EDITOR’S NOTES By Ben Quiggle July 2019 Vol. 50 No. 7 www.woodallscm.com Advertising: Ally Kollat, Account Executive, National Ad Sales [email protected] Office: (574) 266-7980 or (800) 831-1076 ext. 11 WendyThorne, Account Executive, National Ad Sales [email protected] Office (574) 266-7980 or (800) 831-1076 ext. 14 Chris Lang, MarketPlace & Campground Investment Sales [email protected] Office: (574) 266-7980 or (800) 831-1076 ext. 10 Art Direction: Trina Nissley, Art Director [email protected] Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgrounds may receive a free subscription upon request to Woodall’s Campground Management — one free subscription per campground. Others may purchase subscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year in Canada. Contact Chris Lang at Woodall’s Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Email: [email protected] Woodall’s Campground Management is published monthly by G&G Media Group LLC at the above address. Contact Information: Editorial Sherman Goldenberg, Publisher [email protected] Office: (574) 457-3370 Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Fax: (574) 457-8295 Ben Quiggle, Editor [email protected] Mobile: (574) 306-7781 Fax: (574) 266-7984 Rick Kessler, Managing Editor [email protected] (734) 777-6830 Jeff Crider, Senior Editor [email protected] (760) 469-5905 Bob Ashley, Editor at Large [email protected] (765) 675-4106 Publisher: Sherman Goldenberg Editorial Director: Bruce Hampson G& M E D I A GROUP All general correspondence, circulation and display and classified sales inquiries may be directed to the following: Woodall’s Campground Management, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514 LLC For many campground owners, this is the time of year when the seasonordinarilyhitsitsfullstride.Parkoperatorsareworkingfulltilt, answeringphones,checkingincampersandmakingsureeverything — including theWi-Fi — is running smoothly. On top of all this hustle and bustle, Mother Nature has definitely played a dysfunctional role this year at a bunch of parks — some of whichhavebeenhitbystorms,floodingandeventornadoes,whileoth- ersarecontinuingtodealwiththedauntingthreatofevenmorerain. Certain areas of Michigan, for example, were poised in late June tobreaka136-year-oldrecordforprecipitation,reportedtheLansing State Journal. Cincinnati, Ohio, by press time had received 32.61 inches of rain in 2019, the fourth-highest rainfall total on record for the period of Jan. 1 to June 16, according to The Enquirer. A majority of the state association leaders with whom Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) touched bases with over the past month noted that their members hadn’t reported any severe storm-related issues (story on page 4), although some park owners and plenty of state and national parks are still experiencing soggy, unusable sites. At Missouri’s Mari Osa Delta campground, owner HaroldTaylor told radio station KOMU that hehaslost$15,000to$20,000worthofbusinesssincelateMay.Hispark,situatedalongtworivers, has been hit by severe flooding over the past few months. Still,hesaid,guestsareeagertocomebackandwhileaportionoftheparkisclosedforrepairs, he expects to be back up and running full speed within a month. In California, Kings River RV Resort was also hit by flooding and was temporarily closed. The resort was set to reopen July 1 and it already had a full reservation list. For many of these park owners, the months ahead will be focused on making repairs and re- coupinglostrevenues—althoughoneofthebestthingsabouttheRVparkandcampgroundsector isthewayotherowners,campersandstateassociationscometogethertoassistthoseinneed.After tornados hit two Pennsylvania campgrounds — Keen Lake Camping and Cottage Resort inWay- martandWaterSideCampgroundandRVParkinLewistown—campersandvolunteersfromthe PennsylvaniaCampgroundOwnersAssociation(PCOA)ralliedtogethertohelpbothparksrepair thedamage—asignalthatwhileparkoperatorsarecompetitorsinsomecases,thisisaninclusive businesssectorfullofresilientindividualswhoarepreparedtohelponeanotheroutwhenneeded. ItisthatfeelingofbelongingtoalargerfamilythatattractsindividualstocampgroundsandRV parks—anditisthatsenseofcamaraderiethatwillensuretheoutdoorhospitalitysectorcontinues to grow for years to come. WCM Owners Battle Soggy Spring Weather 2 - July 2019 Woodall’s Campground Management