Memorial Day Weekend, the generally accepted beginning of the summer season, begins in a few days and published reports indicate it will, in fact, be the “Summer of the RV.”
Dealers are continuing to report strong sales and campground and RV rental reservations are up sharply, according to published reports.
For example, at Rancho Corrido RV Resort & Campground in Pauma, Valley, Calif., Manager Sharon Davey hired three part-time employees earlier this month, instead of waiting until just before the Memorial Day Weekend, because of the high volume of summer reservations, she told the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, Calif.
“People are making sure they get their sites,” Davey told the newspaper. “In past years, they would wait until the last minute.”
RV space reservations at campgrounds currently are up 12% when compared with the same time a year ago, according to Linda Profaizer, president of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds. (ARVC).
Meanwhile, it’s a lot busier at Castaway RV Storage & Service, a Cruise America outlet in San Bernardino, Calif., owner Bob Mejia told the Press-Enterprise, “Many people are saying that they’d rather drive than fly,” Mejia added.
Customers began calling Joe Abercrombie, owner of Joe’s RV Rentals in Palm Springs. Calif., in December to make reservations for this summer.
“I’m feeling a big year,” said Abercrombie, who has ordered five more units for delivery in June. “Summer bookings are up 20% over the same period last year.”
A passenger train wreck in Southern California in April also led a number of people to decide against train travel and rent an RV instead, according to Barbie Ausdemore, rental fleet supervisor at Altmans Winnebago Sales & Rentals in Colton, Calif.
And RVs, both owner driven and rental units, won’t spend too much time parked in the driveway this summer, according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) survey. The survey found RVs will be driven an average of 3,751 miles this summer, nearly 800 more miles than last year, the RVIA reported.