RV LIFE recently polled their audience with a survey to determine if RVers felt that finding campground locations in 2021 would be difficult. The survey looks at the habits and concerns of campers and RVers who are making their camping plans for 2021. The results proved interesting, and yielded some surprising insight. We’ll look at the most pertinent questions below.
Have you started planning RV trips for 2021?
Late February and early March mark the traditional start of planning season for the year’s RVing journeys. As of mid-February, 84% of respondents had already started their RV trip planning for the year.
This is a fairly strong number, especially in the midst of nationwide winter weather emergencies. Perhaps being forced to live in their RVs during recent winter storms provided a strong reminder to make those reservations early.
Will you make more campground reservations this year than in years past?
Just over half, 51%, indicated they would be securing more of their campground locations ahead of time than in previous years. Only 17% stated they would not be making more reservations.
Have you had difficulty finding campground locations for your 2021 plans?
45% of campers that had started planning their 2021 trips indicated that they were already having difficulty finding campsites. Granted, it is early in the season and not all seasonal campgrounds may be accepting reservations just yet. Still, this is consistent with the overall results in that planning early is key.
Has concern over campground availability changed your plans to purchase or upgrade your RV?
The most interesting and perhaps surprising statistic of all was that over 90% of those looking to purchase or upgrade an RV were not dissuaded or concerned by the availability of campground locations and planned to continue with their RV purchase. RVing might be the only vacation option available this year, and the dream of owning an RV or becoming full-time RVers apparently won’t be quenched quite so easily.
Has concern over campground availability altered your travel plans for 2021?
Similarly, though to a lesser degree, 71% of participants were not planning to alter their travel plans over fear of not being able to find campground locations.
When you flip the focus however, this means that nearly 30% of RVers have altered their travel plans due to the surge in RVing and the RV lifestyle in general. That surge has certainly been influenced by the COVID pandemic, which is allowing more workers and students to earn a living or get an education in less traditional locations.
What are your preferred campground locations?
These results were less surprising. Allowing for multiple answers, the survey found that roughly 65% of campers preferred Private RV Parks & Campgrounds or State & National Parks.
12% preferred the luxury RV resort lifestyle. Roughly 22% are looking forward to spending time boondocking on public lands. The majority of the 8% of write-ins mentioned locations like Corp of Engineer campgrounds.
New campgrounds are being built every day, and more sites are being added to existing campgrounds equally as fast. Still, this survey is a clear indicator that RVers looking to visit the more popular destinations should start booking those campsites and campground locations immediately.
Finding those locations is simple with Campground Reviews, RV Trip Wizard, or the RV LIFE app.