Michigan Camping and RVing season continuing positive outlook

There's been several reports in the media recently about the resurgence of the RV industry.

Among the headlines:

Motor home sales rise in hopeful economic sign (MSN.com)
RV Sales, an Economic Predictor, on the Rise Again (TheLedger.com)
Sales of RVs rise as consumers seek vacation homes on wheels (BaltimoreSun.com)
SSI: March Motorhome Sales Post 25.5% Rise (RVBusiness.com)

Those are just a handful of many articles, and they all pretty much say the same thing: People are buying RVs again. So let's add a report from a little closer to home.

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds started 2013 off with strong RV show attendance across the state of Michigan. The positive outlook for the industry at the beginning of the year is still evident as 2013 approaches its halfway mark with shipments, RV registrations and campground reservations showing continued improvement.

Memorial Day weekend RVers from across the state of Michigan kicked off the camping season with high consumer confidence and RV shipments on the rise, creating a positive beat for the upcoming summer months. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reported recreation vehicle shipments have increased in the first quarter of 2013 by 11 percent. Michigan is listed third in the nation with 10,316 new RV registrations in 2012, only behind Texas and California, according to Statistical Surveys. Gary Becker, Owner of Indigo Bluffs RV Resort in Empire, Mich., is excited for the upcoming summer months, “We have record seasonal growth and rentals for our June-September season.”

Michigan campers and RVers, conscious of budgeting money and time, will find that camping is a great way to get the most out of a vacation. MARVAC campgrounds across the state provide members with weekend activities such as: swimming, bike trails, fishing, crafting and many more activities designed to entertain, that require no further travel than walking to a designated campground area. Go to www.marvac.org to find the perfect Michigan campground for your summer camping experience.

The Michigan Association of Recreation Vehicles and Campgrounds (MARVAC) is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging growth in the recreation vehicle and private campground industries while contributing to the quality of Michigan tourism. For more information, visit MARVAC’s website, www.marvac.org. MARVAC, 2222 Association Drive, Okemos, Mich. 48864-5978; 517.349.8881.