Thursday, April 30, 2009

Pedata RV Explains Tax Incentives for RV Owners

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RV loans can qualify as tax deductions under the IRS code section 280A(f)(1) as long as the RV can pass as a 'dwelling unit.' A dwelling unit is defined as having basic sleeping, cooking and toilet facilities. Pop-up campers that have a portable stove and port-o-potty would technically qualify. The RV must be used as security for the loan. As such, the loan becomes deductible as a second home mortgage interest.

For new RV owners, a provision in the stimulus bill offers a deduction for sales or excise taxes on the first $49,500 of any new RV or motor home purchase. Savings would vary state to state, but on a $40,000 RV, state taxes can equal $2,450 or more.

The solar powered tax credit can cut 30% off the purchase price of equipment for solar powered RV installation, not to mention the savings cost of no longer needing a generator. RVs qualify as a second home and are thus eligible for the same solar power tax credits as a traditional residence.

"Always consult a tax adviser, financial expert or accountant to ensure your eligibility," says Clint Ethington of Pedata RV.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Oregon Campgrounds to open Friday

Albany Democrat Herald - Albany,OR,USA
SWEET HOME — Summer camping in the Sweet Home Ranger District begins Friday, with the opening of Trout Creek, Yukwah, Fernview and House Rock campgrounds, all operated by Todd and Tom Donohue of South Santiam Services.

Lost Prairie campground will open Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting, and is operated by Hoodoo Concessionaire.

Camping is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Fees are $12 per night with the exception of Lost Prairie, which is $10 per night. Second vehicles cost $5.

Campgrounds have vault toilets and hand-pumped water.

Longbow Organization Camp is a reservation-only group site for up to 50 people that rents for $100 per night. The camp will be open May 1 through Sept. 30.

To make reservations, call toll-free (877) 444-6777 or visit www.ReserveUSA.com.

For more information, contact the ranger district at (541) 367-5168 or visit www.fs.fed.us/r6/willamette/index.html.
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Monday, April 27, 2009

Tornadoe sweep through Eastern Iowa Campground

From the entrance to Flying Squirrel Campground at Pinicon Ridge County Park near Central City, David Mason could see his own camping trailer. But he couldn’t be sure about his son’s, which was somewhere among the uprooted trees and wreckage strewn across the site.

“It seems like the first time every spring, you always get this weather,” said Mason.
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RV Park offers free stay for families displaced by fires

CarrollWoods RV Park at Grapefull Sisters Vineyard in in North Carolina is offering one free week stay to families displaced by the recent fires in North and South Carolina.

If we can help please call or come in your RV to our location with paperwork from the Red Cross.

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Located on a working vineyard just minutes from NC and SC beaches, CarrollWoods RV Park is the newest expansion at Grapefull Sisters Vineyard.

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RVers Planning to Travel and Buy Despite Recession

onsumer 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.
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Sunday, April 26, 2009

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California State Parks Foundation Funds Improvement Projects

SAN FRANCISCO--The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) will fund 29 environmental improvement projects at parks statewide as part of the 12th annual Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup. On Saturday, April 25th, volunteers of all ages are needed to help restore the beauty of California’s treasured state parks. Now more than ever, community participation is critical due to continuing budget cuts and a variety of threats to state parks throughout California.

Statewide, thousands of volunteers each year plant native trees and community gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitats, remove trash and debris from beaches and parklands and make overdue repairs to fences and boardwalks. Since its inception in 1998, the California State Parks Foundation Earth Day Restoration & Cleanup program has had a tremendous impact – 63,000 participants have contributed over 265,000 volunteer hours worth more than $5,250,000 in park maintenance and improvements. Including this year’s grants, CSPF, with the support of its sponsors, has awarded more than $1.1 million to state parks throughout California.

Volunteers will complete environmental improvement and maintenance projects in honor of Earth Day at 29 state and community parks across California, including 19 sites in Northern and Central California:

“The Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup events are a wonderful opportunity for communities to come together and volunteer to beautify and preserve California’s state parks,” said Elizabeth Goldstein, President of the California State Parks Foundation. “Community participation in the Earth Day program is particularly important this year as state parks continue to face budget challenges that can delay these environmental improvement and maintenance projects.”

Individuals or groups interested in volunteering on Earth Day can call the Earth Day hotline at 1-888-98-PARKS or register online at www.calparks.org. A complete list of volunteer project sites statewide can be found on the Web site as well.

Presenting sponsor Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which is hosting 16 Northern and Central California sites, provided a $170,000 grant to CSPF and the participating parks for supplies and materials required to complete the Earth Day projects. Additional grant providers include: Supervalu/Albertson’s, Oracle, Edison International, Virgin America, Chevron, Earthgrains and Coca-Cola.

2009 media sponsors in northern and central California include: BiCoastal Media, Big Country 102.7, Clear Channel Sacramento, KPIX-TV (CBS, San Francisco), CBS13 and CW31 Sacramento, KEYT-TV (ABC, Santa Barbara), KGPE-TV (CBS, Fresno), KIEM-TV (NBC, Eureka), KKGN Green 960AM San Francisco, Auburn Journal, Eureka Times-Standard, Good Times of Santa Cruz County, and The Mercury News.

