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More Travelers, Lower Gas Expected for July 4

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Holiday travel is expected to increase during the July 4 period compared with last year, but the mid-week holiday is likely to result in more spread-out travel plans that could ease congestion. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the fuel bill for road trips should be smaller, though gasoline is still far from cheap. The travel-services group AAA estimates 42.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the coming holiday weekend, a 4.9% jump from last year. The projected... Read more

Wi-Fi Service Rates as a Necessity at RV Parks

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a story authored by Jeff Crider for Woodall’s Campground Management examining the demand for Wi-Fi service by modern-day campers. To read the entire article click here. Just over a decade ago, when private parks first began to invest in Wi-Fi systems, wireless Internet service was widely considered to be more of a luxury than a necessity. After all, there weren’t that many RVers traveling with laptop computers, and if parks offered Wi-Fi... Read more

Bike Accident Takes Life of Thetford’s Burrows

June 28, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

Mary Burrows The Thetford Corp. family remains among the many mourning today after Mary R. Burrows, 53, the company’s long-time manager of Chemical Engineering and a true RV industry expert, died Tuesday (June 26) night following a bicycle accident near her home in Dexter, Mich. “Mary was a wonderful friend, person and co-worker,” Thetford Executive Vice President Kevin Phillips said. “She was liked and respected by everyone who worked at Thetford the past three decades. Mary touched so many... Read more

Mike Thompson’s Annual Sale Off to Fast Start

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The I405 Orange County Spring RV show hosted by California-based dealer Mike Thompson RV Superstores posted a record number of customers in its opening weekend, according to a press release. The annual event, which started June 22 and runs through July 1, is marking its 10th year at the company’s Fountain Valley location. In addition to RV sales, the show features seminars to educate consumers about the RV lifestyle, along with factory representatives to provide in-depth knowledge on products. “School... Read more

Humphreys to Keynote at Hall Induction Dinner

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Dave Humphreys David J. (Dave) Humphreys, former president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), will be the featured speaker at the 2012 RV/MH Hall of Fame induction dinner in Elkhart, Ind., on Aug. 6, according to Darryl Searer, president, RV/MH Heritage Foundation. “We are honored to have Dave, who was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in 1997, as our keynote speaker,” Searer said in a press release. “He not only helped guide the RV industry through its many ups and downs... Read more

Heartland Connects With Owners at June Rally

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Heartland owners gather for opening day dinner at rally Heartland Recreational Vehicles welcomed around 280 RVers towing 133 rigs June 14-17 at the Cam-Plex in picturesque Gillette, Wyo., marking the seventh running of the Annual North American Heartland Owners Rally. According to a press release, the national rally, hosted by the Elkhart, Ind.-based builder, has evolved into a major event for owners as attendees in Gillette represented 34 states and three Canadian provinces. Jim Beletti, director... Read more

Despite Floods, Alberta Parks Filled for Holiday

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Campgrounds in southern Alberta are booked solid for the upcoming Canada Day long weekend, according to Alberta Tourism, Parks and Recreation. Enthusiasm has hardly been dampened by the recent downpours that drenched southern parts of the province, the Calgary Herald reported. As the rain-battered ground starts to dry, campground owners are now bracing for the onslaught of campers heading out for the weekend. “It’s pretty soggy,” said Pauline Krause, park manager of the Lions Sheep River Campgrounds... Read more

Supreme Court OKs Health Care’s Centerpiece

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A sharply divided Supreme Court on Thursday (June 28) upheld the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul law that requires that most Americans get insurance by 2014 or pay a financial penalty, according to a Reuters report. “The Affordable Care Act’s requirement that certain individuals pay a financial penalty for not obtaining health insurance may reasonably be characterized as a tax,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the court’s majority... Read more

MCD’s GOLD Shade Popular at Good Sam Rally

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MCD Innovations’ GOLD Series Day/Night Shade System enjoyed strong sales during the recently completed Good Sam Rally in Louisville, Ky., according to a press release. “Everyone was excited to try out the new shades,” said Peggy Grich, a spokeswoman for the McKinney, Texas-based company. “We talked to hundreds of people, and they really liked the new innovations in the shades. We were delighted to be able to show RVers a way to gain solar and heat protection while still maintaining... Read more

Priority One Kicking Off 3Q Contest for Dealers

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Priority One Financial Services Inc. and its parent company, Forest River Inc., have partnered with TD Retail Card Services (TDRCS) to hold a third-quarter contest for dealers offering the Forest River Credit Card to consumers. According to a press release, consumers may use the card to purchase a cross section of Forest River products such as utility/cargo trailers, towable RVs, parts, accessories and service repair bills. The “Hook ‘Em Up” Forest River Credit Card contest... Read more

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