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Interest in RVs is growing according to the RV industry. And exhibitors at the 49th Annual Camper and RV Show at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi are bringing out the big and small rigs.

Cricket camper designed by a NASA scientist.

Cricket camper designed by a NASA scientist.

In addition to the luxurious colossal motor homes, this year an exhibitor is bringing the Cricket, an unbelievably cute camper designed by a NASA scientist who worked on the International Space Station. The camper sets up in five minutes and can be towed almost anywhere by almost any 4-cylinder vehicle. It’s perfect for young families who want to get away from it all without having to sleep on the ground, hunters/fishers and other sportspeople, music festivalgoers and camping enthusiasts with smaller cars.

More than 275 units and 50 brands of campers, motor homes and trailers ranging in price from $6,995 to more than $600,000 will be on display. All of the vehicles will be available for tours. Plus there will be vendor booths offering parts and information on camping.

The Camper and RV Show runs Feb. 4-8, at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Ave., Novi, on Grand River, south of I-96 between Novi and Beck roads. Hours are 2-9 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults (ages 13 and older); $9 seniors; and free for children 12 and younger. Discount coupons available at, Big Boy restaurants and Biggby Coffee locations. Visit


RV at Walmart

Photo by Anne Sherwood for The New York Times

LITTLETON, NH — Joseph and Barbara DiPierre, owners of Crazy Horse Campground, continue to believe they are correct in their appeal to the zoning board. Even with the feeling that right is on their side, the DiPierre’s may give up the struggle.

Starting in August 2012, the couple sent several letters to the town regarding their belief that Wal-Mart needed a special exception to allow camper and RV parking.

Via phone last week, Barbara DiPierre said the effort has been long and expensive. “It has already cost us $6,000,” DiPierre said.

After a series of correspondence with zoning officer Christopher Hodge, the DiPierre’s filed an appeal with the zoning board in September. They wanted the board to overturn Hodge’s decision that Wal-Mart was not in violation of town zoning rules by allowing RV parking on its Meadow Street lot.

The reason the fight may be abandoned, DiPierre said, was a sense the couple can’t win.

Read the full article.

Editor’s note: I’ve written two editorials regarding  campground/RV park owners dislike of RVers parking at Walmart and other locations.

Read the latest editorial: RV Park & Campground Owners are Whining Again!

I would like to know what you think about this. Please post your comments below.


Land Between The Lakes KentuckyCampgrounds in Land Between the Lakes and other federally funded parks and wildlife refuges are closed. Signs and barricades are nearly everywhere through LBL.

Hillman Ferry and Wranglers Campgrounds and Clarks River Refuge are just a few facilities closed because of the government shutdown.

Most campers left their campsites, some stayed behind, and others are still in limbo.  One man was unable to camp and unable to get his camping equipment.

One small pad lock had a profound impact on a local man who said all he wanted was to go on vacation. Instead his stuff was trapped beyond the gate at Hillman Ferry and he said for days local law enforcement was no help, neither were the people who still live on the campground despite the fact the campground is closed.

Tom Daughhetee wants to buy a brand new camper but there’s a problem.

“It’s hard for a salesman to make a trade when they can’t see what you’ve got,” Daughhette said.

Daughhetee’s camper, truck, golf cart, and supplies were stuck at Hillman Ferry Campground.

He left two weeks ago, returned this weekend to get his property after hearing of the shutdown, but people still living within LBL wouldn’t give him the key to the gate.

“I understand the campground’s closed, we’re not asking for that, we’re just asking to get our property back,” Daughhetee said.

The instructions and number left on this door gave him hope, but he said the person on the phone was less than helpful.

So Tuesday he called, again.

We caught up with one man still living on the campground who said he and three others had permission to stay.

Daughhetee said it’s frustrating, because it’s impossible to ‘trade up’ when you can’t get your hands on your ‘trade in’.

Late Tuesday afternoon, a park ranger called Daughhetee to make arrangements to pick up his property.

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