Go RVing’s “Away” Tailgating Ad Debuts Today

Go RVing’s new “Away” ad featuring a tailgating theme will debut this weekend and continue to air throughout the fall in conjunction with college football ad buys with ESPN and CBS Sports.

gorving_tailgateTitled “Victory,” the new 30-second ad showcases how RVs are the perfect tailgate vehicle by featuring families gathered at a girls’ soccer game where they are grilling, relaxing in and around the RVs, and enjoying each other’s company, according to a Recreational Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) news release.

The voiceover, once again performed by Tom Selleck, tells viewers that “Away” is always having home field advantage even when you are miles away from home.”

The ad was shot in Denver in June and features a Fleetwood Storm type A motorhome and Cruiser RV Fun Finder travel trailer. The manufacturers were selected in a lottery to provide the vehicles.

A special 60-second version of the ad will air during ESPN’s highly rated College Gameday today (August 31).

The ad will continue to air on the program each Saturday morning through the season.

Footage of RV tailgating will lead into a Go RVing commercial in the “A” position of the program.

There will be additional exposure on ESPNU and ESPN2.

The ad will also be featured on CBS Sports coverage of college football, including sponsorship of the Thursday night Inside College Football post-game show; custom-produced “Tailgate Tradition” vignettes airing on This Week in the SEC and Inside College Football as well as online on CBSSports.com; and Road Trip Fact graphics featuring the Go RVing logo airing in 15 live college football games.

The utilization of the “Victory” ad is part of Go RVing’s focus to leverage the strong connection between RVing and college football tailgating and keep positive messages about RV travel in front of consumers throughout the year. Go RVing typically would significantly scale back advertising in the fall and early winter months.

“We are very excited about the buys with ESPN and CBS Sports” said James Ashurst, RVIA vice president of public relations and advertising.

gorving-forthemedia-mast“This audience of college football fans will be very receptive to the versatility, convenience, and family bonding messages found in the new television commercial. This is a great way to extend Go RVing’s awareness building later into the year.”

Ashurst added, “Today’s families are really involved in their kids sporting and extra-curricular activities. The new ‘Victory’ ad strongly communicates that an RV can enhance the tailgate experience and the family bonding that takes place at sporting events at any level of competition. There are beautiful exterior shots, but we also intentionally focused on kids and parents enjoying the great amenities found inside the RV. This was done to show the versatility of RVs and to compel consumers to begin thinking about RVs in a different light.”

To view Go RVing’s new “Away” ad click here.

Worth Pondering…

The universal tailgating food seems to be brats and burgers because they fit in a bun and they’re easy to cook.

—Bob Sloan

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Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour Kicks Off this Weekend

The Sports Illustrated (SI) On Campus Tailgate Tour, presented by Go RVing, kicks off this weekend with a stop at the Syracuse – Penn State football game tomorrow (Saturday, August 31), at MetLife Stadium outside of New York.

1 (1)Featuring a Winnebago Adventurer type A motorhome and a Keystone RV travel trailer as the centerpieces, the tour is a high-impact, on-site consumer event that will showcase RVs as ideal tailgate vehicles and provide fans the opportunity to tour the units, according to a Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) news release.

There will also be tailgate cooking competitions, fan games, and giveaways, and autograph and photo opportunities with Sports Illustrated personalities and college football alumni.

Videos will be shot at each stop and aired on SI.com website properties.

Following the Syracuse – Penn State game, the SI On Campus Tailgate Tour presented by Go RVing will stop at the following college football games:

  • Indiana State – Purdue game in West Lafayette, Indiana, on September 7
  • Colorado – Oregon State game in Corvallis, Oregon, on September 28
  • TCU – Oklahoma game in Norman, Oklahoma, on October 5
  • Florida – LSU game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on October 12
  • Auburn – Texas A&M game in College Station, Texas, on October 19

An online sweepstakes is also part of the tour with the grand prize winner awarded a 2014 Keystone travel trailer featuring an outdoor kitchen that is perfect for tailgating and camping. The sweepstakes runs through November 29.

