RV Buyers Scam!

ALERT:Off-shore Internet scam preying on potential RV buyers

The old saying “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” is unfortunately ringing true in the case of a scam website, http://www.rv-wheels.com.

Scam artists thought to be operating out of Nigeria are relieving would-be RV buyers of thousands of dollars in deposit money on nonexistent RVs, and there’s little that can be done because the perpetrators are outside the reach of U.S. law enforcement agencies, according to investigators with the Newton County, MO, police department.

Officers from the southwest Missouri county became involved because http://www.rv-wheels.com have been directing buyers to the site of a former RV park south of Joplin, MO, according to detective Fred Engberg. The campground went of business years ago, although some “old FEMA trailers” there are rented to occupants on the property, Engberg told RVDA.

Wheelen RV Center in Joplin, a longtime RVDA member, has been fielding questions from consumers and notified RVDA about the scam. Marty Wheelen said people from as far away as Georgia have traveled to Joplin to pick up motor-homes they intended to buy from the website’s operators, only to find there was no motor home.

Similar off-shore scams have directed prospective RV buyers to other locations around the country to pick up nonexistent RVs, Engberg says.

RVDA called the phone number listed on the http://www.rv-wheels.com website, posing as a potential buyer, but there was no answer.  However,  the call was returned a few minutes later, and the caller said that the motor home RVDA inquired about could be viewed either in Joplin or at a location selected by the potential buyer.

“Please call [before traveling to Joplin] because other people are interested in that unit and it might be sold before you come out,” the caller added.

Although there’s virtually no chance that the people who lost deposit money will be able to recover it, Engberg  hopes that putting the word out about this scam will prevent others from being victimized.


Found and Shared from RV Executive Today.


Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

Harrisburg, Pa. – Two preview hikes will be held prior to the Keystone Trails Association’s (KTA) sixth annual Susquehanna Super Hike & Ultra Trail Run, according to Gant Daily.  These are hikes at a normal, brisk pace to familiarize prospective participants with the course and its challenges, Gant Daily explained.  The first preview hike is June 28. It will be at Pequea Creek Campground and is approximately 12 miles. Gant Daily noted hikers should bring water and lunch. The second preview hike is July 12. It will be at Lock 12 to Otter Creek Campground and is approximately 15 miles. Hikers should meet at Otter Creek Campground at 9 a.m.

– Pennsylvania’s governor, Tom Corbett, wants to balance the budget, in part by leasing state park and forest acreage for gas development. Not so fast, say two former officials for state parks and natural resources departments. The two officials spoke in court on behalf of an environmental group trying to put a stop to the idea.

– Three new one-hour episodes of Extreme RVs will air this Sunday evening, June 15, on the Travel Channel, including a massive toy hauler, a $2 million custom Prevost, and a Sprinter van conversion.

St. Cloud, Minn. — Pleasureland RV Center owner Dan Pearson has come to the assistance of law enforcement once again, this time footing the bill for a bloodhound that replaces one who used to work for the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office until it died unexpectedly late last year, the St. Cloud Times reported.

– As of June 9, advanced reservations for the Father’s Day weekend (June 13 to 15) were running 5.6 percent ahead of the same period in 2013. A total of 22,150 reservations had been made, representing a total of 56,100 camping nights.

Anaconda, Mont. — Anaconda Police Chief Tim Barkell said a camper discovered a jawbone Tuesday night at the Warm Springs Creek Campground, Mont., according to NBC Montana.Police and a medical examiner were called to the scene, and also found ribs in the dirt, NBC Montana reported.  Barkell said he believes the site may be an old settler or tribal burial ground. NBC Montana noted the Montana Historical Society has taken over the scene, Barkell said, and will run tests to determine how old the bones are.

Butte, Mont. — At least seven mobile home owners have been told to leave the KOA in Butte, leaving some who have lived there for years scrambling to find another place, according to The Montana Standard.  Joseph Tice, a new majority owner of the campground off of Kaw Avenue, had a letter distributed to them last week explaining the final conversion of the property to an overnight campground was beginning. He is giving them 90 days to leave, The Montana Standard reported.  Tice said KOA, which oversees the national franchise business, said KOAs are more successful if operated solely as overnight campgrounds so he has decided to stop renting spaces to mobile homes on a monthly basis, The Montana Standard explained.

