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Wed Feb 1, 2017
PHOENIX — The Arizona Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds has distributed several thousand camping guides for a dozen states during the annual Quartzsite Sports, Vacation and RV Show.
The Jan. 21 to 29 show, which attracts more than 1 million snowbirds and RV enthusiasts, is one of the biggest RV shows in the country.
“On the first day, for seven hours we couldn’t sit down," Arizona ARVC Executive Director Jo Ann Mickelson says. "We could barely keep up with everyone who requested a guide.”
RV enthusiasts picked up the guides so quickly that Mickelson ran out of guides for Arizona, Texas, Idaho, Colorado and Florida just four days into the nine-day show. She says she had to contact several state association executives to obtain more guides to distribute at the show.
Mickelson says RVers were grateful to receive the free camping guides.
“People would say, ‘Thank you for doing this.’ Remember, these are seniors coming to the show and most of them want a paper campground directory they can take with them when they travel,” she says.
In addition to distributing the 2016 Arizona RV and Camping Guide, which won the National RV State Directory of the Year Award, Mickelson also distributed campground directories from California, Idaho, Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Wisconsin, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and New York, all of which are affiliated with Campground Association Management Professionals (C.A.M.P.).
But while Mickelson kept busy distributing camping guides for the 12 states that sent guides to her, she says many consumers wanted campground directories for states she didn’t have.
“RVers were requesting campground directories for New Mexico, Utah, Oregon and Washington,” she says.
Mickelson says she is willing to distribute campground directories for additional state campground associations, so long as they join C.A.M.P.
“We hope to be able to distribute campground directories from 27 or 28 associations at next year’s Quartzsite show,” Mickelson says.
Campground association representatives wishing to showcase their state’s campground directories at next year’s Quartzsite show should contact Mickelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2017 Arizona RV and Camping Guide will be available this spring. A digital version of the directory will also be posted on GoCampingInArizona.com.