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Calif. Adopts ‘RV Friendly’ Highway Signage

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed legislation adopting the “RV Friendly” highway sign logo for use in the state’s commercial logo program for gas, food and lodging businesses. The “RV Friendly” sign is a round, yellow reflector sign with “RV” featured prominently in the center. Gas, restaurant, camping and lodging businesses that purchase highway exit logo signs are the targeted buyers of the sign. Adding the “RV Friendly” symbol to their existing highway service... Read more

RPTIA/N.J. Campground Assn. Join Forces

The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) and the New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) are joining forces on several fronts to ward off an administrative ruling by the state of New Jersey that could stifle the park model business in the Garden State. On July 2, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) issued its proposed statute in the New Jersey Register for the construction of recreational park trailers being used in that state. “The DCA proposal is very... Read more

Oxley to Address Campground Conference

Michael Oxley, former chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Banking & Finance, will be the keynote speaker at the RV Park & Campground Investment Conference Oct. 17-19 in McLean, Va. Oxley will speak on the topic: “The Economic Outlook for Discretionary Income & Vacation Real Estate, Outdoor Recreation and Hospitality.” Oxley, an Ohio Republican, served in the House from 1981 to 2007. Among the many legislative achievements under Oxley’s chairmanship are the Sarbanes-Oxley... Read more

Campers Make Summer Home at Libby’s

Bill Simpson jolted his arms above his head and started screaming. “Yeee!” he shouted after hanging up the phone with Ken Knight, the manager of Libby’s Oceanside Camp located on Maine’s southern coast. Knight had called to confirm the Simpsons’ summer reservation at the York Beach camp and notify them that for two weeks of their eight-week stay they’d be at site number 5 according to the Portsmouth (N.H.) Herald News. Simpson and his wife, Lynn, who live in Houston, Texas, knew exactly... Read more

'Wal-Mart' Campers Upset Park Owners

Bev and Gerry Matkovich were happy campers July 26 as they enjoyed the free overnight parking for their motorhome in the parking lot on the northeast (Wal-Mart) end of the Southland Mall in Regina, Saskatchewan, according to the Regina Leader-Post. While the retired Kelowna, British Columbia, couple was happy to park their comfortable home-on-wheels free, while visiting the sights of Regina, local campground owners are grumbling about the loss of business when RVs are allowed to stay overnight in... Read more

Ontario Town Renews RV Park Exemption

Permanent residents at an Ontario trailer park will not be forced to leave their homes come wintertime for at least three more years, according to the Waterloo Record. A bylaw exemption that applies to 52 of the 300 sites at Green Acre RV Park in Waterloo, Ont., was renewed by the Waterloo city council July 23, permitting residents on those sites to remain year-round until July 2010. “I think it’s a great compromise,” said Councilor Angela Vieth, whose ward includes the campground. “We’ve... Read more

Texas Railroad RV Park Reopens

The Texas State Railroad Park in Palestine, Texas, is back open, but there is no telling when East Texans will be able to ride the rails again, as engineers continue to examine washed out portions of the train track, according to the Jacksonville Daily Progress. The track suffered washouts on July 8 and the weekend of July 13-15. In all, 12 sections of the track were destroyed, said Robert Crossman, general superintendent at the Texas State Railroad Park complex in Palestine. Heavy rainfall on July... Read more

Campground Closed in ‘Sting’ Operation

The Jumbo Rocks campground in the Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California was temporarily closed this week due to increased bee activity, according to the Twentynine Palms (Calif.) Desert Trail. During the closure trash bins will be replaced and bee activity will be monitored. Jumbo Rocks campground is scheduled to reopen at noon July 31, unless the bees continue to pose a threat to public safety. Other park campgrounds remain open, including Cottonwood, Black Rock, Indian Cove, Belle and... Read more

State Rep. Questions Mich. DNR Request

A Cheboygan, Mich., lawmaker questioned a funding request for campground improvements in the wake of this month’s closure of 20 rustic campgrounds in northern Michigan, according to the Cheboygan Daily Tribune. State Rep. Kevin Elsenheimer, R-Bellaire, raised concerns Thursday (July 26) as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources sought legislative approval to spend $500,000 on improvements for state forest campgrounds. House Bill 4829, the appropriations measure for the Michigan Natural Resources... Read more

RV Park Developers Eye Okeechobee Sites

The Okeechobee County, Fla., Planning Board/Board of Adjustments and Appeals approved plans on Tuesday (July 24) for two new RV parks, according to the Okeechobee News. One would be a 300-acre complex on the site of the former Fort Drum Crystal Mine and include an RV park, tent camping, an outdoor amphitheater, a museum and learning center, gift shop, a restaurant, a bar, cabins and a lodge. Owner Glenna Rucks proposes to develop the area in stages. There is a 100-acre lake on the property that was... Read more

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