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Gettysburg Farm Hosts Annual RV Rally

July 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on Gettysburg Farm Hosts Annual RV Rally 

 

The welcome sign at Gettysburg Farm, a Thousand Trails RV resort and campground near Dover, Pa.

Gettysburg Farm, a Thousand Trails RV resort and campground, is hosting its annual RV rally, car show and pig roast July 21 at the property near Dover, Pa.

The family event, which will run from approximately 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature a pig roast served a la carte. The menu will include pork sandwiches, hamburgers, baked potatoes, sweet corn, sausage sandwiches, cotton candy and more with much of the food being produced at Gettysburg Farm, according to a news release.

The country band Key Largo will provide musical entertainment from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. A recent addition to the annual event, the classic car show is expected to attract up to 100 cars competing for trophies and dash plaques.

Children’s activities will include an inflatable bouncer, carnival games and the opportunity to pet and feed some of the barnyard petting zoo animals, including the recent additions of two llamas, Chuck and Larry.

The event is open to the public and is free for guests staying at Gettysburg Farm. Outside visitors will be charged on a per-vehicle basis.

Located in heart of Pennsylvania farm country, Thousand Trails’ Gettysburg Farm is a real working farm, accommodating RV and tent campers with an emphasis on family fun.

To book a visit to Gettysburg Farm or any of the other Thousand Trails RV Resorts and Campgrounds around the country, visit www.RVonTheGo.com or call (866) 730-0637.

 

Encore/Thousand Trails Back Great American Backyard Campout

June 14, 2012 by · Comments Off on Encore/Thousand Trails Back Great American Backyard Campout 

Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts, in support of the initiative behind the National Wildlife Federation’s annual Great American Backyard Campout, is offering a camping special to encourage people to experience the great outdoors.

The Great American Backyard Campout, scheduled this year for June 23, was created to help children foster a healthy outdoor lifestyle through camping. Encore and Thousand Trails are offering tent campers a buy one get one deal at 90 participating campground locations on June 22 and 23, the RV News Service reported.

According to the National Wildlife Federation’s website, only 25 percent of today’s children play outside daily where 75 percent of children did so only a generation ago. The Great American Backyard Campout encourages children to get outdoors to develop healthy and active lifestyles. “We support the effort of this event which encourages families to explore the great outdoors.” said Seth Rosenberg, senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We know how great the camping experience is and we’re excited that this event will introduce more campers to this great lifestyle.”

Tent campers who purchase a night’s stay at any of the 90 participating Encore or Thousand Trails campgrounds on Friday, June 22, will receive a free night’s stay on Saturday, June 23, at the same campground. To take part in the Great American Backyard Campout at any of the 90 participating Encore and Thousand Trails locations, visit www.RVonTheGo.com/backyardcampout or call (866) 730-0637.

Q&A from April 17 Equity LifeStyles Conference Call

April 19, 2012 by · Comments Off on Q&A from April 17 Equity LifeStyles Conference Call 

ELS Conference Call Transcript Q&A

Editor’s Note: On Tuesday (April 17), Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELS), corporate parent of Thousand Trails and Encore Resorts, reported its first quarter earnings and discussed the following topics in its earnings conference call. A transcript of the Q&A, courtesy of Wall Street Cheat Sheet, follows.

Membership Upgrade Product 

Gaurav Mehta – Cantor Fitzgerald: Moving back to your initial comments on right-to-use contract I was wondering if you could provide more details on what the new membership upgrade product is?

Marguerite Nader – EVP and CFO: When we’re talking about our membership upgrade product or a right-to-use product I think it’s important to first discuss the profile of the member who upgrade. They’ve generally – these are members that have been with us for a while, they like the lifestyle there, economically they are well-off and they’re looking to enhance their experience within ELS and within the Thousand Trails footprint. The upgrade offers opportunity to enhance that experience such as increased flexibility of the number of parks they can visit, longer terms on their reservation, alternative vacation option that type of things.

Gaurav Mehta – Cantor Fitzgerald: Then the sales force training, was that to educate the sales force for their membership upgrade?

