Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Altmans Winnebago Offers Brand-name RVs at 50% Off

Joe Altman, president of Altmans Winnebago, one of southern California’s largest RV dealers, announced today a groundbreaking sale that is sure to set a new benchmark in the RV industry. Under the banner of "Extreme Buy of a Lifetime", Altmans Winnebago will offer new motorhomes, toy haulers, fifth wheels, and travel trailers with savings up to 50% off the original price.

Brand names include Winnebago, Damon, Pilgrim, Teton, Thor, and Gulf Stream. The sale will be limited to new 2006 & 2007 models at 50% off MSRP, and 40% off 2008 models.

Joe Altman states, "Our lending institutions and manufacturers have given us incentives with the result that we must immediately reduce inventory." He added, "It couldn’t come at a better time! The holidays are behind us, a new President is on the way to the White House, gas prices are down and I have no doubt that whatever consumer confidence was lost, will bounce back."
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Resort chaplains are modern circuit-riding preachers

As the 21st century heirs to the circuit riders’ mantle, resort ministry chaplains likewise travel light and cover plenty of ground. But they make their journeys in air-conditioned vehicles and live in motor homes or trailers, moving from one RV park to another. Chaplains sometimes serve a particular location for up to six months before journeying to the next location, offering a seasonal ministry with eternal impact.

Chaplain Gordon Thomas and General Manager Dennis Maloney talk. Chaplains meet once a month for fellowship, sharing and support. Meetings are held in varied RV resorts so the host chaplain can share the resort with the chaplains and the visiting chaplains can see different resorts. (Photos by Robert Ruesch)

“I never thought I would be doing chaplain work,” said Ed Bevill of Kentucky, who serves as a chaplain for Winter Texans. “I came to Texas and this resort to retire and enjoy the winter weather of the Rio Grande Valley.”

Bevill lives in Palmdale RV Resort, between Harlingen and Brownsville, where he preaches. He also leads Sunday services at Holiday Out RV Resort, about 5 miles down the road.
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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hamilton County, Ohio Expands Winton Woods Campground

The Hamilton County Park District has begun expanding its Winton Woods Campground Site. An official said the expansion is due to the increased popularity of camping.

The expansion will add 23 camp sites, a group activity shelter, a playground, a new campground office.

The expansion should be completed by May of 2009.

For more information, visit GreatParks.org or Call 513-521-7275(PARK).
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Washington may close 14 state parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. -- The state Parks and Recreation Commission may close 14 of the 121 state parks in Washington to save money.

A commission spokeswoman told The Olympian it's looking at transferring low-priority parks to local governments or nonprofit groups. One of them is the 105-acre Tolmie State Park near Lacey, which doesn't have a campground and draws mostly local visitors.

The list was compiled after several parks were closed in 2002. The commission rated all state parks for their location, scenic views, cultural resources and potential to make money.

The spokeswoman, Virginia Painter, says there are no plans to sell parks to developers or commercial interests.

The plan will be subject to debate in the Legislature.

Information from: The Olympian
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Florida RV SuperShow "Fun is Right Around the Corner"

The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) will host the 24th Annual 2009 Florida RV SuperShow, Wednesday, January 14 through Sunday, January 18. The Florida RV SuperShow will again be held at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa, Florida.

The 2009 SuperShow will break the record for both manufacturer's space and supplier's booth space. "We will have more Suppliers' booths than ever before and a record amount of Manufacturer space," said Marketing Director David Kelly. "With the addition of new entertainment and more seminars, we're anticipating record crowds this year. We're also renewing the 2-day pass so the public will have two full days to see everything at the SuperShow at no additional cost."
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Monday, December 29, 2008

10 Things to Do & Places to Go in Houston, Texas

Good health is something you could get from a wide variety of options. You may end up going to the gym and pay membership fees to avail of discounts for regular visits. You may also spend a weekend with your friends and family in other sports activity centers. You may also want to find a nice place to relax to filter and get rid of stress. While you are in Houston, you have the following healthy places to go to.
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Postwar prosperity brought Winter Texans to Rio Grande Valley

After the end of World War II, motorists hitched up roomy travel trailers behind V-8-powered cars with fastbacks and turtlehulls for road trips across America.

Postwar prosperity, cheap gasoline and paid vacations made travel a seemingly limitless proposition.

At the same time, Midwestern retirees, including farmers and former factory workers from Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Omaha and Cleveland, had money to spend from pensions and Social Security checks.

This was a combination the Rio Grande Valley was poised to capitalize on. Balmy winters, swaying palms, friendly people and a low cost of living made the Valley a natural destination for "winter tourists" looking for a haven from the frigid North.
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FOREST RIVER GEORGETOWN MOTOR HOME RECALL

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
FOREST RIVER / GEORGETOWN 2006-2008
Manufacturer: FOREST RIVER, INC. Mfr's Report Date: NOV 07, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V664000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: STRUCTURE:BODY:DOOR:HINGE AND ATTACHMENTS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 1003
Summary:
FOREST RIVER IS RECALLING 1,003 MY 2006-2008 GEORGETOWN MOTOR HOMES. THE ALUMINUM BAGGAGE DOOR TRIM HAS LOOSENED AND IS ABLE TO DETACH FROM THE VEHICLE.
Consequence:
IF THE ALUMINUM BAGGAGE DOOR TRIM DETACHES, IT MAY CAUSE PERSONAL INJURY TO PERSONS OUTSIDE THE VEHICLE OR PROPERTY DAMAGE.
Remedy:
DEALERS WILL RESECURE THE TRIM WITH ADDITIONAL FASTENERS FREE OF CHARGE. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FOREST RIVER AT 1-574-206-7600.
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WINNEBAGO MOTORHOME RECALL

Vehicle Make / Model: Model Year(s):
ITASCA / SUNOVA 2009
ITASCA / SUNSTAR 2009
WINNEBAGO / SIGHTSEER 2009
WINNEBAGO / VISTA 2009
Manufacturer: WINNEBAGO INDUSTRIES, INC. Mfr's Report Date: DEC 11, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V681000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 36
Summary:
WINNEBAGO IS RECALLING 36 MY 2009 VISTA, SIGHTSEER, AND ITASCA SUNSTAR AND SUNOVA MOTOR HOMES FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF PART 567, 'CERTIFICATION.' . THESE VEHICLES WERE PRODUCED WITH A VEHICLE CERTIFICATION LABEL THAT STATES LOAD RANGE 'G' TIRES WHEN IN FACT THE VEHICLES ARE EQUIPPED WITH LOAD RANGE 'F' TIRES.
Consequence:
THE PURPOSE OF THIS PART IS TO SPECIFY THE CONTENT AND LOCATION OF, AND OTHER REQUIREMENTS FOR, THE CERTIFICATION LABEL TO BE AFFIXED TO MOTOR VEHICLES TO ADDRESS CERTIFICATION-RELATED DUTIES AND LIABILITIES, AND TO PROVIDE THE CONSUMER WITH INFORMATION TO ASSIST HIM OR HER IN DETERMINING WHICH OF THE FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARDS ARE APPLICABLE TO THE VEHICLE.
Remedy:
WINNEBAGO WILL PROVIDE CORRECT FEDERAL CERTIFICATION LABELS AS WELL AS INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS TO THE MOTOR HOME OWNERS. IF AN OWNER DESIRES, THEY CAN HAVE THEIR DEALER REPLACE THE TAGS FOR THEM. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT JANUARY 2, 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT WINNEBAGO AT 1-641-585-6939.
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FREIGHTLINER / SPRINTER 3500 RECALL

DODGE / SPRINTER 3500 2007
FREIGHTLINER / SPRINTER 3500 2007
Manufacturer: SPRINTER ENGINEERING & COMPLIANCE SUPPOR Mfr's Report Date: DEC 18, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V687000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE
Potential Number of Units Affected: 6
Summary:
SPRINTER WILL RECALL 6 MY 2007 DODGE 3500 AND FREIGHTLINER 3500 VEHICLES. THE THREADED BUSH OF THE BRAKE ADJUSTMENT OF THE PARKING BRAKE MAY BREAK. THE THREADED BUSH TOGETHER WITH THE ADJUSTMENT SCREW MAY DETACH FROM ITS BRACKET.
Consequence:
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Remedy:
DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE PARKING BRAKE ADJUSTMENT. THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT YET PROVIDED AN OWNER NOTIFICATION SCHEDULE FOR THIS CAMPAIGN. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SPRINTER AT 1-843-695-5000.
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KEYSTONE LAREDO FIFTH WHEEL RECALL

