Thursday, January 31, 2008

Catalina State Park Campers Stranded For Two Days

KOLD-TV - Tucson,AZ,USA
Some people are still feeling the effects of the heavy rainfall on Mount Lemmon this weekend. Almost nine inches poured and a group of campers were caught in the aftermath.

"Coming down here is just like coming home, I love the mountains."

"Sunday night I was watching your news channel. They were saying rain was expected but the mountains were going to get heavy rain."

Monday morning, Shawn woke up to find four feet of water blocking the road leading out of the campground.

Shawn and 200 other campers were left stranded. When it rains heavily on Mount Lemmon, the Canada Del Oro Wash floods and blocks the only road out of the campground, a regular occurrence since the 2003 Aspen Fire.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Navy helicopter unexpectedly lands at campground

A Navy helicopter made an unscheduled landing at Cherrystone Family Camping Resort on the Eastern Shore Wednesday afternoon.

Mike Maus from Naval Air Force Atlantic confirms that an MH-53 Sea Dragon helicopter from Naval Station Norfolk-based Squadron HM-14 (Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14, the Vanguard) made a precautionary emergency landing.
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Plans for posh RV park near Bay Harbor clear second stage of approval

Petoskey News-Review - Petoskey,MI,USA
Plans for a high-end RV park near Bay Harbor cleared a second stage of Resort Township’s land-use approval process Tuesday.


Signature Motor Coach Resorts intends to develop the site into a 125-site resort catering exclusively to Class A motorcoaches, which are well-equipped RVs measuring 30 feet and longer. The park would operate seasonally from May through October.
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How Not to Take a Motorhome Vacation

Vancouver Province - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
Late last summer, Ian Harwood turned what should have been a pleasant sojourn in a beautifully equipped motorhome into an episode worthy of the National Lampoon Vacation movie series. Don't let his pratfalls put you off RVing -- read on with a view to learning how not to enjoy the great outdoors!

For our first RV trip in the Okanagan Valley, we thought we should bring everything including the kitchen sink.

We should have brought our plumbing, but more about that later.
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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Coachmen Industries, Inc. Announces 2007 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

“During the fourth quarter, we faced significant challenges in the RV Group as overall retail demand remained tepid, resulting in a very weak wholesale market as many dealers became reluctant to take on new inventory,” said Michael R. Terlep, President of the Coachmen RV Group. “Although the bottom line does not yet show the results we want and need, we have accomplished meaningful gains in margin improvement, increased capacity utilization as a result of consolidation activities and overhead reductions from the cost cutting that we diligently managed throughout 2007. Despite the sales weakness we experienced in December, based on the favorable response to our new models introduced at the Louisville show and our current backlogs and sales activity, we are optimistic that our sales will rebound in the first quarter from their fourth quarter levels.”

The Company’s Recreational Vehicle Group reported sales of $54.5 million during the fourth quarter of 2007, down 34.5% from the $83.3 million reported for the same period last year. Despite the significant decrease in revenues, gross margins for the RV Group improved 5.7% to a loss of $2.7 million from a loss of $2.9 million last year. The improvement in gross profit was the result of margin improvements, increased capacity utilization as the result of consolidation activities and overhead reductions from the continuing cost-cutting activities the Group has pursued throughout 2007. The RV Group generated a pre-tax loss from continuing operations for the quarter of $9.4 million compared with a pre-tax loss of $10.4 million for the year-ago quarter, representing an 9.6% improvement. For the full year, the RV Group reported revenues of $361.7 million, down 10.6% from the $404.7 million reported in 2006. The Group’s pre-tax loss for the year increased to $33.9 million from $25.4 million, however results for 2007 included a goodwill impairment charge of $3.9 million, while last year’s results included the benefit of a legal recovery amounting to $3.6 million.
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Escapees Hosts Political Forum at Rainbow’s End

Are you planning to be in Texas early in February? If you are, take advantage of a great opportunity here at Rainbow’s End. On February 5, the Escapees RV Club is holding a political forum in our activity center and we’ve invited all the candidates running in the March 4 primary election. This “town hall” atmosphere is a great chance for all the candidates, whether running for local, state, or federal office, to share their platforms and positions with their constituents -- Escapees members and local residents alike.

Our 2008 primary election political forum kicks off at 1 PM with set-up and one-on-one opportunities before the on-stage forum begins at 2 PM. During the onstage portion of the event, each candidate will be given five minutes to address the audience. After all the candidates have spoken, questions will be taken from the floor.

