Sunday, May 31, 2009

Life On Wheels: RVers enjoy the friendships, relaxed pace

"You can say it's expensive, but it's like buying a second home," said Mogens Hermansen, a global manufacturing director for International Paper. "People say, 'Why do you spend all that money on this?' It's investing in your lifestyle."

Ray and Maggie Russell went from a 19-foot camper to a 40-foot motor coach that easily pulls their "toad" -- a car or other towed vehicle in RV lingo. Then they bought two lots at Traverse Bay RV Resort, a luxury RV park complete with clubhouse, fitness center, tennis courts, pool and spa, cable, satellite and wi-fi.
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RV Parking ban complaints come from far and wide

Gary Post Tribune - Gary,IN,USA
HOBART IN -- E-mails from recreational vehicle drivers upset over Hobart's plan to ban overnight parking at local shopping centers have been pouring into the mayor's office.

Mayor Brian Snedecor has received dozens of electronic messages from across the country protesting a proposed city ordinance that would prohibit truck drivers and RV owners from using retail parking lots along U.S. 30 as night time rest stops. Violations could result in fines up to $2,500.

The ordinance, which won preliminary City Council approval last month, will come up for a final council vote Wednesday.

Word of the pending ban spread quickly on Internet sites that cater to recreational vehicle drivers.

"I'm an RVer myself," the mayor said. "But the council is not trying to punish anyone. They're just saying the place where RV and truck drivers stop to sleep shouldn't be our retail areas. There are other areas for that," Snedecor said.

Councilman Jerry Herzog sought the overnight parking ban after getting complaints from residents about the growing number of 18-wheelers that park outside Wal-Mart at night. He said RVs recently have started to set up camp in the store parking lot.

Herzog and other council members claim overnight parking contributes to unsafe conditions and may be a hazard to the public's health and safety.
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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Oregon campground one of "Top 25 Amazing Camping Spots" in America

KCBY.com 11 - North Bend,OR,USA
HAUSER, Ore. - A local campground has received some national recognition for its gorgeous scenery and dedication to serving campers.

The KOA Campground in Hauser was recently named one of the "Top 25 Amazing Spots in America" by Reserve America, one of the nation's leading recreation reservation services.

Owners Fritz and Kathy Gross said they are flattered by the distinction and have a good idea why they their campground was recognized.
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Michigan residents gassing up but not going far

Sentinel-Standard - Ionia,MI,USA
IONIA - Despite the climbing gas prices, the $4 per gallon prices of last summer are not expected to return.

“We don't anticipate gas prices being anywhere near what they were last year,” said Nancy Cain, public relations officer for AAA.

Gas stations, on the other hand, see prices on the rise.

“We get the reports every morning,” said Adam Khan, manager at Ionia Marathon. “I think it's going to go up, maybe to $3.”

Last year when gas prices were up over $4 per gallon, local gas stations were keeping retail price so close to what they paid for gasoline that they weren't profiting.

“We're in the same situation now,” Khan said.

Gas was running people over $1.50 more per gallon at this time last year, according to Cain.

Gas prices may be down this summer as compared to last year, but don't expect to see more cars on the road because of it.

“We anticipate that travel will be on par with last year,” Cain said. “We know that people aren't going to spend as much as they did, nor stay as long, however.”
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Friday, May 29, 2009

Five great Utah campgrounds

Utahns can spend their summers camping in dozens of different campgrounds on federal, state and private lands while enjoying parks close to water, in high elevation mountain areas, near urban areas or on the desert. Here are five of Utah's best campgrounds:
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RV Dealer Says RV Sales 'doing better'

"We're seeing quite an uptick in the RV interest," says Jenkins. "We're doing better than we were in January, for sure. But, we're not doing as good as we were last May."

Jenkins attributes the increase in sales to better RV deals from the manufacturers. Some as good as $13,000 off. And he thinks the economy will go the direction of his recent sales.

"When that happens, the RV deals are going to go away," says Jenkins. "Our shop is just absolutely slammed."

Those who already have an RV are keeping the folks at Bish's busy with maintenance requests.
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Minnesota Campgrounds Impose Firewood Restrictions

Minnesota Bike Trails - MN,USA
The recent discovery of emerald ash borer (EAB) in a St. Paul neighborhood means that people should no longer pack firewood when making summer camping plans.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten on May 20 issued a revised order dealing with use of firewood on state land.

Under the new order, only firewood purchased at a state park or from a DNR-approved vendor may be brought onto state land. Otherwise, kiln-dried, untreated lumber that is free of any metal or foreign substances can be used as firewood.

The receipt supplied by the approved vendor should be retained as proof of purchase.

Unapproved firewood brought to a state-administered campground will be confiscated and the transporter is subject to a $100 fine.

People camping on state forest lands outside of a designated campground may gather dead wood on the ground for campfire use on site. In state parks and designated campgrounds in state forests, people are prohibited from scavenging dead wood.
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Indiana RV campground bucks the recession

Henderson Gleaner - Henderson,KY,USA
SANTA CLAUS, Ind. — News out of northern Indiana’s RV factory belt may be disastrous, but Southern Indiana’s largest privately-owned RV park is enjoying good times.

“Our reservations are up 4 percent over a year ago,” said Dave Lovell, manager of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort 35 miles east of Evansville.

There are at least two reasons why the campground — which started small in 1958 but now spreads across 160 acres adjacent to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari theme park — is bucking the recession.

