Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yosemite Pines RV Park Ranked 8th Best by the Travel Channel

Groveland, CA April , 2008–
With all of the Yosemite Park lodging choices available, Yosemite Pines RV Park has been granted the distinct ranking of the 8th best to see in the world by the Travel Channel.

If you are looking for Yosemite lodging, look no further than Yosemite Pines RV Park. With a fantastic little gold miner to greet you when you log onto the site, you can immediately tell that this is a fun location for you and your entire family.

Campers the option to rent cabins or stay in the their own RV’s and will be granted access to a variety of amenities, such as group picnic pavilions, fire rings, picnic tables, firewood, full and partial RV hookups, T-1 Wi-Fi and more.
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Arkansas's Bull Shoals State Park Re-opens

Baxter Bulletin - Mountain Home,AR,USA
Effective 3 p.m. today, Park Superintendent Tracy King has decided to open the campground at Bull Shoals White River State Park.

The decision was based on information provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they would be closing the flood gates at about 2 p.m. today.

"Although river levels never got close to the actual campground, I felt like it was unsafe for visitors considering the extremely high river levels and current. Our campground was not affected at all. As far as we can tell, we have zero damages as a result of the spillway releases and that is great news,” King said.

For information, call Bull Shoals-White River State Park at (870) 445-3629.
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RV dealer sees silver lining in rising fuel prices

It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.

It seems the endless escalation of gas prices that saw regular gas at $1.23 a litre in Red Deer, Alberta, this weekend is good for the recreational vehicles business.

“The nice thing about our industry is that it’s still the cheapest way to holiday,” said Darren Tam, sales manager at Red Deer’s Paradise RV.

“With the price of gas going the way it it is, it’s probably going to help our industry.

“Who wants to drive to wherever they’re going to spend more on hotels?”

“If anything (the rising gas price) is going to help us,” said Tam.
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Motorists Practice “Do As I Say, Not As I Do” on America’s Roads

WASHINGTON--(April 30)--American motorists blame other motorists for unsafe driving, despite the fact many admit to doing the same dangerous practices themselves, according to a new report out today by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For example, Americans rated drinking drivers as the most serious traffic safety issue, yet in the previous month alone, almost 10 percent of motorists admitted to driving when they thought their blood alcohol content was above the legal limit.

“Where’s the outrage? Every 13 minutes, someone dies on America’s roads – yet the nation seems complacent about these preventable tragedies,” said AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety CEO Peter Kissinger. “The 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index makes clear that while motorists are quick to blame the ‘other guy’ for deadly practices like drunk, aggressive or distracted driving, too often those pointing the finger are themselves, part of the problem. When almost 10 percent of motorists admit to recently driving after drinking too much alcohol, the problem is much worse than people think. We need a big red flag to focus all stakeholders on real solutions for highway safety. Instead, we seem to be waving the white flag of surrender by largely accepting the carnage of forty thousand deaths on the road each year.”

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of people from the ages of 2 to 34, with the overall death toll on U.S. roadways consistently exceeding 40,000 every single year since the early 1960's with the sole exception of 1992. With this in mind, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety launched its first-annual survey of the driving public on a wide variety of issues. Following are highlights from the report, 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index:

* Three out of four of motorists believed that they are more careful than others behind the wheel.
* 82 percent of motorists rated distracted driving as a serious problem, yet over half of those same individuals admitted to talking on the cell phone while driving in the past month, and 14 percent even admitted to reading or sending text messages while driving.

* Over seven out of ten motorists rated red light running as a serious problem, yet over half of those same individuals admitted to speeding up to get through yellow lights, and 5 percent even admitted to having run a red light on purpose in the past month.
* Nearly three out of every four motorists rated speeding as a serious problem, yet 40 percent of those same individuals admitted to driving 15 mph or more over speed limit on the highway in the past month, and 14 percent even admitted to having driven 15 mph or more over the limit on a neighborhood street.

In addition to documenting the difference between what drivers say and what they actually do behind the wheel, the 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index also revealed:

* Nearly one of every four people interviewed reported having been injured in a crash at some point in their lives, and nearly one in three reported having had a close friend or relative permanently disabled or killed in a crash.
* Americans have virtually no idea how many people die annually in crashes. Over one in four Americans guessed that 10,000 or fewer people died annually in crashes, 14 percent guessed that the number was over 100,000, and another one in four wouldn’t even venture a guess. All told, only one in three Americans said somewhere between 10,000 and 100,000 people die annually in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S.

“All of us should work to build a better traffic safety culture, where more than 40,000 deaths annually is NOT considered acceptable, where in conjunction with tougher laws, safer cars and better engineering, individuals take responsibility for their own driving instead of blaming the other guy,” said Kissinger. “Known counter-measures could be put into practice today to cut the death toll on American’s roads in half. Buckle up, pass the keys to a sober driver, put down the cell phone or sandwich, slow down to legal speeds, be courteous and stay alert – it’s not rocket science, it’s common sense. As we pressure regulators, lawmakers, law enforcement officials, highway engineers and automakers to do even more to make driving safer – individual motorists – all of us – must also shoulder the responsibility and police ourselves to be safer, smarter drivers. Without such a commitment, highway deaths will continue at epidemic proportions and nothing will change.”

Established in 1947 by AAA, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is an independent, publicly funded, 501(c)(3) charitable research and educational organization. The AAA Foundation’s mission is to prevent traffic deaths and injuries by conducting research into their causes and by educating the public about strategies to prevent crashes and reduce injuries when they do occur.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Time to Move On (Over)!

From the Safety Guy Blog...
I will admit this is a gripe as well as a safety hint, but how many times have you been in a traffic clog on a road or highway, only to find out eventually it is caused by someone who just won't move out of the left lane?

In every state I know of, slower traffic is supposed to stay to the right, except in the United Kingdom and Australia. I know that law enforcement has better things to do than give citations or warnings to left lane hogs. But these people rarely see the effects their behavior causes. Here are a few driver types and other behaviors I have seen in the last few days, while sitting in the right lane pulling a RV.
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Some plan local RV vacation this year

Daily American Online - Somerset,PA,USA
Vacationers budgeting out their yearly trips may have to put more money into their fuel funds this summer.

As gas prices approach $4 per gallon, some people may plan a local vacation.
"I think that is definitely a possibility," said Bevi Powell, director of communications for AAA East Central office in Pittsburgh. "It could be a good year for local attractions."

Powell said there is a slight downtrend in the number of people planning vacations that take them far from home.

"A lot of people use tax refunds and the stimulus checks for vacations," she said. "We expect travel to pick up then."

Local campgrounds may be one option for area people looking to cut costs during their vacation.

A few local campground owners quoted a seven day stay for between $130 and $250. Prices can vary based on the number of people camping and if water and electric is used.

Dennis Daumit, Belle Vernon and Jim McAleer, Altoona both have seasonal campsites at Pioneer Park Campground in Bakersville. Both have trailers parked in their campsites.

"You can stay all week (at a campground) for what you spend on gas and hotel rooms," Daumit said.

McAleer said in the 1980’s, his family would drop $1,600 to go to a beach in New Jersey. Prices have only risen since then.

Now, McAleer invites up to 24 of his family members to the campground in late July.

"I have always been into camping," said McAleer, who agreed with Daumit that camping might give some families a cheaper vacation option than traveling to the ocean.

Both Daumit and McAleer said they get gas mileage in the single digits when towing their trailers.

For that reason, campers may look to permanent parking arrangements for relief.

"More people are looking for permanent sites," Grace Shoffstall, owner of Woodland Campsites Inc. of Somerset said.

Shoffstall said there are 100 sites on her campground. Sixty of those sites are used by permanent campers.

Even with rising costs, Powell said, the desire to travel may outweigh saving money for some people.

"Americans still tend to travel," she said. "Last year we hit record high gas prices during Memorial Day and people still traveled."
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Gas Prices add to Yukon Tourism Worries

CBC.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
The Tourism Industry Association of the Yukon, which wrapped up its annual conference on Sunday in Haines, Alaska, predicts a drop in the number of potential visitors this summer.

Operators have said the number of cruise ship bookings to Alaska is down, meaning not as many cruise ship passengers may be making road trips into the Yukon.

As well, several Yukon tour companies have reported a drop in bookings as the summer months approach.

With pump prices approaching $1.40 a litre this week in the Yukon, visitors to the territory may have to save some of their travel budgets for gas alone, especially for those who want to explore outside of Whitehorse.

One sector of the Yukon's tourism industry said it hasn't felt the pinch from high gas prices: the recreational vehicle rental sector, which rents out RVs to tourists wanting to tour the territory.

A large number of the Yukon's visitors come from Europe, which has been accustomed to higher gas prices. As a result, at least one Whitehorse RV rental agency reported seeing no drop in reservations.
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WA Campgrounds weeks late in opening due to cool spring

The Wenatchee World Online - Wenatchee,WA,USA
LEAVENWORTH — The picnic tables, fire rings and tent pads at Johnny Creek Campground were still buried under a few feet of snow in places late last week.

Snow still blankets the entrance to Upper Johnny Creek Campground in the Icicle Valley. The campground is normally open and snow-free by now.

The campground in the Icicle Valley southwest of Leavenworth is normally open for early-season campers by now.

But the prolonged winter has left many recreation sites in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest still blanketed in snow and weeks behind in opening.

Snow, cold temperatures and blustery winds are preventing the snow and ice from melting off campgrounds, roads and trails.

