Thursday, July 31, 2008

Feedback Drives Innovation on 2009 American Coach Luxury Motor Homes

Fleetwood Enterprises’ RV Group, a producer of recreational vehicles, announced the release of its 2009 American Tradition, American Eagle and American Heritage. Many of the new features and benefits on the 2009 American Coach line of luxury motor homes are the direct result of customer and dealer feedback gathered by the American Coach team throughout the year.

One example of this feedback is the new full-wall-slide floor plan on the 2009 American Tradition and American Eagle (42P). This luxurious model features opposing 30” deep flush-floor slide boxes that create an open residential feel unmatched in the industry. Key bedroom amenities include a computer desk, 26” LCD TV, optional queen bed from Select Comfort™, and optional stacking washer/dryer.
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Fire Damages RV

An RV was nearly destroyed by fire Thursday morning.

The blaze broke out at 429 Hibiscus Drive in Outdoor Resort, 69411 Ramon Road, in Cathedral City around 8:30 a.m.

The fire started in the kitchen area of the RV, perhaps by a refrigerator that may have overheated, fire crews said.

The property was vacant and no injuries were reported.

Officials said the blaze caused about $15,000 damage to the rear kitchen area and some smoke damage, but the RV ``was not a total loss.”

Resort residents Dick and Deena Whiteman cqwere on their way back from grabbing a morning coffee when they first noticed the fire.

The couple reported their findings to the front gate, and within a few minutes flames had begun to engulf the RV, Dick Whiteman said.

The Whitemans said most of the resort’s residents leave during the summer.
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Country Coach launches new product line... Country Coach Veranda

Highline Motorcoach Manufacturer Country Coach announced the launch of an entirely new product line. Named Country Coach Veranda, this new coach line-up will offer multiple models of luxury diesel motorcoaches, each designed to integrate the company’s new patent-pending Veranda innovation.

This feature opens the motorcoach’s interior living space to outside air and light, and unifies the interior and exterior living area. Essentially a steel deck with railings that is created when a section of the coach sidewall is lowered, the Veranda living area is separated from the coach interior by a 12-foot expanse of hurricane-rated sliding glass doors that easily slide open to join the spaces. This revolutionary new concept allows for myriad floorplan configurations.
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Relocated workers inundate Iowa City campsites

The Daily Iowan- Iowa City,IA,USA
Brian Trapp's and Marti Jaso's blue and gray tents sit side-by-side at the West Overlook Campground near the Coralville Reservoir.

Trapp and Jaso are construction workers who have relocated to Iowa City to help in flood relief and rebuilding. Local campgrounds have seen flocks of workers pitch tents while in town to clean up after the flood.

Bill Kallaus, the manager of Funcrest Campground, 3981 W. Overlook Road N.E., said that he has had quite a few people from all over the place setting up camp - helping him see a definite increase in business from last year.

"We had 100 guys in two big tents here for a while," he said. The men were there to help with various projects, including UI building renovation.

Colony Country Campground in North Liberty has also hosted a flock of workers, said Beth Saxon, co-owner. "I have turned away about 50 workers because we were full," she said.
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Outstanding Senior Volunteers at Disabled Veterans RV Camp

Don Drigans of St. Paul Park spends most of his week at Big Marine Lake, north of Stillwater Township, but he doesn’t have time to fish.

Drigans, a member of the 16-member board that oversees the operation of the Disabled Veterans Rest Camp at the lake.

His work for the camp led to nomination and eventual selection as one of two 2008 Outstanding Seniors of Washington County.

Drigans, 71, retired and a disabled veteran himself, shares the work of renovating the camp with the board, but “most of them are still working and I have the time,” he said.

Drigans says the camp is still looking for money to enlarge its facilities for the growing number of veterans who rent the cabins and use the RV pads and tent sites. “We also get big crowds for our Memorial and Veterans day ceremonies and other holidays,” he said.

In 2007, the camp won a $500,000 grant from the state and received matching funds from the Fred C. and Catherine B. Andersen Foundation to upgrade facilities. Those upgrades included 45 new RV sites, 15 re-located tent sites, 32 new boat slips, a community pavilion and a new well and well house. The 2,000 foot-long swimming beach was refurbished and a new 4,700 foot-long walking trail was installed.

Foundations have been laid for the first two of 15 new duplex cabins, and there are plans for two smaller pavilions, and two shower houses, one of which will contain a storm shelter.
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Escapees RV Club Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

The Escapees RV Club teamed with the city of Gillette, WY, to celebrate 30 years in business. The all-American birthday bash was held over the recent Fourth of July weekend. A pancake breakfast, parade, all-you-can-eat hot dog feast, and cake and ice cream were followed by an impressive fireworks display.

The birthday bash theme of “3 in 30” highlighted the fact that the third generation of the club’s founding family is now directing the club’s day-to-day operation. Founders Joe and Kay Peterson rode in a place of honor on the club’s house-in-wagon float in Gillette’s parade.

Billed as the club’s 30th Birthday Bash, the day followed the Escapees’ annual Escapade – a five-day event jam-packed with seminars, workshops, classes, entertainment, and fun. RVers and RV-wannabes packed the Cam-Plex in Gillette, WY, for three days of pre-Escapade activities, the five-day Escapade, and the birthday bash. Many Escapade-goers toured Wyoming’s numerous camping areas and monuments while traveling to and from Gillette.
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

RVers Lining up for Spot in NY State Fair Campground

Geddes, New York - Some dedicated fans of the New York State Fair showed up at the Fairgrounds Wednesday - the first day campers and RVs can line up for a chance to buy spots at the Fair's campgrounds.

There are no advance reservations - it's all first-come first-serve. Lining up Wednesday means these folks are practically guaranteed first dibs on the best spots, when campground tickets go on-sale August 16.

Get more information about getting campground tickets to this year's Fair.
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Success story can’t be stopped RV dealership

thesuburbanite.com - Akron, OH
John and his young family, including wife, Nancy and five sons, loved camping. Renting a camper made vacationing with a large family affordable. In 1971, John opened Hartville RV to rent affordable pop-up campers to vacationers who would predictably enjoy the same pastime.

“Dad’s philosophy is that a family only has about 15 summers together,” says son Jeff. “If you think about it that way, each vacation is special,” he mused. Within several years John quit barbering and was selling RV’s. In 1994 he was named Businessman of the Year in Lake Township.

Under Jeff’s leadership, Hartville RV continues to thrive.

“People may think that because of gas prices our business might suffer,” stated Jeff.
But quite the opposite is true. “2008 has been our best year thus far,” he said.

Since 9/11 people have re-evaluated their priorities spending more family time together. Because RVing is a “green” activity, people are attracted to it. According to Jeff the RV industry has also done a good job of promoting RVing as a way to better access hobbies such as biking, kayaking, motorcycling and even antiquing.
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Local RVers Seek Public Dump Station

parrysound.com - Parry Sound,Ontario,Canada
Local RVers need a dump station in the area many times over the RVing season, which has almost, not quite, but almost become year round.

This is not counting the thousands of RVs from all of Canada and United States travelling to our region, maybe staying for a few days, or maybe just stopping and going on. But they might stop again in town if we had the facilities to accommodate the RVer. The good word, or the bad word of a town travels mega fast among RVers.
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Mill Creek Ranch Resort to have Family Fun Weekend

Canton, TX July 30, 2008 -- Mill Creek Ranch Resort is offering a special, back to school, family fun weekend.

Mill Creek Ranch Resort celebrated its Grand Opening on July 10th, and already people are beginning to catch the vision of East Texas' finest new resort. Beauty, serenity, family, and great memories are all a part of what they do. The natural beauty of the East Texas ranch, combined with the rustic elegance of the facilities, the most modern of accommodations -- both cottages and RV sites -- and activities and events with the family in mind, make us the ideal place for your back to school memories this summer.

The family fun celebration will be the weekend of August 15-17, 2008. Not only will the weekend be a fun memory to make, but it will be designed to help build your family into a team as the busy school year ensues. You will face obstacle courses together, learn how to communicate better on the low ropes course, learn how to be competitive against the forces of the world by being a team in races and skits, and just have fun together in our pool activities and fishing events.

The fun begins with an opening pool party on Friday evening, complete with smores at the fire pit, swimming and music at the RV pool and cabana. After the fun evening of getting to know each other and other families better, be prepared for the fun ahead on Saturday and Sunday. This Family Fun Weekend will be fun for all ages and all families. Bring your sisters and brothers, your aunts and your uncles, your grandma and grandpa and be a team for this final weekend before the kids return to school.

Reservations can be made for our cottages or RV sites by calling toll-free (866) 599-7275 or online at http://www.MillCreekRanchResort.com.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

RVers help turn Barks to Bucks

Lompoc Record - Lompoc,CA,USA
The dogs may have left Ryon Park, but a substantial number of their owners' dollars will be staying in town.

The Lompoc Valley Kennel Club hosted several events for dogs and handlers last week, culminating in all-breed dog shows Saturday and Sunday.

Kennel club Chairman Pete DeSoto said participation was down this year by 200 to 300 dogs per show, but that the more than 1,300 dogs that did compete still represented a major contribution to local businesses.

“These people come in on Wednesday or Thursday and they're here through the weekend. These dogs come here with their motor homes, and their trainers and their handlers and it's great for business,” said Denny Anderson, executive director of the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Among the dog show participants still packing up their motor homes in the park Monday morning was Suzie Playter, of Lancaster.

“Everybody needs a lot of gas in their RVs,” Playter said of her fellow motor home owners.

The dog show organizers said there were about 165 motor homes brought to this year's show, down from the typical number of more than 200. DeSoto said he thought rising fuel costs contributed to the decline, but said the turnout was still strong for the show.

Playter said she did not eat out much during her stay, but did have to fill up her 75-gallon tank, and would shop at a local retail store for road supplies.

Kevin Reynolds, who ran a food booth at the dog show, was just leaving the city Monday morning, as well. Reynolds said he and his friends had enjoyed a nice dinner at La Botte Italian Restaurant, and he also restocked many of his food supplies at local stores.

“I spent probably $1,000 in supplies at Vons,” Reynolds said.

Monday morning he was back at Vons to fill up his motor home for the drive up to Oregon for another dog show. The bill was more than $130.
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Tennesee Planning Commission Set Campgroud Rules

Mountain Press - Sevierville,TN,USA
The Pittman Center Municipal/Regional Planning Commission has finalized work on a set of regulations which define campgrounds and how they must be operated.

The proposed ordinance classifies campgrounds in two groups: tent camping only and those that can accommodate recreational vehicles and motor homes. A combination of the two types is also permitted.
Limiting factors for the campground include topography, street access, proximity to flood hazard areas, availability of potable water and sewage disposal.

General requirements for campgrounds include that they be on a single lot or adjacent lots under the same owner and be a minimum of 600 feet from any residence; the minimum lot area is 10 acres; overnight rentals for more than 21 consecutive days are prohibited; roads must be of compacted gravel or pavement; and a buffer strip of native plants specified by the planning commission must screen the campground.
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Monday, July 28, 2008

Forest Service considers closing small Colorado campgrounds

ASPEN — The U.S. Forest Service is considering closing three small campgrounds in the Aspen-Sopris District and possibly charging hikers, skiers and snowmobilers a $1 fee at the winter closure gate on Independence Pass.

None of the closures or the fee are imminent, according to an official with the White River National Forest supervisor’s office. They are contemplated in a planning document called a recreation facility analysis. But that plan outlines management options, not definitive direction, said Rich Doak, recreation manager for the White River National Forest supervisor’s office.

That document was completed in August 2007 but was only unveiled on the forest’s website this month. National forests supervisors across the country are under a mandate from the Forest Service’s Washington, D.C., headquarters to finish an exam of their developed recreation facilities by the end of 2008 and determine which should be closed, improved or left alone.

