Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Coachmen now offering financing to buyers

Coachmen Industries, Inc. is now offering financing to retail buyers of the Company's Coachmen®, Georgie Boy®, Sportscoach® and Viking® brand RVs. Coachmen's credit subsidiary, Coachmen Financial Services, has partnered with the retail sales unit of GE Consumer Finance to provide the retail-financing package. Full Story...

Monday, September 27, 2004

National RV, Sells Travel Trailer Business to Weekend Warrior

National RV Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has negotiated the sale of its National RV travel trailer business assets to Weekend Warrior, a privately owned, California-based ramp trailer manufacturer. Warrior has created a new company called Rage'n, Inc., through which it plans to manufacture and market the acquired National RV brands. The sale is designed to allow National RV to further concentrate its efforts and resources on its growing motorhome business. Sales of trailers have represented less than 5% of revenues for National RV Holdings. Full Story...

Sunday, September 26, 2004

Fort Wilderness will re-open for guests on Tuesday, Sep 28

The park was closed on Sunday, September 26, due to Hurricane Jeanne, which was downgraded to a tropical storm and continued northward toward Georgia on Sunday night. The Walt Disney World closures were announced on Saturday upon consultation with weather experts. Full Story...

Disney's Fort Wilderness Closed due to Hurricane

Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground and Disney's Vero Beach Resort are closed. Guests with reservations at Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground arriving from September 24 through September 27 are being relocated to other resorts. Guests holding reservations during these same dates for Disney's Vero Beach Resort will have the option, if they wish, to relocate to a resort at the Walt Disney World® Resort. Guests who have scheduled reservations at either one of these resorts arriving before Tuesday, September 28 are encouraged to call (407) W-DISNEY.

RVing Care-A-Vanners Build for Humanity

About two dozen RVers from all across the country will arrive in their recreational vehicles and set up camp at the Windy Acres Campground in Westhampton, Mass.

But they won't be on a typical vacation. The Care-A-Vanners as they're called will be working on one of three Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity duplexes.

Care-a-Vanners travel in their RVs from Habitat work site to work site around the country. They are often married couples from a variety of backgrounds, according to Deborah A. Callahan, chairwoman of the Pioneer Valley group.

"What is huge is the amount of work they produce and the continuous number of days (they work.)" Callahan said.

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Bandera, Texas RV Park owner objects to city fee increase

The owner of Riverside RV Park objected to a proposed increase in a wastewater fees for RV Park owners at the City of Bandera's public hearing on the proposed fiscal budget for 2004-05 on Sept. 16.

Jerry Russe said the increased charge for wastewater singled out RV Park owners and that amount of money would make little difference to the city's overall budget picture. He added RV'ers spend significant amounts of money in the city. Full Story...

Propane Cannister Explodes in Couple's RV

Fire crews had to literally unbury the couple inside.

Pete Macowashuck, sleeping in the back, was able to stand up, and only suffered a few scraps and bruises. But wife Mary, near the front of the motorhome, was unable to move... crews had to dig her out from under the debris. Full Story...

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

RVer votes could affect South Dakota election

South Dakota residents can start voting absentee today. Two of those ballots will come from Frank and Patsy Norton, RVers who call South Dakota home but travel wherever the road leads them.

These roving voters concern some county auditors, who wonder if their absentee ballots could sway close races. Such residents could cast deciding votes without having to live with the results, Sue Roust, Minnehaha County auditor, said. Full Story...

Monday, September 20, 2004

Motor home owners enjoy RVs' freedom

Duncan and Shirley Rowland spend five to seven months on the road each year, heading to the cool mountains of Colorado in the summer and then to sunny south Texas to beat the chill of winter.

The Hilltop Lakes, Texas, couple travel in the comfort of their own motor home, which they parked among the 200 recreational vehicles gathered Sunday morning in advance of a motor home rally later this week. Full Story...

Sunday, September 19, 2004

Is a Motor Home Transportation or Lodging?

At the U.S. Tax Court, questions often arise that border on the metaphysical. Take, for instance: Is a motor home "used predominantly to furnish lodging" or "used primarily as a means of transportation"?

