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Suspect named in vandalism case at western national parks

October 29, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

WASHINGTON, October 29, 2014 — A 21-year-old New York State woman, Casey Nocket, has been identified as the primary suspect in recent vandalism cases that affect eight national parks in the western United States.

National Park Service investigators have confirmed that images were painted on rocks and boulders in Yosemite National Park, Death Valley National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park, all in California; Rocky Mountain National Park and Colorado National Monument, both in Colorado; Crater Lake National Park, in Oregon; Zion National Park and Canyonlands National Park, both in Utah.

Investigators continue to collect evidence of the crimes, conduct interviews, and are consulting with the U.S. Attorney’s Office about potential charges.

The image in Rocky Mountain National Park was reported to the park and removed in late September before similar images were found in the other national parks.

Ice and snow now cover the image at Crater Lake National Park, and it may not be accessible for assessment and clean up until next summer.

An image in Yosemite National Park was removed by an unknown person or persons.

If people visiting these parks come upon these images, they should contact the nearest park ranger with information about the image location. Visitors should not attempt to remove the images.

The National Park Service was contacted on October 20 about this vandalism case. The investigation began immediately.

Top 50 RV retailers named by RV Business

October 27, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

The newest class of U.S. and Canadian RV retailers slated to receive 2014 RVBusiness Top 50 Dealer Awards during a Nov. 12, 2014 evening reception at the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas is a virtual “Who’s Who” of U.S. and Canadian RV retailing — from smaller family-held stores to emerging independent chains during an era of rapid industry consolidation.

“This program is unique in that it doesn’t focus solely on sales,” reports RVB Publisher Sherman Goldenberg. “We understand what makes a dealership truly great is not just what it does, but how it gets the job done. These dealers were selected for outstanding personal customer service, along with sound business practices and forward-thinking philosophies.”

Here’s a look at the entire 2014 class (in alphabetical order):
• Alliance Coach RV Sales & Service, Wildwood, Fla.
• Alpin Haus, Amsterdam, N.Y.
• American RV Sales & Service, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• ArrKann Trailer & RV Centre, Edmonton, Alberta
• Beckley’s Camping Center, Thurmont, Md.
• Bill Plemmons RV World, Rural Hall, N.C.
• Bob Ledford’s RV & Marine, Greer, S.C.
• Bucars RV Centre, Balzac, Alberta
• Burlington RV Superstore, Sturtevant, Wis.
• Campers Inn, Kingston, N.H.
• Carolina Coach & Camper, Claremont, N.C.
• Chemo RV Sales & Service, 150 Mile House, British Columbia
• Clem’s RV & Trailer Sales, Ellwood City, Pa.
• Coachlight RV Sales, Carthage, Mo.
• Coates RV Center, Columbus, Minn.
• Colonial Airstream, Lakewood, N.J.
• Crestview RV Center, Buda, Texas
• Curtis Trailers, Portland, Ore.
• Dandy RV Superstore, Anniston, Ala.
• ExploreUSA RV Supercenter, Plano, Texas
• General RV Centers, Wixom, Mich.
• Guaranty RV Centers, Junction City, Ore.
• Ketelsen Campers of Colorado, Wheat Ridge, Colo.
• La Mesa RV Center, San Diego, Calif.
• Lazydays RV, Seffner, Fla.
• Lifestyle RVs, Grain Valley, Mo.
• Little Dealer Little Prices, Phoenix, Ariz.
• McClain’s RV Superstore, Oklahoma City, Okla.
• Mike Thompson’s RV Super Stores, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.
• Minard’s Leisure World, Weyburn, Saskatchewan
• Modern Trailer Sales, Anderson, Ind.
• Mount Comfort RV, Greenfield, Ind.
• Noble RV, Owatonna, Minn.
• Parkview RV Center, Smyrna, Del.
• PleasureLand RV Center, Saint Cloud, Minn.
• Poulsbo RV, Kent, Wash.
• Richardson’s RV Centers, Menifee, Calif.
• RV City, Morinville, Alberta
• Steinbring Motorcoach, Garfield, Minn.
• Tacoma RV, Fife, Wash.
• Tennessee RV Supercenter, Knoxville, Tenn.
• Thompson Family RV, Davenport, Iowa
• Tom Johnson Camping Center, Marion, N.C.
• Tom Stinnett Derby City RV, Clarksville, Ind.
• Topper’s Camping Center, Waller, Texas
• Veurinks’ RV Center, Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Walnut Ridge Family RV Sales, New Castle, Ind.
• Wilkins Recreational Vehicles Inc., Bath, N.Y.
• Windish RV Center, Lakewood, Colo.
• Woody’s RV World, Calgary, Alberta

Filling up a diesel motorhome in Arizona? Watch out for fuel police!

October 14, 2014 by chuck | Comments Off | Filed in Misc.

You could be in for a heap of trouble in Arizona just for fueling up your diesel motorhome. A law has been on the books for several years that states that tax on gasoline (motor vehicle fuel) is 18 cents per gallon. However diesel fuel is taxed at two rates. If the fuel is used in the “propulsion of a use class motor vehicle” on a highway in this state, the tax rate is 26 cents for each gallon, said Jim Koca, advocacy director of the Escapees RV club.

HERE’S AN UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE with more complete information.

A “use class motor vehicle” means a motor vehicle that uses use fuel on a highway in Arizona and is either a road tractor, truck tractor, truck or passenger carrying vehicle having a declared gross vehicle weight of more than 26,000 pounds or having more than two axles, he said.

“What this means is those who have a vehicle that has three or more axles or a declared gross vehicle weight rating of at least 26,001 pounds are required to use the truck lanes at a gas station and pay the higher fuel tax. The regular diesel tax is 18 cents. Filling an RV at the regular pumps will subject RVers to a citation with a steep fine.” Koca said that Arizona has a fuel tax evasion unit that monitors the filling of vehicles at fuel stations.

SOURCE: Escapees RV Club and RV Daily Report