Imler Pioneered California’s Campground Industry

December 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

John Imler John Imler, a pioneer in California’s private campground and RV park business who helped shape state laws governing RV parks and wrote some of the most widely read books on campground design and campground management, passed away Dec. 5 in his Sacramento home surrounded by family members. He was 84. “Whether he was offering advice on how to design and manage campgrounds and RV parks or shaping laws that govern private parks, John Imler had a profound impact on the private campground... Read more

LSI’s Symposium Highlights Jellystone’s Growth

November 14, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Leisure Systems Vice President of Operations Jim Westover speaks during his annual report to Jellystone Park franchise owners Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp-Resort operators from across the U.S. and Canada came together last week (Nov. 6-9) as they celebrated another year of record growth, as well as increased franchise industry and consumer recognition during the annual Leisure System’s Symposium. “We have a lot of good indicators going for us,” Jim Westover, vice president of operations... Read more

Number of B.C. Campsites Down 8.5% In 6 Years

November 4, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

For several years until the real estate market imploded in 2008, a number of RV parks in America’s hottest real estate markets disappeared as developers offered park owners prices they couldn’t refuse and converted their land into housing developments, shopping malls and industrial parks. Now the same thing is happening in British Columbia, which has lost 50 campgrounds with 2,585 campsites during the past six years, Joss Penny, executive director of the British Columbia Lodging and Campgrounds... Read more

More Snowbirds are Heading off the Beaten Path

March 30, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

The Phoenix and Tucson areas are loaded with RV parks and resorts that cater to snowbirds with organized activities and special events to keep them entertained throughout the winter season. But venture out into some of the more remote areas of the Grand Canyon State and you’ll find people like 68-year-old Ted Werner of Connecticut, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication of RVBusiness. Werner and his wife, Jan, are among a growing number of off-road vehicle... Read more

As Industry Rolls, Used RVs Seeing Strong Sales

March 22, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Ken Eckstein While this year is projected to be one of the strongest ever for sales of new RVs, sales of used towable and motorized units also appear to be at their highest levels in decades and are bringing scores of new buyers into the RV market, according to dealers and auction houses. “We’re seeing first-time buyers like we haven’t seen since the ’70s,” said Ken Eckstein, owner of Mount Comfort RV in Greenfield, Ind., just outside of Indianapolis. “The not-so-nice stuff... Read more

Ariz. Snowbirds Helping Build Habitat Houses

February 3, 2017 by · Comments Off on Ariz. Snowbirds Helping Build Habitat Houses 

Several Rincon Country West volunteers perpare to lift a wall section into place For 27 years, Gerry and Carolyn Keener have traveled across the U.S. and around the world building homes as Habitat for Humanity volunteers. These days, Gerry Keener leads a team of snowbirds from Rincon Country West RV Resort in Tucson, Ariz., who build houses that are sold to low-income area families that could never qualify for conventional financing. Families who purchase Habitat for Humanity homes have to draw a... Read more

‘Alliant Credit Union’ is Cashing in On RV Growth

December 5, 2016 by · Comments Off on ‘Alliant Credit Union’ is Cashing in On RV Growth 

Alliant Credit Union, one of the nation’s largest credit unions, is planning to sell off a portion of its $445 million RV portfolio to other financial institutions. “We see this as an additional opportunity to take advantage of high investor demand while also supporting our ongoing dealer partnerships. Right now, we’re bringing in about $14 million a month in RV loans,” said Mary McCarthy, an account executive for Alliant’s RV business, adding that she sees demand for RVs remaining... Read more

Ed Arienti Touting Newcoast at RVDA ‘Con/Expo’

November 9, 2016 by · Comments Off on Ed Arienti Touting Newcoast at RVDA ‘Con/Expo’ 

Ed Arienti Newcoast Financial Services LLC is intent on expanding its presence in the RV sector, meeting with dealers during this week’s RV Dealers International Convention and Expo in Las Vegas. In addition to providing dealers with F&I services, the Clearwater, Fla.-based company specializes in providing financing to consumers with good credit who have unique circumstances that may preclude them from getting financing through mainstream lenders. “We have a high degree of expertise... Read more

