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S.D. Campground License Fee Hike Fails

A proposed license fee increase for food service, lodging, and campground establishments failed to make it past a South Dakota State Senate committee, South Dakota Public Broadcasting reported, Senate Bill 62 would have increased the annual license fees for restaurants, hotels, and campgrounds. Tom Martinec, deputy secretary for the state's department of health, said the fees collected don’t cover the cost of the program. “This issue boils down to who should be shouldering the cost of... Read more

Man Sues Ore. RV Park Over Work Injury

A former occupant of a recreational vehicle park is suing the owner of the facility for damages stemming from injuries allegedly suffered while working on the property, the Newport (Ore.) News Times reported. The lawsuit claims Michael Hartz suffered permanent injury to his right foot after developing a cut or open wound while “performing lawn maintenance with a weed-eater” at Idaho Point Marina on July 1, 2014. For the original story, click here.  Read More →

RVIA Offers Details On '14 Park Model RVs

Park model RV (PMRV) wholesale shipments for 2014 were reported at 3,781 units, an increase of 5.1% (183 units) over 2013 shipments, according to a detailed announcement from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). The single largest shipment state for PMRVs in 2014 was Arizona at 421 units shipped. Texas came in second with 356 units shipped while California was third with 281 units. Other states seeing robust shipment numbers include Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New... Read more

NCA Details 2015 Spring Conference Plans

The Northeast Campground Association (NCA) has a robust line-up planned for the 2015 Northeast Conference on Camping. The event, at its new location at the Radisson Nashua Hotel in Nashua, N.H., will run March 19-21. Conference seminars include: Advertising Your Campground : Creating Promotions and Deals by Alicia Williams and Making the Right Decisions & Avoiding Big Mistakes by Peter Pelland. The Ultimate Insurance Panel, by a group of experts. Entertaining Your Guests With Activities and... Read more

RV Park Owner Donates Lots To Builders

A Texas businessman has opened his accommodations for a team of church builders looking for a place to stay, the Plainview Herald reported. On Jan. 12, Jeane Browning and Harold Obenhaus, representing Here to Eternity, Inc., met with Hale County commissioners requesting permission to allow the volunteer church builders to park 25 recreational vehicles at the Ollie Liner Center free of charge for about two weeks, while the group constructs the James and Eva Mayer Chapel at the local Formby Prison... Read more

PCOA Announces New Website Upgrades

The Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association  (PCOA) debuted its newly revamped website for consumers — www.pacamping.com — with the goal of providing a responsive, user-friendly site that is useful to visitors looking to Pennsylvania as a destination, not only for camping but to experience the many recreational and cultural aspects available while camping, according to an announcement from PCOA. Integration was a key factor in the design work on the new website. Working with designers and... Read more

The Fountains Resort Unveils New Club

The Fountains Vacation Club and The Fountains Premier Motorcoach Resort received an overwhelming response during the Tampa (Fla.) RV Supershow, where they unveiled their new industry changing concept: The first-ever resort vacation club created for motorocoachers, according to an announcement from The Fountains. Members of the Fountains Vacation Club get the ability to stay at The Fountains flagship resort in St. Augustine, as well as other resorts worldwide. When participants visited the booth and... Read more

Sun RV Resorts adds Second Arizona Site

Blue Star RV Resort Sun RV Resorts, a nationwide network of RV resorts, announced the addition of its newest RV resort: Blue Star RV Resort. With a prime location in Apache Junction, near both Phoenix and Mesa, this friendly resort is Sun’s second in Arizona. According to Sun RV Resorts' website, Blue Star RV Resort caters to the 55-plus crowd and offers "stunning mountain views and scenic desert beauty with an assortment of great amenities and activities to keep guests energized and... Read more

Michigan Closes 32 "Unsafe" Campsites

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced that F.J. McLain State Park in the Upper Peninsula city of Hancock, Mich., has closed a total of 32 lakefront campsites due to unsafe conditions and extreme Lake Superior shoreline erosion. Campsites 86-103 will remain permanently closed, but campsites 72-85 will be re-evaluated in the spring for safety and accessibility. If sites 72-85 are reopened, they will be available for local sale only, meaning that they will only be available at... Read more

Opinion: HUD Issues Nearing Resolution

John Soard EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an opinion piece written at the request of RVBusiness, sister publication to Woodall's Campground Management, by John Soard, general manager of the park model division of Fairmont Homes of Nappanee, Ind., and chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) Park Model RV Committee. Soard has worked in the RV industry since 1984, the last 29 years in the park model sector. Most of us who work in the recreational vehicle business saw... Read more

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