So many places.
So little time.
So little money.
Families who enjoy traveling together often find their budgets stretched very thin. The combination of expensive hotel rooms and countless restaurant meals can lead to expenses that can quickly drain any realistic budget. At a time when many families are deciding that they would rather spend time on visiting locations than buying things, some of these same families have decided that they can extend their vacation dollars by camping.
Fortunately, today’s version of camping does not mean that you have to spend your nights huddled inside a cold tent sleeping on a rocky campground. From air mattresses for tents to used camper trailers that provide real beds, today’s camping is available in a variety of price ranges and with a variety of options. Even if you opt for a higher end camping option, studies indicate that for a family of four, traveling by RV on vacation can save from 23% to 59% on their vacation costs.
Camper parts stores and large RV lots can help families with all kinds of budgets find the camping option that works best for them. Camper parts stores can also help families look at the options of making sure that you have purchased all of the best accessories, in addition to making sure that all of the brakes, weight distribution systems, and leveling systems are working correctly.
Are You a Fan of Camping or Glamping?
When families first walk into a camper parts store, RV supercenter, or outdoor sports store they tend to gravitate toward specific parts of the inventory. The outdoor enthusiasts might, in fact, walk right past the high dollar camping accessories and look at the latest tents, sleeping bags, and freeze dried foods. The glamping crowd gravitates toward the high end airstream trailer models.
Whether you decide to camp in a sleeping bag under the open skies and cook over an open fire or decide to purchase a high end Jayco Eagle Premier camper, you will find plenty of locations around the country to visit. With more than 16,000 public and privately owned campgrounds in America, RV travelers and tent campers are free to roam the highways and the byways for a single weekend of for months at a time. And while sometimes the decision between camping and glamping is a love for or a fear of nature, the choice in camping preferences is also determined by budget.
For many families, camping can begin on a small scale. As the trips continue, however, the some families decide to invest in bigger and better equipment. Weekend trips to camper parts stores become a ritual for these families. The first small used camper trailer gets traded in for a larger used RV, and that is eventually traded in for the newest model.
Perhaps because of the different price options that are available, camping continues to grow in popularity. Did you know, for instance, that The 2014 American Camper Report indicates that 40.1 million Americans camped in the year 2013? This number represents 14% of the U.S. population that is over the age of six. Currently, More than 11% of U.S. households that are headed by 35 to 54 year olds currently own an RV. This exceeds the 9.3% ownership rates of those who are 55 years and over.
In addition to appealing to a variety of budgets, camping is also a popular activity because it is available in a wide range of settings. From campgrounds that are nestled at the bottom of a mountain range to campgrounds that are just a short distance from the ocean, families that camp have the opportunity to experience all kinds of environments. Some camp grounds include in-ground swimming pools and hiking trails, others include putting greens and lakes with canoes and paddle boats.
Is your family looking for a way to extend your travel budget? Instead of wasting money at expensive hotels and restaurants, why not try camping. Families that camp can make their own favorite foods instead of ordering from expensive menus. Families that camp can afford to extend their trip to full weeks instead of a few short days in expensive hotels. What are you waiting for? Both camping or glamping await!
Does Your Family Budget Seem to be Too Small for Your Big Vacation Dreams?
So many places.