Saturday, February 28, 2009

Would you stay in an RV park if you didn't have an RV?

Colorado’s RV parks are located in some of the most scenic places our state has to offer. These RV parks offer the visitor a variety of activities for fun and relaxation. Many RV parks in Colorado are now offering “Park Models” to visitors who wish to avail themselves to the scenic areas and enjoy get-a-ways, but don’t have an RV.
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RV dealers feel left out of government's stimulus plan

Area recreational vehicle dealers are worried the government's $787 billion stimulus bill may not stimulate many sales in their troubled industry.

A key provision of the bill grants a federal tax deduction applicable on the first $49,500 paid for a new car, truck or motor home.

But language was stripped from the bill that would have extended that tax break to non-motorized trailers, fifth wheels and other towed camper units. Those units make up 85 percent of the industry's annual sales, which plummeted 32.9 percent nationally last year to their lowest level since 1993.

"We are being left out," said Preston Filger, the owner of Liberty RV. "It would help. It absolutely would benefit our sales."

At the same time, Filger acknowledged sales of costlier motor homes sorely need the break. "The motor home market has taken more of a beating than travel trailers," he said.
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Interest High At RV Shows Despite Economy

Attendance at RV shows around the country is providing evidence that interest in RVs remains high, despite the economy.

More than 44,000 people attended the Florida RV Super Show; 35,000 came out for the Utah RV Show; and 30,000 showed up for the Maryland RV Show. The large crowds at these shows and others have pleasantly surprised organizers and dealers, who say that people are not just looking at RVs, but buying them, too.

"Our sales were up 20 percent over last year's Maryland RV show," says Charlie Wolf, sales manager for Beckley's Camping Center. "People are still buying RVs. They still want to go camping, get away and have fun."

Tim DeWitt, executive director of the Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds, said attendance at the recent Flint Camper & RV Show was up 25 percent over last year. He attributes the increase to consumers recognizing that there's never been a better time to buy an RV. "This is a buyer's market," he says. "You can negotiate with dealers, who are discounting heavily."
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Friday, February 27, 2009

California Gas Use Down 2.8%, Diesel Use Drops 11.4%

Betty T. Yee, Chairwoman of the Board of Equalization (BOE), today announced gasoline figures that show Californians used less gasoline in November 2008 than in November 2007, down 35 million gallons from the prior year, a decline of 2.8 percent. Californians used a total of 1.20 billion gallons of gasoline in November 2008, compared with 1.23 billion in November 2007.

The average California gas price at the pump in November 2008 was $2.51 per gallon, a 26.0 percent decrease from the average price in November 2007 when it was $3.39. Gasoline sold at the lower price in November 2008 generated approximately $239 million in sales tax during that month, an estimated $93 million less than was generated in November 2007.

Diesel fuel sold for use on California roads totaled 204 million gallons in November 2008, an 11.4 percent decline, which is 26 million gallons below that of November 2007. The decreased consumption reflects the impacts of the recession that is associated with less freight movement on California roads and highways. California diesel prices were $2.83 in November 2008, down 21.6 percent compared to November 2007 when the average diesel price was $3.61.

The BOE is able to monitor gallons through tax receipts paid by fuel distributors. Figures for December 2008 are scheduled to be available at the end of March 2009. All monthly, quarterly, and annual figures can be viewed on the BOE website
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Bandelier National Monument Reopens Campground

LOS ALAMOS, N.M.- With spring break approaching, officials at Bandelier National Monument are reopening the Juniper campground.

The picnic area, the Tsankawi unit near White Rock, and trails in Frijoles Canyon are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Cost for camping is $12/night with a fifty percent discount for holders of federal senior or federal access passes. Fees are paid at a self-registration kiosk located near the entrance to the campground.


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Thursday, February 26, 2009

RV Snowbirds Drawn to Mesa, Arizona by Recreation

Mesa, Arizona - Jim Freer has hands as creased and cracked as the wood he works inside a Mesa shop, teaching other retirees to mold the earthen material into woodcrafts. The 76-year-old retired pilot and postal worker says those hands are more dexterous today from the practice of teaching old hands new tricks.

Those same hands took Freer through the grueling elimination process recently in east Mesa during the 9th Annual Bud Walrath National Singles Shuffleboard Tournament last week at Mesa Spirit RV Resort.

Recreational activities in the East Valley have long been a beacon to retired, part-time residents who flock to the region for ballroom dancing, line dancing, horseback riding, shuffleboard, arts and crafts, swap meets and farmers markets. Many attribute the recreational activities with boosting the health and lifestyles of snowbirds.

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New RVs are blend future and past

A travel trailer with a retro look offers a glimpse of the future in RVs.

The Shasta trailer is built by Coachmen Recreational Vehicle Co. Constructed with today's technology, the Shasta captures the look of the original with a lightning bolt stripe on the side and wings on the rear of the trailer.

The trailer's light weight (2,400 pounds) for the 12-foot model and 3,100 for the 16-foot is an attractive feature for tow vehicles old and new.

Other retro-look trailers at the show were the R-Pod and the T@b. The T@b lineup started with a teardrop trailer, but has grown to include the T@b Daddy -- also called the T@da -- which is longer with rounded ends and a flat roof. The T@da has a regular price of $24,900.
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Dometic Offers First RV Air Conditioner & Dehumidifier Combo

Dometic Corporation offers an industry-exclusive dehumidifier/air conditioner combo unit. The powerful unit removes as much as 12 gallons of water every 24 hours, helping to protect an RVer's investment from mold and other humidity-related concerns. Another first, the low-profile dehumidifier/air conditioner is the first in the industry to use 410A refrigerant, making it more environmentally friendly.
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Damon Motor Coach Receives DOD's “Above and Beyond” Award

ELKHART, IN – Damon Motor Coach, a Thor Industries subsidiary, has been awarded the Above and Beyond Award by the United State’s Department of Defense. The Above and Beyond Award is presented to those employers who demonstrate exceptional support for national defense by adopting policies that make it easier for employees to participate in the National Guard and Reserve. Damon was chosen from 1000-1500 employers to receive this award.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Yosemite National Park Vacation Photo Contest

Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging has launched an online photo contest for vacationers to the Yosemite National Park area, with free lodging being offered as prizes each month.

Each month, judges in the contest will select first, second and third place winners to receive a gift certificate to be redeemed for lodging at Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging. And their winning photos will be displayed on the Yosemite Pines RV Resort & Family Lodging web site. At the discretion of the judges, photos not selected as winners will be displayed in monthly galleries on the site.
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Owned RV Storage Condominium Sales Boom

Beaumont, California -- Concerns over short supply worries developer of a unique storage facility.

Eucalyptus at Beaumont is the brain child of developer Ted Deits. Rather than offer rental style RV storage, Deits' opted to be the first to build a luxury storage facility that allows the individual ownership of a fully enclosed garage.

"I sometimes call it Man Land," he says. "I am the only one in California offering this type of storage, and the response has been overwhelming. Four of our five models have only one or two units left in our inventory." In a time where real estate sales are down, this product appears to be one area of the economy where things are actually going right.

"We started marketing this project three years ago. I have people who have been in escrow with me for over 2 ½ years, waiting for completion of construction. Our waiting list has swelled to over 2,500 people," he said.

