The snowbird business is up this winter at RV parks and resorts across the Valley of the Sun, according to a release from the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (AZ ARVC).
“Several of our members are telling us this has been an extremely busy winter,” said Jo Ann Mickelson, executive director of the Arizona Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, which hosts GoCampingInArizona.com, the travel planning website.
“We are very busy,” said Vickie Jepperson, general manager of Pueblo El Mirage RV & Golf Resort in El Mirage, which offers snowbirds 1,236 RV, park model and manufactured home sites. She added that RVing snowbirds who are just passing through Arizona on their way to another destination are having a hard time finding a campsite.
She attributes some of the increase to snowbirds who normally spend the winter at parks in Texas and Florida but couldn’t do so this winter because of last year’s hurricanes and floods in those states.
“We are absolutely up,” said Angie Sherman of Apache Palms RV Park in Tempe, which has 80 RV sites.
Eric Vargas, general manager of the 218-site Desert Edge RV Park in Phoenix, said he has seen an uptick in business, too. “This season, February has been a lot busier than last season,” he said.
The 377-site Leaf Verde RV Resort in Buckeye is also seeing more snowbirds this winter.
“We have been sold out a couple of days recently, and the rest of February and most of March we’re almost sold out,” said Connie Jenkinson, Leaf Verde’s general manager.
Palm Creek Golf & RV Resort in Casa Grande, for its part, is at 100% occupancy, according to Cristin Zanocco, a divisional marketing coordinator for Sun RV Resorts and Sun Communities Inc., which owns the resort. Palm Creek has 961 RV sites as well as 731 park models and 503 manufactured home sites.
Some parks are also planning to make significant improvements in the future, including Apache Palms RV Resort, which plans to open a bistro next fall.
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