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Saturday, December 9, 2023

Due to rising fuel prices, campers are staying closer to home

Campers are staying closer to home due to the rising cost of fuel.

Key Takeaways:

  • While it is simple for people to leave the city and vacation outside in a trailer or RV, the cost of doing so has greatly increased due to the soaring price of gasoline.
  • Olynyk claims that many customers are now buying campers and having the company deliver them to a permanent site.
  • Tomko claims that seasonal camping enables people to build patios for their trailers and benefit from a close-knit community.

People may easily escape the city and travel outside using a trailer or RV, but the expense of doing so has increased significantly due to the skyrocketing price of petrol.

Slawec Gusniowski decided to drive his trailer to Birds Hill Park to enjoy a pleasant summer weekend.

It’s much closer than his typical campgrounds in the Whiteshell, barely a 15-minute drive from his house.

Gusniowski stated, “You could see it. That would probably be about $200 when it used to be about $100 to tow the trailer there and back.” When I return, the charges are outrageous, even for Birds Hill Park.

It’s a recurring topic for campers with gas rates over $2 per liter inside the park.

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Dwayne Ammeter, who also brought his trailer to Birds Hill Park, said, “Absolutely, I mean towing the camper, you get less fuel efficiency, and now with the gas rates, it just costs that much more.”

RV sales aren’t declining, but GNR Camping World claims that consumer preferences are changing.

“People are downsizing out of big full-size vehicles going into tiny mid-size SUVs to pull if they are still going to pull around,” said Trevor Olynyk, a sales manager at GNR Camping World. “There is also a tonne of trailers that have specialized themselves to that niche market.”

Seasonal locations where trailers can be parked year-round are another growing RV trend.

According to Olynyk, many consumers are now purchasing campers and having the business transport them to a permanent location.

Campers are staying closer to home due to the rising cost of fuel.
Campers are staying closer to home due to the rising cost of fuel. Image from Pro IQRA

The increase in summer camping has altered the business strategy at Poplar Forrest Lodge as well as Campground near Selkirk.

“Transitory sites and tenting areas used to be, but those are now primarily used during specific seasons. There are just three left after the three we have inside, “explained Peter Tomko, the campground’s proprietor.

According to Tomko, seasonal camping allows people to construct patios for their trailers and take advantage of a close-knit neighborhood.

There is no getting around the higher gas prices for those still towing their trailers.

We’ve made many changes, but we still want to enjoy ourselves this summer, said Gusniowski. So, you know, that’s one thing we do. “So, maybe less travels than last summer.”

Source: CTV News

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