For the third consecutive year, the Texas Recreation Vehicle Association (TRVA) has recognized outstanding RV parks in the Lone Star state.

During the TRVA’s 39th annual convention held Aug. 10-13 at the Sheraton Austin at the Capitol in the heart of Downtown Austin, the association honored the following parks:

  • Small Park of the Year, Palmdale RV Resort, Harlingen, Michael and Carolyn Fuller (at left above).
  • Medium Park of the Year, Bentsen Palm Village RV Resort, Mission, Guy and Juanita Carvajal (at right above).
  • Large Park of the Year, Victoria Palms RV Resort, Donna, Karen Pike (center above).

The awards are based upon many factors that demonstrate excellence in facility, customer service and overall superior park operations. Awards and recognition are open to all RV parks that are TRVA members and meet its requirements.

Among the TRVA convention VIPS were (from left) Michael Peay with Holiday World
of Houston and Dallas; Victor Vandergriff, board chairman of the Texas Department
of Motor Vehicles;, Clark McEwen, executive director of TRVA; and Whitney Brewster, executive director
 of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles.

Overall convention attendance was 275 from the campground, manufacturing and dealer sectors. The theme for this year’s convention was “Growing the RV Lifestyle – Together.”

“We had a great turnout, almost 60 parks attended,” said Clark McEwen, TRVA executive director. “This was the largest park participation we’ve ever had but also the largest convention we’ve ever had. It’s a sign of the times; everybody is feeling pretty good right now compared to where we were.”

Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), provided an update on all legislation passed in recent years that is campground specific, including a modification to the Theft of Service Law, enumerating campgrounds in the new Trespass Law, and modification of Property Code 94 with regard to the definition of an RV, and nontaxation of RVs.

In addition, Schaeffer updated park owners on the status of the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements for campgrounds, specifically on the issue of pool lifts. To fully take advantage of the new Texas laws, attendees were referred to www.tacomembers.com where there are many forms available that incorporate the new legal language. Schaeffer also reviewed a potential eviction case drawing attention from HUD, which could impact all campgrounds in Texas and across the country.

Other speakers included:

  • Dr. Peter Tarlow, who spoke on safety and security issues for parks and dealerships.
  • Margo Richards, travel information director with Texas Department of Transportation, who spoke on how to work with the department to get information out to Texans and visitors alike on their parks.

Margo Richard, Texas Department of Transportation

Dr. Peter Tarlow, terrorism expert

TRVA is now gearing up for its annual Southwest RV Supershow to be held Sept. 13-16 in the Dallas Market Hall. More than 10,000 people will attend the show, the largest in the Southwest, to see over 400 RVs from Texas’ best RV dealers in more than 350,000 square feet of exhibit space.

TRVA’s 2013 convention will be held in Austin Aug. 9-12.


Cutting the Ribbon to open the 2012 TRVA Exhibitors Tradeshow
and Reception are (from left) Tradeshow sponsor Martin Street with Stag Parkway;
Convention Chairwoman Carol Baker (at the podium), TRVA President Diana LeBlanc
with PPL Motor Homes in Houston; and Tradeshow Sponsor Craig Mellor with Stag