Feb 27, 2007

RV storage controversy in Antioch, California

The Antioch Press in Antioch, California reports on the controversy over rules concerning the storage and parking of RVs and boats.

The City Council had proposed citations to RV and Boat owners who leave their vehicles in sight for over 30 days at a time. City codes prohibit such storage, but were rarely enforced.

When the city council planned a "clean sweep" of such violations, RV and Boat owners expressed their opposition because of the financial burden of off-site storage.

What is the solution? Leave a comment and tell us what you think.
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Feb 26, 2007

Luxury RV parks attract a new kind of RVer

RV Trade Digest features a story on how RV parks are going upscale and adapting to changes in the RV market.

With the average age of an RV owner dropping from 60 to 48, RV parks are finding ways to cater to new customers.

A new breed of five star RV park is emerging, with amenities including waterfront views, golf courses, swimming pools, and tennis courts. Sites at RV parks are also getting bigger to accommodate larger RVs.
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Feb 22, 2007

Corps of Engineers Campgrounds: A Good Buy For Senior Citizens

By Jane Kenny
Camping on public lands is a long-standing American tradition. Huge portions of public lands, managed by a variety of government agencies, are available to the general public for recreational use.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages more than 12 million acres of land and water, provides over 30 percent of all recreation on federal lands. And, it is the largest provider of water-based recreation, with over 25 million individuals visiting a Corps project at least once a year.

Traveling seniors will find their best buy at Corps-managed campgrounds. Individuals age 62 and older may purchase the new federal “America the Beautiful” lifetime pass for $10, and it gives them 50% off the camping fees at all Corps-managed campgrounds. As of January 1, 2007, the “America the Beautiful” pass replaced the Golden Age Passport. However, existing Golden Age Passports can remain valid for the lifetime of the passholder.

No matter where you are in the U.S., there’s a Corps of Engineers lake nearby. The Corps operates more than 2,500 recreation areas at 463 projects, mostly lakes. Hundreds of attractive campgrounds have been developed by the Corps at its projects and they are popular destinations for RVers. Corps campgrounds generally feature wide and comfortable sites suitable for any size RV…even modern big rigs with multiple slideouts. Corps of Engineers-managed campgrounds are noted for their tidy, spacious sites, lovely lakeside settings and excellent fishing spots.

The newly-released book, RVers Guide To Corps of Engineers Campgrounds, lists over 600 Corps-managed campgrounds across the nation that have sites suitable for RV camping. The user-friendly guide is organized alphabetically by state, with a state locator map at the beginning of each section, and accurate directions to each campground

The RVers Guide To Corps of Engineers Campgrounds is available on the Travel Books website.
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Feb 20, 2007

RVs bring partiers to Mardi Gras celebrations

While Mardi Gras conjures up images of celebrations on the streets of New Orleans, but The Daily Advertiser features a story on how RVers are coming to Lafayette, Louisiana in their RVs for Fat Tuesday celebrations.

RV owners are parking across from Cajun Field in Lafayette for Mardi Gras celebrations and Cajun music till Fat Tuesday.

While RV space might cost up to $300 per vehicle, the competition for a place at the party is strong. RVers like the convenience of being able to celebrate with their families and being close to the party.
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Feb 19, 2007

Are you ready to live in an RV full-time?

While RVs have become more like a home, offering comforts like full kitchens and entertainment systems, traveling on the road is more than just having enough luxury.

Living on the road is the dream of many so-to-be retired RV owners, but do you have the personality that is compatible with full-time travel?

An article on FullTimeRver.com examines the demands of long-term RV travel and the difficulties some RVers might encounter.

RVers might find the constant travel and change to be stressful, switching from the routine living in a regular neighborhood. Constant travel often brings separation from family and friends for long periods of time.

Are you a full-time RVer? Did you have any difficulties getting used to your new lifestyle? Leave a comment and tell us your story.
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Feb 7, 2007

North Carolina state representative saves money by RVing

WRAL.com in North Carolina features a story on Rep. Charles Thomas, who lives in an RV while the North Carolina State Legislature in session.

Instead of buying a house or renting a hotel room to stay in Raleigh, Rep. Thomas uses an RV.

While some see the RV as a statement on the salaries of state lawmakers, who make $13,000 a year, Thomas says the RV is just a cost-effective way to get his job done. Thomas also says his kids love it.
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Feb 6, 2007

1 in 12 households own an RV

Gainsville.com features a story on gathering of the Tin Can Tourists, RV enthusiasts who travel in vintage RVs. Members of the Tin Can Tourists own RVs that have seen a lot of roadtime, some have been in use since the 1940s.

Long-time RVers have seen the industry go through cycles, from the low-points during the gas-crisis of the late 70s, to the current RV resurgence.

Some statistics from The Recreational Vehicle Industry Association are featured in the article.

According to the RVIA....

  • Between 2001 and 2005, RV ownership increased by 15 percent to a point where nearly 8 million households own an RV.
  • One in every 12 U.S. households owns some kind of vehicle also owns an RV.
  • RV manufacturing was at its highest level last year since 1978.
You can find a vintage RV, like the 1959 Airstream pictured above, on RV Trader Online.

Do you own an vintage RV? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.
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Feb 2, 2007

The 2007 Tidewater Recreational Vehicle Show

Here are some photos of RVs on display at the Tidewater Recreational Vehicle Show, held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on January 26 - 27, 2007

With gas prices on the mind of many RV buyers, smaller trailers are popular with buyers.

Bigger RVs and trailers are still popular, especially for full-time RVers who need the space.

The Fleetwood Nitrous was a popular model at the show, designed for RV buyers who want take their dirt bikes and other toys on the road.

RV buyers are demanding more variety in models. Class C RVs (above) and Pop-Up campers (below) offer the adventure of RVing to more consumers than ever.
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Feb 1, 2007

Are RVs welcome in the big city?

While campgrounds and parks are popular spots to visit, some RVers prefer city destinations.

BlogTo.com reports on concerns in the city of Toronto, Canada and the lack of RV space for urban campers.

A City Councilor in Toronto says that Toronto is missing out on RVers as tourists because it is too difficult to park. While stores like WalMart let RVers park in their lots overnight, downtown areas are not so accommodating.

Have you used your RV as a place to stay while visiting a big city? How hard is it to find a place to park downtown with an RV? Leave a comment and share your story.
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