Monday, June 30, 2008

Campground Celibrates with Bluegrass Music

FayObserver.com - Fayetteville,NC,USA
“We’re hauling weeds, moving in chairs, washing fences,’’ he said, between roars of machinery. “Anything that needs to be done,’’ said Red Canady.

Come Wednesday morning, the work will be completed and the fun will start here in this idyllic setting situated quite a ways off the beaten path. Wednesday marks the beginning of the fourth annual Independence Week Celebration, featuring visiting campers, 20 bluegrass bands, a golf cart parade, fireworks and plenty of food.

There will be barbecued chicken on Wednesday, barbecue on Friday. Thursday will be rare roast beef — rare, that is, in how good it is, not in the way it’s cooked.

“You’ve not tasted roast beef until you’ve tasted this,’’ Nancy Canady said.

Ever since they started the celebration, Nancy has wanted to figure out a special way to honor soldiers. This year, she figures she has it. A special military appreciation will take place Thursday at 6:30 p.m., with every branch of the military represented and proceeds from the event will go toward helping wounded soldiers. Fireworks will follow.

“I spent $8,000 on fireworks this year,’’ Nancy said. “They’ll last 30 minutes.’’

The Canadys, who bought the Laurel Lakes Family Campground in 2005 when it was little more than a big field full of overgrown weeds, bill the campground as “the most beautiful place for the best in bluegrass.’’
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Winnebago Helps 'The Early Show' Hit the Road

For the third consecutive year, Winnebago Industries is partnering with 'The Early Show' on their summer promotion, "Early on the Road." This summer, 'The Early Show's' weatherman and feature reporter Dave Price will visit eight U.S. locations to discover the excitement and beauty of America.

This promotion showcases a Winnebago Adventurer motor home as a key element on this popular morning show.
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The Adventures of Winston and Lynda

Homer Spit is a crazy place: from the Salty Dog Saloon to the Spit Sisters Cafe, to the Spit Licks ice cream shop, to the numerous charter fishing outfits and the myriad restaurants and eatin' joints. Campgrounds and campsites litter the place. There are RV's of every era and kind. All are equal here. A few kids are around, but mostly older "hippies." Not that Lynda and I qualify for that designation, of course. Not often, anyway. One old couple camped across from us the past couple of nights in an old VW Microbus camper with a flip-up top. Neat! Another couple, Bob & Mary, from near Traverse City, Michigan, are pulling a very well preserved 1972 Holiday Rambler trailer. It looks like the one my folks pulled in the early seventies. In the wintertime, Bob & Mary, both several years older then me, drive big John Deere tractors grooming hundreds of miles of trails for various snowmobile groups. She fed us tasty lemon squares while we chatted for a spell.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008

Work a few hours and you can still afford RV lifestyle

Budget-demolishing gas and diesel prices have sent RVs to storage lots while their drivers wonder if they'll ever roll down the road again.

One option is to combine work with RV travel. Jobs as camp hosts as well as part-time work at other RV resort tasks can often be exchanged for site rent.

Our first year on the road we met Elsa and Fred Schmidt at a KOA resort on the Colorado River in Arizona. They earned their site rent for the winter by working eight hours a week in the park office and outside grooming the flowerbeds.

That winter we also met Dave and Roberta Jones of Heppner, Ore. They're one of a dozen couples we call our "RV family" because we've spent winters together for more than a decade.

This summer Dave and Roberta are working as camp hosts at Cutsforth Park, a rustic, tree-studded county park that's just a 20-minute drive from their home. It helps that the park is on the shore of a lake loaded with feisty fish, because Dave loves to fish.
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Gulfport Campground Returns To Beach

GULFPORT (WLOX) -- Gulf Haven Campground has undergone several facelifts over the past three decades. Before Hurricane Camille, the site was a small motel serving residents and visitors of the coast. It reopened as a beachfront RV park, but Katrina changed that too.

"It has been a nightmare but we have been blessed with people trying to help us," said Owner Diane Henderson.
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Tiffin Motor Homes plans Layoffs

Alabama-based Tiffin Motor Homes Inc., a major player in an industry that has been battered by rising gasoline prices, has told state officials it plans to lay off nearly 100 workers.

General Manager Tim Tiffin on Friday confirmed a filing Tiffin Motor Homes made with the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs that said the company plans to reduce its work force by 99 positions.

"It's been a rough six months," he said of the company founded over three decades ago by his father, Van, in Red Bay, 45 miles south of Florence.

Tiffin Motor Homes has 800 employees, Tim Tiffin said.

"We've had to make some adjustments," he said, declining to comment further on the issue.
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Waterfront Property; No Taxes; No Rent; Free Electricity; Free Cable TV

As park hosts at Memory Lake Campground in Grantsburg, Dave and Diane Engstrand park their RV in the prime spot for the summer and enjoy all of the benefits. The same is true for Pat Busch and Richard Groves at the Crooked Lake Park in Siren.

They are two sets of the many working campers that serve as hosts at campgrounds throughout the United States and Canada.

With the high price of fuel, hitting the open road every weekend has become an expensive proposition. So, many RV campers are finding a campground they like and parking their rig for a few months at a time before moving on.
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Dan Gamel Liquidating California RV Dealerships

It was just over six months ago when Fresno businessman Dan Gamel returned to the helm of the corporation that carries his name and the company’s six RV sales and service centers that he had sold off in 2005. Today Gamel announced that he will begin liquidating the inventory of all recreational vehicles in his remaining RV dealerships and he will close the doors for good once the inventory is sold off.

Gamel’s current locations are in Bakersfield, Modesto, Rocklin, Anderson, and two locations in Fresno: his original RV sales center on Central Avenue and the flagship Camp America store that he opened in a former Super K-Mart on Shaw Avenue in 2004.

Gamel has been a pioneer in the RV industry. At the age of 27, he was the youngest person to serve as President of the California RV Dealers Association and delegate to the national association from 1977 to 1981. In the nineties, Gamel was the first dealer to sell RVs on the internet, and in 2007 his Project 4 software and central desk system made it possible for his team to sell RVs from anywhere there’s an internet connection, even at campgrounds.
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Citizens of Greer, AZ, Act to Keep Campground Open

"The citizens of Greer are the ones who have made this possible," Springerville District Ranger Jeff Rivera said. "I had to make the difficult decision to close this campground earlier this year because of problems associated with the outdated wastewater treatment system. We do not have the funds available to bring the current system up to code, so Greer residents came up with an innovative solution that enables the campground to open this summer.

"They actually purchased portable toilets to place in the campground and provided funds to help with the maintenance costs of these toilets," Rivera added.
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Flooded MN Campgrounds Re-Open

Winona Daily News - Winona,MN,USA
DunRomin’ Park Campground owner Dawn Johnson saw beauty in the aftermath of a flood.

An Austin, Minn., couple was evacuated from the secluded rural Caledonia, Minn., campground the night of flash floods June 8 with about 60 other campers, but they returned for a few days to help clean. A group of regulars who lost their campers brought Johnson flowers.

“People’s kindness and generosity in a bad situation is the real story,” Johnson said.

After thousands of volunteer hours and a lot of sweat, DunRomin’ and two other local campgrounds — Camp Winnebago and Lanesboro, Minn.’s Highway 250 Campground — have reopened.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

WY tourism works with Cam-plex to attact events, visitors

Gillette News Record - Gillette,WY,USA
License plates from New Jersey to Washington hang on the back of recreational vehicles that began trickling into the campgrounds at Cam-plex this week.

These are the early birds who have come for the Escapees RV Club 30th anniversary RV Rally, which officially begins Saturday. Each family is ready for an authentic Western experience that can be found only in Wyoming.

Bob Miller, of Helena, Mont., thinks that Gillette has an amazing facility for the rally.

He should know. As a full-time RVer, he has been to every state and province in the United States and Canada.

But the destination isn’t as important as the trip.

Miller has been to Yellowstone National Park, seen the Grand Tetons, been to Devils Tower and all of the other grand places in Wyoming. But finding the best place to eat or a good campground can be difficult.

“The big thing that Wyoming has going for it is combining its visitor’s centers with its rest stops,” Miller said. “It’s very important to know where you’re going and what to see (along the way).”

While planning events at Gillette this summer, Cam-plex officials worked closely with the Wyoming Travel and Tourism Board to get people here.
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Boomers Becoming Road warriors in RVs

Brian Whitcomb loves the RV life. As he nursed a glass of wine on a sunny day at Pinewood Lodge Campground in Plymouth, the 59-year-old from Michigan explained why.

“We’re sitting here in this nice pine grove, and it’s like being in the wilderness,” Whitcomb said.

“You’ve got every convenience you could want,” he noted, pointing to the 27-foot Fleetwood Pioneer he shares with his wife, Sherryl, 57. “Or you can just sit out here and listen to the birds.”

The Whitcombs plan to call their recreation vehicle home for several weeks until the house they are having built in Bourne is ready. They are about to retire and want to live closer to their grandchildren in Plymouth.

But even when they’re moved in, they plan to hit the road again. For them and hundreds of thousands of others, RVing is a way of life.
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Retirees make SC campground their summer home

ST. PAUL — For nearly 15 years, the Carleys have made Bunker Hills Regional Park their summer home.

Barb and George Carley move onto the Anoka County campground where they live each year from late April into October. They are the park's official hosts.

"I call this our Garden of Eden, and every year I want to come back to it," Barb Carley said.

When they retired, the Carleys hit the road in their camper. They met several park hosts as they traveled the country. They thought it would be a fun job, George Carley, 74, said.

