UT Reveals Plans for ‘Game Day’ RV Park

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The University of Tennessee announced Thursday (March 30) plans to provide well-heeled Volunteers football fans with a donor-funded, $600,000, 50-space parking lot for recreational vehicles on game days. The Knoxville News Sentinel reported that the new “Game Day Park” will consist of 140,000 square feet of paved surface that will accommodate 50 RV parking spaces with water and electricity hook-ups at each site and a centralized sanitary off-load station. In addition, the area will feature a... Read more

Development in Maine Forest Scaled Down

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Plum Creek Timber Co. joined three conservation groups Thursday (March 30) in announcing a plan to protect large sections of forest land in northern Maine’s Moosehead Lake area, where it has proposed a major development of homes, RV parks, resorts and other recreational facilities. The Associated Press reported that the Seattle-based company and conservation groups said they’ve agreed on a “framework” to protect more than 400,000 acres through easements and purchases. The... Read more

Mandalay 40G Features Open Living Area

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Entertainment is the key to the new Mandalay 40G quad-slideout floorplan from Mandalay Luxury Division, Elkhart, Ind., displayed at the Family Motor Coach Association’s 75th Annual Convention March 20-23 at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. With an open living area featuring a 42” Sony LCD projection TV and seating for up to eight people, the Mandalay 40G is one of five four-slide floorplans the Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary offers in the Mandalay line. Built on a Freightliner XC chassis... Read more

Camping World, Foley Hold Grand Opening

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A new Camping World store built alongside the Foley RV dealership in Burlington, Wash., held its grand opening Thursday (March 30). According to Laif Hanson, general manager of the new 21,000-square-foot facility, the project represents a “joint venture” between Bowling Green, Ky.-based Camping World and FreedomRoads affiliate Foley RV. “Foley’s showroom is in a separate building and their outside display area runs for about a quarter of a mile,” Hanson said. “The new building has a full... Read more

KARVC Convention Focuses on Marketing

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Marketing was the focus during the annual meeting of the Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC), held March 7-8 north of Topeka at Harrah’s Prairie Band Casino. The convention and trade show drew park operators from both Kansas and Oklahoma, including a new member, Western Star Ranch RV Park, Liberal, Kan. “It was an exciting convention,” said Mary Arlington, KARVC president and executive director. “Everyone was revved. Folks were sharing success stories and asking... Read more

‘Road Trip!’ Aims to Promote RV Lifestyle

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Targeting web-influenced, travel-minded consumers interested in purchasing their first RVs, Road Trip! magazine debuted in late January at the Quartzsite RV Show in Quartzsite, Ariz. “We don’t preach to the converted,” says Sequoia Hamilton, a former Yosemite National Park ranger who started the quarterly publication with her husband, Ben Powell, after spending two years as a full-time RVer. “We’re going to people who are thinking about RVing for the first time. Our aim is... Read more

Experts Foresee Boost in Michigan Tourism

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After a dismal Michigan tourism year in 2005, travel experts predict a slight rebound in 2006, according to a report in the Detroit News. Donald F. Holecek, director of Michigan State University’s travel, tourism and recreation resource center, have predicted that state travel volume will grow up to 2% this year, buoying the state’s second-largest industry. Last year, tourism fell 2%. The fact that more people will be traveling in Michigan is a positive in light of the sluggish state... Read more

Oregon Couple Marketing ‘Toys 4 Big Kids’

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An Ashland, Ore., company owned and operated by motorhome enthusiasts Larry and Joy Marshall is marketing an upscale line of products for the recreational vehicle and marine industries. According to a report in the Mail Tribune, Medford, Fun Lifestyle offers a unique product line that focuses on creature comforts – from memory-foam mattresses to portable spas – versus strictly functional items. “There are large companies that sell basic utility items,” said Larry Marshall, 64. “But... Read more

Newell Shows $1 Million-Plus Custom Coach

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Bronze acrylic ceiling mirrors throughout with leather furniture and a 41-inch plasma TV in the living room are among the high-end amenities on this luxury 2007 custom-designed 45-foot Newell diesel pusher shown March 20-23 at the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 75th Annual Convention at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif. Featuring four 2 1/2-foot-deep, flat-floor slideouts, Newell Coach Corp., Miami, Okla., contends Coach No. 801’s 540 square feet of living space is the most offered... Read more

Neglected N.J. Park System Seeks Funding

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In a state that places as high a premium on asphalt as green grass, New Jersey’s state parks are languishing, according to an Associated Press report. There’s been barely any money in the budget for maintenance in three years and the backlog for repairs now tops $230 million, according to the Sierra Club, a group that advocates on behalf of the parks and their users. The only surefire fix for the state’s neglected parks is an elusive one: dedicating a permanent funding source for... Read more

ARVC Mich. Confab Draws Record Turnout

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A speech by Michigan Republican gubernatorial candidate Richard DeVos Jr. helped the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan (ARVC Michigan) post its highest turnout ever for the association’s annual spring convention and trade show. More than 210 people representing about 110 parks attended the March 22-24 convention, held at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland, Mich. The three-day event also featured a trade show with 67 vendors, the highest in ARVC Michigan history, said Wayne Purchase,... Read more

Police Arrest Couple from Snowbound RV

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It took authorities 17 days to find Elbert and Becky Higginbotham’s motorhome when it was stuck in mountain snow, but less than two to find it again when the couple were on the lam. The Mail Tribune, Medford, Ore., reported that acting on a tip from an off-duty Washington State Parks ranger, police found and arrested the couple at about 4:20 p.m. Tuesday (March 28) along Highway 101 in southwestern Washington, two days after the Higginbothams purportedly told family members they were headed to... Read more

Hoosiers Hoping Tax Change Helps Sales

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Hoosier RV retailers hope that business next year returns to where it was in 2003 after the Indiana General Assembly in March reversed a two-year-old tax law revision that required dealers to collect Indiana’s 6% sales tax from out-of-state buyers. “The change allows dealers in Indiana to go about their business the way they were doing business before,” said Mark Bowersox, director of recreation vehicles for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council... Read more

New Site Boosts Exposure for Wilkins RV

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The new location of Wilkins RV Inc. in Bath, N.Y.,  which opened its doors in January a mile from the intersection of I-86 and I-390 in western New York State, has given owner Brian Wilkins exactly what he wanted: exposure. “We’re more than doubling our traffic by getting near the corridor where 86 and 390 combine,” said Wilkins, who posted about $25 million in 2005 sales. “It’s a great location.” Wilkins’ new store covers 51,000 square feet and includes... Read more

‘Camp Freightliner’ Instructs Coach Owners

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Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. has developed a comprehensive training session for consumers interested in learning about the “guts” of their motorhomes, according to a report in the Spartanburg (S.C.) Herald Journal. The company came up with the concept for “Camp Freightliner” four years ago, offering training sessions several times a year on the motorhome’s platform – the Freightliner chassis on which the essential systems of the vehicles, including steering, engine... Read more

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