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Texas Association of Campground Owners Announcments

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TEXAS-BASED RV SHOWS SUGGEST GOOD THINGS IN STORE FOR ’22 p. 4 IS THE RV INDUSTRY READY FOR THE ELECTRIC VEHICLE REVOLUTION? p. 5 DID YOU KNOW? p. 10 PLUS See our Trade Vendors on pp. 8 & 9


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Texas Association of Campground Owners Announces the Next TACO Spring Meeting & Trade Show. Plus, the Latest Education Zoom Webinars.

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e want to thank all the campgrounds and vendors that made the Fall 2021 TACO Meeting & Trade Show a tremendous success, despite the hurricane! We had a sold-out Trade Show and more classes than in previous years; all fully attended at a beautiful new venue in Conroe, Texas by a record-breaking number of attendees. In the 30+ years of producing the TACO Show, we have taken into consideration peak camping seasons in Texas, other industry shows, and the hurricane season, to conclude that the springtime is the preferred time of year for the TACO Show. However, because of the impact of COVID in 2020 and on into 2021, the show was postponed to the fall of last year. The TACO Board of Directors felt it would be a lot to ask of our campgrounds and vendors to financially support this type of show six months later, in the spring of 2022. For this reason, and with COVID still impacting some decisions, please mark your calendar for the big 2023 TACO Meeting & Trade Show to be held at the same awesome facility in Conroe, Texas on April 25 -26, 2023. Be sure to register early for this show, as it is likely to be another

very well-attended event. Watch your email and various industry publications for exactly when registration for attendance and booths comes online later this year. We appreciate your continued support of TACO as we promote and protect the RV, camping, and outdoor hospitality industry in Texas. Meanwhile, we are providing a BRAND-NEW type of educational venue with a few sponsorships available in 2022. The inaugural TACO Zoom Webinar will be in early March, 2022. Hosted by Kelly Jones of Great Escapes RV Resorts, the first 75-minute webinar will be all about the Basics of Human Resources & Hiring Practices. Human Resources is an extensive topic, and we will be focusing on hiring, onboarding, and training. Many state and federal agencies have training mandates for employees, and campgrounds are not exempt. Date and time are March 9th at 10:30 am. Pre-registration is required and began February 18th. TACO will be hosting these webinars throughout the year with industry specialists on a variety of topics. Watch your email or visit TACOmembers.com for more details and to get in on the inaugural event.H

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TACO Officers & Directors Regional Directors REGION 1, DIRECTOR Jan Pillai Midland RV Campground Midland, TX 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,DIRECTOR Scott McGee Rayford Crossing RV Resort Spring, 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 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 Vendor Members, TACO Prospective Members Contact: 910 S. Crowley Rd, Ste. 9-504 Crowley, TX 76036 | 877-518-1989

Texas-Based RV Shows Suggest Good Things in Store for ’22 by: Jim Mac

Since the first consumer RV shows of the new year can often set the tone for an entire show season, then two Texas shows this past weekend strongly suggest 2022 should be a good year – and maybe even a great one. RVBusiness spoke with officials and participants of two Texas shows held this past weekend — the Tarrant County RV Show at the Fort Worth Convention Center and the Texas RV Association’s (TRVA) South Texas RV Supersale at the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall in San Antonio. Here’s what we heard: Kevin White, Vice President, United RV Center, Fort Worth, Texas – Held Jan. 6-9, the Tarrant County RV Show was the first show in the Fort Worth market in several years, according to White, who, in addition to his role at United RV Center, also serves as president of the Texas Recreational Vehicle Association (TRVA). According to White, traffic was good all four days, with Saturday, Jan. 8, setting a record based on feedback from the show manager. Many Forest River brands, along with models from Venture RV, Heartland, Keystone, and IdleTime, were among the manufacturers United RV Center exhibited in the show. White reported strong sales, especially in small trailers and larger fifth-wheels. The fifth-wheels were somewhat of a surprise, he mentioned, since larger fifth-wheels tend to sell later in the season. In addition, White noted “many first-time lookers, clearly, people who had not been to a dealership before and were just starting to learn about RVs. Lots of young families, which bodes well for the industry.” Steve Spearing, President, Crestview RV Superstore, Selma, Texas – Held Jan. 6-9 in San Antonio, the South Texas RV Supersale Show is billed as the largest RV show in south Texas. Spearing said show space was sold out with five dealers filling the Freeman Coliseum Expo Hall. According to Spearing, the show traffic was a bit off. However, he attributed this to the show originally being canceled due to the pandemic and, having been rescheduled just two months WINTER 2022