So Barb Carley, 70, started calling around to inquire about whether hosts - a fixture at campgrounds throughout the country - were needed. Bunker Hills was her third call. At the time, the official she spoke with didn't know about campgrounds having hosts, she said. They've been at it since as the park's first and only hosts.
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The City of Rocks offers Campers Diversity

Used to be that if you wanted to camp among the beautiful and fascinating rocks at the City of Rocks in southern Idaho, all you had was primitive camping.

Today, the area sports a new RV-friendly campground that makes it easier for families to camp in the area.

With the new Smoky Mountain Campground at Castle Rocks State Park, visitors to the City of Rocks National Reserve have a choice between primitive or plush camping.
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Five Great Campgrounds in California

Camping is a great way to spend time with family and friends.

There are many great places to camp throughout California whether you prefer to camp in a tent, pop-up trailer or RV. Check out these campgrounds to make your trip one to remember.
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Redwood National and State Parks offer Ranger-guided activities

A full schedule of ranger-guided activities is available through the summer months at Redwood National and State Parks. The following is the schedule of activities for the period of Friday, June 27 through Friday, July 4.

Campfire Programs: All ages are welcome to come and participate in these evening programs which will take place at Jedediah Smith, Mill Creek, Gold Bluffs Beach, and Elk Prairie campgrounds. Meet at the specified campfire centers (1 hour).

Junior Rangers: Children ages 7-12 learn about people, plants, and animals of the redwood region. Programs will begin at the Jedediah Smith Campground, Mill Creek Campground, or at the Prairie Creek Visitor Center at the designated times (1 hour).

Nature Walks: Meet at the time and place specified below for a closer look at a special aspect of Redwood National and State Parks. Wear good hiking shoes, dress for the weather, and bring drinking water (1 to 2 hours).
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It's Island Time for RVers in Port Aransas, TX

Port Aransas is an island paradise tucked away on the Gulf Coast, reached by car ferry from Aransas Pass or by driving up Mustang Island from Corpus Christi. Port Aransas is the only town on Mustang Island and inhabits 8 miles of the 18-mile long barrier island. Everything moves on Island Time in Port Aransas, so relax and enjoy all that this Texas treasure has to offer.

RVers will love Port Aransas. Some of the RV parks in Port A are right on the beach. Others are located inland within walking distance to restaurants or on the trolley route. Some offer amenities like pools, wi-fi and cable.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Energy Workers Want to Keep RV Park Open

Grand Junction Sentinel - Grand Junction,CO,USA
Dozens of energy workers wonder where they’ll live if a Meeker-area recreational vehicle park is forced to shut down in a month.

About 50 people, including workers and their spouses and children, filled a Rio Blanco County commissioners meeting Monday to ask the county to let a temporary 96-unit RV park west of Meeker continue operating after its permit expires July 31.

County Commission Chairman Forrest Nelson said it’s possible the county could approve a “very temporary” extension. But he said people have bought homes in a new subdivision by the park, with the understanding the park would be closing.

“They’re putting heat on us, too, so it’s not a one-sided deal,” Nelson said.

Park co-owner Ginny Love and her husband are developing the housing subdivision. She said they long have planned to remove the park and still intend to do so. She said they don’t want to close it until park residents have alternative places to live.
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Arizona RV Rental Company Offers Savings on Summer Vacations

Rising fuel prices are not deterring summer vacationers from taking recreational vehicles out onto Arizona roads as they are still the most affordable, convenient family vacation option available today. The increasing demand at RV Rental Outlet, Arizona's largest RV rental company with current year model RV's for rent, has led to the expansion of their 2008 and 2009 motor homes, travel trailers, toy haulers and pop-up campers.

RV Rental Outlet offers affordable comfort and freedom to vacation the way families have traditionally vacationed for decades. Besides Arizona's largest fleet of 2008 and 2009 class C motor homes, toy haulers, travel trailers and tent campers for rent, RV Rental Outlet offers package deals, free airport shuttle, camping accessories and even rent-to-buy programs.
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Coachmen Chaparral introduces mid-profile fifth wheels

Coachmen has redesigned its larger Chaparral™ fifth wheel floorplans to incorporate a new mid-profile front end, along with a host of other user friendly features. The resulting three-quarter ton towable, mid-profile Chaparral is offered in 4 floorplans and available at very competitive prices.

Entering the new Chaparral mid-profile is like stepping into a beautifully decorated home. Stand-alone furniture is featured throughout, providing a more homelike atmosphere that Coachmen designers amplified with raised panel cabinetry, designer window treatments and oil-rubbed bronze hardware. Owners can choose from three different fabric decors and two wood options.
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RV Travel: Tips to help you get started

Most people, when they think of RVs, think of huge motor homes, but RVs run the gamut from folding camping trailers and truck campers, to travel trailers and luxurious motor homes. Cost, too, will range from as little as $4,000 for pop-up campers all the way up to $1.5 million for fancy motor homes. To learn more about RV options, check out www.gorving.com (a resource created by the RV travel industry) which offers a free DVD or CD-ROM to help you get started. Call 888-467-8464 to order a copy.

The best way to ease in to RV travel and find out if you like it is to rent. Renting can also help you determine which type of RV best suits your needs. Rental costs will vary greatly depending on what you choose, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $30 to $300 per day. To locate one of the 460 RV rental outlets around the country check your yellow pages under “Recreation Vehicle” or see www.rvda.org.
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Greenbo Lake State Resort Park Plans Partial Opening

GREENUP, Ky. — Greenbo Lake State Resort Park will open its renovated campground Thursday. The campsites will be available without reservations on a first-come, first-serve basis starting at 3 p.m.

The state Department of Parks calling it a partial opening because some sites are not available until the formal ribbon-cutting ceremony on July 1.

The campground has 58 sites with utility hookups and 35 primitive sites and features sewer hookups for 22 sites and two ADA full-service sites. The ADA sites have paved surfaces and sewer hookups.

Greenbo Lake State Resort Park is on Ky. 1, 18 miles north of I-64 from the Grayson exit, or 8 miles south of U.S. 23, the Country Music Highway. The park has a 225-acre lake for boating and fishing, 25 miles of multi-use trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and an amphitheatre for music and plays.
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Freightliner Custom Chassis presents XCP model

GAFFNEY, S.C. -- Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation's XCP chassis drives Sportscoach's Legend motorhome. The XCP chassis features a Cummins ISM 10.8-liter diesel engine which generates 500 horsepower and 1,550 foot-pounds of torque to provide acceleration and responsiveness on steep inclines and when towing vehicles.

The XCP features a raised-rail configuration allowing for nearly 200 cubic feet of exterior basement storage, a 60-degree wheel cut for maneuverability in tight spaces, independent front suspension, air disc brakes on all six wheels, up to 44,600 pounds GVWR, and a tag axle that provides a smooth and quiet ride.

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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

City should stay out of Wal-Mart verses Campgrounds debate

Daily Republic - Mitchell,SD,USA
Several businesses in town have fallen victim to Wal-Mart; to a lesser extent, the same could be said about Cabela’s. But whereas the city did not — and could not — make laws to protect other local businesses from Wal-Mart’s mighty reach, the city also shouldn’t come to the aid of the campgrounds that are suffering due to overnight access afforded by Cabela’s and Wal-Mart. Too, it could be considered a conflict for the city to get involved, since it operates its own campground near Lake Mitchell.

Is allowing parking-lot camping right? Well, it’s not legally wrong, although we certainly understand campground owners’ displeasure.

At the same time, we think the city should stay out of this one.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

New Brunswick province, Red Pines Campground to get upgrade

The provincial government is hoping to bolster tourism across New Brunswick by investing in the middle of it.

Liberal MLA Rick Brewer announced Saturday that his government would give Red Pines Campground $200,000 for upgrades including a new water treatment system and comfort station.

Brewer said the investment will have a spin-off effect across the province.

"When you can invest in the heart of the province, and drive the tourism industry in that area, you are going to have people coming to the centre, and then make a decision which way they want to go to leave the area,'' Brewer said.

"Whichever way they choose, they are going to be visiting other tourism-related industries.''

The Red Pines Campground is located 40 minutes north of Fredericton. It's owned by the Central New Brunswick Woodmen's Museum, which takes up 15 acres of the park.
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Campouts are close at hand around St. Paul MN.

Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA
Faced with soaring gas prices, many more people are getting their taste of the wilderness in St. Paul metro area parks.

Regional parks officials are seeing an increase in use of metro area campgrounds. They attribute the hike in large part to rising fuel costs. Many metro area residents are turning to local campgrounds to get their nature fix, and they're saving money doing it, officials said. Instead of driving north or out of state, they are finding they can have an equal experience just a few miles from home.

At least a dozen state and regional parks in the metro have campgrounds.

Overnight stays range from $15 to $28 at metro parks.
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Winnebago Is Canada's Top Selling Motor Home

Winnebago Industries, Inc. is Canada's top selling motor home manufacturer, according to Statistical Surveys, Inc., a retail reporting service in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

For calendar 2007, Winnebago Industries' Canadian dealers retailed more Class A and Class C motor homes combined than any other manufacturer's dealer group, achieving 16.7 percent market share.
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Snowbirding and Sunbirding in the Full Time RV Life

Bess McBride writes in her blog...

