Buffalo Chip Signs ZZ Top for 2010 Sturgis Performance

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ZZ Top has signed to headline at the Buffalo Chip Campground at the Sturgis Bike Week Rally next year. That’s right, the Masters of Sparks will be bringing their hot, blue, and righteous show to the greatest motorcycle rally in the world on Aug. 9, 2010. The announcement was made Monday (Sept. 28) by the obviously pleased Buffalo Chip management, according to As any Sturgis veteran can tell you, the real action at the rally is in the campgrounds. Big-name acts, albeit many who... Read more

California Alters Reservations at Many State Parks

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While California state parks no longer face the threat of immediate closings, it has halted accepting camping reservations for March and April at all but 23 state facilities, the department announced on its website. “We are not resuming camping reservations for March and April until we are able to determine how best to operate within that $14 million (budget) cut,” according to the website posting. “We know it will mean a reduction in service. It is possible, that some parks and... Read more

Texas RV Parks Weather Drought, Recession

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Texas campgrounds and RV parks overall are experiencing strong occupancies and revenues, according to a report by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). Some parks in Central Texas lost some of their summer business due to unusually hot weather and a persistent drought that lowered lake and river levels. However, other parks across the state experienced significant gains in both occupancy and revenue, according to “The private park industry in Texas has fared quite... Read more

Pacific Coast Heeds Tuesday’s Tsunami Threat

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A magnitude 8.0 earthquake that killed dozens of people in Samoa and American Samoa on Tuesday (Sept. 29)  set off a chain reaction that quickly rippled out to the U.S. Pacific Coast, where emergency managers each had to make a careful choice about how to respond, according to The Register-Guard, Eugene, Ore. Sound the alarm too loudly, and panic could prove a greater danger to people than any wave. Say nothing, and a bigger-than-expected event could catch beachcombers unaware. Danny Barnum, a 19-year-old... Read more

RV Park Owner Alleges Falsified Inspection, Seeks $10M

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The owner of a Dickinson, Texas, RV park claims the property has problems with its plumbing and electricity which drew the ire of the city, and is suing the previous proprietors and an inspector for approximately $10 million in damages. In a deceptive trade lawsuit filed Sept. 25 in Galveston County District Court, Adventure I-45 Ltd. accuses Scott and Carrie Sheldon of League City, Bobby Dale Castoe of Kingston, Okla., and Shannon M. Fossier of Texas City of assuring the plaintiff that the park’s... Read more

Private Campgrounds Keeping Pace with 2008 Traffic

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Campground and RV park occupancies and revenues have largely kept pace with 2008 figures, despite the recession, according to an informal survey of parks by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), the nation’s largest campground chain with more than 450 locations across the U.S. and Canada, was 1.1% ahead of 2008 occupancy figures systemwide through the end of September, while revenues were up 5.6%, according to Mike... Read more

Falling Tree Fears Affect Some British Columbia Parks

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Old growth trees may be a major attraction at Hirsch Creek in Kitimat, British Columbia, but they are also the reason the city is officially closing the campground. And in future camping at Radley Park will be limited to May 15-Sept. 15 each year, according to the Kitimat Northern Sentinel. An administration memo to the city council explained that all trees in both parks were assessed in the spring of 2008 by registered forester Andrew Blix. Based on his findings, he recommended that all large trees... Read more

Pennsylvania Racing/Campground Complex OK’d

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A proposed four-track racing complex and adjoining campground for Union Township near Reading, Pa. scored another legal victory Tuesday (Sept. 29), according to the Reading Eagle. Commonwealth Court denied the township’s request to reconsider or clarify its earlier ruling that the project could be built on 668 acres in an agricultural district along Route 724. “It is what it is,” Union Township supervisors Chairman John Salaneck III said when contacted about the court’s decision. Developer... Read more

Friend to Assist RVers Headed for Vancouver Olympics

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Duckworth Management Group and Friend Communications have joined forces to provide 24/7, online reservations and a front office management system for the Vancouver Park Board’s Spanish Banks and Jericho Beach parks during the 2010 Winter Olympics. This service will provide RVers planning to attend the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver the convenience of instant access for looking and booking online at one of the two city parks, which are being converted to overnight RV parking to house out-of-town... Read more

Developer Proposes RV Park Near El Dorado, Kan.

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If Richard Griffin has his way, the property that once housed the Retreat Club will be transformed into an RV park. Griffin, who recently purchased the property east of El Dorado, Kan., brought his plans to the Butler County commissioners on Monday (Sept. 28), according to the El Dorado Times. “I guess what I’m doing is coming to you guys to say we want to do something,” Griffin told the commissioners. Griffin discussed some of the issues facing his proposal, such as acquiring sewage... Read more

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