b'EDITORS NOTES BY BEN QUIGGLEOutdoor Hosp. Industry Expects Busy SummerNothing is slowing this down. That is the message Woodalls Campground Magazine (WCM) brought back after its travels to various state association conferences this spring.While gas prices were initially a concern as they began to rise in early March due mainly to the Russia/Ukraine conflictwhich unfortunately is still ongoing in Europethose prices stalled out late in March and even went down in some areas.While there is still concern that they may increase again, park owners, suppliers and others are all very optimistic about the summer months and expect, for the most part, to see a record number of campers once again.The RV Industry Association (RVIA) lowered its estimated year-end total of unit shipments to just under 600,000 at the end of February, but a recent report highlights that RV demand is still at an all-time high, with 53,722 units shipped in February and wholesale totals for the entire year up 11.3% over 2021.If things keep up like that, the association might be issuing another update that bumps its year-end expectations up again.In this issue, we did ask park operators/owners what impact gas prices, combined with inflation, could have on travel this summer. For the most part, respondents indicated that they expect to see campers who have traveled shorter distanceswithin 150 miles. Many pointed out the fact that new RV owners are too excited to get back to the campground to simply let their units sit all summer. (You can read more about this on page 14.)However, some parks, particularly those near destination points like national parks, did note that they are seeing campers book smaller trips. Maybe instead of hitting three locations, they are only going to one. Whether this becomes a trend this summer is still up in the air, but it is something to look at, especially if yours is a park that depends on destination travelers.Perhaps one of the continued issues that park owners/operators face is supply chain tie-ups. With the economy still in a good position and spending still soaring in most areas, it re-ally can be a week-to-week challenge to get supplies.Adding accommodation units? Most suppliers are telling park owners it could take months to get a unit.Still, park owners are finding ways to expand, and developers are building more campsites than ever before. Its a trend fueled by the still-growing interest in camping as an affordable vacation.That sentiment was clear as WCM spoke with conference attendees this spring.While there are plenty of questions that surround the upcoming summer season, with advanced reservations pouring in for many park owners, and suppliers producing products at an all-time high, it is easy to take an optimistic view and appreciate all the benefits of work-ing in the outdoor hospitality industry.As many conference goers pointed out this spring, not every industry is so lucky.WCMwww.woodallscm.com GG M E D I AVol. 53 No. 5 May 2022& GROUP LLCContact Information: EditorialSherman Goldenberg, PublisherRick Kessler, Managing Editor [email protected]@rvbusiness.com Office: (574) 457-3370(734) 777-6830 Mobile: (574) 457-6637 Fax: (574) 457-8295Gary Gerard, Editorial Director [email protected] Ben Quiggle, Editor(574) 528-1275 [email protected] Mobile: (574) 306-7781Jeff Crider, Senior Editor [email protected] (760) 469-5905 Advertising:Ally Kollat, AccountWendy Thorne, Account Executive, National Ad SalesExecutive, National Ad Sales [email protected]@g-gmediagroup.com Office: (574) 266-7980Office (574) 266-7980Art Direction:Trina Nissley, Art Director [email protected] general correspondence, circulation and display and classified salesinquiries may be directed to the following: Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901 E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Fax: (574) 266-7984Owners, managers or marketing directors of privately held U.S. campgrounds may receive a free subscription upon request to Woodalls CampgroundMagazineone free subscription per campground. Others may purchasesubscriptions at these rates: $24.95 per year U.S. or $35.95 per year in Canada. Contact Woodalls Campground Magazine, C/O G&G Media Group LLC, 2901E. Bristol St., Ste. B, Elkhart, IN 46514. Email: [email protected] Campground Magazine is published monthly by G&G Media Group LLC at the above address. 2 May 2022Woodalls Campground Magazine'