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RV Daily Report is the source for the latest news impacting the campground industry. Has a new RV park or campground opened, closed, sold, or been in the news? What are the latest stories that help campground owners and managers better run their park operations and drive traffic to their businesses? What great destinations should RVers and campers add to their must visit list? Bookmark this page and check in daily for the latest news on campgrounds and RV parks.

TACO breaks record for web traffic

(June 9, 2009) -- “We think the record numbers of unique visitors to TexasCampgrounds.com will translate into strong business for private campgrounds and RV parks this summer,” said Brian Schaeffer, president and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), which manages the site. TACO reported 21,781 unique visits to TexasCampgrounds.com in May, compared to 18,867 in May of 2008. The previous record of 20,945 unique visitors was set in March. Read More »

Wisconsin county imposes firewood ban

(June 5, 2009) -- Effective June 8, visitors to the St. Croix County parks may no longer bring in firewood or other sources of wood from outside the county parks. The rule was made to help stem infestation of the Emerald ash borer. Read More »

When camping, roughing it means having no espresso

(June 18, 2009) -- Getting close to nature and telling ghost stories around a fire are no longer the main attraction at many campgrounds. In an effort to attract families — and charge more — private campgrounds across the country have been reinventing themselves from sleepy, rustic campsites to bustling "camp resorts.” You can still pitch your own tent, but with food delivery, you don’t have to slave over an open flame for dinner. Read More »

TACO launches website to promote cabin, park model rentals

(June 9, 2009) -- The Texas Association of Campground Owners launched a new website today that highlights campgrounds and RV parks in Texas that offer cabin, cottage and park model rentals. The website, www.TexasCabinRentals.net, features more than 130 campgrounds, many of which offer cabins, cottages and park models that can be booked online. Read More »

Man admits to living in his RV in Houston Wal-mart parking lot

(June 5, 2009) -- The owner of the RV is 46-year-old David Inman Jones. Even he has trouble deciding how long he's been living in the Wal-Mart lot. His answer varies from three months to three years. The “off and on” years include the eight months he was serving time in state jail for felony fraud charges. Read More »

Navy to expand RV park at Whidbey Island

(June 17, 2009) -- Whidbey Island Naval Air Station will begin a $4.8-million construction project next year to significantly expand camping opportunities at an RV park located on the shoreline of the Ault Field base. Planned improvements to the park include 60 new RV sites, all with water, sewer and electrical hook-ups. Six yurt camping structures will be constructed to serve the recreation needs of those without recreation vehicles. Read More »

Study shows that California state parks pay for themselves

(June 9, 2009) -- Visitors spend $4.3 billion in "park-related expenditures" each year. This money generates $300 million in sales tax revenue to state government. This includes $122 million in sales tax revenue each year generated by out of state visitors. "You've got 80 percent of the state parks budget being picked up by non-Californians just in the generation of sales tax," said Dr. Anthony Sheppard, a professor in the Parks and Tourism Department. Read More »

California RV resort under new ownership

(June 4, 2009) -- In 2005, Emerald Desert RV Resort was bought by San Diego-based Taylor Woodrow Homes, which planned to replace the RV park with 251 homes and condos. The company closed down about two-thirds of the park in 2006 and started building Mediterranean-style units. The park got a new lease on life last month when it was snapped up by Sunland RV Resorts, a San Diego-based company that owns six other upscale motor home parks, including Golden Village Palms in Hemet. Read More »

Washington State RV park developer wins $3 million award from city

(June 17, 2009) -- Gary Long decided to sue the City of Kennewick over a contract with the city to build an RV park and clubhouse next to the Columbia Park Golf Course, then the city decided they didn't want it. The golf course leases the land, which is owned by the Corps of Engineers. The city attorney says their argument is the contract did not mean they could totally go ahead with the project.
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RV park visitors down significantly in Alberta

(June 8, 2009) -- But while it’s still early in the summer camping season, fewer people are taking advantage of the region’s innumerable RV parks and campgrounds, local operators say. “We’re definitely down substantially from where we were in previous years, of course,” said Rick Campbell, owner of Camp Tamarack RV Park, who estimates that he’s down at least 20 percent from the corresponding period last year. Read More »

Grand Teton National Park to convert campsites to employee housing

(June 3, 2009) -- Perhaps the biggest change is the elimination of two loops of campsites, reducing the number of sites by about 77 from 385 to roughly 308, eliminating three to seven acres of pavement and restoring about eight of 170 acres back to native habitat. Park spokeswoman Jackie Skaggs said the reduction in size is significant because the campground occurs in crucial habitat for a number of species. Read More »

New RV park going up in Nebraska

(June 16, 2009) -- This will be the fourth park in the Hall County area, and the Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director said there is a need. Renee Seifert doesn't even advertise RV lots in the county, because there's not enough space to fill demand. After eight years of attemping change, and now a state fair on the way, it's finally about to happen. Read More »

Yellowstone National Park sees 20 percent increase in visitors

(June 8, 2009) -- For the first five months of the year, nearly 360,000 people visited the park, which is an increase of nearly 11 percent over the same period in 2008. That's greater than the long-term average of 340,000 visitors to the park for the same period. The Park Service said that May's numbers show a reversal of nearly four months of declining or nearly flat visitation. Read More »

California proposal to shut 80 percent of state parks would devastate local economies

(June 2, 2009) -- In a survey done in 2002, state parks brought $6.5 billion in revenue to private businesses across the state from tourism, said Pam Armas, California State Parks Sierra District Superintendent. That is $2.35 recieved in economic activities in communities surrounding parks for every dollar spent on California State Parks, according to Marguerite Sprague, executive director of the Sierra State Parks Foundation. Read More »

Canadian county considers imposing restrictions on RV resort growth

(June 15, 2009) -- The county in Alberta is wrestling with a new RV resort bylaw that is designed to prevent the “overdevelopment” of RV resorts. Under the proposed rules, restrictions have been put on the size and number of buildings allowed, the amount of a lot that can be developed, and other regulations meant to maintain the seasonal nature of the resorts. Read More »