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Garpow Announces Transition Plans for RPTIA

November 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Bill Garpow The Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) has begun a nationwide search for a new executive director. Current executive William "Bill" Garpow announced today (Nov. 30) that a tentative timeline for transition to retirement has been put in place. He said he will remain as executive director until a successor is hired and will help with training. The RPTIA also may move its current office in Newnan, Ga., to Northern Indiana, where more than half of its members... Read more

'Outlook 2012' Breakfast Debuts New Go RVing Ads

The RV industry unveiled its new Go RVing “AWAY” national advertising campaign during “Outlook 2012: Up & Away” program that kicked off the 49th annual National RV Trade Show Tuesday (Nov. 29) in Louisville, Ky. The breakfast, held at the Kentucky Exposition Center, featured remarks from U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and appearances by SPEED Channel personality and NASCAR analyst Rutledge Wood and country music singer/songwriter Chuck Wicks. The event was hosted by Gregg... Read more

RV Park and Campground Briefs

KANSAS From the Osawatomie Graphic: The Linn County Commission discussed on Monday (Nov. 28) adding 10 or 12 additional recreational vehicle spaces and improving electrical service to all RV spaces at the Linn County Park. Commissioner Mike Page said he thought it would be relatively easy to update the electrical service. Page added a current employee could probably be trained to do the updates if the electricity was shut off on a whole loop of lots while the electrical supply outlets were modernized. “It... Read more

RVIA’s Coon Focuses on Industry Popularity, Viability

RVIA's Richard Coon at Tuesday morning breakfast in Louisville, Ky., at the start of National RV Trade Show. In a presentation titled “What’s Up!” at Outlook 2012: Up & Away, held Tuesday (Nov. 29) at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Ky., Richard Coon, president of the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA),  said that new findings from the just-released RV Consumer Demographic Profile provide encouraging news about the health and long-term viability of the RV industry. “RV... Read more

MCPS to Unveil 'Zoomgate' Payment Gateway at Show

MCPS for Campgrounds, the credit/debit card processor, which in August announced that it was offering electronic funds transfer for the campground industry, is set to offer its own payment gateway called Zoomgate. The new gateway, which is an Internet-based, real time credit/debit card application, will allow campgrounds to use computers instead of POS terminals as a method of processing both credit card and debit cards for their retail or MOTO operations. The product can be a “virtual terminal”... Read more

ELS CFO Berman Gets Nice Inducement to Join GGP

Michael Berman, outgoing CFO at Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc. (ELS), is taking on a similar post at General Growth Properties Inc. for a salary of $750,000 per year. Berman, who had been with ELS since 2003, will also receive an initial grant of 400,000 non-qualified GGP stock options which will vest over five years, and 50,000 shares of restricted stock which will vest over three years. He will receive a guaranteed discretionary award in 2012 of $450,000, and a guaranteed minimum... Read more

Developer Takes on Reviving Alberta Campground

Spring Lake Campground in west central Alberta may have a new lease on life. The County of Grande Prairie gave its support Monday (Nov. 28) to the transfer of the lease on Crown land in Saddle Hills County from Weyerhaeuser to a private operator, the Alberta Daily Herald-Tribune reported Originally built by Procter & Gamble Cellulose in 1974, the campground north of Hythe had fallen into a state of disrepair since Weyerhaeuser pulled out of operations in that area over the last few years. The... Read more

More on Those Pesky Whistling Ducks at Texas RV Park

Click here to watch a video, courtesy of KRGV-TV, Rio Grand Valley, Texas, about the following story. It seems some local wildlife is ruffling some feathers for some Harlingen RV residents. A huge number of black-bellied whistling ducks have found a new home at a pond in Lakewood Village. Residents living there say they've always enjoyed having ducks in the artificial pound. The Texas drought lured the birds to the area to get a drink of fresh water. Residents say they see more than 200 of the... Read more

ARVC Conference Gets Underway in Savannah

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ARVC conference begns in Savannah, Ga. After two days of pre-conference activities, the annual Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) officially gets underway today (Nov. 30) in Savannah, Ga. Held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Resort & Spa and the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center, ARVC’s Conference and Expo will bring together campground owners and operators from across the U.S. for three days of varied... Read more

RV Industry Enjoys Slight Improvement in 2011

Kentucky Exposition Center, site of this week's RV show. The RV industry pointed today (Nov. 29) to a slight improvement from last year's turnaround performance as another sign the recession-dented sector is on the road to recovery. But a slight speed bump might be on the horizon. RV makers, dealers and suppliers attending an annual industry trade show were told that 2011 shipments from manufacturers to dealers are expected to be up 2% from last year's 242,300 shipped units. The 2010... Read more

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