The Transnistria parliament building with a statue of Lenin out front. In the city of Tiraspol, Transnistria. Photo taken December 9, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

That's a lot of RVs!

I see in the news that the North American RV industry is on track to produce a record 400,000 RVs this year. Wow...that's a lot of RV's!

I would guess that this high demand is a direct result of the baby boom generation retiring. That demographic group of people (now aged 52 to 70) making it's way through time creates great opportunity for economic impact to the sector that lies in it's path. But, the industry itself also says that younger families are also affecting sales, as is the RV rental industry.

But while that's good for the RV industry, and the economy in general, I'm not sure that it's good for RV'ers! Prices at campgrounds are sure to rise as demand increases. We've already seen that at parks in our area. Even at our own park, prices are up...and it's mostly due to demand. We have 80 seasonal sites here at the park, and they are full every year. Entering this season, we also have 30 names on the waiting list.

But, it is what it is...and it's likely going to grow for another 10 years or so before demand drops off.

When we were traveling through Utah, we couldn't believe the number of rental RVs that we saw. And it will be that way in Canada too this summer, where the RV Rental Association says that booking will be up 12% this year over last year, with 85% of renters being from Europe.

They say that the average cost to rent an RV is $205 a day, plus RV park fees and fuel. Pretty expensive holiday! Sure makes us glad that we're doing a motorhome exchange...couldn't afford to rent.

Our owl babies are developing their horns. 

Boy, those owls sure grow up fast, don't they? We've only been here for just over two weeks, and what a change in that time period!

Speaking of two weeks...today is our first payday! Wow, that seems to have gone by quickly. And not that anybody is counting (!), but that means we're already about 1/10th through our time here this season.

Peek-a-boo!

Taken this morning.

Another beautiful day at the park.

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19 comments:

  1. You are so lucky to see the progression of those owls - I've only seen two owls in the wild - heard a bunch of hoot owls but they are pretty shy.

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    1. We sure are, and every day we go out to have a look at them. They will be leaving the nest very, very soon now and we will miss them. :-(

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  2. I am glad the industry is doing well, but our longstanding practice of just picking a place to stop as we travel is already proving to be difficult. Another 400K RV's may be the end of that:(

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    1. Yes, it is nice to see them doing well but I wish they would take a bit more time and put a little more quality into their work.

      We have not yet come to a place that is full but then again we don't stay in parks very often. One of the reasons that we love boondocking and camping in the off season.

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  3. It's great that you could get that shot of the owls without leaves blocking your view.

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    1. Kevin was very lucky with that shot because it is hard to get a good shot of them with all the branches, twigs and leaves in the way.

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  4. And people are telling me that rv's are less. We do see many more on the road and the rising costs makes us glad bought our memberships so many years ago. We can still keep our camping costs well under 15 hundred dollars for a full twelve months full timing living and travelling.

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    1. Yep, there are a lot of RVs on the road compare to years ago. Glad that you like and use your membership but for us we prefer to boondock and that saves us lots of money as well.

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  5. This is a great argument to wait for our family to by an RV. My hubby wants to get a used one now but it looks like there will be lots on the market in the future! Also, just got a pair of Merrell Barefoot shoes at a 'tent sale' for $60, I was so thrilled!

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    1. I bet you could get a good used one in a few years time, especially if the price of fuel goes back up high an nobody wants to drive anywhere. I remember that happening a number of years ago.

      You will have to let us know how you like the Barefoot shoes, I have seen them before but have never tried them.

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  6. Love your owls. Interesting about the RV's as just a few year ago folks were talking about the end of so many rvers. As you said, it is what it is, what will be, will be.

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    1. We love our owls too and we will miss them when they take flight which won't be long now.

      With the way they do the financing now, they make it really attractive for the young families to buy them. I know our park gets full of young families, it is cheaper sometimes doing it that way than actually going away for a holiday. And with the new minimalist outlook these days I think more people look at it as a cheaper way to live than buying a house. Mind you that doesn't do so well with our Canadian winters. ;-)

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  7. Thanks for the recommendation for the Merrell boots. My husband has such a hard time finding boots that fit him well so I told him about your rave review of them and he bought some and for the first time in years he's not having any foot pain! Thanks! Great shot of the owlets. They are looking so grown up from 2 weeks ago. Amazing how fast they grow. The park looks so nice and I'm sure visitors will have a wonderful time. Enjoy!

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    1. So glad that your husband like his Merrells, I know that we love ours and we keep on buying them when they wear out after two or three years and we certainly put ours to the test with all our hiking.

      Yes, they have really grown, I figure that sometime in the next week or so they will be taking flight and then we may only get the odd glimpse of them after that. :-(

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    2. Ruth, with so many varieties of Merrell hiking shoe/boot, is it safe to pick one based on reviews and aesthetics (ordering online), or is there a style or series you recommend for women. I understand all feet are different! I've had a lifetime of foot challenges and know I need a good shoe/boot for taking some good walks as we begin full timing next month.

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    3. Its hard to say but I now have two different pairs of Merrells and they are both super comfy. One is a hiking book (just above the ankle) and the other is a hiking shoe (below the ankle). If you can I would suggest going to a store first and try on a pair or two just to make sure of the size and the comfort level then go home and look on the internet for the best price and then buy a pair. :-)

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  8. I am working at the gas station here in in Yellowstone National Park at Fishing Bridge for the season. The number of rental RVs I have seen so far is quite high. A lot of them have been rented by foreigners who were given no training on the systems in their rigs. Very scary.

    I love my Merrells. Have one low top pair of hikers that I use as my everyday shoes, as well as my hiking boots. Wouldn't be without them.

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    1. It seems like there are a ton of rental RVs out west because there are so many fantastic parks to see out there and most of the RVs we saw were driven by foreigners. Never saw any accidents though! ;-)

      I scored a pair of Merrell low tops at a thrift shop for $15 and they will be my everyday shoes here at the park once my other pair of shoes die. Definitely very comfortable shoes!

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