The Storks of Shoppers Way Lane

Day Trip – The Storks of Shoppers Way Lane
Hidden behind a large shopping center – just off busy US-19 in Port Richey, Florida you will find a small pond with cypress trees and ringed with mangroves. Easy to miss driving by but the perfect spot for a Rookery of American Wood Storks!

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For directions, photos and more info – visit our website at
http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/storksofshopperswaylane.htm

 

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Day Trip to Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida

350x350boktowerbBok Tower Gardens is about an hour and a half from Tampa. It’s an easy drive and well worth the trip. In addition to the 7 1/2 acres of beautifully landscaped  grounds, trails and the Singing Tower Carillon you’ll find 126 different species of birds ()it is a designated site on the Florida Birding Trail. The gopher tortoise is in residence as well as the endangered eastern indigo snake. Plan to spend all day or at least a few hours to experience it all. In the Visitor Center you’ll find the Blue Palmetto Cafe for lunch or just a snack as well as exhibits tracing Edward Bok’s life as well as the history and development of the 205′ Singing Tower.  and Gardens. T0ur the 20 room Pinewood Estate on the property.Built in the 1930’s it’s the former “retreat” of  Charles Austin Buck, a Bethlehem Steel vice president. More photos, prices and info from our trip on our website page: http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/daytriptoboktowergardens.htm.

 

 

 

 

Ben & Jerry’s Factory Tour and Ice Cream Shoppe

It all started when 2 college buddies took an ice cream making course and traveled the countryside, far and wide, giving away samples of their new and somewhat unusual concoctions...
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Not so long ago we visited a small Vermont Town where once upon a time 2 guys with very little money, a beat-up VW bus and some wild ideas about a tried and true food  icon thought they just might fix something that wasn’t broken.
Join us for a visit at http://www.snowbirdrvtrails.com/daytripbenandjerrys.htm.

Shopping for a Casita?

Passing along a note from an RVing friend of the road:
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Laura & Robert’s Casita
Hi There,  Just thought I’d send the Casita Club classified ad to you. If you know someone who is looking for a Casita, we’re selling ours.  Didn’t use it as much as we hoped. It’s in great condition.  We’re relocating back to Southern California from Southern Maine.
Hoping we can sell it. We’ll be back in town in Wells for one week in April to supervise our move, so hopefully we can sell it at that time.  If you’d like to pass this along to anyone you know who is looking for a really clean trailer, feel free!  It’s almost like new.

Spring RV Trip North – Florida to New England

The following is Niki & Jack’s Trip Diary with the notes, photos, pictures and reviews of the Florida to New England trip we made with our 5th Wheel in April/May of 2012.

Trip Start Mileage: 18,325.2  Date: 4/29/2012   Time:1:15pm

Trip End Mileage: 21,249   Date: 5/23/2012 Time: 2:30pm

Total:2,923.8 miles (Including The New England Loop)
25 Days. 15 States. 15 Campgrounds.
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1st Night April 29th/Sunday

From Tampa: 181.6 miles. 4 1/2 hours.

LAKE CITY CAMPGROUND344lakecity12c
4743 N. US Hwy 441
Lake City, FL 32055
Toll Free: 1-866-773-2267
Phone: 386-752-9131
lakecitycampground@yahoo.com

30 Amp Full Hookup Pull Thru = $ 32.00
50 Amp Full Hookup Pull Thru = $ 34.00

(172 miles from Tampa, FL)
(124 miles to Brunswick, GA)

Amenities:
40 RV sites which include all pull-thru’s, with water, sewer, electric & cable. 30 of them are 50/30 amp, 25 are paved, some are shaded, some are not, depending on what you like. The longest pull thru’s are 120 feet so they can accommodate any type of vehicle.
We have 74 channel cable TV, also rent movies at the office. WIFI available. Dump station, propane sales, clean bathrooms, a beautiful new laundry room, fishing, pool, playground, and rec room.

Restaurants/Attractions
Only 4 miles from the center of town where you can visit many local antique shops, visit the mall, go to the movie theater, bowling, skating and go to several restaurants.

