Tuesday, September 30, 2008

NHTSA Warns Ford Truck & SUV Owners Again

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Tuesday issued a second consumer advisory to owners of certain unrepaired Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sport-utility vehicles, pickup trucks, vans and passenger cars who have not responded to previous recalls.

NHTSA said about 12 million vehicles are part of the recall but nearly 5 million still have not been fixed.

The recalls have affected Ford F-Series pickup trucks and led to hundreds of complaints and dozens of lawsuits over engine fires.

NHTSA issued a lengthy list of older vehicles covered by the consumer advisory, including 1993-2004 Ford F150 trucks, 1994-2002 F250 through F550 Super Duty trucks with gasoline engines, and 1998-2001 Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer SUVs, which were among the best-selling vehicles in the nation during those years.

A complete list was available at www.nhtsa.dot.gov.
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End of the Road for Indiana RV Dealer

WSBT-TV - South Bend,IN,USA
"We just can't continue to pour money into a sinking ship,” said Richard Aker, who owns the Hart City RV Supercenter, which is going out of business.

Sales, especially for motorized units, have plummeted.

"The last three months, nothing's moving," he explained. "The problem really began with the high cost of fuel, and then the money just started to tighten up with the banks, to where they just didn't want to make loans and so they made it harder for people to get credit."

Hart City RV is now having a liquidation sale of all its units.

According to Aker, he is the third local RV dealer to go out of business as a result of worsening economic conditions.
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California's Coronado May be Best Beach in America

The red-turreted Hotel del Coronado has anchored the stretch of sandy real estate since 1888. From Victorian ladies in full-length frocks and gentlemen in evening coats strolling the sands to the microscopic bikinis and baggy bathing shorts of today, Coronado has played host to it all.

"Coronado is an offshore island with a very flat, fairly protected beach with some of the safest and warmest water on the California coast without having the pollution problems. It is in the San Diego area, but a world away.

Of course, film fans know the beach has already had its big moment – in 1959, when it starred in the film "Some Like It Hot," with the ultimate beach bathing beauty of the era, Marilyn Monroe. The comedy, which also featured Tony Curtis (with a dead-on Cary Grant impersonation) and Jack Lemmon, opened on March 1 and gave the shivering nation a glimpse of the golden sands of the beach and the Hotel del Coronado.

Getting to Coronado Beach can be a bit of a chore. You have to take Interstate 5 south and pass almost all the way through the city before hanging a right on the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge, making sure not to follow the traffic on to the North Island Naval Air Station and its aircraft carriers. At Orange Avenue, visitors hang a left. The beaches are close when the turn choices come down to Ocean Boulevard or Strand Way.

The big attraction here is known locally as Coronado Central Beach. Part fronts the "Hotel Del," which despite its prime beachfront doesn't have private rights to the sand and sea. If you bring your own grub, the picnic tables at Sunset Park are a good stop. A concrete walkway runs along part of the edge of the beachfront. There's a wheelchair ramp at Avenida de las Arenas.

Camper and RV parking is available at Silver Strand Beach State Park. Rates start at $8 per night for smaller vehicles and rise to $30 per night for RVs over 21 feet. Discounts are available for seniors and the disabled. 800-444-7275.
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Used RVs keep travelers on the road

Scripps News - Washington,DC,USA
Just because credit is tight and home equity is trending southward doesn't mean the dream of vacationing in a recreational vehicle has to be parked.

People still are high on the idea of RV travel, industry representatives say, and there are alternatives to forking over big money for a new motor home.

The obvious one is the used motor home, said spokesman Phil Ingrassia of the National RV Dealers Association.

A late-model used RV will cost significantly less than a comparable new model, he said. An advantage to buying one from an RV dealer, he added, is the dealer provides some assurance that the vehicle has been checked out, and many late-model purchases qualify for an extended service agreement, similar to a warranty.

Another alternative to buying a new RV is fixing up one's old RV, said Valerie Parmenter, owner of V.I.P. Enterprises in San Bernardino, Calif.

V.I.P. performs full-body repair and interior and exterior renovations, which Parmenter says turns an old unit into something as good as new.
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Fall Camping Migration Begins - “Snowbirds” Travel to Florida

Elko/Perry, GA – September 2008 – It’s become a rite of passage – that annual fall (and winter) migration to the Twin Oaks RV Park & Campground, ( twinoaksrvpark.com )located just off I-75 (exit 127) south of Perry, Georgia. Travelers headed to Florida make their way back from the northern states, Interstate-75 at times seeming like a moving parking lot with thousands of “snowbirds” flocking to their warmer southern home destinations. The migration phenomenon was validated by two University of Florida studies. (Reference: November 2004, December 2006)

This year, as many years before, those travelers will make Twin Oaks a restful stop for a few days and even a week or two. The campers return for regularly scheduled vacations – the solitude, friendship and camping lifestyle bechoning not only in the fall but throughout the winter season. Rental cabins were added recently and have become an extremely popular camping option.

You too can enjoy Historical Central Georgia at this family-owned park. Twin Oaks is nestled between the snowy white cotton fields and majestic Pecan orchards. The Park is conveniently located near many area attractions such as the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter, the Warner Robins Air Museum, Andersonville Civil War Site & Museum, Home of Jimmy Carter, the Georgia Sports & Music Hall of Fame, American Camellia Society and Hay House, and much more.

The Park is also filled with its own attractions such as the beautiful ornamental trees and many varieties of flowers. After a day of sightseeing or shopping, relax in the Olympic sized pool or Gazebo covered hot tub, or unwind with any of the many activities available to guests at the Park. Whether your stay is a night or a month, you will be pleased with your spacious, landscaped site and wonderfully clean park. Twin Oaks can accomodate any RV up to 90 feet in the pull-thru sites.

Twin Oaks helpful staff is on hand to help make your stay memorable – memories which will have you joining the annual migration and hospitality shared by travelers from around the country. The Park (GPS Coordinates N= 32 20.173 W= 83 45.797) offers discount rates for groups and camping clubs. Our memberships (and those we accept) include ARVC, Escapee’s, Good Sam’s, Good Neighbor, Passport America, Recreation USA and Woodall’s. Twin Oaks was honored to be named the #1 RV Park in the State of Georgia, by Good Sam’s/Trailer Life.
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RVer killed in motor home crash

Dennis D. Newell, 64, of Lenore, was killed when the motor home he was driving down Lenore Grade lost control and crashed about one-tenth of a mile from the Lenore Bridge on Lenore Grade near here Sunday.
Lewiston Morning Tribune (subscription) - Lewiston,ID,USA
As Newell approached the bottom of the grade he failed to negotiate the last corner and the vehicle went over the guardrail, went airborne and rolled.

There were three occupants and three dogs in the vehicle. Passengers were Delyla R. Newell, 50, of Lenore, and Dyla L. Lawton, 72, of Alaska. Dennis Newell was pronounced dead at the scene. Delyla Newell and Dyla Lawton were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center and released.

Idaho State Police investigators believe a brake issue may have been a factor in the crash. The state police is continuing its investigation.
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Monday, September 29, 2008

RV dealer plans to expand business

RURAL HALL, N.C. -- Gas prices might be surging and the economy might be tanking, but Bill Plemmons RV World plans to travel in a different direction.

The recreational-vehicle dealership wants to expand operations here and build on its existing customer base that extends throughout the country. It helps that many seasoned RVers don't let high gas prices keep them home.

Owner Steve Plemmons recently purchased 34 acres behind his dealership, bringing his complex to about 50 acres. He wants to use the additional land to construct a service building of up to 30,000 square feet and to create the Bill Plemmons Memorial Rally Park, which will have 330 sites for RVs to park.

"It's for the future," he said.

The dealership wants to grow its business with the overall expansion; it has 75 employees, including those in its Raleigh location. But the service addition -- expected to add up to 25 jobs -- is out of necessity.

The dealership needs more space as its service side is growing, Plemmons said.
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Barrie, Canada, RV Dealer goes to Prision

Orillia Packet & Times - Orillia,Ontario,Canada
Donald Earle pled guilty to 85 counts of fraud over, five counts of fraud under and one count of defrauding the public and was sentenced to three years in prison after defrauding customers of over $2 million.

Earle was the owner of Barrie RV which operated on Highway 11 in Oro-Medonte, from 2001 until July 2005 when he was finally shut down.

Consumers left motor homes with Earle to sell on consignment, but in most cases never received proceeds from the sales or were misled about the amount their units were sold for.
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Poulsbo RV will close namesake location

Seattle, Washington
POULSBO - In response to a slowdown in its own industry and the economy as a whole, the namesake Poulsbo RV location will close at the end of the month.

"Obviously there's an emotional attachment to this store," Poulsbo RV general manager Scott Twomey said.

The company is in good health, he said, but the decision has been made to concentrate the company's sales along the Interstate 5 corridor.
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Country Coach Restructures, Gets More Cash

September 29, 2008, Junction City, OR - Motorcoach Manufacturer Country Coach, announced the completion of key internal initiatives in addition to several positive new developments, each of which bolsters the positive outlook for the company.

