Monday, July 30, 2007

RVers Enjoy the Summer at Libby's Oceanside Camp

Portsmouth Herald News - Portsmouth,NH,USA
Bill Simpson and his wife, Lynn, who live in Houston, Texas, were excited to learn that for two weeks of their eight-week stay at Libby's Oceanside Camp they'd be at site number 5.

They knew exactly where site 5 was: ten feet from a rocky bank that drops 20 feet to a sandy ocean beach. The spot has a seemingly endless view of the Atlantic that is flanked by the Nubble Lighthouse and a peninsula covered in million-dollar homes.

They'd been to Libby's the past five years, but had never been lucky enough to park their 37-foot-long recreational vehicle at one of the 45 oceanside sites referred to by veteran campers as "the front."

Some campers have waited years just to get a week at one of the spots on the ocean and there's currently a 10-year waiting list to reserve an oceanside site for the entire summer. Libby's is one of only four campgrounds on Maine's southern coast that is on the water, according to the Maine Campground Owners Association.

"Several campgrounds consider themselves on or near the beach," said Richard Abare, executive director the Maine Campground Owners Association. "But the reality is that none are as close to the water as Libby's."

The campground is located on Route 1A in York and sits adjacent to Camp Eaton — a larger RV park that serves about twice the number of campers as Libby's and is located across the street from the ocean. Libby's has 95 sites and feels smaller, the whole park can be traversed in a couple of minutes. In addition to the 45 spots on "the front," the campground has two other rows of sites which are all organized around a small office building.
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Friday, July 27, 2007

Campground Owners Upset by RVers Staying in Parking Lots

Regina Leader-Post: Regina,Saskatchewan,Canada

Jeff Bordyniuk, the owner of the Kings Acres campground on the Trans-Canada Highway at the eastern entrance to Regina, figures he could be losing about $5,000 a year in business because visitors to the city are parking their recreational vehicles on various store parking lots instead of paying the bucks to go to an actual campground.

"It's kind of a sore point,'' Bordyniuk said, in an interview Thursday.

It can be tough to maintain a campground in good shape and make a bit of profit as well when business is being lost because owners of recreational vehicles are staying overnight for free in parking lots, Bordyniuk said..And Bordyniuk says he often sees five or 10 or even more trailers parked overnight at each location, when he checks out certain parking lots at night.
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Bees Close Jumbo Rocks Campground

JTNP — Joshua Tree National Park announced this week that Jumbo Rocks campground is temporarily closed due to increased bee activity.

During the closure dumpsters will be replaced and bee activity will be monitored.

Jumbo Rocks campground is scheduled to reopen on noon, Tuesday, July 31 unless the bees continue to pose a threat to public safety.

Other park campgrounds remain open including Cottonwood, Black Rock, Indian Cove, Belle and Hidden Valley. Bees are attracted to campsites and dumpsters.

Visitors in campgrounds and picnic areas can reduce the threat of bee stings by not leaving soda cans and water bottles out to attract foraging bees.

Five years traveling in armored motorhome

MileHighNews.com - CO,USA
By Joe McGowan Jr.

The other evening as I walked my puppy, we encountered a very strange looking vehicle sitting under a light pole in the parking lot of the Belmar Library. It was so strange I just had to learn more about it.

Soon, I was talking to Jan Vorster, a retired metallurgist from Johannesburg, South Africa, and his wife, Leone, a librarian. Jan was sitting in a folding lawn chair alongside his armored, custom-built motor home. Leone had been in the Belmar library, using computers to access e-mail and send messages to their two daughters in South Africa.

It turned out the Vorsters have been traveling the world a total of five years out of the past nine. They have driven from South Africa, north along the length of Africa to the Mediterranean and then across Europe and across Russia to Mongolia.

This year, they shipped their cumbersome vehicle from South Africa to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Then they traversed South America, crossing the Andes to Chile and then northward across Panama, Central America, Mexico and entering the United States at Texas.
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The Ritz? No, It’s an RV Park

Gone are the days when recreational vehicle parks were rustic campgrounds with dirt roads, wooden picnic tables and a single pay phone. Now many of them, like Outdoor Resorts Rancho California, in Aguanga, in Southern California, where the Schields own a lot, resemble country clubs, with their manicured lawns, golf courses, clubhouses, swimming pools and tennis courts. Some parks are going even further and adding water slides, spas, restaurants and summer camps for children.

