Current Headlines Describe the COVID RV Boom
The New Normal for Traveling Americans?
- COVID Campers Could Lead RV Industry Resurgence (Bloomberg)
- As COVID-19 Spreads, Vacations Soar (Atlanta 11 Alive)
- RV Dealers See Increase in Sales as COVID-19 Pandemic Changes Summer Vacations (Indianapolis FOX 59)
- More Turning to RVs, Motor Homes to Escape COVID-19 and Get Away from it All (USA Today)
From National Camping Month to National Camping Year…and Beyond
June was National Camping Month. We looked at a few fun facts, including the RV’s debut in 1910. Millennials emerged in the top tier of RV buyers’ changing demographics.
We see those rising statistics being reinforced in July. There seems to be a new normal being birthed in America, and it includes the versatile RV in a big way.
Auto sales—and most other retailers—are at alarming lows. Yet RV sales are being reported nationwide as roughly triple that of last year. RVs are moving into an unprecedented place of prominence for many Americans. This will impact how people do vacations, business trips, and full time living in the future.
The Summer of the RV
A recent study noted that over 75% of American travelers are changing their plans for the summer. RVs are suddenly the perfect “social distancing” choice due to onboard amenities and RV Parks’ naturally well-spaced layouts. Of course, some parks are better than others at giving you elbow room. Providence is better than most in both tree shade and spacious lots.
An RV boom means less flying and hotel usage, and instead, more family and pet bonding time. Fox 59 in Indianapolis reported that “AAA predicts more Americans will hit the roads instead of the skies,” this summer.
David Basler, VP of the National Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds, agrees: “This is going to be the summer of the RV.” Record numbers are being churned out by RV dealerships, campsites/parks and RV rental companies.
But is it a temporary phenomenon? Or a national trend?
Ken Eckstein of Mount Comfort RV in Indiana, along with many others, believes it’s here to stay. He told Fox 59, “We’re seeing a short term surge right now, but I think this will be a long term trend for the industry.”
Test Driving Your New Life
Atlanta’s local TV station 11 Alive recently did a report on the rental side of the RV industry:
“With RV rentals almost fully booked through August and inventories limited on what’s left to buy, a survey by a leading worldwide RV rental company Outdoorsy.com said since March, first-time RV rentals in Metro Atlanta and across Georgia are up almost 90 percent.
“Renters are ‘mostly families taking trips together, not willing to fly.’ Buford resident Scott Mawdesley, his wife Natalie and their two children, say it was something they always wanted to do. COVID-19 pushed them over the edge.
In Denver, there are many who have always wanted to combine the comforts of home with the beauty of nature. Escape Campervans reports a 150% increase over last year’s rentals, and includes many Millennials as clients.
Easing into the realities of the RV lifestyle with a rental “test drive” can be the perfect solution for those looking to make the transition.
Say Hello to the New Normal
With COVID-19 leading the way, people are examining their options, and deciding this is the time to explore current and future vacay and residence possibilities.
Those who own or rent an RV can stock it with their own bedding and personal items to feel assured that it’s a safer option than flying or staying in hotels.
Here at Lake Fork Providence RV Park, we welcome all who may be considering a leap into this exciting new life of adventure.
We are nestled in the gorgeous pines, oaks, and cedars near Lake Fork in East Texas, famous statewide for its number of trophy sized bass.
There are a few spots still open for your test drive. So buy or rent your new adventure, and call us when you’re ready.
It’s always the perfect time to move up to a better, healthier, happier lifestyle!
Independence Day is two weeks away. But recently, our emblem of freedom and promise – the American Flag – has come under attack, along with other foundational American icons and ideals. From COVID-19 to protests and riots, we find ourselves in fragile times. We know it can’t go on much longer like this. And we leave the solutions to prayer and support for those fighting for righteousness on the front lines of this culture war.
This blog is not about getting caught up in the inflamed rhetoric and ideologies of America’s current identity crisis. It’s not about racial divisions or the struggle to reestablish her unique foundations.
It’s simply a celebration of Old Glory.
Hoist her High, Let Her Fly
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from the British monarchy. It was a war hard won. The flag they chose would represent each of the fledgling states in their new life of freedom.
As the annual date of the founding of our nation nears, we at Lake Fork Providence RV Park want to celebrate the history of our flag.
