Calif. RV Park Owners on Alert; Wildfires Still Rage

August 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Mendocino Complex fire has burned acres (Photo by InciWeb) With more than a dozen active wildfires spread throughout the entire state, California campground owners are dealing with billowing smoke and hoping that their livelihood is spared from the unprecedented devastation. Through Aug. 5, officials from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) said that the state has dealt with 3,981 fires, which have burned more than 600,000 acres. That surpasses the 3,662 fires during... Read more

RV/MH Hall of Fame Honors 2018 Class of Inductees

August 7, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

2018 Hall of Fame inductees A night filled with some tears and laughter ended with 11 new members joining the RV/MH Heritage Foundation’s Hall of Fame on Monday (Aug. 6) evening in front of a crowd of more than 300 RV industry leaders, family and friends at the Northern Indiana Events Center in Elkhart, Ind. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the Photos by Shawn Spence). Breaking away from the traditional 10 nominees — five from the RV industry and five from the... Read more

Blue Water Grows Presence in RV Resort Sector

August 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Rafael Correa Editor’s Note: Ocean City, Md.-based Blue Water Development began making waves in the RV resort sector in 2009 when a planned shopping center investment property turned into Castaways RV Resort and Campground in Berlin, Md. Owned by Jack and Todd Burbage, Blue Water was originally started to build housing, shopping centers and hotels, something they still do, but due to the Great Recession Blue Water began to look at managing, developing, redeveloping and building RV resorts. Since... Read more

Campgrounds Near Calif. Fires Deal With Smoke

July 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The still-uncontrolled threat of the Ferguson Fire and the increasing presence of smoke has caused reservations to drop at High Sierra RV Park in Oakhurst, Calif., according to the park’s General Manager Kathy Frye, whose park is about 10 miles away from the blaze. “We were packed in the weeks before the fire started,” she told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister company to “But now we have quite a few openings.” Authorities shuttered parts of Yosemite... Read more

Maine Park is Preparing for ‘Today Show’ Arrival

July 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Sagadahoc Bay Campground Sagadahoc Bay Campground in Georgetown, Maine, has been a hive of activity since representatives from NBC’s“The Today Show” called a little over a week ago informing them that Al Roker would like to shoot part of the July 24 morning program from the park, according to park owners Eric and Patricia Kosalka. Patricia Kosalka told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness, that she has done numerous interviews with news... Read more

Mudslides, Fires Impacting Tourism in Colorado

July 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

A couple walk their dog out of the Durango North KOA that was evacuated on Tuesday (July 17) Mary Arlington, executive director of the Colorado Campground and Lodging Owners Association, said that wildfires and follow-up rain have had a “negative impact on tourism in many parts of Colorado.” “While nearly all campgrounds have not been closed or evacuated this summer, 2018 cancellations have been off the charts,” Arlington told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication... Read more

Earlier School Start Dates Impact Campgrounds

July 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

School start dates have an impact on park owners For families with school-aged children summer break is filled with a slew of activities from vacations to summer jobs and just generally more time to spend outdoors, away from the routine of the school year. For campground owners, especially those in the northern states, this is typically the busiest time of the year, according to a report by Woodalls Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. However, in several states owners are facing... Read more

Ventura Ranch KOA Rebounding After Dec. Fire

June 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Scott Cory Scott Cory, owner of the Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., decided to take matters into his own hands after waiting months to clean up the rubble that was left behind by the Thomas Fire last December. This was after losing more than 20 structures during the fire, one that would go on to be the largest in California history, burning 281,893 acres and destroying 1,063 structures, according to CalFIRE. Cory told Woodall’s Campground Management,... Read more

Q&A: Campground Exec Zbierski Offers Updates

June 16, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Cyndy Zbierski speaks with NCA president Mike Irons at last spring’d meeting in Massachusetts Editor’s Note: Cyndy Zbierski, executive director of the Northeast Campground Association (NCA), representing parks from nine northeastern states, spoke with RVBusiness sister publication Woodall’s Campground Management about how NCA was doing in 2018 and some of the recent trends she has noticed in the campground arena. Zbierski has been involved in the campground sector since childhood.... Read more

N.C. Parks Damaged by Mudslides and Flooding

June 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

At least two North Carolina campgrounds have suffered damage due to tropical depression Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 hurricane season. Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolina Association of RV Parks and Campground (CARVC), told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) that River Creek Campground in Rutherfordton suffered from flood damage. According to Witting, a home on the property was flooded with around three feet of water in it at some point, and the campground... Read more

RV Parks Not Reporting Damage Due To Alberto

May 29, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Bobby Cornwell Bobby Cornwell, president and CEO of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Florida ARVC), told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) today (May 29) that so far no reports of significant damage at Florida RV parks or campgrounds have been made in the wake of tropical depression Alberto. Forecasters downgraded Alberto, the first named storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season, to a tropical depression Monday evening, hours after striking the Florida... Read more

Cooler Weather Slows Start Of Camping Season

May 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Numerous campgrounds have had to combat heavy snow and cooler temperatures this spring Campground association directors are saying that RV park and campground owners in northern states have had to deal with unseasonably cool temperatures and in some areas late spring snowfall, which has slowed the start of the 2018 camping season. Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBusiness, reported that according to the National Weather Service, several areas in Wisconsin broke... Read more

KOA: Tech Can Detract from Camping Experience

April 13, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Campground owners need to be willing to embrace technology at their campgrounds, but how campers use that technology while camping may be shifting, according to the 2018 North American Camping Report commissioned by Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA). The report indicates that 93% of campers bring some form of mobile device with them on camping trips, while one-fourth of all campers “say it is important to them to share their experiences on social media.” Wi-Fi... Read more

Fire Recovery Efforts Continue For California KOA

March 30, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Ventura Ranch KOA owner Scott Corey Editor’s Note: In December the Ventura Ranch Kampgrounds of America (KOA) Holiday in Santa Paula, Calif., fell victim to the Thomas Fire, losing more than 20 buildings. The Thomas Fire would go on to become California’s largest recorded wildfire, burning 281,893 acres and destroying 1,063 structures, according to CalFIRE. Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), sister publication to RVBUSINESS, recently checked in with Scott Cory, the owner of the... Read more

KOA Care Camps Surpasses $12M in Donations

February 8, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

It was a big year for Kampgrounds of America’s (KOA) Care Camps in 2017, as the organization passed the $12 million mark in the amount of money raised since the program was started in 1984. Focused on providing children diagnosed with cancer an opportunity to attend camp, Wade Elliott, KOA Care Camps chairman, told Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication to, that in 2017 the organization was able to financially support more than 42,000 children and disbursed more... Read more

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