FMCA’s 97th Convention Draws 6,000 to Georgia

March 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Exhibit area was wall-to-wall at FMCA convention The buzz is back. That, by and large, was the initial impression among opening day attendees at FMCA’s 97th International Convention and RV Expo as a sea of more than 2,700 motorhomes and 6,000 attendees descended on the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter in Perry, Ga. In many respects, the Thursday-through-Sunday (Mar. 15-18) rally was reminiscent of the Cincinnati-based organization’s heyday here at one of its favorite national... Read more

‘Dynamic Pricing’ Proposed for Iowa State Parks

A bill eligible for debate in the Iowa Senate would let state officials charge varying camping and lodging fees at state parks. Radio Iowa reported that Sen. Dan Dawson of Council Bluffs says it would allow officials to employ “dynamic pricing.” “There are peak times and nonpeak times and we have a bunch of great properties and we have to ask ourselves: ‘How can we bring more traffic there?’ — especially in nonpeak times, because it’s better for everyone in the end,” Dawson says. Dawson... Read more

N.Z. Campground is Committed to Sustainability

A township of 200 people near Queenstown, New Zealand, is leading the world of sustainable guest accommodation. reported that the first camp ground built according to Living Building Challenge – Camp Glenorchy – opened its doors on Tuesday. Owners Paul and Debbi Brainerd saw Glenorchy was attracting more young people and tourists who needed affordable accommodation. They wanted to give back to the community and the land. The campground was designed using innovative systems... Read more

Project Would Impact Joshua Tree National Park

Despite Joshua Tree National Park’s record number of visitors, the southern California park’s eastern half has remained remote and wild. Just a bit off the pavement, visitors can go for days without seeing another soul, the only sounds coming from wildlife and the wind. As reported by the Desert Sun, once the sun sets a million stars shine unimpaired by artificial light, earning Joshua Tree formal designation as a Dark Sky Park. Eastern Joshua Tree is a treasure: a place where urban Southern... Read more

S.D. Challenges Buffalo Chip in Supreme Court

The fight over the status of the Buffalo Chip, S.D., as a municipality is not yet over. KOTA TV reported that the state has asked the South Dakota Supreme Court for permission to commence action challenging the rally campground’s incorporation into a city. The Buffalo Chip Campground became its own town in 2015 but the status was quickly challenged in court by area residents and the city of Sturgis. The South Dakota League of Municipalities later joined the case. In 2016 a judge ruled in favor... Read more

‘TVA Campgrounds’ Opening up For ’18 Season

With spring just around the corner, the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) seasonal campgrounds are ready and waiting for visitors to return to the outdoors as the 2018 camping season opened Thursday (March 15) and runs through Nov. 15. The Chattanoogan reported that the TVA provides more than 80 public recreation areas, including campgrounds, day-use areas and boat ramps across the Tennessee Valley. Recreation Resource Management LLC, will again be managing the six TVA campgrounds on its dam... Read more

Funding Cuts Could Put Iowa Parks in Jeopardy

In 2009, following one of the worst floods in recent state history, the state allocated about $22 million for the Iowa DNR. Now, according to a Mason City Globe Gazette report, the DNR has around $11.17 million in state funds to work with, and officials say any further cuts could drastically impact the operation of state parks, including those locally. According to the DNR’s latest budget presentation to the state Legislature’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Appropriations Subcommittee,... Read more

Grand Canyon Park has New Water Restrictions

The drinking water situation worsened today (March 16) at Grand Canyon National Park, where officials are phasing in another level of water conservation that will impact restrooms and RV dump and fill stations in the park’s campgrounds. National Parks Traveler reported that the conservation measures are needed due to a series of breaks in the antiquated Transcanyon Waterline that crosses the canyon to bring water to the South Rim. Until park staff repairs the break and water in storage tanks... Read more

Texas State Parks Overflowing For Spring Break

More than a dozen of the state’s most popular parks are all booked up for the remainder of spring break, and others are reporting long, crowded lines to enter parks each day. Officials with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department sent out a photo showing cars hoping to enter Enchanted Rock lined up as far as the eye could see at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. “If you are not in line already, you are unlikely to be able to enter today,” park officials warned at the time. For the full story... Read more

Campground Opens in Augusta Prior to Masters

Just in time for the biggest golf tournament of the year, Augusta, Ga., has opened up a new campground at Diamond Lakes with 26 campsites for RVs. “It’s very quiet out here, you don’t have any problems out here, I love it, I enjoy it,” Campground Host Crystal Mills, who runs the new campground in Hephzibah, told WRDW TV. “There are 26 campsites and we have a shower room. All of our showers are handicap accessible they’re huge. We also have  four ponds out here... Read more

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