Industry InSites July 2014

Competition Heats Up Over the years, independent park owners that comprised much of the industry prided themselves on their openness and willingness to share information and experiences with other owners or new comers. This spirit of cooperation was a hallmark of the industry for many years. A rising tide – better operated campgrounds – would ...

Industry InSites

The other morning Marcus Lamonis joined me for my morning cup of coffee. Not literally, but with Matt Lauer of NBC’s Today show, there was Mr. Lamonis (ML) chatting with Matt and interviewing 2 small business owners both looking for capital to help build their businesses. Business 1 was a couple with a new barbeque ...

Industry InSites

As I write this column on February 10th, we’re slightly more than halfway through the winter. And a tough winter’s it’s been certainly for the middle and northern tiers of the country. For the southern tier across California, Arizona, Texas and Florida it’s been pretty good – not great but way more better than up ...

Build New vs. Buy Old

For some time, I’ve been on my soap box talking about the need for new product in the campground and RV park business. Why are there so few new parks being built? What’s the attraction to buying older parks and trying to modernize them to meet today’s consumer desires? Well, the last two weeks or ...

Campground Management Myths Debunked – Part 2

Last month’s column featured 5 popular campground management myths and this month we continue that conversation with 5 other myths that seem to be particularly popular these days.  And once again, my thanks to colleague Evanne Schmarder for sharing some of her campground management myths. As always, reader contributions are encouraged.  Are there other campground ...

RV Park Industry Trends – 2013 in Review

David Gorin produces an annual assessment of business trends impacting the park industry. He shared his 2013 findings at the Campground Owners of New York (CONY) annual Exposition at his seminar, “Trends to Watch in the Park Business: Where the Business is Headed.”  

People of the Park Business: An Interview with Mark Douglass

People Who Make Things Happen in the Park Business The plan is to each month share the thoughts, ideas and wisdom of people who influence RVers, manufacturers, RV dealers, park owners and others with active interests in the park business. I hope you find these interviews interesting and invite your feedback and suggestions to improve ...

RV Park and Campground Management Myths Debunked

After many years (maybe too many) in the park industry there seem to be some popular beliefs held by park owners. I recently spent some time talking with Evanne Schmarder, a full time RVer, host of the RV Cooking Show, co-author of Unconventional Wisdom Works and the instructor of the Digital Workshop and digital marketing ...

Good Sam faces competition from new RVer club AmeriGO

This This Should Be Interesting……and Exciting In this corner…a newcomer with a highly touted team backing it up – it’s AmeriGO RV Club. In the other corner…the time tested and unbeaten champion – The Good Sam Club. In case you missed the announcement on September 16th, the former executive management team of the Affinity Group ...

Work Campers: are we complicating our park owner lives?

This question popped on a Linked In discussion group recently: Here is our scenario: We have “unpaid” part time workers who are provided expense allowance stipends up to $1,200 per month. They receive free lot rent, housing, cable TV, all utilities, and are reimbursed for gasoline expense. They purchase supplies and materials with corporate credit ...
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