Obama Inauguration Draws Many Rvers
The impending inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama in January is creating a big demand for housing in and around Washington, D.C. RV parks are one of the recipients of this mid-winter rush.
Cherry Hill Campground in College Park, Md., has already taken reservations for 180 RVs, Judy Strahorn, a reservationist, told ABC News.
"We're really tickled," Strahorn said. "Pretty amazing for January."
"We have some tenters coming in. They'll sleep in their cars, though – they're not fooling us,” she said.
"This is the busiest inauguration we've ever had. Usually at this time of year we're not getting any calls. It's been off the hook every day," said Michael Raybourne, a spokesman for the RV park.
Half of the hookups at Cherry Hill are already reserved, and the rest are going fast.
"We have over 400 sites and as of right now we have about 220 reservations and every day we're getting a couple dozen more I wouldn't be surprised we would be sold out by the time January rolls around." Raybourne says.
When you do the math, even the economy and mid-priced hotels are charging about $200 to $300 a night during the inaugural week.
A family can rent an RV spot for about $200 for four days.
But the biggest attraction for this place on inauguration day won't just be the price or the free Wi-Fi, but this; a bus that takes you to the metro and out of D.C. traffic.