Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Cruise America: Early Booking Discounts on 2008 Motorhome Rentals

Forward-thinking RV rental customers stand to save big on their 2008 motorhome reservations with Cruise America. From now until Thanksgiving Day, the company is offering early booking discounts on all motorhome rentals scheduled for departure during 2008 -- regardless of location, destination or travel dates.

The early booking offer, which is available at all of Cruise America's 134 locations across the U.S. and Canada, allows renters to choose from three distinct discounts: a half-price mileage special, a double-time deal or a 20-percent discount.
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Saturday, October 27, 2007

Free RV Parking Not Only Perk for Resident Volunteers

The Decatur Daily - Decatur,AL,USA
The chatter of songbirds blends with rustling maple leaves that can't quite hide the retiring sun.

The aroma of roasting oak fills the cool autumn air as Lee Bransford's German shepherd finally catches up with a rubber ball just before it bounces over the banks of Flint Creek. Judy Bransford sits content in a lounge chair and gently strokes the Shi Tzu in her lap.

Ahhh! This is the life. Peace and quiet and surrounded by nature with a clear blue sky overhead. It's living free.

The Bransfords' refuge is actually Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, and the best part of all is their home costs nothing.

Well, the Bransfords would say the zero rent they pay is hardly the best part of their set-up, but the free place to park their home on wheels is a great perk and worth the time they give in exchange for its picturesque location.
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WATERFRONT RV PARADISE IN FALL

Brannan Island State Recreation area beckons boaters - in a kayak or powerboat - with easy camping, fishing and waterways

If this waterfront spot were for sale, it would cost a few million bucks to put a home here. But you can have it right now for $5 a day or $15 a night with a tent or RV.

That is the beauty of Brannan Island State Recreation Area on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. You don't need to be a millionaire to live like one here.

Plus, few places in California offer waterfront sites right now. With so many lakes drained very low to get water south this past year, many picnic areas and campsites, like at Shasta, Oroville and Folsom, are now hundreds of feet above the water level. Yet at Brannan Island, the water is always right alongside.
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

RVers are Riding with Safety

Al Worcester calls it his “retire tour.”

It’s the trip he and his wife, Jacqueline, took in their 30-foot Winnebago that found the couple replacing three of the RV’s six tires, one in St. Louis and two more in Mississippi.

To be prepared for such emergencies, the Worcesters purchase roadside insurance and they belong to two Good Sam Clubs.

Their on-board gear includes an air compressor, roadside flares, a tool kit, first-aid kit and a polarity checker for testing campground electrical outlets. Al Worcester also maintains a close check on tire pressure, plus their RV has a steering stabilizer that helps keep the vehicle steady on the road and hydraulic levelers that stabilize it when parked. A global positioning system ensures the couple stays on track.

Worcester offered another tip. “Don’t try to keep up with traffic. Sixty miles per hour will save you a bit on your fuel, plus it’s more relaxing,” he said.
And traffic there is.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Coachmen RV Using Laser Technology for Complete Motorhome Wheel Alignment

Coachmen RV Group has invested in a new top-of–the-line laser system for aligning motorhome chassis (all wheels) after the motorhome is manufactured.

The advanced 811 System from Hunter Engineering Co. ensures that all Class A coaches manufactured by Coachmen®, Georgie Boy™ and Sportscoach® have all wheels laser aligned to the chassis manufacturer's specifications prior to shipment. This investment is part of Coachmen RV Group’s ongoing commitment to provide best-in-class quality and safety for its products to drive increased consumer enjoyment and confidence.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Mammoth Cave National Park Temporarily Bans fires, Smoking

Bowling Green Daily News - KY
Dry conditions have caused Mammoth Cave National Park to ban campfires temporarily in backcountry areas of the park, and smoking on all park trails.

The only campfires allowed at the park will be in the frontcountry area in metal rings constructed by the National Park Service, said Park Superintendent Patrick Reed.

The rings can be found at the Mammoth Cave Campground, Houchins Ferry Campground, Maple Springs Group Campground, Dennison Ferry Day Use Area and the picnic area near the visitor center. Even fires within the fire rings must be low intensity, he said. The fires must also be attended at all times.
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Work Starts on 200-Acre Campground

MLive.com - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
ORANGE TOWNSHIP -- Area residents should have a new place to enjoy the great outdoors come spring.

Last fall, the Planning Commission rezoned 200 acres on the east side on M-66, near Bennett Road, from agricultural to recreational to make way for Bud Montgomery's proposal for the county's largest privately owned campground.

The partially wooded campground, named Alice Springs in memory of Montgomery's late wife, is undergoing the first phase of construction with installation of roads and water and sewer lines. A 6.5-acre lake and swimming pool is also in the works, as is an 8,000-square-foot recreation building that will feature an office, camp store and laundry.

