Monday, March 31, 2008

A Once Booming Industry is Losing Ground

3/30/2008 Fresno CA (KFSN) -- RV dealers say rising gas prices and more competition are making for tough times. But for consumers they say the time to buy is now.

Just a week into spring and some people are already making summer vacation plans.

Brandon and Brooke Frost are checking out the Outdoor Recreation and Sportsman Show at Chukchansi Park looking for something to haul dirt bikes. And price doesn't seem to be a factor.

"You got to pay to have fun, it's not a factor for me but I know for a lot of people it would be," says Brandon.
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But their enthusiasm isn't matched by many. Several RV dealers from around the valley confirm sales are down.

Paul Evert tells Action News after 9-11 Americans were afraid to fly and RV sales soared. But now record high gas prices and a slumping economy are taking a toll on his livelihood.
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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Whetting the Appitite for Camping

Rockford Register Star - Rockford,IL,USA
At the Indoor Sports Center on Saturday, the sun was rising on a clear summer day, the lake was without a ripple, and Ma and Pa America were enjoying a cup of joe in lawn chairs parked outside their RV.

At least, that’s how it felt to hundreds of families who can’t wait for camping weather.

The 37th annual RV, Camping and Travel Show filled the center wall-to-wall with all manner of motorhomes and camper trailers, exhibits on campgrounds and all kinds of doodads to make your camping experience easier. It was hard not to dream.
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Denali Park Road opens to Savage River

National Park Service crews began clearing the road earlier this month in preparation for the summer tourist season. Shuttle buses are scheduled to begin operating in the park on May 20.

Weather permitting, visitors may drive the first 15 miles of the road, and the park service expects to open the road to the Teklanika River Rest Stop at Mile 30 by mid-April. Once shuttle buses begin running, visitors can only drive as far as Savage River.
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They're just passing through ... sort of

On a hillside in the southern part of Stark County, a nomadic group of people lives together in perfect harmony.

In 17 trailers, motor homes and campers of all sizes, they brave wind, rain, mud and snow. Bear Creek, a Kampgrounds of America campsite, is their permanent yet temporary home. This time of year, it's occupied mostly by men and women who follow jobs around the country.

Some stay for days; others for months.

They are skilled professional migrant workers.

"Kind of like a little band of gypsies," Karen Johnston said with a Southern drawl.
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Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ford-Recall Vehicle Owners Warned to get Repairs ASAP

WASHINGTON — The government warned owners of about 4.6 million recalled Ford vehicles to bring their cars and trucks immediately to dealerships to disconnect cruise-control switch systems that have been linked to engine fires.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued the consumer advisory Thursday to owners of certain unrepaired Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sport utility vehicles, pickup trucks, vans and passenger cars who have not yet responded to past recalls.
The recalls have vexed the Dearborn, Mich.-based automaker, affecting its popular F-Series pickup trucks, prompting hundreds of complaints and dozens of lawsuits over engine fires. Three deaths have been tied to the fires, and Ford has struggled to produce enough parts to fix the problem.
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Friday, March 28, 2008

Cleveland National Forest Fees for Camping May Rise

Campers can go back into tens of thousands of acres of the Cleveland National Forest starting today, but the cost of pitching a tent at many spots in the forest is likely to increase by 20 percent or more in coming months.

In separate actions yesterday, the U.S. Forest Service lifted most of the access restrictions in place since the October wildfires and officials said campground fees were not covering the cost of maintaining the facilities.

“Opening up the forest again is a great thing, especially since there has been some rainfall so it should be beginning to restore itself,” said Richard Miller, chairman of the San Diego chapter of the Sierra Club.

Forest officials recommended raising the fees at several campgrounds across the 438,000-acre forest by $2 to $20 a night, depending on the capacity and location of the sites.
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Oregon Campground Host Sought

WINCHESTER: The Douglas County Parks Department is seeking a volunteer camp host for Amacher Park.

The host is responsible for registering campers, overseeing pavilion use, daily cleaning of park facilities and enforcing park policies, as necessary. The person filling the position would live there.

The park is located along the North Umpqua River on the south side of the James A. Booth bridge that recently reopened on Highway 99.

Applications are available from the Parks Department office at 6536 Old Highway 99 N. or online
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Winnebago Motorhome Factory Tours Begin April 1

Winnebago Industries will offer free tours of its main motorhome manufacturing facility in Forest City from Tuesday, April 1 through Nov. 30, excluding holidays.

Tours start at the Winnebago Industries’ Visitors Center with a 20-minute video that gives visitors a preview of the manufacturing process they’re about to tour. Each tour lasts about 90 minutes.
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Maine Kicks off Discover RVing Week

Gov. John Baldacci last month signed the official proclamation declaring March, 29 to April, 5, as Maine's Discover RVing Week.

This is the third anniversary of the Discover RVing Week promotion — a statewide effort to encourage the people of Maine and its visitors to experience the RV lifestyle and to take advantage of the many opportunities to see the natural beauty of our state.

"RVing and the RV lifestyle play a very important role in Maine's economy," said Baldacci. "I am very pleased to be a part of this great effort."
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Olympic National Park Gets Ready For Visitors

Olympic National Park crews continue to make progress in clearing debris and repairing damage from last fall and winter’s storms.

“This was our second tough winter in a row, but I’m proud to say that our crews have done a fantastic job in getting Olympic ready for the visitor season,” said acting park superintendent Sue McGill. Here is a look at various area of the park...
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Man takes on IRS over Wrongful Seizer of Motor Home

Ask practically anyone how to win a fight with the Internal Revenue Service, and you’ll be told it can’t be done.

But James Sego III is apparently trying to prove that’s not the case.
On Monday afternoon, Sego filed a suit seeking an injunction against the agency, referred to it as an “administrative office of the U.S. government.”

Sego alleges the agency wrongfully levied against a 1996 Winnebago motor home. A judge has blocked the auction of the vehicle.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Winter Texans prepare to leave after a very profitable season

This Winter Texan season is wrapping up to be one of the best ever.

In all, area RV park managers and owners say it's been the best year since 2005, when bookings began fully recovering after the 9/11 attacks.

In fact, those like Mission West and Chimney Park reported facilities packed up to 90 percent just a couple weeks ago.

