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MEMPHIS, Tenn. – RVC Outdoor Destinations and Horizon RV Resorts have formed a joint venture to facilitate RVC’s ongoing expansion efforts and to improve both RVC’s and Horizon’s broader operating platforms. Horizon will immediately begin assisting RVC in searching for property acquisition and joint venture opportunities, focusing especially on properties in the Western United States.

RVC Outdoor Destinations created the “Outdoor Destination” concept and is the leading provider within this segment of the outdoor hospitality industry. RVC owns and operates a unique collection of upscale destination properties that include RV sites, yurts, and cabins. The company is headquartered in Memphis, TN. For more information, visit www.rvcoutdoors.com.

Horizon RV Resorts is a third-party RV park management, consulting, acquisitions and development group exclusively serving the outdoor hospitality industry. Their corporate offices are in Westlake Village, CA and Greenwood Village, CO. For more information on Horizon RV Resorts, visit http://www.horizonrvresorts.com

“The world is changing, and has changed, dramatically over the last ten years. For the outdoor hospitality industry to move forward and improve, owners and operators of high-quality properties need to work together to encourage clearer segmentation and identification. We believe like-minded property owners want to work within a collaborative system that provides capital, marketing expertise, operating capacity, and best practice sharing.” said Andy Cates, President of RVC Outdoor Destinations.

Camping has always been a part of Jane Fowler’s life. As far back as she can remember and Fowler, her husband, her kids and their families still go camping at least four times a year. But it’s not tents they pitch and they don’t own an RV.

“We’ve just been camping forever, but it’s so nice now to have the running water, the warm water, the refrigerator, the bathroom,” she said.

Starting last year, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) began adding “luxury park model kabins” to their sites nationwide. The KOA campground in Spartanburg added two of the new housing options this past winter. Each costs $119 per night for two adults and two kids, versus the $29 a night it costs to camp, but they’ve been booked consistently since, says Vicki Canto, a work camper with KOA who is currently stationed in Spartanburg.

The cabins offer television, multiple beds and rooms, bathroom, and a full kitchen and den area complete with all utensils and linens.

“If you are coming from the idea of camping in a tent, it’s definitely changing because a lot of people have these travel trailers, fifth wheels, motor homes, and they are really nice inside,”

“You have all the amenities and comforts of home, and the lodges are like that … except they don’t have a dishwasher or washing machine. But still you’re not giving up a whole lot to go camping.” Canto says.

What is being referred to as a “glamping,” or glamour camping, trend has even spilled into more primitive state parks too. Devils Fork State Park in Salem offers two- and three-bedroom villas in addition to campsites, and Lake Hartwell State Park in Fair Play added camper cabins in 2007. The one-room buildings are not fancy, says Kevin Evans, park manager at Devils Fork State Park, who was the Lake Hartwell park manager at the time, but they do offer an alternative to tents.

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A daytime visit and RV sites and tent camping at Oregon’s state parks will be free Saturday during the 13th annual State Parks Day.

Day-use fees also will be waived at 26 parks where day passes are required, and visitors to campgrounds will pay nothing to rent full hookup (sewer, electricity and water), electrical hookup (electricity and water) and tent sites. Full rates, however, will be charged for yurts, cabins, horse camps and group areas, parks officials say.

Campsite reservations may be made online or by calling Reservations Northwest (1-800-452-5687). The usual $8 reservations fee will be charged.

At Brookings’ Harris Beach State Park, popular with Southern Oregon residents, visitors will have the chance to meet the pioneer rancher for whom the park is named during a noon hour living history presentation featuring period displays, games and free hot dogs.

Camper appreciation barbecue feasts will highlight the day at Stewart State Recreation Area 35 miles northeast of Medford.

Details are at www.oregonstateparks.org.

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