Directions:
I-75 to I-10 East: Exit 303 on I-10 at Hwy. 441, exit off I-10 and go North on Hwy. 441 for 200 feet. Entrance is on the left. Going North on Hwy. 441, pass under I-10, 1 mile on right.

Park Website

NOTES:
3 Hrs

Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
4/24/12 (Answered) All of our sites are full hook up pull-thrus. Just come in between 4pm-7pm for check in. If you think that you will be earlier than 4pm, you need to call me in the morning between 8-10am to get a site # and if you think that you will be past 7pm, call me around 630pm for a site #.
thanks, Lori

Fuel stop @ Pilot, I-10, Exit 343 Baldwin
43 miles East of Lake City

Visit Our Review Page:
All sites are paved pull throughs (70 to 120′ lengths) with full hookups (20/30/50 amps), cable TV, pet walk, pool, picnic table & fire pit on each site, nature trail, laundry, fishing pond, propane and wifi are available.

Area Attractions: Local antique shops, tubing on the Suwannee River, the Olustee Festival, Ginnie Springs, Osceola National Forest, Stephen Foster Cultural Center, Suwannee River State Park and Festival of Light (Holiday Season).

Alternate (2011 Reviewed):
OAKS’n PINES RV PARK
3864 N US Highway 441
Lake City, FL 32055
Local: (386) 752-0830
info@oaksnpines.com
$18/Night Passport America
3 nights max
Park Website
http://www.oaksnpines.com/
Passport Review:
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/fl/oaksnpinesrvresort
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2nd Night April 30th/Monday

From Lake City: 121.6 miles, 4 hours.

*GOLDEN ISLE RV PARK344goldenislesb
7445 Blythe Island Highway
Brunswick, GA 31523-6258
(912) 261-1025
goldenislesrv@bellsouth.net

*$16/Night Passport America
3 days max

(124 miles from Lake City, FL)
(166 miles to St George, SC)
(7 miles to the Atlantic Ocean)

Amenities:
135 total RV sites accommodating RV’s up to 70 ft. 20/30/50 amp service. Pull thrus and full hookups. Free cable, dump station, TV lounge, cable TV, free WI-FI, tent camping allowed, showers and restrooms, laundry room, fire rings, playground, swimming pool, picnic tables, phone, handicap access, ice, propane, and movie rentals. Covered cook shed, restaurant. Located 20 miles from Darien, GA and 30 miles from Kingsland, GA.

Restaurants/Attractions
Fran’s Restaurant on the premises. Buffet and daily specials.

Directions:
Take I-95 to Exit 29 in Brunswick, GA. Go West to 2nd traffic light. Go right at light on 303, two-tenths of a mile on the left.

Park Website

Passport Review:
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/ga/goldenislesvacationpark

2 Hrs

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-95, Exit 29, Brunswick
(Same Golden Isle Exit)

Visit Our Review Page:
Nice people. Popular place for an overnight stop. Easy off/easy on I-95. Spacious, grassy sites. Fairly level.
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3rd Night May 1st/Tuesday

From Brunswick, Georgia: 166.9 miles. 4 1/2 hours.

*Jolly Acres Camp & Storage344jollya
289 Horne Taylor Road
St. George, SC 29477-7904
(843) 563-8303
jollyacres@hughes.net

$16 /Night (Sunday-Thursday)
*Passport America, Happy Camper,
Senior Discount

(166 miles from Brunswick, GA)
(139 miles to Myrtle Beach, SC)
(49 miles into Charleston)

Amenities:
Easy to get to from I-95. Nice country setting. Friendly owners. Level, gravel sites, with concrete pads, picnic table, and fire ring. Small general store, and laundry facilities on premises. Quaint little duck pond with a flock of ducks.

Restaurants/Attractions
Easy driving to Charleston landmarks, sightseeing attractions, plantations, gardens, Hunley, Ft. Sumter, Yorktown, and Lake Marion.

