Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Emerald Cove RV Resort Opens New Golf Course

Parker, AZ September 30, 2009 -- The Emerald Cove RV Resort in Parker Arizona has opened a brand new golf course and is officially ready for golfers to hit the links. The state of the art Emerald Cove RV Resort is just minutes from this 4 star golf course, offering challenging play and beautiful weather year round. The golf course is just another one of the great amenities offered by Emerald Cove RV Resort. With 800 RV spaces, three heated pools, and enough family activities to last an entire vacation, Emerald Cove is now positioned as one of the premier RV destinations in the Southwest.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

RV Snowbirds Begin Return to Yuma, Arizona

Traffic in the RV parks and campgrounds in Yuma, Ariz., is getting a bit more congested with sightings of license plates from Washington, Oregon and other points north — and colder — than Yuma.

They’re the first harbinger of the annual influx of refugees from northern climes looking for a place in the sun away from snow and freezing temperatures back home, according to the Yuma Sun.

There aren’t many of them, mostly regulars, said Lois Galyardt, assistant manager of Cactus Garden RV Resort and Desert Paradise.

But as the temperature cools just a touch, the phone calls for reservations are heating up, she and other recreational vehicle park managers agree.

After all, it’s raining in Oregon and snowing in Colorado, noted Dean Buford at Caravan Oasis RV Resort.

“It’s looking like it will be a good winter visitor season. Reservations are doing well. I had four or five calls just this morning,” he said Thursday.

He’s even having some people come in. “I had five this week, most of them from Oregon where it’s raining.”

As the temperature drops in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Canada, the annual migration will pick up, he predicted.
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Texas campground owners surviving drought, recession

Texas campgrounds and RV parks overall are experiencing strong occupancies and revenues, according to a report by the Texas Association of Campground Owners.

Some parks in Central Texas lost some of their summer business due to unusually hot weather and a persistent drought that lowered lake and river levels. However, other parks across the state experienced significant gains in both occupancy and revenue.

“The private park industry in Texas has fared quite well this year, despite the challenges posed by the recession and the drought,” says Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
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Parks in Jefferson County, WA close to save money

PORT TOWNSEND -- Citing a more than $100,000 deficit, Jefferson County Parks Director Matt Tyler outlined a proposal to close four park facilities, cut almost three part-time staff positions and become heavily dependent on volunteers to maintain most other county parks.

The move leaves just one paid staffer for parks maintenance countywide.

"We coping and surviving now," Tyler told the county commissioners Monday, announcing a plan to greatly expand the system's volunteer program to maintain most of the county's 19 parks.

The county park system that serves 2,200 families with 700 children budgeted $539,546 in 2009 expenditures but has only slightly more than $438,000 for 2010.
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Monday, September 28, 2009

RV travelers build community wherever they land

It can get a little cramped in a 300-square-foot home, but Stacy Roberts and her husband, Ken, are used to it.

They don’t mind sacrificing personal space if it means they can be on the road 12 months out of the year.

Stacy can recall the day in 2003 that their lives changed for good. She had been a teacher for 33 years in Tucson, and Ken was general manager in the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise.

“I came home one day and thought, we’re both healthy and young enough to keep traveling. I asked Ken, ‘Do you want to sell our house and buy an RV?’ He said OK without hesitation, and we sold our house in three days.”

“Sure there are things that I miss about my old lifestyle,” Stacy said. "Most of all I miss my woman friends and my sisters. There is something about being in person that e-mail can’t touch.”

But now the Robertses have friends all over the place, especially in Columbia, MO where they settle for longer periods of time.
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Great Smoky Mountains campground reopened after mud slide.

Maryville Daily Times
Authorities said Sunday that the Elkmont campground in Great Smoky Mountains National Park has reopened after about 170 campers had to evacuate the area Saturday because rainy weather caused a mud slide.

Two roads in the park -- Sparks Lane and Parson Branch Road -- were closed Sunday because of weather and water issues, according to the National Park Service's weather information line.

According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, Blount, Knox and Sevier counties received about three inches of rain Saturday, which is a record in Blount County.

For more information about closures in Great Smoky Mountains National Park call 865- 436-1200.
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Tuesday, September 22, 2009

AIRSTREAM INCREASES PRODUCTION, MARKET SHARE

Jackson Center, Ohio (September 22, 2009) – Airstream, one of the leading recreational vehicle manufacturers in North America, announced today that it has increased production by 30 percent over the last six weeks to meet a growing wholesale and retail demand for its trailers.