The lifestyle in these parks doesn’t come cheap. A parking spot, which can be a plain concrete pad or have “build outs” like an outdoor kitchen and bar, can cost $68,000 to $280,000. At Aguanga, a concrete pad generally sells for $80,000 to $120,000. A monthly fee of $330 includes daily trash pickup, water, sewer, cable TV and golfing for members. Owners can rent out their lots when they’re not there for $55 a night.
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Monday, July 23, 2007

African American RVers Rally in Perry GA

PERRY, GA - This weekend hundreds of RVers made their way to Perry to be a part of the 15th annual National African American RV Camp Rally.
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RVers Organize to Fight Parking Restrictions

Long Beach, CA - Owners of recreational vehicles (RVs) are starting to organize and are talking about hiring an attorney to stop the new on-street parking laws in nearby cities and preempt any such laws in Long Beach.

Stringent laws about RV street parking in Lakewood and even La Palma have some residents and officials worried about the potential of relocation strategies, which might impact the streets of Long Beach, in spite of the fact there is no indication that the Long Beach City Council is about to impose similar restrictions.
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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Classic Airstream Travel Trailer Rebuilt for 21st Century

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RV Rally - Instant City in Central Oregon

Close to four thousand RV's of all shapes and sizes and nearly 10,000 people living right now at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon.

The largest RV 'rally' or gathering in North America, and maybe the world. The Rally is a once a year event that brings folks living the RV lifestyle together from across the U.S., all 50 states. It's hosted by Affinity Group Inc., a company that caters to the RV industry and community. This the 7th year.
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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Tree Falls on Near-New Tent Trailer

SEATTLE - A Seattle woman had some good luck while camping at Lake Kachess on Friday the 13th. She and her camping partner happened to be away from their camp site when a storm blew through, and a massive fir tree fell on their tent trailer, crushing it.

Sarah Howell and her friend had left the campground to have lunch with her friend's parents. That day trip likely saved their lives.

"You couldn't even make out that it was a tent trailer," said Howell. "There was this huge tree. I'd say it's probably 150 feet tall and it was three feet wide. It took my breath away."
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Winnebago Itasca Travelers Rally in Forest City, IA

FOREST CITY - It is a rite of mid-July - hundreds of motorhomes from sea to shining sea - are parked on Forest City's south side, for the Winnebago Itasca Travelers Grand National Rally.

“It's a chance to see old friends,” said Tennessee resident J.J. Wood.

On Sunday, Wood and a crowd numbering in the thousands gathered at the rally's opening ceremonies, where they heard the WIT Singers sing fight songs from around the country, the anthems from each branch of the armed services and the national anthems of the United States and our Canadian friends.


EDGAR KREMER AND his trusty sidekick, a dog named Misty, were in Forest City for the first time, and he couldn't be happier.

“Lots of people told me I should give it a try, and there's the WIT Singles so that's always nice,” he said before adding with a smile, “plus, I figured it'd be nice to show Misty a new place.”
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15 Injured in Runaway Motorhome Crash

PORT ANGELES, Wash. -- A recreational vehicle apparently lost its brakes on the road coming down from Hurricane Ridge, hit three other vehicles and plowed through a railing and into a 20-foot gully, leaving 15 people injured, authorities said.

"Preliminary investigations show that the motor home probably lost its brakes while driving north on Mount Angeles Road," town spokeswoman Teresa Pierce said.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Proposed RV park to have upscale equestrian focus

Tryon Daily Bulletin - Tryon, NC, USA
Gus Meyers, Todd Parris and Chuck Piazza, owners of I-26 TGC LLC, plan a high-end R.V. Park with an equestrian focus.

The park, which will be called Carolina R.V. Resort, will sit on 80 acres of land in Campobello and will cater to self-contained motor coaches worth between $200,000 to $2 million. There will be no pop-ups or pull-behinds. The type of coaches allowed will be at the owner’s discretion.

