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RV News: Little Guy, RV Lifestyle, RV Parking Bans and RV Safety Warnings

See what caught our attention this week!

We start off with a bit of a wrap up of our current boondocking experience and then share what RV related news caught our eye.

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Interstate RV Sales becomes the latest dealer for Little Guy Trailers! (click link for news source and full article )
**New authorized dealers for Little Guy Max Trailers!!
**Interstate RV Sales makes a donation to KOA Care Camps for every unit they sell!
**KOA Care Camps help children with cancer go to oncology camps For more information check out:
Interstate RV Sales
KOA Care Camps
Little Guy Trailers

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Berkeley City Leaders Ban Overnight Parking: (click link for news source and full article )

Last night, city council leaders in Berkeley, CA got the final approval to move ahead with their Feb 28th vote to ban RV parking on city streets. Effective immediately, RVs will not be allowed to park on city streets between 2am-5am.

This ban is a result of more than 1500 complaints of illegal dumping of trash and human waste as well as lack of parking for local residents.

The council will be working on a permit system that will allow 2 week exemptions for permit holders.

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How Camping has Changed (click link for news source and full article )

Mike Wendland from RV Lifestyle recently interviewed the CEO of KOA, Toby O’Rourke about the current trends in camping. Some of the highlights include:
**35% of campers are millenials
**Millenials camp in groups (8-10).
**72% increase over the last 5 years in individuals camping more than 3 times a year
**More people making reservations online. 48% of KOA’s advance reservations are completed online
**16 new KOA’s opened nationwide last year
**13 new KOA’s are currently being built
**Within 1 year, all KOA’s will be branded either as a Journey, Holiday or Resort designation.

For more information check out:

http://www.KOA.com
http://www.rvlifestyle.com

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RV SAFETY WARNING (click link for news source and full article )

Suiet Hacks, a company dedicated to improving RV Safety has been hard at work trying to inform and correct significant RV safety issues on select Roadtrek and Hymer Aktiv motorhomes for electrical and plumping safety issues.

** ELECTRICAL: They report the inverter/charger has a grounding wire that is 5x too small to effectively ground the RV and prevent “hot skin” condition. (Hot Skin: when the sides of an RV become electrified…potential for person touching the RV to become the ground)

The solution: replace wire with a 6″ heavy gauge wire.
Total cost of parts: $1
Total labor time: 30 minutes

**PLUMBING: Suiet Hacks reports there is an illegal bypass with the water heater in Hymer Activs. Hymer installed a valve on a pipe that was designed to release steam or hot water in the event of excess pressure. If this additional valve is closed, the hot water won’t be able to release the pressure and could rupture.

Cost of parts to update: $125
Estimated labor: 1.5 hours

Other notes…

We mentioned in our video that we have been boondocking at a great site just north of Tucson, Arizona. For more information on the site, check out https://freecampsites.net/#!185426&query=sitedetails

Safe travels,

Russ & Kerry

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Russ & Kerry 

Practice makes perfect?

Russ and I thought we would take a quick trip to get in more practice with our hitching & set up “skills”.  This was only our second outing in our Little Guy Max travel trailer so it is still relatively new to us. Which was quickly apparent ….

If you need a place to rest for a bit and you are traveling through the El Paso, TX area, this will fit the bill. Basically, it’s a gravel parking lot with full 30/50 hookups as well as a few tent sites where you will find plenty of space, lots of pull-thru spots and the mountains in the distance make up a bit for the noise from the freeway.

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All set up! View from spot I-4

 

 

There is a trailer on site which houses two private restroom/showers as well as 4 washing machines and 4 dryers. Fees to wash are $1.50 per load and to dry are $0.25 per load.

Look for the giant dog bone to head over to the dog park and children’s play area. Each section is provided with a picnic table and an awning cover. The dog park was well stocked with doggie bags and a trash can to dispose of any waste.

Quick facts:

ADDRESS:  901 S Leisure Fun Road, Anthony, TX

AVAILABILITY: Open year-round

COST: Fee was $40/night for a pull-thru site with full hook-ups

This is a KOA property and as Russ mentioned in the video, there was thankfully a Camping World adjacent to the campground, so if you forget anything (like we did!) they have got you covered.

Even though Russ tried to pass the blame for his forgetfulness and I made a mess in the kitchen (make sure to watch the video above!), it was still fun to get away for a night. Maybe next time we will remember everything!

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Abbey & Billie keeping an eye on things