The company has, over the past eight months, completely restructured itself. And Country Coach LLC's key investors committed an additional $6 million in new cash.
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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Traveling in a Bus For a Year Taught 2 Shrinks Not to Settle in Life

American Chronicle - Beverly Hills,CA,USA
Doreen Orion September 28, 2008
When my husband Tim announced he wanted to "chuck it all" and travel around the country in a converted bus for a year, I gave this profound and potentially life-altering notion all the thoughtful consideration it deserved.

"Why can't you be like a normal husband with a midlife crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?" I demanded, adding, "I will never, ever, EVER, not in a million years, live on a bus."

We're both psychiatrists, but he's obviously the better shrink, for we soon set forth with our two querulous cats, sixty-pound dog – and no agenda – in a 340-square-foot bus.
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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Touring The Canadian Rockies In A Rental RV

Blog entry of Holly Reich
Driving an RV has been, believe it or not, a long-time dream. I was terrified that I would not be able to drive one, so it was a big stretch (literally) for me. Also, I wanted to spend time with Adeline. We had four days together to talk non-stop in some of the most astoundingly beautiful places I have ever seen.

Driving the “rig” was actually a breeze. We didn’t even get any driving directions. Our only instruction was to turn wide. It didn’t even feel big until I had to turn into a gas station. I almost knocked over a gas pump, got stuck on a curb and then nearly backed into Adeline. True, it was a slug going up hills but I quickly caught on to using cruise control. For some reason that really pumped up the torque and I was actually flying.
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RV’s Return Iowa to Meet Their Maker

New York Times - United States
ON a late summer evening in this small community in north-central Iowa, fireflies twinkled despite the hints of fall in the air. A line of large recreational vehicles parked in the tidy campground seemed to glow like the fireflies, lighted from within.

Between two of the motor homes a folding table was being set for dinner. Cathie Carr spread a gingham tablecloth and arranged stoneware, silverware and glasses for iced tea.

Mrs. Carr’s next-R.V.-neighbor, Janice Lasko, 66, arrived with the corn, piping hot from her microwave oven. Mrs. Lasko’s husband, Gabby, 83, was close behind with a heaping bowl of melon slices. Mrs. Carr’s husband, Bud, who had been tinkering in their immaculate 40-foot motor home, an Itasca Horizon built by Winnebago, materialized soon after the food arrived.

The Carrs and Laskos criss-cross the country in their R.V.’s year-round, and they often find themselves veering off for a stop in Forest City, the home of Winnebago Industries. They are not alone; thousands of other owners of Winnebago products make the pilgrimage much as swallows flock back to San Juan Capistrano.
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Friday, September 26, 2008

VW camper is like a Swiss army knife on wheels

San Francisco Chronicle - CA, USA -John Flinn, Chronicle Staff Writer
(09-26) 04:00 PDT Moab , Utah -- The scene is part Kerouac, part Corona beer ad:

I'm in a warm and cactus-studded desert, slouched comfortably in a camp chair, savoring a paisley-tangerine sunset. To my left, shrimp the size of plantains are sizzling on a hibachi. To my right, beer is chilling in a slushy cooler. And behind me stands my home, my wheels and the linchpin of my retirement dreams: a Volkswagen pop-top camper.

Like a lot of Boomers, I've envisioned my rapidly approaching golden years as not just active, but mobile.

But after once watching the proud new owner of a monstrously large motor home wedge it between two pine trees while trying to turn around in a Yellowstone campground - for all I know, it's still stuck there - I see myself behind the wheel of something a bit more modest, easier to drive and less punishing at the pump.

For someone who grew up in the 1960s and early '70s, that means only one thing: a VW camper van.

Before plunking down the considerable pile of cash required to buy a new one, or even a decent used one, I did something uncharacteristically wise: I decided to rent one for a vacation, to make sure my wife Jeri and I could live in such close quarters without going after each other with tire irons.
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A good season for camping for City Campground

Tower Timberjay News - Tower,MN,USA
In spite of a slow spring, McKinley Park Campground had a good season, according to campground managers Susie and Jerry Chiabotti.

ìIt was the busiest August we can remember,î they said, of their five summers managing the park.

The campground is owned by the township, but managed under a private contract. Profits from the camping fees are split, under the contract, between the township and the manager.

At Wednesdayís Breitung Town Board meeting, the Chiabottis asked the board to wait until October to set campground rates for 2009. By early October, campground receipts and expenses for the year will have been tabulated.

Chiabottis said that the number of seasonal campers opting to keep their RVs at the park over winter is up from last year. The township charges a winter storage fee and requires that the campers provide proof of insurance on the campers. Seasonal campers also must pre-pay for a portion of their next summerís campground fee.

Campground rates were mostly kept at 2007 levels in 2008. Township officials will be looking at projected costs for electricity and propane when considering whether or not to raise rates for 2009.
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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Campground installs Power Management System

Greeneville Sun - Greeneville,TN,USA
Old Mountain Campground in Camp Creek, TN, has become the first Greene County business to be named an "EcoCertified Business" " for improving its air and water systems with the technology of EcoQuest Internatonal, a Greeneville-based company.

Their certification was presented to Mike and Sherry Brobeck, owners of the campground.

Mike Brobeck said the campground has 30 full hookups for camping trailers and 20 tent camping sites. Four cabins are under construction, he said.

The Brobecks said they first began to explore the EcoQuest technology in an effort to reduce ever-increasing electrical costs at the campground.

They began with the installation of PowerwoRx, which provides electrical surge protection and electrical noise filtration, with the added benefit of increased electrical efficiency that can provide energy savings.
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Fleetwood RV faltering?

A company news release said Fleetwood lost $23.2 million from declining RV revenues, compared to the prior-year first quarter in which it made $5.7 million. However, that income included $5.4 million Fleetwood made from selling an idle RV facility, the news release said.

Fleetwood also lost $27.8 million in continuing operations for the fiscal 2009 first quarter, about $25 million more than the $2.3 million it lost that quarter last year.

Fleetwood stock opened Monday at a $1.85 a share, but closed at $1.59.

Elden L. Smith, Fleetwood's president and chief executive officer, said the company has continued to cut costs and improve the responsiveness of its operations.

"Unfortunately, the rapid and accelerating decline of sales in the motor home industry during the first quarter caused heavy operating losses that were exacerbated by an aggressive discounting environment and downtime at our plants," he said.

Smith also said while the travel trailer division had a loss quarter, its performance was better this year compared to last year. He also said the housing group "remained profitable despite the challenging environment in that industry."

Along with the lose of revenue, Fleetwood has lost overall market share, company reports show. In 2008, Fleetwood had 13.8 percent of the market from all manufacture housing, compared to 15.5 percent in 2007.

Fleetwood's market share has declined in several areas, including for motor homes and towables. In 2007, Fleetwood had 10.9 percent of the market, but in 2008 that fell to 7.6 percent.
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Faulty Starter Motor the Cause of Motorhome Fire

Mount Shasta, Calif. -
Mount Shasta Fire Protection District Chief Chris Baker said his department was dispatched to the scene at about 5:30 p.m. Upon arrival, it was determined that the fire was fully involved and was a threat to surrounding vegetation.

The fire was successfully extinguished soon after the arrival of the first engine.

It was determined that the fire was caused by a malfunction in the RV’s engine starter. The owner of the vehicle was traveling on 89 from out of the area.
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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Grand Canyon Railway RV Packages drop for Winter

WILLIAMS, Ariz. – September 24, 2008 – Starting October 15, rates for Grand Canyon Railway Getaway Packages drop by as much as 32 percent. Winter rates are valid through March 14, 2009, based upon double occupancy for adults and do not include taxes or park entrance fee.


The RV Getaway features roundtrip coach-class train travel and an RV site for two nights at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park in Williams. Rates are $69 for those 16 and older, $54 for ages 13-15 and $29 for children 2-12.

The RV Getaway Plus features roundtrip coach-class train travel and an RV site for three nights at the Grand Canyon Railway RV Park. Rates are $79 for those 16 and older, $56.50 for ages 13-15 and $29 for children 2-12.

RV packages are only available by calling 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724).
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Full Time RVers on Oprah

Best Syndication - Pinon Hills,CA,USA
The couple sold their townhome for an RV. They wanted to spend their retirement on the road, but their nest egg is shrinking faster than they thought because of high gas and food prices. They want to know what they should do if they should park their RV and do something else.

Oprah and Orman went outside to go inside the couples RV. It was a really nice RV. They said that they have enjoyed the lifestyle of living in an RV on the road. They said they wanted to live together and see America. So far they have been able to, but they are starting to worry if they have enough to keep doing this. Orman said that they have done everything right. She missed only a $100 on a medical bill and it lowered her fico score, which caused her car insurance premiums, to go up on the RV.

