Nearly 25 million Americans traveled in recreation vehicles this spring and summer, heading to the country’s 18,000-plus campgrounds to enjoy the benefits of an active, outdoor lifestyle with family and friends, according to the latest survey of RV owners by Go RVing and Cvent.
According to RVIA News & Insights, the annual survey finds that 88% of RV owners plan to use their RVs as much or more than they did last year. Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day are the most popular trip times, with Father’s Day RV outings also popular. This Memorial Day holiday weekend, nearly six million RVs and 15 million people were expected to be on the road.
“RVing is more popular than ever and the market remains hot as younger and more diverse people learn how RVing can fit their lifestyles,” said RV Industry Association (RVIA) President Frank Hugelmeyer. “RVs offer unparalleled flexibility to enjoy many different kinds of vacations and outdoor recreation activities. Whatever the activity, RVs are a comfortable and convenient way to escape stress and spend time with friends and loved ones — without breaking the budget.”
Affordability is a key reason for increased usage with 87% agreeing that RVing is a cost-effective way to travel and 79% saying that RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices are higher (86% said fuel prices will not affect their spring/summer plans). More than 81% of respondents agree that traveling by RV can save 25% or more over other types of travel.
Other top reasons for increased RV journeys include:
• Flexibility to take more mini-vacations (69%).
• Opportunity to enjoy outdoor activity and nature (61%).
• Chance to spend more quality time with family (53%).
• Escape stress/pressure (47%)..