Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Where Jobs Ride on a Luxury on Wheels

COBURG, Ore.
The winding steps of granite lead to a dark hardwood floor as polished as the mirrored ceiling above. Together they reflect only luxury, from the dining area’s subtle elegance to the bedroom’s costly coziness. Granite kitchen counter. Granite shower stall. Fine upholstery that isn’t granite, but goes with granite.

And everywhere you look, high-definition televisions: descending from the ceiling, sliding out from behind the cabinetry, appearing just outside the front door in case you want to take in a nature documentary amid nature. They all respond to a remote-control device so sophisticated that you may need security clearance just to watch that documentary.

For $2 million it’s yours, take it, drive it off the lot: a 45-foot-long recreational vehicle meant for those who can afford to sail along the roads of America in a yacht on wheels. The Marathon Coach company of Coburg, Ore., awaits your call.

The idea of paying $2 million for a rolling domicile with less than 500 square feet of living space — carpeted, say, in “Eureka,” with accents of “Madrid” — may seem excessive in this recession, even a bit oblivious. But here in Lane County, a good part of the economy depends on that strain of American wanderlust requiring a toilet, bed and kitchenette just a few rumbling feet behind the wheel.

And that is the problem. In these hard times, fewer household discussions are beginning with “Honey, let’s buy a motor home.”
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During nine years of shunpiking, (driving the back roads) Marianne Edwards and her husband have found hundreds of free campsites. In response to questions from friends and relatives, who wonder how they can afford to travel as often, as far, and for as long as they do, The Edwards' have written a series of RV travel guidebooks they call The Frugal Shunpiker's Guides
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Thinking of travel? It's spring in the Ozarks

It's spring in the Ozarks, wildflowers will be blooming on the hills and fish will be looking for baited hooks. And if that doesn't persuade you to plan a visit, follow a few Web links to learn about that tourist magnet called Branson, Mo.

Don't know a redbud from a dogwood? Look for "Spring Bloom Info " at Ozark Mountains — http://www.ozarkmtns.com/index.asp — and take a look at photos and facts about the two flowering trees that decorate the hills in spring, along with a link to 15 spring wildflowers. Look to the left of the photo of the fox pups for a link to their suggestions for driving tours. And just below that, click on "Spring Fishing" and follow the links to fishing reports, descriptions of the fish that swim in the area, and fishing license information.

Looking at wildflowers isn't the only thing to do for fun. Go back to the main page of Ozark Mountains and look for "Ozark Mountains Recreation" for suggestions on hiking, biking, fishing and driving tours. And while it's still a bit early in the season, consult their "RV Parks and Campgrounds" directory for warmer weather visits.

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Campsites open for season at California's Black Butte Lake

ORLAND CA— Campsites in the Buckhorn Recreation Area and the Orland Buttes Campground will re-open on Wednesday at Black Butte Lake, west of Orland.

The fee for a standard campsite at either campground is $15 per night.

There are two campgrounds at Black Butte Lake: Buckhorn and Orland Buttes. Both provide drinking water, picnic tables, fire pits, launch ramps, trailer dump stations, pay telephones, and restroom facilities with showers. Many campsites can easily accommodate recreational vehicles up to 35 feet in length. No electrical hookups are available. The Buckhorn Campground is open all year and contains 65 developed campsites. Orland Buttes Campground is open April through September and has 35 campsites.

Reservations for both campgrounds can be made by caling toll free 1-877-444-6777. Or visit Reserve USA for on-line reservations for Buckhorn Campground or Orland Buttes Campground. Individual campsites can be reserved up to 240 days in advance.

Group Camping
Group camping is available at both the Buckhorn and Orland Buttes areas. Advance reservations through ReserveUSA are required. Reservations for the group use areas may be made up to 360 days in advance.

For additional information, call 865-4781, stop by the Black Butte Lake office, or go to www.spk.usace.army.mil/blackbutte.html.

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California: Interstate 80 closures for construction begin

Westbound traffic over the Sierra Nevada on Interstate 80 will be diverted starting tonight for a construction project.

Beginning at 11:45 p.m., traffic will be diverted between Magra and Colfax to rehabilitate 11.5 miles of highway. The road will reopen at 7 a.m. Wednesday.

The same piece of road will be closed 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and reopen at 7 a.m. the following day. Friday the road closes 8 p.m. to 8 a.m., and Saturday closure is 9 p.m.-9 a.m. Sunday.

This is the first of eight Interstate 80 repair projects planned by Caltrans. Information is available at www.getacross80.com or by calling 1-877-362-8080.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

RVers Plan to Travel & Buy Despite Recession

Consumer confidence may be down, but RVer confidence remains high, according to the biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). Fifty-five percent of survey respondents intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year, and 45 percent are considering another purchase.

Only four percent say they'll use their RVs less this year. Three-fourths said they planned to take more mini-vacations so they could escape stress, spend more quality time with family, and enjoy nature and other outdoor activities.

A primary reason why so many RVers will be traveling -- and even buying in this economy -- this spring/summer is that they appreciate the value they get compared to flying, driving and staying in hotels. Eighty-six percent say RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three-fourths save at least 25 percent when they travel in an RV -- more than a quarter save 35-50 percent. These results echo the findings of a study by international travel and tourism experts PKF Consulting, which found family RV trips are 27-61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations.
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Iowa Campground Reservations Mixed

Journal Express - Knoxville,IA,USA
Knoxville — Reservations for camping this summer seem to be going well, but not everywhere.

As of last week, reservations for the county-operated Roberts Creek and Marion County Park campgrounds were a little below normal for this time of year. Reservations for the Knoxville Nationals at these sites are on keel compared to previous years. At each park, 30 percent of the sites cannot be reserved and campers are allowed to stay on a first come, first served basis.

“I can tell you, we’re really, really disappointed,” Rick VanDonsler said of the number of reservations he’s seen this year. He believes most of his customers are staying away due to the economy.

However, VanDonsler also said many of his customers have called and expressed interest in staying in a camper that is already set up. If a local person is willing to let one of VanDonsler’s tenants use his or her camper, there is a chance to make $100 a night.
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Navistar May Buy Monaco

Navistar International Corp. said Thursday it has signed a nonbinding letter of intent buy Monaco Coach Corp.'s recreational vehicle manufacturing business.

The announcements from the two companies did not mention a price for the deal. But they followed a filing in federal bankruptcy court by Monaco that said the company had a $50 million deal to sell its core business in the works.

Navistar, based in Warrenville, Ill., builds engines, school buses and trucks. Coburg Oregon-based Monaco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month amid a plunge in RV sales.

Monaco is one of two major RV makers to file for bankruptcy in recent weeks. RV and manufactured housing maker Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., based in Riverside, Calif., filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on March 10.

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

PA Judges rule DUI law applies in campgrounds

Sharon Herald - Sharon,PA,USA
Jeffrey A. Laskowitz, 43, was arrested May 27, 2007, by a Pymatuning Township policeman operating under a contract with the Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Shenango River Lake and the property around it.

Mercer County Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas R. Dobson found Laskowitz guilty of drunken driving and driving the wrong way, and sentenced Laskowitz to 48 hours to 6 months in Mercer County Jail, $525 fine and costs.

Laskowitz, represented by William G. McConnell Jr., argued that the campground road was not public, making it out of police jurisdiction for a drunken driving offense.

In a ruling filed March 6, a three-judge panel of Superior Court said Laskowitz was driving on a road that was open to the public, and could be accessed only from a public highway, West Lake Road.
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Nevada's Kershaw-Ryan Campground Opening

CALIENTE, Nev.- A new 15 unit campground at Kershaw-Ryan State Park will open Monday, March 30, 2009.

