Harrison Is My Happy Place

Posted by Mary

The summer of 2013 was the most relaxing summer I have had since we had children. Why? Because The Springs has EVERYTHING you need for the perfect summer!

As far as I am concerned The Springs is the Lower Mainland's best kept secret. The amenities rock. I have one child who is a half mermaid and another who never wants to be at the pool for more than 45 minutes, and at the Springs, that's OK. I can stay with one child at the pool and my other child can leave the pool, play Foosball, ping pong or ride a bicycle in a safe no-speed zone environment if the pool get's "boring".

The people! Everyone, and I do mean everyone we have met at The Springs are friendly, helpful and neighbourly. I have never seen such community spirit, it's simply wonderful. I'm sure there are some grumpy people at The Springs, but I haven't met them yet!

Then there are outdoor movie nights for the kids, whole family dances, activities for the kids led by awesome volunteers, it's simply an amazing community.

Lastly, if you want to get out and move, there are tonnes of activities in Harrison Hot Springs, boating, hiking or just hanging at the beach.

Harrison is my happy place.

Sincerely,
Schonna & Eric

Buying vs. Renting RV Lots in BC

Posted by Mary

When trying to decide whether to purchase an RV recreational lot there are three concerns that are common among purchasers.

The first is the decision to travel or stay in one spot. The answer: Owning an RV site actually provides the best of both worlds. Ownership provides a home base in a resort community of friends with activities throughout the year. Yet, an RV’er is still free to go travel and explore where their time and interests carry them.

The second concern is when they purchase in a RV Resort will the quality of the Resort change over time? The solution for The Springs RV Resort was to develop building and design guidelines that were of the highest quality and standards. Our vision was to have a resort that was built in a “Whistler style” with rough-cut timber and stone. All the common buildings are built in this style and so we carried this standard throughout the resort.  Our owners have built beautiful decks, rough-cut timber and cedar shake roofed gazebos, outdoor kitchens and new purchasers always comment how this standard has influenced their buying decision. It is in every owner’s best interest to ensure that the appearance of the resort and the quality of construction is kept at a high level, so as to maintain and increase their property values.

The third concern is affordability. Some purchasers are not aware that purchasing an RV site is affordable and compares favorably to seasonal rental. With low interest rates, owning your own RV lot becomes very attractive compared to renting daily, monthly or seasonally. The Springs RV Resort offers in-house financing at very attractive rates, resulting in very reasonable monthly payments that compare favourably with seasonal rates. Then, while enjoying and controlling your own recreational getaway, equity and appreciation can be gained.

Contact us for more details on finding RV Lots for sale and rent in Southern BC!

Sales still on a roll

Posted by Mary

RV shipments up through July.

South Bend Tribune

September 01, 2012|By JIM MEENAN | South Bend Tribuner

The rebound in the RV industry continues to gain momentum. According the latest numbers provided by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, wholesale shipments of all recreational vehicles reached 22,857 in July, a 27.4  percent increase from July 2011. It marks the seventh consecutive month that shipments are up compared with the same month a year prior………….  And 2011 was a comeback year for the industry, too, with total wholesale shipments reaching 252,300 units, a 4.3 percent increase over the 242,300 in 2010.

“Obviously, it’s a very positive sign, a great sign for employment and manufacturing in northern Indiana,” said Mark Bowersox, executive director of the Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council.

The RV industry, including RV manufacturers and suppliers, employs more than 24,000 people in Elkhart County. Northern Indiana builds 82 percent of all recreational vehicles in the United States, according to the RVIA.

“To me it’s a reflection of pent-up demand,” Bowersox said of the shipment numbers. Economic and consumer confidence factors played a role in keeping some consumers from becoming first-time buyers or trading in old RVs for a new purchase in 2008, 2009 and 2010, Bowersox said.

“I don’t think there ever was a problem with price point or that consumers ever lost interest in RVs or camping in the outdoors,” he said. “To me, as consumers begin to get more and more comfortable in this brave, new economic time, they are getting more comfortable to make the decision to buy a new RV.”

Staff writer Jim Meenan:

jmeenan@sbtinfo.com

 

Sales of RVs rise as consumers seek vacation homes on wheels Recovering from slump, RV sales are expected to increase 6 percent this year

Posted by Mary

 

By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun

6:51 p.m. EDTJuly 30, 2012

After slumping during the recession, sales of recreational vehicles are on the rise as U.S. consumers give in to the lure of the open road — with amenities — and are once again able to get credit to buy what many consider an affordable second home.

Sales of RVs, which include travel trailers and motor homes, have been rising since 2010, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association. Today, RV owners number nearly 9 million in the United States — a record.

