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Woodall's Campground Management Magazine

Bob Hansen was recently interviewed by Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) for the March 2014 issue of “Campground Management”.

WCM, owned by Good Sam Enterprises LLC, bills itself as “The Voice of the North American Campground Business.”

WCM today circulates to 14,000 RV parks and campgrounds, a majority of them privately owned.

RV Parks Appeal to 2 & 4-Legged Guests

Dog Friendly RV Parks

The following article courtesy of, and reprinted by permission from, WCM, March 2014 issue of “Campground Management”, p. 19, entitled, “Dog Park Equipment Popular With Guests”.

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Dog Park Equipment Popular With Guests

As a growing number of RV park owners have found, outdoor activities don’t necessarily have to target human guests.

Appealing to four-legged campers can be just as enjoyable — and profitable.

“Recreation equipment isn’t just for people, it’s part of the mix available for dog parks, too.” ~ Woodall’s Campground Management

According to National Account Manager Bob Hansen of Pet and Playground Products, dog park equipment is very popular right now.

Building a dog park creates a secure environment that provides pets and humans an opportunity to exercise and interact, establishing a community within campgrounds.

If pet waste is a concern, Hansen suggests installing pet waste stations with bags for guest use.

Pet and Playground Products distributes these pet waste products, as well as agility items such as hoop jumps, doggie crawls and fido fountains manufactured by Bark Park, a PlayCore Company.

“The onset of the dog park agility equipment helps guests who travel with their dogs to not only be comfortable while camping,” stated Hansen, “but it also creates a great marketing tool to draw people to your campground.” Hansen stresses that another major benefit of installing a dog park is that you don’t have to be concerned with meeting extensive safety standards and guidelines, as you would with the installation of a playground. ~ Bob Hansen

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RV Park Equipment for Outdoor Fitness

RV Park Equipment for Fitness

The following article excerpt courtesy of, and reprinted by permission from, WCM, March 2014 Issue of Woodall’s Campground Management, pp. 19, 20, entitled, “Three Themes to Remember in Today’s Recreational Equipment Trends: Water, Miniature Golf and Jumping”.

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Park operators attending last year’s National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC) 2013 Outdoor Hospitality Conference & Expo or Kampgrounds of America Inc.’s Convention may have run across Bob Hansen, national account manager for Pet and Playground Products in Eclectic, Alabama.

While in attendance at these shows, Hansen said his firm’s new product catalogs flew off the shelf.

“One of the newer things we’re coming out with this year is outdoor fitness equipment,” said Hansen, “and I think it’s going to be a huge hit in campgrounds.”

The idea is that many campers are looking to exercise when they travel — and there is only so much you can do in an RV given the limited amount of space.

Outdoor fitness equipment lends variety to exercise on the road beyond walking, jogging or biking.

“The manufacturer has come up with some really neat ideas for fitness parks,” stated Hansen. “One of those stemmed from the fact that parents have to supervise their kids when they’re at the playground, so what they’ve designed is a circle around the playground area made up of five to seven pieces of fitness equipment. This way the parents are able to exercise on the equipment while still keeping an eye on the kids.” ~ Bob Hansen

Outdoor fitness stations can also be set up along existing trails or paths throughout a park’s acreage.

The equipment distributed by Pet and Playground Products is part of the Health Trail Fitness System manufactured by Play & Park Structures, a PlayCore Company, and options include pull-up stations, total-body row machines, hurdles, balance beams, wobble boards and bench dips.

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