Sunday, July 27, 2008

Campground Commuters: moving closer to work to save gas money

WZZM - Grand Rapids,MI,USA
While gas prices are falling, some are still finding ways to ease their pain at the pump.

We've heard the concept of staycations before: going someplace local for vacation; cutting down on travel times and cost.

But while some sun at the pool, others are, well doing the same thing; just on a more permanent basis.

Pointing out her flowers and deck, Cathy Claflin says she lives at the campground from May until October.

She is one of many seasonal campers cutting their daily commute to work in half, and easing their pain at the pump.

"I would say I probably spend about $25 a week in gas, and it would be up to $50 if I lived over by Lamar park."

Cathy's permanent home is near Chicago Drive and Byron Center. But she says with all the luxury that comes in an R.V, it's just like having a summer home.

"We have cookouts, we have church service on Sunday mornings," says Claflin. "A fire at 8 o'clock every night, so it's great, we're all a community here."

"It's hard to go three or four hours north when you can come 15 minutes and you're right here," says Harry.

Overall, the Woodchip Campground is hurting like most businesses in the economy.

However, they're hoping the concept of staycations will boost their business.
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