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Sports Illustrated Tailgate Tour

000 tile-route (1)This college football season, Sports Illustrated is teaming up with Go RVing to tour tailgate nation.

They’ll embark on a cross-country road trip, visiting six stadiums and catching marquee matchups.

Worth Pondering…
The road goes on forever the party never ends…

—Joe Ely, musician

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Favorite RV Recipes Contest Winners Announced

Go RVing Canada announces the winners of its Favorite RV Recipes Contest.

0001header2The contest was launched in early November and encouraged all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes.

Before finalizing the three prize winners, a ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes was chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as ‘The Cooking Ladies’.

Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs. They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The grand prize for the best overall recipe and winner of an RV Weekend Getaway was awarded to Valerie Gervais of Ottawa, Ontario for her healthy and unique Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad.

The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

The second prize of a $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online was awarded to Terri Gilson of Calgary, Alberta for her quirky Perogy Potato Salad.

The third prize of a six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives was awarded to Gail McBride of Edmonton, Alberta for her tangy Pickled Shrimp.

In order to choose the top twenty recipes, the Cooking Ladies equally weighed each entry for RV-friendliness, ease of preparation, relevance to the five categories, originality and creativity, as well as proper completion of submission form, taste, and visual appeal.

“We want to thank everyone across Canada who entered the contest and submitted their favorite RV recipe,” said Go RVing Canada Executive Director Chris Mahony.

“We received several delicious and unique entries and selecting the winners was not an easy task. Go RVing Canada will be sharing all of the top twenty recipes with Canadians so that they may enjoy them on their RV travels this year.”

Each one of the top twenty recipes will be revealed over the next twenty days on the Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page (see link below).

The grand prize for the best overall recipe, Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad, follows:

Baby Spinach and Raspberry Salad with Feta and Balsamic Vinaigrette

This healthy, colorful salad is as beautiful as it is delicious. We use fresh raspberries that we pick-up at the many fruit and veggie stands we come across on our journeys. Using pre-washed baby spinach and jarred feta minimizes preparation.

(Makes 4 servings)

6 cups (1.5L) pre-washed baby spinach

3/4 cup (175 ml) fresh raspberries

2 tablespoons (30 ml) sliced almonds

1stPrizePhoto1 small green onion, chopped

1 150g jar of cubed feta cheese in oil with herbs and spices

2 tablespoons (30 ml)  balsamic vinegar

  1. Layer spinach, raspberries, sliced almonds, and chopped green onions in a large salad bowl.
  2. Scoop half of the feta cubes out of the jar and onto the salad mixture.
  3. Mix 2 tablespoons of the oil from the feta with the balsamic vinegar and pour the mixture over the salad.
  4. Gently toss, serve, and enjoy!

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Go RVing Canada’s Facebook page: facebook.com/Go-RVing-Canada

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

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Go RVing Canada: Top 5 Trends in 2012

The past year saw growth on many levels for the RV industry.

GoRVingCanada-6a00e54f91645288340154344020f0970c-500wiThe year kicked off with outstanding RV show attendance figures and moved into the summer with a jump in RV sales.

The RV industry has seen a change in ownership trends, overall growth of the industry, a national sales rebound, increased outdoor engagement, and an evolution in the economic benefits for the RV traveler, according to a news release.

The top 5 RV trends in 2012 were:

Majority of RV owners under the age of 55

The RV industry is seeing a significant increase in young families, busy career couples, outdoor enthusiasts as well as retirees embarking on their first RV adventure.

Towable trailers most popular RVs sold in 2012

There are over one million RVs on Canada’s roads with over 14 percent of all households owning an RV. Starting at just $6,000, consumers are taking advantage of the variety of units available.

The most popular RVs sold were the towable RVs, which include the folding camping trailer and fifth wheel RV.

While other travel sectors continue to struggle and see declines, RV sales surged 13 percent this year

LogoGoRVingBy mid-summer, RV sales had increased on a national level by 13 percent compared to 2011 with Alberta seeing the largest sales increase of 42 percent. The biggest factor driving this is the affordability of the lifestyle as RV purchase prices are at historic lows.

