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jillie
jillie

I have to agree with the state of RV Parks and State Parks. More and more people are getting lazier and lazier and don’t want to hassle with an RV. They want easy and simple. So more and more cabins are being built to suit their lifestyle. Yeah its expensive but yeah its worth not having to deal with backing the mother load into a tight squeeze even though you probably have more room then expected. I remember one park that had 20 RV spots and the rest cabins. I know for a fact Cedar Point is getting rid of… Read more »

Michael Butts
Michael Butts

I have noticed the “mega-dealers” near me have inventory stacked to the rafters. It’s no wonder that monthly shipments from the manufacturers are down.

John Karlson
John Karlson

Re clap cleaning, use cider vinegar and water solution in reservoir to clean out mineral buildup. Works like a charm, but be sure you rinse all solution prior to nightly use.

Rick
Rick

I enjoyed reading your state of the industry past and present. Very interesting analogy of urban sprawl to RV sales. What I see is different is with the urban sprawl you have large corporations/franchisers coming in to support or provide additional services. You don’t see that with the RV industry. Maybe it is evolving to RV park memberships ie 1000 Trails; or ownership in a park (which I personally don’t understand). Not sure what a new RV park would cost, but the amount of space/acreage is at a premium, not to mention the infrastructure required. And as you mentioned permitting… Read more »

Bob wilson
Bob wilson

Your recent piece on the current status of rving sounds like remember the good old days. Just remember someday today will be the good old days.

Scott
Scott

Traveling out West this Fall , I came across some history from the small, but great museum in Lander Wyoming. It chronicles the settlement of the West and that area in particular. First came the Mountain Men who trapped and scouted the area for a number of years overcoming many hazards. As those risks became less, more and more settlers moved in. There is a quote by one of the Mountain Men who complains about how “crowded” the area has become. Some of the Mountain Men figured “if you can’t beat em,join em” and settled permanently in the area. Others… Read more »

BirdsGo2
BirdsGo2

I agree with your analysis. The RV industry is more interested in how many RVs they can sell, not what they’re doing to the purpose of getting an RV in the first place.

Your analogy of building and building houses is also accurate. There are empty houses sitting everywhere from foreclosures, or just from homeowners who didn’t wait to move into a new house, but contractors keep building new houses. To them, it’s just business.

How long does ANY business think they can beat last year’s numbers and not eventually peak out and crash?

Richard Gougeon
Richard Gougeon

Here is something I keep asking myself and I would love to hear from you what is best to do.
When they forecast poring rain and a huge storm ahead, is it better to bring the slides in during the storm to prevent the risk of water leaking in?

John Crawford
John Crawford

Move out of the area to one with no storms.

Bob C.
Bob C.

RE: Campground availability
Chuck, you are accurate in your assessment, and your housing tract analogy is apt. Why no response from the industry? I can only guess (of course) but I suspect the industry business leaders are just too busy going to the bank. These same leaders are likely older, not far from retirement and thus not seriously looking to the future of their industry. It is a “me” world nowadays.

Booneyrat
Booneyrat

Agreed. The days of Lawrence Welk and Archie Bunker are long gone.