It’s no secret that, over the last year, the RV lifestyle has grown in popularity, with folks looking to get out of the house and see the country in a safe, socially-distanced manner. In last month’s newsletter, we reported how there’s now a record-breaking 11.2 million RV-owning households in the United States. But does all of this new interest spell crowded RV resorts and campgrounds for the upcoming summer season?
2021: The Year of Camping
According to CampgroundViews.com — a campsite booking services provider that allows campers to virtually tour campgrounds and RV parks, down to specific sites — and a survey that the brand conducted along with the help of 2,000 campgrounds and RV parks, nearly 2/3 of the responding parks and campgrounds said that their advanced bookings are up 50% over average for the 2021 camping season. Nearly 1/4 of the respondents reported that bookings are up more than 80%!
The founder of CampgroundViews.com, Mark Koep, said, in response, "The outdoors and camping provide a safer alternative to other forms of travel and vacations. We expect 2021 to be the year of camping with record numbers of Americans camping in tents, RVs and glamping accommodations.”
New Tech Makes the Process Easier — And More Popular
According to the brand, one thing that’s definitely helping the explosion of the RV industry, beyond simply the pandemic? It’s all about the tech — which, in part, helps RV owners interact or socialize with fellow RVers or resort owners as much or as little as they like.
Services like CampgroundViews take advantage of tech to allow RVers to virtually tour RV parks, but, on a more individual level, resorts and parks are making tech advances as well by offering amenities such as remote check-in and seamless booking systems.
What’s an RVer to Do?
If you feel like your favorite RV resort is a little too full this year, or you’re struggling to find a free parking space over the summer, it may be time to consider some other options.
Traveling to lesser-known destinations, booking well in advance, traveling during a shoulder season and avoiding seaside spots are all ways to avoid the crowds. However, if you just can't give up your favorite getaway spot, you may want to consider purchasing an RV lot.
What Do You Think?
What’s been your experience? Have you noticed more crowds at your favorite campgrounds or RV parks? Let us know your thoughts by emailing and you could be featured in an upcoming edition of Motor Home News!