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Red Rover Camping at N.Y.’s Good Sam Rally

June 24, 2013 by · Comments Off on Red Rover Camping at N.Y.’s Good Sam Rally 

Ben Carr (left) and Robert Bouse (right) at the Good Sam Rally in Syracuse, N.Y., with new “Rovers” Debra and Charles Sykes from Georgia

Red Rover Camping  is live and being “rolled out” to campers and RVers nationwide, according to Red Rover Camping Top Dog Robert Bouse.

Bouse and Red Rover Camping’s other Top Dog, Ben Carr, personally manned the Red Rover Camping booth at the recent Good Sam Rally in Syracuse, N.Y., and were received with “open arms by those in attendance,” according to a news release

According to Carr, “once it was explained that Red Rover Camping is not a club or membership and was free to the camping/RVing public, everyone we talked to was extremely receptive. To our delight and surprise, folks we spoke to at the show came back the next day saying they had gone to the website and provided us valuable insight as to what they would like to see there. Many actually said they went on and booked campsites for their upcoming trips!”

“We explained to folks that the website and number of campgrounds with inventory will grow with time and that everyone should continue to come back often to see what has been added,” said Bouse.

“Unlike other services offered to campgrounds with online bookings, Red Rover Camping campground owners are not required to sign up on a reservation system, there are no contracts, upfront fees or term obligations. Since we only get paid when we actually deliver customers to a park, we have to be very aggressive about getting campers to come to our website and book. That is why we were at the rally, and will be at other large events around the country promoting Red Rover Camping to the public,” said Bouse.

Carr added, “The number of campgrounds that are putting a few campsites into Red Rover Camping during times when they know the campsites would sit empty is continuing to grow daily and we are working with some of the largest campground owners and groups in the country. Our alliances with campground owner associations continue to grow as well. The recent addition of The New Hampshire Campground Owners Association, along with alliances with the Texas’ and Florida’s owner associations has created interest with other associations and we are hoping to be able to announce additional alliances in the near future. This is a process, not an event, but we are extremely excited about how well and rapidly Red Rover Camping has been embraced by both campground owners and the camping public.”

About Red Rover Camping

Red Rover Camping offers an online, searchable database of campgrounds across the country and a state-of-the-art reservation system that allows for real-time online booking for customers. Red Rover also encourages campers to post their experiences and blog about their activities.

Red Rover uses several marketing channels to drive customers to its website and to deliver customers to their desired campground, providing a great benefit for campgrounds looking to fill empty campsites. Red Rover is a free service to campground owners and campers, with a fee paid by the campground owner only when a camper uses the reservation system to book a stay at their campground.

To learn more about Red Rover Camping go to www.RedRoverCamping.com or call 888-833-8399 Ext. 1246, to start filling those empty campsites!

 

 

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Ben Carr and Robert Bouse at the Good Sam Rally in Syracuse with new “Rovers” Debra and Charles Sykes from Georgia

 

‘Rally’ Sought Wedding Vow Renewal Record

June 18, 2013 by · Comments Off on ‘Rally’ Sought Wedding Vow Renewal Record 

Hundreds of couples lined up early at the New York State Fairgrounds last week to get hitched, again.

The Post-Standard, Syracuse, reported that the people who crowded into Chevy Court with the goal of setting a new world record for largest wedding vow renewal were camped out at the fairgrounds for the Camping World/Good Sam Rally, which bills itself as the biggest and best RV event in North America.

As couples filed through turnstiles and volunteers collected signatures from each couple renewing their vows, video cameras on stage recorded every moment of the event.

The cameras, turnstiles and signatures were necessary for Guinness World Records, Mark Boggess, an event organizer said. The current record for most couples renewing their vows at once is 1,087, he said.

While it won’t be known for some time if a new record was set, that fact hardly seemed to weigh on the minds of the thousands of people drove and towed nearly 3,000 RVs and campers to the fairgrounds for the four-day event.

“It’s just about having fun,” Boggess said. “They came here to have a good time.”

RVs and campers of all shapes and sizes packed into every corner of the fairgrounds, ranging from small popups and tow-behind campers, to travel trailers and monster RVs.

Punishing rainfall over the last few weeks made several RV parking areas into little more than ponds, forcing organizers to send about 400 RVs to a parking lot nearby at Destiny USA.

“But it hasn’t stopped people from having a good time,” Boggess said.

The weather didn’t stop salesmen from hawking their wares: RVs, campers and accessories.