“It’s going to be nice,” Gus Meyers said. “We’re keeping the setting.”

That setting will be somewhat equestrian-oriented for those who flock to events like the Blockhouse Steeplechase, Meyers said. The park will offer open pasture to those with horses.

The group plans to preserve 30 acres as wooded area, which will include nature walking trails. They will be expanding the pond on the property as well.

During the first phase of the plans, $250,000 to $300,000 will be spent on landscaping alone.
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Council Delays Decision on RV Parking Laws

St. Cloud Times - St. Cloud,MN,USA
St. Cloud will continue to not enforce its recreational vehicle parking laws as City Council members and Mayor Dave Kleis search for an alternative they like.

All sides agreed Monday that people shouldn't be able to park their campers and trailers just anywhere, but they also agreed that a proposal from city staff generated too much heat from residents who own them.

"We need to have a way to root out the problem cases and make sure they're taken care of," City Council member Jeff Goerger said. "But I think we'd be making a mistake to try to solve this tonight."

A sweep of the city conducted earlier this year by the St. Cloud Fire Department to look for nuisance and neighborhood zoning violations found improper storage of recreational vehicles to be the most common infraction.
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Forest Service budget cut threatens campground closures

Eastern Arizona Courier - Safford,AZ,USA
The Mount Graham campgrounds and picnic areas are in danger, but this time they are not being threatened by fire but by the possibility of being closed to the public.

The local Forest Service Ranger District is looking for partnerships and new ideas to increase funding for the campgrounds and picnic areas on the Pinaleno Mountains, also known as Mount Graham.


According to Toni Strauss, Safford’s district ranger, the funding received and what is needed to properly run and support recreational areas on the mountain are not in balance.

If additional money cannot be raised, campgrounds and picnic areas will not be able to be properly maintained and will have to be closed.
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RVers Lose Towed and Drive Miles Before They Notice

Bangor Daily News - Bangor, ME, USA
On a sunny Sunday morning on Route 191, a popular route between East Machias and Calais, David and Carolyn White were headed to Canada in their 2001 motor home.

The couple from Dillon, N.C., were also towing a 1998 Jeep — or so they thought.

About 12:30 p.m. a Route 191 resident called deputies to say he was looking out his window when he noticed the motor home and the Jeep going by.

The resident reported he saw the Jeep come unhooked, go out-of-control, shear off a mailbox and come to rest on a neighbor’s lawn.
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Sunday, July 15, 2007

Historic Route 6 Recognized by State of California

Note from Steven: For those of you who RV on the two-lanes here is a nice story & video about historic Route 6... no 6 not 66... at least the So Cal part of it.
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The stretch of historic Route 6 between Santa Clarita, CA and the Antelope Valley of the Mojave Desert knew the road — this section now called Sierra Highway — has been honored for helping pave the state with prosperity in bygone days.

Last week the state of California passed a resolution recognizing the highway, hoping to revive and preserve communities along the coast-to-coast route.

The 3,562-mile thoroughfare links Cape Cod, Mass., with Long Beach, making it the longest uninterrupted roadway in the nation. Portions of the road once served as the main street in many towns.

The highway spans 14 states. In California, it winds through Bishop, Lone Pine, Mojave, Rosamond, Lancaster, Palmdale and Newhall, then south to Long Beach.
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Friday, July 13, 2007

Planned luxury RV park upsets rural neighbors

Spartanburg, S.C. - A proposed resort for luxury recreational vehicles in northern Spartanburg County has some residents worried that the facility could alter a landscape best known for its small farms and rolling hills.

The new park, called Carolina RV Resort, is planned to have 230 small lots, costing at least $50,000 each. The developers are hoping to lure the owners of high-end RVs, who pay between $200,000 and $2 million for their vehicles and need places to stop as they crisscross the country.

"We're going out of our way to be good neighbors," co-owner Gus Meyers said. "We could cram several more lots if we wanted, but we don't want to do that. We're going to keep the setting like the horse country around it. … If we're doing something wrong, we don't know what it is."

But Pat Knie, a Spartanburg lawyer who 18 months ago purchased land that is adjacent to the proposed park on Smith Chapel Road, is one of several concerned residents.

