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CRS Offers Custom-Fit RV Park Rec Options

The following profile by RV Daily Report Editor Greg Gerber appears in the August issue of Woodall's Campground Management. How can a Wibit, Wedgie, Zulu, Iceberg and Jungle Joe 2 help campgrounds attract more guests and increase sales? Just ask the experts at Commercial Recreation Specialists (CRS), a company founded by Ron Romens in 1999 with the goal of transforming the outdoor hospitality industry. At CRS, they’re serious about fun, and offer those products — and more — to help campgrounds... Read more

Arlington: Associations Help Grow Business

The following GuestView column appears in the August print edition of Woodall's Campground Management. Mary Arlington To run your business every day at peak performance, to score a perfect 10 every day in all areas of operations and customer service, ahh, that would be perfection! Then again, perfection is virtually impossible. Rather than perfection, when I had my RV park I strove to exceed expectations. Most park operators I know feel that way; they want to provide great guest experiences. I... Read more

When Thinking Pets, Think Insurance Risk

August 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo courtesy of KOA. Most RV park and campground guests love their pets, and most park operators do, too. But even those who aren’t pet lovers realize that excluding pets would greatly reduce revenue opportunities. But embracing guests’ love of pets comes with some risks for campground operators. After all, occasionally dog bites happen, or a leash can trip people up. And while you might think the dog’s owner would be responsible for any injuries, in this litigious day and age campground... Read more

These Folks Help RV Parks Cater To Pets

August 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The pet-products industry doesn't show signs of slowing its $60 billion annual pace, and its role within the outdoor hospitality sector continues to grow as well. Woodall’s Campground Management checked in with a handful of industry leaders to get their take on the boom as well as the innovative products and services they are offering to fuel it. Oh, and we also asked them about their own furry companions. Here’s what they had to say. Thomas James, President PetTravelCenter.com Clemmons,... Read more

Gorin On SEO, RV Park Plans, Associations

The following Industry InSites column by David Gorin appears in the August print issue of Woodall's Campground Management. There’s a lot of disparity of opinion on the value of search-engine optimization (SEO) for websites from two long-time industry expert companies in the campground market. Those have shown up over the last few months on the Woodall’s Campground Management website as well as other industry online publications. Given the differences in opinion, I thought I'd turn to... Read more

This Is What Campers With Pets Want

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There appears to be a general consensus among the pet-owning RVers who talked with Woodall’s Campground Management. Their needs and wants are simple: Ample (or at least adequate) places to walk or run a pet, information and resources that can make a difference in an emergency, and simple considerations that make their stay convenient. For many, the ability to travel with their pets is the top reason they choose RVing and outdoor experiences. After all, physical activity and new friends that accompany... Read more

Column: Catering To Pet-Loving Campers

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The following Modern Marketing column appears in the August edition of Woodall's Campground Management. Boy oh boy, RVers love their pets. Whether it’s a pair of cow dogs exiting a small Class C, an indoor/outdoor kitty cat condo, or a tank of turtles, chances are as a park owner/operator you’ve seen it all. It’s estimated that there are more than 6 million pets traveling by RV and it’s no wonder, Fido, Fluffy or Snap are part of the family and a big reason that travelers choose the... Read more

These RV Parks Go All Out For Guests' Pets

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A little more than two years ago Lake George RV Park in upstate New York opened Charlie’s Bark Park, a 2 1/2-acre off-leash dog run that just might be the standard by which all other dog parks are measured. Among its space, Charlie’s Bark Park features a large open area featuring shaded trails and agility equipment, a 2,000-square-foot pavilion and a 10,000-square-foot synthetic turf area. There’s even a separate area for smaller dogs. “I truly believe it’s one-of-a-kind in our industry.... Read more

Column: Watch For These Website Pitfalls

The following Smart Operations column by Peter Pelland appears in the August issue of Woodall's Campground Management. Peter Pelland Recent events have encouraged me to revisit a topic that I first brought to the public’s attention back in 2010. There is quite an online industry involved with domain name registrations, the buying and selling of domain names, and the consequences that involve expirations. Generally speaking, the people involved in these practices spend very little money while... Read more

'Good Enough' Not Enough At Sandusky KOA

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When you’re a few feet from the shore of one of the Great Lakes and the closest campground to one of America’s most popular amusement parks — Cedar Point on the shore of Lake Erie — it would be easy to rest on your laurels. That’s not the case at the Sandusky Bayshore Kampgrounds of America (KOA), however. While the park has been around for 47 years, the family owned operation is in a constant state of change, always looking to upgrade what they offer guests — all with an eye toward growing... Read more

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