In the past year, plagued by the coronavirus pandemic, Atkinson has noticed a demographic shift among her RV neighbors.
“There are a lot more families coming in,” she said. “I’m seeing people up here teaching their kids school. I’m seeing other people up here working.”
The recreational vehicle industry both nationally and locally already was on the rise in terms of sales and RV park development, with customers skewing younger and younger. Thanks to last year’s travel restrictions, an increase in homeschooling and remote working, and a general concern for safety, the industry not is only weathering the pandemic but is on the upswing again this year, according to industry experts.
“The RV market was ready for everybody to latch onto it,” said Bobby Cornwell, president and chief executive of the Florida Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds.
RV park and campground usage grew by 20 percent in Florida last year, he said.
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