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Old 09-25-2015, 05:38 AM   #1
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The future of people living in RV's

I hit the road when I retired in 2000 and have only seen 2 new parks open. They both are all gravel and both have lots of park models. In the fifties it was predicted 50% of Americans would live in a trailer. I think it was seen as a positive movement to be mobile. No matter how one sees the last 15 years, I can't help but wonder if we will see that prediction come true because of
1. Workers that need to be mobile.
2. Poor families buying an old rv to live in.
3. Baby boomers buying a new rv to travel.
4. Young people who want to be mobile.
5. People who will never buy a house again and lose it all.
Where will all these people stay? The mobile home parks are full and the rv parks have as many year round RV's as travelers. As the prices go up should new parks appear? The prices need to be pretty high to buy land in a good spot, build the park, and supply the labor to run it.
As it is many people Are starting to live/park along highways and public lands like nomads. A big percentage of people doing this now are using it as a way to live cheap or free. Soon RV's will be banned not only from cities and towns, but also on our public lands. How can everyone get what they want and be happy within our current structure?

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Old 09-25-2015, 10:59 AM   #2
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You have only hit on the tip of the iceberg when you talk about no new RV parks. The other side of the coin is companies like ELS ( Equity LifeStyle Properties ) who own Thousand Trails turning large portions of their membership campgrounds into full time lease sites or worse yet putting park model trailers on them and selling them or renting them out. They are also actively buying up RV parks to convert. It looks like the big money is betting a lot of us will be living in trailer parks full time soon and not traveling at all.

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Old 09-25-2015, 02:28 PM   #3
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Well, yes, there have been changes, like corporations operating large amounts of campgrounds. However, the population of rv'rs that live in their rigs fulltime is a static number, in my opinion. There's a constant turnover of people entering the lifestyle AND people leaving it for health or other reasons. There are people that buy the brand new rig and hit the road, travel every couple of days, after a year they are burned out and sell the rig. There's the reluctant spouse that goes along with the plan but finds they just can't be away from the friends, grandchildren, house, or church. There are people that think it's going to be a cheap way to live and find out it's not when they get the first repair bill on that 1992 motorhome. We've been fulltime for 9 1/2 years and have not seen that many changes, other than the rise of campground prices. We used to stay in many fairgrounds, a reasonable way to go. Now many charge $30 a night. When we are traveling we don't want to pay that much for 1 night.
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Old 09-25-2015, 08:28 PM   #4
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Supply and demand, folks!
The CG growth rate is about 11%. I thing it will be just fine. The more folks with boondock capability will make it all work. I don't boondock so I am counting on y'all's!
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Thank Big Brother, mandatory sick pay, $15.00 minimum wage, health benefits. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes... 47% not paying any. You wonder where the bargains went.

I will agree it is too bad, I found S.P.s to be a bargain. Not anymore and they aren't making anymore either, just charging more.
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Thank Big Brother, mandatory sick pay, $15.00 minimum wage, health benefits. Taxes, Taxes, Taxes... 47% not paying any. You wonder where the bargains went.

I will agree it is too bad, I found S.P.s to be a bargain. Not anymore and they aren't making anymore either, just charging more.
Economics will take care of state parks too. I constantly hear moves to privatize Florida State Parks.
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Our favorite CG in the CA Sierras went from $10/nite to $12.50 with the old folks card! "Oh, the humanity of it all!" :-) Albeit, no hookups but 4G reception.

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