The opening of the new facilities adds to the park's many amenities, including potable water, shade armadas, tables and grills, flush toilets, coin operated showers and an RV dump station.

One of the new camp sites is designed to accommodate those with disabilities. The camping fee is $10 per night and camping is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
901 S. Stewart St., Ste. 5005
Carson City, NV 89701-5248
(775) 684-2770
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Ford Cruise Control Fire Problem Still an Issue

A vehicle recall you may not have heard about that could put you in danger.

It's a national safety recall announced by Ford a few years ago that has affected many drivers since then.

A Boise home caught on fire last month and fire investigators say the cause was undetermined, but they say it started in or near a Ford F-150 parked in the garage -- a truck that is included in the recall.

Ford initiated the recall of certain pickup trucks, vans and cars a few years ago and has added additional vehicles to its list since then.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the vehicles contain a defective cruise control switch that could lead to a fire at any time, even while the vehicle is turned-off, parked and unattended.

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Chaska, Minnesota Reginal Campground Opens

The campground at Baylor Regional Park opens Friday, May 8 for the 2009 camping season.

This year, the full campground will remain open through Oct. 11, and portions of the campground will be open through Oct. 18 (MEA weekend), according to a Carver County Parks press release.

The 6th annual chili cook-off will be on Saturday Oct. 17, keeping with the tradition of being on the last weekend of the camping season.

The campground at Baylor Park has many large shade trees that provide protection from sun and wind while creating a natural camping environment.

Located in the rural agricultural setting of western Carver County, 2-1/2 miles north of the intersection of Highway 5 and Highway 212 on County Road 33, Baylor Regional Park campgrounds are within a 40-minute drive from any place in the County. Fifty campsites, 35 of which have water and electrical hookups, have been developed. Shower and restroom facilities are conveniently located for visitor use.
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Shenandoah National Park Campgrounds Opening Soon

Shenandoah National Park officials have announced that several facilities closed during the winter will begin opening at the end of this week.

The Harry F. Byrd Visitor Center will open April 3 and Dickey Ridge Visitor Center will open April 9. The Loft Mountain Information Center will open May 23 and will only operate on weekends and holidays, according to the press release.

Big Meadows Campgrounds will open Friday, and Lewis Mountain Campground will open April 10, officials said. Loft Mountain and Matthews Arm Campgrounds will open May 15. Elkwallow, Pinnacles, South River and Dundo picnic grounds are currently open, while Big Meadows picnic grounds will open Friday. Dickey Ridge and Lewis Mountain picnic grounds, meanwhile, will open April 10.

For more information about planning a trip to Shenandoah National Park, visit www.nps.gov/shen or call the park at 999-3500.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Going-to-the-Sun Road Gets Yearly Makeover

Now that Spring is here, rehabilitation work on Going-to-the-Sun Road is moving forward.

Glacier National Park announced plans to begin construction on Avalanche Creek Section of the historical road. The work will involve repaving the entrance into Loop-A of Avalanche Campground and rehabilitating the entire picnic area.

The road will be opened at Lake McDonald Lodge for vehicle traffic as far as Avalanche Creek, but the gate at the Creek will remain closed until the entire Sun Road opens across Logan Pass.

Short closures will occur on occasion that will restrict all access through the Avalanche area for some portions of the road work.

The work is scheduled for completion by early June.

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10 Reasons to Love Spring Camping in Michigan

Although camping is a year-round activity in Michigan, spring signals the onset of the warm-weather season. By mid-April, a large number of the privately owned campgrounds in Michigan are welcoming guests looking to shake off the winter blues and enjoy the great outdoors.

Here are 10 great reasons to head out to your favorite Michigan campground this spring...
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Newport Dunes Resort to Host Easter Weekend Festivities

Newport Dunes Waterfront Resort will host its 17th annual Easter Egg-Stravaganza celebration Saturday, April 11 through Sunday, April 12. On Saturday, April 11, guests may start the day with a pancake breakfast complete all the trimmings before heading off to a massive Easter egg hunt at 9 a.m. Youngsters from the community are invited to search the resort’s beachfront and grassy knolls for more than 5,000 eggs. Scattered about will be several “hidden treasure” eggs containing cash as well as a special egg redeemable for a brand new bicycle.

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Monday, March 23, 2009

Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds will open April 3

Mark Twain Lake, MO —

The Mark Twain Lake Campgrounds will open Friday, April 3. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is announcing the opening of the Ray Behrens and Indian Creek Campgrounds along with the M.W. Boudreaux Visitor Center Picnic Area and Vietnam Memorial.
The Frank Russell Pond Area and Joanna Trail is already open. The Frank Russell Campground opens May 8.
For more information, please contact the project office at (573) 735-4097.

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Motorhome burns in Ohio

WOOD COUNTY, OH (WTOL) - A spring joy ride turned into disaster when a camper caught fire and exploded.

The Wood County sheriff says the owner had just taken the vehicle out of storage and was taking it for a spin. When he turned on the heater, smoke and flames started to fill the cabin.

The driver pulled over and ran into a nearby field, moments before the propane tanks exploded.

Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn says he did the right thing by running into the field.

No word on what sparked the fire.

No one was hurt.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

RV parks's business slows in downturn

Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Harold Polglaze says he has been pinching pennies since his wife died in 2005.

Now he lives in an RV at Cody's Catfish Pond RV Park in Weeki Wachee.

He's one of many who — even in a down economy — have kept business going in the area's campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks.

Others are snowbirds who, despite shrinking retirement accounts, are determined to spend the winter the way they always have — in the Florida sunshine.

"I've lost a lot of money," said Indiana native Chester Little.

Little and his wife have been spending winters in Brooksville's Clover Leaf Forest for the past 10 years.

"The only thing that might have prevented us from coming was $4-a-gallon gas," he said. "If it's going to cost more, we do less."
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Campground re-opening for Bluegrass Music

Playmore Beach Campground, located in Lenoir NC, is re-opening after 30 years. The campground was once a great place to camp and have a great time. In the Years of its "hey-day" Playmore Beach had a fish camp as well, and many of the great Bluegrass artists like Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe and many more played there.

Over the years it was left to get rundown and things really looked bad for the camp. Today things are looking great now that its under new management. The management is wanting to open its doors once again. The camping is going to be great and the Bluegrass Music will be running once again, but this time smaller bands will carry the load.
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Hartwell Lake COE campgrounds open April 1

Hartwell Lake campgrounds and day use areas open April 1.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will open the following campgrounds and day use areas on April 1:
In addition, all sties at Watsadlers Campground in Hart County, Ga., will open on April 1.

Hartwell Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers. The lake is created by Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. Extending 49 miles up the Tugaloo and 45 miles up the Seneca at normal pool elevation, Hartwell Lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles.

Reservations for campsites and picnic shelters located within day use areas can be made by calling the National Recreation Reservation Service toll free at 877-444-6777 or online at www.Recreation.gov . For more information regarding camping or day use areas at Hartwell Lake, contact the Hartwell Lake Operations Manager’s Office at 888-893-0678 or go to www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/hartwell
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During nine years of shunpiking, (driving the back roads) Marianne Edwards and her husband have found hundreds of free campsites. In response to questions from friends and relatives, who wonder how they can afford to travel as often, as far, and for as long as they do, The Edwards' have written a series of RV travel guidebooks they call The Frugal Shunpiker's Guides
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Alcohol ban dampens camping fun

Delmarva Now - Salisbury,MD,USA
For some people, a camping trip just isn't the same without a cold beer around the campfire or with dinner. Maryland, however, has put a damper on that pleasure. As of March 31, drinking without a group permit ($35) in day use areas or after Nov. 1 in campgrounds and shelters will be punishable by a $55 fine. After those dates, consuming alcohol anywhere in the state's 65 parks -- except in full-service cabins, recreational vehicles or at Rocky Gap Lodge --will be banned.