Accessories for RVs and campers run the gamut from practical to novel. Lawn furniture, satellite dishes, and fireplaces are options, as are flagpoles, on-board generators and built-in exterior grills.

To read the entire article click here.

Thousands Attended ‘The Rally’ Despite Rain

June 17, 2013 by · Comments Off on Thousands Attended ‘The Rally’ Despite Rain 

Soggy start for ‘The Rally’

After a soggy start to the largest RV rally in the Northeast, things finally started to clear up for the RV enthusiasts split between the New York State Fairgrounds and the parking lots of Destiny USA.

WSYR TV reported that “The Rally,” hosted by Camping World/Good Sam Rally, brought together thousands of RV owners, opened last week to heavy rain, forcing rally organizers to turn RV drivers away from the Fairgrounds and detour them to the parking lots at Destiny.

Within a matter of hours, the mall and rally organizers coordinated to provide shuttles, port-a-potties and trash pick-up for the hundreds rerouted to Destiny.

Jim McParland and Robyn Currie, who traveled all the way from Ontario, Canada were impressed with the way organizers and mall officials handled the situation.

“They’ve made a great situation from what could have been a disaster,” McParland said. “I think the fact that they’ve adopted or adapted so well to the conditions speaks volumes of Syracuse and for the person that runs that mall coordinating with the rally people.”

“It’s been fine – slightly inconvenient not to be over there (at the Fairgrounds) but it’s been safe here and there are a lot of people to talk to,” Currie added.

Destiny USA called in extra security to help secure the entire perimeter surrounding the RVs.

“We have the guard towers we put in place as the parking lot project a few years ago. Whatever they need, we’ll do it,” said Destiny USA General Manager Rob Schoeneck.

The weekend went on as planned with an RV show and concerts featuring Wayne Newton Friday night and Reba McEntire Saturday evening.

For rally attendees such as Barb Heibein, some bad weather wasn’tt going to spoil their fun.

“We come for a good time and this is a good place to have it,” said Heibein.

People all over Syracuse are celebrating because the rally is expected to bring in millions of dollars as vendors and event attendees visit restaurants, stores, and stay in area hotels.

 

 

‘The Rally’ Set for June 13-16 in Syracuse, N.Y.

June 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on ‘The Rally’ Set for June 13-16 in Syracuse, N.Y. 

Rally gets underway next week in Syracuse, N.Y.

America’s largest RV rally pulls into Syracuse at the New York State Fairgrounds, June 13 through 16, a first for the Northeast.

This event, hosted by Camping World/Good Sam, will bring thousands of RVers and enthusiasts together to experience world-class evening entertainment, tour area landmarks, participate in breaking a world record and shop for hundreds of new RVs, outdoor products, and camping accessories, according to a news release.

While celebrating the RV lifestyle, attendees will also enjoy great food and win fun prizes, as well as spend quality time with family and friends.

“We are excited about the first Northeast rally in which novice and experienced RVers get a chance to meet industry experts, find great bargains on RV products and enjoy camaraderie with fellow RV enthusiasts,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Good Sam Enterprises. “The attendees should look forward to fun days filled with activities and entertainment and of course great bargains on RVs and RV related products.”

The fun starts early for campers arriving onsite June 12 for setup, as attendees get a sneak peek at all the new rigs on early bird day with factory representatives on hand to answer questions. Rally-goers can enjoy an optional tour of various interesting sites surrounding Syracuse, take a morning walk with their buddies, and go to seminars on various topics including RV care and maintenance, driving and safety, trip navigation, pet care and adoption, as well as fantasy RV tours, to name a few. The children and teen centers will be open throughout the weekend, giving kids the opportunity to make new friends, play games and do crafts, allowing adults the freedom to browse the exhibit hall or attend a seminar.

Afternoon entertainment on Thursday and Friday includes Sean Phillips, a veteran of the music business. Sean has been a studio singer and musician in New York and California, and has toured as a vocalist and bass and guitar player for many well-known acts.

Bob Blumer tries his hand at garlic braiding.

Back by popular demand, Bob Blumer, host of “Surreal Gourmet” and “Glutton for Punishment,” and producer and host of “World’s Weirdest Restaurants” on the Food Network, will be performing each day in the Art & Home Center – Demo Kitchen Room. Bob shares his extraordinary culinary skills by transforming ordinary ingredients into wow-inspiring dishes through simple cooking methods and whimsical presentations, sponsored by Camping World.

Other activities include the “Empire State Dogs” show, sponsored by Camping World and Good Sam Pet Insurance, an ice cream and ladies social and a book and DVD exchange.

