The RV Learning Center is sponsoring a webinar Thursday (Jan. 31) at noon EST for dealers interested in “going green” and learning the latest trends, techniques and safety concerns associated with reuse and recycling around the dealership. The January 31 webinar is free and dealers can sign up here.
Recycling products and parts used around the dealership whenever possible is important, but there are limits dealers need to know. The process comes with its own set of rules and regulations. In this webinar dealers will learn the proper ways to recycle the follow products: used oil, antifreeze, gasoline, parts washers, wheel weights and fluorescent lamps.
The webinar is produced by KPA, a Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association (RVDA) associate member, and will be led by Hannah Crawford, formerly of the Florida Department of Environmental protection and now part of the KPA team. She has 10 years of experience working for the state of Florida in various capacities and has extensive experience as a hazardous waste inspector.
If you are unable to attend the webinar at this time, register here and you will be sent a link to a recording of the webinar along with the presentation slides.
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The following is a report by Beth J. Harpaz, AP travel editor examining the amenitites and types of facilities, in lieu of a tent, offered at modern-day campgrounds.
These days, camping isn’t just pitching a tent in the wilderness on a long hike, or stopping at a campground far from home on a road trip.
Instead, for many leisure travelers, camping nowadays may involve driving just a few miles from home to spend the night in a cabin with a roof, bathroom, beds and electricity, or taking the kids to a place that offers activities and entertainment like scavenger hunts or sports competitions.
Jolene Baxman organizes an annual two-night trip for a dozen mothers and their kids to a Kampgrounds of America facility in Petaluma, Calif., a mere 5 miles from where she lives. But they don’t pitch tents. They rent a lodge with a bathroom, indoor shower, kitchenette, microwave, barbecue grill, and, of course, beds. The moms take turns relaxing and making meals; the kids swim and bike. At night, they sing around a campfire and toast marshmallows.
“It’s not far from our homes but it feels like we’re camping,” Baxman said. “We’re out in the woods; it’s very beautiful — lush trees and you don’t hear any cars around. We’re not in a tent, but it’s camping to us.”
More than half of those staying with Kampgrounds of America say they were at home the night before arriving at the campground, according to KOA CEO Jim Rogers. That’s a 25 percent increase over seven years.
Rogers says work demands, kids’ schedules, high gas prices and other concerns are all contributing to the trend. “They just want to stay within reach and go away for shorter time periods,” he said.
Rogers also said KOAs have seen a 25 percent increase in the use of roofed accommodations at their campgrounds. “It’s attracting a whole new breed of campers, people we haven’t seen before,” he said.
In Ohio, the Lazy River at Granville campground, 25 miles from Columbus, offers activities and entertainment ranging from a zipline to magic shows to arts and crafts. For those who bring laptops and TV sets, there is wireless Internet and cable service. One of the most popular attractions at Lazy River is the “bug lady,” a local woman who takes visitors on a walk in the woods, where she points out bugs. “She’s the Pied Piper of bugs,” said Mark Kasper, owner of Lazy River. “She just entrances her audience.”
Kasper observed that when he was young, “you’d go to the state park and watch a presentation with a ranger and a movie. Now it’s different. We try to have everything the modern-day person wants, and yet you’re away from the city.”
Jeff Crider, spokesman for the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, says “more and more campgrounds across the country are offering organized activities that could range from nature walks to special themed weekend events like holiday events or Father’s Day events. You can still find plenty of campgrounds that offer a natural setting and a nice environment for kayaking, fishing, or river tubing, but what the parks are finding is that more and more families want things to do. And fun activities are a way to get kids away from computers and iPods and do something as a family.”
In addition, campgrounds that offer these types of activities find that people will stay longer — three or four days instead of just a weekend.
Crider said accommodations are also changing. Campgrounds are investing in everything from yurts and furnished teepees to cottages and cabins. A KOA in Herkimer, N.Y., just opened three furnished cabins for rent that are powered by solar panels, with a backup propane generator.
“If they can provide rental accommodations, then they can make camping accessible to everyone. It isn’t just people who like to rough it in a tent or who have an RV,” Crider said. Click here to read more.