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RV Hits Pot Store, Tiny Dogs Homeless

December 22, 2015 by · Comments Off on RV Hits Pot Store, Tiny Dogs Homeless 

A woman driving her motorhome crashed into the corner of a marijuana store near Lynnwood, Wash., on Monday afternoon (Dec. 21), the Herald of Everett reported.

She was not injured, but the store and her motorhome were damaged, Snohomish County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Leslie Hynes said.

The accident occurred in the 16100 block of Highway 99. The vehicle also came into contact with an auto shop. The driver was receiving help from the Snohomish County Chapter of the American Red Cross Monday evening.

Authorities also were looking for temporary homes for 10 Chihuahuas living in the motorhome with her.

For the original story, click here.

RVIA: Shipments Up 9.4% YTD Through July

August 26, 2014 by · Comments Off on RVIA: Shipments Up 9.4% YTD Through July 

Shipments to retailers of all RVs continued their unrelenting gains in July this year with totals reaching 27,977 units, a 6.7% increase over the same month last year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) announced.

This was the 31st consecutive month where RV shipments were greater than the corresponding month one year earlier.  

Conventional and fifth-wheel travel trailers reported the largest unit improvements in July while Class B motorhome shipments were reported with the largest percentage gain over July 2013.

Through July, manufacturers have reported total wholesale shipments of 220,042 units, a gain of 9.4% over this same period last year.

 

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Holiday Cove Resort Owners Confidence About Future

August 19, 2009 by · Comments Off on Holiday Cove Resort Owners Confidence About Future 

 

Typical site at Holiday Cove RV Resort

Typical site at Holiday Cove RV Resort

With the developers confident in growing demand for quality RV sites in Florida, Holiday Cove RV Resort, Cortez, Fla.,  announced a price increase on selected RV sites effective Nov. 1.

With just 66 sites remaining and with the resort experiencing strong and increasing interest in the purchase and rental of sites, the price increase will bring the site pricing closer in line with the demand, according to a news release.

In today’s economy, many RVers are staying closer to home (a new trend known as staycationing) and seeking good locations and value. Many families, empty nesters and retirees are taking to the highways this year. Today’s economy might not leave room for a weeklong Caribbean cruise, but a growing number of people have sought more cost-effective vacations in well located RV parks.  In addition, Florida lot owner RVers reap the benefit of the Florida lifestyle and beaches without the concerns over property taxes, property insurance or mortgage issues which discourage many potential home buyers.

Holiday Cove was completely remodeled in the last quarter of 2008. In addition to the all new generously-sized brick paver RV sites and patios, the resort has 34 boat slips on an intercoastal canal a quarter mile to the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing from the resort boat docks and canoeing and kayaking along the waterway are just two of the on-site recreational activities available. A newly remodeled clubhouse, heated pool and sun deck and a fitness center are other amenities. 

The resort is less than a mile from Bradenton Beach and within easy walking distance of restaurants, shops, fishing, boat charters and all water sports. Golf courses, theaters, shopping, spring training baseball and all kinds of festivals and special events are all within minutes of the resort. 

“Sales and rentals have been very strong and interest is growing each day,” said developer Ed Rymer. “Our phone is ringing off the hook and we know we’ve got a very unique product in a very exciting location at a great value. RVers are responding.”

As ownership RV resorts throughout Florida are cutting prices and giving away all kinds of incentives to get people to buy,” said Rymer, “we realize we have a unique product in a great location.”

“There’s a diminishing supply of quality RV sites in Florida and there are very, very few RV sites in a location similar to Holiday Cove,” said David Gorin, Rymer’s development partner. “There’s no more cost efficient way to assure the availability of an RV site this close to the beach and the Gulf, than to own your own RV site. And with very strong winter and summer demand, the value of Holiday Cove lots is assured.”

The new Holiday Cove RV Resort was developed by Rymer, an experienced real estate developer, and Gorin, former president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), president of Best Parks in America and a well-known consultant in the RV park industry. 

Prices at Holiday Cove currently range from $85,500 to $179,000. Price increases on most sites will be in the 5 – 7% range.

For information on site sales at Holiday Cove RV Resort, visit www.holidaycovervresort.com or call Ryan Billib, sales director, at (866) 580-5020.

