Campground owners and operators in North Carolina now have another state association vying for their attention.
The North Carolina Camping & RV Association (NCCRVA) was formed this spring by Charlene Barbour, former executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CARVC).
CARVC ended its relationship with Barbour and her Garner, N.C.-based Management Concepts on April 30.
CARVC President Dana Gabriel told Woodall’s Campground Management that as of the first of August, she was not aware of any CARVC members who had “jumped ship” and joined NCCRVA.
“We want to take the high ground on this. But there is nothing of value there,” she said of joining the new association. “I don’t view them as a threat. It is nothing but a reflex action of the CARVC board finding a new management company.”
Barbour, who did not return repeated calls from WCM for comment for this story, had been on probation with CARVC since February, Gabriel noted. “This had been brewing for a long, long time,” she said.
Since the fallout, CARVC has hired Queen Communications of Columbia S.C., to manage all its business affairs.
Owner Garry Queen told WCM, “I don’t know what all happened. There was some animosity. I don’t know what started it. I just know we’re picking up the pieces and we’re moving forward. We have a good game plan out there.”
Gabriel said CARVC is very pleased with Queen’s professionalism and looks forward to growing under his guidance.
Formed in 1989, Queen Communications manages 10 state, regional and national associations. Queen said CARVC’s 104 members constitute just 20% of the privately owned campgrounds in the Carolinas. He aims to improve on that market penetration.
“It’s just reaching out to the campgrounds and making them aware of what’s available through membership in CARVC. They can actually make money by joining through the national association (ARVC),” he said.
Conversely, NCCRVA makes it clear in its website that affiliation with ARVC is not part of its business plan. NCCRVA states on its website, “Membership in NCCRVA does NOT require membership in any national organization and no membership in any national organization is included in NCCRVA membership. NCCRVA is a stand-alone association that specifically supports camping and RVing in North Carolina.”
“Join us as we re-claim the camping and RV industry in NC! NCCRVA’s mission is to bring together all those in NC that support Camping and RV’ing – parks, suppliers and consumers alike.”