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Old 07-13-2008, 11:18 AM   #1
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I just came down Hwy 17 from the north. Usually the Highway is full on RV's and boats going home from the beach on a Sunday afternoon. Today I met two RV's and one boat. We did go by KOA in Bridgeton and it looked like there were doing good.
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I just came down Hwy 17 from the north. Usually the Highway is full on RV's and boats going home from the beach on a Sunday afternoon. Today I met two RV's and one boat. We did go by KOA in Bridgeton and it looked like there were doing good.
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Old 07-13-2008, 12:13 PM   #3
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I drive I-80 and I-35 in Iowa on a rather regular basis. Usually this time of year both are loaded with RVs. My observation is that RV traffic is down over 50%.
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Hey, Rainbow! Nice to see a "fellow Iowan"....Hubby and I are also from Des Moines, although we moved to the Branson area about 6 yrs ago. Bill retired from the City and we slid south. Just became FTRV'rs June 1 and plan on staying here for 2 more years, then traveling the country. Still have lots of family/friends in DM and get up there whenever we can. (Sure miss Hy-Vee and Dahl's!)
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we are set up at a permnant site just west of the twin cities Our campground has been sold out for the major holidays and 1/2 to3/4 full every weekend Seems like folks are still going camping
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Old 07-13-2008, 04:47 PM   #6
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I guess it depends on what area you are in. We did take the grand kids back to Myrtle Beach,SC after a visit on July 3rd.We only saw 2 or 3 rvs until we got a few miles outside of Myrtle Beach then it looked like the gates had been opened as they were rolling in. I'm sure they'd made their reservations at the beach for the holiday weekend/week a year in advance and come heck or high fuel prices were still going.

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We recently toured the western US for about 3 weeks. We found that the middle of June the rV traffic weas significantly down. It had picked up by the first week in July, but not to where it used to be.

The RV parks were not as booked as usual. The popular parks around Glacier National Park, etc where full but otherwise there were generally sites open that would normally have been filled. I also noted that all of the license plates were from nearby areas. I never saw another Wisconsin plate on an RV the entire trip (Wyoming, Montana, Idaho) and very few from, any other midwestern or eastern states. It seems that the RVers living in the region will take the trip because their fuel usage is less but those who are farther away are not spending the bucks on fuel to go longer distances. It works for me because I don't need crowds anyway.
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We have been travelng since Sept.07 and have yet to run into a problem of finding a Campground. Started in Mystic, CT down the east coast to Lancaster,PA-Myrtle Beach-St Augustine-3/4 places in Florida across to TX, even in the area of Mississippi and Louisiana where large portions of the Campgrounds had FEMA trailers we found ample sites, than north to Arkansas-Branson-KC-Chicago area over to Niagara Falls-now working our way back over to the Mystic area.
There were 2 exceptions both KOAs Niagara Falls, NY and Watkins Glen, NY, both were full.
During that time not only RVs were missing on the road, but auto with families going on vacation were also missing.
When in campgrounds talking to other RVers most all said the same thing, "we are only going as far as a tank of fuel will take us."
A couple of RVers said they were happy in a way as they didn't have to rush home, jump in the RV and drive for 7/8 hours to get to where they were going as in the past. Some were only 10 miles from home.
Current location Corning, NY area and we are the only out of State license plates here. Correction DW said there are 2 out of State construction workers here working on new gas pipe line between Corning and Watkins Glen.
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Love traveling that RT.17 on the east coast.

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Old 07-14-2008, 07:53 AM   #10
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Joe if you are near us, drop in. We are about 6 miles off Hwy 17.
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