Campground and RV park owners returned from the March 16-18 24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Coastal States Conference in Cherry Hill, N.J., armed with information on new products while exchanging ideas with other owners from the Mid-Atlantic Region. According to a press release, the conference was hosted by the New Jersey Campground Owners Association (NJCOA) and acts as a kick-off to opening season for campgrounds and RV parks.

Joann DelVescio, executive director of NJCOA, reported in a press release that this year’s conference featured topical educational sessions and a trade show. Anita Pfefferkorn from Indian Rock RV Resort, Jackson, N.J., noted, “This year’s conference was the best one yet. They are more informative and more fun every year. The seminars were really great; relevant to today’s campground owners’ needs. The trade show was just the right size to have the opportunity to really talk to the vendors and place orders.”

The educational sessions allowed owners to talk directly with lawyers, bankers, insurance professionals, and representatives from the campground industry in a small setting that encouraged discussion and an open exchange of ideas. Owners had the opportunity to attend sessions on varied topics, including how to handle abandoned trailers on their property; how to increase stays through the use of social media; campground financing and legal issues; and working with a local banker. A representative from the FBI informed the group about cyber-crimes and how to best protect their business.

Dave Benn from Pomona RV Park and president of NJCOA said, “Where can you go and have the opportunity to  talk to so many lawyers and other professional people for the price of a conference registration?”

Each year the trade show grows, highlighting top campground and RV park suppliers. Owners were able to learn about products by talking one on one with representatives from the over 38 companies in attendance. Owners were able to place orders at the show which will free up time in the spring to focus on opening.