Directions to Rainbow’s End can be found at
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Corps of Engineers Campground Hours Reviewed

Arkansas Democrat Gazette - AR,USA
BLAKELY MOUNTAIN — The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers erred in reducing operating hours at numerous Arkansas campgrounds without consulting the public first, a top Corps official said Monday.

Col. Mike Wehr, head of the Corps office that crafted the reduction plan, told a crowd of about 50 people at a meeting that he’ll present a plan to restore at least some of the campgrounds to their traditional schedules at a follow-up meeting on Feb. 11.

The plan could include proposals to lease some campground operations to private contractors in order to restore the sites to their traditional operating hours, Wehr said.
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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Overnight parking ban proposed for RVs, trailers

SAN DIEGO – Parking restrictions targeting recreational vehicles, trailers and campers may be coming to a San Diego, California.

Three City Council members have proposed a pilot program prohibiting overnight parking of these vehicles on public streets in certain neighborhoods.

Residents and their guests in affected areas would have to obtain parking permits good for up to 72 hours. Even with a permit, they would have to park within 150 feet of their address.

Council President Scott Peters and council members Donna Frye and Kevin Faulconer are pushing for the tighter regulations at Tuesday's City Council meeting. If the proposal has enough support, city staff will be asked to determine the permit fees and the cost of parking enforcement. Then the issue will come back for a vote.
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Recreational Vehicles offer Luxury on Wheels

Imagine sinking into a leather sofa across from a roaring fire, a college basketball game on a wide-screen TV with sounds of screaming fans from multiple speakers.

Is this the living room you'd love to have? One may be rolling beside you at 65 mph.

If your last experience with a recreational vehicle included uncomfortable, undersized beds and a bathroom the size of a phone booth, it's time to take a second look.

They've been supersized and upgraded.

In many cases, RVs today replicate and exceed the comforts of home.

"Everything you have at home, you can take with you," said Tom Huggler, publicist for the recent Grand Rapids Camper Travel & RV Show at DeVos Place. "Sunken living rooms, stone fireplace, a TV that disappears in a cabinet .... it's pretty cool, isn't it?"
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Space-rental tax isn't keeping RV owners away from Tucson, AZ

When Pima County implemented its RV-space-rental tax, recreational-vehicle owners around the country threatened to boycott Tucson.

Pima County's RV parks 10 years later have plenty of customers. It's the revenue from the tax that never materialized.

The 50-cents-a-day tax, originally predicted to bring in more than $800,000 a year, has generated a little more than $2 million total in the 10 years it has been in effect.

If the RV tax had brought in the $8 million the county anticipated, it would have more than covered the difference.

Pima County is the only county in Arizona with such a tax, and the Legislature later revoked the ability of other counties to impose the tax.

The first winter the tax was in place, RV park managers around the Tucson area reported low occupancy rates, whereas those in Benson and Yuma were overflowing.

But those people have been replaced by new retirees who don't know about the controversy involving the tax and come to Tucson for their own reasons.

And RV park managers don't go out of their way to educate new tenants.

"It's not as publicized now," said JoAnn Sanford, operations manager at the Far Horizons Tucson Village Resort on the East Side.

"When you quote your rates, you just say 'plus tax.' When they see what it's for, they don't like it, but it's not making people not come to Tucson. I hate to say it, but it hasn't affected us like we thought it would."
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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Opponents of RV Restrictions Get Public Hearing

Lathrop-Manteca Sun Post - Lathrop and Manteca,CA,USA
MANTECA — Two city councilmen will meet Thursday, Jan. 31 with motor home and boat owners who want the city to ease restrictions on recreational vehicles parked in local neighborhoods.

The two-hour public workshop will come four months after Councilmen John Harris and Steve DeBrum agreed to discuss the decades-old city law on RV parking.

The law prohibits residents from parking more than one boat or motor home on their property, unless the vehicles are kept inside a garage. RVs must also be parked alongside or behind a home.

RV owners Roberta and Bob Mathews had campaigned for months to have the city loosen its restrictions, but were met with mostly silence from the City Council until September.

With the public workshop now one week away, the Mathews have turned their focus towards building support among RV owners.
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Friday, January 25, 2008

RV Snow Birds Migrate to Dauphin Island, Alabama

As the winter weather turns bitter far to the north, the annual migration of snow birds makes its way to the sun and warmer temps of Dauphin Island, Alabama for refuge.

Whether for the golf, the food, the fishing or the leisurely strolls along miles of white sand beaches, these “winter Islanders” have found the tiny barrier Island on the Gulf of Mexico to be a popular destination far from the cold back home.

