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Promoting RV Travel & Camping in Texas

TACO

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WELCOME to the Outdoor Hospitality Industry pp. 2 & 3

DID YOU KNOW? p. 12 TEXAS LEGISLATURE UPDATE pp. 14 & 15 WELCOME NEW MEMBERS

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PLUS See our Trade Members on pp. 10 & 11


Welcome to the ever c exciting Outdoor Hospitali by: Rachel Godbout, Chief Operating Officer, Advanced Outdoor Solutions

Welcome to the exciting world of Outdoor Hospitality. Being a new park owner or d

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hen I entered the industry 20 years ago, it the wrong spots and utilities placed in locations that are too far from looked very different than it looks today. There the RV ports, or too close for slides to fully extend. Avoid this costly error by hiring a land planner familiar with were a few corporate developers, and there Outdoor Hospitality and save yourself costly errors that will indeed were a few REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) hinder the guest experience. in the space. No one was using the word, “Glamping,” though many of us were doing it. Technology was THINKING THROUGH OPERATIONS antiquated, and paper rate sheets were the norm. Recently, we met with a Glamping client with 500 acres. They In today’s space, much of this has changed. Advanced decided they did not want vehicles in the resort, so their plan was to Outdoor Solutions has been in existence for ten shuttle everyone to their site via UTV. Good plan? I reminded them they are 2.5 hours from a major city, and guests years, and since day one, we were committed to who get off work at 6 will not be arriving until 9-10 at night. My our tagline, “Thinking Outside the Tent.” Our question, “You plan to be owner/operators and you have no payroll desire is to assist owners and operators in getting year one. Who is going to shuttle them to their sites at 10 PM?” Their their parks to operate like hotels and like a business. reply, “Well not us, we have young children.” Here are a few of the tips we have learned along the way.

LAND PLANNING AND DESIGN Without exaggeration, we have reworked and redrawn at least twenty land plans this past year. Why? Mostly because developers of parks have used landscape architects or civil engineers unfamiliar with the industry. The sins are many and varied. Angles wrong, sites set up as blind back ins, and lengths too short or too long. Often widths are not correct, resulting in guests being too close for comfort, or density sacrificed to the detriment of revenue. We have found patio pads in

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See the problem? Operationally, you must think through the ifs, ands, and buts of the guest experience. Just last night at 10 PM my MOD (Manager on Duty) for AOS texted me because guests who booked a CATV site at one of our Colorado parks were without CATV. These calls, texts, or emails cannot be ignored. Who will reply at your park?

TECHNOLOGY One of the most important decisions you will make at your park is the purchase of your PMS (Property Management System), aka your reservation system. Do not skimp on this purchase, or it will cost you real dollars in the end.

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changing, ity Industry!

developing is both exciting, and daunting.

When I started 20 years ago, there were about three systems in the space. Two were one step above pen and paper, and 20 years later, they still exist and are still as antiquated. Other players have entered in the past 10 years, and they are bringing features we only dreamed about 20 years ago.

AT AOS, OUR PMS SYSTEMS MUST HAVE THESE THREE COMPONENTS: • The online booking system must be easy for guests to use, and easy for the park to edit reservations. • The system must make it easy for us to manage rate and revenue (dynamic pricing) and add things like MLOS (minimum or maximum length of stay,) stop sells, or CTA (Close To Arrivals). • The system must connect to all popular US OTA (Online Travel Agencies) such as Air BB, Expedia, Booking.com, Book Outdoors, and the like. When you are vetting a PMS system, make sure you look for these three items. Other important features are high end reporting, guest apps, automated check-in processes, and POS (Point of Sale) integrations for retail, food, and beverage. There are many more items for new owners, operators, and developers to consider. Things like sewer treatment and the options available, how to manage rate and revenue, ancillary revenue streams, staffing in these tough times, and the on-site guest experience. These are all key components to opening a park that meets the guests’ expectations and your goal of a solid ROI. H

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TACO Officers & Directors Regional Directors REGION 1 OPEN REGION 2 Ken Hinz Traders Village Grand Prairie, TX REGION 3, PRESIDENT Randall Dally Rayburn RV Hideout Brookeland, TX REGION 4 Charlie Bates Parkview Riverside RV Park Rio Frio, TX REGION 5, TREASURER Gwen Craig Timber Ridge RV Village Magnolia, TX REGION 6, PAST PRESIDENT Cheryl McLaughlin Hatch RV Park Corpus Christi, TX

Directors At Large DIRECTOR AT LARGE & SECRETARY Susie Prater Forest Retreat New Caney, TX DIRECTOR AT LARGE OPEN DIRECTOR AT LARGE Austin Faught Bolivar Peninsula RV Park Crystal Beach, TX –––––––––– TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Diana LeBlanc-Link PPL Houston, TX –––––––––– LEGISLATIVE CONSULTANT Ron Hinkle Austin, TX –––––––––– EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR / CEO Brian & Debra Schaeffer TACO Office Crowley, TX

Editor: Lisa Rhodes Design: KD Graphics & Design Distribution: TACO Members, TACO Trade Members, TACO Prospective Members Contact: 910 S. Crowley Rd, Ste. 9-504 Crowley, TX 76036 | 877-518-1989

RV Park Winterizing by: Jeff Jubela, Baker Products, Freeze Miser

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he winter season brings some unique and potentially serious issues to an RV Park that should be addressed before freezing emperatures arrive, especially if we get another blast like last February. The following are things to think about to ensure you are prepared.