And even better times could be ahead - despite the fear of recession, soaring gasoline prices, stricter U.S. entry regulations and border violence.

The most common explanation for the booming business at the Rio Grande Valley's 200 or so parks: baby boomers, one of the largest and most prosperous generations in U.S. history.

"A lot of people coming into the park were a little younger," said Gloria Sharp of Bit-O-Heaven RV and Mobile Home Park in Donna. "I've been here 21 years and this year I received four children of people who were here when I started."
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Adrenaline Adds Two New Models to it's Surge Line of RV Sport Utility Trailers

FITZGERALD, Ga. (March 2008)— Whether it's riding an ATV, a motorcycle, a sand rail, or even a snowmobile, the Surge™ by Adrenaline™ is the perfect sport utility trailer to get to the action. The most recent additions to the Surge lineup are a trailer capable of hauling a sand rail or dune buggy and a new fifth wheel floorplan. A three-quarter ton pickup can easily pull either model.
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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Western RV Increases Motor Coach Production

Western RV, a manufacturer of premium luxury Motor Coaches, 5th Wheels and Truck Campers, announced they will be increasing Alpine Coach Motor Coach production effective immediately. Per Bob Wert, President of WRV, “While we have seen our towable business face strong headwinds, we have seen the Motor Coach portion of our business improve. As the new Alpine Coach Limited Luxury Motor Coach has hit dealer lots, we have seen an increase in our business.”

In a related move, Western also announced a staff reduction related to on-going efficiency increases in its business model. According to Wert, “The RV business and the economy in general continue to be extremely challenging with regards to sales of all of our products. This change in line rates and reduction in our staffing will decrease our operating costs to a point that more accurately reflects current market conditions. While decisions like these are difficult to make, we are in turbulent market conditions that dictate making these types of changes."
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RV Maker Pilgrim International Has New Interactive Website

Pilgrim International, Inc. has launched its completely redesigned interactive website at www.pilgrimintl.com. The site now includes a fresh new look and format, as well as a unique interactive interior décor selection feature that allows consumers and dealers to view fabric, décor and wood options with a click of the mouse. The new site features the full line of Pilgrim International travel trailers and fifth wheels with “model overviews” and printable PDF brochures for Pilgrim 1500 Series, Pilgrim 2500 Series, Open Road, Legends MP, Legends HP, Cirrus Ultra Lite and Cirrus Hybrid product lines.

One of the most exciting new features on Pilgrim’s new website is the interactive Décor section. A view of the inside of the trailer is displayed with clickable buttons that transform the view of the trailer with different fabric, décor and wood options. Each trailer or fifth wheel comes with different décor patterns--a variety of colors for the sofa, chair, dinette and bedspread along with wood tones to compliment any taste.
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Will soaring prices keep travellers close to home?

TORONTO -- Most summers, the Powell family hooks their tent trailer to the back of their van at least four times, setting out for camping trips that take the Ottawa residents all over Ontario and as far as Nova Scotia.

This year, forecasts of skyrocketing gasoline prices are threatening to put the brakes on the distances they travel.

"It's not very pleasant, that's for sure," says Debbie Powell, 48, the mother of five sons. "Maybe as opposed to going to three or four places, we might only pick a couple of places and stay a little bit longer."

Industry analysts say that once the summer kicks into high gear, gasoline could cost as much as $1.50 a litre in some areas of the country - a prospect that may lead some families to rethink long road trips, while those opting to leave their cars at home in favour of planes and buses will face fuel surcharges.

That could spell bad news for the tourism industry.

When the price of filling the gas tank increased to $63 from $47 in 2004, it contributed to a 2-per-cent drop in domestic travel by car, notes Randy Williams, president of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. If gas prices soar to $1.50, Mr. Williams says businesses could be looking at as much as a 4-per-cent decline in travel.
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Above-Average Snowpack Means Washington Parks Open Later This Year

Olympic National Park just slogged through the second straight winter of heavy damage to roads and campgrounds, but most parts of the park will be open by April.

But Staircase — near Cushman Reservoir and the closest part of the park to South Sound residents — might open late this year because of heavy slide damage to the access road.

And higher-elevation trails might open later than usual this summer because of the heavy snowpack that built up during the winter.
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Monday, March 24, 2008

RVer's Review of Goliad State Park in Texas

The primary purpose of our trip to Goliad was to explore the park.

In 1931, the site for Goliad State Park was transferred to the state, with the agreement that it would be preserved as a historical park. The driving force that would not be dissuaded until the park was on its way to becoming a reality was Judge J.A. White of Goliad. For his “never say die” effort, he deservedly is known as the “Father of the Goliad State Park.”

We found a very well-maintained nature trail that ran along the high bluffs of the San Antonio River and down into the ravines that provide drainage avenues into the river. The San Antonio is typical of the Hill Country rivers in that it is prone to leave its banks when heavy rains occur in its watershed, thus producing broad floodplains. These are very sandy areas and this has made them very good “beachlike” sites for tent camping — two sites for this purpose have been created on the river downstream from the park headquarters. The camping areas in the park are well-kept and inviting, but “awesome,” the word so frequently used these days, springs to mind when you see the meticulously restored Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga.
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Critics Slam Plan to Electrify Montana Campsites

HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks officials are considering plans to electrify campsites at four state parks in Western Montana later this year.

Critics say the proposals don't jibe with Gov. Brian Schweitzer's initiative to cut back on the state's energy consumption. Other opponents of the idea say that if the improvements are made, the state will compete with private businesses.

Former legislator and outgoing Public Service Commissioner Bob Raney sharply criticized FWP's plans to electrify campsites at Salmon Lake, West Shore, Placid Lake and Lewis & Clark Caverns state parks in an interview last week. Raney, who fought in the Legislature throughout the 1990s to keep development of the parks at bay, said the proposals send the wrong message about energy conservation, would increase the state's maintenance costs and electricity bills and eventually would lead to higher user fees.

"Not only are we literally giving electricity away to the people who come to the campgrounds, but we're also promoting the use of vehicles that get three or four miles to the gallon," Raney said. "We've got a governor who says he wants state agencies to cut 20 percent of their electricity use by 2010, yet his parks department is developing electricity products at campgrounds right in the face of his 'let's use less' program."
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Price of Gas Fuels Disgust Among Florida Snowbirds

As some of the snowbirds who have hunkered down in Southwest Florida for the winter prepare for their annual trek north, gas prices are on the way up as well.