I was standing in the teeniest shower in the world in my recreational vehicle wondering why I full-time RV, that is to say, live and travel full time in my RV. The RV park where I’m staying has all kinds of RVers in it. Folks who are holiday RVers and travel on weekends and vacations, folks who live in their RVs permanently…without ever moving, folks who leave their stick-built homes and travel to the southern climates for the warmth such as snowbirders, folks who live full time in their RVs but travel constantly roaming the country like nomads, and folks who live in their RVs but stay in places for extended periods…like myself.

We stay in one place for the winter and in one place for the summer, although not necessarily the same places. But we do need to park it for five or more months at a time so my significant other can get settled into a job and earn some money along the way. My job as a summer seasonal employee with the National Park Service gives us the opportunity to travel to new locations and stay for extended periods while I don my uniform and march off to work everyday for five months.

Sometimes, I’m feel a little frustrated that we can’t travel more frequently and stay in places for only a week or two before moving on to the next. There’s so much country to see! Sometimes… And then there are times like last night when I remembered the loneliness of traveling daily in the RV, staying in empty parks in strange towns, never knowing the people around us, too tired at the end of the driving day to socialize or meet anyone. And I’m glad we’ve evolved into some sort of snowbird/sunbird sort of existence, where we can stay anywhere we want for five to seven months at a time and get to know the local folks, the town and their customs.
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'Roughing It' in a Beautiful Setting

Since 1969, happy campers have been the norm at a White Bird, Idaho, campground now known as Hells Canyon Jet Boat Trips & Lodging. The campground is run by Heather and Les Killgore, who own Killgore Adventures, LLC along with their son Kurt.

Heather Killgore, said the campground area was originally built for travelers in campers and trailers but now has been fixed up to accommodate RVs. "I've changed the electrical boxes three times," she said. "There are now plug-ins to accommodate 20, 30 or 50 amps, depending on the size of the RV."

Another major change has been the shift from 18 campsites to 14 to make each site roomier - big enough to accommodate a 70-foot RV. "We made them bigger to ease any crowding. The campers come to get away from all that crowding stuff," Killgore said.

Travelers also come to escape everyday noises and stresses and, according to Killgore, one of the biggest selling points about the area is it's "off the beaten path."

"It's a mile off Highway 95. It's a quiet, beautiful setting." The campground is also just 10 minutes from the Nez Perce National Forest.
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Missouri to Waive State Park Camping Fees for Flood Victims

Families who have been displaced by the flooding and who might wish to use one of the state's campgrounds can camp free of charge.

The waiver applies to Missouri residents who are victims of flooding in designated state declared disaster counties for 2008. Camping will be allowed at both basic and electric campsites on a first-come, first-served basis if available. The waiver will apply for 15 days, after which time each situation will be re-evaluated to determine if the stay needs to be extended.

More information about Missouri state parks with campgrounds can be obtained by calling the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-526-7716 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), or at www.mostateparks.com.
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Motorhome crashes into train

Nanaimo Daily News - BC, Canada
Marnie Hodgson was on her way home to Diver Lake at about 4 p.m., following behind a motorhome on Milton Street when she heard the train crossing warning signals. Then she saw the warning lights as she crested the hill, and watched with disbelief as the RV in front of her to continued across the train tracks.

"I stopped and (she) kept going," she said. "I actually saw it physically hit the motorhome."

She saw the contents of the old RV flying everywhere as the train connected with the rear of the vehicle, causing the cab to jackknife to the left, then the entire vehicle was dragged it to the right side of Milton, a short distance from the corner grocery store.
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Predicting Where You’ll Go and What You’ll Like

Global positioning systems are among the hottest consumer electronics devices ever, says Clint Wheelock, chief research officer at ABI Research, a technology market follower. And cellphones increasingly come with G.P.S. chips. All of these devices churn out data that says something about how people live.

Such data could redefine what we know about consumer behavior, giving businesses early insight into economic trends, better ways to determine sites for offices and retail stores, and more effective ways to advertise.

Just this month, the journal Nature published a paper that looked at cellphone data from 100,000 people in an unnamed European country over six months and found that most follow very predictable routines. Knowing those routines means that you can set probabilities for them, and track how they change.
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RV Park & Campground Owners are Whining Again!

Editorial- RVbasics.com
The RV park and campground industry is on a whining campaign about RVers overnighting at Wal-Mart again. They do it about once a year. They win a few battles then let the uproar die down. Each time they campaign, they get closer to winning the war.

Comparing an overnight stay in an RV park to overnighting at Wal-Mart is comparing apples to oranges. But however different they are, sometimes I like to eat an apple and sometimes I enjoy an orange.

I'd be concerned and even angry if the orange growers association started whining and lobbing government to pass laws that take away my right to eat apples.

So it is that I am concerned and angry with the RV park and campground industry whining and lobbing government to pass laws about where I can park my RV for the night.
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Despite gas prices, RV's help save travel money

"Nobody comes in and buys an RV for the fuel economy," Crestview RV Center dealer Rob Hoffman said.

Rather, Crestview staff said many of their customers find their vacation dollars go further in an RV.

"Compared against the hotels, the flights, the rental cars, the whole travel industry, this is a very inexpensive alternative to that, and it doesn't take a lot to own one," Hoffman said. "Your camp ground fee is what it would cost you to check your bag in at the airline."

Hoffman said a lot of RV shoppers buy smaller campers and pop-up tents, for close to home get-aways.

"We might not travel as far from home, but there's still lots of opportunities in the central Texas area that you can go out and enjoy them," RV Owner Dick Martin said.

Martin has been towing his vacation home since the eighties. He said pulling an RV has its advantages over staying in a hotel.
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Horse power ... Ken Gibson enjoys Wyoming

SITTING astride the big grey stallion Snow I felt every inch the cowboy in my Levis, Marlboro shirt and stetson.

Riding through the breath-taking mountain ranges in the day and dancing in the saloons at nights I was fulfilling every boy’s dream and starring in my very own John Wayne movie.

Horse riding may still be the perfect means of transport to unwind into holiday mode, but getting around the vast states — we clocked up more than 2,200 miles — needs the modern luxury of a Recreational Vehicle (RV).

We picked up our roadhog from the Denver depot of one of America’s biggest RV firms, El Monte, and after a thorough familiarisation with the vehicle from experts we headed west armed with a list of official Kampgrounds Of America campsites on our route.
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Ford delays launch of new F-150

(CNNMoney.com) -- With sales of full-size pickups in a steep decline, Ford Motor Co. said Friday it is delaying the launch of its new, redesigned Ford F-150 pick-up by two months.

The full-size pick-up, which had been due to enter showrooms in early fall will now come out in late fall, instead.

The Ford F-series has been the top-selling passenger vehicle in America for 26 straight years. Big pickups have been a popular and profitable item for Detroit Automakers. But high gas prices and a declining home-construction market have hit truck sales hard.

In May, the F-series fell to fifth place for the month as the Honda Civic compact car became America's best-selling model, followed by the Toyota Camry. The Chevrolet Silverado, usually a second-place seller behind the F-150, ranked sixth.
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Winnebago CEO: Price war possible in tough climate

"The motor home market has changed significantly in the past year, with dramatic declines in the past few months," CEO Bob Olson said in a statement. "Discretionary purchases have declined in the United States as the country is faced with unstable fuel prices, consumer confidence at 16-year lows and a tighter credit environment."

Olson said the industry has seen a decrease in motor home sales of more than 26 percent for the first four months of this year and a decline of more than 30 percent in both March and April, typically strong sales months.

He said he expects no improvement in the industry for the rest of 2008.

Olson told analysts in a conference call that dealers are cutting their inventories, a trend he expects to continue, which further reduces sales.

In addition, competitors are discounting motor homes forcing Winnebago to offer discounts.

"If we don't do something to try and stimulate the market we could get left in the dust," he said. "This could end up being a discounting war, a war I don't want to fight but it may come to that."
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Campground owners, RVers at odds over camping in Wal-Mart

Daily Republic - Mitchell,SD,USA
Pools, mini-golf, laundromats, game rooms — these are some of the amenities that campground owners advertise.

Some local campground owners say none of those extras can compete, though, with one perk that the Wal-Mart and Cabela’s parking lots offer: a free night’s stay.

Staying overnight in the Wal-Mart or Cabela’s lot has become so popular that, on some nights, there are as many or more campers in those lots as there are in any of the six campgrounds in and around Mitchell. During the past week of nights, The Daily Republic counted a total of 135 pull-type campers or RVs camped in the two stores’ lots — 71 at Cabela’s, and 64 at Wal-Mart. The highest number in a single night was 36 on Thursday, the final night of the newspaper’s count.

Jennifer Doyle, owner of the local Dakota Campground, said she’s virtually powerless to stop the drain on her business.
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Bull Shoals Dam Tour Offered

Tours of Bull Shoals Dam in north-central Arkansas are now being offered through the Bull Shoals-White River State Park in Lakeview. Thanks to an agreement with the Corps of Engineers, the public has the opportunity to stand in the bowels of the massive concrete dam holding back the 45,440-acre Bull Shoals Lake.

The dam is 2,256 feet long. The fifth largest concrete dam in the nation, it took more than 2.1 million cubic yards of concrete to construct it. According to the tour guides, that same amount of concrete would make a road six inches thick and 20 feet wide from Bull Shoals to Disney World in Orlando. And, the eight generators can produce 390 million watts of electricity, which is enough to supply the energy needs of a city like Orlando. With all eight units running, more than 9 million gallons of water flow per minute into the White River below.

