Friday, July 24, 2009

RV Vacations Offer Big Savings to Families

Today, Go RVing Canada released a major new independent Family Vacation Cost Comparison Study. The Study found typical family RV vacations to be up to 75 percent less expensive per day than the other types of trips. Several forms of travel were compared and in all cases, RV vacations were more economical than other types of travel, regardless of trip duration, distance, or region of the country where the vacation took place.

"This study confirms what we have been saying for years now," said Jeff Redmond, chairman of Go RVing Canada. "RV vacations represent the most economical way for families to travel and see the beautiful country that we live in. In today's economic environment, people need to know that RVs represent an adventurous form of travel that is more cost-conscious than any other vacation."

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Hampshire Camper Tax Impact Unclear

New Hampshire campground owners and campers say the jury is still out on the effect of the newly imposed 9% camping tax, but campground owners charged with collecting it say their collective nightmare is just beginning.

It’s been three weeks since the Legislature passed the budget that included, among other things, a new tax on camping that, for most of them, has become more than a customer relations issue, according to the Laconia Citizen.

“It’s an accounting headache,” said Jon Mackie, who with his wife Sue are the owners of Clearwater and the Meredith Woods Campground in Meredith and who initially opposed the tax on its merit and are now realizing the accounting changes that they’ll need to make.

“For me, the biggest issue has been the level of indecision on the part of the state,” said Mackie, who said he’s still trying to determine how to tax his guests who partially paid before the effective date of July 1 but who are actually camping after the effective date.

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Six Things I Love About Living in an RV

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I was on the phone a couple days ago with my friend Hayden. After hearing about my plan to continue up to San Francisco, he predicted that within a year I would be living “somewhere posh”. I doubt it. I really just love living in this RV, and can’t imagine circumstances that would make me move out (famous last words). There are certainly upgrades I’d like to do (more solar, more batteries, more water capacity), but for now I have no inclination to move out.

Why do I love it so much? What makes me so willing to give up things like adequate floor space for a trash can? Here are six of my favorite things about living in an RV.

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RV Park Chains Acquire Monaco's Signature Resorts

Signature Resorts, the luxury RV division of the bankrupt Monaco Coach Corp., has been acquired by Morgan RV Resorts, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Sunland RV Resorts headquartered in La Jolla, Calif.

The Signature resorts are in Naples, Fla., and Bar Harbor, Maine.

Morgan RV Resorts is the country’s largest privately owned RV park corporation. Morgan’s 41 RV resorts in 14 states offer RV owners camping and recreation facilities with over 17,000 lots in diverse locations such as the Adirondacks, the Chesapeake Bay, Cape Cod and the Florida Keys.

Sunland RV Resorts currently owns and operates seven RV resorts in Southern California which includes Golden Village Palms RV Resort, California’s largest and RV Resort Five of Sunland RV Resorts are strategically located in San Diego.
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Lottery For RV Spaces At Mobile Mardi Gras

WKRG-TV - Mobile,AL,USA
The Carnival Fantasy cruise ship may be a nightmare for some people who bring their RV's to Mobile for Mardi Gras.

The amount of parking spaces for RV's at the Civic Center has been cut in half. Who gets the remaining 24 spaces will now be decided by lottery.

The Fantasy, which will replace The Holiday in November, holds 600 more passengers. More passengers means more parking. The city predicts it will need 200 to 400 more spaces than the Cruise Terminal can hold. So it has designated up to 400 spaces in the Civic Center parking lot for cruise ship passengers.

The 24 hook-up spots, which cost $1,140 to rent for the four week Mardi Gras season, will be assigned by lottery. Anyone who's interested must fill out a registration postcard and get it back to the Civic Center by 12 Noon on August 28. The drawing will be held at 6 o'clock that night.

Payment from the lottery winners must be received no later than 2 p.m. on September 2. Spaces that are unclaimed or not paid for will be entered into a second drawing that will be held on September 2 at 6 p.m.

The 25 parking spaces that have been reserved for free standing RVs in the past are no longer available.

RV parking is still available in "RV City," which is across from the Civic Center under the I-10 overpass.
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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sheriff recovers travel trailer stolen from campground

Camden Chronicle - Camden,TN,USA
The Benton County Sheriff’s Department recovered a 33-foot Dutchmen travel trailer that was stolen out of Perry County. Investigator Bryant Allen received a tip from Investigator Ricky Inman with the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department that the trailer was at a location in Benton County. It was later discovered at 10360 Highway 192 where a family of at least three had been living in it.

Abigail Margaret Miller turned herself in to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday. She told Investigators Allen and Ricky Pafford that she had gone to a campground in Perry County on May 20 and hooked up to the travel trailer. She then took it to Benton County where her and her child were living in it. She told investigators that she took the trailer because her and her child did not have a place to live.
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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Geocaching at NY Campgrounds

The Gouverneur Times - Gouverneur,NY,USA
Pittsford, NY – Campground Owners of New York (CONY) an association of privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York State, has joined the geocaching phenomenon, with caches hidden at parks across New York State. Additional details about the geocaching program and how to get started can be found at www.gogeocachingny.com.

