Monday, December 31, 2007

Manitoba's Provincial Parks Raise Fees for 2008

It will cost more to visit Manitoba's provincial parks in 2008.

New regulations introduced just before Christmas will increase the fees for access permits as well as campground spots effective Jan. 1.

CAMPSITE FEES

A season pass to provincial parks increases to $26.67 from $24.75 this year, while a three-day pass increases to $6.67 from $5.95.

Campsite fees will also increase next year. The fees are based on a formula that depends on the types of services offered at the campground, but the base rate for a basic site before services will increase to $8.40 from $6.90 next year.
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Changing needs force closure of National Forest recreation sites

When Forest Service recreation officer Jonathan Cook-Fisher looks out over the campground tucked deep into the San Bernardino Mountains, his gaze sweeps over the ponderosa pines and chirping squirrels and lands on a lopsided picnic table.

The table's chipped paint and splintered bench -- probably hacked off for kindling -- jump out at him like flames in a forest.

The dilapidated table is one of many signs of neglect at Tent Peg Group Campground, Cook-Fisher said. Broken wooden parking lot barriers, inaccessible fire rings and sediment runoff threatening endangered species downstream also plague the camp five miles down a rutted dirt road from Green Valley Lake.

Tent Peg's lagging maintenance, difficult access and a lack of visitors will likely spell the end of this '60s-era campground, one of four San Bernardino National Forest campgrounds and picnic sites targeted for closure over the next five years.

Under the gun to save money, ranger districts across the country have performed sweeping recreation assessments to reshape facilities to fit shifting interests among visitors and get rid of what doesn't work anymore.
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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Winnebago celebrates 400,000th motor home

FOREST CITY - Winnebago Industries has achieved yet another milestone - the production of its 400,000th motor home.

The Forest City-based manufacturer will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008. Winnebago opened in 1958 as Modernistic Industries and built travel trailers for several years before entering the motor-home market.

The company officially changed its name to Winnebago in 1961, and five years later, it built its first self-contained motor home.
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Mother and daughter carry on family tradition

Ann Kelch has helped to open the campground each spring and close it every winter for more than 40 years.


"My in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Kelch, would come to the Smoky Mountains on vacation, and they decided that they wanted to come to Tennessee," Ann says. "So in '65, they bought this piece of property and started the KOA campgrounds. In august they bought their franchise, and in June they had they had their first camper."

Back then, the campground consisted of a building in the middle of a field.

"The campers were very small, pop-ups and a few travel trailers, and over the years it's changed to huge big motor homes and big 5th wheels," says Ann.
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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

New Orleans RV Park on Industrial Canal to Expand

Mention of New Orleans' Industrial Canal evokes certain images: a gritty shipping hub, for starters, and the scene of a tragic levee breach that ravaged the Lower 9th Ward during Hurricane Katrina.

A bucolic vacation spot, however, does not come to mind. But don't tell that to dozens of campers who park their RVs on 20 waterfront acres along the canal in eastern New Orleans.

"They love it," said Mark Delesdernier, who opened the New Orleans RV Campground this year with partner Scott Schenck. "People just love to have things on water."

People love it so much that Delesdernier is about to double the capacity of the campground. Construction is under way to convert the facility from 52 to 102 parking pads. The expanded camp should be ready "hopefully in time for Mardi Gras," Delesdernier said.
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RVers Spread Hoilday Cheer

WARRENSBURG, Mo. -- Gene and Donna Burden’s home is adorned in holiday decorations, inside and out. Outside, near the steps leading to the front door, stand large, light-up plastic candles and a lighted reindeer decoration is positioned in a front window.

Since the Burdens became members of Warrensburg’s RV Club about three years ago, they have traveled quite frequently. From April through October, the couple takes a trip with the club each month, some lasting up to eight days.

“Our first trip was to Oklahoma City; we were invited by people at the senior center,” Donna said. “We had so much fun, we bought a motor home.”

Gene said usually a group of about four or five units go on every trip, but there have been as many as 12. Along the way, the group goes sightseeing and has potluck dinners, where Gene said there are usually so many leftovers they eat them all week.

In November every year, the Burdens go to Branson, Mo., with the “Golden Ages” group from the Baptist Church.
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Workers report RV plant layoffs

ELKHART -- Eric Krause remembers the meeting Forest River Inc. officials held with employees inside the company's Plant No. 40.

