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DENVER, Colo. — When Laura Franklin went to the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Williamsport., Md., she took along her video camera and not only recorded her husband and kids having fun, but interviewed them about what they liked most about the campground they visited.

“They really enjoyed the waterslides,” said Franklin, a Maryland resident and “MommyBlogger” from Better in “The other thing they couldn’t they couldn’t stop talking about was panning for jewels.”

Children Playing at Campground

Franklin also shot footage of her kids playing laser tag and commenting on their rental cabin. With five kids ages 6 to 14, Franklin said park was the perfect place for a family vacation.

“I just enjoyed that we could stay in one place and that the kids could run around like they were at home. We felt very comfortable. There was lots to do, so we didn’t have to travel anywhere else.”

Franklin is one of the first campers to submit a short video in’s “Not Bummer Summer” summer video contest and compete for a chance to win a weeklong RV trip to any affiliated campground in the United States.

“The only requirement is the video be family-friendly, that it capture the essence of having a ‘not bummer summer’ and that it be taken at a campground, RV park or resort featured on the GoCampingAmerica website,” said Kera Tomlin, GoCampingAmerica’s director of marketing.

That’s plenty of venues, considering that more than 3,300 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts are featured on the national travel planning website.

Campers are invited to upload their videos to YouTube and then submit their entry forms along with the YouTube link at All videos must be taken and submitted between June 1 and Labor Day (midnight Sept. 5).

Video entries will be voted on through the “favorites” option on YouTube between June 1, 2011 and Sept. 5. The top two videos with the most “favorite” votes that best depict a “Not Bummer Summer” Camping getaway and most carefully follows the rules and regulations, will then be entered into a drawing and the first randomly drawn will be selected as the grand prize winner and the other entrant will be awarded the 2nd runner up. The third prize winner will be selected amongst the remaining top five votes and entered into a drawing and selected at random. An entrant may recommend to its camping guests, friends and families to “favorite” the entrant’s video on YouTube.

The grand prize winner will receive a weeklong trip in an RV, courtesy of El Monte RV, and free camping at campgrounds. Other prizes include seven days and six nights of lodging at any GoCampingAmerica park, a $100 Camping World gift certificate, plus a $100 movie ticket certificate and other Judy Moody movie related promotional items.

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Class C Motorhome on Display in China

Class C Motorhome on Display in China

BEIJING CHINA – Dong Linmin, 40, is planning a family vacation this winter to escape the cold and snow of Beijing. He said he wants to spend quality time with his family as they trek across the country to Hainan.

But Dong isn’t flying there, nor is he taking a train. He’s one of the rare Chinese drivers who will be exploring China in a recreational vehicle (RV).

“A trip down to Hainan during the coldest days in Beijing is probably the best way to break in my RV,” said Dong, who bought his RV two months ago.

Dong, managing director of a Beijing logistics company, is one of only 5,000 owners of an RV in China. But as car sales grow in the nation, the central and local governments are making a push to promote the use of not only RVs but RV camps and trailer parks. The China National Tourism Administration is encouraging more local governments to open up camps and tourist spots.

China is also looking to import RVs from the United States from Thor Industries. And last year, Beijing created a plan to install recreational vehicle campsites in 10 suburban areas and counties around the capital. There are currently 30 such camps throughout China.

RVs in China currently cost around 200,000 to 500,000 yuan ($30,894 to $77,235) for a domestic RV, whereas imports cost as much as 1 million yuan or more.

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