Archive for May, 2012

SNU June Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The June Newsletter has been posted Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found there, too

Topics in the May newsletter: Rocky Point rally review -|- Notes from the Prez -|- June rally at Crocker -|- Social Media -|- Teamwork -|- SNU Pay on-line -|- Airstreams just for fun

June rally at Crocker

Thursday June 21to Sunday 24 2012 the SNU rally will be at Crocker Campground near Beckworth, CA Tale Hwy 70 to Beckwourth (coming from US 395 and Reno). Turn right on Rt 177, the Beckwourth-Genesee Road. The campground is about ten miles up the road. All but about the last 2 miles are paved. Also note that this is the ARRL Field Day weekend and several of the SNU amateur radio operators will be exercising their emergency communications equipment and skills at the rally.

Crocker Rally directions, photos and additional information

SNU 2012 Rally Schedule

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Keep the bugs out – of your canned drink

Lifehacker has some good points about pop-top can [wikipedia] technique. Turn Your Beverage Can Tab to Keep Wasps Out.

By simply turning the pull tab around to cover the opening (rather than pulling it off and tossing somewhere), you can use it as a screen to keep wasps and such sugar attracted bugs out of the can or you can use the pull tab as a straw holder to keep it from floating up and out.

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SNU Newsletter

SNU Folks,

The May Newsletter has been posted. Links to photo galleries and additional information mentioned in articles in this newsletter can also be found at there, too.

Topics in the May newsletter

Pyramid Lake rally review -|- Notes from the Prez -|- May Rally at Eagle Lake -|- WBCCI news -|- Speaking of Caravans -|- Checklists -|- Welcome Laura Funk -|- Region 12 Rally -|- Send us your news

Eagle Lake, Rocky Point rally

Thursday May 17 to Sunday 21 2012 the SNU rally will be at Eagle Lake, Rocky Point. It is a beautiful location right on the lake. If you have never been you may want to caravan with someone who has already been there. It’s a little tricky getting to it but well worth the effort. Be sure to bring firewood. Check this page for GPS coordinates

SNU 2012 Rally Schedule

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SNU rally at Pyramid Lake April 2012

Out at Pelican Point with mild weather, good friends, fly-overs, and a lot of rather patient fishermen …

See the photo gallery of the SNU rally at Pyramid Lake in April 2012!

62 cents and a medallion found with the metal detector; a power supply was converted from 240v to 110v input; the dogs prompted a lot of nearby bush exploration; the fire was just right for telling stories; some amateur radio contacts made but the Riverside RACES net couldn’t hear us; RV upgrades, repairs, enhancements, and features were discussed and evaluated; ancient propane bottles filled; awnings exercised; and too much good food to do proper justice – as usual.

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Self contained tourists – selling the community benefits

Ken sends this link from ‘down under’ by the Campervan Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA). It is about the Self-Contained RV Tourist and Economic Benefits.

“Over the past decade the Self-Contained RV Tourist market has continued to expand, and has now emerged as one of the most important and sustainable sectors of the tourism industry. It is increasingly important to effectively understand this market and its needs, and provide facilities and services that will attract this emerging tourism segment to your region.”

Facts and figures follow and they present an interesting profile of the RV experience that seems to fit with U.S. RVers as well Australian ones. Some of the facts to think about: the RV and camping industry has been growing at an annual rate of about 15% over the past seven years and that is likely to continue due to the ‘baby boom’ demographics; it is one of the most stable markets since 2000. RVer’s do spend money, need few services, and can make a significant contribution to any community that welcomes them.

In the U.S. Walmart seems to have the data presented well in hand. Others seem to have difficulty with the potential. If your community is one of those that doesn’t get the link between economic health and a friendly attitude towards the RV community, the link can help make the case for change. If your RV association is struggling, seems weak in the knees, or has lost its focus, the CMCA is providing an example to illustrate just what an RV association can do to raise the flag, find focus, and garner support and enthusiasm.

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