In a phone interview this week, Knie listed a litany of concerns about the park, including storm water runoff and sewage issues on his land; the quality and size of the two-lane country roads that would have to accommodate the RVs; and concerns the RV park might take away from the area's bucolic setting.
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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Oregon opens new full service campground

Stub Stewart State Park, is the first full-service state campground built since 1972. In addition to the 43 full hook-up campsites the park includes:

• A horse camp with 16 campsites and corrals
• 12 walk-in tent sites
• A hike-in camp with 23 tent sites
• 15 rustic-style cabins
• A day-use area with picnic sites and trail heads

The park is located on the east side of Highway 47, four miles north of U.S. 26

Admission is $3 a day, $25 for a one-year permit, or $40 for a two-year permit.
Campsites and cabins range from $9 for a walk-in tent site to $39 for cabins

Reservations are being taken for dates beginning Aug. 16. Until then, the RV sites, campgrounds and cabins are on a first-come, first-served basis. Call 1-800-452-5687

More information: 1-800-551-6949 or www.oregonstateparks.org/park_255.php
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Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Winnebago Itasca Travelers Club Hosts Week-Long Tailgate Party

It’s the ultimate tailgate party at the 38th annual Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Club Grand National Rally! Motorhome maker, Winnebago Industries, Inc.will welcome home approximately 1,450 Winnebago and Itasca Motorhome owners to Forest City July 15-20 for a week-long celebration full of seminars, games, entertainment and camaraderie.

“We look forward to the Grand National Rally every year,” said Winnebago Industries’ Chairman of the Board and CEO Bruce Hertzke. “The rally is the perfect opportunity for us to host our WIT club members, talk with them one-on-one and learn from them on their wants and needs for future motor homes. We welcome our owners home for a week full of festivities and fellowship in what will be the ultimate tailgate celebration.”
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TVA Campground residency disputes continue

Hayesville, N.C. - A contingent of campers voiced their opinion on seasonal and short-term use of TVA campground spots during last Thursday's county commissioners meeting at town hall. County Manager Paul Leek suggested an additional two-year contract for Clay County Recreational Park Manager Owen Monkus that commissioners approved of.

Local builder Tighe White was the first to speak when the meeting opened for public comment. "I've been out there at Gibson Cove a few times," he said. "There are campers with no wheels or tags. There are semi-permanent structures that I think are really not allowed in your policies."

"I became aware that some of the sites were permanently reserved," he said. "How does that actually benefit our county? [Gibson Cove] should be like other campgrounds in the country, reserved for two weeks or so [at a time]." White suggested that campers currently findout who's leaving and quickly put up a tarp or other property so that they can claim the site for the next 14 days.
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RV sales soar despite high gas prices

an RV dealer in Pueblo West, Colorado says his business is $300,000 ahead in sales compared to last year. "It's taken off more than I expected especially with gas prices, you really think that its going to affect the RV industry and there are certain parts that taken hits, but progressively its just slowly gotten better ever single year so far," said Ryan Zabukovic, Manager of Zabukovic Motors.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Cruise America Announces GPS Giveaway at RV Sales Centers

RV enthusiasts could get more than their money's worth on their next motorhome purchase this summer. From now through August 31, Cruise America is giving away a free Magellan RoadMate 2000 GPS unit to everyone who purchases a motorhome at any of the company's nationwide RV sales locations.

Valued at $300, the Magellan RoadMate 2000 GPS is a pocket-sized, lightweight unit offering built-in maps for all 48 contiguous states. Featuring touch-screen menus and nearly 1.3 million indexed points of interest, it's designed to be an easy-to-use device for the frequent traveler.
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Degrees of Camping

The Happy Medium says she "has a hard time understanding why some people say they like to camp, but then show up with a fully loaded RV."

"We've camped near people who pulled in, set blocks behind their wheels, plugged in extension cords and water hoses, went back inside and we didn't see them again all weekend."
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Salisbury Reservation — Massachusetts' most popular park

At Salisbury Beach State Reservation’s campground, leisure is the only visible way of life, and it can be yours — so long as you book your trip well ahead of time.

