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SSI: Towable RV Sales Rose 7.3% in Oct.

Retail sales of towable RVs climbed 7.3% in October from a year ago and 9% for the first 10 months, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Results by category showed: • Sales for the high-volume travel trailer sector grew 6.9% for the month and 10.9% year-to-date. • Fifth-wheel registrations were up 10.2% in October and 6% for the 10 months. • Folding camping trailer sales were down 7.3% for the month and 3.3% through October. • Recreational park trailer sales... Read more

ARVC Michigan Launches New Website

Campers looking for a Michigan campground, campground events and news and more can find it all on the Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds of Michigan's  (ARVC Michigan's) all-new website, the association said in a written announcement. The site, MichCampgrounds.com, which launches today (Dec. 19), is highlighted by a campground directory which allows campers to search for a park in Michigan by region — northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest lower peninsula and the upper... Read more

Campground Boots Tenants In Dispute

Residents of the Roadrunner Campground on Jefferson Davis Highway in Chesterfield County, Va., were told Thursday afternoon (Dec. 18) that they would need to be off the property by Feb. 1, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported The notice came two days after the property owner, Roadrunner Enterprises Inc., told Chesterfield officials that it would allow residents to stay in their homes for a while longer after previously indicating they would receive a 30-day notice. But on Thursday afternoon, residents,... Read more

Neb. Site Attracts Campers All Year Long

Die-hard nature lovers know that camping isn't strictly limited to the mild months of the year. That's why Scenic Park Campground in South Sioux City, Neb., is open year-round, the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal reported. Since 2012, the municipal campground hugging the Missouri River Scenic Park has allowed campers to rent spots over the winter months. Hardy campers are able to set up residence in the cold thanks to thermal lines, which keep water flowing to the sites from freezing in the... Read more

NPS Awards Pa. Campgrounds Contract

Under a new 10-year contract, John Lonergan will operate the concessions in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, including camping, retail, equipment rentals and other services at Dingman’s Campground and the Valley View Group Campground along the Delaware River, the Pike County Courier of Milford, Pa., reported. "This new concession contract will retain the same high standards of service that visitors enjoy now and will improve the environmental sustainability of a very efficient... Read more

Congress Reauthorizes Brand USA Push

The U.S. travel community thanked and congratulated Congress for passing a spending bill that renews Brand USA, America's public-private travel promotion partnership. "It's not every day that Congress makes a policy move that makes abundant sense and has demonstrable value for every region and demographic of this country. Renewing Brand USA is one such thing," said U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow in a written announcement issued Sunday (Dec. 14). "The... Read more

Va. County, Owner Battle Over RV Park

More than 100 people living in the Roadrunner Campground on Jefferson Davis Highway in Chester, Va., will likely be forced out in the near future — but not as soon as they feared, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. The residents were told recently that they’d have 30 days to vacate the campground in response to court actions brought against Roadrunner Enterprises by Chesterfield County. But they were granted at least a temporary reprieve on Tuesday when the property’s owner notified the... Read more

Arizona RV Park Lands On Album Cover

Venture Out RV Resort in Mesa, Ariz. When Modest Mouse released "Lampshades on Fire," the first single from their upcoming new album Strangers to Ourselves, fans of the indie-rock group went into palpitations, the Arizona Republic reported. A teaser photo posted to the group's new Instagram account quickly garnered more than 3,000 likes. It showed the cover art for the new album, an aerial photo of a 10-sided residential development with perfectly ordered homes. For devoted Modest... Read more

Smart Car Knocks RV On Its Side In Crash

Washington State Patrol troopers responded to a crash Wednesday night (Dec. 17) involving a Smart Car and an RV, television station KHQ in Spokane reported. It happened at the intersection of North Newport Highway and North Nevada Street. All three people involved in the crash were transported to an area hospital with minor injuries. Troopers say there were two people in the RV and one person in the Smart Car.  Read More →

Standoff At Okla. RV Park Ends In Peace

Deputy sheriffs, Purcell police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and other law enforcement officers were able to peacefully end a standoff with an armed woman Wednesday afternoon at an RV park at I-35 and Johnson Road, south of Norman, Okla., the Norman Transcript reported Police report the incident ended shortly after 3:30 p.m. Norman police negotiators were successful in taking the woman into custody. She was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Purcell police said they received a call of... Read more

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