Biloxi, Miss. Council Says ‘No’ to RV Park Plan

September 6, 2013 by · Comments Off on Biloxi, Miss. Council Says ‘No’ to RV Park Plan 

On Tuesday (Sept. 3), the city council in Biloxi, Miss., voted against rezoning property that would have been used to build an RV park. The council faced a lot of resistance from residents, who didn’t want the park in their neighborhood, WLOX, Biloxi, reported.

This rezoning issue had been tabled for weeks. Many residents who weren’t too happy with the idea of the RV park were at the meeting to voice their concerns.

It would have been located on AJ Holloway Drive, near Biloxi High School which is councilman Kenny Glavan’s ward, but the council voted 4-3 against the rezoning.

“I like the project, but then I have to weigh the thoughts and the minds of the people who I represent. And in this case, I cannot support it at this time. It may not be the right time,” said Glavan.

Johnny Gill is the property owner. He has wanted to build a RV park there for years. He said he is disappointed with the council’s decision, but feels the fight is not over.

“We barely lost, but we do have a plan B, and the plan B will be coming up next. Just because you lose one that doesn’t necessarily mean you lose the other one,” said Gill.

Many neighbors were relieved with the council’s vote, but one resident, Christine Davis, said she does not think they have heard the last of this proposal.

“I’m relieved, but like I said I’m still going to be on my guard and watch because I do fear that it will try to come back again, “said Davis.

At this time the property will not be rezoned to build the RV park, but the property’s owner said he isn’t finished fighting yet.

Click here to watch a brief WLOX newscast about the above story.



Former Owner Looks at RV Parks As A Guest

April 11, 2013 by · Comments Off on Former Owner Looks at RV Parks As A Guest 

Mary Arlington

Mary Arlington is an avid RVer, former RV park owner and a lifetime certified park operator (CPO). Since selling her RV park in west Kansas, Arlington now teaches and consults with small businesses through her marketing and management company, MMCC Inc. Find her online at This column appears in the April issue of Woodall’s Campground Management.

Traveling by RV before buying a campground provided me with great insight for our own operations when my husband and I bought our park. We wanted to make sure our guests didn’t encounter the “issues” we experienced as RVers.

Sadly, traveling by RV after selling the park also provided me with great insight. So many parks still don’t get it!

Before I proceed with some Uh-Ohs, let me say that nearly all parks did many things very well. If you want a “feel good” article about what you’re doing properly, you’ll need to look elsewhere because in this chapter of life, I’m focusing on helping people strengthen and grow that which their passions started before they were blindsided by exhaustion from striving to achieve success. This means finding new ways of doing things and new ways to grow revenue, which often involves change in many aspects of the business, including how they find their guests and what they offer to their guests.

So, how did some parks fail me as I traveled by RV? Please remember, I owned, managed and fully operated an overnight park for a decade. As I experience Uh-Ohs, I have a bit of an idea of your side of the counter, as well. Change isn’t easy, but are you in business for you? I hope it’s for your guests!

Uh-Oh #1

Some parks greatly limit the length of time a guest can use the Wi-Fi. I understand the need to limit things, but you’re turning off your vacationing travelers (especially foreigners; I was traveling in Canada for part of my trip). Even at a limiting park, my evening Wi-Fi time can look like this:

  • Read and respond to internet-based emails.
  • Check tomorrow’s weather for my travel plans.
  • Research tomorrow’s route, activities and road conditions.
  • Locate my next campsite (or determine I should extend my stay right here).
  • Read and post a bit on social media to keep in touch with my family and friends.
  • Post reviews of my last-night’s camping experience; sometimes in multiple places because I have my favorite review sites and parks often have their own method.

With that list, assuming I don’t have something new to surf for, such as RV service, church schedules, news stories or a friend’s new blog, you can see that limiting me to 60 minutes is simply too limiting.

If you must limit usage, if at all possible, please let the overnighters or short-stays (those who happen to be paying the most per night) have less-restricted use of the Wi-Fi.

