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RVtravel.com Poll: RVers Shun Print Directories

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February 18, 2014 by   4 Comments

The day when every RVer carried along a printed campground or RV park directory on a trip is going the way of the dinosaur. At least that’s what it appears according to a survey earlier this month at RVtravel.com.

Only about 40% of the more than 1,160 RVers who responded use a printed campground book or directory the same or more than five years ago. Less than 4% use one more than before. Meanwhile, about 62% use such a publication less including 36% who use such a directory “far less or never.”

“This is no surprise at all,” said RVtravel.com editor Chuck Woodbury, whose RVbookstore.com has seen a steep decline in sales of printed campground directories. “We’re selling only about 10% of what we sold six years ago. Part of the reason is there are fewer directories available, including the national and regional editions published by Woodall’s, which were big sellers at one time.

He added, “Anyone with a computer, tablet, GPS or even iPhone has a directory of one kind or another with them all the time. There are plenty of websites like RVparkReviews.com and those of Thousand Trails and KOA that guide RVers to a place to stay. And there are many apps, most available for free.”

Woodbury said that many RVers, especially full-timers, cite the large size and heavy weight of big campground directories as a reason they don’t carry them anymore.

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4 Responses to “RVtravel.com Poll: RVers Shun Print Directories”

  1. Ron Sleight on February 18th, 2014 1:33 pm

    We agree for the bulky National or Regional Directories. But, demand for the AZ RV Reference Guide, serving the RV Industry in Arizona, is extremely strong, with continuous circulation throughout Arizona and RV Shows/Rallies in Northern States & Canada. We are increasing quantity each year, as the AZ Office of Tourism’s seventy sanctioned Visitor Centers, RV Resorts and RV Centers in Arizona continually request more for handout to interested RVers. And, traffic continues to increase on its website, http://www.azrvguide.com. The bundled approach provides excellent visibility for the entire RV industry in Arizona .

  2. Ken Hamill on February 18th, 2014 2:42 pm

    We will also have to take exception. Our sales have not declined, perhaps because we have a user friendly guide for a specific segment of the market. I think RVers deserve and appreciate “straight talk” from a travel resource.

  3. Tom on February 18th, 2014 2:58 pm

    We still like our TLD in our travel arsenal. Some of the publications are hard to read andvwevthink the ratings aren’t real life.
    We do agree we use rvpark reviews on numerous occasions.
    A useful rating for water would be nice…nothing is a bigger turn off then water with a color or odor.
    I hope the the publications continue for a short time longer.
    Thanks

  4. Ron Jacobs on February 18th, 2014 5:04 pm

    I like and still use the big heavy Good Sam RV park directory. I like to see all the RV parks and State parks listed for the area that I am traveling in.

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