Thursday, December 28, 2006

Wrong-way RV driver causes ruckus at McDonalds

A California woman inadvertently caused minor damage Monday morning to the McDonald's in Carson City, NV when she drove a rented recreational vehicle the wrong way through the drive-through lane, according to the Sheriff's Department.

"We'd been traveling all night," explained driver Maria Perez. "We were all hungry and wanted to see if the McDonald's was open."
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Fire damages RVs in El Cajon, CA RV park

EL CAJON – A two-alarm fire overnight December 28, roared through a recreational vehicle park near Interstate 8, damaging four motorhomes and a fifth wheel trailer, Heartland Fire officials reported.
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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

RVing couple pull up stakes to help others

Robert "Bobby" Price stood outside a used motor home parked near the oceanfront recently in Gulfport, Miss., while his wife, Julie, are staying in Gulfport until at least April to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and are taking their future on the road to help people who need their construction skills and volunteering spirit.

Julie Price said family and friends think the couple are crazy for opting to live out of a one-bedroom, one-bathroom house on wheels. Others wish they were able to do the same thing. The Prices said traveling and volunteering fit their personalities.
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Sunday, December 24, 2006

RVers Find A State Park To Call Home For Christmas

SARASOTA - Christmas Eve has always meant a gathering of wanderers, and tonight, under a circle of old oaks not far from the entrance to Myakka River State Park, they will come.

About 6, someone among the three dozen or so resident volunteers at the park - retirees from Maine and California and Ontario and Montreal - will decide it is time to get the bonfire going.

Others will emerge from their tinsel-trimmed trailers two by two, carrying lawn chairs and red wine in tumblers, maybe dragging a bit because it's been a long week.
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Saturday, December 23, 2006

New Workhorse UFO™ Chassis Brings Wave of New Choices to Motor Home Buyer

o 21 will have an opportunity to test drive a Class A (bus-style) motor home built on the unique new motor home chassis that's been drawing rave reviews in test drives across the country.


Workhorse Custom Chassis, a leading manufacturer of motor home chassis, will display its all-new rear-engine Workhorse UFO™ platform during the show at the Florida State Fairgrounds (Booth 145). Those wishing to take a test drive of a 36-foot Forest River Georgetown model built on the Workhorse UFO™ can reserve a time now by going to www.workhorse.com/driveaufo/tampa.
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Monday, December 18, 2006

RVers return to the question... Where in the world have you been?

Darren and Celeste Smith have to be two of the bravest parents in the world.

For five weeks in 2005, from June 4 to July 10, they packed up their four kids – Corey, 14; Chelsea, 13; Cassidy, 10; and Connor, 3 – and drove through 21 of our United States.

To prove they may have more guts and love than sense, they also pulled behind the 32-foot motorhome an enclosed trailer filled with four-wheelers and bicycles.

And they did this without a specific plan for their route, sleeping in parking lots.

“It took about a week to get adjusted to us living so closely and to doing without everything we usually have at home, but after about the third week, we didn’t want to go home,” she said. “And we all want to go back.”
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Sunday, December 10, 2006

Corvair History 101: The Ultra Van Motorhome

The Ultra Van Motorhome is more akin to a cabin cruiser on the inside and a DC-10 in construction, with a happy-looking front-end, to boot.

Power comes from a Corvair drivertrain and the structure is made from aluminum ribs with an aluminum outer skin, creating a rigid tube. The interior looks an awful lot like something you'd see in a Chris Craft of the same era. Full Story...
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Yule lights shine on RVs in California RV park

Imagine people driving their campers to Chula Vista, California from as far away as San Jose to decorate for the holidays. For a single night, more than 60 campers at Chula Vista RV Resort will display reindeer, snow men, blow-up Santas and an array of lighted, animated figures. Toy trains will chug up and down the sidewalks.

Owners of the RV park at 460 Sandpiper Way are opening their gates to the public from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, but visitors must park outside and view the displays on foot. Full Story...
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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort Wins Award

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) awarded Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Ind. the 2006-2007 National Brochure of the Year Award. Lake Rudolph Marketing Director Dave Lovell designed the brochure.

The ARVC Brochure of the Year award is the third major national honor for Lake Rudolph in four years. Previous awards include the ARVC 2003-2004 National Website of the Year, and the ARVC 2004-2005 National RV Park of the Year, the highest honor given in the industry. Full Story...
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Monday, December 04, 2006

Lighter Towable RVs Pull Ahead

A year ago, Chaz McAfee was happy to stock lots of bus-sized recreation vehicles at his company's lot in Jackson, Ga.

But this week at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's 44th annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, he was looking at lightweight trailers.

"Towables are a growing market. They're getting so affordable that a lot of people who never used to consider RVs are getting into them," McAfee said.

And sales increases in the less expensive lightweight market are making up for declining demand for the big motor coaches at the Sagon RV Supercenter where he works. Full Story...
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Friday, December 01, 2006

Flashy displays aim to capture dealers' attention at Louisville show

A casino theme was one of many ideas companies used to attract people to their displays inside the National RV Trade Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The show is important to the Michiana region because it's when many dealers make decisions on orders for 2007.

Elsewhere around the show, displays parodied the movie "Men in Black," featured putting contests and gave away fishing rods. One had an enormous green light-up arrow pointing down to the entrance.

The real marketing comes with the things manufacturers brag about.

To outsiders, it might not seem like a big deal that a couch is now on the left side instead of the right, or that the slide-out takes up the entire wall instead of only part, or that there are bunk beds available in certain models.

But to the RV makers and to the dealers, that stuff is huge.

"Floor plan is the No. 1 reason why people buy a specific unit," said Emahiser of Carriage Inc. Full Story...
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'Towable RV' named 2006 newsmaker of the year

"The U.S. recreational vehicle industry could be experiencing a sea of change as an upsurge in demand for towable recreational vehicles began in mid- 2005," said Goldenberg. "It grew to become a dominant industry trend in 2006 during a time when rising interest rates and fuel-price fluctuations chilled motorhome sales and Gulf Coast hurricane trade finally began to tail off."

As a result of these and related factors, from all appearances, there's a sense of austerity in the marketplace right now that has played into the shift from motorized to towable RV products.

So strong were trailer sales during 2006 that towables -- travel trailers, fifth-wheels, hybrids and folding camping trailers -- represented nearly nine out of every 10 units shipped through much of the year. Full Story...
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