> SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE! 

The Iowa Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (IowaARVC) will explore state tax relief opportunities because of the seasonal nature of its members businesses, according to President Ken Tanner.
About 30 people representing 24 campgrounds discussed the tax issue and other matters during IowaARVC’s annual fall meeting Oct. 18 at Rolling Acres Campground in Newton.
“We want to see if being a seasonal business could come into play as far as getting a tax break,” Tanner said. “The state golf association is going after legislation, and we may be able to piggyback on that.”
Speakers during the meeting included Craig Armstrong, general manager of the new Iowa Speedway in Newton, who presented an overview of the facility that is expected to bring major race events to central Iowa.
“A lot of people attending the races will be coming in RVs,” Tanner said.
The main speaker was Rich Stockwell of RV Park Consulting LLC, La Conner, Wash., who spoke about trends in the RV industry, RV-owner demographics and park design.
“A lot of our members have been amazed at the size of some of the RVs that are coming out now and will be showing up in our parks,” said Tanner, owner of On-Ur-Wa RV Park, Onaway.
IowaARVC’s annual meeting spring meeting will be April 4, 2007, at a yet-to-determined location in Onawa.