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Super Bowl Creates Big Demand for RV Sites

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Locator map for the French Quarter RV Resort

A year ago, when Glenn Maurer, his wife Joan and two other couples were planning their 14-week, multi-destination RV excursion, they decided to make the host city for Super Bowl 2013 their first stop. Planning way ahead, they booked three sites at the French Quarter RV Resort, which over the next few days will experience its second busiest weekend on record. Here’s to planning ahead.

The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, reported that the retired Los Angeles firefighter and his group secured a coveted spot at the RV park located less than a mile from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

“I’m from California, I’ll be rooting for the 49ers,” Maurer said as he prepared for a bicycle ride through the city.

Two slots over, another retired firefighter, Maryland resident Randy Cowan and his wife Tina, relaxed in the morning sun in front of their 43-foot RV, which sports a giant sticker featuring Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. By Sunday, the famous “brotherhood among firefighters” mantra could be put to the test.

While one of the former first responders’ team will finish second in the big game, both the Cowan and Maurer entourages are winners in the lottery to find RV hookups in the New Orleans area this weekend. Lots throughout the area are packed with Ravens, 49ers and non-partisan road warriors who just want to be where the action is.

“We’re completely filled,” said Katie Muller, assistant manager of the French Quarter RV resort, which has hookups for 52 RVs. “It has really been crazy.”

Muller said she has a waiting list of about 50 people who are hoping a last-minute cancellation might allow them access to the $84 a night lot right across Rampart Street from the French Quarter. In addition to hookups for water and electricity, the RV resort features a pool, hot tub, workout area, laundry and wifi. In terms of demand for slots, this weekend ranks right behind the melee that preceded the January 2012 BCS championship football game between LSU and Alabama.

A view of the French Quarter RV Resort in New Orleans.

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