Thursday, December 30, 2004

RVers asked to participate in Parade Watch program

The Pasadena Police Department began its annual Parade Watch program Tuesday along the route of the Tournament of Roses Parade.

Modeled after the Neighborhood Watch program, the department asks people camping in motor homes and recreational vehicles to keep an eye out for possible wrongdoing, said Pasadena police Chief Bernard Melekian.

"Essentially, we are asking those people who will be right there on the route to be our eyes and ears,' Melekian said. Full Story...

No. 1 search item on eBay in 2004 wasn't "iPod." In fact it was "RV.

For the second year in a row the Web behemoth sliced and diced its database of transactions to draw out trends that could help define 2004, and provided USA Today with the official results. RV was first!

With the population getting older, the emphasis is shifting to a need for comfort. Enter the RV, a home on wheels that's ideal for leisurely retirement travel around the country and has been a top search item all year long. Full Story...

Monday, December 27, 2004

New campsites open at Crescent Lake in Central Oregon

Visitors to Crescent Lake in Central Oregon will have two new spots to camp at next summer. National forest crews have finished construction of two new campgrounds there. The campgrounds have campground hosts, restroom facilities and garbage service. Neither site has paved roads or drinking water. Full Story...

Alaska borough is restricting RV park stays.

Bill and Karen Campbell have lived in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough since 1957, and although he could be the trusted watchdog in any neighborhood, he and his wife, Karen, don't live in a subdivision.

They make their home in a 35-foot, fifth-wheel RV in Big Bear RV Park near the Trunk Road exit on the Parks Highway.

The Campbells are one of a growing number of full time Rving families who've adapted to life on the road. It's a trend many Mat-Su RV parks, often family-owned small businesses, bank on to make it through the year. But recent, special attention paid by borough officials to a phrase in Mat-Su Borough law may mean full-time RV residents will be looking outside the Valley for a space to call home.

Buried in the Mat-Su Borough code on mobile home parks is a definition of RV parks as "camper parks in which travel trailers are permitted for temporary occupancy of less than 30 days." Full Story...

RV travelers spend Christmas holiday in sun

Louise and John Hay don’t spend Christmas with their grown children and grandchildren anymore, a fact that irritates their daughter, Kathy, in Maryland.

“They worry about us,” said the retired couple, who’ve spent Christmas in New Braunfels, Texas every year since they became full-time RV’ers 10 years ago. Full Story...

Monday, December 20, 2004

Providing RV Snowbirds a meaningful experience

RV park activities make residents feel welcome, keep busy.

For many RV park residents whose lives are in the park, activity directors are their lifeline to society.

Special events include craft shows, health fairs, blood donation drives and holiday activities. Full Story...

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Couple sues for RV replacement

In a lawsuit filed Dec. 10 against Fleetwood Enterprises, Freightliner, Freedom RV Center and Truck Centers in Troy, a Litchfield, IL couple is demanding a refund of $152,271.47 or a replacement motor home of equal or greater value.

Shortly after Madeline and Jarrell Sutton purchased a brand-new 2001 Fleetwood Bounder Dec. 19, 2000, it was so full of problems, they were without use of their RV for more than seven months.

The Suttons allege that immediately after the purchase, they experienced more than 200 problems with the motor home including malfunctions of the engine, transmission, hydraulic system and electrical systems.

Since purchasing the motor home the Suttons have been virtually unable to use the motor home without experiencing major coach or chassis problems, according to the complaint. Full Story...

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Complaints on trailer, motor home parking in Torrance California

After listening for years to a steady grumble of complaints, Torrance has begun looking for ways to restrict on-street parking for motor homes and trailers.

The city will hold a public meeting on the issue Thursday. Its planners hope to get a better sense of the problem and draw out ideas for solving it.

Cities across the country have searched for ways to make sure motor homes and trailers don't stay parked on their streets long enough to gather dust. Neighbors have complained that they detract from their views or make it impossible to see around a corner. Full Story...

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Indiana RV Resort Receives National Honor

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) awarded Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana the 2004-2005 National RV Park of the Year in the large park category (251-499 sites). Full Story...

New RV Park in Rockport Texas

Richard and Pashia Garcia, owners of the recently opened Blue Heron RV Park (November 2004), have been RV travelers for many years and residents of Rockport since 1980. When they purchased their home site, their simultaneous thought was to make the adjacent acreage into an RV Park. P. Garcia said, "The property is perfect for this endeavor and Winter Texans as well as permanent residents will feel comfortable and right at home here." Full Story...

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...

Wednesday, December 01, 2004

North Ranch SKP Park - a unique community

Drive into North Ranch near wickenburg, AZ and you will be amazed at the variety of housing options. Spend some time with a few of the residents and you will be fascinated by the unique sense of community, fellowship, and family.

More than 100 lots are held for temporary use by RVs, while 436 are privately owned. Many of the deeded lots have permanent structures while others are vacant, awaiting their owners to arrive in a motor home or fifth wheel.

Escapees North Ranch started in 1991 as a small RV campground and has grown to a large development of recreational vehicles, mobiles, manufactured homes, and sizable "stick built" residences. The park is owned by the Escapees RV Club headquartered in Livingston, Texas. Full Story...

RVers welcome in Bandera, Texas

When the question of limiting RV Park stays was brought up at the meeting, every member of the Bandera City Council spoke against restricting stays at RV Parks. However, an agenda item that would repeal the current 14-day limit - which is not being enforced - was tabled due to zoning concerns.

The issue surfaced as the result of a poorly written ordinance. Council member Robert Skinner, who was on the council when the ordinance was originally passed, said it was intended as a way to prevent people from living in RV units in residential areas - such as homes' driveways. The way it was written, all RV'ers stays are limited - in theory, at least. Full Story...

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