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300 Owners Attend Northeast Parks Event

April 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Campgrounds concerned over gas price impact Campgrounds making up the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) look forward to a busy season ahead, while each having different legislative issues on their respective radars. Nearly 300 park owners from 10 New England states — Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland — gathered March 27-29 for NCA’s 47th Annual Conference on Camping and Trade Show at the... Read more

Kansas ARVC Weighs Online Marketing Costs

March 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC) held its general membership meeting Feb. 22 at Capital City KOA, Topeka, with nearly half of its members present. After elections KARVC’s board remains unchanged. Officers for 2011 are President and Treasurer Mary Arlington, High Plains Camping, Oakley; Vice President Paul Pinick, Emporia RV Park, Emporia; and Secretary Carolyn Fenn, Four Seasons RV Acres, Abilene. “A significant change for us has to do with our online marketing,” Arlington... Read more

Bedbugs: Old Problem Resurfaces in RV Parks

February 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

bedbug Who could have believed a few years ago that one of the better attended seminars at Kampground of America Inc.’s (KOA) International Convention in Savannah in November would have addressed the squeamish topic of bedbugs? It’s a problem that had receded along with the World War II generation, but has again reared its ugly little head in a wide variety of places – restaurants, insurance companies, churches, office buildings and, yes, RV parks and campgrounds as more of them cater to park... Read more

Missouri RVDA Exec Speaks at Parks’ Confab

February 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARVC) held its 43rd annual Spring Convention Feb. 15-16 at the Truman Hotel in Jefferson City, Mo., with 50 people attending and 25 parks represented, along with 10 vendors. “Everyone was very upbeat and very optimistic about the upcoming campground season,” said Larry Helms, association president. “Pre-season reservations are up so far. Everyone is also looking forward to what the National Association for RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC)... Read more

Megapark Ocean Lakes Celebrates 40 Years

February 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Aerial view of Ocean Lakes Family Campground, Myrtle Beach, S.C. In 1970 Mary Emily and Nelson Jackson started Ocean Lakes Family Campground in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with just 30 campsites and one bathhouse. How times have changed on The Grand Strand, as Ocean Lakes, with 3,449 sites, is now the largest campground on the East Coast and one of the nation’s largest. But it was for more than size that Ocean Lakes — which begins its year-long 40th anniversary celebration this coming weekend —... Read more

Dec. 9 ‘Jeopardy’ Broadcast to Feature RVing

November 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Alex Trebek RVs will be one of the categories during an upcoming broadcast of “Jeopardy!” CBS’s popular quiz show. On Dec. 9 long-standing host Alex Trebek will give three contestants a chance to test their knowledge of one of America’s popular pastimes. The “Jeopardy!” Clue Crew visited  the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., in August to film a full set of clues all related to RVing. “The show approached us,” Al Hesselbart, historian at the RV/MH Hall of Fame, told... Read more

Escapees RV Club Rallying in Goshen, Ind.

September 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Escapees RV Club celebrates its 50th Escapade, which coincides with the RV industry’s 100th centennial. The “Honor the Past, Embrace the Future” event will take place Sept. 12-17 at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. This year’s event is expected to draw at least 1,500-1,600 people and 800 coaches. “This is a perfect opportunity to honor our past, but at the same time embrace the future,” said Cathie Carr, president and Escapade director along with her husband... Read more

CalARVC Regroups After Holding Tank Veto

August 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Much to the surprise of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed bill AB 1824, which would have banned the use of certain holding tank deodorants utilized in waste facilities and toilets on boats and RVs. The law’s intent was to protect campground owners, their guests and Californians at large from potential hazardous effects from products containing bronopol, dowicil, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformadelhyde and paradichlorobenzene. Debbie... Read more

Book Traces Life of Fan-Tastic Vent Founder

August 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Steve and Penny Milks are shown on the cover of Penny's new book, "Fan-Tastic: The Love Behind the Vent" which chronicles the 32-year marriage of the founders of Fan-Tastic Vent Corp. “This is a love story. Not just any love story; it is my love story. It may seem like an ordinary tale to most people. There is nothing earth-shattering about it, yet it shattered my earth.” This is Penny Milks describing her new book, “Fan-Tastic: The Love Behind the Vent.” The book shares... Read more

Chem-Free Holding Tank Bill Goes to Gov

August 6, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The California bill, AB 1824, that would ban the use of many holding tank chemicals, is swiftly on its way to its final destination – the governor’s desk. The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) is urging California campgrounds to write Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger encouraging him to sign the bill into law. AB 1824 has made its way almost unanimously through both Houses and their respective committees with only three nay votes and one abstention, CalARVC reported. The law... Read more

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