Deits started this idea six years ago, when he purchased an RV and had a hard time finding quality storage. "Even a dirt lot was hard to find" he continued. "There are waiting lists all over Southern California for RV storage, few if any offer any acceptable level of security and the amenities desirable to RV owners." Then the light bulb went off. "Why not build something that actually offers an over the top list of amenities?"

That is exactly what he did. From a 2,700 sq ft clubhouse, to multiple dump stations, to individual burglar alarms in each unit. The list goes on. "We spared no expense in bringing this to market. Even the furniture in the clubhouse is custom made."

Deits' main concern now is not selling the units, but how to build more. "The only units I have left are those I held back from pre construction sales". Our most popular units are virtually sold out. It will take another two years before I can complete another facility like this one." Hind sight is truly 20-20.

About Eucalyptus at Beaumont

107 fully enclosed luxury storage condominiums. Every unit comes with a deed just like any other type of real estate. This project was built for the high end, discriminating RV owner who demands something above and beyond ordinary storage. Grand Opening will be March 14th and 15th, 2009.
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Most RV Buyers Will Not Qualify for Stimulus Tax Break

The RV industry has hope that the stimulus package will bolster sales. But do the stipulations knock out key buyers for Class A, B, and C RVs? Clint Ethington of Pedata RV Center says the stimulus package only targets a small part of the RV buying public.

In order to qualify for the sales or excise tax deduction on an RV purchase between now and December 31, 2009, you must individually earn less than $125,000 per year, or jointly earn less than $250,000 per year and the deduction only applies to motorized RV's and not travel trailers or other towable RVs. Plus, you can only deduct the sales tax paid on the first $49,500 of the purchase price which according to Greg Gerber of RV Industry News equates to "…buy a motorhome for $50,000 or $200,000 in a state with an 8 percent sales tax rate and you'll only get to deduct $3,960 off next year's taxes."

Motorized RV's cost anywhere from $35,000 - $100,000 depending on the class: Class A, Class B, or Class C.
Towable RV's generally offer more affordable options compared to motorized RVs.
If the average national wage is around $40,000, would the average customer be able to afford a new Class A, B or C motorhome? Studies show that 85% of new RV purchases were towable RV's, therefore the stimulus package appears to only be targeted at that 15% of the RV buying market.

"Most of our buyers are that 15%," says Clint Ethington of Pedata RV Center, who sells both motorized and towable RV's but specializes in Class A gas and diesel RVs. "The stimulus doesn't apply to a large percentage of our customer base. What we are seeing is those customers are taking advantage of the lower than average prices that this economic downturn has caused rather than being stimulated by tax incentives."

For more information on Pedata RV Center or current trends in the RV industry contact Clint Ethington, General Manager, at clint (at) pedatarvcenter (dot) com or by phone at: 1-888-545-8314 or 520-807-0900. Or visit Pedata RV Center online.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

RV paradise turns out to be something less

DARIEN — Linda Williams of inland Bulloch County was looking for Coastal Georgia property and found a deal that seemed too good to be true.

It cost Williams a lot of money to find out what kind of deal it really was.

For $20,000, she bought a lot in an upscale RV park under development and planned to spend her weekends there — relaxing, fishing, enjoying the coastal lifestyle. The park, Shellman Hammock, seemed perfect for her needs.

It seemed like paradise on the Julienton River — long views across the salt marsh, pelicans skimming the surface of the river, the smell of fresh local shrimp frying.

That was last year. This year, the park’s not open, she has no access to her property and can’t put up a tent on it, much less park a motor home or camping trailer.

The county is stopping her.
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Carbon monoxide suspected in RVer's death

Glenda Pinkney, who was five months pregnant, was overcome by poisonous carbon monoxide fumes while sleeping in her family’s Winnebago Sunday morning in Waller County.

Authorities are blaming a generator that sat outside the rear of the RV as the likely source of the fumes.

Pinkney’s death was the third carbon monoxide fatality in recent years among trail ride groups whose annual journeys end in Houston on the eve of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. In 2002, Michael Culpepper, 18, of DeKalb was apparently overcome by exhaust fumes from a gasoline generator powering an electric heater in a horse trailer.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Vienna Boys Choir to perform at Mesa RV parks

AZ Central.com - AZ,USA
The internationally acclaimed Vienna Boys Choir is coming to Mesa to perform two concerts on March 3 and March 4.

The March 3 performance will be at Valle Del Oro RV Resort, 1452 S. Ellsworth Road in Mesa. Ticket prices range from $28 to $38 and can be purchased by calling 480-984-1146.

The March 4 performance will be at Mesa Regal RV Resort, located at 4700 E. Main St. in Mesa. Tickets for that event can be purchased by calling 888-940-8989.
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Will Rogers Downs to add KOA campground

tulsaworld.com
CLAREMORE — Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs has signed an agreement with Kampgrounds of America to designate 250 of the casino's 400 RV sites as KOA campgrounds.

The largest RV park in Oklahoma, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs' park will be the only KOA campground in the country adjacent to a horse racing facility.

With the agreement, Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs will add several features to make the sites more family-friendly and familiar to KOA campers such as a playground, picnic tables, curbed parking, Wi-Fi Internet access and charcoal grills at each site.

Within the year, the casino will also add KOA Kamping Kabins, which are one- or two-room log cabins that provide covered sleeping quarters for campers.
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Lake Tahoe climbs the RV Examiner's Top Ten List

Examiner.com - USA
Every cross-country RVer is subject to the dreaded experience of turning down a dead-end street with a car in tow. For yours truly, this happened at 7,200 feet on a small scenic overlook where every east-bound tourist within 50-square-miles decided at once to leave the freeway and let their children play in the snow at a particularly scenic “rest stop.”

My heart sank when the tiny ice-covered cul-de-sac came in view. What I thought was a drive through rest stop turned out to be a snowy tourist-infested dead-end. Feigning calm dignity, I unhooked the Jeep - the Navigator, mercifully without comment, drove it up to a flat spot where we hooked up after I recovered with the aid of a Japanese tourist who didn’t know any English but grunted, nodded and grinned as I carefully maneuvered the Magic Bus in a 3-point turnaround that would have made my dear deceased father smile.
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Are People Ready to Buy RVs?

ABC2 News - Baltimore,MD,USA
Organizers say that an estimated 30,000 people came out to the state fairgrounds during the last two weekends with only one thing on the mind--finding the perfect RV.

According to those we talked to, even in a recession this is the most affordable way to travel.

"For us it's cheaper than going to a motel every night, it's a tax deduction, it's considered a mortgage," says shopper Betty Chandler.

Betty and her husband already own a motor home, and are looking to upgrade. They are like many out today--looking for a deal in a tough economy.

"Absolutely, we know that there's some really good deals out there right now, so we went out there and took advantage of that," says Barry Berman of Westminster.

Here at the RV show you can find a deal as inexpensive as $10,000 for what they call a pop up--to over $200,000 for a luxury motor home.