For information on California State Parks Foundation Earth Day 2009 Restoration & Cleanup events in Northern and Central California, including park contacts, times, locations and other details, please visit www.calparks.org.

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Lake Mead Campground to get Makeover

Las Vegas Sun - Las Vegas,NV,USA
The National Park Service next week will begin construction on the $20 million redevelopment of Willow Beach in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area and the project should be finished in October 2010.

Park Service spokesman Andrew Munoz said the upgrades include a state-of-the-art RV campground, a 1.5-mile riverfront trail, an upgraded marina and a rebuilt store. The campground will have full hookups for electricity, water and wastewater. The plan also includes new park and picnic facilities.

"From the point you enter the area, it will be brand new," Munoz said.
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New York's Beaverkill Campground to stay open

Mid-Hudson News - Newburgh,NY,USA
MONTICELLO – The Beaverkill Campground, which was slated to be closed this summer to save the state money, will remain open.

Sullivan County government will pick up the costs of operation under a one-year agreement with the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The county is already operating the Lake Superior Park for the Palisades Interstate Park Commission.

Without the Beaverkill facility, Roscoe and Livingston Manor would suffer, since much of their income dependents on tourists and tourism dollars, said County Legislator Elwin Wood.

The facility will open at the beginning of July.
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Monaco Coach Signs Sale Agreement With Navistar, Inc.

COBURG, Ore., April 24 -- Monaco Coach Corporation is pleased to announce that the Company has signed a definitive agreement to sell substantially all of the Company's RV manufacturing assets to a unit of Navistar, Inc. for approximately $52 million. The Board of Directors of Monaco Coach Corporation has unanimously approved the transaction.

The closing of the proposed transaction is scheduled to occur no later than June 1, 2009, subject to certain closing conditions and completion of the bankruptcy court approval process, including the auction process and the entry of a final non-appealable sale order of the bankruptcy court pursuant to Section 363 of Title 11 authorizing the transfer of the purchased assets to Navistar. Monaco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy relief on March 5, 2009 in Delaware.

The transaction includes certain manufacturing facilities located in Indiana and Oregon. In addition, Navistar will acquire all brands, intellectual property, inventories and equipment relating to Monaco's motorized and towable recreational vehicle segments.

Excluded from the transaction are the Motorhome Resorts segment, the Roadmaster Cargo Trailer business and several industrial properties. Monaco continues to work with other interested parties regarding the acquisition of its Motorhome Resorts segment and other assets held for sale.

"We are excited to move forward with the tremendous resources of Navistar, Inc. supporting our great products. Everyone at the Company is ready and committed to again build the highest quality RVs in the industry, offer the best customer support and bring jobs back into the communities in which we operate. We appreciate the patience of our employees, dealers, suppliers and RV owners as we navigated through this challenging environment," stated Kay Toolson, Chairman and CEO of Monaco Coach Corporation.

Navistar, with nearly $15 billion in annual sales, is a leading global manufacturer of commercial vehicles, military vehicles, diesel engines and related parts and services.

Monaco cautions that it presently appears there will be no proceeds ultimately available to the Company from this transaction and other potential asset sales sufficient, after payments to creditors, to result in any distribution to the shareholders of Monaco.

About Monaco Coach Corporation:

Monaco Coach Corporation, a leading national manufacturer of motorized and towable recreational vehicles, is ranked as the number one producer of diesel-powered motorhomes. Dedicated to quality and service, Monaco Coach is a leader in innovative RVs designed to meet the needs of a broad range of customers with varied interests and offers products that appeal to RVers across generations.

Headquartered in Coburg, Oregon, with manufacturing facilities in Oregon and Indiana, the Company offers a variety of RVs, from entry-level priced towables to custom-made luxury models under the Monaco, Holiday Rambler, Safari, Beaver, McKenzie and R-Vision brand names. The Company operates motorhome-only resorts in California, Florida, Nevada and Michigan.
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Highest RV Campground in North America

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At 10,196 feet above sea level, SugarLoafin RV/Campground & Cabins in Leadville, Colorado holds this unique title. Watch your step, it's a long way down to sea level!

For RVers the drive-thru sites are over 100 feet in length. Many of the back-in spaces are large with grass and have trees or an open meadow to the rear. These spacious sites will accommodate up to triple slide outs. Back in sites are a minimum of 30 x 50 feet in size and 30 amp electric receptacle boxes are provided at all sites and nine sites have 50 amp.service. Many pop-up and van campers prefer the meadow area with a forest of lodgepole pine trees to the rear. Others enjoy the wide grassy meadow that offers a full view of an alpine sunset. SugarLoafin also has 40 x 50 foot sites with pine trees forming the borders. Cement runners or cement pads are provided at many sites-and a picnic table and a campfire ring are located on every site.
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Open house Saturday for new RV resort

Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com - Muskegon,MI,USA
DALTON TOWNSHIP -- Three open houses are scheduled to allow the public to view Duck Creek RV Resort, the new high-end RV campground across from Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park on Riley-Thompson Road.

The open houses run noon to 5 p.m. over the next three Saturdays -- today, May 2 and May 9. The public can examine the sites and the amenities and make reservations.

