New Venue for NCA Camping Conference

“Come for the Experience and Stay for the Fun” is the slogan for the 45th Annual Northeast Conference on Camping & Trade Show to be held March 19-21 at the Sheraton Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield, Mass. The conference will attract many of the 1,200-member Northeast Campground Association (NCA) member campgrounds that hail from 11 Northeastern states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. “For... Read more

Campgrounds Figure into Rodeo Host Plans

City officials have received word that Gallup, N.M., will host the Wrangler Jr. High Rodeo for two more years after this summer. The event’s supervising board voted 25-24 on Jan. 24 to give the event to Gallup in 2010 and 2011. Its current contract already provides that Gallup will host the event this summer, like it has since 2004, according to the Gallup Independent. “I was worried that we may not get it,” said Dudley Byerley, who has helped run the event for the past five years and who was... Read more

Talladega Raceway RV Parks Fill up for Race

Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., is urging customers that intend to bring an RV to Talladega Superspeedway for the race in April to act quickly and reserve their overnight parking spaces. Several RV overnight parks have already sold out and the remaining lots are filling fast, according to a news release. “The demand for our overnight parks is very strong because our guests realize how economical it is to stay the week on track property,” said Talladega Superspeedway President Rick... Read more

New York Mounts Asian Beetle Fight

The state of New York will check its campgrounds next month to hunt for an invasive tree-eating Asian beetle that may have hitched a ride from an outbreak now raging in Massachusetts. The state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation is pulling campground reservations made during the last four years by residents near Worcester, Mass., to learn which campgrounds were visited by people who unknowingly could have brought in firewood infested with Asian longhorn beetles, according to the... Read more

Campgrounds Enter 2009 on Positive Note

Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), had just enough numbers at her fingertips this week to feel buoyed by the prospects for her industry in 2009. Bookings processed on the website through Jan. 24 were 41% ahead of the 2008 pace, and future revenues for campgrounds going forward from April are up 5% over the same time last year. The site is maintained by Friend Communications for ARVC. She told Woodall’s Campground... Read more

Super Bowl QB’s Kin Live in Florida RV Park

As the nation obsesses over the Super Bowl this week, there is a Fort Myers Beach, Fla., couple even more interested than most people. Frank and Fran Foust live the quiet old Florida lifestyle for about six months every year. They own a small RV permanently parked at the Ebb Tide RV Park on San Carlos Island, the kind of place where retired folks ride bicycles and drive cars bearing plates from Ohio, Michigan and other points Midwest. It’s a quiet, well-kept place off the beaten path but only a... Read more

RV Shipments Off 75% in Dec., 33% for Year

Last year ended with a thud for the recreational vehicle wholesale sector as shipments dropped 75% from 2007, pulling year-end totals to a sharp 32.9% decline. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall December shipments totaled 5,600 units compared with 22,400 a year ago. For the full year, deliveries fell to 237,000 units compared with 353,400 the year prior. In November economist Richard Curtin, director of Consumer Surveys at the University of Michigan, projected... Read more

Newspaper Urges Obama to Fix Up U.S Parks

The Obama administration is looking for shovel-ready projects to help create jobs and revive our moribund economy. Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, hopes to point the president and Congress to the nation's sandbox – our 84 million-acre, 391-property system of national parks. According to an editorial in The Salt Lake Tribune, after decades of fiscal neglect, the underfunded National Park Service has amassed a massive maintenance backlog. Approximately $8.7 billion is needed to rebuild, restore... Read more

Nebraska City Warm to Campground Plan

The city council in Grand Island, Neb., is open to the idea of campgrounds along some of its city’s streets, but council members let it be known Tuesday night (Jan. 27) that any proposal would be highly scrutinized. The council gave 8-2 final approval to a zoning change that will allow campgrounds by conditional use permit, according to the Grand Island Independent. The city has already specified that the campground owner would have to submit a plan for where the camper pads would be placed, where... Read more

Big Western Canadian RV Show Set to Open

The 2009 Earlybird RV Show and Sale at Tradex in Abbotsford, British Columbia, will be the largest RV event of its kind in Western Canada this year. With dozens of dealers, manufacturers and exhibitors showcasing the newest products, accessories and technology, the Earlybird RV Show and Sale – scheduled to run Thursday (Jan.29) to Sunday – is an ideal indicator for what's new in the British Columbia industry, according to the Abbotsford Times. So what's in store for RVing in 2009? Research... Read more

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