Many snow birds like to nest in the Dauphin Island Campground and RV Park. “During the winter we normally stay at about 75 percent capacity with snow birds,” said Mike Henderson, who operates the campground.

The campground has 150 sites with both 30 and 50 amp power and water. Three quarters of the sites also have sewer connections, and there is a dump station on the property. The facility has bathrooms, hot showers, washers and dryers and more. “We have a large pavilion with its own kitchen that is heavily used by campers and rallies, and recreation facilities and planned activities for both adults and kids.”
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Viking V-Trec: Affordable Multi-Use Toy Hauler Travel Trailer

CENTREVILLE, Mich. — Whether you are one of those rugged types who likes to go camping with friends and take your toys along, or you simply appreciate the versatility of an affordable multipurpose trailer, you will love the new V-Trec™ 16 from Viking Recreational Vehicles. This is Viking's first hard-sided toy hauler, built in the Viking tradition of creating rugged, practical RVs that give owners a lot for their money.

Weighing in at under 3,500 pounds, most SUVs and half-ton pickups can easily tow this multi-functional trailer. It goes to work as a trailer to take to the jobsite, hauling materials and equipment; and then on the weekend, load it up with motorcycles or an ATV and head out for some off-road fun. In addition it comes with a very affordable price tag (MSRP) starting at $13,890.
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Winnebago cuts jobs as RV sales stall

CHICAGO, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Winnebago Industries Inc the No. 1 maker of motor homes, said on Thursday that it had begun laying off workers at its plant in Forest City, Iowa, blaming what its spokeswoman characterized as a discouraging and severe slump in sales.

The company did not say how many workers would be affected by the layoff, the first since the fall of 2006, when Winnebago laid off 170 employees in what Sheila Davis, its spokeswoman, called a "small" cutback.

But Davis told Reuters that Winnebago had become "discouraged" by the retail trends in the motor home marketplace, which she said had been down "pretty severely" since late summer.
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Thursday, January 24, 2008

Luxury RVs: Kings (part-time) of the road

Come vacation time, Tai and Theresa Quan used to take their teenage son and daughter to five-star resorts. But not this past year. Tai, an engineering executive from San Jose, Calif., packed up his family and spent five weeks traveling the U.S. in a luxurious 40-ft recreational vehicle (RV) that included a gourmet kitchen, a 42-inch plasma TV and a king-sized bed. "We loved everything about it—from the fine china in the kitchen all the way down to the monogrammed towels," says Tai.

As the Quans can attest, piloting a luxury RV these days is about as far from puttering around in a stodgy old motorhome as dinner at El Bulli is from a burger at McDonald’s. The vehicles of choice for today's well-heeled kings of the road cost from $300,000 to $2 million. Many of these RVs are designed to pull "toy haulers" behind them—trailers with his-and-her motorcycles, golf carts, even small cars. And the real show stopper? "Slideouts," says Jim Palmer, CEO of CoachShare of Encinitas, Calif. "You just push a button and the sides of the RV glide out smoothly on electric slides, expanding the interior of the living room, kitchen and bedrooms."

As over the top as these luxurious RVs may be, they can be surprisingly affordable thanks to a new concept known as fractional ownership. A group of people agree to rotate the use of the RV while sharing expenses such as depreciation, maintenance, storage and insurance. After three to five years, the RV is sold and the proceeds are distributed to the fractional owners.
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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Winnebago Featured On National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Factories

National Geographic Channel’s Ultimate Factories takes you behind the scenes and inside high-tech, mega manufacturing plants. The one-hour episode traces the history and evolution of Winnebago Industries, as well as captures the innovative engineering and design found in the Winnebago Vectra. Premiering January 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

“The Winnebago Vectra is the ultimate in Winnebago Industries’ motorhomes, so it is the perfect coach to showcase our ultimate factory,” said Winnebago Industries Chairman of the Board and CEO Bruce Hertzke.
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RVer Welcomes Travelers Aboard his Prevost Luxury Motor Coach

"When people hear about what I do for a living, many respond enviously. They wish they could live their dream like I do every day," says Ed Lonsbary, the President and Founder of Private Motor Coach, Inc.

Lonsbary has been sharing his passion for wanderlust every day since January 25, 1999 when at age 51 he left a 26-year corporate career and became the first to offer the unique experience of freedom on the road in a luxury motorhome/bus conversion. Lonsbary welcomes travelers aboard his “house-on-wheels” and takes them anywhere roads lead. In the past nine years, Lonsbary has completed more than 50 trips and drove over 165,000 miles throughout the US and Canada.