Assuring 100% availability of electricity and water is probably the most important aspect of winterizing your RV park. To a lesser degree, having sand or salt available for slick, icy spots on walkways and steps. Think about having extra propane tanks available during winter months; or, if you refill at your location make arrangements with your propane company to have a plan to ensure extra propane will be available to you on short notice. It’s a good idea to walk around your park to identify any tree limbs that might be close enough to the lines to warrant trimming before winter. Call the electrical company to request they trim the limbs away from your lines. Inspect surface service lines and junction boxes; if you see degraded conditions here, evaluate the equipment for repair or replacement. If you have a backup generator, make sure you test it prior to winter. Ensure you have plenty of fuel for the generator. If your generator uses diesel, make sure you have anti-gel additive on hand, so that the diesel fuel doesn’t gum up like Jell-O and make your generator unusable and costly to fix. In the past, many methods have been used to prevent freezing of water supply hoses, lines, and faucets. Some folks insulate these areas, and often do not use enough insulation. Heat tape and heated hoses use expensive electricity; worse, if FALL 2021

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you lose electricity your pipes and water lines will still freeze and may burst. Frost-free yard hydrants are expensive; and, if they are not installed properly will freeze and break. The drip method, leaving a faucet running, wastes water. How fast should it run? You may tend to turn it on way before you need to, then leave it on longer than you should! A new product called the Freeze Miser was introduced over three years ago. It has proven to be a very effective and economical method of freeze protection for outdoor faucets, hoses, water well pumps and float valves. Installation is super simple. Thread by hand (no tools) on the end of your faucet or hose (of up to 150’ in length.) The Freeze Miser works by releasing water to flow only if it senses the water inside the hose or pipe is lower than 37 °F. The Freeze Miser will not release water at warmer temperatures. The Freeze Miser is all mechanical and does not require batteries or electricity. It does require a minimum of 10 psi water pressure. The Freeze Miser is only used in outdoor applications. In some scenarios, it can be coupled with a ‘Y’ valve. With the ‘Y’ valve threaded to an outdoor faucet, and one of the legs fitted properly with a Freeze Miser, the other leg is available to use at any time. This method may be utilized to protect a hose from a faucet to an RV. The Freeze Miser is made in the USA and comes with a 2-year warranty. You can learn more about this product at www.freezemiser.com.


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sensing water temperature. Its patented design allows the Freeze Miser® to sense the internal water temperature. Activation only occurs when the water temperature drops below 37°F/3°C. As the water temperature fluctuates, so will the drip-rate. When water temperature goes above 37°F/3°C, it shuts off.

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KOA MONTHLY RESEARCH REPORT OCTOBER EDITION Following the release of KOA’s Annual North American Camping Report in spring of 2021, KOA has continued to track camping incidence and behavior of ALL CAMPERS throughout the US and Canada monthly. This special report evaluates the camping market from both a look-back at previous months as well as a look-forward to show the trends for how the market continues to evolve. You can find each monthly camping report on the koapressroom.com. SNOWBIRD CAMPING ON THE RISE The 2021 summer camping season saw unprecedented growth and this month’s research predicts snowbird camping to finish strong too. Nearly one-third of campers consider themselves to be snowbirds (traveling to southern locations during the colder months and camping for extended periods), though most are considered snowbird vacationers since they are typically camping for 1 to 2 weeks at a time. Looking ahead to snowbird season, about 17% of all campers who have historically taken trips to the southern states plan to do so again this year, while 9% of campers plan to snowbird for the first time. It is estimated that 2.4 million active camping households will spend three or more months snowbird camping this year, while another 9.6 million plan to take a snowbird vacation for 1 to 2 weeks. Many snowbirds are departing early this year, with one-fourth leaving prior to the Thanksgiving holiday. In addition to active snowbird campers, 6.9 million camping households plan to take at least one winter camping trip before the year ends.

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(Travel to Southern Locations During the Colder Months of the Year)

When Snowbird Campers Head South

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Average Length of Stay for Snowbird Camping 5% 5% 13%

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Most Popular Snowbird Locations: Undecided Sometime later in the winter (i.e., Later in January or February)

1) Florida 2) California 3) Arizona

Between Thanksgiving and the December Holidays Before Thanksgiving

After the December Holidays

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RVIA Host Meeting with Campground & RV Industry Leaders By: Woodall’s Campground Magazine

