Five Things You Need to Know Today: January 13

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

1. Explore Pennsylvania 2012Now Available

Let's Go RVing to Pennsylvania. Pictured above is Lackawanna State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The 2012 edition of “Explore Pennsylvania” is now available according to a Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) news release.

The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to provide the latest information in RV trends and make their next adventure to Pennsylvania a great one.

This year’s publication features 10 Pennsylvania destinations to explore by RV, tips on purchasing the right RV, renting an RV, RVing with extended family, details on America’s Largest RV Show, and a feature on Pennsylvania wine trails.

75,000 copies of “Explore Pennsylvania” will be distributed at over 40 RV shows throughout the East Coast (including America’s Largest RV Show). The magazine will also be on PRVCA’s website, at member locations, at welcome centers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, through Pennsylvania visitor bureaus, and the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Indiana.

Additional information is available on the PRVCA website.

2. Nebraska State Park Entry Permits on Sale

Nebraska State Park permits for 2012 are now on sale. The permits are required to enter more than 80 state parks, recreation areas, and historical parks.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Commission says the annual permit costs $25, duplicates cost $12.50, and daily permits cost $5. Vendors may charge an additional $1 for annual and duplicate permits and 35 cents for a daily permit. A $1 issue fee is charged for online purchases of annual and duplicate annual permits.

The permits are valid through Dec. 31, 2012.

Additional information about hunting, fishing, and park permits is available on the website.

3. EverGreen Creates Luxury Fifth Wheel Division

Middlebury, Indiana-based EverGreen Recreational Vehicles, recently announced the name of its much-anticipated high-end fifth wheel division: Lifestyle Luxury Resort Vehicles.

This stand-alone division is housed in its own separate 100,000-square-foot facility recently purchased in Middlebury. According to national sales manager Elliott Bond, Lifestyle LRV will eventually employ a large staff consisting almost entirely of former key Carriage employees.

“The last several weeks have been full of activity with ongoing developments in the product and staff,” Bond said, “and there is a high amount of enthusiasm already circulating about the new Lifestyle LRV brand.”

Carriage, founded in 1968, closed its doors and laid off 180 workers on October 17 as an Indianapolis-based bank filed suit. On February 9, an Ohio-based company will hold an auction for all of Carriage’s assets at its long-time Millersburg headquarters.

4. Former RV Dealer Sentenced for Fraud

A former Mattoon, Illinois, woman who co-owned an RV dealership has been sentenced to 16 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $412,028 in restitution, consisting of $279,438 to the bank and $132,590 to the Illinois Department of Revenue.

Rebecca L. Shockley, 63, currently of Bradenton, Florida, was sentenced January 5 and will be allowed to remain free until March 7, according to the News-Gazette.

Shockley was co-owner of Quality Truck and Auto in Mattoon, which did business as Cross Country RV Center which sold new and used recreational vehicles.

Shockley pleaded guilty in May to one count each of mail fraud and bank fraud, admitting that from March 2007 to December 2008, she pledged vehicles as collateral to both the bank and another lender.

As financial conditions deteriorated, Quality Truck and Auto was unable to pay off the secured loans it had received from the bank and the bank learned that the RVs that were supposed to be collateral had already been sold and the sales proceeds forwarded to the other lender.

Shockley further admitted that from July 2006 to December 2008, she under-reported the amounts subject to sales tax by $1.8 million.

In addition, Shockley admitted that she under-reported the taxable retail sales of Quality Truck and Auto from 2006 to 2008.

5. Snowbirds Flock to Tucson

Let's Go RVing to Tucson, Arizona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

With temperatures reaching the high seventies, owners of Prince of Tucson RV Park said they’re noticing more visitors are coming down to soak up the sun, reports KVOA.

“You know they’ve been going through sleet and snow, and they pull in here and they see some green grass and its seventy degrees, it’s a big sigh of relief,” Owner, David Christman said.

According to Arizona State officials, tourism added $2 billion to Pima County’s economy last year, and it also helped create more than 21,000 jobs in 2010.

Travelers in Arizona can visit or dial 511 to get information on road closures, construction, delays, weather, and more.

Have a great weekend.

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

Worth Pondering…

The first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: Decide what you want.

—Ben Stein

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