According to Groundspeak, Inc., on its website at geocaching.com, “Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers…and then share your experiences online. Geocaching is enjoyed by people from all age groups.” The website notes there are over 850,000 active geocaches around the world.
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Campground owner enjoys helping campers have fun

NOVA -- On a recent Friday, Pam McCreary made her rounds at Country Stage Campground on Township Road 1031 in northern Ashland County. Fridays and Saturdays can be 20-hour days at the park.

She and her husband, Todd, bought the park last year. They own the campground at the back of the property and hope someday to purchase the Country Stage Music Park portion that fronts to Township Road 1031. For now, the two facilities function as separate entities.

The McCrearys have their hands full keeping things running smoothly, making improvements and, above all, keeping their campers happy.

Pam McCreary took time from her busy schedule to show off the campground. As she navigated her golf cart past rows of neatly -- if not elaborately -- landscaped RVs, McCreary explained that she and Todd always loved the outdoors, especially hiking and canoeing. Buying the campground has afforded them an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and help others enjoy it, too.

She referred to her seasonal campers' RVs as "middle class summer homes."

"It was a goal of ours, to see how you can live in the country and still afford groceries," McCreary said.

She clearly enjoys doting on her campers. McCreary said that, rather then handing them a map of the campgrounds when they check in, she prefers to escort them to their campsites and help them get settled in.
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LAX parking lot is home away from home for airline workers

For about 15 days a month, Alaska Airlines pilot Jim Lancaster lives in a motor home in Parking Lot B near the southernmost runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

Every four minutes, a jetliner or turboprop roars in -- 500 feet above his front door -- for a landing. The noise is so loud it forces Lancaster to pause during conversations. But he doesn't mind. Lancaster puts up with the smell of jet fuel and screaming engines to save time and money.

The 60-year-old aviator's primary residence is a cottage he shares with his wife overlooking a quiet bay off Puget Sound in Washington state. Living in Lot B while he's on duty means he doesn't have to rent a Los Angeles apartment with other pilots or spend 12 hours a day commuting to and from the Seattle area.

"As kids we used to ask our parents to take us to the airport to see the planes," Lancaster quipped. "Now I get to live at the airport."

He isn't the only one. Lancaster's 2001 Tradewinds sits among 100 trailers and motor homes that form a colony of pilots, mechanics and other airline workers at LAX, the third-busiest airport in the nation. They are citizens of one of the most unusual communities in the United States.
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Dog's life on holiday with canine friendly motorhomes

The Star
Sheffield, England businessman Charles Glover is hoping to wow pet loving, stay at home holidaymakers with his new 'Bark'n'Ride' dog friendly motorhomes.
Mr Glover runs Voyager Motorhome Hire with business partner Emil Berek.

He came up with the idea of dog friendly motorhomes after Voyager started getting a high volume of enquiries from dog owners and research confirmed there was a gap in the market.
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More RV Buyers Aiming for Full Time RV Lifestyle

Pedata RV Center is aiding more and more potential Motorhome buyers and RV owners looking to upgrade with plans to drastically reduce their living expenses by adopting the full time RV lifestyle. Those considering the RV as a means of cutting back point out that selling their home not only leaves them with a nest egg that is comforting during economic upheaval, but it lowers their monthly expenditures.

Cancelling all the maintenance/upkeep services required by an average size home in the US saves a large amount of money: electric bills, water bills, phone and internet bills, landscaping bills…not to mention the periodic painting, the need for a new roof, the swimming pool maintenance, re-seeding the lawn, having the carpets cleaned periodically, etc. can add up to astronomical costs. In comparison the maintenance and upkeep on a recreational vehicle is nominal.

Eliza W., a RV owner going full time to cut costs said, "It's the smartest choice for us at the moment. We're retired. We like to travel. So cutting lose from the costs of maintaining our 3 bedroom home that we probably only spend 4-6 months in a year was only logical."

Pedata RV Center's general manager, Clint Ethington, sees many RV owners and potential RV buyers looking at the RV lifestyle as a thrifty option. He said, "For many it's a way of cutting back without feeling like it's a huge sacrifice. Because…let's admit it, really they're cutting back from a lot of responsibility and going on what amounts to an extended vacation."

For more information on Pedata RV Center, or current trends in the RV industry contact Clint Ethington, General Manager, at clint@pedatarvcenter.com or by phone at: 1-888-545-8314 or 520-807-0900. Or visit Pedata RV Center online at www.pedatarvcenter.com.
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Monday, July 20, 2009

8-28-09 Deadline for Filing Claim Against Fleetwood

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT FOR
THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA RIVERSIDE DIVISION

In re
FLEETWOOD ENTERPRISES, INC., et al.,
Debtors. CASE NO. 09-14254-MJ
Chapter 11
[Jointly Administered]
NOTICE OF DEADLINE FOR FILING OF PROOFS OF CLAIM ON OR BEFORE AUGUST 28, 2009

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT:

On March 10, 2009, Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. ("Fleetwood") and its affiliated debtors and debtors in possession (collectively, the "Debtors") each filed a voluntary petition for relief under the Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California (the "Court"). A complete list of the Debtors is available free of charge at the website maintained by the Debtors' Claims Agent at www.kccllc.net/fleetwood.

