Monday, November 30, 2009

Minnesota state parks offering gift cards

Just in time for the holiday shopping season opener, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Commissioner Mark Holsten unveiled the new Minnesota state parks gift card today at Fort Snelling State Park.

“The gift card is another way to help people connect to Minnesota’s great outdoors,” Holsten said. “We’re billing it as the ‘gift that goes all out,’ because it can be used for camping, lodging, and vehicle permits, as well as the clothing, books, and other items sold at Minnesota state parks.

“Ideally, we think people will give Minnesota state parks gift cards to their children or grandchildren with a promise to take them fishing or canoeing or snowshoeing. The memories of spending time together will last a lifetime, and the experience will help introduce the next generation to the fun of outdoor recreation.”

The gift card - which features a photo of the state’s highest waterfall, the main attraction at Grand Portage State Park in northeastern Minnesota - went on sale today and can be purchased any of three ways:

* By phone at: 1-866-85PARKS
* Online at: stayatmnparks.com
* In person at Minnesota state parks.
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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Pennsylvania RV parks among best in US

In a survey recently conducted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, seven of 31 independent, privately owned U.S. campgrounds given an overall A-rating are located in Pennsylvania.

The high-ranking Keystone State campgrounds were Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville; Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg; Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort, Waymart; Kozy Rest Kampground, Harrisville; Mountain Vista Campground, East Stroudsburg; Pioneer Campground, Laporte and Buttonwood Campground, Mexico, Pa.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Couple watches as train destroys motorhome

Into every motorist's life, there comes a moment when the paved road turns unexpectedly to dirt, streetlights give way to starlight, and regardless of where you thought you were going, where you have arrived is the middle of nowhere.

For Roger Scott, that moment came as darkness fell Wednesday, as he was nosing his 28-foot Winnebago over a railroad crossing on Palm Avenue in Morgan Hill, not far from the Coyote Creek Golf Club. The only direction that made sense to Scott at the time was to go back the way he came, but because he was towing a 15-foot SUV, backing up was not an option.

Then Scott, 88, and Betty Nelson, his 81-year-old girlfriend, heard metal grinding on metal and felt their RV suddenly shudder to a stop. Scott stood on the tracks trying to see what had beached his vehicle. "That's when I saw the headlight of a train coming," he said.
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Life in a 55+ RV Resort

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Damon Motor Coach Offers New Motorhome Floor Plans

Innovative floor plan designs have long been an industry benchmark by which Damon Motor Coach is measured. Known for a full array of Class A motorhomes—from value priced to luxury—Damon has added two more floor plans to its high-end Tuscany model line. A 36' Quad Slide Class A motorhome and a 42' Bath & A Half Class A motorhome, both with unique features.
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Giant RV Now Damon Motor Coach Dealer

ELKHART, IN –Giant RV, the largest RV dealership on the West Coast (second largest in the country), has become a full line Damon Motor Coach dealer. “We are excited about the Damon Lineup,” said Dick Torres, General Manager of Giant RV. “They are a good fit for many reasons.”

Damon, a division of Thor Industries, added T.M.S. (Thor Motorized Services) this past year and the new commitmentto back-end support has attracted attention. “Damon has always been known for a high level of quality, exceptional fit-and-finish, and a full line of Class A motorhomes. Plus their management team and programs like T.M.S. helped make it an easy decision,” Torres added.

Giant RV has three locations in Southern California according to Matt Thompson, Damon’s Vice President & General Manager. “They are an aggressive organization—they’ve weathered the economic downturn and are in a good position to grow,” Thompson said. “We worked hard to sign them and we'll work even harder to make sure our products turn.”

Damon Motor Coach designs and manufactures a full line of value-priced, yet quality built Class A motorhomes. Models include the Astoria and Tuscany diesel pushers, Avanti high-mileage diesel, and the gas-powered Daybreak, Challenger and Outlaw models. Damon is a subsidiary of Thor Industries, Inc., Jackson Center, OH (NYSE: THO), the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles.
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Arizona glad to see snowbirds arrive

In some parts of the country, the first robin of spring announces nicer weather to come.

Here, we have snowbirds.

When the winter visitors start arriving, you know the swelter time is officially over. The days of patio parties and outdoor activities are back.

