Friday, February 29, 2008

"Personal warehouses" coming to Tucson AZ

Neighbors getting on your back about parking your RV on the street?

You can rent a storage space, but soon you will also be able to have one you can call your very own.
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Unplug and Unwind on Georgia's Jekyll Island

Jekyll Island is an ideal place for you and your family to reconnect with nature. It has been and always will be a place of natural beauty and conservation because 65% of the island will always be in its natural state. Everything you need to reawaken your inner Thoreau is here-nestled safely and conveniently on Jekyll Island.

With 206 campsites available on 18 wooded acres, Jekyll Island has something for everybody– from tent sites to full hook-up to pull-through RV sites. The campground offers a long list of amenities, including restrooms, showers, pay phones, laundry and a full-service store with food, ice, bait, propane, supplies and bike rentals. Daily rates are available year round. For guests wishing to stay a bit longer, the campground offers a week-long special: stay six days and the seventh is free. Monthly stay rates are available November through March. Other times, a 14-day camping limit may apply.
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Oil Tops $103 a Barrel Before Retreating

Oil prices briefly surpassed $103 a barrel for the first time Friday as persistent weakness in the U.S. dollar and the prospect of lower interest rates attracted fresh money to the oil market.

Light, sweet crude for April delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange jumped to a new trading record of $103.05 a barrel in electronic trading before slipping back to $102.07 a barrel, down 52 cents, by midday in Europe.

On Thursday, the contract jumped $2.95 to a record settlement price of $102.59 a barrel.

Prices were supported by comments Thursday from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who said the American economy is not immediately threatened with stagflation, a combination of economic weakness and rising inflation.

Investors chose to see the comments as confirmation of their beliefs that the Fed will continue cutting interest rates to try to shore up the economy.

"It seems that further interest rate cuts, additional dollar weakness and more investment buying will anchor oil to higher prices," energy risk management firm Cameron Hanover said in its daily report. "It can't go on forever, but it looks like it can go on for a while."
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Thursday, February 28, 2008

The not-so-hard drive

the Times-Standard 02/28/2008 01:32:15 AM PST
by Rene Agredano
Since June of last year, my husband, Jim Nelson, and I have been wandering around the U.S. in our RV, working on our newest business ventures along the way. When we first hit the road, some people told us we would get bored with the RV lifestyle because we wouldn't have a lot in common with the stereotypical full-time, retired RVer. But the reality is, thanks to the Internet, we've actually met a fair amount of younger, non-retired RVers who also have opted for a truly mobile, nomadic lifestyle.

I'm not talking hippies in school buses or hitchhiking weirdoes. These are working age people who are touring North America and beyond, while supporting themselves with Internet-based work along the way. With better mobile broadband options every day, the stereotypical retired RVer may soon be a thing of the past.

Carol White, author of the book “Live Your Road Trip Dream,” calls us “the new guard of RVers,” and Jim and I are just two of maybe thousands out there. We still make money from the road through our blogs and book publishing ventures, but because we live out of our RV, we are completely mobile and free to do business wherever we want, whenever we want. In our travels, we've met many other younger RVers who are doing the same thing.
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Ford Vehicles Covered by Warning

Thursday, under a consumer advisory issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said owners of certain unrepaired Ford vehicles, including Ford pickups and vand, should take them to dealerships to disconnect faulty cruise control switch systems that have been linked to engine fires.
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Iowans Reserve Campsites for Memorial Day

All of the advance campground reservations at nine Iowa state park sites are booked for Memorial Day weekend. It only took 72 hours once the early registration opened.

Don't worry though, about half of the sites at each park are reserved on a first come first serve basis.

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Slow Economy Forces Job Cuts Winnebago

San Diego Union Tribune - United States
DES MOINES, Iowa – Motor home maker Winnebago Industries Inc. said Wednesday it will lay off more than 200 workers, or about 7 percent of its work force, as the recreation vehicle industry suffers a slowdown.

In a conference call with industry analysts to discuss the retirement of CEO Bruce Hertzke and promotion of President Bob Olson to chief executive, the company confirmed reports of job cuts, which could total between 200 and 225.

Olson said the company postponed the cuts as long as possible, but high fuel prices and low consumer confidence have curbed purchases of motor homes. For 2008, sales are expected to be flat.

He said Winnebago will cut staff until it can make motor homes ”but do it profitably,” adding, “I think it's going to be a difficult year as you look at some economic indicators.”
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National Forest Campground Fee Increases on Agenda

Yakima Herald-Republic - Yakima,WA,USA
For two years now, the Naches Ranger District has been getting the word out that its campgrounds were on the verge of having their first fee increase in 12 years -- in most cases, from $5 to $8 per night in Forest Service-maintained campgrounds. A similar increase for campgrounds maintained by Northwest Land Management has already gone into effect, with fees rising from $17 to $19 per night .

District staffers cleaning campgrounds or collecting fees or simply monitoring campground use would put the word out, and it's been in the district's recreation report for months. Responses, as one would expect, have run the gamut.
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Utah State Parks seeks summertime campground hosts

Utah State Parks and Recreation is looking for campground hosts to volunteer for the approaching summer season. The season typically runs mid-May to mid-September, but some parks require a host throughout the year.

Camp hosts receive a free campsite with hookups (if available), discounts at park gift shops, volunteer uniform and incentives such as park passes and clothing.

Responsibilities include greeting visitors, providing park and area information, collecting litter, cleaning campsites and restrooms and assisting park managers with various tasks.

Call Robin Watson at 801-537-3445 or send an e-mail to robinwatson@utah.gov for more information.
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15th annual Rhode Island RV & Camping Show

“Next year, it will simply be the RV Show,” says James McLaughlin, CEO of MAC Events, the show’s producer. “There are no sleeping bags there and there are no tents there. Camping is a misnomer.”