The RV campground is scheduled to open for camping on May 15. The first phase of the project is nearing completion, with 157 upscale campsites to be available for camping in the first season.

The husband-wife owner/operator team, Roger and Casey Jourden, is planning a two-phased development that is expected to eventually feature 299 sites.
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CA Campgrounds open in time for stream-fishing

Sacramento Bee - CA, USA
Campgrounds are opening in the mountains this weekend – just in time for the start of California's stream-fishing season.

The Bureau of Land Management's Pit River Campground will open today to accommodate anglers out early Saturday, when fishing opens in streams.

The campground features seven individual campsites, a group campsite and a day-use area ideal for fishing and picnicking.

The campground is five miles west of Fall River Mills along Highway 299.

Farther south on Highway 70 in the Feather River Canyon, the Plumas National Forest has opened Gansner Bar, Queen Lily and North Fork campgrounds, all near Caribou, said Lee Anne Schramel Taylor, Plumas Forest spokeswoman.

Camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of 14 days. Reservations are not accepted, and fees vary with the use.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Vehicle registration fee is option to fund Michigan's parks

Five years ago, state park officials in Montana found themselves where Michigan is today: Losing general fund support and taking in inadequate user fees to sustain the state's park system.

They came up with a novel idea: Do away with windshield stickers and instead charge every motorist $4 for the privilege to visit Montana's 53 parks. By all accounts, it's an unqualified success.

"This is a superior system," said Chas Van Genderen, acting director of Montana state parks.

Motorists can opt out of paying the charge on their vehicle registration, but only 12 percent do. Park attendance swelled by 700,000 visitors a year and the budget increased from $450,000 to $2 million in the first year and reached $2.6 million last year.

Some in Michigan are looking to copy that system. Legislation has been introduced to charge a $10 vehicle registration fee to replace the $24 annual park fee sticker. The Department of Natural Resources says it needs an additional $38 million a year to maintain parks and infrastructure. Going to the registration fee could generate $47 million annually.
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Planning commission votes down RV ordinance

Marietta Register Online - Marietta,OH,USA
After hearing 45 minutes of arguments for and against it, planning commission members voted 5-0 against ordinance 99, proposed legislation that would list seasonal RV lot rentals (May 15 to September 15) as a permissible property use in about a dozen C-3 zones in Marietta, subject to certain restrictions and other city ordinances.

Ward One Councilman David White was one of several people who spoke in favor of ordinance 99 before the planning commission vote, calling it a basic property rights issue. "A majority of [Marietta City Council] favors this ordinance to permit RV parking within C-3 zones," he told the commission.

White and other Republicans on Marietta City Council have argued that C-3 is the city's most permissive zone and the most logical classification to allow RV lot rentals.

Brothers Jim and Randy Barengo, owners of Barengo Insurance, spoke against the ordinance, which would allow Marietta resident Debbie Scott to proceed with her stated desire to rent up to four seasonal parking spaces to RV owners on her south side property directly behind Barengo Insurance on South Fifth Street in an area zoned C-3.

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Campsite reservations up over last year

Santa Rosa Press Democrat - Santa Rosa,CA,USA

The struggling economy is proving good news for at least one group of businesses — campsite operators.

More vacationers are turning to tents and RVs instead of transcontinental flights and pricey hotels.

“We opened up April 1 and we usually open up May 1,” said Vicki Rainwater, manager of the Alexander Valley RV Park and Campground. “We were flooded with calls.”

Multi-generational groups are becoming more popular too, Rainwater said, as family reunions or at least cousin-free-for-alls become more popular.

“I don’t know what sparked that, it’s just nice to hear that it’s starting to be a family-type thing again,” she said. “Maybe money is tight, this is what you have to do to get together.”

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Green group slams Alberta's 10 year parks plan

iNews880.com - Edmonton,Alberta,Canada
At least one conservation group in Alberta calls the provincial government's new 10-year parks plan ''pretty weak''.

The Alberta government says it wants input from residents on how to balance environmental protection for parks with the demand for more spaces in campgrounds and the demands of off-road enthusiasts.

Greg Belland, a spokesman for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Association, is critical of the plan.

He says it's short on specifics and allows the provincial government to do anything it wants in provincial parks.

Belland says if more campgrounds are allowed, the document doesn't provide any specifics on where they might be allowed and what rules they must follow.

Parks Minister Cindy Ady says the document gives staff the necessary direction as they assess and make decisions on future park development.

Other goals in the plan include consulting more with aboriginals on park planning, upgrading park amenities and bringing in an online campground reservation system, which starts May 1st.
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Vintage RV enthusiasts party like it's 1960

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Camping World Sets Grand Opening of Vacaville, CA SuperCenter

Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer today announced that it will hold a Grand Opening celebration at its newest SuperCenter in Vacaville, California. The location, officially named Camping World of Vacaville, is located at 5065 Quinn Road, just off Interstate 80, and is a relocation of the Fairfield, California to a larger facility.