Tours of the Bull Shoals Dam are offered at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday; at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Friday, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday; and at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday. The fee is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for children 6 to 12. Some restrictions apply - you need to be able to walk up and down steps, for example - so call ahead for details. Contact Bull Shoals-White River State Park at 870-445-3629.
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Michigan Residents Turn to Camping in Challenging Economy

The tough economy has put stresses on families, forcing cutbacks due to increasingly expensive fuel and food prices. With airfares and travel expenses rising rapidly, vacation plans have been affected too. Many Michigan residents have discovered RVing can be the most economical way to travel. In fact, RV vacations are, on average, 26 to 74 percent less expensive than by personal car, airline or cruise ship.

According to online bookings at GoCampingAmerica.com and reservation statistics from Friend Communications, total campground bookings are up nationally about 23 percent from January to March 2008 versus the same period last year. RV sales in Michigan have risen in the last year, totaling 12,863 in 2007.
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Mobile Home, RV parks Are Good Investments

Inside Tucson Business - Tucson,AZ,USA
As evidence of the increased interest among investors in these communities, in 2002 there were no real estate investment trusts (REITs) investing in mobile home and RV properties, but now there are 100 large institutional buyers. Even Warren Buffet recently bought Clayton Homes, a manufacturer of double-wides.

There are also foreign buyers. Newman said foreigners have in the past liked warehouse properties because of the low maintenance costs but more recently they’ve discovered mobile home and RV parks are much like warehouse properties for low demands.

Making these properties even more attractive to foreign investment now is the sinking value of the U.S. dollar. Because CB Richard Ellis is international, Newman said the company has been able to increase its share of foreign investors, especially from Canada and Australia.
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Monaco Coach Shifts Focus to Signature Resorts

Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon - Portland,Oregon,USA
If you build a multimillion dollar recreational vehicle resort, but gas costs more than $4 a gallon, will anybody show up?

Coburg-based Monaco Coach, one of the world’s top manufacturers of motor homes, is banking on it.

Monaco announced last week the formation of Signature Resorts to manage and develop the company’s RV resorts. Previously, Monaco had developed RV resorts in places such as Indio, Calif. and Las Vegas, under its own name. But Signature Resorts will now act as an offshoot of the 40-year-old RV company.

Monaco’s next two developments – in Harbor Bay, Mich. and Naples, Fla. – will open up under Signature Resorts’ branding.

Featuring a tennis court, a putting green, a clubhouse, an outdoor pool and a spa, Harbor Bay will roll out at the end of the summer. The resort in Naples will follow.

Monaco hopes the resorts will help financially polish what has been a tarnished year so far. First-quarter figures show a company hit hard by high gas prices and weakened consumer confidence.
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Greer, AZ, Residents Keep State Campground Open

White Mountain Independent - Show Low,AZ,USA
When the Forest Service announced earlier this year that overwhelming septic problems at the Hoyer Campground in Greer would cause it to be closed for the season, concerned citizens in Greer came together and found a creative solution to keep their campground open.

"When I realized that it was being closed and that the campground closure would severely hurt our businesses here, I took it upon myself to find a solution," Greer businessman Roy Laos said. "I wasn't surprised that the Greer community came together on this and supported our plan."
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pigeon Bridge State Forest Campground Reopens

Gaylord Herald Times - Gaylord,MI,USA
CORWITH TOWNSHIP — Michigan Department of Natural Resources forest recreation officials have officially reopened Pigeon Bridge State Forest Campground following repairs to its water well. The campground is located in the Pigeon River Country State Forest (PRCSF) in Otsego County, via Sturgeon Valley Road, northeast of Vanderbilt.

The campground was closed early last summer when the campground’s only hand-operated well broke down while undergoing maintenance. The DNR requires a potable water source for every 25 campsites; the campground has 10 sites.

For questions concerning this campground or other campgrounds in the PRCSF, please contact Robin Pearson, recreation specialist for DNR Forest, Mineral and Fire Management at (989) 732-3541, ext. 5045.

nformation about other camping opportunities in nearby counties may be found on the DNR Web site at www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails, or by contacting the DNR Gaylord Operations Service Center at (989) 732-3541, ext. 0 for the operator.
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Monterey County, CA Shows Off Lake Resort Upgrades

Monterey County Herald - Monterey,CA,USA
From brand-new ski boats to refurbished cabins, visitors at two county-owned lake resorts in southern Monterey County will have the chance to see what millions of dollars in public funds has purchased.

On Friday, new resorts manager Forever Resorts will host grand openings at Lake San Antonio and at Lake Nacimiento, putting on display the county-owned resort facilities in time for the first weekend of summer.

Guests will be offered tours of the facilities at both lakes and a new rental houseboat at Lake San Antonio, as well as demonstrations of the new Four Winns ski boats.

The resorts expect business to pick up beginning this weekend after a relatively slow Memorial Day weekend, the traditional kick-off of the summer season that was marred this year by bad weather.

Now known as the Monterey Lakes Resorts & Marinas, the facilities were purchased as part of a $22 million settlement between the county and the previous owner of the resorts.
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Fuel prices put a hitch in get-along for RVers

Carol and Stanley Patrick still flip down the entry steps of their travel trailer, roll out the artificial grass carpet and plop down for a long weekend of friends, fishing and fun. But with gas prices sweeping to record highs, they hitch their 26-foot Keystone Springdale to their pickup about half as often as usual.

"We'll still try and steal away; we'll just have to save a little more to do it," says Carol Patrick, 55, as the Visalia couple set up camp last week at a KOA campground in West Sacramento.

Even though sales of RVs are dropping, people are still RVing.

"Rentals are up 20 percent and campground bookings are up 5 to 15 percent, depending on the region," says Kevin Broom, spokesman for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. "RVing is still the most cost- effective way for a family to take a vacation.

"For a typical RV vacation, fuel prices would have to more than double what they are now for RVing to lose its cost advantage."

The California State Parks system has not seen a drop in reservations, and is actually breaking records, with campers often trying to get reservations six months in advance, says spokesman Roy Stearns.

Nationally, camping and RV bookings are the same as last year or even slightly ahead, says Linda Profaizer, president of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

Where the RV industry is struggling is in sales, which are down 5 percent to 8 percent in California, according to Skip Daum, executive director of the California RV Dealer Association; and 14 percent nationally.
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Classic Shasta Travel Trailer is Back With Modern RV Convenience

My earliest exposure to RV travel was back in the 1950s when I was a kid. My Uncle and Aunt and their three boys brought their Shasta travel trailer (I still remember those wings vividly) to town when visiting family. Sometimes it was for the holidays and sometimes they were just passing through while on vacation.

I was always fascinated, and maybe a little envious too, as my cousin told of all the places they had gone in their little trailer.

Later, in the 1960s, that same Shasta trailer was the spare bedroom for the older boys when our family went to visit them.

It's no wonder when I see those little 'canned ham' trailers, especially the Shastas, I can't help feel nostalgic. But I'm not alone in my nostalgia for these classic trailers... just visit the TinCanTourists.com website. Members of the site are dedicated to restoring and using classic travel trailers.

But, I don't have the skill, time and/or money to restore one and, besides, I like the moden Convenience on my RV.

Now, Coachmen RV Group has revived its Shasta™ brand with a new lightweight travel trailer. While the trailer resembles the classic Shasta’s of the late '50s and early '60s, it has successfully married modern technology with tradition.
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Coachmen RV Market Share Up for 2008

Coachmen RV Group has shown considerable strength during the first four months of 2008 in retail sales of its motorized products.

Statistical Surveys Inc. ranked Coachmen fifth in the nation in all motorhome retail sales, year-to-date through April, with 8.3 percent market share. Market share for the month of April alone was an impressive 9.5 percent.

Retail sales of Coachmen RV Group Class C motorhomes have been particularly strong. Coachmen Industries is ranked the No. 2 retailing manufacturer in the industry in Class C retail sales with 15.3 percent market share. The Coachmen model (brand) has earned the No. 1 ranking throughout the nation with a market share increase of 6.2 percent through the first four months of 2008, on top of our 2007 calendar year market share growth of 13.2 percent. April 2008 sales were particularly strong with the Coachmen brand logging 16.6 percent of all Class Cs sold that month.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

RV Park Owners See Slice of America

From $70 tents to $1.5 million RVs, the Poss family have seen it all at their RV park on the edge of Woodbury.

Arrivals of sheep and ducks on their way to the Minnesota State Fair, an anticipated influx of RV-traveling delegates for September’s Republican National Convention, and, on one occasion, a whole circus-ful of performers have not fazed Susan and Rick Poss, or their daughter Amy, over the 18 seasons they have been operating St. Paul East RV Park.
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Some Gas Stations Say 'No More' to Credit Cards

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — When gas station manager Roger Randolph realized it was costing him money each time someone filled up with $4-a-gallon gas, he hung a sign on his pumps: "No more credit cards."

He may be the first in West Virginia to ban plastic, but gas station operators nationwide are reporting similar woes as higher prices translate into higher credit card fees the managers must pay, squeezing profits at the pump.

"The more they buy, the more we lose," said Randolph, who manages Mr. Ed's Chevron in St. Albans. "Gas prices go up, and our profits go down."
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New Braunfels, TX, RV Resort Gets Upgrades

Austin-based Hill Country Hillside Ltd., the owner of Hill Country RV Resort in New Braunfels, TX, is investing $500,000 in the upgrades. The company bought the 382-site park in December 2007.

"Right now we have three park models, and we have five more on order," says Bryan Kastleman of Austin-based Kastleman & Associates Inc., the group managing the park on behalf of the owner.

