Latest Briefs from RV Parks and Campgrounds
In what may prove to be the first water fatality for 2013 at Yosemite National Park in California, a man Aleh Kalman, was swept over Nevada Fall on Saturday (June 1), and search and rescue teams on Sunday were still trying to find the man.
At approximately 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, a visitor was witnessed being swept over the precipice of Nevada Fall in Yosemite National Park. Kalman, a 19-year-old mal, from Sacramento, Calif., came to the park with a church group and was hiking the Mist Trail when the accident occurred.
A park visitor was swept over 594-foot Nevada Fall at Yosemite National Park on Saturday as he was trying to swim back to shore.
Kalman was witnessed swimming above Nevada Fall, approximately 150 feet from the precipice, when he was swept away by the current. Witnesses reported to park officials that he was swimming back from a rock in the middle of the river when the current swept him downstream to the edge of the waterfall.
From The Daily Journal, Vineland:
The New Jersey State Park Service within the Department of Environmental Protection has launched a new centralized online and telephone reservation system for campsites and cabins in New Jersey’s state parks and forests. “You can now search for campsites and cabins and make reservations 24 hours a day,” said Richard Boornazian, assistant commissioner for natural and historic resources, Department of Environmental Protection.
Reservations can be made by visiting http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/ and clicking on the green reservations tab on the top left of the page.
Reservations may also be made by calling the reservation call center at (855) 607-3075, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through Oct. 31. Call center hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday from Nov. 1 to March 31.
From WAVY-TV, Hampton Roads:
The death of a man at a Middlesex County campground has been ruled a homicide and three park employees are facing murder charges.
Maj. M.E. Sampson with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office told WAVY.com Edwin Barry Hughes, 49, was attending an event May 12 at a Bush Park Campground when he got into an altercation with two security guards identified as Phillip “Bubba” Harris, 57, of Wake, Christopher “Rooster” Fogg, 40, of Aylett and another park employee, Jorge Torres, 29, of Yorktown.
According to investigators, Hughes was driving his golf cart in the campground when he was told to turn his lights on. Hughes reportedly got out of his golf cart and pushed a security guard and then drove his golf cart to the front gate, where he was met by another security guard and Torres.
Sampson said a security guard took the keys out of Hughes’ golf cart and a physical altercation ensued between Hughes, Harris, Fogg and Torres.
As the three used force to detain Hughes, a bystander called 911. Upon the arrival of deputies, Hughes was found face down and unresponsive, but had a pulse. He was transported to Water Reed Hospital in Gloucester where he was later pronounced dead.
The Medical Examiner’s Office determined the manner of Hughes’ death was homicide.
Harris, Fogg and Torres were all indicted on charges of murder, lynching and abduction in the death of Harris.
From a news release:
RV Trader.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, has launched a marketing campaign that will focus on RV Trader branding and consumer awareness. Summer 2013 will bring a consistent presence at upcoming RV consumer shows, events and campgrounds, and a focus on building affiliations with content providers and other RV industry leaders. The campaign also includes a shift toward online advertising as well as search engine optimization and social media marketing.
The success of the campaign is already apparent, with RV Trader currently reporting a 53% increase in overall website traffic and a 217% increase in mobile traffic from last year. The RV Trader website’s private-party growth is also experiencing record highs, with an approximately 10% increase from 2012 in private seller ads placed weekly.
“RV Trader decided to focus specifically on a consumer branding and awareness campaign for 2013,” said Christine Platz, marketing manager for RV Trader. “With consumer spending on the rise, it is imperative we stay in front of those researching, buying and selling RVs. This not only helps bring buyers and sellers together, but boosts leads for our dealers and overall awareness of our brand.”
The brand’s social media presence is also stronger than ever, with a strong presence on Twitter and Pinterest and RV Trader reaching nearly 13,000 followers on Facebook. These numbers are expected to grow exponentially throughout the summer months as the active RV season continues.
For more information, visit http://www.RVTrader.com.
From the Livingston County News, Geneseo:
More than $5.5 million in state funding has been announced for planned upgrades at Letchworth State Park.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced the funding as part of $90 million for parks and historic sites statewide.
The state funding totals $5,515,000. Projects planned include $2,215,000 for upgrading the Highbanks Campground electric system; $1.8 million to replace the failing Gibsonville culvert; and $1.5 million to replace three shower/restroom buildings at the Highbanks Campground.
Design projects were also noted, including a new nature center for Letchworth, a rehabilitation of the trout pond dam. Funding estimates were not listed.
From a news release:
The stock of Phoenix-based Cavco Industries Inc. was downgraded by analysts at Thomson Reuters/Verus from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday, StockRatingsNetwork.com reports.
Cavco traded up 2.28% on Monday, hitting $49.00. Cavco has a one-year low of $40.43 and a 1-year high of $52.97. The stock’s 50-day moving average is currently $46.15. The company has a market cap of $341.4 million and a price-to-earnings ratio of 67.48.
A number of other firms have also recently commented on CVCO. Analysts at TheStreet upgraded shares of Cavco Industries from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note to investors on Tuesday, May 28th. Finally, analysts at Sidoti initiated coverage on shares of Cavco Industries in a research note to investors on Monday, April 29th. They set a “neutral” rating on the stock.
Cavco Industries, Inc. is a producer of manufactured homes in the United States. The Company designs and produces factory-built homes primarily distributed through a network of independent and company-owned retailers.
From the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
A safe rooms, built sturdy enough to offer “near-absolute protection” from tornadoes and other potentially deadly events, will be built near Lake Traverse and be available for visitors of an RV in the area, not far from where Minnesota and the Dakotas come together. That room will cover 720 square feet and be able to hold up to 122 people.
At their May 21 meeting, Salisbury Township supervisors approved a new campground inspection program, with accompanying fees.
The township's zoning ordinance already stipulates that campgrounds are to be inspected much as mobile home parks and junkyards are, but this has not been done in the past.
The new regulation imposes an annual inspection fee of $2 per rental unit or campsite, up to a maximum of $200. It will affect Spring Gulch Campground, which has 414 sites; Loose Caboose Campground, 60 with sites; Roamers Retreat, which has 115 full hook-up sites and 30 tent sites; and Country Haven Campground, with 72 sites.
Supervisor Lester O. Houck said that when a campground was sold recently, officials found "a lot of things that weren't consistent with zoning." He said the fees will "cover our costs. Keeping track of the number of sites is the biggest thing."