Travel Book Details Casino Camping Opportunities
Casino Camping: Guide to RV-Friendly CasinosThe second edition of Jane Kenny’s Casino Camping: Guide to RV-Friendly Casinos ($16.95, Roundabout Publications) is now available for those who like to combine their love of RV travel with the thrill of casino gaming. The 272-page book includes hundreds of RV-friendly casinos throughout the United States that either provide a campground as part of their facility or allow free overnight parking.
Many of today’s new casino campgrounds provide RVers with upscale, modern facilities along with the restaurants, pools/spa, golf, and gaming typically found at casinos. And boondockers will appreciate casinos that make free overnight parking available for a quiet, safe place to rest and relax. Some casinos even provide free electrical hookups in their parking lots.
The book includes a state-by-state breakdown of casinos; locator maps; descriptions of the casinos and campgrounds; discounts available; driving directions; and RV parking information. It also includes tips on boondocking in parking lots, receiving casino discounts and comps, recognizing the difference between gambling and gaming, and knowing whether you have a gambling problem.
Casino Camping can be purchased by sending a check or money order to Roundabout Publications, Order Center, P.O. Box 569, La Cynge, KS 66040; calling (800) 455-2207; or visiting www.travelbooksusa.com. Add $2 shipping for items mailed via media mail to U.S. addresses. Priority mail and orders from Canada and other international distributors cost extra.
Freightliner Custom Chassis Opens New Factory Service Center
Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation, C1905, has announced the opening of its new Factory Service Center at its headquarters in Gaffney, South Carolina.
The company partnered with Spartanburg Technical College on this project, and the 12,000-square-foot facility is an extension of Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation’s nationwide service network, which includes 400 service centers. More than 70 of these locations are part of the Oasis Network, which consists of dedicated motorhome facilities with trained motorhome service technicians, a motorhome service area, secure parking for motorhome customers, and additional amenities specifically for motorhome owners.
The new Factory Service Center also offers a training facility that enables interns from Spartanburg Technical College to take advantage of a unique opportunity to become certified RV technicians. “We recognized the need in the industry for more trained service technicians, and we acted on it,” said Dave Hoover, manager of customer support for Freightliner Custom Chassis Corporation. “Our training center is the first of its kind in the industry.”
Owners interested in scheduling a service visit at the new Factory Service Center in Gaffney should call (864) 206-8683.
KOA Work Kamper Program A Good Fit For “Retired” Employees
Members of the baby boomer generation are now nearing retirement age, with no intention of slowing down. These folks plan to earn wages well into their 60s and beyond, but they want less demanding jobs. They maintain an active lifestyle, yet their preferred mode of travel requires hours in the driver’s seat.
The nation’s largest camping company, KOA (Kampgrounds of America), C456, is capitalizing on the convergence between work and leisure with its Work Kamper program. And it couldn’t come at a better time.
While 76 percent of baby boomers indicate they expect to continue earning in their retirement years, they reject either full-time leisure or full-time work, according to a recent Merrill Lynch survey. At the same time, the RV industry is enjoying the largest expansion in its history, fueled by the affluent baby boomer generation. Nearly one in 12 households in the United States owns an RV, according to industry sources.
Seeking seasonal employment at campgrounds, such as those in the KOA system, is one of the most convenient ways for retirees to earn an income while enjoying the RV lifestyle. The trend is born out by KOA’s own statistics: 80 percent of registered users of KOA’s online work camper system are ages 51 to 70.
KOA operates more than 450 campgrounds in popular resort destinations throughout North America. Campgrounds need workers, and an increasing number of RV campers seek part- or full-time work while on the road to cover their expenses. Drawing from the pool of existing campers, many of whom have flexible travel schedules and are willing to put in a few hours of work for days of leisure, is a favorable situation for both the camper and the campground.
Work campers also receive incentives for returning to KOA campgrounds season after season. The company recently introduced a $10,000 cash-prize drawing for its work campers and increased the level of perks and discounts for repeat work campers, such as free RV camping nights based on miles traveled to assignments.
For more information about KOA and the Work Kamper program, visit www.koa.com or call KOA headquarters at (406) 248-7444.