VIDEO: Flooded Riverview RV Park Digs Out

September 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Water from the Big Thompson River chewed through this section of Colorado Highway 34 as seen from a National Guard helicopter, with debris littering the road. The river inundated the Riverview RV Park on Sept. 12, forcing an evacuation. Photo courtesy of the Colorado National Guard Today's video is courtesy of Holly Dreams who posted this video on YouTube following a walk through the flooded River RV Park near Loveland, Colo. The video was posted on Sept. 14. Riverview RV Park near Loveland... Read more

Flood Forces Estes Park Jellystone Closure

September 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The Jellystone Park in Estes Park, Colo. is marked in orange. Severe flood damage from last week's heavy rains in Colorado has forced the owners of the Jellystone Park in Estes Park to close their park for the rest of the season. The 80-site campground sustained heavy water damage during the monsoon that engulfed portions of the state. Owners Rick and Shelly Spear announced the park's closing for the season on the homepage of their campground's website. The message stated: Due to recent... Read more

National Park Service: At a Major Crossroads

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Americans value their natural resources, such as Yellowstone National Park's Old Faithful. Editor’s Note: It’s been six months since the federal government began its venture into uncharted waters known as the “sequester.” Ordered to cut their budgets by 5%, governmental departments, including the National Park Service (NPS), found various ways to comply with the congressional mandate. The jury is still out as to how the American public will respond to the sequester, as tighter budgets... Read more

Disaster Sparks Insurance Coverage Reviews

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor’s Note: Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) contacted several campground insurers to comment on the fires in the West. Following are excerpts from their comments. When it comes to forest fires, there are a few different coverages that apply, noted Damian Petty, an agent for Leavitt Recreation and Hospitality Insurance. Insurance can pay one of two ways: •  “If the fire actually comes onto the property and catches a building on fire, most people have some type of business income... Read more

Western Forest Fires – An Overplayed Crisis?

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Forest fires threatened campgrounds across the U.S. West this season. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service The horrific wildfires that scorched over 230 square miles of forest land near Yosemite National Park in California and more than 150 square miles in Central Idaho in August were the most dramatic of hundreds of wildfires that are making this year one of the worst U.S. fire seasons on record. On Aug. 26, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, 50 major uncontained wildfires were... Read more

Evacuation Order Lifted at Idaho Campground

August 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

From The Meadows RV Park website. The park's proximity to a nearby mountainside is shown in the bottom photo. The Beaver Creek Fire has destroyed thousands of acres of forest land on the other side of this mountain. Editor's Note: Debra Adams, manager of The Meadows RV Park in Ketchum, Idaho, contacted Woodall's Campground Management today (Aug. 22) following a somewhat harrowing five days under an evacuation order due to the Beaver Creek Fire that burned near the park. Excerpts form... Read more

Carefree Communities Expands RV Footprints

August 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Sun-N-Fun RV Resort in Sarasota, Fla., new Carefree Communities Inc. flagship property. David Napp is on the road again, looking for choice RV parks and manufactured housing communities to add to the growing portfolio of Carefree Communities Inc., a new company formed on June 2 when Centerbridge Capital Partners LP purchased Napp’s National RV Communities LLC (NRVC). Now Napp, a veteran of the RV park & campground sector who, with partner Colleen Edwards, had already been doing business under... Read more

ARVC's Paul Bambei Putting Out Industry Fires

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Bambei As high profile wildfires burned public lands across the state of Colorado in June, Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), was busy putting out some fires of his own. From his office in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Bambei couldn’t see any of those wildfires which captured media attention and prompted some well-timed damage control efforts from both ARVC and Camp Colorado, the state campground association. But he could feel... Read more

Park Trailer Builders Looking Ahead to Hershey

August 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Participating park model manufacturers had these comments in advance of America's Largest RV Show scheduled for September in Hershey, Pa.: Interior of The Royal by Champion/Athens Park Homes • Champion/Athens Park Homes sees the 2013 Hershey show as the culmination of a great year and the kickoff to the 2014 season, says Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales for Champion Homes. “We look forward to the Pennsylvania show,” he said. The company is building park models from eight plants... Read more

Bambei: Come to ARVC Conference in Knoxville

August 8, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Paul Bambei is closing his third year as CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). He spoke on a number of industry topics during an hour-long interview with Woodall’s Campground Management in mid-summer. Highlights of his comments appear in the following story and in a companion piece. Call it a “shake up.” That’s a phrase Paul Bambei, CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), used to describe the 2013 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference... Read more

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