Column: Give Guests Personal Touch

This column by Peter Pelland appears in October's issue of Woodall's Campground Management. The more that we get caught up in believing that mass marketing and technology are the sole keys to bringing in new business, the more that we might miss out on basic, time-proven principles that work. When a campground is looking to expand its customer base and occupancy rates, it is fine to put effort into growing your sphere of influence within social media or building your website’s search-engine... Read more

Texas Campground Makes Vogue List

El CosmoTex A tiny Texas town received a seal of approval from the fashion magazine Vogue, which named Marfa's El Cosmico as one of seven outdoor outings with 'just the right touch of luxury' in the United States, television station KVUE reported. The campground hotel sits on 18 acres, and this getaway destination is anything but ordinary. Instead of typical hotel room – teepees as tall as trees, Spartan trailers, safari tents, yurts and a wood-fired hot tub – dot the... Read more

CEO Nader Talks ELS RV Resort Boost

During Tuesday's (Oct. 21) conference call on Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.'s (ELS) third-quarter financial results, ELS CEO Marguerite Nader talked about the unexpected growth Chicago-based ELS has seen in their RV resorts this year. "Within our RV platform our properties performed better than anticipated," she said. "I believe it is helpful to take a step back to view the progress of our RV portfolio this year. We increased — we issued guidance last year anticipating... Read more

County Treating MH as Park Model RV

While most concerns about how the standards of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) relate to park model RVs center around HUD's size limitations, a couple in Virginia have the opposite problem, with a county trying to treat a manufactured home as a park model RV, even though it's larger than HUD's size limit for park models. Karen and Tom Rogers like to live small, the Williamsburg Yorktown Daily reported. The couple and their daughter, Kaitlin, lived in an RV... Read more

Temporary RV Park Gets An Extension

The Williams County (N.D.) Commission voted to extend a temporary housing conditional use permit for construction company Knife River to continue housing employees in eight mobile homes and 20 RVs. the Williston Herald reported. “To be honest with you, we’re in a real bind,” said Knife River’s spokesman, who didn’t give his name before addressing the board, at the meeting. He continued, saying the housing was for “managers” critical to completing the company's various projects... Read more

New Michigan RV Park Gets Approval

For those looking to come to Macon County, Mich.'s, Washington Township for fall festivals or summer vacations, an RV park should soon be available to those who like to stay outdoors, the Advisor and Source Newspapers reported. On Oct. 9, the Washington Township Planning Commission approved by a 6-1 vote a special land use site plan for the Apple Acres RV Park owned by James and Kathleen Voight. The couple plan to open the 14-site park on a portion of their own 24-acre parcel located off Powell... Read more

Town Leases Out RV Park Permanently

The Stony Plain, Alberta, town council agreed to give the Stony Plain Lions Club a perpetual lease of the RV park, the Stony Plain Reporter reported. A draft agreement was presented to the council during their Oct. 14 meeting. The club pays $1 per year for use of the land. Revenues from operations go towards community organizations that the Lions support. This unique funding model has helped Aerials Gymnastics, the Stony Plain Public Library, WestView Health Centre and upgrade the Hidden Park in... Read more

T4T, Team Up

Tents for Troops (T4T) has partnered with to help active duty military members easily find participating campgrounds and RV parks across the United States. Everyone needs some time off including our active duty military men and women who serve our country day in and day out. Tents for Troops helps take the burden off our military members by working with campgrounds and RV parks across the country to provide free campsites for a few days get away. By partnering with the... Read more

Autumn Forest Burning Starts in Utah

Fire personnel with Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah will be conducting prescribed burns on dead vegetation, pine needles and “leaf litter” in Rock Canyon and Hope campgrounds, the Daily Herald of Provo reported. “In the fall, the temperatures are cooler at night, we don’t have the high temperatures during the day,” said Kathy Jo Pollack, public affairs officer for the National Forest Service. She said the moderate temperatures provide the optimum opportunity to conduct prescribed... Read more

Farm Events Venue Adds Campground

Spread out over 200 acres in the rolling hills of southeastern Floyd County, Va., the growing outdoor events venue Chantilly Farm has obtained a permit to operate 25 full-service RV camping spaces with full hookups for water, sewer and electric, the Roanoke Times reported. Many of the newly completed spaces will feature pull-through capability, which provides ease of access for even the largest RVs and motor coaches. This is in addition to numerous tent sites with a handicapped-accessible shower... Read more

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