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RVT.Com Sees 44% 2017 Summer Traffic Increase

RVT.com, the leading online classifieds site for new and used RVs for sale, announced that its RV shopper traffic increased more than 44% from June through August, compared with the same period in 2016, and that RV buyer inquiries jumped 68% as well. According to a press release, RVT.com reported that its website had almost 3 million unique visitors from June through August from RV shoppers in the U.S. and Canada.  Buyer email and phone-in leads during this time period totaled approximately... Read more

Nat. RV Trade Show Features Dozens Of Exhibitors

The 2017 National RV Trade Show, scheduled for Nov. 27-30 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Ky., will feature over one million square feet of exhibit space filled with all the top manufacturer and supplier brands in the RV industry. According to a press release, beyond being able to connect and engage with key industry stakeholders, this year’s show will be bigger and better than ever before with new outdoor industry exhibitors from verticals, including camping and lifestyle accessory... Read more

Fla. Golf Course Slowdown, Is RV Park An Answer?

This nine-hole golf course at the Plantation on Crystal River could become an upscale RV park. It’s hardly a secret that people aren’t into playing golf like they used to. Golf courses nationwide are struggling to find people to fill up the links and are resorting to creative uses of their property to make money. According to the Citrus County Chronicle, That’s why the new owner of the Plantation on Crystal River, in Crystal River, Fla., has approached the city about the feasibility of installing... Read more

Maine KOA Accepting Donations For ‘Irma’ Victims

Items collected by the Bangor/Holden Holiday KOA Owners of the Bangor/Holden Holiday Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campground, in Holden, Maine, are stuffing a truck with items for people in the wake of Hurricane Irma’s destruction. According to WABI, owners Sally and Chris Waterhouse said the campground is collecting everyday items like toilet paper, canned goods and diapers. They don’t need used clothing, but could use things like blankets and batteries. The Waterhouses say they feel... Read more

Campground Reopens After Fire Restrictions Lifted

Whitman County, Idaho, parks announced Wednesday (Sept. 20) the Kamiak Butte campground has been reopened and fire restrictions have been lifted. Fire restrictions had been in place since July 3 and the campground had been closed since Sept. 8 due to fire concerns. According to the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, Dave Mahan, parks superintendent, said recent rain and cooler temperatures allowed for the lifting of the restrictions. Fire restrictions were also lifted for Klemgard Park, though restrictions... Read more

Polk Co. Parks Cleaned Up After ‘Irma’, Reopening

Polk County, Fla., parks and campgrounds are reopening to the public on Friday, Sept. 22, but some parks will have limited access. Polk County parks were closed on Sept. 8 as Hurricane Irma took aim at Florida. According to the Lakeland Patch, on Monday (Sept. 18), crews were doing safety inspections and debris cleanup at all county parks. Bone Valley ATV Park will open with limited access to trails. Loyce E. Harpe Park will have limited access to the public, it will be used as a hurricane debris... Read more

Campground Affected By Shutdown Bounces Back

The heavy traffic that once lined Monticello Road, in Jenkinsville, S.C., has nearly disappeared and the Broad River Campground has been quiet since construction was halted on two nuclear units at V.C. Summer. “We had approximately 130 spots filled up at that time,” D. Melton said. According to WLTX, Melton co-owns the campground. “Right now you’re going to see 20-25 campers, but we’re in the process of restructuring our business model,” he said. Recreational RV parking is now their primary... Read more

Ontario Campground Running Deficit, May Be Sold

Champlain Township in Ontario may be getting out of the campground business. According to The Review, at the township’s August 24 recreation liaison committee meeting, L’Orignal Councillor Jacques Lacelle suggested bowing out of running the L’Orignal Campground. Lacelle contends that the campground runs an annual deficit and that recent improvements to the electrical service at the campground incurred a debt, which will be paid off at the rate of $30,000 per year until 2024. A $320,000 electrical... Read more

Camping World Continues Mich. Expansion Efforts

Marcus Lemonis Camping World Holdings, said it has acquired American RV, in Grand Rapids, Mich., for an undisclosed sum. According to the Chicago Daily Herald, Camping World currently operates an RV SuperCenter, in Houghton Lake, and retail accessory stores in both Belleville and Grand Rapids. With the acquisition, the Grand Rapids retail accessory store will convert into a full-service Camping World SuperCenter, further expanding the market footprint and increasing Camping World’s current... Read more

Mich. Manufacturer Offers Homes At Costs In Keys

A sign is all that’s left of a trailer at Sea Breeze RV Resort, in Islamorada, Fla., after Hurricane Irma’s storm surge destroyed most of the subdivision’s homes. Among the most battered structures Hurricane Irma left in its path were mobile homes, particularly those in low-lying waterfront areas of the Florida Keys. According to FLKeysNews.com, San Pedro RV Resort and Marina, at mile marker 87.4 in the Village of Islamorada, was all but destroyed by the ocean’s surge as Irma passed over... Read more

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