While dealers do admit that financing has gotten tough in this recession, they say that the industry--at least in this part of the country--is doing okay.
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FLEETWOOD MOTORHOME RECALL




FLEETWOOD / BOUNDER DIESEL 2007-2008
FLEETWOOD / DISCOVERY 2007-2008
FLEETWOOD / EXCURSION 2007-2008
FLEETWOOD / EXPEDITION 2007-2008
FLEETWOOD / PROVIDENCE 2007-2008
Manufacturer: FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES, INC. Mfr's Report Date: FEB 12, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V056000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: ELECTRICAL SYSTEM:BATTERY:CABLES
Potential Number of Units Affected:
Summary:
 FLEETWOOD IS RECALLING MY 2007-2008 PROVIDENCE, EXCURSION, EXPEDITION, DISCOVERY AND BOULDER DIESEL MOTOR HOMES. THE BATTERY CABLE IS ROUTED TOO CLOSE TO A SHARP EDGE LOCATED ON TOP OF A SHELF INSTALLED OVER THE DRIVESHAFT.
Consequence:
 THIS CAN CAUSE ABRASION TO THE BATTERY CABLE INSULATION, LEADING TO AN ELECTRICAL SHORT AND POSSIBLY A FIRE.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL RE-ROUTE THE CABLE AWAY FROM THE SHARP EDGE LOCATION. THIS SERVICE WILL BE PERFORMED FOR YOU FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING MARCH 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FLEETWOOD AT 800-509-3418.
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 FLEETWOOD RECALL NO. 90209. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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HONDA ODYSSEY RECALL

HONDA / ODYSSEY 2009
Manufacturer: HONDA (AMERICAN HONDA MOTOR CO.) Mfr's Report Date: FEB 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V057000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: PARKING BRAKE:DRIVELINE:HYDRAULIC:HOSES, LINES/PIPING, AND FITTINGS
Potential Number of Units Affected: 421
Summary:
 HONDA IS RECALLING 421 MY 2009 ODYSSEY VEHICLES. DURING ASSEMBLY, INCORRECT FRONT BRAKE HOSES WERE INSTALLED. THE BRAKE HOSE CAN CONTACT THE CALIPER BOLT AND OVER TIME A HOLE MAY DEVELOP WHICH WILL ALLOW BRAKE FLUID TO LEAK. THIS WOULD EVENTUALLY RESULT IN REDUCED BRAKE SYSTEM PERFORMANCE.
Consequence:
 DRIVERS WOULD NOT BE AWARE OF BRAKE SYSTEM FAILURE AND BRAKING CAPABILITY WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE, INCREASING THE RISK OF A CRASH.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL INSPECT BOTH FRONT BRAKE HOSES AND REPLACE WITH THE CORRECT BRAKE HOSES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL BEGAN ON FEBRUARY 12, 2009. OWNER MAY CONTACT HONDA AT 1-800-999-1009.
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 HONDA RECALL NO. Q99. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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Prevost Coach Recall

Vehicle Make / Model:
Model Year(s):
PREVOST / VIP-45 MTH
2008
PREVOST / X3-45
2008
PREVOST / XLII-45 MTH
2008
PREVOST / XLII-45E MTH
2008
Manufacturer: PREVOST CARS, INC. Mfr's Report Date: FEB 16, 2009
NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID Number: 09V061000 NHTSA Action Number: N/A
Component: SUSPENSION:FRONT:CONTROL ARM:LOWER ARM
Potential Number of Units Affected: 23
Summary:
 PREVOST IS RECALLING 23 MY 2008 VIP-45 MTH, XLII-45 MTH, XLII-45E MTH AND X3-45 COACHES AND SHELLS. THE BOLTS ATTACHING THE INDEPENDENT FRONT SUSPENSION LOWER A-ARM MIGHT BE DEFECTIVE. THE DEFECT HAS BEEN CAUSED BY MATERIAL NOT UP-TO-THE SPECIFICATIONS.
Consequence:
 THIS COULD CAUSE POTENTIAL LOSS OF CONTROL OF THE VEHICLE AND A CRASH COULD OCCUR WITHOUT WARNING.
Remedy:
 DEALERS WILL REPLACE THE BOLTS WITH CERTIFIED ONES FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING FEBRUARY 2009. OWNERS MAY CONTACT PREVOST AT 418-831-5432.
Notes:
 PREVOST RECALL NO. SR09-04. CUSTOMERS MAY ALSO CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV .
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

An interesting observation...about simplyfying life.

Ramblin' Man: Full-time RV Life

Very recently I posted three successive blog entries regarding my really simple lifestyle.

Last night I said something to Mary that caused her to burst out laughing. Immediately I said..."Isn't it interesting that we do not laugh near as much now as compared to when we are on the road in the motorhome?" and she replied..."That's true!"

I got to thinking about that and found the answer to that conversation very easy to find.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Renovated DeSoto SP campground set to open

The Huntsville Times - al.com - Huntsville,AL,USA
FORT PAYNE - "Bigger and better" is how Ken Thomas describes DeSoto State Park's campground after the completion of $3 million in improvements over the last year.

And DeSoto provides families with an inexpensive way to relax and enjoy the outdoors without having to leave the state, said Thomas, the park superintendent.

"We're offering the best economical deal we can."

Located on 3,000 acres of woodlands atop Lookout Mountain near Fort Payne, the park will open 34 of its 94 campsites on March 13 and the rest in early April. The first group of sites available will include 23 pull-through types for recreational vehicles. A total of 13 pull-through sites have been added since the campground was closed.
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Taking your job... and life... on the road via 'workamping'

If someone asks Mike Gelinas where he lives, he’ll answer, but it’ll take a while.

You see, for Gelinas, 57, that’s an essay question.

He and his wife are practitioners of a lifestyle devotees call workamping.

Two years ago, they sold their house and everything in it to buy a 35-foot recreational vehicle. The Canadian couple has driven all over North America ever since, working temporary jobs at stops along the way.

Today they work at a campground in Clewiston, Fla. Before that, they worked at the Lake Isabella KOA in Weldon.

“The nice thing about this lifestyle is you can come and go as you wish,” he said. “When I was in the shirt and tie, four walls world, if I had a boss I didn’t like I just dealt with it, ’cause that’s the boss.

“Now, if things aren’t going as I’d like, I just put the RV in drive and go.”
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Friday, February 20, 2009

New York State to Close Six Campgrounds for 2009

ALBANY, NY (02/20/2009; 1525)(readMedia)-- New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Pete Grannis today announced that in response to the continuing fiscal crisis, six campgrounds with very low occupancy rates in the Adirondack Park and Catskill Park will not open in 2009.

"As Governor Paterson has made clear, New York is facing a large budget deficit and must make many hard choices," Commissioner Grannis said. "Closing these facilities for the 2009 season is one such hard choice, but is one that is necessary in these tough economic times."

The six facilities slated for closure are:

-- Poke-O-Moonshine, Essex County, Town of Keesville (Adirondacks).

-- Sharp Bridge, Essex County, Town of North Hudson (Adirondacks).

-- Point Comfort, Hamilton County, Town of Piseco (Adirondacks).

-- Tioga Point, Hamilton County, Town of Raquette Lake (Adirondacks).

-- Beaverkill, Sullivan County, Town of Roscoe (Catskills).

-- Bear Spring Mountain, Delaware County, Town of Walton (Catskills).

These facilities were selected based upon sparse use over the previous years - often the camps had an occupancy rate 20 percent or less. Poke-O-Moonshine had an occupancy rate of 8 percent or less the last two years.

Individuals who have already made camping reservations for the 2009 season will be contacted by ReserveAmerica, who manages the campground reservation system. They will be provided assistance with making alternative camping reservations. All of the targeted campgrounds have other DEC campgrounds nearby. Alternate campgrounds include: Ausable Point, Lincoln Pond, Little Sand Point, Poplar Point, Golden Beach, Brown Tract Pond and Little Pond. Because of the usual turnover of campground staff there will be no layoffs. Staff who worked at these campgrounds last year will be re-assigned to other campgrounds in the area.

