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RVers Plan to Travel More This Summer

Millions of Americans will be on the road traveling and camping in their RVs this summer, according to a new survey by RVIA and Cvent.

According to the research, 66% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year, and 28% will use theirs the same amount. Just 4% said they’ll use their RVs less.

“RV ownership is at an all-time high because it provides families with a comfortable and cost-effective way to getting away from the stress of the day-to-day grind and spend time together,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “RVs allow families to take whatever kind of vacation they want — and it won’t break the budget.”

Top reasons for using their RVs more include taking more minivacations (76%), enjoying outdoor activities (72%) and escaping pressure of the daily routine (52%). While fuel prices continue to fluctuate, just 30% (down from 58% two years ago) said fuel prices will affect their RV travel plans. Those who say their plans will be affected still plan to travel with their RVs, but will adjust their plans by traveling to destinations closer to home (71%), driving fewer miles in their RV (51%) and staying longer at one location (52%).

One reason so many RVers will be on the road is the built-in cost savings of RV travel. A study by travel industry experts PKF Consulting found that a family of four can save 23-to-59 percent when they travel in their RV, even when factoring in purchase price, maintenance costs, and rising gas prices. RV owners agree — 86% of Campfire Canvass respondents said RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices rise.

“More than 20 million Americans travel in RVs every year because of the unmatched freedom and flexibility they provide when traveling,” said RVIA President Richard Coon. “RVers can adjust their plans to take a long road trip or a quick weekend getaway. An RV is perfect for what many people want most: more quality time outdoors with loved ones.”

The survey also highlighted some emerging trends in RV usage. Approximately 26% of RV owners are engaging in “seasonal” or “destination” camping, according to the survey. Seasonal campers leave their RV parked at one location for the entire spring/summer (or longer) and travel back and forth to it using a family car.

Many families are also taking shorter, more frequent getaways in their RVs to accommodate busy schedules. According to the survey, 76% of RVers plan to take more 1-4 day mini-vacations this spring/summer. 

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