Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta
PAGE 13 Outdoor Living Is Big Business ing New Way Of Life By BOB BOEUO A.A.A. Molor News Remember when you and a buddy once pitched a pup tent for an overnight stay beside a stream in the woods a few mijes from home and thought it was great? Camping out, you called it. Now you may be among those families who pull a travel trailer or camper vehicle to woods many miles from home and still think it's great. Outdoor living, we call it now. One of every six North Amer- icnas is now a camper, ac- cording to best estimates. For an inexpensive family vacation that offers relaxation and a place to stay in nearly all areas of the U.S., Canada, and even foreign lands, camping is hard to beat. Whether the camping growth is a result of the vast array of equipment available, or whether the public's interest in learning to camp brought im- proved equipment is moot. But there is agreement that interest in camping has grown to un- believeable proportions in the last 25 years and the boom con- tinues. It is now a year around ac- tivity. The popularity of skiing, snowmobiling. ice fishing and other cold weather spoils, to- gether with better equipped ve- hicles, has helped to make camping enjoyable the year around in the U.S. and Canada. Camp grounds have been in- creasing in the U.S. and Can- ada at a rate of about 'a year, providing about new sites annually. A large number are private. These of- Remanufactured Engines Car In Nine Powering One "Mister, your engine is After hearing these dis- couraging words from your fa- vorite mechanic, chances are your first impulse is to call the nearest scrap yard. But there's another possible answer. And that's haying a re- manufactured engine installed. If your car's body and in- terior are in poor condition, perhaps the junkyard is the proper resting place for the vehicle. But assuming your car is sound othef than the engine, you'll save by installing a re- manufactured mill. According to Sears, one out. of every nine vehicles in the na- tion is operating with remanu- faclured engines. A remanufactured engine dif- fers from an overhauled one .by the fact that the camshaft and crankshaft in the former is re- made. More than 250 new parts are replaced in the remanufac- turing process. In addition it is customary to install new spark plugs, a new or rebuilt carburetor, new fuel pump, fresh hoses and belts as wel as new filters in the re- in anufacturing process. It is also important to have the radiator redded. New or re- manufactured parts fit so tight- ly that they put a special bur- den on the water pump to keep the engine cool. If the radiator is clogged through rust or cor- rosion, the engine may soon run hot. IT'S CLIMBING About 80 per1 cent of all fam- ilies own a least one automo- bile. One out of three own more than one car. fer fine accommodations to campers willing to pay a little extra for their outdoor living. Ten years ago they could be counted in the hundreds. Today there are more than While some are modest, others are on the posh side, offering swimming pools, recreation fa- cilities, supervision for chil- dren, clubhouses, and guided excursions to points in the area. The U.S. government now has developed camp grounds and more primitive camping areas in 30 national parks and in more than 150 national for- ests, including wilderness areas where there ard no roads and vehicles are prohibited. Such areas are for the experienced camper. Certain other national areas also permit camping. The states' have provided camping sites hi state parks, state forests and other state- owned areas. Counties, town- ships and cities often provide camping facilities. Most public camp grounds charge a nominal fee. A few are free. Most operate on a first come, first served basis, though reservations are accept- ed at some state parks. Length of time required for advance reservations varies. At the United States' southernmost camp ground, Bahia Honda State Park, near Key West, Fla., all camping space for tic Christmas holidays was booked by the end of July 1, 1939. National parks and similar areas draw the largest nunftcr of campers each year, about 40 million while state parks at- tract more than 25 million. For all these campers there are more than camp grounds in the U.S. and Can- ada, including federal state and private, with about camp- sites. California has the largest number of camp grounds, most of them in national for- ests. Trailing California are New York, where most camp grounds are private, Colorado, Michigan, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. Ontario is the leader in Canada followed by British Columbia. What does it cost to get start in camping? Like most things, it depends upon your taste. 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