The RV plant's production line, which churns out diesel motor homes, was down to operating four days a week, Krause said.

"They said they were not going to be laying off," he said.

But on Dec. 7, Krause and other workers inside the plant were laid off. Krause estimates about 52 workers received pink slips. Another laid-off worker, Alex Larson, estimated about 40 people lost their jobs.

The company is one of Elkhart County's largest employers. It had 4,700 employees in January 2007, according to data from the Economic Development Corp. of Elkhart County.
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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Campers skip cold, decorate motor homes

JEKYLL ISLAND - Glen Mauck rolled into the Jekyll Island Campground last week after a long ride from Cheyenne, Wyo.

It wasn't long before Mauck saw some familiar faces, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus and his reindeer.

Settled in for the winter, Mauck said the inflatable Christmas characters were among the decorations he puts up each year from his stay on an island where the Christmas lights sparkle.

His wife, Judy, calls him Mr. Santa, "Because I put all that stuff up, I guess," Mauck said.

The Maucks are not unique. About five camping lots away, a Christmas tree glowed outside the door of a motor home with lights draped across the front.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Review of Camping at Carpinteria State Beach

If you're lucky (and make your reservation early -- think months in advance), you land one of the precious spots farthest from the railroad tracks and nearest the water, where you can wake up, open your tent flap and see the waves lapping the sand.

If you're not as lucky, here's what you get in exchange for an interrupted night's sleep on a wedge of parking lot: The beach is still just steps away; you're within walking distance of the charming village of Carpinteria; and there are hiking and biking trails with beautiful views of the Santa Ynez Mountains on one side and the Channel Islands on the other.
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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Extended RV Warranties - Are They Worth the Money?

Extended RV Service Contracts or Extended RV Warranties confuse many RVers. In this article guest athor Barry Wildere xplores the pros and cons of Extended RV Warranties and offer some insight into how they can benefit your RVing experience.
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'Winter Texans' Arrived Early This Year

SAN ANTONIO, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Winter visitors from the northern states and Canada have been filling up Rio Grande Valley campgrounds and RV resorts earlier than normal this year, and many park operators say they expect a very strong winter season.

"More parks have indicated they are near capacity earlier this season than ever before," said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), the Arlington-based trade association that publishes the annual Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide.

"We're booked solid for January, February and March," said Jack McMullen, general manager of Palm Gardens Manufactured Home and RV Community in Harlingen. He said some of the surge is due to the growing number of RV parks in Florida that are being sold to real estate developers for other uses or converted to RV resorts that sell rather than rent theirsites.

As a result, McMullen said, Canadians are actually coming into Texas from two sources -- Florida as well as Canada itself.

Canadians are also finding it more affordable to spend the winter in Texas because of favorable exchange rates. "What cost them $130 last year only costs $100 this year," said Sherry Caris, sales manager for the 1,200-site Llano Grande Lake Park Resort and Golf Course in Mercedes, which also serves as a dealer for both park model and manufactured home builders.

Another factor driving the early return of Winter Texans is cold weather up north. "It has seemed like every year the season has been getting a little shorter because we've had warmer winters. But cold weather up north is changing that this year," said Ed Welliver, owner of the 250-site Oleander Acres RV Resort in Mission.

For statistics and other information involving camping trends in Texas and New Mexico campgrounds and RV resorts, please contact Brian Schaeffer at (682) 518-1989 or visit the website of the Texas Association of Campground Owners at http://www.texascampgrounds.com.
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Safe Driving Tips for Winter Offered by AAA

ORLANDO, Fla.--Because more crashes involving property damage occur during the winter months than at any other time, AAA encourages motorists to prepare for adverse cold weather driving conditions with three main steps — prepare your vehicle; plan your journey in advance and be cautious while on the road.
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Monday, December 17, 2007

Falling tree crushes woman at Ore. campground

GRAND RONDE, Ore. - A Lyons woman was killed early Monday when a huge tree fell on her truck and camper at a Grand Ronde campground, police said.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office identified the woman as 50-year-old Julie Mae Williams, who was killed a day before her 51st birthday.