5-Star Montreal RV Resort Target for Homes/Condos

August 18, 2009 by · 2 Comments 

Even though he has lived in the same home for 10 years, retired schoolteacher Jacques Bertrand didn’t know how big it is until he took out a measuring tape last week and did some calculations.

“Let’s see now,” he said, starting with the bedroom with the queen bed in it, then working his way up to the bathroom, the living room and adjoining kitchen, and then the area around the two plush leather seats at the front of his 37-foot motorhome.

Final tally for this recreational vehicle that serves as their principal residence: 374 square feet.

“Bigger than a small downtown Paris apartment,” observed Bertrand, 71. “But that apartment in Paris will cost you $500,000, and I paid only $200,000 for this.”

That’s what he paid 10 years ago, when he and his wife, Louise, embraced the RV lifestyle and became summertime residents of one of the most quirky suburban subdivisions in the greater Montreal area, according to the Montreal Gazette.

Mont Laval Park in Montreal

Mont Laval Park in Montreal

Mont Laval Park in the Ste. Dorothée sector of Laval has been Montreal’s main RV resort since it opened in 1987. But a proposed new bylaw in Laval would allow the new owner to shut it down and put up 300 detached homes and condos on the land. 

Bertrand has been elected by local RV residents to engineer popular opposition to the bylaw. They want to see the zoning maintained for recreation-tourism purposes, and they hope to persuade Laval council that Mont Laval, one of only two five-star RV resorts in Quebec, is worth preserving. The other high-end RV nirvana is on Île d’Orleans.

“This is the kind of lifestyle that my wife and I like — and as a Quebecer, I think a place like Mont Laval adds value to the Montreal region,” Bertrand said.

Like a majority of other summertime residents there, Jacques and Louise Bertrand are snowbirds who spend slightly more than six months a year in Quebec and slightly less than six months a year in Florida or Mexico.

That way, they get to maintain their Medicare entitlements in Quebec.

The Bertrands, whose three children are grown up and scattered in Montreal, Vancouver and Dubai, spend their winters in an oceanfront RV park outside Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Although their lifestyle might seem expensive and luxurious, Bertrand isn’t a rich man. He made a decent but hardly lucrative living as a French and Latin teacher for 40 years in and around Montreal. He and his wife pay only $500 a month rent in Quebec and Mexico for the RV spot. Every year since his retirement, he has worked part time as a car jockey for Budget and Avis in Montreal.

This is the first summer he hasn’t been working. His time is now devoted to organizing opposition to the proposed bylaw, which was the subject of a public consultation Aug. 5.

At that meeting, Mayor Gilles Vaillancourt defended developer Sylvain Chartrand’s 300-unit project, while Chartrand himself chose not to speak at all.

Chartrand’s Maisons Charplex purchased Mont Laval Park last April from a company owned by plastics entrepreneur Heinz Webber. Vaillancourt suggested Webber had been losing money and had asked the city for special tax incentives for Mont Laval.

After opening the RV park in 1987, Webber created a private lake and used the landfill from it to build a little hill. There’s also a swimming pool in the complex. There used to be water slides, but Webber got rid of those after the city slapped an amusement tax on him.

The RV park operates seven months a year, from early April through through end of October. Of the 220 RV spots, 120 are rented on seven-month leases, while the other 100 are reserved for tourism. 

Although Tourisme Laval president Andrée Courteau told the Courrier Laval last week that the RV park adds “a lot of value” to Laval as a tourism asset, she was careful to say the parapublic agency’s role is to defer to the will of Laval council on the issue.

Bertrand, meanwhile, has been circulating a petition in the RV park and surrounding neighbourhood to oppose construction of 300 new homes.

Vaillancourt says he’s not sure whether the transient RV-resort residents would have the legal right to vote in a neighborhood referendum. Bertrand says he has asked Quebec’s chief electoral officer for a legal opinion.

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Alabama Campground Wins ‘Readers Choice’ Contest

August 11, 2009 by · Comments Off on Alabama Campground Wins ‘Readers Choice’ Contest 

mountain-lakes-resorts-logoWhen Ed Rose lived in Columbus, Ohio, working in the ministry, people used to come up to him and say, “We’ve got to go to Alabama.”

Rose’s response?

“Why?”

Rose found out quickly after coming to Alabama and Mountain Lakes Resorts on Guntersville Lake in nearby Langston, according to The Huntsville Times.

