By Bob Difley
Finding a campsite could get a lot harder if the suggestions made by Brad Templeton writing in Forbes Magazine take hold. According to Templeton, campground owners could reap more business if they started to cater to the owners of electric vehicles (EV) on road trips.
“Even without the electric RV, RV parks can and should take some steps to welcome all the people doing road trips in electric cars,” writes Templeton. “When driving with an EV, charging while you sleep is by far the preferred way to do it. It requires no (waking) time and no detours, and it’s gentler on the battery than high-speed charging. And there are RV parks already everywhere in all the places good for road trips.”
Templeton even advises how a campground or RV park owner can do this, such as build camping cabins with 50-amp service, and “consider pitching some tents in between the RV pads and renting them.” Oh joy, more campers squeezing into what in most RV parks is already too little space between campers.
And Templeton elaborates (in case you didn’t recognize this as a perk): “In fact, many RV campers may find it quite a nice perk to be able to use such a tent, since they could put the kids in it and not need to reconfigure the couches or dinettes for them to sleep.” He also suggested filling some of the campsites with rental trailers complete with bedding and cooking gear, making it easier for those without an RV or camping gear to use the campground.
So the questions that pop up on such a plan would include: Unless the park has lots of unused space, how can you fit more campers in where conditions are already crowded? How do you expect to handle the increased traffic, maintenance and cleanliness in restrooms and showers? Will all the additional power outlets stress your electrical grids causing power outages?
But even more important is the possibility of the number of campsites in relation to the number of RVs – and now including EV road travelers – on the road, making getting a campsite even more difficult than it is now. This would result in an already almost impossibility of obtaining a campsite when taking a spur-of-the-moment camping trip, when traveling without a planned agenda, or as a fulltimer, or on an extended camping trip not knowing where you might end up at night. That means not only the likely chance of taking fewer camping trips but also the necessity of having to make reservations even more months in advance.
Do you think these are good ideas, beneficial to RVers and not just for the increased profitability of park owners? Are you willing to welcome more campers, more packed conditions, and less privacy around your campsite? I would like to see your comments.