“This is safe, reliable and comfortable escorted, private travel,” explains Lonsbary. “I pick people up at their door, then we hit the road. Sometimes I have as many as eight people on board, other times it’s just been me and one other passenger. I’ve taken people in the coach for just one day while others have traveled for up to six weeks.”
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Monday, January 21, 2008

RVIA reports decrease in November RV shipments

RESTON, Va. -- Total RV shipments were down another 9.9 percent in November, according to figures released today by the RV Industry Association.

A total of 21,500 units were shipped in November, compared to 23,300 units in November 2006. For the year, 331,000 RVs have been shipped to dealers, down 7.1 percent from the 367,300 units shipped during this time last year.

Towables hold the largest decrease in shipments, down 11.3 percent from last year’s numbers.

All travel trailers shipments fell to 169,200 units compared to 192,400 units shipped in November 2006. Fifth wheels held steady with 5,500 units shipped, still down 8.6 percent from last year.

Folding campers and truck campers were also down from November 2006. Manufacturers shipped 27,100 folding campers, compared to 31,900 units. A decrease of 7.9 percent for the year, 7,000 truck campers were shipped, 600 short of last year’s units.
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CrossRoads RV expands destination trailer and park model product lines

Topeka, Ind. -- CrossRoads RV announces expansion of its Hampton destination trailer and Tranquility park model product lines. The company is doubling production of its Tranquility park models and introducing a new floor plan to its Hampton destination trailer line to meet increased market demand.

According to CrossRoads RV President Mark Lucas, the Tranquility has grown rapidly in popularity since its introduction last year, and sales volume for the Hampton has increased dramatically as well. ìBy doubling production and adding a new model to an already great line-up, we can meet the needs of all of our customers for quality-built, high value destination trailers and park models,î explained Lucas.

Tranquility park models come in six floor plans, including three loft models. CrossRoads is the only manufacturer to produce all six floor plans under 13í6î for unrestricted towing in all regions of North America. The new 38-foot Hampton model joins the current five-model line-up and features two slide-out bedrooms. The Hampton carries a two-year hitch-to-bumper warranty with the Tranquility covered by a one-year warranty. Both product lines meet all manufacturing standards of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) and comply with all American National Standards Institute standards including about 500 safety requirements.

Headquartered in Topeka, Indiana, CrossRoads RV manufactures a wide variety of travel trailers, fifth wheels, destination trailers, and park models at five plant locations. Its products are distributed by dealers throughout the United States, Canada, France, Japan, and Australia. CrossRoads is a division of Thor Industries. More information on the Tranquility and Hampton product lines, the company, and its full product offering can be obtained online at www.crossroadsrv.com or by calling 888-226-7496.
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FEMA Offers Refunds on Toxic Trailers

FEMA said that 10,839 travel trailers and park models were sold by the federal General Services Administration at an average price of $6,936; 864 toxic FEMA trailers were sold directly to hurricane victims. The agency said it would email buyers to notify them of the refund option. Buyers have 60 days to request a refund and FEMA will take back the toxic trailers once a refund is issued.
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Agent's death at campground highlights attacks on Border Patrol

IMPERIAL SAND DUNES - CALIFORNIA -- The off-road enthusiasts were revving their dune buggies and all-terrain vehicles Saturday morning when a brown Hummer suddenly cut into the campground. The man at the wheel, a suspected drug smuggler, was heading to Mexico, fast.

U.S. Border Patrol Agent Luis Aguilar, the only person in the way, threw a spike strip in front of the car. The Hummer sped up. "It looked like the man swerved and hit the agent intentionally," said one witness.

Aguilar, 32, a six-year veteran, was part of an anti-smuggling team patrolling the scenic landscape of sand dunes and trailer-dotted campgrounds in southeast California. On weekends, when the dunes fill with riders, Mexican smugglers slip across the open border, trying to blend in with the other off-road vehicles.

On an access road to the Buttercup campground, just two miles from the border, Aguilar was waiting for them at an intersection. Authorities said it was unclear whether the suspect intentionally ran over the agent, or swerved to avoid the spike strip.

At the intersection Sunday, visitors left flowers and a card, and erected an American flag. Many campsites flew their American flags at half-staff. "It's horrible, but not surprising," said James R. Broxholme, a vendor of dune buggy parts. He said Border Patrol pursuits are a regular occurrence at the campground, about 15 miles from the Arizona border.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

RVers’ second wave hits the Rio Grande Valley

There are essentially two Winter Texan seasons: the one before Christmas and the Second Wave.

From Brownsville to Roma, RVers have nearly filled most of the larger parks and are expected to stay until their normal trek back north in mid March or early April.