On July 6, 2009, the Court entered an order (the "Bar Date Order") establishing AUGUST 28, 2009 AT 5:00 P.M., PREVAILING PACIFIC TIME (the "Bar Date"), as the deadline for filing proofs of claim against the Debtors. The Bar Date applies to all claims against the Debtors that arose before March 10, 2009 except the excluded claims listed in the Bar Date Order.

You MUST file a proof of claim by the Bar Date if you have any claim against any of the Debtors that arose before March 10, 2009. The only exception to this filing requirement is for excluded claims described in the Bar Date Order. Acts or omissions that occurred before March 10, 2009 may give rise to claims subject to the Bar Date even if the claims may not have become known or fixed or liquidated until after March 10, 2009.

The Debtors have established supplemental Bar Dates (the "Supplemental Bar Dates") for filing proofs of claim or interest on account of: (A) claims arising from rejection of executory contracts or unexpired leases; (B) claims or interests of governmental units; and (C) claims arising as the result of transfer avoidance pursuant to chapter 5 of the Bankruptcy Code. If you are a holder of a claim or interest in one of these three categories, you MUST file a proof of claim by the applicable Supplemental Bar Date described in the Bar Date Order.
If your claim or interest is not listed on the Debtors' schedules or is scheduled as disputed, contingent, unliquidated or unknown, or you disagree with the amount or description scheduled for your claim or interest, you must file a proof of claim or interest.

EXCEPT WITH RESPECT TO EXCLUDED CLAIMS (AS DESCRIBED IN THE BAR DATE ORDER), IF YOU FAIL TO FILE A PROOF OF CLAIM ON OR BEFORE 5:00 P.M. (PREVAILING PACIFIC TIME), ON AUGUST 28, 2009 OR THE APPLICABLE SUPPLEMENTAL BAR DATE, ON ACCOUNT OF ANY CLAIM YOU WISH TO ASSERT AGAINST ANY OF THE DEBTORS, THEN YOU WILL BE FOREVER BARRED FROM ASSERTING THAT CLAIM (OR FILING A PROOF OF CLAIM WITH RESPECT TO IT);
YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE ANY DISTRIBUTION IN THESE CHAPTER 11 CASES ON ACCOUNT OF THAT CLAIM;THE DEBTORS AND THEIR PROPERTY WILL BE DISCHARGED FROM ANY AND ALL LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THAT CLAIM; AND
YOU WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO VOTE ON ANY PLAN OR PLANS OF REORGANIZATION FOR THE DEBTORS ON ACCOUNT OF THESE BARRED CLAIMS
Any questions concerning this Notice, the Bar Date or the Bar Date Order should be directed to the Information Line established for these chapter 11 cases at (866) 967-0262. You may access copies free of charge of the Debtors' Schedules, the Bar Date Order, the mailed version of this Notice, forms for proofs of claim and instructions for filing at the website maintained by the Debtors' Claims Agent at www.kccllc.net/fleetwood.

The Court has appointed an Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors that is represented by Hamid R. Rafatjoo, Esq. at Pachulski Stang Zhiel & Jones, 10100 Santa Monica Boulevard 11th Floor Los Angeles, CA 90067-4100. If you have additional questions, you may contact Mr. Rafatjoo at (310) 277-6910.

You may also want to consult an attorney to protect your rights.
Approved by Order of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California on July 6, 2009.

CRAIG H. MILLET
SOLMAZ KRAUS
GIBSON, DUNN & CRUTCHER LLP
3161 Michelson Drive
Irvine, California 92612-4412
Telephone: (949) 451-3800
Facsimile: (949) 451-4220
Attorneys for
Debtors and Debtors in Possession

Sunday, July 19, 2009

RVs Become Home for Many Hit by Ike in Texas

BOLIVAR PENINSULA, Texas -- Hundreds of recreational vehicles fill the holes in this rough-and-tumble beachside community after the devastating tides and 110-mile-per-hour winds of Hurricane Ike destroyed 61% of the homes here last September.

RVs, the homes-on-wheels that are an indelible symbol of the American family vacation, have become a fixture of post-hurricane landscapes along the Gulf Coast. For many coastal residents, the RVs represent a temporary fix to their housing problems while they work on rebuilding. For others the vehicles offer a permanent solution to the threat of hurricanes: Rather than invest in another house that could be washed away, residents can simply drive their homes to higher ground when needed.

The RVs are the heirs of the Federal Emergency Management Agency mobile homes that dotted the landscape after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, when about 140,000 people found shelter in government-issued trailers. Some of those trailers became notorious when they were found to be emitting harmful chemical fumes; after Hurricane Ike, FEMA turned for emergency housing more to subsidized apartments and hotel rooms.