It's not an unprecedented move; several nearby states already have similar bans in place, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and to a lesser extent, Delaware and West Virginia. In all, at least 12 states prohibit consumption of alcohol on park property.

The ban is, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a response to complaints by campers about disturbances during sleeping hours because of fellow campground inhabitants' late-night partying.
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Winnebago Reports Loss in Q2

Motor homes maker Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO: News ) reported a slip to loss in the second quarter, hurt by significantly lower sales of recreational vehicles and increased incentives, amid persisting declines in the global credit market. The company also participated in a "no net cost" loan program, in an effort to help it out of the crisis. However, extreme volatility in the market caused its revenues to drop more than 80% from the prior year.

Second quarter net loss was $10.38 million $0.36 per share, compared to a profit of $2.52 million or $0.09 per share in the year-earlier quarter.
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Proposed RV park upsets neighbors

Spartanburg Herald Journal - Spartanburg,SC,USA
LANDRUM - Nearly 50 angry residents took a handful of developers and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control to task Thursday night over a proposed RV park near Campobello, and the state's preliminary decision to allow that park to treat and discharge its own waste water.

The people were concerned about the impact on the water quality, both in their own wells and in the water supply of all of Spartanburg County.

They worried about traffic, unsightliness, the transient population such a park might bring and DHEC's inability to properly notify all parties who would be affected by that development - including the owners of adjacent land. They also complained that public records that were part of the permitting process had been difficult or impossible to obtain.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

SOS call for sputtering RV industry

Ted and Kay Watts have been cruising the USA in their 300-square-foot recreational vehicle for 15 years, motoring up to eight months a year while keeping a permanent home in St. Charles, Mo.

"Our goal is to see all the national parks and historic sites in the U.S.," Kay Watts says while hooking up her RV at Cherry Hill Park here.

But with the economy reeling, the two are meeting with their financial planner in April to determine whether they can continue to travel as much, given the drop of their retirement accounts. "As long as we're healthy, we'd like to continue," Ted Watts says.

Times are rough for the RV industry. Tightening credit and a lack of financing options are keeping new customers on the sidelines. Shattered consumer confidence is forcing many RV owners to cancel extended trips.

The downturn does mean that RV prices — which range from $10,000 to $400,000 — are "easily down 25%," says John Mancinelli of Redex RV, the largest dealer cooperative.

Campgrounds are offering incentives to get families to stay longer and urging budget-conscious travelers to try local spots. Mike Gast of Kampgrounds of America, which runs one of the largest U.S. campground networks, says its bookings are down about 6% this year and rates will remain flat for many locations in 2009.
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RV Lifestyle is still Incredible Value for Canadians

(Toronto) March, 2009, Go RVing Canada is proud to announce the official attendance numbers of recent RV Shows from across the country. Thousands of Canadians visited their local RV show this winter to take advantage of historically low prices that are at an eight-year low.


Canadians are discovering that their local RV shows and exhibitions are great places to find the right RV to suit their lifestyle as there are hundreds of RVs of all models and price points on display.

Shows and exhibitions have taken place across the country and have seen strong attendance numbers as more and more Canadians discover the freedom, flexibility and fun of the RV lifestyle.

Attendance figures for many local RV shows increased right across the nation. Overall show attendance was increased by as much as 19% from previous years. In many instances, daily attendance numbers highlighted show-stopping traffic, with reports of up to a whopping 39.5% increase on the Saturday, marking the best Saturday ever in the history of the show.

This weekend marks the opening of the Chilliwack RV Show, with shows also slated for Quebec City, Sidney, BC, and Kitchener in the coming weeks.

“In today’s economic climate, Canadians are increasingly looking for ways to save money and make their recreational dollars go further,” said Go RVing spokesperson Alana Fontaine, “it’s no wonder Canadians are heading to their local RV Show. We haven’t seen prices this low since 2001.”

Fontaine explained that with the decrease in prices for RVs themselves, gas prices have also been cut by more than half in the past year, making operational costs for RVs lower than they have been in past years. The RV lifestyle is increasingly becoming a more realistic vacation opportunity for 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.

For more information on RV Shows and RVing across Canada, please visit www.gorving.ca
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Top 10 family camping spots in Florida

Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Florida has lots of places to camp, but for families, the article on TampaBay.com lists some of the state's best spots.
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Mobile RV repair rolls with experience

Jeff Claflin’s forté happens to be servicing RVs, and he has just opened a new mobile RV repair business in the Illinois Valley.

“I’ve been in the RV industry most of my adult life,” says Claflin, who has more than 25 years experience. He is RVIA/RVDA Master Certified in RV repairs.

Claflin started 1-4-U RV Repair (Oregon Reg.# 569617-91) in February this year. His services include all RV appliance, electrical, plumbing, exterior and interior repairs.

“In the RV industry, you’re a Jack-of-all-trades, from flooring and carpet to sealing roofs,” he said. “My expertise is woodwork, new cabinets. Whatever it takes, I can refurbish one from the ground up if need be.”
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Winegard Unveils CLUB-W Consumer Club

BURLINGTON, Iowa – (March 17, 2009) -- Winegard Company is proud to announce the formation of CLUB-W, a new consumer club designed to increase interaction and discussion between Winegard Company and its consumers.

CLUB-W members will receive priority service at rallies, priority email/technical support, special rebates and coupons, an exclusive CLUB-W E-Newsletter, invitations to CLUB-W events, and entry into special prize drawings.

“We’ve designed CLUB-W to thank our loyal customers for their business, and to make Winegard more accessible to them,” said Tiffini Brockway, marketing manager, mobile products, Winegard. “Members will even have the ability to pre-schedule appointments at rallies, and they’ll stay up-to-date on all our latest news with an electronic newsletter delivered right to their online mailboxes.”

There are two easy ways to join:

* Sign up now online at www.winegard.com/clubw/signup.php or
* CALL 877-RV-CLUBW (877-782-5829)

Note: This is an ONLINE CLUB. Consumers must provide a valid e-mail address to maintain membership.

To celebrate the kick-off of CLUB-W, members who join between now and April 30, 2009 will be automatically entered to win one of 10 brand new Winegard Wingman Antennas. Winners will be announced May 1, 2009. Sign up now!
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Fleetwood in loan talks with BofA

Motor home maker Fleetwood Enterprises Inc (FLTWQ.OB) is negotiating with Bank of America (BAC.N) for bankruptcy financing and hopes to present a plan to a bankruptcy court as early as next week, according to court documents.

Fleetwood, which also makes manufactured housing, has asked the court to approve emergency funding to pay workers' compensation benefits to third-party administrators, according to the company's filing with the Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Riverside on Monday. A hearing was scheduled for 11 A.M. PDT today (Tuesday).

Fleetwood filed for bankruptcy on March 10, hurt by high fuel prices and the U.S. economic recession that had limited sales of its motor homes. The U.S. housing market decline has also slashed demand for its manufactured homes.

It is shuttering its travel trailer division and seeking a buyer for its motor home and manufactured housing units.
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

More facilities open at LBL on March 20

Princeton Times Leader - Princeton,KY,USA
Woodlands Nature Station, Wranglers Campground, Energy Lake Campground and Fenton campground and boat ramp at Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area (LBL) will open in a limited capacity March 20. Turkey Bay Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Area will open at full capacity including all trails and camping on March 20. Some of these openings were accelerated as a result of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds received by LBL to respond to the ice storm damage. Hillman Ferry Campground will remain closed with an anticipated opening date of April 1.

