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INDIO, Calif.— It’s not the standard Christmas set-up, but put on some Perry Como or Mannheim Steamroller and plug in the icicle lights, and even the plainest aluminum camper takes on a holiday sheen.

Snowbirds throughout the Coachella Valley are decking the dashboard of the Tiffin and trimming the hitches of the Airstream. They’re roasting prime rib and honey-baked hams in convection microwaves.

And on the big day, they’ll be Skyping with the grandkids in Missouri and Pennsylvania.

The RV community is by definition a nomadic one, but that doesn’t mean that Christmas traditions get left behind along with the heavy furniture and the permanent address. But there is definitely some scaling back that comes with the cruising lifestyle.

“I’ve always had 25 to 30 people at my house,” Sandy Gotwalt said.

“Worked our butts off,” interrupted her husband, Brian.

“This is what retirement is all about,” she finished the thought, shaking her silver Frosty earrings.

Every winter, retirees like the Gotwalts leave colder climes for the desert’s warmth. Their wheeled homes fill RV parks from Palm Springs to Coachella.

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Class C Motorhome at the BeachKidd RV Resort Consulting, a marketing firm in the RV industry, has launched an effort to poll RVers nationwide through a series of five-question surveys on a number of subjects from fuel to technology to lifestyle and travel habits.

“We are interested in hearing from RVers and gaining insight into their travel habits, needs, wants, obstacles and more,” said Jerry Kidd, president of Kidd RV Consulting. “We want to keep the surveys short and sweet, focusing on one subject at a time to maximize participation and results.”

The quarterly RV Rewards Survey will be distributed electronically and will help the consulting firm gather information on emerging trends and issues facing RVers, helping to address these issues and better serve their clients – namely RV Resorts. The first of the surveys focuses on fuel costs and how it may be affecting travel behavior.<

“It is fascinating to learn about people’s behavior and lifestyle choices when culling through survey answers,” added Kidd. “The knowledge we gain through this process will play a role in directing communication efforts for our clients and developing sound strategies to help them better serve the RV community.

Interested participants can sign up and take the survey now by visiting:

The RV community spoke and the City of Lake City listened.

Signs posted at Walmart that announced “No RV Camping or Sleeping Enforced,” were removed Feb. 3.

“It’s just the right thing to do,” said City Manager Wendell Johnson.

Previously a flood of letters and e-mails were sent to the Lake City Reporter, as well as Johnson, opposing the enforcement. A letter was sent to Lake City Walmart District Manager Michael Brown that morning stating, “You are in no way obligated to have these signs posted and may remove them at your convenience.”
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Editor’s note: This issue came to our attention on January 31, 2011 and I posted this story: Florida City prohibits RVs’ overnight visits to Walmart There was no mention of Cecil Shaw, owner of E-Z Stop RV Park in the followup story though.

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