Sure, some folks tell snowbird jokes and call them cool-weather friends.

But we miss 'em when they stay away - and for the past three years, the snowbirds weren't flocking to our Valley.

They've always been good for our economy. A study done by Arizona State University six years ago found that the Valley's winter visitors contribute about $1 billion to the economy. They patronize restaurants, theaters, concert halls, art museums and other business and cultural venues.
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Motorhome plunge stopped by rock

AN early morning sunbake at Australia's Mooloolaba Beach almost turned into a tragedy for four young women yesterday when an out-of-control motorhome came to rest just metres from where they were lying.
The 60-year-old driver of Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast, Brooke Habner, was attempting to reverse off wooden chocks at the Mooloolaba Caravan Park, opposite the Mantra Resort, when his sandal became caught under the accelerator, sending the vehicle plunging over sand dunes.

A protruding rock was all that stopped the vehicle from ploughing into the girls, who were lying on the sand directly in its path.
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Texas expecting large flock of RV snowbirds

Fun, sun and aggressive, targeted marketing are some of the magnets that tourism officials hope will attract a big crop of winter Texans this year.

Winter Texans migrate from northern, colder locales starting this month, bringing millions of tourism dollars to local economies.

Port Aransas tourism officials estimate that each winter Texan spends as much as $2,800 a month while they are in town. In neighboring Aransas County, the tourism officials say that the roughly 1,500 winter Texans that already have arrived will contribute about $450,000 a month to the local economy.
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Snowbirds swoop in on Florida home deals

You can add real estate offices after restaurants, golf courses, condos and RV parks on the list of where you will find snowbirds, the perennial winter visitors from Michigan, Ontario and other parts north who began arriving in early November.

Despite the poor economy, and stronger efforts by Western states to recruit seasonal visitors affluent enough to afford two residences, more snowbirds are expected to gather in Florida this year than last, partly because of housing prices here.

"Reservations are up this year," said Bobby Cornwell, executive director of the Florida Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds, which has 385 members. "This is not a recession-proof industry, but it is one of the few industries to escape the downturn."

In addition to those who stay in campers and recreational vehicles worth $5,000 to a couple of million, snowbirds flock to condos and homes they rent or buy, said Michael MacKenzie, director of communications for the 70,000-member Canadian Snowbird Association, headquartered in Toronto.
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

After years of declining numbers, snowbirds are back

After three consecutive down years, the Valley appears to be attracting more snowbirds, a welcome change amid a struggling economy.

"Advance reservations are up" at about a dozen of the state's large RV parks and campgrounds, said Jeff Crider, an industry-association spokesman, "which highlights signs of a stronger snowbird season."

In Mesa, where there are more than 44,000 recreational-vehicle spaces, parks report that bookings are up and cancellations are down.

"We are not only better than last year, but we're actually beating numbers from three years ago," said Cheri Dewarrat, manager of East Mesa ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort. "Last year, we had occupancy of about 85 percent. . . . Now, we're looking at 95 percent and maybe better."
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Friday, November 20, 2009

Northwestern Arizona campground Fees Increase

Mohave Valley News
KINGMAN - The Bureau of Land Management Kingman Field Office has increased camping fees at three northwestern Arizona campgrounds.

Under the new rates, the Burro Creek Campground individual sites are $14 per night and group site $50. Wild Cow Springs Campground individual sites are $8 per night and group site $20. At Windy Point Campground individual sites are $8 per night.

In 2009, the BLM Kingman published the Draft Kingman Amenity Fee Sites Business Plan which detailed how fees have been spent in the past and how the Kingman Field Office plans to use fee revenues in the future. The Arizona Resource Advisory Council Recreation Subcommittee approved the increases in late 2009.

“Increasing camping fees is one of the least popular things we do,” said BLM Kingman Resources Manager Jackie Neckels. “But, cutting services such as supplying running water, garbage pickup, and offering dump stations, is equally unpopular.”

“We've been able to hold fees at the same rate for eleven years,” Neckels continued. “Increases in the costs of labor and fuel have finally forced us to look at increasing the rates. Our new fee changes are commensurate with fees charged at campgrounds with similar amenities within a 150-mile radius of Kingman.”
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Camping fee increase likely at Chickasaw National Recreation Area

The National Park Service is proposing a hike in camping fees. If approved, the following new fee rates will go into effect in the spring of 2010.

