Recreational Vehicle Parks See Better Occupancy This Winter With Retirees

Snowbirds are migrating more this year than last according to the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds this winter.  The association cites a stronger economy, moderate fuel prices, an improving stock market, and a strong Canadian dollar.  Equity LifeStyle Properties, a national chain of RV resorts is reporting a 16.5 percent increase in seasonal revenue for fourth quarter of 2009 and first quarter of this year, with noteworthy revenue gains at the following parks:

         o   Cactus Gardens RV Resort, a 430-site resort in Yuma, up 16.5 percent

         o   Foothill West RV Resort, a 188-site resort in Casa Grande, up 26 percent


         o   ViewPoint RV and Golf Resort in Mesa, up 10.5 percent.

“Most RV parks and resorts that cater to snowbirds are reporting higher occupancies this winter than they did last winter,” said Linda Profaizer, president and CEO of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds in Larkspur, Colorado.