At those parks, waiting lists for January were common before Christmas, though most of the lists have cleared as the season hits its stride.

While there is some anecdotal evidence that overall RV business is slightly down from what it was three or five years ago, the major parks are booming, as are smaller ones with long histories and caring owners.
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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Husband Pulls Wife From Burning Motorhome

A woman was severely burned Friday when her motor home caught on fire in a supermarket parking lot, and her husband risked his life to save her.

Firefighters said they could see a column of smoke from the location before they even arrived at the scene. Crews had to use foam to douse the intense flames that had engulfed the camper-style motor home.
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Friday, January 18, 2008

RV venues are 'major players' for big-stage names

Mary Ann Tuttle waited in line four hours to buy tickets to the Smothers Brothers concert later this month.

She scored front-row seats at the Valle del Oro RV park in Mesa, excited to see the folksy comedy act made famous in the 1960s

"We're blessed to have first-class entertainment come to our park," said Tuttle, a 74-year-old grandmother of eight.

Celebrities who might be past the pinnacle of fame used to have only two dependable venues to perform for faithful fans: casinos and county fairs.

But, across the Sunbelt they've found a new outlet with just as many frenzied fans: RV parks.
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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Campgrounds reopened in Oregon's Clatsop State Forest

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reopened three campgrounds in the Clatsop State Forest closed since the December storms.

All hiking trails are still closed until storm damage is cleaned up.

The Henry Rierson Spruce Run Campground is open providing normal winter-time services.

The day use area at Lost Lake is open as normal.

Gnat Creek Campground has three sites open for usual uses. But three sites along Gnat Creek were destroyed by flood water and will not open for use this camping season.
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Campgrounds lose $50-million Tax Rebate

Owen Sound Sun Times - Owen Sound,Ontario,Canada
A recent Ontario Appeal Court decision means private campground operators with trailer sites won’t be getting an estimated $50 million in property tax rebates they were hoping for if the decision had gone the other way.

Carson’s Camp in Sauble Beach and the Ontario Private Campground Association (OPAC) led the legal challenge to a provincial decision 20 years ago to allow municipalities to tax some trailer sites as well as the campground property itself.

In 2005 the Ontario Superior Court found in favour of OPAC and Carson’s Camp, but the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and the Town of South Bruce Peninsula appealed that decision.

The issue of assessment of trailers in private campgrounds has a long history, much of it focused on Sauble Beach which has several large campgrounds with hundreds of trailer sites.
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Family Drives Grandma's Body Across the Country in Motorhome

HILLSBORO, OR -- A family in Oregon says they were just following their dead grandmother's wishes when they drove her body halfway across the country in a motor home.

They say unexpected delays prevented the family from getting Polly Grant home before she passed, so they did the next best thing.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

RV Lots For Sale in Central Florida

CRYSTAL RIVER, Fla., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Elite Resorts announces today the offering of 305 RV lots for sale at Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley and 398 RV lots at Elite Resorts at Crystal River. Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley, formerly known as Citrus Valley Campground, is located at 2500 US Highway 27 South, minutes north of US Rte 192 in Clermont. Located only 8 miles from the gates of Disney, and surrounded by golf courses, excellent shopping and dining choices, it truly lives up to its description as "Tranquility in the Heart of the Orlando Action." The fully renovated resort surrounds a beautiful 6,000 square foot lodge adjacent to a full recreation area which includes two swimming pools, shuffleboard courts, horseshoe areas, play area for children, shaded private picnic pavilions, and a large shaded community gathering courtyard. All lots have been fully renovated, and now offer 30/50/100 amp electric service, cable TV, telephone and full utility connections. Free WiFi is offered throughout the resort. For your instant vacation getaway, 15 vacation homes are already on site, and ready for you to move in!
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Western Recreational Vehicles to Provide Emergency Roadside Assistance to its Customers

(Yakima, WA. – January 14, 2008) Western Recreational Vehicles, Inc., the Washington based manufacturer of premium Motor Coaches, Fifth-Wheels and Slide-In Truck Campers, has partnered with Coach-Net, the leading provider of emergency roadside assistance, technical support and travel-related services for the RV industry. Coach-Net will be providing Technical and Emergency Roadside Assistance for Western RV’s 2008 Alpine Coach and Alpenlite products.
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Campers caught in wind storm sue campground

Portsmouth Herald News - Portsmouth,NH,USA
HAMPTON FALLS — Two Vermont residents who were injured in a 2004 windstorm have sued Wakeda Campground.

