Monday, December 06, 2004

The 2005 Trailer Life Campground RV Parks & Services Directoryfeatures a new campground ratings system to address the changing needs of RVers. The 2005 edition publishes the first major revision of the ratings system in 10 years.

The result is an improved system that gives credit for things like phone line availability for Internet hookups, WiFi and the ability to accommodate bigger rigs. Refinements were also made in visual appeal to make it more objective and easier to understand. Full Stroy...

RVs and RV growing in poularity
"Since the attack of 9/11, our industry has grown a lot," said Marsha McInnis, director of the 52nd annual California RV Show in Pomona, which drew record crowds in October despite record rainfall.

"A lot of people don't want to travel by air anymore. Couple that with the fact that baby boomers have money in hand and travel dreams, and Gen-Xers, those in the 25 to 35 or so age range, have kids and off-road toys raring to go, and the RV industry is going nowhere but up."

It's hard to argue with McInnis after surveying the sea of RVs spread over 100 acres at the L.A. County Fairgrounds. It took 10 days just to maneuver and park the 1,600 RVs on display. Full Story...

Susan Bowler is hitting the road. "We're going to hop right on the road," she said. "I'm looking forward to meeting a lot of different people."

After 11 years as the public health nurse manager, Bowler said she was ready to do some traveling with her husband in their 34-foot motor home.

She planned on waiting to retire until November 2006, but the couple received an offer they couldn't refuse on their home on 40 acres.

Combined with the marriage of their youngest daughter in the past year, Bowler said she thought the time was right. Her husband has been retired from South Pacific as a locomotive engineer for a few years.

"People wait to retire, and they never get to live their dreams," Bowler said. Full Story...

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