In September 2021, the RV Industry Association convened a meeting of select leaders from the RV and campground industries to discuss how, working together across industries, they can find common ground and synergies to significantly improve the consumer’s camping and RVing experiences. The meeting, held outside Denver, Colorado was a kick-off for future discussion and provided a forum where attendees shared ideas on opportunities and challenges, and thoughts on how the group can work together more effectively. ATTENDEES INCLUDED: • Paul Bambei, President & CEO, National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) • Bobby Cornwell, President & CEO, Florida & Alabama RV Park & Campground Association • Nick DiBella, Senior Vice President of Operations & Sales, Sun RV Resorts • Amir Harpaz, CEO, Harp Development • Al Johnson, ARVC Past Chairman and Operator, Mt. Rushmore/Hill City KOA • Dyana Kelley, CEO & President, CampCalNow • Michael Moore, General Manager, Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) • Steve Mulvaney, Moderator • Toby O’Rourke, President & CEO, Kampgrounds of America Inc. • Jeff Rutherford, President & CEO, Airxcel and Chairman, RV Industry Association • Lori Severson, Executive Director, Wisconsin Association of Campground Owners (WACO) • Matt Zimmerman, Group Manager, THOR Industries and Chairman, RV Industry Association Campground Task Force RV Industry Association Staff: • Craig Kirby, President & CEO, RV Industry Association • Jay Landers, Vice President of Government Affairs, RV Industry Association • Bill Baker, Senior Director of Membership & Research, RV Industry Association • Chris Bornemann, Director of Government Affairs, RV Industry Association “More people than ever before are enjoying all the benefits that RV travel and camping provide,” said RV Industry Association President & CEO Craig Kirby. “Creating an outstanding campground experience for them is central to our continued growth and a priority for our industry organizations and members. This meeting started the process to identify immediate areas where we can work to do this and establish a strong foundation for continued progress.” Over the past several years, there has been a sizeable influx of new campers and RVers, each bringing new and different expectations for the outdoor experience. The group agreed they need to learn more about these new consumers, as well as what opportunities and resources were available in the marketplace. The

group discussed how the overall size and scope of the campground ecosystem is not clearly defined, and that the RV Industry Association has partnered with CHM Government Services to field the industry’s largest-ever campground study. The study will examine the campground inventory and facilities available at private campgrounds, as well as at public campgrounds at the federal, state, and local level. “This meeting kickstarted engaging conversations on how we can work as partners on the crucial issues that impact all of us,” said National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds President & CEO Paul Bambei. “I’m excited and optimistic about what can be accomplished.” “Having state campground associations is critical to these discussions. This provides the framework to consider important state and local regulations regarding RV parks and campgrounds, and the capability to better scale approaches and programs to a regional level,” said CampCalNow President & CEO Dyana Kelley. “Coming together in this forum was an incredible opportunity to learn more about our respective organizations, to share information, and to discuss opportunities and challenges,” said Sun RV Resorts Senior Vice President Nick DiBella. “We were all encouraged by the progress in this inaugural meeting to create a unified industry approach to deliver a high-quality camping experience.”H

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ACCOUNTING / BOOKKEEPING CAMPGROUND REFUND Jim Dixon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214-546-7886 jim@campgroundrefund.com

Offering the latest in outdoor furniture, grills, and custom campground promotional products.

www.campgroundrefund.com FIRESIDE ACCOUNTING Lindsey Foos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-816-8528 lindsey@firesideaccounting.com

Save valuable time & money in maintenance expenses, add income to camp stores, and keep long & short term guests happy & content with Travel Easy Decks. Portable decking system created by Rvers for Rvers that makes campground owners happy.

Performing no-risk contingency fee sales tax refund recovery on utilities and construction for RV Campgrounds.

A turnkey accounting solution offering full bookkeeping services to campgrounds, RV parks, RV resorts and multi-park businesses.

www.firesideaccounting.com FORTE RV BUSINESS SUPPORT Tony Forte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-577-4738 support@forterv.com Let us take care of the bookkeeping, marketing, and other administrative stuff so you can get back to the fun part of running your business.

www.forterv.com BANKING/FINANCE AMERIS BANK SBA & USDA LENDING Bruce Hurta. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281-384-2595 bruce.hurta@amerisbank.com SBA & USDA lending - Ameris Bank is one of the top-ranked SBA & USDA lenders in the country and is dedicated to helping small businesses grow.

www.amerisbank.com CABLE TV & SATELLITE SYSTEMS GLOBAL SATELLITE SOLUTIONS Roger Odem. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .817-422-8519 roger@directtvfor.business

DIRECTV, satellite, internet and surveillance cameras for RV parks, hotels & man camps; Locations: Mansfield, DFW, Midland/Odessa & Rockport.

www.globalsatsolutions.net IT’S ALL ABOUT SATELLITES Barry Conley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-951-1979 barry@itsallaboutsatellities.com

Stream TV over Wi-Fi | HD TV Systems | Broadband Internet | 100% Coverage Wi-Fi Networks. Proud to Celebrate our 25th Anniversary. DIRECTV Authorized Dealer since 1996.

www.itsallaboutsatellites.com CAMPGROUND EQUIPMENT / STORE GOODS BAKER PRODUCTS / FREEZE MISER Jeff Jubela. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-499-5360 jjubela@gmail.com Freeze protection for exterior water lines.

www.portersupplycompany.com TRAVEL EASY DECKS, LLC. Kristina Rowell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-267-1080 kristy@traveleasydecks.com

www.traveleasydecks.com TRUMA CORP Melanie Gibson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855-558-7862 info@trumacorp.com

Upgrade your RV water heater to the Truma Aqua Go Instant water heater.

www.truma.net WILCOR INTERNATIONAL Susan Corrigan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-346-2345 susanc@wilcor.net Camping goods - outdoor wholesale supplier.

www.wilcor.net

CONSULTING GORIN+COHEN CONSULTING GROUP, LLC. Jayne Cohen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .800-897-8836 info@gorincohenconsulting.com

www.jamestownadvanced.com KANGAROO JUMPER INC. Courtney Childress. . . . . . . . . . . . . 865- 387-8706 courtney@kangaroojumper.com We help make playgrounds even more fun, by delivering and installing the market’s leading jumper product to you!