Wedding Vow Renewal

On Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m., all married couples attending the Camping World/Good Sam Rally are invited to participate in the world’s largest wedding vow renewal ceremony and the attempt to break the current world record of 1,087 couples. The sponsor, Reese, encourages all married couples to participate in the pre-nuptials ceremony, but only those that provide a copy of their original marriage certificate will be counted in the final world record setting total. Those attendees who are not married are invited to attend as witnesses. All are encouraged to dress up in their wedding finery for the best-dressed prize!

Reba McEntire

After all the fun activities throughout each day, the finest in entertainment comes Friday and Saturday nights.Wayne Newton, the epitome of glamour and energy that is Las Vegas, will captivate the opening night crowd at the Chevy Court Main Stage on Friday evening. Also known as “Mr. Las Vegas,” Newton’s energy, talent and showmanship, as well as rich history in music and entertainment will electrify the audience at the Syracuse Camping World/Good Sam Rally.

Wayne Newton

Saturday evening, Reba McEntire, the Queen of Country music, returns to the Rally on the Main Stage for an encore performance after dazzling crowds at the Daytona Good Sam Rally last fall. With over 56 million albums sold worldwide, 64 top 10 hits throughout her career, and as recipient of many music awards and recognition, the Rally is proud to welcome back this American entertainment icon.

Throughout the weekend, Rallygoers are encouraged to get involved as “Blanketeers” for the Rally 2013 Blanket Drive to benefit Project Linus. Camping World/Good Sam is partnering with Project Linus to collect blankets for children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Campers can participate by knitting, crocheting, or quilting blankets, and kid crafters can create “no sew” fleece blankets as well.

Salute to Veterans

On Sunday, June 16, starting at 11 a.m., Rally guests can participate in the Salute to Veterans, sponsored by Coast to Coast Resorts. All military veterans are invited to join in the longstanding tradition of pass and review and are encouraged to wear any part of the original uniform. Guests can then take shuttle buses to Onondaga County Veterans Cemetery to place flags on gravesites of military veterans.

The Syracuse Camping World/Good Sam Rally officially opens June 13 at the New York State Fairgrounds. Gates open Thursday at 10 a.m., Friday – Sunday at 9 a.m. Registration for Rally-goers starts at only $199 which includes four days of camping and all the fun and festivities. Daily passports are available to purchase as well for those not camping onsite. Daily parking is free. For more information, visit www.TheRally.com or call (800) 701-1399.

 

Good Sam Rally Kicks Off Thursday in Louisville

June 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on Good Sam Rally Kicks Off Thursday in Louisville 

Rally opens Thursday in Louisville.

Good Sam Enterprises LLC kicks off the company’s second national consumer gathering of the year Thursday morning (June 21) in the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.

RVBUSINESS.COM reports a consumer coach count of about 2,000 rigs is down some from the 3,370 units registered at the company’s March rally at the Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona. But anticipated attendance is pretty much on a par with that of Good Sam’s last Louisville consumer confab two years ago, reports Rally Director Sue Bray.

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Woodall’s Campground Management and www.woodallscm.com are owned by Good Sam Enterprises LLC.

Cosby, McBride to Appear at First 2012 Good Sam Rally

November 2, 2011 by · Comments Off on Cosby, McBride to Appear at First 2012 Good Sam Rally 

Bill Cosby

Superstars Bill Cosby and Martina McBride will provide the entertainment at the first Good Sam Rally of 2012, scheduled for March 22-25 at Phoenix International Raceway in phoenix, Ariz., and presented by Dish Network.

Martina McBride

Country music’s four-time winner of Female Vocalist of the Year, Martina McBride will be performing for Rally guests on Saturday evening, while Bill Cosby will be entertaining attendees on Friday.

It’s the first of three Good Sam Rallies during the year. Others will be held June 21-24 in Louisville, Ky., and Nov. 2-4 in Daytona, Fla.

For more information about the 2012 Rallies, visit http://therally.com.

The Rally is organized and sponsored by Good Sam Enterprises LLC, parent company of Woodall’s Campground Management and www.woodallscm.com.

A Big Weekend for Camping World/Good Sam

July 16, 2011 by · Comments Off on A Big Weekend for Camping World/Good Sam 

Big weekend for Camping World/Good Sam

This is a big weekend for Camping World because the Bowling Green, Ky.-based company is playing a major role in two national events on opposite coasts – the Rally running July 14-17 at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., and at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway where the company’s Good Sam Enterprises LLC division joins RCR as the primary sponsor on the No. 33 Good Sam Chevrolet driven by NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Driver Clint Bowyer.

