TACO: 2017 Texas Guide Biggest And Best Ever

The 2017 RV Travel & Camping Guide to Texas is now being provided to consumers at RV shows, visitors bureaus and campgrounds in Texas and across the country, according to an announcement from the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO). Houston-based PPL Motorhomes, the nation’s largest consignment dealer, is also sending out the guides to everyone who requests a copy of PPL’s latest parts catalogue. “We still have a huge demographic that very much prefers a printed guide,” said... Read more

Gorin Among 2017 RV/MH Hall Of Fame Inductees

The board of directors of the RV/MH Heritage Foundation announced Wednesday (Jan. 4) the names of those who will be inducted into the RV/MH Hall of Fame (Hall) as members of the Class of 2017. “The Class of 2017 is historic in that the first inductee from the Canadian RV/MH industries will be inducted this year,” stated Foundation President Darryl Searer in an announcement about this year’s slate. “He is Woody Paylor, retired founder of Woody’s RV in Alberta, Canada. “Congratulations... Read more

Campground Popularity Fueled By Fellowship

The people. That, Alan and Judi Jefferson say, is what got them hooked on camping. These days they’re regulars at campgrounds like Frontier Town and Tom’s Cove. “Camping people are the friendliest people on earth,” Judi Jefferson said. “I may not know their names but they know us by our dog and the site we always camp.” According to a report by The Dispatch, Berlin, Md., as plans for campgrounds at both the Bay Club and the former Pine Shore Golf course have surfaced in recent weeks,... Read more

Thousands Of ‘Winter Texans’ Heading South

Winter has definitely hit western Canada with a wallop, but campgrounds, RV parks and resorts from Dallas to the Rio Grande Valley are keeping busy as thousands of “Winter Texans” make their way into the Lone Star State from the U.S. Midwest and western Canada. According to a report by RV West, Texas has a wide range of public and private parks that provide everything from RV sites and rental accommodations to organized activities and entertainment, even in the middle of winter. “Our members... Read more

Like-Minded Groups Lobbying Transition Team

The new Outdoor Recreational Industry Roundtable recently released its second white paper, shared with President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team, outlining the necessary expanded access to public lands and waters in order to grow and diversify outdoor recreation in the U.S. According to a release, some of the key asks in the access white paper include: commit to granting access for diverse recreation activities on all federally-managed public lands and waters. The federal government... Read more

NPS Celebrates Centennial Success, Eyes 2017

On the heels of President Obama’s signing of the National Park Service Centennial Act, on Dec. 19 the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation unveiled an impressive summary of the agency’s accomplishments, achieved with its partners and unprecedented public engagement, during its year-long 100th anniversary celebrations, and prepared to use the momentum and support that resulted from the centennial to launch into its second century of service. From the outset, the National Park... Read more

RV Television Show Markets Industry, Lifestyle

December 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

ROTV Executive Producer José Moniz For the second straight year, “Rollin’ On TV,” the nation’s leading weekly RV lifestyle television program, will broadcast the annual RVBusiness Magazine RV Of The Year Awards Show on Jan. 9 at the RV/MH Hall of Fame Museum/Northern Indiana Event Center in Elkhart, Ind. RVBusiness magazine is a sister publication of Woodall’s Campground Management. The awards program is scheduled to air the week of Jan. 29 before ROTV’s potential audience... 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

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

PCOA Wraps Up 2016 Annual Conference/Expo

Current PCOA board members Jed Wood of Blue Rocks Family Campground (left) and James Kesterke of Otter Lake Camp-Resort (right) welcome new board members Bruce Serio of Mountain Creek Campground and Andrea Steele of Campers Paradise Campground. Also new to the board, but not pictured, is Tyler Grim of Stony Fork Creek Campground. The 2016 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA)  Convention was held at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa., Monday through Wednesday (Dec.... Read more

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