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June 10, 2009  
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Laid Off RV Worker Wins $50,000 in Lottery
from WSBT-TV
A laid-off Elkhart, Ind., mother of three won $50,000 in the Lucky 5 drawing. Tricia Rich claimed her price at Hoosier Lottery Headquarters in Indianapolis. Rich worked making RV shower doors until she was laid off about a year ago. "This is amazing, just amazing!" she said. More    E-mail article

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Campground Profile: Big Oak River Camp, Campwood, Texas

Big Oak River Camp is located on the banks of the Nueces River, which rises northwest of San Antonio in the Edwards Plateau, in Real County, Texas. There's great camping for everyone! Dotted with beautiful pecan and oak trees, the campground has beautiful log cabins, with the signature red roofs, offering all the comforts of home. Each cabin is outfitted with full kitchen and bath facilities. More    E-mail article

RV Parks Offer Special Father's Day Events, and More
from RV News Service
If you're looking for something different to do this Father's Day, why not take dad camping? The Friendly Beaver RV park and campground in New Boston, N.H. will host a Father's Day dance with a live band, while Land-O-Pines Family Campground in Covington, La. plans to host father-child horseshoe, volleyball, miniature golf and water slide contests. Not to be outdone, South Haven Family Campground in South Haven, Mich. is planning a series of Father's Day events, from a "best legs" contest to an essay contest in which children compete to see who can write the best essay about their dad. More    E-mail article

Thor Industries Offers Financing for RV Customers
from The Associated Press via Forbes
Thor Industries Inc. said it has launched a financing program for recreational vehicle customers at its dealerships. Thor Industries is the world's largest manufacturer of recreational vehicles and a major builder of commercial business. But the RV makers like Thor have been hit hard as consumers have put off sales of the discretionary vehicles during the downturn in the economy and credit crunch. Several companies in the sector have sought bankruptcy protection in recent months. More    E-mail article

Life on Wheels: RVers Enjoy the Friendships, Relaxed Pace
from Traverse City Record Eagle
Before they left Denmark, Kirsten and Mogens Hermansen dreamed of buying a boat and sailing around the world. Instead they settled in the U.S. and bought a 45-foot motor coach − the "big rig" of the RV world. "This is our sailboat," said Kirsten Hermansen, an amateur artist whose summer "studio" is the windowed storage shed on the couple's lot at Traverse Bay RV Resort in Williamsburg, Mich. More    E-mail article

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Traveling a Blue Highway
from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
It was the motor home that couldn't be sold, brand new back in 2007, last on the lot, a rolling 31-foot beauty with a sofa, dinette and queen-size bed. Month after month, the vehicle sat at DeHaan RV Center, sat through $4-a-gallon gasoline and the coming of the economic recession, sat through one winter and most of another until early March, when a customer plunked down about $90,000 and drove it off the lot. "The general public assumes we just have these things sitting out here on consignment, free of charge, and when we sell one it's all pure profit," says David DeHaan. This vehicle was sold at a loss. More    E-mail article

Yellowstone Park Visits Up 20 Percent in May, 11 Percent for 2009
from RV Business
While Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is allowing free entry to national parks for three weekends this summer to boost visitation, it seems many park travelers already are heading back to at least one of the parks, Yellowstone National Park. According to park officials, more than 260,000 people visited Yellowstone in May alone, a huge 20 percent increase from last year's level. For the first five months of the year, nearly 360,000 people came through the park’s gates, a nearly 11 percent increase over the same period in 2008. More    E-mail article

Navistar Challenges EPA Diesel Regulations
from The New York Times
Truck and engine manufacturer Navistar Inc. is challenging U.S. EPA rules aimed at curbing diesel emissions. Illinois-based Navistar has asked the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to review EPA's 2001 pollution standard for new motor vehicles' emissions as well as guidance issued in February allowing manufacturers to meet the standard using selective catalyst reduction technology. More    E-mail article

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More Workers in Elkhart, Ind., Soon to be Unemployed
from WSBT-TV
Some soon-to-be laid off workers may not stick around to look for another job. Philips Products told an undisclosed number of employees the plant will be closing in 60 days. Many of them said it wasn't a surprise. Philips has been for sale about 15 months. Workers said the company already cut some jobs in that time period, whittling down from three shifts to one. More    E-mail article

 

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