Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Arizona State Parks Closed by Budget Cuts

28 OTHER PARKS CLOSE MIDNIGHT DUE TO BUDGET IMPASSE

(Phoenix, AZ -- 4:20 PM - June 30, 2009) - The Arizona State Parks department will begin to ask campers to leave 13 State Parks' campgrounds at 4:00 PM today in order to close down the parks before the midnight deadline for closing all the State Parks. Parks will be closed and not reopen until the department has operating authority.

In order to reduce the economic impact for two rural communities, the Arizona State Parks department staff have signed special use applications with the City of Show Low and the City of Lake Havasu. These agreements would allow each City to operate, monitor, maintain and control the parks. Show Low's Fool Hollow Lake State Recreation Area and Lake Havasu State Park (Windsor Beach) will operate under these special use agreements through July 5th or will end when the State Parks' budget is authorized.

These permits would include the legal and safe parking of all visitors, use and function of the launch ramps, access and maintenance of the restroom facilities, trash pickup, emergency medical response and public safety. The agreements begin at midnight on June 30 until July 5th.

If there is no operating budget by July 1, 2009, Kartchner Caverns State Park will be closed and cave tours will be cancelled, rescheduled or refunded.

For more information about the 30 State Parks, other hiking opportunities such as hiking all the 550 State Trails, off-highway vehicle trails and other outdoor recreational and cultural opportunities in Arizona, visit the website at azstateparks.com or call (602) 542-4174.
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Firestone Passenger Tire Recall

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC (BATO) is recalling 127,183 Firestone FR380 tires, size P235/75R15, manufactured from September 9, 2007 through July 2, 2008. These tires were produced with insufficient tread base gauge. Continued use of the subject tires may lead to vibration and groove cracking. Extended use could lead to tread distortion or tread separation and loss of vehicle control. BATO will notify owners and replace the affected tires free of charge. BATO will also mount and balance the replacement tires, all at no charge or expense to the owner. The safety recall is expected to begin on or about June 29, 2009. Owners may contact BATO toll-free at 1-800-465-1904 or visit their website at www.firestonetire.com.
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Crowds of RVs take to the road again

Phones were ringing off the hook last week at the Holly Lake Camp Sites near Long Neck.
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That's just one small indicator that the state's RV camping market is on the rebound after being hit hard by high gas prices the last few years, which kept many campers off the road.

Southern Delaware's many public and private campgrounds are reporting a strong season, despite the economic downturn.

"The summer's going to look good," said Kenny Hopkins, Holly Lake's manager.
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Motor Home Crash Closes One Lane on Idaho I-15

POCATELLO - A California couple's vacation is cut short as their motor home swerved off Interstate 15 Monday afternoon. Both the motor home and the brand new car it was towing rolled in the crash.

Idaho State Police said the couple was on their way up north when their RV clipped a sign by the Pocatello Creek exit. Police believe the driver fell asleep. He overcorrected and started fishtailing out of control.

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Colonel Denning State Park campground re-opened

The campground in Pennsylvania’s Colonel Denning State Park, north of Newville, has re-opened.

It was closed for nearly a month to repair damages caused by heavy rains and flooding on May 28.

According to Park Manager Ryan Donovan, campsites are available for the upcoming, July 4 weekend.

Reservations can be made by calling 1-888-PA-PARKS or through the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website.
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Kumho Mohave Light Truck Tire Recall

Kumho Tire USA is recalling 36,292 Kumho Mohave A/T light truck all terrain tires, sizes LT225/75R16, LT245/75R16, and LT265/75R16, produced between December 7, 2008 and June 13, 2009. The vehicle's handling performance becomes difficult when operated under loaded conditions or when changing lanes. This condition may result in the vehicle swaying and could possibly result in a crash. Kumho will notify owners and replace the tires free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin during July 2009. Owners may contact Kumho toll-free at 1-800-445-8646.
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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Mattawamkeag Wilderness Park Campground

Bangor Daily News - Bangor,ME,USA
The first thing that hits you as you drive down the road to Mattawamkeag Wilderness Park Campground is the remoteness. The park sits at the end of an almost eight-mile-long, narrow, winding dirt road. Driving it Saturday in the pouring rain, it felt like the closer I got to the campground the more distance I put between me and the rest of the world.

The town of Mattawamkeag owns the park and campground. Walking past the sites I noticed the effort that Doris and Pete put into keeping the place neat and clean. As town employees they are responsible for maintaining the road in, and the campground property of 250 acres. The entire park is 1,000 acres and has 15 miles of hiking, ATV and mountain biking trails.

