Calif. Fires Have Haunting Lessons for Arizona

A building is consumed by California’s Camp Fire. Editor’s Note: This column was written by Joanna Allhands for the Arizona Republic.  If you’re like me, you watched the destruction caused by California’s most recent spate of wildfires and shuddered at a harsh reality: That could be us. Arizona’s 2018 wildfire season was not one for the record books. But we have seen our share of devastation. Millions of acres burned in less than two decades. Towns heavily damaged. Lives lost. The... Read more

ARVC & RV Assoc.’s Applaud New HUD Ruling

In a newly finalized rule, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has redefined the RV exemption from manufactured housing standards, providing a critical solution to the regulatory uncertainty that has plagued RV manufacturers, dealers and campgrounds for decades. Just recently the RV Industry Association (RVIA), the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), along with state associations from California, Florida,... Read more

Skyline Champion Intros Joint Display At KOA

November 19, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Skyline Champion park model kitchen. Among the busy displays at last week’s 2018 Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) International Convention & Expo, Nov. 12-15 at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Texas, was a precedent-setting exhibit in which Skyline Champion Corp. – a new company formed June 4 by the combination of former competitors Skyline Corp. and Champion Home Builders Inc. — showcased the firm’s park model RVs in a joint display for the first time. And as the integration... Read more

N.C. KOA Garners Campground of Year Award

(L-R) New Bern KOA Holiday Operations Director Bonnie Day; KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier; New Bern KOA Holiday Manager Pat Holtzclaw; and KOA President Toby O’Rourke The New Bern KOA Holiday in North Carolina has literally weathered a lot of adversity in 2018. According to a press release, the campground, owned by Joel Tomaselli and managed by Pat Holtzclaw, has consistently been at the top of the list of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) parks for the past few years, and Tomaselli had invested heavily... Read more

KOA Reports Continued Growth At Convention

November 14, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Pat Hittmeier speaks during the Kampgrounds of America Inc. 2018 Convention in Fort Worth, Texas The news has been good for Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) in 2018. That is the message KOA officials are spreading at their 2018 convention being held this week in Fort Worth, Texas. KOA CEO Pat Hittmeier told attendees that guest satisfaction is up, with 97% of the system’s campgrounds scoring 40%. He also noted that KOA is set to spend more than $10 million on marketing in 2019, a 74% increase... Read more

Sipe: Calif. Parks Fill Up with Wildfire Evacuees

A Northern California wildfire has killed 44 people, making it the deadliest in the state’s history. California’s Camp Fire is now the deadliest in the state’s history, killing 44 so far, with more than 200 people still missing, according to CNN. The blaze, which is burning in Northern California, is not the only wildfire firefighters are dealing with. Fierce winds continue to threaten lives and homes in Southern California’s Woolsey Fire, which has killed two people so far.... Read more

’18 OHCE Draws Over 750 For Education, Expo

November 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds saw more than 750 attend its 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo. The National Association of RV Parks and Campground’s (ARVC) 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) drew more than 750 to Oklahoma City, Okla., this week, as many campground owners in attendance reported a busy 2018 season. Located in the heart of the city, the Cox Convention Center was home to educational sessions and more than 110 vendors. Paul Bambei,... Read more

ARVC’s OHCE Registrations Up, Runs Nov. 5-8

November 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

ARVC’s 2018 OHCE is set to kickoff next week in Oklahoma City. Officials at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) are busy putting the finishing touches on the 2018 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), which is set to run from Nov. 5-8 in Oklahoma City, Okla., at the Cox Convention Center. “We are incredibly excited for next week and our members are getting excited too,” Paula Horwitz, ARVC’s senior director of education and events, told Read more

Parks, Families Celebrate Decades of Ownership

Clay’s Park Resort Editor’s Note: Some National Association of RV Park and Campground (ARVC) member parks have celebrated some big milestones in 2018, with decades of ownership by the same family that established them, according to ARVC. Below is some of the history of the parks and families that have been hosting campers for decades.  70 Years Clay’s Park Resort, North Lawrence, Ohio Otis Clay first began mapping out his plans for a park back in 1947 and today, the Clay family... Read more

Sipe, Longtime CalARVC Exec, To Retire In 2019

October 31, 2018 by · 1 Comment 

Debbie Sipe A transition in leadership is now underway at the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC) and Camp-California! Marketing, its for-profit marketing subsidiary, according to a press release. Debbie Sipe plans to resign from her positions as executive director of CalARVC and CEO of Camp-California! Marketing next July. Dyana Kelley, a life-long RV enthusiast, backpacker and former REI outdoor travel guide, will assume Sipe’s duties. Kelley, who joined CalARVC June... Read more

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