“All sites are booked through the summer, as they were last year, as they will be next year,” said Wendy Fox, press secretary for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Salisbury is now ranked the most popular campground in the state park system, tied with Nickerson State Park, the state’s largest camping park, on Cape Cod.

Joe Alfonso, of Chicopee, who has been camping at Salisbury Beach for about 20 years, says it’s all about the beach.

“You’ve got great access to the water here — you’ve got a ramp for your boats, plenty of area to go fishing,” he said. “There’s not too many campgrounds on the beach.”

And camping rates are relatively cheap — Massachusetts residents pay $15 a night; out-of-staters pay $17.
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Monday, July 09, 2007

KOA Starts Program for Scouting Groups

Kampgrounds of America, Inc. has developed a new Scout program to provide safe and affordable camping to Boy Scout, Girl Scout and Girl Guide groups throughout the United States and Canada.

This program allows qualifying groups of at least five Scouts and one troop leader to receive a $5 per Scout/Troop leader rate on tent and RV sites, along with a 10 percent discount on KOA Kabin, Kottage and Lodge rentals at participating campgrounds. The free use of group pavilions and other KOA facilities is also included.
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Sunday, July 08, 2007

Managing a Campground is 24/7 Job

Living at a campground sounds like a walk in the park, but it is a lot of hard work and long hours.

Even when the campground is closed for the season, the work continues year-round.

Bill and Eileen Pagel agree that they are compatible. "You have to be to live together and run a business together," Bill Pagel said.

Six years ago, Eileen Pagel worked at Green Bay Packaging and Bill Pagel had been at Proctor & Gamble for 28 years when they purchased the campground and quit their jobs.

"Memorial weekend our first year, the campground was booked solid. That Monday night, the campground flooded for the first time in 14 years. It took four days to pump all of the water out," Bill said. "A friend told me, 'Don't worry, it won't happen to you again; it only floods once every 14 years.' Seven days later it happened again. Two floods in seven days. After that, there is nothing we can't do."

Best part of the job: "We love to see good family times. A lot of these families have such busy lives that they don't get enough time together. Seeing families having fun and eating healthy camp food together is awesome. We like visiting with our campers and relaxing by their campfires, Bill said.

The Pagels own 54 acres with 196 campsites. "We have the nicest piece of land and even with all of the campers, you see so much wildlife. You really don't have to be far from home to feel like you're on vacation. Seventy five percent of our campers live less than 45 miles away. It really is like a retreat," he said. One-hundred and twenty-six of the campsites are seasonal, which means people rent the site for the entire season.
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Friday, July 06, 2007

A perfect place to park the RV and take in the views

LAKE OF THE OZARKS - It's not much more than what folks back in the 1930s might have referred to as a speck on the road, or in this case, along the banks of the meandering Osage River.

Bagnell, located off Highway 54 at Route V in Miller County, is steeped in history. Less than 20 minutes from Osage Beach and Lake Ozark, visitors will experience a step back in time to a way of life that once existed along the banks of the Osage River.

A highlight of the trip will surely be a visit to Camp Bagnell Restaurant ('Where the locals go'), owned by Jerome and Patricia Schulte. It is a laid-back dining experience specializing in some of the area's favorite dishes. Catfish and barbeque are two of the most popular dinners ordered.

Just across the street from the restaurant is Camp Bagnell Campground and next door is the Lazy River RV Resort.

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Lakewood, CA Bans RV from City Streets

Hoping to stop owners from using city streets for storing rigs and motor homes long-term, the City Council recently passed a series of measures to address the issue. They included a pair of November ballot measures banning the vehicles on public streets without a permit, which voters overwhelmingly passed.

The permit allows for a maximum three-day pass. Residents can get up to 16 permits annually, but must allow at least three days between permits.

Since April, the city has been mailing letters and postcards, leaving paper hangers detailing the city's new laws and issuing warnings leading up to Sunday.

The city decided to give owners a two-week warning before officially ticketing on July 15.
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Tucon, AZ Restricts RV Parking

Tucson, Arizona | Published: 07.05.2007
The rules have changed for Tucson motor home owners who park their vehicles on the street — and for their neighbors who don't like it.
As part of an overhaul of its parking ordinances, the city has banned all but short-term parking of non-passenger vehicles — namely recreational vehicles and boats — on city streets.