Lovell said many vacationing families are staying closer to home this year because of the economy.
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Overnight charge in RV parks 'unreasonable'

Central Maine Morning Sentinel - Augusta,ME,USA
A few years ago while traveling through North Carolina, I stopped at a campground off Interstate 95 just to stay overnight. It wanted $16 for just electricity. About three miles before, I had seen a motel that was advertising two double beds for $21. I told the campground people that I would not pay over $10.

They didn't seem to care about getting my business so I went down the road for about two miles and parked in a garage yard. He didn't want to take any money but I insisted he take at least $5. He believed that an RV in his yard would prevent burglaries and welcomed me back any time.

I have very descriptive words for anybody who would waste their legislative duties on such a bill as LD 114, but I am sure the paper would not publish them.
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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fleetwood's OR Plant future still Uncertain

East Oregonian - Pendleton,Oregon,USA
The Canadian RV dealer who tried to buy Fleetwood's La Grande plant has cast a glance at the bankrupt company's Pendleton site.

Craig Little, owner of Arbutus RV & Marine Sales on Vancouver Island, offered $1.8 million to buy the 79,000 square-foot La Grande plant. But Little lost out during a sale hearing and auction May 13 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Riverside, Calif. Ron Nash, owner of the La Grande-based RV maker Northwood Manufacturing, bought the property with a bid of $2.05 million.

Little said he knew Northwood was likely to make the move, but he expressed disappointment as to why. He said it seemed as though Northwood, which already has a plant close to the Fleetwood site, is just trying to keep a competitor from locating nearby.

"I'm not sure if that's the best thing for La Grande, but I understand the business decision," Little said. "We would have liked to have been a serious employer of that area, for sure."
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Monday, May 25, 2009

RVers find top-shelf amenities at new RV Resort

When Brenda and Lewis Wesley saw a sign for a new recreational vehicle resort two hours away, they knew they had found their long-desired weekend getaway.

Few RV parks in South Florida could accommodate the needs of their 40-foot luxury home-away-from-home – and even fewer had the top-shelf amenities that offer the vacation lifestyle they like to experience. Many parks are also aging badly or have been sold for their land development potential.

The Royal Palm Beach couple both work full-time, so something nearby was important, said Brenda Wesley, a nurse. “We can’t drive four to five hours to be at a park on weekends. Buying a lot so we can drive our RV 60 miles to relax in a vacation environment on a lake is perfect.”

Banking on the idea that there were plenty of RV owners like the Wesleys – in Florida, Canada, the Midwest and the Northeast – Bill Harvey began to develop the Silver Palms RV Village a half-mile from the northern tip of Lake Okeechobee in July 2008. While he had developed several commercial properties in Florida prior to this and expanded the Cross Creek RV Resort rental community in Arcadia, which he purchased, Silver Palms is his first RV resort built from scratch – and during a recession.
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RV enthusiasts still committed to RV lifestyle

Ventura, Calif. (May 20, 2009) – Recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturers and accessory suppliers experienced larger-than-anticipated traffic and sales at the nation’s largest RV rally, held April 17-20 in Albuquerque, N.M. In drawing 3,112 RVs, 353 indoor exhibitors and 140 outdoor exhibit slots over the four-day event, this growing annual get-together – officially called The Rally – again demonstrated the ongoing commitment North American RV enthusiasts have for the RV lifestyle.

Millions of dollars in RVs and accessories were sold throughout The Rally, now in its 10th year, including a $460,000 motorcoach by Michigan-based manufacturer Silver Crown. Roadmaster, Camping World and Demco were among the exhibitors reporting “terrific” sales, while a number of companies literally sold out of product.

“Our exhibitors are very pleased with the amount of traffic and sales activity at The Rally 2009; in fact, at times, attendees were shoulder to shoulder inside the exhibit hall,” said Sue Bray, executive director for the Good Sam Club, the event’s organizer. “RV manufacturers and aftermarket parts and accessory suppliers alike saw many buyers in a short amount of time, which is a testament to the strength of the industry and commitment to this lifestyle. It was a huge shot in the arm to an industry that really needs it.”

“The turnout was better than expected,” noted Terry Thompson, vice president of sales for Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity. “Our goal was to get 3,000 family rigs to attend, and we ended up with 3,112. Both the indoor and outdoor exhibitors told us they were happy with the results. Dealers were able to get inventory moved, and the indoor guys were flooded with customers. The first two days of the show it was tough to just walk down the aisles; there were so many people inside. We delivered a bunch of buyers to exhibitors, and nothing makes us happier.”

RV travelers, representing every state and province in North America, camped at Albuquerque’s famous Balloon Fiesta Park, while exhibitors, seminars and daily activities took place down the road at the EXPO New Mexico fairgrounds.

The Rally has become known as the event and vacation destination of the year for an estimated eight million U.S. RV owners. Every year RV enthusiasts, newbies and veterans alike, explore the wildly popular RV lifestyle through the latest in recreational vehicles and accessories, live entertainment, family-friendly activities and educational seminars by nationally known experts.

Among the first-time events this year at The Rally 2009 were philanthropic projects, eco-friendly initiatives and pet adoptions. In an effort to give back to The Rally’s host community of Albuquerque, more than 70 Rally-goers participated in a day of service at Rio Grande Community Farm, while conservation expert Brian Brawdy showed how traveling by RV can conserve resources. The Rally also hosted dog and cat adoptions, courtesy of Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez, which secured homes for more than half of the animals.

