After Decades, Club Royal Oak Hits A Golden Age

December 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The Degenhardt family has loved the park for generations. Alan Degenhardt and his parents dreamed of owning and operating Royal Oak Resort near Kingsburg, Calif. ever since his family started vacationing there in the 1970s. But it was a dream that didn’t come true until 2012 — after both of his parents had passed away — and not until after Degenhardt himself had invested more than a decade of his life in a labor of love to rescue the resort from mismanagement by its previous owners and built... Read more

Northgate Resorts Enjoying Successful Formula

December 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Caleb (from left) Zach and Greta Northgate Resorts, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based firm that owns nine RV parks nationwide — eight of them Jellystone Park Camp-Resorts — has enjoyed the type of return on investment officials had hoped for back when they entered the campground industry about four years ago. And after seeing a 20% growth in overnight stays last year coupled with incremental revenue following the spring launch of Campspot, its proprietary campground reservation software system that... Read more

Gorin: Real Story About The Value Of A Customer

December 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following InSites column by David Gorin of Gorin+Cohen Consulting Group appears in the December issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. Recently, I had a very early morning flight and I was about 45 minutes from the airport. Rather than set up a cab for 5:15 a.m. and hustle to the airport, I decided to get a room right near the airport and spend the night about 300 yards from the terminal. So, reservation made, I arrive to check in and casually ask the clerk what time I need to get the... Read more

Q&A With Producer, Park Owner Scott Swanson

December 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Swanson and his dog Winston. With 20 years of experience as a freelance producer for Paramount Studios, ABC Studios and Warner Bros., Scott Swanson never had any trouble finding work in Hollywood. His credits include various episodes of the “Gilmore Girls,” “Everwood,” “Person of Interest” and “Eli Stone,” as well as numerous other TV shows and pilot productions. But when Swanson took a break from Hollywood six years ago to run his family’s RV park in Buckeye, Ariz., with... Read more

Schmarder: Instagram Snaps Marketers’ Stories

December 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following Modern Marketing column by Evanne Schmarder of Roadabode Productions appears in the December issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. Every digital marketer worth their salt has heard of and even experimented with Snapchat, today’s passion platform with the younger generation, especially those 18-25. But let’s face it, Snapchat is a challenging network to figure out, doesn’t allow users to search for and follow others on the platform (though there are third party apps that... Read more

W.Va. KOA Holiday Grows Into A Family Attraction

December 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The following On Campgrounds column by Bob Ashley appears in the December issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. After 25 years in banking, Brent Andrews decided he needed to get out of the corporate culture. He looked into opening a marina or a restaurant, but decided instead to buy a moribund campground in Milton, W.Va., which today is 110-site Huntington/Fox Fire KOA Holiday. “The infrastructure was there,” Andrews said. “We just had to grow the business.” When Andrews and his... Read more

Pelland: It’s All About Excellent Customer Service

The following Smart Operations column by Peter Pelland, CEO of Pelland Advertising, appears in the December issue of Woodall’s Campground Management. Peter Pelland Returning from a recent vacation in Ecuador, I had time to pause and reflect upon the extraordinary customer service that my wife and I consistently experienced in our travels in a country that is doing everything imaginable to brand itself as the next major tourism destination. Far from being random instances where we were lucky... Read more

Impact Of Tenn. Fires On Campgrounds Is Unclear

December 6, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo credit: WVLT While the town of Gatlinburg, Tenn., is now free of active fires and weekend rains helped firefighters extinguish all but two wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains region of Sevier County, Tenn., much of the area is still closed to all but first-responders and residents as a clearer picture of the damage emerges. Those in the area’s campground community are joining their friends and neighbors in assessing the loss, supporting the relief effort and gathering information in the... Read more

Campground Sanitation Providers Keep Growing

November 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Coming on the heels of another strong summer camping season, many vendors who provide products and services to campgrounds are likewise enjoying strong business. That’s certainly true for the companies providing essential sanitation products to RV parks and campgrounds, at least for the key players who talked to Woodall’s Campground Management. “It’s been a very good year,” said Christine Kornely, owner of the Tower Co. in Manitowoc, Wis. “I think campgrounds have done really well this... Read more

RV Parks, Campgrounds Offering Holiday Events

Thanksgiving at the Williamsburg KOA features a full traditional meal for guests. While many northern parks go dormant in autumn, camping friends and families will eat, drink and be merry this holiday season at many other parks across the U.S. Campgrounds and RV parks are attracting campers beyond summertime with festive food and holiday activities and as a result, more people are opting to create cozy holiday memories and traditions at campgrounds. Park owners are offering guests everything from... Read more

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