The proposed camping fees would be an increase of $2.00 for individual sites and $6.00 for group sites.

The fee increase will cover increased utility costs for electricity and provide additional revenue which will be applied to the highest priority visitor needs, park officials said.

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Town Sides with RV Parks in Zoning Issue

DENNISPORT - Dennis cottage and trailer park residents turned out in droves Thursday morning to hear what zoning changes Town Planner Dan Fortier and the economic development committee have in mind for the Old Wharf Road area of Dennisport.

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31 Campgrounds & RV resorts get 'A' grades

ORLANDO, FLORIDA - Thirty-one campgrounds and RV resorts have earned all around "A" grades in the second annual consumer satisfaction survey of independent parks.

The top parks were announced at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando last week during an awards ceremony hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Nearly 17,000 camping and RV enthusiasts participated in the online survey, which evaluated guest experiences at 1,840 independent campgrounds and RV resorts affiliated with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

"Sixteen of the nation's 31 top parks in our survey also received 'A' ratings last year, but we also had 15 parks that received 'A' ratings for the first time," said Bob MacKinnon, president and CEO of GuestRated.com, the Murrieta, Calif.-based company that conducted the online survey on behalf of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

MacKinnon said that GuestRated.com provides online survey tools to more than 3,600 parks that are affiliated with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. That's nearly half of the nation's private parks.

The results of the surveys are gradually being posted the websites of state and national campground associations, including GoCampingAmerica.com, the website of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which uses a 5-point system to indicate each park's scores in five critical areas of guest satisfaction.

"The objective of these surveys is to help private campground, RV park and resort operators to pinpoint the improvements they need to make to provide their guests with the best possible camping experience," said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

Consumers are invited to submit their own reviews of private campgrounds and RV resorts they have recently visited by logging on to www.gocampingamerica.com and clicking on the "Review a Park" tab. Survey results are currently posted for 265 parks on the GoCampingAmerica website.


The 31 parks earning "A" grades for 2009 include:

- Acres of Wildlife - Steep Falls, Me.*
- Baileyton RV Park - Greenville, Tenn.
- Buttonwood Campground - Mexico, Penn.*
- Chalk Creek Campground & RV Park - Nathrop, Colo.
- Cooperstown Shadow Brook Campground - Cooperstown, N.Y.
- Dogwood Acres Campground - Newville, Penn.*
- Gettysburg Campground - Gettysburg, Penn.
- High Plains Camping - Oakley, Kan.*
- Keen Lake Camping & Cottage Resort - Waymart, Penn.
- Hocking Hills KOA - Logan, Ohio,
- Kozy Rest Kampground - Harrisville, Penn.*
- Lake George RV Park - Lake George, N.Y.*
- Meadowcliff RV Resort - Coleville, Calif.
- Mill Creek Ranch RV & Cottage Resort - Canton, Texas*
- Misty River Cabins & RV Resort - Walland, Tenn.*
- Mountain Vista Campground - East Stroudsburg, Penn.
- Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort - Foxboro, Mass.*
- Ocean Lakes Family Campground - Myrtle Beach, S.C.*
- Peace Valley Campground - Marble, N.C.*
- Pine Acres Family Camping Resort - Oakham, Mass.
- Pioneer Campground - Laporte, Penn.*
- Pontchartrain Landing - New Orleans, La.
- Red Apple Campground - Kennebunkport, Me.
- Rutledge Lake RV Park - Fletcher, N.C.*
- Snowy Peaks RV Park & Rentals - Buena Vista, Colo.
- South Haven Family Campground - South Haven, Mich.*
- Sunny Brook RV Resort - South Haven, Mich.*
- The Vineyards Campground & Cabins - Grapevine, Texas*
- West Canada Creek Campsites - Poland, N.Y.
- White River RV Park & Campground - Montague, Mich.
- Willow Tree Resort - Longs, S.C.,

* Indicates parks that also received "A" ratings in last year's consumer survey.

