Nevada campgrounds, including parks in the scenic Lake Tahoe area, are preparing for an influx of RVers this summer despite rising gas prices, according to a report in the Tahoe Daily Tribune.
“For people who can afford RVs, fuel may be less of an issue,” AAA spokesman Sean Comey said, adding that RV travelers may simply adjust their schedules to accommodate the fuel prices.
South Lake Tahoe Parks Superintendent Steve Weiss estimates 70% of the business at the city-run campground is generated by a growing RV market.
Camp Richardson Resort’s upcoming redesign of its grounds may include a beefed-up RV section, inspired by an Airstream convention hosted by the resort last year.
Moreover, the Nevada Commission on Tourism’s travel planning magazine dedicated three pages specifically to an RV park listing.
“We get a huge response off that,” said Carol Chaplin, spokeswoman for Aramark’s Zephyr Cove Resort in Nevada. Chaplin said she’s noticed more people traveling by RV and the crowds getting younger.
The resort’s $3.5 million renovation in 2001 included paving the roads, along with adding more bathrooms and showers. All the RV camp sites have Internet, cable television, electricity, water, sewer and telephone hookups.
Scott Englehardt, the resort campground manager, said the 93 RV sites remain 30% occupied in the winter and completely fill up from June through August.
“If the sun shines on the weekend, they’re coming, and sometimes they won’t call,” he said.