Campground owners in western Montana are enthusiastic about the amount of RV traffic hitting the roads recently.
Spots at the the Polson Motorcoach and RV Resort have been filling up nicely in recent years, and a mild spring has propped up business so far in 2012. Resort owner Paul London is anticipating a busy summer, the Missoula Missoulian reported.
“I feel really strong about the season, we had a good season last year, and I think there’s going to be another strong season with a lot of growth,” London said.
People want an easy place to get away to, and they enjoy the views and comfortable weather around Flathead Lake, he said.
Traffic coming into the resort has been more regional lately, London said. Along with visitors from Montana and across the West, it has seen a lot business from Canada.
“Their dollar is so strong and our fuel prices are much lower,” London said.
Traffic has also been steady for the Missoula Kampgrounds of America (KOA), which sees a lot of highway traffic stop in during lower travel seasons, said Becky Mangun, the facility’s promotions and advertising manager.
During summer, Mangun has noticed the families staying there are pulling smaller units filled with kids. The Missoula KOA has expanded several sites to accommodate larger RVs and give visitors a more comfortable stay, she said.
Whatever people are traveling in, Magnum is confident the opportunity to get out on the road and into a campground will continue to draw people to travel in RVs and stay in campgrounds.
“You need a respite from the chaos,” she said. “My gut feeling is that people want what we have to offer, they want to get away, if they can’t go far, they can get away and … come and enjoy some family time.”
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