FEMA did install a 50-unit mobile-home park on Bolivar Peninsula to house victims of Ike, and 400 more agency trailers are scattered throughout Galveston County. The trailers are generally provided for maximum 18-month stays.

But many residents prefer the flexibility of buying or renting their own RVs. RVs are more easily moved than mobile homes, and there is no looming deadline that would force residents to move out.

The surge in RVs has been so great here since last fall's hurricane that homeowners' associations are revising their rules to allow RVs. County officials have issued several hundred new six-month permits that verify the road-worthiness of the RVs, so that they can be driven away from the path of a future storm.

Some local residents are uneasy with the RV invasion, worrying about a potential RV traffic jam during an evacuation. Others fear that RVs will be left behind and be tossed around during a storm, adding to the destruction. (Because they aren't attached to the ground, through pilings for example, they are much more vulnerable to storm winds.)
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Texas RV Rental Company Flourishing

Times Record News - Wichita Falls,TX,USA
Uniquely situated between a sagging economy and dropping gas prices, Dave Zentgraf’s RV rental business is at the right place and the right time.

D&D Enterprises is in the midst of its fourth summer vacation season. Having started out with only three recreational vehicles, Zentgraf now has a stable of 12 travel trailers and one motor home, few of which remained on the lot Friday morning.

“Three left yesterday and two went out early this morning,” said Zentgraf, who also owns Moonlight Limousine Service. “Bookings are up about 70 percent from last year and our customers are very satisfied.”

Zentgraf points to lower gas prices as one reason for increased interest in RV use.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Black Bears Move Into Campground, Campers move out

KOHD - Bend,OR,USA
After making a campsite their new home, three black bears have the US Forest Service on edge, prompting it to shut down the Perry South Campground on Lake Billy Chinook. Alex Berlin of Salem, who's seen dozens of black bears in the wild, says he's not worried.

Still the forest service isn't taking any chances. It believes there are two adult bears, one weighing about two hundred pounds, and one cub. The Forest Service says that can be dangerous since bears can act aggressively towards humans when they feel their cub is threatened.

On the road to Perry South, the sign says open, but the campgrounds are temporarily closed while trash in the area is cleaned. The Forest Service will also replace old trash cans with new bear-proof trash cans and dumpsters, and sanitize tables and fish clean stations.
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Fleetwood closes sale of motorhome assets

RIVERSIDE, Calif., July 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Fleetwood Enterprises, Inc. a leading producer of motorized recreational vehicles and manufactured homes, today announced the closing of the previously announced sale of its motor home assets to American Industrial Partners Capital Fund IV, L.P. (AIP). The purchase price of $33.2 million is inclusive of certain assumed liabilities and is subject to customary post-closing adjustments.

Concurrently, Fleetwood terminated approximately 700 employees associated with this portion of its business. Affected employees were notified earlier this week. The new owners are expecting to hire approximately 650 employees over the next several weeks. Fleetwood continues to own two idled motor home plants in Pennsylvania and California, although the Riverside, Calif. plant will be operated temporarily by AIP under license.

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.

Additional information about Fleetwood's reorganization may be found online in the news section of www.fleetwood.com or at www.kccllc.net/fleetwood.
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Friday, July 17, 2009

Have You Seen These RVers? They're Missing

Elderly couple missing on motor home trip
Victorville Daily Press - Victorville,CA,USA
APPLE VALLEY • An elderly couple has gone missing as they made their way back to Apple Valley from Missouri in a motor home, and officials are asking for the public’s help in tracking them down.

Beverly and James Harley had been traveling and camping in their tan, 1995 Holiday Rambler motor home for several weeks. Officials from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department’s Victorville station said the Harleys have kept in constant contact with family members during the trip.

Family members last heard from the Harleys around 7:43 p.m. Monday. The couple was reportedly in Franklin County, Mo. at that time and headed home to Apple Valley.
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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Motor home almost drops into ocean off Oregon cliff

OTTER ROCK - It took the work of two huge tow trucks, two drivers, two men "in the hole" and 14 hours worth of labor, but on Tuesday, the effort was finally enough to extract a 36-foot motor home from the rocks below U.S. 101.

"The only other option would have been to bring in two helicopters," said Joshua Mast, an employee of the Florence-based Mast Bros. Towing and Recovery, which rescued the RV.

The saga began Sunday afternoon, when Lincoln County Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a vehicle over the cliffs near where U.S. 101 meets North Otter Crest Loop Road. On the scene, James Brown, 79, of Washington, told deputies he had stepped from the motor home to walk his dog when the brakes apparently failed.
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Alcoa Launches Seventeen-Inch Classic Dually Wheels

CLEVELAND -- Alcoa Automotive Wheels, a Cleveland, Ohio based business unit of Alcoa, Inc., today announced the extension of their Classic aftermarket catalog to include new seventeen-inch dually fitments for ¾-ton and 1-ton trucks.

