Roger Thompson

The uncertain direction of the U.S. economy may be responsible for the less-than-expected turnout at the annual meeting April 3-5 of the Oregon Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (Oregon ARVC).

The three-day event at the Mills Casino & RV Resort in North Bend, Ore., attracted 25 people from 12 campgrounds, reported Roger Thompson, CPO and association president.

Featured speakers included Jeff Sims, director of state relations and program advocacy with the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC), who spoke on the new ADA swimming pool lift regulations and on current developments within the national association; Brian Tulli from Evergreen USA, who spoke on the hidden places of liability in a campground insurance policy; staff members of Legally Mine out of Utah, who spoke on how to set up an LLC to protect your assets; website designer Eric Stewart, who discussed ways to improve websites; Alan and Teresa Breuer, Oregon representatives for the new Good Sam Travel Guide & Campground Directory, who spoke on the new combined publication; and Scott West of Travel Oregon, who spoke on efforts by the state of Oregon to improve tourism.

Thompson, whose Driftwood RV Park is located near Highway 101 in Brookings in the southwest corner of the state, says the approaching salmon fishing season will foreshadow the 2012 camping season.

“We’ll see what the tourists do,” he said.

Guests at the annual meeting included Charlie Curry of the Toutle River RV Resort in Castle Rock, Wash.

The association raised $3,000 during the annual auction to benefit Oregon ARVC activities.

Oregon ARVC will hold its fall conference in October.