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ago, not leaving adequate time for advertising and promotion.That said, he added, the lot traffic at Crestview’s Selma store was brisk while the show was on, which Spearing noted was somewhat unusual. While show traffic was limited, buyers were out in force. Spearing called out a high-end Jayco Pinnacle fifth-wheel and two Class C motorhomes among the products Crestview retailed. Spearing commented that product availability is generally getting better, although inventory is still less than ideal. For example, the two Class C motorhomes retailed were all he had available at the show. H

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In addition, Diana LeBlanc-Link of PPL distributed about 1,000 2022 TEXAS RV Travel & Camping Guides each at both the Tarrant County RV Show in Fort Worth, and the Winter Texan Expo in McAllen. TACO also had a booth at the Houston RV Show February 8 - 12 and gave out over 2,600 TACO Guides to an enthusiastic crowd of RVers. All of this suggests very strong seasons for our campgrounds in Texas in 2022 and beyond.


Is the RV Industry Ready for the Electric Vehicle Revolution?

PART 1 OF 3

By: Tom Davidock

If we look back on the history of the RV industry, we can see many instances of innovations that have shaped how we got to today. However, as we reflect on the past while looking forward to the future, it’s clear that we are sitting on the cusp of what may be the most significant change to the RV industry in our lifetime. The electric vehicle revolution is no longer a trend but a precursor to what lies ahead. According to a recent survey conducted by the accounting and consulting firm KPMG, auto executives believe that more than half of their sales will be electric vehicles by 2030. That is merely eight years away. Industry experts are also predicting that by 2040, all new vehicles sold in the U.S. will be electric. While this change in the automobile industry is mind-boggling for those of us who grew up counting cylinders and pumping fossil fuel into our vehicles, it’s something that we have been gradually preparing for over the past decade. The electric vehicle (EV) revolution is transitioning from a niche market and heading mainstream. For most applications, aside from getting used to plugging in vs. fueling up, the majority of drivers will adapt. Sure, there will be holdouts of motorheads mourning the loss of combustion, but just like every other technological trend, society will adjust to its new reality. As a result, by 2030, half of you reading this article may very well be driving an EV. However, for those of us who fall outside of the standard driver classification and tow around 12,000 lb. living quarters, does the EV market have a plan for us? Unfortunately, we’re only starting to see the first electric trucks hit the market, and right now, they’re not ready for the entire RV industry. EV technology needs to improve before we see capable solutions for the traditional RV community. This change will come in time, but for it to become a viable option for RVers, other segments of the RV industry must innovate as well. EV trucks alone won’t provide a viable option for fossil-fuel RV travel. The primary issue with EV trucks and RV towing is distance

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and battery life. Existing technology is available to build a capable truck that can haul heavy loads, even the heaviest fifth-wheel trailer. However, the limitations emerge when it comes to reliably towing heavy loads for long distances, which the RV community needs. While putting these concerns aside, it’s exciting to see EV trucks hit the market. Over the next three years, EV alternatives for tow vehicles will be much more accessible as more manufacturers send their prototypes into production. Two of the first EV trucks to come to the market, the Rivian R1T and Ford F150 Lightning, offer some promising hope. While they’re not perfect for the needs of the RV community, they are paving the way for future advancements. What EV trucks lack in battery capacity and range, they make up for in power and torque. For example, the new Ford F150 Lightning delivers 426 horsepower. Both the long-range and standard batteries deliver 775 lb-ft of torque, which is 205 more lb-ft than the newest gas-powered motor, the PowerBoost hybrid V6. continued on page 15

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Board Meeting Recap Present:

1/26/22

Park/Entity Present:

