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Bray: Life on the Road Offers Flexibility, Variety

Sue Bray The following column was authored by Sue Bray, a well known figure in the RV community, primarily due to her work as executive director of the Good Sam Club. In 2009, she was inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame. When she retired in 2012, she started her own consulting business; visit www.suebray.com.  For the past few years, we’ve taken some long and amazing summer trips in our fifth-wheel. From Washington to Maine to Florida, we’ve seen and experienced the many varied features of... Read more

Crandall: Bush 41 Honored the Great Outdoors

December 11, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Derrick Crandall, right, with George H.W. Bush. Editor’s Note: The following guest column was authored by Derrick Crandall, who has had a long and distinguished career in the outdoor recreation arena. Among other accomplishments, he is president of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, had served as president of the American Recreation Coalition (ARC) since 1981, is a counselor to the National Park Hospitality Association and is a member of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s “Made in America”... Read more

Glamping Offers Chance For Collaboration

Cole Sampson Editor’s Note: This guest-view column was written by Cole Sampson, the general manager of Paradise by the Sea RV Resort in Oceanside, Calif. Sampson currently serves as vice president on the board of Camp-California Marketing. Previously, he served on the board of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and founded United RV Parks, a marketing network for family-owned RV parks. During the Global Glamping Summit that took place from Nov. 27-28 in Long Beach,... Read more

PCOA Draws Over 200 To Annual Convention

At the trade show, Kristen Strub and John Nuzzolo, of Dogwood Acres Campground, talk to Scott Murphy from PlayGo Company. The 2018 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) Convention was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa., from Dec. 2-5, with the theme “Let’s Roll to Achieve Your Goals,” according to a press release. More than 200 attendees from 88 registered campgrounds, which included 6 from out of state, were in attendance. New to the mix this... Read more

Canadian Officials Want More Site Availability

December 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Shane Devenish Shane Devenish, executive director of the Canadian Camping and RV Council (CCRVC) and president of the Canadian Recreational Vehicle Association, has plenty of things on his political plate right now, with the recent preliminary authorization of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement and continuing talk of tariffs and counter-tariffs between the U.S. and Canada. But none of that should obscure the fact, he reported, that Canadian campgrounds had a pretty good year. “Weather-wise,”... Read more

Texas AG Says Park Guests may be Tenants

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton An agreement between an RV park and a guest staying at the park’s premises may establish a landlord-tenant relationship, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton says. Paxton issued a four-page opinion on the subject on Nov. 21 upon request of the state’s Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs Chair Sen. Charles Perry, who expressed doubts on whether guests at those parks were either licensees or tenants for eviction purposes, according to... Read more

‘Aspira’ Has Acquired ‘Mission Management’

Aspira, a provider of campground management and reservation software and the operator of ReserveAmerica.com, announced that it has acquired Mission Management, provider of the Astra and Campground Manager software platforms, according to a press release. With the addition of Mission Management, Aspira now provides an “enhanced technology” offering with specific systems designed to meet the needs of large, multiunit campground networks, as well as individually operated RV parks and campgrounds. “Aspira’s... Read more

‘Ventura KOA’ Continues Wildfire Recovery

Patio furniture was all that was left at this deluxe cabin site at Ventura Ranch KOA after last year’s Thomas Fire. The Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday is an escape to nature for people throughout Ventura County, Calif., and all over the world, according to KEYT. But on the night of Dec. 4, 2017, chaos erupted as the Thomas Fire sparked evacuations at the campgrounds and across Ventura County. Owner Scott Cory says dozens of people on the site were told to evacuate that... Read more

KOA Sees 8 Years of Growth, Expects More

November 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier Editor’s Note: WOODALLSCM.com (WCM) caught up with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) CEO Pat Hittmeier and President Toby O’Rourke during the 2018 International Convention & Expo in Fort Worth, Texas. Below is a portion of our edited conversation. Look for the full interview in the January issue of Woodall’s Campground Management.  WCM: Would it be an exaggeration to say that KOA is in a good place right now, from every business perspective? Hittmeier: ... Read more

ARVC ‘Applauds’ HUD Ruling on RV Standard

Paul Bambei In a newly finalized rule, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) redefines the RV exemption from manufactured housing standards and provides a critical solution to the regulatory uncertainty that has plagued RV parks and campgrounds, RV manufacturers and RV dealers for decades, according to a press release from the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). “RV park and campground owners, RV manufacturers, dealers, and RV owners now have regulatory... Read more

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