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Several Virginia state parks are offering folding camping trailers as rentals, according to a report in the Freelance Star, Fredericksburg.
The state is renting the campers as part of a joint venture with ReserveAmerica, which handles the parks’ reservations, and Riverside, Calif.-based RV builder Fleetwood Enterprise Inc.
Popups are available at Lake Anna, Belle Isle, Chippokes Plantation, Hungry Mother and Pocahontas state parks.
“Folks like to camp, but they don’t want to get into buying all the equipment when they camp only once or twice a year,” said Gary Waugh, spokesman for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation in Richmond. “So we’re trying to give them some different options.”
This is the first time the state has had such an arrangement with an RV company, though Waugh says a few years back the state offered set-up tents for rent.
The five popups at Lake Anna State Park open up into two bedrooms and a dining area with air conditioning, heat, refrigerator, stove, outboard grill, and lots of storage. People just have to bring sleeping bags or bedding, food and other necessities.
ReserveAmerica this week sent e-mails to those who use its reservation system that the popups are ready and waiting at the selected parks. Each park has five units.
The cost is the nightly camping fee, plus water and electric – at Lake Anna that’s $27 – plus $50 a night for the trailer. The park and Reserve America divide the $50 fee. ReserveAmerica has a separate contract with Fleetwood, which also gets a cut.
The state has a five-year contract in which Fleetwood replaces the park popups with new models each year.