Die-Hard Branson Campers Defy Economy

October 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on Die-Hard Branson Campers Defy Economy 

Nothing can stop them, the die-hard campers, who, despite bad weather, the failing economy or high fuel prices, keep traveling to Branson, Mo. “The economy hasn’t stopped us from camping,” said Ronnie Dunigan, of Tulsa, Okla. “We don’t come quite as often as we did before, but now we stay longer. It’s just not feasible to come to Branson to camp for only three or four days, because of the price of gas.” This time around, Dunigan is setting up for a month-long stay, according to the... Read more

Maryland Assn. Lobbies for GuestReviews

October 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on Maryland Assn. Lobbies for GuestReviews 

In today’s electronic environment, it’s easy for negative criticism of an RV park or campground to find its way quickly onto the Internet. That’s a good reason why park operators should avail themselves of the new GuestReviews program sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), Debbie Carter, executive director of the Maryland Association of Campgrounds (MAC), told her members during their Fall Meeting on Tuesday (Oct. 28). Carter conceded that MAC members are... Read more

Campground Raises $500 for Juvenile Diabetes

October 31, 2008 by · Comments Off on Campground Raises $500 for Juvenile Diabetes 

Pine Acres Family Camping Resort, a family owned operation in Oakham, Mass., recently raised $500 for the Worcester chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. On Oct. 11, Pine Acres staged a haunted house for its Columbus Day weekend guests. For a small donation, visitors were guided through a series of haunted rooms and a graveyard scene, run entirely by volunteers. Approximately 250 guests made there way through the haunted house. Each year, Pine Acres chooses a local charity or organization... Read more

12 Park Model Builders to Display in Louisville

October 30, 2008 by · Comments Off on 12 Park Model Builders to Display in Louisville 

Twelve members of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) will be displaying new products at the National RV Trade Show Dec. 2-4 in Louisville, Ky. The manufacturing firms divvied up some 18,900 square feet in the Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Exposition Center that became available in early October. “We’re back, and that’s a good thing,” Bill Garpow, RPTIA executive director, told Woodall’s Campground Management. In March, citing a traditional waiting list for Recreation... Read more

Minnesota Owners Ponder E-Marketing

October 29, 2008 by · Comments Off on Minnesota Owners Ponder E-Marketing 

If a candidate for the U.S. presidency can announce his running mate’s identify via text message to his supporters, why couldn’t a campground operator alert the RVing public in the same way to some last-minute campsite availability on an upcoming holiday weekend? This and other ways to use emerging electronic marketing technologies was discussed in one of the seminars held during the Minnesota Resort & Campground Association 2008 Fall Conference & Expo Oct. 19-21 at the Grand View Lodge... Read more

Iowa Parks Survive Flooding, Look to Future

October 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Iowa Parks Survive Flooding, Look to Future 

Like “A Tale of Two Cities,” business in Iowa’s private RV parks and campgrounds in the summer of 2008 was the best of times and the worst of times. A 500-year flood struck the eastern half of the state in July, forcing four campgrounds to close and many others to cut back on operations during the cleanup, Beth Saxton, president of the Iowa Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, told Woodall’s Campground Management. One campground, Walnut Acres Campground in Monticello, was flooded seven... Read more

Wholesale RV Shipments Tumble 42.5%

October 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Wholesale RV Shipments Tumble 42.5% 

Wholesale RV shipments continued to retreat in September, down 42.5%, as all sectors showed sharp declines in year-over-year comparisons. It represented the fifth straight month that deliveries incurred 25-plus-percent drop-offs. Shipments have lagged behind 2007 totals every month this year. According to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), overall September shipments totaled 15,400 units compared with 26,800 a year ago. For the nine months, deliveries fell 24.6% to 211,900 units... Read more

Campgrounds Push for Later School Start

October 28, 2008 by · Comments Off on Campgrounds Push for Later School Start 

Save Indiana Summers, a non-profit, statewide coalition of parents, teachers and community members disappointed with the ever-earlier start to the school year, has made some progress in reaching its goal. Jim Keller, governmental relations manager for the Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Indiana Recreation Vehicle Council, outlined some of this progress during the Oct. 24 meeting of 14 campground members, which was held at Indian Lakes Campground in Wolcottville, Ind. The coalition has... Read more

RV Resort Planned for California Harbor Town

October 27, 2008 by · Comments Off on RV Resort Planned for California Harbor Town 

Preparatory work on an upscale RV park at the harbor in Crescent City, Calif., continues to move forward as the harbor commission approved on Oct. 21 an architectural review of the project’s design. Described as a development similar to Whaleshead Beach Resort north of Brookings, Ore., the RV park is pointed to by Harbormaster Richard Young as an example of what the future could hold for a reinvigorated harbor under a new master plan, according to the Daily Triplicate, Crescent City. “The... Read more

Missouri Town Hears RV Park Proposal

October 27, 2008 by · Comments Off on Missouri Town Hears RV Park Proposal 

Discussions continued about a proposed RV park in the city limits of Hardin, Mo., at the monthly Hardin City Council on Oct. 20. Hardin resident Jason Raasch is trying to get city approval to build a 10-unit, two-acre RV park area of town, according to the Richmond (Mo.) Daily News. Raasch anticipates construction railers, pipeline workers on the trans-Canada oil line in 2009, and future construction workers on a potential Norborne power plant as his main RV users. Some residents and Alderman Randy... Read more

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