The RV Industry Association supports increased investment in campgrounds on public lands as well as the establishment of public-private partnerships as an entrepreneurial mechanism for addressing deferred maintenance on public lands. In the states, the RV Industry Association supports the creation of Offices of Outdoor Recreation in all 50 states. 

Campground modernization, particularly as it relates to RV camping, is needed throughout the federal and state campground system. Although many states have begun modernizing their campgrounds, many federal and state campgrounds that were not built or equipped to handle today’s motorhomes and travel trailers. 

The demographics of the next generation of campers, which includes a diverse mix of Millennials, minorities and urban residents, are creating a shift in expectations and uses of RV campgrounds. For example, many who enjoy outdoor recreation also want modern full-service amenities and the ability to share resources with each other. They prefer to use digital means to access reservations, schedule activities, obtain equipment and more. RV campgrounds must meet those expectations to remain a relevant source of recreation experiences for current and future generations. Our public campgrounds, particularly those on federal lands, are in danger of becoming irrelevant without important improvements that will maintain them as favored destinations. 

Governors and state legislative leadership understand that the multi-billion dollar U.S. outdoor recreation and tourism economies are known drivers of healthy and sustainable jobs and development. As a result, several states have elevated the importance of outdoor recreation by creating Offices of Outdoor Recreation with directors who report to the governor. These offices are responsible for promoting outdoor recreation, including the modernization and expansion of campgrounds. 

The RV Industry Association supports increased investment in campgrounds on public lands as well as the establishment of public-private partnerships as an entrepreneurial mechanism for addressing deferred maintenance on public lands. In the states, the RV Industry Association supports the creation of Offices of Outdoor Recreation in all 50 states.