Survey Says: More RV Travel This Summer

RV travel will rise this spring and summer, according to a new survey of RV owners by RVIA and Cvent. More than 5.5 million RVs and 15 million RVers will be on the road during the Memorial Day weekend, and more than 22 million Americans will go RVing this year.

According to the survey, 66% of RV owners intend to use their RVs more this summer than they did last year and 29% will usetheirs the same amount.

The top ten reasons for increased RV usage include: seeing America (91%), staying active (84%), vacationing for less (82%), keeping children active (76%), visiting National Parks (74%), enjoying outdoor activities (72%), taking more mini-vacations (68%), escaping everyday stress and pressure (66%) visiting family and friends (61%) and traveling with pets.

Seven-in-ten (71%) of survey respondents cited flexibility as a favorite benefit of RV ownership, allowing them to enjoy an array of activities from sightseeing, to attending festivals and fairs, shopping, cooking out, hiking, biking, swimming, boating and more.

“RVs give families the flexibility to vacation how they want and when they want, at a budget-friendly price” said RVIA president Richard Coon.

RV travel also saves money. A 2014 study by travel industry experts PKF Consulting found that a family of four can save 27-to-62 percent when they travel in their RV, even when factoring in purchase price, maintenance costs, and fuel prices. RV owners agree with 82% of respondents saying that RV vacations cost less than other forms of travel even when fuel prices rise. More than half (57%) said they save 35% or more when they vacation by RV. Reflecting the lowest fuel costs since the recession, just 19% of RVers said that fuel prices would affect their travel plans this summer, down from 58% just two years ago.

RV owners also appreciate the control RVs offer in today’s travel climate. Unlike air travelers, RVers can bring anything they want on vacation — including pets. According to the survey, 61% of RV owners bring pets along on trips. Most RVers bring dogs (93%) but others bring birds, ferrets, snakes and horses.

Approximately 21% of RV owners are engaging in “seasonal” or “destination” camping, according to the survey. Destination campers leave their RV parked at one location for the entire spring/summer (or longer) and travel back and forth to it using a family car.