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Good Sam Guide Names 53 Top Campgrounds

The Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory has compiled a list of the top family RV Parks (see list at bottom) for 2013. Boasting campgrounds from Alberta, Canada, to the Emerald Coast of Florida, this list of 52 RV parks is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that help them get away from the stresses of everyday life, according to a news release.

Each park on the list boasts unique qualities that make it a special vacation destination. At Normandy Farms Family Campground in Foxboro, Mass., families can participate in an Easter egg hunt, a Mother's Day weekend and Fourth of July celebration. In Warrens, Wis., the staff organizes themed activity weeks, such as Wild West Week and Yogi's Birthday Week. Some RV parks create a whimsical environment.

Regardless of where families stay, it's apparent that this demographic will only get bigger. Over the past few years, RV buyers in the 35-to-54 age group have posted the largest ownership growth, outpacing so-called "empty nesters," according to the RVIA. And as more families realize that RVing gives them the flexibility to take quick getaways that don't interfere with busy family schedules, more families are bound to hit the road.

Top Family Campgrounds

  • Glowing Embers RV Park & Travel Centre, Edmonton, Alberta.
  • Catherine's Landing At Hot Springs, Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Anaheim Resort RV Park, Anaheim, Calif.
  • Los Angeles/Pomona Fairplex KOA, Pomona, Calif.
  • Pismo Sands RV Park, Oceano, Calif.
  • Vacationer RV Park – Sunland, El Cajon, Calif.
  • Colorado Springs KOA, Fountain, Colo.
  • Stateline Campresort & Cabins, East Killingly, Conn.
  • Live Oak Landing, Freeport, Fla
  • Sun-N-Fun RV Resort, Sarasota, Fla.
  • Pine Mountain An RVC Outdoor Destination, Pine Mountain, Ga.
  • Cajun Palms RV Resort, Breaux Bridge, La.
  • Cherry Hill Park, College Park, Md.
  • Cape Cod Campresort & Cabins, East Falmouth, Mass.
  • Normandy Farms Family Camping Resort, Foxboro, Mass.
  • Covenant Hills Camp, Otisville, Mich.
  • Harbortown RV Resort, Monroe, Mich.
  • Myers Lake Campground, Byron, Mich.
  • Silver Creek RV Resort, Mears, Mich.
  • Vacation Station RV Resort, Ludington, Mich.
  • Grand Casino Hinckley RV Resort, Hinckley, Minn.
  • Yogi On The Lake, Pelahatchie, Miss.
  • Basswood Resort, Platte City, Mo.
  • Hi-Desert RV, Winnemucca, Nev.
  • Friendly Beaver Campground, New Boston, N.H.
  • Yogi In The Smokies, Cherokee, N.C.
  • Cross Creek Camping Resort, Columbus, Ohio.
  • Pleasant View Recreation, Van Buren, Ohio.
  • Bissell's Hideaway Resort, Fonthill, Ontario.
  • Campark Resorts Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Niagara Falls, Ontario.
  • Artillery Ridge Camping Resort, Gettysburg, Pa.
  • Gettysburg Campground, Gettysburg, Pa.
  • Hershey Highmeadow Campground, Hershey, Pa.
  • Lake-In-Wood Resort, Bowmansville, Pa.
  • Otter Lake Camp-Resort, Stroudsburg, Pa.
  • Yogi Bear's Jellystone Camp Resort At Shangri-La, Milton, Pa.
  • Chris' Camp, Spearfish, S.D.
  • Hart Ranch Resort, Rapid City, S.D.
  • Rafter J Bar Ranch Camping Resort, Hill City, S.D.
  • Best Holiday Trav-L-Park, Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Loretta Lynn's Ranch, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
  • Memphis Graceland RV Park & Campground, Memphis, Tenn.
  • Nashville Shores RV Park, Nashville, Tenn.
  • River Plantation RV Resort, Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
  • West Lake RV Resort, Houston, Texas
  • Zion RV & Campground, Mount Carmel, Utah
  • Bethpage Camp Resort, Urbanna, Va.
  • Grey's Point Camp, Topping, Va.
  • Maple Grove RV Resort, Everett, Wash.
  • Sherwood Forest Camping & RV Park, Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
  • Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park Camp-Resort, Warrens, Wis.

