Message From the President
I have a small favor to ask of everyone. We need our current members to spread the word about Retrailia to family and friends. This would be a win-win situation for all involved. Retrailia would get fantastic new members and the referring member would get a credit on their account to use towards future purchases (dependent upon referral signing up for a membership). Please help us keep Retrailia healthy, happy, and growing by doing any of the following:
- Share with everyone the upcoming Spring Kick-off on April 23rd (more details following in this newsletter). This would be a great event to introduce your friends and family to Retrailia. Feel free to bring them with you to the event.
- Hand out our marketing tri-fold with the referral coupon to friends and family. You can get a copy of the tri-fold in the Members’ Area of our website under Documents.
- Bring a friend camping with you so they can see our parks.
- Submit referrals to the corporate office.
I want to thank all of you that have renewed and paid for your 2016 season. It is encouraging to see that we continue to have people that believe in this great organization.
Pre-Season Park Clean-Up
We hope everyone is looking forward to camping. As you can imagine, with winter winding down and the parks sitting dormant for the last 4 months, some clean-up is required to get the parks back into shape for Spring camping. The park managers are looking for volunteers who are willing to spend a few hours raking leaves, cleaning up debris and trash, and fertilizing lawns. No heavy lifting or hard labor is required so members of all ages are invited to help out. If you do plan on volunteering we ask that you bring your own gloves, rakes and shovels.
If you have power tools or other heavy equipment that you feel might be helpful for the clean-up we ask that you first contact the corporate office. Due to insurance and liability, some restrictions might apply in this situation.
Below you will find the dates and times for our volunteer clean-up days at the various parks. To help us better organize these events, please click on the link below to sign up. Please contact the corporate office or check the website for updated dates and times.
Knotty Pine Resort - TBD
Pleasant Creek Ranch - TBD
Lakeside Park - Saturday, TBD
Apple Garden Park - Saturday, April 30th
Camp Hosts Needed
We are still looking for Camp Hosts at several of our parks. If you know of anyone that would be interested in working a seasonal job to make some extra money this summer please have them contact the corporate office.
We still have openings at Apple Garden, Lakeside and Echo Island.
Important Park & Reservation Information
- Apple Garden Park - Opens May 1st
- Echo Island Ranch - Open
- Knotty Pine Resort - Open
- Lakeside Park - Open
- Pleasant Creek Ranch - Open
- Zions Gate - Open
To make reservation you can visit the Members' Area of the website and click on Reservations to get started. If you have never logged in and booked reservations online, watch the help videos (see link below) to learn how to reset your password. And don't forget that you can always stop by the corporate office (address located at the bottom of this newsletter) or give us a call and we would be happy to help you.
Note: Reservations may now be booked up to 12 months in advance, as long as the departure date of the reservation does not go beyond the 12-month date. If you have questions about this or other reservations-related policies, please review the 2016 Member Policy Guide or contact the corporate office at 801.255.8166.
Reservation Help Videos: If you would like a quick refresher on the reservation system, click here to watch some short video tutorials. Please let us know of other tutorials you would like to see.
We invite all of our members to come join us on April 23rd at Echo Island Ranch for our Spring Kick-off! There will be food, great company, and fun activities for all ages. Please watch for future announcements with all the details.
Mike Robertson has accepted the opportunity to teach a Dutch Oven cooking class. The class will start at 11 am. He will also raffle off a Dutch oven and a lid lifter. Tickets will be $2 each, or 3 for $5. You can also enjoy lunch for $5 a plate.
Don't forget to book your reservations today.
Park Highlight - Echo Island Ranch
Echo Island Ranch is in a prime area in Utah, making it convenient and easy to visit. The activities in the area are so numerous that we worry this little spotlight might turn into a novel. Echo Island Ranch is watched over by our wonderful managers Gary and Carol Price-just one of the reasons we all love to visit Echo Island Ranch.
Echo Island Ranch is only 5 minutes from Echo Reservoir. Park City Ski Resorts and the Tanger Shopping Center are only 15 minutes away. Salt Lake City, Ogden and Evanston are only 45 minutes away! The adage “Location, location, location” rings very true when speaking about Retrailia RV Resorts' largest park.
Echo Island Ranch is, year after year, the busiest park in our network. There are many reasons why the Echo is so popular, aside from its location. The park is near several beautiful lakes and many recreation opportunities.
Echo Reservoir is the nearest body of water to Echo Island Ranch and consequently where it derives its name; and it sits almost right in the middle of the countryside between Salt Lake City and the Utah/Wyoming border. Rockport Reservoir, another gorgeous body of water, is about a 20-minute drive from the park.
Both lakes are fantastic for fishing, but Echo Reservoir is a Northern Utah fishing hotspot with big Brown and Rainbow Trout lurking in its deeper waters. One piece of fishing advice is to troll across the lake dragging a rapalla or stick to the shorelines and drop-offs and fish for Smallmouth Bass, catfish or perch. The fish in these areas are large and active making them great trophies, or for wonderful stories later that night around the camp fire. The best months for fishing are May and June; however, ice fishing is also popular in the wintertime. The Weber River, which runs through Echo Island Ranch, is an excellent blue-ribbon trout fishery, and is very popular with fly fisherman. Always check local and State regulations prior to fishing.