"We haven't seen weather conditions like this since the 1980s," said Greg Thayer, manager of developed recreation for the Wenatchee River Ranger District.

Campgrounds that would normally be open at Apple Blossom Festival time are still under snow.

"Some folks want to camp out in the forest so badly that they actually hiked in and shoveled snow out from some of our campsites," he added.
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PA Campground beset by sewer problems forced to close

Reading Eagle - Reading,PA,USA

Berks County, PA - An RV campground, Appalachian Campsites near Shartlesville, beset by sewer problems and soil contamination will remain closed this year, according to several campers and the campground’s Web site.

The Web site provided no details but direct people to a sister site, Spring Gulch Resort Campground near New Holland, Lancaster County.

Regular campers at the 86-acre Appalachian Campsites off Interstate 78 said they received letters explaining that the facility closed because of on-site sewer problems.

The campsite is owned by Equity Lifestyle Properties, Chicago.
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BLM eyes fee for popular Colorado camping site

Grand Junction Sentinel - Grand Junction,CO,USA
Faced with mounting maintenance projects and not enough money to pay for them, the Bureau of Land Management is proposing to begin charging people to camp near a popular mountain biking spot in the desert north of Fruita and to boost fees to camp on Glade Park.

The federal agency has recommended a $10 per campsite, per night fee for the North Fruita Desert campground at the end of 18 Road and a series of fee hikes for day use and camping at the Mud Springs campground on Glade Park.

“We don’t get the resources necessary to maintain the facilities as they should be maintained,” BLM spokeswoman Mel Lloyd said.

The BLM is seeking public comment on the proposed increases by May 15. They will then present the fee hikes to two advisory councils who will make recommendations on them.

Officials built a 37-unit campground in 2005 to accommodate the tens of thousands of people who visit the 72,000-acre North Fruita Desert every year. The BLM estimates the campground hosted 1,500 people last year.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Coachmen Posts Profit & Market Share Gains Despite Lower Revenues

“We are certainly pleased to report our first quarterly profit since the second quarter of 2006 and our best quarterly results since the end of 2004. In addition, we continued to increase our market RV share in key RV product categories,” commented Richard M. Lavers, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Although our bottom line profits of $1.3 million are modest, they are profits, and represent an $11.8 million improvement in pre-tax results in the face of a 7% decrease in revenues. Company-wide, our gross profits increased over 750% and our operating expenses declined by over 23%, on 7% fewer revenues. I commend our management team, and thank every one of our employees for all the efforts that went into generating these results.”

Recreational Vehicle Group

“The results of all our efforts over the past eighteen months to reduce costs, increase capacity utilization and improve margins were evident in the quarter,” said Michael R. Terlep, President of the Coachmen RV Group. “We continued to face significant challenges in the RV Group as both wholesale and retail market conditions deteriorated during the quarter, but even in face of these challenging conditions our revenues rebounded substantially from the depressed levels of the fourth quarter of 2007. Our gross margins improved by over six full percentage points and would have shown more improvement but for a seasonal increase in sales of lower-margin rental units.”

The Company’s Recreational Vehicle Group reported sales of $90.5 million during the first quarter of 2008, down 13.1% from the $104.2 million reported for the same period last year. Despite the continued softening of revenues, gross margins for the RV Group improved 6.5 percentage points to $5.2 million compared with a loss of $0.9 million last year. The improvement in gross profit was primarily the result of significant improvements in product design which resulted in better margins, increased capacity utilization as the result of consolidation activities, lower warranty expenses resulting from continued efforts to improve product quality and material costs savings due to the Group’s efforts in strategic sourcing. The RV Group generated a pre-tax loss for the quarter of $1.1 million compared with a pre-tax loss of $8.0 million for the year-ago quarter, representing an 87% improvement.
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Report offers recommendations to create, maintain and expand recreational vehicle park development in B.C.

“It is fantastic,” said Dubois, who owns and operates Summerland Campground and RV Park in Trout Creek, when commenting on the report released last week. Dubois also sits on the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association board.

The report, prepared by a joint industry/government working group, includes 15 recommendations to create, maintain and expand recreational vehicle park development in B.C.

“To remain competitive, B.C. needs a variety of overnight accommodations for our visitors,” said Stan Hagen, minister for tourism, sport and the arts.

“With our spectacular natural environment and diverse outdoor recreation activities, B.C. is the ideal destination for camping and RVing. This report is the first step in preparing British Columbia to become the leader in this growing tourism sector.”

The report points to the loss of overnight RV sites.
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Campground, ranked one of the best in central Pennsylvania by Highways Magazine

Buttonwood Campground, on the Juniata River near Mexico, PA in Juniata County, was ranked by Highways Magazine as one of the best in central Pennsylvania.

“The only one equal to us is Lake Raystown Resort,” owner Dennis McFarland said of the camp’s ranking.

McFarland started Buttonwood Campground in 1993. At the time, the campground had riding stables, but over the years, that part of the business was phased out.

McFarland said the campground is now bigger and better than ever thanks to an expansion and upgrades on the property.

McFarland recently purchased a parcel of land formerly known as the Walker Campground, along the river.
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Splendid Setting Awaits Arkansas State Park Campers

MOUNTAINBURG — The biggest difference between the old Lake Fort Smith State Park and its replacement is the location.

“It’s a spectacular setting,” said Greg Butts, parks director at the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.

“The new park is actually on the lake.” Crews were busy working last week to finish construction on various parts of the park.

Butts couldn’t give a firm date on the $ 22 million park’s opening until he received an update from Fort Smith officials on unfinished projects at the 260-acre park. A dedication ceremony, however, is set June 19.

The park replaces one destroyed when Fort Smith embarked on the $ 180 million expansion of its water supply.

Since Fort Smith had to destroy the park to expand its water supply, itagreed to pay for the $ 12 million replacement value of the park, with the Parks and Tourism Department chipping in another $ 10 million for amenities.

Building a new park from scratch provided officials the opportunity to relocate it to overlook the lake.

Planners chose a spot near the old Lake Shepherd Springs dam on the west side of the lake. A portion of that dam now juts into the lake as a part of a dayuse area.

Designers also have recreated the rustic beauty of the old WPA buildings in structures at the new park through the use of native stonework and vaulted ceilings, wood-paneled walls and massive wooden beams, Butts said.

Crews also are building 34 campsites and 15 recreationalvehicle campsites on the park’s east end. The RV campsites will have water, electric and sewer hook-ups. Campsites will have grills, lantern hangers and tent pads. Bathhouses also will be available.
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RV plant closure to cost 84 jobs

Skyline Corp. has announced that it plans to close its RV manufacturing plant, Nomad McMinnville Oregon, eliminating 84 jobs. The plant will close June 20.

However, the company is working with a "rapid response team" created by the state to help employees find new jobs or seek retraining.

Deanna Webber, coordinator of Workforce Oregon's Yamhill County branch and head of the response team, said that Forest River is expanding its operations and has positions open.
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Saturday, April 26, 2008

RVIA Go RVing Task Force Reports on Improving Consumer Satisfaction

The RV Industry Association's Go RVing Committee on Excellence has released the final reports of its five task forces that studied consumer satisfaction. The 40-page publication is divided into five sections covering the work of each task force: Customer Warranty; Industry Communication and Support; Industry- Wide Training; Product Quality; and Replacement Parts Availability.

Each group developed solutions to common, and in some cases, long-standing barriers to RV customer satisfaction. The reports identify the root causes of problems within each task force’s specific area of responsibility and provide potential solutions to these problems.
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Friday, April 25, 2008

Missing RVers had a flat

A missing Electric City couple, unaccounted for since April 2, has been found in Boise, Idaho.

Marlin and Dorothy Newnam were to be re-united with their daughter, Pamela Drumm, of Weiser, Idaho, sometime Tuesday or Wednesday.

The Newnams, both in their 70s, spend winters in Quartzite, Ariz. They left there three weeks ago in their motorhome pulling a black pickup, but hadn't communicated with relatives since they left.

"They told me they got stuck in Alamo, Nev. for about a week while their motor home was getting fixed, and they couldn't get a signal to use their cell phone," Drumm said.

"I've been worried sick about them," Drumm said, clearly relieved that her parents had been found.

The Newnams got stuck in Alamo when they had a flat tire. The couple ran their motor home with the flat in an effort to make it to town. While doing so, some wiring underneath the motor home was destroyed and they became stranded.
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Pennsylvania Governor Proclaims May RV & Camping Month

CAMP HILL, Pa. — Governor Edward G. Rendell has proclaimed the month of May as Recreation Vehicle and Camping Month in Pennsylvania for the eighteenth straight year. Governor Rendell encourages “all citizens to pursue their passions and escape with their families on the road across the farthest reaches of our state.”

Pennsylvania is currently the fourth leading manufacturer of RVs in the nation and hosts the industries largest trade and retail show in the country at the Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company – GIANT Center in Hershey, Pa. (www.largestRVshow.com). Pennsylvania's RV industry offers career opportunities and apprenticeships to the many campgrounds and RV dealerships across the state.

In conjunction with the Governor’s proclamation, the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Camping Association (PRVCA) is kicking off its annual Open House campaign. “The goal of the Open House campaign is to direct consumers to their local campgrounds and dealerships and expose them to the many benefits of RV ownership and the freedom that traveling by RV provides,” says Rebecca Lenington, PRVCA Executive Vice President.