Satellite television, a firm mattress, a complete kitchen and indoor plumbing is hardly considered roughing it. And that may explain the popularity of modern-day camping.

“RV to some people means camping. It goes back to the pop-up trailers, which were considered tents on wheels.”

If it’s an RV, chances are it will be part of the show, which features models from 45 manufacturers, including Starcraft, Jayco, Keystone and Winnebago. “A lot of people call any motor home a Winnebago,” says Mark Donilon, sales manager of Arlington RV Supercenter in East Greenwich. “Winnebago is still the name people associate with motor homes.”

The Rhode Island RV & Camping Show is tomorrow through Sunday at the Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St., Providence. It’s open tomorrow, 1 to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9, $7 for seniors (on Friday only), $6 for children, 12-17, and free for those younger. On Friday and Saturday after 6 p.m., two adults will be admitted for the price of one. Many places to camp in R.I.
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DeSoto State Park Campgrounds to Get Facelift

Times-Journal - Fort Payne,AL,USA
DeSoto State Park officials closed its campgrounds last week to prepare for some major renovations.

The 78 recreational vehicle camper pads and the primitive campgrounds have been closed until at least September.

Renovations include 16 more camper sites, rebuilding two bathhouses from the ground up and adding some extras not before offered.

Each camping site will now have sewer, power, water and cable hookups. Previously all sites had water and power, but only 20 had sewer. The cable offering is completely new.
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Damon Motor Coach Announces Exclusive Motorhome Floorplans

Long known for its innovative floorplans and affordable gas Class A motorhomes, Damon Motor Coach is now offering two brand new motorhome floorplans to the market. Their entry-level DayBreak 3575 features a unique front kitchen for a gasoline Class A chassis, and their value-packed Challenger series delivers another industry first: a front parlor entertainment area on its 371 floorplan. Both are designed for RVers looking for something unique, yet practical in layout and comfort.
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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Pedata RV Center’s New & Used Diesel Pusher Sales Up

ucson, Arizona - Pedata RV Center announces that new and used RV sales of its Diesel Pusher coaches have increased in the current slow economy. Pedata, a Holiday Rambler Top 10 Dealer, also sells Monaco, Newmar, Gulfstream, Tiffin, Winnebago and more new and used luxury RVs.

Customers who purchase an RV from Pedata can have it delivered to their home anywhere in the U.S. or Canada. Pedata even takes trades so customers can trade in their cars, trucks, boats and trailers towards the purchase of an RV.

Pedata RV Center reports new and used Diesel Pushers are outselling gas motorhomes in a down market. “Today’s buyers are looking for more torque and horsepower with better fuel economy,” says Clint Ethington, General Manager of Pedata RV Center. “Also, Diesel Pushers are purchased by customers in a higher income bracket which has not been affected as much in the down economy,” claims Mr. Ethington.
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Dan Gamel RV Center Closes Santa Rosa, CA Location

Northern California's largest RV dealer Dan Gamel RV Center, which has stores from Bakersfield to Redding, was losing money in Santa Rosa.

The company closed its Santa Rosa location Tuesday after just seven months in business, another victim of a slowing economy.

Sales remain strong at his core locations in Fresno, Modesto, Rocklin and Redding, he said. But the company also plans to close dealerships in Chico, Bakersfield and Yuma, Ariz., later this year, he said.
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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ramblin' Man: Full-time RV Life

The following material comes directly from The book, PANAMA OR BUST - A 343 day adventure in a motorhome.
Copyright - Jim Jaillet 2008
For book info click here: http://www.panamaorbust.com

If you read this book, one of the many things you will learn is that I've been a voracious reader all of my life. A long time ago, I realized books can take you places that you either cannot or probably will never go. You cannot transport your body back to the time of the Civil War, but a book can take you there. You will probably never get to climb Mt. Everest, but a book can take you there. You will probably never take your motorhome to Panama, BUT THIS BOOK CAN TAKE YOU THERE, and you will travel the BACK ROADS, not just the main highway!
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Allegheny Mountain RV Dealer Association RV Show

he Allegheny Mountain RV Dealer Association show will be held at the Blair County Convention Center.

The show will benefit the American Cancer Society and feature five dealers, campground representatives and an aftermarket store.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. March 6 to 8 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 9. The $4 admission will go to the cancer society.
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Monday, February 25, 2008

Motor Home & Travel Trailer RV Show Opens Feb. 27 in Mississauga, Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO - MEDIA ADVISORY--(Marketwire - Feb. 25, 2008) - Buying a summer cottage or ski chalet is way out of reach for most working families these days - but let's say the Jones Family did manage to scrimp and save and buy a small cottage in the Muskokas. Lucky them! Finally - their own cottage! The family is ecstatic. They just get settled in - and the cottage next door sells; the family from "Hell" moves in. The Jones Family dream is shattered.

There's a smarter way - and one that's much more affordable for the average family. If the Jones Family had done some research and then invested in a "Cottage RV", all they would have to do is relocate it to get away from the family from "Hell"! Or just to change the view.
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KOA Launching New Online Value Kard Rewards Program For Campers

BILLINGS, MT (February 15, 2008) – A new era in camping will begin March 2, 2008, when Kampgrounds of America launches the camping industry’s only online camping rewards program, KOA Value Kard Rewards.

KOA Value Kard Rewards will replace KOA’s existing Value Kard program, which provided 10 percent discounts on camping fees at any of KOA’s more than 450 campground in North America. Campers with existing Value Kards will be automatically upgraded into the new program.
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RV & Camping Resort Creatively Lowers Electric Bill

When the power bill at Angels Camp RV & Camping Resort got too high, the new owners did more than just shut off a few lights to conserve energy. They decided to go solar, installing 456 170-watt solar panels in a field by the park.

“It was quite a major project,” Sterly Engman, one of the RV park’s owner’s, said.