The GuestRated.com national online survey program was launched in February 2008 in collaboration with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Sioux Falls, S.D Lifts Campground Restrictions

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In a case of closing the barn door after most of the horses have gone, the Sioux Falls, S.D., city council has eliminated a provision in the city’s ordinances that limit people to spending 30 days a year in campgrounds. The council took the action Monday night (Nov. 16).

The issue came to light in October when city officials tried to evict about a half-dozen campers and RVs at the Westwick Motel and Campground, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

Owner David Fritz said some people chose to move out of town anyway.

“I’ve got four people left now,” he said.

City officials are working on a new campground ordinance that could be ready by next month. But because city officials were prepared to evict campers at Westwick on Nov. 23, the council chose to act Monday to eliminate the 30-day rule.
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Monday, November 16, 2009

A tour of the West's spectacular national parks

A 38-foot fifth-wheel and a 30-foot motor home guaranteed us all the comforts of home away from home while having a grand change of scene daily. A comforter covered the memory foam pad in the back seat of our truck for Bob, our black lab. Mike and Michelle brought walkie-talkies, great for communicating at food stops, rest stops and fueling stops.

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Parks Canada working to attract more campers

EDMONTON — Parks Canada wants to lure more people into national parks by making camping and visits friendlier to families, city slickers and new Canadians who may never have pitched a tent in the woods.

New statistics show an overall drop of nine per cent in attendance at national parks since the 2007-08 season. Visits are even down in such world-renowned parks as Banff and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains, Pacific Rim in British Columbia, Cape Breton Highlands in Nova Scotia and the birdwatching mecca of Point Pelee, Ont.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Campground Owners Meet in Orlando, Fla

Private campgrounds and RV parks have proven themselves to be the most vibrant segment of the travel and tourism business in 2009, with most parks reporting surprisingly stable revenue and occupancies figures, despite the recession.

The nearly 600 private park operators, vendors and industry officials who attended the annual InSites Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., this week learned that 2009 was also year of multiple successes for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
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Olympic RV parking spots sitting empty

With less than three months until the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, only 80 campers have signed up for the 350 $100-a-night RV camping sites at

Jericho Beach and Spanish Banks.

But the Vancouver parks board says it is confident bookings will soon balloon, due to a marketing campaign it launched last week.

"We've been getting a ton of inquiries and it's really ramping up," said parks board spokeswoman Barb Floden. "It's the million-dollar view for less than $100 a night."
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Saturday, November 14, 2009

RV snowbirds bring economic boost to Tucson Arizona

As the winter season settles in, so do our winter visitors. That means local restaurants may be busier, and shopping centers more packed. With all the extra business, it's a season that many local industries depend on.

"For about four months, we fill up completely," said George O'Leary, owner of Rincon Country RV Resort. O'Leary says only 20 percent of his RV spaces are occupied by year-round residents. He depends heavily on winter visitors for the bulk of his business. And this year, he's already off to a busy start.

"I couldn't believe it," he said. "One day, ten rigs showed up without reservations, that was very nice to see that."

O'Leary says reservations for spaces this past month are up 25 percent compared to this time last year. And the spending impact of winter visitors doesn't stop there. "They're going to restaurants and buying cars and buying RV's."
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Pine Mountain RV Resort Upgrades Facilities, Website

Concierge service, Massages, Free high-speed Wi-Fi, Wii game room - this list of amenities reads like the perks offered at a high-dollar luxury hotel; but actually it is just a sampling of the services now available at the newly renovated Pine Mountain RV Resort in Pine Mountain, Georgia.

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The improvements don't stop at the Resort. The just-launched Pine Mountain Website combines great design with incredible functionality, much like the resort itself. In addition to being able to find basic information about the resort, such as rates and local attractions, the website offers a number of interactive features that let users personalize their visit to both the site and the resort. These features include the following.

Mountain Musings Blog: Provides guests - both current and future - a forum to share their experiences at the resort and ask questions from fellow RV-ers.

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Online Reservations Requests: Gives guests a map of the site and lets them request a specific site.

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Pine Mountain View eNewsletter: Keeps guests up-to-date on Pine Mountain RV Resort news.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Another California RV dealer closing

Hansel RV Center in Petaluma is closing after 35 years in business, the latest victim of an economic slump that has consumers shunning big-ticket toys.

