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RVIA Survey: RVers Still Traveling

November 12, 2008 by   - () Leave a Comment

The latest Campfire Canvass fall/winter survey of RV owners by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) reveals that 29% plan to travel more this fall and winter than last year; 56% plan to travel the same amount as last year; and 15% plan to travel less than last year.
Sixty-two percent of survey respondents say they’ll travel to destinations closer to home, while 38% say they’ll stay longer at the same destination, according to an RVIA news release.
One of the biggest reasons why RV travel appeals to families is because of the value that RV vacations offer. Eighty percent of the RV owners surveyed say RV vacations cost less than other types of vacations.
The survey shows that 60% of RVers plan to take more mini-vacations (one to four days) this fall/winter compared to last year.
According to a new study comparing vacation costs by PKF, an international consulting firm with expertise in travel and tourism, family RV trips are, on average, 27% to 61% less expensive than other types of vacations, even with today’s higher gas prices and factoring in RV ownership costs.
“This study indicates that RV ownership offers great value,” says Richard Coon, RVIA president. “In these economic times, RV owner appreciate the significant savings they enjoy on air, hotel and restaurant costs.”
Forty-three percent of the survey respondents said they’ll use their RVs to attend festivals and fairs this fall/winter; 33% will use their homes-on-wheels for foliage tours; and 30% for antiquing and flea market trips.
The survey reveals that holiday travel remains popular with RV owners. Among the respondents:

  • 37% said they plan to travel in their RVs over the Thanksgiving weekend and 20% over the Christmas/Hanukkah season.
  • 15% of the respondents described themselves as “snowbirds” who’ll take extended RV trips to warmer regions this fall/winter.
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