May 23, 2003

RV owners plan to travel an average of 38 days this summer

Reston, Virginia – The “Campfire Canvass” biannual survey conducted for the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association reveals that, despite the sluggish economy, 98 percent of RV owners in the U.S.A. expect to travel more (71%) or about the same (27%) this spring and summer as they did a year prior.

Enjoying nature, spending quality time with family, escaping stress and saving money were cited as the top reasons to travel more by RV. Eighty-seven percent of survey respondents say RV trips are more affordable than other ways of travel. Some 88 percent say the freedom, flexibility and control they enjoy is more important than ever.

“RVing creates less stress and makes a more pleasant vacation due to the world events at this time,” says Tyrone McClure of Adairsville, Ga.

The ability to travel at the spur of the moment (84%) ranked as the most important advantage by those with RVing plans this spring and summer. Escaping to nature and remote locations (84%), getting an opportunity to rejuvenate (69%) and pursuing favorite hobbies and passions (49%) were also cited as important advantages of RV travel.

The overwhelming favorite activity of RVers is camping, according to 87 percent of RV owners surveyed. Sightseeing (80%), swimming (62%), fishing (62%), shopping (54%), hiking (52%), biking/ATVing (45%), antiquing (45%) and attending festivals (44%) were also mentioned as activities enjoyed by RVers.

Eighty-eight percent of RV owners say RVs provide quality time with children and grandchildren, while 84 percent plan to use their RVs as guest quarters during trips to visit relatives and friends this spring and summer. “In this cell phone age of overbooked, long-distance families, RVing provides a great opportunity for bonding with loved ones,” says Humphreys.

RV owners — travelling in motorhomes, travel trailers, truck campers and folding camping trailers — plan to travel an average of 38 days and eight weekends this spring and summer, according to the survey. In addition, those surveyed plan to log approximately 2,650 miles and visit an average of five states on RV trips this season.

The survey of 660 RVers was conducted for RVIA in early April by Robert Hitlin Research Associates, Reston, Virginia.

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