The tree, which measured about 11 feet in diameter but had been previously cut to a height of about 20 feet, crushed the camper she was in about midnight at the Wandering Spirit RV Park, the sheriff's office said.
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Friday, December 14, 2007

2008 Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide Now Available

ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 13 -- The Texas Association of Campground Owners has just released the 2008 edition of the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide, a free, four-color glossy magazine that lists more than 400 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and New Mexico.
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RV lifestyle can be affordable and adventurous when boondocking in American Southwest

Baby boomers looking toward retirement may not be aware of how affordable and adventurous the RV lifestyle can be, especially if they’re traveling to the American Southwest and are willing to try boondocking.

RVs were built for boondocking (camping in remote areas without being hooked up to power, water, or sewer), and the American Southwest was made for boondocking.

The Southwest offers plenty of opportunity for free camping on publicly owned lands but the monetary savings is not the only consideration.
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Oregon's Nehalem Bay State Park Reopens

PORTLAND - Three of the six loops in the park's 265-site campground and its 17-site horse camp will reopen Friday, Dec. 14.

All of the park's campsites had been closed since Dec. 3 in the wake of a storm that left the campground filled with downed trees and debris.

Full power has been restored in all areas of the park, which lies on a spit between the Pacific Ocean and Nehalem Bay between the communities of Nehalem and Manzanita.

The day-use area and trails to the beach at Oswald West State Park, 10 miles south of Cannon Beach, are now open, but the trails to Cape Falcon and Arch Cape remain closed indefinitely. The closure of Saddle Mountain State Natural Area, inland from Seaside and north of Highway 26, also is still in effect.

The campgrounds at Fort Stevens and Cape Lookout remain closed, but could open as early as next week. The Department will make an announcement Dec. 17 to update the status of those two parks.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007

RVers Can Enjoy the Tropical Paradise of Texas - South Padre Island

Right off the southern tip of Texas sits South Padre Island (SPI), a tropical paradise offering all that a visitor could want. Taking your recreational vehicle – RV – down south to escape winter’s northern wrath makes for a vacation of a lifetime.

Whether you want to be on the go or prefer to stay laid back, South Padre Island provides that opportunity: watching the sun set over Laguna Madre Bay, beach combing for special treasures, fishing (deep-sea, bay or surf), parasailing, hiking, bird-watching, scuba diving, golfing or simply enjoying the sandy shores from your lodging. This 34-mile long narrow island on the Gulf of Mexico offers visitors a respite from their everyday lives with its clear turquoise waters, championship golf courses, parks, the Laguna Madre Nature Trail, historic areas, a variety of shopping experiences, excellent restaurants and lounges to sample the fresh seafood cooked throughout the island restaurants.

An assortment of RV parks allow the traveler a place to rest their weary heads during an busy and exciting vacation.
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KOA is A-OK for Two Florida RV parks

DAYTONA BEACH -- For the past 17 years, Nory Schultz has called "Town and Country RV Park" home, but no more.

Schultz will now call Daytona Speedway KOA home.

The park at 3003 W. International Speedway Blvd. is one of two campgrounds owned by the O'Dwyer family that recently joined the Kampgrounds of America network. The other park, Orange Isles Campground at 3520 S. Nova Road, Port Orange, is now Daytona Beach KOA.

Besides new names, the KOA affiliation has resulted in some physical changes at both parks, with more to come. At Daytona Beach KOA, for example, the bathrooms have a new color scheme, and there is now a fire pit located on site.

The O'Dwyer family has owned the parks since 1978 but didn't decide to affiliate with KOA until this year. "It's a different world out there now," Brian O'Dwyer said.
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Casino Resort & RV Park Project Planned for Twentynine Palms, CA

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif., Dec. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, a federally recognized Tribe, will unveil plans for the first phase of a multi-million dollar, multi-phased economic development project to be built entirely on and within its 160-acre reservation in Twentynine Palms that will include the exciting Nuwu Casino Resort & RV Park.


Phase 1 of the project will include a top-of-the-line RV park offering more than 100 RV, tent and cabins sites, along with a number of excellent amenities and miles of dedicated hiking trails.


The park will be managed by the Tribe through a franchise agreement with Kampgrounds of America (KOA), the leading campground management company in the nation.

The RV site will have full amenities including a pump-out station to ensure environmental safety at all times. The Tribe plans to offer the pump-out services generally to park visitors who may not be able to choose to stay at the new KOA campground.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Winnebago Receives RVDA Quality Circle Award

For the 12th consecutive year, Winnebago Industries, Inc. a motor home manufacturer, received the prestigious Quality Circle Award for its Winnebago and Itasca brands from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers’ Association (RVDA) at a ceremony conducted at the 45th Annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, KY. Winnebago Industries is the only recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturer to receive the Quality Circle Award for 12 consecutive years.
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RV park owner looks to endure trouble

SURFSIDE BEACH — A 40-foot motorhome roared through Surfside Beach on its way to Galveston.