Fishing isn’t the only fun to be had at these lakes. Water-skiing, power-boating, kayaking and canoeing are all great ways to pass the time while camping at our great park.
Another fun attraction in the area is the historic Union Pacific Rail Trail State Park. It is a 28-mile trail for non-motorized use only. The trail head is at Echo Reservoir and follows Interstate 80 through Wanship and Coalville to Park City. Activities include hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, jogging, Nordic skiing and wildlife watching. It’s a great hike and is only minutes from Echo Island Ranch.
This is just a small sampling of the activities available in the area. The recreational opportunities are numerous and seem to be expanding every year.
Gary & Carol Price, the managers at Echo Island Ranch, originally came from the high desert of California. They made their living by operating a small business for 30 years, selling, installing & repairing sound systems to the used & new car dealers in their area, as well as the public.
Gary & Carol retired in 2006 and began traveling in their Motorhome and eventually became members of Camperworld. For this reason, they decided to come to Utah to see and visit the parks in the Camperworld system. While in Utah they learned that the company needed Hosts at Echo Island and that began their new adventure. They began this adventure in 2009 and were with Camperworld until 2015; they are now proud to be continuing with Retrailia RV Resorts. They spent their winters in Arizona as work campers the first year than came back to Duchesne, Utah and hosted the Lakeside Park in 2010. After returning to Utah in 2011 we asked them to manage Knotty Pine. They did so for 2 ½ years. They then went to Hot Springs, then back to Duchesne, but are now at Echo Island where they hope to be for quite a while.
Gary and Carol have been married for 54 years and have three daughters; sadly, they lost their oldest 20 years ago. They have six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren, spreading from California to South Carolina. Their hobbies, when their girls were younger, were camping, fishing and driving dune buggies in the sand dunes of the California deserts.
Of all the states they have visited after their retirement, Utah has been their favorite. It is beautiful and comes with the four seasons, unlike California.
If you have the chance, please stop into the office and say hi to Gary & Carol. They are a lot of fun and wonderful to talk to. They have a vast amount of knowledge in regards to the area, the other parks, our company and are always happy to chat with you.
So, as you can see Echo Island Ranch deserves and is rightfully one of our most popular parks. We can’t wait to see you this summer resting under the shade of the trees, catching a fish or just relaxing in this idyllic park.
Retrailia RV Resorts wants to give your boss a reason to pat you on the back!
Retrailia RV Resorts recently launched its Business Partner Network. This program is an excellent opportunity for companies in the Recreational Vehicle, ATV, Boating and outdoor-related industries to give their customers the added bonus of doing business with them by offering two free nights of camping at any of our beautiful parks.
The Business Partner Network program is fairly simple and easy for a prospective company to implement. The program works as follows: For every new Retrailia RV Resorts membership we sell that is generated from a referral that originates from said company, they will receive a check for either $100.00 or $200.00. Pretty simple right? We really want to make this simple for companies to implement; not only will they not have to give us any of their customer information but they can give their customers an added bonus for doing business with them.
The way Retrailia gathers potential leads for new memberships is by giving our partners’ employees and sales people the power to give away a free 2-night stay at any of our RV resorts with no hidden costs. When your customer or referral redeems their 2 nights of camping, we then collect their information for reservation purposes. This allows us to narrow the referrals down to the potential customers that are truly interested in our product. So, as you can see, we aren’t asking for our partners to give us any of their customer information; we are only asking our partners to give their clients a little something extra. For doing this we will give the referring company either a check for $200.00 for every referral that purchases either a new Retrailia Multi-Park membership or $100.00 for every Retrailia Single Park membership that originated from the referring organization.
If the company you, your friends or family work for might be interested in participating in this program please click the button below to submit their information and we will contact them shortly with all the details. Thanks in advance for helping Retrailia RV Resorts grow and find success.
Donations & Fundraisers
As promised in last month’s newsletter, we wanted to provide members with a monthly donation update. The donations Retrailia received for the month of March are as follows:
$25.00 - made by Retrailia
$50.00 - made by Marilyn Davidson (for Pool supplies)
$75.00 - Balance of Zions Bank Donation account
Retrailia has set up a separate bank account at Zions Bank that will be holding all the money earned from the different fund raising events as well as any unsolicited donations received. An accounting of those funds will be sent out in each monthly newsletter. Everyone will get to see what money came in and where it was spent.
If you would like to make a donation please click here: “Make a Payment”. You can also find the link under the Member’s Area of our website, www.retrailia.com. Please use the word "donation" in the payment for field.
Please Complete the Survey
Surveys are anonymous to the customer service representatives unless you specifically identify yourself. Responses to surveys will be provided when requested through the survey and your contact information is provided.
