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November 7, 1987 | PETER FREY, Frey, who resides in Sherman Oaks, specializes in automotive writing.
He was standing in the doorway of what seemed to be a cruise ship on wheels. It was parked among 900 recreation vehicles in the parking lot of Dodger Stadium at what claimed to be the largest RV show ever assembled. Bob Lee, president of Country Coach Inc., pointed to a small statue sitting on a coffee table in front of the soft leather couch.
June 18, 2013 | By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times
A new federal plan for managing the Imperial Sand Dunes calls for reopening to off-road vehicles 40,000 acres that have been closed since 2000, when the site became embroiled in a legal battle involving threatened plant species. Counting that acreage, 84% of the 215,000-acre dunes system would be open to motorized recreation under the Bureau of Land Management plan, released Tuesday. The plan is the result of a 13-year process that moved in fits and starts as each iteration from the agency was challenged in court.
The top U.S. auto-safety official said Monday that there is no clear solution to the dangers light trucks pose to cars in crashes and that any future regulations to minimize the hazard should be broadly drawn. The remarks by National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator Ricardo Martinez signal that so-called vehicle compatibility will take years to address with a variety of strategies that are likely to be employed by auto makers.
September 30, 2011 | By P.J. Huffstutter, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency filed a civil lawsuit against an engine certification company in the City of Industry, accusing the firm of using false or incomplete data to get paperwork needed under the Clean Air Act so its customers could import recreational vehicles. The agency says MotorScience Inc. and its founder, Chi Zheng, started helping overseas vehicle makers and importers in 2006 get the correct EPA certifications to allow them to sell their goods in the U.S. Zheng filed paperwork with the agency stating that such vehicles and engines "meet or exceed the minimum requirements" for federal air-quality-control emissions, according to the complaint, filed Thursday in federal court in Los Angeles.
April 9, 1998 | From Associated Press
The government's highway safety agency will propose strongly worded labels for sport-utility vehicles, prompted by statistics showing their risk of rollover is double that of other vehicles. The labels proposed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would use bright colors and show a vehicle tipping sideways with the words: "Warning: High Risk of Rollover," according to documents obtained Wednesday by the Associated Press.
March 31, 1999 | E. SCOTT RECKARD, E. Scott Reckard covers tourism for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7407 and at
If your concept of a getaway is more middle of the road, consider hitting the brakes at Lake Isabella RV Resort, owned by Daniel Wasbin of Irvine. The California Travel Parks Assn. summoned Wasbin to an Oakland banquet recently to receive a plaque for Best RV Park (small park category) in all of California, Oregon and Nevada. There's no free bubbly, but Wasbin recently installed new barbecues at the RV sites in the southern Sierra Nevada. All yours for just $19.95 a night.
Rosa Ocampo, surrounded by weeping relatives, sang Christian hymns and prayed Friday as she buried seven members of her family who perished recently in a freak explosion during a Mexican vacation. "I didn't come here to say goodby to the children," said the 62-year-old La Puente woman, mother of two of the dead and grandmother of four. "I came to say I'm going to join them soon."
The Bush Administration plans to propose excise taxes on recreational vehicles, off-road vehicles, camping equipment and pleasure boats despite the concern of some Administration officials that they might be a violation of President Bush's "no new taxes" pledge. The taxes, ranging from 1% to 2.
February 16, 1994 | WILLSON CUMMER
A man who is irritated by his neighbor's large recreational vehicle asked the Planning Commission on Monday to ban such vehicles from parking on city streets. But commissioners refused to prohibit the motor homes, which must be moved every three days to avoid parking tickets, on a 3-2 vote. Theodore Encinas, a resident of Alaska Avenue, told commissioners he became upset after moving into his home last September and discovering that a motor home parks frequently in front of his property.
With logistic mischief, Coleman's pop-up tent trailers are displayed across the aisle from a 40-foot Prevost Shell motor home at the 26th annual Anaheim Sports, Vacation and RV show running through Sunday. That's both ends of the evolution of the recreation vehicle into the 1990s--on one hand, for as little as $2,395, the refined but still least expensive mode of living outdoors on wheels; on the other, for $475,000, the dream of total highway luxury, complete with satellite dish.
