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

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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

NCA Conference Wraps Up After Solid Turnout

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The Northeast Campground Association’s (NCA’s) 53rd Northeast Conference on Camping and Trade Show wrapped up Saturday evening (March 18) in Nashua, N.H., after three days of solid turnout by campground operators from Maine to Maryland and all points in between. In all, more than 310 people attended the conference at the Radisson Hotel Nashua, the third year for the event at that venue. Of those attending, 180 were campground owners and operators and 130 came from the 70 exhibitors at... Read more

Pelland, Insider Perks, Photographer Teaming Up

March 20, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

At last week’s Northeast Conference on Camping in Nashua, N.H., Pelland Advertising, Insider Perks and Chris Reidenbaugh, a Google 360 Business View photographer, met jointly with campground owners to highlight their new strategic partnership. “We like to think that we are the best at what we do, the development of custom-designed responsive websites and the production and printing of a full range of color advertising,” explained Pelland founder Peter Pelland. “We are not... Read more

NCA Con/Expo Features Packed Agenda For Day 2

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Radisson Hotel Nashua, N.H., is hosting the Northeast Conference on Camping The Northeast Conference on Camping entered day two (March 17) of its three-day run in Nashua, N.H., marked by a full agenda and a decidedly upbeat tone by members following a year in which both public and private parks were setting records. “People are cooped up and ready to camp. They’ve been posting on Facebook, ‘Is it Spring yet?’” said Michelle Viola of The Pines Campground, whose park, The Pines Campground... Read more

Members Are Upbeat for ’17 at NCA Conference

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David Berg of Red Apple Campground in Kennebunkport reporting on the Maine Campground Owners Association while other NCA members listen The Northeast Conference on Camping opened Wednesday (March 16) in Nashua, N.H., with a wave of apparent optimism for the upcoming camping season from nine member states from Maine to Maryland comprising the Northeast Campground Association (NCA). “We have a wonderful program planned over the next three days,” said NCA Executive Director Cyndy Zbierski at the... Read more

Calif. KOA Park Offers Variety Of Rental Options

March 16, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

While many RV parks and campgrounds offer some sort of rental option, Scott Cory’s experience working for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) helped drive his choices to offer a range of rentals when he decided to leave the company and become a franchisee. Cory and Steven Bitter own the Ventura Ranch KOA, and they have taken it to a new level since purchasing it in 2009. “We bought the campground at the end of 2009,” Cory told Woodall’s Campground Management. “With my background at KOA corporate,... Read more

Technology Helps Drive Longer Camping Stays

March 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Campers in North America are, unsurprisingly, placing more and more importance on technology, though they also have a bit of a love-hate relationship with the effect connectedness has on camping trips. But from a business standpoint, the overriding factor regarding technology is that, for U.S. campers, access to technology is allowing a substantial bloc of campers to spend more time outside, according to the 2017 North American Camper Report, released today (March 15). The report by Scott Bahr of... Read more

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