On a rainy Saturday afternoon, a handful of recreational vehicle owners who are planning on heading out in the coming days and weeks said rising gas prices aren’t going to affect their planned trips home.

They have to get home of course, regardless of the price of gas.

But some RV owners said higher gas prices have affected their spending habits over the winter, and could affect future travel plans.

On Saturday, the average price of unleaded gas in the Fort Myers-Cape Coral area was $3.36 a gallon, up from $3.22 a gallon a month ago and $2.64 a year ago, according to the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report.

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“Of course it affects our budget, but I don’t think it will affect our travel plans,” said Alex McKenzie, 67.
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Saturday, March 22, 2008

RVer escapes motor home fire

Mount Airy News - Mount Airy,NC,USA
Louise Grose believes there's a reason that she and her husband didn't perish Friday morning in a blaze of fire that engulfed their motor home, reducing the massive recreational vehicle to charred remains along a major Surry County thoroughfare.

"The good Lord was looking after us," Grose said as emergency personnel tended to what was left of their travel home.

Her husband, Richard, purchased on EBay from his West Virginia home about a month ago. They were traveling on Interstate 74 West around 10:45 a.m. when the engine caught fire.
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New RVs feature luxury for less

Driving.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
EDMONTON - Lugging around a heavy vacuum cleaner is a thing of the past for many homeowners, and the same holds true for RVers whose increasingly luxurious units boast everything from central vac systems to washers, dryers and giant flat-screen televisions.

Even tent trailers offer far more now than nylon walls and mosquito netting, said Dieter Bohl, with Cars RV & Marine, as he showed off a Starcraft unit at the Edmonton RV show and sale recently.

"You're going to tent in style in this one," said Bohl of the folding camping trailer that had air conditioning and a complete bathroom with shower and toilet. "It's not like they used to be in the old days."

In Alberta's sizzling economy where many consumers have money to burn, price might not be an issue. But whether it matters or not, dealers at the show said the cost of RVs is down, thanks to a strong Canadian dollar.
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Friday, March 21, 2008

New year brings stricter requirements for Canadians at U.S. border

New requirements that took effect at the end of January require additional documents when crossing by land into the United States.

During a presentation at the Edmonton RV Show, Jennifer Tuttosi of the Canada Border Services Agency explained how the changes can affect snowbirds, including those travelling to the southern United States with an RV.

Under the new regulations of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, a driver's licence is no longer sufficient, Tuttosi said.

It must be accompanied by another document, such as a birth certificate or citizenship card.

Travellers who have a passport can use it for all crossings into the United States, whether by land, water or air. Tuttosi said travellers lacking the proper documents can be turned back by U.S. officials. "No documents, no entry into the U.S."
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Ups & Downs Of Camphosting

Howard and Linda Payne keep a Journal to record their travels and exploits. It is an extension of their main website, RV-Dreams.com which is dedicated to assisting those interested in pursuing a dream lifestyle.

Howard and Linda's most recent journal entry chronicles a day in the life of a camphost.
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Taking it to the Streets: Run Your Business from the Road

Today, more people are running their professional lives from cafes and hotspots Richard and Angela Hoy of Bangor, Maine, exemplify how the lifestyle truly should be lived—on the road.

In March 2004, Hoy and his wife were searching for the most economical way for their family of six to visit relatives in Wisconsin and Texas.

"Buying an RV made the most sense because at least we'd actually have some equity in something rather than just paying it out to an airline," said Hoy

The Hoys planned to buy an RV to travel the country when they retired anyway.

"We were itching to get on the road and were about 20 years from retirement," said Hoy. "Everyone we ever talked to about full-time RVing told us that they regret not doing it sooner. You wouldn't believe how many times we heard, 'My wife/husband and I were planning to travel around the country in our RV, but then he or she died.' Or, 'he/she got sick before we could see everything.' We decided that life is too short."

Because their print-on-demand publishing company, Booklocker.com, is Internet-based, the Hoys could hit the road and bring the business along for the ride.

"It didn't really matter where we were," said Hoy. "Our business is entirely online. As long as we have a connection, we could run the business. Even when we were exclusively flying or driving in our van, we always had our computers, cell phones, and assorted business-related gadgets. We've automated many of our business processes, and since it is Web-based, we just need to monitor everything and respond to customer e-mails."
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Emergency Pet Care Resource for RVers Who Take Pets on the Road

VENTURA, Calif.----Trailer Life Books, a publisher of books, magazines and guides that serve North America’s recreation vehicle (RV) enthusiasts, has introduced the “Pet E.R. Guide,” a book designed to provide contact information for 24-hour and after-hour veterinary facilities throughout the United States.

The 200-page guide provides information to help travelers plan ahead and locate care for their pets in the event of an injury, illness or emergency. It also includes a “pet travel checklist” to identify the necessities to keep pets happy, safe and comfortable on their next RV journey.
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Winnebago 2Q Profit Drops 67%

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Motor home manufacturer Winnebago Industries Inc. said Thursday its second quarter profits fell nearly 67 percent as consumer confidence in the economy helped drag down sales of recreational vehicles.

High fuel prices hurt too. Filling up the tank of one of Winnebago's largest motor homes would cost more than $400 at Thursday's prices, about 47 percent more than a year ago, for example. It could cost about $244 to fill up a smaller one.

The earnings results were below Wall Street expectations, and its shares dropped 8 percent in midday trading.

The Forest City-based company said it cut employment by 9 percent, or about 300 people during the quarter to bring production in line with slowing sales.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Town of Prairie Lake, WI, has a new campground ordinance

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According to town Chair Al Morley, the board has been working on the ordinance for more than eight months prior to the Tuesday, March 11, public hearing and vote. A previous version of the ordinance had been drafted but was scrapped after outcry from campground owners and concerned citizens in the township. A subcommittee of town board members, residents, planning commission members and campground owners was formed to find a compromise and draft a new ordinance.