The Grand Opening will be held over a four-day period beginning Thursday, April 23 through Sunday, April 26. RV enthusiasts who attend the Grand Opening will enjoy complimentary lunch from 11-1 on Friday & Saturday, grand opening specials, free seminars and can enter to win a $100 Camping World merchandise certificate. The first 50 attendees will also receive a free gift.

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EverGreen RV Delivers First Eco-Friendly Travel Trailers

The new EverGreen Recreational Vehicles LLC is pleased to announce that the first of its Ever-Lite travel trailers was delivered to Summit RV of Ashland. President of EverGreen, Doug Lantz and the company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Kevin Slater, traveled to Summit RV from their Middlebury, Indiana manufacturing headquarters, to present a special award signifying the first true eco-friendly recreational vehicle in the field on April 16, 2009.

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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V127
MAKE / MODEL YEARS : TIFFIN / 2008-2009
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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Parts of Glacier Park's Going-to-the-Sun Road open

Great Falls Tribune - Great Falls,MT,USA
WEST GLACIER — Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park currently is open 10 miles to Lake McDonald Lodge on the park's west side, and six miles to Rising Sun on the east side, according to Glacier Park officials.
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East side crews have cleared the roads into Many Glacier and Two Medicine Valley, but a melt-out period will be necessary before those roads can open for vehicle use.

All other park roads, including Sun Road at Avalanche, remain closed to vehicles because of snow.
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Stories wanted about Abilene State Park

Abilene Reporter-News - Abilene,TX,USA
As part of the upcoming 75th Anniversary Celebration of Abilene State Park, the park's Friends organization, a nonprofit group set up to provide monetary and volunteer support, issued an invitation to the public, asking for stories of interesting park happenings.

Few people owned brownie cameras when the park opened in 1934. Because of the financial worries of the Great Depression and the rationing of the World War II years, park officials have found little pictorial history.

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Friday, April 17, 2009

Woman has been at campground helm for 35 years

Asbury Park Press - Asbury Park,NJ,USA
Debra Fleming has spent the last 35 years of her life running her campground nestled in the pines.

As she strolled along a path leading to the 200-plus camp sites, she bent over to pick up an errant soda can near an RV that can be rented at her 45-acre Cedar Creek Campground at the southern end of Berkeley just off Route 9.

"The campground has been here for 37 years, and I've been here for 35 of those years," said Fleming, 55, who grew up in town, graduated from Central Regional High School and majored in education at Glassboro State College, now Rowan University.

Fleming's first husband, Arthur Dingee, operated Cedar Creek, and when he died in 1979 after he was crushed by a dump truck at the campground, she decided to stay on and continue the campground operation.
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RVers have gun may travel?

The inherent novelty of a recreational vehicle is the convenience of bringing your home with you wherever you go. RV enthusiasts can travel on their own schedule and take a break from noisy neighbors and lawn maintenance.

But, like any hobby, there are hazards. A broken-down RV on a dark rural road can make an easy target for unsavory characters.

Some argue that traveling with a gun is the best protection for these situations. But that can be a potentially criminal undertaking when traveling from state to state, as many RV owners do.

For example, consider a trip across the state line from Kentucky to Ohio. It's perfectly legal to have a gun in the glove box in Kentucky - whether it's locked or not. Cross over the border, however, and it's a misdemeanor.

Typically, laws are generally the same from state to state, "but not with gun control," said Scott Kappas, an attorney and author of the Traveler's Guide to the Firearms Laws of the Fifty States.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Bay Shore Park campground to open Saturday

Green Bay Press Gazette - Green Bay,WI,USA
The campground at Bay Shore Park in the town of Green Bay is set to open Saturday.

Camping fees are $15 for primitive sites and $20 for sites with water and electricity.

Group campsites are $50 a night.

Reservations are not required and camping is handled on a first come, first served basis.

The park, 5635 Sturgeon Bay Road, has showers, laundry, ice and firewood available. The park includes hiking trails, a large playground and the Bay Shore boat landing.

For park information, contact the Brown County Facility and Parks Management Office at (920) 448-4466.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

New Probes offer Fix for Incorrect Level Readings in RV Holding Tanks

Practically all RVs that are sold these days are equipped with a monitor that provides all sorts of information. One just pushes a button to find out the status of the battery and the liquid levels in the fresh, black and gray holding tanks. The reliability of the information on levels in waste water tanks is very poor. Often it shows that the black and gray tanks are still full, even when the tanks are empty. How come? The reason is not a faulty monitor, but the malfunctioning of the probes in the wall of the wastewater tanks.

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Hershey Entertainment improving campground

Lebanon Daily News - Lebanon,PA,USA
Hershey Entertainment & Resorts plans to spend about $400,000 to improve Highmeadow Campground in Derry Township. That’s about $100,000 more than last year.

The campground on Matlack Road has more than 300 RV and tent campsites and 22 cabins.

Campground spokeswoman Rachel Dinbokowitz said the improvements include six new RV campsites, with electricity, water, sewer and cable hookups.

“They have leveled some campsites and added fire grills at other sites,” Dinbokowitz said, referring to work that has already begun at the campground.

