February 15, 2005 |
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.
January 11, 2005 |
Yellow dots on Oregon gas-food-lodging signs signal RV travelers where to park, turn and fuel. Oregon's Travel Information Council launched a two-year program in August to test so-called "RV friendly" signs after a popular 2003 trial run. The signs indicate which freeway-close businesses have wide, paved entrances and exits, overhead clearance, big parking spaces, noncommercial diesel pumps and 50-foot "swing radius" for lengthy vehicles. Some 15 Oregon sites -- along 600 miles of U.S.
August 18, 2004 |
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.
July 20, 2004 |
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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April 26, 2004 |
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.
April 25, 2004 |
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.
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April 2, 2004 |
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.
March 22, 2004 |
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.
March 9, 2004 |
On "The Simpsons," Marge recommends driving into the wilderness in the fictional Canyonero, an SUV that is "12 yards long, two lanes wide, 65 tons of American pride." Exaggeration? Maybe not. Domiano RV's in Orange County sells the Travel Supreme ME -- a 41-foot luxury coach that has a built-in "garage" big enough to carry a Mini Cooper in its belly.
March 5, 2004 |
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. said Thursday that the loss in the latest fiscal quarter narrowed to $10.2 million amid rising sales of recreational vehicles. The net loss for its third quarter ended Jan. 25 shrank to 26 cents a share from $18.4 million, or 51 cents, a year earlier, the company said. Revenue climbed 21% to $597.8 million from $493.2 million.