EDITOR’S NOTE: The May/June issue of RV Today magazine is now available. Here’s the Publisher’s Note from Demian Ross.
By now, you are probably aware of the huge growth the RV industry had during the pandemic. Some reports say a lot of the RVers that purchased in 2020 and 2021 are selling their RVs now. You may assume that will mean fewer people on the road and at campgrounds, but because they are just selling to other RVers, I expect the numbers to be pretty steady.
Most of the data and reports I’ve read predict that this camping season will be very crowded—especially at state parks and highly sought-after locations like Zion, Yosemite, or the Smoky Mountains.
When talking to friends who are trying to figure out how to escape the crowds, it always comes back to trying new ways to camp, like boondocking, or using services like Harvest Hosts or Boondockers Welcome.
But if you really want to stay at resorts with full hookups, I would suggest looking at areas that might not be as crowded. Some of my favorite campground stays were way off the beaten path, which provided exactly what I needed in my vacation … peace and quiet.
If you are one of the lucky few that have reservations, and you end up not being able to go, please call and cancel, even if you won’t get a refund. Let another family enjoy the spot. I’ve always been amazed at the times I’ve been to campgrounds that were sold out, yet still had so many open spots due to no-shows who didn’t cancel.
As someone who spent most of his adult life living in a crowded city, I wouldn’t let the idea of crowded campgrounds stop me from taking those camping trips; I’d rather be in a crowded campground than a crowded city any day of the week.
I would love to hear how you beat the crowds this summer. Just email us at email@example.com and tell us how you found the perfect camping spot for you and your friends or family.
Until the next issue … happy camping!