The dealership, which employs 18 people, hopes to liquidate its inventory of trailers and luxury motor homes by the end of the month, said Henry Hansel, owner of the Hansel Auto Group, the county’s largest car dealer.

“It’s just been a very, very challenging market and we just sort of came to the conclusion that it’s going to be quite some time before the market returns to a level where it can be profitable,” Hansel said Wednesday.

During the boom times of the late 1990s through mid-2000s when home values surged and credit flowed freely, the dealership at the north end of Petaluma was selling 60 to 70 RVs a month, Hansel said.

But as the housing market tanked and gas prices rose, consumers dramatically pulled back on their spending.

“The high-dollar discretionary items such as RVs really took a big hit,” Hansel said.
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Lazydays RV to shows off newest Tiffin Motorhomes

SEFFNER, Fla., Nov. 10-- Strings of lights adorned with hanging lanterns connected an array of new 2010 Tiffin motorhomes - and when combined with the November starlit sky - formed a luminous canopy over 260 RV lovers. The celebration, a 3-day block party, was held by Lazydays to launch the newest Tiffin Motorhome models that recently arrived at the dealership. Guests kicked off the event mingling and sharing the love of the RV lifestyle with one another over dinner - continuing the evening with festivities such as copious spirits, an exploration of new motorhomes and marshmallow roasting for the making of s'mores.

There was a splendid decor of Americana, but perhaps no icon was more anticipated and revered than Bob Tiffin, the founder of Tiffin Motorhomes, who personally met with each and every guest. Knowing that those who love RVing can never get enough technical information, a panel of seasoned RV experts was assembled to conduct several Q&A seminars. This group of Lazydays most experienced sales consultants and master certified technicians, alongside several Tiffin experts, left no question unanswered.

To conclude the product launch, a Wild West themed party left guests with the unmistakable belief that their RV journey had been magically enhanced by a special experience they would never forget.

Lazydays® was founded in 1976 with two travel trailers and $500. Today, the company's continued focus on unparalleled customer service has not only made it the largest single-site RV dealership in North America but also a place that many RVers refer to as their home away from home.
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Monday, November 09, 2009

Campground hosts have some tales to tell

What's the best thing to do when you retire from the high-intensity business environment in Southern California? For Sheryl and John Cain it was hitting the road for Oregon's state parks.

A six-week trip through many of Oregon's state parks gave them inspiration. They talked to a lot of the camp hosts, who looked like they were having a lot of fun. Sheryl rolled her eyes and said John was smitten with "that little wood cart" camp hosts would drag around the campgrounds to sell firewood. She said the host would get out and be able talk to everybody at the park. Now that's one of John's favorite jobs in a park.

They typically work from May to October. This year - their third in the park - they're staying longer.
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Lazy Days RVs files for bankruptcy

Lazy Days RV Center Inc. filed a voluntary Chapter 11bankruptcy plan.

The plan, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, is expected to eliminate all of the company’s $137 million of bond debt, reducing its annual cash interest costs by about $16.2 million through the elimination of bond interest payments, the company said in a release.

Lazy Days filed a “pre-packaged” restructuring plan on Nov. 5 after receiving approvals from its lenders and bondholders. Because the approvals already have been received, the company said in the release that it expects to move through the process very quickly and complete the process by the end of the year.
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Sunday, November 08, 2009

Maryland State Parks may relax pet policies

WASHINGTON COUNTY — If proposed pet policy changes are approved for Maryland state parks, people would be able to take their dogs to more campgrounds and dogs could take a dip at Greenbrier Lake during the off-season.

The Maryland Park Service has received a lot of requests for greater pet access at state parks, including campers who want to be able to bring their pets along, Deputy Superintendent Chris Bushman said.

Some parks have campground areas that allow pets and some, like Greenbrier State Park, do not, state park officials said.

Park officials have heard some people say they wouldn’t go camping without their pets.
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Traveling across the country with the comforts of home

Talk to Jackie and Kim Bloom and you'll be itching to hit the broad highway to untold adventures in a cozy roving motor home — "rig," as these caravan gypsies call them.

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Willie Nelson's song "On the Road Again" comes to mind as they load up and break for that first stretch of highway into the wild blue yonder.

The Blooms started RV-ing (recreational vehicle traveling) three years ago. These wanderlust souls have long been drawn to explore land and sea. It's in their blood like DNA.