The Rally 2010 will be July 22-25 in Louisville, Ky; additional information and registration can be found online at www.therally.com. The Rally can also be found on Facebook (The Rally), EONS.com (TheRally), Twitter (@TheRally) and Flickr (flickr.com/photos/therally/).
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Campground Chase Leaves Campers Shaken

fox4kc.com - Kansas City,USA
Authorities are investigating after campers said Jackson County Sheriff's deputies chased a allegedly stolen pickup truck through their campground late Friday night.

Campers at Longview Lake Campground claim that they saw a speeding pickup truck, with three Jackson County Sheriff's deputies in pursuit, tear through their campground around 11 p.m. on Friday night.

According to the campers, the truck and the deputies zoomed past tents and children riding bicycles.
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Go Camping to Cut Vacation Costs

Wall Street Journal - USA
In times like these, sleeping under the stars, breathing fresh air and toasting marshmallows becomes a popular family vacation.

"We are seeing a great interest in camping this year, which is true in any year when the economy is not quite so great," says Linda L. Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. There has been an increased interest in tent camping in particular; its affordability appeals to beginners, she says.

A camping trip is an "entry level" vacation, says Mike Gast, a spokesman for campground operator Kampgrounds of America, or KOA. That's because it's often an inexpensive getaway -- especially if it doesn't involve a long drive. Many times this type of vacation is the last to get cut when a family's budget tightens and the first to return when funds come back.
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Monaco Coach Sale Approved

Bizjournals.com - Charlotte,NC,USA
A federal judge on Friday approved the sale of Monaco Coach Corp.’s recreational vehicle assets to Navistar Inc.

The $52 million deal is expected to close in early June.

On April 27 the company announced it had an accepted an offer from Warrenville, Ill.-based Navistar that includes certain manufacturing facilities in Indiana and Oregon, as well as all brands, intellectual property, inventories, and equipment relating to the company’s motorized and towable recreational vehicle segments.

Navistar is manufacturer of commercial and military vehicles, as well as diesel engines and related services.

Monaco warned the proceeds of the sale will cover payments to creditors, but it won’t likely result in any additional funds being distributed to shareholders.
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Man Burned Trying to Light Campfire

A night of camping goes wrong and a man is now suffering from 2nd degree burns after the campfire he ignited went out of control. It happened just as the Memorial Day weekend was getting underway at the KOA campground in Westhampton.

"His legs were just peeling away. It was the worst thing I've ever seen in my life," says witness Colleen Holtan.

Right off Route 66 in Westhampton, Memorial Day campers witnessed the shocking scene of a man on fire.

"I saw flames and his legs were burnt pretty bad and the skin was already peeling pretty bad," says witness Angelina Cudworth.

It happened in spot #9 at KOA campgrounds. Witnesses say the man starting the fire ignited it with gasoline.
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Friday, May 22, 2009

Hamilton County, Ohio Campground Expansion Complete

An 18-month expansion project of the Winton Woods Campground is complete for the Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial kick-off of summer and camping season. Whether campers want to enjoy a simple overnight camp-out or a weeklong stay, Winton Woods offers an array of amenities with 123 sites.

The hottest commodities are the eight new deluxe cabins with fully-equipped kitchens (linens, cookware, dishes and dishwasher), bathrooms with stand-in showers, heat, air-conditioning and televisions. Each cabin includes a wood deck, picnic table, grill and fire ring; they sleep six people, including a loft for children.

Other new sites include 25 RV back-in sites and 12 RV pull-through sites, all with full hookup (water, 50-amp electric and sewer), concrete patio, picnic table and fire ring. Winton Woods Campground also has 10 basic cabins and 68 sites with 30-amp hookups.

“RV camping continues to be a popular way for Americans to travel and enjoy their vacation and family time,” states Recreation Manager Bill Mowery. “The Winton Woods Campground is a great alternative for families looking for an affordable destination in these tough economic times.”

Site rentals range from $25 per night for 30-amp electric to $115 per night for the deluxe cabins.

Another addition is a campground office and store that sells anything campers may have forgotten to pack – from sunscreen to sweatshirts if the night air gets chilly. The Woods Café features a delicious menu including fresh-brewed coffee, cappuccinos, hand-dipped ice cream, nachos, hot pretzels and pizza that can be delivered to campers’ cabins, RVs and campsites.

Campers can make use of a group activity shelter, playground, larger visitor parking, two new dump stations, a shower building and Wi-Fi access.

The Winton Woods Campground is located within easy walking distance of the park’s Harbor via a paved multi-purpose trail. Visitors can enjoy both wet and dry playgrounds, a snack bar and plenty of water recreation. There are rowboats, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats or mini-pontoon boats for rent on the 188-acre lake with plenty of fishing; bait and tackle can be purchased at the park’s boathouse.

The Winton Woods Campground expansion reflects the Hamilton County Park District’s commitment to providing outdoor recreation and education for area residents. Revenue generated from campground reservations contributes to the Park District’s status as one of the most self-sufficient park systems in the country.

For more information and reservations, prospective campers can call (513) 851-CAMP (2287).
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Recreation changes along Illinois River road

Terry Richard, The Oregonian May 22, 2009 11:16AM
The Illinois River Road Recreational Area in southern Oregon is open this season with some changes designed to improve day use and camping along the Illinois River corridor downstream from Cave Junction.

This year, the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is charging $10 at the following campgrounds along the Illinois River: Six Mile, River Bench, Store Gulch and Little Falls (which is on the Eight Dollar Road).

