FEMA Units Create Campsite Shortage

May 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

People looking for campsites in Mississippi may have to scrounge for space this summer, according to a report in the Hattiesburg American. Depending on what site a camper chooses, space could be in short supply due to the large number of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) trailers and contractors that descended on the area after Hurricane Katrina. Paul B. Johnson State Park in Hattiesburg has 125 sites and 44 of them are taken by FEMA trailers, park manager Buddy Nelson said. The camp also... Read more

‘James Cook’ Sprinter Earns Top Rating

May 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The European James Cook, a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter-based van camper upfitted and marketed in the U.S. as the Westfalia by Airstream Inc., has been named “Camper Van of the Year” for the 12th consecutive year in a poll of 20,000 readers of promobil, a German outdoor recreation magazine.  The James Cook garnered 56% of the votes as it topped the list of 282 van campers costing more than $58,000 eligible in the survey. In 2004, Jackson Center, Ohio-based Airstream introduced the Westfalia in the... Read more

Minnesota Park Offers Casino Shuttle

May 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Billed as southwestern Minnesota’s newest and largest recreational vehicle park, the Prairie View RV Park and Campground officially opened Saturday (May 19) with several campers already on site. According to the Marshall Independent, the opening signaled the completion of two years of development for the campground, which sits adjacent to the Prairie’s Edge Casino Resort. “This program started in the summer of 2004 with the concept and the idea of building an RV park here,” said Nick Kootsikas,... Read more

Hurricane Report Nudges Crude Higher

May 22, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Crude oil prices bounced off a nearly seven-week low Monday (May 22), finding some support from a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report warning of a particularly active 2006 hurricane season that could impact energy production in the Gulf of Mexico. CBS MarketWatch reported that NOAA said there’s an 80% change of an above-normal hurricane season while predicting 13 to 16 named storms, eight to 10 hurricanes, and four to six major hurricanes this year. “This... Read more

TIA: Gas Costs to Slow Summer Travel

May 19, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Historically high fuel prices are expected to have a negative impact on summer travel and are accompanied by broader economic concerns for many Americans. The Travel Industry Association of America (TIA) forecasts  travel volume growth of less than 1% this year amid relatively soft travel intentions. According to TIA’s Summer 2006 Forecast, Americans will take 325.6 million leisure person-trips during June, July and August 2006. A person-trip is one person traveling 50-plus miles, one-way, away... Read more

Utah Campground Cleared to Reopen

May 19, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

A campground at Utah’s Natural Bridges National Monument reopened Thursday (May 18) after it was closed for three weeks because bubonic plague had been detected in field mice and chipmunks. The Associated Press reported that the area was thoroughly doused with insecticides to kill fleas that carry the plague, according to Corky Hays, park superintendent. Humans usually contract bubonic plague after being bitten by fleas that have bitten infected rodents. After follow-up tests, Natural Bridges... Read more

Garvin Still Attempting to Lure Cabela’s

May 19, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Developers of Garvin’s, a proposed southern Kentucky RV mecca, are continuing to push for approval of a tax incentive to lure outdoor outfitter Cabela’s to the 900-acre RV-oriented park being developed on I-65. Although the tax incentive package failed to get out of committee during the Kentucky General Assembly’s regular session, developer David B. Garvin said the prospects are better during a special legislative session that Gov. Ernie Fletcher is expected to call within weeks... Read more

Business Booming for Jayco Australia

May 19, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Australia’s graying and increasingly nomadic Baby Boomers are helping bail out Australia’s struggling automotive industry by fueling sales of recreational vehicles, according to the The Australian. As Aussie car makers pull back on production and parts makers migrate offshore in the face of cheaper Asian imports, RV and van camper maker Jayco is growing, investing $35 million in a major expansion of its manufacturing operation at Dandenong, southeast of Melbourne. The Australian firm is a... Read more

AAA: Slight Rise in Memorial Day Trips

May 19, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

The number of people traveling this Memorial Day weekend will rise by the smallest amount in four years as a 34% rise in gasoline pump prices takes a toll on pocket books, AAA said Thursday (May 18). Reuters reported that about 37.6 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more from home during the holiday at the end of May, up 0.9% from a year ago. Of that total, motorists are expected to account for 31.4 million, a 0.7% increase from last year. “While travel will be up slightly... Read more

S.C. Dealers Pulling out of Annual Show

May 18, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

A group of South Carolina recreational vehicle dealers are looking for a new home after announcing their split, after 35 years, with the Greenville Boat and RV Show held annually at Greenville’s Palmetto Expo Center. The Spartanburg Journal Herald reported that Terry Masters, owner of Masters RV Centre in Spartanburg, said the RV dealers want to produce their own event dedicated to recreational vehicles at another venue. Masters is president of the South Carolina RV Dealers Association (SCRVDA).... Read more

Explosion Blamed for Fire at Village RV

May 18, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Investigators have determined that an explosion caused a $1 million fire that destroyed the main office building housing the sales and parts departments at Village RV in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, on Tuesday (May 17). The Regina Leader Post reported that during a press conference Wednesday Regina Fire Department spokesman Grant Nicurity said investigators have yet to pinpoint what caused the explosion and are looking at a number of possibilities. The fire broke out shortly before 6 p.m., and quickly... Read more

Alfa Leisure Readies for Oregon Plant

May 18, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Manufacturer Alfa Leisure Inc., Chino, Calif., will expand into a southwestern Oregon industrial park where it plans to build a 100,000-square-foot manufacturing plant on Interstate 5 to make fifth-wheels or entry-level motorhomes. The Douglas County Industrial Development Board approved the deal in early April. “When we expand, we will expand into Oregon,” said Alfa Leisure Chairman and CEO Johnnie R. Crean. “We have 18 months to commit to it, and then five years to provide 200 jobs so that... Read more

Leonard Promoting Book at Lazydays

May 18, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

Lazydays RV SuperCenter, Seffner, Fla, will be hosting best-selling author Mike Leonard Friday (May 19) at noon where he will be available to sign copies and read excerpts from his book The Ride of Our Lives. Leonard, who received a 2004 Spirit of America Award from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), took a one month sabbatical from his work as an NBC correspondent to travel cross-country in two RVs with his parents, his three grown children and their families. The trip was later... Read more

Sierra Club Raises Formaldehyde Issue

May 18, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

That “brand new” smell in travel trailers given to hurricane victims by the federal government could signal the potential for health problems, the Sierra Club said. According to The Advocate, Baton Rouge, La., the Sierra Club reported in a telephone news conference Wednesday (May 17) that indoor air quality testing of 32 trailers in Louisiana and Mississippi showed 30 trailers had aerial formaldehyde levels above recommended levels for human health. Various products used in the production of... Read more

Fire Devastates Canadian RV Dealership

May 17, 2006 by · Leave a Comment 

In the wake of a fire that destroyed the main office building at Village RV in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, owners were determined to get the dealership back on its feet, according to a report in the Regina Leader Post. “We’ll survive it,” said part-owner Bill Ortman. “We’ve got so many people’s lives depending on us. There’s nothing else on my mind except how quickly we get back in business.” Ortman said damages will run “fairly high,”... Read more

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