Family business is a “kamping”

By Chelle Delaney: QCS Staff

The Lewis family are one group of KOA campers who came to stay in Tucumcari.

The Lewis’ are the new owners of the KOA camp on Frontage Road at I-40.

Lane and Cindy Lewis and their son, Dylan, have been operating the camp since August.

Their son Dylan is their computer and WIFI guru, Cindy Lewis said.

“I like the wide open places,” he said, adding that he does hope to get a horse when the family has the business organized the way they’d like.

Recently, things at the camp have been bustling as the large RVs taxi in and out making their way to and from Albuquerque for the Balloon Fiesta, said Lane Lewis.

The camp was recently a stopover for the American Association of Coaches, which meant checking in about 84 coaches and their drivers and passengers, they said.

The couple used to live in Salt Lake City, where they owned and operated an automotive repair business. They had a mountain retreat near their home.
“The more we went up there, the more we realized that we liked that kind of lifestyle more than Salt Lake,” Cindy Lewis said.

They sold their business and their home and began investigating other types of businesses that were in a rural setting, she said.

After they had decided they would like to own an RV park they took off in a camper themselves for several months. “We wanted to know what it was like,” Cindy Lewis said.

Lane Lewis said the number of people who travel and camp, from the large $500,000 RVs to the tent campers, is intriguing.

Since they took ownership, Cindy Lewis said they have been busy updating and working at putting their own imprint on the business.

Cindy Lewis cooks up and serves breakfast and dinner at their small restaurant dubbed “Kamper’s Kanteen.”

They also operate a gift shop and RV supply store, which includes everything from milk to light bulbs for RVs.

And sometimes its the smallest things in a business that seem to be the biggest challenges, Lewis said.

“The hardest thing has been figuring out how much milk to buy,” she said, laughing. “As soon as I buy three gallons, they’re gone. As soon as I buy five, I have one left over.”

After a nearly of year of investigation and with no business to put their energies into, Cindy Lewis said, “We like being busy. Six months from now, ask me how I’m doing (and) I may say something different. But, right now, we really like being busy.”