All proceeds from these campground charges will be used to clean up and maintain these popular campgrounds along the Illinois River corridor.

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The following campgrounds will remain at no charge for public use: Josephine (which is on the Eight Dollar Road), Echo, Illinois River Trailhead, Snailback and Horn Bend.
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Damon Motor Coach Optomistic About It's Future

ELKHART, IN – Damon Motor Coach, a Thor Industries subsidiary, has felt the economic crunch over the past year, but is bouncing back. “We actually increased market share during the past 12 months,”said Matt Thompson, V.P. of Sales. “In recent weeks there is some very positive news for us and hopefully the industry,” he added.

Damon has announced it is back to five full days of production and now has a backlog of orders. “This is a rarity in the hard-hit RV Industry, especially Elkhart County,” said Bill Fenech, President of Damon. “Although encouraging, it’s too early to call this a recovery,” Fenech says. The company is cautiously optimistic about the recent improvement in business. He went on to say that he and his staff will be watching production closely, and matching that with demand. He also announced that Damon has hired back a group of previously laid off workers and intends to hire more. “Exact numbers will be dependent on sustaining current sales trends, however, Damon dealers are becoming more optimistic about future business,” Fenech concluded.

Jim Colton of Colton RV, one of Damon’s newest dealers, says Damon product is moving fast. “We received our first Daybreak model recently and it sold in two days,” Colton said. Lazy Days RV Sales, one of the nations largest RV dealers, has also noticed increased Damon sales. “Things are looking up! Damon’s all-new Avanti high-mileage Class A diesel has been a star performer. We had seven retail customers purchase these units in the past two weeks... this is outstanding,” says Ken Jacobson, Sales Man-
ager for Lazy Days.

An Elkhart-based RV dealer is also encouraged by the recent trend. Hank Schrock, Owner of Total Value RV says Damon product is helping his business. “We’ve sold five Damon Class A motorhomes in the past few weeks... this is a great sign,” said Schrock. In March, Damon shipped nearly 10 percent of the entire Class A market, according to RVIA wholesale shipment reports. On the retail side, Damon’s Astoria model gained 25% market share and the Challenger model came in at just over a 19% gain. Damon has invested in a new production facility during the downturn. The new production plant has been modernized and streamlined to help make the entire process, from design to finish, more flexible and efficient. The company, because of the full production week, is back to its regular schedule for customer factory tours.

Damon Motor Coach designs and manufactures a full line of affordably-priced, yet quality built Class A motorhomes. Brands include the Astoria, Tuscany and Essence diesel pushers; the Avanti front diesel puller; and the gas-powered DayBreak, Challenger and Outlaw models. Damon is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, OH, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
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Eco-Friendly Green RVs May Shape RVing's Future

Peter Greenberg.com Travel News - Studio City,CA,USA
As more and more Americans struggle to find affordable ways to travel, attention has turned to the niche market of recreational vehicles.

But is it possible for eco-minded travelers to reduce their carbon footprint—or tire tracks—when driving these behemoths?

Welcome to the world of green RVs.

The good news is that the RV industry is adjusting to the demands of a more environmentally conscious public. Vehicles are offering more efficient fuel usage and improved design, while providing spacious accommodations that can fit realistic budgets.

Modern motor homes use fuel-efficient diesel engines that get about 15 miles per gallon as opposed to the industry standard of 8-10 mpg.

Manufacturers are building RVs with lighter composites (similar to the material found in golf balls), experimenting with new design, combating wind resistance by making sleeker front ends that improve overall fuel efficiency, changing the look of trailers to a more European design, with an aerodynamic front that conserves energy.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Maine Campground Owner Allen York Keeps on Whinning

Commercial lots that allow free parking to RVs illustrate a real and growing threat to many of Maine's 275 campgrounds. Fact is, each time an RV stops for the night in a commercial parking lot, a local campground loses out on a customer. And these days, each lost customer makes a larger dent on a campground's bottom line.

To address this issue, the Maine Campground Owners Association (MECOA), of which I am president, recently supported a bill in the Maine Legislature that in part called for the creation of a Web site and brochures to educate RV owners about alternatives to commercial parking lots, including the locations of approved free camping areas and campgrounds close to highway exits.

RV owners across the United States have complained that they felt the bill, sponsored by Rep. Anne Perry, was unfair and amounted to a black eye on Maine's tourism efforts. MECOA encouraged Perry to withdraw the bill.

But that hasn't stopped the outcry. Campground owners continue to hear directly from RV owners angered that Maine's Legislature would consider such a law. I have received hundreds of messages that range from simple opposition to the proposed legislation to personal attacks targeting my business and vowing to never again patronize my campground.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Campground has unique setting

Tipsinah Mounds Park and Campground is owned and operated by the City of Elbow Lake. The park and campground are located near Pomme de Terre Lake.

The city has a public boat launch at Tipsinah, over 25 RV camping sites (electricity and water), tenting sites, a general store and good fishing. For the safety and peace of mind of its guests, Tipsinah has on-premise caretakers and regular police patrols.

As for things to do, in addition to camping, swimming and nearby golf, there’s volleyball, hay rides, horseshoes, nature trails, basketball and pet walking areas.

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Flooded Iowa campgrounds back in business

Iowa City Press Citizen - Iowa City,IA,USA

Although last year’s flooding brought more water than happy campers to local parks, things are back up and running for this year’s camping season, officials said.A number of camping sites throughout the county were underwater for a portion of last summer, but officials said the damage wasn’t as bad as feared.