• Scott McGee of Rayford Crossing RV Resort and Jan Pillai of Midland RV Campground were appointed to the TACO Board by Randall, and we now have a full board. • The board reported from parks across the state that occupancy is strong, no lingering effects from COVID. Consumer RV Shows have been well attended and the popular TACO Guide sought. • The association finished the 2020-2021 year in very solid financial condition, exceeding income and holding the line on expenses, while showing a net profit in excess of $100,000. • The 2023 TACO Spring Meeting & Trade Show will be back at the convention center in Conroe, TX, April 25-26. • The TACO Legal Handbooks are getting dramatically upgraded content in 2022 to allow for such things as abandoned vehicles, all forms of taxation, LP Gas licensing and monthly guest relations. • Consumer traffic to TexasCampgrounds.com is up nearly 25% with time spent on trip-planning pages. Traffic to TexasCabinRentals.net is also up. • TACO staff is working on various bylaw updates to submit to the members later this year. • TACO is participating in a significant RVIA task force to solidify manufacturer, dealer and park relations while gathering data helpful to all segments. • The next TACO Board (teleconference) meeting was set for April 20, 2022 at 10:30 AM.

Randall Dally, President, Region 3 Director Rayburn RV Hideout Diana LeBlanc, Vice President, Trade Rep.

PPL Motorhomes

Cheryl McLaughlin, Past President (6)

Hatch RV Park

Ken Hinz, Region 2 Director

Traders Village

Charlie Bates, Region 6 Director, Treasurer Parkview Riverside Susie Prater, Region 4 Director, Secretary

The Vineyards at Fredericksburg

Austin Faught, Director at Large (5)

Roadrunner RV Park

Scott McGee, Region 5 Director

Rayford Crossing RV Resort

Jan Pillai, Region 1 Director

Midland RV Campground

Non-Voting: Brian Schaeffer, Exec. Director

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Ron Hinkle, Legislative Consultant

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ACCOUNTING / BOOKKEEPING CAMPGROUND REFUND Jim Dixon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214-546-7886 jim@campgroundrefund.com Performing no-risk contingency fee sales tax refund recovery on utilities and construction for RV Campgrounds.

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

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 BAKER PRODUCTS / FREEZE MISER Jeff Jubela. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 830-499-5360 jjubela@gmail.com Freeze protection for exterior water lines.

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.

www.camco.net FIRESIDE LODGE FURNITURE CO. Sara Pridgen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 218-568-6188 sara@firesidelodgefurniture.com Rustic furniture made for your modern world.

www.firesidelodgefurniture.com GREAT AMERICAN DIRECT Kendall Lecker. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 757-229-0567 shop@greatamericandirect.com

Your Glamping Experts at Factory Direct Pricing! Mattresses, Wipe Downs, Mattress Protection, Futon Frames & Mattresses.

www.greatamericandirect.com JAMESTOWN ADVANCED PRODUCTS Shari Hallenbeck. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-452-0639 marketing@jamestownadvanced.com Commercial site amenities for campgrounds, parks, and rec areas.

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 PORTER SUPPLY COMPANY Jeremy Porter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .402-871-4385 info@portersupplycompany.com Offering the latest in outdoor furniture, grills, and custom campground promotional products.

www.portersupplycompany.com SIGN SOLUTIONS USA Kerry Briss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 701-293-8699 Listing continued to next column

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

The PlayWell Group has been providing commercial playground equipment and park products since 1987.

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www.signsolutions.com THE PLAYWELL GROUP James Robertson. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-726-1816 james@playwellgroup.com www.playwellgroup.com TRAVEL EASY DECKS, LLC. Kristina Rowell . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-267-1080 kristy@traveleasydecks.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.

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

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.gorincohenconsulting.com HYTROPY Patrick Hardy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-914-7634 CustomerService@hytropy.com 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 Professional campground assessment.

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

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 ELECTRICAL SERVICES/SUPPLIES B & B ELECTRICAL Matt Linnell. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 888-391-3802 sales@bbelec.com Electrical supplies for RV parks.