Good Sam RV Travel Guide

RV travelers can find more information about family-friendly parks in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory. The guide contains detailed information on more than 14,000 RV parks across North America; each privately-owned campground is personally inspected and rated by Good Sam's consultant teams.

The guide also includes lifestyle features, regional trip guides and essential travel facts. Readers can get vital tech tips, learn about must-see points of interest in all of North America's states and provinces, follow a meal and fitness planner and get Road Ready with a special products section. Also included are guides to RV-related state laws and information needed for trouble-free trips into Canada and Mexico. For more information about the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, click on http://www.goodsamcamping.com.

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Good Sam Guide Honors Five Patriotic Parks

Good Sam names five patriotic RV parks.

When the United States celebrates its 237th birthday on July 4, RVers will break out the fireworks, sparklers and barbecue grills at campgrounds across the Lower 48 and Alaska.

To help travelers find the RV parks that offer the best Fourth of July camping, the editors and consultants of the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory have compiled a list of the most patriotic RV parks in North America.

The list is tailored for RV travelers seeking campgrounds that put them a short distance from fireworks displays, patriotic music performances and other July Fourth celebrations.

Some campgrounds even get into the act by organizing special Fourth of July celebrations right there in the campground., according to a news release.

 

As noted in the 2013 edition, the Good Sam RV Travel Guide’s top Fourth of July RV parks are:

  • Eagle’s Rest RV Park & Cabins, Valdez, Alaska.
  • Boulder Creek RV Resort, Lone Pine, Calif.
  • Escondido RV Resort – Sunland, Escondido, Calif.
  • Lake George RV Park, Lake George, N.Y.
  • Yogi Bear Jellystone Park/Lonestar, Waller, Texas.

See more at: http://blog.goodsamcamping.com/2013/06/top-fourth-of-july-parks/#sthash.vvu8ozBI.dpuf

Celebrating America’s Birthday

For many RVers, a picnic complete with barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers is on the agenda. For others, fireworks shows and patriotic musical performances are a must. Some parks put on their own Fourth celebrations, while others give RVers prime seats to Fourth of July fireworks celebrations.

For example, at Escondido RV Resort, the staff put on a barbecue and potluck for all the guests.

The Independence Day Celebration thrown at Yogi Bear Jellystone Park in Waller is a five-day festival that starts with a Pledge Allegiance and includes Fourth of July themed crafts and a glow stick golf park parade.

At Eagle’s Rest RV Park & Cabins in Valdez, visitors can check out the local town’s Independence Day Parade, decorated Tourist Parade and Canoe Jousting.

The Good Sam Guide

RV travelers can find more information about patriotic RV parks in the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, which combines two of the RV industry’s most popular and respected brands — the Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s Campground Directory — into one comprehensive volume. The guide contains detailed information more than 14,000 RV parks across North America; each campground is personally inspected and rated by the Good Sam’s consultant teams.

The guide also includes lifestyle features, regional trip guides and essential travel facts. Readers can get vital tech tips, learn about must-see points of interest in all of North America’s states and provinces, follow a meal and fitness planner and get Road Ready with a special products section.

Also included are guides to RV-related state laws and information needed for trouble-free trips into Canada and Mexico. For more information about the 2013 Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, click on www.goodsamcamping.com.

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Park Advisory Council Addresses Good Sam Changes

Seeking to build stronger business relationships with affiliated parks, the Good Sam RV Park and Resort Network hosted the inaugural meeting of the Good Sam Park Advisory Council April 23-25 at the Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth in Texas.

Made up of representatives from 12 Good Sam Parks, the council shared input with Good Sam executives on network programs designed to increase membership and generate revenues for all 1,700 Good Sam Parks, according to a news release.

“The mission of the council is to determine how to be better business partners with parks,” reports Bruce Hoster, vice president of the Good Sam RV Park and Resort Network. “We want our programs to be more effective.”

