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July 20, 2004 | Bonnie Obremski
Winnebago drivers back their rigs into extra-long campsites, grab the lawn chairs off the front rack and hook up to electricity links when they go camping. Open roads are their driveways; kitchen tables double as bunk beds; bathrooms are just a sideways sashay from the passenger's seat. About 1,600 members of the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers Club have converged on Forest City, Iowa -- home of 200-acre Winnebago Industries -- for the 35th Grand National Rally that runs through Friday.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A recreational vehicle burst into flames while traveling on California 371 in Riverside County and sparked a brush fire Sunday that charred 2,000 acres of vegetation and destroyed two mobile homes, six outbuildings and 11 vehicles. The Riverside County Fire Department deployed more than 500 firefighters to the scene, along with airplanes and helicopters dumping water and retardant. By nightfall, officials claimed 40% containment of the fire, which started at 1:08 p.m.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2004 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
Gentlemen and ladies, start your engines. As the booking season for Memorial Day revs up, RV rental companies report business is booming, thanks largely to foreign tourists returning to the U.S. in big numbers. An informal survey suggests American RVers plan to spend more time on the road too. Gasoline prices fell slightly last week in California although they set a record at $1.813 per gallon nationwide, according to the federal Energy Information Administration.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2004 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
An early-morning wall of fog near the top of Cajon Pass set off a series of chain-reaction crashes involving 66 vehicles Thursday, closing northbound Interstate 15 for more than five hours and leaving two dozen people injured. The crashes, 15 in all, caused five cars to burst into flames, left big-rig trucks scattered in the middle of the freeway and backed up Las Vegas-bound traffic for miles. The first accident occurred just after 6:30 a.m.
BUSINESS
March 22, 2004 | Mark Jewell, Associated Press
With customers like Mary Jo Athman, it's easier to see why RV makers and sellers see a bright future. Athman, a 35-year-old office manager from Waite Park, Minn., recently bought a new 25-foot trailer -- and plans to hang on to her old 1960 model. The new RV will be used mostly for weekend trips to a family cabin in northern Minnesota's lake country with her husband and their 11-year-old daughter. The old one will provide sleeping space for home guests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The city's ban on overnight parking of recreational vehicles is legal, but a Superior Court judge found that there were "extenuating circumstances" and dismissed a pair of $30 citations against a disabled man who lives in an RV. The ordinance prohibiting parking of RVs, motor homes or travel trailers on city streets from 2 to 6 a.m. "is a legally permissible restriction on parking," Judge William McLafferty wrote last week in a seven-page decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Powerboats and personal watercraft will be allowed to return to a Carlsbad lagoon now that authorities appear to have eradicated a fast-spreading algae that endangered aquatic life. The City Council voted 4 to 0 on Tuesday to end the three-year ban on motorized craft in the Snug Harbor area of Agua Hedionda Lagoon, which had been infested with Caulerpa taxifolia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
It soon may be illegal to park a boat or recreational vehicle in front of your house here. The city is considering such a law because of complaints from residents about junk cars, motor homes and other vehicles cluttering residential neighborhoods, said Mayor David Glass. "Based on the reaction from the public so far, people want this," he said. The City Council will consider the ban Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2003 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An Orange County judge said Friday that he is leaning toward supporting the DMV's conclusion that an Orange man should pay the higher commercial fees for his 57-foot motor home. Superior Court Judge David A. Thompson said he will announce his ruling in the next few days on Angelo "Chuck" Emanuele's $180,000 Atlantic Star recreational vehicle. Two years ago, Emanuele bought a Kenworth cab with attached living quarters and added a 40-foot recreational trailer.
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