N.Y. Park Owner’s Death Sparks Volunteerism

May 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

As relatives, friends and neighbors of Bobby Stiles pitched in at the Breezy Point Campground near Scio, N.Y., and Bob’s Septic Service this week, they all said the same thing.  They said he always had a smile on his face, according to the Wellsville Daily Reporter.  Stiles, 44, passed away last week in the emergency room at Jones Memorial Hospital. He and his wife, Charlene, ran the Breezy Point for the last five years or so. They also owned the septic service. Since his death, relatives,... Read more

Keys Campground Access Issue Draws Crowd

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 Uncertainty over access to U.S. 1 led the Monroe County Commission in the Florida Keys  to delay voting on a development agreement for a Key Largo campground.   The owners of Calusa Campground, on the bayside at mile marker 101, want to redevelop  most of the 367 RV units into seasonal rentals, and correct numerous code violations in  the process, but no longer own a highway access road they’ve used for many years,  according to KeysNet, Tavernier.   That’s caused concern among... Read more

Town Eyes Stimulus Money for New RV Park

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The Lassen County (Calif.) Board of Supervisors heard a proposal on May 19 to seek a portion of the economic stimulus money bound for the state to fund an RV park adjacent to the county fairgrounds.  Jim Wolcott, manager of the Lassen County Fair, presented information to the board regarding a request for top priority infrastructure funding that could be available as part of the upcoming economic stimulus package, according to the Lassen County News Susanville.  The supervisors for this northern... Read more

Campground Problems Aired in Tennessee

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Several property owners brought a complaint to the Carter County (Tenn.) Planning Commission Tuesday (May 26) regarding the RV campground located on the Cove Ridge Marina property in Butler located in the state’s eastern tip.  Jim Dabbondanza, vice president of a local homeowners association made up of residents of the Point Eight Pines Community, said he and other residents are concerned about further expansion of the campground, according to the Elizabethton Star.  Dabbondanza read from... Read more

New Breed of Camper Coming to Your RV Park

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They sleep on cushy air mattresses and wake up to steaming espresso. Or they shun the tent-and-campfire scene altogether for a heated cabin, complete with cable and Internet access, sometimes near a pool and mini-mart.  Look out, outdoorsmen, here come the tenderfeet, neophyte campers tromping through New England campgrounds like they’re hotel lobbies, according to The Boston Globe.  “Some don’t know how to set up a tent, light a fire, anything,” said Gregg Pitman, executive... Read more

Table and Grill Makers Are Confident that the 2009 Summer Season Will be as Strong as Any in Recent Years

May 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Chuck Gerber founded Madison, Wis.-based Gerber Manufacturing 40 years ago, and has built the company into one of the campground sector’s leading suppliers of picnic tables and grills.  But even though RV sales have plummeted as a result of the economic downturn, Gerber remains confident that 2009 will be a good year for his firm and the rest of the RV park and campground sector.  “I think the camping industry is strong,” Gerber told Woodall’s Campground Management. “People... Read more

RVIA May Have Opened A Pandora’s Box When It Gave the OK to Build Larger Fifth-Wheel Trailers

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Get ready for likely issues to arise in various localities and states in response to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA recent change to allow fifth-wheel trailers to be up to 430 square feet in the set up mode. The RVIA board acted on March 27 and issued a Standard News Bulletin on April 3.  “Effective immediately,” the RVIA board action stated, “in order for a fifth-wheel trailer to be recognized as a recreation vehicle for RVIA membership purposes, it... Read more

Sunbelt Parks Reported Good Winter Business, and Vacationers Are Already Making Plans for The Fall

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Every campground owner would like to have the problem Mike Johnston had this past winter at 95-site Prospector’s RV Resort in the desert city of Lake Havasu City, Ariz. “We had 110% occupancy about 75 nights,” Johnston said. “Some of the overflow we ran power to. Others just dry camped until a spot opened up.”  With a majority of sites rented for the full winter by snowbirds, Johnston said he fills vacancies as they occur. “Our average stay is about 4 1/2... Read more

KOA Campgrounds Raise Funds for Care Camps

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The sixth annual Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, held this year on May 8-9, once again kicked off the camping season by caring for those in need. According to a news release, 370 KOA Kampgrounds in the U.S. and Canada participated in the event, which benefits KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, the official charity of the  KOA Owner’s Association. The event also allows campers to stay free on Saturday night with their paid Friday night stay. Registrations... Read more

Park Plan Languishes on Government Inaction

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The city of Bathurst, New Brunswick, is still waiting on a funding application toward the establishment of an RV park in downtown Bathurst.  Councillor Hugh Comeau, chairman of the project, said a funding application was made more than six months ago with the province, according to the Bathurst Northern Light.  “We made an application, six, seven months ago and we continue to follow up but just haven’t heard yet,” he said.  A funding application of about $35,000 is for a feasiblity... Read more

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