A number of other factors include intense competition in the industry, increased consumer awareness, and a strong Canadian dollar.

More Canadians are spending time outdoors

90 percent of RV owners say RVing is the best way to see the country. Many campground operators have begun the process of upgrading their sites to accommodate the increase of RV travelers to their campgrounds.

The Alberta government announced mid-summer that they were investing $24 million this year into modernizing several of its campgrounds, as they noted the increase in number of people using RVs versus tents.

Raw cost savings

In February, Go RVing Canada released results of a cost comparison study conducted by PKF consulting that proved RV vacations can be up to 78 percent less expensive than all other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by 3 percent since the last study, conducted in 2009.

The associated savings come from a variety of factors including the flexibility of cooking in your RV, as well as the low cost of accommodation.

“RVers share a great passion for the lifestyle and it’s easy to recognize the many benefits associated with it,” said Go RVing Executive Director, Chris Mahony.

“What the 2012 RV trends show is that RVing clearly remains a popular vacation choice, especially for those who are looking for an affordable vacation that offers freedom, flexibility, and fun.”

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

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Go RVing Canada

GoRVing.heading.croppedThe Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! If not now, when?

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Go RVing Canada Launches ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ Campaign

Go RVing Canada launched its third annual ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ national holiday campaign, which serves to benefit The Salvation Army.

GoRVingCanada-6a00e54f91645288340154344020f0970c-500wiGo RVing Canada is encouraging all Canadians to give to their local Salvation Army over the holidays and participate in the charitable events the organization will be hosting across the country over the next couple of weeks.

Go RVing Canada is also promoting its very own iKettle, a user-friendly tool that allows participants to donate to The Salvation Army online, according to a press release from Go RVing Canada.

“The Salvation Army is in desperate need of food and monetary donations this time of year,” said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson Emily Reid.

“Like many local causes in need, Go RVing Canada is asking Canadians to give back this holiday season to help those who are less fortunate.”

salvation-army-logo-272x300 (1)According to the Salvation Army, approximately three million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty, making access to everyday needs like food, clothing, and shelter difficult.

With its 2012 holiday campaign, Go RVing Canada hopes to raise awareness in regards to this important fundraising event, which helps hundreds of people every holiday season, states the release.

“We are very grateful for the overwhelming support we receive in Ottawa every year from individuals and organizations like Go RVing Canada. It is because of our generous community that we are able to serve more than 20,000 people through critical programs and services at

To donate to The Salvation Army through Go RVing Canada’s iKettle, visit fillthekettle.com.

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Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

The Salvation Army

Salvation Army kettle-resultsThe Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world.

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people, and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction.

When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Address: 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4

Phone: (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Website: salvationarmy.ca

Worth Pondering…
Count your blessings. A grateful heart attracts more joy, love, and prosperity.

—Cheryl Richardson

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Go RVing Canada Launches Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Go RVing Canada is launching its Favorite RV Recipes contest on the coalition’s new website.

The contest will run until December 24, 2012 and Go RVing Canada is encouraging all RV enthusiasts across the country to submit their favorite RV related recipe for a chance to win one of three amazing prizes, according to a news release.

A ‘top twenty’ list of the submitted recipes will be chosen and evaluated by a panel of judges, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, otherwise known as The Cooking Ladies. Phyllis and Lamont are RV enthusiasts, the authors of nine cookbooks and former restaurateurs.

They combine their appetite for adventure with meeting new people, seeing new places, sampling new foods, and creating recipes.

The winning recipes will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • RV-friendly
  • Ease of preparation
  • Relevance to the 5 categories
  • Originality and creativity
  • Visual appeal and taste
  • Proper submission format

There are three prizes available to be won in all:

  • Grand Prize for Best Overall Recipe: An RV Weekend Getaway, including a Class C RV rental, gas card valued at $150 and a grocery card valued at $150 (Total value $1,050)
  • Second Prize: $250 gift card for Williams-Sonoma online
  • Third Prize: A six piece set of Wusthof Steak Knives (Valued at $170)

The total approximate retail value of all three prizes is $1470.