Kim said he's had an obsession to travel as early as 10 years old.

"That's why. as a young man, I usually bought station wagons, so I could load up and go," Kim Bloom said.

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Saturday, November 07, 2009

Cutting ties with home and hearth, RVers go full time

NEW YORK - Jerry Orchard, 73, and his wife Nancy, 67, have always loved to RV. Since buying their first rig, in 1965, they have hit the road for family vacations. But when Jerry retired about 10 years ago, they decided to step things up a notch.

For the last 13 years the Orchards have lived aboard their 38-foot “Dutch Star” motor home, crisscrossing the nation, staying in group camps and national parks from the Pacific Northwest to Maine. They belong to a select set of RV owners known as “full-timers” — people who have opted to live exclusively in their motor homes, or travel trailers.

“At first our RV was for vacations, but when I turned 60 we had a dream of seeing the United States so we went full-time,” said Jerry Orchard. “Now our rig is our cabin in the woods, our beach cottage, our place by the lake or our hunting camp. Unless you’ve very rich, you can’t own all those things, but we have them all in our RV.”
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Insurance Company Looking at Campground Fire Risks

Evergreen has seen a rise in the number of fire departments that are charging for their services when a fire occurs – especially in rural areas with volunteer fire departments. It’s a sign of the times. Local property taxes fund a department’s capacity to respond, and additional service fees pay for the increased cost of responding.

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Most towns and cities have local codes limiting what their fire department can charge. While some areas do not make a charge – many do. Some towns allow charges as high as $20,000 or more. The majority limit their charges to $500 or $1,000 for the fire department to respond to a fire at a commercial building.

However, in the event of a significant fire, there are often multiple departments responding. Many fire departments have agreements for other fire departments to assist them in the case of large fires or to back up their stations while they are fighting a fire. It is not unusual in the case of a large fire to have half a dozen different fire departments fighting a fire and another half a dozen that are not at the fire but on duty backing up those departments who are fighting the fire. That’s a dozen potential charges.
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Borough council may end campground residency restrictions

WOODBINE NJ- Borough Council this week introduced a measure repealing restrictions on year-round residency at its campgrounds.

The current rules require residents to vacate their campgrounds at least nine days per month between November and April. Council's ordinance would permit year-round residency at campgrounds such as Carol Lynn Resorts, owned by Councilman Anthony Saduk.

Saduk abstained from Thursday's vote. He and his wife, Carol, opposed the changes, arguing that declaring the campgrounds year-round residences would saddle taxpayers with the cost of providing additional services such as trash collection.
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Friday, November 06, 2009

Government Parks & Campgrounds to Honor Veterans and Active Military

On Veterans Day, all U.S. military veterans and current members of the U.S. armed forces and their families will be admitted free of charge on to public lands managed by both the Department of the Interior and the Departments of Agriculture.

Since the Buffalo National River does not charge an entrance fee, campground fees will be waived in lieu of entrance fees. The waived campground fees are specific to Buffalo National River for any fee camping areas within the park for that night only. For more information, call the Tyler Bend Visitor Center at (870) 439-2502.

On leave waivers offered

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will waive all day use and camping fees for active service personnel and Department of Defense (DoD) civilians on mid- or post-deployment leave from duty in support of the Overseas Contingency Operations.

The program began in 2006 to honor the men and women who serve the nation.

Active service personnel and DoD civilians on leave will be required to show identification and leave orders upon arrival at the campgrounds to obtain the waiver. The waiver will also apply to all family members accompanying them on their visit. The waiver will be applied to daily use fees and camping fees.

Fees will be waived on a walk-up and space-available basis, as well as for reservations through the National Recreation Reservation Service call center. Camping and day use fees, however, will not be waived for on-line reservations made through Recreation.gov.

To find the nearest Corps of Engineers recreation site, visit www.CorpsLakes.us.
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Thursday, November 05, 2009

Families Trading In Homes For RVs

Some families faced with unemployment and uncertain financial futures are choosing to sell their homes and live their lives on the road in motor homes.

MSNBC reports that according to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association, about 400,000 Americans live life on the road. Moreover, Kimberly Goza, who runs a Web site for families who live in RVs, noted that recently their traffic has increased tenfold--a consequence, some believe, of the recession's toll on families' abilities to afford mortgages.

