RV & Camping News

News from around the campfire.

California: Photoelectric symbiosis is coming to California. A private investor group, Shorebreak Energy Developers, is approaching RV parks, campgrounds and mobile home parks in the state offering to equip their properties with solar panels at no cost, and then sell the park the electricity produced by the panels, saving them 35 to 75 percent on power costs. The group has set aside $50 million for the plan.

–  Online Happenings: Internet giant Facebook has made for plenty of changes for RVers, but in this case maybe not for the good. The company is building a giant data center on farmland near Altoona, Iowa — directly in front of Griffs Valley View RV Park. Owner Ted Griffieon shrugs and says, “Progress is progress,” but will RVers who used to see open meadows and a pond be thrilled to see a modern building out front?

Borrego Springs, CA: Students on a high school-sponsored camping field trip at Borrego Springs, Cal., had a rude surprise when flammable vapors met up with a campfire with explosive results. Two students and a teacher were injured when, as a fire official told ABC News, “Something caused it to flash. The report is there was some propane or some alcohol nearby. And when I say alcohol, I don’t mean the drinking kind, but fuel of some type.”

Alaska: For the paltry sum of $279,000, you can own a piece of political history. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin has put her Lexa Class A motor home on the market — looking to downsize to a Class C rig that’s easier to maneuver.

BILLINGS, Mont.:  A total of 107 KOA campground owners have already “taken the leap” and adopted one of Kampgrounds of America’s three new brand positions.
The three brand positions include:

  • KOA Journey — KOA Journey campgrounds are conveniently located near the highways and byways of North America and are waiting for campers after a long day on the road. KOA Journeys offer long pull-through sites that help make setup fast and easy, have well-lit after-hour check-in service, and offer a robust line of RV supplies. They are great places to unwind and relax before the next leg of their journey.
  • KOA Holiday — Whether campers are looking for a base camp for exploring the area or a fun place to stay with lots of activities, they are sure to love KOA Holiday campgrounds. There’s plenty to do at these KOAs, with amenities and services to make any stay memorable, whether it’s overnight or for a longer stay. Each KOA Holiday features full service RV sites and KOA Deluxe Cabins with bathrooms. Campers can take a hike, see the local attractions or still enjoy a campfire.
  • KOA Resort — KOA Resort campgrounds offer a carefree vacation in the great outdoors with plenty of patio RV sites and Deluxe Cabins with linen service. KOA Resorts also have an abundance of activities led by dedicated recreation staff, on-site food service, group meeting space, and much more. KOA Resorts are all a camper could want in a vacation destination – all in one place.

~ News From The Weird ~

– National Public Radio’s automotive experts, Ray and Tom Magliozzi (a.k.a. “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers”) were recently asked about towing a travel trailer while using the cruise control. In typical snappy fashion, the return advice included this classic line: “Just make sure you follow all the other towing recommendations the manufacturer makes, which probably include turning the overdrive off when towing, and strapping on two pairs of Depends before you head out with 6,500 pounds kissing your rear bumper.”

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

Safe Travels and Happy RVing!

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Pennsylvania-April is Autism Awareness Month

Friends of Amazing Kids, Support Autism in Pennsylvania If you did not know, April is #Autism Awareness month. So Lerch RV is once again going to partner with our great friends at FOAK (Friends of Amazing Kids). I love supporting this wonderful organization. So for the remember of the April we will be donating $1 for every new ‘like’ that our Facebook Page gets. As well as another $1 for every new like FOAK’s (Friends of Amazing Kids) Facebook Page receives. And if our Lerch RV Facebook Page gets to 4,000 likes, I will kick in an additional $500 personally.

So I ask that you please once again help us, help out a great organization!

Friends of Amazing Kids, Support Autism in Pennsylvania

Thank you Pennsylvania for helping support Autism.

Friends of Amazing Kids, Support Autism in Pennsylvania

I am glad to announce that  your central Pennsylvania RV dealership, Lerch RV was able to raise $1,400 for Friends of Amazing Kids! This great organization provides a network of support for families and friends of Autistic children.  At the recent Pennsylvania Camper’s World RV Show held at the York Fairgrounds in York, PA, Lerch RV was able to raise one thousand four hundred dollars for this Hanover, York County based organization.