It was also an expensive one. The grid was installed to the tune of half a million dollars, but the benefits will far outweigh the costs over time, Engman said. The owners anticipate monthly savings of $2,000 or more, he said. Also, the system will operate the entire park, including heating the swimming pool.
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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Tips for Planning a NASCAR RV Trip

Are you a NASCAR fan who would like to attend a live race event? If you are, do you also live a relatively long distance away from a NASCAR track? If you do, there are still ways that you can make arrangements to attend a race. A great way to do so is by traveling by RV.

As for the trip itself, know which route you plan to take. Having an idea of how you will get to your destination is ideal for safety, as well as familiarity. You are less likely to get lost when you know where you are going and how to get there. Be sure to create an itinerary and leave it with someone that you know and trust or, at least, inform a friend or family member of your intended travel routes.
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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Custer National Forest plans boost in fees, less service

To save money in its recreation budget, meet national standards and offset maintenance costs, the Custer National Forest is proposing to raise some campground fees, add fees at other sites and close down some facilities.

The proposals are part of the forest's Recreation Facilities Analysis, which all forests are undertaking to save money and concentrate their efforts on more popular sites.

Nationally, the program has drawn criticism for removing recreation sites despite increasing demand for campgrounds and facilities, as well as for charging fees to enter some public lands.
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Retirement is a Time to Dream

When Peggi and John McDonald hung up their uniforms in 1986 after long careers in the Canadian Armed Forces, they felt they could use a two-year road trip. After all, John had been at sea for 23 years and Peggi had spent 26 years in the air force. It was time to keep their feet on solid ground and launch a dream tour.

Although they were only in their mid-40s, they sold their four-bedroom Toronto house for about $117,000, and purchased a Fleetwood Pace Arrow recreational vehicle. They were eligible for an immediate pension -- about 50% of their income -- worth about $1,500 each per month.

Note from Steven... I found this write-up about friends and fellow full timers John & Peggi McDonald. They are the second of three couples featured so you'll have to scroll doan the page....
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A Place to Park That Million-Dollar RV

New York Times
About 8.3 American households currently own an RV, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. It seems only fitting that the luxury RV crowd — some of whom may have paid upwards of $2 million to purchase their mobile homes —prefer lots a bit spiffier than your average roadside campground. Although private gated communities for RVs exist, starting this spring the country will have its first national chain. Called Bella Terra (www.bellaterrarvresort.com), the chain will open its first resort, above, in Gulf Shores, Ala. The property will include a clubhouse, pools, a children’s water play area, a movie theater, a lake stocked for fishing and business and fitness centers. Nightly rates will be about $100; those interested in purchasing lots will be able to do so for a starting price of $100,000. The chain is expected to develop five more properties within the next 38 to 46 months.
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Friday, February 22, 2008

RV show tries to alter RV's image as gas-guzzling motor coach

With record-high gas prices and a sputtering economy, recreational-vehicle dealers at Nashville's RV and Camper Super Show, which runs through Sunday, may be facing a tough crowd of customers this weekend.

Paul Chenoweth, for example, said fuel efficiency would be among his criteria when looking for a new motor coach.

"You have an 80-gallon tank. You can do the math pretty quick that it can be painful every time you pull up to the pump." said Chenoweth, 58, a Nashville resident, who has already cut short the distances he drives on road trips.

Organizers of the show, which is being held at the Nashville Convention Center, hope that some new models help change the perception of gas-guzzling motor coaches, campers and RVs by showcasing more fuel efficient models. Among them is a 24-foot motor home that gets up to 18 miles per gallon. That compares with about 6 miles per gallon for a typical model.

But it's not just fuel economy that dealers are touting. With features ranging from flat screen televisions, rear-view cameras, rooftop solar panels and spacious granite countertops some vehicles, which can top $600,000, resemble a suburban castle-ette on wheels.
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Snow delays opening of Detroit Lake State Park campground

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department officials announced Thursday that the camping season at Detroit Lake State Park will start late.

Originally slated to open Feb. 29th park officials have delayed reopening the park's campground for 2008 until March 14th because the 294-site campground remains under two feet of snow left from January's snowfall.

Despite the lingering snow level, the park crew has reopened the low water boat ramp in the park's Mongold day-use area.
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Alfa Leasure teams with La Mesa RV Center

(Feb. 22, 2008) - Ontario, CA – Class A motorhome manufacturer Alfa Leisure announces today the signing of award winning La Mesa RV Center to its dealer network.
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Coachmen Industries Receives Congressional Inquiry

ELKHART, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Coachmen Industries, Inc. (NYSE: COA) today announced that it has received an inquiry from the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives as part of the Committee’s investigation into the levels of formaldehyde in travel trailers and other forms of temporary housing provided by FEMA to victims of the Gulf Coast Hurricanes from 2005 through 2007.

“Coachmen’s first priority is and has always been the quality and safety of all of our products,” stated Rick Lavers, President and CEO of Coachmen Industries. “While Coachmen did not sell any trailers directly to FEMA, we know that a proportionately small number of our products were used by FEMA. Nevertheless, we will make every effort to cooperate fully with the Committee’s request for information on our products.”

The Committee has requested that Coachmen provide the requested information by Friday, March 7, 2008. The Company will provide additional details regarding its response at that time.

Coachmen Industries, Inc. manufactures recreational vehicles, systems-built homes and commercial buildings, with prominent subsidiaries in each industry. The Company’s well-known RV brand names include COACHMEN®, GEORGIE BOY™, SPORTSCOACH®, ADRENALINE™ and VIKING®.
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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

RV Show Rolls Onto Long Island

RV and camping supply dealers from Long Island, Upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be on hand at the show exhibiting motor homes, travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, fold-down campers, and accessory displays along with campground and travel information.

