Is RV Travel Still Good Value?

With fuel prices once again on the rise and the spring and summer travel seasons approaching, you may wonder if RV travel is still good value.

Let's Go RVing to Monahan Sandshills State Park. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) has collected positive data to demonstrate that RV travel is still the most economical means of travel.

Among the points:

  • The PKF Vacation Cost comparison study shows that a family of four can save 23 to 59 percent on vacation costs depending on the type of trip and type of RV used
  • A two-person travel party (the typical empty-nest couple) would save 11 to 46 percent
  • More than 80 percent of RVers say their RV vacations cost less than other forms of vacation, even when fuel prices rise
  • Many RV-owning families take frequent mini-vacations in their RVs; 63 percent spent five or more weekends in their RVs last spring/summer
  • When fuel prices rise, RVers adjust by traveling to destinations closer to home, driving fewer miles, and staying longer in one place, according to surveys of RV owners conducted by RVIA and CVENT, a leading provider of online surveys and research technology
  • Let's Go RVing to village of Tlaquepaque in Sedona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

    To save on fuel, RVers typically spend more time enjoying the campground experience and less time on the road

  • More than 16,000 campgrounds nationwide give RVers the flexibility to save fuel and cut costs by staying closer to home; whether they travel five miles or 500, they can still enjoy a great outdoor experience
  • Fuel prices would need to more than double from their current level to make RVing more expensive for a family of four than other forms of travel, according to PKF Consulting
  • PKF’s spring 2011 vacation cost comparison study shows that RV trips remain the most affordable way for a family to travel because of the significant savings on air, hotel, and restaurant costs, which continue to rise
  • Fluctuating fuel prices affect the cost of all modes of travel and transportation; airfares and hotel rates rise rapidly when fuel costs increase
  • Many RV owners surveyed take additional measures to reduce fuel consumption through simple steps like driving 55 mph instead of 65 mph, packing lighter to reduce weight in the RV, and turning off home utilities to save energy when traveling
  • Let's Go RVing to village of Tlaquepaque in Sedona. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

    RVers travel at a leisurely pace with no tight schedules for flights, hotels, or restaurants


Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA)

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) is the national trade association representing recreation vehicle (RV) manufacturers and their component parts suppliers who together build more than 98 percent of all RVs produced in the U.S.

Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Reston, Virginia, RVIA is a unifying force for safety and professionalism within the RV industry and works with both federal and state government agencies to protect the interests of its members.

A clearinghouse of industry facts and information, RVIA also provides free materials to consumers and other publics about RV travel and camping and actively works with the media nationwide to educate the public about the benefits of RVing.

Address: 1896 Preston White Drive, Reston, VA 20191

Phone: (703) 620-6003


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Millions of Americans each year use our national forests to go hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, swimming, horseback riding, and canoeing.
—Ric Keller

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