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Is Your Park Ready To Meet Video Demand?

Editor's note: The following column by Jim Ganley of CheckBox Systems LLC will appear in December's Woodall's Campground Management. Jim Ganley For the last few years Netflix was one of the few major providers of Internet delivered video, with other providers such as Hulu, YouTube and Amazon also offering services. At times Netflix has accounted for more than 25% of the total traffic on the Internet worldwide. Recently HBO announced that they will begin offering Internet-only subscriptions,... Read more

Manhunt's End Eases Tensions At Pa. Parks

November 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground owners in the heart of Pennsylvania’s Poconos Mountains are welcoming a return to normal after the capture of a fugitive wanted in connection with the sniper-style deaths of two law enforcement officers. They are lamenting the loss of business during the massive 49-day manhunt, but are thankful the ordeal is over. Eric Matthew Frein is the suspect in the Sept. 12 deaths of Cpl. Bryon K. Dickson II, an officer of the Pennsylvania State Police and Alex Douglass, another state trooper... Read more

A Q-and-A With Carefree's David Napp

When David Napp sits down to talk with you, as he did with Woodall’s Campground Management's Ty Adams, it’s not a bad idea to listen. His company, Carefree RV Resorts, has continued to grow into the RV sector across North America, adding 20 properties — valued at more than $300 million — over the last year or so. While he’s an attorney by trade, Napp and his business partner, Colleen Edwards, have gotten to know the RV sector well, having previously founded Encore Communities. Napp... Read more

November WCM Now Available Online

November 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The November issue of Woodall's Campground Management is now available online. Inside you'll find information on the growing popularity of pet amenities in RV parks and campgrounds, and details on many of the key suppliers of pet-related products. You'll also find columns with expert marketing advice, in-depth looks at the upcoming get-togethers for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) and Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). You'll... Read more

These RV Parks' Activities Make Them Big

October 30, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The following column by Senior Editor Bob Ashley appeared in October's issue of Woodall's Campground Management. Lazy River Lazy River at Granville in Granville, Ohio, is more than a campground. It’s also a family oriented activity center that includes dozens of things for children to do along with a 300-foot zip line, gem mine and two-story-tall "challenge course" that includes slack lines to walk across and a rock-climbing wall. That's a far cry from what Lazy River was... Read more

Column: Give Guests Personal Touch

This column by Peter Pelland appears in October's issue of Woodall's Campground Management. The more that we get caught up in believing that mass marketing and technology are the sole keys to bringing in new business, the more that we might miss out on basic, time-proven principles that work. When a campground is looking to expand its customer base and occupancy rates, it is fine to put effort into growing your sphere of influence within social media or building your website’s search-engine... Read more

Column: Asking The Important Questions

October 17, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Evanne Schmarder Do you remember the 1992 vice-presidential debate where Ross Perot’s running mate, Admiral James Stockdale, began his opening statement with “Who am I? Why am I here?” It was an unfortunate turn of phrase, one that was picked up by comics nationwide, and, combined with his debate performance, was the beginning of the end of any political aspirations he may have had. Thud!! When a business owner asks me to review their digital marketing program and provide insight for growth... Read more

Aussie Caravanning In Schmarder's Eyes

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Woodall’s Campground Management contributor and columnist Evanne Schmarder spent three months in Australia. Schmarder and her husband Ray headed to Australia’s east coast to explore and film the food and caravan travel culture for their 90daysdownunder TV/website series. Episodes can be seen on Rollin’ On TV as well as at RVCookingShow.com. Here — and in October's WCM — she presents her first-hand view of the Australian caravan industry through the eyes of a North American RVer and... Read more

WCM's Q&A Session With Bob MacKinnon

October 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Bob MacKinnon Bob MacKinnon, a former Walt Disney Co. executive who spent more than 30 years in resort management, founded GuestRated LLC in 2008 as the nation’s first guest-satisfaction-rating program covering all independent, privately owned RV parks and campgrounds in the U.S. Still in use today, the online survey program was launched in cooperation with the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) as a member benefit to provide parks with the opportunity to measure and improve... Read more

2014 Shaping Up To Be Great For RV Parks

October 8, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Full sites, like these at J&H RV Park in Flagstaff, Ariz., have been common this year across North America (photo by Jeff Crider). It has been a good year so far for campground and RV parks in the Midwest. And in the western U.S. And the northeast, and in snowbird havens, and, well, all around. Last winter was good for the snowbird parks, and for the northern tier, the summer finished off more than making up for a late start. Not only that, most early indications are that it’s going to be a... Read more

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