CalARVC Hosts Near 70 Owners At Annual Fall Day

October 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Near 70 campground and RV park owners gathered at the Benbow Kampgrounds of America (KOA) in Garberville, Calif., to attend the RV Park Day Fall Getaway education and networking event hosted by the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). The Oct. 2 event included a mix of educational sessions and informal roundtable discussions, with half a dozen experts who provided park operators with information on topics ranging from safe propane handling to tiny homes. Larry Brownfield,... Read more

Crider: Your Site Is Your Virtual Concierge Desk

June 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The following column by Jeff Crider appears on the website of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. Jeff Crider As a news release writer for the campground industry, I visit campground websites in California and across the country almost every day. Some of them blow me away with the quality of their photos, their attractive layouts as well as the quality of their content. Indeed, some of them not only give you ideas about the activities and entertainment they have on site, but information... Read more

California Campgrounds Offering Gourmet Food

April 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Many of California’s privately owned campgrounds are gaining notoriety for their onsite activities and entertainment as well as their rental accommodations for those who don’t have a tent or RV. But some campgrounds and RV resorts are also surprising their guests with yet another enticement: delicious breakfasts, lunches and dinners, according to the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC). “Depending on where you go, you can find campgrounds and RV resorts that serve everything... Read more

RV Parks See A Spring Training Business Boost

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Arizona’s RV resorts are not only a destination of choice for winter snowbirds. They also serve as base camps for baseball spring training enthusiasts from across the country. “Our properties are very popular for spring training enthusiasts,” said Jennifer Ludovice, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), which owns and operates 33 RV resorts in Arizona. Spring training has become so popular that ELS has set up a web page at that identifies... Read more

More Snowbirds Heading Off The Beaten Path

March 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Phoenix and Tucson areas are loaded with RV parks and resorts that cater to snowbirds with organized activities and special events to keep them entertained throughout the winter season. But venture out into some of the more remote areas of the Grand Canyon State and you’ll find people like 68-year-old Ted Werner of Connecticut. Werner and his wife, Jan, are among a growing number of off road vehicle enthusiasts who come to Arizona every winter and spring not to tear up the landscape, but to... Read more

Gila Bend Takes Aim At Attracting Snowbirds

February 17, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Painted rocks are only one of many natural attractions local officials hope to leverage to make Gila Bend, Ariz., a big snowbird destination. When Scott Swanson and his mother acquired a relatively undeveloped campground in Gila Bend 18 months ago, they knew it had potential as an affordable winter park for snowbirds. So they joined the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchise network to put the park on the travelers’ map and started making improvements to bring their 130-site campground up to KOA... Read more

Ariz. Park Guests Help Building Habitat Houses

February 2, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Several Rincon Country West volunteers perpare to lift a wall section into place. For 27 years, Gerry and Carolyn Keener have traveled across the U.S. and around the world building homes as Habitat for Humanity volunteers. These days, Gerry Keener leads a team of snowbirds from Rincon Country West RV Resort in Tucson, Ariz., who build houses that are sold to low-income families in Tucson who could never qualify for conventional financing. Families who purchase Habitat for Humanity homes have to... Read more

Improvements Help O’Leary’s Resorts Succeed

January 31, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

When Craig Dolbeer decided to become a snowbird, he knew he wanted to spend the winters at an RV resort in Tucson, Ariz. The challenge, he said, was deciding which resort would be the right fit for him. After all, many of them have swimming pools, spas, exercise rooms and other nice amenities. But when he arrived at Rincon Country West RV Resort, he knew in an instant that that’s where he would want to spend his winters. The reason? The 1,100-site park has a G-gauge outdoor railroad, complete with... Read more

After Decades, Club Royal Oak Hits A Golden Age

December 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Degenhardt family has loved the park for generations. Alan Degenhardt and his parents dreamed of owning and operating Royal Oak Resort near Kingsburg, Calif. ever since his family started vacationing there in the 1970s. But it was a dream that didn’t come true until 2012 — after both of his parents had passed away — and not until after Degenhardt himself had invested more than a decade of his life in a labor of love to rescue the resort from mismanagement by its previous owners and built... Read more

Q&A With Producer, Park Owner Scott Swanson

December 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Swanson and his dog Winston. With 20 years of experience as a freelance producer for Paramount Studios, ABC Studios and Warner Bros., Scott Swanson never had any trouble finding work in Hollywood. His credits include various episodes of the “Gilmore Girls,” “Everwood,” “Person of Interest” and “Eli Stone,” as well as numerous other TV shows and pilot productions. But when Swanson took a break from Hollywood six years ago to run his family’s RV park in Buckeye, Ariz., with... Read more

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