Park Model Builders Broaden Their Market

February 17, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Cavco Industries park model With 67 RV sites, cottonwood trees, rock climbing walls and a three-acre fishing lake stocked with trout and catfish, Rancho Jurupa Park in Riverside, Calif., lives up to its billing as “a perfect setting for a quick escape from the city.” Operated by the Riverside County Regional Park & Open Space District, it’s also one of a growing number of government-run parks investing in park models as rental accommodations. “We did a feasibility study and a master plan,... Read more

ARVC Convention Included Profaizer Tribute

December 9, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) drew 629 campground operators, industry officials and vendors from across North America to its annual Insites Convention & Tradeshow, Dec. 1-4 at the Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas — an event that featured several tributes to outgoing ARVC President and CEO Linda Profaizer as well as a public introduction of Paul Bambei, a marketing and business development expert and former Comcast executive who will replace Profaizer... Read more

ARVC Chairman Berg Speaks at TACO Confab

May 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is considering changing some of the duties of association and CEO after the current president and CEO, Linda Profaizer, retires at the end of this year. “Our current president and CEO has vast responsibilities and we may consider some realignment of duties going forward,” said ARVC Chairman David L. Berg. “We are looking at all staff positions and responsibilities within the organization and may restructure some positions.” Berg... Read more

TACO Seeks RV Friendly Status in Texas Cities

May 17, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Nearly 200 people representing 70 private parks and 40 vendors are meeting in Kerrville, Texas, this week for the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) annual spring meeting and tradeshow. The May 16-18 event, held at Guadalupe River RV Resort, included a legislative update on Sunday, during which TACO Executive Director and CEO Brian Schaeffer and legislative consultant Ron Hinkle told park owners that the association is working with several cities across the Lone Star State to pass RV friendly... Read more

U.S. Campground Evolution: More ‘Cabins’

May 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Shane Ott, Thor Industries Inc. Before joining Thor Industries Inc. as its director of campground relations last year, Shane Ott spent 23 years with Billings, Mont.-based Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), working his way up to president and COO of the company. But during an address to private park operators attending the ReV up in Reno convention and tradeshow in Sparks, Nev. last month, Ott said the multi-week, long-haul family vacations that many of us grew up with are a thing of the past. And... Read more

TengoInternet Expands Role in RV Park Industry

December 11, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

A major consolidation of the wireless Internet or Wi-Fi business has taken place this month with TengoInternet Inc. announcing that it has acquired NomadISP, its former Wi-Fi rival in the outdoor hospitality industry. The acquisition combines NomadISP’s 300 plus campground customers with TengoInternet’s 450 private park customers, making TengoInternet the largest high-speed Wi-Fi service provider in the private park sector. “I think the acquisition is going to work out very well,” said Kelly... Read more

ARVC Speakers Urge Parks to Step Up Marketing

November 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

While there was plenty of good news to share this week at the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) InSites Convention and Outdoor Hospitality Expo in Orlando, Fla., several InSites speakers told park operators they will need to step up their marketing and customer survey efforts if they want to remain competitive and continue to build their businesses in the months and years ahead. They also need to find ways to maximize and improve guest satisfaction. “I think the industry outlook... Read more

RVIA’s Coon Addresses ARVC’s Park Membership

November 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The RV industry has had a very tough couple of year, but even in the RV industry there are signs of a turnaround, Richard Coon, president of the Reston, Va.-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), said at this week’s InSites Convention in Orlando, Fla., sponsored by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC). In his remarks to InSites attendees, Coon said 30 of 105 RV manufacturers have gone out of business during the current recession. On the other hand, 15 new... Read more

Park Model OEMs Look Ahead for Brighter Future

June 19, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Like other RV manufacturers, recreational park trailer builders have been hard hit by the recession, with unit shipments being roughly half of what they were in 2006, when a record number of 10,100 shipments were recorded. “I think the market is starting to improve. We’ve seen some movement in the marketplace. And a few manufactures even report having a small backlog, which is something that we haven’t experienced in the past year,” Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational... Read more

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