Saturday, January 31, 2009

Camping, RV show draws buyers, lookers

Bangor Daily News - Bangor,ME,USA
BANGOR, Maine — Vendors and salespeople at the annual Bangor Camping and RV Show said foot traffic through their stalls has been surprisingly busy this weekend despite the economic turmoil.

Some of the visitors are buying but others are just dreaming.

Mike Dalton, general manager at McKay’s RV and Marine Center in Holden, said he didn’t know what to expect coming into this weekend’s show, which continues at the Bangor Civic Center today. So Dalton said Saturday he was “thrilled” at the number of RVs and campers he had sold so far.

“People are positive and looking forward to spring,” Dalton said.
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Flint Camper & RV Show Is Coming

FLINT, MI--(Marketwire - January 20, 2009) - The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is sponsoring the 33rd Annual Flint Camper & RV Show, February 5-8, 2009, at the Perani Arena & Event Center (located just south of I-69 at the Center Road Exit). Over 125 new recreation vehicles will be on display including folding campers, motor homes, travel trailers, truck campers and fifth wheel travel trailers. Special discounts include folding campers from $4,000; trailers from $10,000; and motorhomes from $46,000. Plus, manufacturer rebates on select RVs. Booths featuring parts and accessories, campground information, on site RV financing and RV rentals make this the complete RV show experience.

At the show, enter to win the Ultimate MIS Race Experience package from Michigan International Speedway. Includes tickets, camping and VIP access (valued at nearly $3,000).

The new "2009 RV & Campsite," a guide to camping in Michigan, will be available free to consumers. Consumers can visit www.marvac.org to print a 2-for-1 admittance coupon and register to win free tickets to the show, compliments of Big Boy.

The 33rd Annual Flint Camper & RV Show will be held at the Perani Arena & Event Center and is open weekdays 2-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The cost for adult admission (ages 13 and up) is $6; children ages 12 and under are admitted free! Seniors (ages 55 and over) are admitted for just $5 on Thursday, February 5 (no coupon necessary). Parking is FREE!

The show is sponsored by the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC), a member organization representing all aspects of the camping and RV industries.

Consumers can call 517.349.8881 or visit marvac.org for additional information on the RV show.
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Home on the Roam

RV Lifestyle draws enthusiasts for different reasons.
By MARY SWIFT
The romance of the open road, footloose and fancy free -- a perfect chance to scratch a serious case of wanderlust.

Or not.

In the case of Lou Stevens and Deborah Hochban, residents of Cle Elum's Whispering Pines RV Park, it was a chance to downsize -- and simplify.

Hochban and Stevens, both 60, are former Auburn High School classmates who fell in love a few years back. He's a former auto body worker. She sewed window coverings and did design work.

Now retired, they sold her home in Auburn last year and moved into a used 32-foot fifth wheel they bought from a friend.

So far, their total miles are those they logged coming from the West Side to the park in Cle Elum.

They traded in the annoyance of traffic congestion and a faster pace of life for a quieter, simpler life in the Upper County.

"It just kind of lightens things up," said Deborah, nestled into an attractive couch in their living area that folds out into a bed.
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RV dealer finds road through recession

Press of Atlantic City - Atlantic City,NJ,USA

DENNIS TOWNSHIP - One of New Jersey's larger recreational-vehicle dealers is growing when most other businesses are shrinking.

Driftwood RV Center in Ocean View decided last year to expand its inventory even though that meant carrying more debt and risk, sales manager Robert Androckitis said. He credits this decision with helping the company to buck an industry-wide recession.

Nationwide, sales of RVs began to decline with the recession in 2007. Sales continued to fall by 30 percent in 2008, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

But Driftwood had a great 2008, marketing director John Worthington said. The company normally ranks fifth in New Jersey in RV sales. He said the independent market-research company Statistical Surveys Inc. found that Driftwood sold more RVs and motor homes than any other New Jersey dealership.

"We put a big push on finding out what our customers wanted," Androckitis said.
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Friday, January 30, 2009

Lake Rudolph Campground to Hire 90 Seasonal Positions

SANTA CLAUS, IN----Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort in Santa Claus, Indiana is hosting a Job Fair on Saturday, February 7, 2009 in the upper level of the Santa Claus American Legion.

The Job Fair will take place between 10:00 a.m. and Noon Central Standard Time. Those interested in seasonal work this summer are invited to attend the fair anytime during the 2-hour period and fill out an application. Lake Rudolph staff will also be available to answer questions. Up to 90 seasonal positions are available in these areas: Housekeeping, Maintenance, Grounds, Call Center, Welcome Center, Camp Store, Life Guards, Security, and Shuttle Drivers.

College students, high school students, retirees and others are encouraged to apply. Some positions offered require the applicant to be at least 17 years of age. More information is available by calling (812) 937-4458. The Santa Claus American Legion is located on Hwy. 245.

Applications will also be available at the Lake Rudolph office weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Due to the office fire on December 27, the office is now located in a trailer behind the damaged building.

Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is located next door to Holiday World Theme Park & Splashin' Safari Water Park and is the 2008-2009 National RV Park of the Year. Reservations for camping and lodging for the 2009 season are being accepted. Call toll free 1-877-478-3657 for reservations or go online at www.lakerudolph.com.
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Motor Coach Industries’ Reorganization Confirmed

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Motor Coach Industries (“MCI” or “the Company”) announced today that Judge Brendan L. Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware yesterday entered an order confirming the Second Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization for MCI and certain of its affiliated companies. The Company expects the Plan to become effective and to emerge from Chapter 11 by the end of February.

“Today marks an important milestone in the restructuring of MCI and sets us on course as an even stronger and more competitive company,” said Tom Sorrells, President and CEO. “In less than five months, since our filing last September, through the hard work of our key constituencies and advisors, we were able to achieve approval of our Plan of Reorganization, which is an impressive accomplishment in the present economic environment and speaks to the core strengths of MCI and its future. We are very appreciative of the support we have received from our customers and vendors throughout this process as well as the commitment of our employees, whose dedication and perseverance has been particularly gratifying,” added Mr. Sorrells.

MCI and its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 on September 15, 2008 to implement a pre-negotiated restructuring plan. The Company is advised by Rothschild Inc., AlixPartners LLP and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.

Additional information regarding the cases can found at the Company’s web site: www.mcicoach.com. Information regarding court-filed documents is available to the public at http://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov or at www.kccllc.net/motorcoachindustries.

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RVer's Stay Warm at Kentucky Campground

State-Journal.com - Frankfort,KY,USA
Driving into Elkhorn Campground off Georgetown Road can be a bit foreboding. The downed trees and lightly-tracked, winding road look like a graveyard for ice and snow-covered RVs.

But knock on the door of the "Bill & Anita Hanley" RV, and you'll be greeted by all the comforts of home, including, of course, heat. In fact, their daughter is staying with them at the campsite because " you guessed it " there's no heat at her house in town.

Bill Hanley, 65, and his wife, Anita, 57, started RVing in 2004. They sold their house a couple of years later when Bill retired from the U.S. Postal Service, and now the camper - a gooseneck - is home.
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New York State Park Visitors Checked in Fight Against Pest

ALBANY NY - The New York state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pulling campground reservations made during the last four years by residents near Worcester, Mass., to learn which campgrounds were visited by people who unknowingly could have brought in firewood infested with Asian longhorn beetles.

"We expect to start a survey of our campgrounds in February to look for signs of the beetle," said Pam Otis, a parks analyst who spoke Thursday at the New York Invasive Species Council.

In New York, temporary emergency rules that ban the movement of untreated firewood more than 50 miles from its source have been in place since June 2008. The state is moving to make such rules permanent.

According to the department's records, Worcester residents visited 23 of the state's 67 campgrounds.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Campground Under Aattack from Environmentalists

DILLON BEACH – From the deck of their 56-year-old baby blue trailer, Joe and Linda Downing of Sacramento enjoy a million-dollar view of Tomales Bay.

The couple have owned their trailer at the Lawson's Landing camping and RV park in Marin County for 35 years. More than half of their neighbors are also from Sacramento.

For generations, Lawson's Landing has functioned as an affordable coastal annex for capital families to come and fish, catch crabs, dig for clams and dive for abalone.

Whether that continues is an open question.

In May, the California Coastal Commission could decide whether the trailer park and adjacent campground can remain, and what the owners must do to comply with the Coastal Protection Act approved by voters in 1972.
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Lane County, OR will open RV-friendly campground Feb. 5

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
Lane County will open a new RV-friendly campground at 2 p.m. Feb. 5 at Armitage County Park, 90064 Coburg Road.

The campground, the closest public campground to Eugene-Springfield, has 37 full-service campsites. Two group areas include two full-service pads and a picnic/tent area for 50 people.

In celebration of the opening, the parks division is holding an essay contest: “Why I should be the first camper at Armitage Park Campground.” The winner receives three nights free camping from Feb. 5 through Feb. 7; the winner needs an RV and to be able to participate in the grand opening at 1:30 p.m.

Essays of 250 to 500 words can be e-mailed to laneparks@co.lane.or.us, mailed to or dropped off at Lane County Parks, 3050 N. Delta Highway, Eugene, OR 97408. Entries must contain name, phone number and mailing address. For information, call 682-2000.
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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

RV Rental Company El Monte RV Sponsors Dream RV Vacation Contest

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) January 28, 2009 -- El Monte RV, America's premier nationwide RV rental company, is pleased to announce its Dream RV Vacation Contest. This contest allows individuals to share their RV vacation ideas, experiences and dreams for the opportunity to win valuable prizes.

There are so many wonderful potential destinations for an RV vacation in the United States that El Monte RV would like to make people more aware of. Many of these destinations are well known, while others are well kept secrets known to only a few. Through this contest, El Monte RV would like to uncover everything from grand vacation ideas to weekend getaways including those wonderful and less known destinations that you only hear about through word of mouth. El Monte RV will share many of the stories received through its website.

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Tourists' belongings stolen from rented RVs

Deseret News - Salt Lake City,UT,USA

For the past several years, Markoff, who runs a summer camp in the Washington D.C. area, has taken his employees on a weeklong trip to Utah as a thank you to his staff. Normally they spend their time hitting the slopes. But this year, Markoff and 13 others rented two RVs, drove to Zion National Park and other sites in Utah, and drove back.

On Thursday, the day before they were scheduled to go home, the group took in a movie at Cinemark Sugarhouse Movies 10, 2227 S. Highland Drive. They parked their rented recreational vehicles, which had large pictures on the side advertising that the vehicles were rentals, and went in to watch a 4:30 p.m. movie.

When they came out of the theater about two hours later, they found the locks on both RVs had been broken.
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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Maine Campground reservations open Feb. 2

MaineToday.com - Portland,ME,USA
he Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands will begin accepting reservations for camping at 12 state park campgrounds for the 2009 season at 9 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 2, according to the Maine Department of Conservation.