Morley says there was little opposition on the campground ordinance voiced during the March 11 meeting, and the town board passed the ordinance unanimously.
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Dometic Claims Most Powerful RV Refrigerator

Dometic Corporation introduces the most powerful cooling unit in the RV industry - the RM1350SS Elite 2+2 refrigerator that was designed with superior style and function in mind. The four-door Elite refrigerator touts a pass-through freezer, through-the-door ice and water, automatic or manual door locking system, and contemporary styling.
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Winnebago Recognized as Top Selling Motor Home Manufacturer

FOREST CITY, Iowa--(March 2008)--For the seventh consecutive year, Winnebago Industries, Inc. has earned the top selling motorhome manufacturer honor according to Statistical Surveys, Inc., a retail reporting service in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

For calendar 2007, Winnebago Industries dealers retailed more Class A and Class C motor homes combined than any other manufacturer’s dealer group, achieving 18.6 percent market share.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New Jersey RVers Can Hit the Road With RV Insurance Made Just for Them

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio--(March 2008)--Home to more than 100 privately owned camp grounds and 17 state parks, New Jersey is a popular RV destination. Now, thanks to leading RV insurer, Progressive, New Jersey’s RVers can be better protected when navigating the open road.

“We’re thrilled to bring our RV coverages and superior claims service to New Jersey,” said Cathy Pelfrey, Progressive’s RV product manager. “RVing is a popular way for families to travel, but just adding your RV to your auto policy can leave you under-protected. It’s important to know that specialized RV insurance that can adequately protect you and your ‘home-away-from-home’ is available.”
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Camping World/FreedomRoads Acquires Village RV in Roseville, CA

Camping World/FreedomRoads, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, today announced that it has officially acquired Village RV in Roseville, CA.

The highly visible facility is located at 1039 Orlando Avenue, just off of Interstate 80. Village RV will partner and share resources with the Camping World SuperCenter located just a few miles North in Rocklin. With over 8,000 sku’s available ranging from basic camping and outdoor accessories to hard to find RV parts; the full service, state-of-the-art store provides customers with all of their RV, outdoor, camping accessories and service needs.
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Monday, March 17, 2008

Coach-Net Motorsports Advantage Helps RVers Enjoy the Races

Coach-Net Technical and Roadside Assistance is again expanding its travel services — this time to specifically cater to the needs of active RV users and motorsports fans throughout the United States and Canada both on and off the road.

A new membership powered by Coach-Net, called Motorsports Advantage, has been created to not only provide technical support and emergency road assistance for RVs, but to also offer a 24-hour concierge service that can manage all aspects of any motorsports fans event participation, from lodging, to pit passes, to tailgating and food.
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Record Numbers at Quinte Sportsman RV Show

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At least, in the case of the Quinte Sportsman Boat and RV Show this proved to be true - a record number of attendees passed through the doors at the Quinte Sports Centre this weekend.

Warm weather and blue skies proved to be a strong ally for the annual show - marking its 10th year - as vendors and residents commented on the spring-like atmosphere outside.

"It gives me hope that winter might actually be gone," said Ivan Kinney. "When was the last time you could go outside without a coat on?"

Kinney and his wife, Evelyn, were one of hundreds of people investigating the prices of recreational vehicles. A number of vendors were on hand at the show trying to catch their attention but the retired couple said they were hesitant to make any large purchases just yet.
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Sunday, March 16, 2008

RV Dealers Sponsor Poker Run & Free Admission to RV / Motorhome Hall of Fame

From March 17th thru March 22nd, six competing Elkhart Indiana RV dealers have joined together to offer a bit of fun, luck and opportunity to those interested or participating in the RV lifestyle.

This event, titled a 6-Dealer Poker Run, gives consumers the opportunity to visit each of the dealers and receive a playing card. Make the best poker hand of the five cards and present the hand to the RV / Motorhome Hall of Fame for free admission. Register your hand with them, and the best hand wins the grand prize of a new RV. “You certainly don’t have to own an RV to participate,” says Gary Chambers, president of Suncoast RV, one of the participating RV dealerships.
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Saturday, March 15, 2008

RV industry may improve in '09

Some dreams of buying motor homes and travel trailers have been dashed by declining home equity and nervousness about the economy, even as dealerships offer low prices to stimulate sales.

Nationwide, motor home sales are down roughly 40% from their peak in 2004.

"We expect the RV industry to worsen in 2008 before improving in 2009," said analyst Craig Kennison with Robert W. Baird & Co.

Motor home and travel trailer sales are strongest early in an economic growth cycle when interest rates are low and consumer confidence is improving. Sales languish when the economy sputters.

Many consumers are waiting to trade in their recreational vehicle for a new model, hoping the cost of borrowing money edges down a little more. It's not unusual to have a 10-year loan for a travel trailer or motor home.

Some dealerships have cut prices to stimulate sales of the most expensive motor homes and travel trailers that cost them thousands of dollars in finance charges. Without too much difficulty, buyers should be able to get 20% off the manufacturers suggested retail price, said Mike Prosser, owner of Prosser RV and Cruise America Motor Home Rental & Sales in Milwaukee.
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Iowa Lawmakers Draft Road Plan that Will Raise Fees

DES MOINES (AP) -Iowa lawmakers have quietly drafted a highway funding plan that would nearly close a projected annual shortfall in needed road work.

The proposal will funnel $185 million a year into road construction and maintenance programs.

The plan will be financed by a complicated series of fee increases that would touch virtually everyone who registers a car, truck, recreational vehicle or trailer.

To ease the political fallout of a big fee increase in an election year, existing vehicles wouldn't be included.

The higher fees would kick in only when consumers begin to buy new vehicles next year.

Legislative leaders say they plan private meetings next week to go over the plan.
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Rhapsody in Green - at Atlantic City RV Show

A motorhome that looks like a million bucks ... $1.3 million to be exact.

That's the price of the Rhapsody 900, which will be the star of the Atlantic City RV & Camping Show that opens today.

Made by Country Coach, it will be displayed by authorized dealer Cartec Motor Coach, of Bordentown, which sold the first one made last year.

What do you get for the money?

To begin with, Cartec sales manager Robert Kelliher said Wednesday, it's the size of a large bus: 45 feet long, 13.5 feet high and 53,000 pounds. (That's $24.53 a pound.)
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

RVers Expected in Droves at Perry Rally

The Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is hosting its second-largest event of the year this weekend.