The rule, which also applies to commercial vehicles and buses, says those vehicles cannot be parked on the street for any part of two consecutive days. That means if you park it on Saturday night, when you get up Sunday morning you're in violation. The fine for each violation is $25.
And just moving it up the street or around the corner won't help. Parking anywhere in the same block is the same as not moving the vehicle at all.
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Thursday, July 05, 2007

For RVers who own Airstreams, it's one big 'silver family'

J. Rick Cipot remembers the first time he saw an Airstream. He was just a boy.

"I didn't know what it was at the time," he says of the shiny silver trailer that resembles a giant toaster on wheels. "But I knew I wanted one."

Today he not only owns a shiny 2005 Airstream Safari, he attended a ceremony this year when a 1963 Airstream Bambi — a smaller version — was installed in the lobby of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Cipot took his obsession with the American icon to the next level last month when he and his fiancée, Sandi Gould, tied the knot at an Airstream rally that attracted dozens of members of the trailer-toting tribe.

Lest you think Cipot needs to get a life, Airstreamers quickly will tell you he has a life. A very good life. In fact, he's running with the in crowd. Airstream trailers, on the road since 1936, are as hot as, well, a cat on a tin roof.

Even though they cost an average of $50,000, Airstreams are "so retro (they're) hip again," says Bob Wheeler, Airstream's CEO in Jackson Center, Ohio, the tiny town where 2,000 of the trailers are built each year.
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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

RV Rentals on the Rise

BILLINGS MT - This summer more people are racing to RV offices to rent or purchase a motor home for their next trip. It appears high gas prices haven't deterred them.

"The rental business has been phenomenal. Honestly our bookings are 20-to-25% over last year," said Pierce RV's Tom Zeilstra.

But with such a great demand for a home on wheels comes shortages. Zeilstra says he wasn't expecting so many people to want to rent an RV this summer. "We've increased out fleet every year. Our expectations have never met the demand of the customers," he said. "We turn down more people then we can rent too."
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National RV rallies to boost area economy

Bend, Oregon - Each of two national RV events — The Rally, scheduled July 19-22, and the Family Motor Coach Association’s 78th Annual Convention, scheduled Aug. 13-16 — is expected to attract about 10,000 visitors from across the nation and generate between $7 million and $9 million apiece for the local economy, according to event organizers.

The RVers are expected to flood the area’s grocery stores, restaurants, recreation venues and hotels — contributing to a Central Oregon tourism industry with an estimated $498 million-a-year impact on the economy.

Both events have occurred at the fairgrounds before, but never in the same summer, said Roxia Thornton Todoroff, director of sales at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center.
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Proposed Campground Law Draws Resort Owners Ire

The town of Prairie Lake, WI, near Chetek in Barron County, is considering a number of new camping laws.

The proposal says campgrounds can only have 1 campsite for every 12 residents of Prairie Lake; for Keller that would mean dropping from 23 sites to 11 or 12 and would require owners get a town license in addition to their state license.

The ordinance would also charge resort owners a $10 licensing fee per campsite per year.


The Many of the 65 people, residents and resort owners, at a recent at the meeting say there aren't any problems with the current resorts, so they want to know why the town is considering a new law.
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Truck driver is killed after his big rig rear-ends a motor home

KINGSBURG CA -- A crash Sunday night left a truck driver dead and led to the temporary shutdown of Highway 99 in both directions Sunday night.

Both the 1985 motor home, which was towing a boat and trailer, and the 1999 Freightliner semi-truck were heading north on Highway 99 when the truck hit the motor home from behind.

It is unknown why the truck rear-ended the motor home, which was traveling about 50 mph.

The force of the crash caused the motor home, driven by 48-year-old Theodore Bard of Palmdale, CA, to overturn and partially block the northbound lanes.

The big rig swerved off the highway and through a fence, then crashed into two power poles. Then flipped on its side and continued to skid across the parking lot of a gas station, striking two other big rigs.

