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Camp Hill, PA—The Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association (PRVCA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2011 edition of Explore Pennsylvania. The official PRVCA membership directory and consumer magazine features 52 pages of RV and camping tips designed to give you the latest information in RV trends and make your next adventure to PA a great one.

This year’s publication features 10 Pennsylvania destinations to explore in your RV, tire care techniques, green RVing, affordable RVing, details on America’s Largest RV Show and a feature on Pennsylvania ice cream stops to make your RVing even sweeter.

This guide contains a PRVCA membership directory connecting readers to campgrounds, dealers, suppliers, manufacturers and other services. The listings contain contact information and a brief description of the products and services available. The dealerships and campgrounds are divided into five geographic regions making it easy to find an RV or campground in the location you desire. Manufacturers, service, suppliers, transport, rentals, press, insurance, finance, distributors, associations and after market dealers are listed alphabetically by category. The guide also includes attractions and events in each geographic area.

75,000 copies of Explore Pennsylvania will be distributed at over 40 RV shows throughout the East Coast (including America’s Largest RV Show). The magazine will also be on PRVCA’s website, at member locations, at welcome centers along the Pennsylvania Turnpike, through Pennsylvania visitor’s bureaus, and the RV Hall of Fame.

Directories have been shipped to various PRVCA members for distribution. If you would like to view Explore PA visit and select “Explore PA Magazine.” To receive your free copy, please call the PRVCA office at 888-303-2887.

Largo, Florida – A water main break Christmas Eve afternoon in Largo left portions of southern Pinellas County with low water pressure and hundreds of residents living immediately around the ruptured line with no water at all.

Crews are working to fix the 48-inch water main but say it could be several more days before water service resumes for residents and businesses in the affected area.

“It’s Christmas! People need to cook, people need to clean,” said Cheryl Harvey, a resident of Lee’s Travel RV Park less than 100 yards from where the underground rupture occurred.

“Needless to say, we’re not cooking much. We can’t make much. We’d really like to be clean.”

The Harveys say one of the worst parts about losing water is not being able to shower. They’ve filled their outside garbage can with water, which they carry inside in buckets to flush the toilet.

There are about 100 residents in the RV park all living with no water, which is not expected to return until at least Monday. Crews are working to replace a large section of pipe before water can be restored.

Along with the RV park and a second residential community, around 50 neighboring businesses are also impacted.
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The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is offering free camping in the summer of 2011 for outdoor lovers who volunteer as campground hosts at Michigan state parks or state forest campgrounds. The Campground Host Program, established by the DNRE, allows individuals to camp in a state park or state forest campground at no charge in return for providing visitor assistance in the campground.

“Being a campground host combines the fun of camping, with the satisfaction of helping fellow campers,” said Ron Olson, DNRE Recreation Division chief. “Hosts stay as our guests and, in return, help welcome other campers to our beautiful state parks, recreation areas and state forest campgrounds.”

Hosts direct visitors to their campsites, answer questions about the park or state forest, arrange campground activities and perform light maintenance and other services, depending on the host’s talents and interests. Retired couples, teachers and students, as well as families, are just some of the people who have enjoyed volunteering as campground hosts.

Campground hosts can be individuals or teams. Hosts must be at least 18 years old, provide services five days/30 hours per week (including weekends and holidays), serve a minimum of four consecutive weeks and furnish their own camping unit, equipment and personal items. State park hosts must attend a two-day training session the end of April 2011 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center in Roscommon. This training is not required of state forest campground hosts.

Campground hosts are chosen by park and forest managers who may require an interview or request additional information. Selection is based on the individual’s familiarity with the state park or state forest system, their camping experience, special skills, availability, knowledge of the area and the needs of the specific park or forest campground.

Hosts especially are needed during the busy camping season, which can begin as early as April in state parks located in southern Michigan. Many of last year’s campground hosts will be returning this year; however, vacancies still exist at park and forest campground locations throughout Michigan.

Many rustic campgrounds found throughout Michigan’s six state forests located in the Upper Peninsula and the northern Lower Peninsula also are in need of hosts. Information and applications are available from the DNRE’s Web site at Persons interested in being a campground host at a state park should apply directly to the park of their choice. For more information on campground host positions in state parks and recreation areas contact Pam Ames at 517-467-7401; for state forest campgrounds please contact Ada Takacs at 989-275-5151 ext. 2049.

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