The largest event, of course, is the Georgia National Fair in October. But as a distant second, The Rally will bring in an estimated 3,500 recreational vehicles and 8,000 people from around the country. It also will include an attempt to break a world record.

The annual event is being held in Perry for the first time since 2001. For organizers, it was an easy choice to bring it back this year.

"We've been there before and it was highly successful," said Sue Bray, vice president of Affinity Group, a holding company that owns several organizations sponsoring The Rally. "The best thing about Perry is that when we put on a rally, we need about 250 acres, and it's very difficult to find a site that has that kind of space."

The event runs from Friday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday. Events are planned for early birds today, but most of the participants are expected to arrive Friday.
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

FreedomRoads RV Ranked #1 Overall RV Retailer

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Statistical Surveys has ranked FreedomRoads RV the #1 dealer of Motor Homes, RV Trailer and combined Trailer and Motor Home in the U.S. for calendar year 2007. The national award was based on the 31 states in which Statistical Surveys tracks retail sales by dealer.

Statistical Surveys' awards are based solely on unit volume according to independent data gathered annually. Award rankings are in no way influenced by the opinion of Statistical Surveys or its staff.

FreedomRoads & Camping World is America's largest RV and outdoor retailer serving a brisk and growing demand for the RV lifestyle. After having successfully co-located for several years at selected locations, FreedomRoads, and Camping World joined together. Today, with revenues exceeding $1.7 billion, the company serves RV enthusiasts with more than 130 retail locations.
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Grand Haven Travel Trailer Offers Luxury Features at Entry-Level Price

CENTREVILLE, Mich. — Viking RV has a history of building practical and rugged camping trailers. It will expand on that reputation this year with its re-engineered Grand Haven travel trailer line, which now features aluminum-framed, vacuum bonded, laminated sidewalls.

The standard smooth fiberglass exterior gives Grand Haven a higher end look than traditional ribbed aluminum skin construction, yet Viking has maintained prices competitive with other entry-level trailers. Grand Haven's MSRP starts around $15,000.
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Western RV forced to layoff 47 employees

Yakima, WA - Western RV president, Bob Wert, says due to an economic down turn, they've been forced to reduce their workforce by 47 hourly employees.

That's a 17-percent decrease overall from 278 employees to 231.

Wert says this reduction will allow them to better align with market demand, as well as improve overall efficiency.

He also says the layoffs haven't been as bad as with other manufacturers because the company recently introduced several new products into the market place.
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

California Couple Loses Everything in Motorhome fire.

A California couple lost everything in a RV fire on Highway 101 closes onramp of State Route 58 and slows traffic.

A fire spokesman says problems with the motor home's brakes or engine might be to blame. He says the RV was fully engulfed within five minutes.

"It just started smoking, and we pulled over, and all of a sudden, it burst into flames," said Gloria Hatley, owner of the RV.

"They actually lived in this motor home, this was their full time residence," said Eric Cleveland, Cal Fire Batallion Chief.

Gloria and her husband Bob Hatley were not injured. The damage is estimated around $185,000.
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Coachmen RV Group Offering 4.99% Financing on Class A Motorhomes

MIDDLEBURY, Ind. — Coachmen RV Group is introducing its Easy RVing “Smart Buy” Retail Finance Program which provides qualifying consumers with financing as low as 4.99 percent for the life of the loan on the purchase of a new Coachmen®, Georgie Boy® or Sportscoach® Class A motorhome.
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Richmond, KY Debates Converting City Park to RV Park

Richmond Register - Richmond,KY,USA
Edna Wickersham does not want Richmond’s Camp Catalpa, designated as a bird sanctuary since the early 1970s, turned into a recreational vehicle park.

Wickersham and her husband Beverly hope to rally public opinion and persuade the city commission to overturn its Feb. 26 decision to lease the 15-acre wooded park to Lakeview RV Park LLC.

“Camp Catalpa has been a popular place for family reunions and other gatherings,” Wickersham said.

It also features the city park system’s only walking trail through a wooded area. “It’s draws a lot of bird watchers, locally and from around central Kentucky. You can see herons and Canada geese on the lake as well as song birds and other wildlife in the woods,” she said.
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Monday, March 10, 2008

ATTENDANCE CLIMBS AT THIS YEAR'S NC RV SHOW

Charlotte, NC -- If the North Carolina RV Camping Show in Charlotte last weekend is any indication of the health of the economy, then there's great news. Attendance at the show was up over last year's numbers with participating North Carolina RV dealers reporting positive sales.

"Overall, the 2008 Charlotte RV show was a huge success," said RV Dealer Carroll Lineberger, Sales Manager at Terrell Camping Center. "It seemed people were eager to get camping. Since the show, our sales have been very good and we expect that to continue."
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Fine living in an RV

www.GainesvilleSun.com
Salt Springs - The winding roads lined with big, moss-draped oaks and neatly landscaped lawns could snake through any upscale Gainesville subdivision.

A path lined with azaleas leads to a clubhouse with pool and ping pong tables, which sits beside two lakeside swimming pools.

The entrance is gated and manned.

This is the new face of the RV park — or RV resort, as this one is called — where according to industry statistics and reports from local parks, a new breed of RV user is pushing for fancier rigs and fancier places to park them, and is leading a major surge in RV use.

"The population is aging, and the generation retiring today isn't the same as the generation that came before it," said Roseanne Mayer, vice president of Elite Resorts Management Inc., which developed the resort at Salt Springs and plans to build another one like it in Hawthorne. "Baby boomers are used to having more. As they retire, they continue to expect more."

Elite Resorts isn't the only entity seeing the effects of a growing and changing RV market.
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CA State Park's Recreational Plan Removes Recreational Amenities

NewsBlaze - Folsom,CA,USA
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is one of the most visited recreational areas in the State of California with over 1.5 million average annual visitors per year. Almost thirty years ago, the current general plan was approved and provided for the recreational needs of a growing population for the planning period of 1979 through 1999. Since that time, the six-county population surrounding the lake has increased by 700,000. The new general plan will guide the development and management of recreational facilities and resources through 2025. Over this period, the population is expected to increase by another 900,000 residents.

