Survey: Wi-Fi a Key Factor for 68% of Campers

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February 2, 2011 by   2 Comments

CalARVC logoEditor’s Note: The following story comes from the current issue of the CalARVC News, a publication of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds (CalARVC).

A recent survey conducted at took a look at the impact of Wi-Fi on a camper’s decision-making process.

Participants responded to the question, “With other factors equal, do you choose a campground based on whether they have Wi-Fi?” There were 354 campers who participated from Nov. 2 to Dec. 28, 2010.

Survey results:

  • 156: Yes, only if it is free.
  • 85: Yes – Always.
  • 35: Sometimes – when I have to do business.
  • 34: Rarely.
  • 32: No – I don’t travel with my computer.
  • 12: No – I don’t ever use Wi-Fi.

A significant majority (241 respondents or 68.1%) said they did choose a campground based on whether Wi-Fi was available. An additional 19.5% said they sometimes or rarely used Wi-Fi – indicating it was not a significant part of their decision making process.

Only 12.4% said “No.” They indicated they either didn’t ever use Wi-Fi or didn’t travel with their computer.

Campers seeking information about Wi-Fi (either for free or with a fee) will find it easy to find at They simply click on the “Add Amenities and Lifestlyle Options” link and select Wi-Fi from the Amenity List. This returns a list of parks that offer Wi-Fi.

If appropriate, each park’s listing includes information about Wi-Fi. If it is offered at no charge, that information is stated in the park’s description.

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2 Responses to “Survey: Wi-Fi a Key Factor for 68% of Campers”

  1. Dick Miller on February 2nd, 2011 2:46 pm

    Wi-Fi is an important criterion in selecting a campground. Unfortunately, some campgrounds don’t understand the technology. We’ve found campgrounds proudly advertising Wi-Fi only to find it terribly slow to the point of being unusable. And then find out that they had a single DSL line to serve 350 sites. Because this was such a frequent problem, we now carry an Air Card. As long as we have cell phone service, we can also obtain satisfactory service.

  2. Cindy Pedersen on June 29th, 2011 8:30 pm

    I have a portable device the size of a credit card called Myfi from Verizon & Samsung that delivers 3G or 4G service wherever there is cell coverage for $50 mo. It links up to 5 devices at home or traveling and I’ve used it on trains, airports, RV, the beach, etc with my ipad, iphone and grandkids games. Absolutely superior to the aircard.

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