The White River National Forest’s plan raises the prospect of closing the Silver Bar Campground in the Maroon Creek Valley; Elk Wallow Campground in the Fryingpan Valley; and Portal Campground up Lincoln Creek. In addition, a fee at the winter closure gate on Highway 82 east of Aspen could be charged if a toilet needs to be installed there, the document says.
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Record Attendance Spurs Indiana Beach Resort to Extend Season

Monticello Herald Journal - Monticello,IN,USA
Indiana Beach Resort is experiencing record attendance and revenues at its campgrounds, accommodations and amusement park.

Indiana Beach extended the 2008 operating season to include weekends in September and October for the first time in the park's 84 year history.

"The Monster Beach Party during weekends in October and our Oktoberfest the last two weekends in September will give families additional chances to, as our advertising campaign says, "GO" to Indiana Beach," Collins remarked. "Indiana Beach is an ideal setting for a family escape with affordable family fun close to home."

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San Diego, CA, Campground Saved from the Chopping Block

Mission Times Courier, San Diego, CA
A last-minute reprieve by the San Diego City Council has spared the least expensive, close-in tent-camping experience in the county from the budget ax. Kumeyaay Lake Campground in Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) will now remain open Thursday through Sunday nights through Labor Day, but only Friday and Saturday nights during the rest of the year. That's the good news. The bad news is that one of the largest urban parks in the United States, Mission Trails, at 6,000 acres, is down one full-time ranger position and one-half a campground director position next fiscal year.
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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Remnants of Dolly flooding resort town, RV parks

Las Cruces Sun-News - Las Cruces,NM,USA
The remnants of Hurricane Dolly is wreaking havoc on the Village of Ruidoso in the Sacramento Mountains of New Mexico, as weekend rains have caused the worst flooding in more than 50 years in this pristine resort community located 150 miles north of El Paso.

The flooding was put into historical perspective by longtime residents.

"I've been here for over 30 years," said Fire Lieutenant Hart of the Village of Ruidoso Fire Department. "This is definitely as bad as the flood of 1981, and if we get any more rain at all, it will be the worst of my lifetime."

Flooding continued downstream eastward towards the Hondo Valley. The River Ranch RV Park located between Ruidoso Downs and Glencoe was partly submerged. Trailers and RV units were caught in the onrushing water, and some people were carrying out belongings and attempting to leave.

Three propane tanks exploded at River Ranch.

Downstream, another RV Park, Deer Crossing, was threatened by rising waters. But as of noon Sunday, all units were still on dry ground.
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Winnebago-Itasca Travelers has many special intrest groups

Winnebago-Itasca Travelers (WIT) Grand National Rally is diverse like America.

Special-interest clubs dot the prairie landscape.

You’ve got computer enthusiasts (NETWITS), military veterans (MILWITS), law enforcement officers (WIT LEOS), and “Ladies enjoying life” (Red Hat WITS).

There are bowlers (WIT Alley Cats) and golfers (Duffers) and clubs for singles, singers, and handicapped people.

Among the state groups: the Grand Canyon Winnies, Kansas Prairie Winnies, Nebraska Cornhusker Winnie Tascas, North Dakota No-Dak Flickertails, Louisiana Pelican Winnies, Georgia Winnie Rebels, Massachusetts Pilgrim Winnies, and Maine A Bagos.
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Alaska Campground is Diamond in the Rough

PALMER -- The sun is making a rare appearance as Alex Rossiter drives through the parking lot of the Kepler Bradley Lakes State Recreation Area and pulls up by the bathrooms. As campground host, she cleans the decrepit outhouses as one of her daily duties. Collecting day-use fees, renting canoes and assisting visitors are some others.

But these days, things have been slow, Rossiter said.

"The rain has just messed us up this year," said Rossiter, who worked as campground host last year and said warmer days brought sunbathers almost daily. "I worry about my campground because we're small. The bigger ones can handle the lack of business."

To call this season "summer" has been a stretch. With only two days above 70 degrees so far, and just a handful of sunny days, not many people seem excited about jumping into a lake. Even fishermen are rare, Rossiter said.

On this partly sunny afternoon, one family packed up its fishing gear after an unsuccessful outing just as a lone angler walked down the gravel pathway leading to the lake. A third family walked with their toddler in the picnic area. Other than that, the parking lot was empty.

It's a shame too because Kepler Bradley is a park with wonderful potential.
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Campground Commuters: moving closer to work to save gas money

WZZM - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
While gas prices are falling, some are still finding ways to ease their pain at the pump.

We've heard the concept of staycations before: going someplace local for vacation; cutting down on travel times and cost.

But while some sun at the pool, others are, well doing the same thing; just on a more permanent basis.

Pointing out her flowers and deck, Cathy Claflin says she lives at the campground from May until October.

She is one of many seasonal campers cutting their daily commute to work in half, and easing their pain at the pump.

"I would say I probably spend about $25 a week in gas, and it would be up to $50 if I lived over by Lamar park."

Cathy's permanent home is near Chicago Drive and Byron Center. But she says with all the luxury that comes in an R.V, it's just like having a summer home.

"We have cookouts, we have church service on Sunday mornings," says Claflin. "A fire at 8 o'clock every night, so it's great, we're all a community here."

"It's hard to go three or four hours north when you can come 15 minutes and you're right here," says Harry.

Overall, the Woodchip Campground is hurting like most businesses in the economy.

However, they're hoping the concept of staycations will boost their business.
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Saturday, July 26, 2008

RVbasics.com Compiles List of RV Parks Near Disneyland

Plannng an RV vacation to Disneyland this summer?

Disneyland in Anaheim, California has several RV Parks & Campgrounds nearby. The website lists some of the closer and most popular ones.

There's a wide range of rates and amenities between the RV parks listed so be sure you check them all to be sure you find the one that suits your plans.
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California RV Dealer Closing Due to Economy

ktla 5 - Los Angeles,CA,USA
Nationwide, RV sales have dropped about 70%, according to the store manager at La Mesa RV Centers in San Bernardino which is closing.

Bob Upton blames gas prices and the slumping housing market, which he says has prevented many people from securing financing.

'People had equity in their homes and things like that, that they used to buy an RV. So it's been a little bit of a challenge and that's the reason you see such great deals that we have right now.'

Prices have been slashed up to 50% to liquidate inventory by October.
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RV Camping Stays are Getting Longer

Chatham Daily News - Chatham,Ontario,Canada
RV camping destinations are experiencing longer stays for both families and couples on vacation this summer due to high fuel prices.

Locations such as Chippawa Cottage Resort and Easy Living RV Park south of Barry's Bay offer a central location in cottage country that is a half-day drive from Chatham-Kent.

Resort owner Donald Dunn is seeing RV campers staying longer as well as an increase in day tripping from Chippawa to the many attractions in the area.

"We are close by Algonquin Park and towns of Barry's Bay, Combermere, Renfrew and Bancroft for day trips and for the more adventurous there is white water rafting and canoeing along the Madawaska River,'' he said.

Several travel organizations have been promoting the one-tank trip idea including Woodall's camping organization that caters to RV campers and tent campers throughout North America.

"I think the one-tank promotion to reach a specific destination and tour from that destination is an excellent way to save on gas and reflects the future for many RV owners and campers,'' said Dunn.

Chippawa has a pricing policy that rewards RV campers with lower per-day costs the longer they stay. Rates start at $45 per day and can go as low as $40. Seasonal rentals are even lower.

Fishing and boating are the most popular outdoor activities at Chippawa since both the Ottawa Valley and Madawaska Valley are part of the Madawaska River system running from Algonquin Park to the Ottawa River.

Lake Kamaniskeg is one of Ontario's most spectacular lakes with 35 miles of boating opportunities as part of the Madawaska River system.

Chippawa has both lake and river frontage with a 3,000-foot freshwater sand beach.
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Albertans sue for $4.6M over alleged motorhome scam

Calgary Herald - AB, Canada
More than a dozen Albertans have filed a $4.6-million lawsuit, claiming they were swindled out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in a sophisticated motorhome scam.

Plaintiffs from Pincher Creek to Grande Prairie are suing Arnold Donszelmann, his family, their companies and two employees in a statement of claim that alleges conspiracy, deceit and breach of contract dating back to 2001.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday claims the staff at Leisure RV in Millet, about 45 kilometres south of Edmonton, sold recreational vehicles to 17 customers, who then placed the vehicles with the company's rental program.

Through the "management investment program," the customers were allegedly promised guaranteed income to cover all the costs of owning the RVs. But the company was consistently late with the money and eventually stopped making payments altogether.
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Friday, July 25, 2008

Motorhome generator sparks blaze in Oregon campground

Firefighters responded to Incident #412, a new wildfire burning in the Skull Hollow Campground on the Crooked River National Grassland.

Crews from the Bureau of Land Management and Jefferson County Fire are working to control the two-acre fire ignited by a motorhome generator. The motorhome is fully engulfed and continues to burn, challenging fire crews.

Several campsites have been evacuated, but no injuries are reported at this time. The fire is burning in grass and scattered junipers.

The campground is located on the Southeast edge of the Crooked River National Grasslands, a district of the Ochoco National Forest. Skull Hollow Campground is approximately 17 miles Northeast of Prineville off U.S. Hwy 26.

This incident reinforces the need for campers and visitors to take extra care while recreating on public lands in Central Oregon.
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Planning a family vacation? An RV might fit the budget

Atlanta Journal Constitution - GA, USA
While gas prices have made it more expensive to take trips in any kind of vehicle, RVs do come in many different models and sizes — from truck campers and tow trailers to motor homes and even sport utility RVs. There's one for every budget and family type. Winnebago Industries Inc., the largest maker of motor homes, unveiled a 2009 ERA (a class-B motor home model) that gets 22 miles per gallon, while the largest motor homes get about eight mpg, according to industry data.

Courtney Robey, public relations manager for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, says RVs can also be a good deal for families. Despite gas costs, "a family of four can travel much more cheaply in an RV than by flying, where you'd have to buy four tickets. And you're not going to be eating out at restaurants three times a day. You're going to be cooking in the RV. You also don't have to pay for a hotel room. So a family can save money in the long run."
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RVs seized as dealer is accused failing to repay $3M lenders

Newsday - Long Island,NY,USA
A Medford company that bills itself as Long Island's top RV dealership is being sued for more than $10 million by two national finance companies that claim the retailer sold vehicles but failed to pass along more than $3 million in payments to the lenders.

Eddy's Long Island RV Center, which sells and rents RVs and has been in business since 1960, has seen most of its inventory seized and its bank accounts frozen.

Executing a court order from federal Judge Joseph Bianco in Central Islip, the Suffolk County sheriff's office seized about 140 motor homes and trailers starting on Monday morning, said Capt. Ted Sarian, the commanding officer of the sheriff's civil bureau. The seizure was completed Tuesday.

The battle began in court on May 30, when GE Commercial Distribution Finance Corp., a unit of Fairfield, Conn.-based General Electric Co., sued Eddy's in U.S. District Court. GE said the company defaulted on its payment agreement when it sold about $2.3 million worth of vehicles without sending payments to the lender. GE is demanding that Eddy's pay its $6.6-million loan balance.
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Canadian RV dealer suspended and "freeze order" issued

BURNABY, BC, July 23 2008 - Southwest R.V. and Sport Ltd., with Vancouver Island locations at Sidney, Chemainus and Duncan has been suspended from doing business by the Registrar of Motor Dealers. A "freeze order" was issued July 15, 2008 on all of the dealership's assets and bank accounts and the salesperson licence of the company's dealer principal, Kersti Clark, has also been suspended.

