Families Renting Park Models for Gatherings
Campgrounds across the country are increasingly purchasing park model cabins, not only to entice people who don’t have an RV or tent, but to accommodate family reunions.
“It’s a trend that’s taking place across the country,” said Bill Garpow, executive director of the Recreational Park Trailer Industry Association (RPTIA), the Newnan, Ga.-based trade association that represents the park model industry.
And while campgrounds have had park models for years, both government run campgrounds as well as privately owned campgrounds, RV parks and resorts are beefing up their inventories of rental units because families have realized that campgrounds are ideal locations for fun and affordable family reunions.
At the Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Larkspur, Colo., one family has rented nearly a third of the entire campground for the Fourth of July weekend, including RV sites, tent sites, safari tents, teepees and park model cabins.
“We thought a campground would a perfect location for a reunion because we wanted to involve our kids,” said Gaynell Garcia of Colorado, who estimates roughly 60 of her family members will participate in the July 4 reunion. And while many of Garcia’s family members have their own RVs and tents, she said the park model cabins are especially attractive to her parents and other older adults in the family.
And while Jellystone Parks are famous for their organized family activities, organizers of family reunions often develop their own games, crafts and activities, which help make their camping experience something they will always remember.
“We always do a craft,” Barber said. “Most campgrounds have areas where you can do crafts and we’ll have our whole family working on a craft. One year we worked with stained glass. Another year we made jewelry. We’ve also made tie-dye T-shirts.”