Patrick, Drew CEOs Offer Similar Industry Views

August 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When Elkhart, Ind.-based competitors Drew Industries Inc. and Patrick Industries Inc., both major suppliers to RV manufacturers, discussed their quarterly results with investors, a lot of similar themes emerged. Jason Lippert, CEO of Drew Industries, voiced optimism for the RV industry during his earnings conference call with investors Aug. 4. “As we look forward to the coming quarters we see many green lights, one of them being solid double-digit growth in retail RV sales for the first five... Read more

WCM: Campground Electrical Needs are Growing

May 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Wade Elliott As campers bring more and more electronics with them — whether in tents or in RVs — and as RV designs allow campers to bring more of the comforts of home to campgrounds, the need for reliable electrical service today has grown into a business imperative. “I’m of the belief that having your park with a solid infrastructure can differentiate you from your competitor,” Wade Elliott, president of Kingston, Wash.-based Utility Supply Group, told Woodall’s Campground Management.... Read more

Industry’s Potential Touted at Power Breakfast

May 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA CEO Jim Rogers When the RV industry gathered this morning (May 14) in Elkhart, Ind. at the RV/MH Hall of Fame for the 3rd Annual Power Breakfast, a trio of speakers representing the manufacturing, finance and campground sectors helped illustrate just how far-reaching the optimism is surrounding the RV market’s future. “We’re having fun and we’re providing fun,” said Doug Gaeddert, general manager at Forest River Inc. Gaeddert marveled at the fact that over the last year, the industry... Read more

Awards, Politics Dominate TACO Spring Meeting

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CEO Brian Schaeffer (left) and TACO Board President Don Temple (right) present Lydia and Ken Butschek of La Hacienda RV Resort with TACO’s “Large RV Park of the Year” award for 2015. The Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) 2015 Spring Meeting and Trade Show is under way in Kerrville, Texas, with 150 campground owners and operators joining 40 vendors for the annual event. The event is split between TACO Board President Don Temple’s Guadalupe River RV Resort and The Inn of the Hills... Read more

ELS Enjoys Strong Growth from RV Portfolio

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During an earnings call Tuesday (April 21) to discuss Equity LifeStyle Properties Inc.’s (ELS) first-quarter earnings, Marguerite Nader, president and CEO of the Chicago-based real estate investment trust (REIT) offered details on the company’s growth. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that the biggest reason for the company’s core earnings growth of 6%, she said, is “first and foremost, we own quality real estate locations. Our properties have attractive natural... Read more

ARVC Wraps Up Successful Committee Week

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) wrapped its Committee Week and spring board meeting last week, putting the finishing touches on a new strategic plan and deciding to keep the board’s structure as it is. “The board meeting went great,” said Paul Bambei, president and CEO of ARVC, based in Centennial, Colo. “One of the things we all worked on in common was the 2015-17 Strategic Plan,” Bambei told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister... Read more

‘TACO Show’ Offering Information, Inspiration

April 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The pace hasn’t slowed for registrations for the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) Spring Show, said Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the organization. “Reservations are coming in fast,” he told Woodall’s Campground Management, sister publication to RVBusiness. In fact, TACO expects this show, April 26-28 in Kerrville, to set an attendance record. Of course, the fifth year of the Texas RV Park Awards of Excellence is a highlight of the show, with awards... Read more

51st ‘Northeast Conference on Camping’ Wraps

March 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

When hundreds of campground owners and operators gathered in Nashua, N.H., March 19-21 for the 51st Northeast Conference on Camping, there was a lot of anticipation for the coming summer camping season. There was also a little apprehension about whether the snow would melt in time for many campgrounds across the 11-state region from Maine to Maryland to open as planned, with a little more snow falling during the last two days of the three-day event. Still, compared to the snows that plagued much... Read more

Rental Accommodations in Parks Spur Growth

February 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Yurts have become a popular rental option at parks There’s a good business case to be made for growth in the outdoor hospitality market in general, and by all accounts one key to that growth is an expanding mix of rental accommodations that bring new guests into campgrounds and RV parks across North America. According to a report by Woodall’s Campground Management, it’s one of the reasons, in the opinion of Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO of Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA), that some major... Read more

NTP Expo Opens; Expecting Record Showing

February 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

NTP-STAG’s 2015 “The Expo” opens today (Feb. 3) in Las Vegas, the second year in a row NTP Distribution Inc. has convened its annual RV dealer event at the Venetian Hotel and Casino and the adjoining Sands Convention Center. It’s also the second show in two weeks for NTP-STAG, a curious coincidence that predated the merger of the two largest distributors in the RV aftermarket space with the acquisition of Stag-Parkway Inc. by NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. The exhibitor... Read more

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