Complaints since March 2008 involved consigned recreation vehicles worth approximately $225,000, subsequently sold by Southwest, but the complainants reported difficulty tracking either their vehicles or their money. A portion of the proceeds were paid to the consignees after the VSA commenced its investigations, but there is still an outstanding amount of approximately $100,000 yet to be accounted.
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Tillamook Forest Center offers campground talk

Hillsboro Argus - OregonLive.com - Hillsboro,OR,USA
"A Walk Through Time" will be presented at Nehalem Campground, on July 26 at 7 p.m. by staff members from the Tillamook Forest Center.

If the trees in this campground could talk, they would share stories of big events. Explore how salmon and bald eagles use the river, look for evidence of old time logging, see how nurse logs create trees on "stilts" and check out how the 2006 and 2007 storms impacted the forest and the railroad.

Tillamook Forest Center offers free family-friendly programs at the Tillamook Forest Center, including Tillamook Forest Center programs, guided hikes, special events and a new "Find Yourself in the Forest Guest Presenter Series."

Visit www.tillamookforestcenter.org for more information or call 866-930-4646.
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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Road-savvy RVers adjust lifestyle as recreation costs rise

Jim and Sarah Hinkel's home is nestled beneath Theo Baars Bridge adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway.

For eight years, home has been a travel trailer. And their domicile — for now — is parked at Perdido Cove RV Resort & Marina, which opened July 1.

At one time, the couple rarely stopped at one location for more than two weeks. Now, thanks to gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon, the Hinkels are among the many recreational vehicle owners adjusting their traveling habits.

"We stayed three months at our last location," Jim Hinkel, a South Dakota native, said. "It's just getting too expensive to drive the way we used to."

Chattanooga, Tenn., resident Sharon Puckett, 65, usually vacations in the Panhandle every year with a friend who owns an RV.

"We didn't make it last year because of the high gas prices," said Puckett, a retired teacher camping at Perdido Cove RV Resort with her daughter, Jeanne Griffith, and two grandchildren.

Griffith, 42, said fuel costs are impacting not only how often they travel, but also how much they spend on other items.

"We can't afford to eat out at restaurants as much or spend as much money as we used to at souvenir shops," Griffith said.

Neither Puckett, Griffith or the Hinkels said they plan to give up RVing, however.
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Corps of Engineers in SC Extending Camping

Greenville News - Greenville,SC,USA
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Hartwell Lake is extending camping seasons at three campgrounds: Oconee Point and Coneross both in Oconee County, and Crescent Group Campground in Anderson County.

Oconee Point and Crescent Group Campground will now remain open until Oct. 31, and Coneross will be open until Sept. 30, according to a press statement from the Corps of Engineers. All three campgrounds were originally scheduled to close Sept. 9.

"Many Corps lakes throughout the Southeast are operating under significant budget restrictions this year," said Tanya Grant, a park ranger at Hartwell Lake. "As part of an overall cost savings plan at Hartwell Lake, the Corps identified several parks and campgrounds for possible closures or shorter operating seasons to meet reduced funding levels."

Corps officials focused efforts to serve as many customers as possible by concentrating efforts on the parks and campgrounds that receive the highest visitation. Many areas are only open during the busiest portion of the recreation season, which historically runs Memorial Day through Labor Day. Coneross, Oconee Point and Crescent Group Campground faced season reductions.
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Talking Travel with RVer Adelle Milavsky

Adelle and Ron Milavsky, a lovely retired couple who live in Connecticut, have been road-tripping across Europe for years. They've written the definitive guide on RV trips, Take Your RV to Europe: The Low-Cost Route to Long-Term Touring and now here to share a few more tips about this rather under-rated method of travel.

You recently came back from yet another RV roadtrip through Europe. Tell us a bit about it. How far did you go? What were some of your best memories?

Over the years, we've spent more than a year touring Western Europe. Our latest trip was in April and May this year. We only stayed for six weeks this year instead of our usual 10 –12 weeks. We knew that it would be considerably more expensive this year because of the low value of the dollar. Because gas was as high as $10 a gallon, we only traveled in The Netherlands, Belgium and France with one stop in Germany.

In all we drove about 1500 miles. Our main stops were Bruges, Ypres, Waterloo and Gent in Belgium; The Hague, Amsterdam, and Keukenhof Gardens in The Netherlands; Metz, Nancy, Strasbourg, Troyes in France; and Aachen in Germany. Our bills from this six-week stay were still affordable. Our total outlay for six weeks of travel (not counting airfare) was about $3,000 more than what we would spend at home for food and entertainment. For our 42-day stay, gas costs us $1200, campgrounds just under $1000.
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African-American RVers Hold 16th Annual Rally.

SPARTA - Hundreds of travelers paved their way to Sparta this week as part of the National African-American RVers Association, Inc.'s 16th annual camp rally.

The rally, which began Sunday and ends Sunday, is expected to draw between 300 and 400 RVers to the World Shooting and thesouthern.com
Recreational Complex north of Sparta, said Elbert Smith of Dallas, first vice president of the association.

Many attendees have been coming since the association began 16 years ago, Smith said, making the yearly rally an opportunity to see old friends.

"It's a big family reunion," he said.

Although many came early, the crowd is expected to pick up significantly on Wednesday, when the official opening ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Numbers for this year's rally are expected to be less than previous years - when as many as 1,000 would attend, Smith said.

Recent gas increases have kept some people from taking as many road trips, keeping some people from this year's rally, he said. For Smith, staying home wasn't an option, despite the high travel expenses.

"We're gonna come regardless because, hey, this is what we like to do," Smith said.
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RV Rally Crowd Meets ‘Early Show’ Celebrity

FOREST CITY — Dave Price, the weatherman for CBS News’ “The Early Show,” sure knows how to work a crowd.

Price and a production crew conducted live broadcasts Tuesday morning from the Winnebago-Itasca Travelers Grand National Rally in Forest City.

In between spots, Price chatted up the spectators — asking a girl who carried a sign announcing it was her 17th birthday if “she got a Winnebago for her birthday”; finding a couple from Erie, Pa., where he once worked; and joking with scores of others.
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Coachmen Recreation Vehicle Group Report

“While we turned in a loss for the quarter, we have made significant progress in reducing our break even through cost reductions, capacity utilization, consolidation, and radically improved products … both appeal and quality, however it simply is not enough in light of the current and projected market conditions and economic climate,” said Michael R Terlep, President of Coachmen RV Group. “And while a quarter over quarter improvement in bottom line performance for the RV Group of 44.0% on 47.2% fewer sales conclusively demonstrates the improvements we have made, we simply must make further adjustments throughout our Company to navigate the worst market conditions our Industry has seen in decades.”
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Home-Fabbed Motorhome was Winter Project

Last winter Mark put his time to good use by building a motorhome. He started by purchasing a used 2000 Volvo straight truck. It was a typical rig; large non-integrated cab sleeper and a good-sized cargo box. He removed the cargo box and sleeper, added 7 feet to the rear of the rigs frame and then went about custom-designing and building the living quarters.
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Monday, July 21, 2008

Flood Victims May Soon Live in RVs Outside Ravaged Homes

KCRG - Cedar Rapids,IA,USA
EDAR RAPIDS - Right now, Cedar Rapids city code forbids people from living in RVs or travel trailers in residential areas. But FEMA and several homeowners want that to change, and city leaders are working to make it happen.

The idea comes from a town in Mississippi that did the same thing after Hurricane Katrina. FEMA couldn't provide enough temporary housing, and people wanted to be close to their homes to rebuild faster.

For the past week, Chrystal Rodriguez' family of five has already been living out of a travel trailer parked outside of their real home on the southeast side of the city.

She says, "We actually don't have any water or anything inside there, so we have to go other places to use the facilities or whatever."

She didn't know it was illegal to do so. Across Cedar Rapids' flood zone, dozens of homeowners are doing the same thing. For some, it makes rebuilding easier. For others like the Rodriguez family, the money for hotels simply ran out.
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Family Learns Three Things About RV Parks & Reservations

Heather & Chaos Blog
Ok, I wanted to write this down before I forget. Three things I've learned from this RV camping trip.

1.) When reserving with Flying Flags RV Park - do so in person (i.e. over the phone). We made our reservations over the internet. Great and easy right? Except when you cancel. I called and cancelled the Wednesday before we were due to go. No problem. They cancelled my reservation and I would get back all my money. It's now almost two weeks later and it's still not on my credit card account. So I called. Since I did it online, the company that does their online stuff has to give us the credit. Flying Flags has my cancellation into them but it's the online company that has to refund my money. Great. Can you say dispute is in my future. ugh.
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Texas, Mexico Border Area Prepares for Tropical Storm Dolly

The Associated Press
McALLEN, Texas — Residents along the Texas-Mexico border kept a watchful eye on Tropical Storm Dolly on Monday, stocking up on plywood, generators and flashlights as forecasters predicted the storm would strengthen into a hurricane later this week and make landfall.

The storm was expected to bring high winds and dump 10 to 20 inches of rain in coastal areas near the U.S.-Mexican border. Emergency officials feared major flooding problems and urged coastal residents to prepare.

There are about 2 million people in the Rio Grande Valley, which includes popular summer beach resort South Padre Island. Officials readied to evacuate residents in flood-prone areas and urged RV owners on South Padre to head for higher ground.
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Sunday, July 20, 2008

Burning motor home sparks wildfire

KTVZ - Bend,OR,USA
A wildfire sparked by an overheated motor home on Juniper Canyon Road south of Prineville, OR burned 40 acres Saturday, threatening homes in the area for a time, but crews made good progress overnight in keeping it from spreading any farther, officials said Sunday.

Fire crews worked through the night securing fire lines on the Juniper Canyon Fire, about five miles south of Prineville, said Lisa Clark of the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville. She said firefighters from Crook County Fire and Rescue and the Prineville BLM would spend Sunday putting out remaining hot spots on the fire line and starting to mop up the fire's interior.

There was no estimate of when it would be declared contained, Clark said, adding that Saturday's united effort led to no injuries or lost structures.
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Winnebago withstands rough economic road

DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA
Forest City, Ia. - Each morning, Winnebago Industries Inc. Chairman Bob Olson reviews key company, motor home industry and U.S. economic statistics with his top managers.

Of late, the numbers have been ugly.

The number 4 has shown up on the left side of the decimal on gas station price signs regularly this spring and summer. Winnebago's latest SEC filings show its quarterly motor home deliveries down about 25 percent, which is better than the industry average that trends 45 percent below last year. Winnebago's earnings for the quarter ending May 31 dropped to $3 million from $11.2 million a year earlier. Winnebago stock traded below $12 per share last week from a high a year ago of $32.42.
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Beyond Forest City, consumer confidence is low, the pending November election clouds the future of government economic decision-making, interest rates charged by lenders for motor home purchases are an uncomfortable 7 percent or more, steel prices have doubled in the last year and about $400 billion in home mortgages are in default.

Winnebago has dealt with high fuel prices before and lived to tell about it. The housing numbers are what worry Olson today.

"We've had downturns before, but this one is totally different from the past," said Olson, 56, who rose from the Winnebago plant floor to management and who succeeded Bruce Hertzke as Winnebago's chairman and chief executive officer in March.

"In the past, we've fought problems with fuel prices, interest rates or housing, but one at a time," Olson said. "Now, we're facing trouble on all fronts. And housing worries me the most because when people are losing their homes or if their homes are falling in value, they feel more like tightening their budgets than buying an RV."
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Campground hosting provides relaxation, excitement

St. Joseph News-Press - St. Joseph,MO,USA
Through 20 years of outdoors adventures with her now-grown family, Linda Collier always thought there was more to camping than just sitting around.

She now knows that can be the case.

