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Passport America Rally Marks 25 Years Of Growth

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been 25 years since Passport America launched its 50% camping discount club, and the organization is going stronger than ever. Ray Fernandez, Dresden Fernandez and Vernon Simmons started Passport America, and today it remains a family-run operation with Dresden (now Simmons) and two of Vernon’s sons helping to run the growing operation. “Back in 1991, they came up with the concept. Dresden and my father put in two years on the road, and it was hard work,” said Ryan Simmons,... Read more

Cruise Inn’s CEO Offers Retrospective On Brand

June 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

After 3 1/2 years of working to craft a new concept in the RV park and campground sector across North America, the financial backers behind the Cruise Inn brand of RV parks, campgrounds and cabins decided to end operations earlier this month. It wasn’t because Cruise Inn was a flawed concept, but it may simply have been ahead of its time, maintains Trent Arnold. Arnold joined the company last year and became president and CEO of Cruise Inn in May, expecting to speed up momentum of growth for... Read more

RV Industry’s Support For Care Camps Is Ongoing

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s Ken Julian (rear, left), Jen Balkema with the camp and Keystone’s Jeff Runels interact with pediatric cancer campers June 14. The RV industry’s growing support for children’s cancer camps via the KOA Care Camps charity has been on full display this week, with leaders of Thor Industries Inc. and its Keystone RV Co. subsidiary visiting a cancer camp in northern Indiana. And CWRV Transport, an affiliate of Chicago-based Camping World Inc., outfitted its office staff with shirts as a reminder... Read more

Cavco Reports Significant Revenue, Net Income

June 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Cavco Industries Inc. a Phoenix-based manufacturer of park model RVs and manufactured housing, reported its fiscal results this afternoon (June 12) for the fourth fiscal quarter and full year. Net revenue for the quarter was up 11.7% to $198 million, and for the full year up 8.6% over fiscal 2016 at $773.8 million. Cavco’s net income was $10.9 million for the quarter, up 55.7% over the $7 million in the same quarter of 2016. For the year, net income was $38 million, up 33.3% from $28.5 million... Read more

Cruise Inn Network Of RV Parks Ends Operations

June 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move that surprised many in the campground sector, the board of the Cruise Inn brand — one of the fastest growing names in private RV parks — voted last week to end its operations three-and-a-half years after its launch, Cruise Inn personnel told Woodall’s Campground Management. Trent Arnold, the new president and CEO, said the board and remaining personnel aren’t yet ready to comment as they work with the 42 member parks to transition them out of Cruise Inn branding and software. Linda... Read more

RVIA: Park Model RV Shipments Continue To Climb

May 29, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Park model RV shipments in April rose 8.7% compared to the same month in 2016, continuing an upward trend for the year, the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RIVA) reported. For the first four months of the year, shipments reached 1,456 units, marking a rise of 9.6% compared to the same period last year. The single biggest destination for the month was California, followed by Texas, Arizona and Miinnesota. Share this:LinkedInEmailFacebook Read More →

Sun Communities Reports 34.2% Revenue Boost

April 27, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Sun Communities Inc., based in Southfield, Mich., reported a 34.2% rise in revenue for the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter last year. The real-estate investment trust, which owns RV and manufactured housing parks across the U.S. and ONtario, with a total of 118,550 sites. During the quarter, Sun acquired an RV park in Plymouth, Calif., paying $13 million for the 328-site park. It also bought land near the ocean in Myrtle Beach, S.C., that is zoned for a 775-site RV resort. During... Read more

Care Camps’ Elliott Invites RV Industry Support

April 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA Care Camps is a nonprofit organization that’s been around for three decades, helping to send children with cancer to specialized oncology camps. And while the charity was started by Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchisees and is supported by Kampgrounds of America Inc., over the years it has expanded its focus — and today, it’s inviting the RV industry to come alongside and help out. Care Camps Chairman Wade Elliott is coming to Elkhart, Ind., May 11 for the RV Industry Power Breakfast... Read more

ELS Execs: Strong Property Demand Continuing

April 18, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS) CEO Marguerite Nader and CFO Paul Seavey talked with investors and analysts this morning (April 18), the day after ELS released its positive quarterly financial report. “We see strong demand for our product and property,” Nader said of the real-estate investment trust, which owns manufactured housing and RV parks. “With respect to the RV portfolio, our teams are focused on delivering a great customer experience. Each year in the spring guests at... Read more

Campground Groups Teaming Up Outside Sector

March 28, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While government regulations are an unpopular topic for campground owners and operators — and, of course, many other small businesses — there are areas where private campground groups and states are working together successfully in addition to work between state associations and other organizations to leverage common ground. Many of those came up during at the mid-March Northeast Conference on Camping in Nashua, N.H., but on by the Northeast Campground Association Campground Owners of New York... Read more

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