The Great New York Recreational Vehicle Show runs from February 29 through March 2. Show hours are Friday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults, $6 for children ages six to 12, and free for children under age six. Discount tickets are available at your local RV dealer. As a special tribute to the military, all active military personnel with proper identification will be admitted free.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

RV owners knock Manteca, CA parking restrictions

MANTECA, CA — City Hall overflowed with people Thursday, Jan. 31, as a crowd of more than 70 residents turned out at a public workshop to complain about city restrictions on parking recreational vehicles.

Councilmen Steve DeBrum and John Harris called for the public meeting to consider changes to a city law that prohibits residents from parking more than one boat, motor home, camper trailer or any other type of RV in their backyards or side yards.

A new draft law based on the speakers’ comments will be up for debate at a similar workshop next month. After that, the draft will go before the planning commission and finally to the City Council.

Nearly all of the dozens who spoke at the hearing were in favor of fewer parking limitations, asking councilmen to let them keep whatever they wished in their back yard — as long as it was fenced in and did not block the neighbors’ view.

Several speakers referred to their rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” while others brought up Manteca’s “Family City” slogan to argue that limiting RVs would limit family outings.
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Improving Point Mallard Park’s Campground

The Decatur Daily - Decatur,AL,USA
Officials plan to expand sewer hookups at Point Mallard sites, cable and Internet.

Recreational vehicles and pop-up tents spotted the landscape at Point Mallard Park’s campground in record-setting numbers last year.

The lure of the outdoors reeled in a record revenue of $328,005 for the 2006 fiscal year. And the 2007 fiscal year topped that number by more than $57,000.

Planned improvements include expanding sewer hookups to the 37 campsites in Section D. Currently, 96 of the campground’s 210 sites lack sewer connections.

“The sewer hookups will bring in more people, that’s the key thing they (campers) ask for. If we don’t have it, they will find another campground with sewer,” said Barry Smith, the park’s superintendent.

“The campground has been unbelievable ... it would be crazy not to invest back into the campground,” Dunlap said.

“Making more full-service sites is an excellent idea ... I don’t know if it will bring in more people, the campground is already filled,” Hammon said. “... If we do anything else, we may have to expand and put in more campsites.”
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Monday, February 18, 2008

Coachmen RV Introduces Laminated Sidewalls on Spirit of America Travel Trailers

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — A moderately priced travel trailer with standard laminated sidewalls was all but unheard of until now. Coachmen changes that with its popular Spirit of America™ line. This travel trailer now offers the benefits of laminated, aluminum-frame construction at a price competitive with many conventional wood-framed, non-laminated models.
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Whitewater State Park’s Recovery Crucial to Area Businesses

Winona Daily News - Winona,MN,USA
Mark Thoreson wants to make one thing clear: The flood didn’t put Lazy D’s Campground out of business.

The Whitewater River dumped sandbars on campsites, buried electrical plug-ins beneath rock and swept five feet of water into campground bathrooms.

Yet Thoreson, owner of Lazy D’s, said roughly two-thirds of the 120 campsites at Lazy D’s should be open by April 1; the remainder should be ready by Memorial Day.

“We’ll be open, no doubt about that. We just don’t know what we’ll have for business,” Thoreson said.

For Thoreson and others in the Elba area to survive, they say a rebuilt, reopened Whitewater State Park is essential.

The park sustained more than $4 million in damages in the August flood and has been closed since.
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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Offers a Lot

Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, owned and operated by the city of Jacksonville Florida is a 450-acre tract of land nestled up to nearly a mile-and-a-half of ocean front. The beach is famous for shelling. It has great surfing. Fishing for whiting, sharks, trout, redfish, sheepshead and Spanish mackerel would be excellent.

There are also 20 miles of trails that wind through one of the largest pieces of true Coastal Hardwood Hammock left on the Southeastern coast. There is also a 60-acre freshwater lake where speckled perch bite year-round along 10-pound largemouth bass.
Add over 100 species of seasonally indigenous birds, including the white pelican, belted kingfisher and sharp-skinned hawks. Don't forget possums, raccoons, armadillos, squirrels, marsh rabbits and an elusive bobcat or two.

If you're into something longer than a day in the park, there's a campground with 300 spaces for tent and RV camping. All of the sites have water and electric service. While they're not what you'd call "primitive", they do include the natural privacy of the hardwood hammock and palmettos between the various camp sites. The canopy includes hickory, magnolia and southern red cedar.

There's a small campground store which sells camping staples including firewood, ice and food. The campground has several bathrooms with hot showers, several small playgrounds for kids, a laundry room and a facility for pot-luck dinners and other campground get-togethers. The campground and the park have 24-hour security on site.
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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Green Chemical-Free RV Holding Tank Treatment

Midland Probiotics, a division of Midland industrial Inc. in cooperation with All ProWater-Flow RV Services, is excited to announce the release of a new "Green" chemical-free tank treatment to be used in the holding tanks of RVs, Boats and Aircraft.

This new tank treatment for odor control is based on the fermentation process of all-natural ingredients and follows in suit with the "Green Theme" that is generating across the country.

The product called "All Pro Odor Eliminator" will be available for purchase at RV Dealers, Marinas, RV Campgrounds and other retail outlets.

For more information and orders contact: Midland Probiotics 866-329-5565 www.midlandprobiotics.com

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Indiana RV Owners Could Get Tax Break

SouthBendTribune.com
NDIANAPOLIS -- The way RVs are taxed could change under an industry-backed bill advanced Tuesday.

The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee gave a nod to House Bill 1125, which puts RVs and truck campers on an excise tax scale similar to the one used for ordinary vehicles. Right now, RVs are taxed as personal property. If signed into law, the rule would take effect in 2010.

That means Hoosiers who own the units -- many of which are built in northern Indiana -- have to deal with changing taxes on their RVs depending on how local assessors value the property, said Mark Bowersox of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council, the industry's statewide lobby.

The new system adds predictability to the purchase of an RV, he said.
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Monaco Coach Creates Buzz with Online Video

“Anyone seen this? Found this on the web today,” wrote the poster, directing people to www.rvspyguys.com.