Campers can make reservations at Maine state campgrounds in four ways:

•online at www.CampWithMe.com;

•by calling in state at 800-332-1501; or (out-of-state) 207-624-9950;

•by mailing reservations to: Bureau of Parks and Lands, ATTN.: Reservations, 22 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333. Mailed reservation requests must not be postmarked before Feb. 2, 2009.

•by walking in at the Augusta office.

Campsite fees for residents range from $11.77 to $16.05 per night, 20.33 to $26.75 for nonresidents, and fees for hook-up sites are $26.75 per night, $37.45 for nonresidents. State tax is included in this fee, and there is an additional fee of $2 per night per reservation. Reservations are not accepted for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, the Penobscot River Corridor or Baxter State Park.
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RV Show and Sale in Abbotsford, Canada

The 2009 Earlybird RV Show and Sale at Tradex in Abbotsford will be the largest RV event of its kind in Western Canada this year.

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Campervan turns into a two-seat car

A new motorhome may be ideal for those trying to skimp on holiday costs during the credit crunch.

The vehicle doubles as a two-seater city car so tourists can cruise around town, and it's more fuel efficient than a traditional motorhome.

The Colim vehicle sleeps four people and has a top speed of 90mph. German designer Christian Susana hopes the 'sleek curves will appeal to women buyers'.

He is now looking for a firm to make the vehicle.
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Monday, January 26, 2009

Corps fixing flood damage at Table Rock Lake

Jefferson City News Tribune - Jefferson City,MO,USA
SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A year after heavy rains caused historic flooding at Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri, workers are close to repairing most of the damage in preparation for visitors returning this spring.

In some cases, the campgrounds and parks will be better than before the flooding.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' most popular parks, including Mill Creek, Old Highway 86 and Moonshine Beach, had to remain closed last year because of the damage.

They and other sites have been upgraded with better electric and water service, new restrooms and shower houses, restored beaches and newly seeded grassy areas and playgrounds.
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Work halted at Crystal Cove SP Campground

Coastline Pilot - Laguna Beach,CA,USA
Construction has been halted at Crystal Cove State Park, where a $10.5 million campground project has been under way.

The project is one of hundreds of park projects and other construction jobs funded by state bonds that have been put on a list of projects to be shut down or suspended by the state’s Pooled Money Investment Board.

Ken Kramer, Orange Coast District Superintendent for the state Department of Parks and Recreation, said the construction halt is temporary, but he does not know when workers will be back on the job.

The park project is 40% complete. The contractor, L.A. Engineering, decided to shut down the project Jan. 21 until the firm could be assured it will be paid for the work, Kramer said.

Kramer said that grading, utilities, sewer and water system, foundations for restrooms, and other infrastructure has been completed at the site, but there is still much more work to be done, and the shut-down will only add to the final cost.

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Things to do in the wonderland of Sedona, Arizona

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Sedona is an outdoor wonderland for nature lovers! With its mild four-season climate, bright clear skies (and starlit nights), more than 100 trails for hiking and biking; world-class golf and tennis; land tours; and aerial adventures in planes, helicopters and balloons, it's easy to see why nature enthusiasts return to Sedona again and again.

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RV Camper Fans Enjoyed Green Bay RV Show

ASHWAUBENON — In a bad economy, camping is a good deal, enthusiasts say. And hundreds flocked to an annual recreational vehicle and camping show on Sunday to see the latest and greatest in all things camping.

"We came just to look," Valerie Zellmer of Appleton said. "I can't believe all the new upgrades. Ours is only a couple years old, but there's already a lot of new stuff."

Her family has a site near Manawa and enjoys spending time with friends and family, she said. "We just love it."

Jane and Norb Gebert of Neenah have been camping for more than 30 years. They'd like to buy a smaller camper and were looking for ideas.

"Our boys are grown up and don't come camping with us anymore, so we're thinking of down-sizing," Norb Gebert said. Still, the couple has no intention of stopping.

"We get away from everything," he said. "It's nice to spend time outside and relax."

That's what draws many people to camping, said Jenny Rollo, a vendor and spokeswoman for Bud Styer and Associates, owner of five campgrounds in Wisconsin. Affordability is a factor, too, she said.
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Sunday, January 25, 2009

What is Quartzsite and Why is it so Popular?

by Kimberly & Jerry Peterson
Examiner.com - USA
Quartzsite, Arizona is considered the "Meeting Place" in the winter for thousands of RVers. License plates from many of the western states and many more from the eastern states and then several from Canada reveals that they are coming from all over North America…but what is bringing them all here?

Researching this lifestyle prior to actually doing it and living in Arizona for almost 20 years, we knew of Quartzsite. Experiencing it for ourselves the first time went way beyond anything we could have imagined. It was our first year out here, very green, still only packing a tent, we were so envious and in total awe of the thousands of rigs of all shapes, sizes and styles, we caught ourselves many times just staring with our mouths wide open in total amazement.
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RVers busted for $2.5 million cocaine cache

Omaha World-Herald - Omaha,NE,USA
A motor home with California plates was eastbound on Interstate 80 this week when deputies pulled it over for driving on the shoulder of the highway.

Deputies seized $2.5 million worth of cocaine after searching a motor home on Interstate 80.

Inside the $200,000 motor home sat a couple and their 21-year-old daughter — and $2.5 million in cocaine, hidden in a floorboard compartment.

"It looked like a normal, happy family," recalled Sgt. Ed Van Buren, of the Douglas County Sheriff's Office. "The daughter was holding a puppy."

A search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of more than 235 pounds of individually wrapped "bricks" of cocaine. The Sheriff's Office announced the bust Friday, calling it the department's biggest cocaine seizure ever, Van Buren said.
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Prime time to visit Florida's natural wonders

The rest of the nation may be shivering, but in Florida, even the coldest winter days are temperate.

For wildlife -- as for humans -- the Sunshine State is a refuge. Sandhill cranes, manatees, white pelicans, roseate spoonbills all come to Florida in winter. What isn't here: the swarms of mosquitoes that breed in standing water during the summer rainy season.

Add in balmy temps, and it's easy to see why this is prime time for visiting many of the state's parks and sanctuaries, including the following:
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Friday, January 23, 2009

Private Motor Coach, Inc. Celebrates Ten Year Anniversary

Ed Lonsbary has made more than 50 trips and drove over 165,000 miles throughout the US and Canada with travelers numbering as few as one or as many as eight aboard. Some trips were as short just one day while others went on for up to six weeks.

Canadian-born Lonsbary began sharing his passion for wanderlust since January 25, 1999 when at age 51 he left a 26-year corporate career and became the first to offer the unique experience of freedom on the road in a luxury motorhome/bus conversion. He launched Private Motor Coach, Inc. from the basement of his North Park home in Gibsonia near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2001, he moved the operation to Whitehouse near Dallas, Texas. In April 2007, he began living in the coach fulltime operating as an Internet based company through the website.
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State Park Campground Renovations Near Completion

Times-Journal - Fort Payne,AL,USA
Desoto State Park campgrounds are expected to partially re-open on March 13 after being closed since February 2008 for renovations.

Superintendent Ken Thomas said campers will be pleased.

“Any new campers and all regular campers will be very surprised and pleased with what we’ve done,” Thomas said. “In the improved campgrounds, all 94 sites are being widened by about 16 feet and lengthened to around 60 feet. They will have electric hookups and 50-amp service, which is an upgrade from 30-amp service.

“All of the old power lines and wiring have been beefed up. In the winter we would have to close part of the campground because of freezing but all of the spickets have been replaced with non-freezing spickets.”

The whole water system was replaced as well.

“There will be two brand new bathhouses that will feature coin-operated laundries,” Thomas said. “In the past, campers had to drive a mile and a half just to do their laundry.”

Thomas said one comfort station, 34 back-in sites, 23 pull-thru sites and one buddy site would open in March. The remaining camping sites are expected to open in April.

Thomas said the park will start taking reservations for the partial campground immediately.

For more information or to make reservations, call 845-5075.
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Las Vegas camp-out in an Airstream Travel Trailer

By Laura Bly, USA TODAY
With rooms at Las Vegas' Circus Circus Hotel and Casino going for $25 a night earlier this week, forking over an extra 20 bucks to bunk in a trailer at the Circus Circus parking lot might feel like a gamble.

Then again, this isn't just any trailer: Under a new promotion with Kampgrounds of America, hipsters and nostalgia buffs can stay in a new, 27-foot Airstream — the aluminum-sheathed, aircraft-inspired travel trailer that's been a king of the American road since the 1930s and a favorite of such Hollywood stars as Matthew McConaughey.

Ten of Airstream's Flying Cloud models, which sleep up to four and retail for an average $53,000, are available at KOA's Circus Circus campground. Five more at KOA's location in Sugarloaf Key, Fla. (near Key West) rent for $170-$220 a night, and the program will be expanded to Bar Harbor, Maine, in May.
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Active Network to Acquire ReserveAmerica

NEW YORK, Jan. 23-- and The Active Network, Inc., a provider of technology and marketing solutions for community service and participatory sports organizations, announced today that they have entered into an agreement for Active to acquire leading campground reservation provider, ReserveAmerica, from IAC.

IAC will sell 100% of its capital stock in ReserveAmerica Holdings, Ltd. to Active in exchange for approximately 3.5 million shares of Active convertible preferred stock. Together with equity previously acquired, IAC will own approximately 9 percent of The Active Network.

"Operating under a strong management team, ReserveAmerica will now be able to better serve its passionate community in partnership with Active, a more natural fit for the business," said Thomas McInerney, Chief Financial Officer of IAC. "While best positioning ReserveAmerica for continued success, the move also reaffirms our continued commitment to further streamline IAC and focus on our core internet brands."

ReserveAmerica is the leading camping reservation and campground management solutions provider in North America. With over 300,000 campsites, the Company manages the largest reservable campsite inventory in the region and helps more than 17 million consumers with camping reservations each year.

"With the acquisition of ReserveAmerica, The Active Network has significantly strengthened its position as the technology leader in the outdoor recreation market," said Matt Landa, President of The Active Network. "Our breadth of technology offerings, marketing services and unparalleled customer service will greatly benefit federal, state and county government agencies and increase their ability to create the best possible experience for outdoor enthusiasts visiting North America's multitude of county, state and national parks."

Founded in 1984, ReserveAmerica changed the landscape of campground reservations, leading the camping industry to the internet by processing the first online reservation in 1997. Seth Rosenberg will be staying with the company in his current leadership role.

"Combining the efforts of Active's outdoor recreation division and ReserveAmerica's current business offerings will create tremendous long-term value for our clients and consumers," said Seth Rosenberg, President of ReserveAmerica. "The partnership will give both Active and ReserveAmerica stronger market position and we look forward to exploring the growth opportunities that lie ahead."

The deal is expected to close later this month.

About The Active Network, Inc.

The Active Network delivers integrated technology solutions, marketing services and online media properties that encourage and enable participation in activities and events. For more information, please visit www.ActiveNetwork.com.
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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Home Winter Texans make Fort Clark Springs Home

Fort Clark Springs has a "Welcome" sign out. "We're the best kept secret in Texas," Victor Isaacs, recreation and marketing director of Fort Clark Springs, said. They are working hard to make sure it's not a secret anymore.