The 2008 RV and camping guide, Explore Pennsylvania, is a 52-page publication that includes feature articles as well as a full PRVCA membership directory. For more information about PRVCA or for a free copy of Explore Pennsylvania, please call (888) 303-2887, email rvcamping@prvca.org, or visit www.paRVing.com.
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Gulf Stream Coach Expands Class C Manufacturing Plant

NAPPANEE, Indiana – A plant expansion project in its second phase has lead to the following changes at Gulf Stream Coach that increase efficiency when producing its Class C division for the forward-thinking company:

* Units are run end to end rather than side to side.
* Increase output to allow 8-10 units per day
* Allow for a wider range of production complexity (being able to run 21’– 40’ units down the same production line).
* Implement lean manufacturing throughout the manufacturing facility to lower inventory.
* Remove raised loading dock to accommodate cabinet shop and mill room.
* Increase plant output while maintaining existing workforce size.
* Higher flexibility to produce more complicated units without disrupting output.
* Will be able to expand the manufacturing facility with out disrupting current production.

“These are highlights of our expansion plan that have proven successful,” states Irv Kontowsky, quality control director. He adds, “Eventually we’ll be able to physically expand the manufacturing facility as a third phase without disrupting current production because of the re-design that has already taken place.”

Conquest Motorhomes includes such products as the SuperNova, Endura, B Touring Cruiser GX-2, and the Conquest Super C. View these and more at www.conquestmotorhomes.com.

Gulf Stream Coach is based in Nappanee, Indiana, and has additional facilities in Etna Green. The largest privately held RV manufacturer offers 26 brands and more than 100 models, while employing over 1,500 men and women in Elkhart County.
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Fatal Mountain Crash Prompts RV Design Investigation

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter
SEATTLE -- Some of the biggest, most luxurious RVs on our roads may also be some the deadliest.

On a clear day, the views from the top of Hurricane Ridge are spectacular, so it's well worth the drive up the 17-mile steep winding road. However, for a family vacationing here from Missouri in their RV, it was the trip back down that was a terrifying and deadly freefall.

Based on witness accounts and 911 calls, Investigators pieced together the last moments of the crash.

Survivor Austin Owens told us, "It wasn't slowing down. It wasn't stopping. We didn't have any brakes."
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O’Reilly Recommends a Spring Check-Up Before Hitting the Road This Summer

The days are growing longer and getting warmer, which means you’re gearing up for vacations, cookouts and other seasonal activities. Before you throw on the sandals and sunscreen, take a minute to think about how you’ll reach all of those great destinations. Your vehicle will play a major role, and while looking great on the road is always important, traveling safely and arriving without incident is critical.

Spring is the perfect time to get your car, turck or RV in shape for the warm-weather months, and preparing it for the road now will save you time and money in the future. Paying close attention to our recommendations will ensure that your car is safe and reliable, inside and out, for many months to come.
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AZ Ranger Districts Recreation Site Openings/Closings

White Mountain Independent - Show Low,AZ,USA

On the Springerville Ranger District, State Route 261 opened last Friday from Eagar to Big Lake.

Forest Road 249 from Alpine to Big Lake is also open. The lake is mostly ice-free, but no campgrounds are open at this time. The Big Lake store is not open yet.

SR 273 from Sunrise Ski Area to Big Lake is closed due to road construction. The two campgrounds at Greer are closed. On the Lakeside Ranger District, Fool Hollow Campground in Show Low is open as well as the Los Burros, Scott Reservoir and Lewis Canyon campgrounds.

On the Alpine Ranger District, the Hannagan Meadow area has snow in drifts that are restricting road access. Hannagan Campground is closed due to snow, as is KP Cienega Campground. Alpine Divide Campground is open, and the campsites along the East Fork of the Black River are accessible now. The West Fork Campground is partially accessible as the streams are difficult to cross. Luna Lake Campground is closed.

On the Black Mesa Ranger District, FR 300 and 105 are open to Woods Canyon Lake. FR 300 west of Woods Canyon Lake is open only as far as the junction with FR 169. The Forest Service anticipates having the west side of the district and the access roads to Bear Canyon Lake open by the end of next week.

Woods Canyon Lake is ice-free, and the boat ramp is now accessible. On other lakes in the district, Willow Springs, Black Canyon and Chevelon Canyon are all ice-free and accessible. The only lake on the district not accessible is Bear Canyon Lake; roads are closed due to snowdrifts and mud. As far as campgrounds, 60 sits on the Aspen campground opened Friday. However, the site does not have water and the dump station is closed.

The Sinkhole, Crook and Canyon Point campgrounds are also open. On the Canyon Point Campground, only Loop A is open, but the showers and dump station are closed. Water systems are not yet in operation, so visitors will need to bring their own potable water. In addition, fees are in effect.

The Woods Canyon Dump station is also closed.

Chevelon Crossing Campground and Chevelon Lake Campground are accessible via FR 504 and FR 169. There are no fees, water or garbage receptacles so visitors must remove their trash. In dispersed camping, FR 9350 and FR 195 are open. The roads east of Forest Lakes are drying, but dispersed campers should use caution when pulling off main roads as vehicles may become stuck due to wet soil conditions. At the Clifton Ranger District, most campgrounds are open.
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Delaware's Cedar Creek Landing Campground Opening May 16

Delaware’s all new RV Park, Cedar Creek Landing Campground, plans to open their first one hundred RV sites in May 2008 for the summer season.

Located 3 miles from the charming Milford, Delaware, Cedar Creek Landing Campground is situated just off Route 1/Coastal Highway.

According to Michelle White, a spokesperson for Cedar Creek Landing, “Construction is in the final phases for our brand new, state-of-the-art, gated campground. This beautiful park offers spacious open and scenic sites, perfect for RV camping. The park features a brand new clubhouse, community pool, bathhouse and sparkling restrooms. Other amenities include a camp store, cable and internet service, a laundry, open-air pavilion, meeting and game room and playground for the kids.” Park guests will also benefit from our friendly and courteous on-site management.
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Snow further delays opening of popular Sol Duc campground

TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma,WA
Published: April 24th, 2008
Recent snow has again delayed opening of the Sol Duc campground in Olympic National Park.
The campground had been scheduled to open April 18 but is now estimated to open by May 23 for the Memorial Day weekend. The Sol Duc Road is open as far as the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort. and the resort is open.

Many park campgrounds are already open, including Heart O’the Hills, Elwha, Fairholme, Mora, Ozette, Hoh and Kalaloch. More information is available at www.nps.gov/olym.
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Coldbrook Campground in Webster, MA is a unique place

For the Monitor
April 25, 2008 - 12:00 am

My husband and I have been visiting New Hampshire since our two children were small. A few years ago we decided to spend our summers there. We chose a campground where the owners, Jim and Tina Schindelwig, were wonderful people with family values. We were disturbed to read about what they have been going through.

Coldbrook Campground in Webster is a unique place because of its quiet, clean and non-commercial atmosphere. We live on Cape Cod, and we enjoy leaving here to go where it is so peaceful. I cannot believe anyone would ever say that this campground is noisy or causes a traffic problem or a smoke issue. We are there all summer, and we haven't had a problem with any of these issues. It's actually the opposite.

The campground is spotless. Jim and Tina and their children do a wonderful job. Webster should thank the Schindelwigs for wanting to create such a friendly and family atmosphere.

These days you don't find a lot of young couples who want to work hard and help people enjoy camping. My husband and I now have two grandchildren who I hope will be able to enjoy the experience that we have at Coldbrook Campground.
PAUL and DOROTHY MORRIS, North Truro, Mass.
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High Cost of Fuel Pushes RVs Off the Road

Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach,SC
Joe Breault knew the cost of diesel fuel was going to get ugly.

He spent thousands of dollars aiming to get better fuel mileage out of his truck: putting a turbo kit on it, changing the air intake filter, installing a performance chip and putting on a new exhaust - just to name a few.

Breault, an N.C. resident who's camping at Ocean Lakes Family Campground, pays $120 to fill up his Dodge truck, which he uses to pull his camper. Breault said, with the alterations, he gets roughly 18 miles to the gallon, compared with the average seven to 10 miles.

Local and national RV campground officials say their customers are feeling the effects of higher fuel prices.

"It's definitely affecting business," said Chris Allen, manager at Ocean Lakes campground.

Although local campground representatives say most people are not canceling their trips, they may be shortening their stays.

Campers are not venturing as far or as wide as they might have, said Linda Profaizer, president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
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Camping: A More Affordable Vacation

WNEP-TV - Scranton,PA,USA
With gas prices expected to continue to climb this summer, vacationers in the Poconos are staying local and staying longer. It's a trend that is saving people money when they visit the mountains.

The staff at Keen Lake Campground near Waymart is getting ready for another season of camping, making sure every campsite and every pipe survived the winter.

Owner Jennifer Wertz is getting ready for a busy summer and the spots are filling up fast.

"We're seeing a high demand for seasonal camping, which means they bring their trailer, they leave it here for the season, and they come and go as they please," Wertz said.

She said soaring gas prices are the reason for the all-summer stays.

The Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau said they are seeing the same trend all over the area, people are vacationing closer to home, but longer.
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Utah State Parks List

Here's a list of Utah state parks with breif discriptions.
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Monaco Coach Takes Bad Turn

These are bad times for American recreational vehicle companies, but high-end maker Monaco Coach can take some cold comfort from knowing that the overall market is shrinking faster than it is.

