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Passport America Rally Marks 25 Years Of Growth

June 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s been 25 years since Passport America launched its 50% camping discount club, and the organization is going stronger than ever. Ray Fernandez, Dresden Fernandez and Vernon Simmons started Passport America, and today it remains a family-run operation with Dresden (now Simmons) and two of Vernon’s sons helping to run the growing operation. “Back in 1991, they came up with the concept. Dresden and my father put in two years on the road, and it was hard work,” said Ryan Simmons,... Read more

Cruise Inn’s CEO Offers Retrospective On Brand

June 16, 2017 by · 2 Comments 

After 3 1/2 years of working to craft a new concept in the RV park and campground sector across North America, the financial backers behind the Cruise Inn brand of RV parks, campgrounds and cabins decided to end operations earlier this month. It wasn’t because Cruise Inn was a flawed concept, but it may simply have been ahead of its time, maintains Trent Arnold. Arnold joined the company last year and became president and CEO of Cruise Inn in May, expecting to speed up momentum of growth for... Read more

RV Industry’s Support For Care Camps Is Ongoing

June 15, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Thor’s Ken Julian (rear, left), Jen Balkema with the camp and Keystone’s Jeff Runels interact with pediatric cancer campers June 14. The RV industry’s growing support for children’s cancer camps via the KOA Care Camps charity has been on full display this week, with leaders of Thor Industries Inc. and its Keystone RV Co. subsidiary visiting a cancer camp in northern Indiana. And CWRV Transport, an affiliate of Chicago-based Camping World Inc., outfitted its office staff with shirts as a reminder... Read more

Cavco Industries Will Build Kim Lewis Tiny Homes

Kim Lewis Tiny Homes is partnering with Cavco Industries to develop affordable tiny homes, the first of which will debut June 23-25 at the annual Dwell on Design trade show at the Los Angeles Convention Center, according to a joint announcement “We have been looking for the right builder, the right partner, and we’re really excited to join with Cavco to build out our homes,” said Kim Lewis, an internationally known, Austin, Texas-based designer who was the lead designer for ABC’s “Extreme... Read more

Cruise Inn Network Of RV Parks Ends Operations

June 7, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

In a move that surprised many in the campground sector, the board of the Cruise Inn brand — one of the fastest growing names in private RV parks — voted last week to end its operations three-and-a-half years after its launch, Cruise Inn personnel told Woodall’s Campground Management. Trent Arnold, the new president and CEO, said the board and remaining personnel aren’t yet ready to comment as they work with the 42 member parks to transition them out of Cruise Inn branding and software. Linda... Read more

Ariz. ARVC Jack Denton Award Goes To Parham

Michael Parham The Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (Arizona ARVC) announced that it has given its highest award to Michael Parham, an attorney specializing in laws governing RV parks and manufactured home communities for the past 30 years. “It is a great honor for me to receive this recognition,” said Parham, a partner in the Scottsdale firm of Williams, Zinman & Parham P.C., who has represented RV and manufactured home communities in more than 100 fair-housing-discrimination... Read more

ARVC Announces NASCAR’s Myers As Keynoter

Danny “Chocolate” Myers Danny “Chocolate” Myers, NASCAR legend, curator of the Richard Childress Racing (RCR) Museum and host and analyst of the popular Sirius/XM NASCAR radio Channel 90 show, “Tradin’ Paint,” will be the opening keynote speaker at the 2017 National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), according to an announcement from ARVC. The conference, which bills itself as the premier event of the RV park and... Read more

Care Camps Gets Donation From RV Transport Co.

Rob Jackson of CWRV Transport presents the company’s first check for KOA Care Camps to Hope Perkins at the Elkhart County/Middlebury KOA this morning, May 25. CWRV Transport made a large donation this morning (May 25) to KOA Care Camps, while also committing to a long-term commitment to support the charity, which sends children with cancer to specialized oncology camps. Rob Jackson, president of Elkhart, Ind.-based CWRV — which exclusively delivers RVs from manufacturers to Camping World... Read more

KOA Memorial Day Reservations Up 7% Over 2016

Toby O’Rourke Advanced reservations for Memorial Day Weekend are running nearly 7% ahead of advanced reservations for the holiday last year, according to numbers released by Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). “Our advanced reservations and occupancy rates have been very strong so far this year,” said KOA Chief Franchise Operations Officer Toby O’Rourke. “KOA has set records for performance for the past five years in a row, and this year looks to continue that trend.” “Our... Read more

KOA Care Camps Big Weekend Sets A New Record

Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA’s) annual Care Camps Big Weekend set a new camper attendance record May 12-13, drawing about 4% more camping families than the event brought to participating KOAs in 2016. The Care Camps Big Weekend, now in its 14th year, is a major fundraising event for KOA Care Camps, a charity that supports a network of 128 specialized, weeklong summer camps for children battling cancer and their siblings. Campers who stayed as paying guests at the 400 participating KOAs... Read more

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