In addition, she said plans call for improvements to the two swimming pools and an additional restroom.
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RVers can now Live in Washington Mobile Home Parks

It's now legal for full time RVers to park and live in manufactured and mobile home communities in Washington state. Before the law, RVs couldn't stay for extended periods of time. Now cities and counties can't make that rule if you're primary home is your RV.

Washington's Governor Gregoire says mobile home parks are generally cheaper than R.V. Parks, and much safer than having people park in parking lots or dead end roads.
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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Planning Commission to look at residential RV parking

Anderson Independent Mail - Anderson,SC,USA

Where Clemson residents park their recreational vehicles might soon become a matter between them and the city.

Clemson Planning Director Sharon Richardson informed the City Planning Commission Monday that her staff would be preparing amendments to the city zoning ordinance dealing with the parking of RVs, boats and other recreational vehicles at single-family residences.

The City Council, she said, had requested that the Planning Commission look at the issue.
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Fort Defiance State Park Campground to close for upgrades

Estherville Daily News - Estherville,Iowa,USA

The Fort Defiance State Park campground will be temporarily closed for electrical upgrades April 23 through May 4.

Iowa Department of Natural Resources Ranger Steve Reighard said the closing dates are tentative and are subject to change. The park is upgrading from a 20 amp to 50 amp service.

Any members of the Friends of Fort Defiance or anyone else who would like to volunteer to help with the upgrade can come to the park the morning of Saturday, April 25. Call Reighard at 320-1008 or Friends President John Wittneben at 362-4797 for more information.

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Camper Appreciation Events Planned At KY State Parks

Amplifier - Bowling Green,KY,USA
Celebrate the return of spring at one of Kentucky’s State Park campgrounds. With over 30 campgrounds located throughout the Commonwealth, guests can be assured of finding the perfect location to meet their adventure tourism needs.

Campgrounds will be opening up in April. (Due to the winter storms, campers should call the park they are interested in visiting to check on the opening date.) All parks will be hosting the annual Camper Appreciation Weekend April 24-26 with two nights for the price of one. Most parks will be holding special events this weekend for campers.

All campgrounds have sites with water and electric hookups. Campers with horses can be accommodated at Dale Hollow Lake and Taylorsville Lake.

Reservations can be made by visiting www.parks.ky.gov/reservations, where there is a new feature this year. Guests reserving online can now view pictures of the individual campsites available, allowing them to better select a site to suit their individual needs. Guests may also call 1-888-4KYPARK for reservations.

For more information about Kentucky State Parks, including camping information, events and other park details, visit www.parks.ky.gov
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State & National Parks look for busy year

Knoxville News Sentinel - Knoxville,TN,USA

Don't count state and national parks as casualties of the weak economy, at least not yet.

With April marking the start of the 2009 camping season, area park officials say they expect a busy year as families seek affordable vacations close to home.

At Tennessee state parks, early indications are that plenty of people are willing to cough up $18 or $20 per night for a camping spot.

"From the parks I've seen, the campgrounds have been full on weekends," said Murray Crow, regional manager for Tennessee State Parks. "If anything, we've had people complain about not being able to find a good camp site."

A dress rehearsal for this camping season came last year when area gas prices skyrocketed to as much as $5 per gallon. Even then, people continued to visit public parks and campgrounds at levels only slightly below the norm.
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V119
MAKE / MODEL YEARS : JEEP / 2002-2003
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V118
MAKE / MODEL YEARS : JEEP / 2009
SUBJECT : REVERSE WIRING STEERING COLUMN DRIVER AIR BAG

NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V117
MAKE / MODEL YEARS : JEEP / 2001-2004
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BUICK / 1997-2003
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OLDSMOBILE / 1998-1999
PONTIAC / 1997-2003
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ITASCA / 2002-2006
WINNEBAGO / 2002-2006

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FORD / 2009
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V111
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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Bluegrass on Wheels

The night before the maiden voyage of the "Schlitzmium Giganticus," members of the local bluegrass band Schlitz Creek took the 24-foot RV for a gas up.

As the pump filled the 27-gallon gas tank of the newly renovated 1973 Georgie Boy motor home last Thursday, a couple of Harley Davidson riders took notice of the group's new touring vehicle, complete with the band's logo and its motto: "Bluegrass with some bite."

"What? Is your mandolin player making up for a small instrument?" one of the bikers asked.

The band -- mandolin player John Speeter, banjo player Nick Deaton, guitarist Dave Dekema, bassist Nick Griffith and fiddler Ike Smith -- is sure to get more reactions this spring and summer as it takes the "SG" on the road, including a couple of shows in the area this weekend.
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New York's budget crunch delays campground openings

The Post-Standard - Syracuse.com - Syracuse,NY,USA
SYRACUSE, NY -- That "stay-cation" you were planning to take at a New York state park just got a little more complicated.

State beaches and campgrounds across the Empire State -- including some favorite getaway spots surrounding Syracuse -- will open for the season later and close for the year earlier than usual, the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced.

All told, about 100 state recreational facilities are affected by the cutbacks.

