b'In Their Own Words n BY BEN QUIGGLEPark Owners Tell Us They are Seeing an Increase in Reservations as Well as New Campers with New RVsThe demand for RV sales is at an all-time high, campsites are filling quickly and the RV park and campground sectors have never seen thismuch action on the development front. To better gauge how campgrounds, RV parks and glamping parks are fairing in 2021, Woodalls Campground Magazine (WCM) has gatheredinformation from parks across North America. WCM is also hoping to gather even more information as the year progresses, culminating in a well-rounded look at what park owners experi-enced this year. Below is some of the information we have gathered so far. WCM hopes to continue providing updates in the months to come. If you are a park owner and want to submit details on how your season is going feel free to email Ben Quiggle at bquiggle@rvbusiness.comwith your name and title, the parks name, where the park is located, how many sites the park offers, the information you want to share andsome pictures of your park. Jace Kandle, of Lake Kandle Campground, Sewell, N.J. ity into their sites. Where once there were cluttered, messy sites, were now seeing pristineDemand for camping is at a fever pitch, so much so that we have first-time campers landscaping, vegetable gardens and sites kept tidy and maintained. that do not yet own RVs securing campsites and then going out to buy a unit that fits the Looking forward to the fall, there is no sign of a slowdown. Campers are alreadysite. The result is that for the first time in about 20 years we have completely sold out of asking about next year, some already putting money toward a site without yet knowingseasonal sites, and our transient sites are full on weekends as well. the rates or policies for the 2022 season.Theres a renewed en-Lake Kandle Campground has campers securing ergytobeoutdoorsand Rose Point Park, New Castle, Pa.sites before they even buy their RVs. wevenoticedaswift Bookings are strong so far in 2021 and look to continue that way. Cabin rentals arechange in the personality of increasing as well. Fall camping is looking to be very strong as our three Halloween week-our campers. In the past, a ends in October are already full. We are seeing an increase in new campers. The strugglelittle more than half of our is finding sites on a weekend.campers were looking foran economic way to have Arlene Poston, of Hidden Oaks Campground, Hammond, La.getaways and didnt take Hidden Oaks Campground is fairing okay this year. With all the rain weve had so farmuchtimeoreffortinto this year, including 12 floods, we have seen some damage to cabins. The last flood wascarvingouttheirown during the first week in June and we are praying we dont have anymore this year. Ourspace, whereas now, the camper sites at this time are a mess, but we are trying to get them fixed up for our up-majority of our campers re- coming event weekends.ally put pride and personal- In Their Own Wordscontinued on page 29WOODALLSCM.com September 2021 15'