Orman said that they have adequate savings and they can start to take extra out for the husband. She said that there are certain markets that she would recommend getting out of and then put them into safer investments.

Orman said that their RV is always in order, and this reflects their financial state. A person that has debt and there is clutter in their drawers and there life. Oprah then toured the RV looking inside of cabinets, and yes it was neat and tidy.

They started planning their RV retirement 5 years before doing it and saved the money that was necessary. They did budgets and spreadsheets and to figure out these expenses.

Orman said they lived off of one income and saved the second income and they did everything right for planning their retirement.
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Iowa DNR recognizes campground hosts

Burlington Hawk Eye - IA, United States
DANVILLE -- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources recognized two local volunteers at a recent "thank you" celebration.

The sixth annual Campground Host Appreciation Event honored volunteers from across the state. Among those recognized were Ray Ward and Betty Scott of Burlington, who serve as campground hosts at Geode State Park.

"I used to think I had missed the great moments in U.S. history of volunteerism," said Jeff Hildebrand, Lake Darling State Park ranger, "but then I work with folks like you and know that I haven't missed a thing. You are the answer to our state parks' prayers."
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New Honey Creek Resort State Park Gets Good Reviews

Ottumwa Courier - Ottumwa,IA,USA
It’s been in the works for more than three decades and the result is something everyone in southern Iowa can take pride in. Honey Creek Resort State Park opened its doors last week and the reviews have been spectacular.

The $58 million resort features 105 guest rooms and suites, a 6,000-square-foot convention center, 18-hole championship golf course, 9,000-square-foot indoor water park, dining, RV park, nine miles of hiking/biking trails, boat-docking facilities, cabins and more.

This resort will serve as a true destination getaway, drawing visitors from the area, the state and the entire Midwest to Rathbun Lake’s shores and the beauty of southern Iowa.
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Florida RV Dealer Struggles with Manufacturer Warranty Issues

Fort Lauderdale, FL September 24, 2008 -- It comes as no surprise that due to increasing fuel prices, the lending crisis and the general economic downturn, that the RV industry has been hit hard. The entire industry is in serious trouble.

RV Sales of Broward (www.rvsalesofbroward.com), one of the biggest names in RV sales and service in the southeast, has not escaped the negative effects that have been sweeping across the industry. The lack of retail financing, strict dealer wholesale financing and unscrupulous finance charges on new products that arrive from the manufacturers in unsellable condition, has taken a particularly hard financial toll on RV Sales of Broward and owner Gigi Stetler. In addition, as manufacturers are also struggling, a popular trend taking place is the unwillingness to support customer warranties.

In the past twelve months, RV Sales of Broward, and Gigi Stetler, have had numerous customers purchase new motor homes and travel trailers that have gone less than 20 miles from the dealership and encounter some sort of mechanical breakdown. Stetler did not believe that a customer should suffer with the inconveniences of the manufacturer's procedures of waiting in line for service, in some unfamiliar territory, and have to wait up to six months to get an appointment because no other dealer wants to address the problem.

Stetler has continued to pour her own money into the repairs and has even given some customers new units, because their one day or one month old unit has left them stranded on the side of the road.

Despite numerous attempts to get manufacturers to financially assist as it is spelled out in the dealer agreement, a practice that would promote customer satisfaction and confidence, manufacturers are instead literally leaving motorists stranded on the side of the road, forcing them to pay for repairs that should be covered under the warranty . Manufacturers seek outstanding dealers to use good business practices to sell and service their products. RV Sales of Broward and Gigi Stetler did just that, and it has nearly bankrupted the company because the manufacturers refuse to standby their products.

"I am Unstoppable! I have been knocked down more times than I can remember, and each time I get knocked down, I get back up that much stronger," said Stetler. "High gas prices, low consumer confidence and mega RV corporations trying to destroy RV Sales of Broward and small dealerships up and down the coast of Florida to control pricing, isn't going to happen. If we allow that to happen, customer satisfaction will be out the window, because there won't be any competition."

Gigi Stetler and the staff of RV Sales of Broward will continue to care for customers by offering the highest level of customer service possible.
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Propane leak caused blast in RV

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
OAKRIDGE — Two men injured in a fiery motor home explosion last week in Oakridge remain in serious condition at the Oregon Burn Center at Legacy Emanuel Hospital in Portland, a hospital spokeswoman said Monday.

Terry Crawford, 55, of Oakridge, and Ted Combis, 62, of Klamath Falls, were blown out of Combis’ motor home, which was parked at the Oakridge Motel, a week ago today.

Investigators have concluded that the blast was caused by a propane tank leak, Oakridge Fire Chief Tim Demers said. “It’s pretty much a consensus,” Demers said.

The men apparently were working on repairs to the motor home’s water heater system, Demers said. The water heater had been removed and taken to a shop in Eugene for service. The explosion was probably caused when leaking propane came in contact with a power source, Demers said.

The explosion set fire to the motor home and to another one parked behind it.

The blast blew out windows and damaged other buildings in the area, including the Church of the Nazarene to the west. Windows and doors were damaged at the motel.
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RVers Protest Oregon Campground Fee Increase

Siuslaw News - Florence,OR,USA
Like a can of sardines, nearly 40 people sat, stood and squished into the small Port of Siuslaw office for the regular commission meeting last Wednesday to discuss the rate increase at the Port of Siuslaw Campground and Marina.

Oregon and California residents, who use the campground yearly, expressed their concern to the commissioners about the additional hundreds of dollars in monthly fees.

Effective Jan. 1, 2008, the RV campground facility rates were raised and adjusted for inflation. Prior to this, the rates had not been changed for six years.

Current rates for a full service RV is $650 per month between June and October and $450 per month between November and May. Previously, the standard rate for a full service RV was $396 per month. Daily and weekly rates have also increased.
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Second Rabid Fox Found near CA Campground

Record-Searchlight - Redding,CA,USA
A fox found near Siskiyou County campground has tested positive for rabies.

Siskiyou County Public Health and Community Development Department officials said the fox is the second found in the area of the R-Ranch Campground on the Klamath River in the past two weeks. Health officials released a list of measures that people can protect themselves against rabies. They include:

• Avoid contact with wild or stray animals

• Vaccinate family pets... dogs and cats, and keep vaccinations current

• Obtain medical care promptly if bitten by an animal

• Report all animal bites to the local Animal Control Office or Public Health Department

• Keep pet food indoors at night to prevent skunks, raccoons, opossums, foxes, etc. from becoming uninvited visitors on your porch

• Report any animals that are observed acting strangely or out of character, i.e. a skunk wandering around in the daylight is odd because they are typically out at night.
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Monday, September 22, 2008

Aberdeen, SD, Park Looks To Expand Campground

KELOLAND TV - Sioux Falls,SD,USA
Aberdeen is looking to bring more visitors into town. Tonight the parks board is asking the city council for the go-ahead on a 2 million dollar expansion at Wylie Park.

It wants to add 22 camping cabins, 23 RV sites and a tenting area.

Just about every year, Brian Pederson camps at Wylie Park with his family.

"Oh it's the wide open space, the excellent facilities, the variety of things they have to do here and stuff that it's just hard to beat," Pederson said.

But it's also hard to get a camping spot, especially in the summer months. Some weekends fill up a week or two after the park starts taking reservations. At times more than a hundred camping requests are turned down on a single weekend. It's happened to Pederson.

"Yeah bigger would definitely be better," Pederson said.
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Yakima's KOA Campground now belongs to feds

Yakima Herald-Republic - Yakima,WA,USA
Yakima’s KOA Campground now belongs to the taxpayers.

The federal Bureau of Reclamation on Friday completed purchase of the 23-acre campground, north of the new State Route 24 bridge over the Yakima River.

The total purchase price, including land and equipment, is almost $2.2 million.

Walt Larrick, assistant manager of the federal program that is seeking to buy water rights and land to improve habitat in the basin, said the camp is now closed to public use.

The current permanent residents, about 30 renters in mobile homes and recreational vehicles, will receive help in relocating elsewhere, Larrick said.
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Reno's R.V. Ordinance Makes Waves with Tourists

KTVN - Reno,NV,USA

It's not a new rule, but it's gaining more attention lately.

The city says R.V.'s must be parked overnight in designated parks, not in casino or store parking lots.

Water and sewer hook ups at R.V. parks keep waste out of a public parking lot. So this ordinance pretty much stems from health concerns.

It's a 1996 ordinance is making itself visible again, as the city of Reno cracks down.

Dean Bump of Oregon isn't happy about the ordinance or the notice.

"It tells me the city of Reno doesn't want the tourists, says Bump. "They might as well shut their casinos down."

Alex Woodley, Reno's Code Enforcement Manager, says it's not meant to be an inconvenience or keep tourists away, it's a health issue.

"We responded to a call and I went out and actually observed an individual throwing out the grease that he just finished cooking with," says Woodley. "He threw it right outside of the door, into the parking lot."