Monaco Coach reported numbers that missed Wall Street’s estimates Wednesday. Chairman Kay Toolson attributed “plummeting consumer confidence,” which led many drivers to put off purchasing recreational vehicles, and “a difficult consumer lending environment.”

Monaco's problems reflect the United States' subprime mortgage meltdown and rising gas prices.

The recreational vehicle manufacturer followed up with some positive light. Toolson reported that Monaco Coach’s market share rose 8.5% in January and February in spite of the general motor home industry’s slide of 20.6%, according to market data provider Statistical Surveys.
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Camping in the Upstate of South Carolina

It’s about that time of year when we start looking to the outdoors with longing and anticipation, waiting for the time when we can explore the wild with reckless abandon.

The Upstate of South Carolina is rife with prime camping spots and some of the most spectacular sites that Mother Nature and park rangers have to offer. But the real questions raised by this need to “rough it” come in the following two: “Where should we go?” and “What should we bring?”

Ask yourself how far you want to get from home, what kind of camping you are doing (full-on roughing it, mid-grade luxury or top-o-the-line RVing/Camper-style) and who is going with you. The rest is bound to fall into place with this handy (and certainly dandy) guide to getting back to your roots and inside the damp comfort of a sleeping bag and tent in the great out-of-doors.
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Darien Lake Theme Park Resort to Launch New Motorcycle Themed Roller Coaster

Darien Lake, NY- Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, set to open for the 2008 season on May 3, is thrilled to announce a strategic alliance with New York based Orange County Choppers (OCC). The partnership, which is the first theme park alliance for OCC, includes naming Darien Lake’s newest thrill ride – a motorcycle themed roller coaster - the Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster.

Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, owned and operated by PARC Management, is New York State’s largest theme park and resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and just a short drive from Niagara Falls. The resort includes three on-site lodging choices including a 162-room themed hotel, RV rental and a 1,200 site campground. With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, kids’ park, waterpark and a 20,000-capacity outdoor concert venue, Darien Lake is the family vacation destination. For park hours and more information, please visit www.GoDarienLake.com
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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Summer RV Trips

why not make this the summer you see the great American landscape from the road—the Route 66’s, the I-94’s, the pit-stop greasy spoons, campgrounds, and canyons both grand and not so grand—all from the majestic comfort of an RV?

Now, the thought of maneuvering such a large vehicle can be intimidating, but that’s what makes summer the perfect time to get behind the wheel. You’ll be able to avoid many winter hazards, such as snow or ice, and as an added bonus, you’ll be able to sleep much more comfortably (read: warmly) in campgrounds around the country.

The mystique of the recreational vehicle feels distinctly American, somehow; there’s a frontiersman-like quality to these neo covered wagons. So, it seems not only appropriate to make your way across this country in one, but almost necessary.
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Additions, Improvements at North Dakota State Park

The start of the camping season may be more than a month away but several improvements are already under way at Fort Stevenson State Park.

Perhaps overshadowed by ongoing construction of the new Fort Stevenson Marina are boat ramp and campground improvements. While the new marina is scheduled for a spring 2009 opening, other projects should be completed within the next few weeks.

In the campground, workers have nearly completed the second phase improvements to the new North Loop. All 30 sites now have sewer, water and electrical hookups. Only some backfill work remains. The partially completed full-service area was first opened in 2007 and proved to be in great demand throughout the summer.

“All of the new sites should be fully up by May 15,” said Messerly.
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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Fuel prices keeping camping group close to home

Seventeen camping families met at Sixth Street Park in Pratt, KS, for a weekend of relaxation. It was a short trip for most and very short for members of the Pratt Fireliters, who hosted the campout.

Bill and Carol Malcolm, Hutchinson, recently returned from a retirees' rally in Louisiana. During the 1,800 mile round trip, they ran $700 worth of fuel through a pickup that averages 8 miles per gallon pulling a big fifth wheel trailer. As president of the Buhler Ramblers, a chapter of a national camping organization, he's sure they will attend campouts scheduled for each month through November. The club might change some locations, favoring lakes and parks that are within a 50-mile radius of Hutchinson.

Steve Mead, Sawyer, is retiring this year and wife Janell said they had hoped to do some traveling and perhaps replace their 15-year-old motor home with a newer model.

"We'll wait to see what gas does," she said.
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RVs give visitors freedom to explore Alaska at their own pace

Behind the wheel of an RV, gas in your tank and the virtually endless summer days before you, taking to the twists and turns of Alaska's roads may be just the big adventure you're looking for in the Last Frontier.

ABC Motorhome and Car Rentals owner John Marquardt said RVing is the ultimate in independent travel.

Marquardt said his customers choose RVs for flexibility and convenience. RVers can travel at their own pace, keep all their belongings in the same place for the entirety of their trip and take any detours they desire.

Marquardt said he frequently rents to outdoorsmen. He said the freedom to follow their hobby is what draws hunters and fishers to RVing.
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West Vancouver RV park booked for Olympics

The day Vancouver won the 2010 Olympic Games the phone began to ring at the Capilano RV Park.

“It was immediate,” said Wayne Baker one of the owners of the West Vancouver campground, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“We were bombarded with calls right away. ”

The RV park, which has 208 visitor spots, is completely sold out for Games time.

“The majority are Americans,” said Baker, also a movie actor. “Ninety per cent are Americans from California and Washington and others are from as far away as Georgia.

“I think they are mostly old clients of ours… and they wanted in right away so they booked.

“We weren’t surprised, we knew it would happen.”

The campers who are coming don’t even know how much their stay is going to cost them yet as the Baker family is still to set their 2010 rates. It is a private park so fees do fluctuate with season and year. This summer family sites with 50-amp power cost up to $60 a night.
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Monday, April 21, 2008

Adrenaline's Blast Toy Hauler Travel Trailer Ideal for Outdoorsmen

Adrenaline kept the outdoorsman in mind when it created its Blast® sport utility trailer. This trailer has all the amenities necessary to make it a great base camp, and it's outfitted to haul an ATV.

The Blast has base weights ranging from 3,400 pounds to 6,570 pounds and lengths from 18 feet to 32 feet. Many SUVs, half-ton pickups and even smaller vehicles can tow the Blast.

What makes the Blast and ideal base camp is that it has everything an outdoorsman needs. The travel trailer has a shower, marine toilet, two-burner cooktop, optional microwave oven, refrigerator and furnace. Depending on the floorplan, the Blast can sleep up to eight people comfortably. The linoleum flooring throughout the unit is fuel resistant and easy to maintain.
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Alfa Leisure to Build Luxury Motorhomes & 5th Wheels in Oregon

Ontario, CA – Motor home and luxury 5th wheel manufacturer Alfa Leisure announced they have acquired a 35 acre parcel in Douglas County, Oregon with the intent to build a new manufacturing facility.

“We’ve had our eyes on Oregon for some time and the deal finally felt right”, stated Alfa Founder and CEO Johnnie Crean. “Our plan is to create a ground up, state of the art facility which could produce both towables and motor homes”
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Michigan State Parks are Treasures

Residents of Michigan enjoy many blessings when it comes to travel and outdoor recreation. For starters, Michigan is geographically unique with more than 3,000 miles of coastline along four of the five Great Lakes. To that remarkable asset you can add our countless inland lakes, rivers and diverse terrain.

The state's network of parks, campgrounds and trails -- several along abandoned railroad rights of way -- provide a simple and convenient way to access this network. In fact, according to Michigan's Department of Natural Resources (DNR), "You are never more than half an hour from a Michigan state park, state forest campground, state recreation area or state trail system." Getting connected is as easy as going to www.michigan.gov/dnr. Just click on the link for Map of Parks, Forests and Trails.

Michigan's 100 state parks are as different as they are delightful. Campers will find that most of Michigan's state parks have electricity and water hookups and plenty of elbow room. Our state's more than 14,000 state park campsites are why Michigan ranks number one in the nation for the number of camping sites and overnight stays.
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Sunday, April 20, 2008

Gas prices are not affecting RV, boat sales

The nation's subprime mortgage crisis and high gasoline prices worry many Oklahomans but apparently not those buying recreational vehicles and boats — especially older people who may have more disposable income.

"I pulled back on inventory because I thought sales would slump. But that didn't happen. In fact, we have actually increased our motor home sales in the last two years,” said Gary Wyatt, general manager of McClain's RV Superstores in Oklahoma City.

The RV life is not just for retirees, although people who've amassed a lifetime of wealth can more easily afford the biggest RVs.

The tax breaks associated with paying for an RV are generally the same as for a home.
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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Winnebago to Stop Production for 1 Week

DES MOINES, Iowa — Motor home manufacturer Winnebago Industries Inc. said it will shut down most of its production lines for a week beginning Monday, the result of a continued slowdown in sales.

Low consumer confidence in the economy and interest rates are the two primary factors that affect business, company spokeswoman Sheila Davis said Friday.

Although The Federal Reserve has aggressively cut interest rates in recent months, the reduction has not largely reached consumers yet, Davis said.
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1953 GM Futurliner Finds Home in Man's Garage

SALISBURY, N.C. -- Benny Myers surveyed the huge creation parked in his garage, struggling to find words to describe it.

"It was," he finally managed, "somebody's concept of what the future was going to be like."

The Salisbury Post reported that the monolith that briefly occupied space in Myers' garage off Briggs Road is a 1953 GM Futurliner. It was one of 12 (this being the 10th to roll off the assembly line) produced by General Motors in the 1940s and 1950s.

