 2,200 seasonal jobs are up for grabs here as Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari and two adjacent attractions, the Lake Rudolph RV Campground & Resort and the Santa Claus Christmas Store, begin taking applications in about a week.

Most of the jobs will be at the theme park which is expecting a record number of applicants for its 2,100 positions, according to Brandon Berg, director of human resources.

Holiday World plans job fairs Feb. 6-7, Feb. 11 and Feb. 13.

Meanwhile, Lake Rudolph and the town’s Christmas Store are planning a separate job fair Feb. 6 for 120 positions ranging from retail and welcome staff to lifeguards, security, shuttle drivers, housekeeping, maintenance and grounds crew. It will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 6 at the American Legion on Indiana 245 and some of those jobs may require applicants older than 16.

Berg said applying at Holiday World will be a two-step process this year: “The first step is to submit an online application via our Web site ( and the second step is to attend one of our job fairs.”
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Lost Campers USA to Offer Campervan Rentals in L.A.

SAN FRANCISCO CA - Lost Campers USA, a San Francisco-based campervan rental company, has successfully served budget-conscious, outdoor enthusiast travelers for two years, and is now opening a satellite location in Los Angeles near LAX. Founded on a philosophy of providing easy-to-drive, cheap campervans for hire, Lost Campers is the leader in providing quality California camper van rental experiences.

Company owners Nick and Emma Thomson are native Australians who saw the potential in the U.S. market for campervans, a smaller, mini-van-sized camper with a low carbon footprint popular down under and in Europe. While very successful in the Bay Area, Lost Campers has been missing the market of Europeans and other world travelers who fly inexpensively and directly into Los Angeles. Comments Nick Thomson, "Up until now, travelers wishing to explore southern California could only rent a campervan in Los Angeles for an additional pick-up fee. And customers beginning in San Francisco could only drop in L.A. with a drop-off charge. Heeding our customers’ wishes and market demand, Lost Campers is opening a Los Angeles venue by March 1, 2010.” The location is to be announced, but will be proximate to LAX, (within a five-minute drive from the airport), and feature all of the amenities expected in Lost Campers’ multi-functional vans.

Lost Campers’ fleet consists of 50 American mini-vans retrofitted to contain a platform bed with storage below, curtains and are outfitted with all the necessities for camping and cooking. Camper vans are designed to seat and sleep* from 1-5 people. (*2-3 persons can sleep in the vehicle.) Additional equipment is available to rent, including sleeping bags, towels, bike racks, roof racks, electrical heaters, GPS navigation systems, tents, and more.

Lost Campers’ daily campervan rental rates are $29.99 off-peak (3-day rental requirement) to $59.99 during peak season, June 1 - September 21 (minimum 5-day rental). The San Francisco facility is located at 2955 Third St., between 25th and 26th streets, and is close to public transportation. For information and reservations (recommended), visit or call 415-386-2693 or 888-LOST-VAN (567-8826).
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Arizona Lost Dutchman State Park to close in June

In mid-January, the Arizona State Parks Board voted to approve the phased series of closures starting Feb. 22, culminating with the June 3 closure of Lost Dutchman, which attracted nearly 100,000 paid visitors last year. The closures were announced after the state swept $8.6 million to grapple with severe budget woes.

Ellen Bilbrey, spokeswoman for Arizona State Parks Department, said the closures were based on the economic performance of parks and not targeted according to locations or other considerations.

"It's a fiscal problem and it calls for a fiscal solution," Bilbrey said. She said although 99,000 visitors paid to enter Lost Dutchman in 2009, it cost $276,000 to keep the park opened, and revenue fell short by $9,000 last year. By comparison, Cattail Cove State Park at Lake Havasu, which will remain open, saw 85,000 visitors but is operating in the black, with more than $10,000 left over after costs.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Fee hikes proposed for Fairfax County, VA parks

The Fairfax County Park Authority is proposing fee increases at popular campgrounds, as well as pools, horse stalls and a bevy of other recreational outlets to help ease a projected $316 million budget shortfall.

Under the plan, campers would pay higher fees at both Reston's Lake Fairfax Park and Fairfax Station's Burke Lake Park, which have become fixes for getaways on the cheap, park leaders say.

Fees would rise $3 per night -- to $37 for those needing electricity and $28 without -- but park officials called the proposed changes nominal, saying they would not deter campers.

More than $4 million was cut from county parks in the current budget.

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Americans' love affair with motorhomes

By Kevin Connolly
BBC News, Elkhart, Indiana

It was the Germans who invented the motor car and steered us all towards the boundless possibilities and endless problems of the age of internal combustion.

But it took the genius of America to recognise that with a little extra hammering and spannering the motor car could readily be converted into the motor home.

I am told it was a matter of days - weeks at most - before someone had converted the first horseless buggy into the first recreational vehicle (RV).

It was a clumsy-looking behemoth whose passengers rode - very slowly - high above the road surface on what was essentially a four-wheeled roof garden, complete with balcony.

But practicality was not the point. The point was Americans had brought their restless love of the open road and their romantic affinity for far horizons into the motor age.
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Troubleshooting & Repairing RV Refrigerator Made Easy

Benton, KY – January 18, 2010 – In an attempt to make consumers’ lives easier, authors Roger D. and Onna Lee Ford, owners of Ford RV Refrigeration, collaborate to bring a comprehensive 241 page manual. Published through Xlibris, Average Joe’s RV Refrigerator: Troubleshooting & Repair Guide is an easy-to-follow guide in dealing with basic problems of any RV refrigerator.

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Monday, January 25, 2010

25th RV show canceled for lack of vendors

BANGOR, Maine — The 25th annual Bangor Camping and RV Show scheduled for this weekend at the Bangor Civic Center has been canceled due to lack of interest from vendors, according to Bass Park Director Mike Dyer.

The event, which is organized by Bass Park and Civic Center staff, has been held every year since 1986. Dyer explained, however, that in order to fill the space at the Civic Center, at least three large vendors are needed. This year, only two had committed.

“It actually goes back to last year when dealers lost some of their co-op money [from RV manufacturers] to participate in the show,” Dyer said. “Last year, we cut the amount of rental space in half with the thought that something was better than nothing. This year, we were going to proceed that same way, but it didn’t happen.”

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Manufacturer: COACHMEN INDUSTRIES, INC. Mfr's Report Date: JAN 13, 2010
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 10V013000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Potential Number of Units Affected: 50

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