Camping at Ky. KOA is Growing in Popularity
"The economy is driving people to camping or to RVing, because you can RV anywhere for about 500 bucks a month," said Corey Huetter, who is staying at the Kampgrounds of America Inc. (KOA) campground in Bowling Green, Ky.
The campground manager told WBKO-TV, Bowling Green, she's got a lot more reservations this year than last.
"Friday I've got about 45 reservations already coming in. Plus, we can have a lot of walk-ins too. And then Saturday, we've got about 30 coming in for Saturday for the holiday weekend," said Rhonda Lawrimore.
That's proof of a TripAdvisor survey that reported 33% of Americans plan to travel this Labor Day — 6% more than last year — and 63% of them are driving.
Lawrimore said she thinks it's because gas prices are lower this year.
She also said more people are choosing RV and campground life over hotels.
"I think they like the outdoors. Plus, they can go in and out better than being at other places," she said.
One Nebraska man said he's traveled all over the country in an RV for five years for his business, and overall, RVs are easy to get around in.
"It depends what part of the country, it's much harder to go through mountains and up hills, but it's relatively flat down here so it's not too bad," said Huetter.
He said it's easy to stop at places like Walmart if you need a rest while on the road.
He said he enjoys the atmosphere the most.
"It's kind of like boating. Have you ever boated before? You pull up on the sandbar and within five minutes you're best buddies with the guy next to you. And RVing is pretty much the same way."
And he's had "neighbors" from all around the world.
"It's real safe. I've never had one thing stolen, and I never lock anything up."
Lawrimore said that no matter where visitors are from, everyone loves Kentucky, and the Corvette Museum and area events are probably why they're choosing Bowling Green for their Labor Day.