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This Memorial Day weekend, an estimated 18 million RVers will pack up and set out for campgrounds across the country to mark the official start of summer by spending time in the Great Outdoors.

In the Campfire Canvass survey of RV owners conducted by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 58% of RV owners said they plan to take their RVs out this Memorial Day weekend. A strong 90% reported that they will travel as much or more this season as they did last year, RVIA noted in a release.  Despite a challenging economy, RVers have made it clear that they will not stay home, although some will alter their plans to save money.

A total of 36% of owners said they would travel shorter distances in their RVs this summer, while 42% said they would stay longer at a single destination to help cut costs.  Nearly 60% of RV owners said they would travel to destinations closer to home.  One fan of Go RVing on Facebook echoed the sentiment of many RV owners when he said, “We’re headed for a local lake this evening (40 miles away). Will stay there through the holiday. We are so ready to get away!”

RV vacations are 27-61% less expensive than other vacations with over 86% of RV owners agreeing that an RV trip is a very affordable way to travel. So while the travel industry as a whole has taken a hit because of the bad economy, more Americans are opting for affordable RV vacations over traditional fly/drive/hotel vacations. Reservations at RV campgrounds are up 41% over last year as families abandon expensive travel plans to go RVing.