Hill Country RV Resort is renting park models for $110 to $195 per night.

In addition to the $500,000 facelift, Hill Country RV Resort is also repainting the common area buildings, adding a TV, computer and newspaper reading room, improving the physical RV sites, power washing and restaining the patio and picnic tables, adding an activities pavilion for arcade games and new landscaping.

Hill Country Hillside also equipped the park with free wireless Internet service through a relationship with TengoInternet in Austin.
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Canadians Still Camping South of the Border

Cape May County Herald - NJ, United States
In a few weeks, U.S. campgrounds will be filled with vacationing Canadians undaunted by high gas prices.

Dave Robinson, and his wife Maggie, owners of Holly Shores Campground on Route 9, told the Herald the Canadian dollar is stronger than the American dollar, which is an advantage for Canadians visiting the U.S.

“They are used to high gas prices. They have had them for years, so the fuel is not going to stop them from coming in,” he said. “I know for a fact our campground is full for July and August with French Canadians primarily.”

At press time, the gas price in Canada was equal to $6 per gallon although in Canada, where it is sold in liters.
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Caledonia MN, area Parks are Open Following June Floods

“We experienced two floods here several weeks ago. The first resulted in considerable damage to our campground. The second was the flood of love poured on us by many, many volunteers who turned out to make repairs, clean things up, and helped us get our business back in operation.”

That’s the way Dawn Johnson co-owner of Dunromin Campground, rural Caledonia, summed up the highs and lows she and her husband Peter experienced following the torrential rains of June 7 and 8.

“When you consider the damage we sustained, it’s amazing we were up and running by Friday (June 13). If not for all the wonderful folks who turned out to volunteer with the clean-up, there’s no way we would have been open less than a week after the floods,” Johnson added.

Dunromin is one of two Caledonia area camp grounds that suffered significant damage the first weekend in June. The other was Camp Winnebago, located just two miles farther east.

“We’re fairly dried out now,” Camp Winnebago Director Rande Gustafson reported last Wednesday. “We’ve had FEMA representatives here, who have estimated damages at around $80,000, most of which was for the three bridges that were destroyed, and several service roads that were eroded.”

Both Beaver Creek Valley State Park and Wildcat Landing County Park received very little damage.
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Gadsden, AL, Campground Wins Beautification Award

Winners of the Gadsden Beautification Awards were honored Tuesday, with River Country Campground taking the top prize as Mayor’s Choice.

“Mayor (Sherman) Guyton chose the campground because of its impact on the city and how it brings visitors to the community,” Tracci Cordell with the city of Gadsden said. “He hand-picks a winner every year — no judges were involved in this.”

The mayor was unavailable for comment, but his assistant, Jerry Mabrey, said the mayor chose the campground because of its curb appeal, landscaping and the efforts it makes during Christmas.

“We’ve had a lot of tourists comment about the lights at the campground,” he said. “There wasn’t just one thing about it. There were a lot of things that made him choose River Country.”
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Campground Gets Ready for the Worst

The Southern - Carbondale,IL,USA
GRAND TOWER, IL, - Jimmy Chandler had his pickup truck backed up to his sister's RV Tuesday, ready to pull out of the Devil's Backbone Park campground whenever the flooding Mississippi River makes it http://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifnecessary to pack up and head out.

Chandler's sister, a truck driver, is on a work trip to Oregon.

About 35 guests have already been evacuated from the campground, and more will likely have to leave soon.

"It's definitely going to hurt us," said Michael Ellet, park manager. The park has seen an increase in camping - its primary source of revenue - since other campgrounds and state parks increased nightly fees. "Now with the river like that, it's scared a lot of people off.
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RV Dealer Sponsors Richmond Raceway

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond International Raceway officials announced today a partnership with McGeorge’s Rolling Hills RV Supercenter, which joins the track as the Official RV Dealer and RV Rental Provider of Richmond International Raceway.

During each race weekend throughout the 2008 season at Richmond International Raceway, McGeorge’s will have an on-site store, featuring parts, on-site service and potable water service for the many guests at America’s Premier Short Track who visit in their RVs.
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Camping Opportunities in New Brunswick, Canada, Provincial Parks

From the rugged beauty of Mount Carleton, to the salt-water sands of Parlee Beach, New Brunswick's 11 provincial parks seem designed to offer as great a diversity of experiences as possible.

The contrasts are striking, from the invigorating Bay of Fundy waters of New River Beach in the southwest, to the warmest salt waters north of Virginia at Murray Beach and Parlee Beach in the southeast, to the downright tepid waves lapping the sandy beach of Mactaquac in the centre of the province.

There's the carefully manicured gardens near the De la République Provincial Park in St. Jacques in the northeast, the old logging roads through forests of ancient spruce at Herring Cove in the southwest, or the dramatic mountaintop climbs along the trails of Sugarloaf in the very north of the province.

New this year, if you stay three nights at three different provincial parks, you get your fourth night free. Also, if you stay six consecutive nights at one provincial park, you get your seventh night free.
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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

The motor home fades into the sunset

By Garrison Keillor

June 18, 2008 | Eighty-six percent of the American people believe the price of gasoline will climb to five bucks a gallon this year, a big shift in public opinion from a year ago when most people felt that oil prices were spiking high and would soon return to normal -- which is 35 cents a gallon, same as a pack of smokes -- and we'd be able to head west in our Winnebagos for a nice summer vacation.

The fantasy of comfortable vagabondage lies deep within each one of us, though, and once, 30 years ago, driving a GMC motor home around western Minnesota, I fell under the spell. To have the freedom of the road and the comforts of home -- your own books on the shelf, your clothes in a drawer, your brand of beer in the fridge -- is an aristocratic privilege.

Five-dollar gasoline is pushing that fantasy to the wall, and it's also showing most of us that we live in communities whose design is based on the assumption of cheap gasoline -- big lots with backyard privacy make for a long drive to the grocery store. In the big old-fashioned city neighborhood, if you're bored in the evening you just stroll out the door and there, within five or 10 minutes, are a newsstand, a diner, a movie theater, a palm reader, a tavern with a bartender named Joe, whatever you're looking for.
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The Evolution of a Camping Family

Diahn Ott writes in her blog about her family's transition from tent camping to their new RV...

I just have to laugh at us. If you've read here before, you might remember that Dr. SmartyPants and I don't do anything slowly or halfway. We met, married, got pregnant, moved to a new city, started a job and had the baby all before our first anniversary. We have a tendency to move every couple of years. SO. It should come as no surprise that we've done the same kinds of things with our camping gear.

About 3 years ago, we decided to try camping with the boys who were 4 and 5 years old. We borrowed a tent and all the gear from friends and headed out.

Everyone had a ball - we loved it so much we went out and bought our own little tent, sleeping bags, sleeping pads, etc. We used it exactly 2 times.

Now, it wasn't that we didn't like our little tent. Quite the contrary - it was just big enough for the 4 of us and I LOVE tent camping - hearing all the sounds and feeling the breeze through the open windows...heaven. However - on the trip shown above we were encountered with one of the unfortunate realities of tent camping - 4 days of solid rain. We were SOAKED.

On our way home from that trip we decided to stop in at one of the RV dealerships...just to look...
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Fleetwood RV Offers Rebate on New Icon & Pulse Motor Homes

Fleetwood Enterprises’ RV Group, a leading producer of recreational vehicles, today announced the launch of a new retail program for its Icon and Pulse Class C diesel motor homes. The program, which launches this month, offers qualifying customers a $7,000 cash rebate when they purchase a new, unused 2008 or 2009 Icon or Pulse from a participating Fleetwood RV dealer.

Featuring the new Dodge(R) Sprinter chassis, exterior highlights on Icon and Pulse motor homes include the Mercedes-Benz(R) 6-cylinder, 3.0L turbo-diesel engine for increased fuel-efficiency; pass-through storage; up to 138" long slide-outs for increased living space; highly styled front cap; and standard DuPont (R) full-body paint.
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RVer Killed in Motorhome Crash

46-year-old Doreen Yvonne Davis of Happy Camp, CA was being followed by several vehicles. When she pulled over in a turn-out to them pass, the vehicle rolled over the embankment.
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Monday, June 16, 2008

New York Campground to Be Reinvented

Dan Heath, The Press-Republican, Plattsburgh, N.Y.
CHAMPLAIN, NY -- A campground at Kings Bay just south of Rouses Point is undergoing changes and renovations intended to make it as regal as the bay's name.

Greg and Justin Fleming of Fleming Property Management are working with Jeff Peete of Champlain Valley Traditions to create Kings Bay Campground and RV Park at the former Kings Bay Resort, at the intersection of Route 9B and Point au Fer Road.

Greg Fleming said "We have 177 campsites here. We like to think we're a little bit of a diamond in the rough."

The campground is offering a Fourth of July special. Four-day rates range from $100 to $80, depending on the site's proximity to the water.
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RV Manufacturing Town Back in Business after Tornado

t was a big day for Nappanee, IN, Saturday, as the town officially re-opened its doors after October’s devastating tornado and a January fire.

The EF-3 tornado devastated the town, destroying dozens of homes and hitting many businesses hard, including some of the city's important RV plants.

With a ribbon-cutting ceremony this morning, the town is celebrating being "Back Open for Business."
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RV Service & Sales Manager Likes his Job

Doug Breza sells homes on wheels.

The 59-year-old RV service and sales manager does everything from changing tires to emptying the septic system to showcasing new and used RVs to prospective buyers.

