Posted by: Mark Polk | 2013

Meadville KOA Celebrating 35 Years of Fun

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

For More Information, Contact:
Mike Gast
Vice President of Communications
Kampgrounds of America, Inc.
406-254-7409
mgast@koa.net

MEADVILLE, PA (March 1, 2013) – The Meadville KOA Campground is celebrating 35 years of serving camping families.  Located just seven miles east of Meadville on Route 27, this one-time fish hatchery and auction barn is now a highly rated, award-winning KOA Campground.

“We have multiple generations of campers camping with us,” said Meadville KOA owner Tim Chilson. “We’ve not only served them and their children, but we now have their grandchildren and great-grandchildren camping with us.  Our goal is to provide a fun and safe family camping environment where families make memories that last a lifetime.”

The Meadville KOA is offering multiple special discounts and vacation specials this summer to celebrate their 35th year of operation, as a thank you to their camping guests.  Those discounts can be found on their website at http://www.meadvillekoa.com/Discounts.html.

“We’ve got some great discounts planned for the 2013 camping season as a thank you to the great camping families who’ve camped with us over these many years,” Chilson said.  “We’ve been very fortunate to meet and serve so many wonderful camping families over our 14 years of ownership.  It is truly our pleasure to serve them, and we’re honored that they rate our facilities and service so highly.  We’ve watched their children, and in some cases grandchildren grow up to become fine citizens and young adults.”

The land was originally purchased from the Holland Land Company in 1893 by the McClemens family, who built a homestead and barn at the site in 1914, in an area known at that time as McClemen’s Flats.

In 1945, the Roae family purchased the property and turned the farm into an auction barn and built ponds for a fish hatchery, where they raised and sold flathead minnows for fishing in Pymatuning Lake. In 1978, they turned the auction barn and farm into Brookdale 1914 Campground, taking the name directly from the date on the old red barn and the brook that runs through the center of the property.

The barn served as the main building complex for the campground until it burned in 1984. The campers helped rebuild the main building, which now serves the campers and local community with a camping & mini-mart store, which is operated seasonally with the campground. The building also houses a recreation hall, game room, restrooms and showers, and a laundry facility for campers.

Brookdale Campground was purchased by Tim & Robyn Chilson in October of 1999 and renamed Brookdale Family Campground. Since their purchase, the Chilsons have added 10 new full-hook-up pull-thru 50 amp campsites for big rigs, free Wi-Fi to all the campsites, a new camping cabin, two new deluxe lake-front cabins, and additional rental recreation with an 18 hole mini golf, a jumping pillow, and pedal karts.

In 2011, Brookdale Family Campground was invited to join Kampgrounds of America as the Meadville KOA. KOA is the largest and most recognized camping franchise in the world with 488 member campgrounds throughout the U.S. and Canada. Meadville KOA was honored to achieve both a guest “A Rating” from Guest Reviews (GoCampingAmerica.com), and the KOA President’s Awards in 2011. They have won the KOA President’s Award each year since joining the KOA family.

Tim and Robyn Chilson are Certified Park Operators by ARVC (The National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds). They are members of ARVC and are graduates of the ARVC’s National School of RV Park and Campground Management.  They are members of the Pennsylvania Campground Owners Association where Tim serves as the regional vice-president for Western PA, and they are members of KOA Owners Association.

By Robyn Chilson

Tim & Robyn Chilson Own and Operate Meadville KOA.  You can contact Robyn at 814-789-3251.

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

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On this episode see how easy it is to extend the life of your water heater tank, take an inside look at what the KOA campground in Kissimmee Florida has to offer in the way of cool amenities and attractions, see what Mark won’t leave home without in his RV toolbox, get an inside look at what’s happening in the world of RV’s for 2011 and much more.

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Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

RV Tire Care & Maintenance E-Course

We understand that today’s RV consumer wants access to specific RV information and that you want it now. That is what our RV Videos on Demand is all about, to give you the RV video training you want when you want it.

Note: RV Videos on Demand online e-courses are delivered as streamed video. What this means is you will need an Internet connection to view the training videos. It is not recommended that you attempt viewing these training videos with a dial up connection. For best viewing results you will need a broadband Internet connection.

