Five Things You Need to Know Today: September 16

Since I like things to come in fives (and tens), here are five things YOU need to know TODAY!

1. Fleetwood Bankruptcy Saga Still Unwinding

Let's Go RVing to Glen Canyon National Recreation, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The bankruptcy ballad of Fleetwood Enterprises is still being heard in downtown Riverside, California, despite the RV-maker filing for Chapter 11 in March 2009.

Since the company’s bankruptcy plan was approved in August 2010 and most of its significant assets had been sold off—including its RV making intellectual property which was sold to a New York-based investment firm that revived Fleetwood RV in Decatur, Illinois and its manufactured housing division which was sold off to Arizona-based Cavco Industries Inc.—the company’s trustee has been divvying out what’s owed to creditors, according to The Press-Enterprise.

Bankruptcies of a company this size with multiple businesses and interests in multiple states, take a while to unravel the complexities.

The Press-Enterprise notes that on September 28 the estate’s trustee, SltnTrst LLC, will ask the court to reclassify some 800 individual claims by creditors.

2. Tips on Passing When Towing Fifth Wheel/Travel Trailer

  • To pass a slower vehicle or change lanes, signal well in advance and ensure you allow extra distance to clear the vehicle before pulling back into the lane
  • Pass on level terrain with ample clearance—avoid passing on steep upgrades or downgrades
  • Downshift, if necessary, for improved acceleration or to maintain speed
  • Use care not to go onto a soft shoulder since this could cause your trailer to jackknife or go out of control
  • To control swaying caused by air pressure changes and wind buffeting when larger vehicles pass from either direction, release the accelerator pedal to slow down and maintain a firm grip on the steering wheel

3. Flash floods force closures at Joshua Tree NP

Heavy flooding tore up roads Tuesday at Joshua Tree National Park. (Credit: National Park Service)

Flash flooding in Joshua Tree National Park on Tuesday (September 13) tore up roadways and flooded parts of campgrounds, forcing officials to close areas of the park.

At least 3 inches of rain fell in the Pinto Basin and Cottonwood Spring areas of the park, officials said. No injuries were reported.

The Cottonwood Visitors Center was flooded, and parts of the Cottonwood Campground were washed away. The two sites have been closed to visitors, along with Route 11 between the White Tank Campground entrance to the south park boundary at I-10, park spokesman Joe Zarki said in a statement.

All other areas of the park, including the popular Route 12 between Twentynine Palms and Joshua Tree, remain open. Visitors are urged to pay attention to local weather reports for updates on flash-flood warnings.

4. NPS Waive Entry Fees September 24

The National Park Service routinely offers designated days to the public when the typical vehicle entrance fee is waived, and that fee will be waived again on Public Lands Day, Saturday, September 24.

Yosemite National Park spokeswoman Kari Cobb said the purpose of fee-free days is to show the public that national parks are public lands and are there for everyone to enjoy, reports The Collegian. “It is a way for the National Park Service to give back to the public for their support and love of the national parks,” Cobb said.

5. News Magazine Expands Coverage to Include Camping & RVing

Let's Go RVing to Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Outdoor enthusiasts in the Greater Phoenix area have become accustomed to reading the familiar Boating & Watersports news magazine. Due to popular demand and growing interest, the news magazine has expanded its coverage to include not only boating and watersports but camping, RVing, fishing, hunting, and wildlife—as well as articles on safely and responsibly using our outdoor resources, reports Boxscore News.

With this expanded coverage, the publisher and editor felt that the name of the newspaper needed to reflect the growth into new and varied content. Therefore, Western Outdoor Times is at the top of the paper’s banner, with Arizona Boating & Watersports continuing to appear underneath to reflect the original branding of the paper.

Western Outdoor Times/Arizona Boating & Watersports Website:

Have a great weekend.

Until next time, safe RV travels, and we’ll see you on the road!

Worth Pondering…

Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man’s desire to understand.

—Neil Armstrong

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