By the way, I usually checked online again in the morning, checking new e-mails and confirming the weather forecast. And later that evening, I’d be back at all again, only this time I’d be rating my stay at last night’s place. If it was your place, you’ll likely hope my review is favorable! Did you limit my Wi-Fi too much?

Uh-Oh #2

If your answering machine says, “We’re sorry but we’re on the other line, so please leave a message and someone will call you right back,” then please mean it. Why? Because I’m the driver, navigator and caller. That’s right. We don’t all travel in pairs or in families.

When I placed the call that gave me that greeting, I had stopped somewhere specifically to make the call. Therefore, based on the recorded assurance of a prompt return call, I stayed put for it. After 30 minutes of waiting, I called again and heard the same message. I then chose to drive the hour, on a wing and a prayer, hoping for a site (my plans had changed unexpectedly, thus I wasn’t as prepared as I would normally have been). Upon my arrival, 90 minutes after my first call, I suggested they throw away the message from me since I was now there. They informed me they had just retrieved their messages, having been out of the office all day. My advice, “change the message.”

Please keep your voice messages up-to-date, respond to voice mail and e-mails frequently and check all other means of communication as often as possible. Your guests may be using out-of-country precious minutes of cell phone time, or might be traveling in areas with weak phone signals or driving alone. If you’re in business for your guests, be there for them, and make your posted/recorded greetings relevant.

Some fellow RVers I met this summer were using Skype and Facebook to see if parks had openings for the same day or the next. WOW! Kudos to those park owners!

On a side note, while I was at that non-responsive park, I became very ill. I called the office to alert them of my extreme illness. I was traveling alone, in Canada, and felt they should be alerted in case I needed emergency care (I knew at my park I’d have wanted to know). I left a message but wondered when it might be heard. Later I left another message, informing them of a bit of progress. The next morning the manager came by to say they’d just received my messages. I am grateful I wasn’t calling with a more dire need!

Unfortunately, my list of Uh-Ohs is quite lengthy. Look around your place. Look at it with fresh eyes, or invite a friend or hire someone to study your park from the guest’s perspective. No park is perfect (yep, not even mine was), so use the pre-season time to see how many of your Uh-Ohs can be fixed before the RVers point them out to all their online friends.


ARVC’s New Website A ‘Go to’ Member Asset

April 2, 2013 by · Comments Off on ARVC’s New Website A ‘Go to’ Member Asset 

A screenshot of the homepage for the recently launched new ARVC website.

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) has successfully launched a brand new website for the association at

“We’re really pleased with the way the site has come together,” Jennifer Schwartz, ARVC’s senior director of marketing communications and partnerships, stated in a news release. She added that ARVC tapped Indianapolis, Ind.-based WebLink International Inc., a leading provider of websites for trade associations, to develop the new site.

“ has been redesigned to incorporate the most relevant and compelling content,” Schwartz said. “It provides enhanced functionality and easy to use tools to better serve our members as a more complete, centralized member resource for member benefits, news and upcoming events. It’s everything you need to know about ARVC and ARVC-related opportunities.”

The website features ARVC’s educational, operational and marketing resources, updates on legislative and regulatory affairs, as well as information on ARVC Foundation programs and industry support.

“We anticipate that will quickly become the ‘go to’ resource for our members,” Schwartz said, adding that the website also has an online community forum where ARVC members, supplier partners, and state leaders can exchange ideas and opinions about topics of interest to them.

“The website also includes a searchable database of suppliers that we didn’t have before,” Schwartz said. “Now it’s very easy for our members to find providers of products or services they are searching for. We’ve also made it so that suppliers can update their business listings whenever they want to ensure that they can keep the most accurate and up-to-date information in front of our members.”

ARVC members can also use the website to process payments for membership dues as well as their attendance at conferences and workshops provided by the association.

Based in Denver, Colo., ARVC is the only national trade association exclusively representing the interests of privately owned RV parks, resorts and campgrounds. Membership is comprised of RV park and campground owners and operators, industry suppliers, franchisers and others committed to promoting the growth and welfare of the RV park and campground sector of the outdoor hospitality industry through development and implementation of legislative, regulatory, educational and promotional programs and activities. ARVC is a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization. Visit for more information.