Council members are Gaye Appelman, Azalea Acres RV Park, Robertsdale, Ala.; Chuck Hayes,Far Horizons 49er Village RV Resort, Plymouth, Calif.; Patrick O’Neill, Camping on the  Gulf, Destin, Fla.; Kris Freedman, Hi-Valley RV Park, Boise, Idaho; Jeff Lawson, Cave Country RV Campground, Cave City, Ky.; Toni Nezat, Lakeside RV Park, Livingston, La.; Randy Packard, Pine Acres Family Camping Resort, Oakham, Mass.; Jim and Sue Alkire, America’s Best Campground, Branson, Mo.; James Livers, Boot Hill RV Resort, Alamogordo, N.M.; Max Hammer, Beaver Lake Campground, Custer, S.D.; Ernie Sims, Colonia Del Rey RV Park, Corpus Christi, Texas; and Selena Littman, Candy Hill Campground, Winchester, Va.

Club Membership Tops 1.3 Million

The council’s formation comes as the Good Sam Club undergoes sweeping changes, with membership swelling from 850,000 to 1.3 million members following the club’s merger with Camping World President’s Club last year.

Good Sam management has made significant modifications to the Good Sam Network’s new member program, in which parks sell Good Sam memberships to guests and keep the revenue. A revamped bonus program rewards parks for selling as few as 25 memberships per year and offers $5,000 for parks whose sales exceed 2,000. Revised signage, updated sales materials and new price points give parks more tools to sell memberships.

On the publishing side, even more changes are in the works. For 2013, the company will debut the Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Campground Directory, the product of a merger of the Trailer Life Directory and Woodall’s Campground Directory.

Hoster says the council’s ongoing feedback should help ensure that Good Sam programs are effective going forward. “Programs only work well when they involve people on the front lines,” says Hoster. “They have to work at the point of purchase.”

The council reflects the diversity of Good Sam Parks across North America, explains Ann Emerson, publisher and vice president of Good Sam’s multi-media division. The geographically varied council membership includes parks of all sizes, from mom-and-pop campgrounds to resorts run by ownership companies. Some of the members are longtime Good Sam Network affiliates, while others joined recently.

“The meeting was a way to get acquainted with what Good Sam is doing,” says Patrick O’Neal, general manager of Florida’s Camping on the Gulf. “It was good to hear that Good Sam wants to listen to the parks.”

Hoster says that council members are generally receptive to the company’s new combined directory. “They met it with open arms,” he adds. “They like one set of reps, one marketing purchase. They like that we’re focusing one directory on the total audience.”

Insights Gleaned

Good Sam rating system, which will be used in the 2013 directory, also received kudos from the group. “They’re supportive of the Good Sam rating system,” says Hoster. “They brought honest feedback and showed us areas we can improve upon.”

One of the insights gleaned from council members was the need to reconsider the description of road and pad surfaces in RV parks. “A lot of composite surfaces are better than pavement in some ways, such as being greener,” says Hoster. “Because pavement doesn’t allow the ground to absorb water, there are some areas where the government discourages paving in favor of composite surfaces.”

Revenue generation by Good Sam Parks also took up a good portion of the discussion. “We showed the council the first draft of a webinar they can use to train their staff on selling Good Sam memberships,” says Emerson. The finished webinar is now available for viewing on the Good Sam Network home page.

Also discussed were potential partnerships between Good Sam Parks and Camping World stores, where Good Sam Club members enjoy a member discount. “We talked about how we can use Camping World as a wholesale outlet for campground stores,” says Emerson.

“Good Sam Parks are passionate about the RVer experience,” Emerson continues. “They’re saying, ‘Let us work with local Camping World stores. Let’s help new RVers come to our campground and have a great initial experience.’”

Good Sam Parks also were eager to forge stronger partnerships with the 1,500 Good Sam Club chapters. “They told us, ‘We’d love to see more chapters and have closer relationships with them and the state directors,’” says Emerson.

The council plans to meet each April as well as in November during the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds’ (ARVC) Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo. Good Sam will also maintain open channels of communications with the council throughout the year. “We’ll reach out via emails and other communications,” confirms Hoster, “so we can enlist parks’ help with all our initiatives to grow their business and ours.”

For more information, please contact Katelyn Smith, coordinator, Good Sam RV Park and Resort Network, katelyn.smith@goodsamfamily.com, (877) 202-2342.

Good Sam RV Park and Resort Network and Woodall's Campground Management are owned by Good Sam Enterprises LLC.

 

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