To remind, and be reminded, of its glorious past.
That Americans are willing to fight for its preservation and for the republic for which it stands. One nation, under God.
We are thankful to live in this great country. Land of the free, and home of the brave.
The flag of the United States of America has gone through 27 different iterations since its start. The very first flag was the Grand Union Flag, which made its appearance at the beginning of the American Revolutionary War.
Old Glory’s Big Brother: The Gadsden Flag
Continental Marines from Philadelphia were later seen carrying yellow drums emblazoned with a fierce rattlesnake. It was coiled and ready to strike, with thirteen rattles, sporting the motto “Don’t Tread on Me.” That motto became part of the Gadsden flag. it was created by General Christopher Gadsden, leader of the Sons of Liberty in South Carolina.
The flag’s symbolism was detailed by Gadsden’s friend and colleague, Benjamin Franklin:
- The Rattlesnake is found in no other quarter of the world besides America
- The rattlesnake also has sharp eyes, and “may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance”
- She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She is therefore an emblem of magnanimity and true courage
- The rattle = the number of the Colonies united in America
Heavens to Betsy
Betsy Ross lost two husbands to the Revolutionary War. Despite her tragic losses, she was a strong woman, and continued on alone with her upholstery business. She often shared with friends and relatives that day, late in May of 1776, when three members of a secret committee from the Continental Congress came to call.
Those representatives were George Washington, Robert Morris (purportedly the wealthiest citizen and landowner of that day) and Colonel George Ross (uncle of her late husband John) who asked her to sew the first American flag for the brand new country.
The Declaration of Independence was read aloud for the first time in July at Independence Hall. The tolling of “liberty bells” was part of the citywide celebration.
Until that time, colonies and militias had used many different flags. From variations of the Gadsden to the simple yet profound Liberty Tree flag used by Washington’s first squadron of seven Navy cruisers.
Also known as the Liberty Tree flag, it sometimes stated “An Appeal to God”
The following year, on June 14, 1777, Congress passed a resolution. It declared the flag of the United States “be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
We Have a Winner
Today’s flag of the United States of America, with its 50 stars and 13 stripes, was created in 1958. It was designed by 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio. Heft had only received a B- for his sewing project, but it was his design that President Dwight D. Eisenhower chose out of 1,500 entries. Heft’s teacher raised his grade after his American flag design won the contest.
There are many reasons to love our flag and its history. Sadly, many citizens don’t realize the precious cost of every stripe and star.
We lift up an Appeal to Heaven, and pray to see unity restored among the people in these tumultuous times. Our hope is that righteousness will prevail once more. And that it will bring peace and joy to the hearts of our countrymen and women.
June is National Camping Month, and the timing couldn’t be better! People are itching to get out of their houses and back into nature following the quarantine. Accuweather just came out with a report about the post lockdown RV rental boom.
America may be taking its time reopening, but you can bet Lake Fork Providence RV Park is open and ready to help you celebrate your freedom!
Meanwhile, let’s celebrate National Camping Month by looking at a few RV fun facts. Did you know…
The first motorized RV showed up in 1910
The RV life gained plenty of fans right from the start. It grew in popularity and upgrades quickly. Back then, it was considered a luxury to be able to hit the road with your comforts and conveniences.
In use for over a decade, the very first motor home was built from a 3 ton Packard truck. It was 28 feet long by 6 1/2 feet wide, slept 11 and had an icebox, toilet, and sitting area.
The average RV owner is age 49, married, owns a home, and has household income of $68,000.
Move over, Boomers! RV owners come from every demographic, but the median age gets lower and the income steadily gets higher as each generation finds their niche in the RV lifestyle. The fastest growing group of RV owners is people aged 35 to 44 years old.
RV Vacations can save a family of four 23-59%
Take your pets and conveniences with you AND save big! A recent survey found that for a family of four, traveling by RV on vacation can save them 23 to 59 percent on their vacation costs.
So, what are you waiting for?
National Camping Month is the perfect time to explore your RV options. We just might be the answer to your weekend, weekly, or annual part time or full time dreams. Make plans to come visit and check out Providence, the premier part time and long term RV park in the Lake Fork area. You’ll love our location a half mile to the lake, our trees, and our secure, gated community.
