Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from a story authored by Jeff Crider for Woodall’s Campground Management examining the demand for Wi-Fi service by modern-day campers. To read the entire article click here.

Just over a decade ago, when private parks first began to invest in Wi-Fi systems, wireless Internet service was widely considered to be more of a luxury than a necessity.

After all, there weren’t that many RVers traveling with laptop computers, and if parks offered Wi-Fi service in the campground office or an open computer with a dialup modem that guests could use, that was sufficient for most campers.

Of course, that state of affairs didn’t last long.

While in the old days it was hard to imagine a single laptop computer inside every RV, today’s RVing couples and families are not only likely to have a laptop for every family member, but an assortment of iPhones, blackberries and other handheld electronic devices as well.

All of these devices have dramatically increased the need for park operators to offer Wi-Fi service, and have made Wi-Fi service one of the most critical amenities parks can provide.

“It’s absolutely an expected amenity,” said Jim Ganley, co-owner of CheckBox Systems LLC in Gray, Maine. “For some folks, it ranks higher (in importance) than a swimming pool or restrooms.”

In fact, people have become so accustomed to using Wi-Fi at home that they expect to have the same kind of Wi-Fi experience when they travel. And they increasingly want to be able to use their electronic devices in the comfort of their RV. It’s no longer acceptable or convenient to go to the front office to use a computer.

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