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Sun Communities Plans Growth in RV Portfolio

October 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

RV properties helped drive revenue growth for Sun Communities Inc. during the third fiscal quarter, and the company plans to keep growing its portfolio of RV parks. “The RV industry has had momentum over the last six years. It’s a great time for the RV industry and we are seeing the benefits,” said Chairman and CEO Gary Shiffman told investors today (Oct. 27) in a conference call after the Southfield, Mich., company announced its quarterly financial results. He added that transient... Read more

KOA’s Daytona Convention Nears Starting Line

October 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kampgrounds of America (KOA) franchisees have had, by and large, a banner year. And while the fall camping season is here, KOA owners won’t be letting up on the gas until after the race-themed 2015 KOA Convention & Expo in Daytona Beach, Fla. The event’s racing theme — “On the Right Track — will be carried throughout the event, which runs Nov. 16-19. Woodall’s Campground Management reported that KOA will start off big, with an opening reception at the famous Daytona International... Read more

ARVC Focus at OHCE Is Education, Networking

October 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

This year’s expo will be even bigger than last year’s When members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) gather at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., Nov. 3-6, may encounter their best Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE) yet. According to Woodall’s Campground Management, this year’s conference will feature more in-depth and focused education included with registration, a robust trade show and, of course, a chance to get together, share... Read more

ARVC: Combined Efforts Benefit All RV Sectors

October 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Jennifer Schwartz, Barb Youmans and Paul Bambei pause at ARVC headquarters. Nestled among professional office buildings in the south Denver suburb of Centennial, Colo., sits the main office of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), a trade organization dedicated to the overall wellbeing of some 3,000 private U.S. park operators. Led by Paul Bambei, the organization’s president and CEO, ARVC’s nine staff members have a wide variety of responsibilities but one focus: “Everything... Read more

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

April 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

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

Stag-Parkway Show Details NTP Merger Impact

January 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The Stag-Parkway “Driving Success” show officially kicked off Tuesday (Jan. 20), offering the gathered dealers and suppliers the first public discussion about the future of the newly joined NTP-STAG – the merger of the two largest RV aftermarket parts and accessories suppliers cemented last October by NTP parent Keystone Automotive Operations Inc. (see related story). “We’re planning for a big year,” said Keystone Automotive Vice President Joe Santangelo, who heads up NTP-STAG, in the... Read more

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