The question is not without consequence. A deduction taken by a taxpayer would be allowable if a motor home is transportation and not allowable if it is lodging. An Oregon couple, in the business of selling and renting these vehicles, said "transportation" and took an accelerated deduction for a motor home they bought and rented out on a short-term basis, calling it business equipment. The IRS called it "lodging" and disallowed the fast write-off. Full Story...

Friday, September 17, 2004

FMCA Rally Big Moneymaker For Bend, OR Fairground

The Deschutes County Fair may be one of the most anticipated events at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center, but this summer, the Family Motorcoach Association Convention was the fairgrounds' biggest moneymaker. Full Story...

Thousand Trails purchased KOA in Wauchula, Florida

Thousand Trails Inc., the largest operator of membership-based campgrounds in the United States, announced it has purchased the KOA Zolfo Springs campground in Wauchula, Florida. Situated along a half mile of the Peace River, the property offers more than 400 RV and tent sites on 75 acres. The mild climate and comfortable amenities will enable this campground to remain open year-round.

The Peace River campground will be designated as a NACO preserve, the park will also be available to members in the Thousand Trails and Leisure Time systems. Moderate preparations are necessary due to the hurricane season, but the Company anticipates the campground to be open to the membership as early as November 15, 2004.

Utah legislation would base fee on age of RV

Owners of "personal property," which includes recreational vehicles, watercraft and trailers, would pay a set registration fee based on the property's age, with the fee adjusting with every three years of age, under a bill endorsed by the Utah Legislature's Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee Wednesday. The bill will be forwarded to the full Legislature for consideration during the 2005 general session. Full Story...

Motor homes are handy port in storm

When hurricanes strike, some get in their cars and head for the border. Others bolt down their shutters and plywood and tough it out. And some find mobility, alternative shelter and a generator -- all in one. They rent a motor home.

Residents in the path of storms are seeking transportation and housing options, says Joe Laing, marketing director for El Monte RV, a motor-home rental company that sprung into action during the first of three Florida hurricane threats. He said extra fleets were shipped to Florida to answer the stronger demand. Full Story...

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Travel Supreme creates a new quad-slide with extended-living capabilities

Travel Supreme has recently turned its attention to the more affordable segment of the diesel-pusher market. Its new Envoy line begins at $184,950 for the 36-foot model — although, like anything else, larger renditions with more options will swell the price. The company’s top-of-the-line Envoy is model 38DS04, a 38-footer that features four slideouts.

“The Envoy will begin its production life as a 2005 model,” remarked Glenn Troyer, company president.

“It’s not really a low-end unit, but rather what might be considered a medium-priced product. In actuality, it’s targeted directly at the 38-foot niche, which is currently the market we are after.” Full Story...

Man plans to ride out Ivan at RV park

At the Alabama Port RV Park on Alabama 193, one man said he was intent on riding out the storm in his camper or, if things get too rough, in his black Ford Mustang. Dennis Tew was talking on a cell phone, holding his 6-month-old Chihuahua named Gidget. He sat on the rear fender of the Mustang by his tiny, peeling camper. Full Story...

Luxury Motor Home Changes RVing Lifestyle

Back when they owned a basic camper, Mike and Marina Wolfgram parked it on riverbanks, in rustic campgrounds and on the sides of highways.

That all changed when they bought their first luxury motor home -- a 45-foot coach the size of a yacht and, at $1 million, just as expensive. But driving in luxury created an unexpected problem for the couple -- parking. Full Story...

Warning signs posted by Parks Canada

The transition into the fall season marks a potentially dangerous time for visitors and residents who might be in search of that one great photo of an elk in the park.

The fall mating season (rut) for these animals began as the calendar turned to the month of September and will continue until the end of October. Full Story...

Sunday, September 12, 2004

Mountain campground expands its offerings

Campfire Lodgings, outside Asheville,SC is a delightful case of a small success growing into larger success.

