Record fuel prices are undoubtedly changing summer camping plans for RVers across North America. These high prices could force people to cancel their campground reservations. After all, a national average price of $4.325 per gallon for gasoline (as of Monday, March 14) certainly impacts trip costs when your motorized RV averages 8 miles per gallon.
Campground owners throughout the U.S. are just beginning to report an uptick in reservation cancellations for the 2022 summer camping season. Some owners are already reporting cancellation percentages in the double digits. Luckily for them, they are also seeing double-digit growth in advanced reservations so, at this point, it’s a bit of a wash.
Cancel campground reservations before it’s too late for others
Park owners are also concerned that campers won’t cancel their campground reservations until it’s too late for others to take their place.
“We are getting some cancellations due to fuel prices,” said Indianapolis KOA Holiday owner David Vaughan. “But we have also been turning campers away on dates we’re full. There is still a lot of demand out there.”
Vaughan said he hopes RVers who change their plans let campgrounds know as soon as possible, so other campers still wanting a site can take their place.
Western states could see higher cancellation rates
Cancellations will likely be particularly acute at campgrounds near popular national parks and monuments, which often require long trips from home. Western states will also likely see an uptick in cancellations due to fuel costs. California now has the highest fuel prices (well over $5 a gallon on average) and also has the largest percentage of RV owners in the U.S.
“We sure hope that campers who have already decided to change their plans let us know as soon as they can,” said one Western campground owner who asked not to be identified. “We have a long waiting list of folks who are still looking for places to camp this summer.”
If you’re canceling your campground reservations for any upcoming trips, do it now.