Thomas Heneghan – Director, President and CEO: Yeah, as Marguerite said in her comments we’ve been dealing with a third-party operator to do a portion of our upgrade for the last 10 years. This is a fairly experienced operator and historically as we transition from one product to another, it’s a rollout. It’s done with time – say, six to nine-month lead time. This time around it was not done that way. In fact, they took the sales team off the field for sales training. It turned out that that was not a very good decision in retrospect as I commented. We expect, again as I commented, to get that sales team back up to full sales force level and continue to provide the upgrade to the Thousand Trails members. So, we don’t think this is an issue with respect to the membership per se. We don’t think this is an issue with respect to even the third party. We really think this is an issue that we shot ourselves in the foot on, we realized it, and the shame of it is it takes a little while now to actually get that sales force back up into full capacity because there is no sales teams that have to be hired; there is hiring process, and once they are hired there is the training process. So, although we’d like to go back to the full team immediately it does take some time, and in our guidance, we provided for that to be through the second quarter primarily of this year.

Rental Program

Jana Galan – Bank of America Merrill Lynch: I think I caught in Marguerite’s comments that there’d be about $35 million invested in rental inventory. I was just curious if that was across the portfolio or are you really looking to focus on the Hometown property?

Marguerite Nader – EVP and CFO: That number represents the whole portfolio.

Thomas Heneghan – Director, President and CEO: It includes both new and used.

Jana Galan – Bank of America Merrill Lynch: And as you look to kind of grow the rental business, where do you kind of see that going and I guess, kind of, be impacted on the results of the properties going forward?

Thomas Heneghan – Director, President and CEO: We have been very successful with the rental program in our core markets in Florida and Arizona. We’ve recently been adding product to Colorado, but literally across the United States, California to the East Coast where we have initiated the rental product we’ve seen demand and we’ve been able to occupy. We’ve experimented a little bit up in Michigan thus far, I think we’ve purchased order of magnitude 60, 70 homes, and we are seeing the same results up there in Michigan, but there is strong demand for this form of housing in most of our markets.

Jana Galan – Bank of America Merrill Lynch: And since clearly the demand is there, does this kind of change that way you are thinking about those all-age potential acquisitions?

Thomas Heneghan – Director, President and CEO: That’s a great question. We look at the all-age much differently than we did 10 years ago. 10 years ago we just thought it wasn’t competitive against the single-family housing alternatives that were in existence and the ease with which you could get into single-family homes. We think that has changed. As I said in my comments, we think that all-age manufactured home community business has returned to its niche of providing single-family, affordable single-family housing. The big issue – two big issues we see in getting in that business in a big way, one is that the dynamic that is at play with respect to being successful in that business is much more local in its focus. You have to be in the right markets, you have to know where job growth is, so just doing a macro bet that is going to return as single-family housing – affordable single family housing play, you could be right on the macro and wrong on the markets. There are some markets where there are still some challenges with respect to the all-age business. And the second thing is at margin all occupancy in the business is achieved through community owners investing their capital, and that is an issue that we think we need to be mindful of and the question we’re trying to figure out is, is that investment of capital to create that occupancy going to return itself in terms of improve value in the communities and I’d say at this point we’re still looking at it. We’re still trying to figure it out but at this stage I think our preliminary conclusion is that may be true, but even if that is true does it belong in the portfolio that we have that is primarily age restricted, and we struggle with that today I would say.

RV Park and Campground Briefs

April 9, 2012 by · Comments Off on RV Park and Campground Briefs 

MICHIGAN

From a news release:

Sun Communities Inc., a Southfield, Mich.-based real estate investment trust (REIT) that owns and operates manufactured housing and recreational vehicle communities, announced the date for its first quarter 2012 earnings results release and conference call.

The company will release its results on April 26, prior to the opening of the market. A conference call to discuss first quarter operating results will be held at 11 a.m. (EST) that same day. To participate, call toll-free (877) 941-8609. Callers outside the U.S. or Canada can access the call at (480) 629-9692. A replay will be available following the call through May 10 and can be accessed toll-free by calling (800) 406-7325 or by calling (303) 590-3030. The conference ID number for the call and the replay is 4525801. The conference call will be available live on Sun Communities website, www.suncommunities.com. Replay will also be available on the website.

