More Snowbirds Heading Off The Beaten Path

March 23, 2017 by · 1 Comment 

The Phoenix and Tucson areas are loaded with RV parks and resorts that cater to snowbirds with organized activities and special events to keep them entertained throughout the winter season. But venture out into some of the more remote areas of the Grand Canyon State and you’ll find people like 68-year-old Ted Werner of Connecticut. Werner and his wife, Jan, are among a growing number of off road vehicle enthusiasts who come to Arizona every winter and spring not to tear up the landscape, but to... Read more

NCA Conference Wraps Up After Solid Turnout

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA’s) 53rd Northeast Conference on Camping and Trade Show wrapped up Saturday evening (March 18) in Nashua, N.H., after three days of solid turnout by campground operators from Maine to Maryland and all points in between. In all, more than 310 people attended the conference at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, the third year for the event at that venue. Of those attending, 180 were campground owners and operators and 130 came from the 70 exhibitors at... Read more

NCA Con/Expo Features Packed Agenda For Day 2

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Radisson Hotel Nashua, N.H., is hosting the Northeast Conference on Camping The Northeast Conference on Camping entered day two (March 17) of its three-day run in Nashua, N.H., marked by a full agenda and a decidedly upbeat tone by members following a year in which both public and private parks were setting records. “People are cooped up and ready to camp. They’ve been posting on Facebook, ‘Is it Spring yet?’” said Michelle Viola of The Pines Campground, whose park, The Pines Campground... Read more

Pickleball Courts Essential at Snowbird RV Parks

Night pickleball games are popular at Palm Creek When retiree Wayne Spong unwrapped a package of pickleball paddles from his wife a few years ago at Christmas, he found it appropriate since they had just purchased an RV site in Florida. After all, pickleball has practically become a requisite for the senior RVer.  “The truth is, when my wife bought the paddles, neither of us had any idea if we’d even like the sport,” he said, laughing. “But once we started hitting the ball around, we were... Read more

KOA Study Sees 3.4M New Camping Households

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2017 North American Camping Report became public this morning (March 15), and it’s got a lot of good news for the camping and RVing sector, both in the short-term and over the long haul. Today’s report is the third edition of the North American Camping Report, and while each has been commissioned by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), the report goes far beyond KOA guests to survey Americans and Canadians about their thoughts on camping and to quiz campers about their desires and habits. “There’s... Read more

KOA Media Tour Previews Its ’17 Camping Report

O’Rourke (left) on Cheddar TV this morning (March 13) at the New York Stock Exchange. As Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) prepares to release its 2017 North American Camping Report at the end of this week, Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke and Vice President of Communications Mike Gast are on a media tour to draw the general public’s attention to the growing popularity of camping and RVing. O’Rourke appeared this morning on Cheddar TV, a live and on-demand... Read more

KOA Again Briefing RV Industry At Event May 11

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb will keynote the first half of the 2017 RV Industry Power Breakfast, a fast-paced, information-rich event catering to recreational vehicle industry constituents as well as area civic and business leaders. The Power Breakfast is scheduled to take place from 7 a.m. to 9:45 a.m on Thursday, May 11, at the RV/MH Hall of Fame’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. Anchoring the second half of the Power Breakfast will be a six-person panel discussion including... Read more

FMCA Considers Making Towable RVers Members

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FMCA members gathered at the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center for the 95th International Convention. In an address to members Thursday (March 9) during the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) 95th International Convention, President Charlie Adcock announced that the organization is considering a proposal that would open membership of the group to towable RV owners. For all of its nearly 54 years in existence, FMCA membership has been limited to Class A motorhome owners. The FMCA convention,... Read more

Outdoor Roundtable Briefs Congressional Staffs

Outdoor recreation took center stage on Capitol Hill Wednesday (March 7). The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR) held briefings for staffers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, introducing the newly formed organization itself and detailing the tremendous economic impact of outdoor recreation within the United States. ORIR representatives reported that outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in direct economic spending and supports some 6.1 million jobs in... Read more

Senate Approves Zinke As Secretary Of Interior

The U.S. Senate today (March 1) confirmed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., as the nation’s 52nd Secretary of the Interior by a bipartisan 68-31 vote. His confirmation drew praise from the Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable (ORIR), which strongly backed his nomination, the coalition said in an announcement. Ryan Zinke, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Zinke called himself “an unapologetic admirer of Teddy Roosevelt” during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources... Read more

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