Minneapolis, MN — High school carpenters have nearly finished three camper cabins for the new Whitetail Woods Regional Park, and they are on schedule to be trucked out to the park in July, Star Tribune explained.
Over the school year, 41 students came from their high schools to take construction trades classes at Dakota County Technical College, where they built the one-room cabins, according to Star Tribune. Their free labor made the cabins affordable for Dakota County, allowing the county to add the popular overnight getaways as a key draw for the new 425-acre park, set to open in September, Star Tribune reported.

– Campers have discovered what appears to be an ancient elephant skull at Elephant Butte Lake State Park.  “State Parks and other agencies are investigating the find of what appears to be a tusk and skull of a prehistoric elephant,” said State Parks Director Tommy Mutz in a news release from the New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.  The release characterized the find as a possible stegomastodon. According to the University of Nebraska State Museum, which helped in the excavation of a stegomastodon found in Nebraska, the species went extinct around 1.3 million years ago.  Paleontologists at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science are working with State Parks and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation staff to safeguard, investigate and potentially excavate the fossil as soon as possible, the release states.  Campers reported the find to authorities, said Dr. Robert Stokes, State Parks Archaeologist.  “State and federal law prohibit the removal of archeological, paleontological and botanical specimens from Elephant Butte Lake State Park,” Stokes said.  Once the investigation is complete, State Parks will work with other agencies to provide the public with information about the age and type of fossil skull found, the release states.


~News from The Weird~

~ updateKristian Horn, who used to be a purchasing agent for RV manufacturer Forest River, has been sentenced to three years in prison. An Indiana court found him guilty of stealing company materials and selling them at about a third of their original price. Horn will also be paying restitution.

~ Update on RVers who scooped up a newborn seal pup on a California beach and were making a getaway. Two volunteers from Monterey, California’s Marine Mammal Center got a tip about the seal-napping, gave chase in their BMW and somehow contacted the RV driver by phone. The RVer agreed to stop, and the duo found the seal stashed under a pile of dirty clothes. “Beemer Cruise” is being readied for a future return to the wild. It’s not clear if the RVer will be charged.

~ If Zibby Wilder has her way, you may soon stay at Chillville in an Air-stream. The food-and-wine writer wants to set up five “amenity rich” Air-stream trailers on Walla Walla, Washington’s airport industrial property to form a “glamping” resort complete with a communal gas fire-pit, pétanque courts and picnic tables. No other RVs would be allowed admittance.

~ A man stole a motor-home north of Seattle, Wash., then led several law enforcement agencies on a wild chase for an hour, driving through oncoming traffic then smashing into five cars and two homes in Granite Falls, Wash. The thief abandoned the rig then ran several blocks while shedding his clothes. He barged into a house and when the occupants refused his request for clothing, he took a pair of women’s jeans and a top and ran out of the house into the open arms of police. One person was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

Petersburg, Ky. – Authorities said an alleged campsite burglar and vandal was arrested Tuesday after he was found face down in Boone County cornfield, FOX 19 reported.
The man, identified as 35-year-old Luthor Robinson, was reportedly wearing shorts taken from the campsite. The shorts were belted with a cable television wire cut from one of the sites, FOX 19 explained.
Authorities told FOX 19 most of the stolen property was recovered, including two guitars, a handgun, two flat screen televisions, a portable boom box and a battery jump box. Damage to the sites included broken windows, kicked in doors, two jet skis sunken and damaged boat controls.


Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

– York, PA: The York Campers World RV Show was held in York, Pa., the second weekend of March, as has been done for the past 36 years. The 14 RV dealers present reported brisk sales, and a total of 180 units were shown on over 130,000 square feet of indoor space and 38 units were outside on the York Expo Center ground, said Beverly Gruber, executive director of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association. “Fifty campgrounds showcased their facilities and talked with the customers about the advantages of coming to their park,” she explained.

