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FLORIDA From The News Herald: At the start of each year, many Americans resolve to meet new fitness goals, and parks across the country are offering them a healthy way to kick off 2013. State parks systems in all 50 states will be hosting guided “First Day Hike” programs Tuesday, Jan. 1. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will host more than 60 events, more than any other state. Nationwide, there are 627 First Day Hikes scheduled. WEST VIRGINIA From the... Read more

Nov. RV Wholesale Shipments Jumped 25.2%

RV wholesale shipments to retailers in November 2012 were reported at 20,561 units, up 25.2% from this same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)  reported. On a seasonally adjusted basis, November’s total represented an annual rate of more than 360,000 units, an increase of nearly 10% over the previous month and ahead of November last year by 26.1%. In November, towable RVs were up 21.4% over this same month one year ago while all motorhome totals were ahead of last... Read more

FAA Nixes 40-Site RV Park at an Idaho Airfield

This map shows the proximity of the Bryden Canyon Golf Course (shown in green at left) to the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport in Lewiston, Idaho. Map courtesy of MapQuest. A recreational vehicle park isn't a compatible use on or near airport property, a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) official said in e-mails to officials associated with the Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport in Lewiston, Idaho. According to the Lewiston Tribune, from a cursory review of a proposal... Read more

Drought Update: Dryness Subsides at Year-End

      Weather Summary:   Over the last seven days, a couple winter storm systems moved across the United States, bringing much-needed precipitation to some of the drought areas.  Widespreadareas of an inch or more of precipitation occurred across the East and parts of the Midwest, with locally 2+ inches of rain. The drought depiction was improved where the heaviest precipitation occurred, but generally the precipitation this week was not enough to ease long-term deficits. Half... Read more

‘Cliff’ Concerns Subdue Consumer Sentiment

U.S. consumers peering over the “fiscal cliff” don’t like what they see. The Associated Press reported that fears of sharp tax increases and government spending cuts set to take effect next week sent consumer confidence tumbling in December to its lowest level since August. The Conference Board said Thursday (Dec. 27) that its consumer confidence index fell for the second straight month in December to 65.1, down from 71.5 in November. The survey showed consumers’ outlook for the next six... Read more

Rogers, Richardson to Speak at NCA Conference

December 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

"Invigorate 2013: Inform, Influence & Inspire" is the theme for the Northeast Campground Association's (NCA) 49th Northeast Conference on Camping March 21-23 in Sturbridge, Mass. The three-day affair, held in the Sturbridge Host Hotel and Conference Center, is annually one of the nation's largest gatherings in the outdoor hospitality industry. Jim Rogers, CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), will give the Keynote Address the morning of March 22. Motivational speaker Tim... Read more

Travel Channel to Air Mega RV Countdown Jan. 6

One of the RVs that will appear on the Travel Channel's TV special dubbed "Mega RV Countdown" on Jan. 6. The Travel Channel will premiere "High Noon Entertainment’s" 1-hour network TV special dubbed “Mega RV Countdown” at  8 p.m. PST/EST on Jan. 6, reported. "High Noon Entertainment" — the shingle behind shows like HGTV’s “House Hunters,” TLC’s “Cake Boss” and the DIY Network’s “Disaster House” — began scouring North... Read more RVs Outpacing General Market

Editor’s Note: The following is a breakdown of three key RV stocks by Investors Business Daily. Somewhere beyond the gloom of Washington’s fiscal cliff standoff, another couple is buying a brand-new, $100,000 motorhome. Recreational vehicle sales have rumbled to record levels this year, driving stocks like Winnebago Industries Inc. (WGO), Thor Industries Inc. (THO) and Patrick Industries Inc. (PATK) well above the pace of the general market. Combined, they have since October held the building/mobile/manufactured... Read more

Report: Fed to Run Most State Health Exchanges

Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services Editor's Note: The following article was written by Jay MacDonald and  posted on Based on widespread nonresponse from states that spent years fighting President Barack Obama's landmark health care reform law, the federal government will be involved in the new health insurance marketplaces called exchanges in more than two-thirds of the 50 states beginning in 2014. The Obama administration had hoped opposing states... Read more

CalARVC Announces Feb. 26 Regional Meeting

Thanks to some very generous sponsors, the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) will be able to host a regional meeting in Paso Robles in California's Central Coast region on Feb. 26, the association announced this week. Wine Country RV Resort in Paso Robles will be the host campground. CalARVC will bring in a couple of guest speakers, hold some roundtable discussions and take a tour of the host campground. Click here to read an earlier story posted on Read more

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