Doug Breza, RV sales and service manager, works at Breezee's RV Center in Homer, Minn., which sells all makes and models. Breza, who got his start selling RV's in Alaska, said to sell them you need to be friendly, mechanically minded and build relationships.

This job requires mechanical expertise, smooth talking and a love for roaming.

You got to be kind of a jack of all trades. I’ll wash RVs, I’ll dump them, I’ll be in the shop rotating tires or changing batteries and I’ll sell them new, on consignment or for rent … We’ll go on-site and check an RV out if the awning or something isn’t working out. There isn’t two days the same.

It’s seasonal. With the winter, it slows. We’ve got to make haste in the sunshine.
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Utah Park rangers revamping bear safety education

BEAVER - Hikers and campers don't need to walk in terror of the state's black bears, but they should know they're around and how to get along with them, state wildlife and federal forest officials say.
Bright yellow posters, clever pamphlets, caution signs near bear traps and even instructions bolted to forest picnic tables will replace wan small-print placards now decorating campground kiosks, all in a new education blitz.
The message: If you're in a Utah forest, you're in bear country. Wise up.
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Camp Hosts are Happy Campers

Pioneer Press - St. Paul,MN,USA
For nearly 15 years, the Carleys have made Bunker Hills Regional Park their summer home.

Barb and George Carley move onto the Anoka County campground where they live each year from late April into October. They are the park's official hosts.

"I call this our Garden of Eden, and every year I want to come back to it," Barb Carley said.

When they retired, the Carleys hit the road in their camper. They met several park hosts as they traveled the country. They thought it would be a fun job, George Carley, 74, said.

So Barb Carley, 70, started calling around to inquire about whether hosts — a fixture at campgrounds throughout the country — were needed. Bunker Hills was her third call. At the time, the official she spoke with didn't know about campgrounds having hosts, she said. They've been at it since as the park's first and only hosts.
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Sunday, June 15, 2008

Camping World/FreedomRoads to Offer RV Rentals

Camping World/FreedomRoads has announced that it will be adding recreational vehicle rentals to its suite of recreational vehicle and outdoor product offerings.
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Bates Motor Home Rental & Adventure Caravans Team Up

Traditionally caravans consist of RVers that own their own RVs. Adventure Caravans will expand its client base with the ability to offer rental RVs to those that would otherwise be unable to participate in their RV caravans.

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Saturday, June 14, 2008

RVers Have Grill, Will Travel

Who knew? Certainly not Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay -- a.k.a The Cooking Ladies.

They didn't expect to write eight cookbooks. Nor did they anticipate becoming the official kitchen experts for a chain of approximately 1,000 hardware stores in Canada. And they never imagined that sponsors would pay for them (at today's outrageous gas prices!) to do an 80-day, 30-city, 14,000-kilometre road trip in their 12-metre (40-foot) kitchen on wheels, which is currently emblazoned with an enormous photo of the RV adventurer duo and The Cooking Ladies logo. They even have their own two-person road crew (OK, it's a couple of friends -- retired bankers -- who agreed to go along and help out.)
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Fleetwood Motor Home Factory lays off 130

A Paxinos, Pa, Motorhome factory that makes gasoline-powered recreational vehicles has laid off about 130 workers.

A spokeswoman for Fleetwood Motor Homes says the high price of gasoline has cut into demand for RVs. Spokeswoman Kathy Munson says another problem is that the housing crisis cut potential customers' home equity.

Fleetwood's Paxinos plant is one of three nationwide. The other plants are laying off workers, too, totaling of about 600 people.
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Yakima, WA, KOA Campground soon to be DOA

A popular fixture along the Yakima River for 40 years could be gone later this year, a casualty of the drive to save salmon and reduce flood threats.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation has made an offer to buy the 23-acre KOA Campground, located east of Kmart and between the State Route 24 bridge and Sportsman State Park.

Removing the campground, coupled with the new, longer river bridge and the future movement of levees away from the river bank are seen as ways to promote a healthy Yakima River and the flood plain connected to it.
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Friday, June 13, 2008

DVD Teaches RVers to Drive Motorhome Like Pros

June 12, 2008 -- RV Education 101, a video and RV Information Company released a new DVD titled, Drive your Motorhome Like a Pro. In this video, hosts Mark Polk (RV Education 101) and Lorrin Walsh (Professional driver & author of Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro) provide the tools to help the RV consumer drive their RV like a professional driver. That means professionalism developed by the ongoing awareness of driving motor coaches, and the execution of unique driving techniques needed to become a safer and a more confident driver.

Mark Polk stated "Driving a motorhome, especially for the first time, can be very intimidating. The truth is with power steering, automatic transmissions and great visibility, almost any experienced driver can quickly adapt to driving a motorhome. The question is; are you driving it the right way? Lots of people have been driving motorhomes for many years without a real understanding of the dynamics and driving techniques of driving a large vehicle." Drive Your Motorhome Like a Pro is a complete video guide to professional driving techniques for beginners and experienced drivers. It takes commercial driving training techniques and converts them to layman's terms, and it explains basic rules you can apply to any vehicle you might drive.

We don't want RVers to be overwhelmed with their new RV lifestyle. Our goal with all of our products is to teach the consumer all that we can to make their RV experiences everything it should be, safe, fun and stress-free. RV owners can review our RV training videos as many times as needed.

Polk goes on to say, "Out of the fifteen instructional DVD's we offer, this is probably one of the best titles to help educate the RV consumer on such an important topic. I have always felt that driving a large vehicle, like a motorhome, requires some additional training above and beyond your typical automobile. I thought I knew a lot about driving large vehicles, but by the time we finished this project I realized there was a lot I didn't know."

Drive your Motorhome Like a Pro includes charts & hands-on instruction covering basic definitions, pre-trip inspections, setting the mirrors, seat position, steering, reference points, transmissions, driving, backing, braking and a bonus chapter on improving fuel efficiency.

Dawn Polk, co-owner, added, "We don't want RVers to be overwhelmed with their new RV lifestyle. Our goal with all of our products is to teach the consumer all that we can to make their RV experiences everything it should be, safe, fun and stress-free. RV owners can review our RV training videos as many times as needed."

The Drive your Motorhome Like a Pro is available DVD is available at: RVeducation101.com

Man Hits 50, Buys Motor Home, Finds New Life, Wife

June 13 (Bloomberg) -- Carl Tucker lived a comfortable, predictable life in Bedford, a leafy enclave north of New York City, where he ran the Patent Trader newspaper and had lots of civic responsibilities.

Then he turned 50, looked in the mirror and out the window, thought he needed a change and frightened his friends -- and increasingly estranged wife -- by buying a 23-foot-long motor home, which he called Migrant.

Tucker rolled through the U.S. on two long trips visiting the 65 graves of our presidents and vice presidents.

He returned, he says, a nicer guy and happier too.
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Waiting for Campground Opening is Fun for Speedway Campers

Bobbie Foster spent almost four days parked on the side of a road. In that time, she read a book, got a suntan and painted her toenails red.

An orange piece of paper with No. 1 scribbled on it made the wait worthwhile.

The campground at Kentucky Speedway opened promptly at noon Thursday - 56½ hours before the scheduled start of the Meijer 300 for NASCAR's Nationwide Series - and leading the procession were Foster and her fiancé, Joe Adams. The couple from Dayton, Ky., arrived at 1:30 p.m. Sunday with a new camper hitched to a teal Chevy pickup.

"He went to work, and I sat here," Foster, a fan of driver Carl Edwards, said. "It is very much worth it to be No. 1 because you get a prime spot."

Many folks spend the weekend in the rolling pasture that becomes a Woodstock-like setting for fun-loving NASCAR fans.

The campground boasts 1,000 spaces that can accommodate cars, campers and high-end motor coaches. Each rectangular spot costs $30 for the weekend.
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Explore Glacier Park During its Shoulder Season

With over a million acres, there's more to Glacier National Park than the Going-to-the-Sun (Sun) Road. While park crews continue plowing the park's famous road, consider exploring some of the other areas of the park. Those who explore the park during this "shoulder season" will be rewarded with fewer people and the scenic beauty of Glacier's snow-capped peaks. Visitors also enjoy walking or biking lengths past the vehicle closures on the Sun Road when there's little-to-no traffic.

Full-service camping is available at Apgar, Avalanche, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, Sprague Creek and Two Medicine campgrounds for $20/night and at Bowman Lake and Kintla Lake campgrounds for $15/night. Full service reservation camping is also offered at the Fish Creek and St. Mary campgrounds. The cost is $23/night. Sites at these two campgrounds may be reserved through the National Recreation Reservation Service website at www.recreation.gov, or by calling 1-877-444-6777. Campers without prior reservations are also welcome, if space is available.. Primitive camping with no water provided is also available at Cut Bank Campground for $10 night. Visitors can verify the status of Glacier National Park's campgrounds online at www.home.nps.gov/applications/glac/cgstatus/cgstatus.cfm.
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The Demise of the RV

HoweStreet.com - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
Eric Fry, reporting from Laguna Beach, CaliforniaÖ

The summer driving season has arrived, but many Winnebagos will never leave the driveway. The soaring price of gasoline will force RV owners to curtail their gas-guzzling wanderlust.

"I never would have bought [my motor home] if I thought that gas would go this high," a retired firefighter in Westchester County told the Hudson Valley's Journal News. "My wife always wanted to go to Napa Valley," the firefighter lamented. "But with gas so high, it probably would be cheaper to fly and rent a car, rather than take the motor home."

