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Bray: Life on the Road Offers Flexibility, Variety

Sue Bray The following column was authored by Sue Bray, a well known figure in the RV community, primarily due to her work as executive director of the Good Sam Club. In 2009, she was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame. When she retired in 2012, she started her own consulting business; visit www.suebray.com.  For the past few years, we’ve taken some long and amazing summer trips in our fifth-wheel. From Washington to Maine to Florida, we’ve seen and experienced the many varied features of... Read more

SSI: Canada Coach Sales up 4.7% Through Oct.

Year-over-year Canadian motorhome sales posted a 4.7% gain for the first 10 months of 2018, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys Inc. Thor Industries Inc. was the Canadian motorhome sales leader during the period, capturing a 44.6% market share, followed by Forest River Inc. (33.1%) and Winnebago Industries Inc. (9.5%). Class A registrations edged up 2.8% through October as Thor led the category with a 35.6% market share, ahead of Forest River (22.2%), REV Group (13.5%) and Winnebago... Read more

Go RVing Aligning With Verde Communications

Go RVing announced it will partner with Verde Brand Communications to support a range of public relations and digital marketing programs. According to a press release, Verde will help create strategy and brand campaigns that drive further success with Go RVing while also supporting the launch of the new RVX trade event, taking place in Salt Lake City at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in March 2019. Verde will partner with Go RVing to ramp the visibility, engagement and reach... Read more

Michigan Family Out to Visit Every National Park

The Maitland family from Jackson, Michigan, wants to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. As reported by USA Today, they are on the way to achieving that by the end of this year. Their accomplishment? Becoming the first family to visit every U.S. national park. The family of four has spent the last eight years visiting 417 national parks and units. Dad Jim, mom Cheri, 16-year old daughter Jamison, and 14-year-old son Gerald embarked on the mission after watching the documentary “America’s... Read more

Texas Coalition Lobbies for Conservation Fund

With Congress set to adjourn next week, parks advocates are pushing for lawmakers to revive a half-century-old program that has pumped more than a half-billion dollars into Texas’ parks and natural areas. The Texas Tribune reported that Congress let the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) expire on Sept. 30. The fund — established in 1964 to support the maintenance of national parks, wildlife refuges and trails, as well as state and local parks — has supplied Texas with more than... Read more

Everglades to Raise Fees for Park Maintenance

Some higher fees are coming to Everglades National Park early next year, as entrance fees will creep up slightly to help the park address deferred maintenance. National Parks Traveler reported that he new rates are scheduled to kick in on January 10. The entrance fee will increase from $25 to $30 per vehicle for seven days. Individual entrance fees will increase from $8 to $15, and the park’s annual pass will cost $55. In addition, visitors entering through the park’s maritime boundary by boat,... Read more

Texas Parks to Add Online Reservation System

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will be launching a new online reservation system that gives visitors the option to sign up for a spot at all parks in advance. KVUE TV reported the system allows visitors to pick their site, sign up for a specific day or weekend to ensure your access to a park and then buy a parking pass. People can already do this at some of the state parks, but in 2019, it will go into effect for all of them throughout the state of Texas. The goal is to allow visitors... Read more

Harvest Hosts Owner Visits NERVDA Podcast

The New England RV Dealers Association (NERVDA) will host Joel Holland, owner of Harvest Hosts, during tonight’s airing of RVing in New Englant. Joel previously appeared on the show shortly after he acquired the company. He has been a very active owner since then, forging new relationships and signing up new host locations. With a pending price increase on the horizon for 2019, Holland will update viewers on what he has been doing with this great camping experience and will give everyone an update... Read more

Rock Climbers Volunteer to Upgrade Mo. Park

Elephant Rocks State Park in Missouri is safer and cleaner thanks to a group of volunteers from BETA Fund, a club of dedicated outdoor free climbing enthusiasts. “We partnered with a group called the BETA Fund which is a very dedicated group of outdoor climbing enthusiasts,” Missouri State Parks Natural Resource Manager Bryan Bethel said. “They only free climb with no ropes or other invasive tools.” The Daily Journal reported that on Dec. 1, club members assisted in carrying... Read more

Cash is Found Scattered At N.Z. Campground

Police are holding on to almost $7000 cash found scattered around a New Zealand West Coast campground last weekend. Stuff.co.nz reported that campers woke up to find $6800 in $100 and $50 notes tucked behind windscreens and in the toilets of the Gentle Annie campground at Mokihinui, north of Westport. Owner Jesse Paley-Atkins said he handed the money over to police in case it had been stolen. He took the names and amounts people received and said he would return it to them if police gave their blessing. “It’s... Read more

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