A severe storm barreled through Mississippi Gulf Coast communities, damaging or destroying about a dozen RV trailers at one campground, downing trees and power lines and cutting electricity in some areas.
The storm blew through the Santa Maria RV Park in Gautier at around 8 p.m. Monday (April 14), knocking some trailers off their blocks and overturning or destroying others.
Park resident Harrold Robbins said he was at the front end of the camper when the wind hit.
“The front end flipped,” he said after returning from a hospital where he was treated for bumps and bruises and Dales got stitches to her head. “It launched me back into the back end. Then it flipped over on the other side and came back up in the air and landed on our car.”
Jessica Cook told television station WLOX her home was knocked off its blocks, but her next-door-neighbor’s was completely destroyed and he was pinned under it. She said the fire department managed to free him and he was taken to a hospital.
Campers at Santa Maria RV Park on Martin Bluff Road in Gautier, Miss., were flipped from possible straight line winds Monday, April 14, 2014, as storms rolled over the Coast. As many as 30 campers were damaged from the storm.
Coleman Tent Campers by Livin Lite, Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkCamp-Resorts, and RV Trader.com are launching a nationwide giveaway of a $10,000 Coleman ultra lightweight automotive tent camper. Livin Lite is a major manufacturer of lightweight travel trailers and tent campers. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts is one of the most popular campground chains in the U.S. RV Trader.com is the country’s leading RV classifieds website for buyers and sellers.
In addition to the 2014 Coleman camper grand prize winner, there will also be twelve weekly winners who receive a two-night camping stay at any of the 81 Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts in the U.S. and Canada. The promotion runs for 12 weeks and ends June 30, 2014. A winner will be selected for the grand prize at the conclusion of the contest period and will be notified by July 15, 2014.
Livin Lite is very excited to reintroduce the iconic Coleman brand to the camping market,” shared Scott Tuttle, president of Livin Lite. “We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting giveaway with Jellystone and RV Trader.com! Statistics from the outdoor industries (campgrounds, national and local parks, etc.) tell us that more than 40 million people enjoy tent camping each year. Many simply pack up their tent and camping gear in their current family vehicle. The all-new Coleman automotive tent camper that we are giving away is designed specifically for those driving smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles such as passenger cars, minivans and today’s popular crossovers.”
The Coleman camper is an automotive tent camper that can be easily pulled by an array of vehicles, opening up to reveal a spacious interior that can sleep up to six people. Made entirely of lightweight aluminum and composites, the Coleman camper is built for longevity. With exteriors available in a wide selection of colors, the Coleman camper can be color-matched to a family’s car or minivan. It is the perfect entry-level camper for those who currently enjoy tent camping in Jellystone Parks. The Coleman tent campers are sold exclusively in Camping World locations.
“This is a fun giveaway for us and the camping public,” said Michele Wisher, director of marketing for Yogi Bear’s Jellystone ParkCamp-Resorts. “Twelve families will camp at a Jellystone Park for free, and we get to promote the benefits of camping and outdoor vacations.”
Christine Knapp, marketing manager for RV Trader.com, mirrored their enthusiasm. “We are excited that RV Trader can help spread the word about this promotion to our 2 million site visitors every month. Livin Lite has helped pave the way by bringing newer RV’ers into the lifestyle, and many families with children stay at Jellystone Camp-Resorts every year. This is an excellent way for us to reach a new audience and spread the excitement of RV’ing to buyers, sellers and shoppers visiting our website this spring and summer.”
To register for the promotion, enthusiasts can register at www.WinaColemanCamper.com.
Dometic, a leading supplier of “comfort” products for the RV and marine industries, is partnering with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) to provide a complete line of RV and camping products at KOA campground locations across North America, according to a written announcement from KOA.
“Our goal was to become more relevant to camping customers,” said Mark Minatel, vice president of after markets for Dometic. “We wanted to be where the campers are, so of course we came to KOA.”
Soon, KOA campers will be able to find displays of Dometic products carrying the familiar yellow KOA brand in selected KOA campground locations. While items available will vary by location, Dometic products for sale to campers will include RV cleaner, gray-water treatment, odor absorber, air fresheners, holding-tank treatments, toilet-bowl cleaners, toilet tissue and moist towelettes.
Small appliances will also be available carrying both the KOA and Dometic brands, including a portable electric cooler/heater, a portable ice maker and a six-bottle wine chiller.
“We are also planning to test a Dometic vending machine at several KOA locations that will serve as an extension of the KOA convenience store,” said KOA Vice President of Brand Development Lorne Armer. The vending machines will hold camper necessities such as toilet tissue, sundries and personal hygiene products that would be available via the vending machine even when the regular KOA store is closed for the evening.
“We are also developing several product displays that will work inside a variety of store sizes,” Minatel said. “We think linking these two giant brands is a great way to provide superior products directly to campers.”