4 - January 2019 Woodall’s Campground Management Skyline Champion Shows Off First Joint Display at KOA Convention Among the busy displays at the 2018 Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) International Convention & Expo, which was held Nov. 12-15 at the Fort Worth Convention Center inTexas, was a precedent-setting exhibit in which Skyline Champion Corp. — a new com- pany formed June 4 by the combination of former competi- tors Skyline Corp. and Champion Home Builders Inc. — showcased the firm’s park model RVs in a joint display for the first time. And as the integration proceeds for the new publicly-held manufacturer of parkmodelsandmanufacturedhousing based in Elkhart Ind., additional Skyline Champion exhibits should become commonplace at an array of trade and retail shows across the country, accord- ing to Dick Grymonprez, director of park model sales, and Terry Decio, director of new business development for the conjoined company. Next up for Skyline Champion is the Florida RV Trade Association’s (FRVTA) 2019 Florida RV SuperShow slated for Jan. 16-20 at the Florida State Fair- grounds in Tampa, Fla., where, Decio pointed out, the new company will man two displays next to each other to promoteselectedmodelsfromitsShore Park, Athens Park, Highland and Silvercrest-branded lines. Skyline Champion also plans to show a park model RV at the RV Industry Associa- tion’s (RVIA) new RVX Show in March in Salt Lake City, Utah. “Basically, our company has taken a very positive approach to park models,” Grymonprez told Woodall’s Camp- ground Management (WCM). “Right now, we have 12 plants that build park models, but we are also looking at addingaparkmodel-onlyplantinLeola, Pa.We are already building park model- only product lines in one of our big plants in Corona, Calif., and, of course, we also build park models in Mansfield, Texas. And then we are looking at a couple of other plants as well, although we’re not at liberty to discuss those at this point. “Right now, we have over 40% of the U.S. shipments of park models and we are going to continue to grow our platform,” added Grymonprez, an RVIA boardmember.“Now,thisisthefirsttime we’ve been with KOA. We met with KOA and they opened up their (corporate product) specs so we could build them in all of our plants. So, now these KOA ownersthathavebeenpaying$5,000and $6,000 in freight to ship them from Arizona or Indiana can buy them from Texas and save that freight or buy them in Pennsylvania or wherever else we’ve got one of our plants.” Whileindustryparkmodelsaleshave grown 15% in the past three years, he said, Skyline Champion’s own sales (representing both companies for the bulk of that time) rose 48%. “Andthat’snotjustbecausewejoined (companies),” Grymonprez noted. “Champion alone occupies 25% of the market.So,withSkylineandChampion, we’ve got over 40%.” WCM An auction, which netted $20,949, helped raise funds for educational endeavors, includingtheNationalSchoolofRVParkand Campground Management, which is hosted by the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. DuringPCOA’sannualmeeting,whichwas heldduringtheconvention,thewinnersofthe 2018 PCOA scholarships were announced. Doug Garman, of Pettecote Junction Camp- ground in Cedar Run, Pa., and Laura Holmes, of Farma Family Campground in Greenville, Penn.,wereawardedafullscholarshiptothe National School of RV Park and Campground Management. Craig Repetski Jr., of Hemlock Camp- ground in Tobyhanna, Pa., was awarded up to $1,000 for a college or university course and Jacob Hagofsky, of Buttercup Wood- lands Campground in Renfrew, Pa., was awardedupto$500forcontinuingeducation. Also, during the annual meeting, the followingmemberswereelectedtotwo-year terms on the PCOA Board: • Region I – Jacob Hagofsky, Buttercup Woodlands Campground, Renfrew, Pa. • Region II – Ron Thompson, Silver Canoe Campground, Rural Valley, Pa. • Region III – Tyler Grim, Canyon Country Campground, Wellsboro, Pa. • Region IV – Bruce Serio, Mountain Creek Campground, Gardners, Pa. • Region V – Jonathan Ammary, Stony- Brook RV Resort, Lehighton, Pa. • Region VI – Stephanie Schmidt, Elizabethtown/Hershey KOA, Elizabethtown, Pa. PCOAalsohandedoutanumberofcamp- ground awards during the conference, in- cluding: • Best Promotional Piece – Dogwood Acres Campground, Newville, Pa. •BestBrochure–RosePointParkCabins & Cottages, New Castle, Pa. • Best Apparel Item – Blue Rocks Family Campground, Lenhartsville, Pa. • Best Souvenir – Bear Run Campground, Portersville, Pa. • Best Camping Photo – Keen Lake Camp- ing & Cottages, Waymart, Pa. •MostCreativeActivity–FoxwoodFamily Campground, East Stroudsburg, Pa. • Best Website – Pettecote Junction Campground, Cedar Run, Pa. • Best Example of Guest Service – Para- dise Stream Campground, Loysville, Pa. • Tourism Employee of the Year – Keen Lake Camping & Cottages •BestCommunityInvolvement–BearRun Campground The 2019 PCOA Convention will be held fromDec.9-11atthePennStaterConference Center Hotel in State College, Pa. WCM Good Sam Rebrands Annual Travel Guide 88 Campgrounds Represented at 2018 PCOA Convention; Association Bestows Awards, Names New Board Members Dick Grymonprez The2019GoodSamGuidehashittheshelves with a new name, a broader focus on outdoor recreation and up-to- date information on 12,101 RV parks and campgrounds across North America, accord- ing to a press release. Formerly titled the Good Sam RV Travel & Savings Guide, the new guideisnowonsaleandprovidesreadersinfor- mation on hitting the trail, highway, waterway or huntingrange.Theguideincludesinformationon the 2,400-plus Good Sam parks, which offer 10% discountstothemorethantwomillionGoodSam members across North America. Highlights of the Good Sam Guide include: •Featurearticles,alongwith“RoadstoAdven- ture”travelitineraries,favoritesnowbirddestina- tionsandfamily-friendlyvacations.Alsoincluded arearticlesonNASCARandinformationonhunt- ing,fishingandboatingbystateandprovince. • A list of the 178 RV parks that have earned flawless 10/10★/10 ratings based on the publi- cation’s evaluation system, which grades on fa- cilities; cleanliness of restrooms and showers; and environment and visual appearance. Each category is rated on a scale of one to 10 and a star is added for exceptionally clean restrooms. • Detailed state and provincial maps that in- dicate the locations of RV parks, with Good Sam Parks marked in red. Good Sam Club members can buy the guide for$9.95—65%offthe$29.95fornon-GoodSam members — at Gander Outdoors and Camping World stores and online at CampingWorld.com. The 2018 Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association (PCOA) Convention, held Dec. 2-5 at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, Pa., attracted more than 200 attendees from 88 registered campgrounds — including six from out of state. New to the mix this year was the addition of the Pennsylvania Recreation Vehicle and Campground Association (PRVCA), located in Camp Hill, Pa. PRVCA officials held both their winter board meeting and their show committee meeting during the convention and were present for the keynote address as well as the trade show. The keynote speaker was Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) President Toby O’Rourke, who spoke about the forward momentum in the campground industry. Fourteen seminars were held during the convention, as well as 12 roundtable discus- sions and a trade show that featured more than 70 vendors. PCOA’s convention featured more than 70 vendors. PCOAboardmembers(LtoR):JacobHagofsky, Tyler Grim and Stephanie Schmidt. RVB HoldsAll-Industry Elkhart Party, Raises Funds for KOA Care Camps charity spear- headed by the in- d e p e n d e n t , nonprofit KOA Owners Associa- tion that helps sendkidswithcan- cer to summer camps. Wade Elliott, chairman of the KOA Care Camps Board, noted that the group is engag- ing with their part- ners in both the RV and campground industries to help send even more chil- dren with cancer to camp. “As a natural fit for our industries, many Elkhart companies are respond- ing with generous donations that helped send 42,000 kids to camp in 2018,” he said. The event featured the traditional appearance of bagpipers and a toast led by RVB Publisher Sherman Gold- enberg, who spoke about a successful business year in the RV industry and notable milestones. Among the party sponsors: Carefree of Colorado, Cummins Inc., CWRV Transport, Dometic, Forest River Inc., KOA, RVBusiness, Thor Industries Inc. and Wells-Fargo CDF. WCM With the demise of the RV Industry Association’s annual National RVTrade Show in Louisville, Ky., G&G Media Group LLC moved the traditional Louisville get-together hosted by RVBusinessmagazine—sisterpublica- tion to Woodall’s Campground Man- agement — to the RV-building capital of Elkhart, Ind. More than a celebration of the just- passed year, however, the Nov. 29 All- Industry Elkhart Party, held Nov. 29 at Luchesse’s Italian Restaurant, also doubled as a charitable event that served to raise funds for Kamp- grounds of America Inc.’s (KOA) Care Camps. KOA Care Camps is a 35-year-old RVB’s Elkhart Party traditionally features an appearance by bagpipers.