Pennsylvania RV dealer supports Autism, Autism awareness in PA, RV sales support Autism

I would also like to remind my readers, that Lerch RV is not yet finished donating to FOAK.  For the remainder of the month, we will continue to contribute $1 for every new Facebook like/fan.  I ask that you help us in supporting Autism awareness.  I have had many of our customers mention how Autism affects their families, it is amazing.  More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined. I ask you to show your support by ‘liking’ Lerch RV on Facebook.  If you are already following us, then help us out by asking your family and friends to ‘like’ us.  It is that easy, and it costs you nothing…

Help Support Autism Awareness in Pennsylvania.

FOAK-Friends of Amazing Kids, Autism Awareness in Pennsylvania

More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with childhood cancer, juvenile diabetes or pediatric AIDS combined.

What is Autism? The Autism Speaks website (autismspeaks.org) defines Autism as such; Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.  Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 110 American children as on the autism spectrum–a 600 percent increase in prevalence over the past two decades.

This year during the York RV Show (York Campers World RV Show) Lerch RV will be supporting an organization that provides a network of support for families with Autistic Children, Friends of Amazing Kids, or better known as FOAK. Friends of Amazing Kids provides a network of support for family and friends of children with autism within the greater Hanover, PA (York County) area.  This great organization also raises funds for the Amazing Kids Club which provides social interaction for children with autism and special needs.   The Amazing Kids Club offers an on-site therapeutic program for children and adolescents (ages 2-20 yrs) with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. It is considered a step-down program from the traditional one-to-one BHRS (wraparound) services.

If you are looking to purchase a new travel trailer or fifth wheel this year. Visit Lerch RV at the York RV Show, March 9 – 11, 2012, and help us support a great organization.  We will be donating $100 per trailer sale to FOAK, along with money raised on the Lerch RV Facebook page as well.  If you are not a fan or have not liked us on Facebook, now is the time to do so, we are also donating $1.00 for every new “like” we receive from March 1-15, 2012.

You can find out more information on Friends of Amazing Kids at theFOAK.org.

Introducing the all new Light by the Open Range RV Company.

Open Range Light available at Lerch RV

True 90 Degree Turning with a 5.5′ Truck Bed….

Once again the innovation is just over flowing at the Open Range RV Company in Shipshewana, Indiana.

The newest offering from Open Range is the triple slide-out, 31′, half ton towable – LIGHT.  The all new LIGHT 5th wheel can be towed by a 1/2 ton, 5 1/2′ short bed pick up truck without needing any special slider hitch.  The special pin box can be adapted from a king pin to a gooseneck in a matter of minutes.

Open Range LIGHT available Lerch RV

Click here to see this great interior.

The introductory floor plan is equipped with triple slides, weighing in at a meager 7,260 lbs.  This trailer is 31′ in length and only has a tongue weight of 1,260 lbs.  Equipped with a true 42″ main slide-out and is 100″ in total width.  Do not let the light weight fool you, this is a fully equipped trailer. With exciting features such as a full side aisle bath with corner wall shower and large rear living area, this product will not have you second guessing yourself.  After the introductory LIGHT LF 297 RLS other floor plans are scheduled to follow.

The exterior has a  high-gloss metallic automotive finish. Inside you will find a clean, rich look that feels elegant.  From the large 86″ sleeper sofa to the portable island that converts to a large dinette table.  The LIGHT is an exciting new option in light weight 5th wheels.  Oh, before I forget, this fifth wheel RV also comes washer/dryer prepped and has a bedroom wardrobe slide.

This all new offering by Open Range will be available at Pennsylvania’s largest Open Range RV dealership, mid-June.  For more information on this exciting new RV, please contact us at 800-722-1236.  Or visit Lerch RV on Facebook.

Open Range LIGHT, light weight 5th wheel at Lerch RV

The all new LIGHT