Recipes can be submitted in one of five categories:

  • Savory appetizers
  • Soups and salads
  • Main course dishes
  • Mouth-watering desserts
  • Kid-friendly snacks

RV Stats

  • There are over 1 million RVs on the road in Canada
  • Starting at $6,000, there is an RV for every budget
  • The Canadian RV industry is valued at over $3 billion
  • 90 percent of owners say that their number one priority is seeing the country
  • Studies show that it is up to 78 percent cheaper to vacation with an RV versus a regular vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say that it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 40 percent of RV families have children

Details Favorite RV Recipes Contest

Start Date: Tuesday, November 6

Entry Deadline:  Monday, December 24, 12:00 a.m. EST

Winners Announced:  Thursday, January 17, 2013, 12:00 p.m. EST, Ottawa, ON

Click here to read the full contest rules.

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The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.
The Cooking Ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, are freelance writers, restaurant consultants, cookbook authors, hobby photographers, TV personalities, event speakers, and passionate RVers.

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.

The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 29 Haslett Avenue, Toronto ON M4L 3R1

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

I am not a glutton—I am an explorer of food.

—Erma Bombeck

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Celebrate Family Day/Presidents Day by Planning an RV Family Vacation

Go RVing Canada is celebrating Family Day with RV prices remaining stable at record-lows. In uncertain economic times, RVing offers families fun, flexible, and affordable options for family vacations.

While Americans celebrate Presidents Day on Monday (February 20), Canadians observe Family Day. This holiday celebrates the importance of families and family life to people and their communities.

“Family Day is a wonderful time to sit down with your family and talk about the upcoming holidays,” said Go RVing Canada National Spokesperson Alana Fontaine.  “An RV holiday is the perfect way to stay connected with your family while maximizing your vacation budget.”

There is an RV to fit every lifestyle and budget, and stable prices further add to the affordability of the RV lifestyle, making an RV purchase a realistic opportunity for even more Canadian families.  RVs offer economy not found in any other vacation option.

Go RVing Canada recently released the results of a cost comparison study conducted by PKF Consulting, which found that, depending on the model, a typical RV vacation can be up to 78 per cent less expensive per day than any other type of family trip, regardless of trip duration, distance, or location.

After factoring in leasing payments, insurance, maintenance, tires, and registration, an RV vacation still works out to be the most economical choice, compared to a traditional vacation for a family of four, when you consider the costs of flights, car rental, hotels, and eating out at restaurants.

The cost benefits of RVing come from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds which offer both electrical and water hookups. According to the PKF Study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a ten day trip from Halifax to Quebec City. The same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.

As an example, the average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park using a lightweight travel trailer was 41 percent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option; and about 54 percent cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option.

“Families want to stretch their dollars in tough times, and RV vacations are a great way to do that,” said Fontaine. “Not only that, but ninety percent of families agree that RVing is the best way to travel with children. So celebrate Family Day by planning a holiday the whole family will enjoy!”

RV Lifestyle Statistics

  • Starting at just $6,000, there’s an RV for everyone
  • 14 percent of Canadian households own an RV
  • There are over 1,000,000 RVs on the road in Canada
  • 67 percent of RV owners are under the age of 55.
  • 40 percent of RV families have children
  • Studies show there is up to a 70 percent saving during an RV vacation vs. a traditional vacation
  • Many RVs can be used throughout the year
  • 90 percent of owners say it is the best way to travel with kids
  • 90 percent of RVers say seeing the country is their top priority
  • The top reason given for enjoying the RV life is freedom to come and go

Details

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators. The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 310, Toronto, ON   M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

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Worth Pondering…

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

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Go RVing Launches National RV Giveaways

Multi-faced partnerships play a big role in Go RVing 2012 plans, including two national giveaways, a first for Go RVing.