Land Between The Lakes is managed by the Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, in partnership with 'Friends of LBL,' to provide public lands outdoor recreation and environmental education. We encourage visitors to review our website at www.lbl.org each season, and throughout the season, for our Calendar of Events, updates on programs and policies, and temporary trail and road closures. Additional LBL information is also available on our website or by calling 1-800-LBL-7077 or 270-924-2000. You can find out more about 'Friends of LBL' at www.friendsoflbl.org.
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

County bylaw would limit RV resort development

The Lacombe Globe - Alberta, Canada
To prevent the overdevelopment of several proposed recreational vehicle resorts in Lacombe County, council amended its bylaw, removing the conditions for R-RVR resorts.

During a public hearing at its regular meeting Thursday, Frank Wilson, who is working with Lance Dzaman on a 423-lot Skyy Country Resort near Sunbreaker Cover, told council basements and garages should not be allowed to keep RV parks as seasonal residents.

Councillor Ken Wigmore wanted council to put a restriction on basements and stipulate residents could only live in the RV resort for nine months of the year, as well as limiting the number of vehicles allowed on the site.

County Reeve Terry Engen agreed the bylaw should state basements are not allowed.

Allan Williams, manager of planning services for the county, said how long someone lives in their RV and the number of vehicles on a site are not something the county can regulate.

The amended bylaw was given second and third reading.
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Winter texans protest in Edinburg over RV taxes

KGBT-TV Presents VALLEYCENTRAL.COM - Harlingen,TX,USA
EDINBURG, TEXAS -- Winter visitors from over a dozen R.V. parks demonstrated Monday at the Hidalgo County Courthouse.

They want swift justice in a lawsuit filed against the appraisal district, which calls for an end to taxation on their mobile homes.

They want the judge to rule the taxes unfair, and they were hoping for a judge's ruling before they head back home in a couple of weeks.

"We rent. We own no property. The property has already had the tax paid on it by the owner of the property," explained one outraged visitor.

According to the appraisal district, a new house bill specifies that trailor units used as temporary living quarters are exempt.

However, units with fixed canopies or additions are taxable.
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Juniper Fire update: Campground reopened

Ocala - Ocala,FL,USA

Firefighters battling the wildfire in the Juniper Prairie Wilderness enjoyed some welcome relief Tuesday with cloudy conditions that allowed them to speed up their mopping up duties.

The fire, which has burned more than 10,000 acres since being unintentionally started a week ago, is 85 percent contained.

Firefighters - dressed in full gear, which includes boots, helmets and equipment - have been battling the blaze in daily temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s.

Juniper Springs Campground would be open Tuesday after being closed since March 10 because of the Juniper Fire, the U.S. Forest Service announced.

The canoe run was still closed.

The fire remained at 10,022 acres and 85 percent contained. Firefighters planned to continue to reinforce containment lines and suppress any spot fires. The Forest Service also planned to send a crew down Juniper Springs Run by canoe again Tuesday to fight spot fires along the run, according to an agency news release.

Forest Road 33 (old Forest Road 65) and Forest Road 46 (old Forest Road 10) remained closed.

The Florida Trail within the Juniper Wilderness and the Yearling Trail remained closed. Silver Glen Springs was open.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Alabama's DeSoto State Park campground reopens

The Birmingham News - al.com - Birmingham,AL,USA
This weekend's cold, wet weather surely wasn't what Ken Thomas had hoped to see, but the reopening of the DeSoto State Park campground on Friday was like a ray of sunshine anyway.

The campground once voted one of the 10 best in the Southeast had been closed for 13 months for renovation. Almost daily Thomas, the state park's superintendent, has had to field the question "When are you going to open again?"

"The Alabama State Parks Web site has been conducting a survey about state parks and the No. 1 question has been from people wanting to know when our campground is going to open again," he said. "I'm proud to say now we're open."
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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Monaco Coach firing 515 employees in Indiana

Monaco Coach Corp. is in the process of firing 515 employees at three facilities in Indiana.

The Oregon-based motor home maker made its job-cut announcement two weeks ago that it was giving termination notices to the majority of its 2,200-person workforce and may have to shut down unless the company is sold or gets more financing. At the time it didn't list which cities or facilities it was targeting.

Monaco is struggling due to the economic slowdown and reduced availability of consumer loans caused a plunge in sales of RVs.

The layoffs in Indiana are in Milford, Wakarusa and Warsaw.
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Camping Reservations up 6% at NY state parks

NYSParks.com
ALBANY, N.Y. - New York officials say camping reservations around the state are up 6 percent from this time last year because families are apparently trying to save money on vacation plans.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has 45,300 advance reservations compared to about 42,600 in March 2007.

Parks Commissioner Carol Ash says camping and visits to state parks are a more attractive and affordable option for New Yorkers in the struggling economy.

The popularity of state parks has been rising each year, with 2008 being a record year with 137,000 advance campground reservations.

The agency oversees 67 campgrounds with more than 8,000 campsites, 800 cabins and 41 vacation rentals.

Parks charge varying fees for access to campgrounds.
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Campground at Lucas Oil Speedway Open

Lucas Oil Speedway - Wheatland, MO
March 12, 2009

Since the Lucas Oil Speedway opened the gates mid-season 2006 there has been a steady line of requests from the "RVers" for a designated campground on site. Fans have come to expect the Speedway, which is already considered one the top 5 in the Nation, to deliver that kind of over the top amenities. Well we are very excited to announce the opening of the Lucas Oil Speedway Campground for the 2009 Season.

"This place is just awesome," said Randy Bowman, General Track Manager. "The campers are really going to be impressed, we may have to change our name to the Diamond of Camp Grounds in a few seasons."

Located just south of the pits, the new campground sits on nearly 80 acres. The designated campsite over looks a four-acre lake that we are slowing stocking with fish. Beyond the lake are 40 plus wooded acres, which over the next few seasons will have walking and nature trails developed therein.

Among the campgrounds amenities is one the nicest bath and shower houses in the industry. The site also includes a dark water dump station and a potable water source.

For 2009 the site will have nearly 50 designated RV camping sites. There will be 12 sites with 30 amp hookups and water (no sewer) and 38 dry camping spaces all with graveled parking slots for the RVs.

"We are starting a bit on the conservative side with the number of sites," added Bowman, "but we have a lot of room to grow and look forward to meeting all your camping needs in the future."

The cost for sites with electric and water is $35 per night and just $20 for dry camping. All sites however have full use of the bathhouse. The electric and water sites are already sold out for the Diamond Nationals in May and several other races are getting close as well. Don't wait. Make your reservation now by calling the speedway at (417) 282-5984 or emailing cheri@lucasoilspeedway.com.

We are very excited to offer this service to those special fans that travel by RV to the races. Imagine having the option to set up camp in a beautiful and secure camp ground with restroom and bath facilities versus a parking lot. Special prices available for tent camping as well.
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Summer Camping in the Pacific North

It’s time to make your campground reservations for the summer, as many sites are filling up. While many people may think camping is not for them, there really is something for everyone if you look a little harder (or just read below). Even those loyal to luxury hotel suites can find their own piece of luxurious solitude in the great outdoors. There are so many more accommodations for camping these days, from the true outdoor fanatic, roughing it under the stars or in a tent, or staying in lodges, cabins, or cottages for those wishing for a more civilized outdoor experience with running water and an indoor bathroom.

To get started, simply browse websites such as the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
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RV Park utility billing Information

In 2008, a law was passed relating to RV park utility charges. Questions have arisen from this legislation and we would like to provide additional information for you to clarify this bill.

A.R.S. 33-2107, as passed into law, allows an RV park landlord to charge separately for gas, water or electrical utility services. The law instructs that RV park landlords can use either the sub-metering billing system or the ratio utility billing system.

