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Mike Gast

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Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.

High-end RV builder Bowlus takes a look at electric vehicle towing range debate

Do you suffer from “range anxiety”? If you’ve given any thought to purchasing an electric vehicle, you undoubtedly suffer from this newly emerging malady. The...

Thor surveys consumers: What do you want in an electric RV?

One of the RV industries leading manufacturers, Thor Industries, recently released some details from its 2022 North American Motorized Electric RV Study. There’s little doubt...

Glamping is the ‘gateway’ to camping lifestyle for half of new camping families

Experienced RVers already know that there are a lot (and we mean A LOT) of new camping families jamming into every corner of most...

Outdoor recreation gets a seat at the big decision-making table… finally

For the past nine years, a movement has been slowly spreading across the U.S. that could have a significant impact on your camping future....

Campground owners discuss campsite waitlists. Are they worth it or too hard to manage?

Campgrounds in popular locations have long used campsite waitlists to handle backlogs of RVers waiting for an open spot. While many park owners still work...

“Enough is enough,” one state park says about “no show” campers

Officials at one state park campground in Colorado are getting serious about dealing with campers who reserve a site and never show up. Steamboat Lake...

RV economists say supply chain woes are finally starting to ease

Last week, the RV Industry Association gathered a few outdoor industry economists in the manufacturing mecca of Elkhart, Indiana, for a panel discussion on...

New RVshare campground partnerships offer commissions for booking rental RV sites

Competition for those elusive open campsites might be getting a bit more intense after a recent announcement from a leading RV rental agency. RVshare,...

New campers flooded the RVing lifestyle in 2021, but many are already unhappy

By now, you’ve likely read a lot of stories regarding the sudden influx of “new campers” into the RVing lifestyle. You also know the...

New data reveals who RVers are and why they do it

When I first got into the camping business 21 years ago at Kampgrounds of America Inc., campgrounds were “seat of the pants” operations. Owners...

New ‘Arvie’ booking service launches, but one camping company not pleased with process

RVers tired of endlessly searching the internet for available campsites now have access to a new service that creator and founder Mark Petersen thinks...

RV manufacturers set yet another shipment record in March

If you are one of those RV owners waiting for the bottom to fall out of the new RV sales market, you likely are...