DEC is responsible for managing 52 campgrounds and 7 day-use areas in New York's Adirondack and Catskill Forest Preserves.
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RV sales having strong season despite economy

FLINT, Michigan -- Attendance at a recent camper and RV show in Flint was up by nearly 25 percent over last year, giving local dealers hope for a strong sales season despite the tough economy.

About 5,000 people attended the 33rd annual Flint Camper & RV Show at Perani Arena and Event Center earlier this month.

Flint Journal extras RV and Camper show

• What: 2009 Mid-Michigan Spring RV and Camper Show.

• Where: Expo Center, 11600 Beyer Road, Birch Run.

• When: 2 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

• Admission: $6 for adults; free for children.

• Details: (800) 316-9928.

A lot of folks were just looking, but some were buying, too.

"We were absolutely jammed -- it reminded me of the shows we had years ago," said Tim O'Brien, owner with wife DeeDee of RV dealer Circle K in Lapeer.

Who is buying RVs these days? Mostly those with stable jobs, but also retirees and even some former General Motors employees spending their buyout dollars, the dealers said.
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RV Dealers Happy with Stimulus

Ballantyne RV and Marine has been in business in Victor since 1964. Last fall was a bit slow for them with the uncertainty surrounding the election, but despite the country's recession, January was good for business. Now the new economic stimulus package could boost sales even more. Mark McMann of Ballantyne says, "We expect a very, very, very good 4, 5, 6 months especially in the motorhome market."

The stimulus bill allows consumers to deduct the sales tax they pay on RVs, up to $49,500. That translates to about $1,400 - $3,000 in savings depending on the consumer.
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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fewer RV Snowbirds flock to Mesa AZ Area

East Valley Tribune - Mesa,AZ,USA
There is little set up in the state to track the current comings and goings of snowbirds, or winter visitors. By all available accounts, their numbers so far in east Mesa have dipped, but not as much as expected given a national economy in turmoil and once-soaring fuel prices, according to numerous operators of winter visitor destinations.

At Towerpoint RV Resort in Mesa, general manager Dan Martin said the drop in attendance, while marginal, has been noticeable. He oversees two sites with a combined 2,400 park model homes and RV units, including the Goodlife RV Resort.

"I think things are slower than the last couple years," he said. "I'd say we're typically full or close to full, which is 10 open sites, but now we're sitting at around 75 or 80 open sites."
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RV dealer determined to ride out economy

Kansas City Star - MO,USA

Steve Francis is trying his best to remain optimistic.

That isn’t easy, being the owner of an RV dealership.

Every day, Francis is surrounded by gloomy reminders of how badly the RV industry has been hit by the slumping economy: The lack of available credit, the effects of once-potential customers being out of work, the cuts in RV production.

Even President Barack Obama highlighted the woes of the RV industry when he visited Elkhart, Ind., the “RV Capital of the World” that suddenly is earning fame for another reason: having the nation’s highest unemployment rate, 15 percent.

Yet Francis, owner of the Trailside RV Center in Grain Valley, is trying to look past all of that. Yes, times are bad, he said. But he’s been through bad times before, and the industry has always rebounded.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

RV Industry Optimistic About Stimulus Plan

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association expressed optimism today that the federal economic credit and stimulus packages, which include provisions to stimulate lending, and friendly tax treatment for new motorhome purchases, will help promote sales and aid in the industry's economic recovery.

Like many of the nation's manufacturing sectors, the RV industry has experienced a sharp decline in sales. As a result, plants have closed and workers have been laid off. The industry anticipates that the stimulus package may help to restore consumer confidence by staunching job losses.

"We're hopeful that the stimulus will work as planned," says RVIA President Richard Coon. "It contains favorable elements that we hope will help improve the economic environment for our industry and stimulate RV sales."

One provision in the stimulus bill provides a deduction for sales or excise taxes on the first $49,500 of new motorhome purchases.
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Equity Lifestyle Properties Doing Fine

Medill Reports - Chicago,IL,USA
Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. is parked between two troubled industries—struggling manufactured-home makers and the slowest real estate market in decades.

And yet, the Chicago real estate investment trust, the biggest operator of manufactured home communities and RV resorts in North America, is keeping its units filled, residents happy and analysts optimistic.

Last year, the economic crisis led to rising operating costs and falling values for Equity Lifestyle’s 25,000 acres of property. The company—a spinoff of real estate magnate Sam Zell’s Equity Group Investments LLC (Zell still serves as board chairman)—adapted quickly.
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Damon Motor Coach Brands Gain Market Share

ELKHART, IN – Damon Motor Coach, a Thor Industries subsidiary, has gained market share even during tough economic times. Damon’s Class A motorhomes made up 7% of the marketing December 2008. “Each one of our innovative brands, from gas to diesel, ended the year up,” said Bill Fenech, president. “This is proof that Damon offers a lot of quality and value for the price-products that are more popular with dealers and the customer,” he added. This trend could make Damon Motor Coach one of the top Class A manufacturers in the industry in 2009.

For December 2008, Damon’s gas models included the Daybreak brand, up 7.7% and the Challenger brand, up 15.4%. Diesel models including the Astoria brand was up 8.4% while its Tuscany brand ended the year up 13.6%. All other Damon brands were up as well.

“Our goal with each product is to make sure we offer the right floorplan, the right eye-appeal, and the best fit at each price point,” said Dave Miller, vice president of sales. Damon introduced many industry firsts over the last few years including a Bunkhouse Class A, front kitchen diesel, 6-slide diesel, Outlaw rear-loading Class A Toyhauler, and the all-new Avanti Class A diesel. The Avanti is up to 70% more fuel efficientthan otherClass A diesels thanks to a new WorkhorseTM chassis and european-inspired aerodynamic design.

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City considers emergency exception to RV parking code

Federal Way Mirror Reporter
Federal Way, Washington, will re-evaluate a code that makes it illegal to use a recreational vehicle as a temporary dwelling on residential property.

A suggested amendment would make it possible for residents to reside in their RVs on a temporary basis during times of emergency. As it currently stands, city code 22-1177 prohibits the parking or storage of recreational vehicles measuring more than 9 feet in height and 22 feet in length on residential lots. There are no exceptions for emergency situations.

This past October, a Federal Way couple addressed the code at a city council meeting. The woman and her husband were living in an RV on their property while their home was repaired of damages caused by a substantial fire. The couple received a ticket for their "junk vehicle" and were upset with the city's inability to recognize that exceptions should be made for those facing unusual circumstances.
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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Winnebago Top Motor Home Manufacturer for Eighth Year

FOREST CITY, IA--(Marketwire - February 16, 2009) - Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO) has been recognized for the eighth consecutive year as the nation's top-selling motor home manufacturer according to Statistical Surveys, Inc., a retail reporting service in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Winnebago Industries' dealers retailed more Class A and Class C motor homes combined than any other manufacturer's dealer group in calendar 2008, achieving 18.5 percent market share.

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Full Time RVer Honored for Her Career

Appeal-Democrat - Marysville,CA,USA

Shirley Ramsay glides back through her 19 years with the Yuba College Athletic Department on an emotional roller coaster — beaming in the highs, tearing up with the lows.

The mere thought of giving her speech when she is inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday, however, spins that ride out of control.

It seems as if it has been one anxiety attack after another ever since, and particularly since the couple cut their recent trip to Yuma, Ariz., short to head back here.

