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Escapees Celebrate RV Club’s 40th Anniversary

June 18, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Escapees members relax and interact at 58th Escapade Almost 660 rigs and 1,300 people attended the 58th Annual Escapade hosted by the Escapade RV Club, which ran May 27 to June 1 at the Missouri State Fairgrounds in Sedalia, Mo. “We actually had – and this is always interesting and exciting for us – two people in tents. So, two people who aren’t even in the lifestyle, they found us and joined our little gathering. It’s always exciting for us when people who are just looking at this lifestyle... Read more

Q&A: Zbierski Gives NCA Update, Talks Changes

June 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Cyndy Zbierski, right, speaks with Mike Irons, NCA president at last springs NCA meeting in Massachusetts. Editor’s Note: Cyndy Zbierski, executive director of the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) spoke with Woodall’s Campground Management about how NCA was doing in 2018 and some of the recent trends she has noticed in the campground arena. Zbierski has been involved in the campground sector since childhood. Her father, David Tetrault, was the first executive director of NCA, which... Read more

Despite Wildfires, CCLOA Says Parks Are Open

RVs sit in campsites at Dolores River Campground in Dolores, Colo. Campgrounds across Colorado are fielding calls about the wildfires that have hit portions of the state, but Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado Campground & Lodging Owners Association (CCLOA) said there is one message being echoed across the state, “Yes! We are open.” “These wildfires are horrific and have disrupted the lives of so many,” explained Arlington in a press release. “They’ve... Read more

KOA Partners With Disney’s “DuckTales” Show

A Kampgrounds of America Inc. “DuckTales” activity sheet. Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) is teaming up with Disney Channel’s hit series “DuckTales”, according to press release. Based on the Emmy Award-winning series, the new family comedy-adventure series chronicles the high-flying adventures of Duckburg’s most famous trillionaire Scrooge McDuck, his mischief-making triplet grandnephews – Huey, Dewey and Louie, temperamental nephew Donald Duck and the trusted McDuck... Read more

‘Exceptional Drought’ Closing Colorado Parks

This June 9 satellite image provide by DigitalGlobe shows the 416 Fire, right, and the Burro Fire, left, northwest of Durango, Colo. Extreme fire danger prompted officials to shut down a sprawling forest that includes some of Colorado’s most stunning mountains in a region that attracts tourists from around the world, a rare tactic also being used in neighboring states as the U.S. Southwest struggles with severe drought, according to the Associated Press. National forests and parks in Arizona... Read more

Association Leaders Attend 2018 CAMP Meeting

Pictured Left to Right: Joann DelVescio, Kathy Dyer, Debbie Smith, Lori Severson, Michael Moore, Jason Vaughan, Meghan Lawton, Cyndy Zbierski, Beverly Gruber and Don Bennett. The spring meeting of the Campground Association Management Professionals (CAMP) was held recently at the Elizabethtown/Hershey Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Elizabethtown, Pa. According to a press release, CAMP is the nation’s only association specifically designed for campground association management executives. “The... Read more

CheckBox Introduces Survey, Feedback Engine

June 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Jim Ganley Maine-based CheckBox Systems LLC introduced CheckBox S/A/F/E, the CheckBox Survey and Feedback Engine, in early April, according to Jim Ganley, managing partner at CheckBox. Ganley told Woodall’s Campground Management that the system is designed to open up a communication line between a campground’s staff and a camper. “Campground owners live and die by social media and reviews,” he explained. “Most bad reviews or complaints can be resolved if the issue is... Read more

Hugelmeyer: Infrastructure Talk Must Include NPS

RVIA President Frank Hugelmeyer Editor’s Note: This column was written by Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association, and appeared in The Hill.   It’s a safe bet that most Americans are acutely aware of the need to repair and update our country’s roads, bridges, tunnels and other public structures. After all, they see this need – and feel it in the shocks of their vehicles or experience it in the service delays of their public transit options – every single day. Now... Read more

Rebranded RVIA Launches New Website & Logo

June 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

As part of the first day’s events during Committee Week, Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer announced that the Reston, Va.-based organization officially was rebranding itself as the “RV Industry Association.” The reason for the change is to more clearly and immediately convey to legislators and other outsiders that the organization represents the recreational vehicle industry, as opposed to other powersports industries as has sometimes previously happened,... Read more

N.C. Parks See Damage After Mudslides, Flooding

June 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A motorcycle rider drives away after checking out where the French Broad River flooded into Lyman Street in the River Arts District in Asheville, N.C., on Wednesday, May 30. AP Photo Editor’s Note: This story was updated on Friday (June 1) afternoon to reflect that Mountain Stream RV Park is back open for business after being without water, power and a phone for three days.  At least two North Carolina campgrounds have suffered damage due to tropical depression Alberto, the first named storm... Read more

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