Seventy five percent of Winter Texans are eating out less, traveling shorter distances and implementing other cost-cutting measures this winter.
But while 54.9% of Winter Texans have shortened their winter visit, 45.1% are spending just as much time enjoying the Sunbelt as they normally do, according to the latest online survey by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).
“This survey shows that camping and RVing are taking precedence over other expenses for most Winter Texans,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO’s executive director and CEO.
The February survey generated 499 responses, Schaeffer said. Among the survey’s other findings:
• Half of Winter Texans typically stay in Texas for four months or longer.
• 49.7% spend four months or longer.
• 7.4% spend three to four months.
• 14.6% spend one to two months.
• 28.3% spend one to two weeks.
The poll also revealed that Winter Texans who have cut back their vacation time in Texas this year have done so to varying degrees. Results showed:
• 39.8% have shortened their vacation time by 10% to 25%.
• 35.8% have reduced their vacation time by 26% to 50%.
• 24.4% have cut their vacation time in half.
According to TACO, nearly half of Winter Texans typically spend the whole winter season in Texas while 40.3% visit other Sunbelt states and 12.8% rarely travel to Texas when visiting the Sunbelt region.
Another trend showed that Winter Texans have three primary travel pattern as 14.6% spend the winter at one private campground or RV park; 41.3% use one campground as a primary base, but sometimes travel and stay at other parks; and 44.1% spend the winter traveling from campground to campground.
Most Winter Texans also say Texas parks have a competitive advantage over parks in other states, with results indicating:
• 45.5% believe private campgrounds and RV parks in Texas are less expensive than similar parks in other states.
• 29.3% believe that every Sunbelt region has its pros and cons and that Texas has no real competitive advantage.
• 26.2% believe Texas has a greater selection of Snowbird friendly parks than other states.