We like to treat our campers like family and make everyone feel at home!
"I have to say it. It is much different than even we assumed owning a campground would be. It is more work, but we would not change a thing if we had to do it over again."
Oklahoma City East KOA owners Terry and Tina Haith wanted a different lifestyle. Both had careers, but longed for something different, so in 1999 they purchased the campground.
Though campground ownership is no walk in the park, Tina said it is all worth it. They have raised their two sons on the campground, and both helped in the responsibilities. Tina's parents are fulltime RVers, so the camping lifestyle runs in the family.
"When time allows, Terry and I are RVers, as well," Tina said. "We love to travel when the opportunity presents itself." Terry is a hunter and likes to work outside, while Tina is a reader and gardener.
Tina said the couple is especially proud of the way they treat their customers. "We like to treat them like family and make everyone feel at home," she said. "We encourage them to stay long and a lot of them do." But, she emphasizes, good customer service is "something you do rather than something you talk about."