The Idaho State Park Passport, offering unlimited day-use visits to all Idaho state parks in 2009, is available for $25. The passport is good for one vehicle and all its passengers. A passport for a second family vehicle may be obtained for $5. The passports are available at state parks and at regional service centers […]
Archives for January 2009
Natural and cultural attractions along the Central Cascades in Oregon and Washington will be promoted in a new project by the National Geographic Society’s Center for Sustainable Destinations in cooperation with state tourism organizations, the U.S. Forest Service and others.
Ty Kelly of Beaver Coach Sales in Bend, Oregon, has been named the number one salesmen nationally for Beaver Motorcoach in 2008, according to Monaco Coach Corporation, which builds the luxury motorhomes.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) says that despite the well-publicized credit crunch, financing is readily available for well-qualified buyers looking to purchase an RV.
Bigfoot Industries of British Columbia has shut down after 31 years in the RV business. Travel trailer manufacturer NuWa Industries of Chanute, Kansas, also announced that it is going out of business, and Country Coach of Junction City, Oregon, has shut down production and notified employees that it will not reopen unless new financing can be found by February 28.
Fleetwood RV has appointed new leaders for its motorhome and travel trailer divisions. Chuck Wilkinson, who had been vice president of motor home operations, has become vice president of the travel trailer division. He will be succeeded as motorhome vice president by John Draheim, who also will continue as manager of Fleetwood’s motorhome plant in […]
California has become the latest state to authorize posting of the “RV Friendly” logo on highway signs to direct motorists to gas, food and lodging businesses that welcome RVs.
The mother-in-law, a child of the Depression, used to remind us, “You watch the pennies, and the dollars will take care of themselves.” Sometimes we RV folk have a tendency to let the details—the pennies—slide in favor of enjoying less stressful times. But pennies add up, and in today’s tough economy, a little penny watching can stretch the overall RV travel dollar.
When Robert H. (Bob) Mottram retired as outdoor columnist and reporter with the Tacoma News Tribune, he wanted to write a book modeled after Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck’s famous account of a cross-country trip with his dog, Charley. Like Steinbeck, Mottram envisioned traveling the back roads in a little truck camper, but unlike Steinbeck he wouldn’t be taking his dog along. Instead, he said, his wife, Karen, “would be Charley.”
On October 30, 1958, Jan and Hoagy Carmichael were married via a Justice of the Peace whose office was in the back of a gas station, with two witnesses garnered from the gas pumps outside. This scene in tiny Coloma, Michigan, was an auspicious beginning! A clue to how those 50 years succeeded can be found in the invitation to their 10/5/08 anniversary open house, which says, “Fifty years together required great love and respect in addition to lots of communication, compromise, communication, compromise, and communication.”
Jayco has introduced the Insignia, a new Class A diesel motor home with a host of luxury features, including maple hardwood cabinetry, hand-laid porcelain tile, a walk-in cedar-lined closet and a home theater system.