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Canada RV Sales Rebound as Economy Improves

July 24, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Eleonore Hamm Canadian RV sales — towable and motorized — are making a strong recovery this year after two years in the doldrums. ”It’s great,” said Eleonore Hamm, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada. ”We had a bad 2015 and 2016. Economically, people are feeling better, and people who have delayed their decisions to buy an RV are no longer delaying.” Through May, Class A and Class C motorhome sales have increased 46.7%, according to Statistical Surveys... Read more

Solar Eclipse Becoming a Major Camping Event

July 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Hopkinsville, Ky., prepares for solar eclipse crowd (Photo by Tab Brockman) Communities from Oregon to South Carolina are preparing for an influx of visitors Aug. 21 — many of them pulling or driving RVs — to experience the first total solar eclipse to sweep across the U.S. in nearly 100 years. Some 12.2 million people in 14 states will be in the path of totality after the eclipse reaches the Continental United States between Portland and Salem, Ore., at 7:16 a.m. EDT, and concludes southeast... Read more

Canadian Organizations Promo RV, Camping Week

April 26, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Three Canadian organizations associated with camping and the RV industry are coordinating the 2nd Annual Canada RV and Camping Week that will begin May 23 following the country’s Victoria Day long holiday. The Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) of Canada, the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) and Go RVing Canada are looking to increase campground attendance and drive more customers into Canadian RV dealerships. With a goal of raising $20,000, campgrounds and RV dealerships additionally... Read more

Mustang Hollow In Texas Offers Rustic Camping

April 5, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Robin Sargent, owner of Mustang Hollow Campground in Mathis, Texas, tells the story of a teenager who visited the park with his family after Sargent and his wife Linda bought campground out of bankruptcy 34 years ago. “I’d always call him ‘kid’ — even whan he was older,” Sargent said. “They’d come here three or four times a year, year after year. “A couple of years ago, he came into the office with a baby in his arms, and he looked at me and said, ‘You can’t call me kid anymore.... Read more

Ashley: Yankee Traveler Lures Canada Snowbirds

March 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The following “On Campgrounds” feature by Bob Ashley appears in the March issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. Ashley is a Central Indiana-based freelance writer/editor and a 25-year newspaper veteran who has focused on the RV industry and national recreation issues for the past 19 years. He received the 2013 “Distinguished Service in RV Journalism” award from the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA).  Yankee Traveler RV Park in Largo, Fla., has become an outpost for Canadian... Read more

On Campgrounds: Breezy Hill Gets A New Life

January 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When Jon Wiltzius and his wife Jennifer four years ago decided to buy Breezy Hill Campground, a 110-site park on 60 acres in Fond du Lac, Wis., they knew there was a lot of work ahead. “The campground needed attention,” Wiltzius said in a tone that indicated he was making an understatement. Among the first things the couple did was leave a franchise system to establish Breezy Hill’s independence. “When you buy into a franchise like that, they set the rules. We felt it was important that we... Read more

W.Va. KOA Holiday Grows Into A Family Attraction

December 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following On Campgrounds column by Bob Ashley appears in the December issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. After 25 years in banking, Brent Andrews decided he needed to get out of the corporate culture. He looked into opening a marina or a restaurant, but decided instead to buy a moribund campground in Milton, W.Va., which today is 110-site Huntington/Fox Fire KOA Holiday. “The infrastructure was there,” Andrews said. “We just had to grow the business.” When Andrews and his... Read more

Ohio Campground Welcoming More Newcomers

November 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: The following “On Campgrounds” column by Bob Ashley, editor at large for Woodall’s Campground Managemeny, appears in the November issue. Brenda and Bill Lucas weren’t looking to retire in Ohio when nine years ago they bought 185-site Camp Toodik Family Campground in Loudonville, about midway between Columbus and Cleveland. “We wanted to retire in the south,” Brenda Lucas said. “The park was bigger than we wanted, but the further south you go, campgrounds... Read more

RVDA Keys on Issues, Awards Dealers at Confab

November 10, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

RVDA President Phil Ingrassia addresses members at Wednesday’s annual meeting during the RV Dealers International Convention/Expo Younger customers are beginning to replace Baby Boomers as the RV industry’s prime market, Phil Ingrassia, president of the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA), told dealers Wednesday (Nov. 9) at the 2016 RV Dealers International Convention/Expo at Bally’s in Las Vegas.  “We’ve heard for years about the Baby Boomer generation driving the market, but... Read more

RV Park’s New Owners Give It New Lease On Life

September 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following On Campgrounds column by Bob Ashley appears in September’s Woodall’s Campground Management. Missy Trappe spent many years visiting Crystal Lake Campground and RV Park in Lodi, Wis., with her parents who stayed there as seasonal campers. A year-and-a-half ago, she and her husband, Nathan, who also spent a number of years at Crystal Lake, decided to buy the park. That was just in time. “We actually were in foreclosure,” said Patty Bennett, general manager for six years... Read more

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