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Nat. Parks Give $35B Boost To Area Economies

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke As the nation celebrates National Park Week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced that visitor spending in communities near national parks in 2017 resulted in a $35.8 billion benefit to the nation’s economy — a nearly $1 billion increase from 2016 — and supported 306,000 jobs. According to the annual National Park Service report, 2017 National Park Visitor Spending Effects, more than 330 million visitors in 2017 spent $18.2 billion in the... Read more

Editorial: If Fire Is Banned, Why Not Camping?

A drip torch stands tall surveying its work as the meadow flames grow larger. Editor’s Note: This editorial appeared in the Arizona Daily Star and was written by the Arizona Daily Star’s editorial staff.  For the record, Friday’s (April 20) ban on dispersed campfires and smoking in the forests around Flagstaff, Ariz., is not the earliest that fire restrictions have been implemented. That title goes to 2014, the year of the Slide Fire, when Stage 1 limits took effect on April 18.... Read more

Demand High As Gas Prices Continue To Climb

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) latest data registers consumer gasoline demand at 9.857 million b/d. That is the highest level ever on record for the month of April and exceeds typical summer demand measurements, according to a press release from AAA. As demand skyrockets, gas prices increased across the country with five states seeing double-digit jumps. The national average ticked up a nickel to $2.76. “Pump prices are causing sticker shock across the country,” said Jeanette... Read more

Wisc. Parks Are Dealing With Snow, Low Temps

Ten days after Blizzard Evelyn dumped more than two feet of snow on northeast Wisconsin the affects continue, according to FOX 11. In Brown County, some outdoor activities are being delayed. Dressed in a heavy sweater and snow pants, Myra De Grave is getting ready to hit the trail. “I need to be warm when I ride. Because you’re riding in the wind, you make a little wind when you ride,” said Myra De Grave, of Green Bay. De Grave visits Bay Shore County Park as much as she can, but... Read more

Mo. Campground Is ‘Fortunate’ After High Water

The swollen Cottonwood River raced through Springfield, Mo., in its usual channel and surged into Rothenburg Campground Wednesday (April 25), according to The Journal. Springfield City Manager/EDA Director Matt Skaret said the river crested at 29.18 feet Tuesday afternoon, according to a gauge just west of town. “We’ve been watching the river lately,” Skaret said. “On Monday, we plugged storm sewers that empty into the river to reduce back-up. We checked our sanitary sewers and found them... Read more

nüCamp RV Says Annual July Rally Is Sold Out

üCamp18, the annual rally of teardrop enthusiasts in the heart of Ohio’s Amish country, is sold out. According to a press release, all of the event’s 170 camping spaces were sold more than two months before the rally, set to run July 16-20. üCamp18 is held at the Winklepleck Grove Campground in Sugarcreek, less than a mile from the nüCamp RV factory. üCamp18 will offer camping entertainment, group meals and opportunities to socialize with other nüCamp RV and teardrop enthusiasts. Two... Read more

British Company Offering ‘Tree-Hanging’ Tents

Camping in a tent is fun, but camping suspended in a tree tent among the green, leafy giants of the forest is even more enjoyable, according to treehugger.com. We’ve seen a variety of tree tents before and now British company Sky-Pod is offering this durable design that uses military-grade materials and can be hung off a tree as a comfortable shelter for two adults. According to New Atlas, Sky-Pod’s makers have actually been making tree tents for over a decade. Earlier prototypes were... Read more

Nat. Park Location Key For Estes KOA Owners

Greg Query, owner of Estes Park KOA, with Murphy, the family’s dog who is often present at the campgrounds. The Estes Park Kampgrounds of America (KOA) is a base camp for visitors of Estes Park, Colo., whether they are tent camping, using an RV or staying in one of the park’s cabins. The campground has been family owned by Greg and Peri Ann Query since May 2016 and operated as a true family business ever since. Both of the Query’s children work at the campgrounds, according to the... Read more

RVIA: March RV Shipments Above 50,000 Units

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) March survey of manufacturers found RV wholesale shipments finished at 51,607, an increase of 8.5% from the 47,579 units shipped last March. The March 2018 shipment total is the best March on comparable record, and first time monthly production has surpassed 50,000 units. All towable RVs, led by conventional travel trailers, totaled 45,490 units for the month, an increase of 8.9% compared to last March’s towable RV shipment total of 41,766. March... Read more

Interior’s May 1 Of 2 Power Breakfast Keynotes

Rick May As the result of a scheduling conflict U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has asked newly appointed Senior National Advisor for Recreation Rick May to appear on his behalf as one of two keynote speakers at next week’s RV Industry Power Breakfast in Elkhart, Ind., the Interior Department has informed the Power Breakfast Committee. The other keynoter on tap for next Thursday’s (May 3) Power Breakfast is U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Granger), who will be kicking off a statewide tour... Read more

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