Not only does the 2008 General Plan fail to provide for the growth in demand for recreational facilities for our residents over the next twenty years, the plan fails to complete the facilities that were deemed necessary by the 1979 General Plan for the twenty year period between 1979 and 1999.
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RVIA Adopts New California Formaldehyde Standard for RVs

The RVIA Board of Directors unanimously voted the proposed California Air Resources Board (CARB) formaldehyde emission level standards for wood products to become an RVIA membership requirement with an effective date to be determined at the next Board of Directors meeting on June 12 at Committee Week.

The CARB standard will replace the HUD standard for formaldehyde emission levels adopted earlier this year as a requirement for association membership.

The CARB regulation establishes a new formaldehyde emission standard in two phases for three composite wood products – hardwood plywood, particleboard, and medium density fiberboard – utilized in finished goods or products -- including RVs -- that are offered for sale in California. It is expected that California will issue a final rule authorizing the new regulation this spring.

The first phase of the CARB wood products standard stipulates that veneer core and thin MDF meet an emission level of .08 parts per million by January 1, 2009. Composite core materials must meet the same level by June 1, 2009. Fabricators, which includes RV manufacturers, building products to sell in California, no matter where they are manufactured or assembled, will have until July 1, 2010 to begin using CARB certified wood products.
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Gas Prices Up 9 Cents From 2 Weeks Ago

The Lundberg Survey says the national average price for gasoline rose 9 cents in two weeks.

The average price of self-serve regular gasoline on Friday was $3.19 a gallon, mid-grade was $3.31 and premium was $3.42, according to the Lundberg Survey of 7,000 stations nationwide released Sunday.

Of the cities surveyed, the cheapest price was in Cheyenne, Wyo., where a gallon of regular cost $2.95, on average. The highest was in San Francisco at $3.58.

Compared to a year ago, national gas prices are up 64 cents.

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Sunday, March 09, 2008

Parents, Driven to Educate Their Sons, Plan Cross-Country Motorhome Adventure

The planning began more than a year ago, but the real commitment came during Christmas when Dan and Jennifer Taylor invested $135,000 in a used RV and mapped out a year-and-a-half journey across America.

Dan and Jennifer Taylor, along with sons Griffin and Mason, will visit 52 cities and make dozens more day trips on their adventure. The trip will supplement the children's home-schooling curriculum.
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RV Dealer's Dream Keeps Rollin' On

The Birmingham News, Birmingham,AL,USA
Asteady stream of motor homes and travel trailers with tags from states such as Oregon, Virginia, Georgia, South Carolina and Tennessee was exiting Interstate 20 and pulling into the four-acre parking lot of the $8.1 million Dandy RV Superstore.

As Jim Cooley watched from his second-story office window overlooking the lot, he couldn't help but smile.

His idea of a creating a destination for current and potential owners of recreational vehicles has piqued the interest of the thousands of motorists who pass by this new, gigantic facility just off exit 188 on I-20 each day.

The 82,000-square-foot facility on 28 acres next to I-20 can't be ignored by anyone who drives by. In case the more than 400 motor homes and travel trailers on site don't catch a motorist's eye, the gigantic $300,000 message board alongside the interstate will.
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RV owners won't let pump prices keep them off the road

The thought of filling up a motor home or even a six-wheeled pickup towing a fifth-wheel RV can be a little unnerving these days.

During a slow economy, recreation tends to take a weak hit. Folks may not have enough discretionary money to put a new sprinkler system in their yard, but they are going to go play somewhere.

You're still going to see plenty of RVs on the road this year. What you won't be able to see is their destination. Shorter trips closer to home will be the norm.
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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Spring Break: Get Ready to Roll Out to Utah State Parks

Salt Lake Tribune - United States
Easter weekend comes early this year, and that puts a big question mark on southern Utah spring-break plans for thousands of Utahns.

"Easter is about as early as it can be this year," said Russ von Koch of the Moab Bureau of Land Management office. "From time to time, that has presented a weather problem. People are anxious to get out and get to the desert, but they would do wise to check on conditions."

A look at state park campgrounds already booked for the Easter weekend reveals the popularity of the St. George and Moab areas. Snow Canyon, Sand Hollow and Coral Pink Sand Dunes near St. George and Dead Horse Point near Moab are booked already for the weekend. So is Goblin Valley near Hanksville.
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TravelCenters of America Announces Workforce Reductions

WESTLAKE, Ohio-- TravelCenters of America LLC today announced that it has reduced the workforce at its headquarters and other locations by approximately 190, or about eight percent (8%) of its managerial personnel. Similar reductions are expected to be made to its hourly workforce, mostly by attrition.

The staffing reductions reflect difficult conditions in the trucking industry, which represents TA’s primary customers. TA believes these industry conditions reflect a general slowing of the U.S. economy. TA also believes that its business which services long haul trucking may reflect a decline in imports into the Country as a result of the weakening of the U.S. dollar’s value, which raises the price of imports.

TA has also recently undertaken a complete review of its expansion and development activities. TA expects that many of these initiatives will be eliminated or scaled back until industry conditions improve.

TravelCenters of America LLC operates or franchises full service travel centers across the United States under the trade names “TravelCenters of America”, “TA” and “Petro Stopping Centers”.
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Friday, March 07, 2008

One Woman's Impressions of Slab City, CA

Slab City is a deserted military base near Niland in Southeastern CA and gets its name from the concrete slabs remaining after its decommissioning after World War II . It was discovered by RVers in the late 1960's. Many hundreds of RVers visited "The Slabs" during the winter months and some stay all summer despite the 120 degree temperatures. It is like a small city and there is no charge to stay here. There is a church, library, you can get your newspaper, water and propane delivered. UPS even delivers here!

As a relatively new RVer, here's my impressions of this most unusual place........
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Camper Shot & Robbed at Fort Mill, SC Campground

Rock Hill Herald - Rock Hill,SC
Around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, the 21-year-old man and a 22-year-old man, both of the same address, were sitting around a campfire at lot 63 at Fort Mill KOA at 940 Gold Hill Road, the report said.

Two black men walked up. One of the men pointed a silver handgun and demanded everything the campers had, according to the report.

The alleged robbers took a silver laptop computer, both wallets and driverís licenses, five credit cards and the keys to the 21-year-oldís vehicle, the report notes.