The sites have thick growths of trees between them and all have picnic tables and fire rings. Some are full service with electricity and water hookups. Some are tents only. There’s a recreation hall, playground, covered barbecue pavilion, hot showers and a laundromat.
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Camphost wanted at Pawnee National Grasslands

Greeley,Colorado,USA
The Pawnee National Grasslands is looking for a campground host who loves the prairie and would volunteer.

The position runs through the end of August with an option to extend. The site is Crow Valley Campground north of Greeley.

The host would be provided with an RV for Friday through Sunday each week for eight hours. Responsibilities would include general restroom clean up, light duty maintenance of the campground, handling Daily Arrivals and notifying Forest Service staff of any law enforcement or emergency needs.

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Fleetwood Gets Okay to Sell Motor Home Assets

New York,NY,USA
American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV, L.P. (AIP) of New York and Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: FLTWQ), a leading producer of motorized recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today reported that the U.S. Bankruptcy Court has approved the sale of Fleetwood's motor home assets to AIP for $53 million, subject to pre-closing conditions and post-closing adjustments. Fleetwood did not conduct an auction because no other qualified bids were received.

"Fleetwood's motor home brands are highly respected, and we are confident that this market will recover with the broader economy," said Dino Cusumano, Partner of AIP. "We look forward to continuing to manufacture Fleetwood motor homes. Fleetwood's dealers and customers should see no change in Fleetwood motor homes' commitment to high quality industry-leading product. We greatly value the relationships that Fleetwood has with its dealers, customers and suppliers and very much look forward to continuing and improving those relationships going forward."

Elden L. Smith, Fleetwood's president and chief executive officer, stated that management, "is pleased to see that the Fleetwood name will be preserved in the RV market place with this sale to AIP. The Fleetwood motor home group will benefit greatly from having ownership that is well capitalized, experienced, and committed to growth in the RV industry. We are now focused on making this a smooth transition for our dealers, Fleetwood motor home owners, and associates."

The sale includes two motor home manufacturing facilities, two motor home service facilities, and Fleetwood's Gold Shield supply subsidiary, all presently located in Decatur, Indiana. It also includes the intellectual property for Fleetwood's existing motor home brands and certain machinery and equipment in Riverside, California. AIP may operate the Riverside facility for an undetermined period of time going forward. AIP has agreed to assume certain liabilities, including warranty obligations on Fleetwood motorized products.

The companies expect the deal to close within a matter of weeks.

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

About AIP

American Industrial Partners was founded in 1989 and is a leading U.S. based private equity firm that makes control equity investments, in partnership with management, in well positioned U.S. headquartered industrial companies with leading market shares that can benefit from the firm's systematic approach to implementing strategic and operational improvements. It is investing its fourth fund which recently closed with $405.5 million of committed capital. For more information, visit www.aipartners.com or American Industrial Partners can be reached at 212-627-2360.
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Binford,ND Bull ride offers free parking for RVs

Devil's Lake Daily Journal - Devils Lake,ND,USA
The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Binford Bull Ride is taking place June 27 at the Binford Rodeo Grounds in Binford, ND.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Florida's Space Coast has plenty to offer RVers

Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
Two elements rule Florida's Space Coast: sea and sky. And those are the two biggest reasons to plan a summer getaway to Brevard County on the Atlantic Coast. A vacationer might break it down more like this: surf and shuttle.

A July 11 shuttle launch — weather and mechanical issues permitting — may be enough to lure you and your brood to the other coast, especially since the program will end in September 2010. There are eight more launches scheduled.

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Most Washington State Park campgrounds booked for 4th

For those planning on camping at a Washington State Park Fourth of July weekend without a reservation, think again. Virginia Painter, a Washington State Parks media contact chuckled when asked what top five state park campgrounds needed reservations this upcoming Fourth of July weekend. “All of them” she stated. To gain insight into getting a campsite, Virginia took some time to pass some camping knowledge along.
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MA Campground has lots to offer

The Republican - MassLive.com - Springfield,MA,USA
Who says a stay at a beachfront luxury hotel is required to have a fun, enjoyable summer vacation? With more people having less vacation cash in their pockets this year, camping is becoming a popular way for families to spend time together.

"They look at it as, it's the most economical way to take a family on vacation," said Janice S. LaFrance, who has owned Sodom Mountain Campground in Southwick with husband David for 26 years.

At resort campgrounds like Sodom Mountain, camping, activities and special amenities come in an all-inclusive package.

"There are a lot of things for people to do," LaFrance said. "Campers are becoming a lot more sophisticated. They want breakfasts served, they want the mini-golf and the entertainment. They don't want to sit back by their trailers."
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

New Hampshire Camping Tax Passed

A new 9 percent room and meal tax on New Hampshire campgrounds was passed by the state this afternoon.

Ron and Claire Bogan love the great outdoors. But, lately it's not just the rain that's put a damper on their summer camp experience. For the first time, New Hampshire has just passed a 9 percent room and meal tax on all local campgrounds.

