ARVC Announces 2013 Convention Schedules

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The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has released preliminary details about the 2013 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) in Knoxville, Tenn. Nov. 4-8. ARVC posted the following notice this week on its revamped website: Outdoor hospitality is all about enjoying the great outdoors, so naturally, we’re very excited to have the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains as our backdrop for the 2013 arvc Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE). It’s your chance to... Read more

Report: Elkhart Co. Led Nation for Job Growth

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Elkhart County is national pacesetter. Indiana’s Elkhart County led the nation in job growth between September 2011 and September 2012, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced Thursday (March 28). “Elkhart, Ind., had the largest percentage increase in employment (6.9%) among the largest U.S. counties,” according to Thursday’s announcement. The national growth rate was 1.6%. The Elkhart Truth reported that manufacturing led the way in Elkhart County, gaining 4,734 jobs over that time,... Read more

Go RVing Launching ‘Fever’ Contest on April 1

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A Flagstaff Classic folding camping trailer, grand prize in the 2013 Go RVing “Spring Fever Sweepstakes.” Following a successful debut in 2012, Go RVing has again partnered with the Outdoor Channel as co-sponsor of the network’s “Spring Fever Sweepstakes.” The month-long sweepstakes kicks off April 1, and this year’s grand prize is a Flagstaff Classic folding camping trailer which was selected in an RVIA-member lottery. Flagstaff is a division of Forest River Inc. According... Read more

Georgia Expanding First-Time Camper Program

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Georgia park program expanding Since its creation last March, Georgia State Parks’ First-Time Camper program has introduced more than 100 families to the joys of sleeping under the stars. To encouraging even more “newbies” to try camping, two more state parks are providing borrowed gear and expert advice for a bargain price. The new campgrounds are at General Coffee State Park in Coffee County and F.D. Roosevelt State Park in Harris and Meriwether counties, according to a news release. Adults... Read more

RVIA Touts June 2 – 6 Committee Week Agenda

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The Mayflower Renaissance hotel in Washington, D.C., site of the RVIA’s Committee Week activities in early June. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Committee Week 2013 will take place from June 2 – 6 at the Mayflower Renaissance Washington in Washington, D.C. Over the course of the five-day event, standing committees, the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors will meet to set the association’s plans for the upcoming fiscal year. The Go RVing Coalition will... Read more

Ontario Renames Its 1000 Islands National Park

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Map shows the location of the Thousand Islands National Park, formerly known as the St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Canada has officially changed the name of St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park. The change was made official on Thursday (March 28), according to a news release. “The name Thousand Islands National Park will help this national park renew its place in the consciousness of Canadians and inspire future generations to continue support for this long... Read more

Report: Winnebago Q2 Market Share is Growing

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Editor’s Note: Following this week’s release of second quarter financial results by Winnebago Industries Inc., the investment firm of Robert W. Baird & Co. issued a client newsletter. Excerpts from the Baird newsletter follow. Winnebago is a leading manufacturer of motorhomes and towables and an iconic brand in the recreation vehicle market. Raising price target to $22. Winnebago delivered another impressive quarter, highlighted by strong retail growth, a huge backlog and better... Read more

Group Camping is on the Increase in Wisconsin

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A view of Pigeon Creek in Black River State Forest Responding to increasing demand for camping in the Black River State Forest (BRSF), the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Board on Wednesday (March 27) approved converting an equestrian campground to a rustic group camp, the La Crosse Tribune reported. Equestrians have largely gone elsewhere since a campground and associated trails were created in 1983 for them at the 68,000-acre state forest, east of Black River Falls, said Peter Bakken, superintendent. The... Read more

Florida RV Trade Show Attendance Very Strong

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Good attendance at RV shows this year in Florida. The Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA) just completed its sixth regional show at venues throughout the state and reported that attendance numbers have been strong, according to a press release. “The bottom line coming out of the Florida winter/spring RV show season is that the attitudes of consumers are vastly more positive and the fact that most shows were either at or close to last year’s attendance means the interest in RV products is still... Read more

The Latest Briefs for RV Parks & Campgrounds

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CALIFORNIA From a news release: The National Park Service announced Wednesday (March 27) the selection ofDelaware North Companies Parks & Resorts as the new concessioner operating overnight accommodations, food and beverage, retail, and other services at Kings Canyon National Park in California. The company currently holds a concession contract to operate lodging, food and beverage, and retail operations in neighboring Sequoia National Park. “We congratulate DNC Parks & Resorts at Kings... Read more

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