The report further notes that the unarmed man told the armed man to shoot both campers. The camper heard the man rack a round into the chamber of the weaponî and fire three shots, one of which struck the 21-year-old man just above his right ankle, according to the report.
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Plan may save 12 popular Oregon Campgrounds

Wallowa County Chieftain, Enterprise,OR,USA

Twelve popular campgrounds in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest may be just weeks from rescue, according to Wallowa County Commissioner Mike Hayward.

The 12 camps in the Chesnimnus and Upper Imnaha area have been "adopted" by a trio of agencies determined to not only save the camps from closure, but dramatically improve them, Hayward said.

The key to the plan is nearly $70,000 in state funds from taxes on recreational vehicles.
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Newspaper ad leads to purchase of campground

Katannya Kaylor loves an adventure.
Kaylor, who is from Vancouver, arrived in Cape Breton as the new owner of St. Ann’s Bay Campground on the August holiday weekend, one of the busiest of the year.
“I’ve worked at numerous jobs during my lifetime in various parts of the world. I had retired for the second time and was ready for my next adventure,” she said. “I found this little ad in the paper that didn’t even have a picture. I didn’t know even know where Cape Breton was on a map, but I was intrigued by this ad.”
Two weeks later she packed her belongings, gathered up her dog April and was on a flight to Nova Scotia.
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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Brake Failure Sends Motor Home into Lake

Tommy Ray Waldrop, 61, was traveling down Clubhouse Road in the Mountain Lakes Resort community, off Highway 75 Alternate between Cleveland and Helen, at about 11:30 a.m. when the Chevrolet Sun Clipper motor home went into the community's Lake Qualahee.
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Virginia RV Show Starts Friday

Has the two-man tent and sleeping bag camping approach lost its appeal? The luxury of traveling with a pop-up travel trailer, truck camper or motor home isn't new to the camping scene, but this summer season is bringing out the high-tech in travel.

The annual Virginia RV Show in Hampton begins on Friday and displays what's new and trendy in the traveling world — including everything from iPod holders to working fireplaces. Traveling with comfort comes with a price, of course, but recreational vehicles and their accessories come in all budget ranges.
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Wednesday, March 05, 2008

RV Cooking Show Popular on YouTube

One of the most popular YouTube food videos is the RV Cooking Show hosted by Evanne Schmarder, a full-time RVer.

She visits a new city in her RV and shares regional cuisine such as Tucson's Greatest Guacamole. She even has the sense to split the screen with a full recipe.

Schmarder's popularity -- her show has gotten more than 5,000 views -- reinforces my belief in the emerging trend of slow food travel.
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New Pickups Offer Many Cargo-Hauling Options

The new Ford F-150 and the new Dodge Ram 1500 will both offer cargo management systems that install in the boxes of the trucks. Ford and Dodge will offer these systems when the new trucks go on sale later this year.

These systems include rails along the inside top of the pickup box for securing items such as cleats to tie down cargo, a divider to split up the space inside the box and tool bins that mount on the rails. The tool bins can be filled with ice to keep beverages cold, then emptied by removing a drain plug.

In addition to cargo management, Ford Motor Company offers trucks that are ready to go to work for utility companies and tradespeople. The most recent innovation is called the MidBox, providing lockable storage in the box, immediately behind the cab.

The doors on the MidBox swing open to reveal drawers and shelves that pull out for easy access. The shelves and drawers can hold tools, parts or whatever else the driver needs to carry.

The MidBox should interest both commercial and recreational customers. Utility companies and tradespeople could use the lockable storage for tools, but so could snowmobilers and RVers.

For example, a snowmobile owner could have the deck for his snow machine on top of the pickup bed, but still have access to tools and supplies in the lockable storage. An RVer towing a fifth wheel trailer would have more storage than usual since the fifth-wheel hitch limits what can be carried in the box.
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RVers to be First to Visit Every U.S. National Forest

Fred and Suzi Dow, publishers of the U.S. National Forest Campground Guide Website, plan to complete their lifelong mission of visiting every national forest in the United States when they visit Alaska's Tongass and Chugach National Forests in May 2008. The couple will begin their 9,000 mile round trip by RV in mid-April when they depart Arizona.

The Dow's achievement caps an adventure they began in 1994, when the couple "hatched" an idea for developing the National Forest Campground Guide while returning from a weekend of camping. To date the Dows have visited and researched 151 national forests and personally surveyed 2,345 campgrounds.
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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Progressive Insurance Covers RVers & Their Pets

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio--(03/04/2008)--Do you travel with your dog or cat when RVing? Is your pet not just a companion, but a member of your family? You’re not alone. Most of the 8 million RVers – according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association – bring pets along on trips. If this includes you, new Pet Injury Coverage from Progressive is for you.

Today, RV insurance policies cover the people – but not the pets – inside RVs. Beginning March 31 in most states, Pet Injury Coverage, free with Collision and Comprehensive, pays up to $500 if a dog or cat is hurt or dies because of a crash, fire or flood.
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New Power Awning for Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

ELKHART, Ind. - Dometic Corporation designed the A&E Power Awning with travel trailer and fifth wheel owners in mind. The affordable awning offers the convenience of power with the reliability of a manual awning.

The A&E Power Awning’s exclusive Knee Action Design™ flexes in moderate winds and the awning operates with fewer nuisance retractions. The rounded rafter arms resist bowing and warping, and the one-touch, wall-mounted switch gives RVers convenient operation. The awning offers 10 ft. to 21 ft. of coverage with an 8-ft. extension. Single-sided summer shade fabric and mildew-proof, moisture-resistant double-sided vinyl are available in 10 fabric colors.

For more information, contact Dometic at 574-294-2511 or visit www.dometicusa.com.
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Two New DVDs Clear Up Confusion on RV Towing Options

Fayetteville, NC, March 4, 2008 -- RV Education 101, a video and RV Information Company, releases two instructional DVD's covering the intricacies on all aspects of RV towing. One DVD, titled Towing Behind Your Motorhome, covers everything the consumer needs to know about safely towing a vehicle behind a motorized RV; and the other, titled Trailer Towing, Weights, Hitchwork & Backing, clears up all of the confusion on towing travel trailers and fifth wheel trailers.