"We are in a fixed income, yeah that going to hurt," Ron Bogan said.

David Edgerly manages Great Bay Camping in Newfield N.H. He says with the poor economy, campsites barely have enough money to get through the season. A 9 percent meal and room tax increase could put many campgrounds out of business.

"We charge $2,300 for a season now. It's another $225 for the taxes that will wipe them out basically," Edgerly said.
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Campgrounds develop full service, on-site restaurants

The Republican - MassLive.com - Springfield,MA,USA
Campground vacations used to mean a steady diet of fire-grilled burgers, potato chips, and canned beans. That's not the case anymore, however, as the American appetite for comfort and convenience encourages an increasing number of campgrounds and RV parks to develop full service, on-site restaurants.

Some parks offer coffee and donuts or pancakes in the morning, while others offer basic food service items in the afternoons and evenings, such as hamburgers and hot dogs.

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Easy affordability in a difficult economy is luring a new crowd of fans to the RV lifestyle. People who formerly spent their vacations being pampered in upscale luxury hotels are giving RV camping a try. RV campground owners are reporting a noticeable increase in a new class of RVers totally unfamiliar with – and often unprepared — to “rough it” in the great outdoors. Neighboring campers may smile at the fledgling attempts of these newbies to interact with nature or shake their heads at the whir of espresso machines in the morning, but in the accepting way of RVers and campers the world over, they’re tolerant, helpful and welcoming.

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Rules kick in for parking RVs, large trucks

Business Gazette - Gaithersburg,MD,USA
Montgomery County Police have an added law-enforcement tool on their belts to help enforce parking restrictions that ban large vehicles from most public roads. Trailers, recreational and commercial vehicles are subject to $75 tickets beginning July 1.

Police outreach, including neon stickers on vehicles illegally parked, community meetings and fliers have been distributed to educate motorists, which the County Council passed unanimously Jan. 27.
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Fleetwood dumps California RV operations

American Industrial Partners, a private equity firm, looks set to snap up Riverside based Fleetwood Enterprises Inc’s RV Division for a paltry $53 million. Fleetwood filed for Chapter 11 protection on March 10th 2009 due, in large part, to the losses incurred by its Travel Trailer unit; $65.3 million in 2007 and $16.8 million in 2008. The trailer division had already been restructured prior to the filing, but worsening market conditions and the credit crunch proved to be an insurmountable hurdle to recovery. AIP’s bid includes all of Fleetwood’s material and intellectual property assets in Decatur, Indiana. The motorhome manufacturing plants in Riverside, California and Pennsylvania will not remain open.
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New York: Camp Two Nights, Get a Third Night Free

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Monaco’s case in final phase

Monaco Coach Corp., which not so long ago was a major employer and a national power in the RV industry, has been reduced to a handful of properties that will be sold or be subject to foreclosure by creditors.

On Tuesday, a judge agreed to the company’s request to convert its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, which gives it the protection of the court while it deals with financial matters, to a Chapter 7 case so it can liquidate its remaining assets: seven pieces of real estate in Oregon, Indiana and Florida.

The Oregon real estate is all that’s left after Monaco Coach sold its major assets — factories, inventory, brands and intellectual property — to Navistar International Corp. earlier this month for $47 million, and RV resort properties in California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan to assorted buyers for about $16 million.

Navistar intends to revive the brand as Monaco RV LLC and resume production at the Coburg factory, but it has not yet said when that will happen or how many people it will employ.
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

County Park Campground in Williams, AZ will close July 1

WILLIAMS ARIZONA - Due to budgetary shortfalls, Coconino County Parks and Recreation announced the Cataract Lake County Park Campground in Williams will be closed effective July 1. The park will not be staffed with a host, and camping will not be offered at the campground located on the west side of Cataract.

The park will remain open to walk-in day use from dawn to dusk. Garbage and sanitation services will not be provided so visitors are requested to adopt the "Pack It In; Pack It Out" ethic.

"The closure of the campground in Cataract Lake County Park is one of the expenditure reduction measures implemented at multiple county parks to stay within our budget during these tough economic times," said Parks and Recreation Director Todd Graeff.

The Forest Service will continue to provide customary services on the other side of the lake. Please call (928) 699-1239 for camping reservations at the Forest Service Cataract Lake Campground or call the Williams-Forest Service Visitor Center at (928) 635-4061.
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BLM Colorado River District announced fire restrictions

Kingman, Ariz - To prevent unwanted human caused wildfires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Colorado River District has announced fire restrictions on 2.4 million acres of public lands south and east of the Colorado River in Mohave, La Paz and Yavapai Counties, Arizona.

