WCM January ’15 Issue Available Online

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The January 2015 issue of Woodall’s Campground Management is now available online. The cover story offers a profile on Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Caledonia, Wis., operated by Theresa and Randy Issaacson, which was named 2014 Camp-Resort of the Year by Jellystone parent Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). Editor Justin Leighty also provides comprehensive coverage of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference held Dec. 2-5... Read more

Park Model Shipments Gain 3.3% in Nov.

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The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported that shipments of park model RVs gained 3.3% in November compared to the previous year. For the month, 253 units were shipped to dealers’ lots versus 245 in 2013. Year-to-date, the park model segment grew 4.4% with 3,520 units shipped over the 11-month period compared with 3,371 a year ago. The graphic below shows shipment totals by state and region during November. Share this:LinkedInEmailFacebook Read More →

Report: Consumer Confidence Up in Dec.

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Consumer Confidence rose in December as Americans embraced more employment opportunities and persistent declines in prices at the gas pump. According to Bloomberg, the Conference Board’s index increased to 92.6 from a revised 91 in November that was stronger than initially estimated, the New York-based private research group said today. A measure of current conditions advanced to the highest in almost seven years. Gasoline prices that have fallen every day since the end of September left more cash... Read more

Fla.’s Canaveral National Park Turning 40

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It seemed the longest stretch of undeveloped beach on Florida’s East Coast faced the inevitable arrival of bulldozers and building cranes. “New Smyrna in the early ’70s was marching south — condo row as we call it,” recalls Clay Henderson, an Orlando attorney who helped found a nonprofit that supports what is now Canaveral National Seashore. “There were several plans for development. There was a proposal for a large mobile home development on the north end.” That... Read more

Virginia RV Dealers Keep Rolling in 2014

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Mirroring RV sales nationwide, RV dealers in the Richmond, Va., area have seen a bump in business this year. According to an Associated Press report, McGeorge’s Rolling Hills RV off Interstate 95 in Hanover County is the Richmond area’s biggest RV dealership and one of the biggest in the country, with more than 500 RVs of all kinds on its lot. Edward L. McGeorge, who owns the business along with his two sons, said the average annual sales increase since 2009 has been 32%. “We’ve been as high... Read more

Colorado Desert Campground Expanding

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During the spring, fall and cooler weekends in the summer, camp sites at the North Fruita Desert recreation area in Colorado burst at the seams with overnight visitors. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported that to benefit traveling mountain bikers, hikers and motocross riders, Bureau of Land Management recently expanded its North Fruita Desert campground, located approximately 10 miles north of Fruita. The site featured 35 campsites before the expansion and has now been expanded to 55,... Read more

Blog: Is National Park Fee Hike Enough?

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Editor’s Note: The following is a blog appearing on The Hill analyzing the effects of a proposed entrance fee at national parks to help fund operations and maintenance. Would you pay more to visit your favorite national park? The National Park Service hopes so. The agency is proposing to increase entrance fees at many national parks across the country in an attempt to raise more revenue from visitors to help cover the cost of park operations and maintenance. The proposal comes at a time when... Read more

Wild Animal Refuge Could Add RV Park

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The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado’s Weld County hopes to add a bed and breakfast, an RV park and other amenities for visitors. The Greeley Tribune reported that the sanctuary has formally requested county approval of the project, which would also include a welcome center and convention center. The county planning commission hasn’t yet scheduled a review of the application. The 1-square-mile refuge in Keenesburg, about 40 miles northeast of Denver, is home to 350 animals, including... Read more

FRVTA Expects Strong ’15 Tampa Show

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Traffic was steady at last year’s Tampa show Coming off a strong growth year for the RV industry, it’s no surprise that the outlook for the 2015 Florida RV SuperShow, slated for Jan. 14-18 at the Florida State Fairgrounds – the first major retail show of the new year – is so upbeat. “We’re at least as strong as we’ve ever been as far as our manufacturer space sales and our supplier booths,” reported Lance Wilson, executive director of the sponsoring Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).... Read more

N.Z. RVers Enjoy ‘Cocktail Alley’ at Park

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There’s a corner of the Whangamata Motor Camp in New Zealand that is a more tight-knit community than most permanent neighborhoods. Cocktail Alley, as it is known, is literally tightly-knit too. Strands of Christmas lights have been strung between each of the caravans and cabins along the way, a criss-crossing lattice of connectivity that binds the seasonal denizens in a web of festive togetherness. According to, Craig and Angela Young, from Te Aroha, have the first caravan/cabin... Read more

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