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Old 11-01-2017, 06:32 PM   #57
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When we drive down I-5, we pass a number of YUGE trailer sales lots, and I shudder. So many, many rigs for sale, so many being sold all the time, and so few new campgrounds being built. Maybe built-in obsolescence will help keep some camping sites open into the future when the new rigs start breaking and becoming driveway ornaments.

I like to think Peanut is functional and ornamental in the driveway. I LIKE to think so.

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Old 11-01-2017, 09:39 PM   #58
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When we drive down I-5, we pass a number of YUGE trailer sales lots, and I shudder. So many, many rigs for sale, so many being sold all the time, and so few new campgrounds being built.

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+10 Little to no additional campground capacity added at the same time RV industry has had record sales, each year beating the prior record, for several years in a row.

Baby boomers rapidly reaching retirement age, and many are hitting the road with their new RVs.
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Old 11-02-2017, 06:08 AM   #59
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quality and supply

well I go by campers world and I see hundreds of campers I go down the interstate a little farther and a new guy has sprung up and now has a hundred or so setting there.

I know him and I know he does not have that sort of money for that amount of inventory so the manufactures must be stocking these dealers with trailers.

apparently quality doesn't enter into the equation of purchasing a tt these days if it ever did.

I think I will stick with my 22 year old ridiculous looking 13f scamper!!

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The RV industry has had numerous boom cycles before. Campgrounds, especially publicly owned campgrounds that provide a meaningful outdoor experience, have been stagnant or declining for decades. So nothing really new.

Lots of RV parks sprouting up, often in conjunction with casinos, to take up the slack. One near me just completed a major expansion. Don't know how many sites they have now, but it's practically its own zip code. It's pretty nice for what it is: nestled in a ponderosa forest, some space between sites, not lined up like a trailer park. With monthly rates and full utilities including cable and broadband, it serves as a summer home for many retired boomers and supports the economy of a Native American tribe.

Good news is we are approaching the beginning of the end for baby boomer retirement. Birth rates tend to be cyclical, too. Things will look a lot different in another twenty years.

Meantime, with a little planning or going off-grid it's still possible to go camping. In a way I'm glad we are seeing acres of giant RVs for sale. If I saw acres of small trailers akin to my Scamp, then I'd be really worried!
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thrifty bill, I hear you. That's what it looks like around here.

Jon In AZ, I hear you as well. Some comforting words...though in 20 years a lot of things will look quite different.

Paul and I don't want to have to improvise (with the two old grumble dogs) unnecessarily, so we make reservations.

We're not aware of campgrounds at casinos in WA, but it's worth checking.

Exterior television screens & speakers...I know!
Sufficient unto the trailer interior is the noise thereof!

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...though in 20 years a lot of things will look quite different...
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...We're not aware of campgrounds at casinos in WA, but it's worth checking...
They're typically more of the "RV park" variety, some not much better than a parking space with utilities. There are quite a few in the SW. I'd be curious about the PNW.

The one near us is nicer than most. I was told there are equipment restrictions for seasonal sites, but they seem to accept a few smaller trailers as overnighters- an A-liner was there a couple of days ago and a guy in a myPod molded teardrop for the fall festival a while back. Guessing it has 400-500 sites now.
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[QUOTE=Jon in AZ;670548]Like me...

Funny! I was going to post that myself! I so agree.
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"When we drive down I-5, we pass a number of YUGE trailer sales lots, and I shudder."
Another giant RV dealer lot is being built along I-5 in Longview - several acres, it appears, from the ground up. If you want a non-fiberglass RV, just wait for the next economic downturn, and get it for half off.
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What "Economic Downturn"?
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What "Economic Downturn"?
You know, the next one in the ever-recurring cycle of life. Or is that circle of life?

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You know, the next one in the ever-recurring cycle of life. Or is that circle of life? Kai
When will this occur so I can prepare for the next economic disaster?
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Like me...

They're typically more of the "RV park" variety, some not much better than a parking space with utilities. There are quite a few in the SW. I'd be curious about the PNW.

The one near us is nicer than most. I was told there are equipment restrictions for seasonal sites, but they seem to accept a few smaller trailers as overnighters- an A-liner was there a couple of days ago and a guy in a myPod molded teardrop for the fall festival a while back. Guessing it has 400-500 sites now.
Many people have travel trailers for travel and only occasionally for camping, or not for camping at all.
Those "parking spaces with utilities" are often close to the attractions which inspired the travel in the first place.
The great thing about a travel trailer is that very versatility ... They are at ease boondocking, at campgrounds, RV parks, or even an overnight in a Walmart.


In my opinion, refusing a travel trailer based on size or age , borders on refusal of public accommodation. Such requirements as being self contained and in sound condition are reasonable to avoid a public nuisance .
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