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Ninety-two percent of RV enthusiasts camping in Texas RV parks and campgrounds say it’s cheaper to stay in a campground or RV resort than a hotel or motel, and many derive additional savings by cooking some or all of their own meals, according to the latest online survey by the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO).

More than half of the survey respondents said they save anywhere from $20 to $50 a night by staying in a campground or RV resort, with an additional 25.7%  of respondents saying they save $50 to $100 per night. Forty-five percent of survey respondents said they save even more by eating only dinner out, while 32.3% cook all of their own meals.

“Our latest survey indicates that people are still wanting to get out and enjoy some time off, but I think they are also trying to stretch their dollar as far as they can, and the camping lifestyle is giving them the options that they’re looking for in that regard,” said Brian Schaeffer, TACO executive director.

The April survey, conducted through www.texascampgrounds.com, generated 614 responses involving the cost of RVing, percentage of meals out and fuel costs, Schaeffer said. 

The survey also collected data on how RVers travel:

  • 57.7% travel with a spouse or significant other.
  • 35.5%  travel with a spouse or significant other and their children or grandchildren.
  • 3.6%  travel alone.
  • 3.6%  travel with friends.

TACO markets more than 400 private campgrounds and RV resorts.