El Monte RV logoA little more than 2 million Southern Californians traveled for Thanksgiving, 85% via the automobile, according to a study conducted for the Automobile Club of Southern California.

“The main reason is probably a plane trip is going to be more expensive,” said Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman Marie Montgomery. “A lot of costs can be associated with a plane trip, including car rentals and hotels.”

El Monte RV rented out 56 recreational vehicles to local families Wednesday, General Manager Edward Calderon told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.

“This is our busiest holiday for rentals,” Calderon said. “All of our biggest RVs are rented.”

Paul Peterson of La Crescenta rented a smaller RV, about 25 feet, Wednesday to drive with his wife and two children to California City.

“We join a group of about 20 to 30 people at a campground,” Peterson said. “We did it last year for the first time, and decided to do it again this year.”

While Peterson is renting a motorhome for a Thanksgiving camping trip, others rented out RVs to park in their driveways and put up family members, Calderon said.

“Some people have more family members than rooms,” Calderon said. “Instead of sending them to hotels, they’re renting RVs.”

The top cost-saving measure taken by many travelers this holiday season is staying with friends and families instead of in hotel rooms, Montgomery said.