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Slideshow: Pismo Village Hosts Vintage RV Rally

May 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Vintage RV collectors and enthusiasts from California and across North America recently gathered at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort for the park’s 11th annual Vintage Trailer Rally. (To view a slideshow scroll to the right side of the RVBUSINESS.com home page. Photos provided by Jeff Crider.) The event featured more than 300 vintage RVs, including four Bowlus “Road Chief” travel trailers from the 1930s, which in itself was significant considering there are only 27 known Bowlus trailers from... Read more

‘TACO’ Meeting Reviews Taxes, School Openings

April 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Texas Rep. Matt Krause addresses TACO members with Ron Hinkle, TACO’s legislative consultan Republican Texas State Rep. Matt Krause listened to the concerns of campground owners and industry officials Sunday (April 22) about rocketing property taxes, early school start dates and the harmful reduction in state tourism marketing as the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) kicked off its annual Spring Meeting and Tradeshow. The three-day meeting at the Lake Conroe/Houston North KOA in... Read more

CalARVC Event Addresses Disaster Preparation

March 1, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Robert Rolle (in blue jacket) helping a park guest pretending to be injured during a simulated hazardous materials spill at CalARVC’s Emergency Planning day About 75 campground and RV park operators gathered at Pechanga Resort & Casino and Pechanga RV Resort in Temecula, Calif., Wednesday (Feb. 28) to learn how to better prepare themselves for disasters and to identify suspicious activities at their parks. The training sessions, all part of CalARVC’s Spring RV Park Day event, included briefings... Read more

CalARVC’s ‘Software Education Day’ a Success

February 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 100 attendees participated in CalARVC’s Software Education Day Tuesday (Feb. 27) at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, billed as the largest and most in-depth event of its kind to showcase the reservation and management tools available to the campground industry. Six of the nation’s top campground reservation and front desk management service providers spent the day showcasing the capabilities of their systems as well as the training they provide for front desk... Read more

CalARVC Software Education Day Opens Today

February 27, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Nearly 100 park operators from California, Arizona and California are gathering in Temecula, Calif., today (Feb. 27) to attend CalARVC’s Software Education Day. The daylong event, representing the largest software education event to date in the campground industry, is taking place at the Pechanga Resort & Casino. “We still have people signing and more could show up today,” said Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC), which... Read more

CalRVDA Members are Briefed on ‘Lemon Laws’

February 26, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

There are many legal strategies for dealing with Lemon Law disputes, but the best way to preempt such claims is to simply to keep your customers happy. “Happy customers don’t sue. Do what you can to keep the customer happy. Treat them well,” Amanda Heitz, an associate attorney with Minneapolis, Minn.-based Bowman and Brooke LLP, one of the nation’s top law firms specializing in product liability disputes, told dealers at last week’s (Feb. 22) California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s... Read more

CalRVDA Meeting Lauds Growth, Tackles Issues

February 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Recreational vehicle dealers accounting for about 70% of California’s RV sales attended the California Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association’s (CalRVDA) annual meeting in late February to discuss the industry’s continuing surge as well as a potential ballot initiative to repeal controversial gas and vehicle taxes that took effect late last year under SB-1. The Feb. 22 meeting, held at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage, attracted more than 70 dealers, including top... Read more

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 · Comments Off on More Snowbirds are Heading off the Beaten Path 

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 · Comments Off on As Industry Rolls, Used RVs Seeing Strong Sales 

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

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