Gas Not a Factor to RVers Over July 4th Weekend
Gas prices aren't stopping millions of people from packing up the RV and hitting the road.
In fact, about 5 million RV owners were on the road this July 4th weekend, The State Journal, Charleston, W. Va., reported.
Steve Roberts, of Poca, W. Va., just bought this 33-foot Holiday Rambler motorhome in January.
"This is our shakedown cruise," Roberts said, laughing. He said it handles wonderfully.
But the price of gas did play a part in how far he traveled — about 42 miles from his home in Poca to Kanawha State Forest. That's because this behemoth gets just 5 miles to the gallon.
"It holds 100 gallons, so you figure $359 just to fill it up if it's completely empty," Roberts said.
Still, he says that's cheaper than staying for a week in a motel room.
Many park campgrounds were booked this weekend, as Tammy Sarver and her family found out. They traveled from Ripley in search of a spot for their 26-foot camper. She says it's still an inexpensive vacation for them.
"I would say, probably all together, maybe like $300 with gas and food and stuff like that," Sarver said.
Industry figures show 53% of families will use their RVs more this summer, despite higher fuel prices.
But for many families, "RVing" is about the experience and tradition.
"I just love being out. I've got grandkids coming up now and I want to be able to teach them what the outdoors is all about," Roberts said.
"It's just a time with the family to kind of get out… away from telephones and computers and just time to spend with the family," Sarver said.
You could say it's the outdoors that really drives RV owners.
And industry figures show that 63% of RV owners plan to spend at least five or more weekends this summer in their homes-on-wheels.