Yogi Bear Parks Look to Mother’s Day Weekend

April 1, 2013 by · Comments Off on Yogi Bear Parks Look to Mother’s Day Weekend 

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12, and many Jellystone Parks are planning various activities for that holiday weekend.

Every mom who stays with at a Jellystone Park that weekend gets a flower. Many parks plan discounts or special events, according to the Jellystone Journal.

For example, the the Estes Park, Colo., Jellystone park will offer an opening weekend special 15% off campsites and 20% off cabins. The park in Robert, La., will start with a “Moms only” wine & cheese party by the pool deck on Friday (May 10)and a Champagne & Pancake Breakfast “FREE FOR MOMs” on Mother’s Day.

Click here to read what each camp-resort is doing that weekend.


Oilfield Needs New Homes, Not RV Parks

March 18, 2013 by · Comments Off on Oilfield Needs New Homes, Not RV Parks 

The Permian Basin, shown in red, covers 58 counties in West Texas and four counties in Southeast New Mexico

In Seminole, Texas, the housing shortage is so extreme, even the chief of police has to live in an RV park.

Bernie Kraft, the police chief, started work in November and has been searching for a permanent dwelling ever since. He spends his weekends in Midland, where his family still has a home and his daughter is finishing her senior year in high school, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported.

“The prices are really high for what they are selling,” Kraft said. “I’m now looking at buying a lot and building.”

When Kraft moved into the RV park, he was one of four or five residents, now it is nearing its capacity, around 15. Growing plots of RV parks have become the rule since oil has boomed in West Texas. Workers and their families and others, like Kraft, find shelter these days where they can.

Kraft said the growth is good for the community, but comes with growing pains like traffic and crime.

“Anytime you get a booming population,” Kraft said, “crime seems to come with it.”

But, at the RV park where Kraft lives during the week, he said things are quiet.

“People are just looking for a place to park their RVs,” Kraft said, “and to go to work.”

While he joined the Army right out of high school, living in an RV has been a new experience for Kraft.

“The last few storms rocked me to sleep,” he said. “I just consider it an extended camping trip.”

The RV Kraft spends his weeks in has a small stove, a bathroom area with a shower and a sleeping area. He bought the 31-foot unit for $24,000 so he could move to Seminole for his job.

“It is home for now,” Kraft said.

But he hopes to have better housing by this summer.

Seminole is a new town for Kraft, but he has lived in West Texas for the last 22 years. He believes the technology being used makes this oil boom different than previous ones, which didn’t last.

As president and CEO of the Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce, Shelby Concotelli also hopes the growth lasts.

“Our restaurants are filling up,” Concotelli said. “Everyone is full and busy. It is a good problem.”

Much of the growth is because of the oil fields, Concotelli said. And some it is from people who are working in New Mexico and prefer to live in Texas. She said the school system and the lack of an income tax cause some people to make the choice.

“It is a great place to live and raise your kids,” Concotelli said. “Our quality of life just keeps improving.”

If the boom does last, Judy Holmes, the co-owner of Trailertopia RV park in Snyder, will most likely maintain a full house. The park has been in the family for 21 years and she said it has been full for the last 5½ years.

“I turn a lot of people away,” Holmes said.

And when Holmes says a lot, she means two to three people a week.

However, the demand doesn’t mean she plans on raising prices. The current fee residents pay is $210 a month, plus electricity rates.

“It is more affordable than a motel,” Holmes explained why people live in RVs. “And apartments are hard to come by in Snyder.”

The majority of her tenants are working in the oil fields.

Word of mouth

The oil boom in the Permian Basin has put such a crunch on housing from Midland and Odessa, north to Snyder that a blog has surfaced on the Internet, directing people to possible leads on housing — any kind. provides workers and companies with different oil field housing types, from hotel rooms, man camps and RV parks. Among its partners are Sunbelt, Weatherford, EOG Resources and Halliburton.