The firefighter is probably right. We did the math:

Assuming gas mileage of 10 miles to the gallon, a 31-foot motor home would consume about $2,500 worth of gasoline to journey from the Hudson Valley to the Napa Valley, and back again. By comparison, two roundtrip plane tickets from JFK to San Francisco would run about $375 each. Even after paying another $450 to rent a midsized car for a week, the fly/drive combo would only cost about $1,200 or less than half the cost of the RV's gas.
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CAMPGROUND OFFERS LOCAL VACATION OPTION

With gas prices rising and summer vacation for students in full swing, a lot of families are looking closer to home for their vacations this year. The Chattanooga areais blessed with a number of activities, tourist destinations, and outdoor sports to help with planning a “staycation”.

But, if you are still looking to get away, without the long drive or airplane ride, there are several local places to stay or camp.

One local campground is R-Haven Overnight Family Park in Rising Fawn. What started four years ago as a place for Butch and Carolyn Raper’s family members to park their motor homes when they came for a visit, has now become a business for the Rapers.

The campground offers everything from cabins and full hook-up sites to primitive or wilderness camping. There are also pavilions, a playground, catch and release fishing pond stocked with crappie, brim, and catfish, a volleyball court, bath houses with laundry facilities, and is even pet friendly. There is also a paddle boat available for use in the pond and wading in the creek that runs along the edge of the campground.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Wally Byam Rally Scheduled in Montana

Bozeman - Compared to the 75,000 miles they have driven since buying their Airstream motor home six years ago, the last 2,152 miles are a drop in the ocean for Ralph and Zoe Forrester.

The couple's Airstream - number 279 according to the "address" lettering stenciled above its windshield - will park there through the first week of July while the Forresters attend the Wally Byam Caravan Club International's annual rally.

The 10-day rally doesn't official begin until June 25, but the first few trailers have already begun to trickle in from the club's 12 national regions. By the time the rally culminates on the Fourth of July, more than 900 of the shiny aluminum trailers and their motor home kin will flood the MSU campus, creating a temporary settlement known as Silver City.
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Tuscaloosa, AL to consider converting trailer park to upscale subdivision for motor homes

“We think it’s a real good reuse of an old, blighted property,” said Deputy Director of Planning and Economic Development John McConnell. “It’s a good tool to revitalize a blighted property.”

Part of the property is zoned to allow mobile homes. The remainder of the property must be rezoned from various commercial and residential zonings to RMH zoning for mobile homes.

Brian Hurd, owner of Park Place LLC, requested the rezoning. McConnell told the City Council that he wants to subdivide it into lots that motor home owners can buy. The development will be gated and heavily landscaped, and marketed toward University of Alabama football and sports fans.

During the last few years, the city has grappled with how to accommodate recreational vehicle users during football season. Several areas were once used to park RVs are no longer used for that purpose. And city and UA regulations prevent RV owners from leaving their vehicles in town throughout the season.
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South Dakota's Pine Ridge Campground Slated for Cuts

Users of the Pine Ridge Ranger District campgrounds could see changes to their familiar camp sites if the Forest Service adopts its proposed Recreation Facility Analysis.

The Recreation Facility Analysis is a result of a national directive, meaning every forest in the country has to prepare a five-year program of work for the recreation facilities. Lisa Heiser, recreation/heritage program manager for Pine Ridge, said there are a lot of variables that go into the analysis.

To begin with, the Forest Service looked at national surveys and census data to determine what they call a “niche statement.” The niche statement defines where forest opportunities meet with visitors’ needs. Heiser said during the analysis, it became clear that most of the public is looking for a “less developed, more primitive dispersed camping experience.”

Bessey Ranger District at Halsey is a more developed complex and sees a lot of use but meets the Nebraska National Forest’s needs for developed camping experiences. Since Bessey meets that need, other districts are looking to offer the more primitive experience.
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Bankrupt RV Dealer Suspected of Fraud

Dunn Daily Record - Dunn,NC,USA
Several people in the Lillington, NC area are searching for a local bankrupt recreational vehicle dealer they say stole thousands of dollars from them in deals gone bad.

Complaints have been filed with the Lillington Police Department, the Lillington Chamber of Commerce and the North Carolina Attorney General's office against Cape Fear RV and Canoe Center and owner Brad Lamberton.
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Camper used 2-year-old son as human shield

According to court documents, Joshua Don Young, 27, of Chesterton refused to pour out a six-pack of beer on May 3 after U.S. Park Service Rangers Anthony Papesh and Jennifer Jackson caught him with alcohol in the Dunewood Campground in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Alcohol is prohibited in the campground.

Young allegedly threw cold campfire ashes into Papesh's eyes and pushed him down a flight of steps, and Jackson struck Young in the leg with her baton. But Young grabbed the baton and struck both her and Papesh in the head, the documents allege.

After pepper spray failed to subdue Young, Jackson drew her gun and ordered everyone to the ground but the complaint said Young grabbed his son and held the boy in front of his body.

"Young stated something similar to, 'What's she going to do, shoot me through the kid?"' the complaint alleged.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

High Water Continues to Impact Iowa State Parks

Many of Iowa's state parks have suffered flood damage and many are closed.

For the latest information, contact the park directly. A listing is available on the DNR website www.iowadnr.gov then click on the State Parks link.
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RV Tire Sales May Go Flat This Summer

Search-Autoparts.com - North Olmsted,OH,USA
As the skyrocketing price of gasoline and diesel fuel threatens to rain all over distant-travel plans, some RVers may opt to motor only to the nearest campground and remain stationary throughout the summer.

“We want them driving,” says Mike Wilborn, store manager at the Allen Tire Co. outlet in Lakewood, Calif. The 21-store chain serves all tire categories, yet RVers have proven to be a profitable segment over years – choosing from Allen’s stock of Goodyear, Kelly, Michelin, BFGoodrich and Uniroyal RV tires. They also purchase repairs, especially for brakes and shock absorbers.

“They’re still buying the tires and driving on them,” Wilborn tells Tire Topics, “but they’re driving shorter distances.”

“We’ll know more when school lets out; that’s when the busy season starts,” Wilborn reports. “We’ll have to see if a slowdown starts then.”
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Oregon's Loon Lake offers camping & water sports

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
Sheltered from coastal winds and fog, Loon Lake is a popular playground offering camping and rental cabins, picnicking, fishing, water-skiing and other marine motor sports, canoeing, swimming, sunbathing on a sandy beach, and hiking.

Between the public Loon Lake Recreation Area run by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) at the north end of the lake and the privately-owned Loon Lake Lodge & RV Resort along the southeast side, there are more things to do here than at other lakes of similar size.
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Monday, June 09, 2008

Mississippi to Restore Buccaneer State Park by 2010

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Buccaneer State Park, one of the most visited among the state's 24 parks, was obliterated by Hurricane Katrina and remains closed nearly three years later.

Named for the pirates who used the area as a retreat in the 1700s, Buccaneer featured acres of campgrounds and outdoor recreation, including a Frisbee golf course and a five-acre water park, Buccaneer Bay.

The park's restoration is planned in three phases. Rebuilding the campground, bathrooms and pavilions is the state's first objective.
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Motorcycle Club With Violent Past to Gather at CA Campground

LA JOLLA INDIAN RESERVATION, Calif. -- Members of the Mongols motorcycle club have a planned gathering Saturday at the campground on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, and extra sheriff's deputies will be on duty to monitor the meeting, City News Service reported.

As many as 500 members are expected for the annual chapter meeting.

The club is among those considered violent by law enforcement. In April 2002 at a casino in Laughlin, Nev., two Hells Angels and a Mongol were killed in a shootout. In September 2003, a Mongol fatally shot man outside a bar in El Cajon.
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Northeast Ohio campgrounds offer close-to-home getaways

Campers are pitching their tents and anchoring their recreational vehicles closer to home as the price of gasoline continues to rise.
Last year, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Parks and Recreation saw the number of campers at 57 of the agency's parks increase 6 percent - to 1.88 million.

Over this Memorial Day holiday, the parks division also saw 32 campgrounds full, a new record and up from last year's 26 full campgrounds.

"At least in our case the goal is to keep people in Ohio and outdoors. We want to make our parks friendly for campers," said Dan West, chief of the Parks and Recreation Division.
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RV Sales Dismal According to RV Dealer

The trade group for recreational vehicles wants everyone to know that an RV vacation can cost less than a conventional getaway, and that obeying a few simple rules can save fuel, such as "minimize air conditioning by opening windows" and "turn off water when bathing."

Finding the bright side in the RV industry is no easy feat these days. This will be the fourth year of shrinking motor-home sales, aggravated by a falling housing market and soaring gas prices. Any big-ticket item with an engine has become a tough sell for the typical consumer, homes all the more so: "If they're not buying houses on foundations, they're not going to buy them on wheels," noted Bob Simonson, analyst at Chicago's William Blair & Co.

As Dan Guthrie, owner of Art's RV Sales and Service in Glen Ellyn, put it, "From a sales standpoint, I think 'dismal' is the word that fits."

Will RVs turn around anytime soon? "No, no," Simonson said, emphatically. "What was terrible is getting worse."
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Sunday, June 08, 2008

Popular Radio DJ Buys First Motorhome

Airwaves legend, Jihnnie Walker, who made his name in the 60s on the pirate ship Radio Caroline and has been a top DJ for more than 40 years, was hooked on the idea of owning a motor home after visiting the NEC Motorhome show in February.
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Firefighters Rescue RVers from Flooded IA Campground

ROCK FALLS — Heavy rains forced evacuation of Camp of the Woods campground early this morning.

