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Survey: Campgrounds May be Fully-booked for Fall

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A new survey shows that recreational camping has been growing steadily since the pandemic.

Recent surveys of 2100 recreational-vehicle parks and campgrounds nationwide revealed that 62% of these locations expect reservations to rise by at least one-fifth compared to last year. Website CampgroundViews.com found that 23% of sites expect bookings will increase by more than 50%.

General Manager Billie McNamara of Loon’s Haven Family Campground, Naples, stated in a press release that forward bookings are up 36%. Many people are still booking for September and October as well as 2022.

“Our weekends are fully booked until the week after Labor Day, and hardly any weekdays are available, as well,” he added.

According to the release, the continued growth in camping correlates directly with the record RV sales and shipment figures reported by the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. CampgroundViews.com reports that the industry experienced rapid growth even before the COVID shutdowns, with the pandemic boosting the increase.

This conclusion is in line with Lee’s Family Trailer’s experience as a Windham recreational vehicle seller. Last year, sales were nearly $40 million. That’s six times more than 2017. The business was acquired in the spring by Camping World Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CWH), with 2019 sales of $4.9 billion.

CampgroundViews.com is a search engine that allows you to find and virtually tour campsites across the country. The Wyoming-based company was founded in 2012. It has since added virtual tours of 16,000 parks to its database.

Meanwhile, CampgroundViews.com Founder and CEO Mark Koep said they expect the record pace to continue until 2022. 

“In an uncertain world, the outdoor hospitality industry has served as a viable escape for hundreds of millions of travelers around the world,” he added.

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