Already available in sixteen-inch fitments, Classic dually wheels are now available in 17”x6.5” for front and rear fitments on 8-lug dually pick-up trucks. Each wheel is offered in Alcoa’s Classic styling with a premium polished finish.

“Heavy duty truck applications are the heart of our aftermarket wheel business and dually pick-up truck owners have trusted the strength and durability of Alcoa forged aluminum wheels for their heaviest loads,” stated Gary Santavicca, Marketing Manager, Alcoa Aftermarket Automotive Wheels. “We are now able to offer seventeen-inch fitments for current and recent model dually pick-up trucks.”

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Happiest camper on the Cape

Cape Cod Times - Hyannis,MA,USA
DENNISPORT — To say that the Cape Cod Ocean View RV Park is Mahlon Walker's favorite vacation spot would be a bit of an understatement.

The 95-year-old Plymouth resident has been spending summers at the campground since 1941, when the beachfront property was a wooded oasis of tent sites.

"We just kept coming here every year because we liked it," Walker said. "This has become like a second family now. People come back year after year."

The family feeling was in full view on a recent Saturday when the management and summer residents threw Walker a surprise housewarming party to celebrate his move from a 22-year-old trailer to a two-bedroom cottage — one of a handful on the site.
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Monday, July 13, 2009

Good Morning America touts RVing as affordable, family-friendly

The July 8 edition of ABC’s Good Morning America featured a very positive segment following New Hampshire family of four the LoPilatos as they saved thousands of dollars on their family vacation by taking their fifth wheel travel trailer to Disneyland this summer.

The family’s decision to take their RV to Disneyland was “a decision that cut their costs by more than half,” GMA’s Elizabeth Leamy reported. “Instead of $4,500 for one week, which did not include airfare for the family of four, the price became $2,000 for 12 days. Lynne LoPilatos added that taking the RV made the family vacation possible: "It's huge, it's huge savings.”

“RVIA’s public relations team has been actively pitching the “affordability” message to media outlets across the country since the economic crisis began,” said RVIA Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Gary LaBella. “We know that American families are looking for affordable vacation options this summer, and it’s great that national media has caught on to the idea that RVing is not only family-friendly, but also very affordable.”

The segment is available for online viewing at: http://abcnews.go.com/video/playerIndex?id=8030316.
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Gas prices down, RV business Up

As gas prices go down, the RV business is going up. It's one bright spot in an industry that's suffered as much as any other in this economy.

Glen Takahara is buying an RV in San Jose, California "I basically want to hit the road and see the United States."

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Alaska tourists, fewer, spending less mone

Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage,AK,USA
Unclogged sidewalks, glacier tour cancellations and reservation-free dining in downtown Anchorage were some of the signs of a souring tourism season this year.

As predicted, the dismal economy in the Lower 48 has prevented many visitors from traveling to Alaska this summer, and many locally owned businesses around the state are suffering as a result.

"(Tourists) are trying to be as cheap and frugal as possible," said Madeline Kelleyhouse, who manages the Tok Chamber of Commerce visitor center. She has observed more than the typical number of travelers camping overnight in highway pullouts, gravel pits and state parks instead of paying for a spot at an RV park.

Scott Reisland, a Denali campground, cabin and RV park owner, said he had to lay off half of his staff and his family is chipping in longer hours to keep the business afloat. At the end of June, his company, the Denali Grizzly Bear Resort, had only half of the bookings it had at the same time last year.

"In our 41-year history as a family-owned business, we've never had such a bad year," Reisland said.
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Friday, July 10, 2009

RVs help Boomers take home on road

DesMoinesRegister.com - Des Moines,IA,USA
Ron Haynes' 35-foot recreational vehicle has all the conveniences of home, including a roomy bathroom, recliners, satellite television and the same brand and style of mattress he sleeps on in his Pella home.

"So I sleep well," says Haynes, an avid camper - ummm, RVer.

Haynes, 52, and his wife, Carol, 54, take their Winnebago Chieftain on four trips a year. And most of the summer, the home on wheels is parked at Cutty's Campgrounds near Grimes, where the Hayneses spend weekends.
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"We love the comfort and freedom of the RV," Haynes says.

Baby boomers such as the Hayneses make up the largest number of RV owners, according to Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. The typical RV owner is 49 years old, married, with annual household income of $68,000. On average, owners spend 26 days a year traveling in their RVs, covering about 4,500 miles.
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Motorhome exhibit rolling into Bowling Green

Hundreds of motorhomes and a variety of accessory merchandise will be assembled in a display of recreational vehicles at Bowling Green State University July 20-23.

The exhibition is part of a convention of an international motorhome owners’ club, the Family Motor Coach Association, based in Cincinnati.

On Monday, July 20, from 1-5 p.m., a special viewing of only the motorhome exhibits will be held. Hours for viewing motorhome and booth display exhibits are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Some 18 motorhome manufacturers and five Ohio dealers will be bringing new motorhomes for convention attendees to tour. In addition, approximately 230 companies will display their wares inside the air-conditioned space of the Charles Perry Field House, encompassing nearly 75,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space.

