RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

~ Virginia – A tornado at Cherrystone RV Resort in Virginia killed 2 and injured dozens Thursday morning. A family from Berks County, Pa were among the injured. A married couple from New Jersey were killed when a tree fell on their tent.

~ Florida – Shopping for an RV at Lazydays is the focus of a reality show premiering Sunday on the Travel Channel, Columbus CEO explained.  Big Time RV takes viewers behind the scenes of the one of the country’s RV dealerships as customers tour and test different makes and models, from $18,000 travel trailers to $1 million tour buses, according to Columbus CEO.  The half-hour premiere, which airs at 8 p.m., follows a single father looking for a camper to wow his daughter in time for her birthday and two friends on the hunt for a million dollar party pad on wheels. A second episode will air at 8:30, Columbus CEO noted.

~ SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Across California, Airstream parks or traditional RV parks with permanent Airstreams available for nightly rental have popped up with regularity, The Sacramento Bee reported.  Santa Barbara’s Auto Camp, which has five non-ambulatory, custom-designed Airstreams parked in front of a trailer park with permanent residents, has been featured in magazines like Sunset Magazine, Travel + Leisure and National Geographic Traveler. The Sacramento Bee explained the Auto Camp is so popular, its owners are planning to open similar sites soon in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Ventura.

~ KANE, PA. – Charges have been filed against two Kane men who allegedly broke into a building at the Kiasutha Campground in Hamilton Township while camping.
The Bradford Era reported on the morning of July 3, police responded to a report that someone had broken into the Kiasutha Campground gate house. Among the offenses discovered at the site where a window had been broken so someone could enter and $130 in cash was missing.

~ ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, ON — A man and woman have been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act, after their dog was left alone in a hot car at their campsite in Algonquin National Park, ON, according to Market Wired.   On July 5, 2014, a park warden observed a Golden Retriever-type dog locked inside a car on a campsite. Market Wired reported the park warden noted that the car was located in direct sunlight, the four windows were down about two inches, and the animal did not have water and was panting heavily. After 15 minutes passed without the return of the dog’s owners, the Ontario SPCA was contacted.  Following an investigation, the Ontario SPCA has charged the animal’s owners with causing distress to an animal and failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare, Market Wired noted.

~ National – Pilot Flying J is off the hook for prosecution after the company admitted its employees ripped off truckers and trucking companies by not paying them promised rebates on fuel purchases. The truck stop outfit will cough up a $92 million fine. Evidently RVers were not caught up in the rebate cheat.

~ California – A rare bit of RV and aviation history will be up for sale on August 15 at Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California. The 1939 travel trailer owned by Charles and Anne Lindbergh is expected to fetch at least $150,000. The trailer sits on twin axles with a lightweight aluminum skin. The inside is furnished with well-preserved oak paneling.
~ News From The Weird ~

~ Calgary Police are trying to figure out the series of events leading up to a camper being abandoned in the middle of an intersection in the northeast.
A pickup-camper had become disconnected from the back of a truck at some point in the night and was spotted laying in the intersection of 36 Street and Memorial Drive N.E.  A short time later, police say a truck was spotted driving erratically, striking several parked cars.  Police are investigating after a driver abandoned a trailer in an intersection in northeast Calgary.  The driver then got out and tried to run, but was later caught and arrested.  Police say charges are pending and suspect alcohol may have been involved.

~ Skipping out on a $25 campground site fee may cost a Georgia man much more. John M. Turner of Rome, Ga., didn’t pay his site fee at the Rocky Mountain Campground in early July. Floyd County officials caught up with him and booked him. Charged with criminal trespass and theft of services, Turner couldn’t get out of jail for free — he posted bond.


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

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!


See the advantages in the new Keystone RV Vantage.

“From the moment we pulled the cover off the trailer Tuesday morning, until the end of the show Thursday afternoon, dealers were talking about the new Vantage,” Matt Zimmerman, Keystone RV General Manager in charge of the new trailer and product line, stated at the recent unveiling of the Vantage.

Vantage travel trailer by Keystone RV

The Vantage was recently introduced at Keystone RV's Open House in Elkhart County, IN

The Vantage embodies a new concept in RV travel trailer styling that evokes timeless design while incorporating cutting-edge construction technology, according to company President Bob Martin.

“The Vantage was the brainchild of our senior operations group,” Martin said. “They wanted to do something that looks different, that uses a different construction process, and that was unlike anything on the market today.”

Vantage incorporates vacuum-bonded radius walls both inside and outside, unique front a back molded caps, LED lighting throughout, and for its size is surprisingly light weight.

“It’s not intentionally an ultra-lightweight but due to some of our construction techniques—vacuum-bonded side walls, laminated construction—it comes in fairly light,” he said.

The model that was on display at Keystone’s open house, and the recent RVDA Convention in Las Vegas, should be the largest the company builds – 34 feet in length and about 6,400 pounds, according to Martin.

“Ultimately we will offer it in an entire range of sizes, down into the smaller 20-foot lengths,” he said.

Keystone describes the look of the new Vantage as a “timeless beauty.” Cool-tone grey, high-gloss fiberglass covers the exterior accented by black bumper, wheel wells, and windows.  The look is includes exterior graphics highlighted by a silver Vantage logo on each side of the coach.

While the manufacturer suggested retail price has yet to be determined, the company expects the Vantage to fall within the “sweet spot” and appeal to a broad market, from baby-boomers to young families, according to Keystone. And that sweet spot may just put the new Vantage travel trailer  in price competition with other Keystone brands such as Outback and Sprinter.

This light weight travel trailer brings the Airstream flair to a lower price point.  The Vantage combines distinct styling with a European caravan feel, to produce a very rich, very open design in a modern camper.  The Vantage is loaded with interior storage options as well as an upscale feel in every aspect of the design.  The stainless steel kitchen appliances coupled with the plush furniture, bring a five-star feel to an affordable tow behind trailer.

Interior picture of the bedroom of the new Vantage by Keystone RV

An ultra modern and unique design awaits you in the new Vantage.

Ultra light, ultra modern and ultra hip, the Vantage is going to turn some heads while being towed to your favorite campground or resort.  Especially while being towed on the standard  Mor Ryde suspension.   The vantage sits lower to the ground than other Keystone products which should help with less wind resistance and equate to better gas mileage.  Especially with the rounded design of the front and rear caps.  The curved sidewalls, exterior and interior, create a 101″ wide body and provides a 7′ interior ceiling height.

There are many big advantages built into the new Vantage travel trailer.  You can see them all for yourself by visiting Pennsylvania’s first Vantage dealer, Lerch RV.   For more information on this brand new RV, please give us a call at 800-722-1236.

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!