Effective Thursday, June 25, 2009, fire and smoking restrictions will be enforced on all public lands within the BLM Kingman Field Office jurisdictions. These restrictions are similar to those already implemented in other areas of the state.

The BLM is asking the public to use extreme caution when visiting public lands this summer. Currently there are no plans to close any areas to public use.

Fire Restrictions prohibit the following acts

Open campfires, charcoal grills, and stove fires. Campfires and charcoal grills are only permitted in BLM-developed recreation sites or improved sites where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided. The use of petroleum-fueled stoves, lanterns, or heating devices are allowed provided such devices meet the fire underwriter's specifications for safety. Developed sites in the Kingman Field Office area include Burro Creek Campground, Wild Cow Campground, Windy Point Campground and Packsaddle Campground.

Smoking will only be allowed inside buildings, motor vehicles, camp trailers or while stopped in an area at least six feet in diameter that is cleared of all flammable material.

Use of fireworks, flares, or other incendiary devices.

Welding or the use of any torch or metal cutting implement.

The restrictions are necessary due to extreme fire danger from prolonged hot and dry weather conditions. The restrictions will continue until conditions warrant rescinding.

Violations of these restrictions are punishable by a fine of not more than $1,000 and/or imprisonment of not more than 12 months.

Current fire restriction information can also be found online at www.publiclands.org/firenews or call toll free 1-877-864-6985. To report a wildfire or illegal fire use, please call the Kingman Field Office at (928) 718-3700 or State Fire Dispatch at (800) 309-7081.

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RVer's distraction with dog in motorhome led to fatal head-on crash

VERONA (WKOW) -- A Dane County Sheriff's official tells 27 News a driver's distraction with a dog in a motor home apparently led to a fatal head-on crash on Highway 151 in Verona on Saturday.

Sheriff's Office spokesperson Elise Schaffer says a dog jumped into the lap of the motor home's driver, apparently causing him to cross over the highway center line and hit an SUV.

The driver of the SUV, 55-year-old boy scout leader John Seier of Dubuque, and passenger and boy scout Travis Brune, 12, were killed.

"I guess you can look at it as any other distraction in a vehicle," Schaffer said.

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Driver of motorhome charged in fatal crash

The Register-Guard - Eugene,OR,USA
Five days after a crash on Interstate 5 near Creswell that killed a 5-year-old girl and another person, a Cottage Grove man was charged Monday with manslaughter and drunken driving in connection with the wreck.

Oregon State Police troopers arrested Stephen Whitaker, 41, on Sunday, upon his release from a Springfield hospital where he received treatment for injuries sustained in Wednesday’s crash.

Whitaker was driving north on the freeway about 9 p.m. when he lost control of his motor home.

Police said the vehicle crossed the center median and veered into the southbound lanes, where it collided with an oncoming Oldsmobile Alero driven by 35-year-old Springfield resident Cathleen Coontz.

Coontz and her husband, Brian, 35, were hospitalized briefly with minor injuries.

Their daughter, Kailee, died in the crash.
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Sky-high property taxes closing BC campgrounds

CTV British Columbia - Vancouver,BC,Canada
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Kentucky State Parks To Hold Family Fun Events

The Kentucky State Parks will celebrate the Fourth of July weekend with musical entertainment, camping, games, and picnics, just to name a few.

Fireworks will be held at Barren River Lake State Resort, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, General Butler State Resort Park, Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park, and Rough River Dam State Resort Park.

Many of the fireworks displays are sponsored by local businesses, associations and individuals.

“We appreciate the organizations that are supporting the fireworks display this year at our state parks. We receive great support from our community partners,” said Gerry van der Meer, parks commissioner.

Here is a listing of state park events planned for the holiday weekend
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Oregon Campground one of Top 100 Family Campgrounds

Oregon’s Eel Creek Campground has been selected at one of the Top 100 Family Campgrounds in the U.S.
The campground is in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area on the Siuslaw National Forest.

Selections were made by officials at ReserveAmerica, a nationwide recreation reservation and campground management service.
Eel Creek was nominated by officials with Northwest Land Management, a private company that operates the campground under a special use permit.
Almost 4000 campgrounds were reviewed before the final list of 100 was determined, according to a press release about the selections.
The picks were made based on “family friendly” criteria such as educational programs, visitor centers, campground amenities and natural beauty and scenery.

See a complete list of the Top 100 Campgrounds

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Four Injured in Motor Home Fire

WBAY - Green Bay,WI,USA
Three children and an adult are recovering from minor injuries after their motor home caught on fire while they were driving through Waupaca County.

The sheriff's department says engine problems started the fire while the motor home was traveling on Highway 10 near Fremont Sunday afternoon.