Sun Communities Inc. currently owns and operates a portfolio of 162 communities comprising approximately 55,900 developed sites.

COLORADO

From the Loveland Reporter-Herald:

American Land & Leisure has been awarded a five-year permit from the U.S. Forest Service to operate campgrounds and day-use areas on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland. The new concessionaire will take over operations from Thousand Trails.

According to a release from the Forest Service, American Land and Leisure has nearly 25 years of experience managing public campgrounds, and it operates more than 400 campgrounds on 20 national forests from California to West Virginia.

Under the contract, operating seasons either will remain the same or will be slightly longer, and fees will remain the same, the release stated. Interagency and Golden passes will be honored, and the company also is granting a transition period through 2012 during which it will continue to accept Interagency and Golden passes at Brainard Lake Recreation Area.

TEXAS

From KETK-TV, Tyler:

The victim in Sunday’s fatal RV fire in Noonday, Texas, has been identified as Jody Jennings, 47.

The Smith County fire marshal believes that the fire may have started due to a mechanical fire with the RV’s electrical system, but it will be several days before they have an official cause.

The smoke in an RV fire is extremely toxic, and can incapacitate those trying to escape.

Jennings’ dog also died in the fire. Jennings had only lived in the RV for 10 days before the fire. Today would have been her 48th birthday.

The fire was at the Westberry Landing & RV Park.

 

 

 

Thousand Trails Weighs In on Geocaching

April 3, 2012 by · Comments Off on Thousand Trails Weighs In on Geocaching 

A sample geocache

Editor’s Note: The following news release comes from Thousand Trails.

Living life on the road in an RV brings fresh and exciting experiences. Whether scanning the trees for an elusive bird or biking local trails, RVers across the country are always on the lookout for new outdoor adventures. One of the newest ways RVers can get out and enjoy nature is geocaching.

This modern-day treasure hunting combines old-school puzzle work with some of the newest GPS technology and is a great activity for all ages and physical abilities. A Geocacher can be any person seeking fun and adventure in the outdoors. From families with children and retirees to rock climbers and hikers, geocaching is one of the fastest growing, live, recreational social media activities.

Seth Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc. (NYSE: ELS), owner and operator of Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts and Campgrounds, agrees geocaching is an interesting activity for RVers.

“Geocaches are as varied as people’s imaginations,” Rosenberg said. “We have found there are geocaching sites near several of our properties. Some of the cache containers are just small tubes with logbooks, while larger caches may contain trinkets and knickknacks for swapping. It simply adds another fun dimension for RVers.”

With over 4 million users, www.GeoCaching.com is the most popular geocaching website. Members of this community use GPS-enabled devices and their wits to find containers hidden by other geocachers. Users can search by city, state or zip code to find cache locations within a particular area.

Having an error factor of up to 30 feet, GPS devices will only take the geocachers to a general area. Camouflaged into the surrounding area, caches should be difficult for an unsuspecting person to spot. Geocachers use the provided clues and their own intuition to find the caches.

Rules for the sport are basic. If a geocacher takes something from a cache, they need to leave something of equal or greater value. Sound ethics, like respecting private property, minimizing the impact on nature and not endangering people, are encouraged and vital to the continuation of the sport. A common practice of geocachers is to “Cache In, Trash Out.” By picking up trash on the way back from a geocache location, geocachers help keep natural areas clean.

Cache listings include ratings for difficulty and terrain. From 1 to 5, the listings give seekers an idea of what to expect before heading out on their find. A listing with a rating of 1/1 will be easy to locate and on easy terrain. A listing of 5/5 will not only be difficult to locate, it may entail climbing rocks, trees or even rappelling from heights.

With the ability to pick and choose geocaches of different difficulty ratings in virtually any location, geocaching is a perfect sport for RVers. Geocaches rated as an easy find on flat terrain are perfect for families with young children or seniors with limited mobility. Although many of the geocaches are easy to discover, there are more than enough difficult caches to satisfy the more adventurous RVers.

