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cartoon motorhome graphicAs Pat Biggs and Loren McDougall began their RV trip from International Falls to Oregon in their motorhome on Wednesday, the two-door Pontiac hitched behind suddenly broke free and careened off the highway and down a 50-foot ditch, reports the Bemidji Pioneer.

According to Jeff Lofgren of Southside Towing, the hitch, connecting the Pontiac’s rear end to the back of the RV, snapped free and ripped the small car’s rear bumper off in the process. The car veered into the left, northbound lane of Highway 71 and down a steep embankment, says the Bemidji Pioneer.

No cars were traveling in the northbound lane when the accident occurred.

“We were very lucky that there were no cars in the other lane or people on the side of the road when it happened,” Biggs said. “I’m glad no one was hurt.”

For the complete story from the Bemidji Pioneer, click here.

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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 Bulk.net. “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 GoCampingAmerica.com’s “Not Bummer Summer” summer video contest and compete for a chance to win a weeklong RV trip to any GoCampingAmerica.com 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 www.GoCampingAmerica.com/videocontest. 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 GoCampingAmerica.com 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.

For more information about the contest, please visit www.GoCampingAmerica.com. For more information about the movie please visit www.JudyMoodyMovie.com.

Despite the recent climb in fuel prices, rental RV travel is expected to reach record levels this year, according to Florida RV rental dealer Allstar Coaches. “It’s common for us to see a spike in sales during the summer; however this year we’re seeing dramatic increases in bookings all the way through December and into 2012,” said CEO Rob Tischler. Allstar operates a fleet of luxury motorhomes which are available for rental nationwide at strategically located depots in seven states. Earlier this year, the company opened two additional Florida locations and by the end of next year expects to open as many as twelve franchised locations across the country. “Since Florida RV rentals account for almost 40% of our overall sales, it was only natural to expand our operations there first,” added Tischler.

Industry insiders believe that the increased demand in RV travel is being driven by a rebounding economy combined with an educated consumer base that’s growing tired of the runaway costs, uncomfortable security screening and long delays associated with flying. Adam Froman, a self-employed RVer who runs his graphics business from home, says that “Traveling in an RV equipped with satellite technology allows me the freedom to run my business while out on the road.” When asked whether fuel prices would affect his travel plans, Froman said “I’ll spend less traveling in the RV and preparing my own meals than I would by paying airfare, hotel and meals on a traditional trip, and since I don’t have to deal with crowded airports, my vacation starts the minute I pull out of the driveway.”

Television networks and film crews have also taken notice of the RV industry, cashing in on its growing popularity. HGTV’s annual RV show is among the most watched specials on the network. Allstar Coacheswas featured on ABC’s “The Bachelor” when Jake Pavelka and nine hopeful bachelorettes embarked on a RV trip up the California coast.

“People are beginning to understand that the benefits of RV travel far outweigh the costs and that’s helping to drive record sales,” says Tischler. “The price of oil isn’t slowing us down at all.”

Allstar Coaches has an RV rental for virtually any taste or budget and offers Florida RV rentals from locations in the Sunshine State, with additional locations in California, New York, New Jersey andPennsylvania, Arizona and Nevada. For detailed pricing and information, call 866-838-4465 or visit Allstar Coaches online at www.allstarcoaches.com.

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