Isaacs said Fort Clark officials attend RV trade shows to let travelers know what Fort Clark Springs has to offer. Winter Texans and others are easily attracted to the area with its historic fort and grounds, a bird sanctuary, an 18-hole golf course, scheduled community activities and a spring-fed swimming pool that stays 68-degrees year-round. The camaraderie of Fort Clark Springs makes people want to stay and return year after year. "We have people who reserve spots every year," said Shirley Hadsell, RV park manager. The park has 85 sites and they run close to 70 percent occupancy.

The people come from every state and Canada, Hadsell said. "The weather is the main reason," she said, explaining why guests come here. But, the friendly atmosphere, peace and quiet and wildlife – people at the RV park can feed deer and turkey – keep them coming back. "They feel more peaceful and safe at Fort Clark Springs," she said, "and enjoy the fellowship."

"There's always something going on at the RV park," Hadsell said. There may be formal activities like a Bible study, a potluck dinner or a fund-raising breakfast on Saturday mornings. She said volunteers do all the work for the events.
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RV Dealers at Fort Myers Show Hopeful

The 24th annual Fort Myers RV show opens today in North Fort Myers for a four-day run.

"We're expecting about the same attendance as last year - about 13,000," said Dan Wylie, Bradenton-based owner of the Dream RV dealership and president of Region 1 of the Florida RV Trade Association, which includes Southwest Florida.

The show at Lee County Civic Center features hundreds of RVs, including folding camping trailers, gas and diesel motor homes, travel trailers, toy haulers, fifth wheels, park models and van campers.

Prices will be posted on the rigs, with many reflecting manufacturer discounts, Wylie said. On a $200,000 motor home, for example, that could bring a $10,000 discount, he said.

About 100 outdoors and camping vendors also will display and sell their wares. That's a big reason why Phil and Doris Crane will attend sometime this week.

In addition to occasionally purchasing upgraded RV parts, "we buy gadgets to make life easier," said Crane, who's 69 and a former General Motors robotics engineer.
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RV dealers forced to think on their feet

The Fort Worth RV Show is the place to be this week.

Despite the bad economy, show director Pat Hahn expects about 10,000 visitors and enough motor homes and trailers to fill the entire space with the promise of happy camping.

Kevin Ketner, general manager and vice president of Ancira Motorhomes, said his company plans to exhibit about 50 units at the show.

His company closed its Temple sales location on Interstate 35 on Oct. 24.

"We just made a decision to concentrate on our big businesses" in Alvarado and Boerne, said Ketner, who is upbeat about the industry. He said 2009’s early signs are encouraging.

Texas RV parks also enjoyed a record year in 2008, as higher gas prices prompted owners to stay closer to home instead of taking longer trips out of state, Ketner said.

RV sales in the $60,000-$150,000 range were down, Ketner said, while the $175,000 to $200,000 units were stronger.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Snowbirds find a second home in Casa Grande, AZ

Idleness and uncomfortable shoes have no place in Marilyn Roemer's retirement. A former school bus driver from New Haven, Ind., Roemer lives six months of each year at Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort, where her schedule is filled with volunteering, socializing and enjoying Arizona's warm winter days - barefoot, whenever possible.

"We leave Indiana [in the fall] when it's time to put on our shoes and we come here, where we don't need our shoes," Roemer said. "I like to be barefoot or wear sandals."
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Small is Big at RV Show

Atlanta Journal Constitution - Atlanta,GA,USA
Small is big at the Atlanta Camping and RV Show this week, as dealers showcase downsized models to fit a downsized economy, including mini-campers you can tow with a midsize sedan.

Show spokesman Bobby Smith stresses that an RV family vacation has always been a cheaper alternative, even factoring in the cost of the vehicle and gasoline.

“RV vacations offer the best value for the money,” he said.

The show runs Thursday through Sunday.

f you go: Atlanta Camping and RV Show, Jan. 22-25, Atlanta Exposition Center, 3650 Jonesboro Rd. (off I-285 east of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport); tickets: $10, seniors $9, children $5, under 6 free. Information: 770-447-3334. www.atlantarvshow.com
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Startup RV company hopes for new era in industry

ELKHART IN — There may be new signs of life in the ailing RV industry. A new startup RV company slated to start production this week could signal a turnaround in the industry.

“We are extremely excited to bring a new product to the industry and start from ground level,” said Steve Crawford.

Crawford and three other partners have spent the last three years creating their new company — EverGreen RV.

They recently bought a building from Coachmen Industries. Inside, they're gearing up to make a lighter, more durable travel trailer.

“I think this is a great opportunity to start a company,” he added. “We're excited to start from ground level. We don't have a lot of luggage, to say, we can bring some of the good workforce with us.”
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Blazing motor home shuts I-5 near Ferndale, WA

www.bellinghamherald.com
Traffic was backed up in both directions on Interstate 5 after a motor home caught fire Monday evening, Jan. 19, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The fire began just after 4 p.m. when a 1997 Safari motor home hit a mattress in a southbound lane near Grandview Road. The driver, 73-year-old Lionel Benoit, pulled the motor home over to the right shoulder, but the dragging mattress caught fire, engulfing the vehicle in flames.

All northbound and southbound lanes were closed for nearly an hour because the motor home contained 60 gallons of gas and 160 pounds of propane.

The motor home was destroyed, but Benoit was uninjured. No charges were filed.
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Monday, January 19, 2009

40th Annual Calgary RV Show & Sale

CHQR - Calgary,Alberta,Canada
WHERE · Stampede Park Roundup Centre & Corral
WHEN · Thursday, January 29, 2009 to Sunday, February 1, 2009
TIME · Thurs: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Fri & Sat: 11:00am- 10:00pm, Sun: 11:00am - 6:00pm

The Calgary RV Exposition & Sale is Western Canada's largest showing of Recreation Vehicle, services and accessories. This year it will be better than ever! Calgary & area consumers will be guaranteed a greater selection of new RV's. The Calgary Exposition & Sale will attract thousands of consumers during the four-day period who are either interested in or dedicated to the "RV Lifestyle". The popular RV Lifestyles Theatre seminar program will be continued this year to include topics such as: | RV Towing Vehicles & Hitches · RV Lifestyle Tips · RV Safety · Customs Information · RV Insurance · Travel Destinations An expanded presence of travel destinations will allow consumers to get a better idea of what's available for the RVer in Western Canada.
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Citizens demand Oklahoma follow laws at Lake Texoma

Durant Daily Democrat - Durant,OK,USA
KINGSTON OK — The Friends of Lake Texoma State Park, an organization wanting to block the privitization of Lake Texoma State Park, is petitioning Attorney General Drew Edmondson to stop the privatization of state and federal Corps of Engineers land at Lake Texoma State Park.

In a letter sent to Edmondson last week, the Friends assert that the sale of the popular state park violated key provisions of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Act, as well as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Friends of Lake Texoma said, in a news release.

They are demanding that Edmondson enforce the strict conversion requirements of the LWCF which call for replacement park lands to be identified and approved by the National Park Service prior to either the sale or conversion of Lake Texoma State Park.
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Dexter Axle to close an Elkhart plant

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There is more bad news on jobs out of Elkhart, where Dexter Axle announced it is closing its plant.

The company says the closure in July is part of a plan to consolidate four northern Indiana plants into two -- In Albion and Fremont.

Along with Elkhart, Dexter Axle is closing its plant in North Manchester.

The company will meet with the union to negotiate a separation agreement for the 70 workers in Elkhart.

A company spokesperson says they hope to keep some of the workers as they expand their two remaining plants.

The company employs a total of 476 people at its Elkhart plants.

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New RV company buys former Coachmen facility

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MIDDLEBURY, IN –– Doug Lantz, Kenny Mahaffa, Kevin Slater, and Steve Crawford believed in the product they were developing at Pilgrim International far too much to just give up when the company closed down in August.

So they got together, and with the aid of Kelly L. Rose and Mike Schoeffler, former executives at Starcraft Automotive Group, formed their own company in December –– EverGreen Recreational Vehicles.

The company will make fifth wheels and primarily travel trailers under the name of Ever-Lite.

The towables are in the 4,000- to 5,000-pound range retailing under $20,000.

“We had been working on them for the last three years a new type of construction product called, ComposiTek,” Lantz said of the trademarked construction material he described as consisting of various types of composite materials that are green, formaldehyde free and water and mildew resistant. “It’s replacing wood in the construction process to give us lighter weight, stronger more durable and thus a higher quality product.”

And now they are going to get a chance to implement that dream, especially after this week’s announcement that the new company had purchased the former Coachmen Complex at 10758 County Road 2, near the Middlebury Toll Road interchange.
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Economy Runs Two Luxury RV Makers into Ditch

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JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (AP) — In 1968, four friends pooled their wealth — about $20,000 in cash, two pickup trucks and a prototype camper — and started Caribou Manufacturing Co.

The company started out building campers of aluminum and wood that fit on the back of pickup trucks. A few years later, they bought a van chassis and built an integrated camper on the back, sold under a new brand: Monaco.

After one of the partners, Bob Lee, was ousted by the others, he formed his own company, which he dubbed Country Camper, the name lifted from a Barbie doll play set. He later changed the name to Country Coach.

Such were the humble beginnings of Lane County's recreational vehicle industry.

Over the ensuing decades, the builders of RVs became a powerhouse of the local economy, rivaled only by the wood products industry in terms of corporate employers. And Monaco Coach and Country Coach evolved into fierce rivals that spawned competitors and became national industry leaders known for building luxurious land yachts featuring all the amenities of home.

Now the two companies, battered by a withering economic downturn, find themselves at a crossroads with their very survival at stake.

The RV industry is historically, and notoriously, a cyclical business, and a classic bellwether of the economy. But it has never found itself in a ditch as deep and as long as the one it now finds itself in.
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FEMA Says Travel Trailers are 'Last Resort'

In its final days, the Bush administration issued a long-awaited strategy for how to house disaster victims after catastrophic incidents like Hurricane Katrina.

According to the new strategy, the government may house disaster victims in RV travel trailers only as a last resort, despite initial promises never to use them again. Only the head of FEMA can approve the use of such trailers, and they would have to meet the agency’s standard for low formaldehyde levels. Also, disaster victims could stay in the trailers for only six months.
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RV Rental Company Sends Motor Homes to DC

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After hours of spraying and wiping and rinsing, 8 motor homes at AJ's RV Rentals are ready to hit the highway to take a front row seat in President-Elect Barack Obama's inauguration parade. AJ's worker Amanda Rhoads was happy to help make the arrangements.

"They are going to be placed along the parade route for emergency shelters for anybody who needs to warm up because its going to be super cold," she said.

The US Department of Health is paying for the company to deliver the vehicles and pick them up Wednesday.

