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Rally Marked Roadtrek Inc.’s 40th Anniversary

June 11, 2013 by · Comments Off on Rally Marked Roadtrek Inc.’s 40th Anniversary 

Some sights from the Roadtrek Inc. 40th anniversary rally held May 20-24 at America’s Best Campground in Branson, Mo. (shown in aerial photo at top).

Kitchener, Ontario-based Roadtrek Motorhomes Inc., a leading class B manufacturer, drew over 500 owners and 259 rigs to a May 20-24 rally marking the company’s 40th anniversary.

According to a press release, Roadtrek owners from across the U.S. and Canada gathered with Roadtrek senior management, sales staff, engineering representatives and service technicians at America’s Best Campground in Branson, Mo.

During the event, Roadtrek introduced its 40th Anniversary Edition model. Built on the Chevy Express 3500 van chassis, the coach includes 205 watts of Solar, 3,000-watt inverter, 3,500-watt engine generator, four coach batteries, new bamboo décor, new carpet and stainless steel exterior trim. Built for all-season RVing, the motorhome also features the Alde hydronic heat and hot water system.

Roadtrek also displayed its full-product line sporting new color schemes and décors, including the camping focused CS‐Adventurous and the technology focused E‐trek, both built on the Mercedes Sprinter 3500 van chassis.

Several seminars were held during Roadtrek’s rally

In addition, attendees participated in a slate of activities, including a free exterior vehicle wash. Roadtrek technicians and engineers provided free technical support and seminars were held on various topics of interest such as solar and power management, fast winterizing, electronics training and generator maintenance. A separate event was organized to collect owners’ feedback on design improvements.

Throughout the week attendees enjoyed delicious meals and first‐rate entertainment, including Clay Cooper with the group from his “Oh What a Night” show; Dolly Parton Dixie Stampede Dinner and Show Theatre; Frankie Valli Singers, including photographs and autographs; Hillbilly Party; singing and dancing with the Lennon Cathart Singers (brothers of the Lennon Sisters) and The Platters.

Other activities included a golf tournament with a hole‐in‐one prize of brand new Roadtrek; Roadtrek “Olympic Games”; buses to various Branson attractions and shopping areas; and a caricaturist on site.

 

 

Parks Tout Upgraded Websites through TXAD

February 6, 2013 by · Comments Off on Parks Tout Upgraded Websites through TXAD 

Port O’Connor RV Park in Texas and America’s Best Campground in Missouri are among the growing number of private parks across the country that are starting the New Year with newly upgraded or redesigned websites, according to a news release.

“We just went live this week,” said Donna Watson of Port O’Connor RV in Port O’Connor, Texas, who hired TXAD Internet Services to redesign her website at www.pocrv.com so that she could better market her 46-site park. “I had to totally rebuild the site.”

But while redesigning a website can be a daunting task for park operators, Watson said TXAD Internet Services made it easy. “I told them what I was looking for and they took care of it,” she said.

In addition to making her website pleasing to the eye, TXAD Internet Services developed new written content for the site to make it search engine friendly, said Chris Brailsford, TXAD Internet Services’ website developer. “We also created a Facebook page for them and added that to the sidebar on their homepage,” he said.

Sue Alkire of America’s Best Campground in Branson, Mo., was similarly pleased with the work TXAD Internet Services did on her website at www.abc-branson.com, which she uses to market her 160-site park.

“I like the format,” she said. “It’s different and very updated. It looks more contemporary. They captured the feel that I was looking for.”

In addition to giving the website for America’s Best Campground a new look, Brailsford said TXAD Internet Services made it so that it scales down for mobile and tablet devices. “We have the technology now to make it so that a single website will conform to whatever device you’re using, so you no longer have to have different websites for different devices,” he said.

A Crowley, Texas-based division of Texas Advertising, TXAD Internet Services offers a full range of Internet marketing services, including website design, blogging, search engine optimization, analytics and statistics tracking. For more information, please visit www.TXADInternet.net and www.TexasAdvertising.net.

 

Texas Advertising Touts Market Gains in Missouri Parks

March 19, 2012 by · Comments Off on Texas Advertising Touts Market Gains in Missouri Parks 

Upon TXAD Internet Services’ return from the recent Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARC) convention, Texas Advertising President Brian Schaeffer had a chance to reflect about the increase in business and what it meant, not only for the RV industry but for the country as a whole.

“We’ve visited the MOARC convention for three years and this was our best year by far,” Schaeffer stated in a news release. “This enforces the trend that we started seeing at the end of last year when we visited shows put on by KOA and ARVC.”

In addition to signing up clients’ new websites TXAD Internet Services sold multiple .mobi websites as well. One of those was purchased by Branson-based America’s Best Campground. ABC recently became a hosting client of TXAD Internet Services for their standard website and decided to add the .mobi version at the MOARC show.

“Seeing as we have hundreds of visitors that access our website through their phones each month, it was a no-brainer,” said Sue Alkire, owner-operator of ABC. “And with the wonderful customer service I’ve received since switching my hosting to TXAD, I know they’ll take care of me.”

