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bodyshop bob

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Posted: 05/05/13 07:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How come most states (I think Florida is the exception) don't realize and go after the RV'ers? Here's my thought - I know that when I pack DW and kids and spend 7+ nights in the mountains or the beach or the lake I'm going to drop some real serious coinage. Diesel fuel, groceries, shopping, amusements, restuarants, etc. all add up to well over $1000.00 and sometimes multiples of that.
States have already invested in State parks and providing services to private CG's -- why aren't the State boards and commissions over tourism knocking on my door, sendng me emails, and basically begging me to spend my money in their state? Why haven't states partnered with Marcus (Good Sam) or reached out directly to Jayco, Thor, etc., and offered a "Jayco weekend discount" knowing full well that I'll spend a whole lot more that whatever the discount 'saved' me?
I have spent many hours on emails and letters to bureaucrats here in GA with nothing more than 'we appreciate your note' responses. Argh!


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Posted: 05/05/13 07:51am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are viewed as too cheap to spend money on hotel rooms and resturants by the non-RVers who run things.

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3 dog nights wrote:

We are viewed as too cheap to spend money on hotel rooms and restaurants by the non-RVers who run things.

Wow, I think you hit the nail on the head with that statement.

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Posted: 05/05/13 08:10am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Michigan spends hundreds of millions of dollars doing just that!

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I don't know - I live at the Jersey Cape, and take the trailer up and down the East Coast from here to the Florida Keys, and usually have trouble getting reservations for where we want to stay. Seems like enough RVers are getting the message to fill everything up!


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The Commonwealth of Virginia advertises like crazy for tourists. They have a very good travel package available at:

http://www.virginia.org

and they do list RV amenities.


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Posted: 05/05/13 09:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I think any state that has bullet item #2 like in this link, is very RVer friendly.


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We've stopped at a few Welcome Centers as we cross the state borders. They have plenty of information on what to see and where to spend money. They can usually provide us with brochures on campgrounds as well, if we hadn't already planned on where to stay.


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bodyshop bob wrote:

why aren't the State boards and commissions over tourism knocking on my door, sendng me emails, and basically begging me to spend my money in their state?


You must not go to state tourism websites. I have 22 different states sending me email and snail mail constantly from requesting information once, some more than eight years ago. But, if you need a state guide, map, or event listing, I may have a spare...


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BODYSHOP BOB I think you have a great point. Most states touch on the subject of RV's but rarely really campaign for the business of the RVer. Motels and Hotels advertise endlessly for your traveling business. As RVers we are not cheap by not staying in them, we prefer the open natural life style. Check most states for information as to where campgrounds might be. (A little icon on a sign that shows a trailer maybe). No directions once you pull off the highway. Some states have preposterous rules about charging you an entrance fee every time you leave the c/g and return with your toad.
Also I have never figured out why some States charge park entrance fees in addition to camping fees, it seems to me the fee to camp should be enough. There are a lot of dollars out there in RVers pockets looking for a place to be spent.

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