But, grease isn't the only waste people have left behind in a parking lot. Woodley says a few years ago they city responded to a hazmat situation because of what someone dumped in a parking lot.

"I stayed here last year and I've never seen anyone dump anything on the ground," says Bump. "When I get full, I'll go spend $5 at an R.V. park and dump it. Take on fresh water and move on."

Woodley says the city wants to keep visitors coming to Reno, but it wants people to follow the rules and it doesn't believe staying in an R.V. park is a great financial burden for them to do.

"No doubt, I won't come back," says Bump. "If this is the game they're gonna play, I have no desire to be here.'
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Sunday, September 21, 2008

RV dealer re-opens as service center

Springfield News Sun - Springfield,OH,USA
Best Buy RVs Inc. announced only one week ago it would close its Springfield location. On Friday, Sept. 19, the Richmond, Ind.-based company said it has decided to stay, but with some modifications.

Today the Springfield location will reopen as a parts, service and storage location. All RV inventory will be moved to the company's Richmond location.

"I re-evaluated... It's basically cutting costs where we needed to so we could remain competitive," Runzer said, adding many people suggested retaining the location for parts and service.

"I don't foresee bringing sales back to Springfield, but I do see the potential in a mega-service center," Runzer said.

"This will be one of the largest service centers in Ohio."
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Fall family fun by the lake

The spectacular colors of the leaves are reason to stay in New England in fall. But kids aren't necessarily going to be into the concept of driving around to see them. Combine leaf-peeping with time at a casual, kid-friendly family resort, however, and you have the kind of mini-vacation everyone in the family can get into.

The Point Sebago Resort fits the bill, with its location on gorgeous Sebago Lake in the southern Maine town of Casco, about 2 1/2 hours from Boston.

The property offers a variety of rental cottages with kitchens - as well as RV and trailer sites - and enough planned activities that kids will be entertained and parents can have a vacation too.
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Georga RV Dealer now offers Tiffin Motorhomes

Mid-State RV Center announced it is a dealer of class A motorcoaches built by Tiffin Motorhomes.

At first, Mid-State RV Center is carrying three of Tiffin’s class A lines, Allegro Bus, Phaeton and Allegro Bay.

Allegro Bus is the second-bestselling diesel class A motorcoach in the RV industry, second only to first-place diesel Phaeton.

Mid-State RV Center is the only dealer of Tiffin Motorhomes south of the metro Atlanta area, and one of only two Tiffin dealers in Georgia.
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RV owners find ways to stay on the road

While it may look at a glance like people are turning away from RV usage, the industry says people are still high on the idea.

There are a number of options to forking over big money for a new motor home, people in the industry say.

Instead of buying new, recreational vehicle owners are fixing up their old models at places like V.I.P. Enterprises in San Bernardino.

The obvious one is the used motor home, said spokesman Phil Ingrassia, of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association.

A late-model used RV will cost significantly less than a comparable new model, he said. An advantage to buying one from an RV dealer, he added, is the dealer provides some assurance that the vehicle has been checked out, and many late-model purchases qualify for an extended service agreement, similar to a warranty.

Another alternative to buying a new RV is fixing up one's old RV, said Valerie Parmenter, owner of V.I.P. Enterprises in San Bernardino.

V.I.P. performs full-body repair and interior and exterior renovations, which Parmenter says turns an old unit into something as good as new.

Parmenter's noticed more customers coming in and getting their old RVs fixed up, many of whom say they were considering buying a new model. Some, particularly first-time buyers, are purchasing older RVs, then immediately bringing them to V.I.P. Enterprises, she said.

She said buying a used RV, then adding renovation costs -- usually less than $10,000 -- still gets drivers on the road having spent less than if they had made a new RV purchase.
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Fall colors are starting to show in Minnesota

Prairie grasses and fall wildflowers are bringing the first hints of fall color to much of Minnesota. Overall, trees and shrubs are at zero to 25 percent of their peak fall color, although a few areas are further along.

On average, peak fall foliage color arrives in mid-September to early October in the upper third of the state, followed by the central third in late September and early October. Southern Minnesota peaks in late September to mid-October.

Wind, rain and frost can change conditions quickly.
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NASA engineer wants to build better travel trailer

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Last year, as Garret Finney's NASA-related work was winding down, he began thinking about a different kind of habitation module: the RV. He's not a fan of the enormous houses-on-wheels he sees rolling down highways. They're gas guzzlers. They're expensive to buy and expensive to operate. Even Airstream trailers, beloved by design fans, strike him as oversized and clumsy — tolerable, maybe, for the Greatest Generation but nothing that eco-conscious twentysomethings would stand for.

Right now Finney's Faro Design office holds a full-size cardboard model for the pop-top "Cricket" trailer he's working on. The office coffee pot sits in the cardboard Cricket's kitchen — a guarantee that Finney and his young employees will be in and out of the model all day, thinking consciously and unconsciously about how it could be better.

Sometime in the next few months, Finney plans to build a prototype of the Cricket and take it on a NASA-like "shakedown cruise": which is to say, a camping trip. He'll find out the hard way whether a regular car, with a four-cylinder engine, can tow the trailer. He'll see whether the fold-down wings on the outside can hold bikes or kayaks. He'll eat at the little table, sleep in one of the fold-down beds. When he showers, he'll see whether the water flows out the drain in the middle of the Cricket's floor.

He says, happily, that he expects lots of little mishaps. He loves prototypes, loves the shakedown system he learned at NASA. Usually, when architects design a building, they're stuck with problems they couldn't predict.
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Campground Attack Sends Two Campers to Hospital

WSAZ-TV - Huntington,WV,USA
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) – A vicious attack on a group of campers has left two men recovering in the hospital with head trauma.

It happened at Blue Bell Park in Kelly's Creek early Saturday morning. That’s just off Spangler Road in Kanawha County.

The Sheriff's Department says the victims, three men and one woman, were camping in a pop-up camper in a rural area.

Deputies say there were awaken by three to four white men. They forced the group into the camper and assualted and beat all of them.

Two of them men were taken to CAMC with head trauma. The two other victims recieved only minor injuries.

One of the suspects brandished a gun. The men fled the scene in a vehicle.
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RV dealers hope to inspire sales

News & Observer - Raleigh,NC,USA
With gas once again hovering around $4 a gallon and credit tight, this might not seem like the best time for an RV show. But on Friday, a recreational vehicle show at the new Raleigh Convention Center drew both die-hards and the merely curious.

Turning those window-shoppers into buyers is critical for the dealers and manufacturers at the event which runs through Sunday.

It's a precarious time for their industry.

After five years of record growth, RV sales have slowed and are expected to drop 24 percent this year.

John Cathey, owner of Carolina Coach & Camper in Claremont, said his dealership is a $50 million operation. Last year, he sold 800 RVs. This year, he expects sales to be flat -- a first in his company's 15-year history.

"Every 11 or 12 years, you go through a mean year, and I think this is our mean year," Cathey said.

"A lot of people believe all coaches get three to four miles per gallon," Cathey said. "Some get 20-plus."

"People don't realize how incredibly effective the engineering people have been," Cathey said. "They're safer now, they're lighter now, and they get better gas mileage."

That's a big deal when you have to fill a 100-gallon gas tank on a large RV. Even tanks on smaller RVs hold 40 or 50 gallons.

Still, it's the midlevel RVs -- with the smaller tanks -- that are seeing the biggest sales declines, dealers said.

People are buying pop-up campers and small trailers for family outings that cost $10,000 or less. And folks with money are buying the big luxury motor homes that can cost $400,000.

Those big models keep getting bigger -- many now reach 42 feet long -- and fancier, with flat-screen TVs, leather seats, keyless entry and convection ovens.

The buyers often are baby boomers who generally have a little more money to spend and are a little less sensitive to gas prices.

But boomers aren't enough to reverse the downward sales trend. Cathey said he is seeing fewer first-time buyers. In previous years, those buyers made up 30 percent to 35 percent of his customers; now they are 15 percent to 20 percent.

"I'm expecting it to continue this way till after the election or first of the year," he said.

Still, RVing has plenty of loyalists. Karl and Madelyn Brenneman have been RVing for 25 years and are now "full-timers," meaning they don't own a house and live in their 36-foot RV.

"We started on the back of a motorcycle with a tent," Madelyn Brenneman said.

The couple calls Oregon home, but they are traversing the country. They've put 50,000 miles on their RV in the past three years. On Friday, they were in town visiting their granddaughter and decided to see what the latest RV developments were. Even with $4-a-gallon gas, the Brennemans said they have never considered driving less or parking the RV because of fuel prices.

"Instead of paying taxes or something like that, we buy fuel," Madelyn Brenneman said.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Sheriff's deputy shot twice at a Pahrump, NV RV park

Las Vegas Review - Journal - Las Vegas,NV,USA
A Nye County sheriff's deputy is recovering at UMC this morning after being shot twice at a Pahrump RV park, sheriff's department officials said.