Dave and Joleen Dudley are an example. When Dave lost his job as vice president of a software company, they decided to sell their sprawling house in Washington state and live with their three children in a trailer.

"Just taking care of the house, with the mortgage and the insurance and the utility bill and all that, we were probably looking at around $3,000 a month," explained Dave. "Now we're looking around $300 for the same thing."
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Jayco to increase RV production



“As a result of improving market conditions, lower dealer inventories, and retail incentives provided to dealers, Jayco needs to significantly increase our output in order to meet rising demand for our products,” said Bontrager.

Last spring, the company was producing approximately 75 RVs a day. Today, company officials estimated it to be about 130.

“We went from wondering how we were going to keep people busy these couple of months here, especially November and December, to a sudden turnaround of ‘how are were going to get them all built?’” said Jayco line supervisor Devon Miller. “It’s definitely a bit of good news.”

And Jayco isn’t the only manufacturer to see light at the end of the tunnel. In August, Dutchman RV in Goshen announced it was ready to hire 50 more workers.

Last week, Cozy Traveler in Elkhart said it would be hiring to keep up with demand for lightweight RVs.

Sales were up 13 percent industry-wide for the second month in a row compared to the same time last year. The industry expects a 27 percent jump in shipments for 2010. And while that’s positive news after a devastating year, Bontrager said he’s not ready to strike up the whole band just yet.
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Coachmen Industries Inc. now All American Group

Elkhart, Ind. - Coachmen Industries board of directors approved a name change from Coachmen Industries Inc. to All American Group.

“All American”® means the best in the game, and that is the standard by which we intend to measure ourselves,” said Rick Lavers, President and Chief Executive Officer. “All American is already the preeminent brand name in the modular housing industry, synonymous with best in class quality. It lends itself well to our growing specialty vehicle business, and also helps express the pride our employees have in our country. We believe that is particularly appropriate as we begin to emerge from these troubled economic times. It is a great brand for all of our businesses.”

With the name change comes a new logo, website and corporate identity. “Although we have a long history under the Coachmen name, most of our potential customers associate that name with our former recreational vehicle business which was sold to Forest River in December of 2008”, said Bill Martin, Director of Marketing. “The Coachmen brand does not relate to our housing customers, who often do not even realize that Coachmen and All American have had any connection. As we grow our core housing business, it is in our best interest to avoid brand confusion and focus our resources on the ‘All American’ name.”

The tightly focused mission of All American Group is to continue leading the way in environmentally friendly building practices and “Bringing Green Mainstream.”™ The butterfly in our new logo symbolizes our commitment to sustainable building practices, a commitment that is evidenced by the Smart Home on display at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the Living Zero Energy Tour home currently touring the nation under the direction of the United States Department of Energy, and the recent completion of the near net zero energy homes for the Paradigm Project for the Boulder County Housing Authority in Colorado. Every home in the All American Group collection is available with an Energy Savers Package that can save homebuyers up to 50 percent on their energy bills. In addition to these achievements, All American has built well over 1 million square feet of LEED Silver buildings for the United States Army.

In its specialty vehicle division, the ARBOC Spirit of Mobility™ bus built in Middlebury, Indiana, is the first low-floor mid-size bus to provide easy entry without the need for steps or cumbersome wheelchair lifts, and without the use of a drop box in the driveline. Mobility challenged passengers enter through the same door as other passengers by an easily deployed ramp. The Butterfly is also emblematic of the unique ARBOC free-access interior design so important both to the convenience of wheelchair passengers, and to reduced time of operation, which directly results in fuel savings. For increased fuel efficiency, a mild hybrid engine is also available. The hybrid system incorporates an automatic engine start and stop feature that provides 5 to 8 percent fuel savings per year, with a corresponding reduction of greenhouse gasses of about one and a half tons.

While the name change must be put out to a shareholder vote pursuant to applicable corporate law, the Company intends to place a proposal seeking that approval on the ballot for its 2010 Annual Meeting, scheduled for May. In the meantime, the Company will immediately begin operating under the assumed name, “All American Group”.
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Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sign of winter: RV Snowbirds arrive in Arizona

MESA, Ariz. -- The start of November marks the start of winter visitors arriving in the Valley.

