New 330-site upscale RV park coming to Kalispell, Montana

A new upscale RV park could be coming to Kalispell, Montana, reports the Flathead Beacon. The Planning Board unanimously approved a proposal for a new RV park called Montana Basecamp on undeveloped land on U.S. Highway 93 near two bike trails and the Great Northern Historical Trail. Submitted by a Florida-based developer, the proposed park would occupy more than 50…

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RV industry elated with new educational facility to train RV techs

Earlier this month, the RV Industry Association announced plans to launch a technical institute in Elkhart, Indiana, wrote Ernie Smith in Associations Now, with two goals: first, to help solve the industry’s technician shortage; and second, to improve customer service throughout the industry. This much-needed initiative – which is being driven by a $10 million investment in the institute –…

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Could improving RV park safety standards prevent tornado damage?

BISMARCK, ND—In the aftermath of the deadly tornado that ripped through the Prairie View RV Park early Tuesday, July 10, killing a newborn baby and injuring more than two dozen people in the heart of North Dakota’s oil patch, state and local officials are calling for increased safety standards for RV parks that often house oilfield workers and families. The…

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Short-term RV rentals on private property spark debate in San Diego

“There’s a new twist to the heated debate on short-term vacation rentals in San Diego,” according to Channel 7 NBC San Diego. “Many people are now renting out their personal RVs while parked on their property.” According to the city’s Municipal Code, however, it’s against the law. There are, however, dozens of RVs available to rent on the Airbnb website…

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Spend the night at vineyards and farms across America

A Harvest Hosts membership costs $49 per year and allows guests access to any of more than 620 campsites scattered about America for one night at a time. Guests are encouraged to support local economies spending $20 or more at local businesses as suggested by the website. In turn, RVers get to sleep at one-of-a-kind destinations, such as open-air museums,…

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Salinas, CA, enacts new restrictive parking ordinance for RVs

Salinas, California’s start of a new parking ordinance, which affects where RVs can park, continues to shift. Last week, Salinas joined a few other county cities by passing an ordinance that prohibits the parking of over-sized vehicles (read: RVs) overnight on city streets. Enforcement seems to have options at this point, ranging from a warning to a criminal citation. Officials…

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Is camping/boondocking permitted in National Recreation Areas?

Here’s a question from a reader of RVtravel.com about boondocking.  Hi Bob, I have seen some areas on maps called National Recreation Areas and wonder whether these are places where RVers can camp. I have seen that some have campgrounds, mostly primitive, but also wonder whether boondocking is permitted.  —Grant Hi Grant, Eighteen National Recreation Areas, or NRAs (not to be confused…

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