Industrial espionage at one of the biggest RV makers in the industry? Not quite. Rather, it’s an effort by Monaco to engage in a little viral marketing and generate some buzz about the brand in the form of a humorous, low-budget video.

“It’s really just an experiment,” said Steve Barth, Monaco’s Web development director.

Visitors to www.rvspyguys.com are greeted with a 3-minute, 20-second video (also posted on YouTube) featuring Bill and Ed, middle-aged guys wearing jeans and Monaco gimme hats.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Sportscoach's Pathfinder Provides Ultimate in Living Space

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — The goal: design a motorhome that is ideal for relaxing and entertaining. The team: Sportscoach engineers and designers. The result: the new Pathfinder® 405QS.

What they created is an innovative floorplan that puts the galley in the front of the coach, creating a more open and generous central living area. The galley and living area are enhanced with dual slideouts that optimize space. The end product is a living area that is appealing and comfortable.
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Lake Erie Travel Guide Brings Tourists to Lake Erie Region

Lake Erie Living magazine announces the launch of two new tools attracting visitors to the shores of Lake Erie and to the businesses in the area. The Lake Erie Travel Guide, a 185-page print publication, is now on newsstands—offering readers a complete resource for visiting the entire Lake Erie region. With over 100,000 copies in circulation, the Lake Erie Travel Guide provides readers with an in-depth look at the Lake Erie shoreline including Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Canada and the Lake Erie islands.

The guide is also available online.
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Arkansas Parks & Tourism - Army Corps to Open Campgrounds March 1

LITTLE ROCK, Ark., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism , joined the Vicksburg District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today in announcing a plan to open all campgrounds at Lakes Ouachita, Greeson, and DeGray on March 1 with modified services including less frequent trash pick up, janitorial services and grass mowing
Campers, Visitors, Volunteers Can Directly Impact Campground Future

The plan provides opportunities for campers and visitors to have a direct impact on the future of the campgrounds by volunteering to supplement the modified services. Those interested in volunteering can go to http://www.mvk.usace.army.mil and click on Hot Topics: Arkansas Lakes Campgrounds or email LakeOuachita@usace.army.mil. Campers interested in visiting these campgrounds may make their reservation now through the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS) website.
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Winnebago Industries Celebrates 50th Anniversary

FOREST CITY, Iowa--( February 12, 2008 )-- Winnebago Industries, Inc. a United States motor home manufacturer, celebrated its 50th anniversary by ringing the closing bell on the New York Stock Exchange today. Key executives were on hand to commemorate this special occasion. Winnebago Industries was incorporated on February 12, 1958.

From small beginnings, Winnebago Industries has grown into an RV giant. With just 15 employees and a dream of bringing recreation vehicles to the American people, the Company’s founder, John K. Hanson, turned Winnebago Industries into an American icon. The Company started making travel trailers in 1958. Eight years later in 1966, the first self-contained motor home rolled off the assembly line. Today, Winnebago Industries builds approximately 10,000 motor homes a year. Recently, the Company celebrated the production of its 400,000th motor home.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Clean Campgrounds Going Extinct

Camping today isn’t what it used to be. And there’s no doubt that camping in the future won’t be anything like it is today. Right now, people are littering campgrounds with paper plates, plastic utensils, bottle caps, crushed troll dolls, beverage cans and all kinds of trash.

The rubbish is accumulating faster than our workers can clean it up.

Vince Johnson is a freelance writer and philosopher, wants to promote his dream of an “Adopt a Campground” program. It would be like the “Adopt a Highway” idea that has helped clean up thousands of miles of roadsides all over America.
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Georga Okays Out-of-State RV Dealers at RV Shows

ATLANTA --
The Georgia House of Representatives voted 158-0 to allow out-of-shttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.giftate dealers to sell recreational vehicles at large RV conventions in Georgia, provided that in-state dealers are invited.
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Man Beaten, left for Dead in Motorhome Invasion

KVBC - Las Vegas,NV,USA
An elderly man was brutally beaten during a home invasion and left for dead. The attack happened a week ago.

Family and friends say the suspects also ransacked the man's motor home and got away with about $500.

The home invasion happened last Tuesday night in a motorhome parked outside Burroughs' friend Lorene Tharp's home on Dove Creek near Craig and Decatur.
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Motorhome Sublease Scam Alleged in Arizona

Arizona Daily Star - Tucson, Arizona
The state attorney general has sued three Tucson-area companies and their apparent principals, alleging they defrauded consumers in purported subleases of motor homes.

On Tuesday, Attorney General Terry Goddard announced the filing of the lawsuit in Pima County Superior Court against Kennedy Motorhome Services, Kennedy's Financial Services and Banker's First of Tucson.
Banker's First does business as Green Valley RV Services, according to its Web site.

Included as individual defendants in the suit were Claude Thomas Kennedy, Donald W. Kennedy, Granite Hobbs and Kenneth W. Griffith.

The attorney general contends the three defendants have been offering motor-home owners the chance to sublease their recreational vehicles by finding new owners to assume the loan payments.

Such a program is in violation of most vehicle owners' contracts with the original lien holders, Goddard said.
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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Duluth Planning Commission to Consider Marina and RV Park

Duluth News Tribune Duluth,MN,USA
The Duluth Planning Commission will vote Tuesday night on a proposed major facelift to the Spirit Lake Marina in Riverside and discuss the future of the 300-foot rental ordinance.

The marina proposal will transform the marina at 121 Spring St. from a traditional place to store boats to a recreational vehicle resort.

Buyers would not only purchase space for their vehicles but also a boat slip or slips. Most owners would use the resort only from about mid-May through mid-October.
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Ford Recalls Vans & SUVs

An important recall involving nearly 200,000 Ford vehicles. Two separate recalls including 2007 and 2008 model years of the Ford Expedition and Lincoln Navigator SUV, because the door handle spring system could break.