www.kangaroojumper.com KRAFTSMAN COMMERCIAL PLAYGROUNDS & WATER PARKS Lauren Quinn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281-353-9599 info@kraftsmanplay.com

Playgrounds, splash parks, shade, shelter, site amenities, and more!

www.kraftsmanplay.com PLASTER OF PARADISE Maureen Burd. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847-648-0457 maureen@plasterofparadise.com

Family fun! Paintable plaster magnets, 400 themes to choose from, including camping! Custom logos always welcome.

www.plasterofparadise.com PORTER SUPPLY COMPANY Jeremy Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .402-871-4385 info@portersupplycompany.com Listing continued to next column

www.infinitypowerpartners.com PURE ENERGY CONSULTING Shana Hancock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-265-8095 shana@consultpure.com

Industry expert in electric and gas procurement assisting businesses to get the best possible electric and gas rates in all deregulated markets.

www.consultpure.com TEXEN POWER COMPANY Tom Stubblefield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281-989-7440 tstubblefield@texenpower.com

Aggregator Agent for Electric power/commercial electricity, save you up to 35%.

Disaster Preparedness.

hytropy.com MATTHEWS CONSULTING GROUP Wendy Matthews. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-372-7777 wmatthewsbc@gmail.com

Plan, design, pre-opening, marketing, and start-up operations. A comprehensive fully integrated outdoor hospitality, park, recreational and resort firm.

www.matthewsbcg.com MERSMANN CONSULTING GROUP Amie Mersmann. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 832-494-7862 amie@mcg-hospitality.com Consulting firm for plans, designs, pre-opening, marketing, and start-up operations for the outdoor hospitality industry.

www.mcg-hospitality.com MOORE’S CAMPGROUND CONSULTING Joe Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 817-999-4108 moorescampgroundconsulting@gmail.com

RV park and campground land use planning, design, financial analysis, marketing, start-up and operations consulting. Also landscape design, irrigation planning & design, and signage design.

Commercial site amenities for campgrounds, parks, and rec areas.

Electricity and natural gas procurement management solutions, risk management service and marketing insight through the development of client-specific strategies.

www.go-usg.com YOUR ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS Margaret (Maggie) Linnell. . . . . . . 855-644-2400 sales@yourelectricalsolutions.net

www.gorincohenconsulting.com HYTROPY Patrick Hardy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-914-7634 CustomerService@hytropy.com

www.camco.net FIRESIDE LODGE FURNITURE CO. Sara Pridgen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-568-6188 sara@firesidelodgefurniture.com firesidelodgefurniture.com JAMESTOWN ADVANCED PRODUCTS Shari Hallenbeck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-452-0639 marketing@jamestownadvanced.com

www.bbelec.com INFINITY POWER PARTNERS, LLC Nick Altman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713-559-0558 nick@infinitypowerpartners.com

www.texenpower.com UTILITY SUPPLY GROUP Wade Elliott. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-800-2811 wade@go-usg.com

Professional campground assessment.

Rustic furniture made for your modern world.

Electrical supplies for RV parks.

National consulting group specializing in all aspects of RV park and campground development, investment and operations, land planning and design; feasibility studies, operational audits and more.

www.freezemiser.com CAMCO Greg McCool. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 336-543-3813 info@camco.net Campground store display, freshwater, hardware, enviro-friendly cleaners, sanitation products, sewer hoses, chemical tote tanks.

ELECTRICAL B & B ELECTRICAL Matt Linnell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-391-3802 sales@bbelec.com

moorescampgroundconsulting.com OUTDOOR DESIGN GROUP, INC. Matt Corrion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-993-4811 info@odgdesign.com

www.odgdesign.com CREDIT CARD SERVICES CKMB ENTERPRISES, LLC. Billy Sherman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 832-744-5243 bsherman@ckmbenterprises.com We provide our clients with affordable merchant service options including credit card, debit card, and ACH processing and ATM services.

www.ckmbenterprises.com WHOLESALE PAYMENTS, INC. Noa Lager. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-848-9922 noa.lager@wholesalepayments.com Your Texas local credit card processor - no processing fees - local reps - 24/7 support - software integrations & more.

www.clearviewmc.net DIGITAL MARKETING APP MY COMMUNITY Joe Duemig . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 636-459-5161 joe@armstrongsoft.com Custom mobile app provider.

www.appmycommunity.com TXAD WEB DEVELOPMENT & DESIGN Michael Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-518-1989 info@texasadvertising.net

Website design and hosting, ADA Compliance Services, Adwords and Online Marketing.

www.txadinternet.com

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RV Park utility products.

