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Bipeflier

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Posted: 02/11/19 02:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We attended a RV show here in Missouri recently. It was the first day, which usually is busy with old folks that don't have to go to work.

This year appeared to us that is was about half the crowd of previous years. No waiting to get into any of the display units. Sales guys were latching on to anyone who stood still.


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Like other's I'm hoping for a slowdown in RV sales. When my wife and first started camping in 2005, we went to Florida over Christmas and New Years and found sites without prior reservations. We could just pick up and go on a nice weekend, or take a couple days off and go where we wanted.

Now we have to plan months in advance for some of our favored local spots. They are perpetually busy and have slacked on upkeep, because they are busy and aren't as worried with upkeep. Our Florida trip requires planning a year in advance, and we haven't been able to get a campsite the previous 2 years. We finally got back to the top of the waitlist and got a spot for this year.

I don't want campgrounds to lose money... but its obvious that several of our preferred parks simply don't spend as much money on upkeep. Campgrounds have lost some of that family feel and have turned more into a party area. It is what it is though, so I am sure there is a downturn coming soon. Personally I welcome it a little...


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Posted: 02/11/19 02:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Every time somebody ties down an old fifth wheel, or installs a park model or mobile home, those lots are not available for RV's. There are actually less RV sites available in Florida than there were fifteen years ago, Have you seen any new parks lately? I am glad to see people buying RV's, keeps the resale up on mine. Also glad to see people joining in on the fun.

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Since there aren't hardly any new State of Federal CG's, people must be using membership places like Coast to Coast and Thousand Trails more than ever.
Otherwise I just can't figure out where they're going.
All our state CG's are nearly 100% booked 9 mos in advance and have been for years. I don't suppose they tell first time RV buyers about that though..


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Booking sites at the popular places has been rough for a long time, well before the previous slowdown and rebound.

I've already got sites booked for our two big summer trips (I'm a worker bee, I get limited time off so I plan ahead!). It is frustrating that we can't do last minute trips to the coast like we used to, but it's been that way for at least 10 years now. Don't see it changing even if (when?) there's another downturn.

As to a refund, lol. I haven't had a refund in years. If you do, you're doing it wrong. Have them hold out less so you owe THEM at the end instead of them owing you with zero interest.

The new tax code is not going to do me any favors, but life goes on. Hey, at least gas is still stupid cheap right?


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Sadly in the Myrtle Beach CGs. IF you don't already have your reservations for a oceanfront park this summer. You more than likely ain't gong this summer. It has gotten to the point, you have to make reservations 12 to 18 months out to get a site.

And the same goes for many of the more popular mountain CGs. You have to reserve really early to get a site. Sort of takes some of the fun out of it.


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Posted: 02/11/19 05:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Copy/paste article but no link?
Why is the OP so obsessed with this RV "bubble"?
Tax refund? What the world is that?


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I see one of the reasons parks are full is because people have decided to live in them full time. They are not full timers as they never move and campers are older and many FEMA trailers from Hurricane Katrina era and other reasons. Cheaper than rent.

Massive building in the chemical industry is going on in Houston east to Lake Charles. A new LNG plant was announced last week to be build in the Sabine Pass, Texas area. 4-5 years of construction, 10 billion dollars, 9,000 workers and 200+ permanent workers. This is in addition to existing LNG plants east of Sabine Pass and in Louisiana being built or expanding. Mobil announced an expansion at it's Beaumont refinery. $10 billion. Upon completion they will have FIFTY billion dollars invested there.

My point is-there are RV parks popping up everywhere for the workers, they are buying newer rigs, living in a park for $450/month and if wise making millions. Buses are used to transport them to and from the job site. Some as far as 15 miles.

Friend posted an ad on Facebook several months ago that a LNG plant was looking for welders. 12 hour day, 1 1/2 time after 8 and double time on Sundays plus per diem. One day per week off and 3 years guaranteed. I can not remember the exact hourly wage but I added it up and a certified welder could make $300,000 per year.


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Off topic but...

You couldn't pay me enough to be a welder. One of the most boring jobs on earth. Not talking about actually building something or fixing up cars etc.
These jobs usually mean hours of welding the same thing in a straight line for days on end. Turns your head to mush.

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Wow, 12 hours/day, and 6 days/week. That is no way to live. Wear a respirator or inhale some seriously nasty fumes. I might do it long enough to find another job, but not for very darned long.


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