When completed over the next few years, Alice Springs will feature 719 sites for recreational vehicles and tents. Future plans call for shuffleboard, volleyball and tennis courts and, possibly, a small restaurant.

"Everything's coming together very nicely," Montgomery said. "Right now, it looks like we'll be opening in May or June 2008."
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RVer Creates His Own Outdoor Haven

The Commercial Dispatch - Columbus,MS,USA
A 2001 graduate of Starkville High School, Allen left for Los Angeles, Calif., that year to pursue a degree in biochemistry from Biola University. He returned to Mississippi a year ago with that degree, his pregnant wife, Monica, and a determination to build business here.

The result was Indian Mound Campground on Frye Road, a tent and RV campsite equipped with picnic tables and campfire rings with a fishing pond and sand creek nature trail. A new dad with a new business, 24-year-old Allen is now looking to build on an old family tradition to provide a haven for those like himself who feel right at home in their RVs.
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Thursday, October 11, 2007

Newell Coach Announces Record-Breaking Sales

Miami, OK (PRWEB) October 10, 2007 -- Running distinctly counter to industry trends, Newell Coach Corporation (http://www.NewellCoach.com) announced record-breaking sales of 42 Newell luxury motorhomes for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

Newell is increasing production to accommodate this unprecedented demand for both its new and late-model used luxury motorhomes.

"As of October 1, we've ramped up to an annual rate of 44 new Newells," says company president, Karl Blade. "Our available new-coach inventory is currently zero, and our sold-order backlog extends well into next summer."
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“Snowbirds” Travel South via the Twin Oaks RV Park & Campground in Georgia

Elko/Perry, GA – October 2007 – It’s become a rite of passage – that annual migration to the Twin Oaks RV Park & Campground, located just off I-75 (exit 127) south of Perry, Georgia. Travelers headed to Florida make their way from the northern states, Interstate-75 at times seeming like a moving parking lot with thousands of “snowbirds” flocking to their warmer southern home destinations.

This year, as many years before, those travelers will make Twin Oaks a restful stop for a few days and even a week or two. The campers return for regularly scheduled vacations – the solitude, friendship and camping lifestyle bechoning not only in the Fall but throughout the Winter season.

You too can enjoy Historical Central Georgia at this family-owned park. Twin Oaks is nestled between the snowy white cotton fields and majestic Pecan orchards. The Park is conveniently located near many area attractions such as the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, the Warner Robins Air Museum, Andersonville Civil War Site & Museum, Home of Jimmy Carter, the Georgia Sports & Music Hall of Fame, American Camellia Society and Hay House, and much more.

The Park is also filled with its own attractions such as the beautiful ornamental trees and many varieties of flowers. After a day of sightseeing or shopping, relax in the Olympic sized pool or Gazebo covered hot tub, or unwind with any of the many activities available to guests at the Park. Twin Oaks can accomodate any RV up to 90 feet in the pull-thru sites.

The Park (GPS Coordinates N= 32 20.173 W= 83 45.797) offers discount rates for groups and camping clubs. Our memberships (and those we accept) include ARVC, Escapee’s, Good Sam’s, Good Neighbor, Passport America, Recreation USA and Woodall’s. Recently Twin Oaks was named the #1 RV Park in the State of Georgia, by Good Sam’s/Trailer Life.
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California's Lake Berryessa Offers Bounty of Beauty

FAIRFIELD, CA - Vince Sarish sat on a cooler along the shores of Lake Berryessa this spring getting in some fishing before the weekend crowds arrived.

Sarish lives in Los Angeles. When he comes to Northern California to visit in-laws, he sometimes chooses Lake Berryessa as his place for recreation. He quickly ticked off some reasons.

“The amount fish that are in it and the natural beauty a lot of wildlife, deer, turkey,” he said as he lounged. He wore shorts and a T-shirt on a day already warm at 9:30 a.m.

Monticello Dam, completed 50 years ago, created Lake Berryessa. Suddenly, the region's residents had 30 square miles of water and more than 100 miles of shoreline as their playground.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation built Monticello Dam to provide Solano County cities and farms with water. As a by-product, the entire Bay Area and Sacramento area got a recreation hot spot.

About 1.4 million people visit Lake Berryessa annually, according to the bureau. Yet the agency can envision still more people going there. After all, the Folsom and Shasta reservoirs draw more than 2 million annually.

“Pete” Lucero, chief of the Lake Berryessa recreation resource division said, “I think there's a lot of potential here that may be untapped. We don't know what that is yet.”

Lake Berryessa recreation is in a state of flux. The Bureau of Reclamation leases land to seven resorts. It wants changes at these resorts and is evicting 1,300 trailers and mobile homes. Instead, it wants more campsites, RV areas, lodges and other services for people who stay a day or two.