Since its inception in 2000, geocaching has given people the opportunity to visit new and interesting locations, enjoy the outdoors and make new friends. RVing has been doing the same for decades. The curiosity and inherent sense of adventure of RVers makes geocaching a natural fit.

With geocaching becoming more popular among RVers, it is no surprise to find cache locations close to RV resorts and along highways. Whether the deserts of the Southwest or the dense forests of New England, thousands of geocaches are waiting to be discovered.

With 173 premier RV resorts located in some of the most desirable natural locations in the country, Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts offer geocaching RVers a great base for their sport.

For more information about Encore and Thousand Trails visit www.RVonTheGo.com and www.ThousandTrails.com.

 

Encore/Thousand Trails Announce ‘Go Fishing’ Winners

March 27, 2012 by · Comments Off on Encore/Thousand Trails Announce ‘Go Fishing’ Winners 

Encore and Thousand Trails announced the winners of their “Go Fishing” contest. Partnering with Pure Fishing, Encore and Thousand Trails kicked off the start of the spring fishing season this February with a month-long contest for three family fishing packages worth over $500 each. Winners were selected March 1 from entries completed throughout February at www.RVonTheGo.com.

Designed for a family of four, each fishing package included a Fenwick HMG 6’6’ Medium action spinning rod, a Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reel, a Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ladyfish spinning combo and Shakespeare Catch More fish combo kit for the kids, in addition to a generous supply of Berkley fishing bait and line.

The winners are Kasey Harrison, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Amy Steveson, of Santee, Calif., and Carl Smith, of San Antonio, Texas.

“With so many of our campgrounds located on or around great fishing locations, we were glad to outfit the lucky winners with new gear and tackle for the upcoming fishing season,” said Seth Rosenberg, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. “Thanks to Pure Fishing and their quality fishing products, the winners and their families will be able to better enjoy their favorite fishing spots.”

With locations across North America, Encore and Thousand Trails provide the best in outdoor vacation destinations. Catering to the RV customer and outdoor enthusiast, Encore and Thousand Trails combines the beauty and relaxation of nature with resort-style amenities.

 

Encore and Thousand Trails Partner to Promote Fishing

February 9, 2012 by · Comments Off on Encore and Thousand Trails Partner to Promote Fishing 

To kick off the beginning of the 2012 fishing season, Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts announced their Go Fishing contest, which entails three fishing package giveaways.

Through Feb. 29, contestants can enter through Encore and Thousand Trails websites for a chance to take home a fishing package for the family worth over $500, according to a news release.

Contestants can fill out an entry form for a chance to win by visiting www.RVonTheGo.com. Three lucky winners will be selected and will receive an extensive package to include: a Fenwick HMG 6’6” Medium action spinning rod, a Pflueger Supreme XT spinning reel, a Berkley Trilene XL Armor Coated fishing line 8-pound test and a Shakespeare Ugly Stik Ladyfish spinning combo, in addition to a generous supply of Berkley fishing bait. No purchase is necessary to enter the contest. The drawing will be March 9, and winners will be contacted directly.

With 173 locations across North America, Encore and Thousand Trails provide the best in outdoor vacation destinations. Catering to the RV customer and outdoor enthusiast, Encore and Thousand Trails combine the beauty and relaxation of nature with resort-style amenities.

Encore Markets Whale Watching at Pacific Resorts

February 2, 2012 by · Comments Off on Encore Markets Whale Watching at Pacific Resorts 

Of the many activities on the West Coast available to RV travelers during spring, whale-watching season is a great opportunity to learn and experience something new.

Beginning in mid-February, grey whales leave breeding and calving sites off the coast of Baja, Calif., and travel north to summer feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. Traveling close to shore, grey whales can be spotted along the West Coast of the United States and Canada, according to a news release.