The blog on the site points out that Midland City Manager Courtney Sharp predicts the boom in the Cline Shale could bring in as many as 10,000 more workers in the next few years.

Already, RV parks are popping up along the Interstate 20 corridor on either side of Odessa and Midland, seemingly joining the two cities.

The shale play seems to be moving toward Snyder, which is expected to double in growth this year, according to the blog.

No fix for the future

It is the long term that Bill Lavers, executive director of the Development Corp. of Snyder, is worried about. He doesn’t think RV parks provide the solution to growth.

“They fix the immediate need,” Lavers said, “but are they a long-term solution? Not really.”

One of the problems he points out is RV parks don’t provide the same tax value to local governments as a family home. Another issue he raises is whether businesses will be willing to invest in the community without an increase in permanent housing. He points out that RV park tenants can leave the community at any time.

Lavers also talked about the importance of ties between the new workers to the community, and their employers. He said when people like Kraft return to homes outside the community on the weekends, they are taking a good share of their income with them. And he suggested some of these workers are less likely to become long-term employees. He explained workers in permanent housing have a more solid job retention rate.

However, Snyder has a shortage of permanent housing. And in some cases it is easier for developers, and they can make more money, on an RV park, Lavers said.

In addition, he questions if they are changing the housing demand.

“If we didn’t have the RV parks,” Lavers said, “we might have a push for more permanent housing.”

Lavers wants it to be clear he supports permanent housing and questions how many RV parks the community can support. But, he isn’t against their development.

“I’m not opposed to RV parks or the folks who live there,” Lavers said. “But, for a community to grow, it grows with families, and it is hard for a family to live in an RV.”

Like Kraft, this boom is different for Lavers in part because of new technology. But, he also added it isn’t just about development of the oil fields. The hotels are also full of people involved in wind energy, he explained.

“The economy in Snyder is good,” Lavers said. “It is better than most towns in West Texas and in the country.”

Merle Taylor, the Snyder city manager, also pointed out jobs are coming from multiple sources.

“I’m sure the biggest majority of it is related to the oil fields,” Taylor said, “or wind energy.”

The hope Taylor has is these new workers will spend their paychecks supporting local businesses and become part of the community.

“We would like to see them become permanent residents,” Taylor said.

The long-term questions Taylor has are based on how long the new jobs, and workers, will be in the community. In the future, he pointed out current RV parks could be neglected if they cannot attract residents or if their current residents follow temporary jobs to another community.

“There is no reason to maintain them if they are empty,” Taylor said.

The solution for Taylor, like Lavers, is to create more permanent housing. He said schools are an example of a part of the community that struggles when facing growth of a potentially temporary nature. They have to deal with the problem of increased enrollment, but for how long?

“Is it going to be a six-month problem,” Taylor said. “Or is it going to be a 12-year problem?”

When a property is used as an RV park, local governments and schools see a smaller increase in tax income. Taylor explained they don’t get any taxes for the value of the RVs themselves, only an more taxes based on an increase in the property’s value.

The city and county are planning for the future by developing and selling lots for new homes. The first phase of the project on land owned by the county will build roads and install utilities to about 90 lots. A second phase is planned.

Taylor doesn’t know if the growth will last three years, or 30 years, but he is glad for it.

“We are very pleased with the growth,” Taylor said. “And I hope it remains on a steady, stable increase.”



CONY’s CEO Standing Up for Parks in Hearing

February 22, 2013 by · Comments Off on CONY’s CEO Standing Up for Parks in Hearing 

Donald G. Bennett Jr., CONY president/CEO

Editor’s Note: On Jan. 15, Donald G. Bennet Jr., president and CEO of the Campground Owners of New York (CONY), testified before the New York General Assembly’s Standing Committee on Tourism, Parks, Arts and Sports Assembly and the Standing Committee on Oversight, Analysis and Investigation. His testimony focused on the current state of the campground industry in the Empire State. 

About Donald Bennett and CONY:

Bennett has been with CONY for almost seven years as CEO. He is also a Certified Public Accountant and a third generation campground owner. His campground business just concluded its 50th year of operation in the Finger Lakes region.