The 31-year old woman driving, an 11 and a 6-year-old, and a 7-month-old baby suffered minor injuries.
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Saturday, June 20, 2009

New Hampshire Campgrounds Angainst Proposed Tax

Laconia Citizen - Laconia,NH,USA
Campsites around the state are being considered as another possible source of revenue in the midst of a budget crisis. Legislators have proposed extending a tax on sites, a proposal that has local camp owners up in arms in a sagging economy.

A measure to expand the Rooms and Meals Tax to campsites is part of several provisions in a version of the state budget that passed the House and Senate in the early morning hours of Friday. The measure proposes increasing the Rooms and Meals Tax to nine percent as well as expanding it to include campsites as well, which currently are not taxed.
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Montana campgrounds to up their ampage

Helena Independent Record - Helena,MT,USA
CANYON FERRY — It was back in the “low water” years that the owners of Kim’s Marina extended their docks farther into the bay to accommodate the larger boats and sailboats needing deeper water.

Now the popular lakeside marina is considering an upgrade to its many campsites to accommodate today’s larger RVs and trailers. Dual air-conditioning units, fireplaces, television sets and microwave ovens require more power.

Mary Ann Axtman, owner of Kim’s Marina, said more than half of her campsites still offer 20- and 30-amp breakers. They were fine a few decades back when campers used less power and stayed in smaller vehicles.

But yesterday’s plugs can’t fully accommodate today’s power-hungry campers, those seeking a weekend of solace by the water without giving up the luxuries of home.

“When this park was built in the 1970s, that’s what everything took — 20 and 30 amps,” said Axtman. “We bought the park this way. It’s kind of like bringing it out of the ’70s into modern times.”

Down the lake at the Silo’s campground and marina, manager Laura Obert has seen a similar trend unfold — larger RVs requiring more power.

Located at the south end of Canyon Ferry, the park offers 50 spaces. Of those, Obert said, 16 are wired to 50-amp breakers, but each of the 16 sites are booked. The waiting list, she added, is long.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Park Model RV Makers Look To Brighter Future

Like other RV manufacturers, recreational park trailer builders have been hard hit by the recession, with unit shipments being roughly half of what they were in 2006, when a record number of 10,100 shipments were recorded.

“I think the market is starting to improve. We’ve seen some movement in the marketplace. And a few manufactures even report having a small backlog, which is something that we haven’t experienced in the past year,” Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) in Newnan, Ga., told RV Business.

Garpow also noted that the Obama administration’s efforts to increase CAFÉ standards could further increase demand for park models. “One way to increase fuel economy is to produce lighter vehicles as well as vehicles with smaller engines, the net effect of which is to reduce the vehicle’s towing capacity. But as towing capacities are reduced, it’s going to be harder for consumers to find vehicles that can tow the biggest trailers, and that could lead to increased demand for park models or for destination camping.”

But manufacturers remain cautious about the economy, and generally don’t see the recreational park trailer or “park model” industry to rebound until the nation’s banks are in better financial shape.
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Recreation rules set for Colorado's San Juan National Forest

The Durango Herald - Durango,Colorado,USA
Three areas have been closed to dispersed camping outside of campgrounds to stop natural resource damage.

No dispersed camping is allowed within one mile of either side of Transfer Campground.

No dispersed camping is allowed along the entire length of Joe Moore Reservoir Road (National Forest Road 693).

No camping is allowed within 300 feet of the Box Canyon, Gold Run, Sharkstooth, Chicken Creek Ski and Echo Basin trailheads.

A free travel map illustrating the new regulations is available at the Dolores Public Lands Office or San Juan Public Lands Center in Durango.
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Idaho slashes camping time at state park campground

Last winter – Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter ordered state agencies to cut their expenses by total of four percent; those budget cuts are finally filtering down, and have translated into less hours of operation for some Idaho state parks.

In previous years, campers have been able to use the eight cabins and 82 campsites at Three Island Crossing State Park near Glenns Ferry from Wednesday through Sunday. But state budget reductions has caused the park, which opens Friday, June 19th, to limit it's days of operations this summer to Friday through Sunday.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009

At Some Campgrounds, ‘Roughing It’ Means No Espresso

AT Smokey Hollow Campground in Lodi, Wis., a typical weekend goes something like this: Families splash around in the man-made “swimming pond” — a lined, sand-bottomed swim zone filled with outsized inflatable toys. Staffers in blue or white T-shirts deliver pizza to tents, RVs and air-conditioned cabins scattered across the grounds. Kids line up for face painting, temporary tattoos, Segway riding clinics and amusement-style rides while parents sip coffee and surf the Web on laptops outside the General Store, where they can also buy firewood for the requisite campfire and hot dog roast.
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Is this the right time to buy a RV?

