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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta PAGE S Roofless Wayside 4Inns' lit Place To Park By JIM CHOSSLEY "We'll furnish a place to slay all night, traveler. But bring your own apartment." Looking at it realistically, this is how the private camp- ground serves the family in a recreation vehicle making an overnight stop. It is a roofless wayside inn. Odd as it may be, it satis- fies a great need. In 1970, it is estimated 30 million such rec- reationers will be on the move, each family like the snail car- rying its own shelter with it. Truck campers, travel trailers, motor homes and camping will all be there. When night falls, each one needs a place to pull up. Fulfill- ing the function of the stage- coach inns of the past, but in this rather strange modern way, the campgrounds do the Job. This is a big thing. In there were such parks with campsites. It will be bigger still and the pattern of the future seems to be emerging from the experience of one fast-growing group, Kampgrounds of America. The familiar KOA is the dom- inant privately fran- chised park system in America. There was one park in 1961. It was in Billings, Mont., built be- cause that city expected a flood of trailerites on the way to the Seattle World's Fair. The busi- nessmen who constructed the campground when the Billings city council showed reluctance learned lessons that later proved beneficial to others. This year there will be 500 af- filiated units. Surveys found recreational vehicle owners are unified in a number of simple wants. They need: A clean, pleasant place co pull in overnight. Not loo far from the uiaai road. Hot showers and sanitary restrooms. Conveniences f o r prepar- ing meals. So these tilings are what KOA provides, charging an av- erage per family. It's done in style. American's, supermarket trained, like to know what is in the packag? they lift off the shelf. So each KOA unit is pretty much like the other. There is a headquar- ters building constructed wit' an A-frame, each identific with all the otters by desir and paint. In it are lounge, showerr rest rooms, laundry facilities and a store with food staples. "Roughing it in luxury." Also, there's a nationwide reservation service so the tra- veller will know he has a place to park the next night. Growing as well is another kind of camping area. People in the business like to refer to it as a "destination facility." This just means a resort area rather than an overnight camp- ing place. The vehicle will be parked several days while the vacationers enjoy a wider range of entertainment. The Kampground system is explor- ing this phase as well through RKOA (Ranch Kamps of Am- There are several pilot models this summer with dude r an atmospheres, scenery, horseback riding, fishing and swimming. Over the nation, private bust- ness is under pressure to pro- vide facilities for the multitude of recreational vehicles. the past two years the number of vehicles has in- creased about 25 per says George Weyerhaeuser, head of tire giant lumber con- cern. National parks will never be able to keep pace with this growth. Private owners of large tracts of forest lands such as Weyerhaeuser his firm has- 5.5 million acres in eight states showing interest infusing their vast acreages for recrea- tion. "Destina t i o n campgrounds" we a fantastic future, no subt. And, like the wayside parks, veryone brings along his own iving quarters. :wspaper Enterprise Assn.) Auto Acting Up? Check These Clues When your old, faithful car still acts old after a good tune- up, the problem may lie in deep in the heart of its engine. Valve work, rings, bearings or a com- bination of these services may be indicated. What are the symptoms of needed engine work and how much might it cost? The en- Brake Test Important Brakes, like all-day suckers have a habit of wearing away slowly. So, it's a good practice to test your brakes periodically to make sure they can stop your car safely. Every week, test the hydau- lic system by firmly pressing your foot against the pedal. If the pedal moves gradually to- wards the floorboard, you are losing vital pressure. Have the problem corrected immediate- 'Periodically, test stopping ability in a flat, open area where r.o other cars or obstruc- tion are present. Accelerate to 30 miles per hour, then apply the brakes with your hands off the steering wheel. If the car pulls to one side, you may hava brake trouble. In any case, have your serv- iceman perform a complete inspection of tlie brake system every six months. gineers of McQuay Norris Manufacturing Com p a n y, a major manufacturer of engine components, offer the follow- ing guide lines. Price estimates are based on a popular, stand- ard sized ear. SYMPTOMS: Engine jump- ing or loping, Lack of power, Poor Gas mileage. POSSIBLE WORK NEEDED: Valve simple (and usu- aly free) vacuum test will show if one or two valves are badly burned. COSTS: to de- pending on engine type (6 cyl. or 8 cyl.) and amount of work needed. SYMPTOMS: Low key rum- bling sound in engine, Oil con- sumption. POSSIBLE WORK NEEDED: New Bearings. COSTS: Between and SYMPTOMS: Using too much oil, Power loss, Car stalling, jVuling spark plugs. POSSIBLE WORK NEEDED: Ring Job. COSTS: to de- pending on engine type (6 cyl. or 8 SYMPTOMS: Low key rum- bling sound in engine, Oil con- sumption, Using too much oil, Power loss, Car stalling, Foul- ing Spark Plugs. POSSIBLE WORK NEEDED: Ring and Bearing Job. COSTS: to de- pending on engine type (6 cyl. or 8 PULLING OFF info a wooded glen has beca replaced, for the trailerKe. by commercial overnisht Barking camps. 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