The deputy, who has not been identified, responded to reports of shots fired at Terrible's Lakeside Casino & RV Resort at about 2 a.m. today.

When deputies arrived, they heard the shots before the suspect jumped from behind rocks and took aim at them, Assistant Sheriff Rick Marshall said.

Two shots penetrated the deputy's bulletproof vest and struck him in his side. He was airlifted to UMC and initial tests indicate no vital organs were hit, Marshall said.

The suspect, whose name is also not being released, was arrested and taken into custody.
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Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald - Roanoke Rapids,NC,USA
ROANOKE RAPIDS - For many modern, four-wheel campers, the campsite of choice is an vacant parking lot often outside a large store such as a Wal-Mart. The choice poses problems for the community, according to one RV park operator, and Thursday city leaders will discuss his concerns.

A June 24 letter from Fred Israel, owner of RV Resort at Carolina Crossroads, prompted the matter to be placed on the Roanoke Rapids Planning Board‚ agenda. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. in the conference room of J. Reuben Daniel City Hall at 1040 Roanoke Ave.

Allowing RV camping in parking lots endorses a negative impact on our community, Israel said in the letter. Actually you are condoning people to sleep on our streets by overlooking the whole picture of why this should not be permitted. The state of North Carolina (Welcome Centers) do not allow overnight camping.

Israel contends parking lot camping can be hazardous to the health and safety‚ of RV enthusiasts and the public. Free RV parking areas do not provide electricity, water and sanitation facilities or garbage collection, the letter said. They can be a threat to public health and safety and impose a burden on local taxpayers. Also, they encourage crime and can generate refuse and garbage.
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Here's the link to the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald 'Letter to the Editor' form:
http://www.rrdailyherald.com/letters

Here's the Roanoke Rapids city website
http://www.roanokerapidsnc.com

Here's the Roanoke Rapids city email address:
egov@roanokerapidsnc.com

If you choose to send a letter to the editor or email the city, please keep your message short and to the point and please be civil and polite.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

RV Parks in Texas help Ike Evacuees

Herald Zeitung - New Braunfels,TX,USA
Still without power, some Hurricane Ike evacuees pulling their homes away from home continue to use New Braunfels as a resting place, according to local RV resorts.

“Most of them have already moved out,” Bryan Kastleman, owner of Hill Country RV Resort’s management company, said Tuesday. “The ones still here basically don’t have their electricity back on. They don’t want to go home until they have electricity.”

Last week, most of the resort’s 300 RV spaces were full of evacuees, an employee said. Tuesday Kastleman said now about 200 spaces were occupied.

Although locally, it appears most evacuees are beginning to return home many of those who sought temporary shelter in campgrounds across the Hill Country now find they either don’t have a home to go back to or they can’t return home because of continuing floods and power outages, said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

“Our RV park and campground operators have opened their parks, pocketbooks and hearts to hundred of evacuees,” Schaeffer said. “Parks providing potlucks, family activities and true compassion as folks wait see when they can return to their homes.”

At Oakwood RV Resort in Fredericksburg, employees hosted a potluck for Ike evacuees Sunday night and started a food drive for those staying this week on Monday, said employee Pat Miller.

Another RV resort offered 10 percent discounts to evacuees and provided a free breakfast this past weekend.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Canadians Better Off RV Shopping Domestically

With the rise of the Canadian dollar over the past year, some Canadians have been quick to assume that buying all goods in the United States will save them money. However, when buying an RV, it can in fact be more expensive and troublesome to buy from a dealer located across the border.

According to Canadian RV dealers, the strength of the Canadian dollar over many months has enabled them to have more buying power when purchasing from manufacturers. This means that Canadian RV dealers are often able to offer the same prices as U.S. dealers can.

"It's a myth that everything is cheaper in the U.S.," said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson Catherine Fortin LeFaivre. "And in fact, when considering all of the hassle and the costs associated with bringing a vehicle across the border, most Canadians are better off purchasing their RV at their local Canadian RV dealership."
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Seasonal closures begin in Grand Teton

Jackson Hole Daily - Jackson,WY,USA
Grand Teton National Park’s campgrounds, roads, visitor centers and lodges will begin closing during the next few weeks for the annual transition from summer to fall.

The following dates reflect the facility closings that will occur this month and in October.
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N.D. State Parks reducing seasonal services

With fewer people using North Dakota state parks, campsite reservations are not needed in the fall and winter.

After the end of September, the state’s 11 year-round parks will continue to offer limited camping services until snow blocks campground access. Once waterlines are drained and comfort stations closed, off-season camping fees will go into effect. A vehicle entrance permit is required all year. For complete campground status, call the park before arrival.
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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Evacuees unwind at Fentress, TX campground

News 8 Austin - Austin,TX,USA
For evacuees, sometimes half the battle is figuring out where to go.

T.J. Basham was ready to greet his off-season campers. He would normally expect about 12 families on a weekend after Labor Day but this weekend he was inundated with 90 families do to the influx of evacuees from the coast. The Leisure Camp Resort in Fentress is a full house.

Families who've camped here before knew there would be plenty to take their minds off the coast.
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Fall camping: ‘Tis the season

Sentinel-Standard - Ionia,MI,USA
IONIA - Summer is nearing an end and soon the leaves of change will appear, but there is still time for residents to get out to area campgrounds to enjoy the fall.

For those wishing to get out and see what there is to offer, there are numerous areas for residents to camp in Ionia County, with parks and even campgrounds offering places to go.

One of these places is right outside of Ionia off of M-21 at Ionia County's Bertha Brock Park.

“The fall is certainly my favorite time of year,” Bertha Brock Park Manager Nicole Frost said.

Bertha Brock Park offers 20 rustic camp sites - meaning no electricity or showers - and several rustic cabins for campers to use. The sites have fire pits, trash cans and some of them have outdoor grills.
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RV owners offered a place of their own

TUSCALOOSA AL - Cavalcades of motorcoaches are a common sight in downtown Tuscaloosa before Alabama home football games as devoted fans roar into town early for a long weekend of celebration.

But as downtown RV restrictions grow and the number of parking spaces near the stadium dwindle, many a road warrior has been forced to park elsewhere. Developers, meanwhile, have sensed an opportunity.

Enter TideTown motor coach resort on Kicker Road, near University Boulevard, developed by Bradley Fields of Orange Beach. The 84-lot RV park will be marketed to owners of “class A” motorcoaches — luxury RVs that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Andy Turner of Advantage Realty Group, who represents TideTown, said the RV park will open in August 2009.

TideTown lots average 2,470 square feet and come standard with a concrete parking pad for one RV coach and a car. Each pad comes equipped with connections for water, sewer, electricity, Internet and cable.
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Spending Your Retirement in an RV? Oprah want's your story.

The Oprah Winfrey Show is currently working on a show with financial expert Suze Orman, and is looking for potential guests to participate in the program -- people who planned to spend their retirement cruising around in their RVs but in light of gas prices, the economy, or their shrinking nest egg, they're struggling.

Were you and your spouse planning to spend your retirement driving across America in an RV? Has your plan changed now because of this tough economy? With gas and food prices so high, has your dream of hitting the open road in your golden years been derailed? Are you struggling to live off your retirement and worried where life will now take you? Due to prices at the pump, is your RV parked with no place to go?

If you're struggling in retirement because the cost of living is higher today than you had planned for, and you're worried your funds won't last as long as you'd hoped, we want to hear from you.

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Idaho's Island Park camp ground plagued by thefts

LocalNews8.com - Idaho Falls,ID,USA
When camper Craig Orme leaves his site for a hiking trip he locks everything up in his trailer storage compartment. "It doesn't take long to break down. Usually we'll bring our chairs inside too," said Orme.

The camper doesn't even know how important it is to keep his valuable gear under lock and key at the Island Park Buffalo Campsite.

"This year we've had 5 separate incidents at this camp site," said Sheriff Davis.

A group of thieves looking for unattended gear like fishing polls, cash and jewelry have made a bundle hitting the camp sites.
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Extreme frugal living: Move into an RV

Jacob at Early Retirement Extreme website is about to cut his already spartan monthly living expenses in half. How? He and his wife are moving into an RV.

This blog is called Early Retirement Extreme for a reason. Jacob, a guy in his early 30s, spent five years saving and investing 70% of his income on his way to a goal of quitting the rat race, and now he's going to save even more.

Here's how he explains his goal: "Six years ago, I decided that a lifestyle based on bills, mortgages, retirement plans, and conspicuous consumption that depended on working a job for 30 more years or maybe even the rest of my life was not for me."

He and his wife are nearly financially independent, but wanted to cut living expenses further and increase savings. Thus, they came up with the RV plan. They bought a 1991 34-foot recreational vehicle (289 square feet) with 58,000 miles, paying $14,200 -- in cash, naturally. Their rent for the parking space will be much less than they were paying for an apartment in the Bay area.

"It has wheels," Jacob writes. "It also has everything we typically use in our rental except wasted space."
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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Texas campgrounds offer discounts for Ike evacuees

Many of the 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas are offering discounted rates to Hurricane Ike evacuees.

