Friday, May 16, 2008

Texas RVers Respond to Rising Fuel Costs by Camping Close to Home

During the week, Roy Rector works as a cyberspace detective.

But on weekends, Rector escapes the stresses of the workweek by cooking up gourmet meals in quiet, picturesque campgrounds just outside of town, while his wife, an elementary school principal, crochets.

"It's hard to unwind at home when you're staring at so many things that have to be done," said Rector, 52, adding, "You don't stop and unwind."

And while rising fuel costs make it more expensive to travel long distances with their 34-foot fifth wheel, the Rectors find they can still have peaceful getaways by staying in private campgrounds close to home.

It's a phenomenon that's taking place throughout Texas, said Brian Schaeffer, executive director and CEO of the Texas Association of Campground Owners. "As fuel costs rise, RVers are camping it closer to home," Schaeffer said, adding that travelers are increasingly visiting to find out where private campgrounds and RV resorts are located.
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