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camp hosts “Good mornin’,” Dave Gray calls in a Louisiana drawl to a couple walking towards Flathead Lake.

Gray works at Big Arm State Park, operated by the Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Department, as a camp host.

Big Arm State Park has 41 campsites and three yurts, two large and one small.

The perfect person to be a camp host, Gray likes people and the recreational vehicle lifestyle. He visits with any campers out walking, answers questions, gives directions if asked, sells firewood and ice and makes change for the showers.

He and wife Judy are from Haughton, La.

“We love the RV lifestyle,” Dave Gary said. “We love to travel and were blessed to be able to retire fairly early.”

Dave is a former firefighter, and Judy is a registered nurse.

The couple has been camp hosting for four years, but this is their first year in Montana.

Dave is a former firefighter, and Judy is a registered nurse.

The couple has been camp hosting for four years, but this is their first year in Montana.

Judy has a brother in Arlee who has lived here for 22 years.

“It’s fun getting to know him again,” Judy said, and she and Dave wanted to get to know his family.

“It’s hot back home, and it’s cool here,” Dave said, citing another reason for coming to Montana.

The FWPD has a computerized central reservation system, Dave said. He prints each day’s campsite reservations and then makes rounds of the park to see if any campers came in late at night. Then they prepare the park for the day. A volunteer, Judy and another volunteer clean bathrooms while Dave checks reservations, puts reserved tags on campsites and cleans campsites as people leave.

“We handle cancellations, custodial work and light maintenance,” Dave said.

Mowing and watering the grass, keeping the bathrooms, pit house and bath house stocked and clean, picking up trash around the park and cleaning and prepping the campsites keeps the camp hosts busy. For larger jobs, FWP has a maintenance guy on call.

There are four camp hosts at Big Arm State Park, two on duty at any given time. The Grays and one other camp host work three days on and four days off, while the other crew works four days on and three days off.

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Thor Industries LogoThor Industries, Inc. announced expansion plans to support the ongoing growth of its businesses. Thor Wakarusa LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thor Industries, purchased the recreational vehicle (RV) production campus in Wakarusa, Indiana that was formerly operated by Navistar International Corporation. The land and production facilities, including certain related equipment, are to be purchased from a company owned by New York-based American Industrial Partners (AIP).

Bob Martin, Thor President and Chief Operating Officer, commented, “This purchase marks an important step forward in the growth of our RV business. With this new production complex, we will be better positioned to achieve our long-term strategic growth initiatives. Even more compelling, this purchase will allow us to expand capacity faster and at a lower cost than other options. We are excited about the future prospects of reinvigorating the Wakarusa facilities.”

The purchased facilities are comprised of nearly one million square feet of total production space located on more than 150 acres located in Wakarusa, Indiana. In addition to the production space, the complex includes more than 35 paint booths designed specifically for painting recreational vehicles. Initially, Thor plans to use the facilities for motorized production to better enable Thor Motor Coach to meet current and expected demand, and to vertically integrate paint operations through a facility operated by Thor’s Keystone subsidiary. The facility includes space that offers the potential for additional production as well. Thor expects to finalize transition planning once the seller exits the facilities which is expected to occur late this summer.

 

Downtown Seligman, Arizona on  Route 66

Downtown Seligman, Arizona on Route 66

Cinematographer John Holod will present a program of highlights of his RV adventure films to attendees of this week’s 45th Annual Chicago Camping and RV Show, kicking off Wednesday (Feb. 13) at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. 

Holod has traveled the world producing travelogues, but in recent years has focused on travel by recreational vehicle, with productions on most regions of North America. Highlights from his most popular series of DVDs, which spotlight RV travel to and in Alaska, will be included in his Chicago program.

The veteran filmmaker released his newest DVD last month, “Route 66 RV Adventure.” Holod will debut highlights of that production at the Chicago show, its first major audience of RV enthusiasts.

“Driving Route 66 is right up there with the Alaska Highway on most RVers’ bucket lists,” said Holod. “Many RVers — if not most — do not realize that about 80% of the old highway is still there and can be easily driven with any RV. The film is especially relevant to the Chicago audience because that’s where Route 66 began on way west to Santa Monica, Calif.”

Watch a 3-minute preview of John Holod’s “Route 66 RV Adventure.”

Holod’s programs will begin at the top of the hour throughout the show. More information about his productions, all of which are available on DVD, is available at Holod’s website RVadventureVideos.com.

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