SUMMIT COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) With RVs and RVs in short supply this year, customers are likely to pay a premium for a used RV or wait until next fall to get their hands on one. For those who have already made the purchase, finding a campsite is the next hurdle.
“I would say there is more demand, but it’s a little different [this year]In the sense that people are realizing that it is really difficult to get to some campsites and we have seen more people want to disperse the camp that is generally camping in the forest, ”said Adam Bianchi, USFS deputy director Dillon Ranger District.
While many are beginning to understand that planning ahead is the new normal for outdoor pursuits, popular, dispersed campsites are also getting crowded.
“Think about what can change in Plan B and C. This can be the weather or the availability of resources. For example, if you are scattered around the campsite, we ask you to respect all signs. We have put up fences for trestles and rails in many places that we don’t want to protect the resources and that we don’t want people to camp, ”he said.
Bianchi is supposed to look for areas that have already been disturbed by camping, of which you can find a map here.
On Monday, CBS4 met Summit County resident Bob and his daughter Bells. They found a campsite with no problem at the top of a campsite in Breckenridge. The biggest hurdle was finding your dream trailer.
“We had to drive 1,200 miles to get this trailer,” he said.
He drove to Lebanon, Oregon after looking for the 16 foot airflow. The brand new model can be reordered until January. Bob estimates he paid 10 percent above market value for the used trailer, but said the experience was worth it.
Sarah Thorsteinson, another Summit County resident, recently upgraded from a pop-up to a medium-sized RV.
“We bought our popup six years ago for $ 10,000. It was two years old and we sold it for $ 11,500 with a long waiting list, ”she said.
The buying process was just as surprising.
“We had to make a decision very quickly because people were lining up who wanted a camper as soon as possible, and each model is just in high demand,” she said.
For Thorsteinson, the challenge wasn’t just buying a motorhome, but finding a campsite. She started searching in November, and while she was able to book sites in five different locations, they weren’t her first choice.
“Turquoise Lake, Grand Mesa, Jumbo Campground … totally booked for the summer,” she said. “I mean, they have a few vacancies for the week, but I work during the week.”
She bought her RV from Windish RV in Lakewood, which told CBS4 that at this point, most people wait until fall to get their hands on popular models.
“The RV industry has definitely seen a boom in sales from COVID and we believe demand will remain strong through the end of the year,” said Corey Shaw, GM for Windish RV. “We’d like to say that RVing is the original social distancing activity. Our goal is to make everyone Windish Customer a lifelong customer by treating them as if they were part of our family. That means making sure they have a smooth shopping experience but also take care of them on the service page after the purchase. Currently, our biggest challenge is the manufacturers’ supply bottlenecks, which affect the availability of parts to build the trailers and maintain the trailers. “
The good news is, whether RV or not, there are still plenty of places to go camping this year. If you prefer one campground to dispersed camping, Bianchi says there are several come first and serve first in the Dillon Ranger district, including: Cataract Creek Campground near Heeney, Pine Cove around Dillon Reservoir, and McDonald Flats on Green Mountain Reservoir.