March 22, 2011 | By Bob Pool, Los Angeles Times
If the music to the Season 9, Episode 5 installment of Fox's animated sitcom "Family Guy" had a relaxed feel, maybe it was because of the 104-degree mineral water. Glenn Morrissette helped orchestrate the score after a leisurely soak last October in the natural hot springs in the tiny northwestern Wyoming town of Thermopolis. Morrissette did his work from his recording studio on wheels ? a recreational vehicle he calls home as he meanders around the U.S. Using a laptop computer and a WiFi connection, he composes, performs and records music and beams it back to Hollywood sound stages and theaters.
July 4, 2010 | By Jane Engle, Los Angeles Times
Rent an RV, hit the road and save gobs of money on your next vacation. Really? Maybe not, even some advocates concede. "You could probably pack four people in a car, eat at restaurants, stay in hotels, and I imagine it's about the same cost," said Chuck Woodbury, editor of, a consumer website offering tips and tricks for RVers. But consider the intangibles. "The real advantage of the RV is that the family's together, and you can cook and eat healthy meals," Woodbury said.
June 12, 2010 | By Martha Groves, Los Angeles Times
For the second year in a row, the California Coastal Commission has denied a request for overnight parking restrictions by Venice residents who have complained about people living in campers and cars on the streets. The panel's 6-3 vote Thursday also quashed a proposed settlement that the city of Los Angeles had hoped would resolve the divisive issue over how to deal with recreational vehicle dwellers, who some Venice residents contend bring noise, public inebriation, crime and litter.
March 11, 2009 | Martin Zimmerman
For Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., the national housing crisis has been a double whammy. The Riverside company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, is grappling with sharp declines in demand for its two key products: manufactured houses and the big homes-on-wheels it makes for the recreational vehicle market. The dual hit has forced Fleetwood to drastically cut its workforce, adding to the economic woes in Riverside County.
July 5, 2008 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Azusa residents Sue and Jim Young had planned to spend the Fourth of July weekend in Silverton, Colo. But, on Friday, their fifth-wheel travel trailer was parked at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey. "We canceled it because of gas prices," said Sue Young, 57, who was settled in a USC folding chair in the sand in front of the parking lot. "We thought about Santa Barbara, but this was closer."
August 18, 2004 | Rukmini Callimachi, Associated Press
Back when they owned a basic camper, Mike and Marina Wolfgram parked it on riverbanks, in rustic campgrounds and on the sides of highways. That all changed when they bought their first luxury motor home -- a 45-foot coach the size of a yacht and at $1 million just as expensive. They chucked their California home for a new life. But driving in luxury created an unexpected problem for the couple -- parking.
January 11, 1988 | PAUL FELDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Looking for dirt-cheap accommodations by the glistening Pacific? At Dockweiler Beach Recreational Vehicle Park, in its first year as the county's only utility-equipped RV-by-the-sea facility, visitors pay $17 a night to sleep as close to the waves as Johnny Carson, Barbra Streisand or Pia Zadora.
October 27, 2003 | William Overend, Times Staff Writer
Mayor Marty Blum was stunned at first. County leaders who are normally her political allies had pulled a fast one, she thought. Maybe it might not seem like that big a deal to outsiders. But the County Board of Supervisors had voted to allow 10 recreational vehicles to park in county-owned lots in downtown Santa Barbara. Right by the County Administration Building was a lot where five RVs could be parked overnight, they decided.
May 24, 2003 | Julie Cart, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday opened all but a small portion of the Imperial Sand Dunes to recreational vehicle use, reversing a 3-year-old policy that had set aside a large portion of the dunes to protect fragile plant and animal species, including the desert tortoise. In issuing its management plan for the 160,000-acre dunes east of San Diego, the BLM also for the first time established visitor targets to better manage peak holiday crushes.
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