Teaming up with Great American Country Network and Outdoor Channel, each sweepstakes will include a grand prize of an RV giveaway courtesy of Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation and Columbia Northwest, respectively, according to a RV Industry Association news release.

In a January lottery of RVIA members who offered a unit, Lance Camper was selected to provide a 2012 Lance Ultralight 1685 travel trailer as part of “The Ultimate Country Music RV Giveaway” grand prize, which also includes two VIP tickets and backstage access to the CMA Festival in Nashville in June.

In addition, Lance Camper will deliver a similar unit to Nashville for the filming of two 60-second RV camping vignettes featuring CMA recording artist Chuck Wicks, who performed at Outlook 2012 during the National RV Trade Show last December. The custom spots were filmed February 1 and will air March 1 to April 15 while the sweepstakes is open for entries.

2012 Lance Ultralight 1685 travel trailer

As part of the partnership, Go RVing will also have a branded On-The-Road-Guide to Summer Hot Spots special section in the June People Country magazine. With a country music theme, the six-page custom section will promote RV travel and the sweepstakes.  Visitors to Great American Country will also see Go RVing interactive banner ads, information on RVing, and details about the sweepstakes.

A second sweepstakes prize lottery was also held in mid-January, and Columbia Northwest was chosen to provide a 2012 Somerset or 12SD off-road folding camping trailer as the grand prize in the “Spring Fever” sweepstakes with the Outdoor Channel.

Four custom vignettes featuring network talent Pat Reeve and Nicole Jones, hosts of the hunting show Driven, and angler, Mark Davis, host of Big Water Adventures, will begin airing February 27 through the sweepstakes drawing on April 30.

Outdoor Channel will also promote the advantages of RV travel to their audience through their website, targeted e-mails, and their social media outlets.

Have Alite, will travel...anywhere. Alite is Aline's smallest, lightest model and can be towed by just about anything, including subcompacts, smart cars, even motorcycles. (Credit: aliner.com)

Go RVing sweepstakes entrants will be encouraged to opt in for information from participating Go RVing dealers, manufacturers, and campgrounds offer another source of 2012 local consumer leads.

“Respected media partners that offer a full integration of our message across all platforms of communication—TV, print and online—offer us a great value for our advertising dollar,” said James Ashurst, RVIA’s vice president of public relations and advertising, “because they present the Go RVing message in conjunction with talent that the audience already trusts and relates to.”

Details

Go RVing

Website: gorving.com

Lance Camper Manufacturing Corporation

Website: lancecamper.com

Columbia Northwest

Website: aliner.com

Great American Country  

Website: gactv.com

Outdoor Channel

Website: outdoorchannel.com

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Worth Pondering…

Let’s Go RVing! Moss is starting to grow on my non-rolling stone! It is definitely time to get back in the RV and out on the open road.

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Let’s Go RVing: RV Vacation Still the Best Deal

Go RVing Canada announced Thursday (January 26) the results of a new Family Vacation Cost Comparison Study, which compares RV vacations with several other vacation modes.

This is the second installment of the study conducted by PKF Consulting and the results reveal that an RV vacation can be up to 78% cheaper than other forms of travel. This statistic has increased by 3% since the last study, conducted in 2009.

Several forms of travel were compared and in all cases, RV vacations were more economical than any other type of travel, regardless of trip duration, distance, or region of the country where the vacation took place, according to a news release.

The Study compared an RV Vacation with two other popular forms of family vacation: driving the family vehicle and staying at hotels, and travelling by air and rental car with hotel accommodations.

All costs associated with a family vacation were analyzed including fuel costs, air fare, restaurant meal cost, grocery cost, rental car cost, campsite cost, and hotel/motel cost. It is also important to note that the study also factored in vehicle ownership costs.

“The margin of savings is amazing. No one can deny that a family vacation in an RV really is incredibly affordable,” stated Alana Fontaine, Go RVing Canada National Spokesperson. “RVing is an excellent choice for families seeking to maximize their vacation budgets.”