The increase comes thanks to more available credit, growing interest in RV travel, and a push by RV makers to load up the vacation homes on wheels with high-tech extras, the Reston, Va.-based association said.

And many people are just fed up with traditional travel hassles.

"We're seeing a lot of first-time buyers who have traveled other ways and are tired of the air travel or questionable accommodations when they get where they're going," said Greg Merkel, owner and president of Leo's Vacation Center in Gambrills.

When Pat Barton first set eyes on a Winnebago motor home at Leo's, she knew it was for her.

"It was like, 'This is it,'" said the 65-year-old retired elementary school principal from Anne Arundel County, who had never before owned a recreational vehicle. "I just decided to take the plunge. I loved all the amenities."

But at 30 feet long, the vehicle was intimidating.

"It was scary at first," Barton said. "I've never driven a truck."

Barton got driving pointers from the dealership's salespeople, and by the time she bought the RV in January, was comfortable behind the wheel.

Since buying the Winnebago, Barton has traveled to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and to local campgrounds, where she likes to hike, swim and relax by a campfire at night.

"It's a great way to get back to some of our roots, going out and building a fire and toasting marshmallows," Barton said. "When you go to the campgrounds, you meet people with similar interests from all over the country, and everyone has a story to tell. I think [RV ownership] is something the baby boomers are going to jump into big-time."

Added Barton: "We're retiring, and we can."

Wholesale sales of RVs, which reached a 30-year high in 2006, began falling off the following year, hurt by plummeting consumer confidence and the tightening of credit markets, said Kevin Broom, a spokesman for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association.

Sales from manufacturers to dealers dropped sharply in 2008 and 2009, the group says.

"RVs are discretionary purchases that are primarily financed," Broom said, adding that would-be RV owners could not buy even if they wanted to during the credit crunch.

That has changed. National sales rose 4 percent last year, to more than 252,000 RVs, and are projected to grow as much as 6 percent this year.

About 90 percent of RVs sold are travel trailers, which cost about $35,000 on average and require towing. The rest are pricier motor homes.

"That's incremental, steady growth, and what we anticipate happening is this steady growth," Broom said. "There's a substantial savings in RV travel, even including the purchase and ownership," because RV travelers — who pay about $35 per night at campgrounds — can forgo hotel, restaurant and airfare costs.

"People want to get out and spend time with family and want the outdoor experience," Broom said. "But they want comfort."

 

How did you enjoy your RV experience in Harrison Hot Springs?

Posted by Mary

The Springs RV Resort is unique in that you can stay overnight, for the season or buy your own lot and stay every year.

Please take a moment and tell us how you enjoyed your stay………..

The summer of 2013 was the most relaxing summer I have had since we had children. Why? Because The Springs has EVERYTHING you need for the perfect summer!

As far as I am concerned The Springs is the Lower Mainland's best kept secret. The amenities rock. I have one child who is a half mermaid and another who never wants to be at the pool for more than 45 minutes, and at the Springs, that's OK. I can stay with one child at the pool and my other child can leave the pool, play Foosball, ping pong or ride a bicycle in a safe no-speed zone environment if the pool get's "boring".

The people! Everyone, and I do mean everyone we have met at The Springs are friendly, helpful and neighbourly. I have never seen such community spirit, it's simply wonderful. I'm sure there are some grumpy people at The Springs, but I haven't met them yet!

Then there are outdoor movie nights for the kids, whole family dances, activities for the kids led by awesome volunteers, it's simply an amazing community.

Lastly, if you want to get out and move, there are tonnes of activities in Harrison Hot Springs, boating, hiking or just hanging at the beach.

Harrison is my happy place.
Schonna Site 49

What Are the Advantages of Purchasing RV Property?

Posted by Mary

Posted by Claire on Apr 27, 2012
You may have noticed the new category on RVT.com, RV Property, and wondered why someone who has chosen the exciting, carefree life of a modern-day vagabond would want to purchase property.        After unchaining yourself from the responsibilities and expense of home ownership to embrace RV living full time, why would you want to plant your feet in one zip code again?

Purchasing RV property may seem contradictory to the on-the-road RV lifestyle, but can actually enhance it if you are a full-time RVer. RV owners who have purchased RV property say        they enjoy the best of both worlds: the ability to travel freely        when the spirit moves them and the benefits of putting down        roots in a permanent home base.

