Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Harry S Truman State Park Campground Reopens

The campground at Harry S Truman State Park near Warsaw will be reopened in time for the Labor Day weekend, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources announced.

The campground was closed following a severe windstorm July 5 that damaged many of the park's trees. Full Story...

Monday, August 30, 2004

Class A Luxury Motorhomes sales growing

In 1992, less than 100 RVs were sold at a retail price of $200,000 or higher. A decade later, that number had grown to 11,600 units sold at a total cost of $2.45 billion.

The boom in luxury RVs has benefited a variety of businesses.

Mandalay, which just entered the diesel-pusher production business two years ago yet has scheduled construction for a new 200,000-square-foot plant in Elkhart that will be completed in April.

Dozens of Motorhome-only resorts that offer golfing and other resortlike activities -- as long as campers' RVs are at least 25 feet long.

"I really don't see an end in sight," Monaco's Mac said. "You have a lot of people who have decided that air travel isn't as convenient as it used to be. This is easier." Full Story...

RVers and Campers Spend Billions of Dollars in Local Communities

A Woodall's/ARVC RV Park and Campground Survey conducted by Michigan State University estimates that more than $3.8 billion was spent by RVers and campers in local communities when they visited the nation's commercial RV parks and campgrounds from May through August of 2004.

The survey was rolled-out this spring to the nation's commercial RV parks and campgrounds. The research collected weekly occupancy numbers and economic spending patterns from participating parks and campgrounds. Full Story...

Friday, August 27, 2004

LOADED revolver costs US tourist $1,135

For the second time this summer, a restricted firearm has been discovered in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, concealed in a compartment in a motorhome occupied by senior citizens.

Margaret Ruston Kumm was arrested on the Yarmouth waterfront Monday after she and her husband rolled off the fast ferry the Cat from Bar Harbor, Maine, in their motorhome.

Mrs. Kumm of Leesburg, Fla., a 66-year-old American tourist who kept a loaded revolver with her linen in the bedroom closet of her RV, was fined $1,135 Tuesday in Yarmouth provincial court. Full Story...

CHARLIE refugees get temporary lodging in RVs

Federal Emergency Management Agency has been moving families into one of the 360 travel trailers in a 407-acre park where they will live for free for as long as 18 months.

The RV park has been vacant for about a year because it was being converted into a more upscale facility. The concrete slabs were already there, and the park's owner, J & J Homes, took care of hooking up the power, water and sewer. Cable TV is even available. Full Story...

Thursday, August 26, 2004

Family takes a year off to see America

During 2003 and 2004, the Lillies, Ron and Marla with children in tow, toured the highways and byways of America the old fashioned way — one United State at a time.

“Seeing the country was something we’d wanted to do for a long time,” explained Ron. “We’d discussed setting out on a roadtrip across America for probably 15 years. We’d had other opportunities to do it — but the time was never really right until last year.” Full Story...

Cedar Rapids, IA man wins a Winnebago motor home.

"I suppose we'll go on some kind of fun trip sometime," Edward Koehn said after winning the grand prize Sunday in a sweepstakes promotion celebrating the Iowa State Fair's 150th anniversary. "We'll park it somewhere and look at it!" Full Story...

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

NEW State Park Opens Near Lafayette, IN

Prophetstown State Park in Tippecanoe County near Lafayette, opens Saturday.

Unlike most state parks, which feature woodland, the new park is mostly rolling fields, covered with prairie grass and wildflowers. There are hiking and biking trails and a campground with 110-sites. More Info...

Tree Falls on RV During Storm

Paula Grant, 33, of Newbury, Vt., said she doesn’t remember much from the storm that destroyed her camper at the Wakeda Campground on Friday night except for waking up underneath a tree.

Grant, who had been vacationing at the campground with her husband, three children and grandchild, called the ordeal terrifying. Full Story...

Monday, August 23, 2004

US Flags banned from City campground.

MUNCIE, Ind. mayor say US flags aren't allowed to be flown any longer at a city-run campground at Muncie. Police passed out notices at Prairie Creek Reservoir campground saying that all flags must come down. Full Story...

New RV/MH Museum and Library to Be Built

The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation, parent corporation of the national RV/MH Hall of Fame, museum and library, voted unanimously to begin a phased-in construction of its new home. The new facility will not only house the Hall of Fame, museum and library, as well as the foundation's general offices, but will provide exhibit space for current industry products. It also will include more than 10,000 square feet of conference and convention space. The board's action clears the way to finalize plans with construction, estimated to begin in the first quarter of 2005.

Phase one of the complex is scheduled to include the general offices, reception area, hall of fame gallery, theater and exhibit space for the foundation's collection of vintage recreational vehicles. Full Story...

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