CalARVC Winter Getaway On The Mark
More than 70 California campground/RV park operators spent a day together Jan. 28 garnering information, asking questions, checking out two RV parks, eating some great food, drinking some wine, all the while getting to know each other at the California Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (CalARVC) RV Park Winter Getaway, according to information provided by the association.
Park operators left the event with an understanding of increased Wi-Fi bandwidth requirements and risk management, better knowledge of RV park regulations and eviction laws, good ideas for marketing to clubs and the consumer, a glimpse of California camping trends as well as ways to save money and efficient benchmarking tools, according to the organization.
The CalARVC Staff and Board of Directors thanked all those who made the event possible, including Wine Country RV Resort & Vines RV Resort for hosting the event and AGS Publishing, Evergreen USA and Hart King for providing food.
They also thanked their experts:
- Barb Youmans, National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC).
- Susanne White, CalARVC.
- Lucas Hartford, Evergreen USA.
- Brent Kamprud, TengoInternet.
- Chris Anderson, Housing & Community Development.
- John Pentecost, Hart King.
- Erik Gothberg, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Inc.
- Megan Whittington & Cheryl Taylor, Wine Country RV Resort & Sun Communities.
It was the second time CalARVC held such an event after suspending the more traditional trade show and convention in 2010.
Due to its success, CalARVC has now scheduled two additional events for 2014.
The CalARVC RV Park Vendor Day is scheduled for Newport Dunes RV Waterfront Resort, Newport Beach on Thursday, April 24. The primary mission of the event will still be to facilitate and develop connections. It will just have a special focus to connect park operators and vendors. What the organization hopes to do is remove the traditional “table” that sits between a park operator and the vendor in a trade show format. They hope that park operators will change their perception of vendors as salesmen and come to rely on them as resources for information as much as resources for products or services.
The CalARVC RV Park Fall Getaway agenda will return to the same format as the winter getaway. It is scheduled for Sept. 23 at Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort located in the gold-mining town of Plymouth just east of Sacramento. Far Horizons is situated in the middle of “Zin” country. Some of California’s top Zinfandels come from one of 30 wineries within 10 miles of the park.