Over the last 18 months, the RV industry has taken a major hit because of the economy, and Airstream has not been immune from the downturn. However, in recent weeks the company has seen a strong uptick in retail and wholesale demand. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall RV sales in July ran at the strongest annual rate since October of 2008, signaling an overall industry turnaround.

Airstream has grown its production backlog from an all-time low of three weeks to a high of 11 weeks, and as a result is expanding its staffing to support the production boost, something that the company has not done since late 2006.

“The RV industry tends to lead the general economy both in and out of recessions, so our growth spells good things for the economy as a whole” said Bob Wheeler, CEO of Airstream. “In the course of 78 years, Airstream has encountered numerous ups and downs, and as a result we feel that we are well-positioned to recover quickly. We are prepared to embrace what will hopefully be a very successful 2010.”
Airstream also reports that sales in its primary European markets of England, Germany and Holland are also experiencing a marked recovery.
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Saturday, September 19, 2009

Full-time RVers opt for cheap and friendly

With summer over, all but the diehard campers have packed up and gone home, allowing a peace to settle in for Nanaimo's permanent RV park residents.

Resort living became a legitimate form of housing in Nanaimo about 10 years ago when city council passed a bylaw creating specific zoning for the purpose.

Today, RV residents make up an entire subculture of mostly retirees and some blue-collar workers for whom home ownership is an unrealistic dream.

With housing now costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, people are turning to RV life as an affordable option. RVs can be bought second-hand for less than $10,000 and pad rental is typically less than $500 a month, including electricity, sewer and water services.

The lifestyle also offers the freedom to pick up and go whenever and wherever a person wants.
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Motorhome goes up in flames on I-84

A motorhome was destroyed Friday morning after a fire started in the engine compartment and spread before it was extinguished by Ontario Fire Department personnel. The fire caused one westbound lane of Interstate 84 to be closed for about 30 minutes.

Oregon State Police say just after 9 a.m., a 24-foot 1972 GMC motorhome driven by John Stacey, 49, from New Plymouth, Idaho was westbound near milepost 377 when a fire started in the engine compartment. Stacey was able to maneuver the motorhome onto the shoulder and stop before the fire spread. He was not injured.
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Close encounters of the RV kind for PA duo

BANGOR, Pa.—You can't hide from a spouse in a camper. Good thing Jim Caverly and wife Jeanne Meyer-Caverly usually get along so well.

The couple, formerly of Pennsylvania, now of Everywhere, USA, live full time in a recreational vehicle.

"Let me give you a tour," Jeanne, 62, chuckled, "Here's the living room, here's the kitchen. That's about it." She had not moved a step.

A walkthrough bathroom and bedroom in the back completes 320 square feet of living quarters in the 40-foot Country Coach diesel-pusher. The rig was parked on a farm outside Bangor, Pa., about 60 miles north of Philadelphia in the Poconos, while the couple visited family in August.

Alumni of then-East Stroudsburg College about 15 miles farther north, the couple worked and raised three children before retirement. Jim, 66, was an FBI special agent; Jeanne was an elementary teacher. They settled in Ballston Lake, N.Y., about 20 miles north of Albany.

They camped when the kids were young. Vacation time was always too short. They wanted to spend more time in some destinations. Bumping into full-timers in campgrounds helped convince the couple it was the life for them too.
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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Duck Creek RV Resort received top rating

A solid turnout from campers and a top rating from a national publication are turning 2009 into a memorable first year for the Duck Creek RV Resort near Muskegon, Mich.

The upscale campground across Riley-Thompson Road from Michigan’s Adventure amusement park will remain open to late summer/fall campers until Oct. 24 this year, so the final numbers of campers for the first year won’t be determined until that time. However, Roger Jourden II said he was excited that the destination resort was set to be 90% at capacity over Labor Day weekend and many campers have made reservations for next year’s holidays.