Shug’s Southern Soul Cafe
5792 Memorial Blvd, Saint George, SC 29477  843-563-2300
Owned and operated by Chef Noah Coleman and his wife. They know how to properly prepare the really good down-home Southern staples. They are open for lunch from 10-3 and for dinner from 5pm to 10pm. There are daily specials and a buffet served on Sundays. We both ordered the BBQ chicken special which came with rice and collard greens. All cooked just right and oh so good. Niki says the sweet iced tea is just as good as she makes it. Desserts are made on the premises and we each tried a piece of cake – lemon for Niki and the chocolate cake for Jack. Delicious! A great meal for $30.59 with drinks and tip.

Skynyrd’s Grill & Sports Bar
129 Motel Drive, St. George, SC 29477
Cozy sports bar restaurant with multiple TVs and a Jimmy Buffet atmosphere. Inside and outside seating with a pretty good-sized menu. Their burgers and sides get very good reviews. We ordered a shrimp and an oyster Po-Boy- one with a side of mac & cheese and the other with a side of “chippers” (homemade potato chips). The food and the service both were good enough to rate our 4 stars.

Directions:
Take Exit 77 (St George Exit), off I-95. Go 5.5 miles east on Highway 78, then 1/2 mile north on Horne Taylor Road. Jolly Acres is on the left.

Park Website
Passport America
http://www.passportamerica.com/campgrounds/sc/jollyacresrvparkandstorage

Happy Camper Club Review
http://www.camphalfprice.com/staticpages/index.php/South_Carolina

Park Website

3 Hrs

Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
4/25/12 (Answered) Yes, we would have a site available for you. check in time is 2 pm. looking forward to seeing you. Beckie Horne, owner.

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-95, Exit 77
(Same Jolly Acres Camp Exit)

Amenities:
28 total RV sites, all pull through level sites, 20 full hookups, can accommodate RVs with 4 slide-outs, 20/30/50 amp service, WiFi, clean bathhouse, hot showers, laundry, dump station, LP gas, private fishing pond, ice, vending, nature trail, fire rings, grills, tables, picnic sheds, gazebo, playground, basketball, pet friendly, modem hookup in laundry, 24 hour telephone, fax service, notary public, quiet family campground, family owned and operated. Monthly rates available. Mini Storage and RV Storage available.

Visit Our Review Page:
Mostly Seasonals due to the popularity so always call ahead to be sure of a space.. Genuinely nice people who own and run the place. Gravel drives and concrete pads. Delightful duck pond. The 2 fine restaurants we mentioned above are well worth taking a rest stop here.
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4th thru 9th Nights Weds, May 2nd to Tues, 8th

From St. George, South Carolina: 181.2 miles. 4 hours.

Ocean Lakes RV Center344olakes
6003 South Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
Reservations: 1-877-510-1413
Office: 1-843-238-5636
Camping@oceanlakes.com

$45-$55/Night
Guests who make a reservation for 90 days or more can deduct the 12% sales tax if they pay for 90 days or more all at one time.
There is a 4 night minimum stay from June 15th and August 15th.

(139 miles from St George, SC)
(188 miles to Sims, NC)

345oceanlakesrvAmenities:
893 transient campsites. The campsites are large, pull-through sites along paved roads. Every site includes: 20-30-50 amp electric, water, sewer, complimentary 70-channel cable TV hookup and a modem friendly phone jack with free local calls. Large concrete pads are available. A picnic table and curbside trash pick up daily are provided for your convenience. Wi-Fi is available at all campsites. Discounts for some attractions available. Pizza & ice cream on site!

Review: The “Good”- A short walk to the beach, paved roads, concrete pads, FHU’s, laundry, big store, oceanlakesrv2and snack bars on site. Staff is primarily Workampers and very hospitable.
The “Bad”- 893 transient sites packed pretty close together, narrow roads but doable with a big rig.
Summary: If you are coming primarily for the beach, this is your place. (Tip- Ask for a site with a large grassy area for a little space.)

Fuel Stop @ Cheap Gas, Wilco/Hess, SC-544, Surfside Beach

(Directions below)

Pricing subject to change, always call ahead.

For more Info: Park Website
Site I50 – Confirmed.