“We would come down here with our ministry and come to Mountain Lakes,” Rose said. “And we kept coming back. In fact, we couldn’t wait to get back. North Alabama is beautiful. At Mountain Lakes, you’ve got the lake view with the sunsets and everything else here.

“I moved here six or seven years ago and my gosh, I don’t intend to leave.”

Of course, Rose is the marketing/sales director at Mountain Lakes Resorts, but he’s also preaching to the choir of readers who voted Mountain Lakes the best campground in The Huntsville Times’ Readers Choice contest.

“We’re thrilled to win the award,” Rose said. “We think we are the best. It’s a great honor for us.”

Mountain Lakes is a private members resort located about 50 miles from Huntsville. It’s on the main channel of the Tennessee River with almost a half-mile of shoreline on Guntersville Lake. 

In short, it’s the Hyatt of camping grounds, a step above throwing up a tent or parking the RV and chillin’ by the river or lake. It’s also what Rose calls a “wholesome family environment” with lots of activities to supplement the camping experience in a secure environment. There’s even 24-hour security.

“We’re a five-star resort,” Rose said. “We’re probably in the top 10% of all campgrounds in the U.S. We’re also affiliated with the Resorts of Distinction, which are the upper quality campground resorts in the country based on a criteria they set.”

Once you get there, you realize Mountain Lakes is different. It features 215 full hook-up, pull-through RV sites plus 30 different rental accommodations, including two bunkhouses that sleep 16 and 23 people, condos, two-bedroom singlewides, efficiency cabins and tent camping.

There’s also a two-story clubhouse, Country Cafe and general store, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, boat launches and slips, sports courts — including basketball, tennis, shuffle board, volleyball, horseshoes and mini golf — a playground, game room and teen center, adult activity center and fitness room, a chapel with regular Sunday services, mid-week Bible study and gospel singing concerts throughout the year.

Rose said the MVP of the resort is the activities director, who makes sure everyone has fun.

“Sometimes when you go camping, the kids are bored silly,” Rose said. “You have a creek bank and fire burning and nothing else to do. We’ve got activities and a game room and a place where kids are entertained.”

Of course, Rose emphasizes Mountain Lakes isn’t “party central,” and quiet time starts around 11 p.m. each night.

So how much does all this fun cost? It’s not cheap, but if you like to camp and vacation, it’s worth it. Families can activate a special membership for $775, which gives them a lifetime membership valued at $2,995 and also includes the first year’s maintenance fee of $475.

Mountain Lakes Resort is also offering Times’ readers a free four-day, three-night camping visit, or a 10% discounted stay in one of their rental units.

You can rent cabins, condos and bunkhouses at the resort starting at just $25 a night. For more information, go to mountainlakesresort.net.

Ouch! Justice Thomas Has ‘Camped’ at Wal-Marts

August 7, 2009 by · Comments Off on Ouch! Justice Thomas Has ‘Camped’ at Wal-Marts 

One of the favorite places for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and wife Ginni to grab some sleep is in a Wal-Mart parking lot, Mrs. Thomas told National Public Radio on Wednesday (Aug. 5).

Here is a link to the radio interview: 

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In fact, the Washington power couple spends each summer touring the United States in their 40-foot Prevost motorhome, she said. The justice and his wife have cruised through 27 states since buying their used recreation vehicle in 1999.

“We have found it’s a wonderful life,” Ginni Thomas told National Public Radio from upstate New York on Wednesday.

“We have been in dozens of Wal-Mart parking lots throughout the country,” she added. “It’s one of our favorite things to do if we’re not having to plug in and we’ve got enough electricity.”

She said that their joy in traveling has only been slightly tempered by the overwhelming to-do they occasionally get when other campers identify the high court justice.

“Clarence gets recognized every once in a while and that sort of puts a damper on things because when we’re out, we kind of like to be incognito, if you know what I mean,” she said, noting they stopped traveling to one campsite because 20 or 30 people would greet them each year.

Florida Gulf Park Wants to Add 800 Sites

July 8, 2009 by · Comments Off on Florida Gulf Park Wants to Add 800 Sites 

map_smlThe county commission in Citrus County, Fla., has decided to proceed with the process of consideration of planned land-use changes and expansion plans of an RV park near Inglis on the state’s Gulf Coast. 

