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RVers Cringe, Others Smile Over Island's Fate

Property owners on Crescent Bar Island in southern Washington state got the news Monday: Their monthly payments could increase more than 1,000% if Grant County PUD commissioners agree to extend their leases by 11 years, according to The Wenatchee World. The news hit them like an unexpected winter dip in the Columbia River, which surrounds their island paradise. “We knew that there would be adjustments, but we had no idea they’d be this high,” said Heather Trautmann of Kirkland, member of the... Read more

Cavco's Virginia Plant Ships 1st Kamping Lodge

For 14 years, roughly 80 employees at Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s 135,000-square-foot factory in Rocky Mount, Va., produced nothing but manufactured homes. And while most of them retained their jobs after Phoenix, Ariz.-based Cavco Industries Inc. acquired the company last fall, the seasoned team of employees had to learn a new product: a custom designed park model for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) East Coast franchisees, according to a news release. But after seven months of intensive training,... Read more

New York's Darien Lake Resort Makes $7M Investment

Darien Lake Resort , located east of Buffalo, N.Y., has announced a $7 million project to nearly double the size of its water park, revamp existing space and add new cabins and lodging accommodations, according to The Buffalo News. "This is the most exciting news we've announced in over a decade," said Cassandra Okon, a Darien Lake spokeswoman. The new water park, called SplashTown at Darien Lake, will feature a new water slide complex called Swirl City with four different slides,... Read more

California RV Parks Should Plan Now for Emergencies

Editor's Note: From the current issue of Wednesday Morning Coffee Talk & Updates, an e-newsletter from the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), comes this article on emergency preparedness and evacuation plans that are required starting in September in California. New requirements will go into effect Sept. 1, 2010, requiring mobile home parks and special occupancy parks (RV parks and campgrounds) to adopt and post notice in a conspicuous park location of an emergency... Read more

Ocean Lakes Sets Campground Recycling Standard

Ocean Lakes Family Campground has become the first resort along the Grand Strand in Myrtle Beach, S.C., to dedicate a truck and manpower to haul its own recyclables to the Materials Recycling Facility in Horry County, according to WMBF-TV, Myrtle Beach. The effort is part of the campground's commitment to being "green friendly," an initiative that kicked off last summer with the campground's iCare Program. The iCare Program encourages guest responsibility and education, focusing... Read more

General Coach Canada Offering Lease Program

General Coach Canada recreational park trailer General Coach Canada has anounced it joined hands with Nationwide Leasing, a division of Nationwide Hotel Supply Inc,. Richmond, British Columbia. The two companies signed an exclusive leasing and financing program for rental cabins being produced by General Coach Canada in Hensall, Ontario, according to a news release. “The incredible response to our line of rental cabins since their launch in the summer of 2008 has been unprecedented,” said Roger... Read more

WCM Examines Alcohol Use at Campgrounds

March 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Intoxicated campers. Most public and private park operators have run-ins with them from time to time. Despite posting rules and regulations warning that intoxicated and unruly guests will be thrown out, of course, they still show up, regardless of whether a park sells alcohol or not. The problems can become even more complicated – and bring potential insurance liability exposure – if the intoxication occurs as a result of alcoholic beverages purchased at the campground store or offered to guests... Read more

April is 'Workamper Awareness Education Month'

Workamper News has declared April as "Workamper Education Awareness Month." Starting off on Thursday, April 1, Workamper University’s instructors, Jaimie Hall Bruzenak of RV Lifestyle Experts and Terry Cooper of Mobile RV Academy, are holding an informative web seminar on the benefits of RV education and specials being offered through the University, according to a news release. Steve Anderson, editor of Workamper News, explained, “After 23 years of helping thousands of great people... Read more

Park Owner Fears Sewage Plant Going in Next Door

The Bruce Peninsula in Ontario is shaded in red. Map courtesy from Wikipedia. The owner of an Ontario campground that abuts the property South Bruce Peninsula has designated for a sewage plant in Sauble Beach is appealing a municipal zoning change to the Ontario Municipal Board, according to the Owen Sound Sun Times. Tim Cosstick, the owner of the 75-site Winding River Campground, confirmed Monday (March 29) that he has launched an appeal. Cosstick, who had already hired a planning consultant in... Read more

County Awaits Decision on Park Funding Request

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners in Jackson, Mich., on Friday (March 26) unanimously approved a grant application intended to help fund improvements at Swains Lake County Park and Campground near Concord, Mich., according to the Jackson Citizen Patriot. They now must wait until the end of the year to know whether their request is approved The $168,750 grant through the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Trust Fund would cover about 75% of the $225,000 project to replace restroom facilities... Read more

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