The truck driver died en route to a Fresno hospital.
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Monday, July 02, 2007

Motorhome is more than Transportation for Race Driver

NEW RICHMOND, Wis. -- Justin Henderson has spent has plenty of time during his career riding in a truck and trailer with his race car. He vividly recalls being cramped in the cab of a truck and not having much room to relax, as well as all night trips that left him with a very sore back in the morning.

Earlier this season he and his wife Heather purchased a motorhome that they now drive to each race. While he is used to wheeling an 850-horsepower sprint car around tracks from coast-to-coast, Henderson is still getting used to the feel of driving the much larger and significantly heavier motorhome, especially in adverse weather condition. Though he is quick to point out all of the benefits of having a motorhome.

“It makes traveling a whole lot easier, not having to worry about getting hotel rooms,” said Henderson, driver of the Jolt Energy Gum Rocket. “You are always working on a motorhome though, so that it doesn’t make the work part of it any easier, but it’s worth it. The wind really messes you up, I am still trying to get used to the wind. Diesel fuel is cheaper than gas as well, so you have to like that.”

“I don’t miss riding in the truck and trailer at all,” he smiled. “The dog really likes riding in the motorhome. He likes the air conditioning and he has his own couch. If I could just teach him how to vacuum, then we would be all set.”
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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Blaze in Motorhome leaves RVer homeless

Harold Lill had just stepped out of the shower in his motorhome when he heard a “woof” sound and felt a blast of air.

The 86-year-old said he glanced over to see flames in the propane water heater. Seconds later, the 1986 GM bus was on fire.

Lill grabbed a pair of pants and got out before the vehicle went up in flames Friday. But everything inside the RV was destroyed.

Lois Anderson, who was visiting family members in the park, said she smelled smoke getting stronger and stronger, then saw the flames burst skyward.

“It just blew,” she said. “The flames were huge.”

Lill said he appreciated his neighbors’ help and support.

“They found me a shirt, shoes — all mine got burned up in the rush,” he said.
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Torrance CA, Tells RVers to Move that motorhome - or else

For the estimated 300 residents of Torrance who own a recreational vehicle - or other types of oversized vehicles Sunday is the day the rubber meets the road.

Starting Sunday, RVs over a certain size... generally those exceeding 20 feet long or 8 feet high... will be ticketed if parked on any of Torrance's streets.

Still, after two years of heated debate at City Hall meetings and a grace period that lasted months before police began handing out fines, it's clear that emotions still run high on both sides of the debate.

"With the ordinance against RVs/OVs on-street storage, the streets of Torrance look the best they have in the last 20 years," said Norman Bauer, a vocal proponent of the measure. "In addition, the streets are safer, especially for the kids and elderly drivers."

On the other side are irate folks like David Thom, the owner of a "classic" 1966 camper who called the ordinance "totalitarian."
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Motorhome Fire Closes California I-5

A fire that started on a motor home spread to the grass Sunday morning Closed Californa's Interstate 5 and backed up holiday traffic for miles.

The motor home had reportedly caught fire just before 10:00am on northbound I-5 just north of Vista del Lago Road in Los Angeles County. But the fire then traveled onto nearby grass, jumping to both sides of the freeway.

Both south and northbound traffic had been closed in the Lebec area for a couple hours until the fire was put out. Lanes began opening at about 12:00pm.
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Campers go beyond the basics

DAWSON SPRINGS, Ky. — Roger LaPointe and his wife, Claire, started camping with a small canvas tent and a love of wild places. These days that love remains, but the canvas tent has given way to more modern lodgings.

Family connections then brought the couple to Clarksville, Tenn., in 1982. They soon discovered Pennyrile Forest State Park.

"We've been coming here since 1983," Roger LaPointe said Wednesday. "It's peaceful. It's green. It's clean. We've gone to a lot of state and national parks, and at most of those places you can reach out and touch your neighbor. These campsites are roomy."

LaPointe was standing beneath a blue canopy that covered a pair of picnic tables and adjoined their travel trailer at the park.

"We started with a four-man tent," Claire LaPointe said. "And we used to backpack, too. We'd be in our tent, and someone would pull up in a (travel) trailer and just plug everything in."
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