No one is better qualified to spread the word about the benefits of membership in Retrailia RV Resorts than you, a dedicated member. As a valued member of our organization, you can play an active role in helping Retrailia RV Resorts grow its membership base by forwarding your referrals to our customer service department. Refer a friend, family member or co-worker to join Retrailia RV Resorts and we'll show our appreciation by awarding you with a $50 USD credit on your account to use towards your next year’s dues if they sign up for either a Single Park or Multi-Park membership. It’s our way of thanking you, your friends, family members and co-workers you refer will thank you too.
It’s Easy to Participate
A referral from a personal acquaintance is the most trusted form of recommendation. We appreciate you telling your friends and family members and co-workers about Retrailia RV Resorts. Click the button below to get started.
- Only 2 pets are allowed per campsite. Any pets over the 2 allowable will be charged a nightly fee of $15 per pet. Also, documentation of vaccines and payment of additional fees are no longer required to register your pets with Retrailia RV Resort. However, we do encourage you to carry with you a record of your pet’s latest vaccinations so they can be available upon request.
- Any campsite that has more than the one (1) passenger vehicle will be charged an extra $5.00 for the length of stay.
- Beginning May 1st, all reservation change, cancellation and no-show policies will be strictly enforced.
1. Canceling a Reservation
- Members wishing to cancel a reservation may do so by either logging in to Sunrise Reservations or contacting the Retrailia RV Resorts corporate office.
- All RV reservations canceled within 72 hours of the date of arrival will be charged a cancellation fee (see current Price List posted on the Retrailia website).
- All cabin reservations canceled within 7 days of the date of arrival will be charged a cancellation fee (see current Price List posted on the Retrailia website).
- If you decide to checkout early during a stay, any unused portion of your reservation and any fees paid will be forfeited.
2. Changing a Reservation
- Members who wish to modify a reservation (i.e. changing dates, sites, campground, etc.) may do so by contacting the Retrailia corporate office.
- Members are allowed 2 changes per reservation at no charge. After the 2nd change a fee may be charged (see current Price List posted on the Retrailia website).
3. No Shows
- Members who fail to show up for a reservation, without notifying the park or Retrailia’s corporate office ahead of time, will receive a written warning with their first offense.
- The second time a member fails to show up for a reservation without notice, they will be charged a fine (see current Price List posted on the Retrailia website).
As you may have noticed, Zions Gate is not an available option when booking a reservation through Sunrise Reservations. Currently members are required to contact the corporate office to book reservations at this park, which is now available to all Multi-Park members. Note: Family Benefit Memberships do not have access to this park. In the near future we will be adding Zions Gate as an option along with the other 5 parks that are already available for online reservations. We will let you know when this is ready. In the meantime, please continue to contact the corporate office for Zions Gate reservations. Phone: 801.255.8166 or Memberservices@Retrailia.com
What is a group reservation? A group reservation is when more than one campsite is needed to either accommodate the number of people in your party or the number of RVs. There is no limit to the number of sites that can be booked for a group reservation. However, all group reservations must be approved and booked through the corporate office. A group reservation can be for a family reunion, an RV or camping club, scout groups, church events or just friends getting together to enjoy the outdoors. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions about making group reservations. And if you’re worried about the cost, all guests will receive a Guest Discount, no matter the number of people or campsites. Call to book your guest reservation today.
Retrailia RV Resorts Photo Contest
We are still accepting submissions for the photo contest. If you would like to have your photos considered please click the button below to find out how.
Guest Passes & Family Benefit Memberships (FBM) Are Still Available
Guest Pass booklets are a great deal at $100 for 4 passes. These passes will give you the opportunity to share the parks with your friends, family and loved ones. If you’re interested in receiving more information, or buying a Guest Pass Booklet, please click the button below and we will contact you immediately.
There are only a limited number of booklets that were printed for the 2016 season so call now (801.255.8166) to purchase one (or more) before they're gone.
* Each guest pass is good for one site for one night. Expiration date is 60 months from the date of issue.
Family Benefit Memberships
If you or your immediate family (parents or children) are interested in this membership please contact the corporate office to get started.
For more information on how the Family Benefit membership works, click here.
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Hot Dogs
- 8 Hot Dogs
- ½ cup Shredded Cheese
- 16 slices bacon, pre-cooked
- 8 hot dog buns, toasted
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Slice each hot dog lengthwise down the middle almost, but not all the way through.
- Fill the pocket with a little shredded cheese. (I use Shredded Colby Monterey Jack).
- Wrap the hot dog with two slices of thin-sliced, pre-cooked bacon. Secure bacon with toothpicks if necessary. (I use Costco Hormel frozen fully cooked bacon that I thaw in the microwave for about 30 seconds so that it easier to wrap around the hot dogs).
- Bake approximately 10 minutes until cheese is melted and the bacon and hot dog are heated through.
Submitted by Barbara Bakes