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September 25, 2006 | Evan Halper, Times Staff Writer
In addition to its wide-open skies, roaming grizzlies and world-class fly fishing, Montana has another lure for Californians: the prospect of a tax dodge. Much to the displeasure of California law enforcement officials, Montana has become a haven for motor home owners who prefer not to pay the Golden State's sales tax when they buy their costly coaches.
August 18, 2006 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
A new kind of civil strife is stirring along the tidy bungalow-lined streets of Torrance, spawned by some residents' efforts to keep recreational vehicles off the streets. Anger-laced e-mails and letters are piling up at City Hall -- 392 pages so far in a litany of neighbor against neighbor. When one woman wrote that her family should be allowed to park its 38-foot-long Weekend Warrior on the driveway or on the street, a neighborhood leader responded snappily.
August 11, 2006 | T.J. Simers, Times Staff Writer
Times sports columnist T.J. Simers recently returned from a family vacation in an RV, just in time to catch the new film "Little Miss Sunshine," which also involves a family road trip. He decided to compare the two. IT was the poster that attracted me to "Little Miss Sunshine," the one featuring a Volkswagen bus and a bunch of people running after it that read: "A family on the verge of a breakdown." Just like mine.
January 22, 2006
Though RV sales were down 3.5% in the first eight months of 2005-- blame gas prices-- industry experts expect bullish sales as many baby boomers reach retirement.
January 11, 2006 | Chris Erskine
Maybe RVs are the future. A concept that would combine loft living with a six-wheeled chassis won this year's Los Angeles Vehicle Design Challenge, a competition between 10 local design studios. The GM entry's win was announced last week at the opening of the L.A. Auto Show. Dubbed the PAD, its designers called it "a modern alternative to those priced out of Southern California's escalating housing market."
November 3, 2005 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Cross-country, off-road vehicle travel will be curbed in national forests under new regulations aimed at controlling the explosion in off-highway use that has been the source of increasing friction on America's public lands. Under the rule, all of the country's 155 national forests will be required to designate roads, trails and areas for off-road use and then restrict off-highway vehicles to those routes.
August 28, 2005 | Jane Engle, Times Staff Writer
IT'S time to step on the gas, even if it's edging toward $3 and you get fewer than 10 miles per gallon. So say drivers of recreational vehicles, whose enthusiasm this summer seems undimmed by high fuel prices. Rentals by Americans are up 22% this year over 2004, said Bob Calderone, assistant vice president of marketing for Cruise America in Mesa, Ariz., which claims to be the largest RV rental company in North America.
June 18, 2005 | Lance Pugmire, Times Staff Writer
A recreational vehicle crashed into a center divider and exploded into flames Thursday night on Interstate 10 near Indio, killing four people and leaving one passenger in grave condition, authorities said. The survivor, believed to be a teenage girl, suffered third-degree burns over 70% of her body and was hospitalized at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, a spokeswoman for the California Highway Patrol said. The girl survived the crash "only because she was semi-ejected.
June 14, 2005 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
With summer fast approaching, outdoor enthusiasts will soon launch thousands of boats and personal watercraft into rivers, lakes and the ocean, unleashing a huge pulse of smog-forming exhaust into California skies. Manufacturers post booming sales and produce even more permutations of vessels -- personal watercraft, kayaks, ski boats and pontoon party barges, to name a few.
February 15, 2005 | Ashley Powers
When a "dirty bomb" explodes, hunker down in your RV. That's the hype for a prototype recreational vehicle that recently debuted at a Florida trade show. Two companies say air-filtration systems on their 45-foot coach protects against biological, chemical or radioactive attacks.
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