Experts Offer Up Campground Tax Advice

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Regardless of which philosophy you subscribe to – paying taxes as a necessary evil or blessed to earn enough to have to pay taxes – no one wants to give the government a penny more than is required. With a little know-how, smart planning, and a savvy tax partner, small business owners can whittle their tax burden to the bare minimum, experts told Woodall's Campground Management. Like most small businesses in the U.S., you are very likely hot and heavy into tax preparations for tax year 2014.... Read more

March's Edition Of WCM Is Now Available

The full March issue of Woodall's Campground Management is now available here. Inside you'll find expert advice on tax strategies for small businesses, the best approaches to dealing with online guest reviews and a look at the luxury motorcoach sector of the RV park market. You'll also find an in-depth look at the recreation amenities available to RV parks and campgrounds, glances at three campgrounds and an in-depth profile of Golden Village Palms RV Resort, and a look at a wide variety... Read more

Here's How To Market Your Park's Rentals

March 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The following Modern Marketing column by Evanne Schmarder appeared in Woodall's Campground Management. Experiences. That’s what you’re selling, right? The great outdoors, moonlit nights around a campfire, vacation destinations, lifelong memories — not the rectangle of space we call a campsite. Guess what? There is absolutely no reason your market must be confined to RVers and tenters. Many parks are recognizing this, adding alternative accommodations to their lodging mix. No one knows... Read more

Texas Publication Names Its Best RV Trips

Deciding to go camping with the family has a completely different connotation when you throw an RV into the mix, reports Southlake (Texas) Style. Tents and sleeping bags are optional. Although your definition of “roughing it,” may vary, there are certain amenities you can’t—and quite frankly don’t—want to be without on an RV excursion. For example, never stay anywhere without the three basic hookups: electricity, water and sewage. And, according to Tommy Wilson, operations manager at... Read more

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

How To Get The Most From Your Website

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

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