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Southern Komfort Campground

Southern Komfort Campground

The holiday weekend at Southern Komfort Campground in Marshall County, Kentucky, owner Larry Hellcamp said, was ‘disappointing.’ For the first time he can remember, camp sites sat empty on a holiday weekend. Those vacancies, according to Hellcamp, translated to a $30,000 loss compared to this time last year.

Hellcamp says the TVA’s new regulations have hurt more than just his business, “Not only did we lose the renewal fee of somebody that wants to stay, the county lost the tax base.”

The regulations went into effect January 1 and regulated campground and marina fees, which increased in some cases. The TVA says it was because the structure fee was uneven. The TVA says regulating the fees is expected to generate an additional $1.5 million annually. That money, a TVA spokesman said, will be used to maintain facilities.

Also, campers are no longer allowed to remain on site year round. Once they leave, they must get on a waiting list or enter into a lottery for a chance to return.

Camping World is celebrating the grand opening of its new Jacksonville location, officially named Camping World of Jacksonville.

Formerly Suncoast RV, Camping World of Jacksonville encompasses both a Camping World retail store and Camping World RV Sales dealership. It is located at 9012 Beach Blvd.

The grand-opening celebration, which began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 4, runs through next Sunday. Customers will find a good selection of hundreds of new and pre-owned RVs. In addition, there are daily camping accessory and parts specials, plus free door prizes to the first 50 customers each day and free coloring books for children. There will also be free lunch on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the grand-opening event.

“With its abundance of outdoor recreational activities and natural attractions, Jacksonville is an ideal location for Camping World,” said Camping World of Jacksonville General Manager of RV Sales Matt Bateh. “We look forward to continue serving the Florida, Southern Georgia and Jacksonville areas.

“This store – along with our new Birmingham store – is the first step to reaching 100 stores by 2014. We believe that the Greater Jacksonville market needed a full-service solution for RVers,” said Marcus Lemonis, Camping World’s chairman and CEO.

Camping World is the world’s largest retailer of recreational vehicles and provides outdoor enthusiasts more than 8,000 RV parts and accessories, service and collision centers along with other products and services to enhance the RV and outdoor lifestyle.

Today, the Lincolnshire, Ill.-based company serves more than 4 million RV enthusiasts with more than 81 RV lifestyle retail locations.

Camping World provides retail sale, finance, service and rental of recreational vehicles, with more than $300 million of new and used recreational vehicle inventory representing more than 13 RV manufacturers and 150 brand names.

In addition, Camping World currently operates in 33 states, including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information on Camping World of Jacksonville, call 1-877-508-5417 or go to

In Dawson Springs Thursday, Kentucky’s first lady Judy Beshear was on hand to unveil the Equine Campground at the Pennyrile Forest State Park.

Governor Beshear is originally from the Dawson Springs area and this is the fourth state park with this type of campground designed for horseback riding activities.

The park includes a full water and electricity system, hitching posts and a brand new bath house. The campsite is accompanied by 40 miles of trails and Beshear, an avid horse lover, says it’s amazing to see adventure tourism grow throughout the state.

“Today we’re celebrating these horse camps, these equine horse camps so that people can come and enjoy, in the horse capital of the world, trail riding through an area that is so unique and so beautiful,” Beshear says.

Along with the campsites, the Pennyrile State Park is also hoping to add a mountain bike skills area.

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