The vehicles which measure almost 12 feet tall and stretch from here to a week from Friday were curiosities produced to participate in a Parade of Progress through which advances in science and technology were touted.

Those advances included jet engines, stereophonic sound, microwave ovens, televisions and other modern marvels. (This was, remember, a parade that rolled into town more than 50 years ago.)

Twelve Futurliners and 32 support vehicles toured the country from coast to coast in the 1940s and '50s. The Parade of Progress was discontinued after 1956, falling victim to one of those marvels it featured... the television.
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PA state parks spruce up for tourists

Those who enjoy Pennsylvania's state parks for biking, hiking, camping and other outdoor recreation will find big improvements in some facilities and repairs to others this season.

Pine Grove Furnace State Park in particular is in the middle of a $3.7 million capital improvements project that will bring a new bath house and shower facility to the 696-acre park's campground and new facilities to both of the park's lakes. The improvements, which began in February and are expected to be completed by the end of the year, will provide more modern amenities that could attract more users.

"When we get these new facilities in place I see an increase in usage across the board," said park manager Kenneth Boyles.
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Friday, April 18, 2008

Couple's 14-year RV pilgrimage to visit every mainland U.S. national forest

Tuesday, Suzi and Fred Dow of Bisbee, Ariz., climbed into their 31-foot RV with their two dogs. The retirees — he's 73, she's 59 — are completing a 14-year mission: to visit every mainland U.S. national forest with a developed campground. By August, the authors of a website, guidebooks and blog plan to accomplish their goal in Alaska. USA TODAY spoke with the couple as they loaded up for the trek.
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RV manufacturer County Coach cuts employees' wages.

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. - More bad news for the local recreational vehicle industry. Junction City RV manufacturer County Coach announced they're cutting all of their employees' wages.

More than 1,000 people will see a 5 percent loss on their checks. That means a person making the starting $10.50 per hour will lose more than $500 each year.

The company's president, Chief Executive Officer Jim Howard is also cutting his pay by 25 percent. Altogether saving the company an estimated $2 million this year.

Officials tell us the company is trying to withstand tough economic times, as RV sales continue to decline.
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Western RV Customers Upset Over Half Serviced Vehicles

Yakima -- First it was the employees now Western RV customers are saying they're being left in the dark and left with half serviced vehicles.

Bob Wert, Western RV President says, "We've run out of money we've paid all the bills we can pay, done all we can do."

That's the response from President Bob Wert explaining that a continuing slow down in sales is forcing them to temporarily suspend manufacturing operations.

They're narrowing down their approximately 200 employee work force to skeleton status only keeping six from their management staff.
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Thursday, April 17, 2008

How to Camp at Country Thunder

Dedicated Country Thunder USA campers are getting a head start on setting up for the festival near Florence Arizona.

Dust from the line of trailers, trucks and cars rises up on the dirt road leading to the sprawling Canyon Moon Ranch, home for the 15th edition of Country Thunder, which runs April 17-20.

Country music stars Dierks Bentley, Sugarland, Phil Vassar, Kellie Pickler and others are headlining the four-day outdoor music and camping festival.

Every year, campers have the luxury of choosing between three campground locations that meet their needs. This year, one more campground has been added to accommodate the popular festival.

Here is a rundown of options
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Lawsuit Claims Western RV Failed to Pay Rent

YAKIMA -- While no one wanted to confirm whether the company-wide layoff is permanent or temporary at what was once the valley's largest employers, court documents filed just days before the shutdown indicate the business failed to pay rent for several months last year.

The recent news seems to be a far cry from when Action News first covered Western Recreational Vehicles three years ago. Back then, company leaders described a cinderella tale: a family owned business that grew into one of Yakima county's most succesful companies.

Court papers filed as recently as last week explain Western RV owes its former landlord more than $400,000 in back rent from March through July of last year.
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Canadian RV Manufacturer Relocates to Washington State

A Canadian camper and RV manufacturer will relocate to Yakima this summer, bringing with it the promise of about 100 new jobs at full production.

The announcement today by Abbortsford, British Columbia-based Adventurer Manufacturing, a builder of truck campers, travel trailers and motor homes, comes on the heels of the at least temporary loss of Western RV of Union Gap, which suspended operations Tuesday.
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Three Natural Escapes in Georgia, USA

Part one of a two-part series on Georgia’s seven natural wonders
By Rich Steck & Judi Janofsky

Georgia is one of the Southeast's most geographically diverse states, offering countless recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts, from Appalachian Mountain escapes to 100 miles of adventure along the Atlantic Ocean coast.

The Department of Natural Resources manages more than one million acres of land available for public recreation at 63 state parks and historic sites, and over 90 wildlife management areas. Depending on the park you choose, a variety of activities are offered - for free or a fee - like fishing, hunting, swimming, motor boating, pedal boating, canoeing, kayaking, white water rafting, horseback riding, rock climbing and the friendly competition of miniature golf, tennis, volleyball and horseshoes. Many are equipped with children's playgrounds, restrooms, showers, picnic tables and shelters for groups that include grills and even kitchens.
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Man Accused of Torching Motor Home

First Coast News - Jacksonville,FL,USA

KINGSLAND, GA -- Kingsland Police say they've arrested a man for setting a motor home on fire in a gas station parking lot.

49-year old James Thornton has been charged with first degree arson, which is a felony.

Police say on Saturday an officer heard a large explosion at Cone Travel Plaza along Interstate 95. The officer found a large motor home on fire in the back parking lot of the business.

Investigators say an accelerant was used to burn the vehicle. The motor home, worth more than $300,000, was destroyed by the fire.

Lieutenant Todd C. Tetterton told First Coast News the blast was so powerful, it knocked Thornton off his feet.

The motor home was owned by someone in Massachusetts.
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Apollo Motorhomes Acquires Happy Travel Campers

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 17, 2008 -- Apollo Motorhome Holidays announced today that it was purchasing Los Angeles based Happy Travel Campers.

Happy Travel Campers is a leading economy RV rental operator in the United States of America. Started in 1987 by Klaus and Gaby Hollerith, Happy Travel Campers has developed a solid reputation of offering personalised service and quality RV Rentals California wide.
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Sheriff's Office Investigating Yuma, AZ, RV Dealer

Part-time Foothills resident Richard Anderson and his wife contacted the Yuma County Sheriff's Office last month claiming a local RV dealer bilked them out of money when they had their motorhome sold on consignment.

Anderson said he took his motorhome to Your RV Wizard, formerly located at 9251 South Frontage Road, in January to have it sold on consignment. Then in mid-February, when he went to pick it up to use on a trip in the meantime, he said, he was told it had been sold.

"We did not give them permission to sell it without our approval," Anderson said, adding that the dealer never told him how much it sold for and also never paid him his portion of the sale money.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Campgrounds filling up quickly Residents look for more affordable vacations

Eagle Tribune - North Andover,MA,USA
ERRY — Ray Durbin, owner of Mill Brook RV Park in Kingston, has a few weeks left before opening his campground. But based on the number of guests who have locked in their reservations, he anticipates a good summer ahead.

"I'd say it's looking pretty good," Durbin said in a telephone interview from his winter home in Florida.

Most of his customers are renting for the whole summer to stay in one place and save money on gas, he said.

"They want to get away," he said, "but they don't want to go too far."

A similar story is unfolding at other New Hampshire campgrounds, like Hidden Valley RV Park in Derry. Hidden Valley has yet to open for the season, but people have called ahead to lock in their reservations, according to owner Stephanie Simonsen.
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Tips for Traveling by RV with Children

Are you in the process of planning an RV trip? If you are, it is important to take a close look at your traveling party. If you are a parent, will you be traveling with your children? If so, it is important that you take the proper amount of time to plan and prepare for your upcoming RV trip. A few tips to help you get started are highlighted in this article.
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Customers Can't Get Trailer Title After RV Dealer Foreclosed

COLLINSVILLE, IL (KTVI-myFOXstl.com) --

Foreclosure is causing confusion and headaches for customers at a south St. Louis County RV center, among them, a Metro East family trying to run a ministry using their RV.

The Kavenys bought an RV from the Howard RV Supercenter last month. They thought it was going to help them when they travel for their ministry, but all it's caused them so far is frustration.

The Kavenys bought their camper on March 7th. Howard's was foreclosed on a little more than a week later.

"It's been an ongoing disaster," said Pat Kaveny who says nobody can find the title to the vehicle.

He points out that the VIN number from his bill of sale doesn't even match the one on the RV.

The bottom line – the Kaveny's can't get license plates for the camper now that the temporary tags have expired. That means the RV is just sitting in their driveway instead of being out on the road.
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Economy puts RV sales in the slow lane

Winnebago Industries feels the pinch of high gas prices
OREST CITY, Iowa - The assembly line here at Winnebago Industries usually moves at just eight inches an hour. But as demand for these big vehicles has dropped recently, the pace of the line has slowed even more. Workers are churning out fewer motor homes, and some of them have been laid off.

Watch the news and you can see why consumers are holding back. Stock market gyrations, a major investment bank teetering and the Fed trying to come to the rescue by slashing interest rates.