Duck Creek RV Resort received a 10/10/10 rating, the highest possible in Trailer Life’s rating system. A couple who rates Michigan campgrounds for the publication visited the local resort earlier this summer. Duck Creek RV Resort is only the second among more than 250 parks rated in Michigan to earn the top rating.
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Camphosts enjoy their 'job'

On Monday, Labor Day, Gareld and Verna Stockdale packed up their cooking tent, folded up their sleeping trailer and chairs and moved it all back home to Spring Valley, MN after spending the summer as campground hosts at Lake Louise State Park since the park's campground opening on Memorial Day weekend 2009. This ends their sixth year as camp hosts and they still love the job even though the pay is only their camping rights at the park where they have made their "home" in the western most campsite. They have only been home to sleep in Spring Valley twice in these three months of the camping season for Lake Louise.

The Stockdales duties include being at the campground to welcome the campers, helping them with locating their campsite and getting settled in. Some campers come in late, and the Stockdales greet them no matter what time it is. Verna includes the information that there has been only two nights all summer long when they have had no campers at all, except themselves. Otherwise the campground has been in use, most weekends the campground was completely full with the visitors, as it was this weekend for Labor Day. Late Friday evening, park manager Linden Anderson came to give her a run down sheet of reservations made through the state, and she quickly added in those she knew for sure were coming in "tonight or tomorrow" to fill up all the sites. Some group campers were also expected. The horse campground was completely full of campers and horses, the Lake Louise Park being one of the best campgrounds to accommodate the horse people for their trail rides.
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New York state campgrounds to remain open in fall

Labor Day doesn't have to mean the end of the camping season.

Many of the state campgrounds in the Adirondacks and Catskils will remain open into the fall, state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Pete Grannis said this week.

He reported that 31 of DEC’s 52 campgrounds will remain open, most of them into October.

“DEC campgrounds offer a unique opportunity to enjoy some of the most beautiful natural resources in New York State,” Grannis said. “New York State Forest Preserve lands offer the opportunity to see spectacular fall foliage, participate in a variety of seasonal outdoor activities, and enjoy festivals and events offered in local host communities.”
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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Camping World Broadens "Cash for Campers" Program

LINCOLNSHIRE, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 09/03/09 -- Camping World, the nation's largest RV and outdoor retailer, today announced the "Cash for Campers" program will now expand to include Class C Motorhomes and Fifth Wheel Towables.

Camping World's "Cash for Campers" is aimed at current Recreational Vehicle owners and mimics the recently expired "Cash for Clunkers" program. The program is focused on improving the quality of vehicles currently in circulation as well as stimulating the economy in heavy hit manufacturing states such as Iowa and Indiana.

Marcus Lemonis, Camping World Chairman & CEO, commented, "We were optimistic that RVers would respond positively to the program and the success has been overwhelming. In a declining market, we've managed to outperform last year by more than 10% in new motorhome business." Lemonis added, "As a result, we've decided to expand the program into our Class C and Fifth Wheel inventory from top manufacturers such as Keystone, Dutchmen, Jayco and Forest River."

More details about the program can be found at www.CampingWorld.com/cashforcampers.
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The world's largest single-story motorhome?

Running the risk of being mistaken for another pavilion at the recent Caravan Salon Motor Home and Caravan Trade Show in Dusseldorf was the Snakeliner President-Suite – a mobile house sitting atop a semitrailer that lets travelers satisfy their wanderlust while enjoying 969 sq ft (90m²) of living space.

The President-Suite, measures 59 ft long and 8.2 ft wide - not including the driver’s cabin. But if that wasn’t big enough, both sides can be extended outward a further 3.7ft to make it 16.4 ft wide when fully set up.

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RV explosion blamed on propane leak

Two women are in a Columbus hospital after sustaining severe burns in an apparent propane explosion at the Ross County Fairgrounds Wednesday.

Officials said the women had closed up the motor home and were preparing to cook food when the explosion occurred.

The explosion blew the windows out of the motor home and did extensive damage to the roof.

Propane explosions are responsible for more than 150 injuries and five deaths each year in the U.S., according to the U.S. Fire Administration.
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Boomers buying RVs: coaches are bigger, fancier

FOREST CITY, Iowa — A high school graduate who learned everything he knows about motor homes from “the university of Winnebago” has navigated one of the industry’s leading manufacturers over very bumpy terrain in the past year.

Robert Olson, 58, took a job installing motor home windows at Winnebago Industries Inc. at age 18 in hopes of saving money for college. He never left, foregoing a college education for on-the-job training that led him to where he is now, 40 years later, sitting in the CEO seat.

Actually, the seat he chose for a recent interview was a tan plush leather sectional sofa in the company’s newly unveiled $300,000 Itasca Ellipse.
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