For example, all state campgrounds in the nine-county Central Region that includes Onondaga County open on May 15, one to two weeks later than customary for most of them, but five weeks tardy for Chenango Valley State Park in Chemung County. Most will close on Columbus Day, a few weeks early; Selkirk Shores is the exception, closing on Sept. 14.
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Resort campgrounds appeal to thrifty travelers

Los Angeles Times - CA,USA

"People still want to get away but are looking for more affordable vacations," said Linda Profaizer, president and chief executive of the National Assn. of RV Parks and Campgrounds, a trade organization that represents more than 3,700 privately owned campgrounds across the country.

She's optimistic that recession-wary vacationers will continue to make use of resort campgrounds.

"Our industry will do well this year, not break records, but do well," she said.

Other campground franchise owners have also reported strong business.

"Typically, we do well when the economy is down because we are an economical alternative but still a fun family option," said Michele Wisher, spokeswoman for Ohio-based Leisure Systems Inc., which owns a chain of 70 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park campgrounds. The company added three new Yogi Bear parks in 2008.

Resort campground owners are so optimistic about the future that many are making hefty investments in the business.
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California Forest Service Restricts Campfires

Ventura County Star - Camarillo,CA,USA

The Forest Service announced new campfire restrictions across Los Padres National Forest that go into effect immediately.

Building a campfire, or using a stove fire or barbecue, will be permitted only in approved recreation sites.

In the Ojai Ranger District, the fires are allowed only at these sites: Holiday Group Campground and Middle Lion, Pine Mountain, Reyes Peak, Rose Valley and Wheeler Gorge campgrounds.

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Friday, April 10, 2009

New York state parks cut summer hours

Albany Times Union - Albany,NY,USA

The state expects to save $300,000 this summer by cutting back on the time 10 Capital Region state parks will be open.

The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation said the cuts in the Saratoga-Capital District Region are part of $5.07 million in statewide budget reductions this summer that will trim operations at 100 of the state's 178 parks, campgrounds and historic sites.

"It's disappointing to have to close the pools and beaches to this extent,'' Alane Chinian, the regional director, said Thursday.

In addition to eliminating days of swimming from the summer schedule, daily pool openings are being cut by one hour.

The Saratoga-Capital District Region's parks account for 10 percent of the 100 parks and historic sites statewide that will see their hours of operation reduced.
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Thursday, April 09, 2009

Country Coach to Lay Off 460, Become Custom Builder

Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC,USA
Country Coach will lay off approximately 460 workers, the company announced in a filing with the state late Wednesday.

The Junction City-based motorhome manufacturer said layoffs will begin April 1. The affected employees were furloughed in November.

The company plans to become a much-smaller custom RV manufacturer. It will employ 110 after the layoffs.

“We’ve been a custom coach builder before,” said Matt Howard, the company’s vice president of marketing. “It’s essentially our business plan going forward.”
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RV dealer hopeful as it reopens in Davis, CA

Citing "some positive signs of economic recovery," San Diego-based La Mesa RV Center has reopened its recreational vehicle outlet in Davis.

The company closed the Davis RV store at 5200 Chiles Road – near the Mace Boulevard exit off Interstate 80 – in the fourth quarter last year, pointing to "a dramatic reduction in customer traffic and sales during the first half of 2008."
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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Neuseway nature center campground expands

ENC Today - Jacksonville,NC,USA
The Neuseway Nature Center campground will have additional camp sites for the public this year.

Lenoir County Parks and Recreation Director Bill Ellis said this week that $25,000 will be used to add nearly 10 new camp sites at the campground. Once the sites are added, the campground will have 24 total camp sites.

Lenoir County Economic Development Director Mark Pope said the campground is a piece the area's economic puzzle. Recently, the campground began advertising in national camping magazines.
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Tennessee can't keep up with State park repairs

In a sluggish economy, a growing number of Tennessee vacationers are swapping trips to far-off resorts or seashores for tents, inexpensive campsites and lake excursions at the state's network of parks.

They often find aging facilities with problems like broken toilets, rusting playground equipment and threadbare carpets.

"Many of the facilities are worn down," said deNise Moore, a volunteer at Fall Creek Falls State Park on the Cumberland Plateau, a popular destination for Middle Tennessee residents. "I want to be proud of it, I want it to shine. But right now it's a bit dull."

A national professional group for civil engineers appears to agree. It recently gave Tennessee a D-plus for its state parks, a system that a recreation group hailed as the best in the nation in 2007.

The state's tight budget leaves officials unable to take care of a $100 million backlog of maintenance projects at its 54-park system, where many facilities date to the 1930s.
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Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Indiana lake goers petition against campground changes

STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - Thoughts of renovating one section of Steuben County have a bunch of lake goers upset.

Hundreds of seasonal residents are concerned over rumors about their campground's fate. The Steuben County commissioners are in the middle of researching how the land along Crooked Lake can be used in order to be more profitable for the county. The commissioners said plans are very young but include ideas like a convention center and hotel built on the park and 4H grounds.
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Campgound hosts needed in Oregon

Statesman Journal - Salem,OR,USA
The Umpqua National Forest has openings for volunteer campground hosts at Eagle Rock and Horseshoe Bend campgrounds from May 15 until the end of September.
Duties include greeting campers, dispensing information and general campground maintenance.

