Four South Carolina KOAs Add Camping Cabins
One of the biggest trends in the campground business is the addition of park model cabins to accommodate family reunions as well as people who don't have a tent or recreational vehicle.
In South Carolina, four Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campgrounds have added such cabins called Kamping Lodges this year — in Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Myrtle Beach and Spartanburg, the Charleston Post Courier reported.
KOA's lodge occupancies are running 20% or more ahead of last year's figures, according to Mike Atkinson, KOA's director of lodging.
"This means we're getting new people, people who might not otherwise come to a campground," he said. "We need more cabins."
KOA and other campground operators have discovered that there is strong demand for cabin accommodations with kitchens and full-size bathrooms.
All of this is good news for the nation's park model cabin manufacturers.
"The campground industry is our strongest market right now," said Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), the Newnan, Ga.-based trade association that represents park model manufacturers.
While park model cabins are known for their upscale amenities, including stove and refrigerators, flat-screen TVs and, in many cases, sleeping lofts for the kids, most units also come equipped with decks and barbecues.
Others are set up on campsites with fire rings.
Parents with youngsters also like park model cabins so they don't have to walk with children to a public bathroom in the middle of the night, KOA said.