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Virginia Bucks Trends: Invests in State Parks

December 31, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

In an era when park systems in many states are starved for cash, 17 of Virginia’s state parks are undergoing a massive overhaul, with new design and construction projects totaling $54.7 million. In addition, the $119 million general-obligation bond approved by voters a year ago to improve the park system will also be used to buy land for at least three new state parks and to add land to 11 existing parks and construct 10 new natural areas. Improvements and repairs will also be made at each... Read more

Four Sites Set For 2004 Life on Wheels

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The 2004 schedule for RV lifestyle advocate Gaylord Maxwell’s Life on Wheels (LOW) conferences – popular programs focusing on education and networking for individuals interested in full-time RVing – includes four U.S. sites. In its 10th year, LOW – underwritten by nearly 50 industry-related companies – will host the first of its “satellite” sessions May 14-16 at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. Traditionally, the largest and main weeklong event... Read more

Canada’s Vanguard Seeking U.S. Partner

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Canada’s Vanguard Inc., the successor to bankrupt motorhome and towable builder Peak Manufacturing Inc., is looking for a U.S. partner to move ahead with Peak’s plans to build an American version of the Kodiak Class C motorhome. “We don’t want to go in totally on our own,” said Vanguard Vice President Blair Bondar. “We’d like to go in with someone who already is building towables and has the room for us to build a Class C on a separate line.” Peak’s... Read more

California Parks Fees to Take Big Hit

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The California Parks Department, staggered by the state’s budget problems and trying to avoid closing dozens of parks, announced Tuesday it would raise entrance and camping fees to their highest levels in history, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Some fees will more than double at California’s 277 state parks, which range from redwood forests to “Baywatch” beaches, desert ghost towns to mountain ranges, and battlefields to Lake Tahoe shorelines. Getting into Hearst Castle,... Read more

RV Owners Bolster Rose Bowl Security

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Heightened security at this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade, which precedes tomorrow’s (Jan. 1) Rose Bowl game between the University of Southern California and the University of Michigan, has prompted local officials to enlist the help of motorhome owners who annually park along the streets of Pasadena. Although unoccupied RVs along the parade route will be towed on New Years Eve, citizen volunteers on Jan. 1, along with members of the Pasadena Police Department, will ask every RV... Read more

Gulf Stream Offers College Degree Program

December 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Sister companies Gulf Stream Coach Inc. and Fairmont Homes, both in Napannee, Ind., have partnered with a Southern Indiana university to provide funding for nearly 1,800 employees to give them a college education. According to the Goshen News, recipients had completed at least six credit hours over the last year in courses related to advanced manufacturing and other general business procedures, which apply toward an associate’s degree in general studies at Vincennes University. Gulf Stream Coach... Read more

TengoInternet Provides Wi-Fi to Encore

December 30, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Austin, Texas-based TengoInternet reached an agreement in early December with Encore Communities, Scottsdale, Ariz., to provide wireless Internet service to the Encore network’s 31 SuperParks and RV Resorts and Sunburst RV Parks in Sunbelt locations in Florida, California, Texas and Arizona, Woodall’s Campground Management reports. TengoInternet already has established its service in 13 Encore locations, and the systemwide installation and service contract with Encore makes Tengo one of the largest... Read more

RV Sector Powers Hoosier Area Economy

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The strength of the recreational vehicle industry in 2003 helped power the regional economy in Northern Indiana and spurred predictions of a healthy 2004, according to a retrospective article in the Dec. 28 edition of the South Bend Tribune. According to the Tribune, Elkhart County’s regional daily newspaper, the RV industry’s dominant presence in Elkhart County helped offset layoffs and other setbacks in the manufacturing-heavy area that includes South Bend in neighboring St. Joseph County. “I... Read more

Oregon’s RV Corral Expands Operation

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Oregon dealer RV Corral will add a new retail location in Coburg along the I-5 corridor, according to the Register-Guard (Eugene). The $1 million dealership will occupy a 2-acre lot between the interstate and Roberts Road and is expected to open in early February, according to co-owner Rick Neet. Other dealerships located along the I-5 stretch of the RV manufacturing center include Junction City-based Guaranty RV and San Diego-based La Mesa RV. The lot was purchased in September by co-owners Need,... Read more

Anderson’s Brand Back on Annual Directory

December 29, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

It took only one year of using a different name for the longtime Anderson’s Campground & RV Park Travel Directory name to reappear, according to Woodall’s Campground Managment, the national newspaper for the campground business. After Skip and Judy Deegans sold the Anderson’s publication to Clydesdale Publishing Inc., of Sebastian, Fla., Clydesdale’s management entered into a licensing agreement with The Coleman Co. Inc., Wichita, Kan., to use the Coleman brand name on its directory.... Read more

Five Die When Motorhome Falls off Overpass

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In an incident that made headlines in this morning’s (Dec. 29) national TV news, a motorhome carrying 10 people – all believed to be members of a Washington family – went out of control last night near Draper, Utah, and fell off an interstate overpass, killing a man and four young children, authorities told CNN. Two women and an 8-year-old boy were flown to area hospitals in critical condition, Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Anthony Carrubba said. Two other children – a 14-year-old... Read more

KOA Park Manager Killed in California Mudslides

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Two of the 14 casualties reported thus far in the wake of California’s tragic Christmas Day mudslides included two individuals at the 153-site San Bernardino KOA campground in the small town of Devore – one of them the manager of that Southern California park. Mike Gast, communications director for Kampgrounds of America Inc., Billings, Montana, confirmed that campground manager Janice Arlene Stout-Bradley, 60, and guest Carol Eugene Nuss, 57, of Wellington, Kans., were killed in the mudslides,... Read more

Pennsylvania College Debuts Tech Training Program

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Northhampton Community College in Bethlehem, Pa., will begin offering an online training program in January for those looking to become recreational vehicle technicians, according to the Express Times of Easton, Pa. The college will launch three online courses to provide training for an industry that has grown substantially in recent years, according to the newspaper. “The demand is great enough,” said Greg Dewalt of Dewalt’s Recreational Vehicles in Easton. “Right now I could... Read more

Texas RV Owners Fight City Hall

December 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

Two years ago, North Richland Hills, Texas, officials got a wakeup call that their city presented an unpleasant appearance, according to the Dec. 25 edition of the Star Telegram.    A study painted an unflattering picture of Tarrant County’s third-largest city, one where overhead utility lines and concrete drainage channels conveyed a cluttered – even ugly – image. Since then, officials have taken steps to spruce up the city of nearly 60,000 by cracking down on graffiti and spray painting... Read more

RV Entrepreneurs Create ‘Mobile Storefronts’

December 26, 2003 by · Leave a Comment 

A growing number of independent entrepreneurs are converting their RVs into mobile storefronts, selling product or running businesses while traveling on the road. According to wsj.com, the Wall Street Journal’s web portal, there is a noticeable trend toward “workampreneurs,” defined as people who convert their existing business or create new enterprises that can operate from RVs. Greg Robus, editor of Workamper News, estimates that 750,000 Americans live and work out of travel trailers,... Read more

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