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RVIA & Dometic Oppose California Legislation

July 1, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

More opposition has emerged to AB 1824, a controversial California bill that would ban the use of holding tank products containing six specific chemicals – bronopol, dowicil, formaldehyde, glutaraldehyde, paraformaldehyde and paradichlorobenzene. To date, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Thetford Corp., a manufacturer of holding tank chemicals for both the marine and RV markets, had been the only vocal opponent to the proposed legislation. Now, Dometic Corp., Elkhart, Ind., a Thetford competitor, would... Read more

RVIA Outlines ’10, ’11 Shipment Projections

June 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The recreation vehicle industry is on the mend with a wholesale shipment forecast that indicates growth of 39% to 230,300 units in 2010. Shipments, according to a new estimate, are expected to grow to 249,700 units in 2011. Robert M. ”Mac” Bryan, vice president of administration for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), delivered the new forecast to those attending RVIA’s Annual Membership Luncheon today (June (9) during RVIA Committee Week at the Century Center in... Read more

California Bill Revives Old Formaldehyde Debate

May 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) has taken an aggressive stance in support of state legislation banning the sale of RV and marine holding tank products containing six chemicals – most notably formaldehyde — on the premise that these substances threaten ground water quality. That bill (AB 1824) unanimously (73-0) passed out of the full Assembly in mid-May and went to the Senate Toxics and Environmental Quality Committee for a hearing sometime in June. “This... Read more

Dick Hartford: Pioneer Campground Insurer

May 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Richard "Dick" Hartford, president of campground insurer Evergreen USA RRG Inc. Many people not only know him, but love him. They refer to him as their friend first, and their business partner second. Richard “Dick” Hartford has a lot to celebrate this year — his 65th birthday, 37 years in the insurance industry, and 24 with Evergreen, a company insuring the campground industry, owned by campground owners. President of Evergreen Indemnity and Evergreen USA, Hartford resides in... Read more

Campground Professionals Meet in Maryland

April 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Attendance was up 21% at the 2nd annual Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) College held Monday (April 26) at Cherry Hill Park in College Park, Md., with 50 people representing 24 states.   Taking place immediately prior to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) annual National Issues Conference in nearby Washington D.C., CAMP College is a one-day intensive learning program for CAMP members wholly sponsored by Evergreen USA. CAMP members primarily consist... Read more

RV Tranportation Problems Persist for Some

April 23, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Some RV manufacturers say the pressure on the industry’s transportation channels continues to build and that backlogs of up to six weeks in delivering RVs from factories to dealers are common. But others claim the transportation situation is easing up. Jayco Inc., Middlebury, Ind., and Gulf Stream Coach Inc., Nappanee, Ind., are facing up to six-week waits. “The situation has eased up to some extent, but it is still a tight situation,” said Sid Johnson, Jayco’s director of marketing. As for... Read more

ReV Up in Reno Campground Meeting Begins

April 20, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Carolyn Beteta Opening day Monday (April 19) saw 110 California campground delegates get off to a good start at the “ReV Up in Reno” RV Park and Campground Western Convention and Trade Show at John Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino Resort in Sparks, Nev. The conference kicked off at noon with Carolyn Beteta, executive director of the California Travel and Tourism Commission and former chairwoman of the U.S. Travel Association, who spoke during the opening lunch. “She did a phenomenal job,”... Read more

17 RV Groups Rallying in 2010 in Goshen, Ind.

April 9, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Some of the Monaco motorhomes gathered at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., for an owners rally. Photo courtesy of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Escapees RV Club is not the only RV group assembling this year at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind. Some 2,500 RVs are expected during 17 RV rallies and groups meeting at the fairgrounds, starting next month. The fairgrounds has hosted RV travel rallies since the mid-1970s. “Over the past decade we have... Read more

800 Coaches Expected at Sept. 12-17 Escapade

April 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Escapees RV Club celebrates its 50th Escapade, which coincides with the RV industry’s 100th birthday, in Goshen, Ind., Sept. 12-17. The event, bearing the theme “Honor the Past, Embrace the Future,” will take place at the Elkhart County 4-H Fairgrounds in Goshen. 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... Read more

Wisconsin Parks Meet on Brink of 2010 Season

March 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) Convention was held March 18-21 at Stevens Point, Wis., with 281 people representing 105 campgrounds attending. The trade show, one of the largest campground industry trade shows of the year, attracted 178 vendors. Special guests included former Green Bay Packers players Jerry Kramer, Gilbert Brown, Santana Dotson, William Henderson and Fuzzy Thurston. “The overall mood was very positive,” said Lori Severson, owner and president of Severson... Read more

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