Manufacturer: KEYSTONE RV COMPANY Mfr's Report Date: DEC 01, 2008
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 08V685000
N/A
NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: EQUIPMENT:OTHER:LABELS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 10
Summary:
KEYSTONE IS RECALLING 10 MY 2008 LAREDO FIFTH WHEEL TRAVEL TRAILERS FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF PART 567, 'CERTIFICATION.' THE FEDERAL IDENTIFICATION LABEL AND TIRE AND LOADING INFORMATION LABEL DOES NOT CONTAIN THE CORRECT GROSS AXLE WEIGHT RATING (GAWR). THE LABEL INDICATES A CAPACITY OF 6,000 LBS, BUT INSTEAD SHOULD READ 5,080 LBS. ALSO THE TIRE SIZE AND MAXIMUM INFLATION PRESSURE IS LISTED AT 235/80/R16E AT 80 PSI AND IT SHOULD BE 225/75/R15D AT 65 PSI MAXIMUM INFLATION.
Consequence:
LOADING THE VEHICLE BEYOND THE ACTUAL GAWR COULD RESULT IN POOR VEHICLE HANDLING CHARACTERISTICS, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
OWNERS WILL BE PROVIDED WITH CORRECTED LABELS AND INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS. IF AN OWNER DESIRES, THEY CAN HAVE THEIR DEALER REPLACE THE TAGS FOR THEM. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING JANUARY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT KEYSTONE RV AT 1-866-425-4369.
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Freightliner Custom Chassis X-line Recall

Component: service brakes, air:disc
Potential number of units affected: 1
Summary:
Daimler trucks recalled 1 my 2009 Freightliner custom chassis x-line motor home chassis equipped with bendix front air disc brakes. the front air disc brakes may have been contaminated with grease between the piston head/plate and the diaphragm. when braking pressure is applied, the grease may allow the piston head/plate to slip off center and catch on the reducing ring of the service chamber.
Consequence:
The catching of the piston head/plate on the reducing ring may lock up the corresponding front air disc brake which may impact the operator's ability to steer or control the vehicle.
Remedy:
Dealers replaced both front air disc brakes service chambers. the vehicle was repaired on september 5, 2008. no further action is required on this recall.
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Campers prepare for rise in park fees

The San Diego County park system is increasing some daily fees in 2009.

Camping: Full hookup campsite, $25 before Jan. 1, $28 after Jan. 1; partial hookup, $20 before, $24 after; tent site, $15 before, $19 after.

Group camping: Caravan area minimum $75 before Jan. 1, $100 after Jan. 1; youth and school groups, $25 before, $40 after; other group minimum $50 before, $75 after.

Group picnic reservations: 50 to 100 people, $150 before Jan. 1, $175 after Jan. 1; 101 to 250 people, $250 before, $275 after; pavilion and music permit, $400 before, $425 after.

Commercial bus parking: $30 before Jan. 1, $50 after Jan 1.

Boat rentals: full day, $15 before Jan. 1, $20 after Jan. 1; half day, $10 before, $15 after; boat and motor, full day, $35 before, $40 after.
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Sunday, December 28, 2008

Alaska by land and sea

Chicago Tribune - United States
"Gold Rush Memories" provides two ways to tour The Last Frontier, a three-night cruise through the scenic Inside Passage from Vancouver to Skagway, British Columbia, and an eight-night U-drive road trip in a comfortable motor home.

Making use of RV campsites reserved along the way, the adventurous driving itinerary leads from Skagway to Whitehorse, Fairbanks, and finally Anchorage, with two nights set aside to take in Denali National Park.

Departures are on Wednesdays May 20-Aug. 26, with rates set at $2,099-$2,599, depending on the date selected, plus port fees of $215 and driver's insurance of $75. Prices include the cruise on Holland America's Volendam, two shore excursions, motor-home rental, maps and transfers. Fuel and meals while on the road are additional.

"Gold Rush Memories" is one of many RV-cruise combos offered by Alaska Travel Adventures, which also rents motor homes in Alaska by the day. (800-323-5757; www.bestofalaskatravel.com, click on Alaska Highway Cruises)
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Who says there is no Santa Claus?

Our friend Jim Jaillet wrote:
On Christmas Day at 9 AM, we heard a knock on our motorhome door. Who can that be, we wondered? And there was Santa Claus himself who delivered a hearty HO-HO-HO Merry Christmas!, and two candy canes.
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Fire Guts Santa Claus Campground Office

Henderson Gleaner - Henderson,KY,USA

The main office building at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort was gutted by fire Saturday afternoon.

No one was in the building, which originally was the home of campground developers the late Bill and Pat Koch, when the fire started after 2 p.m.

Campground marketing director Dave Lovell said members of the Koch family, who own the campground, had been using some golf carts Saturday and had parked them near the brick building which had been sided with logs. Lovell said it is believed one of the golf carts caught fire after it was parked, and the flames spread to the office building. The fire spread through the roof of the one-story structure.

The staff will relocate to a temporary office next week, he said, adding the fire won't affect campground operations. The campground was closed for the holiday season.
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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Koreshan State Park gets you in touch with nature

The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA
The beauty and diversity of the Koreshan State Park is not limited by its history as the spot where a utopian communal colony thrived a century ago.

It has a wonderful campground that accommodates a wide array of outdoor enthusiasts' interests and provides a way to get back in touch with nature.

Camping is also a way to temporarily lose our technological dependence on computers and TV and enjoy the simple things in life - like conversation around the camp fire and fishing in a river.

At Koreshan there are 60 campsites. All of the sites offer water and electric hookups. The campground has dense vegetation, located among oak scrub along the Estero River in the northern boundary of the Park.

Campfires are permitted on individual campsites as long as the fire is contained to the fire ring, which is located towards the back of every site. Picnic tables are also on every site.

Pets are permitted in the park and in the campground if they are supervised, cleaned up after and kept on a leash at all times.

A full facility bathhouse is located in the center of the campground that is accessible from a number of paved and non-paved pathways.

For motor home and RV campers we have a dump station that accommodates their septic needs.
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RV campground feeling the pinch

Charleston Post Courier - Charleston,SC,USA
You often can gauge how the economy is doing by the number of RVs parked at the Oak Plantation Campground.

Nestled under a canopy of oak trees along U.S. Highway 17 near Johns Island, the family-owned business caters to the motor homes of snowbirds and transient workers.

Recently, workers laid off from Vought Aircraft Industries Inc., which makes rear fuselage sections for Boeing's new 787 passenger jet, are pulling up stakes at the campground and driving off in search of new work.

He estimated that his monthly leases are down by as much as half this year because "we are not seeing as many workers."

He also saw business drop off when gas hit four bucks a gallon earlier this year.

The business trends also reflect the power of money. Massive, 45-foot RVs that can sell for as much as $2 million arrive regularly in spite of the economic meltdown.

Lately, snowbirds heading south for the winter are propping up Kuznik's bottom line.

He's looking ahead to spring when an RV club is expected to roll into town onboard a few dozen high-end travelers. "That's my busy month."
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Friday, December 26, 2008

Kissimmee River offers majestic sights

News Chief - Winter Haven,FL,USA
The Kissimmee River is a gem within arm's reach.

Known for bass fishing and a nearby fort of the Seminole Wars era, it is a quiet redoubt where one or more people (depending on whether you get along with your family) are able enjoy nature in its majesty, almost as it was pre-European invasion of Floridian shores.

A place in Polk that sits on the Kissimmee River. A place that offers a rustic appearance, a subtle frontier ambiance, along with simple modern amenities. An opportunity to enjoy some of the loveliest natural river scenery available in Polk County.

This gorgeous spot really is two sites located at the end of Camp Mack Road, well out in East Polk County. Those two sites being the Lake Kissimmee State Park and Camp Mack.
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On the Cheap Road with an RV

Atlantic News Telegraph - Atlantic,IA,USA
Dust storms in El Paso, 14 inches of snow in the high Sierra Madres, rain in the desert. Not so unexpected this time of year as Bob and Sheila Everhart, and their daughter Bobbie Lhea, of Anita, make their way through Arizona to California.