There are three county-owned campground locations, including F.W. Kent Park, Hills Access and River Junction. Both Hills Access and River Junction are alongside the Iowa River and flooded last summer.

“They have been restored and are back up and running,” Kent Park Ranger Tom Smith said. “We got out of it fairly easily.”

The 10 campsites at Hills Access were under four feet of water during the height of the flood, Smith said.

“I just expected things to be flattened,” he said.

Once the floodwaters receded, county conservation department staff only needed to do some minor fixes, such as adding dirt and seed, he said.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Illinois Campground Closing Due to High Water

WEEK-TV - East Peoria,IL,USA

Last week's heavy rains have many rivers swollen and overflowing. That includes the Illinois River.

There has been a flood warning for the Illinois River at Peoria in effect since March 8th.
As of Monday, we have reached a new ALL TIME record for the consecutive number of days of a running flood warning.

It's affecting many areas including the Fon Du Lac Park District in East Peoria. The River is going to go where the river wants to go.


The Illinois River is moving in on the Carl Spindler Marina and campgrounds in East Peoria. So much so the campgrounds are closing.

"It's all mother nature. Nobody has control over it. There's no reason to be upset. It's just something you have to deal with," said Stephen Grube.

Like many of the tenants at Fon Du Lac Park district grounds, Stephen Grube is packing up once again.

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NE Campgrounds Filling For Memorial Day Weekend

WOWT - Omaha,NE,USA

Campers are already pouring into Nebraska state parks in anticipation of the Memorial Day weekend.

“We’re expecting to probably fill either Tuesday night or Wednesday," said Mahoney State Park Superintendent Brian Schimdt.

So does that mean people not planning to spend the night should stay at home this weekend? Not so, according to Schmidt.

"We have the family aquatic center which is opening this weekend and it’ll be a big hit this weekend as well as the horseback riding, the paddle boating and all the different activities, as well as theater."

"I'm on the top of the world looking down on creation.” Dale Jensen's song pretty much sums up his day. He loves Mahoney.

“I love it, it's a wonderful place. They've just got so many fantastic services, but you know what I like best is the fact that I can bring my food for enough meals for breakfast and lunch and then I go over to the lodge for supper, have a T-bone steak.”

The Wilsons have been enjoying the amenities of the park most of the week, but aren't so crazy about the crowds expected this weekend.

“We clear out on holiday weekends, that's when a lot of other people are here and so it's a lot more crowded, a lot more people,” said Dennis Wilson. “This way it's more peaceful and we just don't go on holiday weekends anymore.”

Schimidt says that while big parks like Mahoney fill up pretty quickly, other less known facilities tend to have space available later in the week.

He recommends checking the parks Web site for online camping and lodging reservations.
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Holiday weekend to see rush to Arizona Campgrounds

Arizona Daily Sun - Flagstaff,AZ,USA
Most of the Forest Service camping sites from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon that can be reserved in advance for Memorial Day Weekend are already booked.

That leaves first-come, first-served sites in some of the same forest campgrounds, some private RV and camping parks, and camping in the forest at large. Jerry Simington has been receiving a lot of phone calls this year from first-time campers.
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Sunday, May 17, 2009

New Campground opens at Lake Carl Blackwell

NewsOK.com - Oklahoma City,OK,USA

Lake Carl Blackwell in Stillwater, OK has opened a new campground and added more cabins that are available for nightly rental.

The new Scissortail Lane Campground offers 18 sites that include a picnic table and a fire ring with grill as well as 50-amp electrical service and water.

Five pull-through sites will help individuals avoid backing their vehicles as they settle in to their campsite, said Sam McFee, assistant director of Oklahoma State University Risk Management, who oversees administrative functions at the lake.

The Pine Grove sites also feature additional pull-through sites, with picnic tables and fire rings at each site.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

New upscale RV resort opens Michigan

Muskegon Chronicle - MLive.com - Muskegon,MI,USA
DALTON TOWNSHIP -- Duck Creek RV Resort, the upscale campground across Riley-Thompson Road from the entrance to Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park opened Friday, a week before Michigan's traditional camping season begins on Memorial Day weekend.

Where: Across Riley-Thompson Road from the entrance to Michigan's Adventure Amusement Park, Dalton Township.

Rates: $40 for the early season, Friday through June 25; $49 for the busy season, June 26 through Sept. 6; and $38 for the late season, Sept. 7 through Oct. 24.

The 157 sites -- all with paved pads for the RVs and full hookups for utilities -- and most of the amenities are already ready for customers. The amenities include a heated, duck-shaped pool, clubhouse with a game room, laundry facilities, large playground, a camp store, shower facilities and basketball, shuffleboard and volleyball courts.
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Friday, May 15, 2009

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park opening Memorial Day

The Salinas Californian - Salinas,CA,USA
California State Parks has announced Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park will be reopening for campers in time for the Memorial Day weekend.

On a limited basis, the park, located south of Monterey on Highway 1, will be open for camping on May 22 through Oct. 31.

"We have been working hard to get this campground open in time for summer," said C.L. Price, superintendent of the Big Sur Sector of California State Parks. "This is great news because we know how important this particular campground is to hundreds of families who go here every year and we know how important this park is to the economy of the Big Sur area.

Reservations for Pfeiffer Big Sur SP will be available beginning at 8 a.m. Monday, May 18.

Due to fire damage in 2008 a limited number of campsites will be available in South Camp and Weyland.

