This Fla. RV Resort Has Seen A Big Rebound

February 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wekiva Falls on Memorial Day 2014. When Gary Ott first laid eyes on Wekiva Falls RV Resort in 2007, it was a wreck. The man who developed the property 30 years before and ran it with his wife had passed away, leaving his widow to manage the 100-acre, 800-site park alone. It had fallen into grave disrepair and devolved from a popular camping destination into the worst trailer-park stereotype. Ott decided it was perfect and bought it within a year. It seemed to him a perfectly sound investment choice,... Read more

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When the Ott family purchased a dilapidated, failing campground near Orlando, Fla., in 2008, the first changes they made were brick and mortar: new paved roads, concrete pads, all-new electrical, cable and Wi-Fi, new shower and restroom facilities, as well as a 9,000 square foot clubhouse. And, of course, those improvements were the most critical in making Wekiva Falls RV Resort the successful business that it has become. More recently, however, as Wekiva Falls left its partnership with Kampgrounds... Read more

Rental Accommodations Continue Growth

February 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

There’s a good business case to be made for growth in the outdoor hospitality market in general, and by all accounts one key to that growth is an expanding mix of rental accommodations that bring new guests into campgrounds and RV parks across North America. It’s one of the reasons, in the opinion of Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), that some major companies invested in the RV space see so much upside in the market. And a new “North American Camping Report,”... Read more

February Edition Of WCM Available Online

February 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Does your campground have rental accommodations? Are you thinking about adding them, or are you not sure they'd be worth it? The February issue of Woodall's Campground Management has a detailed look not only at the options — park model RVs, cabins, yurts, teepees, tents, treehouses, wagons — but at the real-life business case for rentals to not only grow your RV park, but the outdoor hospitality sector as a whole. In addition, columnist Evanne Schmarder offers advice on how to market... Read more

Hard Work Wins At Award-Winning KOA

December 26, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

When you have a great campground in a great location with an idyllic setting, it would be easy to rest on those laurels and cruise through the decades. But that’s not how Susan and Ron Hart’s family have operated for the last 38 years, and not only has it kept them current with what their guests want — a move that certainly takes a lot of untiring effort in this day and age—it earned their park, a Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday near Fredericksburg, Va., the “2014 Franchisee of the... Read more

Blue Bridge Financing Park Model RVs

December 19, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Blue Bridge Financial wants to take park model RVs for campgrounds from an underserved lending market to one of the commercial finance company’s key markets. Blue Bridge, which has been around for eight years, is now an affiliate with Carillon Capital LLC, and in that relationship, “We’re bringing Blue Bridge into new industries,” said Ed Arienti, Carillon managing director of business development. “We are in the manufactured housing and park model industries from the perspective of working... Read more

Guest Wi-Fi Access Is Not A Simple Issue

December 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

When Catherine DeStasio, marketing manager of TengoInternet, ran across a report on a recent speech by Dimiter Zahariev, the manager of passenger experience development for the International Air Transport Association made one comment that really resonated with her. “He said Wi-Fi is the fourth utility, after electric, gas and water,” DeStasio said. So she decided to raise the question in LinkedIn’s RV Park and Campground Management Group. Interestingly, the virtual roundtable of mostly private... Read more

Is Your Park Ready To Meet Video Demand?

Editor's note: The following column by Jim Ganley of CheckBox Systems LLC will appear in December's Woodall's Campground Management. Jim Ganley For the last few years Netflix was one of the few major providers of Internet delivered video, with other providers such as Hulu, YouTube and Amazon also offering services. At times Netflix has accounted for more than 25% of the total traffic on the Internet worldwide. Recently HBO announced that they will begin offering Internet-only subscriptions,... Read more

Manhunt's End Eases Tensions At Pa. Parks

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground owners in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains are welcoming a return to normal after the capture of a fugitive wanted in connection with the sniper-style deaths of two law enforcement officers. They are lamenting the loss of business during the massive 49-day manhunt, but are thankful the ordeal is over. Eric Matthew Frein is the suspect in the Sept. 12 deaths of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, an officer of the Pennsylvania State Police and Alex Douglass, another state trooper... Read more

A Q-and-A With Carefree's David Napp

When David Napp sits down to talk with you, as he did with Woodall’s Campground Management's Ty Adams, it’s not a bad idea to listen. His company, Carefree RV Resorts, has continued to grow into the RV sector across North America, adding 20 properties — valued at more than $300 million — over the last year or so. While he’s an attorney by trade, Napp and his business partner, Colleen Edwards, have gotten to know the RV sector well, having previously founded Encore Communities. Napp... Read more

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