With the economy on the down swing, unemployment and gasoline prices on the rise, you may be asking yourself if this is a good time or a bad time to buy a RV. Just like the real estate business, the current economy has created a ‘buyers’ market; which is good news for RV buyers. Unfortunately, this is bad news for RV dealers and private owners needing to sell.

So, should you buy an RV? If the time is right for you, then a resounding yes! Why? Because the price will be right on the money! Many dealers are currently selling 2008 and some 2009 RV’s at cost and this equals big savings for you, the buyer. There are many light weight RV’s that are easy on the gas tank, and diesel pushing motor homes that use the better priced diesel fuel. Just know what you want, combined with what you can afford and what works best for your family; do your homework and go buy that RV!
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Overnight RVs in Traverse City,MI face $100 tickets

Traverse City Record Eagle - Traverse City,MI,USA
A leisurely, scenic parking spot during the National Cherry Festival could cost some visitors a lot more this year.

Local officials said they'll target motor homes and large recreational vehicles that frequently line up along Bay Street during the annual festival, particularly during air show years. They currently risk a $15 ticket for overnight stays, but many choose that relatively cheap option for a bayside perch.

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Traverse City commissioners this week approved a parking ordinance amendment that sets ticket amounts for overnight campers at $100 for a first offense, increasing by $25 for subsequent violations up to $175.
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New Jersey limits free extended campground stays

newjerseynewsroom.com - Montclair,NJ,USA
Happy campers they're not.

In past years, visitors with park-model campers were free to stay at campgrounds throughout New Jersey for as long as they wanted.

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Owners of the small, 400-square foot mobile homes reject the state's concerns, and say the new regulation is arbitrary.
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Livin’ the Airstream Life

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Canadians get peak at Freedom and Fun of RV lifestyle

(Ottawa) June 15, 2009, Go RVing Canada is proud to announce the launch of an exciting new video just in time for the summer RV season. As Canadians plan their summer getaways the new video will provide an excellent sneak peak at the freedom, flexibility and fun of an RV trip. The video, available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9tOhFgRjNE, showcases the endless possibilities an RV vacation provides Canadians as they enjoy the summer break.

More and more Canadians are realizing the benefits of RVing. Not only does RVing bring people together, but it is also a very economical vacation option with RVs that suit all ages and budgets. RVing has seen a strong increase in popularity, as more Canadians discover RVing as a hassle-free, flexible vacation option.

Go RVing Canada recently added two new tools to their extensive website. The new Find a Campground Near You tool is an effective resource for Canadians to find that perfect wilderness campsite or campground within 100 kilometers of their home. The Cost-Comparison Vacation Calculator allows Canadians to compare the cost of traditional vacations with the affordability of RVing. Building on the success of these tools, the new video further cements www.gorving.ca as the first place Canadians should consult when heading out in an RV this summer. The Go RVing Canada website has extensive resources on everything RV-related from information on the RV lifestyle to tips and advice for buying or renting an RV across Canada.

Even in times of economic uncertainty, RVs offer economy not found in any other vacation option. Depending on the RV model, an RV holiday can save a family of four anywhere between 50% and 70% over the cost of other forms of vacation travel. Including all RV ownership costs such as leasing payments, insurance, maintenance, tires and registration, an RV trip still works out to be much more economical when compared to a traditional week long vacation for a family of four, when you consider the costs of flights, car rental, hotels and eating out at restaurants.

“Consumers want to stretch their dollars in tough times, and RV vacations are a great way to do that,” said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson, Alana Fontaine. “The fact that prices are lower than they have been in eight years means RVing will appeal to an even broader cross section of Canadians, regardless of their age or income.”

Building upon strong attendance numbers at the many RV shows and exhibitions that took place across the country this past winter, Fontaine expects many Canadians to discover the freedom, flexibility and fun of the RV lifestyle this summer.

For more information on RVing in Canada and to check out the new tools please visit www.gorving.ca
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Montana Summer Recreation Guide

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A visitor to the Flathead Valley interested in hiking, biking, horseback riding and camping confronts a wealth of options so vast the effect can be paralyzing – like entering the Library of Congress and trying to pick out a book. Even the majority of locals here barely scratch the surface of all the climbs, descents, sweeping vistas and pristine alpine lakes that await those willing to leave the highway for the trails.

