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December 19, 1989 | JOHN LANCASTER and PAUL BLUSTEIN, THE WASHINGTON POST
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
September 23, 1999 | STEPHEN GREGORY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Take a look at this year's Winnebago Ultimate Advantage with its hydraulic leveling jacks and video monitor for backing up, and you might think it's light-years from the motor homes and camping trailers that first rumbled down America's wooded byways and desert roads. But David Woodworth doesn't think there's much difference. And he should know. The 59-year-old Baptist pastor-turned-historian is arguably the country's foremost expert on the genesis and trajectory of recreational vehicles.
SPORTS
January 9, 1991 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NEWS
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.
SPORTS
January 2, 1992 | RICH ROBERTS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The typical trip to Europe lasts two weeks and leaves a tourist stressed, jet-lagged and with a blur of impressions and pictures that didn't come out. Ralph and Nancy Rosenlund of Portland, Ore., had a better idea. "At King Ludwig's castle in Germany, three busloads of Americans came in at about 3 in the afternoon," Ralph said. "We pulled in with our Oregon plates. They said, 'How did you get clear over here from Oregon?'
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
January 25, 2011 | Stephen Ceasar and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
China is hungry for the kind of recreational vehicles built in Southern California ? at least according to the Chinese entrepreneur who struck a deal with a Riverside firm to build and export $5 billion worth of them. The Chinese government has placed a focus on developing the RV industry as a cornerstone of the Chinese ideal of the happy home life, said Winston Chung. FOR THE RECORD: Chinese investment: An article in the Jan. 25 Business section reported on a deal by Riverside firm MVP RV Inc. to build recreational vehicles for export to China.
TRAVEL
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 RVTravel.com, 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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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."
SPORTS
February 22, 2008 | Pete Thomas
It's a spring-like morning at Lake Casitas and bass anglers sense that any day now the quarry they're so passionate about will begin to rise and aggressively feed. But anticipation of a new season is tempered because these anglers may soon be informed they can no longer launch their fancy boats at this spacious Ventura County reservoir. And the thought all of those fish going unhooked is so distressing that some would do almost anything to prevent this from happening. "I'd rather have my girlfriend dump me than have them close the lake down," says Brandon LeMay, 23, a nighttime housekeeper at nearby Ojai Valley Hospital, and a daytime fixture on the lake.
NATIONAL
November 21, 2007 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The National Park Service will allow as many as 540 snowmobiles a day to enter Yellowstone National Park -- a compromise that leaves neither environmentalists nor winter recreation advocates happy. The proposed cap is less than the current limit of 720 but nearly twice the number that have been entering the park in the last four years, and would reverse a trend of cleaner air and less noise, environmentalists and former park employees said.
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