“That’s what I’m talking about,” said Troy McMinn, owner of Gulfbreeze R.V. Park, a work in progress. “That is a half-million dollar R.V. and it’s coming and going because there’s nowhere for it to park in Surfside.”

A few seconds later, and another large motorhome rolled by his tract along Bluewater Highway.

“There’s another one,” he said.

Regardless of the demand, an improperly issued permit and fears R.V. parks become havens for drug users has put the Gulfbreeze at the center of a struggle in Surfside Beach.
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Winter camping available at West Virginia state parks

Winter camping isn’t for everyone, but for those individuals who have the camping bug year-round, many West Virginia state parks have open campgrounds.

Many state parks and forests post camping discounts and incentives on the Web site at www.wvstateparks.com. “Our superintendents create new ideas to encourage park visitation, even in the wintertime when camping may not be high on a list of things to do,” said Acting State Parks Chief Ken Caplinger.
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'Green' RVs may be trend

RVing -- a more than $15 billion a year industry -- is more popular than ever as the monster baby-boom generation retires and hits the road. RV shipments had a record year in 2006.

Is this a sign that we'd rather go off an ecological cliff Thelma and Louise style than fall into the hands of the law (in this case, strict fuel efficiency regulations that would have the luxury motor home permanently parked)?

Or is it possible, through inventiveness, gumption and a little self-restraint, to indulge our collective wanderlust, without compromising the natural wonders we journey to admire?
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Sunday, December 09, 2007

Study Favors RV Park over Upscale Resort

The Columbian - Vancouver,WA,USA
Broughton Lumber Co. could make a profit from the first year if it developed a recreational vehicle campground instead of the upscale 245-unit destination resort it has proposed, an economic study commissioned by Friends of the Columbia Gorge concludes.

The study by the Eugene, Ore.-based economic consultant ECONorthwest found that the 60-acre Broughton mill site near Underwood could be profitably redeveloped under­ existing Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area rules. Such a resort would fill a need for more camping sites in the gorge, said economist Ted L. Helvoigt, who did the study.

"The destination resort proposal that was proposed by Broughton has no place within the national scenic area, particularly adjacent to a state park along the Columbia River," said Friends conservation director Michael Lang.
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Canadian Snowbirds Get Ready to Soar on Dollar's Wings

The Canadian dollar is soaring. The U.S. real estate market is crashing. The snow is blowing.

Life as a snowbird looks quite appealing these days.

This winter, 650,000 Canadians are expected to spend more than one month in U.S. sunbelt states like Florida, Arizona, California and Texas, with the last bunch taking flight in January, after the holidays.

Many questions loom for those mulling a retirement escape to a warmer climate. Where should you go? What's the deal on private health insurance? What should you do before you leave Canada?
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If you go to Zion National Park

GETTING THERE: Zion National Park is in southwestern Utah, about 300 miles southwest of Salt Lake City.

GETTING IN: For motorists, a seven-day permit costs $25 per vehicle. Be warned that vehicle access is severely limited much of the year. Permits for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcycle riders cost $12 a person. Annual passes, good at Zion only, cost $50.

If you're planning to visit several national parks in the next year, an America the Beautiful annual pass costs $80 and permits access to national parks and other federal recreation areas. Call 888-ASK-USGS or see store.usgs.gov/pass.

A lifetime senior pass for citizens or permanent residents 62 and older costs $10. Lifetime passes for permanently disabled Americans are free.
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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

New Cat C7 Engine for Workhorse Motorhome Chassis

Workhorse Custom Chassis is the first manufacturer to offer the all new, power-enhanced Cat® C7 engine in a motor home chassis.

Gulf Stream’s Crescendo and Yellowstone rear diesel motor homes are the first to use Workhorse’s Cat-powered diesel pusher chassis. The new models were introduced at the California RV Show in Pomona this fall. The Yellowstone model immediately sold to a couple from Palm Desert, Calif. The chassis was also one of the highlights at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., last week.