It was an eventful night last year at Lewis & Clark State Park near Rushville, Mo., when Linda and her husband, Nick, got a knock on the door of their camping trailer from the nephew of a man who was having an apparent heart attack.

The man had come to the right place.

The Colliers, as campground hosts, were the contact point for campers in case of emergency. Linda called 911, while Nick went to the front entrance to escort the ambulance to the proper campsite.

“I went to the campsite, and a couple of the other tent campers had started CPR,” Linda said. “They were raising two little grandkids. I took care of them and the wife and took (the kids) over to the shower house to get them dressed.”

Sadly, the man passed away. Thankfully, campers in Missouri State Parks can rely on volunteer camp hosts for a variety of needs.

While seldom are the duties as nerve-wracking as what the Colliers encountered last summer, it’s clear that they and others are an important ingredient to a pleasant camping experience.
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Campground at Rapidan Dam Reopens

Mankato Free Press - Mankato,MN,USA
The renovated Rapidan Dam Park and campground was shown off to hundreds of area visitors Saturday.

The Day at the Dam celebration was designed to reintroduce people to the historic dam area and the new Blue Earth County campground and park whuch had been closed due to structural problems discovered at the dam.

The popular campground along the Le Sueur River has been improved since being purchased by Blue Earth County a few years ago.
Campground amenities:
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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Tobyhanna State Park Campground Closes Tuesday

Allentown Morning Call - Allentown,PA,USA
The Tobyhanna State Park campground will close beginning Tuesday as work begins on a $2.9 million yearlong project to install flush toilets and showers in the camping area.

Bathrooms at the swimming beach, including the bathhouse, are also being upgraded. The beach was closed to swimming on June 23 because of the work.

Signs and barriers will let people know which areas are closed at the 5,440-acre park, which straddles the Monroe-Wayne County border. The lakeside hiking trail through the beach has been rerouted.

Boating, fishing, and hiking activities at Tobyhanna will continue with little or no interruption. Some picnic tables will be available throughout the project in the dam parking lot and near parking lots 1 and 4. Parking lot 5 and the dumping station will also remain open.

Gouldsboro State Park, which also straddles Monroe and Wayne counties, will be open during the work at Tobyhanna. Gouldsboro is a day-use only park for picnicking, swimming, boating, fishing and hiking.

For information about Tobyhanna, contact the park at 570-894-8336 or e-mail tobyhannasp@state.pa.us or visit www.dcnr.state.pa.us.
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Storm not par for the course

Lethbridge Herald - Lethbridge,AB,Canada
Storms continue to wreak havoc in southern Alberta, as high winds spawned by a large thunder storm cell gusted through the Bridge Valley Golf Course and Bridgeview RV Resort in the Oldman River valley late Friday afternoon, snapping trees and downing power lines within minutes.

Over at Bridgeview RV Resort, trees, branches and personal belongings were strewn all over the place, according to manager Adeline Murfin.
“We’ve got a bunch of trees down, people lost their awnings and one fellow’s windshield was smashed in. It’s not good,” she said of the strong windstorm that came on suddenly about 6 p.m.
“It was so dusty here, at one point that you couldn’t even see outside — just powerful winds. I have never seen anything like it.”
Getting ready to clean up the mess, Murfin noted they will wait until the storm passes.

“We don’t want to send anybody out here right now. The skies are very ominous and it’s raining.”
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Friday, July 18, 2008

An RV vacation on $100 a day?

Valley News - temecula,ca,USA
In a time when watching budgets is critical, we turned our discerning eye to a timely topic: could we accomplish a one- or two-week RV vacation for $100 per day?

This was just our type of planning challenge!

We began with guidelines we already knew from previous RV vacations, such as plan regionally and fully stock the RV locally with food and supplies to curb impulse spending.

We knew that membership warehouse club gas was the cheapest in the Inland Empire location, so we plotted these locations for possible fill-ups. Truck stops are also great for good gas prices.

Don’t let your tank get to empty before you start thinking about filling up. Each stop was more than $300, so the gas price does matter, and stations near the freeway can charge up to 50 cents more per gallon for convenience.
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Motor home crashes into Buffalo strip mall

Star-Tribune staff writer Friday, July 18, 2008
BUFFALO -- The Wyoming Highway Patrol reports one death in the motor home accident at a Buffalo strip mall Thursday evening.

Driver James Stark of Hot Springs, Ark., pulled the vehicle over while eastbound on U.S. Highway 16 after noticing that the brakes were hot, according to the patrol. Despite letting the brakes cool, the Starks found that they had no braking on the motor home once continuing eastbound.

The Highway Patrol says Stark swerved in and out of traffic to avoid collision until coming to a 'T' intersection with Main Street in downtown Buffalo. Troopers estimate the speed at approximately 50 mph as the motor home crashed into a building on the east side of the intersection. The motor home came to rest inside the building.

James Stark, 73, died at the scene.

Passenger Saralee Stark, 68, was also injured in the runaway vehicle. She was transported to Johnson County Memorial Hospital in Buffalo and has since been transferred to Wyoming Medical Center in Casper.
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Monaco Coach to Close Indiana Plants

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
COBURG OR — Buffeted by brutal market conditions and with no turnaround in sight, Monaco Coach Corp. announced Thursday that it was shutting three of its plants in Indiana and eliminating one-third of its total workforce.

A total of 1,400 hourly and salaried jobs will be eliminated, all in Indiana, and about 100 Indiana jobs will be moved to the company’s Coburg operations sometime in the fourth quarter, company spokesman Craig Wanichek said.

“There’s definitely going to be an increase here” in employment, Wanichek said.

Monaco said it would close its plants in Wakarusa, Elkhart and Nappanee, effective Sept. 17, and relocate all service and production operations. Production of most of the motorized units will be moved to Coburg. Towable units and gas-powered motor homes will be built in Warsaw, Ind.

The plant closures will cut Monaco’s production capacity in half, from 180 motor homes a week to 90 a week, Wanichek said.
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Helpful Camper is Critically Injured

Globe and Mail - Canada
Don Morrison spends his summers on plot 25 of Malton's Indian Line Campground.

One of dozens of seasonal residents of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority site, Mr. Morrison, 72, lives alone with his small dog, Sandy. Neighbours say he keeps to himself, lending a hand when he can.

"He's a very quiet, reserved person," fellow camper Linda Thon said.

Just after midnight yesterday, the path outside plot 25 was crossed by a group of campers - reportedly including a screaming woman whose cries had already alerted TRCA campground security - but it was Mr. Morrison who first met them.

Moments later, the retiree was "sucker-punched," hit his head on the pavement and was knocked unconscious, according to neighbours.

"Supposedly, Don just came up and said, 'Hey, what's going on?' And that's when they plowed him," said Ms. Thon, a seven-year seasonal resident who woke to the noise at 12:17 a.m. yesterday.

"Our victim was acting in a good Samaritan capacity," Peel police Sergeant Zahir Shah said.
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The end of the road?

Globe and Mail - Canada
Halfway through summer, Milton Heights Campground looks as pristine as Augusta National Golf Club on opening day.

The grass is an untrampled jade.

The spruce limbs are teeming with complaining birds.

The camp store shelves are well stocked with barbeque briquettes and junk food.

About the only thing missing from this RV park is the RVs.

“Usually we'd be full up this time of year,” says manager Jean Casarin, looking none too hurried as she smoked at a picnic table.

“You wouldn't be able to see the grass for all the RVs.”

Instead, she estimates that three-quarters of the spots sit vacant, waiting for rigs and lawn chairs.

Ms. Casarin sits and waits too, for paying customers, many of them RV-piloting friends who make an annual habit of visiting her and her campground.

“You can't really blame them,” she says.

“When a $600 gas tank last year takes $1,200 to fill this year, it makes it tough.”

For hundreds of thousands of Canadians, rumbling across the continent by motorhome is not just a vacation, but a lifestyle. They are children of a continent-wide cruising culture that germinated during the highway-building frenzy of the fifties and sixties. Many use their mobile palaces as a primary residence, intent on embracing the freedom of the open road.
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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Georgia Vets State Park

WALB-TV - Albany,GA,USA
White sandy beaches...

A resort where guests are treated like VIPs...

A restaurant where tropical music plays on warm sunny days...

Is this Panama City Beach? No. It's Georgia Veterans State Park. You can find all of the amenities here that many resorts offer, but without the long travel. With 8700 acres of space there's plenty of room to put everything.

Rod Brehm, the Assistant Park Manager said that "people come camping, hiking, boating and to play golf".

And he means a lot of people. Georgia Veterans is one of the most popular of the 64 state parks and historic sites, with over one million visitors annually. And with so much available to do here, you might want to stay for more than just one day.
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Registration fees help improve recreation areas

IdahoStatesman.com - ID,USA
Ever wonder where the money generated by the registration fees for your outdoor toys ends up?

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has approved $6.8 million in grants to fund recreation projects statewide.

The projects include a variety of improvements - from boat docks at Lucky Peak Reservoir to new toilets near Sagehen Reservoir.

Each year the state agency awards grants from several programs for development and maintenance of recreational facilities in Idaho.

"In most cases, the recreationists themselves decide where registration dollars are best spent," said Robert Meinen, director of Idaho Parks and Recreation. "Grant requests are reviewed and ranked by statewide committees made up of those who participate in each recreational activity.
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Unhappy campers: Weather, gas prices alter vacation plans

Detroit Free Press - United States
High gasoline prices and an unusually cool and wet June have dealt an economic uppercut to northern Michigan campgrounds, yet many state and private camping parks in the southeastern Lower Peninsula are enjoying a banner year.

"It's a tough one right now," said Maggie Pike, who owns the KIOA campground at Newberry in the Upper Peninsula, "although I wish I didn't own it today.

"It's not just the gas prices. The cold weather and the rain have been just as devastating," said Pike, adding that the owners of the biggest, most expensive motor homes don't complain as much about gas prices as people with medium-sized motor homes and trailers.

"I wish I had more tent campers and pop-ups," she said. "They don't complain much at all. They just enjoy camping and being in the UP."

Georgeanne Hornacek owns a Gaylord KPOA campground where she said that high gasoline prices and cool, wet weather have made people "wait until the last minute before they decide whether to go camping."

"They don't want to waste money on gas if the weather isn't going to be nice," she said. "I can understand why. One of our campers came up with a big motor home that has a 250-gallon tank, and he said it cost $1,000 to fill it. That's some real sticker shock."
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Town residents voice opposition to campground expansion

Sawyer County Record - Hayward,WI,USA
An audience of concerned citizens spilled out the door last Wednesday at the Hunter town hall, eager to learn more about a campground expansion near Glover Lake. A few town leaders said it was the most-attended meeting they’d seen in years.

The concern centered on long-time owner Don Robinson’s proposal to expand his current campground by 9.3 acres to accommodate 20 new RV spaces. At the hearing, he asked to rezone the parcel to residential/recreational 2 to allow camping. His adjacent 40-acre property to the north is currently used as a campground.

Audience members quickly put Robinson in their crosshairs. Robinson argued that there is a need for more accommodations in Sawyer County for those who might not be able to afford homes. But the audience was adamant against Robinson’s proposal: campers do not pay taxes like homeowners, they said.

“These people want to invest money and time in this area,” Robinson said. “What you are all against is a lifestyle. Most (RV campers) are retired people who live elsewhere in the winter. You might not agree with that lifestyle, but a lot of people across this country are doing this.”

Robinson likened audience criticisms to “the drawbridge effect,” where people “get their slice of heaven and pull up the gate.”
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California's Coastal Big Sur bounces back from wildfires

Los Angeles Times - CA,USA
Maiden Public House along Highway 1 in Big Sur

Big Sur is certainly open for business, but what does it look like since the area was shut by wildfires that started June 21 and continue to burn east of Highway 1?

