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Ontario: Huge RV park sprouts from farmland
A huge, 2,300-site RV park is taking shape in St. Thomas-Elgin, Ontario, and for anyone planning to bring a recreational vehicle to the 2010 International Plowing Match (IPM) September 21-25, Linda Young is your go-to person, The Chronicle reports.
She has taken up the job of turning 116 acres on Highway 3, near the St. Thomas Municipal Airport, 100 miles east of Detroit, into an RV park to accommodate visitors coming to St. Thomas-Elgin for the festival.
She was approached three years ago by the 2010 IPM committee to plan parking for RVs. As Young and others observed at previous plowing matches, travelling in an RV is a preference for many visitors.
In total, she noted, there will be 2,300 sites—2,156 served with water and electrical hook-ups.
Young said the site will be designed to hold a large entertainment stage in the middle, as well as a small general store.
Young, working with a map of the park in her home, is busy booking sites by the day.
Two types will be offered, one measuring 25 by 40 feet and the other, 30 by45 feet. Young said the trailer park will be adjacent to what will be known as the tented city, where most of the IPM activity takes place.
Wisconsin: 25 Campers Rescued from campground
Please note: This is an update from Saturday’s report
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Brown County, Wisconsin, officials evacuated 28 people from Apple Creek Campground northeast of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Thursday (July 15) after heavy rains caused flooding up to 5 feet deep at the campground, the Green Bay Press Gazette reported.
“We’ve got a virtual lagoon created here,” said Wrightstown Fire Department Chief Mike Schampers, who assisted in the evacuation at the campground.
About 1.42 inches of rain fell in De Pere during a series of storms Wednesday afternoon and early Thursday.
The first storm moved through the Green Bay area around 4 p.m. Wednesday. A heavier storm moved through around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, and a third storm hit around midnight, according to the National Weather Service station in Ashwaubenon.
Cullen Peltier, director of Green Bay Emergency Management, said he responded to a call of flooding at the Apple Creek Campground at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Shortly afterward, officials decided to evacuate the roughly 25 campers and three campground staff members. The evacuation was complete within about two hours, he said.
“Very swift water” flowed through parts of the 15-acre Apple Creek Campground, and water in some places was up to 5 feet deep, Peltier said.
Wisconsin: RV fires at Rock Fest campground
An overnight fire that may have started with a leaking LP tank destroyed two camping trailers and damaged two others at the north VIP campground at the Rock Fest campgrounds near Cadott, Wisconsin, according to the Eau Claire Leader-Telegram.
A 1985 26-foot Fleetwood motorhome and a 2010 Jayco tent camper were destroyed in the fire, reported at 12:36 a.m. Thursday (July 15).
No injuries were reported in the fire, which was brought under control at 1:02 a.m. Firefighters from Chippewa Falls, Cadott and Jim Falls responded to the fire.
A 2000 Dodge Durango and a 1999 Jayco trailer were also damaged in the fire.
Florida: RV destroyed in fire
An RV went up in flames at the Southwinds Mobile Home Park in Palm Harbor Wednesday (July 14) reported My Fox Tampa Bay. When fire crews arrived, flames were shooting from the RV.
They were able to put the fire out before it spread to a neighboring RV. No one was hurt, but the RV was destroyed. It’s still not clear yet what sparked the fire.
California: Another city bans on-street RV parking
The Albany City Council approved a plan July 6 to ban RVs from parking on city streets, especially in the area along the BART tracks on Masonic Avenue, the Contra Costa Times reported.
The new ordinance allows exceptions for immediate loading and unloading of a vehicle before or after a trip for residents with a permit, a guest of a resident with a permit, and moving vans. Violations falling under that vehicle code are $39.
According to the paper, the council may sell permits to residents that would allow them to park RVs on the street during the next five years as long as they also comply with California law, which prohibits parking any vehicle for over more than 72 hours.
Gulf Coast: Effects of the oil spill vary
Three months after the BP oil platform exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, some RV park say their businesses are beginning to recover while others report summer occupancy rates off as much as 50% as the region continues to combat the perception that oil is washing up on hundreds of miles of beaches.
“We are fortunate; we’ve had very few cancellations,” said Katy Folkertsma, manager of 60-site Pineglen RV Park http://www.pineglenrvpark.com/ about three-quarters of a mile off the Gulf in Panama City Beach, Florida. In mid-July, she said, the park was 75% occupied with the third July weekend fully booked.
On the other hand, Judy Hezik, manager Baywood Campground, a 117-site RV resort1½ miles from the beach in Gulfport, Mississippi, said the phone hasn’t been ringing like it usually does. ”Business definitely has slowed down a lot—probably 30%,” she said. ”People assume there’s so much oil on our beaches that they don’t even call.”
Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) reports that its 50 company-owned and franchised campgrounds in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas were down 1% through the middle of July compared to 2009.
In Texas, Gulf Coast campgrounds are reporting that business hasn’t been affected by the oil spill, according to Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
“The Fourth of July was fantastic,” Schaeffer said. ”Texas campgrounds that rely on water tourism are doing great. They seem at this point not to be concerned.”
Kentucky: RV blows tire, then explodes
It was quite the sight on Interstate 75 Saturday (July 17) near exit 118, just before the northern split, reported LEX18. A Colorado couple barely escaped flames after their 40-foot RV blew up. The incident backed up traffic nearly 20 miles.
Donnie and Christi Harrison were headed home to Telluride, Colorado when a stranger honked and told them their RV was on fire. Firefighters say a tire blew, then caught fire causing two propane tanks to explode. The couple, along with their dog pulled over and ran away, just before the RV went up in flames.
An off-duty Lexington fire captain was first on the scene and helped them escape.
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