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Goodyear to appeal $5.6 million jury award
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. announced today it plans to appeal a $5.6 million award to a Pasco County, Florida, family resulting from a 2004 RV accident, Tire Review reported (for earlier report, SEE $5.6 million tire lawsuit a renewed warning to RVers, in RVing 101: RV weekly round-up (June 27-July 3, 2010) Part 3).
The suit claimed Goodyear’s G159 tire was defective and prone to overheating and separating at high speeds. During a trip in August 2004, a tire on the RV blew out which sent the unit down an embankment, across an interstate on-ramp and into some trees.
The driver suffered multiple broken bones, and other passengers suffered broken facial bones and another lost both legs, Tire Review reported.
A Goodyear spokesman told local media that, “This was an unfortunate accident and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured. However, the RV owner ignored a number of safety issues with his vehicle that led to the accident, including: failing to hook-up the supplemental brakes on the vehicle he was towing, ignoring a vibration in his steering wheel for more than five minutes, and getting out of the driver’s seat while the vehicle was traveling at highway speeds. Also, Goodyear tire experts determined the vehicle’s front tire had been punctured in two locations.”
Maine: Man crushed under motorhome
A Vassalboro, Maine, man died Monday (July 5) morning when the motorhome he was working on fell on him, WMTW-TV reported.
The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department said John McLaughlin, 63, died while working on the brake line of the 40-foot Winnebago in a driveway on Route 201. Investigators believe the accident happened when a jackstand crumbled.
The RV is owned by McLaughlin’s best friend, investigators said.
It is believed McLaughlin died instantly.
Alberta: Campers threatened during domestic dispute
Three Good Samaritans attempting to stop a fight between a couple camping near Spruce View found their lives threatened after a man pulled a gun and shot at them, the Calgary Herald reported.
The trio were staying at the Raven Campground when they heard a fight between a husband and wife at a neighboring campsite, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said in a press release.
When they tried to intervene, the man apparently pulled a handgun, pointed it at the head of one of the men and then assaulted him. As the three men fled, the man fired a shot.
No one was seriously injured during the assaults or harmed by the shot fired, but police said the incident put the public in grave danger. Four children and three other adults were staying at the campsite with the accused, they said.
Police said they ultimately found the suspect sleeping in his car with the handgun under the seat.
The weapon—a U.S. army issue Colt—is unregistered, police said.
They also found more ammunition and one casing.
Colin Blackman, 38, of Marsden, Saskatchewan, has been charged with two counts of assault and eight firearms-related offences.
My comment: Just another example of the uselessness of the Gun Registry. Only law-abiding citizens register their guns.
Nevada: Pahrump rejects plans for 620-site RV park
Seven residents persuaded the Pahrump Regional Planning Commission last week to unanimously reject plans to construct a 620-site RV park with park model homes, the Pahrump Valley Times reported.
Rockingham Realty Nevada submitted the plans and requested rezoning of 60 acres.
Seven neighbors spoke out against the plan and commissioners were given a petition signed by 130 people opposed to the plan.
Dave Richards, from CivilWise Services, representing Rockingham Realty, said there’s a lot of open space, with a common area and a yard around each unit. It is intended as an age-restricted community for people 55 years and older, Richards said.
“Pretty much all the amenities an RV park will provide, but this is intended for an extended stay. There will be no campers, motor homes allowed on the site. They’re specifically park models which are like a little cottage, a small home intended for one or two people,” Richards said.
New York: Go geocaching
RVers are invited to go geocaching with Campground Owners of New York (CONY), an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York State.
Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups. There are over 1 million active geocaches hidden around the world, as well as more than 3 million enthusiasts, according to a news release.
Participating locations are listed at www.gogeocachingny.com. Once arrived at a park, geocachers may pick up a CONY geocaching “Passport to Fun,” and search for their first cache. The passports have stamp pages for each park. As geocachers find the hidden caches, they’ll have their passport stamped. When geochachers get at least five stamps, they may submit their passport to CONY for a prize. Some parks will have GPS units for purchase or for rent.
“CONY is in its second year of providing geocaching as an outdoor activity at our parks,” says Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY president and CEO. “By combining popular hi-tech electronics with the great outdoors, we’re encouraging people to step away from the couch and get active by further enhancing the camping experience for our guests.”
Texas: Rankin getting new RV park
A new RV Park is coming to Rankin in west Texas.
The Rankin Chamber of Commerce has hired an engineer to begin laying the ground work for the project, KWES-TV, Midland, reported.
It’s expected to include between 25 and 40 spaces equipped with hook-ups for water, electricity, and sewer.
The land for the new park was donated to the chamber of commerce.
The park should be finished before the end of the year.
Rankin is a community of 900 located on U.S. 67, 54 miles south of Midland.
R-Vision Super Sport TT built in Oregon
Monaco RV LLC has announced it has added a new towable production line at its Coburg, Oregon, headquarters, making room to build the 2011 Super Sport travel trailer by R-Vision.
Adding the new towable production line affords Monaco RV the opportunity to hire new employees to meet the increased production and market demand, the company stated in a news release. The first unit rolled off the new line in early June, and is averaging four completed units per day, or 20 per week.
The Super Sport towable by R-Vision is a lightweight, sporty travel trailer, available in 10 floorplans ranging in lengths from 19 feet to 32 feet.
According to Mike Snell, senior vice president of sales and product development, building the Super Sport in two separate facilities not only allows the company to place an emphasis on quality, but also allows the product to reach market much quicker. The product is also built in Indiana.
Open Range RV finds success with touch of comfort
Open Range RV in Shipshewana opened just months before the market bottomed out. Now three years later their production and workforce has doubled, reports WNDU-TV.
The wife and husband team says the secret to success is marketing their product to women.
From the start of opening his own business, owner Randy Graber had lots of ideas. His ideas included ways to build better RVs than his competitors after working for them for nearly 20 years.
He also had ideas on how to sell more RVs when he started his own company just before the industry hit rock bottom. “When we started in August of ‘07 there was a lot of product out there,” Graber said. “We know we needed to do something out there and look unique.”
At Open Range the trailers have a home away from home feel with fireplaces, comfy cushions, and unique curtains. He says one of the biggest selling points is the two tone cabinets or the silver metallic exterior finish on the RVs.
At Open Range the road to success is ‘wide open’ because in the past year sales have gone up by 85 percent. Martin said production doubled in the past year, “We went from 6 units a day to 12 units a day.”
Open Range started with just 50 employees in 2007. They now have 250 people working for them in Shipshewana.
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