Crandall: Bush 41 Honored the Great Outdoors

Derrick Crandall, right, with George H.W. Bush. Editor’s Note: The following guest column was authored by Derrick Crandall, who has had a long and distinguished career in the outdoor recreation arena. Among other accomplishments, he is president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, had served as president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) since 1981, is a counselor to the National Park Hospitality Association and is a member of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “Made in America”... Read more

RVC Proposing Project on Golf Course in Ohio

Executives with RVC Outdoor Destinations are proposing an RV campground project at the former Keys Golf Course and Driving Range in Huron, Ohio, provided some additional details about this initiative before a critical zoning meeting set for Thursday (Dec. 13). The Sandusky Register reported that Matt Uselton, the vice president of real estate for RVC Outdoor Destinations, filled in some blanks: • “RVC Outdoor Destinations was founded in 2006 in Memphis, Tenn., due to that lack of consistent... Read more

TL, MotorHome Unveil ‘Reader Choice Awards’

Trailer Life and MotorHome magazines unveiled the winners of their 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards, which honor some of North America’s most popular RVs, campgrounds, RV products and services. According to a press release, top vote-getters include high-profile brands like Winnebago, Jayco, Dometic and Cracker Barrel. Electronic ballots were cast during the summer, when Trailer Life and MotorHome invited readers to vote at and, respectively. Voters selected winners... Read more

Report: Tourists Love National Parks ‘To Death’

Just before sunset near Page, Ariz., a parade of humanity marched up the sandy, half-mile trail toward Horseshoe Bend. They had come from all over the world. Some carried boxes of McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets, others cradled chihuahuas and a few men hid engagement rings in their pockets. But just about everyone had one thing at the ready: a cellphone to snap a picture. The Salt Lake Tribune reported that Horseshoe Bend is one of the American West’s most celebrated overlooks. From a sheer sandstone... Read more

Zinke: 960 Acres Added to Montana BLM Lands

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has acquired lands from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation for $1,025,000 within the Little Sheep Creek watershed in Montana. According to a news release, the acquisition will add nearly 1,000 acres of prime wildlife habitat and improve access to 2,600 acres of adjacent public lands. “Elk and mule deer are some of the most iconic species of the American West, and in order to maintain healthy herds, we are... Read more

Wildlife Disease Threatening Yellowstone Park

Chronic Wasting Disease, called CWD, is a fatal brain disorder that can severely reduce herds of deer, elk and moose. Now, it’s on the doorstep of Yellowstone National Park. KPAX Tv reported that last month, a mule deer which was hit by a car in Grand Teton National Park, just south of Yellowstone, tested positive for the disease. There is no known cure for the malady which can live in the soil and be transmitted to animals for years. That could be bad news for Yellowstone which has two big drawing... Read more

SSI: Class B Sales Climb 27.8% For 10 Months

Class B sales continued to enjoy year-over-year sales growth during the first 10 months of 2018, as overall retail registrations climbed 27.8% in the period. Statistical Surveys Inc. (SSI) reported that Winnebago Industries Inc. led the segment through October with a 39.6% market share followed by Erwin Hymer Group North America (29.3%) and Thor Industries Inc. (10.9%). To subscribe to this or other SSI reports, contact Scott Stropkai, national RV sales manager, at (616) 281-9898 ext. 128, or (616)... Read more

New Desert of Maine Owners Promise Change

Mela and Doug Heestand, new owners of the Desert of Maine, pose near the attraction’s camel statue with their sons Nicky, right, and William, and their dog, Autumn. The new owners of the Desert of Maine – a landmark attraction in Freeport, Maine – are promising big changes that they say will seek to build on the legacy of previous owners, according to The Times Record. Mela and Doug Heestand, of Freeport, said they purchased the 40-acre property from Gary and Ginger Currens on Wednesday (Dec.... Read more

Boston KOA Hosting Its 5th Festival Of Lights

The Middleborough (Mass.) Tourism Committee will host its 5th Annual Festival of Lights Saturday and Sunday evenings Dec. 8, 9, 15 and 16 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Boston/Cape Cod Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday. For $5 a car load, visitors can drive through the campground decorated with over 500,000 lights, then stop at the Christmas Village to purchase cocoa and cookies, as well as handmade authentic Middleborough Christmas tree ornaments. To read more click here. Share this:LinkedInEmailFacebook Read More →

Heavy Weekend Rain Floods Georgia RV Park

Heavy rain has created havoc for one RV park community in Covington, Ga. Fox 5 TV reported that owners of Riverside Estates RV Park say they had to move dozens of RVs from the facility, which is located right near the Yellow River because of flooding. Other residents even found their cars flooded from the rain. Susan Smith, one of the residents of Riverside Estates RV Park, told FOX 5’s Patty Pan every time she hears rain in the weather forecast, her heart skips a beat out of fear. “I... Read more

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