Paula and Kevin Grant of Newbury, Vt., filed the suit in U.S. District Court in August. Trial is scheduled in U.S. District Court in Concord in February 2009.

The Grants and their children arrived at the Exeter Road campground on Aug. 21, 2004, and were assigned to a campsite among the pine trees, according to court records. They were in a pop-up camper. A short time later, they said in court records, a severe thunderstorm with extremely high winds struck the area without warning, and broke and blew down numerous pine trees, one of which landed on the camper and on them.

Wakeda is responsible, according to Grant's attorney David Cullenbert of Lebanon, because Wakeda failed to monitor the weather reports and failed to notify the Grants of the fast approaching thunderstorm and warnings by the National Weather Service to seek shelter.

This is the only known lawsuit filed against Wakeda due to the storm. Neither Wakeda owner Karen Bark, nor the campground attorney Christie Burnett, of Burlington, Mass., could be reached for comment.
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Monday, January 14, 2008

Coachmen's Prism Class C Motorhome - Offers luxury in an affordable package

Everything about Coachmen's new Prism M-230 motorhome says, "Easy." This is a coach that is easy to drive, easy on the gas and easy on the eyes.

Coachmen builds the Prism on a Freightliner Sprinter chassis. With its length of 24 feet, 11 inches, Prism is a great motorhome for couples or small families looking for a touring coach or an RV for everyday use. The vehicle size and the comfortable cockpit create a driving sensation similar to an automobile or SUV, and its 3.0 L V-6 turbo diesel engine gets an estimated 17 to 19 miles per gallon.

The Prism has a sleek aerodynamic look on the exterior with fiberglass sidewalls, end caps and running boards. While the stylish, flowing lines from the cab to the body and the full-body paint give this coach a definite automotive feel, it is also functional with its 53 cubic feet of pass-through storage.
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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Rally unites motor coach owners on So California

The Western Motor Home Association's Western Area Rally returned this week to entertain travelers who fuel the economic engine of the east Coachella Valley to the tune of about $3 million.

More than 1,300 motor coaches are expected to fill the Riverside County Fairgrounds, the host site, through Sunday.

Last year, 1,700 RVs registered for the rally, Rick Ricordati, an association vice president, said. About 400 fewer registered this year.

Ricordati surmised weather and gas prices were to blame for the decreased attendance.

"People got snowed in in Colorado and Wyoming," he said. "I think fuel costs probably had something to do with it, too."
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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Arkansas Campgrounds Shut Down, Diner Owner Struggles

Closed for the season. They are four words diner owner Mike Tripp hates but hears almost daily.

"We go from doing pretty good to trying to figure out how we're going to make it," he explains.

Customers can no longer enjoy the booths once sat in by Elvis Presley and getting that famous cheeseburger is out of the question.

"I would have quit this business a long time ago if it wasn’t so fun to come here," says Tripp.

Much, if not all, of Tripp’s business comes from visitors at Crystal Springs Campground on Lake Ouachita. It’s just about a mile behind the diner.

"When this park shuts down it's like flipping off a switch," he says.
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Joshua Tree National Park prepares for more funding

What will be new at the Joshua Tree National Park this year? Thirty new seasonal employees for one thing. A full-time volunteer coordinator for another.

Chief of Interpretation Joe Zarki recently took some time to talk about these changes, wrought by approval of funding for the park’s Centennial Initiative, and other changes coming to the national park in the new year.

“The president’s Centennial Initiative for parks was passed in the current budget,” Zarki said. “It calls for substantial funding increases, funding to hire a lot of new seasonal rangers, park interpreters and maintenance employees.”

The initiative was designed to provide national parks with extra funding as the centennial of the national park service approaches.

“We had lost some positions over the years,” Zarki said. “We will try to restore, build up and improve our services.”

Visitors, he said, should see more interpretive rangers, more park staff members, improved ranger patrols and improved cleanup services at park facilities.
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City officials to chart course for RV parking

Recreational vehicle owners will be able to park in front of their homes, but not on their driveway, under a plan city officials are considering.

After nearly a year of wrangling, the Martinez, CA City Council is scheduled to vote today on a compromise that restricts RV parking in front of houses to a paved spot next to the driveway and requires that the end of the vehicle be at least five feet back from the sidewalk. RVs longer than 35 feet or higher than 12 feet may not park on the pad.

The proposed ordinance is less restrictive than the original proposal a year ago. It called for banning RVs from front yards, which drew the ire of residents who say they should be able to park anywhere on their property.

