The day when every RVer carried along a printed campground or RV park directory on a trip is going the way of the dinosaur. At least that’s what it appears according to a survey earlier this month at RVtravel.com.
Only about 40% of the more than 1,160 RVers who responded use a printed campground book or directory the same or more than five years ago. Less than 4% use one more than before. Meanwhile, about 62% use such a publication less including 36% who use such a directory “far less or never.”
“This is no surprise at all,” said RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury, whose RVbookstore.com has seen a steep decline in sales of printed campground directories. “We’re selling only about 10% of what we sold six years ago. Part of the reason is there are fewer directories available, including the national and regional editions published by Woodall’s, which were big sellers at one time.
He added, “Anyone with a computer, tablet, GPS or even iPhone has a directory of one kind or another with them all the time. There are plenty of websites like RVparkReviews.com and those of Thousand Trails and KOA that guide RVers to a place to stay. And there are many apps, most available for free.”
Woodbury said that many RVers, especially full-timers, cite the large size and heavy weight of big campground directories as a reason they don’t carry them anymore.