RVIA Award Casts Spotlight On ARVC’s Sims

March 9, 2016 by · Comments Off on RVIA Award Casts Spotlight On ARVC’s Sims 

RVIA President Frank Hugelmyer (from left), Jeff Sims and RVIA Chairman Derald Bontrager pose during the award presentation Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), was honored by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) during its annual meeting at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain, in Tucson, Ariz. Sims, who does the bulk of his work behind the scenes, earned RVIA’s National Legislative Award for his... Read more

RV Park Cuts the Cable; Opts for a Wi-Fi Hookup

October 30, 2015 by · Comments Off on RV Park Cuts the Cable; Opts for a Wi-Fi Hookup 

Sundermeier RV Park At the turn of the century, Carolyn Strong closed Sundermeier RV Park in St. Charles, Mo. and installed cable television lines to every RV site. But, according to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, if Strong were building a new park today, she wouldn’t bother to install cable television lines. Instead, she’d invest the money in a better Wi-Fi system. Why? Because technology changes, and Wi-Fi technology has evolved to the point where it can now deliver television... Read more

Campgrounds Discover Savings in Solar Power

April 18, 2014 by · Comments Off on Campgrounds Discover Savings in Solar Power 

Solar panels at Caliente Springs Resort With the solar panels installed next to Caliente Springs Resort in Desert Hot Springs, Calif., “We’re going to be generating a lot of electricity,” co-owner Timonthy Manthie told Woodall’s Campground Management. Indeed, about one megawatt of power each year. Conveniently located on top of subterranean hot springs, Caliente Springs never has to use natural gas or electricity to heat its five swimming pools and 13 hot spas. But the resort does have... Read more

Leisure Interactive Stays on the ‘Cutting Edge’

May 15, 2013 by · Comments Off on Leisure Interactive Stays on the ‘Cutting Edge’ 

One of the pioneers in providing real-time, online reservations for the campground industry, Leisure Interactive has been shaping the way campgrounds, RV parks and resorts process and manage their reservations since 2003. Originally founded as Friend Communications Inc., the company changed its name to Leisure Interactive three years ago following the redesign of its online reservations software into a cloud-based front desk management system called Hercules. The Orange, Calif.-based company... Read more

Brown & Brown Insurance Growing RV Portfolio

January 30, 2013 by · Comments Off on Brown & Brown Insurance Growing RV Portfolio 

Providing RV insurance to consumers and dealers has always been a specialized niche in the insurance business. But Brown & Brown Inc. of Columbia, Ky., is determined to position itself as a one of the nation’s leading providers of specialized insurance coverage for consumers and RV dealers through its Reed Brothers subsidiary. And it greatly enhanced its ability to serve the RV marketplace in December in acquiring Orlando, Fla.-based Gilbert RV Insurance, Inc. and RV America Insurance... Read more

Tight Credit Still Stifles RV/Campground Sales

November 13, 2012 by · Comments Off on Tight Credit Still Stifles RV/Campground Sales 

Russell Baehre hopes the campground real estate market will pick after this month’s presidential election. “I think after the election there will be a lot of people actively pursuing properties,” he said. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that Baehre, who has worked as a Kerrville, Texas-based campground real estate broker for over 25 years, said sales always slow down before a presidential election. And while the recession and tightening credit have slowed the pace of campground... Read more

Wi-Fi Service Rates as a Necessity at RV Parks

June 29, 2012 by · Comments Off on Wi-Fi Service Rates as a Necessity at RV Parks 

Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a story authored by Jeff Crider for Woodall’s Campground Management examining the demand for Wi-Fi service by modern-day campers. To read the entire article click here. Just over a decade ago, when private parks first began to invest in Wi-Fi systems, wireless Internet service was widely considered to be more of a luxury than a necessity. After all, there weren’t that many RVers traveling with laptop computers, and if parks offered Wi-Fi... Read more

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