Ed Kendig of the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District says it’s business as usual, except for the dramatic burn on the hillsides.

“The coastal escarpment has all been burned, it’s really striking,” he said. But Kendig was there to check out the air quality, which he says is good. You pretty much can’t smell or see any smoke, he said, but some odor lingers from the ash in the area.


The Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau is reporting a “quick comeback” from the fires, Ripplewood Resort, Big Sur Campground & Cabins and Riverside Campground & Cabins.

he news isn’t as good for the state parks. None of the state parks in the area will open this week, according to California State Parks spokesman Roy Stearns. “To get these parks reopened, we must do a safety assessment at each, and we are in the middle of that right now,” Stearns wrote in an e-mail. State parks have authorized refunds through July 24, he said.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

For RV owners, large vehicles are still a gas

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Minneapolis,MN,USA
"Four hundred ... sixty-nine dollars ... and seventy-two cents."

Slowly, with equal parts pump shock and Texas drawl, Mary Walker recounted the cost of filling up her recreational vehicle's gas tank. "And it wasn't even that close to empty."

Walker grinned gamely as she and two fellow Texans on lawn chairs chatted about RV-ing at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, during this week's Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) convention.

Throughout the fairgrounds, there were no signs that the soaring cost of gasoline was dampening the enthusiasm of the 10,000-plus attendees. But there's little question that the industry itself is suffering a downturn in this sputtering economy.

Last summer's FMCA convention in Redmond, Ore., drew 3,474 RVs, about 1,000 more than are expected this year, and FMCA membership is "down a bit," said communications director Pamela Kay.
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Retirees Discover Joys of Workamping

Rockport Pilot - Rockport,TX,USA
When Debbie and Jeff Duffy retired from the Aransas County Independent School District, they knew they did not just want to sit around at home, but they did not exactly have anything planned. Then they discovered the world of “workamping,” and have been home sporadically since.

They both needed and wanted a change of pace. Then one day while on the Internet, he discovered the world of Workampers. The Duffys researched different locales, and have already spent time as Workampers at several locations in the last couple of years.

The official definition of a Workamper in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is defined as adventurous individuals, couples and families who have chosen a wonderful lifestyle which combines any kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping.

Although most Workampers are in their 50s and 60s, there are many who are younger and many who are older. A little more than half of all Workampers work to supplement their retirement income, while the rest work to support a full-time, or near full-time, RV lifestyle. Most Workamper jobs are in the outdoor hospitality industry (resorts, campgrounds, theme parks, state/national parks, etc.), but there are jobs available in other areas as well.
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Kohler-Andrae Campground adding 30 campsites

The Reporter - Fond du Lac,WI,USA
Construction begins later this month on a $474,000 project to add 30 sites to the lakefront park, which boasts the highest occupancy rate in the state, said Park Superintendent Jim Buchholz. The expansion will be the first at Kohler-Andrae since the early 1970s and bring the total number of campsites to 135.

"Generally, we're filled every day in summertime," Buchholz said, adding that the park hosts about 60,000 campers annually. "We turn away a lot of people here. … We're usually at about 98 percent" occupancy.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Motorhome owners gather at Minnesota State Fairgrounds

How many motorhomes does it take to fill the Minnesota State Fair's Mighty Midway?

About 300.

That's no joke.

For the next three days, more than 3,000 motorhomes or motor coaches (just don't call them mobile homes) will call the Fairgrounds home as they gather for the Family Motor Coach Association's 80th International Convention.

Huge — and hugely expensive — rigs from across the country cover Machinery Hill, the Midway and every parking lot around the Fair.

Here are some scenes from the upper Midwest's biggest — if temporary — motorhome park.
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Camping in the city at Glen Rouge, Canada

Inside Toronto - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Nestled in an area surrounded by trees along the banks of the once mighty Rouge River lies an unusual attraction that allows people to sleep under the stars mere kilometres away from the busiest highway in Canada and the hustle and bustle of the city.

The Glen Rouge Campground is the only place where people can camp in the city (not counting backyard camp outs).

Located on Scarborough's eastern border, just north of Kingston Road lies the 125-site campground. With a coffee shop and a fast food restaurant within easy walking distance, pitching a tent or pulling in the RV might not be considered "roughing it", but as an alternative to pricey hotel rooms or for a family looking to give their young children a first taste of the great outdoors the campground is a good option.
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Bucolic Lakefront campground flooded again

WKOW-TV.com - Madison,WI,USA
The campground at Crystal Lake near Lodi is a popular, seasonal spot, with well-appointed trailers ringing the lake, and piers and boats bobbing lazily in the water.

But for the second time this summer, rains have swollen the lake and swamped some of the lakefront.
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RV 'full-timers' find paved paradise convenient, cost-efficient

Casper Star-Tribune Online - Casper,WY,USA
The sun blazed overhead, warming the vast wilderness. As a Mustang roamed here and a Ram meandered there, an eagle perched near the edge of the land and gazed upon the activity.

But this was no ordinary eagle. It needed a spacious place to bed down for the night that would accommodate its large, ah, wingspan. As always, it found it at Wal-Mart. The convenient food source was a plus, too.

You see, this "eagle" was a 40-foot American Eagle motor home. It is home, sweet home for full-time RVers William and Montez Beard. That and the various plots of Wal-Mart parking lots they claim throughout their wanderings.

The Beards, along with hundreds of other RVers, find the Wal-Mart wilderness a convenient, cost-efficient way to see America's sights. The couple stopped at Casper's east-side Wal-Mart late last week.
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Onward to the Tetons! - A blog Post about the 'Camping Experience'

The uninitiated residents of hotels may wonder: Why have the burden of setting up camp and the bother of community bathrooms down the street when you can stay at a comfortable hotel with cable TV, convenient maid service, and continental breakfast? Why wrestle with the technical problems of an RV when you can rent a car and hand responsibility back to the rental company with the car keys? The answer: to enjoy the unparalleled Camping Experience.

In the Camping Experience, you get to know your neighbors, rather than remaining solitary and sequestered in a sterile hotel room. Although you may meet only for a few days as you pass one another on the road of life, there is a sense of mutual camaraderie. You help one another with technical difficulties that inevitably arise when trying to maintain a house on wheels. You freely share tools and advice; no compensation is expected. You feel perfectly normal walking outside in your pajamas and meeting others doing the same. You introduce yourself to your new neighbors, and pretty soon you are sitting outside and slapping mosquitoes together like old friends. As your neighbors use your bug spray and you start a campfire using their wood, life stories and travel adventures are shared with folks who, just a few moments before, were perfect strangers.
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Monday, July 14, 2008

RV Park & Campground Trips Up For Auction

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds ARVC Foundation is auctioning camping vacation packages to support the Foundation’s efforts in enhancing the camping experience.

Many parks have provided complete packages including the camping nights and other amenities such as boat rentals, fishing or driving range. Each package is unique, from Alaska to Maine.
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Lake Stephens Campground, Marina offers plenty of fun activities

Beckley Register-Herald - Beckley,WV,USA
Nine miles west of Beckley, Lake Stephens Campground and Marina offers the public a 2,300-acre park open from April 15 to Oct. 15. Yet, there is one problem, executive director Mike Pinardo says. Many people do not know it exists.

For people who want to camp out, there is a fully stocked convenience store and an RV center inside the park. This, Pinardo says, provides everything that a person would need for his or her RV.

Every Saturday night, a 10-foot inflatable screen is set up at the RV Park for movie night starting at 9 p.m. A recent showing of “The Bee Movie” and “I am Legend” drew quite a throng.

“This was well-attended,” he said. “All in all, we probably had about 300 people who showed up throughout the night.
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Yuma, AZ RV Dealer Sells Global

YumaSun.com
Record gas prices have driven some savvy businessmen to seek a detour around spiraling fuel expenses.

And while overseas sales might be an exit to profitability, recent exports of an RV lot is largely accelerated by its Web page, says a Yuma dealer.

No one can put a price on quality family time and while he is in the RV business, he really sells a lifestyle, said Mike Green, owner of RV World, said.

"No matter what the price of gas, people still want to go camping."

Although he has been recently selling RVs to Russia and Australia, he's been doing exports since the early 1990s to Japan.

Exports are less than 5 percent of Green's business and while he would gladly boost those figures, sales abroad were stimulated by the Web page he posts, he said.
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Lazydays RV In Seffner, FL Lays Off 75 Workers

Tampa Bay Online
TAMPA - Lazydays RV SuperCenter, the huge recreational vehicle dealer off Interstate 4 in Seffner, reported Wednesday that it has laid off 75 employees, about 15 percent of its work force.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Lazydays called it "a necessary adjustment in light of the current uncertain economic conditions combined with a significant downturn in RV demand."

Lazydays reported net income of $3.5 million in its first quarter this year, up from $2.9 million in the same quarter a year ago. But Lazydays posted a $2.5 million loss for 2007, compared with a profit of $1.8 million in 2006.
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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hit the Highway and Still do Business

Must business skid to a halt the second the door of the RV slams shut? Not when most of what can be done in a home office can easily adapt to the highway.

"I'm taking my office with me in an 18-inch-by-18-inch cube," Zbar, 43, says. "It's not about replicating your regular office--you can't sell it as a vacation and then work the entire time."

Called a "mobile workmate," Zbar's portable office is a wheeled case with telescoping handle and a place for everything: laptop, cords, GPS--all the necessary tools that can be stashed out of sight when it's more important to be fishing with the kids or playing in the sand on the Jersey Shore.

To prove it can be done, and to turn a little profit, Zbar embarked July 5 with his family of five on a four-week road trip he calls "Home Office Highway."

He's demonstrating his mobile office--and tricks he's learned after 19 years working from home--at various stops along the way. He's also giving out his tip-filled booklet, with advice to those new to the concept of a working vacation, or "workation," as Zbar calls it.
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Couple's dream to start family-style campground comes true

Winston-Salem Journal - Winston-Salem,NC,USA
LINWOOD - Given all the thrills that Arthur Morrison has experienced, perhaps it's not surprising that he so readily embraced the laidback lifestyle that you find at family campgrounds, where often the most pressing issue is whether to grill hamburgers or hotdogs.

Last October after he turned 60, Morrison was forced to retire from his job as a commuter pilot. But he said he felt too young to quit working. So he and Glenda turned their attention to what had become a shared dream -- owning a campground.

Last month, they opened Cross Wind Family Campground, a 37-acre complex with 49 camper and tent sites, just off Interstate 85 between Lexington and Salisbury. Though most of the sites are ready, the campground isn't completed.

The Morrisons are optimistic that the campground can weather the surge in fuel prices. "If you drive along the rural roads of Davidson County, in one in 10 backyards, you'll see a camper, and that doesn't count the tents you see in people's attics," Arthur Morrison said.

Those people still want to camp, he said. They just won't travel as far. For example, he and his wife usually go to Florida twice a year. This year, they will travel there one time and spend more time camping in the mountains.
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Nevada's Great Basin Park is Undiscovered Jewel

Las Vegas Review - Journal - Las Vegas,NV,USA
Located enough off the beaten tourist path to discourage many park users, Great Basin National Park in Eastern Nevada remains a largely undiscovered wonderland. It appeals to visitors who prefer to enjoy their outdoor pursuits in relative solitude. The park offers many superlatives, including Nevada's only glacier, the state's second-highest mountain peak, some of the oldest trees on the planet and caves filled with rare natural decorations.

Nevada's only national park lies 286 miles from Las Vegas. To reach it, head north on Interstate 15 to the US 93 exit near Apex. Follow scenic US 93 north to the junction with US 6/50. Head east to Highway 487, where you turn south and drive five miles to the little town of Baker. In Baker turn on Highway 488, which heads west five miles to the park entrance.