Among the early arrivals, Mary Lange, who was found this week lounging by the pool at the Desarama RV Park in Mesa.

"Feels pretty darn good. It's about 86 degrees here, very nice," Lange said.

She comes to Arizona from Iowa the last week of October each year and stays until the last week of April.

A survey by the Arizona Association of RV Parks indicates many parks are seeing more business this year. The Towerpoint and Good Life RV Resorts in Mesa said winter reservations are up 15 percent. However, the Shangri-la Resort in Yuma said things are about the same as last year, and the Rincon Resort in Tucson expects a slight decline.
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Richmond, Ky Sued for $12M After Foiled RV Park Plan

A lawsuit filed by Lakeview RV Park LLC against the city of Richmond, Ky., seeks a minimum of $12 million in damages for the city’s attempt to cancel a contract leasing Camp Catalpa to the company for use as an RV park.

The suit, filed Oct. 29 in Madison Circuit Court, names the city as a defendant along with city commissioners Robert Blythe, Bill Strong and Mike Brewer, former city commissioner Kay Cosby Jones and former city manager David Evans, according to the Richmond Register.

Each of the commissioners, including Jones, is being sued both individually and in their official capacities as elected officials.
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California state park closures start this week

Cutbacks at state parks are the result of California's struggling finances. In Santa Cruz County, the reductions began earlier this fall as local park administrators anticipated the hits and began trying to save where they could - locking little-used restrooms and putting out fewer trash cans to reduce maintenance and patrol costs.

This week, though, the full menu of cuts took hold. Day-use parking lots were shut to weekday visitors at Palm State Beach and Manresa Uplands, and longer winter closures began at campgrounds at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and Manresa Uplands.
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Nearly all parks are now offering fewer services and less upkeep.

Local administrators say they're trying to target the cuts to where the fewest people are affected.

"Visitors may not be able to go to their favorite campground in the mountains," said Karl Tallman, a parks superintendent who oversees Big Basin Redwoods and a handful of nearby parks. "But at least they'll have a campground to go to."
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Sioux Falls Campground-stay rule likely to change soon

A rule that bars people from spending more than 30 days in a campground in Sioux Falls probably will be changed before the city has a chance to evict about six campers from a western Sioux Falls campground.

City councilors agreed Monday to expedite the issue after zoning officials told the owner of the Westwick Motel and Campground that he had until Nov. 23 to remove campers that are renting spots in his campground. The people in those vehicles live in them full time.

Councilors Bob Litz and Greg Jamison sponsored a measure that will allow the council to deal with the issue during a Nov. 16 public hearing. Their proposal would strike the 30-day limit from the city's ordinances, which until last month had not been enforced by the city.
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Burbank, CA could restrict RV parking

After four years of protests from residents over their cumbersome presence on neighborhood streets, the city is poised to enact tough new restrictions that would bar any RV from parking on city streets without a permit.

The ban would allow for few exceptions, mostly for mechanical problems, and represent a major development in the drawn out tussle between residents and owners of recreational vehicles.

More than 250 complaints have poured into the Police Department regarding large vehicles parked for extended periods of time on public streets, blocking driveways and views. Complaints reached a crescendo when one man approached the City Council and threatened to rent an RV and park in it in front of each of their homes for a week to demonstrate the problem.
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Monday, November 02, 2009

Fears Sioux Falls, SD Will Gain ‘Anti-RV’ Label

Sioux Falls, S.D., zoning officials are moving forward with the evictions of about a half-dozen people from a campground, even though city councilors are in the process of rewriting the campground ordinance.

That ordinance limits people from staying in a campground to no more than 30 days in any calendar year. But some city councilors say that time limit is too restrictive, especially considering that many campers and RVs that use campgrounds are equipped to handle cold weather, according to the Sioux Falls Argus Leader.

The issue came to light last Monday after David Fritz, the owner of the Westwick Motel and Campground, told a council committee that he received a letter from the city ordering the removal of several campers or RVs by Nov. 23. The 30-day limit is not typically enforced by the city, and officials wrote the letter even though they know the council is working on the issue.

A new ordinance is expected to be ready for review in January.
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