EDITOR’S NOTE: We received this Tuesday, July 30, from reader Brian R. He also sent along a link to a CBS News article about how more Americans are living in RVs.
In addition to those who live in RVs on the streets we have also seen a most notable increase in those living fulltime in RV parks which is filling the RV parks and occupying all the spaces those who travel once used.
This is another line of thought to all the recent articles you have written about RV parks filling up. Our experience has been that more and more people – not just retired but all ages and areas of the country – are finding RV living acceptable. The spaces are going away more and more quickly. As cities ban parking the RV parks fill.
We are currently in a very small Colorado park. When new owners took it over it was mostly occupied by full-time residents; each space even has its own mailbox by the road.
The new owners installed five new spaces for travelers and kicked out the junkiest of the full-timers. But this place is off the more traveled path so travelers probably don’t need a lot of spaces. There are currently only two of us in the five new spaces. Other travelers come through in dribs and drabs.
One place we stayed in Texas last winter had about 100 spaces but only saved three for travelers. Most spaces were occupied by oil pipeline workers. Almost everywhere we’ve gone in the last couple years we have to make more than a few phone calls to find a place with room for us. We do not like planning ahead and we do not like making reservations with non-refundable deposits.
It once was that traveling in an RV was easy and relaxed – now even when we go to Mexico every winter we have to call ahead to get the space we want – though Mexico is a lot easier to find a space than in the US or Canada. —Brian R
Dear Brian R:
We’ve encountered the same thing in our travels. It’s a problem that will only get worse. We’ll keep writing about this and see if we can help find ways to find room for travelers, not people living in RVs as their primary residences in modern-day versions of the “trailer park.” —Chuck, editor