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Oklahoma: Fire claims life of RVer
A Tuesday (August 17) morning fire claimed the life of an Oklahoma man staying at Petit Bay RV Park south of Tahlequah, KOTV reported.
When firefighters arrived just before 5 a.m. Tuesday, the fifth wheel was fully engulfed with flames shooting 30 feet into the air, the station noted.
Firefighters with the Keys volunteer department were able to get the fire under control within minutes, but the fire was so intense, it destroyed the RV and another one next to it, KOTV reported.
The body of a 55-year-old man was found in his bed inside the burned out fifth wheel.
Officials don’t know if the RV had a working smoke detector, but they said the fatal fire is a tragic reminder for RV owners to be safety conscious.
South Dakota: Storm damage closes campground for season
The Army Corps of Engineers announced Tuesday (August 17) it closed Cottonwood Campground below Gavins Point Dam on the Missouri River after the site was hit hard by a recent storm, KCAU-TV reported.
The campground will remain closed for the rest of the recreation season so that workers can remove fallen trees and repair facilities that sustained significant damage during the August 8 storm.
The campground already was scheduled to be closed September 7 for an electrical upgrade.
North Carolina: Tom Johnson RV Park to hold music fest
The 36th Annual North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival will be held Thursday through Saturday (August 19-21) at Tom Johnson Camping Center’s Rally Park in Marion, North Carolina. It is one of the largest bluegrass festivals in the country and for the first time it is being held in McDowell County, The McDowell News reported.
As of Tuesday afternoon, about 100 motorhomes had rolled into the rally park for this event and about 400 more should show up by Thursday.
Adams and Anderson LLC of Dahlonega, Ga., is promoting and holding the festival. Promoters Norman Adams and Tony Anderson hold seven bluegrass festivals a year, from Virginia to Florida.
Adams started putting on bluegrass festivals on in the early 1970s and Anderson joined him later in the work. Many don’t realize what all it takes to hold events of this size.
For many years, this festival was held in Cherokee, North Carolina. And during that time, Adams has worked with many of the greats in bluegrass music including Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley.
Tickets are $35 per day, or $85 for all three days.
Founded in 1967, Tom Johnson Camping Center, located in Marion and Concord, is the inaugural recipient of the Dave Altman RVB Top 50 Dealer Award by RVBusiness magazine. A Blue Ribbon award-winning dealership, Tom Johnson Camping Center is among the top 10 recreational vehicle dealerships nationwide.
South Carolina: Campground plan approved
Horry County Council members voted Tuesday (August 17) to approve a planned development district to allow a campground to be constructed near Socastee Elementary School, the Sun News reported.
Neighbors objected to the plan over a perceived increase in traffic. They also insisted background checks be conducted on all people who want to stay at the campground.
Council Chairwoman Liz Gilland said the new ordinance contains enough restrictions to make it more palatable to surrounding homeowners by setting minimum lot sizes, height limits and standards for open space, parking, and buffering.
The ordinance must have a third reading before it is final.
Affinity Group: Second quarter loss posted
Affinity Group Inc., (AGI) released its second-quarter financial report late Friday (August 13) afternoon showing the firm posted another loss, according to information filed with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission.
The company reported revenues of $131.1 million for the second quarter of 2010 increased by $1.2 million, or 0.9 percent, from the comparable period in 2009.
Membership services revenues of $38.7 million for the second quarter of 2010 decreased $0.5 million, or 1.4 percent, from the comparable period in 2009. This revenue decrease was largely attributable to a $1.4 million reduction in member events revenue due to timing of the Good Sam Club annual rally, which occurred in the second quarter of 2009 versus the third quarter of 2010.
PARTS: Online e-store announced
Pacific Automotive RV & Truck Supply Ltd. (PARTS), a leader in the automotive and heavy duty truck aftermarket and OEM parts, supplies and accessory market, Monday (August 16) announced the opening of its 24/7/365 online parts store.
“What we are trying to accomplish here is a place where you can find all the parts you need not just some of them,” the company stated in a news release. “We’re known for being able to locate or source the parts you need, unlike many of our competitors who use a cookie cutter approach, ours stands out because we specialize in all parts, new and used. We want to be known as the place to get your parts, no matter how unique or hard to find it is.”
While the e-store lists only about 20% of all of the parts the firm has access too currently, the PARTS team will be adding new pages and product to their e-store on a weekly basis shooting to make it the most complete and comprehensive online parts source available today, the release stated.
Located near Las Vegas Nevada, PARTS Ltd. ships its products nationwide and most of its offerings worldwide.
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