Ottawa, Ontario – A vacation in a recreational vehicle (RV) can be up to 78 per cent cheaper than other forms of travel, according to a new family vacation cost comparison study commissioned by Go RVing Canada.
In all cases, RV vacations were more economical than any other type of travel, regardless of trip duration, distance, or region of the country visited.
The study compared driving the family vehicle and staying at hotels, and travelling by air and rental car with hotel accommodations. All costs were analyzed, including fuel costs, airfare, and the cost of restaurant meals, groceries, rental car, campsite costs and hotel/motel costs. The study also factored in vehicle ownership costs.
The cost benefits of RVing came from the flexibility of cooking in an RV and the affordability of campgrounds offering electrical and water hookups. According to the study, the average cost of campgrounds was $368 for a ten-day trip from Halifax to Quebec City, while the same trip averaged $1,754 in hotel costs with a car/hotel vacation.
The average cost of a seven-day RV vacation from Vancouver to Banff National Park with a lightweight travel trailer was 41 per cent cheaper than the same vacation with a car/hotel option, and about 54 per cent cheaper than a comparable air/hotel option. The average cost per day of a three-day camping vacation to Algonquin Provincial Park from Montreal using a folding camping trailer was about 43 per cent less expensive than the cost of a comparable car/hotel combination, and about 78 per cent less than a comparable air/hotel vacation.
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