"When you have a business, it's advertising. We have our name on the sides of the RV's. I don't know how long the parade route is, but theres going to be 8 of them at various stops," Rhoads said.


Washington DC looked to Harrisburg for the vehicles because there are few RV rental companies in the region.

'There's a ton of RV dealers who sell them but there are very few people especially in the surrounding area who rent them," Rhoads said.

The opportunity makes all of the scrubbing worth it, because now the whole company can shine.
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Traveling Without a Toad

Examiner.com - USA
We now have been without our toad for about 3 months and over 3,000 miles. We had been contemplating traveling without our Jeep for quite some time and when we had some mechanical problems towards the end of 2008, we made it official that we would begin traveling without a tow vehicle, at least for the next year. Since our plan for the next year is to do many of the tracks and we hardly ever use our tow vehicle during our times at the tracks we thought this would be a perfect time to give it a try.
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Calvert County, MD '09 Visitors' Guide

Bay Net - Lexington Park,MD,USA
The 2009 Calvert County Visitors' Guide is now available. The Visitors' Guide contains information on shopping, restaurants and County visitor attractions like Breezy Point Beach & Campground, Annmarie Garden, Calvert Marine Museum, Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum, historic churches, five local wineries and many other places of interest. The Guide also features contact information and details on charter boating, marinas, boat ramps, campgrounds, golf courses, accommodations and biking/hiking trails.

The County’s Calendar of Events is now maintained online, accompanied by a one-page rack card of major events that is distributed as a companion piece to the Visitors' Guide at hundreds of locations in the Baltimore/Washington, DC metropolitan area. Calvert County businesses and visitor sites are encouraged to use the free online calendar to post their events. Once registered, members can add, edit, renew or remove event listings throughout the year.

To receive free copies of the 2009 Visitors' Guide or the major events rack card, or for more information on County attractions and events, please contact the Calvert County, Maryland, Department of Economic Development at (410) 535-4583 or 800.331.9771 or via e-mail at info@ecalvert.com.
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Tampa RV Show Packs In Potential Buyers

TAMPA - Visit this year's RV SuperShow at the Florida State Fairgrounds and you might find it hard to believe the nation is in a recession.

Huge crowds poured into the fairgrounds Friday to see the latest in recreational vehicles. The five-day event runs through Sunday.

"I came in here Wednesday afternoon and I was shocked by how many people were here," said Frank Konigseder, vice president of Liberty Coach, a luxury RV dealer based in Chicago. "This show has been very positive."

Sales of luxury RVs, however, have suffered because customers are hanging on to their cash in these tough economic times, Konigseder said.

"A lot of our customers have their own businesses and they've had to cut back on what they're doing," he said.

Frank Crum, regional vice president for Camping World RV Sales, said he sold 10 RVs on the first day of the trade show.
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Friday, January 16, 2009

2009 Tacoma RV Sale continues through Sunday

TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma,WA,USA
The 2009 outdoor show season gets under way with the Tacoma RV Sale, which runs through Sunday at the Tacoma Dome.

Northwest RV dealers will be showing some of the latest and most fuel-efficient motor homes, fifth-wheels, toy haulers and travel trailers. The show also features an assortment of booths offering the newest parts and accessories as well as on-site financing, RV planning services and resort destinations.

Hours: Today, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $9 for adults, $7 for seniors on weekdays only (62 and older) and free to children 12 and younger. Two-day passes are available for $14 for adults and $10 for seniors. Get two-for-one discount coupons at www.otshows.com.

Information: 253-756-2121 or www.otshows.com
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New RV Refrigerator Net To Be At Quartzsite RV Show

Christar’s Net, Inc., of Long Beach, California, announces the product launch of the Christars Net™, a new patent-pending nylon-mesh net designed to hold items in place in refrigerators and stop spills in RVs and yachts, at the 26th Annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show January 17th-25th, 2009 in Quartzsite, Arizona. The net is portable and easy to install in less than a minute, secured by plastic suction cups which hold it firmly in place on the inside walls of these refrigerators. The net is 27” long by 16” wide and primarily designed to fit refrigerators in mid-to-large size RV’s.
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RV Season Begins at Toronto RV Show

The Toronto RV show is on this weekend at the Toronto Congress Center (on Dixon Road), and, if you can see past the piles of snow, this really is the kickoff to another camping season. But there is more to see here than just the same old display of trailers and motorhomes. What's also on the show floor, embodied in these newest designs from dozens of RV manufacturers, are the answers to the economic concerns everyone is having this year.

Look for many smaller, lightweight trailers (called micro-lites, ultra-lites and expandables), which are using more and more aluminum from the frame to the roof, as well as punched steel frame members -- these also save weight. Lighter weights translate to less fuel consumption, of course, but they also mean that smaller vehicles can tow these trailers as well.

Outside, the trend is toward smooth sidewalls with frameless, automotive-style windows and one-piece roofs. Inside, trailers are taking on more yacht-like interiors, meaning compact, multi-purpose and space-saving designs.
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Family's RV follows Eagles all over

Philadelphia Inquirer - Philadelphia,PA,USA
To Patrick Moeller and his family, flying the colors at Eagles away games is a sworn obligation. With or without game tickets, to tailgate on the enemy's asphalt is worth ducking the occasional bottle chucked by a hostile homer.

In four years, Moeller has piloted Eagle One, his 38-foot RV decorated with flashing green lights, team decals, and a rocking sound system, to virtually every game in the Birds' regular seasons.

The Moorestown resident has logged 22,000 miles - and paid $5,000 for gas - this season alone, often making the trips with his wife, Monica, and their four children, ages 6, 12, 14 and 16.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

New Muskegon MI, RV Park Accepting Reservations

Muskegon Chronicle - Muskegon,MI,USA
Construction of the buildings are nearing completion and reservations are heating up in preparation for the Duck Creek RV Resort's inaugural season.

The husband-wife owner/operator team, Roger and Casey Jourden, began taking reservations for the 157 upscale campsites last week. The two-phased project is expected to eventually feature 299 sites.

"People are so excited," Casey Jourden said of the RV campground across from Michigan's Adventure amusement park that features large, full hookup sites and resort-style amenities. "Half of our response so far is from local people in the Muskegon area."

Reservations are being taken by telephone at 766-3646. The RV campground is expected to open on May 15.
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Milford MI, council rejects RV ordinance change

Spinal Column Online - Waterford,MI,USA
January 14, 2009 - An attempt to introduce an amendment to the Milford Village recreational vehicle (RV) storage ordinance was turned down by a 4-3 vote of the Village Council on Monday, Jan. 5.

What was meant to help clear up any confusion instead seemed to create more of it for the council and village residents.

In a memo presented to the council before the meeting, Building Official Randy Sapelak stated that the current zoning ordinance, Chapter 94, Article XII, Section 94-344, requires property owners to store their RVs in rear yards and that is difficult to achieve. He added that his staff at one time found 40 to 50 property owners that were in violation of the existing ordinance language.

"The new ordinance would allow placement in the side yard and the front yard, as well as the backyard, but screening is required," he said.

Screening was defined in the amendment as an obscuring fence or landscaping at least 6-feet-tall.

The proposed amendment also provided a maximum two-year period from the date the new ordinance passed for owners to park their RVs in their driveway if there was no reasonable access to the rear and side yards.

Vehicles over 40 feet in length would not be permitted.

Planning Commissioner Gary Goodenow said the commission worked on the amendment for the past six months and held two public hearings on the proposed amendment, and that he believes the amendment was good language.

However, some residents at the Jan. 5 meeting told the council that the current ordinance should be enforced and that property values would be harmed if extra requirements for RV storage were put upon property owners.
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law may prevent FMCA RV Rally's return to Kansas

The Hutchinson News
The Family Motor Coach Association would like to come back to Hutchinson as soon as 2011. But the group actually broke state law when it came to the fairgrounds in 2002 with 10,000-some members.

At issue is an old state law that prohibits out-of-state recreational vehicle and auto dealers to sell products in Kansas, said Kansas State Fair Board Manager Denny Stoecklein.

Dealers can exhibit, but they can't sell anything, he said, adding that a trade show component is a strong part of any big rally or convention.
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Campers Give Lake George RV Park an "A"

Lake George, NY January 15, 2009 -- Lake George RV Park announced it has been chosen as one of 21 campgrounds and RV resorts across the country, and the only one in New York State, to earn an all around "A" grade in the nation's first consumer satisfaction survey of independent parks.

The Lake George RV Park, located at 74 State Rte 149 in Lake George, received an "A" grade in overall guest satisfaction for the year 2008 at an awards ceremony in Nashville TN hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Vintage travel trailers featured at RV show

Grand Rapids, MI —
The third annual Grand Rapids Camper, Travel & RV Show comes to DeVos Place in downtown Grand Rapids Thursday through Sunday, Jan. 15 through 18.

In addition to the 300 new motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, truck campers and folding camping trailers several West Michigan dealers are bringing to the show, six vintage travel trailers will be on display, courtesy of local collector Ken Faber.

Members of the Tin Can Tourists, Faber and his wife Petronella (Petey) have traveled throughout the country in antique car and travel-trailer caravans. His restorations have appeared on book covers, in magazines and newspapers. He is currently restoring a 1930s Palace trailer made in Flint for the Alfred Sloan Museum.
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RV Dealer Profits Using New Sales Approach

Cincinnati, OH: The last week of 2008 proved more than profitable for Tom Raper's Fairfield, Ohio location, despite previous trends pointing to a downturn in business during this period. In an effort to spark consumer interest, the dealership hosted its first Asset Disposal Event which delivered more than 320 ups, with 29 units sold for a gross profit of over $186,000. By the close of the sale, Tom Raper's Fairfield, Ohio store had successfully moved over $1 Million in inventory which included new, used and old aged units.

"It's quite a way to end the year," said dealership owner, Dave Bane, "Typically we don't plan on doing much business during this time, but it seems that we have found something that works, despite the economy or the time of year." The 6 day event, which took place December 26th through December 31st, was facilitated by G&A Marketing, a promotional sales and marketing agency based in Cincinnati, OH. While G&A's Staffed Event program is somewhat new to the RV industry, the concept is continuing to gain momentum and produce results. "It's good to see so much excitement being generated for an RV dealer. We know this industry has been especially hard hit, and given the circumstances, this was a decent sale. However, we are aiming to improve these results for our future sales and we are pretty confident that this can be achieved," said Mark Zimmer, Account Executive for G&A Marketing's RV division.

"Since this was our first staffed event, we were hoping for a better return than we would typically see for a RV show," states Bane, "However, I don't know that anyone at the dealership was expecting it to go this well."
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RV dealers urged to contact congress

RVDA Press Release

Fairfax, Va. -- RVDA has joined more than 75 Net Operating Loss Coalition partners to support federal legislation that would extend the net operating loss (NOL) period for small businesses.

An extended NOL carryback period is a proven economic stimulus measure, one that can deliver vital help to our nation's struggling economy. Because capital to continue operations is extremely tight, the need to transform a future tax benefit into cash today is critical to maintain otherwise viable businesses.

