KOAUnveils‘GetOutThere’GrantProgram; WinnersExperienceTheir‘Dream’Adventure willbeimplementedinmanyparksbeginning June 1. Yosemite National Park, for example, willincreasethepriceofaseven-dayvehicle pass to the park from $30 to $35. More than two-thirds of national parks will remain free to enter. All of the revenue from the fee increases will remain in the NPS, with at least 80% of the money staying in the park where it is collected,accordingtotheparkservice.The funds will be used for projects and activities to improve the experience for visitors who continue to visit parks at unprecedented levels, the NPS said. “An investment in our parks is an invest- ment in America,” noted U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “Every dollar spent torebuildourparkswillhelpbolsterthegate- way communities that rely on park visitation for economic vitality. “The $11.6 billion maintenance backlog isn’t going to be solved overnight and will require a multi-tiered approach as we work to provide badly needed revenue to repair infrastructure,” he continued. “This is just one of the ways we are carrying out our commitment to ensure that national parks remain world class destinations that provide an excellent value for families from all income levels.” The price of the annual America the BeautifulNationalParksandFederalRecre- ational Lands Annual Pass and Lifetime Senior Pass will remain $80. “Repairinginfrastructureisalsoaboutac- cess for all Americans,” Zinke said. “Not all in October 2017, will increase entrance fees to raise additional revenue to address the $11.6 billion in deferred maintenance across the system of 417 parks, historic and cultural sites, and monuments, according to a press release. Most seven-day vehicle passes to enter national parks will be increased by $5 and As part of its ongoing efforts to address aging park infrastructure and improve the visitorexperience,theNationalParkService (NPS) announced in mid-April that it was making changes to the entrance fees charged at some national parks. The changes, which come in response to public comments on a fee proposal released An NPS ranger greats someone at the entrance gate of Joshua Tree National Park, one of the parks that could be impacted by entrance fee increases. KOA Chairman & CEO Pat Hittmeier hopes ‘Get Out There’ grants will encourage more people to get outdoors. ‘An investment in our parks is an investment in America,’ said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. ‘Every dollar spent to rebuild our parks will help bolster the gateway communities that rely on park visitation for economic vitality.’ National Park Service to Implement Fee Hikes to Address Infrastructure Maintenance and Upgrades PMRV Sales Up 33.8% Through February 2018 WOODALLSCM.com May 2018 - 3 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) has created a new grant program designed to encourage more North Americans to get outdoors and enjoy their “adventure of a lifetime.” KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grants are available to all U.S. and Canadian citizens, and will provide funding for grant recipients to expe- rience a special dream adventure of their own design, according to a press release. “We want to encourage more North Americans to get outside and experience all that the U.S. and Canada have to offer,” said KOA Chairman and CEO Pat Hittmeier. “At KOA, we know what an outdoor experience can do for the human spirit and we want to encourage more people to get outside, whether it be camping or some other type of outdoor adventure.” Grants can be awarded in any amount from $1,000 to $5,000 per person, according to the release. The application deadline for ‘Get Out There’ Grants is June 22. While KOA is sponsoring the grants, there is no require- mentthatanindividual’sproposedadventure includecampinginordertoreceivea‘GetOut There’ Grant. “We are looking for compelling personal stories and innovative adventures that we hope will result in once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences for our grant recipients,” Hittmeier said. “It might be camping, but it also could be about an adventure that tests personal limits, reconnects friends and fam- ily, or fulfills a lifelong goal. A KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grant could truly be anything. In this case, the sky is literally the limit.” Each applicant will be asked to describe their “dream adventure” in the application formandincludepreciselywhytheyandtheir adventure would be deserving of a ‘Get Out There’ Grant. KOA ‘Get Out There’ Grant information and the official application form areavailableatwww.koa.com/grants. WCM Park model RV sales were up 33.8% for the first two months of 2018, according to Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Statistical Survey Inc. Cavco Industries Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., led the park model segment with a 30% market share, followed by Troy, Mich.-based Champion Home Builders (19.8%) and Goshen, Ind.-based Kropf Industries Inc. (13.6%). The overall motorized market showed a 4.3% year-over-year increase for the first two months of 2018 as Class C gains offset a flat Class A market, according to Statisti- cal Survey. Class A motorhome sales were down 6.6% for the first two months, while Class C sales rolled to a 14.4% gain through February. Class B sales remained strong during the first two months of 2018 as overall reg- istrations jumped 23.6%. Year-over-year towable RV retail regis- trations also grew 9.4% for the first two months of 2018, driven by gains in the travel trailer and fifth-wheel segments. Results by category through February showed: • Sales for the travel trailer segment climbed 9.2%. • Fifth-wheel registrations rose 11.1 %. •Foldingcampingtrailersalesfell11.6%. WCM PRVCA’sBeckyLeningtontobeInducted Into RV/MH Hall of Fame‘Class of 2018’ NPS – continued on page 6 dent in 2015, is set to be inducted into the hall during the event along with nine other individuals from the RV and manufactured housing industries. Joining Lenington in the “Class of 2018” are, from the RV industry: Derald Bontrager, Jayco Inc.; Roger Faulkner, General Coach Canada; Gregg Fore, Dicor Corp.; and Daniel R Pearson, Pleasureland RV. Inductees from the manufactured housing industry are: Michael A. Cirillo, Star Management; Darrel Cohron and Harrel Cohron (deceased), Cohron’s Manufactured Homes; John Evans, California Manu- factured Housing Institute; Gub Mix, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona State MH Associations; and Bill Wilson, Cherry Hill Homes Inc. In addition to the induction cere- mony, the 2018 Golf Classic Fundraiser returns to Christiana Creek Country ClubinElkharton the morning of Aug. 6. The event kicks off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. and then caps off with a luncheon and awards presenta- tion following golf. Searer noted that the Hall is seeking sponsors for the various induction dinner events, as well as for the golf tournament. For more information please visit www.rvmhhalloffame.org. WCM Darryl Searer Rebecca (Becky) Lenington The RV/MH Hall of Fame’s annual induction dinner honoring the Class of 2018 will be held Aug. 6 in the facility’s Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. “Our 2018 induction dinner celebra- tion begins at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar cocktail party, followed by the dinner and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m,” said Hall President DarrylSearer.“Invi- tations are extended to all friends and colleagues of the inductees, as well as all industry associates and I hope a record number will join us this year in honoring these outstanding industry innovators who have had a major impact on our professions and lives.” Rebecca (Becky) Lenington, who servedthePennsylvaniaRVandCamp- ing Association (PRVCA) for 37 years, retiring as PRVCA executive vice presi-