"When I retired, I had been at Yuba College for more than half my life," Ramsay said.

Today, Ramsay, 69, delights in her life as a full-time RVer.

She and her husband, who first met 50 years ago in Bangor, Maine, only to reconnect decades later, will celebrate their sixth anniversary next month. They travel across the United States with an agenda of warm weather and a carefree lifestyle.

"We're homeless people. We live on the road," she said.
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Indian Springs Resort & RV Park to Open

AMERICAN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — The Indian Springs Resort and RV Park in southeastern Idaho will open May 15, the new owner says.

Tom Henesh said he's completing a list of repairs on the property that has been vacant for more than three years but once drew visitors with its thermal water that stays at a constant 92 degrees.

In the 1970s, Henesh worked at the hot springs as a lifeguard and aims to restore it "like it was when I left in 1979."

County Commissioner Vicki Meadows remembered the facility's glory days.

"This is the best draw Power County has," she told the Idaho State Journal. "We've got the lake and the marina, and this just fits right in. I also grew up here and learned to swim in this pool."
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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Marriage Meter Tests Couple's RV life

By Kay McAlpinLake Conroe columnist
The reason I am writing about Jim and Brenda again is that they will actually be here by the end of the month and you need to be forewarned. They are heading east to Arizona now and were told that Quartzsite, Ariz. was a neat place to see.

Got there and found the wind blowing about 73 miles an hour so figured they would find an RV park to wait it out. The only place they found was a “dump” but it was getting late so decided to stay anyway. They found a campsite and Jim ran over two bent over steel rods, got the trailer leveled, water spraying all over from the faucet connection and Brenda had the slide out and everything all set up inside. Jim couldn’t find the cab le TV wire to hook to and the internet didn’t work!

That’s when he announced to Brenda that they were pulling out.
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Sedona Arizona, a RV-friendly destination

by Larry Clifton, R.V. Travel Examiner
After breakfast, Leigh and I unhooked the Bus and cleared the deck for travel. The Flagstaff KOA Campground was great and the Grand Canyon was truly awesome, but we were tiring of the snow, ice and sludge in Flagstaff and longed for a warmer climate.

The dogs still get upset when they sense we are about to hit the road. Buster the Boston terrier snapped first, and Bitsey joined in. They whined and yapped until the Navigator had to leave the cockpit to console them.

Sedona’s mesmerizing red-rock country is unique to the world. The Sedona community offers so much to so many that it is difficult to imagine anyone unhappy with their journey there. History; archeology; arts; culture; outdoor sports; spiritual and metaphysical meditations - Sedona offers it all in a picturesque backdrop of serenity contrasted by some of the most rugged terrain to be found in this grand land or abroad.
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Bill would end bans on living in motor homes

TheNewsTribune.com - Tacoma,WA,USA

With foreclosures soaring, however, some state lawmakers fear more plain folks forced from their homes will have no choice but set up house in their motor homes.

Problem: Many cities and counties, including Pierce County, prohibit us from living permanently in RVs even in mobile home parks.

Enter House Bill 1227.

“In this current housing environment and the economic reality we are in, there will be an increased incidence of people living in their recreational vehicles,” said bill sponsor Rep. Larry Springer, D-Kirkland, “and I don’t want cities or counties to preclude mobile home parks from allowing (RV dwellers) to situate on a quasi-permanent basis in a mobile home park.”

The bill, if passed, also would prohibit municipalities from banning permanent living in fifth-wheel trailers in mobile home parks.

“If someone’s living in an RV in a dead end cul-de-sac or in a park, that’s a different story,” Springer said. “We’re only talking here about legally constituted mobile home parks.”

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Fleetwood to Celebrate 60th Anniversary at National Rally

Feb. 13/ -- Fleetwood Enterprises' RV Group, a producer of recreational vehicles, today announced that it will commemorate its 60th anniversary during the Fleetwood MotorHome Association's (FMA) "Wind Your Way to Wyoming" first national rally in Gillette, Wyo. June 27-30, 2009.

The exclusive motor home event will be held at the CAM-PLEX in Gillette, Wyoming. Featuring over 1,700 campsites with full RV hook ups and a 177,000-sq.-ft. convention center, CAMP-LEX is located near several U.S. tourist attractions such as Mt. Rushmore, Devils Tower and a variety of state parks.

Recently added to the event agenda are a motor home driving seminar and behind-the-wheel training sessions taught by Gary Lewis, owner of RV Basic Training, LLC. The seminar "10 Things You Need to Know to Drive Like a Pro" will be offered to all rally attendees at no charge. The "Behind the Wheel" driving school, which teaches motor home owners how to safely drive their coaches, is available to all rally attendees for $65. Special "ladies only" classes are also available.

Other event highlights include:
In addition, on Monday, June 29, 2009, the rally will feature a musical variety show from popular country music group Jensen and Jordan. For more information about the "Wind Your Way to Wyoming," national rally, including pricing and how to register, please visit www.fleetwoodrv.com/mhevent.

FMA is a member-operated organization run by some of the industry's most loyal RV owners. Founding members include Ron and Carolyn Haworth, Bob and Margaret Harker, Sam and Ginny Whitaker and Ray and Phyllis Easter. For information about FMA membership, please contact Ron Haworth via phone at (425) 922-5249.

For more information about all of Fleetwood's motor homes, travel trailers and fifth wheels, call 1-800-444-4905 or visit www.fleetwoodrv.com.
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Recreational vehicles part of stimulus package

Motor homes were added to the list of things buyers can get federal tax breaks for, courtesy of lawmakers and lobbyists who won eleventh-hour additions to the stimulus bill to help home-state industries.

Tax deductions for recreational vehicles were added to the compromise $787 billion stimulus package that lawmakers were hoping to complete as early as Friday. An earlier version of the language, included in the Senate-passed stimulus, only applied to passenger automobiles and light trucks.

Two Indiana Democrats - Sen. Evan Bayh and Rep. Joe Donnelly - won the same benefits for recreational vehicles, many of which are made in Indiana. Top manufacturers in Indiana include Coachmen Industries Inc., Damon Corp., Gulf Stream Coach and Dynamax Corp., and the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association lobbied for the provision.

Much of the state's motor home industry is focused around Elkhart, Ind., which calls itself the "RV Capital of the World." President Barack Obama visited Elkhart Monday as he pressured Congress to quickly approve the stimulus legislation. Unemployment in that part of the state exceeds 15 percent, according to state officials.
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RVers are Happy Campers in Florida

Retail sales are weak, jobs are scarce and the economy is retreating, but RV parks in South Florida are bustling this winter — as usual.

It's not just that snowbirds and vacationers are loath to give up warm weather and their RV lifestyle.

South Florida also has relatively few sites to park recreational vehicles, so demand for space is strong, even in recession.

Plus, RV trips remain relatively affordable for owners, especially with gas prices down to about $2 a gallon, enthusiasts say.

"It's still one of the least expensive forms of travel," said Bob Cornwell, executive director of the Florida Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which estimates RVers spend $5 billion in Florida a year.

