Monday, September 25, 2023


New study says a third of campers want to be full-time RVers

Campers are becoming some of the most studied organisms since spotted owls. Online camping and RV marketplace Campspot recently announced that it is teaming up with social media giant Pinterest to launch the first edition of its Campspot Outdoor Almanac, which tracks camping and outdoor trends.

What’s inside the Campspot Outdoor Almanac

The Campspot Outdoor Almanac is comprised of eight sections with key dates, trends, events, expert advice and hot destinations for summer and fall. It also used data from Campspot to reveal some interesting patterns.

For instance, the almanac showed that 96% of campers say camping improves their mental health. It also found that the average length of a camping trip is three days, and that 33% of campers have the goal of becoming full-time RVers.

The top reason for camping

The top reason for camping? No surprises there. The study found that 91% of campers camp for relaxation, 73% for family vacations, 54% to visit national parks, and 51% to go fishing. The top activities while camping were hiking, cooking, fishing, stargazing, and boating.

How do most campers like their marshmallows cooked? The almanac says the majority (59%) like theirs cooked “medium.”

Pinterest’s contribution to the new report included the fact that 63 million people engage with travel content on its platform every month. Travel-related searches increased by 87% during mid-March to mid-April and continue to rise.

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Mike Gast
Mike Gast
Mike Gast was the vice president of Communications for Kampgrounds of America Inc. for 20 years before retiring in 2021. He also enjoyed a long newspaper career, working as a writer and editor at newspapers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Oregon, and Montana. He and his wife, Lori Lyon, now own and operate the Imi Ola Group marketing company, focusing on the outdoor industry.


  1. We decided to do it while we are still working. I have 10 years to retire and her about 18, she is a nurse. My company moved all of our production to another state and moved our small engineering department to another city about 45 minutes away. I didn’t want to deal with all the traffic and the drive. So we decided to do this. I don’t have kids and her son is grown. She/we have 2 grandkids in another state so it worked well for us. We got to sell our house and pay for our RV (40’ class A used) outright. We are taking the extra monies and purchased our retirement land and when we do retire we can use the extra monies to be completely off grid. Sewage is a hydro-kinetic bio-film reactor, yes it’s a real thing by Norweco out of Ohio . The solar system we need at todays cost is about 35k. And water is a well. We are looking at building about a 450sq ft house similar to a Boxabl.
    It’s not impossible just needs planning before the last minute to decide to do it.

  2. There is ALWAYS a lot of “Wanna Be’s” in anything in life.

    Big difference between a “Wanna Be” and actually doing it!

    If 1 out of 10 of those “Wanna Be’s” actually goes ahead and becomes a full time RV’er I would be surprised!

    • True. 20 years ago I wanted to be a full timer. Circumstances change, grandchildren come along. We are baby sitters during the school year two days per week. Then during the summer the grandchildren who live several states away spend the summer with us. For us this is best done with traditional home. Still we like to voyage to distant places when ever we can in the RV.

  3. It’s not all fun and games..OR CHEAP to live this lifestyle,I speak from experience,we are lucky because we have my husband great pension and my social security .
    Look on some of the Facebook pages for full time RV’RS. Plenty of go fund me beggers,their skoolie broke down,their kid needs surgery, we have no food,I can go on but I won’t..

  4. It was my dream for the last 20 years I worked for GM, I thought my late wife was in the dream with me as we talked about it often. When the retirement time finally arrived DW announced she was not going to live in a 5th wheel, she liked going out for a couple of weeks or a long weekend but there was no way she was going to live in one. She passed away 15 years later, the 5th wheel is gone as well as the truck, since then I remarried to a wonderful lady who enjoys camping but we’re to old for full timing so we bought a Park Model in FL and are full timing without moving. Lol

  5. It was my dream since I bought my first rv 30 years ago. But for the last 10 years my painful spine and so far 2 surgeries with no relief has curtailed that dream. I have one more surgery on the horizon, praying and crossing my fingers it helps eliminate or reduce my chronic pain. For now I will just camp for a few days at a time somewhat close to home, no longer driving long distance to see our country. But I still want to full time RV.


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