Come for the fishing, come for the boating and water sports, come for the camping. Come for the local antiquing and blueberry picking.
Just come! (See you soon!)
Remembering Our Heroes
Lake Fork Providence RV Park Takes this time to honor our fallen service men and women. We invite you to visit the Poppy Wall of Honor (see our FaceBook page) where you can honor them, too! Have a safe and reflective Memorial Day.
USAA created its first-ever Snapchat augmented reality lens just in time for Memorial Day. The company, which serves military members and their families, will honor the lives of fallen military members via AR.
From Washington, D.C. to Your Smart Phone
This brings its annual Poppy Wall of Honor experience from its physical location on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., to Snapchatters’ phones. There is also a dedicated website.
Poppy Wall of Honor pays tribute to the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending the U.S.. Once Snapchatters dedicate poppies, they will be added to the digital memorial.
The Poppy Wall of Honor campaign was inspired by World War I poem “In Flanders Fields.” USAA noted that the poppy has been an international symbol of remembrance since 1920.
A Snapchat First
The Poppy Wall of Honor has come to the National Mall for the past two years. It enables visitors to learn more about the more than 645,000 military service members who lost their lives in conflicts.
How it works: Snapchat users go to selfie mode. They will see the poppies from the wall bloom and transform into a single poppy on their lapel. This is their symbol of remembrance for fallen service members.
From David Cohen, Social Pro Daily:
“…This Memorial Day, even as we remain physically separated, we ask our country to come together as they do every year and honor the memory of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedoms we hold dear.” – USAA CEO Wayne Peacock
Out here in east Texas we are blessed to enjoy a relaxed version of the COVID-19 quarantine, especially compared to our family and friends in metro area lockdowns. And perfect timing, as we are also appreciating spring in all her lush, green glory. Once restrictions are lifted in your local town or suburb, come visit us. See why Lake Fork Providence RV Park is a premier destination for boating, fishing, and other RV adventurers. Check out our life in the woods. You may decide you never want to leave!
Perfect day for a walk
Whatever turns your road may be taking, we can add beauty and stress free living for a longer, better quality lifestyle. If you missed our “Health Benefits of Forest Bathing” series, check it out for a whole list of reasons to love our trees.
The delicate butterflies are fluttering by…
April Spotlight: Debbie Snyder
One of our more recent additions to the Providence community is California import Debbie Snyder. A petite lady with a big heart, Debbie loves music, sewing, and outdoor activities like camping, hiking, and backpacking. And, of course, caring for her adorable pets.
We always love to hear about the journeys of our residents, so we chatted with Debbie about her transition from house to RV, and from California to Texas.
“I lived in Riverside from about age 12,” she shares. “California is very different weather wise from Texas, so I’ve been adjusting to the colder winters. California winters usually stayed about 50 degrees, only dropping down to around 40 degrees. So after my first winter here, I’ve added a few more jackets and fleece hoodies to my wardrobe. I’ll be ready for next winter!
Everything is Bigger (and Louder!) in Texas
“And I do have to say we never had the spectacular thunderstorms out west like Texas has. I love them, but my pups are still trying to figure out what those crazy loud booming noises are.”
I asked Debbie what she missed the most about her house and her prior lifestyle. She said she did miss her yard. We have a wonderful “back forty” behind us where pups love to play, but having a secure, small yard is great when you don’t want to supervise.
She also shares that she has learned how to organize her space like a pro. While downsizing and preparing for her move, she sold all her furniture, and every knickknack she owned. She enjoys the minimalist approach RV life has given her.
Corky and Willow out for a stroll on a gorgeous morning
Nature’s Soundtrack for her New Life
Of course, we can’t end the spotlight interview without asking what she loves about Providence RV Park (because there’s ALWAYS something to love!).
She smiles and says her panoramic view of the towering trees is probably her favorite part of this new life, followed by the peaceful and laid back atmosphere at the park. The relaxing sounds of the birds make her list as well, and being away from the hustle and bustle of busier towns with their traffic and noise. Peace, woods, birds, quiet, ahhhh.
For someone who has always loved camping and the outdoors, Debbie says it’s fitting for her to retire to a life in the woods out in God’s country. And she’s happy to share her space with her furry companions.