As they write, it must surely be very very cold in Iowa, their home state, but they have just spent four days in the mysterious old silver-mining town of Tombstone, Ariz.

For the Everharts, it’s a worthwhile four days, camping fees are right at $23 per night, and the restaurants don’t over charge either. One in particular, the Longhorn, has a specialty of the house called Two-Bean Soup. It’s so full of hamburger, beans, and other southwest vegetables, it’s almost a meal in itself.
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Actor's Airstream Trailer is Home on the Road

He may be known for his easygoing brand of beach living, but Matthew McConaughey, the star of A Time to Kill (1996) and The Wedding Planner (2001), is equally passionate about life on the open road. And if his house can travel with him, well, so much the better. “There’s an old African proverb,” offers McConaughey, apropos of his affinity for wheeled domiciles. “ ‘Architecture is a verb.’ ”

“I’ve always loved drivin’,” he proclaims in his Texas twang. “Drivin’ is, number one, where I get some time with myself. Number two, it’s the main place I catch up on music. And number three, it’s the best way to see the country. In 1996 I got a big GMC van—it’s called Cosmo—and gutted it and put in a bed in the back, a refrigerator and a VCR so I could watch dailies or whatever. But still it was a pretty cramped style. So I started looking at Airstreams.”
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California RV Manufactuer Plans to Restart in 2009

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Bill Wyrick is hoping to take a chance in about six months.

With business loans being difficult to get and an economy sinking deeper into recession, Wyrick is hoping to restart his manufacturing company, Los Baños RV Center.

A bad business deal caused him to shut it down in 2005. He said he misses the business.

As he plans to go back to running his RV company, Wyrick is prepared for business to be slow for the next year and a half. However, he thinks the economic decline is close to its end.

"I see some gradual improvement in 2009. I think we're getting to almost where we've hit bottom." he said.

Wyrick said the credit crisis may impact RV buyers, but it shouldn't.

"The recourse on loans on the RV industry is the lowest of any industry," Wyrick said. "The mortgage situation, the RV industry has never been in that. People that buy RVs, they've planned it and they've worked for it for a long period of their life.
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Thursday, December 25, 2008

GPS Salesman Looks for RV Use to Increase

Snowbird Bill Powers became a dealer for Travel Buddies, a brokerage that sells Garmin GPS devices, about a year ago. He brought his small business to the Northwest Valley in March, influenced by the many retirees who own recreational vehicles. Powers has no physical store, but travels to RV parks and conferences to demonstrate the gear. He recently spoke with The Republic about how the economy has affected his livelihood and about his business' prospects for the future.
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RV Sales Rebounding in Florida

With row after row of unsold recreational vehicles in stock, you might think that Dennis Charron, general manager of Giant Recreation World, would be worried.

He is concerned -- but only a little bit. Sales of RVs, down nationally 27 percent this year, have been better than that in Florida, traditionally the nation's No. 2 RV market behind California, he said.

"Gas prices really didn't hurt us," Charron said. "The financing crunch slowed us up a little. But it's coming back around for us. It's still a cheap way to travel."

It helps that Florida is a year-round RV market. Even more helpful has been a drop in age of the average owner.
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Christmas on the road: old traditions new adventures

Carlsbad Current Argus - Carlsbad,NM,USA
Being home for Christmas is a goal for most people, but "home" for some is the freedom of getting to be on the road again.

For many of the full-time RVers celebrating Christmas today at Carlsbad's KOA, the holiday will involve a nice meal, some televised football and a few calls to the children. The RVers, most of them retirees, make a few concessions to the holiday, but not to the point where they abandon their beloved lifestyle.

Dick and Dawn Nelson plan to celebrate by barbequing a pair of Cornish game hens. They'll do it outdoors next to their RV, weather permitting.

"We'll call the kids. Then there's a football game on," Dick Nelson said, noting that there won't be any presents. "We quit doing that a long time ago. The kids all say they are doing fine."

They've been full time RVers for the past six months. They arrived at Carlsbad's KOA last Saturday and plan to leave this Saturday. They'll then make a short trip to Ft. Stockton and then spend most of the winter in Kerrville, Texas.

"We're going to do it a year and a half and see if we like it," Nelson said about their present rig.
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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Webcams Let Snowbirds Be Home For Christmas

Well, it finally has happened. You can now be two places at once.

Folks in South Texas are using webcams to spend Christmas with loved ones in other parts of the world.

Just ask Jan Burgoin, 59, who plans to visit the grandchildren in Ottawa from her home at Autumn Acres Mobile Home Community and RV Park at 5034 Boca Chica Blvd.

"We've already made arrangements to meet with everybody online on Christmas Day. We've set up times," said Burgoin, whose husband, John, purchased three webcams last Christmas: one for his daughter in England, one for his son in Canada and one for their own home. Jan Burgoin's son in Canada already owned a webcam.

Elaine Gisel, at Fun N Sun RV Resort Park in San Benito, has been "Skyping" her son and grandchildren in Minnesota. Skype uses computer software to make phone calls in conjunction with a webcam.

"Oh, I think it's great," said Gisel, 69. "I can see what they're making in school, all their little arts and crafts and everything, and they love to come in front of the webcam and show grandma."
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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

California RV Dealer Brawley's Closing after 30 Years

Modesto Bee - Modesto,CA,USA
Brawley's RV is adding its name to a growing list of vehicle dealerships going out of business in the valley.

The recreational vehicle sales center on McHenry Avenue has slashed its prices 30 percent to 60 percent. Manager Steve Jessup said he also will consider customers' offers on RVs in an attempt to move Brawley's inventory by Jan. 4.
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Monday, December 22, 2008

Flying J Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

NEW YORK (AFP) – Flying J, a big privately held firm that operates oil refineries and truck stops, said Monday it filed for bankruptcy protection, hit by the abrupt fall in energy prices and a credit crunch.

The Utah-based firm, which has some 16 billion dollars in 2007 revenues, said it filed for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the bankruptcy code "to address near-term liquidity needs brought about by the precipitous decline in oil prices coupled with the disruption in the credit markets."

"All of Flying J's operations, including approximately 250 travel plazas and fuel stops, are open and serving customers in the normal course," the company said.

"The company plans to continue normal business operations as it moves through the reorganization process."

"Even though Flying J today is a successful and historically profitable company, it faced near-term liquidity pressure from an unprecedented combination of factors: the precipitous drop in the price of oil and the lack of available financing from our traditional sources due to disrupted credit markets," said J. Phillip Adams, president and chief executive.

"With this sudden and unanticipated inability to meet our liquidity needs, we regret that we had no other choice than a Chapter 11 filing to enable us to stabilize our financial base."

Flying J is among the 20 largest private companies in America, with some 16,000 employees in the US and Canada.
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RV Dealer Lazydays Gets Reprieve

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Most of Lazy Days RV Center Inc.’s debt holders have agreed to give the company more time to pay interest due to them.

Lazydays said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that 93 percent of the holders of its senior notes due 2012 have agreed to forebear from exercising their remedies.

The noteholders agreed to hold off taking action until Jan. 15, the filing said.

Lazydays said a month ago it would not pay interest due to noteholders so it could preserve cash amid a downturn in the market for recreational vehicles. Lazydays, a dealer of recreational vehicles based in Seffner, said it would talk with the noteholders to restructure its long-term debt to improve liquidity or modify its requirements for liquidity.
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Amadas Coach Acquires Featherlite Coaches

Amadas Coach, the luxury motorhome, commuter coach and transporter manufacturer headquartered here in Suffolk, announced this week it has acquired the inventory line of Featherlite Coaches, Inc., a Florida-based luxury motor coach manufacturer.

Jimmy Adams, president of Amadas Coach, said Friday the Amadas staff is excited about the new venture, which he said could have large long-term effects for the company.

“We expect you’re going to see more growth,” Adams said. “Obviously, right now the luxury goods marketplace is sluggish as best. But we expect that market to pick back up, hopefully in mid to late 2009, and as demand picks back up, we hope to add significantly more to our staff.”

Adams estimated that this acquisition will cause an increase of about five employees in the short term and as many as 50 employees long-term.