Main Camp will be off reservations due to a major capital outlay project and is anticipated to be closed during the summer.
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Alberta Campgrounds filling fast

Medicine Hat News - Medicine Hat,AB,Canada
Local campgrounds are filling up fast with May long weekend warriors as the outdoor season officially gets underway.

Dozens of camping enthusiasts had already staked their claim Thursday at Golden Sheaf Park near Medicine Hat.

“It’s pretty busy,” said one camper who asked to be identified as Kevin. “You pretty much have to come on Thursday to get a spot.”
A steady stream of campers were also pouring into Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park, located about 100 kilometres southeast of the Gas City.
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With many families pinching pennies this year, nearby campgrounds also provide a budget-friendly getaway option.

“We know that travelers tend to stay closer to home and visit tried-and-true destinations when the economy is down,” said Lisa Marshall, Wisconsin Department of Tourism spokeswoman. “Camping is a very economical way to travel, and we are finding that leisure travelers don’t want to give up their vacation but are looking for ways to make it more affordable.”

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Five star RV park to open in Montana

Polson Lake County Leader - Polson,MT,USA
Paul London, owner of Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort, came to Montana about 10 years ago and has been a Polson advocate ever since. Before coming he toured the country in an RV working for Nordstrom’s retail store. He met his Montanan wife, Carlisa, and they began their dream of creating a 5-star RV resort in the heart of one of the most beautiful places in the country.

This Memorial day, after one year of steady construction and years of careful planning, the first phase of the Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort will be completed. The Londons’ vision of their resort is coming full circle.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Gas prices take another jump

Fuel prices spiked as high as $2.50 a gallon yesterday at many area gas stations, the second jump to hit Kentucky and Indiana in a week.
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Prices increased early last week from an average of around $2 per gallon to about $2.30.

Rising pump prices are the norm for May as U.S. refiners switch to more expensive blends of gasoline that are required to meet state and federal clean air requirements.

There are also refineries still operating at reduced levels because of annual maintenance, said Tom Kloza, publisher and chief oil analyst at Oil Price Information Service.

Optimism over an economic recovery, or at least the belief that things may not get worse, have pushed energy prices higher with some expecting a rebound in demand.

Energy prices eased yesterday as investors appeared to second-guess the recent surge.
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ACC Warranty Group offers RVers “Zero-Percent-Guaranteed Financing”

Indianapolis, IN 05/13/2009 – The ACC Warranty Group, www.ACCWS.com, has announced a multi-year agreement to provide zero percent interest consumer financing through its ACC Sales-Finance unit. The ACC Finance program is unique in today’s marketplace due to the fact that it is guaranteed to all consumers with no credit check and offers a zero percent interest rate for twelve months.

The private label financing program provides special credit allowances that simplify payment options on initial and on-going purchases. Key benefits of the program include no annual fees, 24-hour account access, online payments, zero percent interest and low minimum monthly payments. In addition, the program is fully transferrable.

“ACC now has the best consumer-oriented RV warranty program we have seen,” said Scott Ring. “It is extremely fair, attractive and sensitive to the current needs of RV dealers and most importantly existing RV consumers. The combination of ACC’s depth of buying, low prices and now free financing will materially increase the opportunity for our dealers and partners to deliver warranty products to families across America.”

“This finance option is also approved for use in conjunction with the recently launched ACC Monaco Coach warranty program, the ACC Country Coach warranty Program, and the ACC Fleetwood warranty program in response to the Chapter 11 filings by those manufacturers.”

According to the RVIA, more than 1.2 million RV’s have been shipped to dealers during the past 4 years. With the current economy, more and more consumers are putting off trading for a new unit and are now out of factory warranty coverage. When you combine those numbers with the amount of RV’s built by manufacturers who are no longer in business, there is a great opportunity for ACC to step in and fill a large vacuum in today’s RV market.

“An extended warranty ensures years of trouble-free ownership without the fear of unexpected repair costs,” said Louis Pagliarini, vice president of sales for GE Money. “Consumers who maintain warranty coverage are proven to enjoy a better ownership experience.”
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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Maine bill targeting RV parking rejected

The Maine House of Representatives today voted to kill Rep. Anne Perry's bill meant to prohibit recreational vehicles from parking overnight at commercial lots in the state.

The bill was rejected after Perry said it would not solve the problem it was meant to address. Perry also said she's had received e-mail from RVers who helped change her mind on the issue.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Motorhome wrecked be downed tree.

Bill Schubert and his wife were trying to sleep in their RV when the storm blew through Joplin on Friday morning.

In town to visit relatives, the Schuberts fled their RV and took cover in his sister’s home about five minutes before hurricane-force winds planted a large oak tree on his vehicle.

“There was lightning, thunderstorms, hail, and boy did that wind blow,” said the 86-year-old retired Navy veteran. “We’ve got a motor-home treehouse here.”

Schubert and his wife drove the RV to Joplin last week to visit his sister, who lives on the 3500 block of Oak Ridge Drive. The roof of her home also was damaged.

The circumference of the tree measured 82 inches, he said.
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Optimistic campgrounds spruce up for a busy season

Myrtle Beach Sun News - Myrtle Beach,SC,USA

Freshly cut picnic tables and power meters that still read zero lined newly laid coquina driveways at the CarrollWoods Coastal Campground off S.C. 9, which opened a month ago despite the country's worst economic downturn in decades.