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Discover Miami-Dade Campgrounds

Residents and tourists alike have several options when it comes to camping in Miami-Dade County. The county parks have different facilities that offer cabins and spaces for tents and RVs. Stays can last a weekend to several months. The cost of accommodation can range from $7 a night per person to $500 a month.
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Monday, June 15, 2009

Winnebago Adventurer Concept Hybrid Motorhome hits the road

The Winnebago Adventurer hybrid rides on a Freightliner Custom Chassis' ecoFRED chassis, the motorhome industry's first hybrid-electric chassis featuring Eaton hybrid power components. This is a full hybrid system in that it utilizes two independent power sources (a diesel engine and an electric motor) that work in conjunction to optimally power the vehicle. The Adventurer hybrid also features regenerative braking for less brake wear. With regenerative braking, the hybrid electric motor uses electricity to create torque, while also being able to reverse the process to use torque to create electricity. By reversing its electric engine to become a generator, electricity is fed back into the battery resulting in energy savings.
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Recall notice from NHTSA's Office of Defects Investigation

Please click on the following NHTSA Campaign ID links to view the recall information.


NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V217

NEWMAR / 2001-2009
SUBJECT : OVERHEATED BRAKE CALIPERS/BOSCH/WORKHORSE
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V206

AIRSTREAM / 2003-2005
SUBJECT : OVERHEATED BRAKE CALIPERS/BOSCH/WORKHORSE
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V204

FOUR WINDS / 2002-2008
SUBJECT : OVERHEATED BRAKE CALIPERS/BOSCH/WORKHORSE
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V201

DIAMOND COACH / 2008-2009
SUBJECT : ROOFTOP CONDENSER COVER DETACHMENT/CARRIER
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V200

MCI / 2009
SUBJECT : SHOCK ABSORBER SEPARATION/KONI
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V196
MAKE / MODEL YEARS :

MCI / 2008-2009
SUBJECT : STEERING ANGLE SENSOR FAILURE/MERITOR WABCO
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V193

COACHMEN / 2001-2007,2009
GEORGIE BOY / 2000-2009
SUBJECT : OVERHEATED BRAKE CALIPERS/BOSCH/WORKHORSE
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NHTSA Campaign ID Number : 09V189

KEYSTONE / 2008
SUBJECT : IMPROPERLY SECURED LOFT ROOF LIFT
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To find out more about NHTSA, please go to the Safercar.gov website or call our Vehicle Safety Hotline toll-free at 1-888-327-4236.
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Friday, June 12, 2009

Winnebago to close fiberglass plant, cut 40 jobs

Radio Iowa - Des Moines,IA,USA
Winnebago Industries is announcing plans to close the company's fiberglass manufacturing facility in Hampton, eliminating 40 jobs. That Hampton facility primarily manufactures fiberglass components for Winnebago's motor home products.

Company president Bob Olson in a written statement says the majority of their fiberglass production will be moved to the company's main Forest City campus throughout the company's fiscal fourth quarter, ending August 29th.
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Thetford Promotes “Green” RV Lifestyle

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Michigan-based Thetford Corporation will promote Michigan and the importance of an eco-friendly lifestyle at the annual meeting of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Nearly 500 outdoor writers and editors representing magazines, newspapers and broadcast outlets throughout the United States and Canada are expected to attend the four-day program (June 13-16) at the Amway Plaza Hotel.

“Hunters and fisherman are becoming more and more environmentally conscious,” notes Mary Burrows, an environmental spokesperson for Thetford. “We’ve seen a significant demand for ‘green’ products that can be used by campers and recreational-vehicle owners.”

Thetford will host two panel discussions at the conference. The first panel will include representatives from the Michigan Association of RV and Campgrounds and focus on RVing in Michigan. A second panel will feature nationally-recognized “Green RVer” Brian Brawdy and Burrows, who also serves as manager of chemical development at Thetford.

An outdoor adventure expert and environmental pioneer, Brawdy has appeared on CNN, Fox News, ABC, CBS, NBC, WGN Television and Fox. Kevin Phillips, Thetford’s vice president of sales and marketing, will moderate both panel discussions.

The world’s leading supplier of sanitation and refrigeration products for the recreational vehicle and marine industries, Thetford recently introduced a line of “green” RV care products, including a variety of special cleansers and stain removers.

Safe for humans and the environment, Thetford’s new eco-friendly products meet rigorous Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Design for the Environment (DfE) criteria without sacrificing product performance.

“Because our cleansers are used outdoors, they’ve been designed to meet the more stringent criteria developed by the EPA for this type of product,” Burrows explains. “Developed and tested in our research laboratories in Ann Arbor, Thetford cleaners offer a tenfold improvement in degree of safety compared to DfE criteria for household cleaners, yet they still have powerful cleaning action.”

The company also has introduced a full line of powerful deodorant products for use in boats and RVs under its EcoSmart® brand name that carry third-party EcoLogo certification.

“Thetford is committed to developing high-quality ‘green’ products for use by boaters, RVers and individuals with active outdoor lifestyles,” Burrows adds. “We will continue to work closely with the EPA and EcoLogo to produce environmentally-responsible products in the future.”

Thetford’s new lines of cleaners, stain removers and deodorants will be on display at the OWAA conference in Grand Rapids.