At the Paradise Island RV Resort in Oakland Park, winter business is so strong that there's often a wait for its 233 parking sites. Guests say they like the moderate rates; a location near beaches, shopping and city activities; plus amenities including a heated swimming pool.
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Canadians Celebrate Family Day with Family RV trip

Go RVing Canada is celebrating Family Day weekend.
There is nothing more valuable to families than spending time together, and an RV holiday provides the ideal setting. Studies have shown that families who RV together spend more time together.
"Family Day is a great time to sit down together and plan upcoming family holidays," said Go RVing spokesperson Alana Fontaine. "An RV holiday is the perfect way to reconnect with each other without breaking the bank."
There is an RV to fit every lifestyle and budget, and historically low prices further add to the affordability of the RV lifestyle, making an RV purchase a realistic opportunity for even more Canadian families.
Even in times of economic uncertainty, RVs offer economy not found in any other vacation options. Depending on the RV model, an RV holiday can save a family of four anywhere between 50% and 70% over the cost of other forms of vacation travel. Including all RV ownership costs such as leasing payments, insurance, maintenance, tires and registration, an RV trip still works out to be more economical when compared to a traditional week's vacation for a family of four, when you consider the costs of flights, car rental, hotels and eating out at restaurants.
"Families want to stretch their dollars in tough times, and RV vacations are a great way to do that," said Fontaine. "The fact that prices are lower than they have been in eight years means that RVing will appeal to an even broader cross section of Canadians, regardless of their age or income."
RV season is in full swing with local RV shows and exhibitions taking place across the country. For a full listing on RV Shows and RVing across
Canada, please visit www.GoRVing.ca.
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Friday, February 13, 2009

Country Coach to survive a while longer

A U.S. bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied Wells Fargo’s request to be allowed to immediately seize assets of Country Coach, saying it is too early in the bankruptcy process to allow the financially troubled recreational vehicle maker to be liquidated.

The ruling allows Country Coach to survive at least for a while longer and to try to consummate a deal with a Los Angeles private equity firm that says it has serious interest in buying the privately held Junction City company.

Wells Fargo sued Country Coach last month in U.S. District Court in an effort to recover about $8.5 million the RV maker owed it. But before that case could be resolved, Country Coach’s majority owner — acting as a creditor to the company — filed to put the company into involuntary bankruptcy.

That action automatically put Wells Fargo’s suit on hold. So the bank’s lawyers went to bankruptcy court to argue that Wells Fargo was entitled to seize all of the personal property assets of Country Coach — effectively everything that isn’t real estate — because the company had granted the bank first-priority status when it pledged the collateral.

The Country Coach plant and its 500 employees have been idle since early December, and company officials have said the company will close for good by the end of this month unless it finds outside investment.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hitting the open road after retiring

Miami County Republic - Paola,KS,USA

Tony Ryszewski can be found most afternoons relaxing at the Paola Senior Center.

With a cup of coffee in hand, the quiet senior typically sits at one of the back tables, enjoying some quiet time or playing a game of pinochle. But anyone willing to strike up a conversation with the East Coast native soon will discover that quiet relaxation hasn’t been the norm throughout his life’s adventures.

Ryszewski was born in Brooklyn, and he still speaks with a thick New York accent. As a young man, he took a job doing assembly work for General Motors in New Jersey.

“I was hired in 1937 for 65 cents an hour,” Ryszewski said.

The job lasted more than 30 years before Ryszewski retired in the early 1970s at age 55. His life’s adventures, though, were just beginning.

Ryszewski and his wife, Netti, decided they wanted to travel throughout North America, and they didn’t waste any time.

“We sold our house, summer home, boats, everything, and got a motor home,” Ryszewski said. “The only thing I said is I didn’t want to go to Europe. My mother and father were from Poland, and I had no desire to go to Europe.”

Over the next several years, the couple traveled all across the country.
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Detroit Camper & RV Show Opens Today

February 11, 2009) - RV vacations remain the most economical way to vacation, costing 26 to 74 percent less than travel by personal car, airline or cruise ship. Today's manufacturers are making great strides in providing additional economical and efficient features for an even more affordable vacation.

The teardrop-shaped Mojo from Hi-Lo Trailer Co. is a 1,400 lb. travel trailer that 56 different kinds of cars can tow, so you don't need to upgrade your modest-sized car to haul an RV. The Mojo is 84 inches tall and 16 feet long, so it should fit into nearly any garage, saving consumers the cost of storing their RV and preventing any potential damage from the outside elements. Despite its compact size, the Mojo still contains a kitchen and bed area.

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Consumers can expect to find these efficient RV models and much more at the 43rd Annual Detroit & RV Show. This year's show features special discounts including 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.

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Beaudry RV battles banks over real estate

Arizona Daily Star - Tucson,AZ,USA
In a bid to stay intact, Beaudry RV has filed a suit in bankruptcy court to stop Bank of America, Comerica Bank and Wells Fargo Bank from seizing real estate used to secure a $42 million loan.

Saddled with about $14 million in debt from that loan, Beaudry RV and its related corporations filed for Chapter 11 in November. Despite the action, the three banks filed suit in Pima County Superior Court in December seeking full payment of the loan's balance.

Beaudry RV can't pay the balance and is unable to refinance its debt in tight credit markets, said attorney Michael McGrath, who is representing the longtime Southern Arizona RV dealer. The four properties tied to the loan, which owner Bob Beaudry guaranteed, are also crucial to Beaudry RV's ability to reorganize because of significant equity, McGrath said. Court documents show the properties are worth between $27 million and $32 million.
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Springfield MA RV Camping Show

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There may be snow on the ground, but that isn't expected to deter thousands of campers and outdoor enthusiasts who will make their way to the Springfield RV Camping and Outdoor Show.

The 47th annual show will be held on Presidents Day weekend on the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds in West Springfield.

"Spring fever is in the air and we are looking forward to this weekend's show," said Marc LaBrecque, president, Diamond RV Centre of Hatfield. "There's no doubt about it, people are scaling back and staying closer to home, but they're always going to go camping," he added.

This year's show opens on Friday and features more than 220 exhibitors with more than 30 RV dealers, including Diamond RV Centre, who will offer a wide range of equipment from basic pop-up tent trailers to top-of-the-line motor homes, as well as more than 100 campgrounds and dozens of outdoor equipment and camping specialty suppliers.
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

West Vergina expects high demand for campgrounds

Daily Mail - Charleston - Charleston,WV,USA
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Division of Natural Resources is gearing up for a busy campground season this summer.

Parks chief Ken Caplinger says reservations for campgrounds won't start until Sunday, but the agency is already hearing that people are planning to go camping for their vacation.

West Virginia has 20 areas that offer campsites that can be reserved between the Thursday prior to Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Caplinger says the DNR's reservation system tries to accommodate people on a first-come, first-served basis.

He says reservations are not needed prior to the Memorial Day holiday nor after Labor Day.
Caplinger says information about camping is available on the state parks' Web site, www.wvstateparks.com.
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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Snowbirds Get Snow in New Mexico

Flurries seen Tuesday morning were long gone by noon, but the winds had created quite a challenge for those working outside.

Up in the Organ Mountains the cold weather seemed to get even colder, but the Aguirre springs campground host said it was just another day on the job.

“I think I’d rather be inside,” said host Richard Anderson.

Flurries and snow didn't keep Anderson from getting out of his truck and checking the campground.

“We had one camper that stayed overnight but he's gone,” Anderson said.
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RVers Enjoy Honey Creek State Park & Resort

Guests from Iowa and the Midwest are discovering the fun and entertainment at Honey Creek Resort State Park this winter.