Great Basin remains one of the few national parks with no entrance fee and no reserved campsites. Although it stays open all year except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day, some facilities close in winter. Visitors camping in the four established campgrounds pay $12 per night of $6 for holders of Golden Age or Golden Access passes. Primitive campsites on remote Snake Creek and Strawberry Creek are free. For best site selection, avoid summer weekends and holidays, instead arriving mid-week or in the off seasons.

The smallest of the established campgrounds on Lower Lehman Creek contains 11 sites open to use all year, but lacking water in winter. Accessible from Wheeler Peak Scenic Road, Upper Lehman Creek Campground offers 22 sites and Wheeler Peak Campground contains 37 sites. A graded road leads to Baker Creek Campground's 34 sites. The larger campgrounds open in late May and close in October. Campgrounds have vault toilets, water and trash receptacles. Pick up firewood in Baker or bring it from home.
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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Winnebago Unveils Exclusive Class C Floorplan

Winnebago Industries is unveiling a never-seen-before, cutting edge floorplan at the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Convention in Minneapolis, Minn., July 14-17.

"The 2009 Winnebago Outlook 30D is not your typical Class C motor home," said Winnebago Industries' Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Bob Olson. "One look inside the new 30D floorplan and you'll realize this is a totally different coach. We've taken the conventional bedroom area and transformed it into spacious living and dining space that is also perfect for entertaining. Plus, you have plenty of sleeping space too. This is a revolutionary floorplan that we're extremely excited to show in Minneapolis."

The first-of-its-kind, double slide Winnebago Outlook 30D is striking, spacious and fun. With optional full body paint offering a striking exterior, the interior features an innovative layout with the bathroom and opposing wardrobe behind the front cab seats. The spacious wardrobe is not only a great place for storage, but it also houses pull-out stair steps so you can easily access the front bunk when night falls. The front bunk area also features a skylight and an optional 15-inch LCD TV. A fully functional galley is just aft the entry door, with a U-shaped lounge nestled in the rear, driver's side slideout room. A sofa/sleeper is opposite the dinette and sits in the second slideout room on this model. In the back is an UltraLeather Euro chair and ottoman that are positioned so you can easily see the large 32-inch LCD TV that also includes a Home Theater Sound System.
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RVer Given Freedom to Travel

NASHUA – Harvey Wells has traveled across the country in an RV with his grandchildren, stopping at famous tourist spots such as Niagara Falls, the White House and Graceland.

The remarkable part about the road trips, other than historic landmarks, is that the 56-year-old Texan tours the country while he administers dialysis treatments six days a week for chronic kidney disease.

"When I went on dialysis, I made a conscientious effort that I was gonna to spend as much time with my kids and grandkids as I could, when I could," said Wells.

Wells, who currently lives in Oregon but said his roots are in Texas, made a stop at DaVita Nashua Dialysis on Friday to provide personal experiences about his NxStage home dialysis machine, as well as a demonstration on how to use it.
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Friday, July 11, 2008

New County Owned Campground

WJFW-TV - Rhinelander,WI,USA
RHINELANDER - Oneida County now has its first county owned campground.

The week old Oneida County Forest Enterprise Campground is much more than a place to camp out.

That's because the campground offers campers the chance to enjoy their ATVs.

The 10 lot campground is located about 10 miles south of Rhinelander in the Town of Enterprise.

John Bilogan is the Oneida County Forest Director.

He says the county always wanted to operate its own campground, but they didn't have the financial means.

Now, after two years of planning, Oneida County has its own campground, thanks to grant money from the state.

Bilogan says, "The whole campgound cost 145,000 dollars and approximately 95 percent had come from the ATV program at no charge to the county."

Bilogan says the Oneida County Forest Enterprise Campground provides customers with free firewood, to keep out invasives.

Restrooms and drinking water are also available.

It costs 10 dollars per night to camp out at the Enterprise Campground.

For more information, call the Oneida County Forest Department at 369-6140
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Fleetwood Motor Home Recall

Summary: Fleetwood is recalling 226 my 2008-2009 american allegiance, american eagle, american heritage, american tradition, bounder, bounder diesel, discovery, excursion, expedition, fiesta lx, pace arrow, providence, revolution le, southwind, class a motor homes, and icon, jamboree, jamboree gt, jamboree sport, pulse, tioga, and tioga ranger class c motor homes. these motor homes fail to comply with the requirements of the code of federal regulations, part 567, ‘certification.’ the occupant and cargo carrying capacity were calculated incorrectly allowing additional load carrying capacity.
consequence: overloading may have an adverse affect on motor home handling, increasing the risk of a crash.
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Foretravel sues Motorhomes of Texas

KTRE - Lufkin,TX,USA
NACOGDOCHES, TX - (KTRE) A defamation lawsuit has been filed by Foretravel against one of its former employees. The luxury motorhome manufacturer is suing Motorhomes of Texas.

Foretravel claims that Motorhomes of Texas owner David Robertson gave John Christman, an owner of a Foretravel motorcoach, the "go ahead" to publish insulting remarks about Foretravel and company owner, Lyle Reed, on a Foretravel members only website.
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Nw RV Resort offers views of Sacramento River

Record-Searchlight - Redding,CA,USA
Donna Hollenshade can count the RVs traveling Interstate 5 from the big window in her new office at Red Bluff's Durango RV Resort.

"There's one!" she said, pointing. "And there's a big rig."

Hollenshade, resort co-manager with husband Bill, hopes many rigs will stop at the new resort, which is set to open later this month after more than three years of planning, permitting and construction.

Landscapers have been busy planting drought-resistant shrubs, watering new sod and finishing the water-conserving underground irrigation, and filling three fountain pools that stretch between the main lodge and the River Room.

"It's been exciting to take it from the ground up," she said. Since 2005, Bill Hollenshade has consulted with the developers, GMB Realty Partners of Oakland, about site layout and what RV users need and want.
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Vandalism and thefts reported at campground

Carman Valley Leader - Carman,Manitoba,Canada
Two complaints of vandalism and three reports of theft were reported last week at the campground in King’s Park in Carman.

Cst. Antoinette Carpenter of the Carman Area RCMP said a fire was lit in a garbage can in the campground’s men’s shower on July 3 at approximately 5:45 p.m.

“Three to four males, ages 12 to 14 were seen running from the campground shower building,” said Carpenter. “Moments later a fire was discovered in the garbage can in the male shower building and one of the campers was able to extinguish it.”
Carpenter said there was no damage to the building, and no one has been charged in the incident.

The building’s storage/electrical room was broken into, although Carpenter said nothing was damaged or stolen.

Reports of incidences of minor theft from three separate campsites between midnight on July 2 and the afternoon of July 3 were also received.

“We’re just asking that campers keep tabs on their belongings,” Carpenter said. “(The thieves) are not actually going into the tents or trailers, it’s just the sites.”
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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Katrina trailer builder didn't act on health risks

Gulf Stream Coach -- the politically connected company handed a $500 million federal contract to manufacture trailers for Hurricane Katrina victims -- knew its product was contaminated with dangerous levels of cancer-causing formaldehyde in early 2006.

But it failed to notify residents or take any action to protect them.

That was one of the revelations that emerged from yesterday's hearing on Katrina trailer manufacturers held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. Led by Rep. Henry Waxman of California, the committee has been investigating health problems related to toxic trailers that the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided to storm survivors at a total cost to taxpayers of more than $2 billion. The hearing came a week after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report assessing in detail trailers' formaldehyde levels.

Other manufacturers addressed in yesterday's hearing were Forest River of Elkhart, Ind.; Keystone RV of Goshen, Ind.; and Pilgrim International of Middlebury, Ind. The trailers made by those companies and used to house Katrina's displaced were all found by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have significantly higher levels of formaldehyde than other brands. However, the other companies apparently did not have as much detailed knowledge of the potential health risks as Gulf Stream.
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RVers enjoying the mobile life stop in Austin for pre-rally

“Home is where the heart is,” the old adage goes. And for a growing number of Americans their heart is traveling from Maine to California, Florida to Alaska and all points in between.

The RV lifestyle can take a person all over the world, and for a number of the RVers, this week it took them to Austin. The American Coach Chapter of the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) held a Pre-Rally July 8-11 before continuing on to the National FMCA Rally in St. Paul.

After two years of planning the Mower County Fairgrounds acted as a temporary home for more than 50 RVs. The American Coach Chapter worked closely with the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau to accommodate the group. The biggest challenge was finding a venue that could provide enough water and electricity and water for the large number of RVs. But after a number of additions to the Mower County Fairgrounds, the American Coach chapter had a temporary home.

While in Austin the RVers did more than have service teams work on their coaches. They held a clam chowder cook-off and a dance, took a tour of Amish Country, hosted the Spamettes and more. They took notice of the parks and bike trails all over Austin, which provide healthy activities they all enjoy. The event ended with a caravan to the National Rally.
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Advertised RV was ‘too good’ scam

Wickenburg Sun - Wickenburg,AZ,USA
The Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) recently received a report forwarded from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center involving a Cottonwood resident who was scammed during an Internet transaction.

The reporting party advised that she and her husband attempted to purchase a motor home advertised on the Internet at www.rvtraderonline.com. The motor home was listed for a price of $49,000, but had an actual retail value around $100,000.

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RV is Haven of Hope for Those With Cancer

Lansdale Reporter - Lansdale,PA,USA
Take a vacation from the pain and suffering of cancer at Boulder Woods Campground.

There is a special RV at the campground just for individuals battling cancer, and their families are welcome too.

"We have named it the Haven of Hope," said Kay Davis, co-owner of Boulder Woods Campground on Camp Skymount Road.

The idea is the trailer will be offered for those affected by cancer, who can come to Boulder Woods for a free weekend of camping.
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Transfer of Veteran Camp Hosts Triggers Old Memories

Grant County Press - Petersburg,WV,USA
Seneca Shadows Campground area managers and Arkansas natives Dean and Peggy Lufkin have been doing their job here for seven years. Now it's time for them to pack up and transfer to a new location in Florida, and their soon-coming departure is triggering many old memories.

Dean and Peggy have spent most of their summers camping.

"Our kids grew up with it," said Dean.

They began camp hosting in the 50s. Twin Acres, Whitehouse, Ohio, was their first campground as well as the one they hosted the longest. "It was a mom and pop thing," said Peggy.

Unlike Seneca Shadows, Dean and Peggy usually worked at Twin Acres on weekends only. Seneca Shadows opens in April and closes at the end of October, but the couple arrives in March to get the campground ready and stays until November to close it down. They then go to Arkansas for the winter and work for the corps.
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Corps of Engineers Reopens Oregon Campground

Statesman Journal - Salem,OR,USA
Campers who are looking for a quiet, secluded place to camp within an hour of Salem should be aware that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has renovated and reopened Ivan Oakes Campground, on the north shore of Lookout Point Reservoir, about 20 miles east of Eugene.

On summer weekends, most campgrounds around Corps of Engineers reservoirs are full because of advance reservations. However, the 24 campsites at Ivan Oakes are not on the reservation system and are offered to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

The shady, wooded campground is about six miles east of the Lookout Point Dam on West Boundary/North Shore Road near Lowell. Camping fees are $10 per night.

Campground amenities include graveled parking pads, picnic tables, drinking water and vault toilets. One additional vehicle is permitted for $5 per night provided it fits within the campsite parking pad. No additional parking is available.
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RV is big ad for island getaways

The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA
A photo-clad recreational vehicle is ready to hit Florida highways as a roving ambassador for the islands of Sanibel and Captiva.
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Its mission: Pump up the in-state visitors market - a mainstay for Lee County's $2 billion-a-year tourism and hospitality industries - in late summer and early fall.

