What Mr. Piper could teach RV manufacturers

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    By Chuck Woodbury
    EDITOR

    This was originally published as part of issue 752
    of the RVtravel.com newsletter, July 22, 2016.

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    In the busy summer season, RV parks these days are often so crowded there is little peace or privacy.

    William Piper, inventor of the Piper Cub airplane, was often called the “Henry Ford of Aviation.” His Piper Cub airplane sold for $1,325 in 1937, making it affordable to many Americans. The price even included flying lessons. One of the smartest things Piper did early on was lobby communities across America to build airports. Without airports, he reasoned, where would his customers take off and land their airplanes? Smart guy!

    The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) could take a lesson from Mr. Piper by helping promote the creation of RV parks and campgrounds. After all, why build and sell RVs if there are too few places to use them? From the many letters I receive from readers, finding a place to camp these days is very often difficult, frustrating and sometimes even impossible. 

    I DON’T THINK ANYONE AT THE RVIA or at most RV dealerships cares where people camp or if they have problems finding campgrounds. I doubt they even talk about it.

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    Edie
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    Edie

    I live in what we refer to as “the RV capitol of the world”, Elkhart, IN area. The manufacturers keep advertising jobs, keep advertising RV’s, and seem oblivious to what I read here – lack of anywhere to stay! I subscribe to this newsletter because I just want to know what’s going on. My bucket list has “see the USA in an RV” as number 1. Wondering if it will happen!

    Captn John
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    Captn John

    We gave up on June, July, and August. We try to plan for the rest of the year and even that is getting more difficult. Most CGs see cabins and long term rentals as more profitable and cut the number of sites for travelers with those. Fuel prices will rise one day along with campsite fees including long term sites. That will be the only salvation for those that wish to travel and can still afford to go. Supply and demand will put many in storage then and drop prices of used units to the point new ones will rarely… Read more »

    Linda
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    Linda

    On a happier note, we are at this moment, in perpetual rain, in a brand new RV park in South Fork, Colorado! We are staying 7 nights, hoping to see some Aspen trees turning color. The park is pretty full right now, guess people stopping because of this constant rain. The laundry is small, but not pricey for a new park, not much of a store. Sites are LEVEL! and many are long enough for long trailers and truck or Class A’s and toads! (That is getting harder to find.) The owners are very friendly and nice. I think this… Read more »

    Barbara Hagen
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    Barbara Hagen

    Reading the local paper the other day, an article said that a new dealer was setting up across from the local fuel station. They had an article detailing what the public could expect from them (the dealer). It was then that my forge ahead tendency gave away. I called them and asked where were your customers going to Park. What they said. They had no clue what I was saying so I told them that the RV’s they are selling have no place to go and it was their responsibility to add at least 20 full hookups to help add… Read more »

    Pam
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    Pam

    My husband and I recently returned from a trip to Colorado (from Pennsylvania). We were shocked at the number of rvs on the road and in the campgrounds. We weren’t able to get into some and spent one night in a rest area that was packed by morning with rvs and trucks. We couldn’t even find a parking spot at one rest area where we just wanted to take a quick break. (If you think it’s bad for us RVers, pity the poor truck drivers who don’t have a bathroom or kitchen in their rigs). In Pennsylvania most people would… Read more »

    Paul
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    Paul

    While it’s a valid comment that we desperately need a group to lobby on behalf of campgrounds and RVers, I don’t think using Piper Aircraft is a valid comparison any more. I would argue that Mr Piper would not be anywhere close to as successful today. We now live in an era of rampant NIMBY-ism, an “oppose anything anywhere” mentality, and in many cases oppressive regulation. I believe it would be exceptionally difficult to build either a new campground or an airport in most places, especially anywhere close to where many people would want to visit. Maybe in the middle… Read more »