Mark Polk, the owner, stated "Weight and towing issues are probably the least understood topics among the RV consumer. Towing a trailer, or a vehicle behind a motorhome, can be an enjoyable experience if you have a proper match between the tow vehicle and trailer, the proper hitch work and you're educated about weight ratings and how to tow. That is the goal with our towing DVD's; to educate the consumer on towing and weight issues and help them make informed, educated decisions, so all of their RV experiences are enjoyable."
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Tax Question: How much of our RV travel can we deduct?

Dorothy in Texas says, “My husband is employed by the railroad and we live in a fifth wheeler. Our original home state was New Mexico. We now travel to railroad sites in Texas for employment. We rarely go to NM. Our home is rented. How much of our travel and living expenses can we actually deduct?”
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Monday, March 03, 2008

Motorhome stolen in MN stripped, dumped in FL

Forest Lake Times - Forest Lake,MN
A motorhome stolen near Anoka, MN over the weekend was found in Forest Lake, FL on Sunday morning, with a number of interior components stripped, according to Forest Lake Police Department reports.

The vehicle, a Forest River Lexington model, was still running when police arrived.

Police in Forest Lake confirmed the unit had been taken from Shorewood RV, Anoka.

The motorhome had been stripped of its television, sink, stove, refrigerator and a portable generator, the chief said. Police believe the motorhome's ignition was punched out and hot-wired by the thieves.
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Honda Issues Vehicle Recalls

Honda has issued two separate recalls for about half a million Acura TL sedans over possible fires under the hood and fix problems with the windshield wiper motor. One recall covers 373,000 vehicles from the 2004 through 2008 model years. Honda says prolonged high temperatures under the hood could cause the power steering hose to deteriorate, causing the hose to crack and leak power steering fluid. So far, it says no fires or injuries have been reported. A second recall covers 130,000 TLs from the 2004 and 2005 model years for a potential failure of the circuit breaker inside the windshield wiper motor.
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Cruise Canada RV Rentals and Sales Celebrates 20 Years

MESA, AZ--(Marketwire - March 3, 2008) - The spring sun had just begun to shine over Calgary, Alberta when Cruise Canada first opened its doors to travelers in 1988. The first Canadian location of Arizona-based Cruise America RV Rental and Sales, the Calgary RV rental office featured a fleet of just 100 vehicles available for short- and long-term rental.

But after two decades in the Canadian motorhome rental business and more than 75,000 rentals under its belt, Cruise Canada has plenty of reasons to celebrate its 20th anniversary this month -- including healthy growth, a thriving RV rental market and new lower prices on many used RVs for sale, including many at just $23,000, their lowest price ever.
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Gas prices fuel talk at Canadian RV show

Canada East - Moncton,New Brunswick,Canada
The price of gas was on most RVers' minds at the Moncton Coliseum-Agrena Complex this past weekend's annual Moncton RV show.

"I hear people complain about the price of fuel when they gas up their car and it costs them $40 and I hate to admit it but it makes me laugh a little bit," says Madeleine Bourque of the Acadian Peninsula.

"Our 30-footer can go through $40 worth of gas in one morning."

Today's gasoline prices are high enough but were predictions of even more dire prices to come this summer paining RV owners, potential new buyers and tire-kickers at this weekend's show?

"It's not that big a deal, really," Bourque insists.

"If it costs you too much to drive, then drive less and camp more. That's the thing with RVing, if the weather isn't nice where you are, you can move; if you are bored, you can travel; and if the price of gas is too high, just find a nice place and stay there."
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RV Education 101 has bundled it's instructional DVDs into cost saving Value Packs. Each of the three packs includes four training DDVDs (3 hours of information) that help RVers understand how an RV works, and how to maintain and use their RV. There are DVD sets for motorized or towable units.

Texas State park still suffering from last year's floods

Waco Tribune Herald - Waco,TX
Mother Neff State Park reopened Saturday for daytime hiking and picnicking for the first time since last summer, when a three-month flood swamped the heart of the park up to 20 feet deep.

But if you’re wanting to camp or hold a special event there anytime soon, forget it.

An estimated $1.7 million is needed to restore the historic rock buildings and move the campground out of the Leon River flood plain. State parks officials don’t know when they’ll be able to scrape together that kind of money. Texas has too many pressing park needs, and Mother Neff is not a high priority, they say.
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RV Repair and Maintenance Manual - Updated and Expanded

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Review: Costanoa Campground on the Califronia Coast

Situated in a strategic triangulation between California's Ano Nuevo State beach and Butano and Big Basin State parks, Costanoa is a campground with a unique business plan: "We're the only thing out here in a ring of b-list destinations.

It is a place that can be almost all things to all people, and where anyone can find a near perfect weekend getaway, at a place which is close to everything cool, and also close to home. Almost. Near. Close. Costanoa provides a decent experience for 14 different classes of traveler. They really do specialize in everything. And if they are not outstanding in any aspect, they are to be applauded for being above average across the board. Plus, they've got the whole coast to themselves.

Situated in a strategic triangulation between Ano Nuevo State beach and Butano and Big Basin State parks, Costanoa is a campground with a unique business plan: "We're the only thing out here in a ring of b-list destinations. If we can appeal to everyone, we'll trap enough overnighters to survive." Same principle as filter feeding fish, actually. So, tent camping? Here is a loop of sites for you. Got an 80ft., 2 gallons per mile RV with satellite TV and a miniature dog with its voicebox removed? Your loop of hookups is over there. Want the camping experience but a real bed and a locking door? Canvas cabins are sprinkled throughout. Screw it, I want a hotel room with a balcony, so I can look down on all the people who are camping. You want the main lodge. And on and on.
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New & Used RV Classifieds on RVbasics.com Find Your Dream RV - List Yours For Sale for $19

Spring Fever at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort

SPRING FEVER Save over 20% with the Spring Into Springs package at Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort in Washington's Olympic National Park. Guests stay in a standard cabin and receive passes to the resort's three mineral water hot pools, plus breakfasts, box lunches and pool toys for families of four. Travelers can also enjoy massages and dining at the resort, or venture into the park for hiking and fishing. Cabins start at $188 a night. The resort also has 17 RV sites. Available March 28-May 22. www.visitsolduc.com.
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Over-the-Road Wireless For Dummies - Learn how to get connected on the road. Covers WiFi, choosing equipment and services, protecting data, managing your business and personal affairs, enjoying online entertainment and more.

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