Visit Our Review Page.

361myrtleaThere is simply so much to see and do on a visit to Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach! In addition to the miles of sandy beaches on the Atlantic ocean there are sights, sounds, dining and shows to tempt and entertain you for as long as your vacation or visit lasts. Fun for the whole family 24/7/365.

We have Tickets for:
Good Vibrations
at the Gilmore Theater

Monday, May 7 @ 7:30pm
Section B Row 8 Seats 1-2.

To sum up the experience – A Great Show with all the lively music we grew up with in the “good” years. Beautiful production!

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Myrtle Beach Ripley’s Aquarium. We have the tickets and have heard so much about this place. This beautiful aquarium is located at Broadway at the Beach not to far from Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. The Aquarium’s moving walkway carries you through with sea life swimming around and over you. Great experience.

350riozaWe had seating at the Rioz Brazilian Steakhouse for 6pm on Friday 5/4.  We were guests of the Rioz this night and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. My suggestion is to defer eating for a day or 2 before you plan to visit! The salad bar itself is huge and sumptuous. After the salad course we would simply flip the card on our table from red to green and the servers would stop by with skewers of all types of meats and would serve a slice of your choosing.
Delicious!

The Legends In Concert show follows dinner at the Rioz for 8pm. We have confirmation for two VIP seats.350legendsa Beautiful and comfortable new theater. The performances are stunning and reminiscent of the best on the Las Vegas Strip. Close your eyes for a minute and you are listening to the “real” performers, they are that good.

5/5 Saturday 7:30
LE GRAND CIRQUE ADRENALINE!
Palace Theatre Myrtle Beach.
Another show that “Wowed” us. These performers kept us on the edge of our seats throughout the show. Well worth the ticket price.

Directions to Ocean Lakes RV Park:
From I-95N, take exit 115 for US-301 N toward Manning.
Turn right onto US-301 N
After 4.6 mi, Turn left onto S Brooks St.
After 0.3 mi, take the 3rd right onto S Carolina 261 E/W Boyce St
Continue to follow S Carolina 261 E for 2.9 mi.
Continue onto US-521 S/Greeleyville Hwy
Continue to follow US-521 S for12.3 mi
Turn left onto US-521 S/Society St.
Continue to follow US-521 S for 46.6 mi.
Turn left onto N Fraser St, then,
Slight right to stay on N Fraser St
Continue onto U.S. 17B N/Church St
Continue to follow U.S. 17B N for 22.6 mi, then
Slight right toward US-17 BUS N
Continue straight onto US-17 BUS N
Destination will be on the right
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10th Night May 8th/Tuesday

From Myrtle Beach: 203.9 miles. 4 1/4 hours.

ROCK RIDGE CAMPGROUND 344sims
7030 Rock Ridge School Rd
Sims, NC
252-291-4477

$27/Night
AAA Discount

(188 miles from Myrtle Beach, SC)
(161 miles to Glen Allen, VA)

Restaurants/Attractions
Visit the Wilson Rose Garden, 1800 Herring Ave, Wilson, NC, only 4 miles away. Free admission, and really quite beautiful
On the way back from visiting the Rose Garden we stumbled upon Madison’s Prime Rib Restaurant, 2101 Tarboro St SW, also in Wilson. We went in for prime rib, but instead, enjoyed one of the finest, down-home, finger-licking good, Southern buffets, we have had!

Directions:
Take 544 (Dick Pond Rd) to 501 to I-95N.
Take Exit 116 from I-95, to a left on NC42W, then take your third right onto Rock Ridge School Road. Campground is 1.1 mile on the right.

Pricing subject to change, always call ahead

For more Info:

Park Website

NOTES:
3 3/4 Hrs. Ask for Site #14. 50amp & level

5/7 By phone:
Site #14 reserved for Tuesday night.

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-95, Exit 106, Kenly, NC
(13 miles before Rock Ridge stop)

Visit Our Review Page:
Nice country  setting. Very few 50amp sites. Some nice large sites, and some are packed pretty tight. Hosts are very friendly. Ask to see the available sites. Nice pool and pond, with resident ducks, and also an ostrich has it’s own pasture adjoining the park.
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11th Night May 9th/Wednesday

From Sims, North Carolina: 161 miles. 4 1/4 hours.