CONY is headquartered in Pittsford, N.Y., and has approximately 200 privately owned campgrounds all over New York state as members. The organization was founded in 1963. CONY is dedicated to the promotion, growth, improvement and development of privately owned campgrounds in New York state.

Highlights from Bennett’s testimony will appear in a three-part series on Part 1 appears below. 

Summary of the Privately Owned Campground Segment for 2012

Privately owned campgrounds and RV parks in New York state have experienced an average to above average campaign for 2012. The camping sector of the outdoor hospitality industry is very dependent on such conditions as the weather, fuel prices, the economy and current trends. In 2012 the weather cooperated, fuel prices remained stable; $4 per gallon seems to be the tipping point for many; the economy is still somewhat soft. Generally in bad economic times, camping becomes an affordable vacation. With the economy as it is, families are trading down from much costlier vacations, to thus learning to live with less.

Some statistics for the New York camper:

1) 74% of New York campers were at home the night before vs. North America at 54%. This shows the trend that with the poor economy, people stay closer to home commonly coined as “staycations.” As families struggle with employment issues and many families have become two income with both spouses working, it has become more difficult to align vacation time. Short, close to home vacations, getaways or weekends have become more popular.

2) 18% of the campers were first time camper’s vs. 15% for North America.

3) The purpose of the stay at private campgrounds: On the way to another location in New York was 25%. The national average is 48%. A Getaway/Weekend in New York amounted to 51% vs. 34% for North America. Stay and Play for New York amounted to 24%, while the national average was 18%.

The Private Campground Owner Faces:

1) Increased fees, taxes and expenses:

a. Fees have increased exponentially over the past few years. Examples are: Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) spedies permit. The permit for septic systems and the discharge into the ground system. DEC does nothing for this fee but yet it has doubled in the last few years. Ag and Markets charge a small seasonal operation the same fee as a multi-million dollar grocery store.

b. It is widely known that real estate taxes have increased a tremendous amount while assessed values have also raced ahead compounding the problem of high taxes. Many municipalities have implemented Occupancy Taxes on rental units and cabins and even in one county on campsites themselves. Campgrounds must be commended on green space and keeping large parcels of land from regular development, while keeping them on the tax rolls to help the funding of the local communities in which they are located.

c. Expenses have risen beyond belief. Electricity is one of the major expenses of a campground operation. Campgrounds are classified as a commercial electric user even though most of the electric is a residential nature. As a new small residential increase in transmission costs was widely debated in open forum, a radical large increase was kept under the radar that took effect in October 2010. This will prove to be a large and costly increase. Some meters’ transmission charges and fees will in some cases triple. Some expenses fall on the consumer. To use the New York State Thruway without an easy pass, certain campers can cost $75 from one end of the state to the next.

2) Competition:

a. Privately owned campgrounds have been competing unfairly with New York State run campsites for decades.

i. Between the Office of Parks and the DEC, state-run parks account for approximately 15,000 campsites. The private sector contains approximately 45,000 campsites statewide.

ii. I would like to point out that camping is a privilege, not a right. I don’t think that subsidizing camping at state run facilities is the best use of taxpayer dollars, considering the many capital updates that the state-run facilities require that could be paid for out of operations.

iii. Many visitors to state-run facilities are from other states and provinces. Out-of-state citizens should at least pay market rate or at a minimum at break even rate. Many other states have two rates for their state-owned facilities giving their residents a “discount.” Why is it that New York state taxpayers are subsidizing out-of-state residents’ vacations?

MONDAY: A closer look at parks in New York.

Morningside RV Estates Joins Best Parks

February 21, 2013 by · Comments Off on Morningside RV Estates Joins Best Parks 

New Best Parks in America affiliate

An affiliate of Athena Real Estate, a real estate investment and advisory firm focused on specialty collateral types including RV parks, recently purchased Morningside RV Estates, a 400-site, 55-plus RV park located in Dade City, Fla.

The property is located in Pasco County and caters to the senior community. Morningside RV Estates announced that it has been accepted as a Best Park In America, a prestigious affiliation for the highest quality RV parks and campgrounds in the nation, according to a news release.

