CAMPGROUND OPERATORS STEP UP THEIR COMPETITION BY OFFERING AFFORDABLE, FULLY-FURNISHED CABINS AND COTTAGES
America’s campgrounds increasingly offer a luxurious, yet affordable alternative to hotel rooms: Fully furnished two-bedroom cabins and cottages with full size bathrooms and kitchens. “It’s like having a two bedroom house in a natural setting,” said Dr. Rama Rao, a Long Island, N.Y.-based physicist who frequently travels with his wife, children and other family members from India.
But no matter what you call them, the popularity of campground rental units is growing as families figure out these units can help them save money on their vacation costs. The savings come not only from their ability to sleep up to eight people, but because of their fully furnished kitchens, which enable travelers to cook their own food and reduce their restaurant expenses.
“If we were staying in a hotel, we would have to rent two to three rooms, which would be very expensive,” said Dr. Rao, who recently took a vacation out West, where he and his family stayed in a park model RV at the North San Francisco / Petaluma KOA in Petaluma, Calif.
Dr. Rao said his visiting relatives from India also prefer to cook their own meals when they travel because they are not yet accustomed to American food. So, for them, park model RVs help them reduce their lodging costs while also enabling them to eat the food they most enjoy.
Campgrounds also provide a vacation setting that gives families a safe place for their children to explore.
At the Petaluma KOA, for example, children can ride their bicycles on roads throughout the gated campground. They can swim in the campground swimming pool. Climb the rock climbing wall. Jump on the jumping pillow and take part in campground activities, which range from arts and crafts to face painting and special themed weekends.
Meanwhile, park model RVs have proven to be so popular that campgrounds can’t get enough of them.
Manufacturers produced 2,770 park model RVs in 2012, most of which were installed as rental accommodations in campgrounds, according to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA). RVIA is the national association representing approximately 400 manufacturers and component suppliers producing 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States. Visit www.RVIA.org for more information about the recreation vehicle industry and www.GoRVing.com to find campgrounds that have rental RV products and park models.