The daily fee for viewing motorhomes and booth displays is $7 per person; children 12 and under admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Save $2 on a day pass by bringing a non-perishable food item to benefit the Bowling Green Food Pantry. A Daily Passport that provides admission to the exhibits, seminars, and daytime and evening entertainment is available for $55 per person. The admission fee on Monday covers admission on Tuesday as well.
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RVIA ‘Great American Road Trip’

RV travel and camping are receiving a timely boost with the debut of NBC’s Great American Road Trip, the reality TV show showcasing the adventures of seven families traveling in motorhomes on a cross-country road trip.

“This is tremendous exposure for the RV industry coming at a time when American families are focused on summer travel,” said Gary LaBella, RVIA vice president and chief marketing officer, in a news release following the show’s debut Tuesday night (July 7). “The message of the show reflects the appeal of RVing…that families reconnect and recharge as they spend time together traveling.”
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Winnebago Owner to Hold 40th Rally

FOREST CITY - Doug Formanek would love to see the look on the faces of those first Winnebago International Travelers Grand National Rally attendees if they could see the rally today.

“I think they'd be absolutely shocked just at how far the units have come,” the Winnebago Itasca Travelers general manager said on the eve of the 40th anniversary GNR that is set to kick off on July 19.

“At the same time, I'm guessing the one common bond between the first rally and the one coming up is the love for the lifestyle.”

Back in 1969, more than 600 Winnebago vehicles - motor homes and travel trailers - descended upon Forest City for the first-ever GNR.
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RVRA: 2009 RV Rentals Will Be Better Than 2008

FAIRFAX, VA, July 09, 2009-- A new survey of RV Rental Association members indicates RV rental companies anticipate 2009 will be better for RV rentals than 2008, despite a slow economy. Those responding to the association's annual survey report RV rental activity will be up an average of 12 percent this year.

"The survey results show that even in a tough economy, people still plan to go on RV vacations," said RVRA Chairman Bert Alanko of MBA Insurance, Inc. in Scottsdale, AZ. "People value their vacation time, and renting an RV is still a very economical way to travel."

Unlike previous years, gas prices are less of a concern for those responding to the survey. Most RV rental vacations will be about the same length as previous years, RVRA members report. The survey shows that only about 10 percent of RV rental customers are booking shorter trips, while 71 percent are booking their rental for the same amount of time as the previous year.

For anyone looking to plan an RV rental vacation this year, information and resources are available at http://www.rvra.org. This site offers an online directory that has a state-by-state listing of more than 300 rental companies across the U.S. and Canada. The site features consumer tips on renting - including advice on selecting the proper unit. Consumers can also get more information on RV travel by visiting the http://www.gorving.com website. RVRA is the rental division of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), the national association representing RV retailers. The association's members include RV dealers, RV rental operations, and RV AfterMarket locations.
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Bees Close Jumbo Rocks Campground

Joshua Tree National Superintendent Curt Sauer on Wednesday, July 8 ordered Jumbo Rocks Campground closed temporarily due to safety concerns raised by the presence of swarming bees, park Chief of Interpretation Joe Zarki said in a press release.

The closure went into effect at noon Wedneday and was expected to remain in force until noon Monday, Aug. 10.

To compensate for the campsites closed at Jumbo Rocks, park offials reopened Ryan Campground, located 6 miles west of Jumbo Rocks, Zarki said.

In recent days, campers at Jumbo Rocks have been harried by swarms of non-aggressive, but persistent, swarms of bees seeking moisture, he said. As seasonal dry conditions deepen before the onset of summer monsoonal rains, bees will actively seek out moisture from any available source including car radiators, coolers, drink containers, trash cans, restrooms, and even sweat on human skin.
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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

30 new campsites at Kohler-Andrae state park

Chicago Tribune - United States

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. - A popular Sheboygan state park is opening a new 30-unit campground, adding to 105 existing campsites.

Kohler-Andrae State Park has sand dunes and miles of beach land along Lake Michigan.

Jim Buchholz is the park superintendent of the state Department of Natural Resources. He says the park attracts 440,000 visitors and 60,000 campers each year, leaving the park often filled to capacity.

The new campsites are scheduled to open Wednesday afternoon. Each has a paved drive, fire pit and picnic table.

Buchholz says the $474,000 project is the first campground addition to the park since the existing facilities were rebuilt in the early 1970s.

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Motorhome accident injures two

Hot Springs Star - Hot Springs,SD,USA
At 11 a.m. on May 11, Fall River County dispatch received a call of an overturned motor home midway between Hot Springs and Maverick Junction

Glyndon Scott, 74, was the driver of a 40-foot Trans Star Motor Home, which was towing a Saturn Vue, and lost control of his vehicle on U.S. Highway 18 about 2-1/2 miles east of Hot Springs.

Scott swerved, tipping the motor home over onto the driver’s side into the north ditch, according to chief deputy Rich Mraz of the Fall River County Sheriff’s Office.