According to the Texas Association of Campground Owners. The private parks are offering discounts of up to 50 percent on RV sites and cabin rentals to help evacuees who are looking for a low-cost place to stay as they wait out the storm.

A list of participating campgrounds can be viewed on-line at www.texascampgrounds.com
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Delaware gets firs full-service RV park in two decades

A new campground outside Milford, Delaware, has a community pool and clubhouse, wireless internet and satellite television access, and picnic tables at each site.

Cedar Creek Landing campground, off Route 1 in Lincoln on Brick Granary Road, is the only full-service park in Delaware, said general manager Bill Marconi. The park opened in May and all the facilities, including a camp store and laundry facilities, were built in January, Marconi said.

The park offers recreational vehicle (RV) three-point hookup, including water, sewer and electric connections, he said.

The park welcomes all RVs,From May 1 to Nov. 2,

Marconi said 87 sites are open today and the park is about one-third full. By next May, he anticipates 200 more lots operating at full capacity.

He said owners decided to open the park in Sussex County because no new full-service camping parks have been opened in Delaware in two decades.
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Rachael Ray Hits the Road in Fleetwood Icon Class C Motorhome

Fleetwood's RV Group, a leading producer of recreational vehicles, announced that its 2009 Icon(R) 24D Class C diesel motor home will serve as home away from home for RACHAEL RAY talent and crew during the show's "Rach to the Rescue" series.

"We are excited that our 2009 Icon is a part of the RACHAEL RAY show," said Paul Eskritt, president of Fleetwood's RV Group. "Ms. Ray's radiant personality appeals to a wide variety of people, and the show's main demographic aligns perfectly with Icon's targeted demographic. Additionally, with the rise in fuel prices over the last few years, fuel efficiency has become a top-of-mind concern for consumers -- Icon averages 15-18 miles per gallon(1), making it one of the most fuel-efficient motor homes available today."
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Fleetwood RV Honors 2008 Top RV Dealers

Fleetwood Enterprises' RV Group, a leading producer of recreational vehicles, held its 2008 Top Dealer Award Ceremony during its National Dealer Meeting at the Paris Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nev. on Wednesday, September 3, 2008.

Fleetwood's Top Dealer awards are given to dealers who have sold the most units by brand in a 12-month period. This year, Fleetwood paid special tribute to those dealerships that were number one in the nation by brand, as well as number one overall for motor homes and travel trailers. Fleetwood also recognized its "most improved" motor home and travel trailer dealers.
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

RV industry trying to drive sales in economic downturn

A 40-foot motor home with a six-figure sticker and a 100-gallon fuel tank should be the last thing on Americans minds, as they're crunched by an economic downturn that includes high gas prices and tight credit.

Don't tell that to Vacaville, Calif., resident Sally Kemp. In Davis, Calif., last week, she was hitting RV lots looking for a bargain. She considers an RV purchase "an investment in the future."

Kemp has had a lot of company recently. Offering steep discounts, RV dealers have reported a spike in consumer interest; but still, the tough times have hit the RV industry hard. Three California dealers recently announced they're closing up shop. Last year, shipments of RVs to U.S. dealers dropped nearly 10 percent, according to the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Halfway into 2008, shipments were down another 14 percent.

The reasons are all too familiar: Look to low consumer confidence, flat household incomes, high gas prices and tight credit for the decline.

Yet the RV industry seems to be proving that you can sell anything if you discount it enough.
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19th Annual Fall Detroit Camper & RV Show

When
October 1-5, 2008

Hours
Weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday Noon-6 p.m.

Rock Financial Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, Novi, MI 48374.
Located just 1 mile west of Novi Road.
View map to the show

Special closeout pricing will be offered on 2008 models. All types of new 2009 recreation vehicles, over 300 units and 100 brands displayed; folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers and fifth wheel travel trailers, ranging in price from $5,000 to more than $400,000.

Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience. Consumers can pick up the new 2009 RV & Campsite, a guide to camping and RVing in Michigan, now with more coupons.

Adult admission (ages 13 and up) is $8; children 12 and under get in free! Seniors (ages 55 and over) are admitted for just $5 on Wednesday, October 1 and Thursday, October 2 (no coupon necessary).

"Two-for-One" admittance coupon available online!
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Aspen Colorado area campgrounds start to close

Aspen Times - Aspen,CO,USA
ASPEN — Independence Pass east of Aspen typically is spectacular by late September, but don’t expect to find camping accommodations there.

Along with autumn’s breathtaking display of foliage comes the closure of various campgrounds around Aspen and the Roaring Fork Valley.

Lincoln Gulch, Lost Man and Weller campgrounds, all located off Highway 82 as it winds up the pass, are already closed for the season. Difficult, located east of town at the base of the pass, remains open until Sept. 21, according to the White River National Forest website. With 47 campsites, Difficult is the largest campground in the vicinity of Aspen.

Farther down the valley, some campgrounds will remain open through big-game hunting season. The Redstone and Avalanche campgrounds — both off Highway 133, south of Carbondale — will remain open until Nov. 9, while Bogan Flats, farther south, near Marble, will be open until Sept. 28, according to the Forest Service website.
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Neighbors win fight to move motor home

HAVERHILL — Lexington Avenue residents last night won their battle to force a neighbor to remove a large motor home from their street.

About a dozen of the residents attended the City Council meeting to support a proposal for a tougher ordinance prohibiting people from parking campers, motor homes, tractor-trailers and large boats on public roads for long stretches of time.

The residents said a large motor home permanently parked in front of a home on their street is an eyesore and poses safety risks for school buses and children in the area near Hunking Middle School. They also complained of rusty extension cords coming from the vehicle and said the owner is unresponsive to their concerns, despite the fact his home includes a large garage where he could park the camper.
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Thor shares climb, bucking RV sector's trend

Shares of Thor Industries Inc. advanced on Tuesday, bucking the broader recreational vehicle sector as analysts reported weaker July motorhome sales.

Thor shares rose $1.40, or 5.7 percent, to $26.13 in midday trading.

Baird's Craig Kennison said in his report Thor managed to gain market share in both the class A and class C categories.

Avondale's Kathryn Thompson said in an interview investors may be holding onto Thor because it has a strong balance sheet and has proven itself the most profitable in the sector.
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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Portland, Oregon RV Show this Week

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New 2009 models and surplus 2008 models will jam the floor of the Portland Expo Center this weekend for the annual Portland Fall RV and Van Show.

"What dealers are saying is that this is going to be a good show to come in and wheel and deal, because inventory is up and sales are down," said Jim Beriault, the show publicist. "Across the board, any reasonable offer will be taken seriously, whereas three years ago — when the market was just booming, the highest sales ever — you didn't have as much play or leeway."

Mike Mendenhall, sales director at Valley RV Center of McMinnville, is one who will be listening to offers Thursday through Sunday.

"I would tell you that it is a buyer's market right now," he said. "This is my 13th year at Valley RV Center, and it's been real cyclical in those years. But I would say right now, more than any time ever, that is true."
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Monday, September 08, 2008

RVSales.com, Cummons Coach Care Partner to Give RV Buyers Peace-of-Mind

Leisure Holding, Inc., announces a partnership between RVSales.com and Cummins Coach Care. Through the partnership, Coach Care facilities will become official Inspected & Protected service centers, assisting individuals with private-party RV sales. The program builds confidence in such a sale by providing a service contract for the new buyer, thus enhancing the seller's listing on RVSales.com and other partner Web sites, and giving the buyer peace-of-mind and confidence in their purchase.
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Fewer Visitors at Smokies

Asheville Citizen-Times - NC,USA
CATALOOCHEE – Chip and Michelle Goodman enjoyed a quiet morning around the fire at Cataloochee Valley campground in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

In the background, the diesel engine of the 1992 International School bus the Petersburg, Va., couple converted into a camper rattled along as it charged batteries.

At 9.5 miles to the gallon, the rig isn’t cheap to drive.

“We were planning on going to Florida,” Chip Goodman said. “We were going to the Keys and we changed our minds.”

For the Goodmans, the change in plans put them in the Smokies, where they had a bit more elbow room than they would have found a year ago.

With gas prices setting record highs this summer, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park says visitation is down 5 percent at its main entrances.

The Blue Ridge Parkway is down 5.4 percent with 9.3 million visitors so far this year.

But away from its main entrances, in places like Cataloochee Valley, and Deep Creek, the park has seen a 3 percent increase.

Park Ranger Nancy Gray says that could be because high gas prices are keeping locals closer to home. And that, she said, is a positive development for the park.

“People living nearby are really using this wonderful resource that they have,” she said.

Carole Adams and her husband, Wayne, made the drive from Mars Hill, north of Asheville. Other than the Goodmans, theirs was one of the longest trips taken by people staying in the campground.