Richard J. O’Brien, CEO and founder of Athena Real Estate, said, “We are extremely pleased that Morningside RV Estates was named as one of the Best Parks In America. This is a wonderful 55-plus community with high quality amenities, large lots and terrific infrastructure. The property is an attractive location for retirees and is conveniently located near retail stores and medical  facilities. Its close proximity to Tampa and Orlando also is a big draw.”

Morningside is one of the newest affiliates of Best Parks, a national network of the top 10% of America’s RV parks and campgrounds as rated by the industry’s rating companies and consumers. Best Parks in America currently has a network of 70 of the nation’s highest rated parks located in 27 states. The network’s website,, allows RVers and campers to easily and quickly identify the very best places to stay. Best Parks also publishes an annual complimentary print directory that can be ordered online.

“Morningside is one of the nicest extended stay luxury RV parks in Florida and is yet one of the best kept secrets. We are honored to be associated with and recognized as one of the Best Parks in America. This affiliation will help us get the word out,” remarked O’Brien.

RVers and campers are invited to join Best Guests in America, a complimentary camping club. Members of Best Guests receive special recognition and “advantages” when they check in at any Best Park. For information about joining Best Guests and taking advantage of these special advantages, go to

“We are delighted to welcome Morningside RV Estates as one of the newest Best Parks in America and congratulate the owners and staff on this achievement,” said David Gorin, network president. “The park truly represents the best of the RV park and campground industry. Achieving the high ratings required to be part of Best Parks is no easy task.”



Forum Discusses Recharging EVs at RV Parks

February 14, 2013 by · 1 Comment 

The following discussion on the availability of recharging electric vehicles at RV parks appeared on the Tesla Motors online form.


docdac | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

RV parks are much more plentiful than charging stations and most of them have 240v 50A power available with a NEMA 15-50 outlet. These should be a convenient place to recharge for those of us far from public charging stations who might need to (partially) recharge on the road. Does anyone have any experience with this? What would you expect an RV park to charge per hour to use their 240v outlets? I just called an RV park about 170 miles from my house, along a route that I frequently take for a 250 mile trip. I was the first electric car owner to inquire about charging – he was receptive to this, but did not know what he would charge. I expect he will think about it and come up with a fee, but what do you think is fair? Maybe $3-4 per hour, with a maximum of $15? They charge $25 per night for full use of the space for RVs. | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Many many threads on it, and the people who made cross-country trips in their Model S heavily relied on charging at RV parks.

docdac | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

BTW, I meant NEMA 14-50.

Mark Z | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

KOA at Circus Circus in Las Vegas, NV charges $20 plus tax for a 24 hour storage fee. Worked great overnight while staying at the Circus Circus hotel. You CANNOT sleep in the car, however code access to the clean secure KOA bathroom and shower facilities was included.

awaite | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Now I’m picturing a person sleeping in a Tesla at a KOA campground. 😀

I would think they would go for $3-4/hour but I would expect to be able to buy 100 miles of range for $5 or less which would be more like $2/hour right?

Earl and Nagin … | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

My stock line when they can’t figure out how much to charge is to tell them I’ll probably use about $5 worth of electricity and ask them if $10 would be reasonable.

About half the time they take it, 25% of the time, they tell me its free, 20% of the time they charge me full price for a space, and 5% of them tell me I can’t charge.

One cautionary note about using RV parks: Often the circuit breakers are old and weak. They may trip on you. Keep checking regularly or you may return to your car to find it tripped 5 minutes after you left it and you have to start charging from the beginning. The smartphone app should help with this. We old-timers used to have to physically return to our Roadsters periodically to check.

Brian H | FEBRUARY 13, 2013

Check out this KOA user! 2 14-50s at once with his homemade ‘Multi-Input’ rig.

To read the entire discussion, click here.


Vineyards Improves Website to Promote Cabins

January 7, 2013 by · Comments Off on Vineyards Improves Website to Promote Cabins 

Some of the rental cabins at The Vineyards Campground & Cabins in Grapevine,Texas.

