Midlands RV Park Business' Booming for Eclipse

News19's Nic Jones explains how one RV business is benefiting from the upcoming solar eclipse.

Gilbert, SC (WLTX) –  Thousands of people are traveling to the Midlands to witness the total solar eclipse and RV parks are benefiting from it.

Kenneth Zeoli owns Mr. Z's RV Park in Gilbert and he said his phone has been ringing off the hook.

"This is a whole new thing. I've probably had over two hundred phone calls of people wanting to come in the RV parks and I've filled up my park and it's been great for me," said Zeoli.

Zeoli says he’s had phone calls from all across the country including people from California.

Bob Morian and Sandra Law traveled all the way from Connecticut to the park to visit family and to see the eclipse as an added bonus.

They have both experienced an eclipse when they were young but neither one can remember.

"We were supposed to be moving out the day of the eclipse and we asked Mr. Z if we could stay an extra day just so we could enjoy the experience of it," said Law.

They were originally supposed to travel to Myrtle Beach the day of the eclipse but they were worried about traffic and missing the phenomenon.

"We get the best of both worlds. Now we don't have to deal with the two million people going between here and there,” laughed Morian.

Zeoli says RV parks across the Midlands are benefiting from eclipse traffic and they need it.

"It's been great. It's been great. The eclipse has been great for business. I wish it would last longer than that but it's been great," Zeoli explained.

Most RV parks in the Midlands are booked up with some of them even having waiting lists in case others do drop out.

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