State Highway Patrol Trooper Shann Barrick said Scott was transported by ambulance and Scott’s wife, Ethel, 77, was transported by Black Hills LifeFlight helicopter to Rapid City Regional Hospital. He was in good condition and she was in critical condition, a hospital spokeswoman said Wednesday night.

Barrick said the couple was not wearing seatbelts and speed may have been a contributing factor in the accident.

“He (Scott) said that he felt the back end of the RV start to come around and he lost control,” Barrick said.
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Oregon RV dealer closes

Gresham RV, a longstanding dealer of recreational vehicles at 325 N.E. Hogan Drive, closed its doors Friday, June 19.

Longtime owners Steve and Jeannie Williams plan to reopen — at a later, undermined date and location — to provide ongoing service to their customers’ vehicles, said Jack Orchard, the Portland attorney who has represented the Williams’ business interests for 25 years.

Orchard said the business, which operated “quite successfully until mid-2008,” was a victim of the collapsing economy and higher gas prices. He also cited an increasingly volatile credit situation with banks and creditors that has affected many automobile dealerships across the country. Gresham RV is not filing for bankruptcy protection, he noted.
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State Encouraging Residents to "Go, Stay Georgia"

Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Chris Clark is encouraging Georgians to `Go Stay Georgia.` `With rising gas prices and families watching their budgets more closely than ever, a weekend at a state park is the perfect getaway,` said Commissioner Clark. `Our state parks offer many different types of accommodations in an affordable and family-friendly atmosphere that encourages everyone to get outdoors.`

Nearly 40 state parks have modern campgrounds with hot showers, laundry facilities, and water and electric hookups. RV owners will appreciate the large pull-through sites, while tent campers can reserve for more private walk-in sites. Most state parks have campground hosts, who assist with maintenance and help fellow campers settle in. Rates are around $23 per night.
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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Bring your home with you... RV lovers say

Vancouver Sun - Vancouver,British Columbia,Canada
“Get your motor runnin’, head out on the highway, lookin’ for adventure and whatever comes our way.”

It could be the theme song of every RVer, though it’s not likely what Steppenwolf had in mind when they recorded Born to be Wild in 1968.

But the pull of the road, and the freedom that comes with it, is what attracts most recreational vehicle dwellers. And despite the price of gas, it’s a relatively cheap way to go.

“It’s freedom. It’s comfort. It’s nature,” said Doug James, who along with his wife Karen developed Shuswap Falls RV Resort.

The Jameses have a 45-foot Class A recreational vehicle — an RV that’s built like a bus. They live in it year-round, six months in Shuswap and six months in California.
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Vacationers Roughing it in RVs

Walking into some of the RVs on the lot at Ben's RV Center in Springettsbury Township feels a bit like walking into a nice hotel room, with that new-carpentry smell and a finely polished glean in kitchens and bathrooms.

And actually, the more upscale models, on average, seem to be outselling less expensive models recently, salesman Cory Decker said late last month.

Some in higher-income brackets are seeing campers as a less expensive way to travel over the long run -- especially once it is paid off -- instead of flying each year to a destination and staying in a hotel room.

But they still want amenities, possibly resulting in the interest in higher-end models, Decker said.
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Monday, July 06, 2009

Outdoors RV Ships First Travel Trailer

The mood at Outdoors RV, Union County Oregon's newest manufacturing company, was downright jubilant Wednesday morning.

All of the plant’s employees trooped outside in the bright sunshine to have their picture taken with the first trailer ready for shipment to a dealer. Many were cheering.

Accompanying them was plant owner Ron Nash, who has battled through the current recession to keep Union County’s recreational vehicle industry alive.

“The Canadian market’s been good, and that’s very encouraging. The Northwest market has been good, too, though it’s still not what it is was before,” Nash said.
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RV manufacturers seek fuel efficiency

Major RV manufacturers have all reported a downturn in sales since the price of fuel started to skyrocket a few years ago. A typical RV weighs more, and gets worse gasoline mileage, than a 18-wheeler truck. And those who might have bought one in the past to save money on lodging and food on their road travels are now realizing that filling ‘er up might end up costing more than hotels and restaurants.

But as with the auto and truck industry overall, some RV manufacturers are scrambling to incorporate new features and design new models with better fuel efficiency and a lower overall carbon footprint.

Damon essentially converted the ultra-efficient chassis, engine and transmission of a leading parcel delivery fleet truck – package delivery companies optimize for fuel efficiency in their fleets to save on fuel – for use as an RV. The Avanti’s chassis also sits lower than other RVs, so it gets less wind resistance. These factors add up in fuel efficiency – 14.5 mpg – double that of other RVs in its class.
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Sunday, July 05, 2009

City reviewing limits on RVs

Sioux Falls Argus Leader - Sioux Falls,SD,USA
Sioux Falls officials want to limit how long motor homes can park in campgrounds, but one local campground owner is doing his best to stop the proposal.

