It appears this coming travel season will be exceptionally strong for RV rental companies and campground operators because reservations are up sharply over last year, according to sources interviewed by the Los Angeles Times.
Summer rentals for RVs are up 40% over last year and commercial campground reservations for June through August are up 46% over a year ago, according to The Times, which quoted the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (ARVC).
Additionally, more than half of the campground reservations were made by people who never stayed at a campground before, ARVC President Linda Profaizer told The Times.
The National Park Service also is forecasting a 15% increase in visitors at campgrounds in national parks, according to The Times.
“Clearly, we’re in store for a ‘see America’ summer,” Profaizer said. “Families want to go, and traveling (in an RV) seems safe, secure and intimate.”
Meanwhile, rental firm El Monte RV had, during the first week of March, its busiest week ever for reservations and it plans to open 10 more outlets by May, according to The Times.
El Monte’s revenue in February was up 53% when compared with a year-earlier and the company decided to cancel several Internet promotions because it could not keep up with the response, Joe Laing, director of marketing, told The Times.
“What we keep hearing from customers is that this summer, especially, they want control over their vacations,” Laing told The Times. “RVing lets them control when they leave, where they go, who goes with them, what they bring. And it’s intimate. They’re all together as a family.”