Along the way, the American psyche has taken a hit. Confidence in the economy is plunging, and prospective buyers are clutching tightly to their cash and credit.
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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

The Truth About The Environmental Efficiency Of An RV

The Truth About The Environmental Efficiency Of An RV For The Environmentally Conscious!
By Brian Gore

An RV is THE home for 'Earth Conscious', responsible people! I'm aware of the common of wastefulness they're saddled with. I'd also submit; that preconception is misguided. The truth is, I don't believe that the average American could live more environmentally conscious, than with what is 'built in' to the RV lifestyle.

Take a minute and think about it. The RV is the perfect pack it in - pack it out accommodation for an extended trip to the woods. Not to mention the perfect home for an environmentalist.

It's compact, efficient; use of space, combined with its Solar Power system, (assuming you install one!) consumes far less fossil fuel than even the smallest brick and mortar home.

On top of that, being an RVer, I am focused, by the limited fresh and waste water capacity of the rig, on minimizing my consumption of precious water, thereby also reducing the production of waste water to be dealt with.

I can't see how anyone wanting to minimize their impact on the planet could do better than boondocking in an RV! Heck, even when I'm 'hooked up' to regular systems, my conservative, boondocking ways carry over and we consume less. Habits learned from Rving carry over into the rest of my living. Environmentally conscious behaviour in action!
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California's Lake Tahoe camping - 10 great places to stay

Camping is a great way to appreciate the beauty and activities of the Tahoe area; providing an interaction with nature that you’ll never find in a stuffy hotel room. Most campgrounds allow leashed pets, although beach access for animals may be restricted. Campsites generally fill up quickly around holidays so be sure to book early!

There are many public and private campgrounds around the Tahoe basin – This story Offers 10 to explore.
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Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground Gets a Facelift

April 14, 2008) An outdoor adventure that has been a favorite with Walt Disney World guests since 1971 is receiving some enhancements. As part of a resort-wide renovation project, on now, changes are coming or already in place across the 700 acres of Disney's Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground.

"Over the last 37 years, the average length of an RV has increased by 27 feet," says Fort Wilderness spokesperson Darcy Cormier. "Many feature 'slide outs' that mechanically extend from the sides of the vehicle."

To address the needs of today's larger vehicles, an intensive effort will widen and lengthen the concrete parking pads while maintaining privacy and tranquility provided by natural vegetation. A new "Premium" campsite will be available that features extra large concrete pads for larger vehicles -- also upgrades to existing amenities such as picnic tables and grills.
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Improvements give Conneaut Lake Park officials hope

Meadville Tribune - Meadville,PA,USA
Despite recent events that have severely hampered the future of Conneaut Lake Park, the historic, 116-year-old amusement park could still see more activity this summer than it did a year ago.

None of the park’s rides will be open anytime soon, but several facilities that were open in the middle of the 2007 season — the Beach Club bar, Camperland campground and boat docks — should all be back in business in 2008, members of the Trustees of Conneaut Lake Park are predicting.

Camperland, a recreational vehicle campground across Route 618 from Conneaut Lake Park, will officially open May 1. The area has electrical service as well as water and sewer and is ready for campers. “We will be doing some cleanup work,” said Moyers, but that won’t delay the opening.

Camperland has 118 sites, 55 of which are year-round permanent sites with water, electricity and sewer hook-up. Seventeen sites are left in that category. There are 57 additional sites to rent, including some “tent” sites with no facilities such as water and sewer. Others have water and electric, but no sewer
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Smith Mountain Campground wins zoning approval

Chatham Star Tribune - Chatham,VA,USA
Campers will be able to park their recreational vehicles in the shadow of Smith Mountain early next year if a Penhook man follows through on plans for a new campground.

Fred Curl plans to put 20 campsites on nine acres near his home on Liberty Road just off Smith Mountain Road about 10 miles west of Gretna.

Curl said the campsites will be along a creek, about 600 feet off the road, and screened by trees.

All of the campsites will have water, sewer, and electricity, said Curl, who plans to cater mostly to recreational vehicles and large campers.

Campsites will rent for $20 to $30 a night.
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Monday, April 14, 2008

Thor stock drops nearly 50% in last five months

A slow economy, high gas prices and the credit crunch are playing a role in the wallop to Thor Industries Corp. stock price. The RV maker, which has about 850 employees in Jackson Center, has seen almost a 50 percent drop in its stock price in the past five months.

Thor's stock high point of $52.31 per share hit at the end of October 2007, but has declined ever since to about $28.54 per share April 8.
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Country Coach Partners with Belanger RV Centre to Serve Eastern Canada

April 11, 2008, Junction City, OR - Highline Motorcoach Manufacturer Country Coach proudly announced today the establishment of a new retail dealership serving Eastern Canada. Belanger RV Centre, a luxury motorcoach dealer located conveniently on Highway 174 in Canada's picturesque capital city of Ottawa, has partnered with Country Coach to sell and service their line of luxury fiberglass motorcoaches. Belanger RV Centre's will serve the entirety of Eastern Canada, with exclusive market rights to Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime Provinces.
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Gulf Stream Coach to Show New Motorhomes at Las Vegas Dealer Show

NAPPANEE, Indiana – National Sales Managers, Dave Middleton and Joe Luther, are gearing up for Gulf Stream Coach’s ninth annual preview of the 2009 new products in Las Vegas from May 12 – 16, 2008 which is hosted at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Products that will be featured in the Class A Division include, “The most affordable diesel pusher to hit the market and a fuel efficient Class A garage unit.” says Middleton adding that “a true 2-Zone living floor plan for family living will also be available bringing another first in the industry for Gulf Stream” Middleton offers, “These products will exciting for the dealers.”

Joe Luther, National Sales Manager for the Class C division confirms that their display will include, “the new 36’ in length SuperNova Full Wall Slide with 1 ½ baths, adding that this is the same product that many are stating, ‘A star is born!’. Also included in the Class C line is the lowest priced Sprinter based Class C. “We bring products to the market faster without comprising quality. This leads to an increase in customer loyalty,” adds Luther.

Gulf Stream Coach is based in Nappanee, Indiana, and has additional facilities in Etna Green. The largest privately held RV manufacturer offers 26 brands and more than 100 models, while employing over 1,500 men and women in Elkhart County.
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Revamping the Camper

We got our camper today~! It’s huge O_O;; 30ft in length and sleeps up to 6 people supposedly. It’s not what I imagined a camper to look like…. but that’s because this particular camper is 5 years older than I am but everything still runs… it’s kinda weird lol

Obviously, my mom is going to fix it up and so is my Dad. They’re gonna change the carpet and the kitchen tile and possibly the cabinets (Mom wants them to be White, Dad thinks they’re fine the way they are. hehe). There’s a few things I would like to change as well… like the bed that’s in there. It’s a fine bed and the mattress is in great condition. But I don’t particularly like the idea that other people have slept in it. For some reason it makes me feel gross. I’d also like to change the cabinets and the walls. It has that wooden look that I don’t really like at all because it looks like it’s for elderly people and of course, I’m only 20. I need something a little bit more modern. Aside from that the camper is great! We’re also replacing the radio and the curtains in there (they’re flowery! That just screams old people lol).
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Toyota & GM Recall Cars for Bad Power Windows

Toyota Motor Corp and General Motors Corp are recalling more than 662,000 vehicles sold in the United States due to defects in power windows, the two companies said on Wednesday.

Toyota will recall 539,500 Corolla and Matrix vehicles for the 2003 and 2004 model years, it said in a statement.

GM said it would recall 122,598 Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks, which share the same platform with Toyota's Matrix and are built by GM in a joint venture with the Japanese automaker.

So, if you own an '03 or '04 Corolla or Matrix and you have been hearing an "abnormal noise" when you try to roll your window up or down, it is probably because your whatchamacallit has become separated from your thingamajig.
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RVing couple has special bond with Yellowstone

OCALA - The summer after they retired in 1995, Ocala residents Bob and Irene Thompson hit the road to see America's scenic West and check out the fishing in cool mountain streams.

The first time they went to Yellowstone National Park it was to vacation, but after a few weeks they got bored, Bob Thompson said.

So the couple applied to work at a small store just outside the park. Two years ago, wanting to cut back to fewer hours, they switched to working at Yellowstone's Fishing Bridge gift shop, not too far from the park's east entrance.

This year, Bob and Irene plan to head west on April 22, and he said there's a lot more than just beautiful mountains and trout fishing. There's an abundance of wild animals, including grizzly bears, buffalo, wolves, deer and moose, which sometimes creates problems.
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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Minnesota's Whitewater State Park re-opens after flood

Post-Bulletin - Rochester,MN,USA
ELBA -- Randy Collins edged his 39-foot motorhome around a tight curve in the Whitewater State Park campground Friday and backed his Bounder unit into place.

"Good thing we got here early," joked the Prior Lake, Minn., man, who was one of the first campers to arrive.

It was a slow start to getting the well-known park near Elba back into operation after August's huge flood shut down all camping, hiking and other activities.

The park is slowly getting back to normal, and on Friday it took another huge step with the first day of camping since August. Rain slowed the comeback.
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Driving an RV to the Panama Canal

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On the day my husband, John, and I retired, we packed up our rescued mutt, Brindle, and headed south in our second-hand motorhome. It was our first RV trip, and neither of us really understood the workings of this ugly, 22-foot rolling home with a bed over the cab.

We wanted to explore and decided we could see the United States when we were too old to drive to more exotic locations. I wanted to see the Panama Canal. When I told John, he thought I meant Panama City, Fla., but I soon set him straight.

