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Sense of Pride Fueling Campground Operators

Posted By RVBusiness On October 14, 2013 @ 8:23 am In Breaking News | 1 Comment

It’s not entirely the money that keeps family campgrounds in business, according to Barb Krumm, president of the Carolina Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

“How often do you meet the people in the hotel room next to you? Do you even want to? In a campground, just pop the hood of your truck and all your neighbors will come over to see if they can help,” she said, relating a view that the co-founder of the campground she runs in Myrtle Beach, S.C., often expresses.

“I guess the owners and operators are like our guests,” Krumm said. “It’s about the relationships.”

The Star News, Wilmington, N.C., reported that plenty of families have had the chance to sell their land to developers, especially those perched on prime waterfront property. Some waterfront campgrounds have succumbed to the pressure, but a few that have hung on are adamant the land will stay what it has been for generations.

There are fewer than 10 listings for waterfront campgrounds in Southeastern North Carolina.

Lynda Wiggins, 47, the manager of Lanier’s campground in Pender County, said her owner is old school. The campground sits on the Intracoastal Waterway near Surf City.

“The owner says it’s still a place where middle-class people can go,” she said.

Others agree. No amount of money could wrest the land from them.

“This has been and always will remain a campground,” said Seamist Camping Resort manager Dottie O’Donnell. The camp borders Waterway Campground in Brunswick County, on the Intracoastal Waterway across from Ocean Isle Beach.

Krumm said the family campgrounds can hold on because of the low overhead in operations.

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#1 Comment By Barb Krumm On October 14, 2013 @ 4:01 pm

When I read this story I had some concerns regarding the quote, “Krumm said the family campgrounds can hold on because of the low overhead in operations.” That is very misleading (as any park owner knows), it is quite expensive to operate a campground from infrastructure, energy, man power, taxes, licenses and regulations, insurance, advertising, supplies, maintenance, etc.

I would hate to mislead readers, or even potential park owners.

I contacted the journalist, Jason Gonzales of StarNewsOnline, who explained he was paraphrasing the comment about being able to control costs better. I realized the root of the confusion. When I was speaking about controlling costs, I was referring to the camper, not the park owner.

The nice thing about doing an interview via email is that you have a transcript of what was stated:

“…When the economy began to struggle in 2008, the campgrounds generally faired much better than hotels because families are self contained and can control their costs better (food, entertainment, etc.). Plus, RV owners have committed to paying for their RV and they want to use them.”

Campground owners can control some of their costs, but like any business, there are sudden unforeseen surprises (busted pipes, storms, floods, power surge, phone systems, software/IT, etc.).

Hope you have a great day!
Barb


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