"I don't quite understand why a boat or an RV in a driveway is such a problem for others," said Michele Kuslits, president of the Antioch-based Recreational Vehicle Property Rights Association.
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City of Rusk, TX sells KOA Campground

Walter Preble, owner and operator of the Rusk KOA campground, made a payment of $22,500 Dec. 28 to the City of Rusk. The payment was the first of 10 scheduled to be made annually to the city.

The Rusk City Council approved the sale of the KOA campground located on FM 343 (Atoy Highway) for $225,000 to Mr. Preble Aug. 3, 2006.

The sale ended the city's role at the campsite. The city had been involved in construction of the campsite since 2004.

Sixteen years before their arrival in Rusk Mr. Preble and his wife, Carol, purchased a campground in Ohio. Although approximately 78 percent of the people in the area receive welfare, after 12 years the park was ranked number one campground in America.
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Monday, January 07, 2008

RVing in winter has benefits

OTTAWA CANADA- Most RV owners take their vehicles out on the road in summer, but there are benefits associated with winter RVing, says Joan van Dolder, an Edmonton mother of four and avid RVer.

For one thing, you have access to a quieter environment because campsites aren't as busy as in the summer, van Dolder says in a release issued by Go RVing Canada, an industry organization.

Also, winter RVing is an inexpensive way to bond with family while being active.

"At home, my kids aren't outside as much as I like them to be, but when we are winter RVing, and they have all that open space, they dress warmly in the morning and only come in the RV every once in a while to eat or to curl up with a hot chocolate," van Dolder says.

Van Dolder has written a book titled "RVing With Kids Twelve Months a Year: The How-To Book of Family RVing," which she plans to self-publish in February.

She says precautions need to be taken when RVing in winter, especially with kids. Van Dolder suggests keeping the RV warm and cosy by turning on an electric heater and throwing a rug on the floor.

Also, she advises against attempting to RV in extremely cold temperatures, such as -30 C. But with appropriate clothing and preparations, she said her family enjoys RVing as long as the daytime high is at least -15.

Wayne Robillard of Ottawa Camping Trailers says people interested in winter RVing should check with their dealers first to see how suitable their vehicle is for cold weather.

On the web: www.GoRVing.ca.
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West Virginia State Park in Raleigh County Asking For Attention

West Virginia's Little Beaver State Park officials are hoping to get some attention during the upcoming legislative session.

Construction for a new campground started about five years ago but was never completed because the money ran out.

Officials say it will cost an additional $1 million to complete the campground with bathhouses, pavement, as well as water, sewer and power hookups.

When finished the campground will have 75 campsites with full hook-ups.
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New Red Bluff, California RV resort could be complete by April

RED BLUFF - The days when the southbound entrance to Red Bluff were less than attractive are about to come to an end.

Durango RV Resorts aims to have its massive recreational vehicle park completed, landscaped and up and running as soon as mid-April, but that's dependent on the weather.

Currently the majority of the pads have been poured and construction of the club houses and the office are fairly close to completion. Paving of interior roadways, construction of three large fountains and landscaping remain. Weather will be a key factor as to when all of it is completed.

While overnighters are expected to at first be the biggest business, Hollenshade says Durango is aiming to be a bit more than a brief stop. He said there are three types of RV parks. One is the "hotel park" which amounts to a brief stay. Hollenshade says Durango is aiming to make its Red Bluff operation more than a day or two place.

As for length of stay, the park will offer daily, weekly and monthly rates. They've yet to be firmly set, but looking at an overnight stay, "we're probably talking around $35 for a regular site." You'll pay a bit more for some, like those near the riverside.

Some of what Durango RV Resort will offer:
* Gated park; 24-hour-security
* Oversize pads that can accommodate RV and trailer or car without unhitching.
* Outdoor recreation area, including bocce ball, horseshoes, paddle and tennis courts.
* A lodge with fireplace and big-screen television.
* Outdoor gathering a meeting spaces.
* "Buddy" spaces, where RVers traveling together can park with their front doors face each other.
* Vehicle wash for cars and motor coaches.
* Pet facilities, including a run and a dog-washing area.
* RV showcase area for clubs and events.
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ELS Names Joe McAdams New President

CHICAGO--(Business Wire)--Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE:ELS) today announced that Joe B. McAdams will join the Company as its new President effective January 1, 2008.

Mr. McAdams has been the owner and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Privileged Access, LP, ("Privileged Access") an RV and vacation membership business that currently leases approximately 24,100 sites at 81 of the Company's Properties, since October 2005.

Simultaneous with his appointment as President of the Company, Mr. McAdams is resigning as Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Privileged Access, but will remain on the Board of Directors of Privileged Access and retain 100% ownership of Privileged Access. Mr. McAdams was a director of the Company from January 2004 to October 2005.

