For the past nine years, Cavco Industries Inc. has been supplying Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) franchisees with park model “Kamping Lodges” manufactured at its factories in Arizona and Texas.
But as a result of Cavco’s recent acquisition of Fleetwood Homes, the company now has the ability to efficiently service hundreds of KOA franchisees in the Eastern part of the country through an 80,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Rocky Mount, Va., according to a news release.
“By Feb. 1, we will have the first Kamping Lodges available at our Virginia facility,” said Tim Gage, vice president of Cavco’s specialty division, adding that the Rocky Mount facility will save East Coast KOA franchisees significant sums of money on shipping costs.
Mike Atkinson, KOA’s director of lodging, said Cavco’s Virginia plant will help KOA franchisees keep their costs down as they continue to move into the accommodations business. KOA franchisees purchased more than 200 Kamping Lodges from Cavco in 2009, and more purchases are expected next year.
“Over 50% of our franchisees will have a lodge with a bathroom by the end of this year, and we expect to see continued purchases of these products,” Atkinson said.
While the location of Cavco’s Rocky Mount facility helps KOA franchisees from a pricing standpoint, equally important is Cavco’s continuing ability to tailor products to KOA’s needs. “If we need to modify a spec or really do something outside the box, they are our ‘go to’ guys,” Atkinson said. “They understand us. They really understand our business.”
Atkinson said that the key for KOA franchisees is to purchase only lodges of impeccable quality because lesser quality lodges don’t have the durability for rental use. “That’s the key,” Atkinson said. “To put high-quality, long-lasting Kamping Lodges in your campground.”
For more information on Cavco’s Kamping Lodges, park models, and other specialized living units, contact Gage at (602) 763-5488 or visit www.cavcoparkhomes.com. For more information on KOA’s use of park model cabins as Kamping Lodges, contact Atkinson at (406) 248-7444 or e-mail him at [email protected]