The second recall involves 2006 and 2007 E-150, 250 and 350 vans and 2007 Expedition and Navigator SUVs because a fuel rail crossover hoses could crack and potentially lead to a fire.
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Monday, February 11, 2008

Coachmen's Motorhome with Rear Wall Slideout Makes Creative Use of Bedroom

Coachmen engineers devised a clever way to get 31 feet of living space in a 28-foot Class C motorhome. They created the Coachmen® Freelander™ 2700QS motorhome with a rear wall bedroom slideout.

At the campground, the bed slides out the rear wall to become a true residential 80-inch queen bed. The room has plenty of floor space to walk around. For travel, an easy push of a button and the bed slides in, creating a day bed. The foot of the bed remains fixed in place; and the mattress at the head of the bed folds up to form the back of the day bed, giving the room a very usable, walk-around living area in the rear of the coach.
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RV industry believes sales will get rolling

By DENNIS ANDERSON, Star Tribune
Think you're paying a lot for gas now, commuting back and forth to work? If so, logic would dictate that driving a motorhome up and down the highway this summer, or pulling a travel trailer, would only compound your problems. And expenses.

Maybe. But recreational vehicle (RV) dealers at the 41st Minneapolis-St. Paul RV, Vacation and Camping Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center remained upbeat about sales prospects this spring and summer.

Yes, the stock market is down and the economy has slowed. And gas isn't cheap.

Still, baby boomers aren't getting any younger, RV industry observers say, and many remain committed to traveling and camping -- and in many instances with as many conveniences as possible.
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RV Show Indulges Wanderlust

News & Observer - Raleigh,NC,USA
More than 20 years ago, Joe and Vicki Kieva traded in their 9-to-5 corporate jobs for life on the road in a recreational vehicle.

Living free from the pressures of deadlines and board meetings, the couple has traveled to every state in the U.S.

"It's like having the control over my own life," Joe Kieva said.

This weekend, the Kievas stopped in Raleigh for the 19th annual N.C. RV and Camping Show at the State Fairgrounds.

The veteran RVers hosted a seminar, doling out tips and techniques for living and traveling with an RV.

This year's show came on the heels of a study released by the National Academy of Sciences this month that said Americans are forgoing outdoor activities such as camping, fishing and visiting parks for the indoor pleasures of recliners, flat-screen televisions and video games.

But RV experts say just the opposite is the case. The lure of the open road has kept the almost $15 billion industry seeing steady gains despite surging gas prices, which now average close to $3 per gallon in the Triangle.
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Sunday, February 10, 2008

County Changes Zoning Rules for Campgrounds

Post-Bulletin, Rochester MN
PRESTON -- People who want to build or expand a campground in Fillmore County can now do it, but they will have new rules.

The county board voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a change in the county's zoning ordinance. The vote ends a one-year moratorium on campgrounds that was put into place nearly a year ago.

The board decided to stop campgrounds, planned unit developments and subdivisions to give it and the planning commission time to update the rules. It approved new rules for the developments and subdivisions last summer.

Some new rules are:
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Saturday, February 09, 2008

Retirees in RVs flock to Florida - to build churches

Their sons and daughters don't always understand, but it's a life they chose after much thought and prayer.

Thirteen retired couples have endured a seemingly endless series of RV road trips to help build churches for strangers in far-off locales. It is a mission fueled by faith.

No matter that the work is hard, the pay is non-existent, gas prices have gone through the roof and living quarters are cramped. They call themselves MAPS - Mission America Placement Service - and this is just what they do: build churches for those who need them.

Currently, there are two crews in Marion County, 34 volunteers building Assembly of God churches in Dunnellon and Ocklawaha.

When a small fleet of RVs rolled onto the construction site for the future Family Life Ministries Church in Ocklawaha in early January, they were a godsend for pastor Jerry Schwab and his congregation.
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Friday, February 08, 2008

Luxury coaches like 5-star hotels on wheels

BROOKSVILLE - Forty years ago, Clara and Paul Roy took to the road with their six children in a converted school bus. Paul Roy built bunk beds in the back for the boys; the girls occupied fold-down beds at night in the installed dinette.

Their destinations from Maine were visits to various relatives. And with such a big family, they needed to take their beds with them.

"You hardly see a conversion anymore," said Clara. "Back then, you either bought a school bus or a regular bus." And improvised.

RV luxury has come a long way. Witness the 45-foot yachts-on-wheels being promoted at the Southeast Area Rally of the Family Motor Coach Association through Saturday at the Hernando County Airport.

Since most of those at the rally already own a highway home, they're looking for upgrades, said Richard Carmichael with North Trail RV Center.

Top-of-the-line models in North Trail's rally stable offer solar panels for water heating, whirlpool tubs, dishwashers, "all the amenities of a five-star hotel," Carmichael said.
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Thursday, February 07, 2008

Airstream 'Ranch' Along Florida Interstate Revving up Controversy

Tampa Bay's 10 - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Dover, Florida
A month ago, RV dealer Frank Bates planted eight Airstream trailers nose-first on 5 acres along I-4. His inspiration was the famous Cadillac ranch in Texas.

"There is no other trailer that looks like it, there is no other trailer made like it. It is really an American icon," said Bates, whose towering trailers have been turning heads of motorists like Zeke Zielinski.

Not everyone thinks the attraction is attractive. Brian Connell lives across the street from the Airstream ranch.

"I think it looks trashy," said Connell. He feels Bates is trying to "steer in" more business to his RV dealership up the road.

"He is calling it art... [but] the Cadillac ranch does not have any Cadillacs for sale next door to it," Connell said.
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Electric Bills Shock Snowbird RV Park Residents

Snowbirds at the south Fort Myers RV park were finding that their electric service was being billed at a rate more than double the previous seasons.

