Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 3212 - April 2017 Woodall’s Campground Management ON CAMPGROUNDS Reports from the field: Bob Ashley Robin Sargent, owner of Mustang Hollow Campground in Mathis, Texas, tells the story of a teenager who visited the park with his family after Sargent and his wife Linda bought the camp- ground out of bankruptcy 34 years ago. “I’d always call him ‘kid’ — even when he was older,” Sargent said. “They’d come here three or four times a year, year after year. “A couple of years ago, he came into theofficewithababyinhisarms,andhe looked at me and said,‘You can’t call me kid anymore.This is my granddaughter.’ Ilaughed.That’sthreegenerationsofthat family who have camped with us.” Sitting on the banks of Lake Corpus Christi 40 miles north of the Gulf Coast, Mustang Hollow has many repeat visitors like“kid” and his family. “This is kind of a vacation area in the summertime,” Sargent said. With 135 sites on 47 acres along with 46 log cabins — all built since the Sargents bought the park — Mustang Hollow is almost like having two businesses, Sargent said. “Inthesummer,wehavevacationers, and the cabins are popular,” he reported.“Andinthewintertime,weare starting to rebuild our Winter Texans population. We had to rebuild that because for a while we had a bunch of oil workers staying here and we lost our Winter Texan base.” Theparkhasbecomeadestinationfor locals, he said. “During the summer,” Even though he calls Mustang Hol- low “rustic,” it has a swimming pool and recreation hall that will seat more than 100 people. Addi- tionally, it has a smallrestaurantthatsellspizza,broasted chicken and other items. “We even deliver to the campsite if they want,” Sargent said. Besides sitting on a reservoir that is the source of drinking water for Corpus Christi, part of the park’s 47 acres is protected as a Texas Archaeological Landmark.“Theareawasusedforthou- sands of years by groups of Indians,” he said.“We’ve agreed to set aside some of the property for study that never has been touched.” * * * * * It would hard for business to be betterat387-siteValenciaTravelVillage inValencia, Calif. “The RV business has been pretty good; it’s been busy,” said Office Manager ChrisYoung. Aformerhorseranchseveraldecades ago that is adjacent to Interstate 5 on 60-plus acres, 323 sites are set aside for monthly rental and 64 are available for short-term travelers. “Intermsofmonth-to-month,weare fully booked and have a waiting list,” Young said.“There’s quite a demand for RV sites in the L.A. area and there are not a lot of parks to chose from. “We get project workers and people between marriages or others who need a temporary spot while they move into the area.We get everyone.” And while there are tons of touristy things to do in the area — “We are the biggest park near L.A’s hottest attrac- tions,”Young said —ValenciaTravelVil- lage has plenty of typical campground amenities to keep people busy, includ- ing adult and youth pools, wading pool for kids, a combination tennis/basket- ball and volleyball courts, horseshoes, shuffleboard and grass bowling. Valencia Travel Village also has a storage lot that will hold 600 RVs. You may have guessed it — the storage lot is at capacity and there’s a waiting list. WCM Editor-at-Large Bob Ashley is aCentralIndiana-basedfreelancewriter/ editor and a 25-year newspaper veteran who has focused on the RV industry and national recreation issues for the past 19 years. He received the 2013 “Distin- guished Service in RV Journalism” award from the Recreation Vehicle In- dustry Association (RVIA). WCM Sargentsaid,“wedrawfromabouta150- mile radius, but we also have interna- tional visitors from England and France andothercountries.”Theparkalsohosts family reunions and other groups that sometimes rent all 46 cabins. Mustang Hollow also boasts a 12- acre petting zoo with donkeys, minia- ture horses and baby goats. “There are peacocksallovertheplace,too,”hesaid. In addition to the cabins, the Sar- gents made major changes to the park after they bought it. “All the hookups were geared for small rigs,”Sargent said. “We had to convert everything so that we would accommodate huge big rigs.” Mustang Hollow disassociated from a franchise organization about five years ago. “They wanted to change our rustic campground into a gold-plated camp- ground,” Sergeant said.“And we started to get a huge amount of local traffic, so it didn’t make sense to keep paying the fees when we weren’t getting the traffic from them.” Sargent said he’s proud that Mustang Hollow remains“wild and rustic.” “We have trails and we like to keep the trees,” he said. “It’s a country place. It’s not polished. Apparently, a lot of people like that because it’s working.” ‘Wild and Rustic’ Mustang Hollow Appeals to Generations Mustang Hollow’s rustic charm draws generations of guests. Robin & Linda Sargent