“I think 50 would be a best case and not totally unrealistic,” he said.

Amadas will continue the sales, service and warranty support of the Featherlite brand through select dealers. Featherlite will close-out its current inventory and its manufacturing of the coaches at its factory to allow Amadas to assume production of the product line, according to a company press release.

Featherlite Coaches, which is based in Sanford, Fla., will continue in the future as the exclusive dealer for Florida under the name Featherlite Coaches of Florida.

“The transfer of ownership of the Featherlite Coach brand to Amadas Coach is a positive step towards the long-term support and continued success of the Featherlite Coach Prevost conversion,” Jim Wooley, President of Featherlite Coaches, said in a press statement.

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RV Capital of the World in Panic

ELKHART, Ind. On the snow-covered sales lot at the Great Lakes RV Center, owner Rob Reid talked about what life is like as an endangered species.

This year, Reid has sold about 50 fewer vehicles than last year, and his gross revenue is down by nearly $400,000. He's poured in more than $250,000 of his own cash to keep the business afloat.

In August, he closed his other sales lot because business was so slow. Over the past two months, Reid has laid off eight service department employees and three salespeople.

Those are troubling developments for any business, but in this northern Indiana town dubbed the “RV capital of the world,” it's a downright panic.
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California RV Dealer Dan Gamel Closes Lots

California recreational vehicle dealer Dan Gamel has closed all but one of his remaining stores.

About 150 workers have lost their jobs. Mr. Gamel says he plans to re-open some stores in the spring.

Meanwhile, he says he will continue to sell RVs via the Internet or by appointment. Mr. Gamel tells the Fresno Bee newspaper that he plans to open two in-mall stores in 2009 to try to reach customers who might not come to a traditional RV lot.

His company was once the nation’s fourth largest RV dealer.
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Camper explosion hurts three

An explosion seriously burned two men and torched a camper Saturday afternoon at Hidden Lakes Campground.

The campground, at 4460 S. N.C. 54, is in southeastern Alamance County several miles southeast of Swepsonville.

Campground owner J.R. Majors said the explosion happened as Bernard Felder and Jimmy Ritter were trying to light the furnace in Felder's camper.

The explosion quickly consumed the camper and severely burned Felder and Ritter. Despite burns on her hands, Felder's wife drove the two men to the UNC Hospitals, were they remain.
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Insurer finally Pays on RV warranty

Shirley Schenmeyer and her husband, Bob, are motor home enthusiasts who have spent considerable time and money on a pair of beautiful recreational vehicles, which they use to tool around the country and attend motor home rallies.

Over the summer, a fancy device broke on their larger motor home, a 40-foot battleship called a Holiday Rambler Imperial. The device is called an Aqua Hot, and it's part furnace, part water heater. It heats their cooking and wash water on the way to their destination, and a series of tubes that run from the heater and beneath the RV's floors acts as a source of radiant heat for the living space.

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When the device broke over the summer, the Schenmeyers drove their vehicle to Elkhart, Ind., to have it repaired. The repair cost about $10,000 and they received a refurbished Aqua Hot. Bob Schenmeyer was under the impression that American Guardian had agreed to reimburse them for about $7,500, which he thought was fair based on the warranty policy.

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Fatal motorhome fire was accidental

KBS Radio - Trail,BC,Canada
Creston RCMP believe last week's fatal motor-home fire was accidental.

Staff Sargent Gord Stewart says officials believe there was a malfunction of some sort within the vehicle, which may have caused smoke or fire...the driver was able to pull over, but then was quickly overcome.

Stewart says in his experience with motor-home fires is that they burn quickly.

They still haven't identified the victim because they're waiting for a positive ID from the coroners service, but Stewart says they believe the man killed was the registered owner, a 65 year old Creston resident.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Adult RV Resort residents unhappy with plan

Arizona Republic - Phoenix,AZ,USA
Dialogue between the city and residents of a Surprise, AZ recreational-vehicle community has been re-ignited after a planned-area development document was lost and later redrafted for recent council consideration.

For about a year, both parties have worked on the wording of the replacement document, which establishes the development and review criteria for the area.

However, some residents of the Happy Trails Adult RV Resort, a 396-acre area near Bell Road and Cotton Lane are dissatisfied with the revision, which would ban the installation of manufactured homes in certain sections of the senior-citizen community.

Surprise Community Development Director Jeff Mihelich said that only three of the 10 sections within the development would allow these types of homes. The remaining locations would only permit traditional "stick building" homes and other structures, he explained.
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Coachmen RV Sale to Forest River Approved

The atmosphere was bittersweet at Coachmen Industries in Middlebury Friday morning as shareholders approved a $42 million sale of the company’s recreational vehicle group to rival RV manufacturer Forest River.

According to Richard Lavers, president and CEO of Coachmen Industries, more than 99 percent of company shareholders voted in favor of the deal, which essentially transfers the company’s RV business and a large majority of the RV group’s employees to Forest River.

Through the deal, Lavers indicated that Forest River will acquire all of the real estate, fixed assets and equipment used in Coachmen’s traditional RV business at its Middlebury manufacturing complex, as well as its Viking manufacturing facility in Centerville, Mich., and its Michiana Easy Livin’ Country RV dealership in Elkhart.

Forest River will also acquire all of the RV group’s finished goods, works in progress, and raw material inventory, however Lavers noted that Coachmen’s headquarters will remain in Elkhart County.

As for employees of the RV group, Lavers indicated that Forest River will offer employment to nearly all of the group’s sales staff and production workers, as well as many members of management.
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Friday, December 19, 2008

RVers need permit to park overnight on city streets

PLACENTIA, CA – RV owners voiced their concerns, but in the end complaints about limitations on their parking in this city were just that – complaints.

The City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday banning the overnight parking of recreational vehicles without a permit, after a month of controversy surrounding the measure.

Under previous rules, RVs and trailers were allowed to be parked on the street, but not for more than 24 hours. Police Chief Jim Anderson said this led to people "camping" in their RVs on the street. Owners would wait for the RV to get marked by police, and then move it several feet to avoid the ticket. Anderson described enforcement as "chasing our tail."

Under the new ordinance, which much pass a second reading Jan. 6 to become law, residents who want to park their RVs on public streets between 2 and 6 a.m. must get a temporary permit from the Police Department. That permit can be applied for online 48 hours before, and the permit will be e-mailed to the resident. Residents can also visit the police station, or even call in extenuating circumstances.
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Emergency Fuel Treatment Restores Gelled Diesel Fuel

AMSOIL has introduced an addition to its premium line of diesel fuel additives. In cold-weather climates, diesel fuel can become gelled and prevent fuel from reaching the engine due to clogged fuel filters. AMSOIL Diesel Recovery is a diesel fuel treatment that liquefies gelled diesel fuel and thaws frozen fuel filters. Naturally forming wax crystals found in diesel fuel are the leading cause of gelled engine components, and AMSOIL Diesel Recovery breaks down these molecules that prevent diesels from starting in cold temperatures.
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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Flood closes Florida Caverns State campground

The News Herald - Panama City,FL,USA
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Florida Caverns State Park campground will be closed today (Wednesday, Dec. 17) through Sunday, Dec. 21 because of flooding of the Chipola River.

The flood conditions are anticipated to continue through next week, so park management has closed the campground to safely maintain facilities for visitors, according to a news release. Cave tours will also be suspended until Thursday, Dec. 18.

Visitors with current camping reservations will be notified by Reserve America and cancellation fees will be waived. Those still wishing to camp during this time period may contact Three Rivers State Park in Sneads at (850) 482-9006.

For information about Florida State Parks, visit www.floridastateparks.org
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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Fleetwood RV maker trims 250 more jobs

DECATUR, Ind. - Recreational vehicle manufacturer Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. is cutting another 250 jobs from its operations in Decatur.

The Riverside, Calif.-based company elminated 300 jobs at three Decatur facilities in June. Most of the cuts announced Monday are from the Fleetwood Motor Home plant.

About 900 employees remain at Fleetwood plants in Decatur, about 20 miles southeast of Fort Wayne.

Fleetwood spokeswoman Kathy Munson says the cuts are because of decling demand for the company's products.

This fall, Fleetwood announced that it would close seven plants nationwide, including one in Crawfordsville.

