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As NPS Visitors Increase, Private Parks Filling Up

December 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Jeff Crider EDITOR’S NOTE: This column is written by Jeff Crider, a freelance writer for Woodall’s Campground Management and an independent public relations agent specializing in the RV park and campground arena.  RV shipments have been increasing every year for the past eight years, which is great news for RV dealers and manufacturers. It’s also good news for campground owners, many of whom tell me they are the busiest they’ve ever been. If RV industry projections are correct,... Read more

LSI Symposium Highlights Jellystone’s Growth

November 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Leisure Systems Vice President of Operations Jim Westover speaks during his annual report to Jellystone Park franchise owners. Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort operators from across the U.S. and Canada came together last week (Nov. 6-9) as they celebrated another year of record growth, as well as increased franchise industry and consumer recognition during the annual Leisure System’s Symposium. “We have a lot of good indicators going for us,” Jim Westover, vice president of... Read more

Number of B.C. Campsites Down 8.5% In 6 Years

November 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For several years until the real estate market imploded in 2008, a number of RV parks in America’s hottest real estate markets disappeared as developers offered park owners prices they couldn’t refuse and converted their land into housing developments, shopping malls and industrial parks. Now the same thing is happening in British Columbia, which has lost 50 campgrounds with 2,585 campsites during the past six years, Joss Penny, executive director of the British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds... Read more

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 rvonthego.com/spring-training 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

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