Kosmo Village Campground344kosmoc
11197 Washington Highway
Glen Allen, Virginia 23059
(804) 798-6689
Kosmovillage@comcast.net

$30/Night
Ask about $5 off Kosmo “Club”

(161 miles from Sims, NC)
(167 miles to Falling Waters, WVA)

Amenities:
The campground has 17 sites available year-round with water, sewer, and electric hookups (both 30 and 50 amp). There are 11 pull-thru sites. We can accommodate RVs up to 85′. Free Wi-Fi is available. Up to 4 guests per space, each additional guest is $2 per day. Pets, maintained on a leash, are welcome.

Restaurants/Attractions

Directions:
Located 12 miles north of Richmond, Virginia. Easily accessed from Interstate 95 at Exit 89 (Lewistown Road).

Park Website

NOTES:
2 3/4 Hrs

Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
On Mon, May 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM, Kosmo Village <kosmovillage@comcast.net> wrote:
We have several long pull through sites available for Wed. night. All of our sites have 30 & 50 amp service. If you will arrive between 9am-5pm we can check you in at the office. If you can’t make it during office hours you can call and we can register you over the phone or you can register on the side of the building in the night registration area.
Please call if we can be of assistance.
804 798 6689
Thanks,

Pam

Fuel stop @ Flying J, Ruther Glen, I-95. Exit 104
(17 miles North of Glen Allen, VA)

Please note all RVs must be self-contained with their own restroom and shower
as we have no public facilities available.
No tent camping is permitted.

Visit Our Review Page:.
Gravel roads and pads. No restrooms or showers on site. Nothing fancy. Close to I-95 and good for and overnight or two.

Alternate:
Kings Dominion Camp Wilderness
16000 Theme Park Way
Doswell, VA 23047
804-876-3006, 1-800-922-6710
$38/Night – 10% discount
http://www.kingsdominion.com/on-site-accommodations-camping/kings-dominion-camp-wilderness
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12th Night May 10th/Thursday

From Glen Allen, Virginia: 167 miles. 6+ hours
(Tire blow-out. Roadside Assistance, don’t leave home without it!)

Falling Waters Campsite 344fallwatersb
7685 Williamsport Pike
Falling Waters WV 25419
1-800-527-4902, Local: (304) 274-2791
lynnleatherman@yahoo.com

$33/Night

Call within 24 hours of your expected arrival and they will put your name on any available site.

(167 miles from Glen Allen, VA)
(121 miles to Tremont, PA)

Amenities:
50 sites. Big rig friendly with 20, 30, and 50 amp power at all RV sites, as well as cable TV and free Wi-Fi. Over half of the sites have sewer hook-up and are pull-thru as well.

Directions:
From I-81, take exit 23 for US-11 toward Marlowe/Falling Waters .
Turn right onto US-11 S/Williamsport Pike.
Park will be one mile on the right.

Pricing subject to change,
always call ahead

For more Info:

Park Website:

NOTES:
3 Hrs

Contacted the campground by email for a reservation:
5/6 – Thanks for your inquiry. We will have a site for you, and all sites have 30 and 50 amp, Wi-Fi, and CATV.

Fuel stop @ Flying J, I-81, VA Exit 323, Winchester/Clear Brook, (23 miles before Falling Waters) also,
(I-81, Exit 5B, Hagerstown, MD)

Falling Waters Campsite is a 50 site RV park that has been owned and operated by the Leatherman family since it opened in 1962. Located only 1 mile from Interstate 81 Exit 23 in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, we are primarily oriented to RV travelers looking for a safe, quiet place to spend the night. We are BIG-RIG friendly and have 20, 30, and 50 amp power at all RV sites, as well as cable TV and free Wi-Fi wireless internet. Over half of our sites have sewer hook-up and are pull-thru as well. Tent sites are available in a shady area along a small stream.