Run by exceptionally good-natured managers, the campground, on a wooded mountaintop (elevation 2,270 feet), has added on the edge of the mountain five new premium RV sites with spectacular views. These landscaped sites have concrete pads. "Really plush," manager Donna Henry says.

Some of the RV sites have phone/modem hookups, and all the RV sites have water, sewer, electric and cable connections. Full Story...

RV dealerships changing with the times

Before the Payless Cashways store on Brady Street had closed, customers were accustomed to pulling into the store’s parking lot to buy building supplies, hardware or lawn mowers. Now there are recreational vehicles in the parking lot.

“It’s been fun to be able to make something out of this building and do something for this corridor of Davenport. We’re all from this area,” said owner John Dresselhaus.

What the owners have done is take a site that had been empty since 2001, with the probability that it would sit a few more years, and turn it into what they believe is one of the largest RV dealerships in Iowa in covered square feet.

There is now a showroom, offices and a parts and accessories department in the 30,000-square-foot main building. The service center, which has been busy, is located behind the main building where the lumberyard once was.
The site might not have been right for other businesses, but it was right for a new RV business. Full Story...

RV dealers say sales cruising along

It's been a great year so far at Lee's Family Trailer Sales and Service, said general manager Sherri Gardener-Huff. Sales are up 27 percent from last year at the Windham, Maine dealership.

"People want an economical family vacation," she said. "You can get a brand new 2005 pop-up trailer for less than it costs for a family of four to go to Disneyworld for a week," she said. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, people don't want to travel internationally and prefer to stay on the ground for their vacations. Full Story...

Friday, September 10, 2004

Motor home clubs are fun way to meet new people

A motor home can be a great way to see the country and mingle with new people.

An even better way may be to join a motor home club. There are motor home clubs in the Family Motor Coach Association, a national organization, all across the country.
One, the Arkansas Travelers, has made a pit stop for a rally. Full Story...

ExxonMobil Heavy Duty Engine Oils Meet New API CI-4 Plus Specification

ExxonMobil announced that four of its heavy-duty diesel engine oils have met the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) new CI-4 Plus specification.

CI-4 Plus licensed lubricants are required to deliver improved soot handling and shear stability performance in all engines. These improvements enable engine oils licensed under the API CI-4 Plus specification to better withstand the severity of the latest low-emission engines. The CI-4 Plus standard is scheduled to take effect September 1, 2004. Full Story...

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

New Texas Traffic Law Activly Enforced

There is a new state law in Texas which became effective September 1, 2003, applies to driving situations where emergency vehicles are stopped or parked along the roadside. This new law is being actively enforced! Texas law SB-193, reads as follows:

Drivers nearing a stopped emergency vehicle that has lights activated, unless otherwise directed by a law enforcement officer, must
* Vacate the lane closest to the emergency vehicle, if the highway has two or more lanes traveling the direction of the emergency vehicle; or
* Slow to a speed not more than 20 miles per hour (mph) less than the posted speed limit when the posted speed limit is 25 mph or more; or
* Slow to a speed not more than 5 mph when the posted speed limit is less than 25 mph.

A violation is punishable by a maximum fine of $200. If the violation results in property damage, the maximum fine increases to $500. If the violation results in bodily injury, the offense is enhanced to a class B misdemeanor.

Detroit Camper & RV Show is Coming

The 15th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show, October 6-10, 2004, at the Novi Expo Center in Novi, Mich. New, year 2005 recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers, park models and fifth wheel travel trailers.

The Show is open weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 12-9 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m. The cost for adult admission (age 13 and up) is $8; children age 12 and under are admitted free! Seniors admitted for just $5 on Wednesday, October 6, and Thursday, October 7.

Full-time RVer Ronald Jones presents "So I really can drive an RV" seminars. Attendees will learn how to become confident and competent RV drivers. Award-winning filmmaker and active RVer John Holod will be giving an exciting and informative video presentation during the RV show. The films, Aaska RV Adventure, Baja RV Adventure and RVing Alaska's Inside Passage will be shown often during the show. Full Story...

