Vendors Keep RV Park Fundamentals Great

April 29, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As campgrounds constantly evolve to encompass more activities and services like wireless Internet, restaurant facilities and full-blown water park features, owners and managers are constantly being called upon to wear more hats. The pace of technology and services also makes it easy to lose sight of campground fundamentals such as visible entrance signs and site markers as well as durable picnic tables, grills and fire rings. With that in mind, we spoke with several companies in the “fundamentals”... Read more

Des Moines KOA Is Run By Rising Stars

April 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Five years ago this month, Chris Rademacher and his wife, Jamie, went into business together when they bought the Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchise location in the Des Moines, Iowa, metro area. As for many campground owners, the driving force in the Rademachers taking over the Des Moines West KOA Holiday was a desire for independence. “Owning a campground was going to give us an opportunity to venture into business ownership and work on our own, not have to work for someone else,” Jamie... Read more

Bambei: ARVC Helps Serious Operators

The following column by Paul Bambei, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), appears in April's edition of Woodall's Campground Management. "You cannot be serious!" These famously inflammatory words were yelled by tennis star John McEnroe during the 1981 Wimbledon tournament, on a close line call by the head referee. Yet in the campground world, they hold a different meaning. If you’re not a member of the National Association of RV Parks... Read more

What's Important For Millennial Campers?

April 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) just released the 2016 Topline North American Camping Report, and before the official release KOA leaders and Scott Bahr of Cairn Consulting Inc., the lead researcher on the report, sat down to go through some of the high points with Woodall's Campground Management. One of the biggest themes of this second-annual look at all campers in North America — not just KOA campers — was the rise of Millennials, who show far fewer racial and ethnic differences than... Read more

Liability Law A Win For Wis. Campgrounds

April 19, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Pictured with Gov. Scott Walker are: Jason Culotta, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce senior director of government relations; Devin LeMahieu, representing Sen. Frank Lasee; Lori Severson, Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners executive director; James Button, Evergreen Campsites & Resort owner; Bert Davis, Badgerland Campground owner; State Rep. Joel Kitchens; Adam Malsack, Lake Arrowhead Campground owner; and Bud Styer, Smokey Hollow Campground owner. When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker... Read more

Electrical Service Is Crucial For Campgrounds

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Today’s RVs demand more power than ever before. In fact, in the current market, campground operators report that even some tenting guests want access to electrical power so they can charge phones or tablets at their sites. As a result, ample electrical service is becoming even more essential for guests of all descriptions. In fact, from what we’re hearing, park operators are increasingly viewing their electrical pedestals as a means of dressing up their parks, too, and meters are becoming a component... Read more

When Is It Time To Upgrade Campsite Service?

March 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

If a string of RV sites is experiencing a brownout condition, it’s probably time to look at upgrading the service to those sites, according to Wade Elliott, owner of Utility Supply Group. And while problem breakers can be replaced, Liz Caldwell, marketing manager at Jamestown Advanced Products, said, “There are a variety of things that are indicators that park and campground owners need to think about upgrades. If park and campground owners are hearing complaints about their current electrical... Read more

Bad Times, Good Times Equal Good Camping

The following GuestView column by Brian Schaeffer appears in the March issue of Woodall's Campground Management. As I type this, a barrel of oil costs less than $30, a sight we haven’t seen in over 10 years. This has caused banks and stock markets alike to become increasingly volatile which is spilling over to other aspects of the economy including tourism and hospitality. But should it have a negative effect on this great business we have all undertaken? There will always be ups and downs... Read more

Eco-Friendly River's End Campground Thrives

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Editor's Note: The following campground profile on River’s End Campground appears in the March issue of Woodall's Campground Management. For the second time in the last four years, River’s End Campground in Tybee Island, Ga., a barrier island located just east of Savannah and south of Hilton Head, S.C., received the 2015 Plan-It-Green Award from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) at the group’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) at the Ocean... Read more

Pelland: Beating Facebook At Its Own Game

Peter Pelland Editor's Note: The following column by Peter Pelland appears in the March issue of Woodall's Campground Management.  “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” is an age-old philosophical question. While pondering the answer to that question, let me present a very similar question: If you post to your Facebook Page, but Facebook only allows for a small percentage of your followers to see the post, are you totally wasting your... Read more

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