“We are excited to partner with RCR and sponsor Clint in the No. 33 Good Sam Chevrolet,” said Marcus Lemonis, chairman and CEO of Camping World and Good Sam Enterprises LLC, formerly known as Affinity Group Inc. “Clint is an avid outdoorsman who understands our business and our customers. Clint’s parents have been members of the Good Sam and the Camping World President’s Club for many years.”

Out in Oregon, where The Rally’s unit count by last night (July 15) was close to 3,000, things have been going well, according to Camping World spokesmen. On hand for The Rally, one of the nation’s three key national consumer rallies for 2011 (along with the Family Motor Coach Association’s (FMCA) upcoming convention Aug. 10-13 in Madison, Wis.), are 361 exhibitors, including 20-plus RV manufacturers, and some 560 motorized and towable display units.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

“Camping World had the best sales in one day at a rally they’ve ever had yesterday,” Terry Thompson, vice president of sales for the company’s RV consumer magazine titles, reported Saturday morning. “And guys I’ve talked to at different companies like Newmar, Jayco and Winnebago seem pleased with the initial consumer response early in the game. The early signs are that sales are going to be good for these companies, and the same goes for the indoor displays.”

Good Sam Events Coordinator Sue Bray concurs with the positive assessment, despite torrential rains that surprisingly swept across the area and delayed by an hour a Friday night performance by C&W favorite Vince Gill.

Bray, noting that a Thursday night concert by ‘60’s crooner Bobby Vinton went well, says she’s pleased with a unit count of nearly 3,000 – a decent number, most industry watchers would agree, in the post-recessionary era.

“Yes, we think we’re going to hit more than we had in Louisville in 2010 and more than we had in Albuquerque the year before, but not as many as we had when we were here in ’07 or when we were in Perry (Georgia). We’re pleased,” says Bray, noting that Camping World has three national rallies slated for next year in Phoenix, Louisville and Daytona.

Friday night, Bray added, the club recognized long-term Good Sam Club members by providing them with preferred seating for the Vince Gill performance.

“Marcus (Lemonis) last night talked to the crowd and wound up giving away a lot of stuff,” she said. “For instance, he gave away Pilot Flying J gas cards to people who had driven the farthest. We also presented RVers of the Year Don and Marilyn Buller from Fresno, Calif., with their award and a donation to their project. And Marcus actually is loaning them a fifth-wheel and gas and a Camping World shopping spree as part of what they have won as the Good Sam RVers of the Year.”

“You know,” she added, “one of the interesting things here has been using some social media. We’ve been posting a lot of stuff on the Good Sam Facebook page and, oh my gosh, did we get responses. I mean, as soon as we put it up, somebody’s on it, talking about the rally – you know, mostly people who aren’t there asking questions and that sort of thing. So, we’ve had a lot of chatter going on there.”

On tap today is a show by early rocker Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits. Bray says attendees will also attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records standard for the most people simultaneously doing “high fives.”

The event concludes on Sunday evening.

“All things considered,” says Bray, “we couldn’t ask for much better. The weather has been generally gorgeous. People are happy. You know, there is snow on the mountains; you have that gorgeous view of the Three Sisters (mountains). Oregon is really putting on a show for us.”

The Nation’s Largest RV Rally Expands in 2010

March 31, 2011 by · Comments Off on The Nation’s Largest RV Rally Expands in 2010 

With a much stronger focus on and commitment to Good Sam members and their experiences, Good Sam, the nation’s largest RV community, announced Wednesday (March 30) a ramp up going forward on their rally activities.

The colossal Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona is gearing up for The Rally March 22-25, 2012, followed by charming Louisville, Ky., June 21 – 24. Historic Daytona International Speedway in Florida will fly the green flag for RVers Oct. 25 – 28 and round out the RV rally circuit for next year, according to a news release.

The Good Sam Rally sponsored by DISH Network is the largest RV gathering in the nation. Thousands of people from all over the country will gather to sing and dance to big name entertainment and legendary country music performers like Vince Gill, who headlines The Rally 2011 in Redmond, Ore., July 14 – 17.

“I really enjoy seeing Good Sam guests compare and contrast RV makes and models they’ve always dreamed of and talk to experts from top RV manufacturers” stated Marcus Lemonis, Good Sam’s CEO. “We want them to learn everything they need to know at dozens of lifestyle seminars, shop till they drop at hundreds of indoor exhibits selling all kinds of gadgets and gear and even bring the family dog along for fun!”