Donald and Lois Evans have spent five winters in the park on San Carlos Boulevard. The couple, who hail from New York, started "getting outrageous electric bills" from Gulf Air - $147 for one month compared to $44 the previous year.

"I don't mind paying. But I want them to be fair," Lois Evans said.

The rent Evans paid at the park had almost doubled. She wondered if the same was true for electricity.

The park is owned by Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc., a Chicago-based company that has been gobbling up mom-and-pop parks all over the nation and now owns and manages 311 RV and manufactured- home communities and resorts in North America - including 81 in Florida, according to documents filed with the Security and Exchange Commission.

Residents in the park were being charged 32.6 cents a kilowatt hour - about 20 cents more a kilowatt hour than the company was paying for the electric from Florida Power and Light.

Spokesman Grover Whidden said that RV park owners can pass along electric costs to the residents but they can't charge over what it costs them. Selling power at a profit is reserved for utility companies.
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RV Rally Time for FMCA

Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA by Tony Marrero February 6, 2008

New York Democrats went for Hillary Clinton on Super Tuesday, but Jim and Jean Canfield weren't among those who voted.

Call it a casualty of life on the road.

By Tuesday, the Canfields had already parked their 36-foot Fleetwood Bounder motor home just off a runway at the Hernando County Airport. They'd hoped to vote by absentee ballot but didn't make the deadline.

There certainly wasn't a lack of similar potential interview subjects from throughout the country. By Wednesday, organizers estimate some 1,600 hundred RVs had lined up along two of the airport's runways, creating a temporary city of wheeled behemoths. License plates ranged from Oregon to New Hampshire.

And the RVers fleshed out plans for the weekend's evening entertainment. A blurb about one quartet, playing Saturday night, advised concertgoers to "Sit back and enjoy the memories of your youth as The Legends of Doo Wop take you back!"

Despite high diesel fuel prices and a sluggish economy, attendance is up this year by a couple of hundred motor homes, according to Charlie Schrenkel, president of FMCA's Southeast Area and vice-president of the national association.

"There are some grumblings about gas (prices), but it's a lifestyle for them," Charlie Schrenkel, president of FMCA's Southeast Area and vice-president of the national association, said of fellow RVers. "Maybe it's a little release and escapism.
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Village Passes RV Ordinance With Litte Protest

Chicago Daily Herald - Chicago,IL,USA
What was once a white-hot topic -- recreational vehicle regulation -- has dropped off in interest considerably in Wauconda.

Mayor Salvatore Saccomanno said that, though 350 people attended the board's first meeting in 2005 to discuss an ordinance that would govern when and where people could store RVs on their property, only two people showed up to watch it be unanimously approved.

"It is affecting less people than was anticipated," Saccomanno said. "Two years ago, when we started this, we had 350 people filling the (high school) gym."

He said most people appeared to think the village would enact an outright ban on RV storage.

"I think they (now) understand there was never an intention to do a total ban," he said.
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Coachmen RV brings New Style to Leprechaun Class C Motorhomes

Coachmen's Leprechaun® Class C motorhome has always offered RVers the style and class they wanted in a recreational vehicle. Now, Coachmen is taking that style a step further with its contemporary, sleek, marine-inspired Leprechaun 320DS.

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Monaco Coach Corporation Fourth Quarter & Fiscal Year Report

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2007 were $292.1 million, or 2.4% lower than the $299.2 million in revenues for the fourth quarter of 2006. Gross profit for the period was $32.1 million, up 18.6% from $27.1 million a year ago. The Company reported operating income of $4.5 million for the quarter compared to an operating loss of $512 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2006. The Company reported net income of $2.7 million, reversing a net loss of $562 thousand for the fourth quarter of 2006. Earnings were $0.09 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2007 versus a loss of $0.02 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2006.

For the fiscal year ended December 29, 2007, Monaco Coach reported revenues of $1.3 billion, level with fiscal year 2006 revenues. Gross profit for the year was $140.9 million, up 13.1% compared to $124.5 million for 2006. Operating income for the year was $23.4 million, compared to $3.8 million for 2006. Net income for 2007 was $12.3 million, compared to $1.0 million earned in 2006. Earnings per share for the fiscal year were $0.41 per diluted share compared to $0.03 per diluted share for 2006.
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Champagne Wishes and Trailer Park Dreams?

WHAT do Brad Pitt, Matthew McConaughey, Sean Penn and Colin Farrell have in common? They all own trailers! But don't go calling them "trash" just quite yet — their custom-built Airstreams can cost up to $170,000.
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FreedomRoads-Camping World Ends Relationship With Featherlite Motor Coaches

SANFORD, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Featherlite Coaches, Inc. announced today that it has elected to terminate its relationship with FreedomRoads/Camping World. The relationship between Featherlite Coaches, Inc. and FreedomRoads/Camping World was first announced on November 27, 2007. Featherlite Coaches, Inc. notified FreedomRoads/Camping World of the termination of the relationship.

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FreedomRoads and Camping World, America’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, today announced it will no longer represent Featherlite Motor Coaches in their dealer network and has terminated its agreement with the manufacturer. Company executives cited that the relationship was not optimal.

CEO Marcus Lemonis commented, “As a retailer we sell 36,000 recreational vehicles and are looking to expand our market presence and price points nationally. We’ve had recent success with American Coach and Monaco and will pursue other product lines to fill this luxury void.”
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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

'RV City' is Annual Event at Carnival

The Press-Register/ Mobile AL
Give them parking spaces, and they will come.

Every year at Carnival, nearly 200 recreational vehicles set up camp underneath Interstate 10 by Fort Conde as well as at the Mobile Civic Center parking lot.

Dubbed "RV City" by some residents and city of Mobile officials, the temporary settlement is a full-time home for some and a convenient place to sleep for others.

"It's like a big party and a city where you know all your neighbors," said Cindy Eubanks, who has been spending Mardi Gras in RV City since it was founded in 2002.