This online e-course is packed with information on caring for and maintaining your RV tires. Video host Mark Polk explains tire inflation, tire inspection, overloading, tire maintenance, how to decipher the tire sidewall and much more in this informative online RV tire e-course. Total Run Time is 18 minutes 40 seconds. This affordable online e-course is priced at only$6.99.

RV Videos on Demand Tip: Replacing one tire on a motorized RV, due to lack of routine maintenance, can cost you 30 times the price of this e-course.

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

RV Roof Care & Maintenance E-Course

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Maintaining your RV roof adds years of life to your RV. Water damage is one of the most common & expensive types of damage to an RV, and much of this damage starts on the RV roof. If there is a way in the RV water will find it. Let Mark Polk show you how to protect your RV roof from water intrusion, how to properly clean the roof, inspect the roof, seal the roof and much more in this informative online RV e-course. This e-course is over 10 minutes in length, and is priced at only $5.99.

RV Videos on Demand Tip: Repairing water damage on the RV roof can cost upwards of 160 times the price of this online e-course.

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

RV Battery Basics E-Course

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RV batteries are one of the biggest headaches for RV owners. Much of the reason for this is the lack of understanding of what a battery is, and how to properly maintain battery(s). In this battery primer e-cours Mark Polk walks you through all of the battery basics. You will no longer wonder what a battery is or how to perform basic maintenance on a battery after viewing this online e-course. This Battery Basics e-course is over 10 minutes in length and is priced at only $4.99.

RV Videos on Demand Tip: Replacing one RV battery can cost 20 times the price of this e-course.

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

Backing a 5th Wheel Trailer E-Course

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Backing any trailer can be frustrating and a 5th wheel trailer is no exception. Let Mark Polk show you some excellent tips and techniques for backing a 5th wheel trailer, saving you time, headaches and possibly some money. This is one online e-course that is easily worth 10 times the low cost of only $5.99. Total Run Time is 11 minutes 50 seconds.

RV Video on Demands Tip: The backing techniques demonstrated in this online e-course can also be applied to backing a conventional travel trailer.

Posted by: Mark Polk | 2011

RV Driving Skills E-Course

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Driving a motorhome can be intimidating until you understand how to properly maneuver the RV. To understand maneuvering you need to understand where your pivot point is, what tail swing is and how to properly set up to make a maneuver. That’s what host Mark Polk demonstrates in this online e-course. It doesn’t stop there. As an added bonus Mark also demonstrates setting your reference points and how to properly adjust your mirrors. This might be the best $5.99 you ever spent. Total Run Time is 10 minutes.

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Harrells, NC – December 2010 — RV Education 101, founded in 1999, announced the launch of a new RV consumer training site today. The URL is www.rvconsumer.com. Mark Polk, founder and co-owner of RV Education 101 said, “We have worked on this RV consumer site for several months now, and are extremely excited to finally launch it.

 Tagged as “The Ultimate RV Education Center” Polk says, “This site is a culmination of all of our RV training efforts over the past decade, and is a one stop RV training site for the entire RV consumer’s training needs. One day I realized that if I consolidated all of our RV training material into one RV training site, it would in fact be the premier RV education center.”

 The RV training material Polk is referring to is his 18-RV instructional DVD’s, 13-published RV E-books, 3-published RV books, 4-RV online training programs, hundreds of published RV articles, RV product installation videos and RV product reviews.

 Dawn Polk, co-owner and marketing director, said, “Our thought behind this new site was to organize the vast field of RV’s and RVing into six major categories and offer the RV consumer invaluable information in each of these areas. The six categories are: RV consumer training, RV consumer buying, RV consumer safety, RV consumer products, RV consumer articles and advice and last but certainly not least, enjoying your RV. To help promote our new site and to introduce our RV videos on demand online training program we are offering a free RV safety e-course to anybody that would like to take it. You can visit www.rvconsumer.com for more details on the free RV safety e-course.

 Polk’s other RV educational sites are www.rveducation101.com and www.rvuniversity.com. The primary focus of these RV training sites has been to educate RV owners on how to properly and safely use and maintain their RV, using visual and written training materials. RV Education 101 has helped educate more than a quarter of a million RV enthusiasts over the past decade.     

 For more information on these RV educational sites visit www.rvconsumer.comwww.rveducation101.com and www.rvuniversity.com

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