ARVC Blog Categories: Best Practices

Creating a campground environment that’s safe and healthy for guests is essential for successful park management, but it doesn’t happen on its own. It takes both a dedicated team and a focus on many factors that have a major impact on your park, including risk management, general maintenance and safety standards, and making your park more sustainable.

The ARVC Foundation’s NFPA 1194® Completion Certificate class, offered Nov. 4 in Knoxville, Tenn. during this year’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE), is designed to ensure park owners and operators have an in-depth understanding of the current standards for RV parks and campgrounds. The NFPA 1194 Completion Certificate class will provide guidance to park owners in interpreting the NFPA 1194 standard, a nationally-recognized standard developed, maintained and published by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).

In order to assist RV park and campground owners and operators in their search for the best reservation system for their park, the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC) is hosting an interactive Reservation Systems Panel during this fall’s Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo (OHCE). This panel will give attendees a chance to engage directly with eight of the premier companies in the market to gain a better understanding of the products and services each offer.

Having a dedicated team of employees is the lifeblood of any campground. But human resource responsibilities go far beyond the recruitment and hiring processes. Records must be kept accurately, legal requirements must be met and there are other factors that owners need to know such as why something as seemingly harmless as using volunteers can actually put the campground at risk for liability issues.

Every RV park and campground has a brand. What’s yours? Are you family-friendly or focused exclusively on guests who are 55 and over? Or maybe your park specializes in outdoor adventures or is the ideal spot for those who want to escape and unplug. Whatever your brand identity is, the more you promote it on your website and through social media, the more successful you’ll be at attracting your target audience.

Has your park made a commitment to protecting the environment by implementing practices such as a recycling program, installing energy-saving devices and using biodegradable cleaning products? If so, your park may be eligible to participate in the ARVC Plan-It Green Friendly Park Program.

Nothing warms our hearts more than watching our little ones play. Especially when we know they are safe and free from dirt and mess. Whether it is your adorable child or your loyal pet, you want nothing but the best for them.

ARVC member-parks love to welcome guests to their campgrounds. It’s what they do best. After all, we’re in the outdoor hospitality industry. But unfortunately, there are times when it becomes necessary to ask a guest to leave.

“Getting back to nature” is an expression we all use but can mean something different to each of us. Whether it is just taking a walk in the park, camping or playing on a playground. But with all these ideas, getting closer to nature is at the heart of it all. You can be in the deep woods or right in town, we all love to experience nature to different extents. Most of us would rather not see concrete or asphalt when we are hiking on a trail or camping out. But keep in mind that some of us need a firm stable surface in order to get closer to nature and enjoy these activities. If you are physically limited, using a wheelchair or pushing a stroller, maneuvering over rocky, uneven terrain or muddy ground can be a challenge.

Who owns the coaxial cable and equipment that delivers TV & Telephone in your RV Park?
In many RV parks and campgrounds, the cabling run underground to the pedestals in your park and the other centralized equipment used to deliver TV and telephone service to those pedestals was installed by a local cable provider and is owned by that cable provider.

[PART THREE] Social media can deliver some pretty powerful revenue-generating opportunities for your park, but only if you know how to use it. We asked Erin Thiem, who co-owns ARVC member-park Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, Calif. with her husband Dan Thiem, to share a few of the secrets of her online success.

GREENVILLE, S.C., Sept. 20, 2018 — More than a dozen campgrounds and RV resorts across North and South Carolina are providing temporary shelter or a place to stay for Hurricane Florence evacuees, and several of them are offering discounts, according to the Carolinas Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds.

“Campgrounds and RV parks are uniquely positioned to accommodate evacuees and often provide emergency shelter during or after major storms, not only in the Carolinas, but across the United States,” said Dee Witting, executive director of the Carolinas Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds. Witting added that many areas of the Carolinas escaped damage during Hurricane Florence and campgrounds in these locations are able to accommodate evacuees as well as travelers.