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Reno Explains Law on ‘Dry Camping’

September 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Reno Explains Law on ‘Dry Camping’ 

The city of Reno, Nev., says RVs must be parked overnight in designated parks, not in casino or store parking lots. It’s not a new rule but it’s gaining more attention lately, according to KTVN-TV, Reno. Water and sewer hook ups at RV parks keep waste out of a public parking lot. So this ordinance pretty much stems from health concerns. It’s a 1996 ordinance and is making itself visible again, as the city of Reno cracks down. “In June we sent letters to two of the casinos in town... Read more

Campgrounds Must Meet Pool/Spa Regs

September 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Campgrounds Must Meet Pool/Spa Regs 

Got a swimming pool or spa at your campground? If so, the deadline is quickly approaching for compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act, a new law which takes effect Dec. 19 and requires safety improvements at every public pool and spa in the U.S. Named for Virginia Graeme who in 2002 at the age of 7 died in a spa after the powerful suction of a drain entrapped her under water, the new law is the result of three years of work by Safe Kids USA, the Baker family, congressional... Read more

Good Sam Insurance Sponsoring Events

September 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Good Sam Insurance Sponsoring Events 

Good Sam Insurance Plan has become naming sponsor of an 11-show series for Affinity Events, a division of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI). For the first time in Affinity Events’ four-year history, an entitlement sponsor has been created, establishing The Good Sam Insurance Plan RV & Boat Super Sale Series, according to a news release. The Good Sam Insurance Plan, better known as Good Sam Vehicle Insurance Plan or Good Sam VIP, has been exclusively provided by GMAC Insurance for more than 30... Read more

Park Operator Dies During Search

September 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Park Operator Dies During Search 

The search for two canoeists floating the Little Niangua River near the Missouri Department of Conservation Access at Fiery Fork 50 miles northeast of Springfield ended in tragedy when the campground operator who had gone looking for them died of a fatal heart attack. His wife reported he had left around 7 p.m. Sunday evening. His body was found around 1:30 a.m on Monday. The victim’s wife had called the Camden County Sheriff’s Department to report that her husband had not returned after... Read more

Former KOA to Become Nature Habitat

September 23, 2008 by · Comments Off on Former KOA to Become Nature Habitat 

A closed sign now graces the front of the former KOA Kampground near Yakima, Wash., signifying a new use for the site that has attracted permanent residents and overnight campers for 40 years, according to the Yakima Herald-Republic. The popular camping spot is now poised to one day be a haven for fish and wildlife. The federal Bureau of Reclamation completed purchase of the 23-acre KOA property Friday (Sept. 19) under a federal program that seeks to improve fish habitat and reduce potential flooding... Read more

RV Park Open in Time for FMCA Rally

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off on RV Park Open in Time for FMCA Rally 

The Riverside RV Park in downtown North Little Rock, Ark., was officially opened Friday (Sept. 19), as thousands of RV owners are set to descend on the area for the Family Motor Coach Association’s Six-State Rally. The first-of-its-kind facility is expected to be filled to capacity this week, according to KATV-TV, Little Rock. The park can hold 80 motorcoaches, and offers hookups for electricity and water. North Little Rock officials estimate $5 million will be spent in the area during the... Read more

Forest Service Officer Killed in Campground

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off on Forest Service Officer Killed in Campground 

A U.S. Forest Service officer was fatally shot Saturday (Sept. 20) at an Olympic Peninsula campground near Sequim, Wash., 50 miles west of Seattle, the Associated Press reported. The suspected killer died hours later in a shootout with two sheriff’s deputies, the Washington State Patrol said. Officer Kristine Fairbanks, 51, a canine officer with 15 years in the federal forest service, called the state patrol about 2:40 p.m. to run a check on a man and a van without license plates at the Dungeness... Read more

Duluth Area Campground Proposed

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off on Duluth Area Campground Proposed 

A new campground is being planned for a vacant plot of land north of Duluth, Minn. The 30-acre tract would hold about 80 sites, some with electric and water service, Gnesen town officials say. The campground would be located between the Island Lake Inn and the United Northern Sportsmen’s Club grounds and would be across St. Louis County Highway 4 from the Minnesota Power picnic area on the big reservoir lake, according to the Duluth News Tribune. The campground is allowable under current town zoning... Read more

Life on Wheels Founder Maxwell Dies

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off on Life on Wheels Founder Maxwell Dies 

Gaylord Maxwell, 83, author, educator and founder of the Life on Wheels (LoW) instructional program for RVers, died Saturday (Sept. 20) afternoon after a short illness in Couer d’Alene, Idaho. As recently as the first week in September, Maxwell taught four Life on Wheel classes to RV enthusiasts prior to the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Show in Hershey, Pa. “I still enjoy teaching,” he said after the show. Given the state of the RV industry, Maxwell was pleasantly surprised that the attendees... Read more

KOA Announces 4 $10,000 Winners

September 19, 2008 by · Comments Off on KOA Announces 4 $10,000 Winners 

Four Kampgrounds of America guests from the U.S., Canada and even New Zealand camped enough in August to win $10,000 each in KOA’s Big $40K Giveaway promotion. The four winners drawn earlier this week include two Kabin campers, one RVer and one tent camper. KOA’s contest offered four $10,000 cash prizes to campers who stayed at least four nights at any KOA in August. According to a news release, the winners were: Lynn Gray, a KOA Kabin camper from New Zealand temporarily living in the... Read more

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