According to the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association’s (RVIA) biannual Campfire Canvass, 36 percent of RV owners plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year, 38 percent plan to travel the same amount and just 9 percent plan to travel less often.
Top reasons for taking more RV trips include enjoying outdoor activity (76 percent), escaping stress and pressure (67 percent), and spending more time with family (51 percent). Nearly two-thirds of survey respondents said they plan to take more mini-vacations of two to four days.
“RVing the best way to see our great country, spend time outdoors, and reconnect with family and friends,” said RVIA President Richard Coon.
“No other travel option offers consumers the freedom, flexibility, and value that RVs do.”
Along with getting outdoors, escaping stress, and spending time with family, another primary reason why millions of owners will be traveling and enjoying the RV lifestyle this fall and winter is because they appreciate the value that RV travel delivers, said Coon.
Nearly 90 percent said that RVing is an affordable way to travel. Three quarters said they save at least 25 percent when traveling in their RV compared to other types of travel, while 34 percent save 35-50 percent.
This echoes a 2011 study by PKF, an international travel and tourism consulting company, which found that RVing is 23-to-59 percent less expensive than other types of vacations for a family of four, Coon noted.
In addition to saving on rising hotel costs and airfares, RV owners also avoid the expense of eating most meals in restaurants as other forms of travel require. According to the RVIA survey, 92 percent of RV owners said they eat at least two meals a day onboard their RVs.
Despite these uncertain economic times, 47 percent said that they’re considering another RV purchase, with 79 percent of those respondents citing the availability of “great deals” in today’s RV market. More than 57 percent will attend RV retail shows this fall and winter.
Of those not considering another RV purchase within the next two years, 85 percent said it’s because they’re happy with their current RV.
Owners surveyed will use their RVs in a variety of ways during the fall/winter travel season.
- 73 percent of the respondents said that they plan to sightsee
- 64 percent visit state parks and 57 percent national parks
- 53 percent plan to visit friends/family
- 50 percent will attend festivals or fairs
The survey also reveals that owners are physically active on their RV trips. For example, 54 percent said they enjoy hiking, 48 percent fishing/hunting, 31 percent biking, and 14 percent canoeing and kayaking. Approximately 14 percent of RVers plan to tailgate at football games this fall — 53 percent will tailgate college games, and 39 percent NFL.
Results also show that holiday travel remains popular with RV owners. Among the respondents, 48 percent said they plan to travel in their RVs over the Thanksgiving weekend and 25 percent over the Christmas/Hanukkah season.
Empty nester couples are planning to hit the road in a big way, as well. Nearly 80 percent said they’re planning to travel with schools back in session. With children in the classroom, empty nesters enjoy smaller crowds (64 percent), more peace and quiet (59 percent), and lower cost because of off-season discounts (52 percent).
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
Recreational vehicles are wonderful… To travel by RV is to see nature and human beings, towns and churches and rivers, in fact, to see life.
—with apologies to Agatha Christie