Electrical supplies for MH and RV parks.

www.yourelectricalsolutions.net FRANCHISE SERVICES KOA Larry Brownfield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 406-248-7444 franchisesales@koa.net

A franchise marketing-driven organization providing owners with onsite training and KOAU; design support for technology and site upgrades to serve today’s public.

www.ownakoa.com FRONT OFFICE / ONLINE RESERVATION PROVIDER ASTRA Skip Waisner. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214-996-7216 AstraParks@AspiraConnect.com

Combining the power of Astra and the reach of ReserveAmerica.com, Astra is a leading provider of RV Park and Campground management software providing your park exclusive access to the 13 million outdoor recreation enthusiasts engaging on ReserveAmerica.com.

www.aspiraconnect.com BONFIRE Tori Harris. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 847-616-9974 marketing@rvspotfinder.com

Bonfire is a SIMPLE reservation management platform for campgrounds and RV Parks. Bonfire combines a simple-to-use reservation management platform, with a dedicated online booking page for each campground, and integrated payment processor options.

www.letsbonfire.com CAMPGROUND COMMANDER LLC Mary Moeller. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 816-835-9571 mary@campgroundcommander.com

Fill your campground with on-line reservation software designed and created specifically for RV parks your size. Family owned and managed, our software helps to assure your campground stays full and running smoothly!

www.campgroundcommander.com CAMPGROUNDBOOKING.COM Sean Richards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-432-0226 info@campgroundbooking.com Online reservation software designed for campgrounds.

www.campgroundbooking.com CAMPLIFE INC. Tyler Duffy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 316-648-1566 conventions@camplife.com

Campground operators are frustrated using systems that hold them back. CampLife creates reservation and park management software that helps operators easily maximize their properties and provide an experiences that guests can’t wait to repeat.

www.camplife.com CAMPSPOT Margo Mitchell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 616-226-5500 sales@campspot.com Listing continued to next column


Revenue-maximizing reservations and campground management software.

www.software.campspot.com NEWBOOK Kristen O’Hara. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 310-855-3773 marketing@newbook.cloud All-in-one campground management platform.

www.newbook.cloud RESNEXUS Travis Orton. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 385-218-2637 info@resnexus.com Management software for any business operating a reservation system to rent, lease, or schedule for a campground.

www.resnexus.com ROVERPASS Lisa Senecal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 947-517-6261 lisa@roverpass.com Reservation systems, advertising/promotions, website services.

www.roverpass.com STAYLIST Angela Harness. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 865-205-0210 info@staylist.com Complete campground management software.

www.pro.staylist.com INSURANCE ARK ASSURANCE GROUP John Hinsley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .903-509-2292 info@arkassurance.com RV park insurance services.

www.arkassurance.com LEAVITT RECREATION & HOSPITALITY INS. Marvin Aga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-525-2060 marvin-aga@leavitt.com

Specialized Insurance for RV Parks, Campgrounds, & Resorts. #1 in the industry for over 40 years!

www.lrhinsurance.com MARSHALL & STERLING CAMPGROUND INSURANCE PROGRAM Irene Jones. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-782-2926 ijones@marshallsterling.com

Insurance broker with new, exclusive campground insurance carrier & industry-leading safety resources.

www.marshallsterling.com/specialties/ campgrounds-rv-parks OUTDOOR INSURANCE SERVICES Frank Hursh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 832-497-5312 frankhursh@outdoorinsuranceservices.com Insurance for RV Parks, campgrounds, resorts, cabins, RVs, and travel trailers.

www.outdoorinsuranceservices.com PHILADELPHIA INS. Lance Goff. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469-221-7932 Lance.Goff@phly.com RV Park Insurance.

www.phly.com ROWLEY INSURANCE Ken Rowley. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-880-9397 ken@rowleyinsurance.com RV park insurance.

www.rowleyinsurance.com LAUNDRY BEST WASH INC. James West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281-441-2465 james@bestwashinc.com Commercial laundry equipment, sales and service, designs and more.

www.bestwashinc.com CLEC-COMMERCIAL AND COIN LAUNDRY EQUIPMENT CO. Michael Hand. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713-472-4083 accounts@clecco.com

info@ivee.com

Hospitality management services.

www.ivee.com NEWPORT PACIFIC CAPITAL COMPANY INC. Karri Seeds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281-334-6426 karri.seeds@newportpacific.com

RV parks and other commercial investment properties.

www.newportpacific.com RV PARK MANAGEMENT, LLC Austin Faught . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 855-515-1777 contact@Rvparkm.com

RV parks, real estate.

Management and development.

RV Park Management provides owners with professional management services and systems designed to maximize RV park investments.

www.rvparkpm.com PARK MODEL / GLAMPING ACCOMMODATIONS ATHENS/CHAMPION HOME BUILDERS Kevin Kamin. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 817-402-0215 kkamin@championhomes.com

Manufacturer of park models and RVs.

www.athensparkhomes.com CONESTOGA WAGON CO. Jason Olson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 307-277-0525 holly@cwagons.com Luxury glamping wagons, a unique rental accommodation.

www.conestogawagonco.com LELAND’S COMMERCIAL CABINS Carol Stevens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 817-587-6520 carol@lelandscabins.com Cabins, portable buildings, RV covers.

www.lelandscabins.com NOMADICS TIPI MAKERS Tashina Youngstrom. . . . . . . . . . . . 541-389-3980 nomadics@tipi.com Native American teepees as glamping accommodations and community spaces.

www.tipi.com PINNACLE PARK HOMES Terri Stewart . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-574-5159 terri@pinnacleparkhomes.com Park model homes & cabins.

www.pinnacleparkhomes.com PLATINUM COTTAGES Penni Feil. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-675-2525 pfeil@platinumparkhomes.com Park model manufacturer.

www.platinumcottages.com PLAINSCRAFT COVERED WAGON Dennis Steinman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 785-551-9190 info@plainscraft.net

Create unforgettable glamping experiences with PlainsCraft Covered Wagons. Our wagons are built by hand in the heart of Kansas, not that far from where the Oregon Trail first began. Let’s talk about how we can build something together!

www.plainscraft.net RECREATIONAL RESORT LIVING, LLC. Rebecca Moore. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 469-340-6029 hfl@recreationalresortliving.com Tiny Homes and Cabins - Simplicity - Sustainability - Serenity Minimalism Without Compromise.

