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‘Snowbird’ Season Looks Strong in Texas

Several Texas campgrounds that cater to winter visitors are already booked up for the 2008-2009 winter camping season, and many others are filling up quickly, according to the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). “Winter reservations for campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas are as strong as they’ve ever been,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director and CEO. He said Canadians, in particular, are flocking to the Lone Star State in record numbers, largely because of the relative... Read more

Ga. Firm Buys Superior Park Model Homes

Mitchell County Industries LLC (MCI) has purchased the assets of the defunct Superior Park Model Homes and resumed production on a limited basis of recreational park trailers in a 120,000-square-foot plant in Pelham, Ga. MCI is a new face in the park model business but with deep roots in the industry and southwest Georgia, explained Gary Giddens, national sales director and one of three partners in the new company. Other partners are Tom Shanklin, COO, and David Cutts. The trio has prior experience... Read more

Mississippi City to Build RV Park

The Lincoln County Board of Supervisors on Nov. 17 voted unanimously to advertise for bids for the construction of a five-acre, 53-unit RV park in Brookhaven, Miss., according to the Brookhaven Daily Leader. The tentative budget for the project is approximately $350,000, with a 50% matching grant of $250,000 from the Pearl River Basin Development District available for use as well. Bids for the publicly owned park will be advertised in mid-December and opened and voted on in early January, officials... Read more

Texas Camping Holding Steady into Autumn

The recent roller coaster ride in fuel costs has failed to deter recreational vehicle enthusiasts from enjoying private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas, according to a recent online survey by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). The survey, conducted in October, found that 82% of RV enthusiasts planned to use their RVs this fall at least as much as they did last year at this time. “The economic downturn and the turbulence we’ve experienced with fuel costs are not discouraging... Read more

Cabins Take On Larger Role at Yogi Parks

A demographic that appears to be shifting away from highly mobile RVers toward seasonal-site and cabin rentals was on the minds of those attending the 2008 Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Symposium Nov. 3-6 presented by franchisor Leisure System Inc. (LSI), Milford, Ohio. And to a great extent, it was business as usual. "Overall, the symposium was very upbeat," said LSI President and COO Robert E. Schutter Jr. "There is a general concern in the franchise group about the RV market... Read more

LSI Honors Park Owners at Annual Symposium

Leisure Systems Inc., franchisor for the Yogi Bear Jellystone Park camp-resorts, handed out many awards during its annual Symposium Nov. 3-6 in Covington, Ky. The top award, Camp-Resort of the Year, went to Tabor City. N.C., operated by the Coleman Family. Other major award winners were: Facility of the Year, Quarryville, Pa. Operator of the Year, Large Park, Bridget Bender, Caledonia, Wis. Operator of the Year, Small Park, Mike and Gina Lenhard, North Hudson, N.Y., and Dave and Marta Landry, Gatlinburg,... Read more

ARVC Honors Achievement; Looks to 2009

More than 550 private park operators gathered at the Nashville Convention Center for the InSites 2008 Convention & Outdoor Hospitality Expo annual meeting, hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). The Nov. 12-15 show included a presentation on ARVC's 2008 economic survey of the campground industry as well as ARVC’s annual meeting, during which association President and CEO Linda Profaizer and Chairman Mark Anderson briefly discussed the association’s latest... Read more

Reno Still Studying ‘Dry Camping’ Issue

The Reno, Nev., city council failed last week to decide whether to change an ordinance allowing motorhomes to camp overnight in hotel-casino parking lots. Mayor Bob Cashell favors allowing them on casino lots, because they are self-contained and no longer the public health hazard they once were, according to the Reno Gazette Journal. Abuses could be regulated through a special-use permit. Councilman Dave Aiazzi said he's not sure that's fair. Under special-use permits, he said other businesses... Read more

Campground ‘Cans’ Christmas Basket Effort

Marlene Thornton is a Sunriver, Ore., woman who's spent months of her own time every year putting together Christmas baskets for hundreds of people in need. Since 1989, Thornton has gathered thousands and thousands of soft drink cans from a local campground to buy Christmas presents for kids and families, according to KTVZ-TV, Bend, Ore. But this year, after almost 20 years, the campground has told Thornton she can't have the cans. "We buy clothing, and bedding and give a food basket... Read more

Natchez, Miss., Divided Over RV Resort Plan

The planning commission in Natchez, Miss., has opted not to make a decision on an RV zoning change just yet. The decision to allow an “upscale RV resort” in the B-2 zoning district of the city was revisited at the regular meeting last week and several questions were raised, according to the Natchez Democrat. Commission Chairwoman Deborah Martin said first the commissioners needed to decide whether they want an RV resort within city limits. If they decide they do, Martin said the next question... Read more

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