According to a survey of RV Rental Association (RVRA) members, rental activity is projected to be up an average of 24% this year.
“The majority of members report that 2006 will be a better year than last year for RV rentals,” RVRA Chairman Bert Alanko said in a press release. “Most people will not let higher fuel costs interfere with their vacation plans in an RV. When you do the math, gas prices are a small percentage of a vacation’s cost.”
In preparation for a strong summer, rental companies are adding units. Survey respondents reported the average rental fleet size is expected to increase by 14% in 2006 and that more towables will be available than in previous years.
“While motorhome rentals remain extremely popular, RV trailer rentals are growing,” Alanko said. “Travel trailer and folding camping trailers give people the opportunity to enjoy an RV vacation using their own sports utility vehicle, van, pickup, or sedan.”
The survey showed that the majority (64%) of companies rent for more than 10 months a year. Survey respondents expect RV rentals by foreign visitors to make up 8% of all North American RV rentals in 2006.