A year ago, when Glenn Maurer, his wife Joan and two other couples were planning their 14-week, multi-destination RV excursion, they decided to make the host city for Super Bowl 2013 their first stop. Planning way ahead, they booked three sites at the French Quarter RV Resort, which over the next few days will experience its second busiest weekend on record. Here’s to planning ahead.
The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, reported that the retired Los Angeles firefighter and his group secured a coveted spot at the RV park located less than a mile from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
“I’m from California, I’ll be rooting for the 49ers,” Maurer said as he prepared for a bicycle ride through the city.
Two slots over, another retired firefighter, Maryland resident Randy Cowan and his wife Tina, relaxed in the morning sun in front of their 43-foot RV, which sports a giant sticker featuring Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. By Sunday, the famous “brotherhood among firefighters” mantra could be put to the test.
While one of the former first responders’ team will finish second in the big game, both the Cowan and Maurer entourages are winners in the lottery to find RV hookups in the New Orleans area this weekend. Lots throughout the area are packed with Ravens, 49ers and non-partisan road warriors who just want to be where the action is.
“We’re completely filled,” said Katie Muller, assistant manager of the French Quarter RV resort, which has hookups for 52 RVs. “It has really been crazy.”
Muller said she has a waiting list of about 50 people who are hoping a last-minute cancellation might allow them access to the $84 a night lot right across Rampart Street from the French Quarter. In addition to hookups for water and electricity, the RV resort features a pool, hot tub, workout area, laundry and wifi. In terms of demand for slots, this weekend ranks right behind the melee that preceded the January 2012 BCS championship football game between LSU and Alabama.
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The Texas Campground Owners Association (TACO) is winning football fans with its highly successful promotion of Dallas/Fort Worth campgrounds and RV resorts with its new website atDFWEventsandCampgrounds.com.
Now TACO is giving sports fans and the Dallas/Fort Worth news media something else to think about: a pre-game interview with Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer Gilbert Brown, soon to be Packer Hall of Famer William Henderson and Bill Schroeder, according to a news release.
TACO secured the pre-Super Bowl interview opportunity with the help of the Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO), which promotes various charitable events involving former members of the Green Bay Packers.
Brown played with the team from 1993 to 1999 and again from 2001 to 2003, while Henderson was on the team from 1995 to 2006. Schroeder played on the team in 1994 and again from 1997 to 2001.
“We interviewed the players about the Super Bowl, their Texas ties as well as their experiences RVing and camping in Texas and across the country,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director and CEO.
Two weeks ago, TACO announced the creation of DFWEventsAndCampgrounds.com, which helps RV enthusiasts pinpoint campgrounds that are located near Dallas Cowboy Stadium and other popular special event venues.
In addition to Dallas Cowboy Stadium, the website includes calendar information about a wide range of special events and links to American Airlines Center, the State Fairgrounds in Dallas, The Ballpark in Arlington, Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Fort Worth Stockyards and Texas Motor Speedway.
TACO markets Texas campgrounds, RV parks and resorts and publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide each year. For more information about the 2011 directory or for statistics involving the latest camping trends in Texas and New Mexico parks, contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129. For information on Wisconsin campgrounds or its statewide campground association, contact Lori Severson at (800) 843-1821 and visit WisconsinCampgrounds.com.
The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) has launched a new website they say “helps RV enthusiasts pinpoint campgrounds that are located near Dallas Cowboy Stadium and other popular special event venues” just in time for the Super Bowl, WOAI-TV, San Antonio, reported.
“Our visitor traffic has already tripled since we launched the website last fall,” said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the statewide campground association, which is best known for its TexasCampgrounds.com and TexasCabinRentals.net websites.
There’s still some space at area campgrounds and RV parks for SuperBowl weekened. But don’t wait too long. Park operators expect campsites to book up quickly once the final teams are selected for the SuperBowl.
In addition to Dallas Cowboy Stadium, the website includes calendar information about a wide range of special events and links to American Airlines Center, the State Fairgrounds in Dallas; The Ballpark in Arlington; Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie; Fort Worth Stockyards and Texas Motor Speedway.