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Tin Can Tourists Post Convention Photos Online

Photos from the 2012 winter convention of the Tin Can Tourists have been posted on Flickr. Click here to see them. Photos also have been posted on ZangZang. Click here to see them. Links courtesy of TCT member Terry Bone.  Read More →

Retirees Extol Park Model Lifestyle

Editor's Note: The following news release and the accompanying  video come from the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association  (RPTIA) and promotes park model living. Click here to watch the video. Al and Bonnie Parsons have a retirement lifestyle most of us could only dream of. Every summer, they live in their 35-foot Winnebago motorhome and work as volunteer interpretive rangers in the national parks. “Last year, we were in Yellowstone, and we were in Yosemite the year before that,”... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

KENTUCKY From the Bowling Green Daily News: Houchin Ferry service in Mammoth Cave National Park has opened for the season. Mammoth Cave Campground and Maple Springs Group Campground will open Thursday. Houchin Ferry, near Brownsville, is a car ferry across the Green River that operates daily from 10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m., March through November. Maple Springs campsites are designed for groups of up to 24 people, and four of the sites accommodate campers with horses. The reservation period for Maple Springs... Read more

Dow Tops 13,000; Best Since May 2008

Now that the Dow Jones industrial average has closed above 13,000, an all-time high is in sight — just 1,160 points away. But the path won't be smooth for the stock market or the economy. The Dow's final push above the milestone came from a report that Americans feel better about the economy than they have in a year, The Associated Press reported. But other economic data Tuesday were more grim: Orders for big-ticket factory goods dropped by the most in three years, mainly because the... Read more

ARVC Task Force Recommendations Ready for Comment

Editor's Note: Three tasks forces convened last year to make recommendations regarding the structure and functionality of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). Those recommendations have been boiled down and are ready for member input. A link to a copy of the recommendations appears in the current issue of "Wednesday Morning Coffee Talk & Updates," an online service of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). ARVC members should... Read more

Report Tracks Economic Impact from National Parks

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 281 million visitors to the nation's 394 national parks had a direct spending impact of $12 billion in 2010. This and other data are included in an annual, peer-reviewed, visitor spending analysis conducted by Dr. Daniel Stynes of Michigan State University for the National Park Service. Across the U.S, local visitor spending added a total of $31 billion to the national economy and supported more than 258,000 jobs, an increase of $689 million... Read more

ARVC Partners with Club Car for Golf Cars/Utility Vehicles

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has announced a new member benefit provider. Considered the leading manufacturer of golf cars and utility vehicles. Club Car, an Ingersoll Rand brand, is highly respected for its innovation, product quality and customer satisfaction, according to a posting on the ARVC website. ARVC members can now receive 25 percent off the manufacturer suggested retail price (MSRP) for Club Car’s signature 4-passenger golf car, the Precedent i2 Villager... Read more

Consumer Confidence Grew in February

U.S. consumer confidence jumped in February, lifted by better assessments of the job market, according to a report released Tuesday (Feb. 28). NASDAQ.com reported that the Conference Board, a private research group, said its index of consumer confidence increased to 70.8 this month from a revised 61.5 in January, first reported as 61.1. The February index is the highest since 72.0 in February 2011. The latest index was far above the 64.4 expected by economists surveyed by Dow Jones Newswires. The... Read more

Mapp Expounds on Getting Started in Camping

When it comes to childhood memories, people often talk about the special times they had camping with family and friends, of sleeping under the stars, of roasting marshmallows on a campfire and enjoying the sites and sounds of nature. But what do you do if you’ve never camped before and would like to give it a try? Don’t feel bad if you haven’t. Even though camping remains America’s most affordable vacation option, only 15 percent of Americans camped in 2010, according to a national survey... Read more

Campgrounds Add Amenities to Attract Traveling Families

At a wooded campsite in Santa Paula, north of Los Angeles, vacationers, stray deer and even peacocks must share the tree-shaded property with tractors, backhoes and stacks of lumber. Work is in full swing to transform the 76-acre Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America site into one of a fast-growing breed of affordable outdoor destinations or resort campgrounds, the Los Angeles Times reported. Workers have already added new lodges and upscale tepees and installed two 800-foot-long zip lines. Construction... Read more

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