Sub-metering billing systems include providing a separate meter for each use, an itemized charge for open/close meter readings with each date and the charge for the single family residential rate of the utility or provider. Each bill shall show the computation of the charge generally in accordance with the serving utility company billing format for individual service.

Ratio utility billing systems require the display of the current utility rates and fees imposed on the landlord in a conspicuous location on the premises. The rental agreement shall disclose the specific amount of administrative fees associated with the system. The allocation of charges shall be made on the basis of rented spaces.

The law stipulates those landlords that utilize a ratio utility billing system can recover charges imposed by a utility provider and charge an administrative fee for the actual administrative costs. This cost will result in a total charge above the residential rate of .085 cents.

This information can be located in the text of A.R.S. 33-2107, which is available online at the Legislature’s Web site at www.azleg.gov under state statutes.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sioux Falls to limit time campers spend in city campgrounds

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - Sioux Falls,SD,USA
The Sioux Falls City Planning Commission on March 4 approved a new ordinance that will limit how long campers can remain on a single spot in three city campgrounds.

City Planning commissioners past the ordinance in a 6-1 vote, and the measure now moves to the city council for approval. If approved by the city council, the ordinance would limit a camper’s stay at city campgrounds to 180 days.

At the March 4 meeting, Shawna Goldammer, the city’s zoning enforcement manager, said the ordinance is needed to help keep campers from remaining on a campground indefinitely.
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Campervan Rental Company Thirves in RV Rental Niche

While many small businesses are struggling to stay afloat, Lost Campers USA, the San-Francisco-based adventure travel company offering cheap campervan rentals, is doubling its growth each year. By transforming easy-to-drive minivans into inexpensive campervans with the comfort of a double bed, Lost Campers has found a successful niche between rental cars and expensive RVS. Lost Campers' California campervans are perfect for those on a budget or seeking a travel experience closer to home.

Founded in 2007 by former Aussies Nick and Emma Thomson, Lost Campers first doubled, and then tripled their fleet in 2008. "Lost Campers has been so busy we've added a van a month to our fleet," comments Nick Thomson. Nick adds, "All that's limiting our bookings is inventory."
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After almost 6 years of fulltiming, Malia is often asked for tips to help the newbie hit the road. Here checklist is an important part of the process. It's always a good idea to review safety steps no matter how many times you've performed them and Malia share things she learned from her own experience (sometimes found out the "hard way"). She also had lots of expert input from those more experienced in areas less familiar to me. An RV salesman with over 20 years experience helped with the PDI process, a long-time trailer and 5th wheel tower overlooked that section. These lists were designed to be easy to use, broken down into four stages so you can print out just exactly what you need along the way. To Get More Info and To Buy, Click Here!

Fleetwood RV Files Chapter 13 Bankeuptcy

For Fleetwood Enterprises Inc., the national housing crisis has been a double whammy.

The Riverside company, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Tuesday, is grappling with sharp declines in demand for its two key products: manufactured houses and the big homes-on-wheels it makes for the recreational vehicle market.

The dual hit has forced Fleetwood to drastically cut its workforce, adding to the economic woes in Riverside County. There is little prospect of a quick turnaround, especially in Fleetwood's flagship RV business.

Fleetwood said Tuesday that it was in talks with potential buyers for all or part of its business, and that it would continue to operate while in bankruptcy proceedings.

"The vast majority of our suppliers and dealers should see no disruption in our business," Chief Executive Elden L. Smith said in a statement.
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Besides advising buyers how to narrow down their choice of "the right" RV, the book explains how dealers earn their profits and what discount a buyer can expect to negotiate off the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) whether at a dealer's showroom, an RV show or through a private party. It also covers a new "no negotiating" RV buyer services that promise up to 25 percent savings off the MSRP.
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RV Show is place to think spring

It's almost time for an area event that has become an icon in the Capital District, the Great Northeast Outdoor Show. This year marks the 23rd edition of this annual gathering, and will take place from March 20-22 at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

The Outdoor Show will feature displays and vendors representing a variety of outdoor activities including fishing, hunting, boating, camping, hiking, climbing, and other outdoor family fun.

This year's show will draw a number of new exhibitors. Alpin Haus, one of the areas largest RV and boat dealers, will be at the show with some of their wares, including the Coleman Yuma folding camper and Tracker Pro Team fishing boats. The company has stores in a number of area locations like Amsterdam, Clifton Park and Saratoga Springs.
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Campground evacuated as wildfire spreads

Orlando Sentinel - Orlando,FL,USA
OCALA NATIONAL FOREST - Firefighters called on helicopters again Wednesday to battle a wildfire that consumed more than 400 acres of wilderness and forced the U.S. Forest Service to evacuate Juniper Springs Campground. The blaze erupted Tuesday. The fire, which has fed on especially dry ground cover in the forest, is north of State Road 40 and west of S.R. 19.
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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Great Smoky Mountains National Park Spring Schedule

WBIR-TV - Knoxville,TN,USA
With spring just around the corner, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is gearing up for visitors.

A majority of campgrounds and secondary roads will open Friday.

The park is introducing some new services this year. Day hikers now will be able to buy brown bag or dining room lunches at the Mount LeConte Lodge, which used to be limited to overnight guests. The ridge stable at Cades Cover will begin offering wheelchair accessible carriage ridges and hayrides.

The park will continue a popular attraction they started last year at the Smokemont Riding Stable. People can take a horse-drawn wagon ride along the Oconaluftee Turnpike, which is one of the earliest routes through the mountain.]

In addition to new services, several facilities are nearing completion at Sugarlands Riding Stable.

The spring opening schedule
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During nine years of shunpiking, (driving the back roads) Marianne Edwards and her husband have found hundreds of free campsites. In response to questions from friends and relatives, who wonder how they can afford to travel as often, as far, and for as long as they do, The Edwards' have written a series of RV travel guidebooks they call The Frugal Shunpiker's Guides
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Camping Paradise found near St. Louis

Camping at Carlyle Lake's Dam West campground

If camping next to water is your thing, have I got the perfect place for you! Carlyle Lake, a short, hour drive from downtown St. Louis, offers breathtaking views and the tranquility you crave. Dam West campground provides 109 sites with several prime lake-front sites. Throw a line and fish, while sitting at your campfire. Yes, it’s that close to the water. The campground is spacious, shady and offers clean, modern shower houses, restrooms and a dump-station.
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One of Ten New Diesel Motor Homes in U.S. Sold by Lazydays,

SEFFNER, Fla., Mar 11, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Lazydays RV SuperCenter, the nation's #1 single site recreational vehicle dealer, achieved 10.4% national market share in the class A diesel motor home category, according to Statistical Surveys, an independent third party that tracks RV registrations. Statistical Surveys recently announced retail sales performance for new RV registrations for calendar year 2008. During this time period, Lazydays gained national market share in each category that it represents; class A diesel motor home, class A gas motor home, class C motor home, travel trailer and fifth wheel.

John Horton, Lazydays CEO, said, "I am very proud of our sales professionals and our entire company. Having one out of every ten new diesel motorhomes in the United States sold by Lazydays is a result of the relationships we build with our customers and the industry leading products we offer them." He continued, "We will continue growing our market share by maintaining our focus on making customers for life."

Today, Lazydays has RV customers from all 50 states, and the dealership continues to draw customers from all corners of the globe.