The West Coast of the United States has a long history of whale watching. High points along the coastline offer many opportunities for land-based observations. Traveling along the famous Pacific Coast Highway gives RVers a good chance to spot whales while experiencing the beautiful landscapes of one of the most scenic routes in the U.S. This legendary highway hugs most of the coastline from San Diego to northern Washington, providing a continuous avenue for RV travelers who want to stay close to the coast.

Novice whale-watching RVers can also take advantage of the weeklong program offered by Whale Watching Spoken Here. This program provides trained volunteers at 26 proven whale-watching sites from northern California to southern Washington. Volunteers help visitors spot whales and provide educational information. This spring’s session will run March 24-31.

The annual migration of the grey whales provides an exciting and moving experience for veteran and novice whale watchers. With so many places to see these massive mammals, RVers will find whale watching an interesting and exciting spring activity and a perfect reason to take to the road.

Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts offer premier RV resorts all along the West Coast. Each location offers unique amenities and activities, such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, lounges, sports courts, organized activities, Wi-Fi access and more.

Below is a sampling of RV resorts on the West Coast.

  • Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort – 1205 Silver Spur Place., Oceano, Calif.
  • Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park – 917 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, Calif.
  • San Francisco RV Resort – 700 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, Calif.
  • Rancho Oso RV Resort– 3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Morgan Hill RV Resort– 12895 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill, Calif.
  • South Jetty RV Resort – 05010 S. Jetty Road, Florence, Ore.
  • Whaler’s Rest RV Resort– 50 S.E. 123rd St., South Beach, Ore.
  • Pacific City RV Resort – 30000 Sandlake Road, Cloverdale, Ore.
  • Seaside RV Resort – 1703 12th Ave., Seaside, Ore.
  • Long Beach RV Resort – 2215 Willow Road, Seaview, Wash.
  • Oceana RV Resort – 2733 State Route 109, Ocean City, Wash.

Encore Resorts Appeal to Grapefruit League Fans

January 31, 2012 by · Comments Off on Encore Resorts Appeal to Grapefruit League Fans 

Each spring, 15 professional baseball teams arrive in central Florida for the Grapefruit League spring training to prep for the upcoming MLB season. Beginning Feb. 23, baseball fans visiting spring training from around the U.S. can benefit from nearby Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts for accommodations, according to a news release.

For more information on the Grapefruit League and the spring training schedule visit www.FloridaGrapefruitLeague.com.

RV travelers who want the best in resort-style amenities can choose from many different Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts locations across central Florida. Each location offers unique amenities and activities, such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, lounges, sports courts, organized activities, Wi-Fi access and more. With Encore and Thousand Trails RV resorts’ many locations across Florida, finding a base for spring training is simple.

To book a visit to any of the premier Encore and Thousand Trails’ RV resorts located in Florida, call (866) 730-0637 or visit www.RVontheGo.com. Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resort locations across Florida include:

Encore RV

  • Barrington Hills 9412 New York Avenue, Hudson.
  • Breezy Hill 800 NE 48th Street Pompano Beach.
  • Bulow RV Resort 3345 Old Kings Road, South Flagler Beach.
  • Clerbrook Golf & RV Resort 20005 U.S. Highway 27, Clermont.
  • Crystal Isles Resort 11419 W Fort Island Drive, Crystal River.
  • Fort Myers Beach RV Resort 16299 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers.
  • Gulf Air 17279 San Carlos Boulevard, Ft Myers Beach.
  • Gulf View 10205 Burnt Store Road, Punta Gorda.
  • Harbor Lakes 3737 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte.
  • Highland Wood Travel Park 900 NE 48th St., Pompano Beach.
  • Lake Magic RV Resort 9600 Highway 192 West, Clermont.
  • Pine Island 5120 Stringfellow Road, St James City.
  • Pioneer Village, 7974 Samville Road, N Fort Myers.
  • Ramblers Rest RV Resort 1300 North River Road, Venice.
  • Royal Coachman 1070 Laurel Road East, Nokomis.
  • Sherwood Forest 5300 W. Irlo Bronson Highway, Kissimmee.
  • Silver Dollar Golf & Trap Club Resort 12515 Silver Dollar Drive, Odessa.
  • Southern Palms, One Avocado Lane, Eustis.
  • Sunshine Holiday Daytona 1701 North U.S. Highway 1, Ormond Beach.
  • Sunshine Holiday 2802 W Oakland Park Boulevard Fort Lauderdale.
  • Sunshine Key RV Resort & Marina 38801 Overseas Highway, Big Pine Key.
  • Sunshine Travel 9455 108th Avenue, Vero Beach.
  • Terra Ceia Village, 9303 Bayshore Road, Palmetto.
  • Toby’s RV Resort 3550 NE Highway 70, Arcadia.
  • Topics RV Community 13063 County Line Road, Spring Hill.
  • Vacation Village 6900 Ulmerton Road, Largo.
  • Winter Garden 13905 W Colonial Drive, Winter Garden.
  • Winter Quarters Manatee 800 Kay Road NE, Bradenton.
  • Winter Quarters Pasco, 21632 State Road 54, Lutz.

