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Anaheim RV Park's 'In Mickey's Backyard'

The following campground profile by Greg Gerber appears in May's Woodall's Campground Management. To access the issue, click here. Anaheim RV Park is celebrating its 60th birthday this year, but owner Vern Mangels has his eyes on the future, not the past. As the closest RV park to Disneyland, the facility is busier than it ever has been. Besides the location, much of the credit goes to Mangels’ vision and the park staff’s efforts to ensure guests enjoy a memorable experience every day. The... Read more

Red Gate Campground A Birder's Paradise

The following On Campgrounds feature by Editor-at-Large Bob Ashley appears in May's Woodall's Campground Management. To access the issue online, click here. With only 30 RV sites, family-owned Red Gate Campground and RV Resort in Savannah, Ga., offers a lot more than might be imagined. Situated on 200 acres, Red Gate has four fishing lakes, horseback riding, a menagerie of animals — and is a birder’s paradise. There’s also a separate event center on the property that hosts wed-... Read more

Gorin: Aim High For Guests' Satisfaction

May 12, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following Insites column by David Gorin of Gorin+Cohen Consulting Group, former president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds and former leader of the Virginia Campground Association, appears in the May issue of Woodall's Campground Management. To access the issue, click here. I was having lunch a while back with a restaurant owner friend of mine. We talked a little restaurant and we talked a little RV park. And the talk turned to guest satisfaction, meeting guest expectations... Read more

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

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