"Floridians are traveling within the state, now more than ever, because of gasoline prices," said Fran Peters. She's owner of the Island Vacations of Sanibel rental company, and a proponent of the tourist-bureau-on-wheels.

The 39-foot rig will venture out 20 times or more in the next 12 months, said Ric Base, chamber executive director of the islands chamber of commerce. He's owned the RV since before taking the chamber job in June 2006. Base is loaning it to the chamber, and will drive it to some of the upcoming events.
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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New CA coastal campground in sight

he land at El Morro will enter into a new chapter starting this week, as a construction team finishes removing the last remnants of a once-lively community, and starts work on a long-awaited campground at the coast.

The new project will include the first campgrounds to be added to the State Parks system in more than 20 years, and likely the last that will be added. They expect to draw about 250,000 people each year, said State Parks spokesman Ken Kramer.

"It's good news – everyone is going to see that the project is finally under way," he said.

State Parks recently awarded a $12 million contract to Los Angeles Engineering Inc. for the revamp of the land, which sits within the 2,791-acre Crystal Cove State Park. The state is hoping to generate about $1 million each year in park-use revenues from camping, day use and special events.
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Concern about trees prompts early state park closure

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) will close the Oswald West State Park campground effective July 10, 2008. Campers in the park's 30 primitive, walk-in campsites will be offered sites at other nearby state park campgrounds. The day trails and beach will remain open.

The closure is prompted by an ongoing review of the trees in and around the campground. Some trees are 200-400 years old and have been damaged by past storms or are simply near the end of their natural lives.

One such tree — an 11-foot diameter spruce—fell without warning on June 24. No campers were injured, though the tree did fall across several campsites.

The campground closure will be effective until further notice while the agency completes an in-depth study on the health of the trees near the campground.

Campers already in the park will be offered any available space at Fort Stevens, Nehalem Bay and other north coast state park campgrounds. Hiking, surfing and beachcombing are the most popular daytime activities. The campground closure will not affect any trails or access to the beach.
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RVer drives burning motor home away from daughter's house

Canton Repository - Canton,OH,USA
CANTON TWP. Joe Mozie was just about ready to leave for Alaska. He'd loaded his 1995 Winnebago for the trip after visiting his daughter at 1500 Howenstine Dr. SE. That's when he noticed smoke.

Mozie grabbed a fire extinguisher and emptied it on the blaze. He thought the fire was out.

Then he saw flames shooting through the roof of the motor home.

Realizing his daughter's home was in jeopardy, he leaped into the burning Winnebago, started the engine and drove it away from the house.

Firefighters from Canton Township and East Sparta were soon on the scene, but the motor home was devoured by the fire.

A cause for the blaze had not yet been determined.
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RVing close to home

As July Fourth weekend approached, the White family packed their RV with camping gear and loaded up the coolers to head out on their big summer vacation: a whopping 13 miles from their home near Mount Sterling to the Cataloochee Valley campground.

It was the epitome of staying close to home, a trend that has been catching on this year given the high price of gas. Betty and Wayne White used to take their kids to Myrtle Beach, but this year opted for camping practically in their own backyard.

The RV culture — which is a significant part of the WNC tourist business — has been particularly hard hit by the gas prices. Some retirees who toodle around the country in their RVs have been grounded by the cost of fuel, with some of the largest motor homes sucking down diesel at the rate of 8 miles to the gallon.

“I think we have reached a tipping point. There was a time when gas to get to some place was cheaper than staying some place. Now it’s not,”Jann Spalding, a campground host at Great Outdoor RV Resort in Franklin said. “It’s killing them.”

Robbie Burnette of Canton, a regular at the Cataloochee Valley campground, said it has seemed emptier this year.

“I think it’s been slower than usual,” he said. Burnette used to tow his camper to Cades Cove on the Tennessee side of the Smokies, “but the price of fuel has changed that,” he said. Burnette has joined the growing ranks of those staying close to home.

Zina Rumfelt, the campground host at Franklin RV Park and Campground, has also noticed people aren’t traveling as far afield.

“Most of our guests have been what I would call locals, from Northern Georgia or Upstate South Carolina and even parts of this region,” Rumfelt said.
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River eats away at campground

Mankato Free Press - Mankato,MN,USA
The beautiful river side campground Terri Dinesen runs gets a little smaller all the time.

“We keep losing campground to bank erosion. We used to have sites along there,” she said, pointing to a stretch along a steep bank. “We’ve had to move the road twice.”

For 17 years, Dinesen has been the park ranger at Upper Sioux Agency State Park, a two-mile-square park alongside the Minnesota and Yellow Medicine rivers.

While the park has a large central campground for tenters and RVs, it’s the small campground with the panoramic view of the Minnesota River that many visitors are passionate about.

“People love this spot along the river,” Dinesen said Tuesday as she stood along the banks of the river.
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Fire Forces Recreational Vehicles To Be Moved

WKRG-TV - Mobile,AL,USA
Firefighters in Gulf Shores kept a close watch Tuesday on a stretch of swampy land in Gulf State Park.

For the second time in five days, fire broke out near State Road 135 and Beach Boulevard.

The fire first started over the July 4 weekend, and investigators believe it may have started due to someone using military flares.Flames re-kindled Tuesday morning and forced people in a nearby RV park to move their mobile homes.

Doris Sawyer said, "All of a sudden, the fireman comes and beats on the door and says, 'You need to consider leaving.' "

When she stepped outside her RV, Sawyer said, "We could see these red, orange, dark flames back there, and I was really getting nervous."
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New campgrounds enhance City of Rocks

Seattle Post Intelligencer - USA
BURLEY, Idaho -- 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.

That was fine with members of the rock-climbing culture who would throw down a tarp and sleeping bag and hit the sack after belting down a few beers after a 16-hour cross-country drive to the place.

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

And guess what? Even some of the climbers who are now in their 50s don't mind the hot showers.

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.

The City of Rocks, which is located south of Burley, is on the northern edge of the Great Basin and is known for its unique rock formations.
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4th of July Campers Surpise Campground

denverpost.com
Kent Wilson had so much business over the July Fourth weekend that he ran out of ice Saturday and had to ration the rest to patrons at his RV park.

Wilson said the number of travelers who visited his Blue Spruce RV Park and Campground in Bayfield came as a bit of a surprise.

All 100 RV spots and nine cabins were filled, with patrons waiting for cancellations at the RV park near the Weminuche Wilderness Area and the San Juan National Forest. Wilson sold 200 bags of ice over the weekend.

"I thought I had plenty (of ice) because I was going by last year's numbers, but it was a completely different world," Wilson said. "We couldn't fit another person in here."
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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

RVing is Still Least Expensive Vacation Option

Despite record-breaking fuel prices, typical RV travel is still the least expensive vacation option according to a study comparing vacation costs.

PKF Consulting, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, found that "typical RV family vacations are on average 27 to 61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations studied."

Even factoring in RV ownership and fuel costs, the study reveals that RV family vacations tend to be significantly less expensive than other types of vacations.

"This study re-affirms what RVers have long known, that RV vacations deliver greater economic value compared to other types of vacations," says Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). "RV vacations continue to be the most affordable way for a family to travel because of the tremendous savings on air, hotel and restaurant costs. And these savings offset the cost of fuel."

PKF analyzed major costs that would be incurred by a family of four taking eight different types of vacations for three, seven, 10 or 14 days to such popular travel destinations as the Grand Canyon, Cape Cod, and Napa, Calif.

"On average, RV vacations were more economical than the other types analyzed in all but one case," says Kannan Sankaran, PKF's lead researcher for the study. "Even as fuel prices increase, our findings show that almost all RV vacations are still significantly less expensive than non-RV ones."
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Slowly putting the pedal to the metal

Gillette News Record - Gillette,WY,USA
These were not your typical driver’s education students. Then again, this was not your typical driver’s ed class.

About two dozen novices, mostly retirees with no fixed address, learned the finer points of driving a motor home last weekend during the Escapees RV Club Rally at Cam-plex.

The $250 class was tailored to those who had never been behind the wheel of an RV, said Dennis Hill, the “dean” of Dick Reed’s RV School LLC.

“We take somebody with no experience whatsoever and in three and a half hours they know how to drive it a lot safer,” Hill said.
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Learn to Dance at Paradise RV Resort

YourWestValley.com - Sun City,AZ,USA
Dance Outside the Line with Kort Kurdi is every Tuesday and Thursday at Paradise RV Resort, 10950 W. Union Hills Drive, Peoria. This is solo dancing, but it is not traditional country line dancing.

Learn dances of all styles from choreographers around the world. Enjoy updated, multigenerational music from Big Band to today's top 40. If you've ever wanted to learn to dance but were too shy or felt uncoordinated, this is an introduction to dancing as a solo or as preparation for couples dancing.

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California RV Dealer Plans for Growth

ANTECA - After 10 years in business, Naiel Ammari quickly admits today's economy is the most challenging environment he's ever experienced. The housing meltdown, 9.5 percent unemployment in San Joaquin County, gas prices averaging $4.50 for regular and $5.10 for diesel - it paints a grim picture for most business owners.

Was it mentioned that Ammari is in the business of selling RVs - yes, gas-guzzling, big-ticket recreational vehicles - and also providing service and parts? And that he's planning a major expansion of his Best RV Center with the addition of a 10-acre super center in Turlock by the end of the summer? He will see his work force grow from 14 to 20.

"A lot of customers think there are no RV sales going on. All they hear about is Dan Gamel shutting down, but dealers like that are not adapting to the changes in the RV industry and the tough economy," said Ammari, referring to the recent announcement that Dan Gamel's RV Center - one of the nation's largest dealerships - is closing its six Central Valley locations.

"We are willing to change our rules and regulations in the sales process. We've eliminated the high overhead, the high margins. We work with low margins and rely on high sales volume, selling for less," said Ammari, sounding like he's giving a sales pitch. Except that his formula, with an emphasis on low- to midpriced RVs, is working.
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Monday, July 07, 2008

The west is still wild in portions of West Texas

Balmorhea, pronounced BAL-mo-ray, State Park Campground caters to both RV and tent campers. We inched our way into the cool water of the world’s largest spring fed swimming pool. The clarity is perfect for scuba divers and snorklers and is a constant 72 to 76 degrees year round. Average RV fee is $17. Swimming in the 1.75-acre pool is free. The San Solomon Spring pumps 20 million gallons of artesian water per day and is the only home on earth for the endangered Comanche Springs Pup fish. And yes you will be swimming with the fish!
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RV Dealer Lovers Her Job

In-Forum - Fargo,ND,USA
After spending 27 years in management with Northwestern Bell and AT&T, Donna Graffis decided to try selling campers.

She’s been doing that for 21 years as general manager of Larry’s RV Sales and Service, 3002 24th Ave. S., in Moorhead.

“I enjoy what I’m doing. I’m not leaving the fun I am having anytime soon,” Donna said. “It’s a lot of fun helping other people have fun.”
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Sunday, July 06, 2008

Amber Alert canceled; father who took son likely in Mexico

Salt Lake Tribune - United States
Posted: 2:14 PM- Police have canceled a Utah Amber Alert for a 9-year-old California boy who they believe was kidnapped by his father.

Less than a day after Lonnie Ramos, 46, allegedly shot his estranged wife, he was seen abandoning his motor home in Andrade, Calif., and walking across the border into Mexico with his son Ryan in tow, said Orange County Sheriff Department Sgt. Kevin Bieker.

Ramos' wife had come to his house in Lake Forest, Calif., about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday to pick up the boy, and was sitting behind the wheel of her car when he shot her. A friend was in the front seat and a 4-year-old girl in back. They were not injured.

Ramos' wife is in critical but stable condition in an Orange County hospital.