The rear-engine diesel platform has a GVWR range of 28,000 to 32,000 lbs. and includes an Allison 3000 MH six-speed automatic transmission. It is available on all Crescendo and Yellowstone models from 36 to 40 feet. Workhorse is using the most powerful C7 developed to date, with 360 horsepower and 925 lb.-ft. of torque. The new engine’s common rail fuel system and variable nozzle turbocharger, enhanced electronics, and turbo brake all work to improve performance and lower operating costs.
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RVontheGO Club Launches Across America

ReserveAmerica, and Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. one of the largest resort owners in America, have launched RVontheGO Club, a loyalty-based membership club serving RV and outdoor recreation enthusiasts. ELS is sponsoring the Club along with ReserveAmerica as an added benefit for resort owners across the country who may be considering other options for loyalty based programs for their specific customers.

The new club does not follow the traditional 10% off format, instead offering an original spin on member perks by adding valuable benefits at all participating resorts, along with discounts, privileges and special offers from leading brands.
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Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Storm Leaves Closed Roads, Outages in North West

The governors of Washington and Oregon declared states of emergency, which could speed relief efforts in flood-hit areas. The National Weather Service said 3 to 6 inches of rain had fallen across much of western Washington. The 24-hour rain total for Bremerton, Wash. was 10.78 inches.

More than 100 people had to be rescued from flooded areas by Coast Guard helicopters. Mudslides and floods blocked roads, and Interstate 5, the principal north-south route along the West Coast, was closed near Centralia because of about 3 feet of water over the road.
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Winter Texans are Technologically Savvy

Loris Petersen pays most of her bills, gets driving directions and checks the weather online.

The 56-year-old Winter Texan is 100 percent-technology capable, using wireless Internet every day from her RV at Bentsen Palm Village in Mission.

She also chats with her children, sends e-mail and uses the computer to track most of her expenses.

“We bought a laptop for the motor home specifically,” said Petersen, who is from Rochester, Minn. “A lot of people are using it.”

Petersen, along with most Winter Texans in the Rio Grande Valley, are defying the stereotype of technology-feeble retirees who are a few generations behind the Internet revolution.

As the number of Wi-Fi, or wireless Internet, hotspots in the Valley grows, Winter Texans are taking advantage of the trend to stay in touch with family at home, browse for the latest hotspots and get restaurant reviews at the touch of their fingers.
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Monday, December 03, 2007

National RV closes headquarters, files bankruptcy

National R.V. Holdings, Inc. said Friday that the company and National R.V., Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary, have filed voluntary petitions under the provisions of Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court, Central District of California, Riverside Division.

According to the company, it has taken the action after determining that seeking bankruptcy protection is in the best interest of the Company, its creditors, stockholders and other interested parties.

Dave Humphreys, the Company's Acting Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are saddened to let go our excellent employees, especially so close to the Holidays, and even more so because National's motorhomes have never been better than they are today. After evaluating our options, however, we ultimately determined that seeking protection in bankruptcy was in the best interests of creditors and shareholders."

National R.V. Holdings, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, National RV, Inc., is a producer motorhomes. From its Perris, California facility, National RV designs, manufactures and markets Class A gas and diesel motorhomes under model names Surf Side, Sea Breeze, Dolphin, Tropi-Cal, Pacifica and Tradewinds. NRV began manufacturing RVs in 1964.
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RVer fatally strikes, then backs over bicyclist

Police say a motorist driving a motorhome in Ogden, UT struck a 73-year-old woman on a bicycle Saturday, then backed up to see what he hit and ran over her again.
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Sunday, December 02, 2007

Fleetwood RV Group has Turnaround Plan

Elden L. Smith is president and CEO of Riverside-based Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., one of the nation's leading recreational vehicle manufacturers and producer of manufactured housing.

Smith rejoined the company in March 2005 and was named to the board of directors at the same time. He had retired from Fleetwood in 1997 after 29 years with the company. He led the RV Group from 1972 to the time of his early retirement. Under his leadership, RV revenues grew from $39million to more than $1.3 billion.

Smith sat down for Six Questions recently with Business Editor Michael Rappaport.
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RV industry tries to keep things rolling

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The magician, dapper and gray-haired, got laughs with card tricks and other feats that were already old when he was still young.

And as he deftly linked and separated steel rings, Dick Stoner drew a crowd around an enormous banner that read "Crossroads" -- the company paying him so that it could stand out from more than a hundred other manufacturers at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's annual convention in the Kentucky Exposition Center.