A privately-held company with eight manufacturing facilities in four nations, Thetford is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Thetford subsidiaries include Norcold, America’s leading producer of gas-absorption refrigerators and freezers for the RV, marine and truck industries; Tecma, a producer of fine-china toilets and powerful waste-transfer systems based in Italy, and Spinflo, a unit based in England that manufactures high-quality cooking-and-heating appliances and accessories.

Further information on Thetford is available at: www.thetford.com.
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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Rocky Mountain National Park Vets Campsite Changes

The National Park Service wants to talk with people this week about proposed changes at Rocky Mountain National Park.

The National Park Service is holding public meetings to talk about changes, including shutting down 26 campsites at Longs Peak Campground. That site would be replaced with a 250-space parking lot, and 26 campsites would be added to the Forest Service's Meeker Park Campground in the Roosevelt National Forest.

The plan also includes changes to the Lily Lake area, the Longs Peak Trailhead area, and the Meeker Park Campground and picnic area alongside or near the Peak to Peak Highway between Allenspark and Estes Park.

Public meetings on the changes will be held this week in Allenspark, Estes Park and Boulder.

Proposed changes: http://parkplanning.nps.gov
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Norcold Extends Refrigerator Recall

Norcold has voluntarily extended a prior recall to include refrigerator models 1200LR, 1200LRIM and 1201LRIM manufactured from March 1, 2001 to December 31, 2002. Each cooling unit under the extension has a serial number between 1273701 and 1536607.

Norcold has notified the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Transportation Canada of the extension upon becoming aware that the recall could involve additional refrigerators, which may under certain conditions, result in high temperatures and possibly a fire.

In addition to the recall above, Norcold has determined that it is necessary to modify the remedy associated with a previous recall to models 1200LR and 1200LRIM with cooling unit serial numbers 700000 and 1008700, manufactured between December 1996 and February 1999. Owners who responded to this previous recall will be contacted instructing them to bring their recreational vehicle into a service center so that a safety thermal switch kit can be installed on the replaced cooling unit.

Vehicle owners with these newly recalled models or those who obtained a remedy to models 1200LR, 1201LRM and 1200LRIM must stop operating their refrigerator until it has been inspected and repaired. Persons owning an affected refrigerator can call Norcold at 1-800-767-9101 for additional important information and to obtain the location of the nearest Norcold Service Center. Information is also available at www.norcold.com (Select Customer Support, then Recall Info).

For more information, see the Norcold Corporation press release posted at RV Basics .com
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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Grand Teton proposes campground site reduction

One of Grand Teton National Park’s oldest and largest campgrounds could get a major upgrade starting later this year after park officials announced they want to reduce its footprint, upgrade its infrastructure and allocate a significant number of RV sites for employee housing.

Perhaps the biggest change is the elimination of two loops of campsites, reducing the number of sites by about 77 from 385 to roughly 308, eliminating three to seven acres of pavement and restoring about eight of 170 acres back to native habitat.

Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said the reduction in size is significant because the campground occurs in crucial habitat for a number of species.

“This particular campground is in the migration corridor between the National Elk Refuge and Grand Teton National Park,” she said. “It sees hundreds of bison and elk and scores of mule deer and moose, as well as other wildlife, including bears, that use this rich riparian location as critical habitat. This allows us to revert some of that back for the benefit of wildlife and not impact visitors in any way.
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The top 10 beach camping spots in Florida

Tampabay.com - St. Petersburg,FL,USA
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Equity firm buying Fleetwood motor home business

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette - Fort Wayne,IN,USA
Fleetwood Enterprises Inc. said Wednesday that it has signed an asset purchase agreement to sell its struggling motor home business which employs hundreds in Decatur to a New York-based private equity firm.

The company said in a written statement that American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV plans to purchase the assets for $53 million, but the bid is subject to a reduction for the assumption of certain liabilities not to exceed $18 million. The price is also subject to an adjustment for the amount of current assets purchased at the time the transaction closes, the release said.
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Forest Service closes Montana Park Lake for summer

The popular Park Lake campground and day-use site southwest of Helena will be closed for the entire summer this year. Duck Creek Road and the route to Gipsy Lake campground southeast of Helena are temporarily shut down.

Closing the Park Lake site was prompted by the large number of standing, dead trees that could pose a hazard to people boating, fishing, camping and hiking in the area, according to Helena District Ranger Duane Harp. The trees were killed by mountain pine beetles during the past few years.

"Some trees blew down during the winter, as the lodgepole trees' roots weaken and they start to topple over," Harp said. "Any wound that they have also is a good place for them to snap off.

"We know this will affect a lot of people by not having it open - the 24-unit campground usually is full every weekend. But it's just too dangerous."
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