This transition should take place over the next few years. The bureau could award the new resort contracts by the end of the year, Lucero said.
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Race Fans Reminded of Campground Fire Safety

In a few days, race fans from all over the country will be filling the campgrounds at Lowe's Motor Speedway.

Concord fire officials want to alert fans about the water restrictions.

The fire department will canvass the speedway’s eight campgrounds, handing out fliers and reminding race fans that due to current drought conditions, ground fires will not be permitted but campers can continue to use above ground stoves and grills.

All campers are urged to keep fire extinguishers handy because they say there is not enough water available to handle a massive blaze.
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Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Michigan International Speedway Improves Campground

Michigan International Speedway will spend about $10 million in the coming months based on feed back from the fans. The latest round of improvements will be completed by the start of the track’s 40th season of racing in June.

As part of the improvements 300 new campsites sites with electric hookups will be added to the Graves Campground, bringing the total number of campsites at MIS to nearly 9,000.

A permanent restroom/shower building will also be built in the Graves Campground.
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Warm Weather Keeps Alabama's State Parks Busy

The Huntsville Times - al.com - Huntsville,AL
Nick Guinn, a park ranger at Lake Guntersville, said all 321 sites at the campground were filled over the weekend. Although many campers left Sunday evening and Monday because of their jobs, he expects to see it fill up again by this weekend.

The park's staff has been prepared for the campers, he said, but "we were surprised to see that many people still coming this time of year."

Guinn said there were not this many campers this time last year.
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Monday, October 08, 2007

Changes at Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground

Many snowbirds like to spend lengths of Christmas-time/winter at Fort Wilderness Campground inside Walt Disney World.

To lessen the fire danger, Disney crews have done heavy tree-pruning, and removal of much of the ground cover/underbrush.

This left the sites looking bare, and removed much of the privacy and secluded-feeling of this campground since you can now see into adjacent sites, and roadways.

In addition to site repairs/modification, some Disney Cabins (log-sided trailers) have been moved onto some preferred/close sites.

Winter-Season "settlers" may find changes to their favorite campground loop.

A new entertainment option is an organized Seqway cross-country ride on a special off-road version of the stand-up people-mover. Golf cart & bike rentals, horse, carriage and hay rides still remain available at a price.
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Sunday, October 07, 2007

Mounds Park Offers Fun Fall Camping

Muncie Star Press - Muncie,IN,USA
Campers can get a front row seat in Mounds State Park campground to watch Mother Nature show off her beautiful fall foliage colors. Reservations can be made by calling 1-866-6CAMPIN (1-866-622-6746) or visiting www.CAMP.IN.gov.

"The campgrounds fill up fast this time of year because folks think it's the last chance for good camping weather," warned Angie Manuel, Interpretive Naturalist.

The weekend of Oct. 13-14 will offer live animal programs and live music including gospel folk musician, Debbie Bowles. Oct. 19-21 is the park's Halloween Funfest Weekend which includes fun kids games, campground trick-or-treating, campsite decorating contests, storytelling, and a haunted hayride trail. Oct. 27-28 offers Halloween-inspired programs and another round of the haunted hayrides.
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State Park in Florida Keys Offers Campers Quiet, Unspoiled Beaches

On Bahia Honda Key, there's a lot of positives. Even the hermit crabs are fascinating, provided you stay wary.

Most visitors to the chain of low-lying islands stretched off Florida's southern tip don't stop until they reach Key West.

The two-mile coral island, shaped like a melting violin, is a state park. So Bahia Honda's beaches, easily the best in the rocky Keys and contenders for tops in the state, are protected from the high-rises that consume much of Florida's coastline.

Camp sites in the secluded hardwood hammock on the island's Atlantic coast are for tents exclusively. The park also has a larger RV camping area, and air-conditioned cabins for rent, which sit on stilts around a deep channel where swimming is prohibited.

Camping fees are $26 a night plus tax covers as many as 8 people. Reservations are through reserveamerica.com or by calling 800-326-3521.
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Saturday, October 06, 2007

Fire Destroys Vacationers' RV

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A stretch of the Interstate 80 westbound was closed for more than two and a half hours because of an recreational vehicle fire.

Traffic came to a standstill east of the Mitchelville exit on the Polk County line and had to be detoured south of Colfax.

Mike and Karen Gilomen and their dog were on I-80 from Wisconsin to Arizona for a vacation, when their Patriot Thunder went up in flames.

"It went up so fast," Mike Gilomen said.

They were pulling a trailer with a Corvette inside. They said that everything is gone that was there.

