THE BUZZ: Wisconsin Parks Win Liability Law

April 15, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

Pictured with Gov. Scott Walker are: Jason Culotta, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce senior director of government relations; Devin LeMahieu, representing Sen. Frank Lasee; Lori Severson, Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners executive director; James Button, Evergreen Campsites & Resort owner; Bert Davis, Badgerland Campground owner; State Rep. Joel Kitchens; Adam Malsack, Lake Arrowhead Campground owner; and Bud Styer, Smokey Hollow Campground owner When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker... Read more

NE Camping Conference Offers Upbeat Outlook

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The 2016 Northeast Conference on Camping by the Northeast Campground Association (NCA) is in full swing at the Radisson Hotel Nashua in Nashua, N.H. The conference opened Thursday morning (March 17) and continues today before wrapping up Saturday evening. At the opening Thursday, leaders of the nine state associations that are part of NCA reported that while each has concerns over individual state issues, people continue to enjoy camping. NCA includes 11 states, but Delaware and Rhode Island don’t... Read more

Trend: Rental Options For RV Parks Expanding

February 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

As RV park and campground operators expand their facilities and lodging options, the potential market for guests continues to grow as well, and an increasingly diverse slate of rental-lodging options can help provide a “wow” factor to draw new guests. As reported by Woodall’s Campground Management, an increasing number of RV parks and campgrounds are eyeing the “resort” level of guest — everyone from buy-in luxury motorcoach resorts to Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts to Kampgrounds of... Read more

Q&A: Cavco’s Gage Details Park Model Growth

February 15, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Tim Gage (left) talks with Mike Atkinson of the Mount Rushmore KOA in a Cavco park model RV Editor’s Note: The following is a Q&A conducted by RVBusiness Midwest Editor Justin Leighty and Publisher Sherman Goldenberg with Tim Gage, national vice president of park models and cabins for Cavco Industries Inc. To view the full article click here. In 2015 Cavco Industries Inc. made some big moves to expand its already solid position as a key leader in the park model RV market as well as... Read more

ELS: RV Reservations Continue to Grow in 2016

January 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Equity Lifestyle Properties Inc. (ELS) President and CEO Marguerite Nader said in an earnings conference call this morning (Jan. 26) that the company’s solid performance is the result of increasing the strength of the company’s operations. “Our key demographic, the Baby Boomer generation, is turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day and we’re positioned to meet their needs,” she said. “We own great real estate locations with a strong demographic trend.” The Chicago-based real-estate... Read more

KOA CEO Hittmeier Talks About Chain’s Growth

January 21, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The network of parks in the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) system of franchisee-operated and company-owned parks had a huge year in 2015. Not only were revenues up for an impressive 92% of KOA parks, the number of parks grew, edging closer to the 500 mark. In fact, at year’s end, KOA reported that there were 490 parks in the system across North America — 29 of them owned by Billings, Mon.-based KOA. “Things are good,” KOA President Pat Hittmeier told a crowd of more than 700 owners and... Read more

KOA Rolls Out New ‘PowerParasol’ at Ariz. Park

December 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Tucson/Lazydays KOA Power Parasol (photo courtesy of KOA) Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) rolled out a powerful new shade in Arizona at the Tucson/Lazydays KOA, bringing something new to the North American camping market. After a soft opening in early November, KOA’s officially cutting the ribbon today (Dec. 9) on the PowerParasol, a towering structure that not only provides some shade but also cranks out electricity. “It’s pretty dramatic,” KOA President Pat Hittmeier told Woodall’s... Read more

KOA’s Hittmeier Delivers Good News in Daytona

November 17, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

KOA President Pat Hittmeier The Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) 2015 Convention kicked into gear this morning (Nov. 17) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. “Things are good. I’m here this morning to celebrate our accomplishments,” President Pat Hittmeier told the crowd of 700 people. “This is the best year KOA’s ever had in my 34 years of being with KOA.” So far in 2015, short-term occupancy — which accounts for 80% of the business at the 499 KOAs — is... Read more

ARVC Conference is Underway in Daytona Beach

November 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After two days of preconference meetings for state leaders and members of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) Foundation, the 2015 ARVC Outdoor Hospitality Conference and Expo (OHCE) kicks into full gear for members starting today (Nov. 3) at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. The OHCE started with leadership training and educational seminars, followed by the opening luncheon, featuring speaker Lee Silber. Silber is a surf-shop owner, bestselling author of 21 books and... Read more

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

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