ARVC Conference Addresses Park Concerns

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association's (RVIA) February decision to pursue expanded square footage limits for towable RVs was – predictably – a focus of discussion among state campground association representatives and National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) leaders attending the 20th annual ARVC National Issues Conference. The conference convened May 1-2 at Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md., and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The controversial measure... Read more

Campgrounds Call State Park Upgrades Unfair

After hearing from both sides in a debate over proposed improvements to South Dakota’s Custer State Park campgrounds, the Pennington County Commission has opted to stay on the sidelines – at least for now. According to a report in the Rapid City Journal, the commission in early May discussed a resolution of support for private campgrounds, which claim that improvements at the state facility represent direct competition. The plan includes extending electricity to 300 of the 357 campsites in the... Read more

ARVC Trades D.C. Area for Rockies Lifestyle

In a rather surprising move, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) has decided to end a long debate within its ranks and sell its headquarters in Falls Church, Va. ARVC plans to relocate in the Denver, Colo., area, where it intends to develop a novel new concept called the “Center for Outdoor Hospitality." The ARVC board approved the move — and a search for property in Colorado — on April 21, according to ARVC President Linda Profaizer, who reported that the... Read more

Kansas ARVC Opts for Website Changes

Twenty-seven members from 13 RV parks and campgrounds attended the annual Kansas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (KARVC) Spring Fling March 6-7 at Harrah's Prairie Band Casino in Mayetta, Kan. The membership conducted an enthusiastic discussion and suggested changes in both its printed directory and online website, according to Mary Arlington, executive director. For the first time, the 2008 directory will be open to paid advertising from the member campgrounds. Up until now, campgrounds... Read more

Newest Yogi Bear Camp-Resort Debuts

Legacy Resorts of Houston, Texas, has developed a new $5 million Yogi Bear Jellystone Camp-Resort at Lake Pelahatchie in Mississippi that is slated to open Memorial Day weekend, according to The new park was built on a 200-acre site and features 150 recreational vehicle camping pads with full utilities, 25 tent sites and 10 cabins. The campsites rent from $19 to $39 a night and there will also be an outdoor theater, an 18-hole miniature golf course, water park and splashpark and paddle... Read more

National Park Entrance Fees on the Rise

Entrance fees are due to rise at national parks over the next three summers, though a public outcry over specific increases could cause the government to reconsider, the Associated Press reports Through 2009, the National Park Service (NPS) plans to phase in higher rates for annual park passes and fees paid per vehicle or person at about 130 of the 390 parks, monuments and other areas the agency manages. The NPS, which has planned the increases for some time, did not publicize the higher fees through... Read more

Fla./Ala. ARVC Leaders Ponder Issues

Nearly 100 members representing 40 RV parks and campgrounds attended the annual meeting of the Florida/Alabama Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds May 2-4 at the Royal Plaza Hotel in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Chairman John Parkhurst, Holiday Travel Resort, Leesburg, updated members on the state of their association whose membership is at a record 396. The vast majority of membership, 371, hails from the Sunshine State. Barbara Tillman, the association's legislative consultant, updated members... Read more