A great time is guaranteed for all who make plans to attend one or all of the three big RV rallies scheduled in 2012 at spectacular venues around the country.

Visit www.therally.com for breaking news on these events.

The Good Sam Rally is a product of Good Sam Enterprises and is powered by the Good Sam Club, Good Sam Ventures, Trailer Life, Woodall’s, Camping World and Coast to Coast.

About Camping World & Good Sam Club

Camping World, www.campingworld.com, is America’s No. 1 source for RVs, camping accessories, RV maintenance and repair, and the Good Sam Club, www.goodsamclub.com, is the world’s largest RV owners association, offering helpful technical tips, vacation planning, extended warranties, magazine subscriptions, roadside assistance and more, to serve the outdoor enthusiast.

Both Camping World and Good Sam Club were founded in 1966 and are partnered together today to offer more to those who love the RV lifestyle, with one-stop shopping and resources for everything RV and outdoor.

Camping World features over 8,000 quality products located at over 75 SuperCenters nationwide, easy online and catalog shopping as well as a wide selection of new and used trailers and motorhomes from top RV manufacturers. Good Sam Club members receive cost-saving benefits and services, plus loads of valuable RV information and travel tips to get them ready for their next adventure. The Good Sam Club also represents more than 2,000 local RV chapters designed to bring RVers together from similar geographic regions for group camping excursions.

Camping World is the title sponsor of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the Official RV and Outdoor Retailer of NASCAR.

AGI’s The Rally Begins Thursday in Louisville, Ky.

July 21, 2010 by · Comments Off on AGI’s The Rally Begins Thursday in Louisville, Ky. 

Watch today’s Featured Video to learn about The Rally.

The RV Rally gets underway Thursday (July 22) at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisvile, Ky.

About 10,000 people are expected to attend the event and organizers say there is something for everyone’s lifestyle and budget.

The RV Rally runs through Sunday.

The Rally is sponsored by Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), the parent company of WOODALLSCM.com.

Centennial Caraventure Assembles in Indiana

July 16, 2010 by · Comments Off on Centennial Caraventure Assembles in Indiana 

The owners of 50 towable and motorized RVs assembled today (July 16) at the Elkhart (Ind.) Campground as a prelude to The Rally, a four-day gathering of RVers July 22-25 at the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) in Louisville, Ky.

With the RV industry celebrating 100 years of RV manufacturing, the pre-rally event in Elkhart is dubbed the ”Centennial Caraventure,” and is being hosted by Bob Livingston, senior vice president and group publisher of Affinity Group Inc. (AGI), and his wife, Lynne.

”It’s an RV immersion tour to show people the history of the RV industry,” Livingston said this morning as motorized and towable RVs were pulling into the private campground north of the city that calls itself the ”RV Capital of the World.”

Mostly, Livingston said, the Centennial Caraventure is designed to be educational on several levels.

”We are going to talk about the state of the RV industry, trends, the RV lifestyle and technical matters,” Livingston said. ”We will show the history of the RV industry and how they work and how to fix them.”

Livingston anticipates that he and other industry representatives presenting seminars will answer a lot of questions. ”I learned a long time ago that you can give speeches all day long, but what RVers really want is to have their questions answered,” said Livingston, who will lead an informal caravan to Louisville on Monday in a Dynamax Grand Sport GT motorhome.

Centennial Caraventure participants through the weekend will tour Amish Acres, in Nappanee, the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Studebaker National Museum in South Bend and Newmar Corp.’s manufacturing facility in Nappanee.

Bob Newhart

Tanya Tucker

More than 5,000 Rvers in 2,400 rigs — plus a few hundred walk-in day vistors are expected to take part in The Rally, which will include displays of new RVs along with family-friendly activities, entertainment from comedian Bob Newhart and country singer Tanya Tucker, RV seminars, talent contests, youth and teen programs and volunteers taking part in a ”Keep America Beautiful” effort in Louisville.

More than 150 seminars during the Rally will include such topics as healthy cooking on the road, chassis systems, RV troubleshooting techniques and RV caravan travel.

The Rally Dog Show will return for the seventh year, giving pet owners the opportunity to participate in Doggie Musical Chairs and the Double Vision look-alike contest.

As part of the centennial celebration, Affinity’s Good Sam Club affiliate asked those registering for The Rally to submit stories about their first RVing experience with the winner scheduled to receive 100 gallons of fuel.

AGI is the parent company of WOODALLSCM.com.

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