Today’s Video No. 1 comes from WNDU TV, South Bend, Ind., as representatives from the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA) discuss the impact of gas prices.
Members of the RPTIA are concerned about gas prices but remain hopeful that RVers will continue to enjoy camping. The association is currently holding its quarterly board meeting at the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind.
“Obviously as discretionary spending gets tighter because of the gas prices, it does create a little bit of a tough situation for consumers looking to purchase a model whether it be a park model or travel trailer,” said John Soard, general manager of Fairmont Park Trailers in Nappanee, Ind.
In the meantime efforts are being made to allow people to “test out trailers.” Recently, Kampgrounds of America (KOA) campsites started renting out park trailers, which they call lodges.
“As the economy has faltered a bit, what we’ve found is that people still want to camp,” said KOA’s Director of Lodging Mike Atkinson. “They still want that experience but don’t want to afford that huge investment.”
Locally, the park trailers or lodges at the KOA campsite in Granger, Ind., are usually booked for the entire summer and during the University of Notre Dame football season. They cost about $99 a night.