The commission decided to forward the application for changes to the Department of Community Affairs, which essentially gives the River Lodge RV Resort , shown in map at left, room to proceed, according to Citrus Daily

The request for land-use changes and expansion plans have been presented to the county’s Planning and Development Review Board, which voiced its approval, and county staff. 

The park’s owners are developing a master plan for the property, which would include approximately 800 more RV spaces on an adjacent parcel they obtained in December 2008. The initial plan also calls for adding a 9-hole golf course with artificial turf and a wastewater treatment plant. The park currently has 143 spaces. 

In recent county commission and PDRB meetings, residents who live on the same road as the RV park have objected to any land-use development changes or expansion of the park. At this week’s meeting, six residents voiced their concerns about the RV park owner’s plans, citing overpopulation of the area, transient workers that would work at the new Progress Energy plants when construction begins and problems evacuating during a nuclear or natural disaster. 

Clark Stilwell, attorney for the RV park owners, said that the people who would be using the park would be using it as a recreational area, and that the RVs were commercial-use, and not “homes.” He also acknowledged that 16 residents living near the park have voiced objections to the park owners’ plans.

Coast to Coast Sponsors $15,000 Sweepstakes

July 2, 2009 by · Comments Off on Coast to Coast Sponsors $15,000 Sweepstakes 

Coast to Coast Resorts is launching a new “Free Camping for One Year Sweepstakes” promotion in conjunction with Camping World

The grand prize winner will receive up to a $15,000 valued prize featuring a year’s membership in Coast to Coast RV Club and enough Coast to Coast points for a free year of camping at the membership network’s CampResorts across the country. The promotion kicks off July 7 and ends July 27, according to a news release. 

Entries are available at all Camping World SuperCenters nationwide. Participants may also mail their entries postmarked by July 27 via a 3.5-by 5-inch card with their name, address (no post office boxes), date of birth, e-mail address and telephone number to Camping World, P.O. Box 50965, Bowling Green, KY 42102. ATTN: “FREE CAMPING FOR ONE YEAR SWEEPSTAKES” Marketing Dept. 

“We wanted to find a way to give back to the RVers and outdoor enthusiasts this year and are excited to give one lucky winner the chance to experience our network of more than 450 beautiful resorts across the country,” said Bruce Hoster, president of Coast to Coast Resorts. “We are equally as excited about working with Camping World to help promote the membership camping industry.”

A Coast to Coast membership makes it easy to travel safely and comfortably throughout North America, with hundreds of affiliated RV resorts in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Member benefits include a subscription to Coast to Coast magazine and access to a number of travel services, with additional benefits that include cabin and condo rentals, trip routing and dining and leisure discounts. Coast to Coast offers RV Tripsetter, a web and phone reservation system, which provides a simple way to reserve a space. Many membership RV resorts offer additional features and amenities like boating, fishing and golf. 

Coast to Coast was established in 1972 and is owned by and affiliated with Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), the nation’s largest provider of outdoor clubs, services, media and events that service the safety, security, comfort and convenience needs of the North American RV and outdoor enthusiast market. 

Woodall’s Campground Management and www.WOODALLSCM.com are owned by AGI.

900 Pages of Paperwork Created In Oregon Case

July 1, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

A seasonal campground at Hyatt Lake in Oregon has been illegally converted into a year-round, high-density recreational vehicle park, a Greensprings neighborhood group charged during a Jackson County public hearing Monday (June 29). 

“It has morphed into what I would call an immobile home park,” said Medford resident Brad Inman, who formerly lived at Hyatt Lake. 

The neighbors have appealed Jackson County planning approval of a limited expansion at Hyatt Lake Resort, which is operated by the same group as nearby Campers Cove. Owners of the resort, known as Campers Cove Resort LLC, also have appealed the planning decision, saying they are entitled to the changes they’ve requested, according to the Medford Mail Tribune

The owners want to install park models on 35 spaces, but county planners determined they actually are entitled to only 22 spaces that can have water, electricity and sewage hook-ups. 

Hearings officer Dan Rubenstein is wading through 900 pages of planning documents as well as other evidence presented at the public hearing, which will be followed by a six-week rebuttal period. He is expected to make a decision by Sept. 25. 

Bob McNeely, one of the resort owners, said he’s already sold units on the 22 recreational vehicle sites and was in the process of selling four on the 13 contested sites when he got shut down by the county.