Rescue workers in a boat traversed swirling floodwaters, checking each campsite to make sure everyone was out.
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Iowa DNR Seeks Campground Hosts & Other Volunteers

Keepers of the Land, the volunteer program with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, offers many statewide volunteer events and opportunities to help Iowans give back and enjoy summertime fun.

* Park enhancement: Officials with Lake Darling State Park, near Brighton, are seeking volunteers to remove invasive species, like multiflora rose and shingle oaks, from park woodlands. Hand saws and chain saws will be provided.

This opportunity starts immediately and ends upon project completion.

For more information, call Jeff Hildebrand or Merrill Lucas (319) 694-2323.

* Campground host: Officials at state parks throughout the state are seeking volunteers to serve as campground hosts for the camping season.

State parks seeking volunteer hosts include: Lacey-Keosauqua in Van Buren County, Green Valley in Union County, Lake Ahquabi in Warren County, Maquoketa Caves in Jackson County, Pleasant Creek in Linn County and Stephens State Forest in Lucas County.

For more information, call Elizabeth Gull at (515) 281-0806.

* Watercraft inspections: Officials with the DNR's Fisheries Bureau are seeking volunteers to assist with controlling aquatic invasive species through boater education activities at boating areas throughout the state.

This opportunity starts immediately and ends Sept. 30.

For more information, call Kim Bogenschutz or Jason Euchner at (515) 432-2823, Ext. 103 or (515) 432-2823, Ext. 118.

A full listing of volunteer opportunities and events is available at www.keepersof-theland.org.
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Try Cadillac, Michigan, for Affordable Camping & Boating

William Mitchell State Park on lakes Cadillac and Mitchell is the quintessential lakeside camping experience, making it one of the most popular campgrounds in northwestern Michigan.

Here, tents are as welcome as RVs, row boats as common as the latest Four Winns speedboat (the boat company is based in Cadillac). Reservations are strongly recommended, especially for the choice sites along the canal where campers can tie up their fishing and ski boats.
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Friday, June 06, 2008

Home is where you park it

Beneath the shade of retractable awnings, the inhabitants of a small petroleum-fueled city feasted on cookouts and lazed away in lawn chairs yesterday. Synthetic grass rugs, hanging plants and a pelican lawn ornament added a homey touch.

They also geared up for bean-bag baseball, fine-tuned their microwave oven cooking skills, sought ways to soup up their 40-foot homes on wheels and broke into the chicken dance.

"We're like a little community here," said John Breisch of Reading, Pa. "We can literally park anywhere they let us and make it our home."

Hundreds of motor coach enthusiasts are assembling at the Richmond Raceway Complex this weekend for the 17th Great Eastern Area Rally.
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Glacier Park camping back to normal after rain

WEST GLACIER — A week after a storm made for a soggy Memorial Day weekend at Glacier National Park, officials announced that park operations quickly returned to normal and that additional roads/road segments and campgrounds are now available to visitors.

Full-service camping is available at Apgar, Many Glacier, Rising Sun, and Sprague Creek campgrounds for $20 a night and at Bowman Lake Campground for $15 a night.

Full service camping also is offered at the St. Mary Campground for $20 a night through May 31; beginning June 1, the cost is $23 a night.
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Park Model in RV Resort is Summer Cottage for Many Americans

It’s already past the 100-degree mark in Phoenix, where Mike McConville works as a self-employed cabinetmaker.

But triple digit heat is of little concern to McConville and his family. When the weather gets hot, the McConvilles head up to Munds Park, an RV resort near Flagstaff where they own a 400-square foot recreational park trailer or “park model.”

“It’s our home away from home, and it’s a lot cooler up there,” said McConville, 57, who purchased his park model last year.

Marion Steinbrenner is similarly unconcerned with the approach of summer. After spending the winter at an RV resort in Florida, she’ll be spending the next few months at Peters Pond RV Resort on Cape Cod, where she owns a park model.

Still relatively unknown to most consumers, recreational park trailers or “park models” are 400-square foot movable resort cottages that are designed exclusively for part-time recreational use.
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Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Damon Motor Coach #1 Seller in Canada

ELKHART, IN – The best selling Class A motorhome in Canada in 2007, according to Statistical Surveys Inc., was Damon Motor Coach’s DayBreak gas model. Third best seller overall in the Class A market was Damon’s Tuscany series diesel. Tuscany was #1 in diesel sales in Canada for 2007.
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Monaco Teams With Cracker Barrel for Road Trip Game

Monaco Coach Corporation a manufacturer of recreational vehicles, is participating in an innovative promotion with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®.

Cracker Barrel customers will have a chance to win more than $1,000,000 in prizes. According to the rules of the promotion, one lucky guest who collects all of the winning license plate game pieces will win the grand prize -- a new Monaco 2008 Cayman XL Class A diesel motorhome.
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Winnebago falls after saying it will close plant

Winnebago Industries Inc. fell to a new 52-week low Tuesday after the motor home manufacturer said it would close an Iowa plant, leading to the elimination of 270 jobs.

Late Monday, Winnebago said its Charles City facility will close in August, with work being transferred to its Forest City, Iowa, plant in the fourth quarter.

Company officials blamed rising fuel prices, a difficult lending environment and low consumer confidence for a decrease in motor home demand. The industry has seen a double-digit retail sales decline for seven of the last eight straight months.

Chairman Bob Olson said in a statement that the plant could reopen at a later time if manufacturing capacity increases in the future.
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Delayed campground opening upsets Chamber of Commerce

Peninsula Daily - Port Angeles,WA,USA
QUILCENE — Federal budget cuts have delayed the opening of Fallsview Campground south of Quilcene, which a Chamber of Commerce leader sees as a threat to the community's economy.

The 30-site recreational vehicle and camper/tent campground, off U.S. Highway 101 about 3.5 miles south of Quilcene, has been open in April in years past, but was left closed through this month.

That's why the Jefferson County commissioners, with the Quilcene-Brinnon Chamber of Commerce's blessing, sent letters Monday to congressional leaders, asking for additional funding to keep the campground open in June.

Letters were sent to U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks, D-Belfair, and U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell, D-Mountlake Terrace, and Patty Murray, D-Freeland.

County Commissioner John Austin, D-Port Ludlow, urged his fellow board members on Monday to send the letters.

"It always helps," said Lisa Hames, Quilcene-Brinnon Chamber of Commerce president.

"The more people that stay in the area and have a place to stay, it helps our economy.

"It helps the grocery store, our restaurants and gas stations."
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Supervisors cracking down on year-round campers

phillyBurbs.com - Philadelphia,PA,USA
Quakerwoods Campgrounds makes for a nice rural retreat. The problem is some campers were turning the Milford outdoors spot into a year-round home.

To thwart transients from trying to take permanent residence in the 20-acre campgrounds, the township's supervisors last year commanded Quakerwoods to shut down for December and January every year.
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Olympia WA council to discuss RV parking rules tonight

The Olympia, WA, City Council will consider two measures tonight: one that would ban RV parking overnight on city streets and another that would ban such parking for more than 24 hours. The ordinances were drafted because seven RVs have parked for months in the area near the Olympia Transit Center, generating complaints of taking up parking spaces, dumping sewage and running generators.

Residents of the vehicles, many otherwise homeless, say they can't afford another place to stay and would have nowhere to go if they're kicked off of the streets.
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Monday, June 02, 2008

After Forty Years, Popular Campground Gets New Owners

WCSH-TV - Portland,ME,USA -- The family who built Jo Mary Lake Campground from the ground up is leaving the business.

A spokesperson from Prentiss Carlisle, the company that manages that land, said the family was not willing to invest enough money in the campground. The Smith family is sad to let go.

The campground will open under the management of the North Maine Woods this summer until the landowners can decide on a long-term plan for the campground.
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Making sure Winter Texans keep coming back

If you notice fewer RVs coming back into the area next fall, it could be because they're already here.

Local RV park operators say more Winter Texans stored their recreational vehicles in the Rio Grande Valley when they went home this spring to not burn fuel hauling them back next season.

Bonnie Dominguez, the manager at Fun N Sun RV Resort in San Benito, said Winter Texans who reserve a space for the 2008-09 season only have to pay a nominal storage fee to leave their mobile home behind. She said there are more RVs in storage at her facility this year than in any other she can remember.

At Sunshine RV Park in Harlingen, manager Lon Huff estimated the number of RVs now in storage is a 30-percent increase over past years.

It's all because of the high gas prices, Dominguez said.
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Camping at Texas State Railroad Park

Tickets on trains pulled by diesel engines are $34 for adults, $17 for ages 3 through 11. With steam locomotives, they're $38 and $21, respectively. Seating in a climate-controlled passenger car is an added $4 for adults and $2 per child.

Engine cab rides (one-way ride) are $250 for riders 18 and older.

Inside the Texas State Railroad Park: Campground and picnic areas are near the Palestine and Rusk depots. Palestine sites have restrooms and water but no shower facilities. Rusk has a campground with water, sewer and electric service, tennis courts and a fishing lake. Both have nature trails, group pavilions and grills.

• Outside the park: In and around Palestine are bed-and-breakfasts, motels, campgrounds and RV parks. Information: Palestine Convention and Visitors Bureau, 1-800-659-3484; www.visitpalestine.com

Rusk has motels, B&Bs, campgrounds and RV parks. Information: Rusk Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-933-2381; www.rusktexas.com.
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