"Life doesn't stop just because there's a recession," said Byron Carroll, 35, who is running the campground with his family and who put $500,000 into building 30 spots for RVs and tents. "Somehow, we're going to make it through. I won't let it be a failure. It's not even an option."

Carroll is not the only campground owner putting thousands of dollars into his site. Although the recession is forcing many businesses to cut back, several campgrounds across the Grand Strand said the downturn is not stopping them from spending cash to improve their facilities.
A view of the Grapefull Sisters Vineyard from the second story porch. The vineyard and shop are a short walk from the CarrollWoods Coastal Campground. The campground recently opened for business.

"We didn't go into the budget with the feeling of, 'OK, now we've got to cut 30 percent of the budget,'" said Dennis Wade, the CEO of The Jackson Cos., which owns Ocean Lakes Family Campground. "We went through our normal process, and ended up in line with what we've been spending in past years."
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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Overturned motor home causes 1-1/2 hour Hwy closure

Pleasanton Weekly - CA, USA
Southbound Interstate 680 was reopened around 2 p.m. today after an overturned motor home blocked lanes in unincorporated Alameda County between Pleasanton and Fremont. The freeway was closed for about an hour and a half, according to California Highway Patrol.

A Sig-alert was issued at about 12:35 p.m. on the highway at Sheridan Road, and was canceled at about 1:55 p.m.

CHP Officer Aaron Quistad said a motor home separated and collided with the trailer it was towing.

Quistad said minor injuries were reported.
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Repossession Shuts Down Sacramento RV Dealer

Dozens of luxury coaches rolled off the lot at JC's RV center Friday under the supervision of two Sacramento County sheriff's deputies.

A total of 120 motorhomes and travel trailers from the Rancho Cordova lot are headed to an auto auction yard after Bank of America got a court order authorizing the repossession.

Foreman is also losing 40 RVs from his lot in Livermore where he started the business 19 years ago. A total of 60 people have lost their jobs at the two locations, he said.

Foreman hopes to reopen the Rancho Cordova location within a couple of weeks with a different business model based on what he's seen in the RV industry.

"I think we'll treat it as a liquidation center," he said.

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Canadian RV Dealer wants Closed Fleetwood plant

A Canadian RV dealer has offered $1.8 million to buy the Fleetwood Enterprises travel trailer plant in La Grande Oregon.

Craig Little, owner of Arbutus RV & Marine Sales, said he has made the offer so he can supply his five dealerships on Vancouver Island.

Little has sold RVs for 21 years, and his dealerships employ 120 people, but he said his would be his first foray into manufacturing. Fleetwood was a major supplier for his dealerships, he said, which sold products from the La Grande and Pendleton plants. But Fleetwood's recent troubles, as well as other RV manufacturers going under or on the brink of bankruptcy, prompted Little to find a way to establish a supply of products.

While the RV market in the U.S. is struggling, Little said, the market on Vancouver Island is still very strong. Little said he wants to use the plant to make products similar to Fleetwood's, but just what kind he wouldn't say.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Maine Acting to Severely Restrict Overnight RV Parking

Escapees Club E-News Release - 5/7/09

LD114 / HP98, a bill in the Maine State Legislature, is being pushed through the legislative process. This bill will make it a civil offense to park an RV overnight on any public parking lot in the state. You can view the bill text and status at http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_124th/billpdfs/HP009802.pdf

Here is some of the text of the bill:

Ҥ 2502. Camping in parking facilities prohibited.
A person may not park or occupy a recreational vehicle, as defined in Title 10, section 1432, subsection 18, in a commercial parking facility overnight. For purposes of this section, "commercial parking facility" means a parking structure or area open to members of the public for the purposes of parking their vehicles while patronizing one or more commercial establishments, but does not include a mobile home park or recreational vehicle park allowed by a municipality or a camping area licensed by the department. A person who violates the provisions of this section commits a civil violation subject to a fine of no more than $100, which must be suspended for the first violation and may be suspended for subsequent violations.”

Due to the way this is worded, these restrictions will apply to any publicly accessible parking lot. This will include casinos, truck stops, and even dirt or gravel boondock parking areas throughout the state.

This is not the first time that RVers have been faced with such a challenge on a state level. Several years ago, similar legislation was introduced in both Montana and Nevada. Due to the protests from RVers all over the country, those attempts to ban RV parking failed. We now face a similar challenge in Maine.

If this legislation passes, it may well set a precedent for the rest of the country, and we could see our freedom to choose where we park permanently revoked! All RVers and concerned individuals need to take immediate steps to contact the Governor of Maine, the State Chamber of Commerce, and Maine tourism offices as soon as possible to voice their opinions.

Great haste is needed as the House bill has already been reported out of committee with a “Pass as Amended” recommendation. Please make use of the contact list included below and write, call, or email right away! Maine residents: Please contact your senator and representative ASAP! Your input as a constituent carries far more weight than that of individuals from out of state.

Please remember that a calm, logical approach will make your letter or email much more likely to be read and considered. Here are a couple of sample paragraphs to aid you in writing your letter or email.

While RV parks are the best accommodations for RVers, sometimes commercial parks are full, or perhaps the RVer simply cannot find a local park, especially if it is late in the evening. Other issues come into play as well. For instance, how tired is the RV driver? Were it not for easily accessible public parking lots and other similar locations that offer a resting place to RVers, you would see an increased accident rate. Far too often, RVers will drive too long, too late, or continue searching for an RV park way past their safety and comfort zone. Knowing that they are welcome to pull into a parking lot and get a few hours of rest anytime of the day or night is an enormous safety net for the traveler.