Thousand Trails

  • Orlando 2110 U.S. Highway 27 S, Clermont.
  • Peace River 2555 U.S. Highway 17 South Wauchula.
  • Three Flags 1755 State Road 44 East, Wildwood.

Encore Resorts Appeal to Cactus League Followers

January 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on Encore Resorts Appeal to Cactus League Followers 

Encore parks welcome fans of the Cactus League.

Each spring, 15 professional baseball teams arrive in Arizona for the Cactus League spring training season to prep for the upcoming MLB season. Beginning March 2, baseball fans visiting spring training from around the U.S. can benefit from nearby Encore RV Resorts for accommodations, according to a news release.

While the area offers an assortment of activities, spring training is atop Arizona visitor’s must-see lists this time of year. Whether attending games or team practices, fans experience an atmosphere with fewer barriers between spectators and players with daily games scheduled at centrally located stadiums. For more information on the Cactus League and the spring training schedule visit www.CactusLeague.com.

RV travelers who want the best in resort-style amenities can choose from 19 different Encore RV Resorts locations across Arizona. Each location offers unique amenities and activities, such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, lounges, sports courts, organized activities, Wi-Fi access and more. With Encore RV Resorts’ many locations across Arizona, finding a base for spring training is simple.

Encore RV Resorts in the Arizona area are:

  • Araby Acres RV Resort – 6649 E. 32nd St., Yuma.
  • Cactus Gardens RV Resort – 10657 South Ave. 9-E, Yuma.
  • Capri RV Resort – 3380 S. 4th Ave., Yuma.
  • Casita Verde RV Resort – 2200 N. Trekell Road, Casa Grande.
  • Countryside RV Resort – 2701 S. Idaho Road, Apache Junction.
  • Desert Paradise RV Resort ¬–10537 South Ave., 9E, Yuma.
  • Desert Vista RV Resort – 64812 Harcuvar Drive, Salome.
  • Fiesta Grande RV Resort – 1511 E. Florence Blvd., Casa Grande.
  • Foothill Village RV Resort –12705 E. South Frontage Road, Yuma.
  • Foothills West RV Resort ¬– 10167 N. Encore Drive, Casa Grande.
  • Golden Sun RV Resort – 999 W. Broadway Ave., Apache Junction.
  • Mesa Verde RV Resort –3649 S. 4th Ave., Yuma.
  • Monte Vista RV Resort – 8865 E. Baseline Road, Mesa.
  • Paradise RV Resort –10950 W. Union Hill Drive, Sun City.
  • Suni Sands RV Resort –1960 E. 32nd St., Yuma.
  • Valley Vista RV Resort –1060 S. Highway 80, Benson.
  • Venture In RV Resort – 270 N. Clark Road, Show Low.
  • ViewPoint RV & Golf Resort – 8700 E. University Drive, Mesa.
  • Voyager RV Resort – 8701 S. Kolb Road, Tucson.

About Encore and Thousand Trails

Encore and Thousand Trails feature 172 RV Resorts across North America. Owned and operated by Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc., Encore, Thousand Trails and its affiliates offer RV and outdoor recreation enthusiasts opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations, complemented with resort style amenities.

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