“We had an increase in attendance from last year and everyone had a wonderful time!” said Linda Alcorn, executive director for MOARC. The show was held in Jefferson City on March 11-13.

TXAD Internet Services recently combined forces with AGS Internet Services to provide website design and hosting services. TXAD Internet Services, like AGS, is now a division of Texas Advertising which serves 810 RV parks and campgrounds in the US and Canada. For more information please call General Manager Michael Moore at (817) 426-9395 or visit www.TXADInternet.com/

 

Branson Park Operators Anticipate Busy Camping Season

March 6, 2012 by · Comments Off on Branson Park Operators Anticipate Busy Camping Season 

Advance reservations at several campgrounds, RV parks and resorts in the greater Branson, Mo.,  area were running well ahead of last year’s figures prior to last week’s tornado.

Park operators are therefore concerned about negative effects of media publicity, according to a news release.

“We’re hopeful that reporters will use caution in reporting about the tornadoes and not exaggerate the relatively minor damage that was reported in the Branson area,” said Larry Helms, president of the Missouri Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (MOARC).

Only one campground reported damage as a result of the storms.

“Our major attractions are totally untouched,” said Lynn Berry, director of public relations for the Branson Convention and Visitors Bureau, adding, “We estimate that things will be very much back in total swing in about a month, with the exception of the convention center and convention center hotel, the Hilton.”

“From my standpoint, (the storms produced) minimal damage,” said Kim Newell, who operates the Branson KOA, adding that her advance bookings are double what they were last year at this time at the 160-site park.

Newell added that business typically picks up after April 1 as the weather warms up.

Other Branson area campground owners also said their advance bookings have been up, including Lenny Ammerman of Treasure Lake Resort in Branson. “We are ahead of schedule by about 7 percent through March and April,” he said. “We’re looking good so far.”

Sue Alkire of America’s Best Campground said her group reservations are also running ahead of last year’s figures. “We didn’t even lose a tree branch (in the storms)” she said, adding that she hoped media would use care in reporting about the storms.

For more information about campgrounds in the Branson area, please contact Larry Helms at (573) 759-7294 and visit www.CampInMissouri.com.

 

Campground Spotlight: America’s Best in Branson

June 23, 2011 by · Comments Off on Campground Spotlight: America’s Best in Branson 

Escorting a rig into America's Best Campground in Branson, Mo.

A Branson, Mo., campground has been the recipient of the Good Sam Club membership’s Welcome Mat Award — voted by the club’s membership as the nation’s most hospitable park for nine years running — has been living up to its reputation following the state’s recent natural disasters.

Jim and Sue Alkire, owners of America’s Best Campground, have taken in campers staying at the city park campground after the Table Rock Dam floodgates were opened twice in May. “We have ‘rescued’ many of these campers and they have stayed with us,” said Sue.

America’s Best has also been active in helping out with those affected by the season’s other major natural disaster — the horrific Joplin, Mo., tornado. “It is amazing to me the outpouring of people who are already experiencing tough times, but are still ready and willing to help their neighbors,” said Sue Alkire, whose park has proudly accepted the honor of the Good Sam Welcome Mat Award each year since 2003.

“It’s been amazing,” she noted. “The first time we won I thought it was a joke. We feel really good about it. It is not based on anything other than your customers saying you are doing a good job.”

The Alkires have owned the park since 1999 that Cindy Nitch and former husband George Smith built in 1994. Six months into realizing their dream of campground ownership, George was diagnosed with cancer and passed away 18 months later. Cindy later met Hans Nitch, who had lost his wife to cancer.

“They hit it off and got married here in the park,” Sue said. “They decided to sell the park and RV full time because they both thought, ‘well we don’t know how long any of us have.’”

The Alkires at first hadn’t a clue about owning a campground, but when America’s Best went up for sale they decided to check it out. A corporation and a couple from Germany were also interested in the park. “Cindy wanted it to go to a good home,” Sue said. “She worked with us so we could buy it. She was proud to hand over the keys to us. We keep in touch with her and Hans, who come to the park each year.”

The Alkires didn’t realize just how much America’s Best Campground would live up to its name. “We are located on the north edge of the city limits,” Sue said. “Our location is good because you are going against the flow of most of the traffic. When we first looked at this place we thought it was a good location, but had no idea just how good it was.”

America’s Best has 160 sites total, 136 pull-throughs. Most of those are 50 amps, although some are 30 and one offers 100-amp service. There are nine cabins – six are camper cabins and three have bathrooms and a kitchen or kitchenette.

Park amenities include a swimming pool, spa, playground, free Wi-Fi throughout, a car and RV wash, a game room with coin-operated games, three sets of bathhouses and a laundry facility. All buildings are air-conditioned.

“We were the first park here in Branson to have Wi-Fi,” Sue said. “Our goal was to be able to get it anywhere in the park including your rig.”

America’s Best Campground, a pet-friendly park with pet walk areas, holds two special events each year — a Thanksgiving potluck and a Fourth of July RV decorating contest.

