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RV Friendly Logo

Pennsylvania now welcomes RVers with the official “RV Friendly” logo designed to let RV travelers know which businesses can accommodate their RV, the Pennsylvania RV and Camping Association reported today.

The state recently adopted the popular “RV Friendly” highway sign logo for use in the state’s local business logo program. The RV Friendly Sign is a highly-visible, round, bright yellow reflector sign with “RV” in the center. It is designed for roadside businesses – such as gas stations, restaurants, tourist attractions and lodging/camping facilities – to place on their existing highway gas-food-lodging logos indicating their ability to provide adequate space and resources for RVers.

“We are so excited that the RV Friendly logo signs have been approved,” Rebecca Lenington, executive vice president of PRVCA. “We’ve been working on this for a while and feel it is a win-win for both RVers and local businesses.”

The RV Friendly signs prove to be a valuable tool for RVers since they can easily tell which businesses are convenient for them to shop, eat or fuel up. Businesses must meet certain requirements in order to be RV Friendly such as having high canopies, an adequate turning radius, and 12 foot wide lanes. For a complete list of criteria, contact Loisrae Graybill at the PA Logo Trust at 717.412.4378.

FREEPORT, Fla., June 20, 2012 – Live Oak Landing, an RVC Outdoor Destination vacation property, has completed numerous improvements to the resort, just in time for the summer travel season. The property added more than three dozen modern RV sites and several new amenities designed to enhance each guest’s stay.

Live Oak Landing Florida

A screen-enclosed saline swimming pool with connected observation deck and lounge area, large playground area and air conditioning in the resort’s pavilion are among the new additions to RVC’s Live Oak Landing. Handicap-accessible boat tours are another new feature highlighted at the outdoor destination. These charters – called “Pondtoon” boats – allow individuals with disabilities to navigate the water on vessels specially manufactured to accommodate wheelchairs. Additionally, RVC increased the number of RV sites on the property, nearly tripling the number of space available for RV travelers.

“When we opened the property in November 2010, it was important to us to first define our core audience and add amenities as our guests requested them,” said Neil Sorrell, general manager at Live Oak Landing. “So, after talking to our guests, we pinpointed additions that will give them exactly what they’re looking for in a memorable outdoor travel experience.”

At Live Oak Landing, guests have access to Florida’s Emerald Coast beaches and a wide range of onsite activities, including fishing charters, scooter, bicycle and boat rentals, and activities pavilion with a flat screen TV. The outdoor vacation property also features unique amenities in line with other RVC Outdoor Destination properties such as concierge service, coffee, beer and wine bars, a dog park and a variety of lodging options from RV sites to cottages.

Live Oak Landing is the only provider of overnight accommodations in the city of Freeport and is one of seven RVC Outdoor Destination locations in the United States.

“What we’re providing at RVC Outdoor Destinations is an upgraded version of what generally comes to mind when people think of camping,” said Andy Cates, president of RVC Outdoor Destinations. “We’re redefining the outdoor vacation experience by combining guests’ favorite hotel amenities with their favorite outdoor activities, and it’s really gaining popularity with both avid and novice campers alike.”

Live Oak Landing is located along Black Creek in South Walton County at 229 Pitts Avenue in Freeport, Florida. For more information, visit www.liveoaklanding.rvcoutdoors.com.

“I was stunned. I called my wife and said, ‘Somebody stole my coach,’” said Larry Socha, recalling how he ran some banking errands with his 90-year-old mother the Saturday morning before Memorial Day, returned to the Walmart parking lot in Glen Ellyn where he had spent the night, and discovered that his luxury 40-foot, 22.5-ton RV with the safe full of cash and the 25-foot trailer for his Mustang GT had been towed away by order of the WalMart manager.

2000 Prevost Marathon XL MotorcoachSocha, who drove his 2000 Prevost Marathon XL from his home in New Jersey to visit his mom in Glen Ellyn and attend his 50th high school reunion, has parked at several Wal-Marts during his travels and also supports campgrounds. He parked at Walmart this time not to save 30 or 40 bucks but because it would have taken him more than two hours to drive to the nearest campground and back.

He said that last year he left the same motorhome in the same Walmart parking lot for three or four days during a visit as his dad was dying. He said he didn’t even see the signs this time reading: “No truck parking. Unauthorized vehicles will be towed away at owner’s or operator’s expense & liability. Towing enforced at all times.”

“The manager did knock on the door a couple of times before calling for the tow truck”, Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling said. “Walmart values RV travelers and considers them among our best customers. Consequently, we do permit RV parking on our store lots as we are able,” reads a Walmart statement. “Permission to park is extended by individual store managers, based on availability of parking space and local laws. Please contact management in each store to ensure accommodations before parking your RV.”

Socha said he found the store on a website that lists free overnight parking, but Whaling said Wal-Mart doesn’t keep a list of what stores allow parking or how many people do park.

A Walmart customer and stockholder, Socha said he was upset that Walmart denied his claim to have the company pay his towing bill.

“Will I stop shopping there? No, I’m not a jerk,” Socha said. “I learned a lesson.”

He said he just wants to warn others and perhaps push Walmart to be a little more sensitive and communicative about this issue. There’s no use fighting over $872.50, which he said is basically “a tank of gas,” but he said he wouldn’t mind an admission that the situation could have been handled better.

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