The paybacks are a free camping spot in a gorgeous setting, water; a small stipend for propane and gas reimbursement and a Forest Service radio for communication.

Camp hosts must provide their own trailer or RV.
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11 Florida state parks close temporarily

The News Herald - Panama City,FL,USA
TALLAHASSEE - Eleven of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's State Parks located in north Florida are experiencing partial closures today after severe weather recently caused flooding. These are temporary closures and services will resume once conditions allow.

State Park closures include:

Holton River Camp at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak - Closed until further notice.

Dowling River Camp at Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak - Closed until further notice.

Madison Blue Springs State Park in Lee - Closed until further notice.

Peacock Springs State Park in Ft. White - Closed to swimming and diving. The park remains open for day use visitors.

Lafayette Blue Springs State Park in Mayo - Campground and swimming closed for visitors until further notice. The park remains open for day use visitors.

Suwannee River State Park in Live Oak - Campground and cabins are closed to visitors until further notice. The park remains open for day use visitors.

Troy Springs State Park in Branford - Closed to swimming and diving until further notice. The park remains open for day use visitors.

Fanning Springs State Park in Fanning Springs - Closed to swimming until further notice. The park remains open for day use visitors.

Florida Caverns State Park in Marianna - Campground, cave tours and the Blue Hole use area are closed until further notice. The visitor center and hickory picnic areas are open for day use visitors.

Blackwater River State Park in Holt - Campground is closed to visitors-anticipated to re-open midweek. The park remains open for day use visitors.

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park in Santa Rosa Beach - Topsail Road day use area is closed, but anticipated to re-open midweek. The rest of the park remains open for day use visitors.

Visitors can contact state parks directly for the most up to date information on park closures, or visit, www.FloridaStateParks.org
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Riding Mountain National Park Reservations Start Today

Winnipeg Free Press - Winnipeg,Manitoba,Canada
Campers can start making campground reservations for this year at Riding Mountain National Park.

Starting today, reservations are accepted online at www.pccamping.ca or from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. local time by telephone at 1-877-RESERVE (1-877-737-3783).

Camping season at Riding Mountain is from May 1 to Oct. 30. Spots can be reserved for the period from May 11 to Oct. 12.

Riding Mountain National Park is not part of the provincial park system and an entry fee there is still required.
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Monday, April 06, 2009

Progressive RV insurance now available in Massachusetts

MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio — April 6, 2009 — Massachusetts RVers now have new choices for insuring their motor homes. Progressive started offering car insurance in the state last May and a month later introduced boat insurance. Now, it has added RV insurance. The new coverage come just in time for the warm weather, when families across the state will be packing their motor homes for vacation.

Progressive's RV insurance is available for motor homes including conventional (Class A), camper vans (Class B), and mini-motor homes (Class C).

Consumers can buy the newly available insurance products online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, and through independent insurance agents.

"Progressive's RV programs offer unique features that haven't been available to Massachusetts residents in the past," said Pat Callahan, Progressive's general manager in charge of motorcycle, RV and boat insurance. "For example, the RV insurance includes Progressive's unique Pet Injury Coverage, which covers dogs and cats hurt in car accidents."

More details on the specific product features are available at http://rv.progressive.com.
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Camping at Mark Twain State Park

Nestled along the shoreline of Mark Twain Lake is one of Missouri’s oldest State parks- Mark Twain State Park. Just a short two-hour drive north of St. Louis, this park is a favorite of many campers. The park offers three campgrounds with basic and electric sites, camper cabins and a group camp. The lake is a stone’s throw away and is a fisherman and boaters paradise. The heavily wooded park provides refuge to several forms of wildlife including deer, raccoon, squirrels and several other animals. Camping in the late fall to early spring affords beautiful views of the lake from the Puma campground. The pads are gravel and mostly level yet spacious enough from your neighbor to allow privacy. The Corp of Engineers maintains the lake and offers miles and miles of non-commercialized and natural shoreline.
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Saturday, April 04, 2009

Fleetwood Announces Court Orders

RIVERSIDE, Calif., April 3 / -- Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FLTWE) ("Fleetwood"), a leading producer of recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today reported that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved orders that the company requested to support the continued operation of its motor home and manufactured housing businesses.

On April 1, 2009, Fleetwood received authorization through an interim order to obtain up to $80 million in Debtor-in-Possession ("DIP") financing to supplement the company's working capital needs, including a $65 million sub-limit for Letters of Credit that the company had in place prior to its Chapter 11 filing. The Court authorized the DIP financing as senior secured super-priority post-petition extensions of credit from its lenders, led by Bank of America, N.A. as agent. An additional hearing will be held on April 21, 2009, regarding a final order on the company's DIP financing.

Fleetwood also announced that its requests to pay pre-petition dealer and retailer sales incentives and warranty service claims for Fleetwood motor homes and manufactured homes were approved. Under Chapter 11, the company is permitted to continue to pay for approved post-petition warranty service that is performed on Fleetwood motor homes and manufactured homes and to pay for sales incentives earned on or after March 10, 2009, in the ordinary course of business.

Additional requests made since the company voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 on March 10, 2009, have also been approved. The orders, entered by Judge Meredith A. Jury of the Central District of California in Riverside, include:

Copies of the entered orders are available electronically at www.kccllc.net/fleetwood.