Extending the carry back period to five years would allow companies to carry back losses to earlier profitable years. Due to negative press, Members of Congress, particularly House Democrats, need to hear from companies representing a wide range of industries, about the benefits that extending the NOL carryback period would provide.

MESSAGE TO CONGRESS:

Please urge that the following language be included in economic recovery legislation:

•Extend the NOL carryback period to 5 years (from current 2 years) for 2008 and 2009.
•NOL carryback is a proven tool for restoring jobs.
•This relief will get cash now to NOL companies that otherwise would have to wait until future years to use their NOLs.
•This relief is Targeted, Timely, and Temporary – criteria many economists use for assessing economic recovery proposals.
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Proposed Colorado law requires slow RVs to pull over or be ticketed

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Denver CO, If the bill is passed, anyone going under the speed limit and blocking more than five other vehicles in the process would be subject to a ticket. The slow driver would be required to pull off the road at the first safe location.

"People can all relate to it because at one time or another they've been in that situation," said Rep. Mike Merrifield, D-Colorado Springs, who authored the proposal. "On those narrow, winding roads, I see it happening all the time."

Merrifield said he came up with the idea this summer as he was trying to cross Monarch Pass and became one of 47 vehicles stuck behind an RV that did not pull over at any possible area, even at the top of the pass.

"I'm calling it the 'Courtesy Bill.' Bring courtesy back to Colorado," he said. "The courteous thing to do is when you have the opportunity, get out of the way."

Opponents of the measure agree with that philosophy but question the practical implications of the measure.
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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

RV park residents, dance club square off over noise

Hilton Head Island Packet - Hilton Head Island,SC,USA
Music coming from a Hilton Head Island nightspot has irked residents at a nearby RV park so much that they’ve filed more than 40 complaints with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office over the past four months, according to Sheriff’s Office reports.

Prana International, 130 Arrow Road, has received four disturbing the peace tickets, large fines for noise violations and has had several confrontations with residents of the RV park, Outdoor Resorts. The park is at 133 Arrow Road, opposite the club.

The dance club opened in late August. The first complaints were called into the Beaufort County Dispatch Center days before its official opening, while initial sound checks were taking place. The complaints haven’t stopped since.

Residents of Outdoor Resort say the bass from the club rattles campers and keeps them awake some nights until 2 or 3 a.m. when the club closes.

Helen Thiboult says the double-pane windows of her 38-foot Rambler camper shake so violently she’s afraid the glass may break or crack.
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VIRginia International Raceway adds hookups for RVs

DANVILLE, VA. - VIRginia International Raceway’s South Paddock has been paved over the holiday break, putting down a coat of brand new asphalt and adding lights, power and water hookups for motorcoaches along the pit wall.

“This is just one of the improvements we have made for the 2009 racing season,” said track General Manager Josh Lief. “With the new pavement and electric power, participants in events using the South Paddock will have a much improved experience.”
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Monaco Coach faces delisting from NYSE

Monaco Coach Corp. was notified by the New York Stock Exchange last week that it was not in compliance with NYSE’s rules for common stock and faces being delisting, according to a regulatory filing made public Monday.

Because Coburg-based Monaco’s (NYSE: MNC) stock has not closed over $1 for 30 consecutive trading days, the exchange has given the company 10 business days, or until Jan. 21, to notify it of its intent to cure the deficiency. Monaco said it intends to do that.

Under NYSE rules, Monaceo has six months to bring the stock to $1.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

New Arizona Law Affects RVer Utility Fees

A new law, signed by the governor, went into effect a couple of months ago regarding RV parks and what they can charge for utilities. It is A.R.S. 33-2107.

It is well known that most RV parks charge residents (RV or park model owners - winter or full-timers) a large amount for electric, in some cases as much as 15 to 19 cents per kilowatt hour.

This can no longer be done. RV park owners can only charge the same rate that is charged to a "single family residential rate" by Arizona Public Service, which is currently 8.5 cents per kilowatt hour.

The landlord can recover charges imposed on the park such as a service charge, taxes, etc., but it must be prorated to all in the park receiving electric each month and cannot include charges for electric in the common areas of the park, i.e., office, street lights, heating the pool, recreation hall, etc.
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Planned Florida RV Resort Gets Zoning Approval

Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Plans for an upscale recreational vehicle vacation resort north of Brooksville won approval from the Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday.

The rezoning, if approved by the County Commission, would let Belle Parc expand from 100 to 182 lots and allow owner James Trefz to add various amenities.

Trefz, of Brooksville Ancient Trail LLC, won't allow RVs older than 10 years and will limit stays at the park to six months or less. He aims to attract upscale visitors and has already made many long-term residents with modest trailers leave the park.

"We want vacation people,'' he said. "We are building a vacation resort, not cheap living for some people.''

The 25-acre site is on Ancient Trail, west of U.S. 41 north of Brooksville. Residents of the adjacent Da-Mac Estates had gathered 100 signatures on a petition opposing the expansion.
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This year we knew we could no longer put it off and a visit to Bakersfield for Christmas was imminent. Again, I enjoy being there, I just don't enjoy the trip so the anticipation was bittersweet. Just days before the long journey we decided to go the adventurous route and rent an RV. Not just any RV but the monster of all RVs. A 34 footer.

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Congressmen Seek More Credit for RV Buyers

Late last year, the sales representatives at RV Corral sold about eight recreational vehicles over a single weekend — not bad when times are as tough as they are.

But when push came to shove, only two or three customers were able to get financing for the new rigs, said Jerry McCall, a co-owner of the 22-year-old business that has lots on Highway 99 in Eugene and in Coburg.

“It’s real frustrating for the customer,” he said — not to mention to sales reps who miss out on the commission.

That’s why McCall and others in the local RV industry are supporting an effort by Oregon’s congressional delegation to get federal officials to help loosen up credit for RV dealers and buyers.
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Saturday, January 10, 2009

Texas RV park residents' rights in question

MISSION - Unrest at one recreational vehicle park has led some Winter Texans to examine their rights as renters in the Rio Grande Valley.

The Mission Bell-Trade Winds RV Resort in Mission evicted a Canadian couple just after Christmas for opposing owners' efforts to consolidate activities and services in the two once separate parks.

Margaret and Jim Ferris say a Mission police officer threatened them with criminal trespassing charges if they did not pack up their recreational vehicle and leave within a few hours of being asked by the park's manager. The officer's report disputes their account.
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Pinnacles Monument to begin centennial celebration

Monterey County Herald - Monterey,CA,USA
Pinnacles National Monument will launch its centennial celebration with a series of lectures beginning at 7 p.m. Friday at the Campground Amphitheater and continuing through the weekend.

Friday's program, "Pinnacles 101," will cover things visitors can see, hikes they can take, and ways to make the most of a weekend at the monument..

At 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday park rangers will present "Geology 101" at the Bear Gulch Nature Center; "Condors 101" from 9 to 11 a.m. and 3 to 5 p.m., with spotting scopes set up in the Pinnacles campground, and "Habitat Restoration 101 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pinnacles Visitor Center both days.
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Canadian Snowbirds fly to Texas

Curious to find out why so many Canucks like to winter in this south Texas community? Ask snowbird Bob Bigelow to show you some snaps from home.

If you can get him away from the pool in his Texas RV park, Bigelow is more than happy to show off a couple of wallet-size photos of the metre high snow drifts surrounding his Ontario home.

"I keep them handy in case I get homesick," he laughs.
Ontario residents (from left) Bob and Patsy Bigelow, Jocelyne and Rejean Gratton are representative of the 50,000 or so Canadians who spend part of the winter in the Rio Grande Valley in south Texas.

Bigelow and his wife Patsy have spent the past two winters morphing into "Winter Texans," enjoying a TexMex diet of warm weather, frigid margaritas and four to five months of winter amnesia.

The couple arrived at the Sunshine RV Resort on the edge of this Texas town in early December. They won't be turning their truck and fifth-wheel trailer around and heading back home until April. They're part of about 50,000 Canadians, most of them retirees on fixed incomes, who spend at least part of the winter in the Rio Grande Valley.
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Friday, January 09, 2009

Chicago Boat & RV Show This Weekend

It is freezing cold out side, what better time to look at summertime recreational equipment at the Chicago Boat and RV show. Maybe we will feel warmer looking at the boats and campers? McCormick place holds a lot of the local conventions and is the only location large enough to hold all these huge boats and RVs.

Dates: January 14-18, 2009

Location:
McCormick Place in the North Building
2301 South Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60616

Show Hours:
Wednesday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Check out chicagoboatshow.com for tickets and maps of the convention floor.

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S. Louisiana Boat, Sport & RV Show Next Weekend

If you’re an area sportsman or outdoor enthusiast, next weekend’s 11th annual Southern Louisiana Boat, Sport and RV Show is a can’t miss.

The event, to be held Jan 16-18 at the Houma-Terrebonne Civic Center, will feature more than 150,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor displays that include more than 50 brands of boats and recreational vehicles.

“The Southern Boat, Sport and RV Show provides something for everyone,” said Bart Caple, show producer. “Whether you’re looking to enhance your current outdoor experience, buy an affordable flat-bottom (boat) or even a $300,000 motorhome, this three-day event is the ultimate destination to view the latest outdoor products, features and related items.”
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High Turnout At FMC Motorhome Rally

The Desert Sun - Palm Springs,CA,USA
One-thousand four-hundred registered motorhomes rolled into Indio for the weeklong festivities ending Sunday and at least five of those coaches were decked out with hieroglyphics, Egyptian art, and pyramids for the kickoff parade on Thursday.

Despite a difficult economic times, the motor home show reported a higher turnout than last year, said Bobby Donald, president of the Western Motor Home Association, the western region of the Family Motor Coach Association.

“I am happy and I am tickled pink,” he said about turnout.

The motor home show did not expect such a high turnout with a difficult economy, but it may have had something to do with low gas prices, said Sandy King, WMHA publicity and advertising chairwoman.
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Concealed firearms now legal in national parks

You can carry loaded, concealed guns in a park controlled by the National Park Service or a wildlife refuge controlled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service if the state laws where the parks and refuges are located allow concealed firearms and you have the proper concealed weapons permit. The rule change, however, does not allow the guns to be taken into federal buildings in the national parks and refuges. A ban remains on hunting and target shooting in national parks.

The new rule doesn't affect land managed by the Bureau of Land Management since BLM doesn't restrict firearms possession.
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Thursday, January 08, 2009

Kalama River forced RVers to higher ground

Longview Daily News - Longview,WA,USA
KALAMA — David Paradelas waded through three feet of frigid water to help a Camp Kalama neighbor clear the area shortly before the Kalama River completely flooded it Wednesday.

Evacuations orders arrived around 10 a.m. from owners of the camp, an RV park and campground located just east of where the Kalama River passes under Interstate 5.

Paradelas, 54, said there wasn’t much time to act.

The site cleared within an hour, according to neighbors.