The Iowa State Patrol said it believes there was a broken fuel line on the motorhome that lead to the fire. Officials said the RV leaked a trail of fuel for miles.
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Road Trip: Forest Highway 3 to Flagstaff

All roads lead to Flagstaff. Well, not really. But many do - Interstate 17, of course, and I-40. And don't forget U.S. 180, U.S. 89 and Arizona 89A. Each has its charms, but none can compare with Forest Highway 3, which is also known - at least the segment near Flagstaff - as Lake Mary Road.

Coming off the Mogollon Plateau, the paved, two-lane byway takes you through lovely stands of pine and past a couple of lakes where recreational opportunities abound. And the San Francisco Peaks, now swathed in fall colors, provide a scenic backdrop as you approach Flagstaff. Things to note along the way...
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Campgrounds Spruced Up Ropened at Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent Curt Sauer announced the park restoree all campgrounds to full operations in time for the Columbus Day holiday weekend,

Visitors seeking to make camping reservations should call Reserve America, the National Park Service’s camping reservation contractor, at (877) 444-6777, or visit www.recreation.gov.

Advance camping reservations can be made for individual sites at Black Rock and Indian Cove campgrounds. Group campsites at Joshua Tree can be reserved at Indian Cove, Cottonwood and Sheep Pass Campgrounds. All other park campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The park’s visitor centers are now open: Cottonwood Visitor Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and the Joshua Tree and Oasis visitor centers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

The Black Rock Visitor Center at Black Rock Campground in Yucca Valley will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

For information on Joshua Tree National Park facilities and services, visit www.nps.gov/jotr or call 367-5500.
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Friday, October 05, 2007

Antioch, CA City Council to Decide on RV Measure

The City Council is slated to decide on Tuesday whether to place on the Feb. 5, 2008 ballot a measure asking Antioch residents whether recreational vehicles should be allowed to be parked in driveways.

In a city that has grappled with numerous contentious issues in the past year, the RV issue has been at or near the top, as angry RV owners packed the council chambers on several occasions, demanding the right to park their boats, trailers and motor homes on their own property.

There has also been a minority of speakers asking that their neighborhoods be free of the visual blight and clutter of these vehicles.

A council subcommittee that met with both sides ended up deadlocked on the issue. The dispute has been so contentious that rather than decide it themselves, the council agreed in June to let the voters decide the matter.
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South Dakota Camping Fees Might Take Hike

PIERRE - A basic increase of $2 in most daily camping fees at South Dakota state parks is being recommended by the state Game, Fish and Parks Commission.

The commission accepted the recommendation of the department staff at a meeting Thursday in Pierre. The fees are scheduled for a public hearing Nov. 1 and 2 in Gettysburg and could be finalized by the commission after the hearing.

"The increases we're proposing are basically inflationary increases," said Doug Hofer, director of the department's Division of Parks and Recreation.

Camping fees last were increased in 1995, department records show. The fees for camping cabins last were boosted in 2001.

The proposal would increase the basic campground fee from $6 per night to $8.
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Monday, October 01, 2007

RVs Date Back Nearly to Dawn of Motoring

The RVs on display inside the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart fit together well and are guaranteed to bring a smile to the face of every visitor.

More than 45 recreational vehicles, conversion vans and travel trailers -- from a 1915 Model T Ford pickup with "telescoping apartment" to a George Jetson-like 1974 GMC Motor Home -- are on display, or soon will be, in the cavernous Founders Hall.
The vehicles line a serpentine two-lane road, and all displays feature beautifully restored or mint original condition vehicles.

Visitors can walk over a small wooden bridge, gaze at a simulated lake and listen to piped-in bird songs overhead. Giant blow-up photos of famous national parks and monuments such as the Grand Canyon and Mount Rushmore inspire, and well-appointed mock campsites, complete with folding chairs, gas grills and awnings, beckon.

"For a lot of our visitors, it's memories of having traveled with their families in units like these when they were growing up," said Al Hesselbart, official historian for the RV/MH Heritage Foundation Inc., which owns the facility. He notes there are 28 million Americans who own a recreational vehicle or manufactured home.

The RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum moved into its new building in March after being housed in a smaller building in Downtown Elkhart for several years. When completed, it will contain 125,000 square feet of exhibit space.
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Campers Put Out by Budget Troubles

Detroit Free Press
Donna and Edward Fromhagen were not happy campers Sunday afternoon.

They'd been told they had to pack up and leave Gogebic State Park in the western Upper Peninsula because of a looming state government shutdown. Park personnel went around at midday informing campers they could stay the night, but if the Legislature didn't reach an agreement by 9 p.m., water and electricity would be cut off, the toilets and showers closed and campers would have to leave first thing in the morning.

"This is just crap," an angry Jim Lefevre said. "My daughter gave us this trip as my birthday present, and she paid for it when she made the reservation back in May. In Minnesota, we don't know anything about your budget problems. These (expletive deleted) should have called us if they thought they'd close the parks."
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