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

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

www.infinitypowerpartners.com PURE ENERGY CONSULTING Shana Hancock . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 903-265-8095 Listing continued to next column WINTER 2022

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www.consultpure.com TEXEN POWER COMPANY Tom Stubblefield. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 281-989-7440 tstubblefield@texenpower.com www.texenpower.com UTILITY SUPPLY GROUP Heidi Doyle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-800-2811 heidi@go-usg.com RV Park utility products.

www.go-usg.com YOUR ELECTRICAL SOLUTIONS Margaret (Maggie) Linnell. . . . . . . 855-644-2400 sales@yourelectricalsolutions.net 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. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 518-218-5095 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 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.

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

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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!

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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.

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LELAND’S COMMERCIAL CABINS Carol Stevens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 817-409-6513 carol@lelandscabins.com

Cabins, portable buildings, RV covers.

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

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www.ceclaundry.com MANAGEMENT ADVANCED OUTDOOR SOLUTIONS Kathleen Walsh. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 800-579-9796 kwalsh@advanced-outdoor.biz RV resort, RV park, campground management - 3rd party management consulting.

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www.HorizonOutdoors.com IVEE GROUP Tom Mason . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 404-477-6189 info@ivee.com Hospitality management services.

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NAI OUTDOOR HOSPITALITY BROKERS Jesse Pine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 970-409-4885 JessePine@NAIOHB.com

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The Future of Electrical Vehicle Chargers at RV Parks

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ID YOU KNOW that by 2024, at least three major American automobile manufacturers plan to have an EV truck on the market? If that projection pans out and if these vehicles can successfully tow RVs, how will they be charged? Electrical vehicle charging stations at an RV park has certainly been a popular topic lately! Here at the Utility Supply Group, we receive many calls and emails from customers asking,“Do we really need EV chargers at our park? How much do they cost? How can I integrate them into the infrastructure that we currently have? Do I have to rewire everything?” Unfortunately, the subject can bring up some uncertainty and stress. The bottom line? It is OK to take a slower approach. We know that there is a need for EV chargers in many places, but how do you know if there is a need at YOUR property? It is easy to get sucked into the hype and excitement, but we suggest that you start by asking yourselves some questions, as each property is different. The BEST time to dig into this is if you are planning a new build park, are working on an electrical upgrade, or expanding the scope of your property. You can then assess the need and plan to install a specific number of EV chargers during construction. This way, you can design the electrical infrastructure so it can accommodate additional need, when necessary. For most of you, who are looking to add EV charging options to your existing property, the question is a simple one. Are you turning away potential business because there is not an EV charger available? If so, it makes sense to consider options for installing one or more. Additionally, you will need to take a good look at the park’s electrical infrastructure, because charging a car isn’t as simple as charging a golf cart. A great place to start is to put a 200-amp panel by your office or store, where there is available parking, and install two to four EV chargers, says Paul Croteau, USG’s Project Manager. Having them placed in a centrally-located area is a relatively easy electrical solution. The correct installation of EV chargers allows you to manage the usage and ensures that your customers are not overtaxing the park’s electrical grid. Adding charging stations will also demonstrate that your park is forward-thinking and innovative. H WINTER 2022

This Wallbox EV Charging pedestal is one of the many options you can explore with the Utility Supply Group.

At a recent visit to one of our customer’s parks, we had the opportunity to assist in picking locations for three EV chargers. We chose smaller, less wooded sites that were near the road and added a Wallbox Level 2 charger to each one. This option provides an opportunity for campers (and even their visitors) to have a separate area to charge their electric vehicles, AND these sites can still be used to plug in RVs, when the park is full. Whether it makes sense to use electrical options already in place or to provide a new power source, adding an EV charging station can be a great way to provide a new service to your customers. There are several great options to add EV chargers to your property and we can help you choose the best option for you. 10

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Thor RV Group Manager Matt Zimmerman provides a private tour to state campground association executives including TACO.

Executives from the state associations of (L to R) California, Wisconsin, and Florida, and Assistant Executive Director Michael Moore from TACO join Thor’s Matt Zimmerman, RV Group Director.

