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Industry Leaders Solidly Back Schutter on Eligibility issue

Friends and associates of Rob Schutter Jr. quickly came to his side when his eligibility to become the next chairman of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) was questioned in a letter by Ohio park owner and ARVC board member Garry Cole to his fellow ARVC board members. Copies of their e-mails were provided to Woodall's Campground Management and appear below Mark Anderson Former ARVC Chairman Mark Anderson had this in response to Cole's letter: Gary, While it is... Read more

Amazon's Elves: Itinerant 'Workampers' Staff Distribution Centers

Steve Anderson, Workamper News owner and publisher That fruitcake sent you by Aunt Sue — the one she bought on Amazon.com — may have been picked and packed and shipped by a migrant laborer — some guy living in his RV, outdoors, in an Amazon-subsidized trailer camp located near one of the company's giant distribution centers in Fernley, Nev.; Campbellsville, Ky.; or Coffeyville, Kan. You might suppose such workers would be a pretty grim bunch — desperate, rootless Grapes-of-Wrath-types... Read more

Cole Questions Schutter's Eligibility as ARVC Chairman

Rob Schutter Jr. Garry Cole, owner/manager of the 192-site Shelby/Mansfield KOA in Ohio, sent a letter to his fellow board members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) concerning the upcoming ARVC board elections. Rob Schutter Jr., who is first vice chairman of the ARVC board and chief operating officer for Leisure Systems Inc., franchisors of the Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts, is in line to become the next ARVC chairman. A copy of Cole's letter,... Read more

Outdoor Theater Provider Epic Launches Newsletter

Epic Outdoor Entertainment application at the Kiawah Island Golf Resort near Charleston, S.C. Epic Outdoor Entertainment has launched a newsletter to promote its line of outdoor theater screens. Co-owner Phil Wagner of the Port Orange, Fla.-based firm told Woodall's Campground Management he plans to publish the newsletter biweekly. Epic outdoor theaters have a number of applications, including RV parks and campgrounds. In the inaugural issue, Wagner writes: "These newsletters will include... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

ILLINOIS The 2012 Rosemont Sportfishing, Travel and Outdoors show, scheduled to take place Jan. 25-29, in Rosemont, Ill., was canceled week due to low industry demand. “There just wasn’t enough critical mass to warrant an acceptable selling environment for our exhibitors and a quality event for attendees,” the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) stated in a press release. With the cancellation of the Rosemont show, the NMMA will be focusing its energy on its Progressive Insurance... Read more

Demand Outstrips Supply for Recreational Rental Firm

Harry Beaupre was enjoying the sun at Nevada's Topaz Lake during the Labor Day weekend of 2010 when he encountered a doctor who groused about the fact that he only used his expensive wakeboard boat and even costlier RV a few times per year. Learning that the doctor had many colleagues with similar recreational setups, Beaupre hit upon the idea renting out otherwise-idle recreation equipment. His lesson after his first summer in business: Demand outstrips supply. Reno's Northern Nevada... Read more

Impromptu RV Park at Gold Mine Riles Montana Officials

Entrance at the Drumlummon gold mine near Marysville, Mont. Photo from Mine Waste Conference 2011, presented by Joe Bardswich. Lewis and Clark County officials say RV trailers set up by men working at the Drumlummon Mine in Marysville, Mont., may constitute an illegal subdivision, violating both county and state laws. County Planner Kelly Blake said he’s been trying to meet with mine officials to discuss the trailers, which are parked at the old Drumlummon mill site near Silver Creek, but to no... Read more

Resort Stay Awaits Buyers of RVs from Crist Dealership

Buyers who buy a new or used RV in November at Robert Crist and Co. RV in Mesa, Atiz., get an extra bonus offer: a free RV vacation at the award-winning Viewpoint RV, Golf & Tennis Resort in Mesa. Buyers have up to six months to use the bonus. "You've been thinking about buying an RV, now is the best time to make your move and take advantage of this incredible offer," the dealership stated in a news release. The bonus offer ends on Nov. 30 and the dealership has set up several... Read more

Council Action Puts Hurdle in Way of RV Park Plans

When Micheal Brown and his son, Preston Brown, look at the upturned red dirt and former mill buildings along the Raven Drive property in Kings Mountain, N.C., they see a place where families can park their RVs and explore the great outdoors. They want to build a recreational vehicle campground on Micheal Brown’s 57 acres of light-industrial property near the Gateway Trail and Chemetall Foote Corp. property in Kings Mountain, the Shelby Star reported. But the recent approval of a Kings Mountain... Read more

The Vineyards Shares Park Model Successes

TACO CEO Brian Schaeffer (right) presents Joe Moore and the Vineyards with their award for serve to the state association. Texas park operators recently got to see first hand how Joe Moore achieved a 30% increase in revenue at The Vineyards Campground & Cabins on Lake Grapevine. He did it with the help of seven new park model cabins from Athens Park Homes, according to a news release. “They give us good occupancies with about a 24- to 30-month pay back,” said Moore, who gave park operators... Read more

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