Founded in 1950, Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. and its various subsidiaries produce, distribute, and service recreational vehicles and manufactured housing. The company is dedicated to providing high-quality, innovative products that offer exceptional value to customers. Fleetwood continues to employ more than 3,000 people in 15 plants located in 10 states. Fleetwood's products are primarily marketed through extensive dealer networks throughout the United States and Canada. The company is headquartered in Riverside, Calif.

Additional information about the company's reorganization may be found online in the news section of www.fleetwood.com or www.kccllc.net/fleetwood.
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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Michigan RV Dealer Celebrates 55 years in RV Business

Tim Veurink, President of Veurinks’ RV Center in Grand Rapids, MI is the third generation of his family to be in the RV Business. Tim says “Over the past 55 years the RV business has been very good to our family. We enjoy the RV lifestyle and love dealing with the RV customer.”

The past couple of years have been challenging for the RV industry across the board. When asked how the economy is affecting his sales numbers, Tim indicated that overall he is confident that the industry will rebound as it has in the past. “This industry has always had its ups and downs. We had tough go of it in 1974-1975, 1979-1980, 1989-1991, 2000-2001 and now again we face some challenges today. What I have learned is during these times you need to take care of your customer, communicate with your staff, stick to your plan, and hang in there until the storm is over because the storm always does end.”

Tim adds that he feels blessed that his family has been in the RV business for 55 years and believes that the RV lifestyle and business will bounce back bigger than ever. Here are nine reasons why he thinks the RV industry is poised for a serious economic turn-around:
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Progress made in restoring Illinois state parks

Belleville News Democrat - IL, USA
Crews from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources continue to make progress in repairing facilities and clearing damaged trees and branches at a number of state parks, natural areas, and trails in southern Illinois in the aftermath of the severe ice storm that hit the region in late January.

Affected facilities will remain closed or will have limited access until dangers from downed limbs and trees are cleared and related repairs are made.

"Our IDNR personnel are working hard every day to clear the damage and get the affected sites open as soon as possible and they are making progress," said IDNR Director Marc Miller. "Public safety is our first concern, and facilities at a number of sites need to remain closed because downed trees and other damage still present dangers to visitors.

"Residents in the region know how devastating the January ice storm was...we ask for patience from them and from all park visitors as we work to get these sites reopened."

Visitors are encouraged to call ahead before their visit.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Backup Lighting System Lights the Way Backing RV's

Hendersonville, NC – Cruiser Stainless Accessories offers the White Night Rear Lighting System to automatically light the way when backing RV's. Provides an 80-foot spread of white light behind and to the rear sides of the vehicle when in reverse gear. Dramatically improves visibility and safety when towing, or whenever a pickup, SUV or RV is driven in reverse.
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Lake Charles AR campground reopens after ice storm

Walnut Ridge Times Dispatch - Walnut Ridge,AR,USA
Lake Charles State Park, located on Highway 25 near Powhatan, has been closed for more than two months after it was decided the park was not safe due to damage caused by the Jan. 28 ice storm.

Many hours of work have resulted in the reopening of the park's campground areas today.
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Terror strikes campground

The County Press - Lapeer,MI,USA

A Burlington Township emergency medical technician carefully checks this volunteer victim and stabilizes her neck during a multi-agency training exercise conducted at the Otter Lake Campground. In this scenario a tornado had struck the campground, leaving many injured victims, including the above girl found in a storm-battered vehicle. (Photo by MIKE MERCIER)
OTTER LAKE -- A simulated tornado whipped through the Otter Lake Campground Sunday morning wreaking terror upon the community.

The quiet of the rainy and foggy morning was shattered by loud commands of responders and the flashing of lights and howling sirens of emergency vehicles. About 130 volunteers participated in the three-hour mock disaster designed to put rescuer's skills into action.

"It's a full-scale exercise that allows first responders to react in a very real event without having safety as a concern," said Lapeer County Emergency Management coordinator Mary Stikeleather. "Everyone filled out an evaluation form after. From what I've read, people were impressed with the speed and the seriousness."

The fake tornado struck the full campground with limited warning about 9 a.m.
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RV workers, sew what?

We keep hearing stories about R-V industry companies closing up shop.

But there is a success story out of Goshen.

A company called Specialty Window Coverings, which makes window coverings for RVs, is digging its way out of the trenches.

They are making something totally different with millions of dollars worth of fabric they had in stock.

Randy Ferrie of Specialty Window Coverings says, "Well, we lost a couple large customers and we sat around and tried to think of different ideas how to keep people working. "What can we do?" And one of the ideas was to make these bags."

Donna Gould, the Sales Manager if Specialty Window Coverings says, "I had a carpet bag that a vendor had given me for a Christmas present and I had it on airplanes before and 'Where did you get that bag? I'd love to have that bag!' And so, it just started evolving from there."

Traci Capellman says, "With 200 employees laid off, some of the 30 employees left at Specialty Window Coverings started designing bags and making samples. They attach tags that says Made in the USA and putting America back to work. On the back of that tag? Their company's story."

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