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September 2014: Australia: Tourism authorities are working with city councils on the North Coast to develop a consistent strategy dealing with free overnight parking and free dump sites that threaten RV businesses. Increased RV travel does increase tourist spending but the free parking and
dumping hurts RV camping business. The city of Ballard and CMCA, (Campground and Motorhome Club of Australia,) have been working together to make the city of Ballard more RV friendly and develop RV businesses.

Canada: The Lapointe RV Centre in Springfield, Manitoba has closed its doors and is now in receivership. RV owners who use this facility to store their RV’s are being notified to remove their units. The Canadian Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association and the Canadian Camping and RV council are lobbying the Parliament to address critical infrastructures in Canada’s Provincial Parks. Among items they have identified are: advertise camping opportunities, equate campsite fees with those fees of independently owned campgrounds, sizing sites to accommodate larger RV’s and providing electrical outlets more compatible with larger units.

United States: U.S. District Court Judge Terry Hatter has sided with hikers in a southern California National Forest dispute and said they do not need a regional pass if they do not use any of the facilities the National Forest provides. “The Forest Service is prohibited from charging a fee solely for parking.” Congress has authorized a bill to continue funding the Highway Trust Fund. The plan, approved, as congress was leaving town for their August break, would continue funding through May of 2015.
Providing WiFi hot spots is an issue moving forward in National Parks according to a statement from John Jarvis, the NPS supervisor. Canada has already stated that WiFi is being installed in more than a dozen remote Provisional Parks.

A scam process has been uncovered in Missouri that is based in Nigeria. People are lured into making payments on RV’s that are located many miles away from their home residence. When they travel to pick up the units, there is a fictitious address, or the RV business has been dissolved.

The Iowa raceway has partnered with Blue Ox towing to name their trackside campground the Blue Ox Campgrounds. California is also considering using non-profit and private organizations to sponsor their state run campgrounds. The purpose is to work more cooperatively with outside organizations, and to generate revenue.

Pennsylvania is wrestling with a plan proposed by the governor to lease state parks to gas development. The purpose is to generate new revenue. This is vigorously opposed by state environmental groups.

 

 

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