About Lazydays
Lazydays RV SuperCenter, founded in 1976, is the largest single-site RV dealership in the world. Located on 126 acres outside Tampa, Florida, Lazydays has an 86,600 sq. ft. main building, 273 service bays, 300 RV campsites and more than 1,200 RVs on display. The property also has a 40,000 square foot Camping World store, a Cracker Barrel restaurant and a Flying J RV Travel Plaza. This national RV destination will host more than one million visitors and serve more than 300,000 meals this year alone. For more information on Lazydays visit www.Lazydays.com.
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Oregon Coast Campground Likely Remain Closed

Beach Connection - Manzanita,OR,USA
(Manzanita, Oregon) - A favorite state park of Oregonians and tourists appears to be shut down to camping, possibly for good. Although the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is taking public comment on the situation at Oswald West State Park - one forced by falling trees that present quite the quandary.

OPRD spokesman Chris Havel said the agency is exploring options for the future of the park and campground. The problem is: do they cut down ancient trees that are in danger of falling into the campground, or do they leave them and the park in its natural state and shut down camping for safety reasons?
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Got Toys? Play in Utah's Recreational Wonderland

Got toys? Then plan a play date in the outdoor wonderland of Moab Utah, gateway to Arches and Canyonlands National Parks (two of Utah’s five National Parks), Dead Horse Point State Park, the Colorado River and the beautiful La Sal Mountains.

No matter what your toy preference, motorized or non-motorized, Moab is the place to bring your toys and family to play, or if you like to travel light, Moab is also a great destination if you want to play without the hassle of packing toys. An abundance of outfitters are available to take you on an adventure, or rent your own toys and do your exploring. There are also many great activities that do not require anything but a desire to experience nature at its best.

Activities include hiking, biking, four-wheeling, ATV riding, river running, horseback riding, golfing, fishing, scenic flights and even skydiving! Choose an activity and then define how extreme an adventure you desire. Want a major adrenaline rush, just a little heart pounding, or something that soothes the soul? You can design the perfect adventure for everyone in the family.
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Cowboy Cooking for RVers
Jim Foreman is a well-known and popular member of several RV email groups and forums so you may already know that he loves to cook cowboy style.

As an avid RVer, Jim found that his cowboy recipes and style of cooking adapted well to the confines of his RV kitchen and his cookbook is a combination of cowboy, tex-mex, Baja Califonia and just good food influenced by many years and miles of RV travel. Get More Info

Monday, March 09, 2009

RV makers' implosion leaves Coburg quiet

Monaco, Marathon and Country Coach produced some of the nation's nicest homes on wheels, and they lured young couples, baby boomers and

Tiny towns such as Coburg, Junction City and Harrisburg blossomed by becoming the recreational vehicle capital of the West. Their factories fed families, their donations kept children in school, and their tax dollars promised modern comforts, such as Coburg's first sewer line.

But today, the RVs parked along Lane County's dealer lots and country roads are a reminder of the economic storm howling through the Willamette Valley. Americans too scared to spend and banks too frightened to lend could doom Oregon's RV industry -- and the slice of Americana that it supports in this thumbprint of Oregon farmland.
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During nine years of shunpiking, (driving the back roads) Marianne Edwards and her husband have found hundreds of free campsites. In response to questions from friends and relatives, who wonder how they can afford to travel as often, as far, and for as long as they do, The Edwards' have written a series of RV travel guidebooks they call The Frugal Shunpiker's Guides
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RV maker, Forest City area struggle together

Forest City, Ia. - As the economy sputters like a car engine running on fumes, no other place in Iowa feels the economic downturn like this community of 4,300.

Nearly one in 10 people is unemployed in Hancock and Winnebago counties, which Forest City straddles.

Many of those without jobs here once worked at Winnebago Industries, the recreational vehicle manufacturer that just five years ago had 4,220 workers and three buzzing production lines. These days, instead of getting overtime pay, factory employees who still have jobs work 32-hour weeks. One production line that's eight football fields long is shut down. The company's employment is down 60 percent, to 1,700 workers.
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Malia's Checklists
After almost 6 years of fulltiming, Malia is often asked for tips to help the newbie hit the road. Here checklist is an important part of the process. It's always a good idea to review safety steps no matter how many times you've performed them and Malia share things she learned from her own experience (sometimes found out the "hard way"). She also had lots of expert input from those more experienced in areas less familiar to me. An RV salesman with over 20 years experience helped with the PDI process, a long-time trailer and 5th wheel tower overlooked that section. These lists were designed to be easy to use, broken down into four stages so you can print out just exactly what you need along the way. To Get More Info and To Buy, Click Here!

RV show rolls into Peoria IL

WHOI - Peoria,IL,USA
They're big gas guzzler but many people use them to get away.

Besides the big homes on wheels, area travelers could check out ATVs and local camping grounds. This year's theme was escape the stress and escape to the outdoors. And, the event's director Dennis Johnston, didn't sight the economy as a major problem for recreational vehicle sales.

"When you have a bad economy, things get tight of course just like every other industry has. The difference is people are not traveling to Wyoming or California in their RV's. They are going 90 miles away to a nice campground resort" said Johnston.

Although attendance was down about 12%, Johnston says the profits are still keeping pace with years past. However, last year's show was the most profitable in its 27years at the Civic Center.
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Sunday, March 08, 2009

Kissimmee RV Resort offers Discount to Florida Residents

Florida residents receive a 25 percent discount at the Tropical Palms Resort and Campground in Kissimmee. The recently renovated 60-acre property offers 375 RV sites and 200 cottage accommodations sleeping up to six. Amenities include a heated pool; kiddie pool; recreation hall; poolside café; volleyball, shuffleboard and horseshoe courts, and general store. Tropical Palms is at 2650 Holiday Trail. Prices start at $49 for RV sites, and at $95 for cottages. Proof of Florida residency is required for the discount. Call 800-647-2567 or visit tropicalpalmsresortfl.com.
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Buying an RV the Smart Way
If you plan to buy an RV, you need to read "Buying an RV the Smart Way: How to negotiate the best price and get the right RV for you". In a clear, concise, easy to understand way, This book explains how to get the best price on a new or used RV, and equally important, how to get the right RV for your needs.

Besides advising buyers how to narrow down their choice of "the right" RV, the book explains how dealers earn their profits and what discount a buyer can expect to negotiate off the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) whether at a dealer's showroom, an RV show or through a private party. It also covers a new "no negotiating" RV buyer services that promise up to 25 percent savings off the MSRP.
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Oregon Coast has a Tradition of Tourism

NRToday.com - Roseburg,OR,USA
BANDON — No matter what the weather, the fuel price, the fishing season or the economic situation, the coastal attractions of ocean, waves, beach and sand remain constant.

These features of the Oregon coast keep its communities optimistic about the potential of tourist business, especially with spring break just around the corner and summer vacations to follow.Vander Kley said that the occupancy rate at the marina’s RV park was 16 percent for January 2009, compared to 8 percent 12 months earlier and 10 percent for January 2007.

“That’s a good sign,” he said. “We’re experiencing a good winter season so far at the RV resort, even with the economic downturn, so using that as an indicator, we hope spring break will be better. We have to be optimistic.”

As of a week ago, the resort had reservations for about 30 percent of its 135 sites compared to 28 percent for Oregon’s spring break week in 2008. With a couple of weeks left before the break, Vander Kley expected the occupancy rate to go even higher.

“What we believe is that people will continue to recreate, but they may just not go as far, like out of state, but instead take shorter trips and stay in state,” Vander Kley said.
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The ABCs of RVing eBook
Most guides to RVing overlook the very basic questions newbies have because the authors assume they already know them. But that's seldom true! The fact is, there is an incredible amount to learn! This ebook from the editors of "Beginners Guide to RVing" answers more than 160 questions that new RVers ask, providing RV newbies a jump start on learning what they need to know to enjoy their RV travels more! To get more info or to purchase... Click Here!

