Top ‘Today Everybody’s A Blogger’

EDITOR’S NOTE: Chuck Woodbury, one of the nation’s leading RV consumer bloggers and owner/operator of the popular website, draws a historical perspective today (April 25) regarding the evolution of print-to-Internet blogging in the weekly column he delivers on Saturday mornings to e-newsletter subscribers. Chuck Woodbury I believe I can say with some certainty that I am one of America's first bloggers. In 1989, before anyone had even heard of the Internet and... Read more

Nonprofits Staff 'SewerFest' Campgrounds

MerleFest campgrounds are important fundraisers for several nonprofit organizations in North Carolina's Wilkes County, including the Wilkesboro and North Wilkesboro fire departments, according to a report by the Wilkes Journal-Patriot. Wilkesboro’s wastewater treatment plant property is used for a campground, staffed by Wilkesboro firefighters, that has become an attraction all its own during MerleFest. SewerFest, as it came to be known, opened in 1998. Sam Call, Wilkesboro’s utilities director... Read more

Snow Delays Upper Peninsula CG Openings

The campground opening dates for two Michigan State Parks in the Upper Peninsula have been delayed this season due to excessive snow, according to a release issued by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today (April 24). Brimley State Park’s modern campground was expected to open today and Van Riper State Park’s campground is scheduled to open Monday, May 4. Delaying the opening date of the campgrounds allows extra time for snow to melt and sites to dry out. These parks received... Read more

First Nation Considering Sooke Potholes CG

Many of us know the Sooke Potholes in British Columbia as a series of spectacular summer swimming holes where clear water cascades from pool to pool in the midst of a west coast forest. To members of the T’Sou-ke First Nation, the potholes are much more, wrote a columnist for the Times Colonist. They call the waters Kle-E-Len, which means Spring Salmon Place. The potholes and surrounding forest are filled with historical and cultural significance, said Chief Gordon Planes. That is why he is “definitely”... Read more

Michigan Holds Off On School Year Change

It appears as if Michigan Public Schools will continue to start its school year after Labor Day – at least for now. A day after the Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MARVAC) issued an alert that the state legislature was considering changing the law that prevents public school districts from beginning its school year prior to Labor Day, it appears as if lawmakers are putting the brakes on the issue. MARVAC reported Friday (April 24) that HB 4396 was taken off the agenda of the Michigan... Read more

Web Traffic Increases For Arizona RV Resort

Todd Roles doesn’t need much convincing about the merits of using TXAD Internet Services’ Search Engine Optimization or SEO service for his park’s website. According to a company release, since he started using the service six months ago to improve his park’s rankings on Google searches, his website traffic and reservations have skyrocketed. “We’ve had a substantial increase in our web traffic,” said Roles, who owns and operates Desert Shadows RV Resort ( in... Read more

RV Park Fire Kills Woman, Damages Trailers

One woman was killed Thursday morning in a fire at an RV park in Wellton, Ariz., that also destroyed two trailers, a clubhouse apartment and left four people homeless, according to a report by the Yuma Sun. Wellton Fire Department Battalion Chief David Rodriguez said firefighters responded to the Desert Rose RV Park, located at 29297 Arizona Ave., at about 9:51 a.m. and found an apartment adjoining the park's clubhouse fully engulfed in flames. Rodriguez said firefighters immediately began putting... Read more

BCI Burke Playground Co. Names New CFO

In a company announcement Thursday (April 23), BCI Burke, premier manufacturer of commercial playground, park and recreation equipment based in Fond du Lac, Wisc., named Douglas Pietrowski as chief financial officer. In his new role, Pietrowski will oversee the accounting, information technology and human resource functions. “I am excited to put my leadership and experience to work at Burke and enhance their growth initiatives,” Pietrowski said. “The people and the product are of the highest... Read more

Park To Host Music Festivals, Theme Events

Strawberry Park Resort Campground , a 160-acre RV and park model campground in Preston, Conn., announced Thursday (April 23) its 2015 music festival and themed weekend event schedule. Set to kick off May 1, the roster includes more than 20 on-site themed weekend events from May to October with two annual music festivals that showcase an award-winning lineup of Bluegrass and Zydeco musicians. From May 28-31, Strawberry Park’s 39th Annual Bluegrass Festival celebrates the rich culture of American... Read more

Vandals Delay Iowa Campground Openings

The Cerro Gordo County Conservation Board is delaying the opening of Iowa campgrounds at Ingebrestson Park in Thornton, Linn Grove Park in Rockwell and Wilkinson Park in Rock Falls until Friday, May 8, according to a report by the Mason City Globe Gazette. While preparing the campgrounds for the upcoming season, unexpected theft and vandalism was discovered. Read the full report here.  Read More →

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