Five Things You Need to Know Today: October 28

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

1. Ford to Invest $128 Million for Ohio Chassis Plant

A proposed new contract between Ford Motor Co. and the United Autoworkers calls for the automaker to invest $128 million in the Ohio Assembly Plant to build medium-duty trucks and motorhome chassis, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Workers at the plant, which is in parts of Avon Lake, Sheffield Lake, and Sheffield, currently builds the E-Series vans. The plant is currently on a two-week shutdown.

Ford announced in a news release that it pledged to add 12,000 hourly jobs at its U.S. manufacturing plants by 2015 and invest $16 billion in its U.S. operations, including $6.2 billion for its plants as part of the proposed contract.

The tentative agreement must still win approval from rank-and-file union members across the United States before it goes into effect.

2. The Monarchs Return to Pismo Beach

From late October to February, the butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of Eucalyptus trees at Pismo State Beach. (Credit:

State parks officials will hold an opening day celebration tomorrow (October 29) to welcome back the butterflies to the Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, reports The Tribune.

The Pismo Beach colony of monarch butterflies is one of the largest in the nation, hosting an average of 25,000 butterflies over the past five years, according to, a site funded by the Pismo Beach Conference & Visitors Bureau.

The butterflies cluster in the limbs of a grove of eucalyptus trees from late October to February.

The event runs from noon to 2 p.m. at the grove, located on the west side of Highway 1, just south of the North Beach Campground in Pismo Beach.

The grove is staffed daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with docent programs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

3. What To Do If You Smell Propane

If you smell propane in your RV, or if a detector signals the presence of propane, you should IMMEDIATELY follow these suggestions:

  • Extinguish all open flames and vacate the RV
  • Close the gas shutoff valve on the propane tank or cylinder
  • Contact your local fire department
  • Do not re-enter the RV until a qualified propane service technician and/or emergency personnel checks for escaped propane
  • Return to the RV only after a qualified service or emergency technician indicates it is safe to do so

4. Fuel Prices Heading Lower

Retail gasoline prices have dropped about 50 cents a gallon since the spring, and motorists could see them slide another 20 cents before the end of the year, Associated Press reports.

The national average, which slipped to $3.446 per gallon on Tuesday (October 25), should continue to fall at least through the new year, according to the Energy Information Administration.

“There’s a lot of relief at the pump,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst at DeHaan expects pump prices to fall as low as $3.25 per gallon by the end of the year.

Prices flirted with $4 per gallon in May, and a gallon of regular is still about 63 cents higher than it was a year ago.

Overall, gasoline is expected to average $3.52 per gallon this year, a record high.

RV stands for Relaxing Vacation

There’s nothing like RVing when it comes to relaxation and good times. Take peace of mind and security with you as you travel the open road.

Make sure that you and your RV are protected with the right insurance coverage.

Driving an RV is nothing like driving a car, and requires a different skill set.

Have a great weekend.

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

Worth Pondering…

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the places and moments that take our breath away.
—George Carlin

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