Setting off from Houston, we unglamorously stopped for our first night in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Raymondville, near the border. The only planning I had completed was gathering the documents necessary to take the two of us, the dog and the motorhome through the seven countries of Central America and back. This involved several visits to the consulates in Houston, because none of them provide information by phone.
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Camping with kids

Before Lisa Mascio-Thompson and her husband ventured off to the woods for a camping trip with their 2-year-old son, they set up camp in their back yard.

“Luckily, we did that first instead of going far away because we were back inside within an hour,” Mascio-Thompson recalled. “Lucas was freaking out with all the noises and shadows. It was quite an experience.”

“We are going to try and go again though this spring. We are going to go to Buffalo Trace Park in Palmyra, which is only a half-hour away in case we have to come home,” she said.

The family is on the right track, according to Goldie Silverman, author of “Camping With Kid: The Complete Guide to Car, Tent, and RV Camping.”, who in her book suggests parents “find a campground that is close to home (no long drives the first time), offers a lake for cooling off and swimming, and easy hiking trails.”
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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Record Reservations at Vermont Campgrounds

Reservations at Vermont state campgrounds are up seven percent this year. State parks typically see an annual increase of 3 to 5 percent. Parks officials credit the slumping economy.

"It's such a regular pattern that when the economy takes a bit of a dip, camping takes a bit of an increase and I have to believe that's the cause for that," said Whipple.

Most of those campers are Vermonters. Craig Whipple believes rising fuel prices, an online reservations system, and campground improvements are also enticing Vermonters to vacation close to home.
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RV Park Brings Golf Fans Together

Many families who gathered at Rae's Creek RV Park on Friday evening have made the same trip several times. The RV enthusiasts said being close to the action of the Masters and bonding with other RV families only adds to the experience of also attending the event.

Mrs. Woodward and her late husband, Fred Woodward, began driving an RV to the Masters in the mid-1970s. They often parked at a lot between Washington and Berckmans roads, she said. Her husband's memory lives on, though the parking spot has changed.

"I know I'm carrying on something my husband started in 1947," Mrs. Woodward said. "He went for 50 years straight until he died in 1997. I just have to keep doing what he wanted me to do."

Mrs. Woodward has also kept up the tradition of having pot luck dinners each Masters Week with two families she met more than 20 years ago. Beyond enjoying another year of friends and fun, Mrs. Woodward said she looked forward to rooting for her favorites today.

The Staggs family had three generations parked at Rae's Creek on Friday evening. Javie Staggs, of Cincinnati, said his family began making the trip from Ohio to the Augusta National more than 50 years ago.

Those who rent hotel rooms for the Masters could never understand the RV experience, said Dan Moore, of Charleston, S.C., a 10-year RV Masters fan veteran.
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The RV drive of death

We were picked up at the airport by a representative of the RV rental company. He showed us the ins and outs of RV operation. And when he asked where we'd like to go, we gave him a vague idea.

"You want the Muir Woods," he said. "A straight shot across the Golden Gate bridge that way."

Sounded great! And we'd get to see the historic Golden Gate bridge.

What the guy failed to tell us was that after the historic bridge crossing...we'd be taking a TEN-MILE JOURNEY OF DEATH!
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Friday, April 11, 2008

Jayco Forms new Luxury RV Division

SouthBendTribune.com
MIDDLEBURY IN ---- Jayco Corp. of Middlebury announced last week it has established a new subsidiary to manufacture and market products for the luxury segments of the recreational vehicle market.

The new corporation, to be called Entegra Coach Inc., will initially build luxury fifth-wheel towable products and diesel-powered Class A motor homes.

For Jayco, even in an economy that some say is in a recession, the timing was too good to pass up.

"The opportunity presented itself when Travel Supreme went onto the market to be acquired by someone," Bontrager said. "We were looking at that for some time. In the end, we ended up only buying certain assets, not the name or finished products, which allowed us to step back into current facilities and starting this division.
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Rough winter delays some Olympic National Park openings

(Port Angeles) -- Late snowfall has delayed the opening of several areas in Olympic National Park. While crews have opened many park areas and continue to clear storm damage as they prepare for the summer season, the late season -- low elevation snowfall has resulted in several delays. Heavy snow has delayed opening of the Sol Duc campground until next Friday, April 18th. Two feet of snow remain at the campground and trailhead.
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City Park is Center for Community Activities

Pampa News - Pampa,TX,USA
Fisherman Charlie Powell battled the wind and soaked up the sun as he waited for a bite on a recent outing to Pampa's Recreation Park Lake.

“I usually do pretty well. I use corn and catch mostly trout,” Powell said.

The lake was constructed in 1992 as part of Recreation Park, an ambitious million-dollar project undertaken by the City of Pampa in collaboration with Texas Parks and Wildlife. Stocked twice annually with rainbow trout in December and February, and once a year with bass and catfish, the lake provides locals with year-round fishing opportunities.

Along with the lake, Recreation Park offers 27 RV hook-ups.
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Bull Shoals-White River State Park campground closed due to flood warning

BULL SHOALS Arkansas — In response to the recent flood warning given by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Bull Shoals-White River State Park campground area has been closed until further notice. The James A. Gaston Visitor Center will remain open 8 a.m.-7 p.m., and the Camper Registration Center will be open 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. seven days a week. For information, call Bull Shoals-White River State Park at (870) 445-3629.
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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Colorado Campgrounds closed/delayed by beetle-ravaged pines

Rocky Mountain News - Denver,CO,USA
Colorado's pine beetle epidemic will put a crimp in camping this year, as national forests and parks are forced to delay the opening of numerous sites — or close them altogether — to remove thousands of dead trees.

The beetle-clobbered trees pose a safety problem, as the weakened lodgepole and other pine are more susceptible to falling over onto unsuspecting campers, hikers, picnickers or even those asleep in their tents.

"That's our number one concern for people," said Mary Ann Chambers, a bark beetle specialist with the U.S. Forest Service, noting that more trees are likely to fall with the passage of time. "The beetle-killed trees are at an age now where they're a bigger hazard."
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A New View Every Day

FOR some on-the-go second-home owners, maintaining their weekend getaways means checking the tire pressure and maybe changing the oil. Their second homes are recreational vehicles, a category that includes almost anything on wheels that has a bed, from half-million-dollar motor homes to pop-up trailers.

There is no yard work, and quarrelsome neighbors can be left in your rear-view mirror. If you can live with the price of fuel, a well-maintained RV can keep you comfortable whether you’re in Death Valley, the Everglades or a Wal-Mart parking lot.

Consider Albert and Janet Noller of Saugerties, N.Y. They bought their first RV, a 1994 Fleetwood Bounder, in 1993. In 2006 they bought their fourth, a 2007 Fleetwood Expedition. All have been Class A motor homes — the bus-like behemoths that prowl national parks and Interstates nationwide.
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Fleetwood RV Again Hits the Road With John Ratzenberger's Made in America

Fleetwood Enterprises' RV Group today announced that its Discovery Class A diesel motor home, one of the best-selling diesel motor home brands on the market, will be featured on Season 5 of John Ratzenberger's Made in America. The season premiere aired at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 2, 2008, on the Travel Channel.
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Wednesday, April 09, 2008

RV campground just in time for Laughlin's River Run

LAUGHLIN - Just in time for two of Laughlin's biggest tourist-attracting events, Nevada's Big Bend State Recreation Area has opened its multi-million dollar recreational vehicle campground.

And park supervisor Alan Conklin is especially proud that Big Bend is the only Nevada State Parks Department RV campground with all of its spaces offering full-service hookups.

He hopes this weekend's Dodge Extreme Bulls competition will bring in a good crowd and fully expects to be booked to capacity - he actually said last week it easily could be more than capacity - for the 26th Laughlin River Run motorcycle event April 23-27.

“Officially we opened the campground three days before one year of construction. It took us a little bit longer than we thought,” he said, but added that change orders for extra work caused some of the delay.

Overall, including consultants and planning, Conklin said the state is spending $7 million on the project.
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Tuesday, April 08, 2008

RVs Beckon Baby Boomers Despite Fuel Costs

PERRY, Ga. — At the nation's largest gathering of recreational vehicle enthusiasts, talk inevitably turns to the versatility of Velcro and the challenges of toilet maintenance.

One topic that isn't getting much focus — on the official program, anyway — is the meteoric rise in gas prices. Hard-core RVers, which include many of the 8,000 attendees at the four-day Rally 2008 that ended Monday at the Georgia National Fairgrounds here, will tell you an RV isn't just a vehicle. It's a lifestyle. And a little thing like $4-a-gallon gas isn't going to put the brakes on a way of life.

Fuel efficiency isn't a hot topic among the 300 vendors here, either. Over at the Born Free Motorcoach exhibit, for instance, the spec sheet inside a spanking new 32-foot $174,015 President model offers details on cabinet finish (cherry), toilet type (porcelain) and upholstery (leather) but is mum about what it costs to actually drive the thing.

"It's something that gets talked about enough without you pointin' it out," says sales manager Jerry Ehrhardt.

As if on cue, an elderly man in a brown polyester jumpsuit strolls up and asks, "What kinda mileage does this get?"

But with the first wave of 79 million baby boomers poised for retirement, industry experts are betting that boom times are on the horizon.

