Winter Weather Hurts Campgrounds & Suppliers

March 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Snow piles up at Harvest Farm Campground Resort in Iowa Extreme winter weather in some regions of the U.S. has taken a toll on the campground industry, and not just among park owners. Suppliers report sales are flagging in the northern regions that were hardest hit. “This winter is killing retail. January was one of our worst months ever,” said Jessica Ellenbecker, co-owner with Steve Burnham of campground store supplier All Things Jerky. While normal springtime events remain on their schedule,... Read more

2014 WACO Convention Reports Strong Turnout

March 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Exhibitor displays saw steady traffic during WACO convention The 2014 Wisconsin Campground Owners Association (WACO) convention March 12-16 in Stevens Point was a “grand show with a ton of participation,” according to Executive Director Lori Severson. The show was larger this year with 262 attendees from 99 campgrounds, and Severson reported that many extended their stay to include the full five days. “We had many people that came for one and two days, but then we had a pretty good number that... Read more

RV Industry Key Backer of ‘Bids For Kids’ Event

March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Boys & Girls Club members enjoy camp program last summer Representing a night of RV industry-generated philanthropy, the Boys & Girls Club of Goshen in Elkhart County will hold its 14th Annual Bids for Kids Dinner & Auction May 3 at 5:30 p.m. at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind. The event has been increasingly flooded with attendees and supporters from across the RV industry, according to the club’s director of development and special events, Michilah Miller, who reported that... Read more

California Campground Honored for ‘Excellence’

February 28, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Santee Lakes rental offerings sit on the water Nestled in the mountains about 20 minutes outside of San Diego, Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve & Campground in Santee, Calif., recently received the 2013 Large Park of the Year and Plan It Green awards from the National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) for excellence in business and environmentally conscious practices. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that the 190-acre property includes seven stocked lakes, 300 full-hookup... Read more

Award-Winning Tenn. Campground Finds Niche

December 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Big Meadow Family Campground Nestled in the Great Smoky Mountains in the sleepy one-traffic-light town of Townsend, Tenn., lies a quiet, tidy 14-acre property owned and operated by Malcolm and Barbara Johnson and their son Greg Johnson. This is Big Meadow Family Campground, the newest winner of the Small Park of the Year award from the National Association of RV Parks and ampgrounds (ARVC). According to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, Big Meadow is actually part campground and... Read more

RVIC Meeting, Tour Spotlights Legislative Issues

September 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark Bowersox, IMHA-RVIC executive director The Indiana Manufactured Housing Association-Recreation Vehicle Indiana Council’s (IMHA-RVIC) annual Fall Campground Meeting & Tour at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Camp-Resort at Barton Lake in Fremont, Ind., Sept. 24 included a keynote address on best practices and ways to increase ancillary income by Kelly Jones, director of franchisee development for Leisure Systems Inc. (LSI). LSI, headquartered in Milford, Ohio, a Cincinnati suburb, markets the Jellystone... Read more

Florida Dealer Clipped at Holiday Club’s Rally

May 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Cancer survivor Doris Williams with Brett Howard sporting a new hairstyle Yesterday at the May 16-20 Holiday Rambler RV Club’s (HRRVC) 49th International Rally, which attracted about 300 member units to the Elkhart County Fairgrounds in Goshen, Ind., attendees enjoyed the spectacle of a spontaneous and unusual sacrifice in the name of charity. The normal fare of rally events were ongoing, including RV sales displays, craft bazaars, tours to local attractions, informational seminars and a performance... Read more

Bids for Kids Charity Event Deemed a Success

May 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2013 Bids for Kids drew a large crowd Saturday’s (May 4) 2013 “Bids for Kids” charity dinner and auction benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., was reportedly a huge success, largely due to local RV industry supporters. Boys & Girls Club Director of Resource Development & Stewardship Michilah Miller said the local RV industry’s participation has made all the difference in bringing “Bids for Kids” to a new level in recent years. She said Jason... Read more

Goshen Boys & Girls Club Event Set for May 4

May 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Participants at last year's Boys & Girls Club auction The Boys & Girls Club of Goshen, Ind., will hold its 13th annual “Bids for Kids” dinner and auction fundraiser Saturday night (May 4) at the RV/MH Hall of Fame and Museum in Elkhart. According to a press release, attendance and donations have increased in recent years due to expanded participation among local RV-related companies, with this year’s head count expected to be around 500. Michilah Miller, Boys & Girls... Read more

Revamped ‘KOA Care Camp’ Set for May 10-11

April 4, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

After almost 20 years and $5 million donated to camping for children with cancer, KOA’s Care Camps program executives have decided it’s time to take it up a notch. As reported by Woodall’s Campground Management, Care Camps board member Wade Elliott said a marketing company was invited to the February board meeting for discussions about “further refining and defining ourselves, and helping us find where we should be.” That entails setting new goals and “re-energizing” the whole... Read more

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