6 - January 2019 Woodall’s Campground Management Members of the Ontario Private Camp- ground Association (OPCA), or Camping in Ontario, capped off one of the best seasons so far with a weekend of learning, elections and, of course, a little bit of fun. The 2018 Convention and CampEX, held Nov. 17-21 in Alliston, Ontario, at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort and Conference Center, included several keynote speeches and learning sessions that occurred during the four-day event. This year’s keynote speakers focused on Canada’s recent legalization of recreational marijuana and the impact that has been hav- ing on the campground and RV park sectors. The association also held its board elec- tions. This year, Camping in Ontario is saying goodbye to Jan Maat, of North Shore RV Park, chair of the nominating committee and Diane Houle, of Blueberry Hill Motel & Campground, who are stepping down from the board. Maat had served for eight years, while Houle had been on the board for four years. OfficialswithCampinginOntariowelcome backNolanVallery,ofHighlandPinesCamp- ground & RV Sales, who was re-elected for his second term. The association also voted in two new members, John Baker, of Happy Hills Campground, and Chantal de Blois, of Minakwa Lodge and Seasonal Campground. In 2019, Camping in Ontario will host its 50th annual convention. WCM Camping in Ontario Hosts 2018 Conven- tion and CampEX Educational sessions are a big part of CampEX. provideeverythingneededtooutfitthe trailer,suchascookware,dishes,board games, camp chairs, a cooler, etc. U.S Warranty Corp. has offered zero deductible, long-term extended warranties for these trailers. The partner park owner would be responsible for “loaning” the travel trailers out to active duty military members for two to seven days for free. Park owners collect a $100 deposit, $35 of which will be nonre- fundable to help cover propane, utilities and other costs. Parks will be allowed to rent out the trailers when they are not in use by military guest, with 50% of this income going to the partner park and the other 50% going to Tents for Troops to help fund the program. For more information on the Tents forTroops program or to find a participating park, visit www.Tents- forTroops.org. WCM PineAcresFamilyCampingResort in Oakham, Mass., provided free camping in 2018 as part of the national Tents for Troops program, according to a press release. During Pine Acres’ 2018 camping season, 20 active military families were provided with a weekend of complimentary tent or RV camping as part of the program. “Two reservations this past season were booked from as far away as Kuwait,” stated the release.“A poten- tial guest may not even be aware of the program and are always hum- bled and grateful when it is offered to them.” According to information avail- able on the Tents for Troop’s website, Pine Acres is one of six campgrounds and RV parks in Massachusetts that participate in this program. Once a park is approved, Tents for Troops will send a travel trailer to the park. The organization will then Pine Acres is one of six campgrounds in Massachusetts that offers free sites to active duty military families. Pine Acres Helps 20 Families Through Tents for Troops RV Shipments Fore- casted to Dip in 2019 RVshipmentswillbedownslightlyin2019, according to a new forecast prepared by RV industry analyst Richard Curtin, a professor at the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center. In his latest quarterly RV RoadSigns newsletter,CurtinprojectstotalRVshipments in 2019 to range between 439,800 and 466,000 units, with the most likely total to be 453,200 units,representinganannualdeclineof5.4%. RVshipmentsareexpectedtototal479,000in 2018,whichisadeclineof5.1%fromthepeak of 504,600 set in 2017 — one that capped eight successive years of growth. While initial forecasts for 2018 were projected higher, actual RV shipments fell in the third quarter of 2018 to 107,130, down 11.9% from last year’s third quarter following a much smaller annual decline of 0.8% in the secondquarter.Despitethisdecline,theship- menttotalwasstillhigherthananyotherthird quarter on record since 1972. “Income, employment and household wealth will continue to exert a positive force on RV sales, though these factors are expected to be slightly less favorable in the year ahead,” said Curtin. “The mild downturn in shipments reflects the impact of higher manufacturingcostsfor RV producers, and RV dealers adjusting their inventories due to changes in inventory carrying costs,” added Frank Hugelmeyer, president of the RV Industry Association. “All relevant economic factors have been favorable for so long that slippage at some pointwasinevitable.ThegoodnewsisthatRV manufacturersarealreadyrespondinginways that will set them up for future success in meeting a new generation of RVers’ demand for distinctive features and options.” WCM Frank Hugelmeyer SaundraBrynReceivesSecond ‘Chairman’sAward’FromARVC For the second time in twoyearsSaundraBrynhas received the “Chairman’s Award” from the National AssociationofRVParksand Campgrounds (ARVC). The award is presented in recognition of individuals who go above and beyond the call of duty to im- prove the outdoor hospitality industry. Bryn also received the ARVC Foundation’s “Education Award” in recognition of her years of volunteer effortshelpingtodevelopcurriculumandeduca- tionalprogrammingforcampground,RVparkand resort operators across the country. “It was wonderful to receive these awards andrecognitionbytheoutdoorhospitalityindus- try,” said Bryn, a Phoenix, Ariz., resident who previously was co-owner and manager of Desert’s Edge RV Park in Phoenix,, a snowbird destination that was named one of the top 10 urbanRVparksinAmericain2014byUSAToday. Bryn received her first chairman’s award in November of 2016, just two weeks after ARVC received notification that it had been accredited by the International Association of Continuing EducationandTraining(IACET).Bryn,whojoined ARVC’s Education Committee in 2007, and Barb Youmans, ARVC’s senior education director and executive director of the ARVC Foundation, had spent six years working to refine the education program to meet IACET standards and to promote IACET standards as a benchmark for program delivery. WCM