Airstream’s 22-foot travel trailer concept, named eStream, is built on THOR’s exclusive highvoltage electric chassis. Powered by a propriety system, THOR said the trailer dramatically reduces loss of range for electric tow vehicles and improves gas mileage for traditional tow vehicles.

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A fully-equipped Ford Lightning with the extended range battery pack can tow loads up to 10,000 pounds. It also has a Lithium-Ion Battery Cost 1500 1,800-lb. payload capacity. That doesn’t appear too bad on paper, 2021 Constant Dollars for moderately-sized travel trailers. However, capacity is only half of 1200 the battle. If towing at full capacity, the Ford Lightning may be hardpressed to exceed 100 miles in range. 900 Things don’t look much better for Ford’s rival, the Rivian R1T. With a slightly higher tow rating of 11,000 lbs., the R1T offers 600 attractive tow capabilities. However, like the Ford Lightning, the limitations come down to its range. Rivian warns that the range 300 might be cut by roughly 50% when towing, taking its 314-mile range down to 157 miles. This distance is under ideal conditions, so real-world results will likely be closer to 100-120 miles. 0 The limitation of both these trucks won’t be overcome when the competition releases their initial EV trucks. Rival truck manufacturers such as Chevrolet, GM, Tesla, and others will offer similar capabilities Source: US Department of Energy, 2021 when they first dip their “tow” into the EV truck market. The Get the data; Note: Estimated price for 2021 is preliminary biggest hurdle for the industry is balancing battery capacity, weight, cost, and charging times. Although lithium-ion batteries remain the prevailing technology The heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries needed to power a truck’s of the EV industry, engineers have been working feverishly to drivetrain are a significant portion of the manufacturing cost. This develop new technology to replace them. The most promising drives up the cost of new electric trucks compared to similar, gasadvancement will be solid-state batteries. Solid-state batteries will powered vehicles. Adding range and tow capacity is less about transform the battery and EV industries, significantly reducing the the engine size and more about the battery capacity. To solve size of batteries, enhancing safety, and increasing efficiency and this challenge, trucks simply need more batteries. However, more charging times. They’ll also have a longer lifespan. batteries mean more weight, higher costs, and significantly longer Solid-state cells inherit a lot of their technology from their and unrealistic charging times. lithium-ion counterparts. They both store and discharge energy as conventional cells. The difference comes from how they move Batteries the lithium-ion around. Conventional batteries use a liquid-based The technology that has allowed the EV market to grow to electrolyte, while solid-state batteries substitute this with very thin widespread adoption is also its Achilles heel. Battery technology has solid electrolytes made from more stable materials like ceramic, advanced to a point where price and capacity have provided the polymer, or glass. green light for auto manufacturers to hedge their future on the EV The current downside with solid-state batteries is that the market. However, current battery technology can only take us so far. technology is just not ready. To date, no company has demonstrated Most manufacturers have relied on the same battery technology for the ability to manufacture solid-state cells for mass production. more than a decade—lithion-ion batteries. The main change that has Dozens of high-profile projects are still in the testing stage. However, accelerated their adoption has been affordability. it’s less likely a question of if they will get to the market, but rather However, powering the EV fleet of the future will take more when they will. Even though many countries plan to phase out than just more affordable batteries. Innovation is needed to develop internal combustion engines (ICE) by 2030 and the U.S. shortly new battery technology that provides more capacity, lighter weights, afterward, most industry experts believe that we’re still eight or faster charging, at a low price point. That’s a heavy ask of the more years away from vehicle-ready solutions powered by solid-state battery industry, but billions of dollars are being invested to achieve batteries. However, it will happen, but the EV market will have to just this. grow with current technology until it does. Lithium-ion batteries are the current technology of the present To read the article in its entirety, go to https://outdoormiles.com/ but won’t be of the future. Their popularity is due to several key electric-trucks-and-the-rv-industry/ .H factors. They offer a long lifespan, currently between 10 to 20 years. They also have a high power-to-weight ratio and are energy efficient. One significant green benefit is that they’re also recyclable, although material recovery must overcome several hurdles. Most importantly, for manufacturers, is they’re becoming more affordable. Lithium-ion batteries dropped by more than 85% in costs since 2008. WINTER 2022

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