The latest “Campfire Canvass,” a biannual survey of RV owners initiated by the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association, reveals that 95% of RVers expect to travel at least as much this fall and winter as last year; 56% said they would travel more and 36% said they would travel about the same amount.
According to the survey, RVers anticipate traveling an average of 29 days this fall and winter – that’s three more than they did last year during the period – despite the rise in gas prices. They also plan to log about 1,700 miles, almost 70 more than last fall and winter.
Survey respondents gave the following reasons for increasing their travel plans this fall and winter: a desire to enjoy nature, 62%; take more minivacations, 58%; travel at their own pace, 51%; escape stress, 45%; and spend time with family, 34%.
Reflecting Americans’ increased preference for shorter, more frequent getaways, nine out of 10 respondents believe owning an RV allows them to take more minivacations.  
The overwhelming favorite activity of RVers is camping; it was cited by eight out of 10 respondents.
Also mentioned as top RVer activities were the following: fishing, 49%; hiking, 42%; attending craft and harvest festivals, 42%; shopping, 40%; and viewing foliage, 36%. 
The survey showed that families that go RVing are better able to enjoy the benefits of outdoor activities and a fit lifestyle. Over 40 percent of respondents report walking three to 10 miles daily during RV vacations while 94 percent said that RVing helps their families maintain a healthier lifestyle.
The reasons cited in the survey for why RVing promotes good health were the ability to relax and relieve stress, 85%; control your own schedules, 75%; and cooking and eating your own food, 74%.
Ninety-eight percent said RVing contributes to their family’s ability to spend more quality time together.
Respondents averaged 52 years of age, and 64 percent of those surveyed said they’ll travel with their children or grandchildren this fall and winter.
The survey was conducted for the RVIA by Robert Hitlin Research Associates of Reston, Va.