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Old 08-01-2017, 09:03 PM   #21
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I'm really struggling with all this.

Currently I spend 50-60 nights a year in hotels for work, plus about 50k miles in the air.

I've always loved camping, and got into RVing 6ish years ago because I simply couldn't stand the idea of flying and staying in a hotel for vacation; plus my kids really enjoyed camping too.

But the hassle of getting reservations in places we enjoy, which of course are the popular California locations, is getting so frustrating.

Right now we are having active debates in our house right now about selling the TT and returning to hotel resorts, settling on a specific location and buying a a vacation home or potentially buying into a specific CA central coast CG that provides 45 nights a year.

Each of these options are expensive, but doable, and all sound better than just accepting the fact that there is just going to be a huge hassle factor and deteriorating conditions due to the volume going through these CGs.

The next year will clarify a lot of things for this camping family.
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Old 08-02-2017, 09:56 AM   #22
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Sales pitch probably a lot of it, you can afford this, come on in we have a deal for you. I wonder how many of these will be repossessed or has to be sold before it is

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Old 08-02-2017, 11:49 AM   #23
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I see lots of boats that never leave the dock or yard. Im sure its the same way with RVs. Folks want them until they get them or find out how much work and money is involved, or the novelty just wears off.
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:17 PM   #24
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2 best days of their life. The day they bought it and they day they sold it

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Old 08-09-2017, 07:58 PM   #25
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OK, since we know that...
- there are 9,000,000 RV's out there
- There are a little over 13,000 RV parks (not sure what is included in this total- Per Going RV)

- 692

That is the number of sites each RV Park would need to have in order to accommodate everyone at the same time.

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Old 08-10-2017, 07:21 AM   #26
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In our neck of the woods if you're able to camp during the week, it's still fairly easy to get reservations. We love arriving on a quiet Sunday evening and checking out Friday morning.
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Old 08-10-2017, 08:11 AM   #27
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We try to do that, too. I bid my schedule such that we can camp during the week and avoid weekends. I actually prefer working weekends for the most part, and having my days off mid week. So much easier to get things done.

Gas is already $4.00 per gallon here in Canada, and an electrical site at a Provincial Park is about $50 per night when you include tax and the reservation fee. It is absolutely expensive already, and right now especially everything is booked solid. We always seem to snag the last site at a place (we stay flexible where we go) probably because of a last minute cancellation.

I have no plans to give this hobby up. It's just too good for family life and it exercises most of my interests. I will adapt if needed though, to have a self-sufficient boondocking machine where we can escape the dumb dumbs and do this our own way.

There will be a certain element of Darwinism in this RV world; the ones that are in it that shouldn't be will not be here long.
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Old 08-10-2017, 02:55 PM   #28
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And do not forget there is also an increase in tent campers. Although they do not frequent RV parks they do use many RV suitable sites at many state parks, etc thus reducing the overall amount of available sites, I`m not knocking tent camping, did it for years. Just pointing out one more pertinent fact.
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There was a segment about the growth in RV sales on the CBS national morning show, indicated that milleniums & snowflakes are getting into this camping thing, guess they are looking for more free stuff.
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There was a segment about the growth in RV sales on the CBS national morning show, indicated that milleniums & snowflakes are getting into this camping thing, guess they are looking for more free stuff.


What part of camping is free?


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Yes please do tell, what's free, heck for that matter what's cheap?!?!

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Old 08-11-2017, 08:10 AM   #32
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Hopefully some of us newbies become assets to the community. Time will tell, I am excited to be taking my first trip today. A steep learning curve sure, hopfully learning valuable info from here helps.
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I too wonder how many of the "new to camping/rving" types will be in it for more than a year or two. The financial realities, TV and RV maintenance and repair issues, dealer and manufacturer derelictions and "tricks," and camping inconveniences will likely take out a lot of them. Add to that the lack of mental and physical resourcefulness/can-do spirit that our culture increasingly cultivates and exudes - This will defeat many of the starry-eyed pups.

Three choices: 1. a big wallet for the dealer to suck the life out of for their shoddy (at best) work; 2. a much smaller wallet, your own tools, a fighting spirit, and a brain; 3. a disintegrating box of poorly designed and assembled junk on your side yard. Sadly and frustratingly, I see more and more of number 1 and number 3.

Could be an awesome "like-new" used market on the horizon!
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Local news station here just did a report on this. Said payments can be as cheap as $300 a month and you have all the amenities like flat screen t.v. and stove. Made it out to be a great option

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When I bought my first trailer, they offered a 20 year financing plan. A damn mortgage on a vehicle. Payments under 200/mo, I would have paid for that thing twice over if I had stretched it out!
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