“I said you are the hero of the day,” said Paradelas’ wife, Debby, also 54.

By that afternoon, a new reality had set in. The couple’s RV sat dark and quiet in a Port of Kalama parking lot where camp tenants were relocated. No electrical or water hookups were available.

Larry Robinson, a nine-month Camp Kalama resident, said he’s been expecting flooding for several days, but was surprised by how quickly waters rose on Wednesday. He estimated it rose by a foot per hour after water poured over the east bank of the Kalama River.

“Right now it’s under about three feet of water,” he said Wednesday afternoon. “This really caught us quickly.”
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Toutle River RV Resort Offers Evacuees Free RV Sites

The owner of a new Toutle River RV Resort in the Castle Rock, WA area is offering evacuees the use of RV sites at no charge for up to 30 days.

Charlie Curry said there are approximately 200 RV sites that are fully functional and landscaped. Most have power, water and sewer but do not yet have telephones or cable. Cellular phone service and antenna TV reception is good, Curry said.

He said the park will furnish all utility costs, including power, water and garbage. Laundry and shower facilities are on site.

Curry said, "Our only requirement is that all guest will need to provide identification and fill in a brief security questionnaire and all RVs must be self-contained.”
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Alpin Haus RV Chow at Saratoga, NY this weekend

The Saratogian - Saratoga,NY,USA
lpin Haus, one of the Northeast’s largest, family-owned, independent RV and boat retailers, will haul the latest in recreational vehicles in to Saratoga Springs for the 10th annual Saratoga City Center RV Show, Jan. 9 to 11, at the Saratoga City Center.

Presented by Alpin Haus, the annual Saratoga City Center RV show will offer a comprehensive look at dozens of the newest models and designs in recreational vehicles by the industry’s top manufacturers, including motor homes, fifth wheels, travel trailers, pop ups and park model vacation homes, as well as the hottest new series – the Avanti Class A fuel efficient Motorhome, by Damon, which gets more than 14 miles per gallon.

Factory trained sales consultants, in addition to factory representatives, will be on hand to help answer questions and to offer insight about the new 2009 vehicles and models.

Damon Avanti

Alpin Haus will feature the latest addition to recreational vehicles with the introduction of the Avanti model, the much anticipated fuel efficient, clean diesel motorhome from Damon. The body, including unique front and rear cap and underbelly skins, was designed in conjunction with aerodynamic experts outside of the RV industry. With Avanti, Damon has created the most driver friendly motorhome in its class having an automotive feel behind the wheel.

Additional offerings

Visitors will also see a new addition to Alpin Haus’ RV lineup, including the new Coyote by KZ Hybrid trailer. Designed to be towed by sport utility vehicles and light duty trucks, the Coyote features spacious tent extensions that allow for a comfortable night's sleep without sacrificing floor space for dining and relaxing.

The largest units are equipped with a slide out to increase living space. All Coyote trailers come with a two-year warranty.

Also adding to Alpin Haus’s RV lineup will be Springdale, Summerland and Sprinter travel trailers and Copper Canyon fifth wheels by Keystone.

The Sprinter travel trailers, which were introduced as Keystone RV’s first product line in 1996, offer convenient and easy trailer options including one touch electric awnings, rear bumper storage, exterior speakers, easy store picnic tables, and DVD home theater systems with surroundsound®.

Free admission

Show hours for the Saratoga City Center RV Show are 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 9; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 10; and Sunday, January 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the expo is free.

Entering its fourth decade of service in the Capital Region, Alpin Haus has grown to four store locations in Amsterdam, Wilton and Clifton Park, featuring a full-line of luxury RVs, snowmobiles, skis, boats, pools, spas, and ATV’s.

Alpin Haus is the Northeast’s largest, independently-owned RV retailer – recipient of the RV Business 2008 Top 50 Dealer Award, the 2007 Winnebago Circle of Excellence, the 2007 Snow Sports Retailer of the Year, 2006 Top Quality RV Dealer of the Year, the 2006 Ski-Doo District Dealer of the Year and voted one of the Best Places to Work by Capital District Business Review in 2008, 2007, 2005, and 2004.
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Woman injured, dog dies in motor home fire

Bellingham Herald - Bellingham,WA,USA
A woman was taken to the hospital and a dog died after a motor home caught fire on the 3700 block of East Smith Road late Tuesday night, Jan. 6.

The blaze, which eventually consumed the motor home, started around 9:17 p.m., said Whatcom County Fire District No. 1 Chief Jerry McDowell.

The woman, who was in her 30s, suffered smoke inhalation and was treated at St. Joseph Hospital, said Will Anderson, Whatcom County fire investigator.

Firefighters used oxygen to try to revive the unconscious dog, which is believed to have been the woman's pet, but were unsuccessful.

A nearby van and shop building were also damaged by the fire, Anderson said.

The fire was likely caused by an electrical malfunction inside the motor home's exterior power cord.
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Homicide detectives looking for motor home

The Columbian - Vancouver,WA,USA
Sheriff’s detectives in Cowlitz County are looking for a motor home that may have been used in the slaying of a man whose body was found along the Columbia River four miles west of Longview.

Jeremy M. McLean, 26, of Longview was reported missing on Dec. 29 and his body was found two days later. He’d been shot to death, according to bulletins from the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office.

Last weekend, detectives identified William Vance “Van” Reagan, 51, of Longview as a person of interest in the case. Portland police later found Reagan’s 1989 Lincoln at a Portland motel and arrested him and a girlfriend on unrelated drug allegations, a bulletin said.

Reagan hadn’t been charged in the slaying.

Detectives have other persons of interest and plan more arrests, the bulletin said Tuesday.

Police said they are looking for a motor home Reagan owns. It’s a 19-foot 1980 El Dorado, and likely has Washington license 551-NUQ.

The motor home is a smaller “Class C” model built on a van chassis. An unusual feature is a full-size door in the rear, a bulletin said.

Officers suspect the motor home may be in a storage unit or at an RV Park.

Anyone who locates it is asked to hold it to preserve evidence and call police dispatchers in Longview at 360-577-3098 or Detective Sgt. Joe Reiss at 577-3092.

Those who wish to be anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 360-577-1206.
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Huge Discounts at New Jersey RV & Camping Show

Scarlet Scuttlebutt - East Brunswick,NJ,USADealers and manufacturers at MAC Events 42nd annual New Jersey RV & Camping Show will be exhibiting a wide range of vacation alternatives in recreational vehicles, from luxury motorhomes to family campers, during the Friday, Jan. 16 to Sunday, Jan. 18 show at the NJ Convention Center.

“The dealers and manufacturer are providing serious consumer incentives at this show,” said James McLaughlin, show director and president of MAC Events. “The RVs on display represent more than 50 makes and models from most of the major RV dealers in the Metro NY/NJ area. There is a broad selection of RVs with family appeal, including a new line of travel trailers from Timberlodge that meet a family’s space and budget needs.”

The show also offers the first regional look at some of the early 2010 models, including the new Coachman diesel-pusher motorhome. Exhibits feature new designs in affordable travel trailers such as the Timberlodge 30 Sky and 31 Sky King with a loft bunk area for the kids.
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Tecoma RV Show, different, smaller this year

TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma,WA,USA
Jeff Swenson, show manager at the 27th annual Tacoma RV Sale, sits inside an office in a back corridor of the Tacoma Dome.

It’s opening day, Wednesday, and it’s raining, really raining.

“We like rain to bring people in, but we don’t know if we like that much rain,” Swenson says.

The crowds – the largest number of buyers, the families, the recreational vehicle retirees and vacationers, the bulk of an expected 6,000 guests – aren’t expected until Saturday. On Wednesday morning, only a handful of attendees wander the aisles.

It’s a different show than in years past. It’s smaller, with fewer dealers renting space to display their towables and vehicles. It’s smaller too because O’Loughlin Trade Shows, the event’s organizer, has not rented the Dome Exhibition Hall as it did in previous years.
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Business good for RV dealers paying attention to customer service

Kansas.com - KS,USA
Despite the economy, business has been good, some dealers say, citing the extra attention they've given to customer service.

With a slumping economy and tight credit market, some might think this is a poor time to buy an RV. But the dealers and shoppers at the 20th annual Wichita RV Show on Wednesday think otherwise.

"My customers have been much more upbeat just in the last month," said James Ramsey, co-owner of Trailers & Hitches Inc. "Credit is easier than it was two months ago," he said.

He attributed that to the way banks have made it easier to borrow over the past 30 days.

Ramsey said he has sold three RVs this week. That is well above the normal, which is one a week.
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Jellystone bankruptcy denied; receiver to be appointed

La Crosse Tribune - La Crosse,WI,USA
WARRENS — A receiver likely will be appointed Friday to oversee the Jellystone Park campground in Warrens after a federal judge dismissed the campground owner’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy case.

That means prospective buyers of the campground will deal with the court-appointed receiver rather than campground owner Van Der Molen Recreational Properties Inc., said John Harlan, who until recently was the company’s director of corporate services. Harlan is still assisting the company, which issued a press release Wednesday about the bankruptcy ruling and Friday’s hearing in Juneau County Circuit Court.
Reservations for the 2009 camping season are being accepted, Harlan said in a telephone interview.

At least one prospective buyer still is interested, Harlan said, but he declined to identify that person or entity.

“There remains a common goal to transfer this property to a new owner,” company owner Edward Van Der Molen said in the press release. “It is the intention of all parties to operate the campground until a new owner is in place.” He said his company supports the receiver’s appointment.
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Sportshow feeling economic headaches

Kansas City Star - MO,USA
Jerry and Betty Fisher have been in the resort business for 22 years, but they can’t remember a time when they have entered a season with so many concerns.

The slumping economy has hit the outdoors industry hard. Nowhere is that more evident than in Canada, where fishing lodges such as the Fishers’ that once did booming business are now just trying to weather the storm.

The number of exhibitors is down one-third from normal. Hit especially hard are the boat and RV sections, where the number of participating dealers has decreased sharply.

Many dealers who are just struggling to survive can’t afford the expense of displaying their products at a sports show.
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Longtime Reno NV RV Dealer Closes Down

A Northern Nevada fixture, Mountain Family RV announced Monday it's closing its doors.

Mountain Family RV opened in 1988, and if you've ever driven between Reno and Carson city, you've likely driven past it. The owner, Jon Whipple says shutting down and laying off 16 people, was the hardest thing he's ever done.

A small business owner, hoping to sell some body work to the RV company, was greeted Wednesday by a locked fence, and a short apology note, while hundreds of RV's sat collecting dust in the parking lot.

"We were trying to stir up some business and we see a sign that they're closed," said Forrest Bietz, who owns ColorAll Technologies.

Owner Jon Whipple says a 40 percent drop in sales helped kill his business, but so did RV manufacturers that shut down, leaving obsolete inventory in his lot. He also says the national credit crunch has made it much harder for buyers to qualify for loans.