According to Jeremie Slagle, general manager of the resort, Honey Creek is hosting several special events and overnight packages. Two events in March include a Jazz, Wine and Brew Fest on Saturday, March 14, and a "Spring Break at the Lake" special package from now through the end of March.

The jazz festival will feature wine and beer tasting from 13 Iowa wineries, four brewers, Templeton Rye Distillery and music from the jazz group Ashanti. Chef Patrick Koffman will prepare special food and cheese parings. Cost to attend the festival is $25 per person.

"We are so excited to feature Iowa wineries and entertainment," said Slagle. "We think people will really appreciate a chance to escape the winter blues, enjoy themselves at the fest, and experience the beautiful setting of our lakeshore resort."
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Larrabee State Park CG closed until April

Bellingham Herald - Bellingham,WA,USA
The 85-site campground at Larrabee State Park is closed through April for a project to renovate the wastewater treatment system.

"It's a safety issue. They'll be in there with huge equipment," said ranger Scott W. Chalfant, who manages Larrabee.

The rest of the park remains open.
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The $1.3-million project will be done by Boss Construction of Bellingham as part of Gov. Chris Gregoire's initiative to clean up Puget Sound and the Hood Canal.

The campground at Larrabee isn't in high use during February, but the demand will pick up in March and April, depending on the weather, Chalfant said.

"We're hoping it doesn't go until the end of April," he said of the closure, which began Monday, Feb. 9.

Until the Larrabee campground re-opens, campers are being encouraged to go to Birch Bay State Park or Bay View State Park down in Skagit County.

For more information, call Chalfant at 676-2093. Or go online to www.parks.wa.gov.
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Florida RV Park & Campground Owners Are Happy

The phone rings. Donna Campion answers, “It’s a great day at Holiday Cove RV Resort.”

And, at another local resort, Manatee Winter Quarters Encore, a similar greeting is used, “We’re having a great day at Encore Manatee.”

Personnel at recreational vehicle resorts and campgrounds have reason to be upbeat these days.

While the recession has sunk real estate, it turns out recreational vehicles and RV resorts are a lifestyle many are not willing to give up.

“We’re full and the phone keeps ringing,” said David Gorin, owner of Holiday Cove RV Resort. “I asked my resort manager, Donna, ‘could we use 20 more sites?’ And she said, ‘We could use 40.’”
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Monday, February 09, 2009

Haulin' Home: This isn't your average Motorhome

TABER, Alta. -- Marv Mountstephen has quite the imagination. He also has quite a bit of experience building trailers and when he had a chance to combine the two, one customer drove away with a trucker's dream motorhome.

Mountstephen operates Outlaw Welding and Mechanical in the rural town of Taber, Alta. The shop's typical work is on truck bodies and trailers working in the oilpatch, although Mountstephen also has experience building horse and racecar trailers.

He always dreamed however, of building a motorhome on the back of a Class 8 truck.

"I've had something like this drawn up on the computer for about 10 years and even laid in bed at night thinking about it," says Mountstephen. His idea spread by word of mouth and eventually found a guy in Regina who was eager to participate.
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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Economy leads some to camping for summer getaways

mankatofreepress.com
Rhonda and Steve Lensing came to Mankato Saturday to window-shop new campers.

Not that they’re in a buying mode — yet.

The Bird Island couple bought their first camper in 2000 — a 24-foot used trailer — and were smitten.

They’re on their fourth one now — a 34-footer bought new.

The type of camper the Lensings own is in the taller-cotton class of RVs, but at Saturday’s show it was the new kid on the entry-level block that caught the eye.

The R-Pod is a retro-look trailer in which form follows function and can be had for $11,500 to $14,000, depending on desired bells and whistles.
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Full time RVers to be on PBS TV

Many of us feel our pets are members of the family. We refer to them as our fur-bearing children and would do almost anything for them. But would you sell your house, business and most of your possessions, buy an RV and hit the road because your dog had cancer and you wanted to give him the adventure of a lifetime?

That's what Rene Agredano and Jim Nelson did in 2007, after their beloved dog, Jerry, lost a front leg to bone cancer. The threesome, or Jerry's “pack” as the couple calls it, were longtime residents of Humboldt County before they adopted their mobile lifestyle.

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RV Park Workamper Wins Mexican Cruise

Houston, TX, February 08, 2009 -- Legacy RV Resorts wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the outstanding staff that commits to a set period of time working for the Legacy Rv park of their choice. These workers, who are known as Workampers, provide the Rv park with maintenance, landscaping, housekeeping and reservation desk help along with numerous other functions.

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FMCA RV Rally Attendance Lowest Ever

BROOKSVILLE - The aerial photo of this week's motor coach rally showed it all.

There were more empty spaces than ever before.

Attendance is down. In fact, it's down by more than 50 percent compared to the first few years it was held in Brooksville more than a decade ago.

"There's definitely a drop off," said Marie Gelfand, one of the many vendors at the Southeast area Family Motor Coach Association rally. "I think it's the economy. The people who do it full-time don't have the investment money to do this as much. They're much more selective about where they go."

"There's a drop off in attendance this year, but I'm not sure if it's the economy or the Florida weather," said Dave Higman, who runs the Little Richard food vendor. "I just don't see as many motor homes."
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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Winter Texans – and the folks who care for them!

“Vern, the Wonder Dog,” is the charming official greeter at Del Tex RV & Auto Repair Center, 4220 Veterans Blvd. The 10-year old basset hound is far more than a mascot of Jack and Barbara Plyler’s business. “Vern” offers tactile comfort and spiritual uplift to all who enter the shop that caters to Winter Texans and other travelers.

The Plylers’ business has evolved into a Del Rio landmark where strangers can get their crippled homes-on-wheels fixed and flagging spirits rejuvenated. With the latter in mind, Barbara Plyler maintains the store as a business that sells hardware, while embracing customers, visitors and old friends alike in an open house atmosphere centered around “The Wisdom Table,” named by Danny Maldonado, Del Tex customer service employee. A bemused and impressed Maldonado told Plyler, “You need to listen to what these people are talking about!”

Workers from the Texas Department of State Health Services periodically schedule the Wisdom Table to register folks for affordable flu shots. After registration, inoculations are administered in a modicum of privacy at the rear of the Del Tex showroom, occasionally to the piano accompaniment of New Yorker Erin Alderman.

She and her husband, Bruce, are annual winter visitors for 13 years from Avoca, N.Y., first getting acquainted with Del Rio, thanks to their son, Paul, assigned to Laughlin Air Force Base. He is now Lt. Col. Paul D. Alderman, T-1 Texan II instructor pilot at Randolph Air Force Base, San Antonio.
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Shuffleboard diehards enjoy sport at RV Resorts

For the last 15 years, Sternberg has migrated from mid-Wisconsin's cranberry country to the cactus environs of Lost Dutchman RV Resort in Apache Junction for a late Fall to early Spring respite.

Sternberg, a slender, retired bricklayer whose enduring energy belies his age of 78, has recruited dozens to the game, a mission he enjoys as president of the resort's shuffleboard club and member of the Arizona Shuffleboard Association's board of directors.

He also directs tournaments, and he just finished managing the statewide single playoffs.
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Thursday, February 05, 2009

Recession hasn't cooled fun for Winter Texans

At Victoria Palms, retirees can lounge by the pool and listen to a 77-year-old DJ's collection of Bobby Vinton and Fats Domino, cruise palm-lined streets on bicycles, take dance lessons or perfect crafts in one of the many workshops. And like many of the Valley's more than 500 “Winter Texan” parks, it's 100 percent full.