-Timmins, Ontario: When city officials in Timmins, Ontario, agreed to help operate cash-strapped Ivanhoe Lake Provincial Park two years ago, they thought the park would be a paying proposition. Now the city says they may close the gates at the park if they can’t fill 10 more seasonal RV sites. With 53 sites filled, the city set Friday as the deadline for purchases; if not sold, the park will be listed as “non-operational.”

Indiana: Indiana’s state parks and reservoirs are looking for volunteers to serve as campground hosts in exchange for free camping. Hosts work a minimum of 20 hours per week. Sites looking for hosts to volunteer in April are Turkey Run, Indiana Dunes, Potato Creek and Spring Mill state parks. Raccoon State Recreation Area needs a host June 29 through August 3, the entire length, or in two-week periods. A complete list of sites and information on hosting duties is here. If interested, contact the site directly.

Elkhart, Indiana: Thor Industries Inc. plans to auction off remaining towable inventory, work-in-progress units and assorted components Tuesday (Mar. 25) at a former Monaco RV tow-able manufacturing plant on Indiana 19 (2700 S. Nappanee St.) on the south side of Elkhart, Ind., a facility that Thor purchased in February from Ocala, Fla.-based Allied Specialty Vehicles Inc. Auctioneers indicate that a big crowd is expected for the liquidation sale at the 220,000-square-foot plant in which Thor plans on expanding its Thor Motor Coach Inc. division’s motorhome production. The auction, according to a sale flier, will include “enough inventory to run production for weeks.”

Nationwide: RV dealers are expecting big things this year, according to results from a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) survey conducted in late January to early February. In the March issue of RV Executive Today, RVDA reported that after a good 2013, the majority of survey respondents are expecting 2014 to be even better. Specifically, 68% of dealers who participated in the survey feel the outlook for the retail market this year will be better than it was in 2013. Another 32% believe the market will be about the same as it was last year.

– Manlius, NY: The Great Outdoors RV Superstore in Fulton, N.Y., is proposing to build a satellite recreational vehicle/trailer sales office on the site of the former Fremont Lanes Bowling Alley in the town of Manlius, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard.The Post-Standard reports that a small sales office would be built on the now-vacant 2.5-acre site, with 12 parking spaces and room to park 23 RVs/trailers. The site would open this spring, as soon as the proper permits are secured, Doug Miller, engineer for the town of Manlius told the Post-Standard. The bowling alley was demolished several years ago.

~News From The Weird~

– Three people were badly burned after an RV burst into flames at a Delta, British Columbia, gas station March 15. According to police, the occupants were siphoning fuel through a trap door in the vehicle, which they parked above the underground holding tank. Investigators haven’t confirmed where the stolen gas was intended to be sold, but said it sometimes is advertised on Craigslist.

– Alexandria, LA: Tips about odd smells led to the arrest of a Deville man who allegedly was operating a meth lab in a small camper, according to The Town Talk.
Deputies went to the camper Wednesday in Deville to follow-up on the tips about the smells and suspicions that meth was being made. John Loyd Paul Jr. answered the door, and deputies smelled “a distinct chemical odor,” according to The Town Talk. A deputy who entered the camper to get a gun saw a pan with suspected meth drying on a heating blanket, The Town Talk reports. Paul was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled dangerous substance II, creation/operation of a clandestine lab, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm with an obliterated serial number, illegal carrying of weapons with drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Vintage RV-Double Decker Bus

I came across this online. What a cool and unique RV. If anyone does buy it, bring it by the dealership. We would love to take a look at it. This RV is not being sold at Lerch RV. You must visit the site: myvintagebus.com. Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

For Sale by Owner

Very neat and accident-free 1960 Bristol FS non-smokers motor home with solar-power, perfect for 3-4 people. Conversion to motor home 1991-1996. Complete reconditioned mechanics. Very beautiful, generous & solid finishing.


