Blue Water, Grand Design Rally Raises Thousands

Blue Water Development, a real estate developer, recently hosted the 2017 North East Grand Design RV Owners Rally at their luxury campground, The Resort at Massey’s Landing in Long Neck, Del. Proceeds from the event went to Moment of Peace Adventures (MOPA), a nonprofit which organizes outdoor adventures for children 18 years and under with severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses. According to a press release, in what became the largest private rally ever held by Grand Design... Read more

Industry Icon Lee: A Luxury Motorhome Pioneer

Bob Lee Country Coach Inc. founder and RV industry icon Bob Lee, 78, passed away on Sunday (Oct. 8) at his Oregon home surrounded by family. Born in Klamath Falls, Ore., into a farming and logging family, Lee served in the U.S. Navy and worked at as an equipment buyer for North American Rockwell in the Apollo space program, meeting and marrying wife, Terry, in 1961. In 1968, Lee left the aerospace program and with two friends started a camper manufacturing business in Oregon. “We left our families... Read more

Calif. Crews Starting To Gain Ground On Wildfires

A firefighter, center, and two onlookers watch a smoldering wildfire from a hilltop, on Sunday, in Oakville, Calif. Fire crews were starting to gain the upper hand on numerous blazes in northern California that have killed at least 40 people and destroyed thousands of homes, but officials warned that the deadliest wildfires in the state’s history were far from extinguished. According to, with ferocious winds dying down and the fires contained in some areas, about a quarter of the nearly... Read more

Calif.’s Lack Of Communication Frustrating Many

Oakland Police officer Anh Nguyen spray paints the street to mark that a house in Calistoga, Calif., is vacant on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017. The entire historic town of Calistoga, population 5,000, was evacuated. Ellen and Bob Pearson’s family has been searching for the couple since they were last seen evacuating from their mobile home in Santa Rosa, preparing to leave in their purple Pontiac as flames lurked in the distance. According to The Sacremento Bee, but five days later, no one has heard... Read more

Images Show Devastation Left By Calif. Wildfires

Smoke rises at the Journey’s End trailer park in Santa Rosa. Fast-moving wildfires have caused widespread destruction across northern California’s wine country as flames engulfed multiple counties and raged across more than 100,000 acres, forcing mandatory evacuations and prompting California’s governor to declare a state of emergency. According to the Washington Post, Jonathan Cox, battalion chief of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, called the fires “unprecedented”... Read more

Ten Dead, 1,500 Structures Lost In Calif. Wildfires

A Fountaingrove Village couple takes in the ruins of their home after fire ripped through the neighborhood. At least 10 people have died and at least 1,500 homes, businesses and other structures have been destroyed as more than 14 fires ravaged eight counties throughout northern California on Monday (Oct. 10), authorities said. According to the Los Angeles Times, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office reported seven fire-related deaths late Monday. In addition, two died because of the Atlas fire... Read more

National Parks Need Private Investments To Thrive

Frank Hugelmeyer Editors Note: This letter appeared in the Denver Post and is written by Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and Thomas Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. It argues that Public-Private Partnerships are not privatization and that the partnerships will expand access and improve experiences for the benefit of all Americans.  With fall upon us, millions of Americans will head to America’s iconic public... Read more

CalARVC Hosts Near 70 Owners At Annual Fall Day

October 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Near 70 campground and RV park owners gathered at the Benbow Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in Garberville, Calif., to attend the RV Park Day Fall Getaway education and networking event hosted by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). The Oct. 2 event included a mix of educational sessions and informal roundtable discussions, with half a dozen experts who provided park operators with information on topics ranging from safe propane handling to tiny homes. Larry Brownfield,... Read more

Nat. Parks Continue Struggling With Overcrowding

National Parks are struggling with growing crowds. The rocky shorelines, shifting deserts and winding canyons of the country’s 59 national parks have been hallmarks of American vacations for generations. But the number of park visitors has reached an unprecedented level, leaving many tourists frustrated and many environmentalists concerned about the toll of overcrowding. According to the New York Times, in 2016, the National Park Service tracked a record 331 million visits, and after a busy summer,... Read more

Sun Communities Finalizing Large Colo. Proposal

A small portion of the site of the new Sun Communitites development in Granby, Colo. Granby, Colo.’s ongoing negotiations with luxury RV resort developer Sun Communities, which plans to construct a large RV resort on the Shorefox property north of downtown Granby, moved ahead Tuesday (Sept. 26) evening with the Granby Board of Trustees voting unanimously to approve preliminary planning documents related to the development. According to Sky-Hi News, Sun Communities will still be required to... Read more

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