“We fill the park at Thanksgiving time,” Sue said. “We do smoked turkeys, gravy, mashed potatoes and dressing and the campers bring everything else. We do a lot of advertising and any tickets we have left we give away. People sign up for a drawing for free show tickets, and they get their choice when I call their name. Of course they have to say something they are thankful for before they can receive their prize. It’s like a big family reunion and it’s a lot of people watching and waiting.”

“During the 4th of July RV we try to get the Blues Brothers to come and judge for the most decorated RV,” Sue said. “The bribing gets to be as much fun as the contest. People have found out the Blues Brothers can be bribed. We’ve got people who decorate their pets and everything.”

America’s Best hosts a number of rallies at its park each year.

“We can do everything from just doing the camping for them to setting up charter buses, meals and a full itinerary,” said Alkire. “We’ve been teased over the years that we baby our groups but we like that. If there is someone who has never had a rally before, we’re easy. We do all the work and they look good.”

Part of what makes America’s Best worthy of its name are its GREEN business practices. “Good business means being environmentally friendly,” said Alkire. “We have a recycling area. We don’t make it a big “green” anything, but just a common sense thing and we try to do the right thing.”

The future for the Alkires’ park means watching and waiting.

“We are sitting back, observing the political climate right now,” Sue said. “I know we could utilize more cabins, but at this point I am not comfortable with doing that. If fuel keeps going up, that could affect our business.”

Despite nature’s recent surprises and rising fuel prices, the Alkires are hopeful for a solid 2011 season. The reservations keep coming from campers who want to experience America’s Best.

The Facts: America’s Best Campground

Contacts: 499 Buena Vista Road, Branson, MO 65616, (800) 671-4399, fun4uabc@aol.com, www.abc-branson.com

Features: 160 total sites, 136 pull-thru, full hook-ups, the majority with 50-amp service, although some have 30 amp; six camper cabins, three with bathrooms and kitchen or kitchenette; swimming pool; spa; playground; free Wi-Fi; satellite TV with 35 channels; car and RV wash; game room; bathhouses and laundry facility; pet friendly; all buildings are air-conditioned

Five Parks from Four States Join Tents for Troops

June 7, 2011 by · Comments Off on Five Parks from Four States Join Tents for Troops 

Tents for Troops has just added five new parks to its roster.

The new members, according to a news release from founder Charlie Curry, owner of the Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Wash., are as follows:

  • Las Cruces, N. M., KOA.  http://www.lascrucescampgrounds. This park has 180-degree views of the valley and Las Cruces with spaces as long as 80 feet, a heated pool, free Wi-Fi, a great camp store and much more. When you are finished exploring Las Cruces, it is a 46-minute drive to El Paso Texas.
  • Starlight Classic Campground in Canon City, Colo. http://www.starliteclassiccampground.com/. This park is just flat out cool! Take a look at their website to see some of the most unique vintage camper rentals you are apt to find anywhere. While not included in the Tents for Troops program, these vintage rentals are like going back in history and just plain fun. Starlight offers guests mini golf, a camp store and gift shop featuring unique retro gifts, large shady sites, pool and even a dog park.  The park is located five miles west of Canon City. The Starlight makes the fifth RV park in Colorado to join Tents for Troops.
  • America’s Best Campground in Branson, Mo. Americas Best Campground http://abc-branson.com/ has won the Good Sam Welcome Mat Award nine years in a row. Just a short ways outside of Branson, this is the perfect destination for a fantastic family vacation. The park offers a great pool & spa, gift shop, game room and much more. While in Branson you may like to visit the Veterans Memorial Museum as well. Tthis is a not to miss park for all and our first from Missouri.
  • The Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort in Traverse City, Mich. http://timberridgeresort.net/ Timber Ridge is a true year-round resort from snowmobiling to bike parades this park has something for everyone. Timber Ridge is the third park from Michigan to join Tents for Troops. Enjoy wet-n-wild wagon rides in the summer & snowshoeing and skiing in the winter.
  • My apologies go out to Indian Creek Camp and Conference Center in southern Michigan. Indian Creek joined some time ago and somehow slipped through the cracks here. A warm welcome to Indian Creek, located in Tecumseh, this park is going to be a huge hit with the kids with hay wagon rides, peddle boats, jumping pillow, volleyball and even Llamas there is plenty to do to keep you busy for days.

“Our hats are off and our hearts are out to all five of these great parks,” Curry continued. “It’s parks like these that are making Tents for Troops work. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. For those of you whom have family or friends in the military please tell them about the Tents for Troops program and ask them to check out our website http://tentsfortroops.org and to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We now have parks in 33 states and all are anxious to personally serve those Troops who do so much for us all.”

Looking Ahead

Good Sammers, please be sure to stop by the Tents for Troops booth at The Greatest RV Rally in the World in Redmond, Oregon July 14-17. We are really happy to be invited to this great event and hope to make many new Friends from the Good Sam Club who can help us spread the word about Tents for Troops.

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