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What Famous Person Would You Like to Take on an RV Trip?

Primary Contact:
Kevin Broom
703-620-6003, ext. 304
  Secondary Contact:
Fran Connors
Barton Gilanelli & Associates

RESTON, Va., April 28, 2009 ? Barack Obama received the most votes for President of the United States, but he was the runner-up in a recent survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association who were asked, “What living, famous person would you like to take with you on an RV trip?”


President Obama finished second in the poll to Academy Award-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams, who starred in the hilarious film “RV.”  


“I saw the movie and thought Robin would be the ultimate travel partner,” says James Hennington, an RV owner from Wesson, Miss. “He was extremely funny.”


Other vote-getters included George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Warren Buffet and Rachael Ray.


With all the pressure confronting President Obama in these tough economic times, it would be no surprise if he wished he could escape in an RV — like he did after the 2004 Democratic National Convention — and join the millions of RVers planning to hit the road for fun this spring/summer.  


In other questions asked in the latest biannual Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners, conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 55 percent of survey respondents intend to use their RVs more this spring/summer than last year, and 45 percent are considering another purchase. 


Only four percent say they’ll use their RVs less this year.  Three-fourths said they planned to take more mini-vacations so they could escape stress, spend more quality time with family, and enjoy nature and other outdoor activities.


A primary reason why so many RVers will be traveling — and even buying in this economy — this spring/summer is that they appreciate the value they get compared to flying, driving and staying in hotels.  Eighty-six percent say RVing is an affordable way to travel.  Three-fourths save at least 25 percent when they travel in an RV — more than a quarter save 35-50 percent. These results echo the findings of a study by international travel and tourism experts PKF Consulting, which found family RV trips are 27-61 percent less expensive than other types of vacations.  


“RV travel continues to appeal to people looking to save money and cut costs,” says Richard Coon, president of RVIA. “By having their homes-on-wheels with them, RV owners receive a bigger bang for their buck than other types of vacations offer.”


In what has to be a positive sign for the economy, 68 percent of RV owners said they believe this is good time to buy an RV, with 94 percent of those respondents saying great deals are available.  Buyers who meet income requirements also will be able to take advantage of the new federal stimulus plan that provides for a deduction of sales and excise taxes on the first $49,500 of a new motorhome purchase.


Tim Lundy, 40, of Feasterville, Pa., and Mike Seay, 42, of Lindenhurst, Ill. are recent RV buyers who took advantage of the market to get great deals.


Lundy, who works for the Philadelphia Electric Company, bought a 40-foot 2009 fifth wheel trailer, an upgrade from a 28-foot travel trailer.


“I shopped for several months and there’s definitely a lot of great buying opportunities out there,” says Lundy.


“If you’re going to buy, this is the best time to do it,” says Seay, an electrical contractor, who recently bought a Type A motorhome.


According to the survey, 45 percent of RVers are considering another RV purchase.  Twenty-four percent are looking to buy in the next year; another 48 percent within two years.


RVers plan to be on the move during major holidays, with 58 percent planning to travel over Memorial Day weekend and 60 percent over July 4th. 


The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association is the national association representing approximately 500 manufacturers and component suppliers producing approximately 98 percent of all RVs made in the United States.


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