G & G Media Group LLC has purchased Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM), a trade journal billed as the monthly “voice of the North American campground business,” from Lincolnshire, Ill.-based Good Sam Enterprises LLC.
G & G, a 15-month-old firm located in the RV-building hub of Elkhart, Ind., currently publishes RVBusiness (RVB) magazine and RVBUSINESS.com, the recreational vehicle industry’s anchor website. G & G is co-owned by Publisher Sherman Goldenberg and Vice President of National Ad Sales Beverly Gardner.
Gardner also operates Beverly Gardner & Associates, an independent publisher’s rep firm that has represented WCM in advertising sales for more than 34 years.
“We can’t imagine anything we’d rather do than continue our affiliation with the RV park and campground sector through the operation of Woodall’s Campground Management,” said Gardner. “Our firm has built relationships in this business over the years that are, quite frankly, irreplaceable, and we look forward to extending that role as owners of WCM.”
The sale was finalized July 1, and G & G’s first issue is September.
“Given the synergies of these two business sectors, it made a lot of sense for us to pursue this acquisition,” added Goldenberg, who previously served as publisher for both RVB and WCM as a vice president for Affinity Group Inc., predecessor to Good Sam. “We can foresee both publications — and websites — benefiting from the melding of these two titles.”
Plans are in the works for upgrades to WCM’s print and Internet formats, according to G & G, which also plans to retain the services of veteran journalist Steve Bibler as the monthly’s editor.
Woodall Publications Corp., dating back to 1935, added Campground Management to its growing list of publications serving the RV park and campground business in 1976. In 1995, suburban Chicago-based Woodall was sold to Southern California’s Affinity Group Inc., now Good Sam, an affiliate of Camping World Inc. and publisher of Trailer Life, MotorHome, Highways and Coast magazines as well as the Good Sam RV Travel Guide & Campground Directory.
G & G Media is co-located with Beverly Gardner & Associates at 2901 E. Bristol St., Elkhart, IN 46514. Phone: (574) 266-7980. Website: Woodallscm.com.
“Get ready for likely issues to arise in various localities and states in response to RVIA’s recent change to allow fifth-wheel trailers to be up to 430 square feet in the set-up mode,” writes campground consultant David Gorin in a forthcoming column for Woodall’s Campground Management, a sister publication to RVBusiness.
The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) board acted on March 27 and issued a Standard News Bulletin on April 3.
The RVIA board action, Gorin writes, stated, “Effective immediately, in order for a fifth-wheel trailer to be recognized as a recreation vehicle for RVIA membership purposes, it may not exceed 430 square feet in the setup mode.”
The bulletin goes on to caution, Gorin notes, that the U.S. Dept of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) may consider fifth-wheel trailers larger than 400 square feet to be manufactured housing. ”The bulletin also notes that there may be as many as 16 states that by statute may limit the maximum size of fifth- wheels to 400 square feet,” he stated.
“Finally and most importantly for RV park and campground owners,” Gorin stated, “the bulletin notes that ‘state and local code enforcement officials may take the position that recreation vehicles over 400 square feet in the set-up mode are manufactured homes as defined by HUD. (RVIA) Members are encouraged to work with the states to determine if fifth-wheels over 400 square feet will be considered recreation vehicles and permitted.”
Gorin, who is a consultant to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), said ARVC had opposed the change in the allowable size of fifth-wheel ”for just the reasons cited in the RVIA bulletin – the likelihood of confusion and new regulations on the state and local levels. This move by RV manufacturers could create considerable havoc for many existing RV parks and campgrounds and especially for those needing various approvals for expansion or for the construction of new parks.”