Registration Date 28.07.1960
Chassis No. FS 155090
Engine Gardner No. 208605
6 Cyl. In-line engine
5 gear transmission
10’450 cc
Top Speed
55 mph 88 km/h
15 mpg 19 l/100km
empty weight
maximum weight
20000 lbs 8900 kg
29000 lbs 13200 kg
Overall length
Overall width
Overall height
29′ 3″ 890 cm
 8′ 1″ 245 cm
12′ 6″ 380 cm


  • Gas stove with oven
  • 3-way fridge (12V, 230V, Gas)
  • Gas heating TRUMATIC
  • Thetford Cassette toilet
  • Shower
  • Patio 5sqm
  • Pneumatic elevating roof
  • 1 bicycle rack for 2 bikes
  • 1 bicycle rack for 4 bikes
  • Fresh water tank
    60 gal (280 liter)
  • Waste water tank
    40 gal (170 liter)

The vehicle has been inspected by the appropriate board every two years. All services have been regularly performed.
Owned and sold privately. Sold as is; no warranties, returns not accepted. Buyer acknowledges slight signs of wear and tear.

Please contact:

Send offers & inquires to: info@MyVintageBus.com

**This RV is not being sold at Lerch RV

RV & Camper News

News from around the  RVing and camping lifestyle.

– Coal Township, PA :  Coal Township is asking for the public’s opinion on a proposed new ordinance, which could add a five-percent admissions tax to recreation parks such as the Anthracite Outdoor Adventure Area, Newsitem reports.  At its meeting Thursday night, the township’s board of commissioners voted 3-1 to advertise the ordinance, which has yet to be drawn up, for the admissions tax. Newsitem explains, the tax would apply on all activities allowable under the Commonwealth’s Local Tax Enabling Act “which would include, but is not limited to, campgrounds and outdoor recreation parks.”

Gettysburg, PA :Gettysburg Bike Week celebrates 13 years of riding through historic Pennsylvania this year with rides, entertainment, vendors and more July 10 through 13 at Granite Hill Campground Resort.

Washington DC : The 16-day federal government shutdown last October frustrated and angered RVers when federal lands became inaccessible. Now a study estimates that the shutdown of National Parks cost nearby communities $414 million in visitor spending.

Arizona : Hibernation season for Arizona bears has evidently ended early, with reports of two bear sightings. In mid-February campers spotted a black bear near Peppersauce Campground outside of Tucson. In January a hunter reported seeing a sow and cub at Fort Huachuca.

– Richland County, Mont.: health officials say they’ve had enough. According to the officials, “85 to 95 percent of RV parks” in the county are out of compliance with health laws so the county is dragging them into court to get them to clean up their acts. One hot-button issue: gray water. “Gray water out of your sink actually carries more pathogens than out of your toilet,” claims Terry Murphy, local compliance officer. There are 18 licensed RV and mobile home parks in the county.

Mission, TX :Police in Mission, Texas, may have broken up a ring of thieves who specialized in stealing Ford F-250 pickups and selling them in Mexico. Police staked out Mission Bell RV Resort in February, where pickups had been previously stolen, and netted four adults and a juvenile who were charged in connection with at least one truck theft.

~ News From The Weird ~

PUNTA GORDA, Fla. : Police arrested a Punta Gorda couple prowling an RV park Friday night while their children wandered through some nearby woods, Fox 4 reported.
Michael Scott Butcher and his wife, Sarah, were found by security guards at Water’s Edge RV Resort claiming to be looking for lost truck keys. When they wouldn’t leave, the couple was arrested for loitering or prowling, as well as possession of drugs.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

Severe Weather Hurting RV Industry

Thor Industries Inc. (THO) issued a preliminary sales target for the fiscal second quarter that missed Wall Street’s projections, as the recreational-vehicle maker said poor winter weather hurt sales and production.  The severe weather conditions in many parts of the U.S. ahead of the holiday season and in early 2014 have led many consumer-focused companies to issue disappointing outlooks. Auto sales in January were also broadly affected by the weather, with a number of companies saying traffic was hurt as freezing temperatures and snowstorms dissuaded consumers from shopping.