Let's Go RVing to Jasper National Park, Alberta. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The cost benefits of RVing come from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds which offer both electrical and water hookups. According to the PKF Study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a ten day trip from Halifax to Quebec City. The same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.

As an example, the average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park using a lightweight travel trailer was 41 percent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option; and about 54 percent cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option.

The average cost per day of a three-day camping vacation to Algonquin Provincial Park from Montreal using a folding camping trailer was found to be about 43 percent less expensive than the cost of a comparable car/hotel combination vacation; and about 78 percent less than the cost of a comparable air/hotel vacation.

“This is the time when families are starting to think about their summer vacations. “90% of RV owners agree that RVing is the best way to travel with children,” concluded Fontaine.

“Many families are looking for affordable ways to see the country at its best and RVing is the perfect opportunity to accommodate a budget with a fun and flexible vacation.”

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Go RVing Canada

Let's Go RVing to Monument Valley. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators. The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel.

The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Ave. East, Suite 310, Toronto, ON   M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

Worth Pondering…

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

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Go RVing Canada Launches ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ Campaign

Go RVing Canada has launched its second annual ‘Stuff the RV and Feed Someone’s Tummy’ national holiday campaign, which serves to benefit The Salvation Army.

Go RVing Canada is encouraging all Canadians to give to their local Salvation Army over the holidays and participate in the charitable events the organization will be hosting across the country over the next several weeks. Go RVing Canada is also promoting its very own iKettle, a user-friendly tool that allows participants to donate to The Salvation Army online, according to a Friday (December 9) news release.

“Go RVing Canada hopes that Canadians will get in the spirit of giving and lend a hand to those who are most in need by joining us and taking part in The Salvation Army’s Annual Christmas Campaign,” said Go RVing Canada Spokesperson Angèle Lapointe. “The Salvation Army is an important organization and we are extremely happy to work with them over the holiday season. We are hoping to fill an RV full of non-perishable food with the help of cities across Canada. This allows us to give back and help Canadian families who are less fortunate.”

Go RVing Canada is planning different charitable events across the country, and is asking Canadians to get involved in the campaign, as The Salvation Army is in need of help more than ever. According to the organization, approximately 3 million Canadians, or one in 11 people, live in poverty, making access to everyday needs like food, clothing, and shelter difficult.

With its 2011 holiday campaign, Go RVing Canada hopes to raise awareness in regards to this important fundraising event, which helps hundreds of people every holiday season.

“The Salvation Army is thrilled to partner again with Go RVing Canada to raise funds in support of our work with Canadians most affected by poverty,” said Graham Moore, spokesperson for The Salvation Army. “The support of partners like Go RVing Canada and other Canadians make it possible for our organization to meet our goal of giving hope and dignity to people in need in 400 communities across Canada.”

To donate to The Salvation Army through Go RVing Canada’s iKettle, visit my.ikettle.ca

Details

Go RVing Canada

The Go RVing Canada coalition was formed in 1997, and consists of RV manufacturers, RV dealers, and campground operators.  The coalition serves as the Canadian RV camping industry ambassador to provide the public and media with information about the benefits of RV travel. The coalition also seeks to enhance consumer information and satisfaction with the RV experience.

Address: 2175 Sheppard Avenue East, Suite 310, Toronto, Ontario M2J 1W8

Website: gorving.ca

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is an international Christian organization that began its work in Canada in 1882 and has grown to become the largest non-governmental direct provider of social services in the country. The Salvation Army gives hope and support to vulnerable people today and everyday in 400 communities across Canada and more than 120 countries around the world.

The Salvation Army offers practical assistance for children and families, often tending to the basic necessities of life, providing shelter for homeless people, and rehabilitation for people who have lost control of their lives to an addiction. When you give to The Salvation Army, you are investing in the future of marginalized and overlooked people in your community.

Address: 2 Overlea Boulevard, Toronto, Ontario M4H 1P4

Phone: (800) SAL-ARMY (725-2769)

Website: salvationarmy.ca

Worth Pondering…
Count your blessings. A grateful heart attracts more joy, love, and prosperity.

—Cheryl Richardson

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