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Good life is Camping all Summer

To spend all summer long fishing, swimming and relaxing under a shady tree is a lifestyle most of us can only experience vicariously through Mark Twain's tales of troublesome boys from long ago. Unless you are a campground host, like John and Linda Eastep, who manage Camp Wishon each year during the summer months. Full Story...

Saturday, September 04, 2004

FLORIDIANS Camp Out At Atlanta Motor Speedway

The Atlanta Motor Speedway in Henry county opens its campground this weekend to the evacuees fleeing Florida from Hurricane Frances to stay for free until the storm passes. Full Story...

Friday, September 03, 2004

GEORGIE Boy Revamps Cruise Air(R) XL and Cruise Master(R

Georgie Boy is in the middle of a successful year, and gained additional momentum after unveiling its new Cruise Air® XL and Cruise Master® models to glowing dealer reviews.

The motorhome manufacturer, a subsidiary of Coachmen Industries, Inc. introduced the redesigned rear diesel Cruise Air XL and gas- powered Cruise Master, along with the rest of its 2005 product lineup, at their recent Dealer Seminar. Full Story...

Rental RVs staged to move in when Frances leaves

With the powerful hurricane expected to reach south Florida as soon as Saturday afternoon, California based El Monte RV was positioning part of its rental fleet in the northern Florida city of Tallahassee and in south Georgia.

El Monte has already rented most of the 100 motor homes it keeps in Florida. In recent days, it started moving additional vehicles from as far away as New York. Full Story...

Golf Pro Converts Others to Motor Home Travel

How do the PGA Tour players combat the strain of so much travel? Some opt for private jets, others prefer the cozy feel of motor homes. John Daly's commitment to motor home travel has been well documented and he is credited with blazing a trail. Full Story...

Thursday, September 02, 2004

How to maximize your cellphone during storms

Cellular phones can be a lifeline before and after the storm for South Floridians. Here are some tips to use cell phones efficiently: Full Story...

Nevada Tourism Rolls Out ‘Haulin’ In Nevada’ RV Adventure Sweepstakes

RV travelers who visit Nevada from now through July 29, 2005, can enter to win a made-in-Nevada HAULTENT™, a small utility trailer that converts into a camping tent. One must be a non-resident and mail an entry form postmarked in Nevada to the Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) to qualify. Entry forms will be available on the NCOT Web site and in various publications. The winner will be drawn in August 2005

NEVADA Tourism Produces New Adventure Guide

The Nevada Commission on Tourism (NCOT) has produced a new edition of its popular pocket-size Adventure Guide. It lists outdoor adventure activities and contains information people want to know, such as elevation, required skill level, directions for getting there, and where to find lodging and additional information. Web Site

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Faulty motor home fridge sparks blaze

An early morning fire caused at least $250,000 in damage to motor homes and buildings at Range RV in Hesperia, California on Tuesday, officials said.

A motor home was destroyed and four others damaged, fire officials said, but there were no injuries. County fire investigators blamed the blaze on a faulty refrigerator inside a motor home parked at the lot awaiting repairs. Full Story...

Fire destroys motor home in Lunenburg MA

A fire engulfed a motor home Tuesday, destroying it. The 1989 Gulf Stream motor home was parked in owner James Hoffman's yard.

The fire, which started in front of the carburetor, was contained to the front portion of the motor home, but heat and water damage completely destroyed the rest of the vehicle. Hoffman hoped to sell his motor home, as he hadn't even turned the engine on in a year and a half. Full Story...

'MICROBURST' tips over RV

Mary Beth Johnson was returning to her home at a little after 4:30 p.m. Monday when severe winds knocked her trailer off its supports and tore the awning from its front at La Mirada RV Park on Belen's west mesa.

An RV parked next door was flipped on its side as the winds cut to the southeast across the area. No one was inside the vehicle and emergency personnel had not located the owners at press time. Full Story...

Clear Lake clear favorite

Clear Lake, one of Oregon’s most pristine and, well, clear lakes, has a lot to offer for families hiking or camping with children.

Each night costs $14 and each extra vehicle costs an additional $7. No Northwest Forest Passes are needed to park at the campground. Full Story...

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