Clay's Park Resort to hire 100 workers

Suburbanite - Akron,OH,USA
Clay’s Park Resort is happy to announce their need for approximately 100 people to fill various positions at Clay’s Park during the 2009 operating season.

Clay's Park is an equal opportunity employer and welcome all interested applicants. Applications are available at www.ClaysPark.com in PDF format and must be faxed or mailed to Clay’s Park Employment, PO Box 182, Canal Fulton, OH 44614 with a current resume.
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Cowboy Cooking for RVers
Jim Foreman is a well-known and popular member of several RV email groups and forums so you may already know that he loves to cook cowboy style.

As an avid RVer, Jim found that his cowboy recipes and style of cooking adapted well to the confines of his RV kitchen and his cookbook is a combination of cowboy, tex-mex, Baja Califonia and just good food influenced by many years and miles of RV travel. Get More Info

Interest in RVs looking up

Are RVs recession-proof?

So goes the early assessment following a recent four-day recreational vehicle show at the Birch Run Expo Center.

"It was unexpected, but we had a really good show," said Dennis Anderson, marketing manager for the General RV Center, 12410 Dixie in Birch Run Township. "It's something you can't really put your finger on, given the how the economy is."

Mike Lash, sales manager of Hamilton's RV, said the customer traffic is a bit of buyer rebellion.

"People are sick and tired of hearing about how bad it is, and some of them feel comfortable with making the decision to buy now," said Lash, who said sales at the show increased 10 percent compared with 2008. His outlet is at 1580 Tittabawassee in Kochville Township.

"We did better than last year, which is pretty amazing."
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Friday, March 06, 2009

Travel trailers hot item at RV show

Thrift is in at this year’s Green Country RV and Recreation Show.

The 45-foot-behemoth motorhomes are taking a backseat to the more economical 25-foot travel trailers as shoppers seek to save money and guard against long-term purchases, dealers said.

The Green Country RV Show started Friday at Tulsa’s QuikTrip Center, 4145 E. 21st St. It will continue on Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., and Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Admission is $8.

The show comes at a time when dealers across the region are trying to convince consumers that the pleasure vehicles still can be responsible buys in a recession.

“It’s a harder business right now,” said Kim Siex, vice president of operations for Camperland of Oklahoma, a Tulsa RV dealer. “We’re still selling RVs but we have to work harder to get customers. And we have to work to get financing.”
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After almost 6 years of fulltiming, Malia is often asked for tips to help the newbie hit the road. Here checklist is an important part of the process. It's always a good idea to review safety steps no matter how many times you've performed them and Malia share things she learned from her own experience (sometimes found out the "hard way"). She also had lots of expert input from those more experienced in areas less familiar to me. An RV salesman with over 20 years experience helped with the PDI process, a long-time trailer and 5th wheel tower overlooked that section. These lists were designed to be easy to use, broken down into four stages so you can print out just exactly what you need along the way. To Get More Info and To Buy, Click Here!

Manufacturers hope innovation will energize RV market

The downturn in the economy and recreational vehicle industry do not mean RV manufacturers are sitting on their hands. To the contrary, they're designing and producing some great new products and camping tie-ins that should catch the attention of RV enthusiasts everywhere.

R.C. Willett Co.'s Northstar camper division has added a new twist on the slide-in truck camper theme. It's called an Escape Pod, and it's a truck camper that's designed to fit a flatbed truck.
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The ABCs of RVing eBook
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Pine Mountain RV Resort Upgrades Facilities

Pine Mountain, GA March 6, 2009 -- Concierge service, Massages, Free high-speed Wi-Fi, Wii game room - this list of amenities reads like the perks offered at a high-dollar luxury hotel; but actually it is just a sampling of the services now available at the newly renovated Pine Mountain RV Resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

The new and improved resort, nestled near Georgia's most popular outdoor attractions, such as Callaway Gardens, offers activities and services not found at typical campgrounds and RV parks. Designed to accommodate RVs of all shapes and sizes, the resort provides paved pull-through, full hookup sites with 60-foot concrete pads. But the resort is not just for RV enthusiasts. Guests who stay in the resort's cottages and yurts can also take advantage of on-site amenities such as a fitness center, Saline Swimming pool and Hot Tub with Water Spray Park, Bike Rentals and Coffee and Wine Bar.
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Two RV manufacturers enter Chapter 11

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
Monaco Coach Corp. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday but said it intends to continue operating so it can sell off all or part of the business.

The filing comes three days after Monaco terminated 2,000 of its 2,145 employees and caps a tumultuous year in which the RV maker’s fortunes have steadily faded in the face of the global economic crisis.

And in a cruel coincidence, the Monaco filing came on the same day that a federal judge ordered Country Coach, a Junction City RV maker, into Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Chapter 11 bankruptcy is intended to give financially ailing companies breathing room from creditors and time to reorganize.

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Cowboy Cooking for RVers
Jim Foreman is a well-known and popular member of several RV email groups and forums so you may already know that he loves to cook cowboy style.

As an avid RVer, Jim found that his cowboy recipes and style of cooking adapted well to the confines of his RV kitchen and his cookbook is a combination of cowboy, tex-mex, Baja Califonia and just good food influenced by many years and miles of RV travel. Get More Info


Thursday, March 05, 2009

Pay as you go satellite service from Dish

Examiner.com - USA
Many RVers want the convenience that comes with having a satellite system in their RV. Be it sports, news or entertainment, RVers view the satellite system as a must have.

The downside has been that the RVer had to pay a monthly subscription fee even though they would only use the RV a couple times per month and even less in the winter months. This made the effective cost of the system very expensive. RVers then figured out that they needed satellite in their homes so that they could then use an extra dish and receiver for their RV. By using satellite service in their homes the cost became more affordable for the service received.

Now there is an alternative for the RVer who wants to keep the cable service (primarily for Internet service) and have satellite for the rig. Dish Now is a pay as you go service that requires no contracts, minimum billing or credit information. The RVer purchases a pre-paid card (more in a minute) and then calls an 800 number to choose what programing and for how long. Bottom line is the RVer is paying only for what they want to use and the cost average is about $1 per day. You will need a special dish and receiver that costs less than $100.
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Buying an RV the Smart Way
If you plan to buy an RV, you need to read "Buying an RV the Smart Way: How to negotiate the best price and get the right RV for you". In a clear, concise, easy to understand way, This book explains how to get the best price on a new or used RV, and equally important, how to get the right RV for your needs.

Besides advising buyers how to narrow down their choice of "the right" RV, the book explains how dealers earn their profits and what discount a buyer can expect to negotiate off the Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) whether at a dealer's showroom, an RV show or through a private party. It also covers a new "no negotiating" RV buyer services that promise up to 25 percent savings off the MSRP.
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Battery shut off with a brain

More has probably been written about batteries and battery management than any other subject in RVing, and we are going to add one more. One of the first aah-ha’s for a new RVer is learning that there are items such as smoke detectors, CO2 detectors, TV antenna power, that can drain the charge out of a battery while the rig is parked. Many an RVer has learned this lesson the hard way. One of the more popular solutions to this issue is a battery shutoff switch that can be used when parking the rig for storage.
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The ABCs of RVing eBook
Most guides to RVing overlook the very basic questions newbies have because the authors assume they already know them. But that's seldom true! The fact is, there is an incredible amount to learn! This ebook from the editors of "Beginners Guide to RVing" answers more than 160 questions that new RVers ask, providing RV newbies a jump start on learning what they need to know to enjoy their RV travels more! To get more info or to purchase... Click Here!

Murder by luau at RV resort

The Desert Sun - Palm Springs,CA,USA
It all started with a cheerful luau, followed by arguments and other unusual events.

Then someone died.

