Major Eastern Canada RV Show Runs March 5-7

February 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Moncton RV Show returns to the coliseum in Moncton, New Brunswick, March 5-7. The complex will be jam packed with the latest models and styles from the leading dealers in the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, according to The Daily Gleaner, Fredericton, New Brunswick. Over 60 different lines will be represented with over 150 units onsite. Statistics indicate the RV and camping industries in Canada continue to be a fast growing and favorable lifestyle for Canadian... Read more

RV Firms Retrofit Bus into Mobile Science Lab

February 25, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Helping to convert a school bus into a mobile science lab for Elkhart Community Schools in Elkhart County, Ind., are (from left) Glen Holmes and Phil Tom of Turtle Top; and project co-chairmen, Doug Rhude representing A & R Machine, and Tom Delvecchio of Dicor Corp. Several Elkhart County, Ind., RV manufacturers and suppliers are donating their time, materials and funding to help transform a four-year-old, 84-passenger school bus into an innovative mobile science center. The “Science-2-GO... Read more

Oil and Gas Workers Crowd Louisiana RV Park

February 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Leslie Lott is one busy man. “I start early and quit late,” he said. He came out of retirement a few years ago to manage New Rockdale RV Park. The Haynesville shale boom in Desoto Parish in the northwest part of Louisiana has created more workers, meaning more residents in his park, according to KTAL-TV, Shreveport. “I’ve got surveyors, I’ve got weldors, pipe-fitters,” he continued. New Rockdale has more than 125 RVs, the highest amount he and his staff have ever... Read more

Go RVing Looks to March 1 Internet Site Launch

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Beginning on March 1, the 2010 Go RVing online advertising program will launch across major Internet sites and search engines with all-new interactive ads featuring the “Ambassadors of Affordability.” The three new on-line ads each feature one of the campaign ambassadors making the following points: The owl calls RVs a “a wise buy” and adds that travel “is more fun when you aren’t flying over it.” In another ad, a rabbit touts the family virtues of RVing – “Get closer to family.... Read more

Wallace/Team Blue Ox Place 16th at Daytona

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Kenny Wallace drives car No. 28 at the Daytona Speedway Editor’s Note: The following report comes from Mathew Krzesinski and chronicles a portion of NASCAR driver Kenny Wallace’s recent performance at Daytona. RV supplier Blue Ox of Pender, Neb., is one of the car’s sponsors. For Kenny Wallace and the No. 28 Blue Ox last Saturday’s Nationwide Series event was a true test of our will to compete and a first for Kenny behind the wheel. Due to inclement weather, the Nationwide... Read more

Liberty Coach Reports High Rally Turnout/Sales

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family-owned and operated Liberty Coach reported record attendance at their 9th annual Stuart Open House. The company also sold six coaches during the four-day event, held Feb. 4-7 at Liberty’s Stuart, Fla., facility, according to a press release. With attendance maxed out at 52 couples — double the number of last year’s rally — the company was encouraged by the turnout. “Our goal is to sell 10% of the rally attendees, so we are very pleased to exceed that at this rally,” remarked Frank... Read more

Dealer Urges States to Mimic Connecticut Move

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Connecticut’s recent decision to offer one free overnight stay at rest areas was applauded by Beaudry RV Co., a leading RV dealership in Arizona. The state’s offer extends to several interstate highway welcome centers, reports The decision comes as more than a few states are closing state parks and abandoning hopes for RV tourism. Connecticut’s decision is a smart move for local businesses, as the stays will allow visitors to orient themselves with tourist attractions,... Read more

The Man Behind the First Virtual Outdoor Expo

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Art Lieberman The First International Virtual Outdoor Expo is being produced by Campground Expositions. The company’s president and the producer of the Expo, Art Lieberman, has had a great deal of experience in the production of trade shows and conventions, according to a news release. In 1984, Lieberman produced a small show called Video Marketplace at the Adria Conference Center in Queens, N.Y., which tapped into the flourishing video rental business. The show drew over 1,100 video storeowners. Two... Read more

Lighthouse Debuts ‘High-End Entry Level’ TTs

February 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Family-owned Lighthouse RV Manufacturing LLC has introduced 18- and 29-foot “‘high-end entry level” travel trailers under the Lighthouse brand name with MSRPs of $12,000 to $24,000. “We have no options; everything is standard equipment,” Melvin Yutzy, vice president of the six-month-old Wawaka, Ind., company, told Wood-and-fiberglass Lighthouse trailers are available in four floorplans, three equipped with a single slideout. Features include chrome wheels,... Read more

Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo Sets Key Dates

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground Expo, the producers of the Virtual Outdoor Hospitality Expo, have announced dates applicable to their convention which will run Nov. 1-3 live on the Internet. The new company based in New Berlin Pa., Campground Expositions, is launching the RV park and campground sector’s first virtual trade show. The convention, held entirely on the Internet, has the appearance of the real event, with a registration area, exhibit halls, a conference center for webinars, a lounge, press room in a virtual... Read more

CalARVC Touts Votes for Travel Promotion Act

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following letter appeared in a current e-mail from the California Associaition of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) to its constituency, urging support for passage of the U.S. Travel Promotion Act. The U.S. Travel Association has reported that the travel community is on the cusp of final passage of the Travel Promotion Act, the landmark legislation which will for the first time create a public-private partnership to promote travel to the United States. After months of focus... Read more

RV Upturn Belies Consumer Confidence Report

February 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

People attending retail RV shows in growing numbers across North America so far this year may be contradicting the prevailing mood of the American public. Reports from major retail shows indicate strong attendance numbers and, in most cases, better sales results than last year. Then along comes Tuesday’s (Feb. 23) report on consumer confidence to make one wonder: what’s going on here? Americans’ outlook on the economy went into relapse in February. Rising job worries sent a key... Read more

RV Dealer to Hold Chili Cook-Off During Show

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Orangewood RV Center in Surprise, Ariz., will have its 10th annual Happy Camper Days Sale and Chili Cook-Off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 7, according to The two-day festival will feature Orangewood RV Center’s Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. In addition, there will be free food, beverages, door prizes and grab bag gifts, and the entire family is invited to attend. The event will feature factory representatives from Montana,... Read more

2009 National Park Visits Top 285M, Up 3.9%

February 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Ten million more Americans and foreign tourists visited the nation’s national parks last year than in 2008, a 3.9% increase that marked the fifth busiest year ever for the National Park System, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today. “People both here and abroad know that our national parks are America’s best idea, even during an economic downturn,” Salazar said. “Our national parks are treasures that tell the story of our country and celebrate its beauty and culture,... Read more

RVers at Vancouver Games Like the Facilities

February 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Vancouver skyline Call it alternative Olympic accommodation. News1130 in Vancouver, British Columbia, has been talking to the brave souls who are camping at the Winter Olympics. The temporary trailer park set up at Jericho Beach is full of folks who rented RVs and drove up to one of the most stunning views of the city and North Shore mountains. Well, they’re not all RVs. Meg and her young family are up from Seattle and are in the only tent at the park. “Everyone is warm and dry. And... Read more

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