Personnel at the parks worried the summer's high gas prices and the fall's plunging economy would make for a bad year. Instead, they find themselves turning people away.

The “no vacancy” signs aren't just in the Rio Grande Valley, which gets 100,000 or more Winter Texans each year who pump more than $600 million into the local economy. The Concan-based Texas Association of Campground Owners said parks across the state are reporting a robust season despite fluctuating fuel prices, stark market dives and concerns about the economy.

Doug Shearer, association president, said his Parkview Riverside RV Park, along the Frio River in the Hill Country, is packed. So are the two parks in the Woodlands area north of Houston owned by Gwen Craig and Mac McLaughlin's Hatch RV Park in Corpus Christi.
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I love traveling for almost nothing.

There's something about knowing I'm getting 10 times the value it costs me... I truly love that feeling. It's like the first blindfolded wine tasting I conducted in 1978, when we all discovered a $15 wine can taste as good as the stuff French wine snobs were selling for $95. What a joy.

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Snowbirds give boost to Florida cape

The News-Press - Fort Myers,FL,USA

Despite a bear market and falling consumer confidence, the stream of cars heading south on Interstate 75 is enough to boost the pocketbooks of local business.

Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Missouri — the out-of-state license plates almost fill entire parking lots of local restaurants and retail stores. At Annie’s Restaurant, a typical winter mid-morning means pancakes, coffee and a staff that works fast to make sure the food gets out to the patrons who fill the building on 47th Street.

“We’ve seen an increase since last year,” owner Anne Herbert said.

“The recession has not affected the snowbirds,” Herbert said. “I’m happy to see them back.”

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RV parks an economic bright spot

SEBRING -- There may be a slender shaft of light emerging out of an otherwise very stormy economic sky.

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds issued a press release Monday that said after a slow start, RV parks were doing as well this season as they did last year, and that some are doing better. The report was careful to add that this strength was not across the board, that there were exceptions and variations within areas.
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Pinewood Reservoir camp host position open

ReporterHerald.com - Loveland,CO,USA
Larimer County Department of Natural Resources has a volunteer campground host position available at Pinewood Reservoir.

Campground hosts can enjoy living in a nature setting, with rainbows, elk viewing and starlit nights.

Their work includes selling park entrance permits, processing campground reservations and answering camper questions.

Hosts must have a recreational vehicle and must be able to donate their time from mid-May through mid-September.

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Sleepy Bear Campgrounds now part of Indigo Bluffs

Leelanau Enterprise - Leland,MI,USA

A longtime family business in southwest Leelanau County has been sold and will be expanding.

Sleepy Bear Campgrounds on M-72 in Empire Township has been sold and will be part of Indigo Bluffs recreational retreat. The property, previously owned by the Savage family, is undergoing renovations to include a two-story registration building, the addition of 40 lots for site ownership by Class A motorhome owners, and a new sanitary sewer system.

“Indigo Bluffs will truly be a unique experience for all travelers,” said proprietor Gary Becker, adding it will be one of only a few destinations in Michigan and across the country that blends upscale site ownership with traditional TV and trailer camping. “Being so close to (Lake Michigan) and (Sleeping Bear Dunes) appeals to those who are looking for a home away from home, a place they can retreat to life’s simple pleasures while also have the ability to explore.”

To help drive Phase I sales (of sites), Indigo Bluffs made its first public appearance at the largest RV show in the country, the Florida RV Trade Association’s Tampa Supershow, Jan. 13-18.
The property is scheduled to be open to the public in May.
Further information is available by calling 1-800-224-4488.
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Consider buying a used RV

Those in the market for an RV of their own can save thousands of dollars by purchasing a pre-owned model.

"The sky's the limit," says Kyle Redmond, general manager of Bucars RV.

"You can get them cheap as borscht, and then we've got some used ones that are close to half a million dollars - of course, those are more luxurious."

Indeed, there's something for everyone, whether it's a tent trailer, motorcoach or camper van.

But before comparing prices, Redmond says potential buyers should consider their lifestyle.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Bob and Sheila Everhart-Budget RV travel

Anita residents Bob, Sheila, and Bobbie Lhea Everhart, are on the road in California. They traveled to the far west in their RV, and are combining a vacation with some opportunities to perform old-time country music. Their travels have taken them to Silver Dollar City in Branson, New Orleans, San Antonio, Tombstone, Tucson, Yuma and all points in between, and finally to an RV park in Oceanside, Calif.
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Modern nomads

VANCOUVER — In the Robinson family bedroom, teddy bears dangle in nets above the bunks of four children, aged 21 months to six years, who sleep at arm's reach of their parents' king-sized loft bed. Space is tight and privacy is minimal. But the Robinsons say they're delighted with the setup.

At a time when many Canadians are struggling to pay their mortgages and keep their jobs, Kim and Curtis Robinson have found a way to work less, travel more and live debt-free.

Last August, they sold their 2,500-square-foot home on Vancouver Island and moved their family into a second-hand RV.

The Robinsons say they've cut their monthly budget by about two-thirds and put aside equity from the sale of their house. Mr. Robinson scaled back his work as a post-production technician in the Vancouver film business - a career that had kept him away from home five days a week.

Now en route to California, Arizona and New Mexico, the Robinsons say they'll keep on trucking for years to come.

"We were just kind of sick of the rat race," Ms. Robinson says, "and of Curtis having to work, work, work to make the mortgage payments and not even having time together as a family."
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Canadians Make Do at CA RV Resort

Press-Enterprise - Riverside,CA,USA
Canadians continue to migrate to Golden Village Palms RV Resort in Hemet, but tempered their spending in face of the economic slump and a weak Canadian dollar.

They shortened their winter stays a bit, according to Tracie Rodgers, the resort's activities director. "They're having potlucks and happy hours at their sites instead of groups going out to restaurants," she said.

Last year, before the economic collapse, Golden Village had one of its busiest winters ever and peaked with 90 percent of its 1,019 spaces occupied in mid-February.

This year, occupancy subsided a little, but 70 percent of the spaces still are filled.
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If you own or spend time in a recreational vehicle (RV) or boat, you know of the odor problems coming from the holding tanks used for sewage (grey and black water tanks) and chemical toilet waste. There are a number of products available to control these odors, but some of these products may contain chemicals that are banned and cannot be sold or used in RV chemical toilets in California.
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Sunday, February 01, 2009

RV Snowbirds Volunteer at Hunting Island State Park

Strolling along the white sandy beaches of Hunting Island State Park is a considerable contrast to shoveling thigh-high snow in 20-degree-below temperatures, but that's how Curt Parker likes it.

Each year for the last decade, Parker, a volunteer from Arbor Vitae, Wis., has been remodeling common areas at Hunting Island State Park in exchange for several months of free rent. The retired U.S. Navy chief has even offered a hand in rescuing swimmers who got out too far in the Atlantic Ocean, said Jeff Atkins, Hunting Island State Park manager.

Parker's work can be seen at all areas around the park. Last year, he remodeled the lighthouse gift shop; this year, he has been busy refinishing counters in the park's camp store and doing finish work around the buildings.

"Parker has great skills," said Atkins, referring to the carpentry, tile work and remodeling Parker has completed throughout the park.

"Volunteers are a huge part of Hunting Island. There is not a place at Hunting Island that you can't go and see something that volunteers were involved in."
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