A few miles away at the family-owned Sierra RV, we spoke with sales manager Dave O'Brien. He says while it's sad to see colleagues in the RV industry fail, it could mean a higher sales share for him in the future. In 2008, he says he saw only a small decrease, about eight less RV's were sold than in 2007, that's out of an average of 300 sales a year.
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Workhorse Front Diesel Motorhomes at Florida RV Show

Workhorse diesels are ready for takeoff. The RV public will get its first view of Workhorse's latest front engine diesel, the W20D, at the Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 14 to 18 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa (Workhorse Booth 145 in the Expo Hall).

Show goers will also get the first public look at one of the first all-new Class A motor homes built on the Workhorse W20D — the 2009 Serrano from Four Winds International (Booth 895 by the West Midway). Small, aerodynamic and fuel efficient — the just over 32-foot Serrano boasts both diesel power and diesel amenities.
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Ultimate Sports Inc. to acquire ePower Synergies

Ultimate Sports Press Release

Lafayette, IN -- Ultimate Sports Inc., a manufacturer and supplier to the recreational vehicle industry, today announced that the company has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire ePower Synergies, a provider of alternative energy vehicles.

ePower Synergies was founded by Bruce Wood, the former director of John Deere's ePower technologies. The company has developed and markets a personal transporter called the RIDE(R) which competes directly against the Segway in the personal transporter vehicle market.

The merger will combine the strengths of each corporation to streamline the manufacturing process of ePower's electric vehicles. Initially, the companies will focus on mass producing the Blue-RIDE, a personal transporter designed specifically for law enforcement and private security forces needing enhanced visibility and presence for events, campuses, traffic and other areas heavily traversed by pedestrians.

"We view this merger as a great opportunity to enter the electric vehicle industry and utilize our expertise in the manufacturing and development with ePower's cutting edge technologies," says Dr. Mart Maassen, Ultimate Sports' chairman. "By consolidating our resources, we will reduce costs and increase manufacturing capabilities to meet the growing demand for sustainable energy vehicles."
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Buffett Invests in Coachmen RV

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. reported to government regulators Monday that it had purchased $40 million in recreational vehicle maker, Coachmen Industries Inc., which assembles Viking travel trailers in Middlebury, Ind.

Berkshire Hathaway's strategy clearly is buying low in businesses that are at rock bottom. Sales of recreational vehicles by U.S. makers, including big names like Winnebago Industries, Fleetwood Enterprises and Thor Industries Inc., are expected to fall to a 12-year low as 2008 draws to a closer and likely will tumble even further in 2009.
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Winnebago Earns 'Fully Meets' Classification From Ford

Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), the nation's top-selling motor home manufacturer, was recently recognized by Ford Motor Company as receiving the "fully meets" classification as part of their Truck Quality Program.

In order to earn the "fully meets" classification, companies must meet all minimum requirements, as well as score a minimum of 85 percent on Other Criteria (OC) items. Winnebago Industries earned 97.4 percent in the program, scoring 93.5 points out of 96.

"Winnebago Industries is proud to earn the fully meets classification from Ford's Truck Quality Program," said Winnebago Industries' Director of Quality Control Chuck Hughes. "Our goal at Winnebago Industries is to manufacture the highest quality motor homes on the market. We have strict quality measures in place to achieve this, which includes working closely with our chassis suppliers, like Ford, to maintain the integrity of the chassis while also building a superior product. We work extremely hard to achieve this rating from Ford, and will continue to strive to meet and exceed customers expectations with the quality found in our motor homes."

The highest honor awarded to vehicle modifiers, the Truck Quality Program is based on an assessment of a modifier's engineering capability, design and build process controls, management commitment and quality control procedures. According to Ford, the purpose of the program is to assure vehicle modifiers have the capability and processes in place to complete the vehicle in a repeatable manner that maintains the integrity of the Ford chassis system, meets Federal and other standards in place at the time of the build, and provides end users with a quality built vehicle that meets their expectations. Winnebago Industries has received Ford's "fully meets" classification since the program's inception in 1997.

In addition, Winnebago Industries recently received its 13th consecutive Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVDA). Quality Circle Award winners are determined by the Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) survey, which RVDA conducts annually with its dealer organization. The DSI survey, which determines the Quality Circle Award winners, rates manufacturers' performance in eight core areas: sales support, sales territory, vehicle design, vehicle reliability/quality, competitive price/value, parts support, dealership warranty support and overall dealer communications. Winnebago Industries is the only motor home manufacturer to receive this award since its inception.
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Zoning Panel to mull Havasu City island district

Rezoning the Island in Lake Havasu City could move closer, joining the Channel Riverwalk and possibly Body Beach as a zoning district with specific standards for development that could include some residential elements. City staff and the Planning & Zoning Commission will meet Wednesday to further discuss the standards that could make up the island district and allow for large resort-type developments to support the tourism industry in the community.

At a September 2008 meeting, the City Council approved a policy that would allow for new developments to have a residential element of no more than 40 percent of the mixed-use development. The council determined to prohibit single-family development, as part of the plan.

The island district would have similar standards to the Channel Riverwalk and the proposed Body Beach district. With these standards in mind, the primary purpose would be to allow for continued public access along the shoreline and ensure public amenities such as parks, beaches and trails.

If the City Council eventually approves the zoning of the district, the business possibilities in the area could go a long way in attracting tourism. Bars, nightclubs, boat launch facilities, playgrounds, museums and galleries, hotels and motels, resorts, restaurants and retail sales stores are just some of possibilities for the district.
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Holland Motor Homes Joins Newell Coach

Miami, OK January 6, 2009 -- Newell Coach Corporation, the leading seller of luxury motorcoaches priced at $1 million and above, and Holland Motor Homes, the premier dealer of luxury motorhomes, announced that Holland's locations in San Diego, CA, and Holland, MI, will provide sales and service support for Newell motorcoaches. Beginning immediately, Holland will display Newell coaches and provide Newell coach maintenance and warranty service at both locations.

This will be more convenient for Newell customers in California, Arizona and Nevada; and Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

"Holland Motor Homes is excited to offer sales and service support for Newell motorcoaches," Mike Dykstra and John Dykstra, owners of Holland Motor Homes, said in a joint statement. "Newell motorcoaches offer high performance and easy handling; spacious, luxurious living; and advanced features unmatched in the bus-class marketplace. We look forward to offering the Newell product to our clientele and providing Newell owners with after-sale support."

"Unlike most motor homes that are production models purchased from dealers' inventories, most Newells are custom-built for their purchaser," said Newell president, Karl Blade. "This will continue with Holland's clients."

"The Holland Motor Home organization and the Dykstra family have been leaders in our industry since 1966," Blade continued. "Holland has a stellar reputation for customer service and integrity. The association of Holland Motor Homes and Newell is a natural partnership."

About Holland Motor Homes:
With locations in and San Diego, CA, and Holland, MI, Holland Motor Homes is one of the nation's most respected luxury motorhome dealers. In business for over 40 years, Holland has consistently earned recognition and awards for exceptional customer satisfaction in both sales and service. For more information about Holland's San Diego, CA, location, call: 1-800-961-4464, For more information about the Holland, MI, location, call:1-800-221-7197. Or visit: www.holland-motorhomes.com.
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Michigan DNR needs state park hosts

ConnectMidMichigan.com - Clio,Michigan,USA

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is offering free camping for outdoor lovers who volunteer as campground hosts at Michigan state parks or forest campgrounds.

There are only a few stipulations.

You have to be at least 18 years old, be available to provide services 5 days a week for a total of 30 hours a week, serve a minimum of 4 consecutive weeks, and supply your own camping equipment.

Campground hosts are needed to answer visitor questions, arrange activates, and help with light maintenance.

For more information on becoming a campground host at state park recreation areas contact Maia Stephens at 1-517-373-8378.

For more information on becoming a campground host at a state forest recreation area contact Ada Takacs at 1-989-275-5151 Ext. 2049.
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Florida's Middle Keys Has New RV Park

The Middle Keys has a new year-round "home" for vacationers with recreational vehicles -- and pets. Grassy Key RV Park & Resort, located at MM 58.7 bayside, recently celebrated its grand opening.

On land formerly occupied by the Whispering Pines trailer park, the Grassy Key RV Park & Resort welcomes daily, weekly and monthly visitors and their pets.

The property's 34 sites include those with standard, premium, waterfront and deluxe waterfront views of the Gulf of Mexico -- each with water and 30- or 50-amp electric hookup. The resort also provides boat dockage and trailer storage.

A common meeting area with laundry facilities and television, and a social event clubhouse are in the final stages of completion.

For more information, visit www.grassykeyrvpark.com or call (305) 289-1606.
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Monday, January 05, 2009

Port Aransas Hoping For More Winter Texans

PORT ARANSAS--Winter Texans are slowly but surely starting to invade the Coastal Bend, but this year is slower and the economy and gas prices are to blame.

The start of January is usually when many Winter Texans come to South Texas. So far, the numbers are down, but leaders are optimistic it will get better.

Ron Watkins is spending his second winter in the Coastal Bend. The Colorado resident said he comes here to get away from the cold weather.

Watkins is one of many who are staying at the Tropic Island RV Resort in Port Aransas. Usually it's a tough place to find a spot to stay, but this year is different.

"Two years ago, we could not get into this park because it was full and this year we had no problem getting into it," said David Pedersen, a Winter Texan from Wiscosin.
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Fleetwood Stock to be Traded OTC

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - For years the fortunes of Fleetwood were clear. It was one of the few Riverside County companies among the Fortune 500.

Not anymore.

The RV maker's stock is worth about a dime per share, and its market capitalization has dipped to $7.6 million, too low for the New York Stock Exchange, which will drop the company from its exchange Monday.

Fleetwood's stock opened at 10 cents a share Friday. It traded for a low of 7 cents and a high of 11 cents. Fleetwood doesn't plan to appeal the exchange's decision to suspend the company's stock.

"It's just sad," said Andrew Crean, son of the company's late founder, John Crean, who brought Fleetwood to Riverside in 1963 for cheap land and cheaper housing for his employees.

Crean, who sat on the board of directors before resigning in the late 1990s, said it wouldn't be long until Fleetwood is no more or bought for next to nothing. He said the only thing of value is the company's network of dealers and its recognizable brands.
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Early reservations are harbinger of tourist season

Brunswick Times Record - ME, United States
BATH — On Friday, the first business day of the new year, the management staff of Hermit Island Campground began its annual tradition of sifting through a pile of reservation requests that had been collecting by mail for weeks.

Similar cold weather projects face campground owners all across the state as they begin booking sites for the warmer months on the horizon. The process offers an early — albeit unscientific — sign of how Maine's crucial summer tourism season will pan out.

With the state and national economies still staggering, a rebound in summer traffic could bring a much-needed injection of spending money to local markets. But for Hermit Island, the first sign of summer Friday was lukewarm.
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Monaco Coach Hires Financial Advisor

Monaco Coach Corporation (NYSE: MNC),a manufacturer of recreational vehicles, announced today that it has engaged Imperial Capital, LLC as a financial advisor to assist the Company with its evaluation of strategic alternatives.

