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Old 01-03-2021, 10:44 AM   #1
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Camping comparison 2020 vs past years

We have kept records of our camping in a log for years. 2020 was one of the lowest years ever for us. We towed our rig 2802 miles and spent 65 nights in the camper.

This 2 figures are what we compare with for years. We were about 50% of last year on both.

Just wondering how 2020 affected your travels?
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We camped and traveled less in 2020 than the years before. We also noted that campgrounds were pretty much booked full on weekends and very few places during the week had openings. We also noted an abundance of campsites with no one present at any time, sometimes for several days at a time.

Hopefully 2021 will be better.
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Old 01-03-2021, 11:02 AM   #3
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2020 was about the same as past years for me. Places I visit were more crowded than previous years though.
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Old 01-03-2021, 11:14 AM   #4
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We camped less in 2020 than in previous years, but I put more miles than normal because of our trip to Yellowstone.
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Old 01-03-2021, 11:27 AM   #5
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We camped 2 less times than 2019, but our mileage was up. 1st "regular" trip of the year was cancelled due to COVID and nothing being open. Our first trip this year took us a lot farther from home and hardly anyone was at this place. Last trip of the year we cancelled due to the friends we camp with had an unfortunate accident with their truck and didnt know if they were going to go. This particular place we've grown to dislike, so it wasnt a hard decision to cancel.
All the camping in between we found early in the game it was going to be hard to get reservations. The reservations we did get at places we found they were packed full. Signs at the entrances said full, no vacancy. Even during the week, the amount of available sites could literally be counted one hand.
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Old 01-03-2021, 11:43 AM   #6
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With our Florida trip and New York trips cancelled, our total distance traveled with the Jayco was only 215 miles this year. However, my wife and I used it as our home office from March 13th through June 12th. So, a total including our short local trips of 83 days/nights. Both numbers down significantly from past years. But, we did get good use out of it.
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Old 01-03-2021, 12:52 PM   #7
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Our days/nights as well as mileage was up, but we still don’t get the numbers of many that post here. We had 20 nights in ‘19 and 27 nights in ‘20. We already have 18 nights booked for ‘21 and just getting started. Since we’re both still working, it’s not easy to get a ton of days away. We’ll start earlier this year than either of the last two years and hopefully do a little more in early spring and mid to late fall this year.
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Old 01-03-2021, 02:03 PM   #8
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We were lucky in that our biggest trip (to Yellowstone) was between Covid surges. Others were to places that still allowed camping with restrictions. In all about 55 nights and 4,000 miles. Similar to 2019 and 2018.
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We had two trips scheduled but canceled both. We made up for though camping closer to home. Ended the year with 67 nights, which isn't too bad for us weekend campers.
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Old 01-03-2021, 04:21 PM   #10
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We had the majority of our trips for 2020 cancelled by the destination. This was 3 different trips to volunteer at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in southern Utah over ~6 months as they were closed to all but local volunteers the majority of the year. We were able to get a week in around the St. George, UT area in early August and still took the 2 weeks we had planned in mid-September for my 20 year sabbatical. Although we had to alter some of our destinations as they were more crowded than anticipated for that time of year it was still a great trip. Cautiously optimistic that we will get back on schedule with the volunteer trips starting late March.
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Old 01-03-2021, 06:30 PM   #11
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We were out our usual number of trips, but no long distance family get together. We did have one reservation get cancelled by the state early in the year, until they figured out what was going to be open, and what wasn't. We did stay more days per outing since out reservations were more in the middle of the week, since all the weekends were booked. The parks were just as full throughout the week as they usually are on weekends. Many newbie campers out there last summer and fall. I'm guessing 2021 will be tougher to get sites.
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Old 01-03-2021, 06:37 PM   #12
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Our 2020 trips totaled 6 trips, all close to home for a total mileage of 1720 miles. 2019 we make 12 trips, 2 to adjacent States for a total of 4850 miles.

We already have 100 miles logged on 1 trip in 2021. Looking forward to many more this year.
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Old 01-03-2021, 07:00 PM   #13
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If you want somewhere to get away and do nothing COE Gunter Hill Campground near Montgomery, Al. Sites spaced apart, full hook ups and deep sites.
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Old 01-03-2021, 07:47 PM   #14
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2020 was only our 3rd year of camping and we camped more this year than previous years, but we stayed in state. We’ll probably do the same in this year.
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Only had to cancel 2 trips for 2020. But did notice that it is a little harder to get spots now that there are a lot more campers out there.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:30 PM   #16
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For us... fewer miles on the Seneca for 2020 over pavement, more miles this year over dirt/gravel.

As for the number of days away from the home base in the Seneca... almost the same as previous years, but still over 190. All working full time in remote desolate/isolated locations (spelled beautiful) with our LHG Internet connectivity. We really embraced the social distancing thing this year and camped(while we worked) in some amazing places.

The Toyota FJ got more miles on the Trailer this year than ever before, and more miles on dirt vs pavement this year as well.

And you can look all this stuff up for your rig - by logging into your insurance app that monitors your driving places (activity monitor that plugs into your vehicles)... I wished we had one for the Kodiak4x4 to track all the miles we roam with that - I did not count that.
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Old 01-03-2021, 09:41 PM   #17
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We camped and travelled the same in 2020 as in past years. The places we visited or camped were never closed. We did find it much harder to get reservations even booking far in advance. Hoping this year will be even better!
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Old 01-04-2021, 06:03 AM   #18
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2020 was about the same as past years for me. Places I visit were more crowded than previous years though
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Old 01-04-2021, 11:57 AM   #19
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We had to leave Florida on March 20 due to the state closing the parks. Then cancelled the next 2 weeks reservations. Traveled all over the West during summer without issue. Canceled our Fall Maine/New Hampshire trip due to the Restrictions & quarantines. Overall about 1/3 of our 'normal' travel was curtailed.

Here's hoping this year will be more Normal.
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Old 01-04-2021, 12:05 PM   #20
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We camp to be near meetups and car/motorcycle shows. All were cancelled last year. Many are already cancelling this year or holding out setting dates...which makes it impossible to plan with enough lead time.
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