Other RV manufacturers have also announced job cuts and plant closings in northern Indiana.
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Jayco Shows New 2010 Recon ZX Toy Hauler

Available in a number of very liveable floorplan designs and three color options, the Recon ZX fifth wheel toy hauler can store large toys for every adventure – up to four ATVs, several motorcycles or a side x side.

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Suffolk County, NY considers campground improvements

HAUPPAUGE - Seeking to keep tourist and recreational dollars in the county, Suffolk Executive Steve Levy today unveiled $1 million for improvements to the facilities at seven county camping parks, including a plan to add sites at two popular camping locations as well as enhancements at a handicapped-accessible park.

Levy also urged legislators to sustain his veto of park, golf, camping and recreational fees which was passed two weeks ago.

“I believe our public resources must remain accessible to the vast majority of our population, which is why I have not increased any park or golf fees since coming into office in 2004,” said Levy. “As the national economic picture worsens, our hard-working residents whose tax dollars have helped create the parks system may be less inclined to travel for vacation and we must continue to offer them our outstanding parks, golf courses and campgrounds at an affordable price.”
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Saskatchewan camping fee increase draws ire of NDP

REGINA -- Dubbing it an “unhappy camper tax,” the NDP says the government’s wide-ranging fee hikes at Saskatchewan provincial parks should be dumped.

Opposition MLA John Nilson said the Saskatchewan Party pledged it would keep camping rates affordable for residents of the province after forming government late last year, yet on Friday announced a slate of fee hikes without a clear explanation.

“I know that many campers are reconsidering their summer plans for next summer because of these increases, so I think the government should reconsider the ill-advised Christmas present to Saskatchewan campers,” said Nilson.

But Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Christine Tell argued there is sound reasoning behind the changes, which include a $2 increase to the daily camping fee, the doubling of the reservation service fee to $10 and a new $7 charge when reservations are changed.
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KOA Campground honored for service excellence

Kampgrounds of America Inc. awarded its 2008 Founder's Award for outstanding guest service to the Newburgh/New York City North Kampground, in Plattekill, Ulster County. The site also won Kampgrounds' President's Award, which recognizes camps with excellent facilities.

Award recipients are determined by annual surveys of Kampground guests, as well as facility reviews conducted by Kampground administrators.

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RVers Get Insurance Discount for Fire Suppression Devices

If fire breaks out in a recreational vehicle, the occupants have less than thirty seconds to exit the RV according to fire safety expert Mac McCoy. Nationwide Insurance aims to keep all RVers and their vehicles safe from fires, which is why Nationwide is the first and only company to offer a safety device discount on RV policies.

Policyholders who install either an engine fire suppression device or LP gas refrigerator suppression device can receive a five percent discount. These devices not only help prevent property damage and the total loss of a vehicle, they can help save lives.
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Monday, December 15, 2008

RV Dealers Disagree on 'Credit Crunch'

Some of the first to notice the slowdown in production from RV manufacturers are the dealerships that sell the final product. They also face the double whammy of trying to finance RVs for customers during a massive credit freeze caused by the global economic crisis.

One direct example in Elkhart County is the now-defunct Hart City RV Supercenter. After over 26 years in business on the west side of Elkhart, the dealer was forced to close in October due to declining sales, rising gas prices and the credit issue.

Tom Ewing would beg to differ with other dealers regarding the credit crunch. He owns Ewing’s Outpost RV Inc. in Middlebury, which has seen a 35 percent increase in sales.

“Dealers are afraid, so they quit buying rather than telling the manufacturers they’re afraid. Then they make up this story I keep hearing, that ‘we can’t get anybody financed,’” he said.

Recently, the dealership has helped an 85-year-old man finance a trailer, and also financed a $61,000 RV for a 21-year-old college graduate without a career job.
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RV Suppliers Feeling Pain Too

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RV suppliers are among the most hesitant to speak publicly about their status and analysis of the industry downturn. Those who are willing to talk about their current business situation point to ongoing difficulties and the need for suppliers to work proactively to ensure their survival.

“The general concensus from the industry as a whole is that there will be additional businesses that fall by the wayside,” Atwood Mobile Products Vice President of Sales and Marketing Kip Ellis said. “The effects of this are something the industry’s going to need to endure in the months following the first of the year.”

“The vast majority of what we do is tightly correlated to the performance of the RV industry broadly, so our business is down considerably, as you might expect,” he said. “We’re starting to see it into January at this point.”

Vice president of L&W Engineering, Inc., Bob Sutter spoke briefly about his company’s current status.

“As a supplier to the RV industry, we have seen a 28 percent reduction in business volume since May of this year. Our management team has made every effort to be as creative as possible in the reduction of our workforce, alternating workers’ time off to maximize their unemployment income options,” Sutter wrote.
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RV Plant Closings a Boon to Other Businesses

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MIDDLEBURY — Many RV companies are closing their doors, trying to avoid bankruptcy. But what happens to all of their leftover equipment and supplies?

Their losses can keep new or smaller businesses afloat.

The Pilgrim RV plant in Middlebury sits idle. Six buildings full of supplies, partially completed RV's and equipment, but not for long; they're auctioning everything off — and they're not alone. RV auctions are becoming big business.
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Gulf Stream Coach Adds to Dealer Network

Despite the tough climate for recreational vehicle manufacturers, Nappanee-based Gulf Stream Coach has announced the signing of more than 25 new dealers to sell its products. Gulf Stream Motorized Division President Brian Shea says the deals were struck during an annual RV show in Louisville. He adds the company believes the market will dramatically change and companies that learn from the tough times will thrive once it rebounds.

"With the credit crunch, turbulent market conditions and difficult credit availability our expectations were not high. We were please with the signing of over 25 new dealers selling our product and we were proud once again to lead the industry in the innovation category," stated Brian Shea President of the motorized division.

Gulf Stream introduced the all new low profile, fuel efficient MONTAJ Class A motor home. Built to enhance livability, drivability and efficiency, the MONTAJ features a versatile cockpit design that allows 35 feet of living in a 30 foot coach. "We have so many unique features that will change the landscape of what type of motor homes the public is going to buy," stated Dave Middleton, National Sales Manager Class A division. Also, introduced was the all new SILVER BULLET, a Class C built on the Sterling 5500 chassis powered by Cummins diesel. "We are getting more miles per gallon than any other motor home in the industry today, over 17 mpg thus far,"stated Joe Luther, National Sales Manager for the Class C division.

"It is our position that the market is going to be changing dramatically, the companies that learn from these tough times will thrive as the market comes back. Product innovation and value will drive Gulf Stream in the future," stated Brian Shea.

Gulf Stream Coach is based in Nappanee, Indiana. The company is the largest privately held full-line recreational vehicle manufacturer, offering more than 25 brands and more than 100 models. Visit www.gulfstreamrv.com for more company information.
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Country Coach and Monaco give workers unpaid break

Country Coach employees are accustomed to getting a two-week, unpaid vacation each December as the RV maker shuts its plant for the holidays. But this year, the Junction City company has extended its December shutdown to four weeks in light of the slumping market for motor homes, spokesman Matt Howard said.

“There’s no sense parking coaches on the fence line,” he said.

Coburg-based Monaco Coach Corp. also is furloughing workers for a month, spokesman Craig Wanichek said Friday evening. Monaco employs about 1,800 people in Coburg. The company went from a one-week holiday furlough to a two-week furlough in 2005.
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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pearl River Flooding Displaces State Park Campers

WJTV - Jackson,MS,USA
The Pearl River has overflowed its banks. The flood stage is 28 feet.

Campers have moved out of LeFleur's Bluff State Park, where flood waters have taken over some of the woods and roadways.

"We're looking at rain again the first part of next week. So depends on how much the river has a chance to drop before we start getting additional rain in the Jackson area," said Hinds County Emergency Management Director Larry Fisher.

As Bruce Taylor closes his motor home's door and walks out, he's reminded off his new surroundings.

"It's pretty bad. It's an inconvenience to us," said Taylor.

Taylor's motor home is just one of the 15 campers that calls the LeFleur's Bluff State Park home. One camper had so much water damage, the owner was forced to leave it in the murky water. Majority of the people left in time, and some have relocated to a parking lot temporarily.
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Saturday, December 13, 2008

Camper Arrested at KOA for Misuse of Firearm

Colorado Springs Gazette - Colorado Springs,CO,USA
A Montana man drunkenly fired an AR-15 assault rifle into the air this morning after a coworker knocked on his RV and woke him up at a campsite in Fountain, police said.