The Company intends to consider a variety of financial and strategic alternatives including joint ventures, mergers or other strategic transactions, with a focus on improving liquidity and maintaining its strong balance sheet. In addition, Monaco Coach Corporation has retained Avondale Partners, LLC to evaluate strategic alternatives for Signature Motorhome Resorts business and BMO Capital Markets has been retained for its equine trailer division, Bison Manufacturing, LLC and its specialty trailer division, Roadmaster LLC.
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Children home-schooled aboard RV

The four Meitler sisters this fall stood inside the Philadelphia room where the nation’s forefathers signed the Declaration of Independence.

The girls saw former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev receive the Liberty Medal in Philadelphia, walked on Civil War battlegrounds, met a man who worked closely with Martin Luther King Jr. in Alabama, and toured Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico.

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Sunday, January 04, 2009

Disney's Fort Wilderness Campground Offers Segway Tours

The Fort Wilderness campground offers a tranquil escape from the hectic Disney theme parks. Now you can enjoy a Segway tour of the quiet side of Disney World on the Wilderness Back Trail adventure, one of several Segway experiences offered at Walt Disney World.

Disney promises a "nature tour like no other," with participants whizzing along through the back trails of Fort Wilderness. The two-hour adventure starts off with a training session to make sure you can operate your Segaway safely. Then the group heads off, along with two guides, for a journey past swampland and along the lake, where you'll pause for a photo opportunity. You'll do a drive-by of the Wilderness Lodge and stop at the Tri-Circle-D ranch to meet the ponies and horses. Water is provided, as is a potty break. If you're lucky, you may even see deer or wildlife. Take the earliest tour for the luck with critter spotting.
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Great Smoky Mountains NP Celebrates 75th Annivesary

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is celebrating a major milestone in 2009. The park, established June 15, 1934, will mark its 75th anniversary with a yearlong celebration of the people who made it possible and an emphasis on the stewardship required to keep it viable for the next 75 years and beyond.

Stewardship, park superintendent Dale Ditmanson explains in a special anniversary edition of Smokies Life magazine, is more than just a word.

“It really speaks to our responsibility to care for this wonderful place. The one thing the 75th anniversary is not about is just blowing out candles on a cake and going home,” he said.

Instead, the anniversary will serve to commemorate and highlight the park’s biologically diverse natural resources, cultural history, and the host of recreational and educational opportunities it offers the more than 9 million visitors who pass through its gates each year.
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RV dealer shuts doors after trailers stolen

WICHITA, Kansas (KSN) -- After a year of bad luck and burglaries, a larceny Friday night at R & D Camperland on South Broadway was the last straw for the owners. They're moving what's left of their inventory to a competitor’s lot and closing their doors for good.

The owners were thinking of shutting down sometime this winter. When they showed up to the lot on Saturday morning they decided to shut down immediately. A wooden fence that surrounded their lot was in pieces and 4 campers worth $85,000 were gone.

"We were wondering maybe we jumped too soon maybe we shouldn't close it down but I think after this weekend we're both really, really glad," said Wendy Boatright, co-owner of R & D Camperland.
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Saturday, January 03, 2009

Bad Times for Country Coach May be Good News for Some

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
JUNCTION CITY — Troubled times for Country Coach could be good news for bargain hunters — both customers looking to get a deal on a new motor home, and investors ready to swoop in and pick up the pieces of a company that still has a strong reputation for building high-quality RVs, a local RV dealer said.

The privately held company notified its 500 employees on Tuesday that it will be forced to permanently shut down by Feb. 28 unless it obtains new financing. Even if it obtains the financing, the company said, it expects to impose “mass layoffs” starting around March 1.

The factory stopped production in November, and was to have resumed work on Monday, but will remain closed until further notice.

Guaranty RV Super Centers in Junction City is a major dealer for Country Coach. General manager Shannon Nill said Friday he’s hopeful the RV maker will be able to get the capital infusion it needs to stay in business.
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Man pinned under RV still 'critical'

Daytona Beach News-Journal - Daytona Beach,FL,USA
PORT ORANGE -- An Ocala mechanic remained in critical condition Friday night at Halifax Health Medical Center with injuries suffered when he was pinned under an RV.

Dennis Richardson, 55, was working on the Winnebago motor home Thursday afternoon when it rolled off its elevated ramps and landed on top of him, a Volusia County sheriff's report states. The report said the mechanic came to a residence in the 6100 block of U.S. 1 to fix the rear seal of the vehicle's transmission New Year's Day.

The RV's owner, Alan Allison, 68, Port Orange, told the investigating deputy he believes the motor home rolled backward after Richardson disconnected its drive shaft.
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Friday, January 02, 2009

Country Coach May Close in February

JUNCTION CITY — The head of Country Coach has notified employees that the RV factory will shut down for good in two months if it can’t obtain new financing.

“Looking forward, due to recent and unexpected circumstances beyond the control of Country Coach, it now appears that Country Coach will be forced to permanently shut down unless it obtains additional financing on or before Feb. 28, 2009,” CEO Jay Howard said in a letter to employees, dated Dec. 30 and obtained Wednesday by The Register-Guard.

Even if the company is able to obtain a loan, the company expects “mass layoffs” starting around March 1, Howard said.
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Working on the road both earns and saves money

Getting that first Workamper job is the focus of Workamper® University’s Workamping 101:
Getting Your First Workamper Job. The six-session course, beginning on January 24, 2009, will be held using Workamper.com’s Webinar technology. Participants will both see and hear the presentation using their computer screen to see the instructor and visuals and their telephone to listen and speak. Classes will be recorded so participants can listen and watch at their
convenience if they miss a live session.

Instead of spending money to travel, RVers who work on the road, also known as Workampers®, can earn money to pay their living expenses and add to their savings. Working or volunteering on the road can also reduce expenses. Some jobs provide a free or reduced-cost RV site and workers spend less on fuel and entertainment since they are in one place.

Workers may also get valuable perks.

Jaimie Hall Bruzenak will lead participants through a process that will enable them to:
• identify what they have to offer Workamper employers and discover why they are valuable.
• discover what they want in a job and identify 20 or more potential employers and learn how to research them.
• figure out how much money they need and have the tools to evaluate a job offer to compute real compensation.
• translate past experience and skills into a dynamite Workamping resume that attracts Workamper employers.
• learn how to identify those employers and to ask the right questions.

Go to http://www.workamper.com/university/workamper101 for complete curriculum, class hours and dates, tuition and list of free bonuses to participants.

Prescott National Forest fees increase

PRESCOTT AZ - Prescott National Forest officials are increasing day-use and campground fees throughout the 1.2 million-acre forest.

The increases affect 28 recreation sites including 13 campgrounds, 13 day-use sites and two off-highway vehicle areas.

Day-use fees at popular sites have increased from $2 to $5. Fees at OHV sites are rising from $3 to $5.

Campground fees generally were $6 to $10 per night, and now most will cost $10 to $18, with a new $5 fee for the second vehicle. Group campground fee rentals will increase from $25-$100 to $75-$150, depending on the group size.

The Forest Service is eliminating fees at two current sites, Powell Springs Campground ($6) and Ranch Trailhead #62 ($2).

Frequent users get a break, because annual day-use passes good at all day-use sites on the Prescott National Forest will remain at $40. The fee to add a second vehicle sticker rises from $5 to $10.

Season passes on the forest that are good for four months out of the year also remain the same, at $20.

Campers also get a new deal. People who already paid camping fees get free access to all day-use sites across the forest.
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Thursday, January 01, 2009

California Sports, Boat & RV Show pushed back to May

Inside Bay Area - Oakland,CA,USA
PLEASANTON — Sales are down in the world of motor homes and power boats, and manufacturers are hoping that a few months will allow the struggling economy to right itself.

Hoping to capitalize on freer lines of credit and sunnier temperatures, the annual California Sports, Boat and RV Show, normally held in January at the Alameda County Fairgrounds, has been pushed back to May, and may not include boats this year.

"Lenders are having a little bit of an issue out there," said Jorgen Bateman, director of sales for the Northern California Marine Association. "And, over the last few years people have bought boats with equity lines and by refinancing their houses."

Previously two separate January events at the fairgrounds, the RV show and the Northern California Boat Show were combined this year and was to run Jan. 9 to 19, to encourage both boating and motor home enthusiasts to attend the 11-day sales event.
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Fines for feeding wildlife proposed

ReporterHerald.com - Loveland,CO,USA
FORT COLLINS CO — With Larimer County’s opening of Hermit Park near Estes Park earlier this year, people aren’t the only ones camping out.

“We have a lot of bears at Hermit Park, a lot of black bears, and they’ll take advantage of an open cooler,” Natural Resources director Gary Buffington told the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday.

To help minimize the number of wildlife and human interactions at county parks — such as Hermit, Carter Lake and Horsetooth Reservoir — the commissioners plan to pass two new parks regulations at a future meeting.

The first will require that campers and other park visitors store food, beverages, toiletries, trash and anything else that would attract animals in a hard-sided vehicle or solid, nonpliable camping unit such as a motor home or camper.
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RV Christmas in Florida

Tuesday, December 23, in the predawn black and a cold snap that plummeted temperatures to 18 degrees in the north Georgia mountains, we boarded the Four Winds Magic Bus for our maiden RV adventure that would take us from our Appalachian Mountain home to a warm, flatlander Christmas with family in Pasco County, Florida (Lake Padgett area). This area was home to us for 19 years prior to relocating last year.

Eventually, I eased the 31-foot RV and toad down the mountain that we live on and onto the highway. Right away I noticed the steering wheel pulled to the right. At first I rationalized that the “pull” was normal when towing, but the big V-10 didn’t seem to have the power that it did when I drove it sixty-five miles after picking it up in Summerville, Georgia. I checked the Jeep through the rear camera system and all seemed normal so I brought the RV up to 55 mph. Just then, a semi pulled alongside. The driver flipped on his cab light so that I could see him and pointed rearward, indicating that I needed to pull over and check my load. I’m glad I did, and God bless that trucker.
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Snowbirds Back to Florida for the Winter

Pensacola News Journal - Pensacol,FL,USA
The first week of January means one thing in Perdido Key and Pleasure Island — the official arrival of the snowbirds.

No, this not some exotic bird of paradise taking refuge along the warmer Gulf Coast from Canada before winging it to tropical Honduras.

Rather, this the annual migration of those Northern species who migrate south to Pleasure Island for the winter. They arrive in a procession in luxurious behemoth recreational vehicles called Cougar, Nomad and Intruder.

When he's visiting here for the winter, Warn Dowling likes to kayak, fish, bicycle, golf and enjoy the warmer temperatures along the Gulf Coast.

Dowling and his wife, Joann, migrate from Pittsburgh in their 35-foot Winnebago each December. Like many snowbirds, the pair stay at Gulf State Park RV Campground in Gulf Shores, a sort of ground zero for Pleasure Island's winter guests.
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