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Texas State Parks Promote Geocache Trend

More than 90 state parks located throughout Texas are introducing future geocachers to the sport by hosting more than 1,200 geocaches, or prize-filled containers, hidden within state parks. Caches can be located online in advance, found by using a Global Positioning System (GPS) or by downloading a free and easy-to-use Smartphone application. According to a press release, many state parks host Geocache 101 workshops, free with normal park entry, to teach newbies the basics of this modern-day twist... Read more

RVC Partnering with AGS for 'Guest Guides'

RVC Outdoor Destinations has selected AGS to be its provider of exclusive guest guides for its high-quality resorts, which are located in eight states. “We like the design work that AGS has done for us and we like having a single point of contact to handle site maps for all of our properties,” said Alex Embry, vice president of marketing for Memphis-based RVC Outdoor Destinations. “We’re thrilled to be selected as the guest guide provider for RVC Outdoor Destinations,” said Brian Schaeffer,... Read more

Alabama Parks are Creating 'RV Subculture'

Cindy Thrash stands under the shade of her canopy tent at University Station Motor Coach and RV Resort in Auburn, Ala.It’s Friday, and like other home football game weekends, RVs have been piling onto University Station’s more than 500 lots all week. Near the entrance, pop-up tailgates and TVs tuned to ESPN are packed side by side.The Auburn Plainsman reported that further into the park, past the golf cart traffic, RVs are parked on plots of land filled with trees, flowers and small wooden buildings.One... Read more

'Tiny House Hotel' Offers New Travel Option

We’ve all heard of trailer and RV parks, but one couple decided to take that simplistic spirit to a new level by opening a hotel featuring only tiny homes. Though the tiny house movement is picking up steam, Caravan — The Tiny House Hotel is the first of its kind. “We knew there was a strong interest in tiny houses,” says co-owner Deb Delman. “But there weren’t many options available to see and feel what it would be like to live in one.”` Yahoo Travel reported that having a combined... Read more

Yosemite Program is Taming Bear Problem

It wasn’t that long ago that a trip to see Yosemite’s spectacular granite cliffs and splendid waterfalls was a descent into bear mayhem. The San Jose Mercury News reported that in 1997, black bears broke into more than 600 cars in the park, searching for human food as they tore open the doors of Toyotas and Hondas, smashing minivan windows with their paws. The ursine marauders wandered into tents, overturned garbage cans and, on rare occasions, injured tourists. “You’d drive your car to the... Read more

SSI: Motorhome Sales Climb 10.1% For July

July motorhome retail registrations grew 10.1% compared to the same period a year ago while sales increased 13.2% year-to-date, according to a report by Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI). Forest River Inc. was the sales leader for the first seven months with a 25.4% market share, edging out No. 2 Thor Industries Inc. (24.6%). Winnebago Industries Inc. was third with a 21.2% share. The Class A motorhome market posted an 8.7% gain in July and a year-to-date hike of 11.9% compared to the previous... Read more

Press Event Kicks Off Elkhart Open House

(L-R) B.J. Thompson of Bj Thompson Associates, Dicor Corp. President Gregg Fore, Jayco Inc. President Derald Bontrager, Coachmen RV President Mike Terlep, Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore (at podium), Kyle Hannon, president of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, Elkhart County Commissioner Frank Lucchese (county commissioner), and Thor President & CEO Bob Martin. The 7th Annual Elkhart RV Open House officially got underway Monday (Sept. 15) afternoon with a press conference inside one of Forest... Read more

CalARVC Sponsoring River Cleanup Again

For the second time in two years, the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds is cosponsoring the Great Sierra River Cleanup, a Sept. 20 cleanup effort involving waterways throughout the Sierra. “The beautiful rivers of the Sierra not only provide us with drinking water, but they give us incomparable recreation opportunities. So we want to do everything we can to support efforts to keep waterways throughout the Sierra as clean as they can possibly be,”said Debbie Sipe, executive... Read more

Group Reaches $7.1m Campground Deal

After sitting dormant for nearly three years following a foreclosure and a lengthy lawsuit between Chabad of California — the previous owner — and Pacific Mercantile Bank, a 78-acre campground and resort center in Running Springs was sold Friday for $7.1 million to a different Orthodox Jewish group, Bnei Akiva of Los Angeles, the Jewish Journal reported. An international Modern Orthodox youth organization, Bnei Akiva is raising another $2.9 million to refurbish it so that it can be used as a... Read more

RV Resort Holding A Marty Robbins Event

The sixth annual Marty Robbins birthday celebration and live stage show will be at the Paradise RV Resort, 10950 W. Union Hills Drive, Sun City, Ariz., on Sept. 27, yourwestvalley.com reported. The Arizona native and popular crooner performed decades of hits during his life, and that will be celebrated again at this year's event. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the show begins at 6. The state-of-the-art venue is indoors, air-conditioned, and is accessible for the disabled. Entertainment will be provided... Read more

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