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A carbon monoxide (CO) leak almost proved fatal to three campers on the White River National Wildlife Refuge in Arkansas over the Memorial Day Weekend.

The three men were camping in a motorhome at the refuge’s Horseshoe Lake campground Thursday night. The RV air conditioner was not working, so they turned on the vehicle’s engine to cool the sleeping area.

Around 3 a.m., one of the men woke with a headache. Realizing that he was suffering from CO poisoning, he managed to get to the RV’s driver’s seat and honk the horn. Other campers in the area responded and got the men out of the RV. They used the vehicle’s Onstar function to call for help.

Arkansas County Sheriff’s Department deputy Bobby Dumond, refuge officer Richard Gray and an ambulance from DeWitt Hospital all responded.

When they arrived, “the three men were on the ground,” Dumond said. “The ambulance crew gave them oxygen, and they all started to come around.”

The men, whose names were not released, were treated at DeWitt Hospital and released.

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Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to

Hardy Arkansas City RV Park

Hardy Arkansas City RV Park

For years the City of Hardy, Arkansas has owned an RV park located next to the Spring River. The park has gone through management changes, and devastating floods that caused major damage to the infrastructure.

Now in a surprising move, the Hardy Fire Department has taken over the RV park. Spaces have been updated, bathrooms remodeled, and wiring problems repaired. All this work has been completed by volunteer firefighters.

Firefighter Jim Griffin says the park is very popular in the area.

But this campground has needed some help for a long time. The city didn’t have the money to make costly repairs to the wiring that was damaged by flooding. Chief Rose said the wiring was so old and damaged that is was easier to just disconnect part of it. Rose, “The electricity for instance is now about a third of what it used to be.” But that one third he says is in great shape. When money can be found he said hopefully all of it will be brought up to code.

The fire department will pay around $700 a month rent to the city for the park and do the upkeep, any profits above that number will go into the city funds to help the fire department.

Since the department took over they have volunteered their time to clean up the park, refurbish the bathhouse and just make it attractive to visitors. Jim Griffith says their department of 25 had plenty of talent to complete the work. “We have electricians and plumbers who are volunteer fireman and they have all worked together to get it done.”

“All the firemen agreed they would kick in a little spare time to get this going and keep it going.” Rose said. Any profits off the lease payments will go into the city coffers to help the department buy new equipment. “In a small town we don’t have a lot of money coming in for that. So we’re in hopes that if we get it going we’ll see profits there for equipment that we would like to have.”

Chief Rose says the volunteers’ work is starting to pay off already. “Lotta folks just want to come up and drive through and look around and they’ll see this park and ask questions and they’ll come back later and rent a spot.”

For reservations or information you can call this number. 870-856-2356 or email for information at

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