RVIC Meeting, Tour Spotlights Legislative Issues

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Bowersox, IMHA-RVIC executive director The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council’s (IMHA-RVIC) annual Fall Campground Meeting & Tour at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind., included a keynote address on best practices and ways to increase ancillary income by Kelly Jones, director of franchisee development for Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). LSI, headquartered in Milford, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, markets the Jellystone... Read more

Report: How to Operate a Successful RV Park

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor's Note: The following is an article in CNN Money reviewing the key areas behind opening an RV park and attracting business. Owning an RV park is one of those businesses where you adopt a lifestyle more than you stick to a business plan. You have to love the camping lifestyle. You had best be comfortable in the outdoors. And you absolutely have to be one of those people others call a "people person." RVers talk. They pull their trailers into a space at any park in the United... Read more

Discover Pass Sales Fall Short of Projections

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Revenue collected from sales of the Discover Pass was nearly $1 million higher than the previous year, according to a report prepared for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. But, according to the Spokesman-Review, it still falls short of funding the needs of state parks. Sales in the second full year of the program generated almost $16.7 million, compared with $15.7 million in the first year.  The majority went to state parks, with the rest going to the Department of Natural... Read more

Dealers Head to Vegas for Annual Convention

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV Dealers International Convention/Expo kicks off Sept. 30 with board meetings for the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and RVDA of Canada, and continues through the week with education workshops, brand committee meetings, general sessions, networking events, and annual meetings for both organizations. Themed “Education: Your Competitive Advantage,” the convention program has been enriched to reflect the importance of training and education for all dealership staff.  The meeting... Read more

Keystone’s Montana Owners Club Hosts Rally

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Keystone RV Co.’s Montana line has built strong brand recognition with consumers, ranking among the top-selling fifth-wheels for the past 13 years. As evidence of the brand’s popularity, around 125 rigs gathered at Indiana’s Elkhart County Fairgrounds to mark the 10th anniversary of the Montana Owners Club Rally, running through Oct. 2. Montana Owners Club wagonmaster Jim Schlee reported that the attendance represented a record for the organization as rigs filled all the available spaces... Read more

Gas Prices Tumbling for Fall, Head Toward $3

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Like autumn leaves, gasoline prices are falling. Already on a 23-straight-day slide, regular unleaded gas now averages $3.46 a gallon — the lowest national average since January, and 35 cents less than year-ago levels. Prices are expected to drop another 20 to 25 cents in the coming weeks. Behind the fall: Record-high refining in the U.S., shrinking consumer demand and slumping crude oil prices, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst for Internet website price tracker Crude squirted to... Read more

Wolf Identified in Campground Attack on Teen

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A wolf killed at Minnesota's Lake Winnibigoshish campground after an attack on a teenager was in fact the animal that bit the 16-year-old, officials said Thursday (Sept. 26). In-Forum reported that it was Minnesota’s first documented wolf attack on a human that resulted in significant injuries. Noah Graham, 16, of Solway, was camping with friends at the West Winnie Campground when he was attacked and bitten by a wolf in the early hours of Aug. 24. The wolf bit down on Graham’s head, and... Read more

Push on for Nonprofits to Manage 5 Ga. Parks

September 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

A petition drive was launched this week to restore an Army Corps of Engineers program that allowed nonprofit groups to manage campgrounds at Georgia's Thurmond Lake and other sites, according to a report by the Augusta Chronicle. “Within the first 24 hours alone we have received approximately 2,000 signed letters of support,” said Clay Turner, whose company, Lake Thur­mond Camp­grounds, was awarded a five-year contract last March to manage the Peters­burg, Ridge Road, Modoc, Raysville... Read more

Thor 4Q Earnings Increase 31%; Sales up 19%

September 27, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

Thor Industries Inc. Thursday (Sept. 26) reported a 19% gain in sales and a 31% increase in net income for its fiscal fourth quarter, ended July 31, buoyed by strong performance from its motorhome operations. Highlights from the report include: • Sales from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $914 million, up 19% from $769.9 million in the fourth quarter last year, based on continued strong growth in motorized recreational vehicle sales and more modest growth in towable... Read more

Proposed Ala. RV Resort is Nixed by Officials

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

In a nearly unanimous decision Tuesday (Sept. 25) night, the Orange Beach, Ala., council denied plans for an upscale RV resort and 29-lot subdivision near the Village of Tannin on the city’s west side. reported that the proposed two-phase, 80-lot RV resort drew opposition from a small group of Tannin residents who said they prefer only single-family residential development on land that was once supposed to be part of the planned, mixed-use community. Although the council seemed split on... Read more

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