Police confiscated the rifle and cited Edward J. DeVries, 38, with a misdemeanor count of prohibited use of a weapon after the incident at 6:13 a.m. at the KOA Campground at 8100 Bandley Drive, Fountain police Lt. Mike Haley said in a statement. No one was injured.

DeVries has been staying at the KOA while working for an area contractor, police said.

The call also resulted in the arrest of a second man, Gerald R. Kimdle, 57, on suspicion of drunken driving. Kimdle and DeVries were leaving the campground in a pickup when officers arrived, police said.
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Friday, December 12, 2008

Fed Loans Sought for RV Industry

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA
Loans to RV buyers and sellers should be added to the government program created to encourage business and consumer lending, Indiana Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, said.

In a letter he and Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-2nd, wrote to the Treasury secretary and the chairman of the Federal Reserve, Souder said banks that get help from the $700 billion bailout fund should be forced to make consumer loans.

Souder and Donnelly, whose districts are home to the largest number of recreational vehicle makers in the country, said the industry is pinched almost beyond survival.

“The tightening credit market has made it very difficult for consumers to finance RV purchases and dealers to secure inventory financing,” they wrote to Secretary Henry Paulson and Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

As a result, they said, RV shipments dropped 30 percent so far this year, “causing manufacturers, dealers and campground operators to reduce their workforce by 53 percent since last summer.
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

RVers Give Ocean Lakes Family Campground An 'A'

Ocean Lakes Family Campground was one of 21 campgrounds and RV resorts across the United States to earn an all around "A" grade in the nation's first consumer satisfaction survey of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks.

The 3,447 site park, located on 310 oceanfront acres in Myrtle Beach, SC received an "A" grade in overall guest satisfaction for the year 2008. "Customer service is so important - after all, we are in the hospitality industry. More than 80% of our guests are repeat visitors, so we need to know if there is a problem." explains Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations. "We believe there is always room for improvement."
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Ottumwa, IA Park Camping Fees Increase

Ottumwa Courier - Ottumwa,IA,USA
OTTUMWA — Rising utility costs affect every user and Ottumwa Park campers most likely will be no exception.

The Park Advisory Board voted Tuesday to increase campground fees in Ottumwa Park. If the City Council approves the park board’s action, tent campers will pay $9, which is $1 more, and recreational vehicle users, $15, which $1.50 more.

Park Director Gene Rathje told the board he’d received “a lot of input” about the fees.

“Mostly this is common-sense stuff. Electricity and other utilities are going up 10 percent at the campground,” he said.
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Jayco to Close Indiana Motor Home Plant

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Jayco Corp. plans to close its Entegra Coach subsidiary in Wakarusa and move production to its Middlebury plant, about 30 miles east of South Bend.

Jayco President Derald Bontrager says the closure in February will eliminate 134 jobs. He says the decision was due to the current recession and "a severe decline in the supply of credit."

Entegra makes high-end motor homes and fifth-wheel travel trailers. The company introduced a variety of new luxury products last week at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Associations annual trade show in Louisville, Ky.

Jayco also announced last month it would close its Starcraft trailer plant in Topeka, about 40 miles southeast of South Bend.
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California RV Sales Slow but not Stalled

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LOS BANOS -- Raquel Pereira and Kathy Kakebeen stepped up the black metal stairs of a 34-foot RV as it rocked slightly beneath their feet.

They were shopping.

As they looked over several RVs, they opened refrigerator doors, sat in recliners and peered underneath undercarriages

But on Tuesday morning they were the only two people walking through the large lot at Toscano RV Center in Los Banos.

"This year it started slowing down," said salesman Gilbert Batista as he readied the new 2009 models for viewing. In 2007 he sold 70 RVs. "I might hit 50 if I'm lucky," he said of this year's sales.

While their numbers are down 40 percent for the past two years, Toscano has managed to stay afloat while much of the industry is seeing a big slowdown because of the national recession. Not only have several large RV dealers in California shut their doors, but also a group of manufacturers has closed.

"Last time I counted there was 13 to 14 manufacturers that went out of business," said Darrel Friesen, president of California's RV Dealers Association.
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Tuesday, December 09, 2008

RV Resort Offers Tours Along Beautiful Kentucky Lake

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RV Dealer loans RV to Extreme Makeover Show

TheDay - New London,CT,USA
Building contractors aren't the only ones who have rallied around the “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” project in Voluntown.

Highland Orchards RV of North Stonington has delivered eight RVs to the Voluntown site, including five trailers for the production crew, a 40-foot motor home for Ty Pennington, the “Extreme Makeover” star, and two trailers for the contracting crew, according to Bob Boissevain, who along with his wife, Elaine, owns the North Stonington firm.

”We're just glad we could do something to help,” Boissevain said.
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RV Parks and Top Things to do on Vancouver Island, Canada

A good article about the top stuff to do on the island also list a couple of good RV resorts.

- Paradise Adventure Mini-Golf and RV resort: A favourite for young travellers. The RV resort offers a great view of the Strait of Georgia.

- RV accommodation: Park Sands Beach Resort, Surfside RV Resort and Paradise Mini-Golf and RV Resort all offer accommodation with an ocean view in Parksville.
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Monday, December 08, 2008

For RVers, LA beach is a park place in the sun

Los Angeles Times - CA,USA

Life for campers at Dockweiler State Beach in Playa del Rey comes with whiffs of the nearby sewage treatment plant and the regular roar of jets from Los Angeles International Airport a mile away.

But the recreational vehicle park's loyal patrons like the palm-tree-lined patch of asphalt, where they have ocean views and sand at their doorstep for less than $40 a night during winter.

And they say they love its quirky community of renters.

"You just say hi to one person, and next thing you know you're talking to the next person," said Doug Allen, who was smoking a cigarette outside his RV on a recent morning. "We'll all get together and barbecue, have a few beers, have a little party."

Dockweiler, which is run by Los Angeles County, is home away from home for a handful of RVers who regularly stay at the park on the days they work in Los Angeles.
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City shouldn't allow RV storage on streets

TheReporter.com - Vacaville,CA,USA
After seeing a huge motor home parked in front of Orchard Park for months, we inquired as to whether that was legal or not. To our horror, we found it is legal to park it on a city street, as long as the vehicle is moved every five days.

It's moved all right -- every few days, up and down Orchard, then up and down Crestview Drive, back and forth, back and forth. This has been going on for months. In other words, the city is allowing the owners of that monstrosity to park for free and not have to pay storage fees.

What's wrong with this picture? Shall we all take our new or junky old motor homes, boats or cars we don't drive and simply line them up around the parks so we don't have to look at them but everybody else does? It is legal, after all.
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Book brings Fun N Sun RV Resort to life

The activities that occur at Fun N Sun RV Resort, one of the oldest and largest resorts in Texas, often need to be seen to be believed.

But now, thanks to 10 writers, they can also be read.

Members of the park's Writers Group have spent the past two years researching, interviewing, writing and editing their book, "Fun N Sun: Then N Now." The 270-page book chronicles the story of the park since its inception in 1967.

Along with photographs, the writers have included short stories, poems and anecdotes from residents.

Carolyn Ross, a California native who has visited Fun N Sun since 2001, became interested in the activities that the park no longer offers, such as the chariot races and the Polka Festival, both started in 1995.

From there, an idea snowballed about the park's history and the people who lived and worked here.
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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Fleetwood RV Struggling but Hopeful

DailBulletin.com
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.'s stock dropped to a new low last week: 12 cents per share.

The battered recreational vehicle maker based in Riverside showed off its electric-diesel hybrid RVs at the National RV Trade Show last week in Louisville, Ky., but it's going to take more than green technology breakthroughs to get this company back in the black.

Fleetwood said it can fund operations for the time being because of its secured line of credit and an operating plan, according to public documents filed Thursday.

The operating plan assumes the company can pay off certain debt with its common stock, maintain compliance with a secured credit line, and that Fleetwood's dealer network continues to receive wholesale floor-plan financing.

Investor confidence has eroded Fleetwood's market capitalization from hundreds of millions of dollars down to a mere $15 million.

