What’s new in the RV Nation this month? Here’s a roundup of interesting news items you may have missed. Enjoy!
Sign Up Now for Alberta RV Learning Weekend
With space limited, we suggest you sign up early for the RV Learning Weekend scheduled for May 23-25, 2014 at Ol’ MacDonald’s Resort in Erskine, Alberta, Canada. Last year’s inaugural Learning Weekend was so well received that RVDA of Alberta has expanded this year’s event to include educational seminars on solar power, batteries and generators, RV insurance, seasonal maintenance, towing and much more. Onsite safety inspections by certified RV technicians will be offered with techs available to share tips and tricks. Community meals, entertainment, a bonfire and fireworks are also planned.
Auto Makers Agree to Standardize Towing Capacity
Good news for RV travel trailer and 5th wheel owners, U.S. auto makers have agreed to standardize towing capacity ratings for pickup trucks. Working with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), automaker engineers have created uniform tests for acceleration, braking, stability and other critical towing criteria that all manufacturers have agreed to use. RV owners will finally be able to make apple-to-apple comparisons when choosing a tow vehicle to haul their RV. The standard, called J2807, will debut on 2015 models.
Book Yosemite Campgrounds Early
If you’re planning to visit Yosemite National Park in California this year, make your RV campground reservation early. The National Park Service is capping visitor limits at America’s third most-visited national park and adding shuttle buses to address overcrowding. However, additional campsites are also being added which should increase your chance of getting a reservation this summer. Another bit of good news, the park service has decided to continue bike and raft rentals after visitors complained about plans to halt those services.
Use of Online RV Campground Directories Outstrips Paper
A former RV staple, hefty paper campground directories are being replaced by online versions. In a recent RVTravel.com survey, only 40% of RVers still kept the paper dinosaurs; most used smartphones or tablets to access online directories or apps.