Typically, RVers make significant contributions financially to places that welcome them and, many times, will return to an area for an extended stay if they have been received in a friendly manner. Unfortunately, signs banning RVs from parking areas do not appear very friendly to the tired traveler who is just looking for a spot to rest. Please do not implement legislation that will send the RVing public away from your state, but rather welcome them with open arms and show them you care about their safety and respect their lifestyle.

Please take a moment to contact these offices in Maine and let them know how you feel!

Governor John E. Baldacci
Office of the Governor
#1 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0001
Phone 207-287-3531
Fax 207-287-1034
http://www.maine.gov/governor/baldacci/contact/citizen_services/share_views.html.

Maine State Chamber of Commerce
7 University Drive,
Augusta, Maine 04330
Phone: 207-623-4568
http://www.mainechamber.org/mx/hm.asp?id=ourstaff

Maine office of tourism:
1-888-624-6345
www.visitmaine.com/contact.php

Maine Tourism Association
Phone: (207) 623-0363
Fax: (207) 623-0388
mtainfo@mainetourism.com
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Convention & Visitors Bureau of Greater Portland
207-772-5800
info@visitportland.com
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The Maine Legislature website is at http://janus.state.me.us/legis/. You can access contact information for, and send emails to, all of the House and Senate members through that portal.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

North Dakota Red River SRA ready for campers

Grand Forks Herald - Grand Forks,ND,USA

Despite being underwater just weeks ago, the Red River State Recreation Area in East Grand Forks will open on schedule.

Gladwin Lynne, manager of the Red River SRA, said Monday the Sherlock Park Campground is almost ready.

“We are here. We are taking reservations,” he said.

The earliest campers can reserve a site is May 15. In the meantime, camping will be on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Thursday, Lynne said, adding that will be a “day-by-day” decision.
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Monday, May 04, 2009

Keystone RV to call back Workers

It may be a sign of hope in the RV industry. After massive layoffs and plant closings, one company says it's seen an increase in business. For Keystone RV, that could mean a callback for some of the company's 300 laid-off workers starting next week.

“It’s hard to let people go, but for the overall health of the company we had to do it,” said Executive Vice President Bob Martin.

But amid the bad news of cutbacks and consolidation, Keystone is now getting some good news. Dealers are increasing orders for more units after finding credit seems to be loosening.

As a result, the company has been able to increase the number of work days at plants on the Goshen campus, as well as ramp up production of some of their different product lines.

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National Highway Traffic Safety Administration RV safety recalls from NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation.

CARDINAL / 2004
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V148
SUBJECT : INCORRECT LABEL CARGO CARRYING CAPACITY/FMVSS 120

GULF STREAM / 2006-2007
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V141
SUBJECT : FRACTURED FUEL LINES OR TRANSFER TUBES/FIRE

GULF STREAM / 2009
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V135
SUBJECT : GAS COOKING APPLIANCES/SUBURBAN

CROSSROADS / 2009
NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V136
SUBJECT : REAR REFLEX REFLECTORS LIGHTING/FMVSS 108
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Sunday, May 03, 2009

Campers Move to Avoid Flooding at Yosemite NP

ABC30.com - Fresno,CA,USA

Steady rain over the last two days has almost created flood conditions at Yosemite National Park.

We have a couple pictures from the valley floor, including this one showing the Merced river rising almost up to the swinging bridge in Yosemite Valley.

Water levels are also high at the El Capitan Bridge in Yosemite Valley. Park rangers have moved campers in the lower and north pines campground to higher ground.

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

Storm Tears Through Campground

Travel trailers at the Thousand Trails Campground were damaged by trees that were blown down at 2:23 p.m. Some campers who lost their camping equipment in the storm said they were thankful to have survived the strong storm. The park is located just south of Hohenwald, Tenn.
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Alberta Campground Booking Goes Online

For Cindy Ady, finding a campground with showers, flush toilets and power is a must when it comes to vacationing in the great outdoors.

While unveiling the new online camping reservation system on Wednesday, the minister of Tourism, Parks and Recreation joked about her need for the extras while camping.

"I am a recreation camper, not a hardcore camper," she said.

The reservation service will be available to the public May 1 at www.Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca. Campers may reserve campsites at 25 provincial campgrounds chosen for a pilot project.
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Michigan Campgrounds Need Park Hosts

Campground host opportunities are still available
Bay Mills News - Brimley,MI,USA
Michigan state parks, recreation areas and forest management campgrounds are seeking volunteer campground hosts for this spring, summer and fall seasons. A host can sign up for a minimum of four weeks or more of free camping in one of Michigan's beautiful natural and/or historic areas.

"The schedules of our volunteer hosts allow ample time to enjoy recreational activities with friends and family members while providing volunteer services within a Michigan state park or state forest campground," said Ron Olson, chief of the Department of Natural Resources' Parks and Recreation Division. "Hosts have the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and perhaps develop new friendships. Campground hosts can be individuals or teams such as a wife and husband; must be 18 years of age or older and have their own camping gear."

Campground hosts provide services five days each week, including weekends and holidays, totaling approximately 30 hours per occupant.
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Top Commercial Campgrounds in New Jersey

Information on the top private New Jersey camp sites and resorts that are open to the public and offer a wide variety of scenery, facilities, and nearby attractions for the family with kids. Many of the campgrounds provide opportunities for the more serious nature enthusiast who wants to get out and experience the wilderness.

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