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PodcastsBuilding The Inn Town Campground from Scratch: Dan and Erin Thiem on Campground Confidential

Building The Inn Town Campground from Scratch: Dan and Erin Thiem on Campground Confidential

January 8, 2024

Our guests on this episode of Campground Confidential are Erin and Dan Thiem of the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California.

Erin and Dan Thiem, owners of the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California.

In this episode of Campground Confidential, Erin and Dan Thiem share their journey of building the Inn Town Campground in Nevada City, California. They describe the type of campground they own, the timeline of building the campground, and battling for approvals and permits along the way. They also discuss the trends they have observed in the campground industry, such as multigenerational camping and the impact of electric vehicles. Erin shares her expertise in visual storytelling and how it has benefited their campground. Their story highlights the importance of understanding customer needs and adapting to industry trends.


1. Building a campground requires careful planning, financing, and understanding of customer needs.
2. Trends in the campground industry, such as multigenerational camping and electric vehicles, are more than just media stories--they can seriously impact business operations and owners should pay attention and pivot when necessary.
3. Visual storytelling and social media engagement can be powerful tools for marketing a campground.
4. Being adaptable and open to new ideas is crucial for success in the campground industry.


00:00 Introduction to Erin and Dan Theme
01:28 Description of the In-Town Campground
04:44 Origin Story of the In-Town Campground
12:04 Timeline of Building the Campground
19:47 Financing the Project
23:37 Trends in the Campground Industry
26:26 Weather Impact on Revenue
35:10 Erin's Expertise in Visual Storytelling

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Campground Confidential is a podcast about starting, running, and growing your campground business. On each podcast episode we’ll talk to campground owners and other experts in the Outdoor Hospitality Industry. You'll hear stories about what it’s really like to own a campground—the good, the bad, and the ugly. Along the way our guests will pass along hard learned lessons, and wisdom earned from being in the trenches.

Thanks to Erin and Dan Thiem for joining us on this episode of Campground Confidential. You can listen to this episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, or wherever you get your podcasts. Or watch complete episodes on the Park Vendor Review YouTube channel.

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