RVIA National RV Show Has More To See

Invigorated by six consecutive years of growth in shipments, the RV industry will meet at the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) National RV Trade Show where “There’s Always More To See.”  RVIA Express reported that the industry-only show, held Dec. 1-3 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, will highlight every manufacturer’s latest models and accessories, plus offer additional networking opportunities and a higher emphasis on training. The RV industry’s... Read more

Calif. Park Loses Namesake Joshua Tree

One of namesake trees in California’s Joshua Tree National Park was torched and burned so badly it had to be cut down. The Vallye News reported that park visitors found the tree burning on the roadside about one mile east of Sheep Pass Campground. The visitors slowed the fire with water bottles until firefighters arrived to keep the flames from spreading into the desert. The tree was cut down at its base to prevent it from falling. Park law enforcement, San Bernardino County firefighters,... Read more

Yosemite Park Revising Stewardship Plan

Changing use patterns, how best to manage hikers, backpackers, and stock, and improvements in trail design and construction have Yosemite National Park officials embarking on a path to update their Wilderness Stewardship Plan. National Parks Traveler reported that the park’s wilderness areas currently are managed under a plan adopted in 1989. To help design a new plan, public comments regarding what should be included are being taken by the park through Jan. 29. The updated plan will provide... Read more

Wis. Jellystone Hosting Carnival of Lights

The Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Caledonia, Wis., announced that it is once again bringing The Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights to Southeastern Wisconsin. According to a press release, more than 1 1/2 million lights weave and wrap through one mile of more than 500 trees, cabins and other festive scenes. Guests remain in their vehicle during the tour to ensure a convenient and comfortable holiday experience. Afterward, the park provides hot apple cider, coffee and espresso drinks while visiting... Read more

N.J. Plans Upgrades at State Park ‘Jewel’

The state New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) has made public a 44-page appendix to an 18-page report it released earlier this week that suggested private development in portions of Liberty State Park, according to a report by “Liberty State Park is the crown jewel of the New Jersey state parks system. It received 3 million visitors per year, including about 700,000 to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island,” the new report begins. “And... Read more

Good Sam Guide Lists ‘Top Group Parks’

For December, the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide is highlighting Group Camping Parks as part of the publisher’s 12 Months of RVing promotion. The parks on this list, compiled by the travel guide’s editors and consultants, provide facilities and space for large groups of RVers who camp together and conduct meetings, social gatherings and events. From manufacturers’ organizations to independent RVing clubs, RV groups share a passion for hitting the road and meeting up at the end... Read more

Pelland: Stand Out At Consumer Shows

This Smart Operations column by Peter Pelland appeared in the November issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. Peter Pelland In October’s column we looked at the upcoming camping industry shows, and then looked ahead to what consumer-oriented shows you should consider attending to put your RV park in front of potential guests. When you attend a convention and trade show, you are more likely to enter a booth space with a bright, colorful display; cushioned flooring; promotional handouts;... Read more

Oregon RV Park Tapping Into Hot Springs

One of the West’s biggest sources of natural hot water, Hot Lake in northeast Oregon, is getting an upgrade to one of its resorts that will increase public access to the lake’s hot mineral springs, the Oregonian reported. The lake provides hot water for Hot Lake Resort, a well-documented success story of turning a rundown sanitarium into a relaxing resort, and for Eagles Hot Lake RV Park next door. It’s the RV park that is being developed into Grande Hot Springs, which will increase... Read more

Tucson Campers Enjoy Late Fall Colors

Autumn comes late — but with a flourish — to Molino Basin northeast of Tucson, Ariz., the Arizona Daily Star reported. Trees there are taking on intense golden hues now — long after fall color has faded from high-mountain forests — and hikers ramble through tall, buff-brown grasses along the Molino Basin Trail. The basin is along the Catalina Highway between mile markers 5 and 6 at an altitude of about 4,350 feet. Casual visitors can get a drive-by look at the colorful scenery as part of... Read more

RV Sales Soar As Snowbirds Flock South

Snowbird RV parks may see more new RVs this year as lower fuel prices and the spending strength of Baby Boomers continue to drive improved sales of travel trailers and motorhomes, the Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel reported. Friday (Nov. 27), Milwaukee-based Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc. said RV wholesale shipments increased nearly 5% in October, the most recent available data, fueled by growth in both motorhomes and towable trailers. Shipments of Class C motor homes, built on a cutaway van or... Read more

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