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Towns, States Ponying Up to Keep Parks Open

The Arizona town of Tusayan, on the southern rim of the Grand Canyon, has 558 residents and 1,000 hotel rooms. And by Saturday (Oct. 5), it had $350,000 to reopen temporarily closed Grand Canyon National Park. “The reason we exist is the Grand Canyon National...

Arkansas Reporter Survives Texas Park Ordeal

Cathy Frye could go on no longer. She and her husband, Rick McFarland, decided that he would set out in Texas’ remote Big Bend Ranch State Park to find help, leaving her behind. For two more days, she waited it out, using a small tree for shade. The Associated...

RVDA Elects Regan, Ruppel to Serve on Board

Mike Regan of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas, and Rod Ruppel of Webster City RV in Webster City, Iowa, were elected to the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) board during the recently completed RV Dealers International Convention/Expo in Las Vegas....

Airstreamers Bringing Camping to City Streets

In Kirk MacKellar’s experience, Airstream travel trailers usually make an impression. The Dimondale, Mich., resident has owned one of the iconic recreation vehicles – known for their airplane fuselagelike design and aluminum exterior – for nine years. The Lansing...

OEM Startup Focuses on High-End, Green RVs

Editor’s Note: The following piece published by the Indianapolis Business Journal offers a followup to the announcement of a new manufacturing company that will build high luxury, high-tech RVs. RVBusiness and WCM obtained permission from the publication to reprint...

RVDA of Canada Elects Redmund as Chairman

Kyle Redmond of Bucars RV Centre in Balzac, Alberta, has been elected as the new chairman of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada. According to a press release, Bucars RV Centre is a family owned and operated RV dealership that “prides...

Utah Lawmaker Offering Plan on National Parks

One Utah lawmaker has a plan to aid the state’s tourism industry should the federal government shutdown last for an extensive amount of time. The Daily Herald, Provo, reported that on Monday (Oct. 7) Rep. David Lifferth said that he is in the early stages of...

N.M. Park Residents Try to Recover from Flood

For people at one New Mexico RV park, life is slowly getting back to normal after floodwaters forced an evacuation last month. KOB TV reported that people are still digging out and counting their losses at SKP Ranch in Carlsbad. It was a dramatic helicopter escape, as...

RMS Software 'Simplifies' Reservation Process

RMS North America announced the rollout of RMS9, the latest version of its popular reservation software. “RMS 9 is making it easier than ever for park owners and operators to transition to and use a cloud-based reservation system,” said David Jones, RMS global sales...

Ind. Tourism Firms Hoping Shutdown is Short

Indiana tourism agencies and businesses that rely on the allure of federal parks and forests to attract visitors are hoping the partial federal government shutdown that entered its fourth day Friday ends before it hurts their bottom lines. As reported by The...

Park Models Spotlighted at California RV Show

The 61st Annual California RV Show will showcase a display of park model cabins, which are increasingly being used as rental accommodations in campgrounds across the country. According to a press release, Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) will create a simulated...

Dick Hartford: A Longtime Campground Partner

Richard “Dick” A. Hartford, founder of campground insurance providers Evergreen USA and Evergreen Indemnity, passed away Oct. 5 in Auburn, Maine, with his family by his side. He was 68. An e-mail from the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) stated,...