Thor, which manufacturers brands including Four Winds and Dutchman, expects preliminary consolidated sales from continuing operations of $636.3 million. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters projected total sales of $718 million for the quarter ended Jan. 31.  Thor expects sales of the larger towable RV business to drop 9.3%, partly offset by a nearly 44% jump in sales for the smaller motorized RV business.  Chief Executive and President Bob Martin said severe winter weather that plagued the Midwest hurt sales. Mr. Martin said the company’s Indiana operations also lost several days of production due to severe cold and heavy snow.  Ultimately, Mr. Martin said those factors will push back deliveries and sales from the second quarter to later in the fiscal year.  “The RV markets remain strong as reflected by the higher traffic and increased sales activity we’ve seen in the early retail shows,” Mr. Martin said.

So let’s hope for warmer weather sooner than later.

Safe travels and happy RVing!

(article source: The Wall Street Journal)

RV News and Tidbits

News from around the RVing Lifestyle

Pennsylvania RV Court Ruling: The Pennsylvania Supreme Court denied Dingman Township’s request for appeal regarding a provision in the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance after losing to Lake Adventure in a lower Court ruling in 2013.  The provision in question amended the definition of a recreation vehicle to one “that does not require a special highway moving permit when transported” and “a vehicular unit, mounted on wheels, of such size or weight as not to require special highway moving permits when drawn by motorized vehicles.  This is another great win for campgrounds and the RV industry,” Robert Adams, owner of Gettysburg Campground and PRVCA’s Campground Director. “This decision helps ensure that park models and destination camping remain a growing segment of the industry.”

– RV News: The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has announced 2014’s top rated RV parks. Digital Journal explains, awarded with perfect 10/10/10 ratings, these 101 RV parks and campgrounds feature the most desired amenities, cleanest facilities and most attractive properties and locations. Long considered the Gold Standard by RVers, the ratings given to these top rated RV parks and campgrounds put them on every RVers’ list of places to visit in 2014. For a complete list, click here.

– ROANOKE, Va.: A recreational vehicle caught fire in the parking lot of the Roanoke Civic Center as families were heading inside to see the Kazim Temple Shrine Circus, according to Roanoke Times. The fire damaged three RVs in the parking lot full of other trucks and circus equipment, but only one RV had severe damage. Two adults and two children were displaced from the fire, Roanoke Times reports.  The cause of the was ruled as electrical, Roanoke Times explains.

– Richmond, Ind.: based Tom Raper RVs announced the launch of campersweather.com, a new website especially for campers and outdoor enthusiasts featuring weather forecasts, current conditions and weather alerts. According to a press release, the website, Facebook page, Twitter and a soon to be released mobile app are all free and include live weather radar, up-to-the-minute weather maps and weather related news.

– RV News: Stats on wholesale shipments of rigs seem to indicate it. U.S. wholesale annual shipments jumped 12.4 percent in December compared to the year before — about double 2009. On a monthly basis, December shipments were up 14.3 percent over 2013, the biggest December in six years, says the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

– Economy: Midwest propane prices continue to shoot upward. At one point last week, spot prices reached almost $5 per gallon, but dropped to $4.50. At the Kansas hub, prices reached $4.95, the highest since 1989.

– RV News: A fire in an electrical box at the Como, N.C., Camp PD Hunt Club got out of control and smoke was seen for miles. Local firefighters called in assistance, but in the end, 17 RVs parked at the club were wiped out.

~ News from the Weird ~

– RVs burn gas, but cows manufacture it, and in one case this week it caused a problem. Methane gas from 90 gassy cows exploded in a German farm shed, injuring one of the animals. High levels of flatulence had built up when a static electric charge caused the gas to explode with flashes of flames. One cow was treated for burns (hopefully, “rare” and not “well done”).

– This that make you go hmm? An RVer in Severance, Colo., who couldn’t get his motor home started tried using starter fluid. With somewhat predictable results, the rig caught fire and was totally destroyed. The twist? The rig was inside a local car wash when the fire broke out. No damage estimate on the car wash building.

Special thanks to CampingPA.com for supplying these great tidbits of RVing news…

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!