RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

Sierra Nevada Campgrounds Prepare for Snow Season

Thu Dec 15, 2016

AUBURN, California - Rental cabins and yurts are still available for Christmas at several campgrounds in the Sierra, including Yosemite Pines RV Resort and Family Lodging in Groveland.

But they won’t last long, says Debbie Sipe, executive director of the California Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.

“All it takes is a little snow to start falling and the phones start ringing at campgrounds across the Sierra,” Sipe says, whose association hosts Camp-California.com, the statewide travel planning website for camping enthusiasts.

Several privately owned campgrounds stay open during the winter months to accommodate skiers and snowboarders and families simply wanting to build memories in the snow.

Families, in fact, are increasingly celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas in mountain campgrounds, according to private park operators.

“For Thanksgiving, it was a mad rush,” Yosemite Pines Manager Cindy Colosimo says. “We were packed. All of our cabins and yurts were booked.”

As of last week, 25 of the 40 rental units at Yosemite Pines were booked for Christmas, but the rest could book up quickly.

“A lot of people will be waiting to the last minute,” Colosimo says.

The cabins at Tahoe Valley Campground in South Lake Tahoe are already booked for Christmas and New Year’s, but there are still cabin vacancies before and after the holidays, according to park manager Robert Hashagen.

“Our reservations for Christmas and New Year's holidays are tracking above last year's reservations,” Hashagen says. "We no doubt will have an increase in occupancy compared to last year, with the trending influx of last-minute, short-term guests.”

Tahoe Valley Campground offers rental cabins as well as RV and tent sites through the winter months. The campground also has new amenities this winter, including a fenced-in dog park and a snow sledding hill.

The park has also made improvements so that RVers can hook up to park water supplies in winter.

“We have made winter RV camping more convenient by applying heat tape to the water supply at each site.” Hashagen says. “This allows guests to remain hooked up to the water supply instead of having to use their holding tanks. Our store is also stocked with winter apparel and RV winterization supplies to prevent freeze damage.”

Mammoth Mountain RV Park in Mammoth Lakes also has plenty of RV sites available this winter, though its two cabin rentals are already booked for Christmas and New Year’s.

“We’ve got quite a few reservations this year,” Front Desk Manager Jamie Negrette says. “There are tons of people who come up and camp in RVs in the winter.”

Mammoth Mountain RV Park does not offer water at each campsite in winter, but it does have a communal site for drinking water as well as a dump station. Cabins book up at least two weeks in advance, Negrette says.

Other privately owned Sierra Nevada campgrounds that stay open during the winter months include:

— Cisco Grove Campground and RV Park in Soda Springs: Located at the 5,800-foot level near Donner Pass, this park not only stays open through the winter, but rents snowmobiles and grooms 26 miles of snowmobile trails. The park also has a snow play area and snow tubing hill. The park currently has seven RV sites available, three with electricity and water and four with water, power and sewer connections. Additional campsites can be plowed depending on demand.

— Coachland RV Park in Truckee: This 131-site park provides water, sewer and cable TV service as well as 30- and 50-amp electrical hookups and wireless Internet or Wi-Fi service. coachlandrvpark.com

■ Eagle Ridge RV Park in Graeagle: This 44-site park is located at the 4,600-foot level near a remote winter recreation area in the northern Sierra. Water lines are deep underground so they don’t freeze. The park also provides its guests with electricity, cable TV, sewer and campsite snow removal services as well as information on nearby winter recreation activities.

■ Lake of the Springs RV Resort in Oregon House: This 556-site Equity LifeStyle Properties park sits on a 950-acre property in the western foothills of the Sierra. Rental accommodations include trailers, park model RVs, cabins and yurts.

■ Pioneer RV Park in Quincy: This 62-site park, which is about 10 miles from a popular snowmobile area, is open throughout the winter.

■ Snowflower RV in Emigrant Gap: This 208-site Equity LifeStyle Properties park is located off I-80 at Exit 160. Rental accommodations include cabins, yurts and chalets, which are three-level apartments that sleep up to 12 people.

For more information on campgrounds that are open in the Sierra during the winter months, visit www.Camp-California.com.