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 ...

Park Industry Could Use Some Real New Product 1

Just about every industry, product or service I can think of, from the mundane like breakfast cereals to the most sophisticated technology products like mobile phones and tablet computers, go through regular innovation and new product introductions from brand new products to a “new and improved” version of their reliable long term products. The RV ...

Go RVing and Go Camping America

A little history… In the beginning there was Go Camping America, a joint venture of the (then) National Campground Owners Association (NCOA), the RV Industry Association and the RV Dealers Association. The name Go Camping America and the original GCA logo were developed by KOA and given to NCOA sometime in the mid-1980s. The objective ...

Park Models for Short Term Visits

I recently had the occasion to spend a night in a park model cabin at an excellent RV park. Really nice place and a really nice cabin. While talking with the park manager, I asked about the average length of stay in the cabins. About 3 days, he responded. I generally find park model cabins ...

Superior Quality Park designation from ARVC needs more industry discussion

The RV park industry is very competitive and awarding competitive designations  like “Superior Quality Park” should not be done lightly. Thumbing through the recently distributed ARVC Member Handbook I came across an interesting logo that caught my attention – “Superior Quality Park” (SQP) in the shape of a seal with 5 gold stars in the ...