The Amber Alert went out to Utah late Friday because Ramos has a girlfriend in Draper, police said. It was canceled at about 1:30 p.m. Saturday. A Wednesday sighting of the motor home in Utah was likely mistaken, Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jim Amormino said.

Police are planning to search the motor home, a 2005 Fleetwood Providence, for possible clues and then work with Mexican authorities to pursue Ramos, Amormino said.

Mexican law prevents its citizens from being extradited to the United States for death penalty charges, but Ramos is neither a Mexican citizen nor a death penalty candidate, Amormino said.

If Ramos's wife were to die, it could become a death penalty case, he said.
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'Green' campground restroom serves as prototype

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (AP) — When nature calls, campers at Grand Haven State Park can now go "green" at a new, environmentally friendly toilet-shower building that is the first of its kind in the state park system.

"This is the first of its kind, so we kind of get to be the ones to test it out," says Patrick Whalen, supervisor of Grand Haven State Park.

The water- and energy-efficient product, designed by Grand Rapids-based Integrated Architecture LLC, features natural daytime lighting, artificial nighttime lighting triggered by occupancy detectors, timer-controlled showers with on-demand water heaters and reduced-flow shower heads, and low-flow toilets and urinals.

A small array of solar panels on the roof supplements the electricity used for the building's ventilation system. Building materials, including masonry, metal and wood, were selected for their long-term maintenance qualities. A new sanitary sewer line should mean a safer watershed.
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Saturday, July 05, 2008

RV owners justify staying on the road

Kansas City Star - MO,USA
Soaring fuel prices don’t have to keep you at home this summer when you can take your home with you.

That sums up the attitude of recreational vehicle owners such as Virg and Vickie Paulson of Overland Park, who are adjusting to paying $4 a gallon for gasoline and even more for diesel fuel.

“We don’t see that the price of fuel will have any substantial impact on how much we travel in our motor home,” said Virg, whose Winnebago averages between eight and 10 miles per gallon.

“We really do believe that the other savings more than make up for the cost of fuel. We want to be able to sleep in our own bed every night, and we like being able to pull off at a convenient spot when we’re hungry and not even having to open the door. It really is a convenience thing.”
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RV camper explosion burns campers

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NEWPORT, Maine - Four people from Dexter suffered minor burns on their arms and legs Friday morning when the gas stove they were using in their camper to cook breakfast exploded.

Three adults and one teenager were in a self-contained camper at Tent Village Campground on Sebasticook Lake in Newport when the accident occurred about 8 a.m.

Newport Fire Chief Fred Hickey said that the family was cooking breakfast when an explosion rocked the recreational vehicle and blew the back wall from the camper’s frame. "You could look right inside the camper from the rear," Hickey said.
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RV park's fire safety plan gets county OK

Longview Daily News - Longview,WA,USA
A Portland entrepreneur has resolved a potentially costly dispute with Cowlitz County over his yet-to-open RV park north of Castle Rock.

The county’s building department had wanted Charlie Curry to install three additional fire hydrants at his Toutle River RV Resort, a sprawling, $5 million complex with room for up to 800 RVs.

Curry insisted the county had signed off on his fire safety plan years ago and threatened to sue. Installing the extra hydrants, he said, would cost at least $150,000 and delay his resort’s opening.

This week, Dave Flemings, the county’s fire marshal, said the county won’t force Curry to put in the additional hydrants.
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Many Campgrounds Full For Holiday Weekend

Many July 4th celebrations center around a favorite past-time, camping.

For a while, it appeared the weather would get in the way. But folks are enjoying the outdoors rain or shine.

Campgrounds are trying to get out every camper that they can because this place has had a late start this year. Back in March, water was waste deep at the office of Crab Orchard Campground.

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He replied: "the rain never scares me off!"
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Friday, July 04, 2008

Boy abducted by father believed to be in motor home

An Orange County man who shot his estranged wife and kidnapped his 9-year-old son Wednesday may be in the San Diego County area driving a large motor home, authorities said.

Orange County Sheriff's Sgt. Kevin Bieker said Lonnie Ramos, 46, has a girlfriend in the North County and told the man who rented him the motor home that he was planning on taking some day trips within Southern California.

An Amber Alert is in effect throughout California for Ramos, who is believed to be driving a 39-foot purple-and-gold Fleetwood Providence motor home with the license plate number 5EGW556.

It is also possible Ramos is driving two other vehicles: a white two-door Chevrolet Suburban (license plate 5LTC712) or a red Porsche convertible with a black top (license plate 4BWU827).
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Thursday, July 03, 2008

San Diego CA, Water District takes back control of Campground

LAKESIDE – After 40 years of operating the Lake Jennings County Park, San Diego County is relinquishing oversight of the campground to the Helix Water District.

The water district owns the property in Lakeside and has decided not to renew a campground lease with the county that expires at the end of the year. People who camp and fish at Lake Jennings can expect slightly higher fees starting in January when Helix takes over. The district, for instance, will charge $30 for a full hookup campsite while the county Department of Parks and Recreation charged $25. Access to the area will increase from $1 to $2 per person, and a tent campsite will increase from $15 to $23. The fishing fee for an adult is slated to increase from $6 to $7.

The district also wants to stop people from making the campground their virtual homes. Several people would reserve spaces for their RV in the campground for two weeks, then leave for a few days and return to stay for another two weeks. To end that practice, the district plans to make a new rule limiting the amount of time people may stay in the park relative to how long they stay outside the campground between visits.
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Nor Cal campground closures, fire restrictions in effect

The Eureka Reporter - Eureka,CA,USA
The restrictions will be in place in the King Range National Conservation Area and the U.S. Forest Service lands — where camping will also be prohibited — surrounding Hayfork and Platina.

No fires will be allowed, even in designated fire rings at campgrounds or recreations sites, until further notice.

Forest service archaeologist Sherry Chilcott said in the 26 years she had worked for the forest service, she had never seen the campgrounds all closed at the same time.
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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

RVers sew to support injured troops

“Support our troops” is emblazoned on car bumpers, pins and T-shirts but Marcia Shields wanted to do smore than just wear the words.

“I can put a sticker on my car that says I support them, but really I’m not doing anything,” said Shields of Big Rock, Ill.

That’s why while attending the Escapees RV Club 30th annual RV Rally at Cam-plex, she joined 13 other volunteers in adapting clothing for wounded soldiers.

“It’s my way of giving back,” Shields said. “It’s not for the war, it’s for those who go out and fight.”
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Hedge Fund Manager's Campground Hideout

GRANVILLE, Mass. — Hedge fund managers are known for having a taste for the world’s glamorous vacation spots. But for his time on the lam, fugitive and one-time millionaire Samuel Israel hid out in a place that typically caters to people of more modest means – a campground in rural Granville, Massachusetts, according to some of the camp’s current guests.

“It’s different, that’s for sure,” said Ken Cudworth, 37, as he moved his family into a site at the campground. Cudworth had been waiting for an opening at the wooded camp for a few days and got a call on Wednesday morning that one had opened up – the site that Israel, who was convicted of a scheme that defrauded investors of $450 million, vacated when he turned himself in at a local police station.
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Campground opens at Sandy Springs, Ohio

The People's Defender - West Union,OH,USA
The Sandy Springs Campground recently celebrated it's grand opening with it's first customer. The campground and park, located right along the scenic Ohio River, features 30 hookups, spacious pull through and back in sites, and private restrooms and showers.

"This has taken me about two and a half years to finish," said Henry Sloan, the campsites' owner and manager. "I've put about $260 thousand into the project so far."

Sloan isn't finished yet, however. He still plans to continue building onto the campsite and adding more attractions for his customers to enjoy.

"Right now I'm looking into building a large concrete boat dock onto the site," Sloan continued. "In the future I'd like to add on a basketball court, or maybe even a swimming pool."

The Sandy Springs Campground is located 20 miles west of Portsmouth on US 52. Rates are as follows: $20 per night; $100 per week; $250 plus electricity per month; and $1,200 plus electricity per year.

For more information or to book your stay, you can contact Sloan at (740) 464-8092 or (937) 549-3457.
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Motorhome fire sparks blaze at Jackass Mountain, B.C.

More than 60 firefighters, along with helicopters and air tankers, continued Monday to battle a wildfire at the base of Jackass Mountain in the Fraser Canyon, just south of Lytton, B.C.

Const. Cory Lepine told CBC News the motorhome caught fire after a transmission fluid line ruptured, shooting flames into the air.

An elderly couple from Oregon, who were travelling to Alaska through B.C., escaped unharmed and have since returned to the U.S., Lepine said.
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Campgrounds tout 'park models' as RV and hotel alternative

If you think fewer recreational vehicles are on the road this summer, you may be right—and it's not just high fuel costs keeping them from pounding the pavement. RV resorts across the USA are offering an alternative way to camp out.

Campers are ditching their RVs and tents for recreational park trailers, or "park models," and campground owners hope regular vacationers in search of a lodging bargain will follow suit. These 400-square foot movable resort cottages, found at RV resorts and campgrounds, are upscale trailer homes that provide all the amenities of home.
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Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Construction workers keep campground full

Putnam Standard - Culloden,WV,USA
WINFIELD - Driving US 35 North, towards Point Pleasant, you may notice that Tucker Creek Campground is in full swing.

Campers are packed into the 3-acre, 20-lot campground. But one thing seems to be missing - the people.

That's because throughout the day, these campers are construction workers, working on the construction of the new US Route 35.
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CA Highway Patrol: New Cellphone Law

California Highway Patrol answers questions about the new cellphone laws that are in effect today.

From the cost of fines to the exceptions to the rules, here's information that California drivers need to know.
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Official wants to delay RV Parking law

The Olympian - Olympia,WA,USA
Though the City Council could pass a law tonight barring overnight parking of recreational vehicles on city streets, one council member said she'll ask her colleagues to delay implementing it so an interjurisdictional group can find places for otherwise homeless RV owners to park.

Phil Owen, outreach coordinator for the Family Support Center, said he's counted nine RVs with homeless people in Thurston County, and has found places for three of them.

"I'm asking that the ordinance not become effective for a couple more months just to give us some time," Councilwoman Rhenda Strub said.

Strub convened a group of leaders from the county, Tumwater and some social service agencies to find homes for the RVs.

The council moved last month to ban RV parking on city streets after getting complaints about seven RVs that have been parked for months near the Olympia Transit Center on State Avenue — taking up parking spaces, dumping sewage and running generators.

The law would ban RV parking between 3 and 6 a.m., or for any 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays. People could obtain a permit for parking for up to seven days within a quarter of each year.

Violators would be charged $75 for each offense, and after the third offense the vehicle could be impounded.
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Back to California and Yosemite National Park

Living the Dream - Blog of Mike & Dixie's Fulltime RVing Adventure
Jun 23 – Jun 29, Mon – Sun ... Monday, while still in Pahrump, we had to make a supply run to the local Walmart. While Dixie shopped, Mike had the oil changed in the car. We decided to leave this park a day early, mainly due to the 100+ heat days along with the fact the refrigerator wasn’t working too well. We were on the road Tuesday morning by 7:00 a.m. heading West to the town of Bass Lake where the temps were in the low 80’s. We decided to break up the trip by stopping in the town of Boron, CA after driving for about four hours. Boron is a small town between Barstow and Bakersfield. The rv park is just ok. The shore power is weak and we’re behind some big trees so no satellite TV tonight.
We decided to see the museums of the area so our first stop was the Vernon P. Saxon Aerospace Museum. This museum focuses on the flight history of the areas “Aerospace Valley” located near Edwards Air Force Base. The museum shows achievements in flight that have taken place in the area including the first breaking of the sound barrier and the first landing of the Space Shuttle. Mike spent quite a bit of time talking with one of the museum “old timers” listening to his many stories of aviation history.
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