RV Park and Campground Briefs
After being closed for some time for reconstruction, the Rose Canyon Lake Campground and Picnic Area, located between mile markers 17 and 18 on the Catalina Scenic Highway in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson, is now open for the 2012 summer camping season. The overnight camping fee is $18 per night for a single family campsite.
Tents, trailers to 22 feet, and small motorhomes are allowed, and day-use visitors and picnickers are welcome (parking is $8 per vehicle for those not staying overnight).
Since it was first constructed in the late 1950s, the Rose Canyon Lake campground has been a perennial favorite of Tucson hikers, campers, and fishing enthusiasts. The campground is situated at an elevation of 7,000 feet among stands of large ponderosa pines and oak trees. During the summer monsoon season, Rose Creek meanders through the area to the six-acre Rose Canyon Lake at the lower end of the campground.
There are plenty of accessible hiking trails in the area, and Trail No. 37 leads around the lake, with good opportunities for fly fishing, photography and bird watching (Rose Canyon Lake is found on the U. S. Geological Service Mount Bigelow quad topographic map). There is no fee for fishing, although an Arizona fishing license with trout stamp is required for those over 13 years of age.
From the Indianapolis Star:
Indiana’s state parks are rolling out the red carpet with a series of special weekend events to lure people back to the state’s public properties.
The Welcome Back Weekend events start Friday (May 4) and run through Sunday at Indiana’s parks and reservoirs. The more than two dozen events on tap around the state include a morel mushroom festival at Brown County State Park and goat-milking and leather-working demonstrations at northern Indiana’s Salamonie Lake.
Ginger Murphy of the state’s Division of State Parks and Reservoirs says the events are for “old friends and people who’ve never visited or haven’t visited recently.”
All normal fees will be in effect during the Welcome Back Weekend events. Gate fees for most properties are $5 per in-state vehicle and $7 per out-of-state vehicle.
From a news release:
Thor Industries Inc. reported a 9 percent increase in sales for its third quarter, ended April 30.
Preliminary consolidated sales in the third quarter were $925.35 million, up from $852 million in the third quarter last year. RV sales in the quarter were $806.5 million, a 9 increase increase from $742.8 million the previous year. Bus sales in the quarter also rose 9 percent to $118.9 million compared $109.3 million a year ago.
Consolidated sales in the nine months totaled nearly $2.2 billion, up 11 percent from nearly $2 billion in the prior year period. RV sales during the period rose 11 percent to $1.87 billion compared with nearly $1.7 billion the previous year. Bus sales in the nine months were $326.2 million, up 9 percent from $298.5 million in the year-ago period.
Thor reported that consolidated backlog was $684 million compared to $633 million last year. RV backlog was $448 million, up 5 percent from $427 million last year. Bus backlog was $236 million, up 15 percent from $206 million last year.
“Thor’s top line sales performance continues to be strong in both our RV and bus businesses, pulled by solid retail RV activity through the spring and an improving bus market,” said Peter B. Orthwein, chairman, CEO and president of the Jackson Center, Ohio-based manufacturer. “However, our businesses were impacted by an elevated promotional environment driven by aggressive competition. This is resulting in the compression of our margins.”
Roy Sampson Sr., the founder of Arizona-based dealership Little Dealer, Little Prices, passed away Monday (April 30). He was 81.
Sampson, an avid camper, and his wife, Vivian, founded the company in 1966 in Mesa under the name Arizona Trailer Sales Inc. Inspired by Vivian, it was later changed to Little Dealer, Little Prices. According to the dealership’s website, “Most businesses were advertising they were the biggest so we advertised that we were small and so are the prices. When customers started to think of us as Little Dealer Little Prices, we began using this as our name.”
The Phoenix-based dealership grew under Sampson’s leadership, currently operating three locations in Arizona. Eventually, his daughter, Debbie Brunoforte, took over as president and in 2009 she served as chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA).
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From The Sacramento Bee:
Campgrounds and day-use areas in the Lake Tahoe basin will begin opening in mid-May, weather permitting, according to U.S Forest Service officials.
However, the Taylor Creek Visitor Center and Tallac Historic Site are expected to open around Memorial Day weekend, Cheva Heck of the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit said in a news release.
Before facilities can open, the Forest Service must complete cleanup from winter, remove safety hazards and wait for the danger of a freeze to pass before turning on water systems.
Until recreation facilities officially open, parking, trash removal and restrooms will not be available, Heck said.
Earlier visitors are reminded to park off the roadway, not to block access gates, pack out all trash and, where pets are allowed, clean up after them, she said.