It was all part of the Happy Wanderer RV Park's Hawaiian-themed murder mystery luau, held Monday.

The residents of the Indio RV resort hold a pool party every year, but wanted to do something different for entertainment this year, said Kathy Thomas, director of the event.

The luau took place at the resort's poolside, which was transformed into “The Parrot Club” for a party hosted by Bob “Mr. Prickly” Sheffield for his employees at The Prickly Pineapple Company.

Arlene “Hula Hattie” Jones and husband Jake taught people how to hula. There was also a synchronized swimming exhibition.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Shawnee National Forest Campground fees Increase

The Southern - Carbondale,IL,USA
Fee increases for five campgrounds in the Shawnee National Forest become effective Sunday, March 15.

Fees for Pine Ridge, Pharaoh, Camp Cadiz and Pine Hills campgrounds will increase from $5 to $10 a night, forest supervisor Allen Nicholas said.

Fees for single family campsites at Johnson Creek will go from $5 to $10 a night, with double sites increasing from $9 to $12 and triple sites from $12 to $15.

The increases have been authorized by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act of 2004. The law states 95 percent of fees collected from the area will be spent in the Shawnee National Forest to address maintenance at campgrounds, accessbility of public restrooms and repairing potholes along the roads.

Projects completed with fee money will be tracked at www.fs.fed.us/r9/forests/shawnee.
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Ice-Storm Delays Campground Reopening

Cadiz Record - Cadiz,KY,USA
Several camping facilities in the Land Between the Lakes area are still closed because of conditions caused by the late January ice storm, although some are scheduled to be opened soon.

The Lake Barkley State Resort Park lodge was reopened the Saturday after the ice storm hit, but the campground, which has 79 sites, is still closed, according to John Jordan, manager of the park.

Although the campground at the Lake Barkley State Resort Park is scheduled to be reopened in mid-March, it could be as late as mid-May before they can be opened again, said Jordan. The park closed in late January after the ice storm, but everything except the campground, trails and some beach areas has been re-opened, Jordan said.
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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

TVA Announces 2009 Campground Season

TVA’s 11 seasonal campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee Valley will open for the 2008 recreation season March 14.

TVA’s day-use recreation areas remain open year-round and provide trails, picnic areas, overlook areas, beaches, swimming areas, fishing piers, boat ramps and wildlife viewing areas.

Additional information on recreation opportunities on TVA reservoirs is available by contacting the local TVA watershed office, or by visiting TVA’s recreation website.

TVA campgrounds that will open March 14:

Campground Location
Cherokee Dam Cherokee Reservoir
Douglas Dam Headwater Douglas Reservoir
Douglas Dam Tailwater Douglas Reservoir
Foster Falls Marion County
Melton Hill Dam Melton Hill Reservoir
Barton Springs Normandy Reservoir
Loyston Point Norris Reservoir
Pickwick Dam Tailwater Pickwick Reservoir
Watauga Dam Tailwater Watauga Reservoir
Mallard Creek Wheeler Reservoir
Wilson Dam-Lower Rockpile Wilson Reservoir
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Cowboy Cooking for RVers
Jim Foreman is a well-known and popular member of several RV email groups and forums so you may already know that he loves to cook cowboy style.

As an avid RVer, Jim found that his cowboy recipes and style of cooking adapted well to the confines of his RV kitchen and his cookbook is a combination of cowboy, tex-mex, Baja Califonia and just good food influenced by many years and miles of RV travel. Get More Info

Monaco Coach cut workforce, may shut down operations

Troubled U.S. recreational-vehicle maker Monaco Coach Corp (MNC.N) eliminated most of its workforce, and said it may be forced to shut down if it failed to obtain additional financing.

In January, the company said it was exploring strategic options, including joint ventures and mergers, and also exploring options for some of its businesses.

Most of the separated employees had already been on furlough since mid-December 2008.
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Monday, March 02, 2009

U.S. State Department Warns of Mexican Violence

Rio Grande Valley natives, Winter Texans and other visitors continue to pour across the border at Nuevo Progreso despite recent drug cartel violence in Reynosa and reports of violence in Matamoros. “I suppose Progreso is the safest of the three,” New Hampshire native Betty Robertson said. “I haven’t heard of anything going on here, but you would never catch me at any of the other two. No sir.”

Harlingen resident Mark Horta, 24, sipped Negra Modelo beer with three friends in one of the strip’s plazas. He said he felt confident in their ability to escape a dangerous situation. “If something went down we would probably just take off running and hide until it’s over,” he said. “We go sometimes (to Reynosa); it’s not even that bad. They have military, too. You just have to be careful.”

But not everyone agrees with Horta’s decision to brave Mexico. Ray Robinson, a Winter Texan at the Sunshine RV Resort in Harlingen, said he wouldn’t consider crossing into any Mexican city until the threat of violence has blown over. “I wouldn’t go across there right now for anything,” he said. “We’re going to wait until we go home in May to go across for medicine. “We hope it will be quieted down … but if not,we may not go then either.”
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Cowboy Cooking for RVers
Jim Foreman is a well-known and popular member of several RV email groups and forums so you may already know that he loves to cook cowboy style.

As an avid RVer, Jim found that his cowboy recipes and style of cooking adapted well to the confines of his RV kitchen and his cookbook is a combination of cowboy, tex-mex, Baja Califonia and just good food influenced by many years and miles of RV travel. Get More Info

Boat & RV Show Draws Crowds

OMAHA, Neb. -- Cold temperatures and concerns about the economy didn't keep thousands of outdoor enthusiasts from treating their cabin fever with a visit to the Omaha Boat, Sports and Travel Show on Sunday.

The 62nd-annual show brought more than 35,000 people to the Qwest Center, lured by attractions for anglers, hunters or people who use recreational vehicles.

While purchasing a $200,000 motor home may be beyond the means of many, especially during the recession, many vendors said business was still good.
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Cowboy Cooking for RVers
Jim Foreman is a well-known and popular member of several RV email groups and forums so you may already know that he loves to cook cowboy style.

As an avid RVer, Jim found that his cowboy recipes and style of cooking adapted well to the confines of his RV kitchen and his cookbook is a combination of cowboy, tex-mex, Baja Califonia and just good food influenced by many years and miles of RV travel. Get More Info

KOA Offers 2-for-1 Camping Weekend

KOA is offering a special Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, May 8 & 9, 2009. Pay for Friday, May 8 and kamp Saturday May 9 at the same kampground for FREE! KOA's Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend has become a favorite way for many families to kick off their summer camping season.

For the sixth year, kampgrounds will be collecting donations and holding fundraising events to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, the official charity of the KOA Owners Association. This network of 35 specialized summer camps gives children with cancer, and their siblings, a chance to experience the joys of camping while continuing their treatments.

Last year, KOA kampers contributed to a record $250,000 in KOA donations for this truly special charity. To find out more about KOA Care Camps, or to make a donation, go to www.koacarecamps.com.
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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Honey Creek Resort State Park: outdoor experience, many amenities

Tons of people appreciate the outdoors. But even with that appreciation, the idea of completely roughing it may not be ideal.

And thanks to the Honey Creek Resort State Park in Moravia, Iowa, you definitely won’t have to.

“It’s just that introduction piece,” says Michelle Wilson, manager of Honey Creek Resort State Park for Iowa’s Department of Natural Resources. “This is definitely kind of a modern gateway for us.”

Just an hour and forty-five minutes north of St. Joseph and 80 miles south of Des Moines, the resort is located on a large peninsula of Rathbun Lake in Appanoose County. The lake provides Honey Creek’s guests opportunities for sailing, water sports and fishing, but the resort has lots of other activities to keep you occupied.
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