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Published May 10, 2011, 05:06 PM

How Will Gas Prices Affect Campgrounds?

Rising gas prices aren't only a worry for travelers, they could have a big impact on RV parks and campground owners as well.

Rising gas prices aren't only a worry for travelers, they could have a big impact on RV parks and campground owners as well.

The owner of the Grand Forks campground says it's too early to tell what the effects will be from rising prices at the pump, but things are looking good as campers are there early in the season.

Carrie Myers and her husband traveled to the Grand Forks Campground from Missouri.

"He works for the railroad, so he has to go all kinds of places. We never know from one day to another where we're going." Myers said.

As the Myers family travels, they notice the changes in gas prices and feel the pinch.

"He's been paying for 4.04 to 4.11 or 4.12 for gas prices and that's really high," Myers said.

High enough to cause some worries for Al Shane, who has owned the campground for over 25 years.

"It's a big factor to us. When you're getting 5 to 10 miles to the gallon, it's a big factor," Shane said.

Shane has seen gas prices this high in the past, but by the end of the season in September, the campground still did well financially. He says there are reasons why people love to go camping.

"People just travel different, they may not put ma and pa and the four kids and go to Yellowstone, they just stay closer in instead of making that long trip," Shane said.

Shane sees people like the Myers family coming back for the relaxed environment, friendly atmosphere and to possibly save a little money.

"We get some workers that come and stay. It's cheaper out here than it is in a motel," Shane said.

It costs under $30 a night to stay at the campground, which is one of the reasons campers keep coming back.

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