RV News Briefs

1-white=diamondLouisiana Tourist Digs up White Diamond in Arkansas – Brandon Kalenda’s mother-in-law watched the segment of TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting” where the Jim Bob Duggar family visited the Crater of Diamonds State Park. She decided that her family also needed to experience Arkansas’s diamond site, and talked them all into it. So during their travels through Arkansas last week from Louisiana to Minnesota to visit family, they stopped to enjoy the park. While they searched in the park’s 37 ½-acre search area, Kalenda, who lives in Maurepas, Louisiana, unearthed a 2.89-carat white diamond. (Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism press release )

Camper’s stove starts Palo Duro Canyon State Park fire – Backpacker was using stove permitted under burn ban currently in effect. The fire is in a remote area, contained, but not controlled, but high winds threaten threaten fire control efforts, with wind gust forecast to reach 60 mph. About 80 campers left Monday (3/10/2014) night because of the fire. (Star-Telegram)

How Thor Industries Motors Ahead of the Competition – Thor is the leader in the North American RV manufacturing industry with 34.4% of the market followed closely by Forest River, owned by Berkshire Hathaway at 33.2%.  (The Motley Fool)

One person died and a Gadsden couple were injured in a fire at a Panama City Beach, Fla. campground. (The Gadsden Times – Gadsden, AL)

2 people, dog escape fiery RV on I-95 – The Brevard County fire that started in the rear of the 40 foot diesel pusher destroyed the motorhome and the Jeep Cherokee it was towing. (FloridaToday.com)

More Than $1.5 Million Spent, Much of it Missing – State Auditors Looking at Joseph Davis State Park,  deemed under-utilized and too expensive to maintain, and because of this, closed years ago by by the State of New York. Somehow Town of Lewiston Supervisor Steven Reiter convinced himself and his board that it would be a great idea for the town to assume a financial burden the state itself would not bear. (Niagara Falls Reporter)

KOA 2014 Directory – A million copies of the new 2014 edition of the industry-leading Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Directory have rolled off the presses and are now available to campers throughout North America, according to an announcement from KOA. (Woodalls Campground Management)

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