As of November, the company had suffered more than eight consecutive years of losses totalling almost $900million. Sales were slashed in half during the quarter ending Oct. 26, dropping 54percent.

As a result, Fleetwood has laid off hundreds of workers at local plants and manufacturing operations nationwide.

The company announced in late November it will close eight plants in California, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and North Carolina. Fleetwood executives could not be reached Friday for comment.
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Friday, December 05, 2008

Winter camping can be cool

To borrow the title of a classic film, winter camping in Utah can be good, bad or ugly, sometimes all in the same trip.

On the plus side, campers will often share a campground with only one or two other groups, assorted wild creatures and, if the weather is right, an amazing star-filled sky on a moonless night.

"There is no place quite as magical if you are lucky enough to have a fresh snowfall and a nice clear day the next morning," said the National Park Service's Paul Henderson, describing a winter scene at Arches but one that could be repeated nearly anywhere in southern Utah.

Winter camping can be difficult, though, especially if you are in a tent. It can include cold feet, frozen eggs in the cooler, and what seems like a never-ending night.
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Christmas fun to be had at Beach campground

The Virginian-Pilot - Norfolk,VA,USA
Sitting around a bonfire and snuggling up with family is how Jodi Yoder likes to spend her vacations.

The Chesapeake family loaded up their camper, packed plenty of food and set out for a Thanksgiving to remember - in Virginia Beach.

"This is the best place to come and have fun and not too many people know about it," Yoder said. "It's a nice weekend getaway."

The Yoder family joined the Workman family, also of Chesapeake, at the Holiday Trav-L-Park on General Booth Boulevard for a weekend of fun and festivities. Thanks to June LeBeau, event coordinator at the park, activities were plentiful for all ages - and they continue this weekend.

This year, LeBeau kicked off the holiday season with a bonfire, illumination, caroling, a visit from Santa and holiday lights contest. This is the first year she planned Christmas activities and hopes to do it every year.

"We want to get bigger and better every year," LeBeau said. "The more people who come, the more fun it will be."
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Kruse to auction motor homes

KPCnews.com - Kendallville,IN,USA
AUBURN — Kruse International will hold a motor home liquidation auction in partnership with Wilson Auction LTD on Saturday, Dec. 13, at Kruse Auction Park.

The auction starts at 10 a.m. for miscellaneous items and memorabilia and at noon for motor homes.

A group of 16 brand new 2007 and 2008 Fleetwood Motor Homes will be sold at no reserve to the highest bidders. In all, auctioneers will take bids on 35 new and used motor coaches. Recreation vehicles, airplanes, animal mounts, limousines and watercraft will also cross the block at no reserve.

Admission and parking will be free.
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Poor economy is the nail in the RV industry's tire

NEW YORK (Associated Press) - Under the gloom of plunging motor home sales and with travel trailers stacking up on lots, recreational vehicle makers and dealers at their national trade show this week tried to lift their spirits by joining in song.

"You gotta have heart," they sang at the kickoff breakfast, trying to stay resilient in an industry that's hit a big speed bump. The swooning economy and a credit crisis that makes it tougher to finance a six-figure purchase are keeping potential RV buyers off the road.

"These are ugly times," said Richard Coon, president of the Virginia-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. "I've seen lots of downtrodden faces, and for good reason."

RV companies showcased their newest models at the industry event Tuesday through Thursday, including hybrids and slimmed-down motor homes touted as more energy friendly. Now the trick is to lure skittish customers to dealers' lots.
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Thetford Shows Certified "Green" Products at RV Show

Thetford Corporation, a leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle (RV), marine and heavy-duty truck industries, will show a variety of environmentally-friendly products at the RV industry's annual trade show in Louisville.

Thetford products being featured at the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association's (RVIA) show in Louisville (Dec. 2-4) include:

* Eco-Smart, a DfE-certified "green" holding tank deodorant
* SmartTotes, an improved line of portable waste-water holding tanks
* Sani-Con, a unique waste-water holding-tank evacuation system
* Aqua-Kem, a non-formaldehyde Storage Tank Deodorant for RV holding tanks

Mary Burrows, Thetford's manager of chemical development, led the company's effort to create the DfE-certified environmentally-friendly products which perform at the same level as conventional equivalents.
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SunnyBrook RV cuts workforce by nearly half

MIDDLEBURY IN — SunnyBrook RV laid off about 120 administration and production personnel effective November 30.

The company, which makes towable RVs, blames the credit crunch and bad economy.

About 140 employees remain with the manufacturer.
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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Transport Designs Builds Custom Motor Home for NFL Star

When Leonard “Bigg” Davis, offensive guard for the Dallas Cowboys, decided to look for a motor home to fit his 6’6”, 354-lb. body, he looked no further than Transport Designs of Montoursville, Pa. Transport Designs has the reputation for building uniquely personalized motor homes and trailers to supply niche markets whether for the federal government, industrial/commercial, or personal use.

Leonard Davis liked his new motor home so much that he’s now endorsing the product.

“The hardest to accomplish for customers like Mr. Davis is a trust between the customer and the manufacturer”, says Steve Mattie, president of Transport Designs. “With so much garbage and scamming on the Internet, customers have become wary—and rightly so.”

Transport Designs uses its Web site as the only source of advertising to attract new customers. Once there, they can view the various products and options, and then quickly contact the sales department.

“We then send PDF forms within 24 hours rather than impersonal auto-responses,” says Mattie. “Once we ascertain the customer’s needs, using AutoCAD design software, we spend the first dollar before the customer commits to a purchase by developing simple floor plans to get the customer and the factory on the same page.”
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Flood Victums See their Motorhome as Escape Vehicle

While experts offer lists of tasks for people on how to be prepared for a disaster such as a flood and what to do during and afterward, folks in a south Centralia neighborhood who lived through it shared their top advice this week based on lessons learned during last December’s record flooding.

Boyd Fite, 54, and Kelly Stewart, 44, also had about 40 minutes warning a flood was coming.

The couple gathered up important items to take, like the former logger’s oxygen, but had to return because they forgot his medication. She bagged up clothing, but forgot to grab it, she said.

They lost all their family photographs.

Today, she keeps a motor home packed with important belongings behind their Long Road home. If it happens again, they can just drive out and have a place to sleep.

Stewart recommends people make a list of what to do and what to take if they have to evacuate because of a flood.

“It happens so quick, you can’t think, so have it down on paper,” she said.
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RV Industry Pins Hopes on Hybrid Motorhomes

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Two concept Class A motor homes at the RV industry’s show here have shown that hybrid power systems can be adapted to luxury homes on wheels. The question that remains is: Are consumers interested in paying more for the technology to improve their vehicle’s gas mileage?

Both Fleetwood Enterprises and Winnebago Industries are displaying 36-foot motor homes built on the Freightliner ecoFRED chassis. That chassis includes a front-mounted diesel engine coupled to an electric motor/generator that is tied to lithium-ion batteries.

According to Freightliner information supplied to reporters, the electric motor is used when a control system senses it is most efficient to do so. The lithium-ion batteries capture and store energy when the vehicle is braked. The battery is also charged by the engine.

Fuel-efficiency gains are substantial for the hybrid. Fleetwood has not done any scientific comparisons, but road tests showed there would be up to a 42 percent gain over a gasoline-powered motorhome of the same size. Compared to a diesel-powered motorhome, the gain was 19 percent. Winnebago’s comparisons were also informal and were estimated at a 7 percent gain.
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

RV Travel Will Increase for Holiday Season

Despite the current state of the economy, 71 percent of RVers claim that the current financial crisis will not impact their RV travel plans this holiday season. An overwhelming 81 percent said they will travel the same, if not more than last year, with more than two out of three RVers reported planning to travel more than 250 miles this holiday season.

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Volunteer Camp Hosts Needed in Oregon

NRToday.com - Roseburg,OR,USA
The Umpqua National Forest is accepting applications for volunteer positions for the 2009 season. The forest seeks campground hosts, trail and campground maintenance crew members, and inspectors of aquatic invasive species.

Forest officials are interviewing for campground hosts for Eagle Rock and Poole Creek campgrounds, located on the upper North Umpqua River and at Lemolo Lake.

Volunteers are also needed to staff the Diamond Lake Visitor Center and the Pig Iron Lookout Tower — a fire lookout — near the Toketee Ranger Station.

