TACO Survey Shows Texas Camping Trends
Fifty-five percent of RV enthusiasts plan to camp with family and friends as usual this Fourth of July weekend, despite rising fuel costs, an online survey by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO) has found.
But 52% of RV enthusiasts do plan to camp closer to home and less often this summer as a result of rising fuel costs, according to the survey, which was conducted during the last two weeks of June at www.texascampgrounds.com.
“We think these numbers are significant,” Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director and CEO, said in a news release. “The good news, of course, is that rising fuel costs are failing to deter more than half of RVers from enjoying the holiday weekend as they normally would. On the one hand, these numbers reveal what many campground owners are finding – that many RV enthusiasts are, in fact, camping closer to home and less often than normal.”
As a result, Schaeffer said, many private campgrounds throughout Texas have more availability than normal at this time of year.
“Camping enthusiasts shouldn’t assume that every park is booked up, even now. There are still many campsites and cabins available in private parks throughout Texas,” Schaeffer said.
About 90 % of the visitors to the TACO site are requesting a free copy of the 2008 Texas RV Travel & Camping Guide, a request for which also entitles them to participate in the association’s quarterly drawing for $250 worth of free gasoline.