Passport America News Blast
May 18, 2011

2011 Winnebago Tour 42QD adds a new floor plan for penthouse-style living
MotorHome Magazine
This year has brought changes to Forest City, Iowa, as Winnebago's 2011 Tour gets a new tag axle floor plan, a face-lift and new power. Thanks to the talents of Winnebago engineers, a 28-foot full-wall slide has been designed to create a refreshingly open and uninterrupted floor plan in this almost 43-foot full-time explorer. More

Mobile apps let you take guides and songs bird-watching with you
Detroit Free Press
Having a computer in your phone puts a universe of information instantly at hand, even in remote places. In the old days, for instance, bird watchers could carry paperback field guides into the woods. But you couldn't look up a bird call in a book and listen to it. More

Discounted campsites on the way in June to mark National Great Outdoors Month
National Parks Traveler
To help encourage folks to get out and enjoy National Great Outdoors Month in June, a wide array of campgrounds across the country, many close to national parks, are offering a 20 percent discount on camping fees. More

Sales up at RV maker Thor Motor Coach
RV News Service
Thor Motor Coach announced a substantial increase in year to date sales in comparison to the same time period last year. "It has been quite some time since we've seen shipments this high," said president and CEO Bill Fenech. "Although our dealers' confidence continues to grow, we maintain cautious optimism by keeping our production levels in-line with retail demand." More

Keep RVs safe for road with regular maintenance
North American Precis Syndicate via The Detroit News
Whether you are a rookie or a veteran when it comes to the pleasures of traveling in a recreational vehicle — or RV — GEICO professionals say that a review of the basics can help to keep you on the road to safety. This article provides some tips. More

Flash floods rough up RV park in Fries, Va.
WSLS-TV
VideoBrief
Recent flash flooding in Fries, Va. nearly washed away a small camper at the New River RV Park. The camper belongs to Tim Bost, who traveled from Salisbury, N.C., and is on vacation with his family. Campground owner Tom Guy says he traded paint with the small chalet, to keep it from floating into town.More

Motoring On: Holiday motoring in a recreational vehicle
World Radio Switzerland
Swiss roads and recreational vehicles may seem like a mismatch, but more and more mobile homes are plying the mountain country's highways in the summer holiday season. WRS's Susan Flory talks to Jonathan Hartop, of Aston Riviera Cars in Lausanne, and Emmanuel Stern, of The Pitstop garages in Geneva, about making the most of hitting the road in an RV.More

California announces plan to close 70 parks
RV Business
California state parks officials recently announced the closure of 70 parks because of the state budget deficit. Gov. Jerry Brown's January budget plan proposed reducing the state parks budget by $22 million. The Legislature in March approved $11 million in cuts to state parks and $10 million in cuts to off highway vehicle parks in the next fiscal year, with $22 million in cuts to state parks in future years. More