Information: 957-3425 or cjbailie@fs.fed.us.
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Campground Owner Wants State Park to Raise Fees

Naples Daily News - Naples,FL,USA
Recently, a private business owner requested that a resolution be made by the Board of County Commissioners, the intent of which was to help the business owner maintain a higher than necessary price structure over what he believed was unfair competition from the federal government. The private business operation was an RV resort in Chokoloskee and the supposedly unfair federal operation was the Collier Seminole State Park, off U.S. 41 East. It seems they both cater to RV owners and one is considerably lower in price than the other.

The RV resort charges nearly $70 per night to allow someone to park their gas guzzling monster on a sliver of land just south of Everglades City. The park charges about $20 per night for a similarly sized spot.

The resort owner attempted to have the Board of County Commissioners endorse a resolution to demand that the park service “…revise its rental campground rates in order to operate on a comparable price fee schedule with local business.”
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RV Snowbird Migration Observed

Selma News - Selma,NC,USA
Those who live along Interstate 95 don't have to see the leaves change to know that winter or spring is approaching.

All they have to do is observe the motor-homes and travel trailers heading either north or south. Typically, they will be heading in the same direction as the mercury in a thermometer.

Tony Tetterton, who owns and operates RVacation Campground just outside of Selma on I-95, says he's seen this phenomenon every year over the past five years since he and his wife Erin purchased the campground, which was a KOA.

When it starts to get cold up north, those with travel trailers and motor homes start heading South. They come in a steady stream from October to November and then resume just after Christmas.

They will begin their northward return when the temperatures begin to rise in the northeast, typically during March and April.

Tetterton, who's 50-site campground fills to capacity regularly each night during these months, said the typical snowbird is a retired person in their 60s. They spend the winters in Florida and return home when it warms there.
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After I explain that I am a Full-Time RVer and what that means, the second round of questioning usually involves how boring it must be to live in a campground.

Honestly, I am surprised that Hollywood hasn’t picked up on the idea of a campground as a site for a reality TV show. I’ve seen more action, drama and comedy from our RV kitchen window than Hollywood can dish out!
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Welcome Back Bash held for Yuma Snowbirds

Yuma Sun - Yuma,AZ,USA
Winter visitors are back in Yuma once more to escape the cold, and local businesses invited them to come out to the Annual Winter Visitor Bash Tuesday to show them just how important they are to the local economy.

More than 60 booths were open for business on Main Street in downtown Yuma to serve thousands of men and women who browsed displays of food, crafts, jewelry, clothing items and housewares.

Winter visitors are what the event was all about, said Adrianne Wagner, marketing manager of The Sun, one of the sponsors of the event.

"It's a great way to let the winter visitors know that we appreciate them," she said. "We help organize this event to help local businesses connect with the people who need their services."
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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Fleetwood Announces New Motorhome Models

Fleetwood Enterprises' RV Group, a leading producer of recreational vehicles, today announced the launch of several new motor home models during RVIA's 46th Annual National RVTrade Show in Louisville, Ky.

These new models come after a busy summer that included the launch of the brand new Power Bridge Chassis(TM) and a lifecycle change on the high-value Southwind Class A gas motor home.

"Our motor home leadership team is committed to innovation," said Paul Eskritt, president of Fleetwood's RV Group. "Their ongoing collaboration withour dealers, customers and suppliers helps us bring new models like these more quickly to the market, allowing us to be more competitive in this challenging economic environment."
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Winnebago Industry-First Motorhomes for 2009 & 2010

Winnebago unveiled three new motor home designs the new 2010 Winnebago Via, the most fuel efficient Class A motor home, a full-size Class A hybrid concept RV under the Winnebago Adventurer nameplate and a 32-foot Itasca Sunstar front engine diesel motor home.

"We are pleased to introduce the most revolutionary product concepts this industry has ever seen with the new 2010 Winnebago Via, the Winnebago Adventurer hybrid, and the Itasca Sunstar front engine diesel motor home," said Winnebago Industries Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Bob Olson. "Winnebago Industries has long been a leader in this industry, and with the introduction of these new vehicles, we continue to set the bar with the most innovative and unique products on the market today."
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Terry Premier Travel Trailer Models New for 2009

"As Fleetwood's flagship travel trailer brand since 1964, Terry has always brought style and function together to create a memorable RV experience," said Paul Eskritt, president of Fleetwood's RV Group. "The new Terry Premier travel trailers build on this legacy, catering to the needs of the most seasoned RVer's lifestyle."

Featuring a two-tone gelcoat front cap with raised logo combination, Terry Premier has been developed to hit the heart of the travel trailer market. Residential features include halogen lighting, standard LCD TV with home theater system, and available solid surface countertops. Exterior highlights include available aluminum wheels and electric awning.
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Texas Motor Speedway Makes Room for $15,000 RV Sites

USA Today - USA
FORT WORTH (AP) — Texas Motor Speedway will remove about 21,000 seats from its backstretch and replace them with 74 lots for recreational vehicles.

The $2 million project announced Monday will transform the upper half of the backstretch into a series of 30-foot by 60-foot gated courtyards for recreational vehicles during NASCAR and IndyCar Series events.

The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the first of three 2009 racing weekends, April 2-5.

Each site will sell for $15,000 annually, good for all races within the calendar year. That price will include tickets and pit/infield passes for each race. Each site will have full service hookups for water, electric and live race feeds, plus concierge services that will include grocery shopping.
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Monday, December 01, 2008

Work Campers help maintain Everglades National Park

Retired Bell South training manager Dick Johnson stood in a remote wilderness campsite earlier this week , aiming the nozzle of a pressure washer at a wooden platform for a tent. A few yards away, his wife, Joyce, was scrubbing picnic tables, preparing for busloads of area elementary school students who soon will begin arriving for two-night stays through the winter.

The Johnsons are Everglades National Park seasonal volunteers, among a wave of retirees who play a growing role in operating the nation's park system as budgets are squeezed.

They also are self-described "rootless vagabonds," who spend the winter months in the Everglades, leaving the heat and mosquitoes in late April to drive their motor home to another national park for a May through September assignment. They recently volunteered as camp hosts at Olympic National Park in northwest Washington.
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Motor Home Catches Fire At Gas Station

KENNEWICK, Wash.-- A motor home catches fire at a Tesoro gas station in Kennewick. It happened off Highway 395 and 27th Avenue just before 3:00 Sunday afternoon.

The owner had just filled up his tank, turned the key to start it, and the engine backfired. The family had to get out quickly and run.

Firefighters say given the fire's location, they had to act fast and take extreme precautions. Tesoro employee Tina Parrot managed to turn off the gas pumps when she saw the flames, then called 911. Despite all the flashing lights, multiple fire trucks, and police cars, some drivers still tried to fill up their cars.

Firefighters say the family was headed to California after visiting relatives. The Red Cross arrived to help the family.
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Gulf Air RV Resort new Passport America Discount Campground

Gulf Air RV Resort, An Encore Resort, is now a Passport America Discount Campground.
Gulf Air RV Resort has 240 RV sites, accommodates RV's up to 45ft. Full hookup, back-in sites with 30-50 amp service, cable and picnic table. Restrooms and showers, heated outdoor pool, Wi-Fi, dump station, phone hook up available, shuffleboard courts, horseshoes, Lawn Bowling, BBQ & picnic area, recreation center, dog walk area, mail center, clubhouse, lighted streets, dining/banquet facilities, coin-op laundry, and L.P. gas sales. Home away from Home! Trolley to Fort Myers Beach available in front of resort.
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Airstreams Travel Trailers Become Penthouse Campground

They're more commonly seen being towed along the nation's roads or sitting solidly in trailer parks.

But seven Ohio-built Airstreams have gone up in the world by crossing the Atlantic and parking on top of a South African hotel. They're now being billed as the world's first penthouse caravan park, a piece of Americana.

The seven Airstreams, heaviest of which weighs 3.5 tons, have been bolted to the floor and will be surrounded by decking.

Cape Town businessman Jody Aufrichtig, 35, spent $160,000 on the seven trailers that range from 1959 to 1981 models. He bought one on eBay from Florida, another one from a Cape Town trailer park and the remaining five from Helena, Ohio's P&S Trailers.
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