I see at least 10 during my morning commute on route 80 6:40 to 8:00am. Those all are the early riser group. Our htt is sitting idle for close to a month with a stacked schedule late july thru first 3 weeks of august.
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I am on I-40 for about 3 miles for my morning commute. This morning I counted 17 in that 3 miles headed westbound. When the snowbirds are headed south its crazy to see all of them coming down where I-75 and I-40 meet here.
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I'm seeing the usual numbers for summer on US highways and Interstates in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and the campgrounds are staying busy, RV parks doing well. Not so many in Oklahoma and Kansas where it is too hot if you can't find shade. Lots of camping activity in northern Indiana and southern Michigan, but road counts don't mean much where so many are in- transit for delivery.
Is Arizona to la supposed to mean Louisiana or Los Angeles? The latter isn't much of a sample of the country, and even the longer trip along I-10 doesn't catch much of where people camp in summer.
We just returned from a 9,000 mile, two months + trip from south Florida to Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and the states in between. Very few "full" campgrounds and many of the ones near full, were full of "in state" campers. At Ridgway State Park in western Colorado, our favorite Colorado State Park, one afternoon I decided to check out the campground. It is large, a couple of hundred sites, I would guess and I only found 6 out of state tagged vehicles, the rest were Colorado. We have been camping at Ridgway for roughly 20 years + or -, and would normally expect 1/3 to 1/2 of the camper to be from out of state. Of the 6 out of state tags, only 2 of us were from states not bordering on Colorado. In talking with some of the in state people, they indicated they were staying closer to home to camp this year, due to the uncertainty of the economy and the fuel prices. Even some of the national parks where we stopped, had campground vacancies available. Tourist oriented businesses also seemed to have fallen on hard times.
I think what we are seeing is that people are camping where they live, for the most part. So the more populus parts of the country, are seeing lots of RVs and campgrounds are being used. In the low population areas of the country, not many RVs out and about.
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We're on the nice cool Lake Michigan shoreline about 50 miles southwest of Shelby, MI. Bet it's been hot this summer in Shelby since it's 10+ miles inland and behind the hills along the big lake?
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In California it used to be common to see Canadian, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington license plates during the summer months but now it is very rare to see them. Where I travel I would usually see a lot of RV's pulling boats or ATV's on trailers and they have pretty much disappeared.
Everyone I know is cutting way back on their traveling and staying close to home. In all cases it is from a lack of funds and a lack of confidence in the economy recovering anytime soon (as in the next 10 years), and with Republicans talking about austerity for everyone else, it is not encouraging. We know of one couple that is still actively traveling but the rest have all had their RV's parked for past couple of years. It is however a good time to buy a used RV if you have the cash.