The Vineyards Campground & Cabins is finding growing demand for its fully furnished park model cabins, even in winter, according to a news release.

“We were sold out over Christmas. We were tremendously busy,” said Joe Moore, general manager of the 93-site campground, which has 13 cabins, several of which are featured online at

But while consumers have always had the ability to reserve these cabins online, they haven’t had the ability to rent specific cabins based on the photographs they see online — until now.

Thanks to a recently completed website enhancement by TXAD Internet Services, the Vineyards Campground now has a separate cabin page on its website that gives consumers the ability to rent the specific cabin they like most, based on the photographs and floor plans presented online.

“This way, people can see what they’re getting and there are no surprises,” Moore said.

The website previously had a selection of cabin photos, but there were no descriptions or floorplans which raised more questions than they answered. “People kept asking, which cabin is cabin 3 or cabin 4 or cabin 10. People want to know what they’re getting,” Moore said. “They want to know where the bedrooms and bathrooms are located, where the kitchen is and where the front door is and if there’s a view of the lake.”

But with the new website layout, consumers can now see that the Vineyards Campground offers seven different cabin floor plans. They can see a series of photos for each cabin and also check out the views from each cabin’s front porch. The website’s reservation system also helps consumers select the units that meet their needs, based on their lodging requirements.

Moore said the new system has simplified the online cabin reservation process for consumers, while reducing front desk staff time on reservation questions.

The cabin section upgrades are the latest improvements TXAD Internet Services has made to the Vineyards Campground’s website. The company previously developed a scaled down version of the website to make it compatible with mobile devices.

Based in Crowley, TXAD Internet Services is a leading provider of marketing, advertising and website design services for the campground industry with a national client base of more than 800 privately owned campgrounds, RV parks and resorts.

The Vineyards Campground & Cabins was recently named Small Park of the Year by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) as well as the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

The Vineyards Campground & Cabins was also one of only 44 campgrounds, RV parks and resorts across the country to earn an all around “A” grade in the fifth annual satisfaction survey of independent parks. More than 30,000 camping and RV enthusiasts completed reviews in the online survey, grading their experiences at 3,200 independent RV parks and campgrounds.

For more information about The Vineyards Campground & Cabins, visit its website at More information about TXAD Internet Services is available




The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs

November 21, 2012 by · Comments Off on The Latest RV Park and Campground Briefs 


From KMVT-TV, Twins Falls:

Click here to watch a video on the following news item.

The Buhl Chamber of Commerce has completed a RV parking facility on the chamber property.

The RV park consists of four parking lanes that will be used year round providing water, electricity, and a sanitary station to travelers.

The park was funded through an Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation grant.

“We are very proud of the community and this idea was presented to us quite awhile ago. We put it all together over a span of a year. We are very proud of our community and we wanted to share it with people traveling through the scenic byway” said Richard Stoltenburg, Buhl Chamber of Commerce.

Travelers can stay at the park for a maximum of three nights.

For more information go to


From WKSU Radio, Kent:

The Cleveland Metropark system seems closer to taking control of Cleveland’s state-run lakefront parks. A decline in state funding has left the six parks along Lake Erie in disrepair. As WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports, many people hope the successful Metroparks can turn them around.

The Metroparks board recently approved the lease of property along the Cuyahoga River, authorized seeking funding for a beach ambassador program, and unveiled an Edgewater State Park revitalization plan. Metroparks Executive Director Brian Zimmerman says the system has been working with the state and the lakefront park’s owner, the City of Cleveland, on a takeover strategy.

“We’ve working on it and have presented a number of different work sessions to the board of park commissioners over the last six months looking at some business plans and models, and looking at strategies for making them part of the Emerald Necklace.”

Zimmerman says talks are ongoing, and he cannot estimate when a decision will be made. The Metroparks estimates the lakefront parks need about $16million in deferred maintenance.

The other state-run lakefront parks are Euclid Beach, Wildwood, Villa Angela, Gordon Park and the East 55th Street Marina.


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