They pulled a pop-camper with a full-sized Ford pickup for 65 miles.
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Living in an RV may not be endless vacation, but comes close

Frank and Sereida Kopitskie have watched herds of buffalo roaming the plains in South Dakota's Custer State Park, toured the city of New Orleans in the days before Hurricane Katrina and paid their respects at Abraham Lincoln's burial site in Springfield, Illinois.

And they did it all without giving up any of the comforts of home.

The Kopitskies are RVers, a growing subculture of travelers who prefer to take it all with them when they go. While summer vacation has ended for most people, massive recreation vehicles containing full kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms continue to line the highways, whisking their owners away on another adventure at a moment's notice.

The Kopitskies, both former scout masters from Old Bridge, Middlesex County, have been feeding their love of the outdoors for more than 40 years. They started out with tents, then worked their way up through pop-up campers and trailers until they finally gave in and purchased an RV.

Now the couple travels the country at will. They lock up their house sometimes for weeks, sometimes for months and hit the road.
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Car critic's dream: trip to Yosemite in an Airstream

By Dan Neil, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
It was an offer he couldn't refuse: the use of an Airstream for a week. Along the way, Dan Neil ponders the Zen of camping, the costs of Dr. McDreamy hipness and the future of the RV.

Yosemite National Park

Maybe it's because I'm punchy. It's been a trying day, 10 hours on the road. The babies got carsick in the mountains, and one threw up rather spectacularly. After arriving at Upper Pines campsite, I had to back the 26-foot Airstream trailer into a tight space between trees, in the dark, a nerve-racking man audition with a gathering audience of seasoned and skeptical RVers shouting advice: "Cut the wheels to the left. . . . The other other left!"

But now the day is done. Roz and Viv (my 10-month-old twins) are finally asleep in the trailer and my wife, Tina, with them. I'm sitting at a picnic table in the sumptuous, high-corniced night of Yosemite Valley, drinking coffee, looking at the Airstream. Just looking.

The orange lick and leap of the campfire light pours off the polished aluminum skin like lava. The Airstream hovers; it glows. Why, Miss Watson, I never noticed before, but with your glasses off, you're beautiful!

As I said, I'm punchy.

I've never been much interested in the recreational-vehicle lifestyle. You call this camping? Please. But I've always wanted an Airstream. Billed as the world's oldest recreational-vehicle company -- born in Los Angeles in 1932 but now in Jackson Center, Ohio -- Airstream has had the rare good sense to keep its classic design classic. The riveted aluminum capsules of today are, aesthetically at least, not much different from the silvery streamliners of more than half a century ago.

An Airstream is a shiny telegraph from midcentury America, an object that reflects our grandparents' restless, road-hungry energy. One Airstream -- a 1960 Bambi model -- made it all the way to the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. So, when the company asked whether I'd like to borrow one of its trailers for a week, it felt like being asked whether I wanted to borrow the 20th Century Limited or the Chrysler Building. Oh . . . yeah.
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Thinking of a road trip? Try renting an RV

If you've never vacationed in a recreational vehicle, your first reaction might be "I can't afford to rent an RV" or "They're too large to maneuver."

Or maybe even "I don't want to end up like Robin Williams," who not only had trouble driving one in the movie "RV," but also had a run-in with the septic tank.

But RV dealers and rental companies are not going to hand you the keys without some preparation. I rented an RV for the first time last summer, and I didn't head out on vacation not knowing what I was doing. A tutorial before you drive the RV off the lot is the norm.

And while gas prices have made it more expensive to take road trips in any kind of vehicle, RVs do come in many different models and sizes — from truck campers and towable 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 miles per gallon, according to industry data.

Courtney Robey, public relations manager for the Recreational 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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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Natchez Trace Parkway reopened after Hurricane Gustav

WLBT-TV - Jackson,MS,USA
The Natchez Trace Parkway has reopened following Hurricane Gustav's path of destruction.

Numerous trees had fallen on the parkway earlier this week. Now, the parkway is open to traffic from milepost zero in Natchez to milepost 87 near Clinton.

Maintenance crews worked to remove the trees and debris from the roadway.
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RVers flock to Yellowstone despite high fuel costs

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. — In the heart of the park here on a recent warm day, the spaces at Fishing Bridge Recreational Vehicle Park were jammed full with RVs and camping equipment.

The RV site, situated in a quiet pine forest, was "full," according to a sign at the registration office. All 358 spaces were taken.

Despite high fuel prices and a sputtering economy that have hurt RV sales and caused many people to put the brakes on vacation plans, there have been plenty of the lumbering, gas-guzzling rigs looking for a spot to temporarily set down roots this year.

More than 1.1 million RVs visited National Park Service campgrounds through the first seven months of this year, according to preliminary NPS figures.

The numbers are down about 6% from the same period last year, but Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said they are still strong numbers, noting that July and August are the busiest months for RV camping in national parks and many campers are out during the fall.
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Carlsbad's KOA barbecue keeps drawing diners

CARLSBAD — Scott and Susan Bacher had some pretty big culinary shoes to fill.

The previous hosts of Carlsbad's KOA, Don and Connie Manthei, had set a high standard for barbecue — so high that TV chef Bobby Flay even stopped by to check it out.

Carlsbad's KOA, located at 2 Manthei Road about halfway between Carlsbad and Artesia, has long been a popular destination for RVers headed to visit Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Local residents, however, might find the 15 minute drive to be a worthwhile dinner trip. The KOA's restaurant is open from 5-7 p.m., seven days a week.

Scott and Susan Bacher come from Rochester, N.Y., where Scott worked as an electrical contractor on projects like jails and schools. After they decided to become campground hosts, they looked at dozens of different locations around the nation. New Mexico was not on their original list.

"The agent called and said there's a great park in Carlsbad," Bacher said. "He said, 'If you don't buy it, I'll pay for half of your airline ticket.'"

The Bachers bought it, and they've been here since.

The Bachers have a bit of an advantage in terms of obtaining reliable employment. Many of their employees are "work campers" — retired people who will spend six months working at one RV Park before moving to other destinations. They are usually extremely reliable and competent employees, Bacher noted.
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Friday, September 05, 2008

Online Resume System Links Rvers to Employers

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The Awesome Applicants resume database was created in 2002 by Workamper News, a company who helps great people find great jobs in great places. The ability to place a resume in the online Awesome Applicants database is one of many tools provided to help the RVer find the best employer possible. RVers who utilize these tools are subscribers to Workamper News and are active or future Workampers. Workampers are defined as individuals, couples, and families who have chosen a lifestyle that combines any kind of part-time or full-time work with RV camping.

Workampers can log in to Workamper.com to create and edit their resume with ease. A step-by-step tool called the Resume Builder will guide the user through each section of the resume. The different sections included in the resume are Applicant Info, Work Settings & Compensation, Work Locations, Sell Yourself and Photos.
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Future of Nevada Luxury RV Resort in Doubt

Pahrump Valley Times - Pahrump,NV,USA
Hans Seibt, a prominent landowner in Nye County, Nevada announced he plans to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection for various companies.

A letter from Seibt addressed to his clients states:

"Due to industry conditions today, the companies, and myself individually, will be filing voluntary petitions for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 7 of the United States Bankruptcy Code and the companies will be closing their doors for business."

Becky Hawk, a front desk supervisor at the Seibt Desert Retreat Luxury RV Resort, owned by Seibt, said Wednesday the resort on Highway 160 and North Leslie Street was open for business.

"There has been a change of management. The original owner is no longer in control. We're still managing it, we're still renting out (RV) spots, people can rent out the convention center," Hawk said.

She wouldn't disclose the name of the new managers saying "that is still up in the air."

The Desert Retreat Luxury RV Park includes a bowling alley, gym, swimming pool with waterfall and convention center in addition to the RV sites. It is the former Calvada Sports Complex.
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TX Lockhart State Park Retains Comfy, Rural Feel

San Marcos Daily Record
Lockhart TX — The 264-acre Lockhart State Park, originally developed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, retains a rural feel in fast-growing Central Texas, less than an hour's drive from the state capital. A rock wall-lined park road cut by the federally-funded workers following the Great Depression years still winds its way through hardwood forests to the top of a cliff.

A spacious backyard patio, picnic tables and grills benefit from a scenic location atop a 300-foot hill that affords 180-degree views of the countryside and the nearby county seat of Caldwell County.

Nearby, a series of five small rust-colored, rock dams built by the CCC form swirling pools along spring-fed Clear Fork Creek, ideal for fishing for bass, catfish and sunfish. A basketball court, sand volleyball court and hiking trail add to the recreational setting.

Further down the creek sits the park's only campground served by one restroom with hot showers. Ten water-and-electric sites ($15 a night) hug the bank beneath red and live oaks, cedar elms, pecans and mesquite trees. The 10 interior campsites ($18) across the road prove popular with the RV crowd, offering water, electrical outlets, sewerage and a golf course view.
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Rver Goes Big D to Big Bend (and back) in 8 days

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The Big Bend region is one of the most beautiful and distinctive in the United States – let alone the Lone Star State.

