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KOA to Sell Dometic Product Line in Campground Stores

KOA to Sell Dometic Product Line in Campground Stores

Dometic, a leading supplier of “comfort” products for the RV and marine industries, is partnering with Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) to provide a complete line of RV and camping products at KOA campground locations across North America, according to a written announcement from KOA.

“Our goal was to become more relevant to camping customers,” said Mark Minatel, vice president of after markets for Dometic. “We wanted to be where the campers are, so of course we came to KOA.”

Soon, KOA campers will be able to find displays of Dometic products carrying the familiar yellow KOA brand in selected KOA campground locations. While items available will vary by location, Dometic products for sale to campers will include RV cleaner, gray-water treatment, odor absorber, air fresheners, holding-tank treatments, toilet-bowl cleaners, toilet tissue and moist towelettes.

Small appliances will also be available carrying both the KOA and Dometic brands, including a portable electric cooler/heater, a portable ice maker and a six-bottle wine chiller.

“We are also planning to test a Dometic vending machine at several KOA locations that will serve as an extension of the KOA convenience store,” said KOA Vice President of Brand Development Lorne Armer. The vending machines will hold camper necessities such as toilet tissue, sundries and personal hygiene products that would be available via the vending machine even when the regular KOA store is closed for the evening.

“We are also developing several product displays that will work inside a variety of store sizes,” Minatel said. “We think linking these two giant brands is a great way to provide superior products directly to campers.”

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KOA Work Kamper LogoKampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) will be hosting a Work Kamper Boot Camp March 20 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Branson, Mo., KOA Campground. The event is open to both current members of KOA’s Work Kamper Program, as well as those not yet members who may be considering the Work Kamping lifestyle, according to a news release.

The all-day session is intended to both add expertise in KOA systems and practices for current KOA Work Kampers, and introduce potential Work Kampers to this career. Along with having the ability to network with fellow KOA Work Kampers, those attending Boot Camp will receive the valued “KOA Boot Camp Graduate” icon on their Work At KOA website resume; take advantage of one-on-one training to help use the Work At KOA resume website; and also get help finding a job for next season at the KOA Work Kamper Virtual Job Fair.

The Branson, Mo., KOA, site of the March 20 Work Kamper Boot Camp.

The Work Kamper Boot Camp is free to current members of the KOA Work Kamper Program. Non-members will be charged a $20 per person fee. The Branson KOA Campground is offering free nights of camping to those who attend the full day of Work Kamper training. A free lunch will also be provided.

Current KOA Work Kamper Program members can register by signing on to the www.workatkoa.com website. Non-members can register by emailing Shari Scribner at sscribner@koa.net. Space is limited.

Paul Friesen is the owner of the KOA campground in Watkins Glen, N.Y. and a full-time RVer. In his e-mail to RV Business he writes, “Please understand that I am a big supporter of the camping and RVing industry. Owning and running a campground truly is a wonderful way of life, and it is one that is really good for the folks we serve. Unfortunately, sometimes we need to ‘walk in the shoes of others.’ My wife and I have done so by being full-time RVers, so not only have we walked in their ’shoes’ but we obviously have also gotten blisters from them, too. I sincerely want a unified industry that focuses on taking care of the camper and the RVer. And for folks that seemingly can only be motivated by profits, I can with certainty say that they would be much more successful and more profitable by focusing on the needs of the customer.”
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