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www.recreationalresortliving.com PRINTING AND PUBLISHING AGS GUEST GUIDES Michael Moore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 877-518-1989 michael@texasadvertising.net Guest guides, site maps and marketing.

www.agspub.com SOUTHEAST PUBLICATIONS Brian McGuinn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-832-3292 brian@southeastpublications.com Guest guides, printing & marketing.

www.clecco.com COMMERCIAL EQUIPMENT CO. John Francis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 972-991-9274 john@ceclaundry.com

southeastpublications.com PROMOTION ANDERSON’S BROCHURE DISTRIBUTION Donald Bennet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 858-615-7742 info@campwithandersons.com

www.washerdryer1.com MANAGEMENT ADVANCED OUTDOOR SOLUTIONS Kathleen Walsh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-579-9796 kwalsh@advanced-outdoor.biz

www.campwithandersons.com GOOD SAM Christine Distl . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-685-6246 cdistl@goodsam.com

Sales/service/parts for coin & card operated laundry equipment.

Laundry equipment provider.

RV resort, RV park, campground management - 3rd party management consulting.

www.advanced-outdoor.biz HORIZON OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY Scott Foos. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-529-9770 connect@horizonoutdoors.com Full service management, financial management, and consulting for RV resorts, RV parks, and campgrounds, since 2004.

www.HorizonOutdoors.com IVEE GROUP Tom Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404-477-6189 Listing continued to next column

Chris Bachman. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210-508-2147 cb@bachmanreg.com

Professional and cost-effective distribution of brochures, directories, and camping guides at RV and other shows.

Travel guide, website, mobile app, and social media marketing.

www.goodsam.com PASSPORT AMERICA Tiffany Ingram. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-283-7183 info@passport-america.com Original 50% discount camping club, since 1992, offering free national advertising for participating campgrounds in North America.

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www.bachmanrealestategroup.com BAEHRE REAL ESTATE LLC Russell Baehre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-896-5050 info@rvparksforsale.com www.rvparksforsale.com COLLIERS INTERNATIONAL MANUFACTURED HOUSING GROUP Alyssa Conlon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 561-479-1588 kristin.barham@colliers.com We are real estate brokers that focus exclusively on manufactured housing and RV communities throughout the U.S. and Canada – we list communities for sale and assist in the acquisition of a new community.

www.colliers.com KAPLAN BROKERAGE GROUP - MARCUS & MILLICHAP Jesse Pine. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-328-2074 jesse.pine@marcusmillichap.com National commercial real estate investment sales, financing & advisory services.

www.kaplanbrokeragegroup.com LEADSTRONG PROPERTIES Ryan McGahey. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-265-5700 ryan@leadstrongproperties.com A proactive full service real estate brokerage for Texas RV parks, using all tools and resources at our disposal to meet the needs of our clients.

www.leadstrongproperties.com UNITED PARK BROKERS, LLC Peter Meyer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 833-325-4872 peter@unitedparkbrokers.com United Park Brokers is a full-service real estate company with a focus on RV Parks, Resorts, Campgrounds, and Glamping properties.

www.unitedparkbrokers.com YALE REALTY & CAPITAL ADVISORS Dana Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 303-323-5649 dana@yaleadvisors.com Real Estate Brokerage - specializing in brokerage and financing nationwide for the RV & manufactured housing industry.

www.yaleadvisors.com RV DEALER, REPAIR AND SERVICE ATLAS MOBILE HOME & RV PARTS Bill Thomas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 713-699-0276 cheryl@180039atlas.com Wholesale supplier of mobile home & RV parts.

www.180039atlas.com LAND N SEA DISTRIBUTION Shaunna Battles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-432-7652 shaunna.battles@landnsea.com RV parts distributor.

www.landnsea.net PPL MOTOR HOMES Diana LeBlanc-Link. . . . . . . . . . . . . 713-988-5555 diana.l@pplmotorhomes.com

RV consignment dealer, serving locations in Houston, Cleburne and New Braunfels.

pplmotorhomes.com WIRELESS INTERNET PROVIDER ACCESSPARKS Tim Rout. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 858-353-0845 sales@accessparks.com

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www.accessparks.com CC CONSULTING Colin Cassells. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 866-884-2294 sales@cassellsconsulting.com Wi-Fi/Internet Provider, Security Cameras, Network Security, Help Desk Services, VoIP, Controlled Access and Manage IT Services.

www.cassellsconsulting.com SKYWEB NETWORKS Wayne Heminghouse. . . . . . . . . . . 855-759-9434 info@skywebnetworks.net Skyweb Networks offers affordable Wi-Fi solutions that are guaranteed to be effective.

www.skyweb-networks.com TENGO INTERNET Kimberly Chung. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 512-469-7660 kchung@tengointernet.com Wireless internet provider.

www.tengointernet.com WIDE OPEN WI-FI Bruce LeVine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 972-731-6767 info@wideopenwi-fi.com

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How to Evaluate Credit Card Processing Companies