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RV campers hook up with friends and utilities at state fair

The campground has the early-morning smell of coffee.

But the Kansas State Fair RV Park has no perking pots over open fires. Instead, Louis Lindeman sips his morning brew at the kitchen counter of his fifth-wheel camper just outside the gates of the fairgrounds.

For $375, campers stay at the park for 12 days, plus receive two gate passes every day of the fair, said Hutchinson resident Nancy Crook, who with her husband, Sonny, has been managing the park for the past nine years.

"If you subtract gate fees, it makes camping pretty cheap," Crook said.
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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Slithering surprise found in high-end motor home

Grace Wallace found a 4-foot long red-tailed boa constrictor in her motor home.

The story of how Wallace discovered the boa constrictor in her motor home can turn the blood cold — rather apt, since snakes are cold blooded creatures.

“We had been gone for about four days when I came back to the motor home,” she said. “I kept hearing a beeping sound, and I started investigating on this table where I keep the phone. I noticed that the phone had been knocked off the cradle. That beeping sound was the phone. When I looked closer, I saw something that looked like a very pretty scarf. But I got to thinking ‘Now why would I have put a scarf there?’”

Wallace also got to thinking about how she doesn’t own a scarf with that kind of unique, “quite lovely” design on it. “I reached out and touched it, and that’s when I realized it didn’t feel like fabric.
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Lazy Days To Lay Off 46 At Tampa RV Operations

Tampa Tribune - Tampa,FL,USA
Lazy Days RV Center Inc. will lay off 46 full-time employees from its Tampa operations as part of an across-the-board cost-cutting program, executives said.

This comes after layoffs of 75 employees in July at Lazy Days, which is the world's largest single-site RV dealer by volume and number of brands sold.

Stuart Schaffer, chief marketing officer of Lazy Days. said summer typically is the slow season for RV sales, so the company would have to see how the expected winter increase in sales unfolds. Lazy Days plans no more layoffs for now, he said, but if business conditions turn around significantly and in a sustainable way, the company could look at rehiring workers.
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Cool Idaho camping: Late season brings smaller crowds

Late-summer and fall camping offer a solitude that you don't get during the regular camping season.

"We like this time of the year," said Mary Marcotte of Meridian, who was camped last week with her husband, Royce, at Mountain View Campground near Lowman.

They had a choice camping spot next to the South Fork of the Payette River and the campground definitely wasn't crowded."It's quiet and there aren't too many people," Royce Marcotte said.

Even though fall is an ideal time of the year to camp in Idaho, you've got to pick and choose your camping areas and be prepared for limited services, like bringing along your own toilet paper.

The U.S. Forest Service starts shutting down some campgrounds as early as mid-September.

Water will be turned off at campgrounds as soon as the weather starts freezing at night.

But for some campers, it's the ideal season, when the only screeching you hear in the campground is from an osprey hovering over the river.

Here's an update on the status of campgrounds from McCall to Stanley for fall...
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RVers say no pay but fun job

For campers in Delaware's state parks, help can be found at several designated sites within the campground. At Cape Henlopen State Park near Lewes, that's campsites one through four, a highly visible area clearly marked with wooden signs simply stating "Campground Host."

The hosts are actually volunteers who provide labor for free camping. And their work is never done.

Just ask Mary Lou Bass, of Viola.

Bass knew about campground hosting from her brother, who works as a host in Florida. Bass always loved campers, but said, "The furthest thing from my husband's mind was camping."

About four years ago, her daughter talked her into looking at some campers that were for sale and the price was so good on one her husband changed his mind. The 31-foot motor home has been the retired couple's home-away-from-home for several months of the year ever since.

At their site in Cape Henlopen, a wooden sign featuring a dog welcomed visitors. A U.S. flag blew in the breeze and potted plants blossomed with color near a couple of padded chairs.

After volunteering at Cape Henlopen in the summer, the Basses spend four months each winter in Florida, where they also work as hosts.

"We enjoy meeting people and doing things. We meet a lot of new people," Mary Lou Bass said. "We have met some lasting friends."
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Florida Luxury RV Resort Breaks Ground... Lots Available to RVer

Okeechobee, FL September 4, 2008
RVers are now able to purchase a private lot in South Florida's Newest RV Resort.

Construction is now well under way on the premiere RV resort known as the Silver Palms RV Village, located in Okeechobee, FL. The resort will consist of 512 sites, a 9,000 sq ft. Grand Old Florida style Clubhouse, and recreational amenities for the RV community.

"Everyone will have tremendous access to all of the luxury resort amenities," says Bill Harvey, the developer of Silver Palms.We offer oversized lots to accommodate the needs of our distinguished RV buyers. Some of our lots have beautiful views of our lakes and nature preserve areas. Silver Palms RV Village is located less than ¼ of a mile from Lake Okeechobee, the 2nd largest freshwater lake in the United States.

The Silver Palms RV community offers five-star amenities, including professional landscaping, a large, heated resort-style swimming pool and Jacuzzi, four pristine lakes, and private RV lots. RV enthusiasts can purchase a private RV lot and enjoy the beauty and warmth of South Florida and the company of fellow RV enthusiasts. Silver Palms has everything amenity imaginable, including a fully equipped fitness center, a billiards room, and a private, Members-only lounge. A full time activities director will keep the place hopping year round.

"With five RVs for every available RV lot in the US, more and more RV owners are considering the purchase of their own RV lot in a quality setting," explains Harvey. "An ownership RV resort offers a sensible alternative to other second home options for travelers who wish to own a home in a northern climate but also escape the winter season in a secluded, gated community in Florida."

Silver Palms will be unveiling several RV tools and resources for RV hobbyists. While traveling, RVers will be able to calculate the cost difference between renting and buying an RV lot. Silver Palms will also host a "Rate your RV" contest for RV owners later this fall. Participants are invited to share photos of their RV's on what will be the first online community for RV hobbyists.

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Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Missouri's Washington State Park celebrates 75 years

Tri County Journal - Cincinnati,OH,USA
With Big River as its main feature, Washington State Park celebrates its 75th anniversary this weekend, but its history goes back much further than 75 years. The park's petroglyph rock carvings are believed to be more than 1,000 years old, and, as part of the park's celebration on Saturday and Sunday, a specialist will explain the history and symbolism in the carvings.

"Petroglyphs are carved rock art created by the Mississippian culture," said Jim Newberry, the natural resources manager for the park. "There are three distinct sites inside the park boundaries. The main site is open to the public every day.

Washington State Park offers year-round camping and has cabins available for rent April through November. Camping and cabins can be reserved up to six months in advance by calling (877) 422-6766.

A swimming pool is available for campers and day use from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and canoe rentals are available through the same season. Weekend canoe rentals are available for float trips on Big River from May through September. The park has several picnic areas, and three shelters can be reserved in advance for $30. Unreserved pavilions are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For information, call (636) 586-0233 or visit www.mostateparks.com.
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New Mexico BLM Campground Fees Addressed

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DONA ANA COUNTY, N.M. -- The Bureau of Land Management is asking visitors to Aguirre Springs about fee adjustments for the campground.

Just Monday, the Bureau of Land Management closed down sections of the campground to make $300,000 in renovations.

Visitors pay $3 dollars to use the campground during the day or overnight.

Some said the fee is OK as it is, others said it makes it difficult for the BLM to stay competitive with other state campgrounds, which charge $8 for camping.

Part of the campground will be closed through Mid-October while renovations, including the replacement of picnic tables, the upgrade of parking areas and replacement of trash cans takes place.

The upgrades will cost about $300,000. In the meantime rangers are asking for input.
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Sales for RV Dealer Buck National Slump

Freedom RV Inc., a Spokane Valley dealership, is having a record year, with sales up 44 percent, says Mike Mohondro, sales manager.

We're in our sixth year in business, and weíve had an increase in sales every year, Mohondro says.

For the first half of this year, the number of towable RVs that manufacturers shipped to U.S. dealers was down 18 percent compared with the year-earlier period, says Phil Ingrassia, spokesman for the National RV Dealers Association.

Ingrassia suspects that total sales volume is off by a greater margin, because the drop-off in RV shipments is steepest among the more expensive motor homes, which start at about $60,000 new, while towable RVs start at under $10,000.

Factory shipments of motor homes fell 32 percent in the first half of this year, compared with the year-earlier, period he says. Among motor homes, the biggest decline in shipments was in the high-end ìtype Aî motor homes that are built on bus frames and cost upwards of $100,000. Shipments of such models were down 45 percent during the first half of the year.

The regions hit hardest by the housing bust are traditionally large RV markets. Southern California is big, he says. The Spokane area, on the other hand, didn't go through such a steep run-up in housing prices and probably won't see a big bust.

That could be helping the RV market here remain stable, Ingrassia says.

Also, he adds, The Spokane market is very outdoorsy. People there are predisposed to outdoor vacations.
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Four Winds offers rebate on Class A & Class C Motorhomes

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