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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 www.marvac.org, Big Boy restaurants and Biggby Coffee locations. Visit http://suburbancollectionshowplace.com.

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Now through February 2015, Georgia State Park Logo at participating state parks. Many of the RV sites have water, sewer and electric amenities.

Those with four-legged children are welcome to bring their leashed canine family members along.

To take advantage of this offer, use promotional code SnowBird50% when calling 1-800-864-7275 or on www.GaStateParks.org/reservations. For additional details, please visit www.gastateparks.org/snowbird.

This special discount is valid for campsites at six participating state parks scattered across middle and South Georgia, including Florence Marina, Kolomoki Mounds, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Seminole, and Stephen C. Foster. Chattahoochee Bend State Park, an hour south of Atlanta near Newnan, is offering the 50 per cent discount from December 12, 2014 to February 28, 2015. The parks offer unparalleled natural surroundings, quietness and serenity, historical perspectives, and something uniquely different about each one for discerning cold-weather escapees. Most are within easy driving distance of other state parks that offer discounts on winter golfing.

Fast Facts on the Snowbird Special:
– One-time ParkPass entrance fee of $5.00 not included.
– Reservations are necessary, but there are no extra fees for making reservations
– When reserving online, the full rate is charged, but is adjusted to the discount price on arrival. Best to call the park directly for reservations.
– Discount applies to all tent and RV camping, with or without hookups (Most have electric and water, some have sewer)

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Canadian RV Camping

Representatives from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canadaand the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) are on Parliament Hill today to urge the federal government to address critical infrastructure needs for the industry.

“Going hand in hand with RVing, campgrounds are the primary destination of Canadian RV customers,” addedMaryse Catellier, CCRVC President.  “Campgrounds offer an opportunity for families to spend time together, create life-long memories and discover the beauty of Canada’s natural landscape.  They also stimulate economic activity in small communities across the country.”

In 2011, Canadians spent $1.6 billion by staying at one of the 3,000 independently owned and operated campgrounds in Canada.  That same year the total economic activity associated with the Canadian RV industry reached $14.5 billion.

As campground services continue to rise in demand, critical infrastructure needs – such as sizing requirements to accommodate larger RVs and access to appropriate electrical outlets and waste disposal facilities – remain unfunded.

Together, the RV and campground industries play an important role in the health of Canada’s tourism sector and make a significant contribution to Canada’s economy.  In order to keep this momentum going, dedicated investment in tourism policies to support the RV and campground industry is urgently needed.

The RVDA of Canada and the CCRVC make the following recommendations to the federal government:

  1. Provide targeted and dedicated investment in camping/RV infrastructure in Canada’s National Parks.
  2. Have CTC advertising and messaging include particular reference to RV and Camping opportunities to those target markets where RV rentals are being offered in Canada. Promotion should gear towards highlighting a new way to discover Canada.
  3. Equate public campsite rates with those of independently owned campgrounds and extend the operating seasons ofCanada’s historic parks and canal systems to help finance infrastructure improvements.
  4. Reduce the Canada Small Business Financing Program’s two per cent registration fee and eliminate the aggressive repayment schedule to make the program accessible to businesses that operate seasonally.

“Investing in RV and camping infrastructure will play a critical role in the overall contributions of the tourism industry to future economic development and prosperity,” Catellier said.

“Not only is RVing in Canada an exceptional way to travel, but it also has a considerable impact on the Canadian economy,” concluded Redmond.  “We look forward to continuing to work with government and key stakeholders to ensure that proactive roles are being taken to develop policies that support all travel and tourism, and recognize RVing as a prosperous tourism activity.”

The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada is a national, volunteer federation of provincial and regional RVDA associations and their members, who have united to form a professional trade association for all businesses involved in the recreation vehicle industry.

The Canadian Camping and RV Council is a Canada-wide industry association that represents approximately 1500 campgrounds as well as RV manufacturers and retailers. Its mission is to support Canada’s camping and RV industries, foster projects to enhance the camping experience for Canadians and international visitors and work with federal decision makers to ensure a thriving Canadian tourism sector.

SOURCE Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada

 

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