After all, the $15 billion R.V. industry could use a little magic just now. To read news releases, of course, things are going really, really great!

In fact, though, things are not really, really great in R.V. land. Sales are slipping. The industry association released updated projections indicating that industrywide sales would probably decline 4.8 percent next year compared with 2007.
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Kansas State Parks Ready for Cold Tempertures

Fall and winter are great times to enjoy Kansas state parks, but cooler temperatures mean fewer visitors, as well as some necessary adjustments by park staff.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks designates Oct. 1 to March 31 as offseason months for state parks. During this time, many state parks cut down on services, but all remain open. Although hours and services vary from park to park, most office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Most are closed on holidays, as well.
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Driving an RV is Easier Than You Think

It's the question everyone asks when they're thinking of buying a RV: What's it like to drive one of these rigs?

"It's intimidating, no doubt about that," says Alan Peterson, who with his wife Margaret has just taken on a 10 metre (34 foot), fifth-wheel trailer that they'll be towing behind a one-ton pickup truck. "But it was intimidating when I first had the (smaller) trailer, too."

It's just a case of understanding how the vehicle handles and getting used to it, say the experts.


"It feels wider, but once you get used to it you'll know where the unit is," explains David Reid, sales manager at the Douglasdale Woody's RV World location in Calgary.
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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Davidson County, KY to Get New RV Campground

Lexington Dispatch - Lexington,NC,USA
After staying overnight in the great outdoors for the first time eight years ago with their grandchildren, Arthur and Glenda Morrison have plunged full bore into camping.

For campouts that now have taken them throughout the southeastern United States, they bought a used pop-up camper, then a used 26-foot travel trailer, then a new 33-foot travel trailer that has slept as many as 11 people.

Now they are building a campground in Davidson County.

If all goes as scheduled, Cross Winds Family Campground will open off Sowers Road in Churchland next April with 50 campsites and ultimately will add 25 more. The 37.5-acre facility will also offer a swimming pool, a playground, a game room, a fishing lake, a one-mile track for walking and biking, an outdoor theater and Internet access.
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Canadian Wal-Marts may become tourist destinations

ChronicleHerald.ca - Halifax,Nova Scotia,Canada
ONCE FORBIDDEN territory as an overnight rest stop for visitors in Nova Scotia, the shopping mall parking lot may become a new overnight tourist destination in the province after the planned repeal of the province’s Tourist Accommodation Act next year.

That possibility should be enough to stir up campground operators in Nova Scotia, who have been pushing the provincial government to enforce existing rules that prohibit "indiscriminate camping."

The Tourist Accommodation Act currently prohibits people from using, maintaining, operating or managing a campground for the use of any overnight parking of recreational vehicles unless they have a licence. But the repeal of the accommodation act could remove the requirement that campers rest overnight only in registered campgrounds.

The campground industry refers to the practice of camping overnight in shopping mall parking lots or on the side of the road as "indiscriminate camping."

In general, it appears the provincial government has decided that licensing all tourism operators in the province isn’t worth the political headache it causes each year.

Aside from complaints from campground owners, every year the government receives complaints from the tourism sector calling for a crackdown on unlicensed tourist accommodations in the province. That’s everything from people renting out their family cottage for some extra income to unlicensed bed and breakfast operators renting out an extra bedroom in their home.

The bill repealing the act isn’t expected to be tabled in the legislature until spring, but in the meantime tourism operators around the province are trying to figure out what it will mean to them.
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Canadian RVers Complain of U.S. Border Crossing

MISSION TX — It’s a long haul from Canada to South Texas — 2,260 miles from Ottawa to Mission, for example — and the last thing Winter Texans need is a long wait at the U.S.-Canada border while sometimes rude U.S. border agents inspect RVs and other vehicles heading south.

More than 8 percent of Winter Texans in the McAllen-Mission-Harlingen area are Canadian, according to Penny Simpson, director of the Valley Markets and Tourism Research Center at the University of Texas-Pan American. At some area RV parks, though, Canadians account for up to 30 percent of the residents.

Lou Henke, manager of Bentsen Palm RV Resort, also in Mission, spoke of woeful times returning to the United States at International Falls, Minn., from a Canadian fishing trip.

“They’re real snotty,” he said of U.S. customs agents. “And the lines were huge.”
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