VIDEO: More Industry Highlights from 2010

December 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on VIDEO: More Industry Highlights from 2010 

Today’s videos feature more highlights from 2010: induction of the 2010 class at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., held in August, and the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show, held in September in Hershey, Pa.  Read More →

TVA Overhauls Campground Rate Structure

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Red dots indicate TVA dams, gold dots fossil fuel power plants. TVA map courtesy of Wikipedia The sky may not be falling for campgrounds, but the front porches and gravel driveways will have to change, along with business fees, for campgrounds located through the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) region across the South. At last week’s Marshall County Fiscal Court meeting in Benton, Ky., a TVA representative attempted to ease concerns over the federally owned company’s proposed changes... Read more

Consumer Confidence Dipped in December

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Holiday spending surged this year, but Americans still have their doubts about the economy. With unemployment high and home prices falling in the nation’s largest cities, consumer confidence took an unexpected turn for the worse in December, the Associated Press reported. The decline followed two months of rising optimism. Economists say the economic recovery is likely to be less fitful next year. “The modest drop in the confidence index is not worrisome,” said Omair Sharif, economist... Read more

Three Phone Apps to Help RVers Save Money

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Pedata RV Center, Phoenix, Ariz., has released its suggested  list of the top three smart phone applications to help motorhome travelers save money on gas. According to a news release, the dealer’s top three list of iPhone apps are: WHERE: This application combines GPS and GasBuddy to get motorhome travelers gas prices from the closest gas stations. This application is made by uLocate Communications. This application is free. FuelGage: This application is made by Joseph Kueser and costs 99... Read more

Town Rejects Site Selection for RV Dealership

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The city council in Gadsen, Ala., on Tuesday (Dec. 28) voted against an ordinance to rezone property in the Lookout Mountain area because it wasn’t a good location for a recreational vehicle dealership, The Gadsen Times reported. Councilman Ben Reed said the city’s planning commission unanimously recommended that the council deny the rezoning. Reed asked the council to follow the planning commission’s recommendation. Planning commission members in a memo said those objecting “did not think... Read more

Gas Tops $3/Gallon; Highest Since Oct. 2008

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The average price of U.S. gasoline rose above $3 a gallon over the past week, reaching its highest level since October 2008, the Energy Department said on Monday (Dec. 27). The national price for regular gasoline increased 7 cents from the previous week to an average of $3.05 per gallon, as rising crude oil prices bolstered fuel costs, Associated Press reported Crude oil settled down 51 cents at $91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Monday as a major blizzard in the U.S. Northeast cut... Read more

New ARVC CEO Talks About RVing/Camping

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Paul Bambei Paul Bambei, new president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), sat down for an extensive interview with RV park and campground industry writer Evanne Schmarder during the recent InSites Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. Bambei is an avid camper and RVer. Click here to watch the 27-minute interview.  Read More →

MVP RV Intros New Impact Toy Hauler Line

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MVP RV's Impact toy hauler for 2011 MVP RV Inc. announced Monday (Dec. 26) that it will be introducing a brand new line of toy haulers. “Impact was developed with a clear direction and vision,” Scott Richgruber, Impact national sales and product manager, stated in a news release. “Affordability. Living here in Southern California, we know from personal experience how hard this region has been hit by the economy. Therefore, we wanted to create a toy hauler that the average working... Read more

2011 Pennsylvania Camping Guide Published

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Cover of 2011 Pennsylvania camping guide The Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association (PRVCA) has released its 2011 “Explore Pennsylvania” guide. The directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips, according to a news release. The publication spotlights 10 Pennsylvania destinations to explore with an RV, plus tips about tire care, green RVing and affordable RVing. Information about America’s largest RV show, held each fall in Hershey, Pa., is also included. This... Read more

Report: Sale of Leisure Products Rebounding

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The market has improved for expensive leisure products — including motorcycles, snowmobiles and motorhomes — despite the fragile economic recovery, a new report from Robert W. Baird & Co. says. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, during the recession, motorcycle demand was cut in half and sales of motorhomes and all-terrain vehicles fell 70% from their peak, according to the report from Baird analyst Craig Kennison. “Although unemployment remains stubbornly high and... Read more

‘RV Buddies’ Poll IDs Top Buying Decisions

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“RV Buddies” listed 12 of the most popular items people look for when they are choosing an  RV. The poll results are in and, surprise — everyone wants a large kitchen countertop. While  everyone isn’t asking for a gourmet-sized kitchen, a sink cover really doesn’t count as  counter space. Hint, hint manufacturers! Second on the list is the desire for a large shower. A comfortable shower is a luxury and  some of our RV Buddies (including Mark Summers) need the extra... Read more

RVs Mark a Different Road Back to Recovery

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The recreational vehicle industry, a gauge of Americans’ ability to splurge on adult toys, has been stuck in the slow lane of the road to recovery. Now, RV makers are trying to move things along with more fuel-efficient trailers aimed at frugal travelers tired of airports and motels, the Wall Street Journal reported. U.S. sales of RVs — ranging from towable campers costing as little as $4,000 to bus-like behemoths with two bathrooms and king-size beds for $300,000 or more — boomed from... Read more

U.S. Gasoline Demand Has Peaked for Good

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The world’s biggest gas-guzzling nation has limits after all. After seven decades of mostly uninterrupted growth, U.S. gasoline demand is at the start of a long-term decline. By 2030, Americans will burn at least 20% less gasoline than today, experts say, even as millions of more cars clog the roads, the Associated Press reported The country’s thirst for gasoline is shrinking as cars and trucks become more fuel-efficient, the government mandates the use of more ethanol and people drive... Read more Wishes You All the Best!

December 23, 2010 by · 2 Comments is taking off for the Christmas holiday weekend. We’ll return after Christmas.  Read More →

Peterson was Founder of Escapees RV Club

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Joe and Kay Peterson (seated at right)) with their family during the Escapees RV Club's 50th Escapade in September 2010 in Goshen, Ind. Escapees RV Club founder Joe Peterson died Wednesday (Dec. 22) in Houston. Peterson and his wife, Kay, founded the club in 1978. They were 2001 inductees into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The Petersons were owners/developers of 18 RV parks in 11 states and were widely recognized consumer educational seminar speakers at RV events. They authored... Read more

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