RV owners pay $275 for a parking spot, and there is a waiting list in case someone renting one of the 183 spots decides they don't want to return next year.
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Motor Home Rally Rolls Into Town

St. Petersburg Times - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
BROOKSVILLE - They began rumbling in over the weekend, as many as 2,000 homes on wheels gathering for the 27th annual rally of the Southeast Area Family Motor Coach Association at the Hernando County Airport.

There are roughly 300 more registrants this year than in 2007, said Charlie Schrenkel, the new national area vice president and rally chairman. The number of coaches translates to about 4,000 visitors to Hernando County.

With the price of fuel so high these days, who would have thought so many would still make the trek?

The cost didn't deter Clara Roy, 77, and her husband, seven-year attendees from Rumford, Maine, who spend winter in St. Petersburg. "When you consider you're bringing your house with you and don't have to pay for motels, and campgrounds are still relatively inexpensive...," she trailed off with a shrug.
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Flash Flood Buries Campsites

Santa Maria Times - Santa Maria,CA,USA
A flash flood at the dunes over the weekend buried campsites in water, delaying the reopening of the campground.

Most campers were finally able to cross Arroyo Grande Creek and exit the park by Monday, after heavy rains overnight Saturday resulted in a surge of drainage that stranded some vehicles and left two stuck while trying to cross the creek Sunday, said state parks Ranger Robert Tolin.
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Monday, February 04, 2008

Winter RVing is Fun

The Daily News - Halifax,Nova Scotia,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.
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Weak U.S. Dollar Lures Canadian RVers

Settled for the season into the Turquoise Valley Golf Course and RV Park in their luxury motorhome, Macdonald takes note of how a weak U.S. dollar has made life richer for the thousands of Canadians who routinely spend winters in America.

"There's a lot of taxes on liquor and gas in Canada, so it has always been cheaper in the United States, but now with the strong (Canadian) dollar it's even more so," said Macdonald, who migrated from her home in Ontario to Naco, just a stone's throw from the Mexican border, in her bus-sized motorhome.

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Camping Is Not What it Used To Be

North Texas e-News - TX,USA By Luke Clayton
My first experience with a camping 'rig' was a modified 1950 International Pickup that my dad owned back in the late fifties.

Dad had his little truck rigged with all the conveniences. With a portable canvas awning to keep the contents (and us) dry, fold down tables with Coleman Stoves and even a sink, we enjoyed camping at its finest, at least for the era.

Recently, my wife and I joined some friends and visited the RV show in Ft. Worth where we were exposed to all the latest innovations in camping, now often referred to as RVing! Campers, if you can call a $100,000 RV a 'camper', have come a long way!

Today's fifth wheelers, when set up and the extensions opened up, are actually very roomy and comfortable little homes.

After getting a good feel for what is available today and doing a cost comparison of the different models, we later purchased our first big RV, a 37 foot fifth wheel that I plan to keep on our property to serve as a guesthouse. We live on several acres with plenty of trees and whoever spends the night in our new unit can consider themselves 'camping' without the hassle of towing. Towing a unit down the road that's as big as a small river barge is not my idea of fun, but that's just me.
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Sunday, February 03, 2008

Gas Prices Affect Winter Tourism in Quartzsite, AZ

Quartzsite - It's been a rough winter for Cena Beene, one of the many hoping to cash in on snowbirds who flock to this normally desolate patch of western Arizona.

The desert is studded with RVs and trailers, and vehicles exiting Interstate 10 back up 10 deep at Quartzsite's only traffic light. But business is down, according to Beene and others whose tent businesses transform the town almost overnight into a giant swap meet.

Business owners and Quartzsite officials say the biggest reason for the slowdown is posted at gas stations around town. Gas prices are pushing $3 a gallon on average nationally, and those who drive RVs or tow trailers take a bigger hit than most.
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Reserve Your Maine Campground Early

Maine's camping season may still be months away but the Maine Bureau of Public Lands began accepting reservations Friday for camp sites at 12 state parks for the 2008 season.

Opening day is always the busiest and yesterday was no exception -- by 2 in the afternoon, more than 2,000 reservation requests had been processed.

The Internet is the most popular way to make reservations. Last year, more than 70 percent of all reservations were done on the Web.
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Friday, February 01, 2008

Paradise found

News & Observer - Raleigh,NC,USA
Retired News & Observer columnist Dennis Rogers and his wife, HollyAnn, are traveling the nation in a motor home. This is his latest column about their road trip.

YEEHAW JUNCTION, Fla. -- This lonesome crossroads in the middle of Florida is as good a place as any to contemplate this confounding, delightful, irritating, rewarding but essentially uninhabitable appendage dangling from the bottom of America.

It was here that Florida's two major industries, farming and fun, were born. Here, at what was once known as Jackass Crossing in the middle of what is still a vast underpopulated swath of pine trees, open prairie, cattle ranches and citrus trees south of Orlando and north of the Everglades, an entrepreneur opened a combination juke joint, restaurant and hotel in the early years of the 20th century. Called the Desert Inn, it was where cowboys, Indians, loggers, truckers, farmers and other rough-knuckled men came to eat, drink and, to put this delicately, rent some better-smelling companions for an hour or a night.

Today the Desert Inn huddles in the lee of the Florida Turnpike and is proud to be on the National Register of Historic Places and have its own state historical marker to celebrate its bawdy past.
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Damon Motor Coach to Build Class C Motor Homes

Damon Motor Coach has announced the company is introducing a new Class C motor home into their product line. The new product is expected to debut this summer.

“We have been totally focused on Class A’s and this focus has enabled us to develop the hot products that our customers want, increase market share and gain momentum despite tough market conditions,” said Bill Fenech, Damon President. “In order to not lose any focus on the Class A’s, we have put together an incredibly talented new team to develop the Class C.”
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