Commented Mr. Heneghan, ELS' CEO, "We are pleased to have Joe join the Company as a member of our executive team. Joe brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Company."

The Company did evaluate a purchase of Privileged Access. However, there continues to be lack of definitive guidance regarding the tax treatment of gross income from membership contracts for REIT gross income test purposes. As a result, the Company believes that the best strategic option available at this time was to bring Mr. McAdams to the Company and continue to work with Privileged Access on initiatives such as flexible sales, whole ownership and combining certain overhead functions. The Company anticipates this event will have no impact on the 2008 Funds From Operations guidance previously provided.

The Company recognizes that Mr. McAdams may have a conflict of interest with respect to his ownership of Privileged Access and his role in the Company. To mitigate this potential conflict, Mr. McAdams will not be involved in the monitoring of the current contracts, or negotiation of future contracts, with Privileged Access on behalf of the Company.

The Company is evaluating whether to consolidate the results of Privileged Access. The Company expects to discuss the possible consolidation and other related accounting matters with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. owns or has an interest in 311 quality properties in 28 states and British Columbia consisting of 112,724 sites. We are a self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT) with headquarters in Chicago.
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2008 Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide is Now Available

ARLINGTON, Texas, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

The 2008 directory will also be distributed at three upcoming RV shows, including the Rio Grande All Valley RV Show, Jan. 10 to 12, at the Rio Grande Fairgrounds in Mercedes; the Houston RV Show, Feb. 13 to 15 at Reliant Center in Houston; and the Dallas RV Super Show, Feb. 21 to 24 at Market Hall in Dallas.
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South Walton Florida invites cycling, splashing, reading

Revelry of a different kind brought in the New Year on the Gulf Coast.

Call it reveling in relaxation on the beaches of South Walton County in Florida's panhandle. The little beaches east of Destin drew small droves of Southerners for the last and first celebrations of the year.

Traffic was sparse on the highway. Trucks of produce sat on roadsides offering bargains on strawberries and oranges before the onslaught of predicted cold weather. The sun was bright, the weather warm - pushing 70.

Here's a tip: Topsail Hill Preserve State Park is the Crown Jewel of the Emerald Coast, and it's less than a five-hour drive from Birmingham. Take U.S. 331 out of Montgomery to U.S. 98.

For overnight, Topsail Hill offers RV campsites and cabins. Reservations required. No tent camping allowed. For more information, call 800-326-3521 or go to www.reserveamerica.com.
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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Winter Camping isn’t just for snowbirds

Whether you’re someone who lives in areas with a warm winter climate, or someone who wants to escape the cold of the north for a quick RV trip, there are parks that have their sites and arms opened to you. Winter camping isn’t just for Snowbirders anymore.

Although you may be heading to similar destinations as Snowbirds flock to, such as Texas and Florida, not all parks cater only to those retirees who make their winter homes in an RV park.

One such destination is Whispering Pines Resort & Campground in Tyler, Texas. The park has a family focus and continues activities for the entire family throughout the winter months. Recently, when a dance with a live band was held for “older” guests, a DJ and more modern music was available to the younger guests of the park.

Located in eastern Texas, the park is nestled within pine trees, offering guests 100 sites, including some pull-thrus, with a variety of hookup offers – partial to full. The park also has 20 cabins and 20 RV rentals.
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Campers are having a good time and working

GRAPEVINE -- Some campers at The Vineyards Campground on Lake Grapevine are there for more than just a good time.

They have parlayed their visits into part-time jobs that help support their lifestyles as full-time recreational vehicle campers.

Two of them are Rosie and Walt Bullock, who on a recent rainy day were staffing the entrance gate, taking reservations, selling season boat-ramp passes and collecting campground fees. They have an annual contract with the city to work three days on and seven off in exchange for a stipend and free use of a camping spot with water, sewer and electrical hookups.

They also act as impromptu tourism ambassadors.
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Explosion rocks RV park; 4 vehicles destroyed

PARKER DAM, Calif. �” Strong winds and an exploding propane tank contributed to the destruction of four recreational vehicles Monday.

A fire that started under the motor of a late 1980s motorhome at the Big Bend Resort, on the California side of the Colorado River across from Buckskin Mountain State Park, spread to the rest of the RV then to the propane tank on the side of the vehicle, causing it to ignite.

“It shot a fireball out that took out the other two (vehicles) and then the wind carried it,” said San Bernardino County Fire Capt. Steven Sipe.

First notice of fire was by residents of the resort.
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