The 1,000 or so factory-fresh rigs on display at the fairgrounds, with names such as Renegade, Conquest and Dynasty, speak to the notion that you can take it with you. Super-deluxe models can cost in the seven figures, and even more modest rigs (starting, say, in the $250,000 range) sport 42-inch-screen TVs, surround-sound systems and granite countertops.

"As baby boomers age, they clearly want more than their parents had," says Mike Schneider, president of Affinity, sponsor of the rally and owner of RV-related clubs and publications. "Their parents were do-it-yourselfers. They're the do-it-for-me generation."
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Manitoba Campsites Getting Snatched Up

t was a record day for Manitoba's campground reservation system. Monday was opening day and well over 9,000 bookings were made. In fact by noon they had already surpassed the total made for the entire opening day last year. And Barry Bentham, who is director of Manitoba Parks says through day one they have already reached nearly 20 per cent of the total number of reservations made all of last year. Bentham thinks the biggest reason for Monday's record day is that it's simply easier to reserve a campsite now than ever before. With our soaring gas prices, he expects more Manitobans will choose to spend their vacations camping close to home rather than taking a long road trip.
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Longtime California RV dealer closing its doors

An RV dealer that has been in Santa Rosa for more than 30 years is closing — another victim of a slowing economy, high gas prices and a deflated housing market.

Santa Rosa RV Center is liquidating its remaining inventory and expects to close in 30 to 60 days, longtime general manager Bill Moffet said.

“It’s a very tough economic time,” Moffet said.

RV dealers are mired in their worst slump in more than three decades, Moffet said, and the toll is rising. In late February, Dan Gamel RV Center closed its Santa Rosa dealership, part of a plan to shutter half of its eight locations in California and Arizona.

The closure will result in the layoffs of all 15 employees.
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Maine's State campsites filling up fast

MaineToday.com - Portland,ME,
Even with an impressive winter that seems reluctant to relinquish its hold, some people are making plans for the coming camping season.

Camping reservations at state parks have hit an all-time high for this time of year, according to the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.

After two months of taking reservations, the total is up by almost 300 to 4,511, compared to the 4,213 filed by this time last year. Some tourism experts speculate that more people in the region will travel shorter distances this summer to save fuel and money, at this time of high gasoline prices and a slow economy.

The reservations total is for Maine's 12 state parks with campsites — which stretch from Aroostook State Park in The County to Cobscook Bay Down East and Bradbury Mountain in Pownal. They reflect an increase in the number of nights reserved, so far clocking in at 21,084 nights, up almost 700 from last year at this time.
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Monday, April 07, 2008

Grand Coulee Dam laser light show can't be beat.

Many large Pacific Northwest public campgrounds offer evening entertainment in cozy amphitheater settings. Park rangers frequently talk about something of interest to them -- the life cycle of moths or mating habits of chipmunks.

Grand Coulee Dam is different. It eliminates the talking naturalist and ignores program variety. Instead, it repeats the same laser show every night of the summer camping season to the delight of thousands.

Grand Coulee Dam, which has handled as many as 70,000 visitors for one show, isn't exactly a cozy setting. Even though the nearest campground is three miles away, the laser light show serves the same function as amphitheater talks -- to provide campers with an informative and entertaining evening program at the town of Grand Coulee.
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Saturday, April 05, 2008

Kentucky Bill Offers Disabled Vets Free Campground Lodging

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Disabled military veterans would receive free lodging at state park lodges and campgrounds under a bill approved by the House Mar 24, 2008.

The legislation, which was approved 98-0, provides for up to three nights of free lodging each year.

Rep. Charles Siler, R-Williamsburg, is championing the proposal on behalf of the state's permanently and totally disabled veterans.

The proposal now goes to the Senate for consideration.

The legislation is House Bill 228.
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2008 Central New Jersey RV Show

The indoor RV Show season is over but the biggest and best is yet to come at the PNC Bank Arts Center. This marks the 15th year for the Annual Central New Jersey RV Show which is a favorite for RV enthusiasts as well as thousands of potential campers. You will be able to see the latest and greatest innovations in RVing, including exciting new floor plans, high tech gadgets and conveniences, and RVs from lightweight travel trailers and fifth wheels to luxury motor homes that feature all the comforts of homes.

'Families always look forward to this event,' says Walter Hynes, organizer. 'With campgrounds opening and the weather warming up, people are ready to hit the open road again and get their RV adventures into high gear. It is always fascinating to see the crowd reaction to the latest innovations that RV manufacturers have developed in new models. You'll see all the newest electronics, layouts and user friendly gadgets. And, of course, people know this is the best time to get great pricing and low finance rates on their RV purchase, which motivates them to come out as well.'
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

RV Dealer Doing Well Despite Slow Economy

OWATONNA, MINN - In 2003, Mike Noble accepted a buyout offer from his partner and co-founder of a thriving Owatonna lighting design and electrical contracting firm.

Noble, who exhibits all the symptoms of a serial entrepreneur, had a logical explanation for the decision: "The business was long past the start-up phase and the challenge just wasn't there anymore."

So he spent three years searching, studying and pondering, and finally found a new challenge.

It was a doozy.

In April 2006, with gasoline prices heading skyward and the economy tilting in the other direction, he opened Noble RV Inc. to sell the hulking travel trailers, fifth-wheelers and motorized recreational vehicles (RVs) that are synonymous with guzzled gas.

Can you say "counterintuitive?"

Yet, Noble has had no reason to regret his choice -- so far. When he started, his first-year goal was to sell at least 120 units in the remaining nine months of 2006. He wound up peddling 187 of them for a first-year gross of $4.2 million.

Then, as the economy headed south for the winter, he sold 323 units in 2007, for a total gross of $8.8 million.

And in the first two months of 2008, he moved 37 units for $1 million, up 39 percent from the same period a year earlier, when he sold 25 units for $718,000. Nearly half of those 2008 sales came at the Minneapolis/St. Paul RV, Vacation and Camping Show, where he sold all 17 units he brought for display.
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Chevy-Workhorse motor home chassis boosts market share

NION CITY, Ind. (April 2008)— In the midst of a down market, the Chevy Workhorse cab chassis for Class C motor homes continues to increase market share, growing to 28 percent for 2007, a 5 point increase over its 2006 average. That growth continued in early 2008 as the chassis captured 30 percent market share for January. Figures are based on vehicle registration data compiled by Statistical Surveys of Grand Rapids, Mich.

The January 2008 figure represents a 17 point increase over the platform’s 2004 average market share of 13 percent, which was the last year the chassis appeared exclusively under the Chevrolet badge. Late that year, GM and Workhorse announced that the cutaway platform would be co-branded as a Chevrolet-Workhorse product for the 14,050 lb. GVWR model. In 2005, the joint badging was extended to the 9,600 lb. and 12,300 lb. GVWR models. Market share rose to 18 percent in 2005 and to 23 percent in 2006.
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Allstate Motor Club Enhances RV Roadhelp Plan

NORTHBROOK, Ill.--(April 2008)-- RV owners now can get help finding everything from doctors to restaurants, and maybe even save a little money once they get there, thanks to new features of Allstate Motor Club’s RV Roadhelp Plan.
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Is Camping Still an Economical Way to Travel?

With summer vacation season looming, one RVer has been questioning whether she should camp this year or just give it up and go the hotel route. Is it still the economical way to travel that it once was, or have higher gas prices and higher campsite rates eliminated the cost advantage of camping?
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Kentucky State Parks Offer Good Camping

FRANKFORT, Ky. – If you’re planning to enjoy the outdoors this year and go camping, make sure to try out a Kentucky State Park campground.

The parks have 31 campgrounds across the state. And to kickoff the camping season, the state parks will hold its annual "Camper Appreciation Weekend" on April 25-27, when campers can get two nights for the price of one.

"State park campgrounds are a great way to enjoy our parks and the outdoors," said Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer. "All of our campgrounds are near recreational or historic sites and make great vacation or weekend trips."

Campgrounds are offering a variety of activities to kick off the camping season. These include entertainment, arts and crafts, putt-putt golf, bonfires, movies, cookouts and nature programs.

All state park campgrounds have water and electric services with dump stations or sewer hookups, along with picnic tables and fire rings at each improved site and bath houses. Primitive sites are also available.
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Austin, TX RV Park Residents Forced Out

Melissa Engleman thought this day would never come.

For the past two years an Airstream trailer has been her home.

"My friends in Houston were not impressed [with the trailer]," Engleman said.

But, she said places like the Shady Grove RV Park are part of what makes Austin great.

"At night, you can see the skyline from my trailer," she said.

This prime real estate cost tenants just $500 a month to rent.

But now they're gone, to make way for condos called Barton Place. Monday was the last day for residents at Shady Grove.
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RVer learns part of new Motorhome isn't so new

DANDRIDGE (WATE) -- A Dandridge RV owner was caught by surprise when he learned his new purchase had a truck chassis from the previous year.

Some of the smaller classes of RVs come on a truck chassis such as a Ford, Chevy or Dodge. Those companies don't make the motor homes, though. A separate manufacturer does that.

That means your motor home may be a different year than the truck chassis.

Retired auto worker John Nolan bought an $80,000 RV at the beginning of January. It was an end of the year deal.

The manufacturer is Pleasure-Way Industries Limited and the RV sits on a Ford F-350 chassis.

Everything in the home was built in 2007, but the truck wasn't. "I thought I was buying a 2007, F-350," John says.

But John is upset for two reasons. He believes he lost value in his investment. Plus, he says the dealer didn't tell him the truck part of the motor home is a 2006.
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