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‘Winter Texan’ Business Holding Steady

Doug Shearer was admittedly concerned last summer when record high fuel prices prompted scores of retirees to cancel their winter reservations at his 93-site campground, located in the Texas Hill Country along the shores of the Frio River near Garner State Park. It’s...

Park Model Exec Delays Retirement

William R. Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), has postponed his retirement. Along with it, the association’s planned move from the Atlanta area to Elkhart, Ind., also has been put off. “The timing of my...

Camping Off 4.4% in S. Dakota State Parks

Visitation at South Dakota state parks increased slightly while camping declined slightly in the face of higher gas prices and economic uncertainty in 2008. The 59 state parks and recreation areas managed by the Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P) Department drew...

New York to Firm Up State Firewood Ban

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation plans to make permanent an emergency regulation to combat the spread of tree-killing pests and diseases. The regulation took effect in Glenville, N.Y., shortly after the Dec. 11 ice storm in the Capital Region,...

Doug Shearer Elected New TACO President

Doug Shearer of Parkview Riverside RV Park in Concan, Texas, was elected president of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which represents nearly 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and New Mexico. Shearer, who has served on TACO’s board of...

Doug Shearer Elected New TACO President

Doug Shearer of Parkview Riverside RV Park in Concan, Texas, was elected president of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which represents nearly 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and New Mexico. Shearer, who has served on TACO’s board of...

New York to Firm Up State Firewood Ban

The New York Department of Environmental Conservation plans to make permanent an emergency regulation to combat the spread of tree-killing pests and diseases. The regulation took effect in Glenville, N.Y., shortly after the Dec. 11 ice storm in the Capital Region,...

Camping Off 4.4% in S. Dakota State Parks

Visitation at South Dakota state parks increased slightly while camping declined slightly in the face of higher gas prices and economic uncertainty in 2008. The 59 state parks and recreation areas managed by the Game, Fish and Parks (GF&P) Department drew...

TACO, ARVC Boards Revisit Member Issue

Leaders of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) and Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) spent 4 ½ hours on Wednesday (Jan. 14) communicating to each other their concerns and wishes and smoothing over their differences. By day’s end,...

AGI/Gorin Investment Conference Canceled

The lagging economy has claimed another victim: the campground investment conference organized by Affinity Group Inc. (AGI) and David Gorin & Associates for Feb. 4-6 in McLean, Va. Gorin announced the cancellation in a brief announcement posted Monday on the...

Tampa Show Attendance Tops Expectations

Preliminary reports from the Florida RV Supershow Jan. 12-17 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa indicate that attendance totaled about 44,000 people – roughly 8% less than last year but much more than many industry insiders might have guessed after last...

D.C. Area RV Parks Host Inaugural Guests

Victoria Brofsky couldn’t sleep during her family’s 16-hour drive from Tampa, Fla., to Aquia Pines Camp Resort in Stafford County, Va. She’s thrilled at the opportunity to witness President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, according to The...