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he merchant services industry is an integral part of any business. In today’s world, accepting credit cards as a form of payment is almost a must for business owners. However, not all companies are made the same. There are a few things to watch out for when choosing the merchant service provider that is right for you. One of the first things to watch out for is pricing. How a provider

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portrays pricing to you can be misleading. They may quote what they charge directly, but not inform you of all costs associated with the account, specifically interchange rates. These are rates charged to every merchant account. Another important tip is to understand the difference between having a merchant account with a Merchant Identification Number verses an account setup with an email where payments are accepted through. There are many differences between these two accounts that you should be aware of as an owner. Impeccable customer service is crucial to your business. Do you have a direct representative for your account you can contact, or do you have to call a 1-800 number and sit on hold for an hour? This is very important because that time spent on the phone is time that you could be taking care of something else. When it comes to Point of Sale systems and equipment, some companies may have limited options, and other companies have a range of options for all business types. Not all systems will work for everyone, so it is good to determine what you need for your business, and find a company with different options that fit your needs. Companies may advertise and offer plans allowing credit card fees to be passed on to the customer rather than to you as the merchant. This program may be referred to as surcharging and cash discount. Both options are growing in popularity and are offered by many different providers. Some companies will advertise this as free credit card processing; keep in mind that nothing is free. When deciding on your merchant service provider ask questions about different programs, how you are billed, and ask to see a sample of a statement. Other important questions to ask are: “When do I get deposits?” “How does customer service work?” And, “How do I file disputes? Ask questions, research, and seek out reviews before deciding on a provider.H

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AGS Provides Face Shields to Help Medical Missions by: Jeff Crider, Woodall’s Campground Magazine

AGS, a supplier of guest guides to campgrounds and RV parks, is providing face shields for U.S. healthcare professionals working on medical missions in South America, according to officials at AGS. Crowley, Texas-based AGS has provided customized face shields for over 100 IMAHelps volunteers who are working on medical missions

in Ecuador. “We are grateful to AGS for their generosity in providing face shields for our medical mission volunteers,” said Jeff Crider, a longtime campground industry publicist and writer who also serves as communications director for IMAHelps. AGS provides customized face shields for campground and RV park operators across the U.S. and Canada. Rancho Mirage-based IMAHelps resumed its international medical mission work in October after a year-long hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IMAHelps sent a team of 45 volunteers to Eugenio Espejo Hospital in Quito, Ecuador to provide life-changing surgeries, acupuncture and pain management treatment, dentistry, and leg prosthetics for impoverished patients from the greater Quito area. The group’s patients included 33-year-old Blanca Marina Murillo, whose face was crushed in a motorcycle accident in 2013. Dr. Christopher Tiner, an IMAHelps plastic and maxillofacial surgeon from Pasadena, Calif., provided Murillo with reconstructive surgery, using one of her ribs to create a new nose for her. He also reopened her nasal passages, which were crushed in the accident. Murillo said the surgery would enable her to begin a new chapter in her life. AGS face shields were provided to IMAHelps volunteers before their mission to Quito. Additional shields will be provided to the entire IMAHelps team of 120 volunteers prior to their next mission to Ecuador in July. Founded in 2000, IMAHelps has provided free healthcare to over 100,000 impoverished patients in nine countries, including more than 2,500 life-changing surgeries. IMAHelps has no paid staff, and all its volunteers cover their own travel expenses. The group solicits donations which it uses to purchase medicines and supplies for its humanitarian medical missions. H

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Special legislative sess for tourism, travel, and

The third Texas Session ended October 19, 2021, after a long and difficult summer of back-to-back Special Sessions to fulfill TRAVEL INDUSTRY SUCCESS The Travel Industry had great success in regards to the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding and in the end was able to capture $180M for the Trusteed Programs within the Office of the Governor: Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Grants. The much-needed funding will help lift a burdened industry to regain a foothold for more future growth in jobs and revenue. Some examples of other ARPA fund successes include: the TPWD Texas State Aquarium received $3M for wildlife research; $5M for Brazos County beach and dune repair; $20M for capital improvements to the Washington-on-the-Brazos historical site project; $40M to the Texas Parks and Wildlife education and outreach grants. The grant program that will disperse the $180M will be organized within the Governor’s office. Details on how travel industry entities might apply for grants will be provided as more information is known. REDISTRICTING The main agenda item for the past third Special Session was Redistricting. Republican legislators have dominated in numbers in both the House and Senate for several decades and the Republicans did not intend to give up much ground up for the next decade to come. Wrapping up their work, the Senate and House each approved a negotiated, final version of the congressional map, which will go to Republican Governor Greg Abbott for his signature. The Redistricting map also incorporates two additional Congressional House seats the state gained, the most of any state in this year’s reapportionment. For State House and Senate seats, the Republican majorities in the House and Senate signed off on new political maps for the opposite chamber, sending them to Governor Greg Abbott for his signature. The votes were largely procedural as neither chamber made any significant changes. By a vote of 81-60, the House granted approval to a Senate map that would draw safe seats for Republican incumbents who were facing competitive races as their districts diversified over the last 10 years and the Senate gave an 18-13 vote to a House map that would fortify the Republican majority of the 150 districts. HEADLINE NEWS LEGISLATION Legislation that made big headlines throughout the Regular Session and the Special Sessions made its way through the process, but not always with success. HB 25 by Swanson, R-Spring, requiring public school students to compete in interscholastic athletic competitions based on biological sex passed both chambers. SB 51 by Hughes, R-Mineola, (similar to HB 155 by Oliverson, R-Houston) relating to prohibited COVID-19 vaccine mandates and vaccination status discrimination and to exemptions from certain vaccine requirements relating to prohibited COVID-19 vaccine mandates and vaccination status discrimination and to exemptions from certain vaccine requirements did not pass. Interestingly, and due to the national debate on vaccine mandates, the bill was overwhelmingly opposed by many business FALL 2021