Planning and zoning officials say motor homes and travel trailers should be forced to move after 180 days. They say RVs are not suitable as permanent dwellings because of health and safety concerns.

"I don't think campers are designed to provide occupancy when it's January and 30 below in Sioux Falls," said Shawna Goldammer, the city's zoning enforcement manager.
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But Duane Spader, who owns the Sioux Falls KOA at 1401 E. Robur Drive, views the proposal as an assault on campground owners. Spader, a prominent businessman in the national RV industry, calls the proposal "naive."

Between 20 and 30 percent of people who own RVs now use the vehicles as full-time dwellings, he said. They often travel to one place and stay for an extended period of time before moving on to a different part of the country.
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Friday, July 03, 2009

July 4th Events Planned for Kentucky State Parks

Amplifier - Bowling Green,KY,USA
The Kentucky State Parks will be celebrating the 4th of July this year with fireworks, entertainment, camping, picnics and plenty of fun for the family.

Many state parks will be holding special events for guests and campers – some on July 4 or throughout the holiday weekend.

The following parks will have fireworks: Barren River Lake State Resort Park, Buckhorn Lake State Resort Park, General Butler State Resort Park, Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, Kenlake State Resort Park, Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park, Lake Barkley State Resort Park and Rough River Dam State Resort Park.

“We appreciate the organizations that are supporting the fireworks displays this year at our state parks,” Parks Commissioner Gerry van der Meer said. “We receive great support from our community partners.”
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Arizona Forest Service campgrounds open for Fourth of July

White Mountain Independent - Show Low,AZ,USA
All campgrounds on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are open for business this holiday weekend, along with Arizona State Parks previously thought to be closed due to Arizona State budget restraints.

The target date to reopen Hoyer Campground near Greer has arrived and will reopen Friday, July 3. A very popular site, Hoyer has received some much needed upgrades. Amenities for the holiday weekend include vault toilets, showers and potable water.

The dump station will not be operational over the weekend due to a maintenance issue. Accessible campsites with accessible picnic tables/grills/parking, toilets and water hydrants are available.

No reservations for the Hoyer campground will be needed and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The reservation system for other campsites may be accessed at www.recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.
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Floridians Head to Campgrounds for Holiday Weekend

WMBB-TV - Panama City,FL,USA
A lot of people will be traveling this Fourth of July weekend. Many of them will be traveling to a state park or a private campground to spend the long weekend outdoors.

The slumping economy and high gas prices have many families looking for cheaper getaways this summer travel season.

The Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds says its members are seeing an increase in the number of people using their facilities.

The trend to save money and enjoy nature also is being felt at Florida’s state parks.

Last year was a record for state parks in terms of attendance. Nearly 20.7 million (20,738,701) people visited one of the parks. More than 2.1 million (2,192,748) of those people spent the night.

This year’s number will set another record.
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Recession Makes Campers Permanent Residents

FOXNews - USA
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The recession is helping create a new lifestyle in Alabama: Permanent camping.

Campgrounds across Alabama are filling with permanent residents seeking less-stressful, less-expensive lifestyle. Campground operators say it's an enticing option for both retired people and younger adults who have fallen on hard times.

Alabama's state parks didn't allow full-time residents in its campgrounds for decades. But it now allows full-time residents at Lake Guntersville State Park and Wind Creek State Park near Alexander City.

State Parks Director Mark Easterwood said pressure from campers created the change.
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Three Californa Campgrounds make 'Best Family Campgrounds' list

Pleasanton Weekly - CA, USA
Three of the East Bay Regional Park District's campgrounds were named the best in the nation for park amenities, outdoor scenery and educational facilities.

They include the campground at Lake Del Valle, Sunol Regional Wilderness and Anthony Chabot Regional Park. The honor was bestowed by ReserveAmerica's Camping Club, a community of active family campers, which honored a total of 100 family campgrounds.

At Del Valle, located just south of Livermore, visitors can choose from drive-in campsites, partial hookup sites for RVs as well as take a dip in Lake Del Valle, which offers swimming, fishing, a boat launch and boat rentals.

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Americans take to road but cautious after gas shock

GRAPEVINE, Texas (Reuters) - Robert Neal will take to the road this Independence Day holiday the same as millions of other Americans. But there's a difference in their road-trip ritual this Fourth of July.

The price of gasoline, while down sharply from last year's peak, means the 74-year-old owner of a motor home may not venture as far as he has in the past.

Standing in shorts and sneakers outside his RV at a campground in Grapevine, a lakeside town near Dallas, Neal said he and his wife remained unsure where to go next. "The gas price as it is now, it's a maybe, maybe," he said.

The travel and auto group AAA projected last week that U.S. travel over the holiday weekend would drop 1.9 percent this year compared to 2008, a casualty of higher fuel prices and economic worries.

Gasoline prices are about a third lower than they were a year ago, but increases at the pump will steer Americans away from road trips, AAA said. Retail prices for regular gasoline averaged nearly $2.63 a gallon on Thursday, about 11 percent higher than they were around a month ago.
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