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Participants in the first World Camping Conference learned that consumer interest in RVing and camping remains strong throughout the world, despite rising fuel costs.
Consider the size of some of the world’s RV clubs.
While the Good Sam Club remains the largest camping club in the world, with 1 million members, the Camping and Caravanning Club in the United Kingdom is holding its own with more than 400,000 members, each of whom can use the club to book reservations for RV and tent campsites throughout the British Isles and on the European continent.
Robert Louden, director of operations of the Camping and Caravanning Club, added that he anticipates growing U.K. interest in RVing and camping in the years ahead.
There are, of course, a few regional differences in the types of equipment used by the world’s camping enthusiasts.
In the U.S., one would never guess that anyone has been concerned about rising fuel costs, given the ever expanding size of U.S.-made RVs, complete with their double, triple and, in some cases, quadruple slideout features.
In the United Kingdom, however, camping enthusiasts generally opt for smaller, more compact vehicles, although they’ve also shown a preference for unusually large tents. Australians also continue to enjoy RVs, although many Australian camping enthusiasts have shown a clear preference for high-end cabins that are virtually double the size of the typical park model in the U.S., according to Tony Park, managing director of Tasmania-based Cosy Cabins.
RV and campground industry executives from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia agreed, however, that more should be done to improve the quality of RV products and campgrounds in their respective countries.