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groups and associations. Their reasoning is that, in part, “We believe strongly that legislation dictating how employers must deal with their employees in the face of this unexpected public health issue represents an unprecedented and unwarranted intrusion into the ability of employers to operate their businesses as they see fit. Texas’ successful business climate is premised upon businesses being allowed to continue to enjoy this fundamental liberty from excessive governmental intrusion into their decision-making ability. Furthermore, legislation placing employers in an impossible position between federal and state mandates exacerbates the problem. General liability insurance covers injury and property damage resulting from tortious activity, while legislation creating a cause of action related to compliance with federal vaccine mandates does not fall within any traditional theory of liability. As a consequence, employers are exposed to potentially crippling litigation costs at both the federal and state levels with no ability to protect themselves against the risk. We therefore believe that these proposals can do extreme damage to the economic recovery currently under way and to the state’s ability to attract new businesses in the future.” Needless to say, the legislation did not pass, but the Governor’s

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sion ends with a big win d hospitality industries.

l Governor Abbott’s legislative agenda and to work on legislation that did not pass during the Regular Legislative Session. Executive Order regarding vaccine mandates is still in place. SB 9 by Hughes, R- Mineola relating to increasing the criminal penalty for the offense of illegal voting did not pass as Texas House Speaker Phelan believed a similar law passed during the Regular Session sufficed to address illegal voting penalties. PROPERTY TAX RELIEF The House Ways and Means Committee took testimony on a few property tax bills, HB 90 by Oliverson, R- Cypress and SB 1 (SJR 2) by Senator Bettencourt, R-Houston. House Bill 90 by State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R–Cypress) would use surplus state dollars to replace some of the local tax dollars that pay for school districts’ maintenance and operations (M&O). Rep. Oliverson’s plan provides permanent property tax relief by applying 90 percent of each year’s state surpluses (if any) to reduce school M&O taxes. In the final hours of the session, the Legislature instead passed SB 1 that provides about $176 of property tax relief to Texas property taxpayers going forward, in the form of increasing the amount of the homestead exemption from $25,000 to $40,000. The bill also is a resolution that passed both chambers and will be a Constitutional

amendment for voters to decide if the homestead exemption should be raised to $40,000. VACCINE MANDATE Governor Abbott issued an Executive Order on COVID-19 vaccine mandates banning any entity in Texas, including private businesses, from requiring vaccinations for employees or customers. Governor Abbott had also called on the Legislature in the third Special Session to pass a law (see SB 51 above) with the same effect, promising to rescind the executive order once that happened. The Legislative timeline did not allow the bill in the third Special Session given the current House and Senate legislative agendas, timelines and, therefore, sets the stage for a possible fourth Special Session to address the COVID-19 mandate ban. A FOURTH SPECIAL SESSION? It has been reported by the media that Lt. Governor Patrick expressed there may be a need for a Fourth Special Session to address two election-related issued regarding penalties for illegal voting and vote auditing. However, other state leaders did not seem warm to the idea. H

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Active Camping Households

Impact of COVID on Fall/Winter Camping

55,962,130

48,243,216

My camping plans will not change

28%

I had no plans to camp this fall/ remainder of 2021

Number of Households that Camped in 2020

18%

I plan to take more trips and spend more nights camping

Number of Households that are Projected to Camp in 2021

17%

I plan to take more trips, but camp fewer nights (i.e., shorter stays)

New Camping Households 7,718,915

11%

I plan to take fewer trips, but camp more nights (i.e., longer stays)

9%

I plan to take fewer trips and camp fewer nights

9%

1,447,296

Uncertain

9%

Plan to Camp First Time Remainder of 2021

New Camper Households 2021 YTD

Camping Households March 2021 – October 2021 15,978,840

15,437,829

14,955,397

13,508,100 6,740,050

7,236,482

7,236,482

March

April

May

9,684,643

June

July

August

September

Plan to in October

Projected Nights by Location (Remainder of 2021) National Parks

19%

26%

State Parks

19%

28%

Private Campgrounds

23%

Backcountry/Wilderness

27%

Provincial Parks

28%

22%

25%

17%

20%

33%

Municipal Campgrounds

33%

1-2

3-5

15%

Uncertain

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13% 16%

18%

19% >5

12%

17%

19%

16%

42% None

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19% 19%

21%

19%

Private Land Public Land

24%

21% 15%

14% 14%

15% 14% 22%

12%

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GRAND PINES OF TEXAS RV RESORT 18179 IH-10 E BEAUMONT, TX 77705

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COUNTRY CLUB PARK RV RESORT 488 CR 257 JASPER, TX 75951

LAKE RAY ROBERTS RV PARK & STORAGE 972 W WALCOTT PILOT POINT, TX 76258

CROCKETT FAMILY RESORT & MARINA 75 DOGWOOD LN W CROCKETT, TX 75835

LANTANA RV VILLAGE 12633 HILLTOP RD ARGYLE, TX 76226

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