Who doesn’t love numbers and statistics? Here are a few figures you might find interesting.

Last year, 42.5 million Americans camped and there are more than 8 million RV-owning households in the US. Also, RV manufacturers are experiencing the highest sales volume they have seen in the past five years. Obviously, these are numbers we like.

While the RVIA (Recreational Vehicle Industry Association) reports that one reason for the increase is that RVs support a balanced and healthy lifestyle, fun and relaxation are often highlighted as reasons for the increase in camping.

And as for the balanced and healthy lifestyle, as well as the fun and relaxation, I can speak to that. Each month we run several photos contests – one for our Facebook fans and one for the magazine. If I just took a “snapshot” of your outdoor experiences based on your photo submissions, I can roughly say you spent your camping days fishing, enjoying wildlife and the natural settings of our campgrounds, participating in activities at the campgrounds and spending time with friends and family. That appears to be the perfect balance of adventure, relaxation, family, friends and fun.

The nice thing about camping with Thousand Trails is that we offer you that balance – you can choose a remote site to set up camp and go off grid; you can choose a preserve that’s got an activity calendar so full of fun you won’t know which activity to choose; you can choose a preserve that’s near the water or one that’s surrounded by mountains.

Our feature this month focuses on Las Vegas – a location that provides a balance between nightlife and plenty of outdoor activity. Luckily, our Las Vegas RV Resort is perfectly situated – the natural landscape of Red Rock Canyon is the perfect offset to the hustle and bustle of the famous Las Vegas Strip. You can go city and go country all in one spot.

While all of us love the lifestyle, some of you are lucky enough to full-time while some of us have that as a plan for the distant (or not too distant) future. We’d like to hear from full-timers so we can create our own tips and tricks to share with our readers. Please drop us a line or two at and let us know your secrets for the perfect full-timing lifestyle.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the firefighters who battled the Rim fire near our Yosemite Lakes Preserve as well as acknowledge the efforts of our onsite teams. We also want to thank you — our members and guests — for your patience throughout this time.

So when you strive to create balance in your busy lives, and make time for fun and relaxation, remember the outdoor lifestyle you embrace is a perfect way to do that!

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See you soon,

Marguerite Nader
President and CEO