RV resorts and specialized RV communities have been growing in popularity as more people have embraced full-time RVing. They are particularly popular in Florida and Arizona where many full-timers spend the winter months in residence before hitting the highways for the summer. RV properties provide a convenient permanent address for mail, taxes, vehicle registration, insurance, etc. They offer a neighborly social community of like-minded friends Most also offer enjoyable leisure activities such as golf courses, fitness centers, ham radio stations,woodworking shops, club houses, scheduled social events, and more. Who says you can’t have your cake and eat it too?

What Shell Busey has to say about owning at The Springs RV Resort

Posted by Mary

"You know folks, everyday people come up to me and say how is your retirement going? Well folks let it be know I’m not retired.  I’m very much involved in our Shell Busey HouseSmart and Renovation business. But you know on the weekends, we cherish them very much with our grandkids and our family,  we head out to our new retreat; The Springs RV Resort at Harrison Hot Springs, right here in BC. If you haven’t been to The Springs RV Resort and you have an RV or planning on one you could own your own lot. You can go down to the outstanding restaurants and sandy beach and have yourself a great time. Go fishing as well. I recommend you come out  to The Springs RV Resort at Harrison Hot Springs and park it on your own lot. You’ll love it. We do!" Shell Busey  April 2012

Owning an RV Site may be just the answer….. by Dean Welsh

Posted by Mary

How many times have you packed the coach and headed to your favorite RV resort for a weekend or holiday vacation only to find that the site you were hoping to stay at is not available, or worse, nor is any other site?

Time after time, you returned to that ideal place only to find it booked and left disappointed. Clearly, you aren’t the only RVer who appreciates the value and consistency of a quality destination site. Given this fact, more and more RVers are choosing ownership over the uncertainties of renting a site.

Ownership brings with it one very distinct advantage: guaranteed availability. An owner knows that when they want to vacation at their site, it will always be waiting for them to enjoy. An owner knows there will always be a vacancy at their site, and they have the freedom to embark on a spontaneous vacation.

An additional ownership factor to consider: Location, location, location – the mantra of every real estate purchase. Location merits first consideration, be it your personal coach-site or a site you consider purchasing as an investment. After identifying your purpose for ownership, the question then becomes: where do you and your family want to spend your leisure time or what areas do people enjoying visiting?  read more?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Park it right now | RV spots for winter season going fast

Posted by Mary

More snowbirds are rolling down to Southwest Florida in a winter house-on-wheels this year…………………The trend has been driven by baby boomers, more spontaneous and energetic than full-time retirees, who now are catching up on the trips postponed during the downturn……..Most of the snowbirds are driving their RVs from Canada and the Great Lake states, with about 5 million RV campers expected to visit Florida in 2012 …. excerpt from  Bradenton.com

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/01/30/3829982/park-it-right-now.html#storylink=cpy

Springs RV Resort comment: Now is a great time to think about embracing the RV lifestyle. Retire, sell the big house and buy an RV lot at the Springs RV Resort. Enjoy the summer in wonderful BC and head south for the cold rainy winter months. The best of both worlds and highly affordable. No lawn work, housework or vacation planning. Rather time to do the things you enjoy; golfing, boating, fishing, swimming or just plain relaxing.

 

Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/01/30/3829982/park-it-right-now.html#storylink=cpy
Read more here: http://www.bradenton.com/2012/01/30/3829982/park-it-right-now.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

 

 

Affordable Vacations for Families – Best and Affordable Ways to Travel

Posted by Mary

A vacation in a recreational vehicle (RV) can be up to 78 per cent cheaper than other forms of travel, according to a new family vacation cost comparison study commissioned by Go RVing Canada.

In all cases, RV vacations were more economical than any other type of travel, regardless of trip duration, distance, or region of the country visited.

The study compared driving the family vehicle and staying at hotels, and travelling by air and rental car with hotel accommodations. All costs were analyzed, including fuel costs, airfare, and the cost of restaurant meals, groceries, rental car, campsite costs  and hotel/motel costs. The study also factored in vehicle ownership costs.

The cost benefits of RVing came from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds offering electrical and water hookups. According to the study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a  ten-day trip from Halifax to Quebec City, while the same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.

The average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park with a lightweight  travel trailer was 41 per cent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option, and about 54 per cent  cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option. The average cost per day of a three-day camping vacation to Algonquin Provincial Park from Montreal using a folding camping trailer was about 43 per cent less expensive than the cost of a comparable car/hotel combination, and about 78 per cent less than a comparable air/hotel vacation.

For more information, visit www.GoRVing.ca.

SpringsRV Comment:  And just think how affordable an RV vacation would be  with your own RV site at SpringsRV Resort. Arrive anytime and all you have to do is light the BBQ and relax. Find out more >>