TACO Ships 2011 RV Travel & Camping Guide
The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) is printing 250,000 copies of the 2011 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas, a free, four-color glossy magazine that lists more than 400 campgrounds and RV resorts in Texas and New Mexico.
“Half of these directories are being shipped this month to campgrounds and RV parks, RV dealerships, chambers of commerce, visitors bureaus and Texas Travel Information Centers,” Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Crowley-based association, said in a news release.
The remaining directories will be distributed at upcoming RV shows, including the All Valley RV Show, which takes place Jan. 13 to 15 in Mercedes.
RV and camping enthusiasts can order the 150-page directory online by visiting www.texascampgrounds.com. The 2011 Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide will also be posted on the website later this month in Maga-zooms page-turning format.
The 2011 directory, which features a welcome message from Gov. Rick Perry, provides detailed descriptions of more than 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts, or roughly two thirds of the private parks in Texas. A small number of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas parks are also included in the directory.
The directory is broken up into seven sections, each representing a distinct region of Texas. An eighth section is dedicated to New Mexico, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Locator maps are provided at the beginning of each section, with numbered listings of the campgrounds for each region. Campgrounds are also alpha-indexed by city and park name.
Each campground listing includes a grid that lists the park’s facilities, services and amenities as well as driving directions, a miniature locator map and many parks have panoramic photos showing off what campers can experience.
The directory also features a Texas Saver Card, which provides 10% to 15% discounts at participating parks.
The 2011 directory also includes a separate four-page section listing campgrounds with cabin and cottage rentals as well as a listing of park model manufacturers.
Recreational park trailers or “park models” are 400-square foot, movable resort cottages. Typically upscale in appearance, they often include hardwood floors, bay windows and lofts as well as cherry, oak or maple cabinetry. And because park models are technically classified as recreational vehicles, they can be set up on leased or purchased sites in campgrounds and RV parks and used as weekend retreats or seasonal vacation dwellings.
Schaeffer said almost 25% of Texas campgrounds have cabin or cottage rentals. Many of the parks that offer cabin and cottage rentals also have sites for lease or for sale to park model owners.
The 2011 guide also includes two-dozen pages of articles and pictures highlighting things to see and do in specific regions of Texas as well as information about various camping clubs, including the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA), the Good Sam Club, the Woodall’s North American Campground Directory and the Trailer Life RV Parks, Campgrounds & Services Directory.
The Texas Association of Campground Operators publishes and distributes the Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide each year. For more information about the 2011 directory or for statistics involving the latest camping trends in Texas and New Mexico parks, please contact Brian Schaeffer at (817) 307-0129 or visit www.texascampgrounds.com.