Cities Nationwide Tackle RV Parking Issue

January 27, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The question of where to park recreation vehicles when they are not on the road continues to vex communities generally throughout the U.S. and particularly RV owners themselves. According to local news reports, the attitude of an increasing number of cities and towns is that RVs should be heard pulling out of the driveway, but not seen parked where they might offend neighborhood sensibilities. Some examples: • In San Ramon, Calif., two dozen people recently protested an ordinance that would ban... Read more

Boat-N-RV Superstore Opening S.C. Center

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Boat-N-RV Superstore, a New York-based motorhome and water sports retailer, has selected Ridgeland, S.C., as the site of its fifth store, a move that’s expected to bring a $20 million to $30 million investment to the region along with 50 to 200 new jobs. The Beaufort (S.C.) Gazette reported that officials with the company, currently operating stores in New York and Pennsylvania, spent this week with town officials and engineers working at the 60-acre proposed store site, off Interstate 95 in... Read more

RV Park Anchors High-Dollar Development

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Construction of a multimillion dollar campground in South Dakota is ahead of schedule and slightly over budget, according to the Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish, N.D. Developer Daryll Propp reported that the first three phases of the Elkhorn Ridge Camping Center are nearly complete and the Spearfish campground is scheduled to open for business April 1, with a grand opening slated for May 1. Additionally, Propp said he is considering adding an extra 12 cabins to the existing 12 that have been constructed... Read more

Crude Oil Costs Rise, Flirt with $68 a Barrel

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Tension in leading oil producers Nigeria and Iran pushed crude prices to nearly $68 a barrel on Friday (Jan. 27) as high stockpiles in the United States failed to calm investor nerves. Reuters reported that U.S. light crude settled up $1.50 higher at $67.76 a barrel after touching a session high of $67.95. London Brent crude rose $1.32 to $66.24 a barrel. “The U.S. inventory data clearly worried the market, but the Iranian and Nigerian situations are providing support to prices,” said... Read more

Blue Bird Corp. Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

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Fort Valley, Ga.-based Blue Bird Corp. is asking a federal court to approve a pre-packaged Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan filed in U.S. District Court in Nevada on Thursday (Jan. 26), according to the Macon Telegraph. In an announcement made today, the company said the filing is part of a restructuring plan that will put Blue Bird back on sound footing. The firm, which manufactures school buses and Wanderlodge Class A motorhomes, said it will continue to operate as normal. “This news marks a positive... Read more

Florida County to Purchase Coastal RV Park

January 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Florida’s Sarasota County has agreed to buy the 1.8-acre Gulf Beach campground – located on prime coastal property along picturesque Siesta Key – for $6.2 million. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reported the acquisition marks the county’s third foray into the waterfront market in the last six months. County Commissioner Paul Mercier questioned why the price was so high – $3.4 million an acre – for “a sliver” of beachfront property. The tract is only 108 feet wide on the Gulf... Read more

Camping World Helps Evacuees Adapt to RVs

January 26, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Over the last few months, Camping World Goodwill Ambassadors have been visiting temporary housing sites throughout Louisiana to provide hurricane evacuees with operational information on their recreational vehicles. “Living in a house and living in an RV are two entirely different scenarios,” said Mark Boggess, CEO for the Bowling Green, Ky.-based RV accessories retailer. “There are a number of things that must be done in order to properly maintain an RV that most people with little... Read more

Sun Valley Constructing New Headquarters

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Towable builder Sun Valley Inc. broke ground Wednesday (Jan. 25) on a 20-acre tract of land in Howe, Ind., for construction of two new plants that will house the company’s administrative and production operations. The new project, located along the Indiana Toll Road, will offer 140,000 square feet under roof and be completed by the end of August. The firm initially plans to add 75 new jobs, primarily hourly production positions, to its current work force of 75-100 people. Mark Romanetz, president... Read more

ELS Reports ‘Very Successful’ 2005 Results

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Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) President and CEO Thomas Heneghan issued an upbeat review of a “very successful” 2005 in his Chicago-based company’s year-end report, despite sustaining financial setbacks from a daunting spate of fall hurricanes. A self-administered, self-managed, real estate investment trust (REIT), ELS owns or has an interest in 285 properties in 28 states and British Columbia consisting of 106,337 sites – a minority of which are dedicated to recreational vehicle... Read more

Escapees Weigh in on Wal-Mart Camping

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One of the most vocal consumer RV groups, the Escapees RV Club, has proposed a nationwide solution to the Wal-Mart camping debate: Let consumers park overnight at a retailer’s lot of their choosing, but never for more than one night at a time. In exchange, the Livingston, Texas-based group, which represents roughly 30,000 full-time RVers and operates its own network of 19 campgrounds, wants campground operators to stop pressuring state and local officials to impose additional overnight parking... Read more

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