McNeely has been given tentative approval for some of the changes he’s requested. County planners supported expanding the deck off the restaurant, reconstructing the bait shop, reconstructing four cabins without kitchens, upgrading a shop building and upgrading a shower building. 

McNeely wanted a total of 65 RV spaces at the resort, but dropped that number to 57 Monday. The resort is on his land and on land he leases from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. Many of the RV spaces have only limited services. 

The property is zoned “forest reserve” and the development on the property is considered non-conforming, requiring a higher level of scrutiny by planning staff. The owners also have to prove that any changes to the property don’t have a significant impact on the surrounding neighborhood. 

“Historically the use of the campground was as a campground,” said Pamela Hardy, a Bend lawyer who represents the newly formed group Southern Oregon Citizens for Responsible Land Use Planning. “It was not a residential development as you have here.” 

Jay Harland of CSA Planning Ltd. of Medford, which represents Campers Cove LLC, said he had a hard time swallowing Hardy’s argument. 

“It was an RV park before and it is an RV park after,” he said. 

Much of the discussion revolved around the type of recreational vehicle Campers Cover was installing. Many residents said these small cabins are attracting people to the resort year-round rather than just seasonally. The cabins are sold, but the resort then rents them out for the owners. 

Glenn Munsell, who lives on Hyatt Prairie Road, said the owners have already run afoul of county laws, pointing out that one manufactured dwelling has been placed on the property without permits. “It’s presently being used as an office or administrative business,” he said. 

Planning staff confirmed that the building had been in violation of county codes. However, a storage permit was issued that allowed the owners to continue to keep the building on the property, but not use it for offices. But planning staff indicated the permit may have expired. 

McNeely, who also is one of the owners of the company that builds the recreational vehicles on the property, responded to neighbors’ complaints about sewage, water, fire hazards and other problems. His representatives also provided seven letters from surrounding property owners in favor of the improvements to the resort. 

McNeely said his sewage-treatment operation and leach fields are more than adequate to handle the 35 RVs planned. According to regulations, he said he needs to have a facility that can handle 100 gallons a day from each RV. However, he anticipated each RV would generate only about 46.7 gallons, based on usage at his Brookings RV park. 

He said Hyatt Lake Resort has adequate water, and he has reduced the fire danger by removing underbrush, cutting off tree limbs and having two fire trucks on site. 

McNeely, who said he has no permanent residents at the resort, said his recreational vehicles have the same state stamp as any other RV. He said it doesn’t make sense that neighbors would want $500,000 RVs driving up the mountain and pulling into his spaces, rather than having the units he’s already installed. 

“They’re saying, we want you to put a Chevy in there, but we don’t want a Cadillac,” he said.

New Jellystone Franchisee Embraces ‘Staycation’

June 29, 2009 by · Comments Off on New Jellystone Franchisee Embraces ‘Staycation’ 

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Amid an economic recession, many Americans are expected to take more locally based vacations this summer, which is good news for a newly remodeled Austin, Minn., RV park, according to the Austin Herald

Beaver Trails Park in Austin became a national Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park in April. With Yogi Bear and friends on board the park has already seen about a 20% boost in visitors, owner Laura Tolner said, and hopes to see even more customers over the summer, as people are expected to still travel but might stay closer to home to keep costs down. 

This idea has been dubbed “staycationing” and is something the Minnesota tourism industry is preparing for, Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Cheryl Corey said. 

“People are definitely still traveling, and that’s the good news,” she said about the trend. 

While longer, extravagant trips might be out, shorter, local trips seem to be gaining in popularity, according to national and state surveys. In addition, people across the country and in Minnesota are expected to book trips closer to the departure date, an indication that more people are being cautious about committing to big vacations. 

All of the talk about closer-to-home travel is certainly good news to Tolner and her Jellystone Park, the first in Minnesota. While she said they do national advertising through Jellystone, the park still has a good amount of local advertising and draws many of its visitors from about a 90-mile radius. 

Tolner said she hasn’t noticed a drop-off in visitors due to the economy yet, but said travelers to her camp may decide to bring a tent instead of an RV, or may be coming from Rochester instead of somewhere farther, like California. 

Corey from the Austin CVB said “staycationing” can be a positive for Minnesota, and the state has been marketing itself to attract vacationers who might normally go to Europe of some other distant locale. She added that locally oriented traveling will help Austin, and said the city is a good destination for travelers.

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