Business booms from slumping economy

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CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WECT) - Despite the tough economy, the campgrounds have been thriving at Carolina Beach.

Like many tourists, Ricky Williams, decided to vacation at the beach, but he's not staying in a hotel.  He's parked his RV at Winner's RV Park in Carolina Beach.

"You can come in when you want to," said Williams. "There's no set time you have to come in. Sometimes we come at 11 or 12 at night."

Along with the convenience, Williams says using the RV saves him money.

"Even if you're paying camper payments by the time you pay for a motel room even if your down here for two nights, you'll end up spending about $350 in hotels," said Williams.  "Then you have to pay breakfast, supper, and dinner."

It costs $44 a night or $240 a week to stay at Winners, and for the park's manager, Glends Lewis, business is thriving.

"23 sites on this camp ground and all of them are full except probably six," said Lewis.

Folks at Carolina Beach State Park are seeing more and more campers pay the $15/day fee to set up their tents there.

"This year we're seeing an 18% increase in attendance, and I guess it's safe to say it has to do with the economy," said Terri Taylor, the superintendent of Carolina Beach State Park.

Whether they are staying inside or out, campers say reasonable rates are a big draw that don't take a big bite out of their bank accounts.

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