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Hoosier National Forest: Attraction for RV Crowd

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Northern Indiana is known as an RV-building mecca. However, a Southern Indiana treasure is a magnet for the RV crowd.

According to a report, Hoosier National Forest is named the 16th most visited national park for RVing within the United States, as rated by Outdoorsy.com.

Based on the 2020 data, Hoosier National Forest had 1,401 RV nights booked in 2020 from a total of 475 reservations. RV visitors have spent an average of four nights per reservation in the forest, with an average of three persons per vehicle. The most frequent visitors are Kentuckians.

Hoosier National Forest ranks just behind Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests in Colorado. Sequoia National Forest tops the list with 10,482 RV nights reserved, equating to 3,979 reservations.

The Outdoor Industry Association estimated that 7.1 million more Americans engaged in outdoor recreations in 2020 than they did in the previous year.

A spokesperson for the industry said that these activities take place outdoors, making social distancing less difficult and the risk of COVID exposure low.

Meanwhile, RV makers anticipate high demand from the public in 2022. Manufacturers expect to build around 613,000 motorized and towable units this year, an increase of just less than 2 percent, according to the RV Industry Association.

Statistics also show that Indiana RV builders are responsible for around 80 percent of the units constructed within the United States.

Elkhart is the center of the state’s industry, with several thousand workforces who work with suppliers and builders.

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