Visit Our Review Page:.
Nicely maintained but the roads are rough.50 sites. Big rig friendly with 20, 30, and 50 amp power at all RV sites, as well as cable TV (not always working) and free Wi-Fi (need code). Over half of the sites have sewer hook-up and are pull-thru as well. Try to reserve a site with sewer if needed to avoid driving a block to dump. The transient pull-thrus are nose to tail holding 2 rigs. Clean shower room, and nice RV parts store. Many walnut trees.

Alternate:
LAZY A CAMPGROUND
317 KATHYS LANE
HEDGESVILLE, WV 25427
304-228-8185
http://www.lazyacamping.com
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From Falling Waters we traveled 106 miles to the Lickdale Campground (now called Jonestown/Hershey KOA in Jonestown, PA to begin the “New England Loop” described on the “Orange Dot Map” page.
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Email your comments or questions to Jack & Niki at
snowbirdrvtrails@gmail.com

Latest RV recalls now available – Is your RV on the list?

Latest RV recalls now available

From the editors of RVtravel.com
February 7, 2016
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Is your RV on the list?
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The latest recalls on RVs and other vehicles and/or products of interest to RVers have been released by U.S. National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The long list includes models from Holiday Rambler, Monaco, Safari, Entegra Coach, Forest River, Foretravel, Jayco, Newmar, Open Range, Starcraft RV, Tiffin, Triple E, Winnebago and others – plus tires and vehicles commonly used to tow RVs. CLICK HERE TO SEE IF YOUR VEHICLE IS ON THE LIST.

~Celebrate Hiking in February~

HIT THE TRAIL FOR
FLORIDA HIKING TRAILS MONTH

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott proclaimed February as Florida Hiking Trails Month to promote healthy lifestyles and recognize the economic benefits trails bring to the state. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service invites Floridians and visitors to enjoy a hike along the state’s extensive, nationally recognized trail system this month and throughout the year.

“February is the perfect time to take advantage of the scenic beauty offered by our state’s outstanding system of trails,” said Donald Forgione, director of the Florida Park Service. “Florida’s network includes a combined total of more than 7,000 miles of multi-use and hiking trails and provides access to natural and cultural resources.”

Florida Hiking Trails Month emphasizes fun and fitness along scenic and diverse trails from urban trails in the midst of cityscapes to wilderness trails winding through Florida’s award-winning state parks. Florida’s vast network of trails includes more than 2,500 miles of dedicated hiking trails on public lands and more than 4,500 miles of multi-use trails across the state.

For ideas in planning your own hiking trips, explore the online Trail Guide composed by DEP’s Office of Greenway and Trails or find a trail in one of Florida’s award-winning state parks.

Elkhart ‘Open House’ is Set for Week of Sept. 19

Elkhart ‘Open House’ is Set for Week of Sept. 19

February 5, 2016 by

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The 2016 Elkhart RV Open House, one of the RV industry’s two key national wholesale RV-buying trade venues, is slated for the week of Sept. 19 in and around the northern Indiana city of Elkhart. The show immediately follows one of the year’s top retail-centric events – the Pennsylvania RV & Camping Association’s popular Hershey Show, Sept. 12-18 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. The release of the dates for the Open House, originally launched in 2009 as a proprietary Forest River Inc. function, isn’t ordinarily publicized well ahead of time as manufacturers scramble to lease preferential exhibit space and reserve scarce accommodations at motels and hotels throughout the region for as many as 4,000 incoming U.S. and Canadian dealer personnel. And that’s still the case with the Elkhart Open House, which takes place in Elkhart, Goshen and other area towns where fully 85% of U.S. RV production is generated on an annualized basis. In fact, no one in a position to do so would officially confirm the exact dates of what typically becomes one of the industry’s worst kept secrets. But there were hints. “Do the math,” as one manufacturer told RVBUSINESS.com. “You know that it’s going to be right after the Hershey Show, which ends on the 18th. So, as painful as that might be for all of our people to scramble back to Elkhart right after Hershey, that’s the way it is.”
Source: RV Business